first_img Comments are closed. Royal & SunAlliance national information services training manager DavidBurgess-Joyce. 37, tells us why his new job requires some fast thinkingHow long have you been in this job? Four months. How long have you been with your organisation? 18 years. What does your role involve? The strategic roll-out of internal and external technical training to anewly unified population of 1,500 IT staff and exploring new ways of learning,while maintaining cost effectiveness. What’s the best thing about your job? The challenge of delivering high quality, focused and timely trainingpackages to an audience of technicians who dot every “I” and crossevery “T”. What is your current major project or strategic push? We are looking to be a centre of excellence in project management. That ispriority number one, closely followed by the development of unified proceduresfor the delivery of training across numerous UK sites populated by a diversityof people. Preferred terminology – training, development, education, learning? Although the products offered by my team are technical and would best bedescribed as training or education, I prefer learning and development as theyconjure up much more than just classroom training. Favourite buzzwords? Integrity, kindness, enthusiasm, savvy. Maybe not buzzwords, but they’ll dofor me. Without these, what is the point? Are you good at self development? No, like most training people, I do not practise what I preach. However, Ido challenge myself all the time by undertaking tasks that take me outside my comfortzone. What was the most useful learning experience you ever had? 360-degree feedback. It is good to look inwardly at yourself and to seewhat others you work with feel about you. It certainly changed the way Iinteract with my colleagues (and friends). Which is the best management book you have ever read? The One-minute Manager by Ken Blanchard. What was the worst course you ever went on? All courses give you something – even the poor ones. What did you want to do for a living when you were at school? Be a barrister, but I wasn’t clever enough. What was your first job? I worked for a bank and hated it. What was the best career decision you ever made? Applying for this job. What was the worst career decision you ever made? Applying to that bank. Which qualification do you most value? A degree in psychology. It has proved invaluable in negotiations andgetting past “no”. How many minutes is it since someone senior in your organisation said”People are our greatest assets”? Nanoseconds, if that doesn’t sound too Trekky! Royal and SunAllianceleadership is very committed to that ethos, and that’s why I enjoy working hereso much. Evaluation – holy grail or impossible dream? You have to evaluate in order to have some handle on return on investment,but I feel we go overboard at times. We should occasionally just stand back andask, “What did we really gain from that?” How do you think your job will have changed in five years’ time? There will be much more outsourcing by then, and a greater emphasis onsupplier and relationship management training will be required, together with aneed for resource planning to identify training requirements sooner. What do you think the core skills for your job will be in the future? As the IT world increases in speed every day, it is essential that the jobcan identify trends in languages far quicker than it does now. We need to beable to identify training needs before our competitors. What advice would you give to someone starting out in T&D? Start in behavioural skills areas before moving on to technical ones. Youwill learn a great deal about how skill in the former ensures delivery of thelatter. If you could have any job in the world, what would it be? Home Secretary or opera singer. What is your motto? I have two: “Don’t mistake my kindness for weakness” and “IfI can’t do you any good, I won’t do you any harm”. Describe your management style in three words or less? Innovative, sharing, patient. How would you like to be remembered by your colleagues? I’d like to be thought of as a person who didn’t take himself, or the worldin which he worked, too seriously. Keeping pace with the businessOn 1 Sep 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Brexit uncertainty ‘catastrophic’ for housing market confidence previous nextAgencies & PeopleBrexit uncertainty ‘catastrophic’ for housing market confidenceClaim is made within research by property expert Kate Faulkner, commissioned by leading estate agency chain, Belvoir.Nigel Lewis19th February 201901,894 Views The uncertainty created by Theresa May’s ongoing attempts to wrangle a last minute Brexit deal is having a ‘catastrophic’ effect on confidence in the housing market, it has been claimed.The comments are made within research by an independent housing expert into Brexit and the property market for Belvoir published today, including some alarming claims by several franchisees.Kate Faulkner canvassed a random selection of the company’s agents and found that although 86% believed rents will remain static or rise after we leave the European Union, 77% thought house prices will either stay the same or fall.“Typically, uncertainty about the future of the housing market results in three things – low numbers of transactions, price stagnation or falls, and rents struggling to rise, even where demand is higher than supply,” says Dorian Gonsalves, CEO of Belvoir.“However our survey suggests that rents in 2019 may break from past trends, with the majority of offices predicting rental increases or static rents, primarily due to government legislation and shortage of supply.”Falling pricesFaulkner’s research  also reveals that 40% of the agents she canvassed about the property market expected house prices to actually fall next year.“For example, Belvoir Tunbridge Wells, in the South East, reported that political uncertainty is prohibiting people from putting their properties on the market, and therefore stocks are low,” says Gonsalves.The local franchisee  also said people who have already put their houses on the market in the South East are unable to find anything suitable to buy, driving an increase in the number of people looking for rented property in the three-bedroom plus family market.  kate faulkner Belvoir Brexit Brexit housing market Designs on Properrty Dorian Gonsalves February 19, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today “World’s most beautiful ship” heads to New York for final port visit in America Share this article Authorities “World’s most beautiful ship” heads to New York for final port visit in America The crew of the Italian Navy sail training ship ITS Amerigo Vespucci concluded their stay in Boston and are now en route to New York City for their final port visit in North America.The sail training ship’s visit to Boston was the first in seventeen years. Amerigo Vespucci visited Boston for the sixth time, the first in 1951 and the last one in 2000.Amerigo Vespucci is now sailing to New York where it is expected to arrive on July 26. New Yorkers will be welcomed aboard at Pier 88 from July 27 to July 30.Once they conclude their stay in New York, officer cadets will embark on a 20-day transit of the Atlantic taking advantage of the western winds on their way home.The Italian Navy’s 87-year-old sail training ship start the 2017 training campaign on April 19 departing her homeport of La Spezia, Italy.After completing the campaign’s first stop in Portugal, navy cadets crossed the Atlantic to visit Canadian port cities of Halifax, Montreal and Quebec City before heading to Boston.The Amerigo Vespucci is a full-rigged, 100-meter ship named after the famous Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci. She is often referred to as the ‘Lady of the Sea’ and has even been declared as the most beautiful ship in the world by the American aircraft carrier USS Independence when the two met in the Mediterranean Sea in 1962.center_img July 25, 2017 View post tag: Italian Navy View post tag: Amerigo Vespuccilast_img read more