Tag: Environment

Three Skills Leaders Should Master For The Modern Business Environment

Founder & Head Coach/CEO, The Funds2Orgs Group.

How many times have we heard “the new normal” this year? A lot. However, although it may feel like it’s a new phenomenon, the new normal has been with us for a long time. All 2020 did was accelerate what was already happening in society and our work environments. 

For instance, many companies had already started moving to hire remote contractors or freelancers instead of bearing the cost of having full-time staff. And, we understand how machine learning and artificial intelligence has redefined a lot of what workers do. As an entrepreneur, I think that we are moving toward a human-centric workforce that is heavily intertwined with artificial intelligence. As a result of these massive changes that have been underway for some time, essential elements necessary to navigate the continual uncertainty are adaptability and continual learning.

In their book Competing in

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Energy efficiency: Budget proposal seeks $100M for untapped energy savings | Science & Environment

“That means we’re leaving a lot of stuff on the table,” said Kathy Kuntz, a former Focus on Energy administrator who now heads Dane County’s office of energy and climate change. “There’s a lot more stuff we could do and still be toward the positive.”

Judge denies key permit for Monroe County sand project; Meteor Timber sought to fill rare wetlands

Meteor’s four-year effort to build the $75 million facility has spanned two administrations, multiple courts and a boom and bust cycle for Wisconsin’s frac sand industry, which supplies silica used to extract oil and gas from deep rock formations.  

Lowering bills, cutting carbon

According to the last program evaluation, Focus on Energy projects completed between 2015 and 2018 are expected to save more than 210 billion Btu, roughly the amount of energy needed to power 2 million Wisconsin homes for a year.

But studies have shown there is far more progress to be made.

Doubling the Focus on Energy budget would result in

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CVS: Stupid Cheap, Big Growth Potential In PBMs, Tough Competitive Environment (NYSE:CVS)

As an investor who is constantly self-critical and on an endless pursuit of performance optimization, I’m continually evaluating some of the biggest risks on some of the best-performing stocks and industries, and wondering… what is Wall Street pricing (or not pricing) in?

Lately, my latest obsession has been with maturing industries. It’s not hard to sniff out these industries and see the afflicted companies littered all around the S&P 500 – stocks that have performed terribly compared to the index despite a roaring recovery since the Great Correction of March 2020.

And yet, so many of these bigger stocks have underperformed not in a silo, but rather together with their peers. Intuitively, it must make sense – industries mature, and it creates a tough environment for even the best competitors of that industry to perform at the level that investors expect.

Some examples of subpar price appreciation, note the

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Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting Boot Camp to Impart Best Practices During Difficult Banking Environment

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CHICAGO, Sept. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ —
CHICAGO, Sept. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Syntellis Performance Solutions, a leading provider of enterprise performance management (EPM) software, data, and analytics solutions, today announced its continuing focus on helping financial professionals elevate the performance of their organizations through a webinar series entitled, “Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting Boot Camp,” to share best practices with clients and the broader banking community. The two-part webinar series will take place at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT on Sept. 22 and 29, 2020.

Following the success of a similar boot camp series earlier this year, Syntellis will focus its latest webinars on budgeting, planning and forecasting fundamentals as well as the application of skills at attendee institutions.

“Given the current banking environment with extremely tight margins, and uncertainty caused by COVID-19 and upcoming elections,

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Disruptive Global Pandemic Calls for Business Innovations in the Asia-Pacific Energy and Environment Industry, 2020

NEW YORK, Sept. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) has brought in new opportunities and business ideas in the midst of economic disruption. The entire value chain in energy and environment industries is affected and it is almost certain that most industry players will register a decline in growth rates in 2020.

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However, some immediate and mid- to long-term opportunities are present, and it is imperative that companies take ownership to thread through such trying times with the available opportunities. The need for various innovative and redefined digital platforms and new business models will be more important in the next 1 to 2 years.Immediate impacts to the energy and environment industries are:
• Overall sluggish growth in 2020
• Local suppliers to benefit due to travel lockdowns
• Post-pandemic to call for safety measures in buildings
• Waste management will prevail due to

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Mastercard launches virtual testing environment for central bank currencies

Mastercard announced on Wednesday the release of a proprietary tool targeted to central banks that wish to test their Central Bank Digital Currency, or CBDC.

Over 70% of central banks are entertaining the idea of a digital currency in some form, a Bank of International Settlements report noted. While few have moved into actual concept and experimentation, the tool released by Mastercard aims to make testing simpler.

The tool simulates various types of transaction environments to let central banks evaluate CBDC use cases. It mimics the issuance, distribution and exchange of CBDCs between banks, financial services companies and consumers. 

Mastercard called for partners to use the platform to evaluate the effectiveness of CBDC’s technological designs, proposed use cases and the interoperability with existing payment methods.

Curiously, one of the possibilities of the virtual sandbox is demonstrating “how a CBDC can be used by a consumer to pay for goods and

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Cambridge and INVENT.us Reimagining and Redesigning Digital Business Environment for Independent Financial Professionals

FAIRFIELD, Iowa & SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Cambridge, among the leading financial solutions firms, and INVENT.us, an innovative cloud technology and consulting firm, announced today that Cambridge has selected INVENT.us and its consulting arm, INVENT Elite, to reimagine and redesign Cambridge’s financial professional experience through its comprehensive CLIC digital business environment.

“CLIC Reimagined will provide Cambridge’s 3,500 independent financial professionals with a flexible, customizable and powerful FinTech business environment built on the latest cloud-native technologies to support the many different business segmentations we serve,” said Colleen Bell Chief Fiduciary Officer, at Cambridge.

Cambridge and Invent are aligned to deliver a strategy designed around flexibility with tools, resources, and user experience through a cloud native platform. “We are excited and honored to facilitate Cambridge’s broad-based initiatives on its continued path of digital transformation by looking at how back-office technology transcends to the front office to enhance client relationships, drive productivity and enhance

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Global Car Rental Business Market Outlook to 2027 – Technology Innovations to Spearhead Growth in Post COVID-19 Environment

The “Car Rental Business – Global Market Trajectory & Analytics” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.

The increasingly tougher business environment in the travel and tourism sector is sending ripples of disruption, fear and anxiety across the entire value chain including car rentals. The rapid spread of COVID-19 across the globe is having an enormous impact on the travel and tourism industry. From cruise ship quarantines to complete grounding of airlines as countries seal their borders to prevent spread of the disease, the travel industry is feeling the heat of the chaos unleashed by the pandemic. With all of the world’s favorite tourism destinations being off-limits to visitors and guests, the worst affected are countries with the highest contribution of travel and tourism to national GDP such as the Caribbean; Maldives; Philippines; Thailand, Italy, Malaysia, Turkey, Sri Lanka, Chile, Peru, Indonesia; China, Egypt; Mexico, among others. The indirect and

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