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Archive for August, 2013

Will a Certification Really Help Me Get a Better Job?

Will a Certification Really Help Me Get a Better Job?

: I’m thinking about switching jobs, but it’ll be difficult for me to get a lot of work experience before I apply. I was thinking about getting a certification in my new field to help even the odds between me and other job applicants. Do certifications matter anymore? Can they really help me land a better job, or are they a waste of time and money?

ISPI Launches Revised Standards and Updated CPT Website

ISPI Launches Revised Standards and Updated CPT Website

During THE Performance Improvement Conference in Reno, ISPI attendees had a sneak preview of the revised CPT Performance Standards, and the CPT Workshop served as a pilot for our new materials. Since April, the staff and Certification and Accreditation Governance Committee (CAGC) have worked to put the finishing touches on public-facing documents, hosted a second CPT Workshop in Atlanta, and conducted a pilot reviewer training session.

How Can We Expand HPT’s Organizational Impact?

How Can We Expand HPT’s Organizational Impact?

Since 1962, ISPI has been an amazing professional home for individuals focused on improving organizational performance through human performance. HPT has provided and continues to provide a systematic approach to improving human productivity and competence. To that end, the learning and development professionals have grabbed the HPT banner with gusto and have lead the successful use of the HPT principles and practices.

Multiple-Choice Tests–Doomed or Redeemed?

Multiple-Choice Tests–Doomed or Redeemed?

Although widely used, multiple-choice tests are commonly frowned upon. They are held in contempt by education pundits, looked down on by subject matter experts, despised by test-takers, and even seen as dubious by training decision makers. Why do multiple-choice tests seem to have taken a permanent seat on the accusation bench? The overall claim is that multiple-choice testing does not measure, and cannot be a good measuring scale of, learning,

Does Your Leadership Measure Up?

Does Your Leadership Measure Up?

The top five leaders most admired by the world’s business executives are Winston Churchill, Steve Jobs, Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, and Jack Welch–in that order, according to the 2013 Global CEO Survey conducted by PwC.

ISPI Member Reflects on Knowing Dr. John M. McKee

ISPI Member Reflects on Knowing Dr. John M. McKee

On July 31, longtime ISPI member Tony Moore alerted us to some sad news. As he put it, “One of the great geniuses and pioneers in our business, Dr. John M. McKee, died June 22, 2013.” He also shared with us the following story: I was fortunate to get to know John in 1994, when […]

New Editor for the <em>Performance Improvement</em> Journal

New Editor for the Performance Improvement Journal

Recently the co-editors of the journal have said their good-byes and will be truly missed. The journal is currently welcoming its new editor-in-chief, James Pershing CPT, PhD. He is a seasoned professional with many great ideas and will add a new depth of development to the journal.

Emerging Professionals Committee–A Call to Action

Emerging Professionals Committee–A Call to Action

It’s that time of year when the ISPI Committees, Groups, Sub-Committees, Task Forces, and Advisory Boards are again buzzing with activity and momentum is building. It reminds me of riding a roller coaster. Right now we are slowly and methodically climbing a peak. I can practically hear the clicking sounds as our passenger trains ascend. The anticipation is building toward a wild ride and I can’t wait to enjoy the experience.

Reserve Your Seat: September Courses Offering HRCI Credits

Reserve Your Seat: September Courses Offering HRCI Credits

ISPI is offering three courses September 9-11, 2013, in Chicago, Illinois: Principles & Practices of Performance Improvement Institute, Developing an HR Optimization Plan, and Certified Performance Technologist Workshop.

ISPI EMEA–Tbilisi Conference Update

ISPI EMEA–Tbilisi Conference Update

For anyone who missed last month’s article about the ISPI EMEA conference in Tbilisi, we most cordially invite you to visit our blog at http://ispi-europe.blogspot.com/ or our conference website at www.ispiemea2013.com, where you will be able to view a video containing participant reactions and read feedback from our 2012 conference and learn about plans for 2013 in Tbilisi, Georgia. We believe that what you will learn about our innovative, active-interactive format will capture your attention and, hopefully, spark your imagination.

Archived Webinars Available to ISPI Members–Evaluation: The Link Between Learning and Performance

Archived Webinars Available to ISPI Members–Evaluation: The Link Between Learning and Performance

“You can’t improve it if you can’t measure it” (Lord Kelvin, 1883). Managers need information with which to make decisions. Systematic evaluation of efforts and results will not only provide this information but also encourage improved performance. Although evaluation has always had a place in instructional design and performance improvement, few programs are systematically evaluated to see if participants change their behavior (Level 3) or if individual and organizational performance (Level 4) was actually improved.

Knowledge Worker</br>Bridging the Gap between Ends and Means: The Role of Strategy–Part 2

Knowledge Worker
Bridging the Gap between Ends and Means: The Role of Strategy–Part 2

What, then, is strategy? Is it a plan? Does it refer to how we will obtain the ends we seek? Is it a position taken? Just as military forces might take the high ground prior to engaging the enemy, might a business take the position of low-cost provider? Or does strategy refer to perspective, to the view one takes of matters, and to the purposes, directions, decisions, and actions stemming from this view? Last, does strategy refer to a pattern in our decisions and actions?

Performance Improving Technology: Start Planning Online–Easily

Performance Improving Technology: Start Planning Online–Easily

Event planning takes time, energy, effort, and the ability to be mobile. Scratching down notes these days is a thing of the past. Here is a different, more tech savvy way to stay on top of thoughts while on the go–EventDawn. This nifty application is useful for anyone planning events, both large and small. EventDawn allows the user to create binders that hold forms, plans, contracts, and contacts.

CPT News</br>CPT as Part of My Life

CPT News
CPT as Part of My Life

Successful professionals often assess their lives to determine whether their current activities add value and result in satisfaction. Achieving and maintaining certification as a performance technologist continues to meet these two criteria in my life. The 10 Standards of Performance Technology provide a continuous guide for my activities, which include university teaching, consulting on building resilience, safety officer on an All-Hazards Incident Management Team, chair of a technical community for development of consensus standards, and a field representative of the U.S. Naval Academy.

CPT News</br>The CPT–A Lifelong Value

CPT News
The CPT–A Lifelong Value

I received my CPT designation in 2003 and have renewed it three times in the last 10 years. Ten years ago, I wrestled with the decision as to my need for having another credential and I came very close to letting the pursuit of it go. There were many conversations with colleagues as to whether a credential was worth it.

Chapter Corner</br>Looking for Professional Development? Our Chapters Might Have the Answer!

Chapter Corner
Looking for Professional Development? Our Chapters Might Have the Answer!

Your people may need development opportunities, but the sending them to conferences and workshops could be costly. You could have them participate in the various free webinars, but most of those do not have the substance that your people need.