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10 Tips to be a Good Manager

One of the topics of discussion in the blogs of Psychology Today is how to be a good manager. This is fundamental to maintaining a happy working environment, but it is not always an easy task. According to professor Ronald E. Riggio, those in leadership positions need to keep their pulse on the levels of employee morale and dissatisfaction. They need to take steps to stop dysfunctional behaviours on the part of employees and build a positive culture.

Renato Tagiuri, who was a professor emeritus of social sciences at Harvard Business School, after decades of research into what makes a great manager, came up with one conclusion: “It’s not about personality. It’s about behaviour.” Many different kinds of people make good managers. Tagiuri has distilled a lifetime of inquiry into 10 essential actions that make a great boss:

  1. Clarify objectives of job assignments
  2. Describe assignments clearly
  3. Listen to your employees’ views
  4. Make sure the resources necessary to carry out assignments are available
  5. Be explicit about evaluation standards
  6. Reward effort and offer incentives
  7. Give prompt feedback on performance
  8. Avoid personal friendships with employees
  9. Admit your errors, don’t tell lies
  10. Make the decisions that are yours to make

By | December 12th, 2011|Blog|0 Comments

SIGGRAPH Asia 2011

SIGGRAPH Asia (Special Interest Group on GRAPHics and Interactive Techniques) is the name of the Asian annual conference on computer graphics (CG) convened by the ACM SIGGRAPH organisation since 2008. This year the conference will be held in Hong Kong on 12-15 December.

The SIGGRAPH Asia 2011 Technical Papers programme is a premier international forum for presenting new research results in computer graphics and interactive techniques. All papers appear in the journal ACM Transactions on Graphics (TOG).

International experts will be presenting their findings in a wide range of research areas, such as new imaging hardware, acquisition devices, stereoscopic displays and systems; illustration and artistic tools for rendering and animation; light transport, material editing, and GPU rendering; computational photography and imaging; architectural modelling and reconstruction; as well as animation of hair, crowds, traffic and fluids.

The inaugural Symposium on Apps focuses on the opportunities and challenges of mobile applications development. The speakers will talk about the application of Augmented Reality on mobile phones and how it enhances the functionalities on mobile devices, GPU-centric programming, geo-location, development and marketing, as well as hardware extensions to smartphones.

The event also includes the exhibition FANTAsia. The visitors will be given the opportunity to admire an array of artistically beautiful and technically sophisticated installations, as well as live performances.

By | December 12th, 2011|Blog|0 Comments

Harvard Takes its Students to the FIELD

Harvard Business School is changing: if a radical overhaul of the MBA curriculum succeeds, learning by doing will become the norm. The students are now required to go out of the classroom and put professors’ case studies into practice. They may also work in a developing country and launch a start-up company. This new practical training is known as “FIELD” (Field Immersion Experiences for Leadership Development).

Apart from providing students with summer internships, HBS did not do so much to help them with the practical application of management studies in the past.

FIELD was announced by HBS in January 2011 and is a required first-year course that spans a full academic year. The course focuses on developing small-group learning experiences that are immersive, field-based and action-oriented.

FIELD is characterised by three elements. First, students are involved in team-building exercises, which means that they take turns to lead a group engaged in a project. Second, they will be sent to work for a week with one of more than 140 firms in 11 countries. Finally, the third part of the new programme consists of giving the students eight weeks and seed money of $3,000 each to launch a small company. The most successful, as voted by their fellow students, will get more funding.

By | December 8th, 2011|Blog|0 Comments
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