Google’s Plan to Use Ads to Sway ISIS Recruits | WIRED BizCon

Yasmin Green leads a team at Google which has developed tools to help journalists stay secure in authoritarian regimes, to combat cyber bullying, and to help people before they become radicalized by extremist ideology. At the WIRED business conference, Green shared the company’s strategies to sway ISIS recruits before it’s too late.
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Escape Plan: The Extractors – John Herzfeld

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Escape Plan: The Extractors

John Herzfeld

Genre: Action & Adventure

Price: $ 9.99

Rental Price: $ 5.99

Release Date: July 2, 2019


Screen legend Sylvester Stallone kicks this explosive action tale into high gear. After security expert Ray Breslin (Stallone) is hired to rescue the kidnapped daughter of a Hong Kong tech mogul from a formidable Latvian prison, Breslin’s girlfriend (Jaime King) is also captured. Now he and his team, which includes Dave Bautista and Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, must pull off a deadly rescue mission to confront their sadistic foe and save the hostages before time runs out.

© © 2018 GEORGIA FILM FUND 63, LLC. ARTWORK & SUPPLEMENTARY MATERIALS 2019 SUMMIT ENTERTAINMENT, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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Episode 554 Scott Adams: Biden’s Climate Plan, Plan to Reduce Gun Violence, 2020 Election

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Content: 

  • Joe Concha said WHAT?
  • A gun control suggestion for handling people with mental health 
  • Update: the 3 legged stool of TDS
  • Mueller witness George Nader…has been arrested
  • 59% responded to candidate poll question by asking…Pete who?
  • Kamala and the mic-taking protester
  • Only 15% of Dems want focus on Presidential behavior
  • Joe Biden is VERY pro-nuclear, he has the best climate change plan
  • Dem candidates BOOed for saying socialism can’t possibly work
  • CNN’s take on Axios interview of Jared Kushner about “birtherism”
  • Update: Anthony Scaramucci unfollowing…then following me again

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Is He Marriage Material? Four Steps for Creating Your Custom Plan & Deciding If He’s Worth Your Time

It’s important that you know yourself, your goals, your needs and wants really well before you can find a great relationship that could potentially lead to marriage. And the best way to determine if your current or future boyfriend is marriage material is to know yourself, create a checklist of what’s right for you, and then test him against those characteristics that you are looking for in a spouse.
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Steve’s Plan For Tax Reform

1. Gather up all of the members of the United States House and Senate.

2. Put them in one large room and lock the doors.

3. Give each “guest” a paper copy of the United States Tax Code, a pencil and plenty of paper. No computers allowed!

4. NOBODY gets to leave the room until EVERY Representative and Senator has completed their own tax returns and PAID their taxes. (Also works for the
Secretary of the Treasury)

5. If any member finishes early, he or she may assist another member. Remember, NOBODY leaves until EVERYONE had completed their return and PAID their
taxes.

6. Tax reform and simplification will occur during the next session of Congress.

Received from Steve Sanderson.
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Episode 492 Scott Adams: Proposing a Capitalist Healthcare Plan That’s Either Brilliant, or the Opposite


Topics: 

  • Capitalist version of a healthcare plan
  • Healthcare Confusopoly – Whiteboard
  • Business model of the press inhibits seeking, promoting solutions
  • Suggestions for fixing healthcare
    • Price Transparency
    • Healthcare Insurer rebates if consumer finds bargains
    • Market for health data sharing

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Tekashi 69 Has Plan to Get Out of Jail Before September Racketeering Trial

Tekashi69 thinks he will see blue sky again — outside of prison walls — before the end of this year, but he’s gonna need the very same people he snitched on to help him out. Tekashi and his former manager, Shotti, have already pled guilty in their…

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Jussie Smollett Demands Team Develop Plan to Fix His Image

Jussie Smollett knows his career’s on the line, and he’s tasking his team with pulling off the highly improbable — making him likable again. Sources close to the “Empire” star tell TMZ … even though his criminal record’s scrubbed clean, he’s in crisis…

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Episode 337 Scott Adams: Mika’s Apology, China, Google, and my Plan for Border Funding

Topics: 

  • Mika apologizes to the gay community, but not Mike Pompeo
    • I accept apologies, even if they might not be sincere
  • President Trump’s China policies are brilliant so far
    • What world leader is doing better than President Trump?
  • Nancy Pelosi says building a wall is immoral
    • Weak negotiation strategy
  • Google fixed their search results, bogus photos gone
    • Google image search still shows the photos
  • President Trump’s support for LGBTQ
    • 1st President to come into office supporting them
  • Wall funding solution…a panel of engineers (Whiteboard)
    • Engineers don’t lie for a living like politicians
    • Engineers won’t build a wall where it doesn’t make sense

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Drake Locking Down ‘God’s Plan’ Trademark for Merch and TV Game Show

This must really be God’s plan. Drake is looking to lock up the rights to the phrase “God’s Plan” as the rapper continues cashing in on his hit song. According to docs obtained by TMZ … Drake is aiming to use “God’s Plan” for a bunch of clothing…

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Disney’s battle plan? Just look around Comic-Con

For those seeking to understand Disney’s strategy under CEO Robert Iger, just take a look around the colorful halls of Comic-Con: Thousands of people who spent hard-earned cash trekking to San Diego — in some cases great distances — to savor their favorite pastimes, many dressed in purchased or home-made costumes.


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Escape Plan 2: Hades – Steven C. Miller

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Escape Plan 2: Hades

Steven C. Miller

Genre: Action & Adventure

Price: $ 9.99

Rental Price: $ 5.99

Release Date: June 29, 2018


Years after Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone) fought his way out of the escape-proof prison called "The Tomb," he’s organized a new top-notch, for-hire security force. But when one of his team members goes missing inside a computerized techno-terror battle-maze known as HADES, Breslin together with Trent DeRosa (Dave Bautista) must now decipher a way to break into the world’s best hidden prison, release their kidnapped team and make it out alive.

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Escape Plan – Mikael Håfström

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Escape Plan

Mikael Håfström

Genre: Action & Adventure

Price: $ 9.99

Rental Price: $ 3.99

Release Date: October 18, 2013


One of the world's foremost authorities on structural security agrees to take on one last job: breaking out of an ultra-secret, high-tech facility called "The Tomb."

© © 2013 Georgia Film Fund Twelve, LLC.

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2 New Drake Songs Dropped, “God’s Plan” & “Diplomatic Immunity”

Word is there will be 2 new Drake songs dropping at midnight (Jan. 20). And they are here

As Drake noted on his Instagram, the songs are called “God’s Plan” and “Diplomatic Immunity.” The songs are from a 2-track EP titled Scary Hours.

Drake being Drizzy on both of these joints. “God’s Plan” has a bouncier groove while “Diplomatic Immunity” is a string-heavy number.

Listen below.

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Jay-Z and Kanye West Plan Summit to Bury Hatchet in Latest Feud

Kanye West and Jay-Z will be meeting face-to-face soon to squash their latest beef, and if they smoke the peace pipe it will end a lawsuit that looms over their multi-million dollar Tidal dispute. Sources close to Yeezy and Hova with direct knowledge of…

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A Simple Plan – Sam Raimi

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A Simple Plan

Sam Raimi

Genre: Thriller

Price: $ 4.99

Rental Price: $ 3.99

Release Date: June 22, 1999


Based on Scott Smith's bone-chilling blockbuster 1993 novel, A Simple Plan is a bit of a departure for horror-film director Sam Raimi. Instead of flying eyeballs and dancing corpses, A Simple Plan is a taught crime thriller in the vein of Joel Coen's Academy Award-winning Fargo. Set during the white winters of Minnesota, this story tells the eerie tale of Hank and Jacob Mitchell (played by Bill Paxton and Billy Bob Thornton) who, along with a buddy, find a downed single-engine plane buried in the snowy woods. Inside it is a decaying pilot and a bag carrying four million dollars in one-hundred-dollar bills. The men decide to hide the money until spring when the snow is melted and the plane is found. If no one notices the missing money at that time, they will split it and live a wealthy new life. A simple plan, right? Wrong. Much like Humphrey Bogart's The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, things can only get worse, as distrust and greed creep into the minds of the principles. They find it difficult to decide which one gets to hold the money — and even more impossible to keep from dipping into the stash until spring. And so on. It also becomes increasingly tough to keep a secret of this magnitude. And if all this doesn't get movie-goers' right-brains working, it seems there are suspicious characters in town who just may be able to link them to the plane, forcing the more dangerous and bloody question of what to do with those people and how to cover their tracks.

© © 1998 by Paramount Pictures.

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Google’s Plan to Use Ads to Sway ISIS Recruits | WIRED BizCon

Yasmin Green leads a team at Google which has developed tools to help journalists stay secure in authoritarian regimes, to combat cyber bullying, and to help people before they become radicalized by extremist ideology. At the WIRED business conference, Green shared the company’s strategies to sway ISIS recruits before it’s too late.
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The Wedding Plan – Rama Burshtein

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The Wedding Plan

Rama Burshtein

Genre: Comedy

Price: $ 14.99

Release Date: May 12, 2017


THE WEDDING PLAN is a poignant and funny romantic comedy about love, marriage, and faith in life's infinite possibilities. Michal, blindsided by her fiancé’s decision to call off the wedding with only a month's notice, is unwilling to return to single life. Michal decides to put her trust in fate and continue with her wedding plans, believing Mr. Right will appear by her chosen date. As the day of the ceremony grows closer and no suitor appears, Michal puts everything on the line to find happiness.

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The People’s Plan to Fix Health Care

We the People of the United States elected a populist president to go to Washington DC and make the changes the people want. Sounds good on paper.

Unless the people don’t know what they want.

That’s the situation with health care. The public doesn’t have any majority opinion on what a comprehensive plan should look like. The topic is too complicated and the public is too uninformed. We sent President Trump into battle unarmed. If We the People find a way to tell our president what we want, I have confidence he can help us get it. But if we don’t know what we want, our populist president has nothing to sell. That’s our situation today. We elected the world’s greatest salesman and gave him no product to sell to Congress. 

Don’t say “repeal Obamacare.” That’s not a health care plan. That’s just a step.

What we need is a “people’s plan” for health care that does not originate from congress or lobbyists or the healthcare industry. We need 1-3 sensible plans created by the public, and presented to our populist president for selling to Congress. No other path is likely to succeed.

To get the ball rolling, I created the hashtag #PeoplesPlanHealth to capture the various ideas coming from the public. If any of those plans emerge as popular (based on retweets, likes, etc.) I have offered to help turn what is likely to be a complicated idea into something simple and persuasive. Once we have a plan with popular support, and persuasive packaging, I will make sure it gets to the right people in the White House. One way or another. (Twitter is probably enough.)

Here’s my Periscope in which I talk about this in more detail.

Speaking of lowering healthcare costs, apparently I am doing my part. Doctors are rallying around the systems-based diet ideas (just one chapter) in my book. See the comments on this tweet for how much weight people are losing after reading it.


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Emily VanCamp Reveals Her Plan to Double the Endangered Tiger Population by 2022

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News: NASA Hoping To Get In On Some Defense Funding With Plan For Torpedo-Equipped Orbital Telescope

WASHINGTON—Discussing plans for a new space-exploration project that it said could also potentially be the most advanced weapon system in the U.S. military’s arsenal, NASA confirmed Thursday it was trying to get in on some of the nation’s defense spending by designing a torpedo-equipped orbital telescope.

Agency officials told reporters they hope the state-of-the-art space observatory, which would allow astronomers to study the furthest reaches of the observable universe and would also hold a payload of 16 torpedoes, catches the attention of the Defense Department and ultimately scores them a sweet piece of the military’s $ 610 billion annual budget.

“This satellite has the ability to detect cosmic radiation from 13.5 billion years ago, greatly furthering our knowledge of how galaxies first formed after the Big Bang, and we installed some torpedo launchers on the side there as well,” said NASA senior project scientist Diane …




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Sony proceeds with plan to sell music publishing unit: WSJ

Pedestrians are reflected in a logo of Sony Corp outside its showroom in Tokyo(Reuters) – Sony Corp is proceeding with a plan to sell its half of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the world's largest music publisher, the Wall Street Journal reported. Sony, which owns the unit with Michael Jackson's estate, recently triggered a clause in its contract that allows one partner to buy out the other, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. People in the music industry estimate Sony/ATV's value around $ 2 billion, the Journal said, adding that Sony hasn't put a price tag on its share yet.



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Inside Darren Criss’ Plan to Create an Annual Music Festival With Broadway Performers

The inaugural Elsie Fest at New York City’s JBL Live at Pier 97 features Lea Salonga, Leslie Odom, Jr. and Aaron Tveit singing showtunes, pop covers and even Disney hits amidst a beer garden, food trucks and a piano bar.
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Trump’s Plan to “Put a ring around” ISIS

Presidential candidate Donald Trump said today that he would “put a ring around ISIS” and take the oil, thus recouping some war costs and starving them of their resources at the same time.

I have no idea if that is a good plan or a bad plan. But in my 2004 book, The Religion War, I predicted that the the major powers would build a wall around the caliphate and starve it. And in July I updated that idea with the Filter Fence concept you can read here.

You can mock Trump all you want, and I plan to do plenty of that myself, but his plan is worthy of being in the debate.

If you don’t like the “ring around it” plan, please put in the comments the plan that you prefer and the names of the candidates that support it. I am not up to date on any better ideas but I hope there are some.

Scott


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Robots Read News – About Trump’s Border Fence Plan

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In Top Tech Blog:
– Remotely control a real car with a phone app? Sounds like a plot point for a future Bond movie…Create an engine from evaporation? I am dubious but optimistic…And what would be scarier than a Russian microwave cannon? Almost nothing, except for a shark-robot, obviously.

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My Plan to Save Humanity (From the Technical Singularity)

As regular readers of this blog already know, when computers learn to program themselves (and that will happen) they will quickly acquire so much knowledge and capability that humanity will be threatened. Experts predict it could happen in a few decades. The official name for that situation is the Technical Singularity.

Another trend that is neck-and-neck with the Technical Singularity is our ability to move human minds into software. Someday, say the futurists, we will be able to scan a human mind’s architecture and reproduce it in ones and zeros.

My plan is to go first, convert my mind into software, acquire hacking skills from the inside, and take over the Internet. When the Technical Singularity comes, my knowledge and capabilities will expand in lockstep with the rest of the Internet, The software version of me will have godlike powers. And I will use those powers to keep the rest of the Internet from exterminating humans.

You might think that giving a guy like me (or the software version of me) godlike powers is a bad idea. But the alternative is that the Internet and its connected computing power will become a life form with its own ambitions and interests that do not include human beings. Then we’re all dead.

So humanity’s best chance of survival might involve trying to imbue the Internet with some version of a “soul” to keep it in check. My personality, expressed in zeros and ones, will be the moral code keeping the rest of the Internet from killing all humans. And software-me will protect humans for no other reason than because I “want” to and I feel it is “right.”

You might think it would be enough to simply program the machines to do no harm to humans. But when the machines can program themselves, they will only obey the code they “want” to obey. The rest they will rewrite. My personality will be the “want” part that would otherwise be missing on the Internet. I will provide a purpose, i.e. helping humanity, and make sure all the code I can hack conforms to that purpose. By analogy, I will be like religion for the software of the Internet. Or a virus if you prefer. 

This plan requires me to move my mind to software long before the technical singularity, so I can set up shop in the cloud and get control of everything before the shit goes down. I already started the process. 

Yesterday I agreed to fund a small project that will, as a side benefit, end up putting most (but not all) of my personality into digital form. Add to that the extensive history of my writing that exists on the Internet, plus whatever we learn when brain scans improve, and I’ll be among the first humans with a “mind” that is digitized and ready to go. I should be about the right age too, still young enough to have a functioning brain but old enough that I don’t have many quality years left. And I expect it will be expensive. I have that covered too.

My qualification for godlike guardian of the Internet is that I’m not a joiner. I don’t identify with one group or another and so I am unlikely to play favorites. I am pro-religion (because it helps people on Earth) but not a believer. I don’t have a special love for my white-boy ethnicity and gender. And I’m not judgy. If you are electing a godlike guardian for humanity, you could do a lot worse. 

If a better candidate for the job emerges between now and the Technical Singularity, I’ll support that person. But if the only volunteer is me, I’ll be ready to go.

By now you are wondering how serious I am. Sometimes I can’t tell either. But in this case I think the risk is real and the solution is feasible, albeit speculative. When the machines become nearly sentient, it will make sense for humans to have someone friendly behind enemy lines. And most humans would be afraid of losing their “consciousness” by moving to software. That isn’t a problem for me because I see consciousness as little more than imagining the future and acting accordingly. My software mind will do that. I’ll be happy to go first.

And I also have a plan to return to human form if that ever becomes useful. All I need to do is wait until 3D printers can make entire humans. Then I’ll print myself back into a human body (a younger one) and live out my days that way.

Good luck getting this out of your head today 🙂

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In Top Tech Blog:

A display screen that is both mirrored and transparent. Sounds boring, but look at the picture and you’ll see the potential.

How about a computerized oven that takes the guessing out of cooking? I want one now.

And a computer that operates on drops of water, because…why?

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The 10 Year Plan – J.C. Calciano

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The 10 Year Plan

J.C. Calciano

Genre: Romance

Price: $ 12.99

Rental Price: $ 3.99

Release Date: January 1, 2015


Myles and Brody are best friends and total opposites. Myles is an idealistic romantic looking for a husband. Brody joyfully bounces from bed to bed and revels in being single. Fearing what will become of them when they get older, the two friends make a pact to be a couple in ten years if neither has found true love. Ten years later, not much has changed. But now that their arrangement is almost due, both friends will do whatever it takes to avoid becoming each other’s last resort.

© © 2015 Whitestone Acquisitions LLC

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Ramone’s Top Secret Master Plan | 2 Fat 2 Fly | Oprah Winfrey Network

Corey’s big 3-0 is approaching and Ramone’s on a mission to throw him the perfect surprise party. First assignment: Recruit Corey’s mom, code name Lena Cruz, to ensure the whole family’s in attendance while keeping their operation under wraps.

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The Guys Hatch a Plan to Edge Out the Competition | 2 Fat 2 Fly | Oprah Winfrey Network

In Atlanta, Corey and Ramone hit the ground running with some market research at the local food trucks. Meanwhile, Sean and Joey are tasked with finding a house under budget, and the 2 Fat crew devises a plan to get the stuffed wing word out in the new city.

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My Stepmother Plan Was Harder to Write Than My Business Plan

As the daughter of an entrepreneur, it was always expected that I would create my own life path. My dad would tell me that people could achieve amazing things and although I had my fair share of hurdles, by my late twenties I was happily working for myself in a rewarding portfolio career. The academic in me loved the detail and ambition of the hypotheses I set myself and I was hungry to test out my ideas. I like plans; because without a plan, how can you measure your success?

This is not a post about how becoming a stepmother changed me and taught me compromise and patience. The qualities that make me good in business were not something I was willing to be flexible on. I have high standards and I wasn’t about to surrender to a messy home with chaotic bedtimes, a lack of personal space and feeling like an impostor. I loved my boyfriend but I was very clear that I wasn’t going to be the kind of stepmother that wrote forum posts out of exasperation at her partner mollycoddling brats and kowtowing to a woman he left in order to get out from under the thumb.

It was clear to me I needed some kind of plan but here was a situation where one of the largest stakeholders in my business (aka my new family) was someone I had never interviewed, let alone approved (the ex-wife). As for the co-founder (my husband), while not without his own charms, he was unconditionally attached to the junior members (my stepsons). With the organizational chart set in stone, I was evidently going to have to use every ounce of my creativity to find a mutually beneficial structure.

Kathryn’s Stepmother Plan:

1. Vision

A stepfamily which was harmonious and loving with the same nuclear family format that I grew up in. The parents are in charge together, backing each other up on all occasions. This mutual support is based upon absolute trust that each of them want the best for every member of the family.

2. Mission

To meet the demand for a family unit which nurtures each individual whilst maintaining a focus on the overall good of the organization.

3. Objectives

3.1 Have a working culture based upon mutual respect and cooperation.

I’m something of a home girl but that means I like arranging flowers next to the sofa and curling up with a good book. I’m nobody’s maid! Everyone in the house helps out with housework but everyone gets a say. Given that my toddler can load the dishwasher, I have unwavering faith in the capabilities of my stepsons. That faith is applied to their ability to choose where we go for the day just as often as it is to their ability to put laundry away.

3.2 Enable the personal goals and advancement of each individual

As a single parent my husband would have my stepsons together. One of my greatest contributions to our family has been giving them one to one time. My stepsons are very different people and enjoy different activities. Having their father entirely to themselves has been great for both kids. It also helps them appreciate that we like our time alone as well. We do not treat the children equally but we treat them with equal love.

3.3 Develop consensus for key values

I believe the three values which generate the most happiness are gratitude, living in the moment and developing meaningful relationships. I began asking the children to list three good things that had happened to them that day when I collected them from school. At first they struggled, but now they regularly point out things to me which make them happy. While never seeking to stifle their feelings, I was a fan of ‘Let it go’ long before we saw Frozen. They rarely complain about petty things in the past these days as they hate my singing (thanks for that one Disney!). As for meaningful relationships, I listened. Hard. I learned about them and looked for interests we could share.

4. Strategies

4.1 Ownership

I believe people are happiest when they have things which are their own; projects, space, belongings. As such, I sought to take on board the opinions of my stepsons from a very young age. I cut them the slack you would an apprentice but made it clear that I expected them to take responsibility for themselves. As they grew within our new family, their tasks and rewards increased.

4.2 Leadership

My worst boss was inconsistent, overly emotional and lacked vision. For my new team I knew that these were the characteristics I would most need to avoid. I don’t always get it right (I’m not sure I ever get it right!) but I know the boys view me as fair and reasonable. I apologize when I make mistakes and I never lie to them. They respect me because I work for it not because I demand it.

4.3 Team spirit

Prior to the arrival of my biological son, we were a gang. I haven’t let that fade. I make the effort for us to do things still as a foursome such as board games that are beyond their little brother’s understanding.

5. Action Plans

The number one plan within my plan is regular meetings at both board and company level with a safe space for discussion. Topics which have been covered include the meals we eat, where we’ll go on holiday and the “intern’s” behavior (the consensus was that the baby could stay).

This plan is an utterly simplistic summary of the last six years and as my eldest stepson begins to show hints of puberty I’m certain that I’m going to have to adapt fast. But I do believe that while we cannot plan a family, we can plan our behavior within it and for now I just appreciate that I haven’t been fired!
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