Warriors’ Rick Barry, Jamaal Wilkes, Clifford Ray share what made Oakland fanbase unique

first_imgOAKLAND – For a moment, Rick Barry feared for his life.The Warriors had won the 1975 NBA championship over the former Washington Bullets, and had landed in Oakland after an oversized crowd at San Francisco International Airport forced them to change their travel itinerary. When Barry and his teammates took a cab from Oakland to San Francisco to greet those fans, other Warriors fans almost prevented them from doing so.“They jumped up on top of the cabs. The roof of the cab I was in was …last_img

3 interesting features about Warriors’ new home

first_imgYou couldn’t miss the Warriors’ massive scoreboard when the team showed off Chase Center to the media, but even that glowing marvel couldn’t obscure some other eye-catching aspects of the $1.4 billion palace.While most everyone focuses on the NBA’s largest scoreboard, which takes up about 9,700 square feet (six times larger than Oracle) while dominating most viewpoints inside the San Francisco arena, we’re here to … CLICK HERE if you are having trouble viewing these photos on a mobile device.last_img

Why ESPN’s Rex Ryan thinks 49ers are the best team in the NFL

first_imgThe 49ers’ 7-0 record certainly suggests they could be, but ESPN analyst and former coach Rex Ryan is removing all doubt about who’s the elite team in the NFL.“To me, I think they are the best team right now in the NFL,” Ryan said on 95.7 The Game’s “Joe, Lo and Dibs” show Tuesday.And, right now, the ex-Jets and Bills head coach is the loudest voice on the 49ers bandwagon. On Monday, Ryan couldn’t say enough about San Francisco during ESPN’s “Get Up” show.”They’re the best team in the …last_img

South Africa ‘will not nationalise mines’

first_img7 February 2012 South Africa will not nationalise its mines, Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu said at the Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town on Tuesday, welcoming the report of an African National Congress (ANC) task team that reaffirmed that nationalisation was “not a viable policy” for the country. The Mining Indaba is regarded as the world’s largest mining investment conference and Africa’s biggest mining event. Shabangu said that in the midst of “this debate about nationalisation, we have consistently maintained that nationalisation is not the policy of the ANC or the government of South Africa.” She added that “when all is said and done, the ANC will adopt a policy position on this issue that is in the best interest of South Africa. “Furthermore, we have consistently maintained that were it not for the mining industry lagging behind in terms of implementing the provisions of the Mining Charter … this debate would not have been there in the first place.” She said the ANC task team report, which reinforced the party’s earlier decisions that nationalisation was “not a viable policy for South Africa”, came as no surprise. “It demonstrates the consistent but pragmatic policy that has guided the ANC over many decades, including the period of the adoption of the African Charter in 1955 and, even more recently, the period after 1994.”Minerals beneficiation ‘critical’ On a separate matter, Shabangu said that beneficiation of the country’s minerals was a critical component of the industrial and economic development framework. “It is the vehicle through which South Africa’s resource-based comparative advantage can be transformed into a national competitive advantage. To this end, a beneficiation strategy has been developed to maximise the returns from the exploitation of our mineral resources.” Shabangu said that the beneficiation policy identified five pilot mineral value chains which included iron ore and steel, energy and titanium. “It is not our intention to force mining companies into being manufacturers, but rather to address the challenges of the inaccessibility of our raw materials as an impediment to greater local beneficiation.” She indicated that she was happy with some of the initiatives taken by some companies to support the beneficiation strategy. “This work demonstrates their commitment to South Africa.”Mine health and safety On mine health and safety, Shabangu said the government remained “gravely concerned” about the continued loss of lives at the country’s mines. She said the latest figures showed that fatalities in the industry had dropped by 3 percent from 127 in 2010 to 123 in 2011. “Already this year, there have been 13 fatalities in the mining sector. The recent spate of fatalities is also a reflection of some CEOs’ refusal to make meaningful changes and take personal responsibility for health and safety issues. “Some of them value profits more than the lives of the people.” Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Your Client’s Value Lens

first_imgYour dream client views the world through their own lens. They see the world through the framework of their industry, their business model, their own business, their challenges, their opportunities, and their experiences. The individual stakeholders within their company each have their own experiences and biases, too.The biases create a lens through which your client (and the stakeholders who make up your client) view the world. That lens shapes how they perceive value. Call it their value lens.When the value that you create is aligned with your prospective client’s value lens, it’s easy to sell. They perceive the value in what you sell, and it aligns with and supports their worldview. But the trouble begin when your prospective client’s lens deletes or distorts the value that you create.Distortions and DeletionsLet’s use price as an example. You might be able to produce far greater results than your low price competitors. You might even be able to prove a compelling ROI that any CFO would be proud to sign off on. But some of your prospective clients (some stakeholders) will have a value lens that deletes the value you create. Their lens only lets in “lowest price.” If they don’t see lowest price, their lens deletes the value you create; it’s not enough for you to win their business.But the deletion and distortion of value occur in other areas.Your dream client might have a stakeholder who perceives value through a political lens. If your solution doesn’t allow them to bury some internal opponent, they perceive other solutions as more valuable. If it doesn’t help them make the political case that they should be promoted, they can’t perceive the value.Match the Value or Change the WorldviewThere aren’t any easy answers for dealing with problems of value deletion and distortion. You can sometimes align the value you create with your client’s value lens. Other times you have to work on changing your dream client’s value lens altogether. Neither is easy, and swapping out the lens takes a lot of time. But the sooner you start working on understanding what your dream client sees through their value lens, the sooner you can match it or start helping to change it.QuestionsWhat does your client perceive through their value lens?What do you do when you have a mismatch between the value you create and your prospective client’s value lens?How do prospective clients delete the value you create by viewing it through their lens?How do they distort the value you create because of their lens?How do you match or change their lens?last_img read more