Sounding out your ideas

first_img Previous Article Next Article Sounding out your ideasOn 1 May 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Many companies are taking advantage of independent advice on offer, ElaineEssery looks at how training coaches are benefiting some business peopleNo serious sportsperson would be without a coach to help them develop theirtalents and bring out the best in them, but many business people are missingout on the benefits. Far from giving you the answers and telling you what todo, a coach acts as a powerful sounding board, enabling you to decide foryourself on the best course of action. Coaching can help the individual and the organisation to grow. Some trainingprofessionals are lucky enough to have a coach, others would like the chance. We asked: what is a coach doing for you or what would a coach do for you? Carol MadeleyHR director, AutoglassMy own experience of having a coach, and those of the managers I work within the company, is that a coach is an objective aid to facilitate problemsolving. Coaching offers process support rather than focusing on content. An external coach has the advantage of not being caught up in the companyculture and a good one can bring reference points from outside experience,which is particularly helpful for managers who have grown up within thecompany. In terms of performance management, when you have an agreed work plan andcontract with a coach, it gives you challenges over and above those set by yourline manager, so having a coach is not a soft option. Ian LawsonDirector of training and development, Lyreco UKIf I had the opportunity to have a personal coach it would enable me tostand back from day-to-day operations and look at key aspects of the job andwhether I’m on target to achieve my personal and business goals. It would helpme focus on my long-term vision and develop a future plan. It’s good to do a‘health check’ and see what skills you need to brush up on or what extra toolsyou’re going to need for your toolkit to continue to make a difference to theorganisation in the next few years. Another benefit of coaching is having an independent evaluation of whatyou’re doing, with someone asking you challenging questions to make you thinkabout your priorities. Aileen DownieTraining and development manager, GNERWe actively encourage coaching as a management style within our culture andhave appointed coaches for some managers. The benefit I would get by having an external coach is that they bring moreobjectivity and encourage a better work-life balance and prioritisation. As the training and development manager for the company, I liaise withothers across the business who have training and development as part of theirrole. It would be useful to speak to somebody about training and developmentwithout any slant or bias about what is needed in this business, which wouldallow me more objectively to think through some options. But a coach is not theperson who would be able to then give you solutions. Tim MartlandHead of HR and training, Hammicks BookshopsAlthough training is often seen as something outside the workplace – likegoing on a course – for us, by far the most important thing is the internalside of the operation. If we had people who could coach new managers, it wouldmake an enormous difference. It would depend where the coach came from, but I think I’d use a coach tohelp with training needs analysis, particularly in the areas of the businesswhich I’m less familiar with, so I would be spending a limited budget wisely. Acoach would, hopefully, help me ask the right questions, make the right choicesabout what was required, then choose the right suppliers of training to matchthe need. Alison ClarkeDivisional learning and development director, Whitbread RestaurantsI go into a coaching session either with a difficult business decision I’mfacing or with something behavioural I want to talk about. Having a coach helps me structure and test the rigour of my thinking. It’s away of rehearsing something in private because a coach can put all sides of theargument, the potential objections and emotions, so you can test how you’regoing to respond. It’s also a de-stresser, as you can download things in a safe, confidentialenvironment to help you get to the nub of the issue and start to resolve it. A coach is an objective facilitator, whose role it is to draw your ownthinking, encourage you to search your experiences and come up with your ownoptions. last_img read more

CD-Rom provides some useful pointers

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. CD-Rom provides some useful pointersOn 1 Jan 2003 in Personnel Today The Vaccination Administration Taskforce (VAT) issued its booklet entitledUK Guidance on Best Practice in Vaccine Administration just over 12 months ago,and it has proved immensely popular, with 30,000 practitioners requestingcopies. To complement the booklet, it produced a free CD-Rom entitled Gettingto the Point along with a website. The VAT developed the clinical guidelines following a healthcare surveyundertaken in 2001, in which 96 per cent of the 500 nurses surveyed reportedthat they required more information and guidance on injection techniques andvaccine administration. The taskforce consists of seven specialist nurses including Gail Cotton,past-president of the AOHNP, a GP and Dr Jane Zuckerman, a travel medicineconsultant. The guidance in the booklet, CD-Rom and website is clear, concise andcomprehensive, and is useful to all practitioners who administer vaccinationsas a means of setting standards for best practice and professional updating. The VAT also provides training for practitioners new to immunisations. Asthe chairman of the RCN Travel Health Forum comments: “They provide aninvaluable educational and learning tool for healthcare professionals”. All three formats are easy to use. The video elements of the CD-Rom andwebsite which show preparation and administration of the vaccine, together withchoice of needle are particularly useful. It reassured me that I was followingbest practice and that my methods were correct and up-to-date. The quiz helpsto reinforce knowledge and confidence, and everything was well referenced toensure ‘evidence-based practice’. However, I had two concerns. The nurse shown washing her hands beforepreparing the injection is still wearing a wristwatch, and from previousexperience I know that this is not correct procedure. And downloading thewebsite’s training programme power point slides takes 27 minutes with a 56modem (but it takes just a few seconds from the CD-Rom). These guidelines are essential for all occupational health nurses who carryout vaccinations. It is important to use Getting to the Point together with thehard copy, UK Guidance on Best Practice in Vaccine Administration, which can bedownloaded from either format. Visit the website or obtain your free copy of theCD-Rom straight away. By Greta Thornbory Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. last_img read more

Avalanching and self organised criticality, a paradigm for geomagnetic activity?

first_imgThe characterization of global energy storage and release in the coupled solar wind-magnetosphere system remains one of the fundamental problems of space physics. Recently, it has been realised that a new paradigm in physics, that of Self Organised Criticality (SOC) may encapsulate the mixing and merging of flux on many scales in the magnetotail prompting bursty energy release and reconfiguration. SOC is consistent with qualitative measures such as power-law power spectra and bursty bulk flows and with more quantitative tests such as power law burst distributions in auroral indices and auroral optical activity. Here, we present a careful classification of the broad range of systems that fall under the general description of `SOC’. We argue that some, but not all, of these are consistent with our current understanding of the magnetosphere. We discuss the observed low dimensionality of the dynamic magnetosphere in terms of both SOC model properties, and observables. Observations of burst statistics are highlighted; we show that these are currently suggestive but not sufficient to confirm SOC and in particular we find that auroral indices are not effective at distinguishing the internal dynamics of the magnetosphere from that of the intermittent solar wind driver. This may also elucidate the paradox of predictability and complexity of the coupled solar wind-magnetosphere system.last_img

Weber State looks to extend streak vs Idaho

first_imgJanuary 29, 2021 /Sports News – Local Weber State looks to extend streak vs Idaho FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMOSCOW, Idaho (AP)-Weber State (8-4, 3-2) vs. Idaho (0-12, 0-9)Cowan Spectrum at the Kibbie Dome, Moscow, Idaho; Saturday, 1 p.m. MSTBOTTOM LINE: Weber State looks for its sixth straight win in the head-to-head series over Idaho. Weber State has won by an average of 15 points in its last five wins over the Vandals. Idaho’s last win in the series came on Feb. 24, 2018, a 68-62 win.SUPER SENIORS: Idaho has relied heavily on its seniors this year. Damen Thacker, Scott Blakney, Gabe Quinnett and Ja’Vary Christmas have combined to account for 61 percent of the team’s scoring this year and 63 percent of all Vandals points over the last five games.RAMP IT UP A NOTCH: The Wildcats have scored 82 points per game and allowed 68 points per game in conference play so far. Those are both solid improvements over the 75.5 points scored and 74.5 points allowed per game to non-conference foes.FUELING THE OFFENSE: Isiah Brown has directly created 42 percent of all Weber State field goals over the last three games. The senior guard has 24 field goals and 13 assists in those games.STREAK STATS: Idaho has lost its last five home games, scoring an average of 62.8 points while giving up 78.2.ASSIST RATIOS: The Wildcats have recently used assists to create baskets more often than the Vandals. Idaho has 33 assists on 66 field goals (50 percent) over its past three contests while Weber State has assists on 46 of 89 field goals (51.7 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: The Weber State offense has scored 84.1 points per game this season, ranking the Wildcats 11th among Division I teams. The Idaho defense has allowed 77.1 points per game to opponents (ranked 263rd overall). Associated Presscenter_img Written bylast_img read more

Enpro Subsea showcases results of subsea technology R&D programme

first_img Image: The production optimisation specialist demonstrated its latest Subsea Safety Module (SSM). Photo courtesy of Enpro Subsea. Aberdeen-based Enpro Subsea showcased the results of a pioneering subsea technology research and development (R&D) programme during a recent visit from Member of Scottish Parliament Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills.The production optimisation specialist demonstrated its latest Subsea Safety Module (SSM), a key flow intervention services technology (FIS), at its facility in Inverurie, Aberdeenshire. The module was developed with assistance from a £755,000 R&D grant from Scottish Enterprise.To date, its 10k pressure version of FIS has provided well stimulation for multiple campaigns in West Africa. The system has been proven to improve production, by stimulating the reservoir and increasing the ultimate recovery from existing subsea wells.This latest development increases the SSM’s operating capabilities to support higher pressure (15ksi) wells, common in the Gulf of Mexico and West Africa. The new module is also configurable for other subsea chemical injection treatments, including hydrate remediate and flow assurance management.The system can be deployed from an ROV support vessel or construction support vessel. By eliminating the need for a rig, operator savings can reach up to 70% of traditional vessel and support costs, potentially worth USD$12 million on a 30-day multi-well intervention campaign.Tom Bryce, Enpro Subsea marketing director, said: “As the industry continues to focus on maximising recovery from their existing assets, new technology is essential. This investment combined with R&D funding from Scottish Enterprise provided us with the ideal opportunity to increase our capabilities in the deepwater intervention arena, building on our success to date. It was a great opportunity to be able to showcase this new technology to Mr Hepburn during his visit and thank Scottish Enterprise for their continued support.”As a modular system, the SSM can be used with any subsea flow access point to gain access to well or pipeline flow, including the company’s proprietary flow access module (FAM) technology. In addition to facilitating hydraulic intervention, the FAM open architecture has been selected by operators as an enabling technology for subsea production systems standardisation, leading to early first oil and future-proof field development strategies.“Installing FAM hubs enables operators to retrofit any technology to its subsea architecture or react to any production challenges in future field life,” explained Bryce.“FAM creates an enhanced production ‘USB port’ within the jumper envelope, which enables the use of standard subsea Xmas trees and manifolds, with the FAM providing life of field flexibility within the system design.”FAM therefore delivers ‘smart standardisation,’ enabling a range of production enhancing technologies for metering, flow measurement, flow assurance, and digital data access to be installed at any stage throughout the life of field.The company uses this ‘smart standardisation’ to link with existing subsea infrastructure, Xmas trees and manifolds, and return significant cost savings during well operations compared with alternatives.The combination of the FIS and FAM range of products throughout the life of field delivers maximum recovery from existing and new subsea wells while minimising risk and cost.The business has seen more than 60 of its subsea FAMs adopted by operators in key regions since the product was launched 2016. The team now aims to increase sales over the next two years in line with its international business plan.Enpro Subsea has 45 personnel across its operational bases in Aberdeen, Houston and Ghana. The company was formed in 2011 with five employees and delivers cost-effective flexible solutions to enhance subsea production throughout the life of an asset.Bryce added: “Looking ahead, we are focusing on high-integrity pressure protection system (HIPPs), pumping and data acquisition solutions using the same technology. FAM enables an open subsea architecture allowing any subsea processing hardware to be retrofitted onto any well, achieving standardisation with flexibility for our clients.”Enpro Subsea is exhibiting at Offshore Europe 2019 in Aberdeen this week on stand 3J39. Source: Company Press Release The production optimisation specialist demonstrated its latest Subsea Safety Module (SSM), a key flow intervention services technology (FIS), at its facility in Inverurie, Aberdeenshirelast_img read more

Former DPW official turns 100 years old Was determined to live…

first_imgPeter Manchesani’s son says he always lived a very healthy life. Manchesani was the youngest of three children. He had a brother, Patrick and a sister, Louise. “I’m the baby,” he said. “I made up my mind I had to make 100 because I lost my brother when he was 48 years old,” he said. “I lost a good brother.”“He’s always been in really good health,” Dominic Manchesani, of Clifton, said of his father.”He lives a very healthy life. He didn’t drink; he didn’t smoke; he always was very physical; and he worked out a lot.”Indeed, Manchesani was the picture of youth at his birthday party, walking in on his own, and sporting a hat that read, I’m not old: I’m vintage.Manchesani was married for 65 years to dressmaker Grace Carmel Capaldo, and, in addition to his son, Dominic, has a daughter, Diana. Both children were on hand to celebrate the centennial. He has four grandchildren. Xena, 13, one of his seven great grandchildren, presented him with a gold and diamond necklace emblazoned with the number “100.”Manchesani, who moved to Weehawken in 2007, is often found in the mornings in the lobby at 525 Gregory Ave., greeting visitors with small talk and a smile. A former Union City superintendent of public works who turned 100 years old last month says he made up his mind to live long in order to compensate for the early demise of his brother.Peter Manchesani rose in the ranks from truck driver for the Union City Public Works, to become its superintendent. He worked for the department for 40 years before retiring in 1974.The residents of Weehawken’s Housing Authority senior citizens’ housing at 525 Gregory Ave. celebrated his birthday in August.On hand to celebrate the milestone were his son, daughter, son-in-law, and great granddaughter, along with many of the residents of 525 Gregory Ave.Union City’s Commissioner of Senior Citizen’s Affairs, Celin J. Valdivia, presented him with a printed testimonial on behalf of Union City Mayor Brian P. Stack.The son of Italian immigrants, Manchesani was born Aug. 1, 1917, the year the U.S. entered World War I, noted Weehawken Mayor Richard F. Turner, who was on hand to mark the occasion.Manchesani’s parents owned Manchesani’s Central Fruit Market on 25th Street and Central Avenue in Union City, and the family lived in an apartment upstairs. Every day, young Manchesani would help his father purchase fresh produce for the family market. ‘I lost a good brother’center_img ×Peter Manchesani’s son says he always lived a very healthy life.last_img read more

Mark Price granted peerage and appointed as trade minister

first_imgGroceryAid life patron and former Waitrose chairman Mark Price has been made a Lord and named as a trade minister.Mark Price has been granted a peerage and will be known as Lord Price with effect from April 2016. He has been appointed as a minister of state at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.Price was president of the fundraising committee at GroceryAid from 2009 to 2011. He was made a life patron of the grocery charity in 2014.DelightedGillian Barker, director general of GroceryAid, said: “We are delighted with the news that Mark Price has been appointed a minister of state and will continue as life patron for GroceryAid. His support for GroceryAid is unstinting and we would like to send him our warmest congratulations on his peerage.”Price was appointed Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) in the 2014 New Year’s honour’s list. He will be stepping down from Waitrose after 33 years to take up his new role in April.last_img read more

Burton’s Biscuits launches “best ever” Jammie Dodgers

first_imgBurton’s Biscuits has updated its Jammie Dodger range with a crisper biscuit and fruitier jam.The update applies across the core brand flavours, including Original Raspberry, Berry Blast and Jam ‘n’ Custard varieties. Burton’s said the cost of the improvements was not being passed on to the retailer and the manufacturer’s suggested selling price (MSSP) remains at 69p for the 140g packs.Rolling out in stores across March, the update is accompanied by a new pack design, which features the Best Ever Recipe slogan, to emphasise the changes to customers.David Costello, head of category and shopper management at Burton’s Biscuits, said: “Our ‘Best Ever Recipe’ performed extremely well in consumer research, and we’ve taken the lead from our consumers in order to deliver the best possible taste for our shoppers.“With this improved recipe, and new front-facing SRP, we’re enabling retailers to grow this iconic brand in their store, as well as driving incremental profits from the biscuit fixture.”Burton’s Biscuits recently announced it was relaunching its Cadbury Special Occasions in new packs, designed for on-the-go eating.last_img read more

Commissioners discuss Salem Fire Department station

first_img[Editor’s Note: We’ve added language clarifying that TIF funds can’t be used to improve this fire station, as it doesn’t relate directly to protecting the Kibby Wind Power project, rather than a general rule regarding fire station funding.]FARMINGTON – County commissioners discussed the Salem Fire Department’s station at Tuesday’s meeting, exploring different options for the county-funded organization’s building.The department is a nonprofit association that is chiefly funded by Franklin County on a quarterly basis out of the Unorganized Territory budget. The station is located inside an old school house built in the 1850s on a 1.5 acres of land on Route 142. The building and land is leased from the Maine Forestry Service at no cost.According to Salem Fire Chief Steve Viles, the building has issues that go back to its transformation from a school house to a station. The concrete floor was poured after a wooden one was removed, and the building has been through multiple floods that have left the sills soft. The doors in the garage aren’t large enough to allow the department’s newly-donated truck to fit inside. There’s no plumbing or running water and the small size of the lot makes many improvements or an expansion difficult.“We’re between a rock and a hard spot up there,” Viles said.The department has 10 volunteer members, Viles said. They responded to 34 calls in the past year.Commissioners were unenthusiastic about putting money into repairing a building that the county or department didn’t own. Viles said that the state had previously indicated that it wanted to maintain control of the property. Additionally, Franklin County Emergency Management Agency Director Tim Hardy warned, simply jacking up the concrete floor or some other renovation could expose other issues in the old structure.There is a landowner with acreage on the Pitt Road that Viles said could provide space for a new station. The issue would be funding construction – County Clerk Julie Magoon said she wasn’t certain that the state would be open to using U.T. funds for brick-and-mortar projects. The issue is that Salem’s department doesn’t respond across the entire U.T., Magoon noted, anymore than departments in Rangeley, Kingfield or Eustis do.Tax Increment Financing funds can’t be used for the Salem station, as any such improvements would need to relate in some way back to the Kibby Wind Power project that funds the TIF. The department does have a $20,500 reserve account dedicated for equipment purchases.One of the primary reasons that the Salem department exists is to respond to a potential fire at Mt. Abram High School. Viles said that there was a garage on MSAD 58-owned land that was currently being used for general storage that could maybe work.Magoon said that she would check with the state regarding the possibility of U.T. funding for the Salem station, while Viles said he would check with the landowner on Pitt Road regarding a price for the land and with MSAD 58 about some sort of partnership.In other business, commissioners approved two transfers within the county TIF accounts. A total of $100,000 was moved out of the TIF undesignated funds into Training, mostly to cover scholarship requests from U.T. residents. Another $150,000 was moved into Telecommunications & Infrastructure to cover costs associated with the new emergency communication tower that will be constructed on Kibby Mountain.last_img read more

Shadow and substance

first_img 15Heaven’s gate: A picturesque day is framed by Harvard’s Memorial Church. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 11Wigglesworth House proctor Joseph Vitti spends a lazy day lounging with Charles the dog in the Dudley garden. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 18As daylight fades, the Harvard-Radcliffe Rugby Football Club keeps practicing. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 1Double vision! A passing student is captured in the reflection of John F. Kennedy’s portrait inside the Harvard Kennedy School. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 9This painterly scene is a distorted view through thick Carpenter Center windows. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 4An ice-blue Charles River is disturbed by rowers and the intruding shadows of wintry trees. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 13Christopher Smiles ’15 (left) takes students on a raucous ride in front of the Science Center. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 12Harvard Band members Taylor Weary ’16 (left) and Katie Tingle ’14 perform during Community Day at Harvard Stadium. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 3These burnished leaves stand out against Widener’s white columns as autumn arrives in Cambridge. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 6A kaleidoscopic marvel of color and pattern shrouds the construction of a new common space outside the Science Center. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 10Daniel Lewis ’11 performs with “The Noteables: Harvard’s Broadway Beat” inside Dudley House during Arts First. Rose Lincoln/ Harvard Staff Photographer 8Jan Randolph, the longtime assistant to the late Rev. Peter J. Gomes, passes by a black ribbon hung in Gomes’ memory on the door of Sparks House. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 7This rainbow, caused by a camera lens flare, arcs above the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 2The ornate woodwork of Lowell House looks even more magisterial in the warm sun. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 5This clover-shaped lattice encapsulates a student entering Annenberg Hall. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer Harvard alumnus T.S. Eliot published 10 poems in the student-run literary magazine The Harvard Advocate between 1907 and 1910, including the one below.These photos pay homage to the spirit of learning and discovery expressed by Eliot.— Kris SnibbeOde For the hour that is left us Fair Harvard, with thee,Ere we face the importunate years,In thy shadow we wait, while thy presence dispelsOur vain hesitations and fears.And we turn as thy sons ever turn, in the strengthOf the hopes that thy blessings bestow,From the hopes and ambitions that sprang at thy feetTo the thoughts of the past as we go.Yet for all of these years that to-morrow has lostWe are still the less able to grieve,With so much that of Harvard we carry awayIn the place of the life that we leave.And only the years that efface and destroyGive us also the vision to seeWhat we owe for the future, the present, and past,Fair Harvard, to thine and to thee. 16Beatrice Chu, a visitor from Hong Kong, crosses these crosses in the brick wall outside Matthews Hall. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer 19A toddler prances through the Northwest Science Building. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 14A tour bus window reflects the Lowell House tower. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 17Moving shadows: A figure heads upstairs at Bauer Lab. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 20Army ROTC students gather at dawn to begin their group exercise. Rose Lincoln/ Harvard Staff Photographerlast_img read more