Leadership Matters: Proven benefits of structured management

first_img continue reading » One of the most underappreciated traits of the best leaders is surprising: They also tend to be great managers.“Management” is typically seen as a lower form of leadership. But in my estimation, it’s just as important. While leadership is about influencing what you can’t control (how inspired and engaged your employees are, how invested they are in the credit union’s vision), management is all about managing what you can control (who to hire, what targets to aim for, how to allocate resources, and how to adjust when problems or opportunities arise).Both sides of that coin are vital, no matter where in the corporate hierarchy you stand.A new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research supports the idea that successful executives exhibit effective management and foster it throughout their organizations. Analyzing U.S. Census Bureau data from 32,000 manufacturing firms, researchers from Stanford, MIT, and elsewhere found a strong correlation between “structured management practices” and a firm’s growth, profitability, workforce productivity and innovation. 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Confusion Reigns in the Ranks

first_imgNZ Herald 26 March 2015U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter has gotten pushback from senior military leaders on whether the Pentagon should lift its ban on transgender people serving in the armed forces, according to officials familiar with the discussions.Carter initially told troops in Afghanistan that he was open-minded when asked if the Defense Department was planning to remove one of the last gender- or sexuality-based barriers to military service. But defense officials said members of his top brass told Carter that they had serious reservations.The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.Military officials are reluctant to publicly discuss their opposition, but much of it centers on questions about where transgender troops would be housed, what berthing they would have on ships, which bathrooms they would use, and whether their presence would affect the ability of small units to work well together.There also are questions about whether the military would conduct or pay for the medical treatment and costs associated with any gender transition, as well as which physical training standards they would be required to meet.The military has dealt with many similar questions as it integrated the ranks by race, gender and sexual orientation. And in many cases they raised comparable worries about what effect the change would have on the force, including whether it would hinder small units that often have to work together in remote, confined locations for long periods of time.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11422969last_img read more

Costa Rica blocked 1138 foreigners from entering the country during Semana Santa

first_imgNo related posts. A total of 1,138 people were detained while trying to illegally enter Costa Rican territory between March 22 and April 2, the Immigration Administration reported Wednesday.On average 113 people a day were rejected after being detained by Immigration Police officers on roads and sidewalks near border areas. Most rejections were made near the border with Nicaragua during Semana Santa, Freddy Montero, general director of the Immigration Administration, said.From the total figure, 224 foreigners were arrested by Border Police and Immigration Police officers.As for deportation, the agency reported only 22 cases during Semana Santa, including 19 Nicaraguans, two Colombians and one U.S. national.In 2012, a total of 7,593 people were rejected in border areas, of which 5,902 were Nicaraguans, 412 Panamanians, 340 Colombians, 83 Chinese, and 160 from the U.S., among others. Facebook Commentslast_img read more