Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc (NAHCO.ng) 2014 Abridged Report

first_imgNigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc (NAHCO.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Transport sector has released it’s 2014 abridged results.For more information about Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc (NAHCO.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc (NAHCO.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc (NAHCO.ng)  2014 abridged results.Company ProfileNigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc (nahco aviance) is an investment holding company in Nigeria with business interests in aviation services and support. This includes aviation cargo, aircraft handling, passenger facilitation, crew transportation and aviation training. The company was established in 1979 as the sole ground handler at the newly-commissioned Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos. Today, Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc handles 70% of domestic and foreign airlines operating in Nigeria encompassing 35 airlines at 9 airports across Nigeria. Subsidiary companies include Mainland Cargo Options and Nahco Power Energy and Infrastructure. The Federal Government through Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has a 60% equity stake in the aviation enterprise. The remaining 40% is held by Air France, British Airways, Sabena and Lufthansa. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Unga Group Limited (UNGA.ke) 2014 Circular

first_imgUnga Group Limited (UNGA.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Food sector has released it’s 2014 circular For more information about Unga Group Limited (UNGA.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Unga Group Limited (UNGA.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Unga Group Limited (UNGA.ke)  2014 circular Company ProfileUnga Group Limited is an agricultural holding company in Kenya which mills wheat and maize and processes baked products and animal nutrition and health products. The company is divided in products produced for human consumption and animal consumption. The human consumption division produces a range of wheat flour products which include chapatti, mandazi, brown bread, maize meal, porridge and amana. The animal consumption division manufactures a range of animal food and mineral supplements. Unga Limited is a subsidiary company which produces feeds, minerals, premixes, animal health products and offers technical services to the agricultural sector in Kenya. Other subsidiary companies include Unga Farm Care (EA) Limited, Ennsvalley Bakery Limited and Unga Millers (Uganda) Limited. Over 90% of products are produced for the Kenyan domestic market with some exports to Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda. The company head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. Unga Group Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

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Tripple Gee and Company Plc (TRIPPL.ng) Q32020 Interim Report

first_imgTripple Gee and Company Plc (TRIPPL.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Technology sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Tripple Gee and Company Plc (TRIPPL.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Tripple Gee and Company Plc (TRIPPL.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Tripple Gee and Company Plc (TRIPPL.ng)  2020 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileTripple Gee & Company Plc manufactures and sells paper and packaging products in Nigeria and specialising in printing financial instruments and security documents. The company services the banking, oil and gas, pharmaceutical and FMCG sectors as well as government regulatory bodies. Security documents include MICR encoded and personalised cheques, dividend warrants, share certificates, ballot papers and election stationary as well as licenses and permits, customs revenue collection forms and receipts, statement of accounts, utility bills and pension contributions. Tripple Gee & Company Plc also offers packaging and labeling products which includes pharmaceutical labels, anti-counterfeit labels and packaging labels such as printed nylon, BOPP, PVC and shrink packaging products. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Tripple Gee & Company Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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France and Ireland draw for second consecutive year

first_imgMonday Mar 11, 2013 France and Ireland draw for second consecutive year France came from behind to draw 13-13 with Ireland as they avoided a fourth straight defeat, but are still without a win with one game left in this years Six Nations championship. The two teams drew their Six Nations meeting last year too. Paddy Jackson showed his temperament as he kicked Ireland, who had beaten France just once in their last 13 attempts, to a 10 point halftime lead after a Jamie Heaslip try. Morgan Parra pulled things back in the second half before Louis Picamoles drove over with just six minutes left on the clock. Frederic Michalak levelled things up with the conversion.“It was a very tough game. Picamoles took his chance well at the end and did well despite our best efforts,” said deflated skipper Jamie Heaslip post match.“It wasn’t the prettiest game to watch. I suppose the score reflected the game,” he added.While the pressure on both coaches will have intensified with the result, France have just one point from this year’s competition so must get a result in Paris next weekend to avoid picking up the wooden spoon.  It would be their first last place finish in the championship since 1999. Time: 4:37Credit: rbs6nationsADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Six Nations 2013 Related Articles 424 WEEKS AGO The Six Nations 2013 Highlights Montage 429 WEEKS AGO Vincent Clerc’s incredible volley almost… 430 WEEKS AGO France get first tournament win with Paris… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life Reports30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

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Ostasilor 8 / TAG Architecture

first_img Projects ArchDaily Apartments Architects: TAG Architecture Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” Manufacturers: Buderus, Hormann, Kone, Saint-Gobain, Schüco, Seves Glassblock, Ytong, Pinum, Profilo Grup Willach, Transparent DesignStructural Engineering:Pavlu Design ConstructHVAC:ADClimaElectrical:D&D EurocomConstructor:Bog’ArtClient:Aquarium InvestmentArchitect In Charge:Monica Despina SacheDesign Team:Mariana Carstoiu, Andrei Moldoveanu, Irina Georgescu, Vitali Andrei StanilaCity:BucureștiCountry:RomaniaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Vlad EftenieText description provided by the architects. The building in Ostașilor 8 is located in a diffuse, traditional urban fabric of central Bucharest, in which the urban architectural, historical values and the natural environment are protected in their entirety, street texture and built environment alike.Save this picture!Site AxonometricThe area has a high living standard and a scenic air and is located at the convergence of neighborhoods with diametrically opposite characters. On the one hand, the limits of the old city center and Cișmigiu Gardens (historically the oldest designed park in Bucharest) point towards a moderate, maybe nostalgic approach, on the other, the proximity of the new and controversial Uranus Boulevard, whose inception has caused a stir due to demolitions of old, derelict areas, pushes towards the exuberance inherent to any beginning.   Year:  Photographs Save this picture!© Vlad EftenieTaking the architectural standards into consideration, the building had to respond to a brief imposed by the investors whose criteria were first and foremost economically and pragmatically driven.Save this picture!Apartment TypesThus, following an extensive urban study which elaborated a set of guidelines to which the building had to comply, the remaining task was to analyze the existing qualities of the contextural surroundings, as well as its potential. After the decantation process, the concept, a lucid and urbanistically liable design which had to be valid for the investor as well as the architect emerged.Save this picture!© Vlad EftenieOur architectural response takes the pragmatic requests of the client into account, tries to be economically rational, without negating the contextual qualities or being blindly conforming.  We bring a modern interpretation to the existing built environment, wishing that the new volume enters a natural dialogue with the existent, evading relationships like subordination/oppression or antagonism/mimetism.Save this picture!© Vlad EftenieNegotiating the urban requirements and the particular vicinities, the mixture of large volumes (ground floor and 6 stories) aligned to a medium sized street, the building takes on one of the themes of modernist architecture, the terraced volumetric.The building successively retracts from the street alignment while the height rises towards the opening facing Cobălcescu Boulevard, maintaining therefore the height regime of adjacent buildings and erecting as much as the investment is viable.Save this picture!© Vlad EftenieThe building must find its place between strict boundaries – the blind walls of the two neighboring buildings, the street alignment that must be obeyed, and the receding floor rule – thus preserving the natural illumination of interior spaces becomes the main challenge.  Which functions can be completely deprived of natural light, what is the minimum light level to create a pleasing atmosphere in the habitable spaces and how do spaces invaded by light have to be configured, remained questions to be answered by the design.Save this picture!© Vlad EftenieThe chosen floor structure is a concrete flat slab sustained by a minimum of concrete pillars which allows for generous areas liberated from structural constraints in a seismically active country; thus the stories become open plans allowing variation in apartment typologies or scenarios of use – minimal or generous apartments, corner apartments or double orientation apartments.Save this picture!© Vlad EftenieAny intrinsically decorative finishes or textures are forgone. Clean, white surfaces, glass and matte metal are preferred to sustain a sculptural volume and the graphic character of its small units — the Juliet balconies are folded inwards and become small loggias that create a rhythmic façade; the metallic separators between private spaces are extruded and become hard boundaries, the glass railings have a controlled transparency and paint a soft gradient on the façade through the screen-printed dotting, the metallic blinds separating the superior floors trace fine shadowed lines on the recessed terraces.Save this picture!© Vlad EftenieProject gallerySee allShow lessCristovão House / Atelier CaisSelected ProjectsAlbert Park House / Hindley & CoSelected ProjectsProject locationAddress:Strada Ostașilor 8, București, RomaniaLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share CopyAbout this officeTAG ArchitectureOfficeFollowProductsGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsBucureștiRomaniaPublished on November 12, 2017Cite: “Ostasilor 8 / TAG Architecture” 12 Nov 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/879233/ostasilor-8-tag-architecture Clipboardcenter_img 2016 CopyApartments•București, Romania “COPY” Area:  4600 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Ostasilor 8 / TAG ArchitectureSave this projectSaveOstasilor 8 / TAG ArchitectureSave this picture!© Vlad Eftenie+ 69 Share Photographs:  Vlad Eftenie Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Ostasilor 8 / TAG Architecture ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/879233/ostasilor-8-tag-architecture Clipboard Romanialast_img read more

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UK Fundraising News about to reach 10,000 subscribers

first_img Tagged with: Digital Research / statistics To be clear, these are live and current subscriptions. If we receive two bounces or undelivered messages from a subscriber they are removed from the distribution list. As such, we remain confident that this is the largest and most current email distribution list of fundraisers and related staff in the UK.If you haven’t yet subscribed, do sign up today and help us reach that 10,000 target. UK Fundraising News about to reach 10,000 subscribers Howard Lake | 3 February 2005 | News The next edition of UK Fundraising News, this site’s free fortnightly email newsletter, will mark the fifth anniversary of the publication, and, we believe, be sent to 10,000 subscribers for the first time.The free email newsletter offers an easy way to keep up to date with the new information added daily to the site. As well as the news, it includes all current job vacancies, latest books, and the most recent discussions on the UK Fundraising Forum. It also frequently features commercial adverts from a wide range of organisations offering products or services for fundraisers.The newsletter subscriber base continues to grow rapidly. Just over a year ago, it was around the 6,200 level, so we have achieved a 61% growth rate in this, UK Fundraising’s 10th year of operation. Advertisementcenter_img  28 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

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Vigil for kidnapped French journalists Christian Chesnot, Georges Malbrunot and their Syrian guide, Mohammed Al-Joundi

first_img December 28, 2020 Find out more February 15, 2021 Find out more September 1, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Vigil for kidnapped French journalists Christian Chesnot, Georges Malbrunot and their Syrian guide, Mohammed Al-Joundi Follow the news on Iraq Organisation News Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Receive email alerts IraqMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information to go further News Reporters Without Borders was maintaining a vigil today outside the Paris city hall for Christian Chesnot and Georges Malbrunot, the two French journalists who have been taken hostage in Iraq. Under gigantic pictures of the two journalists, visitors were able to sign petitions for their release and leave messages of support. Reporters Without Borders was maintaining a vigil today outside the Paris city hall for Christian Chesnot and Georges Malbrunot, the two French journalists who have been taken hostage in Iraq. Under gigantic pictures of the two journalists, visitors were able to sign petitions for their release and leave messages of support. The latest news agency reports about them were being posted on bulletin boards. The vigil will continue until they are set free.The organisation called on all mayors in France to show their support by putting up pictures of Chesnot and Malbrunot on the facades of their town halls.”Once again, we appeal to everyone to rally round,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The messages of support and public stands that have been taken in recent days must be reiterated. We must remain vigilant and we must keep up the pressure.”In a video broadcast by the pan-Arab TV news station Al-Jazeera on 30 August, the two journalists addressed a message to the French government and their fellow countrymen. “We call on the French people (…) to go out and demonstrate to demand the repeal of the veil ban law because our lives are in danger,” Malbrunot said, referring to a law passed on 15 March restricting emblems and attire indicating a religious affiliation that may be worn in state schools.Chesnot added: “If it is not repealed, we risk paying with our lives. It is a question of time, perhaps minutes, and then we will be killed like the others.” Al-Jazeera said the hostage-takers had extended their deadline by 24 hours.In a first video broadcast by Al-Jazeera on 28 August, a group calling itself the Islamic Army in Iraq gave France 48 hours to repeal the law.Malbrunot, 41, a freelance journalist working for Figaro and Ouest-France, and Chesnot, 38, a freelancer with RFI and Radio-France, were probably kidnapped on 20 August along with Mohammed Al-Joundi, who has been their driver and guide for more than a year. RSF_en IraqMiddle East – North Africa RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” News News December 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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The Government’s Impact on Mortgage Servicers

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Print Features Home / Daily Dose / The Government’s Impact on Mortgage Servicers Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Editor’s note: This feature appeared in the June edition of DS News.Before joining the Housing Policy Council in June 2017, Ed DeMarco was a senior fellow in residence at the Milken’s Institute Center for Financial Markets. From 2009 to 2014, he was the acting director for the FHFA, where he served as a conservator for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and regulator of those companies and the federal home loan banks. DeMarco recently appeared on DS5: Inside the Industry to share his thoughts on recent actions by the federal government to help both homeowners and mortgage servicers.  June 1, 2020 1,224 Views Previous: Communities Face an Active Hurricane Season Amidst COVID-19 Next: ‘Far Too Early’ to Know Impact of GSE Framework Subscribe What are your thoughts on the steps taken to protect homeowners by the federal government? The federal government and the mortgage industry itself have taken thoughtful and appropriate steps given the circumstances we suddenly face. The idea that there are literally millions of Americans that have suddenly become unemployed, furloughed, reduced income is unexpected, and it really is a direct response of the government to this national health crisis. For a period of time borrowers that were financially sound and paying their mortgage suddenly have had a major disruption. How does one help them through this major disruption until we return to whatever the new normal is and people’s incomes return and can pay their mortgage? It is consistent with what mortgage servicers have done in the past in areas that have been affected by natural disasters to offer payment forbearance. That is, “Look, there’s a temporary period of time here where you’re not able to pay your mortgage and we expect at the end of that period, you’ll be back on your feet. So, we will forbear on you paying your mortgage and we will take those forborne payments. You’re still going to owe them, but we will work out the repayment of that once we get through this temporary period.” It’s an appropriate response by both the servicing industry and by our federal officials to want to take that approach, given this situation.  Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Mike Albanese is a reporter for DS News and MReport. He is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in journalism and a minor in communications. He has worked for publications—both print and online—covering numerous beats. A Connecticut native, Albanese currently resides in Lewisville. 2020-06-01 Mike Albanese The Government’s Impact on Mortgage Servicers Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago What further steps could be taken to ensure servicers have adequate liquidity? When the homeowner misses a mortgage payment, doesn’t pay their mortgage, because they’re on a forbearance plan, the mortgage servicer has to make that payment on behalf of the homeowner. They have to pay the investor the principal and interest, and they have to make the contributions to the tax and insurance escrows so that those bills are paid on time. The servicer needs to have access to liquidity to make those payments on behalf of the borrower. Under normal circumstances, servicers operate with reserves and access to commercial lines of credit to be able to make those payments. What’s unusual here is the incredible magnitude of forbearance that we are anticipating as a result of the pandemic. In the near term, most servicers will be able to make these payments on behalf of their borrowers, but as this thing prolongs, and as it deepens, we’re expecting that mortgage servicers simply are going to need to have access to additional liquidity support to be able to make those payments on behalf of borrowers. We really do hope that the federal government probably, and most likely the appropriate entity being the federal reserve, would establish a liquidity facility to assist servicers when their normal liquidity resources are insufficient because of the depth and duration of the pandemic. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: Mike Albanese The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Share Save  Print This Post The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days agolast_img read more

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[2G Spectrum Case]ED Urges Delhi HC To Expeditiously Conclude Hearings On Appeals Filed Against The Acquittal Of A Raja And Others

first_imgNews Updates[2G Spectrum Case]ED Urges Delhi HC To Expeditiously Conclude Hearings On Appeals Filed Against The Acquittal Of A Raja And Others Karan Tripathi13 Aug 2020 5:07 AMShare This – xEnforcement Directorate today urged the Delhi High Court to expeditiously conclude hearings in Special Leave for Appeals filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Enforcement Directorate itself against the acquittals of A Raja and others. Appearing for the ED, Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain informed the Single Bench of Justice Anup Jairam Bhambhani that…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginEnforcement Directorate today urged the Delhi High Court to expeditiously conclude hearings in Special Leave for Appeals filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Enforcement Directorate itself against the acquittals of A Raja and others. Appearing for the ED, Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain informed the Single Bench of Justice Anup Jairam Bhambhani that these appeals have been pending since October last year and the same shall be concluded before Justice Brijesh Sethi, who has been hearing this matter since the beginning, retires in September. The concerned ASG also submitted that the CBI has already concluded its arguments however the submissions of the Respondents could not be completed due to the onset of the pandemic. Mr Jain further submitted that he will be making additional arguments after the Respondents conclude their submissions. Appearing for one of the Respondents, Mr Vijay Aggarwal submitted that he had moved one separate application wherein it was argued that due to the amendment in the Prevention of Corruption Act leading to the removal of section 13(d), the present appeals have become infructuous. ‘The hearing in this particular civil miscellaneous application cannot be considered ‘part heard’, milord!, Mr Aggarwal argued. Since the matter was previously being heard by the Single Bench of Justice Brijesh Sethi, the present Single Judge directed the matter to be listed before that Bench only. In December 2017, A Raja, Kanimozhi and 17 others were acquitted by a Special CBI Judge in both the CBI and ED cases. The Special Judge had opined that the prosecution had “miserably failed” to prove the charges against the accused persons. Challenging the said order of the Special Judge, both the ED and the CBI had approached the Delhi High Court in March 2018. Next Storylast_img read more

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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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