ISPI Performance Digest
Nov. 27, 2012

Many Approaches — Discover What Works
Early bird registration deadline is Dec. 14

ISPI
THE Performance Improvement Conference 2013 will be April 12-17, 2013, at the Silver Legacy Resort in Reno, Nevada, U.S. At the conference you can learn many approaches from the masters of performance improvement and discover what works. Sessions are led by industry leaders and authorities in the PI field. All sessions meet PI Standards and are peer-reviewed. FOCUS ON RESULTS with peer-reviewed educational sessions and roundtables that expose attendees to scientifically-proven knowledge, tools and interventions based on real outcomes. GET AN INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE with PI professionals from around the world who strive for the common goal of heightening performance in the workplace, as well as within the worker.More

What performance appraisals share with Aunt Mary's fruitcake
Exploring Talent Management
The start of the holiday season can also mean the start of the annual performance appraisal process. And, like Aunt Mary's overly dry Christmas fruitcake (wrapped in aluminum foil, dressed up with recycled red bow), there's simply no escaping it. But unlike Aunt Mary's fruitcake, there are ways to turn the annual employee appraisal meeting into a beautiful thing, a highly effective and welcome process.More

Productivity takes center stage
BruDirect
Productivity in Brunei Darussalam took center stage recently as Asia Inc. Forum held the Brunei Business Forum. One of the highlights of the event was a town-hall discussion that dealt with the topic of "Unlocking Productivity," which featured Dr. Diana Cheong, chief researcher at the Center for Strategic and Policy Studies, and Rob Fenn, the British High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam, as panelists.More

The new maker rules
The Economist
The old rules of manufacturing, such as "You must seek economies of scale" and "You must reduce unit-labor costs" are being cast aside. New 3-D machines can print every item differently. More flexible robots are getting cheaper and better at doing all the boring and dirty stuff. Add to that another 1.8 billion consumers who will join the global marketplace in the next 15 years and "Manufacturing the Future," a new report by the McKinsey Global Institute, has good cause to be optimistic. More

Connecting skills development to employee performance
Skills Portal
Skills development is a major focus in South Africa. Businesses are incentivized to implement clearly defined skills development programs. Although businesses can see almost immediate benefits through tax and skills levy rebates and better public watchdog scores, are these programs positively affecting the performance of employees and the organizations for whom they work?More

Out with the rearview mirror; time to forecast the future
HRM Asia
The new era of talent analytics will be predictive rather than prescriptive and will be used for national and international benchmarking of human resources practices, according to leading HR professionals. More

Segmentation as a tool for employee engagement
HRZone
We tend to associate segmentation most strongly with marketing. The very purpose of marketing is to understand customer needs and develop propositions that appeal to them, so that those customers build brand loyalty, buy more products and the company makes more profit. Preliminary research into this concept shows we should perhaps start taking our colleagues in marketing and market research for lunch! While the specific tools and techniques used by these disciplines often can't be used in exactly the same way by internal communicators, the basic challenges are the same. More