Archives for May 8th, 2000

ASCENT OF WOMAN

Abstracts, PublicNet: 8 May, 2000

Johnson RPeople Management, (UK), Jan 2000 Vol 6 No 1

Start page: 26. No of pages: 4

Quotes business leaders and academics who believe that women’s management and leadership skills are such that they will soon catch up and overtake men in the Western business world. Identifies the skills and qualities that are singled out by the commentators as fitting women for management in the 21st century. Contrasts this with statistics from the UK, gathered by Cranfield School of Management, that indicate that the number of women reaching top positions within firms is declining. Summarizes the reasons for this identified in the Cranfield report (the informal organizational culture perpetuating the idea of male and female roles; women being perceived as lacking commitment; and human resource practices, such as performance appraisal that fail to measure soft skills). Points to evidence that women possess better transformational leadership skills than men and argues that organizations will suffer if they do not recognize these skills.

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MODERNISING THE SCHOOL YEAR

Headlines, PublicNet: 8 May, 2000

Work starts today (Monday) on modernising the school year, with the Local Government Association (LGA) holding a commission to investigate the options.The nature of the three term academic school year, along with the length of holidays, periodically attracts criticism for its impact on both the economy and children’s learning capacity.

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CUSTOMS & EXCISE POSITIVE ON DISCRIMINATION

Headlines, PublicNet: 8 May, 2000

Customs and Excise have been making headway in initiatives to encourage the development of a diverse workforce.Rachel Pickavance, Non-Executive Director of the Board of Customs & Excise outlined progress in initiatives on race, equality and diversity implemented over the past year, to an audience of the Race Equality in Employment Project (REEP).

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