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"Our human bodies have evolved over hundreds of thousands of years through their relationships to the physical environment." (angyal-Rinpoche, 1980)
There is clear evidence that the basic principles of shamanism are pretty much universal phenomenon and studies of shamanic practices over many diverse and disparate cultures show that even with no interaction with one another, the methods and beliefs are the same. In other words, cultures throughout the world access the spirit world and with no physical way of communicating with one another, these indigenous cultures have some how cultivated the shamanistic journeys in surprisingly similar ways. These include:
soul retrieval power animal retrieval extraction spiritual healing psycopomp or the act of escorting dead spirits to other worlds
One would think that non-native cultures would never follow these beliefs. Ironically, many of the beliefs have all ready been incorporated into the modern world including technology, science and medicine. For example,…
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Marcos, Subcommandante. "Our World is Our Weapon."
Stereotypes, for instance, are a characteristic -- or bundle (or product) of System One. Stereotypes essentially consist of clumping people who 'belong 'to us in 'in groups and people who are alien to us in 'out' groups. This in turn evokes our response to them. Although it can lead into prejudicial and non-ethical as well as possibly harmful behavior -- and harmful both to self and others -- stereotypes can also be useful. With the rapid, almost unknowing pockmarking of people into groups we are able to quickly formulate decisions and choose our friends as well as avoid our enemies. This comes in useful not only in times of war, but also during other times when we have to be on our guard.
It is not for naught that gurus of pop-psychology frequently recommend that we listen to our intuitions or that 'small, thin' voice', That small thin voice is…
Kahanamn employed an image that is far more passive and automatic than that of Socrates. Work is almost non-existent for us today. We have technology. We receive rather than work at something. Kahanman's image is the water-cooler. It spurts water at us. Presumably at the other end it is mechanized and a machine (the electricity) forces the water out. In the first place, Socrates had the person manually and laboriously works at his own thinking. In the second place, Kahanman of the 20th century had the water-cooler spurt the enlightenment on the person. Socrates' analogy actually seems closer to reality, since being informed of the Systems is insufficient. One has to internalize the knowledge (labor on it), in order to yield the practical and pragmatic results of the process.
Kahneman, D. Thinking, Fast and Slow, Macmillan, USA, 2011
Ethically, managers have the imperative to maximize shareholder wealth, which in a Milton Friedman view of the firm is the only reason for being. Because this duty is in the long-term, managers need to ensure that assets and revenue streams are protected. The duty implies that strategic actions on the part of the firm, if correctly oriented to the creation of long-term value, will have the objective of minimizing downside risk. There is also an ethical consideration that implies managers should attempt to time actions to position the firm for large gains during upward cycles. However, conservative value management would focus more on minimizing the damage during bust periods. Managers during the Great Moderation were not oriented towards managing for high volatility, but managers today must take volatility into account in their strategic decision-making.
orporations also need to be acutely aware of their macroeconomic environment, in particular the key variables…
Corporations also need to be acutely aware of their macroeconomic environment, in particular the key variables that act on their firm. Also, they need to understand the impact of other variables on their key variables. Corporate managers today need a much higher level of macroeconomic understanding than their counterparts during the Great Moderation did. Managers during periods of macroeconomic stability can be forgiven for focusing on firm-specific volatility or industry-specific volatility as key variables. Today, more attention needs to be taken with respect to systemic risk, if the managers are to meet their objectives with respect to preserving and enhancing shareholder value. It will no longer be acceptable to simply explain away poor performance as the inevitable effect of systemic failure. Managers instead will need to devise strategies and tactics that will minimize their exposure to systemic risk -- they will need to get their betas significantly lower than 1.0.
The same can be said of the microeconomic environment. Managers today must first consideration that macroeconomic variables play a stronger role in the microeconomic processes of decision-making. During the 2008 recession, savings rates increased significantly and consumer demand plummeted, even among those whose jobs were not really in jeopardy. Increased volatility frightens consumers, such that they are more likely to take macroeconomic variables into account. Volatility in general changes the way that consumers behave. They might spend more during a bubble -- profligacy was rampant in the mid-2000s. The aftermath, however, will be an extended period of de-leveraging much like the American economy is experiencing now.
Other changes in the microeconomic environment also need to be taken into consideration. Variables such as rapid technology diffusion, globalization at the consumer and individual level (as opposed to the world trade level), and the world's changing demographics will also have an impact on consumer buying behavior. Companies will need to understand how these changes affect buyers. For example, information is more readily accessible now, and in many industries this is driving down margins as consumers increase their bargaining power. However, social media also has the ability to transmit emotion (irrational decision making), something that can affect purchase decisions, stock market decisions and other elements of a business' value. The new environment post-Great Moderation is arguably more complex, and certainly less well-understood that the Great Moderation era itself. Managers need to adapt to this new reality and craft their strategies with conditions of higher macroeconomic volatility in mind if they are to create and protect shareholder value.
Segmentation and Targeting
eaching the Customers
Al Ain Poultry was among the pioneers who introduced the concept of supplying fresh poultry and eggs in United Arab Emirates in 1981. In the past 3 decades the company has established its name as a provider of fresh high quality poultry products and has come a long way in satisfying its customers and creating goodwill. The main headquarter is situated in Al-Ain while the associated shops are present all over the country. Other main offices are situated in Abu-Dhabi and Dubai. (Poultry)
The company intends to become the sole and most entrusted choice for poultry and other related products supplier in the whole Middle East and have the quality and service good enough to enhance shareholders value and worth. They have the following mission:
to hire a well trained inspection force to keep a check on…
Dairy, A.A. (n.d.). Al Ain Dairy. Retrieved april saturday, 2013, from www.alaindairyuae.com: http://www.alaindairyuae.com/html/how-we-operate.html
Khawaja, M. (2012, october 2). arabian gazette. Retrieved april saturday, 2013, from www.arabiangazette.com: http://arabiangazette.com/al-ain-dairy-ceo-interview/
Poultry, A.A. (n.d.). Al Ain Poultry Farm. Retrieved april saturday, 2013, from www.alainpoultry.com/main.asp?id=2: http://www.alainpoultry.com/main.asp?id=2
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Insight Into the Quandaries of Marriage and Divorce
The American conundrum surrounding the institution of marriage (high marriage rates combined with nearly equally high divorce rates) can be summed up in one pithy proclamation: people get married for the wrong reasons. Love, once considered a prerequisite for a proposed lifelong commitment to another, is so much of a forgone conclusion in modern times that it rarely factors into the equation for today's marriage. A considerable number of other factors (including but not limited to extramarital pregnancy, societal expectation and a lack of viable alternatives) account for the vast majority of contemporary marriages in America; the subsequent high divorce rate and myriad ruptured homes attest to the transience of these reasons and their unions.
To better prepare Americans for the possibility of marriage by the time adulthood is reached would require grave reconsideration of the common reasons for marriage today.…
Female Mature Age Workers
Insight into the Presence of Female and Mature Aged Laborers in the Contemporary Workforce
Several implications revolve around the increasing numbers of female and mature age workers in the workforce throughout the world, not the least of which involve job-related injuries, insurance coverage, and worker's compensation settlements. Several factors have attributed to this occurrence, such as an overall improvement in health and living conditions as furnished by technological advances, longer life spans, as well as numerous sociological factors which enable and encourage women to become financially independent and support themselves. All of these aspects of the contemporary workforce indicate that the trend of women and mature age laborers entering and maintaining positions in diverse industries and occupations is not likely to change or decline in the years to come. As such, it becomes important to examine just what effects these particular stratifications of laborers will have…
Hendrick, B. (2010). Younger People Have More Workplace Injuries. Retrieved from http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=115678
Graham, B. (2009). Maryland Women's Workplace Injuries Focus on New Attention. Retrieved from http://ifawebnews.com/2009/06/16/maryland-womens-workplace-injuries-focus-of-new-attention/
Kelsh, M.A. Sahl, J.D. (2006). Sex Differences in Injury Rates in Electric Utility Workers. American Journal of Epidemiology, vol. 143, No. 10. Retrieved from http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/143/10/1050.full.pdf
Canadian Women's Health Network. (2005). Preventing Work-Related Injuries: Health Hazards. Retrieved from http://www.cwhn.ca/node/40807
Conservatism is right leaning and could tend to isolation as seen by the proponents of anti-immigration and anti-international policies. Therefore they view in alarm the neo-conservatives, which is strictly a term relevant to the U.S., who are a subclass of conservatives, but have a very aggressive foreign policy stance. (Conservatism)
The common ground of both the conservatives and the neo-conservatives is the support for a strong U.S. military. The Conservatives, however have strong reservations with regard to military intervention and the so-called nation building of the neo-conservatives. The events subsequent to September 11, taken against the governments in Afghanistan and Iraq are clear indications that the neo-conservatives have no inhibitions to force regime change and reshape states believed hostile into the American image of what a state should be. This is alarming to the conservatives and gives support to the charge that the current administration is strongly under the influence…
Allies Find Signs of Iraq's Chemical Preparedness. Associated Press. April 04, 2003. Retrieved at http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,83252,00.html . Accessed on 11/26/2004 special focus on the Middle East. Retrieved at http://mondediplo.com/focus/mideast/ . Accessed on 11/26/2004
Buchanan, Patrick J. No End to War: The Frum-Perle prescription would ensnare America in endless conflict. The American Conservative. March 1, 2004. Retrieved at http://www.amconmag.com/3_1_04/cover.html . Accessed on 11/26/2004
Buchanan, Patrick, J. Whose War? A neo-conservative clique seeks to ensnare our country in a series of wars that are not in America's interest. Retrieved at http://www.amconmag.com/03_24_03/cover.html . Accessed on 11/26/2004
Conservatism. Retrieved from. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ConservativeAccessed on 11/26/2004
Desire 2 Learn
Insights Gained From an Assessment of Desire2Learn (D2L)
Desire2Learn (D2L) is a full-featured suite of applications that can be successfully used for increasing students' learning effectiveness and long-term retention of complex subjects. The suite is comprised of several modules including learning analytics, environment module, and several repository modules. What becomes immediately evident after evaluating this suite of applications is that a framework is necessary to ensure all components are coordinated, synchronized to a common learning objective before being installed. The reliance on a framework will significantly streamline planning, implementation and support of the Desire2Learn application suite as well. Studies have also shown that when visually-based platforms are used that combine multimedia-related content, students attain a higher level of long-term retention of complex concepts (Lee, Tan, Goh, 2004).
Analysis of the Initiating Phase of the Suite
What differentiates this suite of learning applications from many others is the…
Chye Seng Lee, Daniel Tiong Hok Tan, & Wee Sen Goh. (2004). The Next Generation of E-Learning: Strategies for Media Rich Online Teaching and Engaged Learning. International Journal of Distance Education Technologies, 2(4), 1-17.
Najjar, M. (2008). On scaffolding adaptive teaching prompts within virtual labs. International Journal of Distance Education Technologies, 6(2), 35-54.
Michael Orly (2007). Multicultural e-learning project and comparison of teachers', student teachers' and pupils' perceptions about e-learning. Multicultural Education & Technology Journal, 1(3), 178-191.
Paul's letters give valuable insight into how he viewed the Gospel, God, and Jesus Christ. He wrote to his followers via the letters, on how to act and live by obeying God's Law. Within his words, he emphasized the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and His resurrection, in order to show how the Law of God could overcome the Law of man. Furthermore, he used the cross and the resurrection because that is how he came to know Jesus, not through the history of Jesus mentioned in the Gospel.
Paul emphasized greatly the resurrection of Jesus and the cross in his teachings and letters. Examples of mentioning resurrection and the cross come from Galatians 6:14, NIV: "May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world," and Galatians 5:24, NIV. Paul barely mentions Jesus'…
Authors, V. (2008). Holy Bible (NIV).
Polhill, J. (1999). Paul and his letters. Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman.
theorists from the H100 block of ILE have provided valuable insights on warfare. They range from Clausewitz to Machiavelli to Moltke. Although 200 years have passed since the times of Antoine-Henri Jomini, his theories, principles, and insights are still being used in a twenty-first century warfare. Jomini's principles of war provide linkages to today's doctrine making them still useful today.
In order for a theorist of the past to offer useful insights for a twenty-first century warfare, those theories have to be relevant. It is important to understand the definition of theorist in order to comprehend where the author comes from. Merriam-Webster defines of a theorist as a person who forms theories about something that relates to a subject in an appropriate way.
For theorists to be considered relevant, their theories and insights should be taught in institutions and can be applied to modern situations or circumstances. Jomini's work was…
Alger, J. I, The Quest for Victory: The History of the Principles of War, Westport, CT;
Greenwood Press, 1982, p82
Jomini, A.H. de Baron, The Art of War. Mechanicsburg, PA; Stackpole Books, 1992, p70
Merriam-Webster Dictionary, accessed on 3 January 2014
In my opinion, Atticus Finch teaches us the latter kind of model of leadership both, in his small family as a widowed father, and his small town community as an attorney. I think it follows from this style of leadership that leaders are very often regarded as people who "act" instead of people who simply "direct." Atticus runs his family like a judge: he's the one in charge, and has a clear set of rules. Neither of the Finch kids ever calls their father "Dad"; he's always "Atticus." While he definitely puts his foot down when necessary, he also treats his kids with respect. He does not expect his children to respect him just because he sees his role in directing them as their father, but because he acts in a way that deserves respect (see Atticus Finch: Character Analysis, 2011, p. 1). For example, when Scout doesn't want…
Leader's Self-Insight 1.1: Your Learning Style: Using Multiple Intelligences
I scored evenly on all of the types of intelligence measured by this self-assessment: logical-mathematical, verbal-linguistic, interpersonal, intrapersonal, and musical. This indicates that I am a well-rounded person with the ability to work in multiple environments on different tasks.
Leader's Self-Insight 1.2: Your Leadership Potential
I scored slightly more (7) on the even-numbered indicators than on the odd ones (6), indicating I have leadership capabilities such as "vision and change." However, the scores were about even.
Leader's Self-Insight 1.3: Are You on a Fast Track to Nowhere?
On people skills, I scored 3 out of the 4 qualities. I believe I have solid interpersonal skills. On working with authority, I scored 2. I believe I need to work more on my assertiveness and courage when dealing with persons in positions of authority because I remain afraid to speak up and express…
Daft, R.L. The Leadership Experience.
If [these] postulates are correct, there very well could be an economic incentive for public authorities (i.e. states) to create post-tenure review and other methods to avoid such employment rights." (Dilts et al., 335)
This is a new insight on the subject, producing a clearer understanding of the political battle being waged between educators and those administrative and governmental forces that have sought a change in employment policies. And in some regard, teachers face a great deal of opposition not just from educational leadership but from the general public. This returns us to the insight that there is something resembling resentment on the part of other professionals that teachers are afforded this security and, to the perception of some, a freedom from critical oversight. The emergence of post-tenure policies is based on the reality that tenure would function to protect many such teachers whose protected status had allowed for a…
Chait, R.P. (2005). The Questions of Tenure. Harvard University Press.
Dilts, D.A.; Samavati, H. & Rahnama-Moghadam, M. (2007). Economic Motivation for Post-Tenure Review in Academic Institutions. Journal of Collective Negotiations, 31(4), 333-341.
Namaste Solar; Case Insight
Namaste Solar is a successful solar energy company located in Boulder Colorado. Founded in 2005, the firm was set up by three people who all shared a vision; a firm where there was shared risk and reward, corporate social responsible ethics and democratic decision making. The firm has been highly differentiated in the developed culture that is based and extends these ideals, with a commitment to shared equity where and employees bought shares and ownership was vested over five years. 37 employees owned equity and no owner had a majorly share. The democratic decision making was facilitated with big picture meetings (BPM). However, the initial direct democratic process required adaptation to include indirect processes as the firm expanded. By 2008 the firm achieved 20% - 25% of the residential and small commercial solar market in Colorado, and with the growth of U.S. solar energy installations…
Strategic Business Insights website explores information VALS: http://www.strategicbusinessinsights./vals/ustypes.shtml Click types read descriptions define behavioral classifications.
My VALS types:
Consuming as an innovator (primary type) and achiever (secondary type)
According to my survey results, my primary VALS ™ type is that of an innovator and my secondary VALS type is that of an achiever. Innovators are "successful, sophisticated, take-charge people with high self-esteem…They are change leaders and are the most receptive to new ideas and technologies. Innovators are very active consumers, and their purchases reflect cultivated tastes for upscale, niche products and services" such as educational vacations, specialty juices and bottled waters which are promoted upon intangible aspects such as personal fulfillment and health. While innovators do engage in a form of conspicuous consumption, they do so to promote their tastes and values, less so to make an ostentatious show of wealth. "Their possessions and recreation reflect a cultivated taste for…
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sight insight derive form fierce consciousness, begins a single object paying attention implications resonances idea image."Marvin Bell -statement explaining meaning Marvin Bell's observation - Bell pointing term " fierce consciousness" relate "paying attention implications idea image -demonstrate value Bell's concept fierce consciousness specific student experience examples public life "fierce consciousness" proved important knowing world accurately fully.
"Both sight and insight derives from fierce consciousness, whether it begins with looking at a single object or in paying attention to all of the implications and resonances of an idea or image." -- Marvin Bell
In this quotation, Bell is describing what is often called 'mindfulness' in the East, or an intense focus upon the present moment, rather than upon other distractions. All too often in our modern lives, our minds are engaged with one thing, while our bodies are doing something else. We talk to someone on the phone at work while…
Finally, explain insights or conclusions you gained as a result. Be specific.
Opposing perspectives: Human trafficking
t first glance, it might seem as if every right-minded human being would be opposed to human trafficking. While on some level this is the case, there are considerable divisions in terms of the question of how to address the phenomenon. Some people believe that human trafficking should be addressed from a feminist perspective, focusing on women in the sex industry. Others believe it should be addressed as a more 'macro' phenomenon, and see it as a symptom of illegal immigration and world poverty. But even more importantly the question of what to do with victims who have been trafficked -- should they be allowed to remain within the United States, or should they be returned to their home nations?
dvocates of returning the victims to their nations of origin point out that they…
Advocates of returning the victims to their nations of origin point out that they might not have better lives in the U.S., given that many lack the language and employment skills to succeed at anything besides minimum wage jobs. Also, some victims are not entirely coerced into their employment -- although they may not truly be 'consensual' in the work they are doing, given that its nature is not fairly paid nor is it fairly represented, if trafficking is rewarded through amnesty, then many victims may actually continue to agree to go along with it, in the desperate hope of leaving the poverty in their homeland. Also, governments may be more apt to tacitly facilitate trafficking, as a way to be rid of the surplus population of the very poor. "In many countries, such as Thailand, trafficking has resulted in a large illegal economy that is well integrated into the country's power structure" (Loring, Engstrom, Hillard & Dias 2007:5) Although no one could reasonable argue against offering amnesty to victims who would face serious repercussions from oppressive governments, should they return home, on the other hand many counter that widespread amnesty for victims without a careful examination of their situations on a case-by- case basis is no solution to the problem of trafficking, given that it does not address the core problems of poverty at home, nor the structural imbalances of power between men and women that facilitate the practice.
Advocates of unconditional amnesty for trafficking victims in the nation, however, state that victims will not come forward, unless the victims are assured that they will not be repatriated. To stop the abuses of trafficking, its victims must bear witnesses to the horrors that have been perpetuated against them. According to Dovydaitis (2011), one of the greatest obstacles to victims reporting crimes is their fear of deportation. The U.S. Department of Justice has created a trafficking visa (T visa), allowing "the victim (and certain family members) to remain in the United States legally if the victim complies" with "reasonable requests for assistance in the investigation or prosecution of acts of trafficking" (Dovydaitis 2011). However, not all alleged victims are eligible for T. visas, depending upon the nature of their circumstances and the extent to which they can prove their alleged crimes. Also, a T. visa does not offer a victim permanent amnesty: "recipients of the T. visa are eligible for legal employment and can become lawful permanent residents after 3 years" and victims can be deported if they are denied a visa (Dovydaitis 2011).
It is for this reason, Dovydaitis states, those victims to not come forth and even many sympathizers may
The selection of a leader is crucial for a team to attain its objectives.
A second best practice is using conflict to drive a team forward rather than let it become an inhibitor to overall progress. As the book, course materials and readings illustrate, conflict can be highly effective in propelling a team to attaining its goals, providing it is used positively and for validating the team's common direction. The natural tendency of teams is to want to agree and create a harmonious working relationship. This can be incredibly ineffective as it often leads to GroupThink and a tendency to concentrate only on making sure everyone is in agreement with each other. Instead conflict needs to be tolerated and even promoted to make sure a team stays cognizant of the real trade-offs they need to make; not just making decisions to please each other and gain consensus. Conflict is very…
Finally, explain any insights you gained or conclusions you drew as a result.
When I originally embarked upon this research project, I had no idea the extent to which human trafficking was a problem internationally. I assumed it was relegated to a few, shadowy industries in the U.S. However, human trafficking and human enslavement is pervasive across the globe. 'Feeder' nations in the impoverished regions of Latin America and Eastern Europe send human traffic to the United States and to the rest of the developed world, where victims are used in the sex industry, factories, in agriculture, or as domestic workers (Loring et al. 2007). Contrary to stereotypes, some of the victims initially come willingly, lured by promises of better jobs. When they arrive, however, they find themselves in a situation far different from what they imagined, or they may be indebted to the person who transported them and forced…
The second question is the cost per unit to produce a given product or deliver specific service. Just as the total cost of revenues for a business, this figure will also provide a business owner with insights into how their business is operating, from the supply chain through pricing and distribution of gross margin assumptions (Hall, 2010). The cost per unit to produce is also a good measure of how well the efficiency of a given company is running at. Often a business owner will evaluate these from the standpoint over the long-term, looking for trends in hwo their business is operating at an efficiency level that makes the entire company profitable. For services business, the cost per service event or services deliver (as a plumber making a house call) needs to have a minimum charge level as costs are allocated across all forecasted calls in a given month. This…
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Jansen, E.P. (2011). The effect of leadership style on the information receivers reaction to management accounting change. Management Accounting Research, 22(2), 105.
SQL and ig Data
Gaining greater insights into terabytes of unstructured and structured data organizations have been collecting in many cases for decades across diverse computing and storage platforms are increasingly being unified through advanced data and system architectures. ig Data is the term used to define very large, diverse data sets that contain both structured and unstructured data that defy analysis using conventional database management and analytics applications (International Journal of Micrographics & Optical Technology, 2010). ig Data is an area generating much interest in enterprises as this collection of data analysis, aggregation and extraction techniques continue to deliver valuable insights into how companies can become more competitive (Datskovsky, 2013). Structured Query Language (SQL) is a widely accepted approach to querying databases, aggregating and analyzing data and creating useful reports that guide decision making in organizations (Rys, 2011). Enterprise software companies are creating ig Data analytics applications that include…
Baker, B. 2013, "Enterprise Analytics: Optimize Performance, Process and Decisions Through Big Data," Quality Progress, vol. 46, no. 6, pp. 68.
Datskovsky, Galina, PhD., C.R.M. 2013, "Harnessing Big Data for Competitive Advantage," Information Management, vol. 47, no. 1, pp. 1.
Ferguson, R.B. 2013, "The Big Deal About a Big Data Culture (and Innovation)," MIT Sloan Management Review, vol. 54, no. 2, pp. 1-5.
Ferguson, R.B. 2012, "The Storage and Transfer Challenges of Big Data," MIT Sloan Management Review, vol. 53, no. 4, pp. 1-4.
Ironically, Julian is attracted to Erica whereas Harry is at first put off by her advanced years. Harry states to Julian one day, "I've never seen a woman that age topless before." Julian is surprised, given that Harry is older than Erica.
The prejudices Harry fosters towards older women are due more to his personality than to his age, though. Harry has never allowed himself to cultivate emotional intimacy because doing so represented the death of his virility and masculinity. After the heart attack, Harry naturally came more to terms with his age. On a symbolic level, the heart attack signaled Harry's heart yearning for meaning in relationship. Prior to meeting Erica, all of Harry's relationships were solipsistic.
As Harry falls in love with Erica, he softens and his heart opens. Love is a transformative power, and the film highlights different types of love at different stages of life. Harry…
Vin Logic Simulation
Lessons Learned and Insights Gained from the VinLogic Simulation Model
The intent of this analysis is to provide an overview of lessons learned in the areas of operations management, specifically in the areas of transportation and delivery as a result of viewing and studying the VinLogic Simulation Model. The VinLogic Model is predicated on the concepts of the supply chain optimization and modeling, a patented series of technologies created by Simulation Dynamics (Vinlogic, 2011).
Lessons Learned in Transportation and Delivery
At its most fundamental level, the VinLogic Simulation Model is highly effective in illustrating, both from a graphical and workforce perspective, how constraint-based modeling and optimization techniques can increase logistics, transportation and delivery performance. The examples show are easily interpreted across national and global logistics and supply chains, illustrates how delays, production schedules and supply chain contingencies all act as constraints on the broader optimization model. By…
Jeffrey H. Dyer, & Kentaro Nobeoka. (2000). Creating and managing a high-performance knowledge-sharing network: The Toyota case. Strategic Management Journal: Special Issue: Strategic Networks, 21(3), 345-367.
Gattorna, John L. (1992). Logistics networks: Achieving quantum improvements in cost/service equations. Asia Pacific International Journal of Business Logistics, 5(3), 31.
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Hemingway's A Moveable Feast provides remarkable insight into the life and times of one of the world's great modern authors. However, what makes A Moveable Feast timeless is that it captures an era. In the posthumously released memoirs, Hemingway writes about one of the glory days of Parisian life. The bohemian ambiance is palpable, told in Hemingway's characteristically subdued and deceptively simple prose. Paris was a hotbed of creative energy during the 1920s. eaders already know that from terse encounters with film, literature, and art history. Hemingway brings Paris in the 1920s to life. The author recreates scenes, conversations, and situations that deliver the reader right there into the street life, bars, parties, and bedrooms of the people that Hemingway encounters.
The title of the memoirs derives from one line in Hemingway's writing, that Paris is itself a "moveable feast." Hemingway uses this deft metaphor to capture the multisensory experience…
Hemingway, E. (1996). A Moveable Feast. Scribner.
The cultural values can be handled through the implementation of the of new methodologies for the execution of the task, the values as per the company's approval should be reinforced, no single action is expected to deliver necessary reforms to modify aspects and considerations that are highly ingrained and extremely valued, therefore it is important that the company adopt comprehensive and coordinated methodologies, for the management of the cultural changes. The multinational companies should understand that the quality of the product, and its services contributes significantly towards the success of the organization, and this has to be achieved only if the quality of the product does not only comply by the international standards, but should fulfill the aspirations of the local population, whereas the aspirations of the local population is based on cultural hegemony, therefore the cultural values should be respected during the entire course. Such organizations should introduce diverse…
Nancy M. Desjardins. A case study in organizational value communication: understanding value/behavior relationship. Central Connecticut State University. April, 2002.
Fengru Li. Sociolinguistic Evaluation of Toyota's 2003 Controversial Ad Campaign in Beijing. The University of Montana, Missoula. 2003
Stephen Robbins, Mary Coulter. Management. Prentice Hall. 2001. pp. 510
E.E. Adams, R.J. Ebert. Production and Operations Management. Prentice Hall. 1982. pp. 129
I believe that Apple's direction is positive. The company has established a strong brand name, and this will help it to succeed. Apple has distributed well, allowing for consumers to buy its products easily. Apple's marketing foundation is that the company has great products, but these products must be backed by a low-cost platform that encourages firm to enter the market.
The company's plan for growing its market base is to use specific products as a gateway into the company's philosophy. Apple benefits, for example, from having an approach then brings consumers in and then converts them to other products. The integrated suite that Apple has helps it to do this. The company excels by delivering resources to customer service that might already have been spent on maintenance. It is felt that Apple in general excels at marketing, but that there are issues it needs to address with respect to…
NetMBA. (2010). Marketing mix. NetMBA Retrieved November 23, 2012 from http://www.netmba.com/marketing/mix/
Furthermore, those people who did not speak Greek were referred to as barbar, the root of our word barbarian."[footnoteRef:5] [4: Ibid] [5: Ibid]
There are many aspects of Greek culture and artistic traditions that have left their mark on civilization. These contributions included, their architecture, theatre and athletic competition.
Each one of these aspects requires a student of history to investigate and understand how these ideas have impacted human development.
Greek architecture stands out as a visual representation of how the Greeks preferred their living conditions. Greeks spent much time on the design of their buildings. Temples, a Greek staple, were adorned with many flourishes and exact proportions. Giant stone structures were placed in locations important to the region and as a source of pride. esides temples, theaters and gyms were developed to provide a unique sense of community.
Ancient Greek theater is a lasting contribution of this…
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Analytics and the Growing Dominance of Big Data are
evolutionizing Strategic Decision-Making
The level of uncertainty and risk that pervade many enterprises today is growing, as the dynamics and economics of markets are changing rapidly. The many rapid, turbulent structural changes in industries is also leading to a greater reliance on analytics and the nascent area of Big Data as well. The potential of this second area, Big Data, is in determining patterns in massive data sets that have in many cases been collected for decades within enterprises. The abundance of data within enterprises, when combined with Big Data aggregation and analytics techniques, can be used for drastically reducing risk and uncertainty in even the most challenging and fast-moving industries. Big Data is being hyped heavily by analytics systems and enterprise application providers as well, as this category of software allows for the use of long-standing analytics and business intelligence…
Bughin, J., Chui, M., & Manyika, J.. (2010). Clouds, big data, and smart assets: Ten tech-enabled business trends to watch. The McKinsey Quarterly,(4), 26.
Malcolm Chisholm. (2009). The Dawn of Big Data: Are we on the cusp of a new paradigm that goes beyond what we can do with traditional data stores?. Information Management, 19(8), 45.
Jim Ericson. (2010). Is data science: If ultra-large scale data can reinvent military intelligence, it could change the way we see information. Information Management, 20(7), 18.
Jacobs, A.. (2009). The Pathologies of Big Data. Association for Computing Machinery. Communications of the ACM, 52(8), 36.
Circle of Life Framework in Breast Health Education
Article Critique Analysis: Use of the Talking Circle for Comanche omen's Breast Health Education, by E. Haozous, V. Eschiti, and J. Lauderdale
The journal article, "Use of the Talking Circle for Comanche omen's Breast Health Education" by E. Haozous et. al. (2010), promotion of education on breast health was explored using a specific and unique tradition as the framework of the study. This tradition, called the Circle of Life (COL), is an "intertribal cancer prevention program focused on breast health education" and is specifically implemented among American Indian (AI) women (378). Using the COL as framework, the authors aimed to achieve "cultural congruency" in exploring, discovering, and identifying the different dimensions concerning breast health education and promotion effectiveness in the context of AI women's culture -- specifically, Comanche women (378). Harmonized understanding of the Comanche community, female and health cultures led to…
Haozous, E., V. Eschiti, and J. Lauderdale. (2010). "Use of Talking Circle for Comanche Women's Breast Health Education." Journal of Transcultural Nursing, Vol. 21, No. 377.
Pepsi efresh Project-Viral Marketing
Pepsi efresh Project
Evaluate the reasons Social Media Marketing has become exceedingly popular among businesses of all sizes.
Social media marketing has gained exceptional popularity among businesses of all size. The major reason behind this strategic shift in marketing management is related to an ability to gain access to large customer communities through internet. Since the users that companies target spend lot of time on the internet, the companies engage these users by employing different tactics. Secondly, the cost vs. benefits analysis of social media marketing indicates that by spending a few thousand dollars online to market the company, the returns are high. Television and print media advertisements are highly expensive as compared to social media. Specifically, if the large companies target their ads to be placed in prime time, it even costs them more. Most of the target population of consumer goods products, specifically those…
Armelini, G. & Villanueva, J. (2011). Adding Social Media to the Marketing Mix. IESE-Insight Magazine, 3(4), 29-36.
Divol, R., Edelman, D., & Sarrazin, H. (2012). Demystifying social media. McKinsey Quarterly.
Mangold, W.G., & Faulds, D.J. (2009). Social media: The new hybrid element of the promotion mix. Business horizons, 52(4), 357-365.
Qualman, E. (2010). Socialnomics: How social media transforms the way we live and do business. Wiley.
This is illustrating how the Director of Human esources plays a dual role in dealing with critical issues and improving these guidelines among various stakeholders. (H. Johnson, personal communication, May 15, 2013)
Insights you gained into the leadership behaviors or style of the individual you accompanied as a result of your observations and interactions.
The basic insights that were gained into leadership behaviors are that this person must take a charismatic approach. This is when they will listen to the needs and challenges of various individuals carefully (through a non-confrontational philosophy). At which point, they will work with them to solve critical problems and address these issues from behind the scenes. This prevents them from spiraling out of control, which is leading to even greater challenges down the road. As a result, they must have tremendous amounts of flexibility and can troubleshoot critical problems early. (Cummings, 2010) (H. Johnson, personal…
Cummings, G. (2010). Leadership Styles. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 47 (3), 363 -- 385.
Hernandez, R. (2011). Strategic Human Resources Management in Health Services Organizations. Clifton Park, NY: Delmar Learning.
Maj, M. (2010). Mistakes to Avoid. World Psychiatry, 9 (2), 65 -- 66.
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Over the last several years, educators have been facing considerable challenges in meeting rising expectations for performance. This is because a host of solutions (such as the No Child Left Behind Act) have not addressed the lack of student achievement. Instead, academic performance has continued to linger and become worse in some areas (i.e. mathematics and science). (Hannah, 2012)
In New Jersey, the Core Content and Common Core Curriculum standards is designed to provide clarity on specific subjects and topics students must learn in order to graduate from high school. To fully understand how this occurring requires examining the way it is related to the concepts from Mary Zimmerman's Metamorphoses and a contemporary issue. This will be accomplished by focusing on the modes of communication, its shape and the way the literature can provoke cultural insights. Together, these elements will highlight how the Core Content and Common Core Curriculum…
Science Standards. (2013). NJ. Retrieved from: http://www.nj.gov/education/cccs/standards/5/
Hannah, D. (2012). 5 Ways No Child Left Behind Act. American Progress. Retrieved from: http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/education/news/2013/04/08/59542/5-ways-no-child-left-behind-waivers-help-state-education-reform/
Rich, M. (2012). U.S. Students Still Lag. New York Times. Retrieved from: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/11/education/us-students-still-lag-globally-in-math-and-science-tests-show.html?_r=0
Wandberg, R. (2000). Communication. Mankato, MN: Life Matters.
In the 1990s, America was undergoing a major transformation. What was happening, is globalization (i.e. free trade agreements) made is possible to have access to numerous markets around the world without having to worry about tariffs. This created a transformation in the way many firms are operating by giving them the ability to: increase their profits and lower their labor costs. (Watcher, 2007, pp. 23 -- 29)
In the case of Caterpillar (i.e. Cat), they were dealing with similar challenges during this time. This is because, the firm was trying to lower its labor costs and increase their profit margins. However, a major challenge existed with the contract that the firm had in place with the United Auto Workers (UAW). In this situation, Cat wanted to move away from its traditional business structure to one that is more focused on: specific products lines and geographic locations. This created…
Caterpillar. (2001). Funding Universe. Retrieved from: http://www.fundinguniverse.com/company-histories/Caterpillar-Inc.-Company-History.html
Brenner, A. (2009). Encyclopedia of Strikes. Armonk, NY: ME Sharp.
Cimini, M. (1998). Caterpillars Prolonged Dispute Ends. Compensation and Working Conditions, 4 -- 11
Gordon, D. (1996). Fat and Mean. New York, NY: Simon and Schuster.
acial segregation exists in the South. The blacks and whites do not participate together in many functions. There is tension between the two races and both fear each other's presence in any scenario. In his interviews, Howrtiz finds that, in schools, all races are present. The blacks are present in politics too. The difference comes in social aspects of the society where color still separates the people. An insight to the South shows how the societies interact, and share their cultural aspects and ideas. The societies in the South reenact and associate their history to the present day life. Very little or nothing changed due to the current life style and the introduction of technology.
3. An understanding of how the role of social force selected above plays in developing the social values in the South.
All religions are equal and have a significant role in uniting people. People of…
Howrtiz, T. Confereates in the Attic: Dispatches from the unfinished civil war. New York:
Vintage Books.1998. Print
To determine the spiritual needs of patients and the impact it is having on their treatment options requires focusing on four different questions. These include:
What are the long-term effects of using spiritualism with modern medicine?
Is there some kind of balance that must be maintained during this process?
How can health care professionals incorporate these ideas into their overall philosophy of improving treatment options?
What are the possible drawbacks of using these solutions in conjunction with each other?
These different areas are important, as they will provide specific insights about the long-term effects of spirituality with modern medicine. It is at this point, when key insights can be used to enhance the quality of care patients are receiving.
Write a brief summary of your assessment findings
The different resources that were examined are illustrating how there are conflicting opinions about the best approaches for combining spirituality and…
Bradshaw, A. (1994). Lighting the Lamp: The spiritual dimension of nursing care. London: Scutari Press.
Draper P. (1998). The debates emerging from the literature surrounding the concept of spirituality as applied to nursing. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 27 (4), pp. 683-691.
Hay, D. (2002). The spirituality of adults in Britain: recent research. Scottish Journal of Healthcare Chaplaincy. 5
(1), pp. 4-10.
WikiNerdia allows the users to ask questions and all the nerd community members answer the questions. People normally trust the reviews and answers of the customers more than the brand. Giantnerd gets the benefit of their fan engagement and ultimately the brand trust increases. Customers can be your sale force and work for any company if the company can get the benefit by engaging the audience. A brand must think of multiple opportunities for the customers so that they can spread the word about the company. eal-time engagement opportunities and exclusive social communities are the tools which can turn existing customers to word-of-mouth advocates (Goldman, 2013).
Social Media will have a huge impact on business over the next decade, especially on the recruiting matters. Social media technology presents exciting opportunities for the recruitment industry. A research has highlighted that Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook are the most used social media websites…
Goldman, J. (2013). Going Social: Excite Customers, Generate Buzz, and Energize Your Brand with the Power of Social Media. New York: AMACOM.
Hensel, K., & Deis, M.H. (2010). Using Social Media to Increase Advertising and Improve Marketing. Entrepreneurial Executive, 15, 87+. Retrieved May 16, 2013, from http://www.questia.com/read/1P3-2191652481/using-social-media-to-increase-advertising-and-improve
Libert, B. (2010). Social Nation: How to Harness the Power of Social Media to Attract Customers, Motivate Employees, and Grow Your Business. New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons.
Mathieson, R. (2010). The on-Demand Brand: 10 Rules for Digital Marketing Success in an Anytime, Everywhere World. New York: AMACOM.
Lives the Boundary:
Are all students exposed to issues of boundaries? Similarities in background and economic conditions, does uncertaintycreate similarfeatures in individuals? It is difficult to outline student's lives and the boundaries faced during theireducation. The students develop a variety of skills including strong perception to break outside the boundaries. The boundaries have significance for the ones who believe in following the due course. There are some who go beyond the normal course to excel in education. These are among the few who creates an impact on the traditional boundaries posed by the system, society, and norms. The passion is what derives human beings from all walks of lives to be successful. It is the inner desire and commitment to the goal that matters the most in an individual's life. The experiences, perceptions, and notions resist from crossing what is called normal. Normal is also limiting some one's abilities within…
Rose, Mike. Lives on the Boundary. The Struggles and Achievements of America's Underprepared. The Free Press, Macmillan, Inc., 866 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10022, 1989.
business will use to survive is different kinds of marketing strategies. This is because having a continuous amount of customers will translate into higher profit margins and sales. However, over the last several years the changes in technology have meant that there is shift in the kinds of tools that are utilized in achieving these objectives. In order to adjust with these challenges, various firms have begun implementing different approaches in conjunction with one another. To fully understand what is taking place requires looking at: five different advertisements, the concept / theories that are utilized and analyzing each advertisement. Together, these different elements will provide the greatest insights as to how these marketing strategies are continually evolving.
The Advertisements and Concepts
During the course of conducting any kind of advertising campaign there are different tactics that are used to reach out to customers. In the first entry, the advertiser is…
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Application Quality Improvement Models Organizations Systems, Part I Analysis equired esources eadings Course Text: Applying Quality Management HealthCare: A Systems Approach eview Chapter 9, "Improving Processes Implementing
oot cause analysis
According to Nicolini (2011)
the first step in CA is identifying the incident to be analyzed. This step requires for the problem or incident to be clearly defined and identified. Identifying the problem will assist in determining what caused the incident and how the incident occurred. In the case study, the mother requested for pain medication, and this was within her right. The nurse performed the request, and it was approved by the pharmacist, but the incident occurred when the nurse did not check the IV line correctly. The nurse confused the infants IV line with the mothers, which resulted in the infant been administered with Morphine. This should be an indicator, and it should be recorded as a fact.…
Brown, J.E., Smith, N., & Sherfy, B.R. (2011). Decreasing mislabeled laboratory specimens using barcode technology and bedside printers. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 26(1), 13-21.
Brunner, L.S., & Suddarth, D.S. (1986). The Lippincott Manual of Nursing Practice. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania J.B. Lippincott Company.
Cooper, M.R., Duquette, C.E., McWilliams, T., Orsini, M., & Klein, A.A. (2009). The unintended consequences of being friendly: A case study. Journal for Healthcare Quality: Promoting Excellence in Healthcare, 31(5), 43-47.
Nicolini, D., Waring, J., & Mengis, J. (2011). Policy and practice in the use of root cause analysis to investigate clinical adverse events: Mind the gap. Social Science & Medicine, 73(2), 217-225.
Tom Shulich ("ColtishHum")
A comparative study on the theme of fascination with and repulsion from Otherness in Song of Kali by Dan Simmons and in the City of Joy by Dominique Lapierre
In this chapter, I examine similarities and differences between The City of Joy by Dominique Lapierre (1985) and Song of Kali by Dan Simmons (1985) with regard to the themes of the Western journalistic observer of the Oriental Other, and the fascination-repulsion that inspires the Occidental spatial imaginary of Calcutta. By comparing and contrasting these two popular novels, both describing white men's journey into the space of the Other, the chapter seeks to achieve a two-fold objective: (a) to provide insight into the authors with respect to alterity (otherness), and (b) to examine the discursive practices of these novels in terms of contrasting spatial metaphors of Calcutta as "The City of Dreadful Night" or "The City of…
Barbiani, E. (2005). Kalighat, the home of goddess Kali: The place where Calcutta is imagined twice: A visual investigation into the dark metropolis. Sociological Research Online, 10 (1). Retrieved from http://www.socresonline.org.uk/10/1/barbiani.html
Barbiani, E. (2002). Kali e Calcutta: immagini della dea, immagini della metropoli. Urbino: University of Urbino.
Cameron, J. (1987). An Indian summer. New York, NY: Penguin Travel Library.
Douglas, M. (1966). Purity and danger: An analysis of concepts of pollution and taboo. New York, NY: Routledge & K. Paul.
Counsultation in the field of counseling is a concept by which a person is able to consult with a counselor in order to develop a better sense of self. There is often a biblical aspect to this type of counseling, but that is not a requirement. People can also be counseled by those who address financial concerns, tax implications, or other types of personal and professional issues. Anytime someone sees a counselor for a counsultation on his or her status in some aspect of life, this type of activity takes place. Often, a counsultation takes place as the first line of defense in treating a mental health issue. A counselor can look over information provided by the patient as well as any past medical history in order to make some determinations about patient care and potential problems. At that time, there can be a counsultation appointment scheduled that will allow…
Belkin, L. (1999, October 31). Parents blaming parents. New York Times Sunday Magazine, p. F61.
Benner, D.G., & Hill, P. C (1999). Baker Encyclopedia of Psychology & Counseling. Grand Rapids.
Boss, P. (1999). Ambiguous Loss: Learning to Live with Unresolved Grief. Harvard University Press, MA.
Bowlby, J. (1977). The making and breaking of affectional bonds, I and II. British Journal of Psychiatry, (130), 201-210, 421-431.
The major benefits to using a SaaS platform for integrating social networking, CM and marketing systems are the significantly lower costs of operation, the pay-as-you-go approach to leasing only the application areas used, and the flexibility of scaling the computing workload up or down based on the unique requirements of a given company's strategy. SaaS has become the platform of choice for managing social networks, as Facebook, Twitter, Friendfeed, millions of blogs hosted on WordPress, and Foursquare are all hosted on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) platform which is the most popular SaaS-based computing platform in use today (Lin, 73). The SaaS platform has rapidly emerged as a dominant platform for CM systems as Salesforce.com today has over 60,000 implementations in place, each one numbering over 100 users or more (McKay, 15).
With the emergence of SaaS as a dominant platform for hosting social network applications, CM systems and marketing…
An, J.. "Evaluation of Customer Relationship Management's Performance under Networked Manufacturing. " International Journal of Business and Management 5.1 (2010): 156-159.
Babu, K., and B. Kumar. "Customer Service Management - Turning Customer Loyalty Into Profitability. " Synergy 8.2 (2010): 93-98.
Beck, K. "Thundering into Social Media. " Customer Relationship Management 1 Jan. 2011: Pages 37, 38.
Bernoff, J., and C. Li. "Harnessing the Power of the Oh-So-Social Web. " MIT Sloan Management Review 49.3 (2008): 36.
From the basis of psychoanalysis and existential therapy, I will then listen for any problems relating to attitudes that can be driven by repressed emotions. I will use dialogue in order to gain an understanding of how the clients see their problems, and what they think is needed to help.
In the dialogue session, I will provide the client with my own insight on how I believe the best progress will be made in future therapy, and also on how long I estimate such therapy to take. I will however emphasize that I will not terminate therapy if the clients feel in any way that they will not benefit from such termination. Dialogue and collaboration means that I should be able to modify my approach according to input from my clients. If a client for example disagrees with an approach I am using, we will discuss various options of changing…
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Hoffman, Louis. 2004. Existential Psychotherapy. http://www.existential-therapy.com/General_Overview.htm
Psychological Schools of Thought. Psychoanalytical Psychology. http://www.webrenovators.com/psych/PsychoanalyticalPsychology.htm
Yontef, Gary. Gestalt Therapy: An Introduction. http://www.gestalt.org/yontef.htm
In this chapter, actuaries are going to be looking at the methodology that will be utilized as a part of the research project. This will be accomplished by examining different areas to include: the research design, participants, procedures, instruments, data analysis, validity / reliability, ethical considerations and limitations. Together, these elements will provide specific insights as to how additional training can be provided to IT personnel. In the future, this will allow these individuals to use their knowledge and skills to improve the quality of higher education. This is the point that these insights will enhance the rates of responsiveness (among IT personnel) and quality.
The basic methodology that will be utilized is the quantitative approach. This is when series of open ended responses are provided to respondents. The objectives are to understand their views on video conferencing. Actuaries will then, concentrate on how this influences…
Quality Performance Measurement
Public Evaluation Program
In this paper, we are going to be conducting a literature review of public evaluation programs. During the process, there is a focus on misunderstanding the needs of stakeholders and the programs / reforms. Together, these elements will illustrate the overall scope of what is taking place and the long-term effects it is having on everyone.
Misunderstanding the Needs of the Public
One of the biggest challenges with any public performance evaluation is the misuse of data. This is problematic, as officials believe they are effectively delivering a variety of services for a fraction of the costs. Yet, in reality, the lack of competition invites bloated salaries and inefficiency. Administrators will try to correct the situation, through looking at a variety of sources to understand what is happen. They are unable, to gain greater insights, as politics and changing attitudes influence the outcome of…
Cheezum, R. (2013). Building Community Capacity. Journal of Community Practice, 21 (3), 228 -- 247.
Rondileni, D. (2003). Reinventing Government for the 21st Century. Bloomfield, CT: Kumarian Press.
Sirianni, C. (2009). Investing in Democracy. Washington DC: Brookings Institution Press.
Stipack, B. (1979). Citizen Satisfaction with Urban Services. Public Administration Review, 39 (1), 46 -- 52.
Becoming and remaining an effective leader in any healthcare setting requires a wide range of skills, including most especially the abilities to analyze complex situations and communicate with clinicians from multiple disciplines. The Leadership and Communication coursework provided valuable information and insights concerning these professional needs, but it are also important to reflect on the lessons learned in order to reinforce the learning process. To this end, this four-part reflection paper provides a discussion concerning fresh insight developed with respect to my working style and how I work with others. In addition, an assessment concerning the insights gained regarding conversations and interactions with friends, family, coworkers, and others is followed by a discussion of the strategies that will be used to improve chances for success in the future. Finally, a summary of these four parts and the insights gained is provided in the conclusion.
Part 1: Working Style
Important Insights Gained during Principles of Microeconomics
The principles of microeconomics deal with how houses, organizations and governments spend their money—and how their decisions and transactions impact the overall market economy. One of the principal assumptions of microeconomics is that people are rational and make rational decisions by weighing the pros and cons, costs and benefits of their financial decisions. This is straight out of rational choice theory (Frank, 2008), which states that people make decisions in their economic lives by comparing the costs with the perceived benefits. This is why consumers and organizations tend to respond favorably to economic incentives. The incentive to make a purchase or an investment decision appears like a greater benefit than the cost of doing so: they recognize that they are getting something positive in return for their transaction. Incentives help, whether it is a tax credit from the government for consumers who purchase…
6%, versus 6.1% in 2008. The return on equity was -6.1% in 2009 and was 15.5% in 2008. The asset and equity levels were relatively stable for the two years, so most of the changes can be attributed to changes in the net income. To investigate those net income changes, the margins can be analyzed. The gross margin for 2009 was 3.14%; for 2008 it was 19.8% and for 2007 it was 21.1%. The net margin for 2009 was -5.7%; for 2008 it was 14.3% and for 2007 the net margin was 19.4%. hat this indicates is that the decline in the profits and therefore in the ROE and ROA stems from a decline in operating profit.
For Ryanair, the operating revenues increased 8.4%, but the operating expenses increased 30.9%, leading to the sharp decline in operating profit. This focuses attention on the key cost drivers that contributed to this…
Ryanair 2009 Annual Report. Retrieved March 21, 2010 from http://www.ryanair.com/doc/investor/2009/Annual_report_2009_web.pdf
British Airways 2008/09 Annual Report. Retrieved March 21, 2010 from http://www.britishairways.com/cms/global/microsites/ba_reports0809/pdfs/BA_AR_2008_09.pdf
Pethokoukis, J. (2008). Annual report RIP: Remember the glossy, informative annual report? The American. Retrieved March 21, 2010 from http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-173924219.html
Yahoo Finance UK. (2010). Ryanair. Yahoo Finance UK. Retrieved March 21, 2010 from http://uk.finance.yahoo.com/echarts?s=RYA.L#chart1:symbol=rya.l;range=1y;indicator=sma%2850,200%29+volume;charttype=line;crosshair=on;ohlcvalues=0;logscale=on;source=undefined
Fostering Awareness through Cross-Cultural Comparison
Business -- Crossing Cultures
Author's note with contact information and more details on collegiate affiliation, etc.
Geert Hofstede is most known for his cultural dimensions theory. There is a system and a method of assessment that stems from this theory. The world of the 21st century is increasingly both local and global. In these times, there is more international and intercultural communication, business, and travel. For those who conduct international business affairs, differentiation and awareness of cultural behaviors is essential. One cannot conduct successful business transactions and retain a superficial understanding of another culture. Lack of cultural awareness makes for miscommunications and decreased likelihood of sustained business (or other) relationships. In these ways, we may comprehend the necessity and utility of Hofstede's theories. The paper will focus upon Japan, Brazil, Iceland, and India for the comparative and analytical purposes of the exercise. The paper will…
It provides a marker for conducting and easily recording observations of complex learning. This is in a paperless format, highly efficient and engaging strategy." (Wren, 2011) (Ivers, 2003)
This is illustrating how technology is critical to reaching out to students and offering them with further explanations about what is occurring. When this happens, they will be able to more effectively relate to key ideas and have a grasp of the way they can be utilized in the future. It is this point, when everyone will have a more hands on feel for these ideas and can easily remember them. (Wren, 2011) (Ivers, 2003)
Moreover, Johnson (1994) found that having individuals work with each other in small groups is more effective than requiring them to sit and listen to someone presenting the material. Evidence of this can be seen with Johnson saying, "The ability of all students to learn to work…
Haberman, M. (1995). Star Teachers for Children and Youth in Urban Poverty. The Phi Delta Kappan, 76 (10),
pp. 777 -- 781.
Howard, G. (2007). As Diversity Grows So Must We. Responding to Changing Demographics, 6 (62),
pp. 16 -- 22.
Preacher and the Ancient Text
This was an extremely technical text which offers deeper insights for anyone who desires to have a deeper understanding of all biblical issues and literary themes. This is because this text is able to offer a more nuanced perspective of major biblical pillars in terms of their own historical and literary viewpoint, while interlacing it with strong theological content. One of the deeper insights that were gleaned from studying this text was the fact that this book offers a superb means of explaining some of these more intricate pillars.
One of the more lucid insights that were gained from studying this book was as a result of the fusion developed from the hermeneutics and homiletics and the holistic approach that was engaged in. All insights gain were as a result of the link that Greidanus is able to forge in regards to the different arenas…
Greidanus, S. (1988) The Modern Preacher and the Ancient Text. Eerdmans Publishing:
Anthropologist working with the VA
Definitions / Interests / Key Problems and Issues
Previous Work Performed by Anthropologists in this Area
The Employment Situation, Current Salaries and Opportunities for Advancement
ibliography of the most important books, chapters and articles
Relevant professional organizations, ethics statements and newsletters
Names / locations of PAs and others working in the content area locally and elsewhere.
Relevant Laws and Regulations
Relevant international / domestic organizations, private and public
Other helpful information you think about on your own
The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan had a dramatic impact on the way someone sees themselves and the world around them. This is because many veterans have been forced to serve multiple tours and are still dealing with the lasting experiences from them. Two of primary injuries most are suffering from are post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TI). Anthropologists are seeking to understand the…
Bibliography of the most important books, chapters and articles.
2014. Summary. BLS. Electronic document, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/anthropologists-and-archeologists.htm . accessed April 3, 2012
2010. Hidden Battles on Unseen Fronts. Drexel Hill: Casemate.
The combination of these four tools can also serve as the foundation for frameworks to define the future direction of product strategies as well. Once the extent of causality is established between products, price and interpolated for markets using the State Gap and Trend Analysis, more effective pricing models can be created that provide more granular feedback on pricing elasticity (Bryan, osen, Marland, 1980). Using these techniques a company can then define product lifecycle-based strategies for managing pricing over the long-term, optimizing profitability in the process (McCue, 1993).
Combining these four analytical tools together can also quantify the overall size of market windows with much greater accuracy and precision than any of them acting in isolation can. Companies in very high churn business models including disk drives and other commodity-driven components can only partially be effective in the strategies without using these four tools in conjunction with each other. Using…
Bryan, N.S., Rosen, J.J., & Marland, N.T. (1980). A new life-cycle cost model: Flexible, interactive, and conversational. Defense Management Journal, 16(3), 2-2.
Griffin, M. (2002). Extreme programming: An alternative life cycle model part 2. Information Executive, 6(6), 8-8.
Meade, N., & Islam, T. (1998). Technological forecasting -- model selection, model stability, and combining models. Management Science, 44(8), 1115-1130.
Metcalfe, D. (2000). Rethinking pareto-efficiency and joint feasibility. Negotiation Journal, 16(1), 29-33.
The writing itself shows insight and intelligence while also having an energy and enthusiasm to it as well. Due to all of these factors, it is a reasonable assessment to say that the book achieved it's goals and objectives, and created a highly effective roadmap going forward for continued study of leadership and management.
How the Book Affected My Perception of Management and Leadership
Dan Pink is a very accomplished speaker who can quickly move from one complex concept to another, showing how they all interrelate to the areas of human motivation, management and leadership. This book changed my perception of what leadership is from the context of creating platforms for positive personal and professional growth, and also showed how powerful the combining of autonomy, mastery and purpose are in the context of long-term motivation. This book also shows how critical it is to create a culture where employees have…
Pink, DH (2011). Drive, The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. New York, New York: Riverhead Books.
The authors have expertise with Oracle databases and use examples from the enterprise products this software vendor provides to make their point regarding security of highly distributed networks. One of the more valuable aspects of this specific paper is the focus on how to create a multilevel secure environment in an enterprise. The authors have done enterprise-level database security work in their careers and this article and research communicate their expertise clearly.
In the article Data Security: A Security Implementation for elational Database Management Systems (Nilakanta, 1989) the author contends that information architectures must rely on a stable database management system (DBMS) to scale securely and reliably across an enterprise. The author provides insights into several different security procedures and approaches to defining a secured operating environment for enterprise-wide DBMS implementations and use. There are also guidelines for defining security clearances and recommendations on hwo best to use encryptions for…
Feeney, T.R. (1986). Security issues and features of database management systems. Information Age, 8(3), 155-155.
Fulkerson, C.L., Gonsoulin, M.A., & Walz, D.B. (2002). Database security. Strategic Finance, 84(6), 48-53.
Harris, D., & Sidwell, D. (1994). Distributed database security. Computers & Security, 13(7), 547-547.
Nilakanta, S. (1989). Data security: A security implementation for relational database management systems. Computers & Industrial Engineering, 17(1-4), 415-415.
This is significant because it shows how some critics of contrarian investing will often point to the various instances of speculation and assume that it is contrarian investing. In some cases the psychology of consumers can become so extreme, that the definition of what is speculative expands greatly. As a result, using contrarian investing in conjunction with other indicators / tools can help prudent investors and traders, be able to identify when the market condition are becoming more extreme.
Contrarian Indicators and Tools
When using the different contrarian indicators / tools in conjunction with one another, you can begin to see how this strategy can be used, to effectively determine if the market conditions are overbought or oversold. There are number of different tools that can be utilized to indentify major changes that are occurring in the trend of a stock or the market averages. These would include: headlines…
"3M Historical Prices," Yahoo Finance, http://finance.yahoo.com/q/hp?s=MMM&a=00&b=2&c=1970&d=04&e=25&f=2010&g=v&z=66&y=0
"3M Reports First Quarter Results," 3M, http://phx.corporate-ir.net/External.File?item=UGFyZW50SUQ9MjA2NjEwOHxDaGlsZElEPTMzNDE0MXxUeXBlPTI=&t=1
"3M Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2008 Results," 3M, http://library.corporate-ir.net/library/80/805/80574/items/322063/054431D4-6347-45F1-AF4D-85CCA5F89C52_mmmQ4release.pdf
"American Depository Receipt." Investopedia, http://www.investopedia.com/terms/a/adr.asp
This is evidenced in the first chapter's list of Jesus' linage, recalling similar lists in the Old Testament, tracing the line of Israel. Second is the nativity gospel, or story of the hero's extraordinary origins, along the lines of Moses' story of persecution and salvation from death as a baby from Genesis. Jesus' Sermon on the Mount is a dogmatic illustration of the role of Jesus as teacher to his followers. Jesus also teaches his disciples and others through parables, through miracles, and by quoting and interpreting scripture in a prophetic style. The final genre of the Gospel of Matthew is that of the Passion story, the narrative present in all of the gospels, of Jesus' death and resurrection.
Atmosphere: The atmosphere of the Gospel of Matthew is of a world of great hypocrisy. There is a tension between the exterior world and the interior world. Jesus teaches his followers…
, 2011). Since hoarders are less likely to be married, it is possible that help for a hoarder who has fallen or otherwise become injured may be severely delayed. Sometimes, it can be too late. Fire is another danger faced by a hoarder. Such a large number of items can make a house more flammable, and also make it highly difficult to escape if a fire does get started (Saxena, et al., 2011). That is something that should be taken into consideration.
Impairment and Insight
The levels of impairment and insight vary with hoarders. Some of them see that they have a serious problem for which they need to get help, and some of them do not see what is wrong with the way they are living (Steketee, et al., 2010). They are generally very reluctant to part with any of their things, and they can become resentful of family…
Anderson, S.W. Domasio, H., & Domasio, A.R. (2005). A neural basis for collecting behaviour in humans. Brain, 128, 201-212
Frost, R. & Gross, R. (1993). The hoarding of possessions. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 31, 367-382
Saxena, S., Ayers, C.R., Maidment, K.M., Vapnik, T., Wetherell, J.:. Brstritsky, A. (2011). Quality of life and functional impairment in compulsive hoarding. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 45, 475-480
Steketee, G., Frost, R.O., Tolin, D.F., Rasmussen, J. & Brown, T.A. (2010). Waitlist-controoled trial of cognitive behavior therapy for hoarding disorder. Depression and Anxiety, 275, 476-484
Leadership and Realtors
I have many aspirations and many things I would like to accomplish in my lifetime. That said, one of my strongest vocations is establishing myself in my community as a successful real estate agent.
I've always had a knack for sales and I love architecture and residential construction. But my affinity for real estate probably dates back to my childhood, when my uncle Herbie used to drive me around in his big tan Buick Skylark, taking me to all his listings so I could see how he showcased his properties. My uncle Herbie used to make me guess how much he had listed each property for, if I was wrong, he would wonk me on the head with this old leather scabbard he had in the back seat, if I was right, he would give me a piece of salt-water taffy. Long story short, I've wanted to…
Burns, J.M. (1978) Leadership. New York: Harper Perennial Modern Classics
Helping Leaders Deal With Change and Ambiguity. (2009) Human Capital
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mysteries of life is what the future holds. Knowledge of the present and past is clear but no one, no matter how intelligent or wise, is capable of predicting what the future might bring. Many try and, in some marginal way, are correct in their predictions but for most the future is the great unknown.
With the future unknown the best that one can do is prepare for as many eventualities as possible. As unpredictable as life is the one certainty is that the need for a quality education is an essential part of it. Toward this end, I certainly anticipate within the next ten years to have completed my formal education and to have established roots in my business career. As I intend to pursue a masters degree in business, I will have only been in the working environment for, at most, four years but should have been able…