How great leaders accelerate innovation through meaning

first_img 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Why the need to accelerate innovation?“No company in the future will be in a position to succeed if it squanders the imagination of its employees.”Professor Gary Hamel, co-founder of the Management Innovation eXchange (MIX), and the M-Prize: Innovating Innovation Challenge.Hamel says innovation is one of the most important and difficult challenges facing business around the world.At the same time, innovation is a vital capability for companies because it is the:> only insurance against irrelevance> only antidote to margin-crunching competition> only way you can out-perform a dismal economy> only way to build enduring customer loyalty.Yet, he says, “I don’t think there’s one company in a hundred that makes innovation the work of every single employee, every day.”He identifies three reasons why organizations aren’t truly innovative, from top to bottom: continue reading »last_img read more

Szczesny gives Gunners an F grade

first_imgGoalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny labelled Arsenal’s 5-1 hammering by Liverpool at Anfield as “f***ing embarrassing” and apologised for the result. The Gunners conceded after just 52 seconds and were 4-0 down inside 20 minutes after two goals from defender Martin Skrtel and one apiece from Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge. Sterling added his second just after half-time and Mikel Arteta’s later penalty was no consolation for the side who began the weekend as Barclays Premier League leaders. “That was f***ing embarrassing,” wrote Szczesny – who also conceded six at Manchester City in December – on his official Facebook page. “Apologies to anyone who sat through 90mins of that game.” Manager Arsene Wenger was less blunt but just as forthright on his side’s performance, and he knows there needs to be a big improvement for Wednesday’s match against Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium. “What is important is that we respond to that result, especially respond with a different performance because our performance overall was poor,” Wenger said. “On the concentration level, on pace, on defensive stability, it was very poor and we always looked vulnerable. “If you concede two early goals from set-pieces then you are in a position where you always have to come out. “I just think the whole team have failed to turn up with the right performance. We know that you need to be better focused at this kind of level. “Overall our performance was just not good enough and I include myself in that performance. “For me it is maybe better I don’t talk too much, go home and respond better on Wednesday night. “Congratulations to Liverpool. They were the best team today and we were very poor – only our fans were good for 90 minutes.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

A tough way to end the season; Wellington loses to Winfield 6-5 in first round

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (10) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 325 weeks ago Wellington, please don’t run me out of town or lynch me from the highest tree (OK you can if you want). I’m analyzing those two pictures there and I think Dunn may be out. Look how far away he is from the third base. I which I had my camera on high shutter speed, but I didn’t at the time. I have sat and looked at those two pictures for about 10 minutes and I can’t justify that call being overturned if we had a replay system. The ump may have been right after all. Report Reply 0 replies · active 325 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Wellington Fan · 325 weeks ago I was at that game! Dunn was clearly safe! The umps were giving Winfield calls left and right. But yes Dunn was safe it was a no doubter Cue Ball Report Reply 1 reply · active 325 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 325 weeks ago You might be right. I’m just saying from the vantage point of the camera it most certainly looks like Dunn could have been out on that play. But I don’t know from the other point of view it could be completely different. Tough call. Report Reply 0 Vote up Vote down Guest · 325 weeks ago Whether Report Reply 0 replies · active 325 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Wellington Fan · 325 weeks ago Its Baseball, But it’s in the past now! All they can do is come back next year and stick it to them! Go Crusaders. Report Reply 0 replies · active 325 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Baseball fan · 325 weeks ago The boys did fight back in that game and it was too bad they lost. I really think it’s time for a change in the coaching staff. Dale is not a head coach. I personally feel that he would make an ok assistant. His baseball knowledge is minimal and if it’s a tight game he will always find a way to blow it down the stretch. He’s never made it past the first round of regionals and always finds ways to surrender leads. Example would be Mulvane a few years ago and of course yesterday. He makes ridiculous decisions with the DH spot in the lineup. Yesterday, he didn’t make sure the boys were in the right bunt coverage and it cost wellington the game. As a matter of fact, bunt coverage is never worked on in practice and neither is bunting. Dale chose to bunt down the stretch and its clear its never worked on or he doesn’t know how to teach it because our execution was poor. The team gave up on him after the Andale losses and he never got the ship headed back in the right direction. Pitchers are left in the game way too long and karma always makes you pay with poor decisions in a game. I know I’m not the only fan that feels this way. There were several at yesterday’s game. When your winning percentage isn’t at .500 for your career in Wellington, it’s time to go. Most jobs don’t accept a 50% success rate. I want to thank the players for a fun season. Report Reply 2 replies · active 324 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 325 weeks ago I’m allowing just one more response to the subject above and it will be a rebuttal. After that there will be no more comments on this specific subject. If you want to comment on the game then that’s fine. Report Reply 0 Vote up Vote down Baseball Player · 324 weeks ago It’s not dales fault we couldn’t drop a bunt down that game? That stuff is supposed to be worked on our own time, But we have kids who don’t care enough to do work on their own time. Report Reply 0 Vote up Vote down crusader pride · 324 weeks ago Bunting is not a work on your own thing sorry. Many different ways to bunt. There is a bunt and there is a sacrifice. Fundamental baseball should be an everyday thing in practice. Little things are what separates teams at the end regardless of who is coaching. Report Reply 0 replies · active 324 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down crusader pride · 324 weeks ago Reference the call at third. .rarely does ONE call decide the outcome of any one game. Usually in a single game each team wil get calls in each others favor so they balance each other out. No umpire decides the winner before or during the game. It is a game if angles and even the best get blocked out or just miss a call. I know this umpire and he has done several crusader games…just looking for someone to blame. Good season Dukes much improved. Report Reply 0 replies · active 324 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Winfield 6 Wellington 5Wellington 002 000 3 — 5   9   5Winfield 010 041 0 — 6   9   2WP – W. Adler. LP – Trevor Nance.Follow us on Twitter. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington baseball team has not had much luck this decade when it comes to post-season regional competition. But Wednesday afternoon was the mother of heartbreak for the Crusader program.Wellington lost to Winfield 6-5 Wednesday in the first round of the Class 4A Regional. The Crusaders will no doubt look back on this game with regret.“I was really, really proud of how the boys competed,” said Jesse Dale, Wellington head baseball coach. “But we had our chances. We left a lot of runners on base.”Wellington finished the year at 10-11. Winfield would go on to lose in a heartbreaker of its own to Rose Hill 7-6 in the regional championship.“It was that kind of regional when it was up for grabs,” Dale said. “Anyone could have won it.”Wellington’s final contest of 2014 had a lot of “what ifs” to mull over. The Crusaders left nine batters on base including bases loaded in the top of the sixth and seventh inning. Wellington committed five errors.Trevor Nance on the mound.Unfortunately, three of those came in one inning for which Winfield scored four runs and secured the win.Both Wellington and Winfield put their pitching aces on the mound for the opening game: Trevor Nance for Wellington and Will Adler for Winfield. While neither boy would pitch all seven innings it could be said the contest ended in a draw pitching wise as both teams had nine hits each.After Winfield scored a run in the bottom of the first, Wellington responded in the top of the third when Wesley Gilmore and Parker Daugherty got on base and were singled home by Nance.The game hummed right along until the bottom of the fifth when Winfield scored four runs on a comedy of Wellington errors, including a couple of overthrows and not covering first base on a routine in-field grounder.Down 5-2 Wellington was clearly in trouble. Nevertheless, Wellington would come back in the top of the sixth for a very promising inning. Austin Dunn opened the inning with a single and was rounding to second headed to third off a Winfield error. He was called out at third. But as the pictures attest, that may or may not have been the case. There was one second time laps between the two pictures. In the top picture unfortunately blocked by the ump, Dunn was clearly in slide mode. The second picture was him tagging third with the Winfield third baseman’s glove in the air. What the two pictures don’t demonstrate is weather the third baseman was able to bring his glove down to tag Dunn.That gave Wellington a critical out which would haunt it later in the inning. The Crusaders still loaded the bases and things looked promising with Daugherty on a 3-1 count at the plate. Unfortunately, he had a pop-up fly that resulted in Wellington’s second out and then a strikeout thereafter ended the inning with Wellington getting no runs.The bottom of the sixth was much more productive for the Crusaders defensively, but still Winfield scored when C. Tapia was able to get to home plate before Wellington could secure the snag in a run-down with a Viking runner between first and second. That would prove to be the ball game.Wellington gets Winfield runner in rundown, but Viking player at third crosses home before doing so.In the final inning, Wellington immediately scored after Andrew Horn doubled and Trevor Nance singled him home. Jalen Macias and Austin Dunn both singled to load the bases and Connor Burden smacked a 2RBI single to narrow the margin to one 6-5 with one out.The Crusaders, who had four hits in the inning alone had the bases loaded again. But a strikeout followed by a pop-up fly catch by the catcher resulted in Wellington failing to get the tying run home.Pinch runner Baker scores the first run for the Dukes in the top of the seventh.“It was a tough game to lose,” Dale said. “But they competed hard. They could have easily folded their tents after the fifth inning but they came back.”Wellington will lose nine seniors off this team, but will return a strong nucleus for next year.last_img read more