Archives for November 22nd, 2005

EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

Book News, PublicNet: 22 November, 2005

By John AdairThis book highlights the link between the task needs, team maintenance needs and individual needs and demonstrates that the outcome of every situation involving leadership depends on these three factors. The author argues that leaders must possess the skills and expertise to ensure the group works together as a team in order to get the task done. But leadership requires more than equipping leaders or would-be leaders with knowledge and skills. The secret to becoming a successful leader is recognising the greatness that lies in others, but a person who shows leadership capabilities at one level is not always capable of exercising them at the next level – competence is a must.

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SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES TEAM MEMBERS NAMED

Headlines, PublicNet: 22 November, 2005

The Deputy Prime Minister has named the team who will drive a campaign to deliver the skills seen as necessary to create sustainable communities. The eight board members of the Academy for Sustainable Communities include a local authority chief executive as well as experts in various aspects of regenearation.The team, named by John Prescott, will work alongside the Academy Chair, Professor Peter Roberts and the recently appointed Chief Executive, Dr Gill Taylor. The academy, which is based in Leeds, has been established to develop a new approach to improving the skills, knowledge and behaviours needed to deliver sustainable communities. It will work with a range of professionals, including planners, architects, housing specialists, social and health workers, to ensure an integrated approach.

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PATIENTS WANT HARD LINE ON SELF-INFLICTED ILLNESS

Headlines, PublicNet: 22 November, 2005

Four out of ten people believe those who do not look after their health should be penalised, according to a report today that also shows a third of people want to see charges for medical treatment for patients who smoke, drink or are overweight and ten per cent backing a hard-line approach that would refuse treatment in some cases. The results of the study – from private medical insurers BUPA – will be debated later today by professionals from a range of health care sectors. The study reveals that 44 percent of Britons feel the Government should shoulder the majority of the responsibility for looking after their health. Four in 10 people also want even more health advice from the Government and there is widespread approval for the recent ban on junk food advertising. The study shows 41 percent of respondents believed this was a very responsible action and almost a third saw it as ‘necessary because no one else will do it.’Similarly the survey results show 80 per cent of people believe the Government should play a greater part in the regulation of food manufacturers and 73 percent believe there should be a crackdown on the media and advertisers to ensure they portray only healthy lifestyles. Three quarters of people would like to see annual health screenings for all adults and almost half believe there should be higher taxes on cigarettes and alcohol. Another sign of the tougher approach to health issues is that 62 per cent of respondents believe employers should monitor sickness absence more effectively and in some cases, even refuse to pay sick leave.

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