There are No Exceptions for Exceptional Leadership

first_imgThe cornerstone of every successful business is a unified company culture. And the foundation for a strong culture is that it must support the corporate strategy and be built on exceptional leadership. Being a good leader is no longer good enough.Earlier this year, I wrote a piece for Forbes on the importance of exceptional leadership, explaining the value of a holistic approach to leadership development and highlighting three areas of focus to help shape a successful leadership strategy.Three Keys to Effective Leadership DevelopmentClearly understand the company’s strategy and cultivate a supportive and inspiring corporate culture: In order to support a positive culture, leaders must be able to clearly articulate the company’s vision and strategy and also comprehend the company’s team members’ values and expectations. Once the cultural DNA of the business is identified, then you can create a set of clear principles that reflect and support the culture your team members need to be successful.For instance, Dell’s leaders are expected to thrive at these seven principles: optimism, humility, drive, vision, selflessness, judgment and relationships. However, leadership is a privilege, and should be worked at, so while it’s important to be good at all of these, my advice is to be exceptional for at least one of them.  Just pick one and excel at it. Our research has shown that exceptional leadership in the eyes of team members – in just one defined area – delivers directly to the bottom line of the business.Embed expectations for leaders into the business’ ecosystem: To achieve success, a company’s values and leadership principles must be embedded into every aspect of the business. Holding leaders accountable for successfully executing the company’s strategy while also living and cultivating the company’s culture is a must. At Dell, one key way we measure this is through our team member surveys, which play a significant role in driving our leadership and culture strategy.Use data and analytics to uncover the leadership principles that matter most: It’s no surprise that a tech company would put a premium on data. We believe a company’s leadership development strategy must be based on research and data. It’s the ongoing evaluation of a leader’s impact that should serve as the guide post for HR strategy and decision-making going forward. At Dell, for instance, we know through team member research that the two most important leadership attributes for inspiring our team members are selflessness and vision.The end game – our customersDell’s research shows that our strategic focus on leadership is helping to support business growth and better service for our customers. For example, the data reveals that sales teams working for inspiring leaders have six percent higher sales attainment than those working for uninspiring leaders. The difference is more happy customers and increased revenue measured in the millions, a bottom-line difference that should be of interest to all employees of a company. If you’re interested to read more of my thoughts on leadership, see my Forbes post here.last_img read more

Tony Nominee Alessandro Nivola on Traveling to the West End with The Elephant Man

first_img View Comments It’s rare for a Broadway hit to cross the Atlantic intact, but that is currently happening with director Scott Ellis’ acclaimed revival of The Elephant Man, which has arrived in London for a summer run at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket, with its starry Tony-nominated trio of Bradley Cooper, Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola along for the ride. For Nivola in particular, being in London is like returning home given that the Yale-educated actor has an English wife (actress Emily Mortimer) and knows the city well. caught the gifted star prior to West End previews to talk his renewed love of theater, show transfers, and being out of town during Tony season.Welcome to town! How amazing is it for you guys all to be here?It is! I’ve never reprised a role before and there’s been just enough time in between the two productions for me to forget all my lines [laughs], so I’ve been spending a few days frantically trying to remember all those speeches about cauliflower.And to be here with your entire cast!I know, right? Our being over here right now is unusual enough because there aren’t that many American shows that come over to London, and very few with the entire cast intact, and no shows at all that come with a cast intact from three years ago at Williamstown [Theatre Festival in Massachusetts] where at least half the cast were non-Equity interns! What’s incredible is that we’ve held it together the whole time across three incarnations.And you’ve got arguably the most elegant theater in London—the Haymarket—for your summer run.I’d never been in [the Haymarket] before and it’s without a doubt the most beautiful theater I have ever set foot in. And they do things so right there: there are brass plaques on my dressing room door with mine and Bradley’s names on them. Our dressing room is apparently known as the Gielgud Room but we’ve turned it into a kind of youth hostel with two single beds and various sleeping bags [laughs].And of course you’re now in the city where Bernard Pomerance’s play takes place.And there’s an incredible guy who runs the [Royal London Hospital] Museum who’s just an encyclopedia of information about John Merrick [the “elephant man” of the title, played by Cooper] and Treves [the doctor, played by Nivola] and the whole world of the play. Bradley went first to have a look when he was filming in London over the summer and then we had a company trip and I’ve been on my own.For those who saw the production on Broadway, should they see it again here if they can?We have been subtly changing certain staging things—various bits that we wanted to try and improve upon. There are a few more things that we’ve adjusted so that I hope people will get the Pygmalion-like story of Treves seeming to be Merrick’s savior and then in his attempt to educate and civilize and normalize Merrick, Treves strips him of his humanity and is so full of guilt and regret that it just tears him apart. Getting that story to be clear to an audience has always been a challenge.A challenge that you and your colleagues have clearly met successfully if the Tony nominations are any gauge.That’s lovely of you to say, but what’s been particularly satisfying is that Patty [Clarkson] and Bradley and I were all nominated—that we were all remembered. My main concern about coming to London was that we were all aware we would be starting our run the week after the nominations had been announced and if someone had been snubbed or left out in the cold, it might have made for a brutal few weeks!As it is, it must be making for a lot of trans-Atlantic travel.What’s happening is that we have Sunday off anyway—the day of the ceremony—and then we’ve got the Monday off so we’ll fly to New York Sunday morning, go to a hotel and change our clothes, go to the ceremony, then go to sleep and fly back the next day and do a show the following night.So the June 9 [two nights after the Tonys] performance back in London should be an interesting one.That’s going to be our hangover show [laughs].How does it feel to be overseas amid the whirl of Tony-time parties and receptions back in New York?I do feel sad not to be a part of it. It’s not every day that you get nominated for a Tony so I wanted to really soak it up, but what can you do? In a perfect world, we would be running our show in New York and I would be going to all the parties and the Tony people would be coming to see our show but instead we’re in another city.Will you spend the flight over to New York on June 7 practicing your speech?[Laughs.] God, I haven’t really given that much thought. I mean, I don’t know: I guess I have to be prepared for anything. I don’t think it’s something I’ll be nervous about; I’m just so excited about it. It’s one of the biggest moments in my career and I feel so happy that coming back to the theater has rewarded me in this way.You’ve had a pretty great theater run of late with A Lie of the Mind off-Broadway and then The Winslow Boy for Roundabout followed by The Elephant Man.When Emily and I moved back to New York about seven years ago, one of the first things that came to my mind was, “Why haven’t I been trying to do more theater?” So when Ethan Hawke [who was directing the Sam Shepard revival] asked me to do A Lie of the Mind, that was my first thing back on stage and it turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life—and then the two Broadway shows as well.It must be fun being in the same Tony season as Helen Mirren, with whom you made your Broadway debut 20 years ago in A Month in the Country.Which was also directed by Scott Ellis! I realized the morning the Tony nominations came out that Scott had given me not only my Broadway debut but my New York theater debut when I was a year out of Yale: that was the play that started my career.Could you have guessed back then that Dame Helen would make a career out of playing Queen Elizabeth II?If somebody had told me that was in the stars, it definitely wouldn’t have surprised me.Did you ever refer to Dame Helen at the time as “Her Majesty”?[Laughs.] I was tempted!last_img read more

Dominican Republic: 1,909 kilograms of cocaine seized

first_img SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – A total of 1,909 kilograms of cocaine was confiscated by counter-narcotics forces on the morning of March 27 off the country’s eastern coast, officials said. Two Colombians were arrested in connection with the cocaine, which was found on a boat near Saona Island during a joint operation between the Dominican Republic’s National Drug Control Directorate (DNCD) and the United States Coast Guard and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Two of the four crew members escaped, Maj. Gen. Rolando Rosado Mateo of the DNCD and Rear Adm. Félix Alburquerque said at a media conference. [EFE (Dominican Republic), 27/03/2013; Proceso (Dominican Republic), 27/03/2013; El Heraldo (Colombia), 27/03/2013] By Dialogo March 28, 2013last_img read more

Week 12 Fantasy Busts: Tom Brady, Amari Cooper, Brandin Cooks among risky ‘starts’

first_imgOur Week 12 fantasy busts start with the Colts’ running game (Jonathan Williams) on Thursday night and continue into the biggest game on Sunday, Patriots vs. Cowboys (Tom Brady, Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper, and more). So, if you’re one of the owners inclined to make start ’em, sit ’em decisions based on the NFL game you’ll be watching on TV, this might be the week to avoid that. With the fantasy playoffs right around the corner, avoiding busts is more important that ever. We take some pretty big swings at quarterback this week, although if you look at them just on paper, they make sense. Both Josh Allen and Prescott have one of the worst matchups a fantasy QB can have, so calling them potential busts is definitely fair. And we’ve doubled down on the Cowboys passing game with Dak’s running mate Amari Cooper as another possible bust (and we even threw in the Patriots D/ST, too). WEEK 12 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerWe’re also especially down on the Denver passing game, with both Courtland Sutton and Noah Fant finding their way to our busts list. If there are two things the Buffalo defense does well, it’s shut down No. 1 WRs (shoutout Tre’Davious White) and eliminate tight end production, so you might want to stay away from those guys.We were definitely spot on last week in our David Johnson bust pick. He’s reached droppable territory in fantasy leagues. Derrius Guice also saw limited enough usage in his debut that our bust call on him was mostly accurate, though a garbage-time touchdown salvaged his day. And Le’Veon Bell certainly didn’t play like a top-10 RB.WEEK 12 DFS LINEUPS: FD cash | FD GPP | DK cash | DK GPP | Y! cash | Y! GPPWeek 11 also saw down games for Carson Wentz and Jared Goff, just like we predicted. Both Kenny Golladay and Christian Kirk underwhelmed, too, as did Darren Fells. Our biggest misses were at tight end, where Zach Ertz and Kyle Rudolph played well. When your most prominent whiffs come at TE, you had a solid week.For our Week 12 sleeper picks, click here.LISTEN TO THE SN FANTASY WEEK 12 PREVIEW PODCAST BELOWWeek 12 Fantasy Busts: Running backsBrian Hill/Devonta Freeman, Falcons vs. Buccaneers (Billy Heyen). The Buccaneers have the second-stingiest fantasy defense against running backs. If Freeman (foot) is back, he adds an additional question mark in what is already a difficult matchup.Devin Singletary, Bills vs. Broncos (Vinnie Iyer). This feels like a field-goal game where all kinds of offense will be hard to find, and Denver’s run defense has shored up of late.Jonathan Williams/Jordan Wilkins, Colts (Matt Lutovsky). One of these guys will be the primary ball carrier for the Colts with Marlon Mack (hand) out, but neither is a particularly high-upside play. If both are active, then this is too much of a mess to wade into. If Wilkins (ankle) remains out, then Williams is a decent FLEX, but don’t expect a repeat of his Week 11 showing against a Houston run defense that allows a good chunk of its standard RB fantasy points through the air, not on the ground (98.8 rushing points allowed this season, 85.4 receiving, not counting two-point conversions). (Update: Wilkins will play on Thursday, likely hurting Williams’ value.)MORE WEEK 12:Waiver pickups | FAAB planner | Stock watch | Snap counts | Fantasy playoff SOSWeek 12 Fantasy Football Busts: QuarterbacksJosh Allen, Bills vs. Broncos (Heyen). Denver’s allowed the third-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season. Allen has gotten almost entirely rid of the turnovers, so that’s not the worry here – the Bills might just struggle a bit to move the ball through the air. Tom Brady, Patriots vs. Cowboys (Iyer). They should try to stay grounded with ball control as they don’t want to get into a shootout, and the matchup is tough enough.Dak Prescott, Cowboys @ Patriots (Lutovsky). Prescott has been great this year…against weaker defenses. Sure, he did light up the Vikings’ solid pass defense just two weeks ago, but he’s even had his struggles against relatively weak defenses like the Jets and Eagles. Either way, the Patriots remain the gold standard, allowing by far the fewest fantasy points per game (FPPG) to QBs, and while they’ve certainly padded their stats against weak competition, too, they have shut down Ben Roethlisberger and Carson Wentz.  WEEK 12 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endWeek 12 Fantasy Football Busts: Wide receiversCourtland Sutton, Broncos @ Bills (Heyen). Sutton will get a game full of Tre’Davious White, which hasn’t worked out great for basically anyone this season. If you’re still starting Sutton, you can’t rely on a big day out of him.Brandin Cooks, Rams vs. Ravens (Iyer). He should return from his concussion just in time for a brutal matchup with revenge-minded former Rams cornerback Marcus Peters.Amari Cooper, Cowboys @ Patriots (Lutovsky). Cooper (knee) is banged up, playing a season-low 55-percent of snaps last week and failing to produce against a weaker Lions secondary. This week, he gets arguably the top corner in football, Stephon Gilmore. It’s tough to sit someone as talented as Cooper, but this might be the week to do it. MORE WEEK 12 DFS: Values | Stacks | Lineup BuilderWeek 12 Fantasy Football Busts: Tight endsJared Cook, Saints vs. Panthers (Heyen). The Panthers have allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points to tight ends in 2019. Cook salvaged a two-target Week 11 with a score, so if you assume Carolina can keep him out of the end zone, there many positives here.Jacob Hollister, Seahawks @ Eagles (Iyer). The new Will Dissly will cool off as Seattle attacks Philadelphia more on the outside.Noah Fant, Broncos @ Bills (Lutovsky). Fant has produced the past two games with Brandon Allen under center, but we’re not sold on his ability to be consistent. The Bills defend TEs better than anyone except the 49ers, so there’s no reason to take a chance on Fant this week.  Week 12 Fantasy Busts: DefensesAtlanta Falcons vs. Buccaneers (Heyen). The Bucs’ WRs are just too good to not feast on the terrible Atlanta secondary, and I’m betting that outweighs the inevitable Jameis Winston turnovers. The Falcons will be a hot streamer pickup this week, but they might be fools good.San Francisco 49ers vs. Packers (Iyer). They didn’t contain much vs. Kyler Murray, so against Aaron Rodgers isn’t where you want to play them.New England Patriots vs. Cowboys (Lutovsky). This might seem counterintuitive after picking Prescott and Cooper to bust, but no team allows fewer fantasy points to D/STs than Dallas. We see this as a low-scoring game that won’t yield many sacks or turnovers in addition to limited points. Prescott could easily throw for 220 yards and a score and not help fantasy teams, while the Pats defense could easily get one sack, one takeaway, and allow 14 points – thus not helping its owners much either.last_img read more