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first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. This week’s lettersMBAs lay down level of abilities I thought the MBA article was rotten. While it is important to stimulatedebate about the value of MBAs, its argument was based on a false premise. It assumed that MBA graduates are sought after because they provideorganisations with competitive advantage. In fact, the MBA is – like mostqualifications – more a marker of general competence and ability, than ademonstration of expertise in a particular field. There is a good argument that MBA studies should include HR, but I expectthat other professions, such as law and accountancy, could make equally strongclaims for their fields. I’d be surprised if firms employ MBA graduates, orsponsor their training, simply because they expect to make additional profitfrom their investment. Imagine the management team of the firm you work for has the choice betweenan MBA graduate whose studies focused heavily on accountancy, or one thatoverloaded on HR. Which one will provide greater competitive advantage? I woulddefy anyone to provide a definitive answer. However, if you asked people on theshopfloor, they would probably say that managers need is to understand thebusiness better. Incidentally, I work in the not-for-profit sector, paid for my own MBA andlanded a great job when I graduated. Martin Hone Director of resources, Broxbourne Borough Council Stress control starts at the top The survey on stress management by the Industrial Society Learning andDevelopment Council (News, 25 June) raises some fundamental issues. The inability of managers to help employees cope with stress only tells partof the story. The management of stress should start at the very top of theorganisation. Without high-level support, middle managers are left exposed andwill struggle to manage their own stress levels let alone be able to developstructures to support their staff. There is an assumption in this survey that an organisation’s onlyresponsibility is to equip managers and employees with better coping skills.But what about the root organisational causes of stress? Organisations should look in the mirror and examine their approach towork-life balance, internal communications, career development opportunitiesand workplace harassment or bullying, to name just a few potential areas ofconcern. It is virtually impossible to completely eliminate stress from a workplace,but organisations need to treat stress management more strategically. Laurence Collins Consulting manager, Ceridian Centrefile Ignore people at your perilThere has been a fundamental misreading of my article on MBAs‘What about the people?’ by many of your correspondents (Features, 25 June). The alarming finding of my research that there is littleteaching of how to manage and lead people in the typical MBA seems to have beeninterpreted as my arguing that there should be more modules on conventional HRtechniques.This is only one aspect. It is an imbalance that there is toolittle teaching on career planning, recruitment and talent retention, but myresearch also highlighted the lack of personal and leadership development.The courses remain obsessed with accountancy and strategicpositioning. It’s like teaching football on a blackboard while never actuallykicking a ball.What does a manager actually do in practice? All of their dayis spent dealing with people – negotiating, delegating, instructing, coachingand motivating. For nearly all of the training and development to focus on tactics,strategy and accountancy is lopsided. In a year that thousands of Enron workers have lost theirpensions and investors, the shirts off their backs, apologists for the MBAought to exercise a little more modesty.As for the point that 20 courses represent a small sample –this is nearly a fifth of the total, which is high in statistical terms. Carewas taken to ensure a spread of types of institution, to ensureinternationally-known universities, redbrick institutions and further educationcolleges were all included.Since reading your letters, I am even more alarmed by all thesepeople with an MBA who can’t get to the end of an article and remember the mainpoints.Philip WhitelyAuthor of the research on MBAs LettersOn 16 Jul 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Russia: Navy to Get Three Vamped Submarines in 2012

first_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: get View post tag: construction ship Share this article View post tag: 2012 View post tag: Vamped Back to overview,Home naval-today Russia: Navy to Get Three Vamped Submarines in 2012 May 29, 2012 Russia: Navy to Get Three Vamped Submarines in 2012 View post tag: Navy Industry news View post tag: Submarines View post tag: three JSC Zvezdochka Ship Repair Center will deliver three repaired and modernized submarines to Russian Navy…(rusnavy)[mappress]Source: Russian Navy, May 29, 2012; Image: ops View post tag: Navallast_img read more

4RS Saves 5 Year Old Girl from Drowning in Sea Off Panama

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today 4RS Saves 5 Year Old Girl from Drowning in Sea Off Panama View post tag: Year View post tag: sea View post tag: News by topic View post tag: old View post tag: 4Rs View post tag: Navy View post tag: Panama July 23, 2012 Training & Education View post tag: 5 View post tag: Drowning 4RS Saves 5 Year Old Girl from Drowning in Sea Off Panama View post tag: Girl View post tag: Saves View post tag: off View post tag: Naval Alert naval personnel of the Rapid Response Rescue and Release Squadron (4RS) saved a 5-year-old girl from drowning in the sea off Panama on 22nd July 2012.She is from Batticaloa and was among the devotees who had come to attend the annual festival at Panama Okanda Kovil, for which the Navy provides assistance. The incident had happened while the little girl was having a bath in the sea.The relieved parents expressed their gratitude to the naval personnel for saving the life of their precious daughter through their timely action.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, July 23, 2012; Image: Sri Lanka Navy Share this articlelast_img read more

South Africa: President of Damen Shipyards Group Officially Opens New, Multifunctional Building of DSCT

first_img December 5, 2012 View post tag: Damen View post tag: Multifunctional View post tag: DSCT Back to overview,Home naval-today South Africa: President of Damen Shipyards Group Officially Opens New, Multifunctional Building of DSCT South Africa: President of Damen Shipyards Group Officially Opens New, Multifunctional Building of DSCT View post tag: building On December 3rd, 2012, Kommer Damen, President of Damen Shipyards Group, officially opened the new, multifunctional building of Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT). The clever and outstanding design combines a 1.125m2 services workshop and logistics centre on the ground floor topped off with offices and meeting rooms above. Those designated to work in the upper part of the building may be easily distracted by the breathtaking views over the harbour and Table Mountain.Following the establishment of DSCT in 2007, the company has experienced an impressive growth in recent times and the order book is comfortably filled. The number of people working at the yard has increased to over 200 persons over the past twelve months.Managing Director Frank Rebel:“The additional space created by the new multi-purpose shed and offices will allow us to further expand our operations here in Cape Town.”“Our in-house training centre currently accommodates 36 enthusiastic and talented welding and boilermaking apprentices (both male and female) in various phases of education. But education & training does not stop at artisan level. We believe in constant self-improvement for a healthy and competitive company, and so various training courses are offered at all levels within the organization.”DSCT’s stockpile management enables the shipyard to maintain a constant workflow, which translates to constant levels of local employment.Investing in South AfricaFrank Rebel has clear ideas about the further development of the site. “We do not only wish to uphold the Damen standard in our products. To incorporate this standard in our buildings and facilities is equally important. It will reflect on everything else, people and community alike”.The opening of the building will give Mr Rebel a chance to highlight the firm roots that Damen is taking in African soil. The ongoing, multi-million Rand investment program in logistics, internal organization and infrastructure has been given a face. The company’s BBBEE rating of 3 and a substantial NIPP-offset are further evidence that serious endeavours are being made towards long-term growth in Africa.Building high-quality ships in Africa for African clients remains DSCT’s main goal, thus benefitting from the emerging Sub-Saharan market. The Cape Town yard can build a wide range of vessels in both aluminium and steel, with conventional designs or with the revolutionary Axe-Bow design. DSCT builds Offshore Patrol Vessels, Inshore Patrol Vessels, (high speed) naval craft, dredgers, research vessels, pontoons and crew supply vessels.All products are made according to proven, standardized technology based on years of R&D and client feedback.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, December 5, 2012; Image: Damen View post tag: Naval Industry news View post tag: Shipyards View post tag: Navy View post tag: President View post tag: News by topic Share this article View post tag: opens View post tag: officially View post tag: New View post tag: Grouplast_img read more

Russia’s BSF Ships Head Home from East Mediterranean

first_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: BSF View post tag: Naval Russia’s BSF Ships Head Home from East Mediterranean View post tag: Head Russia’s Black Sea Fleet (BSF) ships return from East Mediterranean to home bases, said a Russian Navy’s spokesman…[mappress]Source: Russian Navy, December 11, 2012; Image: NATO Back to overview,Home naval-today Russia’s BSF Ships Head Home from East Mediterranean View post tag: East View post tag: homecenter_img View post tag: Mediterranean Training & Education View post tag: Russia Share this article View post tag: ships December 11, 2012 View post tag: Navylast_img read more

USS Fort Worth Prepares for First Deployment

first_img View post tag: USS Fort Worth Share this article View post tag: News by topic View post tag: first Sailors from littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) completed final certifications for the ship’s inaugural deployment while underway participating in Task Group Exercise (TGEX) Oct. 23-31.Fort Worth Crews 103 and 104, along with guided-missile destroyers USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) and USS Milius (DDG 69), used TGEX as their final opportunity to certify prior to deployment.Cmdr. Kendall Bridgewater, LCS Crew 104s commanding officer, said:This means that our long preparations have finally come to a completion.Through our LCS training facility work ups, coming on-hull and finally putting it all together integrating LCS into a strike group environment, we’ve shown a lot of the unique capabilities that an LCS can bring to the table.The crew began with unit-level preparation by doing simulator-based training to prepare for different warfare areas. Once the crew boarded Fort Worth they continued with more advanced training and attaining basic crew qualifications.All of this training culminated with final certification during TGEX when the crew was put to the test with scenarios based off of situations the crew could face while deployed.According to Lt. Michael Chestnut, LCS Crew 104 operations officer, it was no small feat getting to this point.We have all the same requirements that a traditional ship in the Navy has, we just happen to have a fraction of the people.Bridgewater spoke about what the upcoming deployment means for the LCS program as a whole:This deployment, it’s important we show that an LCS can be an added asset in theater.We have to be able to perform a majority of missions of a destroyer and frigate and more.Building on the achievements of USS Freedom’s (LCS 1) inaugural 10-month deployment to Southeast Asia from March to December 2013, Fort Worth is scheduled to deploy in November.Fort Worth is the second ship of the Freedom variant for LCS, and is a semi-planing steel monohull with an aluminum superstructure. The ship can reach speeds in excess of 40 knots.[mappress mapid=”14374″]Press release, Image: US Navy View post tag: Navy Authorities November 10, 2014center_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: prepares Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Fort Worth Prepares for First Deployment View post tag: americas View post tag: Deployment USS Fort Worth Prepares for First Deploymentlast_img read more

Adjunct Instructor

first_imgPosting Details Remove from posting on or before Required Qualifications Working TitleAdjunct Instructor PhD or other doctoral or other terminal degree in the applicant’sfield of expertise (related to the teaching position) arepreferred, as is previous experience teaching graduate-level publichealth and/or epidemiology courses. Organizational Overview Job Open Date12/14/2020 Anticipated Hiring Range$4,500 – $6,000 Quick Linkhttps://www.vcujobs.com/postings/102346 Special Instructions to Applicants Resource CriticalYes Additional Information The Division of Epidemiology in the Department of Family Medicineand Population Health is recruiting an adjunct faculty to teach inits graduate public health programs. Primary need is for the Masterof Public Health program, but applications from individuals holdingdoctoral degrees in epidemiology may be considered for theEpidemiology PhD program.Position duties include:• Develop a course syllabus (or revise an existing syllabus, asappropriate), preparing assessment rubrics for evaluating studentperformance on course assignments• Teach a graduate-level elective or required course meeting thespecific needs of the degree program, using learner-centeredteaching methods that engage students in applied activities• Meet all designated course instruction guidelines• Grade assignments and exams in a timely manner based on courseinstructions/rubric• Respond to student inquiries within 48 hours• Follow guidelines of the Federal Educational Rights and PrivacyAct• Submit final grades according to School of Medicine and GraduateSchool policyThe candidate selected may be invited to participate in Divisionfaculty meetings and workshops for teaching and professionaldevelopment. Does this position provide patient or clinical services to theVCU Health System?No Position TypeAdjunct – Teaching Normal work hours Job CategoryAdjunct – Teaching Is any portion of this position grant-funded?No Sensitive PositionNo CampusMCV Campus At VCU, we Make it Real through learning, research, creativity,service and discovery — the hallmarks of the VCU experience. Apremier, urban, public research university nationally recognized asone of the best employers for diversity, VCU is a great place towork. It’s a place of opportunity, where your success is supportedand your career can thrive. VCU offers employees a generous leavepackage, career paths for advancement, competitive pay, and anopportunity to do mission-driven work. Preferred Qualifications Hours/Week Master’s degree in Public Health and have specialized experiencedirectly related to the teaching topic and position.Experience in the discipline of public health and the topic to betaught. Demonstrated teaching and/or presentation experience. Position NumberJ00001 Open Until FilledNo Job Code/TitleAJ – Adjunct Description of the Job DepartmentFamily Medicine & Population Health Normal work days Does this position require a pre-placement medicalassessment?No Recruitment PoolAll Applicants Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).Optional & Required DocumentsRequired DocumentsCurriculum Vitae (CV)Optional DocumentsCover Letter/Letter of Applicationlast_img read more

Finsbury sees decline in cakes as habits change

first_imgFinsbury Food Group has reported an 11% decline in cake sales in the first eight weeks of 2010, as consumers continue to trade down.In its interim results for the 26 weeks to 2 January, 2010, the country’s second-largest cake producer reported an 8% fall in like-for-like cake sales to £65.3m, with an 11% decline in the follo-wing eight weeks. The company blamed the downturn on changes in shopping habits caused by the recession, with consumers trading down from Finsbury’s premium cakes to cheaper alternatives and taking advantage of supermarket promotions.However, chief executive John Duffy told BB he was confident the market for own-label value-added cakes would bounce back in the second half of the year.”There hasn’t been a lot of activity at the premium end of the market in the past year, but the expectation is that most of [the supermarkets] are planning to do something around their premium cake ranges,” he said. “When we get back into a more normal economic period, I’m sure we can introduce more value into the category. After a recession, people do come back [to premium products].”In preparation for the predicted turnaround, Finsbury has improved efficiency across the whole company in the past six months, opening a new Scottish distribution centre for cakes, investing in a £2m free-from bread line and integrating production of Goswells’ branded breads at its Nicholas & Harris bakery.It has also undertaken consumer research to help with new product development and appointed a new technical director and marketing team.Group revenue at Finsbury for the second half of last year was £82.9m, a fall of 7% (£6.2m) on the previous year, while profit before tax was flat, at £1.8m. Sales in its bread and free-from division rose by 14% to £17.6m.last_img read more

A new role for former Vice-President Mike Pence

first_img Previous articleFormer First Lady of Indiana Susan Bayh has diedNext articleHow to stay safe in extremely cold weather Network Indiana (Ryan Dorgan/The Elkhart Truth) The former vice president is getting a new role.Mike Pence will join Heritage Foundation, a conservative think-tank, as a distinguished fellow.Heritage Foundation says Pence will advise its public policy experts on conservative issues, write a monthly column for its Daily Signal, and “help steer the future of conservatism.”Pence said in a statement the Heritage Foundation is a “flagship of the conservative movement” and he’s honored to join them. Facebook Twitter By Network Indiana – February 7, 2021 2 221 A new role for former Vice-President Mike Pence WhatsApp Google+ WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest IndianaLocalNews Pinterestlast_img read more

College hosts senior picnic

first_imgSaint Mary’s seniors gathered on the west lawn of Opus Hall on Thursday to celebrate the start of their last school year with a picnic that featured free food, games of cornhole and volleyball matches. Senior Sydnie Corso said the event, sponsored by the Senior Class Board, is a final laidback activity before the pressures of the school year set in. “[It’s] just a great way to kick off a year of hardcore studying,” Corso said. “It has been a smooth transition from summer and it’s good to be back. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else right now.” Senior Nicole DeRoche said she is glad she set aside this time to rest before the school year becomes more stressful. “It feels good to just take it easy and relax in the sunshine with my friends,” DeRoche said. Silvia Cuevas, senior class president, said this event is just one of the many ways she intends to nurture the tight-knit bond among her class through student government-sponsored activities. “We want to encourage class participation at school functions,” Cuevas said. “So many connections are made during Senior Week, the week before commencement. I don’t want to wait that long this time.” Cuevas said she has already started work on the annual Dance Marathon and began collaborating with the Student Diversity board to prepare more events for the year. “[The] school year’s definitely starting with a bang,” she said. “Two weeks in and I am fully immersed.” Students were also able to sign up for Senior Dads Week, a week when seniors invite their fathers to spend time with them on campus. Corso said she wants to make the most of her last year at the College, especially through extracurricular events. “My biggest worry is that I will not live my last year here to its fullest,” she said. “I’m literally joining every club.” Senior Bridgett Fey said she has mixed feelings about the beginning of the school year. “I love being a senior, but I don’t want to leave SMC,” Fey said. In the meantime, Fey said she is enjoying the “good food, good people, good times.” Senior Sarah Huser said she also does not want to rush her senior year. “I speak for everybody when I say that every moment we have at Saint Mary’s right now is bittersweet because we know it’s the last,” Huser said. “So we’re trying to take advantage of every moment we have. Events like the Senior Picnic and activities night and the amazing things that make Saint Mary’s, Saint Mary’s are so much more special now because we know that they are not going to happen again.” Senior Caila Poythress said the senior picnic marks the beginning of the end of seniors’ careers at Saint Mary’s. “This afternoon was sort of a reflection of the Saint Mary’s community,” Poythress said. “As we arrived we were all greeted by name by everyone we saw. We all know each other or are friends with friends. We are all always going to be looking out for each other. These are the friends we’ll have for the rest of our lives but it just won’t be the same.”last_img read more