Einfach gut investiert

Jungunternehmer, Kleinunternehmer, Kreativwirtschaft, Uncategorized, Wirtschaftsstandort

Wenn Unternehmer investieren, dann tun sie dies wohl überlegt und zum exakt richtigen Zeitpunkt. Nämlich dann, wenn die Chance am größten ist, das eingesetzte Kapital in wirtschaftlich vertretbarer Zeit zurückzuverdienen. Eben dieser Zeitpunkt ist jetzt gekommen – und zwar für die öffentliche Hand. Denn laut der jüngsten Unternehmerbefragung der WK Wien sehen Wiens Unternehmen neue Wachstumschancen. Sie blicken mehrheitlich positiv in die Zukunft, jedes dritte Unternehmen erwartet Umsatzsteigerungen. Die Zurückhaltung, die letztes Jahr noch vorgeherrscht hat, ist gewichen und von einer stabilen positiven Einschätzung abgelöst worden. Es ist daher jetzt der richtige Moment, um von Seiten der öffentlichen Hand in diese Wachstumsperspektive zu investieren.

Positive Effekte erst ab 2014
In diesem Sinne ist auch die jüngste Regierungseinigung zu begrüßen, wonach bis 2017 in Summe 1,6 Milliarden an öffentlichen Mitteln zur Unterstützung der heimische Konjunktur fließen sollen. Es ist dies gut investiertes Geld, bei dem jeder Euro über zusätzliche Steuerleistungen, eine höhere Beschäftigung und geringere Sozialausgaben mehrfach zurückkommt. Allerdings ist zu bemerken, dass sich die geplanten Maßnahmen vornehmlich auf Bauprojekte konzentrieren, die wegen notwendiger Planungszeiträume und Genehmigungsverfahren nicht schon morgen in Umsetzung gehen können. Positive Effekte wird ein Großteil dieser Gelder daher erst ab 2014 haben. Daher ist es jetzt wichtig, zusätzliche Möglichkeiten zu diskutieren, die den wirtschaftlichen Aufschwung rascher unterstützen und von denen auch die vielen Klein- und Mittelbetriebe profitieren, die unsere Wirtschaft prägen. Schließlich zeichnen sie für 65 Prozentder Beschäftigten in Wien verantwortlich.

Chancen nicht verpassen
Ein verstärkter Fokus auf Direktförderung und steuerliche Anreize, die die private Nachfrage und die Investitionstätigkeit von Unternehmen steigern, sind daher als Ergänzung zum geplanten Konjunkturpaket sinnvoll. Zu denken ist hier beispielsweise an die Abschreibmöglichkeit von Handwerkerarbeiten für Private in Form eines Sanierungsbonusses oder auch an die schon mehrfach Vorgeschlagene Investitionszuwachsprämie Neu für Unternehmen. Auch bei der Förderung von Internationalisierungsbemühungen von Unternehmen oder beim Standortmarketing gibt es gute Argumente, warum jeder von der öffentlichen Hand investierte Euro wichtig ist und viel bewirken kann. Diese Chancen sollten wir nicht verpassen.

Getting An Exotic Pet

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Getting An Exotic Pet

Pets are normal parts of people’s lives, it isn’t at all unusual for a person to have a dog, a cat, a bird, a fish, or even a frog at home. However, some people aren’t content with just having these common domesticated animals as pets. Some want to have more exciting companions at home, and thus, there are people who choose to have an exotic pet instead. While having an exotic pet can be quite rewarding, choosing the best exotic pet for you can be very confusing.

Here are some tips that may help you find the best exotic pet for you and your family.

When choosing an exotic pet, it is important to know the reasons for owning one and the responsibilities needed for keeping one. It is wise not to be swayed by impulse. One should have a good knowledge of a particular kind of pet before buying, else, the purchase or adoption could end in disastrous results. You should know what your motivation is to choose and exotic pet, because it involves a continuous commitment.

The best exotic pet for you is one that is legal. You would not be able to keep it, in a long term, if it is illegal in your area. You might get away for the time being, but eventually, you could get caught and face the dreaded consequences. You should also consider an exotic pet’s adult size. A critter may be cute by the time you bring it home, but you might not be aware that it would grow into a giant in a few years‘ time. Be sure that you have enough space for you exotic pet to live in by the time it reaches its full growth. It is important to know the sociability of a particular exotic pet and to match it to your preference to find the best one to keep. You should know whether you want a pet that needs much of your attention or one that would best live if left alone in its dwelling. You must also have in mind the expenses needed in maintaining the exotic pet. share more details A good pet would not be your pet for long if you don’t have enough money to feed it and take care of it. This could even be truer with exotic pets who might need special care and attention. The best exotic pet for you is one that you can keep, and for this to happen, you should know as much as you can, what you need in order to make this happen.

Export: Weiterer Abbau von Barrieren sinnvoll

Kleinunternehmer, Uncategorized, Wirtschaftsstandort

Österreich ist eine Exportnation. Genauer gesagt ist unser Land, gemessen an der Einwohnerzahl, die achtgrößte Exportnation weltweit. Dies ist den rund 44.000 österreichischen Exportbetrieben zu verdanken, von denen rund 8000 in Wien angesiedelt sind. Diese Betriebe waren bereit, unternehmerisches Risiko einzugehen und haben im Waren und Dienstleistungsgeschäft erfolgreich neue Absatzmärkte aufgebaut. Sie haben sich mit fremden Sprachen, Kulturen, Rechtssystemen und Auffassungen vom Wirtschaftsleben auseinandergesetzt und ihren Weg gefunden. Und sie tragen maßgeblich zu unserem Wohlstand und der wirtschaftlichen Dynamik im Inland bei, denn mit Exporten erwirtschaften wir heute 56 Prozent unseres Bruttoinlandsprodukts.

Größte Freihandelszone der Welt
Daher ist es nur richtig, dass eine exportorientierte Volkswirtschaft wie Österreich nach einem weiteren Abbau von Handelsbarrieren in der Welt strebt, insbesondere nach weiteren Freihandelsabkommen der Europäische Union mit wirtschaftlich bedeutenden Drittstaaten. In diesem Sinne sind die bevorstehenden Verhandlungen zwischen der EU und den USA zur Schaffung der größten Freihandelszone der Welt und das „grüne Licht” der EU-Handelsminister vergangene Woche sehr zu begrüßen. Denn die USA sind heute der wichtigste Exportmarkt Österreichs außerhalb der EU und die Existenzgrundlage für viele österreichische Unternehmen – von innovativen Start-ups, die Geschäftschancen im Silicon Valley umsetzen, bis hin zu klassischen Produktionsbetrieben, die in ihren Märkten gefragte Anbieter sind. Alle bisherigen Berechnungen zeigen, dass ein Freihandelsabkommen mit den USA unsere Wirtschaftsleistung stärkt und Arbeitsplätze generiert.

Wichtig für unsere Unternehmen
Zügige Verhandlungen und rasche Ergebnisse sind in zweifacher Hinsicht bedeutend. Erstens würde dadurch die Handlungsfähigkeit der EU-Institutionen unter Beweis gestellt. Nach den vielen Krisen der letzten Jahre wäre das ein wichtiges Zeichen. Und zweitens würde damit vorgebeugt werden, dass sich die USA wieder von Europa abwenden und nach anderen Partnern umsehen. Denn klar ist, dass von einem Freihandelsabkommen nur die Teilnehmer profitieren. Wer außerhalb steht, hat mit Exportrückgängen zu rechnen. Eben diese kann sich Österreich nicht leisten. Deswegen ist der Abbau von Handelsbarrieren gerade für unsere Unternehmen wichtig und richtig.

Getting Started In Tefl Choosing A Tefl Course

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Getting Started In Tefl: Choosing A Tefl Course

The demand for English teachers around the world today is very high, as English continues to be the preferred language in many areas of life, from study and work to entertainment and travel. For the foreseeable future at least, you will never be short of a job if you choose English teaching as a career.

So, if you’ve heard tales from a returning teacher of the wonders of living and working in Thailand, Brazil or Morocco and you think it might just be the career for you, how, exactly, do you get started?

Well, the first thing to confront you may well be the minefield of acronyms, so let’s work through that first of all.

ESL stands for English as a Second Language. Add a T, giving TESL, and you have Teaching English as a Second Language.

EFL is English as a Foreign Language. Again, add a T, and you have TEFL, Teaching English as a Foreign Language.

Traditionally, TEFL refers to teaching in non-English speaking countries, whereas TESL refers to teaching in English speaking countries, to non-native speakers living or working there. In practice, though, the two terms are often used interchangeably, and both are covered by the all-encompassing TESOL, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.

During your training or job search, you might come across a host of other acronyms, asking you if you have experience teaching ESP or EAP, FCE or IELTS! Don’t be daunted by these – there is a link to the most common acronyms at the bottom of this article.

Now that you know a little about some of the jargon you’ll be facing, the next step is usually a qualification of some kind. The days of being able to secure an English teaching job solely on the strength of being a native speaker, although not entirely gone, are fading fast. A quick search on the internet for „TEFL courses“ (we’ll stick with this acronym for now) will return a mind-boggling selection, of varying content, duration, and quality, and it can be difficult to know what to go for.

It might surprise you to discover that most TEFL courses are short. The most internationally recognised and accepted are the „CELTA“ (there’s yet another acronym for you), run by the University of Cambridge, and the „Trinity Cert TESOL“, run by Trinity College, London. Both of these are 120 hour, classroom-based courses, and include several hours of observed teaching practice. In other words, they get you in front of students during the course so that you can put into practice what you learn. These courses are usually studied over a very intensive four week period, and involve a lot of work outside the classroom, preparing classes and writing assignments.

You’ll learn a good deal about teaching theory and methodology, and have some chance to put it into practice. You will learn some English grammar, but don’t expect to be an expert by the end of the course – this mostly comes in your first few years of teaching.

An increasing number of institutions offer courses of similar length and content to the CELTA and Trinity courses, and you will find that many employers will accept these.

Very generally speaking, the shorter and less classroom-based the course, the less accepted it will be by employers around the world. There are some high quality online courses available, for example, but by definition these do not allow for any actual teaching practice, and so are often viewed in a less more details favourable light by potential employers. Some courses compensate by teaching theory and methodology online, and including a short classroom-based component to put it into practice.

You can take a TEFL course in many different countries. Studying in Bangkok or Prague, for example, can give you the advantage of the centre’s connections with local schools when it comes to finding employment, and some course providers offer help with finding a job as part of the deal.

Another option is an MA in TESOL. As with most Masters degrees, these take one year or longer, and consequently tend to cover theory and methodology in greater detail.

So, to keep your options as open as possible when it comes to finding employment, the CELTA and Trinity Cert TESOL and equivalent courses, or longer MA courses, are perhaps the best options. But there are, of course, other considerations. CELTA and Trinity courses can cost upwards of US$2000. This may seem a big investment if you are not sure yet if TEFL is the career for you.

So a good first step is to have a look at some of the jobs available in countries where you are interested in teaching, to get an idea of the typical requirements. You could choose a shorter, cheaper course, if these are generally accepted where you want to teach, and then study for a CELTA or equivalent after a year or two, if you decide to pursue the profession further.

The availability of short, quick courses often raises the question of unqualified or underqualified teachers let loose on unsuspecting students! Here, the argument runs both ways:

Some maintain that a qualified teacher doesn’t necessarily mean a good teacher, and that communicative skills and enthusiasm are just as important in motivating students. Even the CELTA and Trinity courses are, after all, entry level courses, designed to start you off, with the idea that much of your learning will come from experience during your first couple of years of teaching.

Others argue that just as an unqualified teacher wouldn’t be allowed to teach at a secondary school in the UK or the US, why should it be any different in the TEFL field ?students are paying to be taught by someone with solid training in teaching theory and methodology. And after all, as a teacher, you’ll feel better equipped and more confident when you step into the classroom in your new job.

It’s up to you which side of the fence you choose to stand on this one! But whether you study for a week or a year, it will in some measure prepare you for the next step in your TEFL career, when you walk in to the classroom for the first time in your new TEFL job.

Getting Rid Of Bees From A Pool

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Getting Rid of Bees From a Pool

Swimming can be so much fun especially during the hot summer season where relaxing in your swimming pool with your family seems to be the best thing to do. You can enjoy getting a gorgeous tan while you are lying down near your pool in a chair or pool bed while your family bath in the clean and clear water of your swimming pool. This picture paints a perfect summer experience worth having. However most summer fun in the pool are ruined by uninvited guests such as bees, wasps and many other insects that tend to pest the bathers in the swimming pool.

Bees and other pests flocks the pool or near it especially during the hot season or when the weather is warm. This is in order to cool them while bathing and drink from the pool as the heat of the sun sets on them. However, they are not just satisfied in getting refreshed as they also tend to attack anyone they see near them or near their hive. The best thing to do in this kind of situation is to get rid of these pests and destroy their nest.

Here are some of the tricks used in getting rid of bees and virtually almost any type of insects that occasionally visit your swimming pool:

?Chemicals are probably the fastest way to get results and perhaps the most effective in getting rid of bees and any pests. However, one should always consider the effect or the end result when using these as they are at the same time harmful to humans. If you are set in spraying chemicals near in your pool and around it, make sure that you empty the pool water and accomplish the job while your kids are away or at school to avoid any accidents. Make sure that you have no pets near your pool or where you will use the insecticide. A good thing to do is to cover anything that you don’t want to get chemicals on them. A vegetable garden needs to be covered to avoid getting chemical residues or direct contact when you are spraying the insecticide as the wind will sometimes carry the chemical. Always remember to use safety goggles, hand gloves and face mask whenever you are using any type of chemicals as they are read more dangerous to your health. Don’t forget to locate the bee hive in order to get rid of them all and get them permanently out of the swimming pool area.

?Hang a portion of meat near the pool while hanging a bucket below to catch the bees that flock and consume the meat. The size of the bucket depends on the estimated number of bees that hover around the pool area. This method dates back many years ago and was used by the Native Americans as a trap for pests which seem to prove its effectiveness in taking care of these flying scourges. This one never seems to get outdated in use and popularity since it was developed even when there are electric zappers for pests, people who own pools still continue to patronize this method.

Getting Fit With Switchwords

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Getting Fit With Switchwords

It’s a well established fact that getting and staying fit is best for you. While we live in this body we may as well live in it feeling good and looking good. Not many people will argue with that. There is, however, one problem. Getting fit is not the most exciting thing in the world and so it takes motivation to get fit and even more motivation to stay fit.
Weight issues are not only about food intake,but more about mindset. You could eat hot dogs all day and as long as you stay under your resting caloric metabolic rate, you will lose weight. Since the issues is one of mindset, the only way to get fit is to reprogram the Subconscious mind.
The Subconscious mind is a recorder and collector of all your life experiences, the good, the bad and the ugly. This collection of information is the root of all our habits, every single one of them. This includes our eating habits. As the poor eating habits become entrenched, they get harder to break. It’s for this reason it is often hard to make healthy choices when it comes to our fitness. Although it seems like a bad thing, the subconscious mind is doing this out of convenience. Since we introduced these negative thoughts and constantly reinforced them, the subconscious mind is doing us a favor by making them routine. This routine of course leads to an expanding waistline. These routines can lead to far far worse things such as debilitating addictions. The only way to „reset“ the subconscious mind so it doesn’t continue to reinforce these habits is to reprogram it or at least short circuit the habit loop. One way to do this is with Switchwords.
Switchwords are single words and are often found in various and unlimited combinations. They are one-word affirmations. Unlike the traditional affirmations that contain statements that your subconscious does not believe is true, Switchwords, bypass the interpretive aspect of your mind and engages the subconscious mind directly, thus making the desired result a bit more automatic and without resistance.
Switchwords penetrate the subconscious mind in ways that allow them to work synergistically and more effectively than just affirmations alone. They work together to make sure the subconscious mind’s tendency to entrench bad habits is not activated. This means that you can make changes in your fitness level without the subconscious trying to get you back to your baseline. They are, for lack of a better term, powerful.
Here are just a few Switchwords you can say right now to help get you motivated. You can say them in your mind or out loud. Whatever you way you think is best. I will provide a list and what each switchword means.
ADD: This is to increase what you have, no matter what it is.
BE: This is a powerful one, this will help you to achieve good health.
BRING: This is a manifestation Switchword, it helps you unite with your goal, helps you finish what you started.
BUBBLE: This Switchword is really good at helping you expand your perceived limits, will help you push through your workout when you are fatigued.
CANCEL: Use this Switchword to eliminate negative thoughts and conditions. When you feel you are about to give up, this word is great to cancel those thoughts
CHARM: This will help you manifest your heart’s desire.
CRYSTAL: This is a powerful Switchword that will help you clarify any situation or things. It helps you look to the future; both mentally and through clairvoyance. I use this one to clarify intentions when I feel blocked. It keeps me focused on my fitness goals.
DIVINE: read more This creates miracles of all types. Use it with any of the other Switchwords and you will notice the difference.
HALFWAY: When you are not in the mood to finish your workout, this one is great. It helps time fly.
MOVE: This one is amazingly effective if keeping your energy up during workouts. I use it with UP.
ON: This is a very powerful Switchword to help you get new ideas on how to get fit.
OFF: This one is used quit an unwanted habit AND it helps you go to sleep. This Switchword does help me sleep. If I wake up in the middle of the night, I can rely on „OFF“ to help me get back to sleep quickly. I love it.
STRETCH: This will help you prolong a good feeling, event or a sense of well-being you are experiencing. It will also help you grow intellectually, spiritually and physically. By grow I mean become better
TINY: For fitness purposes this is great to reduce size, in other words it will help you lose weight.
TOGETHER: This is considered to be THE Master Switchword to help you master any activity. Get things all together. It is also used to become single-minded when you need to be. It’s the most powerful Switchword in the list.
UP: This one dispels negative moods and gives you extra energy. I use this with MOVE.

Getting Out From Under Debt And Collectors By Using A Cleveland Bankruptcy

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Getting Out From Under Debt And Collectors By Using A Cleveland Bankruptcy

No one wants to find themselves in a bankruptcy situation but sometimes it’s the best or only alternative for someone who is deep in debt with seemingly no way out. If you are in the Cleveland area and see yourself getting further behind with debt, have a never ending stream of credit collectors calling and you find that you may be facing foreclosure, it’s time to look into a declaring bankruptcy.

If you are knee deep in credit debt and medical bills, your bankruptcy can take away that debt. A bankruptcy would set your credit report to show no money owed on any unsecured debts that you’ve got. When you can’t see a manage it on your own, this can take a huge weight off your shoulders once you get to a point of no longer needing to make these payments. Bankruptcy is a really serious thing, but you don’t need to dread it. Although it may seem like a bad thing, it is not something to be ashamed of. There are actually many benefits you will find in combination with getting out of debt.

Once you start your bankruptcy proceedings, credit collectors will cease to harass you. This can be a welcome relief for someone who has been dealing with creditors and collection agencies for an extended time. Finding your way through a bankruptcy will give you another chance to start again and start rebuilding your credit once again. Of course it is a fact that Cleveland bankruptcy will remain on your credit report for several years, but in the meantime, you can get yourself back on track to becoming more responsible and wise about how you spend your money. Since the bills that were not getting paid will be taken away, you will be able to rebuild your credit more quickly. You will finally be able to buy things that you absolutely need without a looming debt overhead keeping you from buying things you really need.

If you have been thinking about a bankruptcy filing, it’s vital that you speak with a knowledgeable attorney who will walk you through all of the steps needed and help you to understand which type of bankruptcy fits your specific situation. The procedure is not an uncomplicated one and there’s quite a lot of information to assimilate. That’s why having someone who is experienced in filing for Cleveland bankruptcy help you start the process is a smart idea. The legal representation you have will be in control of organizing the only hearing you will need to attend if you file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, and that is called the „meeting of creditors.“ This is usually a short and simple meeting. You’ll also find that credit collectors may also be there to talk to you and ask you some questions.

Most of the time, the legal process for a bankruptcy takes as long as six months to complete; however, when you read more choose to have an attorney to handle it for you, you could find it completes more quickly. It is critical to find legal representation that you feel safe working with. They need to be professional, friendly and more than happy to help you. They should not be judgmental or unkind. A great attorney will understand that bankruptcy is not a simple thing and that it can affect people in a big way emotionally. Getting a legal professional who understands that and is sensitive to your needs is important.

After you file for bankruptcy, you might want to consider getting some credit counseling to help you make wiser choices when it comes to your finances. If you wish to get a control over your financial life, consider declaring bankruptcy in Cleveland. You should do some research to learn whether bankruptcy is essential for your situation. An attorney or legal professional can talk about your options with you and assist you to understand more about filing for bankruptcy.

Getting Employees Back To Work After A Crisis

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Getting Employees Back To Work After A Crisis

FAQ’s for Business & Community Leaders
„Nothing will ever be the same again.“ – Ted Koppel
How can you keep employees motivated to work after they have experienced a major crisis event? Critical Incident Specialist Dwight Bain offers the following strategies as guidelines for business leaders to help their employees get safely back to work after experiencing a traumatic event. These are the most frequently asked questions by community and business leaders who are trying to balance compassion with people’s emotions with the responsibility to getting their teams back to work.
Q- Clearly experiencing a traumatic event can impact everyone on the job and in the community. Should business leaders or managers be worried about employees who, even though they weren’t directly involved with the event, may still be feeling overwhelmed, stressed, anxious or depressed?
A- Yes, managers need to pay close attention to how this crisis may have emotionally affected their team. Every single employee has likely been exposed to the crisis, either by watching images on television or the Internet about the critical incident, or through hearing about it second-hand from co-workers or others who may have witnessed more of the crisis event and are retelling the details to others in an effort to try and decompress themselves, which unfortunately tends to ‘contaminate’ others with the stress and trauma. Basically everyone impacted by a crisis is negatively affected at some level by the stress and trauma, so leaders need to pay attention to major changes in behavior, including symptoms of excessive worry, rage, anxiety, isolation, hopelessness, revenge, confusion or panic. Even if the stress or depression symptoms are from events in their personal life other than the current crisis, employee performance is still likely to be negatively affected which ultimately reduces productivity and profitability of a business or the morale of a church or community.
Q- If they aren’t informed directly, how is a supervisor to know when a coworker is having trouble coping? Are there any red flags or warning symptoms that someone has been overwhelmed by the emotional trauma of a critical incident or crisis event?
A- Red flags of warning symptoms exist on several levels. Physical, emotional cognitive and behavioral. While this may seem like a lot to notice, the important task for managers or leaders is to be looking for major changes as ‘clues’ of an employee struggling with the overwhelming symptoms of stress and trauma. The goal is to help the employee manage this stress more effectively, and quickly return to peak performance without the negative affects of PTSD, (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). Here are some of the most common symptoms to be aware of as you lead your corporate team or community through difficult and stressful events.
Physical: Chills, fatigue, nausea, fainting, twitches, vomiting, dizziness, weakness, difficulty breathing, chest pain, headaches, rapid heart rate, elevated Blood/Pressure or grinding of the teeth, etc.
Emotional: Fear, guilt, grief, panic, denial, anxiety, depression, apprehension, anger, or inappropriate emotional responses, etc.
Cognitive: confusion, nightmares, hyper-vigilance, suspiciousness, poor concentration/memory, disorientation, difficulty solving problems, etc.
Behavioral: social withdrawal, antisocial acts, inability to rest, pacing, erratic movements, extreme changes in appetite, increased use of alcohol, slurring of speech, feelings of confusion or difficulty concentrating, etc.
The more symptoms present, the greater the negative impact on the individual. Managers can create an environment of healing by sharing that it is much healthier to talk about their experience or seek counseling support, instead of to just „sit and suffer in silence.“
Q- If there are signs, should a manager inform all employees of what they are so that they can be on the look out for others that may be struggling as well?
A- It is highly recommended that all employees become aware of the many negative emotions that occur after a crisis event. Team members can ask one another, „How are you doing?“ or „Are you okay?“ This is a bold and proactive way to insure that everyone is working together to talk openly to keep their team as strong as possible during the time of crisis. Caution should be used to not single out certain employees for strength, „Sam is a rock, he can get through anything!“ or weakness, „Sally just isn’t tough enough to cut it here. She was the weak link.“ As a leader it’s better to encourage every member of your team to directly deal with their emotions than to stuff them inside.
Q- In the days or weeks after a crisis many companies struggle to make up for the production time lost over during all the chaos that follows a critical incident. How does a manager balance this situation with the fact that some employees may feel they need a break from work to be with family to help themselves cope with the grief and loss?
A- The balance between business productivity and personal needs is a delicate one. Best to openly talk about performance goals. It’s okay to talk about how much time or profit was lost due to the down time from the crisis, as well as talk about the need for every member of the team to make sure that they are coping with the crisis. Leaders can bring in counselors or grief specialists to facilitate open discussions about the issues to speed the recovery process for everyone involved. Leaders can also talk about the importance of keeping up with the priority of family or other home responsibilities as a normal and healthy way to stay balanced through a crisis. Ultimately people need to get back to work because it’s psychologically healthy to be productive and working if a person is able to. Taking a break for a few days to work through stressful emotions can be a useful way to avoid burnout later on. Limits on how much time off, or who will be responsible for certain work responsibilities is strongly suggested to keep the company as productive as possible during an employee’s absence. However, needlessly staying home to obsessively watch television or read Internet reports about the crisis will only heighten feelings of panic and hopelessness. Encourage employees to seek a healthy balance and to return to their daily routines when they feel that they can effectively do so or when their doctor or a mental health specialist has screened their needs and cleared them to safely return to the workplace.
Q- Should a manager address the well-being of employees proactively during the aftermath by encouraging discussion about the tragedy, offering time off, or other measures? Or is it best not to go looking for problems where none may appear to exist?
A- Yes! One of the greatest ways to deal with this type of crisis is to have open discussions to relieve the internal emotional pressure that usually follows trauma. Everyone should be allowed to share openly about several subjects, they are:
• How these crisis events have impacted them
• Loved ones they may have lost
• Fears about the future
• Anxiety about what will happen to the local economy because of this event
Any of these topics would be appropriate to help employees effectively cope with their emotions. The support of fellow employees will bolster hope and a feeling of connection to each other. Here is a warning though; second-guessing, blame shifting or the desire to argue about „who should have done what,“ is not recommended, as it only serves to heighten frustration and anger. Remember that it is always appropriate to allow time off when an employee needs medical, psychological or other forms of professional care, and this basic right to have time to heal and recover is provided by Federal Law.
Q- Many employees undoubtedly will be seeking out media reports on the Internet and TV during work hours. Is this something to be discouraged?
A- Absolutely! Many of us can remember the picture of a firefighter carrying the bloody body of a little girl from the wreckage in Oklahoma City or the images of commercial jetliners exploding into the World Trade Center and Pentagon, or students fleeing the campus buildings of Virginia Tech. There is a tremendous danger of being traumatized by media images, since it is very difficult to break free from the powerful emotions that these pictures stir up in the aftermath of a tragedy. A key warning sign is obsessively thinking „I just can’t get the pictures out of my mind!“
Over exposure to harsh media images will lead to a psychological condition commonly referred to as being psychologically „re-traumatized.“ This is a dangerous condition, since it makes a person feel „numb“ inside, with heightened anxiety and decreased motivation. It is strongly recommended that employees focus on their core business and not spend too much time in the morbid fascination of watching body recovery, police man-hunts or whatever direction a media outlet may take a story. Remember that this isn’t the OJ Trials, and that crisis events aren’t entertainment! It is a goal of terrorists to immobilize a country by making everyone feel afraid and often media images fulfill that goal. Leaders need to know when to turn off the television and take away the newspapers to guide employees or whatever people they are responsible for back to their daily work. As an aside, remember that most of us do not get paid by our employer to watch TV; we typically are paid to provide quality products and services to our customers and make a profit for the shareholders. Leaders help their teams best by getting them back to work and away from negative media sources.
Q- Should a company have a plan in place to help employees respond during tragedies such as this? Have we learned anything from other horrific events, such as the Virginia Tech shooting, Oklahoma City bombing or Terrorist attacks of 9/11/01?
A- Sadly, the likelihood of future community crisis events, such as mall shooters or terrorist attacks is very real. Therefore every employer or community leader is strongly encouraged to have a strategic plan in place to deal with sudden crisis events. This includes special consideration to have some short term working capital in savings, backing up computer systems often and duplicating all data off-site, having full employee listings with contact and social security numbers kept off site as well, creating a system to „check in“ on a total count of employees to quickly determine any causalities in a crisis.
The more a company has protected data, including access to checkbooks, payroll and tax records as well as key information about pending projects or client schedules, the faster a company can be back „on line“ and back in business after a crisis.
I once toured the tunnels underneath Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in Orlando. Amazingly, there are duplicate parts inventoried for virtually every attraction in the park. These are kept underground near the site of the ride or attraction on the ground level above. The strategy is this- if a hurricane or tornado ripped through the Magic Kingdom, whatever damage could be rapidly repaired, so within days it would look like the disaster never happened. That is the power of positive strategic planning! It allows you to quickly respond to a crisis event and then quickly rebuild after a traumatic event.
The horrific pattern of school, mall, church and workplace shooters reveals that a life-threatening crisis could come at any time. This ‘home-grown terrorists attack’ could come from many different types of shooters, so every company needs a strategic plan of action. One that allows for the protection and safety of every employee or person on property and that can be immediately used in the unlikely event of a sudden traumatic event. Remember- your office could be destroyed by fire, flood, tornado, hurricane, or vandalism. Each of these events are much more likely to occur than a terrorist attack or shooter’s bullet. Preparation for a crisis, removes much of the fear and anxiety of leading your company in difficult times. To apply the wisdom from the American philosopher Benjamin Franklin, „better to be safe than sorry.“
Q- As the aftermath unfolds, is it likely that stress caused by the tragedy will produce troubling behaviors in the workplace, such as outbursts of anger or even violence? Should managers be on the alert for this possibility?
A- Yes, Unresolved stress and trauma build up into serious emotional problems if there is not some type of intervention. Managers need to be asking direct questions, focusing on the potential serious and life-threatening behaviors that are associated with this level of grief when stuffed inside. Managers should actively be on the lookout for symptoms of „out of control“ stuffed emotions, especially anxiety, panic, rage, mental confusion, or self-destructive patterns including alcoholism, drug usage or domestic violence.
Q- Is it important that a manager be well-versed on what sort of counseling help their company may provide through EAP’s (employee assistance programs) or corporate chaplains? Or is it enough to simply know that these supportive counseling programs exist?
A- Best for managers to already know about EAP, (Employee Assistance Programs), Corporate Chaplains, local hotline numbers and any other special programs or counseling services offered through the company. A few minutes of preparation about the options to help employees can make for a much better referral, which leads to more successful results and an employee who will better be able to rapidly „plug“ back into their place on the corporate team on the other side of the crisis.
Q- Some types of critical incidents involving terrorism or read more crime often create finger pointing and suspicion about who the culprits might be. Given that the media can draw attention toward various cultures or populations which can bring out a lot of anger in employees, how can a manager wisely respond to protect the value of acceptance and diversity in the workplace?
A- Normal stages of grief include Shock-Denial-Anger-Guilt-Grief and ultimately to resolution, however, the anger stage can be quite dangerous. It is possible that an employee could totally lose sight of rational thinking and lean toward an impulsive rage filled response against certain cultures or people groups. Leadership should plainly state that there should never be any inappropriate discussions about retaliation directed toward other staff who are different than they are. Strong emphasis on the importance of workplace diversity is more important than ever to prevent future problems of impulsive charged conflicts driven by difference in race, gender or religion. Remember that it is Federal Law to protect the rights of every person in your company, or under your leadership, so if you are in doubt about how to respond to specific situations of rage or resentment between employees you should quickly contact your legal counsel for specific guidance.
Q- Should crisis management programs be in place long before a critical incident occurs?
A- Better late than never is the recommended plan for managers and leaders. Any attempts to provide for a crisis management plan is a good place to start, so if you don’t already have a crisis management plan in place, then think about including the following factors now to protect your team in the days to come:
• Chain of command for business decisions and a spokesperson for dealing with the media
• Phone lists of key employees (cell-pager-email-text-home), to quickly find and notify your team if the crisis occurs over a weekend or holiday
• Staffing coverage for workers attending to their loved ones who may have been affected by the crisis
• Extra insurance protection, including disability insurance for most workers
• Records of schedule, banking, taxes, as well all important information, digital photos of your place of business to show inventory and property before a disaster as well as insurance claim information, (all of which should be backed up often and a copy kept off site as an extra layer of protection of these valuable records)
• Strategic disaster planning would include thinking of alternative office locations to use as a temporary location, or professional associations that may offer assistance to get your company back in business faster
• Phone lists of key customers and suppliers are among the vital records that a proactive manager will keep stored in different locations to be accessed in the unlikely event of a tragedy
The challenge of conducting business during a major crisis will test your leadership skills. If you begin now to collect data and resources for the inevitable next crisis event you will be better equipped to handle it with strength. Planning ahead will prevent substantial panic in the future, as well as allow for your company to successfully stay in business serving your customers during any situation. Using these guidelines now will empower you to lead your company through any crisis or traumatic event in the future. Crisis events are part of life and will come again- that’s why leaders will use these strategies to grow stronger in spite of any stressful event that may come their way.
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About the Author: Dwight Bain is a Nationally Certified Counselor, Certified Family Law Mediator and Certified Life Coach in practice since 1984 with a primary focus on solving crisis events and managing major change. Critical Incident Stress Management expert with the Orange County Sheriffs Office, founder of StormStress.com and trainer for over 1,500 business groups on the topic of making strategic change to overcome major stress- both personally & professionally. He is a professional member of the National Speakers Association and partners with corporations and organizations to make a positive difference in our culture during times of crisis. Access more complimentary counseling and coaching resources from his Orlando based team of experts at ‘The LifeWorks Group’ by visiting their extensive posting of blog’s and special reports designed to save you time by strategically solving problems at
By Dwight Bain, Nationally Certified Counselor & Certified Life Coach

Getting Sponsors For Fishing Competitions With Fishing Reel

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Getting Sponsors For Fishing Competitions With Fishing Reel

It might be a little bizarre for some people if they think about hosting a fishing competition and gaining sponsors with the fishing reel. But no matter how strange this is, it is actually possible for someone to gain sponsors for a future fishing competition with just the use of these reels used for fishing, and this article will discuss the various methods that one can do to be able to accomplish this.

The first thing that a person needs to do is to let all the potential sponsors out there know that you are a serious and enthusiastic participant of all fishing events. Not to mention, you should also let all the potential sponsors know you as someone who is very knowledgeable when it comes to all the fishing concepts that are involved. One of the ways by which you will be able to let other people know that you are knowledgeable is by joining different competitions and showing them what you know. In addition to this, it is also a good thing for you to always sport a fishing reel from a particular brand that you want to gain support from.

Another method that you can use is to join various groups where potential sponsors are also a part of; some examples of this are groups that were established for different species like bass and walleyes. The good thing about joining these groups is that you will be able to go to different social gatherings that will lead you to meeting people from different brands that are distributing your favorite fishing reel. This will not only help you in terms of finding sponsors, but you will also be able to express your sincere love for a particular brand and the actual activity itself. If you have already established a clear connection with people from a particular brand that are in authority, you might want to write a letter to these fishing reel companies to be able to express your sentiments on how you want to have them as a sponsor for future fishing competitions.

It is also a good idea for you to volunteer to teach beginners and young ones about the basic knowledge they need in order to become successful in fishing. This will not only give you the sense of fulfillment, read more but this will also allow your potential sponsors to be aware that you are a worthy recipient of their sponsorship. Furthermore, if you have a specific fishing reel company in mind, you might also want to advertise their fishing products during your fishing classes; this will help you do two things: you will truly be able to spread the good feedbacks about the brand that you are really supporting, and you will also be able to attract your target company by showing them that you really patronize their products.

With all these mentioned methods, it would not be impossible for you to get the support from really reliable and trustworthy companies that will be more than willing to sponsor the fishing competitions that you are planning to organize in the future.

Getting The Kindle Fire

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Getting The Kindle Fire

Tablet PCs of different sizes and prices are getting to be more and more popular nowadays. Even e-book readers are getting revamped because they can already do more than store eBooks. They are now upgraded to enable a connection to the Internet. These kinds of e-book readers can already be called tablet PCs because they can do more and are more powerful than a plain e-book reader. The Kindle Fire is Amazon&25263; version of this gadget. It can be classified as an upgraded version of their original e-book reader, Kindle. You can buy one from those who sell iPads and other tablet PCs.
This Android-based 7-inch tablet PC was released just in time for the holidays last year. It was able to capitalize on the frenzy for holiday shopping because people were quick to patronize this to be given as Christmas gifts. The last quarter of 2011 was a good time for the Kindle Fire as the sales did well. There were able to sell and ship out 4.7 million units. Those who already had a Kindle did not hesitate to get one for themselves from the same stores that sell iPads and tablet PCs because they had proof that it was a great gadget.

Amazon hoped that Kindle Fire would take a bite off Apple iPad&25263; market share. It was able to compete with the other tablet PCs in the market as shown by the brisk sales of the unit. They are actually making more money from the sales of the digital content through the Amazon App Store than they are with the sold units. This did the company good because Amazon was able to boost its stocks on extended trading.

Talking about the specs of this mobile PC will convince you that the $199 you will spend for this is truly worth it. The unit&25263; colored screen has a multi-touch display with IPS technology. The unit&25263; processor is a 1GHz Texas Instruments OMAP 4430 dual-core processor. It has a 7-inch screen with a resolution of 600 x 1024 pixels. The 8GB internal storage is enough to hold about 80 applications or 10 movies or 800 songs or 6,000 books. Options for connectivity are an 802.11n Wi-Fi and USB 2.0. The 4400-mAh battery can last up to 8 hours with continuous reading and up to 7.5 hours if using it for videos.

This gadget is running on Android&25263; 2.3 Gingerbread OS. The unit&25263; built-in browser is Amazon Silk. webmail is merged into one inbox through the built-in email application allows. There is also available access to Amazon Prime but with a fee if you want unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows. However, the Amazon App Store is only available read more to customers based in the US. A number of eBooks, documents, pictures and audio formats for the content are supported by this gadget. Kindle Format 8, Kindle Mobi, TXT, PDF, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, MP3, MIDI, WAV and MP4 are some of the supported formats.
There are a number of tablet PCs with similar specs as well prices already available on the market. There is no denying that these are affecting the sales of the Kindle Fire. However, there are rumors going around that a new Kindle Fire will be released sometime this July or August to again catch the attention of the public. An article about this appeared in the China Times. Amazon remains mum on this issue though. There are no technical specs on this rumored gadget released yet and you will not find anyone selling iPads or tablet PCs with this yet. It&25263; a wait and see situation for everyone at this time.