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‘Now more than ever leadership needs to recognise the value of rest’ – Women in Tech Festival speaker Dr Nerina Ramlakhan

‘now more than ever leadership needs to recognise the value of rest’ – women in tech festival speaker dr nerina ramlakhan

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“I want to go through the head to reach the heart. This is about gaining a competitive advantage.”
So says Dr Nerina Ramlakhan, a physiologist and sleep therapist.

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After a decade spent conducting sleep and wellness programmes at Nightingale Hospital in London, and founding BUPA’s Corporate Wellbeing Solutions, she turned her attention to the world of business.
As a research fellow at Ashbridge Business School, she’s clear that focusing on good sleep practices has a clear return on investment.
“You do have to demonstrate some sort of ROI. I look at how can we measure that people are feeling better as a result of coming to work and resting, or having had this keynote on sleep and starting to look after themselves differently?” She said.
Ramlakhan coaches at Ashridge Business School and is also one of CRN and Computing’s Women in Tech Festival speakers, alongside the likes of techUK President Jacqueline de Rojas and Stemettes CEO Anne-Marie Imafidon.
The event will run virtually from 30 November to 1 December.
Regardless of gender, Ramlakhan will deliver the message that now more than ever, with COVID-19 lockdowns lingering on far longer than many anticipated, encouraging employees to have time to rest has …

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Sex Cult Leader, Facing Life Sentence, Regrets Nothing

sex cult leader, facing life sentence, regrets nothing

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[Read our latest coverage of Keith Raniere’s sentencing.]Keith Raniere, the leader of a self-help organization called Nxivm, had been revered by throngs of loyal followers who promoted him as the smartest man in the world. They called him “Vanguard,” believing that his teachings would bring about peace and even influence elections.Mr. Raniere, 60, is now sitting in jail, convicted at trial as a con man who was exploiting Nxivm to enrich himself financially and recruit sexual partners, leading to its current reputation as a “sex cult.”He will return to court on Tuesday for his sentencing, facing the possibility of spending the rest of his life in prison. His sentencing is expected to include hours of statements from victims.Still, Mr. Raniere carries no remorse and will not be seeking forgiveness, his lawyers said. He has accused the judge of corruption and demanded a new trial.“He is not sorry for his conduct or his choices,” his lawyers wrote in a court filing last month, adding that he “intends to fight this case with all of his might, confident that he will one day be vindicated.”Mr. Raniere’s sentencing in federal court in Brooklyn will be the …

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How the Best Leaders Answer “What Are We Here for?”

how the best leaders answer “what are we here for?”

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Executive Summary
Too often in a crisis, leaders resort to command-and-control leadership, focusing on rigid goals and rules to sustain the operations of their organizations. Instead, they should look to define the purpose behind their organizations. That shouldn’t be a top-down exercise: In examples from the NHS to private corporations and nonprofits, we can see that the best leaders develop the meaning of their organizations in concert with all those affected by it–employees, customers, patients, neighbors, and leaders.

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In a crisis, the possibility of failure feels close. This often drives leaders into command-and-control mode: more-rigid schedules, tighter budgets, exaggerated targets, hyperbolic promises. Military metaphors proliferate. But during a crisis of deep ambiguity and uncertainty, what’s more important than the rhetorical demonstration of certainty is the formulation of a strong, shared sense of meaning. Leaders can’t impose this from above. Their role is to become activists who convene people — employees, suppliers, customers, members of the communities that the company serves — to explore and define that meaning together.

To succeed, in good times or bad, the leader of any organization must be able to answer the question “What are we here for?” In volatile …

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Walter Eiland on leadership: Care about others and not solely about yourself

walter eiland on leadership: care about others and not solely about yourself

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Walter Eiland remembers a job jackhammering in the 1980s reconstructing elevated I-81 through downtown Syracuse.“I found it really interesting to make something better – to leave something in a better condition than what I found it,” Eiland said.He was working in housekeeping at Crouse Hospital, and he wanted some extra income, so he started his first business, Eiland Floor Care. He took courses and after five years in environmental services at Crouse, he landed a job in the hospital’s engineering department.Last December, Eiland retired after 27 years at the hospital. Now, he devotes attention to his second business, W.E. Enterprise Property Management, and to his active role in community organizations.In 2006, Eiland and Jerome Walker began their work to co-found the Central New York chapter of 100 Black Men. Eiland became well known and made a significant impact on the community, but he was reluctant to do an interview about leadership, even when assured it would be painless.“Actually, Stan, I don’t think it will be painless,” Eiland said. “You contacted me and said I’m a successful person or leader. A title of leader baffles me, because I don’t see myself as a leader. I’ …

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Black History Month: What does this mean for digital leaders?

black history month: what does this mean for digital leaders?

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Seventy seven per cent of the NHS workforce is female and 20% are people of colour, and yet there are still only around 10 women of colour in CIO/ CCIO roles or similar across the NHS. Data clearly shows that black women are particularly under-represented in digital leadership roles. Many black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) women’s voices and talent are not heard or recognised.The Shuri Network is determined to continue to shine a light on BAME digital pioneers, challenge the NHS to do better and support our members such as Mary Olubi from Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust. During our inaugural webinar with Hunter Healthcare, Digital Leadership – Ingredients for Success, Olubi spoke eloquently about her struggle to progress in her career and the difference having a mentor, Cedi Frederick, the Chair of North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust made.
The response to our webinar highlighted the huge enthusiasm and appetite by BAME NHS staff to get involved with informatics and digital innovation, and the lack of structured career support to give them opportunities to succeed and thrive. Taking your first steps in healthtech, navigating your way through the digital career jungle, building support and knowing what …

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Asia has more women in tech — and it’s better for it

asia has more women in tech — and it’s better for it

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Source: ShutterstockSEA tech sector has a strong start in terms of women’s representation compared with other countries.Given the critical shortage of technology talent—and the clear gains from more balanced workforces and leadership teams—women need to be part of the solution.The first-ever programmer, Ada Lovelace, was a woman, so was the leader of Apollo 11’s coding team. But even despite women playing key roles in the evolution of computing and engineering, the technology industry has struggled with a lack of female representation.Today, however, the tech industry has is starting to transition from a boys’ club to a diverse workforce, and when it comes to Southeast Asia, the region is one of the most progressive. According to a study by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and Singapore’s Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), the number of women in tech in SEA beats the global average. Women account for 32% of the region’s tech sector workforce, compared to 28% on average around the globe.At 42%, it’s Thailand that tops the charts in SEA, followed by Singapore with 41% of women working in tech — the latter despite the city-state having one of the lowest shares of female tech majors …

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We Salute You: General Assembly to Host ‘Veteran Women in Tech’ Breakfast – Hypepotamus

we salute you: general assembly to host ‘veteran women in tech’ breakfast – hypepotamus

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For some veterans, the transition from the military into a civilian workforce can come as a challenge.  More so, breaking into the tech industry can be difficult. But it is, in fact, possible.
Join General Assembly, November 20, for a Women in Tech Breakfast series featuring successful veterans in the tech community.  The panel will share inspiring personal stories of transition, how they prepared for workforce re-entry, hurdles they faced along the way, and how they navigated career success.  Speakers will also share their hard-won insights regarding their specific experience in the tech industry.
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Tiana S. Clark is the Channel Sales Chief of Staff for Microsoft Corporation. Over her 9-year tenure at Microsoft, she’s also been the Marketing and Operations Enterprise Commercial M365 Marketing Director, leading product marketing for the $21B business; Services Sales Enablement Leader, where she built the first-ever Microsoft Sales University supporting $2B in quota; Services Sales Specialist, where she managed a territory of some of the largest and most strategic Enterprise Commercial accounts; and Strategic Account Manager, where she led the way for process improvement and role upskilling.
Known as the “Oprah for Tweens,” Tiana is also the Hollywood-award-winning creator of Soci Circle, a preteen …

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Decatur Public Schools leaders refuse to comment ahead of vote on proposed $30k bonus for asst. superintendent

decatur public schools leaders refuse to comment ahead of vote on proposed $30k bonus for asst. superintendent

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DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) – Parents in the Decatur Public School District #61 are expressing concern over a proposal by the school board to give a $30,0000 bonus to a district leader.The School Board will discuss the bonus for Assistant Superintendent Jeffrey Dase its meeting on Tuesday. If approved, the $30,000 would equal roughly 20% of Dase’s current salary. The vote is being met with questions from the community.”He has not proven his qualifications yet,” Dr. Kevin Collins-Brown, a district parent said. “We have teachers leaving left and right, we have a lot of vacancies and this is all under his watch” The agenda says Dase should be given the $30,000 for his “efforts and accomplishments” during the 2020 fiscal year. What those accomplishments and efforts are remain unclear.Andrew Matthews with the Illinois Education Association, which works with local unions, says with the district expressing concerns about finances, and lack of confidence in Dase by the Decatur Education Association, now is not the time for a bonus, let along talk of one.”To even put that on the agenda seems to be a little bit tone deaf to what is happening around us when people are facing challenges,” Matthews said.One of the concerns for …

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South Carolina leaders react to Barrett’s confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court

south carolina leaders react to barrett’s confirmation to the u.s. supreme court

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Judge Barrett is exceptionally qualified, and I am confident she will interpret the Constitution as it is written, protect our individual freedoms, and uphold the rule of law on which our nation was founded.She belongs on the Supreme Court, and we are fortunate to have her.— Congressman Tom Rice (@RepTomRice) October 27, 2020

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Editorial Counterpoint: Minneapolis schools need new leadership

editorial counterpoint: minneapolis schools need new leadership

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If the Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) are to make the changes needed in the district, it is vital that voters elect Sharon El-Amin (Second District), Adriana Cerrillo (Fourth District) and Michael Dueñes (at-large seat) to the school board.

The impediments to imparting a knowledge-intensive, skill-replete education to MPS students are a knowledge-deficient curriculum, ill-trained teachers and principals, the absence of scholars among those making academic decisions at the Davis Center (MPS central offices), a central office bureaucracy incapable of addressing these dilemmas and a corrupting context created by the larger public education establishment that extends from college- and university-based teacher training programs through the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) — with many tentacles reaching into a community of enablers.

The Comprehensive District Design (CDD) that was passed amid much controversy in May of this year admirably induces attendance at community schools, rationally redesigns transportation routes and centrally locates reevaluated magnet programs. But the plan does nothing to address the academic issues that lie at the core of the mission of any locally centralized school district.

To address the vexing dilemmas that send forth graduates so unprepared that one-third must take remedial courses on college and university campuses (less than 70% of MPS …

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