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Leading Change

Leading change as pertaining to employees is defined as the process of steering the emotions and reactions of employees who are faced with changes in the work place to preempt associated negative effects. If you are a manager of a company that is exposed to consistent change, below are a few indicators that will identify an employee’s natural reaction to change and how to reduce unproductive behavior related to this change.

Types of Reactions

Like all human beings, employees respond to change either positively or negatively. The reaction is unique to every individual and is based on the perceived implications of the change to each employee’s welfare. If the change is considered as cataclysmic and portending to adversity, it will draw a negative reaction. If the change is considered to be beneficial, a positive response is observed.

Causes of Change

Change is inevitable in business and a business’s ability to survive in the future is determined by its ability to adapt to change. Change in the workplace is brought about by acquisitions, mergers, downsizing, restructuring and new technologies. Their severity and frequency is determined by the state of the world’s economy. The mentioned effects were common during the great depression, and now it is currently being echoed in the present time.

Negative Reactions and Remedies

Sustained negative reactions to change by employees lead to decrease in productivity as well as profitability which spell disaster for the business. Examples of frequently experienced negative reactions are:

Reduction of productivity: The atmosphere of ambiguity and uncertainty brought about by a change in the work place results in decreased employee productivity. This decrease in productivity is an indirect result of the unhealthy and natural self protective mechanism. This might be manifested in an employee becoming less supportive to his colleagues because of competition or lack of motivation. This situation is contained when the manager addresses the fears of employees by explaining why the change was necessary and how the change will benefit them and their role.

Absenteeism: Companies dealing with change might register an increase in the number of employees absent from work due to stress related illnesses. As the employees deal with the implications of the change, they are unable to control the anxiety brought about by the situation which ultimately manifests itself as mental deterioration. The remedy to the problem is achieved when the manager allows the employees to voice their fears in an interactive forum.

Loss of valuable employees: Organizations undergoing change run the risk of losing their skilled labor through attrition as qualified employees seek alternative stable employment elsewhere. This problem is solved when the managers effectively communicates an impending change that is due to come well in advance and incorporate employees in the process.

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Classic Attractions of Rajasthan

Rajasthan is the most culturally rich state of India, which attracts millions of tourists from all corners of the world. It is a land of raja-maharajas, legends, heritage and culture where a wide variety of attractions speak about the charm of this royal state. The other Rajasthan attractions are wildlife, havelis, fairs, festivals, dance, heritage monuments, camel safari, heritage hotels, Palace on Wheels and handicrafts. Camel Safari on sand dunes is also an interesting activity to enjoy.

 

Capturing the hearts of national and international tourists, Rajasthan Tourism has a lot to offer in terms of attractions. Tourists from far and wide come here to see its royal palaces and majestic forts which symbolize the rich architectural heritage left behind by the raja-maharajas of the bygone era. These royal structures still retain their old-world charm and offer a royal experience to the visitors. Some of the palaces and forts have been converted into heritage hotels to offer a royal and luxurious stay to tourists. It gives tourists a chance to capture the glory and charm of the Raj culture. Some of the most famous palaces and forts of Rajasthan are: City Palace Udaipur, City Palace Jaipur, Lake Palace, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Amber Fort, Jaigarh fort, Mehrangarh fort, Jaisalmer fort, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar and many more.

 

Another classic attraction of Rajasthan is the luxury train ‘Palace on Wheels’. Offering luxury and royalty of the Raj era, it is among the most luxurious trains in the world. Covering some of the enchanting travel destinations of Rajasthan, the train looks like a palace from inside. You will be treated like a king on this train. It offers 7 nights/8 days tour to the following destinations:Jaipur, Ranthambore National Park, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Keoladeo National Park, Chittorgarh, and Agra. The world class facilities and services combined with royal interiors make this train a wonderful attraction. While on your tour on Palace on Wheels you will be visiting palaces, forts, havelis, monuments and wildlife destinations.

 

While on your tour to Rajasthan do browse its bustling bazaars which are full of colorful and beautiful handicrafts. Some of the famous handicrafts of Rajasthan are Lac jewelry, puppets, embroidered juttis, tie and dye fabric, wood crafts, leather ware etc.

 

Rajasthan Tour transports tourists to a colorful world of raja-maharajas. Rajasthan attractions range from palaces to forts, havelis, wildlife, sand dunes, monuments, handicrafts, fairs, festivals, Palace on Wheels and hill station. Rajasthan Cultural tour takes you to amazing destinations which offer several attractions showcasing the glory of its past.

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The Fragrance of Jasmine Tea

Tea can be infused with many fragrances. Chrysanthemum, Gardenia, Osmanthus, Rose, Magnolia are just some of the few floral scents. By far, Jasmine is the most popular fragrance of them all. It is also my favorite tea. Jasmine teas are produced in Hunan, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Guangdong, Guangxi, and Zhejiang Provinces. The best Jasmine tea comes from Fujian Province in China. Due to the favorable weather conditions, Fujian Province is perfect for tea farming. This region is also known to produce excellent Oolong tea.

The process of making Jasmine tea takes two steps. The first step involves picking young tea leaves in the spring. The young leaves will be use to create a base tea. It is stored it in a cool place until the Jasmine flowers blossom in the summer. The skillful workers keep the tea leaf open and ready for the scent of the flowers. Jasmine flowers are plucked during summer months. To be precise, they are plucked between July and September, from noon to 4p.m. by experienced workers. They look for 1/2 inch blossoms that just turn from ivory to a white color. For the next 4 hours after plucking, the Jasmine flowers are kept at a warm temperature with the base tea. This encourages the flowers to open and the scent to infuse with the tea. To create a strong scent, some tea receives multiple infusion of the flower scent. When infusion is completed, the flowers can be discarded.

Adding Jasmine tea to food gives it the extra luxurious aroma. Try this delicious Jasmine syrup with fruit salad. Brew 2 teaspoons of Jasmine tea leaves in 1/3 cup of hot water. Melt 2 tablespoons of honey and the add zest and juice of 1 lime. Marinate fruits for just one hour before serving.

Another way to use Jasmine tea is when cooking rice. Just replace 2 to 3 cups of the water you use to cook the rice with tea. This gives the rice the extra nutrients of the antioxidants as well as the aroma of the Jasmine flowers.

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Uc Santa Barbara Gauchos

Overview of UCSB athletics

The nickname of UC Santa Barbara is the Gaucho, while the school colors are “Pacific Blue” (Pantone 286) and “Gaucho Gold” (130), with the occasional accent of “Navy Blue” (275).

In 2009, the athletics program under the leadership of new athletic director Mark Massari underwent a transformation, giving UC Santa Barbara a new brand and visual identity. As a result, UCSB athletic program rolled out a new logo, different colors, and unifying names. For athletic purposes, the school is now known as “UC Santa Barbara” or “UCSB” while the nickname for the sports programs are the “Gauchos”.

The main rivals of the Gauchos are Long Beach State and Cal Poly. New this year, the Blue-Green Rivalry series which calculates points between Cal Poly and UCSB to see who is the better sport school.

History of NCAA Division I sports

The UCSB Gauchos compete in the Big West Conference in the overwhelming majority of its sports offered. Only the men’s water polo and volleyball teams compete in an alternate conference, the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.

Over the years, Gauchos sports teams have won 2 total NCAA National Championships, 1979 Men’s Water Polo and 2006 Men’s Soccer.

UC Santa Barbara currently fields a varsity team in 10 men’s sports and 10 women’s sports. They are:

Men’s sports

Baseball

Basketball

Cross country

Golf

Soccer

Swimming

Tennis

Track and field

Volleyball

Water polo

 

Women’s sports

Basketball

Cross country

Indoor track

Soccer

Softball

Swimming

Tennis

Track and field

Volleyball

Water polo

Selected notable programs

Men’s soccer

Main article: UC Santa Barbara Gauchos men’s soccer

See also: UC Santa Barbara Gauchos men’s soccer professionals and UC Santa Barbara Gauchos men’s soccer seasons

2006 White House visit with George W. Bush.

In 2004, the men’s soccer team advanced to the College Cup (college soccer’s “Final Four”). UCSB routed Duke University Blue Devils in the semifinals 5-0, but lost in the championship match to Indiana Hoosiers on penalties.

In 2006, UCSB again advanced to the College Cup. In the semi-finals, the Gauchos and 2nd seed Wake Forest Demon Deacons played to a 0-0 tie; UCSB won the game on penalty kicks 4-3. In the championship game, UCSB faced the UCLA Bruins and won by a score of 2-1 to win their first NCAA Men’s Soccer title and the second overall NCAA championship (1979 Men’s Water Polo) in school history.

In conference play, the Gauchos have dominated Big West competition. They have won the Big West Championship in 5 of the last 7 years. Also, the Gauchos have had no less than 5 former players receive full international caps.

Basketball

Both UCSB men’s and women’s basketball teams play at the UCSB Events Center, commonly known as the Thunderdome.

In 2005, the women’s basketball team won its unprecedented ninth straight Big West Conference Championship. The team had its best year in history during the 2004 season when it advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 where it lost to eventual champion University of Connecticut Huskies, led by Diana Taurasi. UCSB was the only team to hold UConn to less than a double digit victory in the NCAA playoffs.

The Gauchos men’s basketball team had its best years in the late ’80s and early ’90s under coach Jerry Pimm, highlighted by a 77-70 victory over #1 UNLV Runnin’ Rebels in 1990, and NCAA tournament appearances in 1988 (lost to Maryland) and 1990 (defeated Houston and lost to Michigan State). The Gauchos returned to the NCAA tournament in 2002 where they nearly upset powerhouse Arizona in the opening round. Over the years, a few of Pimm’s assistants at UCSB have gone on to coach other major programs across the country, including Ben Howland (1982-1994) of UCLA Bruins and Jamie Dixon of Pittsburgh Panthers.

The Gauchos men’s basketball team is enjoying great success again and this year are in first place in the conference and are looking to get back to the NCAA Tournament.

Some famous Gauchos basketball players are Brian Shaw, Carrick DeHart, Eric McArthur, Chris Devine, and Alex Harris.

Swimming

Based out of Campus Pool on the UCSB campus, the swimming program has seen its fair share of success. For 32 seasons Gregg Wilson has been the head coach of the men’s and women’s swimming teams. Wilson has posted a dual meet record of 292-208-1 (172-115 with the men, 120-92-1 with the women). Even more impressive, his squads have collected 34 Big West Conference Championships, 24 by his men teams and 10 by his women teams. Before the Texas Longhorns men’s swim team broke it, the UCSB men’s swim team set the NCAA record for most consecutive conference titles in any sport with 23 straight Big West Conference championships from 1979-2001. The men teams have been ranked as high as 16th nationally and several of his swimmers over the years have advanced to the NCAA Championships. In fact, the men team has turned in 38 All-American performances under Wilson.

Notable alumni of the program include Olympic gold medalists Richard Schroeder, Jason Lezak (the current American record holder in the 100 meter freestyle), Sandy Neilson, Sophie Kamoun, former 50-meter freestyle world record holder Bruce Stahl (the first person to ever hold this world record), and Pat Cary.

Water Polo & Volleyball

UCSB won the 1979 National Championship in men’s water polo, defeating UCLA Bruins in the championship match by a score of 11-3. The men’s volleyball team has finished as the NCAA runner up 4 times, most recently in 1988. The women’s volleyball team plays at the UCSB Events Center, while the men’s team plays at Robertson Gymnasium.

Club sports

Main article: UC Santa Barbara Gauchos club sports

Athletics at UCSB is not limited to the Intercollegiate Athletic Department. While there are 450 students-athletes in ICA, there are over 700 in Club (Recreational) sports teams including: Alpine Racing, Cycling, Fencing, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Rugby, Sailing, Soccer, Triathlon, Ultimate, Water Ski, and Rowing. Many of these teams are highly regarded and compete against Intercollegiate teams from across the United States. For example, Rowing has produced several National Team members including nine-time US National Rowing Team member Amy Fuller, winner of several Olympic and World Championship medals who currently serves as the head coach of the UCLA Bruins rowing program.

Supporters

Gaucho Locos

Since 1998, UCSB athletics have received support from a booster club, the Gaucho Locos, founded by the UCSB student body. The Gaucho Locos were originally known as the Gauchoholics but changed its name due to negative connotations. The Gaucho Locos could be spotted at UCSB athletic events with their signature golden yellow t-shirts with a top ten list on their back, similar to the ones on Late Show with David Letterman.

Mascots

The Locos are also accompanied by their famous mascot, “The Fantom of the Dome” – a man with black swim goggles and a black cape who usually wears denim shorts along with a golden yellow UCSB basketball jersey and a Gaucho loco t-shirt underneath. The current Fantom is a UCSB Alumni who graduated in 1995 who only manages to make a couple of games a year since he is no longer in school.

This year the school got a new mascot, Ole. Ole is a big mascot with a UCSB jersey, a zorre hat, and big shoes. He is a solid mascot and attends all the games. He has great dance moves.

Jr Locos

The Jr Locos are another major supporter. It is a group of about 10-20 kids who attend most of the Mens Basketball Games. They are well known and are the best teenage fans in the country.

The Gaucho Pep Band

Like many organizations at UCSB, the Gaucho Pep Band is completely managed by students. As a volunteer organization, members (by definition) receive no financial or academic compensation for their service. The reward most members of the Gaucho Band find is in the acquisition of lasting friendships and a sense of camaraderie unlike that found anywhere else on campus or off. The pep band plays at all home men’s and women’s basketball games along with the occasional soccer games. The band participates in post-season travel with the basketball teams including the Big West Basketball Conference Championship, the NCAA March Madness, and the National Invitation Tournament. Being in the band is simple; all you really need to do is be able to play an instrument and be committed to the Gauchos.

Fight Song

Ol, Ol Ol Ol! Gauchos, Gauchos!

he unofficial fight song.

El “C” Grande

We are Sons of California,

Fighting for the Gold and Blue.

Palms of glory we will win,

For Alma Mater true.

Poly men will soon be routed

By our dazzling ,

Wel stomp m in the mud

Their green will turn to blood,

In our hour of victory!

U! C! Sss! B! U-C-S-B, Go Gauchos!

Notable alumni

Joe Cannon, 2002 & 2004 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year, current goalkeeper for the San Jose Earthquakes, and former member of the United States National Team.

Larry Dierker, 1969 & 1971 MLB All-Star pitcher and 1998 NL Manager of the Year for the Houston Astros.

Eric Fonoimoana, 2000 Olympic Games Gold Medalist in Beach Volleyball.

Rob Friend, soccer forward for Borussia Mnchengladbach of the German Bundesliga and the Canadian National Team.

Carin Jennings, 1991 FIFA Women’s World Cup and Golden Ball Winner, 1996 Olympic Games Gold Medalist in soccer; National Soccer Hall of Fame (Personal) and United States Olympic Hall of Fame (as 1996 Women’s Soccer team) inductee. UCSB’s only 4-time All American and the NCAA’s all-time leading scorer (men or women) with 102 career goals.

Jason Lezak, 4 time Olympic Gold Medalist and 7 time Olympic Medalist swimmer in the 2000, 2004, and 2008 Olympic Games.

Tony Lochhead, soccer left back for Wellington Phoenix FC of the Australian A-League and the New Zealand National Team.

Thiago Martins, soccer striker for FK Bod/Glimt of the Norwegian Tippeligaen.

Kevin McClatchy, co-owner of Major League Baseball’s Pittsburgh Pirates franchise.

Todd Rogers, 2008 Olympic Games Gold Medalist in Beach Volleyball; 1997 AVP Rookie of the Year, 2004-2007 AVP Best Defensive Player, 2006 AVP MVP, 2007 AVP Champion.

Jim Rome, Sports radio talk show host and former Sports Director of KCSB, the college radio station located on the UCSB campus.

Brian Shaw, 3-time (2000, 2001, 2002) NBA Champion point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers and current assistant coach with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Ryan Spilborghs, MLB center fielder for the Colorado Rockies.

Craig Wilson, U.S. Olympic Water Polo goalie Silver Medalist in the 1984 & 1988 Olympic Games and participant in the 1992 Games.

Michael Young, 5-time (2004-2008) MLB All-Star shortstop for the Texas Rangers and 2006 MLB All Star Game MVP.

References

^ “UCSB Unveils New Logos”. UC Santa Barbara Athletics. 19 August 2009. http://ucsbgauchos.cstv.com/genrel/081909aaa.html. Retrieved 21 September 2009. 

^ ucsbgauchos.com

^ “NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!!!”. UC Santa Barbara Athletics. 03 December 2006. http://ucsbgauchos.cstv.com/sports/m-soccer/recaps/120306aaa.html. Retrieved 21 September 2009. 

^ “Gauchos Complete Amazing Run to Earn Program’s First NCAA National Championship, Defeat UCLA 2-1”. UC Santa Barbara Athletics. 03 December 2006. http://ucsbgauchos.cstv.com/sports/m-soccer/recaps/120306aab.html. Retrieved 21 September 2009. 

^ “UCSB Athletics Teams With Bridges of Hope International to Make Lasting Difference in South Africa”. UC Santa Barbara Athletics. 21 September 2009. http://ucsbgauchos.cstv.com/genrel/092109aaa.html. Retrieved 21 September 2009. 

External links

Official UC Santa Barbara athletics website

Gaucho Locos supporters website

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Santa Barbara, California

Colleges & Schools

College of Creative Studies  College of Engineering  College of Letters and Science  Bren School of Environmental Science and Management  Gevirtz Graduate School of Education

Research

California NanoSystems Institute  Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics  UCSB Libraries

Life

Daily Nexus  KCSB-FM  Storke Tower  Extravaganza  UCen  Bren Hall  Santa Catalina Dorms  Manzanita Village  Santa Ynez Apartments  San Clemente Apartments  The Arbor  Multicultural Center  Recreation Center  Isla Vista  Santa Barbara Student Housing Cooperative

Athletics

UCSB Gauchos  Men’s Soccer  Harder Stadium  Events Center  Caesar Uyesaka Stadium  Robertson Gymnasium  Club Sports

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