Female boxers bring home two more gold

first_imgIn the middle weight division (69-75ks) Baki’s performance had the crowd roaring, cheering her on. Baki took on Tahiti’s tough boxer Edith Tavanae but her quick feet carried her home triumphantly. The 25 year old had tears running down her cheeks as she stood on the podium basking in the presence of her fellow country men and women. This is Baki’s first gold medal. When asked what she plans to do with the K20, 000 incentive, she said; “I am not sure really, I haven’t thought about that yet.”Tavanae grabbed sliver while Guam’s Gianna Sarusal took home the bronze medal.Representing PNG in the women’s Fly division (48-51KGs) Magaiva of Central Origin defeated Nauru’s Rachelle Bonillo.Bonillo settled for the Silver medal.Governor General Sir Michael Ogio presented the medals.Baki’s sister Raphaela bagged a sliver in the women’s light weight division (57-60kgs).She lost her final match to Jennifer Chieng of the Federated States of Micronesia, while bronze medals were presented to Tahiti’s Lahana Ioane Hatara and Tonga’s Pueki Fifita. Officials say both Tahiti and Tonga received bronze because both boxers lost in their semifinal matches and therefore there was no final play off for bronze.last_img read more

Tsitsipas sets sights on grand slam success after ATP Finals victory

first_imgStefanos Tsitsipas set his sights on grand slam success after his stunning “rollercoaster” victory over Dominic Thiem at the ATP Finals.The 21-year-old from Athens came of age at London’s O2 Arena, becoming became the youngest winner of the prestigious season-ending tournament since Lleyton Hewitt in 2001, and the youngest debutant to lift the trophy since John McEnroe back in 1978.Just a year after winning the NextGen Finals, for players of 21 and under, Tsitsipas mixed it with the very best on the bank of the Thames and came out on top.Congratulated by his country’s prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis after his semi-final win over Roger Federer, Tsitsipas went on to write his name in Greek sporting history with a 6-7 (6) 6-2 7-6 (4) victory.It was only the third time in 16 years that the final did not feature at least one of the ‘big three’, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic or Federer, and further evidence surely that the long-awaited power shift in men’s tennis is finally on the way.At 26 Thiem is just about part of that youthful scene as well, and his notable wins over Federer and Djokovic this week helped him climb to fourth in the world.But the final belonged to Tsitsipas and the legions of Greek fans who made the 02 feel like a home from home for the new champion.He said: “It’s been a rollercoaster. It’s a dream come true and the best way to end this match.“My fighting spirit and me constantly trying to push myself to do better got me there in the end.“Things were great this year and I beat some top-ranked players which gave me confidence, and I’ve won matches in grand slams and Masters 1000s. I think I can do well in the slams.“I feel like my game is getting better over time, and I believe I’m really close on being crowned a grand slam champion. I know these are strong words that I say, but I do feel like I belong there.”The two players are close friends on the Tour – Tsitsipas even acted as Thiem’s hitting partner at the tournament in 2016 – and they embraced at end of a gruelling encounter.A nip-and-tuck first set went to a tie-break, and when the score reached 7-6 each player had won 44 points. But crucially, Thiem had the ball in his hand and an unreturnable first serve clinched the opening set.Yet if that was tight, the second was a walkover as Tsitsipas broke twice, raced into a 4-0 lead and confidently served it out.The first set had taken over an hour, the second lasted 26 minutes in a blur of shaggy hair and flamboyant shot-making, and all Thiem’s good work had unravelled.When Thiem netted a backhand Tsitsipas had an early break in the decider, but the Greek began bearing gifts and three wayward backhands allowed Thiem to draw level.But it was a horrible, wafted forehand from Thiem which handed Tsitsipas the initiative in the deciding tie-break, and a memorable victory was wrapped up in two hours and 34 minutes.Thiem said: “It’s always going to be like that in tennis. That’s why it’s probably mentally the most brutal sport existing because you can play such a great match and end up losing in the championship match.“From that point of view, it’s a very disappointing loss, very hard to digest. But I had some amazing wins also, even this week, that got me in this situation even to play at the Finals. So it’s fine.”last_img read more

Govt mulls Opposition’s help in recouping $900M from Surendra

first_img– former AG says he is willing to assistBY VAHNU MANICKCHANDMore than one year after the Guyana Government won a multimillion-dollar lawsuit filed against India-basedAnil Nandlallconstruction company, Surendra Engineering Corporation Limited, the country is yet to recover some $902 million that was awarded by the court.Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams told reporters on Saturday that he does not have much information on the case but noted that before they can move to recover the money, they have to locate the company.Williams said the previous Administration waited until the company left the country to file lawsuit. “So what we got was really an empty judgment… they (Surendra) have nothing here,” he posited.When asked about the provision for Commonwealth member countries that can see Guyana taking steps to have the judgment enforced in India, the Attorney General explained that the company will have to be located first.“Well we can register the judgment in Indian but we have to find them there too… We have to know where to find them. Do you know that they are in India,” he remarked.Moreover, Williams said he has not enquired about the whereabouts of the company since he does not have any information on the matter. In fact, the Attorney General noted that when he assumed office, there was a lot of State cases for which no files could have been found in the Attorney General’s Chambers.Basil Williams“I have no files on the Surendra matter… The last [Attorney General] AG used to give these things out to the private practitioners,” he stated. Asked whether he approached the court for the files, he responded in the negative, explaining that the matter was never really brought to him by the Solicitor General or anyone else in the Ministry.Nevertheless, he said they will have to decide what options his office will adopt in order to recover the monies from Surendra Engineering. However, the Legal Affairs Minister recalled that Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had offered to help Government with certain cases but said he is not sure whether former Attorney General Anil Nandlall would be willing to give his assistance.To this end, when contacted, Nandlall told Guyana Times that he is willing to work with Government on any legal matter in the interest of the nation. He noted that this is a commitment of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) as a political party and as a political party sitting in the National Assembly.“As a political party, we are committed to working with Government on any matter that is in the best interest of the nation,” he posited. The former Attorney General also clarified that the Surendra case was handled by him and not any private practitioner.Moreover, Nandlall went on to say that it was in the context of national interest that the Leader of the Opposition had indicated to President David Granger that there are a number of cases pending that they are willing to help Government in recouping monies owed to the State, especially those in relation to taxation.The former PPP/C Government had taken the India-based company to court after it failed to honour its obligations under the US$18 million plus Specialty Hospital contract. The legal proceedings was filed in October 2014, just a month after the contract was yanked from Surendra Engineering.The Government had sued the India-based company for an excess of US$100 million for alleged fraud, breach of contract and delays in works done. The legal document detailed that Surendra Engineering was found guilty of fraudulent practices and in breach of the terms, conditions and warranties of the contract it had signed back in September 2012 to design, build, equip, test, deliver, install, complete and commission a Surgical Specialty Hospital at Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown.After the court action was initiated, the Indian firm failed to attend the court hearings and never responded to a summons and the writs filed by the Government, as such, the judgment was handed down in favour of Government. Special damages to the tune of US$4,285,440 and interest thereon, amounting to the costs of US$10,714.50, were awarded to Government.last_img read more

Is this how Man City will line up under Guardiola including Sane and Bonucci?

first_img 11 11 11 11 RB – Bacary Sagna – The ex-Arsenal right-back proved to be a reliable member of the City side last season and Guardiola could prioritise other positions first, so Sagna could be safe for now under Guardiola’s reign. 11 ST – Sergio Aguero – Guardiola inherits one of the world’s best strikers in Aguero and he is sure to get the best out of him, providing the Argentine stays fit. He is a proven goal scorer and can create moments of magic out of nothing, so he is extremely likely to be a focal point in their strongest XI. CM – Kevin De Bruyne – The Belgian playmaker justified his hefty transfer fee last season, scoring 16 goals for Manuel Pellegrini’s side. The 24-year-old was a big miss when out for around two months with knee ligament damage. He returned to show he can be a key component in Guardiola’s new-look City side. CB – Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus) – The 29-year-old defender is attracting interest from Guardiola’s City and Chelsea, according to Corriere dello Sport. He could cost around £48million, but his addition would undoubtedly shore up their defence. As Euro 2016 gathers pace, impressive performances see Manchester City linked to further targets. Pep Guardiola has already sealed his first summer signing – Ilkay Gundogan from Borussia Dortmund – and he is likely to add more in another summer of big spending at the Etihad. Ukrainian midfielder Oleksandr Zinchenko is said to be nearing a move to the Citizens from FC Ufa in Russia – but he is expected to be a signing for the future – while they will not be getting top defensive target Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao after he signed a new contract.READ MORE: Manchester City transfer news: Pep Guardiola eyeing goalkeeper reunion, plus £50m battle with Jose Mourinho and Nolito newsWho will join the Guardiola revolution? Click the right arrow, aboe, to see the full XI, in a 4-3-3 formation and comment with your thoughts. LB – Gael Clichy – Like Sagna, the Frenchman could be seen as reliable for now, while Guardiola concentrates on recruits in the centre of defence and further up the field. The 30-year-old made 28 appearances last season, including the League Cup final victory over Liverpool. CM – Dimitri Payet (West Ham United) – The Citizens are said to have joined the race for the Frenchman after his impressive performances at Euro 2016. His agent Mark McKay this week told Sky Sports the 29-year-old would cost ‘ridiculous money’ if he is to be prized away from east London. GK – Joe Hart – Guardiola is said to have his reservations about the goalkeeper due to his distribution and performances at Euro 2016 could be key to his future at the Etihad. Former Manchester United goalkeeper Victor Valdes has been linked with a move to City, reuniting with his former Barcelona boss, but his arrival is unlikely to unseat Hart from the number one spot. 11 11 11 CM – Ilkay Gundogan – The midfielder agreed a move to the Etihad from Borussia Dortmund for around £20million. The Germany international recently told Manchester City’s official TV channel that he hopes to be back from a knee injury towards the early August/September. Guardiola will know what type of player he is bringing across from the Bundesliga, having seen his side come up against the 25-year-old on a number of occasions. RW – Nolito (Celta Vigo) – The Spanish winger could be set to join his compatriot in the north of England. Reports this week suggested 29-year-old Nolito had agreed a move to the Etihad – despite initially hoping to rejoin Barcelona – and he described City as his ‘new girlfriend’, according to the Manchester Evening News. LW – Leroy Sane (Schalke) – The 20-year-old winger is attracting interest from across Europe and reports this week suggested Guardiola’s side could be favourites to secure his signature. In the 2015/16 season, the Die Konigsblauen player made 42 appearances, netting on nine occasions and laying on seven assists. The speedy winger, who enjoys cutting inside, is currently at the European Championship with Joachim Low’s Germany, so a deal worth a reported £40m could be put on hold. CB – Vincent Kompany – Guardiola is said to be concerned about the Belgian’s fitness, hence the interest in Bonucci. If Kompany is injured, he also has Eliaquim Mangala and Nicolas Otamendi to call upon. 11 11 11last_img read more

Andy Goldstein Sports Bar daily podcast – Monday, March 27

first_imgJoin Andy Goldstein, Jason Cundy and friends for the first in a new series of DAILY podcasts from the Sports Bar!Today’s upload features the best of Monday’s show, including England callers and new feature: Sports Bar Swap Shop!Listen above or click here to subscribe and download the podcast from iTuneslast_img

Grigsby a Condor now

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NoonStandout running back Nicolas Grigsby reportedly has completed the first phase of his transfer from St. Paul High School to California High and was expected to be in class today. Grigsby and his mother met with Cal High administrators concerning his enrollment Friday afternoon. The next phase involves completing the required paper work concerning athletic eligibility.It has not been determined if or when Grigsby might join the Condors’ football program.last_img read more

Sevilla, Dortmund, Liverpool? The Europa League favourites assessed

first_imgThe Europa League final on May 18th is drawing ever nearer, and with an abundance of quality and former champions present in the quarter-finals, the remaining rounds are a tantalising prospect. So just who will rise to the occasion and grab the huge prize of direct entry to the Champions League by lifting the trophy? STV assesses the challengers for the crown. As record four-time winners and reigning champions, competition specialists Sevilla have earned the right to be considered favourites once more, even if they haven’t always been outstanding this year. The 2015-16 version of Unai Emery’s side is incredibly unpredictable. On the one hand, they are capable of beating Real Madrid and Barcelona, taking a point away to Atletico Madrid, and thrashing Villarreal. On the other, they are almost always incapable of winning away from home, only doing so three times in all competitions this season. When they’re bad, they’re pretty awful, but when the best Sevilla shows up they can better anyone. Worryingly for the sides looking to seize their crown, making the Champions League through domestic competition now looks increasingly improbable for the Andalucians, who are nine points off fourth place in La Liga. If they want to play against the big boys next season they will need to win the Europa League then, and considering their record in the latter stages, you wouldn’t bet against it. Clearly one of the favourites.There are four former champions in total in the quarter-finals, and one of those, Shakhtar, hold the unique honour of lifting the final UEFA Cup before the competition revamp in 2009. Mircea Lucescu’s team took a while to find their form this year, losing all but one of their games in the Champions League group stage, but since January they have impressed, comfortably dispatching Schalke 3-0 in the Europa League last 32 then hammering Anderlecht 4-1 in the last 16. Braga, their opponents in the quarters, are currently fourth in the Portuguese league and 11 points adrift of the country’s big three, so if the Ukrainians stay true to recent form they have a high chance of progression. Winning the competition again is a different question however. Shakhtar are currently three points behind Dynamo in the Ukrainian Premier League with six games left, including a head-to-head clash with their title rivals. With that crucial game sandwiched between the two legs of a theoretical Europa League semi, the mental and physical pressure will be huge. Are Shakhtar good enough to try and wrestle the league back, as well as eliminate a quality outfit like Sevilla or Borussia Dortmund in the same nine-day period? It’s a tough ask. They remain outsiders.The aforementioned Germans are clearly the greatest rival to another Sevilla win. Dortmund have been nothing less of sensational throughout the competition: Thomas Tuchel has given them a versatility and ability to vary the tempo of games that has proven incredibly useful in Europe. The proof is in the results. Porto were dispatched 3-0 in the last 32, Spurs 5-1 in the last 16, and Liverpool are the unlucky side tasked with taking them on next. For all that a reunion with Jurgen Klopp will be an emotional one, it would be a huge surprise if his successor at the Westfalenstadion is not the man coaching in the semi-finals in a few weeks’ time.As for winning the competition, Dortmund’s continued Bundesliga title challenge is evidently worth taking into consideration. Bayern’s five-point gap at the top of the league is not an insurmountable one, so Tuchel still has everything to play for domestically as well as in Europe. Until now he has balanced the two competitions well without losing unnecessary ground in either, and there is no reason to believe that will suddenly change. Barring any unforeseen mishaps — and if they can be kept apart from Sevilla in the remaining two-legged ties — then a final against the Andalucians at St Jakob-Park looks the most likely end to BVB’s run.Provided, of course, that their former coach doesn’t mastermind their early exit in the coming fortnight. Liverpool are royalty in this competition, their three wins only surpassed by Sevilla, and since the millennium have shown a knack of producing spectacular European runs when things aren’t quite going their way in the Premier League. Their 3-1 win over Manchester United in this year’s last 16 showed an ability to rise to the occasion in nervy ties, and their manager will need plenty of that coping capacity when he faces his old club.The Reds have huge incentive to throw everything they have at claiming the Europa League. Nine points off fourth place in the Premier League, they look highly unlikely to finish in a Champions League position, so their best route to Europe’s top table next season could be through its sister competition. The harsh reality however is that, quality wise, they are still below the big hitters, and have benefited from decent draws so far (even the United win has to be conditioned by the fact that Louis van Gaal’s side were capable of losing to Midtjylland). Winning the trophy looks improbable at the moment, but eliminating one of the favourites in the quarters would change the prognosis.Of the remaining clubs the two other La Liga sides look the strongest, one of whom, Athletic Club, are former finalists. In Aritz Aduriz, Athletic have the competition’s current top scorer in exceptional form, but Ernesto Valverde’s team are starting to tread water at the worst time of the season. Only barely scraping past Gary Neville’s Valencia in the previous European round, they are winless in La Liga since March 13th, so fatigue combined with a long-term injury to key defender Aymeric Laporte could be costly.Villarreal are a different story. Quietly, they have produced a very, very good season, both in La Liga and the Europa League. Not permitted the luxury of comfortable draws in the knockout stage, they done things the hard way by dispatching Napoli in the last 32, then Bayer Leverkusen in the last 16, and with that in mind, a quarter-final against Sparta Prague looks eminently winnable. The Yellow Submarine’s tight grip on fourth place in La Liga could also allow them to take the risk of dropping a point or two domestically in favour of keeping things fresh in Europe should Marcelino feel the need. No team will enjoy coming to El Madrigal, where Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have all failed to win this season, so a place in the final is certainly within Villarreal’s limits. Dark horses.last_img read more

No headaches for wine lovers

first_imgSouth Africa’s wine industry is one of the most prolific and successful in the world. Exports are up by 35% for the first quarter of 2008, compared with the same period last year. (Image: Hein Von Hörsten, SA Tourism image library) Wine lovers will now be able to enjoy their favourite beverage without worrying about the side-effects.Janine ErasmusUV technology company Surepure, based in Cape Town, has developed a method of wine purification that eliminates the need for use of sulphur in the winemaking process. The sulphur content is one of the main causes of headaches and other undesirable side effects.Former Springbok rugby player Guy Kebble, CEO of Surepure, says that the internationally patented Surepure technology makes it possible for winemakers to reduce or completely omit sulphur in their red and white wine products. The process also eliminates the need for sterile filtration, a technique that removes spoilage organisms from wine – but it can also strip wine of its flavour and attenuate the aroma.“We use ultraviolet (UV) technology to purify liquids, ridding them of harmful microbes so that it is now possible to bottle wines without adding this chemical,” he says. The company claims a world first in the wine industry.Surepure is best known as a developer and supplier of UV purification solutions to the dairy industry to reduce the need for pasteurisation. Now it has adapted its technology for the liquid egg, cheese, juice and wine industries. The company is in the process of establishing overseas distribution channels for its products.A number of respected wineries, among them L’Ormarins, Steenberg and the Stellar Organic Winery in Namaqualand, Northern Cape, have successfully tested the technology on batches of young wine during the recent harvest. Kebble says that winemakers have reacted positively to the new technique – described as “revolutionary” – which has generated much interest in the industry.South Africa is a major producer of wine for the local and international market and the industry could find itself a nose ahead of the rest with this technology, says Johan van Rooyen, CEO of the SA Wine Industry Council. “By being the first country to offer wines af lower sulphur levels to the discerning international wine market could be a massive boost for our reputation as a technologically advanced wine nation.”Using sulphur judiciouslySulphur, in the form of sulphur dioxide or SO2, acts as a preservative in wine by inhibiting the growth of microorganisms such as yeast and bacteria, and by slowing down the oxidation process. Oxidation happens when the wine reacts with oxygen, which alters its colour and odour with the result that the wine becomes darker and dryer.While too much oxidation will ruin a wine, controlled oxidation can add character and complexity and in some cases, such as with certain sherries, is a crucial part of the production and aging processes.In South Africa, legislation states that dry white wine produced after January 1995 may not contain more than 160 mg/l sulphur. Off-dry and sweeter wines may contain up to 200 mg/l while Late Harvests are allowed up to 300 mg/l. The limit for dry red wine is at 150 mg/l. Organic wines still contain sulphur, albeit at very low levels – however, if the level of sulphur is below 10 mg/l, the product may be labelled “no sulphur added”. The shelf life of these wines is necessarily limited.The Surepure technology blasts microorganisms with UV-C light at a wavelength of 254.1 nm (nanometres). This affects their DNA and causes the organisms to become inactive, preventing them from proliferating. The process, says Surepure, is non-thermal, chemical-free, fast and reproducible, and leaves no effect on the wine.Wine lovers who suffer from sulphur intolerance will now be able to once more enjoy a good bottle of red. Says Kebble, “Many people avoid wine altogether because of the sulphur levels in the liquid. The Surepure system has, however, made it possible for wine to be bottled with no added sulphur or at substantially lower sulphur levels of between 20 and 50 parts per million.”Not only does Surepure cut down on the need to add sulphur, bit it also eradicated the Brettanomyces yeast that is typically found in red wines. Brettanomyces at low levels can impart a positive effect on the wine, but has the great potential to spoil the wine. It is therefore seen as a wine spoilage yeast, and its presence in wine is classed as a wine fault.Once the yeast has found its way into a winery it is hard to eradicate, but it is particularly sensitive to SO2, the traditional method of control.Useful linksSurepureSouth African Wine Industry CouncilSouth African wineStellar organic wineryWines of South AfricaWine-of-the-Month ClubSouth Africa tourism – official sitelast_img read more

Yahoo Launches OurCity and Re-designs Sports

first_imgThere’s a YahooCity blog online as well, which notes that you can use Our City to explore and sharephotos, videos, events, news, weather, blogs – all based on locale. This is yet anotherexample of Yahoo spanning out to as many content verticals as possible. Doing city pagesmakes perfect sense and I suspect it will be integrated into Yahoo Travel once it goes out of beta. City pageswould be a natural complement to Yahoo’s travel portal – think LonelyPlanet.In related news, Steve Rubel picks up on aredesign for Yahoo Sports. Steve notes that “itfeatures bigger photos, more video content and a look and feel that’s similar to the oneused for the new Yahoo TV and Yahoo Food.” He also compares it to Brand Universe andconcludes that Yahoo is still stuck in silos – i.e. their Web properties are becomingincreasingly inconsistent in design and in how much external content they utilize. Ithink Steve makes a good point, although you have to remember that things like BrandUniverse and OurCity are at the experimental stage still (yes, betas!). The older styleYahoo verticals, like Sports, haven’t yet made the transition to utilizing mashups andexternal content. But they will in time. They have to, otherwise Yahoo risks becoming theAOL of web 2.0 – with internally produced ‘walled garden’ content. Yahoo has rolled out a new portal-type service called OurCity, a beta product that aggregates content about cities from across the Yahoo network and Wikipedia. It’s rolled out to just 2 cities sofar, Bangalore and Delhi. It is described on the TechMag blog (whobrought this to my attention) as a “mashup of yahoo service[s]”, which is an accuratedescription as there is news, photos, events, videos, etc from Yahoo properties on thepages. There is also some Wikipedia content, but as GigaOm noted –no Yahoo Maps. Related Posts richard macmanus Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#news#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

LP 101: Coaching as an Effective Loss Prevention Career Management Strategy

first_imgCoaching is intended to assess and improve performance of an individual or a team through goal setting, encouragement, motivation and one-on-one dialogue. Typically, the focus of coaching is to influence others to think for themselves, providing insights and offering suggestions that help us to explore options, problems, situations and solutions that lead us to reach our own conclusions as we build our loss prevention career.The role of the coach is to provide structure, guidance and support. We look to enhance knowledge and skills through proper training, encouraging the team members to consider their options, solve problems and move forward. In this way we can help our team to think in a more effective way, become more independent, improve their problem solving skills and take greater responsibility for issues as they occur.We evaluate their current status while considering their perceptions and assumptions regarding their work performance, their self-assessments and their insights as well as their relationships with others that they work with. Any and all feedback should be honest and constructive.We identify and agree on learning needs that we wish to address, and help them prioritize those needs.We help them establish relevant and realistic professional goals, based on abilities, ambitions and aspirations. We set learning objectives that are clear and attainable.We support and encourage them to take relevant and realistic steps towards reaching those goals.We encourage learning, self-reflection and self-awareness through support and feedback.We strive for continuous improvement, and new developmental goals that will further improve competencies.The goal of coaching is to improve the person as an employee, as well as helping to build a successful loss prevention career. Our approach must be global and more flexible. What is the next level or opportunity for them? How can we help them get there? You have to want to develop your people, and open to their growth opportunities without reservation. Our team should know that we support their development even if it means that they move upward and onward.- Sponsor – Coaching Requires FlexibilityEveryone learns in different ways, and it is important that we attempt to establish the most appropriate approach to learning. For coaching to be effective, it is essential to understand which approach best suits the learner. We have to be willing to explore and test a variety of coaching methods by watching, listening, thinking, reading, observing, reflecting and trying new things in order to find the approach which gives the greatest return.It is important to remind ourselves that coaching is largely about the employee’s self-discovery, and not simply a product of formal training programs or other supervised learning exercises. The employee must have the desire to learn and grow, actively participate in the process, and take ownership of their individual career growth plans.Since people learn in different ways, we can’t effectively coach every member of our team the same way. The differences in the way that we think and process information, the style of learning that we find most successful, and ultimately our capacity for learning must all be considered when establishing individual growth plans. Understanding what those differences are is the first step towards finding viable growth solutions.By the same respect, there are many different characteristics that factor into the development of a winning team. Analyzing team dynamics helps to give us a broader scope of the individuals that make up the group—opposing and complimentary skill sets, flexibility, diplomacy, accountability, cooperation, drive and leadership. It also gives us a better feel for where we stand as a department, helping us to identify the strengths and weaknesses of our team so that we can become more effective as a whole and more valuable when serving the needs of our stores.The role of the coach is to inspire others to come together on a common direction or goal while forging cooperation and building trust. We can make the team stronger by encouraging them to develop their joint skills and talents, sharing responsibility, delegating authority and nurturing the team members in a way that will help them grow individually and as a unit.By capitalizing on opportunities to enhance our knowledge and education, we are making an investment in our own future. To learn more about investing in your career, coaching, and the certification process, visit losspreventionfoundation.org. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more