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Parsons Announces Johns as New Board Member

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Give ideas a chance: Overcoming inertia in your credit union

first_img 45SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jay Speidell Jay Speidell is the Marketing Manager at Momentum, a strategic design-build partner that takes a people centric approach to helping credit unions across the nation thrive. Web: www.momentumbuilds.com Details If your credit union is running smoothly, why should you make any changes? Do you really need to redesign your app, transform your branches, or shake up your product offerings? When everything is going well people tend to get comfortable with the way things are done. This comfort builds up organizational inertia, the tendency for organizations to resist change, creating a barrier to any project that isn’t routine. But in the rapidly changing financial industry, adaptation and innovation are necessary for credit unions to stay competitive and deliver the services their members want now and in the future.Here are three strategies that can help you overcome organizational inertia in your credit union and set your projects up for success.Set Ground Rules for Strategy Discussions Many ideas are killed before they even have the chance to be discussed. Kodak famously dismissed the digital camera that an employee had invented because “we’re a film company.” How many great ideas have been killed in credit unions because they’re “not what we do”? Setting one simple ground rule in brainstorming meetings can solve this: Ideas can’t be dismissed immediately after they are introduced. Instead, focus initial discussions on the positive aspects of each idea and think about how it could help you advance your mission, better compete in your market, or provide value to your members. Give the idea a chance to take hold and be legitimately considered before shooting it down. This may be uncomfortable, and not all ideas are good ones, but adding this buffer between introducing ideas and dismissing them may help you avoid missing your own “wait, we’re actually a picture company…” opportunity. Look at Opportunity and Risk Before Cost There’s no quicker way to lose a sale than starting out talking cost, and when you introduce an idea to your credit union you become that idea’s salesperson. Change is a hassle, and you’re telling your team that they have to pay how much for this hassle? If you begin with a discussion of cost before your team really understands what impact your idea will have on the credit union, they will have made up their minds before even considering it. Instead, lead with both the opportunities that pursing your project will bring as well as the risk that not pursuing it will expose your credit union to. If it’s a branch modernization project, you could point out that transaction volumes are dropping and that you’re struggling to attract millennial homebuyers who want to come in and talk. What this does is disrupt the illusion that your organization is in a comfortable position. Sure, things are going well for now. But when weighed against potential opportunities and risks, the current way of doing things may not look as comfortable as it once did. Appoint a Project Manager Congratulations, the team is bought into your idea and wants to go forward! But things are busy these days, there may be competing priorities, and people will pick away at the work and it’ll get done in… well… eventually? A project is a bit like a natural disaster. At the beginning it is pure chaos, and bringing order to the situation takes a lot of work by people dedicated to the task. This is where a project manager comes in. You need to choose someone on your team who will drive this project forward from start to finish, and who will break the work down into tasks that need to be done and assign responsibility for these tasks. Having a clear idea what needs to be done and who needs to do it and a single person responsible for keeping the project on track will give your project energy, momentum, and a sense of direction. Implementing Lasting Change Overcoming organization inertia can help your project take off, but this is only the beginning. It’s another challenge entirely for your project to impart a lasting impact on your credit union. When looking from the perspective of needing to make changes, this inertia can seem like a bad thing. But the reality is that organizational inertia can also be good. It is needed to make your changes “stick.” Effective change management extends beyond making change happen, it also includes building inertia around your ideas to create durable and lasting change that will endure until it’s again time to adapt and evolve. To learn more about the change management process, read 7 Steps to Implement Lasting Change. last_img read more

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Gunners in profit once more

first_imgArsenal have posted a £4.7million profit and reported increased turnover in their latest financial figures released on Friday. Wages were up by £12million to £166.4million, representing 55.7 per cent of football revenue, with key players such as Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere having all signed new, improved contracts. For the first time in several seasons, Arsenal did not sell any star players last season – and indeed went on to sign Chile forward Alexis Sanchez after the World Cup as well as France defender Mathieu Debuchy and England forward Danny Welbeck from Manchester United on transfer deadline day. Profit on sale of player registrations up to May 31 was reduced to £6.9million from £47million in the same period for 2013. With Arsenal’s £390million switch to a new 60,000-seater home at Ashburton Grove in 2006 being funded by a long-term fixed-rate bond repayment, the group reported cash balances up to £173.3million, from £119.6million last year. Chief executive Ivan Gazidis vowed the board would continue to support manager Arsene Wenger in aiming to keep Arsenal challenging for honours. “The club is in excellent shape, both on and off the pitch,” he said. “There is always more to do and, whether investing in the team or in training facilities which will provide long-term benefit to the club, our guiding principles are the same and our focus is clear, on delivering more on-field success. “This remains the shared ambition of our majority shareholder, Stan Kroenke, the board and everyone connected with the club. Press Association “We are well placed to deliver against those ambitions.” Following the 2013 sale of the Queensland Road development, Arsenal went through a low-key year in their property business with revenues of £3.2m and a small operating profit of £400,000. The latest balance sheet showed a total £207.9m cash reserve, inclusive of £34.6m annual debt-service on the stadium repayments, up around £54m from the same period last year. Overall net debt was reported as £32.6m, down from £93.2m. Even though the latest figures do not include the summer transfers of some £60m or the wages associated with those deals, Arsenal clearly remain in a strong financial position going forwards. The next set of results are also expected to show an impact from the new Puma kit deal, worth some £150m over five years. That, though, will not appease some fans, who felt shortcomings on the pitch this season, which culminated in a 2-0 Champions League defeat at Dortmund on Tuesday night, could have been avoided with the purchase of a defensive midfielder and more cover at the back. Gazidis, though, insists Arsenal, whose majority shareholder is American tycoon Stan Kroenke, remain committed to the number-one priority of taking the club forwards on the field. “We continue to drive forwards across every aspect of our activities. We are making significant progress but there is plenty more to be done,” he added in a statement to shareholders. “We are investing in new staff and looking at the very latest techniques in sports science and physical development. “We are also looking to strengthen our global scouting networks to ensure we find the very best young talent in the game. This is important to our long-term success and it is a policy we will continue to pursue vigorously.” Chairman Sir Chips Keswick echoed the board’s determination. He added: “Our ambition is to put Arsenal Football Club at the pinnacle of the game here and in Europe. “We all want to savour a repeat of the joys of last May.” The results, which covered the year ended May 31, 2014, also revealed the club had cash reserves of £173million. The profit was down £2million from the corresponding 2013 results with turnover up to £301.9million from £280.4million, driven by improved broadcasting income, new commercial deals and their FA Cup success. last_img read more

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Apple’s iTunes 9 Music Offerings Lack True Genius

first_imgTags:#Apple#music#web As is the trend with every Apple-related announcement, Apple stock rises during the hype of initial rumors and drops shortly after the keynote simply fails to live up to expectations. Apple could’ve put a man on the moon this morning and fanboys would’ve still expected a monkey on Venus. Although users were not blessed with the announcement of a Beatles’ release, the company did offer Genius Mixes and the iTunes’ LP. ReadWriteWeb covered the news earlier this morning, now we take an in-depth look at Apple’s latest music-related releases. Genius Mixes With the new iPhone OS, iTunes automatically creates playlists using choices from the user’s pre-existing music library. Twelve default playlists appear under the device playlist section and users can also create Genius Mixes on their own by selecting a song and setting length parameters. While it’s certainly a cool feature, it’s tough to tell how common songs are paired. We suspect songs are categorically matched rather than matched via musical similarities. This could be a problem if you only listen to music categorized as “eighties”. iTunes LP: Unsurprisingly, the iTunes’ LP effort (codenamed Cocktail) is a mild let down. While the LPs do offer liner notes, videos and special tracks, they don’t necessarily offer more than what fan sites offer. And fan sites continue to evolve while these LPs will not expand in scope. If Apple really wanted to make this amazing, it would open up the “interactive album” into something that fans could actually interact with rather than just consume. The LP is definitely a gorgeous collection of media, but it’s confined to a CD-rom like experience when it doesn’t have to be. Sharing Features: While it may seem like a small change, greater Facebook and Twitter integration with the iTunes store may have huge affects on how we consume music. For now, users can add music to their Wishlists and share the links to their Twitter and Facebook friends. Automated messages default to a plain link; however, they can easily be used for gift registry purposes. Depending on how information is used to sync to social networks in the future, music and playlist gifting via social networks may take over from those silly $1 birthday animations. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Related Posts 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…center_img 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout dana oshiro 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Applast_img read more

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Diets containing GM maize have no harmful effects on health or metabolism

Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Dec 14 2018For six months, rats were fed a diet containing either GM maize (MON 810 or NK603) or non-GM maize, in varying concentrations. The researchers, using high-throughput biology techniques, did not identify any significant biological markers related to the transgenic maize diet. Neither did anatomic pathology examination reveal any alteration of the liver, kidneys or reproductive system of the rats fed diets containing these GMOs. This research, published on December 10, 2018 in Toxicological Sciences, does not reveal any harmful effects related to the consumption of these two types of GM maize in the rat even after lengthy periods of exposure.The researchers used two well-known types of GM maize: MON 810, which produces the protein Bt rendering it resistant to certain insects, and NK603 in which the modification of a gene renders it resistant to glyphosate. For 6 months, the rats were fed a diet containing either transgenic maize or non-GM control maize. This time period, which is double that of the test required by European regulations, is equivalent to one third of the average lifespan of rats.The objective of the researchers was to test for early biomarkers of biological function alterations in rats fed GM maize over periods of 3 and 6 months. For that, they used two ultra-sensitive high-throughput techniques: transcriptomics (gene expression) and metabolomics (study of the compounds derived from the body’s functioning). These techniques were used to identify and measure metabolites (amino acids, sugars and other small molecules) and to characterize the expression of messenger RNA and cellular microRNA. These methods are capable of detecting a broad spectrum of metabolic variations. The researchers identified markers able to differentiate the MON810 and NK603 diets. However, following the six-month period of the experiment, no significant differences were identified between the GM and non-GM diets, from the biological point of view.In addition, in the rats fed the GM diets, anatomic pathology techniques (macro- and microscopic study of the tissues to detect potential abnormalities) revealed no alteration of the organs, particularly the liver, kidneys and reproductive system.As such, the researchers did not detect any harmful effects of the MON810 and NK603 maize diets on the health and metabolism of the rodents, even after a lengthy exposure period.Related StoriesNew therapy shows promise in preventing brain damage after traumatic brain injuryALS mobility and survival could be improved by increasing glucoseHighlights and key takeaways from the 2019 Boston Bacterial Meeting (BBM)1 The GMO 90+ project In 2010, the French Ministry of Ecology launched the Risk’OGM program, in the context of the 2008 law on genetically modified organisms for the establishment of a new legal and regulatory framework based notably on the principle of a triple evaluation of the impact of GMOs – from the health, environmental and socioeconomic standpoints. To set this dynamic in motion and fulfil public authority requirements in terms of expertise, guidance and completed research on GMOs, two calls for research proposals were held, in 2010 and 2013, respectively. The GMO 90+ project was selected during the 2013 call for proposals, with the following scope: to test for biomarkers predictive of biological effects in the study of the subchronic toxicity (3 and 6 months) of GMOs in the rat. Driven by a consortium pooling the various scientific competences, the purpose of this research was to determine whether the feeding of rats with genetically-modified maize led to metabolic changes which could be linked to early effect biomarkers (measurable biological characteristic). The objective was to provide key data which could be used in risk evaluation processes. http://recherche-riskogm.fr/fr/page/gmo90plus2 List of project partners: 1-Toxalim (Research Centre in Food Toxicology), Université de Toulouse, INRA, ENVT, INP-Purpan, UPS, Toulouse, France. 2-INSERM UMR-S1124, Toxicologie Pharmacologie et Signalisation cellulaire, Université Paris Descartes, USPC, Paris, France 3- Centre de Recherche sur l’Inflammation (CRI), INSERM UMRS 1149, Paris, France. 4- Laberca, ONIRIS, UMR INRA 1329, Nantes, France 5- Université de Rennes, Inserm, EHESP, Irset (Institut de recherche en santé, environnement et travail) – UMR_S 1085, Rennes, France. 6- Methodomics, France. 7- Institut de Mathématiques de Toulouse, UMR5219 – Université de Toulouse, CNRS – UPS IMT, Toulouse, France. 8- Anses, Maisons-Alfort, France. 9- Profilomic, Saclay/Gif sur Yvette, France 10- UMR1332 Biologie du Fruit et Pathologie, INRA, Université de Bordeaux, Villenave d’Ornon, France. 11- UR 1264, MycSA, INRA, Villenave d’Ornon, France. 12- Laboratoire Reproduction et Développement des Plantes, University Lyon, ENS de Lyon, UCB Lyon 1, CNRS, INRA, Lyon, France 13- CRO CitoxLAB, Evreux.Source: https://presse.inserm.fr/en/mon-810-and-nk603-gm-maize-no-effects-detected-on-rat-health-or-metabolism/33249/ read more

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Apple offers new wellness program for headquarters employees

Are you a doctor? Want to work with Apple employees? Here’s your shot. Explore further Citation: Apple offers new wellness program for headquarters employees (2018, February 28) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-apple-wellness-headquarters-employees.html Apple clinics for your health? It almost just happened ©2018 USA Today Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. Employees working at Apple’s Cupertino, Calif. headquarters will soon benefit from a new “concierge-like healthcare experience,” more evidence of big companies leveraging healthcare to both lure talent and streamline a costly expense.A new company called AC Wellness on Monday began advertising jobs both on its website and on sites such as Glassdoor for positions that include care navigator, phlebotomist and acute care physician.A lead care navigator overseeing the care of Apple employees will make around $144,000 a year and is expected to “always appear polished and composed,” according to Glassdoor. “Personal hygiene must be impeccable,” the ad reads.Citing a launch date of 2018, AC Wellness describes itself as an “independent medical practice dedicated to delivering compassionate, effective healthcare to the Apple employee population.”Apple declined to comment. AC Wellness did not immediately respond to a request for comment.LinkedIn, Facebook and other tech companies feature on-site doctors for their employees, a perk that is in line with tech company benefits that often include chef-cooked meals, massage therapists and bowling alleys.More: 4 ways Amazon-Berkshire-JPMorgan deal could shake up health careMore: Walgreens and AmerisourceBergen deal talks have cooled as takeover looks unlikelyMore: Apple clinics for your health? It almost just happenedThe more than 10,000 employees who work at Apple’s old Infinity Loop campus in Cupertino, between San Francisco and San Jose, access medical assistance through Apple Wellness Centers. Some of the new AC Wellness jobs are for Apple Park, the company’s new spaceship-like offices which eventually will house most of the iPhone-maker’s workers.Apple currently provides medical services through Crossover Health; the company’s Wellness Center site asks for employees to input their Crossover Health ID. In October, CNBC reported that Apple had been in discussions to acquire Crossover Health, but the deal fell through.The new venture, first reported by CNBC, is part of a growing shakeup of the traditional healthcare provider system and one that seems designed to give particularly large employers more control over their healthcare costs.Health care spending was 17.9% of the U.S. economy in 2016, or about $10,348 per person, according to the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.Amazon recently announced it was joining forces with Warren Buffett’s Bershire Hathaway and JP Morgan Chase to reinvent the healthcare space.Although few details are available about how the trio might handle such a makeover, experts say that there are savings to be had in both streamlining prescriptions and investing more heavily on disease and injury prevention.At Apple’s recent shareholder meeting, CEO Tim Cook said the company could make a “significant contribution” in the healthcare space, one that perhaps eventually incorporates the Apple Watch’s ability to track basic fitness markers.Apple also is looking to use its iPhone Health app to better aggregate and streamline patient medical records, something that could come into play when employees use the in-house Wellness Center.Tech rivals such as Google, Microsoft and Samsung have similar ambitions to untangle a records thicket that frequently leaves patients frustrated. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more

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