ISPI Performance Digest
Aug. 17, 2010

Lack of project planning can limit performance management success
BeyeNetwork
Everyone knows there's a right way to do a project and a quicker way that involves cutting corners. Unfortunately, many of the business performance management projects we've seen fall into the latter category, and organizations are unknowingly increasing the risk of their projects — with potentially disastrous results. We understand the reasons for sometimes cutting corners, but I'd like to suggest a better way. While any project can benefit from a solid plan and road map developed at project inception, this is even more important for performance management projects. More

Venture capital, meet human capital
Triple Pundit
Is it the new widget or new idea or the people behind the new widget or new idea that really excites venture capitalists? Virtually every company says its success hinges on the people they employ. And of course it's people first, then planet and profit in the triple bottom line. What is not entirely clear is where venture capitalists prioritize that hierarchy as they put together their deals, at least beyond the anecdotal or intuitive, and who the people they fund are. Apparently people — or human capital as the term of art goes — figure quite prominently when the venture mavens pencil out where to send their funds.More

ISPI SkillCast: Comparing 4 E-learning applications
ISPI
As performance improvement practitioners you’re constantly required to select the most appropriate solution to a performance gap. Sometimes that requires an e-learning or training solution. What tools should you use? This session will discuss the four most commonly used e-Learning solutions/applications, i.e., Adobe Articulate, Lectora, Captivate, and Camtasia. Demos of the samples developed with each of these applications will provide participants the opportunity to compare and contrast the applications.More

Performance or conduct? Standards differ for adverse action
Federal Times
A perplexing challenge for a federal manager is figuring out whether a problem employee should be handled through the performance or misconduct adverse action systems. Each system has different standards and requirements. To some managers this looks like a legal trap: Make a misstep and the problem employee is empowered, and the manager is paralyzed in dealing with that employee in the future. This is really not true. Congress has given federal managers both tools, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has ruled that managers are free to use either system. Both tools work, but one may work better than the other depending on the situation.More

Online professional development helps teachers, students
ANI via Oneindia.in
A study on the impact of online professional development for educators has found that it is not only student who are gaining from it, but the teachers as well. English and math teachers who took professional development courses online improved their instructional practices and boosted their subject knowledge scores, producing modest performance gains for their students. The report is from the Technology and Assessment Study Collaborative, a unit of BC's Lynch School of Education and its Center for the Study of Testing, Evaluation and Educational Policy (CSTEEP). More

Organizing for successful Six Sigma process change
Six Sigma & Process Excellence
How is Six Sigma organized in your business? What are the reporting structures? Many firms struggle with the varied choices: To be honest, different corporate cultures respond in different ways and there are stacks of success and failure stories for all the choices above. So, how should you organize?More

Back to School with ISPI and Rossett, Gayeski, & Rosenberg
ISPI
As the month of August begins, we are starting to see signs of the new school year approaching. Store shelves are lined with supplies, lunch boxes, and backpacks. Everywhere you turn, the focus is Back to School. ISPI believes September is a perfect time for you to head Back to School with us, and jumpstart your professional development. You can still buy that new fall outfit or the latest writing gadget but since our program is online, there’s no need to worry about packing bags, making a flight, or changing rooms for each presentation. The only requirements are a computer, a telephone, and an interest to learn the latest tools and tips for better workplace performance. Join featured speakers Allison Rossett, Diane Gayeski, and Marc Rosenberg online on September 13, 2010, from 12:00-4:00 p.m. Eastern Time in ISPI's virtual classroom and experience learning at its best. More

Breakdown in trust heralds retention crisis
Management-Issue
With a third of Americans saying they plan to look for a new job when the opportunity arises, many organizations face a big challenge if they are going to rebuild trust with their battered workforce and retain key staff members. According to the fourth annual Ethics & Workplace Survey from consultants Deloitte, 34 percent of employed Americans plan to look for a new job as the economy picks up, with half of these citing a loss of trust in their employer as the main reason for wanting to leave. More

Developing your leadership skills through mentoring
Reliable Plant Magazine
Mentorship refers to a personal developmental relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps a less experienced or less knowledgeable person. The receiver of mentorship was traditionally referred to as a protégé, or apprentice. Today, the term mentee is gaining acceptance and is becoming widely used. There are several definitions of mentoring. Foremost, mentoring involves communication and is relationship based. In the organizational setting, mentoring can take many forms. The formal definition that best describes mentoring is provided in this piece.More