Performance Digest
March 24, 2009

Workers Want to Show their Value in the Workplace, Survey Says
from Stamford Advocate
The Duke Executive Leadership Survey examined the relationship between organizations’ financial performance and assessed senior leadership skills, and between financial performance and leadership development investments. The survey found that those skills associated with inspirational and ethical leadership were most strongly associated with organizational performance. More

In Challenging Times, Leadership Skills and Leader Development Matter
from Workforce Management
The Duke Executive Leadership Survey examined the relationship between organizations’ financial performance and assessed senior leadership skills, and between financial performance and leadership development investments. The survey found that those skills associated with inspirational and ethical leadership were most strongly associated with organizational performance. More

When the Right People Are in the Wrong Job
from Los Angeles Times
For years there has been much talk about the "war for talent." The idea was that talented people were a scarce resource for which firms had to compete. But hiring talented people is only half the battle. They must be given jobs in which they can be effective. If they are given the wrong jobs, with the wrong things to do, they will be square pegs in round holes no matter how much potential talent they have. More

‘Managing Employee Psyche Tough in a Slowdown’
from The Hindu Business Line
The priorities of a company, especially of HR, change drastically during a slowdown. From bringing in cost-cutting measures to dealing with forced attrition to managing morale, HR assumes a different role each time. “Believe me, it’s tougher during a recession, because HR for the first time is facing the problem of managing the psyche of the trapped employee,” says Nandita Gurjar, Senior Vice-President and Global HR Head, Infosys Technologies. More

Banking on Learning
from Workforce Management
Will Sutton, a manager of Branch Banking & Trust Co.’s corporate university doesn’t own a Blackberry. Being that he supervises a staff of more than 130, that fact seems astonishing. Yet, it’s a telling detail about Sutton, says Marsha Alford, sales and service training manager at BB&T University. He’s the antithesis of the in-your-face boss. Yes, for that reason, Sutton might seem far different than today’s manager. In fact, BB&T University has adopted a maxim from Aristotle as a guiding philosophy: "Excellence is an art won through training and habituation." Sutton and his staff have translated that maxim into an approach known as "Teach, Preach, Reach," which conveys that employees and their managers are vital elements of the learning culture. More

Global Logistics: 5 Steps to Upgrading your Compliance Program
from Logistics Management
If you're moving freight across borders you're well aware that global trade is becoming even more complicated. Expanding security data measures such as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's new Importer Security Filing (ISF) regulation, better known as 10+2, Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) updates, and the increase in penalties for export violations all continue to push the limits of customs compliance professionals strapped with limited resources. More

Performance-Based Learning on the Rise as New HR Best Practice
from MSNBC
Halogen Software has seen strong uptake of its newest talent management solution, eLearning Manager. Over 100 organizations have selected Halogen® eLearning Manager(TM) since the solution's launch in November 2008. This adoption marks a growing market trend towards performance-based learning programs. More

As Cuts Loom, Will Working From Home Lead to a Layoff?
from The Washington Post
With the recession forcing businesses to cut back on workers, employees are increasingly doing all they can to hang onto their jobs and are forgoing many of the benefits that once allowed them to balance the demands of work and family life. More

Strangers Lend a Hand to Job Seekers
from The Wall Street Journal
Once you've tapped out your network and run out of recruiters to contact, where do you go to get help finding a job these days? For a growing group of job hunters, total strangers have become the answer. In late January, Jason C. Blais began following JobAngels, a group on the social-networking site Twitter.com that is dedicated to helping people find jobs. Mr. Blais saw a message posted by a laid-off technology professional asking for support and he volunteered to take the woman under his wing. More

Building Organizational Capability
from PS News
Here are five tips to help organizations foster a positive culture among staff members. More