Sunderland’s season was at a crucial juncture – and so too was Jack Baldwin. The centre back, a virtual ever-present since his summer switch from Peterborough, was enjoying one of the more difficult spells of his maiden season on Wearside as the calendars flipped forward into 2019.While he and Tom Flanagan had built-up a strong partnership at centre back, individual errors had started to creep in.And after Baldwin conceded what turned out to be a crucial penalty during the 1-1 draw with Luton Town, decisions had to be made.Baldwin was dropped, new signing Jimmy Dunne taking his place in the side as the Black Cats looked to sustain their promotion pushAt the time the decision looked justified, but now it appears to be even more so; a stroke of genius from Jack Ross that has breathed new life into Baldwin.Indeed, the 25-year-old admitted he was ‘thankful’ for being dropped – and has praised Ross’ man-management skills during his time out the … [Read more...] about Why Jack Baldwin was ‘thankful’ to be dropped by Sunderland as he highlights Jack Ross’ man-management skills
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The first step to getting help is, it is universally accepted, to acknowledge you need it. But sometimes the barriers go up before you can get to that point. Coaching is expected in disciplines such as sport, dance, music, but what about in life and in business?For two Lancashire businesswomen coaching is not just their chosen calling, it has changed their lives.Kate Pollitt of Desire Branding is due to qualify as a business coach in March, a skill she will offer as part of her services to clients.Her journey to qualification started when she decided to invest in coaching for her own business which she set up 14 years ago. The Ribble Valley-based graphic designer and branding expert said: “I was seeking a business coach for me and this ran in parallel with the fact that working very closely with small business owners they would sometimes come to me with things that were not branding and marketing-related and I didn’t feel equipped to help them - things like work life … [Read more...] about Can coaching change your life for the better? These two Lancashire businesswomen believe it can.
More than 40 per cent of Yorkshire firms lack basic digital skills which means they are missing out on opportunities to drive growth, according to the latest Lloyds Bank Business and Charity Index. It found that only eight per cent of the region’s firms are using digital channels to find new growth opportunities and a third have no interest in developing their cyber security capability.By embracing digital skills, UK businesses could generate an additional £85bn in turnover, according to the report. Across Yorkshire, a quarter (27 per cent) of businesses are benefiting from trading online domestically, above the UK average of 21 per cent. The region’s firms are using digital to target international markets, with 13 per cent of Yorkshire businesses using online channels to trade overseas, five percentage points above the UK average.A third (33 per cent) of Yorkshire SMEs said they have no interest in developing their cyber security capability.Russell Galley, Lloyds … [Read more...] about Lloyds boss says firms lack the digital skills to drive future growth
Edward C. Baig USA TODAY Published 3:31 AM EST Jan 8, 2019 A more accurate weather forecasting model. Technology that may help ensure that the foods you eat are safe and fresh, or that can pinpoint the genesis of a problem in the case of a recall. And an artificial intelligence system that can take a pro-con position on a hotly-debated topic in which you argue the other side. IBM CEO Ginni Rometty was poised to showcase these and other initiatives on Tuesday during keynote remarks that mark the official opening of the CES industry trade show. Rometty talked to USA TODAY ahead of her appearance on the Las Vegas stage about such technologies, and her desire for a workforce that is more inclusive. More: A rollable TV? LG's latest OLED TV television packs a futuristic 'wow' factor More: We got a peak at the KB Home ProjeKt, the smart house of the future. Here's what we found. More: CES 2019: I got to experience Disney's in-car virtual reality concept “You may not see us as a … [Read more...] about CES 2019: IBM CEO says weather forecasts are about to get better
Stoke City will kick off the New Year on the back of a run of one defeat in 12 games, yet unhappy fans are apparently vowing to ‘olé, olé, olé’ manager Gary Rowett from start to finish of the game against Bristol City in protest at the Potters' laboured efforts in losing at Birmingham City and drawing at Bolton, and the apparent banishment of playmaker Bojan from his first-team squad. So what are your thoughts going into the game - on the manager, the players and Stoke's prospects against the Robins? Here’s what some of you have been saying on social media... Matt Robinson: If this is true, it’s a disgrace! Our fans are an embarrassment. This will be our day when we remember those we have lost in the last year. Surely this puts things, and more importantly life, into perspective. Go and support the team, get behind them. How on earth is a negative atmosphere going to help anything? Peter Shenton: Having a go at Rowett is fine, but this love-in for … [Read more...] about No great love for manager but fans want fewer protests and more backing of team