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There are two terms that often get used interchangeably, Needs Assessment and Needs Analysis. They are different. Here's why. https://workplaceperformanceblog.wordpress.com/2016/05/26/needs-assessment-or-needs-analysis/
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The old Navy Chief and Father in me immediately thought "what were they thinking? Why didn't they secure the scene first??" It's hard to re-wire your brain to approach everything in a systematic fashion, but I keep trying!... click here t o read on and watch the video!
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One of the courses I have taught at Boise State’s Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning Program is Thinking in Systems . Looking at the world with a systems perspective gives me a migraine sometimes. Other times I want to poke my head in the sand because systems are messy. Yet other times I get fired up and want to figure out why a certain system is functioning (or not) they way it is intended to. I came across this article “ A conversation with the commander of the navy ” about ten days before the Liberal Government announced it’s budget. I have been pondering Vice-Admiral Norman’s comments on procurement, particularly as I have sailed on...
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The level of trust displayed by the leadership in allowing new soldiers to really learn anywhere anytime creates a truly incentivized environment.... read more here! https://workplaceperformanceblog.wordpress.com/2016/03/12/learning-anytime-anywhere/
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I recently learned that one of my mentors and good friend, Dr. Roger Chevalier, is going to become the latest Honourary Life Member of the International Society for Performance Improvement or ISPI . That has had me thinking about mentors, managers and metrics. Roger and I at the 2012 ISPI Conference in Toronto I met Roger through the Armed Forces Chapter of ISPI where he took me under his wing and I ended up following him into a leadership role in the Chapter. There is no better way of learning than by doing! Roger was a student of Ken Blanshard, Paul Hersey and Marshall Goldsmith - all leadership and management gurus in...
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knowing how to demonstrate value is one of the more difficult standards when applying for the CPT. I doing a presentation at the conference on this topic and it includes lots of practical how to's. My passion about giving learners tools they can use continues. I've especially enjoyed developing them for my workshop on job, task, practice, and cognitive analysis and the workshop on how to use formative assessment to reinforce new behaviors on the job and develop higher level skills. Do you have tools for this well? I'd like to share mine if others are interested.
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I happened to look at this community today (2/6/15). I noticed there are only 4 members. There certainly more Capella University learners and Graduates who are also ISPI members. Are there any ideas as to how "grow" the community?
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I was talking with a colleague about the upcoming 2015 conference. She mentioned a desire to have a way for executives from corporations to show case what they deem as valued regarding Performance Improvement. One example came to mind of Baxter Pharmaceuticals. Tim Gillum, Ph.D., and Kery Mortenson, MS, CPT made an impressionable presentation using the props of the "bar napkin, brown rabbit, and a wand." Their stories were entertaining, informative, and illustrated application of Performance Improvement. It would be great to have Jean-Luc Butel and Jeanne Mason as execs do a follow up. Thoughts?
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Great post by Dr. John Latham on his blog: http://johnlatham.me/developing-theory-empathy-maps/
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I was curious when ISPI will post hotel conference rates and travel information for THE Human Performance Improvement 2015 conference.
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Welcome to another issue of Performance Improvement Quarterly ( PIQ )! In this issue, edited by Ingrid Guerra-López, PhD, we begin our educational journey with a study to an ideal vision on the relationship of generativity, values, individual differences, and commitment authored by Doug Leigh. The study explores the results of an organization’s impact on the value added to its clients and society. We are then taken into the depths of learning environments with a study that focuses on the development of workplace learning environments developed by Kim, Kim, and Bilir. From here McKee, Allen, and Tamez explore the use of mobile performance support devices...
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This is the first issue ISPI will be producing completely digitally to be more green and but still deliver you the same PIJ that you have come to know and love. In this issue, Dr. Pershing explores articles from seasoned professionals and new up-and-comers in the industry. Roger Chevalier opens this issue with a powerful piece taking a look at his approach and tools in workplace performance. Dr. Pershing then further explores a piece by John Schulte on the hot topic of big data and how it can provide companies with more of an edge. Continuing in the workplace, and diving into the topic of performance management, Amanda Trosten-Bloom, Tye Deines, and Trace...
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Your Ambassadors may not come from existing relationships and most likely will be blended with other professionals within your marketplace that you need to identify and cultivate. If our goal is to develop fifteen Ambassadors, the characteristics we should look for might include a position of visibility, a history of credibility, and a collaborative mind-set. These might not be apparent from a distance, and you will experience dead-ends, however their value is worthy of the process. When interacting with potential Ambassadors, relationships of trust are developed in circumstances that require some urgency where you have the opportunity to step...
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In a presentation I attended a long time ago the speaker proposed that everyone is refined by significant emotional events in their life. Most of us can remember those events like they were yesterday, and although some of those events are very private, we can remember those that involve our personal development that impacted our careers. The bottom line is if I know what someone has faced and overcome, and what their hope and expectations are, it provides a foundation for interaction. This brings us to the practical application of asking questions that can lead to a conversation of significance. These are questions that are comfortable for me...
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Why should we take stock of our existing relationships? Because their world is a complex network of relationships and activities, and if you want to be invited in, there are expectations and obligations associated with that responsibility. Taking inventory of our relationships can be humbling. After three simple questions we may find our relationships need polishing. Are you truly attentive to your contacts personal journey, accomplishments and present-day challenges? Are you on their short-list of people to call when an urgency arises? Would they introduce you to their best friend for...
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Rainmaking 1.1 - Building a Rainmaking Process Is “Rainmaking” an art form that some people have and others do not? As some of us discussed at the ISPI Conference, we all can be a rainmaker if we can identify those activities that fit our personality and build it into a process that becomes so automatic it looks like an art form from those around us. Since we cannot operate for long periods of time outside of our wiring, I would like us to share activities that we have found that make rain, so we can discover alternatives that might works for us. I mentioned one tool at the Indianapolis conference that works for me. It evolved over...
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We hope you are enjoying electronic access to Performance Improvement journal (PIJ). Beginning with the next issue (May/June), the publication will only be available online through ISPI. For those ISPI members who want to continue to receive a hardcopy of PIJ, Wiley is offering a 40% discount, with a subscription rate of $57 for members in the United States, Canada, and Mexico and $81 for members outside of the United States, Canada, and Mexico. To receive this rate visit HERE. Additionally, you may print just those articles of interest to you directly from Wiley's Online Library. Below, you will find the titles, authors, and abstracts in the current...
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Recently, an interesting conversation transpired between my father and I regarding my (now past) birthday, and what I would like as a gift. I suggested a book that piqued my interest, whilst paroozling through Barns & Nobel. He asked the title, author, and what other stores he might find the book. I suggested me purchase an e-version of the book, and it was available for digital download through a provider is used. He insisted upon purchasing the book and I attempted to change his mind with a few reasonable arguments: I don't like clutter, and have been doing away with print copies of books and magazines and replacing with digital versions....
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Below is an invitation to participate in student research. Remember participating in student research is worth 1 CPT recertification point. Thanks, Gay Dear Certified Performance Technologists, You are invited to participate in an online questionnaire of intervention selection decisions. It will take you approximately 20 -25 minutes to complete this questionnaire. Participants will have the option of entering a random drawing to receive one of fifty $25.00 restaurant.com gift certificates. Your participation is crucial to the findings of this study and the future of our field as a technology. Participation is as easy as clicking this...
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As you know from my many blog posts, I love the lessons I learn from Sam Geist every Tuesday morning. I thought this was a wonderful reminder for the New Year! Last week my wife and I celebrated our granddaughter Samantha's 8th birthday in California. As part of the celebration we were invited guests to her 2nd grade class along with her two sisters, Chloe and Alexa, and her parents. Samantha sat in the "teacher's chair" as we sung Happy Birthday to her in 5 or 6 languages. Afterwards each of her classmates (as well as all her guests) were given the opportunity to say something about Samantha that was then written on her bucket. We heard words...
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