4 Unrealized Benefits of a Competency Model

Every day, savvy organizations make investments in their future. As technology compels business to move faster, and new generations of employees comfortably jump from company to company, smart organizations must continue to ensure that their assets are more than just adequate to move them forward. They must focus their assets toward achieving the organization’s goals.… Read More

Hurricane Harvey and How to Prepare for Tomorrow’s Disaster Today

Image credit: U.S. Air Force by 1st Lt. Zachary West, via Creative Commons. We all knew Hurricane Harvey was coming. Weather forecasters had been tracking the storm and projecting its path for days. Still, there were some surprises – such as strengthening to a category 4 before making landfall the first time. And some unprecedented… Read More

Is the LMS on its Way Out? Ask the Corvette!

Learning industry leaders are all aflutter about the learning management system (LMS). Again. Chief Learning Officer, for example, posted a series of articles this year, alternately asserting that the time for LMS has come and gone; that LMSs are alive and well; and that “The LMS Isn’t Dead…Yet.” What’s all the fuss about? And who’s… Read More

Why You Need to Train for Competencies, Not Skills

According to industry prognosticators, the future of learning looks something like this: Microlearning. Millennials and Centennial (Gen Z) digital workers. Personalized learning plans. Virtual reality. Artificial intelligence. Multi-cultural, multi-generational, geographically dispersed networked teams. It’s a vision of who is learning and how they’re learning. What’s missing is the what of training in the future. We… Read More

How to Tackle “Big Crew Change.” One Industry’s Story.

“It takes 3 to 8 years for a company to turn a new employee into a petroleum professional.” So says Ford Brett, CEO of PetroSkills, a competency-based training company for the exploration and production (E&P) industry. At Avilar, we make a point to monitor learning and competency industry reports, analysis, trends, and tools. Every day,… Read More