and Burton Snowboards complete summer 2011 commuter challenge ( is external)), the global leader in online marketing solutions for the automotive industry, and Burton Snowboards, the world’s leading snowboard company, today announced the completion of the first ever Summer Commuter Challenge ‘ a competition which called on employees of both Burlington, VT-based companies to use creative commuting methods in an effort to reduce CO2 emissions. As an extension of the Vermont Way to Go Challenge, and Burton turned their common goal of reducing their carbon footprints into a friendly competition to see which company could drive greater employee participation in the challenge during the summer. Throughout June, July and August, employees from both companies were encouraged to use alternative modes of transportation such as walking, carpooling and telecommuting. Employees logged their creative commuting activity on is external), a website specifically developed to track the ongoing progress of both companies. During festive meetings at the end of each month, employees from and Burton met to discover the winning company for the month, recognize top commuters and celebrate each other’s efforts. ‘Participating in the Commuter Challenge with Burton was incredibly fulfilling and fun,’ said CEO Mark Bonfigli. ‘Not only did both companies make a meaningful impact on our overall carbon footprints, but we all enjoyed coming up with creative, and sometimes unique, methods of clean and green transportation.’ The challenge began June 5th and culminated on August 27th with employees from both companies saving approximately 170,000 lbs of CO2 emissions by adopting alternative commuting methods in June, July and August. While came out ahead each month in the friendly competition, a total of 412 employees from both companies participated in the challenge throughout the summer. Both companies celebrated the culmination of the Commuter Challenge in downtown Burlington on Tuesday, September 7th. Employees who participated in the challenge were recognized, and prizes were awarded to those who used alternative modes of transportation to commute the most, commute at least once every week or commute each day throughout the summer. In addition, each commuter was eligible to win one of 40 door prizes donated in part by local businesses that sponsored the challenge. About ( is external)) is the global leader in online marketing solutions for the automotive industry, providing award-winning SaaS-based e-marketing solutions to OEMs, auto dealers and media companies.  Headquartered in Burlington, Vermont with additional offices in Manhattan Beach, California, the company’s innovative websites and integrated online tools include advertising alternatives that significantly lower the cost of customer acquisition, enhancing dealers’ efficiency and profitability. Recent national and international accolades include placing No. 14 on Outside magazine’s 2011 list of Best Places to Work in America and receiving two Stevie Awards from the American Business Association for Best Overall Company of the Year and Fastest Growing Company of the year in 2011. has also by honored by Inc. magazine as one of the 2010 Top Small Company Workplaces in addition to securing a place on both the Inc. 5000 and Deloitte Technology Fast 500 rankings in 2010. wasalso ranked first in SEO effectiveness among auto dealer website providers for the third consecutive year in 2011 by Sorgenfrei LLC. About Burton Snowboards ( is external))In 1977, Jake Burton Carpenter founded Burton out of his Vermont barn. Since then, Burton has fueled the growth of snowboarding worldwide through its groundbreaking product lines, its team of top snowboarders and its grassroots efforts to get the sport accepted at resorts.  In 1996, Burton began growing its family of brands to include boardsports and apparel brands. Privately held and owned by Jake, Burton’s headquarters are in Burlington, Vermont with offices in California, Austria, Japan and Australia.  For more information visit is external).September 9, 2011 (Burlington, VT) ‘ Dealer.comlast_img read more

“I feel your pain” will help you feel success in 2018

first_imgSome of you may remember a famous line that helped Bill Clinton win the White House in 1992: “I feel your pain”. (Better yet, many of you probably remember Darrell Hammond’s hilarious impersonation of Bill Clinton saying that line during skits on Saturday Night Live.) Today, we’ve coined a buzzword to capture the “I feel your pain” sentiment: empathy. You hear and read “empathy” a lot more in business circles than you did just a few years ago.Empathy can be challenging to understand and even harder to instill in your organizations. It can be seen as wimpy or wishy-washy or something that HR should worry about. Often, it’s confused with “sympathy”. But, think of the “I feel your pain” sentiment or put yourself in other’s shoes and see situations from their perspectives … in short, that’s feeling empathy.And in that respect, empathy is something your organization should understand and engrain throughout your culture. What does empathy have to do with your business, you ask? As someone who was slow to acknowledge it, I am now here to say it has a lot to do with the credit union business. In fact, it may have more to do with the future success of your credit union than any other single subject!Following is a six-pack of ways to introduce and incorporate empathy into your organizations:Put yourself in your members’ shoes: stop designing new delivery channels based on your processes and/or technology and start designing them based on how your members want to interact with you. By empathizing with them and truly understanding their positive and negative feelings about you, you will be able to feel their pain and deliver the types of experiences that will keep your members engaged and loyal for many years to come. That’s empathy.Don’t forget about your employees: walk in their shoes and listen to their ideas about improving the employee and member cultures at your credit union. Who sees it better or hears more from members than your employees? Yet, how often do you ask them for their input and perspective? Whether its surveys, focus groups, or the old-fashioned suggestion box, have a way to feel their pain and capture their perspectives.Instill it in all coaching efforts: the number one quality of effective coaches is empathy. That may be hard to believe but its true – when a coach empathizes with an employee and sees the experience from their point of view, they become a much better coach. Another way to put this is coaches need to truly personalize their coaching by understanding how each individual is feeling. What are their frustrations? Where do they feel confident? Don’t assume it … put yourself in their shoes and feel it.It’ll improve teamwork: teams that don’t play well together or departments that don’t support each other are often infected with little or no empathy for each other. When your back office and frontline don’t walk in each other’s shoes, they have a hard time delivering the type of support needed to substantiate your desired member experience. Getting all employees to feel each other’s pain goes a long way to minimizing this issue and helping establish the cross-functional alignment that will drive your future success.The executive team needs it, too: one of the primary reasons for dysfunction among executives is a lack of trust and lack of trust is rooted in a lack of empathy. When executives put themselves in each other’s’ shoes they begin to understand each other’s’ issues, challenges, and pains. This increased understanding leads to a much more empathetic partnership and greatly diminishes the competitiveness and territorialism that too often pervades executive teams.Hire for it/train for it: typically, financial institutions hire for previous banking experience and train on operations and procedures. Fortunately, that paradigm has shifted to now include hiring for personality and training on soft skills. But the shift needs to go further to incorporate empathy. Test for and select candidates that demonstrate the propensity for a high degree of empathy and include empathy skills in all training (for new-hires and existing employees). Getting empathetic employees will go a long way to establishing a culture rich in empathy.Hopefully, you’ve got the point by now that empathy is going to be the key to your success in 2018. Don’t believe me? Try improving the six areas above without a primary focus on empathy. You’ll quickly discover that your successes will be muted, at best, and fail miserably, at worse. Empathy will be the glue that holds your initiatives together so be prepared to invest in becoming much more empathetic.If your credit union is suffering from Empathy Deficit Disorder, my firm is here to help you walk in the shoes of others. We work with organizations just like yours that are implementing empathy into their strategic and tactical plans and feeling the right kinds of “pains”. We can be reached at or 636-578-3280. 54SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Paul Robert Paul Robert has been helping financial institutions drive their retail growth strategies for over 20 years. Paul is the Chief Executive Officer for FI Strategies, LLC, a private consulting company … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie voted best Women’s Prize for Fiction winner

first_imgChimamanda Ngozi Adichie: ‘We all breathe misogyny’ play- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img

Incumbents failing to keep Schenectady clean

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Multiple cigarette butts strewn on business properties indicate accumulation, not one day’s discards. Storm drains covered with debris speak of council’s indifference.City officials negotiate union contracts. If the work detail isn’t spelled out, excellence suffers.The Comprehensive Plan calls for beautification to all neighborhoods. Others may make a mess that it is council’s responsibility to have a clean city.The incumbents have failed in their duties to the community. On Nov. 7, look elsewhere for representation.Mary B. McClaineSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Before Schenectady voters go to the polls on Election Day, please take the time to look at the corner of Albany Street and Brandywine Avenue.If the trip doesn’t convince you that the incumbents have neglected the city’s neighborhoods, try shopping on Van Vranken Avenue or drive to the casino via Seneca Street. The experience is enough to make a taxpayer cringe.The incumbents had four years to address the issue of litter for the city. Conditions are worse now than they were in 2013.Cleanliness doesn’t require technology, just old-fashioned elbow grease. Weeds must be pulled. Sitting on a lawn mower won’t do it. When weeds can grow three feet high, it means neglect.last_img read more

Unai Emery drops Denis Saurez selection hint ahead of Newcastle match

first_img Metro Sport ReporterFriday 29 Mar 2019 2:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Denis Suarez is still waiting to make his first competitive start for Arsenal (Picture: EMPICS)Unai Emery insists Denis Suarez is ready to make his first competitive start for Arsenal ahead of Monday’s Premier League clash against Newcastle.The Spaniard arrived on loan from Barcelona in January but has struggled to make an impact and been restricted to making just six substitute appearances so far.Suarez started on Tuesday as Arsenal concluded their warm weather training camp in Dubai with a 3-2 win over Al Nasr, showing several flashes of promise and combining effectively with Mesut Ozil.On the 25-year-old’s chances of starting against Newcastle, Emery said: ‘I think he is OK for starting in the first eleven, to give us this impact. I think now our focus is collectively a very strong focus to help, in 90 minutes, 30 minutes or one minute.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘We are going to need everybody, every player for the next matches.‘Now we have a lot of players ready, with a big mentality with a big performance to play and help us. For me like that, we can be stronger, more competitive for taking the big performance, with Denis or with another player.’Arsenal put themselves in a strong position with regards to a top four finish prior to the international break with a win over Manchester United which moved Emery’s side to within a point of third place Tottenham. Comment Arsenal moved to within a point of Tottenham in third place with a win over Manchester United earlier this month (Picture: Getty)The Gunners won’t face another ‘Big Six’ side between now and the end of the campaign but their manager denied his side have an easier run-in than their rivals.‘Each day, each match, for us and them, is very important. Thirty-eight matches give us [the chance] to be competitive, to play consistently,’ he added.‘Now we are taking as a big performance as Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham. Now it’s very important and I trust in us.‘I know we need to do a lot to be in the top four. I know Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham are going to win a lot of points between this match and the last.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Unai Emery drops Denis Saurez selection hint ahead of Newcastle match Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Monday, Dec. 30, 2013

first_imgWellington Police notes for Monday, December 30, 2013:•10:50  a.m. Officers investigated violation of a protection order by a known suspect in the 100 block W. 10th, Wellington.•1 p.m. Mark A. Auzat, 56, Oxford, was issued a notice to appear charged with drivers’ license violation.•1:01 p.m. Officers investigated driving while license was suspended in the 100 block N. Washington, Wellington.•1:40 p.m. Cassandra N. Huck, 24, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with disobeyed stop sign.last_img read more