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North Korea’s UN ambassador bemoans lack of progress with the US, South Korea – NK News

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North Koreas UN ambassador bemoans lack of progress with the U.S., South Korea

Washington continuing "hostile policy" towards Pyongyang, Kim Song tells UN General Assembly

North Koreas ambassador to the United Nations on Monday said his country regretted the slow progress made in talks with the U.S., in a speech in which he also slammed South Korea for the lack of improvement in relations.

Accusing Washington of continuing its anachronistic hostile policy against his country, DPRK ambassador to the UN Kim Song said North Korea and the U.S. were yet to end what he called the vicious cycle of increasedtension.

More than one year has passed since the adoption of the historic June 12 joint statement, however, the relations between the DPRK and the U.S. have made little progress so far, he said in a speech to the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

This situation, he told UN delegates, isentirely attributable to the political and military provocations perpetrated by the U.S.

Citing leader Kim Jong Uns April policy speech, in which he said he would wait for the U.S. tomake a resolute decision about the future of diplomacy, ambassador Kim reiterated recent calls by Pyongyang for the two countries to hold working-level talks.

Those calls have, however, frequently urged the U.S. to produce a new proposal for their North Korean counterparts that moves beyond that presented at the failed summit between the two countries in Hanoi in February.

Assuming that the U.S. has had enough time to find out a calculation method that can beshared with us, we expressed our willingness to sit with the U.S. for comprehensive discussion ofthe issues we have deliberated so far, Kim said on Monday.

It depends on the U.S. whether the DPRK-U.S. negotiations will become a window ofopportunity or an occasion that will hasten the crisis.

Despite these challenges, Kim also hailed recent progress in North Koreas economy and military developments, he said, the country would not negotiate away.

We have solid foundations of self-supporting economy, reliable scientific and technicalforces and invaluable tradition of self-reliance; these are our precious strategic resources whichcannot be bartered for anything, he said.

Kims speech, while relatively moderate in criticism of the U.S., reserved some of its harshest comments for South Korea, blaming the Moon administration for the lack of progress in implementing last years agreements between the two.

The historic inter-Korean declarations are now in the standstill without even advancing into the main phase of implementation, he said.

Reiterating frequent recent North Korean complaints about the Souths decision earlier in the year to acquire and deploy new stealthfighterjets andto push ahead with a round of joint military drills with the U.S., Kim accused Seoul of double-dealing behavior.

These measures, Kim said,represented a flagrant violation and challenge to an inter-Korean military agreement signed in Pyongyang last year.

The improvement of inter-Korean relations can only be achieved when the South Koreanauthorities put an end to the big-power worship and the policy of dependence on foreign forces, he claimed.

Ambassador Kims appearance on the UNGA stage was noteworthy, with this week marking the first time in several years that the countrys foreign minister haschosen not to address the assembly.

NK News learned last month that North Korean foreign minister Ri Yong Ho would not be attending the UNGA, partly dashing hopes that the U.S. and the DPRK might use the forum as a chance to kick-start long-stalled working-level talks.

Those talks are now expected to take place in October, though a concrete time and location is yet to be confirmed.

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North Koreas ambassador to the United Nations on Monday said his country regretted the slow progress made in talks with the U.S., in a speech in which he also slammed South Korea for the lack of improvement in relations. Accusing Washington of continuing its anachronistic hostile policy against his country, DPRK ambassador to the UN

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Philadelphia Eagles: 3 Areas that must improve immediately – Inside the Iggles

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GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN SEPTEMBER 26: Nigel Bradham #53 and Zach Brown #52 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrate after Bradham made an interception in the fourth quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on September 26, 2019, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Against all odds, the Philadelphia Eagles walked into Lambeau Field and left victorious over the previously-undefeated Green Bay Packers on the most recent edition of Thursday Night Football. It was easily the most impressive win of their young season, but to say that the Birds are right back on the path to another Super Bowl appearance may be a little premature.

We saw some great things on both sides of the ball. Theres no denying that. From Jordan Howard and the running game finally taking flight to Carson Wentz showing out with his best performance of the year, fans have a lot to talk about during the current ten-day layoff.

Its hard to deny some of the glaring holes that have plagued this team throughout the season, and many of those almost cost them the win in Week 4.

Most of the self-inflicted issues that the Eagles have dealt with this season were corrected against the Packers, which is a good sign. Still =, Philly needs to focus on are some of the problems that may hurt the Birds throughout the remainder of the season. Here are three things the Eagles need to improve upon if they want to make another push at the Super Bowl.

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HOROSCOPES: How Sundays new moon will affect your week, according to your star sign. – Mamamia

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Do you see the same qualities in yourself that you dislike in others? I say with love; stop bitching and start focusing on yourself. Our relationships often provide us with a mirror to our own faults, traits and qualities. This week, the new moon urges you to take note of what is irritating you about someone else. Allow your insights to guide you towards self-improvement..

Youre at risk of falling victim to someones unfair judgement. A friend, coworker or relative is throwing shade in your direction. Dont take it laying down Pisces! Pluto will give you all the help you need to set the record straight, but you must speak up. Be assertive, and youll come out sparkling. I cant say the same for your critic, though.

A self-confessed astrology nerd, Natashas horoscopes, research and articles have been published in Todays Astrologer, in addition to international publications across the globe. A senior member of the Australian Academy of Astrology and Cosmobiology and a member of the American Federation of Astrologers, she has presented cosmic updates for Your Life Naturally and has appeared as a special guest on podcasts, including Sivana and Healthy-ish.

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Working on a flexible ecommerce platform, Cargill Inc. is improving how it serves customers and works with channel partners, Taye Mohler, founder of Cargills Digital Experience Office, said at a B2B Next 2019 workshop.

Cargill is building out its ecommerce connections on a Salesforce Commerce Cloud platform, which integrates with the Salesforce customer relationship management system, Mohler said at the workshop, Winning with Digital Commerce in the Age of the Connected B2B Customer. The workshop was sponsored by Salesforce.

Among its improvement projects, Cargill is working with its sales reps to improve how customers can place reorders through reps or via self-service, and how reps can help customers and channel partners with information ranging from innovative food recipes to how to deal with tariffs resulting from trade wars.

In addition, Cargills vision is to build out a flexible ecommerce platform that can support direct sales to customers, B2B2C sales to major retailers who then sell to consumers, and sales to major distributors who sell to other businesses.

Were still learning and testing, Mohler said. She added that Cargill has initially focused on the more simple transactions before taking on more complex orders.

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Prisoners ‘buried alive’ living in 24/7 silence and darkness in solitary confinement – Mirror Online

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For the first month he spent in a cell by himself, Marcus Bullock was mostly concerned with how his mum would punish him when he got out.

The then 15-year-old had found himself in the bowels of Virginia's Fairfax prison, locked away by himself so he couldnt collaborate with his co-conspirator in the institutions one youth wing.

As he waited to stand trial for stealing a car, a low-watt bulb kept on 24 hours a day ensured guards could periodically look in at the increasingly sleep deprived teenager.

When he was eventually sentenced to eight years in prison, Marcus was left in a state of disbelief and shock.

In those first few months I would dream about what I would do when they released me, he explained.

I thought I was going home and that I would be with my mum and girlfriend.

I assumed I was going to my homecoming so I thought about what I would get for my girlfriend for Valentines day.

I was also nervous my mum would put me on punishment. That was going through my brain.

It wasnt until two years after he was first locked up that the reality of his life inside sunk in for Marcus, when fellow inmate Danny Brown told him hed spent 30 years behind bars.

The realisation that he was totally confined hit like a tonne of bricks, making him feel as if his life was over.

Before, the 6x9ft dimensions of his solitary cell were too little to contain a teenager full of energy.

He would do push-ups, jumping jacks and flips off the wall before erecting an imaginary basketball hoop and practicing invisible jump shots.

After his chat with Danny, Marcuss high spirits mutated into fury.

It was a very dark time, he said. I got very angry and frustrated and began using my very high levels of energy for violence.

The more he fought and rioted, the longer he was locked up alone in the hole with no entertainment beyond a toilet/sink combi and a blanket half the size of his body.

Marcus's predicament and descent into anger fueled depression is not unique to him, but shared by many of the 80,000 inmates a Yale Law School study estimated are kept in solitary by the US authorities.

One such person is Abdul Latif Nasir, a Moroccan national who has been kept in a solitary cell in Guantanamo Bay since his capture in 2001.

While the US Department of Defence alleges he was a Taliban fighter, no charges have ever been levelled against Abdul, who human rights charity Reprieve believe was sold by the Northern Alliance to America for a bounty.

Fourteen years after he was locked up in a cell with nothing but a chequers board to entertain him and no one to play it with, Abdul was cleared for release.

In a bid to break the monotony Abdul wrote a 2,000 word Arabic to English dictionary.

The fact he remains inside three years later has left him in a state of purgatory Reprieve's founder and Abdul's lawyer Clive Stafford-Smith described as "devastating".

"The problem with all prison but in particular with Guantanmo's really rigorous isolation is that the whole experience is designed to destroy your sense of ego," the Gandhi International Peace Award recipient explained.

"Our ego is built on the notion that you make choices, you choose when to do this and that. What prison is designed to do is to reduce you to an automotom."

Realising that he was slowly being stripped of his sense of self, Abdul decided to follow in the footsteps of Hurricane Carter.

The celebrated boxer was wrongly convicted of murder and spent 20 years in prison before being immortalised by Bob Dylan.

Like Carter, Abdul fought against the ego crushing unfairness and loneliness of his predicament by breaking the rules.

"He decided to do exactly the opposite of what the guards told him to do," Stafford-Smith explained.

"If they told him to go to bed he would get up. He stayed up all night writing a book about his treatement."

Another Guantanamo inmate held without charge was British citizen Shaker Aamar, who spent 13 years in isolation before his 2015 release.

"He got the idea that to maintain his sanity he had to make his own choices," explained Stafford-Smith.

"We came up with this idea that if he was out on the rec yard, which was a little square, he would ask the guards a question.

"If they got the answer right he would agree to go back to his cell, if they answered wrong he would stay.

"The thing is if you disobey the guards in Guantanamo they beat the shit out of you.

"One time he tried asking 'what's the name of the vice president of the United States?' They didn't know their own vice president so he refused to go inside."

While this form of self-harm probably isn't for everybody, one might imagine a man locked in a blank room with no entertainment might resort to another form of self-flagellation to break the monotony.

Stafford-Smith claimed this is not the case, suggesting the combination of depression and stifling isolation is a near total turn off.

Instead, to keep the mind busy, solitary inmates often invent strict schedules.

Kris Maharaj, a Brit convicted of gunning down father and son Derrick and Duane Moo Young in Miami in 1986, sat on Florida death row in a solitary cell for 21 years.

Because educational materials are not given to those destined for execution - primarily on the logic that it's pointless to educate someone you are going to kill - Kris built his own imaginary institution within the four walls of his cell.

"He used to have a total regime," Stafford-Smith continued.

"Get up, say his prayers, have the breakfast they thrust through the doors, walk up and down the cells for miles.

"Push-ups and sit-ups. Take an hour to write letters. It was a total regime."

There are others who turn away from the self improvement path and take a more disruptive route.

"A lot of people do dirty protests," explained Dr Sharon Shalev, who has written extensively on solitary confinement in the US, UK and New Zealand.

"People throw excrement. They eat it and smear it, mostly on the walls and doors.

"It is often anger at the system and frustration that motivates them. It's an attempt to get the system to move on, to find a resolution."

One man Shalev wrote about suffered from serious mental health issues, but not enough to have him admitted into hospital care.

"He would occasionally smear himself because of his mental health," she continued.

"They would take him out and clean him. It stinks. It is horrible for everyone, but it is a form of control."

Although dirty protests are not unheard of in British prisons - where 50 to 60 people are locked in solitary at any given time - the relatively short stays and availability of books make it a somewhat tolerable experience.

That is, unlike in the USA, where thousands of people are kept in near total isolation in the vaults of Supermax prisons.

With no stimulus, sentences that can run into the hundreds of years and stints in solitary stretching, in the most extreme cases, to 40 years without respite, the mental health effects can be devestating.

"There are people that have a lot of rage and direct it at themselves," Shalev said.

"I have come across some real extremes in self harm.

"One person in the Supermax took their eye ball out and then ate it.

"One prisoner told me he self-harms because seeing blood feels like a form of control."

Although she is quick to argue that solitary standards in UK prisons do not constitute torture, Shalev said the practice earns the label elsewhere in "extreme conditions".

While the length and totalness of isolation in the US might earn it the badge following the Oxford academic's suggestion that "mental torture is worse than physical torture because your mind doesnt shut off", one unlikely country certainly makes the grade.

New Zealand, a country which recently prioritized gross national well-being over economic growth, is responsible of possibly the worst form of solitary - certainly of a western country.

"In New Zealand people were getting tied up by all four limbs," Shalev said.

"They would have a helmet on their head. I saw this when I was invited by the government to do a review back in 2017.

"A lot of high security prisoners have tie down beds. They would be left on there for days at a time."

In the United Nations funded report Shalev found one prisoner was tied-down on a bed in a solitary cell for more than a month to stop him self-harming.

While interviews with these prisoners have so far proved impossible, it is fair to assume the mental toil of physical restraint and complete isolation is fairly gruelling.

As much as Marcus's regular trips to the hole were less extreme than for those who suffered at the hands of a practice now banned in New Zealand, they took their toll.

The dad lives in Washington DC with his wife and two kids and has found a purpose in campaigning against the use of solitary confinement - a practice he considers an "ineffective and inhumane means of social management".

Yet he is not free of his eight years inside.

"Im still affected," he said.

"When I first came home it was bad. I would get in cold dark spaces and say 'dont be around me'.

"Now its more macro. Im able to easily detach from humans and be okay being by myself.

"I know how to talk to myself. I dont feel the need for human interaction, which is not the best way to manage yourself as a family man."

As much as a less isolating, more emotionally holistic prison experience might have served to rehabilitate Marcus rather than leave him with deep rooted mental health issues, he could have been left worse off.

"When I was very dark my mum would visit, write me and talk to me on the phone and she began to see I was not okay," he said.

"One day she promised to write me a letter every day from that day forward. She did that.

"That decision saved my life.

"She would send a picture of everything from the wallpaper her office had installed or what she had eaten for lunch.

"She would attach anoteto the photo and say 'it's a little more cosy now' or 'I need to get some groceries.'

"It was three page letters about nothing but it made me a part of her day, every day. No one else in prison had that.

"It gave me a window to the world no one had.

"Instead of living in a constant state of depression I had my church and I could see my niece and nephew growing. I knew that someone cared about me.

"I knew there was a big bottle of love that was waiting for me when I came home.

"My mum was Instagram before Instagram was Instagram. It gave me access to the world I so wanted."

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How Have Health Workers Won Improvements to Patient Care? Strikes. – In These Times

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Monday, Sep 30, 2019, 7:16 amBY Suzanne Gordon

(More than 2,200 nurses went on strike against University of Chicago Medical Center on September 20. (Photo: National Nurses United)

On September 20, 2,200 nurses represented by the National Nurses United (NNU) went on a one-day strike at the University of Chicago Medical Center. The Chicago nurses were protesting unsafe working conditions and forced overtimeand had been in contract negotiations with the hospital for months. The Medical Center has justspent $269million ona hospital expansion that it, insists, represents an investment to improve our community's health.

In response to the strike, the Medical Centers top officials went on a P.R. offensive, accusing striking nurses of engaging in shameless behavior, and insisting they are recklessly endangering their patients.

Nothing could be further from the truth, says Astria Johnson, an Emergency Room nurse who has worked for the hospital for 10 years. This strike is about providing safe patient care. I cant do that when I am assigned four patients, two of whom are intensive care (ICU) patients and two of whom are very sick. Someone may be on a ventilator to breathe for them. Someone may be septic and require intravenous antibiotics and require constant monitoring. Some people are getting their first diagnosis in the ER and I cant educate them about their disease or medication.

In response to the strike, management locked nurses out of the hospital for four days. The nurses went back to work Wednesday morning, and bargaining is expected to continue now that theyre back on the job.

Healthcare professionals like Johnson do not view striking as their first option. Most spend years going through the proper channels, speaking with management, and engaging in endless internal negotiating sessions to resolve patient care problems. When they do finally go public with their concerns, their actions often result in improvements to patient care.

In California for example, the California Nurses Association (CNA), the organization that was the founding member of NNU, spent 13 years fighting and winning the firstand thus far onlylegislated safe nurse-to-patient staffing ratios in the country: In 1998, California Government Pete Wilson vetoed a safe staffing bill that was passed by the legislature. In 1999, after more intense lobbying and activity by the CNA, legislation was passed and signed into law by Governor Gray Davis. Ratios were finally implemented in 2004. According to one study, in California, mandated ratios had a positive impact on patient deaths as well as nurse burnout.

Other healthcare workers have gone on strike to address vexing patient care issues. Since 2010, the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW), which represents 4,000 psychologists, social workers, and other mental health clinicians at Kaiser Permanente in California, has mounted a campaign to publicize and remedy a critical shortage of mental health workers at the states largest HMO. In 2011, the NUHW filed complaints to the California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) charging Kaiser was violating a regulation that requires that HMOs must see mental health patients within 10 business or 14 calendar days of their request for an appointment. The complaint was accompanied by a 34 page report entitled Care Delayed, Care Denied.

In 2012, the NUHW went on strike to expose Kaisers failure to hire sufficient mental staff and give patients access to timely care. These mental health workers pushed the DMHC to take action to fulfill its mandates to protect patients. In March of 2013, the DMHC released the results of its investigation. It found that up to 40 percent of patients at various Kaiser facilities experienced appointment delays that violated California law. In June of 2013, the state of California fined the system $4 million, issued a cease-and-desist order against Kaiser, and ordered the HMO to correct the problems. In 2015, a follow up survey by the DMHC, based on a sampling of hundreds of individual patient charts, revealed that, in Northern California alone, 22 percent of patients suffered excessive appointment delays. The DMHC called the violations serious.

In 2015, one of these serious violations resulted in the death of, 83-year-old Barbara Ragan, according to her husband Denny Ragan. Barbara had worked for Kaiser herself for more than two decades. Shed been seeking mental health care from Kaiser and, according to her husband, faced lengthy delays for treatment and ultimately died by suicide. Kaiser has said it is not responsible for Ragans death and insisted that she had received adequate care.

In 2017, the state ordered follow-up inspections to make sure Kaiser was in compliance with state laws and regulations. As a result, Kaiser has also hired hundreds more therapists.

Even though the unions actions have played a role in forcing Kaiser to improve patients access to an initial visit or assessment, workers say problems continue when it comes to providing follow-up care. Kaiser has not hired enough staff so that, after an initial telephone appointment, patients get needed follow-up care. Today patients have to wait up to two months for a follow up in person visit, says Kirstin Quinn Siegel a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist at Kaiser Richmond. People who have been suffering in silence, perhaps for years, and finally call to get help should be seen immediately not in two months.

After experiencing delayed care, another Kaiser patient, 19-year-old Elizabeth Brown, died by suicide in 2018. Kaiser has declined to comment to the press about Browns care.

Peter Ly, a psychologist on the Child Team at San Jose Kaiser, says that A teenager struggling with depression, or who is self -harming or has suicidal thoughts needs to be seen right away and then consistently every week or two. We cant do it. We are asked to put people into groups when what they need is individual one-on-one therapy.

Thats why he and roughly 4,000 other workers went on a five-day strike in December 2018. Former Congressman Patrick Kennedy (D, RI) the sponsor of the mental health parity and addiction Equity Act flew to California to join striking therapists on the picket line.

We do not go into this work to make money, says Susan Whitney, a marriage and family therapist at Kaiser in Bakersfield. There is no cap on our caseload. In order to help patients we keep accepting more and more of them. We cant take lunch or even bathroom breaks. We dont act until we and our patients are at the breaking point. And our number one concern is how will this affect patient care?

In a response to union allegations, Kaiser has issued a public statement insisting that, KaiserPermanente is committed to finding solutions and creating a model for mental health care that meets the growing demand for mental health care and responds to the shortage of qualified professionals.

But according to Whitney, Weve been going through official Kaiser channels for years and the only way weve seen any enforcement or improvement is when we go public and enlist the support of patients, community leaders and political representatives.

In July of 2019, Kaiser announced that it had added 300 more mental health staff statewide and was continuing to recruit staff. NUHW members have proposed that they participate in decisions about where new staff are assigned both geographically and to which clinical teams.

In 2004, two researchers investigated management claims that healthcare workers represented by unions jeopardize patient care. Michael Ash and Jean Ann Seago found instead that patients on cardiac units in hospitals where RNs were represented by labor unions had a reduced cardiac mortality rate. They concluded that, The protections offered by unionization may encourage nurses to speak up in ways that improve patient outcomes but might be considered insubordinate and, hence, career-jeopardizing without union protections.

What was true 15 years ago is even more so today as healthcare corporations consolidate through hospital mergers and acquisitions, gain more power, and act to protect the bottom-line rather than patient care.

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You Say Your Business Has Purpose? What Does That Mean? – Forbes

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They arent very popular anymore, but I grew up in the golden age of jingles (probably because I watched WAY too much TV as a kid).At any given time, Ive got a million of them floating in my head.

And I love great copy even if it isnt accompanied by a catchy ditty.One that long ago stuck with me was the centerpiece of a radio ad for the Verbal Advantage self-improvement system which admonished listeners, People judge you by the words you use.

Indeed, I believe that words matter.Unfortunately, the intersection of business management and societal impact where Ive spent much of the last 20 years is littered with jargon that has obfuscated rather than clarified (heres just a sampling of the CSR glossaries out there).Often two people slinging around phrases like corporate social responsibility, sustainability, cause marketing and shared value may be using the same words but mean very different things.

The Purpose Advantage by Jeff Fromm

Such is certainly the case for the word purpose. Hoping for some clarity I recently devoured the review copy I was sent of The Purpose Advantage by Jeff Fromm.In this short, handsomely laid out book, Fromm provides a useful definition of purpose, examples of how a purpose-centric orientation can help companies achieve great things and even a step-by-step workshop designed to help firms define their purpose and run with it.

According to Fromm, purpose as it applies to companies has three important aspects.It is:

Foundational. A clearly defined and long-term strategy that affects every part of the businessthat connects with consumers values and passions, attracting and retaining high-quality talent, spurring creativity and driving growth.

Based in Action. More than just a declaration, purpose requires brands to make meaningful change, not just launch a new ad campaign.

Societal. Purpose is concerned with the well-being of others, the planet and our future.Its about missions for preserving the environment or fighting for social justice, the kind of purposes that make the world a better place.

3D illustration of a folder and focus on a tab with the acronym CSR, Corporate Social ... [+] Responsibility. Conceptual image.

I agree with Fromm in setting the bar high for what it means to put purpose at the core of how one manages a company(Ive winced at so many sloppy, uninspiring purpose statements over the years).Unfortunately, the bar is so high that today purpose-run companies are largely an aspirational concept.

Fromm cites Bombas, Patagonia and Seventh Generation as very advanced, but very few new or established companies come close to being permeated with purpose from head to toe.A growing number ranging from B Corp start-ups to corporate behemoths like Unilever are striving to get there.And in another terrific section of the book, Fromm shows how the effort can be highly worthwhile in building successful, long-lasting enterprises.

Adapting an adage Ive long admired, perhaps we should say that, Purpose is a journey, not a destination.I recommend The Purpose Advantage for leaders seeking guidance on setting out on this challenging, but worthwhile odyssey.

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What to do when your work and play are out of whack – Bangor Daily News

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As an adult, it can be hard to find balance in a life that demands both work and rest. Weve all heard the old adage, All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, and theres definitely truth to it.

Too much time at the grind dulls our edges. But, one could say the same about leisure.

Binge-watching every rom-com we lay eyes on does not necessarily mean were living our best life. When work and play are running haywire in your life, here are a few things you can do to set them straight.

Its called self-distancing, and in a 2014 study, Self-Distancing: Theory, Research, and Current Directions published in Advances In Experimental Psychology, authors Ethan Kross and Ozlem Ayduk found that getting a little psychological distance from a difficult situation is an excellent way to move through it. When people reflect on whats going wrong in their life while immersed in their negative feelings theyre doomed to fail. Why? Because theyre so focused on emotion they cant see reason. Kross and Ayduk hypothesize that people need a way to take a step back from their experience so they can work through it more effectively.

Thinking about how our actions affect those we work and play with is integral to reestablishing balance. In his classic best-seller, How To Win Friends and Influence People, author Dale Carnegie wrote, If out of reading this book you get just one thing an increased tendency to think always in terms of other peoples point of view, and see things from their angle it may easily prove to be one of the building blocks of your career. Consider the source: Dale Carnegie literally wrote the book on self-improvement, leadership and interpersonal skills. If hes telling us to think about how others think and feel, maybe we should listen not because it makes good business sense its just good sense.

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As human beings were hardwired to move forward. Life is linear, so stepping back instinctively feels like were losing ground. But, sometimes stepping back is the only way to move forward. So how do we do this? By focusing on whats important and eliminating whats not. In Marie Kondos best-selling book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Kondo calls this act of decluttering our life the KonMari Method. In essence, Kondo believes that what we surround ourselves with, both physical and emotional, should spark joy. If it doesnt, then we need to lose it like a bad habit and move on.

Another emotion that comes in our DNA is the desire to make amends. When weve spent too long at the office or too much time surfing the web, we need to acknowledge how our actions have hurt the ones we love. According to Michael McCullough, the principal investigator of the 2014 study, Conciliatory Gestures Promote Human Forgiveness and Reduce Anger, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, when people make a sincere attempt to apologize, they are usually forgiven. Whether we give an apology, make a peace offering, or bake a cake, it doesnt matter how we show were sorry. It matters that were sorry.

Its incredibly difficult to see the big picture, think about the consequences of our actions and repair whats wrong when were engrossed in our own world. Ultimately, our ability to reflect whenever we feel our lives are out of whack can make the difference between a meaningful life and a life of wasted potential. The ability to think about and learn from our mistakes is a gift why not use it?

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Lampard urges Hudson-Odoi to learn from Sterling and queries Leeds award – The Guardian

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Frank Lampard has urged Callum Hudson-Odoi to follow the example of Raheem Sterling and ally natural talent to a remorseless desire for self-improvement in order to reach the pinnacle of the game.

The Chelsea manager was in straight-talking mood before Saturdays home game against Brighton and he revealed his amazement at how Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds had won the 2019 Fifa fair play award. He fell out with Bielsa last season while he was at Derby and Bielsa admitted to spying on Lampards team in training and every other club in the Championship.

Lampards comments about Hudson-Odoi came in the context of a discussion about how much he enjoyed the man-management aspect of his job. He said some young players need cajoling, some definitely need some tough words at times and it sounded as though he felt Hudson-Odoi fitted into the latter category.

The 18-year-old winger made his comeback from a ruptured achilles on Wednesday in Chelseas 7-1 Carabao Cup win over Grimsby, scoring one of the goals late on, but Lampard was critical of him after the game. He said he wanted Hudson-Odoi to work hard in order to get in behind the Grimsby defence, to put himself into dangerous situations inside the box, but he had needed to reinforce that message pretty strongly at half-time because it had not got through.

I have to say it as I see it, Lampard said. I know Callums talent and he has got huge talent. Hence why the club were so keen to get him signed up [to his new contract]. Were all delighted with that. But theres a lot of work for Callum to do. Lots of work.

You can look around and look at fantastic examples and not even at this club.

I dont like to talk about other clubs players but Raheem Sterling is an incredible example of a player with great talent, whose work ethic added to that talent and improvement in a short period of time through absolute dedication, has seen him become a complete player, who we are all wowed by.

He is a great model for Callum because Callum has those talents. I want him to be the absolute best because he has the potential to do that and some of it is about hard truths and I saw some hard truths in the game the other day ways that he can improve. He needs to listen to them and he will. Then he can be that player for us.

Lampard said he thought Bielsas award was irony, at first. Bielsa was commended for ordering his team to let Aston Villa equalise at Elland Road in April, after Leeds had scored while a rival player was down injured.

I did smile, Lampard said. Who votes for it? Its strange and I think everyone had the same reaction. A lot of news was put to spygate and quite rightly so.

It got dealt with in the right way and so when you go and give an award for fair play in the same year, I dont think its right.

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