ISPI Performance Digest
Dec. 23, 2014

Do process and strategy links strengthen with age?
While linking process improvement with top level business strategy never gets easy no matter how long an organization has been formally practicing process improvement, companies that have long had a formal process excellence program (6+ years) are more likely to agree — or strongly agree — with the statement that process improvements are aligned with the company's strategic objectives than those who are just starting their journey.More

10 steps toward a better, more productive you in 2015
Fast Company
If you don't have your dreams and goals mapped out, you'll never achieve them. And while the act of writing them down doesn't guarantee they'll happen, it helps you to stay laser focused on the things that matter and prevents you from drifting from year-to-year hoping that things might change. More

The questions good coaches ask
Harvard Business Review
In the HBR Guide to Coaching Employees, executive coach Ed Batista defines coaching as a style of management characterized by asking questions. With those questions you can move away from command-and-control leadership to a dynamic in which your direct report grows through self-reflection. More

Nanobots in your brain could be the future of learning
Big Think
Nicholas Negroponte doesn't like to make predictions about the future; he prefers extrapolations based on research. But if pushed to make a guess about future innovation, Negroponte says that biotechnology will be like digital was 20 years ago. More

Why the way we motivate people matters
Fast Company
Look at the next meeting on your calendar. Are you motivated to attend it? This might sound like a silly question, but it highlights this point: Asking if you are motivated raises more questions than answers.More

What happens to society when robots replace workers?
Harvard Business Review
The technologies of the past, by replacing human muscle, increased the value of human effort — and in the process drove rapid economic progress. Those of the future, by substituting for man's senses and brain, will accelerate that process — but at the risk of creating millions of citizens who are simply unable to contribute economically, and with greater damage to an already declining middle class. More