What is the future of the newspaper industry? Brian McGrory, editor of The Boston Globe, offered key insights and predictions at the Shorenstein Center on Tuesday. While the news business has changed dramatically in recent years, there are positive signs for the future, he said.McGrory started off by admitting that he has “absolutely no idea” what the future of newspapers will be, but he added that “anyone who tells you they know is either lying to themselves or lying to you.” In 2005–06, the newspaper industry enjoyed its most profitable era, McGrory recalled, with millions of dollars in advertising revenue pouring in.Yet in 2008–09, The New York Times’ stock fell, and by 2012, revenue was less than half of what it was six years earlier. “It is a swift moving tide that has affected this industry,” McGrory said, “so to try to predict where it will be five years from now is foolish.”However, McGrory also added that while “circulation has plummeted,” the number of online readers is promising. Even on a slow news day, he said, there are “more readers of Boston Globe journalism now than we have ever had in the history of the paper.” This means that while the “business model is definitely broken…the journalism model is not.”Listen to the audio on SoundCloud Read Full Story
PHOTO CAPTIONS:(Above) Winter Sunrise, Sierra Nevada from Lone Pine, Calif., 1944. Photograph by Ansel Adams. Collection Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona © The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust. On loan from Lynn and Page Stegner.Edward Burtynsky, (b. 1955), Tailings #30, Sudbury, Ontario, 1996. Image copyright Edward Burtynsky, courtesy Hasted Hunt Kraeutler, New York / Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto. On loan from the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum.Source: Shelburne Museum Vermont. 6.7.2010 Burtynsky (b. 1955), who is Canadian, has traveled the globe photographing quarries, oil fields, rail cuts, extraction mines, recycling plants, shipbuilding yards and ship-breaking areas.All the photographs featured in Constructed Landscapes are on loan from museums, galleries, and private collections throughout the U.S. and Canada. Several have never before been publicly exhibited, including scenes of granite quarries in Barre, Vermont, which Burtynsky photographed in the early 1990s.About Shelburne Museum: Shelburne Museum is one of the finest, most diverse and unconventional museums of art, design and Americana. Over 150,000 works are exhibited in a remarkable setting of 39 exhibition buildings, 25 of which are historic and were relocated to the museum grounds. The museum’s collection includes works by the great Impressionists Claude Monet, Edouard Manet and Edgar Degas as well as a prized collection of folk art including trade signs, weathervanes and quilts. The museum is open daily through October 24. A new exhibit at Shelburne Museum features the legendary American wilderness photography of Ansel Adams contrasted with Edward Burtynsky’s contemporary images of global industrialization. Ansel Adams and Edward Burtynsky: Constructed Landscapes includes over 60 extraordinary photographs and is the museum’s first exhibit of photography. The exhibit opens on Saturday, June 19.“Constructed Landscapes offers visitors two powerful artistic perspectives of the landscape. Ansel Adams’ iconic 20th-century work presents seemingly undisturbed nature in black and white. Edward Burtynsky’s photographs capture the industrialized world in striking color. Both are beautiful and provocative — in dramatically different ways. Both offer a timely reminder of the consequence of human impact on the planet,” Jost said.Ansel Adams (1902-1984) helped define the North American landscape for the public during his long and productive career. Born and raised in San Francisco, he is best known for his work in Yosemite National Park and California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. He was an active leader of the Sierra Club, an advocate for the cause of conservation and knew many of the great artists of his day.
1 Index based on cost of labor, energy and taxes. 2 Measures educational attainment, net migration and projected population growth. 3 Measures regulatory and tort climate, incentives, government integrity, transportation and bond ratings. 4 Reflects job, income and gross state product growth as well as unemployment and presence of big companies. 5 Reflects projected job, income and gross state product growth as well as business openings/closings and venture capital investments. 6 Index of schools, health, crime, cost of living and poverty ratesSources: Moody’s Economy.com; Pollina Corporate Real Estate; Pacific Research Institute; Tax Foundation; Sperling’s Best Places; Better Government Association; Census Bureau; SBA; FBI; Dept. of Education; Forbes. Source: Forbes. http://www.forbes.com/2010/10/13/best-states-for-business-business-beltw…(link is external) Forbes magazine released its annual report on the Best States for Business and Vermont, once again, was near the bottom. What little good news one could take from this is that the state actually rose two spots to 45th. Utah took over number one from longtime leader Virginia. Vermont was especially punished in the categories of business costs, regulation and growth prospects. The state’s best categories were labor force (16) and quality of life (15). The latter seems to be somewhat of a head scratcher, perhaps, as states like New Jersey and Pennsylvania finished well ahead of Vermont, even though the description says it measured schools, health, crime, cost of living and poverty rates and that several other national rankings put Vermont near or at the top of states with the highest quality of life.The business cost index was based on cost of labor, energy and taxes; the labor index measured educational attainment, net migration and projected population growth; the regulation index measured regulatory and tort climate, incentives, government integrity, transportation and bond ratings; the economic climate index measured job, income and gross state product growth as well as unemployment and presence of big companies; and the growth prospects category measured projected job, income and gross state product growth as well as business openings/closings and venture capital investments.While Vermont is struggling with population and business growth, and has the reputation of being highly regulated, all damning qualities in this ranking, the overall rankings show imbalance. For instance, California (39 in 2010, 38 in 2009) and Florida (26 and 18), with their dismal economies that have been a drag on the US economy as a whole, do not seem nearly low enough. Oregon (6 and 10) has one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation at 10.6 percent. This is a full point higher than the US rate and 4.6 points higher than Vermont’s rate.While it would be easy to write-off the Forbes ranking as partisan ‘ as the magazine is steeped in Republican politics and its CEO has twice run for president ‘ the list is not a knee-jerk homage to the blue-state, red-state paradigm. The top state, Utah, is perhaps the most Republican state in the nation. But all the next five states in the ranking voted for Barack Obama in the last presidential election.What seems to be the most common themes in what Forbes calls “fostering growth” amongst the states, with Western and Southern states generally fairing better, are easier regulation and cheaper energy. The top New England states are Massachusetts (16 and 34) and New Hampshire (19 and 19), which are the only two in the top half.Utah looks like a clear winner by most measures. Utah’s economy has expanded 3.5 percent annually over the past five years, faster than any other state except North Dakota. This is three-and-a-half times faster than the US as a whole. Total employment in the US has shrunk over the past five years, but in Utah it increased 1.5 percent annually, fourth-best in the nation. Its unemployment rate is 7.4 percent. Household incomes have surged 5 percent annually, which is tops in the country and twice as fast as the national average. Rank 2010, Rank 2009, State, Costs, Labor, Regulation, Climate, Growth, Quality 13Utah8561201821Virginia2432414635North Carolina31531893244Colorado3311566952Washington282511429610Oregon1843414122178Texas262117213886Georgia31713073599Nebraska623281240141015Kansas231811133027117North Dakota43725333231211Idaho1719292019201314Iowa740191739131412Maryland4989192981517Minnesota30832371341634Massachusetts501013222811716South Dakota13237546251829Missouri153972636261919New Hampshire4064732522021Delaware1213314716362132New York432923922112223Tennessee103844423432336Arizona361238157372413Montana1911401042342528Alabama2142102910462618Florida371422363392722Wyoming22449848312831Nevada1327332417472930Indiana1043164832193033Pennsylvania343421164373143Kentucky845264015333226Arkansas1444242521443320Oklahoma164120750413425South Carolina262884326453527New Mexico223235312493635Connecticut451739233533724Illinois3930183438243837Ohio3247124637123938California4425432811224045New Jersey462041333354146West Virginia548463823404242Alaska2931422727424348Wisconsin3536363447104444Louisiana2550274118504547Vermont4216453945154639Hawaii4721442141284749Michigan3846144249304840Mississippi2049304931484950Rhode Island4134505023175041Maine472648454416
8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » When I was fresh out of college, I worked in the IT department as a help desk representative for an insurance company in upstate New York where I grew up. I was the person you called if you had a computer problem, forgot your password or couldn’t get your macros to work in Word Perfect.One day my boss told me he was going to hire another representative to help me and that this person would report to me. I didn’t really know much about leadership or managing, but from the outside, it looked pretty cool. Better pay, better title, a nice office and more authority. It seemed straightforward, a nice reward for doing good work. It seemed like when you became a manager, you’d finally made it.Four weeks later, I started managing for the first time. I had no idea what I was doing. I quickly figured out that management wasn’t so straightforward after all, and frankly, not as fun as I had imagined.As leaders, we need to give people a peek behind the curtain of what leadership really is before they become leaders. Perhaps then we will begin to fill leadership positions with people who want the job for the right reasons—to serve others and make an impact.
Setting, tracking and measuring goals with your employees will have significant impact on your sales team and broader organization. According to a recent study, setting goals and creating a more engaged team can result in as much 59% less turnover, 21% greater profitability, 17% higher productivity and 10% higher customer ratings than disengaged teams. Goals create an environment of productivity by clearly identifying what your employees need to achieve over time. As employees become more productive, their sense of purpose and self-confidence is likely to increase, which can result in happier, more engaged employees. Track & Measure Goal Progress to Improve Performance “You can’t manage what you don’t measure, and you can’t improve what you don’t manage.”The ability to track and measure the progress of employees’ goals is quintessential to the success of your organization – If an employee’s goal isn’t benchmarked and tracked, how can you/they know if it has in fact been achieved or not? And if you don’t know if an employee’s goal was achieved or not, how can you resolve unmet goals or create new goals that continue to challenge and motivate your employees?Properly set and managed goals can result in more methodical actions and decisions, sustained focus and momentum, and increased productivity across your team. Moreover, offering a solution for employees to record and track their goals can lead to 33% higher goal achievement.Using performance tracking software is one of the most effective ways to record, track and measure sales goals. These tools offer the ability to establish objective, quantifiable benchmarks, so that goal progress can be easily viewed and analyzed at any given time.Related Content: Accelerated Performance for Financial IntuitionsThe best goal tracking tools also offer the following features:Options to view and compare progress at the organizational, branch, and individual employee level Convenient access to real-time data at all levels of your organizationVarious types of sales and performance data, such as referrals, product penetration and individual salesThe ability for managers and sales staff to view their goals and results When leveraged properly, goal tracking data can help you uncover your team members’ strengths and weaknesses These data insights will allow you to provide timely coaching to capitalize on each individual’s areas of strength and improve upon areas of weakness so every member of your team is maximizing their full performance potential. Establish Impactful Goals with EmployeesIt’s important to know what you should (and shouldn’t) do to support your employees in developing goals they feel good about, while at the same time feeding into the overall successes of your team and organization. 1. Offer the right amount of support in setting and sustaining goals Sales leaders should provide guidance and leadership when working with employees to set and accomplish their goals. However, there is a delicate balance between supporting your employees and micromanaging them. What you don’t want to do as a leader is set goals on behalf of your employees without considering their strengths, desires, and aspirations. Making this mistake is likely to lead to less goal achievement – either because the goals are too challenging and unrealistic, or because the employee has no connection to the goal and is thus not motivated to achieve it.You also don’t want to take an entirely hands-off approach to individual goal setting, as this can lead to a lack of accountability and purpose.Related Content: Grow Your Sales by 18% with these Coaching Strategies 2. Establish goals that are challenging, but achievableConsider your employees’ strengths and weaknesses when helping them establish goals that are challenging, but at the same time, realistic. The more you understand your employees’ skillsets and performance styles, the better you can aid them in setting goals. Establishing goals that resonate with your employees will provide them with a sense of value and ownership that is likely to manifest as a drive to achieve the goals. 3. Support goal commitment, drive, and accountability There are many ways you can help motivate your employees to work towards their goals. These coaching strategies include the following:Advise employees to write down goals to make daily application – and therefore goal achievement – more likely.Use action-oriented language, correct wording, and other effective communication tactics when working with employees on their goals to prevent miscommunication and boost goal progress.Establish and communicate the personal value of each goal to keep employees motivated.Identify the larger organizational, community and customer impact of an employee’s goals to keep them engaged. Create opportunities for employees to establish goals that speak to their interests to inspire more engagement and goal achievement.By helping employees to understand their goals and encouraging them to believe in their attainability, you can foster an environment of support that is sure to motivate your team to success. 4. Ensure goals can be quantified and measuredWhen co-creating goals with your employees, it is also important to agree on clearly defined benchmarks, so the progress and success of each goal is quantifiable, aka easier to track. Setting “SMART” goals is one of the best ways to ensure that everyone is on the same page when it comes to setting, tracking, and measuring each goal. The five characteristics of a SMART goal are as follows:SpecificMeasurableAttainable Realistic [Having a] TimelineBy clarifying and quantifying goal outcomes, SMART goals can help motivate employees to meet their goals within the identified time period, thereby inspiring a stronger environment of success for individual team members and the sales team as a whole. 5. Help re-evaluate & rework unfulfilled goals It is hard to get a goal perfectly right on the first try, so it is reasonable to say you will need to help many employees rework their goals. When that time comes, put your coaching hat on so you can unearth the root cause of the issue and help your employees land on a more suitable goal. There are two main reasons an employee could be struggling to meet their goals: either they are unmotivated to reach it, or the goal is overly ambitious/unrealistic. If an employee is struggling with a goal, it is important to find out why, so you can appropriately coach them on reworking set goals – i.e. presenting new ways to meet the goal, checking in more frequently on progress, or changing the goal to better fit the employee’s strengths and interests.Stay involved with your employees’ goals to sustain shared accountability. Schedule regular sessions with your employees to check-in on goal progress and offer advice on goals they are struggling with. Though it may take some time and resources on the front end, the benefits of goal-setting will quickly make-up for the initial investment. Allied Solutions’ recognizes the need to have an easy, reliable tool for setting, tracking and analyzing sales goals. That is why we created performance tracking software for financial institutions. Contact [email protected] to learn more about accelerating your team’s performance with our sales coaching and development solutions. 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Julie ann Wessinger Julie ann Wessinger has spent the majority of her career helping organizations develop and enhance their internal sales and service culture. In her role with Allied Solutions, she works with … Web: www.alliedsolutions.net Details
Set up cross-functional response teams with the lead being at the CEO level: Meet on a regular basis to monitor the internal and external environment. CEO/Board should also be communicating on a regular basis via conference calls and online to keep abreast of progress and changing circumstances. CEOs should keep open/ongoing communications with staff, members, and community with updates on how the credit union is responding to the situation. Send out regular video messages from leadership via social media to reassure members and the community that the credit union’s assets are safe during this crucial time. Stay close to members: Be a hero institution to your members by communicating all aspects of the response to the pandemic in terms of what the credit union will be doing to support/ensure services and help members with their potential sudden new financial needs. Create prevention interventions across all member journeys and member team training. Monitor all staff executions/communications. Close branch lobbies to avoid member contact for safety but maintain uninterrupted service for members. Keep drive-thrus and call-centers open with extended hours. Allow members to schedule a one on one meeting if needed. Encourage distance by making digital banking available online and via mobile apps 24/7. Update your credit union’s website for locations and hours and offer resources about virus prevention activities. Respond to member questions on all platforms. Utilize all social media to stay connected with members and the community (Facebook/LinkedIn/Twitter). Offer a toll-free 800 member care number. Reassure members that their money is safe and remind them to beware of scams. Offer members money management tips to cope with the crisis. 75SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Vardallas John A. Vardallas CAE, CUDE is Founder/CEO of The AmericanBoomeR Group, a Madison, Wisconsin based speaking/consulting firm. He is also Senior Faculty Advisor/Project Evaluator for SCMS and … Web: www.theamericanboomer.com Details Test and monitor your credit union’s enterprise risk and business continuity plans: Define activation protocols and response scenarios that are relevant to the credit union. Identify variables that affect operational risk, revenue/cost, model cash flows, balance sheets and liquidity triggers. Stabilize the Supply Chain by increasing support of vendor business partners and mitigating any impact. Demonstrate mission/purpose: Use our “people helping people” philosophy messaging of caring for members and the community, which differentiates us – why we do versus what we do for members. Offer emergency personal loans with low/no interest, skip-payment programs, no fee cards, e-docs for mobile devices, and remote transactions. Offer by appointment for members to conduct business transactions at branch drive-ups (apply for loans/open accounts/mortgages/check safety deposit boxes). Offer online financial educational tools and webinars. Practice being a socially responsible institution by contributing to and supporting local organizations like the United Way and food banks that are helping people in need cope with the COVID-19 outbreak.Finally the credit union should be visible in supporting pandemic efforts nationally and locally. The key now will be for your credit union to be seen as a shining light – a safe harbor community financial institution that values and truly cares about members’ financial needs and well-being during the crisis. The Coronavirus or COVID 19 is a human tragedy affecting the world’s population and the global economy. Businesses across the world are responding in several ways to cope with this Pandemic. Our credit unions in the USA and across the planet are no different. We should use this opportunity to be heroic to our members and communities, given the severity of this virus on all of us.I offer these few observations and suggestions as we head into uncharted territory in responding to this unprecedented situation.Protect Employees: Follow CDC guidelines for health and safety in and away from the credit union. Employee safety is paramount. Communicate to employees with specifics and support their needs. Keep the credit union clean and support hygiene by providing hand sanitizer and sanitary wipes at workstations and counters in the credit union. Discourage non-essential travel and cancel large gathering meetings. Practice social distancing and allow staff to work remote from home locations.
Emirates and partner airline flydubai have announced that flydubai will take over flights between Dubai and Zagreb from December 2, 2018 to March 30, 2019, after which flights will be taken over again by Emirates.This will make the best possible use of the existing capacity in order to meet the demand for flights on the mentioned route during the winter months by increasing the frequencies. The move further illustrates the many benefits of a strategic partnership between the two Dubai-based airlines.During this period, FZ 1793 will depart from Dubai at 10.00 am and land in Zagreb at 13.15 local time. The return flight FZ 1794 will depart from Zagreb at 14.30 pm and land in Dubai at 23.00 pm local time.Flydubai will fly on this route with a new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft that offers passengers an advanced travel experience, including business-class horizontal seats, modern economy-class seats, an in-flight entertainment system on HD screens and Boeing’s innovative Sky Interior system inside the aircraft.Emirates and flydubai will continue to offer passengers a travel experience in line with the values of both brands, so flydubai flights to Zagreb will run and arrive at Terminal 3 at Dubai International Airport (DBX), providing seamless connectivity with other flights at the modern Emirates Hub in Dubai. Namely, both airlines offer passengers numerous travel opportunities as part of their complementary network of destinations, which currently, thanks to the codeshare agreement, has 90 destinations, with several new ones that will be available soon. The Codeshare partnership started with flights to 29 destinations and expanded very quickly to meet the demand of passengers who saw all the benefits of cooperation, such as increasing frequencies, expanded availability of flights with only one ticket within the world network, compliance with loyalty programs, baggage check-in. destinations, unhindered transfers during transit in Dubai and others.Passengers will receive free meals and the permitted amount of checked baggage on all flights booked as part of the codeshare, as is the case on Emirates flights, both in economy and business class. So far, more than 794.000 passengers have taken full advantage of the partnership between Emirates and flydubai that began on October 29, 2017.
It’s the ultimate family haven.When crafting the house, light was carefully considered. The living areas are light filled from sunrise to sunset, the pool enjoys the rays all day long and the outdoor entertainment zones are protected from the weather for year-round use. It’s the natural light that makes the living area Ms Poole’s favourite spot. “What I really love about it is that from every angle in the living area, the sun can penetrate through all the windows,” she said, “The way it has been designed, it opens up to the north and we enjoy light throughout the day. Plus, the pool area enjoys the sun all day but the house is also protected from the weather.” The four-bedroom house exudes style at every turn. It is set to head under the hammer on August 24.Owner Donna Poole, who has lived at the property with her family for a decade, said it was completely rebuilt in 2013. “The reason we bought the house was we wanted to be in a quiet cul-de-sac position on the Isle of Capri,” she said. “It has been a great family home with great entertaining and great indoor outdoor living. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa10 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“The indoors spill seamlessly to the outdoor area with big stack-back doors.“We have got a separate wing for the children and a separate wing for the adults, which is always nice.” It was custom designed by Jared Poole. A luxury house with a bold and beautiful design has hit the market at 104 Gibraltar Drive, Isle of Capri.IT’S a contemporary entertainer that exudes sleek style and luxury fixtures. From its impressive kerbside appeal through to the waterfront deck and every nook and cranny in-between, the Isle of Capri house is stunning and stylish. Created by Jared Poole, of self-titled design company, the modern abode at 104 Gibraltar Drive is characterised by high ceilings, chic fittings and an effortless flow between the indoor living zones and outdoor areas. It was also designed to be the ultimate family haven, where kids can feel right at home and parents can enjoy some privacy. MORE NEWS: Millionaire selling ‘rarely utilised’ beachfront padMORE NEWS: Low interest rate tipped to stay The best of waterfront living is on offer.The kitchen, where top-of-the-range appliances are all integrated and a luxurious island doubles as a breakfast bar, was another standout feature for the family, as well as the “sunset deck” that takes in views of the Surfers Paradise skyline. Ms Poole said the waterfront lifestyle could be thoroughly enjoyed thanks to the property’s boat ramp, shed and winch. “Not all houses on the water have a boatshed and they are hard to get approval for now so we retained it and refurbished it,” she said. The family are selling to move locally. The four-bedroom house is set to head under the hammer on August 24 through Ray White Broadbeach duo Sam Guo and Julia Kuo. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:34Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:34 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy The Block has been such a success00:35
Norway-based shipowner Golden Energy Offshore Services (GEOS) has been awarded a contract extension for the platform supply vessel Energy Scout with Total in Nigeria.Total previously awarded several extensions for the platform supply vessel (PSV) Energy Scout. The last extension came in late December 2017.GEOS said on Friday that the Energy Scout contract was further extended in direct continuation to the present firm contract and vessel would stay with Total until July 1, 2018, plus optional periods of three months each after that.Golden Energy did not specify how many of these optional periods are included in the contract.The vessel has been working for Total in Africa for quite some time now, with the last four charters coming from Total E&P Nigeria, Total E&P Angola, and Total E&P Congo for general supply duties.Energy Scout is of a UT 755-L design and is a mechanically driven supply ship built by Brevik Construction and delivered in 2005. The vessel is designed for field supply & ROV duties, equipped with four thrusters and DP 2 class dynamic positioning system and is meant for all kind of offshore services.Earlier this week, GEOS secured a contract extension for the Energy Swan platform supply vessels (PSVs) with Wintershall Norge.Offshore Energy Today Staff