Getting to the boardroom

first_imgProfessor Victor Dulewicz looks at what HR managers can do to get on theboard Why now? There has never been a better time for HR directors and managers to securetheir place on the board. For years, the HR profession has bemoaned the factthat it is under-represented at board level. Now, the Higgs Report (produced byindustry expert Derek Higgs) which looked at the role and effectiveness ofnon-executive directors (NEDs), has recommended that companies choose theirNEDs from a wider range of disciplines and a greater number of people – whatHiggs calls a wider ‘gene pool’. Why HR? Don’t do yourselves down. HR professionals already possess expertise inbehavioural skills, remuneration, selection and development, as well asnumerous other skills and competencies that make them well placed to contributeat board level. What can I do to improve my chances? The competencies needed to be an effective NED have been identified in astudy commissioned by Higgs and from earlier research conducted for the Governmentby Henley Management College and the Institute of Directors (IoD). Competenciescan be split into enduring qualities (things like diagnostic ability,independence and integrity, which can be difficult to develop) and othersskills such as strategic awareness and change-orientation, which can bedeveloped. There’s not much scope to improve your enduring competencies – you eitherhave integrity or you don’t – but managers can enrol on business educationprogrammes to improve competencies such as perspective. Higgs also emphasised the need for good ‘behavioural skills’ and teamwork inthe boardroom. Again, HR professionals are strides ahead of other disciplinesin these areas. So, hone your committee skills: make sure your prospective boardis aware of your ability to facilitate effective teams as well as yourpersuasiveness and listening skills. Be sure of the basics You’ll need to be able to demonstrate your in-depth knowledge of your area,but also make sure that your prospective chairman knows the range ofdisciplines a modern HR manager must cover. Additionally, you should be able to demonstrate a sound knowledge of therole of the board, the role of the executive and NED and corporate governance,and a working knowledge of the board’s financial and legal responsibilities. Give yourself the edge Again, HR managers are well placed to tap into the newer areas – such ascorporate social responsibility (CSR) – that are creeping onto boardroomagendas. Awareness of current standards of good practice for the board (basedon the handbook Standards for the Board, written by Henley faculty members andthe IoD) will stand a candidate in good stead. Finally, immerse yourself in the literature surrounding this subject. Takepart in board simulations, if possible and attend training programmes in areasin which you feel less confident; and consider a mentor – they can help devisea personal development plan targeted to your specific needs. Professor Victor Dulewicz is head of the HR management and organisationalbehaviour faculty at Henley Management College Further information – DTI Higgs Report,– Centre for Board Effectiveness, Henley Management College,,01491 571 454 – Institute of Directors,,020 7766 8866 Comments are closed. Getting to the boardroomOn 6 May 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

UVU’s Jake Toolson Named As WAC Player of the Year; Wyatt Lowell as Freshman of the Year

first_imgToolson also ranks 44th nationally in field goal percentage (55.9 percent). Tags: Boston Celtics/Danny Ainge/Jake Toolson/UMKC Kangaroos/UVU Men’s Basketball/Wyatt Lowell Written by Brad James March 12, 2019 /Sports News – Local UVU’s Jake Toolson Named As WAC Player of the Year; Wyatt Lowell as Freshman of the Year He is the only player in the nation to shoot better than 55 percent from the field (56.1 percent), 45 percent behind the arc (48.5 percent) and 85 percent at the foul line (86 percent) who played 20 or more games this season. Toolson, who is the nephew of current Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge, scored a team-best 16.5 points this season for the Wolverines.center_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailDENVER-Tuesday, Utah Valley men’s basketball standout, redshirt junior guard Jake Toolson was named as the Western Athletic Conference’s player of the year. His teammate, freshman forward Wyatt Lowell, was named as the WAC’s freshman of the year as well. Lowell, a native of Gilbert, Ariz., led all WAC freshmen in scoring (5.4 points per game), rebounds (3 rebounds per game) and steals (0.5 steals per game) in conference games. The Wolverines are the #2 seed in the WAC tournament and will play #7 seed UMKC Thursday at the Orleans Arena of Las Vegas. Toolson is the first player in program history to be named as the WAC player of the year.last_img read more

New agency marketing platform bags two industry heavyweights

first_imgOmnichannel marketing platform NurturingAI has recruited two well-known industry heavyweights to head up its new national sales force.They are Neil Comper (above, left) and Jamie Osborne (right) , who will oversee the roll-out of NurturingAI’s new 25-strong team of ‘marketing mentors’ for agents across the UK.Comper started out as a regional sales manager at Rightmove before moving to PrimeLocation, then Zoopla and later joining data firm TwentyCI.He also helped launch the Federation of Independent Agents although most recently he’s worked at tech firms PropALT and HouseVault.Osborne’s career has been similar to Comper’s including time spent in sales at Zoopla and later tech firms. Until December he worked at PropALT alongside Comper as the company’s COO.NurturingAI founder Christopher May (pictured) says the new team will be there to give agents a “proper route map to generate income”, he says.Digital channelsThe platform is a dedicated marketing system that enables consumers to be contacted across all digital channels without the need for expensive software, a marketing manager or time-costly new initiatives.The task force is being set up to offer free consultations on marketing online, an invaluable help as the country heads possibly between further lockdowns and decreasing annual footfall for high street branches.“The rollercoaster pandemic has forced us to ‘change our world’,” says Comper. “Our Covid action blueprint has already been well received by many independent sales and lettings agents.“Once implemented, it enables our customers to take care of business even whilst they sleep. It also allows agents to be less reliant on portals and grow their own branding at a fraction of the cost.”Jamie Osborne nuturingai Neil Comper Christopher May January 14, 2021Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » New agency marketing platform bags two industry heavyweights previous nextProducts & ServicesNew agency marketing platform bags two industry heavyweightsNeil Comper and Jamie Osbourne have left PropALT to join Christopher May’s new NurturingAI tech firm.Nigel Lewis14th January 202101,511 Viewslast_img read more

CUBA: NS Guantanamo Bay Hosts Change of Command Ceremony

first_img View post tag: Bay View post tag: Command View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today CUBA: NS Guantanamo Bay Hosts Change of Command Ceremony CUBA: NS Guantanamo Bay Hosts Change of Command Ceremony Training & Education View post tag: Naval View post tag: Guantanamo Marine Corps Security Force Company (MCSFCO) at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, held a change of command ceremony, Sept. 27.Maj. Mark Cameron relieved Capt. Jesus Mendez as commanding officer. “This ceremony not only showcases Marine Corps traditions and customs for our junior guys, but also shows the proper respect for the outgoing commanding officer,” said MCSFCO 1st Sgt. Jonathan Martin. “We show respect for the leadership and knowledge the outgoing commanding officer provided for the Marines at GTMO and we welcome the oncoming commanding officer with the same amount of respect for the knowledge and leadership he will provide.”Several key leaders attended the morning service at the MCSFCO headquarters including NS Guantanamo Bay Commanding Officer Capt. J.R. Nettleton and Command Master Chief Ross Cramer.Selected to deploy as battalion operations officer in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Cameron attended the Marine Air-Group Task Force Integration Course and received his Operations and Tactics Instructor certification. He deployed in August 2011 and served as Task Force Belleau Wood, II Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group Security Forces Battalion Operations Officer, Camp Leatherneck in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan. Cameron served as Company C, First Battalion, 25th Marines 4th Marine Division inspector-instructor prior to reporting to NS Guantanamo Bay.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, September 28, 2012center_img View post tag: NS View post tag: hosts View post tag: Ceremony View post tag: change View post tag: News by topic September 28, 2012 Share this articlelast_img read more

India decommissions Veer-class corvettes Nirbhik and Nirghat

first_img View post tag: INS Nirghat View post tag: INS Nirbhik The Indian Navy decommissioned Veer-class corvettes ‘Nirbhik’ and ‘Nirghat’ in a ceremony at Naval Dockyard, Mumbai on January 11, after three decades of their service.The ceremony involved the traditional lowering of the ensign and commissioning pendants with playing of ‘Last Post’. The chief guest for the ceremony was Rear Admiral R B Pandit, Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet, who had commanded Nirghat earlier.Cdr V R Naphade, (Retd) and Commodore S Mampully, (Retd), the commissioning commanding officers of Nirbhik and Nirghat respectively were the guests of honor.Nirbhik and Nirghat were commissioned at Poti, former USSR, on December 21 1987 and Dec 15 1989, respectively.These ships are manned by a crew of 70 sailors and seven officers. They were capable of achieving speeds close to 40 knots propelled by four gas turbine engines. Their weapon package consisted of four surface to surface missiles, medium range AK 176 gun and close range AK 630 in addition to small calibre guns.During their service over almost three decades, these ships have participated in numerous operations including operations Parakram and Vijay. Nirbhik and Nirghat were forward deployed off Gujarat on numerous occasions for patrolling. View post tag: Indian Navy Indian Navy decommissions Veer-class corvettes ‘Nirbhik’ and ‘Nirghat’ Back to overview,Home naval-today Indian Navy decommissions Veer-class corvettes ‘Nirbhik’ and ‘Nirghat’ center_img January 12, 2018 View post tag: Veer-class Share this article Authoritieslast_img read more

IS IT TRUE Of APRIL 13, 2017

first_img IS IT TRUE that the question was posed to someone known to the CCO that understands business concepts and predicting success with respect to semi-professional hockey in Ford Center?…the opinion examined both failed efforts thus far?…the Evansville Icemen were a higher level league with an NHL affiliation?…that 5 year experiment resulted in the team losing a substantial amount of money? …we believe if VenueWorks would had offered a more reasonable home game rate structure to the Evansville IceMen it could have produced better financial results for both sides?IS IT TRUE with the one year experiment with the Thunderbolts, Ford Center reduced the rental by over 90% and they still may have lost a bunch of money? …the final prognosis because of the current home game fee structure it looks like there may not be a situation where Ford Center can charge enough to break even and have a hockey team that makes a fair profit?…the only way for Evansville to continue this ruse is a redistribution scheme called subsidized hockey?…if the taxpayers put up with subsidizing a hockey team they will get what they deserve?…#wrong-city fits better than #strong-city on this worn out raid on taxpayer dollars?IS IT TRUE that former minority (10%) owner of the Evansville Thunderbolts semi-pro hockey team Mike Hall came out of his shell the other night and granted an exclusive interview with Channel 44 News regarding the hockey debacle of 2016-17 at Ford Center?…among other nuances mentioned was an allegation that the Evansville Icemen’s attendance figures had been greatly exaggerated?…Mr. Hall did hit on something that has always been confusing and that is how can an official attendance count claim that half the arena was full when anyone with decent vision knew that was not the case?…it has long been stated by fans that both the Icemen’s and Thunderbolts gave away lots of tickets and counted the number of tickets given away as attending even when they didn’t show up?…that the Channel 44 interviewer mentioned that attendance is down by over 50% from last year and the body language of Mr. Hall made it clear that attendance and ticket prices were a pain to him?IS IT TRUE that Mr. Hall did make an investment to become a 10% owner and it was recently reported that he “gave” his shares to VenueWorks/VW Sports LLC?…at some point we may learn what the sales pitch to Mr. Hall was to convince him that this was a worthwhile investment?…it could be possible that a business pro forma was constructed enough to make him think he would be a minority owner in a team that draws 4,000 paying fans per game?…anyone who has ever been to the games would have seen through such a ruse?…the taxpayers of Evansville were bamboozled by the best consultant that former Mayor Weinzapfel could hire to think that Ford Center would pay for itself?…the taxpayers are now stuck with a $9 Million dollar plus per year bill to pay because that business pro forma was garbage?IS IT TRUE in his exclusive Channel 44 TV interview that Mr. Hall did not offer an opinion about the future of Ice Hockey in Evansville?…he probably can’t if he got so much as a hot meal for his 10% ownership because such deals between private entities always come with a non-disclosure agreement?…his posture was however that of a person who was ticked off over the possibility of being bamboozled?IS IT TRUE that tomorrow we shall examine the claim of “explosive growth” made by Mayor Winnecke in the state of the city address with references from the United States census?…we will start by visiting just what explosive growth is?FOOTNOTE: Todays “READERS POLL” question is: Do you feel that the taxpayers of Evansville should spend another dollar to subside Ice Hockey at the Ford Center?We urge you to take time and click the section we have reserved for the daily recaps of the activities of our local Law Enforcement professionals. This section is located on the upper right side of our publication.If you would like to advertise or submit and article in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

McDonald’s introduces regional pricing

first_imgMcDonald’s is to vary the amount it charges for food depending on the location of each outlet. The changes are being implemented in response to increasing prices of products such as bread, milk and beef. A spokesperson for McDonald’s told British Baker: “McDonald’s food bill is increasing and like other retailers we are having to pass on some of these increases to our customers. “Rather than use a ’one-size fits all’ approach, which would likely create consumer resistance we have attempted to bring some science to menu pricing. We have therefore commissioned research into our pricing structure.” Prices may then be altered on a regional basis in the hope of provoking less opposition from customers.McDonald’s franchises, which make up around half the UK’s 1,200 restaurants, have already been given some leeway to alter prices over the last few years.last_img read more

Marshfield focuses on impulse buys

first_imgWiltshire-based Marshfield Bakery launched its new mini display box at the recent Caffè Culture show.Containing 50 individually wrapped mini bars, the box contains a mix of 12 different varieties, including Caramel Shortbread and Traditional Flapjack through to Honeycomb Tiffin and Strawberry Shortbread.”Cafés and shops could see the benefit of placing these on the counter-top or close to the till to tempt customers into the impulse purchase,” explained sales director Ben White.”We are trying to get the retailers to offer a 30p-each or four-for-£1 offering to tempt the multi-buy. From the feedback we have received, this seems to be working well”

Scotch Pie judging completed

first_imgMore than 500 products from nearly 100 Scottish butchers and bakers have been judged for the 17th World Scotch Pie Championships.Held at the Carnegie Conference Centre in Dunfermline, Fife on 11 November, the judging took place over 10 categories, including best Scotch pie, best sausage roll and, for the first time, best haggis. The results will be kept a closely guarded secret until 13 January 2016.The team of 50 expert judges, led by Ian Nelson, was joined by a special guest judge, Provost of Fife and ex-footballer Jim Leishman.Leishman said: “I was honoured to be asked to join the panel of judges again for this iconic competition. The contest is a hard-fought one and in each category we are looking for something really special that stands out from the crowd.”The competition is supported by industry associations Scottish Bakers and the Scottish Federation of Meat Traders and is sponsored by ingredients wholesalers Bako Northern and Scotland.last_img read more

Aryzta appoints Brook to top sales role

first_imgAryzta Food Solutions has announced Vincent Brook as its UK retail commercial manager.Brook has over 25 years in the fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector, including various roles with Cadbury, and he joins the company from Mondelēz International, where he worked as a channel controller.His role with Aryzta will include accelerating growth of the company’s in-store bakery products, including French-style bakery brand Cuisine de France and food-to-go offer Pierre’s.Brook said: “Shoppers are increasingly looking for freshly-baked products in-store and I’m delighted to be joining a company whose quality products are used by many stores as footfall drivers.“I’m looking forward to playing a key role in driving the growth of both Aryzta Food Solutions’ products and the in-store bakery category.”Cuisine de France recently launched a heart-shaped loaf aimed at the Valentine’s Day market.last_img read more