Preparing first-time leaders for success

first_img continue reading » So, you have a star employee on your team—a proverbial rock star. She knows what is expected of her and excels at every turn. She shows initiative and creative problem solving skills. She is an informal leader and her peers respect her and see her as an expert. She lives by your company’s values and has earned the trust of everyone she works with. You know about an opportunity for her to move into a management role, but how do you set her up for success?The transition from individual contributor to people manager is often anything but smooth. Leadership transition research conducted by Development Dimensions International (DDI) found that more than 87% of first-time leaders are not prepared for their new role, while only 11% said they felt that they were properly groomed for a management role through training and development. Those numbers are discouraging. It is all too common for organizations to take an exceptional employee and put them in a position of leadership, but fail to prepare them for success. The end result negatively impacts the employees the new manager is leading, the new leader, and your business. Before you promote your next rock star employee, learn a few steps you can take to set him or her up for success in their new leadership role.1. Make sure the employee wants to lead people.Don’t make the mistake of assuming that all employees want to lead people. Some people enjoy being individual contributors and aren’t interested in the added responsibility that comes with a leadership role—and there is nothing wrong with that as long as this is discovered before they are thrust into a leadership position. Motivation to lead must be present in order for your employee to excel. 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

The torch-bearer

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Victim’s cousin gets emotional in court while testifying

first_img Sharing is caring! Court gavel. Photo credit: lazytechguys.comIn day one of the trial into the death of Charlesworth Christopher junior on Monday, his twenty-one (21) year old cousin who witnessed the incident broke down in tears on the witness stand.Stebin Valentine is on trial for manslaughter of Christopher which occurred about 1:30 am on the 30th of August, 2009 in Portsmouth.Ashton Joseph of Portsmouth testified that he was standing on the western side of the road outside his cousin’s house, after coming from a party with Valentine, awaiting a friend to bring him his mobile phone.Christopher was sitting on a step outside his house along with Kadisha Peter, Francine Sango, Kevin Nathan and Stebin Valentine. He said, his cousin and Valentine were having a conversation about 6 feet away from where he was standing and he could not hear what they were speaking about. However, he heard Junior said, “let me see it” which “caught his attention”.“I just looked in their direction, after he [Christopher] said let me see it. I saw Stebin taking out something from the side of his waist and while showing it to him, there was a loud explosion and sparks fly. It was like a gunshot,” he said.He described a black gun, about six inches, using his index fingers to demonstrate how big it appeared to him.After the loud explosion, the witness said he saw his cousin “with his hands stretching and going back” and he fell to the ground on his side.“After my cousin hit the ground, Valentine stood up from the step he was sitting on and he said, “boy look at what I do, look at what I do. I running home” and he was holding the gun and looking at Christopher,” Joseph said tearfully.Junior’s mother; Laurencia Laville, who was present in court was also in tears. Joseph continued that Valentine “dashed out” towards the neighbor’s hedges towards Cabrits but he remained on the scene in shock.Then he went to his cousin’s side and noticed that blood was coming from above his left eye and a “white stuff” was coming from his mouth but he never spoke.Faustin Alexis of Portsmouth, who is also Christopher’s cousin and neighbor, said, “About 2am I was at my home on my bed reading my bible with my girlfriend Sheila Dumas. I heard a noise which sounded like a Christmas bomb or a fire crack coming from the south”.Initially when he heard the noise he did not do anything, however when he heard someone crying, his girlfriend spoke to him and he “put on a boxer shorts and I looked and saw Laurencia holding the deceased on the side of the road with a bath towel and she was crying”.He then went to his vehicle, after he had a conversation with a guy named Khalil, started it and transported Junior to the Portsmouth hospital, where he noticed blood coming from his head and he was shaking, and assisted in putting Christopher on a stretcher.Dr. Carl Monroe, a registered medical officer, testified that he examined Junior’s body about 3:15am at the accident and emergency department of the Princess Margaret Hospital.According to his evidence, Junior had a bullet wound about .05cm to his forehead, there was bloody secretions coming from his mouth and he was gasping for breath.He attempted to stabilize him “by setting up oxygen and IV lines however he was not responsive” therefore he attempted CPR which was to no avail.Monroe revealed under cross examination that he also used stimuli; which he explained to be applying painful pressure to one’s body, to resuscitate him but there was no response.He pronounced Christopher dead at 3:30am and the body was transported to the morgue to facilitate an autopsy.Christopher was twenty-two (22) years old at the time of his death.Dominica Vibes News Share Tweet Sharecenter_img Share 80 Views   6 comments LocalNews Victim’s cousin gets emotional in court while testifying by: – July 2, 2012last_img read more