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Archive for November, 2013

Real-Time Performance Decisions

Real-Time Performance Decisions

How often have you found yourself attending a course, learning new skills and knowledge that you were very excited about sharing with your organization? You had great intentions to start applying these new skills to help improve your performance and the performance of your team. You share your new knowledge with your team, and people start applying the new skills. You feel what you have just learned is translating into value for your organization.

Crafting a Termination Policy: A No-Fault, Heartless, Antiseptic Version

Crafting a Termination Policy: A No-Fault, Heartless, Antiseptic Version

At a time when employment is chancy and occasional; when the nature of work is often belittling and unfulfilling; when going to work each day is, for many, fearful and anxious, we have hanging over us termination policies that are frequently dated, punitive, careless, and unexamined. And like all held too long documents that are still in force, we obediently implement them without question.

<b>NEW!</b> HICD-Assessment Training Program Available in DC

NEW! HICD-Assessment Training Program Available in DC

On November 19-21, in Washington, DC, Performance Design Partners will offer an HICD-Assessment Training Program. HICD projects are complex and require an approach that follows the HICD handbook. This is especially true for HICD assessments, the core of an HICD approach. However, following a handbook doesn’t make you a professional. Doing professional work requires knowledge, […]

<em>Performance Improvement Journal</em>: Special Issue–Standards Transcend Borders

Performance Improvement Journal: Special Issue–Standards Transcend Borders

Welcome to the special September issue of the Performance Improvement journal (PIJ). This issue of the journal discusses Standards Transcend Borders, specifically applying skills without boundaries and finding a common ground around the globe. This great issue is loaded with must-read articles from Judith Hale, Janet Annan, Deborah Barrett, Virginia Schmid, and many more.

Seven Reasons to Volunteer with ISPI

Seven Reasons to Volunteer with ISPI

Volunteering for your professional home is rewarding and also gives back to your community. ISPI has opportunities to volunteer and expand not only your network, but also the number of your professional contacts as you interact with other performance improvement professionals. In these uncertain economic times, it is always a good idea to keep your professional contacts list expanding at every opportunity. The purpose of the ISPI Volunteer Network is to link ISPI members with volunteer opportunities within ISPI.

The Bay Area Oyster Barrel

The Bay Area Oyster Barrel

The Bay Area ISPI inaugural event was a great success and a lot of fun! After working our way to the park, we were treated to two kinds of oysters–Blue Point and Elkhorn. Who knew there was a difference? One you cook, and one you eat raw (you needed to be a little bit adventurous to try that one)! In addition, people brought salads, fruit kabobs, savory sauces for the oysters, and more!

43rd IFTDO World Conference & Exhibition

43rd IFTDO World Conference & Exhibition

IFTDO is a worldwide network of human resource professionals committed to identifying, developing, and transferring knowledge, skills, and technology to enhance personal and organizational growth, human performance, productivity, and sustainable development. Accredited as a Non-Government Organization by the UN Department of Public Information and the ILO, it helps to ensure that members’ voices are heard by international policy makers influencing outcomes in human development.

Archived Webinars Available to ISPI Members–Creating Engaging Web-Based Training with Ken Steinman

Archived Webinars Available to ISPI Members–Creating Engaging Web-Based Training with Ken Steinman

Tired of churning out “page turner” content? Are learners getting what they need to out of the training you deliver online, or are they still left with too many open questions? Come to this SkillCast to learn techniques that will enable you to deliver better quality content to a diverse audience and improve the results in a variety of situations. We will specifically look at the tools, techniques, and best practices available today with a variety of tools and media to efficiently build content that will effectively support your audience for whatever setting you are responsible for.

Three Ways to Publish–We Want You!

Three Ways to Publish–We Want You!

Contribute to ISPI’s publications, PerformanceXpress, Performance Improvement Journal, and Performance Improvement Quarterly. The resources spotlighted in these publications are available from a wealth of ISPI’s services and archives. Stop by the resource center at www.ispi.org/resourcecenter for more information and details on all of the resources ISPI brings to your fingertips. Give back to your community! Be a contributing reader and member today!

Knowledge Worker: “Where the heck are the schematics?”

Knowledge Worker: “Where the heck are the schematics?”

Imagine yourself as a technician who has just been asked to diagnose and repair a very large and complicated system that is not working properly. To your dismay, you learn that you will not be provided with any manuals, test equipment, or schematics of that system–the major tools of your trade. In addition, your access to its subsystems is limited and in some cases denied. In short, your hands are tied and your task is well-nigh impossible.

Performance Improving Technology: Writing on the Go

Performance Improving Technology: Writing on the Go

This month I have discovered an app that I have found beneficial to my daily functions of writing, blogging, and creating notes. In some instances, I find myself sitting at my desk trying to come up with a topic, but end up moving onto other projects because to come up with a useful application can be a bit difficult at times. However, I always think of topics and ideas when I am in the most inconvenient places and have nothing more to write with than my phone.

My Experience as a CPT

My Experience as a CPT

As I prepared my remarks to announce the 2013 Certified Performance Technologist (CPT) Standards update, which occurred in Washington, D.C., on September 4, I was reminded of the many ways that being a CPT has helped me and my organization, Innovative Learning Group (ILG).

Hampton Roads Chapter: Programs that Make a Difference

Hampton Roads Chapter: Programs that Make a Difference

Hampton Roads, a Virginia-based chapter, exemplifies strong programming–giving members and guests immediate access to experts for a minimal guest fee of $5 and free for their chapter members.