Archives for November 22nd, 2000

ESSENCE OF LEADERSHIP

Book News, PublicNet: 22 November, 2000

Kakabadse A, Kakabadse NBrings a practical edge to leadership theory. Discusses all the issues which contribute to an understanding of leadership, including: the functions of transactional and transformational leadership; today’s reality which is characterized by fragmentation; diversity of stakeholders and also of agendas; the discordant balance between accountabilities and responsibilities; the significance of culture in shaping the leader’s role; the impact of power and the role of politics; the influence of traits and of determination (‘born to be great’ versus ‘ I strove hard and achieved it alone’); and the influence of demographics, including that of gender and ethnicity. . Contains a chapter on ‘Developing leaders’ which lacks focus and provides no clear recommendations. Contains, nevertheless, much to expand even a knowledgeable reader’s perception of leadership.

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SKILLS MISSION FOR FE

Headlines, PublicNet: 22 November, 2000

Until now the Cinderella of the education make-up of England and Wales, further education has now discovered its role in Labour’s modernised service.FE colleges will be at the heart of the drive to meet the skills and productivity challenge of the new economy.

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REGIONAL DIGITAL DIVIDE

Headlines, PublicNet: 22 November, 2000

New figures show that regional inequality may be enhanced rather than reduced by new technology.The phrase ‘north-south divide’ may well be superseded by ‘digital divide’ to denote those areas where business start-ups and e-commerce capability is booming, and those where it is not.

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