RIP Ken Nordine

An inspiration to me since 1970…


From the Chicago Tribune

Before you read the words written below about the life and times and accomplishments of a man named Ken Nordine, who died Saturday at his North Side home at the age of 98, it would be a good idea for you to listen to whatever you can find at

What you will discover is the one-and-only voice of Ken Nordine, one of the few people in the history of radio to use the medium to its fullest potential, rather than as a forum for blather, confrontation, inanities and noisy nonsense. He made a kind of vocal music as the voice of thousands of commercials and as the force behind a new art form he created and called “word jazz.”

See more from the Tribune – here.

From ABC – Chicago – here.


From The Chicago Sun Times – here.

Ken Nordine – Wikipedia – here.

Work Jazz – What Time Is It (1972)

All Tracks – Ken Nordine – On YouTube

Staring with My baby

RIP Ken Nordine (April 13, 1920 – February 16, 2019)

Thank you for all that you left us!

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T&D: Weekend Reflections

I’ve added two videos to my online collection this past week, both with Patti Shank, PhD.

One was from my growing library of HPT Videos where I try to capture and share some insight into others who are in the business of EBP for PI – Evidence Based Practices in Performance Improvement – which is the “same diff” IMO as HPT – Human Performance Technology. I have over 70 videos in this collection – here.

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The second video of Patti was her presentation at my local ISPI Chapter – ISPI Charlotte NC on “Designing for Memory and Better Learning Outcomes” – which was fabulous.

I did both videos this past Wednesday – and got to spend some time with Patti – who I met F2F for the first time after knowing her for about a decade via SM. Before, in between and after doing the recordings we had a chance to chat. All in all I learned a lot more about her and how she came into the world of EBP for PI.

She and I have the late Geary Rummler, Joe Harless, Tom Gilbert as common sources for some of our early learning about Instruction and non-Instructional methods for Improving Performance. We discussed some of the current buzz in our fields, and how much of it is old stuff made to seem new.

As someone who studies the research, Patti has a perspective that I really appreciate. She is about making the research accessible and practical for the typical ID/ISDer. And she is willing to address the fads and fallacies that are all too prevalent in ID/ISD and PI.

If you don’t have her books – at least subscribe to her Blog – and follow her on Twitter and LinkedIn. Check out her website at:

My reflections at the end of this week are again about those who taught many of us valid approaches, and about those who seem to be spinning the old as new. I am wary of them – but I also wonder if they do that simply because they do not now that what they think is new is really old – with a history of research and applications experience.

The new technology available – which will surely continue to evolve – are simply platforms for conducting EBP for PI.

Focus on the results desired, the gaps from that – and valid EBP to address and close those gaps where there is a sufficient pay-off, business-wise, for doing so.

And have a good weekend!

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My Thoughts on T&D – In Today’s Context

We will wander unless directed – from the top of the Enterprise – where they are acutely aware of what their Critical Business Issues (a term I borrow from the late Geary A. Rummler) are.

Whether that’s Ongoing Operations or Short-to-Long Term Strategic Initiatives – that’s what is to be supported and enabled. Not the low hanging fruit of mass audiences, or Topics with Face Validity.


Get aligned to your leadership – and the bigger your Enterprise – the more formal that alignment needs to be IMO.

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T&D: Ideal ISD Team Members in a Facilitated Group Process Include Novice Performers

The Ideal Team Members

The Ideal Analysis/ Design/ Development Team Members might include:

1- Master Performers – who can speak to the authentic requirements as they do the job to a level of mastery every day.

2- Other SMEs – who might have deep background knowledge about policies, procedures or practices.

3- Novice Performers – who know what the current realities are for new hires.

4- Supervisors – who know what’s expected from the target audience by upper management.

1984 Article on the PACT Processes Analysis Methods

The name/brand PACT Processes didn’t exist until the early 1990s – but the analysis methods began in 1979 when I was at Wickes Lumber and became my default practice as a consultant in 1982.


See this 1984 article – here.

1984 Article on the PACT Processes Methods for Curriculum Architecture Design

Again, the name/brand PACT Processes didn’t exist until the early 1990s – but the Curriculum Architecture Design methods began in 1981 while I was at Motorola and became my default practice as a consultant in 1982.


See this 1984 article – here.

T&D/PI: Patti Shank at ISPI Charlotte

Dateline: February 13th, 2019

I was able to record Patti Shank PhD at ISPI Charlotte the other day speaking on:

Designing for Memory and Better Learning Outcomes

This video is 90 minutes in length…

Slides/handout: PShank_Design for Memory handout

Patti Shank

Founder, Learning Peaks, LLC
Patti Shank PhD is listed as one of the Top 10 Most Influential People in eLearning internationally. She has written numerous books and her articles are found all over the Internet.
You can find out more about her at:
Find her 9 books at Amazon – here.

A Two-Fer

And see Guy’s HPT Video – recorded with Patti the afternoon before her ISPI Charlotte session – 48 minutes – here.
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HPT Video with Patti Shank PhD

Just yesterday Patti and I finally met face-to-face after knowing each other for about a decade via Social Media. I was part of the Program Committee that invited her to speak at ISPI Charlotte – which she did yesterday – and THAT video will be coming out soon.

So since she was in town – so to speak – I took advantage of our proximity to drive down to Charlotte from my new home town up in the Beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains to record this video interview with her for my HPT Video Series.

Patti knows her stuff – and her stuff is informed by the Research. I look to her when I have questions about what’s what and what’s right – and you should too!


Check out this video – hot off the editing suite this morning… 48 minutes in length…

Patti’s books – 9 of them – all on Amazon – can be found – here.

Learn more about Patti and her newer Deeper Learning book series at:

My HPT Video Series

The HPT Practitioner and HPT Legacy Video Series was started by me 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 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, the Value Chain 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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