Life lessons from a vendor visit

first_img 133SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Michael Waylett Michael joined Magnolia Federal Credit Union in May 2016. He holds a B.A. Degree in Financial Economics from Lynchburg College and a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) … Web: Details As a lifelong economy-flying patron, I’ve never flown first class.  I’ve watched for years, flight after flight, the highly successful and esteemed first-class passenger enter the plane before me, place their luggage in the spacious overhead compartments, and take their oversized seats with dignity and class. I’ve always cautioned myself against becoming envious of people, (as it’s based off of ephemeral snapshots of their lives and inevitably leads to dissatisfaction) but I must admit I’ve succumb to envy, and even resentment, of the first-class passenger a time or two in my lifetime. Even with my wholehearted attempts to fight against it, the first-class passenger has long-represented aloofness in my eyes.But on Monday, September 22nd there I was, on the first leg of a flight from Jackson, MS to Chicago by way of Atlanta, sitting comfortably and contently in first-class with the rest of the distinguished. At last, I had arrived I thought… about darn time, I thought. I boarded the plane early and avoided the lines; I had excess space for my luggage in the overhead bin; and I sat down in a king-sized, cushiony seat with a bottle of water to my right awaiting my arrival. What’s more, the flight attendant immediately asked if she could get me anything within seconds of taking my seat. The economy passengers hadn’t even entered the plane, and the flight attendant was already asking me what else I needed to solidify the royal, first-class treatment.Let the record show, I would never expend my money or my credit union’s money on first-class seats. I’m far too cheap for that. The first-class seats were purchased by Lending Solutions Inc (LSI), a vendor of ours, who were hosting a colleague and I to their headquarters in Elgin, IL to see their operation in action. If I didn’t make it obvious enough that this was my first time in first-class for the plane ride, I’m certain everyone around us knew I had never been chauffeured in a limo before. It was a dead giveaway, when, immediately upon entering the limo, I started playing with all the gadgets and had our driver snap endless pictures of us in the backseat like I was on top of the Eifel Tower or something.After a brief tour of LSI’s facility and discussion about our working relationship, their supreme hospitality continued when they treated us to the Bears v. Eagles game on Monday night. Outside the stadium, an hour before kickoff, a Colin Kaepernick football jersey triggered a conversation between my co-worker and I, for which I was unprepared. In an effort for full disclosure, the co-worker was my subordinate and happened to be an African-American woman. As she became most passionate about her convictions and stance, my experience in HR and my Danger Radar urged me to disengage, stop the discussion, and rough transition to a discussion about unicorns or the beautiful Chicago skyline hovering above scenic Lakeshore Drive. I ignored my paranoid judgment and we proceeded to discuss a heavy and sensitive topic.What started with a personal opinion that kneeling during our national anthem is disrespectful (and Mr. Kaepernick could use other methods for bringing racial inequality to the limelight) ended with a meaningful discussion about racial inequality and police brutality. The conversation began to turn when I stopped trying to have an opinion and “behave” like a boss. Instead, I began to listen. When I engaged my ears and disengaged my mouth, I began to witness a lot of anger and disappointment from her. This co-worker persuaded me to focus on the issue Kaepernick was protesting, rather than the method in which he was taking a stand by taking a seat.I learned. My opinion and stance on the issue changed. I too became outraged and disheartened that that such injustices were still occurring in 2016. This experience reminded me of a lesson in leadership I continue to be taught over and over again. I’m not always there to have all the answers or convince others of my opinion. Sometimes, even though my job title may try to deceive me and make me think otherwise, I’m actually there to be the pupil and to learn from those I manage. Not a lesson you’re taught ever day in management school!While I’ll refrain from being disingenuous and be forthright in my admission of just how cozy and nice those first-class seats were, I will say the most effective leaders I’ve ever witnessed in education, sport, and business all have this one thing in common: they don’t lead from first-class, they lead from coach.last_img read more

Indonesia must ratify nuclear weapons treaty to bolster global efforts

first_imgJakarta has yet to ratify the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) even after signing it three years ago, a fact that is not lost on Muhadi Sugiono, a campaigner for the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).“Indonesia has always pushed for nuclear disarmament, but when there is an [option] to take concrete steps, the decision doesn’t come as quickly as its commitment,” the Gadjah Mada University lecturer told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.Muhadi suggested that Indonesia’s position as a nonpermanent member of the UN Security Council may have held back the country from ratifying the treaty or being more vocal in its stance on nuclear weapons, for fear that it would be denied support from other countries on the council. The five permanent members of the UNSC – the United States, China, France, the United Kingdom and Russia – are all nuclear weapons-wielding countries.But Muhadi insisted that ratification by Indonesia would help the cause move forward, as the treaty requires 50 signatories to bring it into force. Only 40 countries have so far ratified the agreement, even though 82 nations have signed the agreement. Indonesia should ratify a landmark United Nations treaty to consolidate its commitment to put an end to the use of nuclear weapons, a campaigner for a Nobel Prize-winning global cause demanded, as the world commemorated 75 years since the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.The world saw its last nuclear attack in Japan in 1945, when the United States dropped two atomic bombs on the two cities on Aug. 6 and 9, killing thousands of people in the span of three days.Despite having such a hard pill to swallow, a contemporary movement to rid the world of such weapons of mass destruction still lacks support from many countries, including Indonesia. Indonesia began earlier this month its presidency of the UNSC, the highest decision-making body of the UN, which is tasked with maintaining global peace and security and has the power to impose sanctions on all countries.Muhadi explained that the TPNW could be a vital tool to prevent another nuclear fallout, which not only kills but spreads deadly radiation and can conjure a nuclear winter – a period of abnormal temperature drops caused by a layer of smoke and dust in the atmosphere blocking the sun’s rays.“As long as nuclear weapons exist, there is no such thing as peace. We are still living under the shadow of nuclear weapons,” he said.Echoing a similar message, UN Secretary-General António Guterres warned on Thursday that “the only way to totally eliminate nuclear risk is to totally eliminate nuclear weapons”, as quoted by AFP in a video message commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing.Read also: Japan marks 75th anniversary of Hiroshima atomic bombingThe UN first voiced its rejection of nuclear weapons in 1946 when it called for the elimination of atomic weapons. The move was followed by the Non-Proliferation Treaty in 1968, which requires non-nuclear-weapon states to agree to never acquire nuclear weapons while nuclear-weapon states make a legal undertaking to disarm.Decades later, the UN adopted the TPNW, which prohibits nations from developing, testing, producing, acquiring, possessing, stockpiling, using or threatening to use nuclear weapons.The Indonesian Foreign Ministry’s director for international security and disarmament, Grata Endah Werdaningtyas, told the Post that the government has “rolled out a process toward a ratification of the treaty” through several “mechanisms and processes”, but made no mention of a timeline or conclusion.Grata said the government had done some stocktaking and was coordinating ministries and agencies to gauge discourse on the ratification of the treaty.“In general, there is positive support from various stakeholders at the national level, so that Indonesia can ratify the TPNW,” she said.“The Indonesian government will continue to commit to pushing for the Indonesian ratification process for the TPNW.”Indonesia’s disarmament diplomacy has seen it join 16 other countries under the Stockholm Initiative that aims for nuclear disarmament. It has also held leading roles in past high-level conferences on nuclear weapons.However, other government officials may not necessarily hold the same conviction.Read also: Time for nuclear power? Luhut tells tale of Indonesia ‘having it all’ .In February, Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan raised eyebrows when he said on the margins of the World Economic Forum in Switzerland that he was considering the possibility of a nuclear-powered Indonesia. It was unclear whether he was referring to nuclear arms or nuclear energy for electrification.“As a [former military] general, I also thought about Indonesia having nuclear power, but the President is still busy thinking of prosperity,” Luhut said at the time, referring to a conversation with an American general who was seemingly looking down on Indonesia. “I thought in my mind, maybe only if we had nuclear power it would scare you.”Topics :last_img read more

UPDATE: Gasoline spill in Napoleon causes evacuation

first_imgNapoleon, Ind.— UPDATE — At 10 p.m. U.S. 421 was opened and residents were allowed to return to their homes. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management does not know how large the gasoline leak was and expects cleanup operations to continue Friday.A press release from Ripley County EMA says drinking water in the town is not affected.******************At 6:53 emergency crews responded to a gasoline spill at the Youngman’s Marathon on U.S. 421 causing the evacuation of nearby homes. The evacuation was ordered after Napoleon Volunteer Fire Department fire chief Ron Reynolds determined an unknown amount of gasoline leaked into a creek or the Napoleon sewer system.The drinking water supply in the town is not affected.The Indiana Department of Environmental Management and Ripley County EMA assisted with the clean up.As of 9:50 p.m. Thursday residents were still under the evacuation order.last_img read more