Change Occurs When You Reach Threshold

first_imgThe status quo is a warm bath; it’s soothing and comfortable. Change is a cold shower; it’s surprising, shocking, and uncomfortable.Is it any wonder your dream clients aren’t excited to change? Even when they have good reason to change, they often seek the safety and comfort of the status quo. When things aren’t going well, at least they know the status quo. Change means venturing off into the scary unknown.Do you ever wonder why your clients aren’t interested in change even when the reasons to change are crystal clear to you? Do you wonder why your ideas aren’t compelling?People only seek change when they reach some threshold. Either there is so much dissatisfaction that change becomes the safest path forward, or there is an opportunity so great that it warrants abandoning the status quo (a positive form of dissatisfaction). But until that threshold is met, in one direction or the other, change is unlikely.Building Towards ThresholdIf you want to make the case for your change, you have to help your clients reach threshold.If your client should be dissatisfied, you build to threshold by helping them understand what not changing is costing them now, what it will cost them in the future, and why they can’t afford to stay where they are. On the far end of this continuum is survival; there is nothing so motivating as your own impending doom. Survival is the most serious threshold of all. But losing your competitive advantage, falling behind your competitors, and losing market share can be threshold events, too.You can build to threshold for positive changes, too. Even if things are going well, you can build towards the threshold that brings change by showing your client what is still possible, how change will better position them in the future, and what they are losing by not acting now. Faster growth now, the ability to capitalize on opportunities, or seizing a competitive advantage in the marketplace can all be threshold events. So can even greater profitability.You don’t have to build towards threshold with bold, challenging statements. In fact, making the case this way can often lead to more resistance–it can seem self-serving. You can make the case more effectively with well designed and well placed questions.If you want your product, service, or solution to be compelling, it has to help your clients get to threshold.QuestionsLook at the existing opportunities in your pipeline. Can you identify the threshold that is compelling your client to change?How urgently does your client need to change? What do they lose by holding on to the status quo?Which stakeholders haven’t yet (or won’t easily) reach threshold? How do you make a stronger case for them (or build a stronger case around them)? Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

The Small Screen of Infinite Distractions

first_imgYesterday, I did a keynote speech with Jeb Blount. A keynote is normally one person speaking, but the client asked us to speak together to close out their conference. So we got together and built a little slide deck and decided to sit on stools and take turns speaking.It took a lot of trust, but we decided that when one of us finished speaking, they’d just stop talking, and the other person would just start speaking. There was no weird, repetitive handoff, like “Jeb, what do you think?” It worked perfectly.Listen Up NowOne of the points we hammered home was the importance of listening. We were driving home ideas about how you treat people, and how poor treatment makes people feel unimportant, like they are a transaction. While Jeb was sharing how critical it is to look people in the eye, to listen deeply to what isn’t being said, and to focus all of your attention on the person speaking, I took out my cell phone and started flipping through screens, ignoring Jeb and ignoring the audience of 500 people. When Jeb finished speaking, I didn’t say anything. I waited an uncomfortably long time, until Jeb said, “Anthony?“I looked up and asked our audience how bad that felt having someone who was supposed to be deeply engaged with them deeply engaged with his phone instead. I asked them if they felt insulted while I was busy ignoring them, and if they felt unimportant. They agreed that the experience was awful for them. And they agreed that they use a different screen, but that they don’t always give their clients their full attention because they are busy on a screen.Look Up NowThis is what we do now. This is who we are becoming.We have an individual in front of us who needs our full attention, and we instead look at the small screen of infinite distractions.We have a chance to connect with people who are important to us—and to our business—and we ignore them, choosing instead to pay attention to people who are far away from us.We act as if we might miss something on the Internet, even though nothing disappears from the Internet while the opportunity to connect with a real person does.We fear the wrong danger.The people who are able to exercise the self-control necessary to give another person their full attention are going to have a commanding advantage over the people with crooked necks who can’t pull themselves away from the small screen of infinite distractions. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

Instant Results

first_imgDo you have your steering wheel turned in the right direction?Have you kept it that way long enough for the wheels to finally grab and begin to move you in the direction you want to go? Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now Here in Ohio, we’ve had some snow and ice. Because I am teaching my two teenage daughters to drive, I want more snow and ice. The best way to learn how to drive in snow and ice is to go to a big open parking lot and slide around.When you are sliding on ice, it’s important to keep the wheel turned in the direction of your slide and your foot off the brake. It’s scary when you’re sliding until the wheels catch. You keep sliding for a while even though you are doing everything right.This is true in other areas of your life, too. In sales, you can be doing everything right and still not yet achieving the results you need. You are spending a third of your time prospecting. You are nurturing the relationships you need inside your dream client by feeding them value. You are following up consistently. Maybe you are even spending some time each week on your personal and professional development and improving your business acumen.Because you are sliding in the wrong direction, you might think you need to change everything, try something new, or do something that would seem to make more sense. A lot of the time, you just need to keep the wheel turned long enough to get some traction.This morning I received an email from a consultant who promises his clients “instant results.” Most of the results you want and need couldn’t be obtained instantly. You can’t get rich quick, and you can’t lose weight fast.Longer term, sustainable results are the results of doing the right thing, which always includes a few fundamentals that most people find unpleasant, over a long period of time.last_img read more

New premier train for the Mumbai-Goa route

first_imgSoon, train passengers travelling between Mumbai and Goa may be spoilt for choice: cuisine curated by celebrity chefs, tea and coffee vending machines and individual LCD screens. Railways will unveil a new premier train service between Mumbai and Goa in June with state-of-the-art facilities, called the Tejas Express. Comprising executive class and chair cars, Tejas coaches will be equipped with 22 new features, including fire and smoke detection and suppression systems and the improved aesthetics. The seats of Tejas Express coaches equipped with LCD screens.  | Photo Credit: PTI The 20-coach Tejas Express will also have automatic doors and secured gangways for all coaches, a first for the Indian Railways. Currently automatic doors are operational in Metro trains only, while gangways, corridors between coaches, are not closed from the sides.After the Mumbai-Goa run, the Tejas service, which was promised in the budget, is likely to be pressed on the Delhi-Chandigarh route.Since Tejas will be a new premier class train, there will be facilities like tea and coffee vending machines, magazines and snack tables, said a senior Railway Ministry official. There will also be water level indicators in bio-vacuum toilets, sensorised taps, and hand driers.Besides choicest cuisine curated by celebrity chefs, there will also be wi-fi facilities and toilet engagement boards.The train’s interior colour scheme will match the exterior to give the passengers a feel of world class travel.The LCD screens meant for entertainment purpose will also be used for disseminating passenger-related information and safety instructions, the official added.Tejas coaches will also have integrated braille displays, digital destination boards, and electronic passenger reservation charts.Catering service will be part of Tejas fares like Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains.The aim is to provide comfort to passengers in the inter-city journeys, the official said.last_img read more

Arrest those involved in desecration of crosses in Catholic cemetery: BJP MLA

first_imgBharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Nilesh Cabral on Wednesday threatened to sit on a dharna if culprits behind the mass desecration at a cemetery in Curchorem village are not arrested before the end of upcoming Monsoon session of the Goa legislative assembly. “These desecrations are a threat to my government. Police have to act quickly and arrest those responsible for the desecration or else I will sit on dharna outside the Curchorem police station before the assembly session ends”, said Mr. Cabral, an MLA from Curchorem constituency.”I will also be raising this issue in the assembly session. Police needs to modernise in order to catch such culprits,” Mr. Cabral, who is also the chairman of State-owned goa tourism Corporation Limited said.State legislative assembly monsoon session is scheduled to begin on July 18.Mr. Cabral’s statement comes in wake of a series of desecration of Catholic and Hindu religious symbols, including the incident earlier this week when several Catholic crosses were smashed and grave-stones broken at a cemetery in South Goa’s Curchorem town. The Goa Archbishop, as well as Governor Mridula Sinha on Tuesday had urged the state police to effectively probe the desecration series. Mr. Cabral also proposed to take up the matter with Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar who is presently away in the U.S. on a personal visit and is scheduled to be back on July 14.last_img read more

Goa villages to document biodiversity

first_imgPANAJI: Goa has become the second State after Kerala to constitute Biodiversity Management Committees in most of its village panchayats, according to Pradip V. Sarmokadam, Member Secretary, Goa State Biodiversity Board.The move is aimed at forming People’s Biodiversity Registers (PBRs) in villages, which as many as 75 villages are already in the process of forming these.Mr. Sarmokadam said here on Friday that as per the board’s chief mandate to implement the Biological Diversity Act, 2002, and Biological Diversity Rules, 2004, in Goa, this exercise was extensively conducted across the State. He was talking to The Hindu ahead of the first meeting of the State’s Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) committee on Saturday, under the chairmanship of C. Achalender Reddy, Additional Director, Centre for Innovation in Public Systems, Hyderabad. “Financial provisions have been assured by the government for us to start with the work of PBRs and ABS committee,” Mr. Sarmokadam said. He said that apart from Kerala and Goa, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat are doing a commendable work in conservation and sustainable access to biodiversity.Mr. Sarmokadam said that Section 41 of the Act makes it mandatory for every local governing body to constitute a Biodiversity Management Committees. Goa will soon take up a similar exercise for municipal councils.Traditional knowledgeThese committees are expected to function for conservation of biological diversity, sustainable use of its components and fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the use of biological resources and associated traditional knowledge. They will maintain data about local vaidyas (practitioners of traditional medicinal knowledge), keep a register on information of access of biological resources and traditional knowledge granted, details of collection fee imposed and of benefits derived and the mode of their sharing. He said the board would sensitise and train the committees in documentation of biodiversity and associated traditional knowledge. “Unless we are able to connect the biodiversity conservation to livelihood of people in the area, we will not be able to convince them about conservation and sustainable sharing of its benefits, for retaining same quality of food, same quality of environment,” he said.last_img read more

Pune woman, held in Valley, freed

first_imgA Pune-based woman, held in the run up to the Republic Day functions in Kashmir valley amid intelligence agencies’ inputs regarding presence of a female suicide bomber, has been released by the police, as it failed to establish any links with militancy.Police sources said the police investigation failed to establish anything against her and decided to set her free on Saturday. She was allowed to board a plane along with her mother, who along with her brother arrived in Srinagar last week. The woman remained in Srinagar’s Rambagh police station and went through “repeated questioning”.A police spokesman told The Hindu that Sadiya Anwar Shaikh, a resident of Maharastra’s Pune, had arrived in Srinagar on January 16 on a Vistara flight.A police official said she boarded a train from Bijbehara to Awantipora on January 25, immediately after the security agencies flashed inputs about a Pune-based girl “planning to detonate explosives inside or outside a Republic Day venue in J&K”.Police sources said the woman approached the Awantipora police station “on her own as she saw her name in the reports published by the local newspapers”.During her stay in the Valley, she tried to get in touch with a boy from Lal Bazaar in Srinagar. “The two had become friends on the Facebook and had developed a relationship. However, we could not establish if they got married or not,” a police officer said.Ms. Shaikh, with a religious bent of mind, also approached a nursing college in Anantnag’s Bijbehara for admission in a nursing course. She has already done a course in pharmacy in Pune.Earlier, the Pune police had also denied any pending case against the woman.last_img read more

SP leader murdered

first_imgTwo persons were arrested after a district-level leader of the Samajwadi Party and his Home Guard associate were shot dead by unidentified assailants in Dinpur village here, police said on Thursday. The incident took place on Tuesday night when assailants stopped the car in which Samajwadi Party leader Parvat Singh Yadav and Home Guard Umrav Singh were travelling and opened indiscriminate fire, police said. Singh was killed on the spot while the assailants dragged Yadav to a nearby forest area before murdering him, they said. The arrested were identified as Suresh Singh and Surendra Singh, and two firearms were recovered from their possession, officials said.last_img

Suicide bid by another farmer in Yavatmal

first_imgNagpur: A farmer tried to commit suicide by immolating himself in Yavatmal on Sunday. Shyamrao Bhopale (60), resident of Marelgoan village in Umarkhed tehsil of Yavatmal, set himself on fire at his home. He was rushed to a local hospital for treatment which referred him to Government Medical College in Nanded. district.Congress leader and head of farmers’ group the Shetkari Nyay Hakka Samiti (Committee for justice for the farmers) Dewanand Pawar, who visited Mr. Bhopale at Nanded, said he had suffered over 90 % burn injuries. injuries and chances of his survival were bleak.“I tried to immolate myself because of the debt burden. I had no option left,” Mr. Bhopale, who owns 1.5 acres, said in a video statement recorded by his relatives at the hospital.Mr. Pawar alleged Mr. Bhopale received no help from the government’s loan waiver scheme, which pushed him to take this extreme step.“Farmers in Yavatmal have killed themselves by writing names of prime minister in their suicide notes. Some farmers have set up their own funeral pyres and jumped in it. This farmer has also tried to set himself on fire but the government remains unmoved and insensitive,” Mr. Pawar told The Hindu and added that his group would organise protests in all blocks of the district over the farmers’ issue. The leader of opposition in Maharashtra Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil also claimed that Mr. Bhopale’s bid was a result of state government’s apathy.last_img read more

Minister vows strict action in student harassment case

first_imgA day after a student alleged he was “stripped naked” and “filmed” inside a room at a reputed college here, West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee on Sunday said “strict action” would be taken against anyone found involved in the act. The video clip of the incident, which went viral on social media, showed the student pleading for mercy at St Paul’s Cathedral College even as he was forced to remove his clothes in front of a group of people. Mr. Chatterjee, who received a written complaint from the student on the matter, told reporters that anyone found involved in the misdeed would bear consequences. “If the allegations were found to be true in the inquiry report of the college, the government will show ‘zero tolerance’ to such misconduct,” he said.Upcoming festival The first-year student, who claimed to be a member of the Trinamool Congress Chhatra Parishad (TMCP) unit of the college, told media on Saturday that he was subjected to torture by some senior members of the students’ wing on May 17 when he inquired about the expenses incurred for arranging an upcoming festival in the college.last_img read more

15-year-old Dalit girl raped in moving car in Haryana

first_imgA 15-year-old Dalit girl was raped allegedly by two men in a moving car here, the police said on Wednesday. Acting on a complaint lodged by the victim’s mother on Tuesday, a case was registered against Praveen (37) and his friend. In her complaint, the woman said that her daughter was in trauma since the incident. She added that the two men had also threatened her daughter, saying they would eliminate her family. The woman claimed that her daughter and Praveen had met on social networking site Facebook. Praveen had been putting pressure on the girl to meet him, the police said. On July 26, he called the victim near Lal Dwara temple, where he and his friend were waiting in a car, they said. When the girl arrived, the accused allegedly pushed her inside the car and took turns to rape her in the moving vehicle, the police said. The two men later left the girl in a park near her house. Praveen was arrested on Wednesday while his friend was yet to be arrested, the police said. The accused have been booked under the relevant sections of the IPC and the provisions of the POCSO Act and the SC/ST Act, they said.last_img read more

Ouster chorus grows against BJD’s Rout

first_imgGoing by the recent developments in the ruling Biju Janata Dal, it appears that the party’s legislator from Paradip, Damodar Rout, may face the same fate as former Lok Sabha member Baijayant Panda. In the backdrop of Mr. Rout’s diatribe against the State government over the past few weeks, hundreds of party workers from his home district Jagatsinghpur met Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik at his residence on Tuesday morning, demanding that the senior leader be expelled for “anti-party activities”.Patnaik’s assuranceThe aggrieved party workers were accompanied by the party’s Jagatsinghpur district president Bishnu Das and Balikuda-Erasama legislator Prashant Muduli. They handed over complaints against Mr. Rout to the Chief Minister following which the latter assured them to look into the matter and take appropriate action.Mr. Das and Mr. Muduli had met Mr. Patnaik on Monday too and submitted separate written complaints alleging that Mr. Rout was working in a pre-planned manner to weaken the BJD in their area.They alleged that Mr. Rout had recently organised a meeting at Erasama where leaders of the Opposition Congress and BJP were invited as speakers. The senior BJD leader has been critical of the Odisha government since Mr. Patnaik sacked him from his Ministry last year in the wake of his derogatory remarks against the Brahmin community.Allegations galoreIn his interactions with the media over the past few weeks, Mr. Rout has been making serious allegations of irregularities in various departments and schemes of the State government, evoking strong criticism from party workers against him.According to political analysts, Mr. Rout has been making statements against the government as he suspects he may not be given the party ticket to contest the Assembly elections next year. If disciplinary action is taken against him for anti-party activities, Mr. Rout may launch a new political outfit along with other leaders who are already out of the party and have no chance of returning before the coming polls.Mr. Rout is the second senior leader from the BJD to have been accused of anti-party activities. Earlier this year, former Kendrapara MP Baijayant Panda had resigned from the BJD after the party suspended him from primary membership over “anti-party” activities.The dissident MP, who remained a Rajya Sabha member of the BJD from 2000 to 2006 and again from 2006 to 2009, had won from the Kendrapara Lok Sabha constituency twice as a BJD nominee — first in 2009 elections and again in 2014.last_img read more

Four northern States with Delhi, Chandigarh agree to bring uniformity on rates of petrol, diesel

first_imgHaryana Finance Minister Captain Abhimanyu has said that four northern States and the union territories of Chandigarh and Delhi have agreed to bring uniformity on the rates of petrol and diesel on Wednesday.At a meeting held here, on “economical strengthening of northern states and to implement one nation one tax system”, in which Finance Ministers and officials of Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Union Territory of Chandigarh, and Delhi participated – it was agreed by all the participating states to bring uniformity on the rates of petrol and diesel.“A sub-committee would be constituted that would convene a meeting in next fifteen days and all the participating states will give their recommendations on bringing uniformity on fuel prices,” said Captain Abhimanyu.On behalf of Delhi, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia attended the meeting while Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal participated the meeting for Punjab. Capt. Abhimanyu said that on the advice of Delhi, a consistent excise policy for all the northern states is also being deliberated so that there is uniformity of rates of liquor among northern states.“Likewise, Punjab suggested that there should be uniform policy for state transport so that there should be no loss of revenue from registration and permit fees since many trucks and vehicles of Punjab and Haryana have their registration from other states. A committee of officials have also been set up to look into excise and transport issues, which would send the report to their respective state governments on the uniformity of rates,” said Capt. Abhimanyu.last_img read more

Battle of wits, oratory skills in Puri LS seat

first_imgIt’s a battle of wits and oratory skills in Puri, a prestigious Lok Sabha constituency in Odisha.Verbal duels have taken centre stage in the poll campaign as three mainstream political parties — Biju Janata Dal, Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress — have fielded their key spokespersons — Pinaki Mishra, Sambit Patra and Satya Prakash Nayak respectively — from this coastal constituency.All three spokespersons have not lost a single chance to throw verbal volleys at each other. Two debutants, Mr. Patra (BJP) and Mr. Nayak (Congress), are pitted against three-time Lok Sabha member Pinaki Mishra. As the campaign picks up, the communication proficiency of the candidates, which has so far been visible in TV studios, is increasingly being put to test on the ground.“It’s a battle for who can really work for the people of Odisha. I am not just a spokesperson of the BJP, but also a spokesperson of the poor and downtrodden,” Mr. Patra said.’Symbol of Odia pride’“The people here are very happy with us. They see me as a symbol of Odia pride who fights for Odisha across the globe and talks about Odia culture,” said the BJP spokesperson.Mr. Nayak, the chief spokesperson of the State Congress, attacked the sitting MP, BJD’s Pinaki Mishra, for not doing anything for the constituency. “Despite being a three-time MP from Puri, Pinaki Mishra has not done anything visible for Puri. He is like a migratory bird seen only during elections,” he said.Mr. Mishra, meanwhile, ruled out any threat from Mr. Patra and Mr. Nayak in the elections. “The track record of Mr. Patra is that he has so far debated only in ‘godi channels’ (lap channels) where anchors don’t pose any serious questions. Let him debate with me, I will show him his place and tell him about my performance in Parliament,” he said.last_img read more

Senior Chinese Science Official Snared in Corruption Probe

first_imgThe Communist Party’s effort to root out corruption in officialdom is now targeting its biggest fish to date in the Chinese science establishment. On 12 April, the state news agency Xinhua reported that Shen Weichen, Communist Party secretary at the China Association for Science and Technology, or CAST, “is now under investigation for suspected serious violation of discipline and laws.”On its website, CAST describes itself as “the bridge linking Chinese science and technology community with the Communist Party of China and the Chinese government.” The nongovernmental organization, headquartered in Beijing, may be best known in China for its efforts to popularize science for the general public and its occasional reports on the state of the nation’s scientific workforce. Its U.S. equivalent is AAAS, publisher of ScienceInsider.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The agency spearheading the anticorruption drive, the Communist Party of China’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, announced the investigation without revealing further details about the allegations. Shen could not immediately be reached for comment.Party secretaries in China wield enormous influence. They have an often delicate power-sharing relationship with an organization’s titular head; major decisions at a university, for instance, normally require sign-off from both the president and the party secretary.Shen, a career politician, was appointed CAST’s party secretary in April 2013. Prior to that, he served for 2 1/2 years as deputy propaganda minister of the Communist Party of China. Ironically, Shen was appointed to the discipline inspection commission in November 2012; ScienceInsider could not confirm whether he has been relieved of those duties.last_img read more