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Archive for October, 2013

Knowledge Worker: SME as LCS

Knowledge Worker: SME as LCS

If you read last month’s column, you know that “SME” refers to “self-managed employee.” In the title of this month’s column, “LCS” stands for “living control system,” a term coined by William T. Powers. This column takes a look at SMEs as living control systems, and it uses a model of human behavior based on Powers’ perceptual control theory (PCT) to do so.

Performance Improving Technology: Doo–Document Organizer and Scanner

Performance Improving Technology: Doo–Document Organizer and Scanner

Keeping up with multiple versions and updates to one document can be a bit complicated and at times extremely taxing. Until a few years ago, the only way to continually work on a document was to have access to a network at all times, save on an external device, or continually email a document to yourself if you were working at multiple workstations, which made keeping up to date a never-ending task.

When Assigned a Project, a CPT Will Always RSVP

When Assigned a Project, a CPT Will Always RSVP

Recently, I was asked to share my thoughts concerning the value that a Certified Performance Technologist (CPT) brings to a corporation or organization. When I thought about this, what came to mind was the standard of work that we all produce when assigned a project. You see, any time a CPT is assigned to a project, leadership knows they can expect a CPT to RSVP.

Why Attend THE Performance Improvement Conference?

Why Attend THE Performance Improvement Conference?

Eileen Banchoff wrote a great article last month about attending the conference in which she touched on some excellent points; you should check it out if you have not read it already. These articles come across my desk first, and this is one article I was super-excited to share. Had Eileen not sat through that “one more” educational session and received the Kicks and Whacks she spoke of, then she would still be on the same path and not seen things from a different perspective.

Chapter Corner: Prepare for Next Year Early: Strategic Financial Planning

Chapter Corner: Prepare for Next Year Early: Strategic Financial Planning

In September, I shared how chapters could avoid being in problem-solving mode by spending more time with upfront planning and even orchestrating how your board and committees serve professionals. Many 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.

The New CPT Designation Standard Updates

The New CPT Designation Standard Updates

In Washington, D.C., on September 4, 2013, the president of the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI), Lisa Toenniges, CPT, was on hand to announce the 2013 Certified Performance Technologist (CPT) Standard updates along with ISPI Executive Director April S. Davis and ISPI Director of Certification and Industry Relations Gay E. Bruhn, CPT, EdD. Joining them at the podium to speak on behalf of their CPT-related accomplishments were Diana Osinski, CPT, Vincent Araujo, CPT, and Donna Crisp, CPT. April Davis also announced the recent study ISPI participated in with i4cp, “The Performance Improvements in High-Performance Organizations,” and more exciting upcoming announcements for ISPI.

Keeping Up–Performance Improvement Quarterly 26(2)

Keeping Up–Performance Improvement Quarterly 26(2)

Performance Improvement Quarterly is a peer-reviewed journal created to stimulate professional discussion in the field and to advance the discipline of human performance technology (HPT) through publishing scholarly works. Our current issue, “Keeping Up,” is guest edited by Karen L. Medsker, PhD. She explores five of PIQ’s most influential articles from the past, all related to instruction and mentoring, and the authors have provided research updates on their topics.

Make Social Media More Valuable With Your Input

Make Social Media More Valuable With Your Input

Have you ever posed the question “What is the point behind social media?” To make the explanation simple, social media are the interactions in which people share, create, and exchange information and ideas in online communities or networks. ISPI has active accounts in Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Youtube, Google+, PerformanceXpress.org, and Collaborate.

ISPI Expanded Employment Opportunities Through Our Online Job Bank

ISPI Expanded Employment Opportunities Through Our Online Job Bank

Are you looking for that next great job opportunity that could be around the corner? Have an opening in your group, department or company that should be filled by an HPT professional or Certified Performance Technologist (CPT)? Look no further than the ISPI Career Center. According to the article Job Boards are Down and Not Out by Sarah F. Gale, big boards such as Monster and Careerbuilder are no longer the starting pint for potential job candidates.

Recognizing Excellence at ISPI

Recognizing Excellence at ISPI

Enter ISPI’s Award of Excellence (AOE) Program for an opportunity to have your intervention, communication, research, or chapter project recognized for your organization’s extraordinary performance improvement efforts. ISPI’s AOE program is designed to showcase the people, products, innovations, and organizations that represent excellence in the field of performance improvement and human performance technology.

Archived Webinars Available to ISPI Members–Social Media at Work: How Networking Tools Propel Organizational Performance

Archived Webinars Available to ISPI Members–Social Media at Work: How Networking Tools Propel Organizational Performance

In this webinar, learn more about the startling growth of social media and social networking in our personal and business lives. We’ll begin the session with some level-setting on what social media is and then discuss the areas in which social media has the potential improve organizational performance.

The Elements of Predictive Evaluation

The Elements of Predictive Evaluation

Are you constantly fighting to show and justify training’s value to your organization? Does your organization view training as an expense versus an investment with predicted return? Is your training function misaligned with the decision criteria used by senior executives when deciding where and how to make investments?

Is Your Organization a Human Performance Organization?

Is Your Organization a Human Performance Organization?

We often hear in our organizations terms such as organizational performance improvement, change management performance, performance measures, performance coaching, performance improvement plans… Well, you get the idea. I am guilty as well of using the word “performance” as most of us do, because it is our professional area of expertise. Do you ever get the feeling the word “performance” appears even more frequently outside our professional world?

It is a Subject-Matter World

It is a Subject-Matter World

John Messer, MAPCASE:cctd Training often is not driven by purpose, even when we want it to be. We conduct training, or have people undergo it. We ought to be intending that our trainees become able to perform activities of work, or play, or war. A pervasive mind-set, a hypnotizing un-thought paradigm, cripples purposefulness. The mind […]