Raiders report card: Offense goes AWOL in loss to Jaguars

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device. OAKLAND — How the Raiders graded in a 20-16 loss Sunday to the Jacksonville Jaguars at the Coliseum:PASS OFFENSE D-plusDerek Carr passed for 221 yards in the first half (14 of 22) and a touchdown and only 46 yards in the second half. Tyrell Williams started things off with a 40-yard touchdown grab on a seven-play, 75-yard drive to open the game but later had a huge drop in the third quarter. He had only one other …last_img read more

SMB Tech Roundup: Collaboration Apps, iPad for Business, Google Analytics and QR Code Doubts

first_imgKeeping up with every tech headline is hard enough for anybody, let alone busy professionals. To help, ReadWriteBiz rounds up the week’s most important tech news and insights for small- and medium-sized businesses.In the collaboration Web app department, we saw group chat service Talker drop its subscription price to zero this week and get rolled into the Teambox project management suite. Meanwhile, collaborative task management app Flow, which we covered while it was in beta, officially launched. While these kinds of Web-based collaboration tools are all the rage these days, a study we covered this week suggested that companies are not quite sure how beneficial such tools are yet. Collaborative Web tools certainly help businesses cut down on commuting and improve communication, but beyond that, many companies aren’t seeing real benefits yet. Everybody’s favorite business social networking platform LinkedIn hit 100 million users this week and published a pretty infographic breaking down the statistics on those users. Web design feedback tool Notable launched a new design of its own this week, giving a fresh look to the browser-based service, which lets you easily gather insights on a page’s design and content from others. Google Analytics began rolling out their new dashboards to select beta users this week. The customizable, module-based dashboards let you build out reports based on each team member’s specific data needs. They’re not available to all Google Analytics users yet, but you can sign up for early access. Have you ever scanned a QR code with your phone? If so, you’re a part of a pretty small minority, at least in the United States. About a quarter of Americans own smart phones and out of them, only 32% have ever used a QR code, according to one recent survey. Tablets are quickly finding their place in business and accordingly, there was a lot of news about the iPad for businesses this week. ReadWriteWeb’s own Klint Finley rounded up the latest in iPad productivity apps, security features and usage statics. Also over on our sister channel ReadWriteEnterprise, Klint reviewed how to select and migrate to a cloud-based email provider for those companies ready to take the plunge. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Related Posts 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…center_img Tags:#biz#Reviews 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… john paul titlowlast_img read more

Choosing Exactly How Your Life is Difficult

first_imgLife is difficult and full of suffering. Survival itself comes with adversity. Success, by whatever measure you choose, is difficult, requiring time, energy, and competence—and perhaps a bit of good fortune. With all of this being true, you get to choose what kind of suffering you prefer.You might prefer healthy suffering, the kind that provides meaning, purpose, and a host of other rewards. Alternatively, you may prefer a type of suffering that produces only greater suffering.Unhealthy SufferingIf you develop the habits of laziness, sloth, procrastination, and a general lack of industriousness, you will surely suffer the outcomes those habits invariably produce. You will have too little of what you want, be worth too little to those who might provide you with opportunity, do too little of what needs to be done—when it needs to be done, and produce little.If you believe that other people are responsible for your current state, that they prevent you from having the things you want or need, or if you envy others who have more than you have and believe that life is inherently unfair, you will suffer without a positive change to the current state. The longer you carry these beliefs and the more they become embedded in your thinking, the more you will suffer. Your suffering will show up first as complaining, then negativity, then cynicism, and then nihilism (a chronic form of suffering).Wanting reality to be something different from what it is, believing the world should conform to what you consider to be ideal, or believing you are entitled to something without having worked to obtain it, will all cause you to suffer. Though you suffer, reality will not conform to your ideal, nor will anyone recognize your entitlement.Some try to avoid the forms of suffering by abusing drugs, alcohol, or other substances, leading only to new and greater forms of suffering, even if they experience momentary relief from their suffering. Some try to avoid work and cheat the system, only to suffer later after the discovery of their bad decision. Their low moral intelligence produced their suffering (even if that decision was a momentary lack of character and ethics). Still others seek comfort by breaking the commitments they make to the most important people in their lives, a pattern that not only creates suffering for them but causes others to suffer greatly.This is an unhealthy type of suffering, producing no benefit to the one who suffers.Healthy SufferingIt takes effort and energy to be industrious, to take the initiative, to fight the desire to seek comfort instead of exertion, and produce something of value in this world. It takes effort and energy, including doing things you don’t want to do when you don’t feel like doing them. It takes becoming a person of value, someone who produces outcomes others value enough to trade other things of value in order to obtain those outcomes. The suffering here is not only less than its opposite, but it also provides positive outcomes as a reward. The delayed-gratification while delayed, does show up eventually.Because of the way human beings develop, we don’t like to be responsible for our mistakes, our digressions, and our failures. As children, we lie about the missing cookies or the broken lamp. We make excuses as to why we fail the math exam. Much of what shows up in all forms of media provides a narrative that other people are to blame for your state. Believing that you are completely and entirely responsible for every aspect of your life is a difficult position to hold at best, and suffering at worst. However, the fact that you are responsible also comes with the benefit of being empowered to change what you want (or need) to change. That empowerment, when acted on, allows for the changes that improve your life wherever you decide to place your focus.Accepting reality isn’t easy, especially if you are an idealist. Even though life continues to improve for most of Earth’s population, there are still so many things that could use improvement—including too much unnecessary suffering. The choice to accept reality and to refuse to believe you are entitled to have things the way you want them is difficult. It is, however, the most realistic and fairest view of how things are better, but not good enough. Accepting reality opens the opportunity to make a difference and improve things when and where you can. Maybe you can’t eradicate malaria or polio, but you can help someone, and you can make a difference.Humans are easily tempted. They are tempted by food, drink, entertainment, distractions, and pleasure. Trading pleasure for meaning, purpose, and character means walking away from temptations of pleasure. As difficult as it is to push temptations away, that small suffering is nothing compared to the longer term—and much greater—suffering that follows consistently poor decisions.These are positive choices you can make to deal with difficulties and suffering.Life is full of difficult things and suffering. You can make positive choices about how you suffer and move towards a better life (even if not an easy one, and even if it is one where there are occasionally events that cause you great suffering). You might also make negative choices that seem to alleviate your suffering or discomfort, allowing you to avoid difficulties and discomfort now, only to suffer much more—and with much more significant consequences in the future. Essential Reading! 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The One Competitive Advantage Not Being Commoditized

first_imgSalespeople and sales organizations work very hard to differentiate themselves and their offerings as a way to create a competitive advantage. Many believe their company is the differentiation. Others think their solutions provide differentiation. Few would dare to describe their people as their competitive advantage, even when it is true. Even fewer would recognize caring as their competitive advantage and the superpower that it is in an age of commoditization and the conflation of everything to the transaction itself. Caring is the one competitive advantage that is not being commoditized, and by its very nature, cannot be reduced to a transaction.Caring is ExpensiveFrom an organizational perspective, caring is expensive. You must invest more time than you would in a transactional approach to a commercial relationship. You have to invest in people, the opposite approach of the many people infected with the idea they should reduce the number of people they need by automating as many processes as possible. The idea to enable humans with technology has morphed into a drive to replace humans with it.When your competition zags, you should zig. When care is removed, the competitive advantage shifts to those who are willing to provide what is missing. While others invest in technology, investing in human beings, the only resource capable of caring is to build a competitive advantage.Caring Takes Time and EffortThere was a time when customer service centers tried to reduce the time their agents spent on the phone when their customers called for help. The thinking was that the more time the agent spent with the customer, the more expensive the call. Over time, the pendulum has swung back the other direction, as companies discovered that as expensive as it was to pay the agent for their time, losing the customer was even more costly. Caring requires you to give people your time.There is no commodity more expensive or more precious than time. There are ways to acquire more of any other resource, but time is finite. When you invest time in one thing, you eliminate the option of investing it somewhere else. This is no truer than when it comes to the time it takes to care.Caring also requires considerable effort. You have to put forth the energy necessary to communicate frequently and effectively, trading your physical presence for what might have been an email. It requires the friction that comes with asking for and obtaining someone else’s time and attention. It also requires that you have the sometimes difficult conversations to solve problems.Caring Requires IntimacyCharlie Green of Trusted Advisor would tell you that trust is built on credibility, reliability, and intimacy, as well as a lack of self-orientation. He would also inform you that, of the four factors, the one that weighs most heavily is intimacy.Intimacy means that you know the other person. You know what’s important to them and why. You understand their preferences, you keep these things are front of mind and consider them in the decisions you take together. You can think of this as tailoring or customizing what and how you do things.I love that Amazon.com’s algorithm knows and understands some of my preferences, a transactional approach designed to fake intimacy. No one at Amazon.com knows me, and I don’t know anyone there. A savvy, independent bookstore could beat Amazon’s by taking a bibliophile’s past purchase data and calling to ask them if they’d like the bookstore to hold a new release for them. Even more, a human that knows the individuals that frequent their store could get to know them well enough to make recommendations.Only humans are capable of intimacy, and that means only humans are capable of caring. Intimacy is also the key to understanding how to create value for your clients.Caring Requires InitiativeWaiting until your client recognizes they need something and asks for your help is a transactional approach to the relationship. Even worse, allowing your clients to make mistakes or avoid changing before they are harmed is a form of negligence or complacency, both of which prove a lack of caring. If you want to make retention difficult and expose yourself to being displaced, given a long enough timeline, a lack of caring is all but guaranteed.Caring isn’t passive or reactive. It requires one to take the initiative. For caring to be a competitive advantage, you must act before it is necessary. You must maintain your intimacy and proactively propose and create new value.Caring and the Creation of PreferenceThere is a concept that we don’t pay enough attention to in sales. The idea is “creating a preference,” the very heart of sales.We seek technological solutions over human competencies, even when the technology that promises efficiencies reduces effectiveness. We look for a way to increase the speed at which we win deals, often using strategies that cause clients to select a competitor. We avoid the very things that might create intimacy.All the effort we put into selling is to create a preference to buy from—and work with—us instead of a competitor. Imagine two competitors, both vying for a client’s business. Both of these competitors have the business acumen and the solutions necessary to serve the client well. One of them spends more time with the client, working to understand their needs better and creates a sense of intimacy. That same salesperson is proactive and communicates in a way that ensures the client know they listened and heard them as they shared their wants and needs. The salesperson also showed up and made their presence felt by really working to understand the client’s business. The other salesperson did none of these things. Which of these two salespeople would you prefer as your strategic partner?When all things are equal, you must make something unequal. If there is a superpower in business, it is caring. If you want a sustainable competitive advantage that isn’t going to be commoditized now or in the future, look no further. Essential Reading! 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Madayag: Ateneo needs to play with more confidence

first_imgRead Next The Lady Eagles, after starting 0-2, have now strung together two straight wins with the last one coming in a four-setter against bottom-dwelling University of the East Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.Skipper Maddie Madayag, though, still wants to see more from her team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We need more confidence especially that we have a new setter and new liberos,” said Madayag in Filipino after their 21-25, 25-18, 25-21, 25-14 win over the Lady Warriors.“It’s like we need to have more motivation when we play in the future.” Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Ateneo has finally shrugged off its sluggish start to the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img View comments Ateneo’s conundrum is losing a plethora of its players with setter Jia Morado sitting out the final year of her collegiate career and libero Gizelle Tan graduating.The Lady Eagles also lost Michelle Morente, who transferred to La Salle, Kim Gequillana, and Ana Gopico.Sophomore Deanna Wong have now taken over the playmaking duties for the Lady Eagles while Dani Ravena and Jenelle Lo take turns as the team’s defensive anchor.“We just have to enjoy and focus on the game,” said Madayag who had 12 points against UE.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum Beermen regain top spot, rally past Aces 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

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