Performance Matters Podcast

Award Winning Podcast

Listen to business leaders, performance improvement practitioners, and learning and development professionals discuss their work alongside new trends and best practices.

Performance Matters, GP Strategies’ award winning podcast, analyzes emerging strategies, technologies, and their applications for employee development.

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Featured Episode

Top 5 Best Practices for Measurement Impact

When things go wrong, they blame training. When things go well, training still rarely gets any credit.

Companies can spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on training, but often are not sure how to measure its impact.

Listen to Dr. Bonnie Beresford share how she cracked the code to learn the what, the why, and the how of measurement and the top 5 best practices you should use for your training measurement.

Recent Episodes


The Best of 2023

Listen to highlights from select conversations on artificial intelligence (AI), from voice synthesized AI personalities discussing what AI means to how it will impact the human roles in business.

Learn how the power of storytelling can create authenticity in connection in a world filled with technologies and the distance those technologies can sometimes create.

Discover how coaching can help fight career fear and how new generations are learning and their expectations for learning programs at work.

This episode is a treasure trove of inspiring interviews and a healthy dose of future-facing optimism. You won’t want to miss it!


Tying Technology Change Management to Business Results

Organizational change management (OCM) plays a pivotal role in tech transformations. Successful adoption goes beyond technology installation, necessitating a robust OCM strategy.

In this episode, Ellen Kumar shares valuable insights on how change leaders can advocate for early OCM involvement, explores the quantifiable outcomes tied directly to change management, and outlines the transformative power of concise and effective OCM in technology implementations.


Public Sector Spotlight: Bridging Employee Engagement & Impact

With government employees 15% less engaged compared to “best-in-class” organizations, it’s time to put the public sector in the spotlight. What trends are we seeing in the industry? How do government structures differ from other corporate environments? What do their employees need today and in the future?

Join GP’s Annie McManusCaitlyn Strunk, and County of San Mateo’s Conrad Fernandes as they discuss navigating the challenges unique to government organizations.


Gamification 2.0: How Game-Based Learning Strategies are Levelling Up

Over the last few years we’ve seen a dramatic shift in the way our clients are using gamification with real intention. Not a gimmick or just something different to grab attention, but with a specific behavioural goal in mind for a specific audience. What does this mean for the kinds of games and gamified learning we’re making, and what benefits has this created for our clients and learners?

In this podcast, Micheal Thiel is joined by two active practitioners in the learning experience space, Rich Calcutt and Emma Jourdan of the GP Strategies Learning Experience Team, who share insights on gamification 2.0 and how game-based learning strategies are levelling up.


Emerging AI Trends in L&D

The possibilities for artificial intelligence tools are almost limitless, and the learning and development industry is abuzz with this excitement. Listen and discover which AI tools are leading the charge right now.


The Human Roles and Skills of an AI Future

Listen to Jeff Fissel from LTG and Matt Donovan from GP discuss where humans fit into an AI future. In this episode, they explore how organizations are using AI and what boundaries are emerging, AI assistants, AI fails and cautionary tales, and the human roles and responsibilities of a world full of AI assistants.


Simplicity in Learning Design

We are in the age of velocity of information. Overwhelming people with data is a challenge. The IT industry calls it Big Data and is constantly struggling with how to reduce vast data sets down into understandable information.

Listen to Scott Barber and Michael Thiel discuss the science of delivering information to learners effectively, from designing for what learners actually need to the “training vs. learning” problem and how individual performance leads to business performance.



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Award Winning Episode

In this episode of the podcast, Tom Pizer joins the show to discuss how the Metaverse is changing the way organizations will interface with their learners. Watch and experience what VR has to offer, from interacting with the simulated environment to showcasing various opportunities to deliver learning.

Virtual reality and the Metaverse can be effective with hard skills development, to develop skills in a safe and effective way. However, it can also be used for developing very important soft skills.”

Tom Pizer

Meet the Host

Michael Thiel

With nearly two decades of thought leadership in corporate L&D, Michael Thiel has a passion for developing experiential learning that “sticks”. Working on the agency side, Michael has directed award-winning content for some of the most admired brands in the world, including: Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, Toyota, Honda, Acura, BMW, Kia, and Sub-Zero Group.

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