Legacy Material

Weak Timbers


You're probably surrounded by legacy training material, and much of it is established, respected texts. Some of the material you may have constructed yourself.

Going through and revamping the material is tedious but possible. Forcing yourself to give up on all your favorite examples and lessons — impossible. To reverse your view of each subject would take too much energy. Changing an established way of thinking for any large amount of material is way too difficult.

I'm serious.

A frontal assault on your beliefs is near impossible. We need a less confrontational way to handle legacy material.

Weak Timbers

If you work in a mine, replace the weak timbers first. Others can be fixed at your leisure.

The same is true for old, established learning material.

Pick a known problem area. Don't worry about all the mediocre training that should be revamped someday. Select a topic that everyone has trouble understanding and restructure the content to fit key performance elements.

You already know this process. It's the same as building training material from scratch. Find an expert, flush out the frameworks, and detail the task.

When the section is rebuilt, insert it back into the curriculum. The overall learning system will have improved, and disruption is minimal.


You now know enough to identify and restructure poorly constructed learning material. This opens the door for real performance jumps.

I'm guessing that several points in these discussions went against your standard way of thinking. Overthrowing old beliefs, that's the real challenge. If you felt a shift of belief, a move to another perspective, well done.

If not, you might be surprised how you will see future events.

Thanks for listening. — JD.

What's next?

Well, you're covered the core learning techniques. It's up to you to put the principles to work and temper your understanding.

Future writings will examine multiple pattern layers, non-content pattern shifts, and other influences on decision-making.

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