R. Kelly accused of sexual battery and false imprisonment in new lawsuit

first_imgScott Legato/Getty Images(NEW YORK CITY) — R. Kelly is being sued in New York City by a woman alleging sexual battery, false imprisonment and failure to disclose a sexually transmitted disease, according to documents obtained by ABC News.Faith A. Rodgers claims in the lawsuit that she was 19 when she met the singer after a performance in San Antonio in March 2017 and that they spoke regularly by phone for a few months before he arranged for her to meet him in New York. It was there he allegedly “initiated unwanted sexual contact” in a hotel room, the suit claims.Rodgers also alleges in the suit that Kelly did not tell Rodgers, now 20, that he was infected with herpes, which she contracted.A representative for Kelly declined to comment when reached by ABC News. He has previously denied her allegations. Rodgers claims she carried on a year-long relationship with Kelly, 51, during which he “routinely engaged in intimidation, mental, verbal and sexual abuse, during and after sexual contact” in an effort to “humiliate, embarrass, intimate and shame her.”Rodgers also alleges that Kelly recorded their sexual encounters without asking her and often kept her locked in secluded areas, including rooms, studios and motor vehicles, to punish her for violating his “prescribed code of conduct.”Rodgers’ lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.Earlier this year, an online campaign, #MuteRKelly, was launched by a subsection of the #TimesUp movement called “Women of Color,” and listed a number of sexual misconduct allegations made against the singer. He faces no criminal charges.“R. Kelly supports the pro-women goals of the Time’s Up movement. We understand criticizing a famous artist is a good way to draw attention to those goals — and in this case, it is unjust and off-target,” his representative told ABC News at the time. “We fully support the rights of women to be empowered to make their own choices. Time’s Up has neglected to speak with any of the women who welcome R. Kelly’s support, and it has rushed to judgment without the facts. Soon it will become clear Mr. Kelly is the target of a greedy, conscious and malicious conspiracy to demean him, his family and the women with whom he spends his time.”After a campaign from #MuteRKelly and others to sanction R. Kelly, Spotify announced earlier this month that his music would no longer appear on its playlists, which, The Associated Press reported Monday, has had no impact on his streaming numbers.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Kickstart productivity by focusing on basics

first_img Previous Article Next Article Kickstart productivity by focusing on basicsOn 11 Feb 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Thesurprise quarter per cent cut in the interest rate last week will not make ahuge difference to British manufacturing. While it was welcomed, confidence in the sector is falling. There areconcerns that imbalances in the economy, between a weak manufacturing sectorand strong consumption, might get worse, along with the prospect of 40,000manufacturing jobs disappearing in the first quarter of 2003.Theoutlook for UK productivity continues to look bleak. But while HR grapples withthe repercussions of all this on the workplace, it is important to remainfocused on the fundamental actions you can take to help your business. Thisweek, we have produced our own White Paper on productivity. It is designed topresent a way forward on what HR can contribute to improvingcompetitiveness.   Inkeeping with White Papers, we’ve set aside a consultation period of two weeksto receive feedback from readers, employer organisations and other interestedparties.Wewant the magazine to be seen as a conduit for ideas, experiences and views, andintend to collate this material and present it to the Government to inform theproductivity debate.Dataprotection made easyThereare some sharp crooks out there. One of them saw the uncertainty among employerssurrounding the implementation of the Data Protection Act, and set up aneffective scam. Itdistributed official-looking letters to thousands of employers demanding a dataprotection registration fee, and warned recipients they would be fined £5,000if they did not pay it promptly. Theswindle is symptomatic of a wider confusion over compliance with dataprotection, and the blame lies fair and square with the Information Commission.PersonnelToday has campaigned hard over the past two years to get the commission’sguidance on data protection simplified. And at last, we appear to have anInformation Commissioner with some sense. Newlyappointed Richard Thomas has made a commitment to clarify all four codes. Thisis very welcome news, but he needs to get on with it and give employers thesupport they urgently need.   ByJane King Comments are closed. last_img read more

Polar marine ecosystems: major threats and future change

first_imgThis review of polar marine ecosystems covers both the Arctic and Antarctic, identifying the major threats and, where possible, predicting their possible state(s) in 2025. Although the two polar regions are similar in their extreme photoperiod, low temperatures, and in being heavily influenced by snow and ice, in almost all other respects they are very different. The Arctic Ocean is a basin surrounded by continental landmasses, close to, and influenced by, large populations and industrial activities. In contrast, the Southern Ocean is contiguous with all the other great oceans and surrounds a single land mass; Antarctica is remote from major centres of population and sources of pollution. Marine environments in both polar regions have been highly disturbed by fishing activity, but, in terms of pollution, some areas remain among the most pristine in the world. There are, however, both local and global pressures. Over the 2025 time horizon, the greatest concern for the Arctic is probably the ecological implications of climate change, particularly insofar as sea ice extent and duration are likely to be affected. Such changes are not expected to be as pronounced in the Southern Ocean over this time period, and concerns are related more to direct threats from harvesting of marine living resources, and the ability to manage these fisheries sustainably. In both polar regions, the capacity of marine ecosystems to withstand the cumulative impact of a number of pressures, including climate change, pollution and overexploitation, acting synergistically is of greatest concern.last_img read more

Time to move on

first_imgWhen they were handing out sports journalists, the British rugby community must have been in the toilet. The Blacks arrive today for their first tour of all four Home Unions since 1983, attempting a Grand Slam achieved only once in a century of Black rugby. But British newspapers have largely responded to the biggest event of international rugby the UK can provide outside a World Cup with hyperbole about an incident from four months ago. That Mealamu and Umage went unpunished by touch judge, referee or match commissioner, is galling. But O’Ddriscoll himself said in a recent BBC interview, “It is time to move on.” He actually went much further, adding “I don’t have any grudges against Tana or Keven… I would have no problem having a beer with Tana.” O’Ddriscoll knows these things are part of rugby. His injury, at least, had no effect on the outcome of the series. But in the 2003 World Cup semi-final, Nnew Zealand’s hopes were ended when Aaustralian flanker George Smith took out their best player Justin Marshall, with a late tackle. The 2001 Lions’ fortunes turned when their key player, Richard Hill, was taken out by a flying elbow from Nathan Grey. Nneither Grey nor Smith were banned.Rrugby simply has an institutional problem in dealing with foul play of this sort. There is a citing procedure in place, but the match commissioners responsible for applying it bottle it when it comes to the biggest incidents. Who would be the man to ban the Black Captain during a Lions series in Zealand? Or a key Wallaby from the World Cup final in Sydney? It isn’t just southern hemisphere players who get away with it; in 2001 Martin Johnson all but shattered McRrae’s ribcage, stamping and knee-dropping a man half his size: he was banned precisely until the day before the Six Nnations started. The O’Ddriscoll incident has given this problem unprecedented attention. But it has been wasted, centred on the wrong offenders. Umaga and Mealamu were reckless, but it is their job to be aggressive rugby players. Touch judge Cole, who saw their actions from metres away and failed to even inform the referee, and match commissioner Willem Venter, who somehow decided there was no case to investigate, were there to guard against foul play and their abject failure to do so makes them the real villains of the piece.With an upcoming IRB conference focusing on foul play, here was an opportunity to finally tighten up the citing procedure and cut down on foul play. But it has been lost, as those with a voice about rugby concentrated on immature mud-flinging. rugby fans, we really do deserve better.Even worse, the only likely long term effect of this hysterical ranting is to create more, not fewer, such incidents.The incident, of course, is Lions’ captain Brian O’Ddriscoll’s ongoing injury, inflicted by Blacks’ Keven Mealamu and Captain Tana Umaga. I’m not defending them – picking up, flipping over and dumping players onto the ground is illegal and dangerous precisely because it can cause such serious injuries even when it isn’t intentional. I have little patience with ex-Blacks like Zinzan Brooke, so keen to put the incident in the past that they forget to condemn it.ARCHIVE: 4th week MT 2005last_img read more

Six colleges pushed for controversial pension reform

first_imgThe college labelled the proposal “problematic”, before describing any agreement made under the constraints of the 2017 valuation of the scheme as “akin to a rearrangement of deck-chairs on the Titanic”. Besides Hertford and Pembroke, it is not yet known who the other colleges referred to in the leaked minutes are. However, it is believed they are made up of the colleges who have not yet responded to information requests on their survey responses. The previously confidential minutes of an October meeting of the Oxford Estate Bursars’ Committee were leaked to Michael Otsuka, a London School of Economics professor who has spoken out about Oxbridge colleges’ role in pushing for changes to the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS). “Council now considers those legitmate concerns are overridden by the need to take full account of the interests of members of the scheme.” This week, Pembroke responded to a Cherwell FOI request for their response to the survey. This revealed striking similarities between the college’s response and that of the University, with several answers being almost word-for-word the same. This week the College released a statement slamming the proposed agreement made between UUK and UCU during arbitration talks, which was later rejected by union branches across including Oxford.   In an official statement, Hertford said this action was made “following a Governing Body review of the USS negotiations process to date, which identified concerns with the manner in which UUK have interpreted survey submissions and the lack of response to requests made for additional data. It considers that these failings undermine the validity and usefulness of the survey’s conclusions.” However, the leaked minutes reveal that the committee was aware of seven Oxford colleges who submitted responses to the UUK survey, six of which pushed for a move away from a defined benefit (DB) system to the defined contribution (DC) scheme. The survey was used to account for changes to the pension fund, citing that 42% of institutions, including the University itself and six of its colleges, wanted the scheme to have “less risk”. The change has provoked widespread industrial action among university staff across the country. Defined benefit schemes offer a minimum guaranteed retirement income, while defined contribution systems depend on returns from stock market investments. This was in addition to a response from Oxford University as a whole, though this stance was reversed earlier this month after pressure from academics. “We feel more robust and transparent procedures for oversight of the decisions of senior managers (and college bursars) should be put in place, to ensure members of Congregation and colleges are adequately consulted on decisions being taken in their name.” This just leaked by a faithful reader of my twitter feed: Minutes of Oxford Estates Bursars’ Committee. @etymologic are you aware of this? pic.twitter.com/9gggpeN6XZ— Michael Otsuka (@MikeOtsuka) March 21, 2018 They concluded that their “overriding concern is simply for the recruitment and retention of academics, given the long-term weakening of remuneration in the higher education sector. It was already known, from analysis of documents and UUK statements, that around a third of the 42 per cent of institutions cited as wanting “less risk” were Oxbridge colleges – amounting to approximately sixteen colleges. In its response to the survey, Pembroke also expressed concerns about the conflict of interest of having USS members input their opinions into the decision-making process. They concluded to address these issues “by seeking guidance from those members of the Governing Body who have no such conflict of interest.” Honorary Secretary of Oxford UCU, Peter Hill, told Cherwell: “We are disappointed that it appears University senior management and college bursars worked in concert to skew the outcome of the September survey in favour of de-risking. This led to the proposed changes to USS and thus directly to the industrial action and the disruption it caused. Last week, Council sent an email out to University staff revealing it had reversed a decision to exclude USS members from the membership of the University’s Pensions Working Group. Most colleges have revealed that they did not respond to the survey, and several have expressed their support for the continuation of a defined benefits scheme. “Pembroke’s statement of 15th March reflects our ongoing concern, as an employer, to see a sustainable and fair solution that ensures that we can continue to fulfil our core purpose, namely education and research, and that supports the long term health of the academic profession.” They said: “In setting up the Committee, Personnel Committee and Council were guided by concerns about conflict of interest and so the Working Group’s membership was skewed away from those who were current members of the USS scheme. Queen’s College have been the most vocal in their opposition to the reforms. They were the only Oxford college to respond to the survey and not press for less risk. This is alongside separate information requests made by members of the Oxford UCU branch and Dr Neil Davies, a research fellow at the University of Bristol who sent Freedom of Information (FOI) requests to each Oxbridge college. Six Oxford colleges helped justify controversial pension reforms through their responses to a Universities UK (UUK) survey, according to leaked documents seen by Cherwell. According to the University’s website, Pembroke’s bursar, John Church, was also a member of Oxford’s “USS review working group”. The college deny there was any “behind closed doors deal”, with a spokesperson telling Cherwell: “The view that the College arrived at in response to the 2017 UUK survey of employers on USS was in line with that of the University, and our submission reflects this.  “The University’s position and that of many colleges have now changed, since Congregation in 8th week and various Governing Body meetings. We hope that Council will ensure that this mandate is upheld and a position in favour of retaining USS and accepting higher risk is maintained. Oxford University have not responded to a request for comment. Cherwell has contacted every college for their response to the UUK survey, as well as their current position on the pension dispute. It was assumed that the Oxbridge respondents were dominated by Cambridge colleges, as Hertford and Pembroke were the only Oxford institutions understood to have responded this way. This is in contrast to nine known Cambridge colleges. The identities of the six colleges are not yet fully known. Only Hertford and Pembroke have revealed that they pressed for less risk, with pressure mounting on the ten Oxford colleges who have not yet responded to information requests to be transparent. “We need far more transparency at the University: University Council and colleges should now make clear what the various Oxford responses to this survey were. Many colleagues at other institutions are rightly outraged at Oxbridge unfairly skewing the results, and then being secretive about their responses. Hertford were the first college to reveal they pressed for “less risk” last year. Since then, the college has reversed this position. These currently stand as All Souls, Brasenose, Christ Church, Harris Manchester, Keble, Kellogg, Magdalen, St Catherine’s, St Peter’s, and Trinity. “We remain profoundly worried about the waning attraction of an academic career for those beginning, or yet to begin, their working lives.”last_img read more

No More Gas Stations on Ninth Street?

first_imgThe Sunoco on Ninth Street is for sale and currently not selling gas, leaving just one gas station on the island at 34th Street. By Maddy VitaleTravelers leaving Ocean City from Ninth Street had better make sure they have enough fuel. As of Monday, it appears motorists will only be able to buy gas in Somers Point, or on the other side of town, at 34th Street in Ocean City. Instead of gas at both the Sunoco station and at Wiesenthal’s Auto Service on Ninth Street, orange cones were in front of the fuel bays.Don Wiesenthal and his brother, Glenn, have owned Wiesenthal’s Auto Service in Ocean City since 1968. Their landmark business may be moving.The repair shop, which is at the corner of Ninth Street and West Avenue, has been a staple in the community. Wiesenthal’s Auto Service has been a fixture in Ocean City for half a century.But the Wiesenthals, who have leased the space at 860 West Ave. since they opened, said they recently learned they may have to relocate.“Word on the street is the building is for sale,” Don Wiesenthal, of Somers Point, said Monday.The brothers, who sold Texaco and Shell gas at different times over the years, got out of the gas business after Hurricane Sandy in 2012, Wiesenthal said.  But in recent years, Grace Energy, based in Rio Grande, leased the pumps and sold gas. “They came down and closed the pumps Dec. 1,” Don Wiesenthal said of Grace Energy. “We took down the gas price signs so people don’t come in and turn around.”Now, with orange cones in front of the pumps, customers might think the business is closed, he noted.“They stayed until they pumped all the gas,” Wiesenthal said of Grace Energy. For now, he said, it hasn’t hurt business. “We have our regulars,” he said.But with Grace Energy pulling out, only time will tell, he said.Don Wiesenthal may be looking for a new place to move his auto repair business after 50 years at the corner of Ninth Street and West Avenue.Sunoco, at 201 E. Ninth Street, was the only other business selling gas on the main thoroughfare into town. With cones blocking its fuel bays Monday, it was unclear whether the gas station stopped selling fuel altogether, or if it was temporarily unavailable. Owners could not be reached for comment.However, according to the commercial real estate website www.loopnet.com, the Sunoco is listed for sale at $1.3 million. Unconfirmed reports are circulating that a bank is interested in purchasing the Sunoco property and the building that houses Wiesenthal’s Auto Service.For the time being, travelers leaving town on the Ninth Street corridor will have to go over the bridge into Somers Point to buy gas or head south to 34th Street on the island to fuel up.Wiesenthal said without gas at his property, and if and when the Sunoco is sold, it could ultimately hurt his business. “Traffic builds traffic. People know us because we’ve been here a long time,” Wiesenthal said, looking out at the empty fuel bays. “But if all of the gas stations close up, it will affect us. It will also impact tourism. If there is no fuel on this end what are you going to do?”Wiesenthal said his lease is up in March. If he is told he has to leave, the plan is to reopen at another location, preferably on the island.“There isn’t much out there. We aren’t having much luck,” he said. “We are looking just in case. Who knows, maybe we will be here a lot longer. I hope so.”While the 10th Street Wharf Marina has pumps, it only sells marine quality fuel.last_img read more

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Shows Atlanta Some “Good Lovin’” On Valentine’s Day [Photos/Full Audio]

first_imgLoad remaining images On Thursday night, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead kicked off their four-night February run with a performance at Atlanta, GA’s The Tabernacle.To start the Valentine’s Day festivities, the fan-favorite Grateful Dead tribute act eased into an extended take on “The Music Never Stopped” before eventually redirecting into a holiday-appropriate “Good Lovin’” featuring a full-band “Candyman” tease. Making good on the teased forecast, the band moved into “Candyman” proper from there. After a brief pause, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead gave “St. Stephen” the nod, working through close to 20 minutes of improv before segueing into The Band‘s “Ophelia”. “Must Have Been The Roses” closed out the first set with yet another nod to the love in the air on Valentine’s Day.Following a nearly 30-minute setbreak, the band returned to open set two with “Ruben & Cherise” before flowing seamlessly into “Throwing Stones”, which featured a “Chest Fever” tease from Marco Benevnto on the keys. “Scarlett Begonias” was up next, featuring Tom Hamilton toying with notes of the “Throwing Stones” that came before it. Rather than moving directly into the customary “Fire on the Mountain”, the band took a detour through “Going Down The Road Feeling Bad” (complete with a jam on Johnny Rivers‘ “Memphis, Tennessee”) before landing in “Fire” to complete a unique take on the classic pairing. Benevento shined in the set’s final two songs, taking impressive solos in “Fire on the Mountain” and the set-closing “Greatest Story Ever Told” that followed. Finally, the band returned for a sing-along “Bertha” encore to send the Atlanta crowd home dancing.Below, you can check out a full photo gallery from the performance courtesy of photographer Christian Stewart. You can also stream a full audio recording of the show courtesy of Dillon Fries:Joe Russo’s Almost Dead – 2/14/19 – Full Audio[via JamBuzz]Joe Russo’s Almost Dead will continue their February run tonight, Friday, February 15th, with their first of two performances at St. Louis, MO’s The Pageant. For a full list of JRAD’s upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s website.Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | The Tabernacle | Atlanta, GA | 2/14/19Set One (8:30PM – 9:50PM)The Music Never StoppedJam ->Good Lovin’ @CandymanSt Stephen >OpheliaMust Have Been The RosesSet Two (10:18PM – 11:58PM)Ruben & Cherise ->Throwing Stones #Scarlet Begonias $ ->Going Down The Road Feeling Bad % ->Fire On The Mountain ^Greatest Story Ever Told ^E: [email protected] – With a Candyman Tease (Band)# – With Chest Fever Tease (MB)$ – With a Throwing Stones Tease (TH)% – With a “Memphis, Tennessee” (Johnny Rivers) Jam^ – With a Marco Solo (in both songs)View SetlistJoe Russo’s Almost Dead | The Tabernacle | Atlanta, GA | 2/14/19 | Photos: Christian Stewartlast_img read more

Video Surveillance Nabbing Criminals in Latin America

first_img Military and police clients in Latin America are using the latest innovations in video surveillance to investigate crimes – and even prevent them. They are re-inventing policing with video technology and real-time analysis. “Think ‘Minority Report,’” said Samantha Wolf, a spokeswoman for Puerto Rico-based IT security firm Hoyos Corp. The police catch criminals before crimes have even been completed in Minority Report, a 2002 Stephen Spielberg film. “It’s revolutionary,” she said. Brazil is the largest and fastest growing market in South America for video surveillance equipment, and one of the fastest growing markets globally, according to Latin America Closed Circuit Cable TV (CCTV) and Video Surveillance: 2010 Edition, a new report by IMS Research. Argentina and Mexico are not far behind. Large scale, government-funded security projects ahead of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games fuel much of the demand. Brazil is expected to account for nearly 35 percent of all sales of video surveillance equipment in Latin America in 2009, according to IMS Research. By 2014 that could rise to nearly 45 percent. Video surveillance is growing in Latin America “despite the worldwide economic slowdown,” according to the IMS report. It will continue to expand through 2015 as Latin American police and military customers demand new applications, like face capture and recognition, traffic monitoring, transit and cargo container recognition, license plate recognition and object tracking, which can be integrated into current systems, the report said. “With security and infrastructure challenges, including easy access to dedicated high capacity networks that can be devoted to just video surveillance, customers have quickly recognized the value of video analytics, allowing them to easily deploy active surveillance that helps prevent incidents from occurring, not just investigating a crime after it takes place,” said Mark Gally, vice president of marketing at VideoIQ, Inc., based in Bedford, Mass. Sophisticated networks By Dialogo February 25, 2011 Authorities in Recife, Brazil had a problem. Crime was rampant during the annual Carnival celebrations. The events draw about 1.5 million people into the center of the city. Adding enough police to patrol every street and alley was impossible, so they turned to an increasingly popular tool for law enforcement and military forces in Latin America: video surveillance cameras. The government installed 50 Pelco Spectra PTZ cameras and ISS video servers, which capture all activity within the city’s party areas. The results were dramatic: Violent crime during Carnival dropped more than 30 percent after the cameras were installed in 2008. Recife officials have announced plans to add 950 more cameras, and video servers to store the images. The network is part of an ever-expanding surveillance apparatus in Brazil and Latin America. Video cameras cover Alvorada Palace, the national presidential compound in Brasilia, and Terminal Portuário de Itajaí in Santa Catarina, the second-largest port in the country. Officials are also installing cameras at an important new hydroelectric dam project. “The demand for more sophisticated higher-bandwidth networks is increasing,” said Carlos Pingarilho, director of technology for PromonLogicalis, a Brazilian video surveillance and IT developer. center_img Reinventing policing Video surveillance can identify new criminal targets, corroborate confidential source information and provide security to undercover operatives. Information obtained from surveillance also can provide the probable cause for obtaining authorization for other investigative techniques, such as search warrants and wiretaps, security experts said. Sometimes the technology is covertly deployed for drug surveillance in remote areas. “Solar-powered, hidden wireless video over cellular networks is the most common video for covert surveillance where an Internet connection and power aren’t available,” security consultant Robert Siciliano said. And when one police department has had success with a video surveillance project, the officers often tell colleagues in other departments. “Throughout Latin America, our market has largely grown through word of mouth,” said Aluisio Figueiredo, Chief Operating Officer of Intelligent Security Systems (ISS), a video surveillance provider with Latin American headquarters in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and sales and support offices in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, and Ecuador.last_img read more

We quit managers not jobs!

first_img 318SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Cynthia Campbell Cynthia is a Credit Union Development Educator (CUDE), she holds a BS in Business Administration and an MBA from Elmhurst College in Illinois, and a master’s degree in Adult … Web: www.balancepro.org Details I have the pleasure of visiting with credit unions across the country and when we discuss professional development and managerial excellence I start by asking a very simple question, “who has quit a job because they had a bad boss?” It amazes me but every time I ask that question the majority of the room raises their hand. Benjamin Snyder reports for Forbes that 50% of us have quit a job “to get away from our boss” and only 12% report having managerial support in outlining priorities. Those were the happiest 12%.Apparently, managerial incompetence has become such a cultural norm that we make movies about it. Office Space gave us a great example of a manager that would be impossible to work for. There is also a movie and a sequel by the very title “Horrible Bosses.” America has made fun of the fact that is the “norm” to work for oppressive incompetent people. These movies will certainly make you laugh but the reality is that turnover is disruptive and expensive and a great credit union wants to reduce turn over, which means investing in their leaders.Filene Research Institute has also done extensive research on leadership. In one of the most downloaded research briefs in our library, Attributes and Skills of Highly Effective Credit Union Managers, Michael Neill analyzes the common characteristics of 94 of the credit union system’s best middle managers. The anonymous participants in Neill’s survey were nominated for consistently performing in the top 20% of managers, receiving the highest possible performance evaluation, and earning the highest possible bonus if one was offered. Some of the common traits were:Learning. Because highly effective middle managers must learn quickly and be adept at problem solving, 87% fall at or above average in the Learning Index. This is the most pronounced deviation this study uncovered.Energy. The “tendency to display endurance and capacity for a fast pace” is a key characteristic, with 86% scoring above average.Decisiveness. Using the available information to make decisions quickly is critical, with 80% of respondents above average.Verbal skill. Among good middle managers, 69% are above average in verbal skills, making them better able to communicate effectively with members, subordinates, peers, and executives.Credit unions often promote people because they were great at their current role.as a subject matter expert. For example, if we have a great teller she might become a lead teller, then a supervisor of tellers, then perhaps an assistant branch manager, then a branch manager. The tactical skills that made her a great teller are not the same skills that will make her a great manager of tellers. Where does she get training on important skills like delegation, motivation, and team building? If mid-managers are not receiving training on these important skills you might find you have a “bad boss” in your ranks.Based on the research, Mike Neill and Filene Research Institute have worked together to create a virtual coaching program called Vertex. It starts with a 360 review and continues with monthly personalized coaching and online modules. Vertex is affordable and easy to implement.Tiffany Troxell, a Senior Enterprise Risk Analyst for Catalyst Corporate Federal Credit, is going through the program now and is sharing her experience with us. You can see how her 360 review went in this video.Your people are your future; make sure they don’t have a bad boss.For more information on the Vertex program please contact Cynthia Campbell, [email protected], 608-661-3755.last_img read more

5 savings tips from a leprechaun

first_imgAutomate your savingsYour ability to make savings automatic is enough to make any leprechaun jealous. Piggybacking on the last point, when you put money into a saving account with the mindset of goals you are less likely to spend it. Now with the ability to automatically transfer a percentage of deposits into most accounts and you are on your way to never reaching into your savings pot o’ gold.I am not qualified to speak on the existence of Leprechauns, though many believe that they do. But while their presence is only questioned around this time of year, the financial lessons taken from them are applicable year-round. Remember saving effectively is all about having the right mindset, not chasing rainbows. Be safe this St. Patty’s Day! There are many things people think when Saint Patty’s day comes to mind; wearing green, kissing an Irishman, four leaf clovers, etc. But before you spend a ton of money this St. Patrick’s Day on green beverages or an impulse purchase of a kilt, perhaps take a page from the leprechaun’s book on spending with these simple finance tips. Make a date with your moneyThe humble leprechaun spends his free time counting the pot of gold he is protecting, and you should do the same. Well, maybe not to that extent, but setting up a specified time of the week to update budgets, review accounts and track your savings progress is crucial to achieving your financial goals. Like any relationship, you have to spend time with your money, but perhaps a little less than a leprechaun might. Stay isolated from fadsEvery once and a while there is a new spending trend. Something people don’t need, but buy due to the influence of their peer group. An example of this trend would be the most recent hoverboard craze. While rolling around on the ground on a two wheeled potentially explosive device may not be your cup of tea, it perfectly sums of the subconscious ‘I need that too’ mentality that the media can create within us all. The social temptation to spend doesn’t affect all of us, but can be easily avoided by simply avoiding the trend that is driving the spending. This doesn’t mean you have to hide from everyone like the leprechaun, but just identify a threat to your savings and distance yourself. Work moreBy staying busy you have less time to even think about spending. This doesn’t necessarily mean getting a second job, which absolutely can help with financial goals, but can simply mean just staying active. Did you know that leprechauns cobble shoes when not guarding gold? He simply doesn’t have the time to spend even a single coin from that pot, and you can do the same. Goal orientated savingSaving becomes a lot easier when you don’t think of is as storing money away. Whether your goal is a down payment on a house or a trip to the Caribbean, the way you view your savings can change the rate in which you save drastically. When you see your pot o’ savings growing and growing it can be easy to dip into it for other expenses. Try not seeing it as money, view it as progress bar toward your goal. Not as dollars and cents but as a growing percentage toward that house or trip. 403SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Tyler Atwell Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more