Recently I had the honor of facilitating a group conversation for 80 board members. The topic was how to be seen as an engaged, committed, and high-performing board member. The organizing principle used as the basis of conversation was the board is responsible for strategy, policy, and advocacy. This list of 15 common sense behaviors is both simple and provocative especially in the context that boards have a high degree of potential turnover in the next three years, 35%. Email me your thoughts and I will keep the stream going.Believe in and advocate for the credit unionKnow the vision, mission, and strategic planPassionately talk about the credit unionShow appreciationSeparate your personal and professional life from the work at the credit unionInvite members to the annual meetingUpdate your black book list on potential board member nomineesRead the packet and be prepared to ask strategic questions with a lens of helpingStay in your lane, focus on the big stuffProactively and brilliantly participate in strategic planningUse the credit union products and servicesStep into difficult conversations with passion for the memberCreate your learning plan and take care of your board education requirementsProactively support board decisionsShow up for your CEO 101SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Deedee Myers Deedee Myers is founder and CEO of DDJ Myers, Ltd. and co-founder of the Advancing Leadership Institute. For the past 20 years, she has been passionate about establishing and developing … Web: www.ddjmyers.com Details
The CONCACAF Gold Cup is one of the six FIFA confederation championships.A tourney a few considers the most lightweight on the basis of the strength of the teams competing. Regardless, many still find the Gold Cup fascinating, as evident in the turnout of fans on each match day.The 2017 edition of the biennial competition features 12 teams. Some whose players have fond memories of jersey exchanges with more celebrated names at the biggest stage (FIFA World Cup), while others dream of someday actualizing that fantasy.Groups:A: French Guiana, Canada, Honduras, Costa RicaB: United State, Panama, Martinique, NicaraguaC: Curaçao, Jamaica, Mexico, El Salvador The two teams succinctly mentioned below are considered favorites for the tournament.USA – Bruce Arena has a considerably experienced team to fancy overall success for the USA, coupled with home support.MEXICO – Aside from the added pressure of being the defending champion, and most successful team in the tournament’s history, Luis Pompilio Páez is parading what is arguably the youngest squad in the competition.So-Far > Alphonso Davies (Canada), currently sits atop the goals chart courtesy of his brace (2 goals) which came in the opener against French Guiana.Did you know –The only time a team outside Mexico and the United States won the competition was in 2000. A German Holger Osieck led Canada to a remarkable win against Colombia.Related2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final – USA vs JamaicaJuly 24, 2017In “AFCON Insider”FIFA U17 WC: Golden Eaglets Draw Australia, Hungary, Ecuador In Group BJuly 11, 2019In “FIFA”2017 Gold Cup – Enters Semi-final PhaseJuly 21, 2017In “AFCON Insider” read more
SAAF Gripens patrol the skies over Johannesburg’s Soccer City during the 2010 Fifa World Cup. (Image: Gripen) Major Catherine Labuschagne completed her maiden solo flight in October 2010 in the South African Air Force’s (SAAF) Gripen Jas 39C.When Labuschagne touched down at Makhado Air Force Base in Limpopo province, she had become the first woman fighter pilot ever to fly solo in the supersonic aircraft.Formerly known as Air Force Base Louis Trichardt and today also called the Fortress of the North or Castrum borealis, Makhado is the most northerly of South Africa’s bases.Labuschagne, who is identified by her call sign of Siren, is now the only female member of the SAAF’s elite 2 Squadron. The squadron, which flies the single- and dual-seat Gripens, is based at Makhado.Established in the 1940s, 2 Squadron has earned many battle honours, including El Alamein in 1942, South East Europe in 1944 and 1945, and Korea from 1950 to 1953. Lieutenant Colonel Glen Gibson is the unit’s officer commanding (OC).Labuschagne trained on the venerable Impala jet before graduating to the Hawk 120 lead-in fighter trainer in preparation for the step up to South Africa’s most formidable aircraft. Pilots are required to accumulate about 430 hours on the Hawk and pass several courses before they can sit behind the controls of a Gripen.Dedicated and meticulousShe got her wings in 2000 and a decade later is one of South Africa’s most highly skilled women pilots. Although she’s never felt that she’s had to work as hard as her male colleagues, the going has been tough, Labuschagne admits.“You need to be dedicated; you need to be meticulous; you need to work hard, be committed to what you do; and definitely must have passion for what you do,” she said in a recent television interview.Labuschagne boasts 1 900 flying hours, of which 1 000 are on military jets.Back in 2004 she made military history as the first woman to fly in a Gripen, but it was from the back seat of the two-seater 39D. Today she is among the first group of locally trained Gripen pilots to complete their operational conversion course – the initial six received their training in Sweden.The other local graduates are Lieutenant Koobendra Chetty (Saffron) and Lieutenant Colonel Gys van der Walt (Samurai). The three will complete their training in 2011, with Major Lance Mathebula (Lancelot) who trained in Sweden.Gripen instruction takes place at 85 Combat Flying School, based at the Centralised Training Centre at Makhado and operating under the motto Detrimento sumus (Destruction is our business). The centre offers a computer-based instruction system and a virtual aircraft training facility, also known as a simulator.According to 2 Squadron’s OC Gibson, the approximate ratio of air and simulator sorties is 50:50.SAAF setting the exampleThe Gripen is a single-engine fighter built by Swedish manufacturer Saab. Besides the SAAF, which was Gripen’s first export client, the craft are currently in service in the Czech, Hungarian and Swedish Air Forces.The SAAF has placed an order for 17 single-seater 39C craft and nine two-seater 39D craft, and in April 2008 took delivery of its first Gripen.To date 15 of the nimble fighters have arrived in South African airspace and the order is expected to conclude in 2012. The Gripens will replace the fleet of Cheetah fighters, some of which have been in service since 1986. The Cheetahs, which are basically refurbished Mirages, have now been retired.Before the Gripens could formally join the SAAF fleet, they had to pass a stringent two-year test programme to adapt the craft to local systems.“South Africa was the first export customer to select Gripen, and its recognition of Gripen’s capabilities and its faith in Saab has inspired other new Gripen customers,” said Saab president Åke Svensson, “including the Czech Republic, Hungary, the UK’s Empire Test Pilot School and more recently, Thailand.”Svensson added that the success of future negotiations with other countries depends to a degree on the performance of the aircraft in South Africa.BAE Systems South Africa CE Mike O’Callaghan said that the purchase of the Gripens and Hawks has revived the country’s defence and aerospace industry, and enhanced its reputation internationally. The UK-based BAE Systems is that country’s biggest defence contractor, and manufactures the Hawk fighters.With a maximum speed of Mach 2 – twice the speed of sound or about 2 400km/h – and a highly advanced sensor system, the Gripen is widely regarded as the world’s top medium-weight fighter aircraft.During the recent 2010 Fifa World Cup, Gripens and Hawks were responsible for much of the security in the air. read more
Liverpool boss Klopp: Milner could face Man Cityby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool veteran James Milner is in contention to face Manchester City on Thursday night.The league leaders can extend their gap over City to 10 points with a win at the Etihad.Milner has missed Liverpool’s last two victories with a hamstring complaint.Manager Jurgen Klopp told his pre-match press conference: “He was back in training with us yesterday for the first time, so we will see.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal chief Sanllehi: Emery has nothing personal against Ozilby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal chief Raul Sanllehi insists manager Unai Emery has nothing personal against Mesut Ozil.The Gunners’ head of football believes the midfielder’s “qualities are without question” but admitted he must work harder.Speaking at an Arsenal fans forum, Sanllehi said: “Unai has had many good players in other teams also, and he has always followed the same policy.”That is to try not to make any distinctions, play the ones who work hard in training and reward the effort with playing time.”There is nothing against Mesut on the contrary and I hope we get to see him much more in the next games because his qualities are without question.”But he needs to contribute 24/7 and that’s what Unai expects from him.”It’s not that he’s not working so well, but there are others who are deserving more playing time, but Unai can’t treat him differently than any other player.”You may have read that Unai has put a barrier up, but nothing at all like this has happened.” read more
OTTAWA — A federal trade tribunal is tossing out a challenge to the federal government’s handling of a high-stakes competition to design the navy’s new $60-billion fleet of warships.The Canadian International Trade Tribunal’s ruling removes one potential obstacle as Ottawa prepares to award a design contract for the warships to U.S.-based defence giant Lockheed Martin.The government and Irving Shipbuilding selected Lockheed’s proposed warship design in October over submissions from Alion Science and Technology of Virginia and Spanish firm Navantia.Alion subsequently filed complaints with the trade tribunal as well as the Federal Court, saying Lockheed’s design did not meet the navy’s requirements and should have been disqualified.But in a ruling issued on Thursday, the trade tribunal said neither Alion nor its Canadian subsidiary met the requirements to file a challenge and that it was dismissing the complaint.The government and Irving have been negotiating a final design contract with Lockheed for several months, which officials hope to complete in weeks.The Canadian Press read more
Ashley BrandsonAPTN News300 out of the 1,100 residents of the Little Grand Rapids First Nation in northern Manitoba have been forced to flee a wildfire burning through the region.Many of the evacuees are in Winnipeg.