Organisational risk of the Peter Principle

first_img Previous Article Next Article Read full article Organisational risk of the Peter PrincipleShared from missc on 9 Dec 2014 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.center_img The Peter Principle is a concept inwhich the selection of a candidate for a position is based on their performance in their current role rather than on their abilities relevant to the intended role. The business then of course running the risk of promoting someone until they are in a role in which they under-perform. How do we avoid this?From an HR perspective, the risk associated with the Peter Principle can be negated simply taking on-board the direction that an employee wishes to take their career, as opposed to promoting a staff member according to the company organisational structure only. Of course this doesn’t mean that we place less importance on the business objectives, because of course these are very important also – What it does mean that we should be using far more foresight when hiring and aiming to align someone’s key professional growth objectives with the organisational goals as much as possible.When we align an employee’s growth plan with organisational objectives, both parties stand to reap the benefits and in turn minimise risk. The employee is given the opportunity to achieve their professional goals and grow their knowledge and experience in the areas that the business requires that skill/experience which of course limits the likelihood of poor performance.Recruitment needs to become less reactionary (where possible) and more forward thinking and strategic. In doing so, employees will note that you have their best interests in mind along with other commercial interests, and this in turn – in most cases, will be reciprocated in the form of staff being engaged, driven and committed to achievement, all whilst managing potential future risk. Comments are closed.last_img read more

Commentary: Truth And The Lessons It Teaches

first_imgCommentary: Truth And The Lessons It TeachesOctober 28, 2018  By John FRANKLIN, Indiana – By coincidence, just a few hours after the president of the United States showered praise at a rally on a congressman who assaulted a reporter, I spoke before a gathering of high school journalists.My event was the annual convention of the Indiana High School Press Association, which is held on the campus of Franklin College, where I teach. More than 250 of the best, most dedicated and hardest-working Hoosier high school students surrendered days of their fall break to attend.John Krull, publisher, TheStatehouseFile.comI delivered a greeting. As I spoke, vertical banners stood behind me proclaiming IHSPA’s values, among them “truth,” “integrity,” “courage” and “freedom.”I told the students they inspired me. I said journalism always had been a tough profession that called out for tough-minded people, but that was true now more than ever. It was heartening, I said, to see many young people eager to answer a call for service.The president’s message was different.President Trump complimented U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte, R-Montana, for “body-slamming” a reporter who tried to ask him about health care.Then, afterward, Gianforte lied about the assault. He said the reporter initiated the attack and that he was just defending himself. A recording of the incident and eyewitness accounts showed that wasn’t true.Without provocation, Gianforte grabbed the reporter around the throat, slammed him to the ground and then began punching him repeatedly.Confronted by the facts and the law, Gianforte pled guilty and was sentenced to community service and anger management training. To avoid a civil suit, he agreed to a settlement with the reporter, including at least one term – an on-the-record interview with the reporter – Gianforte has refused to honor.The president of the United States paid tribute to a guy who took a cheap shot at another guy, and who then lied about it.And he disparaged the guy who told the truth.Just another day in this president’s America.The high school students before whom I spoke know a bit about that.For the past two years, IHSPA has tried to get the Indiana General Assembly to adopt a student press freedom bill. The bill isn’t complicated. It just asserts student journalists should have the same rights as other Americans do – that their right, to tell the truth, shouldn’t be suppressed and that they shouldn’t be punished for telling the truth.School administrators apparently don’t like that.As the bill was in its final stages before the Indiana legislature two years ago, a story broke out of Kansas.Some dedicated and diligent high school journalists at Pittsburgh High School realized many students in their school didn’t know much about their new principal. So, they decided to do a story on her.In their reporting, they found she had said she received a graduate degree in 2010 from a program that had shut down in 1984. There were other significant distortions or misrepresentations on her resume, as well.They reported this and made national news. The principal resigned.Here in Indiana, school administrators opposed to the student press freedom bill pointed to the Kansas story as an example of just how dangerous it could be to treat young people as if they were citizens.See, they argued to legislators, this is what happens if you don’t let us control what student journalists think, say or publish. They cost this poor woman her job.In other words, they sided with the principal who lied, rather than the kids who reported the truth.Notice a pattern here?My own career as a journalist began several decades ago when I was about the age of the students gathered at the IHSPA convention.In that time, I’ve learned something. People in the position of power may grow irritated with incorrect information in a story, but a correction and an apology most often mollify them.The truth, though, can engage them.Mistakes can be fixed, but the truth can’t be fixed.It is what it is, and it will never go away.That’s why the students at the IHSPA convention inspire me.They understand something the president and many other people in positions of power do not.The enduring value of truth.FOOTNOTES: John Krull is director of Franklin College’s Pulliam School of Journalism, host of “No Limits” WFYI 90.1 Indianapolis and publisher of, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.The City-County posted this article without bias, opinion, or editing.Print Friendly, PDF & EmailFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more


first_imgTyrades! By Danny TyreeAccording to a May 11 United Press International news story, Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton promised a radio interviewer that, if elected, she would release government records related to Area 51.Area 51, of course, is the remote section of Edwards Air Force Base in the Nevada desert that many UFO enthusiasts believe is the site of alien encounters.I was a little surprised that Hillary took an interest in this “X Files”-type topic. Usually she’s chasing little green bills instead of little green men. Usually SHE’S the one saying, “Take me to your leader — so I can hit him up for a Clinton Foundation donation.”Urban legends and conspiracy theories insist that Area 51 is a center for ongoing communications with aliens and/or a place where crashed alien spaceships are taken apart so scientists can reverse engineer the technology and speed up mankind’s technological progress.I know — reverse engineering an interstellar craft that smashed into a mountainside is like reverse engineering a Ford Edsel or New Coke. As Donald Trump put it, “I don’t like extraterrestrials who crash-land their flying saucers. Give me the aliens who accomplish their mission of decimating cities and atomizing toddlers. That’s what I call a hero.”Skeptics point out that if we had really made contact with extraterrestrials, SOME low-level Area 51 employee would have played whistleblower by now. Of course employees may be buying into the “You want the truth? You can’t handle the truth!” philosophy. Perhaps there is a fear that there would be mass panic if we knew we weren’t alone. But this is 2016, after all. (“Hey, as long as they don’t have gluten-based weapons, I’m down with that.”)Many citizens wonder why, if Area 51 has been around for more than 50 years, no president has spoken up to reveal its secrets. In fact, chief executives HAVE let information about Area 51 slip out, but it is always quickly redacted.Surely you remember Pres. Obama’s gaffe “I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone. And I’ve got a transdimensional death ray. D’oh! Can I do that over?”Going further back, President John F, Kennedy also almost let the cat out of the bag. Surely some of you remember the unedited version of his speech, “We choose to go to the moon… not because it’s easy, but because I think I left my cufflinks there.”Some skeptics are quick to say, “Wait a minute — Hillary is married to a former president. Wouldn’t he have already told her any secrets of Area 51?”Skeptics are sure Bill would have divulged everything to Hillary because he has SUCH a sterling record of telling her everything. Most likely, the best she could glean would be his muttering in his sleep. (“All I wanted was to get to second base with her — but those freaks don’t even HAVE second base.”)Bernie Sanders has not indicated whether he believes in alien races; but in order to cover all demographic bases, he has recalibrated his campaign to focus on “single-payer alien autopsies.”If Hillary does make it to the Oval Office and fulfill her promise, it could be a hollow victory. If she discovers that some bureaucrat accidentally destroyed the alien self-replicating pantsuit blueprints, she could view the red state/blue state map ruefully and ask, “What difference, at this point, does it make?”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Landscape Artist John Lloyd Exhibit Opens Today at Arts Center

first_img“House End” by John LloydNew York artist John Lloyd brings his images of the city and its surrounding area to the Ocean City Arts Center from Sept. 2 to 30.A “Meet the Artist” reception, free and open to the public, will be held Friday, Sept. 12 from 7 pm to 8:30 pm.A landscape artist born to missionaries in Japan, Lloyd’s work is a unique look at the architecture, parks and “neighborhoods” of Manhattan and Brooklyn, New York.Lloyd explains his choice of painting landscapes by saying, “through the relaxed rhythm of the brush strokes I make a connection to the stories happening around me, the slow movements of the clouds, the rhythm of the water, the gestures of the wind moving through the trees.”Lloyd works in many mediums including oil, acrylics and watercolor.  His paintings have been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the Northeast and in Europe, including the Andre Wauters Gallery, the Ligoa Duncan Gallery, the Atlantic Gallery, the Right Bank Gallery and the Open Center, New York.  In addition, his work has been featured at the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington and the Oriveden Opisto, Orivesi, Finland.For further information, visit or call (609) 399-7628.Coming in October:  Three generations of photographers from Ocean City, Janice Betts, son James Betts and Granddaughter Felicia Betts will exhibit their photography throughout October.— News release from the Ocean City Arts Centerlast_img read more

Tate & Lyle sees strong volume growth in Europe

first_imgTate & Lyle, the international speciality ingredients producer, has reported strong volume growth in Europe after a slow start to the US summer.The statistics, released as part of the company’s interim management statement, showed that colder weather at the start of the year caused lower volumes in US bulk liquid sweeteners.In its speciality food ingredients division, volumes and sales grew ahead of the wider market sector. This allowed for strong volume growth in Europe and in emerging markets.Tate & Lyle also revealed a strengthened financial position, due to a fall in net debt from £479m as of 31 March 2013 to £426m by 30 June.In a bid to develop its speciality food ingredients business, the company announced it had acquired Swedish oat beta glucan manufacturer Biovelop.Beta glucan is a soluble fibre, which has widely approved health claims, including from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), for lowering cholesterol and reducing post-prandial glycaemic response.Based in Kimstad, Biovelop produces the ingredient under the brand name PromOat, for use in the food, beverage and supplement markets.last_img read more

Video: Victory Lane — Kyle Busch

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Kyle Hollingsworth Announces Return Of Kyle’s Brew Fest As String Cheese Red Rocks Pre-Party

first_imgThis year, String Cheese Incident will return yet again for three magical nights at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado. String Cheese Incident is slated to perform for July 21th, 22th, and 23rd, with special guests Jyemo Club, Analog Son, and Grant Farm, respectively. However, in keeping with tradition, Cheese’s keys player Kyle Hollingsworth will throw his annual charity beer festival and concert, Kyle’s Brew Fest, on Thursday, July 20th, to get fans primed and ready for the Red Rocks run that starts the next day.The String Cheese Incident Announces Red Rocks Run, Festival Appearances & MoreKyle’s Brew Fest will serve as the official pre-party for String Cheese’s three-night Red Rocks run, with the proceeds benefitting Conscious Alliance. The festival will go down at Great Divide Brewing Company in Denver’s RiNo district, and is setting itself up to be quite the party. In addition to performances by Kyle Hollingsworth Band, a bunch of special friends are slated to make appearances. Plus, we certainly have no qualms about the 60 craft beers from over 30 breweries that will represented at the event, in addition to the collaboration brews between Kyle and a handful of breweries. For the first time ever, Kyle’s Brew Fest will also feature food pairings, so you can get properly nourished ahead of String Cheese’s Red Rocks run.Certainly, this is not a bad way to kick off your Red Rocks run with String Cheese Incident—especially when considering that it’s for a noble cause. Tickets for the event go on-sale Thursday, May 11th, at 10 a.m. (MST) here, with a limited number of early-bird general-admission and VIP tickets available. VIP tickets include early entry, a tasting and a private brewery tour with Kyle Hollingsworth himself, a signed Red Rocks poster, and a bunch of other goodies.[Cover photo courtesy of Ojeda Photography]last_img read more

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats Perform “You Worry Me” On The Late Show

first_imgNathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats were the latest band to stop by The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. The soul/folk rock group delivered an outstanding version of  “You Worry Me”, the lead single from their sophomore album, Tearing at the Seams, which was released in March earlier this year.Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats are currently on an extensive tour, bringing them all throughout North America, before heading to Europe and Asia in July. The band will return to North America after playing two nights at Fuji Rock Festival in Nigata, Japan, with concerts in the United States and Canada lasting through mid-November of this year. Head to the band’s website for more information on upcoming tour dates.Watch Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats perform “You Worry Me” from Tearing at the Seams on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert below:last_img read more

Digging into the history of the cosmos

first_img Making a place for herself Related A lot of these structures are what’s known as dark matter. Scientists believe dark matter is the glue holding galaxies together and the organizing force giving the universe its overall structure. It comprises around 80 percent of all mass.Catching a glimpse of it is exceedingly difficult, however. Dark matter doesn’t emit, reflect, or absorb light, making it essentially invisible to current instruments. Researchers instead infer things about dark matter through what its powerful gravity allows it to do: bend and focus the light around it, a phenomenon called gravitational lensing.In recent years, Dvorkin’s lab has been a leader in finding new approaches to learn about dark matter. One study published last year, for instance involved, using a novel machine learning method to detect what’s known as subhalos, or small clumps of dark matter that live within larger halos of the dark matter holding a galaxy together. The halos basically create pockets where certain stars are confined. While they can’t be seen, these subhalos can be traced by analyzing the light distortion from the lensing effect. The problem is that the analysis is often expensive and can take weeks.“Most of the time you get no detections, so what I have been working on with a graduate student and now with a postdoc is if we can automate a procedure like direct detection, for example, using convolutional neural networks, making this process of detecting subhalos much faster,” Dvorkin said.The lab showed their strategy using machine learning can reduce the analysis to a few seconds rather than a few weeks using traditional methods.Other dark matter research involves looking at the early universe, which has included using cosmic microwave background observations to study the structure of dark matter and pioneering a method for investigating the shape of an aspect inflation known as “Generalized Slow Roll.” Along with colleagues at Harvard, MIT, and other universities, Dvorkin helped launch a new National Science Foundation institute for artificial intelligence, where she’ll apply some of her methods for detecting dark matter.Her current and past work has turned heads. Dvorkin received the Department of Energy Early Career award in 2019. She snagged the Scientist of the Year award given by the students interns and faculty at The Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations in 2018 for her contributions to physics, cosmology and STEM Education. Dvorkin was named a Radcliffe Institute Fellowship from 2018 to 2019. And in 2012, she was given the Martin and Beate Block Award, an international prize given out annually to a promising young physicist by the Aspen Center for Physics.Professor of astronomy and physics Douglas Finkbeiner considers himself among Dvorkin’s fans — not only because her stellar work has led to a good-looking trophy case but also because of how she champions her collaborators, especially future scientists.“Cora is not just a builder of theories, but a builder of people,” he said. “It has been a joy to watch her students [and research associates] grow and mature into top-notch scientists.”The Dvorkin Group is comprised of 11 members, including seven graduate students and one undergrad.“We’ve got a really big group in comparison to any other research groups that I have been a part of,” said Bryan Ostdiek, one of the lab’s three postdoctoral fellows. “This makes everything very lively” and collaborative on projects, he said. It was especially evident before the pandemic, but still happens now through Zoom and Slack messaging.And that’s just the way Dvorkin likes it.“I still remember the time when I was a graduate student,” Dvorkin said. “I benefited a lot from discussions with my adviser, but I also benefited from discussions with other group members. I have tried to give postdocs the opportunity to work with students because at some point they will be applying for faculty jobs.” “In general, there aren’t a lot of women in physics and, in particular, there aren’t a lot of women in theoretical physics, so I really, really appreciate having her as a mentor.” — Maya Burhanpurkar ’22 Cora Dvorkin’s fascination with math and the cosmos started with her father, a family friend, and famed theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking.Drawn to math at an early age, Dvorkin remembers long discussions with her father and his friend about abstract mathematical concepts like the origin of infinity or zero and was 10 years old when first handed Hawking’s “A Brief History of Time.” It didn’t take long for a young Dvorkin, growing up in Buenos Aires, to become enthralled with the kinds of connections Hawkings was making.“I realized that I could access the kind of questions that I was interested in with the tool of mathematics,” Dvorkin said. “I had fun when my mind went out [in search of big answers] and then it came back, and I realized I was physically at this place, but I was flying somewhere else.”That sense of discovery and adventure has come to define much of her work as an associate professor in the FAS’ Department of Physics. There, the theoretical cosmologist uses advanced algorithms and machine learning to analyze data from satellites and telescopes all over the world to study the origins and composition of the early universe. Her lab’s main goal is trying to understand the nature of one of the universe’s most important and puzzling features: dark matter.“We use our computers to simulate the universe and to do our calculations,” said Dvorkin, who came to Harvard in 2014 as a fellow for the Institute for Theory and Computation at the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian. “The data that we use are either from the cosmic microwave background, which is the afterglow from the Big Bang, or data from what is known as the large-scale structure of the universe, such as galaxy surveys or gravitational lensing, which is the light coming towards us [from distant galaxies] that’s deflected [and distorted] because of massive structures along the way.” “Cora is not just a builder of theories, but a builder of people.” — Douglas Finkbeiner, professor of astronomy and physics Mahlet Shiferaw loved astronomy and physics, but had to overcome feeling like an outsider in fields that draw few women and fewer African Americans Project aims to give young students real-life STEM role models This is what a scientist looks like When it comes to projects lab members say Dvorkin is as hands-on as they need her to be, but that she also gives them the freedom they need to evaluate data or come up with their own ideas for research.Ana Diaz Rivero, A.M. ’18, a physics Ph.D. candidate at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, says she’s been able to get early experience authoring scientific papers through her work at the lab, including in leading journals like The Astrophysical Journal and Physical Review D. She’s also been invited to give a number of talks, including an upcoming one at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics.Rivero says she’s been working with Dvorkin since the start of her graduate experience at Harvard in 2016.“I got accepted into Harvard, and on the day of my acceptance she sent me an email saying congrats on getting into Harvard, and we set up a time to talk,” Rivero said. The pair had met at Columbia University at a talk Dvorkin was giving. “When I came to visit at Open House, I spoke to her, and I really liked her, and I told her what ideas I had, and she was super supportive of me working on them in her group. So, on Day One of Harvard, I started out on a research project with her, and we’ve written a lot of papers together since.” Outreach like that is important to Dvorkin, especially to increase inclusion and diversity in the field. It’s why in the past she’s given talks at the Harvard Foundation’s annual Albert Einstein Science Conference: Advancing Minorities and Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and why, more recently, she’s been in contact with the Black National Society of Physicists.“I’m very concerned about these topics, and I’m trying my best to do whatever I can to fight this problem,” Dvorkin said.Reasons like this is why the group’s youngest lab member says Dvorkin not only serves as an excellent mentor but as a role model for female scientists like herself.“In general, there aren’t a lot of women in physics and, in particular, there aren’t a lot of women in theoretical physics, so I really, really appreciate having her as a mentor,” said Maya Burhanpurkar ’22, a Harvard undergrad studying physics and computer science. “It shows me what’s possible as a woman in the field.”last_img read more

Additional Chautauqua County Jail Inmates Test Positive For COVID-19

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Stock Image.MAYVILLE – An additional 23 inmates and one corrections officer at the Chautauqua County Jail have tested positive for COVID-19 amid an outbreak at the facility.The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office reported the update after a second round of testing took place on Wednesday with 51 cases currently active at the facility.The Sheriff’s Office says since the first positive case was detected just over three weeks ago, a total of 88 inmates have tested positive. Of the 88 positive cases 37 have recovered.They say a total of 14 correction staff members have tested positive, six of who have recovered. Inmates are being closely monitored by medical staff and correction officers. Those who show symptoms are quarantined for 14 days before being housed in a unit and staff are monitored daily for COVID-19 symptoms.The Sheriff’s Office says they are working closely with the Chautauqua County Health Department and the County’s Emergency Services Office to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the jail.last_img read more