The economy will be going gangbusters
Your knowledge will reach critical mass
Your boss will give you the go ahead (and agree to take the heat if things don’t work out)
Your family situation will be stable
The competition will stop innovating
Someone else will drive the carpool, freeing up a few hours a week
There won’t be any computer viruses to deal with, and
Your neighbor will return the lawnmower.
You can ship, you can launch your project, you can make the impact you’ve been planning on.
Of course, all of these things won’t happen. Why not ship anyway?
[While others were hiding last year, new products were launched, new subscriptions were sold and new companies came into being. While they were laying low, websites got new traffic, organizations grew, and contracts were signed. While they were stuck, money was being lent, star employees were hired and trust was built.
Most of all, art got created.
That’s okay, though, because it’s all going to happen again in 2011. It’s not too late, just later than it was.]
Gallup’s Top 10 U.S. Wellbeing Discoveries in 2010
Highlights from the top 10 wellbeing findings Gallup.com published in 2010
by Elizabeth Mendes
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Gallup in 2010 published close to 100 unique articles about Americans’ health and wellbeing. Through its daily surveys, conducted year-round, the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index uncovers new insights into and provides the most up-to-date data available on Americans’ mental state, exercise and eating habits, healthcare coverage, physical health, and financial wellbeing. The following list comprises Gallup editors’ picks for the top 10 most compelling findings from this year.
Hawaii is a wellbeing hotspot: The warm-weather state led the nation in wellbeing in 2010, as it did in 2009. With a Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index score of 72.3, according to midyear 2010 data, Hawaiians are significantly happier and healthier than those living in the lowest scoring state, West Virginia (62.1).
Stop smoking solution: Adults who live in states with high cigarette taxes are less likely to smoke than those in states with low ones. Nationwide, slightly more than one in five adults smoke. In states with a below-average smoking rate (19%), cigarette taxes average $2.02. In states with an above-average smoking rate (24%), they average $0.94.
Gulf Coast residents suffer wellbeing setback after oil spill: Americans living in Gulf Coast-facing counties experienced a decline in their overall emotional health in the 15 weeks after the BP oil spill. Their collective Emotional Health Index score was 80.3 pre-spill and 78.5 post-spill, and clinical diagnoses of depression jumped 26%. The emotional health of those living in inland counties in the same states remained the same pre- and post-spill: 79.0 vs. 79.1.
Active duty military members lead U.S. in wellbeing: Americans who identify themselves as active duty military personnel have a Well-Being Index score of 71.9, higher than the 68.9 for U.S. workers overall. Employed veterans’ wellbeing score, however, falls behind that of U.S. workers overall, at 67.6.
Employer-based healthcare declines: A new low of 44.8% of American adults reported getting their health insurance from an employer in November 2010. Employer-based coverage has been trending downward since Gallup started tracking it in January 2008; at that time, 50% of Americans had healthcare through their employer.
… that today, besides being New Year’s Eve, is theanniversary of the Air Quality Control Act? In 1970, PresidentRichard Nixon signed the Act, also known as the Clean Air Act. It required that the EPA identify and set standards forharmful pollutants; established two categories of air qualitystandards; and that leaded gas be phased out by the mid-1980s.~~~Today’s Inspirational Quote:“The finest steel has to go through the hottest fire.”— Richard Nixon
I found a dimpled spider, fat and white, On a white heal-all, holding up a moth Like a white piece of rigid satin cloth– Assorted characters of death and blight Mixed ready to begin the morning right, Like the ingredients of a witches’ broth– A snow-drop spider, a flower like a froth, And dead wings carried like a paper kite.
What had that flower to do with being white, The wayside blue and innocent heal-all? What brought the kindred spider to that height, Then steered the white moth thither in the night? What but design of darkness to appall?– If design govern in a thing so small.
The Obamas’ Hawaiian holiday is costing the national exchequer at least 1.5 million dollars, and in normal circumstances, no one would mind it. But with mainland America battered by snow storms, there has been all round criticism for the United States President’s trip. Image: US President Barack Obama has a lei placed around his neck as he arrives for a vacation in Hawaii
Is your upcoming meeting a strategic planning session? A sales or project launch? A departmental communications day? Or, perhaps, teambuilding for an intact management or project team? Whichever it is, it undoubtedly involves a significant investment.
“Facilitation is different from public speaking and training.”
First you have the value of the participants’ time, more precious than ever in this time-starved work world. Second, add in the cost of any facility rental, A-V equipment, travel, food and lodging. Finally, and most important, there is the opportunity cost if, following your meeting, plans and decisions are not carried out or your team’s behavior does not change for the better.
When to Use a Facilitator
One way to maximize your investment is to engage the services of a professional facilitator. Now, not every meeting needs a facilitator but here are four situations where one will pay off for you:
When you want to participate, yourself. It’s not possible to facilitate and participate-even a group of facilitators needs a facilitator! Also, a boss cannot effectively facilitate because people will still react to him or her as the boss.
When you will be addressing sensitive issues, including conflict. An outsider’s dispassionate head can diffuse heated exchanges and channel intense emotions into constructive problem-solving.
When your team is stuck. A skilled facilitator will, with sensitivity, raise to the group issues that are being avoided or even dysfunctional behaviors that are being denied. In so doing, he/she can help the team move to a new level of productive functioning.
When your group will be dealing with complex issues and a variety of viewpoints. A seasoned facilitator brings to your meeting a wealth of group processes and activities to scope issues, generate options, make decisions and build consensus.
What a Facilitator Does
In a nutshell, they design and manage your meeting’s process, ensure you achieve the meeting’s objectives, and help your group or team learn and enhance its ongoing effectiveness beyond the meeting.
“Facilitation is about working with qroups of people in the moment.”
Prior to your session he/she will help you clarify your desired meeting outcomes and design an agenda and process to meet those goals. In some cases, depending upon the issues, your facilitator may recommend some up front diagnostic work. For example, he/she might send out a survey questionnaire or even conduct one-on-one interviews, by phone or in person, with a cross-section or all of the participants. The purpose here would be to collect different perspectives on specific issues or generate advance input to work with at the meeting.
During the meeting, let your facilitator lead the process, so you can become as actively involved as possible as a participant. He/she will keep the meeting moving forward, respond appropriately to significant, unforeseen issues that arise and move the group to closure at the end, accomplishing the objectives for which you have contracted. Normally you will need check in only occasionally with him/her regarding the meeting’s direction and progress.
The post-meeting period is when your group puts into action what was agreed upon in the session. Your facilitator can suggest ways to keep the meeting’s decisions and commitments alive in the weeks and months that follow. This could involve the facilitator’s following-up with individuals, a brief survey of progress to-date and results achieved, or even a group “booster” meeting for participants to report in and maintain the momentum.
What to Look for in Your Facilitator
Facilitation is different from public speaking and training. It is not about having solid content, good platform skills and an understanding of adult learning principles. Facilitation is about working with groups of people in the moment. That is, being tuned in at all times to what is happening and being able to suspend or change the process accordingly.
Here are five attributes to look for when selecting a professional to guide your session:
Superb communications skills. Especially the ability to listen intently and to come up with the right words and tone to address a tense situation.
Comfortable “in their own shoes.” The self-confidence to be on the receiving end of confrontational words and either stand their ground or admit their error.
Willingness to put the group first. When facilitating, the group is the “star,” not the facilitator. Big egos do not make good facilitators.
Understanding of group process theory. He/she should be able to apply concepts such as leadership, group norms, stages of team development, systems theory, dialogue and experiential learning to the design and facilitation of your meeting.
Flexibility to let the process unfold. While advance planning is important for your meeting’s success, things come up in the session itself that require, for the good of the group, that you alter the plan-perhaps even throw it out completely. A rigid, control-oriented facilitator can frustrate your group and torpedo your results.
Results You Can Expect
If you use a facilitator in any of the four conditions that call for one, you are almost certain to accomplish more in your session, delve deeper into critical issues and resolve them, and have your participants leave with positive feelings, cohesiveness, a sense of accomplishment and a renewed belief in the team.
Now that constitutes a solid payback on your investment!
Several stocks that figured in recent scams have fallen out of favour with investors, as good corporate governance starts commanding a premium on Dalal Street [ Get Quote ].
Shares of LIC Housing Finance [ Get Quote ] and Money Matters Financial, whose officials were arrested in the bribe-for-loans scam on November 24, have fallen 27.30 per cent and 81.37 per cent, respectively, since then.
Stock prices of companies like Ackruti City, Murli Industries and Welspun Corp have also dropped about 25-35 per cent since the Securities & Exchange Board of India [ Images ] charged their promoters, along with market operator Sanjay Dangi, of market manipulation on December 2.
The market regulator has barred promoters and promoter entities of these companies from trading in their own and group companies’ shares.
“Whenever a stock is tainted, investors lose confidence in it,” explained Ambareesh Baliga, vice-president at Karvy Stock Broking.
“Except LIC Housing Finance, these stocks may never regain their earlier highs and may languish for a long time,” he added.
Despite a steep fall in prices, almost all leading broking firms have advised clients to steer clear of these stocks.
“Some of these companies have not been able to clearly explain their position to the marketplace,” said Deven Choksey, managing director at Mumbai-based KR Choksey Shares & Securities.
“Proactive communication is essential to regain investors’ confidence,” he added.
Apart from disclosures required by law, companies should also follow good corporate governance practices, Choksey said.
Shares of several other mid-cap and small-cap stocks, where the market suspected the involvement of operators were also hammered.
To clear the air, promoters of some of the companies have explained their company’s position in conference calls with analysts.
2010 has been the deadliest year yet for coalition troops in Afghanistan, with 709 troops killed, 497 of those from the U.S. American officials have spoken of a fragile progress, with a possible small drawdown of troops starting next summer, keeping 2014 as the goal date for Afghans to take control. The United Nations released a report saying that more than 2,400 Afghan civilians were killed and more than 3,800 injured in the first 10 months of 2010, with 76% of these casualties being caused by “anti-government elements”. The report also shows deaths and injuries caused by “pro-government forces” (U.S. and NATO troops, Afghan army and police) accounted for 12% of civilian casualties, an 18% drop from the same time period last year. Collected here are images of the country and conflict over the past month, part of an ongoing monthly series on Afghanistan. (43 photos total)
Sergeant Sheena Adams, 25, US Marine with the FET (Female Engagement Team) 1st Battalion 8th Marines, Regimental Combat team II works late into the night on her laptop on her reports on November 12, 2010 in Musa Qala, Afghanistan. There are 48 women presently working along the volatile front lines of the war in Afghanistan deployed as the second Female Engagement team participating in a more active role, gaining access where men can’t. The women, many who volunteer for the 6.5 month deployment take a 10 week course at Camp Pendleton in California where they are trained for any possible situation, including learning Afghan customs and basic Pashtun language. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
Door Gunner Petty Officer Richard Symonds of the Royal Navy wears a Santa Claus outfit as he delivers mail and presents to troops around Helmand province on December 25, 2010. (REUTERS/Sgt Rupert Frere RLC/Crown Copyright) #
This picture taken on October 21, 2010 shows the filming for an episode of “Separ”, the first television series on Afghan police, in a remote village of the Shamali Plains, some 20 km north of Kabul. Separ, the project, financed by the European Union and Canada, aims to improve the image of the Afghan police, often seen as ineffective and corrupt by the population. More than 300,000 Afghan police and army are to take over responsibility for the entire country’s security by the end of 2014 from the 140,000 foreign forces deployed in the country. (SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images) #
An Afghan girl watches during a cricket game on the school grounds in Kabul on December 28, 2010. Afghanistan is set to select its first ever national women’s cricket team in the coming weeks. (SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images) #
A US soldier from 595th Sapper Company 2nd Engineers Battalion blows up some used or unexploded rockets, smoke grenades and mortars in an abandoned house in Loya Derah village during a clearance patrol in Zari district of Kandahar province on December 28, 2010. US Army soldiers patrol the abandoned villages in Zari district to re-clear the area from the explosives as the Afghan villagers have started moving back to their homes. (BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images) #
A security guard working for private armored car company Tiger International holds up a photo of his colleague who was killed during a raid by NATO forces on the Tiger International office in Kabul December 27, 2010. Afghanistan’s NATO-led force disputed on Monday an Afghan government accusation that foreign forces had violated a security pact by conducting a night raid in Kabul in which two guards were killed. (REUTERS/Ahmad Masood) #
Brig. Gen. William “Tim” Crosby presents a flag to Kitaira Jarvis, 11, daughter of Army Sgt. Barry Jarvis, 36, at Deer Creek Baptist Church in Tell City, Indiana on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010. Jarvis, a member of the 101st Airborne Division in Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, was one of six soldiers killed on Nov. 29 in Afghanistan when a rogue Afghan border policeman turned his gun on his American trainers as the group headed to shooting practice. (AP Photo/The Evansville Courier & Press, Molly Bartels) #
Lance Corporal Kristi Baker,21, US Marine with the FET (Female Engagement Team) 1st Battalion 8th Marines, Regimental Combat team II stands guard while on patrol as dust fills the air on November 15, 2010 in Musa Qala, Afghanistan. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images) #
Hospital Corpsman Shannon Crowley, 22, US Marine with the FET (Female Engagement Team) 1st Battalion 8th Marines, Regimental Combat team II takes a nap before being sent out on a mission to Kunjak on November 12, 2010 in Musa Qala, Afghanistan. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images) #
An Afghan woman clad with a burqa listens to speeches during a demonstration in Kabul, Afghanistan on Friday, Dec. 10, 2010. Several hundred demonstrators, some holding photographs of the victims of three decades of war, shouted for justice and peace Friday in the Afghan capital, just hours before a suicide car bomber blew himself up in the east killing two civilians. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq) #
An Afghan artist removes rubbish in front of her graffiti in an industrial park in Kabul December 19, 2010. A group of women in burqas rises from the sea to symbolize cleanliness. (REUTERS/Omar Sobhani) #
Taliban fighters man a checkpoint in an undisclosed location in Nangarhar province, east of Kabul, Afghanistan on Dec. 13, 2010. A Taliban commander on the ground said that they were checking the traffic looking for people working for the Afghan government, for non-governmental organizations or who work at the US military bases. (AP Photo) #
U.S. Marine Corps First Lt. William Donnelly’s widow, Linsey Donnelly (left), weeps while holding the American flag that covered his casket as she sits with 1st Lt. Donnelly’s father William Donnelly III, mother Vicky Donnelly, sister U.S. Navy Lt. Melissa Weed and Chaplain Lt. Johnathan Bush during burial services at Arlington National Cemetery December 14, 2010 in Arlington, Virginia. Donnelly died November 25th while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. (Win McNamee/Getty Images) #
Army paratroopers carry the casket of Private Howard at the Wellington Cathedral on December 21, 2010 in Wellington, New Zealand. Private Howard was serving with the British army when was killed by friendly fire from a US Air Force plane in Helmand Province, Afghanistan earlier this month. Private Howard is the fifth NZ-born soldier to be killed in action in Afghanistan. (Marty Melville/Getty Images) #
A leg, part of a suicide bomber, is seen on the ground after a suicide attack in Surkh Rod district of Nangarhar province east of Kabul, Afghanistan on Friday, Dec. 10, 2010. A suicide car bomber targeted a Police Checkpoint Governor Spokesman said. Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry says a suicide attack in the country’s volatile east has killed two civilians. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul) #
Pfc. Nikolai Starr from San Antonio Texas of 2nd Platoon Bravo Company 2-327 smokes as he patrols in the Chowkay district of Kunar province in eastern Afghanistan, near the Pakistan border, Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool) #
The body of a suspected Taliban fighter lies on the road after a gunbattle on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010. Teams of militants assaulted the Afghan army in the north of the country and in the capital killing at least 10 members of the security forces on Sunday, officials said. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri) #
Afghan people watch at the site of a suicide bombing in Kabul on December 19, 2010. Two suicide bombers attacked an Afghan army bus on December 19, 2010 morning in Kabul killing five army personnel and wounding another nine, a defence ministry spokesman told AFP. (SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images) #
Students line up to honor Marine Mike Geary, a 2009 graduate of Pinkerton Academy who was recently killed in Afghanistan, during a funeral procession drive by at Pinkerton Academy in Derry, New Hampshire on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter) #
U.S. soldiers are silhouetted by a spotlight as they watch a performance by an entertainment troupe comprised of U.S. soldiers at Bagram Air Field, north of Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri) #
US sergeant Jesse Frederick from 595th Sapper Company 2nd Engineers Battalion prepares to blow up an Improvised Explosive device (IED) found by an Afghan villager outside the US JFM camp during a walking patrol in Zari district of Kandahar province on December 29, 2010. US Army soldiers patrol the abandoned villages in Zari district to re-clear the area from the explosives as the Afghan villagers have started moving back to their homes. (BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images) #
1st Lt. Chris Stafford of Fairfax, Vermont, center, is hugged by his daughter Ella, left, on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010 in South Burlington, Vermont. About 300 Vermont National Guard soldiers returned Thursday after a yearlong mission. Nearly 1,500 Vermont soldiers have been gone for about a year, spending nine months in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot) #
US staff sergeant Andrew Morales from Alpha Troop 1-75 Cavalry 2nd Brigade 101st Airborne Division jumps over a wall during a foot patrol in the Siah Choy village in Zari district of Kandahar province on December 21, 2010. (BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images) #
Actor Robin Williams watches from the backstage area during during a “Holiday Troop Visit” by US celebrities at Kandahar Air Field on December 16, 2010. Williams, together with Lance Armstrong and Lewis Black attended the event. (BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images) #
US sergeant Jesse Frederick from 595th Sapper Company 2nd Engineers Battalion leaves a room after inspecting for possible explosives in an abandoned house in Loya Derah village during a clearance patrol in Zari district of Kandahar province on December 28, 2010. (BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images) #
Afghan Shia Muslims mark the Day of Ashura by striking themselves with knives till they become bloody, on December 16, 2010 in Kabul, Afghanistan. The day of Ashura is a national holiday on the 10th day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar. Men take part in a ritual beating of themselves as they mourn the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad. (Paula Bronstein /Getty Images) #
US soldiers from Alpha Troop 1-75 Cavalry 2nd Brigade 101st Airborne Division warm themselves around a bonfire at the Sabloghay Camp in Zari district of Kandahar province on December 19, 2010. (BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images) #
Officers from the Afghan National Army NCOs (non-commissioned officers) sing during a graduation ceremony in Kabul December 22, 2010. 376 Afghan NCOs graduated at a ceremony at the Camp Ghazi on Wednesday in Kabul. (REUTERS/Ahmad Masood) #
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A U.S. Marine with multiple gunshot wounds to the right arm, at left, winces in pain as a flight medic applies a tracheal airway tube to Marine Lance Cpl. Joshua T. Twigg, 21, of Indiana, Pennsylvania, who suffered a severe gunshot wound to the upper chest, which was fatal, aboard a U.S. Army Task Force Shadow medevac helicopter en route at top speed to a field hospital, in southern Afghanistan, Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010. Despite the efforts of medics on the ground and in the air, Twigg’s wounds were too severe, and he was pronounced dead by doctors shortly after arrival at an advanced Role 3 U.S. Army field hospital. Photo released on December 5th, 2010. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) #
Pfc. Nikolai Starr from San Antonio, Texas, looks through his vehicle’s window with a bullet hole in Chowkay district near the Pakistani border in Kunar province, eastern Afghanistan on Dec. 23, 2010. The 101st Airborne Division, a force in America’s major conflicts since World War II, is seeing its worst casualties in a decade as the U.S. surge in Afghanistan turns into the deadliest year in that war for the NATO coalition. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool) #
Relatives gather over the covered body of a child who was killed by a bomb in Kandahar on December 15, 2010. A bicycle bomb killed three children and wounded six civilians in southern Afghanistan on December 15 at a temporary camp for pilgrims returning from Mecca. (AP Photo/Allauddin Khan) #
Spc. Charles Moore, left, of Angleton, Texas, along with Spc Andrew Vanderhaeghen of Rochester, Minnesota, of 2nd Platoon Bravo Company 2-327 return fire upon a sudden attack by Taliban on Combat Outpost Badel in eastern Afghanistan near the Pakistan border on Christmas Day, Saturday, Dec 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool) #
A handcuffed Afghan detainee (center) sits in a military vehicle while transported from Talib Jan Patrol base in Musa Qala district in Helmand province on December 21, 2010. (MASSOUD HOSSAINI/AFP/Getty Images) #
US Sergeant Matthew Templet from the 627th Security Forces Squadron, Joint Base Lewis McChord and Basco from Patrol Explosive Detector Dog (PEDD) of the US Air Force, search for explosives in an abandoned house in Haji Ghaffar village during a clearance patrol in Zari district of Kandahar province on December 27, 2010. (BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images) #
Veronica Ortiz Rivera kneels beside the casket of her husband U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Javier Ortiz Rivera during his funeral service at Arlington National Cemetery on December 2, 2010 in Arlington, Virginia. Rivera, from Rochester, New York, was reportedly killed November 16, 2010 during combat operations in Afghanistan. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images) #
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Departed to the judgment, A mighty afternoon; Great clouds like ushers leaning, Creation looking on.
The flesh surrendered, cancelled The bodiless begun; Two worlds, like audiences, disperse And leave the soul alone.