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Archive for May, 2013

New Editor Selected for <em>Performance Improvement Quarterly</em>

New Editor Selected for Performance Improvement Quarterly

Performance Improvement Quarterly (PIQ ) is a peer-reviewed journal created to stimulate professional discussion in the field and to advance the discipline of performance improvement through publishing scholarly works. Its emphasis is on human performance technologies such as front-end analysis or evaluation. It also offers literature reviews and experimental studies with a scholarly base, and some case studies. PIQ is published in partnership with John Wiley & Sons and is available to ISPI members as one of many benefits with unlimited access to PIQ through the Wiley publications website.

NEW in 2013: Developing an HR Optimization Plan

NEW in 2013: Developing an HR Optimization Plan

Do your human resources department transactions exceed organizational expectations? Does your transformational work cause internal groups to seek or resist your involvement? Do you have an optimization plan to guide your department as it evolves from where it is today to where you want to be?

The First “Sterile Cockpit” Was Not in an Airplane

The First “Sterile Cockpit” Was Not in an Airplane

Aviators are deservedly proud of achieving the “sterile cockpit” operational standard in which air crews refrain from nonessential activities during critical flight maneuvers and below 10,000 feet. Prior to the FAA’s sterile cockpit mandate in 1981, there had been several major aircraft accidents attributed to lack of operational focus and idle chatter among flight crew members. However, this concept–professional focus during safety-critical maneuvers–goes back much further than the aviation rule.

High Commitment from Low Performers

High Commitment from Low Performers

Cindy started out okay. She made it through her six-month probationary period well enough to be put on the regular payroll. But then she started slipping. Sometimes she “forgot” to do things that were on her personal check sheet she completed and sent to the next team. Other times she did not seem to pay attention to what she was doing and got way behind in her work.

Should HR Executives Care about Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility?

Should HR Executives Care about Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility?

If doing what is good for society were always profitable in the short or medium run, we would have had no finance sector collapse, no climate crisis, no pollution, and no sweatshops. But we have all those things–not because businesspeople are evil or stupid, but because none of us can personally take on the costs of social responsibility, while donating all the benefits to others. In a competitive economy, if being socially responsible costs a company more, it will be outperformed by less responsible competitors.

<i>Performance Improvement</i> journal – April Issue

Performance Improvement journal – April Issue

With the completion and wrap-up of THE Performance Improvement Conference this year in Reno, NV, all of us at ISPI publications hope everyone enjoyed the journal we slipped into your bag. The April issue of the Performance Improvement journal has been guest edited by Holly Burkett, CPT, PhD, on the topic of sustainability. Holly’s intent in the issue is to explore the concept of sustainable performance, its relationship with corporate sustainability principles, and its impact on the theory and practice of human performance technology.

What Does Your Power Profile Look Like?

What Does Your Power Profile Look Like?

Students of organizations are familiar with the distinction drawn between what some call “positional power” (i.e., formal authority) and “personal power” (the kind of influence you exercise based on your style, personality, or charisma). To these two can be added a third: the power, authority, and influence that you exercise by virtue of your knowledge and expertise.

Learning Delivery Advisor for Android™

Learning Delivery Advisor for Android™

Need to find a delivery method that is a good fit for your learning need? This app will help you quickly identify delivery methods appropriate for different learning levels. Use the interactive chart to plot a desired learning level (awareness, understanding, or skill) to a continuum of nine delivery methods ranging from audio or video presentation to on-the-job training or coaching.

ISPI Collaborate: A Member’s Perspective with Lucy Newman

ISPI Collaborate: A Member’s Perspective with Lucy Newman

When I was approached to write articles about ISPI Collaborate, I was very excited. I admit, my writing is a bit rusty, but I figured I had majored in journalism, so I might as well put it to the test. After my initial excitement wore off, the fear crept in. What am I going to write about? Can I do it justice? As I began my journey, I tried navigating ISPI Collaborate like a ghost because I did not want to interfere with those using the platform. I looked in on everything, but never engaged.

ISPI Recognizes Remarkable Members with Honorary Awards

ISPI Recognizes Remarkable Members with Honorary Awards

This year, the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) bestowed three special honorary awards that recognize outstanding individuals for their significant contributions to human performance technology (HPT) and to the Society itself. These awards include the Honorary Life Member Award, Thomas F. Gilbert Distinguished Professional Achievement Award, and the Distinguished Service Award.

2013 Distinguished Dissertation Awards

2013 Distinguished Dissertation Awards

ISPI is proud to honor excellence in student research through our Distinguished Dissertation Awards. This initiative is funded by the Society’s Research Committee, chaired this year by William L. Solomonson, CPT, PhD, Oakland University. The recipients were recognized on April 15, during ISPI’s Awards Luncheon in Reno, Nevada.

This Is What the Conference Is All About

This Is What the Conference Is All About

The annual conference has always been an amazing week-long adventure that blurs into one day of constant motion. The running around from one place to the next, jumping through fiery hoops, scaling stairs in a single pounce, delivering printed materials to the next room, making sure all the rooms are set up correctly, tweeting, “Facebooking,” posting on LinkedIn, and helping attendees find the correct course is, for a lesser use of the word, awesome! It is always worth it to me to see something that has taken so long in planning finally come together.