Responding to Brendon McCullum’s criticism of its “casual” handling of match-fixing evidence, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said it is trying to regain the trust of the cricketers by constant review of its anti-corruption activities.Former New Zealand captain McCullum, during his ‘MCC Spirit of Cricket’ lecture yesterday in London, slammed the ICC for the manner in which the game’s governing body handled issues of corruption.His particular reference was to the case against his former team-mate and idol Chris Cairns, in which McCullum gave evidence, which was leaked during the course of the trial.The ICC today said it could never figure out the exact source of the leak, which according to McCullum, shook his faith in the body. Cairns was cleared of any involvement in match-fixing at the end of a nine-week trial in November last year.’RESPECT FOR MCCULLUM’The ICC, reacting to McCullum’s outburst, said it respects the former New Zealand captain’s contribution in the fight against corruption.”The ICC commended Brendon McCullum two years ago – and continues to do so today – for his brave, courageous and principled stand against corruption in cricket.”The ICC also understood and shared his dismay at the leak of his confidential statement, which prompted a thorough and detailed investigation by the ICC,” an ICC spokesperson told PTI.”While the probe proved that the origin of the leak was not from within the ICC, it failed to establish beyond doubt the actual source. Nevertheless, the ICC has already put strong measures in place to ensure this type of incident is never repeated,” he added.advertisementPROCEDURES FOOLPROOFThe official said the ICC has worked towards making its anti-corruption procedures foolproof.”In 2014 (and unrelated to the leak of confidential information), a comprehensive review of the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit was carried out to review its processes, functions and resources.”The review was conducted by the ICC’s Integrity Working Party (IWP), which included independent corruption experts. All the recommendations of the IWP were reviewed and adopted by the ICC Board during the 2015 ICC Annual Conference in Barbados,” the official said.The ICC spokesperson said the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) is more strengthened than before.”Every event or incident provides an organisation with opportunities to review its structures and measure its operations against best practice. This is exactly what the ICC has done in this particular case – it believes the outcome has been processes, procedures and resources which have been further bolstered and strengthened,” he said.”The ICC reconfirms that it is doing absolutely everything in its power to fight the threat of corruption in the sport and will continue to do so. It also reaffirms its commitment to gain and retain the complete trust of cricketers, and to work in close cooperation with all stakeholders in cricket,” he added.(with PTI inputs)
India’s largest luxury car maker Mercedes-Benz inaugurated a brand new state-of- the-art showroom in Maharashtra’s emerging city of Nagpur. Auto Hangar, located in a prime location in Nagpur promises to be a luxury destination for luxury automobile enthusiasts across the growing customer base in the entire Vidarbha region.ALSO READ: Mercedes-Benz launches the most affordable convertible The luxurious dealership was inaugurated by Roland Folger, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India and Mohan Mariwala, Managing Director, Auto Hangar.Roland Folger, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India said, “Nagpur is an important industrial city with a strong growth record and the market is increasingly emerging for luxury cars, in particular. The ever- growing customer base for Mercedes-Benz in Nagpur and the Vidharba region has reinstated our confidence in the market, resulting in the creation of a world-class dealership like Auto Hangar, Nagpur.”ALSO READ:Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet to debut this year in IndiaMohan Mariwala, Managing Director, Auto Hangar said, “We are pleased to be proud partners of Mercedes-Benz India, for almost 2 decades now. Our amazing journey with the Three Pointed Star reaches another great milestone with the inauguration of this marvellous showroom in Nagpur. Nagpur is a thriving economic city situated in the heart of India. The location of the city along with the burgeoning demand for luxury products and services has convinced us to fortify our market presence in this region.”Mercedes-Benz has the most widespread network of any luxury car maker in India, with 84 outlets across 40 cities. The network expansion drive will continue this year with the inauguration of 10 new outlets. The network expansion is well strategized bringing the company closer to the established customers, potential patrons as well as offering all visitors the luxury of the Mercedes-Benz world.advertisementALSO READ:Mercedes-Benz launches Sport Edition of A-Class, CLA and GLA in India
In April 2013, I wrote a blog called Why Now Is a Great Time to Lean In. It was a month after Sheryl Sandberg’s game-changing book Lean In came out and now it is almost a year later. If you haven’t heard about it, quite a lot has happened in a mere 12 months.I believe every working person – woman and man – needs to read it if only to understand the changes that are underway in the world. But perhaps the most important thing that has happened is that thousands of women are now talking with one another about what is really going on in the workplace and are identifying what needs to change.Sheryl created LeanIn.org to enable this online and in-person dialogue between the world’s women. I joined the groups, called “circles,” in New York City and New Jersey. The instruction to the Lean In circles is simple. Women are asked to gather and to support one another’s choices, whatever they might be. This, of course, flies in the face of decades of socialization which has told women to be competitive, wary, and withholding.When I heard Sheryl speak in September 2013 at a Lean In event in New York City, she announced that there are 9,000 Lean In circles in 60 countries. Now five months later the number of circles is up to 14,000. This is a movement that has caught fire and here’s the truly great part: it’s only just begun.So ladies, can we talk? If you agree that the workplace has plenty of room for improvement, here are 10 really easy ways for you to make a difference in your work and maybe even in your life.1. Lean In to your words. Words matter and can alter perception. Let’s stop referring to ourselves as “girls” in the workplace which not-so-subtly diminishes and demeans. Use “colleagues,” “co-workers,” “women,” “ladies,” or “fellow staffers.” Let’s also stop using the word “bossy” which is a word with negative connotations that typically only refers to women and not men. Sheryl pointed out that there is a word for “bossy” in every country and not in a good way.Let us work to eliminate the need for the words “catty,” “undermining,” and the like. You know what the words I mean.Women can inspire and motivate respect when we show respect for ourselves and one another by the words we choose to describe ourselves.2. Lean In and share. Collaborate, mentor, and share information. Actively seek opportunities to find out what other women are great at and what problems they are trying to solve. Pool your efforts towards a common goal and don’t keep score. Distribute relevant articles that you feel will be helpful and encourage others to do the same.For example, mentors are critical when it comes to negotiating. Generally speaking, women are not natural negotiators and therefore, we need support from others to navigate salary negotiations and annual reviews. Negotiating successfully has everything to do with closing the wage gap.3. Lean In and support women leaders. Find your voice and speak up. When you believe in them, give your full support to women who seek leadership positions and say so. Congratulate colleagues on their successes. Offer praise for a job well done. Say things like, “I see what you are doing, and I think it is great.” Write an email to say thank you for going above and beyond. Give credit to others in staff meetings. Offer help on a project. These positive actions feed on one another and are contagious. The same is true for negative actions, isn’t it?4. Lean In on social media. In whatever group you are a part of on LinkedIn, respond and participate in discussions that mean something to you. You can “Like” a discussion but also add your own opinions and support for others. This is a powerful way to lean in and become known in your professional community. The same goes for Facebook, Twitter, and the other platforms you follow.This is an example of a real connection request on LinkedIn. Doesn’t it make you want to connect?Dear ________;Thank you for your wonderful contributions. Love this group. Let’s all work together to create the necessary changes. Please let me know how I can help you.5. Lean In with technology. Return emails and phone calls. Don’t you remember who has ignored your emails or calls? Others do too. Even if you cannot help another or you are not interested in their project, please take a moment to write back to say, “I wish you all the best with your project, but I simply have too much on my plate to take it on. Thank you for letting me know.” That will be perceived as professional and will eliminate the temptation to feel insulted or dismissed.6. Lean In against the “haters.” You’ve heard the saying, no good deed goes unpunished? Don’t let that stop you from leaning in. No matter how well intentioned your actions are to lean in, there will be other people who are frightened by it and will be negative. You might hear, “Why do you want to help Jane? What has she ever done for you?” Trust your gut.7. Lean In to not take things personally. This is hard sometimes but 9 times out of 10, it’s about them and not you. We are in a 24/7 instant access world moving at warp speed. How many emails do you receive each day? How many texts and IMs? We are all on overload. Please keep your perspective and not only cut others a break, but cut yourself some slack too. If you have a question, simply ask, “I just want to clarify what you meant by XYZ.”On top of all that, technology is not 100% foolproof. If you have ever experienced a computer crash, a cell phone that dies mysteriously, a voice mail that was not received or an email that disappeared into cyberspace, then keep that in mind in your communications. Taking things personally is often a waste of time and your good energy.8. Lean In by respecting other women. Respectful professionalism is the secret sauce to leaning in with unbridled success in today’s workplace. To view others as individuals and doing simple things such as saying “please” and “thank you” matters. Manners, courtesy, and respect as your default behavior can make all the difference.9. Lean In by joining groups and participating. Whether it is a Lean In circle or one of a thousand groups you can belong to, choose to be a woman who helps other women without an agenda or ulterior motive. Give it a try. The best way to find a mentor is to be one and you will have this opportunity both online and in person. Networking is most powerful when your question to another woman is, “What do you need next and how can I help?”10. Lean In to fight the fear of change. It is human nature to resist change but change we must in our complicated and demanding workplace. Women need to embrace change in order to reduce the inequities in the workplace such as women making .77 cents to every dollar a man makes. Our only alternative is to maintain the status quo which does not work given that more than half of the working population are women. Change feels uncomfortable, but the feeling lasts for just a little while. As Sheryl says, “We will move towards a new normal in a world where there are many more women leaders. Eventually, we’ll all stop being so surprised by it.”As I wrote last April, leaning in means caring enough to be heard and to make a difference not only for ourselves, but for our daughters and our sons. As a 30-year professional woman, I am happy I lived to see this day. Look around. The future is now. What do you need next and how can I help?
Today, the White House Council on Women and Girls is convening the first United State of Women Summit in Washington D.C., a large-scale effort to rally together advocates of gender equality to highlight what has been achieved so far, identify the challenges that remain, and chart the course for addressing them. Glassdoor is proud to take part in the event, commit to the White House’s pay equality pledge, exercise pay equality at our company and serve as a catalyst for other employers across the United States and around the world. Read the full White House pay equality pledge and Glassdoor’s statement below; Also note Glassdoor reference in the White House Fact Sheet.)Experts, advocates, grassroots and business leaders who work in both domestic and international arenas will gather to highlight key issues affecting women and girls. Several of the high profile individuals will also be speaking at the event include: Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President and Chair, White House Council on Women and GirlsMariska Hargitay, Founder & President, Joyful Heart FoundationLilly Ledbetter, Equal Pay ChampionWarren Buffett, Chairman & CEO, Berkshire HathawayJennifer Welter, First Female NFL CoachShonda Rhimes, Content Creator, ShondaLandWhite House Pay Equality PledgeWe applaud the growing number of countries that have already made significant progress in closing their gender wage gaps. Despite passage of the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which requires equal pay for equal work, the gender pay gap in the United States persists. Women working full-time earn only 79 percent of men’s wages, and we are committed to taking action individually and collectively to reduce that national pay gap.We believe that businesses must play a critical role in reducing the national pay gap. Towards that end, we commit to conducting an annual company-wide gender pay analysis across occupations; reviewing hiring and promotion processes and procedures to reduce unconscious bias and structural barriers; and embedding equal pay efforts into broader enterprise-wide equity initiatives. We pledge to take these steps as well as identify and promote other best practices that will close the national wage gap to ensure fundamental fairness for all workers.Glassdoor’s Statement on Pay Equality PledgeAs an employer and platform dedicated to workplace and salary transparency, Glassdoor is proud to join with the White House to commit to advancing pay equality at our company and serving as a catalyst for other companies across the United States and around the world.Glassdoor Commitment to Pay Equality as an Employer: Glassdoor has already conducted a thorough gender pay analysis of the compensation of approximately 600 employees and is publicly releasing not only the findings but also the method by which it was conducted to help other employers in their own efforts. While Glassdoor analysis reveals a 20 percent pay gap in the average base pay between men and women, when we control for age, job title, job level, department, and employee performance scores, the pay gap disappears. We commit to conduct this analysis for base pay and variable pay at least annually to ensure we prevent unintended bias in our compensation programs. Further, we are committed to continue to focus on efforts to attract, retain and advance women into higher paying leadership roles. See more in our blog “Glassdoor Reveals Employee Pay Data by Gender.”Glassdoor Pay Transparency Helps American Workers Pay It Forward: Glassdoor believes greater transparency around compensation can illuminate pay inequities at companies and empower workers and employers to take positive steps to close pay gaps. We encourage workers everywhere to anonymously share their pay on Glassdoor to help others better understand what is fair and equitable compensation for specific jobs at specific companies. To help close the gender pay gap, share your pay on Glassdoor.Glassdoor Supports Other Employers’ Pay Equality Efforts: Glassdoor is committing to help other employers in their own pay equality efforts and is launching a pilot program to conduct gender pay analysis through independent confidential economic research. We will continue to help employers highlight their pay equality commitments to their employees and candidates via a Pay Equality Pledge badge that may be added to their company’s Glassdoor profile page. More than 2,000 employers have already promoted pay equality commitments on Glassdoor. See more in our blog, “Glassdoor Launches Gender Pay Data Analysis Pilot Program for Employers.”We believe that through greater workplace transparency, the power and voice of people and the positive actions by employers, we can collectively make meaningful strides toward closing the very real gender pay gap and ensure all people everywhere are paid fairly for equal work and experience.
Not being a workaholic is easier said than done. In fact, over the past couple of years, work-life balance has become increasingly harder to achieve. One-third of the 9,700 participants in a January 2015 Ernst and Young study find it is difficult to achieve work-life balance. With jobs becoming more demanding and employees constantly accessible through evolving technology, how do you know when it’s worth sacrificing the balance?Here’s what to consider to determine if you’re being paid enough to sacrifice work-life balance:1. Weigh the pros and cons.Missing family dinners, birthdays, vacations, or even just time to decompress by yourself is stressful and challenging. In February 2015, more than 50 percent of 2,016 employees surveyed felt that technology had ruined their family dinners, according to Workfront’s The Work-Life Imbalance Report. To what extent is poor work-life balance affecting your life?Make a list of pros and cons to examine if your unforgiving work-life balance is worth the pay. Do you have your head down reading emails while at your child’s soccer game? Or maybe you’re lying in bed updating reports? Consider how much you get paid and if this amount makes those interruptions worth it. [Related: Employees Are Willing to Sacrifice Work-Life Balance If…]2. Consider other options.Discovering whether your pay is worth sacrificing work-life balance can be done by considering other jobs. If offered a higher paying job with the same amount of poor work-life balance, would you take the offer and feel confident in your decision? If yes, begin the next step of figuring out what enhancements your budget needs to make loss of balance worth it. Maybe higher pay wouldn’t make a difference in how unhappy you are with work-life balance. In this case, it might be time to consider an opportunity offering flexibility with schedules or benefits.[Related: 17 Companies with Great Work-Life Balance & Hiring Now!3. Assess how stress is affecting your health.Most of us know someone who has said, “I’m happy I retired when I did because my job was going to kill me.” The Stress in America survey conducted by American Psychological Association (APA) in August 2014 among 3,068 adults found 64 percent say money is a major stressor and 60 percent say work is also a stressor. Stress is a trigger for many diseases and can make symptoms of ongoing issues worsen. Look at how you’ve been feeling lately, both mentally and physically. Are your anxiety levels at an all-time high? Has the doctor noticed an elevation in your blood pressure? If you’re noticing common stress symptoms, decide if work is the biggest factor and if you have the ability, and tools to better these symptoms while employed in this position.[Related: What is “Work-Life Fit”? And Is Balance A Thing of the Past?]Also, consider how greatly money issues are adding onto stress levels. If you’re finding both inadequate work-life balance and money are bringing your health down, the pay is most likely not worth the poor balance. 4. Balance your finances. Everyone has varying lifestyles, which means we all feel comfortable living within different pay scales. Poor work-life balance is tough, but having a bad balance and not being able to give you and your family the lifestyle you want is even more disappointing.Think about your financial goals, both current and future. If you have a family, sit down with your partner to discuss a budget and how difficult, or easy, it is to stay within set amount of money. Are you currently reaching these goals or struggling to get by with a minimum budget? Decide if being constantly available to your job is giving you the ability to hit financial goals. Struggling to make ends meet and sacrificing work-life balance may mean it’s time to start searching for a new job.[Related: Overworked & Stressed Out? 5 Ways To Balance Work & Life]5. Look to when you last de-stressed. Being completely engulfed with work doesn’t leave much space for thinking clearly about your situation. Step away from your phone, tablet, and computer to find clarity. Look back to a time when you were able to take a moment away from your current position. When not engaged in work, did you find yourself feeling confident about money and work? If in this moment you can’t remember the last time you stepped back from work, think about if money is worth the moments you’ve missed.DISCOVER: Search Jobs In Your Area That Promote Work-Life Balance
Available Jobs at See more jobs at Wake up at 4:30 AM in a hotel room in a foreign country. Grab some coffee, head into the office, and prepare for the marathon, back-to-back schedule you have filled with meetings, dinners, and events with everyone from business leaders to members of the press to governmental officials. Oh, and don’t forget to carve out time to call and text your family. And you can’t miss the meet-and-greet with a few dozen of your 350,000+ global workforce. When all of that’s over, head back to your hotel room at 10:00 PM and go to bed (but not before responding to all of the emails and texts you’ve gotten throughout the day). Finally, get ready to do it all over again.To most of us, this sounds like a marathon sprint: the kind of thing we could pull off once, maybe twice, a year. But to Christopher Nassetta — CEO of Hilton Worldwide Holdings, Inc. and one of Glassdoor’s Highest Rated CEOs — it’s all in a day’s work. Talking to Chris, you can’t help but be impressed with him. Not only has he managed to accommodate this schedule — he thrives off of it. And in doing so, he’s helped build up a company that’s expanded its global footprint to 104 countries. Express your admiration, though, and he’ll deflect the praise. The CEO plays a part, he’ll acknowledge. But the real champions are those who serve customers day in and day out at their 5,000+ properties around the world.Glassdoor caught up with Chris recently to discuss what it means to be a top CEO, how to drive home culture and purpose to a workforce of 350,000+, how he manages his schedule, and what cooking for the entire staff of the Waldorf Astoria taught him about being a leader.Glassdoor: Let’s start by talking about what leadership means to you.Chris Nassetta: That is sort of a meaty topic that you could spend a long time on, but I distil it down to two things. I think leadership for me is about drawing a picture of the future for our organization… that motivates and inspires people because they think it’s a picture that is reflective of a future that is better than the present. If you’re going to draw a great picture of the future, [though], it’s really about having a great strategy: Where are we going as a company? It has to be something that people can touch and feel that inspires and motivates them and does so at all levels of the company, particularly in a business like ours where you’re dealing with people at the corporate level as well as frontline team members.The second thing is you have to build a great culture. There’s a lot of ways to do that. I think of it in a very simple way — you have to establish what true north is. Who are we? Why are we here? What are our values? What is the reason we get up every day? And I think in today’s vernacular, the way to describe that is purpose. To me, leadership is about establishing the vision of the future, [along with] great strategy, and building a great culture that is driven by a purpose that motivates people to move forward together.QUIZ: Are You A Natural Born Leader?Glassdoor: I’m glad you brought culture up — I’m curious to hear about how you work with HR to build the culture at your company. HR can often be kind of a secondary or tertiary function, but what we’re seeing with a lot of the CEOs on this list is that working with HR is really critical to them.Chris Nassetta: I would say there is nobody that I spend more time with in this company than Matt Schuyler, our CHRO. We both are here very early in the morning, so if I’m in the office, I literally start every day by talking to Matt about people, about culture, about purpose, about lots of different things that are going on in our organization. Obviously in the travel business, I travel a fair amount, but if I’m not in the office I still talk to him from the road quite frequently. To me, HR has really become the key enabler to what I’m trying to do. Again, if you think about the key job of a CEO in today’s world, HR becomes at least half of the equation because the fact is, you can have the greatest strategy in the world, but without the culture to support it, you can’t get the job done… They’re sort of the two big pistons that have to be fully firing.I view [Matt] as a partner in this business to be able to accomplish our objectives, the [key] objective really being to make sure everybody is rallied around our purpose. We spent a lot of time trying to define purpose in a way that resonates with everybody, the 350,000 people that make up our team member base across our whole ecosystem. It’s a complicated process with people at all levels of the organization, and our geography is 104 countries now, so there’s a huge amount of complexity. Matt’s team is what allows us to really sort of tap into what our people are thinking and feeling as we try to move forward. We have a very defined purpose, which is about delivering great experiences for customers, about delivering great returns to our owners, about having tremendously positive impact in the communities we serve as we serve thousands of guests.Glassdoor: And how do you communicate that purpose to your 350,000 strong global team?Chris Nassetta: Ultimately and most importantly, [it’s about] creating opportunities for our team members so they have a line of sight to a better, brighter future in their lives and are contributing to that in a really big way. The simple thing about why they come here is it’s about showing hospitality, being the most hospitable company in the world to all of our stakeholders (not just customers, but our key members, our community and our owners as well). Then trying to… communicate it [so] that people understand our vision, mission, values, and key strategic priorities [around] where we’re going and how we conduct ourselves, and getting people intensely aligned around that so that everybody everywhere understands… and is motivated and inspired by the fact that not only do they know where they’re going, but they feel like… they’re part of something bigger than themselves. If you really want to ultimately outperform all the competition, you need to get a group of people banded together around a common cause with a great strategy… it’s amazing the opportunities that you can take advantage of and the obstacles that a group can overcome when they really feel inspired by a purpose as opposed to just a component piece of the overall equation.it’s amazing the opportunities that you can take advantage of and the obstacles that a group can overcome when they really feel inspired by a purpose as opposed to just a component piece of the overall equation.We obviously all have roles and defined roles in the hotel and in the corporate environment. [If] people wake up every day thinking, “I’m just coming in to do that role” as opposed to “I’m part of this bigger purpose,” I just don’t think they end up as motivated and as inspired which means that they’re not serving our customers as well. They’re not ultimately allowing us to create the kind of opportunities that we otherwise could create.Glassdoor: How does that mission and purpose present itself on a day-to-day basis at Hilton? That is, what do you think is it about Hilton that makes working there every day a great experience for both the corporate employees and the frontline workers?Chris Nassetta: I think it is very much a family environment… we all know we have a big job to do, and I think everybody in this company works really hard (particularly on the frontline, but even in the corporate side) and really does genuinely get motivated by the positive impact we’re having on people’s lives. I think they’re inspired by that. I think that they can see in real-time if you’re in a hotel that serves customers. You can see that your fellow team members have opportunities to grow and learn and do bigger and better things. It’s a big family with 350,000 plus people… [and] sure, we all have to work hard and we have a job to do, but we look out for each other and as a consequence, together we look after our customers.Glassdoor: As you talk about all of the growth opportunities you have for your employees, it makes me think of a story I read recently about how before working your way up to CEO, you started your career scrubbing toilets at a hotel at age 18. Could you tell us a little bit about that experience?Chris Nassetta: [Laughs] I think that [the person who wrote that] came up with a wonderful headline: “My career started in the toilet.” I guess technically it did. It was interesting. I was a kid who needed to make some money It was summer, and I was talking to my father about getting work. I was a bit interested in the hotel business, and he said, “Great. You ought to go get a job in a hotel, but if you’re going to do it… you should start at the bottom. Get behind the walls. Figure out what makes this thing tick.” So I got a job at the Capitol Holiday Inn down on Capitol Hill in Washington DC. I was the lowest-level person in the engineering department. When you’re the young person, the low person on the totem pole, you get all the jobs that nobody else wants to do. That, in this case, was a lot of plunging toilets.I ended up doing lots of different things, but getting a real opportunity to sort of see what happens. Most people… sort of see the hotel business through the lens of being a customer, which is a fine way to see it but it’s not really giving you much of the picture of what any hotel ecosystem is like. Getting behind the walls really gave me a pretty in-depth understanding of what was really going on behind the scenes. I think the real appreciation throughout my career is how hard the work is, how diverse the work is, how intellectually stimulating the work can be. What it takes to do what we do is a very complex equation that, until [you] got behind the walls, is hard to see.While I haven’t worked full-time in the back house of a hotel in decades, every year I make all of our senior management (including myself) do an immersion program where we work a week in a hotel somewhere in the world. In my case, I started there, [but] a lot of those in our corporate environment came [from] outside the industry. Like Matt Schuyler, he doesn’t come from a hotel background, so he had never worked in a hotel. Other examples are our finance or tax [teams]. Again, they see it through the lens of having been a customer while I want people in our management team, if they’re going to be making decisions that affect the people on the frontline, to understand what is really going [on], how hard the work is, and relating to our key members in the frontline but also seeing what it is to serve customers [in] real-time.In the end… we’re a business of people serving people. Period, end of story. If we ever lose sight of that, it’s a real problem. The hundreds of thousands of people that are serving customers on the frontline are doing the real hard work, and making sure that we understand and support that and make sure that all the decisions that we’re making, whether it relates to the properties, corporate or otherwise, are ultimately focused on supporting them in that work. [It’s] mission critical for us because the minute we stop serving customers and really delivering authentic experiences, it’s an issue for our growth and performance.We’re a business of people serving people. Period, end of story. If we ever lose sight of that, it’s a real problem.Glassdoor: You’ve really risen through the ranks in the hospitality industry. What would your advice be to somebody who is maybe in a similar position as you were — just starting at the bottom, but wants to grow?Chris Nassetta: It’s funny. We have a bunch of interns here that are interested in the hospitality space — they’re here at our corporate headquarters. I met with a bunch of them at the end of last week. A couple of them were saying, “We’re interested in the business, but we’re just trying to figure out what we want to do with our lives. What advice would you give us?” The advice I gave them, which I give in some form frequently, is… find something that you have some passion for, and that can be an industry, that can be a component of an industry. If you’re interested in hospitality, that is great. [But] make sure that you have a passion for it. If you don’t, you might lose interest. Ultimately, of course, I hope it’s Hilton, but make sure that you’re part of a culture that is focused on purpose, that is focused on more than just the mechanics of a business, that is focused on more than the individual parts… Make sure that it’s an organization that invests in you, because particularly as you’re getting started out, it can be rough. You don’t know much. You’re learning, and if you’re in an organization that is not really purposeful about what they’re trying to accomplish or about developing their people… It’s not that you can’t succeed, but it makes for a really rough beginning.Then make sure that when you get there, you apply that passion and you take advantage of the development opportunities and the wonderful culture that you’ve now become part of. Make sure that you contribute in every way that you can, and really become a team player. Nothing gets done in today’s world without a village, so to speak. While we all make individual contributions, ultimately it’s about how you as a component, particularly as you’re getting started work with other people in collaborating. Ways where obviously you’re contributing and you’re creating significant value, but you’re doing it as a member of a team and not just as an individual contributor.Glassdoor: You mentioned that you typically wake up really early. Could you tell me a little bit about your daily routine?Chris Nassetta: There is no real typical day for me, because in the job I have, there are so many different things I’m doing. I travel extensively, probably 70% to 75% of the time — a lot of which is international. Between all of it, I’m on the road a lot. But I get up very early no matter where I am, no matter what time zone — I get up at 4:30 or 5 in the morning naturally. [If I’m at home], I don’t waste a lot of time in my house in the morning, because nobody else is awake so there’s nothing for me to do but shower, get dressed, and get out of there. My first stop is religiously to go to Starbucks. I’m generally the first person there — some days I’m waiting for them to open. I get a little bit of breakfast. I get a little bit of caffeine. I come to the office. I do a little bit of pre-work preparation for the day. Go over whatever briefing materials I need to look at, figure out who am I meeting with? What calls do I have? What meetings do I have? Have I been through everything? I like to be prepared. I do a lot of preparation on the weekends, by the way, so that I don’t have to get behind.I then meet with Matt Schuyler who is equally early. He may be the only other person in the office at that time, honestly. I think he lives here — he’s even earlier than I am! Almost every day, I’ll spend time talking with Matt. It could be big picture things like purpose, or broader organizational issues. It could be individual people issues, it could be regionally-oriented, what have you. It will be both a combination of big, strategic, people or culture issues or just things that demand attention.Then my day will get going, which will be a combination of a thousand different things. Meetings with team members of various stores. Meetings on business issues. Sometimes press, meetings with owners, meetings with government officials. It’s sort of a cornucopia of different things. My day will typically go long. If I’m in town, I will generally have something I need to do, some sort of dinner or something. I religiously make sure I’m home at least two nights during the week to have dinner with my family, though. On those nights, I’m probably home by 7:30, quarter to 8. If I’m out doing something else, I’ll do a relatively early dinner and try and get home by like 9. Then I see the kids, see my wife, go back and clean out a bunch of emails.I’m religious about emails. I never go to bed without having cleared [my inbox] out. Every email or text or anything, I respond to before I go to bed. I’m neurotic, admittedly, but it’s partly because I have a big family. I have six kids. Texts generally will all be from them or my wife, and emails will be from everybody at the company. I realize that the world is going to go on without me — I’m not an egomaniac — but I also realize that people are trying to get things done. In some cases, it depends on me — they need feedback, and if I’m not responding, I’m slowing them down. I take that responsibility seriously… and typically, it’s not frivolous. The sooner that I can respond to them, the sooner they can move on. Then, I finish that, watch the news, and go to bed. If I can be watching the news at 9:30 or 10 and asleep before 11, life is good. Then I get up and do it all over again.I’m religious about emails. I never go to bed without having cleared [my inbox] out.Glassdoor: What about when you’re traveling?Chris Nassetta: When I’m [traveling], I really want to make sure that I’m as productive as possible. We fill the schedule quite completely — [I might be] spending time with our teams in the properties, in our corporate offices, and meeting with local government officials because in a lot of parts in the world, that is really important to our business. Then there’s a fair amount of press just to make sure that people understand our story out there. The owners in many parts of the world are some of the most influential business people in their local community, so I spend time with them. Obviously, I do breakfasts, lunches, dinners, entertaining, [etc.] Those are really long days. Typically, I wake up 4:30 or 5 and finished the day at 10 or 11 PM. I do that for five days, then come home and relax.The Dos and Don’ts of Working on VacationGlassdoor: Piece of cake, right? [laughs]Chris Nassetta: As I describe that most people say, “My God, that sounds exhausting.” The truth of the matter is I come back from those trips more energized and inspired than anything else I do. The simple answer is it’s because of our people. When I’m out around the world in the field, I’m getting unbelievable opportunities to interact with all of our team members, particularly our frontline team members that are so inspired to do great things for our customers, [and] our corporate people around the world. When I’m interacting in the hotels, it’s electric. You spend the time with the people and you realize no matter what their job is, no matter how hard it is, they love what they do. They always have a smile on their face. When you come to visit them, they’re so excited. It isn’t about me — it’s about them really celebrating the great work that they do. When I visit them, it’s a wonderful opportunity for me to celebrate them and for them to all celebrate themselves and all the hard work they do. I’ll get hugs and shake hands. I’ll do a million selfies with people. The energy and enthusiasm and pride in what they do and the company and the impact that they’re having is absolutely on fire. It’s like a running joke. Every week I get home from one of these big trips, my wife and kids are like “All right Dad, settle down. We know you love what you do.”When I’m interacting in the hotels, it’s electric. Glassdoor: You travel quite a bit. I’d like to hear what one of your most memorable trips has been recently, and what made it so special?Chris Nassetta: People ask me, “What is your favorite place to go?” And my answer is always “The last place that I’ve been.” There’s a lot of heart and soul everywhere I go. In Oklahoma City, the week before last, I came to open our first Tru — that’s a new brand [Hilton created] a little over a year ago. It’s been like a rocket ship — we’ve done over 400 deals for properties already. We opened our first one in Oklahoma City, and I got to go out and celebrate our owner who built this. He’s an amazing human being — his name is Champ Patel, and he is a classic entrepreneur. Born and raised in India, moved to the United States with his family. He wanted to be in the hospitality business. He is a great partner of ours. He was the first one to sign up for Tru, and he was so focused on it that he wanted to do whatever it took to be the first one to open. He was in competition with a couple of others, but he sort of pulled out all the stops to get it done. I got to celebrate the night before with Champ and his family for the amazing work that they have done in their community of Oklahoma City, and the broader region in the southwest. I got to spend the night in our first Tru ever, which is a spectacular product. I got to spend time with our team members and celebrate what was years of work, although it came together quite quickly from the launch of the brand to the first opening. This is one of those ideas that we had where we started from scratch. We built something that I think really resonates with customers. It’s going to have a real impact in our communities. It’s going to create tons of opportunities and jobs for people, and we’re going to have thousands of these things that are going to be contributing to communities around the country and around the world. It all has to start with one, and that was the one. That was pretty cool.12 Companies Hiring Now That’ll Pay You To Travel the WorldGlassdoor: Just to wrap it up, I’d like to get a few fun, personal facts about yourself that shed some light on who you are as an individual. Chris Nassetta: I love these! First of all, I married my high school sweetheart. I’ve got six daughters — I actually met one other person in my life that had six daughters, and it was recently, but I don’t know of anybody else. And I love to cook. I love to entertain. I think I’m a pretty hospitable guy.Glassdoor: Nice! Do you have a special dish that you make?Chris Nassetta: My grandmother on my father’s side is Italian, and she taught me the most amazing spicy red sauce with Italian sausage when I was kid. I’m not going to say in any way that I do it justice relative to my grandmother, but I do a pretty good job with it. It has become a little bit of a favorite around our business. In fact, when we closed one of our hotels recently, I made some for the team. Glassdoor: What’s the story around that?Chris Nassetta: The one I’m talking about is the Waldorf Astoria, which is almost 100 years old. It’s getting ready for a massive renovation, so for the first time in my 30 or so years of doing this, I presided over the closing of a major hotel. I had done one of my immersions there, and I went back working in the kitchens. I told them I love to cook, and they were kidding me, like, “You don’t know you’re doing.” Now, these are some of the best chefs in the world. I said, “My stuff maybe isn’t as sophisticated, it doesn’t look as good, but I promise you it tastes great. I guarantee you that.” They told me to prove it, and I said I’d do it. They got me all my ingredients and they gave me a sous chef, but the next day when I was done, I cooked for the entire kitchen staff and wait staff. On that night, it was probably a couple hundred people or something, and they loved it. They ate every morsel of it.So when the Waldorf was closing, the team asked me if I would come back. We were doing a closing event for the whole team plus alumni — about 1500, 1700 people in the main ballroom. They asked if I would come cook the sauce for the whole team, which I did. I had to have a lot of help for that because cooking for 1500 people is quite an undertaking, but I pulled it off. It was quite a touching event — very emotional, because you had team members whose families had been a part of the Waldorf ecosystem for two or three generations. It was a really heartfelt event, and I was happy that I could participate in it and provide a little comfort food.
Thank-You Letter Template According to Glassdoor contributor Caroline Gray, every thank-you letter should express gratitude for your interviewer’s time, enthusiasm for the role and appreciation for learning more about the opportunity and company. The following template does all three — read on to see it in full and learn more about each component.Dear [Interviewer’s Name],Thank you so much for taking the time to talk with me [today/yesterday]. I loved getting to hear about [interesting thing you learned from this person], and was especially impressed by [quality or trait of the company or team that made you even more eager to work there]. Our conversation reinforced my excitement to join [company] and help you all [achievement you would support in this role]. I look forward to hopefully working together in the future.Best,[Your Name]Intro: Avoid a generic term like “to whom it may concern,” or something overly formal like “To the attention of Mr. So-and-So.” Using “Dear” plus the person’s first name works just fine.Thank Them: Show your interviewers that you’re considerate and appreciative by thanking them for taking the time to get to know you and educate you about the role.Get Specific: Mention something in particular that you really enjoyed learning about in your conversation, such as the go-to-market plan for their newest product or their insider perspective on what kind of person thrives at their company.Compliment Them: A little flattery never hurts, as long as it’s not excessive. Bring up one thing about the company or the team that you were really impressed by, such as the team’s infectiously positive attitude or the company’s dedication to community service. Learn More Writing a thank-you note to your interviewers shows that you are gracious, humble and thoughtful — all important qualities for potential new hires to possess. That’s why you should write a thank-you letter after every interview within 24 hours. You don’t want to risk having recruiters or hiring managers think that you’re cocky, ungrateful or absentminded. 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Who to Write a Thank-You Letter to There are an infinite number of ways you can write a thank-you letter. And while there’s no one right way to do it, there are a few tips and tricks you can keep in mind while drafting your note.Email vs. HandwrittenHandwritten letters have a certain charm, but in most cases, a thank-you email is the best choice. Why? For one, an emailed thank-you can arrive instantaneously, while a postmarked note can take days to arrive. For another, handwritten letters might feel like a bit much. So when in doubt, send an email. Exceptions could occur if a) you’re close enough that you can simply drop off a handwritten letter, b) you’re applying to a very traditional or old-school organization and c) if you have a prior relationship with an interviewer (say, if they were your former coworker at a previous job). LengthDon’t feel pressured to send a five-paragraph essay — thank-yous should be short and sweet. Just as you don’t want to spend too much time writing one, your interviewers don’t want to spend too much time reading one. After all, they’ve got their own jobs to stay on top of. Make your thank-you letter long enough to cover everything you need to say, but short enough that it only ends up being a few sentences long.Voice & ToneWhen it comes to writing thank-you letters, professionalism is the name of the game. Avoid slang, typos, excessive exclamation points, emojis, etc. But you don’t need to sound so formal that you come off as stiff. Opt for clear, concise language, not the longest word you can find in the thesaurus. In general, it’s a good idea to share a thank-you note with everybody you interviewed with individually, from recruiter to hiring manager to potential colleague. If you don’t already have their contact info, request it from your main point of contact throughout the hiring process (likely the recruiter), explaining that you’d like to thank them for taking the time to speak with you. If you had a panel interview, you might want to save your time by sending one email to the main interviewer with everybody else CC’d. If you spoke to many different people — say, you presented to a room of 10 or more — it’s probably not practical, or a good use of your time, to include each and every one of them. In this case, you can follow the same procedure you would in a panel interview: Send one note to the main interviewer with several of the key players CC’d.
Tottenham attacker Heung-min Son admits he was frightened of Victor Wanyama before they became teammates last season.Son arrived from Germany a year before the Kenya international’s signing and has spoken of how the latter has aided his output after a season which saw him score a career-high 21 goals.”I was really a fan of Victor when he signed,” Son revealed. “When I was with Leverkusen and I played against Southampton, I saw him for the first time and he was a beast – I was scared to play against him!“When he signed, everyone knew what he could do from when he played for Southampton and I enjoy watching him play. I think he’s done very well for us and he was very important during the season.”He added: “Victor is a really, really good player. I’m an offensive player, an attacking player, but when I feel that behind us we have Victor and Mousa Dembele, I feel comfortable.”If sometimes I lose the ball, I still feel comfortable because in behind me are, for example, Jan, Toby, Eric, Mousa and Victor. Every player who plays at the back makes it more comfortable to play in my position.”
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on May 1, 2011June 20, 2017By: Yeabsira Mehari, Young Champion of Maternal HealthClick 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This blog post was contributed by Yeabsira Mehari, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. She will be blogging about her experience every month, and you can learn more about her, the other Young Champions, and the program here.I sat at my computer fervently writing a paper on maternal health, specifically obstetric fistula. I covered the history of obstetric fistula going back to the first discovery of fistula, the anatomical review of Queen Henhenit of Egypt who ruled around 2050 B.C. It went on to discuss the Safe Motherhood Initiative headed by Dr. Fred Sai, launched after the paper Maternal Mortality — A Neglected Tragedy: Where is the M in MCH? was published and the announcement by the World Health Organization that 500,000 women died annually due to childbirth related injuries.Fast forward six years…April 2011 – Accra, Ghana – I am sitting in a room full of Young Champions, maternal health experts and advocates. It’s the Young Champions Future Forum, our last gathering for this amazing program. After spending time in countries completely foreign to us, we reconvened as new people with more passion, energy and cautious optimism. Over the course of the Forum, we shared our experiences, hopes and dreams with one another and listened to inspirational speakers. One such speaker was Dr. Fred Sai, known to many of us as one of the founders of the maternal health field. He spoke to us about his experiences – both good and bad – and discussed the history of the maternal health field, its status today and what the future holds. There couldn’t have been a better ending to an exceptionally well-organized Forum.I listened intently to the words Dr. Fred Sai had to share with us. After all, he is someone that I have admired and followed over the years and has an incredible wealth of information to share. He understood that he was in a room full of young people ready to tackle one of the world’s heaviest issues. He also understood that though we were willing and ready to fight the good fight, there was fear in us as the road to ending maternal health issues is a rough road full of many obstacles, most that he had already faced in his lifetime. He left us with a line from his favorite hymn (also the theme of his 80th birthday). He said when you feel trapped or cornered; Brighten the corner where you are. Very timely for most, if not all, of us there.Senior advisor to the Maternal Health Task Force, Tim Thomas, wrote in a recent blog post, “They first met at the Global Maternal Health Conference in Delhi last fall as group of smart, idealistic and aspiring young people seeking to make a difference in the world by saving mothers lives. They emerged in Accra as a smart, idealistic but pragmatic and experienced group of young people determined to buck the odds and apply their innovation in the professional world.” I could not have put it any better. The past several months have been a time of growth, reflection and future planning. Moved and inspired by my peers, I know that this is just the beginning. The real work begins now as I plan the implementation phase of my project. Yes, I’m still fearful that it may not work. Yes, I still wonder if this is the best way for me to contribute to the field. Yes, there are many more questions that attempt to instill doubt within me. But all I have to do is remember my time with the people that are the past, present and future of maternal health and the struggles they overcame and are still overcoming to effect change. I remember that it will be an uphill climb…most of the time, but that the view from atop that hill is what we’re all striving for– a world where no woman should die from giving birth. And that makes each step of the climb worthwhile.Share this:
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on May 1, 2011June 20, 2017By: Martha Fikre Adenew, Young Champion of Maternal HealthClick 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This blog post was contributed by Martha Fikre Adenew, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. She will be blogging about her experience every month, and you can learn more about her, the other Young Champions, and the program here.After wrapping up the last operational year in March, the second phase the Birthing Project New Orleans in collaboration with Kellogg Foundation was started in April. Since the Mississippi projects were included, we had to travel to the rural part of USA where one of the Birthing Project USA is operating.Anguilla Birthing Project is one of the Mississippi Delta’s Birthing Projects which was started in January 2010. The project is coordinated by a community elder, Ms. Emma Cooper-Harris, the project includes a sister-friend component like the other Birthing Projects. The objective of the trip was to perform an evaluation of last year’s project and to find ways to move to the next phase by introducing new ideas which were very important to the community. We were doing community organizing to bring different people and organizations on board to make greater achievement on the future project.All the different members of the communitiy from local schools, the health department and WIC office were all very welcoming and willing to form a partnership. One of the reasons for the positive response was the presence of the coordinator who they all know very well and respected. The big lesson from this trip was when we want to implement a program in any community, we have to first be accepted by the community. We need to show the face of a person who is very well known and influential in the community. In our context, especially in rural areas, it is important to include people such as community and religious leaders in our work. In addition, if we need the participation and involvement of the community in our projects, rather than telling them what to do we have to approach it in a way that the community takes the project and modifes it in their own way.At the end of April, it was of course very exciting because of the Future Forum of Young Champions. I was eager to meet the Young Champions again in Accra and I was very happy to spend time with them. It was a great opportunity to meet different amazing people whom I have learned a lot from. Talking with Young Champions and listening to the other professionals’ presentations was very inspirational which only escalated my passion to work on maternal health.Share this:
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on May 27, 2013May 19, 2017By: Kate Mitchell, Manager of the MHTF Knowledge Management System, Women and Health InitiativeClick 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)In malaria endemic regions around the world, malaria in pregnancy continues to contribute significantly to maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality. Intermittent preventive treatment using sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine (IPTp-SP) is one of three critical interventions for addressing malaria in pregnancy. WHO’s three-pronged approach also includes the use of insecticide-treated nets and prompt and effective case management. However, in recent years, there has been a slowing of efforts in several countries in Africa to scale-up the implementation of IPTp-SP. The limited scale-up has been partially attributed to confusion among health workers around the specific recommendations for how to implement this intervention.Three departments at WHO – the Global Malaria Programme, the Department of Reproductive Health and Research, and the Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health – recently teamed up to issue a policy brief with detailed recommendations for implementing IPTp-SP. The updated policy brief provides clarity for national health authorities on how to administer IPTp-SP. The brief also shares critical information for overcoming various operational challenges—including scale up; management of side-effects; issues surrounding quality, efficacy, and resistance; and co-administration of other medication.Our colleagues at the World Health Organization encourage national health authorities to disseminate this update widely and to help ensure the correct administration of IPTp-SP.From the policy brief:All possible efforts should be made to increase access to IPTp-SP in all areas with moderate to high malaria transmission in Africa, as part of antenatal care services. WHO recommends a schedule of at least four antenatal care visits during pregnancy.1. Starting as early as possible in the second trimester, IPTp-SP is recommended for all pregnant women at each scheduled antenatal care (ANC) visit until the time of delivery, provided that the doses are given at least one month apart. SP should not be given during the first trimester of pregnancy; however, the last dose of IPTp-SP can be administered up to the time of delivery without safety concerns.– IPTp-SP should ideally be administered as directly observed therapy (DOT) of three tablets sulfadoxine/pyrimethamine (each tablet containing 500mg/25mg SP) giving the total required dosage of 1500mg/75mg SP.– SP can be given either on an empty stomach or with food.– SP should not be administered to women receiving co-trimoxazole prophylaxis due to a higher risk of adverse events.– WHO recommends the administration of folic acid at a dose of 0.4mg daily; this dose may be safely used in conjunction with SP. Folic acid at a daily dose equal or above 5mg should not be given together with SP as this counteracts its efficacy as an antimalarial.2. In some countries of sub-Saharan Africa, transmission of malaria has been reduced substantially due to the successful implementation of malaria control efforts. In the absence of data to help determine when to stop IPTp-SP, WHO recommends that countries continue to provide IPTp-SP until data to guide this decision making is available.3. There is currently insufficient evidence to support a general recommendation for the use of IPTp-SP outside Africa.Access the full policy brief.Learn more about malaria in pregnancy:Read a recent post on the MHTF Blog with highlights from the Malaria in Pregnancy Working Group’s annual meeting.Visit the MHTF’s malaria in pregnancy topic page.Follow the MHTF’s malaria in pregnancy list on Twitter.Take a look at the MHTF’s on-going blog series on malaria in pregnancy.Interested in contributing a guest blog post to the series on malaria in pregnancy? Please contact Kate Mitchell at email@example.com.Share this:
Accountability works. An external evaluation of the CAH pilot phase that was undertaken across 36 districts and 9 states between 2007 and 2009 observed that the process: (a) empowered the community (especially marginalized groups) to engage with the health department; (b) strengthened service delivery and facilitated communities in availing health entitlements with improved range, access, and quality of services during health outreach sessions and in the public health facilities; (c) enabled local-level planning and corrective action; and (d) enhanced accountability among the service providers, seen in the increased availability of staff in health facilities, timely and adequate distribution of drugs, and a decrease in demands for informal payments. Since then, the CAH processes have been simplified and adapted to the state and local contexts to enable easier adoption and scale up. Posted on June 21, 2016July 28, 2016Click 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)By Poonam Muttreja, Executive Director, Population Foundation of India, and Nejla Liias, President and Founder, Global Health VisionsWith the 2015 launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s, and Adolescents’ Health, and the Global Financing Facility (GFF), the world is poised to improve the survival, health, and wellbeing of women, children, and adolescents. In particular, making progress in India is crucial because it bears so much of the world’s burden of mortality and morbidity. In 2015, India accounted for an estimated 15% (45,000) of all maternal deaths (303,000) worldwide. Indeed, India’s own reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health (RMNCH+A) strategic approach, launched in 2013, directs states to address the major causes of mortality and issues of access to care across the full continuum of care, with a special focus on reaching the most vulnerable.Global and national goals, plans, and strategies are just the first step, however. The accountability mechanisms put in place to ensure that budgets, programs, and policies are implemented effectively and benefit the target communities are equally important. India can learn valuable lessons from examples of accountability mechanisms led by or involving civil society, several of which were outlined in the recently released report, Engendering Accountability: Upholding Commitments to Maternal and Newborn Health.Learning From Community Action for HealthCommunity Action for Health (CAH), for example, is one program with social accountability practices that could be applied to the RMNCAH field. It is a key strategy of the National Health Mission (NHM), a flagship program of the Government of India, which places people at the center of the process of ensuring that the health needs and rights of the community are being fulfilled. It allows them to actively and regularly monitor the progress of the NHM interventions in their areas. It also results in communities participating and strengthening health services.CAH processes are organized at primary and community health centers, and at the village, block, district, and state levels. In most states, a state-level civil society organization (CSO) manages community-based monitoring and planning processes with district and block level CSOs and the state health department. Now operating in 205 districts across 19 states, CAH has the potential to make a huge impact.The process involves the following steps:Create community awareness on health entitlements and the roles and responsibilities of service providers.Train and mentor Village Health, Nutrition and Sanitation, and Patient Welfare Committees (Rogi Kalyan Samitis) to undertake community monitoring of health services.Form and train planning and monitoring committees at the state, district, and block levels to discuss and take action on issues and gaps that emerge from the community monitoring process.Collect data using tools such as report cards and expenditure reviews.Compile and analyze data using a scoring system categorized into good, average, and poor services.Share results of the community monitoring process with stakeholders at the facility, block, and district levels.Develop solutions to problems that incorporate local input and planning.Organize public dialogues to provide a forum for engagement of the community with health providers to share key findings and discuss proposed solutions.Take corrective action by engaging with officials on plans to address key issues and concerns.Use media as an ally to enhance pressure on stakeholders and keep them accountable.Four Key Lessons in AccountabilityThe RMNCAH community can learn the following from the CAH model:When civil society and government work together, health service delivery improves. CAH is a unique government-led mechanism that seeks to improve service delivery by engaging with civil society and community structures created under the NHM. The process is guided by the Advisory Group on Community Action (AGCA) Committee constituted by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, and for which the Population Foundation of India hosts the secretariat. Partnership between government and civil society allows for dialogue and understanding between citizens, health care providers, and government officials. ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Bring the “public” into the public health system. CAH engages citizens and civil society to improve health care delivery and connects community voices and data to action. The AGCA also regularly participates in the Common Review Mission, which provides critical inputs and suggestions on the effectiveness of the NHM implementation at the grassroots level. There is still work to be done. Political will and the capacity to implement accountability mechanisms among both civil society and government vary tremendously throughout the country. Thus, more resources and support are needed to continue strengthening skills and commitment. This is a common challenge across many accountability efforts in India. The NHM is now developing an institutionalized mechanism for grievance redressal, as a weak or absent mechanism for timely and effective redressal has a negative effect on trust and participation of communities in the processes. Additionally, limited engagement with elected representatives to advocate for corrective action and planning on issues and gaps emerging from the CAH – especially at the state and national level – poses a challenge to scale up.Efforts like CAH can provide a unique value-add to the RMNCAH accountability landscape. It is not the only high-impact accountability initiative in India involving or led by civil society (see the Engendering Accountability India Case Study for others), but it is an exemplary one. And at this critical juncture – as India and the world embark on a new era of focus on women, children, and adolescents under the SDGs, Global Strategy, and the Global Financing Facility – we strongly encourage those involved to keep the critical role that civil society plays in accountability top-of-mind and to draw on lessons learned from successful approaches like CAH. Applying accountability strategies ensures that resources are spent wisely and impact the lives of those they aim to benefit.—For more details on CAH, please visit www.nrhmcommunityaction.org. Watch the documentary film about the work of CAH here. The acronym RMNCH+A was specifically developed by the Government of India as part of its 2013 strategy, and is thus referred to as such here. However, throughout the remainder of this post, the more commonly-used RMNCAH acronym will be utilized.Share this:
Posted on July 28, 2017July 31, 2017By: Barbara Kühlen, Independent consultant for global health and developmentClick 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)A traditional midwife in Guatemala examines a pregnant woman. Source: PIES de Occidente.Despite the enormous progress that has been made in reducing rates of maternal and infant mortality, over 300,000 women still die every year of complications from pregnancy and childbirth. Six million children under the age of five die each year as well. Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 fell shortest of their targets. Traditional midwives play a central role in preventing mortality, attending births and caring for mothers and their newborns. But their possibilities vary greatly. ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Millions of women in developing countries either have no access to prenatal care during pregnancy or do not know how important it is. Births are not attended by medical professionals, and some women bring their children into the world without any support at all. Women and newborns often receive no care during the postpartum period.Around 830 women die each day of complications from pregnancy and childbirth, as do 18,000 children under five. The causes are primarily poverty, a lack of information, inaccessible medical facilities, inadequate health services and cultural factors that can include discrimination against certain groups.The lack of qualified medical personnel is one of the main reasons for high rates of maternal and infant mortality. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that in 2013, the world was short of 9 million midwives and nurses, who also frequently attend births. Only 78% of births are attended by qualified medical personnel. That number is even much lower in poor countries.Maternal mortality is very unequally distributed, not only among continents and countries, but also within individual countries. It varies based on social status, education level, ethnic background and place of residence. Women in rural areas are at a significant disadvantage: Of the 40 million births that were not attended by medical professionals in 2012, 32 million took place in the countryside. Preventive measures are also inadequate. Only about half of all women in developing countries receive the minimum of four prenatal examinations recommended by the WHO.Traditional birth attendantsIn Guatemala, midwife is not an independent profession. Instead, obstetrics is a medical speciality. Births are usually attended by obstetricians or general practitioners in hospitals, but more often by nurses in rural areas and in smaller health centers. There are not nearly enough of them, however. After Haiti and Guyana, Guatemala has the lowest health worker density in Central America, with 12.5 clinicians per 10,000 residents.Maternal and infant mortality rates are far above the Central American average. In 2013, the maternal mortality ratio was 113 deaths per 100,000 live births, meaning that rates could not even be cut in half compared to 1990’s levels. The goal was to reduce mortality by 75%. The number of deaths is over twice as high among indigenous peoples.“The prevalence of maternal mortality reflects the position of women in society, their limited access to health and nutritional services and their precarious economic situation,” says Aura Pisquiy, a physician and the director of the Guatemalan non-governmental organization (NGO) PIES de Occidente, which has advocated for better sexual and reproductive health and the rights of indigenous women in the western highlands since 1996.The overwhelmingly indigenous population in this region often cannot reach health facilities. Even if they do, health workers do not usually speak their language, and patients feel discriminated against. As a result, traditional birth attendants, known as comadronas, assume responsibility for women’s care during pregnancy and childbirth. There are 22,500 comadronas officially registered, but their number may be much higher. According to a national survey of maternal and infant health, they attend 31% of births nationwide and as many as 60% in regions with large indigenous populations.Comadronas are women who feel “chosen” for this role and have learned midwifery primarily through practical experience and guidance from their mothers. Their responsibilities include prenatal care, birth attendance, postpartum care and care for newborns and babies. If complications arise, they are supposed to bring women to state-run health facilities.Comadronas are respected authorities in their communities and important confidants for pregnant women. They usually do not receive formal payment for their services, but instead are given what families can afford: a small sack of rice, a couple of eggs, maybe a hen or in some cases money.Pisquiy explains: “The indigenous comadrona in Guatemala is the bearer of generations of Mayan traditions about care for mothers and newborns. She has a gift for caring for mothers’ health. She was given this gift at birth, and it is either revealed or confirmed over the course of her life. She enjoys the respect and trust of women and families because she is a part of their culture and speaks their language.”At PIES, comadronas learn for instance how to clearly recognize dangerous symptoms in pregnancy and to bring their patients to health facilities. Improving cooperation between comadronas and public health facilities and their staff is one of the NGO’s main focuses. “The public health system should value Mayan traditions and recognize that they are part of Guatemala’s cultural and social reality. The two systems should complement one another and cooperate in clearly defined ways,” Pisquiy explains.But practitioners’ lack of mutual respect and lack of trust in each other’s abilities still often stand in the way of coordinating community-based care with the state-run health system. The comadronas are reluctant to refer patients to public health centers or accompany them there because the staff have treated them badly and discriminated against them many times in the past. Medical professionals frequently have very negative stereotypes about the abilities of the comadronas. They used to be blamed for the country’s high rates of maternal mortality.PIES includes health workers in its projects in order to overcome prejudices and improve mutual understanding through personal contact. The comadronas also learn to recognize the limits of their capabilities when it comes to birth attendance.Pisquiy criticizes: “Despite the indisputable support that the comadronas provide and the great responsibility they assume for maternal health, they are still not adequately valued, promoted or supported by the Ministry of Health.” But she thinks attitudes are slowly changing. According to her, there have been slight changes in policy over the last few years.This post originally appeared on the Development and Cooperation website.Share this:
This is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.I get a lot of requests from old friends, colleagues, and clients who are trying to break into consulting or freelance work. One of the things I’m often asked is “How do you make it all work??”When you’re used to life at a big company, going solo (with no IT support, finance department, or mail room) can be challenging.Here are my favorite tips and tools– from the perspective of an independent worker, but they can probably help almost anyone!Stay out of your inbox!!We live in an email obsessed world, and I’m as guilty as the next person of over-checking my phone, reacting to every notification, and often being overwhelmed by my bloated inbox. I’ve trained myself to focus on work and resist the temptation of constant email checking.One tool that helped is Unroll.me. Sign up with your email and they will show you all the lists you subscribe to (I had over 300!). Then for each list, you decide if you want to allow emails to hit your inbox, unsubscribe, or have emails from that sender included in your “daily rollup” — one email that rolls up ALL the messages from your lists. This tool is FREE and I have to say, going through my massive list of subscriptions was 10 minutes very well spent!Avoid clutterLots of people are going paperless or at least trying to reduce paper. Mail can pile up and quickly become an unsurmountable mess. I’ve heard productivity experts say you should “Touch each piece of mail only once.”But I’ll do them one better: I don’t touch them at all. I’ve had an address at TravelingMailbox.com for almost five years. It’s a real street address (not a PO box), which remains my mailing address wherever I happen to be living. The magic fairies at Traveling Mailbox scan every envelope I receive and send me an email notification. I can look at my virtual mailbox and decide if an envelope should be immediately shredded (junk mail, I’m looking at you), forwarded to wherever I happen to be (checks!), or opened and scanned.I usually get between 15 and 20 1099 forms at tax time, and this way I can have them all electronically– MUCH easier than messing with paper!Listen to your bodyOne of the best things about working for yourself is being able to work anywhere. In my early years of freelancing, I often sat on the couch with my laptop until my wrists and neck started to complain.The Roost Stand folds up to about the size of an umbrella and keeps my laptop at a height that is MUCH more ergonomically sound. I miss working on the couch, but I feel SO much better using this. I also meet people any time I’m working in a coffee shop or airport — everyone wants to know what this amazing contraption is!Go old schoolI love working on my laptop, but whenever I’m having trouble coming up with content, making a connection between ideas, or just hashing out an outline, I break out a pen and my trusty Moleskine notebook. It never fails.Outsource where you canThis is a tough one, especially when you’re just starting out. But I have saved myself lots of time and headaches by hiring people who are strong where I’m weak: an accountant, a graphic designer, and a virtual assistant to keep me out of the administrative weeds.It makes sense, since clients come to me because they’re trying to write surveys or do qualitative research on their own, when their strengths really lie in product development or design or communications!I’m a strategic research partner who helps you better understand your customers, prospects, employees, and stakeholders. I develop and execute research strategies that unlock information about target audiences and inform brand strategies, product design, and overall business strategy.
Raise your hand if you use sex not just to show love but also as a form of communication; a help in solving fights, disputes, or other disagreements in your marriage. My hand is up. Not everything can be solved with a discussion and words – sometimes you just have to feel it. But in my house, sex isn’t the only physical act we use to help solve problems and make our marriage stronger. When the going gets tough, we dance.While it may sound silly, it actually really works if you give it a chance. When I think about the first time he and I danced together, I can still feel my stomach doing flips, I can feel his sweaty body wrapped up in mine, and I even still feel a bit shy. The first time our bodies touched was when we danced. It created so much heat, allowed no time for words, and had us both lost in each other and in the moment. We danced until the early hours of the morning, nearly every weekend, for months upon months, forgetting about anything that had happened in our past and not thinking about the what-ifs of our future.Dance has been a part of my life since I was two years old, and I would say for my husband, even before that. A Ghanaian man, music and movement are at the heart of his culture. It’s always been dance that has helped keep him happy, and even now, living in the States, it’s dance that keeps him smiling and takes away his sorrows. For us as a couple, we use dance to keep us connected and to help get over an argument that may just not have a way to be solved. It’s our secret to keeping our love strong, our issues small, and our passion for each other alive.1. The Feeling of Each Other’s TouchDays are long, kids are in the picture, and there isn’t always time to get down between the sheets (or I am just insanely tired and overtouched by 8 p.m.?) So, we dance. And when we dance, we dance closer than they do in Dirty Dancing. We love to listen to music from West Africa. It’s a hip-hop island-jam type of sound that bring us back to our love life in Ghana and gets us winding.2. The Stillness of Our MindsWhen we dance, nothing seems to matter. Just the beats, the moves, and each other (and, of course, our 2-year-old when she’s trying to join in the dance party). Whatever argument we were having, whatever issues are going on in our lives, and whatever we’re worried about just fades away for those few minutes. For us, it’s a form of meditation and a way to connect deeply.3. The Laughter It CreatesMy husband’s moves are something that should land him on stage with Bruno Mars, while mine are a little, well, embarrassing. And our daughter definitely takes after her dad. No matter what song it is, what time it is, or who is around, dancing seems to get us all laughing. In the middle of all our serious dance moves, someone always busts out the Carlton dance a la The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, or the shopping cart. Dancing reminds us that you shouldn’t take life too seriously.4. The Attraction It StimulatesAll three of the above things combined help to keep the attraction and passion my husband and I have for each other alive, and also stimulates us in that very moment. Attraction and passion are things we both think are key in our relationship. We always want to feel the sexual energy for each other that we did in the beginning. Dancing has helped keep that newness and our love life alive.Source
5. 7 Things People Don’t Say About Advertising “This New Brand Positioning Changes Everything!” , units for carrying cultural ideas, symbols, or practices that can be transmitted from one mind to another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals or other imitable phenomena. While few memes have been hand-made for marketers, this trend is now changing with the rising popularity of the new blog ” (TRPDSAA).” This blog collects photos with text submitted by marketers, poking fun at common marketing ideas and practices. 3. memes Originally published Jan 17, 2011 8:00:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 7. 4. In case you haven’t yet seen the hilarious images from the site, we have picked our favorite 7 to share with you. But really, you should go and check out the rest over on TRPDSAA. Meanwhile, sit back, scroll down and laugh. “I can only refer 5 friends? But the rest will be upset!” Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack 2. The Internet is full of “This Website’s music is great – turn it up!” “Now *THIS* is social currency!” 1. “Now they’ve changed their logo, the brand values make so much more sense to me.” “This branded app is so engaging and useful. I’ll be sure to open it more than once.” Things Real People Don’t Say About Advertising So when you are in your next marketing meeting, think about the goals you are setting. Are these goals actually what your customer wants? 6. “I feel more comfortable with the tone and tenor of conservative copy.”
Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Topics: Is Facebook applicable for B2B companies? Absolutely! With more than 750 million users, Facebook is useful for far more than just teenagers playing online games. The social network has become a representative sample of the world’s population. As a company selling to other companies, Facebook serves as an important tool for generating leads and nurturing customer relationships.Let’s take a look at 6 B2B companies and how they are using Facebook:6 Ways B2B Companies Are Using Facebook1. Rewarding Brand Advocates: In the world of outbound marketing, it wasn’t easy for word-of-mouth buzz to spread quickly about your business. That has all changed. Smart B2B companies now realize that “fans” can be an important part of a successful inbound marketing strategy. Cisco has taken a unique approach to rewarding some of its biggest fans. It has created a SuperFan Spotlight on its Facebook page, which rewards members of the online Cisco community who share news and information about the company. 2. Doing Product Marketing and Promoting Testimonials: Does it get more B2B than vibration testing equipment? Fluke Corporation has gained more than 21,000 Facebook fans using some successful contests. Fluke is also a great example of a B2B company putting its product upfront in the right way in its social media marketing efforts. When you first visit the Fluke Facebook page, you are welcomed by an image about one of its featured products. In addition, the wall of the page is filled with customer testimonials.3. Promoting News: Nothing says B2B like commercial trucking. Scania Group, a manufacturer of trucking equipment, uses Facebook to expand the reach of its news and announcements. The company hosts a newsroom on its website that acts as a hybrid between a blog and a press room. Scania uses Facebook to distribute news and industry information directly to prospects and customers, expanding its reach beyond traditional media.4. Sharing Videos: Facebook isn’t only about text. Dell Enterprise, for example, has an entire tab on its Facebook page dedicated to sharing content from its YouTube account. Videos enable B2B companies to talk about best practices and product features in a different — and often more compelling — forum.5. Showcasing Experts: In B2B marketing, building credibility and thought leadership through online content creation is a key part of successful inbound marketing. GE has come up with an innovative use of Facebook to help solve this problem. Using a custom Facebook tab, GE has created a digital experts panel that displays experts as well as their newest tweet, blog post, or Facebook update. 6. Generating Leads – The most important use of Facebook for a B2B company is generating leads and revenue for their business. One way to generate leads from Facebook is with a Like and lead gate. ClearRisk, an online provider of risk management solutions, uses the HubSpot Facebook Welcome application to encourage new visitors to their Facebook page to become a lead for their business.Like GateLead Form Within FacebookMarketing TakeawayIt is clear that Facebook is a powerful tool for B2B marketers. When it comes to Facebook, set two clear priorities. The first should be setting up methods for generating leads directly from Facebook. The second should be integrating your overall inbound marketing strategy with your Facebook content and community. Look at how other B2B companies are using Facebook, but don’t limit your strategies to only those that you currently observe in the market. Originally published Sep 20, 2011 12:40:00 PM, updated February 01 2017 Facebook Marketing
So, another month has come and gone. At HubSpot, that means a lot of new content has been created and published. As content creators know all too well, not all of the content you publish will be wildly successful. In June, we saw another month of content — some pieces performed very well with our audience and some didn’t.We wanted to make sure you weren’t missing out on the great stuff. This blog post offers a roundup of the most-shared blog posts from June. Take a look and catch up on anything you may have missed.The Recipe for Perfect Social Media Posts [Infographic] Topics: Share Share It can be difficult to determine what exactly will make your desired followers engage with you on Twitter. To help you improve your Twitter game, this blog post offers some template Twitter “formulas.”What was the most interesting thing you learned this month on Inbound Hub? What do you want to see more of? Leave your feedback in the comments! Share Confidence and success are highly correlated. But many times, confidence and extroversion are mistaken for each other. This blog post discusses the reasons introverts can make very talented leaders.The Engagement Ring Story: How De Beers Created a Multi-Billion Dollar Industry From the Ground Up Why is it that diamond engagement rings are a symbol of love and commitment? This blog posts describes the ways De Beers used marketing to create demand for diamonds from nothing.How to Write a Tweet: 8 Formulas to Get You Started If you want lots of people to engage with your social media posts, you have to optimize your posts for each individual social network. This blog post will teach you optimization tricks to help you make every future social media post count.Better Content Through Chemicals? How Caffeine, Alcohol, & Other Substances Affect Creativity Have you ever wondered how chemicals like alcohol and caffeine actually impact your productivity and creativity? This blog post will give you the down-low on it all. Why Introverts Make Great Leaders Share Social Media Engagement Originally published Jun 29, 2014 8:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017 Share Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack
PRNews PRWeek PR Daily Digiday Spin Sucks Institute for Public Relations PRSay Public Relations Today ImPRessions Solo PR Pro O’Dwyer’s PR News Edelman Insights The Future Buzz. Topics: Don’t forget to share this post! Best PR Blogs Originally published Aug 29, 2019 7:00:00 AM, updated August 29 2019 Public Relations 1. PRNEWSPRNEWS started as a weekly print newsletter over 70 years ago, and today still serves as a comprehensive, go-to resource for the PR community. The PRNEWS Blog features in-depth analysis of current industry news, useful how-tos, career advice, and opinion articles from PR pros across numerous industries. I also recommend (and personally subscribe to) their weekly email subscription, The Skinny, which offers a thoughtfully curated rundown of the latest PR, marketing, and communications news and trends.Three posts to check out:Why Does a Woman CEO Need to Be a News Story?From Media Royalty, Career Advice for PR Pros in the Margins7 Business Writing Sins PR Pros Commit Regularly2. PRWeekPRWeek bills itself as “the essential title for PR professionals in the US,” and it has an expansive, high-quality content library to back this statement up. Covering topics from notable agency happenings to how brands are adopting new strategies, PRWeek is as entertaining as it is informative. Plus, their daily Breakfast Briefing is the perfect early morning subway read. It features a quick rundown of the latest PR news in a format simple enough to digest before you’ve had your coffee.Three posts to check out:Do Brands Really Need to Be on Twitter?Female Agency Leaders Are Breaking Through the Glass CeilingBrand Mascots: A Dying Breed?3. PR DailyWith sections on social media management, crisis communications, media relations, marketing, and more, PR Daily serves up a diverse range of topics for PR and comms pros. They’re quick to publish expert analysis on current events concerning the PR community, and also offer beginner guides on the tools and platforms you need to do your job — like social media ads, monitoring tools, and more.Three posts to check out:Why Empathy is a Crucial Skill for Marketers and PR Pros3 ‘Boring’ Brands that Have Made a Social Media SplashA Lesson in PR Ethics, Courtesy of ‘The Great Hack’4. DigidayWhile not strictly a PR industry publication, Digiday is a valuable read for anyone interested in how technology impacts media, marketing, and communications. Their editorial team leverages expert, insider interviews and original data to show how innovations in the tech landscape are changing the way brands and consumers communicate — for better or worse. If nothing else, I’d recommend checking out their ongoing column, The Confessions, which features anonymous interviews with professionals working in media. They dig deeply into revealing topics like working conditions in the industry and the (sometimes harsh) realities of advancing your career in a competitive environment.Three posts to check out:‘People are scared to speak up’: Confessions of a minority marketerHow publishers navigate ‘bullshit briefs’ from agenciesGoogle proposes tighter standards around data collected for digital ads5. Spin SucksIf you work in PR or corporate communications, chances are someone’s jokingly (or not so jokingly) called you a “spin doctor.” Spin Sucks is a blog dedicated to breaking down the negative perceptions of the PR field by calling out destructive practices in the industry and celebrating the authentic ones. The Spin Sucks team dissects recent campaigns and brand news to separate the spin from the reality, and share their own expert take on what could have been done better. They also regularly feature guest contributors, interviews with pros in different industries, and open-ended questions posed to their community of readers.Three posts to check out:The Communications Professional’s Customer Behavior PlaybookWhat College Football Teaches Us About Brand DevelopmentSpin Sucks Question: How Do You Respond to Internet Trolls?6. Institute for Public RelationsIPR is a nonprofit organization that conducts and publishes in-depth research on the factors impacting the public relations and corporate communications fields. In addition to their extensive library of original research, IPR’s blog is a treasure trove of expert opinion pieces, strategy recommendations backed by credible studies, and takes on how new trends and tech will change the landscape of PR. Committed to sharing “the science beneath the art of public relations™,” IPR helps PR pros stay ahead of the curve.Three posts to check out:Is Earned Media More Credible Than Advertising?How Artificial Intelligence and Big Data Will Affect the Future of PRThe End of Linear Storytelling: The #Thumbstopping Story of Our Digital Future Or Trading Catharsis for Engagement7. PRSayPRSay shares thought leadership, tactical pieces, and professional advice for both seasoned PR pros and folks at the beginning of the careers. Their blog features helpful, how-to sections on training and development, but they also have dedicated sections that discuss diversity, inclusion, and ethics in the PR field.Three posts to check out:The Business Benefits of Strategic Diversity and InclusionWildest Dreams? Far From: Why Taylor Swift Is a PR Role ModelWhat Ohio Butter Sculptures Can Teach Us About Improving Annual Content Packages8. Public Relations TodayThis blog aggregates the best content for PR and comms professionals across the web into one convenient, easy-to-navigate location. Their team of expert curators shares pieces on everything from branding to crisis management. Their homepage is also ordered by what’s trending in the industry on social media, so it’s easy to discover articles other PR professionals are reading and discussing.Three (aggregated) posts to check out:“Stakeholder Value” Is Good PR — And Good BusinessHow Simple Automation Saves Time And Tedium In PROnline Reviews and How to Handle Them9. ImPRessionsCrenshaw, a public relations consulting agency, started ImPRessions as a way to “share expertise, industry insights, and impressions” of the industry with an audience of PR pros. Their blog features thought-provoking investigations into PR best practices, trends, and lessons from real brands. The blog also offers actionable strategies and advice for PR firms big and small.Three posts to check out:What The Best PR Strategies Have In CommonSmart Speakers Offer A Clear Opportunity For PRHas Apple Lost Its Magic?10. Solo PR ProIf you’re a freelance or independent PR consultant, the challenges you face are certainly different than those experienced by an agency, in-house team, or large consulting group. Solo PR Pro is a blog specifically for PR and communication pros looking to “break free of the cubical” and be their own boss. The site focuses on topics relevant to the unique experiences of freelancers in the PR world, like promoting your services, building a client base, and balancing clients on your own.Three posts to check out:How to Get Paid for Your WorkThe Introverted Solo PR Pro: Not an OxymoronSearch Engine Optimization is a PR Pro’s Friend11. O’Dwyer’s PR NewsFounded in 1968 as a print publication, O’Dwyer’s PR News diligently covers the latest industry happenings and keeps a running ranking of top PR agencies. For folks in the agency world, O’Dwyer’s is a good place to stay up to date on breaking agency news, big brand accounts, and controversies. The site also helps connect agencies with clients, with a section dedicated to RFPs and an extensive PR services database.Three posts to check out:Crisis Communications and the Role of the CEOWhy PR Needs Financial LiteracyUber Begins Rebuild of Marketing Capability12. Edelman InsightsEdelman, a top global communications firm, shares articles concerning industry news, best practices, corporate culture, and more on their Insights blog. With pieces written by influential industry leaders (like Edelman CEO Richard Edelman), Insights gives readers an inside look at the topics PR pros should be paying attention to. In addition to tactical and opinion pieces, the blog tackles meaty topics impacting the soul of the industry, like diversity and inclusion, and the responsibilities of professional communicators in the “fake news” era.Three posts to check out:Crippling the Creative Agency3 Takeaways from Women Leading ChangeWhy Diverse Voices are Better for Brands13. The Future BuzzFounded by San Francisco-based PR agency EZPR, The Future Buzz covers all things public relations and digital marketing with a refreshingly straightforward, decidedly un-sugarcoated tone. With headlines like “PR People: Don’t Do This” and “You Pitch Sucks,” you can trust this editorial team to tell it like it is. The Future Buzz is a solid source for hands-on advice, reflections on the industry, and commentary on the latest trends.Three posts to check out:Marketing and Branding is Not a Tagline or LogoPR People: Don’t Do ThisYour Pitch Sucks – One of the Reasons Why No One Is Reading Your Boring Pitch One of my first jobs out of college was working as an entry-level PR associate. Like most recent grads without any real industry experience, I’d spend my days blasting out the same artless, impersonal pitch to any journalist who had ever covered a beat even vaguely adjacent to one of our client’s products.Unsurprisingly, I got very few emails back.If you work in PR, you don’t need me to tell you it’s a hard field to get started in. Now that I’m on the other side of it — receiving dozens of pitches per day — I appreciate a well-executed pitch even more because I understand just how much thought and energy goes into it.Whether you’re a seasoned PR pro or an associate looking to break into the industry, reading expert blogs is a smart way to stay up to date on the latest PR happenings, expand your skills, and get inspired to do your best work. We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite PR blogs (in no particular order) for you to get started. Let’s dive in.Download Now: Free Press Release Template
Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone are currently in London for the shoot of their next film 83. Quite often, the actors share photos and videos from their time there.Recently, a photo of them twinning in black and posing with fans went viral on the internet.Update : Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone snapped with lucky fans in London pic.twitter.com/Ndkqoxf8YPRanveerians Worldwide (@RanveeriansFC) August 27, 2019Just the other day, they took a photo with another avid fan.Ranveer and Deepika will share the screen space in Kabir Khan’s sports drama 83, which is their first film together after getting married. While Ranveer will be seen as legendary cricketer Kapil Dev, Deepika will be seen as his wife Romi Dev.83, which tells the story of the Indian cricket team’s historic victory in the World Cup in 1983, is slated to hit the theatres on April 10, 2020.After dating for over six years, Ranveer and Deepika got married in an extravagant wedding at Lake Como, Italy.In an exclusive interview to India Today Magazine, Ranveer Singh gushed about Deepika. He said, “I genuinely believe she is a far more evolved and wholesome person than I am. She is more responsible, mature and independent. Duniyadaari mein woh mujhse aage hai.”In July, Ranveer celebrated his 34th birthday with Deepika in UK. Deepika took to Instagram to write an emotional post for Ranveer.advertisementShe wrote, “Sensitive & emotional,caring & compassionate,generous & gentle,funny & intelligent,delightful & faithful…all this and so much more… To my husband,my friend,my lover,my confidante…but more often than not,my child,my infant,my toddler,my dot,my pineapple,my sunshine,my rainbow…May you forever and always be this way…I love you…Ranveer also posted a photo with Deepika and wrote, “High on cake!”The couple is currently in London and busy shooting for their next film 83.ALSO READ | Ranveer Singh on 83: It’s a real honour and privilege to practice at Lord’sALSO READ | Ranveer Singh takes his 83 team to London as India gears up for ICC World Cup 2019ALSO READ | Ranveer Singh’s 83 will now release in April 2020ALSO WATCH | Ranveer Singh makes Delhi dance to Gully Boy at India Today Conclave 2019