Dear Learn & Perform Subscriber

Welcome to the 2013 February issue.

Performance is vital and key in this competitive world. We cover the importance of performance with several related e news such as: 

  • Sidetracked: Why Can't We Stick to the Plan?

  • Scorecards and Dashboards for Strategic Performance Management

  • The Malaysian Elections

  • Trainers Meet Trainers 2013 Kuala Lumpur

  • SMR News

    Sidetracked: Why Can't We Stick to the Plan?

    Harvard Associate Professor and behavioral scientist Francesca Gino attempts to find answers to the quote of Robert Burns:  “The best laid schemes of mice and men go often awry”  in her new book Sidetracked: Why Our Decisions Get Derailed, and How We Can Stick to the Plan. She explores with great examples the unexpected forces that often keep people from following through with their plans. Her research-based book shows how we can be disastrously distracted by seemingly innocuous factors — and how distractions can be avoided.  We all have well laid out plans only to find that we end up doing something completely different.

    She says there are three different sets of forces that influence our decisions in ways we commonly fail to anticipate:

  • forces from within ourselves - factors that reside in both our minds and our hearts, and exist because of the very nature of being human,

  • forces from our relationships with others - factors that characterize our relationships and interactions with others, and

  • forces from the outside world - factors that characterize the context in which we operate and make decisions.

    She describes in her book the results of various studies examining the power of these forces and how they operate. She outlines how we can make more successful decisions by understanding these forces and how we can learn to account for them as we set goals or clarify plans of action. She concludes each chapter by describing one principle to consider avoiding getting sidetracked in the future. More details at http://www.amazon.com/Sidetracked-Decisions-Derailed-Stick-Plan/dp/1422142698.

    Scorecards and Dashboards for Strategic Performance Management
    Writing in his blog in Talent Magazine, Gene Pease talks about  scorecards being a strategic performance management tool and outlines how we can leverage automated surveys to track how an organization executes strategy and the consequences arising from business process, most commonly referred to as activity metrics.  He describes them as characteristically having a mixture of financial and non-financial measures, each compared to its targets and all within a single concise report.  Scorecards are an important step on the human capital analytics continuum, because this is where he says one must lay out the basic assumptions such as strategies, and the various ways in which they will be measured. Dashboards, Gene Pease says, share the same characteristics as scorecards. A dashboard is a distillation of the most important key performance indicators of a company that an executive can view at a glance. It is easy to create dashboards with some specialist consulting and IT expertise. Dashboards can help us make important decisions about both people and the business. For more information on how you can use scorecards and dashboards for managing performance strategically, please email murali@hrdpower.com.

    The Malaysian Elections
    Election fever in Malaysia is intense with everyone attempting to guess the date of the coming elections. Unlike some countries like the US where the date of the election is fixed, Malaysia follows the UK style where it is the Prime Minister’s prerogative to call the elections anytime before the end of the tenure of the elected Parliament. With the tenure of the 2008 Parliament ending soon, everyone is anxious about the big day. All political parties are in campaign mode. The Prime Minister has a new design website articulating the achievements of his government. The opposition campaign is also in full swing. Maybe by the time you have the next Enews, the election in Malaysia could have been concluded.

    Trainers Meet Trainers 2013

    The Malaysian edition of Trainers Meet Trainers recently completed with about 300 trainers congregating in Kuala Lumpur. There were several prominent speakers, including Bob Pike who spoke on the critical topic: When Performance is the Question – Training is Your Sixth Answer. He pitched with passion his argument that delivering dazzling training when training is not the solution is doomed to fail. Participants found his 17 practical tips and strategies for making sure that the right performance improvement strategy is implemented extremely useful. His ideas on how to design and deliver training effectively when that strategy includes training were immensely practical.  He urged participants to explore the three warning signs that can indicate that there is a performance problem – as well as the five solutions to explore – before implementing training as a solution. Email grace@smrhrgroup.com for more details.

    SMR News
    Nominations for the Asia HRD Awards to be held in Jakarta this year are now open. For details please email grace@smrhrgroup.com.   


    HRDPower is now available both as an enterprise as well as a SAAS (software as a service) model. Customised options are available as well. For more details please email murali@hrdpower.com.


    Two flagship programmes, the Accredited Training Professional (ATP) and the Accredited Competency Professional (ACP), will be run in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Bahrain and Chennai, India. For details, please email hasina@smrhrgroup.com.  


    Do visit to review and have access to my books online at www.amazon.com

    Have a good month ahead, will be in touch in March.

    With best wishes,

    Training Programme