How to Handle Management

One of the most important factors when it comes to running a business is also one of the most mishandled factors. When it comes to running a business, one needs to know how to manage his workers. This is a big issue for business owners because it is important to find a middle ground or a balance in order to make things workout in the favor of the business owner. If the business owner is too nice, then people will walk all over her and run her business into the ground. Also, if one is too domineering as a business owner, then that can cause people to walk out. Fortunately, there are people to look to for an example.

One example of a good manager is Susan McGalla. Susan McGalla has found the perfect balance as a manager. For one thing, she is clear in what she expects, and she is clear in the consequence that the worker will face if she is not meeting her expectations. She is also very levelheaded when dealing with people who work under her. Management can eb a very stressful job to take on and it could really overwhelm someone if she can’t take it.

One very important aspect of being a business owner is fairness. Susan McGalla is a shining example of fairness. For one thing, she does not play favorites. Playing favorites can cause a lot of disharmony in the workplace for the manager, and even her favorite worker. Susan McGalla understands all of the pitfalls that could result from playing favorites at work. Instead, she looks at the problem at work. She follows a procedure that is fair. She is also willing to work with her employees if they are struggling to meet an expectation. She looks at the task and responds according to the task, not to the person.

Management should also be very professional. There should be no personal feelings involved in the management of people. In other words, even if the manager has personal feelings for or against her worker, she does not act on it in the workforce. Susan McGalla keeps her personal feelings out of the workplace and treats her employees according to their performance and what they do for the company overall. She talks to them in a professional manner and deals with them according to the procedure that she has set up in dealing with an unsatisfactory performance.

Susan McGalla also knows how to keep a level head. She does not resort to insults and sarcasm and mocking. Instead, they make sure that their employees have an understanding. They also do not blow at their employees due to the fact that the employees could take certain actions against the employer or manager depending on the circumstance. She does the best she can in order to make sure that the employee feels welcome on the job. She is also there to help the employee adjust and do the job in a way that is best for the company.

AnastasiaDate Is Love Around The World

There is absolutely nothing wrong with being shy. In fact, more people in the world struggle with this problem than they’d like to admit. It’s understandable, however. Shyness can really take a told on a persons life. It can cause such anxiety that a person is nervous to have interactions with people in day to day life. Shyness and anxiety can take a toll on a persons friendships and love life. Fortunately, there is a way around this. Those who are shy should try online dating.

Online dating doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, it can actually be quite simple. All it takes is one person to start up a conversation with someone online. After that, it’s easy. The two people just need to go with the flow and see where things go. There is a large variety of online dating sites and apps. In fact, it almost seems like there is an online dating site for almost any category. There are ones for people of a certain ethnicity, religious age group, background, and so much more.

There is also a great site that is now for people who have a taste for someone of a different culture. It’s for those who crave someone that was otherwise unattainable due to geographic location. I’m talking about AnastasiaDate. AnastasiaDate works to connect singles from all across the globe. Unlike other dating sites, this one does not focus on geographical location. This one solely connects people with who they wanted to be connected with! AnastasiaDate understands that two individuals can form a connection no matter what they live.

With all the technological advancements, geographic proximity no longer seems to be an issue. There’s messaging, video chat, and so many other options for people. AnastasiaDate brings two people together and then it’s up to them to decide what their next moves are when it comes to meeting. Due to the fact that members are signed up from all over the world, there are so many different options of people to talk too! Users will never be left waiting and wondering if someone will message them. There are countless options for users to connect.

Overall, this site is truly a technological advancement. Users are forming connections with one another each and every day. People are forming friendships and even relationships. There are so many different types of people with different thoughts, beliefs, and personalities. No longer does a person have to talk to someone just because they are there. If someone isn’t feeling the connection on AnastasiaDate, they can close out the chat and find someone new.

FreedomPop Entices Mobile Freebie Seekers

To compete with TalkTalk and Tesco Mobile, Stephen Stokols has obtained great advice and venture capital to set up FreedomPop in the United Kingdom. FreedomPop is located and founded in the United States since 2011. That territory is not big enough for Mr. Stokols’ liking, so he will pursue the market of free stuff seekers in Great Britain with the help of his former boss at BT, Gavin Patterson. Initially, this venture was proposed and then rejected by chief executive, Patterson when it was put on the table at a BT board of directors meeting.

Stokols would not be discouraged by this but instead with the help of Patterson as an adviser, he decided to head up the launch when the timing was right. Once the stars aligned, Gavin Patterson stepped aside as an adviser due to conflict of interest as BT is a competitor in the mobile markets in the UK. BT has an MVNO agreement with EE. FreedomPop will also be an MVNO or a Mobile Virtual Network Operator that leases masts and other infrastructure services to power its mobile customer subscribers. In fact, FreedomPop is going to rely on alternative connectivity to reduce early start up costs. The traffic on its network will be mainly on WiFi networks instead of mobile networks that use microwave towers networks.

Stokols will be traveling to the UK to complete the negotiations for this new access by meeting with BT over the details for their WiFi networks. They can service the new group of WiFi based subscriptions as there are more than five million hotspots available for such a service. The sign up process will take place online. There is a gathering wave of initial users to the sum of 250,000 in England. They have become intrigued with the free subscription details of a one time sign on fee of 7 pounds with no monthly fee at first with 200 minutes, 200 texts and 200 MB of data offer. Once users run out of these initial free products they will be offered a range of monthly plans from 4.99 Pounds to 16.00 Pounds per month.

It will be possible for subscribers to earn free stuff again by participating in various marketing surveys from third-parties. The target mobile consumer is of the low price product market. The idea was born when Stokols noticed that the users in the United States only habitually used up half of their ‘buy extra capcity.’

Activist Yeonmi Park Tells Her Story of Human Rights and North Korean Life

When North Korean activist Yeonmi Park tells her incredible story about her life and escape from North Korea it’s an amazing tale. Even though she’s barely old enough to be out of college, she has lived an incredibly amazing life. She now tells others about her years in her former country, her subsequent escape and her ongoing campaign against the injustices of the North Korea government.

Park grew up in a middle-class area of North Korea with her parents, both government workers. Her father was gainfully employed by the government in an executive job within the North Korean Workers Party, and her mother served the government as a nurse for the North Korean army. She remembers that her life growing up was one of joy and peace. She hadn’t yet experienced what the other side of North Korean life had to offer. She recalls doing typical things that children do, like playing with her friends, laughing and having fun.

But in later years, she vividly remembers the first time she saw the iron hand of the North Korean government. She recalls a time when a family friend was beaten by the police in front of her and her mother. Before then, she had never witnessed brutality of that nature, but it left an indelible mark upon her psyche, one that she remembers to this day.

Park’s carefree life took a sudden turn when her entire family was relocated to another area of the country. Once she lived in a area that was affluent. Now, her family was forced to live in an area where food and supply rationing were commonplace. In many cases, they did not have enough food to eat their to prevent the family from starving, Park’s father undertook illegal activities to bring more money into the household. While conducting one of these activities, he was caught by the state police, put on trial and sentenced to 16 years of hard labor in prison. After serving a substantial amount of time, Park’s father became seriously ill. The state released him from prison to die at home.

When Park’s father returned home, he realized that life was going to be no better in North Korea, and he had to do something to better his family and their situation. He decided that the entire family should leave North Korea and seek a better life elsewhere. Unfortunately, Park’s father was too sick to accompany them on their journey, and ended up passing away in North Korea.

Park and her mother set out on a dangerous journey to sneak out of the country. They crossed the North Korean border into China, where they received help from Chinese smugglers. Unfortunately, the smugglers were even more corrupt than the government. Park and her mother endured many hardships at the hands of the Chinese smugglers as they were smuggled across China. At one point, one of the smugglers raped Park’s mother with Park watching the entire event. They still continued, confident that they would be able to get through China and reach Mongolia. Finally, they reached their destination and crossed into Mongolia. From there, they made arrangements with South Korean diplomats and received safe passage into their country.

Park now spends as much time as possible lecturing and telling people her story of survival. She has spoken at major conferences around the world, including conferences for TED and other notable human rights groups and organizations. She has just completed a book all about her life in North Korea and her escape that will be released later on this year.

Learn By Example With 50 Sparks


Mark Sparks, the serial entrepreneur responsible for over sixty start up businesses has written a book, “ They Can’t Eat You, My unorthodox path to outrageous success.” The book details Mr. Sparks journey from an average high school graduate; to the head of Timber Creek capital, a private equity company holding several portfolios. The book gives a journal of lessons and insights learned along the way.

After graduating high school in 1975 with only a C+ average, Mark Sparks experienced success and failure with numerous startup companies; these businesses range from cell phone companies to insurance holding companies, all of which Mr Sparks was the principal. Sparks made hugely successful and profitable companies during of his 34 year journey; and then at times experienced losing everything, to only to come back again with even stronger companies. This native of Austin, Texas seems to have a golden touch for getting start ups running and financially sound but not all his ventures have been successful. Sparks speaks of failing stating that “Don’t get me wrong, I love to win but you just can’t win them all! Its life!“

Sparks builds companies by taking the initial idea, adding capital and establishing a business model and systems for the company to thrive. He credits his successes to having a “no fear” attitude toward each venture and the real learning experiences have come from the failures. He has said there are volumes more lessons learned from the failures than the successes. After 34 years of being the ultimate entrepreneur, Mark Sparks is still actively involved in launching new businesses but now also makes time for philanthropic activities. One organization he is passionate about is the Samaritan Inn, a facility that provides help to individuals striving to make a new start.

It is in that same spirit of giving that Marc Sparks has written “They Can’t Eat You.”

Giving lessons learned over the years to up and coming entrepreneurs striving to get their business started. In the book he offers what he calls “Fifty Sparks.” Fifty essential rules or insights of wisdom that anyone can use to lay the groundwork and foundation of any business venture with or without a college degree.

Hedge Fund Investments Under Citadel’s Kenneth Griffin

Hedge fund management has long been considered a game of the big leagues. It can be quite complicated if you do not know what you are doing. Only with the right kind of knowledge can you persevere in these murky waters. Ken Griffin, the founder and chief executive officer at Citadel, a consortium of companies, has been in hedge fund management for an extensive time. According to him, the financial market is a walk in the park, and hedge funds are just another financial product amongst a list of other investment creations.

Kenneth Griffin is the sole founder and chief executive officer of Citadel. Equipped with only a fax machine, a personal computer, and a telephone, Kenneth Griffin began trading while he was in his Harvard dorm room back in 1987. From such humble yet motivated beginnings, Griffin was able to catch the attention of hedge fund forerunner and co – founder of Chicago – based Glenwood Partners, Frank Meyer. Through Meyers insights and aid Griffins performance skyrocketed and earned him a placement to establish himself and what would someday become Citadel, the great hedge fund investment consortium

A diverse company, Citadel group, includes Citadel, which in itself is a leading alternative asset management platform; Citadel Securities, one of the principal liquidity providers in America’s capital markets; and lastly Citadel Technology, a prime solutions provider for investment management technology and infrastructure. Among the business community, Mr. Griffins is an affiliate of numerous organizations, comprising of the Economic Club of Chicago, the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago and G100.

Citadel LLC has dominated hedge fund management for a long time, with relevant products such as equity options,equities, and interest rate swaps for retail and institutional clients. Kenneth Griffin, the driving force and proprietor of the company, has made a great difference in his tenure. During the American financial crisis, Citadel was on its knees, nearly collapsing. It was through Kenneth’s efforts that the Chicago-based hedge fund firm was able to gain ground. Now, it manages an unbelievable $26 billion in assets and liquidated cash. The performance of the company is so optimal that the firms major hedge funds profited nearly 18% net returns in 2014, furthermore, Kenneth is even making plans on taking the hedge fund firm public with its primary IPO. When this happens, Citadel’s success will be immeasurable; Kenneth will simply be viewed as a genius.

Mr. Kenneth Griffins graduated with a degree from Harvard University, a crucial component for his overwhelming success. His moral compass is quite right. He is an avid supporter of educational initiatives that empower community development and performs as a member of the Board of Directors of the Chicago Public Education Fund. His open assistance of Chicago’s civic and cultural institutions has proved his love for decent governance and administration. He has a taste for art owing to the fact that he serves on the Board of Trustees for the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art, The University of Chicago and The Whitney Museum.

Chinese see value in New York City apartments

Chinese investors are buying more and more property – primarily apartments – and increasing their “footprint” in New York City, according to an article published on

The Real Deal held a U.S. Real Estate Forum and Showcase recently in Shanghai, which led real estate people there to make comments about more Chinese buying real estate in New York City. There are many reasons why NYC apartments for sale is appealing to Chinese investors who have the money to spend and want a great place with some prestige added to the deal.

Luxury apartments are becoming more common, and as each development grows it tries to outdo the others with even more luxury and more outstanding amenities.

Town Residential is one of those companies entertaining Chinese investors as they look over property in New York. Town Residential is a real estate service focusing on luxury apartments in New York and was founded in 2010. Town Residential is a leader in the luxury apartment sales area. It has four offices in the New York City area and an office in Miami, Fla.

Real estate brokers say the Chinese see the value of New York City, which is why they are coming to America and buying apartments. Real estate tends to falter in bad economic times, but perhaps because of its size, its history and overall appeal, the demand is constant regardless of the economy, one of the brokers explained. There is always plenty of demand in New York, and there are people with enough money to buy what they want, regardless of the economy.

The idea is also pushed that owning an apartment in New York City is a world recognized status symbol of being a true success in the business world.

The city has also cleaned itself up. It now has the reputation of being one of the safest big cities in America, adding even more appeal to Chinese investors.

One broker added that Chinese investors are not limiting themselves to just New York City, but also considering nearby areas such as Brooklyn or Harlem.

Many Chinese investors looking for apartments are ready to spend between $1 million and $2 million. Financing across international lines is tricky, so they tend to also bring a lot of cash when they come to New York to shop for real estate.

Another appeal for the investors is that New York real estate is more regulated and more transparent than what they can find in China.

Our Generation Stands Out, But Not Alone

In the last two decades, our generation has recognized that we need to stand out from the workaday crowd, and the masses who are content with being average and “everyday”. We demand that our fashion and beauty products need to be as versatile as our many and varied personalities. We take our cues from the daring and bold designs of artists such as John Galliano as well as the “no makeup” look that purportedly ruled the 2014 runways the world around. We have, without apology, begun taking carte blanche with the statements we make with our cosmetics.

Beauty products, and cosmetics in specific, have evolved dramatically since ancient times when men and women used them to cover flaws and create a sense of beauty and mystery about themselves. We now have what they did not: a rainbow of colors, not available to our predecessors, both natural and otherwise to choose from. Our faces are canvases waiting to be filled with our unique and dazzlingly beautiful personalities, and we have answered the call.

In response to our generation’s need for variety and individuality, cosmetics companies have jumped on this growing trend. Ever-conscious of what the public wants, many are now offering their own take on the endless number of unique color palettes that nature has to offer. Lime Crime may seem like just one of many, but they stand out from the crowd with their eye-dazzlingly bright color options paired with affordability. You don’t have to be a celebrity or frequent shopper on Rodeo Drive to put your best face forward.

Lime Crime, founded in 2008 by Doe Deere, understands the needs of our generation, and they have stepped up their game with a line of makeup that is wholly original and wholly cruelty free. No animal testing, no animal products; just pure color that will make heads turn when you walk into any room. One fashion trend this year has been glitter: in our hair, on our faces, on our bodies. The Zodiac Glitter line includes twelve colors to coordinate with each month’s birth sign, and is an absolute must-have for our generation’s make up arsenal. Sparkle and shine is what Lime Crime is all about.

Just as it’s important to have a well-stocked makeup kit, it’s equally important to have an arsenal of cleansers, exfoliators, and moisturizers to keep give your beautiful skin a good foundation upon which to build your unique personality. Makeup removers should be gentle and used only as needed. Cleansers should be as mild as possible and not contain harsh chemicals or detergents, since these can dry out your skin.

Lastly, your exfoliator should be, you guess it, as gentle as possible. Many exfoliators on the market use large, rough granules which can irritate your skin and encourage unsightly break outs. Look for an exfoliator that contains a natural product such as oatmeal or finely ground walnut shells.

Investor James Dondero Says Commodity Prices Are Suffering Due To Brazil And China Issues

Investor and credit manager, Jim Dondero, has built a solid business finding commodities around the world that produce excellent returns through his company Highland Capital Management. Dondero specializes in emerging markets, so the recent financial fiasco in China and the current debacle in Brazil are creating some uneasiness in Dondero’s investment world. Brazil credit rating was recently downgraded from investment status to junk status, and the real lost more than 30 percent of its value against the dollar because of the downgrade. But that’s not the only bad news according to the co-founder of Highland Capital Management. Coffee prices hit new lows, and crude oil prices dropped once again. The commodity market is filled with fear right now according to Mr. Dondero. There a global oversupply of crude oil and the Chinese demand is weak.

Another issue that James Dondero on facebook and other investors are worried about is Brazil’s economy. Investors say Brazil’s political situation is the root of the country’s economic problems. President Dilma Rousseff is on the verge of fueling the disaster with poor financial choices, and a board room filled with bad advisors. The Social Democratic Party in Brazil wants to impeach Rousseff, and there is a good chance that might happen since Rousseff’s approval rating is in the single digits.

Brazil has been beaten to a pulp by the drastic reduction in oil prices as well as the crisis that their best customer, China, is going through at the moment. Dondero knows that both countries are members of BRICS, and the BRICS countries are taking an economic beating right now. Brazil does well, and investors do too when commodities like sugar, coffee, iron ore, oil, and soybeans are in demand by other countries. Oil prices change by the minute, and so do Brazil’s export figures. The uncertainty in the commodity market and the lack of orders for exports has pushed Brazil into a recession, and investors are scrambling to find the right strategy to offset losses.

Meanwhile, Dondero and his team at Highland Capital are doing what they have always done. Highland Capital finds investment opportunities that other investors don’t touch thanks to their knowledge of the Brazilian and Chines markets as well as the markets in the other BRICS countries. Even though Brazil and Russia are in recession mode, Dondero thinks there is money to be made in those markets. The trick is to find the right commodities in those emerging markets that are not impacted by a recession.

Some investors say that is a tall order given the Brazilian, Russian and the Chinese situation. Some of those investors think those countries will pull India and South Africa down with them. The world may be heading for a global recession, but smart investors like Dondero function best under pressure. Highland Capital and Dondero make money in any economic situation. The only thing that changes when economies change is the amount of money they make.

Susan McGalla Steels for the Steelers

She’s inspired. She’s confident. She has a magic touch.

Susan McGalla is a veteran businessperson. An incredible success in every endeavor so far, McGalla is now Director of Strategic Planning and Growth for the NFL powerhouse Pittsburg Steelers.

She graduated from Mount Union College in Ohio, in 1986. Her first job, with retailer Joseph Horne, began a series of career successes. She left Horne after eight years for a 14-year whirlwind adventure at American Eagle Outfitters.

Starting as a merchandise buyer at American Eagle, she honed her skills in branding, merchandising and marketing while climbing the ladder – to the very top. In the years of her tenure, she launched the AE women’s brands, a full line of accessories and introduced the popular e-commerce sites.

As she rose to President and Chief Merchandising Officer, American Eagle sales climbed to $3 billion and the company grew to include 28,000 employees.

She put the retailer Wet Seal back on track, then stepped out with her own consulting company. Her clients were the nation’s largest retail, financial and real estate enterprises.

She now combines her love of Pittsburg with 30 years of expertise, creating a brand and growth strategy for the ever-changing Pittsburg Steelers. She’s steeling up for the biggest challenge of her career.

McGalla leads seminars for young women about how to succeed despite a male-dominated business world. Her attitude on gender is that it shouldn’t matter at all. She believes that hard work, innovation and never-ending energy make the difference, no matter the manager’s gender or level in the company.

Speaking on the Carnegie-Mellon speaker circuit, she discusses the difference between male and female CEO’s. Based on her presentations, it is sure that McGalla would say there IS no difference.

Confidence is what she was taught as a child, growing up in East Liverpool, Ohio. Her approach is good ideas, presented with confidence, will be accepted – and that the audience will respond. With her self-assurance, and the smarts to back it up, both women AND men are left in awe of Susan McGalla.

McGalla is a known philanthropist who serves on many boards. She’s active on the advisory boards for a women’s health research institute, a commercial real estate company and her alma mater college, among others.

She is a long-time resident of Pittsburg and an avid Steelers fan. McGalla lives with her husband Stephen, a wealth manager, two children, and a goofy dog.