I’m Steve Gill, a long-time, independent consultant living in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I’ve been a mental health therapist, community mental health worker, university professor, program evaluator, small business owner, employee training and development specialist, strategic planner, and management/leadership consultant.
Rad Resource – The Performance Improvement Blog: This is my blog. I post once a week about topics related to increasing learning and effectiveness of leaders and managers in all types of organizations. Often these posts are about evaluation and its application to organizational performance improvement.
Hot Tips – favorite posts: Over the past four years, I have written over 345 posts to my blog. Here are five that I think exemplify my writing about evaluation:
- 06/13/11 – The Learning Alliance and Kirkpatrick’s Four Levels of Training Evaluation: Kirkpatrick’s four levels of training evaluation have made an important contribution to the field of workplace learning, but the model is inadequate in explaining the causal link between learning and bottom-line outcomes.
- 06/08/11 – Evaluating Training Through Stories: Evaluation of training programs should describe how a learning intervention contributes to business results. This can’t be done with surveys; it can only be done by telling stories.
- 07/20/10 – Seeing the Gorilla in Program Evaluation: Evaluators need to be open to unexpected behaviors and events as demonstrated in a video by Simons and Chabris.
- 02/08/10 – What Gets Measured Gets Done…or Not: Simply because something is measured does not necessarily mean it will be improved. It takes not only measurement, but also the will to change.
- 07/31/09 – Measure Success or Measure Failure?: I believe we learn more from successes than from failures. As evaluators we should put our emphasis on telling success stories.
Lessons Learned – why I blog: I blog to learn and to facilitate the learning of others. In order to blog, I must stay current on what’s happening in my areas of interest and what’s happening in current events, as well as reflect on what I’m learning from my own consulting practice. I find it very rewarding to engage others in conversations about these reflections and observations. In addition, my blog is like a personal, professional library. When I’m investigating a topic, I start by searching my own blog.
Lessons Learned: The blogosphere is frequented by many people who would rather read anonymously and not engage in public conversation (i.e., post comments). My blog has some regulars who often post comments, but there are many more who read my posts and never comment…and that’s okay.
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