Despite a recommendation from a United States Senator, and a recommendation from the head of one of the Commissions that requires Senate confirmation, and another recommendation from the #2 person within another agency (and who happens to be one of the largest contributors to President Obama’s campaign), I could not get invited to the Presidential Job Summit. In hindsight, I should have just dressed up and crashed it as that seems to work, but that just wouldn’t have been the right thing to do. I am not sorry that I wasn’t included other than I had hopes that something tangible would come from the session. I may be one of the few Americans who watched all of the sessions online. More to come on that and my learning from watching all of those sessions (btw, you can too on www.whitehouse.gov).In the meantime, here is an idea that might help, without government subsidies or any taxpayer money… This initiative would be all of us helping each other out and participating in our own support in getting people back to work. This initiative revolves around reducing one of the largest barriers that get in the way of hiring and that is the cost of hiring someone new. The creation of a new job or the replacement of someone in a job, there is always the consideration of hiring costs. And, when the cost is too high then reluctance comes into the equation. How can we take down this hiring barrier?Hiring Advice for Retained and Contingency Search Firms: I have never been one who thinks that the low-cost producer is the best search firm. I also see a place for search firms going forward as there is certain talent and certain jobs that need a search firm to assist them along the way. That said, in this business the hardest part of the work is sourcing the candidates and doing the research to come up with a short-list of people. This is where the cost is within this business. What if these recruiting firms were to take their cost down by a 1/3 to a 1/2 of the costs if the company agrees to hire someone who is unemployed? These people are available, easy to know, and quicker to hire. Is there a possibility that recruiting firms could lower their prices because they are able to lower their internal costs, thereby making the same margin but passing the savings along to the employers so that they can hire more easily and more affordably.Hiring Advice for Recruiting Process Outsourcers (RPOs): RPOs place tens to hundreds of thousands of people into jobs. There are somewhere around 15 large RPOs in this country who already run on a very slim 10%-ish profit margin, so there is not a lot of room for cost reduction, but even they could help in some cost reduction. What they could do is ensure that that there is an easy flow of the unemployed to the open and available jobs. What an RPO does so successfully is that they can scale and hire 1000’s of people in a matter of weeks. So, jobs can come and be filled before everyone knows that they are there. What if the RPOs were to come together and work with the unemployment agencies in every state to work off the unemployment rolls to tap into? If we could make those two sets of databases talk to each other seamlessly and havethe RPOs report the number of unemployed people being placed it could be a huge confidence boost to those who are unemployed and also signal to employers that there is a fast and available way to reach these people and still get the quality levels needed.Hiring Advice for Employers: How do we change the perception that hiring someone who is unemployed today is okay and that the quality of that person is not tainted because they are out of work? It is human nature to want what we can’t have and much of the recruiting industry is here because of that principle. Firms are hired to root out employed people who are not looking for a job because they are thought to be better than someone who is not employed. What if that perception changed and the employers could ask for a price reduction (or demand them) because they were open to or desiring to take someone off of the unemployment line. We are in a time where it is not universally true that the employed are the better people. We have seen sweeping layoffs and companies going under because of far-reaching economic issues. Great and good people have lost their jobs and now are living in a place where they can’t find other employment. We need to look at them through a different filter and appreciate the talent within the country who just need another chance.None of this costs a taxpayer a dollar. All this takes is an emphasis being put, by everyone, on getting people back to work, by helping each other out. Our government has some issues in the area of working together; we in the private sector can overcome differences and can assist each other and make a real difference!If you are an employer or a recruiter, do you have your stories and ideas on how we can all work together to get people back to work by working together?
Women have come a long way in the workforce, obviously. But many of us are still passed over for the top jobs. Case in point: Only 15 women CEOs currently lead Fortune 500 companies. And while gender bias may still play a role in the situation, Lois Frankel, Ph.D., says that much of the blame can be placed on women themselves and the career-stunting behaviors they unknowingly exhibit at work. Frankel’s new book, Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office, released this month from Business Plus Press, offers 101 unconscious mistakes women make that sabotage their careers.According to Frankel, the problem for many women is that the “girlish” behaviors they are taught as children, such as focusing on being attractive, warm and supportive, may contribute to early career success but usually won’t help them reach higher goals and aspirations. Acting differently can be scary: “When others question our femininity or the validity of our feelings, our typical response is to back off rather than make waves,” Frankel writes. “We question the veracity of our experience. If it’s fight or flight, we often flee. And every time we do, we take a step back into girlhood and question our self-worth. In this way we collude with others to remain girls rather than become women. Eleanor Roosevelt was right when she said, ‘No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.’”While there’s nothing wrong with stereotypically female characteristics, overdoing it can be detrimental. “Women bring a unique set of behaviors to the workplace that are needed, especially in today’s climate,” Frankel writes. “Our tendencies to collaborate rather than compete, listen more than talk, and use relationships rather than muscle to influence are the very same behaviors I coach men to acquire. But it’s all about balance. Just as men can overuse their stereotypical characteristics, so can women.”Here are a few of the stereotypically female characteristics that Frankel says can limit a woman’s career growth.Giving away your ideas. As a freelance journalist whose income is based on how many ideas I can sell (and then turn into articles, books, etc.), I know the value of ideas. Share your ideas at the right time, to the right person, and speak loud enough and clear enough. And don’t let someone else take credit for your idea. Using preambles … and explaining. Many women qualify everything they say in a meeting with a lengthy preamble, “as a means of softening their messages for fear of being perceived as too direct or aggressive,” Frankel writes, or follow their statements with lengthy explanations. But these preambles and explanations are often pointless and detract from the point. “Let your mantra be: Short sounds confident,” Frankel writes. Waiting to be given what you want. Many women would rather take a chance that their supervisors can read their minds than to ask for what they want or need. Whether it’s a more flexible schedule, a pay raise, or a chance at a new project, why not ask? In a one-on-one meeting with my boss, three months into my first job as an editorial assistant at a small magazine, my boss praise my editing skills. Quiet and scared, I said, “Thank you, but I really want to write.” He seemed surprised but he gave me a chance, and within a few months, I was regularly writing features for the magazine in addition to my editing tasks. If I’d never asked, I may have never been given the opportunity to do what I really wanted to do. What “girlish” behaviors might be holding you (or other women) back? Any tips for avoiding these behaviors without abandoning the female tendencies that make us good employees and collaborators?
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Gianluigi Buffon maintains his relationship with Alphonse Areola is strong as the battle for Paris Saint-Germain’s number-one spot continues.Veteran Italy great Buffon joined PSG on a free transfer during the close season and started their 4-0 Trophee des Champions thrashing of Monaco, along with the first two Ligue 1 matches.But Areola took the gloves to face Angers and impressed on his international debut in France’s 0-0 Nations League draw against Germany. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The 25-year-old enjoyed a three-game run in Ligue 1 and kept his place for the 3-2 Champions League loss to Liverpool, but Buffon was reinstated for last weekend’s 3-1 win at Rennes and Wednesday’s 4-1 triumph over Reims.”In all the big teams there are two big goalkeepers,” Buffon told reporters.”Real Madrid play with [Thibaut] Courtois and [Keylor] Navas, I think that’s normal. Alphonse and I have a good feeling, we must always improve, also in the Champions League, but it will be done step by step.”In the Champions League, you need the best physical and mental condition.”On his performance against Reims, Buffon aired a familiar gripe for any goalkeeper.”I think we had a good game, and we also made PSG history with seven consecutive [league] wins,” he added.”I’m always annoyed when I concede a goal. That’s normal, I would like to finish all the matches without [conceding] a goal.”
Former Real Madrid forward Predrag Mijatovic believes that midfielder Luka Modric is the most obvious candidate for this year’s Ballon d’Or.In the last decade, the award has been dominated by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, with the pair winning five each.However, Mijatovic feels that Modric is the man to end that decade of dominance following a successful year with club and country, having won a third successive Champions League title with Real Madrid before captaining Croatia to the World Cup final. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “There is only one candidate for the [Ballon d’Or]: Luka Modric,” Mijatovic told Cadena SER.”I think he will win as he won the Player of the World Cup, the Champions League and FIFA’s ‘The Best’ award. “We’ll see what happens, but I think Luka has the greatest possibility of winning.”Mijatovic also shared his thoughts on Marco Asensio, who has been given greater responsibility at the Bernabeu this season following the departure of Ronaldo to Juventus. “[Asensio] has a lot of talent and progression, he has highs and lows, cracking matches and others where he does not see the ball too much. “He has to take on this weight and trust in himself, depending on his team-mates and the results, he can offer a lot more than what he is offering.”But, he has to convince himself, he does not trust himself too much, he has to keep training.”The ex-striker commented on Saturday’s clash between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, hoping for a favourable result for his former club, who sit sixth in the league and have struggled since Ronaldo’s departure.”A draw [between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid] would be perfect for Real Madrid, provided they beat Eibar.”Mijatovic also suggested that Luis Enrique needed to be given time to bring Spain back to their best on the international stage. La Roja find themselves in a period of transition, with new players being inducted while ageing stars are phased out.”The Spanish team is with a new coach, trying to keep the same line with new players. We have to give them time, we cannot demand what they offered years ago. The selection always offers good football and I’m sure they will be in the European Championships, without any doubt.”
Tottenham are under less pressure to prove themselves as title contenders than the rest of the Premier League’s big six, according to Mauricio Pochettino.Spurs are up to third after winning three straight league matches and six on the trot in all competitions.They confidently ended Chelsea’s unbeaten streak last weekend and will attempt to halt Arsenal’s 18-game undefeated streak on Sunday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Pochettino, though, believes his team can feel free of expectation due to the disparity in off-season spending, Tottenham having failed to make a single signing.”We are closer than last season to the top. I cannot say we’re a contender for the title,” Pochettino said.”I think Manchester City are on a different level and of course clubs like Liverpool, Chelsea, the same, Manchester United and Arsenal.”They make more investment than us and on a different level. I think they need to show or be the contenders – or they are the contenders, more than us.”But we’re there. If we’re capable in the last few months of the season to be in a good position on the table, we’re going to try.”Despite their impressive run of results, Tottenham could slide out of the top four if they lose the north London derby at Emirates Stadium.Pochettino admitted the battle for Champions League places is proving more difficult than last term.”I think yes, to be in the top four this season will be tougher than the previous season,” he said.”But we have the belief that we can do it and deliver a very good job and that’s the most important thing, because we have the quality.”
Meanwhile, AIADMK sources indicated that Sasikala willMeanwhile, AIADMK sources indicated that Sasikala will assume the office of general secretary soon at the party headquarters here.Of the 14 resolutions passed at the general council meeting, the first one condoled Jayalalithaas demise, while another thanked those who prayed for her well-being during her 75 days of hospitalisation.One resolution urged the Centre to declare the birth anniversary of Jayalalithaa as “national farmers day” and confer Bharat Ratna on her, besides installing her statue in the precincts of Parliament.It recalled several schemes introduced by Amma, including the ones for the welfare and growth of farmers such as the Uzhavar Pathukappu Thittam (Farmers Protection Scheme).Citing several welfare measures of the Jayalalithaa regime aimed at achieving food and nutritional security such as free rice to PDS card holders and Amma canteens, a resolution resolved to “take necessary steps” to secure the Nobel Peace Prize and Ramon Magsaysay Award for her.Separate resolutions also hailed Amma for the sacrifices she made for developing and mentoring the AIADMK, besides her services to the people as the chief minister.Next was the resolution which appointed Sasikala to the top party post, while another one thanked the people for the partys victory in the three constituencies in the November polls.Another resolution resolved to observe the birth centenary year of AIADMK founder MG Ramachandran (2017) as “the year of working for the people by serving them”.All roads leading to the venue of the meeting, Srivaru Venkatachalapathi Marriage Hall, where several meetings of the ruling party have been held in the past, sported a slew of festoons and banners of Jayalalithaa alongside party flags.advertisementOnly a few posters also had images of Sasikala.This assumes significance against the backdrop of several posters of Sasikala being either defaced or torn in parts of Tamil Nadu.Notably, the AIADMK executive committee meeting held in June, which was the last party meet attended by Jayalalithaa, also had 14 resolutions as the number was perceived to be lucky by the late leader. PTI VGN ROH RC RT
The Uttar Pradesh Basic Education Parishad has released an official notification inviting all the interested, eligible candidates for Assistant Teacher (Urdu) for Primary schools posts.All the candidates are requested to apply through prescribed format latest by January 10, 2017.Vacancy details:Total posts: 4000Name of the post:Assistant Teacher (Urdu): 4000Eligibility criteria:Educational qualification:All the candidates interested in applying should have passed the BTC Urdu exam.OrApplicants should have passed the Moallim E Urdu exam from a recognised institute/university.OrCandidates should hold a diploma in Teacher (Urdu) from AMU, Aligarh University and must be qualifying in Teacher Eligible Test (1 to 5th classes).For more details, all the candidates can check the official notification available at http://upbasiceduparishad.gov.inAge limit:All the candidates interested in applying should not exceed the maximum age limit of 62 years.Application fee:General/ OBC: 500SC/ ST: Rs 200How to apply:Candidates need to apply online at www.upbasiceduparishad.gov.inFill in all the details in prescribed formatClick to submitTale printout of the sameImportant dates:Last date for submission of online application: January 10Last date for payment of application fee through e-challan: January 11Last date for print out of online application: January 13Read: Work at Kashmir Central University: Vacancies open for Clerical, Assistant posts Read: Uttar Pradesh PSC is hiring for 125 posts of Sports Officer, Medical Officer and others: Apply now Click here for government job related news.For more details, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
At least 500 people were detained after a whole night’s protest against ban on jallikattu at Alanganallur.The Supreme Court in May 2014 banned the conduct of Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu. The court also held that bulls cannot be used as performing animals either for Jallikattu events or for bullock-cart races in the Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra or elsewhere in the country.Ever since the ban order, people have been demanding that the central government take necessary legal steps to allow conduct of the sport.HERE IS WHAT HAPPENEDPeople from all parts of Tamil Nadu assembled at Alanganallur late last night to protest against the ban on jallikattu. Police also had to resort to lathicharge to dismiss the crowd.However, at least 300 men and women stayed back near Vadivasal and continued their protest.The protesters, sat down on the road and refused to move until cops allow to conduct jallikattu. Overwhelmed by their spirit, Alanganallur people cooked food and served them drinks.After all while, police cordoned the entire area and refused the villagers to give any food or water to the protesters. But even then, daring the cold winter night, the crowd hurdled together.On Monday, thousands of youths who started their protest in Alanganallur in Madurai district against a Supreme court ban on the bull-taming sport, were taken into custody by the police today as the protest extended overnight. Also read:Defying Supreme Court ban, Madurai village organises jallikattu on PongalWATCH
The Irani Cup was always going to be a direct face-off between the two experienced wicket-keepers Wriddhiman Saha and Parthiv Patel to win a spot for the remaining five Tests of the home season. (Latest Cricket stories)With chairman of selectors MSK Prasad in attendance, Saha struck a stroke-filled unbeaten double hundred on day five in Mumbai to help Rest of India chase down a daunting 379 vs Gujarat in the Irani Cup. It was the same sense of occasion from Saha that Parthiv showed when presented with a chance following Saha’s hamstring injury during the England series.WATCH VIDEO HEREWhile both of them failed to score in the first innings, Gujarat captain Parthiv Patel only managed 32 in the second, done in by a poor umpiring decision. Saha’s runs will count in the final analysis though, particularly after Rest of India’s six-wicket win.”Everyone tries to do well in their own space. Parthiv and me are both trying to play for India. Ultimately the selectors will decide,” he told India Today.Up until the ill-timed injury on the eve of the third Test against England, Saha had slowly but surely settled into India’s Test wicket-keeping duties after MS Dhoni’s retirement. Gloves not quite the size of Dhoni’s but good enough to inspire confidence in the team to use the five bowlers theory at home.”All the opportunity I get, I try to bat. Runs are vital now. The keeper has to deliver with the tail. Those 100 runs can take the team total from 300 to 400,” he said.advertisementWith the benchmark Dhoni has set as a keeper-batsman, the next Indian keeper has to score. It’s an attribute that’s become as important as being neat with the gloves.Parthiv being the untiring domestic journeyman latched on to the fortuitous opportunity. Eight years after he last played a Test for India, he did all that was needed of him and more with 195 runs averaging 65 in three Tests against England with crucial half-centuries as an opener in two Tests to allow the team luxury of playing five bowlers.Saha dismissed competition with Parthiv as a non issue.”I haven’t thought that way from childhood. I am not that types at all. If I think that way I will be under more pressure. Whichever match I play I look to focus on that game,” is his take on pressures of competition. Both Parthiv, Saha and rest of the keepers of their generation know that too well having waited a decade which was ruled by Dhoni.The competition may have left the dressing room with some delicate handling to keep both campaigners motivated. The team WhatsApp group may help.”We have a WhatsApp group. So all are in touch that way. Whoever scores gets compliments, they come from Virat (Kohli), everyone,” he said.When Saha checks his WhatsApp on returning to the hotel room, there may be a few well dones’ already. These ones may count. If he hasn’t sealed his spot for the Bangladesh Test already, by driving Rest of India home on day five, he can win back his India place with a statement.
Over the past two days, the number of protesters atOver the past two days, the number of protesters at various dharna sites, especially in sensitive districts, has been going up.In Rohtak, the Jats have gathered at Jassia village.The government is also closely monitoring the situation, the officials said.Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has maintained that everyone has the right to hold protest in a peaceful manner, but nobody will be allowed to take law into ones hand.Haryanas Additional Chief Secretary, Home Department, Ram Niwas said earlier that the Deputy Commissioners can exercise powers given under the National Security Act, 1980, if required, to deal with the protesters.However, agitation leader Malik has been strongly critical of any such move.”…We want to remind the Haryana government that people of Haryana understand the language of love, and coercive methods cannot be used to suppress their voice,” Malik said.Apart from the quota demand, the agitators are demanding release of arrested Jat youths from jails, withdrawal of cases registered during last years agitation and grant of government jobs to the kin of youths killed and those injured during the earlier stir and action against BJP MP from Kurukshetra Raj Kumar Saini over his alleged anti-Jat rants.Haryana Health and Sports Minister Anil Vij slammed the INLD, alleging that its leaders were provoking the Jat community to disturb the peace of Haryana for its political interests.”This time the INLD has come out openly in support of agitators to disturb law and order situation in the state. INLD had also remained in power in the state, but at that time they ignored the reservation issue,” Vij told reporters in Ambala today.advertisementHe alleged that “INLD wants to harm the brotherhood and harmony of the state to get the sympathy of a community”.While criticising Yashpal Malik, Vij said that he had nothing to do with the interests of Jat community.”Malik is doing cheap politics on Jat reservation issue. Moreover, he is issuing provocative statements which would not be tolerated,” Vij said.Vij said that the matter of reservation was pending before the court, therefore, the Jat community should wait for the court decision. PTI CORR SUN SMN
Chennai, Mar 6 (PTI) ISL franchise Chennaiyin FC today parted ways with their World Cup winning Italian coach Marco Materazzi. Materazzi, who was the head coach of Chennaiyin FC in the first three seasons of the Hero Indian Super League, left by mutual consent. He was player-manager in the first season, making seven appearances as a player, with Chennaiyin finishing top of the league standings before narrowly losing in the semifinals against Kerala Blasters. Materazzi guided Chennaiyin to the title in the second season as they dramatically came from behind to beat hosts FC Goa 3-2 in the final. A record-breaking five-game winning run was instrumental in that triumph as Materazzi inspired the players to success from the brink of elimination. The former World Cup winner remains the most successful coach in ISL history with maximum wins. “We thank Marco for three memorable seasons and wish him the very best for the future. He will forever be a Chennaiyin FC legend and is also guaranteed a place in ISL history. Marco will always be warmly welcomed back in Chennai and especially at the Marina Arena,” the Chennaiyin FC co-owners stated in a joint statement. Marco Materazzi said, “These past three seasons with Chennaiyin has been a great adventure on a sports and human level. I leave the club today grateful to have been given the opportunity to contribute in my own modest way to the shaping of India as a football nation and most of all grateful to have lived firsthand the birth and growth of Chennaiyin FC. Incredible team, incredible fans, incredible India!” Chennaiyin FC is already on the lookout for a new coach. PTI CM BSadvertisement
Even when the Congress won 17 seats in the coastal state of Goa, forming a government seems to be a difficult job. In the Assembly election results on Saturday, the BJP got 13 seats and the Congress clinched 17 of the 40 seats to emerge as the single largest party in Goa. The BJP, however, seems to have managed to get the support of local parties to form the government in the state. The BJP claimed to have the support of 22 MLAs. NCP’s Churchill Alemao has lent his support along with the MGP, the GFP and 2 independents. A letter of support from Rohan Khaunte (Independent from Porvorim), whom the Congress had backed, is awaited. Khaunte would take BJP’s tally to 23.Reacting to the developments in the state, Congress General Secretary and MP, Digvijaya Singh on Sunday said that if the BJP has the “letter of support” from regional political parties, they were ready to seat in the Opposition.The senior party leader said that Congress President Sonia Gandhi would take a call on the leader of the legislative party in the state. “Will individually hold talks with all our MLA’s later this evening to appoint our Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader in Goa. Singh told media after CLP meet in Goa.The CLP held it first meeting today where two resolution were passed. In the first resolution, the Congress thanked people of Goa for reposing their confidence in the party. Singh said, “In the second resolution we have thanked our leadership for having led the campaign and under their guidance we have been elected in 17 segments.”advertisementThe CLP unanimously requested the Congress president and vice-president to advise on electing the leader of the party.”In the meantime, we are also in touch with non-BJP MLAs. We are absolutely confident of getting the numbers to to form the government. We are surprised at the way how Parrikar and the BJP are displaying their hunger to be in power.”Singh commenting on the development that Manohar Parrikar might be made the CM of Goa, said, “I appreciate the deep love of Parrikar with the soul of Goa, but he should be sporting enough to understand that the people of Goa have rejected the BJP.”Also read: Is Manohar Parrikar returning as Goa CM? BJP MLAs pass resolution; MGP, GFP onboardAlso read: Goa Election Results: BJP wins 13 seats, claims support of nine MLAs
Shashank Manohar defers his decision to step down as ICC Shashank Manohar defers his decision to step down as ICC chairman following the executive boards resolution. PTI AH AH
Mumbai Indians all-rounders Hardik and Krunal Pandya created a unique record in their victory against Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday.Mumbai Indians pulled off a thrilling four-wicket win against Kolkata Knight Riders to continue their dominance over their rivals at the Wankhede Stadium. (Nitish Rana, Hardik Pandya guide Mumbai Indians to 4-wicket win vs Kolkata Knight Riders)While Hardik starred in Mumbai’s chase with a 11-ball 29 cameo, his brother Krunal picked up three wickets for 24 runs to help restrict the KKR to 178.Chasing 179 for victory, Mumbai – who have now won 14 times in their 19 meetings with KKR – were always up against it losing wickets at regular intervals. At one point the hosts were reeling at 119 for 5 when Hardik Pandya joined Nitish Rana in the middle.Needing 60 runs off the last 24 balls, Rana went from strength to strength, going from 29 off 23 at one stage to 50 off 28. Hardik at the other end, smacked the winning runs in his much-needed 11-ball 29 cameo in which he hit three fours and two sixes.Earlier, Krunal’s brilliant effort with the ball helped put a brake on the KKR’s scoring-rate. Put in to bat, the Knights began on a song with openers Gautam Gambhir and Chris Lynn going hammer and tongs. (Rohit Sharma reprimanded for showing excessive disappointment over umpire’s decision)The duo, who had remained unbeaten in the side’s emphatic 10-wicket win over Gujarat Lions in their first match, picked up the gaps and came up with some flourishing strokes to take the visitors to 44 at the end of the fourth over.advertisementHowever, left arm spinner Krunal brought Mumbai roaring back into the match by removing Gambhir and Robin Uthappa in his very first over.Gambhir mistimed a lofted shot to a good length ball. Three balls later, it was a sibling conspiracy that saw the end of Uthappa. The wicketkeeper-batsman went for a slog sweep and finished into the hands of Hardik.Krunal once again teamed up Hardik – stationed at long leg – to get rid of Yusuf Pathan for 6. (Gautam Gambhir upset with fielding lapses after close defeat to Mumbai Indians)In doing so, Hardik and Krunal, who were the first brother-pair to be part of the same IPL team, achieved a distinct feat.This was the first instance where a player took a catch off his brother’s bowling in the IPL.Other stats from the MI vs KKR match:50 – Number of IPL matches hosted by Wankhede Stadium. It became fourth ground to host 50 IPL matches or more after Bengaluru’s M Chinnaswamy Stadium (60), Kolkata’s Eden Gardens (54) and Delhi’s Feroz Shah Kotla (53).5 – Number of consecutive IPL matches won by the side batting second at Wankhede – this one and all four last year.10 – Number of catches Kieron Pollard has taken off Lasith Malinga’s bowling in IPL. Only one bowler-fielder combination has performed even better – 13 catches by Pollard off Harbhajan Singh’s bowling.5 – Number of times Sunil Narine has dismissed Rohit Sharma in IPL – most any bowler has dismissed a particular batsman in the tournament.200 – Number of catches taken by Kieron Pollard in Twenty20 cricket – most by any fielder.147.53 – Kieron Pollard’s strike-rate at the time of completing 2000 runs in IPL (up to the end of innings). Only three players had higher strike-rate while reaching this mark – Virender Sehwag (165.28), Chris Gayle (159.83) and Yusuf Pathan (149.16)49 – Runs needed by Mumbai Indians in the last three overs (18 to 20) to win. Only one side has scored more runs in the last three overs to win an IPL match while chasing a target. Chennai Super Kings made 52 against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Bengaluru in 2012.14.28 – Kolkata Knight Riders’ win-percentage against Mumbai Indians at Wankhede – just one win in seven IPL matches.14 – Number of times Mumbai Indians have beaten Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL – most wins against a particular side in IPL. The details:Most wins against a particular side in IPL14 Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders (in 19 matches)13 Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab (in 19 matches)13 Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (in 21 matches)13 Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (in 21 matches)13 Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings (in 24 matches)(Stats by Rajneesh Gupta)
Today we have a heart-felt guest post from Mark Miller. Given the topic, I asked if we could feature his wedding photo, and he kindly agreed. Here he is with his wife on their wedding day 11 years ago. Enjoy this post about donor (and life) relationships.Are you looking for love in all the wrong places? Struggling through awkward first dates? Trying to rekindle that spark in a longtime relationship?I’m asking, of course, about your online fundraising.At the international conference of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy in October, I spoke to other hospital fundraisers about the similarities between pursuing romance and cultivating donors online. Too often, people think of online campaigns as onetime accomplishments, with no long-term strategy or follow-up. Instead, I focused on the steps needed to build committed relationships — and just as with love, that requires planning, effort, and a little luck. Playing the Field• Cast a wide net – you never know where your donor/partner may be.• Use all of your networks and connections – spread the word that you’re “available.”• Go where your prospects are, and that may not be where you think.Anyone who has met a boyfriend, girlfriend, or special friend through another friend, a workplace, or even an online dating website knows the power of networks. Your fundraising will be more successful if you tap into your supporters’ networks, and the organizations that are most effective at online fundraising are leveraging the power of peer-to-peer communications. Dating• Make a good first impression• Remember it’s not all about you.• Listen.• Engage with them in new and different ways.• Meet them in their own space – make it easy and convenient.The “getting to know you” phase is critical. You’re still making a “first” impression, and no one wants to be around someone who only talks about themself. Get to know your donors, and give them chances to engage in interesting, meaningful, and enjoyable ways.Taking the Plunge• Getting engaged or married is just the beginning!• Don’t take them for granted.• Relationships evolve. Adapt accordingly.As my wife would tell you (or me), after you get married, communication and appreciation are more important than ever. You already thanked your donor when they made their gift, but thank them again. Tell them how their gift is helping others. Give them opportunities to get more involved, in the ways they want to. What is your key to “dating” success?Mark Miller is director of philanthropic marketing and communication at Children’s National Medical Center. View Getting Your Donors to Say I Do: Using Online Tools to Build Lasting Relationships on slideshare.
When you reach out to donors in different ways, so they can support you as they choose, you raise more money.That’s how I’d paraphrase the results of a new study by Convio and CARE that shows, and I quote: “Dual channel donors (those who give both offline and online) are the most valuable to nonprofit organizations.” When you make giving convenient in all ways, and are consistent in your message, people respond. There are no “online” donors or “offline” donors, there are just human beings. And they switch among means of support just as you switch among means of shopping or banking, online and off. Organize your fundraising around the donor and when they feel like giving — instead of the channel — and the results will speak for themselves.Get the whole study here.
Imagine this. You’ve had a bad day at work. For months, you’ve been trying to persuade everyone to recycle. No one is complying. In frustration, you send out a mass email. “Only 5% of staff is putting paper in the recycling bins. We need to do better,” you say.Bad move.Why? When we are deciding whether to do something, we typically look to see what others are doing (“social proof”). As Robert Cialdini has thoroughly documented, we’re compliant creatures. If we see everyone else is ignoring the recycling bins, we’ll ignore them too.If you lament that no one is listening, no one will listen. By emphasizing inaction, you discourage the very behaviors you’re seeking.If you want action, make people feel they are are part of something positive: “We’re aiming for 100% of paper recycled by Friday – and we’re on our way there.”If you’re at a nonprofit that’s attracted hundreds of donations when you wanted thousands, don’t say, “Fewer people have supported our cause this year. So many kids are going without lunch. We really need your help.”Say: “Your donation will provide a school lunch to Jason every day this year. Join the hundreds of donors supporting kids like him.”Here are three tips for turning your frustration over what isn’t working into a message that compels action – instead of more inaction.1. The number one thing you can do to overcome resistance is to celebrate and publicize the people who are taking action. It will help inspire the ones who aren’t.2. If you don’t have enough people to highlight, try getting just one – preferably a person who people respect (or who has authority). Ask that person to explain why he or she is taking action. Maybe you’re not the best messenger and that person would be better.3. Last, if you can’t succeed on those fronts, try to convert just regular one person. Then ask that person to explain why they changed their mind. Converted skeptics are the most motivating of any messenger for the people who have failed to act. The people who aren’t on your side are more likely to relate to someone who once felt like them.Bottom line? Accentuate the positive if you want a positive reaction.
The good news is that giving continues to grow. The bad news is that donor retention rates aren’t what they should be. Think about the donors who came into your organization’s ecosystem during the past year. Will they give again?You can improve the odds of keeping more of your supporters by declaring this year the Year of the Donor. What this looks like for your organization may be different than for your nonprofit peers, but here are a few basics to get you started:1. Have a solid plan.The biggest way to ensure your donors remain your top priority is to create a well-organized plan for cultivating your organization’s supporters throughout the year.To do: Create a comprehensive donor stewardship plan that complements your overall marketing strategy and retention goals. Your plan should include a timeline, messaging guidelines, and who will be responsible for each component of your donor outreach. For more planning tips, take a look at Network for Good’s donor stewardship checklist.2. Send an amazing thank you.Of course you’re thanking all your donors. Right? (Right?) But are you making it an amazing experience of effusive gratitude? Is your thank you so awesome that donors will tell their friends all about it? Even tell strangers? If not, there’s always room for improvement. Your goal: Express to impress!To do: Take the time to write a series of really great donor thank you letters. Make them personal, memorable, and full of gratitude. Your thank you letters should reinforce the projected impact of a donor’s gift and open the door for an ongoing relationship. If possible, hire a professional copywriter to polish your thank yous.3. Keep the conversation going.Your thank you note is really just the start of a new conversation with your donor. Keep this conversation flowing by updating your supporters on your work and how their gift has helped make it possible. Update supporters on what’s new in your community, your work, and how they can continue to be involved. As you build on this communication, you’ll have earned the opportunity to invite them to give again.To do: Create an editorial calendar to plan your outreach and news you’d like to share. Use your email marketing tools to segment your lists so you can separate donors from those who’ve yet to give. Communicate to these two groups differently when sending updates to tailor your message to reflect donors’ special status.4. Clearly articulate your impact.One of the main reasons donors don’t go on to give a second gift is because they’re not sure how their money was used to create real impact. It’s your job to make sure supporters know exactly how their gift is being used and how it makes a difference. Get in the habit of making this a part of everything you do—from fundraising appeals to your monthly newsletter.To do: Illustrate a donation’s impact through photos, testimonials, and quantifiable results that are easy for donors to understand. Incorporate these elements in every piece of donor communication you send. Build a collection of stories that are organized by program or locality so you can easily match these with the profiles of your donors.5. Invite donors for their feedback.More and more donors don’t want to just give and run—they want to be an active part of your cause. Because they’ve been moved enough to donate, they can offer valuable insight on what went into their decision and how you can continue to reach them and others in their network.To do: Regularly invite your donors to provide you with feedback. Add this to your donor thank you phone script and conduct periodic donor surveys to collect their input on everything from your newsletter content to how you contact them. Making them feel more invested in your work will bring donors even closer to your organization.6. Regularly test and improve.It takes a lot of work to acquire new donors, so it’s crucial that you do everything you can to keep the ones you’ve got. One way to do this is to find and fix any leaks in your process. Once you’ve fixed the obvious problems, optimize your donor retention strategy by testing new messages and acknowledgement techniques.To do: Track and measure every interaction with your donors. If you don’t have Google Analytics on your nonprofit website or donation form, that’s one place to start. Identify where donors may be falling off by looking at your website bounce rate, form abandonment, and email unsubscribes. Use A/B testing to see which calls to action and content types work best for your audience.7. Create feel-good moments.Everyone gives for different reasons, but we all want to feel good about our charitable gifts. To keep this positive vibe flowing, it’s important to create moments of connection and with your donors. Ronald McDonald House Charities does just that with this simple thank you video that puts the donor at the center of the experience and in the embrace of those who feel the impact of their donations every day:To do: Commit to making your ongoing donor outreach unique and personal. Get creative with photos, video, and perks for your donors to help your cause stay top of mind. Recruit volunteers and beneficiaries to help keep your communications authentic and original. (Want more ideas on using images to stand out? Read these 10 ways nonprofits can use visuals.)How will you make this year the Year of the Donor? I’d love to hear your plans, and I know your donors can’t wait to see what happens next.