A Mini History of the E.U.
As Europeans mark the days until they head to the polls, voters and overseas observers alike can take a moment to polish their understanding of one of the world's largest legislatures.
The E.U. is the most complicated political organization the world has ever seen, with countless confusing interrelationships and institutions - of which the European Parliament, which E.U. citizens get to vote for this week, just one part of a vast organization. Little wonder, then, that hardly anyone understands how the damned thing works.
The following video is certainly simplistic, but is nonetheless a handy introduction to how the various parts of the E.U. fit together, who does what, where our elected representatives in the European Parliament (and, of course, in the Council) fit in to the equation, and even some of the problems of the current system for the scrutiny of E.U. legislation. If you're unsure of why the European Parliament matters, this is well worth a few minutes of your time.
J Clive Matthews, aka, Nosemonkey, follows European affairs at EUtopia.
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According to TwoFold CEO Alison McMahon, a leader who doesn't care (or can't pretend to care) about his or her employees isn't much of a leader at all.
Why do people quit their jobs? Surely, there are a ton of factors: money, hours, location, lack of interest, etc. For Alison McMahon, an HR specialist and the CEO of TwoFold, the biggest reason employees jump ship is that they're tired of working for lousy bosses.
By and large, she says, people are willing to put up with certain negatives as long as they enjoy who they're working for. When that's just not the case, there's no reason to stick around:
Nine times out of ten, when an employee says they're leaving for more money, it's simply not true. It's just too uncomfortable to tell the truth.
Whether that's true is certainly debatable, though it's not a stretch to say that an inconsiderate and/or incompetent boss isn't much of a leader. If you run an organization or company, your values and actions need to guide and inspire your team. When you fail to do that, you set the table for poor productivity and turnover.
McMahon offers a few suggestions for those who want to hone their leadership abilities, though it seems that these things are more innate qualities than acquired skills. For example, actually caring about your workers or not depending wholly on HR thinking they can do your job for you.
It's the nature of promotions that, inevitably, a good employee without leadership skills will get thrust into a supervisory position. McMahon says this is a chronic problem that many organizations need to avoid, or at least make the time to properly evaluate and assist with the transition.
But since they often don't, they end up with uninspired workers. And uninspired workers who don't have a reason to stay won't stick around for long.
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