What Top Performers Can Learn From Disneys Firing of the Voice of

first_img Last week, Steve Whitmire, the actor and muppeteer who had been the the voice of Kermit the Frog since creator Jim Henson’s death, was fired after 27 years on the job.In a blog post, Whitmire wrote that in October 2016, he was told the role was going to be recast. “This is my life’s work since I was 19 years old. I feel that I am at the top of my game, and I want all of you who love the Muppets to know that I would never consider abandoning Kermit or any of the others because to do so would be to forsake the assignment entrusted to me by Jim Henson, my friend and mentor, but even more, my hero.”Related: Kermit the Frog’s Voice Actor Publishes a Heartbreaking Letter After Being FiredHe went on to say that while he “offered multiple remedies” to Muppets Studio higher ups’ “two stated issues which had never been mentioned to me prior to that phone call,” it was to no avail. Whitmire described feeling “devastated” that he wasn’t able to fulfill his duty to Henson.The actor said he believed that his “continued involvement with the characters is in the best interest of the Muppets.”But now Disney, which has owned the Muppets since 2004, and Henson’s children Lisa and Brian shared their side of the story, citing conflict around both the creative vision for the character as well as the handling of business negotiations.Related: Why Teamwork Matters at Every Level“He played brinkmanship very aggressively in contract negotiations,” Lisa Henson, who is also the president of the Jim Henson Company, told The New York Times.In speaking to The Times, Brian Henson said that Whitmire would “send emails and letters attacking everyone, attacking the writing and attacking the director.” In Brian’s recounting of events, Whitmire also did not want to have an understudy and would not appear with younger performers who could potentially take on the role.”For workers of all stripes, this story brings to light the surprising tie between some top performers and toxic behaviors.”In a 2015 study from Harvard Business School, researchers found that the very traits that some of the highest performing employees have can actually make them some of the most toxic. Workers that are terminated due to toxic behavior are often more self-regarding, more confident and also work more quickly and are more productive — in terms of quantity, not quality — than workers who are not fired for that reason.Related: 5 Toxic People Who Will Stunt Your Business GrowthBut having a toxic team member can be both emotionally and financially taxing, especially with regard to having to replace the people that a company can lose as a result of one bad apple.“The total estimated cost is $12,489 and does not include other potential costs, such as litigation, regulatory penalty and reduced employee morale,” wrote researchers Michael Housman and Dylan Minor. “Also not included are the secondary costs of turnover that come from a new worker’s learning curve: a time of lower productivity precedes a return to higher productivity. … Even if a firm could replace an average worker with one who performs in the top 1 percent, it would still be better off by replacing a toxic worker with an average worker by more than two-to-one.”Which goes to show, even those at the top of their game still need to be team players. Because if you follow the money, even superstars sometimes need to be replaced. What Top Performers Can Learn From Disney’s Firing of the Voice of Kermit the Frog 4 min read Next Article Nina Zipkin Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Firing –sharescenter_img It comes to show that even at the highest level, you still need to be a team player. Register Now » July 18, 2017 Image credit: Cindy Ord | Getty Images Add to Queue Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Entrepreneur Stafflast_img read more

Millions of PCs Targeted by CryptocurrencyMining Malware

first_imgCybersecurity 3 min read Guest Writer Add to Queue Image credit: via PC Mag Register Now » Next Article This story originally appeared on PCMag The hackers behind the malware appear to have been selling the hijacked computing power on the mining platform NiceHash, according to Palo Alto Networks. Millions of PCs Targeted by Cryptocurrency-Mining Malware Malware is increasingly developing an appetite for cryptocurrency mining. One newly discovered strain has tried to infect millions of Windows machines, all in an effort to siphon their computing power and possibly sell it for mining purposes.The operation has been going on for over four months, and may have targeted around 15 million machines or more, security firm Palo Alto Networks said Wednesday.To spread the malware, the hackers have been disguising the code as EXE files made to look like file-sharing downloads with names such as “File4org,” “RapidFiles” and “Dropmefiles.” Those EXE files have then been circulated online via shortened URL links through services like Bitly and possibly Adfly. It isn’t clear where the hackers have been posting the links, but they’ve generated at least 15 million clicks, according to Palo Alto Networks.Once the malware infects, it will secretly run an open-source utility called XMRig, which mines Monero, a digital currency now worth about $310 per coin.”In this case the attackers set it to never use more than 20 percent of (CPU) resources,” said Josh Grunzweig, a malware researcher with Palo Alto Networks, in an email. As a result, most victims probably won’t notice that the mining is taking place.However, the hackers may be less interested in generating the Monero for themselves than helping others mine it. The malware’s code actually contains a reference to NiceHash, an online marketplace for people to buy and sell computing power to mine cryptocurrencies.”In our research, we’ve seen that the attackers using it as the marketplace where they ‘sell’ the hash processing power of the systems they’ve loaded XMRig on,” Grunzweig said.Palo Alto Networks doesn’t know how much Monero the hackers have mined with their malware, but it’s been targeting computers mainly in Southeast Asia, North Africa and South America.The scheme is among the latest hacking threats to capitalize on the rising value of Monero, which was worth only $13 a year ago. Last month, F5 Networks reported that hackers were using leaked NSA cyberweapons to take over Windows and Linux systems, and download malware to mine Monero.Meanwhile, other cybercriminals have been hijacking websites to run Monero mining scripts over internet browsers. Victims may notice a hit in their computer’s processing power when they load the affected websites. Fortunately, antivirus software and browser add-ons can block the activity. Reporter January 26, 2018 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. –shares Michael Kan Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

Facebook Changes Policies on Trending Topics After Criticism

first_img This story originally appeared on Reuters Facebook Inc. said on Monday that it had changed some of the procedures for its “Trending Topics” section after a news report alleging it suppressed conservative news prompted a U.S. Congressional demand for more transparency.The company said an internal probe showed no evidence of political bias in the selection of news stories for Trending Topics, a feature that is separate from the main “news feed” where most Facebook users get their news.But the world’s largest social network said in a blogpost that it was introducing several changes, including elimination of a top-10 list of approved websites, more training and clearer guidelines to help human editors avoid ideological or political bias, and more robust review procedures.Earlier this month, a former Facebook contractor had accused the company’s editors of deliberately suppressing conservative news. The allegations were reported by technology news website Gizmodo, which did not identify the ex-contractor.The report led Republican Sen. John Thune to write a letter demanding that the company explain how it selects news articles for its Trending Topics list.Two days after Thune’s letter, Facebook published a lengthy blogpost detailing how Trending Topics works even though it rarely discloses such practices. Previously, it had never discussed the inner workings of the feature, which displays topics and news articles in the top right hand corner of the desktop homepage for its more than 1.6 billion users.Facebook said its investigation showed that conservative and liberal topics were approved as trending topics at nearly identical rates. It said it was unable to substantiate any allegations of politically motivated suppression of particular subjects or sources.But it did not rule out human error in selecting topics.”Our investigation could not fully exclude the possibility of isolated improper actions or unintentional bias in the implementation of our guidelines or policies,” Colin Stretch, Facebook’s General Counsel, wrote in a company blogpost.Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg met last week with more than a dozen conservative politicians and media personalities to discuss issues of trust in the social network.In his letter, Thune had called on Facebook to respond to the criticism and sought answers by May 24 to several questions about its internal practices.”Any attempt by a neutral and inclusive social media platform to censor or manipulate political discussion is an abuse of trust and inconsistent with the values of an open internet,” Thune said.(Reporting by Yasmeen Abutaleb in San Francisco and Sangameswaran S in Bengaluru; Editing by Jonathan Weber and Muralikumar Anantharaman) Facebook Changes Policies on ‘Trending Topics’ After Criticism –shares Next Article Facebook Add to Queue Image credit: Shutterstockcenter_img 3 min read Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. May 24, 2016 Reuters Register Now »last_img read more

The Source Code for Vine was Accidentally Made Public

first_img –shares Vine Apply Now » James Cook 1 min read Image credit: Rebecca Cook via Business Insider Jack Dorsey The Source Code for Vine was Accidentally Made Public July 25, 2016center_img The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. European Technology Reporter at Business Insider This story originally appeared on Business Insider The source code for Twitter’s six-second video app Vine was accidentally revealed online, The Register reports.A security researcher who goes by the username “avicoder” published a blog post about his discovery. He says that he found a subdomain on Vine’s website which led to him discovering Vine’s entire source code available for download.The source code for apps and programs is usually a closely guarded secret as it shows the inner working of exactly how an app functions, and public exposure is a big security risk.Avicoder reported his finding to Twitter, and it was removed within five minutes. He was later paid a $10,080 bug bounty for finding the code. Twitter declined to comment on this story.In case you were wondering, here’s what it looks like to receive a $10,000 payment from Twitter:Happiness is this !!!Write-up is coming soon at https://t.co/JbmlhNVzc0 … pic.twitter.com/phEnaPt39W— {{ avicoder }} (@avicoder) April 2, 2016 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Next Article Add to Queuelast_img read more

Mitsubishi Motors And New Chief Marketing Officer Kimberley Gardiner Think Small… And

first_imgMMNA’s New “Small Batch” Philosophy Debuts With Crossover Family Marketing Effort Ahead of Far-Reaching Changes to the Brand’s Go-To-Market Strategy Mitsubishi Motors thinks small for its latest advertising strategy, and that’s a good thing. “Mitsubishi has enjoyed significant and sustained growth in the US over the last six years, and from new vehicles to new dealers, there are a lot of exciting changes coming,” said Kimberley Gardiner, who joined MMNA as vice president and chief marketing officer in January. “But we have to admit to ourselves that, in this market, we’re a niche player in an industry that is expected to be relatively flat in the near future, so if we want to maintain our momentum and grow, we’re going to have to change the way we think and act as a brand.” Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA), the fastest-growing Asian brand in the US for the second consecutive year, is on the rise, but in order to accelerate that growth, the company is thinking small. But not small as in diminutive, small as in “Small Batch,” a term that speaks to carefully crafted products, thoughtfully curated collections and a proudly independent mindset. BSSP-produced assetsFestival of CreativityKimberley GardinerMarketing Technology NewsMitsubishi MotorsNews Previous ArticleAdslot Delivers 467% Increase in ROI Through Programmatic Guaranteed SolutionNext ArticleShoppers Take Center Stage in the 2019 Retail Systems Research Report on eCommerce Website Performance Mitsubishi Motors And New Chief Marketing Officer Kimberley Gardiner Think Small… And That’s A Good Thing PRNewswireJune 14, 2019, 4:15 pmJune 14, 2019 Gardiner and her team, including Ad Age 2018 Small Agency of the Year, Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners (BSSP), and Adweek Global Media Agency of the Year 2019, OMD, looked to modern, tech-savvy direct-to-consumer brands for inspiration across categories as diverse as eyewear, fitness, mattresses and travel gear.“The best D2C (direct-to-consumer) brands have found ways to differentiate themselves from their more traditional competitors while making the discovery, shopping, purchase and ownership experience easy and fun; we need to find our own way to do the same,” said Gardiner. “And we need to own who we are. Mitsubishi may be a small brand in the U.S., but our spirit is mighty. We might not be for everyone – and our customers tell us they love that about us.”Marketing Technology News: MadHive, Inscape Partner To Enable Cross-Platform Linear, OTT Planning, Activation and Attribution For Local TV Broadcasters and AdvertisersBecause of this unique, outside-the-auto-industry thinking, Gardiner also will be traveling to Cannes, France, to participate in the Cannes Lions “Festival of Creativity” week June 17-21. Invited to speak on multiple panels, Gardiner will share her perspective on the value of agency creativity and the changing face of the agency/client relationship and the way challenger brands must present their unique messages. She will also debut with media partner Teads a custom version of ‘Small Batch’ creative as part of their L’Atelier interactive workshop.“We’re looking outside of the automotive industry, rather than just within it, to find new ways of thinking and engaging,” said Gardiner. “We’re seeking technology and partnerships that are new to the category, enabling us to transform our business.”The “Small Batch” vision celebrates the marque’s adventurous and ambitious spirit as a challenger-brand. It’s based on a mindset expressed by Mitsubishi owners, who look at uncommonness as cool and see their own confident, independent choices as key to their own success in life.Marketing Technology News: Study Shows Two-Thirds of Consumers Prepared to Flee to Brands Offering Superior ServiceAs the first manifestation of the “Small Batch” strategy, the Crossover Family marketing effort debuted first on social media in late April with a heavy focus on digital distribution before expanding to video and broadcast. Creatively, “Small Batch” features black vehicles in front of a black background for a distinctly premium look. Bold, bright white copy superimposed across the image succinctly conveys key brand and product messages and maximizes engagement, particularly when viewed without sound as most digital messages are today.BSSP-produced assets include multiple cross-carline 15-second and six-second videos, model-specific “featurettes,” as well as more traditional 30-second television spots. Moreover, a new relationship with Team Velocity of Herndon, Virginia, will help translate MMNA’s new marketing vision to dealer-level communications.Media is structured for an always-on, hyper-targeted approach that is platform agnostic. Additional changes in agency scopes of work and areas of responsibility will facilitate full integration across earned, owned and paid channels.Additional “Small Batch” creative will debut throughout the summer, but the strategy is intended to reach far beyond advertising alone. It will incorporate partnerships and experiential marketing, and ultimately touch all aspects of Mitsubishi’s business in the United States.Marketing Technology News: Contentsquare and Monetate Bridge Customer Experience Gap Between Brands and Peoplelast_img read more

New noninvasive ventilation strategy benefits preterm infants with neonatal ARDS

first_img Source:https://www.elsevier.com/ Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)May 1 2019Preterm infants with respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) face heightened risks of death, critical illness, and prolonged hospitalization, particularly if they progress to develop acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). A new study appearing in the journal CHEST®, published by Elsevier, suggests that treatment with nasal high-frequency oscillatory ventilation (NHFOV) is a beneficial management strategy in this population, and is superior to nasal continuous positive airway pressure (NCPAP) in preventing reintubation.”To our knowledge, this is the first study comparing NHFOV with NCPAP as postextubation respiratory support modes in preterm infants with neonatal ARDS,” explained lead investigator Yuan Shi, PhD, MD, FAAP, Department of Neonatology, Children’s Hospital of Chongqing Medical University, Ministry of Education Key Laboratory of Child Development and Disorders, Chongqing, China. “Usually, one of the most important causes of reintubation is difficulty in clearing the partial pressure of carbon dioxide (PCO2). We found that NHFOV was superior to NCPAP in reducing PCO2 levels.”Invasive ventilation remains one of the cornerstones of reducing neonatal mortality in preterm infants with RDS and ARDS. RDS refers to breathing problems usually caused by lung immaturity due to premature birth. ARDS is an emergency medical condition, usually with acute onset, with symptoms similar to those of RDS; it may be caused by “clinical insults” such as inhalation of toxic chemicals, inhalation of vomit or meconium, lung inflammation or injury, pneumonia, or septic shock. No matter what the cause of respiratory dysfunction, invasive ventilation can increase the risk of ventilator-associated lung injury, which may result in bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) and subsequent neurologic impairment, especially in infants who require repeated or prolonged intubation. Therefore, early weaning from invasive ventilation is key to reduce these risks and is a primary goal for neonatalogists.Related StoriesHome-based support network helps stroke patients adjust after hospital dischargeStudy analyzes high capacity of A. baumannii to persist on various surfacesBordeaux University Hospital uses 3D printing to improve kidney tumor removal surgeryNCPAP is a widely used therapy to improve ventilation in preterm infants but is not successful in avoiding reintubation in all infants. The new NHFOV technique was anticipated to improve outcomes by combining the advantages of NCPAP with those of high-frequency oscillatory ventilation (HFOV). Like NCPAP, NHFOV is noninvasive, but it also offers improved CO2 removal and increased functional residual capacity. The superimposed oscillations of NHFOV are thought to help avoid gas trapping and upregulate mean airway pressure (MAP).This was a single center, randomized, controlled trial that enrolled 206 preterm infants born at less than 37 weeks’ gestational age who were ready for extubation. The babies were randomized into two groups of 103 to receive either NHFOV or NCPAP treatment. Of these infants, 61.7 percent were diagnosed with RDS, 25.7 percent with ARDS, and 12.6 percent with both RDS and ARDS. Data were analyzed for the overall group, as well as for those who were preterm (born at 32-36 weeks’ gestation) or very preterm (less than 32 weeks’ gestation).The rate of reintubation in the group receiving NCPAP was more than twice as high compared to infants who received NHFOV (34.0 percent vs 15.5 percent), especially in the very preterm group or those with ARDS or combined ARDS/RDS, but not in those with only RDS. After six hours of extubation, the PCO2 levels in infants treated with NHFOV were significantly lower than those treated with NCPAP.Infants treated with NHFOV were also able to leave the hospital in fewer days than those who received NCPAP. The only adverse events reported in the NHFOV group were nasal trauma and intestinal dilation.Two international randomized controlled trials are ongoing to establish the clinical superiority of NHFOV compared to other respiratory support methods for avoiding reintubation in this fragile group of preterm babies.last_img read more