How great companies fuel innovation through diversity

first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The Power of DiversityI’m a passionate believer in diverse teams. Throughout my life and career, I have seen the benefits from multiple perspectives examining a problem together. If everyone thinks exactly the same way, with the same background, you end up with a narrow solution. A lack of diversity increases the likelihood of strategic blind spots.“If we cannot now end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.” –J.F.K.That’s why I read with great interest David Livermore’s new book, Driven by Difference: How Great Companies Fuel Innovation Through Diversity. David Livermore has written ten books on global leadership and cultural intelligence. He is president of the Cultural Intelligence Center and a visiting scholar at Nanyang Business School in Singapore. continue reading »last_img read more

Fantastic opportunity for first homebuyers in prime location

first_img5 Bishop St, Belgian Gardens“It’s a great buy in a great and very popular location,” he said.“The area also has a low crime rate, or so we’ve been told by a police officer who came through to inspect it. “Notable features of the home also include a spacious grassy wraparound yard with established gardens, a stylish kitchen equipped with stainless steel electric stove, louvre and casement windows that enhance natural light and air flow, off street parking in carport with undercover access to home, large storage shed and more. 5 Bishop St, Belgian GardensIF location, modern-day comforts and the right price are your trifecta in buying a home, this charming cottage is sure to tick all the right boxes.Practically laid out, smartly styled and set in a sought-after location, this single-level home at 5 Bishop Street, Belgian Gardens presents a fantastic opportunity for first homebuyers and downsizes alike. Best of all, it’s convenient placed within walking distance of shops, the primary school and the beach. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 20205 Bishop St, Belgian GardensIn the same family since 1993, the property has served as both a family home and office space for John McLean Architects.With polished hardwood floors on show throughout living and dining areas, three good sized bedrooms and a spacious bathroom, this property is ready to be loved and cherished by its new owners.Listing agent Brad Matheson said while the home was small and cosy, the property did have potential for extension.last_img read more

VIDEO: IADC Award for Van Oord’s Debris Removal Platform

first_img<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Van Oord’s Debris Removal Platform, developed in-house, has won the 2018 IADC Safety Award. By changing the existing technique of manually removing debris to an automated system, the risk of personal injury is reduced.During dredging, debris can fill the trailing draghead of a trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD).When the suction pipe is brought back on board, debris that was trapped in the draghead will then fall onto the deck.To safely remove the debris, Van Oord has developed an automated debris removal system.After taking out the non-recyclables, the Debris Removal Platform – powered by a hydraulically driven bulldozer blade – pushes the debris over the side of a vessel.last_img read more

Mature Blackwood intent on batting for longer periods

first_img… credits Radford, time away from team as factors behind successBy Clifton Ross FRESH off his match-winning knock, West Indies middle-order Test batsman Jermaine Blackwood said confidence and new approach to batting are the catalysts behind his success. During a Zoom interview recently, the Jamaican who bullied his way back into the Test side, after heading the run charts this past Cricket West Indies (CWI) Regional 4-Day season, was oozing confidence following his classy 95.Blackwood had played a gruelling innings, batting for hours accumulating just 4 fours from 154 balls, during the Caribbean team’s second innings.Quickly identifying Windies batting coach Toby Radford as one of the figures behind his current run with the bat, Blackwood lauded his coach for the feedback provided during these difficult times of training.“I work with Toby, I sent him some clips with my training and he communicated back to me, so I thank him for what he has done for me,” he saidRegarding his approach to the innings which helped his side draw first blood in the away series, the Jamaican Scorpions skipper said, “To be honest it wasn’t difficult at all; it was mental for me, it wasn’t too much of a technical thing. I told myself I was going to bat and once I face a 100 or 200 balls I know that I’ll score runs,” said a poised Blackwood.After dominating the Regional batting charts this past COVID-affected season which Barbados Pride eventually won on points; the right-hander rated his return to the international side and circuit, right up there with his memorable knocks.“It’s certainly up there having not played for West Indies for about three years. coming back and performing was pretty amazing. I was a bit disappointed when I got out but I was more worried about getting the team across the line,” said and unselfish Blackwood.With the second Test set for July 16 at Old Trafford, Blackwood who scored his first Test ton in England against the home team back in 2015, said he was more fixed on batting for longer periods rather than just going on and attacking the bowling carelessly.“Looking back when I started playing I would have gone after the ball from ball one, but this year I said I was going to give myself a chance and bat as long as possible so I wasn’t really thinking much about scoring,” he ended.Windies will be looking to go 2-0 when the second Test bowls off today at the famous Old Trafford ground in Manchester.last_img read more

Vodacom’s R5.6bn African expansion

first_img29 August 2008South African cellular company Vodacom is spending US$700-million (about R5.6-billion) to acquire Gateway Telecommunications, which is Africa’s largest independent provider of interconnection via satellite and terrestrial infrastructure.The transaction amount includes an enterprise value of approximately $675-million, as well as a make-whole payment of approximately $25-million in relation to Gateway’s high-yield bond.“The acquisition of Gateway reflects Vodacom’s strategy to reposition itself as a leading pan-African provider of communications services and to diversify from its current status as primarily a mobile-centric network operator,” Vodacom Group CEO Pieter Uys said in a statement this week.“We believe that Gateway’s significant presence across Africa will allow Vodacom to tap into the huge potential for growth in business services and connectivity and will enhance our position with multinational corporations.”Gateway, which also provides an extensive range of high quality, end-to-end connectivity solutions to multinational corporations operating across Africa, employs approximately 350 employees in 17 countries throughout Africa and Europe, and recorded sales of $257-million (about R1.9-billion) for the financial year ended in December 2007.The Gateway Broadcast Services Group, which is the broadcasting business held by Gateway Telecommunications, does not form part of the transaction and will be retained by the current owners.According to the statement, the acquisition provided Vodacom with benefits such as accelerated international expansion, as well as broadening the cellular operator’s international presence in key markets throughout Africa, especially Nigeria, and creates a platform for further future expansion and growth potential.The move also positions Vodacom as a partner of choice for multinational customers and international telecommunications providers seeking African connectivity, and complements Vodacom’s business services strategy in South Africa, allowing the roll-out of existing and new products and services across the continent.In addition, the deal offered cost savings through revenue synergies as well as on satellite operations, vertical integration and procurement, as well as access to Gateway Telecommunication’s blue chip customer base.“This is an exciting milestone in Gateway’s development as a unique pan-African service provider,” said Gateway Telecommunications CEO Peter Gbedemah. “We will increase resources, efficiency, and product range and continue our relentless focus on meeting the requirements of all Africa’s mobile networks and multinational corporations.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

How Professional Persistence Works in Sales

first_imgThe call that you make to your dream client may or may not result in a conversation. Even if the outcomes is not what you want, that call still matters.The voice mail that you left isn’t likely to get you a meeting, but that voice mail is still important. The voice mail may be the first time your dream client hears your voice—and maybe the first time they recognize you have ideas worth exploring.The follow-up email to reiterate the message you left on your prospect’s voicemail may be skimmed before being deleted, but because you kept your promise and followed through on the commitment you made on your voice mail, you have now begun the process of building trust through reliably doing what you said you would do.The LinkedIn connection request, provided it isn’t followed up by a 4 paragraph pitch within 4 minutes, may get some contact’s attention and it may result in their engaging with you. But even if they don’t, they have seen you again, and they are now beginning to recognize your persistence in pursuing a conversation.The blog post you printed and scanned to send you dream client with the most important ideas highlighted provided ideas that were worth their time, and they took note that you were the one that sent it to them. Your contact now knows your name.The next phone call might be the beginning of a conversation, or it may be the one after that that results in engagement. It may take more time, and greater persistence on your part, especially as it pertains to making every interaction valuable for your prospect, regardless of the medium. But eventually, should you stay the course of professional pursuing your dream client, you will get your meeting, they will be willing to explore change, and you will create an opportunity. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_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

Newfoundland and Labrador will target revenge porn with new law

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Newfoundland and Labrador is joining a growing list of provinces targeting so-called revenge porn with new legislation aimed at those who threaten or actually share intimate images without consent.Justice Minister Andrew Parsons said Monday the goal is to deter harassment that can be devastating.“We’re not talking about something that’s just humiliating or embarrassing,” he said in an interview. “This can alter a person’s life.“We’ve seen people take their lives from this.”Parsons said the legislation, to be introduced by this fall, will allow victims to sue in civil court and give judges leeway to order the removal of internet images.“It’s going on so often now, across multiple age brackets, but obviously I have a big concern when it comes to youth.”Parsons said the Criminal Code was updated in 2015 to outlaw distribution of intimate images without consent, but civil law has lagged.The new legislation would also allow judges to award damages so that offenders would literally pay for their actions.“The threat of doing this, even the threat, is enough that it can ruin a person’s life,” Parsons said. “It’s not something I dealt with 10 years ago but seeing it now, it’s something new and it’s something we have to combat.”Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Alberta and Nova Scotia have so far taken similar action, he added.Bridget Clarke, who works with the Safe Harbour Outreach Project in St. John’s, said the impacts of unwanted image sharing are vast.“They range from emotional, social, financial, psychological — and all these damages in many ways are immeasurable … In some people, we have seen that they’ve died by suicide because of how all this unfolded.”Clarke stressed that consenting adults have the right to do as they want with their own bodies, including taking pictures.“But with everything, consent is mandatory,” she said. “The threat or the action to share intimate or nude photos of someone without their consent is ultimately about power and it’s about control.“Women feel they aren’t able to leave relationships because they have the threat of this looming.”Whether it’s called revenge porn, cyberbullying or something else, Clarke said it’s a form of sexual violence.“And we know sexual violence is prevalent in all of our communities.”Jane Bailey, a law professor at the University of Ottawa specializing in technology-assisted violence against women and girls, said the legislation is a good step — especially if it infers harm done by revenge porn and eases the burden of proof on complainants. Still, lawsuits are expensive and slow when time is of the essence, she said in an interview.“For a lot of people who are victimized by this behaviour, one of their major priorities is a quick remedy — which civil litigation doesn’t necessarily give you.”Bailey would like to see more support offered through administrative bodies that can swiftly connect victims with internet providers to remove non-consensual images.In Manitoba, for example, residents can file a report with has an eSafety Commissioner’s office that handles reports of image-based abuse.“It’s real, tangible, technical support,” Bailey said. “The sooner the content is removed from the place it’s originally posted, the better the chance you have that it’s not going to get replicated on numerous sites. Once that happens, it becomes very difficult to remove.”Follow @suebailey on Twitter.last_img read more