Women outscore men in effective manager skills

Comments are closed. Female managers are more able than their male counterparts and their skillsadvantage increases with age, research reveals. In a study of more than 400 managers conducted for the East MidlandsDevelopment Agency, women scored ahead of men in all six core managementskills. Managers were graded on managing people, personal effectiveness, leadership,team working, communication and planning. It was based on a questionnaire by training company Exponential, which askedthree colleagues and the managers themselves to rate their performance. Exponential MD John Moore, said: “Female managers consistently scoredhigher than males in each core management skill and this became more noticeablefor managers over 39 years old. It would be very useful to explore thedifferent learning and development strategies adopted by male and femalemanagers.” www.exponentialtraining.co.uk Previous Article Next Article Women outscore men in effective manager skillsOn 9 Apr 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. read more

Students, Community Members Join Wolf Administration in Hawley for Cabinet in Your Community Event

first_img February 01, 2018 Press Release Hawley, PA – Today, Wolf Administration cabinet officials were joined by 350 attendees including 100 students from Wayne and Pike Counties for the fourth Cabinet in Your Community event held at Wallenpaupack Area High School.“The exceptional discussion and positive energy continued at today’s fourth event in Hawley,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “It’s important that we continue to have this type of valuable dialogue all across the commonwealth and that everyone has an opportunity feel connected to Harrisburg no matter where they live.”Featuring Physician General and Department of Health Acting Secretary Rachel Levine, Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell, Department of Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne, and Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding, the department secretaries provided region specific updates on major projects, accomplishments, and answered impromptu questions from the audience.The Cabinet in Your Community initiative is a series of townhall-like events in which members of the community are given the opportunity to interact with cabinet secretaries and talk about the issues important to each region.The next Cabinet in Your Community event is currently scheduled for February 8 in Gettysburg at HACC’s Gettysburg Campus with cabinet secretaries from the departments of Transportation, Corrections, Human Services, Conservation and Natural Resources, and Community and Economic Development. SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Students, Community Members Join Wolf Administration in Hawley for Cabinet in Your Community Eventlast_img read more

Purslow expects Suarez to stay

first_imgFormer Liverpool managing director Christian Purslow thinks Luis Suarez’s 10-game ban for biting was “very harsh”, but he has no doubt that the forward will remain at Anfield this summer. He added: “A player commits an offence, you discipline him, and then the authorities might discipline him. That is the issue. “What has that got to do with whether Luis Suarez should be playing from Liverpool or not? “He is easily the most effective and important player in the team. He is enormously valuable. “What would a commercial enterprise get from getting rid of their most important player, probably at a discounted price, because of a disciplinary problem? No football club in the world would do that.” Although Suarez’s bite on Ivanovic, which came on the meeting between the two sides on April 21, sparked major criticism of the player, many were not expecting the FA’s punishment to be so tough. “I thought it was a very harsh ban,” Purslow added. “It was probably more than most of us expected, but that should not diminish in any way the seriousness of the offence. It was a terrible incident, a very unusual, graphic, and unappetising incident.” The Football Association handed down a hefty 10-game suspension on Suarez after it found the Uruguayan guilty of violent conduct following his bite on Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic. The suspension, one of the largest meted out by the FA, came 16 months after Suarez was banned for eight matches for racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra. Given that Suarez thought he should be suspended for just three games for the biting incident, many had speculated that the 26-year-old would take the news badly and push for a summer move away from Anfield. But Purslow said: “I don’t understand the link between a disciplinary issue and whether a player should be at the club or not.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

It’s Clements v Gaunt in English amateur final

first_img His opponent, Jack Gaunt (Drayton Park) has fulfilled his first ambition with today’s semi-final win. He lost on the 18th in last year’s semi, to eventual champion Dan Brown, and this time he was determined to go one better.  He was three up after five holes and, for the most part, the score stayed that way until the 15th, which Poppleton (Wath) won with an eagle three. His lead was reduced to one hole on the long 17th where they both found heather off the tee. Clements eventually holed from 12ft for his par but Poppleton, from half the distance, slotted in a winning birdie putt.  Clements (Braintree) added: “It was a strange time of the match, but then we had the break for thunder and lightning and that let the dust settle.”  On the par three 18th, it was advantage Clements when Poppleton went through the green, into the rough, and chipped back a good 40ft past the pin. But the Yorkshireman rolled the putt straight in for his par. Clements, pictured left, held his nerve and two-putted for the half and his place in the final.  “This is one better than last year and I’m excited about tomorrow,” he said. “Todd and I played together in the stroke play and I’m expecting a good game.”  Click here for full scores But by then Sloman had found his stride and with a great birdie two on the 10th he reduced the deficit to one hole and, after another birdie on 14, the match was all square.  Todd Clements of Essex and Jack Gaunt of Staffordshire will meet in tomorrow’s final of the English amateur championship after winning hard-fought matches at The Berkshire.  They both won their semi-finals by one hole after an afternoon which included great golf, a weather delay of over an hour for lightning and a rules issue. “I’m over the moon,” said Clements, who paid tribute to his coach Zane Scotland for improving all aspects of his game. “This will be one of the best experiences of my life so far and I’m going to enjoy the moment.”  Images copyright Leaderboard Photography 5 Aug 2017 It’s Clements v Gaunt in English amateur final “It’ll never happen again,” he said afterwards, but was characteristically upbeat and paid fulsome tribute to Clements’ golf: “He was fabulous, he beat me. I asked him some questions over the last couple of holes and he answered them.”  He played Somerset’s Tom Sloman (Taunton & Pickeridge), took the lead with a first hole birdie, was two up at the turn and looking comfortable.  The referee had to be called on the second hole when Clements’ opponent, Nick Poppleton of Yorkshire, realised he had a non-conforming club in his bag. He’d added it at lunchtime, planning a practice session, and forgotten to remove it – and the error cost him a two-hole deduction, going from one up to one down.  Gaunt came straight back with a winning birdie on the 15th and he also captured the 16th with a par after Sloman’s ball hit a sprinkler head and went long. But Gaunt’s lead was cut to one hole after he found the heather twice on the 17th and he had to par the 18th to secure the win.  “Last year taught me a lot about keeping your head and not getting too bogged down thinking about past shots, but to try and stay in the moment,” said Gaunt, pictured top. Tags: English Amateur Championshiplast_img read more

Trap weekend? Leafs drop pair in overtime

first_imgIn both games Nelson’s previous rock-solid defence surrendered a lead.Saturday, two goals in a span of three minutes early in the third period — Sean Collins on a power play and Adam Shaner — erased a 3-1 deficit for Spokane, forcing overtime.Nelson had built a 3-1 lead after 40 minutes as Linden Horswill, with a pair, and Travis Wellman scored.Hayden Boring had given Spokane a brief 1-0 lead in the first before Horswill tied the game 31 seconds later.Nelson out shot the Braves 38-32 as Leaf goalie Brad Rebagliati suffered his first loss of the season since coming to the Heritage City franchise from Alberni Valley Bulldogs of the BCHL.Friday, Nelson and Princeton played a seasaw affair with each team holding leads a different times of the game.However, once again it was the Leafs not being able to play with the lead as, holding a 5-4 advantage and on the power play, Nelson goalie Tyler Moffat served up a gift Destin Robinson of the Posse kindly desposited in the home net for the game-tying marker.Suidy then quickly ended the contest with his seeing-eye shot past Moffat 43 seconds into the extra period.The Leafs have little time to rest their wounded ego as the Green and White travel to Creston for a Sunday afternoon tilt against the Eddie Mountain leading Thunder Cats.LEAF NOTES: Nelson Minor Hockey grad Linden Horswill is doing his best to erase the memory of Jamie Vlanich leaving the Leafs for Langley of the BCHL as the new-first-line center has eight points — including five in the two weekend losses — in four games. . . . Leaf winger Travis Wellman continues to burn up the league, finishing the two home game with six points, including his league-leading 28 goals. . . . Nelson added 18-year-old Nick Landry from the Kamloops Storm to the lineup for the weekend. Landry, 6’2″ 220 pound winger was released by the Storm after playing 11 games. . . . Nelson called up Austin Tambellini and Trevor Van Steinburg from the Kootenay Ice of the BC Major Midget Hockey League for Friday’s game. Can you spell “Trap Weekend”?I knew you could.The Nelson Leafs saw it coming, talked about it in practice during meeting day earlier int the week but could do nothing about it as two lower seeded teams in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League stole a pair of overtime wins over the top team in the entire league.Kyle Davis scored with 24 seconds remaining in the second overtime period to power the Spokane Braves to a 4-3 victory over the Leafs Saturday at the NDCC Arena.Friday, a picture-perfect shot to the top corner of the net by Princeton Posse forward Devan Suidy shocked the Leafs 6-5.Despite the two losses, Nelson has yet to lose in regulation time this season.last_img read more

DDTV: WATCH JASON QUIGLEY’S STUNNING KNOCKOUT

first_imgDDTV: Simply click play on the video above to watch Jason Quigley’s stunning second-round KO of Joshua Synder. Quigley landed the decisive blow just forty four seconds into the second-round at Fantasy Springs Arena in Indio, California. Quigley was also making his debut on primetime on the sports broadcasting giant FOX.The American fight fraternity will have been impressed by Quigley’s explosive performance.Quigley’s latest win means he has now won all SIX of his professional fights within the distance.Skip to 6.30 in the video to see Quigley’s KO.  DDTV: WATCH JASON QUIGLEY’S STUNNING KNOCKOUT was last modified: May 1st, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:boxingDDTVJason QuigleyKOnewslast_img read more

Watch O’Meara and Smith weigh in ahead of their title fight

first_imgWest London’s Steve O’Meara weighs in ahead of his fight with Liam Smith for the vacant Commonwealth light-middleweight title at the ExCel London. (Video courtesy of iFilm London) See also:O’Meara ready to seize title chanceDeGale backs O’Meara to win titleSteve O’Meara ‘excited’ as he prepares for his title clashDuo weigh in ahead of title 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

South Africa aims for more women in water sector

first_imgMelissa Javan2 September 2015The conversation needed to be changed, according to Nomvula Mokonyane. The water and sanitation minister spoke at a conference in Pretoria on Monday on getting women, who were breadwinners of households, to be providers in national sectors.“How do we inform, incentivise and invest in women-owned businesses and women leaders in water and sanitation,” she asked delegates at the National Women in Water Consultative Conference, where she encouraged them to change the conversation.“How do we change the debate from one of victimisation to one of transformational leadership. We are here to create wealth and prosperity.”Mokonyane spoke of women who walked for more than an hour to fetch water for their households. “An old lady said she was raped along the way. But that will not stop her from fetching water,” she said.More than 200 million hours were spent each day around the world on fetching water. Businesspeople, Mokonyane urged, should not forget people like the women fetching water for their families.“Water is perceived to be a women’s business but the business of water lacks women.” She was planning to shape the Department of Water and Sanitation. “Women should not only fetch water for their households, but they must also be suppliers of pipes and manage reservoirs.”Mokonyane wanted women to be part of the planning, designing and implementation processes of things such as building dams or toilets.New programmeFor this reason, her department had launched the three-year national Women in Water Programme. “The programme comprises a mentorship programme, a women in water business incubator and a women in water forum. The scope of the programme covers all women-owned businesses that are competent and excellent in the provision of services to the department.”It would also focus on women in science and engineering, those in innovation, those in construction, and women in local community initiatives. Other businesses owned by women may be considered based on merit.Mokonyane said the first incubators would be made known in January 2016.Other speakersFemale speakers addressed the conference commission sessions, during which the audience could engage with the speakers and give their input on topics like science and engineering, innovation, construction and local community initiatives.In the construction commission, Dr Thandi Ndlovu, chief executive officer of Motheo Construction Group, said the money the government pumped into infrastructure had been reduced. Despite this, she felt the concern of the country was what would happen to women.The government policy was that at least 30% of its business should go to women-headed companies. Ndlovu said it was important to have a niche for yourself. “Look for the low-hanging fruit. Dams will be built by the grade 9 contractors. Don’t expect to build a dam if it’s not your niche.”She also said the value of partnership was very important in making your business succeed.Khungeka Njobe, the chairperson of South Africa’s Technology Innovation Centre and Aveng Water, said before she had started a business, she asked herself how she could do things differently from what was on the market.She agreed that forming partnerships in business was vital. “Before partnerships, it starts with relationships. Partnerships must be complementary, not just about who you know. We got to know our strengths and skills [before entering a partnership].”She also said that investing should not be postponed. “We’ll keep on saying we do not have the skills. To understand the situation better, investment in things like research should be done.”last_img read more

Seeing Red on a Green Property Appraisal — Part 2

first_imgWhat are you willing to give up?Without the money to finance the up-front cost of green enhancements, the borrower may be forced to decide among competing priorities. What to give up: Upgraded kitchen cabinets? Imported granite countertops? Backyard deck? Garage? Thicker walls for higher R-value insulation? Triple-pane windows for double-pane? Geothermal HVAC? Photovoltaic or solar thermal systems? RELATED ARTICLES Green Building Appraisal and Financing IssuesGreen Home Appraisal WoesA Step Toward Fairer Green Home ValuationsWhen Green Poses an Appraisal ProblemGetting a Grip on Green-Home Appraisals and InsuranceQ&A: Bad Appraisal on a New Green HomeQ&A: Refinance and Appraisal of Net-Zero Home Kicking the Tires on a Passivhaus ProjectGoodbye Radiant FloorSelecting a General ContractorPlans and Pricing for Our House in MaineLooking Through Windows — Part 1Looking Through Windows — Part 2Looking Through Windows — Part 3Looking Through Windows — Part 4Looking Through Windows — Part 5Looking Through Windows — Part 6Looking Through Windows — Part 7Designing Superinsulated WallsCutting Down Trees and Milling LumberA Visit to the Local SawmillSeeing Red on a Green Property Appraisal — Part 1Seeing Red on a Green Property Appraisal — Part 3 That’s a tough call for many people, even for those who want to go green. Green enhancements are often invisible — you can’t see the extra insulation; a window is a window. Yet it’s easy to fall in love with very visible upscale kitchen appliances, custom draperies, or the lovely landscaping. These amenities provides an immediate, visceral connection of quality and beauty, while the former is invisible to the casual observer. [Editor’s note: Roger and Lynn Normand are building a [no-glossary]Passivhaus[/no-glossary] in Maine. This is the 16th article in a series that will follow their project from planning through construction.]If you have read my previous blog (“Seeing Red on a Green Property Appraisal – Part 1”), you know that the appraiser failed to list or value any of the green/energy efficient aspects of EdgewaterHaus. Does it matter?Absolutely!Most borrowers include the cost of the green enhancements as part of the overall construction cost. They then get a loan to cover some or all of the up-front construction cost. If the appraisal doesn’t value the green enhancements, the lender will likely reduce the value of the loan accordingly, particularly if the borrower is already at the maximum loan to value amount. It’s the “no tickee, no laundry” syndrome. BLOGS BY ROGER NORMAND center_img The first article in this series was Kicking the Tires on a Passivhaus Project. Roger Normand’s construction blog is called EdgewaterHaus. Immediate gratification or delayed gratification?Some green enhancements — like a tighter building envelope or a PV system — provide an economic benefit, but the payback period extends over a period of years. I’m not a sociologist, but I think most Americans prefer immediate versus delayed gratification. So they opt for the lovely imported tile floors — and so what if they spend $100 a month or more on utilities?I should also clarify shades of “green” here. Good for you if you are going to replace incandescent bulbs with CFL bulbs, or use Energy Star appliances. Just don’t expect the appraiser to note or value that.These are “typical” upgrades. I am talking about more substantial improvements, like additional wall, ceiling or sub-slab insulation beyond minimum code requirements. And while use of sustainable materials is noble for the environment, I suspect somewhere between few and not many individuals would be willing to pay more for a home that includes sustainable materials. Perhaps more importantly, there is really no way for the appraiser to objectively quantify the marginal market value of these materials.So go for sustainable materials; just don’t expect them to be valued in the appraisal. Suggestions for those facing an appraisalIn my web research, I found many articles written about the failure of property appraisers to equitably value green construction, but few suggestions on how to increase your chances of getting an appraisal that equitably values “green,” or how to challenge one that failed to do so.So here are my suggestions freshly culled from the school of hard knocks. I wish I knew then what I have now learned through experience and research.1. Work with a lending institution that sees real value in “green.” Lenders who value green construction may be just as scarce as green appraisers. It will likely be an easier case if you will be building or substantially remodeling a home to a nationally recognized LEED, Energy Star, Passive House green standard. Talk to the lender about whether they will support your green efforts before applying for the loan. If not, walk!You want the lender on your side if your wanna-be green appraisal turns you red, like it did with us. Our lender was extremely supportive, agreeing to discard at no cost to us an appraisal that valued our Passivhaus/LEED Platinum home as “typical” for energy efficiency. The bank then agreed to engage another recognized green qualified appraiser.2. Work with the lender to find an appraiser with green credentials. This can be tricky on many fronts. Lenders typically have a list of approved appraisers that they work with, and may be uncomfortable using an unfamiliar appraiser. Under new federal loan standards, neither you or the loan officer has any say in which of the approved appraisers will be selected. But you can suggest to the lender individuals from nationally recognized appraisal organizations that have demonstrated green skills.One such organization is the Appraisal Institute (AI), a global membership association of professional real estate appraisers with more than 24,000 members throughout the world. AI launched a Green Valuation Program in January 2011 to “educate appraisers on the intricacies of valuing high-performance residential and commercial buildings.”AI maintains a registry of individuals who have completed courses in residential and/or commercial courses in its Valuation of Sustainable Buildings program. Find out which appraisers in your region have completed these courses and suggest to the bank that they select one of these individuals. Fortunately for us, our bank agreed to employ one of the two AI members in our area with green credentials, even though they had never used him before.3. Make sure the appraiser is properly armed with all the green features in the home. Don’t let the appraiser guess or assume he/she will realize all the features. Lead the horse to water and hope he will drink it!Be sure the architectural drawings fully identify the green features. Ditto with the list of construction specifications. The appraiser should have access to all the drawings and specifications, and you should be suspicious if none are requested.Provide the appraiser with a summary, brochure, web link or other reference material that explains the green construction standards you plan to meet. Offer to discuss the green specifics with the appraisers. Even better is to have the builder or architect discuss the green features with the appraiser.Be specific, polite, and professional. And remember that the appraiser’s job is assess the VALUE on the property based on what other individuals are likely to willing to pay. So emphasize the economic benefits of energy efficient aspects.4. Take a deep breath and wait for the appraiser to prepare the appraisal.My next blog will discuss how the appraiser should recognize the green features of the home, and different approaches on valuing green.last_img read more

Light up Your Action Scenes with These Explosive Shoot-Out Tips

first_imgGive the action sequences in your next film or video project a flashy bang with these tips and tricks for a compelling shoot-out.Cover image via The Film Look.If John Wick has taught us anything, it’s that audiences will still flock to action movies. In today’s digital filmmaking age, working on action projects has never been easier — thanks in part to some great digital tips, tricks, and assets.Such is the case with the team at The Film Look, who recently put together an flashy shoot-out for their last short film project. So, when you’re firing up your next explosive gun fight sequence, follow their advice (and use these awesome resources) to give your project that actiony kick.Safety FirstBefore we dive in, we have to reiterate that the number one rule for any action film, scene, or sequence is safety first. This is especially true when explosions, stunts, or firearms (even prop ones) are involved. Safety should be your number one priority — not just for your actors but also for your entire crew and the environment around you.The Action Elements PackOnce you’ve covered safety, you can address the other fundamental principle of action filmmaking — the VFX elements. Yes, using practical effects can be very authentic and a lot of fun, but the majority of action sequences — specifically those featuring gun blasts — are easier, cheaper, and safer in post-production.In the short film by The Film Look, you can see that some of the elements are from the Ricochet action element pack from RocketStock. (It features over 450 elements authentically captured with real weapons and 19 types of guns and caliber variations.) As a bonus, you can also get started with this FREE ACTION PACK, which has everything from muzzle flashes to smoke, fire, and explosions — plus some helpful tutorials on how to use them.Get the Right SoundThe first part of an action shoot-out The Film Look examines is how to get the right sound effects synced correctly. If you’re just starting out, it may be helpful to work with one gun on-screen, shooting fewer times to determine the best spots to line up your sound effect with the action. Once you get the hang of it, you can try some different audio effects and work with multiple gun shootouts when you’re ready.(Also from The Film Look, here’s a quick tutorial on working with your gunshot audio bites.)Adding Light Flash in PostOnce you have your sound effects lined up, you need to create all the elements of the muzzle flash. As you can see in The Film Look’s first example, when working in a daylight setup, they were able to digitally create a flash effect on the subject’s face to correspond with the elements around the gun’s barrel. This is a pretty straightforward process in Adobe After Effects that involves some simple masking and keyframing.Light Flashes On SetWhile the above technique will work in the majority of your shoot-out setups, as The Film Look found out in their film, it gets a little tricker for in dark scenes and settings. Like the filmmakers before them who have worked through similar problems, the Film Look filmmakers had to try out several different methods, working with everything from photography flashes to flashlights to intercutting LED lights. While the final method by The Film Look worked for their project, it’s an open-ended problem, and different filmmakers will need to find their best solutions based on their own experiences.BONUS: A Look Behind the Scenes!While The Film Look is hard at work on their short shoot-out film, they’ve had to creatively work through some other production elements and setups. Stay tuned to their YouTube channel and website for more filmmaking tips and tricks as they continue to create action-packed online content.For more production and editing advice, check out these articles.ESCAPE ROOM (Short Film) — How To Composite Your Own StuntsInterview: 7 Filmmaking Tips for Creating Retro ’80s ActionHow To Create Action Titles With Glitch Effects + Free Glitch ElementsUse Film Grain Overlays to Add a Cinematic Look to Your Footage7 Explosive Action Video Tutorialslast_img read more