Cities push back against governors’ lax COVID-19 safeguards

first_imgiStock/courtneyk By: IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News (DALLAS) — The recent jump in coronavirus cases in locations such as Texas and Florida has pitted state and local leaders against each other over safety measures.Despite surging daily numbers of cases in those states, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, both Republicans, have long refused to mandate proven health actions such as face coverings and reduction of crowds. Their actions have prompted city leaders, such as the Democratic mayors of Austin and Tampa, Florida, to take matters into their own hands.Abbott changed his stance Friday when he ordered the state’s bars to close and gave the OK to local leaders to limit crowds to 100 people as the state’s COVID-19 positivity rate (percentage of people testing positive) increased to 12.7% as of Saturday. DeSantis also ordered the state’s bars to close for in-person activity. Abbott’s office didn’t immediately respond for comment.Kathy Cramer, a professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said the lack of consistency from the elected officials will only make things worse.“Now it’s become partisan football, it’s becoming confusing to people,” she told ABC News. “I think people are throwing up their hands and saying I don’t know what to do and I’m just doing what’s right for my family. That could mean taking this pandemic more seriously or being complete lax based on their preferences.”Cramer also warned the pandemic’s trends are not validating the governors’ actions, and if they don’t get on board with what their local leaders are pleading, it could damage their political influence for years to come.Since it reopened on May 1, Texas has seen 102,688 new coronavirus cases, which averages 1833.7 new cases a day, according to the Texas Health Department. During the last three weeks, the state has seen a record number of daily new cases.In Florida, there have been 74,285 new cases since the state reopened on May 5, averaging 1,456 new cases a day, according to Florida’s Health Department. The state has recorded a record number of daily new cases over the last two weeks, such as the over 8,000 new cases on June 26.The state’s health department data has come under scrutiny following allegations from a former employee who contends she was forced to under-report the numbers, a matter DeSantis dismissed as a “non-issue” in May.Despite rising numbers, Abbott and DeSantis didn’t initially heed calls from health officials and city leaders to enforce safety measures.Abbott told Texans on June 16 “there is no reason right now to be alarmed.” He also declined requests that day from a group of the state’s mayors to amend his executive order and give them the power to mandate face coverings.Some of those mayors, however, pushed forward and urged their residents to wear face coverings. A county judge in San Antonio issued an order that mandated them but didn’t issue any fines.Austin Mayor Steve Adler expressed frustration with governor’s policies during an interview with ABC News June 23.“People in the community here are getting conflicting messages on that,” he told ABC News. “Here at the state, the governor continues to say it’s important, but for the longest time, we were unable to enforce it.”DeSantis also said he was against a face-covering mandate for the state, contending that people would heed the health recommendations and do it on their own.“We’ve advised that it’s something that could make an impact…(but) to put criminal penalties on that is something that would probably backfire.” he said in a news conference June 26, the day the state recorded 8,943 new cases.Leaders of some Florida cities, however, disagreed and superseded DeSantis by issuing executive orders that mandated face coverings. Tampa mayor Jane Castor, who issued a mandate on June 22, said the data proved that few cases develop with more people wearing a face covering.“Our community is looking for leadership which is why we are putting this mandatory mask ordinance in effect to protect our citizens. If we wait, more people will get sick and more lives will be lost,” she said in a statement.Palm County, Florida’s health department also issued a mandatory face covering order last week.Cody McCloud, spokesman for DeSantis’s office, told ABC News Friday that the governor hasn’t pre-empted any local governments from enacting their own COVID-19 health orders.“Governor DeSantis is supportive of local leadership as they are uniquely poised to understand the needs of their communities,”Cramer said divisions between local leaders and governors are nothing new, but the coronavirus has emboldened the municipalities to counter the top-down power structure.“If these municipalities prove that they know better, it may mean a weakening of state power,” she said.Randy Erben, an adjunct professor at the University Texas School of Law and former legislative director for Abbott, said the jump in cases is making local and state leaders find a common ground.He noted that Abbott has changed his position on COVID-19 safeguards as the data has shown a jump in cases and has been pushing residents to wear masks and take other precautions, even if his office didn’t mandate it.“I think people are smart,” Erben told ABC News. “They listen to their experts they listen to the pol experts and they’ll do what they have to do.”Cramer said depending on how bad the pandemic gets in certain states, governors could face a reckoning, especially if local municipalities’ actions prove to save more lives than their executive orders“I’m not exactly sure what it will do for policy but it will be a wakeup call for higher-level partisan leaders. They’ll have to say, ‘We need to be better listeners to our local leaders and residents,’” she said.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

People

first_imgBT Ignite, the group’s international communication services arm, hasappointed Stephen Kelly as senior vice-president for HR. Kelly joined BT in1999 where he was responsible for the realignment of the company’s rewardstrategy. He also developed long-term incentive plans for BT’s globalacquisitions, merger and joint ventures. He has experience of working across cultures and in the last 18 months hasled the management of all HR activity during a period of transformation. Hisnew role includes developing the people focus of the business on a globalscale: “The key thing about this role is strategy, as we have a presenceglobally. It’s about maximising the performance of all the people in theorganisation through HR strategy,” he says. “Primarily we’re the only main international business left in BT. Wehave to look at how we can deliver value through our people strategy.” The most challenging aspect of his job is making an impact in a globalenvironment through the development of HR policies, he explains: “We’relooking for global development, not just in the UK or Europe. Prior to joining BT he specialised in organisational development, changemanagement, compensation, and benefits and mergers. CV2002 Senior vice-president of HR, BTIgnite2000 Vice-president organisational development and international reward, BTIgnite1999 Compensation strategy manager, BTIgnite1997 Head of compensation and benefits, NPIOn the movePrue Leith OBE (pictured) is the newchair of the Ashridge Management College board of governors. Leith succeeds SirMichael Angus who becomes president. Leith, who was businesswoman of the yearin 1991, is a non-executive director of Woolworth’s, Whitbread, Triven and 3e.She founded Leith’s Restaurant and Leith’s School of Food and Wine and haspreviously been chair of the Royal Society of Arts.John Keeble has joined Aon as directorof knowledge management. He joins the insurance broker from Enterprise Oilwhere he was the head of knowledge management. He has held senior posts inenergy risk management across Enterprise Oil and at ICI. Keeble is responsiblefor delivering synergies across the business by ensuring the effectiveapplication of the knowledge and experience within the group.Rita Pennington is the new directorof consultancy for the UK at Empower group. She has previously held senior HRroles at Littlewoods, Kellogg’s, in local government and the NHS. She has alsoworked at Gemini, PricewaterhouseCoopers and KPMG. She has a BA in economics,MSc in organisational behaviour and is a neuro-linguistic programmingpractitioner and qualified psychometric assessor. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. PeopleOn 23 Apr 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

RIL, BP plan to operate 5,500 petrol pumps in India by 2024

first_imgThe joint venture is expected to be created during the first half of 2020, subject to regulatory and other customary approvals Image: Reliance Industries, BP form joint venture Jio-BP for fuel retail. Photo: courtesy of Reliance. Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) has entered into an agreement with British oil and gas company BP to expand its fuel retail business in India under the brand Jio-BP.Under the agreement, the joint venture intends to operate 5,500 petrol pumps and 45 aviation fuel stations at airports by 2024. Presently, RIL has more than 1,400 operating petrol pumps and 30-odd aviation fuel stations.RIL to own the new joint venture companyThe companies plan to create a new joint venture company that will be owned 51% by RIL and the remaining by BP. The entity will take ownership of RIL’s existing Indian fuel retail network as well as access its aviation fuel business.Reliance said in a statement: “The retail network will operate under the Jio-BP brand, signaling a new paradigm shift in fuels marketing and mobility solutions.“It brings together Reliance’s extensive access and connection to consumers through its Jio digital platform and BP’s deep experience in fuel retailing around the world.“The joint venture will seek to offer Indian consumers high-quality differentiated fuels, convenience and services. Castrol lubricants will also be available across the venture’s network.Subject to regulatory and other customary approvals, the joint venture is expected to be created during the first half of 2020.Reliance Industries Limited chairman and managing director Mukesh Ambani said: “I am delighted that BP and Reliance are further building on their strong partnership. BP and Reliance are combining their knowledge, expertise and experience to provide Indian consumers world class products and services.“We believe that together we will bring solutions that will benefit the fast-growing Indian market.”The two companies entered into a partnership in 2011, with BP acquiring a 30% stake in RIL’s portfolio of exploration and production interests offshore India, including the major producing KG D6 gas-producing block off the east coast.In 2017, the two oil companies agreed to formally cooperate on developing alternative fuels and mobility businesses.BP Group chief executive Bob Dudley said: “India is one of the world’s most important energy markets – its transport and aviation sectors are growing and evolving rapidly.“We aim to meet the country’s growing demand for mobility solutions, high-quality fuels and services through this new venture. This major expansion of our business here reinforces our long-term commitment to India.”last_img read more

USS Oklahoma City nuclear submarine changes command

first_img View post tag: US Navy View post tag: Los Angeles-class Authorities View post tag: USS Oklahoma City August 15, 2016 Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Oklahoma City nuclear submarine changes command USS Oklahoma City nuclear submarine changes command Cmdr. Thomas P. O’Donnell relieved Cmdr. Patrick Friedman as commanding officer of the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Oklahoma City (SSN 723) in a ceremony held at Naval Base Point Loma, August 12.Guest speaker Capt. Brian Davies, commander, Submarine Squadron 11, praised Friedman and his crew for overcoming the challenges they faced together.“Cmdr. Friedman consistently demonstrated exceptional performance,” said Davies. “He inspired and led the dedicated crew of Oklahoma City to excel during a challenging transition period as they essentially deployed from their homeport of Guam to undergo this maintenance period here in San Diego.”Friedman, a native of Albany, Louisiana earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Louisiana State University and was commissioned in 1997 at Officer Candidate School (OCS) in Pensacola, Florida. His other sea tours include USS Helena (SSN 725), USS Cheyenne (SSN 773) and USS Pennsylvania (Blue) (SSBN 735). He also served as commanding officer of USS Columbia (SSN 771).After O’Donnell assumed command of Oklahoma City, he described his excitement to work with his new crew.O’Donnell earned a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering from the United States Naval Academy in 2000 and holds a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College.His previous sea tours include USS Maryland (Gold) (SSBN 738), USS Virginia (SSN 774) and USS Providence (SSN 719).USS Oklahoma City was commissioned on July 9, 1988. Measuring more than 360 feet long and displacing more than 6,300 tons, Oklahoma City has a crew of approximately 150 Sailors. Oklahoma City is capable of supporting various missions, including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, strike warfare, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.Oklahoma City is assigned to Commander, Submarine Squadron 15, but is currently in the dry dock Arco (ARDM 5), for an extensive docking availability. Share this articlelast_img read more

John Mayer Announces Free Webcast Of Los Angeles iHeartRadio Show Tonight

first_imgTonight, John Mayer is set to a play a special concert at Los Angeles’ iHeartRadio Theater. Tonight’s show will host friends and family, VIP’s, and contest winners, as tickets were never available to the general public for this intimate performance. Luckily for John Mayer fans, there’s an option to watch tonight’s concert for free. iHeartRadio will be streaming the performance via YouTube, starting at 7:00 p.m. (PST) here.John Mayer iHeartRadio Free Webcast[Video: iHeartRadio]Following this performance, next up for Mayer is a tribute event dubbed Mac Miller: A Celebration Of Life, also featuring Action Bronson, Anderson .Paak, Chance The Rapper, Domo Genesis, Dyan Reynolds, Earl Sweatshirt, J.I.D, Miguel, Njomza, Schoolboy Q, SZA, Thundercat, Travis Scott, Ty Dolla $ign, Vince Staples, and more at Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre on Wednesday, October 31st.The concert will benefit Mac Miller’s Circles Fund. The foundation notes that “in honor of Malcolm’s commitment to the arts, The Mac Miller Circles Fund will provide programming, resources and opportunities to youth from underserved communities, helping them recognize their full potential through exploration in the arts and community building.”Following Miller’s death, John Mayer posted a very heartfelt message on his Instagram about the young artist. Read his sentiments below:This was going to be Mac Miller’s year. He made a quantum leap in his music. That’s incredibly hard to do, to evolve and get better and more focused while your career is already underway. You don’t get there without a lot of work, and Mac had put the work in. I didn’t expect to play on his album the day he played some songs for me at his house, but when I heard “Small Worlds,” I gave it a short, chirpy little “yup,” which is the highest praise I can give a track. It means we don’t need to say another word, it’s going down. I grabbed the nearest guitar in the room and within a couple of hours we had finished a tune that made me so incredibly happy to have a part in, not to mention we established a nice little friendship. He was so funny I just kind of stopped typing “LOL” back in our texts. Mac was, to me, on permanent LOL status. I gave him whatever guidance I thought I had the right to, having been through the press ringer in the past and wanting him to understand that none of that noise could ever really take a bite out of the music he was about to put out.The last time I saw him, he was playing Hotel Cafe’ in Los Angeles for a crowd of 100 people. He was nervous, and honest about it with the audience. I thought that was so endearing, especially seeing as he would go on to play one of the best sets I’d seen in a very long time. His band was unreal. You gotta know that if you weren’t familiar with Mac Miller, you were about to be, whether you would have seen him at a festival, or a friend was going to catch a show and tell everyone they knew about it (like I did.) Mac put in the work. He made his best album and formed the band that was weeks away from becoming a breakout live sensation. Believe me when I say that. I send my love and support to everyone who knew him better, because what relative little I did, I just adored.[H/T Jambase]last_img read more

Antibalas Brings 20th-Anniversary Tour To Brooklyn Bowl For Thrilling Friday Night Performance [Photos]

first_imgLoad remaining images Antibalas‘ 20th-anniversary tour rolled into Brooklyn Bowl in New York City on Friday, where the band was welcomed by a packed venue of fans who were more than ready to dance their way into the weekend. The horn-friendly Afro-frunk group treated those fans to a lively headlining performance which filled every corner of the popular Brooklyn venue with an abundance of rhythm, spirit, and unconditional energy.Related: Teach Your Children Well: Antibalas Celebrates 20 Years of Afrobeat Glory in OaklandFollowing an exciting opening set by the show’s support act Innov Gnawa, a local band which celebrates a mix of world music (primarily Moroccan), the 12-piece Afrobeat machine known as Antibalas took the stage to begin their nearly-two-hour performance right around 9:45 p.m. Though they were scheduled to begin at 9:30, their fashionably late start was led by singer Amayo, whose traditional on-stage attire and facepaint gave off just as much vibrant energy as the music itself.Throughout their headlining set, Antibalas filled the venue with music from their 20-year career as a mix of horns, guitars, bongo drums transformed Brooklyn Bowl into the best international dance club in the city.“Thank you for sticking with us!” Amayo said graciously over the microphone in sincere thanks for their ongoing 20th-anniversary run, before leading the venue in chant-like repetitions of “Deep-Unconditional-Love”. The singer, whose dreadlocks were tightly gathered in a multi-colored headwrap, continued to sprinkle the chant into his lyrics throughout the evening, allowing a flow of loving energy to spread throughout the audience, who were all just as busy dancing furiously as the band was playing. The performance continued with a mix of simply phenomenal horn solos courtesy of saxophonists Martín Perna and Morgan Price, as well as trumpet player Jordan McLean.Fans can relive the musical magic from Friday night’s performance via the photo gallery below, courtesy of Tom Coyote.Antibalas will continue their 20th-anniversary tour with another show at Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday evening. Fans can head to the band’s website for tickets to their upcoming performances.Antibalas | Brooklyn Bowl | New York, NY | 3/15/2019 | Photos: Tom Coyotelast_img read more

Shelburne Museum announces 2011 season

first_imgShelburne Museum, Inc.,Fashion, firearms and three-dimensional works in paper are among the new exhibits opening at Shelburne Museum this season.The museum opens on May 15 with five new exhibits including: rare Vermont-made firearms, a fanciful display of dozens of three-dimensional paper art works and a spectacular selection of quilts from a renowned quilter and collector. The exhibits run through October 30.On June 18 the exhibition In Fashion opens featuring bespoke high style clothing and accessories from the museum’s collection along side designs from leading contemporary designers Karl Lagerfeld, Oscar de la Renta, Balenciaga, Carolina Herrera, Emanuel Ungaro, Christian Siriano and others.‘This season’s exhibits are certain to inspire wonderment and awe in our visitors. From the meticulous and elegant craftsmanship of an early 1800’s firearm to the over-the-top glamour of a Chanel couture gown to the whimsy of a life size 3D paper leopard, this season offers something for every visitor,’ said Jean Burks, senior curator.Exhibits opening May 15 include:Lock, Stock and Barrel: The Terry Tyler Collection of Vermont Firearms. 106 firearms made from 1790-1900. On view for the first time, the Terry Tyler collection is comprehensive, starting with the first gunmaker in the state and representing every gunmaker of the period. Hunting rifles, target rifles, pistols and military guns from the Mexican-American and Civil wars are all included in the collection. May 15-Oct. 30Paperwork in 3D. Contemporary artists from North America transform flat sheets of paper into amazing three-dimensional art. Paperwork in 3D explores a variety of themes and techniques including: the Japanese art of origami, cut paper, pop-up books and graphic novels, the mathematics of paper engineering, sculpture, and fashion. Featured artists include: origamists Robert Lang, Joel Cooper, Brian Chan and Chris Palmer; sculptors Lauren Clay, Riki Moss and Emma Hardy; cut paper artists Bovey Lee, Michael Velliquette, Béatrice Coron, Hunter Stabler, Karen O’Leary, Jared Andrew Schorr, Nami Yamamoto, and Nava Lubelski; book artists Tom Allen, Brian Dettmer, Sam Ita, and Matthew Reinhart. May 15-Oct. 30A Passion for Quilts: Joan Lintault Collects. Quilts collected and made by one of the pioneering art quilt makers of the 20th century. May 15-Oct. 30Opening on June 18:In Fashion. High style costumes and accessories from the museum’s collection including early designers Emile Pingat and House of Worth. Along side are designs from leading contemporary designers Karl Lagerfeld, Oscar de la Renta, Balenciaga, Carolina Herrera, Emanuel Ungaro, Christian Siriano, Prabal Gurung, Naeem Khan and more. Plus a design competition with students from the Fashion Institute of Technology who competed to ‘complete the look’ for a selection of 19th and early 20th century pieces. June 18-Oct. 30About Shelburne Museum: Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont is one of North America’s finest, most diverse and unconventional museums of art, design and Americana. Over 150,000 works are exhibited in a remarkable setting of 39 exhibition buildings, 25 of which are historic and were relocated to the museum grounds. The museum’s collection includes works by the great Impressionists Claude Monet, Edouard Manet and Edgar Degas as well as a prized collection of folk art including trade signs, weathervanes and quilts.IMAGE CAPTIONS:Quilt, maker unknown, Robbing Peter to Pay Paul, 64’ h x 50 ½’ w. Collection of Shelburne Museum.Michael Velliquette, Seeker, 24’ x 28’ x 7’, cut paper, bristol board and glue, 2010. On loan from the artist and David Shelton Gallery, San Antonio/Houston, Texas.SHELBURNE, Vt. (March 7, 2011)last_img read more

In Prairie State Settlement, AMP to Refund $67 Million

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Bond Buyer:Ohio-based American Municipal Power Inc. says it has resolved a Securities and Exchange Commission probe triggered by the troubles of the coal-fired Prairie State Energy project in Illinois.The resolution was disclosed in an offering statement for the refunding of up to $67 million of debt tied to the project.Proceeds will refund debt sold in 2008 and 2009 to finance AMP’s share in the campus. The refunding will lower debt service requirements over the next five years to better position the project cost structure in relation to participant billings.The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, an environmental group that promotes renewable sources of energy, said that even after the refinancing of Prairie State bonds, the cities and towns throughout the Midwest that signed contracts to purchase power from the Prairie State plant are paying almost twice the price for power sold on the energy markets.“Some are finding themselves in a position where they are using up reserves or can’t provide money from the electric funds to support their general revenue funds,” executive director of the IEFFA Sandy Buchanan said. “For example, IEEFA found that in 2016 the city of Galion, Ohio paid $2.3 million more for power from Prairie State than it would have paid had it purchased power through the wholesale market. Even with a series of bond refinances and other measures aimed at mitigating the city’s participation in the plant, the Galion Electric Fund has used up a sizeable portion of its reserves, and is now considering whether it needs to raise electric rates.”More ($): No SEC action as probe into AMP’s Prairie State bonds concludes In Prairie State Settlement, AMP to Refund $67 Millionlast_img read more

Ethics panel warns staff attorneys about outside employment

first_img September 1, 2002 Regular News Ethics panel warns staff attorneys about outside employment Ethics panel warns staff attorneys about outside employmentcenter_img A trial court staff attorney may not moonlight in a nonlegal capacity at his spouse’s legal professional association, even if he only serves as a courthouse runner or a computer consultant, according to the Florida Trial Court Staff Attorneys Association Ethics Advisory Committee.The staff attorney also may not hold an officer’s position in his wife’s firm or own shares of stock in the legal professional association. Opinion Number 2002-01 T he Ethics Advisory Committee of the Florida Trial Court Staff Attorneys Association is charged by the association with rendering advisory opinions to staff attorneys that interpret the application of the Code of Judicial Conduct, the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, and other relevant authorities to specific circumstances confronting or affecting staff attorneys. Its opinions are advisory only.The committee said the Florida Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee has ruled that the Florida Code of Judicial Conduct applies indirectly to law clerks, and therefore, trial court staff attorneys.The committee said a trial court staff attorney serving his wife’s firm as a courthouse runner would violate Canons 2B, 3A, and 5A(1), (2), & (3). The applicable portion of Canon 2B advises that a trial court staff attorney not use his/her position to advance his/her private interests, or the private interests of others.“The trial court staff attorney, when serving as a courthouse runner, will be seen constantly going in and out of the chambers of different judges,” the panel said. “These actions coupled with the nature of the trial court staff attorney’s duties would convey the impression that the delivering runner has free and unfettered access to any number of judges, and is in a special position to influence their decisions regarding the legal professional association’s deliveries.”Canon 3A also advises, among other things, that judicial duties take precedence over all the judge’s other activities, the panel said. So, too, should the trial court staff attorney’s research and writing duties take precedence over any outside employment responsibilities.The panel also said it could be argued that employment as a computer consultant by the spouse’s professional association could constitute the practice of law or lend itself to an unavoidable appearance of impropriety grounded in the misuse of the prestige of the judicial office.“How would employment of the trial court staff attorney in this position appear to third parties, prospective clients in particular?” the panel said. “Theoretically, it can carry with it an unofficial endorsement of the circuit’s judiciary.”The panel said the trial court staff attorney’s employment could unwittingly become the selling point for choosing representation by the spouse’s legal professional association.The panel also said ownership of “even a small to minuscule interest of stock” in a legal professional association can reasonably cast doubt as to a trial court staff attorney’s ability to carry out his/her research and writing responsibilities for the judiciary.Canon 5(D)(1)(b) advises that a trial court staff attorney, like a judge, shall not engage in financial and business dealings that would involve him/her in frequent transactions or continuing business relationships with those lawyers or other persons likely to come before the court.“The fact that the submitting trial court staff attorney would own stock in the professional association, again the amount being unimportant, involves him/her in a continuing business relationship with lawyers who would appear repeatedly before the court,” the panel said. “In addition, it can be assumed that the trial court staff attorney would often be involved in making decisions with regard to the business operations of the legal professional association.”Ownership of stock in the association would require the submitting staff attorney to recuse/disqualify himself every time an attorney from the association appeared before the court where he is specifically employed, the committee said.“Recusal or disqualification would be required, no matter the amount of stock owned, to avoid an appearance of impropriety,” the panel said.last_img read more

Be nice or leave

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Teamwork makes life do-able. You need it to make loads lighter and celebrations more joyful. But wanting it and having it are two different things. What one trait can help build a better team at your credit union? An annual training session? Maybe for the day. A fun team building exercise? Sorta kinda, for a few weeks. What if I told you that building ongoing synergy is as easy as being nice?The most common problem we tackle at our credit unions is buy-in from the front line. This is the place where teamwork—or the lack thereof—appears first. The root of this problem is often as simple as a culture that is not bad, but not intentionally cultivated or vision-centered.Being nice isn’t a new concept in promoting positive culture in the workplace. Stephen Covey says this in his 1989 book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People:  “Members of productive teams take the effort to understand each other, find a way to relate to each other, and then try to make themselves understood.” continue reading »last_img read more