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Where is our evolving HR function headed next? – ITProPortal

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Working practices are changing. According to a Covid-19 survey by, remote working has increased employee efficiency, with almost two-thirds of employers reporting increased productivity when working from home compared to in-office and 83 per cent of employees feel they do not need an office to be productive. But, as we have come to realize throughout the pandemic, there is so much more to work than efficiency. The challenge of innovating and collaborating without a physical workspace has remained a top priority for businesses in recent months.

Theres no doubt that technology has played an important role in facilitating the day-to-day running of many businesses as theyve shifted to work-from-home policies. Within this context, HRs traditional role has changed, and people teams are now increasingly relied upon to both support business continuity in the short term and consider long-term changes to the world of work. So, what is the role of HR in building and facilitating the workplace of the future?

Driving collaboration and innovation is an area where business leaders look to HR. As people specialists, our function is expected to ensure that all business units are aligned and continuing with business as usual. Not only is this important when it comes to day-to-day tasks, such as virtual meetings, but also when looking at bigger picture challenges, such as how the workforce will continue to function as lockdown restrictions continue to change.

Its only now were unable to have those impromptu water cooler and kitchen conversations that weve realized how vital they were to encouraging creativity. However, as these methods to support innovation are not possible, HR has had to come up with alternative options. Businesses have had to invest in new technologies to support collaborative communication such as Microsoft Teams and Yammer, which can be used for both professional and personal development.

Our employees are encouraged to use these tools for regular communication with their teams, as well as to attend non-work-related activities, such as virtual exercise classes and origami and doodling sessions. By dedicating some time out of their day focused on creativity, they are more likely to return to work feeling refreshed. This gives them the space they need to switch off, which often leads to an increase in collaborative ideas and inspiration.

There is often a fear factor involved when talking about using technology across the HR function, but the pandemic has shown that technology will become even more embedded in the workplace. Businesses are seeing a focus on collecting data to help better inform decision making. Data insights enable them to understand what the current resource pool looks like and analyze employee engagement across the business, for example whether there are any issues with onboarding or any spikes in attrition. By using data to provide a holistic view of the organization, leaders can better understand what is working well across the business and where they need to make changes.

It is up to HR professionals to become evangelists for data and analytics as business enablers across the organization, not just people tools. This can be done by showcasing the improvements the technology makes using clear metrics such as reduced attrition rates, increased collaboration, and improved employee engagement. Essentially, business leaders need to understand how data will help them to do their jobs more effectively, and it is up to the HR function to communicate this.

Digital collaboration tools can also aid virtual delivery training which will support both the onboarding and reskilling processes. As it becomes increasingly apparent that everyone will be returning to the office at different times, HR needs to make sure it has the systems and processes in place to support both new talent and existing employees, and make them feel welcome and energized to work as soon as they walk through the virtual door.

Nevertheless, removing the face-to-face, human contact element from the workplace does pose challenges. For example, when colleagues register their attendance for a training course, some may think that their attendance isnt as important as face-to-face training or can drop out halfway through because itll be repeated or recorded. Therefore, this doesnt mean we should say goodbye to the office forever, because it remains a venue for socializing and enabling certain tasks that work best in person. We will see offices evolve into hubs that act as agile workspaces where colleagues can meet face to face to catch-up and work together.

There are many nuances associated with face-to-face delivery that you cant replicate virtually. Even the side chats with colleagues sat next to you or during lunchbreaks can help build rapport and lead to new ideas. Without the in-person dynamics, how can we help colleagues improve their interpersonal skills?

Just as technology cannot replace the physical workplace, it cannot replace the humans that use it. The HR function has a responsibility to allay fears around AI and robots taking jobs by teaching employees how to work alongside emerging technologies and communicating the benefits of doing so. Employees need to understand the value of technology in allowing them to move away from transactional activities and instead focus on value-added, strategic priorities, such as succession and talent planning, recruitment strategies, and diversity and inclusion initiatives.

HRs role is evolving into a two-fold function. Not only will it be expected to use technology to create efficiencies in the way it operates, it will also become the point of contact for employees to understand how technology is set to transform the sector they work in.

Julie Chell, Chief People Officer, Civica

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October 22nd, 2020 at 9:57 pm

2020 Election: Deb Hays (R), candidate for New Hanover Board of Commissioners [Free read] – Port City Daily

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Repbulican Deb Hays is running for a spot on the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy New Hanover County GOP)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY Republican Deb Hays is running for a seat on the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners.

In 2015 and 2017, Hays ran unsuccessful bids for Wilmington City Council.

Three seats are open, and Hays will appear as one of six total candidates for voters to choose from.

Early voting is underway. Same-day registration is available during the early voting period, which ends Oct. 31. Election day is Nov. 3.Check your voter registrationand county elections office to confirm polling locations, dates, and hours.

Port City Daily emailed all candidates the below questionnaire and will run their responses ahead of the Nov. 3 election. Port City Daily edited responses for spelling and grammatical errors only.

Port City Daily (PCD): The county added a new Office of Diversity and Equity in the aftermath of the George Floyd killing in May. How would you rate the countys (i.e. NHC Sheriffs Offices) response to the protests? What ideas would you bring to ensure the new Office of Diversity and Equity serves marginalized communities and underrepresented voices effectively, equitably and equally?

Deb Hays (DH): First of all the countys response is far more reaching than one single department. To the point of our local law enforcement officers (LEOs) team that consist of the Wilmington Police Department (WPD) and the New Hanover County Sheriffs Office (NHCSO), they have on numerous and documented occasions done their job of protecting the citizens of NHC and used a common-sense approach, while demonstrating considerable restraint in not using force.

Recently, at a standoff situation with an armed, barricaded person, the LEOs were quick to respond to protect the neighborhood full of families and children; keeping calm, diligent and not escalating the situation, they were able to resolve the standoff with no one getting hurtparticularly the innocent citizens of the neighborhood. How many potential violent incidents have been avoided due to the awareness, diligence, and creative law enforcement strategies that have been employed by our local LEOs? Have we had violent protests that resulted in damage to citizens or properties as in other cities, including NC cities? NO! Our local LEOs have been incredibly successful in maintaining a peaceful presence, while ensuring that our COVID-struggling small businesses in the heart of our downtown central business district have not had property damage, looting, fires or other unnecessary violent acts.

Lets look and deal with the facts: Our LEOs are doing their job and keeping us, the citizens and our businesses, safe. Is there room for improvement? Always! Are there areas that need to be addressed and worked on? Absolutely!

I have great confidence in Linda Thompson as Chief Diversity and Equity Officer. Once her analysis and assessment of the countys needs have been done, the then-current county commissioners need to work together to create a strategic investment that will ensure diversity, inclusion, fairness and respect for all for generations to come. This can take many forms via education, training, process implementation, oversight, and public input; I am excited to roll up my sleeves and delve into this opportunity. I am committed to supporting and growing this valuable mission for all the citizens of our county.

PCD: New Hanover Sheriff Ed McMahon said, Every year, my commissioners, our commissioners hold me accountable through the managers office. As a commissioner, would your priorities differ from whats currently expected of the NHC Sheriffs Office? Explain.

DH: To appropriately address this question, it is necessary to understand what is currently required of the NHCSO. To that end, the mission statement for the New Hanover County Sheriffs Office (NHCSO) is: To serve and protect the citizens of New Hanover County with integrity and enforce the laws of North Carolina and the United States of America.

This is a strong statement that is broad reaching. The underlying goals, objectives, and desired outcomes further clarify and narrow the focus. To paraphrase: reduce crime, employ high standards of professionalism, responsibility, accountability, and integrity through training, enhanced community relations, volunteer outreach, and mentorships; promote professional growth within the sheriffs office through technology, best practices, and accreditations; reduce inmate recidivism while enhancing inmate personal growth through education, healthcare, and assisting with community re-entry; ensure and enhance a safe learning environment for our schools; ensure and enhance proper animal care within our county; all the while maintaining relationships with the community to build trust and improve the quality of life of the citizens. And this is the short version!

I restated this to show the depth and breadth of the requirements and expectations of the NHCSO on a daily basistheir stated accountability to the citizen population is well-defined. They are ranked and reviewed according to these goals and objectives. In order to provide guidance and direction on any additions or changes to these stated goals, I would need to understand the level of attainment for each item; then working with the Office of Diversity and Equity, the sheriffs office and other county departments, rework and revise areas of need, and add in any new opportunities to further enhance the growth and development of officers and staff, while providing greater community involvement and outreach.

One idea to build community cooperation and outreach is in addition to the current citizen academy for people 18 and over, establish a junior academy for at-risk children to learn another way and garner a better understanding of Law Enforcement relations. This brings young citizens right to the core of community policing efforts and also allows the officers an opportunity to establish a real connection with our youth.

So the answer is, yes, to continually look for new and better ways of policing through mutual education and awareness of the community, outreach, and LEOsand, no, to completely changing course and direction, as many of the priorities are valid and necessary.

PCD: How would you rate the countys economic development strategy? What changes would you make to it? What types of jobs would you want to attract and how?

DH: I would implement the following FOCUSED APPROACH: a united marketing and economic development effort including all our tourism authorities, economic development entities, chambers, associations, and the airport authority to adopt and present a comprehensive and common marketing approach for our area. This would deliver a collaborative and consistent theme about our quality of life, the enjoyment lifestyle, our history, arts, festivals, film, food, theater, beaches, riverfront, music, sports, education, etc., and showcase an impactful recurring message for all to use, whether it be for recruiting companies, jobs, tourist, students, etc

FOCUSED EFFORT Research, realize, and agree on what type of companies and jobs we need and want, then target our efforts accordingly. For example, our region is most competitive with small to mid-sized companies with 50-plus-or-minus employees. These size companies have proven to thrive in our region and want to come hereLive Oak Bank, Castle Branch, nCino, Tek Mountain to name a few. They can and will grow with our community and spawn tech startups to provide a continual incubator. Once we have them here, they will stayproven! Clean industry with vital jobs that bring opportunity housing!

A supportive education plan must continue to be enhanced to provide the skills needed for the complementary industries targeted, whether that be welders, plumbers, electricians, or high level tech engineers. This is a collaborative effort with New Hanover County Schools, Cape Fear Community College, and UNCW.

A 5G wireless infrastructure would ensure New Hanover County is positioned to lead on innovation, and our community would be better connected (COVID taught us just how sparsely connected we are at the present). The speed and broad availability of a 5G network connectivity would unlock a new digital economic future for New Hanover County and unleash new educational opportunities.

We need to also look to our region for collaboration amongst our neighboring counties. We have excellent resources that can be shared to bring clean industries and vital jobs to our area.

PCD: How satisfied are you with the level of citizen engagement in the countys planning process? [Very satisfied/somewhat satisfied/neutral/somewhat unsatisfied/very unsatisfied] What changes would you make to improve public involvement?

DH: This is a two-part answer, in that I am fairly satisfied with the countys community outreach for the UDO re-write process. I served over three years on the City of Wilmington Comprehensive Plan Committee that created, wrote, and implemented the Create Wilmington Comprehensive Planmany elements of that plan are a part of the countys process for the UDO. I worked closed with the county to engage citizen input and review the draft document before it went to the commissioners for approval. There was strong community engagement and support throughout the UDO process!

When implementing the plan, there is always room for improvement on involvement and collaboration. There are many elements of the UDO that are technical and complex, and require engineering review. Throughout my years of service on the planning commission, I was dedicated to letting the citizens speakespecially at public hearings. If people have taken the time and effort to attend a meeting, and want to voice their opinion then I want to hear it and listen to them.

I know how difficult it can be in a public hearing, and it can get very contentious with differing viewpoints, but I believe my role as a county commissioner would be to listen to the concerns, questions, suggestions, and issues of the citizens. There are many times when citizens have voiced their concerns and helped improve the final outcome for a project. Engage them!

With proper parameters and guidelines to follow, this is a positive for all.

PCD: How familiar are you with the countys planning process? [Very familiar/somewhat familiar/neutral/somewhat unfamiliar/very unfamiliar] Are there any areas you think you need to learn more about?

DH: Very familiar. I served for over eight years as chair of the city planning commission, so I have a strong background and understanding, not only of the planning process but also in reviewing the technical plans. I know what questions to ask concerning stormwater, environmental protections, encroachments, tree canopy requirements, etc. I can start day one with the knowledge and skillset needed to ensure that our precious countys resources are protected and preserved.

Zoning allocation for infill and redevelopment parcels specifically targeted toward our workforce has the added benefit of reducing traffic congestion and creating live, work, and play neighborhoods that are better connected with more greenspace.

In addition, I helped write the City of Wilmington Comprehensive Plan, so I have true hands-on experience with a thorough knowledge and understanding of the planning process. Continual learning is always part of my personal plan. As a committed civic leader, with years of dedicated experience, I understand these issues deeply and can get to work immediately to serve as your county commissioner.

PCD: Do you think the countys current plans adequately anticipate future environmental issues? [Yes/No] How would you address sea-level rise and the increase in hurricane activity?

DH: With the increase in population, demands continue to be placed on our infrastructurestorm water, traffic congestion, water and sewer capacity. New Hanover Countys Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) is the basis for changing and redesigning our land development code, how we use our land. Critical to this is using up-to-date information.

For example, the current soil surveys date back to the 1970s, and these are used for all stormwater plans. Current, updated soil surveys need to be conducted in order to implement a properly working stormwater plan to insure correct drainage and water flow to prevent flooding issues. Existing culverts and drainage paths need to be kept clean and clear of debris for water flow. Future building plans must be reviewed for any negative impact on existing neighborhoods and surrounding areasboth up and downstream of our internal creeks and drainage flow-ways. Protections need to be in place for our environmentally delicate estuaries.

In addition, many of our existing neighborhoods were developed prior to stormwater regulations, and as such need to be reviewed and plans implemented to bring them up to date. This is an onerous task but one that I feel is necessary in order to properly address our countys environmental impact concerns and future needs.

Our tree canopy is one of our greatest assets, and a necessity for clean air and hurricane resilience. In recent years, I have fought hard for the protection of our beautiful tree canopy and worked to implement stronger regulations on tree size for any tree removal. I will bring this same dedication and attention to the county commission.

Beach nourishment needs a recurring fund, established to provide for continual beach nourishment along our coast. A review of our room occupancy tax (ROT) to tap into all the visitor dollars coming into our area would assist in contributing viable and sustainable dollars to our beaches. This also alleviates the burden placed on property owners to foot the bill through property taxation. In addition, I have worked extensively with the NC Coastal Federation to create control measures and prevent erosion for shoreline mitigation.

In addition, I would be in support of our county taking the lead on viable solutions for our carbon footprint. The switch to electric vehicles on the surface looks to help lower our emissions, but upon closer review the batteries for these vehicles are not sustainable and need multiple replacements over the life of the vehicle. This adds more damage than it does good. A thorough review is needed and should be a part of our future plan for the County.

PCD: How well do you think the county balances development with livability (i.e. moderated traffic, preserved greenspace, etc.)? What changes would you make to the countys approach?

DH: Proper planning with strong adherence to correct implementation is the basis for an appropriate growth strategy that is positive for all our citizens; both have been a focus for me for the past several years. Building anywhere and at any cost is not appropriate. Responsible planning for growth needs to be balanced with private property rights and work in conjunction with surrounding areas and environmental needs. I have worked diligently implementing plans to bring more green space, neighborhood connectivity for walking and biking-ability, placing support services and schools around communities to reduce traffic and increase live, work, play opportunities to provide for higher quality of life. These are proven transitions that once implemented will help correct years of unplanned sprawl.

We need to work collaboratively within our region to understand our current and future needs. Growth doesnt have to be a bad wordit is the result of positive things happening in our county. Well-planned and envisioned growth has benefits, such as stable taxation (no tax hikes), stronger housing values, neighborhood stability with consistent home affordability for current and long term citizens that have invested in our county.

We live in a vibrant area with amenities that continue to attract new residents. We are growing and at a critical point in our vision and plan for the future. Parks, trees, green and blue ways, the works is NOW to enact and implement for the preservation and protection of the charm and essence of our county. I am passionate about our community and am committed to its quality and enjoyment of life.

PCD: How concerned are you about New Hanover Countys environmental quality? What other environmental issues concern you, and how would you address them?

DH: Constant concern. Clean, healthy water is a basic core value. We need to employ all the resources we have on a local, regional, and state basis to address and ensure quality and quantity of water. We must work collaboratively as a region to understand our current and future water needs, and put a plan in place now!

UNCW research has been working closely with CFPUA to address the PFAS in our water supply. They have developed both a short-term fix and a long-term solution. The long-term solution is a project that has begun to add eight new granular activated carbon (GAC) filters to the Sweeney Water Treatment Plant. This project is anticipated to go online in May 2022. Until the new filters are in place, CFPUA has implemented a program to replace media in existing filters. These steps have already resulted in reductions of contaminants. The lawsuits that have been filed against the companies that are responsible for releasing these compounds into our water supply are starting to prove successful and will continue to assist in recovering the costs and damages, so our citizens are not further financially impacted. Ongoing collaboration to ensure our drinking water is clean and clear of contaminants upstream, all the way down the Cape Fear River. We must hold accountable those responsible for contaminating our water and continue to work with our region and state officials for sound policy and focused oversight with tangible results.

Clean Air is essentialand our tree canopy is our first line of defense. In addition, our focus on what industries and businesses to bring to our area must take this into consideration. The approach is to understand the type of businesses we want in our area that will thrive and be a positive addition, not a polluter of our air and water; companies that will bring strong paying long-lasting employment that will add to our tax base and allow us to further our clean environmental efforts.

PCD: How well do you think local officials have handled public transportation? What ideas will you bring toward its evolvement?

DH: Before the reorganization, somewhat poorly. After the reorganization, neutral. Time will tell.

WAVE Transit has been on life support for several years. The actions taken by the City of Wilmington and the county to completely overhaul our transit system are well justified. A recent study of the entire WAVE transit routing system has shown the targeted areas of use are within the denser populated areas of the City of Wilmington, with very little to no ridership/usage in the outlying unincorporated areas of the county, including the northeast campus of Cape Fear Community College. The successful portion of WAVE transit is the UNCW Seahawk Shuttleand this should be the model for re-establishing public transit in our area. Smaller vehicles with shorter routes and on-time arrivals and departures so that citizens can truly benefit from using the system. We need to start in the corridors that have the greatest needs and requirements for public transit and get it right before expanding.

PCD: Do you think the countys supplemental funding to the school district is appropriate? In what areas would you increase or decrease funding?

DH: No. I believe education is at the core of everything we do. A strong educational foundation leads to jobs and strong economic vitality, which would greatly assist in addressing housing affordability more than any other singular opportunity. We keep students in school and the graduation rates high, with a combination of both technical and higher education goals; this brings employers as we continue to provide the much-needed workforce and stimulate a vital economy, providing the monies needed for a stellar education systemfull circle!

I have always been a strong proponent for our education staff; have been heavily involved in all levels of our public schools from K-12 and volunteer of the year at each school my daughter attended. Yes, my daughter is a product of public education here in New Hanover County. I have actively supported every school bond since coming to the county in 1995. Parent involvement is greatly important, but the most critical component is our educators, and they must have excellent staff to support them. I believe we need to ensure our educators have the best tools available and have a healthy environment, in which to accelerate the educational process. We need to embrace technology at all levels but not let it take the place of learning through socialization. Access to internet for every student and family is a mustand I have been a staunch promoter and driver in getting our area much needed broadband access.

Teachers need to be able to build excitement for learning, which will grow continued excitement from our students, leading to higher graduation rates and stronger knowledge absorption. Provide alternative learning styles starting as early as possible to reach and keep all students engaged. Promote and grow technical education as a strong and positive alternative to the college career path, for those students that arent interested or ready for college, providing good jobs and career paths upon graduationmuch needed in our current workforce.

We have an incredible college and community college that provides us with excellent educators, but we lose them due to low pay. We must invest in our teachers so they can continue to invest in our children. Lets incentivize our educators to continue their own education by bringing back and enhancing teacher pay for advanced degrees and specialization certification. We are graduating some of the best educators in our statelets work to keep them here!

Our schools are one of the largest parts of the county budget, and targeted for the community foundation funds. Lets use and apply these funds appropriately to raise the level of education for all our students.

In short, invest continually in our public education, as it is the core around which everything revolves.

PCD: Would you have voted in favor of the hospital sale? Explain. DH: This vote is done. Stop with the continued fear mongering and sensationalism tactics for political gain. I am about the people of this county. I am a public servant, and it would not be prudent nor responsible to the citizens for me to say how I would have voted, as I was not in the position to have all the years of background knowledge and experience with the reviews of the hospital and county needs to make an educated decision. Stop with the what-ifs!

The PAG, a citizen-based committee, researched and investigated all aspects of this transaction and came to a unanimous conclusioneven though many of its members originally had strong reservations against the sale of the hospital. I attended and/or participated virtually all their meetings. They did an excellent job, and recent polls show the citizens of the county overwhelming support their decision.

It is time to move forward, together! The focus of effort now needs to be on the priorities for use of the proceedsin particular the Community Foundation. This unprecedented opportunity has the potential to benefit the citizens of New Hanover County for generations to come, a true game-changer for our community. This has an even greater potential than the Duke Endowment.

The foundation has been set up so that the monies stay with our county, and it will be one of my top priorities to ensure this happens. We have a responsibility to our current and future generations to create a foundation of community care that is inclusive of all our citizens.

Care, diligence, and attention needs to be paid to every formative step throughout the process and on-going to ensure that the health care needs of our citizens are continued to be met with the highest level of medical carefor all!

PCD: Are you comfortable with the community foundation being private? Explain.

DH: Yes. It has to be set up this way so there are no governmental constraints. A thorough review of the documents provides a true understanding of the depth of knowledge that went into the formation of the foundation, with the intent to provide our community with a vast resource for years to come. The monies stay local and can only be used for New Hanover County citizens. Great care and diligence went into the structure and details of this foundation. County commissioners going forward will need to ensure this structure remains focused on the citizensthat is the task at hand and a top priority.

PCD: Was the public adequately prepared, included, and briefed on the sale of the hospital? Would you have done anything differently through the process of the sale? If so, what specifically?

DH: Bothdisagree at the beginning of the process that the public was adequately prepared, but strongly agree that during and at the end of the process, the public was included in the process.

As previously stated, the citizen-based PAG committee and their investigative process was as open and transparent as possible, even in COVID times. The online and virtual public input sessions added opportunities for the public to really get their questions answered. The PAG patiently addressed each question that was asked in all their virtual sessions. They responded to an untold amount of personal emails sent to them by concerned citizens. And the result was an overwhelmingly positive acceptance by the citizens of their recommendation.

I do think the initial start of this process had some strong language that caught many off guard. This caused a negative reaction where many were quick to take sides without adequate information resulting in an emotional response. We are human and this was a natural response to a very emotionally charged issue. Through the in-depth research process the PAG underwent, facts were presented to the public, questions were answered, and the end result was an overwhelmingly positive support for the PAGs unanimous decision. We can learn from this process so that in the future our citizens feel and are a part of the process from start to finish.

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A Cloud Guru Expands C-Suite to Drive Next Phase of Growth – GlobeNewswire

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October 22, 2020 09:00 ET | Source: A Cloud Guru

AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 22, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- A Cloud Guru (ACG), the leader in modern tech skills development, today announced the expansion of its C-suite with two new hires: John Ritchie, Chief Financial Officer, and Lorraine Vargas Townsend, Chief People Officer. Following a record-breaking year, both executives bring a history of scaling high-growth companies to the senior leadership team.

In 2015, we set out to democratize cloud learning. Its been humbling to chip away at the global tech skills gap, but our work is just beginning, said Sam Kroonenberg, CEO of A Cloud Guru. As we continue to grow, we need strong, passionate leaders that can elevate our company without losing sight of our core values. John and Lorraine both have proven track records with high-growth companies, and I have the utmost confidence that their strengths and management styles will help us achieve our vision.

John Ritchie has extensive experience with companies at this stage of growth, including several he led to IPO. Hes held a variety of CFO roles at public and private companies over the last 20 years, including Splash Technology, Electronics for Imaging, Ubiquiti Networks, Telerik and most recently, Aerohive Networks, a cloud managed network provider. One of Ritchies areas of focus was Aerohives SaaS business. During his tenure, SaaS revenues grew approximately 25% annually while gross margins increased over 800 basis points.

With cloud adoption accelerating, the need for A Cloud Guru is indisputable. Individuals and businesses are itching for what A Cloud Guru has to offer, which makes its growth potential limitless, said John Ritchie, Chief Financial Officer at A Cloud Guru. ACG has the ideal combination of great people and great products. This gives me a unique opportunity to build on a rock solid foundation to position the company for its next phase of growth.

Lorraine Vargas Townsend is a disruptive human resources leader with over a decade of experience at SaaS companies and large, multinational organizations. She was formerly the Chief People Officer of Mendix, where she scaled the team from 500 to 1000, adding over 300 hires in one year, and specializes in implementing inclusive, people-first strategies that position career progression as the core of the employee experience.

Ive dedicated my career to giving people access to opportunities that can change their lives. The parallels between this personal mission and A Cloud Gurus are undeniable, said Lorraine Vargas Townsend, Chief People Officer at A Cloud Guru. When you think about traditional tech company culture, its clear that A Cloud Guru is different. It has a clear purpose and authentic leaders. Its already recognized as a top place to work, and Im excited to make whats already thriving even stronger, and to build a company culture thats impenetrable regardless of how quickly it grows.

The C-suite expansion follows the appointment of Katie Bullard to President of A Cloud Guru in December 2019. Bullard was brought on to accelerate the companys growth, which preceded the companys recent financial milestone: reaching $80M in ARR, a growth rate of 362%. To learn more about A Cloud Guru, visit For a list of open positions, see here.

About A Cloud Guru A Cloud Guru is driven by a simple mission to teach the world to cloud. We believe people learn best by doing. Thats why our in-house cloud experts go to ridiculous lengths to design fresh, engaging, and hands-on learning tools that empower both individuals and organizations to stay ahead of the technology curve. As the worlds most comprehensive, hands-on, and effective platform for cloud learning, ACG has enabled more than 2 million learners and 4,000 organizations to achieve a brighter future.

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Impostor Syndrome Prevalence In Professional Women And How To Overcome It – Forbes

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Part of Kathy Caprinos series The Most Powerful You

Impostor syndrome and chronic self-doubt impact a majority of professional women today

In my work as a career and leadership coach and consultant for mid- to high-level professional women, Ive been stunned at the degree to which highly accomplished women frequently struggle with feelings of inadequacy, self-doubt, low self-confidence and confusion about how they, in fact, reached the high levels theyve achieved. In doing a deep dive with them, my research has shown that a full 98% of professional women experience at least one of the 7 most damaging power gaps that prevent individuals from reaching their highest and most thrilling potential, and 75% face three or more of these gaps at the same time. One of the most challenging is Power Gap #1 - not recognizing your special talents, abilities, and gifts.

Earlier this month, KPMG released its 2020 edition of Advancing the Future of Women in Business: A KPMG Womens Leadership Summit Report focused on executive women demystifying imposter syndrome. To learn more about the prevalence of the impostor syndrome and what leaders, managers and others need to understand about it, I caught up this week with Laura Newinski, KPMGs U.S. Deputy Chair and COO, to explore her thoughts on the findings with us.

In her role, Newinski is responsible for the development of the U.S. firms strategy and the execution of its priorities. She has extensive experience serving Fortune 500 companies, and is recognized for her strong commitment to quality and integrity and consistent focus on building diverse and inclusive teams.

Heres what Newinski shares:

Kathy Caprino: Why did KPMG conduct this study on imposter syndrome?

Laura Newinski: Each year, our firm hosts the KPMG Womens Leadership Summit which brings together top leaders from business, politics, sports, and the media to help forge paths for women leaders to advance to the C-suite. The Summit provides hundreds of rising executive women, nominated by their CEOs to participate in the program, with high-impact leadership development content, access to todays top leaders and year-long networking opportunities.

As part of these efforts, we sponsor research or studies to better understand the specific issues women face in corporate America, and to glean insights on how we can continue to advance more women into leadership positions in the workplace. This year we surveyed 750 executive women from major companies, including many of the top brandswho are one or two career steps away from the C-suiteabout their experiences, if any, with imposter syndrome and how they have successfully overcome it.

Caprino: So, how did the study define imposter syndrome?

Newinski: In the study, imposter syndrome was defined as the inability to believe your success is deserved as a result of your hard work and the fact you possess distinct skills, capabilities and experiences. Rather, your inclination is to internalize that you got where you are by other means such as luck, or being in the right place at the right time.

Caprino: Are there moments in time when imposter syndrome typically occurs in ones career?

Newinski: Our study found that 75% of executive women identified having experienced imposter syndrome at various points during their careersand 85% believe it is commonly experienced by women across corporate America. Women can experience imposter syndrome in key moments of an existing role, or at specific milestones such as a career change or promotion. In fact, nearly 6 in 10 executive women told us that promotions or transitions to new roles were the times that they most experienced imposter syndrome.

Caprino: Have you personally experienced imposter syndrome and how did you address it?

Newinski: Like many of the women in our study, I have experienced similar feelings during moments of transition. Earlier in my career, when I received a promotion, I knew certain colleagues assumed, albeit wrongfully, I got the position solely because I was a woman. This made me feel insecure and caused me to doubt my abilities. To overcome these feelings, I focused on what I knew I was good atbuilding relationships founded in trust, gaining allies and fostering a culture of teamwork. I directed some special energy at the people I thought didnt believe in me. This strategy worked. It made me a better leader and it brought several people on my team along on their personal journeys of self-awareness, while increasing candid and productive communication and collaboration.

Caprino: In my work with executive women, Ive seen that the impostor syndrome also includes feeling unsure of yourself and worrying that youll be found out in terms of what you believe you dont know that you should. What are other typical symptomsof imposter syndrome and what is the prevalence of men having it compared to women?

Newinski: Imposter syndrome manifests itself in feelings of self-doubt, fear of success or failure, or self-sabotage. Im sure many leadersboth male and female recognize these feelings. According to our study, 74% of executive women said they dont believe male leaders have as much self-doubt as their female counterparts. While men also experience self-doubt, the executive women we surveyed think men dont admit it, dont talk about it, or do a better job of covering it up.

Moreover, 81% of the executive women surveyed believe they put more pressure on themselves not to fail than men doin effect, giving themselves a much smaller margin for error than men in similar leadership positions. Nearly half said their feelings of self-doubt resulted from never expecting to reach the heights of success that theyd achieved and more than half have been afraid they wont live up to expectations.

Additionally, more than half said the more successful they become, the lonelier it gets at the top, becauseas nearly one-third of respondents told usthey didnt know other women in similar positions.

Caprino: Ive observed that the impostor syndrome is in great part shaped by patriarchal societal and cultural influences as well as rigid gender stereotypes that dictate what feminine should look and act like. What do you believe contributes to women experiencing imposter syndrome so frequently?

Newinski: Many of our survey respondents felt women may experience imposter syndrome more than men due to differences in how boys and girls are raised in childhood. They cite how, from an early age, boys are encouraged to lead, demonstrate self-confidence and exhibit less emotion than girls. Women also cited family expectations, gender roles, societal stereotypes, and cultural differences as root causes of self-doubt. The respondents further identified self-imposed pressures and self-criticism as key contributing factors of doubt and uncertainty.

Caprino: How can imposter syndrome be addressed and overcome?

Newinski: Leaders play a huge role here. In fact, one of the survey findings that really resonated with me revealed that 47% of executive women believe having a supportive performance manager is the number one factor in combating imposter syndrome. I always remind the women Ive promoted that they have what it takes to be where they are and to be successful. That simple gesture can be extremely powerful and lasting.

Other aspects that matter include the promotion of teamwork and an inclusive culture, while keeping a special eye on the needs of the individual. Strong relationships with ones colleagues and leaders, built on open and honest communication, within a culture where people feel respected and valued can help women overcome self-doubt and promote their own self-worth.

72% of executive women responding to our survey have looked to the advice of a mentor or trusted advisor when doubting their abilities to take on new roles. In this kind of culture, women are empowered to redirect their fears and doubts and turn them into opportunities for growth.

Caprino: What are some of the ways leaders can lessen the experience of imposter syndrome for women on their teams?

Newinski: Again, our contributions as leaders are pivotal. It starts with courage and attentivenessthinking and acting boldly, with an eye on building supportive environments that foster a sense of belonging for women on our teams. Some specific actions to consider include:

While many women in KPMGs survey said they experience imposter syndrome, the good news is that it can be overcome. Leaders and organizations that successfully build supportive environments and foster a sense of belonging can help women confidently grow and thrive.

For more information, watch highlights from the 2020 KPMG Womens Leadership Summit, including additional thoughts from Newinski about the study.

To overcome your experiences of the impostor syndrome, work with Kathy Caprino in her Career & Leadership Breakthrough programs, and read her new book The Most Powerful You: 7 Bravery-Boosting Paths to Career Bliss.

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Whether you enjoy romances, thrillers, mysteries or something else entirely, you can find a great selection of free e-books online.

In this article, Ill take a close look at 15 of the best websites and resources for finding free e-books online. Ive visited each of the websites listed below and flipped through a few e-books from each to see what the process for each site is like and whats available for free.

When you start looking for free e-books online, it wont be long before you start coming across less-than-reputable websites. Some may actually require you to enter payment information while others provide access to pirated content. Still, there are several websites and apps that you can use to download/read e-books legally and free. Among them are Project Gutenberg, Open Library, HooplaDigital and even Amazon.

If youre looking for a full list of ways to find free e-books that youd normally have to pay for, you probably wont find it on this list. Instead, Ive compiled 15 completely legal and free ways to find free e-books online.

Below, youll find detailed information on 15 different sites where you can legally read free e-books.

Major Genres: Kids, fiction, fantasy, mysteryBest For: Classic titles, kids booksPlatforms: App (iOS and Android), computer (online/download), e-readers (files)

Loyal Books is a great resource for finding both free e-books and free audiobooks. On the website, you can download the file format of your choice (text, EPUB, Kindle and more) or read the e-book directly in your browser. You can also download the Loyal Books app for iOS or Android. It has a rating of 4.4 on the App Store and 4.5 on Google Play.

When I checked out Loyal Books, I visited the website from my computer. Along the left-hand side of the screen, I was able to browse by popular genres (which includes a Top 100 list), more genres and languages. You can also search by title, author or keyword at the top of the screen.

After you find a title youre interested in, you can click on it for more information. Youll see the original author, a summary of the text, related links, a streaming widget, e-book downloads and audiobook options if available. From there, you can download the e-book text file to your computer, download the appropriate e-reader file or begin reading the book instantly in your browser.

Major Genres: Classic literature, educational resourcesBest For: Public domain titles, multiple formatsPlatforms: App (Android), computer (online/download), e-readers (files)

Project Gutenberg was founded in 1971, making it the oldest digital library. The website relies mostly on volunteers to upload digital files including e-books and audiobooks. At the time of writing, there were more than 60,000 free titles available. You dont even have to create an account to access them.

When I checked out Project Gutenberg, I visited the website on my computer. You can also download the app on your Android device; it has an average rating of 4.1 on Google Play. Unfortunately, there isnt a version available for iOS.

You can search for a specific title using the quick search bar at the top of the page. You can also browse available titles by scrolling over search and browse. The frequently downloaded section has several top 100 lists, and the bookshelf category is a great way to browse by subject. Once youve found a title that interests you, you can click on it to see the available files or read the e-book online.

Major Genres: Classic titles, science fiction, short storiesBest For: Public domain titlesPlatforms: App (iOS and Android), computer (download), e-readers (files)

Feedbooks is a digital library that focuses on both public domain texts and original work. While not all of the titles are available for free, you can click on Free Public Domain Books or Free Original Books to narrow your selection.

The partner app, Aldiko, is available for iOS and Android devices. It has a 2.6 rating on the App Store and a 4.0 rating on Google Play. When I visited the website, I thought it was fairly easy to use despite a couple of misdirected links.

When you find a title that youre interested in, you can click on it for more information. Or you can just click the Download button below the books cover on the search page to save the file. All of the books that I downloaded saved as EPUB files, and I wasnt able to make another format choice. But you can download an EPUB reader app for free.

Major Genres: Classic books, romance, thrillers, textbooksBest For: Variety, a large collectionPlatforms: App (iOS and Android), computer (online/download), e-readers (files)

Open Library is a project hosted by Internet Archive. Its goal is to make all published works available to everyone by collaborating with authors, librarians and people on the web. Open Library works like Wikipedia in the sense that you can edit the records yourself and add files/links to free books and e-books that arent listed, which means youll find an impressive collection.

You can visit Open Library online or download the app for your iOS or Android device. Unfortunately, the app has relatively low ratings: 1.5 on the App Store and 2.5 on Google Play. Despite those ratings, I thought the website was relatively easy to use.

Some books are available to sponsor (purchase), but the vast majority of books have a button beneath them that says read, borrow or check availability. Books that have the read button can be accessed immediately in your web browser. To access other books, youll need to create a free Open Library account. Once youve opened the book in the online reader, you can click the download button in the top-right corner to save the PDF or EPUB file to your computer.

Major Genres: Romance, mystery & thriller, science fiction, biographies, action & adventureBest For: Best-selling modern and classic booksPlatforms: Computer (online/download), e-readers (files)

Manybooks is another great resource for finding free e-books online. While there isnt currently an app available for iOS or Android devices, the website is really easy to use. Plus, there are a variety of file formats available to download including PDF and e-reader files.

When you first visit Manybooks, youll see a selection of popular genres available to browse. Or you can use the search bar at the top of the screen to look for a specific author, title or keyword. If you arent sure what you want to read, I recommend checking out Manybooks ultimate guide to the most popular free e-books. There, youll find a top-five list for several genres including romance, mystery, science fiction and more.

Once youve found a title youd like to read, you can click on it for more information including a description, excerpt, publication history and ratings/reviews from other readers. Youll also see the option to download a free file or to read the book online. No matter which method you choose, you shouldnt need to create an account.

Major Genres: Fiction, classics, historyBest For: Finding something newPlatforms: Computer (online/download), e-readers (files) is a great resource for finding free e-books, audiobooks and podcasts. While there isnt currently an available app for either iOS or Android devices, the website is extremely easy to navigate. You can search for a title directly from the homepage, scroll down to see top-rated and trending books or browse by genre.

When I visited the website, I clicked on the fiction genre to begin exploring. Along the left-hand side of the screen, I was able to narrow my search results by format (e-book or audiobook), author, sub-genre and more.

Once you find a book youd like to read, you can click on the title or the Free eBook button on the right-hand side of the screen. From there, youll see the download options (Kindle, EPUB, Text, etc.) as well as the Read Now button that will open the text in your browser. Note that some files are available only from third-party providers (like Gutenberg or LibriVox), but youll still be able to download them on

Major Genres: Romance, FantasyBest For: Discounted books, varietyPlatforms: App (iOS), computer (online/download), e-readers (files)

BookBub is a little different from other resources on this list because it simply compiles links to e-books that are free for only a limited time period. Youll see free e-books from Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Apple Books, Google Play and Kobo.

If you visit, youll be prompted to create an account to access the website. However, you can visit BookBubs free e-book page to bypass this step. From here, you can access links to hundreds of free e-books. Once youve found a title youre interested in, simply click one of the links below the books price to download it to your computer or device. Some retailers also let you open the e-book directly in your browser.

The BookBub app for iOS devices has a 3.1 rating on the App Store, and there isnt currently an app available on Google Play. When I checked out BookBub, I accessed the website online and found that it was really easy to use once I bypassed creating an account.

Major Genres: Adventure, science fiction, romanceBest For: Self-published e-booksPlatforms: Computer (online/download), e-readers (files)

Smashwords is a website that allows authors to self-publish e-books. While some authors choose to sell their e-books, others are available for free. There isnt currently an app available for Smashwords, but the website is convenient and easy to navigate. When you first visit the website, you can use the price filter at the top of the page to narrow your results so that youre seeing only free e-books.

To access most of the content on Smashwords, youll have to create a free account using your name and email address. Once youre logged in, you can instantly read and/or download free e-books. Once youve found a title youre interested in, click it to see more information and available formats. You can click a specific file type to begin the download or click online reader to see if the book is available to read in your browser without having to download it.

Keep in mind that you most likely wont find popular titles or public domain texts on Smashwords. Instead, youll find a collection of self-published books, essays, plays, poetry and screenplays. If you want to publish your own e-book, you can do that by clicking the publish tab.

Major Genres: Biography, young adult, fiction, literatureBest For: Library titles, new titles, multiple formatsPlatforms: App (iOS and Android), computer (online/download), e-readers (varies by library)

OverDrive provides access to free e-books and audiobooks through your local public library or school. That means youll need to enter your library card number or school/work email address in order to access free titles. Once youve signed in, youll need to save information about your local libraries so that you can see the entire selection available to you.

You can access OverDrive on your computer or as an app on your iOS or Android device. In addition to the OverDrive app (which has a 4.6 rating on both Google Play and the App Store) you can also check out the Libby app for iOS or Android. Its owned by the same company, provides access to the same titles and also has an average rating of 4.6. According to the website, the Libby app is the easiest way to get started, but if you have a device thats not compatible with Libby, you can use the OverDrive app for a similar experience.

Once youve found a title that interests you, you can click it to see additional information. Youll initially see information for the print copy at your nearest library, but if its available as an e-book or audiobook, youll see that noted as well. From there, you can click on the link to your librarys website to borrow the title, request a digital version or get on a waiting list for the book if its not currently available.

Major Genres: Modern classics, fiction, childrensBest For: Library titles, new releases and varietyPlatforms: App (iOS and Android), computer (online/download), e-readers (varies by library)

Hoopla is the digital service of Midwest Tape, which is a leading provider of entertainment and media to public libraries across North America. Youll find free e-books, audiobooks, movies, TV shows and more available from more than 1,500 libraries. You can visit the website or download the app the get started. At the time of writing, the app had a 4.8 rating on the App Store and a 4.7 rating on Google Play. When I checked out the service, I used the desktop version from my laptop.

Hoopla works just like a public library, which means you can instantly borrow free e-books at any time using your library card. If you dont already have a Hoopla account, you can create one for free online. You will need to log in to be able to borrow anything.

Once youre logged in, you can scroll over browse and click on e-books to see the entire available selection. When I checked out Hoopla, there were more than 168,000 e-book titles available. You can sort the titles or narrow your search results by format, user rating, date, language and more. Once youve found a title youre interested in, you can click on it for more information. Below the cover image, youll see the borrow button that you can click to read and/or download the title instantly.

Major Genres: Adventure, romance, self-publishedBest For: Kindle owners, mobile experiencePlatforms: App (iOS and Android), e-readers (Kindle)

Amazon offers a selection of free e-books that are available for anyone to download. The catch is that these e-books are free only on Kindle. But you dont have to have this specific e-reader in order to access the titles. Instead, you can download the Kindle app.

The app is available for both iOS and Android devices. At the time of writing, it had a rating of 4.8 on the App Store and 4.0 on Google Play. To add e-books to your Kindle library, you can visit Amazons website and search free e-books.

I recommend sorting your search results by price: low to high. This will rank the free e-books at the top. Note that some books are free only with a Kindle Unlimited membership. Still, if you want to access these titles, you can sign up for a 30-day free trial.

Major Genres: Historical fiction, romance, mystery, young adultsBest For: Kids books, free magazinesPlatforms: App (iOS and Android), e-readers (Nook)

Like Amazon, Barnes & Noble offers a selection of free e-books for its e-reader: the Nook. Fortunately, you can download the Nook app on your iOS or Android device instead of having to pay for the e-reader itself. The app has a 4.8 rating on the App Store and a 4.5 rating on Google Play.

To find free e-books, you can visit Barnes & Nobles website and navigate to the free e-books page. There, youll find a featured free e-book, top free e-books and additional categories. There are thousands of free e-books for kids as well as staff picks, classics and even magazines.

Once youve found a title youd like to read, you can click on it for more information. From there, you can see a quick overview, publication details and reviews/ratings from other readers. You can also add it to your shopping cart and check out for free. You will have to create a free account to purchase and read the free titles.

Major Genres: Romance, mystery & thriller, fantasy, horror, science fictionBest For: Kobo owners, young adult booksPlatforms: App (iOS and Android), e-readers (Kobo)

Kobo is a company that sells e-books, audiobooks, e-readers and tablets. Still, theres an impressive collection of free e-books that you can access online or from your mobile device.

Similar to Amazon and Barnes & Noble, youll need a Kobo e-reader or the Kobo app to read e-books from this resource. The app is free for iOS and Android devices. At the time of writing, it had a 4.6 rating on the App Store and a 4.3 rating on Google Play. To add free e-books to your Kobo library, you can visit the website online.

Once youve found the free e-books page, you can begin browsing titles by top picks, first in series, editor picks or genre. When you click on a title, youll see a brief overview, how many pages and words the book contains and an estimation of how long itll take to read. Additionally, you can read reviews/ratings from other readers.

Major Genres: Romance, personal development, textbooks, young adultBest For: First books in a seriesPlatforms: App (iOS and Android), computer (online)

Google Play Books is another resource worth checking out if youre looking for free e-books. While not all of the titles are available for free, there is a selection of titles that you can read at no cost. Among these titles, youll find self-help books, mysteries, thrillers, romance novels, young adult fiction and more. Many of these free e-books are the first in a series.

Once youve found a title youre interested in, you can click on it for additional information. Youll see a brief overview of the book as well as ratings and reviews from other readers. From there, you can click Free Ebook to add the title to your library. Of course, youll have to create a free account if you arent already logged in.

Once youve signed in and added books to your library, you can select them and click the read button to open them instantly in your browser. Of course, you can also read them on your mobile device using the Google Play Books app. At the time of writing, the app had a 4.6 rating in the App Store and a 4.1 rating on Google Play.

Major Genres: Engineering, I.T., businessBest For: Student textbooksPlatforms: Computer (online/download)

Bookboon is an online publishing company targeted at students. Youll find textbooks specializing in engineering, information technology and business. In addition to textbooks, Bookboon also provides access to books that focus on both personal and professional growth.

Unfortunately, access to textbooks on Bookboon is free only if you sign up as a student. Business e-books are free for a 30-day trial, but then a monthly subscription is required. Still, this website can be a great resource for STEM students in search of free textbooks.

While there isnt currently an app available for Bookboon, the website is pretty straightforward. Once youve created an account and logged in, you can click on Categories to browse available e-books. You can also look for a title or keyword using the search bar at the top of the page. Titles with the Free Textbook label are available for free if you create a student account. Once you find a title youre interested in, you can click Start Reading to open the book in your browser, add the title to your Bookboon library or download a PDF file.

Ultimately, any of these websites/apps are worth checking out if youre looking for free e-books.

To see whats available at your local public library, be sure to check out HooplaDigital and OverDrive. For general public domain titles, try Project Gutenberg or Feedbooks. Loyal Books and Manybooks also offer a great selection of classic titles. If youre a student looking for textbooks, Bookboon is the website to visit.

For a bigger variety, check out Open Library or BookBub. Digitalbook is another great resource that provides access to a large collection of free e-books, and the website is set up to help you find something new that youll love. If youre more interested in self-published titles, Smashwords is the website for you.

Finally, youll find a collection of free e-books available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kobo. While each of these e-books are available only on the retailers e-readers, you can download the corresponding free app to access these titles too. If you still havent found what youre looking for, theres a small selection of free e-books on Google Play Books worth checking out that you can read online or in the app.

No matter where you decide to hunt for free e-books, just make sure youre visiting safe and legal websites. You shouldnt have to download any software or enter any payment information in order to read e-books that are truly free.

What are your favorite websites/apps for reading free e-books? Let us know in the comments below!

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Red Bull motorsport consultant Helmut Marko says the team must have two drivers who can maximise their point scores in the constructors championship next year.

Speaking on Sky Sport Germany, Marko said there was no urgency to change Red Bulls line-up mid-season this year as they did in 2019 and 2016 because they are unlikely to lose their second place in the constructors championship.

At present we have no problems in the constructors championship because with Max and [Albon] we are in a good place, said Marko. The fights behind us are between Renault, McLaren and Racing Point who keep taking points off each other. Our second place is not in danger so at present we dont see any necessity to act.

However Marko said the team must consider it options carefully for its driver line-up for the 2021 F1 season.

Our aim for next year is to fight for the championship, so we will need consistency. Of course we realise that Max is not really being pushed, and we need to know where the limit of our car lies.

Albon joined Red Bull in the middle of last season as a replacement for Pierre Gasly. He made an encouraging start for the team, but Marko said his continued inconsistency remains a concern.

In fast corners the telemetry shows that Albon is on a par with Max. But then there are one or two corners where he loses time excessively, which brings us back to his consistency.

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Because you dont know when or where it will happen, that is a concern which we cannot afford when we chase the championship.

Tsunoda is on course for a promotion to AlphaTauriAlbon endured a difficult weekend at the Nurburgring: He was forced into early retirement after flat-spotting a tyre on the first lap, then collided with Daniil Kvyats AlphaTauri. Nonetheless Marko was satisfied by aspects of his performance.

In qualifying he was clearly a lot closer to Max as a result of the car being more consistent, not as unstable in the back, said Marko. But as a result of locking up he had to make an early pit stop for a tyre change.

He made his way up the field with some good times, then of course he made an unnecessary manoeuvre, on the sister team, and he should have acted in the interests of the parent company.

However Marko made it clear Albon could keep his place. If Albon manages to develop himself further, makes constant improvements, then he is a candidate for our car in 2021.

Although Red Bull junior driver Juri Vips has recently become eligible to apply for a super licence, following the FIAs revision of the points system due to the effects of the pandemic, Marko said there was only one junior candidate being considered for a move up to F1 next year.

Sure we have our young driver programme, but presently we have only [only] one candidate for F1, and that is Yuki Tsunoda, the Japanese driver. He is planned for AlphaTauri if he manages to collect the necessary superlicence points.

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Why Intentional Learning Is The Number One Leadership Skill You Need, Right Now – Forbes

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Intentional learning is the way to create your future.

According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), more than a billion jobs will be transformed by technology in the next 10 years. The World Economic Forum reports that 42% of core skills required for most jobs are going to change by 2022. These future predictions sit against a backdrop of global layoffs for airlines, technology companies, energy and other sectors. If youre fortunate enough to be gainfully employed right now, theres one key leadership skill youve got to cultivate. In fact, according to data from McKinsey, your future depends on it.

What Is Intentional Learning?

Being an intentional learner means investing in the skills and leadership training that will create your future. Called reskilling or upskilling, the expertise needed for the future is a major challenge for companies today.

Technological advances brought on by COVID-19 have accelerated massive shifts in workforce behavior. Digital disruption is here to stay, but the World Economic Forum says that tech training isnt the only game in town: Theres a common misconception that well all need to develop highly technological or scientific skills to succeed. Were seeing a growing need for people to develop specialized skills for how they interact with each other. These include creativity, collaboration and interpersonal dynamics, as well as skills related to specialized sales, human resources, care and education roles.

Its counter-intuitive, but intentional learning focuses not just on technology but on the human beings who use it. Accessing a deeper understanding of connection (even during times of social isolation) begins with a shift in perspective. As a result, intentional learners are deliberate and focused on developing these two areas:

Developing a growth mindset and embracing curiosity requires one thing: head space. In other words, you have to have room to think. At least, thats the premise behind Time to Think: Listening to Ignite the Human Mind. Author Nancy Kline shares that the human mind was designed to get intelligence back when it slips away. Turns out, innovation is built into the system. We just need some space in order to access it - the kind of mental clarity that comes from stepping back from todays to-dos so you can consider creating your tomorrow. Smart companies are building time into the workday, breaking up nonstop meetings to give employees a vital (but often overlooked) asset: time to think.

If you feel like youre unsure as to what kind of learning would help you to develop your future, theres more good news ahead. Discovering whats next doesnt involve a six-step process or detailed resilience training. Because new ideas are never more than one thought away, for intentional learners. Its counter-intuitive, but sometimes less effort can actually yield more results - especially when it comes to innovation and inspiration. The trick is: not getting buried by day-to-day obligations, so that you can see new possibilities. My coaching work helps clients to access that space, so that new ideas show up as easily as the next thought.

If youre like most people, the ability to find some head space (especially when working from home) is tricky. How do you find some clarity, when youre on zoom meetings all day, living in a small apartment, and trying to juggle family, relationships and a boss who doesnt really understand who you are? There is a maxim that we need to remember: it doesnt have to be like this. Options always exist - especially the option to respond to your circumstances.

Intentional learning means considering new skills and ideas that ignite your curiosity. What would you like to learn, discover or explore on the journey to who you are meant to be? What new skills would make a change in your relationships, your lifestyle, your future? Take a walk, get on your bike, or rock out on your roller skates: motion and movement can make room for new ideas.

Being an intentional learner means taking time to consider the kind of future youd like to create. In this strange and unprecedented world of the coronavirus pandemic, there are still opportunities for reinvention. Remember, theres no statute of limitations on innovation. You can recreate yourself and your future anytime you choose.

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Gear Up Iowa Guides Students to Success – The Simpsonian

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by Taylor Hoffman, Staff Reporter October 7, 2020

Among the first-year students Simpson welcomed to campus this fall, 28 were a part of Gear Up Iowa, a federally funded program that promotes academic and personal success among students through year-long programming and additional peer-mentoring outside of SC-101.

Gear Up Iowa is a seven-year program that began when the students were in seventh grade. This program is meant to support them through their first year of college. The purpose of the program is to create a college-going culture among middle and high school students and to help them succeed in and graduate from college.

Simpson received a grant to provide programming for their group of Gear Up Iowa students. The Gear Up Simpson programming includes three main components: an online summer college prep course, access to an additional SC leader and writing fellow specific to the Gear Up Iowa students, and a winter retreat later in the year.

The students will also have access to campus resources and programming throughout the semester.

Were in development for a couple of programs right now. One is specifically focused on networking and relationship building among the Gear Up Iowa students. The other is focused on managing your finances as a college student, said Anna Pena, the director of first-year experience at Simpson. Were also developing a specific Moodle course that Gear Up Iowa students will have access to with resources, information, contacts, scheduling, and more.

Two resources the Gear Up Iowa students have access to throughout the academic year are their SC leader and writing fellow. Sophomore Alyssa Whitham is the SC leader for the program. Donni Kinghorn, also a sophomore is the programs writing fellow.

We provide extra support for the Gear Up Iowa students, Kinghorn said. They will still have their traditional writing fellow and SC leader through their SC class, but were an additional resource for them throughout their first year.

In the first semester, were not needed as much. The second semester is when we really come in. Well act as the writing fellow and SC leader when they no longer have one, Whitham said.

Due to COVID-19, Kinghorn and Whitham have shifted their focus for the fall semester.

With COVID-19, our goals are more so focused on making sure our students get out and start participating in the resources that Simpson is already providing, Whitham said. We want to give the students opportunities to get to know one another.

Robbie Wagner is one of the first-years in the Gear Up Iowa program. Through the program, Wagner has access to resources in academic, professional, and personal development.

Most of the need I have is in professional development, rather than academic development. I appreciate the programs on topics like time management, budgeting, and financial skill, Wagner said.

In particular, Wagner emphasized the importance of the program in helping first-year students adjust to college.

Adjusting to college is quite a leap from high school, and having help through that transition makes it a lot easier. I love that Gear Up can help people make a smooth transition to college so they can be successful at the start instead of having to struggle for a while before finding their footing, Wagner said.

Pena also acknowledged the benefits of programs like Gear Up Iowa in helping first-year students transition to college.

What wed like to do is learn from this program and evaluate strategies to be able to implement for future first-year programs, Pena said. If we find an effective strategy for success for these students, we may look at continuation for some of the programming.

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Study Ranks Central Park Among Top Relaxing Destinations in World – I Love the Upper West Side

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Anew interactive study by Unify Cosmos has revealed the 50 most relaxing destinations in the world, and Central Park comes in at number 11.

Unify Cosmos is a personal development and spiritual growth website, and theyve compiled sounds from these relaxing places into a soundtrack on their website.

Central Parks portion of the soundtrack plays the sound of rain tapping on benches, the crunching of leaves, bagpipes and other sounds of the city in the background. You can hear the sounds used in the video below (which also includes some nice relaxing visuals).

Just beating Central Park, here are the top 10 relaxing destinations in the world, according to the study, which used search volume data to compile the list:

Some psychologists argue that taking the time to stop and listen to the natural sounds of your surroundings can boost well-being, increase generosity, and enhance life satisfaction therefore a moment that deserves to be savored.

David Foley, Owner at Unify Cosmos says Take a second to close your eyes, pause, breathe in these sounds of nature, and dream a little, regardless of where you are because listening to crashing waves, or birds in the trees can bring many other things to your life.

Learn more and listen to the entire soundtrack here.

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