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first_img 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr As the leader of a public relations firm, I often find myself doing something. Whether it’s scrolling through TweetDeck, cranking out a blog post in the early morning, checking email while I’m waiting for my lunch or squeezing in one last conference call on my drive home – this is the substance of many days. Did you know that white-collar workers check email 74 times a day? Speaking of email, have you ever had a good idea while staring into the abyss of your inbox? I doubt it. But if we’re not careful, the constant dings of the alerts from texts, emails, and Facebook FB 1.24% messages will overwhelm our mental space with multitasking instead of creativity.What of productivity though? It’s requisite, but in a workplace like ours that relies on big ideas to introduce new thinking and innovations to the market, we don’t have the luxury of confusing productivity with creativity. The good news is that we don’t have to sacrifice one for the other.The bad news perhaps, is that we do have to let go of our attachment to the “badge of busyness.” We might as well trade our titles for the average number of emails we receive each day. It’s an all-too-luring marker of value for eager entry-level employees and top CEOs alike. Okay — so we’re not going to tear people away from their phones and laptops. We can, however, create a workplace culture that fosters the mental space required for big ideas. Even the smallest operational changes can have enormous impact. continue reading »last_img read more


first_img Press Association The 24-year-old striker, who spent last season on loan at Upton Park from Liverpool, had been due to undergo an assessment on Wednesday, but on Tuesday night Hammers chairman David Gold revealed the examination was already complete. “We managed to bring Andy’s medical forward to this evening and I am delighted to informed you that he has passed with flying colours,” Gold wrote on Twitter. Carroll passed the tests despite a heel injury suffered towards the end of last season, ruling him out of England’s friendlies against the Republic of Ireland and Brazil, and expected to sideline him for up to four months. With the medical complete, Carroll can now complete a move worth £15million-plus, with the fee having been agreed between the two clubs weeks ago. Carroll scored seven goals and added four assists in 26 league appearances for the Hammers last season, having been sent out on loan with Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers unable to accommodate the club’s record signing in his system. Liverpool will take a significant loss on the 24-year-old, who signed from Newcastle for £35million in January 2011 as a replacement for the Chelsea-bound Fernando Torres. However, Rodgers is keen to bring in funds to help his own summer spending, with Shakhtar Donetsk’s £20million-rated forward Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Sporting Lisbon defender Tiago Ilori, Sevilla midfielder Luis Alberto and Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet all on the radar, with Manchester City defender Kolo Toure and Celta Vigo forward Iago Aspas already secured. Carroll will become West Ham’s third signing of the summer following Shakhtar Donetsk defender Razvan Rat and Real Betis goalkeeper Adrian. center_img Andy Carroll is on the brink of joining West Ham permanently after passing a medical with the Barclays Premier League club.last_img read more


first_imgWith 10 teams off and only one preseason ace taking the hill, Monday’s SP rankings leave much to be desired. Finding one pitcher for FanDuel contests is doable, but finding two you like on DraftKings could be a challenge, especially with our top two guys pitching in the same game. UPDATE: The Tigers-Red Sox game has been postponed, so ignore the rest of this paragraph. You’ll see it again tomorrow. We had to note “preseason ace” in the last paragraph because Chris Sale (vs. Tigers) has pitched like anything but this year. In fact, his opponent tonight, Detroit’s Matthew Boyd (@ Red Sox), has outpitched him by every metric. Still, we know Sale has the talent to figure it out, and his matchup on paper is just about as good as it gets. We give him the nod over Boyd, but Boyd is priced higher on both DraftKings and FanDuel, making this one of the few times you can qualify Sale as a “bargain”. MORE: Monday DraftKings Lineup Jeremy Hellickson (@ Rockies) is one of the few pitchers with the numbers in his favor, but we know the Rockies are going to start hitting righties better eventually, especially now that they’re back at home. You could make a case he’s a good candidate for a cheap win, but he’ll need to make it through five innings first. In Colorado, that’s never guaranteed.Today’s Starting Pitcher Rankings: Monday, April 22RankPitcherTeamOpponentOpp. wRC+ vs. LHP (rank)Opp. wRC+ vs. RHP (rank)1Chris SaleRed Soxvs. Tigers58 (29th)N/A2Matthew [email protected] Red Sox83 (19th)N/A3J.A. [email protected] Angels71 (23rd)N/A4Jack FlahertyCardinalsvs. BrewersN/A104 (15th)5Yonny ChirinosRaysvs. RoyalsN/A107 (T-11th)6Jake [email protected] MetsN/A101 (17th)7Joe MusgrovePiratesvs. D-backsN/A96 (18th)8Zack [email protected] PiratesN/A86 (21st)9Brad [email protected] RaysN/A117 (T-5th)10Brad PeacockAstrosvs. TwinsN/A122 (T-3rd)11Steven MatzMetsvs. Phillies111 (11th)N/A12David HessOriolesvs. White SoxN/A102 (16th)13Jake [email protected] AstrosN/A117 (T-5th)14Manny BanuelosWhite [email protected] Orioles88 (15th)N/A15Mike [email protected] A’s124 (7th)N/A16Jeremy [email protected] RockiesN/A57 (30th)17Adrian [email protected] CardinalsN/A116 (T-7th)18Chris BassittA’svs. RangersN/A113 (9th)19Matt HarveyAngelsvs. YankeesN/A122 (T-3rd)20Tyler AndersonRockiesvs. Nationals119 (8th)N/AwRC+ is defined by Fangraphs as “[measuring] how a player’s wRC compares with league average after controlling for park effects. League average for position players is 100, and every point above 100 is a percentage point above league average. For example, a 125 wRC+ means a player created 25% more runs than a league average hitter would have in the same number of plate appearances. Similarly, every point below 100 is a percentage point below league average, so a 80 wRC+ means a player created 20% fewer runs than league average.” For more on the stat, click here. Watch ChangeUp, a new MLB live whip-around show on DAZNJack Flaherty (vs. Brewers) was a borderline ace in preseason rankings, and while his K-to-BB ratio is a stellar 22/4, he’s already allowed four HRs. Three of those have come against tonight’s opponent, and while the Brewers are only 15th in wRC+ against righties, Christian Yelich alone is enough to make you consider fading Flaherty. It’s worth noting both of his starts this year against Milwaukee came in Miller Park, and for his short career, he’s been much better at home (3.03 ERA) than on the road (4.52). It’s not easy to identify many more worthwhile DFS sleepers/season-long streamers just by looking at the matchups on paper. It’s tempting to get excited about Zack Godley (@ Pirates), who seems due for a bounce back and is in a pitchers park on the road, but his career road ERA (4.50) is almost identical to his home mark (4.51), so there isn’t much to go on there. Yonny Chirinos (vs. Royals) has been dominant in three of his four outings this year, but he’s also only gone more than five innings once. Steven Matz (vs. Phillies) couldn’t record an out when he faced the Phillies last week, so the Law of Averages is in his favor, if that’s your thing.last_img read more