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EVERYBODY’S WORKING ON THE WEEKEND!

You want a piece of my heart? You better start from the needs analysis!

Let 5k work on the weekend. We don’t mind; we’ll just take Monday off instead (if that’s okay, boss). Plus, no casualties. Which is kind of our motto around the ol’ 5k Courses headquarters.

Singing the wrong song lyrics can be funny, but there isn’t anything funny about being up against the clock, building training at the last minute, barely ensuring it works properly, let alone polishing it up and making it look and sound good.


It’s no indictment on you or your team; it’s an inevitability when change comes faster than the human hand can move, plus all the fun, constraints and limitations, and outliers that can turn “just-in-time” learning into “just-a-little-late” training.


If you’ve been in this business long enough, you know that too many variables and things outside of your control (like delayed system readiness for the system for which you are trying to provide system training) can occasionally chain us to our desk. And it sure feels like a training emergency when you have to be at work on the weekend.


I get anxious just thinking about it <shudders> as I clutch and caress the Post-It note affixed to my computer monitor that reads:


"There is no such thing as a training emergency."


The handwriting is done in a way that connotes a sense of optimism – like putting the words in writing somehow improves its likelihood of being true. Think and grow rich, right?


With the best of intentions and well-documented project plans – SO MANY GANNT CHARTS, there is even a Ron Gant Chart for 90s Atlanta Braves fans – us L&D professionals still find ourselves working under less-than-ideal deadlines. Even if you have an endless budget (if so, perchance you are hiring?) all the money in the world can’t buy you more time.


Or can it? It only takes a reasonable amount of money to buy some of 5k Courses’ time. You contact 5k and organize your content, and we’ll call up the eLearning mercenaries to ensure you win the battle. Let 5k work on the weekend. We don’t mind; we’ll just take Monday off instead (if that’s okay, boss). Plus, no casualties. Which is kind of our motto around the ol’ 5k Courses headquarters.


Albeit, we all concede that L&D is a bloodsport.


Author: Greg Moore at 5kCourses.com

Sucked into the seedy underworld of corporate training and development as a tech writer and personal learning advisor for a successful eLearning company, Greg has found lifelong friendship and gratification doing everything from building online courses, apps, games, to media production and editing, voice over, animation, traditional as well as virtual instructor-led training, and [HIS TRUE PASSION] strategic organizational design work such as competency mapping, career pathing, and creating fluid org charts....and he makes a mean cocktail!



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