McLovins Host Annual “Ugly Christmas Sweater Party” In NYC

first_imgMcLovins brought their best to American Beauty NYC last Saturday, performing their annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Party for their adopted hometown of NYC. The New York venue was the ideal setting for the annual affair, as the band could rock out with style at the hipster-y locale.Those coming in search of festive trappings were not disappointed. Even amid a sea of ugly sweaters, McLovins were in a class of their own. Keyboardist Atticus Kelly wore a garment that featured a polar bear in an ugly sweater whose vomit lit up with tiny lights, perhaps presaging what was to come at the after party. Guitarist Justin Berger wore a morose messiah, alone on his birthday surrounded by empty bottles. They killed the sweater game, end of story.Following sublime local openers Common Jack, The band kicked off the apropos “American Heartache”, slated to be on their forthcoming album release. The night’s selections ran the gamut from funky get-downs (“Buildin’ it Up”, “Man In a Blue Coat”) and jams like “Brickbone” and “Gold In The World” (each clocking in at over 10 minutes) to short, pop influenced numbers, some even with choreography by the band. These songs are the best representation of the band’s growth as songwriters, and there was no better place to showcase it than their favorite place to play, New York City.Stay tuned for the new album, slated for mid 2017. You can see the band’s setlist and a photo gallery from Capacity Images, below.Setlist: McLovins | American Beauty | New York, NY | 12/17/16American Heartache, Buildin’ It Up, Thick Of It, No Limit, Anxious, H.T.L., Man In A Blue Coat , Ringo , Talk About It , Greenhouse, Regulars, Brickbone, Festive Interlude: In The Black Midwinter , We Go Wild, All Is All , Gold In The World, Don’t Do It Load remaining imageslast_img read more

The Right Technology for Your Unique Small Business Demands

first_imgSmall businesses need to be agile to make the most of their business opportunities. By having the latest technology, it will help get them there faster. In the United States, only 39.2% of small businesses have any full-time IT staff in-house.[1]Growing businesses are challenged to manage expenses, improve productivity, and reduce complexities across their organizations. We see you, we understand your small business challenges, and want to make sure you get the best quality servers to help you achieve your IT goals. We realize that you may not have the time/resources to focus on your IT needs or manage business data on a complex IT solution. IT issues are likely to be disruptive and detrimental to small businesses.Don’t let these challenges get in the way of your work. Our PowerEdge servers offer enterprise features at an affordable price. Since they are made to grow and scale with your business, they can help with future expense reduction. Our one-socket PowerEdge servers are also built to process data quickly and enable everyday business applications to run faster and reduce interruptions.While these servers are designed for small to medium businesses, their increased performance, enterprise-class management, and robust security capabilities make them just as applicable for larger organizations as well. They come in a couple of form factors and a variety of feature sets that are optimized for different workloads and environments. Remember, one size does NOT fit all.These four servers, the PowerEdge T140, T340, R240 and R340, feature a couple new important updates. The key feature among all these are the new Intel® Xeon® E-2200 processors. These latest processors now provide 100%[2] more cores than the previous server generation (up to 8 cores vs. 4 cores), allowing for increased performance and faster task completion. In fact, you can improve performance by up to 35% faster using PowerEdge one-socket servers with Intel® Xeon® E-2200 processors.[3]Something else to think about is how you can automate your server lifecycle. Automation is key when it comes to handling pesky routine tasks. By leveraging these simple and efficient tools, you’ll reduce time and effort on server management and invest more of that time on bigger priorities. As a business, you never want your applications to stop working, so we’ve integrated built-in security, proactive support and hot-plug options to keep your business operating.iDRAC is embedded across most PowerEdge servers and provides one of the best remote management solutions in the market for 1-to-1 server management.You can access your servers anywhere, anytime from your mobile device with the Dell EMC OpenManage Mobile (with OpenManage Enterprise).Set up as much as 66% faster with our ProDeploy suite of services, simply tell Dell EMC what applications you’d like to run, and we’ll configure and deploy the server in your office.[4]Proactively resolve issues with up to 72% less effort by leveraging technology from ProSupport Plus and SupportAssist.[5]See which PowerEdge one-socket server works best for you.RacksR240: The R240 is excellent for both general-purpose and industry-specific workloads. Typically for small to medium businesses where the IT infrastructure consists of multiple servers and can be consolidated in a rack. Another feature update for this server is the addition of a 450W cabled power supply to support the higher core count for faster performance. The R240 can handle collaboration/sharing, mail/messaging, file/print, data coordination, and web hosting.R340: The R340 is designed to boost productivity, scale at your own pace, and help simplify your IT infrastructure. It offers high availability features like hot-plug drives and hot-plug redundant power supplies. The R340 is great for file/print, mail/messaging, collaboration/sharing and remote/branch offices. Plus, the R340 goes into the same type of SMB rack infrastructure as the R240.TowersT140: This is an excellent server for desktop consolidation and general business applications. It includes tasks like collaboration, productivity apps, file-and-print, mail and messaging, office data coordination and file sharing. The T140 typically goes to small office/home office users and helps these businesses get organized. Plus, it also simplifies the IT of their growing business onto a reliable platform and attain greater productivity.T340: The T340 tower server is well-suited for single-tier workloads and offers room for expansion. While it supports the same kind of general-purpose applications as the T140, the T340 offers greater internal storage capacity. It can accommodate users with rapidly expanding data storage requirements or allowing steady data growth and expandability. Its convenient tower form also makes it a popular choice for remote office/branch office sites, for example, bank branches and retail outlets.The PowerEdge one-socket servers can help simplify your IT environment, make better use of data, and are ready to scale with your business. Check out a couple of tips to help get you started on your server selection if you are unsure where to begin.For additional information about PowerEdge servers, visit, or contact your small business technology advisor for more information at 877-BUY-DELL.Be sure to follow us and join the conversation on Twitter @DellEMCServers.[1] IDC FutureScape: Worldwide SMB 2020 Predictions, Doc # US45587619, Oct. 2019[2] Based on Dell EMC Internal analysis comparing T340, R240, and R340 vs the previous generation. September 2019. (Not applicable to the T140)[3] Based on Dell EMC internal testing November 2019 comparing PowerEdge 1S Servers running Intel® Xeon® E-2186 processors vs PowerEdge 1S Servers running Intel® Xeon® E-2288 processors using SPECcpu2017 int_rate_base. Actual results may vary.[4] Based on a November 2017 Principled Technologies Test Report commissioned by Dell EMC comparing in-house deployment vs. Dell EMC ProDeploy for Enterprise deployment service for Dell PowerEdge R730 servers, Dell Storage SC9000 and SC420 and networking components. Actual results may vary.[5] Based on June 2018 Principled Technologies Report commissioned by Dell EMC, “Save time and IT effort resolving server hardware issues with ProSupport Plus and SupportAssist,” compared to Basic Warranty without SupportAssist. Actual results will vary.last_img read more

Sierra Boggess & More Set for Broadway Backwards

first_imgSierra Boggess(Photo: Bruce Glikas) View Comments What a lineup! Sierra Boggess (School of Rock), Andrew Keenan-Bolger (Newsies), Javier Muñoz (Hamilton) and many more have joined the roster for this year’s Broadway Backwards. As announced, the annual benefit, which showcases Broadway favorites offering gender-bending takes on their favorite tunes, is set for March 13 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, currently the home of Kinky Boots.Also joining the roster will be Alex Brightman (School of Rock), Rachel Bay Jones (Dear Evan Hansen), Andrew Rannells (Falsettos), Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Kathleen Turner (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), Bobby Conte Thornton (A Bronx Tale), Ariana DeBose (A Bronx Tale), Jay Armstrong Johnson (On the Town), Lora Lee Gayer (Holiday Inn), Len Cariou (Sweeney Todd), John Glover (The Cherry Orchard), Levi Kreis (Million Dollar Quartet), Bobby Steggert (Big Fish) and Rachel York (Disaster!). More special guests will be announced later this month. Performers are subject to change.Directed by Robert Bartley, the show will feature music supervision by Mary-Mitchell Campbell, music direction by Laura Bergquist and choreography from Bartley, Christopher Rice and Adam Roberts. Produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the event will benefit Broadway Cares and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center.last_img read more

Root rot observed

first_imgUniversity of Georgia Drought has taken a toll on Georgia trees this year. Some of those problems start at the root. On “Gardening in Georgia” Oct. 18 and 20 find out how to examine tree roots without hurting the tree and add valuable nutrients to the soil at the same time. “Gardening in Georgia” airs on Georgia Public Broadcasting stations across Georgia each Thursday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.Georgia abounds with the beautiful blooms of crape myrtle each summer. While most are small trees or large shrubs, show host Walter Reeves and Mike Sikes show off dwarf varieties developed at the University of Georgia Center for Applied Nursery Research. These small specimens can make a big impact in a landscape.Large shrubs often lose lower limbs and foliage, exposing bare trunks. UGA horticulture professor David Berle gives viewers ideas on how to hide the “knees and legs” of a large holly. In addition, Berle shares how he works with UGA horticulture students to develop their interest in plants. It turns out there are lots of interesting jobs in this field.”Gardening in Georgia” is coproduced by GPB and the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Each show is geared to Georgia soils, climate and growing conditions.The 2007 season is made possible through an underwriting gift from McCorkle Nurseries and support from the Metro Atlanta Landscape and Turf Association. For more on “Gardening in Georgia,” visit read more

Georgia Drought

first_img“This is definitely a below-average season. Up to 30 percent of our rain in the summer comes from tropical systems. When we don’t have those storms come over, we’re more likely to go into a drought,” Knox said.For more information about drought in the United States, go to A summer drought combined with scorching temperatures have Georgia farmers feeling the heat, says University of Georgia’s agricultural climatologist Pam Knox.“Now that the temperatures have risen and we’re still not getting rain, it’s really put a lot more stress on the crops,” Knox said. “Looks like there’s not a whole lot of relief in sight anytime soon.”Parts of Georgia have been classified as D2 — in severe drought — by the Drought Monitor, an organization that tracks the country’s rain deficits. That classification includes Alma in south central Georgia, an area thriving in blueberry production, but one that had endured a record-low amount of rainfall last month. Knox said Alma recorded less than half an inch of rain in July.Another drought-ridden part of Georgia include areas southwest of Tifton, in which crops have deteriorated rapidly in recent weeks, says Knox.The summer drought is having a detrimental impact on summer crops. Scott Monfort, a peanut agronomist based on the UGA Tifton Campus, said about half of Georgia’s 590,000 acres are farmed on irrigated land. Farmers with non-irrigated peanuts, however, could feel the pinch once harvest season begins in September if it doesn’t rain soon.“I think we’ll see our harvest a little under what it has been, not as great as we’ve seen,” Monfort said, referring to 2012-13 when yields were the best the state has ever seen. “It’s just real spotty where we’ve gotten rain. In a couple of locations, we’re telling our growers to watch what they put into it because they might not get it back out.”Monfort said peanuts will start being harvested around the third week of September and continue as late as Thanksgiving for crops planted the end of May through the first of June.Georgia cotton farmers expect a productive harvest despite the prolonged drought. UGA Extension cotton agronomist Guy Collins said the USDA is predicting 967 pounds per acre, though Collins believes that number is a little high.“We’ve got some really good looking cotton and some that’s struggled. Last year, the cotton was so water-logged, it was poor. But this year has been more of a typical year for us so far. There’s always some drought stress at some point in the game so our growers are used to dealing with it,” he said.Georgia growers planted 1.45 million acres of cotton this year.The recent heat wave has also taken its toll on vegetable producers who are trying to get their fall crop in the ground, says UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences vegetable horticulturist Tim Coolong.“People are trying to get transplants into plastic and get them established. This heat last week has been an issue,” Coolong said. “People are having to run irrigation to wet the beds before planting. They normally do that anyway but they’re having to do it a little more now and then really keep the water on the plants.” Since most Georgia grown vegetables are heavily irrigated, the lack of rainfall has reduced the potential for some diseases.Contributing to Georgia’s severe drought is the lack of tropical systems coming up from the Gulf of Mexico.last_img read more

GE to build 500MW pumped hydro storage project at Australian renewable energy hub

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:Global energy giant GE has signed an agreement to co-develop a proposed 500MW pumped hydro storage project at Dungowan Dam in the New England region of New South Wales state.Dungowan forms part of the massive 4,000MW renewables and storage hub being put together by Walcha Energy – in what would be the biggest integrated renewables and storage project in Australia and likely a major part of the New England renewable energy zone (REZ) proposed by the NSW state government on Friday.GE Renewable Energy Hydro Solutions has agreed to provide technical and commercial support to help accelerate the development of Dungowan pumped hydro storage power plant, which would have between six to eight hours of storage.“Dungowan PHES will help facilitate new wind and solar projects and provide firming and grid support services at a critical point on the Australian National Electricity Market,” said Simon Currie, the managing director at Energy Estate, a partner in Walcha Energy. “The project represents a unique opportunity to tap into a high-head site, in close proximity to an existing reservoir. It is strategically located between retiring coal capacity to the south and emerging wind and solar capacity to the east, west and north.”The Walcha project already includes defined projects such as the 700MW Winterbourne wind farm (in which global wind giant Vestas has bought a majority stake), the 700MW Salisbury solar farm and the 700MW Ruby Hills wind farm, and aims to unite up to 4,000MW of capacity around the Uralla Renewable Energy Hub.Currie says the Dungowan pumped hydro storage power plant would play a critical role in ensuring that new wind and solar generation can be reliably and safely fed into the grid.[Giles Parkinson]More: GE signs agreement to develop 500MW pumped hydro project in NSW GE to build 500MW pumped hydro storage project at Australian renewable energy hublast_img read more

Veiled Threats in the Americas

first_img Román Ortiz, an academic and director of the national security and defense consultancy DecisivePoint in Bogotá, warns that the promises and investments of Iran do not represent the economic opportunities many Latin Americans are led to believe. Rather, they serve an altogether insidious purpose: to circumvent international sanctions and build a terrorist support network. “You can’t simply say that Iranian funds are neutral, because Iran is a country that has consistently violated international law,” said Ortiz. “This Iranian assistance is just a front. What the Iranians are looking for basically is political and strategic influence.” The mosque, surrounded by tall iron gates, palm trees and lush vegetation has become an oasis in the city. Accentuated by glow from its stained glass windows, the mosque’s interior is a peaceful sanctuary for the city’s Sunnis to worship in. Likewise, the Shiite community, a minority of the estimated 3,000 Muslims in Maicao, celebrates religious festivals at the Husainiyya, a rectangular structure surrounded by palm trees. The Lebanese flag is painted on the corrugated shutters of a shop in Maicao, Colombia, where Middle Eastern images and sounds are common in the streets of the busy free-trade zone. Home to Colombia’s largest Muslim population, Maicao is a cacophony of buzzing motorcycles, congested streets and blaring generators on the desert border with Venezuela. However, beneath this bustle of trade and legitimate business, authorities say some shopkeepers are illicitly funneling money to terrorist organizations. The Iran Connection Colombian investigators say terrorism financiers are active in Maicao, where sympathizers for the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah are open to its main benefactor, Iran. This complex connection has several factors at play. The Middle Eastern population allows for Islamic terrorist groups to blend in and appeal to the cultural ties and political sympathies of local people. Active free-trade zones with porous borders are havens for the sale of pirated goods and laundering of drug money, funding sources that attract terrorist groups and their sympathizers. Finally, Iran has lavished the region with big investments and promises, conducting community outreach and opening or expanding 11 diplomatic posts in recent years, actions that some believe hide its true intentions. Targeting Terrorism Financiers Ortiz explained that Iran is interested in using trade to garner relationships with countries in the region for two principal purposes. The first is to break the regiment of sanctions established by United Nations so as to continue its ballistic missile program. For that to happen, Iran needs free movement of funds, procurement of uranium and nuclear technologies. The second motive, he explained, is to set up a terrorist network of like-minded groups in the region who could attack U.S. and Israeli interests if Iran’s nuclear facilities are targeted. Most business in Maicao is conducted in Spanish, even between Lebanese-born merchants. However, Colombian investigators armed with court orders to listen in on cell phone conversations of suspected money launderers have noticed one commonality: The conversation switches to Arabic when it involves transferring drug money to terrorist groups abroad. Colombian investigators are finding evidence that terrorism financing cells in Maicao are still active, fueling drug violence and terrorist networks that could grow if not stemmed by strong legislation and active detection. At the turn of the 20th century, Maicao was a destination of choice for Lebanese migrants who set up businesses at this and other free-trade zones, such as Ciudad del Este, Paraguay; Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil; and Iquique, Chile. By 1997, the Muslim population in Maicao, known as “turcos” locally because the first immigrants arrived during Turkey’s Ottoman Empire, helped erect the Omar Ibn Al-Khattab Mosque designed by Iranian architect Ali Namazi. center_img By Dialogo July 03, 2013 “Colombia has a wide range of legal, criminal and administrative and financial instruments to prevent, control, detect, investigate and prosecute acts of terrorism and related activities,” said Luis Edmundo Suárez, director of the Financial Information and Analysis Unit of the Colombian Ministry of Finance and Public Credit. These include five national laws passed since 2000 that ratified decrees by the United Nations and the Organization of American States against terrorism and strengthened tools for police and investigators. Suárez also said that Colombia cooperates in a variety of ways with the U.S. to investigate terrorism financing, including exchanging financial intelligence and reciprocal legal assistance between the Public Prosecutor´s Office and the U.S. Office of the Attorney General. Salazar said terrorism financing investigations often involve collaboration with other nations beyond the U.S., including England, Canada and neighboring countries in South America. Such investigations are active right now in Maicao, Salazar said, in an effort by the state to stop drug violence and stem the activity of terrorist cells to keep Colombian citizens safe. “It is growing even though [investigators] are trying to beat it; they have many alliances, and they work together quite a bit,” he said. “They can be like an epidemic, like a growing virus.” “Those are certainly things that would benefit Iran and be a detriment to world security,” said Stephen Johnson, director of the Americas program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., and author of the report, “Iran’s Influence in the Americas.” Ilan Berman, an expert who spoke in October 2012 on a panel about Iran’s influence in Latin America, said, “What Iran is doing in the region can be classified as support activities, activities that support Hezbollah or other Iranian proxies through financial transfers.” Mauricio Nieto, director of the investigation unit charged with narcotrafficking and money laundering at the Public Prosecutor’s Office, believes a dangerous formula is in place for Lebanese terrorist financing cells to develop a quid pro quo with the guerrilla Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). “Part of the drug trade is managed by the FARC. The FARC need connections with extreme leftists, of which we know some Lebanese are, to get practice and training in explosives,” he said. In this scenario, the FARC could benefit from explosives training by Hezbollah operatives and a vehicle for laundering drug money, while the terrorist cells could use profits from drug sales to fund Hezbollah. In addition, financing Hezbollah with drug money supports dangerous drug cartels in Colombia that proliferate violence against Colombian nationals. “Even though they speak in coded language, we can use [phone tapping] to discern what they’re saying. But, the Lebanese speak in their own language about the most delicate or sensitive aspects of the crimes they are trying to coordinate,” said Salazar. Colombian investigator Raul Salazar works on crimes involving drug trafficking and terrorism financing in the Colombian Public Prosecutor’s Office in Bogotá. In 2008, he helped close Operation Titan, a three-year international investigation that brought down 111 people in a drug-trafficking ring that stretched from Colombia to the U.S., Canada, Europe and the Middle East, including three Hezbollah financiers. He said that Lebanese citizens in Maicao and terrorism cells across Latin America are using their close cultural ties and sympathies to fund the armed wing of Hezbollah in Lebanon with part of the profits they reap from narcotrafficking and money laundering in Colombia. Colombian investigations, coupled with accusations by the U.S. Treasury Department have led some suspects to abandon their shops and flee the country. Those who remain are shocked that friends and neighbors could be financing terrorism in the shadow of the third largest mosque in the Americas. last_img read more

6 bad habits of unproductive meetings and a few ideas to help

first_imgHave you ever left a meeting, and no one in the meeting could recall what decision was made about a specific topic? Were you ever in a meeting and thought, “these issues could have been addressed with an email?” How many times have you been in a meeting and wondered why you were there, because none of the topics pertained to you?I’ve participated in countless meetings in my professional life and in my volunteer roles. Some meetings were quite effective, and the attendees left all revved up about the projects. But other meetings were a complete waste of time with attendees who wanted to be anywhere except in that meeting. I worked for a company years ago, and we would actually have a meeting ABOUT the meeting. At that same company, I was told by the CEO that I should keep two hours clear after every meeting in case any particular meeting ran long. Seriously. Two hours. After every meeting.Meetings are a necessary and valuable tool in the collaborative process. But bad meeting habits can quickly slaughter the productivity of any meeting.  Here are some common bad meeting habits. Are any of them yours?  Bad Meeting Habit #1: No Agenda. A meeting agenda is critical for the productivity of the meeting, even if the attendees include only a few people. On several occasions, I have participated in meetings with no agenda. Many were “free for all” discussions about any topic under the sun. One meeting even included a play-by-play of the miraculous chip shot to the green made by one of the attendees the previous weekend. Imagine how productive that meeting was. And imagine how thrilled I was to be there.  Bad Meeting Habit #2: No Notes. You just have to write stuff down. Important stuff like decisions, who is doing what, and what will happen next. Determine a notetaker at each meeting to capture relevant discussion and action items and distribute meeting notes to all attendees within two days of the meeting. Bad Meeting Habit #3: Inviting the Wrong People.Include only those that will provide necessary information to the agenda topics. Those who aren’t needed and not invited will thank you. Bad Meeting Habit #4: Not Being Prepared.Unprepared participants can really slow down a meeting as well as the project. An agenda will help ensure that attendees have an idea of what to prepare. You don’t want to be the one who shows up at the meeting without your homework. Bad Meeting Habit #5: No Start and End Time.Time is money. Set a start and end time for the meeting and then stick to it. Don’t penalize the on-timers by waiting for the late arrivers. Start at the scheduled time. Bad Meeting Habit #6: No Facilitator. Every meeting needs a Big Cheese, and it doesn’t always have to be the same person. The facilitator role can change, but a facilitator is a must to keep the meeting on track. You simply have to have someone in charge.I know these bad meeting habits seem so obvious to avoid. But when they sneak into your meeting, you can kiss your productivity goodbye. Over the years, I’ve facilitated many types of meetings – Strategic Planning Sessions, Management Meetings, Staff Meetings, In-Service Training Days, and many others. Below are a few of my ideas that may help improve your meeting productivity.  Tangent Monitor. At the beginning of a meeting, a Tangent Monitor is selected. (Sometimes this involves a bribe of chocolate or a $5 Starbucks gift card.) It’s important to note that the Tangent Monitor is not the facilitator. Throughout the meeting, when the conversation takes a left turn, the Tangent Monitor will interrupt and designate the issue as a tangent and note the topic of discussion to address at a future meeting. This practice preserves the meeting’s focus while not losing other pertinent discussion items.60 Second Rule. We’ve all been in that meeting with someone who just loooooooooooooooves to hear themselves talk. About anything. About nothing. So, I have a little sign with a “60” on it. If someone is yammering on and on, anyone can pick up the 60 sign, and the speaker then has 60 seconds to make their point and then zip it. I explain the 60 sign at the beginning of the meeting, and everyone agrees to use it respectfully. It keeps the meeting dialogue on track, and it deters one person from monopolizing the conversation. Remember, nobody likes a Big-Mouth-Know-It-All.TTD (Things To Do) List. The TTD list is included at the end of the meeting notes. Each TTD item includes a detailed task and the person responsible. At the next meeting, the TTD list is reviewed to ensure tasks were completed. This is an effective tool to foster accountability. When a task is documented in writing with a specific name, people tend to become a bit more accountable. Last One in Their Chair. This habit is a good one to ensure the meeting starts on time, and it was devised years ago when I worked at a credit union. The credit union supplied treats (donuts or pastries) at the monthly staff meeting. The last person in their seat was responsible for getting the treats for the next meeting. The credit union picked up the tab, but that person was responsible to get them. This rule applied to every single staff person, CEO included. It was an effective practice, because absolutely no one was exempt. And I can assure you that after that rule was implemented, our meetings started on time with everyone present.Think of your meetings. What are your habits? Are they bad? Are they good? If you’re having productive meetings and the participants leave enthused, energized and excited to get to work, give yourself a pat on the back! Kudos to you! But if you’re having meetings where participants are absolutely thrilled the meeting is over, you might want to evaluate your meeting structure. Meetings are a critical part of the functionality of a business, but if we get it wrong, the results can be detrimental to the forward movement of any organization. If you’re still wondering why an effective meeting is that important, consider your bottom line. Determine the hourly wage of every employee who sits through an unproductive meeting and multiply that by how many hours the meeting lasted. That’s how much money you just threw out the window. Plus fifty bucks for the bagels. I hope you find these points helpful to your organization’s meeting productivity. If not, maybe we should have a meeting about it. I’ll do the agenda.For more information about Jayni or how her company might help your credit union, visit their website at or email her directly at [email protected] 59SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jayni Sech Jayni founded Marketing Solutions Unlimited, a credit union marketing company, in 2001 to offer creative solutions to marketing challenges in the credit union industry. Her vision was to build a … Web: Detailslast_img read more

How do you fix a broken pipeline?

first_imgHow do you fix a broken pipeline? I’ll be honest: I’m not experienced in the fields of pipefitting or plumbing or natural gas distribution, but I can imagine that one accurate answer is, “It depends how and where it is broken.” A pipeline is a system that carries liquid or gas over a long distance to a designated area for use there. If a community at the distribution point of the pipeline finds they are not receiving the resource they expected, they might identify that they have a “pipeline problem.” From that point, they would diagnose the problem, recognizing the many points for potential compromise. The resource could have made it to the distribution point, but become stuck before it was distributed. There could be a leak somewhere along the way, causing the resource to seep out too early. Perhaps there was a challenge at the point of origin and the resource never entered the pipeline to begin with. When those working with the pipeline explore what has caused the malfunction, they can apply solutions specific to the problem. There is a pipeline problem in the credit union industry today. The evidence is in low output of female and minority leaders in key industry leadership positions at large credit unions; with state, national, and global trade associations; and in volunteer Chairperson positions across the industry. Today, women hold only 14% of CEO positions at credit unions over $1B in assets. A woman has never held the CEO position at CUNA, NAFCU, WOCCU, or CUES. Among the 36 currently serving CEOs at state credit union trade associations, four are female (approximately 11% of the total). Recent data from CUNA shows that approximately 5% of all credit union CEO positions (of all asset-sizes) are held by people of color. This number is consistent with representation in the 40 trade associations referenced in the previous paragraph, as well. Approximately 95% of those CEO positions are held by white people.Staying with the pipeline analogy, imagine that the system of pipes is all the jobs in the credit union industry that might help someone advance to a top-level position. Initial hiring into an entry-level manager position is where a person first enters the pipeline. If a person leaves or becomes stuck in a mid-management position, even with ambition to rise to the C-suite, that would represent the mid-pipeline leak. A lack of diverse and highly qualified candidate pools for top leadership positions is like being at the end of a pipeline and not receiving the resource that was meant to be distributed. This could be a result of an issue at the distribution point, or anywhere else in the pipeline. Unfortunately– unlike people dealing with literal pipelines– often when industries experience the result of a talent “pipeline problem,” they meet it with a shrug, observing that the women or people of color “just don’t apply for these jobs.” Rather than recognizing a problem with the pipeline, the scarcity of diverse talent in candidate pools is blamed on the resource itself (the people who “just don’t apply for these jobs”). It is more likely that homogenous candidate pools are a result of something that happened much earlier in the careers of aspiring CEOs, though. A McKinsey study on Women in the Workplace (2018) finds that hiring and promotions at the first (entry-level) management position creates the greatest disadvantage for women. Even though women earn more than half of all college degrees right now (and have since 1999), for every 100 men hired into manager positions, only 79 women are hired. This disparate rate of advancement continues through further promotions, creating a situation where women never catch up: Today, women hold 38% of management positions. The study goes on to indicate that if current trends persist, the number of women in management will increase by only one percent over the next ten years. Simply by moving forward with promotions at equal rates (not forcing any turnover for those currently holding management positions), near parity could be achieved in 10 years, to women holding 48% of management positions. Credit unions are too important to meet our pipeline problem with complacency. Ten years from now, our numbers must demonstrate more parity than the 1% change that other workplaces are trending toward if we hope to have the leadership that will preserve our industry’s relevance and continue delivering on our unique value proposition. We are in a very real war for talent, and we must respond strategically: Unemployment is at just 3.5 percent in September 2019, leading many businesses to cite competition to attract and retain top talent as a major threat to business growth. Many sources inside the credit union industry estimate that as many as 50% of current CEOs will retire in the next decade. To face this challenge, credit unions must be positioned as attractive employers to today’s changing workforce.  I ask again: How do you fix a pipeline problem?In the credit union industry, we must do it holistically, looking at all the possible points where the pipeline might be compromised and providing solutions at each of these points. Today’s leaders must take personal responsibility for mentoring and sponsoring future leaders early in their careers (especially leaders who are different from them in demographics and skillset); organizations must invest in inclusive employee development programs that serve individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ways of thinking; and recruitment efforts must acknowledge implicit biases that may prevent attraction or selection of diverse candidate pools and work to overcome the effects of these biases. Humanidei is committed to coaching organizations beyond understanding why diversity and inclusion matter into action steps that will result in measurable impact. If you and your credit union are ready to fix the pipeline and win the war for talent, now is the time for action. 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jill Nowacki Jill Nowacki started her career with credit unions in 2001. She has taken on leadership roles at credit unions and state and national trade associations. Now, she uses her experience … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Binghamton man indicted on murder charges

first_imgThe district attorney’s office says Johnson stalked Brooks in July and August. The Broome County District Attorney’s Office says 45-year-old Lance R. Johnson has been indicted for shooting and killing Alison I. Salisbury and stalking and attempting to kill Shannon E. Brooks. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — A Binghamton man has been indicted on multiple charges in Broome County Court on Friday. Johnson was indicted on the following charges: Murder in the 2nd degree, a class A1 felonyAttempted murder in the 2nd degree, a class B felonyCriminal use of a firearm in the 1st degree, a class B felonyTwo counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the 2nd degree, a class C felonyTampering with physical evidence, a class E felonyStalking in the 4th degree, a misdemeanorlast_img read more