ISPI Performance Digest
Jan. 25, 2011

Google's greatest innovation may be its management practice
Fast Company
The announcement of Eric Schmidt moving aside as Google CEO to let cofounder Larry Page take over is a "teaching moment" for CEOs of all kinds of companies. For a crucial decade in its growth, Google was led not by a single CEO, but by a team that gave it immense strategic and management strength. Google has taught us all a lot about search, maps, apps, and lots of other things, but it may be that the most important and overlooked lesson is in innovation management. Why? Google is a pioneer in what might be called B-I Leadership — Bi-Generational, Boomer, Gen-X, Gen-Y management.More

How the science of behavior change can help with sustainability
Guardian.co.uk
Les Robinson shares his tips on how the science of behavior change can help to make sustainability initiatives more effective. The same questions about behavior change seem to come up again and again. Here are some answers.More

How High Performers Learn — Implications for HPT
International Society for Performance Improvement
Do high performers in an organization learn differently than others? What can we learn from high performers to strengthen our approach to talent development for all employees? By analyzing the learning approaches of individuals, we can determine implication on our learning and training programs. Learn how these approaches can apply in your own organization.More

Learning and service
Chief Learning Officer
Stretch assignments are one of the most powerful formats for learning and development. Dropping employees into new situations expands their experiences and works brilliantly to develop rising leaders. But traditionally it is a nonscalable format. It requires planning, orientation, oversight and often significant resources. There's a new model for stretch assignments that is deeply scalable and has an additional benefit: Commitment to corporate social responsibility.More

Social network boosts learning
Middletown Journal
Plenty of teachers have taken advantage of the Internet's researching possibilities, but one Franklin High School teacher in Franklin, Ohio, is making strides to incorporate the web's second generation — social networking — into his classes. Jim McFarland began teaching five years ago and has been using online discussion boards in his history classes for the past three. He usually posts first, typically regarding classroom readings or general assignments, and asks his students to comment on his post and each others' as part of their homework.More

The shrinking cubicle
Human Resource Executive
The U.S. workplace is shrinking more now than ever, but whether that is a good thing or a bad thing remains to be seen. Either way, say the experts, it was inevitable, given the confluence of economics, demographics, technology and the bottom line. Peter Miscovich, a New York-based managing director at Jones Lang LaSalle, a global real-estate services firm, says the typical space allotted per employee back in the days when television shows like Mad Men took place was a whopping 500 to 700 square feet. Today's average is slightly more than 200 square feet per employee — but, Miscovich says, it could drop way down to 50 square feet by 2015.More

Pay raise alternatives: Reward employees on a tight budget
Tech Journal South
A new year is under way amid growing optimism that the economy is showing some real signs of getting back on track. But small business owners aren't yet ready to loosen their seat belts as they continue to look for ways to minimize costs. Indeed, employers continue to make changes to staffing, organizational structure, compensation and benefits and other perks, according to a Glassdoor.com survey of more than 2,300 working adults in the United States. And workers seem to understand. To avoid further layoffs, 76 percent of employees who responded to the survey said they would be willing to take a pay cut if their jobs were on the line. But while keeping their pencils sharp, employers must take note of employee sacrifices during the past few years, experts say. More

Is learning part of your strategic plan?
Management-Issues
Obviously, any alignment starts with clarifying an organization's vision, mission, values, and goals. As for aligning organizational learning, HR should be involved in this process. Unfortunately, many smaller companies don't have a full time HR person. And, in larger companies, it's not uncommon for the C-suite to skip over HR's role when developing and implementing strategy. Perhaps it would help to know a bit of HR history. Back in 1996, a woman named Patricia McLagan outlined some key differences between Human Resource Management and Human Resource Development.More

10 rules for Six Sigma innovation
Process Excellence Network
Innovation is as old as the mankind. Ever since someone thought of inventing the wheel and cooking their meals, innovation has played an essential role in our day to day activities. If you are a Lean Six Sigma professional, you will be regularly faced with problems that require more than just the traditional ideas and approaches. Can anyone be innovative or is it something some people have in their genes? More

Energy Star boosts engineering business
Consulting-Specifying Engineer Magazine
In recent years a number of converging trends, including rising energy costs, increasing concerns over climate change, and the potential for national greenhouse gas regulation have led to a heightened awareness of energy performance across the commercial building sector. In particular, there has been a renewal of interest in energy-efficient operations as a core strategy for controlling energy costs, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and demonstrating the "green" credentials that the public seeks in buildings where they live, work, shop, and play. For over a decade, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star program has been a leading resource for commercial building owners and managers seeking to improve the energy performance of their facilities. This article discusses some of these key resources, as well as opportunities for service and product providers to build their energy efficiency business with the help of Energy Star.More