Pocari Sweat averts meltdown, closes in on PVL crown

first_imgFilipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite The Lady Warriors proved to be the steadier team as they eked out a 22-25, 25-22, 25-22, 26-24 win over Bali Pure to inch closer to another title.Pocari shoots for a second straight championship on Tuesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundKrystal Rivers shone in her first game as replacement import with a game-high 20 points for the Lady Warriors.“We were just too tense because everyone’s pumped up knowing Krystal is going to play for the first time so I just told them to settle down,” said Pocari head coach Rommel Abella. Swing Out Sister back to PH this April The Lady Warriors lost a 19-12 lead and even trailed, 24-22, before Rivers, Jessey de Leon and Gyzelle Sy spearheaded the defending champions’ spirited comeback.“We don’t have problems getting leads but we have problems in sustaining them,” said Abella. “We just have to address that through our mental toughness”Sy completed Pocari’s rally with a service ace after Rivers and de Leon anchored the Lady Warriors’ net defense and came up with two crucial blocks against Jeng Bualee and Jennifer Keddy, respectively.Michelle Strizak added 18 for Pocari while Myla Pablo had 16 and Jeannette Panaga finished with 12 points for the Lady Warriors, who also overcame 31 errors.Soltones paced the Water Defenders with 17 while Bualee wound up with 16. ADVERTISEMENT Pocari Sweat blew a huge lead but that only paved the way for a wild finish in Game 1 of the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference Finals Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Star douses late San Miguel rally, grabs 1-0 semis lead For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ LATEST STORIES Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working MOST READ Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Final 4 experience doesn’t give FEU clear edge over UST, says Racela

first_imgView comments The Tamaraws, who took the title in Season 78, have been to four straight Final Fours since then while the Growling Tigers, the top seeds after the elimination round of that year, are making their first appearance in the semifinals for the first time in four years.The usual convention would say that FEU holds the advantage in terms of being a more experienced program but head coach Olsen Racela says otherwise.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“I think at this point there really is no advantage, as a program yes we’re perennial Final Four contenders but half of my team are rookies,” said Racela in Filipino Friday at FEU Diliman.“When it comes to Final Four experience, they don’t have it, so I really don’t consider this as an advantage. Although I have veterans so hopefully they can share their experience with the new guys.” Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FEU has six of its players playing in their first season in the UAAP but it does have veteran Wendell Comboy who was part of the champion team of 2015.Nevertheless, Racela said they’re looking to build on their 72-58 win over the Growling Tigers in the second round of the eliminations.“The only thing that win gave to us was the confidence that we can beat UST because we know how strong that team is,” said Racela whose Tamaraws lost in the first round, 82-74.ADVERTISEMENT ‘People evacuated on their own’ Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Pelicans thump Nuggets for first victory of season No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist MANILA, Philippines—Far Eastern University and University of Santo Tomas are only four years removed from their finals series in 2015 but so much has happened between the two teams.ADVERTISEMENT SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown LATEST STORIES DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees MOST READ 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw ‘Gago’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Wenger vexed as injuries mount

first_imgAnd the Arsenal manager revealed Aaron Ramsey has suffered a set-back in his recovery from a thigh problem that forced the Wales midfielder to miss the trip to St Mary’s Stadium.The draw meant Arsenal missed out on the chance to move four points clear at the top of the Premier League table and could head into the next round of fixtures in third place if Manchester City beat Tottenham on Wednesday and Chelsea secure a two-goal margin of victory over West Ham on the same day.Ramsey is expected to at least miss the visit of Palace and Wenger said: “He is out for longer than expected because he had a little set-back in training yesterday so I couldn’t bring him here.“It’s the same muscle, but faded again. So we have to be cautious when we bring him back.”Wenger agreed the loss of the two players would stretch his midfield resources, but he refused to condemn Flamini, who was dismissed in the 80th minute for a two-footed challenge on Morgan Schneiderlin.“Look we have to see it again, to me it looked harsh. He got the ball,” Wenger said.“At some stage we all have all the feet off the ground. If you say every time a guy makes two-footed tackle its red, he deserved a red.“If you say it was a violent tackle, I would say no. I don’t know, the referee made the decision and we have to cope with it.”Arsenal were forced to come back after falling behind to Jose Fonte’s 21st minute header, taking the lead with goals from Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla within seven minutes of the restart.Adam Lallana quickly equalised for Southampton but Wenger insisted this was a valuable point gained.“I wouldn’t say it was a very bad performance,” he said. “It was a very good football game. Southampton deserve credit.“I don’t complain about the quality of our game. We went down to 10 men and we at least went home with a point.“You want three points in every game. But Southampton is a difficult place to come to and when you look overall it can happen you can get only one point away from home.”Mauricio Pochettino, the Southampton manager, praised his team’s display.“I thought the team was outstanding. I thought we played sensational football,” he said.“The second half we didn’t start too well, conceded two goals, but we showed great character to get back level so quickly.”Like Wenger, Pochettino insisted he didn’t get a clear view of the sending off.“It’s hard to say from my position on the pitch. But Flamini’s sending off didn’t affect the outcome of the game,” he said.“It didn’t change what Arsenal deserved to get out of the game and it didn’t affect what we should have got from the game.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000SOUTHAMPTON, England, January29 – Arsene Wenger acknowledged he is facing mounting midfield problems as Arsenal enter a decisive stage in the campaign.French midfielder Mathieu Flamini will be suspended for at least three matches, ruling him out of Sunday’s meeting with Crystal Palace and the clashes against Liverpool and Manchester United, after collecting a red card in the 2-2 draw at Southampton on Tuesday.last_img read more

‘I won’t put him at risk’ – Shakespeare refusing to rush back Leicester star

first_img1 Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare will not risk Wes Morgan’s long-term fitness as the Foxes captain bids to overcome a hamstring injury.Morgan recently missed six matches with a back problem but returned against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League this month, only to hobble out of the second leg of the quarter-final defeat late on with hamstring trouble.That injury ruled him out of the loss at Arsenal and the central defender remains a doubt for Leicester’s Premier League trip to West Brom on Saturday.With the defending champions seemingly almost safe from the threat of relegation, Shakespeare insists Morgan will not be rushed back.“He will be touch and go for Saturday,” said Shakespeare.“He trained outside yesterday (Thursday), not fully, with the squad and I’m hoping that if he joins in again today he will be in with a shout tomorrow, but I am going to give him every opportunity to prove his fitness.“I won’t put him at risk if he needs rest, even perhaps for the rest of the season. But knowing Wes’ character he will want to play.“As I say, he’ll be given every opportunity to prove his fitness and then we will have a chat and see where we go with it.”Having won his first six matches after replacing Claudio Ranieri in February, Shakespeare is now without a victory in five games, losing three, in all competitions.He takes Leicester back to the club he served for so long as a player and a coach on Saturday, and Shakespeare hopes it can spark a return to form and a strong finish to the season, with the 53-year-old targeting maximum points from the remaining five fixtures.“There are 15 points available and we want them all,” he said.“I think as a player and a manager you should always want as many points as possible – all the points.“I am very greedy in that sense, I want all 15 points. I want the lot.”Shakespeare admits it will not be easy against West Brom, though.“They’ve had a very good season and their home form has been very good,” he said.“They’ve progressed a lot as a club, both on and off the field. I think they can play both ways – they can mix it and be direct but they have flair players like (Matty) Phillips and (Nacer) Chadli and can counter-attack quickly and play.”While Morgan is a doubt, striker Islam Slimani is expected to be available again having been kept out by a groin problem recently. Wes Morgan holds his injured hamstring last_img read more

Developers to rebuild key Valley corridor

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Previous maps that neighborhood councils saw in May showed many more apartments in what developers now say was an error. But even as developers and city officials hail the proposed residential and retail project as a key to invigorating the North Hollywood commercial corridor, residents have begun to express concern. “I’m concerned about traffic density, traffic jams,” said Julio Martinez, a writer who lives near the proposed project. Susan Ware, a North Hollywood resident, echoed the concern and said residents are hoping the developer listens to their comments. “We want him to be more neighborhood-friendly,” Ware said. Cliff Goldstein, a senior managing partner of the Miracle Mile-based company, said response to community concerns will be incorporated into final plans as the company seeks to break ground in about 18 months. The project is being designed by the same architect who did The Grove shopping center in Los Angeles. Goldstein said there is no intention to duplicate that popular entertainment and retail complex, but the company wants the North Hollywood development to become “the highest-quality project” ever built in the San Fernando Valley. “It’s revitalization of a commercial corridor that’s been in a state of disrepair for at least a decade, that never recovered from the (Northridge) Earthquake, that has had some high-profile crime issues,” Goldstein said. “Given the economic realities of today, if there isn’t a substantial project that (can) attract the right tenants and customers, no one is going to invest in a piecemeal way.” J.H. Snyder also is building a $200 million complex of lofts, apartments and shops known as NoHo Commons at the core of the NoHo Arts District, to the south of the current proposed residential development. The company’s plan to renovate the nearby Valley Plaza is to be anchored by a Federated Department Stores Inc.-owned Macy’s after it closes its Robinsons-May now at Laurel Plaza. In addition to Macy’s, developers are negotiating for a cinema complex and are in preliminary discussions with national retailers for a 775,000-square-foot center with a plaza about the size of a football field that could be used for live performances, a local farmers market and other events. “It’s meant to be a town center for this portion of the Valley,” Goldstein said of Valley Plaza, built in 1955 as an open-air shopping center. For Laurel Plaza, about 70 percent of the residential development is envisioned for sale as condos, lofts or town houses with self-contained garages. The remainder would be rentals. Apartments are expected to cost the same as – or more than – the $2,200 that a 1,000-square-foot, two-bedroom unit now rents for in NoHo Commons, Goldstein said. “This will be the highest-quality development, whether (for) renter or buyer. These are not low-income units. For you to afford these new buildings, (your) income will have to trend upward from probably what exists in many parts of the area.” Goldstein said traffic and other points – such as the number of apartment buildings and their height – will be addressed in an upcoming environmental impact report. “Clearly the project will change as we meet with neighborhoods and engage community groups,” said Goldstein, who grew up in the Valley. “This is a work in progress.” Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, who represents the area, said she wants homeownership maximized for Laurel Plaza, as well as a retail project that has shops and services the community desires. She noted that Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa also is working on behalf of the development. Greuel called it “a signature project” and a commitment from City Hall to the Valley. “This is a top priority,” she said. The Community Redevelopment Agency assistant project manager, Regina Kirschenbaum, said that, unlike other projects in NoHo, the complex is not receiving CRA financial assistance. “The significance depends on who you ask, but it could be very positive for the area,” Kirschenbaum said of the project. “It depends on what ends up coming out of all the meetings, but it could potentially be great – with more housing and revitalization of the current Valley Plaza, which now is a deteriorating shopping center.” Area resident Martinez said he is concerned about the development’s effect on property values. But he said he had similar concerns before The Grove was built downtown and now can’t quibble with its success. For now, he said, he is cautiously optimistic. “I have a feeling it will enhance property values.” beth.barrett@dailynews.com (818) 713-3731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In what would be one of the largest residential developments in North Hollywood, developers want to build more than 1,000 town homes, condos and apartments as part of a massive modernization that includes transforming the faded Valley Plaza shopping center into a $560 million megamall. As envisioned by developer J.H. Snyder Co., preliminary design plans include about 700 condos, town homes and possibly lofts and about 300 rental apartments, as well as a 4.9-acre park just east of the 170 Freeway and south of Victory Boulevard at Laurel and Valley plazas. Construction of the residential complex at Laurel Plaza would dovetail with the company’s plans for revitalization of the commercial complex at Valley Plaza – tentatively named The Village – that would be the costliest retail development in the San Fernando Valley. While some of the project’s details have been discussed with neighborhood councils, officials will hold the first comprehensive meeting tonight to review the plans and seek public input. last_img read more

Antelope Valley Calendar

first_imgFRIDAY Fun After 40 Ballroom Dance Club will host ballroom dancing, 7:30-10 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12. Dance lessons: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Dance admission: $3 for club members, $5 for nonmembers. Call (661) 943-0210 or 267-5551. Swingtime will host swing, waltz, ballroom and salsa dancing, 7-10 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. Cost: $3. Call (661) 400-3166. Recovery Inc., a self-help group for people with anxieties, panic attacks, depression and fears, will meet, 2 p.m. at Los Angeles County Mental Health offices, 349A E. Ave. K-6, Lancaster. Call (661) 943-3956. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesGrief Support Group will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. at Lancaster Presbyterian Church, 1661 W. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster. Call (661) 951-2988. Speakers in the Wind Toastmasters will meet, noon-1 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call Jack Knight at(661) 946-7166. Adult Anger Management Group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. Court approved. Call (661) 266-8700. Low-cost Facilitated Parenting Group will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. Court approved. Call (661) 266-8700. Successful Marriage and Parenting course, 10 a.m.-noon. Call Carmen Andersen at (661) 273-8122. MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meets, 9:15 a.m.-noon the first and third Fridays of each month at Church of Christ, 1655 E. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster. Includes a hot breakfast buffet, discussion groups, featured speaker, craft and demonstrations. Children welcome. Cost: $5 for moms and $3 for kids. Call (661) 943-3162 or (661) 942-1638. Stress Management will meet, 1 p.m. at 43423 Division St., Suite 107, Lancaster. Call (661) 947-1595 or (661) 726-2850, Ext. 221. Speakers in the Wind Toastmaster Club 2867 will meet, noon-1 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call Joyce Hall at (661) 946-1181 or Barbara Linde at (661) 947-2537. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207. Celebrate Recovery, a biblically based 12-step recovery program, will meet, 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 44648 15th St. W. Call Pastor Pat Tanner at (661) 948-0855. The Lightkeepers, Spiritual Discussion Group, will meet, 7:30 p.m. at Center of Light, A.V. Church, 1030 West Ave. L-8, Lancaster. Call (661) 718-8731. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3000 and Ladies Auxiliary will serve steak or shrimp dinners, 5:30-8 p.m. at 4342 W. Ave. L, Quartz Hill. Takeout orders. Proceeds will go to community affairs. Members, guests and public welcome. Call (661) 943-2225. Meditation class, 7-8:30 p.m. For location and information, call (661) 945-9832. Schizophrenics Anonymous will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. in the multipurpose room on the mental health ward at Antelope Valley Hospital, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101. The Ups and Downs, a support group for people who have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder or depression, will meet, 2 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Friendship Center, 43423 Division St. Suite 107, Lancaster. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101. The Kaiser Permanente Grief Support Group will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. at the clinic offices, 44444 20th St. W., Lancaster. Open to the community. Free. Call (661) 951-2988. The Weekenders, a social and recreational group for mental health consumers, will meet, 1-2 p.m. at Antelope Valley Discovery Center, 1609 E. Palmdale Blvd., Palmdale. Call (661) 947-1595. Al-Anon will have a 12-and-12 meeting at 10:30 a.m. at 1821 W. Lancaster Blvd. and a beginners meeting at 7 p.m. at 1737 E. Ave. R, Room 104, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. Pinochle Group for seniors, 6-9 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Flex and stretch, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring mat, weights. Call (661) 267-5551. Billiard Gang for seniors, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Oil painting class for seniors, 9-11 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Shop Talk Toastmasters will meet, 7-8:30 a.m. at Crazy Otto’s Diner. Call Stan Main at (661) 269-1424. Take Off Pounds Sensibly, Chapter 1681 will meet, 9:30-11 a.m. in Room 14 at Lancaster United Methodist Church, 918 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 943-4459.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Newcastle United make fifth summer signing as Spanish U21 arrives on loan

first_img1 Newcastle have signed Spain Under-21 international Mikel Merino from Borussia Dortmund on a season-long loan.Midfielder Merino, 21, who made nine appearances for Dortmund last season, becomes Newcastle’s fifth new signing since they won promotion back to the Premier League.“Mikel is a midfielder with talent, an under-21 international for Spain. He’s a good size, has quality on the ball and he’s very, very focused and professional,” Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez told the club’s website.Merino joined Dortmund at the end of the 2015/16 season from hometown club Osasuna, for whom he made more than 60 appearances.He featured in nine games for Bundesliga side Dortmund last season and was in Spain’s Under-21s squad during last month’s European Championships in Poland.“Hopefully he’s the kind of player we can improve a lot – he certainly has the mentality to get better and better,” Benitez saidMerino said he had considered other offers before deciding to team up with fellow Spaniard Benitez.“I know it’s a great club and a really nice city,” he said. “I had different options but I think this is the right place for me to play.“It feels good and I’m very happy to be here, to be part of this club.“I’m looking forward to touching the ball, meeting my new team-mates and starting to play football.”Newcastle have also signed Christian Atsu, Florian Lejeune, Jacob Murphy and Javier Manquillo after securing the Sky Bet Championship title and automatic promotion to the top flight in May. Mikel Merino (left) in action for Dortmund last_img read more

Anglican leader tries to resolve gay dispute

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – The spiritual leader of world Anglicanism has asked six Episcopal bishops to meet in New York next month to try to resolve differences over homosexuality tearing at their church. The gathering is part of a broad effort by Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams to preserve the global Anglican fellowship despite a hardening conservative-liberal divide over whether the Bible bars gay relationships. The Episcopal Church represents Anglicanism in the United States. The Anglican Communion Office in London announced the summit in a brief news release Friday, but did not give specifics about the date and location. The six invited bishops reflect the spectrum of belief across the American church, including conservatives who disagree about whether their dioceses should break from the national denomination. Virginia Bishop Peter Lee, who is among the six U.S. invitees, said the participants “have agreed not to talk at length with the press” about the gathering. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.“The archbishop of Canterbury is encouraging American bishops to try to work on these questions,” Lee said in a phone interview. “We’re trying to hold together people who have differing views and to respect those differing views.” Williams is not expected to attend, though Canon Kenneth Kearon, secretary general of the 77 million-member Anglican Communion, will participate, along with outgoing Episcopal Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold and Presiding Bishop-elect Katharine Jefferts Schori, who takes office in November. The other participants are Bishop Jack Iker of Fort Worth, Texas; Southwest Florida Bishop John Lipscomb; and Pittsburgh Bishop Robert Duncan, head of the Anglican Communion Network, an association of 10 conservative Episcopal dioceses and more than 900 parishes considering splitting from the national church.last_img read more

Marshfield Park & Recreation to offer baseball programs

first_imgFor Hub City TimesMARSHFIELD – The Marshfield Park & Recreation department will offer three baseball programs this summer.Rookie League Baseball is for grades K- 1. Boys and girls will learn the fundamentals of baseball through practice and mini games. League will be held Wednesdays, June 19 – July 31, 5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. or 6:30-7:30 p.m. League will take place at G.P. Olson Fields.Triple-A League Baseball is for grades 1- 3. Participants will learn baseball and softball skills while incorporating hitting a pitched ball. League will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 13 – July 25, at 5:15 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. Games take place at G.P. Olson West Field.Baseball Camp for grades 4-7 will offer individual skill development and team play. Camp will be held June 10-12, 1-4 p.m.For more information, call 715-384-4642, Ext. 0.  Registration is available at the Parks & Recreation office, 211 E. Second St., Suite 111, Marshfield, or online at ci.marshfield.wi.us.last_img read more

Future Friday: Is the future of management in gamification?

first_imgI asked him later at his book signing party if he thought this was the wave of the future and he responded, “I do”, and it needs to be sooner rather than later. It is data-driven, and that takes the subjective errors out of the process. But it turns out we want some subjectivity in the process. With the gamification process we can build a tool that works for leaders and employees as opposed to just serving the needs of the organization. Just think about having a tool where you can mix, match and select “players” based on how well they mesh, and then have a tool to provide them the feedback and support they need to be successful.Pretty powerful.Be Sociable, Share! At the #SHRM15 national conference, speaker, writer, entrepreneur Marcus Buckingham talked about his research and writing on leadership. He was releasing a new book Standout 2.0, in which he talks about assessing your strengths as a leader in order to be better in your job and in your life. During his presentation, he was talking about his son and his playing FIFA soccer on his Xbox. I had a minor “wow” moment there.Game boards to lead?Buckingham made many great statements, which included:The best team leaders ask “What are your priorities this week + how can I help?” Every week. 52 times a year.Team leaders don’t give feedback, they coach.Team leaders need to check-in with their team members every week on near-term future work.As a team leader, I wonder what are the strengths of my people, what are they doing this week + how are they feeling?You can’t build a great organization from the center. Build lots of teams like your best teams. Team leader by team leader.61% of my performance rating of you is a reflection of me and not you.If you put garbage data in, you get garbage data out. Team leaders need real-time, reliable smart data. As he went through his points, he gave an example of his son’s game dashboard. It allows his son to select a team based on multiple characteristics, such as: their strengths, their unique qualities, and how they mesh with the other team members. He said this is the sort of dashboard that leaders need to have.last_img read more