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“Donna Strickland seemed genuinely surprised to learn that she was only the third woman to ever win the Nobel Prize in physics,” writes Geoff Brumfiel in their recent NPR article entitled “The Nobel Prize In Physics: 117 Years, 3 Women And Counting.”

"Is that all, really?’ a flummoxed Strickland asked during a press conference announcing the prize. ‘I thought there might have been more,” shares Brumfiel.

“But there haven't been. Only the famous scientist Marie Curie and Maria Goeppert Mayer, a nuclear physicist, have won the prize. Curie won in 1903 for her discovery of radioactivity, and Goeppert Mayer in 1963 for theoretical work on the structure of the atomic nucleus,” Brumfiel explains in the NPR piece.

According to the article, “Strickland's win was announced Tuesday morning at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm. She and French physicist Gérard Mourou won a quarter of the prize each for their work creating super-bright, super-fast pulses of laser light. Separately, Arthur Ashkin won half the prize for work using laser light as a kind of tweezer to pinch and move physical objects.”

“Strickland's work with Mourou was critical to making lasers the powerful instruments we use today, says Margaret Murnane a physicist at JILA in Boulder who specializes in laser science. The technique is known as chirped pulse amplification, and Murnane says ‘it really was a key enabling discovery that really allows us to use all the power of laser light," the piece further explains.

According to Brumfiel’s article, “The technology has already been used for eye surgery and laser cutting, Murnane says. In the future may even be the basis for particle accelerators.”

“Other physicists were elated at the news of Strickland's win. ‘I think it's fantastic,’ says Joanne Cole, a particle physicist at Brunel University London in the UK. ‘It's about time," shares Brumfiel.

What a stellar progression for mankind.

Agree?

Strickland’s win (and work) is officially in the history books.

And, it’s about time your operation sees a prize all its own.

How does that sound?

Keep reading; we’re going to share the methodology you need (and will want) to lead an operation worthy of winning the Nobel Prize.

“Introduced as ‘tiny but mighty,’ 7-year-old Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja stepped up to the mic before an LA Galaxy soccer match Sunday night and belted out a version of the national anthem that stunned the crowd of 25,000,” writes Shannon Van Sant in their recent NPR article entitled “7-Year-Old Girl Belts Out National Anthem, Steals Show At MLS Match.”

“Her rendition has since gone viral on social media,” the article continues.

"I was thinking that I cannot do anything wrong because it's a really special song to America," the 3-foot-9-inch youngster told ABC News, shares Van Sant.

According to the NPR piece, “Malea Emma said she didn't know she would be performing at the MLS match in Los Angeles until last week. The Galaxy held a contest on social media to find someone to sing the anthem, according to ABC — and when Malea Emma's father told her she had won, she was overjoyed.”

“The little girl with the big voice has wanted to sing since she was 1 and started lessons when she was 3, according to The Washington Post. ‘She's been singing forever, basically before she could speak,’ her father, Arman Tjandrawidjaja, told USA Today. ‘Sometimes we have to tell her to be quiet,” writes Van Sant.

Did you get a chance to watch the video?

Check it out!

“The fastest human to ride a bicycle over open ground is named Denise Mueller-Korenek, who rode a custom bike at an average of 183.932 miles per hour – shattering a world record that had stood since 1995,” writes Bill Chappell in their recent NPR article entitled “Woman Rides Bicycle To 183.9 MPH — A World Record.”

According to Chappell, “Mueller-Korenek, 45, set the record for fastest speed riding in a slipstream, teaming up with Shea Holbrook, a professional race car driver who piloted a dragster that led the cyclist across the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.”

"Good job, Mom,’ Mueller-Korenek's son, Daniel, said in a video he recorded as he joined his mother in the finish area on Sunday,” shares Chappell.

"That was rough,’ she said. In addition to getting bounced around at speeds only supercars can aspire to, Mueller-Korenek said the salt dust had entirely coated her throat,” the article continues.

Chappell explains, “The dragster has fairing on the back that essentially looks like a closet, to protect the cyclist from the wind. Behind it, Mueller-Korenek sat on a bike with gearing so steep that she needed to be towed to around 100 mph before taking over under her own power.”

The NPR article continues “The tow rope was released some 1.5 miles into the run, Mueller-Korenek said on Facebook, ‘leaving 3.5 miles in the draft to achieve an average speed for the last mile of 183.9mph (between mile 4 & 5)!"

“Once they finished that phase of the run, the danger of a calamitous fall wasn't over: Holbrook and Mueller-Korenek had to work in tandem to slow down some 70 mph over a final mile, to reach an exit speed of 110 mph,” Chappell explains to readers.

This feat is both remarkable and dangerous, and the speed these world record holders achieved resonated with us immediately.

So many words can be linked to this moment in history.

Speed.

Discipline.

Tenacity.

Improvement.

Optimization.

Uncertainty.

Your response times to issues and incidents!

We get it; the last one isn’t fascinating.

But, it’s critical!

It’s also incredible how Denise Mueller-Korenek’s shattering of the world record for riding a bike could elicit a response.

And in such a big way.

Not only did it provoke us to talk about your need for fast response times to incidents and issues throughout your property, but it also compelled us to think through everything you need to achieve maximum performance.

It’s enlightening to think about it.

It’s also necessary.

You’re not just riding a figurative “183.9 MPH bicycle” to your next issue or incident.

You’ve got to have everything in place to keep customers safe and alive.

The difference between life and death can be a matter of seconds.

Is your team ready to be that fast?

“At least one person has been killed and nearly 40 injured in a stampede at a Madagascar football stadium,” reports the BBC in their recent article entitled “Deadly stadium stampede at Madagascar v Senegal match.”

According to the article, “The incident occurred just before the start of Madagascar's match against Senegal in the qualifying round of the Africa Cup of Nations, local media said.”

“Thousands of spectators were still trying to get into the stadium through the only entrance,” the piece continues.

“Two of those hurt are in a critical condition in the capital, Antananarivo,” explains the BBC.

“Many people had been queuing up since the early hours of the morning for a 14:30 (12:30 GMT) kick-off at the Stade Municipal de Mahamasina,” according to the news report.

“French radio station RFI reported there was a rush to enter the stadium when the gates were opened,” the article highlights.

"We were waiting in the queue from six o'clock in the morning. We were metres from the gate when the stampede took place. I was trampled on the back, but my backpack cushioned the impact," Rivo Raberisaona told the AFP news agency.

"I do not understand why there was only one gate open into the stadium when it's such a big match," said Henintsoa Mialy Harizafy, whose uncle was injured in the stampede.

The BBC shares “The game, featuring stars such as Liverpool forward Sadio Mané, was played as planned in front of a capacity crowd and ended in a 2-2 draw.”

“Stampedes at stadiums in Africa occur on a regular basis, often due to poor crowd control in over-crowded stadiums,” the article concludes.

News of this incident set the alarm off for us.

It’s why we do what we do every day – build world-leading software solutions for properties.

But, that’s not all.

Stade Municipal de Mahamasina’s stampede demonstrates the need for Proactive Operations.

So, let’s talk about it.

The same issue keeps happening.

Day 1: “Where’s the resolution for this incident?”

Day 2: “Where’s the resolution for this incident?”

Day 247: “Where’s the resolution for this incident?”

You’ve had the same issue pop up for the last 247 days – so far.

And, did you even notice before we just brought it up?

If you did, what do you think cause you to miss it?

Could it have been that it’s such a small concern you probably didn’t think to consider its long-term impact on your operation?

If you didn’t catch it – that’s fine.

But, this small problem might be causing (or amplifying) a big problem in your operation.

Day 248.

Oh, we’re not done yet.

Your problem won’t fix itself.

Day 248: “Where’s the…”

You stop mid-sentence.

You just realized – for the first time – you’ve been asking this question to Kim, your operations manager.

You’re not sure how long either (248 days), but you know it has been a while.

And, long enough that Kim’s response is now a habit.

“I’ve got it written on my notes. Here you go,” she replies as she hands you her notebook without looking.

You assert, “we’ve got to stop this.”

So, what is your next step? Do you know how to improve this part of your process?

Keep reading; we’re going to share how using the Kaizen methodology to remove ‘waste’ like this from your operation.

It’ll support your efforts to achieve Proactive Operations and maximize your performance every day.

Ready?

“Tesla Motors started selling its stock to the public in 2010 — the first initial public offering of a U.S. automaker in more than a half-century. On Tuesday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said he's considering a reversal — taking the electric car company private,” writes Avie Schneider in their recent NPR article entitled “8 Years After Going Public, Elon Musk Wants To Take Tesla Private.”

“As he often does, the outspoken entrepreneur took to Twitter to deliver the news. ‘Am considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured,’ Musk tweeted in early afternoon, according to the article.

Schneider explains, “Tesla stock was trading at about $355 a share before Musk's tweet. It jumped about 5 percent after the tweet. But later in the afternoon, trading in the stock was halted pending an official company announcement.”

“That came shortly before 3:30 p.m. when Tesla published an email that Musk sent to company employees, saying that no final decision on taking the company private had been made and that it would ultimately be left to shareholders,” states the NPR piece.

"The reason for doing this is all about creating the environment for Tesla to operate best. As a public company, we are subject to wild swings in our stock price that can be a major distraction for everyone working at Tesla, all of whom are shareholders," Schneider’s article reveals that Muck wrote.

And there it is.

The reason why Musk wants to take Tesla private.

It’s quite noble if you ask us.

But, there’s also a lesson here.

You’ve got to do right by your team and take charge to cultivate an environment that allows everyone to “operate best.”

Now, ask yourself: “Am I leading the initiative to create the environment for our team to operate best?”

Keep reading; today we’re going to share one proven methodology to help you create the environment you need that’ll benefit you, your staff and boss, and your most treasured assets – your customers.

Ready?