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Archive for September, 2013

Call for Nominations to the 2014-2016 Board of Directors

Call for Nominations to the 2014-2016 Board of Directors

It is time for you, the ISPI membership, to determine the future direction of ISPI by nominating those members who you feel have the qualifications, experiences, and vision to lead our Society. Up for nomination this year are the President-elect (3-year term, President-elect, President, and Immediate Past President) and three Directors (2-year terms).

Knowledge Worker: There Is a New SME in Town

Knowledge Worker: There Is a New SME in Town

A long, long time ago, in a place far, far away, known as “the industrial era,” management had things pretty well under control. Work was materials based, and working–for legions of people–involved interactions with tools and materials to produce tangible results known as “products.” Working was a highly visible, physical activity, and the “one best way” could be identified and prescribed in advance in the form of a prefigured, linear, manual procedure.

The Perks of Association Credentialing

The Perks of Association Credentialing

Association credentialing programs are good for business, says new research from the ASAE Foundation. These programs are serving a wide range of stakeholders with a wide range of benefits. An association credential can be a career booster for the professional who holds it, conveying prestige and signaling the holder’s knowledge and expertise. But administering a credentialing program is no easy task for the association that runs it.

Performance Measurement for Newbies

Performance Measurement for Newbies

So, you are the new kid on the block and have to deliver your performance data to the executive team by noon. Unfortunately, the prospect of an on-time delivery is not currently good. The question for you at this point should not be “How did this happen?” It should be “How do I make sure it does not happen again?” The answer to that question is, you must prepare yourself for the inevitable.

The Aging Leader: Seven Deadly Sins

The Aging Leader: Seven Deadly Sins

Aging and disease are routinely paired. The latter typically has dominated medical research. That is understandable: Disease is urgent, marketable, and hopefully treatable. Thus, procedures and medications focused on the disease side of the equation successfully have halted or slowed the three great killers and disablers: heart disease, stroke, and cancer. But recently the question of the cause-and-effect relationship between aging and disease has been raised and a new answer has been forthcoming.

Are Traditional Measurement Methods Outdated?

Are Traditional Measurement Methods Outdated?

I often think back to the time when I was new to the world of training and development, coming from a professional business world where I was responsible for multimillion dollar budgets and profit and loss. Leading teams and assisting clients around the clock was just normal. It was a very fast-paced and challenging way to launch one’s professional career; however, what I learned during those formative years allowed me to bring meaningful and measurable training results to my clients.

CPT News:  The Value of ISPI Certification

CPT News: The Value of ISPI Certification

As a U.S. Coast Guard officer, I was continuously involved in training. Shipboard emergency drills and exercises had to be developed, scheduled, observed, and critiqued. Crews had to work constantly on their shipboard qualifications and professional development. Junior officers had to be coached and mentored, not only in the hard skills of navigation and engineering but also in the soft skills of leadership and ship handling.

CPT News:  CPT—Personal and Professional Value

CPT News: CPT—Personal and Professional Value

“Why bother going through the effort to get the CPT designation? I know how to do this stuff…I have been doing it on some level for nearly 20 years. I do not need IPSI to confirm that I know what I am doing.” That was me just over seven years ago after having recently completed a graduate degree and wrestling with the idea of finally getting the CPT certification. I have been an ISPI member for many years and have benefited greatly from that association. I just was not sure that being able to put CPT after my name would do me much good professionally.

Performance Improving Technology: Write it. Save it. Upload it. Lock it.

Performance Improving Technology: Write it. Save it. Upload it. Lock it.

Another month has come and gone, and, as you know, I am always on the lookout for new and overlooked or even popular apps that can give you a leg up in staying ahead. I searched high and low, and here are a few apps that will improve the way you perform in your daily activities. Simple little actions that will improve your personal and professional lives–ranging from saving new (and old) contacts, keeping on top of writing projects, managing customer relationships, and locking up important files.

Chapter Corner: Prepare for Next Year Early: Strategic and Operational Planning

Chapter Corner: Prepare for Next Year Early: Strategic and Operational Planning

One way to avoid being in problem-solving mode throughout the year is by spending more up-front time planning and even orchestrating how your board and committees serve members, sponsors, and your professional guests. To accomplish this, chapters have annual one-day planning meetings in which the president invites the board, committee members, sponsoring organizations, and interested members to partake in critical discussions to revisit the vision and mission; conduct high-level analyses; and design goals and tactics for communications, finance, membership, programming, and public relations.

Fifth Annual ISPI Case Study Competition

Fifth Annual ISPI Case Study Competition

At the closing session of ISPI’s 2013 Performance Improvement Conference, Concordia University was announced as the winner of the fifth Annual ISPI Case Study Competition. This year’s competition included two outstanding teams, Concordia University and the University of New Mexico.

The Performance Improvement Journal–August Issue

The Performance Improvement Journal–August Issue

Welcome to the August issue of the Performance Improvement journal (PIJ). This great issue is jam-packed with must-read articles from Allen Jones; Julianne Manchester; Giuseppe Maria Russo, PhD; Patricia Amélia Tomei, PhD; Antonio Braga José Linhares; André Moreira Santos; and Susan P. Johnstal, PhD.

ISPI EMEA – A Unique Conference Experience Not to be Missed

ISPI EMEA – A Unique Conference Experience Not to be Missed

Many conferences offer participants the opportunity to hear new ideas and meet interesting people. Some even allow you to gain many of the benefits of attending without leaving your office! ISPI EMEA conferences are different in important ways that are highly valuable to those who participate. You can find out for yourself by reading the Feedback Report from our 2012 conference or watching the video. If you do not feel like reading a Feedback Report at the moment or have no time to watch a video, let us just say that at an ISPI EMEA Conference there is value in being there.

Call for Honorary Award Nominations

Call for Honorary Award Nominations

Each year, ISPI presents three special honorary awards that recognize outstanding individuals and organizations for their significant contributions to Human Performance Technology and to the Society itself. The awards are the Thomas F. Gilbert Distinguished Professional Achievement Award, the Distinguished Service Award, and the Honorary Life Member Award.

Archived Webinars Available to ISPI Members–Explaining Performance Issues to Executives

Archived Webinars Available to ISPI Members–Explaining Performance Issues to Executives

Are you finding it a challenge to keep up professionally? Got a stack of books and articles you keep meaning to get to? Let the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) provide that vital professional boost with our archived SkillCast series only available to members.