How do you as a team OWNER and team CEO…make the right decision to fire an incompetent GM….?

and then turn around at a press conference and publically announce that your new GM will have to share the philosiphy of yoru existing head coach (his subordinate), and a guy who has a history of incompetence as well?

If you want to give your HC a chance under a new GM…fine…I can support that in this instance….but that GM needs to have his own philosiphy and not have to cow tow to the philosiphy of a coach that is incompetent, inept and an imbecile on game day!

What do you guys think?

I’m a bit mystified but this is what I predict:
The new GM will fire Lovie Dovie. Be patient

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Consumer Attitudes Toward Food Safety Impact Pragmatic Responses According to Tracegains

The mission at TraceGains (www.TraceGains.com) is to protect the brand of food and beverage clients by eliminating problems before product is shipped to the customer.   According to William Pape, Founder and Executive Vice President at TraceGains, “Recently we shared the results from the annual food and beverage consumer survey by Corona Research of Denver, Colorado that showed, for the very first time, food safety and traceability were greater consumer concerns than all other food purchase factors except freshness; even more important than price.  A year ago, the same survey found food safety and traceability fourteenth in importance, near the bottom of their list, consistent with its placement in earlier years.  Clearly, the spate of recent food safety incidents has finally tipped the consumer perception scale in favor of traceability, at least for the immediate future and at least as reflected in this survey.”

From a pragmatic, boardroom perspective, executives must answer a few key questions before making any investment to bolster their traceability:

•           Is my current traceability system adequate to protect me from being accused of producing tainted goods?

•           If not, how vulnerable is my company?  Can we cover up any traceability deficiencies we may have with public relations talking points? 

•           Will food safety persist as a top consumer concern? 

•           And is there any way I can turn traceability into my next profit center?

Pape notes, “From our perspective, we think consumer concern about food safety will continue and will likely increase with future reported incidents and accusations.  Consumers will be looking for solid proof versus just verbal assurances that a company has an effective traceability system.  Companies with inadequate traceability are likely to be severely punished in the court of public opinion and government reaction as we’ve seen in the most recent catastrophic recalls.    Unfortunately, we also believe the majority of food companies are unprepared to face the type of recent incidents, and we have strong evidence to support this belief.   Luckily, proven technology solutions exist which can not only protect the brands with highly credible traceability systems but can also turn traceability from a cost center to a company’s new profit center.”

Avoid a Recall

The best outcome for a recall is preventing the recall in the first place. TraceGains continuously monitors the enterprise, co-packers, contract manufacturers, and upstream suppliers for compliance with business rules and regulation mandates. Real-time alerting and risk assessment adds an extra safety net and layer of brand protection. Continuous Compliance and a Risk Assessment dashboard bring exception-based management capabilities to the entire organization.

Minimize Recall Damage

If a problem does occur this unique solution can minimize the brand damage by using patented recall trace-back and track-forward technologies. A recall alert can be initiated within minutes, reducing potentially bad news to one news cycle, and saving customers millions of dollars in long-term brand rehabilitation costs. The Recall Detective analyzes critical risk factors, going beyond material movement tracking; the Recall Minimizer provides instant multiple scenarios for reduced brand damage.

Increase Profits

By correlating and analyzing previously disparate data sets in the value chain, only TraceGains makes it possible to connect upstream inputs, suppliers, and raw materials to downstream outcomes such product quality or customer satisfaction. Firms can coach or replace poorly performing suppliers and counteract profit-draining events within the enterprise, as well perpetuate positive practices internally and throughout the supply chain, to achieve complete profit optimization.

According to Gary Nowacki, CEO of TraceGains, “Stuff happens. No matter how well HACCP, GMP, GAP or other systems work. Our solution continuously monitors all critical supply chain risk points, both within and outside the four walls of an enterprise. The system alerts busy managers to high-risk potential problems on an exception basis, so they can take action on the most critical and preventable problems before they are received for processing or shipped to customers.”

TraceGains Inc.

www.tracegains.com

Marc Simony, Director of Marketing

traceability@tracegains.com

(303)682-9898

Thomas Cutler

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Benefits of Business Coaching

As business around the world has become increasingly competitive, the demand for business coaching has increased. Business coaching creates an environment for the overall growth of the business and trains it to adapt to change. A few years ago, just a handful of small businesses used business coaching as a means to augment their business. Today, statistics reveal that almost 58% of the medium or small sized businesses in the US are seeking the benefits of business coaching. Businesses are using coaching because it is a cost effective way to achieve results. It helps to develop personnel skills and performance. Individuals who receive business coaching can expect to find guidance concerning the problems that they face. Business coaching offers new insights into daily business activities and helps improve methods, systems and procedures.

Many companies that have undertaken business coaching have reported an increase in productivity and quality of work. When people are coached, team relationships improve and these enhanced relationships lead to an increase in productivity and quality. Many businesses judge productivity by how hard an individual employee works, but this method overlooks the importance of synergy and quality of work. Very often, employees tend to overlook quality in their haste to get work done and this forces others to rework what has already been done. The secret to increased productivity and quality lies in allowing the employees to make a connection between their personal needs and those of the organization. Satisfied employees work harder and smarter and are a boon to the company. Coaching programs not only help the employees to survive but also help them attain their peak performance as a team.

Coaching helps bring about a sound understanding of business principles. Business coaching is said to be the most effective way of achieving growth, change and development in the individual, group and organization. Coaching is the best way to develop, unleash and maximize the potential within each individual. It helps achieve goals for business and professional success. Customer service is directly proportional to the rate of productivity as well as to the quality level. If there is an increase in productivity and quality, customer complaints will reduce considerably. If the quality is not up to the mark then there will be an increase in customer complaints and lost sales. Coaching also helps bring about cost reduction. Companies that provide coaching to their employees get an average return on investment that is equal to almost six times the amount invested in their coaching programs.

Business coaching deals with human interactions and people issues that are common across all sectors of business. Coaching helps make the company a more fulfilling place to work in. It also helps improve working relationships, communication and decision-making. It helps build healthy teams, improves working conditions, reduces stress levels and leads to employee satisfaction at the workplace. Coaching also helps stressed out employees cope with their professional and personal lives.

Business coaching improves working relationships with peers and indirectly improves the team spirit. A higher employee satisfaction rate tends to result in a lower employee turnover in the organization. Coaching helps individuals recognize their core strengths and enables them to utilize them to the fullest. The process of business coaching is not only growth oriented but it also aims at changing behaviors and increasing skills. Both individuals and teams feel the benefits as leadership qualities are cultivated, and creativity, change and innovation receive a major boost.

Kris Koonar
http://www.articlesbase.com/strategic-planning-articles/benefits-of-business-coaching-57452.html

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Entrepreneurship Speech to Montgomery College

Entrepreneurship Speech to Montgomery College

I would like to sincerely thank Steve Lang and Elana Lippa for inviting me to speak to you to-day. Topic of my speech is “Entrepreneurship and Leadership”.

What is Entrepreneurship?

Entrepreneurship is a way of life.  It’s a powerful force deep down inside, driving you to achieve your dreams, despite dubious odds and the doubts of others. 

I’m sure many of you here today have the desire, the drive and the dreams to become entrepreneurs.  Dreams give us the strength that carries us through.  Indeed, I’ve often thought that perhaps it is not we who carry the dream, butthe dream that carries us.

I love entrepreneurship.  There is nothing like the excitement, glory, fun and sheer thrill of starting something from scratch and watching it grow into a large enterprise of astonishing proportions.  If you have the opportunity to be an entrepreneur, grab it.  Find passionate and driven people and lead them.  Give them all the necessary resources, and then give them some oxygen to breathe.

I can’t stress strongly enough how determined you must be, for the road to success is neither short nor easy, as the following statistics so starkly reveal:

  1. Only 1 in 6 million high-tech business ideas become an IPO
  2. Venture capitalists fund fewer than 1% of the business plans they receive
  3. Founding CEOs of high-tech firms typically own less than 4% after an IPO
  4. 60% of high-tech companies funded by VCs eventually go bankrupt
  5. It takes 3-5 years after their IPO for most high-tech companies to finally succeed1

Clearly, it’s not easy to be a successful technology entrepreneur.  Many will fail at some point, and you must learn to overcome heavy doses of frustration, burnout and disappointment along the way.


So Why Become an Entrepreneur?

For the true entrepreneur, this is a rhetorical question.  For the emerging entrepreneur, there are at least three major motivations:

The FIRST motivation is a yearning to create something novel and useful.  “To be on the cutting edge” is a necessary mantra.  The technology entrepreneur strives to fill a need in the marketplace and then develop a solution — perhaps a better communication tool, an improved optical switch or a faster bioinformatics system. 

Too many people confuse this creative problem-solving by genuine entrepreneurs with the process of merely finding hot technology companies in the market and building new companies that mimic them.  Remember, the hot technology companies are hot because they seek to solve a problem.  The copiers have neither identified a problem nor created a solution.  They simply jumped on the latest bandwagon coming down the road.

The SECOND motivation of the technology entrepreneur is build something that will last forever.  The entrepreneur must always keep ahead of the competition to sustain the enterprise as a profitable concern. 
Risk-taking is absolutely crucial because it yields the innovation that sustains your competitive edge, in a world where competitors constantly catch up to and overtake stagnant firms.  That’s why being on the cutting edge is paramount.  We have to get out of our comfort zone, venture into new horizons and experience new environments.  We must not be afraid of taking chances.  If we fail, we must simply get up and try again.  Perhaps we will fail further… but nevertheless, we must try yet again.  Success teaches you how to move forward, but failure teaches you to never go backwards.  Thus, failure is the first step to success.

The THIRD motivation of the entrepreneur is to have freedom.  Being your own boss has definite appeal.  Glass ceilings cease to exist and achievement is limited only by imagination.  Entrepreneurs are motivated by having control over their work and the flexibility to pursue their dreams.  But freedom always has a price.  With greater personal freedom, comes greater uncertainty about the future, particularly in relation to finances.  Greater personal freedom also means a less structured environment, in which greater self-discipline is required in order to thrive.  Entrepreneurs are willing to accept these risks, however, because of their absolute conviction that they have what it takes to overcome any odds.

If these three ideals do not motivate you, then the very thought of becoming an entrepreneur should be extinguished.  If a big personal cash payout seems to be glaringly missing from the list of major objectives, it is because it is not a primary motivating factor.  These three major goals are not shared by all and are inappropriate for many.  Only those that find these objectives to be self-evident should embrace entrepreneurship.


What Characteristics Make an Entrepreneur Special?

Passion is what entrepreneurs must have, first, and foremost.  They must live and breathe for their business enterprise.  They are zealots about their business models and evangels for their products or services.  They have to be.  If they weren’t, the stress and financial pressures of running a fledgling business would completely wipe them out.  The sheer magnitude of the odds that are stacked against entrepreneurs requires a special kind of irrational exuberance to overcome.  Without passion, resources will never be enough and they will quickly dissipate into thin air.  But your passion will always find a way, even when probabilities conspire against your dream.  Entrepreneurs have unshakable confidence in and enthusiasm for their business ventures that contagiously spreads to their business team.

Laser focus is another hallmark of entrepreneurs.  Many people are creative, but lack discipline.  Entrepreneurs, however, have both qualities.  When a company does not focus, it is planting seeds for future problems. An entrepreneur identifies a path towards a solution and follows that path, notwithstanding the frequent temptation to take sideroads leading to seemingly newer, more exciting destinations.  The entrepreneur knows that most of the journey down the chosen path is checkered with drudgery, yet continues down the path unswervingly, confident that there will be a reward at the end.  The entrepreneur also knows that the side roads along the way may appear appealing at first glance, but will quickly become as checkered with drudgery as the originally chosen path and likely lead to a dead end. 
Focus is power. It creates a powerful perception of resolve in the minds of your customers, employees and competitors. 

Courage is a defining trait of entrepreneurs.  To understand the odds against success and still forge ahead, knowing many battles will be lost en route, requires a certain amount of fearlessness.  Entrepreneurs are purposeful in their tactics and can think on their feet.  Yet they regularly face daunting challenges whose failure to overcome will spell certain disaster for their business ventures.  Their ability to face these challenges without fear enables entrepreneurs to succeed where others cannot.

Entrepreneurs also are leaders.  Contrary to the popular belief that entrepreneurs are mavericks who prefer to be lone wolves, entrepreneurs are visionaries that can inspire and lead their colleagues.  There are few things more compelling than people who are passionate about their work, have the discipline to achieve success, and are fearless in their outlook.  An entrepreneur builds teams and instills confidence in others.

And, of course, an entrepreneur always is thinking ahead, perpetually in motion towards well-defined goals.  Diligent pursuit of progress is a hallmark.


How Can a Student Get on The Path of Entrepreneurship?

As discussed, the fundamentals of entrepreneurship can be learned.  But like anything else, it takes discipline and practice.  That means training your mind to consider the various problems you face as a student and instead of focusing on the downside, identify the opportunity that lies within. 

For example, if predicting test questions accurately is a problem, consider developing a system that makes this easier.  Perhaps a database of all prior test questions with the best answers could be developed, with a subscription fee business model.  Perhaps the database could be expanded to all colleges so that it will be more comprehensive and can appeal to a large subscriber base. 

Chances are, the problems you face will also be faced by others and the more people impacted, the greater the opportunity. This is how new entrepreneurial businesses are formed — by searching for pandemic problems that currently lack solutions.  Keep in mind that Google was founded by students; Facebook was founded by a student; and even Microsoft was formed by Bill Gates as a student.  The opportunities to be an entrepreneur are all around you right now, if you take time to examine the challenges you face and filter them through the prism of business. 


Leadership

Once you have established a business and grabbed the available opportunities by the horns, naturally, you have to manage it effectively.  And that means drawing upon your capabilities to lead – a defining characteristic of an entrepreneur, as already discussed.  So, what does it take to be a good leader, besides the obvious traits of being passionate, disciplined and courageous?  In today’s world, it also means being compassionate, transparent, objective, and humble. 

It used to be that companies were evaluated solely on two metrics: (1) their ability to produce cash flow; and (ii) their ability to innovate.  But now, companies are also evaluated on how they perform as corporate citizens.  A company’s willingness to do things for the public good and be socially responsible is a core element of performance.  Compassion is important.  As an example, ExxonMobil is producing record profits and is churning out new technologies as fast as ever.  Yet they are being vilified in the marketplace because of a perception that they are being greedy and failing to have compassion for the middle class’s predicament of having a difficult time paying for fill-ups at the gas station.   Certainly, this is not good for sustaining corporate value.  Young entrepreneurs need to consider the need to be socially responsible if they are to lead the way to the future.

Transparency is also critically important.  Both investors and the market make their decisions related to your business partly because of trust.  People are always willing to pay a premium for peace of mind and integrity.  To build trust, an entrepreneur needs to be transparent.  Anything hidden from view will cause suspicion and undermine trust.  That means that corporate decision-making, financing, and operations need to be visible to key stakeholders.  Sometimes it’s hard to be transparent, as this can make you feel vulnerable.  But good leaders are straightforward and willing to be placed under the microscope as needed.

A corollary to transparency is objectivity.  A good leader makes decisions based on facts and a well-thought out and plainly articulated strategy.  The rationale for all decisions must be clear to viewers and fully defensible based on objective criteria.  Trust isn’t just based on being able to see everything that happens – it is ultimately based on the objectivity of decisions.

Of course, if you do get things right and are able to grow an excellent business by being a true leader, humility is important to maintain your following.  Customers, investors and employees stick with you not just out of respect for your accomplishments, but because they have become loyal friends.  Your ability to share credit with others, provide a helping hand, and support others is what creates your personal and corporate brand.  It is not a coincidence that most of the most revered business leaders are also philanthropists.  Warren Buffet, despite being the richest man in the world, is quick to give credit to others and still lives in the same middle-class house that he purchased decades ago.  Humility, rather than taking away from your accomplishments, helps build them.

Before you can become a leader, you must first focus on growing yourself.  After becoming a leader, success is all about growing others.  Here are some of the other elements of a successful leader:

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Leaders have a clear vision and ensure that others not only see the vision, but also live and breathe it. 

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Leaders create environments where people can be truly committed.

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Leaders relentlessly upgrade their team, using every encounter as an opportunity to evaluate, coach, and build self-confidence.

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Leaders exude positive energy and optimism that gets under everyone’s skin.

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Leaders have respect for all people.

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Leaders give credit to others…. and often take the blame when something goes wrong.

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Leaders establish trust with candor, transparency and credit-giving

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Leaders act with integrity in spite of the difficulty.

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Leaders have the courage to make unpopular decisions and gut calls.

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Leaders probe and push with a curiosity that borders on skepticism, making sure their questions are answered with action.

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Leaders balance risk and reward.

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Leaders see mistakes as learning opportunities.

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Leaders are firm but fair.

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Leaders are enthusiastic.

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Leaders get everyone involved.

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Leaders are tough…yet tender.

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Leaders inspire learning by setting the example.

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Leaders celebrate.

My Experiences

I’d like to say a few words about my own experience as a CEO.  I cultivated a very vision-driven organization into a tightly-focused company whose employees all knew precisely what was expected of them, and always delivered exactly what they promised.  I gave people at all levels specific tools and metrics, and enforced fact-based decision-making.  Managers at all levels in my company honored these commitments, engaged in disciplined meetings, focused on decisions and measured progress against stated objectives.  I surrounded myself with some great performers who delivered results.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak with you today. Thank you for your time, and for your commitment to make a difference in the lives of others through entrepreneurship.  I wish all of you continued success in the future, and look forward to when our paths cross again.  I am confident you will achieve your goals.  I am sure you will rise to the challenge, and transform you passion into profits. 

Always remember, that no matter how steep the pass, or how discouraging the pace, I implore you to never give up on your goals.

So there are many facets of leadership that you must embrace as a young entrepreneur, in addition to the hard work of living the life of an entrepreneur.  This is not an easy path, but almost anything worth having is worth fighting for.  I encourage all of you to consider entrepreneurship and show that Montgomery College can continue producing the great companies of tomorrow.  I hope for some of you, the path begins today.

Scott Adams

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Selecting the Right Business Coaching Course and Business Coach

Business coaching can be very helpful in streamlining business processes, harnessing business potential, and increasing profitability. However, these can only be achieved by using the right kind of business coaching that is cost effective and does not hinder the day-to-day functioning of the business. Before selecting a business-coaching course, it is important that you spare some time for learning about the coaching facilitators, their experience, their areas of expertise, their educational qualifications and the type of coaching they are willing to provide.

Although organizations such as the International Coaching Federation (ICF) do accredit commercial coaching companies, the fact is that most of these large associations are guided by their own private business agendas that concentrate on adding more and more members to their database for commercial purposes. As such, depending on just accreditation for selecting a particular business-coaching company or firm may not be the right thing to do. If you research properly, you will find numerous reputed business coaching companies that are neither accredited by the ICF nor follow its course curriculum. Accreditation organizations such as the ICF are often blamed for violating professional business standards. In many cases, the ICF has provided certification to individuals and accredited the schools from which these individuals have received their training. The ICF has also been criticized for its recent decision that calls for including only ICF accredited schools on the list of approved coach training organizations. With accreditation available to anyone who is willing to pay, the integrity of both the coaching professional as well as the association is being adversely affected.

The right business coaching course needs to be evidence based wherein the contents of the course can be verified based upon a process of methodical, clinical and industry research, evaluation, and the utilization of up-to-date systematic research findings to support decisions about practice. Such courses are scientifically proven and are certainly better than commercial courses, popularized mainly by coaching associations and coach training providers that are engaged in mass marketing to a primarily uneducated marketplace. With evidence based coaching gaining prominence, old approaches are being replaced with new ones that are more powerful, more accurate, more efficacious, and safer. Evidence based coaching is also advantageous for coaching professionals as it allows them to provide more effective and accurate assessments, more informed program planning and select the most appropriate coaching technology.

Selecting the right business coach is also important, as ultimately it is the human factor that determines the success of any business-coaching course. The right coach is someone who you can trust and work with comfortably to build a strong partnership. Before selecting a coach, you need to learn more about his/her coaching experience, coaching specialization if any, philosophy about coaching, coaching process (duration and frequency of coaching sessions), and past coaching related success stories.

It is recommended that you conduct personal interviews with as many coaches as you possibly can for determining what feels right in terms of interpersonal chemistry. Coaching professionals are used to being interviewed and normally do not charge any fees for the initial introductory conversation.

During interviews, look for similarities and differences in the thought process between the coach and yourself, discuss your goals, learn about the coach preferred way of working with a team or individual, and discuss ways and means of handling future problems. Always remember that business coaching is a partnership and as such make sure that you discuss with the coach everything that is going to affect your business.

Kris Koonar
http://www.articlesbase.com/strategic-planning-articles/selecting-the-right-business-coaching-course-and-business-coach-57642.html

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Business Branding Maybe?

I think I have an idea of what you would call someone who does this but I thought I would double check and see if other knew what you would call someone with this job/business.

What would you call a business or person who is kind of like a wedding or party planner but for a small business? They basically help with just the looks and the image of the business? They would take someone starting a small business and help them establish their "brand" by connecting them with sub contractors who can accomplish the things they need for their business?

Such as, they would help you figure out what kinds of things you would need for your business like business cards, websites, letterheads, logo, etc? They would maybe start out as helping you figure out the best approach on what your business should look like? Picking out colors, finding someone to make a logo, and then deciding ways to advertise your business online?

I realize this is kind of a scattered post but I can’t think of what you would call this person or business. Someone who takes care of building the look of the company and sub contracting to programmers, designers, and print companies?

Also, what degrees would they have? Would this mainly fall under branding and marketing or would it be a business coach?

Thank you :D

Actually – you could call yourself a Brand Builder!

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A name for my small coaching business ????

Hello, thanks for reading.
I have become an accredited coach (as we do when too old to race) and i need to come up with a name for my coaching business.
I will be training / coaching junior motorcycle racers.
My achievements are of national stature but i wont brag, i would like a name incorporating :
Professionalism
Moving forward or making progress
Easy to remember
An attractive name to children and there parents
And the hard part is incorporating safety in racing, so its safe / speed.

Thanks heaps for your thoughts and suggestions..
Matt

how about one of these
pro. mc.racing coach
pro motorcycle coaching
excell motorcycle training
elite coach -motorcycle

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From Titans To Jets – The Story Of The New York Jets

New York is without a doubt, one of the world’s fastest and most sophisticated places. Its culture is certainly faster than your average pace of life. The city blooms with the birth of sophisticated fashion being come to life every five minutes. Theater actors are brought out to their best in this place. Even the food is served amazingly! Not only is it a fast paced place of sophistication, it is also the place of various choices! From today’s modern fashion accessories, art works, finely made scrumptious everyday eats, to the most hard to find items; it is without a doubt that New York is the home of two or more. After all, why have one, when you can have two, right?

Indeed this is the thing that sets this city of color and pace apart from any part of the world. It is the capital of option. And indeed it did not leave one of the biggest past time of many sports fanatics behind. New York is so much open to option, that it actually has two NFL (National Football League) teams! What about that? So now whether it is your everyday wear, to your Football team, you just have to pick!

With the proclamation of the New York Giants during the 1920’s, came about the birth of yet another football team during the late 1950’s to early 1960’s. We are talking about the New York Jets. Yes, if you have seen the familiar combination of white and green uniforms in the football field, then that team would be, without a doubt, one of the two New York NFL teams.

Now, to some, the New York Jets and the New York Titans might seem to be confusing and overlapping. Are they actually two different teams or are they one and the same? Actually, they are one and the same. You see, when the team was formed on 1959, it originally had the name New York Titans. Their first ever coach was Sammy Baugh, who at that time was given a $28000 per year contract with the franchise. At around 1963, Werblin, the club’s president and CEO, decided that there was a need to change the name of the franchise in order to symbolize the new obsession of man to travel on not just air, but space itself. Together with astronauts walking in the moon, the team’s name was also then changed from New York Titans, to the New York Jets. From there on, we can directly say that the rest is history. The team has been one of the most competitive teams out there. The team also holds the record as the only team who has had had three straight overtime games in their season. This occurred during the year 2005.

As the frame of mind goes in the Big Apple, No option can be that bad. After all, it would not be an option if it wasn’t a good one. Besides, nothing could be so big in New York if it wasn’t worth noticing.

Rick Grantham

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Nature and Scope of Business Coaching

Any established business can utilize business coaching as a resource to achieve a higher level of performance, learning, and satisfaction. After understanding the goals and work processes of a business, professional business coaches can organize a business coaching schedule and means of contact (e.g., in person, by phone, or via e-mail) that best serves the client. The nature of relationship between the coach and the client is a partnership, wherein the two come together to choose the focus, format, and desired outcomes of their work. Coaching does not aim at providing psychological relief or treat cognitive or emotional challenges. It aims to help the clients improve their learning and performance, and enhance their quality of life. Business coaching primarily focuses on the present and future with the only exception being that sometimes information from the client’s past is used for clarifying where the client is today. Although the coach is encouraged to offer advice, opinions, and suggestions, the final decision of accepting or declining what is offered rests with the client who has the ultimate responsibility for action.

Coaches may or may not have specific knowledge of a given subject area or industry. Those who do have knowledge in other areas can use it to illuminate the coaching process but do not use this particular knowledge to identify, direct, or design solutions for the client. The relationship between the coach and the client is not based on the client’s position or performance but is characterized by a growing and mutual appreciation and respect for each other as individuals. Information provided to the coach is used to promote the client’s awareness and choice of action and not for evaluating performance or producing reports for outsiders. Coaching can be used to address a wide variety of subjects ranging from personal to professional as determined by the coach and the client. It empowers the client with a greater capacity to produce results and have a greater confidence in their ability to do so.

The business coaching process starts with the assessment of the business’ current potential and challenges, defining the scope of the relationship, identifying priorities for action, and establishing specific desired outcomes. Apart from creating awareness about business processes, business coaching also provides a yardstick for creating coaching goals and actionable strategies, and offers a method for evaluating progress. In follow-up coaching sessions the coach supplies supplementary resources in the form of relevant articles, checklists, assessments, or models to support management policies and actions. The duration of business coaching depends on business needs and preferences.

Business coaching derives its concepts, models, and principles from varied sources such as behavioral sciences, management literature, spiritual traditions or other fields of the arts and humanities. These are then used for fostering shifts in perspective, promoting fresh insights, and providing an effective framework for managing opportunities and challenges. Coaching can also be based on an appreciative approach that focuses on what is right with the current business, what is working, what is wanted, and what is needed to get there. Through this approach, a coach can develop constructive communication skills and methods that the individual or team can utilize for enhancing personal communication. This approach is simple and offers a huge potential to harness creative thinking and goal-oriented action.

Kris Koonar
http://www.articlesbase.com/strategic-planning-articles/nature-and-scope-of-business-coaching-57640.html

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Tracegains Details How to Eliminate Food Safety Risk and Blind Spots

The mission at TraceGains (www.TraceGains.com) is to protect the brand of food and beverage clients by eliminating problems before product is shipped to the customer.  Most companies believe they are protected from brand damage by their best practices and periodic audits. In an increasingly complex global supply chain, food and beverage companies face new risks requiring advanced solutions. A collaborative validation platform ties together your key trading partners and turns data into knowledge and power.

Proactive brand protection starts upstream in the supply chain, and must be carried through to finished goods. The Risk Monitor continuously monitors critical supply chain and value chain risk points for compliance with critical business rules, standards, and regulations, so that errant goods can be removed from production before shipping. With an enforceable up-to-the-minute risk assessment strategy, businesses can effectively protect themselves from recall and brand rehabilitation costs.

Recall detection and management are critical capabilities that every brand owner must have to successfully handle undesirable events that represent additional cost and unnecessary liability, and damage the relationship with the consumer. The Recall Detective and Recall Analyzer provide guidance in identifying the root cause of contamination and non-compliance problems, so that recalls are limited to only truly affected goods. This ability to act swiftly, and identify and compare various recall scenarios may save millions of dollars in immediate and long-term costs on each recall.

By correlating and analyzing previously disparate data sets in the value chain, only TraceGains makes it possible to connect upstream inputs, suppliers, and raw materials to downstream outcomes such product quality or customer satisfaction. Firms can coach or replace poorly performing suppliers and counteract profit-draining events within the enterprise, as well perpetuate positive practices internally and throughout the supply chain, to achieve complete profit optimization.

According to Gary Nowacki, CEO of TraceGains, “Stuff happens. No matter how well HACCP, GMP, GAP or other systems work. Our solution continuously monitors all critical supply chain risk points, both within and outside the four walls of an enterprise. The system alerts busy managers to high-risk potential problems on an exception basis, so they can take action on the most critical and preventable problems before they are received for processing or shipped to customers.”

TraceGains Inc.

www.tracegains.com

Marc Simony, Director of Marketing

traceability@tracegains.com

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Thomas Cutler
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