Showing posts from April, 2017

How Impression and Confidence can Lead to Online Trust for Social Networks and Stores

Two measures that foster online purchases are impression and confidence. According to a study in ACM Transactions on Internet Technology consumers are more willing to engage in an online setting if they have intuitive trust (Yefeng, et. al. (2017). While the study is related to social networks it can have some meaning for those who want to foster greater trust with online buyers. First lets say that impression and confidence relate to trust level and certainty. The higher consumers trust the site and are certain of positive outcomes, the more likely they are going to purchase from an online e-tailer. People connect, buy and interact based on this trust factor and online stores should be concerned about how they foster these feelings within customers. What can build trust and certainty? The first impression of your site is important. You want to make sure that people see your site from the very first few seconds as trustworthy. It should look professional, well put together, and h

How to Delegate Like a Pro


Mulawarman International Conference on Economics and Business

2017 Mulawarman International Conference on Economics and Business (MICEB) Venue: Novotel Hotel, Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, Indonesia. Dates: Submission Deadline: 31 July 2017 Conference Dates: 18 - 19 October 2017 Pre-conference workshops: 17 October 2017 Theme: Economic and Business Sustainability through Innovation, Governance, and Empowering Natural and Human Resources. The MICEB 2017 topics mainly focus on economics, management and accounting particularly that related to innovation, governance, empowering natural and human resources. Papers on broader issues related to Islamic (Sharia) economics and business, governance and public policy are welcome to be submitted. We welcome papers and presentation on theoretical or literature review, empirical and applied on related topics. Organizer: Faculty of Economics and Business, Mulawarman University, Indonesia Publication opportunities: All presented papers will be registered in the publication repository of Mulawarman University inde

Overcoming the Human Condition of Needs

The human condition is related to the constant search to fulfill our biological and psychological needs. They bubble up and drive our behavior in a way that often works under our conscious awareness.   There are a few people that can master these needs and live in harmony in a way not subject to the constant underpinnings that push us into certain actions and behaviors. Let us first consider how these subconscious needs drive our behavior. The animal side of our behavior is driven by  biological drives such as food, sex, shelter, and safety. Our human side considers psychological drivers such as fulfillment, social contact, love, and happiness. As complex creatures, when we are hungry we work, frequent restaurants, and seek out personal preferences like fine French cuisine. Our biological push for food is realized in personal likes and self-image purchases related to self-esteem gratification defined by our social environment. Why pay for a $20 meal when a $5 meal would suffic

Are Deals Made on the Fairway?

You wouldn't think sports would have much to do with business but in the game of high end stakes a few strokes can make a big difference. Golf can foster big deals more than any other game. A good swing can lead to a hole-in-one for your business and for your game. You read about it all the time. Conferences at golf resorts, business deals being made on the fairway, and people socializing at the club house. It is a person-to-person game where one can spend a significant amount of time with their potential business partner to hash out the details of a deal. Here is how it works. You need to know who you are doing business with. You don't want to stare at each other for hours until you come to a deal. It would take too much effort and lead to high stress negotiations. However, if you had a game of distraction people can talk about business, then distract themselves for a few moments to make a swing and then get back to negotiating. Because it is a slow game you have plent

The Science of Persuasion


Why is it Important to Maintain Your Health for Maximum Productivity

We sometimes fall into a slump. Eat bad food, not work out, put in an excessive amount of work, and don't take care of our bodies. We know that this impacts our health but may not know that it can also impact our brains. Whether we are talking about our energy levels or our waist size the eventual impact hits our thinking abilities as well. To maintain your competitive edge you may want to consider incorporating a healthy fitness routine. The brain functions from complex activities of information transference through bundles of neural fibers. These transactions are fostered from chemicals created from the food we eat. Eating healthy with enough nutrients feeds our brains. Poor diets limit the resources of the brain and lead to feelings of lathargy. Our brains simply work slower and don't transfer information well due to chemistry. Food is only one aspect as exercise is another. As we exercise we find that our energy levels rise and this leads to greater thinking po

Managing to your employees strengths!

Managing to your employees strengths has a profound effect on employee self-efficacy and workplace productivity. As employees improve their skills and find confidence in their work they often begin to take charge of their own performance. You will also notice an amazing impact on productivity when you assign tasks and responsibilities to people that have the skills to complete them. Hundreds of aligned tasks each day to the "right people" means less mistakes and saved time. The key to doing this well is to avoid the natural urge to focus on the negative or deficiencies in skill. Your employees will appreciate that you appreciate their abilities. You have the added benefit of an empowering environment​ that not only develops employee skills but also requires less micromanagement. Self-efficacy and confidence comes from mastering new skills. Each time an employee uses their strengths to complete a task they feel empowered and more confident in their ability to take

Teaching Ethics through Novels and Narrative

Business ethics can be tough to teach as many of the ideas don't translate into something the student can remember and relate with. Much of ethics is based on how we feel about ourselves, our values, and the way in which we live and exist in society. According to an article in the Academy of Management Learning and Education, using narrative helps students to remember ethical values when they analyze and discuss those ideas on a deeper level (Michaelson, 2016). Learning comes from discussion and gaining new insight and understanding. In courses we often just brush over ethical concerns and this leads to an "easy forget" mentality once the class is over. However, by reading ethical novels and having a deeper analysis we are able to help students remember what they learn. It is important to understand that values are often created through our memories. To help students create memories it is necessary to engage their brains as much as we can. The more they engage their b

Staying Focused on Simple Goals

The key to eloquence is simplicity. Whether your goals are personal or professional, success comes from simplicity. Having a few goals and focusing on them each day makes a big difference in whether you are able to achieve them. We may have lots of things to  accomplish but only have limited time. With this in mind, we have to keep our goals succinct and to the point. We don't have the resources to accomplish everything so we should try and put our energies into things that have the highest returns. Let's say you have many goals but can't seem to squeeze in enough effort to get them all done. It is much better to put your energy into a few than waste energy on many. For example, my goals might be career, business, health, and social. No doubt these are a lot but the hope is to create a well diversified life. In order for me to do these I will narrow them down and seek to combine them as much as possible. Business and social can go together in some activities an

How Hiring For Empathy Leads to Stronger Customer Service

Empathy is the ability to intuitive see and feel something from another person's perspective. This natural gift allows us to be aware of our surroundings and emotions of another person. When empathy allows us to understand our customers we have a better chance of serving their needs and retaining them as a valued patron of our organizations. When customers are upset it is because they feel their needs are not being met. Somewhere in their contact with the organization they were left feeling like an implied or overt process wasn't realized. They feel like they didn't receive the full benefit they paid for and if the feeling stays for long it becomes associated with the company itself. When negative feelings arise due to a service interaction or defective product it is important to "make right" the situation as quickly as possible. This requires the intuitive and empathetic understanding of how the customer feels and what is going to alleviate those feelings.

ICERI2017 (10th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation)

ICERI2017 (10th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation) Seville, November 16th-18th, 2017 Website: Deadline for abstracts submission is July, 13th, 2017 (included) Abstracts submission is already open at OVERVIEW You are invited to participate at ICERI2017. This conference will provide the ideal opportunity to present your projects and experiences to an international audience. Also, it will offer participants an overview of the current situation of education, research and new learning innovations. After 10 years, ICERI has become an annual meeting point for lecturers, researchers, professors and technologists. Every year, ICERI brings together over 700 delegates from 80 different countries. ABSTRACT SUBMISSION There will be 3 presentation formats: Oral, Poster or Virtual. You can submit your abstracts proposals until July, 13th, 2017 (included) Abstracts should be submitted on-line at http://

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Individual Rights and Government Influence Help to Start Economic Clusters

Government administrators often wonder how to foster business within their cities and improve overall economic development. The debate between more or less government influence has been raging since the beginning of the country. A study of socio-economic clusters in the Applied Economics Letters helps us understand the government influence in the beginning of cluster development is helpful while it may not be as helpful later on (Huskinson & Lawson, 2014). Capitalistic societies desire to have a "hands off" approach to government while socialist societies want more government influence. Using K-means clustering helps us identify that the free market capitalistic system along with social policies can help get clusters going. At least in the short run, social-democratic systems outperform liberal systems. The reasons might be based in the need to set the "right" conditions for economic growth. They used a K-means cluster analysis to determine their results. T

MANILA - PHILIPPINES 5th International Conference on Studies in Business, Management, Education and Law

MANILA - PHILIPPINES 5th International Conference on Studies in Business, Management, Education and Law (SBMEL-17) 18th to 19th September 2017 Manila, Philippines Approved by Commission of Higher education, Philippines-CHED endorsement link: . It is organized by Prof. Michel (University of Quebec-Canada). FEE: Filipino: 2500/3000 PHP & Others 200/250 USD New Full Paper/Poster/Abstract Submissions Deadline: April 23, 2017 All accepted papers of SBMLE-17 will be published in the printed referred conference proceedings with valid International ISBN/ISSN number. Each Paper will be Indexed with unique Digital Object Identifier(DOI) from CROSSREF-USA Top Selected papers will be Published in the following Canadian Journal: Journal of Global Management Research ISSN 1488-4569 Link: Country of Publisher: Canada SUBMISSION METHOD Email: Topics of interest for submission include any topics on: - Advertisin

The Rise of the Marketing Manager

The marketing manager has an important role in society today and those who graduate with marketing degrees often find the market rewarding of their efforts. According to BLS statistics , marketing managers earn around $117,900 per year and have a projected job growth rate of 9%. Sales and marketing are becoming a significant component of our society as we move into online consumer product explosion. The advent of modern society brought disposal income and cheap products. People didn't have access to such cheap accessories, clothing, and luxury items at any point in past history. Despite the downturn in the economy over the past decade the overall trend is growth in purchasing power. With lots of consumer items comes jobs that entail marketing. Online marketing, print media, social media, and word-of-mouth marketing are now a mainstay. Whether one works within a hotel, or in an online business, marketing is a huge part of business. College students that move into marketing pr

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Business and Management Conference 2017

Business and Management Conference 2017 Montego Bay, Jamaica The 2017 MSBM Business and Management Conference provides a space for scholars and practitioners to rigorously interrogate the themes of finance, enterprise development and wealth creation and their transformative role in Small Island Developing States and beyond. Enquiries: Web address:

2017 Tokyo International Conference on Education and Learning

Last Call for one-page abstracts or full papers Submission Deadline is extended to May 31, 2017 2017 Tokyo International Conference on Education and Learning (2017 ICEL) will take place on 16-18 August 2017 in Tokyo, Japan Conference Website: Except for oral and poster presentations delivered by researchers from the international community, a half-day walk tour and two keynote speeches are also arranged. We cordially invite you to participate in 2017 Tokyo International Conference on Education and Learning (2017 ICEL). Please distribute this call-for-papers to your colleagues who might be interested. More information regarding the conference is available on the conference website. Although now is too early to post the session program which depends on the scale of attendees, the very draft session program is posted on the website now. The reason is to help some attendees plan their itineraries.

Marching for Science

People are standing up for science and they have a good message that leaders should lend their ear. Science and logic should prevail in the management of society and life. While many have opted to make it a political statement, it has a more fundamental meaning and lesson for all societies. Science, fact, review, and logic should have a mainstay in government management. I won't get into the politics of this because I have my own personal opinion and values. I will say that standing for science is a beneficial activity that not only raises the importance of science to our society but also the benefits of using it in government. Whether we are discussing Plato and The Republic or governments of 2017 we should consider how science should be a powerful anchor to our political decisions. There is a concern that society is not moving forward because governments are more moved by political illusions versus scientific facts. This is one of the reasons why people are more in tune wit

IACBE's 20th Anniversary Conference

IACBE is contributor organization that helps lead colleges and universities to a higher level of academic performance. Its accreditation program offers the opportunity to think more systematically about the business school model and raise curriculum quality to ensure students are gaining the most from their education. The 20th Anniversary Conference in San Francisco brought together a wide range of business colleges to share ideas on how to foster business education. IACBE defines themselves as... " The International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) is the leading outcomes-based accrediting organization for business, management, and accounting programs in student-centered colleges, universities, and other higher education institutions throughout the world. The IACBE exists to promote and recognize excellence in business education. " Attending colleges learned about retention strategies, assessment, innovation in business education, learning methods,

6th International Conference on Trade, Business, Economics and Law

6th International Conference on Trade, Business, Economics and Law Call for Papers: 12th -14th June 2017 Venue: University of Oxford, United Kingdom Planning is now in hand for 6th International Conference on Trade, Business, Economics and Law - ICTBEL 2017 (Oxford), which, as you may know, will be held in Oxford, United Kingdom, on 12th - 14th June 2017. Conference provides an opportunity for academics, practitioners, consultants, scholars, researchers and policy makers with different backgrounds and experience to present their research in the fields of Trade, Business, Economics and Law. Conference Website: Call for Papers Link: Other FLE Events Link: Research and discussion on any aspects of trade, business, economics and international law is welcome. The deadline for proposals is 15th May 2017 by which all interested participants are required to submit a provi

How can online Marketspaces support Trump's "Buy American, Hire American" Initiatives?

President Trump pushes for changes in where American's sit in the employment hierarchy by signing an executive order that tightens rules around visas targeting foreign high tech workers as well as restricting foreign companies from bidding on federal contracts. He is pushing forward his "Buy American, Hire American" agenda by enacting new rules. It seems we can expand this idea to include easy to find American products to boost the economy through online sales. Lets first consider the two major changes.... Shortages in the labor market, as they relate to high-technology workers, is self-made and can be corrected by training and hiring more workers. From higher education to corporate training shortages of technology workers can be adjusted to produce more competitive actors. It may take time but preferring them in hiring may tip the scales in favor of pushing technology as an attractive career path. In the world heightened corporate theft, electronic spying and glo

Amazing Pictures of San Francisco from a Drone

Drones can take great photography pics. I am in San Francisco for an academic conference and came across this video that shows the city from a different angle and view. It is cool to watch how the artist uses this machine to catch some of the interesting places around the city. This site is supported from the trendy products at  Abel Products

How Using Net Present Value Calculations Helps in Investments?

Should you invest or not invest in a project? The risks associated with investing can be great and we don't often know whether one project is really better than another. While we may believe one will provide us with a stronger revenue stream than another, without a thorough analysis we may be putting our money in the wrong projects. Conducting a Net Present Value Calculation on potential investment projects can help in evaluating their financial benefits. Your investing now but need to know if the cash flow will be lucrative or result in a loss. Using a NPV formula will help you determine what the value of that cash flow is worth today. A positive NPV means you will make money while a negative one means you won't. It is important to remember that this calculation doesn't take into account actual risk. One could make the assumption that there is no risk. Cash flow could stop, rise, decrease, etc. depending on circumstance and the market. Most "big time" investo

Morgan Stanley CEO Gives Advice on How Your Job Should Not Define You

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3rd International Conference on Accounting, Management and Innovation in Business

3rd International Conference on Accounting, Management and Innovation in Business Graz, Austria,  May 31st We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the 3rd International Conference on Accounting, Management and Innovation in Business. The 2017 Conference is jointly organized by FH JOANNEUM University of Applied Sciences, Austria and California Lutheran University, California, U.S.A. The place where distinguished scholars and businessmen get together from all over the globe. We invite proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, colloquia, virtual posters, or virtual lightning talks. The conference is held annually in different locations around the world, each selected for its particular place in the dynamics of globalization. he conference works between the most fastidiously empirical and profoundly generalizing modes of engagement with one of the central phenomena of our contemporary existence. The conference features research address

Global News Updates April 17th, 2017


Helping Business Students Understand Practical Application Through Ebay Assignments

The world of e-commerce is important today and students who graduate from business colleges should have a basic understanding of how that works. According to an article published in Business Communication Quarterly it is beneficial for students to incorporate new knowledge into their coursework (White, et. al, 2007). In this case, the researchers used online Ebay stores and had students review titles, descriptions, categories, and photographs in order to gain better knowledge of how to sell products online. There are few things better for learning than taking practical knowledge and applying it to a real situation. Using Ebay, Amazon or other online marketspaces students gain an insight into how their ideas match up in a real selling situation. They review product postings and can see where small time sellers might improve their functioning and sales. In the study, students were asked to find products, see which ones they like and offer suggestions on how to improve. Sometimes thes

The 3rd International Conference on Theory and Practice (ICTP - 2017)

The 3rd International Conference on Theory and Practice (ICTP - 2017) 30th June and 1st of July 2017 in Adelaide, Australia. Venue: Education Development Centre, Adelaide, Australia. Theme: "Expanding the Possibilities". ISBN: 978-0-995398-054 APIAR Scholarships APIAR is delighted to announce a competition for excellent academic papers. Entries will be judged on the quality of the paper, including the presentation. Only full paper registered presenters in the conference are qualified to apply. APIAR is delighted to announce that registration fee will be waived for the four best paper winners to participate in the very next conference. The prize is non-negotiable and no monetary alternative will be available. The 3rd International Conference on Theory and Practice (ICTP - 2017) will be held on 30th June and 1st of July 2017 in Adelaide, Australia. The main theme of this conference is 'Expanding the Possibilities'. Accordingly, the conference will cover

April 14 2017 Global News Updates by Bloomberg

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The National Academy of Sciences Fights Back Against Research Misconduct

The National Academy of Sciences felt it was time for change and combat unethical researchers. The Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine have recently updated their standards based on  the report entitled Fostering Integrity in Research in an effort to curb false research. They want to impact those who willfully mislead their results and cost others a lot of time and money.  You can set up a free account and get a copy here . Science has become global and interconnected. False research is on the rise and they are responding to it by setting up a Research Integrity Advisory Board that will help universities handle false research and guide them through what actions they can take. It may not have any official power but it can encourage and foster change. Research misconduct was originally defined in the U.S. as "fabrication of data, falsification or plagiarism." However, the National Academy of Sciences has come to recognize that there is much more to the story. S

233 U.S. Interests Rate Hikes Coming Around the Corner as Economy Improves

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MIRDEC-4th, International Academic Conference on Social Science and Globalization Studies

MIRDEC-4th, International Academic Conference on Social Science and Globalization Studies, 04-07 July, 2017, Madrid, Spain 4th to 7th July 2017 Madrid, Spain MIRDEC cordially invites full papers and/or Abstracts relating to all broad areas of Social Science Disciplines. * Rich academic and social program. * Two free bus tours: * Free bus tour to Toledo, * Free bus tour to Segovia, * Publication opportunity in our partner journals. Accounting, Arts, Business and Enterprise, Culture, Heritage and Art, Demography and Population, Economics, Environment, European Union, Education, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Food, Gastronomy and Tourism, Globalization studies, Health, Safety and Security, International Business, Language, Management, Marketing, Philology and Language Studies, Social Business, Social Sciences, Tourism, Teaching. Enquiries: Web address:

What is the Armani Brand and Who Buys their Products?

Armani is known among the fashion industry as one of the top designer brands that says quality, excellence and feat. Even the logo, an eagle looking off to one direction, is designed to portray this strong image. Started in 1975 by Giorgio Armani the company has grown worldwide and provides for a timeless collection that includes luxury garments, apparel, jewelry, and other accessories. How did the company get started and what type of person buys these products? Who is Giorgio Armani? Giorgio was a window dresser in 1964 and with his increasing knowledge of fabric was taken in as a designer for men's clothing. In 1975 he moved on and began his own label in men's clothing and eventually made his way into womenswear. By the 1990's he had over 200 stores and multiple lines including Emporio Armani, Armani Jeans, Armani Exchange, Armani Exchange A/X, and Armani Collezioni. Sales top $2 billion annually. You can read his biography here .   Who Buys His Products? Empar

2017 International Symposium on Business and Management

2017 International Symposium on Business and Management - Fall Session (ISBM-Fall 2017) September 5-7, 2017 Venue: Seoul Olympic Parktel, Seoul, Korea isbmfall/ Call for Papers 2017 International Symposium on Business and Management - Fall Session (ISBM-Fall 2017) welcome authors to contribute full papers and abstracts. This conference provides opportunities for the delegates to exchange new ideas and application experiences face to face, to establish research relations and to find global partners for future collaboration. Please visit our website for detailed topics of interest and other information: isbmfall/ . Important Dates: Submission Deadline: April 30, 2017 Conference Dates: September 5-7, 2017 For inquiries, please contact the  Conference  Secretariat via  isbm. conference  or visit our Websites isbmfall/

Lack of Civility? When Arrogance Creates a Toxic Environment

Arrogance-Big Ego Riding a Small Pony We have watched the news and experienced arrogant behavior at the top. We may wonder how some people can actually believe they know it all and are all to everything! In their own eyes they cannot make mistakes and treat others as pawns to their own malignant personality. Research in the  The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist helps us understand the problems arrogant people create that is only a matter of time before real damage occurs to an organization. What is arrogance? It is a person who engages in behaviors intended to exaggerate their sense of superiority by putting others lower. They want to seem omnipotent and invincible to others but at a deeper level they are covering feelings of inadequacy. Higher levels of arrogance are associated with lower self-esteem, lower general intelligence, poorer performance and lower team building. It is the opposite of what it intends to portray because it acts as a cover for deficiencies. Th

The 0% Unemployment Rate

Why is 4.5 % the lowest sustainable unemployment rate? According to Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen the rate is slightly below what is considered to be possible long-term and he Fed has decided to try and ease their balance sheets and try and create a neutral stance on the economy this year. What does this rate mean and why is it so important to economic decisions? From an economic standpoint 5% is seen as the lowest sustainable unemployment rates based on natural economic equilibrium. Unionization and forced employment policy can raise this rate but there are unwanted effects on society that include inflation and an inflexible market with little cushion. An inflexible market at a 0% unemployment means there are few opportunities.  Different economists will put this number at different places based on how the economy is currently acting. They do agree that there must be a number above 0%.....duh! As employment levels decrease to say 1 or 2% there will be a corresponding incr

Why Do Some Colleges Have Higher Student Retention?

Student retention is a big issue for colleges that are seeking to balance budgets and ensure that students have the persistence needed to finish their courses. A study in the Virginia Social Science Journal reviewed data from 367 U.S. colleges and universities and came up with a few reason why retention stays high. According to their work, retention is impacted by percentage of faculty with doctorate degrees, SAT scores, and admission acceptance rates (Pfitzner, Brat & Lang, 2011). Doctoral Rates: As more doctors teach courses they raise the quality and prestige of the university. The level of knowledge and ability of the courses rises and students are more likely to stay focused on their education. The study doesn't say if this is a cultural or a knowledge result. SAT scores: The higher the SAT score the more studious and hypothetically the student. Admitting more students from the top of the SAT score spectrum means these students are already highly engaged in their educa

Customer Service, Power and United Airlines

Most of us have heard the story of an Asian man being violently dragged off of a plane so that crew members could take a seat. The story is horrifying and has caused an international outcry that is punishing the company through lost stock and investment capital ranging in the hundreds of millions of dollars. The CEO is adamant that nothing wrong happened. It opens the question of airline power and its effect on customer service. I travel United Airlines all the time. I like the service they provide but this action makes me question my values and how we may have given airlines too much authority to make arbitrary decisions. No doubt we need to be protected from terrorists and other illegal activities but the actions in this circumstance seem to go beyond reason and into a darker place. According to the Department of Commerce, 46,000 passengers are booted from flights every year. These are tickets they paid for and which airlines decide they want to overbook in order to maintain full

International Journal of Advanced Engineering and Management Research ISSN 2456-3676 Call for Papers (Mar-Apr -2017) International Journal of Advanced Engineering and Management Research (IJAEMR) is double blind peer reviewed open access multidisciplinary journal encompassing all the fields of Engineering and Management. Authors across the globe are welcome to submit their research papers in the prestigious journal fulfilling the requisite criterion. We are happy to invite you to submit your next article of your research/review/study in any engineering and management research area for publication current issue of IJAEMR International Journal of Advanced Engineering and Management Research (IJAEMR) is inviting papers for current Issue (Mar Apr-2017). Current issue: MANUSCRIPT SUBMITTED SYSTEM: All manuscripts must be submitted electronically through the e-mail to the editor at: :  or   Paper Submission deadline:  Apr, 28, 2017 Article Proc

Understanding Employee Behavior Patterns and Motivations

The best managers understand their employees, what makes them tick, how they are likely to act in any given situation, and in what situations they excel. This awareness can often lead to putting together strong teams with the right mix of personalities and abilities. Understanding and discovering employee behavior patterns and motivations can help pull your human capital together into a productive unit. There is a psychological saying, "The way that people do one this is the way they do everything." It means that we are creatures of consistent habit in that our behaviors in one situation often are repeated in similar circumstances. Employees who act one way in one situation are likely to repeat that behavior in another. Our behaviors are based on deeper patterns and motivations that when uncovered can lead to a story about our strengths and weaknesses. As we begin to look at patterns of behavior in different situations we begin to get a bigger story of who are employees

Wine Tasting Experiences in Baja Mexico

A mere 90 minutes into Mexico from the San Diego border is a budding burgeoning wine region that hosts a cornucopia of boutique wine tastings and lush green vineyards. During the weekend I had the pleasure of experiencing a delightful taste-bud teasing wining an dining experience. A place to enjoy life in style.  Napa Valley is great but Baja Mexico offers a whole different kind of experience. Each winery is unique and seeks to stand out. In the middle of the fields are popular and trendy restaurants that you won't find anywhere else. From monasteries to straw built structures your trip won't be redundant.  Nothing will be the same from one to the next with the richness of experience different each time you stop. Its a region where wealthy Americans and Mexicans engage in one of a kind experiences with every winery offering a variety of blends and tastes. Wine bottles typically range from $10 to $30 and dinner can cost you $30 to $60 USD. Unique hotel accommodations h

Is Free College in New York Worth It?

Free college is a dream for many people. The cost of higher education has risen to a massive Mount Everest peak and only those who can afford it will have opportunities to reach a new level in their lives. New York had decided their own version of free education with the belief that higher education is now a lot like high school and should be a right. Does it make sense? The name of the program The Excelsior Scholarship and it is believe that 80% of New York State families with college-age kids will be eligible. It is a massive undertaking that includes a record $7.5 billion budget for higher education. As long as a person comes from a family with college-age kids with incomes under $125,000 they should be eligible. So is this a good idea? That depends on.... 1.) We can afford it. The money is available and the state can continue this into the future. 2.) The quality of curriculum is high. There is a difference between elite and other types of colleges. If the colleges provid

2017 International Conference on Hospitality, Leisure, Sports, and Tourism-Summer Session

Join us in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan this summer for 2017 International  Conference  on Hospitality, Leisure, Sports, and Tourism-Summer Session (HLST-Summer 2017),  August 23-25, 2017 . *Venue: Sapporo Convention Center, Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan *Dates:  August 23-25, 2017 *Submission Deadline: April 15, 2017 *Early Bird Registration Deadline:  May 25, 2017 To find out more about registration packages, presentation options,  conference  events and more, please visit the  conference  website: summer/ . Submit your full paper/abstract now to participate in this international event!!  Register now if your submission was accepted: summer/registration/ Best Regards, HLST-Summer Committee Enquiries:

9 Trends Millennials Want In Their "Walkable" Cities

Millennials want "walkable" cities and the amenities that go with a new type of metro lifestyle. This is not the big industrial and dirty cities of the past, but the trendy easy commute cities of the future. There are trends that are growing which help us determine how to plan these cities and make them attractive for top talent. The world is changing and it is important for leadership to take notice. Creating the right kind of "walkable" city is difficult as it can take years to create the right infrastructure and amenities. Following trends helps us create an idea of what these cities are likely to look like in the future and meet the needs of up-coming generations in a way that provides them a quality lifestyle. Trend 1: Close Proximity to Parks: People want to walk to the park, hang out, play soccer, have picnics, and socialize in a green space. Trend 2: Smaller Affordable Housing:  Millennials don't feel the need to buy big houses or live in th