A Message From the CEO: 2013 in Review

Throughout 2013, transition was the focus of CPG work. We view operational contexts as complex, adaptive systems which demand Warfighters and their Leaders think deeply and adapt efficiently based on patterns they are likely to encounter and perceive. Our Team’s transition mindset brought about streamlined methodologies, innovative applications of our products, and deeper insight into the nature of small unit tactical performance. We have described our efforts in a series of postings as well as professional conferences. The CPG Brand is recognized for its value and quality to each customer we support.

Cognitive competency modeling methods were adopted to supplement more traditional task analysis. By including a cognitive dimension in the traditional industrial-organizational psychology method for describing position requirements, CPG researchers Dr. Iris Rivera and Bill Ross constructed a generalizable developmental model for specialized planners. The validated model was used to support a range of human resource issues from identifying candidates for training, to performance appraisal, to training design, and organization impact of performance. The OSD-sponsored, two-year effort has been also influenced the Joint Capabilities Integration Development System requirements for training, organization and leader development. CPG has proposed related follow-on efforts which will be part of its 2014 portfolio.

Our greatest advancements have taken place in the small unit decision making domain, where we were selected to develop and validate a Mastery Model for Small Unit Leaders for the Marine Corps. This Human Performance enhancement project was sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR). As its flagship research effort for 2013, CPG was at the forefront of training transformation for tactical unit leader development programs. We integrated our staged approach to expertise development with behaviorally anchored rating systems to produce a first generation cognitive assessment battery. The successful administration of the battery will provide leaders with a tool for individualized instructional programs and assessment strategies that support long term professional development. Dr. Karol Ross and Jennifer Phillips led this continuing applied research effort and have ensured that it reflects leading edge thinking and breakthroughs in how to develop and sustain expertise across the USMC.

For nearly four years, we have collaborated with other innovative teams to contribute to Perceptual Training System and Tools (PercepTS). This year’s contributions included a Competency Model which linked an underlying theoretical taxonomy with real-world, validated competencies that could be trained. This product along with highly customized training tools have been used to support the creation of a simulation based approach for practicing and exploring advanced situational awareness proficiencies from a virtual observation post. Dr. Jennifer Vogel-Walcutt and her team have advanced thinking in this area and have eliminated many of the performance risks associated with this development.

Careers at CPG

CPG prides itself in delivering unmatched expertise in adult learning and training solution development. Our in-house capabilities have expanded and now include instructional system design and simulation development capabilities, which will increase our responsiveness to new customers and markets ranging from Homeland Security to commercial applications. We continue to engage in strategic partnerships which allow us to deepen our capabilities and participate in major procurement.

We visualize applications beyond current conflicts and known adversaries. As the National Security Strategy shifts from forward positioning and engagement to an expeditionary mindset, we too have adapted. We envisage our methods for rapid scenario generation, cognitive skills development, and decision-centered assessment benefiting more than the defense community. We continue to invest in technologies which amplify our capabilities in adult learning strategies.

CPG has earned its reputation as a thought leader and high performing organization. CPG has assembled a strong team of researchers and practitioners who are recognized as thought leaders. We pride ourselves in tackling the difficult challenges, demonstrating mental agility, and keeping pace with change and emerging trends in our field. We are encouraged by the response to our proven methodologies, innovative products and conceptual designs that improve decision making and problem solving in critical situations. We look forward to building new business relationships and supporting our current customers throughout 2014.

From all of us at CPG, best wishes for success in the New Year.

Bill Ross

 

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Cognitive Performance Group, LLC is a woman-owned small business with offices in Orlando, Florida, and Cleveland, Ohio. It was founded by Dr. Karol G. Ross, Jennifer K. Phillips, and William A. Ross. The three CPG Principals developed the concept for a company to support cognitive performance improvement in industry and government. (more...)

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