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•Excuse My Dust: For Latest Content, See My Blog Human Performance and Productivity
I'm redesigning my site. All the functions of this index page and all other pages still work as usual, but I'm doing most of my article content and video uploads through my blog. Even the regular article pages which are not blog posts. So, for the latest content, just click through to the blog.
•Career and Small Business Performance: Leveraging successful goal achievement with goal-reversal
When you've achieved a goal, don't waste the motivation and momentum. Turn the elements that helped you achieve that goal backwards, forwards, upside down or inside out to build a new goal based on the old one. Here's how.
•Small Business: Should You Use Private Label Rights, Resale Rights, Master Resale Rights? Part 2
My tips and techniques for turning problematic PLR, RR, and MRR into "white hat" content development. With links to more resources.
•Small Business: Should You Use Private Label Rights, Resale Rights, Master Resale Rights? Part 1
In part one of a two-part series, I give a quick introduction to PLR, RR and MRR and jump to the known and not-so-well known risks of using such content. I also cover some of the usual suggested solutions to the problems. Part 2 will cover "white-hat" uses and solutions to the pitfalls of PLR, RR and MRR.
Happy Talk, Dreams and Goals
There is a process that takes you from idle daydreaming to clear concepts to goals development and on to achievement. Here's the basic pattern of how it works.
•Career/Small Business: Focus And Goal Achievement Through Visualization
It's hard to maintain a focus on your priorities, goals and intentions. The workplace is filled with so many distractions it could set your head spinning. Here's one way to hone your focus through visualization.
Three things to learn from a WikiHow prank
Everyone can edit and contribute to a WikiHow article. That's its biggest strength and biggest weakness. Here's what happened when a mean anonymous editor messed with a good article and made it offensive. And what you can learn from it.
•Small Business: Time Management: Distracted By Time-Saving Technology?
Today's technology has some great time-saving features. It also has some insidious time-wasting features. Using the Internet to get things done has a number of pitfalls. Here's how you can get off-track in the cloud and what you can do about it.
•Small Business:Nine Sources of Free and Low-Cost Labor For The Solo Entrepreneur or Micro-Business
The most difficult part of being a solo-entrepreneur is never having enough help. You end up doing almost everything for yourself. It would be nice to hire people when you need them, but it's so expensive. It's very tempting to take "free" volunteer labor, but so often it's not legal. Here are some sources of "free" and low-cost labor and suggestions for making sure you are using them in a lawful way.
Business/Personal Growth: Use Motivational Quotes To Make Positive Changes
Your thoughts create and shape your life. What you think and believe influences your behavior and the behavior of the people around you. Why not study the motivational and inspirational thoughts of wise people to fill your mind with positive, affirming beliefs?
•Management: Performance Management Issues: Motivation By Incentives
Motivation by incentives is the most common and age-old method of getting people to do what you want. No matter what the current management consulting fad is, the fact remains that incentives (rewards) and disincentives (punishments) still work. Very, very well.
•Personal Performance:Three more things to do for the new year instead of resolutions
Christmas may be a gift-giving occasion, but New Year's Day is an occasion for reflecting on the past, celebrating successes, perhaps expressing gratitude, and looking forward to make the new year better than the last. The thinking and the planning are gifts you give yourself.
•Personal Performance:Forget Resolutions -- Three Questions to Ask Yourself for the New Year
New Year's resolutions are usually too specific for a year's planning. They're the "small questions" about what to do with your life. You need to ask the "big questions" to make plans that will have a year's worth of impact.
Too Busy for Christmas? Last Minute Holiday Shopping and Card Ideas That Work
What? Five days until Christmas and you still haven't finished shopping? You haven't sent cards? Don't worry. There's still plenty of time if you know the tricks.
•Career/Management/Small Business: Relationships in the Workplace -- When A Co-Worker is in Crisis
So, you walk into a co-worker's office, about to pass on a work assignment from the boss. He's visibly distressed and tells you he's just had a call that his mother died. What do you do?
•Career/Small Business: The Easy Way or The Easier Way?
It would be great if there were an "easy button" for real life. Especially for improving performance at work. There isn't. But there are plenty of ways to make almost everything easier.
•Career/Personal/Small Business: Invasion of the iSnatchers -- Don't Let Smart Phone Thieves Steal Your Life
Do you have a smart phone or a tablet? They're great tools for managing your time and your life and boosting your performance and productivity. But they make you a target for snatch and run thieves. It's a growing concern, because chances are you have stuff on your phone that is even more valuable than the phone itself. Apps, music, documents, connections to databases, passwords and information that can be used to steal your identity. Here are some thoughts about protecting your self and your information.
•Career/Personal/Small Business: How to Use Time Management for A Happier Life
What would happen if you started thinking of time management as life management? Maybe you could use it to make a happier, more productive life -- not just try to get stuff done faster at work. Here's how time management is used in different ways than just immediate task management.
•Small Business: Who knew social media was funny?
My attention got waylaid during research for an article on the difficulties of social media for small business and I ended up with this blog post instead. Not only did I find a very funny video right on topic, but I also found a way you might make $10,000 if you read this before December 5, 2011. Oh, and even if you don't make the ten grand, you have a way to get some great publicity for your small business.
•Personal/Career/Small Business: You Can Use Motivational Quotes To Create Positive Changes
Need support for creating positive thinking and positive attitudes in your life and work? Motivational quotations can give you the boost you're looking for. Fill your mind with positive wisdom from smart, inspiring people.
•Career/Management: Happiness -- A Vital Factor in Human Performance and Productivity
Happy, optimistic employees perform better and produce more. You knew that. Do you know what goes into getting people happier and more productive?
•Management/Small Business: The Motivational Manager's Tool Box -- Motivational Listening
Do you want to be a "motivational manager?" Do you want your employees to learn to respect and trust you? Learn motivational listening.
•Small Business: Creating Products -- Make iOS and Android Apps With Drag-and-Drop Ease
If you've been wanting to develop mobile and/or web apps, but you don't want to spend years learning to program, here's what you've been looking for. You can make apps with these app-builder programs. Without any programming knowledge or experience. Without hiring a programmer. A great deal of the work is just dragging and dropping pre-programmed components. And, the programs are free.
•Career/Management: First You Have To Feel Good -- A Key To Performance Motivation
Most of us have been taught to believe that the rewards we get for performance are what motivates performance. But you don't get the rewards until after the performance. And anticipating rewards isn't enough to get you started. First you have to feel good enough to work for the rewards.
Productivity Top 10 Websites
An annotated list of my top picks of productivity and performance related websites and blogs.
•Small Business: Create Better Content -- Keep It Short
It doesn't matter if you're writing articles, blogging or posting to social media -- everyone wants to be able to scan your content easily and quickly. And each kind of article or post has a limit on how much time a reader will stay to read.
•Management/Small Business: Human Performance -- The Three Essential Issues Made Easy for Business
The study of human performance as applied to business is critical to every process and system in the organization. If you use the principles of human performance management and improvement, you are doing the fundamental work that makes a business operate smoothly and succeed in its goals. Here's the short, simple guide to the foremost issues of human performance.
•Small Business: Gestures Don't Have To Be Grand To Be Impressive -- Or Profitable
The art of the impressive gesture is not a subtle one. It shouldn't be. Doing something that is extremely considerate, helpful or kind deserves recognition. It is an inspiration to others. And it can be profitable to you in many different ways.
Product Creation/Development: Journals and Blank Books Are Popular, Profitable and Fast
This is in my series on products that can be created and developed by solo entrepreneurs and micro businesses. Journals and other blank books have been popular for centuries. Make hay on a tried-and-true solid seller. Published in my blog.
•Career/Small Business Performance: Time Management: Real Life is Never Too Busy
Same old song every day: "Too busy. Wish I had more time. Why does everything take so long?" Stop singing the busy-ness blues. Start living in tune with your authentic self.
•Product Review/Recommendation: Jaksta -- A time management and productivity tool
How a media downloader is actually a serious time saver and productivity booster.
•Management/Small Business/Personal Performance: Using SWOT Analysis To Improve Planning, Action and Decision-Making
Have you ever used SWOT analysis? It's a simple and effective tool to help you spot the strength, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in any undertaking. It doesn't matter if it's for business planning, career development, science, technology, personal decisions or whatever. It works for every field.
•Management/Small Business Performance: Halloween, Adult Play, Stress Management and Higher Performance
It's Halloween. It's a good time to play and a good time to think about the effects of play on performance and productivity in the workplace.
•Small Business Performance:Publishing Syndicated Content Is A Long-Time Honored and Honest Practice
There is a certain amount of controversy on whether or not it's a good practice for webmasters to publish any content that is not unique to them. Here's my view.
•Management/Small Business Performance: 3 Critical Elements in Empowering (And Motivating) Employees
One of the best employee motivation techniques is the establishment of an employee empowerment program. A frequently-used empowerment program involves giving independent project responsibilities. Here are three essential things you must do to assure success.
•Career/Management/Small Business Performance: Training: Getting It When There's No Money For It
You need training for yourself or others. You may be a manager, an employee, or a small business owner. You know that the training is critical to performance and productivity. But your company can't or won't pay for it. What can you do now?
•Career/Small Business:Ask more profitable and productive questions
When you meet someone new, do you ask "what do you do for a living?" Are you interested in the answer because it tells you a lot about the person's status and about whether or not it's worthwhile to talk to him for very long. If the person says "I'm a cab driver," do you assume he's less valuable and/or less interesting than someone who says "I'm a doctor?" Would you rather spend time talking with someone you think can be useful to you or someone who is interesting or entertaining? What if our new tendencies to see social connections in terms of immediate usefulness and profit are actually undermining our abilities to make useful connections?
•Small Business: 3 Traits of the Super Successful
Guest author Sandra Martini actually talks about four traits, because she describes an essential trait for stress management in her introduction. If you acquire the three traits she outlines you'll dramatically increase your probability of success. If you acquire the fourth, you can learn to be successful and happy.
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We cover three main areas for human performance improvement:
The content here is provided for these basic interest groups for human performance improvement:
•Professionals & Small Business Owners/Entrepreneurs)
•Teachers/Trainers/Seminar Providers/Students/Training Participants
•Individual Self-Development Seekers
There are three basic kinds of content currently here or in development for this site:
•Information (articles, link directories, reviews, blogs, other publications)
•Educational/Training Tools (online classes, tests, software, audio, video, etc.)
•Personal Development Tools (online classes, coaching, testing, audio, video, motivational/inspirational posters, software, self-hypnosis devices, meditation devices, meditation accessories, etc.)
To explore the site, go back to the main topics directory at the top of the page.
Or take a moment to read the following two articles further explaining human performance, human performance improvement, human performance technology and human performance management.
About Human Performance
Human performance is a behavior, a process, a procedure, a way of working or functioning, or an accomplishment. As a study, human performance is concerned with the measurable results of specific behaviors, especially work performance and productivity or athletic accomplishments.
The field of study of human performance for the workplace usually covers three subjects: human performance improvement, human performance management and human performance technology.
1. Human Performance Improvement
Human performance improvement is any process for increasing the effectiveness of specified behaviors or work procedures in producing better results or finding more effective behaviors or procedures to produce the desired results. Performance improvement methods apply to individuals, teams, organizational divisions or departments and/or entire organizations.
Training and coaching have been the primary methods of human performance improvement, but human performance technology (HPT) is encompassing and superceding them.
2. Human Performance Technology
Human Performance Technology (HPT) refers to the systematic processes in which an organization discovers and analyzes desired human performance outcomes (goals), determines what causes those outcomes, designs methods for achieving those outcomes, applies the methods, measures the effectiveness of those methods and redesigns the system for further improvement. Often, HTP is a studied on a meta level, covering a number of organizations or on a theoretical level, covering modeled organization types. In the workplace HPT application tends to be an organization-wide, rather generalized process and usually relies on Human Performance Management for specific applications to specific units of the organization.
The phrase human performance technology is misleading in that it means technology in a different sense than most commonly used. It is accurate, however. a true meaning of the word technology use to indicate that the scientific method has been used for commercial or industrial ends. It is about a process or system of procedures that organizes and directs or regulates human behavior.
Human Performance Technology comes from Systems Theory as it applies to people and organizations. Systems Theory studies complex natural and human systems.
3. Human Performance Management
Human Performance Management is the real-world application of HPT in the workplace. Like the more general HPT, it follows a systematic process, but is hands-on, and applied to specific employees, teams or organizational units: Establishing goals or objectives. Planning procedures for accomplishing those goals or objectives. Conveying the objectives and the procedures to the employees. Modifying employee behavior. Measuring results. Identifying the differences between the desired results and the actual results. Analyzing the probable causes of the differing results. Designing new procedures. And starting the whole process over again, until the results are satisfactory.
What does Human Performance improvement (HPI) or Human Performance Technology (HPT) do for you?
There is a host of theories, principles, procedures, prescriptions and recipes for improving organizations and employees. To name but a few, they include human resources development, organizational development, management training, organizational reengineering, organizational analysis, strategic planning, team management, conflict management and employee motivation intervention.
What HPI (or HPT) does is collect the various organization/employee/career improvement schemes under one superseding approach that turns the field of human performance into a behavioral science. It is a systematic, results-oriented method. It is easy to understand and apply to any level -- individual, team, organization. Indeed, it even helps you understand at what level you should apply it.
HPI (or HPT) doesn't displace the orientations and methodologies mentioned above, it merely advises you to stop first and ask yourself what exact, specific results you want from your business (or career). Compare the results you want to the results you are now getting. If there is a difference between the results you want and the results you're getting, take a look at what you are doing to get those results. Analyze what processes, procedures or behaviors would get the results you want. Then add those new actions or change to those actions to get the desired outcomes. Keep repeating that approach and measuring outcomes until you get the results you want. The point is, don't just willy-nilly try training or reengineering or employee motivation interventions or team coaching or whatever other trend is making the rounds of the management consulting community.
Human Performance Improvement is a comprehensive approach that covers the many aspects of behavior related to productivity, achievement, skills/knowledge development, learning and creativity. Those aspects include not only organizational performance and development, but also career and professional development issues, training, motivation, stress, human resources development, education, management, the effects of health/fitness on performance and productivity and work/life balance.