Now that the recession is officially over in Massachusetts, according to economists if not the public, it’s time to take stock. And the message from speakers at a Harvard Extension School panel Wednesday (March 24) was that people should not wait for economic reforms, but instead should build their own brands and skills in order to prosper.The panel was the third of four celebrating the Extension School’s centennial. Titled “Doing Business in the Post-Meltdown Economy,” the symposium drew a large and engaged audience to Lowell Hall.Each of the three speakers viewed the question quite differently. The first, Richard Parker, a lecturer in public policy and a senior fellow at the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, took a broad approach, voicing his concern that, in the three years since the financial meltdown began, little headway has been made toward adequate national reform. While many Americans “have suffered losses in our IRAs,” said Parker, and others have lost their jobs and homes, “it’s important to think globally” as the recession increases malnourishment and child mortality worldwide.“The criticism I have of the modern economy is that it has lost its way,” he said, since it has tended to turn away from Keynesian economics, which includes an active role for government, to a point where “the markets were supremely efficient.” The distribution of wealth has grown consistently more unequal, he said, and “I can’t begin to record the ways in which these inequalities harm our society.”Harvard and the Extension School have a moral duty to “create a nation of opportunity and justice,” he said. “Knowledge is the antidote to greed and shortsightedness.”The other two panelists looked at the question from a more personal point of view.Stuart Sadick, a partner at the executive search organization Heidrick & Struggles who heads the company’s Global Consulting and Advisory Services sector, examined what individuals can do to get back on their feet, post-recession.“It’s all about you,” he said, “managing your talent, your career, and your brand.”Taking a more optimistic view, Sadick said, “I think I have a problem with the word ‘meltdown.’ I think it was a profound, very scary adjustment.”In speaking with dozens of job seekers over the past year, he said, he has found that many people took their job loss as an opportunity to redefine themselves. “The people who are doing better now are the ones who saw possibility, as opposed to doom and gloom,” he said. “When everyone zigs, you better learn to zag.”If job seekers simply respond to employment ads on Monster.com and other Web sites, for example, they won’t get very far because everyone else is doing that. The people “who really understand what they are about — and why they are particularly valuable to any organization they go to — don’t wait for the job listing,” he said. They use today’s ubiquitous social networking and their own agility to reinvent themselves, “both inside and outside the organization.” Often the people who kept their jobs during the recession, he added, were those who didn’t say, “It’s not my job,” but rather, “I have an idea.”Sadick conducted a small survey in which he found that 60 percent of respondents said their careers had been affected by the financial meltdown. Of those, 70 percent said they had been affected for the worse. But those very people were the ones who often ended up happier in their new situations. “They bit the bullet, shrugged off corporate life forever, started their own firms, became more focused on building relationships, rethought their career directions. The message from these respondents is people do see tremendous opportunities and possibilities.”Stephen A. Greyser, the Richard P. Chapman Professor of Business Administration Emeritus at Harvard Business School, examined brand reputation in a trust-intensive era, examining well-known case studies ranging from Toyota to Tiger Woods, with stops at Martha Stewart, the International Olympic Committee, and Arthur Andersen along the way.He presented antidotes for those who may find themselves amid public relations crises. “Find the facts,” he said. “Tell the truth about them. Address the problems, even if it’s expensive to do so, and work to regain that eroded trust, even if it involves changing corporate behavior.”The next centennial panel event, “Sustaining Our Earth’s Ecosystems,” will be 4 p.m. April 14, Lowell Lecture Hall, Kirkland and Oxford streets. Key environmentalists share their passion and commitment to their life’s work.
Management CommitmentIs the management on board?Do they adequately understand Diversity, Equity and Inclusion?Are they actively seeking to develop a diverse group of future leaders?Will they ensure their direct reports commit to the organizational shift in culture?Do they understand the roadmap and their role in the progress? This work will not resolve itself. It is relying on our credit union leadership to own it, to make it happen. The question is, how willing are we to roll up our sleeves to move the needle? We must move beyond performative moments to transformative work – only then will we see the change we desire. How will we measure our collective success?What are we aiming for, and how will we know we have arrived? What should your credit union consider if you want to make meaningful progress with Diversity, Equity and Inclusion? Organizational StrategyDiversity, Equity and Inclusion is more than training. It MUST be a strategic objective of the organization. How will we expand our leadership pipeline?How do we create more space for women at our tables?How do we create more space for minorities at our tables?How do we create more space for the LGBTQ+ community at our tables? 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Ronaldo Hardy Ronaldo is a powerhouse speaker and executive with the personal mission, “To change the world by building people that change the world.” As a purpose-driven, high-results CEO Ronaldo led Southwest … Web: https://www.creditunionstrategicplanning.com Details Community ConnectionHow does the overall plan reach the community?How can you reach into the community more effectively?Are there organizations in the community that you can effectively align with to get more done? While participation in the NCUA’s credit union diversity self-assessment has not been as strong as hoped thus far, the insights provide a small snapshot. The agency’s key findings are consistent with my own interactions in the credit union community.First, women in leadership continues to be skewed and often prematurely celebrated among credit unions. Yes, more than 50% of credit unions are led by women, but those percentages decrease sharply as the asset size increases. In fact, according to the 2019 assessment, less than 15% of credit unions with assets of more than $1 billion are run by female CEOs. This speaks to a huge opportunity we have as an industry to raise the glass ceiling for women in the credit union movement. We can’t tout and celebrate what we haven’t fully committed to achieve. There’s more work to do, and more change to own.Second, significant disparities exist in racial and ethnic representation at all levels of our credit union movement. From the front lines to the board room, we lack in ethnic representation. In several categories, we are not on par with the ethnic makeup of our country. Reaching other ethnicities must be intentional and requires effective strategies for awareness and recruiting in areas credit unions previously may not have considered.That means additional opportunities to own this work, and lead the way as a cooperative community.I was encouraged to see more credit unions indicating Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is an organizational focus. This is necessary, and will set the tone for what the credit union community stands for in the long term. DEI efforts are multilayered and require a multiyear approach to bring meaningful change.Own the work.One of my favorite books is The Practice of Adaptive Leadership, which highlights the difference between technical, transactional and adaptive change. What we are experiencing is adaptive in nature, and requires strategic focus, and a real commitment as an industry to evolution. So, what should we be thinking about as an industry?Who do we want to be?When looking into the future, what type of industry would we like to see?When we tell the story of what we contributed to our successors, what do we want to be able to say we accomplished? Board CommitmentIs the board on board?Do they adequately understand Diversity, Equity and Inclusion?Are they willing to raise the discussion to the strategic level?Do they understand the long-term commitment?
June 11, 2020 Players, caddies and essential personnel were tested for the coronavirus upon arrival — 487 tests, all negative — and everyone has their temperature checked before getting into the parking lot, along with filling out a health questionnaire.There were 90 days between official shots. The last PGA Tour event was March 12 at The Players Championship for the opening round.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSAustralian football returnsUNDATED (AP) — Australian rules football is back after a three-month shutdown, and fanatical fans in Melbourne were happy to see it — even if they could only watch on television. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditPGA-COLONIALPGA Tour gets back to businessFORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — With one swing met with silence, the PGA Tour got back to business Thursday at Colonial. MLB opens draft with Black Lives Matter message, donationsNEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball says it stands fully behind the Black Lives Matter movement.At the outset of the amateur draft broadcast Wednesday night, Commissioner Rob Manfred said “this moment is a call to action” and baseball “can do more as an institution” to combat systemic racism and inequality. Executives from all 30 teams working remotely held up signs that read: “Black Lives Matter. United For Change.” The baseball operations officials were joined by MLB and club owners in announcing donations to several organizations that support and fight for racial justice.The Detroit Tigers selected Arizona State slugger Spencer Torkelson with the No. 1 pick in the draft. The baseball-bashing Torkelson played first base in college, but the Tigers plan to move him to third. Torkelson hit 54 home runs at Arizona State and finished two shy of Bob Horner’s school record. Arkansas outfielder Heston Kjerstad went No. 2 to Baltimore after the Orioles took Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman with the top pick a year ago. Associated Press There were no spectators allowed in the cavernous, 100,000-seat Melbourne Cricket Ground for an Australian Football League game that would have drawn close to a capacity crowd in a perfect, non-coronavirus world. City rivals Richmond and Collingwood played to a draw.Other than the ban on spectators, the start of the game was also unique — players on both teams took a knee to show support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Both clubs and the league hierarchy said they wanted to support worldwide protests over the death in police custody of George Floyd.In other virus-related developments:— English Premier League soccer clubs have approved the match protocols for when the competition resumes next week after a 100-day shutdown because of the coronavirus pandemic. The procedures cover matchday operations and include splitting stadiums into red, amber and green zones to reduce the risk of spreading the virus. Restrictions also have been placed on the number of people allowed into stadiums. The season is scheduled to resume on Wednesday with Aston Villa hosting Sheffield United and Arsenal playing at Manchester City.MLB-BLACK LIVES MATTER Update on the latest sports Ryan Palmer hit the opening tee shot Thursday at the Charles Schwab Challenge as a Colonial member who raised money for COVID-19 pandemic relief through his “Pros For A Purpose” campaign.So quiet was the golf course without any spectators allowed that the starter introducing Palmer on the first tee could barely be heard from 40 feet away because of the hum of a nearby generator.PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan watched from the starter’s booth — a rarity for him to be on the first tee of any opening round — and gave Palmer, Brian Harman and Bill Haas a thumbs-up as they walked off the tee.Players were back to wearing pants. Caddies wore bibs with two names — the player and a health care worker. Every shot counted. That was the only semblance of normalcy.The starter on the 10th tee, wearing a mask, introduced a player and there was no noise until his club made contact.
90 future mothers and their stories were chosen from all those submitted and treated to a 5G ultrasound scan, thanks to which they, together with their babies, became part of LaLiga history. Through these scans LaLiga captured the sound of 90 tiny beating hearts, representative of its 90 years of history and the heartbeat which unites all football fans across the world.In addition, six of these future mothers starred in a series of emotional videos which intimately and realistically reflect their moving stories – representative of millions of women across the world – and which can be seen at latidosdelfuturo.com.These #LatidosDelFuturo (#HeartbeatsOfTheFuture) will provide the foundations for a far greater future project, both national and international, which will make these future babies the true stars of LaLiga.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The initiative (#HeartbeatsOfTheFuture), which marks the competition’s 90th anniversary, seeks to find the fans of tomorrow through their mothers’ stories.3,000 expectant mothers have signed up to the #LatidosDelFuturo initiative, a project set in motion by LaLiga to celebrate the organisation’s 90th anniversary together with its fans of the future, those who are yet to be born into football-mad families. The project also honours the mothers who transmit their passion and love for the game to their children, even before birth.The success of the sign-up process surpassed all expectations, with thousands of women taking part and telling their stories at latidosdelfuturo.com in the space of just seven days. Incredible stories of overcoming adversity, love and, above all, passion for football that clearly show how this is a sport which transcends borders and how the love for it is passed from generation to generation. You don’t become a true fan. You’re born one.