Tributes for ‘superhero’ estate agent who lost 18-month fight against brain tumours

first_imgColleagues of an estate agent who lost his battle against cancer last Friday have paid tribute to his ‘energy, enthusiasm and absolutely commitment’ at work.The family of Trevor Wood (pictured, above) have revealed the career estate agent, who worked at Essex firm Dedman Grey, passed away after 18 months fighting the disease.A dedicated West Ham fan, Wood joined the industry in 2006 as a sales manager at Douglas Allen in his mid-20s before moving to Connells in Billericay and later joining Allen Estate in Braintree.He then joined Dedman Gray in 2015 as an auctions consultant, later running the company’s South Essex operation.His LinkedIn profile has been inundated with comments form colleagues, contacts and friends after his wife Leanne (pictured above) posted the news of his death at the Fair Havens Hospice in Southend.Returned to workHis old boss, Mike Gray, revealed that he had returned to work last year after initial treatment for his brain cancer, and thought he had ‘won his battle’.But after celebrating his 40th birthday, Wood then fell ill and it was discovered that the cancer returned even more strongly and he entered the hospice on August 11th, local media report.“Over the last five years Trev has been a crucial part of our auction team and has always shown absolute commitment to getting the best possible outcome and sale price for the clients we represent,” says Gray“His energy and enthusiasm rose to even greater levels while fighting these aggressive tumours over the past 20 months.“Trevor has been an inspiration to us all throughout his difficult time and the memories we all have will remain with us forever.”Woods set a go-fund me page for his family when he realised time was short – which has now raised £5,400.Trevor Wood Dedman Gray August 28, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Tributes for ‘superhero’ estate agent who lost 18-month fight against brain tumours previous nextAgencies & PeopleTributes for ‘superhero’ estate agent who lost 18-month fight against brain tumoursFamily, colleagues and friends pay tribute to agent who battled to make his 40th birthday but passed away on Friday.Nigel Lewis28th August 202001,042 Viewslast_img read more

Danish Navy reclassifies 2 support ships as frigates

first_img As explained, the new designation of the two units will make it easier for the navy to cooperate with NATO partners. Courtesy of Danish Defence (Forsvaret) The move will enable Denmark to join nations that have capacity to fight submarines. In this way, the navy can better supply NATO with the required anti-submarine warfare capacity, according to Rear Admiral Torben Mikkelsen, Head of the Navy Command. The ships in question are HDMS Esbern Snare (L17) and HDMS Absalon (L16). As informed, they have been reclassified as anti-submarine warfare (ASW) frigates, retaining their names but changing their pennant numbers to F342 and F341, respectively. View post tag: HDMS Esbern Snare The vessels are undergoing conversion in Frederikshavn. Once the works are completed, the ships will be equipped with anti-submarine equipment in the form of an advanced towed sonar that can spot submarines at a long distance. The new equipment is needed to be fully aligned with the ships’ existing computer and weapon systems. In addition, each ship can operate two Sea Hawk Helicopters. View post tag: Royal Danish Navy Photo: Danish Defence View post tag: Frigates View post tag: Absalon-class The ceremony took place at the naval base in Frederikshavn on 19 October. View post tag: HDMS Absalon The Danish ASW frigates of the Absalon class have a displacement of 6,300 tons, and feature a length of 137 meters and a width of 19.5 meters. They are equipped, among other things, with Harpoon missiles, Sea Sparrow missiles and anti-submarine torpedoes. Denmark already has three air defense frigates of the Iver Huitfeldt class — Iver Huitfeldt (F361), Peter Willemoes (F362) and Niels Juel (F363). The Royal Danish Navy (Søværnet) has reclassified its two Absalon-class support ships as frigates. Share this articlelast_img read more

Press release: Parole Board chair pushes for greater transparency for parole system

first_imgProfessor Nick Hardwick, Chair of the Parole Board today called again for greater transparency of the parole system.Speaking at the Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry Annual Conference in Nottingham, he said:“In a democratic society, surely, for confidence in that exchange to hold, justice needs to be seen to be done. Equally, most democratic societies accept that there are justifiable and necessary limits to the principle of open justice.”He continued:“The scrutiny the Parole Board has been under provides an opportunity to make positive change in the parole system. We welcome that. Whatever the results of the judicial reviews I hope the Ministry of Justice review will lead to significant change. That should include harnessing modern technology and social media to provide a much more responsive service to victims and others. We want to and can provide an explanation of our decisions while balancing that with the privacy of victims, prisoners and others involved. We would welcome a simple system that allows our decisions to be reviewed.”Find Nick Hardwick’s speech to Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry Annual Conference 2018 here: This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. MS Word Document, 28.4KB Nick Hardwick’s speech to Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry Annual Conference 2018center_img Request an accessible format. If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need aversion of this document in a more accessible format, please email [email protected] tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.last_img read more

The Kinks’ Ray Davies Was Knighted By The Queen Of England

first_imgCongratulations to Ray Davies… or should we say Sir Ray Davies! The guitarist/vocalist of The Kinks was knighted by the Queen of England as part of her New Year Honours list, recognizing his career in the arts.Davies told the BBC, “Initially I felt a mixture of surprise, humility, joy and a bit embarrassed but after thinking about it, I accept this for my family and fans as well as everyone who has inspired me to write.”He joins an elite list of British rock musicians to be knighted, including Elton John, Paul McCartney, and Mick Jagger.last_img read more

Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s Greg Ormont Talks “New Year’s stEve,” The History Of PPPP NYE

first_imgAin’t no party like a New Year’s party! Earlier this month, psychedelic-funk band Pigeons Playing Ping Pong announced their 2018 New Year’s Eve theme, “New Year’s stEve”. The Flock is in for an epic night of music honoring the various different “Steve” musicians throughout history, especially the iconic Stevie Wonder.“This year, we decided to explore the various Steves in music history with a focus on Stevie Wonder, who is one of my biggest influences,” frontman Greg Ormont tells Live For Live Music. “I didn’t listen to a ton of funk growing up, but I remember my parents playing his album Innervisions at a young age and was instantly hooked by his voice. His music is legendary and our options are endless, but this year’s theme isn’t only about Stevie. Any Steve musicians are up for grabs… even the Blue’s Clues theme song is on the table.”New Year’s Eve is one of the most highly anticipated days of the year, making the energetically-charged 24-hour window one of the most exciting times to see a band play. However, for Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, dedicating a theme for a New Year’s Eve show is nothing new—they’ve been doing so since 2011.“Special occasions call for special measures,” explains Ormont. “We spend a good amount of time brainstorming theme names and ideas as a group and individually. Once we come up with a killer name that we all love, like ‘New Year’s stEve,’ we’re off to the races. We compile a list of all the material that we think fits the theme and begin learning songs as soon as possible to see what we can pull off as a group. The preparation is always challenging, but we love putting ourselves outside our comfort zone and learning from such gifted songwriters.”Back in 2011, the Pigeons played their first New Year’s Eve theme, “Speakeasy NYE,” in their hometown of Baltimore at The 8×10–bringing in a flock of fans dressed as gangsters and flappers while the band wore hot pink zoot suits and fedoras. There was “plenty of bathtub gin” on site for everyone to sip, and the band even played a musical countdown to midnight.“We wanted to do something special for our first New Year’s Eve countdown,” Ormont reminisces. “So instead of stopping right before midnight and simply counting down with the World Clock, we orchestrated an intense jam in our original song ‘Moonwalk’ that included musical teases and a vocal countdown that matched the beat of the song and peaked exactly as the clock struck midnight in real time. It takes a lot of practice, but we love starting each year on the other side of a fun challenge.”The following year, after playing a Phish after party in New York City on December 28th, the band ended 2012 with a “Motown Getdown NYE” back at Baltimore’s The 8×10, ringing in 2013 with two high-octane sets that explored the sensibilities of vintage funk music.“When preparing for our themed shows, it’s like taking a crash course in musical eras,” says Ormont. “We immerse ourselves in the material and hopefully become better songwriters in the process. While we were learning the Motown material, we noticed a lot of similar songwriting techniques within different songs and started to arrange musical mashups, or combinations of songs, which is something we’ve done since our earliest days and continue to do today.”He continues about the transformation of the Pigeons’ tradition, “That year, we combined the song ‘Superstition’ with ‘Shining Star’ and called it ‘SuperStar’. There was another fun segment that we called ‘Respect The House’, which was a combination of Aretha Franklin’s ‘Respect’ mashed with the Talking Heads’ ‘Burning Down the House’ mashed with Hot Chocolate’s ‘You Sexy Thing (I Believe in Miracles)’ mashed with The Temptations’ ‘My Girl’.”“It’s a fun way to put our fresh spin on vintage material,” Ormont—also known as “Scrambled Greg”—concludes, “and it keeps the crowd on their toes. You never know which way a song will go at a themed show.”Pigeons Playing Ping Pong – Motown NYE – 12/31/2012[Audio: Paul Dorin]Pigeons Playing Ping Pong ended 2013 with fierce intention, playing the Main Pub in Manchester, Connecticut on December 27th; Best Buy Theatre with the Disco Biscuits on December 28th; and a Phish late-night at Lucille’s at B.B. Kings Blues Club with Dopapod and Kung Fu on December 29th before they headed back to Baltimore to ring in 2014. Their 2013 “NSFW NYE” brought erotically-dressed Flockers to The 8×10 to enjoy two sets of “straight porno funk” featuring satisfying covers of “Sex Machine”, “Sexual Eruption”, “Dick In A Box”, “The Bad Touch”, and oh so much more. Electric Love Machine, TAUK, and DigitalDavy kept the music going until 6 AM for an arousing evening of music that was definitely “Not Safe For Work.”Pigeons Playing Ping Pong – NSFW NYE – 12/31/2013[Audio: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong]Having notched 157 shows in 2014, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong changed up their usual New Year’s Eve plans by playing out-of-state gig at The Broadberry in Richmond, Virginia. To help ring in 2015, the band put together an “Alice in ONE HIT WONDERland” theme, celebrating those lucky bands that made it big with their one-hit wonder. Instant classics like “Tubthumping”, “Groove is in the Heart”, “Lovefool”, “Blue”, “Barbara Streisand”, and “Closing Time” were some of the highlights from the band’s final setlist of 2014. The Shack Band joined Pigeons onstage for their’ annual musical countdown to midnight for an uplifting rendition of “Also Sprach Zarathustra”—also known as the theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey—while special guest Mall Chick spun some tunes for late night.“We like to choose themes that are super exciting for The Flock, yet open-ended enough to make it difficult to predict the setlists,” explains Ormont. “Our theme ‘Alice In ONE HIT WONDERland’ was perfect for that since there are so many classic one-hit wonders to choose from, but what songs we actually play is always up to the band, and most of them end up being debuts for us. And while we may not play full covers or mashups of everything you’re expecting, there’s always the chance of your songs getting tossed into solos or jams. So when we’re jamming during New Year’s stEve, keep a close ear because you never know what kind of teases might be dropped into the mix.”Nailing down big Halloween themes seemed to be the focus for the band in 2015 (“Dead Zeppelin”) and 2016 (“Brought To You By The Letter P”), so New Year’s Eve was celebrated with a more traditional Pigeons show at Asheville’s New Mountain with The Mantras in 2015 and a gig opening for Lotus at Pittsburgh’s Stage AE in 2016.For New Year’s Eve 2017, the band made waves with their out-of-the-box New Year’s Eve theme, “DisNYE: A Whole New Year.” The Cleveland flock got the gift of a two-night stand at the Beachland Ballroom and Tavern leading up to 31st before the band hit Covington, Kentucky’s Madison Theater for a sold-out night of psychedelic Disney jams on New Year’s Eve proper. Dressed in matching Mickey Mouse attire, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong delivered debuts ranged from classics like “When You Wish Upon A Star” to sing-alongs like “Hakuna Matata”, and even more modern tunes like “Shiny” from Disney’s recent triumph, Moana.Pigeons Playing Ping Pong – “Horizon DisNYE” – 12/31/2017[Video: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong]From playing their first shows at Red Rocks Amphitheater and Madison Square Garden to meeting John Mayer and Bob Weir at LOCKN‘, this has been a crazy year for Pigeons Playing Ping Pong. The band will kick off their 2018 New Year’s Eve run with a two-night run at The Basement East in Nashville, Tennessee alongside Midnight North on December 27th and the Magic Beans on December 28th. From there, they’ll head back to the Madison Theater on December 29th before ringing in 2019 with their highly anticipated “New Year’s stEve” blowout Stage AE in Pittsburgh on December 31st.You can get your tickets for Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s New Year’s Eve show here.last_img read more

Why black women face a high risk of pregnancy complications

first_img Read Full Story Black women are three to four times more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications than white women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—and a big reason for the disparity may be racism, say experts.“It’s basically a public health and human rights emergency because it’s been estimated that a significant portion of these deaths could be prevented,” said Ana Langer of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in a Feb. 20, 2019 American Heart Association article.Lack of access to care and poor quality of care play a role in the disparity, particularly among women at lower socioeconomic levels, according to the article. But Langer, professor of the practice of public and director of the Women and Health Initiative, thinks there’s a bigger problem. “Basically, black women are undervalued,” she said. “They are not monitored as carefully as white women are. When they do present with symptoms, they are often dismissed.”For instance, tennis star Serena Williams experienced a pulmonary embolism after giving birth to her daughter via cesarean section last year, but medical employees initially dismissed her concerns.Langer said that publicizing cases such as Williams’ could help. “It’s important to illustrate what’s happening and make the public aware because it can encourage the health establishment to take on this crisis much more seriously,” she said.last_img read more

Simplify SOHO IT with the Dell EMC PowerEdge T30

first_imgWith its compact, quiet mini-tower design, the PowerEdge T30 operates non-disruptively and can be installed nearly anywhere. Also, with the PowerEdge T30 in your own office, you have peace of mind that your data is safe onsite and won’t be exposed to any vulnerabilities or security breaches in the public cloud. And if you need help, Dell EMC Services can provide strategic guidance, technology and deployment expertise to help SOHOs like you to realize a quicker time to value.From our ongoing conversations with SOHO customers like you, the PowerEdge T30 is engineered to provide you with an ideal platform to address your unique business challenges with the right technology. The PowerEdge T30 will be generally available globally this month so there is no need to wait for improved efficiency.  As always, we are very interested in staying in touch with you, so please follow us on Twitter or leave a comment below. As your IT partner, we understand the many challenges with running a small office/home office (SOHO). At Dell EMC we want to ensure as our SOHO customers you are able to focus on outpacing competition rather than worry about managing IT. We also understand that you may not have the time or IT resources to efficiently manage business data or maintain a complicated IT solution. This often leads to multiple copies of files on various laptops and mobile devices, making it difficult for your employees to access the right data at the right time.Securing company data while keeping files accessible is an important step in SOHO growth but it is a challenge to find a scalable and easy-to-use technology solution.Moving company data and files to the public cloud can be one option that seems to have a lower initial investment. However, if you look at the fine print of cloud providers’ subscription pricing and contract terms, it can dramatically increase the overall cost of using the public cloud over time. At the onset the cloud seems infinite but overall performance can be limited by your available WAN — and increasing bandwidth can add to the overall cost of managing your IT through the public cloud.  What if on-premises technology can offer greater data control, predictable performance, and a lower TCO than the public cloud?  In fact, a typical public cloud service can exceed the cost of a new Dell EMC PowerEdge T30 server in just 4-7 months*. The Dell EMC PowerEdge T30 is the newest 1-socket mini tower platform tailor-made to be your ideal first server for small offices/home offices (SOHO), and so simple to use and manage that you won’t need any dedicated IT staff.The PowerEdge T30 enables you to cost effectively:Increase employee productivity by securely consolidating your business-critical information, eliminating the concern about misplaced or lost files with automatic data backupEnable faster business transaction response times with quick and easy access to files, data and applicationsScale your business as it grows leveraging all the expansion capability for adding memory, internal storage and external devices  *Based on Dell internal analysis in December 2016 comparing the publicly available price of a similarly configured cloud service provider to the average street price of a Dell PowerEdge T30 server. Actual results may vary depending on configuration. Contact a Dell sales representative for additional information.last_img read more

Senate passes mental health resolution, discusses HERE dashboard updates

first_imgThe third senate meeting of the academic year convened via Zoom Thursday evening to discuss the current state of Notre Dame affairs.The session began with a reminder from senior student body vice president Sarah Galbenski. “I know that folks might be experiencing a little bit of extra mental health stress right now,” Galbenski said. “Given the state of the pandemic, given the state of racial injustice in our country. I just really want to be cognizant of that. I know y’all might be coming into this meeting carrying that and that we are here to be listening ears and here for each other.”The first announcement was spearheaded by senior student body president Rachel Ingal, talking about the executives meeting with local law enforcement. Earlier this week Ingal, Galbenski and senior chief of staff Aaron Benavides met with local law enforcement as part of a constitutionally mandated gathering. In large part they talked with the law enforcement officers about racial justice issues pertaining to the police. Discussing the advisory board with Black student leaders, and student leaders of color to create a committee that provides some oversight to NDPD. They also talked with local law enforcement about their efforts to curb racial bias in their practices. Some of the efforts by the local law enforcement include: racial bias training they put their officers through this summer, national consulting agencies to do audits, deescalation techniques and new use of force policies. Benavides updated the senate on the COVID-19 dashboard which was a large topic of the last meeting. Benavides explained the dashboard would be updated to include more data and a further breakdown of the data, as well as the addition of active versus recovered cases to the dashboard in the coming days. Next, senior Club Coordination Council (CCC) president, Ricardo Ponas Garza asked whether there would be a possibility of quarantine room availability being allowed in the dashboard counts. Ingal said the quarantine units are not a set cap, but rather a flexible situation, so there isn’t a set limit on how many beds there are. The next item brought up to discussion was Elections Committee nominations. The Elections Committee are the judges of Notre Dame student government — they are there to review all allegations of potential election misconduct. After an application and interview process junior Judicial Council president Matthew Bisner and sophomore vice president of elections, David Haungs presented a group of 11 students to the senate. There was a slight push back on the nomination for Elizabeth Heldt by senior Dillion Hall senator Michael Dugan, because one of the clubs listed on her nomination sheet was no longer a club. Dugan wondered if there was further proof of her being active on campus beyond that organization which was no longer listed. However, these concerns were swept aside as there was a decisive vote to approve all 11 nominations. A main topic of discussion was Resolution SS 2021-14 brought forward by Walsh Hall senator Grace Franco, McGlinn Hall senator Elaine Teeters, and Zahm House senator Henry Bates, and director of Health  and Well-Being, Grace Dean, to emphasize and expand mental health resources on campus. The resolution specifically focused on mitigating the effects COVID-19 is having mental health wise in the community. When speaking about communication with the administration when regarding the issues of mental health on campus Dean said, “this resolution is really important from a student perspective to make sure that as student leaders we are formally declaring our concerns in writing.” The resolution passed through the senate. Resolution SS 2021-15 was presented by Dugan and sophomore Keough Hall senator, Benjamin Erhardt. This resolution touched on the COVID-19 pandemic — its main attempt was to push students to act more mindfully and for administration to be more transparent, and safe in actions it took going forward. The resolution passed through the senate. Tags: elections committe, health and well being, Senatelast_img read more

Peruvian War College Trains Future Military Leaders

first_imgBy Geraldine Cook/Diálogo March 29, 2018 Prominent military officers who have shaped Peru’s history passed through the halls of the Peruvian Army War College Graduate School (ESGE-EPG, in Spanish). Its grounds bore witness to the rise of countless Army, Navy, Air Force, and National Police officers. “Our mission is to train General Staff officers and commanders for new challenges—not just military challenges, but also those the country experiences today,” said Peruvian Army Brigadier General Rafael Segundo Pereyra Grande, director of ESGE-EPG. “The college, which stands for more than a century, educated more than 4,000 General Staff officers, training them in the art of war, of course, but also in new challenges and threats such as terrorism, narcotrafficking, and [illegal] logging, among others.” ESGE-EPG’s academic reach transcends national borders. Military officers from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Spain, the United States, and Uruguay also passed through its halls. “Our international integration is quite beneficial. The art of war isn’t cloistered—it’s very open knowledge, and we exchange knowledge and experience,” Brig. Gen. Pereyra said. ESGE-EPG was founded in 1904. After more than 100 years of educational service, its headquarters are now housed in a historic building in Chorrillos, Lima, considered a national heritage site. Academic experience ESGE-EPG hosts national and international students and teachers. “To be at the school is a very nice, enriching experience. It’s quite a demanding environment, from an academic standpoint,” said Argentine Army Major Diego Hernán Delmé, a second-year student in the Master of Military Science program. Maj. Delmé also trains to serve as a visiting professor in the Combat Intelligence and Operational Planning courses. Among the advantages of the graduate school, he says, is the strengthening of bonds of friendship and camaraderie among military professionals in the region. “To meet professionals from other countries, have contact with peers in the region, and come to realize that we basically speak the same language and come from the same military viewpoint, is essential for our professional development,” Maj. Delmé said. International military personnel also value the exchange of international experiences. For Colombian Army Colonel Wilson Abraham Villamil Pineda—a visiting professor specialized on the subject of the evolution of conflict in Colombia—sharing knowledge on the art of war is an added advantage to the school. “Students are quite motivated to learn what happened in other countries in terms of conflicts,” Col. Villamil said. “Such rapport is very motivating for service members studying at ESGE-EPG, as it allows them to learn from other militaries and gain a more global perspective on what happens in the world.” “The goal is to stir the critical and creative thinking that general staff officers must have to be able to assess and advise,” said Peruvian Army Lieutenant Colonel José Luis Benavidez Acosta, an ESGE-EPG instructor who teaches the Intelligence Preparation on the Battlefield course. Lt. Col. Benavidez is also a graduate of the institution. “It’s quite demanding, both for the student and the teacher. The school must meet all quality standards,” Lt. Col. Benavidez said. “From the time of my studies in 2014 up to now, the school evolved in its approach to the new roles the Army has to meet the government’s needs for the armed forces.” ESGE-EPG runs a program with the Army High Command, a year-long course for colonels to have the opportunity to get trained in Strategic Planning, Security, Defense, and Peace Operations, among other subjects. The two-year Master in Public Management is offered in partnership with the University of the Pacific, also in Lima. Academic courses for officers at the rank of major and above include a Master in Military Science and a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Management, taught at San Ignacio de Loyola University, and a Postgraduate Diploma in General Staff Operations. ESGE-EP is an institution accredited by the Council on the Assessment, Accreditation, and Certification of Quality in Graduate Education, a specialized agency within the Peruvian Ministry of Education. Virtual simulations Among ESGE-EPG’s unique offerings, its innovative and nationally unprecedented virtual training center stands out. Known as the Army Computerized Tactical Training Center (CETAC, in Spanish), it conducts virtual simulations to train and prepare service members and civilians alike. “CETAC was created out of necessity to see results for the plans we drafted to aid the public in case of disasters and to look for ways to make our operational plans for counterterrorism more precise,” said Peruvian Army Colonel (R) Guillermo Gamaliel M. Ortiz Herrera, a CETAC specialist in virtual simulations management, defense operations, natural disasters, and crisis management. “Our vision is to be a national leader among training centers that use virtual scenario simulations.” The history of ESGE-EPG is renowned in Peru. “In 2017, we held an international conference, and we have academic agreements with foreign militaries. Nationally, we have agreements with prestigious universities such as University of the Pacific and San Ignacio de Loyola University,” Brig. Gen. Pereyra said. Several courses will also be added to the school’s academic program. Among them, the Risk Management and Disaster Response program stands out. “Our biggest challenge lies in training future leaders of our country,” Brig. Gen. Pereyra said. “Not just in all military fields, but also in society’s new challenges.”last_img read more

5 reasons why workplace flexibility is smart talent strategy

first_img 47SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Most of us, at some point in our lives, have worked in organizations that are rigid and unyielding. You know, cubicle world — acres of gray carpeting bathed in florescent light. We all know these kinds of work cultures breed mediocrity. They deaden the soul (not to mention productivity and creativity). A company may be able to survive being managed that way, but it won’t soar. Because top talent will have no interest in working there.Savvy leaders understand that talent is the single most important factor in a company’s success. You can have all the basics down, but without the right talent, you’ll just be running in place. And to attract and retain that talent, you have to work with them to customize their jobs. This makes people feel valued, which leads to peak performance. The key is to be flexible and collaborative with hours and location. Telecommuting works for so many smart reasons for so many these days.The benefits of collaborating with talent to design their optimal workplace flexibility include:1) Buy-in. When you work with people to customize their work-life fit, you aren’t imposing anything on them. You’re treating them with respect and trust. Which will be returned. And when talented employees decide to work from home three days a week, they are making a serious commitment to the organization. Instead of working for you, they are working with you. This builds enormous buy-in and a better workplace culture. continue reading »last_img read more