For decades, Placido Domingo, one of the most celebrated and powerful men in opera, has tried to pressure women into sexual relationships by dangling jobs and then sometimes punishing the women professionally when they refused his advances, numerous accusers told The Associated Press. Regarded as one of the greatest opera singers of all time, Domingo also is a prolific conductor and the director of the Los Angeles Opera. The multiple Grammy winner is an immensely respected figure in his rarefied world, described by colleagues as a man of prodigious charm and energy who works tirelessly to promote his art form. At 78, Domingo still attracts sellout crowds around the globe and continues adding to the 150 roles he has sung in 4,000-plus performances, more than any opera singer in history. But his accusers and others in the industry say there is a troubling side to Domingo — one they say has long been an open secret in the opera world. Eight singers and a dancer have told the AP that … [Read more...] about Women: Opera’s Domingo abused power to sexually harass them
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Organizational culture — the set of values, beliefs, and behaviors that determine “how things get done” in an organization — evolves slowly. With a commitment to changing a culture, new ways of working start to become the new normal. People begin to say, “Hey, things feel different around here.” But what’s the key to moving from that ephemeral feeling that things are shifting, to real and sustainable traction that informs business results? The answer is measurement. It’s a Herculean effort to get a group of people to change their normative ways working together. Skepticism that a culture effort will make any difference is a natural, human response, so finding ways to measure, document, and broadcast how culture shifts is imperative. When done with clarity and coherence, measurement builds emotional energy and shows people across the company that leaders’ focus on culture isn’t just lip service but a real effort to … [Read more...] about More than a feeling: How do you measure culture?
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Katie Johnston Globe Staff January 30, 2019 Do you have trouble getting things done when you work from home? Would it help to let a stranger watch you do it?As creepy as it sounds, some people swear by it. They are devotees of Focusmate, a productivity tool that pairs fellow procrastinators online for 50-minute “virtual coworking” sessions. They introduce themselves via video, state their goals, then get to work — no idle chit-chat, just two remote colleagues toiling away. Advertisement It’s a little bit Big Brother, a little bit Chatroulette (the website that matches up random strangers for webcam conversations that tends to attract exhibitionists). And it’s definitely a whole lot odd. Get Talking Points in your inbox: An afternoon recap of the day’s most important business news, delivered weekdays. Thank you for … [Read more...] about Procrastinating? A stranger watching you might help.
Head to the Christmas markets Trier Weihnachtsmarkt. Photo: DPA Bundle up and get thee to your nearest public square or Platz because chances are, it has been transformed into a winter wonderland of lights, smelling of candied nuts and mulled wine. Nothing raises seasonal spirits like a German Christmas market, many which are open until late on December 24th. Open those doors Just like in America and the UK, advent calendars are hugely popular in Germany. Chocolate is likely to remain the most popular choice for years to come but nowadays you can get everything from cosmetics to gin advent calendars. Check out our alternative advent calendars gallery for ideas. Write to the Weihnachtsmann or the Christkind Christkind post office Engelskirchen. Photo: DPA While St. Nicholas is still a beloved figure in Germany, das Christkind, meaning Jesus child, was set up as the main gift bringing figure of the festive season by Martin Luther in the 16th century, in … [Read more...] about Everything you need to know about preparing for Christmas like a German
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Allison Hagan Globe Correspondent December 18, 2018 The shrubs and tree trunks surrounding Debbie Hooper’s Kingston house shine brightly with multicolored lights this holiday season, all of them arranged just so. But Hooper, a busy mother of six children, can’t take credit for the impressive display. She pays a professional decorator to make her family’s property festive.“They definitely look better than if I were to put them up. It’s less stressful than adding something else to your plate, especially around this busy season,” she said. “And my husband hates dealing with Christmas lights.”Convenience and skill come at a price, however — the Hoopers paid more than $2,800 for this year’s display. It’s probably why most people do their own decorating, even if it means inadvertently re-creating a Clark … [Read more...] about Would you pay someone to decorate your house for Christmas? These people did