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  • January 14, 2016 3:36 PM | Deleted user


    Nancy Hastings, Ph.D. is co-editing a book titled Intervention Strategies for Performance Improvement in Organizations, scheduled to be published by IGI Global in 2017. She is requesting the call for proposals to the ISPI community, as this topic is directly aligned with the work of the organization.

    For more information please click on link below:

  • January 14, 2016 3:24 PM | Deleted user

    My name is Abdulaziz (Aziz) Alshgeri and I am PhD candidate at Wayne State University. I am currently conducting a research study to explore how needs assessment is applied as a precursor to change initiative and to what extent leaders utilize it in change management processes.

    I am currently seeking professionals to participate in this study. If you are:  

    • In a leadership position (CEO, CFO, VP levels, etc.)
    • Business owner
    • Anyone who is involved in recommending and/or implementing organizational change strategies (consultant, change agent, etc.)
    Please share your experiences and practices by copying and pasting this link in your browser bar to take the survey:

    The survey should take approximately 15-20 minutes. Please complete the survey by February 29, 2016

    Once you complete the survey, you will have an option to enter a random drawing to win one of four prize, which include a ($200, $150, $100, or $50) VISA gift cards. Your information will be confidential and will not be used to track your specific responses.  

    The faculty advisor for this project is Dr. Ingrid Guerra Lopez and can be reached via email: If you have any questions regarding this study, please contact me at or

    Thank you for your time and consideration,

    Aziz Alshgeri

  • January 14, 2016 3:19 PM | Deleted user

    Dear ISPI Community,

    My name is Jill Stefaniak and I am an Assistant Professor of Instructional Design & Technology at Old Dominion University. I am currently working on a research project with a doctoral student, Kaye Rabel, to examine strategies used during the onboarding process of new instructional design hires.

     We are currently seeking individuals who are working as instructional designers (6 months to 2 years) as well as individuals who interact with instructional designers in a training capacity.

     If you have any questions, please contact Kaye Rabel at

    If you work as an Instructional Designer (6 months to 2 years) or you provide training to new Instructional Designers - We need you!

    Calling all New Instructional Designers or Trainers of Instructional Designers!!

    Please complete one of the 2 short questionnaires.

    You are being asked to complete a survey about how organizations utilize cognitive apprenticeship teaching methods to onboard novice instructional designers and the information covered during onboarding.

    Please review the information about this study found at the beginning of the survey. You are agreeing to participate in this study by completing the survey. Your participation and the information collected here will remain anonymous.

    New Instructional Designers
    Please complete the survey below if you have worked as an instructional designer for at least six months but no more than 2 years.

     Trainers of Instructional Designers
    Please complete the survey below if you provide training to new instructional designers.

     If you have any questions, please contact Kaye Rabel at


  • October 26, 2015 10:08 AM | Deleted user

    For every person from a  member organization that signs up for the free HPT tools at , Proofpoint will donate $1.00 to to the chapter up to $1000.00.

    To count, registrations must be received by 10/31/15 and come from a verifiable corporate email address.

  • August 13, 2015 8:00 PM | Deleted user

    ISPI Bay Board Meeting-- All are encouraged and welcome to attend!


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  • July 09, 2015 10:23 AM | Deleted user

    In 1981 I worked in the Management Development department of Crocker Bank. One afternoon I was working on an illustrated flip chart for a class, when a newly hired staff member came up to look at what I was doing. He was a tweedy, professorial looking young guy in a full beard and hairy brown wool jacket. He said, “What are you doing that for?” and proceeded to question the value of drawing cartoon-like figures for a management training class. However there was no sense of hectoring or superiority in his tone… I sensed both humor and a lively interest in a bit of intellectual sparring. I also sensed that he was curious, and would listen to a real explanation. So I took him up on it, and we parried for a while. He had a great laugh. Thus I met Walter Ratcliff, who became my closest friend and colleague in our field of performance consulting for the next thirty-five years.

    Walter usually morphed training requests into projects that dealt with deeper issues. For example, he got a request to train people who were failing to use a cumbersome and badly organized knowledge base. He re-shaped the project by getting the knowledge base restructured to make it useable, creating a map-like interface to make it navigable, and provided practice using it to perform various tasks as the “training” component. He used the metaphor of a subway map: using major processes as the rail lines, end products as the terminus for each line, and interim products as stations along the route. The finished map looked just like the London Underground...  and worked the same way. You could clearly see where you wanted to go and what to do to get there. He brought creativity and imagination to all his work.

     Walter could always see a way out of an impasse, and find a graceful means of communicating difficult news to a client. He focused first and foremost on making things easier for the job performer, while maintaining patience and compassion for clients who were often under pressure and hemmed in with constraints. He spoke his clients’ language and never used Performance Technology jargon with them. He never made someone “wrong” – he was upbeat and positive with everyone. His sense of humor and love of fun were inextinguishable. He saw and delighted in the absurdities of life and work. He readily laughed at himself, and invited others to join him. He injected fun into materials he developed, giving humorous twists to examples, exercises and cases – almost everyone who has talked about their experience of Walter has mentioned how much fun it was to work with him. He had the gift of introducing you to new theories, research, and approaches to your own work that made you feel smart instead of dumb.

    Last month, on June 21, we lost Walter to a stroke. While we’ll miss his expertise, our greatest loss is his humor, lively intelligence, kindness and wisdom… and the fun he brought to every gathering. Russ Powell and his partner Joe Halpin posted a wonderful tribute to Walter on their website at Please visit it and add your own stories and memories.

    Lynn Kearny, July 2015

  • May 06, 2015 2:30 PM | Deleted user
    Board Meeting May 21st @ 7pm-- All Members are invited!!
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  • February 27, 2015 3:29 PM | Deleted user
    Hi Everyone,

    If you missed last nights webinar you can now get access to the webinar and the presentation in the members area!  It was one not to miss!


  • February 23, 2015 8:40 PM | Deleted user

    You have been invited to a online meeting 

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  • February 16, 2015 1:13 PM | Deleted user
    The final early bird registration deadline for THE Performance Improvement Conference on April 26 through April 29 in San Antonio, Texas, is February 20. Register by the 20th and save $125!

    As always, the conference provides wonderful learning and networking opportunities ... Keynote Addresses, Roundtables, Tech Tools & Tips, PechaKuchas, and some great educational sessions.  

    For more information on fees and to register, go to:

    See you in San Antonio!
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