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

Revised ATP calendar not safe for players, says Murray

first_imgRelatedPosts Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Thiem claims his first Grand Slam title after thrilling fightback in US Open Naomi Osaka wins US Open women’s title Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray said on Saturday that the ATP’s revised calendar, which includes seven tournaments in as many weeks, is not safe for players, who will be forced to skip major events due to the crammed schedule.The ATP tour, which was suspended in March due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, is set to restart on August 14 with the Citi Open, followed by the Cincinnati Masters, which will be held at Flushing Meadows before the US Open. The men’s claycourt swing will start on September 8 in Kitzbuhel, followed by Masters tournaments in Madrid and Rome on September 13 and Rome Masters on September 20, with the French Open set to begin a week later.“It’s not safe for players to go from the semi-finals or final in New York… and then play in Madrid at altitude on clay when they haven’t competed for a long time,” Murray told a news conference during the “Battle of the Brits” charity tournament.“You’re going to have the potential where a lot of top players are not competing at many of the biggest events.”The 33-year-old said with events coming thick, fast changes would need to be made with respect to players’ ranking points.“It might be worth looking at a two-year ranking for the time being maybe so that guys who have done well last year and are sort of not really able to defend their points properly aren’t kind of punished,” the twice Wimbledon champion said. Murray suggested he will skip the tournament in Cincinnati to get his preparations for the US Open in order.“I would rather play Washington and miss the event the week before at the US Open if they all go ahead,” he added.Murray returned to action following a seven-month injury layoff at the charity event organised by his brother Jamie this week, progressing to the semifinals before losing 1-6 6-3 10-8 to Dan Evans.Reuters/NAN.Tags: Andy MurrayATPUS Openlast_img read more

India suffer first over-rate offence in over five years

first_imgFOR the first time in nearly six years, India have been found guilty of slow over-rate. The players were docked 40% of their match fee for a violation in the fourth T20I against New Zealand in Wellington, bringing to an end a streak that had lasted 264 matches since the Oval Test in August 2014.This was also the first such violation under Virat Kohli.As per Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to minimum over-rate offences, players are fined 20 percent of their match fee for every over their side fails to bowl in the stipulated time. Notwithstanding time allowances, India were found to be two overs short of the requirement at Westpac stadium and thus the fine was doubled.On-field umpires Chris Brown and Shaun Haig, and third umpire Ashley Mehrotra, reported the matter to match referee Chris Broad, who imposed the sanction, which went uncontested as Kohli accepted the charge. There was no formal hearing needed.India clinched that cliffhanger on Friday after it resulted in a second Super Over in as many matches to extend their series lead to 4-0. The final T20I will be played at Mount Maunganui today. (ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more

Republic train ahead of Slovakia clash

first_imgIt’s ahead of their second Euro 2016 warm-up game against Slovakia at the Aviva Stadium tomorrow.Jonathan Walters, Daryl Murphy, and Kevin Doyle are unavailable for the clash.Murphy and Doyle both picked up injuries in the 1-0 win over Switzerland on Friday, while Walters wasn’t risked. Robbie Brady lined up against the Swiss at left-back, despite usually playing as a midfielder but he says he’s happy to play in any position this Summer in FranceTonight, Wales have their last warm-up game in Ukraine at 7m.While, Northern Ireland host Slovenia.Victory for Michael O’Neill’s side would set a new record of 10 games unbeaten.last_img

What Does An Olympia Kitchen Designer’s Kitchen Look Like?

first_imgFacebook7Tweet0Pin0 Having removed the wall, Trivonna placed the refrigerator in what was the family room, making room for a gas range. She moved the wall ovens only slightly, thus saving the cost of moving the electrical and making room for a pantry.I love my new kitchen – but not as much as I love my kitchen designing wife – Trivonna!!Cabinets by Trivonna444 Lacey Boulevard SE, Suite GLacey, WA 98503360.539.5057 Our refrigerator would not fit in the hole provided. I had to chop of the cabinet above, and take about an inch off the cabinet to the left. When the dishwasher was open, one couldn’t open the freezer door without hitting it.The cook top was on the end of the Island near the refrigerator (couldn’t open it while someone was standing at the cook top).It was hard on Trivonna to come home to that kitchen for over five years!center_img Submitted by Cabinets by TrivonnaOriginal kitchen during first stages of remodelingFor Cabinets by Trivonna, the answer to that question begs another question: When?We bought a 70’s vintage fixer-upper in 2005. Before we could remodel the kitchen, we decided to open our business – thus delaying our dream kitchen.The original kitchen was so bad that I didn’t take any “before” pictures until after we had begun to tear out the wall separating our kitchen and family room.last_img read more


first_imgGARY STEVENS, BEHOLDER, SECOND (BEATEN FAVORITE): “Nothing really went wrong, except I was on the lead and a sitting duck once again. No pace except for me, and realistic fractions. I flat got out-run. I have no excuses. Carrying equal weight. Hat’s off to the winner, and hat’s off to my mare. She shows up every day. Unfortunately three losses in a row, and it’s tough for a champion. She’s pretty special for me, and hopefully we can bounce back and get some pace in the Breeders’ Cup, or the stars will change. Hat’s off to the winner.” JOCKEY QUOTESVICTOR ESPINOZA, STELLAR WIND, WINNER: “It’s a great day. I worked harder in her last race, the Clement Hirsch, than I did today. It’s always good to be next to Beholder, next to the queen, it’s always a plus. To be able to pull away the last eighth, it’s not easy! It’s hard but Stellar Wind is an incredible mare and she will continue to be good.“(Winning three Grade I’s) is why I’m here, to win. That’s’ why I worked so hard and dedicated myself to be successful in my career early on. Now, I have the chance and opportunity and I can’t waste it. I have to keep going until the day that I retire.” TRAINER QUOTES RICHARD MANDELLA, BEHOLDER, SECOND: “We’ll go to the Distaff from here. My mare didn’t look like she ever gave up and those two finished well clear of the rest of them. We didn’t really intend to go to the lead, but with a five-horse field, what are you gonna do? Not to make excuses, but yes, I think a full field will help us next time.” PART OWNER KOSTA HRONIS, STELLAR WIND, WINNER: “I’m just thrilled. She’s brilliant. I think she’s the best so we’re looking forward to the Breeders’ Cup. She’s got five weeks off, she’ll just keep her normal schedule and she’ll be ready to go.” JOHN SADLER, STELLAR WIND, WINNER: “We thought she’d be a better four-year-old. These mares peak at four and she’s a bigger, stronger horse this year. She’s relatively fresh and we get to go into the Breeders’ Cup off of three starts. We’re looking forward to it.“She ran so well last time, I thought this race would be very similar to what it was–another battle, and we were lucky enough to prevail a second time. The rubber match (coming up). We’re looking forward to it.” NOTES: Winning owners Kosta and Peter Hronis reside in Delano, CA.last_img read more

Mailman accused of stealing cards

first_imgNEW YORK – Call it a special delivery. A postal carrier pocketed dozens of greeting cards he was supposed to deliver to get at the cash inside, postal inspectors said. He was found with more than 130 pieces of other people’s mail in his car, according to a court complaint. Michael Olivio was released on his own recognizance Thursday following his arrest the previous day, court records show. The exact charges against him were not listed in court records available early Saturday, and a spokesman for prosecutors did not immediately return a telephone call. Olivio said he was “not allowed to talk,” and his lawyer, Michelle Gelernt, declined to comment. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champPostal authorities started getting complaints in June about greeting cards getting lost en route to residents of a Brooklyn ZIP code, U.S. Postal Inspection Service Special Agent Stephen Dolloff said in papers filed in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn. It wasn’t clear how much cash Olivio is accused of taking. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Minister brings #RuralOpportunity to Donegal

first_imgMichael Ring TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development, was today joined by Government colleagues and members of rural communities from Donegal, Sligo and Mayo at a #RuralOpportunity event in Bluestack Hall, Drimarone, Co Donegal.The event was focused on raising awareness of the wide variety of Government supports available to rural areas throughout the region. The event also provided advice on how to access Project Ireland 2040 funding for rural, or community, projects.Minister Ring was joined at the event by Joe McHugh TD, Minister for Education and Skills and Seán Canney TD, Minister of State for Community Development, Natural Resources and Digital Development. Groups from rural areas in Donegal, Sligo and Mayo, that have an interest in accessing Government supports, were invited to attend.The audience heard from a number of individuals, from the region, about how funding has enabled them to deliver their successful projects:Included was Pól McFadden, Chairperson of the Falcarragh Parish Development Association spoke about how the delivery of a new community centre was supported by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the LEADER programme.Speaking at the event, Minister Ring said that the case studies presented at the event are inspiring. He said “Just listening to the people speak here today about how funding for rural projects is strengthening communities and building resilience has certainly inspired me. I hope that these stories will encourage others to apply for funding for their projects. Across Government we have made the supports available to assist projects that are sustainable and will make Ireland a better place for us all.”He added “I think it is particularly appropriate that we are here in Donegal today for this event. Through Project Ireland 2040 we have an extremely ambitious plan for investment in Border regions and I want to take this opportunity today to reassure everyone that supporting communities in the border area is a priority for the Government.”Minister McHugh congratulated Minister Ring on this initiative and also for all of his support for projects here in Donegal.He said “Project Ireland 2040 is a major investment by the Government. We are doing this to make sure that as the population of the country grows we have balanced regional development and rural areas are attractive places for families to live.“We have many skilled and talented people living in rural areas and in order to retain them we have to invest in rural infrastructure. These rural opportunity events show that we are prepared to do that.” Minister brings #RuralOpportunity to Donegal was last modified: April 12th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

National Geographic lauds activist

first_imgSinger and Aids activist Zinhle Thabethe in full flight in the documentary film iThemba/Hope.Janine ErasmusThe National Geographic Society has named South African HIV/Aids activist Zinhle Thabethe as one of its Emerging Explorers for 2008, as part of a programme that recognises and supports uniquely gifted individuals from fields as diverse as music, space exploration, anthropology and mountaineering.Diagnosed with HIV in 2001, Thabethe (30) works with HIV/Aids awareness programme iTeach, an initiative of Harvard Medical School in the US. The organisation focuses its activities exclusively on KwaZulu-Natal, a province hit hard by the HIV/Aids pandemic, operating out of Edendale Hospital in Pietermaritzburg.Launched in 2004 as part of National Geographic’s mission of “inspiring people to care about the planet”, every year Emerging Explorers honours a select group of outstanding young pacesetters who are making a difference in their chosen fields. Each of them, the society says, has the potential to become an Edmund Hillary, Jacques Cousteau or Dian Fossey.Candidates are nominated by a global network of experts, with no unsolicited applications considered. National Geographic looks for innovators who stand on the threshold of a promising career in exploration and whose recent accomplishments show a potential for future breakthroughs. They are given a grant of US$10 000 (about R76 000) to help them fulfil that promise.At iTeach, Thabethe works with those infected with HIV, inspiring and educating them, and helping them to access treatment.She is also a leading member of the 30-member Sinikithemba Choir, based at the Sinikithemba HIV/Aids Christian Care Centre. All the choir members are HIV-positive.Sinikithemba, which means “we bring hope”, is linked to the McCord Hospital in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. The hospital specialises in treating Aids patients: some 70% of its admissions HIV-related and about 40% of women who give birth there are infected.Sending out a global messageSinikithemba’s mission is to treat the person as well as the illness, helping the HIV-positive to live a normal and productive life. The organisation’s choir uses music to challenge prejudice against those with HIV/Aids.“By living and performing publicly as HIV-positive people, we show that Aids can be a controllable, treatable disease,” Thabethe says. “People can live productively, positively, and be happy for the moments they have.”The choir has performed with Sir Elton John, and sang at the opening session of the 10th annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, held in Boston in 2003, where they shared the stage with Bill Clinton. The former president’s Clinton Foundation works towards not only treating Aids but also preventing its spread.Thabethe and the Sinikithemba Choir were featured in an hour-long documentary titled iThemba: Hope, which chronicles the choir’s work in the fight against HIV/Aids. The film has been screened at film festivals across the world, including the Media That Matters festival, the Alliance Francaise French festival held in South Africa, and the film festival hosted at the 2005 International Conference on Aids and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa in Abuja, Nigeria.Living with HIVAfter an initial toxic reaction to her treatment, Thabethe is now on a successful antiretroviral programme that helps her avoid opportunistic infections such as tuberculosis, pneumonia and meningitis.Since her diagnosis in 2001 she has educated herself about her condition and the ways in which it can be managed. She has overcame a number of obstacles – limited education, poverty and ostracism by those around her – to establish herself as an inspiration to her community and country, showing them that antiretrovirals can make a difference, and that HIV need not be a death sentence.In an interview with National Geographic, Thabethe said it helps to understand the disease, the medication prescribed, and what is expected of patients.“I felt so much better, just having that knowledge,” she said. “That’s why I became a counsellor myself. I tell patients that I may not feel their pain, but I know what they are going through and can help support and guide them.”The other Emerging Explorers awarded for 2008 are zoologist and physiological ecologist Martin Wikelski, biological anthropologist Jill Pruetz, and social environmental advocate Alexandra Cousteau, all from the US; Australian marine conservationist Brad Norman; Brazilian sustainable agriculture and development experts Cid Simoes and Paola Segura; wildlife conservationist Hammerskjoeld Simwinga from Zambia; Mongolian environmental conservationist Tsetsegee Munkhbayar; and new media cultural storytellers Sol Guy and Josh Thome from Canada.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected] Related articlesHIV/Aids in South AfricaHealthcare in South AfricaUseful linksNational GeographicThe Positive Moms FoundationiThemba film projectWilliam J. Clinton FoundationSinikithemba iTeachEdendale HospitalUnicefWorld Health OrganisationDepartment of Health15th Retrovirus ConferenceAVERTMedia That Matters film festivallast_img read more

crowdSPRING Adds Writing Jobs to Its Creative Services Marketplace

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market chris cameron Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#start#startups A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting In the last few months, we’ve focused from time to time on design and how it affects startups. One of the larger issues that comes up that goes hand-in-hand with design is the copywriting that accompanies that design. The importance of carefully crafted wording can not be understated; after all, the words are what actually speaks to your audience when they visit your site. Copywriting is as much an art and a skill as design is, and that’s why the crowdsourced design network crowdSPRING is now including copywriting jobs for bids on their site. As of Wednesday, the popular service opened up their designer’s club to include copywriters. Now clients looking to crowdsource text for any use can log onto crowdSPRING, set up a contest for users to submit their work to, set a reward price, and watch the entries roll in. The writing jobs can be as short as a name for company or text for a website, or as long as an essay, script or book. Various types of writing jobs are grouped into five categories: business, creative, editing, naming and online.So far only ten jobs have been submitted, but the site’s network has already feverishly kicked into gear, submitting nearly 1500 entries in just over a day. The current projects range in reward payout from $200 to $1500, the latter being a private project asking for a presentation. Another of these first ten projects posted comes from the City of Chicago which is hosting an elevator pitch contest on the site. Chicago-based Small businesses can submit a written version of their 30 second pitch for a chance to win $500 and a free booth at the upcoming Small Business Expo in July. “By using crowdSPRING for our annual competition, we’re hoping to get some amazing elevator pitches,” said Chicago City Treasurer Stephanie Neely. “We’re optimistic we’ll find the talent we need and build buzz around our competition, and hope the innovative submission process will help drive participation and attendance around our business plan competition.”Earlier this week, we discussed whether crowdsourcing and outsourcing were wise business practices for startups. Some argued that early stage startups may be too fragile to rely too heavily on these practices, but most agreed that if used correctly, crowdsourcing and outsourcing could be valuable tools to startups. In this light, startups can certainly benefit from these new services provided by crowdSPRING.Startups without the sufficient staff to cover media and public relations can use the service to produce emails, newsletters, blogs and other materials they may not be able to create effectively on their own. First time entrepreneurs who’ve never written a business plan can now use the site to crowdsource a solution instead of toiling over it themselves, provided they give the applicants sufficient information regarding the company. At the very least, an entry like this could be modified or used as a starting point for a more involved plan.However, a startup may be reluctant to crowdsource business materials for fear of revealing private business information to the site’s users. What if a user sees a job for a business plan detailing a startups roadmap for success and decides to steal the idea? According to crowdSPRING, they have been forced to ban users for violating the site’s IP rules in the past.“We work together with our entire community… to identify possible violations of intellectual property,” the site says. “We expect that people in our community will share the community’s core values, which includes the protection of and respect for intellectual property.”It seems that IP security is not something crowdSPRING takes lightly, as this blog post makes very clear. For any business, theft of intellectual property is an inherent risk with oursourcing and crowdsouring, but it would seem that the service is going to great lengths to ensure their users are safe. Photo by Flickr user Unhindered by Talent. Related Posts last_img read more