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The Dark Side… of Leadership

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By Frank J. Rich

The glory in achievement may have no rival. Its consummate joy is the font of self-esteem, the carrot of all vision statements, and America’s corporate pro patria. The energy in this driving force has fueled great acts, great companies, and great nations. Few things measure significance more than the accomplishments of a manager on the move, machine-like in his fluid drive toward results. Yet, despite its winsome genes, achievement has a dark side.

Years of assessing executive behavior have revealed an obverse side, a counterpart that over time threatens performance. The virtues of drive and determination notwithstanding, overachieving leaders may have hit a wall of diminishing returns, counterbalancing in their wake of fury a faulty motive. The inexorable focus on “doing” the work of goals and tasks, targets and revenue growth, can actually retard performance over time. How? Simply by a misplaced motive or goals obsession. The result is misguided use of control and coercion, rather than empowerment through collaboration and coaching. The measure of it is lost productivity. (more…)

April 16, 2013 |

Why 42 Is Number 1

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BY BRUCE APAR
MAYOR, TOWNLINK

This past weekend, armchair golf fans had the rare pleasure of watching a tournament without hearing the usual overzealous gallery yahoos yelling, “Get in the hole!”… after a player teed off on a Par 5, where the chances of a ball struck from the tee box finding the green are hardly better than its landing on the moon. Hyperbole’s fine, except when it’s banal ad absurdum.

The endlessly elegant Masters is the Mount Olympus of golf competitions. Not only must respect be paid to the game and its regimented etiquette: it must be worshipped with utmost reverence. As reported by Bill Pennington of The New York Times on April 13, the litany of rules that rule the behavior of visitors to Augusta National in Georgia, its hallowed home, is long enough to stretch tee to pin on a Par 5.

Let’s put it this way: as Mr. Pennington relates, there is no allowance even for running or lying down anywhere on the course, plus there is no sitting in standing-only areas, and no standing in sitting-only areas. No joke. (more…)

April 15, 2013 |

4th Annual Car Show Benefiting St. Jude Children’s Hospital

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stjudes4th Annual Classic and Custom Car Show on May 19, 2013, rain date June 2, 2013. This year we are Cruisin’ for St. Jude. We are hosting this car show to raise money that will help St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital find new treatments for childhood cancer and other catastrophic diseases. You can help St. Jude continue its lifesaving work against pediatric diseases with your donation and/or attendence.

This is a day of family fun featuring food, raffles, entertainment and a good time. All the proceeds from our raffles go to St. Jude. Last year, we raised $3,500 for this worthy cause. This year we would like to top that and with your help we will.

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April 15, 2013 |

White Collar Crime and Its Effects on Consumers

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white-collar-crime-7Author: Melanie Soto

Have you opened a medical statement recently and had too many charges on it? Were you charged for examinations that you did not need? Or were the charges from a doctors office you did not use? You may have been a victim of a white collar crime! It can happen to anyone!

White Collar Crime is a term that was defined by Edwin Southerland, Sociologist of criminology. The term is identifying those illegal non-violent activities that involve traditional notions of deceit, deception, concealment, manipulation, breach of trust or illegal circumvention. These crimes have been known to be committed by business professional and government agents. Today it is known that white collar crime can be committed by anyone, from many different backgrounds; whether it is race, gender, education or social status. White collar crimes include: anti-trust law violations, bankruptcy fraud, bribery/kickbacks, computer/internet fraud, counterfeiting, credit card fraud, embezzlement, environmental law violations, financial crimes, government fraud, health care fraud, identity theft, insider trading, insurance fraud, mail fraud, money laundering, public corruption, qui tam, securities exchange, tax evasion, telemarketing fraud and trade secret theft. Though these crimes are non-violent they have a great affect on corporate companies, consumers and the United States economy. (more…)

April 15, 2013 |

Art for Our Sake

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BY BRUCE APAR
MAYOR, TOWNLINK

The arts are essential to any complete national life. The State owes it to itself to sustain and encourage them….Ill fares the race which fails to salute the arts with the reverence and delight which are their due.”

So said none other than 20th Century statesman non-pareil Winston Churchill.

The same sentiment in that ode to the arts was evoked at the April 4 annual awards luncheon hosted by ArtsWestchester in White Plains (N.Y.) at the Crowne Plaza. Nine honorees were presented. You can read their names and see more photos below.

Apart from the abundance of talent that was honored in front of an audience of several hundred, the event is made possible by the patronage of First Niagara Bank and its Managing Director David Ring, a resident of Yorktown who also sits on the arts agency’s board of trustees. (more…)

April 15, 2013 |

Pleasantville Community Blood Drive – Longer Hours!

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givebloodPleasantville merchants are providing gifts, coupons and raffle items for blood donors who participate in an ALL-DAY Blood Drive sponsored by the Pleasantville High School and Ambulance Corps on Monday, May 6 from 9:00 am  to 9:00 pm at the Pleasantville High School on Romer Avenue.  The drive is timed to help boost supplies and avoid shortages during the summer.  Red cells units will also be collected from qualifying candidates. Donors are welcome from anywhere.

For information, to sign up or to volunteer, call (914) 747-2408 or send an email to Angela.Usobiaga@verizon.net.  Although it is helpful to let the organizers know in advance that you plan to come, walk-ins are always accepted.

 

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April 15, 2013 |

Main St Awakening…

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fjr_roiBy Frank J. Rich

America is yet to regain its stride after a protracted recession. The economy may not be as bad as some guess, and then again, it may be worse. We hear daily about “The Market” – largely a group of 30 Industrials that measure a “representative” slice of the total economy. Just 30 companies; it seems an inadequate number to judge an entire economic system.

The Standard & Poor’s Market Index may be a better measure of economic health, but it too profiles the financials of only 500 major companies. It would appear that such a small sampling of America’s finest might not be a sufficient barometer of the largest economy in the world.

The above indices may account for roughly 75 percent of the U.S. equity market by capitalization, but against the backdrop of 28 million American companies, how might we measure the contribution to our economy made by so-called small companies?

Non-employer firms make up the bulk of companies in the U.S.; some 22 million. All businesses account for roughly $15 trillion in annual sales, and small businesses account for roughly one-half of all revenues and employment. (more…)

April 15, 2013 |
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