first_imgShare This!This is a big weekend for me! I am heading to my very first non-domestic Disney park! Yep, I am flying across the pond to visit London, as well as Paris for the first time and you knew I had to make a stop at Disneyland Paris, right? I’m super excited and really can’t believe it’s happening all rolled into one.This week, see which movie franchises of Fox’s that Disney plans to keep, take an in-depth look at why Dumbo may not have performed as well as Disney hoped, and more.In Case You Missed It – Disney and Universal Orlando News and RumorsIf you have eaten at Earl of Sandwich, Chicken Guy or Planet Hollywood lately, you may want to check your credit card statements.Congratulations to the team at Captain Marvel. The film has reached the $1 Billion mark!Dumbo kind of missed the mark and the Washington Post looks at why that may have happened and if Disney should be concerned about its other remakes. Did you see the film? What did you think?Disney plans to keep a few of the Fox franchises alive – namely Planet of the Apes, Kingsman, Avatar, Alien, and the Maze Runner movies. Are you excited to see any of these franchises continue?Apparently the upcoming “live action” version of The Lion King is dazzling.Oh my gosh, I love this. Learn how to make a Little Mermaid-inspired wreath.In Case We Missed ItWhat did we miss? Attach your ideas to a Lego Steamboat Willie set and send it to [email protected] with the words “In Case You Missed It” in the subject line.last_img read more

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first_img11 April 2008The time-frame for the Alexandra Renewal Project (ARP), a programme to develop one of Johannesburg’s oldest townships, has been extended to 2010.The project, launched by President Thabo Mbeki in February 2001, was to be implemented over a period of seven years. The estimated budget for the ARP at that time was R1.3-billion, an amount that was projected to be provided by the City of Johannesburg, Gauteng province and the private sector.However, because of “huge demand for adequate shelter and prolonged land acquisition processes”, the project has been extended for another two years, according to Nomvula Mokonyane, the province’s housing MEC who was speaking at the ARP’s political steering committee meeting attended by the City of Johannesburg executive mayor Amos Masondo in Alexandra on Wednesday, 9 April.The purpose of the steering committee is to exercise political oversight and decision-making in the implementation of the project.At the meeting, Mokonyane and Masondo said the mandate of the ARP involves dealing with historical urban decay and deprivation in terms of infrastructure as well as human development in the township.‘Black spot’Established in 1912, Alexandra covers an area of over 800 hectares, including Old Alexandra Proper, the East Bank, the Far East Bank, Marlboro industrial area, Wynberg, Kew and Marlboro Gardens.Since its inception, Alexandra has had a long and chequered history. In 1948, under apartheid, the township became a “black spot” and residents were threatened with complete removal. Freehold title was abolished and some families were removed, leaving the majority as tenants of the government.During the 1980s, Alexandra was characterised by both conflict and development. There were long school boycotts and clashes with the apartheid government, but the period also saw Alex roads being tarred for the first time, new houses built and nearly 50 new blocks of flats.Rapid urbanisationOriginally, the infrastructure in Alexandra was designed for a population of about 70 000 people but due to a population boom as people from within South Africa and neighbouring countries came to the area seeking employment opportunities, the township is now home to an estimated 350 000 to 400 000 people living in very crowded conditions.After Mbeki’s announcement in 2001, the first phase of the project involved moving 11 000 residents from the banks of the Juskei River, where they were in danger of flooding every year. The displaced residents were moved to Braamfischerville in Soweto and Diepsloot, north of Randburg.On 3 and 4 December 2004, a summit was held in the township to report back on and review the achievements of the ARP. The summit recorded that some progress had been made accommodating Alex’s homeless people. Approximately 1 200 houses had been built since 2001 in Extension 8 and the Reconstruction Area, with more housing construction in Marlboro Gardens, Westlake and Frankenwald projects yielding 5 300 rental housing units.The project also recorded success in the construction and upgrading of road infrastructure in Alex.‘One huge construction site’In 2006 with about 16 months before the seven-year period announced by Mbeki elapsed, the incumbent ARP director, Julian Baskin, noted that the project will need “a lifetime” to complete. He said the initial costs of the project were not feasible and the total costs of providing RDP houses to 22 000 families in need of accommodation in Alexandra amounted to well over R1.9-billion. And this did not include provision of roads, water, sanitation, schools, clinics, magistrates offices and police stations.Today, Alexandra is “one huge construction site”, as Baskin put it, with 27 active projects underway. Work to refurbish Alex’s old M1 and M2 hostels is almost complete and several schools have been built, including Ekukhanyisweni Primary School. A business centre to stimulate Alex’s economy has been established and new shopping malls are sprouting up including the R80-million Alex Plaza.The meeting acknowledged the progress that the ARP has registered on the ground and the many projects that are at an advanced stage. Mokonyane and Masondo hailed the ARP as a success story, given the inroads it has made in improving the local community’s quality of life.On the issue of safety and security in the township, the meeting came up with mechanisms to tackle crime. A resolution was made to build a police station in the Far East Bank. It was also agreed that ward councillors should play a critical role in running community awareness programmes to guard against vandalism of public facilities.In addition, the meeting agreed that a Local Economic Development Summit would be convened in the near future to develop strategies to “unearth the economic potential” of Alexandra.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

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first_imgIn my previous posts, I discussed what toxic leadership is and how toxic leaders get into supervisory roles. Here I will explain why toxic leaders survive, even when they are clearly bad for individuals, teams, and organizations.Toxic Leaders Deliver Results: Unfortunately, toxic leaders survive because they tend to deliver excellent short-term results. The public humiliation, micromanagement, and other toxic behaviors motivate employees to work hard and avoid being punished. From the perspective of a senior executive, the toxic leader is meeting his goals so everything seems on track. Just looking at the bottom line, things appear to be fine. Toxic leadership isn’t noticeable until you look at how the work is being accomplished, at the morale of the team, and at the long-term sustainability of the workers.I coached a toxic leader who could not keep anyone on her team for longer than one year. Her 12-month retention rate was close to zero. But within that year, she got lots of work out of everyone she managed. Senior leaders thought she was great at “special projects” because she could always deliver on tight timelines. They weren’t paying attention to what happened after each project ended and most of the team members quit. By that time, she had moved on to a new “special project” and the cycle continued. My research [1] showed that toxic leadership includes dimensions of self-promotion and narcissism, which both contribute to the leader’s survival. These leaders deflect blame, take credit for good results (even if the credit should be shared), and genuinely believe they deserve all the rewards. From a senior executive’s perspective, the toxic leader is not associated with mistakes and accepts credit for successes, so why make a change?Rooting out Toxic Leadership from the Top: After collecting data from more than 6,000 people on this topic, it’s clear to me that toxic leadership must be eliminated from the top. One of my favorite mantras is “What gets rewarded gets repeated.” If senior executives are not focused on how the work is getting done, then toxic leaders will flourish beneath them.I worked with a CEO who knew there were several toxic leaders in his organization. We reviewed the results of an annual employee engagement survey and identified one unit with low scores and lots of negative comments describing the supervisor’s toxic behaviors. When I asked for more details about this team’s dynamic, the CEO told me, “We should ignore this. That team is under a lot stress so the scores don’t really count.” I advised him that teams are often under stress, and by ignoring their survey responses, he was sending his employees a message that toxic leadership was acceptable in his organization. By failing to intervene, the CEO was tacitly endorsing the way his employees were being treated.Toxic Leadership Trickles Down: This CEO was also setting an example for future behaviors that would be expected among emerging leaders in the company. It’s surprising how easily these subtle cues can shape an organization’s culture. I once interviewed a Navy officer who was warm and engaging with me, but also known as a toxic leader at work. He told me that he goes to work and becomes “a tyrant” and is relieved to get home and be his “friendly self.” When I asked why he made such a deliberate change, he replied, “On my ship, the a**hole always wins. The bigger the a**hole, the more wins. If I want to get promoted, I have to act that way.”Research has shown that toxic behaviors among senior managers was positively related to a similar leadership style among front-line supervisors, and those bad behaviors were positively related to interpersonal deviance among employees. [2] This “trickle-down” model explains how toxic leadership can be replicated downward throughout the organization.Bad Impressions Generalize Up: Since employees usually have more contact with their direct supervisor than any other authority in the company, employees use that leader’s behavior to interpret how the organization feels about them. [3] Not surprisingly, my research [4] found that higher levels of toxic leadership were related to lower levels of organizational trust and commitment. Allowing toxic leadership to persist, even through permissive inaction, communicates to employees that they are not valued or respected by the organization at large. In many of my interviews, people generalized their experiences with a single toxic leader to the culture and conduct of the entire company. If senior executives want to avoid toxic leadership, they need to set the right example from the very top. Toxic behaviors should be corrected, even when the leader is achieving good results. Employees need to see that these behaviors are noticed and actively discouraged, lest they adopt a toxic style too. What gets rewarded gets repeated.In my next post, I’ll describe some actions employees can take if they report to a toxic leader.last_img read more

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first_imgThe New York Times reports that New York governor Andrew Cuomo may raise the New York minimum wage to $15 an hour. If New York ends up going through with that kind of minimum wage hike, they would be following suit with SeaTac, a suburb of Seattle, which recently decided to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.New York is just one of the many local governments calling for higher minimum wages. The Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Trey Kovacs reports that 21 Chicago aldermen are considering a $15 minimum wage as well, and Bloomberg tells us that California’s Senate has passed a measure to raise the minimum wage to $13 an hour.But local governments would benefit from a more cautious approach to minimum wage hikes, considering how SeaTac is already struggling with their new policy.United Liberty says that employers in SeaTac have had to cut employee benefits to stay in business after the dramatic wage hike. In an interview with a publisher from Northwestern Asian Weekly, one employee describes how her company had to cut her benefits to counter the skyrocketing cost of wages: “I lost my 401k, health insurance, paid holiday, and vacation,” she responded. “No more free food,” she added. The wage hike is already hurting Seattle businesses, even though it has not been implemented yet.The Washington Policy Center chimes in as well, showing how the minimum wage hike has discouraged small business expansion and kept small business owners from opening new businesses or hiring new workers.The Seattle Times also notes, “At the Clarion Hotel off International Boulevard, a sit-down restaurant has been shuttered, though it might soon be replaced by a less-labor-intensive café.”Interestingly enough, Amy Martinez starts the article off by declaring that, “For all the political uproar it caused, SeaTac’s closely watched experiment with a $15 minimum wage has not created a large chain reaction of lost jobs and higher prices…”She justifies this claim by noting that, while a small sit-down restaurant has closed, “…the nearby Cedarbrook Lodge…is undergoing a $16 million expansion.”That justification is problematic because the Cedarbrook Lodge is 4.5 star luxury hotel and a minimum wage hike affects a 4.5 star luxury hotel very differently than a mom and pop restaurant.This fact represents one of the main arguments used by opponents of minimum wage hikes: big businesses can shrug off minimum wage hikes but smaller businesses with lower revenues find it harder to stay profitable when the minimum wage is raised. The argument can even be made that a minimum wage hike is an indirect form of corporate welfare, since it constitutes an exclusive disadvantage to small business competitors.Another argument that minimum wage opponents make is that minimum wage hikes hurt the very people they are supposed to help: by increasing the cost of wages for minimally skilled workers, minimum wage laws discourage companies from hiring a society’s least competitive workers – the poorest of the poor – in favor of more educated workers. This comes as no surprise, since companies will try to get the most bang for their buck if minimum wages are raised, causing hiring of uncompetitive and uneducated workers to diminish.“[i]t used to be that economists across the board—whether left, right, or center—generally agreed that the minimum wage was ill-suited to help the poor,” Robert P. Murphy wrote in summary of this classic argument. “As we still teach introductory students in Econ 101, a price floor on low-skilled labor will (at least in the textbook diagrams) lead to unemployment among the very people minimum wage legislation allegedly helps.”Aloysius Hogan of the Competitive Enterprise Institute notes that support for minimum wage hikes from a few economists comes from the existence of a few revisionist studies which supposedly demonstrate inconsequential effects of minimum wage hikes to unemployment. However, Aloysius reports that the vast majority of econometric studies (85%) still hold minimum wage hikes to be detrimental.This economic evidence against minimum wage hikes should at least be considered before states rush to adopt higher minimum wage rates.Alex Bolt is a labor policy intern at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. Image of ‘The Hammering Man’ outside Seattle Art Museum courtesy of Big Stock Photo.last_img read more

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first_imgOn my way to my daughter’s school, every morning, I pass a house that has a creche in its front yard. It’s been there since early December. Baby Jesus has been lingering there for the entire winter and Spring, and at this rate he may be slumbering into the summer. He is covered with pollen these days.Every morning, my daughter takes note of his long, post-seasonal stay in the manger.“It’s STILL there!” she notes.Then she asks why.You could attribute all kinds of interesting reasons for this never-ending nativity scene. Maybe it’s a family that practices a particular kind of christianity. Maybe they like the way the creche looks amid the Spring flowers and overgrown grass. Maybe they have the Christmas spirit all year long.Or maybe they are just lazy. Maybe they still have their tree up inside too, because they haven’t summoned the energy to pack it up either. My fave marketer, Seth Godin, says you can be sure of two things about all people: they are lazy, and they are in a hurry.We marketers like to spend a lot of time analyzing why people do some things or don’t do some things. We think of religion, attitudes, mindsets. But we should also be thinking of lazy. And in a hurry. Maybe we’re just making it too darn hard for people to take action.Maybe if taking action was really easy, more people would do it.Never underestimate the importance of ease and convenience. Try vastly simplifying your call to action and the level of effort it requires. See what happens. You might get Christmas in April.last_img read more

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first_imgMy favorite pink paper, the Financial Times, had an editorial this weekend by v3’s Robert Egger. Check it out if you missed it.The gist (and I quote):In you were savvy enough to have invested $1,000 in Microsoft when it went public in 1986, the value of your stock today would be close to $½m. But what if you had invested the same amount in a high-performing non-profit group; one that could show measurable, financial impact in your community? All you would have been eligible for is a one-off tax deduction.Think boldly for a moment. Imagine if there was a way to measure and then reward strategic investments in non-profits in the form of an annual and potentially growing tax deduction based on the same rate of return principle as the dividend. Imagine how that would revolutionise the productivity of non-profits, as well as create an incentive for individuals to seek out and support some of the most dynamic social and economic stimulators in their communities. More importantly, since Americans donated $295bn to non-profits in 2006, while businesses spent $1.2bn on cause-related marketing to trumpet their philanthropy, a shift like this might also lead to coverage of the sector with the same level of critical analysis that is afforded traditional businesses.Imagine how this might challenge the entire notion of “charity” in the US and usher in a bold new era of social and economic innovation.What I like about this kind of idea is it fundamentally shifts the way we think about ourselves. Are we charities seeking handouts or are we the best damn investment anyone could make in their community? Try to put on this kind of mental strut (work it!) next time you compose an “ask” of any kind. Your results are worth bragging about, and they are worth a reward for your donors investors.Don’t beg. Strut your ROI till the policymakers listen.last_img read more

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first_imgContinuing with haiku week (don’t forget to submit yours!), today is dedicated to marketers.Marketer HaikuThe truth is betterThreaded through the target’s eyeA web of beautylast_img

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first_imgThree things to do if you’re not feeling inspired:1. Explain to a child what your organization does. This is a great creative jump-start if you have a hard time explaining the essence of your organization in your communications. Use what you said to the kid, it will be better than 90% of your messaging.2. Find a person your organization helped and tell that person what an honor it was to do so. They conversation you have will remind you of the difference you’re making.3. Imagine this is your last day of work and you only have a few hours to make a difference in some way. What would you do? Do it, even if you intend on working at your job forever.last_img read more

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first_imgSuppose you’re creating an organization for women with alopecia areata — the autoimmune skin disease which stops the normal growth of hair on the scalp, brows, lashes and body. You want to convey that you are about community, support and fun. You want to make women with this condition feel empowered. And you want them to be absolutely COMPELLED to join you.Typical nonprofit approach?Call it the Alopecia Areata Association.A brilliant approach?Call it Bald Girls Do Lunch.Congratulations Bald Girls Do Lunch on amazing marketing.PS Full disclosure: I learned about this group when they signed up for Network for Good fundraising services. I work at Network for Good. When I saw their name, I just had to know who they are. But this post isn’t about business, in fact they don’t know I blogged this:) Yet.last_img read more

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first_imgIt’s easy to worry the financial crises rocking our markets are going to kill fundraising this year.Just remember, in an era when Lehman is nearly worthless and so many investments look like they’re offering low returns, you are priceless.Remind your donors of their amazing ROI with you.For a few dollars, they get a helper’s high. They feel good because they did good. It’s cheaper than therapy.Their investment in your organization doesn’t yield paper profits. It changes lives. Always.Be passionate and persuasive about your emotional ROI – and your human ROI. Those who can afford it will get it and give.last_img read more

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