Supporting Golf Excites CEO Pixels

first_imgShe said, “Pixels is investing more than N2 million in terms of our services with aims to help the game of golf get high level of awareness it deserves. We promised a mind blowing event and we are doing this because our brands is a vibrant one that like to associate with what is giving joy to the people which is what golf represent to some people and we’re doing every possible best to collaborates with the Ladies Section of IGC to create a lasting memories in minds of every participants of this year’s tournament.“We have been around for 16 years back-to-back, churning out excellent pictures to make people happy and this is also the 16th edition of the IGC Ladies open, so it’s quite interesting to us, it is like we’re doing our birthday. That was what excites us into coming to collaborate with IGC and commence our anniversary campaign with this event which we tagged: ‘Sweet 16’, and we’re going to organised a day golf kitty to celebrates it in July. It is going to be interesting because the game is going to be between lovers, either between you and your wife or between you and your husband, between you and your best friend or girlfriend.  It is about couple, it is about friendship, it is about relationship.”She however described golf as a game that teaches discipline, saying one must keep to the rules and regulations of the game, and if you cannot adhere strictly to those rule you can’t do well in golf, and that was why she found golf very interesting particularly as her position as a CEO.The tournament tees-off on Thursday morning with other format showing that Day-1, Friday is arrival as well as Lady Captain’s Day, followed by a cocktail party while  Day-2, Saturday is Tournament Day-1 and Day-3, Sunday is Tournament Day-2 and presentation of prizes with men playing as guest’s players.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram By Kemi Olaitan in Ibadan One of the major sponsors of the 2019 Ibadan Golf Club, (IGC) Ladies Open and Lady Captain’s Day Tournament,  Omolaraeni Olaosebikan, has pledged her support  as well as her firm, Pixels Digital Photo Lab, to the game of golf.Olaosebikan who is a member of the planning committee of the two-in-one event, also expressed delight being part of the golf tournamentlast_img read more

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Men’s tennis team hopes to regain confidence

first_imgUW AthleticsAfter starting the year with a record of 10-2, the Wisconsin men’s tennis team has dropped five straight matches, including four Big Ten contests, which positions them near the bottom of the Big Ten standings.One of the key issues with this year’s team deals with youth and injuries. The most notable injuries are senior Billy Bertha’s lingering back pains and Alex Roble’s bone spurs that decommissioned the senior for the remainder of the season. Because of early injuries and a generally young squad, the Badgers have been forced to put young players into high-pressure situations.“We have a lot of new guys who are forced to play,” Bertha said. “In the past, a lot of freshman have come in and got to learn the system. But these guys have been kind of thrust into playing with some of the injuries we have had.”In their past two matchups against Northwestern and Illinois, the team has been able to earn points in doubles matchups, a pattern that can be seen throughout the season, with the exception of a few mishaps. The true crux of the Badgers’ latest woes is their inability to win critical singles matchups. The Badgers have struggled as of late to win singles matches on an unprecedented scale.“When it rains, it pours,” Bertha said when describing the cause of the latest slump.The challenge the Badgers now face is how to halt the downpour and regain positioning and confidence.“They are all very solid tennis players,” Wisconsin head coach Greg Van Emburgh said. “The biggest thing as a tennis player is to be confident, and that is what we have struggled with.”The coaching staff is making it a point of emphasis to improve the confidence of the players. To do this, the team is using the small successes they have already achieved to help rebuild the confidence level of individual players and the team as a whole.With the singles slumping at full speed, the doubles portion of the meets have become increasingly more important to keep momentum going into later matches. After earning four out of five doubles points in the past several weeks, the team has been able to regain small amounts of confidence.“I think everyone is in pretty good spirits,” assistant coach Joe Bates said. “We’re going into doubles matchups with confidence. In singles, however, we have kind of let down a bit. The thing about singles is when you win, you gain confidence, and when you lose, you lose confidence, causing a catch-22.”Starting March 23 against Michigan, Wisconsin has won only one singles match in 30 attempts, with the team’s sole singles win coming last weekend from freshman Jakhongir Jalalov against Northwestern’s Alex Pasareanu. Even this win was a hard-fought, close game that ended in a 10-8 tiebreak in favor of Jalalov.“It was good for the individual more than the team,” Bates stated. “When you lose, you lose. For Johnny (Jakhongir) that was a big win. It really helped him gain some confidence and, hopefully, he can ride that out.”Wisconsin’s most consistent singles player this year has been senior Alexander Kostanov, a transfer from the University of South Carolina who is originally from Kursk, Russia. With a record of 11-5, Kostanov is the only player on the team with a record above .500 in singles play. His early success resulted in a promotion to the second or third position in the lineup. Since this promotion, however, Kostanov has dropped five-straight as the team continues to slump.“He is a senior, and he has found a way to win early and ride that a little bit,” Van Emburgh said. “He has confidence, which is the one thing that is really important for him.”His improved play has resulted in a pairing with Billy Bertha as Wisconsin’s top doubles team. Together, the two are 3-5 against the best duos opponents have to offer. This includes a win on March 29 over Illinois’ nationally-ranked No. 1 doubles team.“I think it took us awhile, because we both kind of play the same,” Bertha said. “We are starting to hit our stride right now and hopefully we can make a run in the NCAAs.”However, the slump may very well continue until the Badgers return home next week. This weekend, the team faces Ohio State and Penn State. Ohio State (20-2, 5-0 in conference) holds the No. 5 spot in the nation going into the weekend.last_img read more

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This 102 year-old Indian athlete will give you fitness goals! Mann Kaur wins gold at the World Masters Athletics Championships

first_imgSalute to “Man Kaur” for her stunning performances. We all wish her to keep going as it. And also she is an inspirational woman to make us motivated..— Amit_Unite&respect (@mgodandme) September 14, 2018 LIVE TV Dylan Dsouza 1 year ago VIRAL: Gautam Gambhir wears ‘bindi’ and ‘dupatta’ while endorsing his support to Transgender community 1 year ago The Teaser of Rajinikanth And Akshay Kumar Starrer ‘2.0’ Has Garnered Over 32 Million Views in Just 24 Hours! FOLLOW US 1 year ago This Throwback Picture Of Mahesh Bhatt Shared By Daughter Pooja Bhatt Is Unmissable! SUBSCRIBE TO US Taking inspiration from her son 78-year-old son, Gurdev, who also is an athlete himself, she rose to prominence last year after she won the gold medal at the World Masters Games in Auckland, New Zealand. Prior to that, she has won gold medals in the 100m and 200m races at the Nationals in 2011. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00Loaded: 0%Duration 0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackQuality LevelsFullscreenThis is a modal window. This video is restricted from playing on your current domain Error Code: PLAYER_ERR_DOMAIN_RESTRICTED For many, this 102-year-old athlete might look like any other average senior citizen, but for Mann Kaur, age is just a number. Hailing from Punjab, this veteran athlete is showing no signs of slowing down, after she went on to make the country proud with her remarkable feat. Session ID: 2020-09-09:52aa79d6a7a553da9b350854 Player Element ID: video_player_5f5864b3a306b OK Close Modal DialogBeginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen A video posted by the History channel gives us the intricate details of the senior citizen and her journey towards taking up the sport. Her sons revealed that her healthy life and discipline is the secret to her success at this age. Most notably in the video, her son said that when she ran for the first time, she completed the race in 1 minute and 14 seconds.  Though, this is isn’t the first time that Mann Kaur has done something of this sort. While many athletes start training at an early age, but Man Kaur’s case was different as she took up the sport at the age of 93. Incredible 👏🏽 😊 more power to her and all others who believes in themselves ❤️.— Jay Shankar (@JJustJazzy) September 11, 2018 LOOK AT THAT SMILE !!! Man Kaur from India wins the 200m GOLD in the World Masters Athletics #WMAMalaga2018. Age group 100- 104 years!!What a privilege for every person in the world to see her in action and to share her joy 😊😊#PinkathonFOREVER pic.twitter.com/hDvWc3EVVf— Milind Usha Soman (@milindrunning) September 11, 2018 WE RECOMMEND Known as the ‘Miracle from Chandigarh’, Kaur has recently added another feather to her cap by winning gold at the World Masters Athletics Championships in Malaga, Spain. The World Masters Athletics Championships involves events like track and field, cross country, and road running events, for athletes above 35 years of age. Written By Last Updated: 14th September, 2018 18:54 IST This 102 Year-old Indian Athlete Will Give You Fitness Goals! Mann Kaur Wins Gold At The World Masters Athletics Championships Aged 102, Mann Kaur has recently added another feather to her cap by winning gold at the World Masters Athletics Championships. WATCH US LIVE First Published: 14th September, 2018 15:23 IST A proud moment for India! Mann Kaur, India’s oldest female athlete, wins the 200m Gold Medal in the age group of 100 – 104 at the World Masters Athletics Championships. Watch this video to know more about her age-defying achievements. #OMGIndia pic.twitter.com/CMrNnqWRiv— HISTORY TV18 (@HISTORYTV18) September 11, 2018 COMMENT Needless to say, the achievement of India’s oldest female athlete didn’t go unnoticed. Many people hailed her recent feat on social media, including former Bollywood actor and Ironman athlete himself, Milind Soman. Here are the best reactions:  That bib of category must be the one of the rarest! Its inspiring not only for Indian women but also for all from the universe!— kranti salvi (@krantis) September 12, 2018 Apart from running, Mann Kaur is also known to have tried her hand at javelin throw and shot put. She had represented India in both these disciplines at the 2017 World Masters Games.With a staggering 20 World Masters medals to her name, Kaur’s story serves as great inspiration for young athletes. Not resting on her past laurels, she now eyes glory at the World Masters 2020 which will be held in Japan.  last_img read more

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O’Dayne Richards – Athletics

first_imgFor his achievement in earning a bronze medal in the shot put at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China. In taking third spot in Beijing he equalled his own National Record (21.69 metres) which he had established in winning the shot put gold at the Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada.last_img

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ExxonMobil adds another drillship to fleet

first_imgAs US oil giant ExxonMobil continues to discover more oil offshore Guyana, it has added another drillship to its existing fleet of three to increase its capacity.The new drillship, Noble Don Taylor is presently working for Talos Energy in the Gulf of Mexico. Already, the Noble Bob Douglas and the Noble Tom Madden are in Guyana, along with the Stena Carron.Only this week, Exxon announced its 13th discovery offshore Guyana at the Yellowtail-1 well.The announcement came a mere two months after the US supermajor made double oil discoveries at the Tilapia-1 and Haimara-1 wells in the south-west section of the Stabroek Block.Yellowtail-1, located some six miles north-west of the Tilapia discovery, encountered approximately 292 feet of high-quality oil-bearing sandstone reservoir.According to a press release from ExxonMobil, it was drilled to a depth of 18,445 feet (5622 metres) in 6046 feet (1843 metres) of water.The Noble Tom Madden began drilling the Yellowtail well on March 27 and it will next drill the Hammerhead-2 well.This latest discovery adds to the previously announced estimated recoverable resource of approximately 5.5 billion oil-equivalent barrels on the Stabroek Block. Yellowtail-1 is the fifth discovery in the Turbot area, which ExxonMobil expects to become a major development hub.The Stena Carron is currently completing a well test at the Longtail-1 discovery and upon completion will next drill the Hammerhead-3 well. Later in 2019, the Stena Carron will drill a second well at the Ranger discovery.The Noble Bob Douglas drillship is currently completing development drilling operations for the Liza Phase 1 development.ExxonMobil has previously said that there is potential for at least five floating productions, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels on the Stabroek Block producing more than 750,000 barrels of oil per day by 2025.Start-up of the Liza Phase 1 development is on track to begin by the first quarter of 2020 and will produce up to 120,000 barrels of oil per day, utilising the Liza Destiny FPSO, which is expected to arrive in the country in the third quarter.Liza Phase 2 is expected to start up by mid-2022. A final investment decision is expected soon, subject to Government and regulatory approvals. Upon approval, the project plans to use the Liza Unity FPSO to produce up to 220,000 barrels per day. Sanctioning of a third development, Payara, is also expected in 2019, with start-up projected for 2023.The Stabroek Block is 6.6 million acres (26,800 square kilometres). ExxonMobil affiliate, Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited, is operator and holds 45 per cent interest in the Stabroek Block. Hess Guyana Exploration Ltd holds 30 per cent interest and CNOOC Petroleum Guyana Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CNOOC Limited, holds 25 per cent interest.last_img read more

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Raiders’ Sharpe fills massive void left by Brown vs. Packers

first_imgALAMEDA — The last thing an offensive lineman wants to hear is his name on the loudspeaker, and it happened twice to David Sharpe in the late first and early second quarter against the Green Bay Packers.In his first start since the end of the 2017 season, Sharpe was starting at right tackle in place of Trent Brown, who couldn’t play because of a left calf strain. No pressure, really. Sharpe was not only replacing the highest paid lineman in NFL history, but a player who has played as if he …last_img read more

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Make Like a Dog, Owl, or Beetle: How Biomimetics Will Improve Our Lives

first_img(Visited 93 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The greatest breakthroughs in health and engineering may be as near as the back yard: 13  14 more stimulating stories from biomimetics.Doggy human vaccination breakthrough:  Medical Xpress announced another reason to pat your dog.  “Common canine virus may lead to new vaccines for deadly human diseases,” the headline begins: Researchers at the University of Georgia have discovered that a virus commonly found in dogs may serve as the foundation for the next great breakthrough in human vaccine development.”  Since the virus does not cause disease in humans, it can be used as a vector for vaccine delivery to places hard to the human immune system.  “This approach not only ensures full exposure to the vaccine but also is much safer because it does not require the use of attenuated, or weakened, pathogens.”Make like an owl:  A beautiful shot of a great grey owl in flight, feathers outspread, graces a story on Science Daily about silent flight.  Owls’ specialized plumage reduces noise, enabling them to “hunt in acoustic stealth,” the article said.  That’s why “Researchers from the University of Cambridge, England, are studying the owl’s wing structure to better understand how it mitigates noise so they can apply that information to the design of conventional aircraft.”  Unlucky homeowners in the flight path of airports will be glad.  Surprisingly, little is known about this.  “No one knows exactly how owls achieve this acoustic stealth, and the reasons for this feat are largely speculative based on comparisons of owl feathers and physiology to other not-so-quiet birds such as pigeons.”  This is a good example of biomimetics motivating pure research.  Airplane wings are noisy because they create turbulent eddies.Owls, however, possess no fewer than three distinct physical attributes that are thought to contribute to their silent flight capability: a comb of stiff feathers along the leading edge of the wing; a soft downy material on top of the wing; and a flexible fringe at the trailing edge of the wing. At present it is not known whether it is a single attribute or the combination of attributes that are the root cause of the noise reduction.Useful noise:  Speaking of noise, it can actually power a machine.  At the Free University of Berlin, Science Daily reported, a team has taken interest in how a cell’s molecular machines can harness the noise of thermal motion for useful work.  Random fluctuations don’t have to be a nuisance if you have intelligent design.  “This noise is a source of energy and its utilisation for undertaking a task is a paradigm that nature has shown to be possible in certain cases.”  By designing a ratcheting device, they’ve made hydrogen molecules move a lever with a mass ten million trillion times greater than the hydrogen.Silk body scanners:  Imagine tiny mirrors made of biodegradable silk that can be implanted in your body to scan for problems.  They dissolve away harmlessly, requiring no further care.  That’s what Science Daily reported from Tufts University.  And that’s not all these wonders can do: “Implantable Silk Optics Multi-Task in Body: Dissolvable Micro-Mirrors Enhance Imaging, Administer Heat, Deliver and Monitor Drugs.” One of the researchers explained, “The important implication here is that using a single biofriendly, resorbable device one could image a site of interest, such as a tumor, apply therapy as needed and then monitor the progress of the therapy.”Pulling water from the air, like magic, like beetle:  Visualize a water bottle that fills itself up from the air.  Possible?  Beetles in the Namib desert, living in a climate so arid it only gets 0.5″ of rain a year, can do this trick.  PhysOrg wrote, “Biomimicry is the term given to using nature as an inspiration for sustainable technology ideas, and a young company has joined the biomimicry brigade with its prototype self filling water bottle, which mimics the Namib desert beetle.”  Yeah, but it takes a long time to fill, right?  Not so: “They say that, like this beetle, their bottle can pull water from the air. Their self-filling water bottle is said to be capable of storing up to three liters every hour.”  That’s enough to keep a desert hiker hydrated.  The company has developed a proof-of-concept prototype and hopes to bring it to market before long.  And that’s not all; they’re thinking global: “enhanced dehumidification for households; potable water for military operations; water for greenhouses to support plant life; and potable water for third world nations.”Fish leader:  This is a twist on biomimetics: imitating a fish for their own good.  Science Daily reported on work at Polytechnic University of New York on a robotic fish that imitates zebrafish, tail swishes and all.  They’re testing this “bioinspired robot” that “eventually may steer live animal or marine groups from danger.”Fast eye-like screen:  Ever think about how quickly your eyes can adjust between bright and shadow?  Wouldn’t it be nice if your phone or tablet screen could keep up?  Science Daily says, “Mathematics Helps Mobiles and Tablets Match Eyes’ Ability to Switch from Sunshine to Shadow.”  This seems to imply the eye knows some good mathematics.  The new streaming technology may offer “enormous benefits” to apps from gaming to security.  Researchers from the University of Warwick have “pushed the boundaries of High Dynamic Range (HDR) video to match our own eyes’ ability to cope with the real world’s ever rapidly changing light intensity — such as sun simply going behind clouds.”Get her an elegant hagfish gown for Christmas:  Don’t say yuck yet: “Nylon, Kevlar and other synthetic fabrics: Step aside. If new scientific research pans out, people may be sporting shirts, blouses and other garments made from fibers modeled after those in the icky, super-strong slime from a creature called the hagfish.”  Believe it or not; Science Daily introduced “Hagfish Slime as a Model for Tomorrow’s Natural Fabrics.”  Apparently hagfish, which can generate quarts of slime in seconds, are competing with spider silk for material of the future.  “The slime consists of tens of thousands of remarkably strong threads, each 100 times thinner than a human hair,” the article said.  The lady doesn’t have to know where it came from.Birthday suit:  What could be finer than skin for protection?  It breathes, it cools, it adjusts to absorb or repel moisture.  For those not ready to make like Adam and Eve, researchers at the University of Amherst and other institutions are developing a “second skin” fabric that could provide these benefits in clothing.  PhysOrg said it will be great for military uniforms of the future.  Their “nanotube-based fabric that repels chemical and biological agents” can provide both comfort and protection.  Here’s what the federal funding might bring to our defense forces, and maybe to the rest of us, too:The researchers say the fabric will be able to switch reversibly from a highly breathable state to a protective one in response to the presence of the environmental threat without the need for an external control system. In the protective state, the uniform material will block the chemical threat while maintaining a good breathability level. “The uniform will be like a smart second skin that responds to the environment,” says [Francesco] Fornasiero.The sea monster against the insect:  Who would have thought sea anemones would inspire insect repellants?  They give off a powerful toxin that scientists in Belgium are looking into, Science Daily said.  “Are toxins friend or foe? The more we understand these toxins, they are more friend, and less foe,” a co-author said.  The article explained the possible benefits, “Since these toxins disable ion channels that mediate pain and inflammation, they could also spur drug development aimed at pain, cardiac disorders, epilepsy and seizure disorders, and immunological diseases such as multiple sclerosis.”Spider web insect repellant:  Speaking of materials and insect repellants, just the sight of a spider web may be enough to scare insects away.  Live Science reported on work by researchers at Miami University (in Ohio) who found that plant damage was significantly reduced in the field when spider silk was detectable by the insects, even if from spiders not natural to the area.  Why invent artificial poisons, when a natural substance can do the trick?DNA toy story:  Scaled up to our size, they look like toy blocks, Rubik’s cubes, or toy space shuttles, but they’re made out of DNA.  Science showed pictures of Lego-like structures that a Harvard team made out of short pieces of DNA that can be stacked at will into various shapes.  Why?  Sorry, kids; “The method opens a new route to complex self-assembled (3D) nanostructures that may serve as addressable templates for placing guest molecules with high precision, with possible applications in biophysics, medicine, and nanoelectronics.”Bee-bite medicine:  “Honeybees never cease to amaze us,” begins an article on PhysOrg. Now, “their bite contains a natural anesthetic.” Why re-invent what nature already produces?  Because the bee’s anesthetic is non-toxic to humans and animals, “this natural substance is likely to find many applications in both human and veterinary medicine.”____It’s clear that biomimetics remains one of the hottest trends in science.  Did evolution have anything to do with these advances?  Nada.  Most of the stories did not even use the word.  Even when mentioned, evolution was not at all vital to the story, especially the Darwinian kind.  Here’s a sample of the E-word from the story about DNA Legos: “DNA nanotechnology evolved from Seeman’s pioneering ideas in the 1980s about using immobile DNA junctions to create periodic DNA lattices  and bioelectronic devices.”  Needless to say, that’s not Darwinism; that’s intelligent design.This just in: another beetle inspiration:  Science Daily just reported that researchers at the University of Tennessee want to imitate the whirligig beetle.  Why? “The propulsive efficiency of the species has been claimed in literature to be one of the highest measured for a thrust-generating apparatus within the animal kingdom,” a researcher said; “inspiration for developing energy-efficient propulsion mechanisms for swimming vehicles and robots.”  The beetle’s secret was a mystery till they studied it with high-speed cameras and found that each of the beetle’s three pairs of legs performs a different function.  Mingjun Zhang remarked, “I am always amazed how nature does this with the small organism.”Zhang’s team looks to nature for inspiration in engineering. By studying the movements of the whirligig beetle, the team is applying nature’s principles to bio-inspired swimming and diving robots. He is designing the robots for the Office of Naval Research through their Young Investigator Program award which he received in 2011. The award gives him $170,000 in annual research grants for three years.See, kids?  Robots are not only cool; there’s money to be made in biomimetics.We hope you enjoy these true examples of good science as much as we enjoy reporting them.  Biomimetics is helping lead the world out of the dark ages of Darwinism, and opening up a golden age of inspiring, interesting and useful research that everyone can benefit from.  Use these stories to motivate and encourage a great awakening of science as it used to be: understanding nature to benefit the world.last_img read more

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Want to Set Your Small Business Up For Success? Do This.

first_imgAs senior vice president of SMB marketing at Salesforce, Marie Rosecrans focuses on empowering small and medium businesses with the tools and resources they need to grow. Before joining Salesforce in 2008, she held positions in customer support, professional services, product marketing, and program management at Oracle, Peoplesoft, Evolve, and Primavera. Marie lives in the San Francisco Bay area and enjoys hiking and traveling with her husband, teen, and tween. How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Marie Rosecrans How to Get Started in China and Have Success What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… Tags:#Culture#startup#success China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … Related Posts Let’s talk about values. Not family values or stock values, but company values: the bedrock of an organization. A company’s core values define it in a way nothing else can. They support the vision and shape the culture. They are the principles and beliefs that define the work. They are what drive the company.Some leaders consider values a soft sell or nice-to-have. Small businesses, in particular, are often hyper-focused on the product in a rush to get to market, forgetting to acknowledge the underlying foundation that helps a company run smoothly. But research shows that companies that lead with their values are better positioned to achieve strong customer loyalty, employee engagement, and team productivity. So if you want to set your business up for growth and long-term success, you’ve got to take time to focus on values.First things first: Define your values.Values act as a North Star for the company; they pinpoint what’s important, which then helps determine where to focus individual time and effort. Here at Salesforce, our #1 value is trust, a value which has become the backbone of our company (Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff even spoke at Davos this year about the importance of trust in an organization). That emphasis reverberates through everything we do and defines who we are as a company. Aside from trust, our Salesforce culture is guided by other core values of customer success, innovation, and equality. Every day, we’re personally responsible for living these values and holding each other accountable for them. These are the values that inspire us and help us to grow.So think about the values that matter to your small business; what’s important to consider as you grow? Perhaps consider Benioff’s advice: “What is the most important thing to you in your company? Really look at your value system. What’s #1? If everything is important, nothing is important. You have to choose what is really important to you.”Next, distribute your values.With competition what it is today — intense — companies often lose sight of what drives them. To make sure you’re accountable for your values, you’ve got to make them visible. For years companies have thrown them right on the conference room wall. Other small businesses — like SalesLoft, QGenda, and Thompson Pump — opt to define their values on their websites for easy reference. Some companies go the traditional route with simple values (like trust, respect, and equality), which others take a modern approach with idea statements (like team over self, bias toward action, or focus on impact).A good litmus test for whether a company lives its values is to ask the employees to name them. Would your employees be able to list the company values if asked? Could they tell you how they shine through in their day-to-day roles? If not, it’s time to shout them a little louder.Make those values stick.It’s one thing to write down your values — and quite another to live up to them every day. So once you’ve gone through the motions of defining and distributing your company’s values, you’ve actually got to make them stick. That means “living” your values. Let your values guide the company; they can dictate your decisions, your product direction, and even whom you hire. Values stretch us to be our very best, which is why you’ve got to embed them in how you work.We’ve seen several recent examples where companies have received negative publicity because values were either compromised or not there to begin with. How can core values help you avoid these situations? Here at Salesforce we know that if we frame our work in the context of our values and use those values to drive our decision making, we’ll always make the right decision. And when we do make a wrong decision, we usually find that it’s because we weren’t aligned with our core values. North Star, indeed. Evolve your values over time.Just because you’ve thrown those values on your website doesn’t mean they have to stay there forever. Organizations, products, and people all change. If your current values aren’t tied to the vision, everything suffers — innovation slows, employees become disenchanted, and customers attrit. Something needs to change.So take time every year to think about the status of your company. What’s driving it? What could it be doing better? Where do you want it to go? If you had to choose your core values from scratch right now, would they be the same as the originals? As your small business grows, this is a great exercise to make sure you stay aligned and moving forward.Ready, get set, grow. Competition today is fierce and small businesses must try to differentiate themselves in whatever ways they can. When products are the same or similar, a consumer’s decision is based on what kind of company he or she wants to support. So take some time to think about the values that are important to you. Write them down and shout them out. Make sure they radiate throughout the company. Breathe them in deeply and they will help you grow.What values are important to your company? What’s a small business you know of that truly lives its values? I’d love to know. Tweet me at @mlaxros and let’s discuss.last_img read more

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Push to repeal bylaw allowing stores north of Toronto to open on

first_imgLabour groups and some politicians are pushing to repeal a bylaw that allows retailers north of Toronto to stay open on holidays such as Family Day.Councillors in York Region, which consists of nine municipalities including Markham, Vaughan and Richmond Hill, Ont., voted 17-3 in favour of the Holiday Shopping Bylaw in November.The legislation exempts all businesses from a provincial law requiring them to close on nine statutory holidays each year. They’re now able to open, if they choose, for 364 days per year — every day except Dec. 25.The Toronto and York Region Labour Council has drafted a petition urging York Region to reconsider the bylaw, saying the extra days will cut into retail workers’ valuable time with their families.Labour council president John Cartwright said that in today’s “incredibly fast-paced world,” that time is more important than ever.“Often, that’s the only guaranteed time that people know they can spend with their families — statutory holidays — and now that’s been stripped away,” he said.According to the York Region Employment and Industry Report, approximately 64,000 people are employed in the retail sector in the region. Cartwright said many of them work two or three jobs in order to get by.“You can’t put a roof over your head in the (Greater Toronto Area) working only one job at 14 dollars an hour,” he said.Ontario’s Retail Business Holidays Act requires retailers to close on New Year’s Day, Family Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.Some businesses are exempted, including gas stations, pharmacies and any business under 225 square metres. The law also permits municipalities to exempt themselves from the requirements.The Retail Council of Canada applauded York Region’s decision, and said it is now lobbying neighbouring Peel Region to make a similar change.“Retailers should be deciding at their discretion whether to be open on statutory holidays without restrictions imposed by governments,” the council said in a statement.Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti was one of the three York regional councillors who voted against the bylaw, and he said there’s a growing movement to have it repealed.“I’m not even sure to what extent local municipalities are aware, or really understand the impacts of this new bylaw,” said Scarpitti, who held an event Friday with labour leaders to raise awareness of the issue.“The impact of this is not fully felt yet, obviously.”Cartwright said that many businesses initially called for volunteers to fill shifts on New Year’s Day, when the bylaw took effect, but ended up having to assign shifts.He said while employees will receive extra pay for working holidays like Family Day, he worries that may not last.“They used to get overtime pay on Sundays, when Sunday shopping first came in. But what happened over the years is that just became part of the reality,” he said.“It would only be a matter of time before this becomes the norm for those holidays as well. That’s how the market works, I’m afraid.”last_img read more

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