A Sierra Leonean lecturer visiting the Faith Foundation Organization in the ELWA Community, outside Monrovia, has challenged young people and others aspiring for leadership in their respective locales to practice in the home, community, and local organizations before going nationwide or global.Teddy Foday Musa, whose life sketch shows humble beginning and endurance in contending with life challenges says, “Leadership is about influence, and how one can get people to follow them, which is exactly what I am looking forward to and once we engage the participants, they would not be the same again, because they will take over ethics of leadership.”According to Mr. Musa, his aspiration to join the Faith Foundation Organization came when the organization was conducting an outreach sometimes last year in the United States on the importance of leadership. This was a time he had begun his leadership work since 2008 and had spoken to many Africans.He urged participants to exercise humility if their followers can trust and accept them because those following will be the direct replicas of a leader. He said a leader’s success is not measured by the wealth he/she gains, but how well he leads a group to meet the goals and objectives of an organization or group; whether family or community members.Leadership, Musa says, requires a preparation from various strata of orientations; parental, environmental, religious, and or academic, all of which help to brand a person’s character.He said because of the various orientations one needs to have, he/she cannot just grasp leadership with anxiety, but has to be prepared in an acceptable way and should be able to convince his/her followers by proving the capabilities and attributes of good leadership.Musa is currently a lecturer in the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies at Fourah Bay College. He is also a PhD candidate, pursuing his doctoral degree in Peace and Conflict Studies at the School of Post-graduate Studies–University of Sierra Leone.His contribution to Peace in Sierra Leone started way back in 1993 during the early days of the civil war. As a student at FBC in the 90s, he was a volunteer, working for an international organization known as the World Peace Prayers Society (WPPS).His contributions to peace during the Sierra Leonean civil war led him to be appointed the first Country Peace Representative by the World Peace Prayer Society (WPPS). He became the first country Peace Representative of the WPPS based in that country.The Faith Foundation’s conference also sees other inspiring speakers with records of accomplishment; one of who is Mohammed Sirhan, a Palestinian born refugee in the occupied West Bank.As a physically challenged person, Sirhan said: “I had raised funds for people with disability in Darfur, where I provided the Club with Wheelchairs, the sound system for the blind where they can hear the recording of books recorded by volunteers; I provided them Braille plates.”He implements a program that takes care of the disabled and activates and monitors the laws of the disabled; started changing the way people look at people with disability, modifying buildings to be accessible for the disabled; cooperating with the Arab Labor Organization and professional associations on decent work for people with disabilities.He Lectured in Turin Italy on disability and economic and social adjustment, Training of Trainers (TOT) in networking; advocacy with Handicap International, President of the Sarhan Association, one of the founders of the Arab Organization for the Rights of people with disability; steering member of the Shadow Law group in Jordan regarding on Disabled Persons under the United Nations.He is an international classifier at IWBF the International Wheelchair Basketball Foundation and Vice president of the Future Club for Handicap 2008-2011.The Organizer for the leadership Conference is the Faith Foundation, a Charitable Based Non-Government Organization operating in Liberia / Africa. It was founded by Paul Sky Berry and His wife Mrs. Aminata Donia Berry in 2009 as a charity foundation with a focus to sponsor and empower underprivileged children from families in remote locations.He said Faith Foundation international speakers tailor the course and teach how to apply a perfect strategy for every manager/leader and occasion they may face.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Tech startups need to innovate in order to survive, much less grow and thrive. But when there’s so much else to do, from fixing bugs to business development to sales and customer support, how do you fit innovation in?Just as important, how do you figure out which innovations are actually worth pursuing?We asked eight successful entrepreneurs from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) how they incorporate innovation, formally or informally, into their startups, and what information they use to plot next steps. 1. Convergent vs. Divergent InnovationI learned this concept a few years ago and it completely changed the way we innovate as a company. The problem with innovation is when idea generation becomes a free-for-all, it’s difficult to reach consensus. There is a time and place for divergent thinking; by divergent I mean throwing ideas at a wall and seeing what sticks. Divergent thinking is creative, innovative, outside-the-box thinking. This approach generally doesn’t work if you’re trying to solve a specific problem. That requires a convergent approach. A convergent ideation session should start with a specific problem and goal that requires more of a linear approach. At my company, we start most of our meetings by saying, “This is going to be a Divergent or Convergent meeting.” It has made a huge difference in efficiency for us. – Mitch Gordon, Go Overseas 2. Institutionalizing InnovationWe use a very structured approach to innovation. On Mondays, the entire company meets for a standup meeting, where we brainstorm ways to improve one of our KPIs. Nothing is off the table; it’s pure brainstorming. This often results in silly or impossible ideas, but oftentimes, we find a nugget that we would never have thought of in the ordinary course of business. We separate the idea from the execution, meaning an engineer could think of a marketing initiative or vice versa. Based on discussion and feedback, we allocate resources and test the idea. – Adam Lieb, Duxter 3. The Growth Factor QuestionContrary to popular opinion, the purpose of innovation isn’t about what we can do to make our company more money – it’s answering the question we call “The Growth Factor.” This question is: “What can I do today to provide my customers, clients or patients with a greater advantage and benefit?” Now, in order to answer this question, you need to know the ultimate result people are seeking. Once you’ve found that answer, you are innovating from a place of creating a product or service that’s helping your customer receive an even better advantage for working with you. – Charles Gaudet, Predictable Profits 4. Validate the Market – And Its SizeThe key is finding an idea that people are willing to spend money on. How do you find out if people are willing to spend money on the idea? Utilize Amazon to see what people are spending money on. Check out the completed listings on eBay. Search Twitter to see if anyone is talking about the problem you’re solving. From there, you can figure out the size of the market. Facebook Ads are a great way to get numbers for market size (you don’t have to run ads to get these numbers). Then, determine the value of a customer by looking at what they’re expected to pay for your product. Multiply that value by the market size to get your total available market value. If that number is attractive, then validate the idea to see if your product stands up to your theory. – Brett Farmiloe, Markitors 5. Pitch It To The TeamWhen someone comes up with a new idea, we expect him to sell it to the team. If you can’t sell it to the team, you’re not going to be able to sell it to the world. We often have multiple iterations of pitching the idea – each time, the pitch (and the idea itself) improves based on the criticism and feedback we give the person. Some ideas die off, but others become stronger and evolve into big, new ideas that have a meaningful impact on our business. Trying to sell your idea to multiple people out loud will make you think of questions and opportunities you never would have considered on your own. It’s become a game in our organization to see if you can anticipate all the questions you’re going to get when pitching a new idea. – Chuck Cohn, Varsity Tutors 6. Prove Your Concept With Current CustomersWhen we’re looking to launch a new tool or product, we poll our customer base. We never spend time or resources developing a product that won’t sell. So many businesses get caught in the love affair of some idea someone thought their audience would love. Always prove the concept will sell before producing it. – Brian Moran, Get 10,000 Fans 7. Test Before You TestWe use a methodology I call “Test Before You Test,” and it allows us to test an idea or concept in a low-cost environment before we even try it in the real world. Rather than surveying customers or spending a fortune on theoretical market research, we run data-gathering tests on real customer behavior in a simulated environment. This lets us see how successful we’ll be before launching. – Benji Rabhan, MorrisCore 8. Identify & Track Key MetricsNew ideas can come from all corners of an organization, from the CEO down to the office assistant. If an idea seems to have merit, push it to decision makers who can whiteboard the goals and project its potential impact vs. the potential resources it would require. It’s important to identify metrics that will indicate if an idea is valid and to measure results against these metrics over time to see if it has been successful. Yodle’s National team began as an idea in a customer conversation. By testing the idea and finding merit in it, we launched a full-scale business unit focused on local online marketing for franchise companies, dealers and manufacturers, and national brands. Today, this business unit represents approximately a third of our business. – John Berkowitz, YodleThe Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, the YEC recently launched #StartupLab, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses via live video chats, an expert content library and email lessons. scott gerber WordPress for Enterprise – How This Open-… How to Make the Most of Your Software Developer… Related Posts Tags:#innovation#startups Kickstarting a Stagnant Company What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star…
Burton Albion reach Carabao Cup semifinals via Hesketh winnerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurton Albion are into the Carabao Cup semifinals after their 1-0 win over Middlesbrough.On-loan Southampton midfielder Jake Hesketh drilled low beyond Darren Randolph from the edge of the area at the start of the second half to ensure Burton’s memorable run in the competition continues, with the Brewers now having overcome higher-ranked opposition in four of their five EFL Cup ties this season.Burton are also the first team from the third tier to reach the semi-finals of the competition since Sheffield United, then managed by current Brewers boss Nigel Clough, in 2014-15.Middlesbrough, who were bidding to reach the last four for the first time since they won the trophy in 2004, had a great chance to equalise late on but Aden Flint headed Marcus Tavernier’s cross wide from two yards. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Expectations are rising at Florida.In 2015, Florida went 10-4 on the season, ultimately getting slaughtered in the Citrus Bowl 41-7 by Michigan. This year, however, the team has higher hopes for production. Mark Kierce created an epic hype video to prepare Gators fans for what he suggests could be one of Florida’s strongest seasons. “The optimism in the air is awesome. The excitement in the air is awesome. The gays are ready to get after it,” the video shows head coach Jim McElwain saying of his team to the media. “They’ve put in a ton of work for 15 opportunities.”The Gators are looking to play 15 games this season – that means a chance at a national championship.Check it out:What are your expectations for Florida in 2016?The Gators open their season Sept. 3 against UMass.
APTN National NewsAboriginal groups, territorial and provincial leaders are back home but if you believe what they have to say, the next meeting on missing and murdered Indigenous people will happen at the end of next year.After two tumultuous days of meetings in Ottawa, leaders are saying this s the start of change.APTN National News wraps up the meetings.
The No. 7-ranked Ohio State field hockey team’s main goal entering the 2010 NCAA Tournament Saturday is simple: win the first two rounds of the tournament and advance to the Final Four. “Even from preseason, our biggest goal was making the Final Four,” senior back Bri Doak said. “If we play like I know we can play, I don’t see why we won’t be in the Final Four next weekend.” OSU (16-4) will play the No. 15-ranked University of Albany (16-5) in the first round of the tournament. Because the bracket for the tournament was not released until Tuesday night, the OSU coaching staff has had little time to scout Albany. However, OSU coach Anne Wilkinson has seen enough to know Albany will be a tough challenge for the Buckeyes. “They’re strong. They’re very, very strong with their tackling,” Wilkinson said. “They have great individual skills and they are very disciplined with the way they play.” The Buckeyes enter the NCAA Tournament coming off a disappointing loss to the Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament Finals. Before the loss to UM, OSU had a 10-game winning streak. With the winning streak gone, OSU players are now looking at the NCAA Tournament as a fresh start. “The Michigan game was a disappointing loss for us,” senior forward Jena Cacciatore said. “The NCAA (Tournament) is a new season. We are 0-0 across the board, so anything can happen.” Cacciatore is excited for Saturday’s game against Albany for more than a chance to make up for the UM loss. Albany’s senior midfielder Sarah Deane is Cacciatore’s good friend and former high school teammate. “I’ve been asking coach to play her for years. When I found out, I knew it would be bittersweet because one of us will get knocked out,” Cacciatore said. “It’s taught me I better be careful what I wish for.” The game will be special for Doak as well. She will be making her 80th career start, setting a new OSU record. “When (Doak) came in as a freshman, she kind of flew under the radar, but she’s always been a constant for us,” Wilkinson said. “She came in with great fitness and has maintained it. She has earned every minute.” OSU plays Albany at 2 p.m. Saturday in State College, Pa. The winner will advance to the second round and play at 2 p.m. Sunday against the winner of Penn State and Syracuse.
Ohio State senior attack Eric Fannell fends off a defender against UMass on Feb. 18 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsThe No. 18 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team is off to its best start since 1966, but without facing a ranked team, the Buckeyes had been largely unproven in the national picture. On Wednesday afternoon, OSU (7-0) silenced doubters with a 6-3 win over the No. 10 Towson Tigers in Maryland.Freshman attack Tre LeClaire, senior midfielder Johnny Pearson, redshirt freshman attack Lukas Buckley, senior attack Eric Fannell, sophomore attack Jack Jasinski and senior midfielder John Kelly all scored for the Buckeyes. OSU senior goalie Tom Carey started for the second week in a row and made eight saves.Senior midfielder Jake Withers was dominant in the faceoff circle, winning 11-of-13 faceoffs.Late in the first period, the Buckeyes broke a scoreless tie. Buckley scored with 2:32 remaining in the quarter followed by Pearson a minute later for a 2-0 lead after one.In the second period, Towson senior midfielder Mike Lynch brought the score to one with a quick strike with more than five minutes remaining. However, Jasinski quickly retaliated to keep the lead at two. OSU led 3-1 at the half.The Tigers began to make a comeback in the third with scores from Tigers senior attackman Ryan Drenner and senior attack Tyler Konen to tie the game at three entering the final quarter.After blowing a 3-1 lead, the Buckeyes shut out the Tigers in the fourth quarter 3-0 to seal the deal. Fannell scored the first goal less than two minutes into the quarter to take a 4-3 lead. Kelly scored with a little more than seven minutes remaining, and the Buckeyes leading scorer LeClaire put the game away, making the score 6-3 with 2:39 remaining. After its first ranked win of the season, OSU will face its toughest test of the season at home against Denver on Sunday at 5 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. The game will be broadcasted on ESPNU.
Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde feels that Sergi Roberto’s sending off proved to be the turning point in their 2-2 draw against Celta VigoThe Catalan giants took the lead twice at the Estadio Balaidos on Wednesday night, only for the hosts to come back twice and cause Barcelona to settle for a point.While Valverde had made a lot of changes to the lineup, Barcelona did manage to maintain their unbeaten record in La Liga this season.”I thought that we were the better side, then came the red card and we had to change things,” said Valverde, according to Marca.Fati and Suarez shine against Valencia at Camp Nou Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 15, 2019 With a mesmerizing first half from Ansu Fati and a brace from Luis Suarez in the second half, Barcelona demolished Valencia at Camp Nou.Valencia…”Afterwards, we didn’t have the capacity to form an attack that would have pushed them back completely, and thus the equaliser came.”It is one more point and now we need two victories to be champions. We would like to get them, but we’ll see.”Next up for Barcelona is the Copa del Rey final against Sevilla on Saturday, before a trip to Deportivo in La Liga.