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Maximizing Human Performance to Increase Organizational Effectiveness

Maximizing Human Performance to Increase Organizational Effectiveness

By Journalist 1st Class Jd Walter, Naval Personnel Development Command Public Affairs

Virginia Beach, Virginia -- (NNS) October 6, 2003 -- A significant step was taken Sept. 12 to standardize, integrate, and institutionalize the science and methodologies of human performance and individual learning in the Navy's human resource enterprise.

The Human Performance Center (HPC) officially started operations aboard Naval Air Station Oceana Dam Neck Annex, Va. in ceremonies attended by the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), Commander, Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) and the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON).

The establishment of HPC draws together the various human resource elements under the Sea Warrior umbrella, bringing the vision of Sea Power 21 closer to realization. HPC is also a key element in Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Vern Clark's initiative to revolutionize Navy training.

HPC is charged with applying the Human Performance Systems Model (HPSM) and the Science of Learning to improve warfighting performance at the individual, team, unit and organizational levels. HPC will assist the Fleet and Learning Centers to develop blended learning solutions that are mindful of manpower, equipment, policy and training to meet the Navy's goal of increasing operational readiness.

Being involved in the development of training from the requirements analysis phases through identifying potential learning solutions, developing and delivering training resources, and finally measuring the results, HPC will help the Navy determine what factors affect individual performance as associated with a given task, and in turn recommend ways to enhance baseline performance.

"We talk a lot about the global war on terrorism and how terrorists have asymmetric advantages, and I acknowledge that," said Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Vern Clark. "Our asymmetric advantages are at least two, the strength and knowledge in the industrial and technological machine here in America, and the genius of our people.

"Matching our Sailors with technology will allow us to bring unprecedented capability to the battlefield with things like the Littoral Combatant Ship, DD(X), SSGN, the Joint Strike Fighter, the 21st century carrier CVN-21, and the Virginia-class submarine," said Clark. "All of these things are in our future, and our Navy will lead America in the development of people through the science of human performance."

The HPSM will improve performance by allowing the Navy to clearly identify its requirements, analyze different alternatives to achieving the desired level of performance, implement the optimum solution and continually measure the product of the plan. The Science of Learning will promote full exploration of all advanced learning methods and technologies by which human performance can be developed and improved.

Navywide application of these disciplines will ensure mission accomplishment by creating a more agile and responsive training and education system, which is aligned with the Sea Warrior goals of introducing Sailors to a life-long continuum of learning, and improving their professional and personal development, leadership, military education and performance.

"By giving our Sailors the best tools and opportunities to develop themselves professionally and personally, and to maximize their potential as individuals, we will increase our operational effectiveness," said HPC Commanding Officer Capt. Matt Peters.

Human Performance Professionals (HPPs), a new multi-disciplinary workforce will comprise HPC and work with the Learning Centers, acquisition community, and fleet to determine what the Navy needs to do to help Sailors accomplish their missions.

By using the science of learning and leveraging adult learning methods for Sailors, performance professionals will help ensure the right opportunities are being offered to Sailors at the most appropriate times in their careers. HPPs will also determine what factors affect individual performance associated with a given task, and recommend ways to enhance baseline performance.

"The establishment of this organization will give the Navy not only the people, but also the process, that will give us a disciplined approach to addressing the Navy’s performance concerns," said Peters. "This initiative is going to give our Navy and our Sailors unprecedented educational tools and opportunities."

The Naval Personnel Development Command and its Learning Centers were chartered to improve individual level performance in specific occupational fields, and they were assigned all education and training courses associated with those particular communities of practice.

To learn more about the Navy's Revolution in Training, the Human Performance Center and Navy Knowledge Online, log into www.nko.navy.mil

For related news, visit the Naval Personnel Development Command/Task Force EXCEL Navy NewsStand page

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Directeur de la publication : Joël-François Dumont
Comité de rédaction : Jacques de Lestapis, Hugues Dumont, François de Vries (Bruxelles), Hans-Ulrich Helfer (Suisse), Michael Hellerforth (Allemagne).
Comité militaire : VAE Guy Labouérie (†), GAA François Mermet (2S), CF Patrice Théry (Asie).