During this past weekend’s episode of A Prairie Home Companion, Jim James made an appearance as one of this week’s special guests along with fellow musician Aimee Mann and comedian Hari Kondabolu. The My Morning Jacket frontman first joined host Chris Thile in the middle of the show, which was taped at St. Paul, Minnesota’s Fitzgerald Theatre, where the musician performed solo renditions of New Multitudes’ “Changing World” and Quincy Jones’ “Everything Must Change.” James later reemerged half an hour later for an interview segment before additional solo performances of James’ “Here In Spirit” and My Morning Jacket’s “Wonderful.” To close out the show, Thile, James, Sara Watkins, Richard Dworsky, and The Show Band came together to cover Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” as a tribute to the late Chris Cornell, who unexpected passing last week has made waves across the music community.Watch Trey Anastasio Pay Tribute To Leon Russell On “A Prairie Home Companion”You can listen to this weekend’s episode of A Prairie Home Companion featuring Jim James here. James makes his first appearance around the 54-minute mark, and later around one-hour-and-thirty minutes in.[Cover photo: Andrew Rios; H/T Jambase]
If online articles came with soundtracks, this piece would be accompanied by The Beatles performing their classic “Here Comes the Sun”.Perhaps you prefer the edgier version by Ritchie Havens or Nina Simone’s soulful rendition. Regardless of your preference, you probably know or recognize the lyrics.“Little darling, it’s been a long, cold lonely winter.Little darling, it feels like years since it’s been here.Here comes the sun. Here comes the sun.And, I say, ‘It’s alright’.My November 2019 article asked you to prepare for an economic winter. Obviously, it arrived much sooner and stronger than anyone imagined. The COVID-19 virus is the equivalent of a global economic polar vortex.Preparing for SpringWe don’t know the ultimate length or severity of this economic downturn. We do, however, know that after the winter comes the spring.Here are three ideas you should pursue right now to be ready:Watch for the signs.Nature signals that spring is in the air.Birds sound happier. Trees begin to show their buds. The smells of wood burning in a distant fireplace or the piney odor of evergreen trees are replaced with the fresher, softer scents of a reawakening Earth.The economy shows signs, too.From a macro perspective, the economy is on its way back when layoffs decrease and consistently fall below 250,000 per month. Hiring increases begin to exceed 100,000 per month. Construction activity picks up. The GDP forecast projects growth in the future. There are significant positive moves in consumer confidence, leading economic indicators, and the percentage of economists who forecast growth.There are similar signs in the marketplace you serve. Identify and begin monitoring them now.You are rarely hurt by planting your garden a few weeks late. You can miss opportunities when you aren’t paying attention to signs of economic spring.Build your culture to flourish in what’s next.Are you hunkered down waiting for the returning “new normal”?Forget about it. We aren’t going to awaken from hibernation to find that things are the same. A sense of “normal” won’t return for a very long time. Perhaps it will not arrive at all.There is no more new normal. There is only a new next.The concept of a state of “normal” is rooted in Kurt Lewin’s classic change model that you unfreeze the thing you want to be different, change it, and refreeze it.That notion was already questionable because the world moves too quickly to ever fully refreeze a change. The COVID-19 virus has proven that the best we can often achieve isn’t refreezing to ice. It is gelatin.The culture needed to flourish in a new next environment is built on the foundation of the past. It is values aligned, results focused, member obsessed, and people centric.The culture accelerates your ability to flourish when it is change ready, data driven, and process oriented. Chances are that you were already working on – or at least talking about – these items. This crisis is the ultimate stress test that determines where you are solid and where there are gaps.Even those things aren’t enough to ensure your survival … much less position you for growth.The game changers for your culture are that it is collaboration enabled and future seeking.Collaboration-enabled, future-seeking cultures actively seek different perspectives and ideas to solve problems and capture opportunities. They are like the scouts who worked for the wagon trains as the West was being settled. Every day they rode out over the horizon in search of two things: Where are the hostiles that have the potential to do us harm, and where is the water that provides an opportunity to sustain and fuel us on our journey?Keep the ground prepared and the plants watered.Lawns and plants need water even when they are dormant. It helps to put a pre-emergent on your lawn before the weeds have a chance to sprout.These are facts of winter lawn care that you probably learned in your youth. I, on the other hand, had to discover them the hard way when I became a first-time home owner.It’s the same with your members. Consistent care and feeding of the relationship during this economic winter sets the stage for a vibrant growth spurt when the economy thaws and spring arrives.Managing the DissonanceArticles, presentations, and books make leading sound easy. Then you are bombarded with the realities of the moment.That is especially true right now. The dissonance between preparing for the spring and surviving the winter is real.Your good intentions compete with the emergencies and mundane of today. Your team and members must have the necessary PPE. Members have questions about their PPP loans or unemployment payment status that require research. Helping your team remain productive as it works from home is taking more time. The clock doesn’t magically add an extra two hours per day.One solution lies in doing things differently rather than trying to do more things. Look for opportunities to grow others by asking them to collaborate on new ideas. Identify activities with minimal value that can be discontinued, and engage everyone in watching for signs of the emerging spring.The sun will shine again. Rebirth will happen. Now is the time to prepare for the economic spring. Cue The Beatles. 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randy Pennington Randy Pennington is an award-winning author, speaker, and leading authority on helping organizations achieve positive results in a world of accelerating change. He is author of the award-winning books Make … Web: www.armstrongspeakers.com Details
Murcia police stationchief Major Robert Dejucos said the victimsustained a gunshot wound on the head. Residents discoveredhis lifeless body around 8:35 a.m. on Saturday morning. Dejucos said the victim was wearingblack and white stripe polo shirt and khaki pants with a tattoo on his chestand right arm. He was estimated to be 30 years old. His head was covered withplastic and his hands were tied with packing tape. BACOLOD City – An unidentified man believed to be a victim of summary executionwas found dead, hogtied in a sugarcane plantation in Barangay Pandanon Silos,Murcia, Negros Occidental. Dejucos said they have no lead yet onthe motive and identities of two or more suspects behind the killing./PN
The BMS Wrestling team improved their record to 3-3 with a 66-35 victory over Milan.Leading for the Bulldogs were Alex Murphy, Vonley Hund, and Katie Mobley all winning by pin. Chase Hamilton also contributed a decision win. Winning by forfeit were Marcus Neise, Jacob Garrett, Josh Mobley, Aaron Norman, Jesus Garcia, and Brandon Manning. Winning in JV match ups were Jacob Garret with a pin, Mason Neeley with a pin, Elijah Stover with a pin, and Bobby Weiler with a pin.Come out and support the Bulldogs as they face Greendale at home on Thursday starting at 5:30.
St. John’s: The Cricket West Indies selection panel on Thursday named the two squads which will face India in the ODI and T20I series in December.Reigning World T20 champions West Indies will face India in three T20Is in Hyderabad, Thiruvananthapuram and Mumbai between December 6 and December 11. The two teams will then meet in three ODIs in Chennai, Vizag and Cuttack between December 15 and December 22.The West Indies selectors have backed the players who recently played against Afghanistan in Lucknow.Speaking on the squad selection, head coach Phil Simmons said: “We have three matches in each format, so we wanted to give each squad a chance to compete against India. No disrespect to Afghanistan, but facing India will be more difficult. Our players really got the hang of things with the 3-0 series win in the ODIs against Afghanistan, and I believe we will move from strength to strength.”Simmons added: “The T20Is will give them chance to play and develop, and again, with no disrespect to Afghanistan, this should be a stronger T20 opposition and we will see how they perform against India.“The next World T20 Cup is in Australia (2020) and the one after that is here in India (2021), so there is a lot of preparation to be done. We have given the players here a chance in this series and we know we have players outside who may be coming in later on as well, so it’s good to give those who are here another opportunity.”Squads: T20 Internationals: Kieron Pollard (captain), Fabian Allen, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Brandon King, Evin Lewis, Keemo Paul, Nicholas Pooran, Khary Pierre, Denesh Ramdin, Sherfane Rutherford, Lendl Simmons, Hayden Walsh jr., Kesrick WilliamsODIs: Kieron Pollard (captain), Shai Hope, Sunil Ambris, Roston Chase, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King, Evin Lewis, Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre, Nicholas Pooran, Romario Shepherd, Hayden Walsh jr. IANSAlso Read: New Zealand first-class side releases Mickey Arthur for ‘next assignment’Also Watch: Two weeks national workshop on research methodology at Bodoland University concluded