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Archive for March, 2012

An Interview with Dr. Harold Stolovitch, Research-to-Practice Symposium Coordinator

An Interview with Dr. Harold Stolovitch, Research-to-Practice Symposium Coordinator

THE Performance Improvement Conference this year will feature the half-day Research-to-Practice Symposium, Myth Busting: Separating Evidence-Based Findings from Unsupported Beliefs.

Conference Frequently Asked Questions

Conference Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about the upcoming THE Performance Improvement Conference, April 18-23, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Deliver Results to Your Company: Make Connections, Generate Leads

Deliver Results to Your Company: Make Connections, Generate Leads

THE Performance Improvement Conference 2012 is the perfect place to heighten your visibility and stature amongst forward-thinking performance improvement organizations from business (Fortune 500), government, military, health care, academia, nonprofit, and other organizations around the world.

ISPI’s 50th Anniversary Around the Corner

ISPI’s 50th Anniversary Around the Corner

ISPI needs your help building a repository of all things historic and ISPI related for THE Performance Improvement Conference 2012.

ISPI’s Board of Directors Elections Results

ISPI’s Board of Directors Elections Results

The votes have been tallied, and the following candidates have been elected to serve as members of ISPI’s 2012-2014 Board of Directors.

Ithaca’s Online Certificate Program Welcomes Roger D’Aprix

Ithaca’s Online Certificate Program Welcomes Roger D’Aprix

An online seminar based on his latest book is now available through Ithaca College’s online professional certificate program in Performance Improvement Management. The seminar, The Credible Company: Communicating with Today’s Skeptical Workforce, can be taken as stand-alone course over three weeks, or part of a larger certificate program, where Roger is a regular instructor.

ISPI Announces Chapter Awards of Excellence

ISPI Announces Chapter Awards of Excellence

ISPI is pleased to announce the winning chapters who submitted nominations for a coveted Award of Excellence. This year, we received an overwhelming response with many more submissions than previous years.

ISPI Bestows Honorary Awards on Longtime Members

ISPI Bestows Honorary Awards on Longtime Members

The International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) has four special honorary awards that recognize outstanding individuals for their significant contributions to human performance technology (HPT) and to the Society itself.

Outstanding Performance Improvement Interventions Honored with 2012 Awards of Excellence

Outstanding Performance Improvement Interventions Honored with 2012 Awards of Excellence

ISPI’s Awards of Excellence program, which was founded in 1963, is designed to showcase the people, products, innovations, and organizations that represent excellence in the field of human performance technology (HPT) on an annual basis.

2012 Award of Excellence Bestowed for Outstanding Student Research

2012 Award of Excellence Bestowed for Outstanding Student Research

ISPI’s Award of Excellence Program honors outstanding student and professional research. This award recognizes outstanding research in the field of Human Performance Technology or a related field such as Adult Education, Human Technology, Behavioral Psychology, or Vocational Education

Skill Is Not Performance and Performance Diagnostics Is Not Easy

Skill Is Not Performance and Performance Diagnostics Is Not Easy

This concept is simple to understand but difficult to practice (what some might label as “common sense” but “not commonly practiced”). During the past few years, I have observed clients, performance-consulting managers, and practitioners oversimplify performance needs and inappropriately conclude identified problems to be only gaps in performer skills. Sadly, I have done this as well in my career and can understand how professionals can make these diagnostic mistakes.

Learning@Lowe’s: From Transactional to Transformational

Learning@Lowe’s: From Transactional to Transformational

Creating a holistic, business-focused learning strategy is one of the critical milestones in the five-year strategic journey of Lowe’s Learning & Organizational Effectiveness group as they transition from transactional T&D order takers to strategic HPT business partners.

The Generation Gap—Fact or Fiction?

The Generation Gap—Fact or Fiction?

Powerful and suggestive images, like the “new millennium learners” and “digital natives”, born between 1981 and 2000, have been used to develop a given set of expectations about today’s learners. It is often assumed that these students must have different skill sets than previous generations of learners and that their use of the Internet and other emerging technologies require that existing methods of instruction be reviewed and modified to leverage these new technologies.

Tips for Networking at a Conference

Tips for Networking at a Conference

Some people find networking at conferences to be a challenge. Below are some tips that I hope you will find useful.

How Is the Health of Your Human Performance?

How Is the Health of Your Human Performance?

You can take 10 minutes to complete a survey online and, if you choose, receive the full results to see how you compare with other companies.

Chapter Corner: The Chicago Chapter—Revitalized and Energized!

Chapter Corner: The Chicago Chapter—Revitalized and Energized!

The ISPI Chicago Chapter has made some big changes.

From the Board: Presidency Wrap-Up

From the Board: Presidency Wrap-Up

Well, the elections are over and the new leaders are about to join the team to steer the ship over the next two years. ISPI is in good hands.

Organizational Spotlight: EDARA Group

Organizational Spotlight: EDARA Group

EDARA Group mainly works locally for the time being, but within our strategic plans we will be going regionally. EDARA is participating in increasing the awareness of human performance technology among the private sector organizations in Kuwait.

Tales From the Field: A Needs Assessment on Quality Control and Performance Issues at a Manufacturing Company

Tales From the Field: A Needs Assessment on Quality Control and Performance Issues at a Manufacturing Company

Our needs assessment incorporated elements of both a knowledge and skills assessment and job and task analysis (Gupta, Sleezer & Russ-Eft, 2007) and used Gilbert’s Behavior Engineering Model (BEM; 1996) and Langdon’s Language of Work (LOW; 2000).

TrendSpotters: The Case for Evidence-Based Practice

TrendSpotters: The Case for Evidence-Based Practice

Our guest this month is Dick Clark, CPT, EdD, professor of Educational Psychology and Technology, and clinical research professor of Surgery at the University of California Rossier School of Education.