Former Judge Of Allahabad High Court Justice Dev Kant Trivedi Passes Away

first_imgNews UpdatesFormer Judge Of Allahabad High Court Justice Dev Kant Trivedi Passes Away LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK29 April 2021 5:45 AMShare This – xFormer Judge of the Allahabad High Court, Justice Dev Kant Trivedi passed away today after prolonged illness. He had retired from the Bench in January, 2001. Justice Trivedi qualified the Uttar Pradesh Judicial Services in the year 1962. He was promoted as a District Judge, Rampur and later served as District Judge, Kanpur Dehat, Mathura and Meerut. He was elected as the President of UP Judicial Service Association thrice.Tags#Allahabad High Court Justice Dev Kant Trivedi Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

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Street artist designs live installation for Greggs

first_imgA street artist is creating a graffiti image based on products from Greggs’ new sandwich range on a billboard in Old Street, London.The artist, named Hammo, will be in action each day this week, commencing 11 August.The event has been developed to mark the official launch of Greggs’ range of sandwiches, including its new under-400 calorie Balance Choice.The new range of more than 30 sandwiches includes a variety of freshly developed flatbreads, baguettes, sub-rolls and rustics with a variety of fillings.Visitors to the billboard will be encouraged to guess which sandwich is being created each day, entering their vote via Twitter, for a chance to win a range of prizes.The ‘Fresh Billboard’ can be found at 276 Old Street/Great Eastern Street, London EC2A 3DQ or online at www.greggs.co.uk/freshbillboard.last_img read more

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EXCLUSIVE: Jon Stickley On His Trio’s New Drummer & The Spirit Of The Suwannee

first_imgThe Jon Stickley Trio recently welcomed new drummer Hunter Deacon to the fold, just in time for a busy start to the festival season. Firebrand guitarist Jon Stickley and violinist Lyndsay Pruett know a little something about changing tempos: The band’s lightning-fast runs are heavily featured in their live performances. Now, their skilled musicianship will be delivered over a brand new beat, as the departure of former drummer Patrick Armitage has freed up the drummer’s throne for Deacon to settle in and make it his own.Though any lineup change is tough on a band at first, its impact on a trio can be particularly difficult to adapt to, with 1/3 of the sound suddenly being transformed. As the Jon Stickley Trio got their footing with their new band member on a recent run of shows, we caught up with Stickley to get his thoughts on the state of the band. Check out our exclusive chat below: Rex Thomson: So, big news first off…new drummer, Hunter Deacon. I am assuming your band uses the same the “jump-in” initiation process that most gangs do…How bad did you and Lyndsay wail on him?Jon Stickley: Yeah, we put him through the wringer. He’s been learning all the material and that as actually got the creative juices flowing. Lots of new stuff in the works…RT: What does Hunter bring to the table?JS: Well, he is classically trained, he has toured with a lot of singer-songwriters and played pretty much all types of music under the sun. He has a really strong jazz-improvisational bent that has led him to be extremely sensitive to intuitively playing with others, so he has really slipped into the role easily. He fit like a glove right away. I gotta say the music feels better than it ever has. RT: The Jon Stickley Trio has an idiosyncratic sound, especially live. Obviously, you want to stay relatively true to your sound, but how close is this configuration to the previous iteration?JS: It’s very similar. We’re playing the same songs, so it’s not like people will be lost. Hopefully, they’ll be more entertained. We’re not going to be going into “free jazz” or anything like that. It’s all gonna be the same tradition. We’re just glad to have a drummer that is on equal footing with Lyndsay and myself.One last taste of the old before we catch some of the new out on tour:RT: You mentioned the creative juices were flowing…Does that mean new material is already being conceived?JS: Let’s just say we are stoked to get out and play some new stuff for hopefully old and new fans alike in 2018.RT: How packed is the 2018 Jon Stickley Trio concert calendar so far?JS: Really packed. We have a lot–more than ever if you look at this point in previous years. We are returning to some of our favorite festivals, and a few that we have always wanted to play we are finally getting to this time around. Besides all the festivals, a lot of good rooms and clubs are opening their doors to us finally. It’s like all this hard work is paying off.RT: You’ll be bringing Hunter to Spirit of the Suwannee for the first time this March for the Suwannee Spring Reunion Festival. The Trio and Suwannee have a long-standing relationship, and you’re well-known there for your wild sets and all-night pickin’ parties. Is it gonna be business as usual this year?JS: Oh yeah, we were telling him about it last night. We were like, “Spring Reunion is the festival that we always try and be there the whole weekend. We like to set up camp, find a fire and pick. That feeling, that sharing…it’s pretty much what we live for.” By far our favorite place play.RT: Gonna keep him up all night?JS: I don’t know. We’ll see if he can hang.RT: Shots fired! Can he hear you right now?JS: I think so, actually.RT: Well, the gauntlet has been tossed.JS: Suwannee brings it out of you. It’s our favorite festival site, to be sure. It’s just so huge and well laid out. There’s no crowding or rushing to get to one of the good spots. They are all good spots. Plenty of room for everybody. You can ride right into it with your car, no shuttles or anything like that. And I honestly think everyone there feels the same way. We love going there to play music as much as people love going there to hear it.The “Spirit” part of the name, “The Spirit Of The Suwannee Music Park,” it’s a real thing. You feel it when you are there. Honestly, the best music we play each year seems to happen at the Spirit Of The Suwannee.RT: How natural is the mix and match of your styles and influences for you mentally? When you play through it all live, it looks and sounds effortless. But is that the case, say, during the songwriting stage?JS: I guess I have to say it’s really natural, mentally. Every style and influence you hear in my playing is just my own interpretation of a sound already. It’s that type of music through my own style or mental lens.RT: Well, thanks for taking a few minutes to introduce us to the new guy! Looking forward to hearing what you’re cooking up for us!JS: Come see us out here and the road!last_img read more

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Softball: Wisconsin looks to cage Hawkeyes in weekend battle from Iowa

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin softball team (16–13, 2–2 Big Ten) travels on the road to Iowa (15–17, 1–4 Big Ten) this weekend to play a three-game series versus the Hawkeyes.  The teams will begin their series with a doubleheader on Saturday and one game Sunday afternoon.Though the Badgers fell to an impressive Ohio State team last weekend, several players on the offensive end continued to heat up in the series.  Brooke Wyderski and Kelsey Jenkins have been filling up the box score with impressive performances the past couple weeks.In her past five games, Wyderski is batting .438 with five extra-base hits with a .875 slugging percentage and five RBIs.  Though the shortstop went 0–3 when the Badgers got shutout last Sunday, Wyderski looks to be well into midseason form.Jenkins, the leadoff hitter, has gotten on base at least once every game this season.  Her streak currently rests at 29, just shy of her own record of 31 set last year.Softball: Wyderski in midseason form at plate, helps Badgers gain early Big Ten winsThe University of Wisconsin softball team (16–13, 2–2 Big Ten) started off their Big Ten schedule with a 6-3 win Read…On the mound for the Badgers, Kaitlyn Menz will get an opportunity to impress family and friends this weekend as she visits her home state of Iowa.To do this Menz will need to overcome some inconsistencies in her recent starts.  Over her past six appearances, the pitcher allowed three or fewer runs on three occasions. In the other three, she gave up five or more going 1–4 in that time span.The final loss at Ohio State on Sunday wasn’t entirely Menz’s fault though, as several fielding errors by Wisconsin gave her five unearned runs.Iowa will counter with their ace Allison Doocy who has an impressive 1.34 era this year — but with only a 9–7 record as a result of a less than stellar performance for the Hawkeye offense.  Iowa currently ranks third to last in the Big Ten with a .234 batting average.Women’s Basketball: Ogunbowale leads Notre Dame on incredible tournament runLeading the University of Notre Dame women’s basketball team to a championship last weekend in Columbus, Ohio, Arike Ogunbowale secured Read…Mallory Kilian is the exception to Iowa’s slumping bats, hitting .341 on the year with five home runs, fourteen RBIs and five stolen bases on five attempts.  Allie Wood also fared well, hitting .309 with two home runs and 16 RBIs.But unless Iowa can get more offensive production than just these two players, the Badgers should be the favorites this series.First pitch from Iowa City will begin in a doubleheader Saturday at 1:30 with streaming available on BTN Plus.last_img read more

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Dark Matter Still Missing After Many Decades

first_imgAll the proposed candidates for mysterious, unknown stuff have failed to materialize, putting Big Bang theory in trouble.by Jerry Bergman, PhDThe cover story of the November 16-22 New Scientist announced prominently on the cover:“DARK MATTER: We still haven’t found it. Our theories are falling apart. Is it time to rethink the universe?” [1]Dan Hooper, author of the cover story, is worried, because Dark Matter theory is a necessary support for the Big Bang. Thus, the Big Bang theory is also in trouble, as is the current theory abouthow stars move within galaxies, and how galaxies move within galaxy clusters. Without it, we can’t explain how such large collections of matter came to exist, and certainly not how they hang together today. But what it is, we don’t know. Welcome to one of the biggest mysteries in the universe: what makes up most of it. Our best measurements indicate that some 85 per cent of all matter in our universe consists of “dark matter” made of something that isn’t atoms.[2]This means that the visible universe, with all its complexity and diversity, amounts to only a fraction of what secular astronomers know. The rest is invisible, because it does not give off radiation that is part of the electromagnetic spectrum. Scientists have been trying to find dark matter since it was proposed 80 years ago. Scores of articles now echo the New Scientist cover story. An example is the headline that announced “New data tracking the movements of millions of Milky Way stars have effectively ruled out the presence of a ‘dark disk’ that could have offered important clues to the mystery of dark matter.”[3]From axions to WIMPs (weakly interacting massive particles), “many candidates have been proposed as dark matter’s identity — and sought to no avail in dozens of experiments.”[4] Even as far back as 1992, Davis indicated the Dark Matter theory is in trouble.[5] One study that reanalyzed the data obtained as early as 1983 by the infrared astronomical satellite was felt by some astronomers to have delivered “a fatal blow” to the theory of cold dark matter.[6]The newest “fatal blow” was the end result of the experiments from the XENON1T detector under the Gran Sasso mountain in Italy, the LUX detector in South Dakota and the Sichuan, China PandaX-II detector, each of which was “roughly 10,000 times as sensitive as the most sophisticated dark matter detectors operating in 2006.” None of them found any evidence of dark matter.[7] This multimillion dollar investment is what the New Scientist article referenced above referred to: Is it time to rethink the universe?Dark Matter Critical to the Big BangDark matter is a critical pillar of the Big Bang theory.[8] Thus, “dark matter’s no-show could mean a big bang rethink.”[9] Fritz Zwicky was the first to postulate dark matter in the 1930s from his observations of the large motions of galaxies in clusters. Observations to assemble a reasonable understanding of the universe by both radio and optical telescopes have suggested that there must exist large amounts of matter in the universe that do not give off electromagnetic radiation, including radio and light waves; therefore, this matter cannot be detected directly from Earth by existing methods. The theory has historically concluded that between 85 and 99 percent of the matter in the universe consists of dark matter and dark energy. This range of estimates indicates our lack of ability to determine the amount of “missing matter.”For matter in outer space to be observed, it must emit radiation that can be picked up by optical or radio telescopes. Matter that does not produce light or heat, i.e., is not energized by the means normally used to produce electromagnetic radiation, is detectable only by gravity-force calculations. Either dark matter does not produce any electromagnetic radiation (as does all known matter), or it does not exist. One goal of the Hubble Space Telescope was to search for clues related to the possible existence of this dark matter.Graphic by David CoppedgeIn the 1960s, Vera Rubin and others, measuring rotation rates of spiral galaxies, found that these systems of billions of stars were rotating at such a high rate that the outer regions should have spun off into intergalactic space eons ago. The conclusion from this research was that since there was not enough matter in the galaxy to hold it together by gravity, the evidence supported the Dark Matter theory. They envisioned large haloes of invisible matter surrounding the Milky Way and other galaxies to account for the observed rotation curves.Dwarf galaxies are likewise estimated to possess large amounts of non-radiating mass in order to prevent being pulled apart by the force of their neighbors’ gravity. Additionally, some galaxies spin and orbit one another at speeds faster than the laws of physics, as currently understood, allow. Consequently, they thought, large amounts of invisible matter must exist to provide the extra gravity necessary to allow the observations, and theory, to work.One theory hypothesizes that dark matter would create high density pockets and provide the seeds to begin the process of pulling this matter into clumps that later formed ordinary matter. This argument implies that dark matter is the same type of mass that makes up visible matter, but simply lacks energy.[10] Theoretically, dark matter cannot interact with regular matter except gravitationally. Yet we have no direct evidence of such matter, and its existence has been largely speculative since its inception.[11] Let’s look at some of the proposed candidate particles that might make up dark matter.Is it Neutrinos?A common candidate is the neutrino, specifically mu and tau neutrinos. These are known particles that lack electric charge, but some research indicates they have a small amount of mass.[12] If the mass of heavier neutrinos is large, as is now hypothesized, “there is enough missing mass to satisfy everybody.”[13] Although much or even most of the matter of the universe may consist of neutrinos, they are difficult to detect because they interact poorly with other kinds of matter. Allegedly, these cosmic “greased pigs” mostly travel through the Earth without interacting with the matter in it. Astrophysicists don’t understand, however, how they could accumulate in pockets of the universe around the galaxies to produce the gravity level required to hold galaxies together. Also, if they travel at the speed of light, as is currently believed, they must be massless. Thus, many cosmologists dismiss neutrinos as dark matter candidates.Is It Axions?Another theory proposes hypothetical particles, such as axions or photinos that serve as creators of mass. Neither of these theories currently enjoy empirical support.[14] Faber hypothesizes that dark matter consists of “two new particles, one massive, one light,” and a computer analysis of their interactions indicates that they can produce “clumping on a grand scale.” She has also concluded that all other dark matter candidates, including neutrinos, are inadequate and would not produce the required clumping for the planets and stars to form.[15]Is It Hydrogen?Yet another theory devised to explain the nature of missing mass proposes large amounts of ionized hydrogen widely distributed in the universe. Ultraviolet radiation from stars could provide the energy required to cause hydrogen ionization, but stars do not emit a sufficient level of energy to produce the ionized hydrogen level necessary to account for all of the missing mass. Another source of energy, the Lyman-alpha radiation emitted by galactic pulsars, is also insufficient to fully explain the phenomena observed.[16]Is It Photons?Others have hypothesized that dark matter spontaneously decays, emitting ultraviolet photons. More recent research, though, has questioned a number of the basic assumptions involved in this theorizing. Efforts to detect dark matter by evaluating its gravitational pull are now under way. Some argue that the structures discovered in the past decade are so massive that even the cold dark matter theory cannot adequately account for their formation.Is It Gamma Rays?The Gamma Ray Observatory and the Advanced X-ray Astrophysics Satellites, and the Space Infrared Telescope Facility launched about a year later, were both designed to study the entire electromagnetic spectrum. Gamma rays are of special interest because these photons possess energy levels millions or billions times greater than that of visible light photons, which have energies of only a few electron volts. The massive bursts were similar to those released during the explosion of atomic bombs, but they did not correspond to any then-known bomb pattern. These brief bursters (a phase that physically describes their action, and is now used as a noun to label them) last from a fraction of a second to about one hundred seconds. Research on gamma rays may also tell us much about neutron stars, black holes, and supernovas as well as shed light on contemporary theories of the universe’s origin.Energetic sources emit gamma raysSince their discovery in 1957, cosmic gamma rays have been difficult to study because those that reach the Earth tend to be weak and their number irregular. This is both because of the great distance the Earth is from their hypothetical source, and because the atmosphere tends to effectively block transmission of most shorter gamma rays. An advantage of this candidate is that gamma rays are uncharged. Consequently, they are not affected by the charged particles in space.The major impediment to studying gamma rays is that our atmosphere shields the Earth from most gamma ray radiation. This filter, although extremely fortunate for life on Earth because gamma radiation is carcinogenic, precludes the study of gamma rays from the land surface. A gamma ray observatory satellite is for this reason a powerful tool to probe gamma radiation in outer space.[17]The Promise of WIMPs FailsThe most viable theory for years was that Dark Matter consists of weak interacting massive particles (WIMPs). These hypothetical particles were supposed to be left over from the early Big Bang. Hypothesized as centers of gravity, they would be able to accumulate matter. Big-bang theorists predicted that WIMPs would affect the universe in such a way as to cause fewer, larger elliptical galaxies and galactic clusters to exist in the near future than exist today. Once again, though, the theoretical WIMPs have never been directly observed. Hooper wrote in their last obituary,A decade or more ago, many physicists, including me, thought we knew what dark matter was likely to consist of: weakly interacting massive particles, or WIMPs … the longer we go without directly detecting WIMPs, the more we are forced to confront the uncomfortable possibility that they might not be there. And yet dark matter must exist – alternative explanations, such as modifying gravity to produce the same sort of effects, don’t seem to work … If not WIMPs, then what?[18]Dark Matter Remains LostIn short, research thus far has not produced the evidence required to support the Dark Matter theory, and with it, the Big Bang. Saunders et al. even conclude that Dark Matter theory can now be ruled out at the 97 percent confidence level.[19] So “If not WIMPs, then what?”[20] Scientists have no answer still, but cannot give up. It’s essential to support their materialistic worldview. And so they will continue, with costly instruments paid for by taxpayers, to stare at nothing.References[1] New Scientist, Issue 3256. November 16-22, 2019.[2] Hooper, Dan. 2019. “What is Dark Matter?” New Scientist, Issue 3256, p. 34. Online copy: https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24432560-600-why-dark-matters-no-show-could-mean-a-big-bang-rethink[3] Wolchover, Natalie. 2017. “Deathblow Dealt to Dark Matter Disks.” Quanta Magazine, November 17. https://www.quantamagazine.org/deathblow-dealt-to-dark-matter-disks-20171117/ emphasis added.[4] Ref. 3.[5] Davis, M., et al. 1992. “The end of cold dark matter?” Nature, 356:489-494, April 9.[6] Lemonick, Michael. 1993. The Light at the End of the Universe.  New York, NY: Villard Books.[7]  Hooper, 2009, p. 36.Bergman’s book about Darwin is a page-turner.[8] The cold-dark-matter theory has been proposed to help explain some of the Big Bang cosmology difficulties and certain other cosmological incongruities.[9] Ref. 1.[10] Ref 2, p. 34.[11] Davis, M., et al. 1992. “The end of cold dark matter?” Nature, 356:489-494, April 9.[12] Gribbon, John. 1991.“Recreating the Birth of the Universe.” New Scientist, 131(1782):31-34, August 17.                [13] Maddox, 1990, p. 579.[14] Maddox, John. 1990. “Making the Universe Hang Together.” Nature, 348:579, December 13.[15] Faber, Sandra. 1990. Interview. OMNI, 23:62-64, 88-92, July, p. 64.[16]  Webb, John K. 1989.“A walk in the Lyman-alpha forest.” Nature, 338(6217):620-622, April 20.[17] Begley, Sharon. 1990. John McCormick and Daniel Glick. “The heavens are holey.” Newsweek, pp. 60-61, April 30. [Who exactly is/are the author(s)?][18] Ref. 2, p. 36.[19] Saunders, Will, et at. 1991. “The density field of the local Universe.” Nature, 349:32-38, January 3;Lindley, David. 1991.“Cold dark matter makes an exit.” Nature, 349(6304):14, January 3; Davis, M., et al. 1992. “The end of cold dark matter?” Nature, 356:489-494, April 9.[20] Sanders, Ref. 19.Dr. Jerry Bergman has taught biology, genetics, chemistry, biochemistry, anthropology, geology, and microbiology at several colleges and universities including for over 40 years at Bowling Green State University, Medical College of Ohio where he was a research associate in experimental pathology, and The University of Toledo. He is a graduate of the Medical College of Ohio, Wayne State University in Detroit, the University of Toledo, and Bowling Green State University. He has over 1,300 publications in 12 languages and 40 books and monographs. His books and textbooks that include chapters that he authored, are in over 1,500 college libraries in 27 countries. So far over 80,000 copies of the 40 books and monographs that he has authored or co-authored are in print. For more articles by Dr Bergman, see his Author Profile. (Visited 764 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Bafana ready for African Nations Champs

first_img6 January 2014Coach Gordon Igesund has declared himself happy with his players after two gruelling training sessions in Cape Town over the weekend. Bafana Bafana are preparing for the African Nations Championship, which South Africa will host from 11 January to 1 February.The competition features national teams made up of players who ply their trade in their home countries only.‘Important’Speaking to Daniel Mothowagae of City Press, Igesund said: “After beating Spain, we should carry on with the habit of winning and [the African Nations Championship] is a type of tournament where it is important for the team to do well.“The challenge is to get Bafana going to a point that we get into the top eight in Africa, so that we can be seeded when the draw for big tournaments is made.”Igesund is a little behind in his preparations for the event after a mini training camp, from 27 to 30 December, had to be called off due to the reluctance of clubs to release their players, but that has now been resolved, even though the competition falls outside of Fifa’s competition window.‘A great feeling’Mamelodi Sundowns ‘ midfielder Hlompho Kekana, speaking at the training camp, said he was looking forward to the event, and expressed his confidence in Bafana Bafana. “It is always a great feeling to represent your country and I am happy to be here.” He said. “If you look at the players, you can see they want do to well for South Africa.“It is a big tournament for us local-based players and we want to show everyone what we are capable of doing. We intend to do well, very well and we are really looking forward to the start of the tournament.“There is a lot of confidence in the team and the mood is high. As hosts we are expected to go all the way and that is our focus,” he concluded.With the South African national team now in camp, six of the 16 teams have now arrived for the African Nations Championship. The winners of the first African Nations Championship in 2009, the DR Congo, are already in the country, along with Gabon, Libya, Mali and Mauritania.Group ABafana Bafana are in Group A with Mali, Mozambique and Nigeria. They kick off the tournament on 11 January at 18:00 when they face Mozambique at the Cape Town Stadium.Tunisia is the defending champion. They defeated Angola 3-0 in the final of the 2011 African Nations Championship in Sudan.last_img read more

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Early Facebook Employees’ New Project Quora Opens to the Public

first_imgTags:#news#web ReadWriteWeb posted the first screenshots of the service in January, but Quora has been subject of intense press scrutiny ever since – while remaining accessible only through a loose invitation system.Meanwhile, Facebook itself is developing a Q&A system and is rumored to be engaged in a back-and-forth war of IP blocking between its employees and Quora’s. We’ve heard that there’s more animosity than that going on behind the scenes as well.Meanwhile, Quora has remained a small site building itself to ensure scalability when this time finally came. Public launch day was marked by a very nice write-up in the Wall St. Journal. Quora is a good little site, but it’s hard not to wonder if the hype, funding and press coverage is warranted given the traction-to-pedigree ratio.Those of us who have enjoyed using it among a select group of early adopters may find the new public Quora to be a different animal. That’s certainly what happened when the marginally-related Aardvark went from red-hot to Google acquired to uselessly swamped with half-baked questions from the Google-using public. (Sorry, it’s true!) Quora is closely tied in to the Facebook “social graph” of its users, something that may help it avoid Aardvark’s fate if if ever gets in front of a large number of people.Let’s see what you’ve got, Quora. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Real-time social Question and Answer service Quora has opened to the public after months of high-profile development in closed beta. The service was started by a group of early Facebook employees, most notably Facebook’s first CTO Adam D’Angelo. It’s a beautifully designed site but is entering a very crowded Q&A market.The company has raised millions of dollars in venture capital, at a very high valuation, and is rumored to be in a nasty spat behind the scenes with Facebook leadership. It’s also been a great place to get inside dirt on Silicon Valley startups. Ready to take a peak inside? The site is open to new users today. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Leadership Qualities: What Does It Take to Become a Great Leader?

first_imgNo one ever said that being a good leader was easy. A leader’s actions are constantly scrutinized and their leadership qualities help get them through good times and bad. Employees look up to, respect and work very hard for these qualities – which is why it’s so important for every great leader to work hard to hone their leadership qualities.Leaders OvercommunicateOnce I was speaking at a conference when the CEO of the company leaned over and whispered in my ear. He said, “I am giving the same speech I’ve given the last two years. The stories are different. The examples are different, too. But it’s the same message.”The CEO wondered whether he was wrong in doing so, and asked me what I thought. I told him, “Your message was right three years ago. It was right last year, and it’s right this year. Changing your message will confuse people as far as who they are and where they are going. You aren’t delivering change. You’re doubling down.”Great leaders relentlessly communicate a consistent message.Mission: Great leaders relentlessly communicate their company’s mission. Those who never speak of “mission,” never capture the hearts and minds of the people they have the honor to lead. Great leaders aren’t afraid to communicate about the difference their organization is making, and they remind their teams of that mission with a steady stream of examples.Vision: Great leaders also take every opportunity to remind the people they lead where they are going, how they are going to get there, and who they are going to become. They communicate this vision, knowing that they win converts slowly and over time.Values: A leader leads through her values. What is important to her is important to her organization. What she ignores, they will also ignore. Great leaders draw a line in the sand separating “who we are” from “who we will never be.” I know one leader who refuses to make money from his vendors, money his competitors take. I know another who never stops talking about caring. Their companies live those values.Who We Are: Effective leaders talk about their competition. They explain to the people they lead how they are different from their competitors, why they do things differently, and why it matters. By talking about these things, they help the people they lead understand their place in the world.As a leader, it is impossible to over-communicate in any of these areas. It is possible to cause people to lose their enthusiasm if you don’t bring these ideas to life with stories, anecdotes, and examples of people getting things right.Leaders Have Managerial WillCompensation is one way to drive behavior and produce the outcome you need, as limited as it may be by itself. Having plans and metrics can also guide behaviors and help produce the outcomes you need. These levers, as much as we like to employ them, are not as powerful as the underutilized method for getting things done: managerial will.Managerial will is a combination of leadership and accountability.Be the Leader Your Team NeedsManagerial will is the leadership to tell your people that you are going to take the hill, and then driving the action to actually take the hill. Regardless of compensation. Regardless of plans and metrics. You achieve the goal through your personal leadership.You establish the goal, and you employ all your resources, including time, energy, money, and people in achieving that goal. Come hell or high water.Inspect and AdjustThe second part of managerial will is holding people accountable for their role in achieving the goal. You ask them about their progress. And then you ask them again. When they’re struggling, you help remove the obstacles to their performance. You coach them. You help them with whatever will enable them to do their part in producing the results you need them to produce as part of the larger goal.Without the leadership component to managerial will, compensation and other levers rarely produce the results desired. If you had to choose between the two, managerial will is the safer bet, especially with a great, actualized leader.Without the accountability component, you will achieve results that are far less than what you are capable of producing.This resistance to managerial will comes from the great–and real–fear that leaders will hurt people and that an unenlightened dominator who makes poor leadership choices uses managerial will. But this too stems from a lack of managerial will, namely that of the manager’s leader in allowing bad behavior.Managerial will, when exercised by a thoughtful, enlightened, caring leader is a force multiplier that allows their team to outproduce larger, better-resourced competitors who lack this discipline.Leaders Know Their Non-NegotiablesThere are some things that a leader cannot and should not negotiate – knowledge of this is one of the most powerful leadership qualities. Some values have to be written in stone and written clearly for all who come in contact with an organization to see. These are the non-negotiables.Culture: A leader must create and sustain a positive, empowering culture. Culture is non-negotiable. If someone or something threatens culture, the leader needs to take action. Allowing a positive empowering culture to crumble is to allow the organization to be radically changed for the worse.Values: Values are what sustain an organization, especially through times of great change. Values are what persist and what provide a foundation. If one of the values is integrity, then allowing people to color outside the lines is a non-starter. The leader not only has to embody the values, but she also has to enforce them.Treating people well: Treating people well leads to better performance than treating them poorly. Trusting people actually makes them more trustworthy, and enabling people to take initiative and be resourceful encourages them to try to do those things. When people feel like their workplace is something between prison and daycare, they lose morale and end up losing workers. Leaders set the tone and ensure proper treatment in the workplace. You can’t attract and build new leaders otherwise.Business models: This isn’t to say that business models can’t, won’t, or shouldn’t change. They can, will, and should over time, but only at the right time and for the right reasons. Allowing price reductions that inhibit your ability to produce results breaks the model. Selling products and services that don’t create the value your clients want, need, and expect from you changes the model, too. A leader cannot allow the model to change or falter.A leader needs a list of non-negotiables: things that won’t change just because someone doesn’t like the culture, the values, the business model, or who doesn’t want to treat other people well.Leaders Focus on Big InitiativesAs a leader, it is easy to get bogged down in the little stuff.Many of the people you lead will bring you small problems because they haven’t worked for a leader who has required them to act independently (mostly because that leader didn’t trust them to act independently).Much of what reaches your desk are tiny fires. The nature of the problem requires urgency, and the people who work for you want to make sure that you know what’s going on and weigh in on the decision.Urgent work gives you a sense of accomplishment. Nothing makes you feel like you’re working more than making decisions and handling the things that need attention. Many people in leadership roles thrive on this work because it feeds their need for significance. But “small fires” isn’t where a leader should spend much of their time.For many leaders, these “small fires” keep them from having to do the real heavy lifting of leadership.It is easier to get frustrated and focus on small stuff than it is to fix the big stuff. That’s why maintaining a focus on big initiatives is one of the most critical leadership qualities.Strategic Threats: Dealing with urgent issues keeps you busy and prevents you from dealing with the strategic threat facing your business. That threat is so great that there is no easy answer available, but strategic threats left unaddressed makes the future more uncertain and creates additional risks.Developing Leaders: Small, urgent issues with relatively easy answers can keep you from spending time developing the next generation of leaders, the important work that is never urgent enough to get a leader’s full attention.Biggest Initiatives: There is some work that only a leader can do. There is more work that competent, trusted people can easily do when empowered to take action independently. Someone still needs to address the small, urgent issues, but the leader’s job is to ensure that she has the team necessary to handle them so that she can focus on what only the leader can do.The most dangerous thing a leader can do is to allow small issues to prevent them from pursuing their two or three biggest initiatives. These important initiatives often die when a leader’s time is being devoted to smaller, less important issues. Make maintaining a focus on big initiatives one of your leadership qualities and you’ll start to see the impact right away.Leaders Don’t Care If People Like ThemLeadership is a tricky subject. There are so many leadership qualities, beliefs, and behaviors that make up a good leader that it’s impossible to come up with a single defining characteristic. The same could be said for mistakes that would-be leaders make. Right now, one big mistake comes to mind.The Need to Be LikedOne thing that leadership is not is a popularity contest. A leader can’t have an overwhelming need to be liked.The need to be liked can prevent a leader from having tough conversations that are necessary to good leadership.The need to be liked can cause some leaders to avoid taking some action because they are afraid that someone will think less of them for making a decision–even when it is the right decision.In the worst of all cases, a leader with a strong need to be liked will refuse to hold people accountable for fear of that person not liking them.Not Feared, But RespectedNone of this means that a leader should want to be disliked. How you achieve outcomes as a leader is every bit as important as the outcomes themselves.The idea that it is better for a leader to be feared than loved if she “can’t be both,” is 500 years old. Much about leadership has changed in 5 centuries.The best leader you had cared enough about you to have the tough conversations necessary to help you see your blind spots. They weren’t mean-spirited in their criticism. They just saw something more in you than you could see at the time.The best leader you will ever have will make the decision to do what is right even when it is an unpopular decision. That leader will weigh their decisions carefully and do what is best for the people that they lead.A great leader will hold you accountable for producing results, even when those results are difficult to achieve.The leader that you loved won’t be one that you feared. It will be the one that you respected and who cared about you and the people they led. By not needing to be liked, the leader earns the love and respect of the people they have the privilege to lead.The best leaders exhibit certain traits that make them hugely successful. Embrace these qualities and be a great leader too.last_img read more

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BJP-Sena seat-sharing deal may derail over Aarey

first_imgSeat-sharing talks between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena were threatening to go off track after Uddhav Thackeray on Monday declared that the Metro 3 car shed project at Aarey colony will meet the same fate as the Nanar oil refinery project, which the Maharashtra government scrapped a few months ago.The statement came on a day the BJP’s national joint secretary V. Satish attended the final leg of the party’s seat-sharing talks with the Shiv Sena in the city, while Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis confirmed talks were in the last stages already. “We are in continuous talks; we will soon take a decision on our seat-sharing arrangement,” Mr. Fadnavis said. The wedge between Mr. Thackeray and Mr Fadnavis over the proposed refinery at Nanar in Sindhudurg at one point got so deep that the Sena chief had publicly announced that the notification to acquire 16,000 hectares for the project stood cancelled. The CM later announced that Sena minister Subhash Desai, who heads the Industries Department, had no power to withdraw the notification for land acquisition. On Monday, a BJP leader said, “We are disappointed with the statement, since so far, the Sena has been playing a balancing role while opposing the (Aarey) project. But with this statement (Mr. Thackeray’s), they have made their position clear.” Mr. Thackeray’s statement comes in the wake of continuous pressure from activists and political opponents who have alleged doublespeak in the senior and junior (Aaditya) Thackerays’ stand on the project. Mr. Fadnavis, on the other hand, has claimed that Aarey is not a forest and his government will ensure the Metro Bhavan is constructed at the proposed site. BJP leaders said that as per the final round of talks, the BJP will likely propose 155-157 seats as its share, while asking Sena to take 115-117 seats and leaving around 18 seats for splinter groups who are part of the alliance. The new formula is not different from the promised 50:50 seat-sharing agreement arrived at by both parties before the Lok Sabha polls and it leaves room for negotiating over 20 to 25 seats on either side, leaders said. “From our side, this is the final number, considering many factors such as the wave in favour of the party post abrogation of Article 370,” a senior BJP leader said.last_img read more

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