Wednesday, October 27, 2010

[BLG] Exclusive: BBC staff survey slams executive culture [27 October 2010]

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HR Magazine (UK)

 

Exclusive: BBC staff survey slams executive culture

Peter Crush, 27 October 2010

http://www.hrmagazine.co.uk/channel/news/article/1037391/Exclusive-BBC-staff-survey-slams-executive-culture/

 

HR magazine has discovered that little more than a third (38%) of BBC employees believe senior leaders communicate their strategies effectively, while just 45% of staff feel BBC executives behave in a way that is consistent with the broadcaster's values.

 

These are some of the damning results of this year’s BBC staff survey, the results of which were published in this week’s staff magazine, Ariel.

 

The 2010 survey – the first since 2008, which had 14,249 responses – took place in May this year, before controversial changes to the organisation’s pension scheme were announced.

 

 

It finds only 50% of staff (a rise of just 1% on the last survey) think there are opportunities to develop their career there, and only 54% think the BBC is ‘going in the right direction’ (although this is up 6%).

 

While there was a nine-percentage point increase in those who thought the ‘the reasons for change are well communicated’, the figure for 2010 is still only at 54%.

 

This year, only 61% of respondents said they felt free to use their judgment to make editorial decisions – down from 62% in 2008.

 

The total response rate to the 2010 survey was 65% - up from 61% in 2008.

 

Commenting on the findings in Ariel, director of people Lucy Adams said: "Managers can’t look at the results and simply say ‘oh, that’s interesting’, and then carry on as before. It’s up to them to make improvements."

 

More than 500 managers will now receive the full results of the findings in the next two months. Feedback from them will go to director-general Mark Thompson’s senior team in early 2011.

 

Despite these negative findings, though, the survey still found 75% would still speak highly of the BBC as an employer (up 8% on the 2008 figure).

 

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This information is provided as a current awareness service of the Bacharach Leadership Group (BLG). Stuart Basefsky is responsible for the selection of the contents which are intended to stimulate understanding and debate on issues related to leadership. The content does not reflect the opinions or positions of BLG or that of Mr. Basefsky and should not be construed as such. The service is unique in that it assembles a variety of freely available sources that reveal patterns, trends, pros and cons, and caveats related to leaders and leadership. Use of the information provided is unrestricted. However, it is requested that users acknowledge that the information was found via the BLG News Service.

 

[BLG] Artful Dodgers: Talking arts with Utah gubernatorial candidates...leadership styles are reflected in their plans for arts

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Salt Lake City Weekly
Wednesday, October 27,2010

 

Artful Dodgers: Talking arts with Utah gubernatorial candidates

Herbert, Corroon's leadership styles are reflected in their plans for arts.

By Josh Loftin

http://www.cityweekly.net/utah/article-12464-artful-dodgers-talking-arts-with-utah-gubernatorial-candidates.html

 

 

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Listening to both talk about the role of state government in supporting the arts, however, provides insight into their respective leadership styles.

 

Corroon is the pragmatist, highlighting safe, worldly artists whose calendars sell out before Christmas. He offers solutions that avoid government control of the arts but still use government influence to boost the community, such as his support of a statewide tax that is similar to Salt Lake County’s Zoo, Arts and Parks [ZAP] tax.

 

Herbert is proudly parochial, holding up as a state treasure a renowned LDS artist who paints idealistic scenes. He wants mostly private support for professional art, with public support geared more toward arts education during the formative years. But as with many of his talking points, he focuses on what the state has accomplished culturally and how it can improve on those successes.

 

 

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[BLG] Leading questions: Javed Khan, Victim Support

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The Guardian

 

Leading questions: Javed Khan, Victim Support

The new chief executive on how the charity for people affected by crime is the 'big society' in action

 

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Jane Dudman The Guardian, Wednesday 27 October 2010

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2010/oct/27/javed-khan-chief-executive-victim-support

 

 

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What's your leadership style?

 

I'm a great believer in distributed leadership. I believe strategy and vision are important, but you can only lead with emotional intelligence. For example, the London serious youth violence board is really complex; it's about bringing together all the major agencies across London, including all 33 councils and the mayor's office. You need a lot of creativity with such a complicated challenge, to instil the belief that you can make a difference, and then to break the tasks down into chunks – and to celebrate people's contributions when things do begin to happen.

 

 

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[BLG] Which of the three candidates running for mayor of Augusta will help grow a healthy Garden City?

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METRO SPIRIT

Augusta's Independent Voice

 

Issue #22.14 :: 10/27/2010 - 11/02/2010

Growth in Augusta

 

Which of the three candidates running for mayor of Augusta will help grow a healthy Garden City?

BY STACEY EIDSON

http://metrospirit.com/index.php?cat=1990310070813675&ShowArticle_ID=11012610104054918

 

 

AUGUSTA, GA - In the final series on the upcoming local elections on Nov. 2, the Metro Spirit submitted the same questions about the future of the Garden City to the three candidates running for mayor of Augusta: Deke Copenhaver, Lori Davis and William “Gil” Gilyard III. Here is what they said.

 

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Metro Spirit: How would you describe yourself as a leader? Why should voters select you as mayor?

 

The answers follow…..

 

 

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[BLG] 49 Interview questions that any prospective CIO should be prepared to answer

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CIO Business Technology Leadership

 

49 Interview questions that any prospective CIO should be prepared to answer

Answer me this…

By Tina Nunno | Published: 13:05 GMT, 26 October 10 | CIO UK

http://www.cio.co.uk/article/3245728/49-interview-questions-that-any-prospective-cio-should-be-prepared-to-answer/

 

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Leadership

Leadership is about understanding how to move people and the business forward. The most effective CIOs view themselves as business leaders first and IT leaders second. These questions focus on helping the interviewer assess a candidate’s leadership views, accomplishments, and likelihood of leadership success from then onward. Interviewers should focus on the candidate’s ability to communicate in business terms, articulate measurable business outcomes, motivate people and handle leadership challenges.

 

- Can you explain how you saw a business problem and applied technology to solve it? What was the outcome?

- What significant contribution did you make at your last company? How did you achieve it?

- What is your understanding of return on investment and how it applies to IT?

- Can you articulate your understanding of risk and how it applies to IT? Provide an example of how you applied this knowledge to mitigate risk.

- Can you give an example of when you improved a business process? What was the outcome? What role did you play?

 

 AND MUCH MORE…

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This information is provided as a current awareness service of the Bacharach Leadership Group (BLG). Stuart Basefsky is responsible for the selection of the contents which are intended to stimulate understanding and debate on issues related to leadership. The content does not reflect the opinions or positions of BLG or that of Mr. Basefsky and should not be construed as such. The service is unique in that it assembles a variety of freely available sources that reveal patterns, trends, pros and cons, and caveats related to leaders and leadership. Use of the information provided is unrestricted. However, it is requested that users acknowledge that the information was found via the BLG News Service.