ISPI Performance Digest
Nov. 26, 2013

Stuck at work the day after Thanksgiving? Top 5 things to do
The Friday after the Thanksgiving holiday has to be the most useless day of work ever (assuming you're not in the retail or service sector). What can you do to make the most of those long hours?More

Conferences: Enhancing professional development for you and your team
Editor's note: This article has some great ideas for planning your THE Performance Improvement conference experience.

David Kelly, program director for The eLearning Guild's face-to-face events and conferences, shares his advice for how to maximize the benefits of any conference you and your team attend.More

How Google sold its engineers on management
Harvard Business Review
Since the early days of Google, people throughout the company have questioned the value of managers. That skepticism stems from a highly technocratic culture. As one software engineer, Eric Flatt, puts it, "We are a company built by engineers for engineers." And most engineers, not just those at Google, want to spend their time designing and debugging, not communicating with bosses or supervising other workers' progress. So how did this highly successful company overcome its bias and embrace the role of managers?More

The power of deliberate listening
Management Excellence by Art Petty
Effective leaders listen. Carefully. Deliberately. Listening is in short supply in this noisy, interruption-driven world, yet it's critical for leadership success at every level.More

MOOCs for enterprise: How MOOCs unlock the potential of corporate learning
Massive open online courses — MOOCs — can and are being adapted for enterprise. With benefits ranging from employer branding in the minds of prospective employees and adding value to your ecosystem of customers, MOOCs are a big opportunity for organizations.More

The 5 secrets of radical productivity
American Express OPEN Forum
Why do some people always seem to get more done? Why can they complete their to-do lists while you're left wondering how you'll ever get things done? Here's a hint: It's not an accident — they plan for it.More

Using infographics in e-learning
Bottom-Line Performance
Have you considered incorporating infographics into your e-learning? If not, you should. They can easily live inside an e-learning course and are a terrific change of pace for learners. Senior Learning Technologist Christa Music Nimmer put together an infographic summarizing the best practices to consider when using infographics in e-learning.More