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A gloomy Groundhog Day: Punxsutawney Phil says more winter

first_imgPUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) — Punxsutawney Phil has emerged from his burrow to forecast there will be six more weeks of winter. The spectacle that is Groundhog Day at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, still went on this year despite a winter storm and the coronavirus pandemic. The prognosticator of prognosticators emerged at dawn on Tuesday. Members of his inner circle revealed he had seen his shadow, indicating six more weeks of winter. Phil this year, like many years in the past, gave his forecast during a major snowstorm that hit the entire Northeast.last_img read more

February 8, 2021 0

Position the building blocks of talent management for solid ROI

first_img 68SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pembroke Since joining CUES in March 2013, John Pembroke has played a leadership role in developing and launching a new direction in CUES’ strategy, branding and culture. Under his guidance, CUES … Web: www.cues.org Details Think about how you manage big expenses at your credit union. When you build a new branch, for example, you don’t just open it and let it sit there. You invest in keeping the structure sound and the processes within it up to date. Similarly, when you implement new technology, you maintain and upgrade that system according to your strategy.So, too, should be your approach with the people who work for your credit union, serving its members. When it comes to the financial commitments you make as a credit union, few will be larger than the one you make to compensate and develop your employees. So it’ll pay to make sure you’re getting a good return on the investment.Successful talent management strategy today requires you to thoughtfully position four building blocks—compensation, benefits, talent development, and culture—to get the best possible outcomes for your staff, organization and members. As I explained in a previous CU Insight column, “How to Win the War on Talent,” success will depend on your being competitive on all four of these factors, and winning on three.When you sit down with your team at the planning table this year, consider your compensation strategy. To attract and retain top talent, you’ll need to pay at least the market rate, based on the expertise and skills required by each person’s role. CUES Executive Compensation Survey and CUES Employee Salary Survey are good tools to help you gauge your current position and close any gaps.While determining pay can be a fairly straightforward numbers game, you can win with benefits by being creative. For example, a key benefit used at CUES is flexibility. Assuming a job lends itself to remote work, CUES allows staff to work from home one day a week throughout the year.  Not surprisingly, credit unions have benefited from offering telecommuting as well. As you do your strategic planning, think through various ways you can differentiate yourself and meet the needs of your staff (and executive team) with creative benefits.A baseline goal for talent development is for every employee in your credit union organization to have a development plan and actively participate in learning. Also be sure to keep the time-tested “70-20-10” rule in mind. Pioneered by the Center for Creative Leadership based on 30 years of study, this rule says that 70 percent of what people learn, they learn on the job. This is why you need to make sure your current and potential leaders have challenging and meaningful roles—they will learn by doing. In addition, 20 percent of learning comes through effective coaching and mentoring, and the final 10 percent through formal face-to-face and online learning programs.Finally, your credit union’s culture has a key impact on the performance of your staff. If your people feel that their work environment is one in which they can thrive and be productive, that’s very meaningful. Interestingly, leaders can have an even greater impact on an organization’s culture than they can on an individual’s performance, according to research published in 2011 by Scott Isaksen, president of The Creative Problem Solving Group, Orchard Park, N.Y. But culture, in turn, has a considerable influence on employee performance, Isaksen found.Think about it. The leaders in your credit union aren’t working the teller line, nor staffing online chats with members. They are probably not even in the room when these duties are performed. But they are creating the environment in which these activities take place every day. The right environment lends itself to great performance.Strategic planning season is a perfect time to make sure that managing all the talent within your organization is something you’re giving enough attention. When you sit down with your executive team and board this year, ask yourselves how to best position the building blocks of talent development for your credit union’s future success.last_img read more

December 18, 2020 0

ICC World Cup Shikhar Dhawan gets heartfelt message from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The India opener Shikhar Dhawan is officially ruled out of ICC World Cup 2019 after sustaining a thumb injury in the encounter against Australia. The wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant, who has featured in five one-day Internationals for India, will replace him. Rishabh Pant was called by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) ahead of the marqee clash against Pakistan to join the team for precautionary measures. In the meantime, he was seen practising with the team, and also cheered from crowd at Old Traffors in Manchester. The moustache rolling southpaw has often been termed as the man of ICC tournaments, and even in the two games he featured this World Cup, he was looking in dazzling touch. Against the five-time champions, Australia, he even smashed a memorable hundred to set the platform for a big score. His contribution on and off the field will certainly be missed by India. Rishabh Pant, on the other hand, will be playing his first ICC 50-over tournament and will look to utilize his Indian Premier League (IPL) form in the games to come. However, with the playing XI looking settled, it looks highly unlikely that Rishabh will feature from the next game. On this, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his heartfelt feelings for India’s prolific opener. He took to the twitter and said, “Dear Shikhar no doubt the pitch will miss you but I hope you recover at the earliest so that you can once again be back on the field and contribute to more wins for the nation.”Here’s the Tweet:Rishabh Pant has scored 93 runs in the four innings, with the highest total of 36 runs against West Indies in the home series. He averages just over 23 in ODI cricket, which isn’t anywhere near to his own set standards. Interestingly, India has now four wicket-keepers in the squad – MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, KL Rahul, and Rishabh Pant. Meanwhile, India will play their next game against the minnows of the tournament, Afghanistan at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. Earlier in the tournament, India played against South Africa at the same ground and emerged as victorious.   last_img read more

September 19, 2020 0

Yahoo Fantasy Football Week 15: NFL DFS picks, lineup advice for cash games

first_imgWeek 15 Rankings:Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/ST | KickerWeek 15 Yahoo Fantasy Football: NFL DFS picks for cash gamesQB Josh Allen, Bills vs. Lions ($26). I’m all on board the Allen DFS hype train. He has such a high-floor because of his rushing ability, shown by his 99-plus yards on the ground in each of his past three outings. The Lions haven’t been good against big-armed, mobile QBs this year, so Allen could be in for another solid showing. At just $26, he’s a massive bargain, so we’ll spend down here and grab other productive, top-dollar guys at other positions.RB Todd Gurley, Rams vs. Eagles ($39). Gurley was the main guy I wanted to target on this slate. Since Yahoo lineups include the Sunday night game, Gurley is available as the highest-priced RB overall. Gurley is coming off what was easily his worst outing of the year against the Bears. He’ll be ready to prove that was just one-time fluke,  and the Eagles have given up at least one double-digit RB scorer in every game since their Week 9 bye. That gives Gurley a high floor and makes him a perfect top-dollar pick for cash games.​WEEK 15 DFS CASH LINEUPS: FanDuel | DraftKingsRB Doug Martin, Raiders @ Bengals ($16). Martin has scored in three consecutive games, and while he hasn’t had much yardage in those games (72 scrimmage yards was his highest total), he gets a great matchup with a Bengals defense that has given up the most fantasy points to RBs this season. For just $16, Martin has great upside, and he should have a chance to set a season high in rushing yards and find the end zone once again.WR Brandin Cooks, Rams vs. Eagles ($28). This is a weird contra-stack with both Gurley and Cooks as my two highest-priced players, but the matchup is too good to pass on them. The Eagles secondary has been decimated by injuries, and they don’t have the personnel needed to match up with the speedy Cooks. They just had trouble containing Amari Cooper, so that should carry over against the high-flying Rams offense. And of the team’s receivers, we like Cooks the best because of his big-play potential.WR Tyler Lockett, Seahawks @ 49ers ($24). Lockett had just one catch last time these two teams met, but it was for a 52-yard TD. He didn’t need to do much because the game turned into a blowout. In what might be a more competitive game, Lockett could have similar production but more opportunities to catch the ball. Either way, he has a great matchup and scored in nine-of-12 games to open the season. He’s a consistent threat, so we’ll trust him.WEEK 15 DFS GPP LINEUPS: Yahoo | FanDuel | DraftKingsWR Tyler Boyd, Bengals vs. Raiders ($20). Boyd is in the midst of a breakout season for the Bengals, and he is the No. 1 receiver with A.J. Green out. The Raiders have allowed the second-most TDs to WRs this year at 19, so Boyd could end up catching one in what figures to be an offensive battle. For his $20 price, he has both solid upside and a good floor, so we’ll take a chance on him.TE Rob Gronkowski, Patriots @ Steelers ($18). Gronk is only the fifth-most expensive TE on the slate despite his matchup with a Steelers defense that has been middle-of-the-road against TEs. That said, they just gave up a 100-plus yard game to Jared Cook, so Gronk could have a massive outing. Our Yahoo cash lineup last week flopped a little bit, as our expensive Philip Rivers pick was merely mediocre, but WR Keenan Allen, TE Jared Cook, and the Giants D/ST did a lot to help us put up a solid point total in spite of that error. For our Week 15 cash picks, we’re targeting a lot of consistent, high-floor players on what is a pretty solid NFL DFS slate. And after last week’s high-priced QB flop, we’re changing our strategy again.We’re actually spending down at QB, as there are a couple of solid sleepers that should pan out and become good value options at the position. The scrambling ability of a certain rookie makes him a bargain at just $26, especially in a good matchup. Elsewhere, we have a contra-stack of Rams in a good matchup with a reeling Eagles defense. From there, we targeted some solid values at WR and TE to help round things out. And, for the second straight week, we’re picking against the Redskins offense with our D/ST. MORE WEEK 15 DFS: Values | Stacks | Lineup BuilderFLEX Calvin Ridley, Falcons vs. Cardinals ($15). Ridley could be in for a good day in Atlanta. The Falcons are at home, where he has performed much better, and Patrick Peterson may line up across from Julio Jones more often than not. Ridley will get a chance to expose the weakness that the Cardinals have at the No. 2 corner position, so he’s a worthwhile investment at just $15.DEF Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Redskins ($14). The Jaguars get to take on Josh Johnson in his first start since 2011. It’s on the road. Sign us up.last_img read more

August 27, 2020 0