A whale of a time

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article A whale of a timeOn 1 Jun 2002 in Personnel Today One-Minute Manager Ken Blanchard explains to DeeDee Doke why his ideas havetransformed people and their workplaces all over the world.  Photos by Phil HillWaiters at the airy, greenery-filled café at a big hotel in Birmingham, UK,probably don’t realise how close they came to receiving a One-Minute Reprimandin person from the original One-Minute Manager himself, Ken Blanchard. Three attempts in 20 minutes at ordering drinks for himself and his partyfail as one waiter after another takes the order and promptly disappears. Afrown crosses Blanchard’s normally jovial features as he firmly hails yetanother waiter. “Is there any way to get a Diet Coke here?” Blanchardgrowls. “Is there some secret?” Despite an obviously tenuous grasp of English, the latest waiter soon reappearswith the drinks. Instead of a One-Minute Reprimand, Blanchard offers the waitera warm, truncated version of a One-Minute Praising that ends in smiles on bothsides. Blanchard then explains the personal philosophy that has led to hisbeing a best-selling author and co-author of 20 or so management and parentingbooks such as The One-Minute Manager, Gung Ho!, Raving Fans, and his latest,Whale Done. “I really feel that if you treat people well, they will respond well. Ithink there’s nothing more important than positive relationships,” saysBlanchard. “The other big thing that keeps showing up in most of mywriting now is the human ego and getting out of [doing things] our own way. Ijust love a concept I heard recently from an old Texan about how real joy comesfrom getting to the act of forgetfulness about yourself.” Based in San Diego, California, Blanchard – who still occasionally teaches aclass at Cornell University – is a global industry in himself, built on themulti-layered foundation of his management books, speaking engagements and hiscompany, Blanchard Training and Development. To talk with Blanchard is to hear any number of homespun stories thatillustrate a specific point in simple language aimed at touching the heart aswell as triggering a mental catalyst – a trait his conversation shares with thebooks he writes. And there is usually a moral to the tale, or at least a strongpunch line. There’s the story about the little girl who shares all of herbirthday sweets and doesn’t get any for herself, the one about the friend whoworked for former US President Bill Clinton, and a telling anecdote about howAlfred Nobel created the Nobel peace prize in an epiphany after his own deathwas mistakenly reported. The books Whale Done spins the yarn of an unhappy manager who discovers happiness atwork and at home by learning to adapt to humans the positive reinforcementtraining given to killer whales at a marine park. Gung Ho! sets a three-rule philosophy of mutual support and team-buildingagainst a backdrop of Native American wisdom and knowledge of nature,infiltrated by just a hint of romance. According to Blanchard and co-authorSheldon Bowles, profits, productivity and individual prosperity can all beincreased by adhering to the Spirit of the Squirrel, the Way of the Beaver andthe Gift of the Goose – memorable slogans that stick in the mind. Storytelling,Blanchard concedes, is crucial to his method of spreading the message of themoment. “After we know what we want to teach, we sit around and say, ‘What kindof story could we put together?’ I have found that people really love stories,little stories,” he says. “When I was young, I just loved Antoine St.Exupéry’s The Little Prince. Then when I got older, I loved the parables in theBible, Richard Bach’s Jonathan Livingston Seagull and Og Mandino’s The GreatestSalesman of Them All. “What’s good about writing stories is,” he continues, “peoplelower their defences. You write a book with all this research and people say,‘You’ve got to be joking.’ You tell them a story about an angel and a fairygodmother and so on, people get into the story, and suddenly, they’re learningsomething. You’ve caught ’em.” Simple or simplistic? “So many people want to write off this kind of stuff as airy-fairy,soft stuff,” Blanchard concedes. “But it’s not. It’s good businesssense. We wouldn’t be giving money-back guarantees if we didn’t think it workedin terms of performance.” To date, that guarantee hasn’t lost Blanchard and company much money inseminars or training and development that expand on the messages in his books.”It’s really interesting. You know why I think they don’t want to take itup? I don’t think people want to be held accountable. Because part of the deal is,we put full-time people in their organisation to make sure they do what theysaid they were going to do,” he says. “It’s really interesting howpeople want to do what they want to do but don’t want to be heldaccountable.” When Blanchard sets out to develop a new book, however, he is adamant aboutconducting considerable research, however little the resulting product lookslike a scholarly tome. Once the first draft is written, Blanchard shares itwith an inner circle, asks for their opinions, “then we rewrite it, giveit to a wider circle, then a wider circle”. One tier in the circle comes from a cross-section of a small community inNew York state where Blanchard and his wife have a summer cottage. When one ofhis books is in the pipeline, he invites local people to read a copy of thebook, fill out a questionnaire on it and then attend a buffet dinner for whichBlanchard picks up the tab. “Last summer, I sent out Whale Done but the title was From KillerWhales to Kids – the Power of Positive Relationships. I tell guests that theirhomework while they’re eating is to agree on three things they like best aboutthe book, three things they would change to make it better and their favouritetitle aside from the one on the book. I go around with a microphone, and get areport from each table,” he says. At one table, a group suggested that he change the title to Whale Done, apun drawing both on the phrase ‘well done’ and the whale training, and the newtitle was set. “It wasn’t even anywhere in the book,” Blanchard says.”But Whale Done is a lot better.” Servant leadership One of his latest projects is the Center for Faith Walk Leadership, anon-profit organisation that aims to help “people of faith walk theirfaith in the marketplace”, Blanchard says. “Right now, we’reconcentrating on Christians, but we’ve had people of other faiths come. That’swhere we started Egos Anonymous. Now we’re starting to use it with some of ourregular clients. I mean, it’s pretty powerful when a company permits an EgosAnonymous meeting in their top management group, and people get up and say,‘I’m an ego maniac. The last time my ego got in the way was’ whenever’.” “We’ve got it into a 12-step programme, like Alcoholics Anonymous. Youtake an inventory of people you might have hurt in the past.” Both efforts tie in to the ‘servant leadership’ concept in business thatBlanchard is quick to explain does not mean “trying to please everybody orletting the inmates run the prison. Servant leadership starts with a clearvision, and what you serve is the vision. What happens in most companies isthat the companies are serving the managers, particularly the top managers, andthat’s where you get self-serving organisations.” His next book, The One Minute Apology, comes out this winter. He jokes thatit is dedicated to Bill Clinton, but joking aside, it is clear from Blanchard’scomments that top executives and leaders in a world rocked by high-levelcorporate and political scandals are a key target audience for his latest opus.”The whole question about an Enron, or anything, is that human beings makemistakes. The longer you take to admit a wrongdoing, the quicker a weakness isperceived as a wickedness. Almost anything can be perceived as a weakness – ‘Itook my eye off the ball’, ‘I wasn’t paying attention and it was on my watch’,‘Sex is a problem for me’ – whatever,” Blanchard says. “I think one of the most powerful things that managers and leaders canhave in their arsenal is the capacity to admit when they’ve made a mistake,because we’ve all done stupid things,” he continues. “You get caughtup in the moment. You’re vulnerable.” The key, he says, is to “give up being right. That doesn’t mean you’regiving up what you stand for”. But it does mean getting the old ego out ofthe way. To Blanchard’s thinking, and exploring a more thoughtful, reflectiveself that “allows us to recalibrate who we want to be”. Alarm clocks,for example, symbolise to him the jarring pace of the modern rat race(“The problem with being in a rat race is, even if you win, you’re still arat,” he quips), which forces people to lose sight of who they are and whothey want to be. Cue the story of Alfred Nobel, who was involved in the invention ofdynamite. When a Swedish newspaper confused Alfred Nobel with his brother andreported that he had died, the living brother unhappily observed that hisobituary focused on dynamite and its destructive qualities. He then vowed torefocus on the opposite of destruction and redesigned his life so he wouldultimately be remembered more for peace. To the discomfort of Blanchard’s wife, the man who would like to beremembered as a “185-pound flexible golfing machine” has made a taperecording for his own funeral. “It starts off, ‘This is the toughest groupI’ve ever worked with.’ “I want people to have a good time when I go.But,” he adds, “I’m going to redo it. I made it a few years ago, andI’ve got some better stories now.” Companies seek to gain knowledgeGung Ho! is more than a buzz phraseto workers at many of the global locations of Hilti, the company that makesproducts and systems for construction and demolition. Rolled out in the UK andIreland from the beginning of 2001, the programme has also been put into effectin Australia, the Middle East and the US and is being considered for worldwideimplementation.Taking that particular Blanchard philosophy to the workforceand building it into the corporate culture is a full-time job for PeterThompson, the official Gung Ho! champion for the UK and Ireland’s Hilti branches.”There was some scepticism to start with,” says Thompson, whose workshirt sports an embroidered Gung Ho! slogan. “There was a mixed reactionfrom the executive team, and you have to have the CEO on board to ultimatelydrive the thing.”The initial hesitation stemmed in part from the enthusiasticAmericanism so evident in the programme’s teachings. Once tried out, however,approving noises circulating throughout the company’s internal grapevinehastened its acceptance  – so much sothat Thompson was asked to bring forward the training dates for some companyoperations. “It generates its own momentum,” he says.Thompson also introduced the programme’s first phase in Hilti’sMiddle East operations, where a number of different nationalities wererepresented. There, a key concern had been to help Filipino employees be betterintegrated in the corporate culture, a common issue in the Middle East whereFilipinos often fill the least prestigious workplace roles. “It was veryinteresting,” Thompson says. “It transported much easier acrosscultures than I would have imagined.”The programme’s initial impact was to break down culturalbarriers between nationalities and help build an improved work environment.”Now we have to do the hard work of focusing on values.”  Hilti, Thompson acknowledges, had been ‘under performing’ forsome time when Gung Ho! was introduced. But in January, February and March ofthis year, Thompson says, “we as an organisation met our targets, and wehadn’t done that since June 2000”. One of the factors involved had to beGung Ho!, Thompson believes. “We see the change: targeting, belief in ourcompany and a changed environment with Gung Ho!” Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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AMC reopens 90% of U.S. theaters

first_img Full Name* Message* bankruptcyCommercial Real EstateRetail AMC’s sales dropped 89 percent in the fourth quarter of last year after the pandemic’s second wave forced it to shut theaters. Now, business is looking up as venues reopen with limited capacity and states roll out Covid-19 vaccines.AMC lost $4.59 billion in 2020, the company reported Wednesday. It generated just $162.5 million in revenue.But the Kansas-based company expects to turn things around this year.“We have reason to be optimistic about AMC’s ability to get to the other side of this pandemic,” said CEO Adam Aron.AMC has avoided bankruptcy and thanks to individual investors who banded together on Reddit, its stock rose 467 percent at one point. That helped the company secure $900 million in financing in January. It now has $1 billion cash on hand.[WSJ] — E.B. SolomontContact E.B. Solomont Tags Share via Shortlink AMC CEO Adam Aron (Getty, iStock)The show is going on for AMC.The international movie theater chain has reopened nearly 90 percent of its U.S. cinemas.AMC Entertainment Holdings said Wednesday that 527 out of 589 domestic theaters have reopened since last year’s shutdown. They include theaters in New York City, and theaters in Los Angeles are set to reopen soon. Internationally, only 78 theaters out of AMC’s 356 are operating.Read moreAMC gets $900M in financing AMC faces cash crunch Is it the end for AMC theaters? Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Email Address*last_img read more

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Timberwolves hold off late rally, defeat Jazz 116-111

first_imgDecember 27, 2020 /Sports News – Local Timberwolves hold off late rally, defeat Jazz 116-111 Associated Press Tags: Minnesota Timberwolves/NBA/Utah Jazz Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — D’Angelo Russell had 25 points and six assists to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 116-111 victory over the Utah Jazz.Karl-Anthony Towns added 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Timberwolves. Minnesota had five players score in double figures.Jordan Clarkson scored 23 points and Donovan Mitchell added 21 to lead the Jazz. Mike Conley added 20 points and Rudy Gobert chipped in 18 points and 17 rebounds.Utah trailed over the final three quarters.last_img read more

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Indiana in “Phase 4.5” of the Back On Track plan

first_imgCoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market WhatsApp Google+ Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Governor Eric Holcomb declared Wednesday that Indiana is not yet ready to move on to Phase 5 of the reopening plan.That stage had no capacity limits, something he says Indiana is not yet ready for. Holcomb said Wednesday the state is moving on to “Stage 4.5” on July 4 due to some of the volatility being seen parts of the state.Indiana is holding steady in COVID numbers, but there has been an uptick in daily positive tests and hospitalizations. Hospital capacity remains below threatening levels.The governor said Indiana is keeping a close watch on virus trends in neighboring states, and is “managing our way through this.”Stage 4.5 will maintain current capacity levels, and “mostly outdoor activities” will be given the green light as transmission rates are considerably lower outdoors. For the next two weeks, gatherings will still be limited to 250 people.Gyms and fitness centers will continue operations at their current capacity limits. Fairs and festivals can move forward with their plans.In-facility visits will be allowed at nursing homes starting in July, some of them as early as July 4.The following information regarding Stage 4.5 was released by the governor’s office:Governor Eric J. Holcomb today announced the state will modify the Back On Track Indiana plan through at least July 17.While a few restrictions will lift on July 4 in version 4.5 of the plan, most will stay in place. Elkhart County will remain fully in Stage 4 until at least July 17. Local governments may impose more restrictive guidelines.“While most of our health indicators remain positive, our data indicates a need to be extra cautious, which is why we will pause much of our Back on Track roadmap,” Gov. Holcomb said. “I urge Hoosiers to maintain vigilance in social distancing and wearing masks so we can continue to reopen our state for business.”Gov. Holcomb has used data to drive decisions since the state’s first case of the novel coronavirus in early March and he continues to do so as the state continues a sector-by-sector reset. The state will move to reopen while continuing to monitor and respond to these four guiding principles:The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients statewide has decreased for 14 daysThe state retains its surge capacity for critical care beds and ventilatorsThe state retains its ability to test all Hoosiers who are COVID-19 symptomatic as well as health care workers, first responders, and frontline employeesHealth officials have systems in place to contact all individuals who test positive for COVID-19 and expand contact tracingThrough at least July 17, the following restrictions will continue:Social gatherings following the CDC’s social distancing guidelines will be limited to up to 250 people. This limit applies to wedding receptions, parties, and other events where people are in close physical contact for extended periods of time, particularly indoors.Dining room food service may continue operations at up to 75 percent capacity as long as social distancing is observed. Bar seating in restaurants may continue operations at 50 percent capacity. Bars and nightclubs may continue operations open at 50 percent capacity as long as they adhere to social distancing guidelines.Cultural, entertainment and tourism sites may continue operations open at 50 percent capacity.Movie theaters, bowling alleys and similar facilities may continue operations open at 50 percent capacity.Amusement parks, water parks and similar facilities may continue operations open at 50 percent capacity. Reservations are encouraged to limit the number of customers at any one time.Raceways may continue operations open at 50 percent grandstand capacity.Beginning July 4, fairs, festivals and other similar outdoor events may open. Pari-mutuel horse racing and county and state fair racing may begin with 50 percent spectator capacity. Youth overnight camps may open.K-12 school operations may begin the 2020-21 academic year on July 1. Extra-curricular, co-curricular activities may resume July 6.Outdoor visitation is required at assisted living facilities and nursing homes beginning July 4 and indoor visitation may begin. Hospital visitations with precautions are encouraged.Hoosiers 65 and over and those with high-risk health conditions – who are the most vulnerable to the coronavirus – should adhere to social distancing guidelines and remain cautious. Face coverings in public places are highly recommended.Gov. Holcomb and Indiana State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box, M.D., FACOG, today announced a statewide initiative to encourage Hoosiers to wear masks to limit the spread of COVID-19.The #MaskUpHoosiers initiative is launching with videos and photos of state government leaders, celebrities, and Hoosiers from all walks of life sharing their heartfelt reasons for wearing a mask in public, which is one of the strongest steps possible to limit the spread of COVID-19, saving lives and allowing the state to continue its phased re-opening. Additional photos and videos will be featured as the educational campaign progresses. Visit www.coronavirus.in.gov/maskuphoosiers to learn more.To learn more about the different stages and the associated dates to get a better understanding about where we’re going as a state, click here to see the full plan: BackOnTrack.in.govThe Governor signed an executive order implementing these changes to the Back on Track Indiana roadmap. The Governor also signed an executive order extending the public health emergency through Aug. 3. The executive orders can be found here: https://www.in.gov/gov/2384.htm Indiana in “Phase 4.5” of the Back On Track plan By Tommie Lee – July 1, 2020 0 984 Pinterest Twitter Previous articleElkhart will remain at Stage 4 of the state’s recovery plan through July 17Next articleIndividual income tax returns due July 15 Tommie Leelast_img read more

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Students reflect on final game of the regular season

first_imgIn the final regular season game of the 2014 season, the Irish lost 49-14 in a game against USC on Saturday afternoon.The game concluded Notre Dame’s season, one that saw the University climb to No. 5 in the AP Poll after a perfect 6-0 start and fall out of the rankings after losing five of the next six games, finishing with a 7-5 overall record.The Irish were well supported in Los Angeles, as a strong Notre Dame contingent traveled to support the team, freshman Kelly Loughran said.“The tailgating environment was a lot of fun at the game,” Loughran said. “I was impressed by how well represented the Notre Dame fans were in Southern California.”Junior Lisa Wuertz said she was also impressed by the University’s committed fans.“One of my favorite parts of away games is seeing Notre Dame fans traveling from all over the country,” Wuertz said. “I sat in the Notre Dame section. There were a ton of Irish fans.”In the face of the USC loss, ND fans left the game with mixed reactions.“One positive is we have a month off to get ready for the bowl game and finally get healthy,” sophomore Ryan Loughran said.“The worst part was definitely the score, but enjoying one last Notre Dame game this year made it completely worth it,” Kelly Loughran said.Ryan Loughran said with the close of the regular season, he was curious about the possible quarterback competition between sophomore Malik Zaire and senior Everett Golson.“There needed to be some type of change to put a fire into this team,” Ryan Loughran said. “I don’t know who [Irish head coach Brian] Kelly will go with, but there definitely is a QB controversy.”Zaire took over the quarterback responsibilities from Golson during the second quarter of the game and ran for one of the Irish touchdowns. In addition to the quarterback switch, Kelly also subbed in redshirt freshman Mike McGlinchey at offensive tackle for fifth-year senior Christian Lombard.“We have a lot injuries, so it’s hard to really judge where we will be next year,” Wuertz said. “I thought Malik looked good and was a good change of pace.”In spite of the loss, the Irish were able to finish with a winning record for a seventh consecutive season.“With young teams, bowl preparation can be very beneficial to the development of a team leading into the offseason,” said Ryan Loughran.After a series of disappointing losses, the Irish aim to end the year on a high note as they turn their attention to bowl game preparation.Students say they are ready to move on.“I’m indifferent about a bowl game,” Wuertz said. “I sort of want to just start a new season and forget about the negatives from this one.”Currently, the Irish are predicted to play against the University of Tennessee in the Belk Bowl on December 30 in Charlotte, North Carolina.Tags: game wrap, USClast_img read more

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Flower Power.

first_imgFeatured speakers for the one-day event include:* Vicki Tucker, environmental horticulture instructor at AlbanyTechnical College.* Hugh and Carol Nourse, nature photographers and authors of “Wildflowersof Georgia, a Celebration of Their Diversity and Conservation.”* Janisse Ray, environmentalist and author of “Ecology ofa Cracker Childhood.”* Kay Kirkman, research scientist and co-author of “Treesof Georgia.”* John Ruter, UGA associate professor of horticulture.The authors will be signing their books, and information fromthe Garden Club of Georgia will be on display during the day.The grand finale will be a guided tour through the Coastal PlainResearch Arboretum.For a detailed brochure or registration form, call (229) 391-6868.Or go to http://nespal.cpes.peachnet.edu/wildflower. The deadline for registeringis March 14. Native plant enthusiasts can spend a day with the experts in Tifton,Ga., March 28 at the South Georgia Wildflower Symposium.Learn to recognize and appreciate beautiful wildflowers and plantsand how to incorporate them into your garden. The program is cosponsoredby The Garden Club of Georgia, Camellia District IV and the Universityof Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.last_img read more

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Eating with Grace Website Launched

first_imgEating With Grace” creator, Anya Raven Hunter, LICSW, offers womens therapy groups and other services (individual counseling and coaching, phone and email consults, consultation and referral) to individuals over 18 who struggle with food, weight and body image issues. Anya also gives talks to community organizations and other health care providers about compulsive overeating.The Eating with Grace website also offers information about eating disorders and contact information for other Vermont and national resources.Anya Raven Hunter is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Body-Mind Psychotherapist in Montpelier, Vermont. She has been in private practice since 1986.last_img read more

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U.S., Vietnam to cooperate on rooftop solar expansion efforts in the Southeast Asian nation

first_imgU.S., Vietnam to cooperate on rooftop solar expansion efforts in the Southeast Asian nation FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享VnExpress:The U.S.’s official aid agency has signed an agreement with national utility Vietnam Electricity (EVN) for rooftop solar power generation.The Vietnam Urban Energy Security project, which the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funds and runs, formalized a partnership Monday to support EVN’s efforts to expand rooftop solar (RTS) energy generation.Power demand in Vietnam is growing by 10 percent annually, making it critical for the country to use modern, clean technologies to sustain its rapid economic growth while also protecting human health and the environment. Vietnam’s demand for electricity might rise to 90,000 MW by 2025 and double that by 2030, the Ministry of Industry and Trade has said. The current capacity is more than 68,000 MW in the first 11 months, up 3.19 percent against the same period last year.By September 2019, the registered capacity of solar power plants had reached 25,000 MW, racing ahead of the government’s target of 4,000 MW by 2025, according to EVN. It said renewables currently account for 9 percent of Vietnam’s energy mix, surpassing the target of 7 percent set for 2020.But RTS adoption would threaten EVN’s revenues and potentially the power grid by reducing voltage quality and causing power losses, USAID said. To address these challenges, and ultimately increase RTS capacity, EVN will conduct utility financial impact analyses of various rooftop solar deployment scenarios in Da Nang with support from USAID through the new agreement.Through the agreement, USAID will also help EVN evaluate rooftop solar systems in its distribution network, build its capacity to mitigate adverse impacts to the grid and design and run innovative communication campaigns to promote rooftop solar.[Minh Nga]More: U.S. to help Vietnam develop clean energylast_img read more

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Port Jefferson Man Drowns in Long Island Sound

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 42-year-old Port Jefferson man drowned while swimming in the Long Island Sound over the weekend.Suffolk County police said Mouhamed Souleiman was on a boat with friends when he went for a swim south of the Middle Ground Lighthouse but the current caused him to drift away from the boat at 12:10 p.m. Sunday. Two friends on the boat found Souleiman in the water, unresponsive and pulled him aboard, police said.He was taken by Marine Bureau officers to Port Jefferson Marina, where he was transferred to an ambulance that took him to St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson, where he was pronounced dead.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and said the death appears to be non-criminal.last_img read more

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Unai Emery finally explains why he left Aaron Ramsey out of his Arsenal team

first_imgAaron Ramsey will join Juventus from Arsenal in the summer (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery claims Aaron Ramsey’s ‘confused’ state of mind played a part in his decision to leave the Arsenal star out of his side on a regular basis earlier this season.The Wales international began the campaign as a mainstay of Emery’s new-look team but, amid uncertainty surrounding his future, Ramsey failed to start a single Premier League game between October 7 and December 5.Emery reportedly advised Arsenal to withdraw a contract offer made to the scorer of two FA Cup final winning goals and the 28-year-old subsequently agreed a deal to sign for Juventus, who he is set to join in the summer.AdvertisementAdvertisementDespite his future lying elsewhere, Ramsey had re-established himself as a key component of an Arsenal team that has reached the semi-finals of the Europa League and is closing in on a top four finish in the Premier League, before he sustained a hamstring injury against Napoli on Thursday which will rule him out of action for up to three weeks.ADVERTISEMENTMore: 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 Unai Emery speaks after Arsenal qualify for Europa League semi-finalTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 11:35FullscreenUnai Emery speaks after Arsenal qualify for Europa League semi-finalhttps://metro.co.uk/video/unai-emery-speaks-arsenal-qualify-europa-league-semi-final-1908664/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘His progress this season is amazing,’ Emery said.‘At the beginning (of the season), he was a little confused maybe, because he is in the last year of his contract.‘For us, and for me, he is a very important player but his confusion maybe did not help us at some moments in the season – not like his performances now.‘In his last few performances he has been helping us a lot – and in some of the key moments of this season. His injury is bad news and I don’t know how long he will be out of the team, maybe two or three weeks.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterFriday 19 Apr 2019 8:23 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link236Shares Unai Emery finally explains why he left Aaron Ramsey out of his Arsenal team Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

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