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Two Candidates Nominated for ISPI President-Elect

Two Candidates Nominated for ISPI President-Elect

The Nominations Committee has put forth two candidates for President-Elect. Both candidates had been vetted for the 2015 election process but, because of a change in the bylaws, the President-Elect election was postponed until 2016.

The Performance Improvement Journal: November/December Issue

The Performance Improvement Journal: November/December Issue

Welcome to the November/December issue of the Performance Improvement journal (PIJ). In this issue you will find learning materials, tools, models, visuals, tips, tricks, and reviews that will keep you striving for excellence. These handcrafted articles developed by thinkers and doers in the community are edited by Dr. James Pershing.

Performance Improvement Quarterly: 28.3 Issue

Performance Improvement Quarterly: 28.3 Issue

We hope you are enjoying electronic access to the Performance Improvement Quarterly (PIQ) edited by Ingrid Guerra-López, PhD. PIQ is only available online through ISPI.

Don Triner Candidate for ISPI President-Elect–Statement to Membership

Don Triner Candidate for ISPI President-Elect–Statement to Membership

As lifetime member and CPT, I am dedicated to the long-term success of ISPI through relevant research, value to members, and sound fiscal policy and execution. What follows is a list of what I feel the Society has to accomplish and how I think we could get there under my leadership.

Scott Casad: Candidate for ISPI President-Elect–Statement to Membership

Scott Casad: Candidate for ISPI President-Elect–Statement to Membership

Our priority is the professional growth of our members. This includes mentoring emerging professionals, certifying mid-career practitioners, learning from seasoned consultants, and engaging our retired champions.

Knowledge Worker: Solution Paths–An Example

Knowledge Worker: Solution Paths–An Example

In last month’s column I introduced the concept of “solution paths” as an important factor in linking actions to outcomes. In this month’s column I will provide an example, including a brief description of how it was developed.

Tales From the Field: Case Study–Peer Observation Program Evaluation

Tales From the Field: Case Study–Peer Observation Program Evaluation

University (a pseudonym) is one of the top 15 professional pharmacy programs ranked by the U.S. News & World Report education rankings (2012). Around 2002, the Office of Academic Affairs staff at University’s professional program implemented a peer observation program as a component to their overall curriculum assessment strategy.

A Time for Thanks and Thanksgiving

A Time for Thanks and Thanksgiving

It may not be hard to believe that that holiday season has arrived…a quick trip to the grocery store serves as a quick reminder that Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner as one attempts to navigate through entire grocery aisles devoted to holiday foods and goods.

Rethinking, Revisiting, and Reimagining Performance Improvement: Toward a Pattern Language in Performance Improvement

Rethinking, Revisiting, and Reimagining Performance Improvement: Toward a Pattern Language in Performance Improvement

Can we offer a pattern language for improving performance within organizations? Would it be possible to borrow the ethos from Christopher Alexander’s book The Pattern Language (1977), a piece of work considered seminal within the world of architecture?

What Happened to Mental Toughness in the Workplace?

What Happened to Mental Toughness in the Workplace?

: I sometimes find myself smiling at these types of motivational quotes. Kept in context, they can serve as a source of motivation and perspective when we incur challenges in our lives. I have been fortunate in both my professional and athletic life to have learned firsthand what it takes to be world-class, and how to put in your best performance each and every day.

Improving Performance with the Elf on the Shelf®

Improving Performance with the Elf on the Shelf®

When I think about human performance technology, I always think about the Elf on the Shelf®. With Christmas upon us, many of us use the “Santa is watching” technique to motivate our children. The folks at Elf on the Shelf® have taken that up a notch.

Chapter Corner: December Column

Chapter Corner: December Column

The Christmas holiday is right around the corner; and for many of us, this means giving those special on our list a Christmas gift. This year, I have a gift to give our local and organizational chapters.

Data-Driven Research in Operational Organizations

Data-Driven Research in Operational Organizations

As professionals in human performance technology (HPT), we are committed to results that help attain our organization’s goals. Data are needed to determine the extent to which this occurs. More than ever before, organizations are data driven.

Guaranteed Success: A Roadmap for Minimizing Sales Training Effectiveness in Start-Ups

Guaranteed Success: A Roadmap for Minimizing Sales Training Effectiveness in Start-Ups

Start-ups lose billions of dollars each year due to ineffective sales practices, ineffective sales learning design, and ineffective sales training delivery. The reasons are clear and the solution is simple.

The <i>Performance Improvement</i> Journal: October Issue

The Performance Improvement Journal: October Issue

Welcome to the October issue of the Performance Improvement journal (PIJ). In this issue you will find learning materials, tools, models, visuals, tips, tricks, and reviews that will keep you striving for excellence. These handcrafted articles developed by thinkers and doers in the community are edited by Dr. James Pershing.

Knowledge Workers: Solution Paths: Getting from Here to There

Knowledge Workers: Solution Paths: Getting from Here to There

It is well and truly said that “We stand on the shoulders of giants.” All that we achieve or accomplish is built on a foundation laid by those who have gone before us. Nowhere is this truer than in my own case, and I would like to begin this column by acknowledging two sets of giants to whom I owe a great deal–and to whom this column owes a great deal.

From the Board: A Renewed Commitment to ISPI Chapters

From the Board: A Renewed Commitment to ISPI Chapters

Whenever I accept a new position on a board of directors for any organization, I sometimes wonder if I should have made that commitment. Since joining the ISPI board, I have had no regrets. So far this board is all I hoped it would be and more.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Performance Improvement Journal Special Issue: Current theories and models that help support and guide human performance technology and performance improvement

CALL FOR PAPERS: Performance Improvement Journal Special Issue: Current theories and models that help support and guide human performance technology and performance improvement

I invite you to submit a paper to a special issue of Performance Improvement journal (PIJ), published by the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) in partnership with John Wiley & Sons. Dedicated to performance improvement practitioners and scholar-practitioners, the journal publishes articles on important developments and trends in workplace improvement; integrative reviews and viewpoints including research articles; and evidence-based practices, models, and techniques, covering all phases of the human performance improvement process.

Tales from the Field: Case Study: Evaluation of Whiteboard Usage at a University

Tales from the Field: Case Study: Evaluation of Whiteboard Usage at a University

Over the last 10 years, a university installed interactive whiteboards in more than 30 classrooms. Even though instructors had access to these boards and the university provided training workshops and resources on how to use them, the client was concerned that instructors were not maximizing the technology’s interactive capabilities and suspected that some instructors did not use the boards at all. The client wanted to find out who was using them and how they were using them.

<em>Performance Improvement Quarterly</em> Seeks Editor

Performance Improvement Quarterly Seeks Editor

The International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) is looking for a new editor to serve a three-year term for our acclaimed journal, Performance Improvement Quarterly (PIQ). PIQ is a highly respected journal in the field of human performance technology (HPT) and human resources, entering its 29th year of publication.