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    with their customers through intelligently produced interesting content I mean interesting well written properly informative content that might just might make people properly aware of what they are actually feeding their kids Surely with a bit of intelligent thinking brands can increase their consumer engagement and improve customer loyalty Anyway I ve put my soap box away and am heading off for a waistline saving Subway feast with a Big Mac for pudding Now where s the harm in that Surviving and thriving in cross cultural turbulence at work 13 June 2013 by Laura Sandford in Business and finance Lifestyle Unless you never venture beyond your home town you ll know that engaging with a person from a different background sometimes under unusual and unpredictable circumstances or in a new environment requires a certain amount of understanding or cultural intelligence Often in life we need to modify our behaviour our body language the way we speak or the way we use humour for example in order to blend in In business this understanding can be achieved through cross cultural training it s becoming increasingly important with the intensification of globalisation as foreign business escalates within corporations and SMEs alike As any good manager will know the absence of cross cultural intelligence in the workplace can impede productivity inhibiting performance and preventing organisations from succeeding fully in their chosen markets If you re one such manager you ll be relieved to know that we ve just published the antidote to your cultural nightmare Packed with fun graphics and indispensable advice The diversity dashboard is a breakthrough quick reference guide that will help you to bridge cultural gaps using practical insights and the clever analogy of a pilot s cockpit you need a triple A rating to operate your plane if you re struggling to attain your wings and become culturally competent remember these three As Awareness of your own culture knowledge about yourself and your core values and how these are expressed in attitudes behaviours and communication in the workplace Assessment of other cultures awareness of others and the ability to compare and contrast otherness with various tools and techniques Action continuing curiosity to learn more the willingness to adapt and be flexible and the ability to identify and respond creatively to cultural challenges and conflicts in ways that both respect and engage the other person Co written by intercultural management consultant Dr Deborah Swallow and experienced motivational speaker Eilidh Milnes this essential guide adopts a fun and realistic approach to a complex often overlooked subject We re delighted that the world s foremost culture specialist Fons Trompenaars seems to agree A rich and invaluable resource precise accessible advice on handling cross cultural differences in today s frenetic business world Fons Trompenaars author of the bestselling Riding the Waves of Culture Previous 1 2 3 20 21 22 Search Recent posts Alice in strategy land by Kate M Santon can help improve your business Career lessons from The Walking Dead be

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  • Super Thursday for Infinite Ideas | Infinite Ideas
    exciting Jack Brenin adventure Jack having grown up in Greece has never seen snow so this Yule is especially exciting for him as well as coming across many magical creatures and places in the lead up to Christmas If you re new to this series the first book The Golden Acorn is available for free on Kindle There s just enough time for you to dive into this magical series before the fifth book comes out We re nice like that we thought we d give you a bit of extra time to get hooked on the series If you re already a fan then there s still time to put it on your Christmas list and mark it on your calendar as there are just over six weeks until you can get your hands on this great book Also the cover is very cool and very Christmassy don t you think Not that we re endorsing getting this excited about Christmas already but if other publishers are then we will shamelessly jump on that bandwagon Search Recent posts Alice in strategy land by Kate M Santon can help improve your business Career lessons from The Walking Dead be adaptable The pros and cons of self publishing your business book Zombie identification for beginners What would Rick do Ten career boosting tips from The Walking Dead Blog Post Categories 100 Management Models 15 5742 Days 6 Authentic leadership 10 Basil Bunting and A strong song tows us 8 Book publishing 51 Business and finance 128 Classic Wine Library 8 Codebreaking our future 6 Current events 37 Entertainment 39 Football Business 9 Game of Thrones on Business 22 Implementing ISO 9001 2015 5 Lifestyle 43 Nine visions of capitalism 14 Publishing for business 4 Sherry 6 Spirits distilled 8 The corporate

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  • The Wichen Tree | Infinite Ideas
    a book that he was never meant to open and having looked inside gets more than he bargained for Worried by the effects he shows the book to Jack and asks for his help Together they are compelled to search for the chronicler Finnik the Delve who mysteriously disappeared many years ago and who may hold the key to solving their problem This complete magical adventure is the latest in the acclaimed Jack Brenin series and takes place during the thirteen days preceding Yule It s a race against time because come Yule if Jack can t find Finnik there will be consequences The story is about who you are and the driving forces within you for no one can escape their essential nature The Wichen tree of the title is an ancient name for the Rowan tree and according to folklore its wood bark and berries are said to have magical properties To order from Infinite Ideas at a discounted price please call 44 0 1865 514888 or email info infideas com Search Filter by category Business and finance Infinite Success Classic Wine Library Food and drink Biography and memoirs Fiction NEW Filter alphabetically Useful Info Terms and conditions

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  • How to win the Great British Bake Off | Infinite Ideas
    are we endorsing Ian to be honest When you re competing with your colleagues or other businesses it is important not to burn out too quickly Ian s arrogance is also something that could cost him the title One of the great things about Bake Off is the camaraderie between the contestants well except for bin gate but we won t open that can of worms and yet Ian seems to have remained a lone ranger in the tent Perhaps his strategy is to keep his skills to himself or to remain apart so that he can focus on making his bakes better than anyone else s However when you re in the ruthless world of business sometimes buttering up pun intended the competition can be beneficial for both parties Finding a way that both companies can work together and sharing knowledge is not always a bad thing Though Ian s chocolate well was a bit well anticlimactic one can t deny that Ian has great initiative and creativity demonstrating his ability to make his own cake moulds Seeing the problem from another angle and knowing what you can bring to the table can be great when leading a team and being familiar your strengths when times are tough can help get you out of a jam But they could also alienate you among your colleagues which may lead to mutiny in the ranks Tamal Tamal is our favourite anaesthetist and our second favourite finalist of this year s Bake Off Tamal has been the lucky recipient of the Hollywood Handshake not quite an Oscar and is adept at his baking skills However Tamal s weakness is timing When you re up against the wall with a particular project time management is everything Being a successful leader is about how you manage your employees and delegate to make things work as efficiently as possible Tamal is this year s unlikely heartthrob we wouldn t say no to one of his vol au vents and has taken it all in his stride In business like with everything there will be peaks and troughs in your success Tamal never let his successes or disasters go to his head and he certainly isn t signing up to be the latest Cosmo centrefold Being able to juggle his high pressured job with baking every week and still coming out on top is a skill that we can all learn Sometimes though it s best to keep things simple Though we really liked Flora it was clear that time and again she didn t listen to Mary and Paul s advice and gave herself too much to do Superiors try to guide you in the right direction and having too much on your plate can be catastrophic for your career and your personal life if not balanced well Dorret was eliminated in week three after she had scraped through the first two weeks She was the recipient of the Mary Berry scowl when she confessed

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  • Was Steve Jobs a conscious capitalist? | Infinite Ideas
    2009 iPod nano that is hiding in a drawer at my parents house That iconic combination of jeans and polo neck has cemented Jobs as an easily recognisable figure and the face of Apple There s no doubt that Jobs achieved extraordinary things with Apple but is the company promoting conscious capitalism Charles Hampden Turner and Fons Trompenaars authors of Nine visions of capitalism suggest that Jobs and the Apple corporation were winners with their very first product The computers produced by Acorn and the BBC Micro failed to match the appeal of the Apple I In reality there were a number of contributing factors the USA has a much larger and more demanding market California legislators approved a free Apple for every public school provided that school purchased a second a new mass market was created that shut imports out and Apple was pitched in terms of personal liberation from IBM the rebellion of a defiant citizenry against a corporatist ethos So Apple asserted that it was a cool company from the start We all remember those really fun Apple Macs that were brightly coloured they were not designed to appeal to Wall Street stockists they were for the young hip students and start ups They epitomise the rise of Silicon Valley exciting fresh and completely different to the stuffy companies that make you work ridiculous hours and resent your job Yet Apple too makes you work ridiculous hours by providing free food gyms and making the office a welcoming environment employees don t want to go home Essentially they are in it for life or at least as long as they work there The opportunity for Netflix and chill is sadly lacking Last October Apple HR demonstrated it s conscious capitalism by unveiling its philanthropy programme and it would match any donation to causes that its employees made In an age where most all of us in the Western world own a laptop smart phone and most likely an Apply product or two these companies are literally part of millions of people s lives Capitalism affects us on a global scale and Apple s stocks just keep growing New technologies are being developed and to stay current you have to stay ahead of the competition But to appeal to the masses and to remain in our pockets you have to be conscious of what the consumer wants Earlier in the year when Taylor Swift called Apple out on their policy of not paying artists for the first three months of Apple Music Apple responded we hear you Taylor Swift in an attempt to appeal human they came out smelling of roses when they could easily have ran into a PR blunder By looking like they care about what Swift and other artists had to say they showed their conscious capitalist ethics Whether you believe that Jobs was a conscious capitalist or not he managed to create a company that has changed millions of lives and made his mark

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  • Game of Thrones leads Emmy nominations | Infinite Ideas
    know and love time and time again Don t get me wrong I love a superhero movie as much as any 15 year old boy does but it doesn t provide me with as much satisfaction as a ten part Game of Thrones series Producers and actors are now wise to the shift to television that audiences are making With the creation of HBO and Sky and of course bigger tellys we are now closer than ever to having the movies in our very own home It is a radical shift to the Hollywood business model and producers are finally waking up to what the audience wants How can Hollywood compete with Netflix a fast streaming service that gives the viewer autonomy or so they think to watch whatever they want whenever and at a reasonable price It is unlikely that the Emmys will ever rival the Oscars for prestige and glamour but it is clear the heavyweight actors once nominated and winning at the Kodak Theatre are now finding themselves on the other side of the fence Could giants such as Netflix and Amazon Prime actually reinvent the business model of Hollywood that has remained steadfast for over 100 years Perhaps it s too soon to tell but with countless Emmy nominations to its name Netflix is all set to break the wheel much like our favourite queen Daenerys Targaryen We love business and we love popular culture what better way to celebrate the Emmy nominations and the build up to the awards by reading Game of Thrones on Business Netflix take note Search Recent posts Alice in strategy land by Kate M Santon can help improve your business Career lessons from The Walking Dead be adaptable The pros and cons of self publishing your business book Zombie identification

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  • Game of Thrones on Business | Infinite Ideas
    a discounted price please call 44 0 1865 514888 or email info infideas com Reviews George Osborne Chancellor of the Exchequer an interesting read The Financial Times Money Management 07 05 15 It s a good read for all Game of Thrones fans who might want to prepare in case winter is coming The Sunday Mirror Notebook magazine 19 04 15 Surprisingly full of solid advice based on the storylines it might be what you need to rise through the ranks The Guardian 09 04 15 Tim Phillips and Rebecca Clare have written a business book based on the shifting power dynamics of Westeros The Guardian 03 03 15 Canny authors Tim Phillips and Rebecca Clare have seized on the power struggles and psychopaths of Westeros to write Game of Thrones on Business The Guardian 08 04 15 The Game of Thrones careers guide job tips from Westeros Daily Telegraph 13 03 15 Game of Thrones 5 business lessons from the Seven Kingdoms A new book Game of Thrones on Business argues that Bill Clinton is just like Jon Snow and that Daenerys and Netflix share the same business strategy People Management Magazine 23 04 15 In the vicious world of Westeros where professional development is scarce the King s Landing mentoring programme may be Sansa s best chance of survival Square Mile Magazine May 2015 Look beyond the dragons monsters and funny names and you ll see that with its story of ambition deceit bravery triumph and disaster the series has clear parallels with today s business world City AM 23 11 15 Daenerys has also acquired the services of experienced strategist Tyrion Lannister and continues to rely on Missandei She may be growing queenlier by the day but she is astute enough to realise she cannot rule alone

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  • Entertainment Archives » Page 3 of 7 » Infinite Ideas | Infinite Ideas | Page 3
    and leaving Michael she became the leader of her own company and the epitome of the successful self made woman and single mother David Wallace He is a complicated character but we can establish that he really is just trying to do what s best for the business It can t be easy having to manage people like Michael Scott without firing them at the first opportunity However Wallace s plan to usurp Jan with a new employee was not handled well in season three it s always good to give someone the heads up before you interview for their replacement in front of them Wallace also made a bad business decision by hiring Ryan previously an intern at Scranton who had not made a single sale The power eventually got to Ryan s head and he had to be let go However Wallace gained back his credibility after being laid off by buying back Dunder Mifflin from Robert California and reinstating himself as CFO His character arc truly went full circle and he was probably one of the sanest people on the show Dwight K Schrute Dwight is the perfect example of earning your leadership role His first chance as boss is cut dramatically short after he fires a gun in the office However by the end of the show we are really rooting for him to become regional manager of Dunder Mifflin After years of painful pranks from Jim giving himself the assistant to the regional manager title and his lifelong dedication to his job Dwight wanted to die at his desk then quits his job after going over Michael s authority to Corporate he finally becomes the character that could He is the success story of Scranton Whether you think any of these characters actually deserved to be regional manager is up to you They certainly all had a unique style of leadership Perhaps if they d all read Bas Blekkingh s Authentic leadership they would have all been a little bit better at their jobs 7 reasons why Michael Scott is NOT the World s Best Boss 1 April 2015 by Catherine Holdsworth in Authentic leadership Business and finance Entertainment Last week we wrote about how much we admired Michael Scott for the leadership lessons that he could teach us However we re sure you re all thinking that there were more than a few occasions when Michael s managerial qualities were somewhat lacking So in the interest of fairness we have balanced out last week s list with seven reasons why Michael Scott could have perhaps done with reading Bas Blekkingh s Authentic leadership and getting a few tips on how to improve his skills Lack of productivity Michael Scott is a procrastinator if there was an award for this he would most certainly win it Remember the episode where he had to sign three different things before the end of the day and nobody left before seven because it was too much work Or how about when Jan asked Pam to write down everything Michael did one day spoiler he waited in line for a pretzel Michael s inability to knuckle down almost lost him his job when two companies were forced to merge Mixing business and romance From the very first episode Jan Levinson was a part of the Dunder Mifflin company and the victim of Michael s that s what she said jokes However somehow something like love managed to blossom between the two of them but not without serious consequences for their jobs and the company When Michael demands a raise Toby points out that this may be the first time ever a male subordinate has withheld sex from a female superior until he gets offered more money Thankfully Jan and Michael parted ways after a relationship that was tumultuous at best We can all learn from this that sleeping with your boss is never a good idea and that mixing business and pleasure can often end in tears take heed Jon Snow and Ygritte Lack of discretion It is well known that Michael Scott cannot keep secrets but sometimes this can be incredibly damaging When he found out that Oscar was gay he inadvertently outed him to the whole office This was a dangerous move and Dunder Mifflin suffered because of this Oscar got months of paid leave as well as compensation Michael s lack of subtlety however goes much deeper as he said to Oscar your gayness does not define you your Mexicanness defines you In the episode The Convict Michael also tells the office which of the employees has a criminal record and that person then quits Good leaders instil confidence in their employees and make them feel they can share problems in confidence Selfish desires Michael s desperation to be the centre of attention or the joke teller often means that he puts his own needs before those of his employees and the work of the office Frequently targets are missed because Michael has decided to distract the office with his own personal problems Take the episode The Injury for example where Michael demands the office rally around him because he burnt his foot on his George Foreman grill Undisguised hatred of Toby Flenderson Remember that episode where Michael took the office to the beach in an attempt to see who would make a good replacement Well Toby doesn t He had to stay in the office and man the phones while the others had a fun day out That s because Michael develops an intense and irrational hatred of the human resources guy You can t be expected to get on with everyone in your office especially if it s a big corporation with lots of departments However Michael s dislike of Toby progresses throughout the series in an extreme manner Michael does not hide his feelings from his employees or indeed Toby himself If I had a gun with two bullets and if I was

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