ISPI Performance Digest
May. 26, 2015

How to be an effective executive sponsor
Harvard Business Review
Over the past decade, the role of the "executive sponsor" has become well accepted and even ubiquitous in organizations. In fact, most of the literature about project and change management suggests that having a C-level sponsor is a key requirement for success. There are a number of reasons: The sponsor makes sure that the project's goals are aligned with overall company strategy, garners support from other senior executives, and provides ongoing direction as the effort unfolds.More

4 ways to use professional development to keep your employees
As a manager, losing a top employee is one of the things you fear the most. According to CAP, the median cost of turnover is 21 percent of an employee's annual salary. This price includes everything from lost productivity to the costs of hiring and training a new employee. How should you fight this risk of turnover? Employee development.More

Strategic change management in 1 or 2 steps?
If you're trying to create strategic change in an organization having a sense it knows the right way to do things and an even stronger perceived handle on which things are important to do and not do, what is the best change strategy? Is it better to do a two-step sale or a one-step sale to get the go ahead for strategic change? This strategic pondering emerged from several Brand Strategy Conference presentations recently. More

25 rules of thumb deemed important in instructional design
The eLearning Coach
What rules do instructional designers rely on to solve design problems? What insights become patterns for future use? Research has shown that during problem solving, experienced instructional designers will adapt procedural ID models to each situation and rely on previous experience as the need arises, particularly when uncertainty is present. But what rules of thumb do they fall back on and which ones are most important?More

What's your project management swing thought?
PM Hut
A swing thought is golf-speak for focusing on a single instruction while making your golf swing. When you add up the multiple suggestions which one's mind can generate when the ball is addressed, not having this focus means that you may become distracted with thinking about everything which you should be checking, and your resulting shot is more than likely to go astray. This approach also applies to project management.More

12 coming disruptions that HR needs to understand and prepare for
HR professionals need to take these into consideration to be effective in both today's and tomorrow's business worlds. Society is undergoing massive shifts that are difficult to imagine. We are all familiar with change and its increasing presence. It is now clear that this change will continue to not only increase but also become more powerful and complex.More

OK to discipline for intermittent leave abuse
Business Management Daily
Intermittent FMLA leave can be useful for employees who need to manage chronic health conditions that periodically flare up and require taking time off. Once the need for intermittent leave has been certified, the worker is able to call off as needed. Of course, unexpected absences can cause scheduling headaches. However, since FMLA leave is an entitlement, there isn't much employers can do — at least when the call-offs are legitimate. But not every absence is legit.More