Letters

first_imgLettersOn 23 Jul 2002 in Personnel Today This week’s lettersMBAs give false expectations May I add to the MBA debate (Features, 25 June)? Comments that the researchbehind the article was flawed because it was limited to 20 institutions arespurious. From my own research for my MA, I would suggest some key areas of concernabout MBA courses. I have seen many MBA graduates embark on their course believing that it willqualify them for a strategic-level management job. In reality, they find theyhave neither the experience nor the skills necessary to operate at that level. The wisdom of universities recruiting MBA students who do not have relevantexperience and skills has to be questioned. And universities with coursesaccredited by the Association of MBAs are just as culpable. It is bad enough when MBA graduates have to deal with dashed hopes andexpectations when the employer has paid for the course. It is even worse whenstudents have funded themselves. Another concern is that employers do not know how to use their MBA graduates– this is particularly true when they have risen through the ranks. They starttheir courses with high expectations only to find out that they are stilllosing out to young first-degree graduates straight out of university. It doesnot seem to matter that they have good management skills and experience whilethe young graduates do not. No doubt those organisations spending £10m a year on funding MBA students –who then leave a year later – are the same ones bemoaning the shortage oftalent. Dorothy Wilson Career Consult Make more use of top HR talent In the late 1970s, I completed a DMS while living in South Africa. In thelate 1980s, I completed my MBA when working as an HR director in the UK. Both the DMS and the MBA were chosen for the same reason – I wanted tounderstand business and the contribution each function can make. I carefullychose my business school – to enable me to study while working – and mydissertation on management and organisational development. It was an action-centred MBA programme and now many universities andbusiness schools run them. I cannot stress enough that HR managers have tocarefully select the course and provider. After more than 20 years in HR as a manager and independent consultant, Ibelieve that many line managers do not make full use of HR. In too many organisationsHR continues to be used for the tasks that line managers shy away from, and notmuch else. If this happens the blame may be shared between the HR manager, who has notbeen able to make the necessary impact, and the CEO, who has failed to demonstratetheir commitment to people and development. Michael Mead Head of HR, Ray Marine Permission to leave now, sir? Many of you may not have seen the draft forms included with the Government’sconsultation paper Work and Parents: Competitiveness and Choice. What really grabbed my attention was the form that needs to be signed forparental leave – which has three declarations – each of which lead to someinteresting questions of definition. These are as follows: – ‘I am in an enduring family relationship with the mother.’ Does this mean:‘my wardrobe is there this week’, ‘I have a key to the house’, or ‘she won’tlet me out without a chaperone’? – ‘I will be responsible for the child’s upbringing.’ Does this mean: ‘untilhe or she is weaned’, ‘until he or she goes to school’, ‘until he or shefinishes school’, or ‘for life’? – “I will be taking time off to support the child’s mother or care forthe child’. Does this mean: ‘the child will be dropped-off at the child-minderwhile the mother and I have a wonderful time’? When you consider all the possible meanings, is the declaration going to beworth the paper on which it is signed? Michael Hibbs Head of employment law, Shakespeares Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Tix Now Available to See Andrea Martin, Megan Hilty & More in Noises Off

first_imgBrace yourself for comic chaos. Tickets are now on sale for the Broadway revival of Noises Off. Starring Andrea Martin, Megan Hilty and a slew of Broadway faves, performances will begin on December 17 at Roundabout’s American Airlines Theatre, where the production is scheduled to run through March 6, 2016. Opening night is set for January 14.Helmed by Jeremy Herrin, Noises Off follows a director and his group of actors just hours before the opening night performance of the farce Nothing On. Lines are forgotten, love triangles are unraveling and sardines are flying everywhere. The comedy premiered on the Great White Way in 1983 and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play. It was first revived on Broadway in 2001 with a cast that included Patti LuPone and a recent inhabitant of the American Airlines Theatre: Peter Gallagher.The cast will also include Rob McClure, Tim Allgood, Campbell Scott, Tracee Chimo, Daniel Davis, David Furr, Kate Jennings Grant and Jeremy Shamos. Megan Hilty Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on March 13, 2016 View Commentscenter_img Related Shows Noises Off Andrea Martinlast_img read more

Injury Knocks out Bailly from Ivory Coast’s AFCON 2019 Squad

first_imgThe Africa Cup of Nations is from June 21 to July 19 in Egypt.Ivory Coast’s Elephants are one of the favourites for the tournament and have been drawn in a group that also contains Morocco, South Africa and Namibia.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Manchester United defender Eric Bailly will miss the final two games of the season and this summer’s Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt after sustaining a knee injury in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea.The Ivory Coast international, 25, injured his medial ligament in a collision with Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic during the second half.Bailly was starting his first Premier League game since February 3.last_img read more

7 days ago​Solskjaer insists Man Utd right to sell Alexis, Lukaku

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Solskjaer insists Man Utd right to sell Alexis, Lukakuby Ansser Sadiq7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer is sticking by the decision to sell Romelu Lukaku and loan out Alexis Sanchez.The Red Devils manager is under increased scrutiny after his side made a poor start to the season.Their biggest problem is a lack of goals, but Solskjaer does not regret letting two experienced attackers leave in the summer transfer window.Speaking about those departures in an interview with Gary Neville, Solskjaer said: “In one-off games, you think we could’ve had a number of extra players with experience. “Alexis and Rom are goalscorers and good players, but at the moment, we made those decisions and they were the right decisions.”That’s the only way you’ve got to look at it. All the players here want to give everything for the club and for the shirt – that’s a big thing.”Every day that they come in training, and every day that they put the shirt on, they’re going to give everything that they have. So you can’t really say, ‘oh I wish I didn’t do that’.”Giving a couple of the lads the chance to show themselves, maybe it was a little bit too early for a few of them. But Mason Greenwood has stepped in and scored a couple in the midweek games, so it’s a great experience for them.”We know we haven’t had the results that we wanted, but I wouldn’t have kept the players we sold. It was the right decision.” last_img read more