HPT Video 2020: Dan Topf

I met Dan at ISPI back in the late 1990s. I wanted to do this interview with him because I believe in what he does – which is to bring Business Acumen to the practitioners of ISD as well as to his clients.

Dan Topf

Adapted from LinkedIn

If you want people to remember, we should make it memorable. If we want people to perform on the job, we should help them practice to gain confidence and competence. If you want your leaders to engage in change, let’s work together to make that happen.


My expertise is in delivering learning in strategy, marketing, operations, finance, accounting, decision making and more. All the ways leaders perform to get results. Business acumen is the catalyst for real performance improvement.

The HPT Video

This video is 44:50 minutes in length.

People Dan Referred To In the Video

And their Twitter Accounts…

  • Blake Howard    @effortfuleduktr
  • Patti Shank         @pattishank
  • Mike Taylor         @tmiket
  • Will Thalheimer @willworklearn
  • Clark Quinn         @quinnovator
  • Thiagi                    @thiagi

And, just for fun, there’s this parody account: All the Learning Styles: @learninstyle

Connect with Dan

Dan’s Profile: linkedin.com/in/dantopf
Website: mdi-learning.com  (Company Website)
Phone: 515-292-2602 (Work)
Email: dantopf@mdi-learning.com
Twitter: Dan_Topf

Guy’s HPT Video Series

The HPT Video Series … formerly known as 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 – over 100 – may be found and linked to – here.

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 might operate at any of these levels, as this Video Series clearly demonstrates.

Although ISPI – the International Society for Performance Improvement is the professional 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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