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“E-cigarettes and vaping are being banned in indoor public areas in New York, after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law that will place the same restrictions on new and old nicotine delivery systems,” writes Bill Chappell in their latest NPR article entitled “New York Bans Vaping Indoors In Public: State Law Classes E-Cigs With Cigarettes.”

According to Chappell’s article, "These products are marketed as a healthier alternative to cigarettes but the reality is they also carry long-term risks to the health of users and those around them,’ Cuomo said, in a news release about the signing. ‘This measure closes another dangerous loophole in the law, creating a stronger, healthier New York for all."

“Citing the lack of broad regulations on what chemicals e-cigarettes can contain and how much nicotine they deliver, the governor's office says, ‘These factors could lead to long-term adverse health effects for e-cigarette users and bystanders," the NPR piece continues.

Chappell comments in the article that “When it takes effect next month, New York's new law will cover vaping under the state's Clean Indoor Air Act. The blanket restriction will not apply to people who want to use e-cigarettes in private homes, in hotel rooms, or at retail tobacco outlets.”

Smoking cigarettes might already be prohibited on your property.

But, what happens if your state decides to pass a similar Clean Indoor Air Act? Do you struggle with cigarette smoking offenders as it is?

Now, you’ll have to add another prohibited item to the list. What a headache, right?

You hang up your phone.

As you turn to your operations manager, Kelsey, she can tell you’ve got bad news.

“John called me about this quarter’s revenue numbers,” you tell her.

“Our numbers are still declining,” you continue.

Kelsey isn’t sure how to respond, but she’s been proactive since she started this month, so she starts asking the right questions.

One after another, the questions are rolling, and you’re able to answer them quickly.

Six questions in and answered, you stop her.

She stumped you.

“What guest feedback have you received over the last several months or years to determine whether the revenue decline relates to experience,” she asks you.

But you don’t have the right answer.

Providing first-rate guest services is paramount.

We know it’s one of the top goals on your list.

We also know it is the top goal on your boss’s list.

The fan experience is essential to everyone’s livelihood.

You certainly can’t guarantee a win, perfect weather, or prevent car trouble on the way.

But you can and must deliver the highest level of service.

Face it.

You’re in the business of creating memories as much as your star players.

Preparing for and delivering to your guests a safe, clean and friendly environment is fundamental to the fan experience and that’s the stuff that leaves guests wanting to return to your stadium for more events.

With your well-trained and dedicated team members, you can ‘make things happen’ at every point of contact with your guests.

For every location, every person on your team can affect a fan’s experience, positively or negatively.

Every impression, every interaction, they all count.

This is the year you've committed to change.

You’re going to fight hard against the forces of the status quo. You’ve embraced becoming a data-driven leader.

We like to hear that.

Empowering your staff with the ability to communicate effectively will give you the information to fully understand your operation.

It’s the only way to manage because now you’ll know what you’re managing!

You get it. You want it.

You need it!

Any other day we’d tell you why it’s so important to institute best practices and then give you the how.

But today, we’re going to show you how to put your incident management infrastructure in place first.

Then, we’ll show you all the reasons why your new foundation will give you Proactive Operations, on so many levels.

Are you ready? Let’s get started.

“The war in Syria is a conflict of the social media age. Everyone — the rebels, the government, ordinary citizens, everyone — has a cellphone,” according to Joe Palca’s recent NPR article entitled “Activists Build Human Rights Abuse Cases With Help From Cellphone Videos.”

“And that means almost no bad deed goes unrecorded by someone,” Palca continues.

According to the article, “A Syrian-born human rights lawyer in Washington, D.C., is collecting those videos, hoping someday they will be used to build criminal cases against the perpetrators of the violence.”

“But he also faces a major problem: The volume of videos is staggering,” writes Palca.

"We have 600,000 videos, and we're in the process of downloading almost 2,000 videos a day," says Mohammad Al Abdallah, executive director of the Syria Justice and Accountability Centre, a nonprofit supported by the State Department and a handful of European governments, in Palca’s NPR article.

This article caught our interest immediately. Why?

The power of text communication comes to mind.

Technology is evolving, and the benefits of a texting system can be profound for your property’s operation.

We get it; the obstacles for Abdallah are greater since he is challenged with reviewing hundreds of thousands of videos.

But, the key takeaway here is the opportunity technology such as this offers.

“When it comes to customer satisfaction among airline passengers, Spirit Airlines ranks dead last,” shares Kathryn Vasel in her latest CNNMoney article entitled “America's least favorite airline (hint: it's not United).”

According to Vasel’s article, “For the third year in a row, the ultra-low cost carrier had the lowest score in the travel report from the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). Spirit scored a 61 on a 100-point scale.”

If you’ve flown with Spirit prior to reading today’s article, you’re probably not surprised.

“Spirit is known for its "bare fares" – cheap tickets that are stripped of any additional amenities. That means passengers will pay for things like printing a boarding pass at the airport or beverages during a flight,” writes Vasel.

From our experience, customer satisfaction goes beyond overcoming nickel and diming your customers.

It involves a complete experience. Agree?

But, according to Vasel, “Spirit said it's made substantial strides in the past year.”

"Spirit's committed to improve its operations and customer service,’ a company spokesman told CNNMoney. ‘Beginning last spring, Spirit initiated a number of programs that have led to major improvements in on-time performance and a 64% reduction in complaints year over year," says Vasel.

Now, that’s better news, right?