ISPI Performance Digest
Jan. 3, 2012

What does a good boss look like?
A management guru and his son recently shared their belief that good bosses, like the rest of us, come in different shapes and sizes. Jim Finkelstein, CEO of FutureSense Inc., and his son, Matt, offer five examples of good bosses.More

Fine-tuning the perfect employee
The Wall Street Journal
Faced with a dearth of skilled labor, more companies are taking employee education into their own hands.More

Discovering hidden influencers that make or break project success
Management Innovation eXchange
A provocative study has found 75 percent to 90 percent of all large organizational projects fail to meet their original objectives. The same research suggests human practices and behaviors — more than technical or financial matters — are at the root of the breakdowns.More

Preventing 'analysis paralysis'
Corporate Executive Board via Bloomberg Businessweek
If your organization is like most, your human resources department is trapped somewhere between endlessly tracking employee metrics and providing sophisticated, helpful analytics. In either case, your HR department likely provides these metrics without a clear objective or connection to business performance. Meanwhile, executives are fielding increasingly urgent demands for more data, despite lacking clarity on what to do with the data they already have.More

Planning and marketing your learning and organizational development brand
HR Today
HR Today speaks with Judy Whitcomb of Vi, formerly known as Classic Residence by Hyatt. Vi is the developer, owner and manager of residential communities for older adults. Whitcomb shares how they have created engagement with the learning and development function and promoted their L&D brand both internally and externally at Vi.More

Put HR skills on your performance improvement team
Harvard Business Review
If you picked a dream team to improve the way your organization does business, who would be on it? In addition to front-line people who know how things work today and process improvement experts who know how they could work tomorrow, a team should include members who can contribute to improvements that will stick.More

Join ISPI's 50th anniversary celebration
International Society for Performance Improvement
THE Performance Improvement Conference 2012 will bring together your professional peers in a celebration of ISPI's 50 years of progress and achievement. Three powerful keynote presentations headline the conference, which takes place April 20-23 in Toronto (with preconference events beginning April 18). Register today to ensure you're a vital part of ISPI's next 50 years.More