Shortcuts to good ideas

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Shortcuts to good ideasOn 1 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today A report from the Industrial Society* claims that creativity – an essentialingredient for business success – is being stifled in the workplace. Thereport’s author Alex McKie says the economic slowdown makes the environment forcreativity even more hostile. Yet she argues that it is easy to nurturecreativity without spending a lot of money. Encouraging better conversations atwork is a good first step, she suggests. “Creative conversation is a simple approach to creativity,” saysMcKie. “It’s easy to do, everyone can do it, it’s cheap to implement, itleads to value, makes life more enjoyable, is flexible and it works with oldand new technology.” So what low-cost, creative ideas can training professionals contribute tohelp their businesses? And how can they fight for budgets and stand theirground in a tight economic climate? Chris GoscombHead of people and organisation development, EasyjetThere are two simple things we can contribute. One is helping peopleunderstand themselves, the company’s values and what’s going on around them sothey know their contributions and ideas are welcome. One of our key values is ‘everybody makes a difference’ and we promote thatfrom the time people join the organisation. The other thing is giving peopletime to think and encouraging them to think effectively, which gives them theopportunity to put ideas in to practice. Respect has to be the cheapest commodity that makes the biggest differencein the world. We use the methodology of a thinking environment, which meanspaying people respect, giving people time to think and paying attention whenpeople are actually thinking. It brings huge dividends. Alex MckieAuthor, Virtual value: Conversations, ideas and the creative economyMany companies organise conferences to encourage relationships. Often themajority of the time is planned but the most valuable time may be when peopleare sitting chatting over a beer or coffee or breakfast. It is the informalconversations where people discover common interests and experiences that aretruly valuable. So why not build in more time to chat? The benefits may be newrelationships and more ideas generated. Kim BirnieDirector of learning, TescoWe have a combined approach where we use in-house knowledge experts todesign and deliver training products. It’s good because then we have the rightline buying into training. Our role as trainers is to shape the training so ithas good methodology behind it. One of the keys to maintaining a budget is making sure that training isvalued in the business. Being able to prove a return on investment in terms ofincreased individual capability, team capability or business capability is agreat challenge to training and development professionals. Helen VandeveldeWriter on the future of workTraining professionals can generate a flow of creative flashpoints throughevents and learning programmes that stimulate debate and challenge acceptedorthodoxies. It doesn’t have to cost any more, just shake up the mix. Trash thetraditional business case study. If you take a case study from an unrelateddiscipline – such as examining how guerilla teams operate – you engage a deepervein of thinking. You end up with a pioneering culture, where your people are committed tocreativity because of the stimulation and enjoyment they derive from it. Janet ReadDynamic resources leader, PrismUsing the knowledge and talents of your own people can be a cost-effectiveway of training. Ask employees if there are topics they’d like to run aworkshop on. You may have to prompt and give categories but it’s surprisingwhat you’ll come up with. Employees are more likely to buy into training delivered by a colleague andat the same time you’re developing people’s presentation skills and boostingtheir confidence. If you have a sister company you can keep costs down byexchanging training expertise and resources. Paul RoddDirector, Barclays UniversityIn cost-cutting times it’s important that training departments are focusedin what they do, and what they do must be, as closely as possible, linked tothe business drivers. Training departments should be in identifying areaswhere, over the shorter term, they can cut costs. If the profit-generating parts of the organisation can see that sort ofgesture, they’re more likely to be receptive to the training department in goodtimes. Training departments shouldn’t wait until they’re asked to cut back onbudgets, they should anticipate opportunities to make cuts and target resourcesto income-generating areas, working side by side with the business. That level of proactivity would dramatically increase the credibility of thetraining function. To access Virtual value: Conversations, ideas and the creative economyvisit Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Prep Sports Roundup: 3/27

first_img Tags: Brinlee Stevens/Bryson Barnes/Keelie Cheff/Lincoln County Lynx/Milford Tigers/Raygen Newton/Reggie Myers/Whitney Shepherd Non-Region EAGLE MOUNTAIN, Utah-Brinlee Stevens earned the win in the circle as the Millard Eagles routed the Rockwell Marshals 19-1 in non-region softball action Wednesday. DELTA, Utah-Tavy Gale and Sydnee Gillins each homered and the Beaver Beavers routed Delta 20-0 Wednesday in non-region softball action. Madi Robinson earned the win in the circle with three shutout innings. Gale’s home run was a grand slam for the Lady Beavers. MONROE, Utah-Karson Hunt hit a pair of doubles and drove in six runs to lead South Sevier to a 13-1 win over Providence Hall in non-region baseball Wednesday. Jarin Robb earned the win on the mound giving up one unearned run in three innings pitched. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBaseball SALINA, Utah-Darci Wagner doubled twice and Savannah Hansen earned the win in ther circle as the South Sevier Rams downed North Sevier 11-5 in non-region softball action Wednesday. Janessa Gayler, Saige Okerlund and Hansen all added doubles in the win for the Rams. Madison Bennett doubled in defeat for the Wolves. Non-Regioncenter_img Softball PANACA, Nev.-Bryson Barnes doubled, but it wasn’t enough as the Milford Tigers fell 3-2 to the Lincoln County (Nev.) Lynx Wednesday in non-region baseball action. SPRINGVILLE, Utah-Keelie Cheff and Whitney Shepherd each went yard as the Springville Red Devils routed Juab 18-6 Wednesday in non-region softball action. Brinlee Paystrup took the win in the circle for the Class 5-A Red Devils. Raygen Newton and Reggie Myers doubled for the Wasps in the loss. Written by March 27, 2019 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 3/27 Brad Jameslast_img read more

Bakery achieves Xmas export deal

first_imgFrom stollen to lebkuchen, Germans have long had a love of festive bakery treats, but it seems they have now developed a taste for British Christmas cake, thanks to one Hertfordshire bakery. In its first-ever export contract, Sawbridgeworth-based craft bakery Dorringtons has supplied 2,000 handmade festive fruit cakes to an upmarket online retailer in Germany called Hagen Grote.The deal came about when Hagen Grote, which sells directly to consumers in Germany, France, Switzerland and Austria, spotted the new Dorringtons’ website and got in touch.After tweaking its Christmas cake recipe for the German market (the icing has been replaced by assorted dried fruit stuck to the marzipan topping), Dorringtons supplied an initial order of 700 cakes, which proved so popular that the German company kept re-ordering.“We’ve never exported before, but this experience has really got us thinking,” said managing director Caroline Sharples. “We are normally completely focused on supplying our 15 shops, but production is finished by lunchtime, so there is capacity to do more of this kind of thing.”An adviser from UK Trade & Investment is due to visit the company in the New Year to help it grow exports and Sharples is looking to include an online purchasing function on its website to boost sales directly to the public in the UK.“Our shops will always be the core of the business, but you have to move with the times and look for new opportunities,” she added.Established in 1919, Dorringtons has 15 shops in Hertfordshire, Essex and Cambridgeshire.last_img read more

BFAWU signs financial advice contract

first_imgThe Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) has signed a three-year deal with Lighthouse Financial Advice (LFA).The contract will see its members – of which there are 23,000 in the UK – benefit from financial advice from LFA.Ian Hodson, national president of BFAWU, commented: “BFAWU looks forward to offering its members financial advice through Lighthouse. We hope this is the start of a long and successful relationship for both parties.”The BFAWU was founded in 1847 in Manchester, and is a trade-based union of workers in the food industry.last_img read more

Knead Bakery bags Ocado contract

first_imgKnead Bakery has landed an exclusive deal to supply its free-from bakery products to Ocado, British Baker can reveal.The gluten-free bakery business, based in London, has signed a deal with the online grocery retailer to supply a selection of its free-from bakery goods, which will be available in early 2013. This includes American-style cookies, ginger cookies, brownies and fresh white bread and seeded bread.Sim Smith, owner of Knead Bakery, told British Baker: “I contacted Ocado directly and they were interested in the concept of Knead Bakery, so I met them with samples shortly after. It seemed to fit with our customer base and it is so great to be available to such a lot of the UK from the get-go.”She added that Knead Bakery will be extending its range with Ocado later on in the year, which will include its mini blueberry muffins, mini lemon and poppy seed muffins and carrot cake.The company will also be looking to target further retailers following its exclusivity period with Ocado, as Smith explained: “We already have other large retailers wanting to stock the products.”Knead Bakery produces a range of bakery products which are free from gluten, dairy, casein, yeast and cane sugar.last_img read more

Ashers’ cake fight continues

first_imgThe trial of a bakery which refused to bake a pro-gay marriage cake has gone into its second week at the High Court in Belfast. Regular customer Gareth Lee placed an order with Ashers Baking Company, in Belfast, but was later told by the bakery that they could not fulfil the request for a cake topped with a picture of Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie, alongside the slogan ‘Support Gay Marriage’.Christian Karen McArthur, a director at Ashers, told the court she had initially accepted the order, which had been fully paid for, to avoid a “confrontation”.“In my heart, I knew I would not be able to put that (slogan) on the cake,” she said, adding that she did not want to “embarrass” the customer in the bakery.Ashers’ solicitors argued that the business took issue with the cake, not Lee or his sexuality.But Robin Allen QC, for the Equality Commission, which brought the case, said that businesses could not turn down custom based on “religious scruples”.The Equality Commission, which champions complaints of those who claim to have been discriminated against on the grounds of their religion, race, age, gender or sexuality, is seeking damages against Ashers. It said that if the bakery was allowed to refuse to do business with a minority group, a precedent would be set for discrimination.Christian charity the Christian Institute is backing Ashers in the case, which it says proves the need for the law to reasonably accommodate family-run businesses with firmly held beliefs.The cake, ordered to celebrate International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia on17 May 2014, was supplied by another bakery.last_img read more

Working it out

first_imgGarrett Sharp ’24 can’t wait to play football for Harvard, but these days the first-year is just happy to be able to get to know and work out with teammates.“All the guys bring great energy to every workout that contributes to an environment in which we can get better,” said the defensive back, who was among the student-athletes on campus to begin team workouts in late October. The teams, including lacrosse, soccer, water polo, and tennis, focused on strength and conditioning.,Sharp, who is from Carmel, Ind., said COVID rules, such as mandatory masks and social distancing, don’t hinder the exercise regimens.“The workouts are great every single day. While it is not normal times, I do not really notice the regulations anymore as they have just become the norm,” he said. “The team has adapted to the constraints and still finds a way to improve. Everyone still actively gets better.”Throughout Sundays in November, the network NESN will showcase classic Crimson games from the past four years. At 5 p.m. Nov. 8, it’s women’s basketball, Crimson vs. Princeton, Feb. 24, 2018. For a complete listing, visit the website.— Jill Radskenlast_img read more

Campus celebrates Christian Unity Week

first_imgChristian Unity Week, a series of events hosted by Campus Ministry and the Department of Theology, works to help students and staff embark on a communal journey to come together in the Body of Christ through conversation and prayer. “About 2.1 billion people claim the name Christian, but these followers of Christ are divided into a wide variety of denominations,” Karen Kirner, associate director of the Folk and Celebration Choirs, said. “Different ways we can work towards unity include prayer, common work, witness and open dialogue.” Events for the week begin tonight with an Ecumenical Lecture concerning Eastern Catholics and their relationship with the Orthodox Church at 7 p.m. in the Coleman-Morse Lounge. A talk sponsored by Four:7 Catholic Fellowship about unification of all Christians through the Body of Christ will take place Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. in the Cavanaugh Hall Chapel. History professors Mark Noll and Brad Gregory will lecture on the relationship between Evangelicals and Catholics Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Oak Room of South Dining Hall. Though there will be a prayer service at 8 p.m. Friday in the Keenan-Stanford Chapel, the pinnacle of the week will be the Christian Unity Prayer Service Thursday night at 10 p.m. in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Kirner said. Kirner has helped organize several choirs for the Prayer Service. Five choirs from across campus will be leading the music, including the Celebration Choir, Voices of Faith Gospel Choir, Totus Tuus Band of Four: 7 Catholic Fellowship, musicians from Iron Sharpens Iron Interdenominational Fellowship and Coro Primavera. “Each group will be highlighted individually, and we’ll also sing several joint pieces together,” she said. It’s important that members of the Notre Dame community share in all the similarities of Christian faith, have a chance to dialogue about differences with others and appreciate the nuances that each has to offer, Kirner said. An easy way to participate is to attend the Thursday night prayer service in the Basilica, she said. The organizers of Christian Unity Week hope, that with the time spent examining beliefs, all Christians can unite as one people. “We want students to realize that Christian Unity is something worth celebrating and working toward, even though we probably won’t see it brought completely to fruition in our lifetimes,” Kirner said. “We want students to appreciate the validity of a wide variety of Christian expression, to be inspired by fellow students of different Christian expressions, to learn from each other, and primarily to realize that we are all one in Christ.”last_img read more

Students run 5k to fight homelessness

first_imgA group of Saint Mary’s students, faculty and administrators participated in the Homeward Bound 5K for St. Joseph County on Saturday. The Homeward Bound run/walk contributed to local organizations to fight homelessness and provide housing.Saint Mary’s Student Government Sssociation (SGA), organized a group of more than 40 members of the Saint Mary’s community to participate in the event. Saint Mary’s senior Kat Sullivan, who organized the event, said it was fun to dress up as superheroes and help local organizations.“We’re supposed to represent the superheroes of South Bend, the organizations that really give back to the community, so we were representing Center for the Homeless and Hannah’s House, so all the funds that we raised will go to those organizations,” Sullivan said.Duane Wilson, chair of Homeward Bound for St. Joseph County, said this is the seventh annual Homeward Bound 5K in St. Joseph County and the third year the Robinson Community Learning Center has hosted the event.“The Homeward Bound 5K is to bring awareness and raise funds for affordable housing and to support the homeless,” Wilson said. “Last year we raised $16,000 and [the money] gets divided up between five agencies that support the needs of homelessness, specifically Bridges out of Poverty, Habitat for Humanity, Hannah’s House, Center for the Homeless, Hope Ministries and the Robinson Community Learning Center.”First year student Elizabeth Chandler said she had a great time participating in the race with her friends and was happy she could contribute to helping Hannah’s House and Center for the Homeless.“The Homeward Bound was my first 5K I’ve ever done, and it felt so great knowing I not only completed this race, but I also helped fight homelessness and poverty,” Chandler said. “It was a really rewarding experience”.First year student Maureen Daday dressed up as Batman.“I thought the atmosphere was awesome because everyone was so excited to help the local organizations in South Bend,” Daday said. “People from Saint Mary’s really wanted to help out, and it was cool seeing all the students come together and run for a good cause, I will definitely participate in the Homeward Bound next year.”Bethel College, Notre Dame, Holy Cross and Saint Mary’s were asked to form groups for the event. Senior Kat Sullivan said that participating in events that benefit local organizations have made her realize how important it is to give back to the community.“I see firsthand what the Center can do for the South Bend community by working with the guests at the Center for the Homeless, so I realize how important events like the Homeward Bound 5K are,” Sullivan said. “… These organizations do so much for the South Bend community, and it’s important for us to give back.”Tags: Homeward Boundlast_img read more

Scott McPherson’s Marvin’s Room to Bow on B’way

first_img Marvin’s Room Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 27, 2017 Related Shows View Commentscenter_img Scott McPherson Looks like Scott McPherson’s award-winning Marvin’s Room will be the first show of the 2017-18 Broadway season, when it makes its Main Stem premiere next summer. Directed by Anne Kauffman, the limited engagement is scheduled to run June 8, 2017 through August 27 at Roundabout’s American Airlines Theatre. Opening night is set for June 29.Marvin’s Room follows estranged sisters Lee and Bessie, who have never seen eye to eye. Lee is a single mother who’s been busy raising her troubled teenage son, Hank. Bessie’s got her hands full with their elderly father and his soap opera-obsessed sister. When Bessie is diagnosed with leukemia, the two women reunite for the first time in 18 years. Are Lee’s good intentions and wig-styling skills enough to make up for her long absence? Can Bessie help Hank finally feel at home somewhere…or at least keep him from burning her house down? Can these almost-strangers become a family in time to make plans, make amends, and maybe make a trip to Disney World?Marvin’s Room made its world premiere in Chicago in 1990, directed by David Petrarca, before going on to play off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons and at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. Its awards include the 1992 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Play, the 1992 Drama Desk Award for Best Play and the Joseph Jefferson Award in Chicago for Best Original Work. Marvin’s Room was adapted for a film of the same name in 1996, starring Meryl Streep, Leonardo DiCaprio, Diane Keaton and Robert De Niro.The cast and design team will be announced later.last_img read more