first_imgTheGovernment’s modernising agenda has brought extra benefits to the Borough ofLewisham, as senior management development adviser Mary Evans explains. ByLucie CarringtonInvestwisely in management competencies and you could find yourself slicing thousandsof pounds off your management training budget. That’s what Mary Evans, seniormanagement development adviser at the London Borough of Lewisham did.Evansand her HR colleagues invited 40 managers from the borough to help them trial aset of management competencies at a development centre. It was an intensivethree-day session that resulted in 40 individual training plans. “Oneof the criticisms of development centres is that they are just an expensivemeans of needs analysis. So we put aside some money to fund the training anddevelopment managers would need as a result of the centre. “Butinstead of coming up with a list of communication and time management courses,participants went away with a list of things they wanted to do differently orother ways of doing their jobs,” Evans said.Thedevelopment centre, which HR consultancy Fulcrum designed for Lewisham, was agood buy for other reasons too. “It cost between £1,000 and £2,000 a head – theequivalent of sending someone on a two- or three-day management course,” Evanssays. “Given the depth of learning, it was very cost effective.” Lewishamdid not design management competencies as a cost-cutting exercise. They cameout of the Government’s modernising agenda. For local authorities this includesinitiatives such as best value – aimed at improving the delivery of localservices – and structural changes to the make up of councils. This has seenLewisham piloting the idea of a directly elected mayor. “Wehave a very ambitious leadership in Lewisham – both the elected members andsenior managers want us to transform the organisation,” Evans says. Threeprongs to process“Thechief executive has identified three prongs to this process: modern systems,modern managers and modern approaches to personal effectiveness. Thecompetencies fit in by defining what the modern manager at Lewisham needs tobe.” Thekey is that Lewisham’s competencies are not about what managers do, but abouthow they do it. Theyare designed to back up a manager’s job description, not replace it. So thereis no vast competence map along the lines of that developed by the ManagementCharter Initiative, which some organisations have sought to customise.InsteadLewisham is focusing on four ideas: continuous improvement, working together,tackling service issues and delivering services. Withinthese are 12 competencies that set out the behaviour and action Lewishamexpects from its managers if they are to be successful.Becausethe competencies are behavioural, rather than task-oriented, they are fairlybroad, including problem-solving, customer focus and achieving results. “Theyare about changing the culture of the organisation, not ticking boxes,” shesays.Butthere is a danger that they could be too general and vague. To counter thisEvans and her team have produced a guidebook of do’s and don’ts for Lewishammanagers. This suggests, for example, that, if they are to be competent indecision taking, they take tough and difficult decisions, and so don’t deferthem to other people. Ifthey are to be competent at achieving results, Lewisham managers measure theirsuccess and achievements and don’t ignore how they are getting on. Andwhen it comes to communication, they listen to people without interrupting. Intotal there are 144 such recommendations or rules.Evanssays this approach to performance management is a big change for Lewisham.“Previously we have focused on helping staff develop themselves. Now we aremaking it clear what we expect from them.”Ittook Evans many months to develop and hone the competence framework. She beganby setting up a project team, made up of personnel colleagues and an outsideconsultant. Theylooked around at what other local authorities had done and produced an initialdraft. It was much longer than the final 12, and divided into operational andstrategic competencies.Extensiveconsultation with other managers and the mayor followed. This included devotingthe annual management conference to thrashing out the framework. Speakersfrom Fulcrum and the project team talked the scheme through with up to 100managers who tested themselves against the competencies. As a result of thesemeetings, the project team scrapped the idea of separate lists of operationaland strategic competencies.Asmaller group of managers then gave Evans and her colleagues more detailedfeedback. And that’s when Evans asked Fulcrum to run the development centre.“We needed to validate the competencies and start introducing them tomanagers,” she says.Participantsvolunteered or were chosen from across the borough so that a range of differentfunctions and levels of management was represented. Before attending the centrethey all filled in a self-assessment questionnaire matching them against thecompetencies.Thedevelopment centre itself was a mix of assessment exercises – includingsimulated in-trays, report writing and role play – and feedback. This came fromeach other and from personnel staff who had been trained as assessors. Bythe end of the three days, managers were expected to draw up development plansfor themselves based on filling in the gaps in their competencies.Therewas another issue at the heart of the competence framework that the developmentcentre also had to test – that of ethnic diversity. Afew years before Evans began drawing up management competencies, she wasinvolved in an action research project aimed at finding out why there were sofew black and ethnic minority managers in senior jobs. “One of the things thisthrew up was the need for more transparency around what we expect from ourmanagers,” she says.Asa result, Evans ran a positive action programme alongside the developmentcentre for ethnic minority participants. They met with a member of the HR teamto talk through some of the issues arising out of the development centre. MentorsTheywere also put in touch with a mentor to help follow up their development plansand they were encouraged to network with each other.  Feedbackfrom black managers suggests they found it a valuable support, but it is tooearly to say how the competencies will help with their career progression.Thedevelopment centre was a tremendous success in that it made clear Evans and herteam had got the framework right. Butit only touched 40 of Lewisham’s managers. The competencies are designed foreveryone who manages staff – about 1,200 people. There is still a lot of workto do. Evans knows this. “At the moment the competencies are still more astatement of our ambition,” she says. Nowthere are plans afoot to bring everyone on board. To start with, she is usingher budget savings to run a development centre for a further 12 managers. Moreimportantly, Lewisham is introducing a performance evaluation or appraisalsystem this month. This will build competencies into managers’ personaldevelopment plans and ultimately link them into the council’s service, orbusiness, plan. “Peoplewill be set work objectives and will have to indicate key competencies theyneed to achieve those objectives,” Evans says. “At the following review theirperformance will be evaluated against their objectives and their competencies.”Evansbelieves this will be the real test of the competencies. “If they are robust,they should work for the rest of organisation,” she says with confidence. Overthe next few months 1,200 managers will take part in one-day workshopsintroducing them to the performance evaluation system. Evanshopes to be able to carry out some worthwhile evaluation at the end of thisyear with a view to influencing the service plan next year. Onceperformance evaluation is up and running, the management learning team willhave to turn its attention to the recruitment process. “Weshould be able to move quite quickly in introducing competencies intorecruitment, although we might have to change our procedures a bit,” she says. Changinga culture is a long-term project. But Evans works in a political environmentwhere there is a tension between providing quick results and getting it right.With13 years’ training and development experience at Lewisham under her belt, sheunderstands the dilemma. “Residentsdon’t want to wait around years for the organisation to move itself. But as anHR professional I know it will take three or four years to bed in ourcompetencies,” she says. Evanshas to hope the council leadership will stick with it – she is confident thatthe competencies will help Lewisham managers to work smarter. “Managerswill waste less time and will get more out of the people they manage. “Andif they are more effective as people managers then people will be moreenergised and motivated to provide better services,” she says.Vision,values and competenciesWhatit means to be a manager in the London Borough of Lewisham VisionTogetherwe will make Lewisham the best place in London to live, work and learnValues– Put people first– Invest in employees– Value diversity– Promote openness and honestyCompetencies– Continuous improvement   Inspirational leadership   Thinking broadly   Change focus– Working together   Working in partnership   Influencing   Communication– Tackling service issues   Problem solving   Decision making– Delivering services  Planning and implementation  Customer focus  Self management  Achieving results Related posts:No related photos. 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first_imgThe home at 11 Scabbard Ct, Forestdale.A FOUR-BEDROOM home on acreage has sold in Forestdale as the local market remains buoyant. Marketing agent Philip Resnikoff, of Acreage Life by Crafted Property Agents, said the home at 11 Scabbard Ct, Forestdale sold for $721,000. “We had about 25 groups through the home and multiple offers,” he said. “There is a lot of interest at that price range in the area.”Mr Resnikoff said the home attracted such good interest because it was the “full package” with a pool, shed and family home on a big block. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The pool area at 11 Scabbard Ct, Forestdale.He said the successful buyers were a young couple looking for the acreage lifestyle. “I’m seeing a lot of young families looking for space,” he said. Mr Resnikoff said the Forestdale market was buoyant. “I think we will see a lot of activity leading to the end of the year as we’re coming out of winter,” he said. “People looking to relocate tend to do it at the end of the year.“And coming into the spring selling season, a lot of more people will be preparing their property for market and the same goes for buyers.”last_img read more

first_img12 February 2008South African wheelchair racing superstar Ernst van Dyk’s lofty status in the international Paralympic community was recently underlined when he was chosen as one of 11 Paralympic ambassadors by the International Paralympic Committee.The 11 ambassadors will serve as role models for young athletes, both disabled and able-bodied, and help to increase the profile of Paralympic sports.Joining Van Dyk as ambassadors are:Verena Bentele (Germany, Nordic skiing)Hou Bin (China, athletics)Cheri Blauwet (USA, athletics)Kirsten Bruhn (Germany, swimming)Muffy Davis (USA, alpine skiing)Michael Teuber (Germany, cycling)Tanni Grey-Thompson (Great Britain, athletics)Esther Vergeer (Netherlands, wheelchair tennis)Chris Waddell (USA, alpine skiing)Henry Wanyoike (Kenya, athletics)The 2006 winner of the Laureus Sportsperson of the Year Award for an athlete with a disability, Van Dyk is a legend of the Boston Marathon, having won it six times in succession from 2001 to 2006. His wins included a world record time of 1:18:27 in 2004, which marked the first time the one hour 20 minute barrier had been cracked.Wheelchair marathon giantA true giant of the wheelchair marathon, with other victories in New York, Paris, Seoul, Los Angeles, Columbus, Pittsburgh, Oensingen , Schenkon, and Oita, Van Dyk has also excelled in much shorter races, winning international meets over distances as short as 400 metres.In 2001, competing at the Swiss Nationals, he set a world record in the 800 metres of 1:32.17.Van Dyk was the first ever winner of the Cape Argus Pick ‘n Pay Cycle Tour Hand Cycle race in 2005, and repeated his victory in 2006 and 2007.Early sports careerBefore he made his mark in wheelchair racing and handcycling, Van Dyk, who was born with congenital birth defects that required a double amputation of his legs from the knee down, also shone as a swimmer.He won national colours at the age of 17 and in 1992 participated in the Barcelona Olympics, both as a swimmer and a wheelchair athlete. He finished fifth in the pool and made it into the semi-finals of his wheelchair events. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As harvest approaches, interest in how crops are performing in Ohio and around the country will be growing faster than the plants in the fields. To get a preview of what to expect, the Ohio Ag Net and Ohio’s Country Journal team will be a part of two crop tours in August.Final preparations are being made for the 2015 I-75/I-71 Ohio Crop Tour presented by Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers. On the tour, two teams of farmers, agronomists and OCJ/OAN staff will be crisscrossing I-75 and I-71 reporting crop conditions and yield estimates on Aug. 12 and 13. The teams start in the north in Williams and Medina Counties and meet at the end in Clinton County. During the two days, each team will sample a representative corn and soybean field in 20 counties (for a total of 40 counties during the two days).The groups will be estimating yields and overall conditions for corn fields and the conditions and yield potential of soybean fields. We will be updating the results on the go online at, so check back regularly on our progress. Coverage will also include photos, videos and radio broadcasts of tour highlights. The results will be posted in the September issue of Ohio’s Country Journal as well.The following week, Aug. 17 through Aug. 20, Ty Higgins will be going on the 2015 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour to cover the event for the National Association of Farm Broadcasters. The Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour starts in Columbus and Higgins will provide continuous updates with radio broadcasts, pictures, videos and conditions as his group heads west through Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota. His coverage is sponsored by Fennig Equipment and will be posted at in real time.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Grand Champion Market Beef: Tyler Clark, Miami County, Div. III ChampionReserve Champion: Oliver McGuire, Champaign Co., Division IV Crossbred Champion3. Montana Hulsmyer, Auglaize Co., Champion Maine4. Colby Watson, Champaign Co., Div. IV Res. Champion5. Carter Smith, Holmes Co., Div. III Res. Champion ChianinaChampion: Addison Jones, Allen Co.Res. Champion: Lori MIllenbaugh, Crawford Co. HerefordChampion: Samantha Norman, Fulton Co.Res. Champion: Angie Distl, Clark Co. Maine-AnjouChampion: Montana Hulsmyer, Auglaize Co.Res. Champion: Tyler Clark, Miami Co. ShorthornChampion: Landon Richards, Wood Co.Res. Champion: Samantha Norman, Fulton Co. Shorthorn PlusChampion: Kendra Gabriel, Pickaway Co.Res. Champion: Dawson Osborn, Highland Co. AOBChampion: Curtis Harsh, Delaware Co.Res. Champion: Cole Hiser, Greene Co. Market HeiferChampion: Lori Millenbaugh, Crawford Co.Res. Champion: Hallie Roberts, Clark Co. CrossbredDivision IChampion: Delaney Jones, Allen Co.Res. Champion: Kelsey Conrad, Tuscarawas Co.Division IIChampion: Tyler Clark, Miami Co.Res. Champion: Brooke Hayhurst, Wayne Co.Division IIIChampion: Tyler Clark, Miami Co.Res. Champion: Carter Smith, Holmes Co.Division IVChampion: Oliver McGuire, Champaign Co.Res. Champion: Colby Watson, Champaign Co.Division VChampion: Elizabeth Heintz, Augliaze Co.Res. Champion: Ashley Peter, Defiance Co.Supreme Heifer: Austin Hunker, Huron Co., MainetainerRes. Supreme Heifer: Adison Niese, Shorthorn + Carter Smith from Holmes Co. had the Div. III reserve champion crossbred. Tyler Clark from Miami Co. had the Div. III crossbred champion. Oliver McGuire, from Champaign Co., had the Div. IV Champion crossbred. Seth Clark from MIami Co. shows his crossbred steer. Crossbreds Lauren Ott from Huron Co. smiles for the judge. Matthew Kinsman, Fulton County with his crossbred steer McKalynne Helmke, Tuscarawas Co., with her crossbred steers Market heifers Hallie Robert, Clark Co., watches the judge with her market heifer. Caroline Winter, Pickaway Co., sets up her Angus steer for the judge. Tyler Michael, Montgomery Co., shows his Shorthorn steer. Ty Hawley, from Ashland County shows his Maine-Anjou steer. Montana Hulsmyer, from Auglaize Co., had the Champion Maine-Anjou. Dawson Osborn, from Highland County, watches the judge with his Shorthorn Plus that was the Reserve Champion. Landon Richards, Wood Co., had the Champion Shorthorn. Lincoln Shaw, from Tuscarawas Co., leads his Hereford steer. Marissa Lynch, from Richland Co., shows her Shorthorn Plus. Champion drive Champion drive Champion drive Champion drive Champion drivelast_img read more

first_imgIndia skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was all praise for coach Gary Kirsten and said his knowledge of the local conditions will certainly come in handy as India take on South Africa in the first of the three- Test series beginning in Centurion on Thursday.”Gary Kirsten is the best thing that could have happened to Indian cricket.He not only knows our players but also understands the mindset of the South Africans and that insight will be important,” he said.Dhoni is confident that past experience of playing in the Indian Premier League and Champions League in South African conditions will hold the team in good stead during the three- match Test series against the Proteas.”It will be important for us to adapt to the conditions. Yet I believe we will be better prepared than before, because the guys have played here in the IPL and in the Champions League and it is not that foreign to them,” Dhoni said.”The most important thing is to remain focused and well prepared for what awaits us,” the India skipper added.The second edition of the IPL was shifted to South Africa due to general election in India and the rainbow nation also hosted the Champions League earlier this year.Countering the hosts’ threats of preparing fast and bouncy tracks Dhoni said, “We are so used to that question – about how we will handle it when we are bombarded with short balls. The answer is that it will not bother us. Most of our batsmen have recently played quite a lot in South Africa and are much more familiar with conditions than was the case in the past,” Dhoni added.advertisementThe Indian captain, however, believed that the South African fast bowlers are at the moment focusing on the shortpitch stuff to unsettle his team.”It is not something which we are not expecting. It is after all how South Africa have achieved success against us in the past,” he said.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

first_imgForm the looks of the two-day tryouts for the national women’s volleyball teams, top officials are upbeat of the country’s medal chances in the Southeast Asian Games in December.Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas president Peter Cayco said the Philippines has a very strong chance of making the podium for the first time since 2005’s bronze medal finish in Manila.ADVERTISEMENT “You can bet on it, we will get a medal in the SEA Games,” said Cayco. “We’re only talking about which colour.”Cayco said he was elated by the presence of volleyball superstar during the tryouts held at Arellano University gym in Manila.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsLeague’s biggest draws and national team regulars Alyssa Valdez, Denden Lazaro, Mika Reyes, Aby Marano and Ces Molina led some 40 club and collegiate players who trooped to Arellano for a chance to represent the country.“They are all here. That goes to show how inspired and willing they are to wear the Philippine colors,” said Cayco. “This is very special because the SEA Games will be held in the country and they get the opportunity to play in front of their countrymen. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ University of Santo Tomas’ Eya Laure and UAAP juniors MVP Angel Canino led the young players who applied for the U-23 team seeing action in the coming Asian Women’s Volleyball.The PH U23 team will see action in the Asian U23 Championships on July 13-21 in Hanoi, Vietnam.But the spotlight is on the popular women’s seniors team which will be sent to compete in the Asian Women’s Clubs on April 27-May 5 in Tianjin, China; and in the Asian Seniors on Aug. 17-25 in Seoul, South Korea.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PBA: Columbian lands another big fish in NorthPort Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants View commentslast_img read more