Stresslines May 1, 2004 Regular News Shoveling smoke: Legal culture and motivated teams Ronald F. Pol What’s the culture like in your organization right now? In your department? In other teams? And in the firms of your outside counsel? Are they dominated by extrinsic motivators in which bonuses follow success and time equals money? And do your teams or the firms that you use have gaps, often at the all-important mid-level experience, as people leave to pursue a more satisfying career elsewhere?For corporations and law firms alike, the legal culture is often defined by intense pressures and competitive success norms. This legal culture starts at law school, with punishing entry requirements and the battle for ever higher grades to secure places with prestigious law firms and corporations. The situation hardly abates. Law firm budget pressures are legion, as are processes for attaining and holding partnership. Within corporations, the spread of success-based performance targets and bonuses to legal departments ensures that in-house counsel experience similar competitive norms.For teams, the issue is more complex. You are part of many teams, as leader or member. The legal department is one such team. Others include in-house lawyers and business unit representatives. Many teams include outside counsel, with the cultural overlay of their own firms. Time adds further complexity. Not only do individual and team motivating factors change over time, but also many teams are transaction-driven, with members joining and leaving as transactions evolve.Intense pressures and competitive cultures are not bad per se, yet recent research suggests that the way that people meet these pressures may affect motivation, satisfaction, and professionalism.Professors Kennon Sheldon of the University of Missouri-Columbia and Lawrence Krieger of Florida State University’s College of Law recently completed a multiyear study (forthcoming in Behavioral Sciences and Law, 2004), which found that incoming law students were happier, more well-adjusted, and motivated by intrinsic factors, such as service to the community, than when they graduated and entered the profession. Their intrinsic values and motivations shifted significantly toward more extrinsic orientations, such as money and prestige. Yet this shift combined with a marked fall in their well-being and life satisfaction.The study focused on the first stage of the legal profession: law school. Similar research at later stages would be valuable. Yet it might be reasonably safe to assume that a lack of satisfaction, despite apparent trappings of success, is endemic within the profession and that it applies equally to corporate counsel and their law firm colleagues. This assumption should be cause for concern for organizations that employ lawyers.The success of any team is affected by individual motivation and job satisfaction of its members, yet organizations seldom seem to connect directly with the intrinsic drivers of their teams, instead applying “motivational” tools aligned with extrinsic motivators more easily linked with superficial measures of “success.”For some organizations and your outside counsel, the application, perception, or effect of existing retention and motivation tools might, ironically, erode the most powerful intrinsic motivators of your people and may ultimately turn away some of those who could make positive contributions to an organization’s ability to achieve its goals—and the self-worth and perceived value of the profession.So what can you do about it? From an organizational perspective, the goal is to help develop teams of highly motivated people, with the organization connected to their drivers, enabling it more effectively to meet organizational goals.From an employment perspective, do you have systems and processes enabling your people genuinely to thrive and be satisfied, irrespective of, or even leveraging from, a culture dominated by extrinsic motivators?From a personal perspective, do you let the pressures of extrinsic factors sap your more powerful intrinsic motivators, such as doing a great job with competence, integrity, respect for and from others, authenticity, meaning —and fun?Your answers to these questions and perhaps even the fact that you ask them might help keep externally imposed “motivators” in perspective and may help you and your team retain the fundamental essence of key intrinsic drivers that caused you to enter law school in the first place. Ronald F. Pol is president of the Corporate Lawyers’ Association of New Zealand, general counsel of start-up software company Simultext Limited in Wellington, New Zealand, and a member of the governing council of New Zealand’s Law Society. He is available at [email protected] This column originally appeared in the ACC Docket , a publication of the Association of Corporate Counsel. For more information about the ACC visit www.acca.com. This column is published under the sponsorship of the Quality of Life and Career Committee. The committee’s Web site is at www.fla-lap.org/qlsm. The Quality of Life and Career Committee, in cooperation with the Florida State University College of Law, also has an interactive listserv titled “The Healthy Lawyer.” Details and subscription information regarding the listserv can be accessed through the committee’s Web site or by going directly to www.fla-lap.org/qlsm.
The official English Twitter account of La Liga has wished former Black Stars and Real Madrid player a happy 37th birthday in Twi and pidgin English.The Twitter account tweeted: “We dey wish former @realmadriden and Black Stars midfielder @MichaelEssien afihyia pa as he turns 37 today”.We dey wish former @realmadriden and Black Stars midfielder @MichaelEssien afihyia pa as he turns 37 today. 🎂 pic.twitter.com/k7mfpIyvBM— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) December 3, 2019Which means: “We are wishing former Real Madrid and Black Stars midfielder Michael Essien a happy birthday as he turns 37 today”The former Chelsea player reunited with the manager, Jose Mourinho as he signed a season-long loan with the Spanish giants, Real Madrid on transfer deadline day in 2012.On 3rd November 2012, Essien scored his first goal for Real Madrid as they beat Real Zaragoza 4-0.During the last match of the season he scored his second goal for Madrid against Osasuna, which he dedicated to Mourinho.The Ghanaian is still active in football and now plays for Sabail FK in Azerbaijan where he is a player-coach.
(Visited 669 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Stone tools and bones on islands show that Neanderthals and other “archaic Homo” individuals must have sailed there.Paleoanthropologists have been wiping egg off their faces for years now, after continual findings reinforce the fact that Neanderthals were just as smart and capable as we are (29 April 2019), not dumb caveman brutes like evolutionists had portrayed for a century.Earliest occupation of the Central Aegean (Naxos), Greece: Implications for hominin and Homo sapiens’ behavior and dispersals (Science). Unless you’re Jesus, you don’t get to an island by walking on water. How did artifacts dated at 200,000 Darwin Years get to islands in the Aegean Sea? This paper tentatively suggests that the makers boated there. Unless geologists can prove land bridges, or that the islands were in shallow water that enabled wading, that’s the only reasonable explanation – and it changes the view of the intelligence of Neanderthals and other “hominins” that were supposedly more primitive than modern humans.Here, we detail evidence from excavations at the chert source of Stelida on what today is the island of Naxos in the middle of the Aegean Basin, where paleodosimetric dates suggest that hominins were present in the region by 200 ka ago, accessing the chert quarry during a glacial lowstand when exposed land connected Anatolia to continental Southeast Europe, by seafaring, or through some combination of the two (Fig. 1). Throughout the remainder of the Pleistocene, this region was occupied and/or traversed at least sporadically, including by early H. sapiens ~40 to 30 ka ago (who may have arrived by boat), and later by indisputably seafaring Mesolithic hunter-gatherers of the Early Holocene.Naxos sits in the middle of the Aegean Sea. Nearest mainland is 75-90 miles away. (Google Earth)Scientists find early humans moved through Mediterranean earlier than believed (Science Daily). As usual, the paleoanthropologists were shocked by what they find. How did dumb brutes cross seas? Naxos is an island!An international research team led by scientists from McMaster University has unearthed new evidence in Greece proving that the island of Naxos was inhabited by Neanderthals and earlier humans at least 200,000 years ago, tens of thousands of years earlier than previously believed.Notice they’re talking about “earlier humans” than Neanderthals. This would have to be Homo erectus or other members of Homo, which creationists argue are true humans. If they boated over to islands, they were not transitional forms from apes.In this paper, the team details evidence of human activity spanning almost 200,000 years at Stelida, a prehistoric quarry on the northwest coast of Naxos. Here early Homo sapiens, Neanderthals and earlier humans used the local stone (chert) to make their tools and hunting weapons, of which the team has unearthed hundreds of thousands.Reams of scientific data collected at the site add to the ongoing debate about the importance of coastal and marine routes to human movement. While present data suggests that the Aegean could be crossed by foot over 200,000 years ago, the authors also raise the possibility that Neanderthals may also have fashioned crude seafaring boats capable of crossing short distances.If “earlier humans” were there, they also had to use boats. Why did they have to be “crude” seafaring boats? If made of wood to float, there would likely be no trace left after just a few decades or centuries, so the researchers are just imagining they were crude.The findings, published today in the journal Science Advances, are based on years of excavations and challenge current thinking about human movement in the region — long thought to have been inaccessible and uninhabitable to anyone but modern humans. The new evidence is leading researchers to reconsider the routes our early ancestors took as they moved out of Africa into Europe and demonstrates their ability to adapt to new environmental challenges.The evolutionary paleoanthropologists are proposing that archaic human beings boated repeatedly over the sea to get chert on this island for tools, suggesting this was a frequent trip they made. The time frame for this occupation, in their dating, covers 150,000 years. In all that time, did they never think about building cities, planting farms, or domesticating animals. If they were smart enough to boat across the sea, is that plausible?Evolutionists cannot admit they were wrong, so we have expose them. They hide their shame in Tontological phrases like “this challenges current thinking” and goes against what was “long thought.” Whose thinking? Who ‘long thought’ that? Did you? Don’t let them sweep you into their mythology. The gig is up, evolutionists: your story of human evolution fell apart, and with it falls the moyboy timeline. These sailors were real people, not evolving apes. They were living not that long ago: thousands of years, not hundreds of thousands. The facts fit the Tower of Babel dispersion described in the Bible: post-Flood explorers migrating long distances and settling wherever they could, using their intelligent human brains to find materials to make tools. It took some time, but not a long time, for them to settle down in permanent dwellings, then towns, then cities. That makes sense. Living in caves for 20 times the length of recorded human history does not.
Take your After Effects knowledge one step further in part 2 of our 10 part After Effects Fundamentals video tutorial series. In this video tutorial we cover pre-comps, parenting and expressions.Welcome the second installment of our 10 part Adobe After Effects Fundamentals series. In Lesson 1 we learned all about the After Effects interface, shapes, effects and rendering. In this AE tutorial we will cover a few more essential concepts:Pre-compositionsParentingPick whippingBasic expressionsExpressions can be one of the most scary concepts to learn in After Effects, but worthwhile if you’re serious about motion design. If you are still confused after this tutorial check out our article on how to use expressions in After Effects. And of course, if you have any questions feel free to ask in the comments below.Best viewed full screen:We will post new lessons every Monday for the next 10 weeks. Check the Premiumbeat blog for future lessons. And while you’re there you can watch more After Effects tutorials, read the latest filmmaking news and pick up some post-production tricks.What did you think of this lesson? Have any questions? Ask in the comments below.
Barcelona moved two points clear at the top of La Liga table on Saturday after staging a comeback and winning 2-1 against Real Sociedad on Saturday.Real Madrid on the other hand, played out an entertaining 1-1 draw against Athletic Bilbao at San Mames Stadium.Champions Barcelona fell behind at the Anoeta Stadium as early as the 12th minute when a thumping shot from Aritz Elustondo off a set-piece beat Marc-Andre ter Stegen and gave Sociedad the lead.The home side held the lead in the first half and came out attacking in the second as well but Barcelona managed to keep the goal away from their goal before Luis Suarez levelled in the 63rd with a scrappy goal to get the scores level. Ousmane Dembele then gave them a barely deserved lead three minutes later to turn the game in Barcelona’s favour.The win makes Barcelona the only team to still have a perfect record in Spain’s top flight, where they lead the standings with 12 points, two clear of Real Madrid.All over in Anoeta!Real Sociedad 1-2 FC BarcelonaAritz Elustondo / Suárez and Dembélé#RealSociedadBarça#ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/8aBcpD2PpiFC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 15, 2018Visiting coach Ernesto Valverde decided to start his side’s arguably least favourite away trip without Philippe Coutinho and Sergio Busquets ahead of a jammed schedule of six games in 20 days.That gamble appeared to have backfired when Elustondo smashed home following a knock down from a corner.Valverde brought on Coutinho and Busquets early in the second half but their presence initially made little difference as Real Sociedad launched three counter attacks in quick succession, with only the presence of German goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen preventing the home side from doubling their lead.advertisementBarely a minute after Ter Stegen had blocked a gaping chance for Juanmi, Uruguayan striker Suarez took advantage of some confusion in the area following a free kick and smashed home from close range to the disbelief of the home supporters.The Catalans took the lead following another set piece, Dembele sending the ball skidding in after goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli had flapped at a corner and left his net unguarded.HUGE WIN”I think you have to see a game like this to see how tough Liga is,” said Suarez.Last year we also came from behind to win here and eight or nine years ago we wouldn’t win any games here. It’s a huge win for our confidence.”Iker Muniain gave Athletic a deserved lead in the 32nd minute in Bilbao by bundling the ball home after Real failed to get back in time to defend a counter attack.Points shared at San Mamés. #RMLiga pic.twitter.com/lraMI4aSaQReal Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) September 15, 2018Real were twice denied by Athletic’s impressive 21-year-old goalkeeper Unai Simon in the first half but finally beat the youngster when Isco nodded home a cross from Gareth Bale in the 63rd minute as Real improved after bringing on midfield anchor Casemiro at the start of the second half.Simon made two more outstanding saves to thwart Marco Asensio and Sergio Ramos although Athletic continued to counter, Inaki Williams smashing wide and the Basques being denied a penalty when the ball struck Casemiro on the arm while the Brazilian was on the floor.The decision enraged Athletic supporters in a hostile atmosphere at San Mames, which was mirrored on the pitch as referee Jose Luis Gonzalez Gonzalez handed out eight yellow cards, six to Athletic players.”This is a very difficult ground to come to, for the team they have and for how they play. They come looking for you, they press you man-for-man and make life hard for you and if you don’t find ways deal with that it’s tough,” said Real coach Julen Lopetegui.”That’s what happened in the first half but we improved a lot in the second and did enough to win. It was a very intense game, Athletic played their part well and we did our job in the second half.”BORJA SAVES ATLETICO’s BLUSHESBorja made his official debut for our club in this afternoon’s #AtletiEibar match at the Wanda @Metropolitano.https://t.co/BeZyF7Y7mP #AúpaAtleti #AtletiEibar pic.twitter.com/vJ6bkaO44AAtlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) September 15, 2018Atletico Madrid averted an embarrassing home defeat to minnows Eibar by drawing 1-1 thanks to a strike from teenage debutant Borja Garces deep in injury time but continued their poor start to the La Liga season.advertisementEibar, one of the smallest teams in the top flight, took a shock lead with three minutes remaining at the Wanda Metropolitano when striker Sergi Enrich stabbed the ball in from close range after soft goalkeeping from Jan Oblak.Atletico had dominated proceedings but were frequently thwarted by Eibar’s Serbian keeper Marko Dmitrovic and it took the unlikely figure of academy graduate Garces, 19, to pull them level in the 94th minute, thumping the ball home after controlling a cut-back from Angel Correa.Atletico have only five points from their opening four games.(With inputs from Reuters)
By Saumojyoti S Choudhury Lucknow, Nov 5 (PTI) Twenty20 is always considered to be a batsmen-friendly format but the second Twenty20 International between India and West Indies here on Tuesday is expected to be a low scoring affair, according to a local curator. Lucknow is hosting an international cricket match after 24 long years with the newly-built Ekana Stadium making its debut. But going by a local curator, the cricket-crazy fans of the city are up for a dampener as anything above 130 would be a winning score for the team batting first. “It won’t be a high-scoring game for sure. The pitch has long dead grass on both sides with cracks in between. It will be a slow bouncing wicket and spinners are expected to play a big part from the beginning,” the curator told PTI. “The pitch is made of soil exported from Odisha’s Bolangir which is famous for its slow nature. Both the teams will find it difficult to score runs and hit big shots with long square boundaries,” he added. BCCI’s chief curator Daljit Singh was in charge of the wicket here from the beginning and he prepared the pitch with the help of UPCA curators like Ravindra Chauhan, Shiv Kumar and Surendra. Another curator who worked on the surface said had local soil been used to prepare the pitch, it would have been a run fest on Tuesday. Besides the surface, another important factor which is expected to play spoil sport is dew. “The outfield is perfect and fast, but dew is definitely going to play a big part. The winter is setting in North India now and dew is going to play a big role from the first ball. So, the ball won’t be racing towards the boundary and the batsmen will have to do a lot of running,” the local curator said.advertisement The first T20 International of the three-match series at the Eden Gardens was also a low-scoring tie with West Indies managing just 109 for 8 after being sent into bat, a target which India chased down with five wickets in hand in 17.5 overs. PTI SSC KHSKHS
TORONTO – One of America’s most controversial clothing brands is making a comeback, but ditching some of its signature traits.American Apparel will return to the Canadian market with an online store on Nov 1., a year after its bankruptcy and closure.This time the brand will be Canadian-owned and for now, won’t have any physical stores in the country, said American Apparel’s brand marketing director Sabina Weber, who indicated the company was taking a careful approach to its relaunch as it measured how its customers have changed.“It is kind of like putting yourself back out in the dating world. You don’t know if someone will be interested or not,” she said. “We know Canada is a huge market for us. They have always been so supportive of the brand.”American Apparel was founded in 1989 with a “Made in America” ethos and a proclivity for using its clothing to champion immigration, LGBTQ rights and diversity — values that are sticking around. It was known for selling basics, including its popular unisex hoodies, bodysuits, tights and leggings, but caught criticism with its provocative advertising that often featured scantily clad women in suggestive poses.The comeback is being staged in the Me Too era, where companies across the globe have faced an onslaught of sexual misconduct allegations similar to those that dogged American Apparel founder Dov Charney for years.Montreal-born Charney was ousted from his president-CEO role in 2014 amid “an investigation into alleged misconduct” and a series of lawsuits alleging his misbehaviour. He has denied many of the allegations, but admitted to having sexual relations with some employees, though he said they were consensual. He has not rejoined the brand, American Apparel confirmed.Me Too and the conversations around misconduct and sexualized advertising that marred the company in the past are why American Apparel is being careful about its portrayal of women and unabashed in its support of diversity, Weber said.“There was a lot of concerted efforts to make sure that we looked at the history of the brand and acknowledged the mistakes of the past,” said Weber. “There was that moment in time where things went too far.”The brand still aims to be “sexy,” but gone are the ads that may have made women feel “vulnerable,” “uncomfortable” or “like the camera is looking down at that them,” she said.“The interesting thing about Me Too is that the evolved thought is that a woman is allowed to dress the way she wants to dress. It is really holding men accountable for their actions,” she said. “A woman being demure does not mean she is empowered. What is empowered is seeing yourself and being free to be yourself.”The re-emergence of American Apparel comes at the hands of Gildan Activewear Inc., a Montreal-based manufacturer that won an auction to buy American Apparel, after it entered bankruptcy protection.Gildan nabbed American Apparel’s intellectual property rights and some manufacturing equipment from its Los Angeles facilities — but not the leases for the manufacturing or distribution centres— for US$88 million, some US$22 million more than a stalking horse offer it made months earlier.American Apparel relaunched in the U.S. in August 2017, but stayed away from Gildan’s home turf until now.It also avoided opening brick-and-mortar locations by instead operating a test store in Los Angeles that it will use to study the brand’s traction and potentially pave the way for a return to physical retail, said Weber.Since American Apparel’s exit, the retail sector has changed with e-commerce growing and competitors like Frank and Oak expanding into women’s wear.To stay competitive, American Apparel will standardize and expand its sizing to include extra extra large pieces, lower its prices by up to 23 per cent and offer its previous, beloved hits, including disco pants, high-waisted jeans and bodysuits.Follow @Tara_Deschamps on Twitter.
Shimla: Himachal Pradesh power minister Anil Sharma seems to be on his way out from the state cabinet.Sharma is the son of former telecom minister Sukh Ram, who had joined the Congress along with grandson Ashray Sharma, Anil Sharma’s elder son recently. In a quick move, the Congress has also fielded Ashray from Mandi Parliamentary constituency for which he had earlier been asking for a ticket from the BJP. Put in a piquant situation over Anil Sharma’s status as a cabinet minister—whose son is fighting the BJP, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Sunday served a clear ultimatum to Anil Sharma to make his position clear on campaigning for the son. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Sharma last week had announced that he will not campaign against his son in Mandi parliamentary constituency though being a sitting MLA from Mandi assembly seat. “Well, if you can’t campaign against your son, the BJP can’t sit back. We have fielded sitting MP Ram Swaroop Sharma from Mandi. It’s the duty of every BJP leader to work for the victory of the BJP candidate. Defiance of the party discipline can attract action. Better Anil Sharma quit the BJP, and the cabinet and opt to go with the son,” Chief Minister said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KOnly some days back, the Chief Minister had held a meeting with senior BJP leaders in Delhi and updated them on Anil Sharma’s position. “It’s very clear that Sukh Ram had dented his own credibility by joining the Congress with grandson. He has also created a serious problem for Anil Sharma – who was brought to the BJP by Sukh Ram in 2017. We gave him a ticket and made a cabinet minister. What else Sukh Ram wanted more than this? he asked. Thakur accused Sukh Ram of changing the parties for his son’s political career but now he has chosen to defect for the grandson. “Next, Sukh Ram will take a jump somewhere else to get a ticket for daughter-in-law or grand-daughter-in-law. This is very serious,” he warned. Meanwhile, the Congress has cleared the name of five-time MLA Ram Lal Thakur for Hamirpur to fight the poll against three-time MP Anurag Thakur.
FACE, one of the prominent talent management brands of Eastern India announced its new endeavor called ‘FFACE Anokhi’ digitally powered by Facebook at The Brewhive recently. The logo of ‘FFACE Anokhi’ was unveiled in the presence of renowned actress Rachana Banerjee, Swastika Dutta and well known actor Sean Banerjee along with Neil Roy, Founder-Director of FFACE, Paromita Ghosh, Strategic Consultant-Director of FFACE, Indroneel Mukherjee, Fashion Director of FFACE and model turned actor Falaque Rashid Roy who is making her debut in Raj Chakraborty’s upcoming film Parineeta, also the Marketing Director for FFACE. Also Read – The Puja carnivalFFACE Anokhi is a platform which promotes the concept ‘Beauty Has No Shape’. Anokhi challenges body shaming and brings out the true essence of womanhood. This is FFACE’s first international venture collaborating with Ocenic Media Solutions for the Bangladesh segment. Speaking on the occasion, Neil Roy, Founder – Director of FFACE said, “Beauty is not superficial. It comes from within. Any person with a good heart, talent and confidence is always beautiful irrespective of age and body shape. All that women need, is a platform to express their talent. So, we, at FFACE are giving them from every sphere of the society the platform to showcase their talent.” Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraTalking about fashion, Indroneel Mukherjee, Fashion Director of FFACE said, “Fashion is not very constant and it keeps on changing. It is basically a trend that goes around for a certain period, but beauty is constant. Beauty is the confidence that lets you carry a particular trend of fashion. And, that is exactly what we are looking forward to.” Paromita Ghosh, Strategic Consultant – Director of FFACE said, “Through this initiative, we hope that we would be able to encourage women to be confident enough to carry themselves the way they are and not feel inferior because of any stereotypical factors of beauty”. The beauty pageant will take place across Bangladesh and Eastern India and will commence with registrations from May 20. After the registration period, auditions will start from July. Initially after auditions in Bangladesh and India, 20 participants will be selected from each country. Out of 20 women the top 10 participants of each country will be selected for the final round, who will compete for the crown at a location outside India and Bangladesh.