ISPI Performance Digest
Dec. 30, 2014

11 ways to stop writing bad emails
From Dec. 2: Most people have developed their own email habits over the past decade or so. With little guidance, it's no wonder etiquette is all over the place. Many people don't even realize they are handling email in an offensive manner. Follow these tips to keep people happy on the other end.More

5 things great managers do every day
From May 6: When you hear the term inspirational leader, you may get images of someone who's achieved considerable success or is a brilliant strategist able to amass a personal fortune. Or perhaps you consider someone who gives rousing motivational speeches worthy of a TED talk — an iconoclast who changes the national dialogue. While at first blush we may think of inspiring leaders as those who perform grandiose actions, more than five years of research into what really inspires others has led to the opposite conclusion.More

Why people work more than they must, choosing stress
Big Think
From July 22: Researchers at the University of Chicago have found — perhaps it's no surprise given the struggling economy — that many people are willing to work more hours than are needed to do their jobs, even though it results in a more stressful life. This phenomenon is called "over-earning" by scientists and is thought to be a relic of our evolutionary past.More

How music affects your productivity
Fast Company
From July 22: Does music itself help one to create? This is an important question to examine, because music has increasingly become part of the modern-day work session.More

Change your posture, change your life
Big Think
From June 3: Amy Cuddy, a social psychologist, has a great TED talk explaining how holding our bodies in a different way can change our minds, alter our behavior and improve our days. Slight tweaks to our body language can transform, she says, "the way your life unfolds." Two minutes is all you need.More

Why you remember less when you read from a screen
Big Think
From Aug. 26: There are undeniable advantages to carrying a whole library on your Kindle or tablet computer, but retaining the information you read doesn't seem to be one of them. Recent studies agree that when it comes to recalling information, you're probably ahead of the game when you read printed material like bound books.More

Ignore emotional intelligence at your own risk
Harvard Business Review
From Oct. 28: Two academic heavyweights face off on a topic that every student of leadership and HR cares — or at least hears — a lot about: emotional intelligence.More

25 things skilled learners do differently
Innovation Excellence
From Oct. 21: Imagine for a moment that all human beings had the same IQ, but that some of us knew how to tap into it better than others. How would we approach education differently?More