With the first contests unfolding next year in South Carolina, Iowa and New Hampshire, small-town voters will play a critical role in choosing the next Democratic nominee.,Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders lamented rural decline during an Iowa swing this weekend.,Several candidates plan to attend a March 30 rural issues forum at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa — population 10,600.,AP VoteCast, a national survey of more than 115,000 voters, found rural and small-town residents cast 35 percent of midterm ballots; 56 percent of those voted for Republican House candidates, compared to 41 percent for Democrats.,Sanders noted that many Vermonters, as in the rest of rural America, view guns differently than most big-city residents, but Clinton successfully used the issue against Sanders, particularly with black women.

Behavioral researcher and author Alfie Kohn likes to tell a joke that many small business owners can no doubt relate to:

An elderly man who lives near a school is regularly harassed by a group of students.,Leadership is not about imposing your will on others, it has more to do with understanding people,” says Dr. Steve Vargo, a business consultant with IDOC and author of Eye on Leadership, An Optometrist’s Game Plan For Creating A Motivated and Empowered Team.,Says Dan Ariely, professor of psychology and behavioral economics at the Fuqua School of Business: “The question for your staff should be, ‘Can I do one small thing to get better today?’,In other words, people who enjoy meetings are those who don’t like getting things done.,The key question for distinguishing a worthwhile meeting from a worthless one seems to be this: is it a “status-report” meeting so employees can tell each other things? read more

Research reveals that actually, daily workplace experiences impact job satisfaction.,[i] They began by recognizing prior research establishing self-determination theory (SDT), which holds that the satisfaction of basic psychological needs such as competence, relatedness, and autonomy in a workplace setting creates the foundation for commitment, as well as autonomous (which is the opposite of controlled) regulation, or intrinsic motivation, which boosts a feeling of well-being.,They believed that employees who are strongly committed to their jobs would be more likely to feel autonomous regulation or intrinsic motivation at work, which would likely to translate into flow experiences.,They further adopted a definition of work engagement as synonymous with concepts such as "employee engagement, job engagement, role engagement, or personal engagement.",Your Job as Your Home Away From Home

Given the significant amount of time people spend on the job, this research seems to suggest that workplace structure can indeed contribute to satisfaction, and that a positive workplace experience involves much more than merely going through the motions. read more

In a busy week full of fan appearances and charity opportunities, the team is also smoothing out its gameday and broadcast plans for its second season in the MLS.,In addition to its national broadcasts, LAFC announced today a total of 18 local broadcasts in the 2019 season in partnership with Univision Los Angeles.,“There are no bigger sports fans than Latinos in Los Angeles, and we are excited to once again partner with LAFC on the 2019 season.”,The members of the club’s expansive supporters’ system voted Jimmy Lopez to be president of the 3252, the overarching organization in charge of fan support, for the upcoming 2019 season.,Lopez previously served as the president of the Black Army 1850, one of the original supporters groups for LAFC that predates the team’s first roster and the completion of its stadium.

ELLINGTON, CT/LUDLOW, VT — A report shows that an Ellington man was killed while skiing at a popular Vermont snow sports area earlier this month.,The accident took place on Feb. 10 at Okemo Mountain Resort.,Christian Hanlon, 39, of Ellington, was found by the Ski Patrol off an intermediate trail near the Jackson Gore area, according to a report.,He was transported to the Jackson Gore base patrol station and, after further emergency care and evaluation, was pronounced deceased by the Ludlow Ambulance Service, according to a report.,"Okemo Mountain Resort, Okemo Ski Patrol and the entire Vail Resorts family extend our deepest sympathy and support to our guest's family and friends," said Doug Pierini, Okemo's vice president and chief operating officer.

The “A Lot” rapper was detained by the Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) in Atlanta, Georgia (Feb. 3) on claims that he’s a British citizen who overstayed his visa since migrating to the U.S. city in 2005 at age seven.,Spiro notes that ICE can also attribute past criminal offenses “into their enforcement policies and strategies,” when it concerns detainment, but given ICE’s controversial statement on Abraham-Joseph (noting his past and expunged felony drug charge), Spiro believes this situation is a “miscarriage of justice, a misuse of resources.”,If Abraham-Joseph’s U Visa application gets approved by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), he will become a “lawfully permanent resident” or a Green Card holder, and have access to rights like opening a bank account and attending an “academic or vocational” school.,Detainment Conditions And Mental Health:

Georgia’s Irwin County Detention Center is the reported facility where Abraham-Joseph was held.,In mid-2018, Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy displayed how dire conditions are within detainment centers, especially concerning children who are separated from their guardians, and the mental health assistance that certain people will need once released. read more

Purpose is also one of the core human attributes found in a collaborative study I did with Stanford University’s CCARE worth investing in if we aim to expand individual capacity and grow organizational resilience as 21st-century leaders.,Empirical research shows us that without clear purpose, goals or values, we experience a considerable amount of stress, struggling to reach meaning formation.,When we have a clear sense of purpose, however, we are presented by the possibility of not only realizing who we are (psychological impact), which leads to the development of better authenticity (spiritual impact), we experience better synchronization between our hearts and brains, preserving our most sacred natural resources and decreasing anxiety (physical impact).,In an organizational context, leaders can imbue work with meaningfulness by prompting employees to transcend their personal needs or goals in favor of those tied to a broader mission or purpose.,Purpose is important to us as individuals because it points us toward the future and the possibility of self-expression, providing an opportunity for us to bring who we are, our natural strengths, and what we want from our lives and from our work into the conversation.

To maximise their bottom line, football clubs must aspire to be successful, and to do so, requires them to buy short term, liquid and measurable assets – footballer players.,To acquire football players, clubs must partake in a transfer market which dictate the prices of the assets available based on demand and supply.,The sad truth that we live in a hyper capitalist society governed by greed and in my view, football and footballer players more specifically, are merely the tip of a giant, immoral, unethical, dishonourable, corrupt and nefarious iceberg.,Mohsin (ok that wasn’t actually short after all), Dubai

I think last night confirmed what we’ve been hearing about player power at Chelsea over the last few years.,For a 24 year old keeper who has been at the club for less than a year to behave so in public, clearly disobeying and disrespecting your manager to the full glare of millions, I believe the issues are much deeper than we thought. read more

FILE - In this June 7, 2018, file photo, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft speaks with reporters following an NFL football minicamp practice, in Foxborough, Mass.,less

FILE - In this June 7, 2018, file photo, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft speaks with reporters following an NFL football minicamp practice, in Foxborough, Mass.,Police in Florida have charged New ... more read more