ISPI Performance Digest
Oct. 21, 2014

Why ban laptops, tablets and phones from classroom?
Clay Shirky teaches theory and practice of social media at NYU, where he embraces the concept of a free culture. Yet this fall he banned students from using laptops, tablets and phones in class. The reason? "We've known for some time that multi-tasking is bad for the quality of cognitive work, and is especially punishing of the kind of cognitive work we ask of college students," he writes. "Even when multi-tasking doesn't significantly degrade immediate performance, it can have negative long-term effects on 'declarative memory,' the kind of focused recall that lets people characterize and use what they learned from earlier studying."More

The value net model
Mind Tools
This article looks at the Value Net Model, a tool that helps your business move away from a "kill or be killed" ethic and achieve greater success by operating alongside, or even in association with, other organizations. More

What we can do with Drucker's questioning of consulting clients
Peter Drucker developed the five famous questions that were crucial to the Drucker approach to business. But important as they are, these aren't the only questions Drucker asked — and they may not be the most important questions he ever used as he further probed in analyzing an organization's situation and needs. More

Instructional design models and theories: The Discovery Learning Model
eLearning Industry
Discovery Learning, introduced by Jerome Bruner, is a method of inquiry-based instruction. This popular theory encourages learners to build on past experiences and knowledge, use their intuition, imagination and creativity, and search for new information to discover facts, correlations and new truths. Learning does not equal absorbing what was said or read, but actively seeking for answers and solutions. More

25 things skilled learners do differently
Innovation Excellence
Imagine for a moment that all human beings had the same IQ, but that some of us knew how to tap into it better than others. How would we approach education differently? More

The 4 biggest myths about leadership
A lot of people who think they understand leadership have fallen for some common myths and misconceptions. The truth is leadership is a privilege — maybe even a calling. It's something that has to be earned and learned over time.More

How to (gradually) become a different company
Harvard Business Review
A number of recent headline-grabbing announcements of divestments and splits by companies such as HP, GE, Bayer and Royal Philips are putting the spotlight again on the phenomenon of "core shifting": how a company, through a sustained process of acquiring and divesting assets, changes the mix of its business portfolio and thus purposefully shifts the core of its activities.More