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Good to great leadership

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Vardallas John A. Vardallas CAE, CUDE is Founder/CEO of The AmericanBoomeR Group, a Madison, Wisconsin based speaking/consulting firm. He is also Senior Faculty Advisor/Project Evaluator for SCMS and … Web: www.theamericanboomer.com Details This June marks the 75th Anniversary of the World War Two D-DAY Invasion. It was the greatest military operation of the world and changed the direction of the war and history.On that day 425,000 allied forces led by Supreme commander General Dwight Eisenhower hit the beaches of the French coast of Normandy against Adolf Hitler s German Army.What made the Operation Overlord invasion successful is a study in historical leadership greatness exhibited by General Eisenhower and a failure in leadership demonstrated by Adolf Hitler.What makes for great leadership has always sparked interesting discussion. Are leaders born with innate qualities or can effective leadership be taught and learned? This is a very important business issue since recent American employee surveys indicate that half of workers are unhappy because due to weak and apathetic organizational leadership.So I wanted to compare the bold leadership styles of these two historical WW2 figures to see what lessons we can glean and learn going forward.For General Eisenhower (Ike) we know there was no plan B for D-day—meaning he was dedicated and focused on the mission. He loved and was loved by his troops. He was a team player and instilled a love for one another pulls you through philosophy. He was a practicing optimist who knew a leader must have positive confidence to lead by example. He was in control and could subjugate his own ego to manage the egos of others. He saw himself as a normal GI. He took his job seriously never himself. He knew his purpose and he sold his people on the mission and got all engaged in a larger cause. He was able to make sure the team understood “the why behind the what”.And he took responsibility—in case of failure he was ready to take full blame.Hitler s leadership style was the complete antithesis of Ike s. Hitler commanded solely by personality. He lacked trust in his people (troops and generals). He was a leader that relied on his own instinct. He was an authoritarian who was dedicated to top down “my way or the highway” final say in orders. He was more of a politician versus military strategist. He was focused on details and was annoyed by any discrepancies cited. He possessed a megalomaniac personality and refused to listen to experts. Indecisiveness and stubbornness plagued his command and he was weak on strategy. His was the only voice that counted. Hitler relied too much on ideological supremacy thinking that his forces would prevail because of their racial superiority.The successful invasion of France by the allied armed forces led by General Eisenhower truly transitioned Europe by overcoming totalitarianism to free Western civilization.Outcomes speak for themselves and truly great moments in history have given rise to great historical leaders.Although we will never be called upon to lead in a war type scenario we need to go out every day and put our principles to work and be the best leader we can be for our credit union organizations.Are you as good a credit union leader as you think you are? If so, how would your people rate you on some of the following traits or characteristics of an effective CEO leader?Are you perceived as great or just good?How would you Score Your Exec-Checklist?* Are you all in and does your mission matter?* An embracing of diversity/inclusion.* The ability to inspire (not coerce) your people to achieve results.* A clear vision of seeing the possibilities and the preferred future for their organization.* The ability to build partnerships and alliances.* Being servant leaders to members/community.* A curiosity about the world and a facilitator of change.* Leading more by actions than words.* The ability to utilize technology to achieve business results.* A risk taker who doesn’t fear innovation or failure.* The ability to convert the learning of ideas into practice.* Take time to recognize/reward your people.* Be prepared to take personal responsibility (blame) for outcomes.* The ability to develop goals and execute plans.* Be a developer of people– A “Human Horticulturalist”.* And Great Leaders “Eat Last”! Put people before yourself.Great, not just good effective leadership will be one of the key factors of how the success of credit unions will be measured in the future. And I hope the heroic leadership lessons learned from D-Day might help set a mindset to follow and make a difference in inspiring greatness in you and your people in overcoming the challenges of future. Concrete Bunkers at Ponte Du Hoclast_img read more

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No excuse for lax security at gun store

first_imgIt’s so disturbing that thieves were able to remove 40 guns from the Target Sports store in Glenville, with apparently no haste required on their part. Now there are 40 more guns in the hands of criminals. Will there be people killed with any of these stolen guns? Will some youngster be introduced to a life of crime with any of these guns? Will innocent people be shot, students, teachers, law enforcement? This fact can’t be denied regardless of the intended use for these guns.Are we supposed to be accepting of the fact that the alarm system malfunctioned? A fallible alarm system obviously has no practical use in a store that sells guns. Banks protect our money much better than that. Human life is a bigger priority and could be afforded the same protection.If stores can profit from the sale of guns, there should be laws that real security measures are in place.Margaret NixonMechanicvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusPolice: Schenectady woman tried to take car in Clifton Park hours after arrest, release in prior the… Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

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Brisbane’s luxury and penthouse apartment market is on the cusp of taking off

first_imgThe newly reconfigured Macquarie St, St Lucia buildingWhile penthouse sales were on the up, Mr Caulfield said it might be some time before Brisbane’s record Newstead sale of $14.25 million was broken. “I don’t know if a developer will go and build something of that size again,” he said.There have been some substantial sales though, including the $8 million sale last year of a Brisbane inner-city penthouse to former prime minister Kevin Rudd and wife Therese Rein.Mr Caulfield has launched a penthouse development at 100 Macquarie St, St Lucia, in which an existing building has been reconfigured to one-per-floor penthouses. 450/1 Newstead Terrace, Newstead will be auctioned on March 15.“The momentum has started. The penthouse market, where it is a house alternative, where a penthouse is the size of a house but everything else is taken care of, is really starting to be more attractive to a lot of people.’’Mr Greensill said it now competed with the big house market. But not all penthouses were equal. Prices varied depending on amenity, while desirability was also determined by the building size.In the case of penthouses, bigger buildings were not necessarily better.“A penthouse on level 85 is not as desirable as one on level 5,’’ Mr Greensill said.Buyers wanted exclusivity and a smaller number of residents.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours ago One of the living areas in 450/1 Newstead Terrace, NewsteadHe is marketing a couple of significant Brisbane penthouses at the moment including 450/1 Newstead Terrace, Newstead, which he is marketing in conjunction with Matt Lancashire of Ray White, New Farm.The four-bedroom penthouse, which will be auctioned on March 15, is in the waterfront Pier building. It has views across the river spanning from Hamilton Hill across Bulimba and Hawthorne. There is an internal lift which goes direct to the apartment, a separate butler’s pantry with fully climate-controlled wine cellar and multiple living areas with a remote controlled fireplace.Simon Caulfield, of Place New Farm, said penthouse sales in Brisbane had lifted in the past couple of years. Inside the newly reconfigured penthouse at 13-100 Macquarie St, St Lucia“If you look at the physical number of penthouses last year that my team sold, we transacted 11. I think in the four years before that we would have been lucky to do 11 in those four years.“That tells me two things. One, there is more availability of penthouses in the market and, secondly as well, people are now realising that being within a housing environment in the CBD is great. A lot of people are valuing that prestigious location, closer to the river, better views and low maintenance that you don’t get typically in a house.’’ The penthouse at450/1 Newstead Terrace, Newstead goes to auction on March 15BRISBANE’S luxury and penthouse apartment market is on the cusp of taking off.With penthouses now achieving between $14,000/sq m and $16,000/sq m, LJ Hooker New Farm principal Brett Greensill said momentum had started to build at the high end. An “ordinary apartment’’ sold for between $10,000/sq m and $14,000/sq m.Mr Greensill said while the market often talked about an oversupply of units, that was usually investor stock, not the owner-occupier side of the market.“The next wave (of demand and development) is on more luxurious up-market apartments,’’ he said.last_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_imgIn other virus-related developments:— The Florida Panthers have been told by the state Department of Health that a part-time employee at the team’s arena tested positive for the coronavirus. The employee tested positive on March 15 and is self-quarantined while receiving medical care.— The XFL has canceled the remainder of its return season because of the coronavirus pandemic. Commissioner Oliver Luck released a statement saying the decision was made “with the health and safety of the entire XFL family as our top priority.”— The National Women’s Soccer League is delaying the start of the regular season because of the coronavirus. The league announced Friday that it is imposing a moratorium on training through April 5. The season was slated to begin on April 18.— Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton says he has been self-isolating for more than a week after meeting people who later tested positive for the new coronavirus. Hamilton was at a charity event in London on March 4 also attended by actor Idris Elba and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, the wife of the Canadian prime minister. Both were later found to have the virus. In a message on social media, Hamilton says he’s shown “zero symptoms” but has been isolating himself from other people ever since March 13, when the Australian Grand Prix was called off. — Defensive end Everson Griffen and his agent say they were unable to come to contract terms with the Vikings due to salary-cap constraints. Griffen is the longest-tenured player on the Vikes, having played 10 seasons in purple and recording eight sacks in 2019.MLB-NEWSJudge reveals he had collapsed lung, says rib improvingUNDATED — New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge has revealed he had a collapsed lung that has healed and said his broken rib is improving.Judge had a CT scan on Friday and he said it showed that a “pneumothorax came back completely gone.” March 21, 2020 COLLEGE BASKETBALL-AP ALL-AMERICANSToppin a unanimous All-AmericanUNDATED (AP) — Dayton star Obi Toppin (OH’-bee TAH’-pihn) is the lone unanimous first-team choice to The Associated Press college basketball All-America team.Toppin is Dayton’s first first-team AP All-American after averaging 20 points. 7.0 rebounds and shooting 63% in a breakout season. The 6-foot-9 sophomore helped the third-ranked Flyers match the program’s highest ranking in the final AP Top 25.Toppin is joined on the First Team by Iowa’s Luka Garza, Marquette’s Markus Howard, Myles Powell of Seton Hall and Oregon’s Payton Pritchard. COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NEWSBulldogs losing Edwards to NBA draftUNDATED (AP) — Georgia guard Anthony Edwards has announced his plans to enter the NBA draft after leading all NCAA freshmen in scoring.Edwards’ spot in the next NBA draft was expected even before he played his first game for the Bulldogs. The Atlanta product was one of the nation’s top recruits last season and has been regarded as one of the top draft prospects.The 6-foot-5 Edwards averaged 19.1 points and 5.2 rebounds for the Bulldogs. LENEXA, Kansas (AP) — Former Milwaukee Bucks general manager and Wisconsin men’s basketball coach John Erickson has died at 92.Erickson served as the Bucks’ general manager from 1968-70. He was in that role when the Bucks won a coin flip with the Phoenix Suns and earned the right to select eventual NBA career scoring leader Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, then known as Lew Alcindor, with the first pick in the 1969 NBA draft.IDITAROD3 mushers rescuedUNDATED (AP) — Three mushers participating in Alaska’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race were rescued Friday after they activated their SOS beacons because of deep overflows of water on the trail near the last checkpoint before the finish line in Nome. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-NEWSTom Brady signs with BuccaneersUNDATED (AP) — Six-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady has signed a two-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, saying he is embarking on a “new football journey.” The Yankees announced two weeks ago that Judge had a stress fracture to his first right rib. Judge says the bone is “healing the way it should be.”The 27-year-old didn’t play in any spring training games because of soreness in his right pectoral muscle and shoulder.With opening day pushed back into mid-May at the earliest due to the coronavirus outbreak, Judge has more time to recover without missing games.Also around the majors:— Hard-throwing Padres reliever Andres Munoz and minor leaguer Reggie Lawson have undergone Tommy John surgery. Munoz made his major league debut for San Diego last season, going 1-1 with a 3.91 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 23 innings over 22 games. The 22-year-old Lawson was 3-1 with a 5.20 ERA in six starts with Double-A Amarillo last season before being shut down by elbow pain. — The Bills have confirmed they are acquiring receiver Stefon Diggs in a multi-draft-pick trade with the Vikings. The trade was agreed to Monday and announced Friday by both teams. Minnesota gets four draft choices, including the 22nd overall in the upcoming draft. Diggs has topped 1,000 yards receiving each of his past two years.— The Steelers have agreed to terms with veteran tight end Eric Ebron, giving quarterback Ben Roethlisberger another proven red zone target. Ebron reached the Pro Bowl in 2018 while catching 13 touchdowns but was limited most of last season while battling an ankle injury. The Steelers also agreed to terms with guard Stefen Wisniewski, a Pittsburgh native.— The Broncos have worked out a two-year deal with former Chargers running back Melvin Gordon. A person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press that it’s worth $16 million with all but $2.5 million guaranteed. The two-time Pro Bowl selection has three dozen rushing touchdowns over the last four seasons and 47 touchdowns overall. Gordon totaled 908 scrimmage yards after recording over 1,200 scrimmage yards in three straight seasons from 2016 to ’18.— Saints left guard Andrus Peat has agreed to a five-year, $57.5 million contract that keeps him in New Orleans. The package virtually ensures the entire 2019 starting offensive line will return.— The Cowboys are bringing back several of their depth players, reaching agreements with linebackers Joe Thomas and Justin March, Dallas also re-signed offensive lineman Joe Looney and worked out a deal with safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. In other college basketball news:— Loyola Marymount has hired Stan Johnson as its basketball coach, replacing Mike Dunlap. Johnson spent the last five years at Marquette, most recently as associate head coach. The Golden Eagles reached the NCAA Tournament in 2017 and 2019. He was also on coaching staffs at Arizona State, Drake, Utah and Cal State Northridge. Dunlap was dismissed on March 8 after going 81-108 in six seasons.— North Florida and men’s basketball coach Matthew Driscoll have agreed to a three-year contract extension that runs through 2025. Driscoll has spent the last 11 seasons at UNF and led the Ospreys to the NCAA Tournament in 2015. He is 184-179 at UNF, with 105 of those wins coming in Atlantic Sun Conference play.— UAB has hired former Mississippi coach Andy Kennedy to lead its basketball program, giving him a six-year contract. The school didn’t disclose contract details, and the hiring pends official approval by the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees. Kennedy replaces Robert Ehsan, who lasted four seasons as the Blazers head coach.NHL-PREDATORS-HARPERcenter_img — Formula One is setting up a series of virtual races to replace postponed or canceled Grand Prix events. The series says a “number of current F1 drivers” will take part in the races, with the first set for Sunday.— The LPGA Tour commissioner has provided a little hope amid more postponements. He says the ANA Inspiration has been rescheduled for Sept. 10-13. The LPGA’s first major in the California desert had been scheduled for April 2-5. It’s the first postponed LPGA event to be rescheduled.— All rugby in England below the top-flight Premiership has been canceled for the season. The chief executive of the Rugby Football Union says the decision was taken “to assist with long-term planning and provide clarity to the game at a time of continuous change” during the virus outbreak.— The Olympic flame has arrived in Japan from Greece and was greeted in a scaled-down ceremony at an air base in northern Japan. The flame touched down Friday amid questions about whether the Tokyo Games can open as scheduled on July 24 because of the coronavirus pandemic.— The Norwegian Olympic Committee wants the Tokyo Games only to take place once the coronavirus outbreak “is under firm control” worldwide. The NIF laid out its position in a letter sent to IOC President Thomas Bach on Friday, entitled “Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and COVID-19” and signed by its president and secretary general. The body said it urged the IOC to provide an “insight on the central milestones” in the process leading to the final decision on whether the games will be held. Predators sign prospect to entry-level dealNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators have signed forward Patrick Harper to a two-year, entry-level contract.The 21-year-old Harper just finished his senior season at Boston University matching his career high with 37 points and a career-best 14 goals. The 5-foot-7, 150-pound forward finished 15th in the NCAA among all skaters averaging 1.16 points a game and was second on his team in points to David Farrance, also a Predators’ prospect.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-MICHIGAN STATE-LAWSUITJudge says lawsuit filed by MSU football staffer should be dismissed Even before the rescue of 52-year-old Tom Knolmayer, 28-year-old Sean Underwood and 37-year-old Matthew Failor, more than one-third of the participants in this year’s 1,000-mile race had quit largely because of conditions. The winner, Thomas Waerner of Norway, arrived at the finish line in Nome early Wednesday.Iditarod officials confirmed the three rescued Friday had officially withdrawn from the race. That brings the number of those who scratched to 22, short of the record of 24 set in 1980. In this year’s race, another musher also was removed for not being competitive.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Update on the latest sports VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSUSA Swimming wants Olympic postponementUNDATED (AP) — The head of USA Swimming is calling for a postponement of the Tokyo Olympics.CEO Tim Hinchey has sent a letter to leadership at the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee urging it to push for a 12-month delay. In his letter, Hinchey noted the unimaginable disruptions athletes have experienced during the coronavirus crisis.The committee didn’t immediately respond to the letter. But earlier Friday, its leaders said there was no rush to postpone the Olympics. Associated Press The 42-year-old quarterback who spent the first 20 years of his career with the New England Patriots announced his decision Friday in an Instagram post and thanked the Bucs for the opportunity.The deal guarantees $50 million and includes a $10 million signing bonus and $15 million salary for 2020. The signing comes three days after Brady announced on social media that he would not return to New England, ending his historic run with the Patriots.He joins an offense that led the NFL in passing yards last season. The aerial attack features a pair of 1,000-yard receivers in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, along with tight ends O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate.In other NFL news:— Running back Todd Gurley has accepted a contract with the Falcons, one day after being released by the Los Angeles Rams. The one-year, $6 million agreement was confirmed to The Associated Press by a person familiar with the deal, who also says Gurley needs to pass a physical. Gurley rushed for more than 1,000 yards in three of his five seasons with the Rams, but he ran for a career-low 857 yards last year. DETROIT (AP) — A federal judge has recommended that a former Michigan State football staff member’s claims against former Spartans football coach Mark Dantonio, former athletic director Mark Hollis and former school President Lou Anna Simon should be dismissed.Curtis Blackwell filed a lawsuit in November 2018 claiming his employment agreement was violated when he was disciplined while the school addressed sexual assault allegations against three players in 2017. Dantonio, Hollis and Simon were named as defendants in the suit. Two MSU police detectives were also named as defendants.Magistrate Judge Sally J. Berens said in a filing that the case against Dantonio, Hollis and Simon “appears to have been prosecuted for an improper purpose and should be dismissed.” Berens did not recommend dismissing the claims against the detectives.BASKETBALL-OBIT-ERICKSONFormer Bucks GM, Wisconsin coach dieslast_img read more

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