The greatest Briton: Anita Roddick

first_imgIf the BBC can do it, so can Personnel Today. We want to know which Briton yourate as the greatest people manager and leader of all time. Personnel Today hasinvited 10 leading figures in the field of management to nominate individualsthey believe are the best, and then convince you they are right. To vote,visit the voting form where you will also find summaries of all 10nominees. The voting closes on Tuesday 4th March 2003.This week’s nominee is:Anita RoddickBy Max Mckeown, corporate activist and author of leading management bookUnshrinkI was torn between nominating Anita Rod-dick and the warrior queen Boadicea,but then it hit me – they are probably the same person reincarnated a couple ofthousand years later. Hear me out: both were inspired to become revolutionary people leadersthrough a mixture of pragmatic self-interest and personal outrage. Admittedly, Boadicea’s drivers were more fundamental. She waged war on theRomans after the rape of her daughters, death of her husband, and theirconstant pillaging of her land, whereas Roddick was inspired by the departureof her husband on a two-year horseback adventure, irritation with the cosmeticindustry and the desire to “feed the kids”. But there are further similarities – both are physically startling. TheGreek writer Deo tells us that Boadicea had ‘a mass of the tawniest, red hairhanging to her waist, and in appearance almost terrifying with a fierceexpression, and a harsh voice destined to demand attention above the din ofbattle’. Roddick has similarly been described as sucking the oxygen out of a roomwhen she is in full flow. One journalist recounts Roddick’s visit to a USBodyShop outlet: “Dominated by a mass of wild, curly hair, she circles theshop floor issuing compliments and critiques while staffers bustle to keep up.‘Brilliant!’ she pronounces over a display of facial creams. ‘Fantastic!’ for apyramid of hair conditioner. But a tray of hair clips is ‘Tacky! Get rid ofthose.’ Later she sweeps into a meeting of store managers: ‘Right!’ she barksto them. ‘What pisses you off?’.” Both also blazed trails for women. Boadicea created the idea that womencould be strong leaders, and inspired such greats as Queen Elizabeth I, Joan ofArc, and Emily Pankhurst, while Roddick has become a definitive female rolemodel. In a recent BBC poll to find the most important UK business leaders, shewas one of only two women on the list – the other was Edith Baxter (of soupgiant Baxter’s Soup fame). She once said: “My greatest hope is to reach a level where I canabsolutely inspire young people, mostly female, to have a voice.” She launched BodyShop in 1976, with a £4,000 loan, at a time when womenstarted to pour into the labour force. But while many of them attempted to pushupwards into management by being more male than men, Roddick is a visibleexample of woman who purposefully managed as a woman. She is a people leader by choice. Her key business goal is to: “Takethe money and turn it into something beyond profit for shareholders, shape acompany’s dynamics and the consciousness of the people you employ. I’m toointelligent to think people I employ go home dreaming about moisturecream.” But Roddick is no peacemaker, and her breathless, political style can bedaunting to those who are not like her. Asked once about staff motivation, she pointed out that 90 per cent of heremployees worked as they needed to support themselves. “You can’t firethem for being boring; you can’t fire someone if they are not political. What youdo is say you will have the best working conditions, sabbatical time, achild-development centre.” Her attacking style creates enemies, such as her call for direct actionagainst such brands as Esso and Nike – she even marched in theanti-globalisation protest in Seattle in 1999. She has also provoked criticism for exaggerating the BodyShop story andplaying up its standards and achievements. Yet, it is this story that motivatesher customers, staff and supporters. It creates a purpose higher than sellingcosmetics. As she puts it: “If the leader is only saying we want to be thebiggest or the most profitable company in the world, forget it. When you dothat, there’s no leadership.” The BodyShop dream attracts and mobilises people. The staff wrote the BodyShopcharter and their efforts have established a profitable, $1bn (£0.6bn) company,with 1,500 stores in 47 countries, a top-50 brand, a respected company, and acampaigning force to be reckoned with – whether saving whales, introducingpaternity leave, or giving staff time off to work on community projects. Roddick stood down from the board last year and retains a 25 per centshareholding. The multi-millionaire is at a crossroads: does she stand andfight, defending BodyShop against newly organised competitors? Or does she leadpeople in new and greater ways, moving beyond peppermint foot lotion to thecauses of fair trade, equality, and integrity? Boadicea’s story ended abruptly – after she suffered her first defeat shepoisoned herself to avoid further failure. Roddick, however, is looking for a more positive legacy. “I will do all I can to campaign for human rights, abused and ignoredby trade rules, which focus only on profits – no matter what the humancost,” she says. “The most exciting part of my life is now – Ibelieve the older you get, the more radical you become. “There’s a quote I identify with: ‘A woman in advancing old age isunstoppable by any earthly force’.” Long live Queen Roddick, the Greatest Briton in Management and Leadership. Roddick’s CV1942 Anita Roddick is born inLittlehampton1963 Starts teaching, but soon becomes a researcher for theUnited Nations on women’s rights and travels the world 1969 Becomes a mother, eventually has two daughters and marriesGordon 1976 Opens first BodyShop with £4,000 loan1985 BodyShop floated and continues to expand internationally  1998 Steps down as chief executive2002 Steps down from the board, but retains 25 per cent share,saying she will campaign for human rights The greatest Briton: Anita RoddickOn 4 Feb 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Lockheed to relocate US Fleet Ballistic Missile program

first_img U.S. defense contractor Lockheed Martin announced plans on Thursday to relocate the Fleet Ballistic Missile (FBM) program within its Space Systems business area, citing cost savings and expertise concentration as the main reason.The move was earlier approved by the government.Over the next eight years, the company plans to move approximately 650 positions from its Space Systems facility in Sunnyvale, California, to other Lockheed Martin locations in the U.S. Sites in Florida and Colorado, which have complementary facilities.Most employees will be offered the opportunity to retain their current positions and relocate to the receiving facility, the company said in the announcement.“We value the deep expertise of our employees, and we’re working diligently to shape a transition that leverages the knowledge of this team,” said Rick Ambrose, executive vice president, Lockheed Martin Space Systems. “Reshaping our Fleet Ballistic Missile program will help us take full advantage of our engineering and manufacturing facilities and centralize key skills, saving costs for the Navy on this critical national security program.” View post tag: Lockheed Martin Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today Lockheed Martin to relocate US Fleet Ballistic Missile program View post tag: Trident View post tag: US Navy February 24, 2017 Share this article Lockheed Martin to relocate US Fleet Ballistic Missile programlast_img read more

Oxford Dignity Drive launched

first_imgStudents across Oxford celebrated the launch of the Oxford Dignity Drive this week, a student-run project that aims to “increase access to sanitary products and feminine hygiene items for homeless people” in the city.The week-long campaign driven by Dignity Ddrive reps has resulted in students in many colleges donating sanitary products and money towards the project, accompanied by a variety of talks and events that have sought to “raise awareness of this issue and the wider problems facing both homeless people and menstruating people worldwide”.On Sunday evening, many JCRs passed motions allocating a portion of JCR funds, typically £100, to the Dignity Drive campaign. At least 13 colleges have so far donated to the project.One of the organisers of the Dignity Drive, Rachel Besenyei, told Cherwell, “As privileged students at an elite university, it’s vital that we look beyond the walls of this institution in our activism. Oxford Dignity Drive has identified a specific problem, and aims to provide sanitary products for homeless people, who often have difficulty accessing them.”Oxford Asylum Welcome, Oxford Homeless Pathways, Oxfordshire Women’s Aid and The Gatehouse have all expressed their desire to receive donations of sanitary products from colleges.The campaign week began with an information stall at Wadstock on Saturday 2nd May, and concludes on Friday evening with a screening of the film The Moon Inside You. An open mic night at St Antony’s will also be held on 15th May in aid of the Dignity Drive.Events over the course of the week have included several talks and panel discussions about the work of the charity Irise International in East Africa, abortion rights in Northern Ireland, period prejudice, and the wider problem of the homelessness crisis in Oxford.last_img read more

Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Mihali, Peter Rowan, And Midnight North Join Forces For Hurricane Benefit [Full Video]

first_imgLast night, Terrapin Crossroads, the now-legendary venue in San Rafael, California owned by Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh, hosted a special benefit concert to support those affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. All proceeds from the concert dubbed Shelter From The Storm—a nod to the 1975 Bob Dylan tune—went to Humanity Hammers Back, Habitat for Humanity’s long-term hurricane recovery program. The special evening ended up being an all-star affair, with Lesh being joined by his Grateful Dead bandmate Bob Weir, Peter Rowan, Mihali Savoulidis of Twiddle, and host band Midnight North.You can check out a full video of Midnight North’s performance with special guests Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Peter Rowan, and Mihali Savoulidis below, courtesy of skiebus.last_img read more

LOCKN’ Festival Adds Tedeschi Trucks Band To 2018 Lineup

first_imgTedeschi Trucks Band is the latest act to be added to the lineup for this year’s LOCKN’ Festival. Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi will lead their twelve-piece ensemble through two sets over two days, marking their fourth LOCKN’ to date. Tedeschi Trucks Band has played every LOCKN’ since the festival’s inception in 2013, with the exception of last year, so the band’s familial vibe is welcomed wholeheartedly. For a band known to welcome a special guest or two (or more) at their live shows, we can’t wait to see what goes down at LOCKN’ Festival–the mecca of magical collaborations.Tedeschi Trucks Band will join previously-announced artists Dead & Company (four sets over two days), Umphrey’s McGee (three sets over two days), Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Turkuaz, Lettuce (three sets over two days, including a tribute to Jerry Garcia Band), George Clinton & P-Funk, and The Suffers. As previously reported, LOCKN’ will be making new lineup additions every day until the complete bill is released on February 8th. You can check out the artist rollout, including set times, via LOCKN’s website.LOCKN’ returns to Infinity Downs Farm from August 23rd through 26th. Tickets for the festival will go on sale at noon EST on Friday, February 9th. For more information about LOCKN’ or for ticketing, head over to the event’s website here. Check out the building schedule below.[photo: Sam Shinault]last_img read more

Students register for DSLC

first_imgRegistration for the Diverse Students’ Leadership Conference (DSLC) began this week as the Saint Mary’s Student Diversity Board (SDB) prepares to host its annual spring conference for students, faculty and community members. This year’s DSLC Conference will be held on March 20 and 21. Senior Guadalupe Quintana, SDB vice president and chair of the DSLC Committee, said the Saint Mary’s DSLC is one of the largest student-run conferences in the Midwest. She said the DSLC will offer participants a range of assorted workshops, speakers and discussions aimed at exploring the theme of this year’s conference, “To change the world, you must start with yourself.” “We have a rich list of presenters this year,” she said. “Our opening keynote speaker, Arn Chorn Pond, is a survivor of the Cambodian genocide. … closing keynote speaker is Zainab Salbi, founder of Women for Women International, an organization that helps women survivors of war and civil strife get back on their feet.” Quintana said the DSLC carefully selects speakers and events to provide the most enriching experience possible for participants. “We choose speakers who have a story that is unique to them, inspiring and motivational,” she said. “Students then are able to see the world through a different lens, learn how to build up their own courage and be appreciative of their lives and the lives of others because everyone has challenges to overcome.” Junior Rachel Chaddah, a member of the SDB, said the conference is crucial in helping the SDB reach its goal of expanding the appreciation of other cultures. “[The SDB] is always seeking to create a forum to examine the positive impact diversity provides for all types of settings,” she said. “We want to provide the students, community, and faculty with an outlet to voice their thoughts and opinions on diversity as well as to supply them with new knowledge about it by bringing in workshop presenters and keynote speakers.” She said the conference will address a number of other issues such as overpopulation, domestic violence and the expression of diversity through tango. Chaddah said she is most looking forward to a performance by a step group from Ivy Tech. “The step group performed earlier this week at the Saint Mary’s first Apollo Night for Black History Appreciation week and they were absolutely great,” Chaddah said. Quintana said she expects the conference to be a huge success. “I hope everyone takes this great opportunity and joins us in our biggest celebration of diversity,” Quintana said. Registration for the DSLC ends March 5. The conference is free and open to students of Saint Mary’s, the University of Notre Dame and Holy Cross College. Members of the South Bend community are also invited to participate. To register for the event and find a complete schedule of the DSLC events, visit read more

Off-Broadway’s Nevermore to Receive Cast Album

first_img Nevermore blurs the line between fact and fiction, exploring the events that shaped Poe’s character and career. A literary rock star in his day, Poe struggled with tragedy and addiction, poverty and loss, yet produced some of the world’s most original and enduring literature before dying in mysterious circumstances at the age of 40. Nevermore – The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on March 29, 2015 The show originally played at Catalyst Theatre of Edmonton in Canada in 2009 before touring extensively, including an acclaimed run at London’s Barbican Centre. Nevermore was previously seen in New York at the Victory Theatre in 2010. The production has been expanded since then, with several new songs added and structural revisions made to the original script.center_img Nevermore—The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe will release a cast album on June 16 on Broadway Records. Written, composed and directed by Jonathan Christenson, the musical play will close on March 29 at off-Broadway’s New World Stages. Related Shows The cast includes Scott Shpeley, Gaelan Beatty, Shannon Blanchett, Beth Graham, Ryan Parker and Garett Ross.last_img read more

High Vegetable Prices

first_imgYou might blame El Ni¤o. You might blame the grocer. But, when it comes to high vegetables prices this winter, you can definitely blame it on the rain. “What you have to understand about vegetable supplies and prices is that things are seldom normal,” said Bill Mizelle, a University of Georgia agricultural economist. “Weather constantly affects planting, growing conditions and harvesting. This winter has been a ‘normal abnormal’ year,” he said. Winter vegetable supplies have been less than normal in Mexico, California and Florida because of weather problems, possibly related to El Ni¤o. “West Mexico and Florida are the primary suppliers of tomatoes,” Mizelle explained. “Planting and growing conditions were affected by unusually wet and cooler weather.” Expect tomato supplies from Mexico to remain below normal until early March. Other winter vegetables are also down. But supplies from Mexico should pick up in mid-February. December storms in Mexico brought cold air that damaged blooms. And the major growing areas had freezes on several mornings. Florida’s winter has been one of heavy rains, and more El Ni¤o-related storms are expected. “Central Florida received more than 15 inches of rain in December,” Mizelle said, “that’s twice the previous record. If more storms materialize, more winter production will be cut.” Rains could also hamper spring planting. That would keep produce in short supply even longer. “Last winter’s production was interrupted by a January freeze,” he said. “Tomato prices the last week of December were $10 per 25-pound carton — $2 higher than last year. By the last week of January, prices had dropped to $8, compared to the freeze-induced price of $14 last year.” Tomato volume to date is up slightly above last year. Southern California and Arizona had rain and cool weather slow lettuce production. “Yuma, Ariz., had twice the normal rainfall in 1997, much of which occurred with hurricane Nora in September,” Mizelle said. “Lettuce takes four to five months to mature, and two days’ planting interruption will cause a week-long void in supplies four to five months later.” Nora’s effects were felt mostly in December. Winter lettuce acreage was down for this season because of poor prices in the past three years. Shipping-point prices the last week in December were $25 for a carton of 24 heads. By the last week of January, prices declined to $4.35, about the same as last year. The volume last week was about 15 percent higher than last year’s. However, the volume to date is 5 percent lower than in 1997, Mizelle said. In Georgia, the rain isn’t disrupting harvesting, but soil preparation. “Most of our vegetables aren’t in the ground now,” said Darbie Granberry, an extension horticulturist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “But it’s been too wet to get into the field to work the soil to prepare it for planting spring crops. That can make us late planting.” One of Georgia’s most famous crops, Vidalia onions are in the ground and look pretty good, said Reid Torrance, a Tattnall County extension agent. “They can tolerate a lot of water,” he said. “I’m amazed how well they recover with just a few days of sunshine.” Onions planted late in the season, within the past month, are suffering the most. “They haven’t had a break in the weather, especially in temperature, to recover from transplant shock,” Torrance said. Many crops planted from transplants, rather than seeds, need an adjustment time to adapt from the greenhouse to the field. “They look amazingly good, for what they’ve been through,” Torrance said. The proof will be in the harvest, which beings in late April.last_img read more

My View

first_img My View Ensuring care for each incapacitated person Sen. Burt L. Saunders Recent news articles on guardianship imply that Florida statutes governing guardianship are lacking and need revision. I wish to address this issue because I believe Florida is on the cutting edge of guardianship issues and is leading the nation in protecting our most vulnerable citizens.Guardianship is a complex and often misunderstood relationship. Often confused with the guardian ad litem program, guardianship is the process designed to protect and exercise the legal rights of individuals who lack the capacity to make their own decisions and have not made plans to address this possibility. Florida is a leader in protecting individuals who are declared incapacitated. The state needs to remain in the forefront of this effort by ensuring that our low-income citizens have access to public guardianship.Generally, there are three types of guardians in Florida. If a court determines a person needs a guardian and that person has a family member or friend who can serve, then the court may appoint that person. These people are considered nonprofessional guardians. If the incapacitated person does not have a loved one willing and able to serve, but does have assets, the court may appoint a professional guardian. If the incapacitated person has no family or friends and limited financial means, the court may appoint a public guardian. Each of these types of guardians must meet specific registration, education, and background checks as set forth in Florida statute.Many of the past legislative sessions have addressed public guardianship funding and other critical guardianship concerns. In 1999, the legislature, recognizing a need for administrative oversight of public and professional guardians, created the Statewide Public Guardianship Office (SPGO). SPGO may not be the most comprehensive name, since the office is responsible for far more than public guardianship. SPGO not only appoints local public guardianship offices but is also responsible for the registration and education of professional guardians.In 2003 I filed a bill which resulted in two significant milestones for Florida guardianship. Florida became the first state in the country to require professional guardians to pass a competency examination. Since this requirement went into effect in July 2005, approximately 300 professional guardians have taken the exam, with an overall passage rate of 81 percent. The bill also created a Guardianship Task Force within the Department of Elder Affairs to examine guardianship and incapacity and make recommendations to the governor and the legislature for the improvement of processes and procedures related to guardianship and incapacity.The Guardianship Task Force quickly realized that Florida needs to examine more issues than just the number of persons who may require guardianship, including: uniform professional guardian education, funding for public guardianship, education of the persons responsible for determining incapacity, safeguarding minors’ property, promoting advance directives, and much more. Public testimony provided the task force with real-life examples of the issues and gave the members insight into the differences among the counties and within judicial circuits. Recognizing the importance of the task force’s recommendations, I have filed Senate Bill 472 for the 2006 Session, incorporating all these ideas.Guardianship in Florida has grown tremendously in recent years. Florida has seen an increase in public and professional guardians alike, but we still have work ahead of us as we seek to ensure that each incapacitated person is cared for. One way we can all help is by taking the time to speak with our loved ones about our wishes for decisionmaking, should we lose that ability. Additionally, every person over 18 years of age should have an advance directive. Although we all hope we will never become incapacitated, a simple car accident, fall, or other misfortune can cause even the healthiest person to lose his or her ability to make informed decisions. Regardless of our age or current health, it is never too early to plan. Sen. Burt L. Saunders, R-Naples, a lawyer, chairs the Senate Health and Human Services Appropriations Committee, and is a candidate for Florida Attorney General . April 15, 2006 Regular News My Viewlast_img read more

Anatomy of a turnaround

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Even at the lowest point of the Great Recession, most credit unions didn’t lose their focus on lending.That’s what stands out for Mike Schenk as he looks back on that time. “Credit unions were helping members, and kept lending all the way through,” says Schenk, CUNA’s vice president of economics and statistics.Despite those efforts, the recovery took longer than economists predicted, and overall consumer borrowing slowed significantly. Credit union loan growth fell to -1.2% by 2010, Schenk notes.A new CUNA CFO Council white paper—“The Art of the Turnaround: How Credit Unions Fought Their Way Back”—profiles the challenges several credit unions faced at this time. It examines how they revised policies, created new business models, and revamped strategic plans to strengthen their bottom lines and rededicate themselves to meeting members’ needs. Here’s a look at two credit unions featured in the white paper.Source of the problemAntioch (Calif.) Community Federal Credit Union saw firsthand the impact declining property values had on its earnings and overall financial health. continue reading »last_img read more