April 2016 News & Views


Wednesday, April 27, 2016




 


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  My Time With Mariano Rivera, the Best Major League Baseball Relief Pitcher of All Time
How to Create a Disaster Recovery Plan for Your Business
OSHA Recordkeeping: What’s the Big Deal?
5 Ways to Reduce Employee Theft
Retirement Confidence Stable,But Preparations Still Lag
Retirement Planning Presents Opportunity for Employers
How to Keep Employees Happy
The Excise Tax on High-Cost Health Plans
American Workers Getting Restless Over Current Mix of Wages and Benefits
Avoid Those Cell Phones While Driving
5 Reasons Why Renters Need Insurance
Don’t Underestimate Your Flood Risk: Consider Buying Flood Insurance Even If You Live Outside Of A High Risk Zone

 

   
 

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My Time With Mariano Rivera, the Best Major League Baseball Relief Pitcher of All Time
Joseph Smith
I spent some time with Mariano Rivera – former All Star pitcher for the New York Yankees at Major League Baseball headquarters in New Jersey. I was invited by the folks at The Hartford – MLB’s major sponsor. Being an avid Red Sox fan growing up, and always having the highest respect for the Yankee franchise, I was excited to meet Mariano. I walked out of the time spent with him with a great deal of admiration for his accomplishments and even more so for how humble this guy is.

He has more saves than anyone in baseball history - 16 twenty save seasons, 9 forty save seasons and a few fifty save seasons, as well as he got on the mound over 1,100 times in his career. He was also a 13-time All-Star. A relief pitcher in baseball has the ultimate form of performance under stress – usually the game is on the line and your team needs a “closer”. Mariano’s ability to perform under pressure is part of the reason why they call him “The Sandman” – when he gets on the mound – the game is over and time to go to bed and get some sleep. Here are a couple baseball quotes on The Sandman from two other baseball legends:

"He's (Mariano Rivera) the best I've ever been around. Not only the ability to pitch and perform under pressure, but the calm he puts over the clubhouse. He's very important for us because he's a special person." - New York Yankees Manager Joe Torre in Pinstripe Quotes: The Wit and Wisdom of the New York Yankees (Henry Clougherty, Sports Publishing, 02/22/2013, Page 23)

"He's the most mentally tough person I've ever played with." - New York Yankees Shortstop Derek Jeter

I asked Mariano how he handled the pressure. What did you do to prepare yourself for the pressure and to manage the stress of your job? His answer can apply to all of us in business or in any type of “performance pressure”. He told us that before every game, he would stretch. When he stretched, he would watch the other team and see his opponents. Then, he would visualize himself pitching against those players. In his head he went through the potential pressure moments and watched himself pitch. He did it every game - he never missed. Visualization was his way to prepare for “pressure performing”. He also takes care of himself physically, yet what I found most interesting, is that what made him truly great - being the “calmness” in how he conducted himself under pressure - was based on how he was mentally disciplined.

Mariano responded to another question – how does he remain so humble with all of his success? His response was simple and powerful. He said he was given certain skills and talents and he saw it his duty to optimize his skill sets. He feels that his God given talents make him no better than any other human being. He goes on to say everyone has skills, and everyone should focus on their skill sets and optimize them. He said looking at other people’s skills and accomplishments is “robbing you of the opportunity to optimize your own skill sets”.

When we had the opportunity to take a picture with Mariano, I asked him if I could rub his elbow. I figured, here I was with the best closer in the history of the game, why not have a little of his elbow rub off on me. What I realized from my visit though, is that it is not Mariano’s elbow alone that got him such great success, I should have rubbed his head!!!


Commercial Property & Casualty

How to Create a Disaster Recovery Plan for Your Business
Property Casualty 360

The list of potential threats to businesses is extensive and varied depending on the industry, but the one risk all businesses face is the unpredictability of Mother Nature. While natural disasters cannot be prevented and can strike with little to no warning, there are steps businesses can take to lessen their impact.

OSHA Recordkeeping: What’s the Big Deal?
The Rough Notes Company, Inc.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is the federal agency charged with the enforcement of safety and health legislation. Under OSHA law, employers have the responsibility to provide a safe workplace. The law requires most employers to prepare and maintain records of serious injuries and illnesses using the OSHA 300 log.

5 Ways to Reduce Employee Theft
Property Casualty 360

Not everyone is dishonest, of course, most folks are far from it, but some people do have sticky fingers and do steal, so be careful who you have working in your business and the check on them periodically.

Financial Security

Retirement Confidence Stable,But Preparations Still Lag
Employee Benefit Research Institute

While overall confidence about being able to afford a comfortable retirement has plateaued among American workers, preparations to save for retirement are still lagging, according to the 2016 Retirement Confidence Survey (RCS) by the nonpartisan Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) and Greenwald and Associates.

Retirement Planning Presents Opportunity for Employers
Life Health Pro

The idea of retirement seems nice on its face. Most people would enjoy relaxing with family, devoting attention to hobbies and spending time on leisure. However, 60 percent of Americans are “very/moderately worried” about not having enough money to meet their needs once they stop working.

Employee Benefits

How to Keep Employees Happy
Benefits Pro

If you’re a business owner, you know that in order for your business to thrive, you need to keep your employees happy. Not only can happy employees be more productive, they’re probably more likely to stay loyal to your company and be committed to a shared goal — helping your business succeed.

 


The Excise Tax on High-Cost Health Plans
Employee Benefit Research Institute

Even though Congress recently enacted a two-year delay in the so-called “Cadillac tax” on high-cost health plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), private-sector employers are already starting to prepare for it and some workers are already feeling its effects.

American Workers Getting Restless Over Current Mix of Wages and Benefits
Employee Benefit Research Institute

Although most American workers are satisfied with the health insurance benefits they have now, there is a long-term trend toward wanting more cash and fewer benefits, according to a new survey by the nonpartisan Employee Benefit Research Institute.

Personal Insurance

Avoid Those Cell Phones While Driving
International Risk Management Institute

At any given daylight moment in the United States, nearly 700,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

5 Reasons Why Renters Need Insurance
Property Casualty 360

Landlords and apartment owners are reluctant to place restrictions and requirements on renters since it could cause them to look for housing elsewhere.

Don’t Underestimate Your Flood Risk: Consider Buying Flood Insurance Even If You Live Outside Of A High Risk Zone
Insurance Information Institute

Nine out of 10 natural disasters in the United States involve flooding, yet less than 15 percent of the nation’s homeowners and renters have purchased flood insurance, according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.).

 
   
 

 


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