Archive for Learning Organizations

Behind-the-Scenes at Russ’ TED-style Talk, I4PL Toronto 2016

At Peregrine, as instructional systems designers, we encourage our clients to go beyond traditional ‘smile’ sheets and evaluate actual on-the-job performance—the performance of their employees and customers, but also the performance of their training teams and departments. I think this is, actually I know it is, often difficult for them. It’s risky. Sometimes I think participating in a good, solid feedback loop is scarier than a flying hatchet, but it’s also one of the shortest routes to better performance.


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Posted in: Advice, Consulting, Creativity, Delivery, Development, Innovation, Learning Organizations, Manager Tips, Rapid Instructional Design, Speaking, Systems Thinking, Training

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Great Turn-out, Valuable Insights at ATD Job-Aids Workshop

SANTA ROSA, CA – We had a fantastic turnout last night at the Golden Gate (North Bay) ATD meeting. Peregrine Performance Group facilitated the meeting. Our focus was How to Recognize and Create Damn Good Job Aids. We discussed the characteristics of a “damn good” job aid, some differences between “good” and “bad” (exemplary and sub-par) job […]

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Posted in: Advice, Analysis, Consulting, Development, Job Aids, Learning Organizations, Performance, Performance Support, Tools, Training

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Dunbar’s Number and the Limits of Friendship

I read a fascinating article this weekend by Maria Konnikova about Dunbar’s number, the nature of friendship and the limits of social media. Dunbar’s number, in short, is the number of people with whom you can maintain stable social relationships—relationships in which you know who each person is and how each person relates to every […]

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Posted in: Advice, Consulting, Learning Organizations, Manager Tips, Research

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What fosters innovation? A respectful clash of ideas.

“Some of the best discussions are passionate but respectful, so that you leave a meeting without feeling like you’ve lost something, even though your point of view may not have been the one that was adopted. That is what fosters innovation in a company — a clash of ideas, but a respectful clash.”







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Posted in: Advice, Development, Feedback, Learning Organizations, Manager Tips, Performance

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What (If Anything) Were They Thinking?

A great article by Jerry Useem on the relationship between culture and decision-making in which he delves into the origins of corporate evil and idiocy: What Was Volkswagon Thinking? A few quotes: On the Challenger space-shuttle disaster (1986) – “[D]amage to the crucial O‑rings had been observed after previous shuttle launches. Each observed instance of damage… […]


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Posted in: Advice, Consulting, Decision Making, Learning Organizations, Manager Tips, Systems Thinking

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Trends in eLearning for 2016

We’ve long been fans of job-aids. Recall Joe Harless’ famous line, “Inside every fat course there’s a thin job-aid crying to get out.” While eLearning courses are certainly not going away, we’re seeing growing interest in the design and development of just-in-time resources (i.e., performance support tools).







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Posted in: Advice, Consulting, Design, eLearning, Four-Door Model, Learning Organizations, mLearning, Mobile, Research, Tools, Training

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Practical Advice for New Graduates Pursuing a Career in Talent Development

A few weeks back, I was invited to speak to some students and post-docs at The University of California, Berkeley about transitioning from academia to business and working in the field of training and development (a.k.a. T&D, talent development, learning and development (L&D), instructional design, performance consulting, etc.). Speaking at events of this nature is always […]


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Posted in: Advice, Consulting, eLearning, Learning Organizations, Manager Tips, Training, Uncategorized

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Welcoming New Associates, Reviewing Awards Entries — This Week at PPG

This week at Peregrine, we welcome two new associates and wrap up our reviews of entries to the Brandon Hall Group Excellence in Technology awards program. Terry Teplitz is a training and organizational development specialist with more than 20 years of experience developing programs that improve employee productivity. Her specialties include program management, instructional design, vendor […]


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New Projects, New Clients — This Week at PPG

Our newest client, Public Health Informatics Institute (PHII), is part of the Task Force for Global Health (TFGH) and is known for its expertise as a neutral convener of public health professionals and their stakeholders. PHII brings these parties together to learn from each other, share best practices, and work together to address barriers to improving the health of populations.







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Posted in: Analysis, Consulting, Development, eLearning, Evaluation, Implementation, Learning Organizations, News, Training

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Two Timeless Principles for Managing Time and Tasks

Many moons ago I taught time management courses for Franklin Covey—actually it was a wonderful little company that was bought by Franklin Covey, but no one’s heard of it, so I just say Franklin Covey. Anyway, there are a few productivity principles from that course that have stuck with me over the years. They’re like […]


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