Being An Executive Is Not Just A Look

When I think of an executive I think of powerful looking man in a sharp suit making large business deals with international big-wigs. I think of bank accounts in the Carribean and 2nd homes in Italy. I think about the dark limousines and the power ties and golfing with the president or a powerful person in Congress. I think of Martini’s and big cigars and lawyers and secret memos.

Why do I think all these things about being an executive? Well the movies of course and why not believe the movies? They are real right? Well as usual that statement couldn’t be further from the truth. Being an executive involves way more than all of this and often doesn’t involve those things mentioned above. So what does being an executive really involve? Well I want to talk about that and do some realistic guessing (I have never been one myself) about what it takes to be an executive.

The life of an executive is actually a life that is filled with sacrifice. Often times people have sacrificed many, many hours working hard in a cubicle, burning the midnight oil just to get ahead in the rat race. Once they are ahead there work doesn’t slow down it is increased because you are constantly on the go in order to maintain you place of power.

Power is an interesting word too. You have power as an executive but it is the power to move a company in the right direction. You don’t really have the power to move the company in the wrong direction as an executive because as soon as the boat begins to lean the board of directors or whatever you want to call the governing body of a company will be on your heels hounding you until you either get the company going back in the right direction or resign.

The vacations in the Caribbean and the golf outings with important people are kind of misleading as well because you are not doing those things as often as a normal employee may have the opportunity because you don’t have time. You are such a slave to work as an executive that vacations and time spent with family are wishful thinking.

It is these two last things that are perhaps the biggest argument against becoming a big-shot executive in a large company. That is being a slave to your watch/day planner and being a stranger to your family. Life after all isn’t worth living if you can’t enjoy the fruit of your labor and form meaningful relationships with people that love you.

Corporate Concierge Services Offer Significant Benefits To Property Managers

Are you trying to present your commercial property for lease or sale in its best light so you can obtain the best price? Are you trying to reduce tenant turnover? Are you trying to cut costs while improving quality of service and tenant satisfaction? There is now one easy and effective method that would support better customer service, streamline productivity, and improve your financial bottom line. Sounds like the impossible dream, but it’s not.

To remain successful in today’s competitive real estate market, owner and property managers should consider what industry leaders are already instituting at their sites: corporate concierge services. Offering tenant amenities is rapidly becoming the “it-factor” that makes all the difference.

In order for you to attract and retain quality tenants, you need to remain competitive in the real estate industry. Large property owners and property managers are becoming ever more consistently challenged to offer amenities that create a better environment for their tenants. High-rise apartment buildings, condos, and commercial office suites have recently begun to realize the benefits of corporate concierge services.

Partnering with a concierge service provider offers a means by which your commercial properties can offer a diverse array of services to simplify their tenants’ lives and improve company assets while streamlining their business tasks. Whether it be the addition of dry cleaning services, procuring event tickets, automobile assistance, property maintenance, or beyond, implementing a comprehensive and attractive concierge package ensures that your tenants can conveniently access quality service, hassle-free, “one-stop support” easily and quickly.

Tenants are impressed when they can immediately reach a ‘live’ person who will listen and work with them towards remedying their complaints or desires. The Tenant Loyalty division of a concierge service provider offers phone coverage to field any tenant complaints and work towards their resolution. Imagine having your tenant issues resolved quickly while increasing tenant satisfaction with rapid response, research, and solution. Utilizing a concierge service equates to happier tenants and, thus, more consistent revenue and even increased profits for your business. Further, it removes many of the daily headaches that owners and managers face so they can focus on their core business activities.

Concierge services offer significant benefits to all parties involved!

• Provision, research, and coordination of subcontractors and vendors services, security, janitorial details (including specialized room cleaning, catering and functions management, event scheduling, dry cleaning services, ticket procurement (single or group), car services, maintenance and minor repair issues, and more.
• Lower overhead with reduced personnel training and employee hours.
• Handling and tracking of relevant services. From brainstorming to conception of concierge plan through to budgeting, implementing, tracking, and verification, we work with you from start to finish and everything in between to best suit the needs of your site. There is no longer a need for you to detract your focus from core business. If your needs change, we research options and present an analysis for you. You choose the options that best suit your situation; we take care of the rest.
• Improved response time for tenant contact and fulfillment of requests.
• Simplified accounting: one concierge service, one point of contact, one bill. We will track invoices and payments for you. Further, a partnership with our concierge service means that we provide the professional independent contractors. We reimburse them, i.e. no need to process diverse payroll each week.
• Reduced risk: our independent contractors work for us. No outlay for employee health insurance and benefits. No more worries with regard to scheduling, unemployment, or workers compensation issues for you.

Onsite or off-site concierge services offers a comprehensive solution – benefits that will place and keep you far above and beyond your competitors, whether you are owners or managers of commercial high-end apartments, condominium complexes, or commercial office buildings. Get your market edge and begin to improve your property and bottom line now.

Top 7 Principles For Transforming Your Business From Mediocre To Great

In the words of motivational speaker, Les Brown — “You don’t have to be great to get started, but you do have o get started to be great.” Where do you start to transform your business from mediocre to great?

Below are your top 7 essential ingredients for cultivating greatness within your own business:

More than ever, today, customers don’t just ask “what products do you offer?” They also ask “what values do you stand for?” What values does your business stand for? What practices have you developed to live those values daily?

Viktor Frankl, the great Austrian psychiatrist, said it best: “Success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue … as the unintended side effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself.” For what “transcendent” purpose does your business exist? How does your business make a difference in your customers’ lives?

In 1954, Roger Bannister did the seemingly “impossible” and ran the first 4 minute mile. When asked how he did it, he said “It’s the ability to take more out of yourself than you’ve got.'” How can you “take more out of yourself than you’ve got” to achieve the seemingly impossible in your business?

Contrarians are the change agents in the business world. These wealth-building businesses are not simply “executing better” — they’re radically changing the rules of the success game in their field or industry. Where in your business can you break the rules? How can you set yourself apart from the crowd in your industry?

Within every industry, every geography, every career path, there are examples of greatness everywhere. Find those people, those businesses that inspire you the most. What is it about them you would like to emulate? What changes can you make today to be like them?

Great businesses **decide** their future. They are not dictated by it. They know exactly where they want to be, by when, how, and then persist in getting there. What decisions have you made about your business future? What do you need to decide differently in order to have a great outcome?

Your business is a direct reflection of where you are at. It only grows as quickly as you do. To build a great business, you must commit to your own personal greatness. How do you define personal greatness for yourself? What changes can you make to unleash your own greatness?

Enterprise Resource Planning And Enterprise Content Management

The word Enterprise Resource Planning or ERP conveys a sense of planning the use of enterprise-wide resources to achieve enterprise objectives in the best possible manner. However, ERP has come to mean something much less ambitious. It simply means integrating two or more separate applications.

The integration is done by the use of a common database and multiple software and hardware components. Thus an ERP system can include Manufacturing, Financials, Sales & Distribution, and HR functionalities in separate modules.

Integration of a number of systems results in:

  • Creation of a unified database that results in greater reporting capabilities,
  • Elimination of external interfaces between different applications that were needed earlier to exchange information between them, and
  • Standardization and lower maintenance costs as a single system replaces the earlier multiple systems.

Typical modules in modern ERP systems:

ERP System Modules

Manufacturing: This module facilitates manufacturing and related operations such as plant engineering, production scheduling, materials requirements lists, workflow and process management, quality control and cost control.

Supply Chain Management: Inventory control and purchasing functions, including supply chain planning, and supplier performance monitoring, are the major functions facilitated by this module.

Customer Relationship Management: Sales and Distribution, Commissions and Customer Support are covered by this module.

Financials: This module covers the traditional accounting and cash flow management functions, including accounts receivable, accounts payable, cash flow control, and general ledger.

Other typical modules include Human Resources (including payroll), Project Management and Data Warehouse. ERP systems also provide direct interfaces for external entities like customers and suppliers, and internally for employees.

The separation of modules in this manner has resulted in some large organizations selecting different modules from different ERP vendors. Some functionality might be better with one vendor’s module while other vendors’ modules better manage other functionalities. This would, however, involve building interfaces between modules from different vendors, which might have to be done by in-house staff. It follows that the staff should have the required skill level.

Easy Business Incorporation

Business incorporation a decade or two ago is a tedious process that businesses often reach bankruptcy before being awarded corporation status. However, recent developments in the business world and the creation of Business Corporation Act make the process quicker and easier. Business journals outline three steps for business incorporation: securing corporate name, submitting required documents, and paying filing dues. These process can be done with the services of your lawyer or you can opt to D-I-Y.

First, secure and ensure a corporate name. Check other businesses’ names before deciding on yours. Business incorporation processes are usually disrupted by businesses filing names already owned by other companies. Also, avoid naming your corporation names that sound and spell like other companies’ names. Not only same sounding names might confuse possible clients, these can also cause your business to be overshadowed by the other company. This is especially true if they have been in the business longer, hence more popular.

Second, prepare all documents pertinent to business incorporation application. File these documents as early as you can for quicker processing. Third, pay all required state fees for application; taxes and other fees is a must if you want an efficient processing of your papers. State filing rates vary from state to state, these can be as low as $100 or as high as $400. Paying these dues is necessary to establish your company in that particular state.

These can be tedious steps if you opt to apply by yourself. D-I-Y application requires you to be knowledgeable about state laws concerning business incorporation. Preparing and collecting required documents alone is a long and ardorous task. In addition, you must follow-up and inquire about the status of your application with the authorized agencies yourself. However, using incorporation service groups reduces your burden considerably. After furnishing these companies with information, they will check the corporate name for you, file required documents, and even pay initial dues for you. In addition, they will also assume the duty of following up and inquiring about your application with the respective agencies. These companies have also done these application process many times, which translates into knowing key people inside these agencies which can give your paper or application a push in the right direction. This will result to an easy and efficient business incorporation application for you as their client.

Lastly, these service companies require minimal and nominal fees aside from state filing dues. To promote fast processing, they even allow clients to submit necessary data and information online. Though lawyers can do the job for you, you have to pay them hourly for their service. The cost alone might drive you to cancel business incorporation plans as it usually takes a month or so to be fully incorporated.

Employee Time Tracking

Time tracking is the act of tracing out the time spent on each activity in a particular period of time. With so much pressure on time these days, time tracking and management has become absolutely necessary. Though time tracking was initially just a method for keeping track of the way employees use their time, today it is a major program that is used for several other things like: payroll processing, employee productivity, revenue management, client management, invoicing, database management and project management.

Employee time tracking was first done using simple time cards or punch cards. Employees had to punch in their cards, when they came in or out, into a machine that would record the time. The timings were later copied onto spreadsheets and analyzed manually to determine how much time an employee spent in the office. This simple mechanism was sufficient in the days when there was not too much stress on the productivity of employees. However, with technological diversions like the Internet, e-mails, and phones, it has become very important to track the exact time the employee spends working. Besides, some enterprises have thousands of employees located at different locations across the world, working in different time zones, which make employee time tracking even more important. There are several advantages of employee time tracking: it makes payroll processing easier by tracking the exact hours an employee worked, increases revenues by correct invoicing, and makes database management easier. There are also some disadvantages: employees do not appreciate it they feel too much pressure for showing results for every minute; or the information may not be used properly.

Today, there are hundreds of employee time tracking programs and software packages available. These not only make tracking, but also billing, payroll, project costing and estimation easier. Besides, they can track the employee’s use of time in the absence of the supervisor. Employees located even thousands of miles away can be tracked using this software. These software programs can be downloaded easily onto any platform and used either offline or online. They can also be customized to suit exact requirements. Information about this software can be obtained over the internet.

Going Paperless – Your Route To The Efficient Office

Paper archives have a number of serious shortcomings, which at best cost time and money, and at worst threaten the viability of an organization.

There is first of all the issue of space which is typically at a premium in most organizations. Filing archives take up an ever increasing, and non-productive, share of the workspace. Archives generally deteriorate in poor storage conditions, and become disorganized and untidy – out of sight, out of mind usually applies.

Another important issue is the time wasted in operating and retrieving from a paper-based archive, which is very often hidden in general office activity but nevertheless can represent a real cost to the organization. Locating a document or file, even in a modest filing system, can take a long time, particularly if misfiled by the previous user.

Finally there is the very real concern of security. It is theoretically possible to plan for disaster recovery in a paper-based archive, either by using fireproof cabinets, or by storing photocopies of all important documentation in some remote location. The cost implications of either of these options are obviously enormous. Fires frequently cause the destruction of key files, resulting in crippling consequential losses for the organizations concerned.

Storing documents as electronic files overcomes all the shortcomings of paper archive in one hit. Filing space is more or less eliminated, document retrieval time is as long as it takes to key in a document or file reference on a PC keyboard, and files can be backed up either as part of existing IT procedures or on portable media such as the CD-ROM, stored in fireproof cabinets or in some remote location at very little additional expense.

Starting your electronic document storage project need not be as complicated as you would think.

Any piece of hard copy can be converted to an electronic file of one type or another, enabling it to be stored in and viewed by a PC or PC-based network, either individually, or as part of a larger electronic archive.

Each document is then assigned a look-up key, for example Invoice Number and Supplier Code or Name, plus any other key which could usefully identify the document in question. At its least sophisticated, this would require a keyboard operation – a potentially costly element in the process if a large amount of data is to be entered against each invoice. However, there are a number of ways in which data entry costs can be reduced, including a bar code scan from the document or the import of data through a text file.

So far, we have assumed that the database files would reside on a server, making the archive available across a PC-based network. A number of systems are fully portable, and can use CD’s (or DVD-ROMs) as an alternative to a server. CD’s can also provide low cost back up to a server-based archival system, for disaster recovery considerations.

Some organizations prefer a web server to hold their data and this offers the advantages of extendible storage facilities and fixed pre-agreed costs with the web hosting firm.

Effectively Managing Morning Sickness

Many pregnant women suffering from morning sickness may be wondering why it happens and whether it serves a purpose. When nausea and vomiting occur, they are often an indication of elevated hormonal levels, which is a sign that the pregnancy is in progress. However, it doesn’t mean that pregnant women who do not experience morning sickness are more likely to have a miscarriage.
This condition, according to traditional Chinese medicine, is a result of toxins that overburden the liver, hindering its ability to process the high levels of pregnancy hormones. Imbalance in the liver can cause nausea and vomiting.
Whatever the reasons may be, the odds of having morning sickness are greater if you:
experience nausea as a side effect of birth control
suffer from motion sickness
have female relatives who also experienced morning sickness
are pregnant with twins
Morning sickness usually lasts throughout the first trimester. To be relieved from its hassle and inconvenience, a combination of lifestyle and dietary changes as well as some alternative approaches should be tried by the expecting woman.
Simply follow the “slow, steady” rule when eating. It is better to eat six small meals spread throughout the day than consume three large meals. Don’t let yourself get hungry because the rise and fall in blood sugar can only add to your queasiness. Having gone without food for quite a while is the reason why many women feel nauseated in the morning. To avoid having an empty stomach, nibble on bland foods such as dry toast and saltine crackers. It is advisable if you can keep a box of crackers at your bedside to munch on before getting up in the morning.
Passing up foods that have strong odors and refraining from eating greasy or spicy foods help prevent morning sickness. It is also important for the pregnant woman to drink lots of water and to take prenatal vitamins.
If you still experience nausea after giving your best efforts to avoid it, try cold foods which can be soothing, especially water-rich choices such as melons, grapes, berries, fruit smoothies, cucumbers and oranges. Eating any form of citrus alleviates nausea. Sniffing on a slice of lemon can help also relieve morning sickness. Another great antidote for morning sickness is ginger which comes in different forms such as fresh ginger, ginger powder, dried ginger tablet or capsules, ginger ale, ginger snaps, and ginger tea.
Pregnant women experiencing morning sickness should always remember that staying hydrated is essential to replenish lost electrolytes, the minerals such as sodium and potassium that regulate the fluid balance in the body. Take slow, steady sips when you drink anything. Taking in more than 2 ounces at a time tend to bypass the tissues and fluids travel directly to kidneys and bladder.
When morning sickness starts to interfere with a woman’s quality of life, doctors may recommend vitamin B6 supplements which are easily depleted and absorbed by the body when pregnant. That’s why it is important to take a supplement or to load up on food sources that contain B6 such as egg yolks, yoghurt and whole grains to help alleviate morning sickness.

Activities for Children in Somerset

If you and your family have not been for a vacation in a long time then you should seriously consider visiting the Somerset holiday cottages and have a great time. The biggest problem families face when planning a vacation is whether their kids would enjoy visiting that place or not. But the good thing with the Somerset holiday cottages is that there are so many things for your children to do that they would not want to go anywhere else. There are so many activities that you and your children can enjoy together and end up having a grand time. Let us take up the various places and the associated activities one by one:


Any family that is vacationing at the Somerset holiday cottages should make it a point to visit the Wookey Hole which is actually a natural cave set amongst a series of such caves in the Cheddar George. The caves have been modified a little to provide a lighting effect that is sure to enthrall the visitors. After some research it was concluded that the caves have been present since the Stone Age and over the years a large number of visitors have been excited at the very thought of visiting such a place. There is even a spooky legend associated with these caves which suggest that the place is haunted which makes visiting the place even more fun. Also there are a large number of activities that you and your kids can indulge in making it a fun place to visit.


This is another one of the places that lie very close to the Somerset holiday cottages where you and your children can have a great outing. This place has even been featured in a famous television series and has a huge array of animals that you and your kids would love to gaze at. A good place to click some pictures one must make it a point to visit this area to enjoy a safari as well as the rides they have in the amusement section. If vacations are all about having fun then this is a place that you should not miss out on.


If you would like to have a little seaside fun around the Somerset holiday cottages then this is the place that should be on your mind. The children can have a lot of fun playing in the sand, riding donkeys and having fun fighting the waves. There is also a unique amusement park along the beach where you can have a joyous time with your family. If you have spare time then you should visit the SeaQuarium which features a large number of sea creatures you would be amazed to see.

Health Administration Schools – The Foundation You Should Choose to Start a Great Career

In the event that you have a craving to work in the human services industry yet would prefer fundamentally not to seek after a clinical profession, then turning into a Health Care Administrator is the right occupation for you. In any case, keeping in mind the end goal to do as such, you need to look at numerous Health Administration Schools to discover the best for you.

The Job

Human services Administration is a prestigious employment for nearly anybody required in the medicinal services industry. Human services directors are the foundation of any doctor’s facility, center or Health Management Organization. Normally, a human services overseer is in charge of coordinating and overseeing distinctive social insurance establishments, their long haul arranging, money related and faculty organization, material administration and open undertakings.

To wind up an effective medicinal services overseer, you should first prepare to end up one. Keeping in mind the end goal to do as such, one of the essential strides which you have to take is picking the right degree program. This includes picking which zone to represent considerable authority in. Probably the most widely recognized bosses programs identified with this field incorporate Masters in Health Care Administration, Health Services Administration,Business Administration in Health Care and Public Health. When you choose your specialty, you have to experience the courses offered by Health Administration Schools to discover which one obliges your requirements. Here some essential rules to help you locate a decent school:

1. Direct an appropriate personal investigation

The initial move towards finding the right school for you is directing exhaustive research. Discover as much as you can about this profession, the required degree and abilities, the occupation obligations, and so forth. A smart thought is to ask your companions or different experts inside this field. Utilize their experience to explore your vocation in the right heading. In the event that you are still not fulfilled, take a stab at getting the subtle elements on the web. The Internet is one place where you can without a doubt discover every one of the points of interest you have to think about this field.

2. Contract down your pursuit

When you have assembled all the essential insights about this profession, the following stride in getting yourself a decent school is to limit down the Health Administration Schools in your general vicinity to the ones that are putting forth your required program. Nonetheless, at the same time, you should likewise investigate their accreditations, the educational programs and the courses being advertised. Don’t simply make suppositions; have a nitty gritty take a gander at the projects being advertised. In the event that regardless you don’t feel fulfilled, have a word with the course guide to get out every one of the inquiries.

3. Examining the monetary subtle elements

Another essential angle to mull over while surveying Health Administration Schools is the expenses of your instruction. Consider the expenses caused in your studies as a venture on you for what’s to come.

Be that as it may, on the off chance that you are one those individuals who need to bolster their families, then a costly training can some of the time stretch your financial plan. For this reasons, numerous schools these days offer budgetary guide or grants to the meriting understudies. Have a go at investigating these choices and benefit as much as possible from it.