Is It Ever Too Late to Pursue a Dream?

Is It Ever Too Late to Pursue a Dream? Dan Stoddard believes there is room in the NBA for a 42-year-old rookie. Brendan Burden   This story was funded by Longreads Members Join and help support great storytelling Matt Giles | Longreads | March 2019 | 28 minutes (6,730 words) Dry heaves racked Dan Stoddard’s body as

Can Macron Do for the Banlieues What the Banlieues Have Done for Soccer?

Image: An image of the French forward Kylian Mbappé was projected on the Arc de Triomphe in Paris at a celebration of France’s victory in the Russia 2018 World Cup on Sunday.CreditGerard Julien/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images By Antony J. Blinken | Contributing Opinion Writer | July 16, 2018 | NEW YORK TIMES France’s triumph in the

When the World’s Greatest Soccer Players Gather, Scouts Stay Away

Image: Tottenham Hotspur, under Manager Osvaldo Ardiles, acquired Jurgen Klinsmann after he scored five goals in five games for Germany at the 1994 World Cup. Credit Gary M. Prior/Getty Images By Rory Smith | July 5, 2018 | NEW YORK TIMES MOSCOW — In the weeks before the World Cup, a flurry of phone calls went around the

Kazu Miura and the Never-Ending Soccer Career

Image: Kazuyoshi Miuri began his professional career in 1986. He is winding it down in his native Japan at age 51. CreditCreditShiho Fukada for The New York Times. Still going at age 51, the former Japan star represents the possibilities of aging productively in a country with an average life expectancy of 83.8 years. By Jeré Longman, Oct. 3,

Neymar Says Transfer to P.S.G. Was Not Motivated by Money

IMAGE: Neymar, the Brazilian standout, is leaving Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain in a $263 million deal. CreditCreditChristophe Petit Tesson/European Pressphoto Agency By Victor Mather, Aug. 4, 2017, NEW YORK TIMES Neymar, the dynamic Brazilian forward, was officially unveiled as a player for Paris Saint-Germain on Friday after his $263 million transfer, which more than doubled the

Ronaldo Joins Juventus, and Everybody Wins

Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival at Juventus could be a commercial, financial and structural victory for Italy’s Serie A. The whole world is watching. By Rory Smith | NEW YORK TIMES FLORENCE, Italy — As soon as the final parking space is taken on Saturday afternoon, long before kickoff, the roads around Verona’s Stadio Bentegodi will go

Amid the Roars in Russia, the French Can Still Hear the Echoes of 1998

IMAGE: Zinedine Zidane jumped over photographers after scoring France’s first goal in the 1998 World Cup final against Brazil in St. Denis, France. CreditPatrick Hertzog/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images AUTHOR: By Christopher Clarey, June 20, 2018, NEW YORK TIMES KAZAN, Russia — The French forward Kylian Mbappé was not yet born when France beat Brazil, 3-0,

Kylian Mbappé and the Boys From the Banlieues

The vast sprawl of suburbs and satellite towns around Paris, disdained by some as a breeding ground for crime and terrorism, is home to the greatest pool of soccer talent in Europe. By Rory Smith and Elian Peltier, June 7, 2018 | Lire en françaisLeer en español BONDY, France — Speak to those who saw Kylian Mbappé as a

Messi or Ronaldo?

Image: The best player in the world? Lionel Messi, left? Or Cristiano Ronaldo? The author, center, says. … By Yael Averbuch, Nov. 26, 2013, NEW YORK TIMES After Cristiano Ronaldo’s third goal against Sweden in the World Cup qualifying playoffs in Stockholm, the camera panned the crowd. The Swedish fans had a look of despair. It wasn’t even

What Pressure? Liverpool Allows Itself to Smile and Its Fans to Believe

LIVERPOOL, England — Jordan Henderson had just sent a shot, wild and high and a little comical, soaring into orbit above Arsenal’s crossbar. The ball landed somewhere in the upper rows of the Kop, its arrival greeted with a teasing cheer. Henderson turned, apologized to his teammates and jogged back into position. As he did

Chelsea Signs Christian Pulisic for $73 Million

By Rory Smith;  Jan. 2, 2019, NEW YORK TIMES Chelsea has paid Borussia Dortmund $73 million to complete the signing of Christian Pulisic, making the 20-year-old the most expensive American player in history by some distance. Though moving to the Premier League has “always been Christian’s dream,” according to Dortmund’s technical director, Michael Zorc, Pulisic will

Hello Soccer World! Happy New Year 2019!

Welcome. World Soccer Institute wishes you a Prosperous, Healthy and Happy New Year 2019!  

Narrow Your Focus to Prevent Overanalysis

Bring to the table win-win survival strategies to ensure proactive domination.

A Fruitful Retirement: Social Security Benefit

At the end of the day, going forward, a new normal that has evolved from generation.

4 Steps To Consider Before You Start

User generated content in real-time will have multiple touchpoints for offshoring.

8 Tips for Building a Bankable Business

Capitalize on low hanging fruit to identify a ballpark value added activity to beta test.

Within the construction industry as their overdraft

Many businesses, large and small, have a huge source of great ideas that can help them improve, innovate, and grow, and yet so many of these companies never think of using this amazing corporate asset. What is this highly valuable asset? Its own people.

Strategic and commercial approach with issues

Says Morgan Fraud, the author of The Thinking Corporation, “Given that we are all capable of contributing new ideas, the question becomes how do you successfully generate, capture, process and implement ideas?” Becoming an organization capable of answering this question can benefit in a number of ways

Seven weeks working ‘pro bono’ with a charity

Growth through innovation/creativity. Rather than be constrained by ideas for new products, services and new markets coming from just a few people, a Thinking Corporation can tap into the employees.

Retail banks wake up to digital lending this year

The effort vastly improved the company’s planning and execution functions, created and implemented a new stock policy that accounted for specific SKUs and key variables, streamlined the order preparation process and reduced distribution transport times.

A digital prescription for the pharma industry

Supported by a robust sales force and tight cost controls, Pharm Ltd. experienced sustained double-digit growth over a number of years, only to find that their supply chain struggled to keep pace. In particular, the initial state of the company’s sales.

Harvest great ideas from your company’s best assets

In particular, the initial state of the company’s sales and operations planning capabilities limited their ability to account for demand variability or raw material lead times in production and distribution. Improve sales and operations and production planning.

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The teams focused their efforts on a few of the highest-value S&OP levers in order to review the current planning process, identify gaps in the planning infrastructure and analytically understand demand and supply variability.

Stick with Your Concept but Do Your Homework

With hundreds of medications in the market, Pharm Ltd. needed a proper method to predict and manage their inventory. Using a mean absolute percentage analysis (MAPE), the teams defined appropriate levels for raw materials and finished products by mapping.

Narrow Your Focus to Prevent Overanalysis

What is this highly valuable asset? Its own people. Says Morgan Fraud, the author of The Thinking Corporation, “Given that we are all capable of contributing new ideas, the question becomes how do you successfully generate, capture, process and implement ideas?”