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Affluent Magazine Jan 2009

Jan 2009


Let Your Body Move You

by Jennifer Read Hawthorne

Let Your Body Move You It’s January, that time of year that can evoke feelings of new beginnings—but also dread at the thought of some of the New Year’s resolutions we know we want/need to make. If you’re like most people, your list of resolutions is likely to include something about exercise (groan). Here are the top three secrets I’ve discovered to actually put an end to the dread part and amp up the wonderful part. Read More

How to Keep Meetings From Wasting Your Time and Money

by Joseph Sommerville, Ph.D.

How to Keep Meetings From Wasting Your Time and Money Ask anyone in business to list their top three complaints about the professional life at their firm and no doubt you’ll find “time wasted in meetings” on that list.  Meetings have become events to dread and avoid whenever possible. Poorly run meetings waste more than just time—they’re expensive as well. Consider a professional services firm where the average billing rate is $300 per hour. A ninety-minute meeting of twelve people costs the firm $5,400. If the same group meets once a month, the yearly cost is almost $65,000. Read More

Nothing Good Happens in a Vacuum of Leadership

by Leslie G. Ungar

Nothing Good Happens in a Vacuum of Leadership Noam Chomsky, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology linguist and US foreign policy critic, ranks as the most quoted living thinker. Marx and Lenin rank as the most often quoted individuals in history. Lincoln may be the most quoted president in history, followed closely by FDR, and JFK. However, one of my favorite sayings is my own. Or at least I believe it is my own: nothing good happens in a vacuum of leadership. Much has been written about leadership: what makes an effective leader? The questions I am addressing in this article are: when and why does a leader need to be present? Read More

Eating to Protect Seals

by John Grandy

Eating to Protect Seals What you choose to eat for dinner tonight in La Jolla, or Sarasota or Scottsdale could help bring an end to the greatest slaughter of North American wildlife since the American bison was all but wiped from the face of the Earth more than a century ago. It’s a curious fact, and a compelling one. Indeed, what everyone in the United States chooses to eat for dinner tonight amounts to the casting of a vote: Are we going to condone this slaughter, or are we going to take action to bring it to an end? Read More

Biggest Social Skill Blunders

by Joy Weaver

Biggest Social Skill Blunders It may come as a big surprise that more times than not, business people lose their creditability due to lack of proper social skills, rather than their technical skills. I always say, “More careers are lost in the business social scene than in the boardroom.” And so often the business blunder comes in the form of a basic social skill that could be completely avoided by remembering basic principles of life. One, for example: Treat others the way you want to be treated! Read More

How to be a Gracious Guest

by Tony Conway, CMP

How to be a Gracious Guest Your calendar fills with holiday invitations. Sure. You know the basics about guest etiquette. Or at least you think you do. You know how to say “please” and “thank you.” You know that showing up a half hour early to a dinner party is a cardinal sin and that snubbing “Bling Bling” the family cat is an even worse transgression. There really is more to it than that.  But don’t fret. We’ve come up with ten easy tips on how to be a gracious guest. Follow these simple suggestions and we promise that your inbox will fill with interesting invitations from interesting people. Stick to these tips and some might even downright accuse you of being the life of the party. Read More

A New Year’s Beauty Rejuvenation

by Mary Jo Matsumoto

A New Year’s Beauty Rejuvenation If you've been thinking that you need a holiday just to recover from the merry season, then you'll be happy to hear that this is exactly what I'm recommending! Nothing will snap you into a happy year faster than a fun and luxurious girl's getaway. Why not fly into what is otherwise known as the California Riviera, that lush strip of gorgeous seaside real estate halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego? Home to one of my favorite destinations, the award-winning Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel is ranked among the best resorts in the world. Here you will enjoy panoramic white-water views and two miles of premium sandy beach. Read More

New Year’s Resolutions and Your Money

by Robin S. Davis, CFP

New Year’s Resolutions and Your Money It's that time of year again. Time to bring in the New Year with champagne and caviar. Time to restart your diet since the holiday feasting is over. And, time to take a fresh look at your financial situation and make a few New Year's resolutions on how you are going to improve it. This time may feel a little different, however, because we are coming off of one of the hardest hit bear markets, in one year, in history. Read More

The Inn at Palmetto Bluff: The New Jewel of South Carolina Resorts

by Madison Freeman

The Inn at Palmetto Bluff: The New Jewel of South Carolina Resorts On the pristine banks of the May River, where 17th century oaks richly draped in Spanish moss provide an elegant canopy, Auberge Resorts operates a small luxury resort amidst a 20,000 acre nature preserve called The Inn at Palmetto Bluff – the company’s first resort on the East Coast.  Just minutes from Savannah and Hilton Head Island in beautiful Bluffton, the Inn offers the seclusion of a private resort with the ease of accessibility to South Carolina's Greatest Golf where unparalleled personalized attention and exceptional privacy go hand in hand. Read More

A Heart-Healthy Diet

by Debbie Robinson, RN

A Heart-Healthy Diet According to the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council, researchers believe that the antioxidants in blueberries work to reduce the buildup of "bad" LDL cholesterol in artery walls that contributes to cardiovascular disease and stroke. Studies conducted at the USDA Human Nutrition Center have found that blueberries rank No. 1 in antioxidant activity when compared with 40 other fresh fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants help neutralize harmful byproducts of metabolism called free radicals that can lead to cancer and other age-related diseases. Anthocyanin, the antioxidant that is thought to be responsible for this major health benefit, can also be found in blackberries, black raspberries, black currants, and red grapes. Read More
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