Change Activists Wanted

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Change Activists WantedOn 1 Jun 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Yourrole in delivering performance improvement is crucial, especially in a slowingeconomy. So how are you going to get your message across? asks Carmel McConnellTheeconomy is cooling down, which means the cost-cutting agenda is back. Seniormanagement looks for ways to keep the shareholders happy. The “doing more withless, and still smiling” posters go back up on the walls. Sound familiar? Now,this may not be the case where you are. But you still aim to give the team moreperformance bang for each training buck anyway, right? So the big question is,what is the best strategy for yourself and your department during this comingdownturn? How can you increase awareness of the training and development valueadded?InChange Activist, I demonstrate that there are valuable lessons to learn fromthe passion and focus of social activists; lessons that can be used by anyoneto make big (ethical) things happen fast in the workplace. After 10 years ofchange leadership in the film industry and financial services, my experiencehas been that people who consistently develop their skills to meet the needs ofthe changing marketplace have made the biggest contribution. And reaped thebiggest rewards in terms of personal and material recognition. Are you one ofthose people – in the making? It is your choice – your contribution levelequals your satisfaction level.Yoursuccess depends on your ability to take action. Let me give you an example.Development professionals need to be close to their senior team, to help them,in turn, get closer to their customers. How exactly? Well, the right skills andbehaviour provide the right performance – which might be the difference betweensuccess and failure, for you and your firm. Could you be the developmentmanager who speaks up to remind the business of that?Ifthe answer is yes, let’s consider first things first – getting in front ofpeople. How to help others understand the marketplace benefit of yourcontribution. Hard? Maybe. But believe me, it’s not as hard as reading ane-mail stating that an external vendor has been appointed to provide onlinedevelopment as part of some great new strategy (which you know won’t work!). Youcan make things happen as a training change activist. Such as:1– Decide you are going to help the senior team – and your colleagues – be inthe best shape to deal with the coming slowdown 2– Start here. Proactively educate yourself about the marketplace. For example,what is the most profitable niche in your marketplace? Can you build skills andbehaviour to maximise on that?3– Put yourself in the shoes of the external customer. What do they need fromyour firm? What could you do to reinforce existing strengths?4– Work out allies on the senior team. Who recognises skills and behaviour ascritical to survival? 5– When are you going to meet them? You have a really useful message on how toreinforce peak performance during this downturn, so make it a priority to tellthem Youknow all that stuff about partnering with the business, leading throughlearning, common focus on achieving the business priorities, those goodseminars, conferences, courses. Guess what – it wasn’t all theory. Areyou choosing to make sure your skills are seen as critical during the next fewmonths, or are you hoping it will all go away? Thisis where you get yourself into the right place and take action to make it happen.As I tell people: the only way to do it – is to do it.Fordetails of current Change Activist development programmes, send an e-mail to [email protected]  or call 07710 057955. Change Activist ispublished in the Momentum Series by FT/Pearsonlast_img read more

CDC plans for unpredictable flu vaccine supply

first_img People at high risk include those aged 65 years and up, nursing home residents, people with chronic conditions, babies and toddlers up to 2 years old, pregnant women, and healthcare workers with high-risk patients. But not everyone in those groups will want a flu shot. Despite a vaccine shortage in 2004-05, providers gave roughly the same number of flu shots to the high-risk groups as in previous years, the CDC reported previously. US health officials are preparing for a wide range of contingencies, and trying to prepare the public as well. “The worst-case scenario is we would have somewhere around 53 million doses. The best case would be about 98 million doses,” Gerberding said. About 57 million people got flu shots in the 2004-05 season, leaving about 3 million doses unused, according to the Associated Press (AP). Sanofi-Pasteur is planning to provide 50 million to 60 million doses this fall. In addition, MedImmune Inc. will make about 3 million doses of its nasal spray vaccine, Reuters reported. May 5, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Those deemed at highest risk from influenza should have priority for flu vaccinations this fall, federal health officials said yesterday. Gerberding’s comments reflect the unpredictability of the coming flu season and the US vaccine supply.center_img It will be important for people to keep up-to-date on the flu vaccine supply, Gerberding told a subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. “The message will evolve,” she said. Although authorities see progress at Chiron Corp.’s factory in Liverpool, England, it’s not clear whether the company will be approved to sell vaccine in the US, the Los Angeles Times reported. “We want flu shots in their arms first,” Dr. Julie Gerberding, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta (CDC), told members of Congress, according to several news reports. “If the vaccine comes through as expected, we’ll do the rest.” In addition, GlaxoSmithKline is seeking approval for its maiden foray into the US flu vaccine market in a licensing arrangement involving 10 million doses, Reuters news service reported.last_img read more