Archives for October 24th, 2005

POWER MENTORING: HOW SUCCESSFUL MENTORS AND PROTEGES GET THE MOST OUT OF RELATIONSHIPS

Book News, PublicNet: 24 October, 2005

By Ellen A. Ensher and Susan E. MurphyThis book is a nuts-and-bolts guide for anyone who wants to create a connection with a protégé or mentor, or to improve a current mentoring relationship. Filled with illustrative examples and candid insights from fifty of successful mentors and protégés, Power Mentoring unlocks the secrets of great mentoring relationships and shows how anyone including those who are well established in their careers, or those who are just starting out, can become a successful mentor or protégé. Based on compelling interviews from Ellen Ensher and Susan Murphy’s own research, this important resource explains what it takes to develop a “power mentoring” network consisting of a variety of mentors across a range of organizations. The authors provide strategies for establishing such power mentoring relationships, outline the best practices, and offer insights from mentors and protégés in a variety of fields.

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GROUP AIMS TO CLEAR BARRIERS TO THIRD SECTOR DELIVERY OF HEALTH SERVICES

Headlines, PublicNet: 24 October, 2005

A new task force has been set up to look at clearing the way for charities to bid to provide health and social care services. It will identify strategies to break down barriers that stop third sector organisations – including the voluntary sector and not for profit social businesses – having more involvement in delivering ‘innovative person-centred health and social care services’The task force, announced by the Care Services Minister Liam Byrne, will have representatives from other leading charities including Marie Curie Cancer Care, Sue Ryder Care, Rethink and Turning Point as well as government experts.

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COUNCILS WARNED SMALL FIRMS MAY MISS OUT IN SWITCH TO E-PROCUREMENT

Headlines, PublicNet: 24 October, 2005

Thousands of jobs in smaller companies could be affected as local councils turn to e-Procurement of goods and services. Authorities have been warned that while the move to electronic systems will lead to savings it will also have an impact on local suppliers. The warning has come from Stephen Timms, a minister in the Department of Work and Pensions who wants small businesses to gear up to councils’ electronic trading requirements.Mr. Timms said local authorities spent 25 billion pounds a year with suppliers. The implementation of e-procurement systems would mean they could save at least eight percent in price reduction by better procurement and as much as 17 percent through e- Procurement technologies. “This is an important opportunity for improved cost efficiency, with big numbers attached, but it is also a challenge as it will have a big impact on suppliers and needs to be managed well, ” he said.

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