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A Handbook of Management And Leadership – A Guide to Managing for Results

first_imgA Handbook of Management And Leadership – A Guide to Managing for ResultsOn 7 Feb 2006 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article A Handbook of Management And Leadership – A Guide to Managing for ResultsAuthors: Michael Armstrong and Tina StephensPrice: 27.50Pages: 242Publisher: Kogan PageISBN: 0749443448Michael Armstrong and Tina Stephens are both well qualified to publish this book on management and leadership. With such credibility in their fields, I looked forward to sharing their insights into the subject.It is a useful and well laid out manual. Written in a very readable, if somewhat dry style, it is an easy-to-follow guide suitable for the student and those new to management practice, with sufficient information to be of use to those with more experience. The format means you can literally look up a subject without having to plough your way through unnecessary information, and it is also a useful coaching tool.Armstrong and Stephens have produced a succinct guide to management. The book is a broad study of the different aspects of management and leadership, providing comparable theories that may interest you enough to explore the subject in greater depth. I found the sections on change management, customer relationships and continuous improvement to be informative, but brief.My only criticism is that having described the differing behaviours found in management and leadership, the authors then concentrate on management practice, rather than leadership. I would have liked more examples that demonstrated the difference between the two in practice.At £27.50, the handbook is not cheap. If you are looking for a detailed study, this is not for you. But as a handbook to keep on your desk, it works very well.Useful? five starsWell-written? four starsPractical? five starsInspirational? three starsValue for money? four starsOverall four starsReviewed by Dianne Hughes, HR operations manager, Crown House Technologies Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Right move by Davis

first_imgI cannot applaud the actions of the New York Knicks’ Antonio Davis any more than this: I’m writing my first regular column on an athlete from the Big Apple (yech!). I am a Miami guy, which is to say I am about as anti-New York as they come.Jets, Giants, Knicks, Mets, I despise them all. And unless you are talking about the fine side dish at Mickie’s Dairy Bar, the Yanks are a bunch of bums too.But the actions of Davis are so exemplary that they overshadow all my distaste for the city that never sleeps.Last Wednesday night, the Knickerbockers were in Chicago playing the Bulls in what was to be just another boring mid-week NBA contest between two teams going nowhere. In all reality, even the fact that the game went down to the final shot in overtime probably wouldn’t have made it part of the first 20 minutes of SportsCenter.But with just over a minute remaining in overtime, Davis went into the stands to protect his wife, whom he thought was being threatened by a fan during a New York full timeout.Television cameras showed Davis look up into the stands and then briskly make his way to the scorer’s table, which he calmly jumped over as gracefully as a horse in an equestrian competition, and made his way over to his wife, Kendra.That was it. No more. Kendra Davis looked like she told her husband to return to the floor and once security arrived, he did. End of story.Now, the gravity of a player leaving the field (or in this case, court) of play is not lost on me at all. The Indiana-Detroit chaos set off by Ron Artest last year is the darkest moment in the history of the NBA.And if you take into account all the catastrophic events that could’ve occurred once Davis was among the ticket-holders, such as the fan punching him, or some guy tossing a beer at him, then it is easy to say that Davis’s decision was reckless and stupid.However, the most important fact is that Davis wasn’t going after a fan; he was going after his wife, who he perceived was being threatened. A man has to protect his family, period, case closed, end of story. What real man wouldn’t do anything it took to protect his kin?Take Arnold Schwarzenegger. In what movie involving the Governator’s family being taken hostage (which is most of them) does the big guy not risk it all? Sure, he blows up millions of dollars in property and probably causes a few deaths here and there, but in the end he always protects his loved ones. That is why he is a movie hero.In fact, if Davis should be criticized, it should be for not letting loose a haymaker first and asking questions later, which is more then I can say I would’ve done (had it been me, you would’ve seen a lot more Jackie Chan and a lot less Jesse Jackson in my actions).Davis made the right move in running into the stands to protect his family, on multiple levels.First off, Davis is the Knicks’ unquestioned leader in the locker room. Actually, as the president of the NBA players’ association, Davis is the unquestioned leader of every player in the league. What kind of message would it have sent if Davis had not intervened? He acted as a leader should, and led by example.Family is the first priority.Some say it was poor leadership by Davis to go into the stands because it cost New York Davis’ services for five games. That is flat out … Just for the sake of argument, let’s pretend the Knicks lose all five games Davis misses, and that if he had played they would’ve won all five. The Knicks would still be far under .500 and at best scrounging for one of the last two playoff berths, for which Detroit or Miami would reward them with a first-round trouncing.Even Spike Lee (who is usually as overstated about the Knicks’ chances as Wilt Chamberlain was about how many women he slept with) knows the team is going nowhere this year, so Davis isn’t hurting his team at all.Lastly, what about the reward Davis is set to receive? All guys know that women want a man in shining armor (and women, if you think this is stereotypical, then stop going to see movies like “Kate and Leopold,” and “Ten Things I Hate About You”) and Davis was the knight that evening. He risked life and limb to protect his fair maiden and will now be “rewarded” with an 11-day vacation where he will surely find himself being thanked many times, by said maiden. Many times.Damn that Antonio Davis and his luck. Just one more reason to hate New York.last_img read more

Offensive struggles cost Syracuse in 17-10 loss to Minnesota

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS — Penalties and miscues by the Syracuse offense were too much for the team to overcome Saturday night.Syracuse (1-3) committed 10 penalties, many coming on the offensive line to stall drives, and allowed three sacks as quarterback Ryan Nassib never got comfortable in the pocket during the Orange’s 17-10 loss to Minnesota (4-0) in front of a capacity-crowd of 40,805 at TCF Bank Stadium.The SU offense that piled up yards and points in its first three games was shut down by an aggressive Minnesota defensive front that repeatedly beat the SU offensive line and got to Nassib. The SU quarterback finished 21-for-31 for 228 yards and two interceptions, and Marcus Sales, the team’s leading receiver, had just two catches in the game. And the Minnesota offense did just enough to overcome its own mistakes to get the win.The miscues started on the Orange’s first play from scrimmage when Nassib’s pass to Jarrod West was deflected in the air and landed in the arms of Minnesota’s Cedric Thompson. SU got away with the early mistake, though, after Gophers kicker Jordan Wettstein pushed a 44-yard attempt wide right.Still, the offensive troubles continued for Syracuse. Nassib was forced to scramble around early to avoid pressure, and a sack by Minnesota’s D.L. Wilhite on third-and-20 following a penalty served as a catalyst for the Gophers’ first score.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe scoring drive was aided by a pass interference call on Shamarko Thomas, giving Minnesota first-and-goal on the 2-yard line. Running Back Donnell Kirkwood easily walked into the end zone and Minnesota had the early lead.Syracuse put together a drive and marched into the red zone late in the first quarter. But a false start penalty on Alec Lemon turned a third-and-1 into third-and-6 and Jerome Smith couldn’t get the edge to convert the first down.Ross Krautman came on for a 33-yard field goal and the lead was cut to four.The end result was a 7-3 first-half lead for the Minnesota over Syracuse. The teams committed a combined 11 penalties and struggled to finish off drives due to the mental mistakes. The Syracuse offense couldn’t get going as quarterback Ryan Nassib struggled to find a comfort zone in a constantly collapsing pocket.After the break, it was more of the same for the Syracuse offense.The Gophers opened with a beautiful 12-play, 87-yard drive to go up 14-3, and the Orange couldn’t answer despite having multiple opportunities deep in the zone. An Ashton Broyld fumble ended one drive in the red zone early in the fourth quarter and Syracuse never threatened again, falling for a third time this season.A late 13-yard touchdown pass from Nassib to Sales pulled the Orange to 17-10 with 46 seconds left in the game, but it was too little too late. Comments Published on September 22, 2012 at 11:14 pm Contact Ryne: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Can SETI Avoid Intelligent Design Implications by Rebranding?

first_img(Visited 379 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 A SETI leader thinks the label has outlived its usefulness and does not reflect what SETI scientists actually do.Jill Tarter, a 35-year leader of the Center for SETI Research (part of the SETI Institute), wants to ditch SETI – the name, at least. According to Space.com,At a recent meeting of the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on Astrobiology Science Strategy for the Search for Life in the Universe, held here at the University of California, Irvine, Tarter explained that the phrase “search for extraterrestrial intelligence” generates an incorrect perception of what scientists in this field are actually doing. A more appropriate title for the field, she said, would be “the search for technosignatures,” or signs of technology created by intelligent alien civilizations.“We need to be very careful about our language,” Tarter said during a presentation at the committee meeting on Jan. 18. “SETI is not the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. We can’t define intelligence, and we sure as hell don’t know how to detect it remotely. [SETI] … is searching for evidence of someone else’s technology. We use technology as a proxy for intelligence.“[The acronym] ‘SETI’ has been problematic in history, and we should just drop [it] and just continue to talk about a search for technosignatures,” she said.As reported often here since 12/03/05, SETI is de facto intelligent design science. Its practitioners are to a large degree atheistic naturalists, believing that everything, including life and intelligence, emerged from a physical big bang. They are often adamant in their denunciations of creationism and intelligent design. And yet, curiously, their mission has depended on the ability to differentiate intelligent causes from natural causes, which is the core aim of intelligent design. Can they escape the conundrum by rebranding their work? What could cause a ‘technosignature’?Through a convoluted chain of reasoning, with detours into the mystical realm, Tarter tries to equate technology with nature:Science-fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke wrote that “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic,” which would mean that alien technology could be as mysterious and unexplainable to humans as technologies that appear in science-fiction TV shows and movies. That opens up a dauntingly large range of possibilities for what technosignatures might look like. What if an alien civilization were communicating via a mechanism that Earth-based scientists haven’t discovered yet? Would humans immediately recognize these “magical” technosignatures, or would we not see them as unnatural?Tarter said she prefers to focus on a slight alteration of Clarke’s prediction written by the futurist Karl Schroeder: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from nature.“If advanced civilizations have reached technological nirvana, she says, they will have no wastage and “appear natural” to us. She advocates, therefore, looking for civilizations that have “not yet reached that level of sophistication.” Insufficiently advanced technologies will be wasteful, like that of humans, she thinks. Maybe we could find fellowship at that level.“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from nature.“Tarter, whose work inspired the main character in the movie Contact, says that old SETI looked for direct communication. New SETI tries to identify ‘technosignatures’ by eavesdropping on internal communications of aliens. One way to do it is to identify planets that appear to have modified their natural environments. An example she points to is the recent interest in a possible alien megastructure around Boyajian’s Star. Further investigation by the Breakthrough Listen project falsified those hopes, finding a natural explanation.So is there a difference between old SETI and new SETI? Basically, Tarter has encapsulated technology within nature, saying that it may look designed by intelligent beings because it is mysterious to us. But this explanation begins to unravel when you reflect these ideas back on herself. Is she intelligent? Did she uses intelligent causes, or natural causes, to propose the philosophical ideas in this article?The rebranding proposal is self-defeating. If alien technology that leaves technosignatures is not caused intentionally by intelligent minds, then our own human minds reduce to natural causes, and nothing we do has any purpose or direction. Technology just ’emerges’ magically. Stuff Happens.last_img read more

Everything-as-a-Service: It’s Happening Right Now

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#cloud computing#IaaS#paas#saas#Services Related Posts brian proffitt 100 years from now, when the historians look back at the beginning of the 21st Century and shake their heads in amazement that we hadn’t yet figured out flying cars, one thing they should give us credit for is that we finally figured out how to scale… everything. Even though the promise of the Web as a center of knowledge has been overrun with rampant commercialism, sometimes commercial interests actually align with the delivery of knowledge.Software, databases, customer relationship management… these are all key elements of information technology that haver been pushed into the cloud to be deployed “as-a-Service” (or *aaS). This follows the model of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Data-as-a-Service (DaaS), and the like. Other, more rudimentary, aspects of IT have already been deployed this way, to great effect: Witness how online bookseller Amazon now dominates cloud computing by introducing Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) a few years ago.As the idea of a sharing and scaling services that were otherwise once local and isolated continues to spread, we are now seeing just about every function you can imagine being delivered as-a-service to any business who wants them.Marketing-as-a-ServiceThe most recent example of this new *aaS trend is the release of the Vocus Marketing Suite, a hosted marketing service that enables small- to medium-sized businesses to access marketing tools and (more importantly) expertise for those SMBs to use.Anyone, really, can toss together a bunch of tools to market with social media, email and press releases. A one-pane aggregate application could handle that. But using the publicly available big data that’s readily available on the Internet, Vocus’ new application is designed to push out very targeted information that pertains to a business’ marketing goals.Say a business wants to sell jewelry, outlined You Mon Tsang, Vocus’ Senior Vice President of Products. The Marketing Suite will listen for keywords on social media channels to determine who’s an influencer in the jewelry scene or maybe just which desperate significant other is out there looking to buy an anniversary gift fast.If you’re using email marketing, the tool will make sure you’re not spamming potential clients, either in frequency or through the language you’re using. Human editors will also step in to help craft messaging. The key to this new service making the expertise affordable to SMBs who might otherwise have to go it alone.Big data, as mentioned, makes this all possible. In the past, marketing was sort of a gray area when it came to hard results. Using a new class of metrics, marketing’s return on investment is now much more easily calculated, and results can be concretely measured.Healthcare-as-a-ServiceThere are some who would argue that some things still don’t scale very well. Medical information and healthcare services seem to be one of them.  Sure, you can go on to WebMD and find out how to treat the cold that seems to be coming on… but without medical expertise at your disposal, you may decide that you really have the bubonic plague. And while “the plague is upon us” has a nice historical ring, it also tends to be a bit alarmist.Healthcare professionals don’t scale terribly well online, if only because the medical arts depend, usually, on face-to-face contact between the patient and the caregiver.This is not to say that some aspects of healthcare can’t be found in *aaS. A new startup in Indiana called hc1.com, for instance, has created a very niche cloud approach to resource management for medical labs, so they can work with multiple providers and deliver analyses more efficiently.As medical providers continue to work with government and market requirements to use electronic health records, vendors like ClearDATA are working the edges, delivering secure messaging and cloud computing services.So healthcare and medical-sector services are finding their way into the cloud, though still more on the edges instead of a full-on approach. But after a few more years of medical-monitoring innovation, who’s to say you won’t someday get a text message that says “Stop eating that pastrami, your arteries are about to pop!”Anything-as-a-Service?The world around us, thanks to connectivity and much faster computing platforms, seems destined to push all manner of services on to the Internet, where they can be acquired on demand, without having to build your own infrastructure to support them. Distance learning, shopping, news gathering and many more are already there. Others are coming, and there’s no telling how far the trend will go.Image courtesy of Shutterstock.center_img Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…last_img read more

India vs Pakistan highlights: Stars glitter in Mohali

first_imgThe  stars were on the field, in the stands and among the crowd as Mohali came to a stand still to witness the culmination of days of expectation, nervous anticipation and chestthumping patriotism. The lazy roads of the city met at one point on Wednesday as the PCA Stadium here burst at its seams to accommodate all the politicians, VIPs and celebrities who came from all over the country to be a part of a spectacle that was the World Cup semi-final between India and Pakistan.There were frequent traffic jams on several routes – except the one meant for VVIPs – before the match.On Wednesday, the Chandigarh airport remained one of the busiest destinations with several chartered and scheduled flights landing and taking off prior to the match.As the Indian and Pakistani teams warmed up before the toss, the 28,000 fans had a tough time sifting through the personalities on and off the field.It is not often that the crowd turns its back when Sachin Tendulkar is going through the drills near the boundary. But that is what happens when Aamir Khan, Rahul and Sonia Gandhi, Mukesh Ambani, Vijay Mallya, son Siddharth, Deepika Padukone, Shashi Tharoor, along with various tinsel-town stars, turn up.But even these distinguished guests had to take a back seat as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistan counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani made their way to the ground. They were greeted by ICC president Sharad Pawar, BCCI president Shashank Manohar and PCB chief Ijaz Butt and were presented mementos.advertisementThe two then made their way to the playing arena, where the Indian and Pakistani teams stood side by side, soaking in one of the most mesmerising sights in competitive sport – the national anthems of two countries joined by a common yet turbulent past. As soon as the anthems were played out, the two PMs came out on the field and met the players and wished them the best.If any player was trying to keep the political and cultural significance out of his mind, the meeting with the heads of state put them face to face with stark reality; it was more than just a semifinal.Manmohan Singh first met Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi, who then introduced the rest of the squad to the PM, with Gilani right behind him. It was then the turn of Gilani to give his best wishes to Dhoni and his boys. However, the Indian skipper only greeted the two dignitaries and didn’t introduce his players to them, allowing the two to meet the squad themselves.All formalities done, it was time for business to start and the fans who had thronged the stadium in all shades of blue, with a smattering of Pakistan fansin green, to shout their hearts out and cheer for some high-voltage cricket.Though the Pakistan fans were outnumbered, they did everything in their capacity to lift the eleven players from just across the border.The overpowering presence of police, commandos, paramilitary, special forces and dozens of bomb-sniffing dogs did have most present at the venue a bit edgy. The security personnel even frisked policemen in charge of manning the stands at the PCA gates.There was tension when two senior Punjab police officers were not let in. Later, senior police officers intervened to diffuse the situation. But once the first ball was bowled by Umar Gul, all apprehensions faded away as it was time to watch cricket.last_img read more

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Benitez warns Newcastle to not get carried away with winning run

first_imgNewcastle United manager Rafael Benitez insists they are still very much in a relegation fight, despite their recent run of formThe Magpies secured back-to-back wins for the first time this season before the international break.The six points moved Newcastle up to 14th-place and, critically, out of the relegation zone – albeit by just one point.Therefore, ahead of Monday’s trip to Burnley, Benitez is adamant they cannot look any further than a relegation battle.“We started walking and now we are running, but we still have to improve our pace and go faster,” said Benitez, according to BT Sport.“We have got to keep winning because two games is not enough.“Confidence is much better at the moment. I was praising the players because they were training well and not winning, but as soon as you start winning games you can see that things are much more positive.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…Aside from losing Wales defender Paul Dummett to injury over the international break, Benitez has no fresh injury concerns.Captain Jamaal Lascelles, Jonjo Shelvey and Yoshinori Muto could all make their returns to action at Turf Moor after recovering from injuries.While French defender Florian Lejeune has made an earlier than expected return to training from a knee problem.But Benitez, who reckons the Christmas fixtures will be vital for Newcastle, fears it will be hard to avoid a season-long relegation fight.The Spaniard referenced the unbeaten Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea when explaining the difficulty of the Premier League.“This league is quite special because you have three teams in November who still haven’t lost any games,” added Benitez.“There is a big difference between those teams and the others so you can have a bad run and then you lose confidence, and it can get worse for every game.”last_img read more

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Perfectionism may stress you out

first_imgConcerns about perfectionism may lead to stress, burnout and potential health problems, says a study.“Perfectionistic concerns capture fears and doubts about personal performance, which creates stress that can lead to burnout when people become cynical and stop caring,” said lead researcher Andrew Hill, associate professor of sport psychology at York St. John University in England.“It can also interfere with relationships and make it difficult to cope with setbacks because every mistake is viewed as a disaster,” Hill said. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’In this study of the relationship between perfectionism and burnout, the researchers analysed the results from 43 previous studies conducted over the past 20 years.Concerns about perfectionism can sabotage success at work, school or on the playing field, the results said.The study found that “perfectionistic concerns” had the strongest negative effects in contributing to burnout in the workplace, possibly because people have more social support and clearly defined objectives in education and sports. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixA student can be rewarded for hard work with a high grade, or a tennis player can win the big match, but a stellar performance in the workplace may not be recognised or rewarded, which may contribute to cynicism and burnout.“People need to learn to challenge the irrational beliefs that underlie perfectionistic concerns by setting realistic goals, accepting failure as a learning opportunity, and forgiving themselves when they fail,” Hill said.“Creating environments where creativity, effort and perseverance are valued also would help,” Hill said.The study was published online in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Review.last_img read more