Shopping around for true leaders

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. This month, Asda people development manager Bruce Boughton, 34, reveals hisambition for delivering business excellence through peopleHow long have you been in this job? This particular role for five months, but a member of the Asda trainingteam for six years. How long have you been with your organisation? Just over 10 years. What does your role involve? A variety of projects, generally linked to evolving Asda’s culture, way ofworking and management style. What’s the best thing about your job? Receiving phone calls from people who feel that some training ordevelopment I have helped create has made a real difference to them. What is your current major project or strategic push? The launch of the Walton Institute, which will enable people across allareas of the business to develop the skills to be true leaders rather thanmanagers, and move the way we deliver business excellence through people to anew level. What did you want to do for a living when you were at school? Be a banker. What was your first job? McDonald’s as a student. What was the best career decision you ever made? Move from retail to training. And what was the worst? Applying to only two companies on graduating from university! Which of your qualifications do you most value and why? My degree, not because I have found it useful since, but because I spentthree years learning about something I was interested in rather than somethingwhich had an immediate practical use. What was the worst course you ever went on? Time management – why are these courses inevitably a waste of time? How many minutes is it since someone senior in your organisation said:‘People are our greatest assets’? We use the saying ‘Our people make the difference’ everywhere we can.Everything the Asda training team does is about putting our people first. Evaluation – holy grail or impossible dream? I prefer proving business benefit to evaluation, and proving businessbenefit is essential. How do you think your job will have changed in five years time? Greater use of computer databases linking appraisal, performancemanagement, and training programmes. What do you think the core skills for your job will be in the future? The need to be an effective communicator will never change, regardless ofthe technology used as a medium, including the ability to listen. What advice would you give to someone starting out in training anddevelopment? Read, read, read. Listen, listen, listen. How do you network? Very poorly. I have worked with the DNTO training managers from across theretail sector, and the key network I am currently developing is with trainingmanagers from the different countries in the Wal-Mart family. If you could have any job in the world, what would it be? Secretary of State for Education & Skills – to sort out vocationaltraining, in particular NVQs, once and for all! Do you take work home with you? Sometimes I work from home rather than go into the office. And I dosometimes get the urge to check my e-mail on the laptop late at night. What is your motto? Choose your attitude every day. Describe your management style in three words or less Flexibility, feedback, learn. How would you like to be remembered by your colleagues? He leaves behind a legacy which changed Asda for the better. Up close and personalPreferred terminology?I believe terminology should be kept simple: ‘training’ to meandelivering the skills to do the job you have just got, and ‘development’ tomean delivering the skills to prepare you to take on further responsibilities.Favourite buzzwords?Leadership, business benefit, vision, empathyMost loathed buzzwords?Self-actualisation or any acronymAre you good at self development?I attempt to regularly take on projects which will expand myknowledge, experience or network.What self development have you done in the past six months?The projects in my role are all new to me so they have been thefocus of my self-development.Where do you want to be in five years time?Spending more time with my family.What was the most useful course you ever went on or learningexperience you ever had?Having a colleague act as mentor.Which is the best management book you have ever read?Who Moved My Cheese, by Spencer Johnson Comments are closed. Shopping around for true leadersOn 1 Jun 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img

Compulsory electrical checks must not be introduced this year, says ARLA

first_imgRented homes will soon have to undergo ‘tough’ new electrical safety checks every five years, it has been announced by housing minister Heather Wheeler.But ARLA has told the government that any new regulation cannot be brought during 2018 as the industry is already creaking under the weight of recently-introduced regulations including Client Money Protection rules, the tenant fees ban and a widening of money laundering regulations to include letting agents.“We’ve had mandatory gas safety checks for years, and therefore it is logical to extend similar checks to electrical safety,” says its Chief Executive David Cox (left).“However, there may not be enough qualified inspectors to cope with demand from the whole industry in a short period of time, and therefore we will need a long lead time so landlords can meet the requirements.”Electrical checksThe government says the new electrical check will be hard-hitting and have to be carried out by a competent and qualified tester. Guidance will soon be published that will set out the minimum levels of competence required to be a tester.The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government  has also revealed that landlords will be legally required to ensure that the inspectors they hire to carry out safety inspections have the necessary competence and qualifications to do so – with “tough financial penalties” for those who fail to comply.Existing regulationAt the moment Section 11 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 obliges landlords of residential lettings to keep electrical installations in good repair and proper working order.A landlord may also be liable for the injury of a tenant or resident caused by defective wiring under the Defective Premises Act 1972.MHCLG heather wheeler ARLA David Cox electrical checks January 30, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Compulsory electrical checks must not be introduced this year, says ARLA previous nextRegulation & LawCompulsory electrical checks must not be introduced this year, says ARLAThe government is to make five-yearly electrical checks of rented homes compulsory, but industry body’s chief warns bringing it in this year would be ‘too much’.Nigel Lewis30th January 201902,055 Viewslast_img

Leaders Romans snaps up multi-branch estate agency from proptech boss

first_imgEstate agency giant Leaders Romans Group (LRG) has bought seven-branch sales and lettings agency Lenwell operating across Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire.Seven-agency Lenwell was established in 1990 by Rob Wellstead (above) who is also the founder of estate agency leads management tech firm Callwell.All of the Lenwell branches will now transfer to Leaders Romans Group along with 46 staff.LRG says the acquisition, which The Negotiator understands has be in excess of £2 million, will give it new reach in five new markets within the four counties.Following the sale, Wellstead is to become a consultant to LRG but not be involved any longer directly in the running of the Lenwell offices.Estate agency“I am very happy I have found a great company in LRG to take care of my business and staff in the future,” says Wellstead.“We have achieved a great deal over the past 30 years, and it’s been an absolute privilege leading such an amazing group of people.“Lenwell has been part of my family for all of my adult life – if I had my time again, I wouldn’t change a single thing.”Matthew Light, Director of Group Mergers and Acquisitions at LRG, adds: “We are delighted to complete this acquisition and welcome yet another strong business to the LRG group.“This fits into the LRG ethos of providing our customers with the best, and most trusted, local experts.“I am also delighted that Rob has become a consultant to LRG, ensuring that his vast knowledge of the business is not lost.”Read more about recent LRG acquisitions.rob wellstead lenwell Leaders Romans Group LRG Callwell October 30, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Leaders Romans snaps up multi-branch estate agency from proptech boss previous nextAgencies & PeopleLeaders Romans snaps up multi-branch estate agency from proptech boss30-year-old and seven-branch estate agency Lenwell has been bought off Rob Wellstead, who also runs leads management service Callwell.Nigel Lewis30th October 202002,809 Viewslast_img

Oxford world’s second best university

first_imgOxford is the second best university in the world, according to this year’s THES rankings. The table, ased on a survey of academics and graduate employers, awarded equal positions to Oxford, Cambridge and Yale, with Harvard topping the poll by a small margin. In spite of a vast funding gap with the US, British universities occupied four of the top ten positions. The Vice-Chancellor, Dr. John Hood, paid tribute to the “dedication and commitment” of students and staff in maintaining Oxford’s global James Staffordlast_img

Ocean City Honors ‘The Butcher’ for His Service to Council

first_imgRetiring Ocean City Councilman Scott Ping holds a mock Ping Real Estate sign.After serving eight years on City Council, Scott Ping participated in his final meeting on Thursday night.A pair of Ghosts of Budgets Past came to visit.John Murphy — the president of the local firefighters union, who had famously dubbed Ping “The Butcher” two years ago when he and Keith Hartzell (“The Paper Salesman”) proposed saving money with a new staffing model for the Ocean City Fire Department — presented Ping with a plaque immortalizing his nickname. (Ping is a co-owner of Boyar’s Market.)John Loeper, head of the nonprofit U.S. Life Saving Station 30, presented Ping with a lifetime membership to the Station. Ping had maintained a perfect record of voting against every resolution related to the Station, vowing to never spend another penny of taxpayer money on the rescue of the historic building.John Loeper presents Councilman Scott Ping with a lifetime membership to his favorite historic Life Saving Station.Ping did not seek re-election to a third term, and his term expires on June 30.But friends (and rivals) showed up Thursday night to thank Ping for his service. They paid tribute to a man who was never afraid to speak his mind in plain terms — but who always managed to do so with professionalism and respect.Mayor Jay Gillian presented him with a ceremonial “piece of the boardwalk.”Having survived a rancorous debate over the use of rainforest hardwood on the boardwalk, Ping looked at the piece and said dryly, “At my age, pine’s going to last a lifetime.”Former Board of Realtors President Kevin Redmond told Ping that all retirees end up doing the same thing, and he handed him a gift to unwrap.“The Firefighter” (John Murphy) and “The Butcher” (Scott Ping) share a laugh.The gift: a mock Ping Real Estate sign.At the end of the tribute, a visibly moved Ping said, “It’s been an honor to serve the people in Ocean City … I’m going to miss it, but thank you.”A resolution honoring Ping is as follows: HONORING M. SCOTT PING, COUNCILMAN AT LARGEWHEREAS, Scott Ping has been a respected member of the City Council beginning July 1, 2006 and served as City Council Vice President from July 1 2007 through June 30, 2008 and distinguished himself as City Council President from July 1, 2008 through June 30 2009; andWHEREAS, Councilman Ping has brought tireless energy and invested countless hours for causes he believed in, such as fighting for the taxpayer in the following areas: overall budget reduction through attrition as well as reduction in overtime in all city departments along with the unique EMT program for the Fire Department and kept a watchful eye over city investments, which included the Life Saving Station; andWHEREAS, Councilman Ping was a member of the Open Space Ad Hoc Committee and served as a Class III member on the Ocean City Planning Board beginning July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012, where he was involved in the planning of the Commercial Business Zone and the Commercial Business 1 Zone and passionate about development and zoning issues. One of his finest achievements was protecting the neighborhood businesses from being replaced by duplexes; andWHEREAS, Councilman Ping played an important role in the establishment of the Ethics Board and recommendations for its members; andWHEREAS, Scott was part of the dynamic Hartzell/Ping duo forever known as the “Paper Salesman” and “The Butcher” and will always be known for his “Pingisms,” which were unique one-liners that ended up in bold print in our local newspapers; andWHEREAS, Scott will be missed by those who attended or watched council meetings because he had the unique task of kicking Hartzell in the shins when he spoke too long; andWHEREAS, in his concern for all the residents of the city, Councilman Ping was always available to assist any resident in need; andWHEREAS, in 1986 Scott and his wife, Gail, became partners in Boyar’s Market, a famous local Ocean City establishment, and was active with his wife volunteering to set up for the “After Prom” festivities; andWHEREAS, Scott is an Ocean City graduate, attended Penn State and is a devoted and passionate Penn State fan; a true “Survivor” TV fan, having tried out for the show on three occasions. He is also an avid concert attendee with a real affection for country music; andWHEREAS, Scott is an avid traveler to many foreign and exotic places, and he is most happy when chilling out in Key West, Florida, soaking in the good life of sun, fun and relaxation.NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Ocean City do publicly acknowledge Scott Ping for his leadership qualities and dedication to the residents of our community and wish him and his family much happiness and success in the years ahead.Councilman Keith Hartzell reads a resolution honoring his friend and colleague Scott Ping.last_img

Reducing reoffending with bread

first_imgThe Freedom Bakery is a new Glasgow-based social enterprise that gives training and employment to recently released ex-offenders.Artisan breads and cakes are being baked and sold to the public by a group of prisoners at HMP Low Moss, near Bishopbriggs. This follows similar schemes in London and Italy, whereby offenders bake and create pastries during their sentence.Matt Fountain, a self-taught baker, launched the initiative in an attempt to offer inmates employment, after finding himself disheartened by the high levels of reoffending in Scotland – the reconviction rate there is 64%.Cost saving for the taxpayerIn a research paper by the Wise Group, it was calculated that every ex-offender in employment for a period of five years would save the Scottish taxpayer £940,000 per individual. And the risk of reoffending after two years in the workplace was reduced by over 90%. Reoffending in Britain costs the taxpayer £15 billion per year.Fountain said: “We offer a range of fully-organic artisan ‘real’ bread, plus a few delicious surprises up our sleeves, which we’ve been refining for months, to take the artisan bakery distinctly into the hearts and mouths of Scotland.”He added: “The Freedom Bakery offers fresh bread and a fresh start.”last_img

Papadosio Releases First Remix Album Ever Featuring Bluetech, Kalya Scintilla, And Others

first_imgPapadosio has certainly been on a roll the past few months. Their latest studio album, Pattern Integrities, was released toward the tail end of September, and the band just wrapped up the first leg of the album’s supporting tour. Since their inception, Papadosio has strived to push their limits, constantly searching for new ways to expand the depth and reach of each project they’re involved with. Today, Papadosio released their first ever remix album via their Bandcamp, continuing on with their long-held tradition to seek out new ways to present their music to fans.Pattern Integrities Remixed is a ten-track remix album of Papadosio’s latest album, which features remixes by ten producers who have taken the tracks on Pattern Integrities and put their own spin on them. Artists involved on the new remix album include Bluetech, Kalya Scintilla, and Living Light, to name a few. You can digitally download Papadosio’s first remix album now or pre-order a hardcopy via the band’s Bandcamp.This latest remix album should also be a perfect way to get fans stoked for Papadosio’s sophomore return to Red Rocks Amphitheater on May 6th of this year. The evening on the Rocks, dubbed Re:Creation Red Rocks, will feature what are sure to be unforgettable performances by Papadosio, Sunsquabi, Desert Dwellers, Supersillyus, An-Ten-Nae, and Eliot Lipp. Furthermore, the legendary visionary artists, Alex Grey and Allyson Grey will share the stage with Papadosio, creating their renowned transcendent paintings as the band tears it up. You can get tickets for the Red Rocks shows here after you pick up the band’s new remix album, and stay tuned for Live For Live Music’s full review of Pattern Integrities Remixed tomorrow.last_img

Calls grow in Germany to punish queue-jumping for vaccines

first_imgBERLIN (AP) — Calls are growing in Germany to punish people who squeeze to the front of the line for COVID-19 vaccines after several cases in which officials allegedly queue-jumped and received shots. The head of a trust that operates three hospitals in northwestern Germany apologized to staff members Wednesday for getting vaccinated ahead of doctors and nurses at the facilities. German public broadcaster NDR reported that fewer than 400 of the 2,500 staff members at the hospitals have gotten shots against the coronavirus so far. The trust’s chief executive, said he accepted an invitation to his first jab on Jan. 9 because doses had to be used quickly and has since received a second shot.last_img

Healthy vending available

first_imgNotre Dame students and staff looking for healthier on-the-go snack options now have to look no further than the nearest vending machines.Notre Dame Vending has partnered with Del Monte Fresh Produce Company to provide fresh-cut produce options in the sandwich machines around campus.The products are new this semester, but the project to bring healthier snack options to Notre Dame vending machines has been in the works for a while, said Michele VanTubbergen, operations manager for Notre Dame Vending and Office Refreshment Service.“In September, we saw the products that were to be available to vend and realized what a great option it would be for the campus to be able to offer fresh cut fruits and vegetables,” VanTubbergen said.“Our main goal is to offer the campus a healthy alternative for a snack while providing convenience,” she said.These healthy alternatives include single-serving sizes of Del Monte fruits and vegetables, such as pineapple, grapes, apple slices, baby carrots, tomatoes and celery.  Including the low-fat dip that accompanies some of the options, the snacks all total no more than 120 calories.“When the fruits and vegetables became available to vend in January, we made it our highest priority to bring it to Notre Dame,” VanTubbergen said.  “Del Monte was the first company to offer this new product, so we contacted them to find out how we could offer the products to our campus.”Del Monte is also excited to implement its services at Notre Dame, Dennis Christou, Del Monte’s vice president of marketing said in a press release. “We are excited about the launch of Del Monte Fresh Produce Company’s fresh fruit and vegetable vending line at Notre Dame,” Christou said. “This Del Monte initiative helps make fruit and vegetable snacks more accessible to the Notre Dame community.“Offering students and faculty these healthier choices is a great way to help them stay healthy when on the go and perfect for their sometimes hectic and time-crunched lives.”VanTubbergen said the fresh vending options are currently available through the Office Refreshment Service and in all sandwich vending machines, including those in the Hesburgh Library and the Main Building.The fruit and vegetable options are packaged to stay fresh and cost $1.50 each, the Notre Dame Food Services Web site said.Though other campuses like the University of Miami and Miami-Dade College are also bringing healthier vending to their campuses, Notre Dame is the first university in the Midwest to do so, VanTubbergen said.“We were so excited to be able to bring the fresh cut option to the University,” VanTubbergen said.last_img

The Diorama Starts Previews Off-Broadway

first_img The Diorama Related Shows In addition to O’Connor and Canning, the cast of The Diorama includes Alberto Bonilla, Bob Greenberg and Melissa Macleod Herion. The Diorama tells the story of Janey, a Wall Street lawyer who gets more than she bargained for when her artist sister Cecily invades her NYC apartment and begins constructing a life size igloo. While the two sisters seek a sense of belonging—either in a relationship or a safe place to call home—they are haunted by the tragedies of the past. Along the way they teach each other about life, love and happiness. All is fair in love and igloos. The Diorama, a new play by Jennifer Brown Stone and David S. Stone, begins performances on May 28 at The Lion Theatre at Theatre Row. Susan Louise O’Connor and Hunter Canning star in the romantic comedy under the direction of David S. Stone. Opening night is set for May 30. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 14, 2014 View Commentslast_img