NextGen Know-How: Why great leaders invest in themselves

first_imgI just returned from five days at the National Speakers Association conference in Denver, Colorado, where I had the opportunity to learn from the best speakers in the world about how they grow their businesses and stay relevant. These sessions were invaluable—hearing what worked, what didn’t and the different approaches speakers take in working with clients and making an impact. I took copious notes, which sparked many ideas I hadn’t thought of before.This conference is one of several professional development sessions I attend each year to develop myself as a professional and business owner. In fact, every year I increase the amount of money I allocate for professional development. I have seen a direct connection between my personal and business growth and the amount I invest in myself.Most of us didn’t receive any management training before—or even after—we were promoted to a leadership role. Most professional jobs—a chef, a pilot, a lawyer, a doctor or even your local barista—require some kind of training or certification. Leadership is the exception, but this is a disservice to the individual, their employees and the organization overall. We need to invest in our managers and executives to teach them modern leadership skills that bring out the best in employees and build exceptional organizational cultures. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

‘High-value’ drug suspect falls

first_imgJopson was nabbed after she soldsuspected illegal drugs to an undercover officer for P300 around 9:30 p.m. onDec. 25, the report added. The suspect was detained in the lockupcell of Police Station 7, facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, orthe Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PN Antidrug operatives inspect the suspected shabu seized from “high-value” suspect Shery Mae Jopson during an entrapment operation in Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City on Dec. 25. POLICE STATION 7/BCPO Bacolod City – A “high-value” drug suspect was arrested in a buy-bustoperation in Barangay Mansilingan.center_img PHOTO BY POLICE STATION 7/BCPO Suspected shabu weighing about twograms valued around P20,000 was seized from 24-year-old resident Shery MaeJopson, a police report showed.last_img read more

Thursday notes at 2011 West Kootenay B.C. Seniors Games

first_imgThe venues have been chosen, the athletes have checked in and now the 2011 version of the B.C. Seniors Games is well underway with more than 3000 competitors kicking, throwing, hitting, discarding and acting their way to what is hoped to be a successful competition.However, before the torch is extinguished in Castlegar Saturday afternoon a group of volunteers will be hunkered down at Hume School in Nelson tabulating results to determine the winners of the 2011 West Kootenay B.C. Seniors Games.Thursday was a crazy day at Hume Elementary as results trickled in instead of flowing into the computers.It appears many of the sites in Trail are not wireless friendly, forcing organizers to use human runners to get results to a terminal in the downtown able to transmit to results central in Nelson.No worries for friend, family and athletes.A later start to Friday’s action allows the organizing committee to get into the computer lab in the morning to bring the site up to speed.* Age is definitely not a hindrance to some athletes.For example, take a look at 90-year-old Dennis Scorah of Kelowna. There was the Okanagan cyclist, front and center (see gallery below) in the start gates during Thursday’s time trial in the cycling event of the B.C. Seniors Games.* Haley Park in Warfield has been the site of the busiest sport in the games  — track and field.The day starts at 8:30 a.m. and runs until 4:30 p.m. until Saturday when the sport concludes at 12:30 p.m.* Friday is another full day of sport activities in the three host cities — Castlegar, Trail and Nelson.In Castlegar there are horseshoes, badminton, carpet bowling, equestrian, floor curling, golf, slopitch, soccer, tennis and whist.Nelson events are bridge at Hume Elementary, cribbage at Central (DESK) Elementary, cycling, dragon boat racing at Lakeside Park, ice hockey at the NDCC Arena, one-act plays at Capitol Theatre and table tennis at L.V. Rogers.Trail has track and field at Haley Park in Warfield, archery, bocce, darts, five-pin bowling, golf, curling, and ice hockey at the Memorial Centre, pickle ball, swimming and tennis.* Closing ceremonies go Saturday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at the Castlegar Sports [email protected]last_img read more

4chan Founder: Anonymity is Authenticity

first_imgRelated Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting As the creator of one of the Internet’s most base, vile and creative websites, 4chan founder Chris Poole knows a little bit about the effects of user identity on user behavior. 4chan, a completely anonymous, real-time message forum, is the birthplace of many an Internet meme and user identity, or the lack thereof, can play a big part in this. Poole spoke about the collaborative, creative process today in his keynote address at SXSW in Austin, Texas, spending some time on the topic of identity and authenticity. In this horserace, Poole unsurprisingly comes out on the side of anonymity.The topic of authenticity has been in the news as of late, with the introduction of Facebook-powered comments on the Web and on sites like TechCrunch. The issue at hand is whether or not forcing users to connect their comments with their real identity will stifle expression. Will users be as honest, as authentic, if they have to connect their real name to what they say? Some, such as blogger Robert Scoble, argue that linking comments to Facebook identity increases authenticity, not only by adding context to what people say, but also that people cannot anonymously pose as other people. Poole, at least when speaking of authenticity in terms of creativity, appears to take quite the opposite position.“Anonymity is authenticity,” said Poole. “It allows you to share in an unvarnished, unfiltered, raw and real way. We believe in content over creator.” Of course, when we speak of 4chan, we’re talking about a collection of memes and creations that few bloggers or publishers would want to grace their comments section.  Poole argued that identity can stifle content creators (whether commenters or otherwise) because of what’s at stake.“The cost of failure is really high when you’re contributing as yourself,” said Poole. “To fail in an environment where you’re contributing with your real name is costly.”On this point, Scoble had a very different opinion when he wrote last week. “REAL change comes from people putting their necks on the line. I couldn’t remember a time when an anonymous person really enacted change in, well, anything. It’s why I sign my name to everything, even stuff that could get me fired,” wrote Scoble.What do you think – do you want Poole’s version of authenticity? Will anonymity always lead to the variety of creativity we see on 4chan? Or is anonymity a necessary party of true honesty and authenticity? mike melansoncenter_img Tags:#conferences#Identity#SXSW 2011#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Reyes: Gilas prepared to play without Blatche

first_imgLATEST STORIES “We have an understanding in this team and you can ask any player here, that while it’s good to have a naturalized player, we have to prepare as if we don’t have a naturalized player,” Reyes told reporters Saturday during Gilas’ sendoff at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Pasig.“So if we have to go to the games against Japan and Taiwan all-Filipino with just the gentlemen here in this room then, so be it and we are prepared to do so.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGilas head coach Chot Reyes. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/ Smart SportsBlatche has yet to rejoin Gilas since leading the team in the 2017 Seaba Championship last May.“He was originally scheduled to arrive on the 12th or 13th, but at the last minute, his Chinese ball club didn’t allow and asked him to play their last two games last Wednesday and last night,” said Reyes. “So he’s just going to come over here late tonight.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Two Filipino bets complete ONE: Immortal Pursuit in Singapore Despite having limited time of preparation, Gilas Pilipinas is even prepared for the worst heading into its Fiba World Cup qualifying duels against Japan and Chinese Taipei beginning Nov. 24.National team head coach Chot Reyes said the Philippines will be ready to play even in the possibility of naturalized player Andray Blatche not being able to suit up.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Reyes: Gilas prepared to play without Blatche2.6K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion But until Blatche, who signed a reported three-year $7.5 million deal with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers in the Chinese Basketball Association in 2015, actually shows up, Reyes isn’t leaving anything to chance.“So that’s why we scheduled two practices tomorrow (Sunday) to get him up to speed right away. so hopefully, like I said, that’s one of the main reasons why we’re not releasing the final lineup, unless Andray is actually here then we cannot make any final pronouncements.” View commentslast_img read more

17 days agoPablo Machin delighted taking charge of Espanyol

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Pablo Machin delighted taking charge of Espanyolby Carlos Volcano17 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePablo Machin is delighted taking charge of Espanyol.The former Girona coach succeeds David Gallego, who was sacked yesterday.Machin said at his presentation: “Thank you for the confidence shown and for the love that I am already feeling in these hours and I will surely be reciprocal with the fans. “I come to a historic club, at a time that is what it is. I have a great hope, but also a responsibility to leave it in the place it deserves.”It is an exciting year, we are in three competitions, although never leaving aside LaLiga.”What I can promise is maximum involvement, I will require the technical staff and the environment to do the same. I know for success we need that.” last_img read more

7 days agoLiverpool, Chelsea eyeing Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook

first_imgLiverpool, Chelsea eyeing Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cookby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool and Chelsea are eyeing Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook.The 22-year-old returned to action last month having been sidelined since December with knee-ligament damage.The Daily Mail says Liverpool and Chelsea have identified the former Leeds star as a target, should he prove his form and fitness this season.They’re both said to be in the market for the best of emerging English talent and Cook’s high energy style in the middle of the park is thought to be the attraction.He has even been likened to Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson given his running, passing ability and leadership qualities. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Tiny coffeeshops help owners save on rent in highcost Toronto Vancouver

first_imgFollow @AleksSagan on Twitter.Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press VANCOUVER — Customers who don’t work in the building that houses Kento Kitayama’s tiny cafe near Vancouver’s Gastown neighbourhood better be prepared to settle for takeout. He can only take orders through a little window facing the sidewalk. Iktsuarpok Coffee Stand, which opened late last month, has no seating and sparse furnishings. Kitayama could likely stand in the middle of the roughly 17-square-metre shop and reach out to touch the sink, refrigerator and shelving unit, counter, and espresso machine that mark the shop’s boundaries without moving.The cafe reminds the co-owner of how tobacco shops sold goods in his native Japan, but also suits his budgetary constraints. Kitayama and other business owners challenged by high rents in Canada’s two most expensive housing markets are turning to creative solutions in tiny spaces to open cafes that otherwise might not be profitable.For a typical 85-square-metre cafe space in the city, Kitayama said he’d likely pay about $3,000 monthly. That’s unaffordable for his new business.Robust data on average food retail lease prices in Canada doesn’t exist, but some figures help shape a sense of the market.Last October, Toronto’s average commercial lease rate per square foot was $21.31, according to the Toronto Real Estate Board — down 1.1 per cent from the same month in 2017. But that includes all retailers, and the data is part of only 40 total lease transactions that month where the price was disclosed.Three of the four most expensive main streets in Canada are in Toronto and Vancouver, according to an annual report from Cushman & Wakefield. The company tracks nearly 450 of the top retail streets in 65 countries. In June 2018, rents on Toronto’s Bloor Street were $300 per square foot and $100 on Queen Street West. On Vancouver’s Robson Street rents averaged $183.High and rising rents have caused several restaurants in both cities to shutter their doors in recent years.Wild Rice Market Bistro in New Westminster, B.C., served its last patrons on New Year’s Eve.“We are all familiar with our high cost of living which is reflected in higher rents, increasing food costs and the difficulty in recruiting and retaining staff,” proprietor Andrew Wong wrote in a note to customers, adding the restaurant “is no longer viable in our current economic climate.”Lease prices also pose a big barrier to entry for new hopefuls like Kitayama, who have turn to smaller-scale operations in an effort to trim start-up costs.Iktsuarpok Coffee Stand may be the newest diminutive shop, but it’s not the smallest in the country.Joshua Campos believes his less than two-square-metre shop (roughly the area of a twin mattress) may be the smallest in the world. He’s applied for the Guinness world record, but has yet to hear back.The Coffee Lab, which opened about seven months ago, operates out of a window in a small nook of a Toronto building. Floor-to-ceiling glass lets curious passers-by or customers see one staff member prepare drinks inside.Campos, who previously operated a cafe out of a bookstore until the landlord sold the building, noticed a “for lease” sign in the window of what is now his new cafe.The landlord first rejected Campos’s idea, saying the lease sign was for an office space in a different part of the building. But Campos persisted and eventually the landlord caved.“The idea is just to keep the overhead super low,” he said.It came with a few logistical challenges. He had to find smaller espresso machines to fit the space, while maintaining drink quality. Only one staff member can work at a time, and the cold winter slowed business as customers balked at the idea of waiting outside for their caffeine fix.Campos has applied for a patio license and plans to build a roughly five to nine square-metre heated enclosure.Another Toronto coffeeshop, The Nugget, is housed inside a former garage nestled between two buildings.Co-owner Jake Holton rented the attached building to open another location of his pizza chain, Village Pizza, and asked the landlord if they cared if he converted the garage into another eatery.The roughly 15-square-metre cafe opened July 2017, in part to help offset rent for the pizzeria, said Holton.For such a small space, though, the monthly fee is low. Holton operates another coffeeshop, Hub Coffee, that’s considerably bigger with about 25 seats. The Nugget, aptly named for its size, pays about one-sixth in rent in comparison.“It’s not even close,” he said.While cheaper rent may be part of the business plan, these spaces can be a hit with customers because of their unique forms.In the social-media age where Instagrammers hunt for the perfect shot of outrageous food or compelling backdrops, a pint-sized coffeeshop can generate buzz and draw a crowd.“People love it,” said Holton, adding several people stop by daily and coo over the Lilliputian cafe.“People seem to love the novelty of just having like a little walk-up counter.”last_img read more

Significant Digits For Friday April 10 2015

You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the telling numbers tucked inside the news. To receive this as an email newsletter, please subscribe. Seriously, clicking on things in order to read them? Yawn. Subscribe.7 playersSeven University of Kentucky players declared themselves eligible for the 2015 NBA draft. [Cincinnati.com] 20,000That’s a very nice, clean, round number, right? The Nikkei, Japan’s stock exchange, briefly broke this nice, clean, round number on Thursday, but promptly dipped below the nice, clean, round number. This type of financial news happens whenever a financial thing becomes a multiple of a power of ten. [Bloomberg Business]$76,000For the first time in a long time, former Rep. Aaron Schock will have to pick up a check. Marshall County, Illinois, is charging the disgraced former congressman — who resigned after allegations he pocketed reimbursements for mileage he didn’t drive — for the costs of the special election to replace him. [Peoria Journal Star]$25 millionAT&T call center employees sold customer information to outside parties on at least 3 occasions — leaking the information of as many as 279,000 customers. The telecom giant will now pay a $25 million fine. [The Washington Post]$91,541,053Hedge fund zillionaire Bill Ackman flipped a 13,500-square-foot penthouse apartment at One57, an enviable Manhattan address, for $91.5 million, the city’s second-highest condo sale ever. In related news, a local lifestyle reporter had an hour-and-a-half commute home to Jersey City’s Heights district due to Lincoln Tunnel traffic, and local reports indicate that yeah, screw it, Hot Pockets don’t really go bad, right? [6sqft]If you haven’t already, you really need to sign up for the Significant Digits newsletter — be the first to learn about the numbers behind the news.And, as always, if you see a significant digit in the wild, tweet it to me @WaltHickey. Also, subscribe. 20 minutesNew York City mayor Bill De Blasio took the subway to work, riding an R train for 20 minutes to promote a push for transit money. The mayor was joined by Sen. Chuck Schumer, who presumably was just tagging along since he technically works in Washington, D.C., a quaint Amtrak stopover and tourist attraction located somewhere south of Philadelphia. [The New York Times via Gothamist]92.1 percentPercentage of software developers who are men, according to Stack Overflow’s 2015 developer’s survey. [Fusion]$429Cost of a roundtrip flight to Cuba from Orlando International, flying Island Travel & Tours, which will offer service starting in July. [Orlando Sentinel] 500 pot shopsTwo years ago, residents of Los Angeles voted to cap the number of stores allowed to sell cannabis at 130. Clearly the free market was not alerted of this limitation: The city announced on Thursday it had closed 500 medical marijuana dispensaries. [Reuters]1,000-foot water slideDetroit is getting a temporary water slide, which I guess is what passes for an infrastructure improvement these days. A single ride goes for $15, unlimited pass for $50. [Curbed] read more