by. Michael G. DaigneaultEdgar Schein presents culture as a series of assumptions a person makes about a group in which he or she participates.“We tend to think we can separate strategy from culture, but we fail to notice that in most organizations, strategic thinking is deeply colored by spoken and unspoken assumptions about who [these organizations] are and what their mission is,” writes Schein, a professor at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. Hence the famous phrase, “culture eats strategy for breakfast.”Schein groups assumptions into three basic levels:1. Artifactsall the things you would first see, hear or feel when you encounter an unfamiliar group;observed behavior, routines (easy to see–hard to decipher their true meaning).2. Espoused beliefs and valuesideals, goals, articulated values and stated aspirations;ideologies;rationalizations. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementHeavy-duty vehicle lift manufacturer Stertil-Koni announced that Hans Herrera has been promoted to service manager. He previously served as a service technician, a position he held since 2015.In his new post, Herrera brings an extensive technical background, a keen eye for problem-solving and a strong, practical familiarity with hydraulics and vehicle lifts to his position.His new responsibilities include providing technical support, equipment troubleshooting, vehicle lift installation oversight and heavy-duty lift equipment training for Stertil-Koni distributors and their customers. In addition, Herrera will administer technical equipment training and development programs for Stertil-Koni distributors and service providers.Prior to Stertil-Koni, he worked in the automotive industry for more than five years and taught college-level automotive classes. He also has experience with budgets, payments and collections, having worked with the Office of Management Services for the Department of Agriculture.AdvertisementIn making the announcement, Kevin Hymers, Stertil-Koni Operations Manager, stated, “Hans is a talented professional with a broad range of technical and mechanical skills. Further, his heavy-duty lift product knowledge, combined with a proven track record of successful field operations, all adds up to a strong contributor to the ongoing growth at Stertil-Koni, our distributors and our customers.”
BALTIMORE — It doesn’t take long to explain why the Orioles fell 4-2 to Seattle on Wednesday night, snapping an all-too-brief two-game winning streak. A lineup that sleepwalked through seven innings, a few poor pitches in an otherwise solid seven-inning outing from Wei-Yin Chen, and an eighth-inning baserunning blunder from Jimmy Paredes all played major parts in the Orioles once again falling three games below .500 at 17-20. No matter how you slice it, the Orioles haven’t been able to put it all together as Memorial Day is nearly upon us. “We haven’t played consistent baseball all year,” said Steve Pearce, who’s just one of several key players who have significantly underperformed so far in 2015. “It’s still early. We haven’t been playing good baseball all year and we’re still right [there in the standings]. We have a chance to turn this around; we’re not pressing yet. We’re only a quarter of the way through the season.”Even with an array of injuries and significant concerns at the corner outfield spots, the Orioles find themselves just one game behind New York and Tampa Bay in the loss column for first place in the American League East. The best thing going for the Orioles is the performance of the rest of the division through the first 6 1/2 weeks of the 2015 season as all five teams lost on Wednesday. After jumping out to a 21-12 start, the Yankees have now lost seven of eight with leadoff hitter and center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury joining starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka on the 15-day disabled list. The Yankees are old, injury-prone, and too dependent on the back end of their bullpen, making it difficult to love their chances over a 162-game marathon. So far, Boston has been the biggest disappointment in the AL East despite its spending spree over the winter. The pitching has improved of late — it still doesn’t inspire much confidence and already cost pitching coach Juan Nieves his job earlier this month — but a Red Sox lineup touted as baseball’s best entering the season has scored fewer runs than any club in the AL East. The Toronto Blue Jays have hit as well as everyone predicted, but their pitching has been as poor as anyone could have feared, allowing the most runs in the league. Their poor play and reports of unrest in the clubhouse have led to speculation of manager John Gibbons’ job being in danger. Under new manager Kevin Cash, the Rays have been the biggest surprise, overcoming a slew of injuries to begin the season with a 22-19 mark to pull into a first-place tie with New York. Tampa Bay has pitched well and scored more runs than most would have expected, but the season-ending loss of Alex Cobb and the prospects of Drew Smyly trying to rehab a torn labrum in his pitching shoulder will create doubt about the Rays’ long-term chances for prosperity. Those realities do not mean that all will be fine for the Orioles as you can spell out their issues in a similar manner, but they do remind you that expressions of concern exist throughout the AL East. No team has separated itself from the pack to this point as it’s looking more likely that we’ll see an AL East champion fall shy of the 95-win mark for the first time since 2000 when the Yankees won only 87 contests. For now, I’ll stand by my preseason prediction of the Orioles winning the AL East with 89 victories even though I share in the same concerns of many fans. But even if Baltimore isn’t the one left standing at the end of the season, I’m feeling confident about that win total getting it done for the winning club.In short, you can be as concerned about the Orioles as you’d like after 37 games. Just know that they’re not alone in what’s been an underwhelming AL East so far.
His Excellency, President Adama Barrow said he is in agreement with a UK-based Gambian author and publisher that Gambian intellectual and other creative works deserve international platforms and market.Yaya Sillah was at the State House on Friday to introduce his new publishing company in The Gambia to President Barrow on Friday, February 01, and to also present five samples of his books. Sillah is a Gambian publisher and writer who has been living in the UK for 15 years. He is also the Chairman, Best Gambia Britannia Economical Support Trust, and Managing Director, Yaya Sillah Books Ltd.President Barrow expressed excitement at the initiative to establish a publishing company in the country primarily dedicated to documenting and selling the country’s culture, values, and good image beyond its borders. “Hopefully, Gambian books and intellectual works will also be available in the world market in the coming years,” he added.Meanwhile, Mr. Sillah said his mission is to empower Gambian intellectuals and ensure that Gambian books are available at international markets. “Books are the vitamins of education. Books are tools of disseminating inspirational stories and valuable information necessary for anyone to become a proper human being for society. As Africans I believe that our stories and our works deserve international platforms. So therefore, we do not have to continue to consume old ideas from others when we can export the best of our cultural values to them,” Sillah maintained, noting that publicity is the only best way to sell your country outside its borders.