Serena Williams. AFP FILE PHOTOMIAMI—Tennis superstar Serena Williams gave birth to a baby girl on Friday, US media reported, prompting an outpouring of delight from fellow professionals, celebrities and fans of the sporting icon.Williams, who will turn 36 later this month, was admitted to the St Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida on Wednesday before going into labor overnight.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. There was no immediate confirmation of the birth from Williams’ representatives.Elder sister Venus Williams described herself as “super-excited” after being informed of the reports concerning the baby as she walked on to the court for her third-round match at the US Open in New York.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’However she declined to take questions on the subject in her post-match press conference.“I’m definitely available to answer questions about tennis. That’s all right now,” Venus told reporters. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES US tennis legend Chris Evert meanwhile chimed: “I’m so thrilled for her. And what a role model she’s going to be for her daughter.”Media reports said 23-time Grand Slam singles champion Serena — who revealed she was pregnant in April — was induced overnight Thursday.Other fans meanwhile wasted no time in anointing the tennis star’s daughter as a future champion.READ: It’s a girl! Venus Williams lets Serena baby secret slip“Hello to the future queen of tennis,” one post on Twitter read. “A future champion is born,” added another.‘Outrageous’ goal Williams has vowed to return to competitive tennis in January to defend her Australian Open title, which she won while newly pregnant.Williams last month told Vogue in a wide-ranging interview that she had set herself a goal of returning to play in Melbourne at next year’s Open.“It’s the most outrageous plan,” she said. “I just want to put that out there. That’s, like, three months after I give birth. I’m not walking anything back, but I’m just saying it’s pretty intense.”Williams’ coach Mouratoglou meanwhile joked Friday that he expected to hold the tennis star to her word. “Btw @serenawilliams I wish you a speedy recovery… we have a lot of work ahead of us,” Mouratoglou wrote in a Twitter post.Williams is one Grand Slam title short of matching Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 Grand Slams and admits that she still dreams of joining the Australian legend.“Obviously, if I have a chance to go out there and catch up with Margaret, I am not going to pass that up,” Williams said. “If anything, this pregnancy has given me a new power.”Williams also revealed she had long suspected she would give birth to a girl.“Two weeks after we found out (about the pregnancy), I played the Australian Open. I told Alexis it has to be a girl because there I was playing in 100-degree weather, and that baby never gave me any trouble. Ride or die. Women are tough that way,” Williams told the magazine.A separate article in Vanity Fair in June said Williams, who unveiled her pregnant body in a nude cover photo for the magazine, planned to tie the knot with Ohanian later this year after the birth. The couple announced their engagement in December after meeting in 2015 in Rome.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Earlier, a producer with the Florida-based WPBF television station cited hospital sources as saying Williams’ daughter weighed in at six pounds and 13 ounces (3.09 kilograms). Celebrity magazine US Weekly cited an unnamed source close to the tennis star confirming the birth.Williams, who is engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, was swiftly greeted with an avalanche of congratulations from well-wishers.“Congrats Serena!!! So much joy for you!!!” Spanish star Rafa Nadal wrote on Twitter.Pop diva Beyonce took to Instagram to send her message, posting a portrait of a pregnant Williams in a flowing white gown with the message: “Congratulations Serena!”Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou added on Twitter: “Congratulations @SerenaWilliams for your baby girl. I am so happy for you and I feel your emotion. Recover well & enjoy without limitation.”ADVERTISEMENT Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay MOST READ Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Blackwater junks KIA View comments Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles
LATEST STORIES “Actually, I feel that my victory helped me inspire others because when I won people were telling me that I was able to inspire them,” Tabora told INQUIRER.net in Filipino.“Some who had already quit bowling even told me that I inspired them to come back and play again.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownShe was the first Filipino to win the prestigious event since CJ Suarez in 2003 and instantly became the future of Philippine bowling, which was in dire need of a spark in hopes for a resurgence until Tabora emerged.“I hope that it’s because I’ve inspired others that’s why bowling here in the country is now under a revival stage.” Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident MOST READ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Krizziah Tabora. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMore than being a world champion bowler, Krizziah Tabora has also become a source of inspiration to her peers following her rise to prominence late last year.With little fanfare, Tabora defied the odds and made Philippine bowling history in ruling the 53rd Qubica AMF Bowling World Cup in Mexico four months ago.ADVERTISEMENT Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ After the Philippines bagged one gold medal and one bronze in bowling courtesy of Biboy Rivera and Frederick Ong, respectively in the 2010 Asian Games, the country came up empty-handed in 2014.Riding high, Tabora, who will be competing in her third Asiad, isn’t tempering her expectations for this year.“We’re expecting to win a gold but it’s not going to be easy. The likes of Korea, Malaysia and Singapore will be our toughest competition.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Che’Lu-San Sebastian inches closer to D-League title, fends off Zark’s-Lyceum Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Winning changes everything and Tabora’s recent success comes with a burden of expectations to sustain her relevance.“The pressure has always been there, it’s just that there’s added pressure now after winning the World Cup,” she said.“But it’s really how you deal with the pressure and you need a strong mental game to handle it.”The 27-year-old Tabora, whose first love wasn’t bowling but other sports like basketball, volleyball and table tennis, begins her campaign for this year on Saturday with the 2nd Philippine International Open Tenpin Bowling Championships, where she aims to have a much better showing after a subpar performance in the previous edition.She’s looking forward to defending her World Cup title in November in Las Vegas but doesn’t want to get too ahead of herself with the 2018 Asian Games happening in four months.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments
The home sales market in the Santa Clarita Valley is returning to normal, not generating the spectacular profits that marked the past two years, but staying solid, real estate experts said. Sales of single-family homes in the region were up 11.7 percent in January compared with a year ago. The month saw escrows close on 172 houses, compared with 154 in January 2006. The market is expected to be steady in the year ahead. “It’s not going to be like it was the last two or three years, where we were seeing huge numbers of sales and huge price increases,” said Larry Gasinski, president of the Santa Clarita Valley division of the Southland Regional Association of Realtors Inc. In January, the median price of a single-family home in the valley went down to $587,900, compared to $620,000 a year ago, a 5.2 percent decrease, according to the association. The median price of a condominium was $360,000 in January. In January 2006, it was 9.3 percent higher, at $397,000. There were 73 condominium salesin January, compared to 82 in January 2006, a difference of 11 percent. Unlike in recent months, sellers are less likely to dip their toes in the market and pick up the for-sale sign if they cannot get their asking price, said Pam Ingram, with Remax of Santa Clarita. “I think the market has definitely picked back up,” Ingram said. “I don’t see that prices are going up a lot, but they’re also not going down. I’ve seen prices level off, but the buyers are back out buying. It looks like it’s going to be a good year.” There is more than a seven-month inventory of homes on the market, while about a six-month inventory is considered a balanced market. Home sales dropped by nearly one-third from 2005 to last year, but prices held their own. Realtors sold 2,531 single-family homes last year compared with the 2005 tally of of 3,726. Condo sales fell from 1,771 in 2005 to 1,246. The good news was the median price of a house held at $590,000, just $10,000 lower that the previous year. Put in perspective, a home sold today is worth an average of nearly three times the $204,742 median of 1998, the first full year data were available. The median price of a condo was $360,000 in 2006, compared with $389,000 in 2005 and $124,158 in 1998. MORE INFO: Santa Clarita Valley homeownership rate: 75 percent Median home price: $590,000 Median condo price: $360,000 Average house rent: $1,598 Average rent: one-bedroom, one-bath: $1,240 Housing authority: Los Angeles County Community Development Commission, (323) 890-7001, www.lacdc.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The nadir came in a 2-0 home defeat to relegated Cardiff on the final day of the season, leaving the futures of many of the United squad open to question this summer.Solskjaer was only confirmed as United’s new manager on a permanent basis just over six weeks ago, but that decision has also been questioned given the Norwegian’s lack of coaching experience at the top echelons of the game.However, Solskjaer will not rejig his coaching staff with Michael Carrick, Kieran McKenna and Mark Dempsey continuing alongside assistant manager Mike Phelan.“They are all going to stay,” Solskjaer told United’s official app.“I think that’s important, that we keep that team going forward. We do bounce off each other and they are some excellent coaches.”United’s clearout has already begun with former captain Antonio Valencia and Ander Herrera leaving the club after their contracts expired.Spanish midfielder Herrera is expected to join French champions Paris Saint-Germain, but believes Solskjaer’s human qualities make him the right man to turn United’s fortunes around.“When you have the players behind you and wanting to fight for you, part of the job is done,” said Herrera.“I believe in karma and if you are a good person, if you are honest and sincere with the players and the fans, sooner or later it will work.“I think Ole is the right person because he has qualities and knowledge but also he is a great man and a great person.”United have now gone six years without winning the Premier League title since Alex Ferguson retired and Solskjaer admitted it would be “miraculous” for the Red Devils to be challenging Manchester City and Liverpool next season.But Herrera called for Solskjaer to be given the time needed to get United back on their feet.“They (the coaches) need time because this is not going to be from the first day. The club will need time, confidence and support,” he added“I am sure they will give it but the only thing I ask for them is time because this is not easy.“(But) the right person is at the wheel. He’s the right person.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the right person to revive Manchester United claims departing midfielder Anders Herrera © AFP / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, May 14 – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will not change his Manchester United coaching staff for next season despite his side’s alarming slump in form towards the end of the season.United won just two of their final 12 games of the season to miss out on Champions League qualification and finish 32 points adrift of Premier League champions Manchester City in sixth.
Caption: Conor McGarry originally from Letterkenny (fourth from left) with friends from three Liverpool running clubs after registering for today’s special anniversary 20th North West 10k.SPORT: Organisers of the North-West 1ok have issued a reminder to participants that final registrations for this afternoon’s Charity Race and Walk at Letterkenny Community Centre closes at 1pm sharp.Registration opened at 10am, and there has been a steady stream of participants signing up for the race!It’s a nice morning here in Letterkenny so get down and enter early to avoid delays later. For motorists remember there will be some traffic restrictions in the town between 1-4 p.m.Allow extra time for your journey and please follow the instructions of the Gardai and stewards.This charity event is for two very worthy causes the Donegal Branches of Spina Bifida and the Irish Pilgrimage Trust.REMINDER: REGISTRATION FOR NORTH-WEST 10K CLOSING AT 1PM was last modified: May 1st, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:charitynewsNorth West 10kraceSport
The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star LATEST Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Although he has scored 31 goals in all competitions since making his move, fans remain sceptical about the Belgium international.But his recent comments to Italian journalists will surely leave fans concerned after admitting he hopes to move to Italy at some point during his career.“Juve have a great project in place and they just keep going. Every year they try to get stronger,” Lukaku told La Gazzetta dello Sport.“Without doubt, Juve are one of the two-three best teams in Europe. They’ve got a great Coach on the bench and extraordinary players in every area of the team. Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade “Cristiano Ronaldo stands out, but watch out for the others too. Paulo Dybala is already impressive and getting stronger, while I love Douglas Costa. He’s an exceptional signing and his career shows he always makes the difference.”The Red Devils will play the Old Lady twice in the space of a fortnight in their Champions League group, with Ronaldo set to return to Old Trafford to face his former side.After thrashing Young Boys but then drawing with Valencia, progress is not assured by any stretch for Mourinho’s men.Lukaku added: “It’s a tough group, but obviously Manchester United want to finish on top.” Latest Transfer News Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Lukaku celebrates after scoring on international duty for Belgium Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father targets LIVING THE DREAM Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland REVEALED Romelu Lukaku ‘hopes’ to play in Serie A in the future after heaping praise on reigning champions Juventus.The Manchester United forward is entering his second season at Old Trafford after completing a sensational £75million transfer from Everton last summer. 2 targets IN DEMAND RANKED Lukaku has failed to convince the entirety of Man United fans 2 Lukaku’s brother Jordan plays for Lazio as a wing-back, also featuring for his country alongside his sibling in the past.And when asked if the two could play in Serie A together one day, the 25-year-old was not exactly diplomatic in his answer.“Why not? I hope it happens.”
Joe Brolly has said he is still in awe of Jim McGuinness despite Donegal being mauled by Mayo in the All-Ireland quarter final.The former Derry star said coaches around the country including Kerry boss Eamonn Fitzmaurice are now copying the Glenties man’s approach.He says he admits that Donegal football was often ugly but the whole point was always to win. “As I pointed out repeatedly during the McGuinness experiment, there is no contradiction between admiring his extraordinary achievements yet decrying the ugliness of their football.“Turning a stag party into All-Ireland champions in the space of two years is the most remarkable phenomenon I have witnessed,” said Brolly.He added that sometimes in football people are cock of the walk, the next a feather duster.But the RTE pundit, writing in his Mail on Sunday column adds “McGuinness will never be a feather duster…” McGUINNESS TURNED A STAG PARTY INTO ALL-IRELAND CHAMPS – BROLLY was last modified: August 12th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalJim McGuinnessJOE BROLLY
The discovery of fossils of miniature humans in Indonesia, designated Homo floresiensis but nicknamed Hobbits, was one of the most exciting and controversial announcements of 2004. Since then, interpretations of the fossils have fallen into two camps: those who think the skeletons represent normal humans with the brain-defective disease microcephaly (10/11/2006), and those who think they represent evolutionary missing links (10/25/2005). A new paper compared skulls of H. floresiensis with those of modern humans, Homo erectus, and humans with microcephaly. The result favors the interpretation that the Hobbits most likely were diseased modern humans. The paper was published in PNAS today.1 Using MRI, a team of three anthropologists from New York University and Columbia University measured craniometric ratios for 21 age-corrected skulls infants with microcephaly, with 118 normal skulls for control. In addition, they measured skull bones of 10 microcephalic individuals, 79 anatomically modern humans, and 17 Homo erectus specimens. These were compared with two skulls of the so-called Hobbits from Ling Bua cave 1 (LB1). The results put pressure on those who maintain that the Hobbits represent an evolutionary transitional form prior to the emergence of modern humans: The findings showed that the calculated cerebral/cerebellar ratios of the LB1 endocast [Falk D, et al. (2007) Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 104:2513–2518] fall outside the range of living normocephalic individuals. The ratios derived from two LB1 endocasts also fall largely outside the range of modern normal human and H. erectus endocasts and within the range of microcephalic endocasts. The findings support but do not prove the contention that LB1 represents a pathological microcephalic Homo sapiens rather than a new species, (i.e., H. floresiensis). In another paleoanthropology article on PhysOrg, we learn that diet can play a big part in the shape of human fossils. Researchers at Johns Hopkins found that “use over time and not just genetics informs the structure of jaw bones in human populations.” It’s all about engineering: “The changes to the jaw bones were explained using a theory drawn from engineering, which directly relates the geometry of a bone to the stresses put on it during use.” While this announcement offers hope for inferring the diet of ancient people, it also casts doubt on phylogenetic interpretations. “Mechanical pressure from muscle stress and strain from day-to-day activities can remodel the bone’s surface and internal structure,” said JHU anthropologist Megan Holmes. “Knowing how much the shape of a mandible we find is related to diet and how much genetically connects it to fossils found elsewhere can really help us parse out the family tree” – provided information on probable diet is available, it would seem. So can scientists conclude that “Big brains evolved due to the capacity for exercise?” as another article on PhysOrg suggested? While the researchers did compare a lot of mammal skulls, it’s not clear that the evolutionary trend they suggested worked on wildebeests and Arctic terns. Besides, maybe quality counts more than quantity (03/04/2005, 02/07/2010). Today’s hand-held devices pack more power than the first PCs. The article indicated that they have more work ahead to test their idea, but maybe not too much can be interpreted about the Hobbits without being able to test their IQ. For earlier articles on Homo floresiensis, see 10/27/2004 for the original entry and search on “Hobbit” in the search bar for over a dozen more. 1. Vannucci, Barron, and Holloway, “Craniometric ratios of microcephaly and LB1, Homo floresiensis, using MRI and endocasts,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, published online before print August 8, 2011, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1105585108 PNAS August 8, 2011. Don’t you just love scientific jargon? Microcephaly means “small head.” The word conveys no understanding whether in Latin or English; it is purely descriptive. A farmer went to his doctor complaining that his butt itched. The doctor got out his diagnostic manual, and announced to the patient that he had a case of rectal pruritus. “What the heck is that?” the farmer asked. “Itchy butt,” the doctor replied, scientifically. Here’s a plausible scenario for the Hobbit skulls in the cave. A few thousand years ago, a tribe of human pygmies (03/11/2008), small yet perfectly modern sons of Adam and daughters of Eve, had an epidemic of microcephaly among their members. Worried they had displeased God, they buried the affected in a special cave, praying for mercy and dedicating the cave to their memory. In 2004, evolutionists found these skeletons and shouted, “Missing links!”(Visited 44 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
11 October 2005Getting your hands on free – and legal – software is now as easy as toast.Thanks to the Shuttleworth Foundation, free software is available at centres throughout South Africa via a remarkable device known as the Freedom Toaster. An innovative self-contained “bring ‘n burn” facility, the Toaster allows people to bring their own blank CDs and DVDs to make copies of the software they want. The programmes available on the Toaster are all open source – software that has been built by a global community of volunteers who make the source code freely available. This is in contrast to proprietary software, which is owned by a single company and requires users to pay license fees.Through most of the history of computing, software was developed and freely passed around as source code – open source. But the last two decades have seen the rise of closed source software, which is owned and sold like a commodity, and cannot be altered by the user.This has been compared to welding the bonnets of cars shut so people can’t perform their own car maintenance.Open source software can perform any imaginable computing task and is widely available on the internet, mostly free of any cost. And with open source, piracy is not a problem. In fact, people are encouraged to share and spread the software as much as they like.The open source licence states that you may copy and redistribute the software even after modifying it. This gives users a freedom they can’t get from proprietary software, and allows businesses and entrepreneurs around the world – particularly those in developing countries – to take advantage of the digital revolution. Enter the ToasterThe Freedom Toaster project began as a means of overcoming the difficulty in obtaining Linux and open source software in South Africa, where the easy downloading of large pieces of software is just not possible.It’s also designed to make open source less scary and more accessible to all. Before, people were nervous to use the software because it seemed too complicated, obscure and confusing. It was also notoriously difficult to get reliable and complete distributions that were easy to install and upgrade.The Freedom Toaster does away with all these problems.And it’s easy to use. Using a touch screen, users choose what software they want from the Toaster. The screen displays more information on the specific programme, including how many CDs will be needed to copy it. The Freedom Toaster also provides a host of on-screen information to teach people a little more about the world of free and open software.The softwareSoftware available on the Freedom Toaster includes numerous Linux and FreeBSD operating systems for Intel-based computers, which include large selections of open source programmes.For those with a Windows operating system there are three great CDs: Open Office version 1.1.4, an alternative to MS Office; the Open CD, which has a number of Windows programmes; and the Fire Monger CD, with the Firefox web browser and Thunderbird e-mail client.Freedom Toasters can be found in Grahamstown, East London and Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape; Bloemfontein in the Free State; Johannesburg, Kempton Park, Diepkloof and Pretoria in Gauteng; Durban, Pietermaritzburg and Port Shepstone in KwaZulu-Natal; Potchefstroom in North West; Knysna, Cape Town and Stellenbosch in the Western Cape; as well as in Namibia.For more information, visit the Freedom Toaster website.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Andy Grove and Gordon Moore of Intel were struggling with a severe challenge to their business. As foreign competition grew, their memory chip business was becoming unsustainable, and their margins were eroding. Grove suggested that the Board of Directors would fire them and replace them with someone else, and he asked Moore what the new CEO would do when they took over. Moore said that the new CEO would leave the memory-chip business.Grove asked why wouldn’t they fire themselves and come back and make the decision themselves, rather than waiting for someone else to do what was necessary. They left the memory chips business.Everything Is Your FaultAs a leader, everything is your fault. You are responsible for your organization. You are responsible for making the decisions necessary to guide your organization (or division or department or small team) to the better future to which you are leading them. Many of the choices you might make are not easy calls, and in some cases, you will have to make them with less information than you would like, and without any real knowledge of the outcome until later.For some, the responsibility is empowering. If everything is your fault, then you are the one who can do something to change the outcome from negative to positive. Grove recognized his authority and his power to shape the future and make the difficult decision. He did so before someone had to do it for him.Why Leaders Wait to DecideThere are several categories where leaders wait to make decisions that cost them time, opportunities, and results.The Unknown: Because you are human, you struggle with the unknown. It’s not enough to make decisions. You have to make good decisions, the right decisions. People are counting on you.The Challenges of Making Change: You know that some decisions are going to require a real, sustained change initiative. The change you are making may be disruptive and cause people to lose focus–or fail.The Devil You Know: The decision you may need to make might be around a problem you have known for long enough that it feels better to deal with a challenge you know than the new one that is sure to follow the change you make.Lack of Focus: You can be so focused on your priorities you lack the focus on the obstacles that prevent you from delivering the results you need, the execution failures, and their root causes.Recently, I heard a sales manager describe a pipeline meeting as a “pipe lies” meeting. What do you fill your pipe lies with? “Hopeium,” of course. Leaders are not immune from waiting and hoping things get better on their own.The Obvious Hard CallsWhat is most interesting for our purposes here are the decisions that you need to make that are well-known and have persisted over long periods.Some decisions are difficult to make. Other decisions are obvious, but leaders still don’t make those obvious decisions.People IssuesIf you are a leader, you have people on your team who quit a long time ago but still show up for work. They have been in their role for years, but they are no longer happy, and they are biding their time waiting for a new opportunity. Some cynical people infect those around them, and because you haven’t confronted or removed from your team continue to spread their negative mindset.Lack of AccountabilityOver time, accountability for results has eroded. Some results that are necessary to build the future are not being generated, but because the people responsible for creating those results are no longer accountable, it isn’t forthcoming. You know that you need to change the culture, but there are going to be negative repercussions and a fair bit of conflict when you confront people.Lack of ExecutionOther areas of the business have struggled to produce the results for which they are responsible. Because problems tend to find their way to the highest level of competency necessary to solve them, your team has been covering the large gap another team created. Now your team is not producing the results they’re of which they are capable because they deployed in another area of the business.The list of areas where the problem is well-defined, the answer is obvious, and yet no change is made is endless. Issues in these categories persist over long periods because the obvious decision isn’t taken—or soon enough.Making the Decision for Your ReplacementLike Grove, you don’t have to wait for your replacement to decide for you after you are gone. Instead, you can decide before it’s necessary to find someone else to do it for you. In some cases, you may be the only one who can make these decisions, and if they are known to you, then they are likely known to everyone. As a leader, you are the one empowered to do the things that are necessary to create the future.If you want to improve your results and your effectiveness as a leader, start by making a list of the three (no more) challenges that are preventing you from producing the results you need. You may have an Andy Grove type decision, one that is enormous, difficult, and one with enormous strategic implications. If that’s the decision, you need to make, far be it from to prevent you from making it as a result of the questions below.What might be more useful are the three decisions you know you need to make, where the choice is obvious, and where you have let something go on much too long:What decision should have been made a long time ago, but hasn’t been?What challenges haven’t you confronted because they are trying, time-consuming, and potentially disruptive in the short-term?What have you allowed to go unaddressed that needs to be dealt with before it becomes a more significant, more difficult challenge?Problems don’t age well. Tiny monsters grow up to be giant monsters. You are better off dispatching them before they become entrenched and before they wreak havoc on your results.Be bold, be daring, and be resolved to make the hard calls before someone else has to do it for you. Essential Reading! 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