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Affluent Magazine Jan 2009

Jan 2009


Get Mentally Tough: Seven Secrets to Resilience During Difficult Times

by Dr. Nancy D. O'Reilly

Get Mentally Tough: Seven Secrets to Resilience During Difficult Times Change is not always easy; in fact, for many of us change is downright difficult. Humans are creatures of habit. We like our world to be predictable, and we want to know what to expect in our lives, moment to moment. In today's world, however, change is part of life. It is now easier than ever to hear of someone loses his job, foreclosing on a home, or breaking up with a loved one. With all these negative changes, it is difficult to know what to do. When life hands you a bunch of lemons, do you fall apart and spend months trying to recover or are you resilient? Read More

Gardening for a Hobby

by Christie Ann DeAnda

Gardening for a Hobby How can a hobby involving manual labor such as raking soil and planting be considered relaxing? Well, doing an activity that is not normally part of your daily routine breaks the monotony and actually provides your mind and body a chance to re-channel some energy and release some pent-up emotions. Gardening gives you an opportunity to take your mind off daily tasks and problems and concentrate on another task entirely. Thus, it serves as some sort of replacement therapy. It forces you to relax because your mind is no longer dwelling on the pressing problems and issues that were bothering you before. Read More

Build Team Performance: Through Individual Meetings

by Joe Takash

Build Team Performance: Through Individual Meetings People are complex. If you've ever taken a personality assessment test, you know well we all have different propensities, values, drivers, and motivations. As managers and leaders, how can you get the most out people in the workplace? What are ways you create cohesiveness and trust? How can you adapt and adjust to different people problems with dynamic solutions? One highly controllable component is to have individual meetings. They allow you to connect with your employees and build a stronger team, one person at a time. Read More

Secrets to Mastering Your Personal Brand

by Brenda Bence

Secrets to Mastering Your Personal Brand What do Sir Richard Branson, Barack Obama and Suze Orman all have in common? They have each built powerful personal brands that have propelled them to the top of their businesses, their careers, and their lives. How did they do it? Like other successful personal branders, they took the time to define, communicate, and protect their brands. You can be sure they followed all of the top 10 secrets below to reach their great success. There's no magic to it: You can apply the same personal branding principles to your work and life not only to achieve your goals, but to surpass them. Read More

Why Successful Business Leaders Love History

by Rebecca Staton-Reinstein, Ph.D.

Why Successful Business Leaders Love History As modern businesspeople read about the leaders of the past, they want to learn what they can do today when their companies are at stake.  Current leaders in business and nonprofits face a faltering economy, an unstable international situation, a credit crunch, fierce competition, and shifting demographics.  These situations are remarkably similar to the challenges faced by the U.S. leaders who gathered in Philadelphia in 1787 to draft a new constitution and form a government to tackle the issues.  Some modern business owners are learning and applying success secrets from these founders. Read More

Arctic Club Hotel Seattle: Historical Prestige, Luxurious Accommodation

by Madison Freeman

Arctic Club Hotel Seattle: Historical Prestige, Luxurious Accommodation In the early 1900s, Seattle brimmed with adventure and enterprise; today, that same pioneering spirit has spawned some of the most notable innovators to date, including Starbucks and Microsoft. Surrounded by rugged, natural beauty, the bustling downtown corridor of Seattle continues to build upon its rich industrial past. The story of the new Arctic Club Hotel embraces a very promising future as one of the city’s most unique luxury hotels, set within an historic landmark, The Arctic Club Building. Read More

Silversea Cruises, One Aim... Excellence

by Madison Freeman

Silversea Cruises, One Aim... Excellence Silversea is a cruise company reflecting generations of maritime and travel experience. In the early 1990s, the Lefebvre family of Rome, former owners of Sitmar Cruises, conceived and organized a unique cruise company pledging to build and operate the highest quality ships in the ultra-luxury segment. The name "Silversea" was chosen because it connotes quality and luxury as well as capturing the romance and special sensations of the sea. Read More

How Not to Feel Responsible for Other People’s Happiness

by Debbie Mandel

How Not to Feel Responsible for Other People’s Happiness Unselfish giving and humility are noble qualities; however, they have a darker side – giving yourself away and not taking care of yourself. Many of us are part of the sandwich generation taking care of children and elderly parents in addition to home and work. But this sandwich is getting stale. We are feeling depleted, irritable and resentful while we keep on giving until we eventually tip over into depression. Next chronic stress takes hold of our lives. The latest research from Harvard, for example, shows that caregivers face a 20-percent higher risk of mortality than the rest of the population because of the daily stressors they face. Read More
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