Be cautious when East meets West

first_imgBe cautious when East meets WestOn 2 Apr 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. A short while back, I spent two years in China as an HR director for atelecoms start-up. I had a very bright woman on my team, Alice Wang. After spending time in my team, Alice went on to take HR roles at FordChina, a Chinese and an Intel joint venture. This has culminated in herrole as HR director for the AOL/Legend Computer JV in Beijing. She is one of the many Chinese HR professionals introducing western-style HRfunctions to the country. On a recent visit to Washington DC, we talked about the state ofwestern-style HR in China. There are, of course, clear differences in how weapproach our HRM practices compared to how the Chinese do. It’s not thatChinese HR practices are wrong. Rather, it’s the whole ‘think local, act local’issue. Western ’empowerment culture’ is quite alien to those raised in thetraditional, rule-driven Chinese business culture. The view of people as coststo be controlled versus assets to be nurtured, plus Chinese staff’s readiness(after decades of a centrally planned economy) to deal with a”hands-off” management style, are also very different. Unfortunately, many companies venture into China and other emerging marketshell-bent on ‘improving and upgrading’ the local policies, practices andculture. With China’s WTO accession and the 2008 Olympics being held in Beijing,herds of western businesses are trying to find their way into China. I getcalls from people, ready to impose their company and country-specific cultureson their new employees, partners and vendors. Granted, it certainly makes lifesimple to have cookie-cutter operations outside your home country – but thatdoesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do. Among the challenges of globalisation is the inevitable question: do webehave like us or like them? I believe there is more to globalisation thanAmericanisation (or Britification) of our offshore ventures. Just as our enterprises study local markets and consumer behaviours beforelaunching bespoke products into a new marketplace, shouldn’t we engage insimilar due diligence before we inflict our HR practices? Shouldn’t there bescrutiny on whether our people management practices will help or hinder us? My point is not to drill into obvious differences between cultures, butrather suggest that as western businesses set sail for China (or other farcorners), that we must be careful when we bring along our business cultures,our discipline models and our work ethics. The real hallmark of well thought out globalisation has to be sustainedsuccess defined not just by immediately delivering margin, but also by how yougot there. In the deployment of HRM models in new markets, local relevancy mustbe top of mind. One size does not fit all. By Lance Richards, member of the board of directors for SHRM Global Forumand the Editorial Advisory Board of Personnel Today’s sister publicationglobalhrlast_img read more

Scoreboard roundup — 4/10/18

first_img Written by Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Tuesday’s sports events:INTERLEAGUEL.A. Dodgers 4, Oakland 0AMERICAN LEAGUETampa Bay 6, Chicago White Sox 5Cleveland 2, Detroit 1Toronto 2, Baltimore 1Boston 14, N.Y. Yankees 1L.A. Angels 11, Texas 1Minnesota 4, Houston 1Seattle 8, Kansas City 3NATIONAL LEAGUEPittsburgh 8, Chicago Cubs 5Washington 4, Atlanta 1Philadelphia 6, Cincinnati 1N.Y. Mets 8, Miami 6St. Louis 5, Milwaukee 3, 11 InningsSan Diego 5, Colorado 2San Francisco 5, Arizona 4NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONCharlotte 119, Indiana 93Philadelphia 121, Atlanta 113Washington 113, Boston 101Phoenix 124, Dallas 97Utah 119, Golden State 79Houston 105, L.A. Lakers 99Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img April 11, 2018 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 4/10/18last_img read more

USS Kearsarge Takes Part in Exercise Bold Alligator

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USS Kearsarge Takes Part in Exercise Bold Alligator Share this article USS Kearsarge Takes Part in Exercise Bold Alligator October 31, 2014 The Amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) departed Naval Station Norfolk Oct. 29 to participate in Exercise Bold Alligator 2014.Bold Alligator 2014 is a two-week, multi-national exercise hosted by the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps to strengthen core competencies in the areas of amphibious operations and bi-lateral cooperation.Capt. David Bossert, Kearsarge’s commanding officer, said:It is naval in nature, but it’s not just a U.S. exercise.This is a coalition exercise including participants from NATO and allied partner nations.Bold Alligator is an annual exercise and the largest combined naval exercise on the east coast. The exercise series evolves to meet the demands of the current environment; the focus of this year’s iteration is providing crisis response.Command Master Chief David Randall, command master chief of Kearsarge, said:This exercise encompasses 8,500 Marines and 6,500 Sailors from 19 different countries on 17 different ships.The role of USS Kearsarge includes 2,400 of the world’s finest standing by to participate and observe any contingency that the Navy could be called upon to deal with in the world.The exercise will consist of a constructed scenario in which a fabricated allied nation, in a region that is the site of disorder, faces the possibility of becoming a failed state and has requested assistance.Bold Alligator 2014 will demonstrate a strengthened ability to respond to man-made and natural crises around the world and showcase the advantages of theater commanders’ ability to project power ashore without relying on shore-based infrastructure. This ultimately allows amphibious forces to limit the vulnerability and sustainment requirements for shore-based personnel.Press release, Image: US Navy View post tag: Navy View post tag: Bold Alligator Authoritiescenter_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Takes Part View post tag: americas View post tag: Naval View post tag: USS Kearsarge View post tag: Exerciselast_img read more

Technology Specialist

first_imgMinimum Qualifications An offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completionof a background screening.Applicants requiring University sponsorship to obtain employmentauthorization will not be considered for this position.Maryville University is committed to a policy of equal opportunityand prohibits discrimination on the basis of age, disability,gender, genetic information, marital status, national origin,race/color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, orany other status protected by law. This extends to all aspects ofthe employment relationship, including recruiting, hiring,training, on-the-job treatment, promotion, layoff, andtermination. • Three or more years of demonstrated hands-on IT experience• Experience supporting Microsoft Office 365• Knowledge of Windows Servers operating systems• Knowledge of Microsoft Exchange account management Special Instructions to Applicants Open Until Filled Physical Demands The Technology Specialist will join a dynamic Technology UserServices team inproviding excellent technology services to a diverse andmulticultural population ofstudents, faculty, and staff of the University.The Technology Specialist will provide support by phone, e-mail,and in-person; will openand close service requests electronically; troubleshoot usertechnology accounts;manage technology inventory; and train student Help Desk technologyassistants. Inaddition, he/she will install, maintain, and repair computerhardware and software andother technologies in computer labs, classrooms, and faculty/staffoffices. He/she willprovide classroom, computer lab, and audio/visual support.Work Hours:• 10:30am to 7:00pm Mon-Fri; Weekend and evening hours may berequired and overtime is available.Physical Demands:• Moving and installation of computer equipment up to 30pounds. Preferred Qualifications • Associates Degree in Information Technology or relatedfield• 1 – 2 years of experience in the installation and maintenance ofend-user systems• Strong organizational skills and attention to detail• Excellent customer service skills, strong interpersonal skills,and the ability to buildstrong working relationships with a diverse audience of faculty,staff, and students.• Experience supporting Microsoft Windows and Apple platforms• Knowledge of techniques used in the installation, testing, andtroubleshooting ofWindows and Apple workstations, network printers, wired andwireless networkconnectivity, Microsoft Office, and similar business productivitysoftware.• Ability to multi-task and prioritize requests in a fast-pacedworking environment Yes Posting Details Job Summary/Basic Function Advertised: March 23, 2021Applications close:last_img read more

AGENDA Vanderburgh County Board of Commissioners Meeting Agenda

first_img AGENDA Vanderburgh County Board of CommissionersOctober 24, 20173:00 pm, Room 301Call to OrderAttendancePledge of AllegianceDepartment Head ReportsNew BusinessOld BusinessPublic CommentConsent ItemsContracts, Agreements and LeasesHealth Department: Walgreens Off-Site Clinic AgreementBurdette Park: Drainage Contract Approval of October 17, 2017 Meeting MinutesEmployment ChangesSheriff’s Office: Request to Surplus VehiclesWeights and Measures: Sept 16 to Oct 15, 2017 Monthly ReportCounty Treasurer: September 2017 Monthly ReportCounty Engineer:Department Head ReportPay Request #30 Highway 41 Expansion T.I.F. for the sum of $16,852.50Pay Request #1 Phoenix Commerce Center T.I.F. for the sum of $375.00Waver of Mineral Interest for Green River Road Phase 6- Parcel 20 AdjournmentFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

The positive effects of optimism

first_imgIn its Three Questions, Three Answers series, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Laura Kubzansky  discusses the  link between optimism and hypertension. Kubzansky, who is co-author of the  study, is the Lee Kum Kee Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences and co-director of the School’s Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness.Q&ALaura KubzanskyChan School: What did your study find?Kubzansky: In a population of relatively young and healthy U.S. Army active-duty soldiers, we found that those who tested highest for optimism at the start of the study had a 22 percent lower risk of developing hypertension during three-and-a-half years of follow-up than those who scored the lowest. We know that people in the military are more susceptible to early-onset hypertension because of the stressors associated with their jobs (for example, combat exposure), so it was striking to see that much of a protective effect — and also that the finding held for both women and men, and across racial and ethnic groups.We took into account of a lot of other factors that might have explained away the apparent effects of optimism, including number of deployments, smoking, and levels of depression, but none of them substantially altered our key finding. People who are optimistic don’t tend to be depressed, but our analysis further suggests that optimism confirms protection over and above signaling the absence of a risk factor — it’s a positive health asset.Given that early-onset hypertension can lead to many cardiac and cardiovascular problems down the road, it’s important that we identify protective factors and seek ways to foster them early on.Chan School: What are the pathways that might explain the health benefits of optimism?Kubzansky: We think that optimism enhances people’s ability to regulate both their emotions and their behaviors. People who are more optimistic are less likely to smoke and to misuse alcohol, and more likely to engage in physical activity. They often have a healthier diet, although we didn’t have data on that in this particular study.We’ve also been looking at how optimism may affect biological processes. Some research has suggested that optimism is associated with lower levels of inflammation. So, maybe there’s more anti-inflammatory activity or higher levels of antioxidants that circulate, which in turn protect against hypertension or other adverse cardiovascular outcomes. Another biological factor that we have seen in multiple studies linked to optimism is higher levels of HDL, the healthy lipids. We’re also curious to look at optimism in relation to the microbiome and are hoping to get the data to be able to do that.One of the challenges to this work is that so much of research is focused on what causes deterioration and poor health. There are actually a lot fewer studies about what a positive biology would look like. So identifying pathways and mechanisms requires a little more creative thinking.Chan School: Months into a global pandemic, optimism might seem like a tall order. What can people do to improve their long-term outlook?Kubzansky: It may seem odd to talk about optimism in the midst of so much suffering. However, it’s perhaps more important than ever to think about ways to enhance functioning and not solely look at what happens when things go wrong, in the interest of preventing even more suffering later on. Harvard study, almost 80 years old, has proved that embracing community helps us live longer, and be happier Protecting the heart with optimism Positive thinking linked to reduced risk of cardiovascular events Good genes are nice, but joy is better Related With regard to optimism, the good news is that it seems to be only about 25-30 percent heritable, which means that there’s a lot of room to improve it. There’s no one-size-fits-all intervention, but there are some things that people have found can help. For example, imagining your best possible future self and the things you can do to get there. Writing a gratitude letter can also be a useful exercise, because it reminds you that good things are possible. Some people might want to try counseling or meditation as a way to find some respite from focusing just on the things that may be going wrong.But it’s also important to talk about whether people have equal opportunity to be optimistic. For example, we’ve found that optimism tracks a lot with education. I think it’s partly because people with higher levels of education tend to pick up more problem-solving skills. So, we want to create environments where people feel like they have the power to tackle problems and be efficacious.Our findings in the current study suggest it would be beneficial if we could find ways to improve levels of optimism relatively early in life. That’s a very grand dream, but it seems like it might be worth spending a little bit more time thinking about how to manage that. Even if you can’t fix every health problem, it may be that you can identify assets that can be made available to more people that will help them stay healthier.last_img read more

For emerging adults, pandemic serves up unique challenges

first_imgCONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The pandemic has been hard on both kids and adults, but it’s also been challenging for those who are in between. Demographic shifts during the last century have given rise to a distinct developmental stage called “emerging adulthood” that spans the late teens and early twenties. With the pandemic causing major disruptions in education, employment, housing and more, young people who are no longer adolescents but not quite adults are struggling to find their footing. Some experts worry that could have long-term negative effects, though the psychologist who coined the phrase “emerging adulthood” said this age group is resilient and likely will bounce back.last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Helen Mirren’s Red Nose, See Rotten! Peformance & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today and over the weekend. Helen Mirren’s Red NoseMore stage faves are slated for Red Nose Day on May 21! 2015 Tony nominees Helen Mirren and Elisabeth Moss, along with Great White Way alums Liam Neeson, Rose Byrne, Diana Rigg and Kyle MacLachlan, plus the hopefully Broadway-bound Nicole Scherzinger, have joined the lineup for the previously reported “fun-raising” event. The show will air on NBC and help 12 charity organizations lift children and young people out of poverty, in the U.S. and throughout the world.P!nk Musical to Bow in New YorkInteresting. MEAN (The Musical), with a book by Kerri Kochanski, music and lyrics by Alecia Moore, direction by Jonathan Warman and choreography by Liz Piccoli, will play as part of Emerging Artists Theatre New Work Series on May 30 at TADA! Theater in the Big Apple. Moore, of course, is better known by her stage name, P!nk. We’re keeping our eye on this one…T.R. Knight Boards 11/22/63T.R. Knight, who is currently appearing in Broadway’s star-studded It’s Only a Play, has been tapped for 11/22/63. According to Variety, Knight will take on the role of Johnny Clayton, a 1960s Texas salesman, in the Hulu series based on Stephen King’s novel about J.F.K.’s assassination. As previously reported, Broadway alums Cherry Jones, Chris Cooper and James Franco will also all feature in the show, which is produced by J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions.Cynthia Erivo & Jenna Russell Set for JRB ShowCynthia Erivo, who will be starring opposite Jennifer Hudson in The Color Purple on Broadway this fall and Tony nominee Jenna Russell (Sunday in the Park with George), have joined the cast for Jason Robert Brown’s Songs for a New World. The production will play July 22 through August 8 at London’s St. James Theatre.Something Rotten! at The Tonight ShowThe cast of Something Rotten! recently stopped by The Tonight Show to sing a couple of numbers from the Tony nominated tuner. Brian d’Arcy James reminded us why he hates Shakespeare, while Christian Borle lamented how hard it is to be the Bard! Check out the video below and then the new musical at the St. James Theatre. View Commentslast_img read more

Credit unions ‘failing to provide’ needed services, survey shows

first_imgMost credit union members don’t think their CUs provide enough information to help reach personal financial goals, and about one in five say they aren’t familiar with everything their CUs offer, according to new data from marketing technology firm Segmint.The survey of over 2,000 U.S. adults, released on May 9, suggests there’s still a wide gap in some areas between what people want and what credit unions and other financial institutions actually deliver.In particular, 81% of credit union members in the survey expect CUs to offer information that helps them make better financial decisions, but just 28% said local credit unions actually give them information that helps them meet goals such as paying for college, buying an engagement ring, saving for a down payment on a house, planning for retirement or saving for vacation. The survey also found that 22% of members felt they did not have a good understanding of the products and services their local credit unions offer.“Americans expect their bank to actively help them make better financial decisions, and most feel their bank is failing to provide it,” Akron, Ohio-based Segmint said in a press release. 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

A Labor Day lesson from Burning Man

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » For most Americans, Labor Day weekend signals the end of summer. In union towns and sometimes elsewhere, it’s also a chance to celebrate the role of organized labor and the average worker — more than a few of whom founded credit unions as well.In the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, Labor Day is a time to burn The Man.If you know about Burning Man, it’s probably as a week of Bacchanalia — music, art, and a laissez-faireattitude toward social convention — a product of the ’80s northern California counter culture.You’re not wrong. Over the years, and not without some irony, Burning Man has become a celebration of excess, but it started as a protest against the commoditization of modern society. Today, the burning of the large sculpture of a man that ends each year’s event is more a performance art expression of anti-materialism than a political statement, but the event represents so much more.last_img read more