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How not to make a decision under pressure

first_imgFight or flight? This way or that way? Yes or no?Each of these three questions describes a brain under pressure. Could be your brain, could be mine. When it comes to pressure situations, we all tend to default to the same mode: a binary mode.In other words, when we’re under pressure and need to make a decision (which pretty much describes the life of a credit union leader, right?), we all have a tendency to simplify the situation to two choices, and two choices only. We’re actually hard-wired to do this, and for good reason.Think back to when you were a caveman or cavewoman. And if you’re too young for that, think back to when your parents were cavepeople. In those days, the typical high-pressure situation involved a saber-toothed tiger, so we’ll go with that.So the situation is this: you’re being charged by a saber-toothed tiger. At this point, your brain becomes a binary machine: do I try to run away, or do I stay and fight? That’s it. No other options. There’s no time to think, “Wait a minute — what if I were to build some sort of rudimentary trap, capture this tiger, domesticate her, name her Lollipop, and feed her two tins of tuna a day….” You’d be tiger food before you finished the word “rudimentary.”That’s why we’re hard-wired to simplify high-pressure situations to just two options.The problem with this, of course, is that there are rarely just two options. The saber-toothed tiger went extinct 12,000 years ago (literally decades before the first credit union even existed!), but our brains haven’t yet caught up. A recent Harvard Business Review article says, “We devote mental energy to figuring out how to avoid a loss rather than developing new possibilities to explore.”In other words, in a high-pressure situation, we’re still putting most of our energy into trying not to be eaten.How do you get around this “binary bias?” These two techniques may help.Anticipate the crisis.Many, if not most, high-pressure situations are predictable. A key employee leaves, a new regulation is enacted, another online giant enters the financial services arena. All of these situations can be anticipated and planned for. So spend some time — either alone or, preferably, with your credit union team — playing “What if?” What if the bad thing were to happen? What would you do? What options would you have?Play the “vanishing options” gameThis comes from Chip and Dan Heath, the authors of Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work. When we’re under pressure, we tend to pick one option, at which point we stop even considering other options. What the Heaths suggest is a mental game that goes like this: Assume you can’t choose any of the options you’re considering and then ask, “What else could I do?” Unless you’re in that saber-toothed tiger situation and literally have no time (rare), this game will force your brain to see other possibilities.High-pressure situations are rarely either/or, rarely yes or no. By reducing them to a false binary, we’re depriving ourselves of other — possibly better — options. 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bill Stainton Bill Stainton works with extraordinary leaders who want to produce breakthrough results with their teams. A 29-time Emmy® Award-winning producer, writer, and performer, Bill speaks frequently to Credit Unions and … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Women donate mask contributions to Southern Tier non-profits

first_imgTwo organizations the women have helped are Mercy House and Danielle House, non-profits that hit close to home. Instead of collecting money for supplies, the women took any contributions and are donating them to local non-profits. They’ve also donated to the Broome County Humane Society, Tioga County Rural Ministry, and the Girl-Up club at Union Endicott High School. Three local women are doing that, while also supporting local non-profits. “Of course people wanted to pay for them and we didn’t want to make any money on the pandemic,” said Howell. “It’s just wonderful to be able to help people. That’s just how we were raised, you help each other and you work for your community and your families, so we’re very, very proud,” said Howell. “Right now, it’s hard for people even to give donations. A lot of people are out of work, so it’s hard,” said Howell. (WBNG) — Many people around the Southern Tier have stepped in to make masks, donating them to emergency crews and other front line workers. “We’re real pleased to be able to help people avoid catching this terrible virus and to be able to give back to the organizations that we’ve chosen,” said Howell. “We just lost a brother a year ago in March to cancer. I know that they do a lot of work with people at the end of their lives and they’re so giving,” said Howell. So far, they have raised at least $2,500, helping five organizations with $500 each. They first made them to donate to the Union Volunteer Emergency Squad, but since then, their efforts have grew, reaching more people. They hope to continue to help organizations who are facing harsh realities during this time. Kathleen Howell, her sister Carolyn Ross, and Carolyn’s daughter Mary Howland started making masks back in March. If you’re interested in getting a mask, or making a donation, you can contact Mary Howland by email at read more

Governor Wolf, DHS Rebuke Congress for Failing to Reauthorize CHIP Before Holidays

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf, DHS Rebuke Congress for Failing to Reauthorize CHIP Before Holidays Healthcare,  Human Services,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf and Department of Human Services (DHS) Acting Secretary Teresa Miller shared their disappointment over Congress’ inability to re-authorize CHIP. The 90 percent federally funded program totaled $430.716 million in Pennsylvania during fiscal year 2016-2017.“Yesterday, Congress passed a continuing resolution of $3 billion for the CHIP program,” said Governor Wolf. “But, this partial funding is not the answer and Congress’ failure to do the right thing and fully fund this critical program is appalling.“Last week I was proud of Pennsylvania’s bi-partisan commitment to secure health insurance for our most vulnerable – our children and pregnant women. This week I am appalled by the lack of foresight by Congress. Caring for our children and our future needs to be made a priority. Congress needs to do its part on a federal level. Failing to get this done before the holidays, as families gather, shows an incredible lack of compassion.”DHS is currently evaluating the impact of the continuing resolution funds on the timeline to terminate the program. DHS would notify families at least 30 days before the date the program terminates for lack of funding.“180,162 children in Pennsylvania and nine million children nationwide are on the cusp of losing everything we stand for as Americans,” said Acting DHS Secretary Miller. “Children and families across America need our leaders to step up and do the job we have trusted and elected them to do.”Depending on the family income – children are eligible for free coverage or coverage based on a sliding scale payment. Despite all of the families touched by CHIP and the access to high-quality health care coverage it provides, the program will no longer exist, unless Congress acts.For more information on CHIP and for a letter to send to representatives, visit December 22, 2017last_img read more

Brisbane’s hottest suburbs revealed

first_img FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK (Also in the national top 50) Parks are a key attraction in Graceville, this being a file photo of the grandstand at Western Districts Cricket Club in the suburb. Picture: Richard Walker.Place Graceville lead agent Brad Robson said “demand has consistently outstripped supply” in the hottest suburb on the index — Graceville.“In very recent times, we have seen a small spike in the numbers of homes that have come to the market and I put this to the Spring Selling Season. Given the huge demand for the suburb, buyers have simply snapped them up, creating an increase in the amount of sales within the area.”He said the suburb was just 7km from the CBD with “a country town feel”.“I believe that 2019 will be more sustainable price growth for the suburb as demand will remain high and supply will remain low.”New resident Joni Armbruster had no idea just how popular the suburb was when her family bought into it this September.“It’s a fantastic area, it doesn’t surprise me at all,” she said. “It has great schools, close to the city, a neighbourhood feel, close to public transportation, lots of local restaurants and cafes that you can walk to. Also a lot of parks and open green spaces.”Her family expect to remain in the suburb for at least the next decade.“The schools are fantastic, public and private, so you have great options either way. We just love the area.” The two hottest suburbs in Brisbane next year are located about seven to eight kilometres from the CBD.The hottest suburbs in Brisbane have been revealed, and surprise contenders have beaten bluechips to take out the top three spots where prices were expected to fire up in 2019.All up the Price Predictor Index, which tracks rising sales in suburbs across the country as a precursor to strong price growth the following year, found 29 suburbs in Brisbane were “rising steadily” but three in particular were standouts. Colin and Joni Armbruster with kids Sophia and Amelia. Picture: Annette Dew. Leafy Graceville was now hottest suburb in the Queensland capital, according to the index, with its rising sales and potential also pushing it into the national top 50 hottest suburbs in the country. Almost eight years ago the suburb had been among those hard hit by the Brisbane 2011 flood. For sale: Queensland house of the year Architect’s Brisbane masterpiece sold BRISBANE’S HOTTEST SUBURBS: GracevilleIndooroopillyKippa-Ring (Source: The Price Predictor Index) A file photo of Graceville Railway Station. Picture: Philip Norrish. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51 A sign put up by residents of Strong Avenue in Graceville during the 2011 flood clean-up. The suburb is now tipped to be the hottest in Brisbane in 2019. Only two other Brisbane suburbs made the elite national list — Indooroopilly, a mere kilometre from Graceville, and Kippa-Ring, 27km north of the CBD. Index lead analyst Terry Ryder of Hotspotting said “where demand is rising, prices tend to follow”.Kippa-Ring’s surge, he said, was influenced by the new rail line to the Redcliffe Peninsula, whereas Graceville and Indooroopilly were both “top-end” suburbs with median prices above $900,000 and close to strong drivers like schools and universities, restaurants and parks.He said a turnaround occurred with tier one suburbs above $1m medians first seeing strong growth — such as Hamilton, Paddington and Bulimba recording double-digit growth in the past year — “then the rest of the market follows.”“I do expect Brisbane in the coming year to be stronger than it has been (overall),” Mr Ryder said.Darren Piper of Universal Buyers Agents said they were already “seeing the first signs of a turn around in the apartment market and property buyers should take notice”.“After so much doom and gloom we’re already seeing a huge uplift in the amount of enquiries we receive for Brisbane.” More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoOctober was one of his biggest months on record, he said, with “a lot of buyers attracted by the lifestyle, great schools, weather and prices of course” in Brisbane.last_img read more

Local bakeries assisted to meet compliance standards

first_img Share 29 Views   no discussions Share LocalNews Local bakeries assisted to meet compliance standards by: – November 18, 2011 Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet Share Image via: jscribes.comThe Dominica Bureau of Standards, the Environmental Health Department, Invest Dominica Authority (IDA) in association with the AID Bank has embarked on a programme aimed at enhancing quality management and labelling of locally produced pre-packaged baked products in the Commonwealth of Dominica.The programme provides assistance to bakeries on the island for them to become compliant with operational, labeling and production standards to enable them to be better prepared to meet the demands of domestic, regional and international consumers. One of the main aims of the collaborative efforts of the Agencies and the bakers is the implementation of a project, which seeks to ensure food safety and quality through the adoption of best practices, adherence to food safety guidelines improved technology in bread production and the labeling of pre-packaged breads and related pastry products. Additionally, the project will serve to heighten public awareness of the importance of food and quality control in the industry.The key elements of the project with the bakers are sensitization and public awareness programme, technical assistance that includes study tours for bakers and the provision of technical expertise in baking technology, safety and packaging.On November 20, 2011, Dr. Steve John, Director of Bureau of Standard will lead a delegation consisting of seven Dominican bread and pastry producers and representatives from the Environment and Health Department and Invest Dominica on seven-day study tour to three countries, Jamaica, Martinique and Saint Lucia.The delegation will have discussions with the Agencies responsible for Food Safety standards in these countries and tour bakeries and observe advanced baking technology including packaging.The delegation will also visit the School of Baking of the University of Technology (UTECH) in Jamaica where discussions will be held on food safety and sanitisation, bakery science and bakery engineering. The participants will also tour a fully mechanized bakery facility at the University. Lectures and discussions will also form part of the study tour activities in the countries visited.It is expected that study tour will assist in increasing the awareness and expose Dominican bread and pastry producers to best practices, product differentiation, modern techniques, quality and safety measures and utilization of modern technology in the industry. The project has received significant technical and financial support from the partnering Agencies, and has recently benefitted from a grant of $ 383,000 from the Centre for the Development of Enterprises (CDE) to the AID Bank.Press ReleaseInvest Dominica Authoritylast_img read more

August 23, 2018 Police Blotter

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Best brushes off Kidney speculation

first_imgRory Best insists Ireland have brushed aside speculation over the future of head coach Declan Kidney amid preparations for their must-win RBS 6 Nations clash with France. He continued: “We have two games left to play and we must finish well. It will be tough against France, but we’re back at home. “We will have to be much more efficient at putting away the chances that we create than we have been. We prepared to beat Scotland and didn’t. Our standards have slipped because we expect to win these games. “But we still have a lot of confidence in the ability in this squad.” Best has offered strong support to Ulster team-mate Paddy Jackson, whose poor kicking performance contributed to Ireland’s 12-8 defeat by Scotland on Sunday. “When you’re a professional player not everything goes perfectly for you. Paddy’s a fantastic talent, a great player with a great attitude,” Best said. “His general play was very good, but under the type of microscope that’s on Test rugby every detail is analysed. It’s unrealistic to think that you will go through your career without having moments when things didn’t go so well. “Great players dust themselves down and critically analyse what they did and try to get better the next week. Even at this young age Paddy has had a few moments at Ulster, but has bounced back strongly. That’s the type of guy he is and why he will bounce back from this.” Successive defeats by England and Scotland have seen calls for Kidney to step down intensify, and it appears unlikely he will be in place for the summer tour to North America. “It’s not a difficult environment to work in. Only two or three weeks ago we were talking about players’ contracts,” Best said. “It’s professional sport. We’re in it as a team and squad, and that includes the management.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Composed, calculated MDI boys’ soccer team tops Ellsworth

first_imgBAR HARBOR — To the naked eye, the attacking threats seemed to come out of nowhere; to the Mount Desert Island boys’ soccer team, they were the natural products of inch-perfect execution.From the opening kick of last Wednesday’s game against Ellsworth, MDI had its hands full in the bitter cold against its No. 1 rival. Flipping offside traps, attacking down the wings and sending extra players forward to pursue scoring opportunities, the Eagles threw everything they had at the Trojans for 80 minutes.Each of those factors could have posed a number of potential problems for MDI. Instead, the Trojans were composed and calculated as they capitalized at both ends of the pitch to add another chapter to a promising 2019 campaign.MDI rode a series of strong counterattacks and well-timed runs Wednesday to a 3-0 victory over Ellsworth at Del Luce Stadium. The win stretched the Trojans’ unbeaten run to five games and kept the team near the top of the standings with less than three weeks remaining in the regular season.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“We’ve talked all season about focusing on playing our game and playing MDI soccer,” MDI head coach Tyler Frank said. “For us, that means keeping possession and staying within our system to do what we need to do to win.”MDI’s Reider Watson flicks a pass past Ellsworth’s Pascal Poirier during the first half of a high school boys’ soccer game Oct. 2 at Del Luce Stadium. The second-ranked Trojans are unbeaten in their past five games with four wins and one draw. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLAlthough MDI opened the game with a handful of scoring chances, the Trojans were unable to take advantage of their successful runs past the Eagles’ offside traps. The Trojans registered two shots on goal in the opening 15 minutes, but Ellsworth goalkeeper Mason Tupper stopped the first with diving save in the bottom-right corner and the second with a parry in the center of the goal.MDI’s persistence soon paid dividends, though, as Ieuan Howell slipped behind the Ellsworth defense, sprinted inside the 6-yard box and lifted the ball over Tupper to put the visitors ahead with 23 minutes, 41 seconds left in the half. Shane Bonilla came close to providing the second goal for the Trojans 10 minutes later, but the senior’s long-range volley instead struck the post after tailing away at the last possible second.In the second half, Ellsworth (2-6-1) put MDI on the back foot right away with two scoring chances in the opening five minutes. The Eagles came even closer 10 minutes into the half as Tulas Weaver sent a powerful strike from a difficult angle mere inches wide of the woodwork.“[Ellsworth] definitely came out strong in the second half and challenged us,” Frank said. “They had a few good chances and put us in a spot where we had to weather the storm.”Weather the storm the Trojans did. After surviving another Ellsworth scoring chance, MDI (5-1) launched a rapid counterattack that resulted in a Treyan Nelson goal with 22:25 left to play. Five minutes later, Trevor Morrison scored via an assist from Walker St. Germain to make the score 3-0 and put the game out of the home team’s reach.“Once I beat the defender, I knew I just had to put it in the right spot to beat [the goalkeeper],” Morrison said. “I just pulled my pace out and made a one-touch finish.”The game was the sixth for MDI in a difficult seven-game stretch that’s also pitted the Trojans against Brewer, John Bapst, Caribou and George Stevens Academy. Since losing 3-0 to Brewer on Sept. 17, MDI has conceded just two goals in five games.Making the right runs forward wasn’t always a seamless endeavor for MDI, which found itself caught offside a number of times in attempts to launch counterattacks and beat Ellsworth’s traps. Yet in the grand scheme of the game, the strategy produced the goalsMembers of the MDI boys’ soccer team celebrate a goal by Treyan Nelson (second from left) during the second half of a game against Ellsworth on Oct. 2 at Del Luce Stadium. The Trojans and Eagles will meet again at 6 p.m. Oct. 22 in Bar Harbor. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLthe Trojans needed to earn the win.“We realized they were going to play a flat four, and flat fours are beatable, especially when they stack their midfielders on top of that a little bit,” Frank said. “You just have to calibrate your runs and your passes, and if they don’t adjust, you’ve got a chance on goal.”The loss was a tough one for an Ellsworth team that is still dealing with the losses of two veteran starters, Javen Clarke and Pedro Little-Siebold. Yet the fight the Eagles showed against one of Class B’s top teams was a positive for coach Paul Lock, whose team is still in position for a spot in the regional playoffs.“I can’t be anything but proud of them,” Lock said. “To lose so many people during the year and have players be willing to step in and play other positions, it’s an inspiring thing to see.”Ellsworth’s next game will be on the road against Caribou (7-0-1) at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5. The Eagles will host Presque Isle at 5:30 p.m. next Wednesday, Oct. 9, before playing on the road against Maine Central Institute at 11 a.m. next Saturday, Oct. 12.As for MDI, the Trojans will host Brewer (2-7) at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, before playing road games against Old Town (4 p.m. next Wednesday) and Hermon (6 p.m. Oct. 15). Wins in those contests would improve the Trojans’ chances of securing a top-four seed and first-round bye in the Northern Maine playoffs.“The chemistry we have this year is unreal,” Morrison said. “I’ve been waiting for this for three years to play with this group of boys. Everyone is putting in the hardest work, and it’s paying off.” Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Latest Posts Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all)center_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Bio MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020last_img read more

Other Sports Amit Panghal Creates History, Becomes First Indian To Win Silver In Boxing World Championships

first_imgOnce again up against a taller and more muscular opponent, Panghal gave it his all but fell short when it came to connecting accurately. The Asian Games and Asian Championships gold-medallist nonetheless achieved a historic feat.The silver marks a new high for the boxer from Rohtak, who has been simply unstoppable since breaking into the national scene with a bronze in the 2017 Asian Championships.Zoirov, despite being unseeded, was always going to be a tough challenge as he also has to his credit silver medals in the Asian Games and the Asian Championships.”I am obviously very happy but there is unfinished business as of now. I have worked really hard and I would like to ensure that I get the best prize,” Panghal had said after the semi-final.Panghal’s performance that earned him a spot in the semi-finals sealed his places in next year’s Olympic qualifiers with the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) stating earlier that those pugilists who win medals at the Worlds will be automatic picks for the qualifiers.Before this year, India had never won more than one bronze medal at a single edition of the world championship. In the last edition, only Gaurav Bidhuri was able to bring home a bantamweight bronze medal.The past medal-winners at the big event are Vijender Singh (2009), Vikas Krishan (2011), Shiva Thapa (2015) and Gaurav Bidhuri (2017). This time, India was among nine countries, out of a total of 78, which had their boxers in the finals. Uzbekistan topped the finalists count with four boxers.With Agency Inputs New Delhi : Indian boxer Amit Panghal had to settle for silver after losing to Olympic champion Shakhobidin Zoirov of Uzbekistan in an intense 52kg category final on Saturday. Panghal lost 0-5 but the scoreline was hardly a reflection of the fight he put on against the more fancied Zoirov.The second-seeded Panghal became the first Indian male boxer to finish second in the world event and the country achieved its best ever medal haul of two. Manish Kaushik (63kg) had signed off with a bronze earlier, after losing in the semifinals. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more