Bad sport, bad for the country “Feedback is the breakfast of champions,” says American author Ken Blanchard. It simply makes sense that an athlete’s training for competition involves starting his day with yesterday’s measurements as benchmark. That is what he should beat, and tomorrow should beat today’s numbers. In a corporate setting, a feedback system is SOP for any organization that seeks to improve. There is upward feedback, peer feedback and 360-degree feedback coming from all stakeholders. No one is dumped because of negative feedback. But if those negative feedback happen year in and year out, without improvement on the one receiving feedback, that person should most likely belong outside the organization. If the government is an independent person, independent as it is, it has its peers or stakeholders – not the least of which are other governments. The feedback system is, however, more fluid. It can be … [Read more...] about Bad sport, bad for the country
Sense for the historic
Why did elite athletes like Michael Jordan and Manchester United keep winning over and over again? A study showed they had a ‘sense for the historic.’ Perhaps the greatest separator between the best, and the rest, is an individual’s grasp of the concept of “sense for the historic.” The concept originated in a 30-year-old study of the dynasty sports teams and sports individuals. Think of Michael Jordan. Bayern Munich. Manchester United. The Los Angeles Lakers of the 1980s. Why did they keep winning over and over again? The study showed the key deciding factor is a presence of a “sense for the historic,” which, in simple terms, means a recognition that one sits at a historic juncture in life (in this case, the finals of the NBA or European Championships) and that in this case, failure is not an option. They just won’t accept failure in this all-important situation. They realize that with this situation, they may never get the opportunity … [Read more...] about Do you have a ‘sense for the historic’?
The long, at times embarrassing, history of American studio blockbusters is founded on consolidated efforts to capture the coveted “lightning-in-a-bottle” moment that is expected to pave the way for more of the same. Financial and, to a certain extent, critical success have served as harbingers of homogeneity. A certain crop of culturally significant pieces of filmmaking from the preceding era is bound to be retroactively seen as a sprawling scrapyard in which image-makers of the following generation could freely take apart fool-proof elements and “formulas” and transplant those used parts into their nascent bodies of work to ensure that they stimulate calculated responses from the public. This is not to say that every visionary in their own respective era is automatically subservient to the blind pursuit of Hollywood’s brand of commercial success. Underneath the shiny surface of mass appeal, paradigmatic outliers such as Tim Burton or Sam Raimi … [Read more...] about Artistic individualism the real casualty of ‘Avengers: Endgame’
By Sonaiya Kelley Los Angeles Times Tues., April 30, 2019 LOS ANGELES—The streets of South L.A. were marked and divided by gang warfare when Boyz n the Hood arrived in America’s movie houses, a violent and profane yet somehow deeply sentimental look inward for a troubled city. A coming-of-age story amid the destructive cross-currents of inner city life, the film marked the debut of a brash 24-year-old filmmaker, who had polished off the script in just 3 1/2 weeks during his senior year at the University of Southern California. In every sense, it was his story, his neighbourhood. The 1991 film, nominated for two Academy Awards, pulled John Singleton into the company of emerging Black moviemakers such as Spike Lee, Mario Van Peebles and Matty Rich. Relevant and thoughtful, Singleton remained prolific over the decades. On Monday, 13 days after suffering a stroke, Singleton died after being removed from life support. He was 51. In a statement, his family … [Read more...] about John Singleton’s first film, Boyz n the Hood, arrived like a thunderbolt
AKRON, Ohio — Colin Robertson wonders why he pays federal taxes on the $18,000 a year he makes cleaning carpets, while the tech giant Amazon got a tax rebate. His concerns about a tilted economic playing field recently led Robertson to join the Akron chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America. At a gathering this month, as members discussed Karl Marx and corporate greed over chocolate chip cookies, it was not long before talk turned to income inequality and how the government helps the wealthy avoid taxes. “One of the benefits of taxation is taking it and using it for the collective good,” said Robertson, 25, comparing his minimal income to the roughly $150 billion net worth of Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s chief executive and the world’s richest person. “He could be taxed at 99.9 percent and still have millions left over,” Robertson said, “and I’d be homeless.” It is a topic that several presidential candidates, led by Sens. … [Read more...] about News $0 corporate tax for Amazon, profitable giants sickens US voters