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Key to development centre success is in the follow-up work

first_imgNewresearch confirms the benefits of management training, but HR teams must becomemore involvedThedebate surrounding development centres is a timely one. As Personnel Todayreported (Features, 7 August), there are valid concerns about designing eventsthat reflect modern working practices, meet organisational goals and engageindividuals and managers.Butthe discussion also focuses employers’ attention on the need to maximise thepotentialof their development programmes. Toan extent the use of development centres has been an act of faith, since therehas been little evaluation of their impact on managers and organisations. Thiswas something occupational psychologists Pearn Kandola set out to address in arecent study run with the Institute of Work Psychology in Sheffield. Researchwas carried out in a major multinational organisation and was based on theresponses of about 120 managers from operating companies who had attendedmanagement development centres in the previous four years. During the eventsthey completed 360-degree feedback and were assessed by our psychologists. Thesurvey results reflected some criticisms already voiced, highlighting the needfor better follow-up procedures. But there was also evidence of a positiveimpact on motivation, retention and performance. Thefindings established a link between the management development centres andstaff retention. The average annualised turnover among those attending thecentres was significantly lower (30 per cent) than in the organisation’sgeneral management population. Although the attendees were picked out asmanagers with  potential which may havehad a bearing, the fact that participants were more likely to stay did point toimproved staff retention.Interms of the fit of a person to an organisation, the management developmentcentre ratings of those leaving an organisation were not significantlydifferent from those remaining. But there were differences in their profiles:leavers tended to be younger, had spent less time in the company and receivedlower 360-degree feedback ratings. Thepsychologists assessed the effect on business performance by analysing salesper employee by company both before and after the development centre programmestarted. The proportion of participants sent by each operating company hadlittle effect, but the indications were that management development centreswere likely to lead to better performance. Fromthe data we could also identify the competencies associated with increasedproductivity. But the best indicator of good financial performance was apositive 360-degree appraisal by colleagues.Sofar so good. But it was when managers were asked about the effect of the centreon their own development that concerns began to emerge. On the plus side,respondents reported significant improvements in work attitude, insight and jobperformance. More than 40 per cent said they had a better understanding oftheir strengths and weaknesses, with more than three-quarters preparing personaldevelopment plans.  Butthe results also showed that any development work did not increase. This waspartly attributed to time pressures and other work priorities, but the mostcommon reason managers gave was lack of support after the centre.Unlesswe address these issues, the return on investment from management developmentcentres will continue to fall short. The solution lies in implementing eventsaround best practice. It is up to HR management to brief supervisors on theirrole both in preparing and coaching participants, to organise seminars afterthe events and involve themselves, other managers and external consultants, ifappropriate. Ourjob as service providers is to ensure that professionals are equipped with theskills to achieve this. Managementdevelopment centres clearly offer important business benefits. But it is theway they are run and followed up, and the quality and purpose of the overallprocess in which they are embedded that determines their true value and ensuresthat they fulfil their ultimate purpose – developing people’s potential.ByBinna Kandola, a partner with Pearn Kandola, occupational psychologistsspecialising in assessment, development and diversity Comments are closed. Key to development centre success is in the follow-up workOn 4 Sep 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

USA: Jacksonville Recognizes Sailor for Heroic Actions

first_img View post tag: Jacksonville Authorities USA: Jacksonville Recognizes Sailor for Heroic Actions December 4, 2012 A Sailor from Patrol Squadron (VP) 30 was recognized by the City of Jacksonville Nov. 30 for his heroic actions.Naval Aircrewman (Mechanical) Airman Brett Parks was presented a proclamation from Victor Guillory, director of Military Affairs, Veterans and Disabled Services Department on behalf of Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown.The proclamation designates Dec. 5 as “Brett Parks Day” to pay tribute to Parks who was shot while coming to the assistance of a robbery suspect in October.Since then, Parks has been hospitalized at Shands Jacksonville Medical Center recovering from his life-threatening wounds which have resulted in the loss of a kidney and part of his right leg. He hopes to be transferred to the Tampa VA Hospital this week to continue his rehabilitation process and receive his prosthetic.While telling his story, Parks said he does not consider himself a “hero.”“I didn’t look at what I was doing as heroic – it’s just something that you do. I just heard a man screaming for help and I ran over there. The man attacking him ran so I chased after him. I stopped him but didn’t see a gun. A couple seconds later, he shot me and I fell,” said Parks, a native of Miami, who joined the Navy in 2008.Emergency personnel quickly transported Parks to the hospital where he has since undergone numerous surgeries to save his life. The gunshot wound damaged a major artery incurring a great loss of blood. During his ordeal, Parks has required nearly 80 pints of blood. With his family, friends and co-workers rallying by his side, Parks is making strides towards his recovery. “I’m really excited to be going to rehab in Tampa and get my prosthetic. The support I’ve received from everyone is really overwhelming and humbling,” he continued.Parks said he is also thrilled that he and his wife, Susan are expecting their second child in early December. “We have a 1-year-old son, Jason and now we are having a little girl,” he said.After receiving the proclamation which was read by Guillory in front of his family and shipmates, Parks stated. “This is very humbling and overwhelming. All I did was try to help someone. Thank you so much. I just praise God for getting me through this. From what I hear 99.6 percent of those with my injury don’t make it and I did. I’ve had incredible nurses and doctors. They saved my life and I am so grateful I’m still here for my family,” he added. “I’d also like to thank my co-workers for being by my side. I really appreciate them helping us with whatever we’ve needed.”A member of VP-30 for almost two years, he is known as a dedicated Sailor and fitness enthusiast who works as a personal trainer in his free time. “I came in the Navy to be a rescue swimmer – I wanted to help people. Unfortunately, I broke my foot and couldn’t complete the course. Then I got married and my priorities changed. And with this happening, I’m not sure where our future lies. I am thinking about doing some motivational speaking,” said Parks.The incident also highlighted the importance of blood donations within the community. VP-30 held a blood drive Nov. 21, collecting 78 pints of blood.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, December, 2012 Share this article View post tag: Naval View post tag: Recognizescenter_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: Heroic View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Actions View post tag: Sailor Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Jacksonville Recognizes Sailor for Heroic Actions last_img read more

Funding in line for plan to double-track South Shore Line

first_img Twitter WhatsApp Google+ IndianaLocalNews Google+ Facebook Pinterest Twitter Facebook By Network Indiana – January 9, 2021 0 572 (Tommie Lee/95.3 MNC) A project to double-track 26-miles of railroad between Michigan City and Gary is getting a big swath of money thrown at it from the federal government.The South Shore double-tracking project is getting $173 million for the installation of a second main-line track, improvements at five stations, over 1,300 new parking spaces at platforms, and nine new platforms.“This has been a game-changing infrastructure priority for Indiana for many years, so naturally I am thrilled that our efforts have helped secure the full amount of federal funding required to complete the South Shore Line Double Track Project,” said Sen. Todd Young.“Now, with its expected economic impact of $3 billion by 2048 and the creation of more than 6,000 new jobs, the completion of this and other Northwest Indiana infrastructure projects will benefit Hoosiers for years to come.”The Shout Shore Rail line is a railroad in northern Indiana that connects Chicago to South Bend, with several stops in between in Michigan City, Gary, and Hammond, with a planned expansion for a stop in Dyer as well.It’s a critical source of transportation for many Hoosiers in northern Indiana who work in Chicago. Pinterest Funding in line for plan to double-track South Shore Line WhatsApp Previous articleSouth Bend council members, city clerk issue statement regarding Capitol Hill violenceNext articleBerrien County health leaders ask for patience regarding COVID-19 vaccine distribution Network Indianalast_img read more

Tedeschi Trucks Band Announces NYC Beacon Theatre Residency With Jorma, Dave Mason & More

first_imgFrom September 30th through October 8th, New York City’s Beacon Theatre will be taken over by the glorious Tedeschi Trucks Band. The group has just announced a six-night residency at the storied venue, returning for the sixth straight year and for the first NYC performance since their showcase at the Apollo Theater earlier this year.The band has been on fire of late, ever since the release of their new studio album, Let Me Get By. The band continues to pack rockin’ soul in every tune, and even welcomed guests like Jimmie Vaughan and Billy Gibbons at Jazz Fest last weekend. Watch more from that set here.The six-night run will start on Friday, September 30th with support from Amy Ray, before a second night from TTB on October 1st. Dave Mason will support on October 4th, and Jorma Kaukonen will be on hand for October 5th. The final two nights, October 7th and 8th, will just feature the TTB members. All shows without supporting acts are slated to be two-set performances.Pre-sale tickets will go on sale tomorrow, May 3rd, before the full on sale this Friday, May 6th, at 10 AM. Check the band’s website for details.[Via JamBase]last_img read more

Thievery Corporation’s Rob Garza Talks Music And Politics In New HeadCount Interview

first_imgTwenty years ago, Washington, D.C- residents Rob Garza and Eric Hilton teamed up to form Thievery Corporation – a genre-bending, mind-twisting collective that mixed hip-hop, World Beat and dance music into a hypnotic soup of memorable songs and an unmatched live stage show. In the two decades since, they’ve never been shy about their decidedly left-of-center politics, and questioning the American political system. But they are still believers in Democracy at its core, so Rob, Eric and Thievery were kind enough to invite HeadCount to have a large role in their May 13th show at the renowned Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado (Check out special ticket packages here, where you can watch the show from stage). At our invitation, Rob sat down with us for an engaging interview about his political viewpoints and how the 2016 presidential election offers some hope that there’s more than one path to elected office.This interview initially ran on HeadCount and has been reprinted with permission.HeadCount: How has your experience living in DC affected your views on American politics?Rob Garza: I think in a way it’s kind of made us more jaded toward the government in general. We have a lot of friends who come into Washington DC who are idealistic and have high hopes and end up being another cog in the machines so to speak. I think with us there’s the realization you can be elected as president and have all these great ideas, but in terms of really expecting change, your hands are tied. In terms of Congress, big money, banks, corporations, lobbying groups. It’s really a lot more difficult to get things done. So in a way it’s made us a little more weary of the political system.You mentioned money in politics. That’s obviously an issue that’s getting a lot of attention right now. What are your thoughts on that, and would you say that’s sort of a core, underlying issues that affects all others?Yeah it is. To me that is one of the most important issues being talked about – how the big banks and corporations affect American politics and funding different candidates and things like that. Even when it comes down to when you look at the media and the way that money and corporations affect the media as well. Look at something like the Iraq War and how complicit media was. You know, they’re talking about how Saddam had weapons of mass destruction, and people sort of believed inaccurately that somehow he was tied to 9/11. That sort of created momentum for this war in Iraq. Growing up we were taught media was would be the watchdog for the people and watch the government, but when you see all the big money in media, they’re almost another branch of the government. One thing when it comes to elections, sometimes you feel like coverage gets skewed toward certain candidates a little more. But the merging of government and big corporations is just very destructive to democracy as a whole.It’s certainly something a lot of people feel. What can a citizen do then? If someone wants to make a difference, what can they do?People feel powerless when it comes to the political process. I think that people being given options outside of the traditional partisan political systems – someone like Bernie Sanders who calls himself a socialist – is already stepping outside that box.  I think it comes down to being more politically aware and socially conscious. Those are sort of like first steps. Finding candidates that you agree with. This interview is kind of hard because I totally don’t buy into the  electoral process. When you look at something like the Iowa caucus and some of the delegates were chosen by coin toss. Some of these things have me sometimes skeptical about the electoral process. But I do think that just being aware is the first step. And then probably getting more involved on a local level. I don’t want to tell people who to vote for or who I’m voting for. But it is, for me, fascinating to see this grassroots swell of support for someone like Bernie Sanders who isn’t taking money from big corporate donors.Do you think, if anything, this election shows people that there’s more than one way? The conventional thinking is that the only way to win an election is to have a SuperPAC and have all these donors. Do you think maybe Sanders and also Trump have given people hope that there’s more than one way to get noticed?Yeah, I think that is the most important thing about this election. It’s providing proof that there are other ways and maybe ways we haven’t thought about before. That is something hopefully we can build on the for the future.Do you get the sense that your fans or people you meet at shows are more engaged and paying more attention than they have in the past?I feel like a lot of people are paying more attention. In terms of the amount of attention on the presidential debates and everything going on in the news. It’s definitely on people’s minds more. It’s strange being on the West Coast, living out here now – DC everyone is consumed with that – but living in a place like San Francisco, it’s definitely not like Washington D.C. But I think people are talking about a lot of things. You see a lot more on social media. I’d like to think that people’s sensibilities are changing, and people are becoming more aware. It definitely seems like we take steps forward — sometimes a step forward and two steps back kind of thing, but I think there is progress being made. Through candidates like Bernie Sanders or even Donald Trump, people are looking for alternatives to the status quo.What’s your feeling on the roles musicians play in pushing the national conversation forward?I think music foremost is a powerful form of communication. I don’t think that it always has to have something to say politically or socially. It’s [about] being in touch with feeling and spirit. But at the same time for me and Eric we were very  really inspired by bands that did have something to say. Bands like The Clash and Pubic Enemy, Fugazi and Bob Marley. So it is a very powerful tool for communicating a message. At the same time I think it’s one of the easiest ways to introduce people to other cultures. With our music it’s a very global sound and we have singers from Iran, from Argentina, from Jamaica. Music is a very beautiful way of connection people and cultures. I think it’s just because for mine and Eric’s influences that we take it upon ourselves to talk about some of these political and socially conscious views through our music. We don’t want to necessarily tell you what to think… we want to make you think.With the attack at the Bataclan in Paris a few months ago. It certainly brought a lot o world issues closer to home for musicians. How did that affect you? Did it make you feel like walking on stage can be a risk?We definitely felt very sad about the attack. For us when it comes to being scared of being on stage I don’t think we’ve ever really thought of that. I saw some article your odds of getting killed in a terrorist attack are lower than getting killed by your own furniture in your house. That’s kind of what our record Culture of Fear was about – not putting yourself in that sphere. There’s a lyric in one of our songs that says “I’m more afraid of a credit card than a terrorist squad.” When you think of the day-to-day implications of a credit card and in a sense the slavery they have over our lives, as horrible and tragic as the terrorist attacks are, things that affect us on a day to day basis can be more harmful in the society we live in.You can catch Thievery Corporation on tour this Spring. For an unforgettable experience at Red Rocks on May 13th while supporting HeadCount, check out the special side-stage viewing opportunity.last_img read more

India clamps down on free speech to fight farmer protests

first_imgNEW DELHI (AP) — Media coverage and social media chatter around the tens of thousands of protesting farmers at the edges of the Indian capital have prompted a furious reaction from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government. Critics say it has used the massive demonstrations to escalate a crackdown on the media and free speech by detaining journalists and freezing Twitter accounts. While some of the accounts have been restored this week, nine journalists and an opposition lawmaker are facing sedition charges for their reporting on the protests. Human Rights Watch and Reporters Without Borders condemned the government’s action as censorship. The Editors Guild of India says the cases against journalists are an attempt to intimidate, harass, browbeat and stifle the media.last_img

Pilot programs for Vermont, Maine would keep heavier trucks on Interstates for another year

first_imgUS Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) Tuesday announced that a budget package soon to be introduced in the Senate includes a year-long extension of the pilot programs in Vermont and Maine that are moving heavy trucks off state secondary roads and onto the Interstate highway system.The provisions are sponsored by Leahy and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who also authored the pilot programs currently in effect in Vermont and Maine, which expire this month. Leahy is the second most senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and both Leahy and Collins also serve on the panel’s transportation subcommittee.Current federal law restricts trucks weighing more than 80,000 pounds from regularly using the nation’s Interstate highway system. But segments of the Interstate network in neighboring states allow higher-weight trucks to operate on those Interstates due to special circumstances, from tolling to grandfather clauses. Before Leahy and Collins secured the initial pilot programs last year, overweight truck traffic was forced to travel on some of the states’ smaller roadways, creating safety concerns and putting pressure on the aging transportation infrastructure.Leahy said, ‘No one thinks that overweight trucks should rumble through our historic villages and downtowns on two-lane roads, putting people and our state’s failing transportation infrastructure at risk. This step will keep these trucks out of our downtowns for another year. It also will help us determine, with real-world experience, whether it is safer and better for both our infrastructure and the environment to have these trucks use the Interstate system.’Leahy and Collins pushed to include the provisions in the Senate’s version of a multi-agency appropriations bill, which is expected to be filed soon in the Senate. Leahy Tuesday announced success in including the truck weight provisions in the draft bill. Senate approval of the bill will require a 60 vote supermajority. Most Democratic senators are expected to support the bill, and it is unclear how many Republican senators will support it. The Leahy-Collins truck weight provisions are included in the section that includes the annual budget bill for the Department of Transportation.Source: WASHINGTON (TUESDAY, Dec. 14) ‘ U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)last_img read more

IEA Report: Renewables Will Supplant Coal in Alleviating Global Electricity Poverty

first_imgIEA Report: Renewables Will Supplant Coal in Alleviating Global Electricity Poverty FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Carbon Brief:Around the world, more than a billion people still lack access to electricity.This number is shrinking, down by one third since 2000, despite rising population levels, according to an International Energy Agency (IEA) special report on energy access, published today.The report says that while coal has supplied nearly half of the progress from 2000 to date, its role is set to decline “dramatically.” This is because renewables are becoming cheaper and because the hardest-to-reach people are in remote, rural areas where off-grid solutions offer the lowest cost.The report shows the number of people without access to electricity will shrink by another third by 2030, with 60% of these gains supplied by renewables. Furthermore, if the world commits to providing universal access by 2030, then renewables would bridge 90% of the remaining gap, the IEA says.The rate of progress has been accelerating, the IEA says, rising from 62 million people gaining electricity access each year during 2000-2012 to 103 million during 2012-2015.Coal has been the main source of this new supply, generating 45% of the electricity used by people gaining access for the first time between 2000 and 2016.There has also been a growing role for renewable sources of electricity, the IEA notes, with particularly rapid growth in decentralized off-grid access From 2000-2012, renewables provided 28% of new access to electricity. This figure rose to 34% during 2012-2016.There are regional differences in the sources of new electricity connections. In India, for example, coal generated 75% of new supplies, against 20% for renewables. Sub-Saharan Africa has had the most rapid recent improvement in providing electricity access, rising from 9m new connections per year during 2000-2012 to 26m per year during 2012-2016. Most of this acceleration is due to renewables, responsible for 70% of new access since 2012, whereas coal has not supplied any new connections in this period.Looking ahead, the IEA says the number of people without access to electricity will fall to around 700 million by 2030, under its central scenario.Asia will reach close to 100% access to electricity by 2030 and India will meet its aim of universal access in the early 2020s. The vast majority of the 700 million still without electricity in 2030 will be in sub-Saharan Africa. Around the world, the share of new electricity access supplied by renewables will nearly double to 60%, up from 34% over the past five years. This pattern is even more extreme in India, where the share of new electricity from renewables will triple to 60%Coal’s role in providing electricity access “declines dramatically,” the IEA says, providing power to 16% of those who gain access over the next 14 years. This compares to 45% during 2000-2016.More: Renewables will give more people access to electricity than coal, says IEAlast_img read more

DOAH/OJCC offers electronic filing

first_imgDOAH/OJCC offers electronic filing DOAH/OJCC offers electronic filing The Office of the Judges of Compensation Claims of the Division of Administrative Hearings has launched a new electronic filing system for workers’ compensation adjudications.The new workers’ compensation electronic filing system mirrors the existing DOAH system which has been available to registered Florida attorneys for the past 1 1/2 years and which DOAH says has been well-received by users and implemented by other states based upon the DOAH experience.The new system, named “eJCC,” allows registered attorneys to access their active case list and associated dockets, electronically file pleadings in active cases before the OJCC, view currently scheduled dates of hearings and mediations, and edit their official profile.For more information visit the OJCC Web site at www.jcc.state.fl.us. December 1, 2005 Regular Newslast_img read more

Couple plead guilty to multi-state credit card fraud

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A California couple will be sentenced in January for using fake credit cards to steal more than $632,000 in cash advances from credit unions and banks in eight states.Michael Lee Thomas of Oakland and Barbara John Lopp of Stockton, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud last week in U.S. District Court in Oakland. Initially, they pleaded not guilty to the felony charge in July 2015.Although the FBI began investigating the fraud in June 2013, it wasn’t until Feb. 12, 2015, when the couple was arrested at a branch of the $16.3 million Municipal Credit Union in Sioux City, Iowa, where their cash advance scheme drew suspicion from employees who contacted police.Thomas and Lopp were arrested by local authorities and charged, but their case was transferred to California. continue reading »last_img read more