Are you helping your credit union employees be awesome?

first_imgby: Dan BergerYou may or may not say the word “awesome” very often out loud – but I hope you think your employees are awesome. I certainly think my team is awesome. But it turns out that saying it out loud – telling your team that you believe in them and think they are awesome – can make them do even more awesome work.Harvard Business Review recently ran an article from leadership development consultants Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman. They found that managers who consistently rated their employees more positively than others – what they called “positive-rating managers” – were rewarded by employees with higher engagement. Employees with positive-rating managers average in the 60th percentile of engagement scores, while those who worked for negative-rating managers scored around the 47th percentile. They even found that other employees viewed the employees under negative-rating managers as being less effective. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Indiana, Penn State meet in Big Ten tourney

first_imgTEAM LEADERS: Penn State’s Lamar Stevens has averaged 17.6 points and 6.9 rebounds while Mike Watkins has put up 9.4 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.1 blocks. For the Hoosiers, Trayce Jackson-Davis has averaged 13.5 points and 8.4 rebounds while Justin Smith has put up 10.4 points and 5.2 rebounds.LEAPING FOR LAMAR: Stevens has connected on 26.3 percent of the 95 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 3 of 14 over the last three games. He’s also converted 71.9 percent of his free throws this season.UNDEFEATED WHEN: Penn State is a perfect 16-0 when it scores at least 75 points. The Nittany Lions are 5-10 when scoring any fewer than that.LONG-RANGE THREAT: Penn State’s Myles Dread has attempted 204 3-pointers and connected on 31.9 percent of them, and is 10 for 26 over his last three games.DID YOU KNOW: The Penn State offense has recorded a turnover on only 15.9 percent of its possessions, which is the 20th-lowest rate in the country. The Indiana defense has forced opposing teams to turn the ball over on just 17.9 percent of all possessions (ranked 252nd among Division I teams).___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 11 seed Indiana (20-12, 10-11) vs. No. 6 seed Penn State (21-10, 11-9)Big Ten Tourney Second Round, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis; Thursday, 7:55 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: Indiana and Penn State are prepared to match up in the second round of the Big Ten tournament. The teams split the regular season series at one win apiece. The teams last met on Feb. 23, when the Hoosiers shot 42.6 percent from the field en route to a 68-60 victory. Indiana, Penn State meet in Big Ten tourney Associated Press center_img March 12, 2020 For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

All-round Phillip puts Red Force in driver’s seat

first_img(CMC) – Anderson Phillip’s telling all-round effort and Jyd Goolie’s maiden first-class hundred deflated Windward Islands Volcanoes and put Trinidad and Tobago Red Force on course for their second straight win of the Regional Four-Day Championship here yesterday.The 23-year-old fast bowler snatched four for 53 to send Volcanoes tumbling for 173 in their first innings, in reply to Red Force’s massive 409 all out, on the second day of the eighth-round encounter at Brian Lara Stadium.Phillip had earlier struck a cavalier 31-ball unbeaten 36 and featured in a critical last-wicket stand of 59 with the 22-year-old Goolie (128) as Red Force, resuming on their overnight 298 for five, fought back after losing a cluster of wickets.Following on by 236 runs, Volcanoes reached the close on four without loss in their second innings, and now face a difficult penultimate third day today.The visitors had the better of the early exchanges when they grabbed four wickets for 34 runs at the start, to reduce Red Force to 345 for nine.Left-arm pacer Preston McSween, who ended with five for 60 to notch his second five-wicket haul in as many matches, removed Imran Khan in the day’s fifth over after Red Force captain had added just four runs to his overnight 80.The next three wickets went down cheaply but Goolie, who resumed the day on 75, completed his maiden first-class hundred and along with Phillip, frustrated Volcanoes.Goolie, in his fourth first-class outing, struck 16 fours and a six off 206 deliveries in just over 5-¼ hours while Phillip belted four fours and a six in an entertaining 41-minute stay.In reply, Volcanoes got a top score of 67 from veteran opener Devon Smith while wicketkeeper Emmanuel Stewart chipped in with 30 and Keron Cotty, 28, but the last six wickets fell for 55 runs, with Kavem Hodge unable to bat because of injury.Smith, who punched half-dozen fours and two sixes off 117 balls in nearly three hours, put on 48 for the first wicket with Kimani Melius (20) before three wickets tumbled for eight runs.Stewart arrived to add 62 for the fourth with Smith but once the stand was broken, the innings fell apart quickly, as leg-spinner Imran Khan (2-6) and left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein (2-27) got in on the act.last_img read more

Tiger Woods Eyes October Return After Knee Surgery

first_imgTiger Woods Masters champion Tiger Woods is seeking an October return after revealing he had a knee operation last week.The 43-year-old, who ended an 11-year wait for his 15th major in April, said arthroscopic surgery repaired minor cartilage damage in his left knee.The world number eight hopes to play in the PGA Tour’s new event in Japan, the ZOZO Championship, from 24-27 October. Woods, one short of Sam Snead’s 82 PGA Tour wins, has had four previous knee operations and four back surgeries.The latest operation was performed by Dr Vern Cooley, who said: “I expect Tiger to make a full recovery. We did what was needed and also examined the entire knee. There were no additional problems.”After winning his fifth Masters title in April, Woods missed the cut at the PGA Championship and Open.He withdrew from this month’s Northern Trust shortly before his tee time citing a mild sprain, but returned for the BMW Championship at Medinah Country Club.However, his 37th-place finish meant he did not qualify for the Tour Championship finale, which he won the year before to end a five-year spell without a PGA title.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

14th annual craft show to be held at Wellington High School Nov. 21

first_imgPaula MortimerThe 14th annual “Countdown to Christmas” arts and craft show, sponsored by Paula Mortimer, will be going on at the Wellington High School on the November 21, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is going to be huge and a lot of fun!The craft show has everything from homemade crafts to framed art, sculpture and pottery.  Over 100 vendors selling various Christmas and gift items.For more information contact Mortimer at  620-440-2476.last_img

Inside the Warriors’ initial preparation against a first-round opponent that is still unclear

first_imgWant Warriors news in your inbox? Sign up for the free DubsDaily newsletter.OAKLAND – On Wednesday night, Warriors coach Steve Kerr and his assistants have a definitive itinerary.“Our staff will gather and try to find a place for us that has three TV’s,” Kerr said.Will the Warriors coaches binge-watch their favorite television shows on an off day? Hardly. Kerr and his assistants plan to view regular-season finale matchups between Utah-Portland, San Antonio-New Orleans, Denver-Minnesota and …last_img

Steve Kerr in a joking mood about NBA’s 2-minute report; Draymond Green’s 15th technical

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!OAKLAND — No longer did Steve Kerr show the anger he had about the officiating in the Warriors’ overtime loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday. The Warriors’ coach still has his sarcasm, though.The NBA’s two-minute report said that it made the correct call when official Marat Kogut ruled that Minnesota’s Keita Bates-Diop committed a foul on Kevin Durant …last_img

More than just a celluloid Mandela

first_img But the relationship between Mandela and Freeman goes deeper than that, with a friendship of more than 10 years. The actor is also doing important work for the Nelson Mandela Foundation, and has joined the likes of Oprah, Will Smith and Michael Jackson in developing a decided crush on South Africa. Invictus tells the story of how Mandela used the opportunity of South Africa’s hosting of rugby’s most prestigious tournament to build bridges between the races. Newly made president, he deliberately sought to reconcile the previously powerful, conservative Afrikaner community resentful of the new black government with a long-oppressed black majority eager to overthrow symbols of the past – such as rugby. A New York Times review describes Freeman’s performance as having “gravity, grace and a crucial spark of mischief” with a clear understanding of the great man’s character: “Mr Freeman and Mr Eastwood allow us glimpses of a complicated and somewhat melancholy man, carrying the loneliness of his long imprisonment with him and estranged from much of his family.”Nelson Mandela Day Since filming the movie in South Africa in 2009, Freeman has developed an interest in the annual Nelson Mandela Day, declared an international day by the UN in November 2009 to celebrate Mandela’s humanitarian legacy. “He has pledged ongoing commitment it,” said Zelda le Grange, Mandela’s spokesperson and personal assistant. “That kind of commitment is something very few people of his stature show.” Mandela Day urges people across the world to dedicate at least 67 minutes of their time on 18 July, Mandela’s birthday, to volunteer in community work. The 67 minutes represent the 67 years Mandela spent serving his country. To mark Mandela Day 2010, Freeman joined a group of celebrities on a six-day motorcycle road-trip across South Africa to raise awareness of the day and help out in poorer communities, leaving Johannesburg on 12 July and arriving in Cape Town on Mandela’s birthday.Leading through example Wearing a corduroy jacket, aviator sunglasses and peak cap, Freeman said in Cape Town that he hoped Mandela Day would help realise the former president’s dream for a new and just South Africa. “We’re trying to head for a world where there’s peace and where we can teach our children about integrity of this vision,” Freeman said. The celebrities all got their hands dirty working on over a dozen development programmes along the route of their trip, including erecting a fence at an HIV/Aids response centre in Khayelitsha, a township outside the Cape Town. Freeman worked as hard as anyone else. “We were overwhelmed by his dedication and commitment,” said Le Grange. “He has deep appreciation for Mandela’s commitment to social injustice, and that was the reason for his participation – and to help us promote the ethos of Mandela Day by leading through example.”46664 ambassador Freeman is one of many celebrity ambassadors of 46664, Mandela’s campaign to increase global awareness about HIV/Aids and raise funds to fight the pandemic in southern Africa. “Mandela has known Morgan Freeman for many years and they have remained close,” Le Grange says. Invictus premiered in South Africa in December 2009, attracting an audience of over 48 000 in its first three days. Mandela and Freeman watched the movie together. To get the role right, Freeman visited Mandela many times before and during filming. Later, the actor told CNN that Le Grange, Mandela’s wife Graça Machel, ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and Mandela’s daughter Zindzi all told him his performance was “wonderful”. This article was published in South Africa Now, a six-page supplement to the Washington Post produced on behalf of Brand South Africa. Download South Africa Now (PDF, 2.12 MB). 29 October 2010 Morgan Freeman is Nelson Mandela. Well, the Oscar-winning Hollywood star played Mandela in Invictus, the Clint-Eastwood-directed drama about the 1995 Rugby World Cup and South Africa’s transition from apartheid to nationhood, earning another Academy nomination for his role.last_img read more

Ohio Farm Bureau funding water quality projects across the state

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest For the third year in a row, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation is funding county Farm Bureau-led projects that help improve water quality in local communities. This round of funding will put total investment by Ohio Farm Bureau and partner organizations at more than $1 million in county water quality projects.“What an incredible effort by our members and partners in reaching the $1 million mark. These projects over the past couple of years have helped improve water quality in communities across the state with the help of more than two dozen county Farm Bureaus and more than 110 partner groups,” said Jordan Hoewischer, OFBF director of water quality and research.This year, more than $154,000 in OFBF and matching funds will be put to work in local communities.The county water quality grants are part of Ohio Farm Bureau’s comprehensive Water Quality Action Plan launched in September 2014. OFBF has invested $2.3 million in member funds for projects and measures that help protect the environment and preserve farmers’ ability to produce food. The complete story on Farm Bureau water quality initiatives is at Farm Bureaus receiving funding and their projects include the following. Crawford County: A water quality learning area will be created to educate farmers, school groups, elected officials and the general public about the positive measures farmers are taking to improve water quality by minimizing nutrient runoff. The area will be next to cropland and consist of a 1-acre surface-fed pond with a drainage ditch and small creek feeding into it. Defiance, Fulton, Henry and Williams counties: The four county Farm Bureaus will partner with Farm Bureau counties in Michigan to buy radio and television advertising that promote the different measures agriculture is using to protect Lake Erie. Fulton County: County Farm Bureau members will visit Ohio State University’s water research center, Stone Lab, on Lake Erie as well as the Blanchard River Demonstration Farms to learn about water quality efforts. Logan County: Water testing from subsurface tile and from surface waterways will be done at county farms that have a permanent agricultural easement to demonstrate how they are good stewards of the land. Also planned is a presentation by two national experts on soil health and cover crops. Lucas and Ottawa counties: Two tours of the Blanchard River Demonstration Farms will be offered to showcase conservation practices and research being done on the three farms. The first tour is for county Farm Bureau members, public officials and legislators. The second is for county FFA chapters, and students will have the opportunity to prepare for their FFA soil judging contests. Mahoning County: This project will provide education to agricultural and residential landowners on proper soil testing and nutrient management. Mercer County: Two different methods will be used to research the differences in soil health between a long-term no-till system and a minimum tillage system. Data will be collected for 16 months and followed up by community outreach. Muskingum County: In support of a two-year project to gather nutrient data, a video will be produced and informational meeting held to share with local farmers the results of the study. The research tracked soil test levels and tissue levels of crops throughout the season along with water samples from tile outlets. The project findings will help farmers when making nutrient management decisions. Putnam County: An agricultural tour will showcase what farmers and the county are doing in regards to water quality. Stops include the Ottawa Wastewater Treatment Plant, a newly constructed swine nursery operation, a dairy farm, a hydroponic farm and a vineyard. Seneca County: Infield data collection equipment will be provided along with manure nutrient sampling and consultation. Quarterly scientific nutrient management newsletters will be sent to farmers. Educational efforts will be supplemented by personal contacts. The county will host multi-county educational tours to share information. Tuscarawas County: Members of OFBF’s Young Agricultural Professionals will be invited to canoe the Tuscarawas River to see the region’s natural assets and learn about the different tributaries and riparian areas and how they relate to water quality. Wayne County: Dairy manure application plots will be set up and yield data collected to determine the effectiveness and best time to do side-dress application of manure, which is done after crops have started growing.last_img read more

Microsoft’s Energy-Wasting Strong-Arm Tactics Show That Redmond Hasn’t Changed

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… brian proffitt Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…center_img Cloud computing promises to create a more efficient, more productive global economy – but it uses gargantuan amounts of electricity: between 1.7 and 2.2 percent of U.S. power use, according to a 2010 report. That puts cloud providers in a position of responsibility with respect to the global community: We’re depending on them to deliver their services with the minimum possible impact on energy supplies and carbon emissions. Microsoft clearly doesn’t give a damn.Over the weekend, The New York Times reported a 2010 incident that occurred between Microsoft, the owner of one such datacenter in Quincy, Washington, and the Grant County Public Utility District (GCPUD). Microsoft apparently overestimated the amount of power it would use. Under the terms of its agreement with the GCPUD, the company owed a $210,000 fine to compensate for the extra energy generated. Microsoft could have paid the fine and worked on better estimates of its power consumption. Indeed, Yahoo, which also has a datacenter in Quincy, paid similar fine of $94,608. But that would have been too humble for a computing superpower and convicted antitrust violator. Instead, the company started wasting millions of watts of power, threatening to continue until the fine was cut, the Times reported.In the course of three days in mid-December 2011, Microsoft’s data center went from consuming 28.5 million watts to 34 million watts generated by highly polluting diesel generators. That’s enough energy to power 3,323 U.S. homes (based on an average of 16.55kWh per day). To generate the power needed to make up for its underuse, Microsoft spent an additional $70,000 on its energy bill to force the GCPUD to drop the $210,000 fine.The tactic worked: The utility reduced Microsoft’s fine to $60,000.Yet, beyond the corporate bottom line, Microsoft’s action was woefully irresponsible. The emerging cloud services industry needs to gain the public’s trust and support. Microsoft’s actions only increase the headwind. And the impact goes beyond the industry: Energy management is a critical issue for U.S. economic stability. As the nation struggles to shift from fossil fuels to electricity (such as the move to electric vehicles), US grid power has ever greater national security implications. Moreover, greenhouse gas emissions – even from “clean” hydropower, which produces plenty of methane – have a global impact in speeding regional economic shifts, sea level rise, and loss of biodiversity.Microsoft, along with Google and Amazon, is the standard bearer for cloud services. It has no business wasting power simply to strong-arm a utility and avoid paying what it rightfully owes. Microsoft says this is an isolated incident, but given the company’s monopolist past, that’s hard to swallow. The executives in Redmond and the local execs in Quincy have let us all down and need to make amends by refocusing their efforts on energy efficiency and compliance with the law.Microsoft’s tactics are an open invitation for the US Federal Trade Commission to get back in Microsoft’s face, and we hope the FTC comes down hard. Microsoft’s eggregious actions are a blight on the entire tech community.Image Courtesy of Shutterstock 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#cloud computing#enterprise#Microsoft last_img read more