Book Review: Small Giants

first_imgSmall Giants was written by Bo Burlingham, who also co-authored The Great Game of Business and A Stake in the Game with Jack Stack. His point is that, while it’s easy to feel beleaguered as a small-business owner — competing against bigger companies with deeper capital reserves and expert boards of directors and investors — the business is better able to follow the leader’s intuition and to harvest information more quickly and act on it with less need for justification.Being small is actually an unfair advantage if we learn how to take advantage of it.When the financial downturn first hit last May, my bank canceled my company’s line of credit (curse them!), but it’s turned out to be a blessing. We tightened our belts, and as things have gotten steadily worse, we’ve been in a position to take advantage of the great employees applying for jobs and have actually grown the business. Small Giants speaks to this issue: The big companies were not able to respond quickly enough to adverse conditions; they could see the writing on the wall but couldn’t move fast enough to gather real-time information and use it to respond with appropriate changes.I never use highlighter when I read a book, but my hardcover edition of Small Giants is lit up throughout with yellow. It’s well written, encouraging, and optimistic, and left me feeling great about being a small-business owner.After more than 30 years in this industry, with the last 20 as captain of my own ship, I often joke that I’m just about unemployable and that I only do it to subsidize my tool addiction. The reality is that I love being in business with a great crew of employees, responding to both rough seas and calm, building beautiful homes for appreciative clients. But it’s been a journey getting to this point, and thought-provoking books like this have helped chart the course.last_img read more

Are You Practicing Excellence?

first_imgAre you approaching your work with excellence as your primary goal and outcome? If you are what you repeatedly do, as Aristotle famously said, are you practicing the habit of excellence?It’s easy to be mediocre. If you look at a bell curve, you’ve got very poor performance on one side of the curve and excellent performance on the other. Mediocrity takes up the massive bulk in the middle. It’s easy to be mediocre. It’s easy to be neither good nor bad.What is more difficult is being excellent. Being excellent takes more effort. It takes more energy. You have to try a lot harder. To be mediocre you just have to do the work. To be excellent you have to do the work with an unmistakable passion and energy. You also have to do the work with the desired outcome being excellence.What About You?You could be excellent when you’re making your prospecting calls by focusing on creating value for your dream clients—even when you’re asking them for the first commitment (their time and attention). It’s a lot harder to be excellent at prospecting and winning appointments than it is to be mediocre and face certain rejection.You could be excellent during your sales calls and interactions, giving your entire focus to your dream client and being deeply engaged. But because you’ve made a lot of sales calls before it’s easy to be mediocre.You could deliver what your client expects of you, and that might even be enough. But you could also invest the energy and passion to deliver something better than what’s expected. You could deliver excellence.Mediocrity gets lost. No one talks about mediocrity. They talk about excellence.Excellence provides meaning. It’s built on passion, and it generates even more passion from both you and your clients. Excellence defines. It differentiates. If you are going to do the work there is no reason not to go all the way and practice excellence.QuestionsHow different would your results be if you focused on excellence instead of simply doing the work?What would your dream client say to other people about you if you delivered standout, excellent performance that defined the rest of your category as mediocre?How do you deliver excellence when you are prospecting? What would you change?How do you deliver excellence during sales interactions? What would have to change?How could you change what you do to produce results that define you as excellent?last_img read more

Bruce Springsteen And Chris Martin Join U2 For World AIDS Day

first_imgAs the world reaches a tipping point in the AIDS fight, (RED) and its iconic partners Apple, Bank of America, The Coca-Cola Company and Starbucks marked World AIDS Day 2014 by rallying millions of people around the AIDS fight, and raising money for The Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria.The Edge and Chris MartinCredit/Copyright: Kevin Mazur via PR NewswireAIDS has killed nearly 39 million people since it was first discovered, but new statistics show we are finally at the “tipping point” of the disease, with more people getting access to life-saving treatment than those who are newly contracting the disease. This progress has been called “the beginning of the end of AIDS” and it is critical that we continue the momentum so we can finally end the AIDS pandemic.From a surprise World AIDS Day performance in Times Square to thank America for its leadership in the AIDS fight, to innovative social media campaigns, (RED) partners went all out to drive money to and public attention on the fight against AIDS. Key highlights of these efforts include:Times Square Goes (RED) with a Surprise World AIDS Day ConcertMore than 15,000 people packed New York’s Times Square for a surprise World AIDS Day event – A (RED) Thank You Presented By (BANK OF AMERICA)RED – held to thank Americans for their leadership in the fight against AIDS. To date, 13 million people are receiving life-saving AIDS medicine in the developing world thanks in large part to US leadership and funding. The concert included performances by Kanye West and Carrie Underwood, as well as by Adam Clayton, The Edge and Larry Mullen Jr. of U2, joined by Bruce Springsteen and Coldplay’s Chris Martin. Springsteen and Martin each took a turn as frontman for U2 at the invitation of the entire band, as Bono remains under doctors’ orders to refrain from performing until fully recuperated from his injuries. All of the artists performing graciously donated their time and talents to save the World AIDS Day event from cancellation, following Bono’s bike accident.In addition to presenting the Times Square event, as part of a $10 million commitment announced earlier this year, Bank of America will donate more than $3 million to the Global Fund as a result of World AIDS Day activities. These efforts include donating 10 cents of every purchase when using the Bank of America debit card, and 40 cents for every social media engagement with a special video featuring (RED) co-founder, Bono. Additionally, on December 2nd, the Bank of America Winter Village at New York’s Bryant Park dedicated its annual holiday tree lighting to the AIDS fight. This year’s event was hosted by Sara Gore, New York Live and LX TV’s Open House front woman, and featured live performances from Ingrid Michaelson and Catey Shaw.Apps for (RED) & Apple Retail on Black Friday and World AIDS DayFrom November 24 through December 7 a special section on the App Store, called Apps for (RED), offers 25 apps with exclusive new content. Every time a customer purchases a participating (PRODUCT)RED app or an exclusive In-App Purchase, all proceeds will go to the Global Fund. Among many others, Apps for (RED) includes Angry Birds, FIFA 15, Clash of Clans, OVER, Monument Valley and Kim Kardashian: Hollywood.Adding to the $75 million Apple has raised to fight AIDS since 2006, on World AIDS Day, Apple donates a portion of sales at Apple’s retail and online stores around the world. Plus, on Black Friday, Apple donated a percentage of gift cards distributed with the purchase of select Apple products.Coca-Cola invites the world to ‘Share the Sound of an AIDS Free Generation’The Coca-Cola Company is partnering with (RED) to raise money and awareness through their “Share the Sound of an AIDS Free Generation” campaign. In collaboration with Omaze, a leading fundraising platform that specializes in offering the chance to win once-in-a-lifetime experiences, fans can donate to win special experiences include going backstage with Bono and receiving a signed (GRESTCH)RED guitar, joining Avicii on stage, seeing Queen and Adam Lambert on tour, or spending the day with OneRepublic. In addition, new tracks from Queen featuring Freddie Mercury’s vocals, Wyclef Jean & Avicii, Aloe Blacc and OneRepublic have been released on iTunes with proceeds going to the Global Fund.Starbucks donates to the Global Fund for every handcrafted beverage sold on World AIDS DayHaving raised more than $12 million for the Global Fund, (RED) partner Starbucks will make a donation to fight AIDS for every handcrafted beverage sold on December 1 across participating stores in the US and Canada. For the first time this year, fellow (RED) partner Bank of America will match Starbucks’ 10 cent donation when My Starbucks Rewards members purchase a handcrafted beverage with a registered Starbucks Card at participating U.S. stores.Mark Dybul, Executive Director, The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, said; “This is a landmark World AIDS Day – not only because we are at a tipping point in the fight against HIV, but because (RED) and its partners are campaigning harder than ever to help end this epidemic. (RED) has raised more than $275 million for the Global Fund, and the incredible campaigns in support of World AIDS Day set a new standard and make a tremendous difference.”“We know that an AIDS Free Generation can become a reality in a few short years, so we are beyond proud to see our partners applying their smarts, creativity and commerce to show the world what can be achieved when we sharpen our focus on the fight”, said Deborah Dugan, CEO, (RED).More ways than ever for people to support (RED) and fight AIDS • Buy “Joel the Lump of Coal”, the extraordinary new track from The Killers in support of the fight against AIDS. The track is The Killers’ ninth song for (RED), and is available to download on iTunes with proceeds going to the Global Fund. • Buy any Beats headphones or speakers on December 1 and a portion of proceeds will go to the Global Fund. • Book tickets through Live Nation or Ticketmaster until December 14 and add a $5-25 donation to (RED)’s fight against AIDS. • Buy a beautiful bottle of (BELVEDERE)RED and 50% of the profits go to fight AIDS. • Run a (TELCEL)RED 5k or 10k road race on December 7 in Mexico City. • Buy the new (aden+anais)RED limited edition swaddle pack designed in collaboration with Jessica Alba, Gwen Stefani and Rachel Zoe, and 100% of the profits will go to fight AIDS. • Give the gift of small business with the SQUA Reader, which enables merchants to run their businesses while helping fight AIDS. • Buy the new (MOLESKINE)RED Special Edition #oneREDday Collection including a notebook, planner, pen, and luggage tag and help fight AIDS. • Buy a (FATBOY)RED product from FatboyUSA.com on December 1 and Fatboy will double their contribution to the Global Fund.A (RED) Thank You Presented By (BANK OF AMERICA)RED was broadcast live on YouTube, and radio across the US including iHeart Radio which became iHeart (RED) for World AIDS Day. The event was also broadcast as part of ESPN’s Monday Night Countdown.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN TUNES THE MYSTERY OF CALGARYS UNLICENSED REGGAE RADIO

first_imgCanada regulates the radio spectrum. While very low power FM transmission is allowed, anything that that reaches a wide audience requires a permit. Anyone who broadcasts to a wide audience without that licence is operating a pirate radio station and could be subject to fines.The broadcast coming from 102.5 definitely fit the definition. It wasn’t registered with Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), which is the federal body responsible for Canada’s radio spectrum. Twitter Facebook Advertisement Listeners who did stumble upon 102.5 FM when it was broadcasting were likely to hear music primarily from Jamaican artists such as Bob Marley and The Wailers. Postmedia Archives Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Dennis Deveaux remembers when he first stumbled onto the station back in January.The amateur radio enthusiast said he’s often surfing through the radio dial, looking for distant or unusual signals, and the sounds that were coming through at 102.5 FM jumped out at him as a possible pirate radio station for several reasons.“One of them was, you didn’t get much station identification,” he said.last_img read more

TCI woman shot

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 23, 2016 – A Graceway Supermarket manager is recuperating in hospital now; the young woman whose father is a senior Civil Servant could have been killed in hostile crossfire between Police and suspects.A wild bullet hit the woman as she exited her home to go to work.  The gun shot caught a popular employee of IGA in her leg.  Police have no official info yet in the shocking investigation where bandits stole a truck and almost got away with the entire ScotiaBank ATM machine from the downtown branch of MoneyGram.  They chained a huge and heavy machine to the truck and tried to drag it away to get the cash inside.This was minutes to 4 o’clock this morning.  Police foiled the theft but the trio (at least) abandoned the truck and took off on foot.  The suspects ended up in crime hot bed, Kew Town, where they eventually escaped.  The young woman, whose family hails partly from South Caicos was struck by a stray bullet.  It is believed the bullet was from the thieves.It’s the second time for this kind of encounter in Kew Town this year.  In the former instance the bullet went through the bed headboard of a woman actually laying in bed at the time.The nation is appalled.last_img read more

Italian scientists detect chemical anomalies in a lowmass globular cluster

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Italian scientists detect chemical anomalies in a low-mass globular cluster (2016, April 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-04-italian-scientists-chemical-anomalies-low-mass.html NGC 6362 lies some 25,000 light years away in the constellation Ara. It is about 13.5 billion years old and at an estimated mass of approximately 50,000 solar masses, it is the least massive globular cluster with multiple detected photometric stellar populations that have different chemical abundances.To determine the chemical composition of NGC 6362, the team employed the Fibre Large Array Multi Element Spectrograph (FLAMES) mounted on one of the Unit Telescopes (UT) of the Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile. Using FLAMES, the researchers analyzed the spectra of over 200 giant stars and derived chemical abundances of iron and sodium in this cluster. The instrument can obtain, in one shot, high-quality spectra for about 140 stars over a field of view of about 25 arcmin diameter.”In the case of NGC6362, we have analyzed spectra of more than 200 giant stars around the cluster in order to distinguish star members of the cluster according to their kinematics and chemistry, finally finding 160 member stars. This work is part of a larger project aimed at obtaining a complete description of this globular, in terms of photometric properties, chemical composition, kinematics,” Mucciarelli told Phys.org.The study provided the first chemical characterization of NGC 6362. The authors of the paper determined star-to-star variations in the sodium abundance. According to the research, these variations demonstrate that this relatively small cluster shows the same chemical anomalies observed in more massive clusters.”Our study about NGC 6362 demonstrates that this cluster is the least massive globular cluster where chemical anomalies in light elements, like sodium and oxygen, are observed,” Mucciarelli said.The research proves an important constraint that stellar clusters down to 50,000 solar masses are able to create sodium-rich stars. It is important to note that open clusters do not show these chemical anomalies and they have masses at least one of order of magnitude smaller than those of the globular clusters. Thus, thanks to the study, NGC 6362 yields an important piece of evidence toward understanding the minimum mass to properly define a globular cluster.Putting together a number of peculiar properties observed in this cluster, the scientists concluded that these new results comprise a unique case among the galactic globular clusters. They noted that any theory aimed at explaining the formation and evolution of these clusters must account also for the peculiar case of NGC 6362. Moreover, the team emphasized that this collection of stars has still more mysteries waiting to be unveiled.”This interesting object has still several secrets to reveal. We are planning new observations to study the kinematics of NGC6362 in order to provide a complete characterization of its stellar populations under all the aspects, photometry, chemistry, dynamics,” Mucciarelli concluded. Explore further This colorful view of the globular star cluster NGC 6362 was captured by the Wide Field Imager attached to the MPG/ESO 2.2-m telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile. Credit: ESO (Phys.org)—Globular clusters have for a long time been considered as formed of stars with similar initial chemical composition, but recently, increasing evidence has emerged regarding their more complex nature. On Apr. 14, a team of Italian scientists led by Alessio Mucciarelli of the University of Bologna, has published a research paper describing chemical anomalies in the low-mass globular cluster NGC 6362, implying that globular clusters may be not as simple as previously thought. The results are available on the arXiv pre-print server. More information: NGC6362: the least massive globular cluster with chemically distinct multiple populations, arXiv:1604.04151 [astro-ph.SR] arxiv.org/abs/1604.04151 AbstractWe present the first measure of Fe and Na abundances in NGC 6362, a low-mass globular cluster where first and second generation stars are fully spatially mixed. A total of 160 member stars (along the red giant branch and the red horizontal branch) have been observed with the multi-object spectrograph FLAMES at the Very Large Telescope. We find that the cluster has an iron abundance of [Fe/H]=—1.09±0.01 dex, without evidence of intrinsic dispersion. On the other hand, the [Na/Fe] distribution turns out to be intrinsically broad and bimodal. The Na-poor and Na-rich stars populate, respectively, the bluest and the reddest red giant branches detected in the color-magnitude diagrams including the U filter. The red giant branch is composed of a mixture of first and second generation stars in a similar proportion, while almost all the red horizontal branch stars belong to the first cluster generation. Until now, NGC 6362 is the least massive globular cluster where both the photometric and spectroscopic signatures of multiple populations have been detected. Hubble sees an unexpected population of young-looking stars © 2016 Phys.orglast_img read more