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Category: Announcements

Molly Wankel Honored With Potomac Chapter Honorary Life Member Award

Molly Wankel Honored With Potomac Chapter Honorary Life Member Award

The Potomac Chapter of the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) recently honored Mary Jane (Molly) Wankel, PhD, with its Honorary Life Membership Award. The criteria for the award are demanding–with the local organization only giving it to members who have made significant contributions to the chapter and the field of human performance technology (HPT). Since the chapter’s inception, only 12 members have received this designation, and Dr. Wankel is the first to receive it since 2005.

Applying Organizational Socialization Research to a Job-Training Program

Applying Organizational Socialization Research to a Job-Training Program

The rich literature on organizational socialization and employee turnover is often neglected in human performance technology. This is a report on the application of some key concepts from the literature to improve the organizational entry processes of a job-training program for at-risk youth. Lessons learned in improving retention and lowering turnover are readily applicable by those working in business or the social sector with similar populations.

<em>Performance Improvement</em> Journal: January Issue

Performance Improvement Journal: January Issue

Welcome to the January issue of the Performance Improvement journal (PIJ). This issue of the journal, edited by James Pershing, CPT, PhD, is the kickoff to a new year in performance improvement. And, we would like to take this opportunity to wish you a happy and productive 2014.

<em>Performance Improvement Quarterly 26(4)</em>

Performance Improvement Quarterly 26(4)

Welcome to another issue of Performance Improvement Quarterly (PIQ)! In this issue of PIQ, edited by Ingrid Guerra-López, PhD, we focus on a variety of influences of performance improvement factors. However, Dr. Guerra-López sums it up best with her well-delivered editor’s notes.

2014 Distinguished Dissertation Award Competition: Call for Applications

2014 Distinguished Dissertation Award Competition: Call for Applications

The International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) is currently accepting applications for the 2014 Distinguished Dissertation Awards. This initiative funded by the Research Committee aims at honoring excellence in student research. Three tiers of reward accompany the awards ($1500 for first place, $1000 for second, and $500 for third). Only doctoral dissertation research defended between May […]

SkillCast: Missing Link in Workplace Learning–Those Darn Supervisors!

SkillCast: Missing Link in Workplace Learning–Those Darn Supervisors!

Supervisors are the key levers of performance in every organization. We ask a lot of them because they are so important. And yet, those of us involved in workplace learning often wish we could do more to capture their attention–and get them to support training initiatives. During this webinar, Will will lead a discussion on how we can leverage learners’ supervisors to improve training transfer. In addition, he will look at the research on creativity to explore how supervisors can spur creative insights. Finally, he will share a coaching model that shows how coaches can be more effective in supporting workers as they learn on the job.

Michigan Chapter Celebrates Volunteerism at Its Annual Signature Event

Michigan Chapter Celebrates Volunteerism at Its Annual Signature Event

Volunteerism was the theme of Michigan Chapter’s Signature Event on November 21. At this annual event, the chapter celebrates the accomplishments of its members and encourages others to consider publishing, presenting, and volunteering to support the practice and development of human performance technology (HPT).

The Third ISPI-China Performance Improvement Forum: New Technology and New Change

The Third ISPI-China Performance Improvement Forum: New Technology and New Change

The ISPI China Chapter hosted the third China Performance Improvement Forum in Beijing on October 25, 2013. The forum is the premier annual event of ISPI-China and has been held successfully the past two years. Focusing on the theme of “New Technology and New Change,” the forum this year attracted nearly 300 attendees. Most of them were executives and practitioners from performance improvement and learning areas of a variety of industries. Numerous scholars and their students from local universities attended the forum as well. The guest host of the forum was Mr. Fan Deng of CCTV. The forum gained support from 10 organizational sponsors and vendors.

First HPT Conference in Colombia–October 28-29, 2013

First HPT Conference in Colombia–October 28-29, 2013

The Performance Improvement Global Network Chapter, the Performance Improvement Institute, and the Colombian Association for Human Resources (ASCORT) conducted in Medellin the first HPT Conference on Human Capital, a two-day event focused on developing social, organizational, and individual performance improvement projects following the Performance Improvement Institute model developed at the Sonora Institute of Technology.

ISPI EMEA–2013 Tbilisi Conference Follow-up

ISPI EMEA–2013 Tbilisi Conference Follow-up

ISPI EMEA conferences are unique learning and sharing events, and the 2013 conference in Tbilisi was no exception. Ask anyone who participated! In the meantime, we invite you to read the 2013 Tbilisi Conference Feedback Report by clicking on the following link. The report summarizes the feedback we received from participants in several ways, along with a few candid photos taken over the course of the three days from September 26-28, 2013.