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Category: Learning Paths



Date: Wednesday, September 17th

Time: 10:00 to 11:00 am Central Time

Presenter: Steve Rosenbaum, President Learning Paths International

Registration: Learningpaths.com


Learning Paths is the fastest and most effective way to reduce time to performance. Hundreds of companies in more than eight countries have used the Learning Paths approach for onboarding new employees, improving performance of current employees as well as leadership development.


This webinar is presented by Steve Rosenbaum, the author of the book Learning Paths: Increase profits by reducing the time it takes to get employees up-to-speed (Pfeiffer and ASTD Press).  In this webinar, you will how Learning Paths initiatives lead to speeding up design and development, improving measurability and overall results.


In this webinar learn about:


  • How to define and measure proficiency
  • Map, improve and accelerate the learning process
  • Transform the way your organization looks at training


To Register Go To:  Learningpaths.com


Tags: learning, learning paths, performance, proficiency, time to performance, webinar
Comments Off on 3 Keys to Rapid Onboarding – Webinar
Category: Learning Paths

Date: Thursday June 5th
Time: 10:00 to 11:00 am Central Time
Presenter: Steve Rosenbaum, President Learning Paths International


The first 30 days on the job are critical to success. This is the time to get new employees productive quickly and avoid the frustration that often leads to early turnover. Successful onboarding goes beyond a simple orientation or new hire training. This webinar focuses on three keys to improving and speeding up the onboarding process. In this webinar, you will learn about:


● How to build the new employee’s confidence
● How to start new employees on the road to success
● How to make sure employees fit into their work teams

 Click To Register

Comments Off on Reducing Time to Proficiency: Big vs. Small Company?
Category: Instructional Design, Learning Paths

"learn" written on blackboard with apple, books

Reducing time to proficiency is an important and highly effective way to improve results while driving down the cost of training. I’ve done this type of project in companies with more than 500,000 employees and less than 5. Both size companies can benefit greatly, but the projects are different. Large companies have a lot of stuff and a lot of infrastructure. There is often a lot of measurement and historical data to work with. Having enough training is not usually the problem.


These projects are more of a process of getting things in the right order, getting rid of what doesn’t add value and structuring the informal coaching and mentoring. Because there is so much stuff to work with the low hanging fruit is everywhere.


Small companies usually have little or nothing to work with. It’s more of a blank slate. The approach is usually not to start building a lot of training, but rather to look for what might exist in places like colleges, associations or online. This training is then arranged and structured with all the informal on-the-job training and coaching required.


The trick with large companies is to get them to accept a change in focus and approach from curriculums and competencies toward Learning Paths and proficiencies. The trick with small companies is to give them enough support when they lack internal expertise or resources. Keep in mind that these projects are about improvement and not problem solving. This means you can start with a baseline and drive to the next level and then when done drive to a higher level.

Tags: curriculum, design, instruction, learning, learning path, proficiency, training
Comments Off on The Secret to Rapid Instructional Design
Category: Instructional Design

MatchesI’ve been doing instructional design for more than 30 years, I will tell you with certainty that there is no technology or design model that will speed things up faster than avoiding those things that slow it down. When an executive says, we are going to move that new training program to 2nd quarter next year, that’s a lot of wasted time to make up. While there are a lot of things that slow down development, I want to give you my top 3.

1. Starting at the Bottom

Fast development requires the active support and participation of a high level project champion who can write a check if needed and dedicate people’s time to a project. When a designer asks a subject matter expert to participate in an interview, the SME might not get back for three weeks.  If the president merely makes a suggestion if the SME would be willing to participate, that SME is on your doorstep the next day. This is the difference between development in a few weeks versus development sometime this year.

2. Staring at the Blank Page

Blank page development takes forever. There are a lot of decisions that can be made in advance to get things going in the right direction. Just a few include: selecting and using a design model, developing a template for every deliverable in that model, creating style sheets including those for writing styles, creating libraries of activities that can be reused. For example, if you start every instructor-led training session with a unit called Welcome and Introduction, 90% of that unit is the same. Even if you change up how students introduce themselves, this takes less than 20 minutes. There are standard ways to do role plays, case studies, and team presentation. I know about 6 good ways to do role plays.  I can simply drop one in. If it seems like you’re having the same discussions every time you do a project, you’re probably wasting time.

3. Stuffing the Goose

I didn’t make this term up, but I like it. You have to know how much training you can actually do in an hour, a day and a week. When you overstuff training, you end up having to remove it later, or rework it, or retrain it. If someone gives you 100 PowerPoint slides to make into a two hour webinar, what’s the likelihood that’s going to work. I really doesn’t take a lot of experience to know how long things take.  I mean is it reasonable to do three role plays with a debrief in 20 minutes? That’s an hours worth of training if you do it right. So it’s a lot faster not to do three days of classroom training when you only have a day.

Here’s the challenge for most instructional designers, do you think you can convince others that what they are doing is slowing things down to a crawl?


Tags: design, learning, model, repaid, training
Comments Off on Quotes for Training
Category: Learning Principles

TwainI always like having a few good quotes when speaking or delivering training.  Mark Twain had a great gift for stating what a lot of us have experienced.  Here are a couple of my favorites that you might like to use.

“When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around.  But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”

“A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.”

“All generalizations are false, including this one.”

“Don’t let schooling interfere with your education.”

“The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.”

“It is noble to teach oneself, but still nobler to teach others–and less trouble.”



Tags: education, expereince, learning, Twain
Comments Off on Rapid Onboarding and the Critical First 30 Days
Category: Learning Paths

businessOnboarding is critical first 30 to 60 days new employees spend on the job. Onboarding goes beyond a basic employee orientation and focuses on getting new hire productive as soon as possible. At Learning Paths International, we know a lot about onboarding. Onboarding is often the first part of a full Learning Path that takes employees to full proficiency. Including building a full onboarding program for your orgnization, we can also assess your current onboarding program to find ways to take out time and waste as well as lower your cost.  We can also work with your training staff to teach them how to build a better onboading program. For an onboarding whitepaper or to get more information, in the United States email us at steve@learningpaths.com or call 952-368-9329 for EMEA email us at emea@learningpaths.com or call +386-30-395-845.


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Category: Learning Paths


Add the Learning Paths Brand to Your Consulting Practice

As part of our ongoing effort to build the Learning Paths brand, we are adding new partners in the US and internationally.  For our partners this is an opportunity to expand their businesses with a consulting methodology that will give them a competitive advantage.  Other benefits include:

  • A proven methodology that adds to your credibility and expertise
  • A partnership network that shares resources and best practices
  • Ongoing support and training on how to market training including social networking
  • Higher visibility with a growing brand
  • Profitable products and services to sell

What Partners Get

The partnership program is designed to help our partners become successful.  Here are some of the key elements of the partnership program:

  • A license to market and use the Learning Paths methodology
  • Training on how to sell and conduct a Learning Paths initiative
  • Sales support including proposal templates, presentations and sales leads
  • Use of promotional material including logos, whitepapers, webinars and other printed materials
  • All of the tools and templates required to conduct a Learning Paths initiative
  • A presences on the Learning Paths website and blog
  • Discounts on the Learning Paths book

Partner Profile

We are seeking partners who currently have consulting practice in human resources, sales, training, organizational development, quality or safety.  This includes both individual practitioners and consulting companies.  In the US, we are seeking partners with a strong regional presence, industry focus or unique areas of expertise.  Internationally we are looking for new partners in  South America, Australia, Asia, Middle East  and Africa.

Next Steps

To discuss the partners program with us contact: Steve Rosenbaum, president and founder of Learning Paths Phone +1 952-368-9329 or contact us by email: steve@learningpathsinternational.com.  You can also choose to attend one of our upcoming Partners Program webconferences.

Comments Off on Learning Path or Learning Highway?
Category: Learning Paths

Traffic through Los Angelesby Cees Nieboer, Learning Paths Europe

Sometimes I wonder if the name is still reflecting what we actually do. I’m not saying that I don’t like the name, on the contrary, I think it’s very recognizable and strong. But I feel that given the activities we do a name Learning Highway would reflect the results in a better way. A path can, sometimes, be quite unstructured, narrow, and often has obstacles preventing you from going, very fast. Learning Paths as we implement them are fast, allow you to overtake (competition) and are clearly marked. Being in the fast lane on a clearly marked route to known destinations gives a sense of power, accomplishment and satisfaction. Others, on the other lanes, often wonder why they are in a traffic jam and how come some ‘privileged people’ are allowed in the fast lane.

Well, it might seem unfair to some, but it isn’t. Nobody is prevented from joining the fast lane. Making the Learning Paths methodology accessible to everybody out there, gives people a free choice to be part of it, or to keep wondering why everybody else is succeeding faster and with better tangible results. We can only offer the opportunity we can’t force you to change. If companies and individuals would set their fear of change aside and decide actually doing something about it results will definitely improve. Don’t think you’re a guinea pig. There have been many companies and individuals going through the process successfully. You’re not alone, qualified Learning Paths  consultants are there to support you implementing the change. Join us in the fast lane but make sure to fasten your seatbelt!

Tags: learning, learning highway, learning path
Comments Off on Lessons from Travel Agent Training
Category: Instructional Design

JFK-terminal-mapI’ve spent a lot of the last year building training for new travel agents.  Most people when they start a program like this start to think about an outline what they think travel agents need to know.  They need to know geography, their computer system, airlines, hotels, sales, etc.  Then they arrange them in nice neat little boxes like a typical school curriculum.  Usually there are lots and lot of tests.

We decided that this is totally the wrong approach.  What we looked at was what makes a travel agent valuable to the travel agency owner.  What they really value is for a new travel agent to be able to generate more in commissions and fees than they pay to have the travel agent work for them.  We were then able to define the proficiency statements that lead to this outcome.  For example, most leisure agents book a lot of Disney vacations.  So it makes sense to devote a lot of time to teach and practice how to book and sell Disney.  We identified each of the other destinations or types of travel that make up the vast majority of what travel agents handle.

We also built in a lot of practice in a lot of different ways.  You can’t role play who Disney trip and think you’ve got it mastered.  It’s more like 20 to 50.  Maybe more.  Also the real test is not getting 75% on a multiple choice test.  It’s listening to and observing students to see how they use their skills and knowledge in actual sales situations.  This program is multiple weeks of training and it’s one of the most interesting that I’ve ever worked on.

Tags: instructional design, learning, training, travel
Comments Off on Welcome Our New Affiliate in Slovenia
Category: Uncategorized

Simona Kukovičič is the first Slovenian based certified Learning Paths affiliate to HeRoes Group, representative of Learning Paths in Europe and the Middle East. She manages a consultancy company called Ariessa. Based in Slovenske Konjice in the beautiful country of Slovenia she is determined to make her business grow with Learning Paths as one of her core services. Simona can be reached by email: simona@ariessa.si She works closely with Cees W.M. Nieboer, CEO of HeRoes Group and President of Learning Paths Europe to develop the local Learning Paths business.

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