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BAD MANAGEMENT OR BULLYING

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A few years ago now, I was about 19 years old, I used to work in a manufacturing company, this company was of medium size, and their management structure was standard for the day. Initially, I was happy working there, I kept myself to myself, and I wasn’t really bothered much, this went on for a couple of years, and then I started to progress in the company, this was something I was very proud of.

My first managerial position was a team leader of a production line in the company, and I threw myself into trying to impress, do a good job all the sort of things you do when you start something new. At first, things were going great, I was getting all the help I needed from my supervisors, I was getting on well with the lads on the line, my home life had improved because I was earning more money, and I wasn’t under so much pressure anymore.

My relationship with the managing director was very good in the early days, he always used to say to me “Stick by me, and you will be rewarded, I need people like you, you are the cornerstone of the company” and this made me feel really proud and needed, important even, but I suppose with hindsight he was just saying what he thought I needed to hear, there was no truth in it, I was being used. We used to call this whisper a few sweet nothings in his ear, and he will be alright.”

“This started to increase on a daily basis, and I got to the point where I would dread the morning meetings because all I could think of was what were they going to pick on me today with.”

This went on for a while, but slowly and surely they started to leave me to my own devices, this was fine at first, but then small things started to happen. We had a production meeting every morning involving senior management and team leaders, were you would discuss an individual’s responsibilities and how they are doing that day, and I started to notice that I seemed to be getting a lot more attention than the others, and they seemed to be picking fault with me that they wouldn’t be doing with the other team leaders. This started to increase on a daily basis, and I got to the point where I would dread the morning meetings because all I could think of was what were they going to pick on me today with.

I tried my hardest to do the right thing, but nothing seemed to work. Things started to get worse, the picking at me progressed from the morning meetings to the shop floor, and it was at this point that things really started to affect me. there was never any physical bullying, it was always the type where you want to humiliate someone, to keep eating away at their confidence, make them think that no matter what they did it was wrong, ultimately this made me scared to make any decision, in fact things got so bad i found myself in the staff toilet almost crying, but I couldn’t understand what I was doing wrong, I knew I was good at my job so why was i being treated like this.

Things came to a head, when one night I got home after a really bad day at work, and my wife just asked how things went, and out of nowhere I just burst into tears, I couldn’t take anymore because I am a strong proud man and that company destroyed my soul and really did make me quivering wreck in front of my wife, but that was my wake up call, and I just quit, maybe I should have done something about it, but nobody should have to go through that, and it has affected my relationship, my confidence, and my belief

Roll forward 35 years and it’s still going on in businesses across the globe, people of all ages are being bullied under the guise of management. I am not saying all managers are bad, but it only takes one bully to make somebody’s life a living hell.

HOW TO BECOME A SUCCESSFUL BLOGGER

Saturday, September 21, 2019

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HOW TO BE A SUCCESSFUL BLOGGER

As bloggers, we all dream of being successful with what we write about, we all want thousands of people to read our blog posts, we all want great reviews and comments, but achieving that goal is the hard part. Many years ago when I started my first blog I kept starting one and then deleting it, and I did these hundreds of times because I just didn’t know enough about it to make it work, so today I am going to tell you how to make it work, and the rest is up to you.

STARTING YOUR BLOG

To start a blog you must first decide what it is you want to write about, you have to ask yourself the question, “What do people want to read about”

“Picking a topic that you have a lot of knowledge about will really help you write, and depending on what audience you are trying to target you must choose a topic that is popular, but I must stress that less popular specialized topics can be very successful.”

Now we have chosen our topic the next step is to decide where your blog is going to live, so picking a hosting company is very important. This is where you spend a couple of hours doing your research, choose an established host, look at what features they offer, look at how easy their site builders are to use, and most important of all, look at the price, are you getting good value for money? Once you have chosen your host you are ready to start building a successful blog.

THEME-CONTENT-LAYOUT

Picking a theme for your blog is important, after all, you want your blog to be attractive to the viewer, most site builders offer hundreds of themed templates, so picking the right one shouldn’t be too difficult.

Now you have your theme in place you must fill it with content, and your content are your blog posts and images, keep your content true, by this I mean relevant to your blog niche, keep your content original, don’t use others work unless you have their permission, and keep your content fresh, by this I mean don’t keep rehashing old posts, keep it evergreen. When you use images, keep them relevant to your post, don’t use too many, this can have an adverse effect, and make sure they are your own or that you have permission to use them.

When placing content on your site the layout is crucial to the success of your blog, I have been on some blogs where I have just got lost, it is very easy to put a reader off if you don’t create pages that are easy to follow with well-placed content, take some time to get this right, a good idea is to visit other blogs to see how they do it. Remember, easy navigation is the key.

GETTING YOUR BLOG SEO READY

You can be a fantastic writing talent, but if you haven’t set up the SEO on your blog, how is anyone going to know that you are there? This is where things can get tricky, you need to have some knowledge of things like key-words, title length, alt images, structure, page name etc…etc. I could go on forever, what I am saying is if you get your SEO right, that is half the battle. It could be a good idea to hire somebody to do your site SEO or better still if you know of a friend who knows about SEO, the important thing is, make sure you get this part right. This subject is too big for a small part in a post, so you really do have to research this yourself.

MARKETING YOUR BLOG

Marketing your blog is another important thing as a blogger you have to go through, most of us use social media to do this as it has the capability to reach millions of potential readers., but how we use social media is the important factor. All social platforms use algorithms, and they are for ever-changing and you are constantly battling against that, but basically you have to take into account when sharing your posts on social media geographical location, targeted audience, paid advertising, and where on social media you are going to post, where will you get the best engagement rate, and what is the longevity of that post.

“You must post and share daily, and keep your posts varied, this will help you build up a social media following, give your blog a sustainable reputation, in other words, get your name out there.”

WHAT DO I MEAN BY THE WORD SUCCESSFUL

Now I have been going on about attracting thousands of readers to your blog, or getting lots of revenue through advertising on your blog, and if you do that is successful, but on the other side of the coin, if you only attract 50 readers a week, but you really enjoy what you are doing, then that is also successful. Success is an individual thing, and if you deem it successful, then it is.

CONTENT IS KING

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You have heard this phrase many times, and I live by it but added to that you do have to cayout that content to maximize the effect your post has on the reader.consider how you write that content, what images you use with that content, and how you l

The primary objective of any writer is to get people to read what they have written, there are a few exceptions to this, but in general, as writers that is what we all want. You want what you write to have a positive effect on the reader, so itis important what we say and how we say it.

“When your story is ready for rewrite, cut it to the bone. Get rid of every ounce of excess fat. This is going to hurt; revising a story down to the bare essentials is always a little like murdering children, but it must be done.”

— Stephen King

Having great content is not enough, how you use great content is what counts, don’t keep content in just to fill out a story, although this may look good it is the wrong thing to do. You want to tell a story, you want to deliver a message, do this without the excess wording, it’s not needed so get rid of them.

A little while ago I posted on facebook a thread asking to get to know people in my group a little bit better, and a group member commented back “just read our profile” and she is right if I was researching other members to get to know them, but the point of the thread was to create engagement, and without that engagement you can not progress forward. Creating engagement with the reader on a professional level is essential, you can create leads and sales as well as establish credible business relationships which is important to help protect and progress your business, and this is what I mean when I talk about how you use your content and not how much great content you have, it’s all about timing and what you write.

“I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.”

— Anne Frank

Writing is what I do, so it is important to do the very best I can, but our best is a unique attribute to every single one of us, we can all follow guidelines as I have written, but we all see the words in different ways, and they all mean different things to us, the most important thing is you can write good or bad, but always enjoy what you write.

ARE YOU A GOOD BOSS?

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Being a good boss means that you lead from the front and inspire others to go above and beyond what they feel they are capable of, in other words you get the best out of your employees while'st at the same time creating a happy and productive working environment.

Being the boss isn't always easy, but the buck stops at you and you are responsible for the physical and mental welfare of your employees, you may not get it right all the time but you must make sure that any decision you make is in the best interest of the employee and the business because if the business suffers so does the employee, so not all decisions will be popular but you are the one in the driving seat and you have to take responsibility.

The role of a manager is to run the business efficiently, productively, and make a profit, but all the tasks that you need to complete as the boss to achieve that remit can be daunting to say the least, but self belief in your own ability, confidence, and being able to think out of the box are essential quality's to have in your locker, but having those quality's alone will be useless if you haven't got the goodwill and support of your work force. Trust is a keyword in any business, but how do you gain that trust? just giving everyone a pay-rise won't work you have to bee seen to be in control of everything connected with the business, sometimes you have to be firm with your employees to keep control of the shop floor, you have to praise and give rewards when it is merited, and you have to show an interest in your employees on a more personal level to make sure everything is OK with them, because a happy employee is a productive employee and that can only be good for business.

Being a boss is not an easy job, but if you get it right you will increase your profit margin, so it's not just about being a nice person, but it makes good business sense. Now what I have written is a very simplistic view of it and there is so much more to running a successful business, but get the basics right and you are halfway there.

Andy (Global Bloggers)

Every Day Must Have Personal Care Products: Current Hit and Miss items

Weekend Quaintrelle

I like to think that I live a practical life, especially when it comes to my personal care. I enjoy products that aren’t over complicated and of course, are effective. I usually find myself sticking to the same basic products for my everyday care, but if I see a great review or someone recommends me a product I am always open to trying it out. So here’s a break down of what are my favorite must have products and what products I tried out and didn’t work for me.

Lens Cleaning Wipes
First Aid Beauty Hand Cream
Burt’s Bee Chapstick
Anastasia Beverly Hills Tinted Brow Gel

I LITERALLY would be blind without my glasses, and I recently got a new pair of Ray Bays, which I absolutely LOVE! However, one of my pet peeves is dirty glasses so one of my must have products are my Lens Cleaning Wipes

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Heather’s Favorite Things 2019

Heather Fern

Welcome back to the third annual “Heather’s favorite things” list! This is basically my Christmas wishlist and the top items I am wanting this season. It is so funny to look back on year’s past and you can get a glimpse of what was going on in that season of life and what my priorities were. Per usual, I thought to myself about a month ago ‘I really don’t think I will have much on my list this year, I don’t need anything’. While the second half of that is more true (what do we REALLY need??), I have proved myself wrong and have a growing list of household items, clothes, beauty, and tech items that I am hoping the big man in red drops into my stocking this year. Hopefully this will help you compile your list, check it twice, and mail it off to the North Pole before…

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Dear Santa, I've Been Good

My Tiffy Taffy World

Hi guys!

I hope that you all had an amazing Thanksgiving!
I’ve had so much going on over the last couple of weeks that I haven’t had a chance to chat with all of you. I finally have a moment to sit down with some eggnog and catch up.

Speaking of a lot going on, this time of year most of us are busy doing a lot more running around. It’s important that we don’t forget to take a moment for ourselves. Whether that be a long relaxing bath, a cup of tea, a beauty routine, or shopping. I’ve decided to share with all of you a few of my favorite beauty items. These items will either make a perfect gift for someone on your list or a treat for yourself.

My Drybar Besties

Blown Away
I’ve tried a lot of hot tools for my hair. A LOT! And hands…

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Winter Fragrance Collection

Obsy Inyang

Do you use one fragrance all year round? or are you the type to switch fragrance as the weather changes?

I am definitely the one to change fragrance as the weather changes. I usually get sick of some scents after a while if it does not go with my mood or the weather.

Last winter period, I was all about very sweet, gourmand scents and it literally would make me feel more sexy and confident. Come 2019 winter, I get tummy turns when I use just a sweet, fruity fragrance without making cocktails out of my fragrance. Due, to this, I had to find the scent for the season lol.

Gbam! I stumbled on what I love: A strong woody, smoky, boozy fragrance that is well balanced with some sweet notes. 

I made a video with my precious friend @lamboliite rating some fragrances I had gotten recently.

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Lime Crime Venus XL

Floating in Dreams

You may have noticed I have been MIA for a few days and that’s because I caught a flu. So I decided to get over it first before posting again. Which is why today I am back with a vengeance and I bring to you another eyeshadow palette review including three looks with the palette featuring all shades in the palette. The palette in question? The Lime Crime Venus XL eyeshadow palette.


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Building Blocks of An Epic Content Strategy

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What Is A Content Strategy, And Why Do You Need It?

It is the overall plan, development, and management of content within a business. According to the Content Marketing Institute (CMI), a content strategy “is a marketing approach focused on creating and distributing valuable, relevant and consistent content to attract and retain a clearly-defined audience – and, ultimately, to drive profitable customer action.” Most digital marketers know the importance of a content strategy and how valuable it is to the business.

Now that we know content marketing is the only marketing left, we need a plan. We need a content strategy to keep track of it all. These are the 10 building blocks to create an epic content strategy!

Jiabo Leung Infographic - Building blocks to an epic strategy final

Step #1 – Identify Your Business Goals

What is the underlining purpose of your business? What would you like to achieve? In other words, identify who you are and what you…

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