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Archive for July, 2013

Bridging the Gap between Ends and Means: The Role of Strategy—Part 1

Bridging the Gap between Ends and Means: The Role of Strategy—Part 1

My next two columns present a paper that addresses the subject of strategy from different perspectives. The paper is one of several occasional papers I prepared while head of strategic planning and management services at Educational Testing Service. It examines various definitions and meanings of the term strategy and related terms (e.g., policy, tactics, ends and means). Its purpose was and is to clarify and make those terms more useful.

The ISPI Conference: A First-Timer’s Perspective

The ISPI Conference: A First-Timer’s Perspective

If you have not been to one of the annual International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) conferences, then you do not know what you are missing. This past April, I attended my first ISPI conference in Reno, NV, and discovered the great potential for networking connections and learning. As a university student volunteer, I received the unique and wonderful opportunity to be part of the conference at a young age.

Just When You Think You Have Been There, Done That…

Just When You Think You Have Been There, Done That…

Even though I relied on Roger von Oech’s books years ago to help clients be more creative, I have not been very creative in planning my own golden years. But the very last thing I was sure I had no use for was more learning from THE Society. In fact, I was not sure I wanted to travel to Reno and sit through one more educational session. Little did I know that THE 2013 professional development gathering would be one of my best experiences ever!

THE Performance Improvement Conference 2014, in Indianapolis, Indiana

THE Performance Improvement Conference 2014, in Indianapolis, Indiana

The Westin Indianapolis, located at 50 South Capital Ave. in Indianapolis, Indiana, is located downtown with access to great local attractions. The Westin is a Green Choice hotel offering a $5 voucher at participating food and beverage outlets or $500 Starpoints rewarded at check-out for each night you decline housekeeping. Make sure to participate in this event by telling the front desk at check-in or look for the door-hanger in your room.

Performance Improving Technology: mLearning Decision Maker for Android™

Performance Improving Technology: mLearning Decision Maker for Android™

A mobile solution right for your learning need? If so, should it be a mobile app or mobile website? This app will lead you through a quick assessment process to help you determine if a specific learning need would benefit from a mobile solution or whether another type of solution makes more sense. If you already know your learning solution will be mobile, another path will help you determine if it should be developed as an app or a website.

Organizational Spotlight: China Merchants Bank

Organizational Spotlight: China Merchants Bank

Established in 1987 in Shenzhen, the forefront of China’s reform and opening-up drive, China Merchants Bank (CMB) is China’s first joint-stock commercial bank and also the first bank to attend the national experiment for the promotion of China’s banking industry reform driven by endeavors from outside the government.

Why Your Chapter Should Review the Award of Excellence Criteria

Why Your Chapter Should Review the Award of Excellence Criteria

By the end of July, ISPI will post the 2014 Award of Excellence applications. As a chapter leader, you should review the application even if your chapter is not ready to apply. ISPI members designed the application based on past successful chapters. By reviewing the application, you might identify ways to improve how your chapter manages your governance, membership, communications, finances, programming, marketing, and public relations.

ISPI Chapters Could be Growing: New Start-ups Possible in Korea, the Middle East, New Orleans, and New York City

ISPI Chapters Could be Growing: New Start-ups Possible in Korea, the Middle East, New Orleans, and New York City

ISPI’s Chapter Network could be growing by four. Recently ISPI has received several inquiries about starting chapters from all over the globe. Korea hopes to have the chapter started in conjunction with their Second Annual HPT Seminar. They are very excited about this opportunity and will continue to work with ISPI staff to see this chapter to fruition.

ISPI EMEA–Improving Performance in Emerging Markets

ISPI EMEA–Improving Performance in Emerging Markets

ISPI EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) invites you to join us in Tbilisi, Georgia, for our 11th conference September 26-28, 2013! Only you can contribute your unique perspective! At ISPI EMEA, we believe that a conference is more than its programs and presenters. Our conference participants are every bit as much a part of the […]

Archived Webinars Available to ISPI Members

Archived Webinars Available to ISPI Members

Are you finding it a challenge to keep up professionally? Got a stack of books and articles you keep meaning to get to? Let ISPI provide that vital professional boost with our SkillCast series available to members as a great skill and educational building benefit.

Earn HRCI Credit for Two ISPI Programs: Principles & Practices and Developing an HR Optimization Plan

Earn HRCI Credit for Two ISPI Programs: Principles & Practices and Developing an HR Optimization Plan

Two ISPI workshops, Principles & Practices and Developing an HR Optimization Plan, have been pre-approved for general recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.

International Federation of Training & Development Organisations—IFTDO Global HRD Awards 2014

International Federation of Training & Development Organisations—IFTDO Global HRD Awards 2014

After the great success of the International Federation of Training and Development Organisations (IFTDO) Global HRD Awards over the past four years, IFTDO announces the IFTDO Global HRD Awards 2014. Each year, the IFTDO recognizes the projects and research that have made a real difference, as well as the effort and application of the people who have made them possible. The awards have been donated by the Dubai Police Academy and Court of the Prime Minister of Bahrain.

ISPI and i4cp Release New Research: Performance Improvement in High-Performance Organizations

ISPI and i4cp Release New Research: Performance Improvement in High-Performance Organizations

Performance Improvement in High-Performance Organizations examines performance improvement approaches, practices, and barriers as seen through the lens of market performance. Results highlight how high-performance organizations differentiate themselves from low-performance firms as well as which approaches are most highly correlated to market performance.

Crashing Well—Seeking Resilience in the Mexican Desert

Crashing Well—Seeking Resilience in the Mexican Desert

A British film crew, an elite 727 flight crew, and a team of scientists recently completed one of the most dangerous experiments in the history of aviation. For the first time, the Discovery Channel’s Curiosity series captured on camera what a plane crash looks like from inside the cabin. Fifteen crash test dummies, several G-meters, and video footage from inside the plane show what happens in a serious but survivable airline crash.

Access the Latest Research from PIQ

Access the Latest Research from PIQ

As a member of ISPI, you can share in Dr. Richard Pearlstein’s last issue as editor of Performance Improvement Quarterly, Volume 26, Number 1. In addition, you are able to search the archives which includes more than 700 past articles. Click here for member access to PIQ online.

Is There a Place for Passion in Organizational Performance?

Is There a Place for Passion in Organizational Performance?

Do you remember a time in your life when you were committed to achieving a goal (personal or professional) and you would stop at nothing to achieve it? You did it despite what others might have been telling you to do and not to do. Even after the initial excitement wore off, you still took the necessary actions toward achieving that goal. Through all the difficulties, sacrifices, and challenges, you achieved what you set out to do.

Dreadful Job Interviews: A Daring Solution

Dreadful Job Interviews: A Daring Solution

Is it too much to ask? Interviews that are not perfunctory, mechanical, and mundane? Not only for the applicant, but also for the hiring authority chained to ask the same dumb questions again and again? No wonder Google opted for far- out, zany queries. The wacky clearly trumps the bland.