When a publisher releases a demo for a game it gives gamers the opportunity to try before they buy. Does that hurt sales? Yes it probably does if the demo or the game is actually not very good, but if gamers end up playing the demo a lot, I’d suggest there’s more chance it will actually lead to a sale of the full version.Nintendo clearly doesn’t agree with that logic and has decided to include a restriction on the number of times you can play Wii U game demos you download to the console.Steve Marinconz from Kotaku found this out when he downloaded The Wonderful 101 demo recently. Every time you load up the demo a pop-up appears informing you how many remaining plays you have, with the total being set at 20 times. 20 may seem like a lot, but if you enjoy the demo and invite your friends round to play it, they will soon get eaten up.On the one hand, it’s nice to actually have access to a demo to try a game before spending money on it. On the other, why are my demo plays being restricted? Is it to try and force a purchase when the demo expires? Or has Nintendo found compelling evidence that demos you can play as much as you like really do hurt sales?A good point is made in the comments on Kotaku about why this restriction may be in place. Commenter Lifeislife points out that younger gamers will happily sit there and play the 1st level of a demo over and over again, and that’s all they need to enjoy the game. As younger gamers are a major chunk of Nintendo’s audience, releasing restricted demos may lead to parents being bugged to buy a game when their kid can no longer load and play the demo.Play restricted demos may annoy some gamers, but demos have always been something publishers have experimented with to try and generate more money. Examples of this include bundling a highly anticipated demo in with another game to boost sales (Metal Gear Solid 2 demo in Zone of the Enders) and actually charging for a demo disc. The idea there being you pay a few dollars for the demo, and then get that back on the price of the full game when it was eventually released. If you didn’t buy the game, the publisher still made some money from it. I haven’t seen such a practice used since the days of the PS2, though.
Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Rónán Duffy Feb 14th 2018, 1:45 PM Wednesday 14 Feb 2018, 1:45 PM 33 Comments James Connolly Heron, Proinsias O Rathaille and Donna Cooney of the 1916 Relatives Association. Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie 1916 relatives lose battle against the State in case over Moore Street site One of the street’s buildings is declared a national monument. James Connolly Heron, Proinsias O Rathaille and Donna Cooney of the 1916 Relatives Association. Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie The Moore Street site. (Pictured in 2016) Source: RollingNews.ieThe 1916 Relatives Association has said it is not currently considering an appeal to the Supreme Court but will study the judgement in detail before responding in full.“Obviously we’re disappointed with today’s result, but the campaign to recognise and celebrate the historical and cultural significance of the Moore Street area will go on,” the association’s Donna Cooney said this afternoon.Cooney, who is also a member of the Green Party, said their priority is to have a “cultural quarter” in the area.“We have a unique opportunity to preserve this historic quarter, and link it up to the new cultural quarter at Parnell Square and the GPO museum. This would be hugely beneficial for the area and add so much to the city,” she said.Speaking in the Dáil this afternoon, Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tóibín said that the area has been ”sterilised by years of legal cases” and called on the Taoiseach to “do the right thing” and declare the entire site as a national monument.Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said that the government would like to “read the judgement ourselves”.Read: 1916 victory: Moore Street has been declared a ‘battlefield site’ >Read: Government to appeal decision to protect Moore Street battlefield site to Supreme Court > Share232 Tweet Email3 15,236 Views THE COURT OF Appeal has overturned a High Court ruling which had declared some buildings on Dublin’s Moore Street to be part of a battlefield site comprising a national monument.The State had taken the appeal after the High Court had found in favour of Colm Moore, who had taken the case on behalf of the 1916 Relatives Association.In 2015 the government stepped in to buy the site at 14-17 Moore Street, the building where the Rising’s leaders decided to surrender, and declared it a national monument.The 1916 Relatives Association had argued that other buildings on the street were also entitled to protection and took a case to the High Court.In late 2016, the High Court ruled that No. 10, part of No. 13 and Nos. 18, 20 and 21 Moore Street were also part of the battlefield site.But in a judgement today, the Court of Appeal has found that the High Court does not have the jurisdiction to declare these buildings as a national monument.The three-judge ruling said that this is a “purely policy” decision and could only be done by the government, which is “answerable to the people”.The Court of Appeal found that the National Monuments Act 1930: cannot be constitutionally interpreted as to vesting the courts with this function of declaring a particular monument to be a national monument where (as in the present case) this would entail the courts making purely policy assessments without reference to established legal criteria.“Specifically, the courts could not be given the jurisdiction to make such a determination by reference to purely policy considerations such as whether the preservation of a particular monument was a matter of national importance,” the ruling added.ReactionReacting to today’s decision, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan said that the State had taken the decision to appeal the High Court judgement following concerns that it could have had implications for “important national infrastructure projects”.“This was an extremely complex and wide-reaching case and I will study the judgment in detail with my officials to see what the full effect of it is,” the minister said.The preservation of the State-owned national monument building at 14-17 Moore Street – the final headquarters of the 1916 leaders – and opening them to the public, remains the top priority and will obviously be the major influence over our thinking. https://jrnl.ie/3851216 Short URL
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Celebrity chef George Calombaris is getting out of the kitchen to take on Australia’s second biggest cancer killer, working together with Bowel Cancer Australia as an Ambassador. George will combine his culinary expertise and personal experience to highlight how healthy eating, lifestyle and awareness of family history can greatly reduce the risk of developing bowel cancer.George’s father, Jim, has been diagnosed with bowel cancer twice; once when George was only 6 years old and again when he was 16. The second diagnosis was discovered through regular screening.“My dad is a bowel cancer survivor. His second diagnosis was a big turning point in my life and I want to share my family’s experience as a way to motivate others to discuss their family history and know their bowel cancer risk,” Calombaris said.Over 13,500 Australians are diagnosed with bowel cancer every year and it claims the lives of 73 people every week.Yet it is one of the most preventable, treatable and beatable of cancers, with too many Australians dying because they are unaware of the risk, or the cancer is caught too late.“It is this lack of awareness that I hope to change,” Mr Calombaris said.“Dad’s experience has taught me not to take life for granted and has given me a steely determination in life. I want to use my experience in a positive way to get the message out that a healthy diet, lifestyle and awareness of family history can save lives.”
AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe revealed he’s talked to Gianfranco Zola over his comments regarding Chelsea’s interest in Callum WilsonEarlier this week, the Blues assistant coach praised Wilson and revealed that a striker of his quality will be of interest to many clubs, aside from Chelsea.But Howe sought out for Zola for talks over his comments after Chelsea’s 1-0 Carabao Cup win against Bournemouth.“I spoke to Gianfranco afterwards and yeah we had a little chat about that situation,” said Howe, according to Sky Sports.Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“But Gianfranco is an incredible person and a really nice guy. And, you know, Callum from our perspective is a huge part of what we are doing here.”Wilson has managed eight goals and five assists in 16 Premier League games for Bournemouth this term.Bournemouth will face Brighton on Saturday, where they will hope to avoid a fourth straight defeat.
00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSan Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer was in studio to talk more about the issues currently facing the City of San Diego.Mayor Faulconer spoke on a variety of issues including high water bills, homelessness, infrastructure, Police Chief Nisleit, Tijuana sewage spill, and the City Attorney’s analysis of the SDSU West proposal.Kim Kilkenny, from the ‘Friends of SDSU’ steering committe was also in studio to explain his reasoning for support of the SDSU West initiative. You can watch Kilkenny’s interview here.The latest on the SDSU West proposal can be seen here.KUSI has reached out to the City Attorney’s office and she has declined our offer to comment. KUSI Newsroom, Mayor Faulconer speaks about SDSU West and more issues facing the City of San Diego Posted: March 6, 2018 March 6, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Kevin Faulconer, kim kilkenny, SDSU West, SoccerCity FacebookTwitter
KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 3:45 PM KUSI Newsroom Posted: May 7, 2018 Categories: Health, Local San Diego News Tags: Jeff Sessions FacebookTwitter Attorney General Jeff Sessions to visit San Diego border SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Attorney General Jeff Sessions will become the latest Trump Administration official to visit the San Diego border area when he arrives today to discuss the administration’s anti-immigration agenda.Sessions will hold a news conference at 1 p.m. at an undisclosed location with Thomas D. Homan, deputy director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Justice Department officials said Sessions and Homan will discuss “the immigration enforcement actions” of President Donald Trump’s administration.The trip will mark the fourth time a high-ranking Trump Administration official has visited the California-Mexico border region in recent months. Trump himself was in Otay Mesa in March to survey prototypes of the border wall, which was a key promise of his anti-immigration presidential campaign. On April 18, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen visited Calexico in Imperial County, where a replacement border barrier has been under construction since the Obama Administration was in power. Vice President Mike Pence also went to Calexico last Monday.While in the Imperial Valley, Pence spoke to Homeland Security and Border Patrol employees at the El Centro Border Patrol Station to discuss plans for the proposed wall and to call for tougher controls on immigration. He advocated ending migration based on family reunification and claimed that a highly publicized immigrant caravan of Central American asylum-seekers was “undermining the laws of this country and the sovereignty of the United States.”Sessions is also expected to call for tougher immigration enforcement, with his visit coming a week after the caravan, with fewer than 200 migrants, arrived at the U.S. border in Tijuana following a roughly month-long trek through Mexico. The members of the Pueblo Sin Fronteras caravan — which came under scrutiny when Trump began tweeting about it on Easter Sunday – have since begun the process of seeking asylum in the United States.The attorney general already spoke out about the immigrant caravan once last week when federal prosecutors alleged that 11 of the immigrants had tried to cross the border illegally under the cover of darkness.“When respect for the rule of law diminishes, so too does our ability to protect our great nation, its borders and its citizens,” Sessions said in a statement. “The United States will not stand by as our immigration laws are ignored and our nation’s safety is jeopardized.“U.S. Attorney Adam Braverman and his team should be commended for quickly filing illegal entry charges for individuals apprehended along the southwestern border. We will continue to work with our partners in each U.S. Attorney’s offices to aggressively pursue prosecutions of criminal illegal entry.” US Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at Border Field State Park in Otay Mesa. Watch his remarks below. May 7, 2018
MOGADISHU, Somalia — In a stealthy seaside assault in Somalia and in a raid in Libya’s capital, U.S. special forces on Saturday struck out against Islamic extremists who have carried out terrorist attacks in East Africa, snatching a Libyan al-Qaida leader allegedly involved in the bombings of U.S. embassies 15 years ago but aborting a mission to capture a terrorist suspect linked to last month’s Nairobi shopping mall attack after a fierce firefight.A U.S. Navy SEAL team swam ashore near a town in southern Somalia before militants of the al-Qaida-linked terrorist group al-Shabab rose for dawn prayers, U.S. and Somali officials told The Associated Press. The raid on a house in the town of Barawe targeted a specific al-Qaida suspect related to the mall attack, but the operation did not get its target, one current and one former U.S. military official told AP.Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the raid publicly.In Washington, Pentagon spokesman George Little confirmed that U.S. military personnel had been involved in a counterterrorism operation against a known al-Shabab terrorist in Somalia, but did not provide details.U.S. officials said there were no U.S. casualties in either the Somali or Libyan operation.The Somali raid was carried out by members of SEAL Team Six, the same unit that killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in his Pakistan hideout in 2011, another senior U.S. military official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak publicly.But this time, SEAL Team Six members encountered fiercer resistance than expected, so after a 15-20 minute firefight, the unit leader decided to abort the mission and they swam away, the official said. SEAL Team Six has responsibility for counterterrorism activities in the Horn of Africa.
A seven-year-old boy was electrocuted at Dighi village in Shalikha, Magura on Monday morning.The deceased was identified as Abu Huraira, 7, son of Badsha Mia of the area.Tariqul Islam, officer-in-charge of Shalikha police station, said the boy got electrocuted as he put his fingers into a electric socket while playing at home around 7:00am.Family members admitted the boy to Magura Zila Hospital where doctors declared him dead.A case was filed in this regard.
A medical team from Massachusetts General Hospital is in the small city of Rosenberg, Texas, about 45 minutes southwest of Houston. The city was badly flooded during Tropical Storm Harvey when the Brazos River overflowed. In the weeks since the storm, the MGH team has set up a mobile clinic in a local church. And the team is finding the storm exacerbated health problems that already existed in the low-income community.“I have a problem to get the medication,” Magdalena O’Neill told nurse practitioner Jean Bernhardt. O’Neill explained she came to the mobile clinic at Our Lady of Guadalupe hoping to get a prescription she needed. “This medication help [sic] me for all the pain,” she said.“This is something that we don’t have here, and we can’t prescribe here,” Bernhardt said. She recommended a clinic in Houston that could provide the meds and the dental care O’Neill needs, free of charge. But it’s 40 miles away from O’Neill’s home.“Whatever would be closest for us,” said O’Neill’s husband, Terry. “We’re senior citizens. Whatever be [sic] convenient. We just can’t get to Houston all the time.”It’s a problem this temporary clinic sees a lot. “Access to health care for this population of people is limited,” said Lindsey Martin, the team leader for the group of nurse practitioners and pharmacists from Massachusetts General Hospital who were sent to Texas by the international non-profit Project Hope to run the clinic. “And then you bring in something like a flood or a hurricane — so whatever stock of medications they had is then wiped away,” Martin said. “They don’t have the financial resources, and they don’t have the access to obtain those again.”Martin said they keep seeing patients with chronic conditions like diabetes or hypertension that went untreated in the weeks after the storm, and minor injuries that have gotten worse over the last few weeks. “Because now we’re in the phase where if they were hurt during the storm and they didn’t get treated now they’re coming in and they have infections and cellulitis and that kind of stuff.”Dr. Harry Owens, Jr. is at the clinic from Oregon, and has responded to health crises all over the world for Project Hope. He said, as with any disaster, the patients are stressed. “They’ll say, ‘I’m anxious, I’m having some chest pain, my heart is beating very fast.’”Providing care for that kind of thing means more than just prescribing pills. “One of the most important things is to ask, ‘What is your story? Please tell me your story. Tell me what’s going on.’ And listen, actively listen. Their being able to tell the story to somebody — like a nurse, a doctor a priest, a deacon, somebody like that — helps.”Of course, sometimes what patients really need is medication. And the clinic’s been having a hard time keeping enough in stock. Carmela Berlin is a pharmacist with the Mass General team. She picked up some of the bottles in the makeshift pharmacy and shook them to show how few pills were in them.Craig LeMoultNurse practitioner Jean Bernhardt of Massachusetts General Hospital (left) speaks with patient Magdalena O’Neill at a Project Hope medical clinic in Rosenberg, TX“This is it,” she said. “I have one tablet of that medicine. These are all the blood pressure medications we have and for the populations that are coming in it’s like, every other prescription is for high blood pressure medication.”They’re also running low on insulin, which a lot of diabetic patients lost during the storm, because it needs to be refrigerated, and people lost power.The medical team visited homes in Rosenberg to get a sense of the needs and to invite people to come in to the clinic. Lindsey Martin of MGH said she met a family that was flooded out last year.“They were living in this storage shed outside of their house because their house had been condemned from the previous storm,” she said. The couple was talking about what to do next. The husband said it was time to move somewhere else. “And the wife said I want to stay because this is all I have. And the next storm will come, and we’ll ride it out because there’s nothing else out there for me.”Martin said she’s been struck by the fact that some people here just don’t see any opportunity for themselves outside of the home they know, even if it’s been completely devastated.Another woman came into the clinic with blood pressure so high that she was in danger of having a stroke. But she was undocumented, and didn’t want to go to the emergency room because she was scared she’d be deported.“And I keep reminding myself I’m in Houston, Texas, that this is the United States of America,” Martin said. “And, you know, I think we sort of pride ourselves on taking care of our people. And I’m just seeing a lot of people that are not being taken care of.”The clinic will be open in Rosenberg at least through the end of the week. But after it’s gone, the community will still have some significant health needs. Martin said she now sees there are some systemic problems that need to be addressed before Rosenberg can fully recover, so they’ll be in better shape when, inevitably, the next storm comes. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /04:05 Share Listen X
Share Bill Wechter for NPRPeople work in San Diego, California, at the construction site of prototypes for President Donald Trump’s border wall.Construction crews are erecting eight looming prototypes of President Trump’s border wall in a remote section of the San Diego borderlands. Four are solid concrete; four are made of steel and concrete; one is topped with spikes. They all approach 30 feet in height. The cost is $20 million, which Congress had set aside in its current budget. Crews in yellow hardhats working with cranes and forklifts are expected to complete the models by the end of the month.Once the sections of wall are finished, Customs and Border Protection — parent agency of the Border Patrol — will evaluate them for three criteria.“We want a better barrier. One that is hard to scale, hard to penetrate and hard to tunnel under,” says Roy Villareal, chief of the San Diego Border Patrol sector.“We’re hoping innovation from private industry combined with our experience generates the next evolution of border security infrastructure,” he continues.Sandy Huffaker/Sandy Huffaker for NPRAurelia Rodriguez and her daughter Melanie stand in a structure in Tijuana, Mexico, with a view of border wall prototypes under construction.About a half-dozen undocumented immigrants have been apprehended in the middle of the construction since the concrete slabs started going up. Most of them hopped over the 10-foot, Vietnam-era landing mats that currently serve as the primary border fence. Typically, about 70 illegal crossers are picked up in the San Diego sector every day.While the mockups are massive, it’s anybody’s guess whether they’ll ever get built. Trump’s border wall is opposed by congressional Democrats, as well as most of California’s and San Diego’s leadership. But they’re certainly getting lots of press. Every day, border agents shuttle in news crews from as far away as the Czech Republic and the Netherlands to shoot video of the busy construction site just east of the Otay Mesa port of entry.South of the prototypes is a dusty Tijuana industrial zone. To the north are the rugged Otay Mountains.Bill Wechter for NPRCompetitors who are hoping to gain approval to build the border wall have until the first of next month to complete their work.“The real issue with building a border wall is what the Congress does, not what the contractors do … The price tag on this is enormous,” says Doris Meissner, a former immigration commissioner and now a senior fellow at the nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute.CBP expected the prototypes to spark big protests similar to the crowds that massed at the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota last year decrying the pipeline. Officials even set aside a “free speech zone” and planned contingencies if trouble broke out. But since construction began three weeks ago, there have been no demonstrators.“We knew this was political theater (from the Trump administration) and we’re not going to respond,” says Christian Ramirez, director of the Southern Border Communities Coalition in San Diego. “This is much ado about nothing.” He says the much photographed prototypes represent “a guise that a border wall is being built” to please Trump supporters who chanted “Build the wall!” during the campaign.On Tuesday, the president tweeted, “BORDER WALL prototypes underway!” above pictures of the sand-colored barriers. Sector Chief Roy Villareal declines to predict the future of the prototypes, or whether they are, in fact, a model for a wall to be ultimately constructed somewhere along the southern frontier. “Part of the intent of the prototypes is to influence the ultimate design of new border fencing,” he says. “[The final design] may well not be what you witnessed this morning.” The administration has asked Congress for $1.6 billion for 74 miles of new border wall — most of it in south Texas. The request is pending as Congress considers larger border security and immigration legislation.Bill Wechter for NPRBorder wall prototypes are being erected on Otay Mesa in San Diego County, just north of the U.S.-Mexico border.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
Adopting agile ways of working is easier said than done. Firms like Barclays, C.H.Robinson, Ericsson, Microsoft, and Spotify are considered as agile enterprises and are operating entrepreneurially on a large scale. Do you think the leadership of these firms have something in common? Let us take a look at it in this article. The leadership of a firm has a very high bearing on the extent of Enterprise Agility which the company can achieve. Leaders are in a position to influence just about every aspect of a business, including vision, mission, strategy, structure, governance, processes, and more importantly, the culture of the enterprise and the mindset of the employees. This article is an extract from the Enterprise Agility written by Sunil Mundra. In this article we’ll explore the personal traits of leaders that are critical for Enterprise Agility. Personal traits are by definition intrinsic in nature. They enable the personal development of an individual and are also enablers for certain behaviors. We explore the various personal traits in detail. #1 Willingness to expand mental models Essentially, a mental model is an individual’s perception of reality and how something works in that reality. A mental model represents one way of approaching a situation and is a form of deeply-held belief. The critical point is that a mental model represents an individual’s view, which may not be necessarily true. Leaders must also consciously let go of mental models that are no longer relevant today. This is especially important for those leaders who have spent a significant part of their career leading enterprises based on mechanistic modelling, as these models will create impediments for Agility in “living” businesses. For example, using monetary rewards as a primary motivator may work for physical work, which is repetitive in nature. However, it does not work as a primary motivator for knowledge workers, for whom intrinsic motivators, namely, autonomy, mastery, and purpose, are generally more important than money. Examining the values and assumptions underlying a mental model can help in ascertaining the relevance of that model. #2 Self-awareness Self-awareness helps leaders to become cognizant of their strengths and weaknesses. This will enable the leaders to consciously focus on utilizing their strengths and leveraging the strengths of their peers and teams, in areas where they are not strong. Leaders should validate the view of strengths and weaknesses by seeking feedback regularly from people that they work with. According to a survey of senior executives, by Cornell’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations: “Leadership searches give short shrift to ‘self-awareness,’ which should actually be a top criterion. Interestingly, a high self-awareness score was the strongest predictor of overall success. This is not altogether surprising as executives who are aware of their weaknesses are often better able to hire subordinates who perform well in categories in which the leader lacks acumen. These leaders are also more able to entertain the idea that someone on their team may have an idea that is even better than their own.” Self-awareness, a mostly underrated trait, is a huge enabler for enhancing other personal traits. #3 Creativity Since emergence is a primary property of complexity, leaders will often be challenged to deal with unprecedented circumstances emerging from within the enterprise and also in the external environment. This implies that what may have worked in the past is less likely to work in the new circumstances, and new approaches will be needed to deal with them. Hence, the ability to think creatively, that is, “out of the box,” for coming up with innovative approaches and solutions is critical. The creativity of an individual will have its limitations, and hence leaders must harness the creativity of a broader group of people in the enterprise. A leader can be a huge enabler to this by ideating jointly with a group of people and also by facilitating discussions by challenging status quo and spurring the teams to suggest improvements. Leaders can also encourage innovation through experimentation. With the fast pace of change in the external environment, and consequently the continuous evolution of businesses, leaders will often find themselves out of their comfort zone. Leaders will therefore have to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. It will be easier for leaders to think more creatively once they accept this new reality. #4 Emotional intelligence Emotional intelligence (EI), also known as emotional quotient (EQ), is defined by Wikipedia as “the capability of individuals to recognize their own emotions and those of others, discern between different feelings and label them appropriately, use emotional information to guide thinking and behavior, and manage and/or adjust emotions to adapt to environments or achieve one’s goal/s“. [iii] EI is made up of four core skills: Self-awareness Social awareness Self-management Relationship management The importance of EI in people-centric enterprises, especially for leaders, cannot be overstated. While people in a company may be bound by purpose and by being a part of a team, people are inherently different from each other in terms of personality types and emotions. This can have a significant bearing on how people in a business deal with and react to circumstances, especially adverse ones. Having high EI enables leaders to understand people “from the inside.” This helps leaders to build better rapport with people, thereby enabling them to bring out the best in employees and support them as needed. #5 Courage An innovative approach to dealing with an unprecedented circumstance will, by definition, carry some risk. The hypothesis about the appropriateness of that approach can only be validated by putting it to the test against reality. Leaders will therefore need to be courageous as they take the calculated risky bets, strike hard, and own the outcome of those bets. According to Guo Xiao, the President and CEO of ThoughtWorks, “There are many threats—and opportunities—facing businesses in this age of digital transformation: industry disruption from nimble startups, economic pressure from massive digital platforms, evolving security threats, and emerging technologies. Today’s era, in which all things are possible, demands a distinct style of leadership. It calls for bold individuals who set their company’s vision and charge ahead in a time of uncertainty, ambiguity, and boundless opportunity. It demands courage.” Taking risks does not mean being reckless. Rather, leaders need to take calculated risks, after giving due consideration to intuition, facts, and opinions. Despite best efforts and intentions, some decisions will inevitably go wrong. Leaders must have the courage and humility to admit that the decision went wrong and own the outcomes of that decision, and not let these failures deter them from taking risks in the future. #6 Passion for learning Learnability is the ability to upskill, reskill, and deskill. In today’s highly dynamic era, it is not what one knows, or what skills one has, that matters as much as the ability to quickly adapt to a different skill set. It is about understanding what is needed to optimize success and what skills and abilities are necessary, from a leadership perspective, to make the enterprise as a whole successful. Leaders need to shed inhibitions about being seen as “novices” while they acquire and practice new skills. The fact that leaders are willing to acquire new skills can be hugely impactful in terms of encouraging others in the enterprise to do the same. This is especially important in terms of bringing in and encouraging the culture of learnability across the business. #7 Awareness of cognitive biases Cognitive biases are flaws in thinking that can lead to suboptimal decisions. Leaders need to become aware of these biases so that they can objectively assess whether their decisions are being influenced by any biases. Cognitive biases lead to shortcuts in decision-making. Essentially, these biases are an attempt by the brain to simplify information processing. Leaders today are challenged with an overload of information and also the need to make decisions quickly. These factors can contribute to decisions and judgements being influenced by cognitive biases. Over decades, psychologists have discovered a huge number of biases. However, the following biases are more important from decision-making perspective: Confirmation bias This is the tendency of selectively seeking and holding onto information to reaffirm what you already believe to be true. For example, a leader believes that a recently launched product is doing well, based on the initial positive response. He has developed a bias that this product is successful. However, although the product is succeeding in attracting new customers, it is also losing existing customers. The confirmation bias is making the leader focus only on data pertaining to new customers, so he is ignoring data related to the loss of existing customers. Bandwagon effect bias Bandwagon effect bias, also known as “herd mentality,” encourages doing something because others are doing it. The bias creates a feeling of not wanting to be left behind and hence can lead to irrational or badly-thought-through decisions. Enterprises launching the Agile transformation initiative, without understanding the implications of the long and difficult journey ahead, is an example of this bias. “Guru” bias Guru bias leads to blindly relying on an expert’s advice. This can be detrimental, as the expert could be wrong in their assessment and therefore the advice could also be wrong. Also, the expert might give advice which is primarily furthering his or her interests over the interests of the enterprise. Projection bias Projection bias leads the person to believe that other people have understood and are aligned with their thinking, while in reality this may not be true. This bias is more prevalent in enterprises where employees are fearful of admitting that they have not understood what their “bosses” have said, asking questions to clarify or expressing disagreement. Stability bias Stability bias, also known as “status quo” bias, leads to a belief that change will lead to unfavorable outcomes, that is, the risk of loss is greater than the possibility of benefit. It makes a person believe that stability and predictability lead to safety. For decades, the mandate for leaders was to strive for stability and hence, many older leaders are susceptible to this bias. Leaders must encourage others in the enterprise to challenge biases, which can uncover “blind spots” arising from them. Once decisions are made, attention should be paid to information coming from feedback. #8 Resilience Resilience is the capacity to quickly recover from difficulties. Given the turbulent business environment, rapidly changing priorities, and the need to take calculated risks, leaders are likely to encounter difficult and challenging situations quite often. Under such circumstances, having resilience will help the leader to “take knocks on the chin” and keep moving forward. Resilience is also about maintaining composure when something fails, analyzing the failure with the team in an objective manner and leaning from that failure. The actions of leaders are watched by the people in the enterprise even more closely in periods of crisis and difficulty, and hence leaders showing resilience go a long way in increasing resilience across the company. #9 Responsiveness Responsiveness, from the perspective of leadership, is the ability to quickly grasp and respond to both challenges and opportunities. Leaders must listen to feedback coming from customers and the marketplace, learn from it, and adapt accordingly. Leaders must be ready to enable the morphing of the enterprise’s offerings in order to stay relevant for customers and also to exploit opportunities. This implies that leaders must be willing to adjust the “pivot” of their offerings based on feedback, for example, the journey of Amazon Web Services, which was an internal system but has now grown into a highly successful business. Other prominent examples are Twitter, which was an offshoot of Odeo, a website focused on sound and podcasting, and PayPal’s move from transferring money via PalmPilots to becoming a highly robust online payment service. We discovered that leaders are the primary catalysts for any enterprise aspiring to enhance its Agility. Leaders need specific capabilities, which are over and above the standard leadership capabilities, in order to take the business on the path of enhanced Enterprise Agility. These capabilities comprise of personal traits and behaviors that are intrinsic in nature and enable leadership Agility, which is the foundation of Enterprise Agility. 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Abuse and neglect of elderly people is a painful reality that tends to be overlooked by society, the Cyprus Third Age Observatory said in a statement to mark World Elderly Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) on Friday.“At a time when the population in Cyprus is ageing, injustice and violence against this very vulnerable group is rising rapidly,” the observatory said.The statement says society neglects to act in the face of these crimes which in most cases are invisible as they are committed in a private environment.The elderly are often victims of their own family members, but also carers who can be violent and may neglect them or abuse them physically and psychologically.“We are determined to promote effective measures and good practices to defend the human rights of the elderly and to create the conditions for active, healthy and dignified aging,” the statement said.The office of the commissioner of volunteering also commented on the subject, saying that the abuse of elderly people is a global problem that requires attention and resolution and that we need to protect their rights.World Elderly Abuse Awareness Day was established by the International Network for the Prevention of Mistreatment of the Elderly (Inpea) to raise awareness among the general public about ill treatment suffered by the elderly.The first WEAAD was observed in 2012 and was marked by meetings and conferences at the UN headquarters in New York.In addition to WEAAD, the UN also observes an International Day of Older Persons on October 1 every year to recognise the contributions of older persons and to examine issues that affect their lives.According to Inpea, ill-treatment suffered by the elderly is projected to increase globally, as almost all countries are expected to see a significant increase in the number of older people by 2030.The UN reported that around one in six older people experienced some form of abuse in the past year.The global population of people aged 60 years and older will more than double, from 900 million in 2015 to about 2 billion in 2050. You May LikeTopix OffbeatIf You Pass This Us History Quiz, You’re Well-EducatedTopix OffbeatUndoHealth & Human ResearchWhat Happens When You Eat One Avocado A DayHealth & Human ResearchUndoTopixQuiz: Can You Identify All These Historical Objects?TopixUndo Protest outside the House over foreclosures lawUndoAt least 20 killed, 50 injured in attack on VP candidate’s office in KabulUndoProperty owners price themselves out of the marketUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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