Have you Considered a Green Wedding?

You can have a traditional wedding in a green way or you can be a trendsetting eco-couple and celebrate your special day in an unconventional way. Your wedding should be as unique as you are while showcasing your beliefs and values. From the smallest eco-detail to the largest wedding expense …

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Conducting Effective Market Research

Business guru Peter Drucker says that businesses exist to create customers. If you can’t create customers, your business will end. If you’re already generating revenue with a solid, consistent customer base, you have market demand. But if you’re unsure whether market demand exists (or whether current demand …

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Fun with Boomerangs

A boomerang is a curved throwing stick used chiefly by the Aboriginals of Australia for hunting and warfare. When thrown, the boomerang returns to the thrower if tossed correctly. They are a popular plaything with young children who marvel at how work. Boomerangs are also an internationally recognised symbol of …

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Originality in Poetry

The easiest way, in poetry, is to rephrase your own emotional reac- tions in the words and phrases created by the favorite poets of the past: so that a thing is "white as the driven snow," or "red as a June rose." When these similes were first invented, they were …

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The Sport of Falconry

For many practitioners, falconry has ethereal, almost poetic, qualities. It provides real contact with nature; with the wind; with the ways of wild animals and their wild habitats; with the raw beauty and power of birds of prey in flight; with the privilege of watching them do what they do …

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The Link Between Obesity and Pain

Obesity is a condition whereby excessive fat tissue accumulates and is usually diagnosed by using weight and height to calculate body mass index, or BMI. A person can have a low, normal, overweight, or obese BMI. A BMI greater than 40 is considered morbidly obese. About 3.5 percent of …

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Getting Children into Nature

When we grew up (perhaps this sounds familiar to some of you of a certain age) both of us were allowed to play without supervision. Along with a gang of friends we tussled, climbed trees, built forts, rambled. From wading through cattail marshes and playing hide and seek among towering …

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Writing Effective Job Descriptions

If you cannot effectively describe a position, you cannot effectively hire for it. Oftentimes, historical assumptions about the background, educa- tion, and skills necessary to do a job shape job descriptions. Analyze these carefully. If the current description says the candidate needs to have 10 years of experience, why is …

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Make the Most of your Sales Pitch

If you were building a model airplane, it wouldn’t be any good to make most of it great but to leave off the left wing or connect the rudder upside-down. You would completely undo all your good work by being sloppy in even one area. If the airplane is …

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Presenting to Senior Executives

Senior executives are a tough segment to reach. They usually have very little time in their schedules to give you. Though that’s true of many audiences, what sets this crowd apart is that they need to make huge decisions based on accurate information delivered quickly. Long presentations with a …

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The Law on Foraging

Foraging, it should go without saying, needs to be legal. It should also be fun. And no hobby, surely, could be cheaper. More often than not a carrier bag folded in the pocket and open eyes are all you need. The law on foraging is the proverbial minefield, but the …

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General Principles of Project Management

The work undertaken by Henri Fayol in the early part of the 20th century is largely the foundation upon which the general principles of project management were built and in essence defines the structure by which many projects are still managed today.

Fayol’s general principles of management are:

  1. Division …

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Leading By Example

We all know that the strengths and weaknesses in any depart- ment or organization can often mirror those of the people who run it. If you, as a manager, have difficulty getting the people who work for you to measure up to the standards upon which you insist, how about …

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