ISPI Performance Digest
Jan. 29, 2013

The first rule of brainstorming: Suspend disbelief
The New York Times
This interview with Kon Leong, co-founder, president and chief executive of ZL Technologies, offers leadership and development lessons wrapped in a conversation about innovation at work.More

'Many Approaches — Discover What Works' at THE Conference
International Society for Performance Improvement
THE Performance Improvement Conference 2013, with a theme of "Many Approaches — Discover What Works," will take place April 14-17 at the Silver Legacy Resort in Reno, Nev. Learn from the masters of performance improvement as you attend this premier educational and professional development conference. In addition, take advantage of the preconference Institute and workshops, held on-site April 12-14. Register today to be part of this world-class event!More

Good news: Spending on training increasing
In a recent Bersin by Deloitte study, spending on learning and development rose by 12 percent in 2012. In another study, 90 percent of CEOs said they plan to maintain or increase training budgets in 2013. Obviously, this is great news for learning and development professionals. Not only do CEOs intend to invest in training, but the study also found that cost is not a primary factor when deciding to invest in training. More

Best ways leaders bridge vision and realism
Business Zone
One of the biggest barriers in organizations when developing vision and strategy is a lack of understanding about different ways people take in and process information. When this isn't recognized or addressed in the right way, it results in a mismatch of buy-in right from the initial development phase.More

Leading the capability revolution
The European Business Review
These are revolutionary times, when established notions of leadership — many of which are more romantic than functional — must change if organizations are to continue to be effective. Existing bureaucratic models of business, organization and leadership, all of which have served extremely well for the better part of modern history, will become progressively ineffective and unfit for purpose.More

Values hold key to survival in difficult times
Businesses have never had a tougher time finding true, sustainable differentiators in their marketplaces than they have today, with few organizations and markets not suffering the effects of commoditization. What is the key to survival in times like this?More