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Archive for November, 2012

Remembering Joe H. Harless–Our Friend & Colleague

Remembering Joe H. Harless–Our Friend & Colleague

Our brother in performance improvement, Joe H. Harless, 71, a key figure since the mid-1960s in the development of human performance technology at NSPI and ISPI, passed away while on a family vacation on October 4, 2012. Spearheaded by Guy Wallace, the November/December issue of Performance Improvement journal will feature a tribute to Joe. To […]

Chapter Corner</br>The Armed Forces Chapter: Outreach

Chapter Corner
The Armed Forces Chapter: Outreach

The Armed Forces ISPI Chapter (AFC-ISPI) is a virtual chapter with more than 125 members who hail from the world at large. AFC-ISPI serves the military, consultants, emergency services, contractors, and others who seek to promote excellence in military training and performance improvement.

From the Board</br>Volunteering: It Is as Much about Getting as Giving

From the Board
Volunteering: It Is as Much about Getting as Giving

While ISPI relies heavily on its members to volunteer their services, there is another side to that coin: The members rely on ISPI to provide them with a framework that allows them to serve. The numerous volunteers within our Society are effectively the “glue” that holds both the local chapters and the international organization together.

Knowledge Worker’s Tool Room</br>Helping People Get through What They Are Going Through

Knowledge Worker’s Tool Room
Helping People Get through What They Are Going Through

As performance improvement professionals, introducing changes to processes, workflows, jobs, and tasks is an essential part of what we do, whether as external consultants or internal professionals on staff.

TrendSpotters: 4 Motivational Switches

TrendSpotters: 4 Motivational Switches

We are delighted to welcome Dr. Jimmy, the expert’s expert, to TrendSpotters this month. By all accounts a brilliant student, Dr. Jimmy, drjimmyexpert@gmail.com, relates that he mastered Latin, Greek, Yiddish, and Svengali before attending college.

Performance Improving Technology: Smart Tablets

Performance Improving Technology: Smart Tablets

Smart tablets seem to be all the rage in the past few years. Smart tablets are, for the most part, smart phones, but they are bigger; and, in most cases, you do not use them to talk on, but you use them more so as a touch-screen laptop.

Organizational Spotlight: Kaiser Permanente

Organizational Spotlight: Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente works nationally and has eight regions: Hawaii, Northern California, Southern California, the Northwest, Colorado, Ohio, Georgia, and the Mid-Atlantic states.

How to Create Your PI Stories Video

How to Create Your PI Stories Video

Do you want to create a video for the PI Success Stories Contest, but you are not quite sure where to start? If so, not to worry! Here are some tips and helpful hints for you as you get started on your video.

ISPI Announces New China Chapter

ISPI Announces New China Chapter

The new chapter in China was started with the help of Chapter President Frank Fu in the summer and early fall of this year. Frank would like us to know that the “China Chapter is the first (and only) ISPI Chapter in China.

November 15 is Your Last Chance to Win Your 2013 Conference Registration and Hotel Stay!

November 15 is Your Last Chance to Win Your 2013 Conference Registration and Hotel Stay!

November is already here, which means there are only a few weeks left to refer new members as part of the Share the Gift of ISPI Member-Get-A-Member campaign. Refer new members by November 15 for your chance to win in the final monthly drawing and, of course, the grand prizes!

System Approach, Systems Approach, Systematic Approach, and Systemic Approach–Like Cousins, They Are Related but Not the Same

System Approach, Systems Approach, Systematic Approach, and Systemic Approach–Like Cousins, They Are Related but Not the Same

Each time I hear or read a reference to a “systems approach,” I feel a bit helpless to let the one using the term to realize that in all probability his or her results will be disappointing. The same is true for “systematic approach” and “systemic approach.”

President-Elect Lisa Toenniges Speaks at Elliott Masie’s Learning 2012 Conference

President-Elect Lisa Toenniges Speaks at Elliott Masie’s Learning 2012 Conference

ISPI President-Elect Lisa Toenniges represented the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) at Elliott Masie’s Learning 2012 Conference, which was held October 21-24 at Disney’s Colorado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida.

Interview with Ingrid Guerra-Lopez

Interview with Ingrid Guerra-Lopez

Ingrid Guerra-López is a performance improvement professional with 15 years of practice, teaching, research, and service to the field. She is currently an associate professor of Performance Improvement and Training and director of the Institute for Learning and Performance Improvement at Wayne State University in Detroit.

Geary Rummler Award for the Advancement of Performance Improvement

Geary Rummler Award for the Advancement of Performance Improvement

ISPI is proud to announce the Geary Rummler Award for the Advancement of Performance Improvement. The Rummler Award recognizes individuals or organizations that espouse Geary’s performance improvement work ethic with demonstrated result.