Archives for August 1st, 2000

DEVELOPMENT OF LEADERSHIP SKILLS

Abstracts, PublicNet: 1 August, 2000

Mumford M D, Marks M A, Connelly M S, Zaccaro S J, Reiter-Palmon RLeadership Quarterly, (USA), Spring 2000 Vol 11 No 1

Start page: 87. No of pages: 28

Proposes a model of leadership skill development indicating which particular leadership skills are required during roles undertaken and at certain career stages, assesses the effect of experience on leader skills development. Discusses how skills are acquired and developed, relates this process to training, personal characteristics and career development. Uses data supplied by 1807 US Army officers divided into age, command role and rank. Analyses participant responses to ascertain information on issues such as differences in skill level during a career and at different organizational levels and situations. Identifies that both problem complexity and skill level increase with rank, and that these variations are measurable between junior, mid-level and senior ranks. Reports that problem-solving skill level increased as exposure to problems with multiple components, ill-defined problems, autonomy and diversification increased. Advocates use of the model in assigning appropriate roles to potential leaders for effective management of their career development.

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OGC JOINS UP WITH IT INDUSTRY

Headlines, PublicNet: 1 August, 2000

The Office of Government Commerce (OGC) has announced that has set up a forum with the IT industry as part of efforts to improve standards of IT projects across Government. Peter Gershon, Chief Executive of the Office of Government Commerce, who will chair the forum, says the aim is to learn the lessons of well-publicised failures and identify future standards and best practice needed to implement future government IT projects successfully.The recent report, Successful IT – Modernising Government in Action, set out a package of 30 recommendations to improve government IT projects. The forum is seen as a useful means where industry and government can address the systemic and process problems related to the acquisition and implementation of government projects that have an IT element.

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NEW TARGETS FOR PUBLIC SERVICES

Headlines, PublicNet: 1 August, 2000

First came the announcement in the spending review of more carrots across the public sector, now comes the stick. The Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Andrew Smith has announced how the effective use of the money released in the spending review will be checked by a raft of public service agreements – or performance targets.The Government says it’s the clearest set of measurable targets for outputs and outcomes it has ever produced. Amongst the 160 targets set out in the White Paper – Spending Review 2000: Public Service Agreements 2001-2004 – are increasing the numbers of pupils in state schools achieving success in exams, reducing the numbers of children in households with no one in work, cutting crime and making the UK a good place to trade electronically.

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