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Developing strenghs and weaknesses

first_imgTop tips by international consultancy DDIWhile acknowledging the importance of emphasising and building strengths, itis key to focus on weaknesses and fill in development gaps of leaders 1 Effective leaders must be strong in all areas Effective leaders must be able to draw on a wide array of capabilities inorder to assume the many roles required of them. Most models that describe howleaders accomplish these roles divide the required underlying behaviour into12-16 units called competencies (for example building trust, empowering and soon). Effective executives have enormous strengths in some competencies, whilethey are merely proficient in others. 2 Strengths can’ t compensate for major weaknesses Senior executives who run departments or business units must, at differenttimes, play all the executive roles. Successful leaders also avoid falling preyto weaknesses related to executive derailers: negative personality traits thatcan cause otherwise knowledgeable and skilled leaders to fail. Although hard tochange, the negative impact of derailers can be minimised or diffused throughcoaching and other developmental techniques. 3 Strengths can be over-used Effective leaders know when to use their strengths. The idea of growingstrengths, without encouraging insight into the possible downside of overuse,can lead to personal disappointments and management havoc. 4 Focusing only on strengths can overburden others In instances where a leader is weak in a critical area, others, recognisingthe leader’s weaknesses, may be forced to manage around him or her. Thisshifting of roles can cost an organisation a great deal. 5 Weaknesses might be confused with inexperience Sometimes development needs result from a lack of experience rather thanfrom basis personality or behavioural factors. Individuals may have leadershipdevelopment needs that came about because of a lack of a challenge oropportunity. These needs can often be filled and the particular quality mayeven be transformed into a major strength. 6 Focusing only on strengths can limit job options When individuals choose only to improve on areas where they are strong, theycan end up being under-utilised in narrow jobs in the lower levels of acompany. 7 Individuals are not always in tune with their own true strengths andweaknesses Highly-talented people are often hypercritical of themselves and view arelative weakness as an absolute weakness. These individuals usually get veryconcerned over their ‘weak’ areas and devote quite a lot of time to developingthem into something approximating their strengths. 8 The true meaning of 20 per cent In the book Now, discover your strengths Marcus Buckingham and DonaldClifton state that only 20 per cent of employees believe they use theirstrengths every day. Managers need to do a better job of discovering thestrengths of individuals and helping them maximise those strengths to themutual benefit of both the individual and the organisation, just as they shouldalso help individuals develop their weak areas. 9 Weaknesses can be successfully addressed People have a surprising ability to develop and grow – even as matureadults. Effective training can result in big payoffs to individuals andorganisations. 10 Successful strategic leaders use all their executive competencies Effective leaders have the necessary insight to flex their leadershipcompetencies to address given situations. Some competencies can be strongerthan others, but it is hard to be successful with major competency gaps. Theidea is not to throw away the competencies people already have, but rather todevelop those competencies along with others for success. www.ddiworld.com Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Developing strenghs and weaknessesOn 3 Dec 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Australia’s DST teams with L3 for undersea tech research

first_img View post tag: L3 Technologies View post tag: DST Photo: Illustration. Photo: DST Australia’s Defence Science and Technology (DST) research agency has teamed with L3 technologies to boost research on new technologies in undersea command and control systems, spectrum sensing and shaping, and cyber assurance.“The government is investing $80 billion in Australia’s future submarines and future frigates which need to be backed with advanced maritime technologies,” Australian defense minister Christopher Pyne said announcing the contract.“I welcome this alliance which will drive innovation, as our Defence scientists and leading maritime industry partners collaborate to deliver new capability solutions for defense.”Enhanced underwater maritime communications is the first research topic to be explored under the strategic alliance, demonstrating the joint commitment to research and development, where both parties share the risks and rewards.The alliance agreement was signed by the Chief Defence Scientist Dr Alex Zelinsky and Alan Titheridge, CEO of L3 Technologies, at the recent Land Forces event.“With L3 Technologies now on board, DST has strategic alliances with 15 Defence primes and public-funded research agencies,” minister Pyne said. Share this articlelast_img read more

Nut pricing:

first_imgAlmonds: Continue to look good value against other commodities and tree nuts in particular. Also seasonally and predictably, September to November shipments from California have been strong to date and higher than previous years.Hazelnuts: In principle, the hazelnut market should remain firm and, with the Turkish general election in 2009, there is every reason to expect the government there to continue to support prices and markets as best they can.Walnuts: We expect to see an average new crop from India, while China reports problems with localised supply from Yunan province. The Californian new crop was extremely good this year.Cashews: Given non-recession-based fundamentals, we would expect prices to remain stable to firm ongoing. Within the context of recession, prices might well drop in line with declining demand.Pecans: Pecan pricing also faces an uncertain future. The key to demand into 2009 lies predominantly in the Far East, primarily in the Chinese and Indian markets, which have significantly increased their own imports of pecans over the past five years.Pistachios: Prices have been extremely firm of late. Clearly forced higher by the currency, the fundamental problem is the combined poor crops in both the US and Iran, each showing up to a 30% shortfall.Brazils: Stock levels are now sufficient in the UK and European markets and this seems likely to continue until the new crop next March/April.l Based on information provided by ingredients supplier RM Curtislast_img read more

Family of seriously injured Notre Dame student files suit against university; claims negligence

first_imgIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market WhatsApp Google+ By Carl Stutsman – July 22, 2020 3 368 Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Pinterest Twitter Family of seriously injured Notre Dame student files suit against university; claims negligence Google+ Previous articleStudies suggest low birthweight cases drop to near zero during pandemicNext articleMan, 26, killed in three-vehicle crash on US 31/US 20 bypass in South Bend Carl Stutsman By Know1one1 [CC BY-SA 3.0], from Wikimedia Commons It was January 2019 when 18-year-old Sean Tennant of Gurnee fell about 30 feet from a second-floor stairwell to a concrete basement floor inside the Sorin Hall.The Chicago Tribune reports Tennant suffered a traumatic brain injury that left him with a catastrophic decline in neuro-cognitive and functional abilities. The lawsuit also alleges the student’s injuries were avoidable and accuses Notre Dame of negligence.The family’s attorney accuses the school of creating a dangerous environment by placing students of legal age with minors and having inadequate policies and procedures in place when it comes to partying and alcohol.You can read more of Tennant’s story here with the Chicago Tribunelast_img read more

Elkhart Co releases Labor Day drunk driving patrol results

first_img Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Google+ Twitter IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Pinterest WhatsApp (Vahid Sadrzadeh/ABC 57) Law enforcement officials in Elkhart County are reporting their results from the 2020 Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement event that took place between mid-August and Labor Day Weekend.During that time there was an increase in state and national messages about the dangers of impaired driving, and an increase in the number of officers on the nation’s roadways looking for drunk drivers.In Elkhart County there were 3 people pulled over for OWI, as well as 2 criminal misdemeanors. A total of 35 tickets and warnings were issued in the county. Elkhart Co releases Labor Day drunk driving patrol results Previous articleFr. Jenkins apologizes for ignoring COVID safety protocols at eventNext articleDebates for South Bend Common Council, U.S. House District 2 set Tommie Lee Twitter By Tommie Lee – September 28, 2020 0 349 Facebook Google+last_img read more

Foodex opens for baking industry

first_imgFoodex, the UK’s largest exhibition for food processing, packaging and logistics, opened yesterday and saw thousands of people pour through its doors.Visitors were treated to a number of bakery-related demonstrations, including a student contest and a talk by Channel 4’s Fabulous Baker Brothers Tom and Henry Herbert, of Hobbs House Bakery.During their demonstration, the Herberts stressed how much they loved their respective trades of bakery and butchery. They also said they enjoyed being craftsmen and using their hands.Henry Herbert told visitors: “I think the message is to understand what you’re trying to do, and let the machinery complement it, not take anything away from it. Understand what your hands do, and stick to them.”WarningBakers also saw a talk by Steve Spice, head of regulatory affairs at Campden BRI, on the new EU food labelling laws, who warned of the enormity of the challenge the new legislation posed for the food industry.Elsewhere, bakery students from Sheffield College won the British Society of Baking’s (BSB) first College Bread Competition.The winning team received a framed certificate, signed and presented by The Fabulous Baker Brothers.Phoebe Bruce, student, said: “It’s quite a big shock really, because we didn’t expect to win. But, it is really nice winning.”Steven Salt, head of baking at Sheffield College, said: “The concept of the competition was an Easter display. There are quite a few innovative products in there: doughnuts with rabbits on, sourdoughs, brightly coloured enriched dough’s with different flavours, a roll with black pudding, mustard seed and apple, and Italian breads, so there’s quite a lot of things and we’ve covered the whole globe. It’s fantastic [to win]. It’s fantastic for the students.”Sara Autton, chairman, said the competition aimed to create greater exposure for students and colleges, and encouraged more colleges to get involved.Autton said: “It’s the first time we’ve done it and we’d like to do it again. We’d like to see more colleges enter next time.”Last night exhibitors also enjoyed a comedy night at the NEC.last_img read more

Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit Share Recording Of Collaborative “Wooden Ships” With David Crosby [Listen]

first_imgBack in July, the 59th-annual Newport Folk Festival returned, taking over Newport, Rhode Island’s Fort Adams State Park. The festival has long stood out as one of the premier music events in the Northeast, consistently curating one of the most expansive and highly anticipated lineups of the summer. Friday’s opening day lineup was star-studded, as Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit headed the bill along with Sturgill Simpson, Lucius, Margo Price, St. Vincent, Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite, The Wood Brothers, Amanda Shires, and others.During Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit’s set, which closed down the Fort Stage on Friday evening, the band had a special surprise collaboration planned. While the beginning of the group’s set drew heavily on newer material off 2017’s The Nashville Sound as well as 2013’s Southeastern, toward the end of the performance Isbell and friends invited out the legendary folk and rock icon David Crosby to join them. Crosby first emerged for a rendition of his own “Wooden Ships”, which was featured on Crosby, Stills & Nash‘s self-titled 1969 release, and written by Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Jefferson Airplane’s Paul Kantner.Crosby stayed on stage, helping Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit in a rendition of the iconic fan-favorite 1970 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young track “Ohio”, a protest song penned by Neil Young following the Kent State shootings on May 4th, 1970. At Isbell’s insistence, the crowd sang along for the ending choruses of the song.Listen to David Crosby’s collaboration with Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit on “Wooden Ships” below:Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit – Newport Folk Festival – 7/27/2018[H/T Jambase]last_img read more

Suk receives intellectual diversity award

first_imgHarvard Law School Professor Jeannie Suk ’02 received the Charles Fried Intellectual Diversity Award from the Harvard Federalist Society in April.The award is bestowed upon a faculty member who has furthered the cause of intellectual diversity and free and open debate at Harvard Law School, both inside and outside of the classroom, regardless of that professor’s ideological leanings or favored theories of jurisprudence.The award was given for the first time in 2005 to Beneficial Professor of Law Charles Fried, for whom it was subsequently named. The Charles Fried Intellectual Diversity Award has been awarded every year since, except for in 2007, in which the Federalist Society conferred a different award to Judge Laurence Silberman.A specialist in criminal law and family law, Suk is the author of “At Home in the Law: How the Domestic Violence Revolution is Transforming Privacy” (Yale, 2009), which received the Herbert Jacob Prize by the Law and Society Association. She also researches and teaches in the areas of art and entertainment law, and explores legal issues pertaining to the performing arts.Read more about the award on the Harvard Law School website. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Understanding the IT band

first_img Credit: Carolyn Eng One part of the IT band stretches as the limb swings backward, Eng explained, storing elastic energy. That stored energy is then released as the leg swings forward during a stride, potentially resulting in energy savings.“It’s like recycling energy,” Eng said. “Replacing muscles with these passive rubber bands makes moving more economical. There are a lot of unique features in human limbs — like long legs and large joints — that are adaptations for bipedal locomotion, and the IT band just stood out as something that could potentially play a role in making running and possibly even walking more economical.”Building such complex computer models was no easy feat, and adding to the complexity, Eng said, was the fact that precise descriptions of the IT band — which muscles attached to it and where — were all but non-existent.“It’s difficult to understand how muscles and connective tissues function in the human body,” Eng said. “To get at how they function during movement, you need sensors implanted in the muscles or tendons, and that’s difficult to do in humans.”To ensure the model was accurate, Eng and colleagues relied on cadavers.Using a custom-built frame, Eng manipulated five human and five chimpanzee cadaver limbs through a series of movements, and measured how much the IT band changed length for a given shift in joint angle. She used the measurements to calculate the moment arm of the IT band about the hip and knee. The moment arm describes the location of the IT band relative to the joint, and plays an important role in determining how much the IT band strains and how much torque it transmits during locomotion. She then repeated the process for different parts of the IT band, and for each plane of movement at the hip and knee.“These measurements were vital for specifying the anatomical locations of the muscles and the IT band on the model,” Eng said. “The geometry of the model was very important, so we needed to place muscles very accurately on the body.”Going forward, the researchers hope to expand their investigation, possibly to include other primate species that are adapted for running, and to explore how better understanding of the IT band might help athletes avoid or treat injury.“IT band syndrome is a painful overuse injury that plagues many runners and cyclists, but its underlying cause is unknown,” said Arnold-Rife. “One of our next steps, using the computer models that Carolyn has developed, is to estimate how much force the IT band transmits in runners with and without IT band pain.  These studies could help us establish a scientific basis for treating athletes with IT band injury.” For many people, it’s the source of a nagging — and painful — injury, but for Carolyn Eng, the IT band is an intriguing mystery, one she may be close to solving.A former Ph.D. student in Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Eng is the first author of two studies that examine how the iliotibial band stores and releases elastic energy to make walking and running more efficient. The studies — co-authored by Daniel Lieberman, the Edwin M. Lerner II Professor of Biological Sciences and chair of the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology; Andrew Biewener, the Charles P. Lyman Professor of Biology; and Allison Arnold-Rife, a research associate in Biewener’s lab — are described in new papers in the Journal of Experimental Biology and the Journal of Biomechanics.“We found that the human IT band has the capacity to store 15 to 20 times more elastic energy per body mass than its much-less-developed precursor structure in a chimp,” Eng said. “We looked at the IT band’s capacity to store energy during running, and we found its energy-storage capacity is substantially greater during running than walking, and that’s partly because running is a much springier gait. We don’t know whether the IT band evolved for running or walking; it could have evolved for walking and later evolved to play a larger role in running.”The IT band runs along the outside of the thigh, from just above the hip to just below the knee, and is made up of fascia, an elastic connective tissue found throughout the body. Though often compared to tendons — the two can serve similar functions — fascia is composed of large sheets, while tendons are more rope-like.Fascia is “a sheath that encloses muscles, connects muscles to bone and … compartmentalizes muscles that serve a similar function, and the IT band is the largest piece of fascia in the human body,” Eng said.The notion that the IT band acts as a spring to aid in locomotion runs counter to the decades-old belief that its primary function is to stabilize the hip during walking.“Unlike many clinicians and anatomists, we use the lens of evolution to think about how humans are adapted not just for walking, but also for running, so we look at the IT band from a totally different perspective,” Lieberman said. “When we looked at the difference between a chimp and a human, we saw this big elastic band, and the immediate idea that leapt out at us was that the IT band looked like another elastic structure, like the Achilles tendon, that might be important in saving energy during locomotion, especially running.”The findings, Biewener said, “will have key importance for basic science and clinical studies that seek to integrate the role of this key fascial structure into programs of sports-exercise training and gait rehabilitation.”To understand what role the IT band plays in locomotion, the researchers developed a computer model to estimate how much it stretched ― and by extension, how much energy it stored — during walking and running.Computer simulation of a human leg runninglast_img read more

Nicole Kidman & More on Shortlist for 2015 London Evening Standard Awards

first_img View Comments Nicole Kidman, Ralph Fiennes, and Imelda Staunton are among the performers on the shortlist for the 2015 London Evening Standard Awards. With the addition of the Best Musical Performance category, this marks the first time that there are three categories solely for musicals. The Best Musical category is voted by the public and features a mix of new shows and revivals from the West End and beyond. The 61st annual ceremony will take place on November 22 at the Old Vic, presented by Rob Brydon and co-hosted by Evgeny Lebedev, Judi Dench and Ian McKellen. Check out the complete shortlist below.Best ActorSimon Russell Beale, TempleKenneth Cranham, The FatherRalph Fiennes, Man and SupermanJames McAvoy, The Ruling ClassNatasha Richardson Award for Best ActressDenise Gough, People, Places and ThingsNicole Kidman, Photograph 51Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nell GwynnLia Williams, OresteiaBest PlayThe Motherf**ker with the HatHangmenThe FatherMilton Shulman Award for Best DirectorRobert Icke, OresteiaJamie Lloyd, AssassinsIndhu Rubasingham, The Motherf**ker with the HatBest DesignAnna Fleischle, HangmenTim Hatley, TempleRobert Jones, City of AngelsCharles Wintour Award for Most Promising PlaywrightMolly Davies, God Bless the ChildAlistair McDowall, PomonaDiana Nneka Atuona, Liberian GirlEmerging Talent Award in Partnership with BurberryCalvin Demba, The Red LionPatsy Ferran, Treasure IslandDavid Moorst, Violence and SonBest Musical PerformanceKatie Brayben, BeautifulRosalie Craig, City of AngelsKillian Donnelly, Kinky BootsImelda Staunton, GypsyNewcomer in a MusicalGemma Arterton, Made in DagenhamEllie Bamber, High SocietyNatalie Dew, Bend It Like BeckhamEvening Standard Radio 2 Audience Award for Best Musical (voted for by the public)AssassinsBeautiful: The Carole King MusicalBend It Like BeckhamGypsyKinky Bootslast_img read more