ArchDaily Year: Rothschild Tower / Richard Meier & PartnersSave this projectSaveRothschild Tower / Richard Meier & Partners “COPY” 2016 “COPY” Architects: Richard Meier & Partners Year Completion year of this architecture project Save this picture!© Roland Halbe+ 21 Share Photographs CopyApartments•Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel Rothschild Tower / Richard Meier & Partners Israel Apartments Manufacturers: Alumayer, BASWA acoustic, Porcelanosa Grupo, Schüco, Urbatek, Doortec, Pietrelli PorteCollaborators:Gil Even-Tsur, John JourdenOwner:Berggruen Residential ltd.
Associate Architects:BLK Architects and Town PlannersFloors:42 floors above ground
Number Of Units:147 apartmentsGround Footprint:2470 m2 (26,586 sqft).
Net Floor Area (Typical Floor) :750 m2 (8,072 sqft)
Height Of Building:154m (505 ft)City:Tel Aviv-YafoCountry:IsraelMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Roland HalbeRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreMetallicsTECU®Copper Surface – Classic CoatedPorcelain StonewareApariciPorcelain Tiles – BuildEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System – LINEAText description provided by the architects. Rothschild Tower is a simple graceful residential tower lightly resting on a retail base. The design is inspired by Bauhaus principles that were based on functionality and a certain sparseness or economy of means using modern mass produced materials, and in this case a repetitive planning module. The fundamental considerations that shape the tower design are the quality of light in the plan, views to the city and sea, an efficient assembly of “served” and “service” spaces around the core, and the building’s relationship with the existing fabric and massing on Rothschild Boulevard.Save this picture!© Roland HalbeReynolds Logan, design partner-in-charge, comments: “The tower and all its contents are designed to recognize a role as a citizen to the city, with gestures to different scales at the base, shaft, and top of the building. The tower is deliberately lifted above the street on graceful piloti, with an undulating glass wall in deference to the importance of this important intersection of Rothschild and Allenby. The transparency and lofty openness of the ground floor lobby, garden, and retail spaces contribute to a vibrant streetscape.”Save this picture!©
Scott FrancesSave this picture!Lightness and transparency of the tower and base are the primary goals, not only to reduce the apparent scale and mass in the context of the low to mid-rise neighborhood, or the scale-less reflective towers in the area, but to express the optimism, openness, and energy of the more secular modern character of Tel Aviv. The delicate louver screen is an elegant white “veil,” inspired by the ventilated protective layers of more traditional Middle Eastern clothing. It both defines and obscures the distinction between the public image of the building and the private realm within. The louver elements of the screen protect the delicate clear glass skin, and have local architectural precedents in the ubiquitous “treeseem”, the sliding louver blinds enclosing open air porches or negative spaces so common in the existing neighborhood Bauhaus buildings.Save this picture!© Roland Halbe“Transparency and the related accessibility and connection issues merit respect for the circumstances of each project, especially in dense urban environments. We well recognize the paradoxical nature of balancing those issues, and at the Rothschild Tower the delicate louver screen is an elegant white veil inspired by the ventilated protective layers of more traditional Middle Eastern clothing. It is also a “buffer” of sorts, and obscures the distinction between the public image of the building and the private realm within,” states Mr. Logan.Save this picture!©
Scott FrancesThe Lobby and Retail spaces are spare, lofty, and open to the surrounding streets and neighborhood. Behind the tower a former through-block retail arcade is being restored to its former glory to firmly embed the building and its residents in the pulse of the neighborhood.Save this picture!© Roland HalbeAt the larger scale of the city, the lightness and transparency of the tower will distinguish it dramatically among the glass and heavy neighboring towers, and perhaps inspire sustainable approaches to a more “accessible” character for large buildings in this climate in the future.Save this picture!© Roland HalbeProject gallerySee allShow less64 Social Housing / Guinée et Potin Architectes + Alterlab ArchitectesSelected Projects18 House / Khuon Studio + Phan Khac TungSelected Projects Share Photographs: Roland Halbe,
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Benton McDonald ReddIt Twitter + posts Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Facebook ReddIt Benton McDonaldhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/benton-mcdonald/ World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution printHispanics account for one in four COVID-19 cases in Texas, according to data from the Department of State Health Services. The data is based on 2,182 completed case investigations of patients who have tested positive for the virus. A total of 15,492 cases have been reported to the DSHS as of Wednesday, meaning investigations on more than 80 percent of the state’s cases are pending. “DSHS is monitoring the percentage change over time as we receive more completed case reports,” spokeswoman Lyndsey Rosales said. “Because COVID-19 is a novel (new) virus, there is no baseline to determine whether the 25.7 percent of Hispanic cases is high.”A study by the Pew Research Center found that Hispanics and blacks have higher health concerns from COVID-19 than whites. Forty-three percent of Hispanic adults and 31 percent of black adults are concerned about getting the virus, according to the study. They are “far more likely” to be concerned than whites (18 percent), according to the poll, which was conducted from April-12.Additionally, 49 percent of Hispanic adults and 38 percent of black adults are concerned about spreading the virus, compared to 28 percent of white adults. People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 39.6 percent of the state’s population, according to 2019 Census estimates. Their concerns aren’t unfounded.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said that black and Hispanic people are more likely to have chronic conditions that could worsen COVID-19 symptoms. They are also more likely to be uninsured in Texas. Twenty-seven percent of the state’s Hispanic population and 15 percent of its black one are uninsured, according to the Texas Tribune. Ten percent of the white population is uninsured. Current racial makeup of over 2,000 COVID-19 cases in Texas. Data courtesy: DSHS.In Texas, whites make up the majority of those contracting COVID-19 at 38.4 percent. Nearly 12 percent were black, who make up 12.8 percent of the state. The number of cases involving black people isn’t tracking with national trends where blacks are being overrepresented elsewhere.In neighboring Louisiana, blacks represent one-third of the state’s population but 70 percent of its COVID-19 deaths, according to data from the Brookings Institute.CDC data has also shown that black people are being disproportionately affected by COVID-19 hospitalizations nationwide. While they make up 18 percent of the population in COVID-19 counties, they represent 33 percent of all hospitalizations. CDC data showing the disproportionate hospitalization rates of Non-Hispanic Black people. Graph courtesy: CDC.The DSHS has not provided specific data on the racial composition of those who have been hospitalized in Texas. The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation is projecting cases in Texas will peak on April 29; deaths are expected to peak April 30. The state has set new highs of daily deaths for the last two days. There are cases in 184 of its 254 counties. Rosales said DSHS will update demographic data daily as it receives more complete case investigations. Settlement reached between TCU, former professor in discrimination lawsuit Benton McDonaldhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/benton-mcdonald/ Thousands of TCU community members receive COVID-19 vaccines as university supply increases Benton McDonald is a senior journalism and political science double major from Austin, Texas. He has worked for TCU360 since his freshman year and is currently the executive editor. Facebook Linkedin Twitter TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Chancellor talks stimulus money, COVID-19 vaccines and more at limited attendance faculty town hall Benton McDonaldhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/benton-mcdonald/ Linkedin Previous articleHoroscope: April 13, 2020Next articleHoroscope: April 14, 2020: Benton McDonald RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Board approves tuition freeze, RRI actions but doesn’t act on eligibility issue spurred by Williams Benton McDonaldhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/benton-mcdonald/ Wearing a mask amid concerns of the spread of coronavirus, City of Dallas worker Juan Ocando pauses after finishing up working on a police watch camera in downtown Dallas, Friday, April 10, 2020. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Twitter WhatsApp Local NewsUS News Facebook WhatsApp FILE – In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo police with guns drawn watch as rioters try to break into the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. Arguments begin Tuesday, Feb. 9, in the impeachment trial of Donald Trump on allegations that he incited the violent mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. By Digital AIM Web Support – February 7, 2021 Pinterest Twitter TAGS Pinterest Facebook Analysis: Trump’s Senate trial matters regardless of outcome Previous articleLeipzig to host Liverpool in Hungary due to travel curbsNext articleUK vaccine gambles paid off, while EU caution slowed it down Digital AIM Web Support
Pinterest Drug, alcohol use high among middle schoolers TAGS Pinterest WhatsApp There is a lot of drinking and misuse of prescription drugs among minors among middle school students in Odessa. In many cases, use is higher than the state average, a report presented at the Student Health Advisory Council meeting detailed. Mellessa Brenem, director of prevention programs at the Permian Basin Regional Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, presented results from the 2018 Texas School Survey. The Texas School Survey of Alcohol and Drug Abuse is conducted every other year among students in grades seven through 12 by the Public Policy Research Institute at Texas A&M University. This year, it included 30 schools in Public Health Region 9, which includes Odessa and Midland. Among minors in the public health region, prescription drug abuse is 21.1 percent. Statewide it is 18.5 percent and the national average is 15.5 percent. Some 7.3 percent of students here reported using a prescription drug within the past 30 days. Data from two Odessa middle schools was presented, identified as School A and School B. Information was from 2018. Among eighth-graders at School B, 41.8 percent of eighth-graders said they had used alcohol in the past 30 days. Tobacco use among seventh graders at School A was 6.7 percent and 7.1 percent at School B. In Texas, it was 5.6 percent. Alcohol use among seventh graders at School A was 18.1 percent and School B, 28.2 percent. Statewide, it was 14.7 percent among seventh graders and 20.4 percent for eighth graders. Marijuana use among seventh graders at School A was 5.9 percent and 8.4 percent at School B. For eighth-graders, marijuana use was at 11.8 percent at School A and 13.8 percent for School B. In Texas, 4 percent of seventh-graders reported using marijuana and 7.7 percent of eighth graders reported using the drug. For prescription drugs, 6.5 percent of seventh-graders reported use in the past 30 days at School A and 7.7 percent at School B. Some 13.5 percent of eighth-graders at School A had reported prescription drug use in the past month and 9.8 percent at School B. Statewide for seventh-graders it was 6.1 percent for seventh graders and 7.1 percent for eighth graders. Prescription drugs include not only opiates, but any prescription drug that is misused, or taken when it was not prescribed to be taken, the presentation said. School A was generally lower than the state rate for opioid abuse while School B was higher than the state rate for opioid abuse. Opiods included Oxycontin, Percodan, Percocet, Oxycodone, Vicodin, Lortab and Hydrocodone. Nearly 3 percent of seventh and eighth graders at School B reported they’ve abused opioids already, the presentation said. Ector County ISD Police Lt. Scott McKown said on the west side there is a lot of marijuana and cocaine found in the schools and on the east side it’s Xanax and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder medication. McKown said police are catching “tons of” codeine. He added that students are dealing it. He said the tablets are easier to identify than syrup form. Brenem said there is a Drug Free Texas Media Campaign for parents and people who work with parents and youth. You can subscribe and receive tips on encouraging youth every two weeks by texting DRUGFREETX in English to 468-311. For Spanish, text LIBREDEDROGAS to 468-311. For more information, call PBRCADA at 333-4100. On another item, Michael Neiman, the liaison between the ECISD school board and the Student Health Advisory Council, said he and a parent on the SHAC committee visited Travis Elementary, a campus in Midland that is using mindfulness. Neiman said he’d never seen a more clam, relaxed campus where students were following the rules. “It was amazing,” Neiman said. San Jacinto Junior High School in Midland also is piloting mindfulness. Neiman said he has three elementary school teachers in Odessa who are trying it out, but it will be up to district leadership and the school board to make a decision. Twitter Local News Facebook WhatsApp Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 Twitter Previous article020719_Bookworms_09Next articleOHS-MHS Digital AIM Web Support
ABC News(NEW YORK) — The National Weather Service has already issued alerts ahead of a clipper system — a fast-moving blast of snow, ice and rain originating in central Canada — that will move into the Midwest on Sunday afternoon.Conditions are expected to be rather windy Sunday from Montana to Nebraska, with gusts in excess of 60 mph. Snow that is already on the ground will be picked up by the gusty winds, and visibility can be drastically reduced.The disturbance moves into the Midwest on Sunday afternoon with snow expected to fall by the time the low reaches the eastern part of the Dakotas. Winter weather alerts have been issued from the Northern Plains east to Michigan.The clipper system will be in the Northern Plains by late Sunday night.Cold air behind the low, and moisture being wrapped into the system, will bring the heaviest areas of snow from southeastern North Dakota to northeastern Iowa late Sunday.The Chicago area will see snow on Monday afternoon.The Chicago metro area will be in the bull’s-eye of the clipper system Monday morning into early afternoon.Areas south and southeast of Chicago have a greater chance of seeing rain or a wintry mix, however, snow is possible into Missouri.The clipper system will move into the Northeast on Tuesday, with snow inland and rain and an icy mix on the coast.The storm will race eastward and impact the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic by Tuesday night.For coastal areas and the New York metro area, rain will dominate at first. As the cold front passes through Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning, precipitation is expected to change over to snow.While accumulation amounts will likely be very low for the New York City area, the rain and then snow Wednesday morning could make for a sloppy and potentially hazardous commute.Snowfall totals will be 6 to 12 inches in northern Michigan, northern New York and northern New England, with lesser totals farther south and closer to the coast.Forecasts show a relatively thin amount of excessive snow accumulation in the storm’s wake. Southern Minnesota and Wisconsin as well as upstate New York and northern New England will see the greatest snowfall — about 6 to 12 inches with locally higher amounts possible.There will be little accumulation along the coast.Dangerous cold follows snowBehind the clipper system, brutal cold temperatures will move into the Northern Plains on Monday.A dip in the jet stream associated with the passage of the clipper system will bring extremely cold air from the Arctic south into the Midwest.The air mass will begin to drop temperatures immediately in the wake of the clipper, but its full effect will not be felt until midweek.By Wednesday, wind chill temperatures will reach unprecedentedly low levels: minus 60 in Iowa, Minnesota and North Dakota, and 50 below in Chicago.Record breaking high and low temperatures are possible. The temperature in Chicago on Wednesday is minus 11, and the low is minus 20. If this occurs, it will smash the previous records for Jan. 30 of 3 degrees and minus 15, respectively.The all-time record low temperature in Chicago was minus 27 on Jan. 20, 1985. There is an outside chance this will be broken.These temperatures will be the coldest that the region has seen in decades. Everyone should exercise caution when heading outdoors, and they should prepare their homes and cars for such brutally cold conditions. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Race targets set terms for contractsOn 8 Feb 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Private-sector firms will increasingly have to meet strict race targets inorder to win contracts from public bodies as a result of newanti-discrimination laws.The conditions will be used by public-sector organisations to prove they areactively promoting race equality.The new duty on public bodies is part of amendments to the Race RelationsAct 1976, announced by Home Secretary Jack Straw last month.The use of non-commercial criteria, including equality issues, in decidinghow contracts are awarded was curtailed by the Conservative government in thelate 1980s.But a return to contract compliance is seen as necessary for public bodiesto show they are promoting race equality in their employment practices.”If councils do not seek to promote equality through contracts, theymight be subject to action from government,” said Sarah Palmer, principalinformation officer at the Employers Organisation for Local Government.
Comments are closed. Power strugglesOn 30 Jan 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Officepolitics has a bad name but you ignore it at your peril. Jane Lewis reports onthe latest thinking on how to play the power game and winThepublic appetite for power and politics has never looked more jaded. Forgetabout all that brouhaha in Florida ñ the real story of the US presidentialelection was that half the country’s electorate failed to show up at all. Andthe situation in the UK is little better if the low turnouts atlast autumn’s parliamentary by-elections are anything to go by.Nodoubt psephologists (those who scientifically study elections) are alreadypouring over the complex social and political causes of such wide spread voterapathy. But some commentators believe the issue is more straight forward. Theyargue that political impulse in individuals has not ceased or diminished ñ ithas just been redirected into new channels. “Peopleare only interested in things in which they feel involved and over which theyfeel they could exert influence,” says organisational psychologist ColinSelby of Selby Millsmith, and for many people that means the work place.Ownup to powerIthas become a truism that business is the new politics on a macro scale ñ youonly have to look at the power wielded by multinational companies, often at theexpense of nation states. “The economic power of some organisations is sohuge that they’re punching well above their weight in political issues. There’sa sense that big national and multinational players now have more power thangovernments,” says Linda Holbeche, director of research at Roffey Park. Butshe also observes a similar shift in energy at the micro level. “Peopleare looking much more at personal strategies of power, and how they might usethese to further their own careers,” she says.Cuethe arrival of a new breed of executive coach dedicated to persuadingindividuals to think more deeply about their political role withinorganisations, as well as offering practical advice about how to boost their”personal power-base” and practice “intra-psychic politics”.The terminology might sound as if it’s come straight out of a Thunderbirdsepisode, but the intent behind it is serious. As Dr Mee-Yan Cheung-Judge, anemerging expert in the field, points out, “A lot of people don’t realisehow important it is to own up to power.”Sheclaims she only stumbled on the issue by chance. “I’m a macro person ñ myusual role is to troubleshoot big business change at a broad level.” Butshe couldn’t help wondering why some clearly gifted business practitionersremained stuck in a particular job, while others consistently achieved dazzlingheights. In almost every case it was a kind of political awareness that hadmade the difference. Those who reached the top of organisations had done so by”effective use of socialised power”. They had networked, built teams,and actively sought to make a personal impact on the organisation. Theconclusion she reached was that in business, as in life, you don’t get whatyou’re worth so much as what you can negotiate.NegativeconnotationsAcommon trait among those disappointed with their careers was the assumptionthat ability, performance and self-belief would speak for themselves, thatvirtue would be rewarded without any further effort on their part. Thisattitude of ‘I’m so good, why should I bother to tell anyone?’ is a cardinalsin, she says, and claims to have achieved “fantastic results” simplyby getting people to learn to use power effectively.Humanbeings are essentially political animals. But Dr Cheung-Judge argues that bythe time many people get to the work place their desire to practice politicshas frequently faded. Some people don’t believe they have any power, othersdon’t want to play the power game, either because they’ve had a bad experience,or because they perceive the use of power per se to be unethical. “Powertends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely,” wrote the firstBaron Acton in the 1880s. He might have been forgotten, but his epithet isstill firmly wedged in public consciousness and sums up a common attitude.Eventhe phrase “office politics” is loaded with negative connotations,implying a struggle for personal power at the expense of wider corporate aims.As such, it has become the most widely cited informal explanation for anyfailed project or botched initiative within companies. No wonder so manywell-meaning employees are keen to distance themselves from the concept, if notthe actual reality of politics. According to a survey conducted by the careersweb site MMXI, most don’t believe that the practice will do them any good ñonly 39 of the 1,000 people canvassed cited office politics as an importanttool for reaching the top. Yet some 420 of these believed luck plays animportant part.Theexperts agree that the biggest political mistake of all is to assume thatorganisational politics doesn’t exist. “Conflict and power are inherent inorganisations. As a manager you either use power and politics effectively, oryou’re subjected to them,” claims Cheung-Judge. “You have to bepolitical to protect yourself,” adds Andrew DuBrin, professor ofmanagement at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York.DuBrin’scontention that, “there are still a lot of devious people in organisationsand people that are operating out of self-interest,” just about sums upthis new approach to office politics, which could be styled the Good Guys FightBack school of thought. New breed trainers are urging recruits to seethemselves as virtuous power-brokers, building up influence and wielding powerethically for the good of the organisation, as well as for their ownadvancement. Thetheory, at least, is that what goes around comes around: if you dish the dirton a colleague, or betray your boss to superiors, your actions are likely torebound on you. A classic example of the theory in practice was on our screenslast summer, according to Brian Baxter of organisational psychologists Kiddy& Partners. “It’s the Nasty Nick syndrome ñ but that kind of personisn’t going to survive.””Ifyou don’t have character ethics any power play is not sustainable, becausepeople see through you,” concurs Cheung-Judge. “Without characterethics, personality politics will be hollow.”InstinctiveawarenessButis it equally hollow to assume that something as intangible as political nouscan be encapsulated into a series of axiomatic do’s and don’ts about how tobehave at work? Certainly some of the advice coming out of the US appearsstrangely clumsy, if not naive. Among the more extreme strictures areinstructions “to avoid all contact, both social or formal, withunproductive individuals,” and “to deploy constructive gossip”. Onthe question of what exactly constitutes constructive gossip, the experts getinto a bit of a muddle. “Good gossip would be sharing information that’s alittle bit titillating, but wouldn’t damage anyone,” explains Dubrin.”Something interesting like, ‘I’ve heard Sheila is in line for a mammothpromotion to another division,’ not, ‘She’s pregnant and she doesn’t know whothe father is’”. Well, now we know.There’sa very real danger of losing sight of the main point amid all the guff which ishow you go about incorporating your own political instincts and self-knowledgeinto a viable career strategy. Consultant John Eldred of Transition OneAssociates is responsible for coining the phrase “intra-psychicpolitics” to describe his approach to the issue. But the definition ofwhat this means in practice is far more user-friendly. “It involvesknowing who you are, what your goals are and how to handle yourself in themidst of conflict. That kind of knowledge helps you decide which battles areworth fighting.”Inmany ways the process is about identifying and formalising what you alreadyknow and probably practice intuitively. If you know there is someone hostile toyou in your department, it comes as second nature to take steps to trump theirinfluence by allying with a third party. A good question to ask is: who will bemy champion if things get difficult? Eldred takes the matter further byencouraging students to create two lists, the first entitled: what do I need toget on? The second: what can I help others with?Buildyour profileCheung-Judge’sapproach is similar ñ she encourages students “to start tradingfavours” with peers. She claims the notion that you have to concentrate onforging relationships with more senior people to get on is misguided. “Ialways get people to list a number of critical colleagues without whom a jobwould not get done. They often find that those they rely on most are sidewayspeople, not upwards people. So they shouldn’t worry about sucking up [to thosein authority]. We can get hooked into people’s approval and that becomes a keydriver. But that’s not what I’m talking about. You’ve got to have a strategy toget yourself noticed.”ForHolbeche at Roffey Park, the successful practice of politics at work is, aboveall, an exercise in accumulating and demonstrating personal capital. “Youshould see it as building up your own stock. Build your visibility, but withcare. Don’t make yourself a natural target, but build up your profile so peoplewant to attach themselves to you.” Auseful exercise in personal power, adds Colin Selby, is to check out yourmarket worth on a regular basis. “I used to try and get a job offer eachyear. This was partly so that I didn’t feel completely under the power andcontrol of my employer, but also so that I could be sure that myview of the market was accurate. Any person that doesn’t do thisis not likely to be a force within an organisation.”Butthe most successful political operators are also those with an instinctiveawareness of where the real power in their organisations lies, and thatinvolves much more than checking one’s own market worth. “You need to keepyour ear to the ground,” claims Kiddy. “You need to be alert towhat’s happening around you. Look at the sources of power in your office andask yourself where does it come from?” If that means hanging around by thecoffee machine, or even shivering on the steps with the smokers, then so be it.The important thing is that you need to be able to anticipate events to giveyourself the best chance of making the best of them. AsHolbeche concludes: “What goes on in an organisation frequently defies alllogic. There’s no such thing as fairness, so people do need to tune into what’sgoing on from a political point of view. It’s a question of putting intopractice some fairly basic skills that would once have been the preserve ofgo-getters. The important thing to realise now is these are a basic stock intrade of anyone who wants to make a buzz.”PowerGamesHerewe look at three typical enough scenarios and how to tackle them.Amiddle manager is psyched out by the bossThescenarioYoulove your work and are, in general, very happy with your company, but your lifeis being made miserable by your boss. His behaviour towards you is fractiousand unpredictable and you are rarely given the opportunity to show off yourtalents. In fact you suspect that some of the tasks you have been set areintended to undermine you ñ you have twice taken the rap for failed projectsthat you believed were ill-advised in the first place. You have a potentialally in a former boss who hired you, but who has since been promoted and is nowout of daily contact.PoliticaldiagnosisYourboss’s behaviour indicates a strong degree of insecurity about his ownposition, and he clearly perceives you to be a threat. You can take somecomfort from the fact that he is exacerbating his own position by behaving sounprofessionally. But the situation is untenable. By allowing it to continueyou risk credibility with colleagues. More damagingly, you may begin toquestion your own self-worth and judgement. ActionAssessyour respective power-bases: your boss’ own standing with his peers and seniorswill have a major influence on the way you act. Is he justified in hisinsecurities, or is he a valued member of the team? Does he command affectionfrom others, if not from you? Sniff out opinion.Ifhis general position in the company is strong, your best course of action is toavoid an open battle ñ you must try and win him over to your side instead.Build up his confidence by doing obvious favours. Pay the occasionalcompliment. Suggest schemes that would reflect creditably on him. Make it clearyou are not after his job and demonstrate respect for what he does withoutlapsing into apology language. On no account attempt to contact your formerboss behind his back.If,on the other hand, you detect an overall weak position ñ strike hard. Take heedof Machiavelli: “Men should either be treated generously or destroyedbecause they take revenge for slight injuries ñ for heavy ones they cannot.”Startby shoring up your own power-base: are there others who would testify to yourskills and professionalism? Do you have a reputation as a good company player?Identify and align yourself with other power-brokers in the work place; makesure whoever you ally with is on good terms with senior management. Broadenyour spread of influence by making contacts with other departments. Renewinformal links with your former boss.Youare now in a position to challenge. Take the opportunity the next time yourboss makes an unreasonable demand.Aco-director threatens to reveal damaging personal information ThescenarioYouand Anna are both senior directors in a private company and used to be friendsñ at least you used to go to the pub together. You once confided a personaldilemma that would have severe repercussions on your professional and privatelife if disclosed. You and Anna have since fallen out dramatically over thedirection the company should take and your working relationship is strained.You now perceive her to be on the make at the expense of the rest of theorganisation. You both know a parting of the ways is inevitable. Anna isholding out for an exorbitant severance payment and has hinted she will revealyour secret if she doesn’t get it. You know that the amount in question will behard to justify to your fellow directors.PoliticaldiagnosisYouare certainly between a rock and a hard place and clearly have a ruthlessadversary. The main question is whether you will find it necessary to sink toher level in order to combat her.ActionThetemptation will be to pay Anna off and so see the back of her as quickly aspossible. You can then invent a plausible explanation for your co-directors atleisure. But this is a dangerous gamble and might encourage her to raisedemands, or return to dog your career at a later date. Significantly, it wouldalso mean that you too have now compromised your professional ethics. Thatgives her a double hold over you.Yourchoice therefore is either to reveal the situation in full to yourco-directors, or to try to call Anna’s bluff. A third option ñ confiding in atrusted ally ñ is ultimately flawed. Either that person will be powerless tohelp, or you risk inviting them to compromise their own professional ethics tocome to your aid. If you cannot count on your colleagues’ discretion andunderstanding, your best course of action is to return to Anna with a revisedfigure and dare her to do her worst. She might well reflect that you could alsoreveal some unsavoury facts about her.Infuture set clear boundaries as to what you will and won’t discuss withcolleagues. Don’t tell stories about your personal life that could be usedagainst you later.Yourauthority is being put to the test by an ambitious underlingThescenarioWhenJames first came into the department you had a good working relationship. Youbegan to delegate some of your work to him and found the process paid off. Hewas an effective problem-solver, with good ideas, and you believed the pair ofyou had struck up a degree of trust. Recently, however, you have noticed achange in James’ behaviour. He is less communicative; you have become awarethat he has withheld certain important pieces of information from you. Worse,your boss has mysteriously got wind of an incident that reflects badly on you,when you believed you had quietly settled it.PoliticaldiagnosisJamesis clearly attempting to sideline your role in the organisation in favour ofstriking up his own working relationship with your superiors. He knows the bestmeans of achieving this is by undermining you personally.ActionThefact that you are in this situation at all is ample proof that you have notbeen paying enough attention to the arts of office politics. James’ betrayaldemonstrates that you have failed to convince him that you are a personal forceto be reckoned with. But even more damaging is the fact that your boss appearsto be colluding with him, albeit tacitly, indicating that you have also beenfailing to manage upwards effectively.Yourfirst step, therefore, is to consolidate your own position by tackling thesituation with your superior head-on. Be frank about your concerns about James.And be prepared to ram home the worth of your own contribution to the companyand if that means listing achievements, then do it. Try and extract from yourboss the undertaking that he or she will not allow James to report upwardswithout first consulting you.Itmight pay to take a less open approach when dealing with James himself: youdon’t want to further weaken yourself by admitting his behaviour has beenthreatening. Simply remind him that you are his superior and he is thereforeaccountable to you. Onereason for his attack on your authority might be that you have not beenassiduous enough in maintaining contacts around the organisation: people whodon’t network are isolated beings ñ and are therefore often seen asnon-essential in the informal office system and consequently easy targets forthe ambitious. Remember the next time you turn down an invitation to for apost-work drink that in business the gap between being viewed as non-essentialinformally, and redundant formally, is often a narrow one. Previous Article Next Article