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first_img 77SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details No one likes having to have a difficult conversation, especially in the workplace. With this in mind, always know you’re not the first person to feel the way you do in the situation you’re in. Here are a few things to remember when having to tackle a tough conversation.Be preparedWhen you have to engage in a difficult conversation, always be prepared. You may not be able to plan out what you want to say word for word, but it will help to jot down a few notes. Know that the conversation isn’t going to go exactly the way you think it will, and that’s okay. Be clear and keep it simple. You know the objective of the conversation so just make sure you keep it on track.Be in the right mindsetYou may know beforehand that it’s going to be difficult but try and put a positive spin on it. Instead of focusing on the negatives involved in the conversation, focus on the positives that will result. Whether that be for the individual or the company, it should make things better.Take a deep breathStay calm. Collect your thoughts and gather your focus. The more you stay centered, the easier the conversation will be. It’s easy to get flustered during a disagreement and difficult conversations often lead to this. Keep your head and stay cool.Be consistentMake sure similar situations with different employees are handled the same way. You don’t want to show perceived favoritism. Stay consistent so your employees know where you stand in regards to employee accountability.Gain perspectiveAsk your employee how they feel about the situation and get an understanding of their viewpoint. This way, they know you care even if there’s not an easy resolution. Just remember to listen well and let your employee speak their mind.last_img read more

first_imgThree London boroughs that currently jointly manage £2.3bn (€2.9bn) in local authority pension assets are to review their resource-sharing arrangement.The London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham (H&F), which in May’s local elections went from being run by the Conservative Party to being a Labour Party borough, said a review of all its joint services with two neighbouring councils would look to improve performance.The borough currently jointly administers a number of its services with Westminister and Kensington and Chelsea councils, which have local authority pension schemes (LGPS) worth £880m and £630m, respectively.Hammersmith and Fulham’s own £763m LGPS currently shares a treasury department with the two other councils, with the officers conducting the required due diligence for all asset management and other mandate awards. However, decisions on where each individual fund should invest remains with the local council, although all three have a number of providers in common.The review will be led by Andrew Adonis, a transport secretary under former Labour prime minister Gordon Brown.A spokesman for H&F confirmed that all areas of cooperation would be reviewed, including the tri-borough treasury set-up, but said it was too early to provide details.In a statement on the review, the council said it would examine the potential for widening its model of cooperation beyond the three local authorities.Adonis stressed the need for value-for-money arrangements due to the restricted budgets facing councils.“The tri-borough arrangements are innovative but it is right that, after more than two years of operation, there is an independent review,” he said.“I hope we will be able to compare and contrast with other effective organisations and offer some useful insights and proposed ways forward.”In a report presented at H&F’s most recent pensions committee, the council noted it was happy with the “benefits of resilience and sharing of ideas” since the tri-borough treasury team had been in place since 2012.“It is also leading to more competitive fees from external providers through joint procurement and common mandates where they are appropriate for each fund,” it said.In addition to cooperating on investment management matters, two of the boroughs are undertaking a joint tendering exercise to appoint a new custodian, while all three are advising London Councils on the proposed launch of a London-wide common investment vehicle (CIV) for the capital’s LGPS.A move away from the cooperative approach on pension matters is unlikely despite the review, as the three councils have often been championed as an example of how cooperation can lower costs for the LGPS.Additionally, the Department for Communities and Local Government recently concluded a consultation that looked at greater efficiencies within the LGPS, with one of the suggestions being the launch of a limited number of LGPS-wide CIVs.last_img read more

first_imgWashington State University Clark County Extension’s Small Acreage Program invites Clark County residents to a June 29 tour of a 5-acre alpaca ranch in the Ridgefield area.Serendipity Alpaca Ranch is home to alpacas and a couple of goats. Pam Conrad, who has managed the ranch for more than six years, has implemented practices to reduce mud, improve pasture quality, and control runoff to reduce negative effects on soil and water.“Pam Conrad is a great example in our county, modeling stewardship practices that keep animals healthy and benefit ranch operations and protect our natural resources,” said Teresa Koper, Small Acreage Program coordinator.The tour is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 29. Cost is $10. Tour size is limited and pre-registration is required. Participants will meet at the property in Ridgefield, with the address provided upon registration.Registration can be done online at alpacaranch2019.bpt.me or by calling 564-397-5729.Participants should dress appropriately for the weather, bring a water bottle, and wear sturdy boots.Coffee, juice and water will be provided.The Small Acreage Program, co-sponsored by WSU Clark County Extension and Clark County’s Clean Water Program, will lead the tour with the landowner.Participants can ask questions about animal husbandry questions and see pasture and compost areas.last_img read more