If you are to get maximum benefit from your managers' talents and by extension strengthen your company´s position in the marketplace you need more formal assessments of your managers' skills. And it isn't just the top management positions that need to be assigned carefully. The money you have saved by eliminating the middle-management layer and flattening the organizational chart has also pushed far more responsibilities to lower-level managers.
It is more important than ever that you know their strengths and where they fall short. How do they manage others? What is their leadership style? How do they make decisions? How adaptable are they to change? How flexible and innovative are they?
Skills assessments satisfy several important needs. If you use the right one, you will get a good idea of an individual's ability to set priorities, to negotiate, delegate, solve problems, communicate verbally and in writing, manage conflict, meet goals and assume a leadership position-all qualities critical to one's performance as a manager.
Source: Folio: Magazine Management
Policymakers and 21st Century Skills
What should education look like in the 21st century? There is a basic consensus about the knowledge and skills that are essential in the world today, but there must be a greater emphasis on developing an educational model that equips students with the skills necessary to succeed in the 21st century. Schools must do a better job of preparing young people for the challenges and expectations of 21st century communities, workplaces and schools of higher education.
Policymakers have an opportunity and an obligation to move forward with a new direction for teaching and learning in the 21st century. All educational stakeholders must collaborate in creating a new vision for education, and policymakers have a pivotal role to play in this process. Development of good educational policy today is the key to creating future generations of successful students, citizens and workers.
To help policymakers get started, there are five key recommendations:
1. Adopt state standards that incorporate 21st century tools and learning skills as part of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) eighth-grade technology requirement.
2. In addition to the technology literacy requirement, embed ICT Literacy into current standards, curricula and assessments for core subjects.
3. Create a state and local infrastructure that supports a 21st century education.
4. Provide professional development that is strategically aligned to support the goal of offering a 21st century education to all students.
5. Engage educators, employers, community members, parents and policymakers in an on-going dialogue that provides recommendations and advice about 21st century education.
Source: T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)
The future challenges in Human Resources Management
As trends in the social and business environment reshape organisational life, HR professionals must respond with new strategies, practices and competencies. The next few years are truly a watershed. In fact, in many places, the role of human resources has already changed radically. What are the forces driving this transformation? How will HR professionals function differently? What roles will be required? What competencies must practitioners exhibit to succeed and how can they develop them?
These are the questions and the challenges that need to be addressed and reviewed immediately.
These key functional challenges faced by the human resource community will leave HR professionals with one important option for survival. That option is to "create an entirely new role and agenda for the field that focuses not on traditional HR activities, such as staffing and compensation, but on outcomes". This is the challenge and the opportunity for the HR professionals.
In this changing environment and the nature of work, HR professionals can develop a strategic and major role as change navigators, capability builders, internal consultants, business partners as well as relationship managers.
Obviously, as we move towards the 21st century, those competent and experience HR professionals who can play these roles effectively and efficiently will be asked to become "partners" with line managers to achieve the business results of their organisations.
Source: New Straits Times
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