Recently I’ve been involved in some research that has touched on the nature of healthy knowledge worker teams. When I found myself looking for some overarching models, I got reintroduced to a field oddly called Human Performance Technology, or HPT. HPT is well presented by an organization called the International Society for Performance Improvement, or ISPI.
It felt good to dig into the HPT aspirations and processes again. One thing I see from time to time is that knowledge worker teams need aspirational motivations to do their best work. Fear or intimidation doesn’t usually work well, at least not in the long term. It reminds me just a little of how my wife describes her equestrian sport, dressage. Dressage is fairly unique among the equestrian sports in that success in Dressage is based to a large degree on the happiness and well-being of the horse. An unhappy dressage horse will almost always be a poorly performing dressage horse. I’m not saying knowledge workers are like dressage horses, but both have one thing in common. Their leaders (riders) need to figure out what positive motivations will lead to desired changes in behavior.
Now for the really nice screenshot. I took this last Friday.
As I’ve previously discussed, the Amazon.com book sales rankings are fickle, but I’ll take whatever goodness I can get.