Seats on board do not equate to influence

first_img Comments are closed. The conditions are now right for HR to have more involvement in strategicdecision-making, explains the IPD’s Ward GriffithsBased on the Cranfield Survey findings that “only half of HR directorshave a seat on their organisation’s board”, Personnel Today’s Comment (18January) rues the apparent inability of many senior HR specialists to winsufficient confidence to be the “first port of call” for strategicadvice on people issues. While organisations may understand the competitiveadvantage of people strategies, they are not always, it seems, turning to theirHR director when they want a solution, but often use management consultants.Care must be taken with survey results. It is not long since Personnel Todayreported a survey by the consulting group DDI, working with the IoD, whichshowed “a dramatic increase in HR representation at board level”.Their annual survey of HR directors in 1,000 UK firms showed the proportionwith a seat on the board rose to nearly three quarters, up from 55 per cent in1998. “HR directors rightly believe they are well placed to play a morecritical role in their organisations,” said DDI consultant Michael Gregg.And survey data presented by respected UK academics Hall and Torrington in 1998led them to conclude that, “the HR function is involved in strategy to agreater extent than previous research has generally indicated”.Moreover, the comprehensive WERS 98 survey includes data which is consistentwith a view that people management and development is becoming a wider concernof managers generally, with the HR specialist being able to spend more time onstrategic and wider business issues.The particular issue of boardroom representation for HR is often regardedwithin the function itself as a red herring. Debates over which side of theboardroom door the profession should find itself seem rather tired, oftenfocussing more on the issue of representation than what really counts –contribution. Board membership itself does not equate to influence.Non-membership does not mean the personnel director has no influence onstrategy. Some boards are constituted to provide particular strength ongovernance and shareholder relationships, while others are set up to drive anddevelop the business. The more important issue for many practitioners is thestrengthening of HR’s operational and strategic role, with a key driver of theon-going business being the executive team – where the specialist HR presenceis almost universally represented. There is strong demand for good HR people atsuch levels, as a glance at the recruitment advertising pages of PeopleManagement and Personnel Today will show.Presenting its own survey results on HR skills, Personnel Today also callsfor the HR function to do a better job of demonstrating its capabilities. Therecan be no argument with the need for personnel professionals to show they addvalue to the business. They should be highly qualified in specialist personnelmatters and have a sound understanding of business issues. The numbers ofpersonnel specialists with a formal, related qualification are increasing, andthe numbers taking the IPD professional scheme qualification continue to rise.The IPD has long recognised the importance of relating the professional body ofknowledge to the wider business context through the professional qualificationsscheme.In summer 1998 the IPD also conducted interviews with 30 of our senior membersin many of the UK’s best known private and public sector organisations, whichshowed that a strategic contribution to their business was their firstpriority. They are increasingly focussed on business performance challenges andthe critical need for people-based organisational strategies as the factorwhich will make a difference. The senior practitioners we talk to wish to beproactive on these issues, including developing coherent frameworks forevaluating their contributions.The WERS survey shows that there is now an increased number of HR managers,covering a larger number of UK employees. Increased attention is also being given to people management bynon-specialists. With more and better qualified specialists operating in anenvironment where people management is being taken more seriously, theconditions are right for growth in the profession’s involvement in strategicdecision-making. Seats on board do not equate to influenceOn 1 Feb 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

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Six ways to protect member data in a remote workplace (that don’t require IT support)

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Even as branch locations close and all but a few credit union employees migrate to a home office or other remote workplace, the industry continues to help people through one of the most chaotic times in recent history. Thanks to high-speed internet, virtual private networks, remote desktop platforms, video conferencing and a plethora of connected systems, the movement remains open for business.But, for every bright spot technology offers, there’s an equal number of potential pitfalls, specifically when it comes to data security and privacy. Credit unions are responsible for personally identifiable information, and cybercriminals use increasingly innovative and sophisticated ways to gain access to that data.I am sure your credit union’s IT and cybersecurity teams have protected your systems and provided regular training for all employees. However, these teams have limited reach when it comes to your personal space. I have worked a few days at home each week over the last 10 years (vs. commuting into our New York City office) and will be completing my master’s degree in cybersecurity shortly. So, I have a few thoughts on protecting sensitive data and maintaining privacy. continue reading »last_img read more

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World Expert; Not finding MH370 risks more lives

first_imgGovernments planning to halt the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH 370 next week are facing a growing tide of opposition from international experts worried the Ministers involved are avoiding their responsibilities and putting the flying public at risk.Do Malaysia and China really want to find MH370?David Gallo, a world-renowned oceanographic expert who co-led the teams that found Air France flight 447 and produced the first detailed maps of the wreck of the Titanic, yesterday warned the governments to look closely at the cost of not continuing the search.“I have everyday people emailing, texting and tweeting asking can you please stand up and say we need to get this done,’’ he told The Weekend West from the US.“I think people don’t realise what the impact is. One is to the families and the loved ones. But the second part is the flying public and not knowing what happened to this aircraft means that we’re all at risk of having the same thing happen to us or to our loved ones,” said Mr Gallo.Over 10 million people get on board over 95,000 flights every day.“When you look at that cost I think it becomes worth it to spend that kind of money and effort.’’Australian Transport Minister Darren Chester, his Malaysian counterpart Liow Tiong Lai , and China’s Yang Chuantang decreed last year that the search will end after almost three years in the absence of credible new evidence leading to the identification of a specific location for the aircraft. This is expected to happen late next week when the last remaining ship, the Fugro Equator, halts operations to head back to Fremantle. where it is scheduled to demobilise and return to Singapore. The decision leaves unsolved the mystery of what happened to the Boeing 777 — which disappeared on March 8, 2014, while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew on board — and any lessons from its mysterious disappearance unlearned. The Equator is currently using an autonomous underwater vehicle to run sonar scans in the new 25,000 sq, km area identified by international experts as the most likely site for the aircraft debris. The experts identified the site, to the north of the original 120,000sq km site where the plane was not found, after reviewing critical new ocean drift data made possible by the discovery of wreckage from the plane. They recommended the search continue and exhaust the remaining high probability crash site options.The families of MH370 victims and Australian investigators also want to extend the search but the Ministers indicated the information is not precise enough to warrant the additional $50m in funding.Mr Gallo, who is a former director of special operations at the US-based Wood Hole Oceanographic Institution and one of the first scientists to use robots and submarines to map the deep ocean floor, questioned how the governments could decide the information provided by the experts was not precise enough. He said the search area for AF447 had been a circle with an 80-mile (129km) diameter, even though the aircraft was transmitting data prior to plunging into the Atlantic Ocean in 2009 and wreckage was found on the surface. The search for the Air France Airbus A330 in deep water is the one most often compared to the MH370 operation because the black boxes were not found until a second expedition funded by French air safety investigator BEA, Airbus and Air France was mounted in 2011.The US expert said the disruption of ending the search and demobilising the Fugro Equator would break up an experienced team and meant it would cost more to restart the search later, something he considered inevitable.“You break the ribbon, you lose all the pieces and the cost goes way up in attempting to bring it all back together.’’ he said.Debris hunter Blaine Gibson, who has found over 10 pieces of MH370 wreckage yesterday told AirlineRatings.com that the Malaysians just want to move on.“I think the Malaysians right now just want to forget about it. “They just want to put it behind.”last_img read more

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Share Your Sales Process With Your Prospect

first_imgIt’s likely that your prospective clients have never seen anyone’s sales process.It’s doubtful that anyone has taken the time to explain to your prospect all of the outcomes that are necessary to really understand their needs, develop a solution, build consensus within the organization, and execute after it’s all said and done. Because they’ve never seen the process laid out before, they’ve never thought about all of the steps that are necessary to getting the outcomes they need.Most of the time, when we open a sales call, we set an agenda for that call. But that agenda only gets you as far as the end of that first conversation, and it doesn’t paint a picture of where you are potentially going to go together and how you might get there.It’s a good idea to show your dream client what your process looks like. Show them what each of the stages looks like and what the outcome of each stage needs to be. Explain to them how that process benefits them, and how you are going to collaborate with them during each stage.The value that you create for your prospect is that you give them a vision of where you are going. You also give them confidence that they are working with someone who is prepared, who has a plan, who knows what outcomes are necessary, who knows how to manage this process, and who is thoughtful enough to have documented that path.You benefit by showing your dream client your process because they know why you are asking them for the commitments that you need. You can also hold each other accountable to those commitments.One slide. No words. Share your process and give your dream client the experience of understanding what is necessary to producing better results and how you get them there. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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Soaring Eagles pierce Archers

first_imgBSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LATEST STORIES The Archers had one final stab at stealing the victory, but Ben Mbala and Montalbo bungled their attempts under duress as the Eagles completed a seven-game sweep of the first round while sending their rivals to their second loss in seven games for a tie of second with Adamson.Earlier, National U sent University of the Philippines reeling to a third straight loss while enhancing its own Final Four bid with a 77-70 victory.Matt Salem produced a breakout performance with 21 points as the Bulldogs notched their third win in seven games, tying their victims at fifth spot.Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga quickly quashed talk that the Eagles have supplanted the Archers as the favorites this season.“Its too early to talk about that,” said Arespacochaga. “It was an upset on our part. La Salle is still the favorite, I guess.”Mbala, coming off a career-best 39 points against University of the East on Thursday, was held to just 18 this time as the Eagles clogged the lane and double teamed him at every opportunity.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa A missed free throw during last season’s finals haunted Ateneo guard Matt Nieto until Sunday when he delivered the Blue Eagles’ biggest victory yet in UAAP Season 80.Given the opportunity to exorcise the ghost of the loss to fierce rival La Salle, Nieto came through with the biggest plays of the game, including two foul shots with 3.1 seconds remaining that lifted the Blue Eagles to a thrilling 76-75 victory over the Green Archers before a crowd of 14,717 at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT First Game: NU 77 – UP 70NU 77—Salem 21, Gaye 13, Alejandro 12, Joson 6, Diputado 5, Tibayan 4, Yu 3, Abatayo 3, Mosqueda 2, Morido 2, Aquino 2, Bartlett 2, Flores 2, Cauilan 0, Lastimosa 0, Rangel 0.UP 70—Desiderio 15, Dario 11, Gomez de Liano Ja 10, Lim 7, Ouattara 6, Manzo 6, Lao 6, Prado 5, Gomez de Liano Ju 4, Vito 0, Ricafort 0.Quarters: 18-21, 33-38, 56-53, 77-70Second Game: ATENEO 76 – DLSU 75ATENEO 76—Nieto Ma 16, Asistio 14, Mendoza 10, Ravena 9, Verano 6, Go 4, Tolentino 4, Nieto Mi 4, Black 4, Mamuyac 3, Ikeh 2.DLSU 75—Rivero R 19, Mbala 18, Go 11, Rivero P 8, Caracut 5, Paraiso 5, Tratter 4, Montalbo 3, Santillian 2, Gonzales 0.Quarters: 28-16, 43-36, 63-62, 76-75 Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Meralco back for unfinished business Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next “Everyday I kept thinking about that,” Nieto said of his missed free throw in Game 2 of the finals that hastened the Eagles’ loss to the Archers. “I promised myself it won’t happen again.”Down 74-75 with 7.1 seconds remaining, Nieto forced the turnover on the inbound play for Andrei Caracut, before drawing the foul off Kib Montalbo that sent him to the line.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt wasn’t total redemption, but for Nieto, there was plenty of satisfaction knowing that his pressure-packed foul shots sealed the win, fashioned out desspite Ateneo not hitting a field goal in the last five minutes.“I was just relaxed, just like in practice,” said the third-year guard, who finished with 16 points. “It’s still a long way to go for us (this season), but its just nice to beat La Salle.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View commentslast_img read more

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Calendar of events

first_imgApril 15, 2011: Relish a new pasta menu at The Beach Shack, 104, Palm Spring, Link Road, Malad. April 16, 2011: Go for the organic food fest called Farmers Market at Turf Club from 3 p.m. to 9p.m. April 17, 2011: Solo exhibition by artist Jitish Kallat titled Stations of,April 15, 2011: Relish a new pasta menu at The Beach Shack, 104, Palm Spring, Link Road, Malad.April 16, 2011: Go for the organic food fest called Farmers Market at Turf Club from 3 p.m. to 9p.m. April 17, 2011: Solo exhibition by artist Jitish Kallat titled Stations of a Pause at Queens Mansion, G.T. Marg, Fort.April 18, 2011: This summer experience true Goan five-star hospitality at Kenilworth Beach Resort and Spa.April 19, 2011: Bag fabulous deals at the shopping Bazaar at world Trade Centre, Hall 1, Cuffe Parade from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m..April 20, 2011: Beauty pagent Glamour Face 2011 to be held at TM Studio, Kharghar from 5 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.April 21, 2011: Valhalla presents new seasonal menu comprsing contemporary choice of World cuisine with Asian and Mediterranean dishes. April 22, 2011: Learn how to set up your own business in 56 hours at Mumbai start up camp at HQ (Headquarters), Colaba.April 24, 2011: Suhas Roy’s paintings titled Beyond Radha at Hacienda Art Gallery, Great Western Building, Kala Ghoda. April 26, 2011: Project 88 presents installations by Zuleikha Chaudhari titled Propositions: On Text and Space 11 at BMP Building, Colaba.April 28, 2011: Splurge at the summer shopping festival at Hotel Tulip Star, Juhu from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 30, 2011: Savour eastern flavours with a set lunch menu comprsing Japanese dishes at Fenix, The Oberoi from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.May 2, 2011: Attend a workshop on effective parenting at Andheri-512 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.May 3, 2011: Escapades adventure trips organises an adventure camp to Matheran for children between 7-16 years. Cost: Rs 4,500 per child.May 4, 2011: India International Hospitality fair at Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregaon, 10 a.m. onwards.May 6, 2011: India International Sign Show 2011 on latest developments in electronic and print media at Bombay Exhibition Centre.May 7, 2011: PALM India Expo 2011 on professional audio, music production, FM Radio and live sound at Bombay Exhibition Centre.May 8, 2011: Aayush presents health, beauty, fitness and sports expo at Bombay Exhibition Centre.May 9, 2011: Mumbai Cafe to host final screening of the Def Poetry Jam, 9:30 p.m. onwards. May 11, 2011: Summer camp for children between 8 to 12 years at Saifee Hospital, Charni Road. Cost: Rs 1,000 per child.May 12, 2011: Attend the Sleep Event 2011, a two-day conference on architecture and design, at The Western Mumbai Garden Centre.May 13, 2011: Summer smoothie festival at Gostana, Bandra. Get any smoothie with a burger for just fifty bucks.advertisementlast_img read more

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UNDER 18’S NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

first_imgThe Under 18 National Championships are just under 3 months away. Trials are underway for most permits competing at the tournament…if you would like information on your permit’s trial days placed on the ATA website, simply email the details to [email protected] The Hunter Western Hornets have already made use of this, their details can be found under the ‘Tournaments’ link and then ‘National 18’s’ and then ‘2005 National 18’s Championships.’ Make sure you check it out.last_img read more

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2012 Pan Pacific Masters Games

first_imgThe eighth Pan Pacific Masters Games kicked off on Saturday, 3 November on the Gold Coast with roughly 12,000 participants competing across 38 sports, converging from all over the Pacific region. The Games will run through until Sunday, 11 November, however the Touch Football tournament will run from Wednesday, 7 November through until Saturday, 10 November 2012 at Owen Park in Southport. 15 different divisions will be contested in the Touch Football fixtures of the event, with four Women’s (30+, 35+, 40+, 45+), seven Men’s (30+, 35+, 40+, 45+, 50+, 55+, 60+) and four Mixed divisions (W30+/M35+, W35+/M40+, W40+/M45+, W45+/M50+).For news and results from the Touch Football competition of the Games please follow the link below:http://www.mastersgames.com.au/default.asp?PageID=13124 To read a story written by the Gold Coast Bulletin about a couple who met playing Touch Football that will play in the event, please click on the following link: http://www.goldcoast.com.au/article/2012/10/30/440785_gold-coast-pan-pacific-masters-games.html Related LinksPan Pacific Masterslast_img read more

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10 months agoConcern grows for Tottenham as Eriksen negotiations stall

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Concern grows for Tottenham as Eriksen negotiations stallby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham are concerned that Christian Eriksen has not signed a new deal.The Spurs star has been in riveting form, scoring four goals in the last six games.But he only has 18 months left on his deal and Spurs are no closer to getting him to agree to a renewal.Per the Evening Standard, Spurs still hope he will renew, but there is concern as he has not signed the offer they have presented him.It is unlikely Spurs could match the wage Eriksen could earn at the likes of Barcelona or Real Madrid, but they hope his loyalty to the club will see him commit. last_img read more

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a month agoVarane admits Pogba at Real Madrid better for him

first_imgVarane admits Pogba at Real Madrid better for himby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveRaphael Varane admits he’d be happy if he was joined at Real Madrid by France teammate Paul Pogba.Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba continues to be linked with Real, despite the summer market being shut.And Varane says: “Have I exchanged with Pogba on this aborted transfer? I spoke with him last summer. “After lately, I have not spoken with him. He is a friend. Of course, if I rub shoulders with him, it’s better for me. “So we will see the choices he makes in his career and we will see where he will be in the future.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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