Showing posts from May, 2013

How to Build a Rock Garden Table

Sometimes we find old tables sitting around the house or a neighbor willing to part with a scratched up old piece of furniture for a few dollars. What is one man’s junk is another treasure. Learning how to refurnish such tables puts them back into beneficial use within one’s home or office. A little tender love and care can restore it to its former beauty.   The possibilities are as open as your imagination.  Unpainted table Finding a solid wooden table with a few scratches on it but in sound condition I decided it would be great for my patio. Yet as I finished painting it I decided that I could do just a little more to enhance it as an artistic project. A few ideas rolled around in my head such as building an actual pond, a sand based rock garden, or a nice habitat for hermit crabs. Finally I decided that it would be an excellent place to put the portable Weber Grill.  Edging As you can tell from the pictures the center is made of rocks, sand and shells. It looks w

The Development of Collaborative Entrepreneurship in Organizations

Entrepreneurship comes in many forms, methods, and pathways. Most often it is discussed in terms of small business development but also includes important aspects of developing stronger products, services, and proactive problem-solving. Research conducted on a Finnish consulting firm helps to highlight how internal organizational entrepreneurship can exist within the team framework of the organizations leaders. It is this leadership inclusion and culture of discussion that can turn reactive management into proactive problem-solving that improves performance.  Entrepreneurship within organizations should be honored and encouraged to foster stronger performing companies. The main task of organizational entrepreneurship is to improve economic performance through better developed strategies and operations (Rauch, et. al., 2009; Ireland, Covin & Kuratko, 2009). Such activities encourage innovative development of both the decision-makers processes as well as the operational str

A Current Study: An Assessment of Emotional Intelligence Understanding in the Field of Real Estate

Purpose/Significance Dr Andree Swanson and Dr Brand Bowler, research partners, are conducting a qualitative study is to identify the levels of understanding of emotional intelligence (EI) within the field of real estate sales.   Understanding and using EI is a learned behavior that real estate professionals should be aware of when dealing with clients.   Literature reveals that using EI will improve realtors’ efficiency and effectiveness.   The study will seek real estate sales professionals recruited through social media and networking.     Significance Statement The significance of this study is that a real estate sales professional must maintain the knowledge and skills necessary to provide professionally competent services.   Competence includes the wisdom to recognize the limitations of that knowledge and promote ethical relationships.   Emotional recognition of the client plays a crucial role in understanding the client’s motivation and feelings about his or her fina

Improving Employee Performance through Expectancy Theory

Expectancy Theory postulates that a person will act in a certain way and make particular decisions based upon what they expect the results to be.   Managers that desire to better understand how to motivate employees should explore expectancy theory and its practical use to boost performance. The theory has been used in a number of companies and situations with great success. It is such a popular theory that additional theories have been developed off of its seminal findings. Victor Vroom indicated in his 1968 ground breaking research that motivation can be fostered when employers ensure that rewards are desired and tied directly to performance. His research showed through a number of cases studies and experimental approaches that workers will perform better when rewards are of significant value to employees. When the association of effort and reward is too distant employees may have a hard time making the connection and putting forward effort.  The Theory takes into accou