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first_img Comments are closed. Focuson your inner game, says former Harvard tennis captain Tim Gallwey as he servesup his team-building ideas to Patrick McCurryWhat has tennis got to do with teamworking in organisations, achievingcultural change and improving management coaching? A great deal, according to Tim Gallwey, a US teambuilding expert visitingthe Industrial Society’s School of Coaching this month. The core of Gallwey’s approach is what he calls ‘the inner game’, the ideathat whatever outer goal you are trying to achieve there is always an innergame being played in your mind. “How aware you are of this inner game canmake the difference between success and failure in the outer game,” hesays. His ideas were first presented in a sports coaching book, The Inner Game ofTennis, published in the 1970s and based on his experience as captain ofHarvard University’s tennis team. “The publisher thought it would sell a few thousand copies, but itended up on the bestseller lists because corporate managers realised the ideason tennis coaching could be used by companies to help people learn andchange.” Companies such as IBM, AT&T, Apple Computer and Coca-Cola picked up onthe approach to help achieve cultural and behavioural change among theiremployees. Gallwey says the philosophy centres on helping individuals becomemore aware of their behaviour, in a non-judgmental way, before expecting themto change. “It’s like learning to improve your backhand,” he says. “Theindividual must first become aware of where they are now before they can setgoals for the future. Change happens best from the inside out, not when it’simposed by someone else.” The job of the coach in an organisation is to help staff become more awareof their current behaviour, but without judging that behaviour as ‘bad’, and tohelp them overcome the inner doubts or self-limiting views that prevent themchanging. But it is about helping the individual gain the awareness, confidenceand desire to change and not about imposing a set of behaviour, says Gallwey. “If a coach or manager tries to force or manipulate staff to behave ina certain pre-conceived way there will always be resistance. People have to seefor themselves the benefits of change.” In recent years he has been developing these ideas for teamworking in theconsultancy IGEOS, which he co-founded with Valerio Pescotto, an expert ingroup dynamics. After speaking at a one-day coaching conference at theIndustrial Society this month, Gallwey and Pescotto will return in May to run afive-day team training course. Habitual behaviour Traditionally there are two approaches to teambuilding, says Gallwey. First,the academic route in which managers decide what behaviour they are seeking and‘teach’ them to teams. The other is the experiential route, such as raftbuilding, in which teams are encouraged to bond and work together on a specificproject. But neither really tackles the habitual behaviour of team members, arguesGallwey. He uses simulations in which the team is set a task and then observed.”They’ll set about it in their habitual way and the usual problems surface,such as not listening to each other, splitting off into sub-groups, not takingrisks and so on. “As they get more frustrated they become more willing tolook at their behaviour in a non-judgmental way.” At this point the observers help the team flesh out principles that willimprove the team, such as genuinely listening to colleagues and expressingtheir own views clearly. “We often see dramatic changes,” says Gallwey: “For example,at the outset team members will usually speak for up to 50-60 seconds onaverage, but by the end that falls to perhaps 10 seconds, which shows they arenow thinking about what they want to communicate and doing it clearly.” Other key elements of the teambuilding include encouraging team members totake responsibility for decisions and not blaming others, he says. “Thesimulations help teams become more aware and ongoing coaching helps themmaintain this at work.” It is easy to interest companies in these ideas, says Gallwey, but muchharder to get them to put the ideas into practice because they are challengingdeeply ingrained habits and behaviour patterns. IGEOS is currently working with a large UK multinational, which Gallwey willnot name, but he is excited about the new links with the Industrial Society:”It is passionate about changing the quality of work in the UK.” But in today’s semi-recessionary environment, it is very tempting forcompanies in the UK and globally to take a “command and control”stance and try to impose top-down change. But such an approach is likely tofail in the long run, argues Gallwey. “When companies or individuals are under a lot of pressure that’s oftenwhen the worst comes out in teams and people find it hard to worktogether.” Some companies will respond to increased business pressures by cuttingtraining and coaching, but others will take a more enlightened view, he says:”They realise that it is in the difficult times that they really need tomake a difference in the way their teams work together.” Top tips for teambuildingMake a serious personal commitment tothe development of staff that report to you directly and develop your owncoaching skillsRecognise that building effectiveteams is the critical variable to corporate successAssess your teams’ clarity of purposeand identify blocks to effectivenessIdentify the cultural and systemicobstacles to learning and coaching Back to baselineOn 1 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Hall of Famer and Giants legend Willie McCovey dies at 80

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailJason O. Watson/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) — San Francisco Giants legend and Hall of Famer Willie McCovey died on Wednesday at the age of 80.In a statement, the Giants said the former first baseman “passed away peacefully” in the afternoon “after losing his battle with ongoing health issues.”“San Francisco and the entire baseball community lost a true gentleman and legend, and our collective hearts are broken,” Giants President and CEO Laurence M. Baer said in a statement. “Willie was a beloved figure throughout his playing days and in retirement. He will be deeply missed by the many people he touched.”McCovey made his debut with the Giants on July 30, 1959. He played with the team through 1973 before being traded to the San Diego Padres. He later went to the Oakland Athletics in 1976 before returning to San Francisco in 1977, where he played until he retired in 1980.McCovey ended his MLB career with a batting average of .270, 1,229 runs scored, 353 doubles, 46 triples, 521 home runs and 1,555 RBI. He was a six-time All-Star, and was named the National League Rookie of the Year in 1959 and the National League MVP in 1969.In 1986, he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame during his first year of eligibility.McCovey is survived by his wife, daughter, three grandchildren, sister and two brothers.The Giants said a public celebration of his life will be announced at a later date.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. November 1, 2018 /Sports News – National Hall of Famer and Giants legend Willie McCovey dies at 80 Beau Lundcenter_img Written bylast_img read more

Hurricane Dorian fundraiser for Stephen F. Austin player who knocked off Duke crosses $100,000

first_imgNovember 28, 2019 /Sports News – National Hurricane Dorian fundraiser for Stephen F. Austin player who knocked off Duke crosses $100,000 Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(NACODOCHES, Texas) — A lot of people in the country strongly dislike Duke University men’s basketball, it was just never easy to quantify in monetary form. Now, we know it’s at least $100,000.Of course, there’s some goodwill for Stephen F. Austin University forward Nate Bain, as well, whose fundraiser to help out his family in the wake of Hurricane Dorian crossed into six digits on Wednesday night — about 24 hours after he hit a game-winning shot against Duke.More than a few of those donating to the cause celebrated the downfall of Duke in the comments.Go back to Tuesday night and Stephen F. Austin’s game against Duke. Stephen F. Austin, a little-known public school in Nacogdoches, Texas, faced perennial power Duke, currently the No. 1 team in the country, in what was expected to be an easy win for the Blue Devils.Power schools often schedule so-called “cupcakes” early in the season to get ready for the conference schedule and eventually the postseason.The Blue Devils were 28-point favorites against the Lumberjacks — who last visited the NCAA tournament in 2016 — and yet the two teams were tied 81-81 heading into overtime at the always daunting Cameron Indoor Stadium. Duke had won 150 straight games against nonconference opponents at their home court.But Bain, a senior, was undaunted. Duke turned the ball over with less than 10 seconds left, and Bain ended up taking the ball the length of the court with seconds left on the clock and hitting the game-winning layup as time expired.Bain is a native of the Bahamas, which was slammed hard by Hurricane Dorian on Sept. 1. More than 60 people were killed in the Bahamas, and while Bain’s family was fine, his house was destroyed and his church was as well. Bain’s father is the minister at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Freeport.The fundraiser was created on GoFundMe on Sept. 17 — but it curiously spiked Tuesday night. And even more on Wednesday. It’s likely a game-winning basket had something to do with that.“I was just in disbelief at what basketball had done for my family,” Bain told The Associated Press on Wednesday. “It was truly a blessing.”Nearly 3,000 people have donated to the campaign, which is officially run by the Stephen F. Austin Athletics Department.It was the second-most popular campaign on the website, a spokesperson for GoFundMe said Wednesday afternoon.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img Written bylast_img read more

OCBP Then and Now: Robert Stowe Jr. Award

Thirty years ago, August 2, 1984, Ocean City lifeguards Bob Stowe (left) and Bob Amsler and Red Cross representative Ann Gabriel hold a poster advertising the Ocean City Beach Patrol sponsored blood drive.Bob Stowe died on August 24, 1990. The lifeguards remember him every summer as they present the Robert Stowe Jr. Award. This summer the 18th annual award went to Bob “Domino” Speca for his many years of outstanding service and contributions to the profession of ocean lifesaving in Ocean City. In addition to his OCBP career, Speca was known for his record-setting displays of domino-toppling.Previous Stowe Award winners were: Fred Miller, George T. Lafferty, Chet Derr Jr., Thomas H. Heist III, Alfred “Bud” McKinley, Vince Hink, Bill Dorney, Joe Grimes, Angelo Psaltis, Joseph Schmitt, Anne Copeland Merrill, John McShane, Sam McDowell, Bob French, Jack Brooks, William H. Pugh IV, and Russell Leary.— A weekly feature from Ocean City Beach Patrol historian Fred Miller read more

Weekly Market Review: August 17, 2020

first_imgOnce an out-of-work individual has filed an initial claim for state unemployment benefits, he/she must file a “continued claim” in order to receive ongoing weekly jobless benefits. For the week ending 8/01/20, 15.5 million Americans (10% of the country’s civilian labor force) were receiving weekly payments for “continuing claims.” That nationwide total was as high as 24.9 million as of 5/09/20 but was as low as 1.7 million just 6 months ago in mid-February 2020. Although the measurement is not a leading indicator for the US economy, it does provide supporting evidence of the direction the economy is moving (source: Department of Labor).When the US stock market bottomed on 3/23/20, 51% of investors were “bearish” on the prospects for domestic stocks over the upcoming 6 months while 34% were “bullish” (the remaining 15% were“neutral”). Now 5 months removed from that low point, the “bulls” are winning -the S&P 500 is up+52% (total return) since 3/23/20 and the NASDAQ Composite has gained +61 % (total return). Both indices are “market-weighted,” i.e., the larger the individual stock’s market capitalization, the greater is its impact on the index’s performance (source: American Association of Individual Investors).Banks repossessed 11,996 homes each month during calendar year 2019. Through the end of July 2020, banks had taken back just 5,726 homes per month, in part the result of the foreclosure moratorium on properties purchased with federally back mortgages (source: Attom Data Solutions).Notable Numbers for the Week:UNDER THE PILLOW – Since the beginning of 2020, the size of the money market fund industry in the USA (both taxable and tax-free) has grown from $3.6 trillion to $4.6 trillion as of Wednesday 8/12/20 (source: Investment Company Institute).WILL THIS CHANGE? – The US fertility rate, i.e., the number of children that are projected to be born to a woman in her lifetime, has declined in 10 of the last 11 years since 2007. The rate was 2.12 children in 2007, falling to 1.73 children in 2018, the latest year that the data has been calculated (source: World Bank).MOST SUSCEPTIBLE – As of 8/08/20, 58% of American COVID-19 deaths occurred to individuals at least age 75, while just 1% of the victims were under the age of 35 (source: TO GO – There are 57 cruise ships either sitting at or anchored near US coastal cities waiting for the Center for Disease Control to lift the suspension of their industry. Many of the ships remain anchored at sea in order to avoid “port fees” that can exceed $10,000 a day (source: US Coast Guard).Mark R. Reimet, CFP®CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™Jodie BoothFinancial Advisorlast_img read more

Dried fruit pricing

first_imgCoconut: It is generally thought there is potentially less of a price downside on coconuts than a larger upside. Demand is also thought to increase as prices, helped by the weaker dollar, have improved.Raisins: The new Californian crop will be about 10% less than last year. In Turkey, post-harvest suggests a total tonnage almost 20% lower than in 2008.Sultanas: Turkish sultanas have seen a recent surge in both pricing and demand. The first report pre-harvest suggested a total vine fruit crop of around 285-290,000 million tonnes (mt) with 20,000mt likely to be converted to raisins. However, this figure was then slashed to 250,000mts. Prices have shot up and look likely to remain firm for the short- to medium term.Currants: Greece reported a 1-2,000mt increase on its new crop. It will be interesting to see whether prices can be sustained at the present levels.Apricots: It appears to be another large crop, however it seems the strong Turkish Lira and weaker Dollar against the Euro and Sterling, has increased Turkish export pricing and European demand in equal measures. Short-term, there is little chance of major price weakness.l Based on information provided by ingredients supplier RM Curtislast_img read more

Essenta deal could ramp up pressure on sectors

first_imgThe proposed merger between Northern Foods and Greencore will heap pressure on rival producers in the sandwich market and could spark a round of consolidation in the cake and desserts markets, according to analysts.As reported in British Baker (19 November), Greencore and Northern Foods have agreed to join forces under the new name of Essenta Foods, which will have annual sales of £1.7bn and expects to make annual cost synergies of £40m. The deal, which is due to complete in the second quarter of next year, will make Essenta the largest player in the sandwich market, as well as strengthening its position in cakes and desserts.”This is a good fit in terms of product range and customer base,” said Chris Brockman, Mintel’s global food analyst. “It will create a dominant player in the sandwich market, with a strong presence in the multiples. This will put pressure on other operators in the sector, who could struggle to compete and will have to find distinct market niches. Smaller players will find growth opportunities in 2011 are taken up by Essenta, which will have the muscle to ramp up innovation and dominate the market.”He added: “The dessert and cake sectors are very fragmented and this could be the start of further mergers and acquisitions in 2011. Both sectors are ripe for consolidation, with rising ingredients costs and continued pressure from supermarkets on price.”Shore Capital head of research Clive Black said: “The merger gives the firm more scale and authority, but I think we will see an introverted process of reducing costs, rather than driving shares of other markets. Retailers will know there are opportunities for cost savings and will ask for contributions. It’s up to Essenta to get that balance right.”Essenta Foods will be headed up by Greencore’s CEO Patrick Coveney, with Northern Foods’ acting CEO Simon Herrick becoming finance chief. He has taken over from Northern Foods’ outgoing CEO Stefan Barden.>>Northern Foods and Greencore announce mergerlast_img read more

Premier Foods may have to sacrifice a power brand, says analyst

first_imgA City analyst has warned that Premier Foods might have to sell its power brands to significantly improve its balance sheet.Graham Jones, executive director at Panmure Gordon, revealed the news about the Hovis bread producer ahead of the company’s publication of its preliminary results on 21 February, for the year ended 31 December 2012.Jones said: “We see further disposals as possible, but it might take the sale of power brands to significantly improve the balance sheet, but that of course comes at the cost of reducing the cash-generating base and increasing the mismatch between the size of the company and the size of the pension liabilities.”He added his prediction for Premier’s financial results was a 2.4% drop in sales to £1.77bn, reflecting disposals, despite an estimated 2% growth in its power brands and a 4% lift for the firm’s grocery brands.In addition, Jones believed Ebitda would fall by 8% to £159.6m, but profit before tax would rise 60% to £92.6m due to lower financing costs.Jones highlighted that management issues would dominate the 2012 financial results meeting on Thursday, following the surprise departure of chief executive Michael Clarke in January after just 18 months in the role, in addition to Geoff Eaton, chief operating officer, who stepped down from his position two weeks ago.Jones explained: “The surprise departure of Michael Clarke has cast a cloud over the shares. We would broadly agree with the statement that he has stabilised the business, strengthened the balance sheet – or at least bought the company some more time – and generated some momentum in the brands.“But chief executives don’t normally leave after 18 months if everything is going well, new CEO Gavin Darby has been out of the FMCG industry for more than a decade, and Coca-Cola is a very different company to Premier Foods. The quick departure of Geoff Eaton just served to create more uncertainty.”last_img read more

Taking your kid’s sport too seriously

first_imgA Massachusetts woman hung up her whistle and high school soccer referee jersey after almost a decade on the job, fed up with ongoing abuse from parents and coaches, the Boston Globe reported recently. It’s a familiar story. According to a 2017 survey by the National Association of Sports Officials, adult behavior is the reason more than 75 percent of all high school referees quit. The report also found that 80 percent of new officials stop after only two years. Many say the problem is contributing to a shortage of high school referees nationwide, and extends to the youth sports level. Richard Weissbourd is a psychologist and senior lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he co-directs the Making Caring Common Project, which focuses on moral and social development priorities in child raising. The Gazette spoke with him about the problem and what can be done to fix it.Q&ARichard WeissbourdGAZETTE: Despite efforts to control angry or verbally abusive parents on the sidelines of youth sporting games and events across the country, why does it continue to be such a problem?WEISSBOURD: This is a puzzle with many pieces and there a lot of different things that are going on. I think it’s because sometimes parents are wanting to compensate for their shortcomings or live out their own fantasies about sports. I think it’s the degree to which we are becoming less communal and more tribal and more individual. Some people are feeling more Darwinian, like this is a survival-of-the-fittest kind of contest, and there isn’t a sense of commitment to the larger whole. I think it’s the degree to which, in the media, we have reinforced the tendency to demean and degrade people whom we disagree with — that’s too often the nature of our public discourse now. It’s been legitimized and normalized in ways that are concerning. I think we used to live in a culture where there was much more of an expectation that you showed respect even when it was hard, when our notion of morality meant doing things that are hard like thanking the referee even when you didn’t feel like thanking them. I’m concerned that many parents just don’t have the inclination. They don’t think about doing things that are hard as a way of modeling for their kids. There’s also this allergy to losing and to failure that we have in the culture. And I think it’s a president who divides the world into winners or losers. More and more it appears that idea is in the culture. What’s really concerning to me is the degree to which these things become normalized. We need communities of parents that really provide those parents with feedback and support and regulate them to some degree.,GAZETTE: What’s really at risk for kids when they see these kinds of actions by the people who are supposed to be setting an example by modeling good behavior?WEISSBOURD: It sends all the wrong messages. What you really want to be modeling for your kid in a situation like this is that the referee is doing a job that is largely thankless. It’s not a well-compensated job. We should be grateful to them. You should be modeling for your kids that sometimes people make mistakes and when they do, you may want to point it out to them, but you do it in ways that are generous and constructive. You should let them know this ref isn’t trying to make a mistake. And you need to model for your kids that you’re not going to suddenly lose control. It’s a scary thing for a kid when their parent is so out of control.GAZETTE: In addition to parents getting involved and calling out bad behavior on the sidelines, what can be done? Should kids try to address the situation in some way?WEISSBOURD: It’s really hard for kids to take on an adult in a situation like this, but they can talk to their own parents about it. I do think that every league should have a compact with parents of one kind or another that spells out what the league’s role is in promoting ethical character and what appropriate parent behavior is, because some parents really don’t know. There are differences in cultures and the way people interact with sporting events. And that compact should be revisited periodically so it lives and breathes; it’s not just another form. So, I think it’s important to spell out what constructive and appropriate behavior is. It’s also about encouraging parents to do things like thank the coaches, or thank the referees. It’s providing red flags for parents. If your partner is embarrassed to sit with you during the game, that should be a red flag for you. If you’re spending all of your free time talking about who won the last game, that should be a red flag. If you’re finding yourself really stressed about whether your kid’s team is going to win, that should be a red flag. If your kid is not eating or sleeping well because they are stressed about performing well on a team they are on, that’s a red flag. And I know some of the good sports organizations do provide information for coaches around working with parents, and that can be really helpful.GAZETTE: I wonder if you think the notion of winning is just so ingrained in our culture, in our history, in the story of our nation’s founding, that’s it going to be impossible to change?WEISSBOURD: I think we’re out of balance. If you look throughout American history, this is what books like “Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life” are about. There has always been this tension between individualism and a strong collectivist ethic in America, a strong sense of nationalism and community, a strong sense of responsibility for our neighbors. In many eras of this country it was mothers’ primary responsibility to prepare children to be good citizens — it should have been fathers’ too. Schools and most colleges in this country were founded primarily to cultivate ethical character. That is no longer true of parents, schools, or universities. And in our research data when we ask kids “What’s most important to you?” they are far more likely to say achievement than caring. And they are far more likely to think their parents value achievement over caring. I don’t think that was true in other times in our history, based on what I hear from child historians. There was this ethic of sacrifice in homes and schools that you don’t see nearly as much anymore. Robert Putnam’s work is about this decline in communal connection and so, in a sense, is Sara Konrath’s work on declines in empathy. I don’t want to overstate it because I still think there are strong collective impulses in America. People still believe in community, but I do think we’re out of balance.GAZETTE: Does religion have a role to play?WEISSBOURD: I don’t want to make a claim, pro or con, for any particular religion, but I think in good religious practices there are communities of adults who stand for ethical values, who engage kids in ethical questions. There is an ethic of sacrifice; there are rituals of gratitude. There are coming-of-age ceremonies like confirmations and bar and bat mitzvahs, where people are asked to think about their obligations to their communities. There is a fusion of a moral life and a spiritual life, the sense that you have obligations to your ancestors and to your descendants. There’s a lot about our responsibility to humanity more generally and the importance of giving and sacrifice. I’m not saying we should all become more religious, but I do think we should really think about how we reproduce these aspects of religion in secular life, including in sports. We need to think about how we create a strong ethic of care and responsibility for the community and how we cultivate the hardest forms of empathy and care: care when you’re angry at people, care when you are in competition with people. In my book “The Parents We Mean to Be: How Well-Intentioned Adults Undermine Children’s Moral and Emotional Development,” I talk about how sports is this time when you collide with intense feelings, with yourself, and with other people. Sports also gives you an opportunity to rehearse how you work through those feelings constructively.This interview was edited for clarity and condensed for length.last_img read more

Market changes across Europe are undermining viability of traditional power plants

first_imgMarket changes across Europe are undermining viability of traditional power plants FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Financial Times:The upcoming privatization of a Dutch utility highlights the changing landscape of Europe’s power sector. Owned by more than 50 cities, analysts expect Eneco to fetch more than €3bn. However, the potential sale has sparked the interest of much larger rivals as Eneco has things many of them covet — a range of home energy services, from a smart thermostat to an electric car charging device that enables the utility to remotely decide when is the cheapest time to charge your vehicle. Europe’s power sector is under pressure as never before — from changes in government policy to technological advances and the explosive growth and falling costs of renewable — all of which are undermining the economics of traditional power plants. The model of sending electrons from a big gas or coal-powered plant through a central transmission grid to passive consumers is being left behind. In the new world order, energy services will play a big role and snapping up Eneco could give a traditional utility or even an oil and gas major a lucrative foothold. It would be just the latest deal in an industry that is having to reinvent itself or face extinction. Mark Lewis, head of research at not-for-profit group Carbon Tracker and previously head of European utilities research at Barclays, described what is driving the transformation in terms of “the three Ds”: decarbonization, digitalization and decentralization. All three, he said, “are disrupting the entire sector, there is no respite at all”. Sam Arie, utilities analyst at UBS, said: “The single most important trend we see is the plunging cost of wind and solar.” It is this trend, argued Mr Arie, that could change the structure of Europe’s industry “from a patchwork of regionally-focused utilities to one that will be dominated by larger, more global businesses that have the scale in renewables to achieve cost efficiencies”. The increasing digitization, continuing growth of renewables generation and advances in battery storage mean more consumers will start to generate their own energy — and rely less on a centralized transmission network. Benoit Laclau, global power and utilities leader at consultancy EY, said: “In the past consumers have always been recipients of energy. With the ever greater digitisation of the value chain, consumers are getting options as to how they want to consume energy in the future. The value chain is shifting towards the customer.” More deals are inevitable. In Portugal the country’s largest utility, Energias de Portugal, recently rejected a €9bn takeover offer from China Three Gorges. The winners, according to UBS, will be global players. By 2030, said UBS’s Mr Arie, the industry could come to look more like the oil and gas sector where companies are typically twice the size. New entrants are vying for market share. Royal Dutch Shell and Total have both recently bought businesses in the consumer energy market — and are tipped as potential buyers for Eneco, according to analysts. Major technology groups, which have so far held off investing in the provision of consumer energy, remain the big unknown. In an uncertain energy world what is certain is that in the future, the energy powering your home and your car will no longer have to come from an RWE or an EDF. It could come from a Google, a BMW or your own roof.More ($): Winds of change blow through Europe’s power sectorlast_img read more