Wales focused on performance not records

first_imgAlun Wyn Jones says that Wales are not “hanging our hats” on records heading into Friday’s Guinness Six Nations opener against France.But Wales captain Jones also acknowledges the importance of momentum as his team look to extend an unbeaten record that stretches back to last season’s tournament.Victory at Stade de France would make it 10 wins on the bounce for Wales and equal a longest undefeated sequence since 1999.Wales have also toppled France six times from the last seven attempts, including two wins out of the last three Paris meetings.If they see off France, followed by Italy in Rome on Saturday week, then Wales would match their record 11-match run set more than 100 years ago.“Momentum is massive,” Jones said. “You want to get out of the blocks and get your foot in the door.“We are not really focusing on records. Our focus is performance, and with good performances you usually get results.“We are not going to focus on what could be. We know what we have to do.“Our ninth win was last year. This international period is a new year.“We are very conscious that we have to maintain momentum and performance, and that will get us results.“We are not hanging our hats on records. We will be reminded of the nine wins, but it’s a massive task on Friday.“It’s probably the biggest pack they (France) could have picked. We are fully aware of the strength they have and the way they are likely to play with a pack that drive a lot, and with ball-players behind.”How Wales fare against a huge French pack – which has a combined weight of just over 150 stones and is one of the biggest fielded in Six Nations history – will be pivotal to the contest.And Wales head coach Warren Gatland added: “The way we’ve tended to play against France is keep the ball on the park and not be afraid to kick long and try and find a bit of grass.“I think they will kick a lot of ball out to try and slow the game down and play a lot off (Morgan) Parra at nine.“There is no doubt they will have a big go at our scrum and try to maul us off the park. They were pretty effective in the autumn in that area.“We’ve got to be on our mettle, and – from a defensive point of view – it’s paramount our line-speed and collisions are good.“We’ve been working on that and talking about stopping their forward momentum which they can create from their pack.”A key part of Wales’ forward effort will be hooker Ken Owens, who sets a new cap record for his country in that position when he makes his 61st appearance on Friday.“He is a great bloke to have in the side,” Gatland said. “He is a great team man and incredibly well respected and well liked by the coaches and the staff.“He puts his body on the line. He’s playing some great rugby at the moment, and it will be great for him to have a good year.“He deserves to have the accolade of being Wales’ most-capped hooker. He is an outstanding person on and off the field, a great leader, and I can’t speak more highly of him.”last_img read more

Racela after TNT loss to Star: ‘Change doesn’t happen overnight’

first_imgDILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely “Our mindset is to still get as much wins because your position after the eliminations, you don’t have control over,” he said. “We’ll try to win every game and wherever we end up, we just have to prepare for the next battle. If it gives us best-of-three or a twice-to-beat disadvantage, we just have to take that.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It’s not just letting you know of your mistake and the next day, things will change. I think they are still deciding if what we’re saying was right or wrong, and they have to think about that first before they even start changing those things,” he added. “And I hope we do that in time for the playoffs.”Sent to a two-game tailspin after their 88-77 defeat to the Star Hotshots on Sunday, the KaTropa are now in a precarious position as they join a five-team logjam in fifth with a 4-4 card.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnAnd TNT has nothing to blame for the defeat but itself after starting slow and falling behind by 17, 56-39, at halftime.The KaTropa went on a spirited rally but they dug themselves a hole they couldn’t climb out of. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos MOST READ Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ “We dug a hole in the first half being down by 17. It changed in the second half, we had a better effort, everything was better in the second half, but we were already down big so it was really hard,” said Racela.Racela said he’s not alarmed with his team’s situation, but rather, is keeping his hopes up that the players will eventually buy into the change he is trying to establish.“There’s still a lot of things that we need to correct up to this point. My pitch every time to them is to play that way for 48 minutes. We can’t have an on-and-off switch,” he said.“I think it’s a question of desire. The players should be the ones answering that. As a coach, we just try to encourage them and remind them of the things they have to do.”And he’s wishing that will happen as soon as possible as TNT looks forward to its final three games against Mahindra, GlobalPort and No. 1 San Miguel.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Sloppy Aces pay price with loss to Elite Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTNT coach Nash Racela said that for the team to turn things around, the KaTropa must be willing to embrace necessary changes.“From day one, I’ve been telling them that there has to be changes. I’ve been calling out their attentions, their names, on what they have to change. Change doesn’t happen overnight,” said Racela. ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Glory and tears await Gor, Sofapaka

first_imgTwo trophies, the real big eared cup and its replica, are firmly in place in readiness for any outcome from Moi Stadium in Kisumu where Gor host Ushuru FC and Nairobi’s Ruaraka where closest challengers Sofapaka visit local titans Tusker FC for the final sprint of the campaign that took off in February.Only a point separates the top-two with victory for Gor finally ending what has been a roaring charge for glory from Sofapaka who hang on to in the title race by beating the champions 3-2 in the run in a fortnight ago before mowing another giant, AFC Leopards 2-1 last weekend.Should Gor slip as they famously did in 2012 when victory against Thika United would have sealed the crown; then Sofapaka it will be while a draw for both sides will hand K’Ogalo the honours by the skin of their teeth.All final day matches kick-off at 2pm (+3GMT) local time with the Kisumu and Ruaraka deciders being aired live on terrestrial pay television SuperSport while national broadcaster KBC will beam the Gor game.-Kisumu pressure cooker-Kisumu’s Moi Stadium will be boiling cauldron as Gor seek to exorcise the ghosts of 2012 when the trophy slipped from their hands when Thika United held them to a 1-1 draw to enable Tusker FC retain it after hammering City Stars 3-0.With that in mind Gor have kept their cards close to their chests with minimal hype from their adoring Green Army even on social media as it was in 2012 when the side was accused of being over confident.Having played in Kisumu twice this season, K’Ogalo return to the lake side City just a week after bouncing back from the Sofapaka loss to thump Muhoroni Youth 3-1 to remain on pole of winning a record 14th league crown.The build up has not gone on silently with Ushuru head coach, Ken Kenyatta, threatening to boycott the match if Amos Wanjala who has been picked to officiate the decider is not replaced decrying the centre referee is not competent to preside such a high stakes games besides claiming bias against the champions.“My boys are ready to play anywhere even if they take the match to Uganda because both teams are from Nairobi and I’m sure we will win. But I have an issue with the referee who has been selected because he has been unfair in our past two matches. The match will be live and the world will witness,” Kenyatta who has promised to spoil Gor’s party declared.Besides the taxmen, K’Ogalo are battling against history since they have not won their final fixtures since 2009, another statistic that’s rocking the Green Army barracks with fear despite facing a side who appear to have stopped playing at the end of the first leg where they were among the early title challengers.Frank Nuttall charges will be without influential suspended midfielder Geoffrey Kizito who scored the second goal against Muhoroni with Eric Ochieng most likely to take his place to partner with Collins Okoth, Godfrey Walusimbi and George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo in midfield.Dan Sserunkuma and Timothy Otieno bear the goal scoring burden with the Ugandan looking to add to his leading 15 goals as he closes in on another Golden Boot.– Rumble in Ruaraka-On the surface, a run in that pit Sofapaka against Gor, AFC and Tusker would appear designed to crush any title ambitions Batoto ba Mungu had to secure a second title since 2009 when they won promotion before sealing the glory.However, victories over Gor and AFC have maintained their charge to the 11th hour against the odds and against a team that has nothing to play for but pride besides the good football they are playing at the moment, victory at Ruaraka is highly likely.Sofapaka will be without suspended defenders Collins Shivachi and Eugine Asike against a side who they have not lost to in their last 11 matches.Sam Timbe’s charges will be buoyed by his in form striking force led by Burundian international Fiston Abdul Razak and Enock Agwanda who is second on the top scoring charts on 11 goals.“We are concentrating on winning the game against Tusker. That is what we have control over. If we win the title then it will be great, but we do not have much control over that so we have to play our part and see how things pan out,” Sofapaka skipper Felly Mulumba said. -Top eight rush-Leopards, Sony Sugar, Thika United, Mathare United, Muhoroni Youth and Western Stima are in the scramble to secure berths in next season’s Top 8 that has Sh1m at stake.Only three slots are available and if either Ingwe or Sony who on 38 points apiece beat Bandari and Ulinzi Stars, they will confirm qualification pending the final verdict of their controversial abandoned match in August.After ending Tuskers title hopes by holding them to a 2-2 draw, Thika United who are also on 38 will be looking to maximize home advantage to overcome fifth placed Chemeli Sugar to nail a place.Mathare United who travel to relegation bound City Stars will sail through if they sink the Kawangware based side and Thika lose.Western Stima and Muhorini lock horns in another top -eight decider but with a point separating them; victory is not guaranteed passage depending on other outcomes.-Adios City Stars?-Saturday will be last rites for City Stars who have graced the KPL for nine seasons unless the astonishing eight-goal swing against direct rivals KCB favours them. The Bankers sit on 26 points, three above the Kawangware based side with a +7 advantage on goal difference.KCB face Top Fry Nakuru, the woeful side whose drop was confirmed almost a month ago and barring the unlikely, luck has finally ran out for cash-strapped City Stars who have escaped the axe by the thickness of a vest in the past three seasons.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, November 7 – A cracking grand finale to the 2014 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) season is on Saturday with 90 minutes plus added time deciding who will reign supreme between champions Gor Mahia and 2009 winners Sofapaka FC.On the other reaches of the table, six teams are battling to punch their tickets for the 2015 KPL Top 8 knockout tournament while seasoned campaigners, Nairobi City Stars will certainly bid the top flight goodbye barring the mother of all football miracles to join the already doomed first timers Top Fry Nakuru in the scrapheap.last_img read more

‘Next Henry’ Martial brings his arts to United

first_img“I am so excited to be joining Manchester United,” Martial told the United website. “I have enjoyed my time at AS Monaco and I would like to thank them and the fans for everything they have done for me.”News of United’s move for Martial sent shock waves across European football, with the former Lyon youngster having played just 72 games and scored 15 goals in his fledgling career.But despite United having struggled for goals in the season to date, manager Louis van Gaal suggested that the quick, sure-footed attacker would be given a gentle introduction to English football.“Anthony is a naturally talented, young, multi-functional forward with great potential,” Van Gaal said. “We have been watching him for a while now and he has developed immensely during his time at AS Monaco.“I am delighted he has joined Manchester United as I believe this is the right club for him to continue his development as a young player.“He has all the attributes to become a top football player; however we need to give him time to adjust to his new environment and the rhythm of the Premier League.”Martial, who will wear the number nine shirt at Old Trafford, joined Monaco from Lyon for around five million euros in 2013 and broke into the first team only last season, scoring 12 goals in 46 appearances.He was handed his first France call-up for the forthcoming friendlies with Portugal and Serbia and was allowed to leave their Clairefontaine training base on Monday in order to sign his contract and undergo a medical.“I have always wanted to play in the Premier League and to join the biggest club in the world is what every young footballer dreams of,” added Martial, who has represented France at every youth level from under-16 to under-21.“I am looking forward to meeting my new team-mates and working with Louis van Gaal, who has achieved so much in his career.”– ‘Incredible offer’ –Should the transfer fee exceed 75 million euros, Martial would surpass Zinedine Zidane as the most expensive French player of all time.Martial can play on the flanks, but his preferred position is at centre-forward and his arrival could see Wayne Rooney retreat to a number 10 role, having started the season as United’s lone striker.United remain light on numbers in attack, however, with Javier Hernandez leaving for Bayer Leverkusen on Monday and Adnan Januzaj joining Borussia Dortmund on loan.Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao both left the club earlier in the transfer window.Martial follows Memphis Depay, Matteo Darmian, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin and Sergio Romero in joining United and takes Van Gaal’s spending since his appointment last year above £250 million.Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev told his club’s website: “We wished to keep him this season, but Manchester United made an incredible offer that neither Anthony, nor AS Monaco, could refuse.“Though this move was not planned, it shows the quality of the work undertaken by the technical staff, but also that we were right to recruit him two years ago. We wish Anthony the best for the next chapter in his career.”As well as Martial, Monaco have also sold Yannick Ferreira Carrasco, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Layvin Kurzawa, Lucas Ocampos and Aymen Abdennour in this transfer window, raising funds of around 170 million euros.Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has revealed that his club stand to make 10 million euros as part of a sell-on clause agreed when Martial joined Monaco.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Anthony Martial, pictured on May 3, 2015, joins Manchester United on a four-year contract. PHOTO/AFPLONDON, September 1- Manchester United have signed 19-year-old French striker Anthony Martial from Monaco on a four-year contract with an option for a further year, the two clubs announced on Tuesday.United did not disclose the transfer fee, but British media reports said it was £36 million ($55.1 million, 49 million euros) — a world record for a teenager — and reports in France said it could rise to 80 million euros.last_img read more

Besiktas look to make move for Leicester and Watford defensive target

first_imgBesiktas have joined Leicester City and Watford in the hunt for Valencia defender Aymen Abdennour.The Tunisian has been told he can go this summer and he has an asking price of just £7m.That has alerted clubs from around Europe, including Inter Milan, Leicester and Watford.Besiktas, according to Plaza Deportiva, are now also in for Abdennour and they are ready to splash the cash in order to get him.The Turkish side are aware of the centre-back’s preference to play in England or Italy, so they are prepared to offer him a huge contract to try and tempt him to the Super Lig.Besiktas have already brought in fellow defender Pepe from Real Madrid this summer and they are said to be set on the idea of Abdennour partnering him in the heart of the defence. Aymen Abdennour (left) could be on the way out of Valencia 1last_img read more

Novelist Styron, 81, winner of Pulitzer

first_imgNEW YORK – William Styron, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist whose explorations of the darkest corners of the human mind and experience were charged by his own near-suicidal demons, died Wednesday in Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. He was 81. Styron’s daughter, Alexandra, said the author died of pneumonia at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. Styron, who had homes in Martha’s Vineyard and Connecticut, had been in failing health for a long time. A handsome, muscular man with a strong chin and wavy dark hair that turned an elegant white, Styron was a Virginia native whose obsessions with race, class and personal guilt led to such tormented narratives as “Lie Down In Darkness” and “The Confessions of Nat Turner,” which won the Pulitzer despite protests that the book was racist and inaccurate. His other works included “Sophie’s Choice,” the award-winning novel about a Holocaust survivor from Poland, and “A Tidewater Morning,” a collection of fiction pieces. He also published a book of essays, “This Quiet Dust,” and the best-selling memoir “Darkness Visible,” in which Styron recalled nearly taking his own life. In the early 1960s, “intensely aware that the theme of slave rebellion was finding echoes” in the growing Civil Rights movement, he worked on a fictional account of the slave revolt of 1831 and Nat Turner, whom Styron concluded was both hero and madman. “The Confessions of Nat Turner,” published in 1967, earned Styron the Pulitzer Prize, but also fulfilled his friend James Baldwin’s prediction that “Bill’s going to catch it from black and white.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Styron was a liberal long involved in public causes, from supporting a Connecticut teacher suspended for refusing to say the Pledge of Allegiance to advocating for human rights for Jews in the Soviet Union. In the 1990s, Styron was among a group of authors and historians who successfully opposed plans for a Disney theme park near the Manassas National Battlefield in northern Virginia. Writing was an increasing struggle in his latter years. He did remain well-connected, whether socializing with President Clinton on Martha’s Vineyard or joining Arthur Miller and Gabriel Garcia Marquez on a delegation that met with Cuban leader Fidel Castro in 2000. The son of a shipbuilder, William C. Styron Jr. was born in Newport News, Va., to a family whose history extends to colonial Virginia. He was awed by the torrential fiction of fellow Southerner Thomas Wolfe and knew by his late teens he wanted to be a writer. His own life offered strong material. At age 13, his mother died, transforming him into a “hell raiser” with an unhealable wound of guilt. Following service in World War II and with financial help from his family, Styron was able to complete “Lie Down in Darkness,” detailing the destruction of a Southern family in a tempest of alcoholism, incestuous longing, madness and suicide. It is told in the third person – except for the final passage, a soliloquy by the daughter, Peyton Loftis, in the moments before she commits suicide by jumping out a window. last_img read more

Triple car bombing strikes Shiite market; dozens dead

first_imgBAGHDAD, Iraq – A triple car bombing struck a food market in a predominantly Shiite area in central Baghdad on Saturday, killing at least 51 people a day after a U.S.-Iraqi raid against Sunni insurgents in a nearby neighborhood. Three parked cars blew up nearly simultaneously as shoppers were buying fruit, vegetables, meat and other items in the busy al-Sadriyah district. The blasts sent clouds of black smoke over concrete high-rises in the area, which has narrow alleys that made it difficult for ambulances and fire trucks to navigate. At least 51 people were killed and 90 wounded, said police Lt. Mohammed Khayoun and hospital officials. A cheese vendor who was wounded said the market was full of people shopping on their way home from work. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“We heard a big explosion from the western side of the area and the second from the eastern side. After one minute the third explosion took place near us,” Ahmed Salman said from a hospital bed. It was one of the worst incidents since a bombing and mortar attack killed 215 people and wounded more than 200 in the Shiite district of Sadr City in Baghdad on Nov. 23 amid escalating sectarian conflict. Nobody claimed responsibility for the attack, but it followed a Friday raid by Iraqi forces backed by U.S. helicopters targeting Sunni insurgents in al-Fadhil, less than a half mile away. The Sunni Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq condemned the al-Fadhil raid in a statement Saturday, alleging six people were killed and 13 detained. Iraqi police said Friday that one Iraqi soldier and two civilians were killed in the fighting, and the U.S. military said 28 people were detained. Separately, U.S. and Iraqi forces began an offensive Saturday in Baqouba, capital of Diyala province about 35 miles northeast of Baghdad, where fighting has raged for a week between Sunni insurgents and police, the U.S. command said. At least 36 suspected militants were detained during one pre-dawn raid in Baqouba, police said. Ahmed Fuad, a senior morgue official in Baqouba, said the morgue had received 102 bodies since Nov. 22, only 20 of which had been retrieved by their families. Clashes broke out Saturday between insurgents and U.S. troops in the predominantly Sunni city of Duluiyah 45 miles north of Baghdad, police Capt. Qassim Mohammed said. Elsewhere, a truck driving at high speed slammed into a bus stop in al-Wahada, 22 miles south of Baghdad, killing about 20 people, wounding 15 and crushing several cars, police said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Motherwell’s Cedric Kipre wins appeal against red card

first_imgMotherwell defender Cedric Kipre has been successful in his bid to have a red card for violent conduct overturned.The centre-back was dismissed by referee Craig Thompson after a clash with Celtic captain Scott Brown during the sides’ 0-0 draw at Fir Park on Sunday. Motherwell instantly gave notice that they would appeal the decision and the case was heard by a Scottish FA disciplinary panel on Thursday.The independent panel ruled that Thompson had made the wrong decision and have overturned the red card, reducing it to a yellow, meaning Kipre is free to face Rangers in Motherwell’s first game after the international break. Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson told the club’s website: “We are pleased that the panel ruled in Cedric’s favour. “It is a sensible outcome, something that all parties agree with.“Cedric is now available for our upcoming games, which are hugely important as we try and reach the top six. We can now draw a line under things and move on.”last_img read more

Duke Energy warns customers about bill payment scam

first_imgThe caller instructs the customer to purchase a prepaid debit card – widely available at retail stores – then tells the customer to call back to supposedly make a payment to Duke Energy.The caller asks the customer for the prepaid debit card’s receipt number and PIN number, giving the caller instant access to the card’s funds and the ability to immediately drain its balance.“The scammers have become more sophisticated and the caller ID on your phone might even state that it is a call from Duke Energy,” said Jim Holstein, manager of Duke Energy’s Midwest Call Center Operations. “In reality, Duke Energy never asks or requires customers who have delinquent accounts to purchase a prepaid debit card to avoid electric service disconnection.”Customers can make payments online, by phone, by automatic bank draft, by mail or in person.Duke Energy customers who have delinquent accounts receive an advance disconnect notification with their regular monthly billing – never just a single notification one hour before disconnection.The company urges customers who suspect or experience fraud to hang up and call local police, then call Duke Energy in Indiana at 1-800-521-2232. Customers should not use the telephone number provided by the scammer.Duke Energy Indiana’s operations provide about 7,500 megawatts of owned electric capacity to approximately 810,000 customers in a 23,000-square-mile service area, making it the state’s largest electric supplier. Duke Energy is seeing an increase in reports from customers statewide about a utility bill payment scam and is urging its Indiana customers to be alert.Under the scam, a customer receives an unsolicited phone call from an individual who falsely claims to be a Duke Energy representative.The caller falsely warns that Duke Energy will disconnect the customer’s electric service if the customer fails to make an immediate payment – usually within one hour.last_img read more

Six Ways to Prevent Becoming An Accidental Leader

first_img Reverse Mentoring: By allowing someone younger or lower on the corporate ladder contribute to us by sharing their wisdom, we engage in “reverse mentoring.” In this relationship, we are seeking their insights into and perspective on our leadership. Boomerang Assessment: Assess the people around you. Which of their behaviors and actions displease you? Now consider if any of them were modeled after you. Further, identify your missed opportunities to influence different behaviors and actions with your own. Monthly Pulse: Every month take one direct or indirect report to lunch promising them unrestricted freedom to be honest. Putting defenses and judgment aside, ask them the tough questions about your leadership. The Headlines Test: How would you feel if you made headlines tomorrow for your actions today? The 5-Minute Replay: At the end of each day, take 5-minutes to mentally replay your performance, interactions, and decisions. Are you happy with your actions and reactions? Would you be thrilled if your people behaved similarly? The 10-year-old Reality Check: Pretend your 10-year-old is following you into that meeting. Do you want them watching you, taking your actions and reactions to the playground? Your kids will parrot you, mimic your actions. How proud will that make you? Your Opportunity Unfortunately, there is no shortage of corrupt, duplicitous, egocentric, self-serving people in positions of power. Fortunately, there is an opportunity for you to intentionally redefine leadership, to influence others with your sincerity, veracity, commitment, and dedication, to lead intentionally instead of accidentally, and to make a difference where others fail. The mind-boggling stories of unintentional leadership breathe color into every headline. From the Coach of the New Orleans Saints to John Edwards to the “improper conduct” of HP and Best Buy CEOs, it is almost difficult to be surprised anymore. Each incident, however, is exacting an additional toll on leadership, forcing the rest of us leaders to stay vigilant to the power we wield. Here are two irritating examples of accidental leadership creating missed opportunity to intentionally lead: Lady Gaga’s Missed Opportunity Superstar Lady Gaga has protested against cruelty to animals. (even wearing a dress made out of bologna to make her point!) She wears head-turning outfits, has spoken out against eating disorders, and written songs advocating for people to be who they were born to be. As a result, garnering an enormous following. So when she recently tweeted to her followers: “Killed it in a double spin class. Eating a salad dreaming of a cheeseburger. Rock stars don’t eat,” we can only assume that she forgot that she was born this way. Worse yet, she forgot that her every move influences theirs. The Yahoo in the CEO of Yahoo Scott Thompson the CEO of Yahoo embellished his resume about his education, allowed the inaccuracies to remain, and upon being caught, lofted a feeble apology. He forgot that thousands of employees were watching his every move. How could he possibly expect them to act with integrity and veracity when he didn’t? Social Cognitive Theory Here’s the reality. If you lead anyone, even your kids, they are watching you. According to “social cognitive theory,” people watch their leaders’ actions and behaviors to shape their own. They are influenced by what they observe. They take note of how you, their leader, act and react in every situation. They then mold their own actions off of yours. So remember you really are on candid camera. Accidental vs. Intentional Leadership When we intentionally lead, we role model our expectations for the people who follow us. When we accidentally lead, we forget that people are watching, choosing instead to take actions that are self-serving and event recalcitrant. Accidental leadership is a missed opportunity to make a difference with a position of power. Intentional leadership is elevating the importance of our actions, cognizant that we must simultaneously execute as a manager and guide as a leader. Manage Up, Lead Down While certain titles naturally signal a call to manage others, there is an opportunity to lead. The challenge lies in direction that we manage and lead. The key to intentional leadership is to relentlessly manage people above, freeing us to lead the people below to greatness. Only then do we make the most of our position of power. Leaders Who Get It Peyton Manning, the quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts who upon being cut by the Colts called every reporter in town to express his appreciation for their great coverage of him on the team. Former University of Illinois basketball coach Bruce Weber who upon being fired purchased a billboard in town to thank the great Illini fans for their support over nine years. Tony Hsieh who pledged $350 million to regentrify downtown Las Vegas by developing and building a small city neighborhood for the emerging creative class. Howard Schultz of Starbucks who began moving all manufacturing back to the United States because he believes in the American workforce. Bill Gates who used his enormous wealth to set up the world’s largest foundation to do good in the world.        6 Ways You Can Remember to Model the Behavior You Want to See in Otherslast_img read more