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Women and Men Need to Work Together to Change Bias in the Workplace

first_imgDermot O’Connell is the VP and GM OEM and IOT Solutions in EMEA at Dell recently attended Dell’s leader training, Men Advocating Real Change (MARC). More than 400 Dell executives and senior leaders, including Michael Dell, have completed intensive MARC workshops where they openly discussed workplace dynamics—especially related to gender—and examined the effects of their own unconscious biases. More than one quarter of Dell’s MARC participants were women, which enriched the discussion as leaders compared their personal perspectives. This is Dermot’s personal story of his experience with MARC. Have you ever felt excluded from a group as if separated by a glass wall? You can see the group but you aren’t part of it. Well, it happened to me during a recent Dell MARC  (Men Advocating Real Change) training session. We were asked a series of random questions about individual backgrounds and interests and, based on answers, we were categorised into groups and sub-groups. This went on until finally, as a tall Irish man, I stood alone on one side of the room. This exercise showed me how it felt to be excluded. Despite being a seasoned business leader, with experience in tough situations under my belt, I felt uncomfortable.Men and women need to work togetherFor years, we have spoken about the glass ceiling, and the importance of diversity and equal female representation in the workforce. Huge effort has been expended, led largely by women and usually championed by human resources, in setting up female networking groups, hosting meetings, mentoring and sharing role model stories.These efforts have made considerable headway, but MARC turns everything on its head. Rather than seeing diversity as a woman’s problem, it challenges the very system itself. Diversity is viewed as a business and social imperative that affects us all. Therefore, men need to be involved in any solution.Questioning our subconscious prejudicesMARC challenges us to question our own hard-wired prejudices that we carry around subconsciously. They are by-products of our culture, age, upbringing, and accumulated experiences as well as media and other influences.  Of course, you cannot change who you are—but you can be aware of this conditioning and take it into account in your behaviour and decision-making.For example, you may have this idea that, for a particular role, you have to conform to a set formula as this is what has worked in the past. So you need to look a particular way, wear particular clothes, act in a particular way. You need to have gone to a particular university, and display particular characteristics. Is this real or just your bias at play?  We have a tendency to find our comfort zone and select colleagues like ourselves, but we have to ask is that good for our business? Are we ignoring talent that could potentially be change drivers in our organisations?I believe most people are coming from a place of good intention. Very few set out to deliberately hurt or offend. MARC training taught me that this acknowledgement of innocent intentions makes it easier to move from confrontation to discussion. The reality is that 99 percent of the time, when you challenge assumptions, you hear reactions like “I didn’t realise” and “I never thought”.How have I changed?So what difference has MARC made to me personally? Most importantly, it has made me more aware. I have asked myself tough questions. I continue to ask them every day and challenge my leadership team to do likewise. As a leader in a successful, multinational company, I realise that as a white male from a middle class family living in a first-world country, I have a responsibility to challenge the status quo and drive change. I don’t have to wait for other people to make changes—it can begin with me and, by extension, my management team and organisation.For example, in my experience, sales roles across industry at all levels are usually heavily dominated by men. This is backed up by a Catalyst report, which says that the percentage of women in sales jobs stands at only 26 percent while the percentage of women managers (14 percent) is even lower.In Dell, while we have happily succeeded in achieving a more evenly distributed sales team, I believe that there are still too few women in leadership roles. In response, we have introduced programmes that are making our workplace more inclusive not just for women but for all our employees. This includes work flexibility such as part-time working, different start and finishing times as well as working from home. As a result, we are seeing more women emerge in sales leadership roles.Vive la différenceIn terms of recruitment profiling, I am far more open in my thinking as to what constitutes a good candidate. Before I walk into the interview room, I stop and try to shed any unconscious biases that I may be carrying. I now actively seek diversity instead of sameness. I try to listen more and make a conscious effort to take on board different views. Instead of automatically opting for a team event that appeals to me, something I was guilty of doing in the past, we plan outings that are inclusive.MARC has reminded me that people are different and that this is something to celebrate, something that is good for society, for business and the bottom line. Everyone brings something valuable to the table. Real diversity comes from creating an open environment where everybody feels included and valued, where you can express your views and are comfortable to do your best work.I have a 14-year old daughter who believes she can be anything she wants to be. I hope she holds onto that feeling as she goes out into the world. We all deserve to be true to who we are without it affecting our success in the workplace.I would love to hear your comments and am happy to answer any questions.Dell’s MARC program is tied to our 2020 Legacy of Good goals, including our goal to increase engagement and drive inspirational leadership on Dell’s strategies, priorities and goals through Dell’s end-to-end Leadership Development Programs.Learn more about our Dell Legacy of Goodlast_img read more

Kudzu Bug

first_imgKudzu bugs may be native to Asia, but they’re a major problem in Georgia —particularly for soybean farmers.On average, if left untreated, kudzu bug damage will result in a 20 percent yield loss for soybean farmers, with that figure reaching as high as 60 percent. Those are statistics University of Georgia entomologist Phillip Roberts wants soybean farmers to be mindful of.“If you’re a soybean farmer in Georgia, you need to be aware of this pest,” said Roberts, a scientist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Tifton Campus. “You need to be scouting for this pest.”Roberts referred to the kudzu bug as an “economic pest” that requires management, such as scouting your soybean crop. When scouting soybeans, if the bug reaches a certain population or passes the economic threshold, action is required, usually in the form of an insecticide application.“We believe we’ve developed a program where we can manage and minimize yield loss,” Roberts said. “We don’t eliminate yield loss. Our goal is to maximize profitability.”Why are kudzu bugs so harmful to soybean plants? They possess a sucking mouth part that feeds on plant sap. The kudzu bug sucks on the main stem and the leaf, which weakens and stresses the plant.Roberts discussed the collaborative research being conducted by UGA, Clemson and North Carolina State at the annual field day held at the Southeast Research and Education Center in Midville in August. The project, which is funded by the Georgia Soybean Commodity Commission and the United Soybean Board, is being studied at UGA farms in Midville, Tifton, Griffin and Athens. Researchers in Midville are looking at the economic threshold of kudzu bugs — or when the cost of kudzu bug damage starts to outweigh the cost of treating for the pests — and trying to determine the most appropriate time to treat for kudzu bugs based on the insects’ population density.“The reason we’re working in Midville is you have a different environment here. The conditions are different, which allows us to make sure what we’re finding works in all these different environments,” Roberts said. “For example, in Midville for the last couple of years we’ve had extremely high numbers of kudzu bugs. That’s one of the reasons we’re working here. In 2013, we still have treatable infestations of kudzu bugs, but we (also) had real high populations in Griffin this year.“It allows us to get data generated in that part of the state. It appears with the kudzu bug, what we’re learning, is that everything is pretty consistent in how it performs,” he said. For more information about the kudzu bug, see the website developed by the University of Georgia Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health at kudzubug.org.last_img read more

delSECUR announces dissolution and distribution of assets to lenders and shareholders

first_imgAs previously announced on October 24th, 2009 delSECUR CORPORATION sold 100% of its Intellectual Property including the patents of its del-Id system to QTech Systems Inc. in an Asset Purchase Agreement whereby it acquired 49% of QTech’s shares. Since that time and as mentioned in the Press Release on June 22, 2010, QTech’s team of engineers has been working diligently on the del-Id prototype development for commercialization.delSECUR CORPORATION intends to dissolve itself. In so doing, it will pay all its lenders, using its only asset, the QTech shares. It will then distribute all of its remaining asset, the balance of QTech shares, to delSECUR CORPORATION shareholders in the form of a “liquidating dividend” on a pro-rata basis.After having distributed all of the assets of delSECUR, the CORPORATION will be dissolved in accordance with Nevada State Law and subject to shareholders’ approval.”QTech is currently being funded from the private sector through the issuance of Convertible Debentures. Additional Private Funding sought will assure the continued development of the del-Id technology,” stated Randall McCormick, President of delSECUR. “We are in the development stage of our technology and hope to soon have a ‘functioning prototype’ and then to get ready for the next step, ‘commercialization,'” added John Johnston, QTech’s CEO and Managing Director.delSECUR CORPORATION, a public company (Pink Sheets: DLSC) with its head office in S. Burlington, VT has been involved in the development of a unique authentication process based on abstract images of biological data collected from the fingers of living persons. This technology was sold, under the terms of an Asset Purchase Agreement, in October 2009 to QTech Systems Inc., an Ontario company in exchange for 49% of the shares of that company. For further information on QTech visit their website www.qtechid.com(link is external).This Press Release may contain forward-looking statements. These forward looking statements can be identified by terminology such as “will,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “future,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “estimates,” and other similar statements. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements relating to anticipated future earnings, margins, and other operating results, future growth, construction plans and anticipated capacities, production schedules and entry into expanded markets are forward-looking statements and are subject to the risks normally associated with the completion of a corporate transaction. The information set forth herein should be read in light of such risks. We assume no obligation to update the information contained in this press release, except as required under applicable law.SOURCE: delSECUR CORPORATION SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt., April 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ —last_img read more

Where Jobs Are Being Created in Minnesota

first_imgWhere Jobs Are Being Created in Minnesota FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Minneapolis Star Tribune:Jobs related to clean energy in Minnesota have grown 5.3 percent over the past year, a significant uptick that prompted a bipartisan team of state lawmakers and Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to call Thursday for boosting the state’s renewable energy goals in 2018.Over the last year, the state added 2,893 jobs in the clean energy industry for a total of 57,351 jobs, according to a new report from the nonprofit group Clean Energy Economy Minnesota, an industry-led nonprofit group. That’s nearly four times faster than the overall job growth rate in Minnesota — and evidence that the state should keep up the momentum, officials said in a news conference at the State Capitol.Clean energy jobs now comprise 1.9 percent of the state’s total employment, with the bulk of those jobs involved with increasing energy efficiency, in buildings for instance.Lawmakers said Minnesota should continue to act independently on its renewable energy goals, even as President Donald Trump and others in the federal government prioritize more traditional energy sources, like coal, over development in wind, solar, biomass or other renewable options.The energy efficiency sector accounted for 86.1 percent or 49,359 of clean energy jobs in Minnesota, according to the study. Energy efficiency jobs include workers involved in trades such as heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) that make buildings more energy efficient.The category also includes manufacturers of energy efficient products, such as window makers Marvin Cos. and Andersen Windows. Clean Energy Economy includes jobs that only partly involve clean energy. So an HVAC worker might be working on both traditional and clean-energy related projects; ditto for window manufacturers.More: Tribune Editorial: Coal is gone, let’s diversifylast_img read more

850 Snakes Seized from Brookhaven Worker’s Shirley Home

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York This Ball Python was advertised for sale on the suspect’s website.Authorities seized about 850 exotic snakes worth $500,000 during a raid on the Shirley home of a Brookhaven town animal control officer suspected of workman’s compensation fraud on Thursday afternoon, officials said.Richard Parrinello allegedly sells pythons and boa constrictors out of a garage at his Auborn Avenue home through his website, SnakeMansExotics.com.“What makes this case especially egregious is that this individual was allegedly operating this reptile business out of his home, posing an unknown threat to the neighbors of this community – while collecting a taxpayer funded salary for a town job that he claimed he could not show up for because of medical reasons,” said Brookhaven Supervisor Ed Romaine.The raid was a joint operation between the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Suffolk County police, the Suffolk SPCA and Brookhaven town investigators, officials said.The house of snakes was discovered during an undercover investigation prompted by an anonymous tip regarding an illegal garage.Charges are pending against the 44-year-old man, who was slapped with two violations by the DEC.The raid comes three weeks after authorities held their second Long Island Reptile Amnesty Day designed to counter more than a dozen baby alligators found in Nassau and Suffolk counties over the past year.last_img read more

Banten extends PSBB until Aug. 8

first_img He called for stricter enforcement of health protocols to ensure public safety during the course of the extension.“Don’t let leniency breed violations,” Wahidin added.Banten Deputy Governor Andika Hazrumy said the administration had recently recorded a decline in confirmed cases.“Banten province now ranks 13th after previously ranking 12th a week ago on the national [COVID-19] transmission ranking,” he said.According to the official government count, Banten had 1,719 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 85 deaths as of Saturday. (rfa)Topics : The Banten provincial administration has, once again, extended large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) to flatten the curve of COVID-19 infection in the region.Banten Governor Wahidin Halim said PSBB would be extended until Aug. 8 and that the policy would allow businesses to remain open, albeit with renewed emphasis on physical distancing and personal hygiene.“[The administration] has coordinated with other regions that have imposed PSBB because a number of cases in Banten came from outside the province,” Wahidin said after a meeting of administration officials on Saturday, as quoted by kompas.com.last_img read more

AFC moves all East Asia Champions League games to Qatar

first_img“We are extremely grateful for the outstanding support of the QFA (Qatar Football Association),” AFC secretary general Dato Windsor John said in a statement, which did not detail reasons for the change in venue.”We can now build on the success of the AFC Champions League (West) while looking forward to the remaining exciting matches in Asia’s premier club competition.”Steve Corica, head coach of Sydney FC, one of three Australian teams in the competition, said that with the details set in stone, his side could now look forward to the challenge ahead.”It’s pleasing to now know where we’ll be playing and when, and we’re looking forward to the trip providing we get the right bio-security clearances and approvals,” he said. “We have unfinished business in Group H and the boys are really looking forward to getting stuck back in against the best in Asia.”The Asian Champions League was suspended in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. West zone games were moved to Qatar where they resumed last month.Despite stringent bio-security measures, several teams were affected by the novel coronavirus, with last year’s winners Al Hilal axed from the competition after they reached the knockout phase with a game to spare.The Saudi side had 30 players and staff infected by COVID-19 and so were unable to field the minimum number of players required for their final group match.Topics : The Asian Football Confederation on Friday said it has moved all remaining Asian Champions League games for East zone sides to Qatar from Malaysia.The games, including remaining group matches, will now take place from Nov. 18 to Dec. 13 in Doha, which earlier this week saw the conclusion of West zone matches where Iran’s Persepolis advanced to the Dec. 19 final at an as yet undecided venue.East zone sides hail from China, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Australia and Thailand.last_img read more

Hundreds Of Would Be Migrants Rescued En-route To Europe

first_imgLibyan coast guards have rescued about 150 migrants, including women and children, off the country’s coast, as they attempted to reach Europe. This comes at a time when European members of the United Nations Security Council are drafting a resolution to authorise interventions to seize vessels on the high seas, and in Libyan territorial waters, in a bid to combat migrant smuggling across the Mediterranean Sea.last_img

Hadan nominated for national RPM promoter award

first_imgDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Eagle Raceway promoter Roger Hadan is one of six nomi­nees for the prestigious Auto Racing Promoter of the Year award given by Racing Promotion Monthly.The ARPY winner will be announced Feb. 17 during the Speedweek national workshop in Daytona Beach, Fla.“This is a big deal for us, knowing that Eagle Raceway has earned this kind of reputation and that we have to do everything we can to uphold it,” said Hadan, previously nominated from RPM’s Great Plains Region in 2011. “We want Eagle Raceway to continue to be a great track that drivers and fans want to go to.”The eastern Nebraska venue continues to boast some of, if not the highest weekly average car counts in the nation for the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod and Mach-1 Sport Compact divi­sions.IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Cars were added with equal success to Saturday race programs last season and more than 50 drivers from nine states competed at the inaugural Sprint Car Super Nationals“We continue trying to come up with new ideas to keep fans coming to the track, such as events like the Sprint Car Super Nationals,” Hadan said. “The drivers like them and they’re affordable for us because we don’t have to pay sanction fees to big-name organizations.”A former driver, Hadan co-promoted a handful of successful specials before purchasing Eagle from Craig Cormack. He and wife Michelle have operated the track since 2006.Daughter Racine is now part of the management team and her duties include social media.“I’d venture to say that no one does more with social media than we do,” Hadan said. “We probably do 90 percent on the social media end of it where it used to be 10 percent. We are really raising the bar on social media.”“From car count and grandstand perspectives to a general promotional standpoint, Roger, Michelle and their staff surpass any means of measuring success for a race track,” said IMCA Vice President of Operations Brett Root. “The nomination along is well deserved. We expect Roger to be a very serious contender for the national award.”last_img read more