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first_imgDon Campbell argues that it is high time companies rejectedthe idea of leadership being exclusive to the top end of an organisationThere has been talk and editorial on the knotty subject of leadership incountless journals and boardrooms on both sides of the Atlantic for years. Andyet, the need for more dialogue on the subject never wanes. With constant changes occurring in the dynamics of the typical workplace,the playing field never stays level for long. Women assume ever-greatersignificance at all levels in the workplace, economies boom and bust,technologies spawn new industries and skills, mergers and acquisitions prevailover erstwhile-established teams – the world is ever-changing. Consequently, the ‘rules’ and best practices of leadership are constantlyfalling under the latest business-school and journalistic scrutiny.Muchevidence points to organisations failing to embrace the true concept ofeffective leadership – to nurture and harness their talents so that thecollective attributes of a team can be developed to an organisation’s maximumpotential. But what exactly do we mean by leadership? The most common misconception is that leadership is exclusive to the seniorranks of an organisation. People at the top often find themselves under firefor not displaying the types of qualities traditionally associated withleadership. But any ‘failure’ invariably has more to do with excessive reliance on thoseat the top, and insufficient mettle and leadership elsewhere in theorganisation – where leadership counts most on a day-to-day basis. Leadership is as much about personal influence as it is about command andcontrol, and therefore as much an upwards and sideways process as it is adownward one. Drive and guidance from the top is essential, but unless this isreflected throughout an organisation, even the most inspirational top-downideas will have little chance of success. Broader definition Leadership requires a broader definition than the capacity to persuadeothers to follow your command. It is more about the ability to influence, guideand direct those around us with honesty, integrity, sensitivity and courage –regardless of business or social setting. Unless a person knows and takes to heart the real impact of their own innatebehaviour on others – a short fuse for example, or indeed an excessively longone – the capacity to moderate or adapt behaviour in the interest of effectiveinfluence becomes all the more difficult. Examining the culture of leadershipin more detail, it is necessary to look closely at the three directions ofleadership and the personal qualities each requires. With downward leadership, the ability to motivate, inspire and focus isinvaluable. The crux of sideways leadership is to be effective, and the abilityto influence peers through credibility and personal power is imperative. A successful combination of talent, ability and personality is the best wayof achieving sideways influence. Upwards leadership Upwards leadership works when senior managers possess the truth of asituation, rather than information used to help everybody to feel better ormake life easier for them or employees. This takes courage and sensitivity andan appreciation of what it is like to be in the other person’s position. Good upward leadership involves taking the pressure off managers and helpingto make their sometimes-difficult decisions easier. Everyone, regardless oftheir level, has the capacity and the responsibility to lead. The key is tounlock that potential. This is where effective leadership development courses can make all thedifference. During the course of a few days, preconceptions are challenged, and actions,behaviour and attitudes questioned. This will provide delegates with a solidfoundation to learn and move forward from as confident, competent leaders. These are all commonly referred to as ‘soft skills’. During our careers,truly effective development in these areas is probably the most difficult (andrewarding) learning curve that we ever embark upon. Making a leaderOn 1 Feb 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

first_imgThe coupling processes in the middle atmosphere have been a subject of intense research activity because of their effects on atmospheric circulation, structure, variability, and the distribution of chemical constituents. In this study, the day-to-day variability of Aura-MLS (Microwave Limb Sounder) temperature data are used to reveal the vertical and interhemispheric coupling processes in the stratosphere-mesosphere during four Northern Hemisphere winters (2004/2005–2007/2008). The UKMO (United Kingdom Meteorological Office) assimilated data and mesospheric winds from MF (medium frequency) radars are also applied to help highlight the coupling processes. In this study, a clear vertical link can be seen between the stratosphere and mesosphere during winter months. The coolings and reversals of northward meridional winds in the polar winter mesosphere are often observed in relation to warming events (Sudden Stratospheric Warming, SSW for short) and the associated changes in zonal winds in the polar winter stratosphere. An upper-mesospheric cooling usually precedes the beginning of the warming in the stratosphere by 1–2 days. Inter-hemispheric coupling has been identified initially by a correlation analysis using the year-to-year monthly zonal mean temperature. Then the correlation analyses are performed based upon the daily zonal mean temperature. From the original time sequences, significant positive (negative) correlations are generally found between zonal mean temperatures at the Antarctic summer mesopause and in the Arctic winter stratosphere (mesosphere) during northern mid-winters, although these correlations are dominated by the low frequency variability (i.e. the seasonal trend). Using the short-term oscillations (less than 15 days), the statistical result, by looking for the largest magnitude of correlation within a range of time-lags (0 to 10 days; positive lags mean that the Antarctic summer mesopause is lagging), indicates that the temporal variability of zonal mean temperature at the Antarctic summer mesopause is also positively (negatively) correlated with the polar winter stratosphere (mesosphere) during three (2004/2005, 2005/2006, and 2007/2008) out of the four winters. The highest value of the correlation coefficient is over 0.7 in the winter-stratosphere for the three winters. The remaining winter (2006/2007) has more complex correlations structures; correspondingly the polar vortex was distinguished this winter. The time-lags obtained for 2004/2005 and 2006/2007 are distinct from 2005/2006 and 2007/2008 where a 6-day lag dominates for the coupling between the winter stratosphere and the summer mesopause. The correlations are also provided using temperatures in northern longitudinal sectors in a comparison with the Antarctic-mesopause zonal mean temperature. For northern mid-high latitudes (~50–70° N), temperatures in Scandinavia-Eastern Europe and in the Pacific-Western Canada longitudinal sectors often have opposite signs of correlations with zonal mean temperatures near the Antarctic summer mesopause during northern mid-winters. The statistical results are shown to be associated with the Northern Hemisphere’s polar vortex characteristics.last_img read more

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Royal Navy Vessel to Participate in India’s Fleet Review Authorities View post tag: International Fleet Review View post tag: Indian Navy Royal Navy Vessel to Participate in India’s Fleet Review Share this article View post tag: Royal Navy Great Britain will deploy a Royal Navy warship to take part in India’s first major international gathering of warships for a number of years.This announcement was made by the British prime minister, David Cameron, who spoke at a press conference during Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the UK.Mr Modi is the first Indian prime minister to visit Britain in a decade.The british warship will participate in the International Fleet Review 2016 which will be held in Visakhapatnam, India. According to Indian Navy officials, the event will be attended by 46 nations and will last for four days from November 4-8, 2015.This will be the country’s second international review after the one held in 2001 in Mumbai.[mappress mapid=”17413″]Image: Royal Navy November 13, 2015last_img read more

first_imgTonight Show host Jimmy Fallon is no stranger to Neil Young. He regularly impersonates the guitar legend, even once going so far as to perform like Neil Young with Crosby, Stills & Nash. While Fallon has performed with Neil Young, as Neil Young, before, the two personalities got together on late night’s episode and reprised their doppelganger duet.This time, the two made up a new song called “Two Neil Youngs On A Stump,” where the duo sat on a rotating tree stump and sang their new song. Young was on the show to promote his recently-released live album EARTH.Watch the sketch from last night’s episode, below.last_img read more

first_imgHarvard Graduate School of Education Assistant Professor James Kim has received a $12.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Investing in Innovation (i3) program to conduct research on Project READS, a summer reading program model for low-income children in North Carolina. The U.S. Department of Education, which funds 80 percent of the grant, announced the award in September and required Kim to secure an additional $2.8 million or a 20 percent private sector match, which he has met.“I am grateful and excited to work on the i3 project with a talented team of researchers, policymakers, educators, and foundation leaders,” Kim said. “Working together, we will validate a cost-effective intervention that promotes summer reading and aims to close the achievement gap in reading in North Carolina public schools.”Over the next five years, Kim will work with a team of researchers including Thomas White, senior research scientist at the University of Virginia Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning; and Jonathan Guryan, associate professor at Institute for Policy Research of Northwestern University, along with Communities In Schools of North Carolina and Durham Public Schools to implement, validate, and scale up an innovative approach to combat summer reading loss among low-income children. Read Full Storylast_img read more

first_imgIrish head football coach Brian Kelly told students that the football team needs to “get back to a collegiate sense of community” at a meeting with student government Tuesday.Speaking to members of the Hall Presidents’ Council (HPC) and the Council of Representatives (COR) at the Guglielmino Athletics Complex, Kelly described the overhaul the football team recently underwent — and he wasn’t talking in terms of offense and defense.Instead, Kelly said he was expecting the football team to get rid of the attitude of “us” and “them” and become a part of the student body.“My job is to reconnect some of the things that I believe haven’t been emphasized in the proper manner,” Kelly said to the students. “This is not a relationship of separation. It should be all of us together.”Kelly said he saw a divide between student-athletes and the rest of the student body when he arrived on campus this past winter. He said he believes football is the best way to “get the bridge between students and athletes back.”“I want the players to reengage with something that is really unique to Notre Dame,” he said. “Part of that is the community and the love students have for what happens on this campus.”In a personal attempt to have his players engage more with the student body, Kelly said he is looking for some different characteristics when it comes to recruiting.“The kind of guys that I am recruiting here now are going to be hardworking and they better recognize the value of the Notre Dame education,” he said. “Not all of them will be on the same elite level as the students in this room, but they are going to work their butts off.”Hoping to redefine what it means to be a football player at Notre Dame, Kelly gave a description of what he hopes people see when they look at the team.“At the end of the day, I am looking for tough gentlemen — tough on the field and gentlemen off,” he said.Now that the players knows what is demanded of them off the field, Kelly said they are more committed to their job, which, he said, is not being just a football player but being a Notre Dame football player. “The number one thing I talk to my players about is whether or not they care,” he said. “If you aren’t excited to play for the University of Notre Dame then you are not going to play here.”Kelly said he doesn’t want to have players who don’t understand the importance of the University they represent when they run out onto the field. “My players should understand that if they’re going to come to Notre Dame, it’s going to be about being at a unique place,” he said. “There is a uniqueness to us that doesn’t make us better or worse, but it makes us different. The right kinds of guys understand that.”Elaborating on what he thought was the right personality for his football team, Kelly told the students the players they will be seeing will bear little resemblance to some of recent years.“We’re not going to be bringing in guys who want to hang out here while they wait for the NFL. Those days are over,” he said. “I want guys who want to play for Our Lady — I usually get what I want.”last_img read more

first_imgWei Lin | The Observer Students mingle with employers at the Career Center’s winter career and internship fair. For this year’s fair, Notre Dame hosted Deloitte, General Electric and others in the Joyce Center.Companies and employers representing a wide range of industries came to the Joyce Center on Thursday night for the Career Center’s Winter Career and Internship Fair. Students of all class years attended the fair, which featured dozens of employers including Deloitte, Abercrombie and Fitch, PricewaterhouseCoopers, General Electric and many others.BP representative and Notre Dame alumna Therese Anderson said the career fair offers the opportunity for employers to recruit students from a variety of backgrounds and majors.“We come here because BP is huge,” she said. “We have so many different business divisions and different areas that we have a need for engineers; we have a need for business majors; we have a need for all different majors and all different students, and we always find such great students here, so we keep coming back.”Anderson said the career fair is a great opportunity for students to explore job opportunities and find jobs they love.“I work for BP; I’ve worked there since I graduated, and I found my job here at the career fair, and that was 13 years ago,” she said.Sophomore James Pratt said he attended the career fair to improve his networking skills and gain exposure to different types of jobs and employers.“I wanted to gain the experience necessary for looking for opportunities as I advance in years here at the University,” he said. “Being a sophomore, I wanted to get a sneak peak as to what type of opportunities might be in my future.”In addition to networking skills, J. Cameron Wiethoff, a representative for the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, said communication skills are crucial in securing jobs and internships.“Having social and personal communication skills is essential to be successful in relationships,” he said. “With our company in particular it just helps if you know how to make relationships, nourish those relationships.”Wiethoff said the Cancer Treatment Centers of America has a history of recruiting Notre Dame students because Notre Dame fosters the development of communication skills in students.“We’ve had a lot of success with Notre Dame students,” he said.Anderson said the most desirable students and prospective employees are those who appear confident and composed.“Confidence is huge. If you know what you want to do, that comes across in the way you present yourself,” she said.Tags: career fair, J. Cameron Wiethoff, James Pratt, jobs, Therese Andersonlast_img read more

first_imgScarlett Strallen in ‘She Loves Me'(Photo: Alastair Muir) No sooner had the gossamer-voiced Scarlett Strallen got herself a base in New York before the English star of such shows as Mary Poppins, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and the West End’s most recent A Chorus Line found herself back in her home country, this time to play the lovelorn Amalia in the Menier Chocolate Factory’s enchanting revival of She Loves Me. Co-starring Mark Umbers and Katherine Kingsley, the production bears no relation to the much-lauded take on the same honey of a show that was seen on Broadway last season—as the ever-winning performer made clear in a wide-ranging interview one recent afternoon.Welcome home but hadn’t you thought you were settled for the moment in New York? I was but I’m also a gypsy traveler: I go where I need to be, which I guess makes me very lucky. When the offer came to do [Amalia] at the Chocolate Factory, I knew it probably wouldn’t come around again, and it’s a part that I totally feel is in my range and allows me really to dive into the comedy, which I love to do. I knew it wouldn’t be the beautiful, sparkly, magical Roundabout production in terms of its grandeur at Studio 54, and the costumes, but that’s also what I love about the Chocolate Factory. You actually feel like you’re in that shop and can buy those bottles of perfume.Had the part of Amalia been on your “must-do” list? I think it was my very first singing teacher at college who gave me “Dear Friend” and “Will He Like Me?” These are such beautiful, lyrical legato songs—and then you’ve got “Ice Cream”! So, I was sitting there watching the recent Broadway production thinking, “God, that’s a part I would love to have had a crack at, but it’s probably now going to happen, so I’ll just focus on getting my flat in New York”—and then this came up!Are you surprised to be performing the piece in English, not American, accents?I just assumed we would do [the show] American because that’s the way I had always heard it and sung it. I had sung “Ice Cream” before at various events, and it was so ingrained in me in an American accent. But Matthew [White, the director] being very clever pointed out that the show is set in Hungary and we’re still in Europe, at least for the time being, so there was absolutely no reason why we should be using American accents when actually it gives us even more of a sense of the class definition between all the characters to do it English, which I think works brilliantly. But, honestly, it was a bit of a shock to all of us. Speaking of Amalia’s defining number “Ice Cream,” how do you prepare each performance to ascend the scales as required by that song?What’s so amazing, and it’s the same with “Glitter and Be Gay” [from Candide, in which Strallen also appeared at the Menier], is that the drama is so strong and the writing so brilliant that if you’ve done the preparation, you can just let it happen. The beauty of it, too, is that it’s proper singing. It’s not a sort of screamy thing, so you have a chance to think about how you are singing, and I made the choice—as I’m sure Laura Benanti did in New Yor—to really honor this score and sing it properly, like Barbara Cook used to do, and to celebrate that vocally.Have you ever met Barbara Cook?I met her briefly at various celebrations—there was one here at the Coliseum and another in New York during Mary Poppins, so probably around 2008 or so, when Kelli O’Hara and Rebecca Luker and I all sang for her and it was a great, great honor. There was the possibility on this at one point that she might have been around to coach me on a couple of numbers though that, sadly, didn’t happen. Did it make a difference on this that you had worked with Matt [the director] before, on Candide?Yes, for sure. Matt is so brilliant at knowing exactly what this space requires and helping us to be brave in terms of not needing to force anything. The [Menier] is so small that it is like being in someone’s living room, almost, and that takes courage as an artist to not push anything and just to let it happen. What has it been like working alongside a real-life couple, Katherine Kingsley and Dominic Tighe, as Ilona and Kodaly?And their doggie, who’s been with them as well [laughs]! Seriously, they are such an amazing item! All sorts of challenges can come up when you are with another actor or another artist having to do with competition, but they manage that all so brilliantly and are so supportive of one another. I remember at one point watching Dom watching Katherine doing her [show-stopping number] “A Trip to the Library,” and his face was so beaming. It’s incredibly moving when you see a couple functioning in that way for one another. Was it a challenge on opening night to find the show’s 92-year-old lyricist, Sheldon Harnick, right there on the aisle in the second row?  I make a point never ever to look out at the audience, but I did see [Harnick] and he was wiping away tears, which was incredibly moving. He just loved it and was so kind.Did he say anything specific to you afterward?He said what he had said on stage [during the curtain call] which is that it was the best production he had seen. That’s all you ever want to hear from the writer—that you have made their work make sense.On the non-musical front, were you surprised to find yourself playing Lady Macduff in the Kenneth Branagh Macbeth that came to the Park Avenue Armory in Manhattan in 2014? That came from a wonderful casting director, Anne McNulty, whom I knew at the Donmar from when I did Passion there and we had gone for tea to talk about other things and she remembered that conversation seven or eight years later and brought me in [for Macbeth]. What was great about it was that feeling I do think you get in America of being unlimited in what you can do as an artist, in that you do what is required and what’s necessary in order to grow. That’s partly why I’ve been spending so much time in America because people think in terms of career crossovers quite a lot. And are you disappointed that this production can’t transfer to New York, since She Loves Me has just been seen there?I think we sort of knew that going in. But I’m actually going straight back to New York after this anyway to do a Cole Porter musical at Encores! called The New Yorkers [March 22-26], directed by John Rando, who directed me last summer in The Pirates of Penzance [at Barrington Stage Company], and I had the best time working with him. I’m very excited!  View Commentslast_img read more

first_imgBy Dialogo February 01, 2013 The Colombian government’s delegation involved in the peace process with the FARC traveled to Cuba in order to resume the peace talks on January 30, in spite of the guerrilla’s kidnapping of two police officers the week before. “The president ordered the public forces to carry on their campaign against the FARC. This delegation’s order is to keep working out an agreement to put an end to the conflict. We shall not be diverted from that goal,” the Colombian government’s head of negotiations Humberto de la Calle said in a statement read before leaving for Havana. His declarations came after the FARC delegation published a statement saying that “we reserve the right to capture those public forces members that surrendered in combat as prisoners of war,” in reference to the two kidnapped police officers. “We are going to Havana to put an end to the conflict; this is what we agreed upon. Otherwise, the FARC should say so once and for all, and not make the Colombian people’s government waste their time,” he added. Both delegations, which have been involved in peace talks since November of last year, resumed the rounds of talks on February 1. Hours after the Colombian government delegate’s statement, the authorities reported three engineers missing in a rural area in Cauca, southern Colombia, presumably kidnapped by the FARC. General Alejandro Navas, commander of the Military Forces, said the events are under investigation. Meanwhile, Ombusdsman Arelli Isaldías stated that the engineers were travelling along a rural road when “they were surprised by three armed people, who identified themselves as FARC members, and they were then taken into captivity.” In February 2012, the FARC renounced the kidnappings of civilians, for purposes of extortion, and they released the last ten police and military officers they had in their possession, all of whom were part of a group of up to 60 hostages that had been held for political reasons since the 1990s. Meanwhile, victims’ associations have reported that the whereabouts of those allegedly kidnapped by the FARC remain unknown. The cessation of kidnappings had been established by President Santos as an essential requirement when considering peace talks.last_img read more

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