ISPI Performance Digest
March 29, 2011

Ensuring workers have the right skills
Indianapolis Star
When you see one of their familiar brown UPS trucks delivering packages to your home or business, your first thought probably is not, "What kind of education does it take to deliver packages and provide logistics services worldwide?" But the truth is, UPS employees must be trained in the use of advanced communications devices, must have an appreciation for transportation logistics, must know a good deal of math and must know something about the world that helped produce the contents of the package.More

Best practices for strategic talent management in manufacturing organizations
Reliable Plant Magazine
Increasingly CEOs, boards and other executives are asking human resources leaders to help achieve corporate goals by addressing a number of talent management challenges. Within the manufacturing sector, many organizations have implemented programs such as the ISO 9001 quality management system in an effort to drive profitability and competitiveness.More

Under-managed sectors need advanced training
The Sunday Times
Certain important sectors of the Sri Lanka, India economy are visibly under-managed due mainly to lack of professionalism and therefore, the clear remedy is to provide advanced management and business training to key groups of managers and employees in those sectors, said the Minister of Petroleum Industries Susil Premajayantha. He made those observations while addressing a group of professionals, academics and businessmen at the World Trade Center where the Minister declared the opening of the training compound of the Graduate School of Management, or GSM, recently.More

Promotion: The only way isn't always up
HR Magazine
The value of any brand is based on the talent of the people in the organization. It is not a business that takes a revolutionary step or comes up with a must-have product, but the people behind the business. It is the final few words that make all the difference here — knowing what to do with the talent you have in your organization.More

3 critical steps to surviving tough times
Washington Technology
There's little doubt that the federal budget will undergo some contractions in 2011, either because Congress will reduce spending levels outright for some agencies or because the inevitable flow of continuing resolutions will postpone approval for new spending levels. As budgets shrink, there will be fewer new contracts in the government contractor market. With fewer deals to compete for, contractors will need to raise their level of competitiveness to win their share.More

Changing models for changing times
Chief Learning Officer
Faced with the need for adaptability and agility, learning organizations are turning to real-world work and emerging technologies to develop next-generation leadership skills.More

Social networking at workplace
The Times of India
For them 'life after work' is morphing into life@work. They tweet between meetings, update Facebook status every hour and don't miss a chance to post a reply on Gtalk. They do all this without affecting their work, and sometimes to its benefit. So the big dilemma for HR managers as they assess Generation Y employees is: Are they distracted to work with discipline? Or does their multitasking ability make them smart workers who bring more than their core skills to the workplace?More

The idea hunter
Management-Issues
Ideas move the world, and they certainly move markets. Whether it's tablet computers, smart phones and their apps, social networking, compression software such as the mp3 replacing CD players, e-books nudging paper books aside, extreme skiing, rap music, boutique hotels, reality television, our interest in healthy nutrition — you name it. They're all about ideas. More

Training gets the axe
Deccan Chronicle
The rigid compulsions of the corporate sphere have put trainers in a quandary. While they want to offer comprehensive modules with optimum practical application, companies play spoilsport. "Activities and innovation are very much part of training. However, corporates have become very theoretical in nature. The time spent on training is compromised and the number of students per session is more," says G.S. Ahluwalia, executive director, Technology Advisors and Integrators.More

Building bolder career paths
The Age
Serendipitously, the day Michael Ceccomancini decided to drop out of school was also the day his careers teacher at St Joseph's College in North Melbourne, Australia received an email that would change the course of his life. The message said the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology was running a pilot program, offering students interested in building the option of starting a TAFE, or technical and further education, course while in year 11. Students would complete a certificate four in building and construction while in years 11 and 12, enabling them to go on to further studies when they finished their secondary education.More