T&D/PI Video Two-Fer: Kaufman & Brethower

This past Tuesday I had the pleasure of conducting and recording two Skype interviews with two of my favorite people from NSPI/ISPI.

Please take a couple of hours in the near future to watch these…

Roger Kaufman

Video is 52:46 in length

Thanks Roger!

Dale Brethower

Video is 66:44 in length

Thanks Dale!

About Roger Kaufman

Professor emeritus, Florida State University, and has served as Distinguished Research Professor at the Sonora Institute of Technology (Mexico). He received ATD’s Distinguished Contribution to Workplace Learning and Performance award.

Also, he is a past president, honorary member for life and Thomas Gilbert Award winner, all with the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI),

Kaufman has published 41 books and over 300 articles on strategic planning, performance improvement, quality management and continual improvement, needs assessment, management, and evaluation.

He consults world-wide with public, private and NGO organizations, the most recent of which include the President and Minister of Tourism of Panama, the University of Puerto Rico, the Civil Service Commissions of Taiwan, and the Tze-Chain Foundation of Science and Technology, as well as the Korean Government.

At Florida State he created the Center for Needs Assessment and Planning that did applied research and development. The literature often sites him as “the father of needs assessment.”

The International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) has created the Roger Kaufman Award for Societal Impact. “This award recognizes the continuous achievement of measurable positive societal impact by an individual or organization.” He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association as well as of the American Educational Research Association.

About Dale Brethower

Dale Brethower is Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Western Michigan University, and has earned degrees from the University of Kansas, Harvard, and the University of Michigan.

He has taught at the University of Michigan, Cleveland State University, Western Michigan University, and Boise State University.

He has been a reviewer for several professional journals, is widely published, and back before retirement presented regularly at professional conferences.

He has served on advisory boards for the Institute for Rational Living, Ronningen Research and Development, and the Academic Skills Center, Washtenaw Community College (Ypsilanti, Michigan), as well as on the Boards of Directors of the North Central Reading Association (NCRA), and on the board of ISPI.

He is a Past President of both ISPI and NCRA.

One of the pioneers of HPT, Dale has been a consultant for more than 35 years.

The Organizational Behavior Management Network recognized his contributions with an Outstanding Contribution Award.

And he has received ISPI’s highest award, Honorary Member for Life.

Handbook of Organizational Performance

This is the book Dale referred to in the video – here.


My HPT Video Series

The HPT Practitioner and HPT Legacy Video Series was started by Guy W. Wallace in 2008 as a means of sharing the diversity of HPT Practitioners, and the diversity of HPT Practices in the workplace and in academia.

The full set of videos are on YouTube and the index to them all and links to YouTube may be found  – here. There are now over 70 videos in my collection.


HPT – Human Performance Technology – is the application of science – the “technology” part – for Performance Improvement. As the late Don Tosti noted, “All performance is a human endeavor.”

Whether your label for HPT is that, or Performance Improvement or Human Performance Improvement, it is all about Evidence Based Practices for Performance Improvement at the Individual level, the Team level, the Process level, the Department level, the Functional level, the Enterprise level, and at the level of Society/World.

HPT Practitioners operate at all of these levels, as this Video Series clearly demonstrates.


Although ISPI – the International Society for Performance Improvement is the home of many HPT Practitioners – the concepts, models, methods, tools and techniques are not limited to any one professional affinity group or professional label.

ISPI just happens to be where I learned about HPT – and has been my professional home since 1979.

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