Performance Digest
April 21, 2009

Obama Picks Technology And Performance Officers
from The Washington Post
President Obama has named Virginia Technology Secretary Aneesh P. Chopra to be the nation's first chief technology officer. The president announced the choice yesterday in his weekly radio and Internet address, adding Chopra to a small group of advisers whose aim it is to enhance and modernize the delivery of government services. More

Change Management and the Signficance of the CEO
from IDG.se
According to Kottler´s 1996 essay, only approximately 30 percent of organizational change processes can be expected to succeed. Several further studies throughout the years have thereafter confirmed Kottler´s findings. But are there any ways for a company to increase the standard 30 percent success-rate of organizational change processes? More

Human Capital is Essential for Development
from The Ghanaian Chronicle
The Vice Chancellor of the University Ghana, Prof. Clifford Nii Boi Tagoe, says human capital is an essential tool, which if harnessed properly, could propel the nation to its optimum economic vision. Prof. Tagoe said this in as address delivered at the 30th Annual Management Day of the School of Business of the University of Ghana in Accra under the theme, “Human Capital Development Agenda for Reaching Middle Income Status: Challenges and its Implications.” More

Peak Performance
from Business Standard
People were behind the Great Depression. People were responsible for the dotcom bust in the early years of the decade. Same is true of today’s recession. While some companies have laid off people by the thousands, others have seized it as an opportunity to get more out of their employees. According to Jason White, leader of Hewitt’s Business Performance Improvement, cost-cutting and layoffs are amongst the biggest concerns of companies today. He, however, believes that in times like these, it is crucial that knee-jerk responses that focus on short-term results are avoided and careful planning drives the design and execution of business performance improvement initiatives. More

Don't Starve the Staff of Online Programs
from Inside Higher Ed
In California, and to a lesser extent in many states, the problem of overcrowded community colleges and public universities is getting worse. To address this problem, many institutions are choosing to offer online programs, and students are enrolling. While online degree programs can help solve this crisis, there are program delivery, retention and degree-completion challenges posed by this type of learning that must be addressed if we are to serve students well. More

Asset Performance Management: Improving Process Productivity
from European Engineer Design Magazine
As plant complexity increases so does the need for better organized and streamlined production and maintenance procedures. Modern strategies that augment productivity and asset efficiency while simultaneously raising availability, reliability and safety are a must. Efficient Asset Performance Management can help to meet these demands, ensuring improved business processes and delivering an important contribution to value enhancement in the process. More

Learning To Be A Leader
from Forbes
When Niki Leondakis joined San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants as director of restaurant operations in 1993, she heard rumors that some in the company's HR department didn't think she was up to the task within the male-dominated department. "I came in [thinking] I had to prove I was tough," Leondakis says. More