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The Jungle Bunch * A Wacky Animated Film That Will Have You Laughing

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The Jungle Bunch * A Wacky Animated Film That Will Have You Laughing
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Get ready for the wildest ride of your life! Maurice may look like a penguin – but he’s a real tiger
inside! Raised by a tigress, he’s the clumsiest Kung-Fu master ever. Along with his friends, The
Jungle Bunch, he intends to maintain order and justice in the jungle, as his mother did before
him. But when Igor, an evil koala, decides to destroy the jungle once and for all with the help of
his army of silly baboons, Maurice faces his biggest challenge yet! Your family will go bananas
for The Jungle Bunch, a fresh and funny adventure that’s full of laughs and memorable
characters! KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Will C. comments, “The Jungle Bunch is a wacky animated
movie with talking animals that doesn’t make a lot of sense, but still entertains. Based on a
popular French kids’ series, this film has lots of action and some laughs. My favorite part of the
movie is when an exploding mushroom captures the entire Jungle Bunch. In order to get out,
they throw a pebble which starts a chain reaction to set them free.” Ivey H. adds, “This is a cute
film about a group of animals, called the Jungle Bunch, that protect and watch out for the jungle.
They put out forest fires, fight bad guys, save animals and help the community. I really enjoyed
the bright colors and scenes from the jungle.” Elle S. wraps it up with, “The film draws me in for
many reasons. It’s nice to see how each animal is portrayed by voice over, characteristics and
challenges. Igor, the wicked koala, is small but forceful with throwing mushroom grenades that
burst into big, bright fireworks exploding across the screen. I appreciate the teamwork between
the animals.” See their full reviews below.
The Jungle Bunch
By Will C., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10
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The Jungle Bunch is a wacky animated movie with talking animals that doesn’t make a lot of sense, but
still entertains. Based on a popular French kids’ series, this film has lots of action and some laughs.
The Jungle Bunch begins by introducing us to a civilized nation of animals where an evil koala tries to
throw mushroom bombs at everyone. The Champs are saviors of the jungle – a tiger, sloth, rhino and
porcupine. The tiger raises a penguin as her own, which in turn raises a fish as his own child. Maurice the
tiger-penguin joins up with a gorilla and a bat, among others, to save everyone from Igor the koala
mastermind.
While the animation isn’t quite the level viewers are used to from Disney and Pixar, it’s still quite colorful
and interesting to watch. The jungle setting is especially well done with convincingly animated tropical
plants. The writers probably tried to squeeze too much plot into this film by including the origin story, but I
was still able to follow it well enough. My favorite part of the movie is when an exploding mushroom
captures the entire Jungle Bunch. In order to get out, they throw a pebble which starts a chain reaction to
set them free.
The Jungle Bunch is a movie of champions. “You don’t have to wear stripes in order to be
strong like a tiger.” We follow the lives of different creatures, both heroic and evil, to see how
they respond when devastation hits their habitat.
The battle is on between Natasha, the tiger and former leader of the champs. She stands for
justice and equality and won’t stop protecting and serving her home. Igor, a wicked koala, wants
revenge and power. He’s relentless when it comes to commanding all the animals of the jungle
for his own benefit. They fight for the future of the jungle and who is in control is tested at
ultimate lengths. Natacha has rescued and raised Maurice, a strong willed penguin with a tiger
spirit. He follows in the footsteps of his mother as he teams with a group of animals to protect
and serve.
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This film offers positive outlooks when it comes to equality, problem solving and finding hope
during hopeless situations. The overall production quality is great. The imagery and sound
quality is sure to keep children engaged. Only a couple of scenes go on a little longer than
needed. For the most part, the film maintains a positive flow.
Children that love animals, fireworks explosions, monkey butt jokes and rescue missions will
absolutely enjoy this. It is recommended that you enjoy the film in its entirety as there is a
special bonus clip that is sure to please. There are multiple scenes using freeze framing, bold
bright animation and music that fit well with the flow of the film. The film takes place in a jungle,
so I loved hearing the birds squawking, animals hooting and other sounds of nature.
The film draws me in for many reasons. It’s nice to see how each animal is portrayed by voice
over, characteristics and challenges. Igor, the wicked koala, is small but forceful with throwing
mushroom grenades that burst into big, bright fireworks exploding across the screen. I
appreciate the teamwork between the animals.
There is a menu that offers the film to be played in its entirety or to select certain scenes. A
trailer clip, audio, and subtitles are also available to select. The most impactful message I got
from the film promotes equality and justice. I really enjoyed that Natasha, the tiger, loved and
raised Maurice, a penguin like her own. That equality and unconditional love is passed down to
Maurice when he raises his goldfish, Jr. The moral and love for the community doesn’t change
regardless of the animal or upbringing. This is a positive message for audiences. The message
is that you don’t have to have stripes in order to have the tiger spirit.
I rate this film 4 out of 5 stars for its wildness, comedy, production and impactful socially-positive
messages throughout. I recommend it for ages 5 to 12. The content is appropriate and user
friendly with its jokes and imagery. Reviewed by Elle S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.

Listening and its Effect on Learning

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Listening and its Effect on Learning

Listening and its Effect on Learning

Practical Enlightenment by Ariel & Shya Kane

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably spent more time in a classroom than you can remember. It’s likely that you continue to spend time in similar settings, maybe conferences, meetings, sales presentations, or the like. You’ve spent a lifetime listening to teachers, speakers, reading books and materials, and watching presentations, all in the quest for information. But do you really know what you’re doing?

We have a name for this: Learning. But do you really know an effective way to learn? Have you ever even considered the questions, “How well can I learn?” and “How can I learn better?” Despite the thousands of hours that many of us have invested in learning situations, we’ve really never learned how to learn. It was always something that we just sort of figured out on the fly.

There is an existing technology that can make a dramatic difference in how you learn. It isn’t a study method, a memory aid, or a way to read faster. The major component of this technology has a deceptively simple name and you probably think it’s something you already do. It’s called “listening.” But don’t let the name fool you. When you think you’re listening, you may be doing something completely different. I’ve learned that what I used to call “listening” is not what I mean when I use the word now.

I recently attended a business workshop given by Ariel and Shya Kane, entitled Transformation in the Workplace. As part of the seminar, we explored what it means to truly listen, to intentionally hear what is being said from the point of view of the person who is speaking. How many times do you remember sitting in a presentation or a class, engaging in a casual conversation and hearing something that gave you an idea? It happens to me a lot. I follow the thoughts to see what the new information might mean, or how I might use it. But by the time my attention returns to the speaker, I’ve become totally lost.

If the speaker says something that sounds like what I’ve previously learned, I think “I know that” to myself. Since I already know – or believe that I do – I don’t bother to really listen and hear it. And then there’s no chance for me to see that what the speaker is saying is new or different. Even if I did happen to know the facts involved, the speaker’s perspective is different from my own. If I truly listen, I can acquire a new insight into things. When I think, “I already know that,” it closes me off from hearing the truth and therefore learning. And if you hear yourself saying, “I agree” or “I disagree,” you are converting someone else’s words into something you already know. Again, you’re stopping yourself from truly hearing.

Having an agenda is another hindrance to listening. Consider a sales presentation for a product that I’ve already decided I want. I’m probably listening through my agenda, storing information to make the case that the product should be purchased. At the same time, though, I’m filtering out any information that might serve to change my mind – or at least cause me to further question my purchase. Because all information is passing through the filter of my agenda, I’m not truly listening to the speaker, and I’ve lost the opportunity to learn. This filtering process works exactly the same way when my agenda is to not purchase the product.

I also discovered that if I’m practicing what I’m about to say while someone else is speaking, I’m not listening. This is especially true when I’m about to give a planned presentation. I generally don’t remember who spoke before me, much less what they said during their talk because I was busy practicing my talk in my mind.

One final hindrance I want to mention is “feeling badly” for not listening. Punishing yourself is just one more way to avoid listening and learning, and it doesn’t accomplish anything positive. When you notice that you’re not listening, you have a choice. You can feel badly, or you can move your attention away from yourself and back onto the speaker. By choosing wisely, you are placing yourself back into a state where you’re listening and learning.

Since attending the Kanes’ course, I have discovered that listening goes far beyond just learning. It is about truly hearing what is being said, whether it’s coming from a teacher, a coworker, a supervisor, or a client. The simple act of truly listening allows a dramatic shift, a transformation in what you can accomplish in your life. I urge you to try it for yourself. Then, when someone tells you how you’ve suddenly become much more effective, productive and easy to be with, you’ll really be able to hear it.

Andrew Gideon has a Master’s Degree in Computer Science. He is the Vice President and Co–owner of TAG Online, a World Wide Web provider and software development corporation.

Since 1987, internationally acclaimed authors, seminar leaders, podcast/radio show hosts and business consultants Ariel and Shya Kane have acted as guides, leading people through the swamp of the mind into the clarity and brilliance of the moment. Find out more about the Kanes, their seminars in NYC, Germany and Costa Rica, the Say YES to Your Life! Meetups their work has inspired, their Being Here podcast or join their email newsletter. Also get information about their award-winning books. Their newest book, Being Here…Too, is available on Amazon.comBarnesandNoble.com and everywhere books are sold.

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LET THE SPARKS FLY: Innovation Needs a Culture that Fosters Fireworks

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LET THE SPARKS FLY: Innovation Needs a Culture that Fosters Fireworks

This blog is provided by Charles D. Morgan, CEO, First Orion Corporation, as a companion to his interview on Innovating Leadership, Co-creating Our Future. This interview The Biography of a Finally Successful Startup aired on 8/27/19.

One of the paradoxes of modern business is that success tends to stifle the innovation that made a company successful in the first place. If you think about it, that’s not all that hard to understand: Innovation breeds success, success breeds expansion, expansion breeds bureaucracy, bureaucracy breeds logjams and a kind of complacent short-sightedness, borne of the sheer weight of that success and the processes that support it. So companies that have become big and successful by creating a successful product tend to focus on continuing to make that product better or on improving the service around that product, rather than on doing the hard work of branching out – of creating something new and different. But this is a recipe for disaster. Today’s business world moves too fast, and if you don’t keep innovating, one of these days you’re not going to be around anymore.

Let me tell you a story: For 35 years, I ran a company called Acxiom Corporation. In the early ‘70s we started, with just 25 employees, as a “service bureau,” which meant we rented out space on our computers to other companies. But as computers became more prevalent, and therefore less expensive, we could see that we were rushing headlong toward a dead end. So we pivoted to direct marketing, and eventually to data mining and database marketing. One by one, we landed the big banks – Citi, Chase, Amex, JPMorgan, you name them, we had them. Between 1982 and 1991, our annual revenue increased from $7 million to some $90 million, the vast majority of it from the banks, who increasingly depended on us to give them accurate information on potential credit card customers. We went public in 1983, adding stockholders to the people we had to please. Growing like a weed, we were adding layers of managers and VPs and directors faster than we could print their business cards. By the middle of the 1980s, I could walk down our main hall and see people I didn’t even know.

To my mind, one of the greatest requirements of a successful CEO is to be able to keep one eye on the far horizon. In the midst of the maelstrom I was looking ahead, and the problem I foresaw was that we couldn’t continue processing greater and greater amounts of data in the same old way without becoming less and less accurate. If we kept doing what we were doing, eventually we would be of no use to the banks, and that would be that. “But,” I said to one of my partners, “what if we could give everybody in the U.S. – and every single address – a number?” Such a thing had never been done. But I knew that if we could come up with a series of constant numbers, we could eliminate much of the time, computer power, and uncertainty then inherent in data processing.

The more I thought about it, the more I realized it wasn’t even a choice –it was either disrupt every single process that we had worked for two decades to establish, or face the fact that we were on our way to becoming a dinosaur. But oh, the screams, the wails, the hand wringing! I had to finally threaten to quit the company before my people came around and faced the inevitable. And yes, it was hard. It took a couple of years to create the data mining system we called AbiliTec, and several more years to implement it throughout our business – about five years in all. But once done, it kept us relevant. When I left Acxiom in 2008, we were the global leader in data mining and its accompanying technology, with 7,000 employees worldwide and $1.5 billion in revenue.

Today I’m the CEO of a tech company called First Orion, whose product is spam and scam protection for the major telecoms. We started with three employees in 2008 and now we’re up to nearly 200. We’re in the process of building our own headquarters building in Little Rock, Arkansas.

A lot has changed in business since those pivotal days back at Acxiom. Today, innovation is the name of game – of everybody’s game – and I’ve made sure to create a corporate structure that fosters innovation: no more than three layers of reporting; nimble team-based product and process units; open encouragement for people to try things, to play around with the fireworks of creativity – even if what they come up with doesn’t immediately lead to anything.

You never know where the spark for your next billion-dollar idea will come from, so you better make it easy for the sparks to fly.

 To become a more innovative leader, please consider our online leader development program. For additional tools, we recommend taking leadership assessments, using the Innovative Leadership Fieldbook and Innovative Leaders Guide to Transforming Organizations, and adding coaching to our online innovative leadership program. We also offer several workshops to help you build these skills and system to create a regenerative, inclusive and thriving organization that will have a positive impact in the world.

 Charles D. Morgan is the visionary former Chairman and CEO of Acxiom Corporation, and is now Chairman and CEO of his latest tech venture, First Orion.  His new book is Now What?  The Biography of a (Finally) Successful Startup.  Morgan lives in Little Rock, Arkansas.  For more information, please visit https://firstorion.com.

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Sharon Kleyne & Former CDC Dr. Yinong Chong Discover Same Healthcare Wavelength on Talk Radio

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Sharon Kleyne & Former CDC Dr. Yinong Chong Discover Same Healthcare Wavelength on Talk Radio

Bio Logic Aqua® Research Incubates Water Evaporation Studies & Supplementation Worldwide. Former CDC Scientist Dr. Yinong Chong Discovers Education Ally on Sharon Kleyne Talk Radio.

Date aired: August 26th, 2019

Guest: Dr. Yinong Chong, former General Health Scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Hysattsville, Maryland

https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/116989/all-about-pain-from-national-data-to-personal-experience

Sharon Kleyne, founder and research director of Bio Logic Aqua® Research Water Life Science® discovers that she is on the same Health Olympics, healthcare wavelength as retired CDC General Health Scientist, Dr. Yinong Chong. Chong and Kleyne, internationally respected researchers, find that their research into water and disease paralleled each other’s efforts for decades.

Kleyne describes the work of herself and her colleagues at Bio Logic Aqua® Research. We incubate technological water and evaporation studies worldwide,” Kleyne says, “to understand the behavior of every living being on earth. We study evaporation of humans.” At the beginning of time, Kleyne explains that the atmosphere had to learn to incubate and mature with the rhythm of the solar system, with that movement.

“Life continues in the mother’s womb,” Kleyne continues, “that pocket of water, and is nurtured by nature to be able to develop a life that will have a percentage of water per organ. That water developed electrolitically like a battery. Everything is water. Everything!”

Kleyne goes on to describe the moment of birth and its critical aftermath. “When you first come out,” Kleyne teaches, “your eyes are open. You look around and you’re emotional. You just don’t understand what’s going on here! You’re like a sieve. So, as a baby you begin to evaporate—no two eyes alike, no two fingerprints alike—we even look a little bit different.

“Now,” Kleyne extends her lesson, “when that baby goes home, is it getting a good enough health education, with the parents? I don’t think so! I’m alarmed by that. I think parents should have to go to class before they can take that baby home—mandatory class. The baby has to learn how to breathe, eat, drink water, exercise with fun, find her voice and sleep with nature. We all need sleep. Yet, drinking water is vital! One needs to drink a full glass at a time for maximum absorption and consume 8-10 glasses a day.”

Dr. Chong, who worked at the CDC for twenty-two years and maintains a private health practice today, also stresses the importance of water and homeopathic treatments for many ailments that Americans treat with painkillers instead. As a result, millions have become addicted and further damaged their health.

Dr. Chong, a native of China who emigrated to the U.S. for graduate studies in 1990, refers listeners to the Data Visualization Gallery on line at the CDC. This gallery charts the way Americans die and includes age, gender, diseases and addictions.

Chong also cites a study initially done by the CDC in 2009. The study resulted in a map of all U.S. counties and showed how many people everywhere were dying of overdoses. By popular demand, this study was thoroughly updated in 2014.

Kleyne, host of the internationally syndicated weekly talk radio program, The Sharon Kleyne Hour Water Life Science®/Nature’s Pharma®, The Power of Water® & Your Health sponsored by Nature’s Tears® EyeMist® on VoiceAmerica, agrees with Chong that we need extensive retraining in the new technology of supplementation for body water evaporation and evaporation of the atmosphere. “Listen to your body,” Chong encourages. “Nature will provide.”

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If you would like to listen to Dr. Yinong Chong, retired General Health Scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Hysattsville, Maryland, wellness coach trained by the Mayo Clinic and a Tai Chi instructor with Health Olympics creator, proactive healthcare advocate and international body water and atmospheric evaporation researcher Sharon Kleyne, follow this link: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/116989/all-about-pain-from-national-data-to-personal-experience

The New Adventures of Gumby: The 1980’s Series, Vol. 2 * Fully Re-mastered With Great Visuals and Sound

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The New Adventures of Gumby: The 1980’s Series, Vol. 2 * Fully Re-mastered With Great Visuals and Sound

The New Adventures of Gumby: The 1980s Series Volume 2. Welcome back Gumby and Pokey in this wild, wacky and inventive collection of 80 s episodes! Featuring 49 clay-animated episodes, fully re-mastered from their original camera rolls and soundtracks. Also making appearances are Prickle, Goo, the Blockheads, Professor Kapp, Dr. Zveegee, the Moon Boggles, and Gumby s parents Gumbo and Gumba. New characters include Gumby’s sister Minga, Denali the Mastodon and Tilly the chicken! KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Nathalia J. comments, “The 1980’s show was a hit when my mom and uncle were growing up and it brought back so many memories for my mom. We welcome back Gumby and Pokey in this wild, wacky and inventive collection created and written by Joe Clokey. I love that this DVD features 49 claymation episodes that are fully re-mastered from their original camera work and soundtracks.” Beatrice N. adds, “Do you have little kids in your house? If you do, you should definitely share with them The New Adventures Of Gumby: The 1980’s Series, Volume 2. This claymation show from the 1980’s is the perfect series for any little kid with an imagination and a creative mind. For all you adults out there who remember Gumby & Pokey, then welcome back!” See their full reviews below.

The New Adventures of Gumby: The 1980’s Series Volume 2
By Nathalia J. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10

The 1980’s show was a hit when my mom and uncle were growing up and it brought back so many memories for my mom. We welcome back Gumby and Pokey in this wild, wacky and inventive collection created and written by Joe Clokey. I love that this DVD features 49 claymation episodes that are fully re-mastered from their original camera work and soundtracks. Gumby and Pokey return for fun-filled adventure. Get ready! It’s going to get wild.

This DVD takes you alongside Gumby and his imaginative friends as they solve problems, have fun and help others. These episodes include a lot of audience interactions, which lets the audience contribute to Gumby’s adventures.  The characters include Gumby, Pokey, Prickle, Goo, the Blockheads, Professor Kapp, Dr. Zveegee, the Moon Boggles and Gumby’s parents, Gumbo and Gumba. Also making an appearance are new characters – Gumby’s sister Minga, Denali the Mastodon and Tilly the chicken.

My favorite part is the fact that each episode is fully re-mastered from the original. How iconic is this? I’d say pretty cool! The animation is extremely creative with loveable color episodes. There are a variety of songs on this DVD, with various tempos and music types.

My favorite character is absolutely Gumby, because he’s always positive and shares his positivity with others. I also love how he never gives up and works so well with his team. He’s dedicated to his friends and to the idea of friendship.

I watched The New Adventures Of Gumby: The 1980s Series, Volume 1previously and I very much enjoyed Gumby’s many adventures with his friendly bud with yellow pricks on his tail, named Prickle.

There are multiple episodes on this DVD, which express multiple messages. If had to choose the main message, I would say it is that “teamwork makes the dream work.” That and “don’t be afraid to ask for help.” There is no bad language on this DVD or any unsafe actions that kids will try to imitate.

I give this film 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 3 to 7, as well as adults. It’s a series that  certainly will bring back memories if you grew up watching Gumby when you were younger. It’s available now, so look for it. You’ll be glad you did.

The New Adventures Of Gumby: The 1980’s Series, Volume 2
By Beatrice Nail, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 9

Do you have little kids in your house? If you do, you should definitely share with them The New Adventures Of Gumby: The 1980’s Series, Volume 2. This claymation show from the 1980’s is the perfect series for any little kid with an imagination and a creative mind. For all you adults out there who remember Gumby & Pokey, then welcome back! We rejoin Gumby along with Pokey, Prickle, Goo, The Blockheads, Professor Kapp, Dr. Zveegee, the Moon Boggles, Gumby’s mother Gumba and his Father Gumbo….plus a couple of hilarious newcomers.

Gumby was once just a slab of clay then one day he rose to life. He can walk into any book and once inside the book, he becomes part of it! Every time he gets knocked down he becomes flattened like a pancake. But he always gets back up and right back into shape again! Every episode is a new adventure and sometimes there is a lesson to go along with it. Gumby can have the best time with his friends, or the worst time with the Blockheads, depending on the storyline and characters in the episode. Speaking of characters, the new friends we meet include Gumby’s sister Minga, a mastodon named Denali and a chicken called Tilly!

The theme song is a fun tune sung by kids that will make you want to sing along with them. In every episode the music changes. In some episodes the music is creepy. In some it can be silly and bubbly. It all depends on the episode. Gumby originally debuted in 1956, was re-introduced in the 1970’s and came out again, for a third time in the 1980’s! The animation is unique because it is claymation. The creator and writer of the series, Mr. Art Clokey, also voices Pokey the horse, Gumby’s sidekick. Fun Fact, the bump on Gumby’s head is based on a picture of Mr. Clokey’s father from when he was a kid. In the picture, his hair is sticking up on one side creating a little bump. Mr. Clokey always thought this was funny, so he gave the same bump to his title character Gumby! Let’s talk about some of the other supporting characters, shall we? Prickle is a cheerful dinosaur who goes on Gumby’s adventures with him, the two mischievous Blockheads can’t ever seem to get themselves out of trouble and Goo is a hilarious clay person with a bubbly personality.

The message of the story is to never grow up and that it’s okay to let your brain wander and to always be creative. I give this series 4 1/2 out of 5 stars and recommended it for ages 3 to 8. It is available on DVD now.

The Octonauts: Season 3 Gift Set * Dive In And Learn About Creatures In The World’s Oceans

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The Octonauts: Season 3 Gift Set * Dive In And Learn About Creatures In The World’s Oceans
Animated series based on the books by Vicki Wong and Michael C. Murphy. Dive into adventure with your
favorite underwater explorers, the Octonauts! Join brave Captain Barnacles, daredevil ex-pirate Kwazii,
and medic Peso Penguin, along with the other Octonauts as they explore the world’s oceans, rescue the
creatures who live there and protect their habitats – above and below the waves! KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Will C. comments, “The Octonauts Season 3 DVD Gift Set is a great choice for the preschooler in your
life. Not only do you get almost 300 minutes of educational animated adventures on two discs, you also
get some awesome toys so you can play along with the Octonauts. Little kids will love this set, and as a
bonus, they will learn a lot while they watch and play.” Katherine S. adds, “The cool thing about
Octonauts: Season 3 Gift Set is that it not only comes with the DVDs, it also comes with two small toy
speeders. My favorite episode is The Harbor Seal because the harbor seal is such a fun character and he
really helps out other animals.” Selene W. wraps it up with, “The storyline of each episode really brings
these adventures to life thanks to the talented team of writers behind this series. In addition, there is a
creative team that brings the art and the storylines together to make each episode a learning adventure
as well. The message of this series is to explore life and to rescue and protect the world around us and
the things in it. As we learn about different creatures and different environments we should be aware of
how we interact and impact each other.” See their full reviews below.
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The Octonauts: Season 3 Gift Set
By Will C., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10
https://youtu.be/q7ZIuc9izVY
The Octonauts Season 3 DVD Gift Set is a great choice for the preschooler in your life. Not only do you
get almost 300 minutes of educational animated adventures on two discs, you also get some awesome
toys so you can play along with the Octonauts. Little kids will love this set, and as a bonus, they will learn
a lot while they watch and play.
The Octonauts are back for a third season, ready to dive in and learn about creatures in the world’s
oceans. They also help protect the animals’ habitats and rescue sea creatures when they need help. All
your favorite characters return, like Captain Barnacles and Peso Penguin. They head out from their home
base, the Octopod, to carry out their missions all around the globe. At the end of each episode, they sing
a “creature report” song to summarize what they’ve learned.
You’ll learn about some common animals in Season 3, such as pelicans and seals, but also some more
unusual creatures like water bears, also known as tardigrades. The Octonauts stick to singing “water
bear” though, maybe because it’s hard to find a good rhyme for tardigrade! The animation and voice
acting is just right to appeal to the target age range and I could definitely see my little cousins watching
this over and over.
The message of this series is that you should be curious and bring your own unique skills to work
together as a team. Preschoolers will take away not only lots of positive messages but also tons of new
information.
I rate this series 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for children ages 2 to 5. The Octonauts: Season 3 is
available on DVD August 6, 2019. Reviewed by Will C, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
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Octonauts: Season 3 Gift Set
By Katherine S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11
https://youtu.be/hHCGLZT_yk
This DVD is so enjoyable! It has the cutest animation and best underwater adventures. If you’re a fan of
the Octonauts, Season 3 will not disappoint you. It has 23 awesome episodes.
The Octonauts are a group of animals that explore, rescue and protect. They encounter a wide variety of
animals, from sea pigs to barracudas. They travel to different parts of the world including the Amazon
River and the Mariana Trench. Episodes include, The Water Bears, The Loggerhead Sea Turtles, The
Duck-Billed Platypus, The Pelicans and many more. The run time is almost 5 hours, so children will be
entertained for a long time.
The cool thing about Octonauts: Season 3 Gift Set is that it not only comes with the DVDs, it also comes
with two small toy speeders. My favorite episode is The Harbor Seal because the harbor seal is such a
fun character and he really helps out other animals.
There are many positive messages throughout the episodes, including being kind to animals, always try
to help and the importance of friendship. Octonauts: Season 3 has no bad language and it has no bad
behavior. Everyone treats each other kindly. The only dangerous thing that kids might try to do is swim in
the deepest part of the ocean.
I give this DVD 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 3 to 8. Adults will also think the DVD is fun and
probably learn as much about different animals as their kids will. This DVD is available now, so look for it.
The Octonauts: Season 3
By Selene W., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 11
https://youtu.be/xyT8ktdFmUE
“Let’s Do This!” The Octonauts is an incredibly fun and engaging show which teaches us about the
world’s oceans and aquatic life. The Octonauts team rescues sea creatures and protects the ocean and
the life within. The marine life that the team encounters are based on real animals and habitats around
the world. The Octonauts Season 3 has 23 exciting adventures filled with interesting creatures and
underwater fun.
The Octonauts team is made up of eight diverse characters led by Captain Barnacles whose motto is
explore, rescue and protect. My favorite episode is The Immortal Jellyfish because I love how he is able
to transform from an old jellyfish to a new jellyfish over and over. Who wouldn’t want an immortal life or
the chance to relive an adventure? Octonauts: Season 3 includes fun episodes such as The Artificial
Reef, The Sea Skaters and The Urchin Invasion so come aboard with The Octonauts this season and
explore.
The storyline of each episode really brings these adventures to life thanks to the talented team of writers

behind this series. In addition, there is a creative team that brings the art and the storylines together to
make each episode a learning adventure as well. The message of this series is to explore life and to
rescue and protect the world around us and the things in it. As we learn about different creatures and
different environments we should be aware of how we interact and impact each other.
I rate this series 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 to 7. The DVD releases August 6, 2019
soon so look for it.

Why am I having trouble breathing?

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Why am I having trouble breathing?

The Elder Advocate

There are diseases and conditions of the lungs that cause difficulty breathing.

Many of you may have seen commercials for COPD, but what is it and how does it differ from other respiratory conditions such as asthma, emphysema, and chronic bronchitis.Chronic bronchitis leads to inflammation and mucus in the airways, while emphysema involves damage to the air sacs or alveoli in the lungs.

This article will focus on the differences between COPD and asthma.

COPD is the acronym for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. It is a disease or breathing disorder that damages the tissues lining the airway and results in decreased airflow over time. People with COPD have trouble getting enough oxygen when inhale but they also have trouble not being able to get rid of the extra carbon dioxide, which is a bi-product of breathing, when they exhale. If the disease of the airway prevents the ability to expel the carbon dioxide from the lungs, the ability to breathe in sufficient oxygen is impaired, it is a vicious circle. This is known as CO2 retention. COPD is a progressive condition which worsens over time.

Asthma is usually considered a separate respiratory disease, but sometimes it’s mistaken for COPDbecause of the similarity of symptoms. These symptoms include chronic coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. Asthma is a temporary inability to breathe that can be resolved, it generally does not worsen over time. However, there have been instances of persons having severe asthma attacks with the inability to recover.

Because of the similarity in symptoms, asthma is often mistaken for COPD.

A pulmonologist, or lung doctor, would be the best person to determine if a person has COPD.

There are several ways to determine the difference between the asthma and COPD.

The First being the age when the person first develops the condition/symptoms. Asthma is often diagnosed in children, while smoking is the largest contributing factor to COPD and is usually detected in smoking or former smoking adults over the age of 40. Approximately 85-90 percent of the deaths attributed to COPD are the result of smoking. It is estimated that approximately 6% of the US population, (i.e., 24 million people) suffer from COPD. There are also other factors that may cause COPD, among them are: air pollution, certain chemicals and secondhand smoke. There is a genetic component; however, that usually accounts for only 2-3 percent of those persons diagnosed with the disease. Respiratory tract infections and influenza may trigger symptoms of COPD, thus it is recommended persons with COPD receive vaccines to avoid these infections. It is important to note that symptoms of COPD can also be apparent without any antecedent trigger and whether the person is active or at rest.

People with COPD may have a chronic cough which produces mucus and phlegm, not necessarily seen in persons with asthma or, if so, not to the same degree. In addition, they may experience shortness of breath during exertion, constriction of the chest (many may have seen a TV commercial which depicts a person feeling like an elephant is sitting on their chest), wheezing, respiratory infections, edema or swelling of the extremities, mental sluggishness and weight loss.  The weight loss that occurs in persons with COPD may be attributed to several factors. One factor is that damaged lungs require the person to exert more energy to breathe which results in burning more calories. Another factor may be the increased fatigue the person experiences as they continue to eat their meal. As a result, they may stop eating. There are several therapeutic approaches to address fatigue during meals so that the person can achieve a more pleasant eating experience.

The cause of asthma is still largely unknown. Genetics and environmental factors are generally suspected to be the root cause. Environmental factors are also known to trigger asthma, these include: pollen, dust, mold and smoke. Other factors may trigger what we call an asthma attack; that can be physical exercise and even cold air. In between asthma attacks, the individual in most cases returns to breathing normally.

Oftentimes, persons with asthma are encouraged to keep pets out of their homes and to avoid spending extended periods of time outdoors when pollen counts are high.

Though medications prescribed for COPD and asthma may be similar (i.e., bronchodilators and inhaled steroids) the treatments and therapy prescribed are different. The treatments for COPD may alleviate symptoms, but the damage caused to the airway by this degenerative disease is irreversible.

Neither asthma or COPD are curable, however, the future for each person with the condition may be different. Asthma is more easily controlled on a day to day basis. As stated, the person with asthma may breathe entirely normally in-between attacks.

COPD is a progressive disease that worsens over time. However, if following the doctors prescribed treatment plan, along with quitting smoking and reducing exposure to triggers, one may successfully retard the progression of the disease. To do this, the person with COPD may find themselves having to make changes to their lifestyle and habits so they can increase the quality of their life and potentially slow the progression of the disease. COPD represents the third leading cause of death in the United States.

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved a new treatment for COPD; it has also been approved for individuals who suffer from chronic bronchitis. However, as with many other drugs, there are significant potential side effects that need to be considered.

There is something called COPD Exacerbation and Asthma Exacerbation. This is when symptoms heighten and the person is in need of immediate medical attention.

For the COPD patent, exacerbation may be detected by the following signs:

Edema (swelling) of the extremities (arms and legs), shortness of breath without any exertion, bluish lips or fingernails, lack of mental acuity, extremely rapid heartbeat and lack of efficacy with recommended treatments.

There are four stages to COPD: At risk; Mild; Moderate and Severe. There are non-invasive measures that can maintain the person’s ability to breathe for quite some time. However, unfortunately, as symptoms progress and the person’s condition worsens, breathing difficulties may require more invasive measures to allow the patient to breathe.

One of those measures is the surgical insertion of  a tracheostomy tube into the neck to create an airway directly from the trachea. In this way, the air directly flows into the lungs through the tube opening. In the event symptoms become more severe, a person may require mechanical ventilation (a breathing machine or ventilator ) which does the work of directly pumping air into the lungs.

In the event either of these latter situations occur, in all likelihood the person will be transferred from the hospital to a short-term rehabilitation unit for therapy. People can return home with a trach in place or if they are dependent on a ventilator to breathe. Despite a situation in which a person may need a tracheostomy tube or mechanical ventilation to breathe, it is possible that this may not be permanent. This can only be determined by an appropriate team of professionals who will assess and work with the patient towards returning to a respiratory state without artificial measures.

Skilled nursing facilities who accept ventilator dependent patients (those requiring mechanical ventilation) must be certified to accept those patients. However, many facilities accept patients with tracheostomy tubes and they are not qualified or best suited to provide proper care to those patients. There are a variety of reasons why this occurs. Thus, it is advisable to have information before this situation occurs in order to make the best possible decision to ensure the best care possible for the short-term rehabilitation stay. In some cases, the short-term rehabilitation stay for a person with a tracheostomy tube or ventilator becomes a long-term stay. A facility that offers proper care for the short-term stay in the case of a person with a tracheostomy tube or ventilator, will most likely be able to provide that same level of respiratory care on a long-term care unit.

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Life Derailed

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Life Derailed

I host a radio weekly internet radio show on the VoiceAmerica Empowerment Channel called Life Altering Events (https://www.voiceamerica.com/show/3902/life-altering-events). People often ask me what exactly is a life altering event? I tell them this – It can be something we choose or something that is thrust upon us that dramatically alters the trajectory of our life.

On August 20, 2019 my guest was Latachia Morrissette Harper who is a truly remarkable and inspirational women. You can hear the conversation at https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/116498/life-derailed.

Latachia is the author of the book Life Derailed, A Divorced Mom’s Survival Guide. Her inspiration to write this book was to recover from a very traumatic divorce and let other women and men know they are not alone. Latachia addresses that your emotions, feelings, grief, sense of loss, how will I pay my bills, fear of the future are not unique. If you have not read this book – do it today!

Latachia is also a public speaker, writer, and entrepreneur. Her passion is to motivate and inspire women, especially women with children impacted by divorce. Being in an abusive relationship is a life altering and divorce can be terrifying and debilitating but which is worse? She equips women to find their independence and strength, learning how to find their voice and love themselves first.

Now men, don’t see this title and think “This is a chick book.” It’s not. Latachia provides a common sense approach at time when common sense is often absent. This common sense applies equally to both men and women.

One powerful piece of advice from her book is:

In dealing with the sorrow of divorce or a major loss in your life/family, take one breath at a time, make one decision at a time, and focus on just the current day and what you can achieve. The saddest thing for a child is to be in your presence and you not really being there. Be in the moment, embrace them. You control more in life when you don’t let the issues, things control you.

Another statement she wrote that I loved and wish I had followed is “Stop Saying you are OK.”

Stop saying you’re OK. Seriously, it’s OK to not be OK. Wait till the kids are away and SCREAM, cry and then get out a piece of paper and write it all down, random thoughts, fears and ideas. Get it out, it’s OK, you have a right to be in this place.

Remember divorce is a legal process. It is a legal process to become married and a legal process to end the marriage. It is a huge mistake to rush through the process or say to your ex “Just get the papers and I’ll sign so we can get this over.” Don’t ignore this step. There are too many important issues regarding finances, property and most importantly the needs of your children. Get it in writing up front because promises made prior to divorce often change afterwards. The children certainly don’t need to re-live these battles over and over.

Another major issue you will likely face is “the call” from your ex, suggesting you try again. Stop! Proceed with caution. Think about why things will be better or different if you jump back in. Really stop and think about it or you may find yourself in a worse situation in the next year or two. Why is your ex asking to get back together when they were so eager to leave?

Picking up the pieces is not easy. It will be the most difficult thing you will ever do, but keep this in mind, stop looking behind you, you’re not going that way. There is nothing new to see in the past so keep moving forward. Believe it or not, better times and better people will come into your life.

Controlled Chaos

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Controlled Chaos

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Digging Deep with Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian

Controlled Chaos 

by Cynthia Brian

“When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.”~ Buddha

There is only one certainty in the garden: it is never finished. Gardens evolve, change, mutate, and metamorphose. A landscape that was once very ordered and manicured quickly turns into a tangled jungle without ongoing maintenance. With TLC, one can control the chaos to create a masterpiece.

The longer I garden, the more I enjoy the whimsical.  What appears at first glance to be an imperfect arrangement is often the most excellent of combinations.  Mixing the hydrangeas with the nasturtiums and heucheras adds an element of awe and wonder. Discovering a vintage stone angel sitting on top of a plow’s disk praying over the naked ladies, roses, salvia, dried nigella, and the silvery plecostachys serpyllifolia invites one to pinch a stem to smell the licorice plant. Wandering in a meadow filled with daisies, coneflowers, and perennial sweet peas rejuvenates the spirit.

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Yes, I have embraced the controlled chaos of nature.  Several years ago as an experiment, I planted wisteria, grapes, and pink bower vine on a pergola on my deck to see which of these three specimens would dominate. To my amazement, instead of choking one another, they have tangled together creating year-round interest. The wisteria blooms in spring and maintains green leaves until winter when it drops its leaves. The grapevines leaf out in spring, bear edible fruit in fall, change leaf color when the weather turns cold, then showcase bare bark for the winter months. My pink bower vine is perennially green displaying pretty rose-colored petals with a deep cherry center from early summer to winter. What was deemed to be a mishmash of plants resulted in a happily married and visually pleasing grouping.

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On my hillside, a mangle of chartreuse euphorbia intermingles with striped pink morning glory.  The chaos is palpable yet stimulating. My friend Michael Curtis’s garden is an exemplary model of perfection in controlled landscape chaos. Around every corner, one is greeted with a capricious element.  Stroll along Surprise Avenue, be on the lookout for a locomotive in the ivy, and giggle at the numerous street signs lining the paths. 

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Creativity and enchantment reign when you invite the unexpected into your garden planning. Once you have controlled your chaos, you will look up and laugh at the sky.

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Cynthia Brian’s Mid-Month Gardening Guide for August

  • WATER, water, water. August is one of the warmest months and it’s necessary to keep an eye on your containers and yard. If you see drooping leaves, it’s time to sprinkle. In the hot weather, you may have to water daily. 
  • ADD pea gravel, decomposed granite or spaced stepping stones planted with creeping thyme in the gaps for a permeable path with a Mediterranean appearance.
  • STORE herbs by drying them by hanging the stems upside down. For instant soup flavorings, chop finely, add the herbs to an ice tray with a small amount of water, and freeze.
  • DIG out dandelions from your garden and lawn. As long as you have not used insecticides or pesticides, you can add them to salads or stir fry.
  • ESTABLISH a wildlife habitat in your yard by providing food, water, shelter, and sustainability for the wandering and flying critters.
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  • SPICE your supper with floral edibles of nasturtium, calendula, violas, roses, citrus blossoms, dianthus, pansies, chamomile, and blooming herbs. Eat the daisies, but not the toxic flowers of tomato, potato, pepper, or eggplant plants. 
  • PLANT seeds of beans, carrots, radishes, and beets for a second crop to harvest in the fall.
  • FLUSH birdbaths and fountains regularly to maintain fresh drinking water for our feathered friends as well as repel mosquito larvae from hatching. 
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  • PINCH zinnias and chrysanthemums to encourage bushier blooms.
  • WASH your car on your lawn. Your car will get clean and your lawn will benefit from the extra soak. 
  • WATCH out for errant sparks from fire pits, barbecues, candles, and tiki torches. It’s fire season. 
  • DRIVE CAREFULLY. School is in session. Ask your children what vegetables they want to eat as snacks, then make sure those treats are planted in your garden.
  • SEND your college kids off to school with a potted plant. It will bring the outdoors in and provide oxygen to the brain.
  • EMBRACE the controlled chaos of your garden and enjoy the perfection of imperfection. 
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  • LAUGH at the sky. 

Happy Gardening. Happy Growing. Happy August!

Photos and more: https://www.lamorindaweekly.com/archive/issue1313/Digging-Deep-with-Goddess-Gardener-Cynthia-Brian-Controlled-chaos.html

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Cynthia Brian, The Goddess Gardener, raised in the vineyards of Napa County, is a New York Times best-selling author, actor, radio personality, speaker, media and writing coach as well as the Founder and Executive Director of Be the Star You Are!® 501 c3. 

Tune into Cynthia’s Radio show and order her books at www.StarStyleRadio.com.

Buy a copy of her new books, Growing with the Goddess Gardener and Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers at www.cynthiabrian.com/online-store. 

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Managing Organizational Headwinds in Digital Transformation

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Managing Organizational Headwinds in Digital Transformation

This blog is provided by Tony Saldanha, extracted and exclusively adapted from his book “Why Digital Transformations Fail,” as a companion to his interview on Innovating Leadership, Co-creating Our Future with Maureen Metcalf. This interview aired on 8/20/19.

Organizational change management is treated as an afterthought for digital transformation as opposed to being proactively planned for. That’s troubling because based on my research, more digital transformations fail due to organizational change related reasons than technology. Most reliable process systems, such as say aircraft flights, plan for headwinds. Digital transformation can learn from them. Unfortunately, organizational headwinds are often dismissed in simplistic terms like change resistance or the frozen middle. That’s a mistake when planning for success in digital transformation.

The Science of Immune System Management

A corporate immune system is not necessarily a bad thing. Like its counterpart in the human body, it plays a vital role. In our bodies, the immune system protects us from disease and keeps us healthy. It is true that immune system disorders can be problematic (i.e., an immune system deficiency leaves the body susceptible to constant infections, while an overactive immune system will fight healthy tissues). However, on balance, a healthy immune system is desirable.

If that’s true, then why do so many change leaders blame the corporate immune system when things go south? Shouldn’t disciplined change leaders understand the strength of the immune system within their own organizations and prepare for appropriate handling?

At Procter & Gamble, when leading the industry disruption ecosystem, which included the biggest five IT companies and startups from the top ten venture capitalist firms, we took a different approach. For each of the twenty-five experiments (projects) that the ecosystem, called Next Generation Services (NGS) executed during my three years, there was always a proactive immune system conversation and plan. It made a huge difference versus historical trends on disruptive change acceptance.

There were three key truths that drove our approach:

–        The immune system is not necessarily a bad thing. Anticipate and prepare for immune system responses.

–        Immune system responses can originate at all levels in the organization, but the toughest ones occur at middle management.

–        The bigger the change, the harder the immune system response (i.e., digital transformation will be tough).

Having covered the first item, let’s zero in on the issue of middle management reaction. In most organizations, it is easy to get senior executive leadership excited about change. Similarly, the younger generation gets quickly on board. It is the middle management layer that’s on the critical path and has the potential to slow down or even block change. The term “frozen middle” has been associated with this phenomenon. This concept was published in a Harvard Business Review article in 2005 by Jonathan Bynes.[i] Bynes’s point was that the most important thing a CEO could do to boost company performance was to build the capabilities of middle management.

For corporate immune system disorders at the middle management level, the term “frozen middle” is accurate, but it comes with the risk of being pejorative for seeming to blame middle management for recalcitrance and inertia. In reality, the responsibility to bring middle management along on the journey resides with the change leaders and their sponsors. Consider this—the so-called frozen middle protects the enterprise from unnecessary distractions and change, just like the human immune system protects the body from harmful change. Middle managers are rewarded mostly for running stable operations. Is it fair to criticize them as a whole for doing what their reward system dictates? We must separate immune system disorders from normal immune system responses.

At NGS, we paid special attention to identifying, by name, the middle management leader for each affected project. We identified the middle management leaders affected by each project, involved them in the initial “fun” of designing the disruption, and jointly designed the risky roll-out of disruptive projects that could destabilize ongoing operations.

In the worst case, where despite the enrolling of the leadership the change resistance continued to be high, the project was quickly killed. That idea of selectively killing a few projects worked well because of the portfolio effect of having several other projects available in the pipeline.

Though the concept of a frozen middle is applicable broadly, overcoming it has never been as critical as it is with digital disruption. The amount of change necessitated by a systemic and sustainable digital transformation is massive. This isn’t just a technology or product or process change but also an organizational culture change. The middle management will need to lead the rest of the organization in learning new capabilities (i.e., digital) as well as new ways of working in the digital era, including encouraging agility, taking risk, and re-creating entire new business models and internal processes. Retraining middle management on digital possibilities is not sufficient. Entirely new reward systems and organizational processes will be called for.

Planning for headwinds during digital transformation isn’t just prudent, it’s a necessity given the high stakes of digital disruption. Emphasizing on “transformation”, more than on “digital” is a strategic imperative for success. For this, understanding and acting on the three truths of immune system management is critical i.e. it isn’t willful bad behavior but a rewards issue, it can happen at all levels in the organization but is toughest in the middle layers, and digital transformation by nature needs solving the toughest immune system challenges.

To become a more innovative leader, please consider our online leader development program. For additional tools, we recommend taking leadership assessments, using the Innovative Leadership Fieldbook and Innovative Leaders Guide to Transforming Organizations, and adding coaching to our online innovative leadership program. We also offer several workshops to help you build these skills and system to create a regenerative, inclusive and thriving organization that will have a positive impact in the world.

About the Author

Tony Saldanha is a globally recognized expert in Global Business Services (GBS) and Information Technology. He ran Procter & Gamble’s famed multi-billion dollar GBS and IT operations in every region across the world during a 27 year career there. Tony has over three decades of international business expertise in the US, Europe, and Asia. He was named on Computerworld’s Premier 100 IT Professionals list in 2013. Tony’s experiences include GBS design and operations, CIO positions, acquisitions and divestitures, outsourcing, disruptive innovation, and creation of new business models. Tony is currently President of Transformant, a consulting organization that advises top companies around the world in digital transformation and global business services. He is also a founder of two blockchain and AI companies, and an adviser to venture capital companies.

.[i] Jonathan L. S. Byrnes, “Middle Management Excellence,” jlbyrnes.com, December 5, 2005, http://jlbyrnes.com/uploads/Main/Middle Management Excellence HBSWK 12-05.pdf [accessed December 19, 2018].

 

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