Being a great leader also requires you to be a well-liked leader. While we often have to make tough business decisions, meet deadlines and keep daily operations running smoothly, we also need to be equally focused on building and maintaining positive relationships.Developing this kind of likability can only be attained through your actions – how you make people feel – not based on how you look or your level of success. Inc.com contributor Jeff Haden lists 11 habits of “genuinely likable people” – habits that will help make a great first impression, and also a great lasting impression. His list includes:Give before you receive, fully expecting to not receive anything.Shift the spotlight to other people.Listen three times more than you talk.Never practice selective hearing. continue reading » 24SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), one of major shipbuilders in South Korea, has agreed to pay total penalties of more than USD 75 million to resolve the US government’s investigation into violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) arising out of a scheme to pay millions of dollars in bribes to Brazilian officials.Beginning in 2007 and continuing until 2013, SHI provided about USD 20 million in commission payments to a Brazilian intermediary, knowing that portions of the money would be paid as bribes to officials at Petrobras, the Brazilian state-owned oil and state-controlled energy company.As explained, SHI made the corrupt payments to secure improper business advantages and to cause Petrobras to enter into a contract to charter a drillship that SHI was selling to a Houston-based offshore oil drilling company, which facilitated SHI executing the sale of the drillship.“Samsung Heavy Industries paid millions of dollars to a Brazilian intermediary, knowing that some of that money would be used to bribe high-level executives at Petrobras and obtain a lucrative shipbuilding contract,” Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, said.“Samsung Heavy Industries caused millions of dollars in corrupt bribe payments to be paid to foreign officials to win business, upsetting what should have been a level playing field for other companies that followed the rules,” U.S. Attorney G. Zachary Terwilliger of the Eastern District of Virginia, commented.SHI entered into a deferred prosecution agreement with the US Department of Justice in connection with a criminal information charging the company with conspiracy to violate the anti-bribery provisions of the FCPA.Pursuant to its agreement with the US DOJ, the shipbuilder has committed to pay a total criminal penalty of USD 75,481,600. Half of that amount will be paid within 10 business days to the US government, and the other half will be paid within the next 12 months either to the Brazilian government if a separate resolution is reached with Brazilian authorities or to the US government if no such payment is made to Brazil during that 12-month period.In related proceedings in Brazil, Samsung Heavy Industries entered into a memorandum of understanding with the Controladoria-Geral da União (CGU) and Advogado-Geral da União (AGU) and a complementary agreement for the negotiation of a leniency agreement with the Ministério Público Federal (MPF).“We deeply regret the company’s involvement in these events, which is contrary to our values and ethical standards,” Joon Ou Nam, CEO of SHI, said in a separate statement.“Many of the events described in our agreement happened more than a decade ago, and the individuals involved are no longer with the company. Over the past years, we have taken extensive steps, at our own initiative, to strengthen our anti-corruption compliance program to meet the highest standards of compliance and ethics,” he added.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “Tough to say. We’ll see,” Bryant said. “So far, I’ve been pretty cool about everything. I’ve been very thankful about everything. I’ve been very happy about everything. It hasn’t really hit me yet. We’ll see if it does.”Ever since making his pending retirement official in late November, Bryant anticipated the finality of his career would eventually strike him. Oh, Bryant has embraced opponents. He has reflected on his 20 NBA seasons that has entailed five league championships and third place on the all-time scoring list. He has waved to the home crowds that always loved him and to the opposing fans that previously booed him. Yet, Bryant maintained he has yet to fully process he will soon stop playing. He believed it has become hard to do since his farewell tour has taken place while he is still playing.So Bryant has said he will stick to his usual pregame routine that will involve resting, icing, stretching and massage therapy. Bryant then plans to report to Staples Center several hours beforehand for more shooting and treatment.During that buildup, Scott conceded he will likely think about coaching and watching Bryant play basketball one last time. Yet, Scott initially sounded skeptical on if he will become teary-eyed.“I can’t. I’m a man’s man,” Scott said. “I’m not going to be crying there and all that. I don’t think.”Moments later, Scott admitted he will likely sit in his office for a prolonged time after the game thinking about Bryant’s career. “I’m going to have so many emotions that will go through my body and through my mind,” Scott said. “Because of him and 20 years I’ve known him. I don’t know what I’m going to do.”Scott had more clarity on how he will handle Bryant for his last game.After nursing major ailments for three consecutive seasons, Bryant logged only 28 minutes per game in the 2015-16 campaign and appeared in 65 out of 81 games. Instead, Scott said Bryant will play an unspecified minutes that could exceed his season-high 37 minutes he played Nov. 20 against Toronto.Scott also plans to play Bryant between 10 minutes to 12 minutes in the first quarter. “When that quarter is over, I’ll talk to him again,” Scott said. “It’ll probably be at halftime when I see how he’s feeling. That will determine the minutes he’ll play in the third quarter and fourth quarter.”Somewhere in between the intrigue surrounding Bryant’s final appearance and the festivities surrounding it, the Lakers have a game to play. The Lakers have struggled to do that for most of the 2015-16 season. They will end with their worst record in franchise history. They will miss the NBA playoffs for the third consecutive year. They will enter the offseason riddled with questions surrounding their future.Hence, Bryant’s farewell tour has provided the Lakers a temporary distraction from those problems.“The fans deserve it. They’re paying a lot of good money for Kobe’s jersey and for the tickets for years and years,” Lakers forward Metta World Peace said. “The NBA got a billion-dollar TV deal and a lot of it had to do with Kobe. He’s a superstar. They deserve to see this.”Scott argued Bryant deserves to see this, too. “His competitive nature and the way he went about his business gained him a lot of respect around the world. This farewell tour was something that was much needed,” Scott said. “He’ll look back and really appreciate the way the fans treated him on the way out.”Before that happens, Bryant will do something that has become so customary for two decades.He will play basketball, try to win and provide a memorable performance.“I feel really excited and very happy, ” Bryant said. “I’m looking forward to lacing them up one more time.” Vivid Seats, a secondary ticket broker, tabbed the median ticket price for Bryant’s last game at $2,100 each.The Lakers recently issued a fraud alert, forewarning fans about the potential dangers of purchasing tickets for Bryant’s last game through third-party vendors. Scott also chuckled when he shared he has refused to grant friends any extra tickets other than the four he already has set aside for family members.“There’s going to be tons of people in the stands and they’re going to be on the streets,” Scott said. “The ones that couldn’t get into the game will be on the streets hoping to get a glimpse of Kobe coming out.”Will those fans see Bryant maintaining the same steely persona that has mostly defined his 20-year NBA career? Or will Bryant show a vulnerable side after projecting his indestructible image for so long? The video tribute will likely play longer. The notable celebrities will likely become larger. The endless cheers will likely sound louder. The private gifts will likely become grander. Yet, as Kobe Bryant has inched closer and closer toward playing his last game in a sport he has forever loved, the Lakers’ 37-year-old star insisted he has avoided becoming emotional about it. He has done so mainly because he has forced himself not to think about that moment.That moment has come. In what Lakers coach Byron Scott predicted is “going to be bananas,” the Lakers (16-65) will host the Utah Jazz (40-41) on Wednesday at Staples Center. That will mark Bryant’s final game and what Scott called “the end of an unbelievable basketball player.” The atmosphere could arguably mirror an NBA Finals game, if not grander.The Team LA story at Staples Center will sell exclusive Bryant merchandise beginning Wednesday morning.
Main concerns More consistency Delegates at yesterday’s KSAFA annual general meeting (AGM) gave the Stewart Stephenson-led administration a passing grade for their term in office. The delegates, some of whom include Stephenson’s harshest critics, say the association is heading in the right direction. Santos’ Carlton ‘Spanna’ Dennis and Duhaney Park president Darrington Ferguson say the administration has made strides since Stephenson took the reins in 2014, but they are looking for greater benefits to the clubs. “The council has done a wonderful job. It just needs an improvement of the finance to the clubs,” Dennis told The Sunday Gleaner. “I told the president he cannot expect me to give up the front of my shirt and I am not getting anything for it … If the club (Santos) gets sponsorship, I would like to put them at the front. If I can put both on the front (club and competition sponsors), I won’t have a problem, but the back is out,” he noted. “Over the two years, there were things that were important, such as building the image, credibility and reputation of the association. Getting a more appropriate building to administer KSAFA matters, bringing more consistency to our competitions structure and strengthening the quality of sponsorship and bringing greater benefits to the clubs. I think we have accomplished that,” he stated. He added: “We are completing the sale of our existing office building and we are 99 per cent there. All the legal work has been done and the deposit paid. We are now just waiting on the purchasers to pay over the proceeds, but they are waiting on a title from the bank where we had the mortgage. “We sold the (former) building for $23 million and there is a mortgage required of $12m. We are going to get about $11m in our hands and we are just waiting on that money, which we expect in two weeks. “Then we intend to buy a property at 3 Beechwood Avenue, which is right in the New Kingston zone. The clubs discussed it and they accepted it as a good deal,” he commented. Ferguson commended the association while calling for an increase in incentives to the clubs. “Most of the issues were addressed. The main concerns were how are we going to move forward with finance and development. I believe the administration is putting in the structure to attract both the infrastructure and sponsorship football needs. The next phase is how do the clubs benefit, as development starts from the clubs,” he argued. Ferguson was also pleased with the purchase of a new office building at Beechwood Avenue. “We are getting a new office, and that is another level of development because KSAFA can say they have a home that is fully paid for … Now, we must look at how the individual clubs are being developed,” he added. Meanwhile, Stephenson said they had accomplished most of their objectives for the year and he wants clubs to benefit greater in the future.