Author: Tom Gibbons

2018 – What’s Up At TMS Americas?!?

2018 – What’s Up At TMS Americas?!?

January 4th, 2018 and I am looking out my office window on a bright blue sky and sparkling sun. The trees are devoid of leaves and it is a bitter cold – 15 Celsius here in London, Ontario, Canada.  Good to be inside even though it is quite beautiful out there. The above I can be certain of, the rest of 2018 not so much! I think all of us are more or less in the same space. As we enter a new ... »

A Sad Time for TMS Americas – A Time for Reflection

A Sad Time for TMS Americas – A Time for Reflection

It has been a sad period of time for us at TMS Americas. Yet within this time is a chance (sometimes forced upon us) for reflection on what we do and what it means to us. As many of you know, our colleague and co managing director of TMS Americas, Bonnie Cooper retired at the end of June. Of course with any small organization someone leaving leaves a big gap. Then, a few weeks ago our colleague, K... »

Sustainability Resource Person – Who and What is This?

Sustainability Resource Person – Who and What is This?

Earlier this year TMS Americas introduced the role of Sustainability Resource into the mix of things we do and offer to help sustain the use of our assessment products. We now call this the Sustainability Resource Person. So what is this you may ask? It’s really quite simple and we think an important step in helping people understand sustainability of assessment use. Typically the Team Manag... »

Sustainable Assessment Use – The End User

Sustainable Assessment Use – The End User

The end user is the third variable of assessment use; the last two posts have looked at the product and the expert and how they may affect sustainable use. Interestingly, in the assessment business the end user tends to be the variable that gets the least amount of attention in terms of sustainable use, or use at all for that matter! This is interesting since it is the end user that will benefit m... »

Sustainable Assessment Use – The Expert

Sustainable Assessment Use – The Expert

The last post looked at sustainable assessment use through the lens of the product. The second of the 3 key variables in sustainable assessment use is the expert. That person is typically trained and certified by the assessment company to use the product. Thus I’ve used the term expert. For most assessment companies the expert is their key customer. A lot of time and effort is expended to tr... »

Sustainable Assessment Use – The Product

Sustainable Assessment Use – The Product

In the last post I listed 3 components that make up the typical usage model of assessments like the TMP: The product The expert The end user I also asked what people thought is the order of importance of those 3 components in enabling sustainable use. My perspective on that ordering is as follows: The end user The product The expert What I find interesting with this perspective, when I look at ass... »

Left Loop Stability and the Challenge of Behavior Change

Left Loop Stability and the Challenge of Behavior Change

In the last post I talked about the left loop of our interaction model. It is this left loop, our patterns of interaction that become stable over time. Stable enough that these patterns do not often really need to be thought about. This is what makes behavior change difficult and the point was made – ‘Heck, it’s not even easy to simply be aware of our patterns of behavior, let alone ch... »

Sustainability in Learning – Ideas, Questions, Hopes and Concerns

Sustainability in Learning – Ideas, Questions, Hopes and Concerns

Last year I wrote only one post for the TMS Americas site. My blog energy was spent on 10 Good Reasons To Hate Work Teams and OUCH! – The Misfit Between Theory and Experience in Organizations. While the OUCH! posts will continue for a while I am starting a series of posts on the TMS Americas site focusing on sustainability; and more specifically, sustainability in the area of learning and de... »

The More or Less of 2016

The More or Less of 2016

Over Christmas we went to a few movies and while I liked all of them, two kind of jumped out from the screen and into this blog post; The Big Short and Room. You could say there is a lot about excess and scarcity in both films; a lot about more and less and what that might mean to people. In The Big Short there is a lot about more (and more) money.  And more money is something that we have a socia... »

Why We’re Changing the Assessment Business

Why We’re Changing the Assessment Business

Another post in the ‘rant’ category….. not too many of these but sometimes you’re just angry and need to express it! It seems like it should be easy in the books, the speeches and keynotes, the workshops and workbooks.  It should be easy if we could only be good enough to do what ‘they’ tell us to do.  The ‘8’ steps to successful change, the ‘5... »