Performance Digest
Dec. 15, 2009

Distinguishing between Performance Measurement and Performance Improvement
from Federal Computer Week
In addition to the executive education program for up-and-coming Taiwanese civil servants, which Steve Kelman chairs, Harvard's Kennedy School of Government also sponsors a number of executive education programs for government officials from mainland China. There is one for central government officials and another for province-level officials. Steve Kelman has never taught in these programs in the past, being partly put off by the fact that these are taught with consecutive interpretation where the students and he speak in their native languages and a translator translates after every few sentences. More

How to Manage Poor Performers
from Federal Times
Managing employee performance is an important part of a supervisor's role. A poor-performing employee can lower office morale and decrease overall productivity. Recently, two government leaders made recommendations regarding poor-performing federal employees. Both recommendations acknowledge that poor performance is an issue in the federal workplace, but one suggests supervisors need to improve their skills, while the other advises changes to the law. More

Training on Trial: The Urgent Need to Become a Strategic Business Partner
from ISPI
Join speaker Jim Kirkpatrick, PhD, Vice President, Global Training and Consulting, SMR USA, for 60 minutes on Dec. 16, at 1:00 pm ET to get insight into the urgent need to become a Strategic Business Partner. We believe for most learning professionals and organizations, the day of reckoning is here. This webinar is designed to help you prepare for the time when you are asked, or proactively choose, to effectively create and then demonstrate the value of your learning's contribution to the bottom line. More

HR Executives Suddenly Get Hot
from The Wall Street Journal
Earlier this fall, V. Michael Ferdinandi put out feelers about gaining board seats after he retires next year as the longtime chief of human resources for CVS Caremark Corp. Once considered denizens of a corporate backwater, more human-resources executives are being tapped to serve as outside directors because many have become strategic players with bottom-line impact. U.S. companies wooing them seek their insight on hot-button issues such as executive pay, management succession and integrating acquisitions. More

How to Ensure that Your Company's Creative Talent is Helping to Build Your Business in 2010
from Business Wire
Pollock Spark, an executive consulting firm that specializes in working with creative professionals, has put together a list of helpful tips for companies to maximize the business-building potential of their creative staff in the New Year. More

Creating a High Performance Employee
from Business Post
Organizations are every day looking for ways, means and formulas to create a high performing employee, team and organization. People matter in organizations; they are and must be seen as an organization’s most prized asset and are at the center of high performing organizations. More

Think Bigger and 'Move The Needle' in your CMO and Executive Communications
from Actionable Insights Blogger
Would you rather be known as a great search marketer, a great marketer or as a great business person and leader? The difference might be in your perspective and in the way you communicate to your executives. More

The UK's E-learning Sector is Set to Grow by up to Eight Percent Next Year, According to Learning Light’s Report
from Personnel Today
Learning Light’s definitive report into the UK e-learning sector in 2009 not only highlights Sheffield as the UK’s ‘e-learning capital’ but also states that the sector is ‘flowering’. The UK e-learning market 2009’, a report by Learning Light, a company limited by guarantee organisation which focuses on promoting the use of e-learning and learning technologies, reveals that – despite the current recession – the UK e-learning and learning technology industry is flourishing. More

Smaller Business Equals Less Stress
from Gulf News
The global survey by Regus has found that a startling 58 percent of companies, worldwide, reported an increase in stress-levels over the past two years. Among the mass of research data on stress that constantly arrives on Carol Spiers desk, two recent reports seem to suggest a new-found link relating to company size. More


from ISPI
As a member of ISPI, you are invited to register for THE lowest conference rate in years! Register by Dec. 18, 2009 at the member rate of $750 and join us to enhance your skills and marketability in San Francisco on April 19-22, 2010. As an extra incentive, register before Dec. 18, 2009 you’ll be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a copy of ISPI’s new Handbook of Improving Performance in the Workplace ($450 retail value). More