Why Ian Holloway would be perfect for the Swansea job

first_imgThere’s no doubt in my mind that Ian Holloway would be the right man to take over from Brendan Rodgers at Swansea.The likes of Dennis Bergkamp and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have been linked with the job and while they are big names who achieved a lot as players, I think Ollie has the edge in terms of experience. He’s also an excellent man-manager.Most importantly, he would continue the brand of football Rodgers and Roberto Martinez introduced at Swansea.I certainly wouldn’t have been able to say that about him a few years ago and I know he’d be the first to admit that.But the great thing about Ollie is that he’s developed so much as a manager and has embraced new ideas.During his time out of the game after he left Leicester, I went to see him at his house in Bristol and we spoke for ages about how his ideas had changed.OLLIE’S MANAGERIAL PATH1996-2001: Bristol Rovers2001-2006: QPR2006-2007: Plymouth2007-2008: LeicesterSince 2009: BlackpoolWhen I played under him at QPR he had a certain way of doing things, but since his experience at Leicester he’s taken stock.He’s studied the game and looked at new ways of doing things, and that’s been highlighted by what he’s done at Blackpool.When I visited him he said that he’d be a much better manager when he got back into the game. He realised what he’d been doing wrong and spoke passionately about the need to play a more open, expansive game.He wanted to get away from the old way of doing things, with 4-4-2 and balls into the channels. He’d studied forward-thinking coaches and talked about the 4-3-3 system he now favoured – a similar style to the one Rodgers has since used at Swansea.He was saying to me ‘Imagine how good you’d be in a system like that’ – this from the man who’d previously wanted Dan Shittu to bang the ball forward as early as possible and favoured the kind of anti-football a lot of managers focus on these days.When he got the job at Blackpool, I spent pre-season training with them and saw at first hand the immediate impact he had there.It was a surprise to many people how well they did in his first season, but I’d seen straightaway that he really meant business and had come back a much more complete manager.One of his great strengths is his excellent man-management skills– and that’s really important. He’s down-to-earth and deals with players in the right way.Yes, someone like Bergkamp, who was brought up on total football at Ajax, would have a lot of gravitas. But would he be able to man-manage at a club where there are no obvious stars?Ollie definitely would be able to get the best out of that group of players. He’d be ideal in that respect.I also know from my time as a Cardiff player that there’s an intensity in Wales that any manager of Swansea will need to understand.Again, I think Ollie is well equipped. He has the personality to manage in that environment and also has experience from his years in Bristol, where there’s something similar with City and Rovers.Ollie’s done a brilliant job at Blackpool with the resources he’s had there and definitely deserves another crack at the Premier League.I also think having someone continue the Rodgers-Martinez way is really important – not only for Swansea, but for football in this country.We need more managers who play football the way it should be played.Modern-day managers seem to be moving in the opposite direction, but the modern-day Ian Holloway is a refreshing alternative.He’d be great for Swansea and Swansea would be great for him. It’s the perfect fit. Follow Richard Langley on Twitterlast_img read more

Trade progress for U.S. meats

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest At the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) was signed and the White House announced that the U.S. and China will enter negotiations on several key trade issues, including agricultural trade.“USMEF supports the Trump administration’s efforts to finalize the USMCA and to continue seeking resolution of the metal tariffs dispute with Mexico and Canada, which resulted in retaliatory duties on U.S. pork and beef,” said Dan Halstrom, U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) President and CEO. “U.S. meat exports have also become entangled in trade disputes with China, so it is encouraging to see the U.S. and China return to the negotiating table. Global demand for U.S. red meat is very strong, but exports cannot reach their full potential until the retaliatory duties imposed by Mexico, China and Canada are removed.”last_img read more

Your Greatest Assets?

first_img“Our people are our greatest assets.”These are easy words to say. There are not a lot of people who would disagree with this idea, and it appears on walls and on mission statements and in annual reports. It seems to be a universal truth for most companies, even if it is more often honored in the breach.Assets show up on a balance sheet. Expenses show up on a profit and loss statement. The money that employees are paid shows up on the profit and loss statement, and not a balance sheet. The words “our greatest assets,” might sometimes be in conflict with the reality that in some cases people are treated more like “a necessary evil.”Deep CaringA company can’t make people feel as if they are cared about. Only people can do that. Leaders can act in ways that make people know they are cared about. A person’s direct manager can make them feel as if they are valued. This is, in fact, what is necessary if people are truly your greatest asset.If no one cares about you at work, you are not going to feel like an asset. You’re going to feel like a number. Like a cog in a wheel. Deep caring for and about people is necessary.Investment in GrowthCompanies that believe people are the greatest assets invest in those assets. Some companies invest money to improve what they believe to be their greatest asset, their actual human resources. They train, develop, educate, and coach their people, helping them achieve greater and greater capabilities, confidence, and success. More still, they invest time and energy with the people who work for and with them.If you believe training and development is too great an expense to invest in your “greatest assets,” your behavior doesn’t match your professed beliefs.Meaning and PurposeThe most important things you can provide cost nothing and produce the greatest returns.Your “assets” want to do meaningful work. They want to do work that is purposeful. If your mission is to improve shareholder value, you are severely depriving people of both meaning and purpose.Many mission statements written on company walls are about as inspirational as the dust collecting on their frames and the even dustier and long forgotten binders the consultants gave the executive team when they were written.You have to help people understand how and why you create value, as well as how people benefit from their doing so.People are your greatest assets. But saying it doesn’t make it so. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Smirnoff Sound Collective

first_imgThe makers of SMIRNOFF™ Vodka announced today that Smirnoff Sound Collective™, the brand’s international music platform committed to becoming the biggest contributor to the inclusive electronic music culture, have partnered with Toronto Artists – Zeds Dead on a new documentary titled, “LEAP” which will be released on October 3rd, 2016.Dylan Mamid (aka DC) and Zachary Rapp-Rovan (aka Hooks) formed Zeds Dead in 2009. LEAP chronicles the ambitious rise of Zeds Dead from their early Toronto beginnings in the electronic music scene, to becoming a respected staple of the international touring circuit. “When you talk about a group like Zeds Dead, you hear the bass lines, you hear the drum and bass and the breakbeats that exploded here in the 90’s, the huge ragga influence, UK funky and the whole UK bounce stuff, you hear… Toronto” explains author and nightlife historian Denise Benson in LEAP. Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement The latest musical contributors who are bringing Toronto’s legacy to the global stage, Zeds Dead are also celebrating their recent launch of their newest entrepreneurial platform – their own music label, Deadbeats – and the upcoming release of their new album Northern Lights on October 14, 2016. Featuring collaborations with Diplo, Rivers Cuomo, Twin Shadow, Pusha T and fellow Canadian singer Martina Sorbara (Dragonette), the new album shows off the depth of their success.“Toronto’s music scene is no longer our best kept secret. The Smirnoff Sound Collective™ has been committed to collaborating and supporting the inspiring work of Zeds Dead since early 2014. We’re thrilled that we can continue to support Dylan and Zack on this exciting next phase of their growing career.” said Amber Zwolak, Brand Manager, SMIRNOFF Canada.“Supporting the long-term goals and passions of unparalleled talents like Zeds Dead, is the vision behind the Smirnoff Sound Collective™. The release of the film – LEAP – is a continuation of our global goal to become the biggest contributor to electronic music culture. We believe this type of collaborative brand support is an important step in our continued commitment toward telling the diverse stories of artists like Zeds Dead.” said Justin Medcraft, SMIRNOFF Global Senior Brand Manager.Launched in 2014, Smirnoff Sound Collective™ brought their initiative to North America in March 2016 in Miami by transforming a South Beach Hotel and filling it with world famous line-up of exceptional electronic DJ’s including Zeds Dead, Gorgon City, What So Not, MK, Claptone, Tokimonsta and many others. Smirnoff Sound Collective™ celebrated International Womens’ Day by launching a documentary called “Tribes: Discwoman” which highlighted female DJ’s worldwide.  In June, they live-streamed and hosted a same-sex couple’s wedding during Insomniac’s EDC Las Vegas weekend, further promoting the inclusiveness of the electronic music genre.For more information, check out our Smirnoff Sound Collective™ social media channels including Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.Smirnoff Sound Collective™ wants to remind music fans that whether you’re mixing music or cocktails, to be sure and do so responsibly.About Smirnoff Sound Collective™ The Smirnoff Sound Collective™  is SMIRNOFF™ brand’s international music platform that aims to become the biggest contributor to the inclusive electronic music culture. The Smirnoff Sound Collective™  will achieve this through the development of short-form and long-form content pieces that share inclusive stories told through music, artist collaborations and by hosting unique experiences that bring artists and fans together. The Smirnoff Sound Collective™  is also a sponsor of Mixmag Labs across the world in cities including New York, Los Angeles and Sydney.About SMIRNOFFThe SMIRNOFF brand that boasts the world’s number-one selling premium spirit and the top-selling flavored vodka in North America, traces its heritage back to 19th century Russia. As the most awarded vodka brand in the world, SMIRNOFF has always been known for quality and is enjoyed responsibly in 130 countries around the world. For more information, log on to www.smirnoff.com.About DiageoDiageo is a global leader in beverage alcohol with an outstanding collection of brands including Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, Bulleit and Buchanan’s whiskies, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas, Captain Morgan, Baileys, Don Julio, Tanqueray and Guinness.Diageo is listed on both the New York Stock Exchange (DEO) and the London Stock Exchange (DGE) and our products are sold in more than 180 countries around the world. For more information about Diageo, our people, our brands, and performance, visit us at www.diageo.com. Visit Diageo’s global responsible drinking resource, www.DRINKiQ.com, for information, initiatives, and ways to share best practice. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Youll Need To Plan For Parking If Youre Headed To Super Bowl

first_imgGail DelaughterFrancisco Sanchez with the Harris County Office Of Emergency Management speaks at Houston Transtar.It’s not game-day parking officials are worried about. It’s the big events in the week leading up to the Super Bowl. About 100,000 people daily are expected at Discovery Green and the George R. Brown Convention. Francisco Sanchez with the Harris County Office of Emergency Management says if you’re headed to those events you need to plan ahead.“If you’re one of the people who thinks you know all the secret parking spots and you have a place that is always available, that is not going to be the case for Super Bowl anywhere near downtown Houston,” explains Sanchez. Sanchez says the best thing to do if you’re headed downtown is use public transit. But if you do bring a car, plan to park on the west side. “We’re going to provide plenty of parking just outside of downtown Houston,” says Sanchez. “And then you’ll be able to get to the events either by shuttle or by walking.” And there will also be times when the events won’t be so crowded. “One of the secret things you can know as a Houstonian is most of our visitors are going to arrive Wednesday or Thursday before the game,” adds Sanchez. “All of those downtown experiences are also going to be available the weekend before Super Bowl. That’s also a great time to make it a family event.” Fans also have the option of pre-purchasing a downtown parking space. The cost runs between $5 and $30 dollars. X Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:50 Listenlast_img read more

Shopping a la Deutschland

first_imgSummer is set to roll in and spring will get a warm farewell, the German way. Indo German Chamber of Commerce brings the carnival ‘The German Spring Fest’, the second of its edition to the city at the German House, Chanakyapuri on 30 March.The event gives an opportunity for all age groups from children to grown ups, to celebrate spring in style with fun, frolic and shopping, with an exclusive palate of lifestyle products, children’s goodies, fashion wears, designer home products, garden accessories and delectable food items.Live performance of a music band along with multi cuisine food and German ale would add to the evening’s experience. The event is expected to be attended by expat and business communities.DETAILDate: 30 MarchTime: 12 pm onwardsPlace: Indo German Chamber of Commerce, Nyaya Marg, Chanakyapurilast_img read more