Showing posts from July, 2015

The Problem of Procrastination

Procrastination is common problem that can be improved with a little motivation and pre-planning. We can see procrastination at work in projects that are chronically delayed or papers turned in a few minutes before their deadline. People who wait until the last minute to get their work done often show poor quality work and missed deadlines. Procrastination is a habit and motivational problem. People who are chronically late are subconsciously avoiding starting a project and then force themselves to scramble to get it done. They have not yet developed the discipline and motivation needed to  give themselves the best chances. Assuming that they were successful in getting the project done before the deadline there are a few reasons why as a manager or professor you should discourage such behavior. I have noticed in both the teaching and the business world that the projects are often subpar and contain errors when under duress. When people are rushed to complete something they

Two Skills of the Market Shaman

A few of us have met market shamans who seem to understand what is going to happen next in the market and can turn pennies into millions of dollars. They are a rare breed that has this drive to understand and apply knowledge to the market. The two skills of the market shaman include forecasting and understanding human nature. Both of these skills work together and are related as a narrow and wide lens. The economic system is the collective action of individual human effort. Understanding people and how they act on a macro scale gives the Shaman a full picture of what is going on in the market and how events play out.  As the economy globalizes it is necessary to view individual and economic behavior from different cultural vantage points. Each culture comes with a defined way of thinking about issues and new information is sifted through that culture’s decision making matrix to come to possible conclusions. 1. Forecasting: Forecasting the market is an essential skil

Signs You’re Working with a Workplace Bully

We have all met those people who have goals and won’t anyone or anything get in their way. Society seems to reward the aggressive. Each of us has likely come across a workplace bully at one time or another but understanding their characteristics and removing them from the workplace is an important part of creating a stronger business.  Being driven is ok but overstepping your bounds is not ok. If colleagues and employees become alienated and don’t feel the ability to be genuine, or voice their opinion, their intellectual capital is wasted. What a bully interprets as “winning” is a short-term strategy that eventually damages their credibility along with the organization’s performance.  No one likes to work with someone who knows all the answers and doesn’t respect the opinions and values of others. People want to feel engaged and connected with others and shutting them down without giving an opportunity to contribute leads to poor future decisions. Examples of aggressive pe

3 Easy Rules to Healthy Eating

It can be tough to remember all the different rules and advice on how to eat healthy. There are plenty of studies that say different things leaving any person who diligently wants to lose weight and get in shape confused about what is needed. Going light, natural and lean are solid basic rules that will help you remember. Having a few principles will help you when you have to make quick choices at a restaurant or grocery store. The options are daunting and sometimes you don’t have all of the available information so you can apply the rules to make a better choice. Light: Eating in smaller portions with less calories is the #1 problem with food. Think in terms of total calories and the amount of food you eat in the day. You can eat up to six times a day if they are smaller proportions.  Natural: The less processed your food the better off you are. Avoid processed meats and foods like macaroni & cheese. Try and eat at least 6 servings of fruit or vegetables a day. Avoid foo

Steps to Writing a Solid Paper

Writing papers takes time and can be a daunting task for students. Most students don’t write papers over five to six pages and can be overwhelmed when asked to write ten to twenty pages on a topic. By breaking large projects into smaller steps it is possible to work with focus to get the entire project completed online. Large papers are a good precursor to larger projects graduates may be required to complete in the workplace. The best advice is to start early and don’t let procrastination take control of the outcome. As soon as you become aware of the project start to work on understanding and exploring your topic. Once you have a solid working understanding of what is required of the paper and the topic, students can define their main idea into the thesis statement. The thesis statement will act as a guild that allows for the breaking down of the main idea into a number of different justifications that make up the sections of the paper. Research each of the sections to define

Inequality in San Diego Creates Some Unknowns

Will San Diego’s Income Inequality catch up to us? I had the pleasure of reading Dan McSwain’s article in the San Diego Union Tribute outline some of the key points contained within a University of Southern California’s report on in Equality in San Diego. You can read the report HERE   and the article HERE . The report highlights some concerns San Diego’s leaders should start thinking about. In business strategic planners conduct a SWOT that stands for an analysis of an entities Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. If someone conducted a SWOT on San Diego they would find that all of the positive growth also leaves some areas that contain long-term threats to the local economy. Inequalities do impact the success and sustainability of a city in both quality of life and economic longevity-how to handle it is a whole different question. There are many arguments as they related to how and why to promote holistic growth among San Diego’s disadvantaged populations. W

The 99 Cent Taco is Still Alive!

San Diego is known for its Seafood and fish tacos are a local favorite. Consider the seafaring and ocean culture of the area San Diego has some of the best tacos around. These are not your fast-food variety that come stale in a box but are made per order. Oscars Seafood still has their 99 cent take Mon-Thurs 2:30-5:30 P.M. You might be wondering about, “Who cares about a 99 cent taco?” Considering that going to any fast food or sit down restaurant is likely to cost you $10 or more dollars person 3-$3 dollar tacos sounds like a great deal. I bought $14 tacos for $14, not including tax, and had enough for 4 people and lunch the next day. It is doubtful you will find that value anywhere else. From my understanding, Oscars have been doing this for years. I was originally introduced to the tacos when a friend showed me the special and I was astounded at the price. A few months later I wanted to try it again but wasn’t sure when, if and where the specials occur. With a littl