Archives for September 7th, 2000

LEADERSHIP SKILLS: CONCLUSIONS AND FUTURE DIRECTIONS

Abstracts, PublicNet: 7 September, 2000

Mumford M D, Zaccaro S J, Connelly M S, Marks M A Leadership Quarterly, (USA), Spring 2000 Vol 11 No 1Start page: 155. No of pages: 16

Reviews research into the skills-based model of leader performance. Suggests that this model can be used in conjunction with other leadership models, e.g. leader-follower exchange and leader trait theories, to better understand the identification and development of leader candidates, and the conditions required to fulfil candidate potential. Looks at investigation into the model propositions that leader performance can be predicted, that skills can be developed by experience, can be measured, and that skill acquisition can be related to personal characteristics. Points out that the principal data source was US Army personnel and discusses generalization of the results to civilian organizations. Discusses the implications for practitioners of a skills-based approach as an alternative to a behavioural-based approach. Concludes that potential leader identification and leader skills, behaviour and trait requirements are changing as the age of mass production and close control end, and adaptive and flexible organizational characteristics grow in importance.

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WINTER PLANNING GOES WEST

Headlines, PublicNet: 7 September, 2000

A new set of improvement specialists is to be despatched around the country to try to pre-empt a winter crisis for the NHS. Forty areas described as ‘key communities’ are to be visited by a Winter Emergency Services Team (WEST) who will look at all issues of health provision from immunisation through to after-care and social services.Then, along with the National Patient’s Access Team (NPAT), they will offer advice and support to local agencies and cascade good practice across the service. Winter planning was generally seen to fend off the worst of the pressures brought on by severe weather last year, and the Government has now invested around 630 million pounds to avoid instances of hospitals unable to cope. The idea has been to direct money towards those winter measures seen to have worked well, including a cash boost for critical care beds, extra money for step down care, a major flu immunisation campaign and information campaigns to encourage the public to protect their health and use NHS services appropriately.

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SHARING GOVERNMENT INFORMATION

Headlines, PublicNet: 7 September, 2000

The E-Minister Patricia Hewitt has announced that publishing and Internet businesses should be allowed to make better use of Government information.The announcement follows the Government’s Review of the Knowledge Driven Economy as part of the spending review.

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