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The Human Performance Association (HPA) is a not-for-profit collaboration of next-level thought leaders and practitioners in the fields of human behavior, error reduction, culture transformation, safety, quality, instructional technology, and performance improvement. Its members are wholly dedicated to making the world a better, safer, and more productive place.

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Each month, we will take you on an insightful journey where you will discover cutting edge topics within the HUMAN PERFORMANCE WORLD. Each newsletter is concise and focused on a particular theme chosen for that issue. It contains featured articles, insightful videos and recommended books.

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June 2017 - The Psychology of Human Error

The intent of this chapter is to de-mystify some of the fundamental elements of the science of human error, and to bring them into the common sense context of next-level human performance.I mentioned previously that the average member of your team (senior leader, manager, or otherwise) couldn’t care less about the science of human performance. Well, they care even less about the science of human error. I know, as a performance improvement professional, you undoubtedly find this almost impossible to even conceive (again said in jest). It is likely, that unless you are a scientist, professor in a related field, or one of those extremely anal types that the world needs, knows, and loves, you probably have similar feelings. The hard core science of human error, while important for really ‘digging in’, is indeed but for the select few. So, I am going to keep this simple, and hopefully clear up some misconceptions along the way.

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March 2017 - Got two seconds? Make the most of them.

Say you have a big pitch coming up. You make an impressive agenda, put together a killer deck, and practice answering hard questions. But there’s a problem. This is all focused on the middle and end of your pitch, and it skips over the most important part: the first two seconds. And if you don’t nail those, guess what? Your hard work is irrelevant.

Here's why: In 1992, researchers Nalini Ambady and Robert Rosenthal, then at Harvard, found that our first impressions are essential for our success.

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January 2017- Asking for help when you need it

I get it—there are some people out there who would rather stroll into work completely naked than suck up their pride and ask for help. For some reasons, many of us perceive a request for assistance as a sign of weakness, when—in reality—I think it’s actually a sign of great strength. Hey, it means you’re self-aware and self-assured enough to know when it’s time to call in some reinforcements.

But, that doesn't necessarily mean that asking for help is easy. Nope, approaching someone in your office to ask him or her to lend a hand can actually be pretty anxiety-inducing.

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November 2016- The Psychological Effects of Workplace Appreciation & Gratitude

When’s the last time you were recognized at your job? What immediate feelings did you have when this happened? Whether it’s a simple “thank you” or an office party thrown in your favor, everyone likes to be appreciated. On a surface level, appreciation is good for employee engagement, motivation and retention. Employee recognition and appreciation can also create unique company culture and strengthen employee relationships.

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October 2016- How the Best Leaders Build Trust

Almost everywhere we turn, trust is on the decline. Trust in our culture at large, in our institutions, and in our companies is significantly lower than a generation ago.

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August 2016 - Motivating Employees by Using Effective Listening Skills

Effective listening is essential to motivating employees.

Perhaps the most powerful of all leadership techniques for motivating employees is effective listening. Learning to practice your listening skills until it becomes a habit can do more to improve your relationships at work and at home than perhaps any other single behavior.

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June 2016 - The Pros and Cons of New Unconventional Leadership Styles

Company culture is changing, and some managers are experimenting with out-of-the-norm methods. Here's what works and what doesn't.

As companies become flatter with blurred boundaries, there is a greater push toward authentic leadership. As a result, a lot of unconventional leadership styles are emerging.

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April 2016 - The Best Advice You've Never Received

I’ve been really into personal development for over a year now and have published over a dozen articles on the matter. I listen to podcasts, read books, watch YouTube videos, and immerse myself in knowledge and information on how to become the best version of myself and how to effectively help others do the same.

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October 2015 - Ubuntu, Your Belly, and More...

Teamwork has been talked about for years, so putting together a teamwork issue was a challenge. We wanted something new and different and think we found some information you may not have seen before. It’s all about your belly, The Beatles, and Ubuntu. Interesting stuff!

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September 2015 - A Plane Crash Survivor Story, a FREE Copy of Tim Autrey's Book, and More!

It’s not often that we get to learn some simple lessons from a plane crash survivor. In this fascinating TED talk, Ric Elias shares a life changing event--sitting in the front row of an airplane in real trouble. His insights inspired us to add a bit of our own lessons about making a difference in your world. One of our favorite newsletters to date!

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August 2015 - Why Kids Don't Listen, Blue Bell Ice Cream, And More..

'Operational Learning' is one of those buzzwords that sounds complex, but is really all about paying attention to the little things. Our August newsletter includes an insightful story about a dad making an assumption and an Individual Performance Model that will help you in your journey to understanding the real meaning behind the buzzwords 'Operational Learning'.

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July 2015 - Can Gratitude Really Change Behavior?

Why wait for Thanksgiving to express gratitude with your co-workers? This newsletter explores the science behind gratitude and how expressing gratitude in the workplace changes everything-relationships, communication, worker buy-in, and more.

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June 2015 - Lessons Learned in My Sleep

Knowledge does not equal Understanding. This month’s newsletter includes a fascinating video about a minor change in the design of an ordinary bicycle and the insights learned. Very insightful and interesting!

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May 2015 - What Does Your Business Culture Say About You?

What the Heck is Employee Engagement? This month’s newsletter delves into the unusual culture at Zappos.com and the crazy things they do to make sure their employees are totally engaged in the day to day business of selling shoes--of all things!

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April 2015 - What do Cucumbers Have To Do With Fairness?

Is Sitting Killing you? Does the behavior of monkeys fighting over cucumbers tell us more about our behavior than we want to know? The focus of this newsletter, 'Reaction vs. Response' has some interesting insights…worth a look!

March 2015 - Unleashing the Power of Behaviors

What does Behavior Change mean? Why is it important to you and how can you facilitate it within your organization? Our first HPA Newsletter explores the answers to these questions and more. Discover the 'Three Myths Of Behavior Change' and learn 'What You Think You Know That You Don't'.

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