ISPI Performance Digest
Mar. 26, 2013

Certification as a training tool or goal
Hotel Business Review
Professional development, training and education are constant in today's competitive marketplace for businesses and their employees remain current. Many professions require ongoing development for its members and in some cases resulting in professional certification.More

ISPI Performance Improvement Survey needs your participation
Have you taken part in the research being conducted collaboratively by the International Society for Performance Improvement and the Institute for Corporate Productivity? Take this survey to help benchmark performance improvement efforts worldwide — and get a free copy of the results in return for your time.More

Is performance improvement a threat to training departments?
Dick Handshaw
Editor's note: Dick Handshaw is an ISPI member and a founding member of the ISPI Charlotte, N.C., Chapter. He is a frequent presenter at ISPI conferences, including the April 12-17 2013 Conference in Reno, Nev.

There is a recurring industry theme that may come across as a little threatening for training departments and trainers. That recurring theme is that we should do less training. Contrary to how threatening that sounds, doing less training could be the best thing we can do to increase our value to our organization and our clients.More

A totally obvious solution to the skills gap
Business Insider
A common complaint among businesses is that they have open positions and want to hire, but can't find the right talent. But when businesses throw up their hands and ask others to come up with solutions, they're forgetting that they've played a large role in creating it by reducing training programs and refusing to raise salaries. Rackspace, a Texas-based IT company, took a different approach: It decided to be proactive and developed its own Open Cloud Academy.More

Maine 'skills gap' legislation gets favorable reviews
Portland Press Herald
Business, education and policy leaders in Maine spoke out largely in favor of a workforce development bill proposing $11 million in job training initiatives for the state. LD 90 would boost funding for a range of learning and development initiatives.More

LEAN Frog launches new Education Green Belt certification
PRWeb via Beaumont Enterprise
LEAN Frog has recently developed a new Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification program to help public education administrators and their support teams find more effective solutions to their wide variety of challenges and concerns.More