ISPI is proud to honor excellence in student research through our Distinguished Dissertation
Awards. This initiative is funded by the Society’s Research Committee chaired this year by Scott Casad, CPT, MS, MEd. The recipients will be recognized on Tuesday, April 15, during THE Performance Improvement Conference.
As March has come to a close, we are reminded of an ominous quote brought back to life in Dr. James Pershing’s editorial notes from the March issue of the Performance Improvement journal, (now available for download): “Beware the Ides of March.” But the countdown to the Performance Improvement Conference has officially begun, and we have just a few days until the opening ceremonies, festivities, and learning experiences.
This year, the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) bestowed three special honorary awards that recognize outstanding individuals for their significant contributions to human performance technology (HPT) and to the Society itself. These awards include the Honorary Life Member Award, Thomas F. Gilbert Distinguished Professional Achievement Award, Distinguished Service Award, and the Geary Rummler Award for the Advancement of Performance Improvement.
For over 40 years, ISPI’s Awards of Excellence program has celebrated the people, products, innovations, and organizations that represent excellence in the field of human performance technology on an annual basis. In the category of Outstanding Human Performance Interventions, eight interventions were selected for the prestigious award, which required meticulous documentation of how an intervention meets the 10 Performance Improvement Standards, proven success and improvement under real-world conditions, and a peer review.
Last month, ISPI members approved the slate of candidates, which included our first Non-North American to serve as ISPI president-elect, as recommended by the Nominations Committee for the 2014-2016 Board of Directors. On April 16, at THE Performance Improvement Conference in Indianapolis, IN, we will officially welcome our four newly elected officials.
Performance improvement is both a field of inquiry and professional practice (Stolovitch & Keeps, 2006) that draws from a variety of disciplines and fields including economics, mathematics, management, operations research, programmed instruction, psychology, sociology, systems thinking and analysis (Brethower, 2008; Ferond, 2006; Rosenberg, Coscarelli, & Smith Hutchinson, 1999; Stolovitch & Keeps, 1999).
Using the ISPI human performance technology principles and standards for effective leadership as our lenses, this webinar will explain how to build leadership capacity for yourself, others, and your organization. Judy and Donna have synthesized the research about leadership into the 5 Cs: character, context, collaboration, critical thinking, and complex communication.
Welcome to the February issue of the Performance Improvement journal (PIJ). This issue of the journal, edited by James Pershing, CPT, PhD, is an introduction to the make-or-break month of New Year’s resolutions. He gives a nod to the Welsh, calling February the “little month.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
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 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.
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 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.
Welcome to the October issue of the Performance Improvement journal (PIJ). This issue of the journal is the final issue co-edited by Darlene Van Tiem and James Moseley, and it reflects upon the seeds of ideas that will result in future talent and plentiful growth. This issue offers thoughts of nourishment in the form of knowledge-building articles written by William Roth, Donald Dinero, Balkrishna Narkhede, Rakesh Raut, Bhushan Patil, Subhash Mahajan, and Alan Clardy. Find a comfortable spot to get cozy in and start watering these seeds of knowledge; let them flourish into fruitful ideas that will keep going and further develop your own process of thinking.
Our profession is made up of the best and brightest in the field of performance improvement. Your contributions–extensive like a book or shorter like a PerformanceXpress article–are the resources used by universities, corporations, government, and many more to expand and build upon current thinking. Often, these publications are the “go to” for understanding what works, what might require more thought, and what you might want to avoid. Without you, our profession would be stagnant.