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    and most of us have learnt by now that it really is not worth fighting the hair pulling toe stamping horde of shoppers determined to get the half price boots in John Lewis we d been eyeing up since September Sales have now moved online and are in our opinion much safer So if you re completely talked out tomorrow or have just had enough of your family s bad jokes and anecdotes about the time you put Uncle Phil s car keys down the toilet perhaps you would like to enlighten yourself with some helpful knowledge from our free ebooks And because they re ebooks they can t be bought in the shops and are therefore safe to buy from your living room Infinite Ideas Infinite Success series will be free for one more day so make sure you get your hands on it quick Good luck for Christmas hardy revellers we ve got the sherry stocked up already Victoria Beckham named Britain s most successful entrepreneur 27 October 2014 by Catherine Holdsworth in Business and finance Current events Entertainment Twenty years ago an unknown girl band released their first single Wannabe and posed on the stairs of the St Pancras Hotel to promote Girl Power Much has changed in two decades but one thing is certain Victoria Beckham has made the incredible transformation from Posh Spice to head of the Posh London crowd and in turn Britain s most successful entrepreneur so listen up Apprentice contestants Last month Beckham also known as VB opened her first flagship store in London She has generated substantial profits for her company and was recently named as the Greatest Style Icon at this year s London Fashion Week It is the ultimate reinvention When one thinks of how many members of pop groups have tried to make it in Hollywood floundered on Celebrity Big Brother or tried their hand at writing novels VB seems to be the most successful of all of them No longer do we look at her and think of the Spice Girls here is a woman who has taken the fashion world and in turn the business world by storm She is now a UN Goodwill ambassador and addressed the organization last month which meant that she missed the opening of her London store She is everywhere it would seem with her fingers in a lot of pies But then again it s all for a good cause Never did we think that the woman in the little Gucci dress would become one of the world s most powerful women It has been well knownfor years that Brand Beckham has been successful as she and David brough out his and hers perfumes while also pursuing profitable modelling careers They are the idealistic couple but no longer do they have to sell their stories to OK magazine They have reached new levels of success and in turn respectability Whatever you think of VB and at Infinite Ideas we love her you have to admit that the woman is talented Yes it takes a lot of money to be successful it takes a well known brand to make it in the world of fashion but she s also done it with lots of hard work and dedication to her line VB is Catherine s personal hero and now we can see why Perhaps in another ten years she will be Prime Minister If you want to manage your own company like VB the best place to start is probably with a book on management models Perhaps you will be on next year s list otherwise we would advise marrying someone rich and building your own empire Nobel Prize awarded to discovery of memory GPS 6 October 2014 by Catherine Holdsworth in Book publishing Current events Lifestyle Today it was announced that Professor John O Keefe May Britt Moser and Edvard Moser will share the Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine The trio discovered that we all have an innate ability to know where we are and navigate to places Modern life is made much easier with Google maps and sat navs for our cars but hundreds of years ago people explored the globe with just a rough map and a compass It would seem that our brains want us to discover The research has also paved the way for a better understanding of Alzheimer s disease and why it is that we lose our memory On those occasions when we have left our sat nav at home or run out of battery on our phone we find we have to ask some helpful stranger for directions But how good are you at remembering the directions you re given Darren Bridger s book Boost your memory has some excellent tips to ensure you re able to anchor the instructions in your mind There are a couple of occasions when you re most likely to need to remember directions The first typically occurs when you are lost You stop to ask someone how to get somewhere usually as a last resort and suddenly a stream of directions issues forth from their mouth at such a rate that you lose track of what they are saying and simply nod and smile politely Unless you have writing materials or a map for them to point at you are still lost still that is if you don t use any memory techniques The first thing to note is the importance of paying attention when the person gives you the directions Focus as intently as possible on what they are saying and tune everything else out Then get them to repeat the directions Most directions are of the left right straight on left variety You can use a bit of repetition and rhythm to stamp them into your memory For example if the person tells you to go Straight on until the next left turn then take the next right then the next right after that

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    doesn t happen by chance You need to plan it exactly as you would any other part of your business Cometh the hour cometh the Boris 6 August 2014 by Catherine Holdsworth in Business and finance Current events Boris Johnson has just declared his intention to run for MP in the national election next year While Londoners may breathe a sigh of relief that they will be losing their buffoonish Mayor we can all close our eyes and hope hope hope that he doesn t get voted in by the general public who we presume have more common sense than their wannabe future parliamentary representative First comes MP next step Prime Minister and the south of the UK will most likely be waging war against the north Scotland get out while you can Machiavelli has suggested that leaders are a product of their time elected because the public need them to perform a certain role Though it is hard to imagine any situation when we will need ol Boris to lead us his reign may serve only to make us appreciate David Cameron all the more or fall for the un PRable charms of Ed Milliband Tim Phillips book The Prince discusses the right time to lead and the right time to stand back If Boris really wants to hit the political heights perhaps he should study the lesson below If you achieve success you d like to think that you would have succeeded in any job in any company Not true Machiavelli points out Leaders are usually successful because they re right for the moment Rulers maintain themselves better if they owe little to luck says Machiavelli describing how a prince can maintain a kingdom he has won through arms and ability But he s defining luck closely What he doesn t consider to be luck is the combination of the right time and the drive to succeed that throws forward a ruler Indeed he considers the spark of frustration which becomes inner drive to be an important element when the opportunity arises So we have three things potential the right time in which to exercise that potential and an inner force to succeed It s like this Talent opportunity drive success We often assume that talent alone is sufficient to make someone a success or to make a tenure as a leader successful Machiavelli says that you actually need to be the right sort of leader for the specific opportunity History is written by winners and so it is often written as a simple meritocracy the right person just somehow floats to the top effortlessly and inevitably But in any generation there are nearly successes those people who would have been successful at a different time or with different challenges or if they had just a little more of the right type of drive to meet those challenges The best example of the combination of talent drive and timing in political history is probably Winston Churchill a man who in any other time would have been remembered as a comparative failure By the mid 1930s Churchill s best years were assumed to be behind him and compared to the reach of his ambition they weren t even that good He was also considered to be a political opportunist and in addition his political views were well out of step with fashionable thinking But when his country needed decisive leadership and a uniting force who was above party politics he became prime minister in 1940 at the age of sixty five and led Britain brilliantly in World War II Most political careers end in failure bright stars who never seem to have quite the right opportunity party loyalists whose party can t get elected into government talented meteors who make one gaffe that they never manage to shake off number twos who don t make it to the top job until it s too late or who don t get there at all In politics this is acted out nightly on the News But we all know someone who didn t quite make it got stuck in the wrong job or just lost their drive You want to succeed You need to find the right opportunity not wait for it to come to you The War Centenary 100 years since The Old Lie 4 August 2014 by Catherine Holdsworth in Current events Dulce et decorum est remember the war Today is the centenary of the declaration of war on Germany by Britain and her allies An event marking the centenary of the German invasion of Belgium is being attended by world leaders in Liege While in our office Richard s still trying to remember what he did in the Great War there are probably many of you out there wondering about your family s contribution and involvement Our book Discover your roots offers helpful tips on how to find out about your family history The idea of trawling through the National Archive sounds quite exciting to us More has been written about the First World War than probably any other historical event There are thousands of books covering every imaginable aspect of the conflict you are certain to find several if not a surfeit of books covering any specific area of interest you may have If you know little about the Great War its causes course and aftermath then initially the children s section of your local library or bookshop is a good starting point because the information is generally far clearer objective and compact Or look at the excellent websites designed for schools The Imperial War Museum in London is a rich source for information on many aspects of the First World War Although known principally as a museum there are several departments holding a variety of information personal documents including unpublished diaries poems letters and memoirs over six million photographs including unit photographs ships hospitals and many individuals although usually of senior personnel film video and sound

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    in the shoulders try to roll it out again with shoulder rotations Mobility exercises taking the joints through their full range of movement are a staple of most forms of modern exercising and Joseph H was a great fan as can be seen from exercises like the one leg circle which was one of the first he taught in Return to Life through Contrology Your shoulder like your hip is a ball and socket joint meaning it can rotate in any direction so every now and again you should let it Sitting in neutral with your feet flat on the floor and your shoulders relaxed but not slumped bend your elbows and rest your fingertips on your shoulder right on right left on left Now circle them forwards and upwards so your elbows touch then lift up above your ears pull back to be in line with your shoulders and finally come forward again Now perform the same circle but in the opposite direction remember the importance of working every equal and opposite muscle so that for every pull there is a push The best office destressing exercise is undoubtedly to land a clean right hook on the boss but since this may lead to ugliness it s worth looking at other options Stress balls those squidgy balls you can squash in your fist when anxiety rises are a good exercise for your hand muscles The problem is people often tense the trapezius muscle that leads to the shoulders when they do If you use a stress ball then make sure you perform the shoulder roll above Now work on the fingers if you ve been typing then they re probably tense and tired Despite the publicity about RSI you only have to look around any office for a couple of minutes and you ll find keyboards without wrist wrests keyboards set up at the wrong height for the seat and keyboards right at the edge of the desk so there s nowhere to rest your elbows Concentrated mouse work even with elegantly shaped ergonomic mice can also put real pressure on your fingers Remember that before you start your fiftieth game of minesweeper To release tension in the fingers start by turning your hands palm upwards and bring the tip of each finger in turn to the tip of your thumb then repeat the sequence Just to make things a little more interesting try starting with the little finger on one hand at the same time as you start at the index finger on the other so the two hands are out of synch Next hold all your fingers our flat together and then open up the gap between the second and third fingers so that the first and second pull away in one direction and the third and fourth in the other Sci fi fans will immediately recognise this as the Vulcan greeting Now bring the second and third fingers together and keep them together and this time

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  • FIFA's corruption scandal shows capitalism is in crisis | Infinite Ideas
    guilty take responsibility for running the game in the interests of the highest bidder Nobody in England is in doubt that this country was robbed of the 2018 World Cup in favour of corrupt Russia but we may not be the most unbiased arbiters here It seemed ridiculous at the time when the UK is already host to stadiums with large capacities and football teams known about and supported the world over To the casual English observer and many less biased onlookers it appeared that the home of Manchester United Chelsea and Arsenal had been robbed of the chance to bring football home simply because Russia could pay more However one must now begin to question not only the morals of bowing to corruption and power but also the human cost that comes from it The 2022 World Cup was assigned to Qatar a country that is far too hot to host a summer football event and one that is in no way equipped for a sporting event on such a grand scale Tourists will descend on Qatar demanding alcohol in a dry state and proving to the world that football hooligans and Qatar perhaps are best kept apart That is not the worst of it though It emerged that last year a construction worker died every other day on the building sites in Qatar How has FIFA been able to ignore this unimaginable failure of humanity Whether those arrested are found guilty is still to be decided but one hopes that FIFA can be reformed If nothing else the revelations of potential corruption suggest that FIFA s internal workings are extremely old fashioned and display to the world the worst face of capitalism But FIFA is far from the only big organisation out there that needs to be reformed The Anglo American form of capitalism may have had its day if recent banking and other corruption scandals are anything to go by Once Blatter has left the organisation must ensure that it takes steps to distance itself from its past One way of doing this might be to embrace a new approach to business where benefits besides financial gain are given weighting in the decision making process and where the wealth of the football community at large is prioritised ahead of the profits of a few very rich investors Capitalism the way we know it almost inevitably leads to the few profiting at the expense of the many but it doesn t have to be this way as smaller movements around the globe such as crowdfunding the Conscious Capitalism movement and the Cambridge Phenomenon are proving Big businesses the world over can learn valuable lessons from such organisations 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

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  • Football: tax the expensive players to get more suspense | Infinite Ideas
    are all located within the European Union And it will remain that way Arsenal cannot move to New York because it will lose almost all its fan And therefore the European Union has in principle power over the clubs It should use that power now I propose a progressive social levy This means that a club like Arsenal should spend one euro on special projects for every euro it spends on players salaries For example projects to reduce the rate of school dropouts or to support non professional clubs The downside to this is that the levy will force Arsenal to spend less on players which will weaken its squad Feyenoord Rotterdam adopts this sort of business model for every euro the club pays out on player salaries it has to spend 20 cents on social projects For a small Dutch club like Cambuur the figure is five cents so that Cambuur can pay its players almost the same salaries as before So Cambuur stands a better chance against Feyenoord and Feyenoord can score more goals against Arsenal This is also an advantage because Feyenoord s monumental stadium De Kuip has a much better atmosphere than Arsenal s expensive Emirates Stadium making victory for the fans even sweeter But can the football sector really afford to divert large sums of money to social projects The answer is simply yes it can The average club in the English Premier League for instance now earns 53 times as much as the average club in the English top division of 1960 after adjusting profits for inflation Elsewhere in Europe football has also seen remarkable growth The exploding revenues have mainly been used to pay players higher salaries Now because the levy is directly based on the players payroll the players will earn less so that no club needs to go bankrupt Because the levy is highest for the largest clubs it is the top players like Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney that will feel the effect of this business model most harshly But they can still become millionaires What we need is to restore balance to the competition and not restrict victories to whichever club has the most money to spend on players At the same time more money will be available for social projects Too idealistic From an economic view certainly not But is the proposal politically feasible We are talking about a policy that harms vested interests and that can only be successful after a hard political battle which can take many years So the question is whether there are politicians who want to fight for the fans Or will politicians rather prefer to let the football fans walk alone One thing is certain the extent to which football remains attractive will depend on politicians Tsjalle van der Burg is economist and author of the book Football Business how markets are breaking the beautiful game Search Recent posts Alice in strategy land by Kate M Santon can help improve your business

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  • The rising price of football | Infinite Ideas
    beaten the Clarets 158 1 That is if the score had been expressed in terms of money The Clarets made 136 000 in 1960 or to be precise in the season ending that year In that year 1 bought you seventeen times as much as it would in 2013 So 136 000 in 1960 was worth as much as 2 3 million in 2013 However Manchester United earned 363 million that year in other words 158 times as much The other English clubs were earning less than United in 2013 However the average Premier League club received after correcting for inflation about fifty three times as much as the average club in the English top division of 1960 Not a bad score Elsewhere in Europe professional football has also seen remarkable growth It all seems to be a great success But is it The revenues of car manufacturers have also exploded since 1960 Consumers spend much more on cars than they used to and they get a lot in return a wide choice of cars is produced and the cars are of superior quality One could assume that the same thing is going on in football when in fact the quality of the basic product football matches have not improved over the years There is more and more money in football and this has changed the character of the game Everything has become more business oriented Supporters have to pay more to watch matches The distance between clubs and their supporters has grown Some clubs are owned by entrepreneurs in search of profits And these trends seem set to continue into the future Some see the money in the game today as a curse They yearn for the past when everything was better Search Recent posts Alice in strategy land

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  • Is football too expensive for the fans? | Infinite Ideas
    an average match attendance of about 4 000 This means that advertising can generate sufficient revenue for broadcasting all football matches which are at least as important as those of the second Dutch level So we would be able to have a pay TV ban for all these broadcasts while being sure they will remain on the air Additionally this also means there is no need for broadcasters to use taxpayers money to show football matches So it is possible to have a pay TV ban for all important football matches Indeed there is only one drawback players and coaches would earn less The benefits of a pay TV ban would be considerable The first advantage concerns the football fans who would watch the broadcasts anyway they would get them for free Their savings would be more or less equal to what the players and coaches would lose through reduced salaries If the savings for those fans were the only advantage of the ban the question of whether we should have a ban would be a question of fairness only But the ban also has another advantage This concerns football fans who do not watch certain football matches on pay TV because the subscription fee is simply too high for them These fans will watch the broadcasts if they are free because football gives them pleasure For these people a pay TV ban would mean more pleasure At the same time the broadcasters costs would not rise when more people turned on their television sets to watch football So with a pay TV ban we get more pleasure without any extra costs This means that on balance the net effect is that the football community would be better off Search Recent posts Alice in strategy land by Kate M Santon

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  • Football business: transfer deadline day | Infinite Ideas
    ruling has not only affected out of contract players it has also had a moderating effect on the transfer sums paid for players with ongoing contracts The reason is that clubs feel pressure to sell a player at a relatively early stage for fear that he will otherwise leave on a free transfer To be clear this is not to say that the total of all transfer fees has fallen since 1995 On the contrary it has risen But that is because all the clubs now have more money than they did in 1995 However total transfer fees would have been higher still if there had been no Bosman ruling The ruling has ensured that the big clubs can more easily lure good players away from the small clubs As a result the most talented players tend to move to the big clubs at a younger age The ruling hits the poor clubs hardest they receive less money from transfers than would have been the case without the ruling This makes it hard for those clubs to maintain the quality of their sides because they need a lot of money to pay today s high player wages Sometimes clubs overcome the problem of the Bosman ruling with long term contracts But these can also work to their disadvantage if a player fails to fulfil his promise his club may nevertheless have to continue paying his wages for years All in all the ruling has weakened the transfer system and it has added to the competitive inequality Since 1995 there have been some other smaller changes in the transfer system as a result of pressure from the EU For instance the EU FIFA and UEFA have agreed that the duration of a contract should be a maximum of five years It has also been agreed that contracts have to be protected for a period of three years for players up to the age of twenty eight and two years for older players Until now this rule has had little practical effect due to its vagueness it is not clear exactly what the legal rights of club and player are when a player has served three years of a five year contract or two years if he is an older player However it is possible that in such cases the maximum transfer fee will become equal to the salary the player would have earned in the remaining years of his contract This will have a downward effect on transfer fees and so football will become a bit less competitive still thanks to the EU It is debatable whether the contracts involved are really worth what s paid for them and Van der Burg would argue that football has not necessarily been made more exciting or competitive as a result of the massive amounts of cash now spent by clubs What is clear is that come midnight tonight in the final frenzy of buying and selling there will be new and exciting players

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