Our Beginning

The Practicing Perfection Institute, Inc. (PPI) was founded in 2005 by Tim Autrey. He did so following completion of an eight-year tour in the US Nuclear Navy and 20 years of service in the US commercial nuclear industry.

Tim’s founding of PPI was prompted by three things:
  • An awareness that specific aspects of human nature could be leveraged to provide amazing and sustainable benefits to organizational performance
  • Recognition that when performance improvement is promoted in a manner that effectively taps into discretionary effort (DESIRE), it is sustainable, and ultimately transforms the culture of the organization
  • The results of a human performance “experiment” he conducted at the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant, where the outcome of this leveraging approach generated an 87.5% sustained reduction in human error rate
Tim recognized that there was a “bigger picture” at hand. Taking the best of what he had learned from his studies of behavioral psychology, combined with his experiences in the US Nuclear Navy and US commercial nuclear industry (including the outstanding results of his “leveraging experiment”), he simplified the structure, terminology, and ease of learning/doing, and set out to make this Third Dimension Thinking™ process available to the “rest of the world.”

He dubbed the approach, “Practicing Perfection®”, and founded PPI with a vision:



Growth and Success

Since its inception, PPI has had the opportunity to work with tens of thousands of workers (and their leadership) around the globe. We’ve worked extensively in the electrical power generation and transmission industry, as well as with forward-thinking medical, petrochemical, law enforcement, nuclear, and manufacturing organizations, as well as with US Government Agencies.
Our string of successes in helping organizations reduce risk and human error while improving Reliability, Efficiency, Productivity, and Safety (REPS) is unparalleled.

The PPI Vision, combined with its Core Principles, has drawn together the finest team of Performance Improvement / Workplace Culture Transformation professionals on the planet. Together we serve to help make our world a better and safer place- to save lives, to keep people from getting hurt, to prevent physical and environmental catastrophe, and to improve the profitability of every organization with whom we have the opportunity to work.

Fully recognizing that “Human Performance” (or as some would call it, “Human Performance Technology”) was rising as the ‘ultimate frontier’ for improving organizational performance, PPI established the Human Performance Academy as the training arm of the organization.

PPI’s Human Performance Academy courses have been awarded Continuing Education Units/Hours by the National Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), as well as Professional Development Hours by the Human Performance Association.

PPI has affiliate organizations in Canada, in Europe, and in South Africa. We have provided services in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, India and Russia. As an acknowledgment of rising global reach and perspective, PPI Global, Ltd. was founded as the parent company in 2014.

PPI Global, Ltd. is well positioned to provide services around the globe, and is actively seeking affiliates in regions not yet directly represented.
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