Innovate like the NFL: 7 steps

first_img continue reading » 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr To push itself forward, the National Football League (NFL) aims to embrace evolution while respecting tradition, Michelle McKenna-Doyle, the NFL’s senior vice president/chief information officer, told CO-OP Think 17 attendees in New York on Wednesday.McKenna-Doyle shares seven ways the 96-year old organization innovates:Make it everyone’s responsibility. Improving the game isn’t just up to the football people. The entire organization needs to be involved, including marketing and information technology.Improve constantly. “We are paranoid. We constantly push ourselves,” she says. “Standing still or marking time is absolutely not an option.”Embrace the future fan. “We have to replenish our fan base,” she says, so the NFL actively seeks out the younger, next generation of football fans.last_img read more

Describe your bus

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr “How do you guys do it?” I asked.I was speaking with the COO of a Texas credit union. They had huge loan growth. Huge membership growth.His answer was simple.“Our bus runs fast.”He went on to say that many know of the famous book that says to get the right people in the right seat of the bus.But at his credit union, they talk about the bus. It runs fast. Really fast.So they look for employees that like a fast bus. Not everyone does, he noted. continue reading »last_img read more

10 foundational CIS controls: Building on the basics

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Waves of cybercriminals infiltrating networks and stealing sensitive information is a perennial problem. But implementing the Foundational CIS Controls to strengthen your organization’s security posture can keep you ahead of the risk and prevent minor security leaks from becoming a flood.The Center for Internet Security (CIS) Controls is a cybersecurity framework developed by a public-private partnership between CIS, the SANS Institute, the Department of Defense and the National Security Administration to help organizations of all types and sizes prioritize their cybersecurity.So, whether your organization employs veteran IT staff or uses outsourced cybersecurity and IT experts, these controls can guide IT strategy and decision making in all circumstances.Implementing the Foundational CIS ControlsA recommended set of actions for cyber defense, the CIS Controls provide a concise, FFIEC-recommended framework that organizations can use to safeguard operating systems, software and networks. CIS Controls deliver an actionable and affordable way to defend against common attacks.last_img read more

Six Habits That Do More Harm Than Good

first_imgHealthLifestyle Six Habits That Do More Harm Than Good by: – November 20, 2013 Share 29 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share Tweet The rules of staying fit seem very easy to follow. Eating well, working out, getting enough sleep and you will be the healthiest person, right? Surprisingly, it is more complicated than that. Often the very choices you make to benefit your health can be the same ones that hurt you in the end. Read the article and find out which unexpected habits can be causing you harm.Using of hand sanitizer compulsivelyIf you use the hand sanitizer any time you have contact with the outside world, you should take pause. Unless you are in an especially germ full place like a hospital, soap and water will work just fine. When you are not near a sink, hand sanitizing gels can help, but be sure to always read the label. Recent study has shown that sanitizers containing triclosan might promote bacteria and virus resistance to antibiotic medications. This refers to antibacterial hand soaps as well, which contain triclosan. Instead, choose brands that contain at least 55% alcohol that will kill 98% of bacteria on contact.Brushing teeth after every mealBrushing immediately after every meal may seem like a good idea for keeping your teeth healthy, but it is better to hold off. Food can leave acid on your teeth that weakens the enamel and brushing while the enamel is in a weakened state can actually scrub the enamel away. To dislodge any food particles that remains after eating simply rinse your mouth out with water and save the brushing for morning and night.When you do brush, be sure to do it in a circular motion. This will improve the chances of removing harmful bacteria between the gums and teeth. On the other hand brushing back and forth or up and down, can leave behind harmful bacteria, causing gum disease but applying too much pressure can lead to receding gums.Skipping meals to save up for laterWomen have the habit of saving their calories for the fun stuff later on. It seems not to be a problem as long as you are carefully allocating your calories, right? Unfortunately when you do not eat breakfast or lunch you develop cravings and irritability that can lead to overeating later in the day. A smarter approach to eating is to fill up on protein packed meals and nutrient rich snacks that will keep you satisfied all day, so when dinnertime rolls around you won’t have desire to fill your plate.Drinking only bottled waterBy reaching for a bottle of water you may think you are doing your body well by avoiding tap water. But that is not right case. Bottled water contains no fluoride and more adults suffer from a fluoride deficiency, which leads to tooth decay. Instead, fill your glass with water purified by water filtration system which will keep your water free from impurities commonly found in tap.Doing only cardio when you workoutThe best way to lose weight is to stick to the cardio workout, but if you do only cardio, your body will become accustomed to the routine and you will start to burn less fat as a result. Trade in a few of your cardio exercises for circuit training, which involves doing several of different strength training work outs with little rest between moves in order to keep your heart rate up while exercising your entire body, ensuring that you will burn the most calories. Integrating resistance training into your routine will create muscle mass and help burn more fat, even when you are at rest. Revamp your cardio routine by mixing in interval training once a week.Loading up on nutritional supplementsWhen it comes to minerals and vitamins, more is not always better. People often take nutritional supplements without understanding if they really need them. Since many foods are fortified nowadays, many people do not have any major nutritional deficiencies. There are serious side effects of carelessly popping pills: Vitamin A in large doses is toxic to fetus, vitamin C in large amounts causes gastrointestinal problems as well as interferes with anti diabetic medications and too much vitamin B6 causes nerve damage. Eating food instead of taking supplements should be the primary way to fulfill nutritional requirements and deliver health benefits. If you find out that you need to increase intake of, say, Ca, try adding foods rich in calcium to your diet, like a spinach salad or a glass of skim milk. If you do learn that supplements are the best choice to remedy a deficiency, look on the label, which signifies that the pill meets the standards.Fitnea Magazinelast_img read more

Australian Paralympian robbed at gunpoint in Rio

first_imgAn Australian athlete who has competed in six Paralympic Games has been robbed at gunpoint in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro.Liesl Tesch said a man brandishing a gun pushed her off her bicycle and stole it on Sunday.Australian Paralympic team physiotherapist Sarah Ross also lost her bicycle in the attack.The Australian Olympic Committee has said Rio must improve security in the city in the aftermath of the robbery.Chef de Mission Kitty Chiller said: “We’re demanding that the level of security forces, which number about 100,000, is reviewed and also we are also asking that they are deployed earlier prior to Games time, especially around training and competition venues.”It’s not an isolated incident. It’s got to a point now that steps and measures are taken to ensure that all our team members who go to Rio for the Olympic Games next month are safe.” ‘Horrific’Tesch, who has won medals in wheelchair basketball and sailing, said athletes needed to be on their guard.The 47-year-old, who described the incident as “absolutely horrific”, said the two men who robbed her and Ms Ross initially demanded money.When Tesch she told the gunman that she didn’t have any money, “he just pushed me on the shoulder with his bare hand and I just fell down on the cobblestones,” she told Australia’s Seven Network.Rio is expecting about 300,000 visitors to come to the city during the Olympic and Paralympic games in August The two women were training near Flamengo Beach. Tesch said several people saw the incident but no-one came to their aid.Brazilian authorities insist that the Olympic and Paralympic Games in August will be safe for athletes and tourists, with 85,000 soldiers and police officers deployed in Rio.But recent reports have indicated an upswing in crime. Three members of the Spanish Olympics sailing team were robbed at gunpoint while walking through the city in May.Rio State Security Secretary José Beltrame told the Washington Post that a recession and police funding problem had contributed to the issue.Mr Beltrame said the funding issues were being solved and insisted that Rio was ready to host the Olympics. Concerns over the Zika virus have also weighed heavily on Rio’s Olympic preparations, but authorities insist proper precautions are in place.last_img read more

Gordon Strachan seeks focus and patience for Scotland’s double-header

first_imgGordon Strachan will not decry the Scotland support’s overdue sense of giddy excitement but he has called on his players to keep calm heads as they seek to move to within one game of a World Cup play-off berth.If Scotland beat Slovakia at Hampden Park on Thursday a win in Slovenia on Sunday would guarantee second place in Group F. Given Scotland have not appeared at a major finals since 1998 – and routinely have not appeared close to doing so – anticipation is high. Strachan, though, has urged his team to retain emotional stability. “The atmosphere will change every minute of the game from ‘Yeah, this is great’ to ‘Oh, Jeez, here we go’; depression to back up again,” Scotland’s manager said. “While that is going on with the fans – who are totally entitled to do that – we have got to stay at a level that is not being affected by that. People have to stay focused. But there is only so much you can do as a coach. They have to stay focused themselves.“The fans have paid their money. They want to get excited and all the rest of it. We have got to stay above it. You can’t ask them to sit there and say: ‘Och, it’s not a problem, the boys have got it well in hand.’ That isn’t football.“The fans will be saying, ‘Let’s go for it, get up for it’, and all the rest of it. We have got to stay above that. There are times when we will have to stay patient on the ball and the crowd will be saying, ‘We want the ball to go forward’ but there is no point in getting it forward because they have two big centre-backs who will head it back up the pitch and we will be in trouble again.”Strachan reverted to sporting parallel when assessing a scenario in which qualification, from looking unattainable, is within Scotland’s grasp. He said: “If you are a golfer coming into the last two holes two ahead. If you are down in tennis and somebody is serving for the match, can you deal with that? You get this in any sport.”The earlier meeting of Scotland and Slovakia brought a comfortable 3-0 win for the hosts in Trnava. At the point of a subsequent defeat by England, Strachan looked to be playing out the final acts of his tenure. “I think we really need to know we could have been out of this thing four or five games ago,” Strachan said. “So I think there was more pressure than now. There is still pressure now, no doubt about it, but there is more excitement about it than the real nitty-gritty we had three or four games ago. Reuse this content Wales’s Dave Edwards: ‘Woodburn reminds me of Bale when he was younger’ Strachan’s key selection dilemma relates to midfield, given injuries to Stuart Armstrong and the Scotland captain, Scott Brown. The widespread assumption is that Darren Fletcher will replace Brown but Strachan has talked up the abilities of Sheffield Wednesday’s Barry Bannan.“Some of the best performances I’ve seen in the last three weeks have come from Barry Bannan,” Strachan said. “That’s in different areas, different positions, as a sitting midfield player, on the left, across on the right at times. Mark [McGhee, Strachan’s assistant] feels the same. Everybody who has watched him thinks technically he has been wonderful; a great range of passing.“Slovakia are a right good side. They are like a club side, they’ve been together for a long time. Anyone with any knowledge in football will know how tough it’s going to be.”Scotland (4-2-3-1, probable): Gordon; Tierney, Berra, Mulgrew, Robertson; D Fletcher, Bannan; Forrest, Morrison, Phillips; Griffiths.Slovakia (4-2-3-1, probable): Kozacik; Pekarik, Skrtel, Durica, Hubocan; Kucka, Lobotka; Mak, Hamsik, Weiss; Nemec.Referee M Mazic (Ser) Twitter Strachan and his squad during a training session at Hampden. Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Read more Read more Share on Pinterest World Cup 2018 qualifying: 10 things to look out for in this week’s gamescenter_img Share via Email World Cup 2018 qualifiers Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Facebook Scotland Pinterest Topics news Share on Facebook “I’m excited. That’s been the overall thing since I knew I was packing my bags the other day to come up here; excitement.”last_img read more