first_img Consider Dallas Mavericks outspoken owner Mark Cuban who makes his e-mail address public (and has been know to offer it up for fan access on the jumbotron during games).  Don’t like the variety in the Food Court?  Send the owner a note. These leaders may not always be right.  Their companies may not always win.  But they are real, relevant and represent a shift from the antiquated Command & Control style leadership to a more Collaborative & Connected  approach that is proving far more effective for the time. {click through and take the rest of Frank’s Blueprint for Success Management Test} According to Frank Pacetta (a hero of mine) and his Blueprint for Success a “no” gets the leader or manager (CEO especially) an immediate failing grade. Ford CEO Alan Mullaly (notice how he starts this recent keynote!) recently did better than just talking to customers.  He actually delivered a new customers Ford F-150.  CEO service. Today’s leader is charged with navigating through chaotic and disruptive times.  Employees are anxious, overwhelmed, exhausted, uncertain and have far less trust in senior leadership.  Customers have an evolving set of expectations around the business relationship and brand experience. Progressive leaders are recognizing this shift in the balance of power, removing barriers, improving access and leading from the front to cultivate a more connected and compelling brand experience for all stakeholders (employees, customers and investors). How accessible and transparent is your CEO?  Senior leadership?  You?  Worth considering. The People Economy is here and to thrive amid this transformation true leaders are embracing the transparency that is required, leading from the front, connecting, communicating and collaborating to elevate trust, earn emotional commitment, accelerate innovation and effectively navigate change.center_img This next generation approach to business (Generation Flux) is opening up opportunity for those willing to embrace change, challenge the status quo and connect people to each other and a common purpose. Best Buy CEO Brian Dunn responded to the recent Forbes article Why Best Buy is Going Out of Business…Gradually via his blog with His Thoughts on Best Buy’s Recent Media Coverage where people are free to comment, invited to connect with him or follow him on Twitter. Simple yes or no answer.   How about Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh?  You can follow him on Twitter, check out real time company updates on his blog and employees can stop by his cubicle any time for a high five {forget the corner office…he rolls without walls}. There are examples of next generation leadership all around us. Did you talk to a customer today? Change is hard.  It is also the one constant we can count on.last_img read more

first_imgMaryland enacted legislation creating income, sales, and property tax incentives for qualified taxpayers that bring large-scale projects to the state. The legislation creates the Promoting ext-Raordinary Innovation in Maryland’s Economy (PRIME) Program. Taxpayers enrolled into the program are eligible for program benefits for up to 10 consecutive years.The legislation is designed to lure Amazon’s second headquarters project to Maryland. However, any other taxpayer with a qualifying project can apply for enrollment in the program.Tax Incentives Under PRIME ProgramTo qualify for enrollment in the PRIME Program, a taxpayer must:be a Fortune 100 company; andestablish an eligible project.Before establishing a project, notice of the taxpayer’s intent and an application for enrollment must be submitted.Eligible Project Under PRIMETo establish an eligible project, a taxpayer must show that it is committed to spending at least $500 million on the project. It must also submit a project plan that, over a 17-year period, commits to:filling at least 40,000 qualified jobs at the project facility with an average compensation of at least $100,000; andspending a total of $4.5 billion.Certificates of EligibilityQualified taxpayers will receive a certificate that certifies the eligibility of the project enrolled in the program. The certificate will be updated as needed to reflect increases in the number of qualified jobs. In addition, the certificate providesthe duration of the certification; andadditional information needed for the taxpayer to receive a program benefit.Income Tax Credit for PRIME TaxpayersTaxpayers enrolled in the PRIME Program can claim a refundable income tax credit equal to 5.75% of the wages paid for qualified jobs. The credit can be claimed for 10 tax years for each job.To be eligible for the credit, the taxpayer must:pay employees in qualified jobs an average salary of at least $100,000; andfill the required number of qualified jobs within 17 years of enrolling in the program.Sales and Use Tax Exemption for PRIME PurchasesPersonal property and services purchased by the taxpayer under the program are exempt from Maryland sales and use tax.The Comptroller must issue exemption certificates to qualified taxpayers. The exemption certificates must:be renewed annually; andmay not be renewed for more than 10 consecutive years.Property Tax Credit for PRIME PropertyAnother benefit of the program is a state and local property tax credit of 50% of the increase in assessment on qualified property. Taxpayers may begin taking the credit in tax years after June 30, 2018.Qualified property is real property where an eligible project is located.Taxpayers can claim the credit for up to 10 consecutive years, as long as the property is still qualified.Revocation and Recapture of Tax BenefitsProgram benefits will end if the number of qualified jobs goes below the number claimed in the first year. In addition, the taxpayer’s certification may be revoked, in whole or in part, if:the taxpayer made false representations; orthe expenditures and hiring of employees by the taxpayer are significantly below the estimates in the project plan.If the taxpayer’s certification is revoked, program benefits received by the taxpayer may be recaptured.Duration of ProgramGenerally, the PRIME Program applies to tax years beginning after 2017. However, the program will end if no taxpayers are certified by the end of 2021.Ch. 350 (S.B. 877), Laws 2018, effective June 1, 2018, applicable as notedLogin to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

first_img370 documented positive dope tests in the past 13 yearsIn the West, champions are being sent tumbling to their knees. An anti-doping investigation in the US has gone after some of track and field’s big names. Kelli White, women’s 100 m world champion, is banned while men’s champ Tim Mont,370 documented positive dope tests in the past 13 yearsIn the West, champions are being sent tumbling to their knees. An anti-doping investigation in the US has gone after some of track and field’s big names. Kelli White, women’s 100 m world champion, is banned while men’s champ Tim Mont gomery is under a cloud. Marion Jones, triple gold medallist and poster girl from Sydney 2000, may not race in Athens. What does this have to do with India? Neither does it have champion sprinters nor is it a sporting power whose success attracts suspicion. In the grim history of doping, though, India can easily be considered a rogue nation with 370 documented positive dope tests in the past 13 years. Since 2000, India has produced 113 positives. The evidence has piled up and the numbers are too large to ignore.In December 2000, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) submitted an affidavit to the Delhi High Court which contained the names of 257 athletes who had tested positive in 3,078 dope tests between 1991 and 2000.Sunita Rani’s was the most high-profile doping case Rani’s was the most high-profileIn June 2001 syringes and strips of steroids were found in the hostels of the National Institute of Sport (NIS). In 2002 weightlifter Kunjarani Devi tested positive at the Asian Championships and two Indian lifters tested positive at the Commonwealth Games.Two months later, athlete Sunita Rani tested positive after winning two medals at the Busan Asian Games. In 2003 after a total of 64 positive tests from two National Games (Punjab and Hyderabad), then sports minister Vikram Verma revealed in Parliament that 108 athletes had tested positive in national events and five in competitions overseas in four years.If nothing else, this would indicate the existence of a problem, of a phenomenon that thrives behind the smokescreen of “everybody does it” and the puerile fig leaf of guarding national prestige. As it stands today, India’s anti-doping policy, from its ethos to its practice, seems to be neither anti-doping nor much of a policy.To begin at the top, India is yet to sign the Copenhagen Declaration, a globally accepted document that recognises the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) code. India is one of only four countries that attended a 126-nation conference and agreed to sign the declaration. But it is yet to do so.Sunaina’s is the most recent positive dope testM.K. Mishra, SAI executive-director (Finance), insists,”We will sign soon, there are procedural formalities.” Not only has the global letter of the law been a hurdle for the Indian sports administration, but the country’s primary anti-doping institution also exists in a twilight zone. The status of the SAI’s Dope Control Centre (DCC) in Delhi has now become a convenient liability. The laboratory, set up in 1989, hasn’t yet been given accreditation by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) or WADA. Any positive test result from it can always be contested in court. It is the easiest escape route for any athlete, federation and administrator. The lack of an accredited laboratory is most frequently cited as the reason for India’s ineffective anti-doping programme.”This is a bad excuse,” says David Howman, WADA’S director-general. “Proper anti-doping programmes can be run efficiently even when a country doesn’t have a WADA-accredited laboratory.” There are only 31 WADA accredited laboratories worldwide.Mishra, who is also the CEO of the DCC, is confident that the day the Delhi lab is accredited the complaining will stop. Now that India has won the right to stage the 2010 Commonwealth Games, the ISO 17025 certification needed for accreditation is finally being sought. Dope-testing in India takes place on two main occasions. Before athletes go for any overseas event, samples are taken from athletes and transported to Delhi for testing. Participants are also tested at major national and international events in India. The first practice is controversial amounting, says one SAI official, to pre-event”screening”. The cheating gameadvertisementIndia recorded 370 positive dope tests in the past 13 years in both national and international events.Since 2000, 113 Indian sportspeople have tested positive for dope.After 15 years of its existence, the country’s only dope testing centre has just applied for accreditation.Allegations of rampant, organised doping at the NIS, Patiala, continue to be swept under the carpet.Athletes are not being tested to catch and punish those on dope but being systematically weeded outand dropped from the team to prevent them from being caught overseas. The cases of athlete Sunita Rani and lifter Sunaina (the most recent case of an Indian testing positive for dope) indicate that the laboratory’s standards are far from watertight as both had tested negative in India.In late 2002, experts from the SRL Ranbaxy Laboratory, Mumbai, were roped in to study Rani’s case. Their analysis of testing procedures in Korea helped exonerate Rani and got the Seoul lab stripped of its ISO/IEC 17025 certificate and IOC accreditation. Once the case was decided, SRL Ranbaxy sent out feelers to the government and the SAI for four months, offering to set up and run a modern laboratory. They also met former Andhra Pradesh chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu to set up a laboratory in Hyderabad. The response was uniformly cool. Mishra’s own comment is telling.”The DCC is not a commercial proposition. Everyone thinks they can start a laboratory.” Sumedha Sahani, director, operations and clinical trials, SRL Ranbaxy, says, “There is much merit in public-private partnerships, they must be developed.”Along with the responses at the top, the rumblings of a sustained doping programme in Indian sport continue with frequent revelations from the NIS, Patiala. Says one SAI official:”What they do in the West is systematic damage.We go in for random destruction.” A 2003 report into the functioning of the NIS by former SAI officer K. Narasimhan lies buried in the Union Sports Ministry. The report is believed to contain proof of sustained irregularities in anti-doping procedures and a nexus between the NIS authorities, federation coaches and SAI officers in Delhi. The report even recommended an inquiry by India’s professional probe agencies. Even though the inquiry was ordered by former SAI director-general Shekhar Dutt, strangely no one in either the ministry or the SAI gives the report any credence. The Sports Ministry appointed a one-man inquiry committee headed by H.S. Kingra.According to Joint Secretary R.K. Mishra,”Kingra found no evidence of allegations of doping.” Manmohan Singh, head of the IOA’s medical commission, believes the over the-counter availability of drugs in India is a spur for doping.”In most cases the competitors are more educated than doctors and coaches. There is a general tendency among sportspeople to cheat to get medals.” They may”get away” at home but in the absence of a strong anti-doping policy, continue to be”outed” overseas. India’s day of infamy in world sport could be lurking around the corner.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgEngland coach Trevor Bayliss has promised that an attack-minded England will fight fire with fire and will not be intimidated by Australia when the Ashes series starts next week.The 52-year-old former Sri Lanka coach will take charge of England for the first time when the Ashes gets underway in Cardiff on July 8.Australian Bayliss is fully aware of the approach England must adopt if they are to reclaim the Ashes from his compatriots.”To be successful against Australia, it’s certainly not going to be by taking a backward step or allowing the Australians just to dictate terms,” Bayliss said.”You’ve got to get out and fight fire with fire, be positive and aggressive and the individuals have to play their own natural game.”I think going forward with this group of players he (captain Alastair Cook) has got, you will see a bright, attacking style of cricket being played.”England impressed during the drawn series against New Zealand before winning the subsequent one-day international series 3-2 with a thrilling brand of attacking cricket.Bayliss is hoping for more of the same.”I’m all for playing the game in an aggressive manner,” he said.”It gets down to how individuals actually are able to put up with it — how they are able to react to it or whether they react to it. Some will and some won’t.”If you look in history at the best players in the world, they’ve all been self-reliant.”Not only are they single-minded and they know what to do off the field and how to prepare, they are able to make decisions for themselves out on the ground, rather than look to the coaching staff for an answer.”advertisementEngland travelled to Spain for a four-day training camp ahead of the Ashes and Bayliss said it was a great opportunity to build relationships.”We had some good meetings,” he said.”It was important that I got across to the players that I don’t bite. That they’re more than welcome to come and ask me any questions or get involved with any conversations.”last_img read more