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What Are You Measuring?

Posted by Bill Crose on September 13, 2019 at 11:33am 0 Comments

A lifetime ago, my training department colleagues and I were satisfied with training data. We cranked out the requested ILT programs plus the "flavor of the year" content, we kept a busy training schedule, and made sure the coffee was always the right temperature. When accused of not delivering effective training because the learners didn't perform as they were trained, we took refuge in our management support role and not ultimately responsible or accountable for LEARNING or productivity.…



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A few years ago my daughter lovingly challenged me by asking "So who defined the 10 impossible problems you chose to try to solve in 2016?"

She was correct of course - as open as I was trying to be to new ideas - I was still defining the agenda - as I continue to do. This segment will be an "open" agenda - defined by the participants.

Please post comments here regarding what you wish to talk about at Georgia LEARNS 2018. The agenda for this day will be built by you (or not -depending on the response to this approach.)

In particular - if you wish to schedule a collaboration session with another attendee (or potential attendee) and would like help from Georgia LEARNS in arranging this - contact:

Paul Terlemezian


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Conference Reflection:

I've never understood why competition is a higher valued skill than collaboration. Competition is difficult but necessary to "turn off" when collaboration is required. This can be counter-productive, even harmful when intra-group and inter-group members compete in the same organizations, when managers compete with their staff, and when managers compete with their peers. Conversely, it's difficult to find instances where collaboration is counter-productive or harmful in an organization. 

Collaboration is often thought to be a more feminine characteristic and competition more masculine. Seems some cultural change is needed. When only 3 Fortune 500 CEOs are women, down 25% from last year alone, it seems things are moving in the wrong direction. In a time when so many pre-employment / predictive assessments are being used to select CEO and others that "Fit" the organization, it seems the cards are stacked in favor of competitive males.

Thanks, Ann for leading this conversation! It was a pleasure being at your table.

I believe that competition and collaboration are both important - both very valuable - and both misunderstood.

Competition is intangible - do we really understand what we are competing against - and is the competitor really a competitor? Are we competing with fear?

Collaboration is tangible - it requires trust - and results Trust is harder to build than fear. So perhaps collaboration should be a more valued skill than competition.

Put me in the collaboration as a higher valued skill camp.


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