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Saturday Seminar – May 17, 2014.

Changing Focus from Individual Performance to Group Performance

Highly competent individuals often populate incompetent organizations. Effective teamwork sessions can be a source of organizational dysfunction. How is this possible? Gilbert’s classic work on engineering worthy performance focused upon individuals and never touched on groups, much less organizations. However, the serious performance challenges today relate to organizational performance.

Organizational work requires additional skills, knowledge and expertise. This session focuses on what’s different when dealing with the challenges of group and organizational performance. Participants will be able to:

  • List the four critical guiding principles for effective organizational change
  • Differentiate between effective teams and partnering (teamwork between teams)
  • Compare and contrast organizational interventions that focus on dynamic groups rather than individuals
  • Identify four types of organizational change and their critical characteristics
  • Identify critical differences between individual performance planning and group performance planning
  • Describe the unique uses of project management in organizational interventions

This session is based on J. Robert Carleton’s 2010 book, Implementation and Management of Performance Improvement Plans: Emphasizing Group and Organizational Interventions, published by HRD Press as part of the “HPT – Human Performance Technology in Action” series which examines how each of the Standards of Performance Technology applies in the real world.

Presented by J. Robert “Bob” Carleton

CarletonBob Carleton is Founding Partner/CEO of Vector Group. Bob’s 40+ year career supports his being an internationally recognized authority in organizational performance and effectiveness. He is a global thought leader and pioneer in the field of Cultural Due Diligence and successful M & A integrations. In 2012 he received ISPI’s Geary Rummler Award for the Advancement of Performance Technology. He is a founding Director of the International Board of Standards for Training, Performance and Instruction (IBSTPI), was an initial elector for the HRD Hall of Fame. He is a highly sought after speaker and well-known within ISPI audiences having presented 2 Master’s Series sessions plus a number of encore sessions over the years.

Open Source Learning Management Systems

So you need a Learning Management System. Or you have one, but secretly conspire its demise. After all, who doesn’t want a shiny new LMS to drive around? New features, fancy buttons, new body style… what else do you need? Quite a bit, actually. The prospect of a new LMS is definitely exciting, but making sure your new system meets the needs of your organization is the key to guaranteeing that you’ll enjoy your new purchase long after you’ve taken it off the lot.

Let’s match your needs to an LMS, then. A long checklist of features should do it, right? And the LMS vendor with the most checks in the boxes wins? Wrong again. Most proprietary vendors in the market today will check all your boxes but still fail to deliver. No wonder most organizations are on their third or fourth LMS, but are still unhappy. What do we need to do differently?

The answer: open source solutions. The term “open source” refers to something that can be modified because its design is publicly available, and whose overall feature set is largely shaped by the community it serves. This means that, if you go with an open source LMS, you have the flexibility to change its workflows to match your own. And, its evolution as a platform has most likely been a result of feedback from real users and organizations in the workplace today. Oh, and did I mention that an open source solution can be implemented at a fraction of the cost of proprietary systems?

This session will discuss:

  • What open source is and means
  • What an open source LMS looks like
  • The benefits of an open source LMS
  • The pitfalls of an open source LMS

This session will also present:

  • Actual, open source LMS implementations for global, brand-name clients
  • An in-depth case study on how an open source LMS was configured to meet a client’s requirements

Presented by Tanveer Makhani

Tanveer_Makhani-2Tanveer specializes in the strategy and design of learning, professional development, and learning management. As a director, policy advisor, professor, and consultant, Tanveer has helped numerous clients develop successful learning environments and processes. He has directed LMS implementations for small and large corporations, government entities, and academic institutions, and routinely advises on how to effectively serve today’s learner. Tanveer has been in the online learning space for over 13 years, and speaks regularly at various conferences, seminars, and leader events.

Website: Dot Minds

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