4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jim Bouchard “THE SENSEI LEADER is not just another leadership development program. It is a movement.”Our programs support this movement and help us fulfill our vision and mission… Vision: To promote … Web: TheSenseiLeader.com Details There’s no way to soft-pedal it. The coronavirus is now the greatest challenge facing us––all of us today.We need your leadership. It doesn’t matter if you’re a CEO, branch manager, member of the board––or if you’re a teller, a member service rep or the janitor. We need leadership at ALL levels.Leadership has nothing to do with rank, title or position of authority. Leaders are people who see what needs doing and they do it––and right now, we need all hands on deck.No blame. Blame is destructive in a crisis.Take care not to blame in your own leadership practice. It’s easy to do in these situations. Right now people are angry. They’re blaming government. They’re blaming scientists. And when they get laid off and start struggling with payments––they’re going to blame you.People are blaming leaders for their response. We can argue whether or not the response has been appropriate to the threat. Let’s save that for when this is over. Let’s focus on what we need to do as leaders to face the very real challenges the virus and our response is handing us right now.Work the problem.There will be plenty of challenges coming as this thing unfolds.Identify the impact. Focus on solutions and work-arounds. Face the problem head on.You’ve got functional issues. Staff members may become infected. You deal with the public. You handle money––well documented as a means of transmission with these pathogens.People are already rushing stores for toilet paper and hand sanitizer. It’s likely some will rush you for cash too. And as cancellations and closings increase, people are going to have a tough time paying their loans.What is your response? You’ve got to focus on immediate steps that will be best for your staff and for your members.To do this…Get people involved . . . at all levels. One of the biggest mistakes leaders can make in a situation like this is trying to do it alone. You are a leader. By definition you are not working alone.You may have to lay people off before this is over. You may have to close branches or limit access to members. You will make decisions that can severely impact the lives of the people you serve.Involve them. Be as transparent as possible about what you’re facing. And I mean involve everyone. One of the special things about credit unions is that as members, we are owners! Be sure to involve us.And involve your staff––at all levels. Leadership has nothing to do with rank, title or position of authority. Everyone on your team––everyone––can contribute.General Patton famously said,“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.”Tell people you’re up against it. See what solutions they come up with. You may be surprised when some of the best ideas come from the most unlikely sources.Share what you know about the threat.The problem with COVID-19 is that there is a lot we don’t know. Healthcare officials are saying they don’t yet understand how this virus is mutating, why it’s particularly dangerous to specific types of people or exactly how long it can live on hard surfaces.These are all troubling things NOT to know about a dangerous pathogen. As you learn more, share more.And share your plans.At least the plans you have so far.One of the most selfish things a leader can do is to announce “I have a plan,” only to follow-up with “…and I’ll announce it later this week.”This can mean “I really don’t have a plan, but I want people to think I do.” And that’s how a lot of people will take it.Or it can mean you’re sincerely trying to comfort people. It’s more comforting to share what you know, admit what you don’t and promise to share more details as you know them.Too often the justification for keeping things close to the vest is to avoid panic. Nothing causes people to panic more than keeping them in the dark.The monster in the closet is always bigger than the one that remains in the room when you flick the lights on. Create a vacuum in a crisis and rumors, conspiracy theories and outright lies rush in to fill the void. Some of these can be lethal––more lethal than the actual problem.You will have to decide what facts might cause panic. You also need to weigh them carefully against the damage you might do by not sharing as much as possible.Be confident, yet humble. Lead by example.At no time is this more important than during a crisis.Your people don’t want to see you panic under pressure. Sure, you’re human. You’re probably as frightened and worried as anyone else. But people are counting on your example. How you conduct yourself will either send them into a panic––or inspire them to keep their minds on the task at hand and pull together to overcome any obstacle.If you’re scared––nothing wrong with saying so. Just try to maintain your decorum when you do. State your fears and your reasons for those fears in a measured, deliberate way.The best way to do this is to prepare what you’re going to say. Very few people are good “off the cuff” in these situations––and even the best usually take some time to think about what they’re going to say and how they’re going to say it.Include these components in your message:State the facts. State the problem clearly and accurately. Share your fears or concerns. No blame. Reveal your plans or response. Be careful not to impose an edict––just share what you’ve been thinking about so far.Solicit input from your people. Ask about their concerns. Ask for suggestions. Show that you appreciate their ideas.Bring them together. Express re-assurance. Tell them that “Together, we’re going to get through this.” Always remember that who you are as a leader becomes reality in the hearts and minds of the people you serve through what you say and how you say it.Transform ME into WE.One of the most important roles of a leader is to get people working together––pulling in the same direction…We’re all in this together. With your leadership, we’ll persevere. And whether it’s your first real crisis, or another in the hit parade––you will discover new talents, new reserves of energy and creativity. You will grow as a leader and as a person.Adversity? We’ve got our share right now.Celebrate Adversity. It’s your opportunity to become the leader you might never have imagined without it.
The Australian 15 november 2012 A MOVE to decriminalise prostitution in South Australia has been defeated by one vote in state parliament. The bill, introduced by Labor backbencher Steph Key, was subject to a conscience vote but was defeated when put to lower house MPs on Thursday. It would have decriminalised most forms of prostitution including brothels and escort services while retaining soliciting as an offence in some circumstances. Family First MP Dennis Hood welcomed the bill’s defeat and said it would have introduced legalised prostitution with no controls. “I cannot understand how some members of the government could support such a proposal,” he said. Mr Hood said the bill would have given councils control over brothels, with police having no role of substance.http://m.theaustralian.com.au/news/breaking-news/prostitution-bill-defeated-in-sa/story-fn3dxiwe-1226517453827 read more
Share Better Collective Spotlight: How Betarades.gr is driving engagement through YouTube July 30, 2020 Related Articles Share StumbleUpon GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Submit SportCaller teams up with Coral for Racing Super Series launch August 12, 2020 Whilst all bookmakers are consumed by Russia 2018 trading, they may have neglected a major sporting event taking place this summer.Scheduled for a sell-out Manchester Arena on 25 August, British social media star KSI is set to box controversial American vlogger Logan Paul.A boxing match between two novice ‘whitecollar’ fighters, won’t set the sporting world alight, however, bookmaker Coral believes that KSI vs Logan Paul will be a solid market proposition.Both KSI and Logan Paul have a YouTube and social media following, that far exceeds star athletes such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Floyd Mayweather or Serena Williams.Following the script of all boxing mega-fights, KSI vs Logan Paul has been amplified by the bad blood shared between the two social media stars and their respective diehard fan bases.For Coral, one of the few UK bookmakers pricing the YouTuber boxing match, KSI vs Logan Paul is the real deal.Harry Aitkenhead – CoralSpeaking to SBC, Harry Aitkenhead PR Executive for Coral details initial market insights;“In our book it does go down as a sports event, even though the standard might not be quite as high as the other boxing matches we bet on! It can be difficult to gauge having not seen much of the contenders in action, however, we saw KSI beat another YouTube star in Joe Weller back in February and that performance means for this bout coming up he is our hot odds-on favourite, at 1/2.That fight back in February drew in more than 15 million viewers online, which is more than the 2017 epic clash between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley”.With just over 2-months to go until the YouTubers meet in Manchester, Coral expects, the event alone to capture the public’s interest.Coral admits that KSI vs Logan Paul won’t come close to breaking its fight night records, however, this unique event may expose bookmakers to new audiences deeply entrenched in Social media culture. For this dynamic alone, KSI vs Logan Paul may be 2018’s most intriguing betting market…“From Coral’s point of view, it’s a great market to offer betting on as these personalities like KSI and Logan Paul who are so popular. Around 2 million people watched the press conference between the pair online this week and the numbers will only increase for the fight. It’s also about which has the opportunity to attract some new customers, who are more interested in the likes of KSI, Joe Weller and Logan Paul than they are the boxing but will still be interested in the betting angle of it” Aitkenhead adds, read more
By Liz SheehanSEA BRIGHT – Plans made two years ago to establish back-in angled parking in the downtown business section of the town were dropped by a unanimous vote of the Borough Council at its Nov. 13 meeting.The council had passed a resolution in January 2015, that approved a New Jersey Department of Transportation (DOT) plan to install the parking, also known as head-out angled parking, from the southbound side of Ocean Avenue from Rumson Road, just south of the Sea Bright Rumson Bridge to Beach Street.But in the resolution approved last month, the borough stated that it “has reviewed this plan, has met with the downtown business community, discussed it at several public meetings and has determined that the plan does not meet the Borough’s goals.”Borough Administrator Joseph Verruni said Tuesday that when the streetscape project was completed in the business section of the town, with its addition of new street lights, planters and other changes, borough officials felt the back-in angled parking would not work with the new configuration of the downtown area.He said introducing the new type of parking into the business area was “not the right place for an experiment at this time.”Frank Bain, the owner of Bains Hardware, 1092 Ocean Ave., a popular business in the middle of the borough’s business district which also serves as the town’s post office, said Tuesday he was never in favor of the back-in angled parking.“I am happy it is rescinded,” he said, “I was never for it.”“The highway was not wide enough to have it,” he said, referring to Ocean Avenue, which is also State Highway 36. He said it was a safety issue.Rich Tocci, the owner of the building where Bains is located said the proposal to put back-in angled parking in the business district was “the most ridiculous thing I ever heard of.”Before the council rescinded the agreement to install the new parking system, a test of the configuration was carried out in front of Sea Bright Supermarket & Liquor, 1160 Ocean Ave., where new parking lines were painted in a few spaces and a sign said only back-in angled parking was permitted.There was a large parking lot owned by the store directly across from the test area, and the test spaces were used infrequently. The markings of the spaces have now been changed to head-in angled parking as they had been before the test was begun.Although the town has decided to reject the 2015 DOT parking plans, Verruni said the borough is still working on a bicycle path which was included in that same proposal. The path would run from Monmouth Beach to the northern end of the borough.He said that it is now being determined if there would be room for two 4-foot-wide paths, onegoing south and one north on Ocean Avenue.If there is not enough space he said, one of the lanes could be a shared car and bicycle lane.This article was first published in the Nov. 23-30, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times. read more
Nelson Minor Hockey product Dallon Stoddart scored twice as the Nelson Leafs extended its win streak to four games with a 6-5 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the visiting Creston Thunder Cats Saturday at the NDCC Arena.The win maintains a slip one-point lead for the Leafs in Murdoch Division standings over the Beaver Valley Nitehawks.The Leafs, 5-1-0-1, conclude a three-game weekend home stand Sunday at 2 p.m. in the NDCC Arena against defending KIJHL champion Osoyoos Coyotes.Nelson opened the seesaw battle jumping to a 2-0 first period lead on goals by Patrick Martens and a power play marker from Colton Malmsten.Creston converted its own power play goal late in the frame as Brandon Formosa beat Patrick Defoe in the Leaf nets.Creston took a 3-2 lead early in the second frame as Trevor Forward and Brock Ward scored goals 18 seconds apart.But Riley Henderson tied the game six minutes later before Stoddart, with his first of two, gave Nelson the lead for good.Brett Norman, the game’s first star with three points, and Stoddart increased the Nelson lead to 6-3 in the third.However, the Cats roared back with two goals — by Forward and Jordan Johnson — in 48 seconds to make the game close down the stretch. Forward’s goal was short handed.Creston out shot Nelson 28-26 but Defoe had a great game in the nets for the Leafs to register his third win of the season.OVERTIME: Nelson’s opposition Sunday, Osoyoos, defeated Castlegar Rebels 4-3 Saturday thanks to a hat-trick performance by Zach Lindsay. . . .The two goals gave Dallon Stoddart, earning second star status Saturday, three on the season. . . . Nelson’s leading scorer Matti Jmaeff was held off the scoresheet Saturday. The Creston product, playing against his hometown, had five assists Friday for Nelson against Grand Forks to earn recognition on the KIJHL website. Jmaeff leads the Leafs with 11 points and is tied for ninth in KIJHL scoring. . . . Leaf center Matthew Naka had three assists for the Leafs. . . . Nelson stretched its home-ice record to 3-1-0-1 and concludes its four-game home stand Tuesday against the Beaver Valley Nitehawks in an early-season Murdoch [email protected] read more
When Ricky Chin resigned as president of Waterhouse Football Club last season, it was certain that the next man to step into his boots would have a mountainous task returning the club to the peak of it powers.After a comprehensive search, Jamaica Public Service (JPS) board member and a director for energy in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Fitzroy Vidal, was handed the mantle to move the club forward.”Waterhouse Football Club is one of the biggest football clubs in the country. I was asked to assume this role of taking charge of the club as president and I consented and the management asked me to implement the necessary changes that I saw fit and rebuild the club to its former glory and even exceed it,” he stated.Vidal said the club’s hierarchy contended that the club was not being managed properly, and that it was plagued with problems of inadequate structures and financial challenges such as a high electricity bill and was overburdened by a Caribbean Football Union (CFU) fine.OPERATINGAS ABUSINESS”The administrative area needs changes and we have had personnel changes. But it’s work in progress. We have more to do and we want the right people, but we are determined to take it (club) to the professional level, as we want to run it as a business.”He added: “We are facing mountains of debts which we are committed to paying off and at the same time to run the club as a professional unit is extremely difficult. But I undertook the task to transform the club into a business operation and put it back to its rightful position. But the financial management is of high priority and we are putting structures in place.”Our sponsors are big stakeholders. We saw National Continental Bakery stepping forward and giving us additional money to support us and it is extremely important because it takes money to run a football and this is sending a big signal and we are grateful for it.”They (sponsors) have been with us through the good and bad times, the highs and lows and corporate Jamaica know what football can do for this community with financial support on a larger scale,” Vidal reasoned.However, uncharacteristic poor results on the field this season have been a major cause for concern, sparking fears of relegation in a community which lives, eats and breathes Waterhouse Football Club.”The community is very important to this football club, the fan base is very strong and very supportive. The club was hungry for change and it has been difficult, but very strategic. We made some changes at the technical level and after I got the technical team I wanted, I then moved my focus to the administrative aspect and we have seen improvements, although not as much as we would have wanted, particularly because we have been paying our debts to creditors,” he noted.”My vision is to make Waterhouse Football Club a football giant, winning leagues, developing youngsters into professional footballers and helping them ply their trade on the international scene and leverage the Waterhouse FC brand for the sustainable benefit of all stakeholders.”I am proud to be identified with this club because everywhere I go people want to be associated with them,” said Vidal. read more
Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device. In a move that the Warriors dreaded happening from the minute he re-signed with the team last summer, Kevin Durant announced he will join the Brooklyn Nets instead of staying with the Warriors. Durant announced the news on Sunday night on his Instagram account of The Boardroom, his company-owned sports business network. Other outlets reported the news first, though.
22 December 2010Herekoura, literally translated, means “new happiness” in Bambara, the principle language of Mali, and this is how the locals felt about the recent opening of the Football for Hope centre in Baguineda – the fourth of 20 such centres being built across Africa as a legacy of the 2010 Fifa World Cup™.This is the third centre to be opened outside South Africa. The inaugural centre was opened in Khayelitsha township on the outskirts of Cape Town in December 2009 as part of the 20 Centres for 2010 campaign initiated ahead of the World Cup.This was followed by a second centre in Mathare in Nairobi in September, followed in the same month by a third centre in Katutura township, in the heart of Namibia’s capital of Windhoek.The programme aims to build 20 centres around Africa to help address some of the challenges faced by the continent, including education and public health.Four more centres are due be completed over the next three to four months in Rwanda, Ghana, Lesotho, and Mokopane in South Africa.The Baguineda centre, which cost some 109-million CFA francs, or €166 413, comprises an administrative section, a library, an IT room, a circular multi-purpose room, changing rooms and an artificial turf pitch measuring 40 by 20 metres.The centre is designed to turn playing sport into an essential means of promoting the values of education, solidarity, brotherhood and community spirit, and to strengthen the education, culture and tradition of Mali.“We have come to celebrate the birth of a baby which has brought us together and which has been developing in the womb since 2000,” said Souadou Diabate, president of the Mali Association for the Promotion of Youth and Women (AMPJF).The Mali Football for Hope centre has 45 “prefects” who are fully involved in the social and sporting development of the youngsters. The centre is also looking at adding economic training and placement of the youngsters to its activities to enable it to become self-sufficient when it comes to handling the socio-cultural realities of the local community.Speaking at the opening of the centre on 4 December, Fifa representative Corina Eggenberger said the inauguration “sees us moving on to the next stage of the mission which we are carrying out across Africa. Here in Mali, we are supporting increased access for all youngsters, girls and young women to education and public health care via the medium of football.”Sanata Diakite, a 15-year-old girl who plays in one of Baguineda’s eight women’s clubs, is convinced that playing football has improved the quality of the education of young women in the area.“The opening of the centre now means that we can hope for a better future,” Diakite said. “We’re more aware of the realities of daily life and the importance of our true role in society. Now we’re ready to face up to what life can throw at us.”Source: Fifa.com read more
3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts klint finley Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… I recently purchased a copy of an issue of the defunct popular science magazine OMNI from 1978 – three years before I was born. In addition to a lengthy interview with Alvin Toffler, a cover by H.R. Giger and an article on human-dolphin communication by John C. Lily it contains an article by hypertext pioneer Ted Nelson titled “Computer Lib.”I’ve read Nelson’s book of the same title, but I can’t remember if this is an excerpt from the book or if it’s unique to OMNI. In a section on lock-in, Nelson describes what may be the first wave of consumerization of IT.But lock-in is not limited to the manufacturer of computers. It also is practiced by the so-called “computer center,” the department within the company, university, or government where the big computers live. Initially designed to provide centralized, efficient computer service, the computer center has evolved into an internal tyranny, set up to operate at its own convenience and dedicated (like any organizational entity) to its own self-preservation. The computer center, of course, always wants a better (read bigger) computer over which it has exclusive control.Today, thanks to small computers that are cheap enough to bypass the “computer selection committee,” the internal monopoly of the computer center is coming apart at the seams. According to Portia Isaacson, part owner of Houston’s Micro Store, little computers have already penetrated large companies without the knowledge of the computer centers. The Trojan horse is already inside the gates. “I’ll sell you a computer any name you like,” says Isaccson. “You’d be surprised at all the different things we call them on the sales slips.”For more on OMNI, check out Boing Boing’s fond memories of the magazine.We know how this played out. The computer centers, which contained one big computer that employees used via terminal, became IT or IS departments. Desktop PCs replaced terminals. But the department retained control, through firewalls and access controls. The role of the department has changed over the years as the technology changes.Today we’re seeing two similar simultaneous pushes: one for virtual desktop infrastructure, which would take us back to the computer center era. The other for IT consumerization in the form of smartphones, tablets and SaaS. This time, the two drives aren’t mutually exclusive (see here and here). But the results of these two trends will probably be another change for how the technology departments of organizations work.It will be interesting to see how things play out this time around. Will IT departments eventually retain control, allowing only pre-approved devices and maintaining SaaS applications through enterprise platforms? Or will enterprises technology become more laissez faire, with the IT department becoming “supporters and helpers” instead of controllers as Forrester has suggested? Tags:#Analysis#enterprise read more
Over the past dozen years or so, Intel has repeatedly demonstrated that it has a tin ear when it comes to consumer electronics. Despite a long trail of failure, the tenacious chipmaker keeps coming back with one bad idea after another.Its latest scheme has Intel going toe-to-toe with… wait for it… Comcast, Time Warner Cable and DirecTV. Yes, Intel — Intel! — plans to launch an online pay-TV service delivered through its own set-top box.This isn’t a new idea. Apple, Google and Microsoft have also wanted to reshape television in a similar way, but have yet to convince Time Warner, NBC Universal and Viacom to license their TV shows and movies in a way that would give Internet TV a fighting chance. Go figure. And so none of them have moved forward.A Desperate IntelIntel, however, is plowing ahead. Why? Because it’s desperate to break into new markets as sales of PCs, the majority of which are powered by Intel microprocessors, continue to deteriorate. The meteoric rise of smartphones and tablets that eroded the PC business blindsided Intel, which has had little success in supplying chips to these new markets. In the fourth quarter ended in December, Intel net income fell 27% year to year and revenue was down 3%.The speed with which the PC market is vaporizing has made Intel willing to take on a lot of risk. According to Bloomberg, Intel is making progress in talks with media companies. But what that means isn’t clear.As a smaller operator, Intel would likely pay more for TV channels and movies than incumbent cable, satellite and telecommunications companies, which spend almost $38 billion a year licensing TV channels according to the Wall Street Journal. Media companies have no incentive to anger current licensees — much less cut into their potential profits — by agreeing to any terms that would give Intel an advantage.So Intel will be paying more to go to market with a service that looks, well, a lot like what its larger rivals are already selling — only, maybe, less so. In addition, Intel would be dependent on broadband services to deliver its pay TV services. This could be a problem if cable and telecoms decided to ratchet down their data caps.Intel’s set-top box could offer unique whiz-bang features, such as a camera for video-conferencing and personalizing content based on facial recognition. But that won’t be enough, since people watch TV for the programming, not what’s inside the set-top box.Intel OutsideIntel’s history is a study in how not to combine technology with entertainment. Each of its attempts follows the same lame pattern: Intel hypes its plans at the Consumer Electronics Show, then programs its executives to continue slinging marketing BS in interviews with the press. Eventually, the whole venture falls apart, usually with in a year or so.To wit:In 2010, Intel launched chips and big plans for partnering with manufacturers to build the “smart TV,” which was really nothing more than a set that would let users run apps and tap into the Internet while watching programs. The problem: no one wanted to play with apps on their TV. So Intel pulled the plug in 2011.In 2006, Intel embarked on another would-be game changer, Viiv. This chipset for Windows PCs running Microsoft’s Media Center was going to turn PCs into entertainment hub — along the way, moving the battle with viruses, software updates and computer crashes to the living room. The Intel hype machine churned into high gear, at least until the first Viiv PCs came out. As The Washington Post reported, the typical Viiv box offered little more than a “smattering of free Web video clips and discounts on online music, movie and game rentals — plus a nifty rainbow-hued Viiv sticker on the front of the computer.” By 2008, Viiv was dead.In 2001, Intel was pondering slower-than-expected demand for its Pentium 4 chips and a modest 10% growth in its core microprocessor business. So the company decided to jump into the market for digital music players with a $300 gadget to take on the leading models from Sony, Philips and the Rio division of Sonicblue. Unexpectedly, though, Apple released the iPod later that year and wiped out all its competitors. Including Intel.Despite its money and army of smart people, Intel simply doesn’t get the consumer electronics market, and likely never will. The company is very good at building the innards of PCs, including chips, memory and motherboards, but has shown little talent for doing much else.Rather than launch pay-TV services that will take the company in a direction far beyond its expertise, Intel has to get much better at picking market winners. Missing out on the smartphone and tablet craze was a huge blunder. While making up for that miss, Intel needs to watch for what’s next and move quickly. Launching a pay-TV service just makes the company seem desperate to try anything.Image courtesy of ShutterStock Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts Tags:#cable#chips#Comcast#consumer electronics#Intel#movies#pay-tv#satellite#telecommunications#Time Warner#TV shows 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now antone gonsalves read more