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Naked Girl 6, Cover Art Magazine

Posted by iBlog on July 6, 2008

THE NSW government will refer a magazine featuring a naked child on the cover to the Australian Classification board.

Art Monthly Australia magazine sparked fresh controversy over naked images of children by publishing an image of a six-year-old girl on its cover to protest against the recent furore over similar pictures by artist Bill Henson.

NSW police seized a number of Mr Henson’s photographs featuring near-naked or naked children in recent months, but were returned to a Sydney art gallery without charges being laid.

The July edition of Art Monthly Australia published the cover image in protest at the “hysteria” over Mr Henson’s work.

It also includes several provocative photos of children posing naked in adult jewellery as well as naked teenage girls.

NSW community services minister Kevin Greene said the images had been inappropriately hijacked for political mileage.

“I will refer this to the ACB tomorrow, and the community also should let (the Board) know what they think,” Mr Greene told reporters in Sydney.

Opposition Leader Barry O’Farrell labelled the publication a “provocative publicity stunt” and called for a review of Arts Council’s funding for the magazine.

He said the average parent faced strict regulation of photographing their children at school events, and would be frustrated by the actions of the magazine.

“I understand they are in receipt of funding from the Arts Council and I assume there are procedures where that can be reviewed by Mr Rudd and his ministers,” Mr O’Farrell said.

“I notice (Premier) Morris Iemma hasn’t ruled them out receiving state government funds in the future.

“The public are furious about the double standards, I think taxpayers are angry when they see funds used in this way and to review it, I think, would be sensible.”

“Restoring dignity”

In the editorial, Maurice O’Riordan said he chose the 2003 picture of the young girl in the “hope of restoring some dignity to the debate” and to “validate nudity and childhood as subjects for art”.

The image, taken by Melbourne-based Polixeni Papapetrou, is believed to be her own daughter.

Mr O’Riordan, who does not have children of his own, told The Sunday Telegraph he did not care if it stirred community complaint.

“I believe the image is of a six-year-old girl,” he said.

“Maybe this is bold, but I don’t see the need to give in to that sort of hysteria or the prospect of complaint.

“I couldn’t really understand the furore.”

The artist, Ms Papapetrou, said she supports the use of her work for the magazine’s cover.

“We need to be clever enough to distinguish art from other types of images, otherwise we live in danger of eradicating any image of childhood in this culture for future generations to see.”

Art Monthly Australia receives more than $50,000 in funding from the Federal Government’s Council for the Arts and lists the New South Wales Ministry for the Arts under sponsors and partner. The State Government has issued grants to the magazine in previous years.

Cheap, sick stunt

NSW Premier Morris Iemma immediately threatened towithdraw future funding after he was contacted about the images yesterday.

“Images of this kind are distasteful, exploitative of children – a cheap, sick stunt at the expense of a young child,” he said.

“We’ve now reached a sad point where some people think naked kids can boost their sales and get them a headline. We will have no role in funding them while they use images that exploit children.”

More than 5000 copies of the magazine have been distributed across Australia. The magazine also includes images by Bill Henson.

In May, police raided the Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery in Paddington, confiscating several images by Henson including the photographs of a naked 13-year-old girl.

The photos sparked major national debate and angered several organisations, including child-welfare groups, with Premier Morris Iemma labelling the works “offensive and disgusting”.

Mr Henson was cleared of any wrongdoing following a police investigation.

A spokeswoman for the Australia Council yesterday defended their decision to help fund the magazine. She said the Council regarded Mr Henson as one of the country’s premier artists.

-With the Sunday Telegraph, AAP


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Buyout Banks Take Peacemaking Term

Posted by iBlog on July 6, 2008

By Peter Lattman
Word Count: 892 | Companies Featured in This Article: BCE, Penn National Gaming, Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, Home Depot, Goldman Sachs Group, Harman International Industries, Huntsman

A group of banks and buyout firms helped salvage the $52 billion takeover of Canadian phone giant BCE Inc. The compromise closes a year of bickering about how to fund boom-era deals, which may at last help banks begin new lending commitments to corporations and buyout groups.

That follows an amicable agreement the day before, greased by bank lenders’ concessions, to abandon a $6.1 billion acquisition deal for casino operator Penn National Gaming Inc. (See related article.)

In Penn, the banks paid handsomely to free themselves of underwriting $7 billion of unsold debt on which they would have had to …

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Russia’s New Leader

Posted by iBlog on July 5, 2008

Mevedev, A Putin “Prodigy”… Born To Lead?

Vladimir Putin has appointed Mr. Medvedev, Moscow’s new Russian President has won the electorial election by a large marginal vote. Mr. Putin will stay on as prime minister, with there relationship remaining at close end. Power of president is hiearchy and Russia is known for it’s highly personal political system that has been molded by former Putin. Mr. Putin will now take the reigns as prime minister and no longer will be in charge of controlling Russian army as well as foreign policy.

Mr. Medvedev is challenged with some highly significant decisions that will not only impact Russian economy but will also impact ties with the United States. Questions from the public tend to arise on whether Mr. Medvedev will take control of Russia’s foreign political affairs that have been quite political in ties to the Kremlin.

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Interpersonal Leadership

Posted by iBlog on July 5, 2008

Interpersonal Skills for Leadership

Possessing the skills to being effective in interpersonal communication are essential for success in leadership.

Having the ability to be in command of one’s life, relating well with other people and to lead other’s in positive direction is valuable in today’s economy.

Measuring success has the effect of being able to deal with different people whom we exchange information with.

Great interpersonal skill development is something that can make both leaders and followers as well as the lives that they interact with less stressful and of value through possessing the ability to deal well with every kind of people.

Having the ability to listen well, act with vision and commitment, value in yourself and capabilities, handling stress, communicating with trust and empathy, leading wisely and to value others is time well spent.

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Understanding Individual Differences

Posted by iBlog on July 5, 2008

Understanding Individual Differences

Great interpersonal skills takes being sensitive, appreciating and honoring differences among people.

Being aware of the many different ways individuals can be different in how they perceive themselves and how they view the world, process information and make decisions.

Being willing to accept those differences without evaluation and to adopt one’s own style and behavior to adjust to the styles and behaviors of others.

Sensitivity to Differences

Global consulting requires consultants to be sensitive to differences in cultures as you work together with different clients around the globe. Being sensitive means being highly aware of different traditions, cultural ways, language meanings, customs, gestures and so on. These differences are sometimes visible and sometimes concealed. Be aware of words, meanings as there are differences that should be honored. After becoming aware of differences it is important to honor them by assuming that their perspective is valid by not placing judgement to others by cultural norms, respecting differences and developing mutually respectful working relationships.

Understanding Individual Differences

Being able to understand how people are different is important for various reasons.

It helps us to understand that our own attitudes, interests and perspectives as well as needs are important.
It legitimizes the different ways people approach problems.
It shows areas of potential misunderstanding and conflicts.
It helps us adapt our styles so that we work effectively with others.

There are four different ways of interacting with others:

Highly assertive, low on responsiveness. Results and accomplishment oriented. Comfortable in power, move quickly.

Low on assertiveness, response. They are organized, need to be accurate and task oriented.

High on assertiveness and responsiveness. They are involved, idea oriented, people focused.

Low on assertiveness, high in reponsiveness. They need cooperation and avoid conflict. People oriented.

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Communicating Effectively

Posted by iBlog on July 5, 2008

Communicating Effectively

To communicate so that others hear you is crucial. Listed below are some key facts:

1. All human beings are self absorbed, there attention is selective and care most about what effects them
2. Human beings are not information processors. Everything that they sense is based on emotions, values, needs
3. Words and there meanings are a small part of any message
4. People will not hear you unless they are attending to you
5. To communicate effectively you must be credible, interesting, relevant
6. Keep things simpls, concrete and memorable
7. Have a bottom line approach
8. Elaborate, give specifics
9. Time awareness, keep it short
10.Summary, reinstate key points
11. Ask questions, avoid why, information point, staccato questions
12. Open questions, closed questions

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China One Child Nation

Posted by iBlog on July 5, 2008

China and it’s “One Child” Nation

China easing back on rules? In Beijing, China is currently has a restriction of family planning policies which have most urban couples in China to conceive only one child. The policy was launched in 1973 in response to the significant amount of birth rate that has left it’s population out of control. During the cultural revolution, China’s birthrate had soared that had reached an outrageous amount of a ratio as high as 5.8 children per couple. This then created worries in the country’s limitations of basic needs such as food, water and energy resources.

China today has decreased birth rates down to 1.8. It is possible that social difficulties are to arise in the future as there will be fewer younger adults that create social difficulties in the future. The future shift in China’s “One Child” policy will have little impact future prediction on change of controls. In the year 2033, it is predicted that China’s population is still growing. In reports, the year 2033 China population will hit a significant number of 1.5 billion people, leaving birthrates to soar in the next five years.

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India’s Economy Hits The Wall

Posted by iBlog on July 4, 2008

Just six months ago, India was looking good. Annual growth was 9%, corporate profits were surging 20%, the stock market had risen 50% in 2007, consumer demand was huge, local companies were making ambitious international acquisitions, and foreign investment was growing. Nothing, it seemed, could stop the forward march of this Asian nation.

But stop it has. In the past month, India has joined the list of the wounded. The country is reeling from 11.4% inflation, large government deficits, and rising interest rates. Foreign investment is fleeing, the rupee is falling, and the stock market is down over 40% from the year’s highs. Most economic forecasts expect growth to slow to 7%—a big drop for a country that needs to accelerate growth, not reduce it. “India has gone from hero to zero in six months,” says Andrew Holland, head of proprietary trading at Merrill Lynch India (MER) in Mumbai. Many in India worry that the country’s hard-earned investment-grade rating will soon be lost and that the gilded growth story has come to an end.

Global circumstances—soaring oil prices and the subprime crisis that dried up the flow of foreign funds—are certainly to blame. But so is New Delhi. Much of the crisis India faces today could have been avoided by skillful planning. India imports 75% of its oil to meet demand, which have grown exponentially as its economy expands. The government also subsidizes 60% of the price of such fuels as diesel. In 2007, when inflation was a low 3%, economists such as Standard & Poor’s Subir Gokarn urged New Delhi to start cutting subsidies. Instead, the populist ruling Congress government spent $25 billion on waiving loans made to farmers and hiking bureaucrats’ salaries.

Botched Opportunities

Now those expenditures, plus an additional $25 billion on upcoming fertilizer subsidies, is adding $100 billion a year—or 10% of India’s gross domestic product, or equivalent to the country’s entire collection of income taxes—to the national bill. This at a time when India needs urgently to spend $500 billion on new infrastructure and more on upgrading education and health-care facilities. The government’s official debt, which dropped below 6% of gross domestic product last year, will now be closer to 10% this year. “Starting last year, the government missed key opportunities” to fix the economy, says Gokarn. In fact, he adds, “there has been no significant reform done at all in the past four years”—the time the Congress coalition has been in power.

Even the most bullish on India are hard-pressed to recall any significant economic reforms made in the recent past. A plan to build 30 Special Economic Zones is virtually suspended because New Delhi has not sorted out how to acquire the necessary land, a major issue in both urban and rural India, without a major social and political upheaval. Agriculture, distorted by fertilizer subsidies and technologically laggard, is woefully unproductive. Simple and nonpolitical reforms, like strengthening the legal system and adding more judges to the courtrooms, have been ignored.

A June 16 report by Goldman Sachs’ (GS) Jim O’Neill and Tushar Poddar, Ten Things for India to Achieve Its 2050 Potential, is a grim reminder that India has fallen to the bottom of the four BRIC nations (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) in its growth scores, due largely to government inertia. The report states that India’s rice yields are a third those of China and half of Vietnam’s. While 60% of the country’s labor force is employed in agriculture, farming contributes less than 1% to overall growth. The report urges India to improve governance, raise educational achievement, and control inflation. It also advises reining in profligate expenditures, liberalizing its financial markets, increasing agricultural productivity, and improving infrastructure, the environment, and energy use. “The will to implement all these needs leadership,” points out Poddar.

“We have a government in New Delhi with the best brains, the dream team,” he says, referring to Oxford-educated Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Harvard-educated Finance Minister P. Chidambaram. “If they don’t deliver, then what?”

Disillusioned Business

More worried than most are India’s businessmen, who have turned in stellar performances with their investment and entrepreneurial drive and begun to look like multinational players. For them, there’s plenty at stake. But lack of infrastructure, from new ports to roads, along with an undeveloped corporate bond market and high prices for real estate, commodities, and talent, are causing them to hit “choke points and structural impediments all over. We will lose years,” says Bombay investor Chetan Parikh of of Jeetay Investments.

Sanjay Kirloskar, chief executive of Kirloskar Brothers (KRBR.BO), a premier $470 million maker of water pumps, already has $100 million in overseas contracts. Yet few infrastructure contracts have come from New Delhi. Kirloskar had hoped to be part of a grand project linking India’s rivers, but those plans have been on hold for four years. “The infrastructure growth we had hoped for has not come about,” he says. “Instead, we will now expand overseas more than in India.”

Such constraints on growth at home will have an impact. Corporate earnings growth is likely to dip, says Merrill Lynch’s Holland, who now predicts just 10% growth, instead of the previous year’s 20%. That slowdown makes it less attractive for foreigners to invest in India’s stock market. Already this year, foreigners have taken $5.5 billion out of the market, compared with the $19 billion they invested last year. Gagan Banga, chief executive of India Bulls Financial Services, an emerging finance and real estate giant, points admiringly to China’s ability to maintain its growth momentum for a decade, while India’s has not been able to hold up for even three years. “Serious companies are going to grow at a much slower pace, and some may even de-grow this year,” he says. Unless major policy decisions are made by New Delhi immediately to keep the economy on the growth path, he says, “India will slow down even further.”

New Delhi defends its four year reign in India. “We’ve had 9% growth for four years in a row,” says Sanjaya Baru, media adviser to Prime Minister Singh. “That is unprecedented.” He attributes it to the increasing rate of investment, up from 28% of GDP to 35% currently, “close to most ASEAN economies,” though he admits that a large part is from the private sector. “Yes, there is a fiscal problem, but there’s a price to be paid for coalition politics,” adds Baru. So having growth drop “from 9% to 7% is not grim.”

Social Backlash?

Chetan Modi, head of Moody’s India, says the increasingly high cost of doing business in India may force global investors who had set up base in India—especially financial-services players—to move to more affordable and efficient hubs, such as Singapore and Hong Kong. If the economy slows and inflation continues to accelerate, says Sherman Chan, economist at Moody’s Economy.com, “social unrest is possible.”

In fact, India is becoming a dangerous social cauldron. The wealth harvested by the reforms of previous governments has made itself evident in the luxury cars and apartments in India’s big cities, leaving much of India full of aspirations but few means to achieve them. There is a severe shortage of colleges, yet a plan to build 1,500 universities gathers dust. The Communists in the ruling coalition are against both globalization and industrialization, so without new factories being built, employment growth has been almost stagnant, rising to just 2%—a disappointing rate in a country where an estimated 14 million youths enter the workforce every year, but just 1 million get jobs in the regulated, above-ground economy.

Meanwhile, few expect any bold moves New Delhi, especially with national elections due in 2009 and five important state elections scheduled before the end of this year. Thus far, the ruling Congress party’s record has been poor; it has lost almost every state election this year and is likely to lose all five of the upcoming ones.

The big hope for a return to the course of reform in India, businessmen hope, will be a new government in New Delhi next year. The gravest danger is that India’s messy coalition politics will bring into power another indecisive alliance that will keep the country in policy limbo for another five years. If so, says S&P’s Gokarn, it’s a meltdown scenario: growth slipping below 6.5%, accelerating the chances of India reverting to its 1991 status when it was plunged into a balance-of-payments crisis.

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A Quest For Glory And Bonus Ends In Disgrace

Posted by iBlog on May 21, 2008

PARIS — When Daniel Bouton, the chief executive of Société Générale, announced that the venerable bank had lost more than $7 billion in unwinding the positions of a rogue trader, he called the culprit “a terrorist.”

But Jérôme Kerviel, nicknamed “the mad trader” by the French press, told investigators that all he wanted was to be respected, and to earn a big bonus.

Mr. Kerviel, the son of a hairdresser and a metal shop teacher from the provinces — a contrast to his pedigreed superiors — reported to work early, stayed late, and took only four days off in 2007, in a nation where six weeks of vacation is de rigueur. Starting in early 2005, he made small unauthorized trades, a strategy that ultimately wound out of control.

At a news conference, Jean-Claude Marin, Paris’s chief prosecutor, said, “When you have been performing these operations for months without being discovered, there is a kind of spiral, where you ultimately think yourself much stronger than the rest of the world.”

In 48 hours of intense questioning, Mr. Kerviel described growing increasingly daring after no one at the bank detected a series of small, unauthorized trades that he had placed. And Monday, pressure mounted on Société Générale and Mr. Bouton to explain how the bank had missed the illicit trades, and the red flags Mr. Kerviel set off, for so long. French authorities began to snap at one another Monday, even as they closed ranks, promising to repel any hostile takeover bid by a foreign company.

Mr. Kerviel told prosecutors that other traders at Société Générale had used similar tactics but with smaller bets.

He said that he eventually built up a lucrative position that would have earned the bank 1.4 billion euros, or a little more than $2 billion, if it had been cashed out by the end of last year. And he told prosecutors that he thought he deserved a bonus last year of 300,000 euros. Instead, he received 1,500 euros.

Initially, his bets did pay off. The bank’s head of asset management, Philippe Collas, told Bloomberg News last week that Mr. Kerviel was “massively in the money” by the end of December. But then the European market turned down and his losses mounted.

Over time, Mr. Kerviel had increased the size of his bets — he hedged his positions on paper with falsified documents and e-mail messages — but he remained convinced that success was just around the corner.

“He bet on the return of the markets that were extremely low and he imagined that there would be a return of the markets just as large as the losses,” Mr. Marin, the prosecutor, said. “There is an addiction. There is a dependency on this complicated game of betting on the markets, and there is a sort of spiral into which it’s difficult to exit.”

If he is found guilty of abuse of confidence, the charge carrying the most severe penalty, Mr. Kerviel faces a seven-year jail term and a 750,000 euro fine. Mr. Kerviel is also accused of forgery and unauthorized use of someone else’s password to access a computer system.

He said he did not seek to keep any of the bank’s money.

The prosecutor recommended keeping Mr. Kerviel in protective custody, in part because of the danger of suicide once Mr. Kerviel realizes what penalties he is facing.

“One of our concerns is that he needs protection,” Mr. Marin said, adding that Mr. Kerviel had not received any threats. “He’s not depressed at the moment. But once the full measure of behavior hits home you know that the way that human nature operates means that he could take some kind of action.”

Later Monday, Mr. Kerviel surrendered his passport and was released by a judge, who decides such matters separately from the prosecutor. Prosecutors immediately appealed the decision.

Over the course of his interrogation by prosecutors, Mr. Kerviel admitted making deceptive trades. The trades were part of his ambition to succeed in the business and impress his bosses, and to lead them to recognize his “financial genius,” Mr. Marin said.

Mr. Kerviel was striving to break free from his lowly beginnings in the bank hierarchy. He graduated with a degree in finance from a university in Lyon that specialized in training bank employees, and in 2000 he began work in the unglamorous back office and middle office, where trades are monitored.

And once he became a junior trader, his salary of 100,000 euros was paltry in comparison with the bank’s stars.

“He wanted to prove his competence,” Mr. Marin said, “and his capacity to act on the market. He was also seeking a bonus from his results.”

Indeed, when Jean-Pierre Mustier, chief executive of Société Générale’s corporate and investment banking division, called in Mr. Kerviel for questioning on Jan. 19, the day after the trader’s faulty positions were discovered, Mr. Kerviel insisted for several hours that rather than engaging in wrongdoing, he had instead invented a new kind of trade that would make the bank money.

The pressure to perform apparently took its toll on Mr. Kerviel. His family said they had detected signs that he was suffering under pressure from his job and that they had grown increasingly worried.

During an interview with the French radio network Europe 1, Sylviane Le Goff, one of Mr. Kerviel’s two aunts, said he had suffered health problems because of his job. The family, she said, had urged him to quit, but Mr. Kerviel told them he did not know what else he could do.

“He is a boy who is serious, honest and hardworking and is incapable of doing anything wrong,” Ms. Le Goff said, declaring that her nephew had been manipulated and that authorities should examine the actions of his managers.

Mr. Kerviel still remains convinced that the positions he took would not necessarily have harmed the bank in such a drastic fashion if the company had not moved to unwind his actions into a volatile market that was already falling.

“In waiting a little while,” he told the prosecutors, “there could have been.

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China Quake

Posted by iBlog on May 13, 2008


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How To Catch Up On Lost Sleep

Posted by iBlog on May 13, 2008

Sleeping too little messes with your mind and hurts your body.

Sleep not only makes you feel sharp and rested; it seems to play a key role in how the brain sorts out information and lays down long-term memories. And a lack of sleep has been associated with maladies ranging from cardiovascular disease to depression the CDC says.

Sleep debt is real. Go to bed too late or wake up too early day after day, and you’ll be faced with your own personal sleep credit crisis. It’s not entirely clear what’s going on in the body when this happens, but this NIH explainer suggests the compound adenosine may play a key role.

Adenosine builds up in the blood while you’re awake, and is broken down while you sleep. Over time, if you don’t get enough sleep, the level of adenosine in your blood rises. (Caffeine, by the way, is thought to keep you awake by interfering with the brain receptors that sense adenosine.)

Indeed, you may have more sleep debt than you think, Scientific American suggests in a story published this week. “People accumulate sleep debt surreptitiously,” psychiatrist William C. Dement, founder of the Stanford University Sleep Clinic, tells SciAm. A few minutes here, a few there, and suddenly your brain may be trying to foreclose on your alarm clock.

You can pay down that debt, but not in a single weekend sleep marathon.

Instead, SciAm says, you need to get an extra hour or two a night over many nights to get back to normal. If you’ve been missing sleep for a while, it could take months to get the sleep-debt monkey off your back.

For best results, go to sleep when you’re tired and sleep until you wake up naturally in the morning. Sounds great. But, like much common-sense medical advice, it also sounds tough to put into practice. In the meantime, the Health Blog will have another cup of coffee to get us through the afternoon.

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Does Being Ethical Pay?

Posted by iBlog on May 13, 2008

For corporations, social responsibility has become a big business. Companies spend billions of dollars doing good works — everything from boosting diversity in their ranks to developing eco-friendly technology — and then trumpeting those efforts to the public.

But does it pay off?


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Start Ups Race To Produce Green Cars

Posted by iBlog on May 13, 2008

Spurred by the belief that the market for fuel-efficient vehicles is about to take off, a slew of tiny car companies is springing up in Europe and the U.S. They are racing to produce the next “green” car, betting that soaring demand will allow them to survive alongside the giants of Detroit, Stuttgart and Tokyo.

Most of the upstarts were founded in the last 12 months and have financial backing from venture-capital firms. They are headed by former top engineers and designers from the likes of Germany’s Volkswagen AG and storied U.K. racecar builder McLaren. Responding to soaring gasoline prices and a tightening noose of emissions regulations in Europe and the U.S., the companies are working on a new generation of hybrid and electric vehicles


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China Earthquake…

Posted by iBlog on May 13, 2008

In the aftermath of the earthquake, people across China continued to turn to the Web to post firsthand accounts and look for information on loved ones.

One writer who goes by the name Aren posted photos of Dujiangyan, a town near the earthquake’s epicenter where a school collapse killed hundreds of students. “I just got back from hell,” Aren wrote on a Chinese-language site, describing chaos and at least two bodies still lying amid rubble on the street. (Warning: Some of the photos on the site are graphic.)


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Listening Skills

Posted by iBlog on February 5, 2008

Listening Skills

Listening involves a set of skills that require constant practive and attention to overcome the barriers we meet.

Barriers to listening:

Cultural Roles

People who are skilled at listening are patient listeners who rarely interrupt others. Keep your mind clear and listen.

Orient Your Body to the Speaker
Be sensitive
Maintain eye contact
Release Agenda
Attend to Speaker
Reflect Speaker
Ask clarifying questions
Encourage key words
Minimal Responses
Build line of thought
Nonverbal encouragers
Contrast Constructively
Listen for Feeling Words
Speakers Feelings
Non Verbal Signs
Reflect Speakers Feelings

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How To Make SEO Work For You

Posted by iBlog on September 12, 2007

You should also formally submit your site to the major search engines, which allows them to index it. Include at least Yahoo (YHOO), Google, and MSN (MSFT), Leff suggests, but don’t necessarily limit it to those three. People searching the Internet don’t all use the same search engines. “Research shows that older audiences still like AOL (TWX) and professional audiences tend to like MSN and Google, while younger audiences often like Yahoo. Only about one-third of users use one search engine consistently,” McPherson says. Knowing your audience will help you decide which search engines to optimize for. Go to their home pages and search “how do I submit my site?” to get easy instructions.

 Read the full article in BusinessWeek.com

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Best Business Schools

Posted by iBlog on August 20, 2007

Our fifth biennial ranking of business schools highlights the appeal of one-year programs. Our survey ranks schools based on return on investment–meaning compensation five years after graduation minus tuition and the forgone salary during school. Each of the top five one-year foreign programs beat out all two-year programs because the opportunity cost, in lost wages, to attend is materially less. IMD in Switzerland, which ranked first among such one-year schools, had a median five-year gain of $169,000. By comparison, Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, which tops the list of two-year programs for the second time, had a median five-year gain of $115,000.

Read the full article in FastCompany.com

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Will Online Ads Ever Click?

Posted by iBlog on August 20, 2007

The problem with Internet advertising isn’t that there’s too much of it (or, these days, less and less of it), or even that most banner ads make 30-second TV spots look like Oscar material. No, the problem is that Internet advertising just isn’t smart enough.


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How long have marketing executives been listening to change-the-game rhetoric from business pundits, Net companies, and online-ad agencies? We all know the jargon: “one-to-one marketing,” “mass customization,” “permission marketing.” And yet, even today, most companies don’t really know what they are paying for when they buy an online ad.

Read the full article in Fastcompany.com

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Doing Business Online

Posted by iBlog on August 20, 2007

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Choose The Right eCommerce System

Posted by iBlog on August 20, 2007

When you decide to open an online store, you face a range of options, from outsourcing everything to doing it all yourself. Choosing the software that will run your store is a complex process, and even if you don’t plan to do it yourself you’ll still need enough information to make informed choices. To help make up your mind, run through this summary of your choices, along with their advantages and drawbacks.

Read the full article on AllBusiness.com

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Profiting From Fake Pharma

Posted by iBlog on August 20, 2007

If it seems like the number of e-mails clogging your in-box from “the pharmacy America trusts,” promising “genuine Viagra and Cialis” is on the rise, don’t be surprised. Online sales of less than bona fide drugs are booming.

Using spam to sell what are usually fake pills on the Internet has grown into a business worth billions of dollars a year, with costs and barriers to entry that are so low that a vendor need only make a few successful transactions to turn a profit. A new study from MarkMonitor, a San Francisco-based company that monitors online brand abuse, sheds new light on a growing problem for legitimate pharmacies that sell their products online, the pharmaceutical companies spending billions of dollars to develop drugs, and the consumers whose health can be at risk from using tainted pills.

Read the full article in BusinessWeek.com

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Does Success Hinge On A Domain Name?

Posted by iBlog on August 20, 2007

There are now more than 71.1 million registered .com domains—about three times the number of domains registered using .net, .org, .info, .biz, or .us combined. Every possible two- and three-character dot-com domain name was claimed years ago, as was virtually every word in the English dictionary.

Read the full article in BusinessWeek.com

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The Key(Words) To eCommerce Success

Posted by iBlog on August 9, 2007

Once a cutting edge technology itself, e-commerce is poised to benefit from another emerging technology originally developed to aid marketers with their online strategies — paid search.

Read the full article in Fastcompany.com

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The Importance Of A Business Plan

Posted by iBlog on August 7, 2007

Creating a proper business plan is essential. There are newbie entrepreneurs and seasoned business owners who can whip up a venture on the fly, but if you plan to talk to investors without a business plan chances are very slim you will even get your foot in the door when it comes down to raising capital.


 A business plan is significant to the beginnings of the growth of your company. We create business plans for many reasons. To obtain financing, form strategic alliances, attract important people and it sells your company. You utilize it as a tool to attract attention to the appropriate sources you need.

Click on the links below on creating a business plan:

Writing a business plan on Inc.com


Another useful guide to creating a business plan on Inc.com


Jen Lyn

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Source Motivation

Posted by iBlog on July 5, 2007

Motivating Your Sources

1. Purpose or Goal
2. Benefits
3. Key Action Steps
4. Applicability Requirements
5. Researching
6. Reporting
7. Source Seeking
8. Advice Seeking
9. Advising
10. Shopping
11. Announcing
12. Purchasing
13. Connecting
14. Recognizing
15. Inviting
16. Schmoozing
17. Collaborating
18. Promoting
19. Sponsoring
20. Auditing

Types of Sources

1. Inspired to help
2. Have resources
3. Make good referrals
4. Trained to to the job
5. Have time to help
6. Would make great referrals

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Personality Types

Posted by iBlog on July 5, 2007

What MBTI Types Listen For

Connections with what they already know
Facts and details
Building clocks
Practical applications

Something unknown
Knowledge gaps
Big picture

Logical connections
Analytical data
Intellectual challenge


Planning opportunities

New Perspectives
Change in opportunity

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Interpersonal Effectiveness

Posted by iBlog on July 5, 2007

Interpersonal Effectiveness

1. Act friendly in dimeanor

2. Make people feel important

3. Share value, acknowledge it

4. Be interested in people

5. Remember name’s

6. Remember facts and inquire about them

7. Always be honest with yourself, others

8. Be direct and straightforward

9. Develop listening skills

10. Admit if you are wrong

11. Be encouraging and involved

12. Be there when people need you

13. Let people save face

Negative Behaviors to Avoid

1. Negativity

2. Abrasiveness

3. Overeactions to stress

4. Foul language

5. Making people feel worthless

6. Overation to bad news

7. Panicking and anxiety to negativity

8. Making jokes at anyone’s expense

9. Direct remarks, “You should..”

10. Reminding people of what is wrong

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Fascilitating Group Interaction

Posted by iBlog on July 5, 2007

Facilitating Group Interaction

Facilitating group interaction requires all of the interpersonal skills addressed in the earlier parts of this manuel. Good facilitators are able to observe and participate in group processes simultaneously, to contribute on a content level while influencing the way group member work together.

Characteristics of Effective Groups

Listening well
Communicating well
Willingness to share
Try out other’s ideas
Ask for feedback
Attend to group maintainance
People act as full and committed group members

Understanding Task Function of Groups

Information Seeking
Information Giving
Consensus Testing

Understanding Maintainance Functions

Expressing Group Feelings
Influencing with Integrity
Standard Setting

Understanding Group Communication


Focused on one person
Single focus – high status, aggressive leader
Legitimate temporarily


Separate conversations
Result of disputes


Communicate among themselves
Splits group focus
Leaves people out
Healthy in short run
Lack of direction


Free flow communication
Center of attention
Group centered comments
Openess of dialogue
Member acts as the recorder

Observing Groups in Action

Task Functions
Maintenance Functions
Conflict Resolution

Forming Stages of Group Development


Excitement, optimism
Satisfaction, pride for chosen team
Tentative attachment to team
Committment to its success
Anxiety about the task ahead


Define purpose and goals in group
Define group tasks
Determine roles
Determine norms
Decide how to process
Discess general concepts
Discuss problems
Complain about barriers

Common Issues

Purpose, goals confusing
Too anxious to succeed
Early direction
Group members not concerned of their own or other’s roles
Members are anxious about moving forward
No group norms


Most difficult stage

Members grow restless from lack of sleep, progress and attempts to take charge. Tasks are harder then they imagined, the drive to have their ideas accepted created competition and the strong egos that have led them to be part of the group may inhibit communication and cooperation. In this critical stage of development, conflict will be high and some members will withdraw and rely on their experience as individual contributors to try to get the job done.

Typical feelings during this stage

Frustration at the groups progress lack
Anxiety over lack of teamwork
Optimism about groups chances of success
Fear of using different approaches

Typical behaviors during this stage
Resisting the groups purpose, goals, tasks
Arguing among group member
Staking out areas of individual expertise
Forming subgroups
Perceiving a pecking order
Showing concern
Resisting leadership


Argue within group/stress or competitiveness
Competing members/collaborative interventions, brainstorming
Members are polarized/form subtask problem teams
Members do not listen effectively/reflective listening
Group is overwhelmed/problem solving situations

Norming Stages

During this stage group members reconcile their differences enough to collaborate on problem solving, decision making and other task related activities. Social proof becomes a powerful force in shaping individual behavior.

Typical Feelings

Relief of tension
Renewed confidence in ability for the group to succeed
Increased willingness to see oneself
Increased willingness to give and receive constructive feedback
Increased caring for the group

Typical Behaviors

Establish and enforce group norms
Communicate more openly
Work cooperatively
Test for building consensus in overt ways
Avoid conflict
Share feelings
Attend to the groups maintenace functions


No Group Identity
Members become too polite
Group cannot agree how to work together
Unwilling to engage in constructive conflict


Tension and conflict of stage two subsided
Renewed confidence
Increased willingness to see oneself
Increased caring for the group
Increased willingness to give and receive constructive feedback


Establish and reinforce group norms
Communicate more openly
Work cooperatively
Test for and build consensus
Avoid conflict
Share feelings
Attend to groups maintenance functions


No Identity
Group cannot agree how they will work together
Identifying problems in confusio
Members become too polite
Unwilling to engage in constructive conflict


When groups reach the performing stage, they have resolved their relationship issues and know how to work in collaboration. Individual members have learned and accepted one another’s strengths and weaknesses and have evolved in performance strategies that capitalize on strengths and mitigate weaknesses. During this stage, members are typically assertive, participate at a comfortable level and trust each other enough to share feelings and ask for help without losing status.

Typical Feelings

Accepting one another’s strengths and weaknesses
Trust in other members
Comfort in dealing with task and maintainance issues
Satisfaction and pride

Typical Behaviors

Adapting one’s style
Influencing multilaterally
Communicating openly
Balance asserting
Resolving or managing conflict
Collaborate on group tasks
Giving and receiving
Identifying strongly with the group


Identify implement solutions
Members work alone
Members sense their procedures and processes
Reaching a level of comfort
Leaving the group

Typical Feelings During Stage 5

Apprehension over impending lose of team
Exhilaration over what has been accomplished
Reluctance to bid farewell
Relief you took risks and were successful
Need for recognition
Unwilling to let go
Saying good-bye to one another
Evaluate results
Cleaning the group’s area


Establish closing procedures
Design celebrations
Discuss endings
Provide a vehicle
End with a ritual

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Marketing 101: Typical “Buzz” Marketing Advice

Posted by iBlog on May 20, 2007

 Wanna buy? Wanna try? Marketing at it’s finest. 

Peel back the ad and smell the sweet smell of Armani cologne. Go ahead and take a whif it smells so good. Like my ex lover how he wore it so well. Wanna buy? Wanna try? Marketing at it’s finest. What’s new? This is new. Within two second like Malcom Gladwell’s Blink bestseller. Within two seconds you just know. The theory proves true. My first two seconds of taking a whif of that scent had me going and if you had asked me in that moment how I was feeling well I am sure you could have guessed. That’s marketing. Of course the allure is a mind aphrodesiac however the smell eventually wears off. 

A perfect example of buzz marketing at it’s best.


Nothing lasts forever in marketing. Unless at least you throw in the promoting and the constant attention generating. If you asked me, over the years of implementing hands on marketing experience, the effect is a hard working process of trying to put together pieces to the puzzle and hyping up the hype. Whether it be the people, the ad or the words it’s all a part of creating “buzz.” Buzz sure can carry you a long way during your marketing campaign.What is buzz? Buzz is marketing. Buzz marketing specifically. I never recieved mba, I never went to b-school. I learned from first hand dirty entrepreneurial experience. What I learned that I valued the most from marketing 101 beginnings was that when you start your own business you must be able to market, market, market like a guerilla!Whether it be through people or constant ad contact attention, marketing is the key word. Gaining the attention of others. Letting them know what it’s all about. How to market? Be clever, be daring be unique and stand out. Ignorance can be bliss to the newer population. But us old folks and seniors know the game. You need to get in at the right place and right time.

Don’t be typical. Don’t over hype. Too little or too much can bring disaster to your marketing campaign. Experiement and try new things and it will all make sense in time. Learn to listen, tweak and play to your audience. Imagine yourself on stage at a national talent show. The talent? Your product of course. You have to show the audience what makes your product rock. Put on a good show. Marketing is all about being creative. Get creative. Make sense. Dress it up and wow them with your intelligence. Product knowledge is icing on the cake. If you can master the art of product performance (and details do indeed earn you extra brownie points) then you are well on your way to a stellar performance.

Jen Lyn 

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