HPT Video: Mark Oehlert

Mark and I had never met before meeting on Skype to do this recorded interview yesterday. But I had been following him for probably a little over a decade on Social Media – and I knew that he had a background in both History and Anthropology – which always fascinated me. And I knew that he had a cool job at Amazon. And his Twitter posts are always intriguing.


Watch the video below for some insight into Mark, his background, work at the Pentagon and elsewhere – and how they use “PRFAQ” at Amazon – used in place of PowerPoint to communicate ideas.

From LinkedIn

My background combines tech/private sector experience, consulting at the Fortune 500 level, and experience in federal government and defense industries. I have worked in a range of roles but have deep background in sensing and assessing emerging technologies, crafting strategies and programs to support innovation and advanced concepts and in large-scale learning and development initiatives.

An educational background that includes management as well as history and anthropology allows me to bring deep analytical skills to any problem as well as an ability to communicate relevant findings and data to end users as well as strategic decision makers.

This video is 28:53 in length.

As he says, “Stay curious!”

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 80 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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