Having a positive impact

first_imgTraining and HR manager of IT services specialist Esteem Systems, SusanClarkson, explains why she believes her input in a relatively new role is provingbeneficialHow long have you been in this job? Since June 2000 when I joined Esteem. What does your role involve? The whole HR remit – training and development, employee relations,remuneration policy and recruitment. What’s the best thing about your job? The variety, the fact that I am able to have an impact on the way peopleperform in their roles and, ultimately, on how business is done. What is your major project or strategic push? We are working to attain the Investors in People accreditation. This involvesdeveloping a more coherent and consistent management training strategy. In softskills, particularly, we are looking to align our training with business needs.This means we have to analyse the training implications of corporate,departmental and personal objectives. Preferred terminology: training, development, education, or learning? Development. Favourite buzzwords? None – I don’t like them. Are you good at self development? Hmmm! I know what I need to do, most of the time and try to learn somethingnew every day but, in the real world, the answer is not as good as I could be! What self development have you done in the past six months? I have been on several HR strategy courses that aim to look at theunderlying reasons for doing what we do. I always make the effort to find outmore about recent developments/trends such as emotional intelligence. Where do you want to be in five years? On a sunny beach with a Pina Colada in my hand. Seriously, I would stilllike to be working for Esteem Systems, but I would like my role to havedeveloped to be more strategic and advisory. This post was new to the companywhen I started, so I spent the first year firefighting and introducingprocedures, but I expect there will soon be opportunities to take it further. What was the most useful course or learning experience? It was not a traditional course – it was the learning experience I wentthrough when I climbed Ben Nevis for charity recently. It taught me that inorder to achieve something worthwhile, you have to push yourself beyond yournormal limits (be these physical or mental) you can always do more than youthink you can. Which is the best management book you have read? Chicken Soup for the Soul by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen – not atraditional management book, but full of guidance and worthwhile advice. What was the worst course you ever went on? I don’t believe I have ever been on a bad course – I try to make sure Ialways get something out of them. What did you want to do for a living when you were at school? I wanted to be in the legal profession. What was your first job? My first job was as an executive officer with the Crown Prosecution Service.What was the best career decision you ever made? To move to London with the CPS. Which of your qualifications do you most value and why? My A-levels, because the exam results made me sit up and realise I couldn’tbe complacent about my abilities, and demonstrated the importance ofpreparation. Up to that point, I didn’t have to work for my exams because I wasbright enough to get by with reasonably hard work during the year. I did not doterribly well in my A-levels, which gave me the jolt I needed. How many minutes is it since someone senior in your organisation said”People are our greatest assets”? No idea, but it is one of the premises we work on. Evaluation: holy grail or impossible dream? Neither – just a good habit. How do you think your job will have changed in five years time? Line management will become more involved and accountable, and I will beexpected to contribute more directly to the business. What advice would you give to someone starting out in training anddevelopment? Find out about the business you work in. Talk to line managers about whatthey want from their department and staff, then look at individual needs. Tryto make a positive contribution as soon as possible. How do you network? I keep in contact with other HR professionals I have dealt with in the past.I make sure if I attend any events, I get to know at least one person and keepin touch with them, because you must have a common issue or cause for you bothto be attending the same event. I also keep in touch with the local CIPDbranch. Describe your management style in three words or less? Involving, democratic, serious. How would you like to be remembered by your colleagues? As someone they could talk to and approach. Comments are closed. Having a positive impactOn 1 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

In the County Courts

first_img June 15, 2003 Regular News It is Saturday morning at 8:45 a.m. and already Judge Pauline Drayton-Harris has begun her day at the Bethel Baptist Institutional Church in Jacksonville.Her role: Teach fourth- and fifth-graders who are having problems with reading and to help them prepare for the FCAT exam.The class is not limited to students at the church but is available free of charge to students residing in the Jacksonville area. Why reading? Judge Drayton-Harris was actually a teacher prior to going back to law school. She said her love for children and their achievements has never diminished.Drayton-Harris began teaching at Bethel several years ago and found the experience to be very rewarding. She said the class is very interactive and uses the pretest, teach, and retest method.“The students are stimulated to speak, listen, read, and interact,” Judge Drayton-Harris said. “For example, if you can’t follow directions, then why not read about making pancakes and following the directions?” Drayton-Harris said as an added incentive the students eat the pancakes afterward.Drayton-Harris said the program is proving successful, as students have shown improvement in grades and test scores.Because her class is attended by a large number of minority students, Judge Drayton-Harris often uses materials that teach about black history, and she strongly believes that the reading content can teach and inform.“Children need to acknowledge their heritage and to understand that they are the benefactors of a very rich heritage,” said Judge Drayton-Harris, adding that at first students can’t believe she is a “real” judge because she is there each Saturday teaching. She said this contact with the students also serves as a positive image of judges and service to the community.“If I can motivate students to succeed, then perhaps I can slow the tide of delinquency and prevent them from becoming ‘system dependent,’” she said. “Education liberates and frees one to soar and achieve dreams. Every year I continue to come back because the sparkle must continue through the eyes of children. They are our hope and our future.”Drayton-Harris also conducts a parent workshop to help them work with their children. “Life is a partnership with others. Every time I teach I am also a learner,” she said. Information contained in this story was provided by the Conference of County Court Judges. A judge in the classroomcenter_img In the County Courtslast_img read more

20 Locally Brewed St. Patrick’s Day Craft Beers

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Arrowhead Red Ale Montauk Brewing Co.’s Irish Red Ale has a strong malt backbone, sweet caramel finish and low bitterness. This beer has slight fruitiness and hints of roasted barley that make it great for the transition from winter to spring.Armchair Nitro Stout This is Blue Point Brewing‘s craft spin on an Irish Stout with a luscious, roasty character derived from four different dark malts. English and American hops are balanced out with nitrogenation, making for a creamy delight.Baymen’s Oyster Stout In both name and flavor, Oyster Bay Brewing‘s Irish Stout is an ode to the baymen that harvest Oyster Bay’s eponymous shellfish from the waters a stone’s throw from this brewery.Bootlegger Irish Stout Shelter Island Craft Brewery‘s homage to Bootlegger Beach in Shelter Island packs a speakeasy-sized bourbon-y taste.Boris the Spider Imperial Stout Spider Bite Brewing uses eight different malts to bring a complex aroma and flavor of chocolate, coffee and roasty sweetness.BrickHouse Red BrickHouse Brewery‘s Irish Red Ale is full bodied yet easily drinkable. Voted best Red on Long Island.Celtic AleLong Ireland Beer Co.’s  Irish Red Ale is brewed with four different malts, flaked oats, and honey. It has a smooth dry finish with a low bitterness from Willamette hops.Chocolate Oats Stout Barnshed Brewing‘s Oatmeal Stout is a delicious, silky smooth limited offering that we hope will stick around.Everyman’s Porter Lots of roasted coffee arise in the aroma that carry to the flavor of MoustacheBrewing’s prized Porter. Dark, bittersweet chocolate flavors appear as the beer warms. Smooth, clean finish makes it great for knocking back a few pints.La Leche De Madre Like cream in your coffee, Jamesport Farm Brewery‘s Milk Stout has a delicious creamy full-bodied smoothness.Lithology Red AleLithology Brewing‘s Red Ale won a Gold Medal and Best Red Ale from the New York International Beer Competition in 2017.Longest Night Greenport Harbor Brewing Co.’s oatmeal stout leads with roasty chocolatey goodness. Hints of cinnamon and orange peel makes this story complete.Chocolate PorterThis malty brown, dark chocolatey, and coffee-flavored porter is the first of its kind for Long Ireland.McLaughlin’s Folly Barrage Brewing Co.’s Oatmeal Stout is brewed with Fuggle and Kent Goldings hops. This Irish-surnamed stout is flavored with vanilla and raisin.Oh Shuck My Stout Po’Boy Brewery‘s full-bodied oyster stout is made with locally sourced Long Island oysters. It has a mild brininess and a smokey, toasty malt with notes of dark chocolate and coffee.Paddle Bender Garvies Point Brewery‘s robust Imperial Porter that delivers huge notes of chocolate and roast with a thick yet silky mouth feel. Aged on loads of vanilla beans for a rich flavor that accentuates the dark malt character, this beer is pushed to its limits with eight different kinds of malts.Ribbit Red AleTweaking Frog Brewing‘s deep red malty ale is brewed with Simcoe, Columbus, Willamette and Cascade hops. It has notes of caramel, banana nut bread & nutmeg. Full on creamy mouthfeel.Scorn & Avarice Brewers Collective‘s Oatmeal Stout is made with flaked rice and corn – along with Pilsner and Vienna malts – to provide a light body and round finish.Starboard Stout Mike Philbrick, founder of Port Jeff Brewing Co., inspects one of his beers. (Press photo Bob Giglione.)Port Jeff Brewing‘s winter seasonal Oatmeal Stout is brewed with rolled oats, raisins and brown sugar; rich roasted malt character.Toasted Amber AleBrewSA Brewing‘s Irish Red Ale is a very balanced and drinkable beer that focuses on the toasted malt profile.-Compiled by Bernie Kilkelly and Stephanie Perronelast_img read more

Asian Games Asian Games 2018 theme ‘Sound of Music’ fills the streets of Jakarta, inspires athletes

first_imgNew Delhi: Amid the din of brickbats hitting Indonesia for several inconveniences facing the atheletes and vistors, it’s the Sound of Music – the Asiad 2018 theme song – that is making waves among players and fans alike this Asian Games 2018 at Jakarta Palembang. The theme song is also a hit among Indians as it is also available in Hindi version.Indonesia has been drawing flak for its traffic woes in Jakarta Palembang where the Asiad Games 2018 are being held. However, the Sound of Music has brought much joy on the streets of Jakarta and Palembang, at Games Village and the sporting venues.Also Read | Anushka Sharma’s Sui Dhaaga latest memes are complete laugh riotThe song has been created to celebrate the unifying spirit of the Games and motivate the 11,000 plus athletes from 45 countries competing at the quadrennial event, the organisers told reporters.Here’s all you need to know about the Asiad 2018 theme song – Sound of Music.The Sound of Music is an adaptation of the original ‘Meraih Bintang’.Indonesia’s Meraih Bintang means “Reach for the stars”The original version was sung by Indonesian rising Dangdung music star Vi VallenThe Asiad 2018 theme song was released 50 days ahead of the opening of the Games on August 18Sound of Music has been released in six different languages – Bahasa, Hindi, Arabic, Korean, Japanese and ThaiMeraih Bintang has garnered the most hits on Youtube – 31 million — since its releaseThe Hindi version is sung by Siddharth SlathiaThe Hindi version of Sound of Music had close to two million hits at the time of writingThe organisers have launched a full-fledged Games album, featuring 13 songsIndia’s young trap shooter, Lakshay Sheoran, shot his way to a silver medal on Monday as the theme song played in the background. He was even seen grooving to it.”Mein music mein kho jaata hoon (I get lost in the music to focus). It was the case today also,” Lakshay told PTI after his memorable feat.Also Read | Asian Games 2018, Day 4: India’s complete Schedule, Timings, Live Coverage and more “It is really catchy even though I don’t understand the language (Bahasa). It keeps me going during competition,” 15-year-old Thai shooter Natsara Champalat also told PTI.Another catchy song popular among the athletes is called ‘Non Political’ – “Love is our language, peace is our weapon. We don’t need no politician, we all just want to dance…” goes the song. The song features Slank, the biggest Indonesian rock band.Read More | Bigg Boss 12: Interesting twist in ‘Weekend Ka Vaar’ episodes”I have been to other Games but the theme songs there did not create a buzz. What they have done is great. The songs have a very global appeal to it,” Bahraini athlete Ali Hussain told PTI.What is Dangdung?Dangdung is a form of Indonesian pop music inspired from Hindustani, Malay and Arabic music.The Asian Games 2018, which opened on August 18 will draw to a close on September 2.Read More | Deepika, Ranveer to make their relationship official on THIS show For all the Latest Sports News News, Asian Games News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more