ISPI Performance Digest
Dec. 18, 2012

Putting the zing into staff induction programs
What's Your Story?
Staff induction programs are one of the great missed opportunities in most organizations. It's time to think about why we do them, what we hope to achieve and even the word we use to describe the process.More

ISPI Holiday Sale: Half off all Wiley books!
International Society for Performance Improvement
ISPI and Pfeiffer are partnering to bring you a special limited time sale on Wiley books. As an ISPI member, any book you order directly from Wiley through Jan. 5 will be 50 percent off. That includes publications from all of the great Wiley brands you know and love, including Pfeiffer, For Dummies, Jossey-Bass and more! Click here for some of the favorite titles of ISPI Members, and for many more selections! Enter ISP51 at checkout to save. More

Survey: We're almost all overworked — but we don't really mind
A new survey says almost all of us feel overworked but we're not really all that stressed about it. Wrike, a provider of social project management software, ran an online survey that asked 2,000 people questions about their sense of productivity, their feelings about work-life balance and how overworked they feel. The respondents included business owners, executives, managers, employees and freelancers. Their answers are revealing. More

Forget InboxZero; here's how to actually get things done
People are always on the hunt for efficiency and control over the massive information flow they're facing, and the latest fix for actually getting things done. The first challenge: dealing with email.More

How to address learning wants
We sometimes get caught up in addressing learning wants, not learning needs. Instead of focusing on how to find out what the needs are, let's focus on the learning and development professional's role in addressing the wants.More

The 5 most persuasive words in the English language
When it comes to assembling persuasive copy, like any other construction job, you need to rely on your skills, experience and toolbox. In any that toolbox you'll find there are certain power words that hold more sway over our decision-making process than others. You might be surprised to find these "power words" don't seem . . . well, all that powerful.More

Companies in rapid-growth markets face talent challenges
T Magazine
Getting the talent equation right has never been easy for businesses, but as companies globalize, it is proving exceptionally difficult. The numbers say it all. In a recent Ernst & Young survey, 42 percent of respondents identified talent management as the second most challenging function to manage globally, next only to regulatory compliance.More

Lean Six Sigma project leads to $10 million in cost savings
United States Army
As U.S. Army leaders continue on a path towards a leaner, more efficient future, individuals within the Army are also making a significant difference in streamlining initiatives. That's what led Kevin Joyce, a logistics specialist with Project Manager Warfighter Information Network-Tactical, to re-examine how computers were being reset within Army WIN-T units. He found that if soldiers could do the reset work themselves, it saved not only turnaround time but also money — almost $10 million over the next five years.More