ISPI Performance Digest
Dec. 9, 2014

Time for an association conference. Where is everyone?
Innovative Learning Group
When you hear the words "professional association chapter meeting," what's the first thing that comes to mind: "Great place to learn new things and meet new people," "Same people; same chicken dinner," or "Wow, I need to get myself to a meeting"? The role of professional associations can — and should — be key to your successful career.More

Performance architecture: A process management framework
Much of the world is currently concerned with the largest outbreak of the Ebola virus in history. As people travel from and through the countries involved, they bring an increased risk of the disease to themselves and to all with whom they have direct contact. With no proven vaccine for the virus yet developed, as a world we must focus on the containment and prevention of Ebola. This means processes must be developed, implemented, and uniformly and universally adhered to by all involved health professionals and anyone who may have been exposed. More

Learning new things means getting up from your desk
Harvard Business Review
While there's no question that the exponential growth in the volume, variety and detail of data can help boost productivity, improve customer experiences and enhance decision-making, it can also stifle managers, turning them into detached, desk-bound decipherers of information. More

Do you know these 5 L&D principles?
Creating quality e-learning is tough. You need to pay attention to many different areas to ensure the key points are not only being conveyed clearly, but also are being retained. Fail to do this, and what's the point of e-learning in the first place?More

Business architecture: Critical thinking in business architecture
Like any other analysis and design activity, architects are often in the role of soliciting requirements from a range of sources and stakeholders. As we have all experienced, this exercise is met with a wide range of opinions and perspectives from stakeholders who think they know what is required, and with a wide range of confusion and vagueness from those who don't know what they want. Given this situation, the architect needs to be able to dig into the issues, collect accurate and relevant information, and question assumptions. Then, the architect has to be able to examine the different opinions, evaluate them in the context of different perspectives, and balance and prioritize them. The field of study called Critical Thinking is aimed at just these problems.More

Is classic storytelling a good model for corporate training?
Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development
We've all seen the many blog posts on the benefits of storytelling and learning. But is it beneficial in a corporate business setting where workers just want the information they need, fast, so they can get back to work? Are today's employees capable of sitting through a storytelling session? Should they be?More

Pick a consultant — not just any consultant
PM Hut
There is more to consulting than just the consultant. There has to be. This is why the same consultant might do a splendid job for one organization and not so well for another. Consulting is about the client, culture and timing, as much as it is about the consultant. More

Exec buy-in for data analytics: 1 part groundwork, 1 part leap of faith
Process Excellence Network
Speaking to Anders Reinhardt, Head of Global Business Intelligence at VELUX ahead of the Data Analytics Nordics Summit in February, PEX Network finds out more about how to sell the idea of Big Data to your executive. What's the key to that much-needed executive buy-in? More

Enabling a data culture through continuous improvement
Beta News
Progressive organizations recognize data as a strategic asset and rely upon it for critical decision making. Business intelligence spending has been steadily increasing and is forecast to be upwards of $16 billion worldwide in the next year. More

Eco-innovation: Going beyond creating technology for technology's sake
The Guardian
Slowly but surely, sustainable technologies are challenging business and transforming our outdated industrial model, which is no longer fit for purpose. As examples from the agri-food, chemicals and metals sectors have shown, removing barriers to the sharing of existing technologies is just as important as coming up with new and better tools. So how does this work in practice?More

Why you need to pay more attention to your remote employees
Let's talk about your remote employees for a minute. Are they engaged? Do they have friends at work? Are they sitting at home, their car, or down at the Starbucks feeling isolated and lonely? Do you care? You should care.More