Archives for October 2nd, 2000

TRANSFORMATIONAL CHANGE FOR PUBLIC SERVICE RECRUITMENT

Headlines, PublicNet: 2 October, 2000

Traditional recruitment practices for public service jobs are about to change as the Internet challenges vacancy adverts in newspapers and journals. Later this month jobs4publicsector.com will launch a new service which will slash advertising costs and speed up the recruitment process. Other dotcom recruitment start-ups are believed to be developing systems to capture a slice of 300,000 annual adverts which make up the public sector jobs market.The on line service will do more than replace traditional adverts. Job seekers will be able to store their CVs and apply for vacancies on line. Prospective employers can present much fuller information about their organisation and what a job entails. Recently Liverpool City Council launched a recruitment drive for senior posts with a CD Rom included with an edition of the Local Government Chronicle. The CD Rom included a voice and text introduction from the Council Leader and the Chief Executive. It presented a video image of Liverpool and a vision of the city of the future. It will soon be possible to make this presentation on line at a fraction of the cost and in a greatly reduced timescale.

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E-GOVERNMENT CULTURE PLAN UNVEILED

Headlines, PublicNet: 2 October, 2000

The culture element of the e-government strategy will bring an interactive future for culture and the arts in the UK. Culture Secretary Chris Smith has revealed a plan to allow children in schools and people at home to explore and interact with the cream of the UK’s national museum and gallery collections, films, music and stage performances.Culture Online will use the latest technology via the Internet to present and explain the best of culture and heritage as a key resource for schools and an ever-expanding reference work for everyone. In future, for example, a child studying Shakespeare’s Macbeth will be able to download the text, watch a performance of the play online, take part in discussion groups with other students and a recent Director of the play and call up costume designs and programmes from past performances.

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PATTERNS OF LEADER CHARACTERISTICS: IMPLICATIONS FOR PERFORMANCE AND DEVELOPMENT

Abstracts, PublicNet: 2 October, 2000

Mumford M D, Zaccaro S J, Johnson J F, Diana M, Threlfall K VLeadership Quarterly, (USA), Spring 2000 Vol 11 No 1

Start page: 115. No of pages: 19

Adopts a person-centred approach to develop understanding of both leader development and person type, to improve matching to organizational and job requirements. Examines leader types to ascertain if type is specific to: – hierarchical level, the accuracy of fit element, homogeneity or diversity models of leaders and the performance of different types at different hierarchical levels. Uses previously acquired US Army data relating to officers of both junior and senior rank to carry out the examination. Bases character factors on Jackson Personality Research form and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator criteria, and classifies types into seven groups, e.g. concrete achievers, struggling misfits. Finds that three types from the seven types identified at entry grade do not generally achieve senior rank, supports this finding by showing that these types also under-performed in measurable achievement criteria. Indicates that motivated communicators and thoughtful innovators pre-dominated in senior ranks and in skill acquisition throughout their careers.

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