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L&D Must Change is a podcast dedicated to people development professionals (L&D, TD, OD, etc.) who want to make an impact. Through conversations with L&D colleagues passionate about changing our profession for the better and the occasional solo episode, Jess Almlie will uncover practical strategies we can all use to make a positive difference in the world of work. Let's learn from each other and collectively raise the bar for the work we do!

L&D Must Change Jess Almlie

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L&D Must Change is a podcast dedicated to people development professionals (L&D, TD, OD, etc.) who want to make an impact. Through conversations with L&D colleagues passionate about changing our profession for the better and the occasional solo episode, Jess Almlie will uncover practical strategies we can all use to make a positive difference in the world of work. Let's learn from each other and collectively raise the bar for the work we do!

    9. Measurement is a Change Effort with Peggy Parskey

    9. Measurement is a Change Effort with Peggy Parskey

    It's one thing to try and gather a few numbers, it's another to integrate measurement into every fragment of L&D. But yet, this is where measurement becomes most valuable. When integrated, measurement can provide the insights and actions needed to inform decisions. It doesn't just fade away, it endures as a valuable source of quality information. 
    This is why today's guest, Peggy Parskey, co-author of Measurement Demystified and other books, insists that measurement needs to be tied to a change effort. But she also insists that starting to measure is better than waiting to know everything. It's a nuanced and flexible necessity for L&D pros today. 
    Listen in on my conversation with Peggy to learn more about: 
    Integrating measurement into every fragment of L&D The measurement ecosystem model Balancing measurement as you build it out The changing nature of measurement Considering the unintended consequences of measurement Determining current organizational capacity for measurement Sharing actionable data Getting started with measurement in L&D Career benefits of learning more about measurement Peggy Parskey has over 25 years of experience driving strategic change to improve organizational and individual performance. She focuses on team and organizational performance improvement leveraging measurement, management of change and organizational design to ensure sustainable capability. Peggy owns her own consulting firm, Parskey Consulting, focused on organizational improvement initiatives. She is also a Principal Consultant and part-time staff member with Explorance. Her clients are large and midsized firms requiring performance measurement of core business processes including employee engagement, diversity, equity and inclusion, culture change, and talent programs such as training, mentoring, and performance management.
    Peggy collaborates with her clients to build sustainable measurement capability to drive continuous improvement. She has co-authored three books on learning measurement as well as several book chapters and magazine articles on measurement strategy, learning analytics and visual storytelling.
    Find out more and connect with Peggy Parskey here: 
    LinkedIn
    Book: Measurement Demystified: Creating Your L&D Measurement, Analytics, and Reporting Strategy
    Book: Measurement Demystified Field Guide
    Book: Learning Analytics: Using Talent Data to Improve Business Outcomes

    Find out more and connect with Jess Almlie here: 
    LinkedIn
    Newsletter: L&D Must Change 
    Website: Learning Business Advisor Consulting

    • 48 min
    8.Online Training That's Better Than In Person with Kassy LaBorie

    8.Online Training That's Better Than In Person with Kassy LaBorie

    Online training can be better than in person training. Are you a believer? Or are you thinking that will never be true? Today's guest is none other than online learning pioneer and virtual training hero, Kassy LaBorie who is a firm believer that online training is equal to and can be better than in person training.
    Of course, the trajectory of online and virtual training shot up after the COVID pandemic and associated lockdowns. We all realized that online learning can be engaging and efficient. It can help to scale and save us time and money. But many of us still think of it as "less than" in person training. Kassy wants us to shift our thinking. She shares how with some practical takeaways. 
    Listen in on my conversation with Kassy to learn more about: 
    How Kassy got started as a virtual training pioneer Stopping ourselves from putting up blockers that online training is "less than" before we explore how it could be "better than" in person How tech is cool, but people are cooler The difficulties that come with learning something new Challenges that come with working remotely, even for a pro The story of a chocolate maker who adapted and created a "better than" offering online Practical steps to start creating your own "better than" online learning experience Kassy LaBorie is the founder and principal consultant at Kassy LaBorie Consulting, LLC. She is a professional speaker, author, facilitator, and instructional designer who specializes in virtual engagement for learning and development professionals and business owners who get to use web conferencing technology to connect with people around the globe. 
    In her previous role at Dale Carnegie & Associates, she was the director of virtual training services, a corporate consultancy that partnered with organizations to help them develop, design, and deliver successful online training strategies. Kassy also served as the product design architect responsible for developing the company’s live online training product and experience, leading a team that built a $4 million dollar business in 4 years.
    Kassy is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and the co-author of two books about engaging online (see links below). 
    Find out more and connect with Kassy Laborie here: 
    LinkedIn Website: kassyconsulting.com Website: kassyspeaks.com Book: Interact and Engage! 75+ Activities for Virtual Training, Meetings, and Webinars Book: Producing Virtual Training, Meetings, and Webinars Find out more and connect with Jess Almlie here: 
    LinkedIn Website: Learning Business Advisor Consulting One more fun link from this episode: 
    Laughing Gull Chocolates

    • 39 min
    7. Stop Onboarding, Start Everboarding with Amber Watts

    7. Stop Onboarding, Start Everboarding with Amber Watts

    It's time to ditch the way we view onboarding. In most companies, onboarding is a formal time period that ends when the L&D team walks out, and the manager walks in. But new employees aren't ready to work autonomously after onboarding and far too many managers aren't set up to continue developing them to get there. This often results in anxiety, confusion, and even regression on the part of the new employee. It's time to stop onboarding and start everboarding, a systems approach that swaps a defined training time period for a continuous development cycle focuses on longevity and success over time. 
    After discovering that onboarding was a poor predictor of future performance, Amber Watts started asking why. That led her to dive in and design an employee's training experience differently. The concept of everboarding, focusing on the systems and people who support performance, was born. 
    Listen in on my conversation with Amber to learn more about: 
    The components of everboarding that make it different than onboarding Equipping and supporting managers as part of the new employee experience Establishing a mentor program in addition to a buddy program L&D's role in aligning employee targets/KPIs in everboarding Measuring effectiveness in an employee's ramp up Questions to ask frontline managers when learning about their needs The importance of partnership with the talent acquisition team Amber Watts has over a decade of expertise in Talent Development and Sales Enablement, and deeply cares about fostering performance science wherever she goes. Throughout her career, she has left a significant impact on various industries. Currently serving as the Chief Revenue Officer at Magnet Medical. She holds a B.S. in Business Management & Leadership and a certification in Virtual Training Design. She was an Emerging Training Leader from Training Magazine in 2019, earned a Stevie Award for Sales Training/Coaching Program in 2020, and an award for Excellence in Learning Leadership with ATD Nebraska in 2023.
    Find out more and connect with Amber Watts here: 
    LinkedIn
    Website: makelearningrad.com
    Find out more and connect with Jess Almlie here: 
    LinkedIn
    Subscribe to the L&D Must Change Newsletter
    Website: Learning Business Advisor Consulting

    • 46 min
    6. The Power of Stories to Connect, Train, and Humanize with Rance Greene

    6. The Power of Stories to Connect, Train, and Humanize with Rance Greene

    Stories have the power to hold us in anticipation, motivate us to learn more, and connect with others on a human level. Rance Greene discovered this by accident when he made the move from directing actors on the stage to directing the creation of compliance training in business. Suddenly, ethics and compliance jumped to the top line item in the company culture survey. People knew what to do, listened to the stories, and reported that they were looking forward to the next round of compliance training. Can you imagine this happening in your company? 
    Rance achieved this seemingly impossible feat using powerful stories in the compliance training. Stories that humanized the learners, provided a strong conflict, and motivated them to resolution. 
    Listen in on my conversation with Rance to learn more about: 
    Working with stakeholders and SMEs as humans first and sources of information second.  The disrespect shown by not including observable actions in training. The importance of defining relatable characters, strong conflict, and a desire for resolution in a story designed for learning.  Three questions to ask when starting any design project.  Rance Greene is often known as the "Story Man," but he prefers the title "Story Designer." He formed needastory.com and the School of Story Design (schoolofstorydesign.com) for those who struggle with storytelling at work. His methodology—Story Design—gives leaders and talent development professionals a systematic and creative way for discovering who their audience is and how to persuade them to act on new ideas. He helps leadership teams, entrepreneurs and instructional designers discover that they are uniquely equipped to tell the best story for their audiences. Rance is the author of Instructional Story Design, a practical guide for developing stories that train. He coaches, teaches, speaks, and writes often on the benefits of stories to connect people to one another.

    Find out more and connect with Rance Greene here: 
    LinkedIn Website: www.needastory.com School: www.schoolofstorydesign.com "Story Zone" Blog: https://www.schoolofstorydesign.com/blog Book: Instructional Story Design: Develop Stories That Train Email: info@needastory.com Find out more and connect with Jess Almlie here: 
    LinkedIn Subscribe to the L&D Must Change Newsletter Learning Business Advisor Consulting

    • 44 min
    The Performance Consulting Mindset Shift with Christopher Adams

    The Performance Consulting Mindset Shift with Christopher Adams

    It's time to dive into performance consulting with today's guest, Christopher Adams, Principal Consultant for Performance Change Strategies LLC. Performance consulting focuses on the gaps that exist between the performance of people and the desired business results. Sometimes training can help to close those gaps and sometimes it cannot. We owe it to our stakeholders, who come to us with a pain point that needs solving, to help figure out the best solution. 
    Christopher and I discuss: 
    Why it isn't enough for L&D to be experts in producing specific learning solutions. How L&D needs to develop a clear mindset around how work, the performance of people, and business results work together (and a mental model to do this).  Asking questions that influence instead of simply gather data.  The importance of investing in relationships in order to move from serving as a helper to working as a partner. As principal consultant for Performance Change Strategies LLC in Charlotte, NC, Christopher (Chris) has facilitated capability building programs for leading organizations in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. He is also an associate member of the graduate faculty at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He frequently writes and speaks about performance consulting, leading educational sessions at international conferences. In 2019, Chris co-authored the 2019 TD@Work: Focus First on Results. He has also been personally endorsed by Jim and Dana Robinson, authors of the book, Performance Consulting, to carry forward their work of building strategic capability in talent teams. 
    Find and connect with Christopher Adams here: 
    Website: www.resultscomefirst.com LinkedIn  Find and connect with Jess Almlie here: 
    LinkedIn Subscribe to the L&D Must Change Newsletter Learning Business Advisor Consulting Additional resources mentioned in this Episode: 
    Book: Performance Consulting: A Strategic Process to Improve, Measure, and Sustain Organizational Results by Jim & Dana Robinson, et. al.  Book: Human Competence: Engineering Worthy Peformance by Thomas F. Gilbert Book: Improving Performance: How to Manage the White Space on the Organizational Chart by Geary A. Rummler and Alan P. Brache  

    • 59 min
    It's the Little Things: Cultivating Belonging Through Small Actions with Wendy Gates Corbett

    It's the Little Things: Cultivating Belonging Through Small Actions with Wendy Gates Corbett

    It's episode 4 and we're talking all things belonging with researcher Wendy Gates Corbett. She's on a mission to show everyone who wants to make a difference in their work culture how easy and possible it is to do just that, especially when it comes to belonging in the workplace. It turns out, a sense of belonging doesn't stem from big engagement programs and events, but from small (free) actions that anyone can do. As L&D professionals, we are in a unique position to help lead the way for these small actions to ultimately turn the tide on retention and engagement. 
    Wendy and I discuss: 
    The importance of creating a sense of belonging at work Three main components of belonging: connect, respect, and protect How we can simplify (and not overcomplicate) actions that lead to belonging How L&D can lead the way to model and advocate for belonging in the workplace The need for rest and recovery as an important part of belonging One thing you can do today to get started Wendy Gates Corbett, CPTD, stands at the forefront of Belonging and Leadership, wielding her expertise with a vibrant energy that transforms workplaces and speaking stages alike. Her personal journey as a biracial individual has profoundly influenced her mission to cultivate spaces of unconditional acceptance, a mission that she brings to life as a top-tier organizational culture consultant, global training executive, belonging researcher, and Adjunct Professor of Leadership and Management in all of Duke University’s graduate engineering programs.

    Wendy's research, which has touched over 150,000 people worldwide, pinpoints the behaviors that foster a genuine sense of belonging within organizations. Wendy's #1 bestselling book, "The Energy of Belonging: 75 Ideas to Spark Workplace Community," is a continuation of her vital discourse on the subject. Whether consulting in the boardroom, lecturing in the classroom, or captivating an audience on stage, Wendy Gates Corbett is a beacon of progress, hope, and action guiding a path toward a more inclusive, empowered, and thriving future. Her work sparks impactful change, encouraging everyone to claim their space, their voice, and their power to create spaces where belonging thrives.
    Find and connect with Wendy Gates Corbett here: 
    LinkedIn Websites: www.wendygatescorbett.com / www.signature-presentations.com Book: "The Energy of Belonging: 75 Ideas to Spark Workplace Community" on Amazon: https://bit.ly/belongingenergy Find and connect with Jess Almlie here: 
    LinkedIn Subscribe to the L&D Must Change Newsletter Learning Business Advisor Consulting  

    • 47 min

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A must listen!

Jess Almlie is the best! She is a respected, innovative and vibrant L&D thought leader with great connections across the industry. I can’t wait to hear more!

AdRock1333 ,

The L&D Revolution Has Begun!

I have been a follower of Jess and her work on LinkedIn for quite some time. Her thoughts on learning and development—a field that I hold so close to my heart—have truly shifted the way I look at the work, the relationships, and those that are learning in my workspace.

Now I can have Jess in my ears reminding that our field has the opportunity to change. And it’s not about all about the technology and tools; it’s about how we each approach the L&D work we do!

L&D must change and by adding these changes into my practice, I know that I will change, along with those I serve.

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