Vietnam People’s Army Chief of General Staff Visits Australia

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Vietnam People’s Army Chief of General Staff Visits Australia View post tag: Australia View post tag: chief The Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, welcomed Senior Lieutenant General Do Ba Ty, Chief of General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army to Canberra yesterday at the start of a three-day visit to Australia.ACM Binskin said defence engagement between Vietnam and Australia had developed significantly since the formal bilateral defence relationship began in 1998.Our two defence forces are working to foster closer cooperation through regular dialogue, senior-level visits and training on themes of mutual interest.The relationship is focused on peacekeeping, maritime security and officer training.Port visits and training activities designed to further enhance our maritime security engagement support our shared interest in maintaining maritime and aviation security as well as countering piracy.During their meeting, ACM Binskin and Senior Lieutenant General Do Ba Ty discussed ways to increase practical cooperation between the two defence forces.During his time in Australia, Senior Lieutenant General Do Ba Ty will also visit the Australian Defence College and HMAS Stirling in Perth.[mappress mapid=”14400″]Press release, Image: Australian Navy View post tag: Army Vietnam People’s Army Chief of General Staff Visits Australia View post tag: Vietnam People View post tag: Navy Authorities View post tag: General View post tag: Naval View post tag: visits Share this article View post tag: Staff November 11, 2014 View post tag: Asia-Pacific View post tag: News by topiclast_img read more

Clinical Assistant/Associate/Full Professor – General Dermatology (38265)

first_imgThe Department of Dermatology invites applications for a GeneralDermatologist physician to pursue a career with the Department ofDermatology in the College of Medicine at the University ofFlorida. This is a full time 1.00 FTE clinical track position.Primary duties include providing care for dermatology patients atUF Health Dermatology Springhill. It will be expected that thecandidate participates in teaching dermatology residents/fellows,medicine residents and medical students and share “on call” consultresponsibilities at Shands at UF.Applicants must have an M.D. degree and board-certified or boardeligible in Dermatology. Applicant must be eligible for a FloridaMedical License.This position was originally posted under requisition #500483.Previous applicants are still being considered and need notreapply.Please upload a CV, cover letter and three letters ofrecommendation in order to be considered for this position.Final candidate will be required to provide an official transcriptto the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not beconsidered “official” if a designation of “issued to student” isvisible. Degrees from an education institution outside of theUnited States are required to be evaluated by a professionalcredentialing service provider approved by the National Associationof Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply forthis position, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay Systemat 800-955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility towork in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida’sSunshine Law.#medicine=35The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination withrespect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex,sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status,national origin, political opinions or affiliations, geneticinformation and veteran status in all aspects of employmentincluding recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline,terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, andtraining.last_img read more

Mondelēz extends Cadbury production

first_imgA new Cadbury production line has opened at Mondelēz International’s site in Birmingham as part of a £75m investment. Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills Sajid Javid opened the new line on Friday (21 August) as the government pledged to make the Midlands “an engine for growth” for the UK economy.The new production line at Cadbury is part of a major investment in Bournville, announced last year. It will make Cadbury Roses and Heroes assortments and Cadbury Dairy Milk bars.The investment includes spend on equipment and people with a new training facility and benefits to apprentices and operators.Mary Barnard, president of Northern Europe at Mondelēz International, said: “Our £75m investment into Bournville is not just about new machinery; it’s also about investing in the people who work here. We welcomed the opportunity for Mr Javid to visit our new training facility and meet with apprentices and operators to hear first-hand about the new skills, knowledge and qualifications they are gaining.”Javid said: “I want every part of the UK to grow and do well. But for far too long, a lot of it has just been about the south east. The Midlands already has so much going for it, with great household names like Cadbury, so it has the potential and the people.”Javid said the plan is to add £34bn to the Midlands economy by 2030 and create 300,000 more jobs.Mondelēz International employs more than 4,000 people in the UK across nine sites.Bournville 24-hour output:1.2 million Cadbury Creme Eggs5.5 million blocks of chocolate10 million assortment units (Cadbury Roses and Heroes)More than 400 million Cadbury Dairy Milk ButtonsOver 1 million Wispa barslast_img read more

Q-Tip To Teach New College Course On Jazz & Hip-Hop At NYU

first_imgLegendary rapper, producer, and DJ Q-Tip will add a new item to his long list of professional endeavors: college professor. The founding A Tribe Called Quest MC/producer has announced that he will teach a new course examining the relationship between jazz and hip-hop at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music in the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University this coming fall semester.The class will explore the boundary-breaking artists of the 1970s, 80s, and 90s and beyond who fused musical genres and prototyped new music techniques including The Last Poets, Stetsasonic, A Tribe Called Quest, Public Enemy, The Roots, Lauryn Hill, and Kendrick Lamar.According to a statement from the school:This course is among the first in the world to explore the underappreciated connections between jazz and hip-hop and combines historical and social perspectives with the opportunity to produce original music at the nexus of the two genres.Jazz emerged in the 1920s, prioritizing traditional musicianship, and hip-hop—born in the 1970s— favors non-traditional approaches and instrumentation, but the two styles continue to grow and influence each other. As one of the most successful figures in hip-hop, Q-Tip brings to NYU visionary ideas about the intersections and parallel developments of these musical styles.Q-Tip will conduct the course in tandem with the acclaimed journalist, writer, and producer Ashley Kahn. The course curriculum will be taught over seven class sessions, with each class split into two parts. The first part of each period will feature focused readings and listening assignments that “investigate the social, cultural, musical, and business aspects of the relationships between jazz and hip-hop.” The second portion of each lesson will focus on “musicianship, performance, composition, and production with students completing in-class and out-of-class assignments under Q-Tip’s mentorship, investigating compositional and studio choices at the nexus of hip hop and jazz, and working collaboratively to create, refine, and produce their own original musical works.”“I couldn’t be more excited to share with the students what I know and I look forward to them also teaching me. Teaching is an exchange of sharing and receiving for all involved,” says Q-Tip.“We’re thrilled to have Q-Tip join the faculty of The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music,” says Jason King, associate professor and director of Writing, History & Emergent Media Studies at the Clive Davis Institute. “In searching for instructors to teach in our program, our aim is to always bring top-flight working professionals to the classroom who have made a major impact in their fields. That’s why we’re so excited to welcome Q-Tip, since he’s a peerless icon who redefined hip-hop for generations to come and brought jazz to the genre, especially through his contribution with A Tribe Called Quest. He also has a natural instinct for teaching and cultivating excellence in students in terms of their focus on craft and expressive style. It’s going to be transformative to have him on board.”[via NYU]last_img read more

Serving up a new social order

first_imgFor nearly four centuries, Harvard University has educated young people — and fed them. When the University responded to the COVID-19 pandemic in March by curtailing on-campus operations and sending students home, it maintained the teaching but not the feeding. Both functions will be restored someday. But maybe not exactly as before. Food’s significance for social inclusion and equality is the main theme of “Resetting the Table,” an exhibit at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography for which I was guest curator. Now that no one can gather around the exhibit’s central table — or any table at Harvard — I’ve been thinking about what past crises show about food and Harvard. Two earlier emergencies had different outcomes: the College’s use of food to enforce social hierarchy survived the American Revolution, but not World War II. It’ll be the second era’s more forthright reforms that we’ll need, moving forward.Once upon a time, Harvard students and faculty ate together, like a family. At meals, the faculty and president acted as kin and father, as if students were children who needed supervision. Students were younger on average than College students today and were considered intellectual apprentices. Meals were ways to remind them of their dependent status, even though, as free men, overwhelmingly white, they would eventually rank high. Although some students boarded out, the College discouraged this. Students could collect morning provisions from the Buttery and breakfast in their rooms, but other meals were eaten in common, at tables set with equipment, such as silver salt cellars, to mark community and ceremony. Exceptions to the College diet were granted only by petition. The authorities were scandalized, in 1723, when students were caught “going into town, on Sabbath mornings, to provide breakfasts.” (Everything has a history, even Sunday brunch.) Some cravings proved impossible to control. In 1759, students were permitted to hold private entertainments with rum punch, and no adult supervision, so long as the punch wasn’t too strong.Silver salt cellars were placed on student dining tables to mark community and ceremony. © President and Fellows of Harvard College Repository Harvard Art MuseumsStructured meals survived the College’s first major disruption, the American Revolution. For a time, students could model any dissatisfaction with Harvard food on Colonial protests of British policies. In 1766, when served rancid butter, students protested: “Behold our Butter stinketh!” They met, passed resolutions to walk out of breakfast, and did the walkout. The Corporation and Overseers demanded confessions and a pledge of future good conduct. So much for defying oppression within Harvard. Meanwhile, the Boston area was becoming a hotspot in the bigger rebellion. On May 1, 1775, 12 days after the battles of Lexington and Concord, the Massachusetts Committee of Safety (with executive power over the province) dismissed Harvard students early for summer vacation. The Massachusetts Provincial Congress then commandeered Harvard’s grounds and buildings for the Continental Army — 640 soldiers crammed into Massachusetts Hall. The College ordered students to reassemble in Concord on Oct. 4. There, faculty and students boarded in taverns and private homes. Tavernkeepers and householders acted in loco parentis, supervising the behavior of the young men they lodged and fed.By June 1776, Harvard could reoccupy its property, and College life resumed. After the war, the student body outgrew available accommodations within the Yard. By 1849, Harvard abandoned dining in common. Students (still all male, still overwhelmingly white) no longer considered themselves the social inferiors of the president and faculty. They were private gentlemen, with new emphasis on the social differences among them. Cambridge boardinghouses took anyone who could pay, but some students created private club tables to which members had to be elected. Students with even greater means lived luxuriously in private accommodations and ate at restaurants.,Social inequalities remained obvious even once dining in common was reinstated after 1874, with the construction of Memorial Hall and organization of the Harvard Dining Association. The association was essentially a club with membership fees. Its food service reinforced the status of Harvard’s white male undergraduates, who were served at table, as if at a restaurant. The waiters were predominantly African American men. “Mem Hall” had set menus, but also lists of extras for those who could afford oysters, imported cheeses, or other delicacies. The University tried to maintain this service through World War I, but Memorial Hall began to operate at a loss. It was closed in 1925. Food service continued for freshmen in the Harvard Union, now the Barker Center. Upperclassmen had to fend for themselves. They fared best if their family backgrounds gave them entrance to private clubs.Construction of the residential Houses restored a universal food service. The first two Houses, Dunster and Lowell, opened in 1930, and others at Harvard and Radcliffe eventually accommodated most undergraduates. House dining halls maintained table service with waiters, but offered full board for a fixed price, rather than clubby membership and pay-as-you-go. These developments mirrored what was happening at Harvard more generally, as it became more socially inclusive, more egalitarian. Students were now primarily citizens of the nation and, in a sense, of Harvard.Citizenship was crucial to food and eating at Harvard during World War II, once the U.S. entered the war against fascism. By May 1942, all U.S. civilians received ration books, with quotas for many foods, including sugar, coffee, butter, and meat. Harvard and Radcliffe food services had to calculate students’ rations into what could be bought and served. During the war, the Faculty Club economically served horsemeat (which lingered on the menu until the 1970s). Wartime labor shortages were even more transformative. Men who might have waited tables were drafted, volunteered, or did other war work. Some Houses hired waitresses; others used students as waiters.After the war, the Houses universally adopted cafeteria service, a more democratic way of eating. This development matched efforts to make Harvard more inclusive and egalitarian: admitting students on the G.I. Bill, blending Radcliffe’s female students into Harvard, and accepting more people of color and first-generation students. House dining halls were inclusive communities, collectives of equals. That was quite new at Harvard. It was prompted by U.S. policies — rationing, universal male conscription, Civil Rights legislation — that had no real antecedents, not even in the “revolutionary” era. The policies offered a minimum of redress for past inequities. That bare foundation never generated enough shelter from the fatal consequences of American racism. No one knows what a post-COVID world will look like. But at Harvard, as we decide how we will teach, when (and whom) we might feed, we have another opportunity to set a better table and a better example.Joyce Chaplin is the James Duncan Phillips Professor of Early American History. On July 1, Chaplin will be featured on the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture Connects podcast available here.last_img read more

Students conduct research and serve over winter break

first_imgWhile many Notre Dame students spent winter break catching up on rest and relaxation, others traveled the world, performed service projects or furthered career ambitions. Senior Kiki Gelke spent a week in Poland on a grant from the Nanovic Institute of European Studies. While in Poland, Gelke said she conducted research for her capstone essay on Catholicism in modern Poland, a requirement for her European Studies minor. Gelke said she spent the first part of her trip staying at a convent outside Krakow, and then toured famous religious landmarks in Krakow and Lubin, where she saw Poland’s religious influences on display. “Poland is the frontier between the Catholicism of Western Europe and the Orthodox faith of Eastern Europe.” Gelke said. “These influences were very prevalent.” Gelke said her favorite part of the trip was celebrating the Feast of the Epiphany in Krakow. “In Poland, the Feast of the Epiphany is a huge religious day,” Gelke said. “The dinner was incredible and filled with traditional Polish Christmas carols, the breaking of the traditional opÅatek bread with good wishes and blessings to all present in the year to come, and of course, traditional Polish food.” Senior Adam Cowden went to Botswana for 10 days to do research for his senior thesis with funding from the Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement and the Glynn Family Honors Program. Cowden said his thesis topic explores the role of Social Security and welfare institutions in family planning decisions. “I travelled there to conduct interviews with individuals about their attitudes toward social security and family planning and to collect data from various government departments,” Cowden said. Cowden said the data he collected in Botswana provided strong material for further developing his thesis. “Now I have a lot to write about,” he said. Sophomore Brendan Moran participated in Urban Plunge, a one-credit seminar sponsored by the Center for Social Concerns (CSC) in which students spend two days of their winter break exploring urban poverty in a major city, according to the CSC website. “While I was on my Urban Plunge, I was able to directly serve the impoverished community of south Boston, reflect on my experiences, and ask the important questions surrounding urban poverty,” Moran said. Moran said he and other Notre Dame students lived and volunteered at the non-profit organization My Brother’s Keeper, where they slept in a warehouse at night and delivered food and furniture directly to the needy during the day. “I had a great time on Urban Plunge,” Moran said. “I was able to get out of my comfort zone and participate in a cause that I truly believe in. I met some amazing people along the way, and I feel that my experience revitalized my morale and spirits, which in turn prepared me for another long semester.” Sophomore Caroline Ramsey did a one-day job shadow in New York City, sponsored by the Career Center, which pairs up Notre Dame students with alumni in appropriate fields. Through the program, an editor at a children’s book publishing company mentored Ramsey. “She answered the questions that I had and taught me a lot about the field of publishing,” Ramsey said. Ramsey said participating in the program made her feel confident she wants to pursue a career in publishing. “I hadn’t realized that working as an editor could integrate my interest in writing and design,” she said. “It combines creativity and business in an exciting way.” Ramsey also said experiencing office life firsthand was worthwhile. “Reading about a career or even talking to someone in that career is obviously very helpful,” she said. “Fully entering into an office and being able to participate in the daily activities of that office is invaluable.”last_img read more

Simmons and the NBA

first_imgSimmons and the NBA October 1, 2001 Regular News Simmons and the NBA I n what was supposed to be a celebration of the year’s accomplishments and a gathering to set new goals turned into a groundswell of controversy at the NBA annual convention. “I was prepared to tell you that all was well with the State of the Bar. And then calm became a storm, order became chaos, and good intentions became bad suspicions,” Evett Simmons said at the NBA Opening Plenary Session. The conflict arose from a lawsuit the NAACP had filed against the hotel for incidents that occurred during the Black College Reunion event in Daytona Beach in May 1999, and the NAACP’s urging to boycott the very hotel where the NBA conference was to meet. A dozen days before the July 28 convention began, Simmons sent out an urgent plea to NBA members not to join the boycott of the hotel chain because pulling the plug at the last minute could cost the NBA as much as $1 million. “Such a financial blow would ruin our organization and punish the community we serve,” Simmons said in a letter to NBA members. “As your president, I humbly urge you to bring your questions and concerns about the NAACP boycott to our 76th convention in Dallas where we can respond collectively and rationally.” The convention carried on at the Adam’s Mark, and Simmons told those gathered: “[NAACP] President [Kweisi] Mfume assured me that the relationship between the NAACP and NBA was not jeopardized by this temporary obstacle. We spoke also tonight with Chairman Julian Bond, who assured us that the NAACP had nothing to do with any picketing last night. Rest assured that our relationship with the NAACP is intact.” Simmons added that the chief executive officer of the Adam’s Mark chain and his staff met with NBA members to tell their side of the dispute with the NAACP, including a lawsuit he filed against the NAACP less than a week earlier. After the NBA was unable to persuade him to withdraw the lawsuit, the NBA membership appointed a task force to immediately deal with the Adam’s Mark litigation against the NAACP. “Let me say clearly, for the record, we are not afraid of taking strong action against the Adam’s Mark,” Simmons told the NBA members gathered at the convention. “We have not ‘sold out,’ nor will we hesitate to do whatever is necessary to make sure our members are treated with respect while we are in this hotel. At the same time, we must be careful not to demonize each other. We must be careful not to neglect the agenda that we came here to deal with. Out of the differences that divide, us, we must find a way to leave this convention whole, speaking with one voice.” When Simmons looks back on her year as president of the NBA, she counts among her successes: • “For the first time in our 76-year history, we are financially in the black. For the first time in our 76-year history, we are issuing an annual report on the activities of the bar. For the first time in our 76-year history, we established a partnership with the ABA and the National League of Cities to begin a campaign reducing racism in our cities.” • The NBA partnered with the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement and the National League of Cities to speak out against racial profiling. “Racial profiling is not limited to law enforcement,” Simmons said. “It is also prevalent in education. It has been labeled ‘tracking’ or ‘leveling’ or ‘ability grouping,’ but the bottom line is that it is ‘racial profiling.’” A recent Harvard study, Simmons said, revealed that black students were three times as likely as white students to be categorized as needing special education services. “Moreover, the richer the school district, the more likely that black male students will be classified as mentally retarded,” she said. • The NBA was very active during what Simmons calls the presidential “Election Fiasco.” “On two days’ notice, we filed an amicus curiae brief to the United States Supreme Court in the case of Bush v. Gore, wherein we set forth recommendations involving election reform,” Simmons said. “We established an Elections Task Force that took the lead in organizing other bar associations, working with the NAACP, the Lawyers Committee on Civil Rights and others in advocating voting reform and condemning the disenfranchisement of over 20 percent of the African Americans in this country.” As Simmons said: “Denying former felons the right to vote is a vestige of segregation. There is no reasonable explanation to deny a person the right to vote who has paid his or her debt to society. In the 2000 election in Florida, nearly one-quarter of the African Americans who were of voting age were denied the right to vote because they had a felony record.” • “Too many African-American youth are being tried as adults and being arrested at higher percentages than other youth,” Simmons said. “We have addressed the problems of youth who are too often being tried as adults in unfair legislation.” The NBA spoke out and held seminars on the disparate sentencing of black youth and the inequities of mandatory sentencing. • At a time when only about three percent of lawyers in the country are African American, Simmons pledged the NBA was “on a mission to grow our own lawyers.” The seeds were planted when 34 high school students of color traveled in July to the Crump Law Camp at Howard University for a two-week experience in law school. “All of the students’ expenses were paid so no student was deprived of coming because of expense,” Simmons said. “We even afforded two student spots each for the Asian Pacific Bar, Native American Bar, and the Hispanic National Bar Associations. The students of color, primarily African Americans, learned, worked, and played together with the common goal of going to college, then to law school to become lawyers.” • The NBA spoke out against the dearth of black federal judges. “At the time of my installation, we still had no African American on the federal bench in the Fourth Circuit, notwithstanding there being more African Americans in that circuit than any other,” Simmons said. After an emergency appointment by then President Bill Clinton, followed by pressure from the NBA, Simmons said, President George W. Bush nominated Roger Gregory for a permanent position on the federal bench, and he was confirmed by the Senate. • The theme of Simmons’ year as president was: “National Bar Association, from Social Engineer to Economic Engineer – the Next Frontier.” During its first 75 years, NBA lawyers were engineers for social change. The new challenge is to be engineers for economic empowerment, Simmons said. “Leading by example, I am president of Unity Property Development Corp., which owns real estate valued at nearly $2 million,” Simmons said. “The shareholders and officers of this corporation are all African-American lawyers, doctors, teachers, retired persons, blue-collar workers and others who came together to build one of the finest commercial buildings in Port St. Lucie, Florida,” Simmons said. “It took five years, but the property is doing very well, and the corporation is solvent. We need more of our members to be engineers for economic change. This does not necessarily mean investing. It can mean brokering a deal or making sure the legal aspects of a deal are beneficial to the African Americans involved.” In her last presidential message, Simmons said: “Many of us were children when formal segregation ended in this country. Many of us are first-generation middle- or upper-middle class. Yet, there are many of us who do not want to be associated with the past that brought us to where we are. We do not want to remember the ghetto, the farm, or the town from which we came, because it reminds us of an era to which we do not want to return. “However, if we thought long enough, we would remember that the reason that we are where we are is because someone came back or gave back and motivated us to do better. It is time for us to do the same.”last_img read more

CUNA: S&L bill should prompt action on credit union parity

first_imgAs a bill to give federal savings associations rights and duties equal with national banks passed a U.S. House committee, a series of lawmakers said Congress should also focus on relief for credit unions, which have a superior safety and soundness record.The House Financial Services Committee passed the bill, H.R. 1660, during a markup Tuesday.During the markup Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.) expressed concern that credit union relief was not on the day’s agenda.“Credit union regulatory relief should be front and center when we’re talking about relief for community financial institutions,” Royce said, just before submitting a letter from CUNA into the record. “I am hopeful this committee’s agenda will encompass a discussion in the near future on how to provide credit unions greater flexibility to underwrite small biz growth to underwrite job creation.”Royce’s sentiments were echoed by Reps. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) and Maxine Waters (D-Calif.). Waters also urged the committee to take action on legislation that would increase credit unions’ member business lending cap to 27.5% of assets, up from the current 12.25% cap, in “the near future.”“We appreciate the support that members of the committee, including Reps. Waters, Sherman and Royce, gave to credit unions and we thank Chairman Jeb Hensarling [R-Texas] for his support of credit union regulatory relief legislation in recent years,” said CUNA Chief Advocacy Officer Ryan Donovan. “We look forward to working with the committee to advance more credit union legislation in the near future.” continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Want to learn, grow and change? Look in the mirror!

first_imgHere’s an excerpt from a McKinsey Quarterly article titled: “Why leadership development programs fail.”“Becoming a more effective leader often requires changing behavior. But although most companies recognize that this also means adjusting underlying mind-sets, too often these organizations are reluctant to address the root causes of why leaders act the way they do. Doing so can be uncomfortable for participants, program trainers, mentors and bosses, but if there isn’t a significant degree of discomfort, the chances are that the behavior won’t change.”That’s right.1. Change is usually uncomfortable.2. All change starts with YOU––the leader. This means taking a good look in the mirror.3. Looking in that mirror might be the most uncomfortable thing you’ll ever do. I’m not just talking about correcting a bad behavior either. It’s uncomfortable to change the status quo, especially when you think it’s working––or when you don’t realize that it isn’t.As a leader you’re an agent for transformation. It’s your responsibility to take individuals and transform their efforts into a collaborative force for success. The most effective way to transform others is to lead by example- to model the behavior and level of performance you expect, and hope inspire in others.Embrace that mirror and become comfortable with being uncomfortable. You can’t change without discomfort- not yourself and certainly not others. It takes courage. A big part of the problem is our natural aversion to pain and discomfort. This is a hard-wired survival mechanism and it works great when we touch a hot stove or eat something that makes us sick. The bad news is this aversion to discomfort can also prevent you from straying from your cave to hunt for food when it’s cold outside––and it can keep you from growing as a person and as a leader.The status quo sucks!Seriously- you didn’t get where you are by clinging to the past––not if you’re a genuine leader. If you want truly inspire and lead others, you’ve got to keep learning, growing and moving forward. You’ve got to embrace the continual process of self-improvement.“Perfection is not a destination- it’s a never-ending process!”In The Sensei Leader I wrote:“When you truly lead by example, you are always engaged in the natural cycle of transformation. This cycle is as critical to an organization as it is to an individual. The leader’s role is to engage others in that process.”You know in your heart as well as your mind that your organization’s success depends on continual growth, development and innovation. You need and expect your people to learn, grow and develop. You expect them to change, adapt to change and embrace change.You’ve got to start with you!McKinsey continues…“Identifying some of the deepest, ‘below the surface’ thoughts, feelings, assumptions and beliefs is usually a precondition of behavioral change- one too often shirked in development programs.”Not in mine! We hold up the mirror and expect you to take a good look.The purpose of my workshops is to identify the human qualities and interpersonal strategies that help you become a more effective leader and finding out exactly where you need to build some muscles. You’ve got to be willing to take a good look in the mirror and you’ve got to be willing to embrace the discomfort of training to improve.One more thought from the McKinsey article:“Just as a coach would view an athlete’s muscle pain as a proper response to training, leaders who are stretching themselves should also feel some discomfort as they struggle to reach new levels of leadership performance.”Effective training is sometimes painful and even frustrating. When it gets frustrating, lean on this bit of wisdom we share in the dojo:“Frustration is the well from which all wisdom springs.”And when it gets painful, take a little dose of Hemingway:“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.”We call those people……leaders. Vision: To promote … Web: Details 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jim Bouchard “THE SENSEI LEADER is not just another leadership development program. It is a movement.”Our programs support this movement and help us fulfill our vision and mission…                                                                    last_img read more

CU tax exemption safe; remains NAFCU top priority

first_img continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr House Republican leaders on Thursday introduced their tax reform bill, which, as urged by NAFCU, leaves the credit union tax exemption intact. NAFCU is examining the bill for any additional impacts on credit unions.“NAFCU thanks House Republican leaders for continuing to recognize the economic value the credit union tax exemption provides to the U.S. economy and American consumers,” said NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger. “We’re staying in close contact with lawmakers in both the House and Senate – especially those on the House Ways and Means Committee and Senate Finance Committee – to ensure the preservation of credit unions’ tax exemption and to look out for credit union interests as this process continues to unfold.”The House Ways and Means Committee is scheduled to mark up the bill, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1), next week.The bill preserves the mortgage-interest deduction with a cap of $500,000 for newly purchased homes (grandfathering in existing homes), maintains state and local property tax deductions up to $10,000 and keeps the 401(k) retirement account intact. NAFCU is reviewing the bill for any potential changes to the unrelated business income tax (UBIT). The bill does propose making tax changes to executive compensation at tax-exempt organizations. It also proposes some Subchapter S tax relief, although it would fully eliminate the tax deduction for FDIC premiums for institutions with more than $50 billion in assets.last_img read more