The Welsh back row didn’t really look Welsh against England – it looked Kiwi. Toby Faletau, Sam Warburton and Justin Tipuric raised the standard of Welsh back-row play to another level. It was a lesson in selecting modern lightweight forwards with an emphasis on speed as well as technical ability. Last week’s big question was Warburton ‘or’ Tipuric – as it happens the answer may be Warburton ‘and’ Tipuric. They complemented each other perfectly. Having two sevens on the field meant that even when one was on the floor, the other was often on his feet. The benefits of always having one of your fastest, most skilful, forwards on their feet at all times was demonstrated in Alex Cuthbert’s second try. Warburton’s explosive pace and power started it and Tipuric’s majestic skill-set did the rest – a Test centre would have been proud to run his line. The Warburton v Tipuric issue isn’t one that Wales have to worry about – the rest of the world’s Test-playing nations maybe should.Running man: Mike Phillips breaksBig bang theoryIn truth the Welsh back-line had been quiet in the opening four games. Kicking-based game plans had dictated they perform a more defensive role and use their size to make tackles. Against England, their size was used to break tackles. Between them the Welsh back-line beat 12 defenders – the entire English squad of 23 beat only nine. Cuthbert, George North, Jamie Roberts and Mike Phillips, in particular, wreaked havoc – double tackling a necessity not an option with them. The size of the Welsh backs was particularly evident when Wales executed energy-sapping ten-phase sets in England’s 22m area. Unlike other teams in the Six Nations the Welsh backs offer little relief when the ball is passed out wide. But for all of the physicality of North, Roberts and Phillips, it was Cuthbert’s surgical finishing that stole the show – and rightly so. Tackle bounces for show. Tries for dough.Coaching congratulations Many have been quick to blame the Welsh coaching set-up in recent months. Rob Howley’s right to coach the Welsh team and his selections have been questioned, whilst Shaun Edwards’s reliance on the blitz was criticised when Wales’ defensive performance slipped during the first half against Ireland. However, if the criticism must be heavy, then so must be the praise. Howley and Edwards et al have done a tremendous job during the last few weeks. Having shipped three tries in 42 minutes against Ireland, Wales haven’t conceded another during 358 minutes of rugby. Wales’ scrummage has dismantled both the Italian and English packs – both of whom take pride in their set-piece. They have beaten Scotland, Italy and France away from home and destroyed a much fancied England team. But most importantly the Welsh coaching staff have reinstalled a sense of pride and optimism in Welsh rugby – something that had been noticeable absent prior to the Six Nations. The regional game may be in tatters, the player drain continues and the financial situation in Wales remains a concern – yet Wales are champions of the northern hemisphere once again. Rob Howley, Shaun Edwards and Robin McBryde – take a bow.Follow Paul Williams on Twitter @thepaulwilliams LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS NOT FOR FEATURED At the double: Wales wing Alex Cuthbert breaks for the line after being set up for his second try by Justin TipuricBy Paul WilliamsSimply the bestWales have played some good rugby during the modern era, the performances of the Grand Slam years being the most obvious, but Saturday’s display arguably ranks as the best. There were no ‘Hollywood’ offloads, lucky bounces or fortuitous interceptions. Wales dominated England for 80 minutes, in every aspect of the game, and every single Welsh player outshone their opposite number. Wales secured 63% possession and 65% territory. Wales were unstoppable at the scrum and had a tackle completion of 92%. They denied the opposition a try for the fourth game in succession and conceded just seven penalties in the process. Feed me ‘til I want no more rang out around the stadium on Saturday and this time it had a special significance – the Welsh fans had their appetite for quality rugby sated and it tasted superb.Prop stars: Gethin Jenkins and Adam JonesFerocious front rowFront-row forwards rarely get the credit they deserve. Particularly in Wales, where more delicate skill-sets are often lauded. That isn’t the case after Saturday’s game. The Welsh front row were tremendous. Adam Jones, Richard Hibbard, Gethin Jenkins, Paul James and Ken Owens tortured the English front three – at times it contravened the Geneva Convention. Stuart Lancaster was even forced to hook Joe Marler off after just 44 minutes. But whilst the Welsh front row’s scrummaging was thoroughly old school, their performances around the field were very new school. Hibbard’s carrying and tackling was destructive and both Jenkins and Owens had very sticky fingers at the breakdown. Wales v England had been billed as the final audition for the Lions tour. If true, some of Wales’ front row are guaranteed a callback.Sevens’ heaven
Raft of replacements warrantedBeing bold: Stuart Lancaster made big decisions earlySubstitutions once more earned disapproval as Luther Burrell and Dylan Hartley were replaced on 53 minutes just as the visitors hit a canter. Undoubtedly, the Northampton Saints pair were crucial cogs in some of England’s best play and their absence initially drained momentum. However, the method was clear. At 31-6 ahead, around 30 points were still required. Manu Tuilagi and Tom Youngs are two of the most destructive runners in the country and a relatively early introduction was designed to give them time to settle before causing havoc.The next batch of changes – Tom Johnson for Tom Wood and Lee Dickson for Danny Care – came at 66 minutes and 38-6. Sixty seconds later, England had another try with the two new arrivals thriving in the loose. Seeing Leonardo Sarto go over for Italy and effectively end the mission to cancel out Ireland’s advantage, Lancaster took the cue to throw on everybody else. Again, there was nothing disruptive about that decision. His starters were tiring. Dave Attwood charged around like a madman again to book his spot on the June tour and George Ford gave us a glimpse of what could be in store…Farrell and Ford – an axis from the past for the future?England Under 20’s Junior World Championship campaign in 2011 ended in heartbreak. A Baby Blacks outfit including Brodie Retallick, Steven Luatua, Charles Piutau and Beauden Barrett sneaked past them in the final. However, a midfield partnership between George Ford and Owen Farrell shone throughout the competition. The latter is now a central figure in the senior squad. In the past two months, his displays against France, Wales and now Italy have been fantastic. This weekend, eight successful goal-kicks accompanied a try, two assists and trademark tenacity in defence.Twelvetrees may have enjoyed a good Six Nations, but Farrell’s attributes and spikiness suit inside centre nicely – his Test debut was there two years ago, remember? On Ford’s introduction at the Stadio Olimpico, the Bath tyro looked comfortable and a dart to set up Chris Robshaw showed class. The former next-door neighbours’ understanding could well offer England another dimension.Bounding back into contention: Manu TuilagiBurrell’s excellence means Tuilagi might have to shift out wide ROME, ITALY – MARCH 15: Manu Tuilagi of England looks on during the RBS Six Nations match between Italy and England at the Stadio Olimpico on March 15, 2014 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by David Rogers – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images) Celebrating, but not for too long: Chris Robshaw and co salute England’s travelling fans after demolishing ItalyBy Charlie MorganSo that’s that. England’s Six Nations ended in a balmy, frantic Rome afternoon. There is no further silverware to complement their Triple Crown, but over the course of a 52-11 win we learned plenty more about Stuart Lancaster’s young side. This tournament has had something of a coming-of-age feel to it.PerspectiveIf you believe certain critics, failure to win by 50 was a disaster for England. Realistically – although ‘runners-up are the first losers’ talk may look tough – adopting such a macho mind-set would be to disregard a shed-load of positives. Lancaster’s team is no worse for missing out on the title. Ireland conquering Paris so brilliantly does not change a thing. It certainly shouldn’t detract from a comprehensive result at the Stadio Olimpico. A hostile crowd was nullified and the three previous trips to Italy – yielding a combined winning margin of just 13 points – now seem like ancient history.Unloading: Owen Farrell played well against ItalyAccusing English press of sensationalism is easy (and often justified). But here are some hard facts. The Azzuri have not shipped that many at home for nine years – since being beaten 56-8 by France back in 2005. Italy were missing two influential figures in Alessandro Zanni and Martin Castrogiovanni and got battered. It could have been a bigger landslide. Nit-picking is a luxury England fans have not been afforded for years. It should be embraced, but not at the expense of allowing praise when it’s due.A few jitters, but problem-solving and authorityLancaster is breaking stereotypes and it was definitely unfamiliar for England to fling the ball wide without first earning go-forward up front. One needless miss-pass from Billy Twelvetrees to Jonny May summed up the early inaccuracy. Italy’s defence was allowed to drift and snuffed out a straightforward scoring chance.Thankfully, key decision-makers – Danny Care and Owen Farrell particularly – identified that punchy phase-play was the way to go against Italy’s lively but ragged line-speed. Even as it became fractured later, it was simple. Jack Nowell’s try was a fine demonstration of draw-and-pass for juniors to digest.Once they had calmed down, England’s confidence took hold. Handling errors cropped up, but a competition tally of 64 off-loads – just under 13 per game – and 41 clean breaks is clear evidence more reliance on skill and incision overall. They’ll need similar in New Zealand. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The call to pull Burrell from the field was not without thought – see above. That said, he had every right to look disgruntled. In fact, that attitude was great to see. Clearly, every second in a white shirt is precious to these players with such stiff competition around. Burrell has comfortably done enough to remain in Lancaster’s thoughts for a long time. This was his best outing – the burst and pass for Mike Brown’s opening try was sublime and more involvements made for more problems in the opposition ranks.Even so, Tuilagi reinforced his standing as a true game-breaker. A typically barnstorming score brought his record to 11 in 23 Tests – a record that cannot be ignored and means he must be accommodated somehow. Having played all of his junior rugby at Leicester Tigers Academy on the flank, wing is a viable option. It could blend well with the all-court linking of Jack Nowell and Mike Brown’s scything from deep, too. Anyway, there’s another healthy headache for Lancaster. How nice.
Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. October 8, 2017 at 8:51 pm The Anatomy of Fear Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your name here Please enter your comment! Reply 2 COMMENTS Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Mama Mia LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply TAGSDon LindseyInspiration Previous articleMaking sense out of Las VegasNext articleIf not now, then when? Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Reply Don Lindsey is a follower of Christ, son, husband, father, and a survivor. Originally from Dayton Ohio, and resident of Apopka for six years, Don sees his life as a dedication to his wife, parents, children, and community. Don, it seems that a person can’t turn on the tv, computer, or read a newspaper without learning about someone, somewhere, getting shot and either getting wounded, or their life taken too soon. I don’t have any answers either, and don’t know why this is happening way to often, or what can be done about it. Like you state, they can ban guns all they want, but acts of evil will still be committed. I think we both are realistic, when we confess that we don’t have all the answers. This mass shooting will be replayed over and over, again and again, because so many died and were wounded, but just look around here daily in Central Florida, and it is everyday that someone is a victim. Many of those daily victims don’t get a front page headline, or proper mourning for their lives they have lived upon this earth. I guess that is the way of the world. I find it encouraging though, that the hurricane has helped bring people together more so than normal. So there is always hope. I hope you will still do a story on the cat lady. I would like to hear about who she is, and all the details. I hope you are feeling better. Thanks, Don….Mama Mia October 8, 2017 at 5:49 pm InspirationBy: Don Lindsey.I had planned to make today’s column about an area organization that rescues cats and the lady who started the business. However, the events in Las Vegas last Sunday have me changing my direction. With 58 dead and hundreds more injured, our nation has once again found itself in a state of mourning, and I for one am wondering how many more need to lose their lives before we see that we’re the only ones who can stop these senseless acts of violence.No, I’m not talking about gun control. I’ve never been a “gun person,” but I don’t believe that firearms are the issue. Cain killed Abel with a rock, so in my opinion, we can ban all guns but if people want to carry out acts of evil, they will. For me, guns are not the weapons of concern. Hatred, division, and a self-absorbed way of looking at the world are our most significant issues, and unless we start being honest with each other and ourselves, they will be our downfall.We’re so divided over political, and personal differences that we keep missing our opportunity to live up to the potential that God had in mind when he created us. This mindset has been the background of many of my columns, but in all honesty, I’m starting to see that as a society, we seem too driven by our own needs to grasp the damage we’re creating.And I can confess that I have the same issues. I’ve been so caught up in myself that I genuinely am not sure who I am anymore. When I experience those self-centered moments, it’s hard to see anything else. I believe we’re all wired that way in some regard, but the answer to getting out of that mindset is simple.Just look around you.When we take a couple of minutes to force ourselves to look outside of our own lives, we see the people around us that we love. For me looking at my kids this week has brought fear of the future they are being raised to live in, but it’s also given me a glimmer of hope that the next generation will see the power in unity and in that discovery will reduce, if not end the suffering we inflict on ourselves. Another thing that has given me hope is the stories coming out of the Las Vegas massacre of people rallying around one another to get through the shooting. The many acts of heroism that have been reported show the resolve that human beings have when under direst. Why is that important? For me, it’s because an example of how much we can do when we care about helping those around us. Instead of being paralyzed by the fear of losing their own life, so many abandoned that fear and put helping those in need at the top of their priority list. Now if we could just find a way to use that same situational awareness to help all the time instead of only when there is a tragedy, I believe that we could prevent the type of killings that we see unfold in our country.I don’t claim to have all of the answers. I do not even have my own life figured out, but what I do know is that unless we find a way to come together quickly, instead of continually fighting amongst ourselves, then we will continue to be a nation in mourning. Very well put! Tara burgos Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11
ArchDaily Architects: Michel Macedo Arquitetos Area Area of this architecture project RG House / Michel Macedo Arquitetos Save this picture!© Eduardo MacariosRecommended ProductsWoodParklex International S.L.Wood cladding – FacadeWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsWindowsJansenWindows – Janisol PrimoText description provided by the architects. Conditioned by an environmentally protected area on the backyard, the RG house diverges into two distinct priority facts, one environmental and another human: the uneven topography, characteristic of the city, and the contemplative value that the preserved vegetation offers to the residents on the most private limit of the lot.Save this picture!© Eduardo MacariosThe project proposes an alternative that reconciles these two aspects. From the street, the house extends from the upper level to the backyard, in a way that floats on the topography while suits it, creating a shaded area on the ground and linking the main access to the street. In this conformation, the project assumes a elevated ground floor for intimate purposes – whose elevation allows privacy and the best visuals – and an underground level for social and service purposes. Both pavements can be accessed by the street from the axis of circulation arranged in the main facade, which links the daily routine to the urban space.Save this picture!© Eduardo MacariosSave this picture!Longitudinal sectionSave this picture!© Eduardo MacariosIn addition, just three concrete pillars and slender prestressed slabs guarantee contemporary features for the building, by pure aesthetics and free plan, and an elegant appropriation of this sample of the city’s topography, since the apparent lightness of the building and character contemplative provided by the transparency of the underground level ensure the vitality of this residence that longs to respect the possibilities of the residents and the existing environment.Save this picture!© Eduardo MacariosProject gallerySee allShow lessFactory Restaurant / 4 Lados.AUSelected ProjectsExplore Brazil’s Architecture Studios Through the Lens of Marc GoodwinArchitecture News Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/917822/rg-house-michel-macedo-arquitetos Clipboard Houses Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/917822/rg-house-michel-macedo-arquitetos Clipboard Michel Macedo CopyHouses•Pato Branco, Brazil “COPY” Lead Architects: Photographs: Eduardo Macarios 2016 RG House / Michel Macedo ArquitetosSave this projectSaveRG House / Michel Macedo Arquitetos Projects Year: Area: 191 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Brazil Save this picture!© Eduardo Macarios+ 25Curated by Matheus Pereira Share CopyAbout this officeMichel Macedo ArquitetosOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesPato BrancoBrazilPublished on May 27, 2019Cite: “RG House / Michel Macedo Arquitetos” [Casa RG / Michel Macedo Arquitetos] 27 May 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/944601/house-inside-a-ruin-ora Clipboard House Inside a Ruin / ORASave this projectSaveHouse Inside a Ruin / ORA Czech Republic Save this picture!© BoysPlayNice+ 32Curated by Paula Pintos Share Year: Photographs: BoysPlayNice Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Area: 249 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeORAOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesOn InstagramOn FacebookJevíčkoCzech RepublicPublished on July 31, 2020Cite: “House Inside a Ruin / ORA” 31 Jul 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021.
Oct. 4 — Today, on the one-month anniversary of the Battery Wharf Hotel strike, hundreds of supporters joined the picket line. Even before the rally start time of 4:30 p.m., 100 people were there. The spirit of solidarity was electrifying as students, unions and community organizations soon began arriving to swell the line by four to five times. Hundreds take to the streets of Boston Oct. 4 in solidarity with hotel strikers; labor/community contingents and singer Billy Bragg join the rank and file.The Battery Wharf strikers, mostly migrants, are represented by UNITE HERE Local 26. They are fighting for affordable health care, job security, a pension and a yearly wage increase. They are also fighting against racism in the hotel industry, demanding steps be taken to diversify the workforce and hire more African-American workers. The hotel owners, Westmont Hospitality Group, have refused to negotiate. The 75 strikers want what their comrades at Marriott hotels won in 2018 when they struck nationwide. In Boston seven hotels were virtually shut down for 46 days. The Marriott victory set a precedent for workers’ rights with contract language guaranteeing paid parental leave, accomodations for pregnant workers and an alert system for housekeepers in case of sexual assault. Workers also won a crucial guarantee that immigrants who lose their protected status will have their jobs waiting for them if they regain the right to work within five years.The majority of hotels in the Boston area were forced to match the benefits won as a result of the historic Marriott victory. But Battery Wharf owners have refused. After a month on strike, the Battery Wharf workers are still determined.to fight on, Union supporters showing up in solidarity included the building and construction trades, Teamsters Local 25; United Steelworkers Local 8751, Boston School Bus Drivers; Service Employees union (SEIU) 32 BJ; American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3650, Massachusetts Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, Pride at Work, and other groups like the Harvard TPS Coalition, International Workers’ Solidarity Network, and students from Harvard University and Tufts University. At today’s rally, as a busload of chanting nurses represented by the Massachusetts Nurses Association pulled up, they were greeted with cheers. Later, the boisterous picket line took to the narrow streets of the North End, marching to a final rally where Billy Bragg, English musician and labor activist, sang union songs. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Previous articleArrest made for social media threatNext articleLowe’s theft investigated Odessa American The Odessa Police Department is looking for two men involved in a theft at Walmart.The reported theft happened at 1:33 p.m. March 28 at the Walmart located at 2450 NW Loop 338, the press release stated.Investigation showed two men stole an iPad and iPad case and left the scene. The iPad was valued at $700, while the case was valued at $100.OPD has released a photo of the two men can be seen at tinyurl.com/7b3en4t3.Anyone with information about the theft is asked to contact Ofc. R. Jones at 432-335-3333 or Odessa Crime Stoppers at 432-333-TIPS and reference case No. 21-0004851. WhatsApp By Odessa American – April 19, 2021 Walmart theft investigation Pinterest Facebook Local NewsCrimeLaw Enforcement Pinterest Twitter
Related posts:No related photos. No escape from Web of automation for HROn 8 Aug 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Every HR director working for one of the top 500 companies is acutely aware of the need to address the use of Web technology in HR – and soon. But so far there are only a handful of organisations that are actually doing it rather than just talking about it and pondering which way to turn.IT company ICL is one of the small but growing minority which is tackling the automation question head-on and it bravely aims to transfer up to 90 per cent of HR transactions to staff via its intranet.By June next year all its HR business such as recruitment, absenteeism and holidays will be on-line. The only exceptions will be matters of a sensitive nature such as disciplinary procedures. Its aim is to improve efficiency and boost productivity.HR needs to catch up with other parts of the business in this area. Finance did it 10 years ago and HR needs to get its act together. The marketplace in HR outsourcing is also growing and the news this week that BT and Andersen Consulting have had the go-ahead for their HR outsourcing joint venture means there will be no escape from Web technology.In theory it seems that HR will be free to be more strategic and implement policies as the day-to-day paper-pushing becomes yesterday’s working pattern. If this works in practice then it will mean jobs are at risk. But as ICL’s head of resourcing points out, staff could then be redeployed in more useful roles. Exciting times are ahead as it will fundamentally change the way HR is managed and how businesses supports employees.Simplicity is the watchwordWhatever you like to call yourself and wherever your loyalties lie to the terms “human capital”, “human resources” or “personnel”, it is clear that human capital, HR or personnel professionals must not alienate the very people they are trying to influence. The war of words rages on about the right terminology. But Mike Judge, who likes to call himself personnel director of Peugeot, is right about one thing. Over-complicated, unclear and jargon-ridden language is a common failing. What the personnel department does is quite simple and it should have a pragmatic and commonsense approach to staff. In the Internet age it is doubly important to make this the mantra for the first decade of the new century. Previous Article Next Article
Groomingand advising leaders fit for the global stage is a messy business, says DavidButcher. In the first of our occasional Masterclasses, he offers guidance onhow to do it better Interestin leadership thrives on both sides of the Atlantic. Both UK and US articles onleadership continue to be published at a prodigious rate. Butat least one thing is changing. As though to offer a disclaimer for what theyare about to say, authors these days often begin by pointing out that there isstill no agreed definition of leadership. A quick browse through a selection ofboth practitioner and academic publications reveals this to be broadly correct,if a trifle pedantic. Yetthis state of affairs seems to have little impact on leader development andtraining, if mainstream practice is anything to go by. In this arena, what wemean by leadership is clear enough. But is it right, particularly if we arethinking about business leadership?Mostof the effort to develop business leaders takes the setting and communicating ofvision, goals and culture as the starting point. Strong emphasis is placed onunderstanding and deploying appropriate style, and all this is underpinned bythe need to identify and nurture essential personal qualities of leadershiplike integrity, and empathy. Someleaders are very obviously poor communicators, but they nonetheless runsuccessful businesses. Great organisations are sometimes headed by intolerant,narcissistic CEOs who by no stretch of the imagination can be said to varytheir style one iota. They have just the one, otherwise known as theirpersonality. They are often poor coaches, distant figures, who are anything butempathic. Andis it really the case in vibrant enterprises that everyone understands theoverall mission and corporate goals, never mind agrees with them? After all,organisational growth can be hugely exciting, but aimless. So it cannot be thatsimple.Principlesof rationalityOfcourse, business leadership is all about vision and goals if organisationsabide by principles of rationality and corporate unity, and most of us respondbetter to leaders who seem to understand and care about us. Thisfusion of rational and humanistic values, whilst both sensible and comfortable,hardly defines good leadership. There are too many other criteria. Butit is a seductive mix that has both spawned and legitimised a leadershipdevelopment sub-industry founded on these values. Its aim is to help createbusiness leaders capable of uniting and integrating an organisation aroundclear goals, courageously removing obstacles and taking everyone with them asthey go. Allof this must be done through listening deeply to the views of many, andrespecting all. It is a tough job, which is so much development support isneeded.Leadershipdevelopment methods follow naturally from these aims. Psychometric frameworksprovide the bench- mark personal characteristics of effective leaders.Strengths can be built on, whilst “less strong” areas become the focus fordevelopment, or alternatively, may be compensated for. Styleinventories offer templates for deciding how to behave and relate to others indifferent situations. And a burgeoning array of simulated and action learningprocesses – structured and unstructured, behavioural and cognitive, interactiveand solitary, abstract and specific – are used to develop leadership practice,supported by extensive coaching and mentoring processes.Thereis nothing wrong with these elaborate methodologies per se, and the more theycan be combined to develop the person in a holistic sense, the more valuablethey become. If there is one certainty about leadership it is its irreduciblenature. Butthey overemphasise the significance of style and the interpersonal dimension ofleadership. There is also a tendency to fudge the thorny old question ofwhether core leadership qualities can be developed. The assumption is that theycan, although no one is prepared to put money on it.Justas importantly, the model of management and organisation that lies behind thesedevelopment methods is not often born out in practice. And as with allfallacies that arise in the world of education and development, there is greatresistance to acknowledging this.CommunicatinggoalsThereis no point in developing leaders to set and communicate visionary, unifyinggoals if, nowadays, these are largely meaningless to people. With fewexceptions, most corporations, even the brand-based examples like Virgin orMcDonald’s, are umbrella organisations made up of a changing population ofstand-alone businesses. Forthat matter, in the new economy corporations can be expected to come and go atan unprecedented rate. Business leadership now is about creating the conditionsfor organisations to thrive as democratised internal markets, characterised byebb and flow in the fortunes of constituent business units. Thedevelopment process should reflect that, emphasising the need to managestakeholders, to understand empowerment, and to preside judiciously over thepolitical system that in truth is the essence of all organisations. Thetask of leading a business unit mirrors this. It involves treating thecorporate environment as a marketplace, using power well, and being aneffective politician. Only in small businesses that still own themselves is therole of the leader confined to the simple luxury of pursuing entrepreneurialvision.Developmentneeds to stress both leadership content and process. Content is about what abusiness is trying to achieve, what it represents, its rationale. It isfundamentally to do with useable ideas that come from a depth of understandingof the business. In this way, what a business is not about also becomes clear.This implies a strong emphasis on honing analytical skills and knowledge. Incontrast, leadership process is associated with the use of power and pursuingcontent in the context of political opposition. Forthe leader of a business unit this means setting the agenda and realising it inthe face of potential opposition from corporate executives as well as rivals inboth the internal and external markets. In other words, business leadershiprequires rather more than ambition and integrity, essential as these may be. Stylewill not create content, and the interpersonal conventions of good leadershipare of little help in the thick of political negotiation. Few leadershipdevelopment programmes, for example, address the problem of how to use power ina principled way, what it takes to lobby effectively, or how one mightdistinguish between constructive and destructive political processes. And ifthe development agenda needs to change, so do the assumptions about what can bedeveloped and over what period of time. Inthe case of senior and top management, knowledge, cognitive skills andattitudes towards power are hardly malleable, but they are at least susceptibleto change. With the right process, development can be rapid, although it is notusually. It always extends beyond a training intervention. Heartof leadershipSignificanttransitions in style, interaction patterns and qualities like ambition takemuch longer still, if they ever occur. This is a fundamental point that goes tothe heart of what makes someone a leader. Inthat respect it is more realistic to help people be who they already are, wartsand all, rather than become people they are not, and probably do not want tobe.Astrainers and developers, what does this tell us about business leaderdevelopment? Firstly, that we would do well to remind ourselves of how theprocess of becoming a leader is lifelong one. It embraces most, if not all,aspects of the self. Secondly,carefully crafted development methods are not necessarily relevant ones, nomatter how assiduously applied. After all, if a thing is not worth doing, it isnot worth doing well. Leaderdevelopment processes now need to stress business knowledge, organisationalanalysis and the use of power and politics at the expense of style and theinterpersonal dimension. Finally,and perhaps most important of all, we must be clear that what counted asbusiness leadership for most of the 20th century is less appropriate asorganisations are transformed by revolutionary shifts in the businessenvironment. No wonder there is still as much disagreement as ever about thedefinition of leadership.DavidButcher is director of the Business Leaders’ Programme at Cranfield School ofManagement Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Instincts guide leadership developmentOn 1 Mar 2001 in Personnel Today