1. ICTUS 2. TRICKY ONE 3. BEST ADVICE 4. SMOKESCREEN 5. YOLOVE 6. SILENCE Anthony Nunes’ bid to overtake Wayne DaCosta at the top of the trainers’ championship is expected to go into high gear as early as the second race, where he will saddle the highly thought of pair CORAZON (Dick Cardenas) and TRICKY ONE (Shane Ellis) in the 1300 metres Coco Cola Juvenile Sprint for two-year-olds. The Nunes duo will clash with TOP SHELF, who is seeking her third win in four starts. It appears that TRICKY ONE is more suited to the distance and is the one to beat. CORAZON and TOP SHELF are expected to jostle for the lead before weakening late, allowing TRICKY ONE with the patient Ellis to pull off an easy win. BEST ADVICE was left with a lot to do after rearing at the gates on October 20 and had to play second fiddle to Resurgent in a 1100 metres maiden event. She still ended up in a fairly good 1:08.1. The filly continues to work very well, and being bred for speed, will not be beaten if coming away cleanly over the same distance tomorrow. Race Four for non-winners of three over 1300 metres is tailored for David Lee Sin’s SMOKESCREEN. The five year-old gelding has been knocking at the door for a long time and comes in very light, courtesy of apprentice Romario Spencer’s 4kg claim, to meet tomorrow’s engagement. He did fairly well over a distance short of his best when eighth by 12 lengths to Double Deal going 1100 metres on October 20. With the drop in weight, he should be running on best of all in the final 200 metres tomorrow and can win at a good price. The handicaps also favour both YOLOVE in the fifth and SILENCE in the final race of the Sunrise-Six. SUNRISE-SIX SELECTIONS High Gear The four-year-old colt ICTUS has made a steady climb down the claiming ladder and is now ready for a big effort in tomorrow’s opening race of the Sunrise-Six on Burger King Superstakes Day at Caymanas Park. The Steven Todd-trained colt has always done well over the 1000 metres straight distance. On July 18, he was second to Lady Jaela in a good final time of 1:00.3, and three days later, was again the runner-up, this time to Polly B in $850,000 claiming. He will be very comfortable sprinting against $250,000 claimers, including the fast BULLET RAJ, who should take the runner up spot.
Dear Editor,I was amazed that the day after I wrote in the media about Human Resource Management professionals needing to adapt their approaches to staff training/learning/development in keeping with readily available ‘tech-savvy’ methodologies, the media carried a sad report on September 15 titled: “UG Sociology students forced to stand during three-hour lecture due to limited seating”. The said report went on to describe the series of distresses experienced by the students to adapt to the anachronistic, thoughtless and most uncomfortable learning-deficient approach being used especially in the face of well-known obstacles at UG.I humbly ask a simple question: ‘Was it not better to video-tape the said lecture and send it to all the relevant students (and perhaps other interested parties!) and to follow this up with several smaller group tutorials involving students who express a desire for same or mandated by their teachers accordingly?”Sincerely,Nowrang Persaud
Dear Editor,The MotP decided to do a hasty press release, on Sunday 2019-06-02 around 23:00 hours, in response to my letter. This release, in my opinion, is nothing but unadulterated “balderdash.” It actually strengthens my point about the legal advisers to His Excellency.I will now try my best to respond to the MotP press release:With regard to the President sitting as the Chairman of the Defence Board and Minister of Defence, that is indeed true, according to our Constitution. However, in his role as Chairman of the Defence Board and Minister of Defence, he is supposed to be acting in the interest of the state, and not for the Government.The army is “LOYAL” or “SUBORDINATE” to the state, and not the “Government.” It is clearly defined in the Oath taken by each and every officer upon commissioning: “I will bear true faith and allegiance to the State of Guyana; that I will support and defend the State against all enemies whomsoever.”I will not bother to reply to the issues dealing with neglect, the Cadet Corps, the Reserve and the former Government. We are, first and foremost, soldiers and NOT politicians; please don’t drag us into your political squabbles. Those issues should be addressed in Parliament. As a matter of fact, were they ever addressed when you were sitting on the other side of the table?As regards training, based on our geography and environment, Exercise Greenheart remains relevant to our training doctrine. However, Exercise Ironweed needs to be revised. Modern wars are fought from the air, and not with troops running around the savannahs. Our army is more involved in military operations other than war, or MOOTW, a term coined by the US Military. I am quite sure that, as Chairman of the Defence Board and Minister of Defence, you are very aware of this too.Kindly allow me to thank you, on behalf of all the “equestrians”, for the horse-riding lessons. This will help us greatly in our hinterland patrols, as opposed to using ATVs.Horseback patrolling was implemented by Major General Joe Singh, after the Rupununi Uprising in January 1969, to counter cattle smuggling. I am sure that all of Guyana would be happy to know that, after 50 years, we are still using horses to patrol the hinterland while the enemy is using ATVs, SUVs and aircraft.With regard to all the wonderful things you have done for the GDF since 2015 to present, isn’t it your obligation, as the Chairman of the Defence Board and Minister of Defence, to do so, sir? You are not doing us a favour by providing for the army; for the GDF to execute its mandate, we need to be properly equipped with the relevant tools and resources.The problem some of the politicians and public officers in this country seem to be suffering from is clearly understanding who they work for, and not who works for them.The MotP press release failed to address the legitimate concerns in my letter. They attempted to play politics and gain cheap political mileage. I wish to ask the intellectual author/authors of the MotP press release a few questions:1. Why did the President change the retirement policy? How many former officers who currently work for this Government retired after 20 years of service with all of their benefits?2. Why is the Executive arm of the Government intruding on the Judicial arm with regard to interdiction of ranks?3. Why is the President changing the promotion criteria as detailed in the Defence Act, Chapter 15:01 of the Laws of Guyana?This is the same document that was referenced by MotP.“The Ministry of the Presidency wishes to make it pellucid that the Head of Government, since Independence, had been Chairman of the Defence Board and Minister of Defence; his duties are detailed in the Defence Act, Chapter 15:01 of the Laws of Guyana.”The new retirement policy will result in a top-heavy force with no room or scope for the younger officers to be elevated to higher rank. All over this country, the youths are stagnated, with no room for elevation. This practice has to stop at some point.To the senior officers of the GDF, stop making wild accusations about the author of the first letter. I am a junior officer seeking answers to the legitimate questions you all failed to address.Allow me to say this in closing, please: We are in 2019; we are evolving slowly but surely as a country and a people. Gone are the days when the military was used to do political work, such as selling “New Nation” papers by Kitty Market. Those days will never be allowed to return. Kindly provide some answers to us regarding the questions.Sincerely,Concerned JuniorOfficer
MONEY MATTERS: This week, DD’s Finance columnist Shona Chambers from John McColgan Financial Services says the real way to making your cash work for you is in a slow and steady way.A fellow Toastmaster gave an inspiring speech on the topic of compound interest at our last meeting and it reminded me of an article I wrote on the same subject last year.Given that many of us set resolutions in January, I thought it a good idea to share it with you again. A client of mine asked me ‘How can that projection report show a project fund value of €48,000 if I am saving €400 per month for 5 years?’ She correctly noted that €400 per month adds up to €24,000 over 5 years. I explained the nuts and bolts of how a savings policy works and I also explained about compound interest.I told her a story about a father who decided to give both of his children a sum of money. He gave the children the choice of a lump sum of €5,000 at the end of the month, or they could have €100 per day with an interest rate of 4% per day compounding, for 30 days. One child chose the €5,000 and the other chose to take €100 per day with interest.And I asked her the question? ‘At the end of the month, which child do you think ended up with more money?’ ‘The first child of course’ she said without hesitation. She was shocked when I told her that the second child received the most money.John McColgan and Shona ChambersBecause of the power of compound interest, the second child ended up receiving €6,157.17 in total. Albert Einstein is rumoured to have called compound interest ‘the eighth wonder of the world’. And compounding is indeed a wonder, given how it can transform modest savings over time into a substantial nest egg. If someone starts saving at the age of 20, and puts €200 a month for 10 years into an investment fund, she will have nearly half a million euro in that fund by the age of 70, even if she never contributes another penny after she turns 30! This assumes an average annual return of 7%.Even more dramatically, assume you invested the first two years of your son’s child benefit payment (€130 a month) into a fund that returned 7%. If he did not touch that money thereafter, it would be worth over €320,000 by the time he turned 70. This may seem like magic, but it really illustrates how compounding can boost the value of savings over long time periods.Naturally, you have to consider factors such as inflation, market volatility, and taxes, all of which can affect the final value of your investments. Savings and investments can be subject to DIRT or exit tax, which can reduce how much of your returns you get to keep.But the most important thing about saving and investing is that ‘slow and steady wins the race’. It is important to keep your eye on the bigger picture and not get distracted by current government policy or today’s economic news.If you haven’t made a resolution already, it’s time to talk to me. Contact Shona Chambers QFA RPA on 074 9124366 to organise your appointment todayMoney Matters: Slow and steady wins the cash race! was last modified: January 18th, 2017 by Shona ChambersShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:cashJohn McColganMoney Matters
The Hoops pipped the Belgians to third place in Group B 1 Boss Brendan Rodgers’ “immense pride” at qualifying for the Europa League was tempered by Celtic’s 1-0 Champions League defeat by Anderlecht at Parkhead.The Hoops’ 3-0 win in Brussels on match-day two meant the visitors had to equal or better that result in the final Group B game to leapfrog the Scottish champions into third place.Rodgers’ side were out of sorts in the first-half and, despite improvement after the break, an own goal by defender Jozo Simunovic in the 62nd minute meant the Hoops suffered defeat against the Belgian side following losses home and away to Paris St Germain and Bayern Munich.Rodgers said: “The context of the game affected the performance in the first-half with them having to chase the game. We couldn’t keep the ball.“Midway through the first half we had to change tactically and I was thankful to be in 0-0 at half-time.“Second-half we were better, we were able to stem the flow and be a threat.“They were better than us tonight but our aim was to get through to Europa League and come third in the group, that would be a massive achievement and we did that.“There is immense pride but it is hard to feel that when you have lost.“We got the job done but obviously we have a lot of work to do before we can affect that level.“But we are through and we can look forward to it when it comes round in February.“Maybe some of players felt they have a long way to go before they can call themselves players at this level.“So we need to be better than we were tonight but we have shown we can be better.”The former Swansea and Liverpool boss moved to dampen down expectations regarding the Europa League.He said: “We have to have a touch of realism here as well“There are going to be much better teams than us, we have to be clear on that.“We have done amazing, we were fourth seeds and not many of them have got into third place.“We have been able to do that but tonight is an example of a long way to go, and of the gap between the teams at the very top and those just below that.”
on target The owner also remarked that he “could walk out and just say ‘I don’t give a s**t about Bury’”, but is committed to saving the club.He told talkSPORT host Jim White on Friday morning: “Fans, anyone out there who will pledge money to come to us…“If they come to us and say we’ll put £100 in, £1000 in, if the big players put in £100,000, £500,000, whatever it is, we want it pledged to the company.“We need a pledge of £2.7m plus to save Bury.“If the company, Bury Football Club, needs the money and needs to use it, they’ll put up shares and pay 2.5% interest on that money.“We don’t need it, let me say that, unless the EFL pull another stroke.LISTEN: Bury owner and player in furious bust-up LIVE ON AIR over unpaid wages“So what we’re looking to do now is go out there and say to local businesses – we’ve got massive firms in our areas, we’ve got the Boohoo boys, Together Finance, the old card guy Ron Wood, we’re got loads of people within Bury who will maybe look at it and think, ‘well it’s short change out of my pocket, I’ll pledge some money’.“If we take any money off someone we’ll pay interest on it and we will secure it on shares in the club.“Let me make this clear, we’re not looking for charity here, because we don’t need it. But the EFL want it.“The EFL have made this ridiculous claim that we need this money, but we’re saying we don’t!” Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Bury owner Steve Dale has asked supporters and local business to pledge money to help save the in-crisis club.In his latest interview with talkSPORT, the Shakers chief says any money sent in will be repaid in kind and again insisted he ‘only wants to save’ the League One club.Bury have until midnight on Friday to avoid being expelled from the English Football League, and Dale says the club need to raise £2.7MILLION to prevent being kicked out. 2 Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship LATEST 2 BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested FAREWELL EFL chiefs have told Dale to provide evidence they have the necessary funding for their campaign. The owner has repeatedly insisted he has fulfilled this request, but the EFL claim he hasn’t.Dale says the league body keep moving the goalposts and has accused the EFL of ‘having an agenda’ against Bury.Asked if he will sell the club TODAY if a bid comes in, he said: “I’ll do either or!“All want to do is save Bury, that’s what I’ve done from day one.“I got Bury, after the CVA, in the best position it’s been in donkey’s years. What I said in my first interview was, I’m here to sort Bury and then I will pass it on to a younger and more able custodian.“If I had sold it to someone like Smurthwaite [Norman Smurthwaite – the former Port Vale owner whose offer to buy Bury was rejected by Dale] or Joseph Cala, who used to have Gateshead, could you image what the fans would have said then? ‘Fancy selling it to him’.“I could bow out and just say, ‘I don’t give a s**t about Bury’, and walk away from it.“But I don’t want to do that. I’ve put a lot of time a lot of love and a lot of effort into the club.” Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update latest Crisis-hit Bury could be kicked out of the Football League Bury are yet to play any games this season, with their first six games being suspended by the EFL What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas LATEST FOOTBALL HEADLINES Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ stalemate Getty Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ OFF Getty deals So, are Bury going to survive?“That’s up to the EFL, they are the people causing this,” Dale added.“We’ve done the CVA, I pledged £2.3m to make that happen, and they’ve come up with another £2.7m.“So if the general public are willing to pledge an amount, send pledges and we can all get our heads together, total them up and go back to the EFL and say, ‘we’ve got pledges of this money, how can you shut Bury FC?’“I’m pleading with them, just extend it [the expulsion deadline].“On what grounds can they possibly shut one of the oldest clubs in bloody England for?“They’re saying, ‘maybe £1.5m will be needed’. Maybe? It’s a projection for Christ sake! This isn’t want we NEED, it’s a projection for the year going forward, Christ almighty!“How can you shut one of the oldest clubs in England on a projection? It’s a bloody joke!“You couldn’t write the s**t the bloody EFL have come up with, you couldn’t write it.” “Given the urgency of Bury’s plight, I would be grateful if you would consider intervening on this occasion and granting the club a one-off extension…”Andy writes to @EFL Executive Chair, Debbie Jevans, asking for a stay of grace for @buryfcofficial and help for @OfficialBWFC pic.twitter.com/IpDTVuYRW3— Mayor Andy Burnham (@MayorofGM) August 22, 2019The Shakers have yet to play a first-team match in 2019-20 after having each of their first six fixtures suspended.Dale said on Thursday there were four parties interested in buying the club, but no deal has yet to come fruition and it is unclear if they will be granted an extension to the expulsion deadline if a true buyer comes forward.Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham this week wrote to EFL chief executive Debbie Jevans asking for the club to be granted more time, while supporters have also staged protests at their Gigg Lane stadium this week.Former club director Joy Hart – and daughter of club legend Les Hart – handcuffed herself to the ground and a coffin reading ‘RIP Bury FC 1885-?’ was leaned up against the doors of the directors’ entrance.Listen back to talkSPORT’s latest interview with Bury owner Steve Dale IN FULL above
By Paul LeckerSports ReporterMERRILL – The Marshfield girls swim team won its Wisconsin Valley Conference dual meet opener Thursday, whipping Merrill 118-48 at Merrill High School.Marshfield won eight of the 11 events.Sophie Koehn, Elizabeth Holbrook, Megan Donahue, and Sarah Claessens teamed to win the 200 medley relay (2:09.07) and the 400 freestyle relay (4:23.78), and all four also won individual events for the Tigers.Holbrook won the 200 individual medley (2:33.93) and the 100 breaststroke (1:20.33), Donahue won the 100 butterfly (1:10.96), Claessens took first in the 500 freestyle (6:16.54) and Koehn was first in the 100 backstroke (1:09.10).April Read grabbed the other first place for the Tigers, winning the 200 freestyle in 2:30.60.Valerie Kushnir (200 free), Elizabeth Lecker (50 free), Molina Barker (100 free), Michelle Fernandez (100 back), and Claire Greenlee (100 breaststroke) won events for the Marshfield JV.Marshfield is off for a week until taking on D.C. Everest in a Wisconsin Valley Conference dual on Sept. 18 at Marshfield High School.VarsityWinners and Marshfield finishersMarshfield 118, Merrill 48200 medley relay: 1. Marshfield (Sophie Koehn, Elizabeth Holbrook, Megan Donahue, Sarah Claessens) 2:09.07; 3. Marshfield (Karen Scheuer, Grace Hilbelink, Valerie Kushnir, Charlotte Urban) 2:22.22; 4. Marshfield (Molina Barker, Michelle Fernandez, April Read, Elise Ashby) 2:22.93.200 freestyle: 1. Read (MAR) 2:30.60; 4. Barker (MAR) 2:41.16; 5. Morgan Nordbeck (MAR) 2:44.28.200 IM: 1. Holbrook (MAR) 2:33.93; 2. Scheuer (MAR) 2:46.62; 3. Madi Hall (MAR) 3:02.24.50 freestyle: 1. Kendyl Pettit (MER) 27.51; 2. Claessens (MAR) 27.97; 3. Erika Roeglin (MAR0 31.16; 4. Ashby (MAR) 31.90.100 butterfly: 1. Donahue (MAR) 1:10.96; 2. Ashby (MAR) 1:26.40; 3. Urban (MAR) 1:37.39.100 freestyle: 1. Pettit (MER) 1:00.55; 2. Koehn (MAR) 1:01.81; 3. Read (MAR) 1:10.99; 4. Michelle Fernandez (MAR) 1:11.23.500 freestyle: 1. Claessens (MAR) 6:16.54; 2. Kushnir (MAR) 6:44.60; 5. Hall (MAR) 7:11.91.200 freestyle relay: 1. Merrill (Caitlyn Kolehouse, Hanna Cohrs, Julia Oelke, Pettit) 2:01.32; 2. Marshfield (Fernandez, Roeglin, Ashby, Urban) 2:03.01; 3. Marshfield (Claire Greenlee, Read, Scheuer, Hilbelink) 2:11.64.100 backstroke: 1. Koehn (MAR) 1:09.10; 2. Donahue (MAR) 1:11.16; 3. Scheuer (MAR) 1:18.47.100 breaststroke: 1. Holbrook (MAR) 1:20.33; 2. Urban (MAR) 1:30.89; 3. Hilbelink (MAR) 1:33.77.400 freestyle relay: 1. Marshfield (Claessens, Holbrook, Donahue, Koehn) 4:23.78; 2. Marshfield (Lecker, Nordbeck, Barker, Kushnir) 4:55.81.JVMarshfield 48, Merrill 6200 freestyle: 1. Kushnir (MAR) 2:37.39; 2. Hilbelink (MAR) 2:47.24; 3. Taylor Ferch (MAR) 2:53.29.50 freestyle: 1. Lecker (MAR) 33.88; 2. Ferch (MAR) 36.10; 4. Nina Meadows (MAR) 43.01.100 freestyle: 1. Barker (MAR) 1:13.38; 2. Nordbeck (MAR) 1:16.53; 3. Tess Frey (MAR) 1:18.29.100 backstroke: 1. Fernandez (MAR) 1:26.64; 2. Lecker (MAR) 1:43.62.100 breaststroke: 1. Greenlee (MAR) 1:44.90; 2. Roeglin (MAR) 1:49.18; 3. Frey (MAR) 1:59.31.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com).
Tags:#Knowledge Management#web The best chefs are artists, so this view of KM plays to my artsy-fartsy nature 🙂KM is…So after all that, what is KM? Well Snowden defined it as “the creation of sharedcontext”. He said knowledge must be volunteered (not conscripted), which is where thenarrative techniques come in. When people tell their own stories, they naturally putinformation into the context of their lives.Not coincidentally that is also the patternof blogging, which encourages people to tell their stories on the Web and “share context”with their particular community. The blogging communities for Web Design and KnowledgeManagement itself best illustrate this to me – they both have strong communities wherebloggers constantly comment on each others sites or trackback one another.Snowden’s own KM model is called Cynefin and hedescribed it like this:“…the contextualization takes the form of gathering anecdotes(naturally told stories, around the water cooler etc.) from that organization’s ownhistory, and using those stories to create the [KM] model.” (pg 29)He later referred to this as mapping what people know, using narrative techniques (pg33).As yet, I’m not sure what role literary techniques might play in this. I’ll read somemore on Snowden’s theories, plus other peoples, and see what I can come up with.I’d liketo think that a skilled writer has a lot to offer in the KM process of transcribing peoplesstories into a compelling narrative. Just as Michael Lewis wrote an amazing narrativebased on the stories of the Oakland A’s baseball team in his book Moneyball (which I’ve just finished reading). The stories came from the Oakland A’speople, particularly Billy Beane. But it was Lewis’ skill that stitched it all togetherto produce a very insightful book – chock full of knowledge, in fact.I’ve crossed oceans of time to find you…Lastly, Snowden defined the generations of Knowledge Management as he sees them:“In Generation 3, we acknowledge Gen 2 (content management) but also seeknowledge is simultaneously a flow and a thing—so for the flows we managechannels.” (pg 37)A flow and a thing… I love that definition, because I’ve blogged about ‘flow’before.To wrap up the chef metaphor, Snowden said:“We are chefs using prior knowledge, experience and natural talent tocreate original solutions, not recipe book users.” (pg 37/38)I like to think that describes the art of writing too. And originality is something Iplace a high premium on, so I have a feeling Dave Snowden’s theories on KnowledgeManagement are going to serve me very well. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… This post could be sub-titled “Grokking Dave Snowden”, because that’s how I felt afterreading this PDF file from AOK(Association of Knowledgework). The PDF features extracts from a proposed AOK book entitled Stars Of TheNew Order: What They’re Telling Business Leaders. The chapter that got my attentionwas chapter 13: Third Generation Knowledge Management. I think it’s based on a series ofconversations with DaveSnowden back in January 2002, but the content is just as relevant now.Snowden islike the Jakob Nielsen of Knowledge Management – he’sa very influential figure in the community. In these conversations, he held sway withother KM practitioners like Jack Vinson and James Robertson. This discussion formatbrought out the best in Snowden I believe. Here are some of the highlights I pickedout and my thoughts based on them.EcologyIn recent years, it’s been difficult to pin down a definition of what KnowledgeManagement is. What it appeared to be in the 90’s was Information Management in wolf’sclothing. Or is that: mutton dressed as lamb? 🙂 Either way, what was being ‘managed’ inthe 90’s by so-called Knowledge Management Systems was not in fact knowledge – butinformation. There was, as T.D.Wilson put it:“A tendency to elide the distinction between ‘knowledge’ (what I know)and ‘information’ (what I am able to convey about what I know).”In the conversations, Dave Snowden put it like this:“As we move into the third millennium we see a new approach emerging inwhich we focus not on the management of knowledge as a ‘thing’ which can be identifiedand cataloged, but on the management of the ecology of knowledge.” (pg 21)I love that term: ecology of knowledge. It emphasizes that knowledge is a fluid,almost living, thing; and that it’s closely related to its environment – or put anotherway, its context (a word which Snowden uses a lot).Head, Mouth, HandsSnowden went on to explain a basic principle of KM in this ‘ecology’ view of it:“The process of moving from my head, to my mouth to my hands inevitablyinvolves some loss of content, and frequently involves a massive loss of context.” (pg21)Which is to say: during the act of speaking and then writing what is in your head, youwill probably lose some content and a lot of context.To extrapolate from what Snowden said, this is how I think his body metaphor worksout:Head = ContextMouth = NarrativeHands = Content ManagementThe Role of NarrativeSnowden uses narrative (storytelling) to add context to information. He said:“…as for strategy, I use narrative techniques to contextualize themodel for a company so the heuristics and boundary conditions are defined not in someabstract language, but are rooted in the defining stories of that organization.” (pg24)This is of great interest to me. As a writer, narrative is one of my skillsets. So I’mthinking this could be a way for me to leverage my skills as a writer in the world of KM(see, I’m even using the word ‘leverage’ with gay abandon now – I’m drinking the KMKool-Aid!).You know what it also reminds me of? My two favourite contemporary literary writers,Michael Lewis and Tom Wolfe. They are both pioneers of writing non-fiction using literarytechniques. I was thinking about this the other day (in another context!) and wrote down this as a note to myself:The future of fiction is non-fiction.To relate this to KM, I think there’s room for a literary sensibility in businesstoo.Narrative ContextSnowden talked about rejecting “generic models” of knowledge management – typified byKM Consultants who speak in buzz words and cliches. He explained:“If a model is rooted in the stories of an organization’shistories and its possible futures (narrative techniques) then the model has meaning tothat group. My approach is to get the organization to tell stories and then to populate aframework with those stories, draw boundaries between spaces and then move forward toaction.” (pg 26)He hates “consultants who just roll out their model regardless of context”.Be a Chef, not a Recipe Book UserThe approach Snowden prefers is what he labels a “heuristic” one – heuristic meaning to discover or findout. He has a lovely metaphor to explain this:“Here we have the chef, not the recipe book user, with all thedifferences in quality that metaphor implies.” (pg 27) richard macmanus A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
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Google is in the process of rolling out their new Google Ads interface. This is the second time Google has said they’d roll out the update and this time they mean it! In this article, I’ll talk about some of my likes, dislikes and general experiences with the new interface.Here are some initial comments to get us started:1. Schedule time to adjust to the new interface. As a newbie, I gave myself double the amount of time to complete tasks. In my case, it took me 3 to 4 days to adjust to where things were. I felt comfortable (and completed tasks much faster) after working in the new interface for about a week.2. More clicking in the new interface. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m not accustomed to it or because it’s less intuitive, but I feel it takes more time to pull data/complete tasks. In the old interface, I felt like I could look in a few places and get a really good feel for accounts. What I needed was seamlessly incorporated into my flow as navigation was along the top of the page.In the new interface, I click more and have to look in different places to get the information I need. For example, they’ve introduced navigation down the left-hand side of the page with campaigns, ad groups, ads, landing pages, etc.This pulls me out of my flow and I have to click on the navigation bar to find what I need or to complete a task (like adding an ad to an ad group).New interface likesHere are 3 things l like about the update:1. “Biggest changes” on the overview page. In the old version, I always liked looking at “top movers” until they did away with it about a year ago. For example, I’ll use it as a starting point to figure out why there’s been a volume or CPA increase. I like that you can sort by metrics like clicks, conversions, cost, etc.2. The new landing page metrics related to speed and mobile site friendliness. Google has told us that mobile speed is an important factor in landing page quality score and is giving us tools to help make this more actionable.Mobile site speed tells us the speed of specific landing pages and is on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 = bad; 10 = good). With this, we can now see which pages have a fast mobile experience and which pages are slow and need attention. The score is updated every 24 hours, so advertisers get quick feedback on landing pages once they’ve made changes to them.The other metric is mobile friendly click rate and it’s the percentage of mobile clicks on the Search Network that go to a mobile-friendly landing page. This helps keep advertisers on top of their mobile performance. Naturally, this is important as over 50 percent of searches occur on mobile devices.3. New interface features like Responsive Ads, bid adjustments by household income and promotion extensions. These and other features are not available in the old version; they are only in the new one.New interface dislikesWhile there are many good things about the update, there are also a few things I dislike about it. Here are three things you need to watch out for:1. When setting up bidding, the default bid type is “conversions.” With this, you’ve automatically opted into the “maximize conversions” bid strategy.To change this, advertisers need to click “select a bid strategy directly” (see above). We choose “manual” so we have full control overbidding.2. The ad rotation default is set to: “Optimize: Prefer best performing ads.” You’ll want to change this to “Do not optimize: Rotate ads indefinitely” to ensure your ads rotate evenly. The place where you make this change is buried in the interface. In campaign settings, you’ll need to click on “additional settings” to get to the “ad rotation” campaign settings.Note: The two options called “optimize for conversions” and “rotate evenly” (see below) are not supported in the new interface.Note: Rotating ads indefinitely will not work if you’re using smart bidding and the system will default to “optimize: prefer best performing ads.”3. The default column setting is metrics like impressions, clicks, etc. In the new interface, you’ll have to modify columns and add other metrics. You can import your old interface column setting by going to Tools > Preferences > Columns preference, and click ‘Copy columns’. 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