ISPI Performance Digest
Dec. 6, 2011

Why doesn't HR lead change?
Harvard Business Review
It's hard to find leaders of the human resources function who are active in helping their organization improve the way it works. An informal poll of dozens of people in HR or in process improvement turned up only a few who could share examples of HR change leaders. Though it's rare, it is possible — as evidenced by these examples.More

Mark a milestone with ISPI at 50th anniversary conference
International Society for Performance Improvement
ISPI celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2012, making THE Performance Improvement Conference 2012 a milestone event. Register by Dec. 16 to get the best pricing! Then join your colleagues April 20-23 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto in Ontario, Canada, for powerful education sessions and valuable networking opportunities. (Pre-conference programming will be held April 18-20.) Book your hotel and travel through ISPI for the best pricing.More

Learning styles: Why dismiss the research?
eLearn Magazine
Guy Wallace writes, "I have been battling the notion of 'designing instruction for learning styles' in my own quixotic fashion for a couple of decades now. In my attempt to be a good steward of my clients' shareholders' equity I tried to help them avoid faddish instructional design practices that have been disproved by empirical research. I first learned back in the 1980s at NSPI (now ISPI) conferences that while self-reported learning style preferences do exist, designing instruction to accommodate them has no basis."More

Social business success in 2012: Simplicity is key
CMS Wire
As we head into the home stretch of 2011, business leaders and analysts are beginning to think about how to navigate Enterprise 2.0 initiatives successfully in 2012. Among the countless conversations, articles and conferences, one consistent message can be found: Keep it simple. More

Leadership insight from National Training & Simulation Association
Military Training Technology
Rear Adm. Frederick Lewis, president of the National Training and Simulation Association, shares how his experience in the U.S. Navy helps him lead efforts to educate the public about the importance of modeling and simulation in daily life.More

Implementing cultural change
Manufacturing Digital
Continuous and sustainable business improvement is something every organization strives to achieve. For many, the solution to problems lies in altering staff behavior and attitude — cultural change, if you will. But in the manufacturing sector, which traditionally resists change and where practices often are ingrained, this poses quite the challenge. The key is to engage your staff.More

Workplace stress: The importance of effective management
Workplace stress can mean different things for different employees — what is stressful for one person may not be stressful for another — but some common drivers include long working hours, fears about job security and being given too much responsibility.More

Managing the 'egosystem': 6 rules of engagement
Software Advice
Brian Solis, principal of Altimeter Group, is an expert on new media and its effects on business and culture. He has worked with Fortune 500 companies, leading strategy development and change management, and has authored several books. Solis shares his view of how to approach engagement — with employees or customers — in this era of social media and mobile computing.More