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31 января, 20:02

Министерство экономического развития предлагает отменить для застройщиков уплату паевого участия

Министерство экономического развития и торговли (МЭРТ) предлагает с целью улучшения инвестиционного климата упразднить законодательную норму, обязывающую заказчика строительства платить в местные бюджеты паевое участие на развитие инфраструктуры. Проект соответствующего законопроекта «О внесении изменений в некоторые […]

31 января, 14:57

Нацкомиссия увеличила стоимость подключения бизнеса к электросетям

Среднее значение удельной стоимости нестандартного присоединения к электросетям составит 6094 грн 1 кВт.

31 января, 14:47

МЭРТ предлагает отменить экспертную оценку при продаже земучастков

Министерство экономического развития и торговли (МЭРТ) предлагает отменить проведение экспертной денежной оценки земельного участка при нотариальном удостоверении договоров купли-продажи или залога, заключаемых между юридическими лицами.

31 января, 13:39

МЭРТ предлагает отменить уплату паевого участия застройщиками

Министерство экономического развития и торговли (МЭРТ) предлагает с целью улучшения инвестиционного климата упразднить законодательную норму, обязывающую заказчика строительства платить в местные бюджеты паевое участие на развитие инфраструктуры.

30 января, 23:27

What’s on CEOs’ Minds as the Trump Presidency Begins?

Many are hoping he’ll stick to his promises on cutting taxes and scrapping regulations. But they’re also worried about tweets.

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30 января, 20:09

Tempur Sealy (TPX) Crashing After Ending Contracts with Mattress Firm

On Monday, shares of Tempur Sealy International (TPX) are crashing--and frankly, burning--after it announced it ended all contracts with Mattress Firm, one of the company's key customers

30 января, 16:32

НКРЭКУ намерена утвердить стоимость нестандартного присоединения к электросетям на уровне 3,7-11,3 тыс. грн за кВт

Национальная комиссия, осуществляющая регулирование в сфере энергетики и коммунальных услуг (НКРЭКУ), намерена утвердить удельную стоимость нестандартного присоединения к электрическим сетям на 2017 год на уровне 3,7-11,3 тыс. грн/кВт (с учетом НДС).

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30 января, 15:37

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN DOCTORS ONLY TAKE CASH? Everybody, Especially Patients, Wins. Time has a great …

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN DOCTORS ONLY TAKE CASH? Everybody, Especially Patients, Wins. Time has a great story about bringing basic market forces to medicine. Titled “What Happens When Doctors Only Take Cash,” the article uses the Oklahoma City Surgery Center as a model for a different way of doing business. Co-founded by the outspoken libertarian Keith […]

30 января, 15:17

Iraq parliament approves 'reciprocity' to U.S. ban

Two lawmakers say that the Iraqi parliament has approved a "reciprocity measure" after U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order temporarily banning citizens from Iraq and six other Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.The measure, adopted by lawmakers at a Monday session of parliament, is to apply to Americans entering Iraq.Lawmakers Kamil al-Ghrairi and Mohammed Saadoun told The Associated Press that decision is binding for the government. Both say the decision was passed by a majority votes in favor but couldn't offer specific numbers. No further details were available on the wording of the parliament decision.It was also not immediately clear who the ban will apply to — American military personnel, non-government and aid workers, oil companies and other Americans doing business in Iraq.It was also not known if and how the Iraqi measure would affect cooperation in the fight against the Islamic State group in Mosul.Trump's order includes a 90-day ban on travel to the U.S. by citizens of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen, and a 120-day suspension of the U.S. refugee program.

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29 января, 17:41

Trump's travel ban is causing chaos — and putting his unflinching nationalism to the test

Trump's rhetoric makes clear he thinks this is just the cost of doing business — the business of keeping America safe.

29 января, 02:06

Branding: The Secret Sauce for Driving Demand and Controlling Price

In my last post, I talked about Corporate Image and how it forms the foundation of your brand. In this one, I add Positioning, which drives demand for each of your products and gives you control over the price you can charge. Because it gives you control over Price, it also gives you greater control over Distribution. Together, Positioning and Corporate Image form your branding platform. Brief History The concept of branding goes back to ancient times when people in positions of power, ownership and commerce labeled their possessions, products and documents to identify them and let others know that they owned or created them. To show ownership and origination, a symbol, or logo, was created. This was fashioned into a design on a stamp, seal, branding iron, or ring that was used to make an impression on cattle, goods, and documents to signify ownership, membership, or origination. Fast-forward to the present day, organizations use Positioning and Corporate Image to fashion powerful brands that increase demand for your company and products and give you more control over Price - the building block that governs revenue and profits. Works in the brain Good marketers are non-invasive brain surgeons. They know that the human brain is busy and wired to forget and protect us from harm. Creating a more effective brand can help buyers... Find their way through the busy clutter and noise; Remember your products; Give them good, uniquely beneficial (not harmful) reasons to buy yours over others. First step in the branding process After doing a SWOT analysis that matches your company's strengths with opportunities in the marketplace, you define the market for your company and each of your products. If you are operating at the company level, you are employing Corporate Image strategies. At the product level, you are using Positioning. Identifying your company's Target Audience Next, you identify the market segment with needs your organization can fill better than your competitors. I call this segment your target audience, or lock - using a lock and key metaphor. Creating a corporate level key Once you identify and understand the companywide lock, you can fashion a company-level key that fits your lock better than your competitors. The key at the corporate level is the image you create for your company. A good first-step in creating this key, is to develop a mission statement for your organization that does the following: Identifies the most promising target audience your strengths enable you to pursue. Makes it clear to that audience what your company does as concisely as possible (so others can remember and repeat.) Communicates clearly what is unique about your company and why your target audience should do business with you and only you (if possible). Creating corporate identity tools The tools typically used to implement corporate identity strategies include: name, logo, slogan, colors, type fonts, mascots or spokespeople, and jingles. You then employ these tools on your letterhead, business cards, websites and all other communications vehicles. Once you have the Corporate Image platform, you are ready to create a Positioning platform for each of your products. Identifying the product locks Similar to the building of your Corporate Image platform, you start by identifying the target market segments with unfilled needs (locks) that each of your products can satisfy better than competitors. Include or exclude Corporate Image in the key component of Positioning A critical decision marketers need to make is whether or not to combine the image of the company with the image of each product. Case for inclusion. If the company has a good reputation for the type of product being introduced, it should probably include a company reference in the product brand since that will help to sell the product. Some examples include Diet Coke, Microsoft Office and Apple iPhone. Case for exclusion, or separation. You should separate the image of each product under the following conditions: One image might hurt the sales of the other. The product is risky, the company image is fragile, or either one has a bad image (Example: Disney uses its corporate brand only on content that is deems wholesome for kids. It uses other corporate brands, such as Touchstone, Hollywood, or Miramax, on content that has sexual, violent, or other potentially objectionable material). Very strong identification with one type of product. IBM is known as the computer company, and in the 1970s it made an excellent copy machine that many thought was better than competitors, but it did not sell because people associate IBM with computers and not copiers. Xerox developed a good computer in the 1980s, but it did not sell because Xerox is known as a copier company. Both might have been successful, if they launched these products under a separate brand identity. Clorox is closely identified with bleach. The company owns Hidden Valley salad dressings. Would anyone buy the salad dressing if it contained the Clorox name? Lock and key mismatch. Target audiences change as their needs change over time. If the company wants to get into new product areas that are in conflict with established market segments, they need to create new brand identities for these products. For example, in the 1970's, Japanese automakers - Toyota, Honda and Nissan - had images of being small, ugly, affordable and fuel efficient. That worked well for college students of that era, but as those students aged and became more affluent, many wanted luxury cars. The Japanese automakers knew they had to create new product images (keys) so they created Lexus, Acura, and Infiniti for these evolved segments (locks). Creating product keys Once you decide to include or exclude Corporate Image, you can create the key component to properly Position each of your products. The greater uniqueness you build into each key, the stronger and more effective your Positioning is likely to be. Why? Uniqueness minimizes competition and gives buyers important reasons to buy your products over other alternatives. This gives you greater control over the price you can charge - enabling your company to set the price at the level you need to achieve a healthy profit and market plan goals. Avoiding cannibalization By establishing unique keys for each of your products, you also avoid product image overlaps, which marketers call cannibalization. Cannibalization causes confusion. Either (1) confused buyers don't buy your products, or (2) they buy the wrong product and are unhappy with the result. In either case, you lose business and drive your customers into the arms of competitors that confuse them less. Alka Seltzer confused its audience by introducing a new cold medicine they called Alka Seltzer Plus. Alka Seltzer was known as a stomach medicine, but most thought Alka Seltzer Plus was just a better-working version of the original. This caused sales of Alka Seltzer to drop at the same time the new product, Alka Seltzer Plus, was unable to achieve its sales potential because it was for colds - not upset stomachs. Creating positioning tools The tools typically used to implement Positioning strategies include: names, logos, slogans, mascots, jingles, colors, and type fonts. Slogan examples formerly used by Coca-Cola include: It's the real thing, which reminded cola drinkers that Coca-Cola Classic is the original; and Just for the taste of it was created to counteract the notion that the artificial sweetener used in Diet Coke compromises the taste of the beverage (a problem that its predecessor Tab had). When introduced, these slogans were used on all product labels and in all other communications. Coca cola red is also a trademarked color that has been ubiquitous since the 1890s. Promoting the brand Once keys are created for the locks, it is time to execute the Positioning strategies in all marketing communications. The company should employ someone (inside or outside the company) that understands the branding process well enough to direct those who will be implementing communications strategies. Measuring and analyzing results and taking corrective action Once implemented, marketers should employ a Marketing Information System to analyze results, determine what's working and what's not, and take corrective action. By properly executing the above steps of your Positioning and Corporate Image strategies, marketers can build better brands and improve their success in the marketplace. I hope you find that these ideas work for you. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

28 января, 17:28

Gregg Phillips, Discredited Voter Fraud 'Expert' Cited By Trump, Has Produced No Evidence

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); A conspiracy theorist touted by President Donald Trump as a voter fraud expert has failed to provide any evidence backing up his claims that millions of people voted illegally in the presidential election. The country learned Gregg Phillips’ name on Friday, when Trump cited him in a tweet as an authority on the massive voter fraud that supposedly took place during the 2016 election. In reality, voter fraud on such a huge scale would be incredibly difficult to pull off. Look forward to seeing final results of VoteStand. Gregg Phillips and crew say at least 3,000,000 votes were illegal. We must do better!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 27, 2017 In media interviews, Phillips, 57, has said he’s a bit stunned that Trump cited him in a tweet and stated as fact that 3 million votes were cast illegally — which happens to be roughly the same number of popular votes that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won over Trump. Phillips is a former deputy commissioner at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. He has a checkered past, including accusations of ethics breaches in his work for two state governments. He owes more than $100,000 in unpaid federal taxes, according to an IRS lien, The Guardian reports. He is also the creator of VoteStand, which he describes as an “anti-vote-fraud app.” After the presidential election in November, he declared there’d been widespread voter fraud. But Phillips has been roundly denounced as a conspiracy theorist by academics and others who study voting. Phillips has claimed that former President Barack Obama’s Department of Homeland Security hacked the election. He has also said that “Israelis impersonated Russians” and interfered with the election, The New York Times reports. Phillips offered a weak defense of himself in an interview Friday with ABC News. “I may be a wacko, I may be a nut, I don’t know,” he said. “I don’t really care what they say about me.” When asked what facts he has to support his claim that millions of people voted illegally, Phillips said he is “building that case right now.” Earlier on Friday, before Trump’s tweet, Phillips claimed to CNN that he has the names of 3 million people who voted illegally — but that he needs more time to prepare a report. He told ABC he was taken aback that he’d appeared in a Trump tweet. “That was a little unexpected,” he said. “I mean, I’m just a regular guy and all of a sudden the president tweets my name and my whole world lit up for a little while today.” Trump should have examined a bit more of Phillips’ past. Besides the IRS lien — he insists he actually owes less than $50,000, despite what court records say ― he has also been in trouble with state authorities. He has been accused of financially rewarding associates while serving in state government positions in both Mississippi and Texas, according to The Daily Beast. A 1995 document by the Mississippi Legislature’s Joint Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review accuses Phillips of ethics violations and says his actions “facilitated an erosion of the public trust.” In 2005, the Houston Chronicle reported that Phillips had “played a role in a major state contract” being awarded to a former employer. A spokesman for the Texas comptroller told The Daily Beast that Phillips is no longer allowed to do business in the state. Trump has so far failed to present a shred of evidence to support his claim that an election he won was corrupted by as many as 5 million illegally cast votes. Witnesses told The New York Times that Trump offered a single anecdote to back his claims to congressional leaders on Friday. He said that professional golfer Bernhard Langer told him that he was turned away at the Florida polls, while other people ― who Trump said looked suspicious ― were allowed to cast provisional ballots. But Langer later told the media that he is a German citizen and is not allowed to vote in the U.S., and that he’d passed along a story he had heard from a friend to another friend, who had apparently passed it on to Trump. He blamed the media for the “mischaracterization” of Trump’s story. Voter fraud “has been studied,” Gerald Hebert, director of the Voting Rights and Redistricting Program at the Campaign Legal Center in Washington, D.C., told ABC. “This isn’t just me theorizing about this,” Hebert said. “This has actually been studied, and it just doesn’t exist.” On Wednesday, Trump tweeted that he would order the federal government to investigate voter fraud. type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related Coverage + articlesList=5888cd7ae4b0441a8f722a2e,5887d6dae4b0bea58acfa8ce -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

28 января, 17:22

The Electric Vehicles America Needed but Never Got

While green cars are finally making waves, this segment always suffered from a lack of options. Here are the electric vehicles America needed yet never got.

28 января, 15:31

CHANGE: Nikki Haley Puts U.N. on Notice: U.S. Is ‘Taking Names’ “You’re going to see a ch…

CHANGE: Nikki Haley Puts U.N. on Notice: U.S. Is ‘Taking Names’ “You’re going to see a change in the way we do business,” Ms. Haley said. “Our goal with the administration is to show value at the U.N., and the way we’ll show value is to show our strength, show our voice, have the backs […]

28 января, 01:24

Haley promises 'new strength' for U.S. within United Nations

United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley signaled Friday that it will no longer be business as usual at the U.N., vowing that under the new administration the U.S. will “take names” of American allies “that don’t have our back.”Haley, a former South Carolina governor, was sworn in as President Donald Trump’s American ambassador to the U.N. on Wednesday. In brief remarks at the U.N. in New York City on Friday, Haley projected a new strength that she suggested will make clear America’s value to the 193-member international organization.“Our goal, with the administration, is to show value at the U.N.,” Haley told reporters. “And the way that we’ll show value is to show our strength, show our voice, have the backs of our allies and make sure that our allies have our back as well. For those that don’t have our back, we’re taking names. We will make points to respond to that accordingly.”Ahead of a U.N. Security Council vote on a resolution condemning Israeli settlement construction in December, Trump had urged then-President Barack Obama to veto the measure, arguing in a statement that it would be unfair to Israelis and put them “in a very poor negotiating position.”The U.S., however, abstained, prompting Trump to sound off via Twitter. In a Dec. 26 tweet, Trump noted the U.N.’s “great potential” but described its current state as “just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time.”Haley said her team has already “hit the ground running” since she was sworn in and declared, “There is a new U.S. U.N.”“We talked to the staff yesterday, and you are gonna see a change in the way we do business,” she said. “It’s no longer about working harder. It’s about working smarter. And we have a fantastic team at the U.S. U.N. that’s ready to prove that.” "This administration is prepared and ready to have me go in, look at the U.N. and everything that’s working we’re gonna make it better,” she said. “Everything that’s not working we’re gonna try and fix, and anything that seems to be obsolete and not necessary we’re gonna do away with. But this is a time of fresh eyes, new strength, new vision and a great day at the U.S. U.N.”

28 января, 00:11

Trust: The New Currency In The Digital Age

Why trust? Building trust may be the decisive factor for success in business management in the future, in HR as well as in sales. Trust constructs are shifting from personal/in person relationships to digital connections and, this alone, is creating a new dynamic environment which may inspire insecurity, fear and suspicion from many. 47% of executives that were interviewed by Forbes believed that by 2020 the digital will have an impact on more than half of their sales. As the importance of the digital economy grows, so does the need for trust building with both employees and/or customers. Therefore, one of the key current challenges in the social sciences is to re-think how the rapid progress of technology has impacted constructs such as trust. This is specifically true for information technology that dramatically alters the nature of relationships within any social system or construct.(Luhmann, N. (2005) Risk: a sociological theory.) Business is one such social construct. The impact of digitalization affects both the macro view of social systems and how these systems impact each other, and the micro view of individual actions. Micro: How do we create trusting environments in the new economy? Companies like Philz which aim to bring nurturing and care to their customer experience as part of their product are increasingly successful. CEO, Jacob Jaber, stated at the Recode event in Nov. of last year that their HR department hires people who are nurturers, in other words those who are fulfilled by taking care of others. "A welcoming atmosphere is part of the Philz experience". This will inevitably creates a trusting atmosphere with the consumer, who intuitively acknowledges a "warm and fuzzy" sense and who projects that unto their coffee experience. Philz is not the only one to use building a trusting and open environment into its business strategy: Salesforce is also managed with a similar attitude. Marc Benioff, Salesforce CEO, stated at the Recode conference on work, that he advocates personally for the happiness and well being of Salesforce's employees, customers and friends-"looking out for everyone". He calls them the "Ohana" and points out that this is part of their business strategy: "We are shifting from the shareholder to the stakeholder... I advocate for all my stakeholders." Both companies have successfully built a currency of trust with their employees and their consumers. Some inescapable business trust facts: -High trust companies have about 50% less turnover than their industry peers -Workers who trust their colleagues are 31% more likely to love their jobs. (WorkHuman Research Institute at Globoforce) The environment that builds trust in this way can also be called connective or compassionate. What is compassion? According to Greater Good Science Center: The Science of a Meaningful Life, compassion is defined 'as the feeling that arises when you are confronted with another's suffering and feel motivated to relieve suffering'. Research has shown that we are indeed biologically wired for compassion. Studies confirm that when we feel compassion, our heart rate slows down, we secrete the hormone oxytocin, and regions of the brain linked to empathy, caregiving, and feelings of pleasure light up, which can result in our wanting to engage and care for other people. Which would bring us back to the currency of trust to foster engaging customer relations built on authentic connection and creating an atmosphere of innovation and momentum for employees. Another plus point: this is actually a truly healthy environment that could reduce any number of stress symptoms and stress based diseases. Macro: On the macro level things are changing as well. The work paradigm in general has shifted. According to MBO Partners (MBO is itself more than 90% employee-owned and facilitates business for the self-employed): "in the last five years, the number of independent workers in the US has risen 12%". A fact that impacts all of us in one form or another. We travel by Lyft or Ueber, we stay in other people's houses with Airbnb, we order services through Thumbtack and so on. The numbers are still growing and this trend is strongly based on, again, digitalization. We communicate the products through platforms, platforms offer private services. Anyone can join and sell. Anyone can buy and anyone can voice their opinion on social media. Anyone will be listened to. Building trust is imperative in this climate. We can see a macro reflection of broken trust in today's politics. See the popular votes of Brexit in the UK and Trump in the United States that reflect a lack of trust in government and the existing system by the masses. It seems that trust in the political institutions has been rattled. The results are staggering and show that more than ever, for business, whether it is with employees or with customers, building and maintaining trust is key. While the old model of influence revolves around concepts about Elites. Their privileged information access, the Elite's own interests as well as whether they are in turn connected to the masses. In the digital age everything has changed, research has shown that peer to peer influence is most powerful, the distrust in the general populace is growing and culminating in dissatisfaction and urgency. The democratization and digitalization of information is at the forefront of the news. In some cases it actually is the news or the source of the news. Changing trust models can change a whole entire economic, political and social environment. Doing business in this shifting milieu actually requires companies to build on trust. Maybe this explains the success of Philz coffee, the avant-guarde strategy of Salesforce or the rise of Cisco under its past CEO, now Chairman, John Chambers. Monica Worline (Executive Director of the CompassionLab) in an interview with Nir Eyal (author of Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products), speaks about great leaders who inspire trust: she points to John Chambers at Cisco Systems, saying that he was an interesting leader in technology because he actually believed that you could build a compassionate system. "He gave Cisco a mandate--anywhere in the world, if something difficult happened to an employee, he wanted to know about it within 48 hours. The organization became compassionate because people were much more aware of all the suffering that happens at work." Chambers earned the The Best Performing CEOs in the World award by the Harvard Business Review in October 2014 and the Edison Achievement Award 2016. Needless to say that Cisco had a very successful run under his leadership. Company structure: What are company structures that could help in building the Trust currency? Rather than a "hierarchy" it is a kind of organization that Boston Consulting Group's Philip Evans has called a "hyperarchy," which he defined as a "large-scale, self-organizing community that sets free unusually high degrees of energy and engagement-despite the lack of a clear or direct economic payoff for participants." This is indeed a possibility for creating a competitive advantage in the digital age that is fluid and dynamic enough to adapt to the many changes, yet strong enough in its social and psychological tenants of Trust. Don Peppers, futurist, authority on customer experience management issues agrees: "If you take the right approach to self-organization, it will mean de-emphasizing monetary compensation, and concentrating more and more on the intrinsic motivators that are far more persuasive for most folks who no longer punch a clock. Not that money doesn't matter, but it is not nearly as important as most managers assume. And a self-organizing corporate culture will create value much more efficiently, with much less angst." Fear: And yes, Angst at work unnecessarily prevails- as a matter of fact it is a condition which bears its own name: Ergophobia is the deep and persistent fear of work. The other names for this phobia are Ergasiophobia, or 'work aversion'. Ergophobia is recognized to be part of social anxiety disorder. Where distrust reigns according to Liz Ryan of Bloomberg Businessweek so does fear and therefore most probably Ergophobia, which then relates to higher absences from work, more stress and physical illness: "Would this be your knife in my back? When your employees have to stop and ask themselves, "Is it safe to tell Marybeth my idea?" you have a fear problem in your organization. Workplaces where people steal one another's intellectual capital are places where trust is subordinate to fear (if trust exists at all). If your business is one where backstabbers thrive, ditto. In a healthier shop, people would be comfortable rising up in protest against a backstabbing colleague, and the paradigm "I win when you lose" would be quickly nipped in the bud." Conclusion: Building trust is key. Creating a compassionate and safe atmosphere is where the competitive advantages lie. Whether on the micro or macro levels, leading in this type of environment requires acting in ways that provide clear reasons to decide to trust. There is no returning to the days when organizations expected--and received--unconditional loyalty from employees or from customers. As Nan S Russell writer for Psychology today declares: "The reality is that trust does come with risk, but not giving trust does, too. For those who want the dividends trust brings -- from greater profitability, collaboration, and customer service to higher engagement, productivity, dialogue, innovation, and sustainability, the workplaces, schools, and communities of the future applaud you, need you, and are waiting for you." The CEO of TMobile, John Legere, understands and uses the Trust currency in the following ways: "First of all, I usually reach right out and engage with thousands of complaints, and if they come in big piles, then I shift over and go on Periscope or Facebook Live. Social media, it's fun and it's a game, but everything you need is sitting there, it's right there. The second thing is, I have a number I use to listen to both sides of customer-service calls. And all you need to hear is that people are calling in, and they're telling you exactly what they want to have." With employees: "When I go to retail stores, I jokingly tell the employees that everybody between me and them is the enemy. In effect, what I mean is that in my paramilitary hierarchy, if I can hear them and they can hear me, everything will be fine. All we need to do is make sure the entire company understands that it's their job to pass information between us. And so far so good."He has turned TMobile around with his customer and employee centric strategy into an expanding and successful company. Make the engagement strong whether with employees or customers and build a strong base from which to expand further, grow in innovative ways and keep the stakeholders coming back for more. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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27 января, 21:00

Ben Affleck's 'Live By Night' Failure Only Matters If 'Justice League' Bombs

If 'Justice League' is a well-received hit, then 'Live By Night' will merely be the cost of doing business.

27 января, 12:34

Transfer window: Patrick van Aanholt has medical at Crystal Palace before £10m move

The Sunderland defender travelled to London for his medical on Friday while the Hull target Leon Bailey is set to join Bayer Leverkusen 5.46pm GMT That’s it from me then. Nothing has happened, again, but I’ve quite enjoyed it. Have a good weekend everyone and I’ll see you on Monday. 5.42pm GMT Patrick van Aanholt is expected to complete his move from Sunderland to Crystal Palace over the weekend after starting a rigorous medical at the south London club on Friday. The Holland international will cost an initial £10m, potentially rising as high as £14m, and will be reunited with his former manager on Wearside, Sam Allardyce, at Selhurst Park.Palace still hope to make further additions to their squad ahead of Tuesday’s transfer deadline, with interest retained in Carl Jenkinson at Arsenal. Reports in Greece have suggested the Serbia international, Luka Milivojevic, may also join for around £10m. Continue reading...

27 января, 03:03

TANZANIA: Rapid Bus Transit System saves Time and Money

Dar es Salaam in Tanzania is a city on the move. This East African city has an average annual growth rate of 7%, so it’s bustling with people doing business; buying and selling goods and services. But, congested roadways and heavy traffic make it difficult for businesses to thrive in this port city, so the government and the World Bank have worked together to create a new Rapid Bus Transit system to speed up rush hour and get these busy Tanzanians where they need to be.

27 января, 00:12

The Democratic Base Is Marching Right Past Its Leaders

WASHINGTON ― On April 15, 2009, a wave of populist protests swept across the country, pegged to tax day. John Boehner, who was then-House minority leader, was curious how they’d play out, and joined one in Bakersfield, California with Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.). What he saw there stunned him, and he immediately knew that if Republicans could harness that energy, he’d become speaker of the House. As he told his staff in his typically salty manor, “They are fucking furious and we’re going to win.” Boehner was right on both points, and he vowed that day to make sure he channeled the rage he was witnessing into campaigns against Democrats the next fall. To ally with his base, he and then-Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) resolved to engage in all-out obstruction. It worked, until it worked too well, and consumed Boehner himself, as well as his deputy, former Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.). Elected Democrats are now facing the same challenge, as a fired-up progressive base is marching far ahead of the party leadership. Democrats are scrambling to keep up. This week, when progressive champions Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) voted in a Senate committee to approve the thoroughly unqualified Ben Carson to head the Housing and Urban Development Department, there was little criticism from established liberal organizations in Washington. But the grassroots lit up ― blasting them on Twitter, Facebook, in calls to their offices, and in countless emails to Huffington Post reporters, asking us what on earth their one-time heroes were doing. Warren clearly felt the backlash. “OK, let’s talk about Dr. Ben Carson,” she began a lengthy Facebook post on Wednesday. That the votes came just days after millions poured into the streets in more than 650 women’s marches on Saturday made it that much more jarring. Those marches, after all, had not been sparked by Planned Parenthood, or the Democratic Party, or unions, or MoveOn.org, even if they did pitch in to help once it got going. Instead, they came from regular, angry people ― people who may try to replace the ones in power. “It’s going to motivate a lot of people to activism and to run for office,” said Fran DeBenedictis, a 63-year-old retired New York City cop, as she scanned the crowds at Saturday’s march in D.C. She was one of hundreds of thousands who marched in the city that day, armed with a homemade sign denouncing sexism and homophobia ― amazingly, it had a photo of her on it from a women’s march decades earlier ― and joined by two friends who rode in on a bus from Long Island, New York. This, she said, motioning to the scene, is what brings change. “I’ve been doing this for 40 years,” she said. “It works.” For DeBenedictis and others, the march was the most cathartic and inspiring experience they’d had since the despair of President Donald Trump’s win in November. More than 3 million people flooded the streets in cities and towns across the country, donning pink cat-eared “pussy hats” and vowing resistance to Trump’s anti-woman, anti-environment, anti-immigrant agenda. It was such a high that many went back home fired up and ready to fight, but realized, wait, now what? The organizers of the march provided the platform that an angry electorate demanded, but they didn’t dictate what comes next. Yes, they co-hosted the march with well-established, progressive groups in Washington D.C., like Planned Parenthood and the Natural Resources Defense Council. But they didn’t coordinate with those groups to collect attendees’ names and email addresses to keep them engaged in those groups’ fights around reproductive rights or climate change. Instead, the organizers collected contact information for the local organizers themselves, which may wind up being far more powerful than another giant list of progressives. “I’ve already gotten a follow-up email from the Women’s March in D.C. I think organizers are doing a much better job of ‘absorption’ post-march than anything I’ve ever seen prior to this,” said Micah Sifry, who studies technology and political activism. He recently advised the new grassroots group SwingLeft.org, which connects volunteers with progressive House candidates running in nearby swing districts. Organizers also didn’t try to whittle down, say, the movement’s top three progressive priorities and try to keep attendees focused on those issues in Congress. In spite of this lack of a centralized plan, or perhaps because of it, something remarkable has happened: Democrats desperate for change are going around the establishment and taking action themselves. In the five days since the marches, there’s been a surge of grassroots mobilization online and tens of thousands of people have signed up to get involved. Hundreds of people have signed up to run for local and state offices. Some have volunteered to help Democratic candidates in swing districts. Others, frustrated by the lack of change that they’d like to see, are starting their own campaigns that make fighting Trump as simple as sending a text or downloading an online postcard to send to your member of Congress on a given issue. Laura Moser, a 39-year-old writer and mom of two young kids, had never led any kind of political mobilization effort before December, when she launched Daily Action. It’s perhaps the easiest and most targeted progressive campaign out there: You just text the word DAILY to the number 228466 (or ACTION), and you’ll get a text message about an urgent progressive issue in your area, based on your zip code. If you want to act, you listen to a short recorded explanation on it and from there, you’re routed directly to your member of Congress or senator to weigh in. “In 90 seconds, you can conscientiously object and be done with it,” reads the Daily Action website. “You can make the phone calls when you’re walking to the bus stop, or waiting in line for your morning latte. One touch of the phone and you’re done.” Moser, who leaned on her husband’s tech experience to set up the mechanics of the operation, has tapped into an eager audience. Daily Action already sends 75,000 texts per day ― as many as 20,000 of those came from people who signed up after the march ― and has 30,000 subscribers on Facebook. Moser said she was motivated to create the campaign after seeing so many progressives outraged and depressed about Trump and ready to fight for their ideals, but, per usual, not having any organization around it. “I kept getting all these messages from people like, ‘What are we going to do? We’re going to die,’” Moser said. “This is my solution to the despair. I can’t stop all the horrible things that are happening, but I can react to them.” This newfound energy is driving throngs of people into the political process ― and it’s quickly being turned against Democratic politicians for being soft on Trump, whether it’s by approving his cabinet nominees or signaling a willingness to work with him. “Senate Dems’ response to millions taking to the streets is beyond disappointing,” said Shaunna Thomas, co-founder of the women’s online advocacy group Ultra Violet. “It is outright shameful.” “Resistance means resisting,” Markos Moulitsas wrote Thursday on the progressive site Daily Kos. “All those people in the streets last Saturday didn’t march for Democrats to make nice with the GOP. They marched to resist—whether it’s Trump, or his acolytes like Carson. And if even progressive champions like Warren can’t figure that out, we really are in trouble.” In the meantime, new grassroots groups are cropping up by the day. There’s the aforementioned Swing Left, which launched the day before Trump’s inauguration and has more than 220,000 signed up to participate. There’s Justice Democrats, which is raising money to fund challenges to so-called “corporate” Democrats. There’s Run for Something, a group of Hillary for America and Obama for America, which is recruiting young Democrats to run for local and state office. They launched Friday and are seeing an average of 100 people sign up every day. The organizers of the Women’s March just started their own effort: 10 actions for the first 100 days, which calls on its broad base of supporters to take action on a specific issue every 10 days. Brad Bauman, a Democratic consultant and former executive director of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said the progressive base doesn’t think its leaders are up to challenging Trump. “What we’re seeing here is a tacit understanding by progressives that establishment Democratic leaders are not equipped to fight Donald Trump the way that Donald Trump needs to be fought,” said Bauman, who works with labor and environmental groups. “Progressives … frankly would have been much happier had [Senate Democrats] said to him, ‘We will not confirm a single one of your picks unless you immediately and publicly renounce breaking up families, the wall, restricting Muslim entry into the country, torture and the rest of the alt-right agenda.’” Some traditional groups are paying attention and following the lead of the masses. MoveOn sponsored the march and kicked in $100,000 to support it. The group held a phone call the day after and 60,000 people joined; another 15,000 turned out for small rallies at Senate and House offices on Tuesday, calling for opposition to Trump’s #SwampCabinet, as it’s been dubbed. “The grassroots progressive base ― and more broadly, the public, which voted decisively against Trump ― is demanding clear, principled, and total opposition to the Trump Administration’s extreme and unprecedented agenda,” said Ilya Sheyman, executive director of MoveOn.org Political Action. “Senate Democrats should pay attention,” he added. “Doing business as usual or treating Trump as your run-of-the-mill threat will not do.” Sign up here to get Ryan Grim’s newsletter, Bad News, in your inbox. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.