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What are you doing this week to achieve goals?

first_imgKeith Ferazzi, author of Never Eat Alone, once said, “Follow-up is the key to success in any business.” That is certainly true when it comes to the success of your strategic plan. No matter what great strategies you create, if you don’t execute that plan with superior follow-up you just have words on paper.Think about your current 2015 strategic plan. How’s it going for you? Think about to your Fall planning schedule and meeting. How are those lofty goals, tactics and budget projections looking now that the first quarter is complete?With three months in the books, the second quarter is an ideal time to assess how your strategic planning follow-up is going. Here are five suggestions to ensure your follow-up is as strong as possible.Review weekly—You read that right: weekly. Too many times, strategic plans collect dust and we only look at them at monthly or quarterly updates. If you hold a “C” suite position at your financial institution, then every Monday morning (or even Sunday night) take 10-15 minutes to review your goals and strategy. Ask yourself, “what are we doing this week to accomplish these objectives?” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

The rise of the digital customer

first_imgRetail FI’s have a tremendous opportunity to capture new value and drive their own disruption through digitization.  With the right technology investments, financial institutions can streamline operations and compliance, while offering customers the real-time financial advice and convenience they increasingly expect.  The problem is that most FI’s aren’t ready to invest in the technology needed to support these needs.Imagine a banking experience so compelling that customers simply can’t look away. A financial institution with personalized interactions and advice available anywhere, anytime on mobile devices. Branches that blend video, interactive touch screens, and data-empowered associates for a new dimension in convenience and service.Digitization is not an option for the banking industry, rather it is inevitable because every industry is being digitized and the banking sector is no exception.Some of the top benefits of digitization are:Productivity will be increased as technology reduces human error.Convenience will result in an increased number of customers.The rural and urban gap will be bridged.Increased analytics will provide FI’s with the information needed to improve and respond to their process.Using digital technology to build a boundary-less FI’s will require strategic partnerships. A customers’ need to spend, transfer, and money in a secure environment remains unchanged; however, their behaviors are changing radically. Customers are looking for their interactions with their FI to be effortless.   They are increasingly comfortable using the internet to seek advice and gather product and service information before stepping foot in a branch. They expect to be able to choose the channel most convenient for them—whether that’s a branch office, browsing the FI’s website or using a video-enhanced call center—and they will insist that all channels work together harmoniously. They expect all of the companies they do business with (including their FIs’) to know them as individuals, anticipate their needs and actively involve them in coming up with tailored solutions.Unless a digital strategy becomes a top priority that is pushed by a FI’s senior management, it will easily lose momentum. To build a roadmap for digitization, you need a clear sense of the potential value of specific investments that create digital business capabilities.  Incumbents only have a short period to adjust to new technology or they risk becoming obsolete. 91SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Christina Camacho Christina Camacho is the Founder and CEO of Ivy Lender. Christina spent her banking career working with SME businesses as well as Fortune 500 companies at the top Financial Institutions … Web: www.ivylender.com Detailslast_img read more

Giants reliever building his case to be The Closer

first_imgSCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – In the middle of a hectic clubhouse, Giants relief pitcher Will Smith found a free minute and an open table to get caught up on his fan mail.He tore through a stack of white envelopes one by one, unfolding each personalized note, using a Sharpie to put his autograph across the dozens of baseball cards bearing his name, then stuffing them into self-addressed stamped envelopes to be returned to their senders.“This is like a week (of mail) stacked up,” he said, laughing at …last_img read more

Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 127 | National FFA Convention Recap

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest After a trip to Indianapolis for the 92nd National FFA Convention and Expo, Matt, Dale, and Kolt are here with a recap of the whole week. Kolesen McCoy became the third FFA member from Ohio to become National FFA President, and we catch up with him in the podcast. Additionally, highlighting Ohio FFA’s success, we caught up with some members of the Covington UVCC FFA Chapter who was named the Model of Excellence Chapter for the country. Matt also sat down with a few of the Ohio FFA state officers to catch up about the National FFA Convention. All of that and more this week on the Ohio Ag Net Podcast brought to you by AgriGold.last_img read more

Raptors clinch Atlantic Division after rallying past Magic

first_imgMonday marked the 18th anniversary of Tracy McGrady’s first game back in Toronto after leaving the Raptors to sign with Orlando. Booed all night by a capacity crowd, McGrady scored 24 points as the Magic won 104-101.UP NEXTMagic: Host New York on Wednesday.Raptors: At Brooklyn on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Danny Green scored a season-high 29 points, Kawhi Leonard and Serge Ibaka each had 15 and the Toronto Raptors clinched their sixth Atlantic Division title Monday night, rallying from a double-digit deficit to beat the Magic 121-109.“We’ve got to know who we are,” Clifford said. “We ain’t scoring 115 every night. We don’t have that kind of roster. We have to defend, whether we’re scoring or not.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe win also means Toronto can finish no lower than second in the Eastern Conference. The Raptors began the day three games behind Milwaukee for first.Green piled up the points despite jamming his left thumb in the first quarter. X-rays were negative but Green was not available following the game because he had left to undergo additional testing. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) drives between Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon (00) and center Khem Birch (24) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Toronto on Monday, April 1, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO  — Even though his team was ahead by seven points after the opening quarter, Orlando Magic coach Steve Clifford didn’t like what he’d seen on defense.Turns out he was right to be worried.ADVERTISEMENT Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants “We had played them three other times where they didn’t get to 100,” Clifford said. “They had more readiness tonight than we did.”Toronto trailed by 11 points early in the second before turning the game around with a 31-10 rally before halftime. The Raptors pulled away after the break, leading by as many as 24.“They picked up the intensity late in that second quarter and we never really responded,” Fournier said. “It’s that simple.”Nikola Vucevic had 13 points and 13 rebounds, but the Magic lost for the second time in three games after winning their previous six. Fournier scored 21 points.“We just didn’t play good defense all game long,” Vucevic said.Orlando remained a half-game behind Miami for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East.The three teams ahead of Orlando all lost Monday. Miami lost at Boston, Brooklyn lost at home to Milwaukee and Detroit lost at Indiana.Asked whether he paid attention to the Magic’s closest competitors, Fournier lifted his cellphone to reveal an NBA scoreboard.“It’s impossible not to look,” he said. “We’re the ninth seed right now, so we have to look at other teams.”Toronto won its fourth straight and improved to 31-9 at home. Only Milwaukee (32) has more home wins this season. Green connected on 11 of 15 attempts, going 7 of 10 from 3-point range, before sitting out the final quarter.“He’s an elite shooter,” Orlando’s Evan Fournier said. “That’s what he’s known for.”First-year coach Nick Nurse said he was proud to help hang another banner in Toronto.“There’s a lot of satisfaction in it,” he said. “I know it doesn’t mean a lot in this day and age but it’s not every day you win a division. That’s a thumbs up, man.”Marc Gasol scored 13 points and Kyle Lowry had 12 as the Raptors snapped a two-game losing streak against the Magic.ADVERTISEMENT LeBron James out for Fiba World Cup, says 2020 Olympics ‘possibility’center_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Up 36-29 after one, Orlando led 42-31 on Fournier’s basket at 10:22 of the second before Toronto responded. The Raptors took their first the lead on a four-point play by Gasol at 1:49 and were up 62-52 at halftime.“Once our offense stopped clicking, they took a big lead,” Vucevic said.TIP-INSMagic: Orlando shot 12 for 33 from 3-point range. … Wes Iwundu shot 7 for 7 and scored 16 points. … Canadian Khem Birch scored 11 points off the bench. Birch is from Montreal. … Former Raptors guard Terrence Ross shot 2 for 10 and scored six points.Raptors: Leonard paid tribute to slain rapper Nipsey Hussle with a message on his shoes. Hussle was fatally shot Sunday outside the clothing store he founded to help rebuild his troubled South Los Angeles neighborhood. … F OG Anunoby (concussion) missed his third straight game. … Toronto’s 29-point defeat at Orlando last Dec. 28 is its most lopsided loss of the season.DAN THE MANGreen made his first five shots and scored 16 points in the first, going 4 of 5 from long range. Green’s previous high this season was 24, set against Memphis on Jan. 19, when he made a career-high eight 3-pointers. He scored a career-high 33 against Phoenix on April 11, 2014.HARDWARE HAULToronto F Chris Boucher picked up a pair of G League awards Monday, winning MVP and Defensive Player of the Year. He’s the first player to win both awards in the same season, and the first international player to be named MVP. Boucher, 26, is from Montreal. He averaged 27.2 points, 11.4 rebounds and 4.1 blocked shots in 28 games with Raptors 905.WHEN T-MAC CAME BACK View comments Google Philippines names new country director PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon eventlast_img read more

Do it like the Koreans do

first_imgKorean Cultural Centre presents 2nd Pan India K-POP Contest, the festival invites all the K- POP lovers around India to join the global competition and celebration of Korean popular song and dance. K-POP is a part of celebrations of Indo-Korean 40th Diplomatic year. Finalists from the 13 countries will be invited to Korea to perform in the Grand Finale, which will be held in Gangwon, South Korea on 28 September. The event is going to be held on 17 August from 6 pm to 8:30 pm.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’K-POP Contest provides a platform for all to prove their mettle in Korean singing and dancing. K-POP is a musical genre originally from South Korea that is characterised by a wide variety of audiovisual elements, the term is more often used in a narrower sense to describe a modern form of South Korean pop music covering mostly dance-pop, pop ballad, electronic, rock, hip-hop, R&B and the like.The jury members of the 2013 festivals are Kim Kum Pyoung, the Director of Korean Cultural Centre India; Sanjeev Bhargava, Aleksandra Michelska Singh, Dancer, Natya Nectar Dance Academy and Sangwon Donald Kwag, Marketing Head, Star CJ. Last year Paul 5 from Timarpur slums, a 7 member team were announced winners from India.  Winning team from the semi-finals at New Delhi will get an all expenses paid trip to Korea to participate at the finals in Wonju. Wonju is the most populous city in Gangwon province, South Korea with rich historical and cultural significance.  The festival has a lot more to offer to its audiences as well.last_img read more

DMK postpones fast over Jallikattu

first_imgIn an expression of faith in the assertion of Union Minister Pon Radhakrihnan that permission will be secured to hold bull taming sport ‘Jallikattu’ in Tamil Nadu, DMK on Friday postponed its proposed hunger strike over the issue.“I feel that the proposed hunger strike (to seek nod for Jallikattu) at Alanganallur (Madurai) on December 28 to be led by party treasurer M K Stalin can be postponed considering the letter of Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan (that permission would be obtained to hold the event),” Karunanidhi said in a release here. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeRadhakrishnan had said on Thursday, replying to Karunanidhi’s letter to him over the issue, “I am confident that we will be getting permission to hold Jallikattu on Pongal day based on the talks held for the past one month… Our efforts have the support of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.” Citing the assurance, the DMK chief also appealed to pro-Jallikattu groups who had sought his party’s support, “to accept the postponement of the protest by accepting the confidence expressed by Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan.” An annual affair in southern parts of rural Tamil Nadu, it has socio-economic and cultural dimensions to it.last_img read more