What SKA will look like. Image: SKA Organisation/Swinburne Astronomy Productions14 November 2013Some extraordinary facts about the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), the world’s largest radio telescope, which will be co-located in South Africa and Australia:The data collected by the SKA in a single day would take nearly two million years to playback on an iPod. The SKA will be so sensitive that it will be able to detect an airport radar on a planet 50 light years away. The SKA central computer will have the processing power of about one hundred million PCs. The dishes of the SKA will produce 10 times the global internet traffic. The SKA will use enough optical fibre to wrap twice around the Earth! The aperature arrays in the SKA could produce more than 100 times the global internet traffic. See the slideshow: SKA OrganisationRead more on SA.info: South Africans to play key role in SKA design
A lot of pundits and prognosticators are going to start publishing their predictions for 2017. Predicting what might happen in any given domain is difficult at best, and it’s next to impossible in a complex, dynamic domain like “sales.”Here’s what won’t change.The salespeople who believe that their success is external, that it is outside of their control, will continue to perform poorly. They won’t reach their potential because they are unaware of how good they could be if they took accountability for their results and worked hard to improve themselves.Your prospective clients will still ignore salespeople they perceive as time-wasters. They will still feel a gap between the salesperson provided by the sales organizations who pursue them, and the salesperson they need. The bar will increasingly be raised, and many salespeople will struggle to meet their dream client’s expectation in a way that creates a preference.Most people in sales will still not have read a single book on their chosen profession. Nor will they have made an investment in their personal and professional development. Only a few smart, aggressive sales managers will require their sales force to study their craft.Quotas will go up. This will be true even if the leadership team raising the quota has not invested the necessary money to produce greater results. The leadership teams that believed their sales force underperformed will believe that raising the quota is simply increasing productivity to what it should be.Most sales organizations, from top to bottom, will still believe that they can have what they want without really changing, ignoring the iron law of the universe that states that if what you were doing would produce those results, you’d already have them.Here’s what will change.Some salespeople are going to recognize that their success is individual and internal. This dramatic change in their belief system will produce an equally dramatic change in their results. This proves to be true with no exceptions.A few smart salespeople will recognize that they are business people and develop the business acumen and situational knowledge to move from salesperson to the vaunted role of trusted advisor. Their peers will still not understand how they are producing this result. It will seem to them to be some sort of voodoo or black magic.Some of you will read a book. Like this one. Or this one. Or this one. Or this one. Some enlightened leaders will make their team read a book together.The occasional leadership team will decide that a massive improvement in sales results requires an investment equal to that task and double down on their bet. With the right leadership, they will produce outsized results.The only thing that is really going to change in sales next year is that a small few people will recognize that they are the only thing that needs to change next year. This is the exact thing that changed last year, and this trend has continued uninterrupted for ages.
Two IAS officers of the Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram and Union Territories (AGMUT) cadre have sought action against protesters who prevented government servants from attending the Republic Day celebrations in Mizoram’s capital Aizawl on Saturday.The officers, currently posted in Mizoram, are Krishna Mohan Uppu, Director of Transport and Additional Chief Electoral Officer, and Bhupesh Chaudhary, Registrar of Cooperative Societies.In his letter to six officers in the Union Home Ministry and the Mizoram government, including the Chief Secretary, Mr. Uppu said he was pained at being prevented from participating in the celebrations.The Joint NGO Coordination Committee, an umbrella organisation of five civil society and students’ groups, had boycotted the R-Day functions throughout Mizoram as a protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, that seeks to grant citizenship to persecuted non-Muslims who have come from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan till December 31, 2014. The boycott saw Mizoram Governor Kummanam Rajasekharan address a near-empty ground.Mr. Uppu said he had reached the venue, Aizawl’s Assam Rifles ground, an hour before the start of the function with his fellow officers. “To our utter surprise, the representatives of the NGO had been standing guard along with the police personnel on duty at the entrance of the venue and prevented us from entering the venue,” said the 2009 batch IAS officer.Sensing there could be a “law and order situation” if they kept arguing with the protesters and “since the police personnel on duty were not discharging their duty”, Mr. Uppu said they had to leave with a heavy heart and feeling insulted after waiting about an hour.He sought a thorough investigation into the whole episode and “action against all concerned”.Mr. Chaudhary, in his letter to the Chief Secretary and other officers, said what had happened in Mizoram was “unthinkable in a free country”. The protesters, he said, not only prevented them from entering the R-Day venue but also ordered them to return to their official quarters “before any untoward incident happens”.A 2014 batch officer, Mr. Chaudhury wrote: “When we tried to reason with them, we were told that the government of Mizoram has reached an agreement with the NGOs where it was decided that only secretaries to the government of Mizoram and above will be allowed to attend the Republic Day function.”Like Mr. Uppu, he alleged that none of the duty magistrates and police personnel were willing to take any action against the members of the NGO. He too sought strictest possible action against all involved for publicly boycotting the R-Day celebrations.
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