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Archive for April, 2012

Preparing for THE Conference

Preparing for THE Conference

With so much going on, it is best to prepare ahead of time to ensure you get the most out of your conference experience. With your game plan in place, you can show up to the conference confident and ready to learn and network.

Speed Mentoring Session Offers a Warm Welcome to Emerging Professionals

Speed Mentoring Session Offers a Warm Welcome to Emerging Professionals

Start off this year’s THE Performance Improvement Conference with the fourth annual Emerging Professionals Speed Mentoring Session. Meet with dedicated ISPI professionals who will answer your questions, introduce you to other experts in the field, and help orient you through the conference.

Attention: Online Faculty Attending THE Performance Improvement Conference

Attention: Online Faculty Attending THE Performance Improvement Conference

Please join us for one hour (3:00-4:00 or 4:00-5:00 pm) before the official opening of THE Performance Improvement Conference on Friday, April 20, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm to participate in the preliminary research study that captures an accurate profile of successful online faculty.

Roundtable Presentations at THE Conference

Roundtable Presentations at THE Conference

THE Performance Improvement Conference will feature two roundtable sessions: Chat ‘n Chew on Sunday, April 22, from 11:45 am – 1:15 pm, and the Anniversary Barrel on Monday, April 23, from 2:00-4:00 pm. With almost 100 roundtable topics to choose from, all hosted by industry experts, these fun and fast-paced sessions expose attendees to a vast array of performance improvement topics.

University Case Study Competition Culminates at THE Conference

University Case Study Competition Culminates at THE Conference

With THE Performance Improvement Conference just around the corner, the excitement is building around ISPI’s fourth annual University Case Study Competition.

Get Your Career in Gear with Marshall Brown, Career Coach

Get Your Career in Gear with Marshall Brown, Career Coach

Take advantage of valuable advice and guidance from career coach Marshall Brown at THE Performance Improvement Conference, April 18-23, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Whether you are actively looking for a new job, considering a career change, or just want to keep your resume up-to-date for one day down the road, the Career Center will provide you with valuable insight into the ins and outs of a successful job search from an experienced career coach.

EPC Celebrates ISPI’s 50th Anniversary with Interactive Timeline

EPC Celebrates ISPI’s 50th Anniversary with Interactive Timeline

Did you know that ISPI’s first meeting was held on January 29, 1962, in San Antonio, Texas? Did you know that ISPI’s original name was NSPI (National Society for Programmed Instruction)? Did you know that over 650 people attended the first ISPI conference for $13? The Emerging Professionals Committee (EPC) is proud to celebrate ISPI’s 50th anniversary by announcing the availability of the ISPI/NSPI Interactive Timeline!

2012 Distinguished Dissertation Award

2012 Distinguished Dissertation Award

ISPI is proud to honor excellence in student research through our Distinguished Dissertation Awards. The initiative is funded by the Society’s Research Committee, chaired this year by James Marken, PhD, Old Dominion University. The recipients will be recognized on April 21, during ISPI’s Awards Luncheon in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

ISPI Presidential Citations

ISPI Presidential Citations

Each year, ISPI’s President chooses members to recognize as invaluable to the success of his or her presidency. Many people have contributed over the past year; however, the following people have made significant contributions including pulling together the 50th celebration, spearheading work on the CAGC, fostering our relationships with leaders in developing markets, promoting ISPI in other professions, and stewarding the work of key committees.

Certification and Accreditation Governance Committee

Certification and Accreditation Governance Committee

ISPI announces the composition of the Certification and Accreditation Governance Committee (CAGC) for 2012.

New Organizational Member Carter Systematic Solutions

New Organizational Member Carter Systematic Solutions

Carter Systematic Solutions LLC, based in North Carolina, is a certified Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB).

You Are Invited

You Are Invited

The International Society for Performance Improvement Europe/EMEA (ISPI-Europe/EMEA) invites you to submit a proposal for a unique conference, a highly interactive event with a track record of high value, and open exchange of knowledge, experience, and innovative ideas in the field of human and organizational performance.

The Mists of Six Sigma

The Mists of Six Sigma

Everyone interested in business processes seems to know that Six Sigma was invented at Motorola and that Motorola became the first winner of the Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award in 1988. The origin of Six Sigma has been the subject of countless articles, a series of Harvard Business School cases, and many books.

An Accomplishment-Based Approach to Capturing Expertise

An Accomplishment-Based Approach to Capturing Expertise

The most effective and efficient way to capture models of optimal performance is to work with existing accomplished performers. These are the individuals who have established approaches to their work that produce the desired results at a consistently high level.

Whither the Relationship? Building Trust in Your Client Interactions

Whither the Relationship? Building Trust in Your Client Interactions

It has been argued that there are four key areas of knowledge and skill in performance consultancy.

The “ART” of Performance Partnering

The “ART” of Performance Partnering

If you ask trainers what bothers them most about their jobs, they will tell you they do not like being order takers. So you might ask, if not order taker, what do they want to be? The answer most often would be a strategic business partner.

Human Performance Technology Models

Human Performance Technology Models

Over the years, there have been several models of human performance technology (HPT), by authors respected in the field of HPT, that attempt to model out the contributing factors to human performance in the form of taxonomies that purport to guide the manager. These models make up an evolution of the field of HPT, each adding to the ones before it.

From the Board: Jack’s ISPI Speech

From the Board: Jack’s ISPI Speech

Our future has many opportunities. As we embark on our next 50 years, there are challenges that we will meet with the same energy as our predecessors. As we meet those challenges, human performance technology will be more tightly sewn into the fabric of organizations. The existence of performance improvement departments will become the norm for organizations, rather than the exception.

TrendSpotters: WIIFM for the Environment

TrendSpotters: WIIFM for the Environment

Our guest this month is Eric Landen, president of Landen Consulting, a firm specializing in environmental business strategy, ecosystem services, operational excellence, and organizational development and transformation.

Tales from the Field: Conducting a Needs Assessment for Craft Beer Sales

Tales from the Field: Conducting a Needs Assessment for Craft Beer Sales

Pepin Distributing Company sells and markets a diverse portfolio of products, including beer, bottled water, and energy drinks. They take pride in the tremendous variety and choices of beer for retailers as well as being able to efficiently deliver these products.