Accomplishment Based Human Performance Technology (HPT) and Behavioral Safety

Binder workshop 19

Date: Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Tegel/Tullamarine

Human Performance Technology (HPT) has emerged in recent years as a methodology in the field of behavioral safety. This workshop traces its origins to thought leaders Thomas F. Gilbert, Geary Rummler, and others who contributed to the evolution of HPT from instructional technology. It presents an overview of a current-day HPT methodology known as Performance Thinking, designed with simple visual models and plain English terminology to facilitate adoption and communication by people in all functions and at all levels in an organization. At the heart of HPT is a focus on accomplishments, the valuable products of behavior, which Gilbert insisted should be our focus in organizational performance improvement because it is accomplishments that are valuable, while behavior is costly. This workshop, distilled from a multi-day program for performance constants, provides an overview of the Performance Thinking approach and engages participants in identifying valuable accomplishments in interviews with one another.  Following an introduction to accomplishment based HPT, we will explore how behavioral safety interventions can work together with HPT’s focus on productivity and employee engagement to optimize employee productivity and safety or error reduction.


  • Distinguish between behavior and the valuable accomplishments of behavior
  • Describe the overall “logic” of accomplishment based Human Performance Technology
  • Identify and describe accomplishments through interviews with performers
  • Discuss how HPT and Behavioral Safety methodologies can work together

Carl Binder croppedDr. Carl Binder

Dr. Carl Binder is CEO of The Performance Thinking Network where he develops performance consultants, leaders, and managers in organizations worldwide. Starting in 1970 as a student with B.F. Skinner at Harvard, he worked for ten years conducting laboratory and classroom research, designing instruction, and training teachers.  He founded his first consulting firm, Precision Teaching and Management Systems, Inc. in 1982, and became active in the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) where his mentors included Tom Gilbert, Joe Harless, Robert Horn and Donald Tosti. In 1992 he founded Product Knowledge Systems, Inc., a Boston firm specializing in sales enablement for Global 1000 companies. Carl is currently known for Six Boxes Performance Thinking®, a plain English viral approach to organizational performance improvement.  Division 25 of the American Psychological Association honored Carl with the Fred S. Keller Award (2004), ISPI recognized his contributions to performance improvement with Honorary Lifetime Membership (2009) and the Thomas F. Gilbert Award (2012), and the OBM Network gave him its Lifetime Achievement Award (2015). Contact Carl at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and learn more about his work at and