8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Every manager is trying to get themselves and their team to be more productive. It’s one of the Great Measures of our corporate lives, isn’t it?The slippery slope is that it’s easy to muddle up “productive” with “busy” or “efficient,” as if busy were some sort of useful marker and as if efficiency was all that matters.I know you know that intellectually, but let me give you a little test:You walk past one cubicle and you see someone looking intently at their computer and typing with purpose.You walk past another, and the person is sitting back, feet on desk and staring up at the ceiling.What are the judgments you make about that situation?I know EXACTLY where I go. One’s working hard. And one’s slacking off.But productivity is all about working smartly on the right stuff. And as you well know, our organizations are too full of people working inefficiently on the wrong stuff. Or to put it differently, how do you work on the perfect mix of Good Work and Great Work?So let me suggest some approaches that might increase your productivity as a manager. continue reading »
Rivergum Retreat is at 36 Needham Street, Fig Tree Pocket.One of Brisbane’s most iconic riverfront homes has been relisted on the market with Sotheby’s agent Tyson Clarke.“Rivergum Retreat” in Fig Tree Pocket was purchased by mining magnate Peter Bond and his wife Louise for a bargain price of $9.5 million in 2009. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours agoRivergum Retreat is selling for a multi-million price.The founder of collapsed Linc Energy had attempted to sell the 1.2ha estate, at 36 Needham St, through Jason Adcock of Adcock Prestige toward the end of last year.Mr Clarke is now responsible for the marketing campaign and the huge homestead is available to buy for $11.9 million.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:45Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:45 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis 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.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Summer Dream Home: Currumbin01:45 Related videos 01:45Summer Dream Home: Currumbin01:34Paradise for sale…01:16Dream home: Broadbeach Waters01:33Dream Home: New Farm01:36Dream Home: Brookfield01:00Mermaid Beach“Rivergum Retreat is arguably the finest riverfront property in Brisbane and offers everything a family desires,” Mr Clarke said.“This is a wonderful opportunity for a buyer seeking a private family residence, with 132m Brisbane River frontage, within 10km of the CBD.”The 1956sq m two-storey house has six bedrooms, nine bathrooms, three home offices, a 12-seat cinema, wine cellar and games room.There’s also a separate guest cottage, seven-car garage, championship-sized tennis court, horizon pool and spa, and pontoon.
Norway’s sovereign wealth fund – the world’s largest owner of equities – made its second highest return in percentage terms ever last year, topped only by the bounce back that followed the global financial crisis in 2009.Releasing annual results for the Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) this morning, its manager Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) presented a picture of a fund now more heavily dominated by the stock of tech giants Apple, Microsoft and Alphabet, and finally having reached its strategic allocation to equities.Yngve Slyngstad, NBIM chief executive officer, said in its latest annual report: “2019 brought a record-high krone return of NOK1.692tn (€164bn), and the percentage return was the second-highest in the fund’s history, topped only by the rebound from the financial crisis in 2009.”The return of 19.9% for the year follows the 2018 loss of 6.2%, but is still below the 25.6% return the fund achieved in 2009 after the 23.3% loss it suffered the year before. The market value of the fund, which was created to invest Norway’s oil revenues, increased to NOK10.1tn at the end of 2019 from NOK8.3tn a year before, mainly on its investment returns, but also because of an NOK18bn transfer of capital from the government and the effect of the krone depreciating against several major currencies during the year, which added NOK127bn, NBIM reported.The net contribution into the oil fund from the government comes after 2018’s inflow, which followed a two-year period when for the first time the government was making net annual withdrawals from the fund.Of the GPFG’s three main asset classes, equities returned 26% last year, unlisted real estate investments produced 6.8% and fixed income investments generated 7.6%.The fund beat its benchmark by 0.23 percentage points, the Oslo-headquartered manager reported, saying stock picking had been the biggest single contributor to this outperformance.The executive board said in the annual report that of the three main categories of investment strategies the fund used, fund allocation had contributed negatively to the relative return, while security selection and asset management both contributed positively.“The single largest contribution to the relative return in 2019 came from internal security selection in equity management,” the board said.In terms of the three asset classes, the board said real estate management had made a negative contribution to the relative return, while both equity and fixed income management had made positive contributions in 2019. Yngve Slyngstad, chief executive officer at NBIMNBIM’s allocation to equities surged during the year to 70.8% from 66.3% at the end of 2018, while bonds declined to 26.5% of the GPFG from 30.7%. Unlisted real estate dipped to account for 2.7% of the fund from 3% in 2018.This level of equities exposure brings the sovereign wealth fund up to the strategic allocation to equities in its benchmark index of 70%, which was set in 2017.The fund boosted its equity investments particularly in the last two months of 2018 when stock markets around the world were falling, NBIM revealed a year ago.The oil fund’s holdings of technology giants ballooned in 2019, the annual report showed, with the top two increasing their size lead over the fund’s other top 10 equity investments.Investments in Apple jumped to NOK125bn at the end of last year including both equities and bonds, up from NOK70bn a year before, while holdings in Microsoft equities and debt rose to NOK106.9bn from NOK67bn.These holdings were much larger than the fund’s third biggest corporate exposure of NOK78.4bn to Alphabet, whereas in 2018 the gap between the second and the third on the list had been much narrower at around NOK4bn.
Aurora, In. — The Indiana Department of Transportation will accept applications for snow plow truck drivers Tuesday, September 19 from noon to 5 p.m. at the subdistrict office in Aurora at 10995 Marsh Road.Applicants should have a valid driver’s license, resume and high school diploma or equivalent, a current medical examiner’s certificate and be prepared to take a drug screen.Successful applicants may choose full-time seasonal employment or on-call status. Full-timers will work 37.5 hours per week—plowing snow and working as a part of INDOT’s wintertime maintenance crew. On-call drivers will work only during snow/ice events—patrolling and plowing state highways and interstates in the area.Although seasonal employees do not receive state benefits, both full-time and on-call drivers are eligible for overtime pay.A state employment profile can be created in advance at www.in.gov/spd, or INDOT personnel at the job fair can provide assistance.
With the top team in the conference coming in, Greensburg hosted East Central and lost 9-1.East Central dominated the first half, scoring 6 goals and holding Greensburg scoreless. The second half was able to see Greensburg put together a little bit more of an offensive showing, seeing 5 different Pirates register shots.Christian Hensley, Collin Springmeyer, Sage O’Mara, Luke Hellmich and Garrett Schreiner all registered 2nd half shots on goal for the Pirates. With less than 10 minutes left, sophomore Luke Hellmich found a cutting Sage O’Mara, who found the back of the net, keeping Greensburg from being shut out. It was Hellmich’s 4th assist on the year and Sage’s 4th goal on the season.Courtesy of Pirates Coach Cody DeVolld.
Ghana Premier League side Legon Cities FC and CareWorld Global have donated items and equipment to 37 Military Hospital as its contribution towards the fight against COVID-19 in Ghana.The group which also includes Gulf Energy, Lemla Petroleum Limited, Networking for Hope(An NGO based in Accra), Airtech Limited and Lemla Veterinary Services made the donation as part of efforts to curb the spread of the Coronavirus and to support the Hospital and the GAF Treatment Centre, to manage the cases brought to the facilities.The items presented included 500 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), 516 disposal bedsheets rolls, 50 each of Canula S14 and S18s, 55 Video Laryngoscopes and 28 Dissecting Forceps, 21 Bedsteads, 12 Bedside Desks, Carrier Stretchers, Examination Bed, Wheel Chair, Food Trolleys, Metro Shelving, Suction Machines and Gaskets, Nebulizers, vacuum seals, patient strap, dissecting forceps, vagina speculums, aneroid sphygmanometer, thermometers, ambu bags, bar soaps, tissue rolls and Sanitizer dispensers and a host of other equipment and numerous assorted disinfectants.The items were donated on behalf of the group by Dr med Kwaku Danso Agyei, a Ghanaian Physician and Richard K. Atikpo whose corporate profile includes Board Chair of Legon Cities, Gulf Energy, Lemla Energy and more.The Isolation Centre which is functional at the EL-Wak Sports Stadium is to help manage the spread of the coronavirus.Speaking to the media after the donation businessman Atikpo reiterated the importance of supporting the work of government in dealing with the threat of COVID-19. “We are excited to be part of governments’ efforts in dealing with this deadly virus. This is a virus that has claimed the lives of many people all over the world. Government alone cannot be solely responsible for footing the bills and as part of our Corporate Social Responsibility, we believe that there is the need to support the team fighting the threat of COVID-19 and therefore have decided to come in to aid the 37 Military Hospital and the GAF COVID-19 Treatment Centre.Richard K. Atikpo (wearing stripped Lacotse shirt) and Dr med Kwaku Danso Agyei(wearing white shirt) interacting with 37 Military Hospital officials.The group has also taking up additional responsibilities of feeding the medical personal on site daily in the line of duty since the 10th of April, 2020. Attached is the list of items donated to the 37 Military Hospital.The Director-General of Medical Services of GAF and the Commander, 37 Military Hospital Brigadier General (Brig Gen) EC Saka and Brig Gen NA Obodai, respectively, on behalf of GAF and the Hospital, expressed deep appreciation to the group for the huge support.The Generals noted that the items will go a long way to aid the facilities to perform their roles to the optimum and further noted that since the government and GAF could not do it all alone, support from the private sector, organizations, and individuals, was commendable and most welcome.