Performance Digest
Aug. 18, 2009

After the Pep Rally: How to Keep the Passion for Change Burning
from Smart Planet
Many of the best-intentioned efforts to set a company on a new course simply lose steam, and managers and employees lapse back into old patterns. Anyone whoís ever been to a national sales or user group meeting knows the score: three days of absolute passion, energy and excitement. Youíre ready to conquer the world. But after a few months, daily reality tends to set in on the part of the folks that need to implement and maintain the effort. Inertia takes over. More

Don't Skip Midyear Performance Reviews
from The Wall Street Journal
In these topsy-turvy times, you might be inclined to skip your company's midyear review, dismissing performances as invalidated or skewed by the volatile economic climate. But doing so would ignore valuable information about your staff and could set your firm back even further. More

State's Math Scores Still Lag
from The Honolulu Advertiser
Mathematics test scores among Hawaii's public school students have not improved as rapidly as literacy scores, prompting a renewed effort by state educators to deal with a long-standing problem. More

Applying Six Sigma to Marketing to Grow Revenue
from nPost
One of the key methodologies associated with Six Sigma is DMAIC. DMAIC is used to improve existing business processes. DMAIC includes five steps: define roles, goals, and deliverables consistent with customer demands and the organizationís strategy; measure current performance and processes, and collect relevant data for future comparison and improvement, analyze the relationship and causality factors; improve the process to eliminate defects; and control and correct any variances before they result in defects and thereby improve performance. Letís consider how we can apply the DMAIC process to marketing to grow revenue. More

Teacher Identifier Requires Flexibility
from The Denver Post
When Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter signed the teacher identifier bill this spring, he created the opportunity to forge an extraordinary tool for improving education. More

Online Education And E-learning Ė Itís Not Just for the Kiddies Anymore
from The Examiner
In the past, online education and e-learning has often been looked at as a "mail order" degree programs Ė or the "white trash" of higher learning. LinkedIn conversations dated in the past document how many human resources, hiring managers and recruiters viewed academic programs from accredited universities, like the University of Phoenix Online; yet, technology is causing our lives to evolve because how we do business is evolving. More

Getting Control Over Ineffective Government Hiring Practices
from The Examiner
Although many citizens suspect it, a little known dirty secret for getting hired in government is to have an "inside" track. Unfortunately, there are generally less than adequate controls in place to prevent hiring abuses. More

Lockheed Martin Safety Program Cuts Workplace Injuries by 50 Percent
from Reliable Plant
Lockheed Martin has reduced the number of employee injuries in its facilities 50 percent since the launch of its Target Zero safety program in 2003. Through education, training and injury reduction initiatives, the Target Zero Program keeps safety in the forefront of processes and procedures for all employees. More

White House Looks to Cut, Better Track Contract Spending
from South Florida Business Journal
The White House directed federal agencies to cut spending on contracts by 7 percent and track contractor performance through a new government-wide database. More

ISPI Member-Get-A-Member Referral Program: The Power of One
from ISPI
ISPI understands the power of professional networking. That is one of the cornerstones of our organizationís history. We want to continue to provide our members with a network of talent and resources that understand Human Performance Technology (HPT) methods, tools, and techniques. That is why we are asking YOU, through The Power of One, to reach out to your network and refer new talent to ISPI. You can introduce your colleagues to all the benefits of ISPI membership including educational and networking opportunities, publications, career development, and so much more while helping to grow Your Society. More