ISPI Performance Digest
Aug. 26, 2014

Why 'doing nothing' is critical for productivity
Financial Post via ValueWalk
People today complain frequently of being overscheduled, overcommitted and overextended. They often describe their life as "crazy," "too busy" and "up to my neck in alligators." Even in their time off, people are insanely busy exercising, texting, taking lessons or attending social events. And when there are a few minutes in between all these activities, what do many people do? Check their smartphones for voice mail, email and troll their various social media sites. But all of this psychological burnout might just be hurting innovation and creativity.More

Going it alone: The pros and cons of consulting
HC Online
TallSky Consulting owner Eileen Harper always had the entrepreneurial spirit, so after many years working in the public sector she knew she wanted to run her own business, preferably from her home base so she could have the flexibility to care for her young son. A decade later she's still happy with her choice, although she acknowledges there are some downsides. More

Blame employers, not workers, for any skills gap, economist says
The Wall Street Journal
Ever since the the recession, job openings have far outpaced the number of people being hired. A common refrain from employers is that workers lack proper training and education for the available jobs — in other words, a "skills gap" is to blame. But the fault rests with employers, not workers, says a new working paper from Peter Cappelli, the director of the Center for Human Resources at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.More

Why you remember less when you read from a screen
Big Think
There are undeniable advantages to carrying a whole library on your Kindle or tablet computer, but retaining the information you read doesn't seem to be one of them. Recent studies agree that when it comes to recalling information, you're probably ahead of the game when you read printed material like bound books.More

Marc my words: From interactivity to engagement
Learning Solutions
Just like reading a great book, watching a terrific movie or listening to a captivating lecture, engagement does not have to be overt. So the next time you're concerned with whether the learner has enough to do during a course, try thinking about instead what will make the learner change as a result of the course.More

How Watson changed IBM
Harvard Business Review
Remember when IBM's "Watson" computer competed on the TV game show "Jeopardy" and won? Most people probably thought "Wow, that's cool" or perhaps were briefly reminded of the legend of John Henry and the ongoing contest between man and machine. Watson demonstrated that machines could understand and interact in a natural language, question-and-answer format and learn from their mistakes.More