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There are a number of key takeaways that the prudent researcher of L.L. Bean and its company can discern from studying the way this particular organization approaches rewards and benefits. Foremost of these is the intrinsic value that it adds to an organization to have employees get rewards and benefits based on their participation and engagement with the company's goals. At L.L. Bean, those goals are a customer-oriented environment in which the values of the company are those which are valuable to the customers as well. Thus, employees must demonstrate that they are directly helping to meet those goals of L.L. Bean in order to qualify for the accordant rewards.
It also seems to be extremely beneficial (for both parties involved) to issue bonuses to employees based on their annual salaries. Although L.L. Bean literally spent millions of dollars in issuing such bonuses during 2006, it is critical to…… [Read More]
There are several characteristics of resources. First of all, they should have the capacity to generate value. In this case, they should lead to high margins, high sales, low costs and add financial value to a firm. I believe when awards are given to individuals for their excellent performance in public, the value of the company sponsoring them increases (Kaimann, 2013).
areness is another characteristic of a resource that creates a competitive advantage. For those film actors that are awarded for their exceptional performance are often rare and many firms seek to employ them. This increases the competitive advantage and raises the firm that the actor associates himself with beyond the competitive parity. A firm describes the strategic management as the maintenance and development of meaningful skills and assets. By giving awards to the film actors that have done exceptional works. This motivates them and encourages other actors from working…… [Read More]
Empowering Employees to Implement an Award Winning Approach
Using TQM to Drive Change and Improve Customer Service
Challenges and Benefits
Total Quality Management: A Case Study of a Quality Award Winning Organization
In today's society, consumers are often seen more as numbers than actual people. Customer service is talked about frequently, but rarely delivered upon. Customer's requests or needs that go beyond what employees typically experience often fall upon the deaf ears of apathetic employees. Complaints are often handled equally as careless. One company, however, has a reputation for being different - itz-Carlton Hotels.
The corporation's commitment to customer satisfaction and guest services is apparent in every facet of their business. It is an employee's duty to go above and beyond the call of duty with each and every customer they service. This two-time winner of the prestigious Malcolm Baldridge Quality Award has truly taken customer service…… [Read More]
SEXUAL ASSUALT RESPONSE COORDINATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD
SSG SHANNON BURCHFIELD-WISE
SSG Shannon Burchfield-Wise has proven to be the best advocate and is highly recommended for the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) of the Year for her numerous achievements while serving as the U.S. Army Garrison, Sexual Assault Response Coordinator.
SSG Burchfield-Wise is a Non-Commissioned Officer that lives and breathes to take care of Army personnel, Army civilians, and Family members, should an unfortunate incident occur. During her tenure, SSG Burchfield-Wise's most noble achievements and lauded strategies include building the Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) program that now serves as a model for everyone. She built the program with viability to sustain high levels of awareness and restore trust in our systems to do the right thing.
SSG Burchfield-Wise established the Civilian Hire Training Plan for SARC/SHARP and VA/SHARP programs as well as incorporated SHARP training into…… [Read More]
Award Winning Practices in Quality Initiatives
Quality Initiative Practices
Sutter Davis Hospital (SDH) offers acute care services in four basic areas, namely, medical-surgical along with ICU, emergency care, surgical services and pregnancy and maternity services. This 48-bed facility is the only one in Calif that offers acute care services. There are only two such facilities in the whole county. The hospital offers services tailored along the structure of Sutter Health System. There are 385 workers at this facility. There is an extra team of 100 volunteers to support the employees. In 2012, the facility generated almost $95 million in revenue (NIST, 2013).
The Quality Improvement Project: Description
The scores for specified groups of patients such as those with congestive heart failure or perhaps acute myocardial Infarction, as well as, even Pneumonia have been ranked among the top 10%ile in the whole country from 2010 to date.
The facility exceeds the…… [Read More]
Introduction to Award Program
Any discussion of employee incentive programs will make use of many different terms, most of which will mean different things to different people. In order to ensure the discussion has apples-to-apples clarity, this paper begins with a basic lexicon.
Employee incentives are a form of payment that is tied to the performance of employees. The incentive payment can be either intangible or tangible, and with or without an actual cash value. Because they are non-discretionary, incentive payments can be given at any time when the performance of an employee warrants it. This inclusive category includes awards, bonuses, recognition, and rewards.
The categorical term award covers a lot of territory, and commonly includes monetary incentives, plaques and trophies, prizes and contest payouts, public recognition and commendation, and travel bonuses. A reward is generally given to an individual when a pre-determined goal has been met. Bonuses…… [Read More]
Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award
The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award is named after Malcolm Baldrige, who was Secretary of Commerce from 1981 until 1987. Baldrige was known for his focus on efficiency and effectiveness, and the award was developed to recognize and reward those qualities in business. The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award is an award managed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which is a branch of the Department of Commerce. On August 20, 1987, Congress signed Public Law 100-107 into law, establishing the award. The award created a private-public partnership including the Foundation for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, and the award was established in 1988. The award was established in response to a perception that the United States was beginning to face significant challengers from foreign nations in terms of product and process quality in business. Furthermore, they recognized that quality has a…… [Read More]
20th Century Genius Award: John Lennon
It is with great pleasure and honor that the Committee of Genius presents the 20th Century Genius Award for Excellence in the Age of Pluralism and the Age of Modernism to English artist, musician, and social activist John Lennon.
John Lennon was born in Liverpool, England in 1940. In 1957, when he was still a teenager, Lennon founded a rock and roll band with a bass player Paul McCartney. Their friendship and musical talents blossomed and became the Beatles -- one of the biggest, most successful, and world-renowned musical acts in history. As his biographer Anthony DeCurtis (n.d.) points out, "If John Lennon had only been one of the four members of the Beatles, his artistic immortality would already have been assured." However, there is more to John Lennon than the Beatles. Lennon's life work "suggested not merely a profound musical and…… [Read More]
Application Questions for an Award
Answers to Application Question Prompts
I must point out from the onset that I have great passion for teaching. Indeed, this is what keeps me teaching in my school. In that regard, therefore, I could have successfully offered my services as a teacher in any other location. It is, however, important to note that unlike other States in the U.S., New York is different. In addition to being dynamic, the city is also culturally diverse. I find engaging students from diverse cultures rather fascinating.
With regard to my impact on student learning in the classroom, it is important to note that in the past, I have adopted a number of strategies to maximize both learning and retention. Apart from facilitating class participation by encouraging group work, I also make use of classroom assessments as a learning enhancement tool. Also, I have been able to improve…… [Read More]
award for continuing my matriculation as a master's student in Transportation Management will make an important difference in my academic and career goals. It will allow me to complete my Master of Science degree in Transportation Management, and provide me with the skills to reach my career goal of a full-time management position.
Academically, I have a long-standing commitment to excellence in professional education. Currently, I am pursuing a Master of Science degree in Transportation Management (MSTM) at the Mineta Transportation Institute of San Jose State University. Prior to my enrolment at San Jose, I earned a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology in December 1994.
As a registered Professional Civil Engineer in the State of California, I have seven years of professional experience, with five in a management capacity. In pursuing my MSc at San Jose State University, I am endeavouring to improve my…… [Read More]
From the invitations to the choice of winners, the Oscars maintains the image of choosing its winners carefully through a rigorous voting process, creating the prestige of being a credible and professional award-giving body. In fact, actors and actresses themselves respect this air of prestige and exclusivity, that an actor/actress considers himself/herself a seasoned and skilled artist just by being nominated -- more so if chosen as winner -- by the Oscars (Elliott, 2006).
The third difference that makes the Oscars different from the MTV-MA is that the former delves more into more socially-relevant films, thereby giving the choice of Academy winners a "political angle" -- that is, the degree in which the jurors/voters considered the film socially-relevant and significant to the entertainment business and American society (C News, 2006). The political nature of the Oscars is contrasted by the MTV-MA's strictly for-fun-only attitude towards the choice of winners. In…… [Read More]
Malcolm Baldrige Award
The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award is a U.S. national award, which was created by Public Law 100-107, which became a law on August 20, 1987. The Award Program is a part of Public Law 100-107, and aims to create a public-private partnership. The main support for the program is from the Foundation for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, which was established in 1988. The Award is named after Malcolm Baldrige, who was the Secretary of Commerce from 1981 until his tragic death in a rodeo accident in 1987. His managerial excellence has led to a long-term improvement in efficiency and effectiveness of government. (The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Improvement Act of 1987 - Public Law 100-107)
The national quality award program in the United States, named after Malcolm Baldrige is expected to help improve quality and productivity by: enabling to stimulate American companies to…… [Read More]
Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award
Analysis and Assessment of Its Effectiveness Globally on Product Quality
During the mid 1980s it was becoming increasingly apparent that American businesses were losing their competitive edge to foreign rivals who were transforming quality management into a potent competitive differentiator and value-creator in global markets. Many of America's top industries were increasingly being challenged on product quality and often losing to smaller yet much more quality-obsessed competitors. It was also increasingly apparent that the stronger commitment a given firm had to quality and the continual improvement of processes and products, the greater the potential for higher profitability as well (Bell, Elkins, 2004). Seeing the trending of quality in America declining and drastically increasing globally, the U.S. Congress enacted the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Improvement Act of 1987 (Bell, Elkins, 2004). The intent o this analysis is to discuss the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award which…… [Read More]
Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control (MFC) is one of the four 2012 honorees of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Award recipients are evaluated based upon "leadership; strategic planning; customer focus; measurement, analysis and knowledge management; workforce focus; operations focus; and results" (Newman 2012). Lockheed Martin "designs, develops, manufactures, and supports advanced combat, missile, rocket, and sensor systems for the U.S. And foreign military" (Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, 2012, Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award). The company received the Award because of its outstanding ability to uphold high quality standards in a consistent fashion, year after year. The company has been profitable for shareholders and customers alike.
For example, "ratings for customer loyalty have improved 18% since 2007 and are best in class with 100% of customers" and the company's consistent improvements of its processes have yielded 100% on-time deliveries "since…… [Read More]
The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award was established by Congress in 1987 to promote quality awareness, to recognize quality and business achievements of U.S. organizations, and to publicize these organizations' successful performance strategies. Now America's highest honor for innovation and performance excellence, the Baldrige Award is presented annually to U.S. organizations by the President of the United States. Awards are given in manufacturing, service, small business, education, health care, and nonprofits ("Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award," 2010).
Organizations interested in applying for the award must submit details showing their achievements and improvements in seven key areas: leadership; strategic planning; customer and market focus; measurement, analysis, and knowledge management; workforce focus; process management; and results. Applicants receive 300 to 1,000 hours of review and a detailed report on the organization's strengths and opportunities for improvement by an independent board of examiners ("Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award," 2010).
Since the first…… [Read More]
Advocate of the Year: This will recognize a woman who has supported marginalized or abused women within her sphere of influence; in turn these women are empowered and positioned to achieve their potential.
Succeeding and thriving in the business world is not just about running the business and making money. Indeed, there are many people in the business world that crave leadership and mentorship. When it comes to women who are just getting started in the business or women that want to put their voice behind something important when it comes to their extracurricular efforts, this is where advocates come in. Whether it be the donation of their time, money or other resources, advocates are a huge asset to the business world as well as the rest of society including non-profits, government and beyond. Women in particular are of great importance and value as they add a perspective that…… [Read More]
Federal Contracts Awarded to Boeing Company:
Boeing Company is the largest aerospace company across the globe and the leading manufacturer of commercial defense and jetliners, space and security systems. In addition to being a top exporter in America, the Boeing Company supports airlines and the United States and allied customers in 150 nations worldwide. The company's position in the aerospace industry originates from its long tradition of aerospace innovation and leadership. Boeing continues to expand its product line and services in order to meet the emerging needs of its customers. Boeing's broad range of capabilities include developing new and more efficient members of its commercial airline family, developing advanced technology solutions, integrating military platforms, and organizing innovative customer-financing options.
History of Boeing Company:
Boeing Company has a history that stretches back to 1916 when the United States timber merchant, William E. Boeing, founded the aero products firm after he and…… [Read More]
Organizational Human Resources Awards Program
The objective of this study is to respond to the following scenario: The writer of this work is charged with the role of the director of Human Resources in a fictitious company. The vice president of the Human Resource department has requested that you develop an organizational reward program for your company. All departments will adhere to the program. Included in the issues to be addressed are the type of rewards, reward criteria, the reason each criteria is necessary, distribution criteria, desired outcome, pay for performance and risk and benefits of the program.
The development of an organizational award program involves seeking support and commitment from the appointing authority and using input from employers for program development. The organizational mission and values are incorporated for the purpose of determining what accomplishments and behaviors will be rewarded and a motivation survey utilized for the determination of…… [Read More]
Welcome to the 21st Century, my friends. This is your century of reward and your day of awards. The Eagle Award, established in 2001, is organized and sponsored by Transcoast London Ltd. It aims to create, or rather -- to recognize -- the astounding role models and leaders like yourselves. As leaders you are important, for others may feel inspired by your achievements. The word "inspired" is an important one, because it is further defined as "in-spirited." What controls our lives are the meanings we associate with things in our lives, which are shaped by our own personal psychology, our world view, and the beliefs and values that we have created. You, as role models and leaders, have a unique spirit in you, and "inspiring" spirit, and that what makes you leaders is that this spirit touches others and gives that spirit to them. You have added…… [Read More]
In larger establishments, this would require specific focus on personnel management as well. Managers could, for example, be appointed in teams in order to ensure that personnel are managed effectively.
In the lodging industry, a secondary component of quality assurance is the products that customers receive in terms of accommodation and food. To ensure that quality is maintained in terms of these aspects, personnel should be trained to effectively and thoroughly clean rooms once they are vacated, and regularly throughout a client's stay. Towels, sheets, and bathroom equipment should be replenished on a regular basis. Personnel should be trained to do this as unobtrusively as possible, so that clients always feel that they receive excellent quality for the price that they pay.
The same is true of restaurant and room service food. The best kitchen personnel should be secured for the lodging industry, as food is often a major aspect…… [Read More]
rising cost of healthcare have many wondering what can be done to make healthcare affordable. Many believe that a prime source of the rising healthcare cost is the exorbitant amount of money that some have received in malpractice suits. Many experts contend there should be a limit or cap on the amount of money that people can receive in a malpractice suit. The purpose of this discussion is to explain if there should be a cap on malpractice awards.
hy Caps Should exists
The main reason why Caps should exist is associated with the cost of malpractice insurance for doctors. In recent years, many doctors have been forced to stop practicing medicine because of the high cost of malpractice insurance. According to an article entitled "The Doctors' Big Squeeze: Huge Increases in Medical Malpractice Insurance Rates Are Driving Doctors out of Business. hat's the Answer" caps on malpractice awards will…… [Read More]
Schneck Medical Center: The Baldrige Award
Schneck Medical Center: Overview
The Schneck Medical Center according to the National Institute of Standards and Technology -- NIST (2011) "is a 93-bed nonprofit hospital providing primary and specialized services to the residents of Jackson County, Ind., and surrounding communities." The facility as NIST (2011) further points out, offers a variety of primary care services including but not limited to cancer care, noninvasive cardiac care, and joint replacement.
Established in 1911, the facility was amongst four organizations selected by the President and the Commerce Secretary in 2011 to be awarded the Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award. This particular award in the words of NIST (2011) is "the nation's highest Presidential honor for performance excellence through innovation, improvement and visionary leadership." It is important to note that apart from the Baldrige Award, Schneck Medical Center has been a recipient of several other awards including the Outstanding…… [Read More]
Business Ethics magazine recently awarded the Chroma Technology Corporation, a Vermont-based manufacturer of high-tech optical lens products, the "Living Economy Award" as part of the 16th Annual Business Ethics Awards. The Living Economy Award is offered to the company that best exemplifies "the living economy with practices of employee ownership, fair wages, and environmental stewardship," (Business Ethics). One of the key reasons why Chroma earned the accolade was due to its unique official salary structure: no employee earns less than $37,500 and none more than $75,000; therefore, no upper-level management official makes more than twice as much as anyone on the shop floor. Chroma's unique salary structure in part reflects my vision of corporate business ethics and the values I would like to embody as a professional. There are other reasons why I admire Chroma's policies. They employ an egalitarian meeting format modeled after the Quakers; they ensure environmental sustainability…… [Read More]
Yet, looking at the movie industry from a financial perspective, one cannot help to notice that sometimes the returns are quite lucrative on smaller budget films. Miramax's the English Patient cost just $46.7 million and grossed more than $230 million worldwide, along with capturing the Best Picture Oscar (Hoffman, 2005). Examples like this are significant to the financial management field, as they prove that even in Hollywood, where substance often counts for little, it is the substance behind a film that often matters more than the dollars backing it. Bigger is not always better, as box office flop Waterworld and many others can attest to. This translates into a plethora of other industries and should be something that every financial management professional should remember.
Hoffmann, L. (16 Feb. 2005). Academy Awards: The big (budget) picture. Forbes.com. etrieved February 28, 2005, at http://www.forbes.com/2005/02/16/ex_lh_0216oscarsprodcosts_print.html.
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iii.37) to reassure Othello that he knows nothing about Desdemona and Cassio and what they might be doing behind closed doors. This scene allows us to see how manipulative Iago is and how he will say anything to get what he wants. He lies, he plants, seeds of doubt, and he uses Othello's jealousy as a weapon against him. It is important to note that Iago knows something about jealousy because he is jealous himself. It was his jealousy of Cassio's promotion that sparked his motives and he can turn the jealous screw tighter and tighter because he knows how it feels to burn with jealousy. e can call him an expert in the field with firsthand knowledge and, like most criminals, he chooses to use that knowledge for destruction rather than anything else.
Iago is malevolent because he is not just being cruel to rather innocent victims, he is…… [Read More]
The award winning film Yesterday succeeds in dealing with a sensitive and complex issue in a way that is both instructive and emotionally enticing and cogent. The film deals with the proliferation HIV / AIDS in one of the epicenters of this disease in South Africa. This film, which was nominated for an Oscar award for the best foreign language film in 2005, is intense and gripping and captures the pathos and tragedy of this disease in the way that it affects and destroys the life and happiness of a young rural woman and her family.
Set in the bleak but cinematically entrancing rural Natal region of South Africa, the film reflects the complex and damaging effects of HIV on the life of ordinary people in South Africa, who are also suffering in the aftermath of the Apartheid system. This refers to the fact that the men cannot…… [Read More]
Memento Film Analysis
Christopher Nolan's Academy Award nominated film Memento provided a new perspective on film noir and helped to redefine how a narrative was presented in cinema. Memento stars Guy Pierce as Leonard Shelby, Carrie-Anne Moss as Natalie, and Joe Pantoliano as Teddy/John Edward Gammell. Through Leonard's psyche, the film's narrative structure, and its mise-en-scene, Nolan is able to demonstrate the perpetual conflict that arises in the film between good and evil, fact and fiction, and instinct and knowledge.
Memento is the story of Leonard Shelby, a former insurance investigator, who is suffering from anterograde amnesia. In the film, Leonard is trying to find the person that raped and killed his wife, but has trouble retaining any information long enough for him to make any progress in his investigation. However, through a series of techniques designed to jog his memory, including tattoo, Polaroid pictures, and extensive note taking, Leonard…… [Read More]
This suggests that people act fairly in part because of what they think may be the result of other people's reaction to the self-serving behavior. People appreciate distributive equity that further supports their personal circumstances. On the other hand, more recently, social scientists, such as Miller (1999) have argued that people do care about justice and behave with justice-seeking behavior instead of this more selfish self-interest. In other words, there is no overall behavior that is common to all people.
As noted in ischer et al. (2007), what motivates employees has normally been studied in laboratory settings, which is an artificial approach. or, the better alternative, studies have asked employees about their thoughts concerning the company's allocation policies. As noted, it is important to know what employees actually perceive instead of what decision makers intend to do. Thus, ischer's research focused on employees' perceptions of the allocation decisions made by…… [Read More]
Kate Braverman wrote an award winning story called "Tales of the Mekong Delta" in 1991. Ten years later, Ted Demme directed and released a film called Blow. The paper will explore, analyze, and compare themes of the two texts. Specifically, the paper will focus on issues of identity, self-esteem, respect, alienation, predatory behavior including domination (and submission), addiction, as well as moral & ethical behavior. Both stories center around the consequences of illicit substances in the personal lives of the characters.
The protagonist in the short story is most often referred to as "she." She meets Lenny at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. Lenny essentially begins stalking her. Lenny is the figure for dominance and aggression in the story. She is the figure for submission and vulnerability in the story. She tries to deviate from her routine and essentially change her life, but Lenny tracks her down and shows up at…… [Read More]
Each year, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) awards the renowned Caldecott Medal to one artist. The organization is a division of the American Library Association, and this artist has created what they deem to be the most distinguished American picture book for children. hile only one children's book can be selected to receive the award each year, several others are still eligible to be runners-up, receiving an award now know as the Caldecott Honor. The committee that chooses these books is comprised of 15 members. The collective members of the ALSC select eight of these members. The other seven, including the committee's chairperson, are selected by the president of the ALSC.
This committee is faced with some rather selective criteria in their process of choosing a worthy artist for the Caldecott Medal. In order to be eligible for the award, the book must be published…… [Read More]
But Perry, there was, in Dick's opinion, something wrong with little Perry (p. 108).
Clue: Dick feels Perry is mentally unbalance, but fails to see his own behavior as anything but "normal," when it is far from it
Precognition that Perry is tainted
They shared a doom against which virtual was no defense (p. 185).
Clue: Perry's sister Barbara sees Perry also as damaged goods.
Rivalry and one-upmanship going out of hand.
[Dick] was holding the knife. I asked him for it, and he gave it to me, and I said, 'All right, Dick. Here goes.' But I didn't mean it. I meant to call his bluff, make him argue me out of it, make him admit he was a phony and a coward. See, it was something between me and Dick. I knelt down beside Mr. Clutter, and the pain of kneeling -- I thought of that goddam dollar.…… [Read More]
Moreover, vegetarianism is theoretically possible at McDonalds by eating the token salads on the menu. The token salads might still be in keeping with the tenets of agro-business but they do not contain meat products. Still, Pollan hints at how those salads support the same industries that sustain large-scale animal slaughtering.
In Chapter Seven, Pollan focuses on the ethics and the feasibility of the fast food business model as well as its effects on dietary health and well being. Without droning didactically, Pollan points out the problems with fast food: such as high levels of fat and sodium. The nutritional content of fast food is directly and causally related to heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. Pollan needs not delve into great detail about that which most Americans should already be aware. What Pollan does point out are the hidden ingredients in McDonald's menu items, especially in the chicken McNuggets. By…… [Read More]
Man on Fire" with two-time Academy Award winner Denzel ashington; and also starring Dakota Fanning, Christopher alken, and Mickey Rourke, among others. The film was produced in 2004; it runs 1 hour and 50 minutes.
The drug of choice for the protagonist, former U.S. intelligence agent turned bodyguard Creasy, is alcohol. Creasy takes a swig of liquor from a flask while riding in a car, he pours Jack Daniels bourbon into a short glass in his bedroom and drinks from a glass, and after being asked what his flaws might be, he says, "I drink." He takes large swigs of straight liquor on numerous occasions but he is never seen doing other drugs like cocaine or marijuana.
The use of alcohol by the protagonist Creasy is seen as part of his every-day activities. He doesn't seem particularly pleasured by his consumption, but on the other hand there is nothing terribly…… [Read More]
School Faculty Council selects Doctor Psychology student person represents academic excellence, leadership, service field psychology. Write a position statement essay related a Diversity Scholarship applying
At present I am pursuing a PhD in organizational development and leadership with a specific concentration in social media and technology. I have chosen to pursue this degree because I believe in the future there will be an even greater need for organizations to respond to the needs of a diverse workforce and customers in a culturally-sensitive manner. As someone who is of Haitian heritage, I have always been acutely aware on a personal level of the need for responsiveness to an individual's ethnic and racial background. Many people have misconceptions about Haiti because they know the country only through the images they have been presented with on the news. They think of it as a land solely characterized by poverty and turmoil…… [Read More]
Adrian Veidt (Ozymandias) Receives the Nobel Peace Prize
Five prizes are awarded by the Nobel committees each year, and probably the most memorable is the Nobel Peace Prize. Although the selection is sometimes controversial, the committee has specific directions from the founder himself regarding the quality of person he wished to receive this award. In devising how the specific prizes should be awarded, Nobel wrote specific language regarding each category. For the Nobel Peace Prize he said he wanted it to go "to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses" (The Nobel Peace Prize). Thus, it is no wonder that the Peace Prize committee has awarded the prize to the man who is most responsible for the eradication of hostilities between the Soviet…… [Read More]
Waltz With ashir (Vals Im ashir) is a 2008 Israeli animated autobiographical docudrama by Ari Folman that is based on his experiences as a soldier during the First Lebanon War in 1982. The film is directed, written, and produced by Ari Folman, who also stars in the film as himself (Folman, 2008; IMD, n.d.). With a budget of approximately $1.5 million, the film has grossed approximately $2.1 million (Rotten Tomatoes, n.d.; IMD, n.d.)
Waltz with ashir (2008) had its world premiere at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival on May 15, 2008. Following its premiere, Waltz With ashir (2008) embarked on a worldwide film festival campaign. Waltz with ashir (2008) was screened at the Annecy Animation Festival (6/9/2008) in France; Filmfest Munchen (6/20/2008-6/28/2008) in Germany, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (7/4/2008-7/12/2008) in the Czech Republic; Auckland International Film Festival (7/10/2008-7/27/2008) in New Zealand; Puchon International Film Festival (7/18/2008-7/27/2008) in South Korea;…… [Read More]
The it strategic planning roles are listed on the UC Berkeley website. These include: IT strategic planning sponsor, it strategic planning co-chairs, it strategic planning chairs and directors, and it strategic planning process team ("Campus it strategic plan participants," 2008). The university also spells out a timeline and expected outcomes, with all phases of the planning process, another Baldridge criteria. This timeline establishes which critical it issue will be addressed and when.
The University of Colorado at Boulder (CU-Boulder) "solicited the opinions and expertise of faculty, staff and students to examine the plans and priorities for the use of information technology in support of the mission for CU-Boulder" ("Information technology," 2010), in 2010. Unlike UC Berkeley, CU-Boulder only lists that there are 17 planning committees, comprised of faculty, students, administrators, and it staff, key participants in the strategic planning process ("Planning process," 2010). These planning committees are not provided with…… [Read More]
Federal contacts play a very large and important role in the economic sectors of our society. Knowledge about these contracts can assist students in learning about the processes that occupy most of the nation's economic resources. Military spending provides the bulk of all federal government spending and most of this money is processed through contracts.
The purpose of this essay is to examine General Dynamics Corporation and give an account of a recent contract they were awarded. This essay will also investigate the type of contract of this discussion and explain some specific qualities of that particular type of contract.
The essay will also discuss some of the costs of this contract, both direct and indirect, to help contextualize the contract from the contractors point-of-view.
General Dynamics is one of largest government contractors operating in today's business world. According to their website their corporate overview statement…… [Read More]
ace to the Top-District fa Analysis
School Grant Programs
On May 22, 2012, the Secretary of Education made public the U.S. Department of Education's (ED) intention to build upon recent achievements in education through the ace to the Top-State programs (ED, 2012a) by offering an additional $383 million in grant funding to local school districts in 2012 (ED, 2012b). The goal of the ace to the Top District (TT-D) Competition is to continue advancing bold innovation and educational standards made possible through state ace to the Top grants. This essay examines the requirements and criteria that must be met in order to apply to the TT-D program.
Eligibility for applying to the TT-D is limited to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) or a consortium of LEAs (ED, 2012c). Based on Title IX, Section 9101, subsection 26, an LEA is defined as a public board of education or other public…… [Read More]
Specialized labor is needed to produce a specialized product for the military. As such the cost of attracting and utilizing such talent can be very expensive to IBM.
IBM's indirect costs would consist of three aspects pertaining mainly to time, fraud and unexpected occurrences. The first indirect cost of time creates large expenses with IBM. The larger each individual employee takes to complete his task, the more expensive the services rendered by IBM become. This is because the contract has a set time frame. If the time frame for the contract is exceeded, IBM will incur a bulk to the expenses related to such inefficiencies. This could potentially reduce the overall return of the project. Fraud can also occur as employees could utilize technology or knowledge of the data centers to use for their own personal use. This could include selling the information to foreign entities or IBM's direct competitors.…… [Read More]
Tax Research Memo
Personal Injury winning treatment and other issues research
John Smith tax issues
Treatment for purposes of Federal Tax Income of $300,000 fee received out of the amount awarded by Jury.
Applicable Law:Any winnings in a personal injury lawsuit that cover the treatment of physical injuries are not taxable except for attorney fees which are taxable. IRC SEC 104(a)(2).Taxability also depends upon the place of residence of the taxpayer.
$300,000 received by John Smith as fees from jury award is taxable for federal tax income purposes.
Treatment for purposes of Federal Tax Income of $25,000 expenses paid upfront and received out of the amount awarded by Jury.
Applicable Law: Any winnings in a personal injury lawsuit that cover the treatment of physical injuries are not taxable except for attorney fees which are taxable. IRC Sec 104(a)(2).Any expenses can be claimed as a deduction.Taxability…… [Read More]
At the same time Bernice doesn't tell her daughter the history of the heirloom, in fear of waking the spirit. This means that even Bernice is not using her legacy positively, but is afraid of it. Both characters are able to embrace their history with pride by the end of the play, as Boy illie comes to understand the Piano's significance and Bernice begins to play it again (Sparknotes.com)
3. The Little Foxes
a. Significance of the Title
Lillian Hellman was born in New Orleans and educated at New York and Columbia University. Her first success was the play 'The Children's Hour'; she was an active part of political activities and spoke openly about her ideals. 'The Little Foxes' brought her greater fame and reflects her opinion of and her remembrances of the South (kirjasto.sci.fi).
The play is a satire or a criticism of the machinations of capitalists who live…… [Read More]
Employee's Rights to Health and Safety in the Workplace
The objective of this study is to analyze the rights of employees to health and safety in the workplace in regards to the scenario as follows:
DoRight has recently been hired as the President of the "Universal Human Care Hospital," where he oversees all departments with over 5,000 employees and over 20,000 patients at the medical facility. He has been provided with a broad set of duties and oversight of numerous departments, including business development, customer services, human resources, legal, patient advocacy, to name a few. He has managers in each department that he supervises and who work with him to address the needs of the various internal and external stakeholders of the hospital. Dr. DoRight discovers that some patients within the hospital have been dying as a result of a variety of illegal procedures by doctors and nurses, and negligent…… [Read More]
In the world today, health care is probably one of the most important rights a human being should be able to expect. In fact, the quality of health care offered at any given time can mean the difference not only between illness and health, but even between as much as life and death. For this reason, all health care personnel are subject to a code of ethics based upon the Hippocratic oath, which in essence focuses on maintaining health and well-being, or achieve these as quickly and as far as possible. This is also the underlying for the recent addition of Magnet status to healthcare providing institutions.
The term "magnet" was first applied to health care settings in 1982, when the American Academy of Nursing used it to refer to the phenomenon of "attracting and "retaining" nurses within high quality work environments (Aiken, n.d.). By 1990, the importance…… [Read More]
Narrative to Accompany the Award of Legion of Merit
MSG TAMIKA L. WYNN
Master Sergeant Tamika L. Wynn is a shining example in the military. Born on 25 June 1975 in Columbus, her military career began 18 November 1993 when Master Sergeant Tamika L. Wynn entered the army and underwent Basic Training at Fort Jackson, SC. For her it seemed like the right choice, an easy choice. She wanted to serve the country that she loves. So she began her journey that day and later attended Advance Individual Training at Fort Lee, VA becoming a 92A Material Storage and Handling Specialist. Just two years later, in 1995, she graduated from the Warrior Leader Course. Her path continued on an upward trajectory and in 199 she took on the Advanced Leaders Course, graduating from it and the Senior Leader Course in 2005 in Fort Lee, VA.
She was not just driven…… [Read More]
Leading Change and Leading People
For more than 20 years, I have been a leader in both the government and in the private business environment. This encompasses both work in the United States Army as a noncommissioned officer, and work in the civilian world within the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Leading change requires a great deal of initiative and more than just having a vision for the future. This is an important lesson that I have learned through the experiences in my life and the work that I have done for myself and others throughout my career.
I have been fortunate enough to have been mentored by some very outstanding individuals during my career, and have been promoted 10 times to attain my current grade of GS-15, which indicates that I am able to lead both people and change, get support for programs, influence resources,…… [Read More]
The film industry produces experience goods for consumer enjoyment and consumption, and substantively relies on consumer differentiation for the economic success of movies. Moviegoers appear to differentiate films primarily on the basis of genre, starring actors, exposure to promotion, recommendations from other moviegoers and film critics, and -- for the dedicated film buffs and connoisseurs -- directors, cinematographers, and even screenwriters associated with the film production (Albert 1998, De Vany 2004, Eliashberg and Shugan 1997, Hand 2002, Krider and Weinberg 1998, Nelson et al. 2001, avid 1999, Smith and Smith 1986, Wallace, Steigermann and Holbrook 1993). Access to information about films is related to the resources and networks that moviegoers enjoy, and on the attention that films garner, as expressed by the media and through social networks. Information about films is accessed by moviegoers from many sources: 1) The genre of the film; 2) the rating of the…… [Read More]
Critics and audiences are fascinated by how an actor interprets a formidable historical figure, bringing her or him to life on the big screen. Television actors have more leeway but the roles that earn actors awards tend to be quirky and unusual, such as Hugh Laurie in House, Alec Baldwin in 30 Rock, and America Ferrera in Ugly Betty.
ill Ferrell and Jack Black may be correct about comedians not earning accolades on the big screen. However, comedians that step beyond their boundaries, who can stretch the meaning of comedy as well as their acting skills, may land award-nominated parts. hile starring in a film about a man with no arms and legs who sues a major corporation would be surefire way to get noticed, less melodramatic parts may also propel a former comic into Oscar stardom. Quirky and dark comedies are the prime contenders for films that are both…… [Read More]
As such, any valid arbitration agreement will be accordingly handled and implemented by the arbitrators on the case.
4) What specific steps can be taken effectively to change this legal outcome in future cases?
In the case of Clinton Cole vs. urns International Security Services, the Court decided against the plaintiff's request to render void the arbitration agreement signed by employee on the 5th of August 1991. In order to change the outcome of future similar legal cases, the employees need better arguments as to why the arbitration agreement should be considered null by the Court. Also, to convince the Court to rescind the agreement, the plaintiffs and their lawyers should focus on the issues that are not covered by the arbitration agreement.
For instance, employees could point out how the agreement refers to the "recruitment, employment and termination of employment by the Company; including, but not limited to, claims…… [Read More]
Project Management: Case Study in Managing a Complex Shipyard Project in Singapore
Background of Complex Shipyard Construction Project
Project Overview and Objective
ork Process of Building Construction
Issue Analysis in Shipyard Construction Project Management
Literature Review of Project Management
Issues in Scope Management
Methodology of Scope Management
Lessons Learned from Scope Management
Issues in Cost Management
Methodology of Cost Management
Lessons Learned from Cost Management
Issues in Human Resources
Methodology of HR Management
Lessons Learned from Human Resource Management
Case Study in Managing a Complex Shipyard Construction Project in Singapore
This paper introduces the special features of a completed shipyard project, together with its construction and human resource management processes as well. The organization of the paper provides an introduction to the topic, an overview and background of the In the first part, this project illustrates overview of the complex background of a complex ship-building project as…… [Read More]
Working for the Department of Veteran's Affairs means that I need to be able to get results. They are very important, and in 2002 I was asked to participate in a task force for the advancement and the employment of women. I led the subcommittee on researching best practices for the report. In doing this, I led focus groups, researched a great deal of relevant information, and created the best practices section for the final report. The VA was very pleased, and the report was accepted as a blueprint throughout the department. This occurred when the committee had been in existence for one year. Each member of the committee received an award for this, and my award was the Secretary of Veteran's Affairs Commendation for the effort that I displayed during this project.
In two different cabinet-level organizations, I have been involved with protocol and success on many levels.…… [Read More]
Cognitive Bias in Jury Damages
Utilizing Cognitive Biases to Legal Advantage
Assuming that the putative view of an ordinary citizen, unaffiliated with the judicial system, is one that the merits of a case are based solely based upon a presentation of facts is common. However, several psychological predispositions illustrate the strategic role that attorney's assume in jury selection. Understanding the philosophy underlying the moral psychology of the mind offers insights into how both the case for plaintiffs and defendants are open to suggestive framing.
The determination and award of damages in cases that comprise compensatory damages is easily quantified, however considering pain and suffering compensation presents fertile ground for legal study. Empirical studies of jury awards demonstrate that the framing of damage by plaintiffs is influential to the outcome. Similarly, preconceived notions of sexual harassment and prior psychological trauma bear influence upon cases that counsel must be aware of to…… [Read More]
Consequently, his observations concerning the business climate in Saudi Arabia with respect to the significance of religion in the Kingdom can be considered authentic. According to Indris, with respect to the perception of performance and contractual obligations among Saudis, "It should be noted that the issue is not with the belief itself but rather with people's misguided interpretations of the belief and Islam teachings. While Islam teaches that ultimate control is in the hands of God, it also teaches that people should exert their utmost efforts to better their lives" (p. 38). These issues have special salience for foreign direct investors who may experience disputes based on such misinterpretations that cannot be predicted but must be expected. In this regard, Idris concludes that, "Misguided interpretations have a strong impact on the business environment and the commitment to setting and meeting goals and targets in the kingdom. Accountability in running businesses…… [Read More]
West Side Story
Like all musical films, the West Side Story relates to a production where the characters sing songs and sometimes dance too, all with the view of developing the characters and advancing the plot of the film
However, the movie brings to the fore various special features, which notably set it out as a historical document. The era in which the film was produced is also of massive importance considering the numerous special events that occurred during the period and how they influenced the production of the move. West Side Story is also typified by a number of features, just like all the other movies are. As such, the aspects of the plot, the production of the movie, the criticism and reception by the public are considered to have substantial significance to all the concerned parties. Shot in the United States, the movie relates a lot to the…… [Read More]
The text by Neville & Lokuge (2006) reports to the evolving status of this question since the rash of birth defects caused in the 1970s by the Thalidomide drug. These events would give way to what Neville & Lokuge call a 'novel' legal question. Its novelty, the article suggests, may be the primary reason that courts of have decided with inconsistency how best to address 'wrongful life' and 'wrongful birth' cases. Accordingly, the article reports that "courts have endeavoured to be careful in recognising and awarding damages in novel areas of law, such as "wrongful birth" and "wrongful life." The High Court of Australia has recently given judgment in both kinds of action: in 2003 allowing a claim for wrongful birth (Cattanach v Melchior), but in May 2006 disallowing two separate claims for wrongful life (Harriton v Stephens and aller v James/aller v Hoolahan)." (Neville & Lokuge, 559)
The research…… [Read More]
8. State the "law of the case" of each of the following: (10) a) Gonzales v. Raisch: ffirmed Oregon statute allowing doctors to prescribe controlled substances in assisted suicide and invalidated ttorney General's statutory interpretation that assisted suicide does not constitute practicing medicine..
b) First National Bank v. Bellotti: Invalidated Massachusetts law criminalizing corporate use of corporate funds to promote political agenda as a violation of corporations right to Free Speech under the 1st mendment..
c) Kelo v. New London: State power of eminent domain properly used even though taking of property inured to benefit of one private entity over another, because its effect was beneficial to the community..
d) darand v. Pina: Overturned Metro v FCC and decided that any type of racial classification used by any government agency triggers strict scrutiny.
e) Cole v. Burns International Security Systems: Employers may require employees to waive their right to litigate…… [Read More]
Even the lyrics, which nonetheless maintain the same kind of bubblegum-angst present in nearly any widely successful "alternative" band, manage to surprise simply by the fact that the band seems to have gained a wider vocabulary, both in terms of individual words and the metaphors used. Put another way, burning "like the fire of a thousand suns" is simply a more enjoyable image than "one step closer to the edge / and I'm about to break," even if both convey generally the same theme within either song.
Following the release of A Thousand Suns, Linkin Park has, as it did previously, focused on charity work alongside the writing of the next album a promotional tour. Most recently, the band has played benefit concerts for victims of the earthquake, tsunami, and subsequent nuclear fallout which hit Japan earlier this year, with the first being in Los Angeles alongside the band B'z,…… [Read More]
The economic condition of a country could also affect the Amcor Company. In the time of recession, the company was generally affected by the costs of labor, which affected the company profitability.
Industrial elations and Procedures
The industrial relations cover all aspect of formal relations with Amcor Company's employee and its representatives. The purpose of industrial relations is to achieve a harmonize workplace. The workplace policies and procedures are communicated to Amcor Company through NSW Government Industrial elations in Australia. The NSW Government Industrial elations website contains all the relevant information that the company needs to comply with the workplace policies and procedures.
Contract of Employment
The following provisions are provided in the contract of employment of Amcor Limited.
Details duties required by employees,
Set out whether the duties are full time or part time,
Agreement or award applying to the position,
All payments and fringe benefits related to the…… [Read More]
Kaiser Permanente - Marketing Forces and Diversification
Kaiser Permanente shares the concerns of other American hospitals regarding competing effectively with other hospitals while constantly improving quality of care. Kaiser is unique, however, in that its scope and resources allow it to mount an aggressive, nationwide marketing campaign directed at least theoretically to every American. Though it is difficult to reduce the success of Kaiser's marketing activities to numbers, Kaiser certainly shows signs of marketing success through extensive recognition, including but not limited to awards touting Kaiser's excellence and effectiveness.
Kaiser Permanente serves approximately 9 million members and operates in 8 regions, including Northern California, Southern California, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, an area embracing Maryland, Virginia and ashington, DC, Ohio, and an area comprised of Oregon and ashington (Kaiser Permanente, 2012). In addition, Kaiser Permanente acts as "the caregiver, the hospital, the laboratory, and the pharmacy" (Kaiser Permanente, 2012). Due…… [Read More]
Because of all these accomplishments, Mr. Lucas has a list of accolades and awards that would fill pages. His most notable accomplishments however have been the 24 films he has been directly involved with that have either won or been nominated for Academy Awards. He has won four Academy Awards personally for Best Directing and Best Writing for American Graffiti and Best Directing and Writing for Star Wars as well. One of the several companies he has founded, Industrial Light & Magic, has won fourteen Academy Awards on its own. He has also been awarded two of the most prestigious honors in filmmaking in the U.S., the American Film Institute Life Achievement Award and from the Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award. Mr. Lucas also donated $180M to his alma mater, University of Southern California, so a new film school could be built. He is…… [Read More]