ISPI Performance Digest
Jun. 17, 2014

Decisive action: How businesses make decisions — and how they can improve
The Economist
The way in which organizations across the globe make business decisions is evolving. Consumers are increasingly sophisticated, technology is rapidly evolving and competition continues to become more global. As the tectonic plates underlying our business world shift, it becomes increasingly important for business leaders to rapidly make robust decisions, all while minimizing risk. Against this rapidly changing backdrop, it's no longer enough to use intuition as a basis for making decisions.More

The surefire first step to stop procrastinating
Psychology Today
Procrastination stands out as a favorite modus operandi for making ourselves miserable. But there's an old cognitive-behavior therapy trick that can solve this problem. It's called the five-minute rule.More

How good are your leadership skills?
Mindtools
Test your leadership skills with this quick quiz, and get a list of leadership skills you need to develop to become a really good leader.More

Office design for introverts, by an introvert
The Washington Post
When Facebook finishes construction next spring on its massive new campus in Menlo Park, California, a single one of its rooms will be big enough to hold 10,000 employees. That's not what Susan Cain, author of "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking," would call a productive space.More

To become a better leader, be aware
Business Week
Karen Cates has been having lots of conversations with students and executives about becoming better leaders. "While the management literature is rife with descriptions and prescriptions for how you, too, can become an excellent leader, in truth, it's not an analytic skill you can pick up from textbooks or the classroom," she writes.More

Reverse mentoring: The big benefits of learning from younger employees
Inc. Magazine
Mentoring is an effective way to pass on experience and knowledge within an organization. Companies in all industries have formal and informal programs designed to hone their talent and sharpen their competitive edge. However, the technology revolution has created an ironic twist to traditional mentoring. If you are trying to move ahead of your competition, try shifting into reverse with your mentoring.More