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Time To Plan Virtual Strategic Retreat During Pandemic

Strategic retreat, meet turbulent times. Holding a company business development planning retreat at a resort with golf and some fine dining is so last year.

But just because you do not want to skip social distancing, that does not mean the purpose for the retreat no longer exists. Don’t skip the retreat, but the time has come to do the pandemic pivot.

According to one experienced strategic planning consultant and retreat facilitator, Scott Hamilton, a virtual retreat is critical in these times “to keep your people actively engaged, to get their ideas and input, to get your people on the same page with where you are going, and to evolve your shared purpose, vision and create a fresh, relevant strategy.”

Hamilton, the CEO of NEXTWORKS Strategy of Irvine, California, has led many strategic planning retreats. He is a former corporate executive with DirecTV, Nestle, Golden State Foods and ARAMARK.

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First-class air travel will need time to regain glory

The pandemic has sent shockwaves through the entire aviation industry. It’s also not clear to what extent the premium market (first- and business class combined), which generated 30 per cent of airlines’ international revenues in 2019, can recover. For many airlines, business travel has not yet returned in any meaningful way.

Some overseas routes have resumed, but traffic has barely started to creep back. According to IATA, international passenger demand was down 92 per cent in July. The overall average load factors on international long-haul flights were between 40-50 per cent.

Not the same high

Travelling as a first-class passenger during the pandemic isn’t what it used to be. Airlines’ and airports’ efforts to minimise human interaction and reduce the risk of infection are taking the shine off the most expensive seats onboard an Airbus A380 or Boeing 777-300ER. Some airlines have used the pandemic to permanently downgrade their offerings

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Three Reasons Why It’s A Great Time To Be In The Gaming Business

Let’s not kid ourselves. It is an incredible time to be in the gaming business. Let’s put aside that the pandemic arrived in February. The ensuing national lockdown created a supercharged tailwind for the gaming segment’s major players, as kids suddenly stuck at home needed to be entertained. New, beefed-up consoles from Microsoft and Sony will be in the market for the holiday season. PC gamers are salivating at NVIDIA’s efforts to drive more affordable 4K performance. VR-based gaming is likely to get a significant boost with Oculus’ new, lower-cost VR headset. Let’s take a closer look at why the major players in the gaming business are likely smiling.

#1: Preorders for Microsoft and Sony’s new console refreshes off to a sizzling start

Microsoft began accepting preorders for its new next-gen Series X and S earlier this week and quickly sold out. The preorder

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Man gets jail time for firing BB gun at business supporting BLM

VISTA, Calif. (CNS) – A man who fired a BB gun at an Oceanside business that had put up a sign supporting the Black Lives Matter movement was sentenced Monday to three years of probation, the terms of which include one year in county jail.

Steve Soto, 23, of Carlsbad, pleaded guilty last month to charges of violating civil rights by damaging property and vandalism stemming from the June 4 shooting that shattered a window at Bliss Tea & Treats.

Terms of his probation include no contact with business owner and staying at least 100 yards away from her home and place of employment.

Oceanside police Sgt. John McKean said Soto drove by the business, then fired a BB gun out the window of his vehicle. The business at 301 Mission Ave. had a sign in

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Business travel in the time of COVID

Business travel in the time of COVID-19 is complicated. It’s no longer possible to book a last-minute overseas flight for an urgent business meeting. Pandemic restrictions mean every business travel decision has to be carefully planned. Gone are the days when a regional manager could get in the car for a salesperson ride-along. With some states and countries requiring quarantine upon entry, business travel is not simple anymore. Here’s how to cope.

Travelers can find state-level data on COVID cases on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website at https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#cases_totalcases. State departments of health should have local data for counties, cities, and towns.

States may require a sworn statement the traveler has self-isolated for 14 days prior to travel. Some states, such as New Jersey, Vermont, and California among others require a 14-day quarantine period for travelers from high-risk areas. Choosing to layover in the wrong state could result in … Read More

Square Survey Finds 76% of Small Business Owners Plan to Give Their Employees Time Off to Vote this Election Day

  Square Survey Finds 76% of Small Business Owners Plan to Give Their
  Employees Time Off to Vote this Election Day

    Why Small Business Owners Are Encouraging Employee Voter Participation

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SAN FRANCISCO -- September 28, 2020

According to a new survey conducted by Square and Wakefield Research, 75% of
U.S. small business owners think voting in the upcoming presidential election
has become more important since pre-pandemic and 96% plan to vote themselves.
But nearly 3 in 4 are concerned that COVID-19 will impact their employees’
abilities to vote in the upcoming Presidential Election and here’s how they
plan to address those concerns:

  * More than three-quarters (76%) of small business owners will give
    employees time off to vote in the upcoming presidential election.
  * Among small business owners giving employees time off to vote, 83% plan to
    give paid time off.
  * 26% of small business owners would be 
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Visa’s TR Ramachandran on how he straddles different time zones, why being approachable is important and his advice to budding entrepreneurs



a person standing in front of a crowd: Like A Boss: Visa’s TR Ramachandran on how he straddles different time zones, why being approachable is important and his advice to budding entrepreneurs


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Like A Boss: Visa’s TR Ramachandran on how he straddles different time zones, why being approachable is important and his advice to budding entrepreneurs

Note to readers: How do corporate India’s leaders manage their businesses? Where do they draw inspiration from?  What is their management style? Like A Boss is a new series of interviews aimed to offer readers lessons from corporate bosses on how they run their companies.

Running the business of a global technology giant in India is perhaps one of the most coveted — and challenging — job roles. Take the case of Visa India and South Asia head TR Ramachandran. He joined Visa in 2015 and has been leading the company through perhaps few of the most tumultuous years for digital payments in the country. Be it demonetisation, the challenge from homegrown RuPay and UPI or data localisation. ‘Ram’ as he is popularly referred

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The FTSE 100 is cheap and unloved. Is NOW the best time to buy?

The FTSE 100 closed at 5,843 last Friday. That’s almost 25% below where it stood at the beginning of the year (7,622). Back then, Boris Johnson had recently won an election and few people, aside from virologists, had ever uttered the word ‘coronavirus’.  

Since Warren Buffett always recommends investors should be “fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful”, is the index now a screaming buy? I’m torn and here’s why.

FTSE 100: reasons to buy…

First and foremost, the FTSE 100 looks good value on a P/E of 15. This makes the UK’s top tier of companies considerably cheaper relative to other developed markets. 

Despite its recent performance, the FTSE 100 also contains some excellent companies. Life-saving technology firm Halma, credit checker Experian, and property portal Rightmove are just the sort of highly profitable businesses you probably want exposure to in order

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2020 WWE Clash of Champions matches, card, predictions, start time, date, location

WWE Clash of Champions is the one night of the year in the company where the stakes are certainly at some of their highest points as every title on the main roster is defended. The stakes will be through the roof once again here in 2020 as the latest edition of WWE Clash of Champions will take center stage this weekend. 

The event goes down on Sunday night from the WWE ThunderDome inside Orlando’s Amway Center. It will air live on WWE Network beginning at 7 p.m. ET with a kickoff show at 6 p.m. Below you can have a look at the 2020 WWE Clash of Champions card along with predictions for the outcome of each contest. 

2020 WWE Clash of Champions matches

WWE Championship — Drew McIntyre (c) vs. Randy Orton: Orton lost his first shot at McIntyre and the title at SummerSlam, getting caught in a McIntyre

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Mum’s battle to stop video game obsessed sons spending all their time inside sparked a business idea

A mum-of-three’s battle to stop her video game obsessed sons spending all their time cooped up indoors with their consoles sparked an ingenious business idea – and led to her selling her home to create a massive outdoor gaming centre.

Jacquie Rumble was increasingly irked by the hours her three boys, Joe, 18, Danny, 16, and Max, nine, spent online playing shooting games.

So the 47-year-old and her husband Billy, 50, sold their four bedroom home to fund a woodland centre – where players become the stars of their own real life video games and Bluetooth headbands tell them when they have been ‘hit’ by weapons.

Jacquie said: “As parents, we’ve always been advocates for getting our boys outside – and they’re all very sporty – but as they got older that became harder to do.

“They became obsessed with video games. They would come in from school, shove on

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