ISPI Performance Digest
Dec. 21, 2010

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Positioned to win
Human Resource Executive
Aon Hewitt shares some of the best practices and strategies used by global top companies to build and strengthen their leadership pipelines. Companies must be rigorous and focused in their assessment, selection, development and rewarding of talent. Coming out of the economic turmoil of the last 24 to 36 months, companies around the globe are once again focusing on growth. As leaders balance operational efficiencies with sustainable growth objectives, critical talent is more important than ever. More

Virtual reality and Six Sigma, a manufacturer's dream?
Six Sigma & Process Excellence
An American military research center has come up with an engineering technique based on Six Sigma and virtual reality technology that it says saves time, millions of dollars, and gets happier customers in the end. Joe Kleiss, team leader who helped develop the technique at the Armament Research and Development Engineering Center (ARDEC), describes how "Immersive Engineering" works.More

More training serves Southwest Florida employers
The News-Press
Southwest Florida employers are offering more training and are reaping the benefits. Training in teams, training through online webinars or training with graphs and visuals has continued to blossom within Southwest Florida businesses, despite tight budgets. To recognize National Employee Learning Week, the Southwest Florida Chapter of the American Society of Training and Development recently highlighted what training initiatives local businesses have implemented to improve their organizations and advance employees.More

Market trends in employee training and development
The Moscow Times
In 2010, the training and development market came back to life. As companies emerging from the crisis began to invest in training and development once again, they did so with more focus. Companies seeking to invest in their employees follow three primary criteria: cost effectiveness, high levels of practical input and concrete business solutions.More

Change management: Let's take it from the top
CMS Wire
How is your company structured to consume innovation? The leadership challenges of change management. "There are forces out there trying to stop our fun." This statement was made by Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff at the Dreamforce conference recently. Repeat this statement back to yourself — "There are forces out there trying to stop our fun." If this statement were said by someone in your company, who would be the most likely person? Say we were considering the idea of social strategy. Would the most likely contender be IT? Would it be marketing? Would it be legal? Would it be complaining C-level officers, managers or employees?More

Developing support staff to build their confidence and influence
HR Magazine
We all know the benefits of leadership training and development. Everyone loves an inspiring leader who has the skills to connect and communicate with their employees; motivating them to excel. But perhaps in focusing learning and development strategies on leaders, we often overlook the administrators and support staff who work with them first-hand.More

Developing an effective training program in your organization
Indian Country Today
Having a well-trained staff can be one of the most important assets a business or organization has. Training should be considered an important investment. Effective training programs lead to not only higher productivity but can position a business or organization for stability and long-term success. Something we can definitely benefit from in Indian country. Effective training programs will help build employees technical skill levels as well as enhance their professional development. Training should be an ongoing process, not something provided only to new employees. All staff can benefit from developing or refining their professional skills.More

Does Britain have a training and development blind spot?
Sage News
We have recently seen the publication of a raft of new research indicating that many companies — and indeed the UK's wider economic recovery — are being held back by a lack of skills. Figures from the Institute of Directors (IoD) showed that 58 percent of employers believe their growth is restricted by a lack of knowledge and experience among both job applicants and existing personnel. Of these, a third said innovation is being stifled because of gaps in key skills, while a quarter claimed they had lost orders because of a shortage of expertise.More

Overqualified, under-rated
Management-Issues
According to most conventional recruitment wisdom, overqualified job candidates are best avoided because they quickly become bored and will head to the exit at the first sign of a better opportunity elsewhere. But as is often the case, conventional wisdom is wrong. Because according to a recent study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, the idea that overqualified workers are easily bored and prone to quit is a myth. "A manager trying to fill a job that demands less-than-top-level smarts should never reject a candidate out of hand just because the applicant's score on the company's intelligence tests labels him or her as smarter than the job requires," said Dr Anthony Nyberg from the University of South Carolina, who led the research. More