Blog Digest


4 Dec 2008

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Learn how best to Feng Shui your office and then put your opinions on the current economic crisis in order with this week’s Blog Digest.

Sliabh.net (pictured)

Although this blog covers many topics, the writer has most recently been focusing on the economy  –  and why not? There are a lot of worried people out there wondering what happened, when it seems like only yesterday they were getting an extension to the patio and planning the second holiday in Marbella.

The current econmic crisis needs to be put in perspective. One of Sliabh.net’s latest posts does just this – the US Government is estimated to have spent over $3.92tr on bail-outs to date. Our economy doesn’t seem so bad now!

The Homeless Guy

Want more perspective? This blog is written by a homeless man who clearly wants to dispel some myths about his community. I read a few posts and felt ashamed of myself. I was listening to Joe Duffy last week when the topic of homelessness and begging came up. The general attitude was: ‘Don’t give them anything – it will just encourage them.’

Who are you or I to judge? Either walk past, or stop and do something positive about it. At this time of year, a pair of inexpensive wool gloves or some hot soup would really help. This is what Kevin himself will tell you on this blog.

Feng Shui Tips

If I have you feeling guilty, and I’ve just created bad karma, you could always dispel it a bit with the ancient art of Feng Shui – or ensuring that objects in your home or office are aligned to balance the energies in the room.

This blog is written by ex-stockbroker and New York Feng Shui consultant Ken Lauher, who has advised Hollywood stars. However, most of what he says does seem to make sense – maybe because it’s obvious.

My mother has told me before that a cluttered desk is a cluttered mind, so I think she pretty much had Feng Shui nailed without even knowing what it was. Lauher basically says this kind of thing, but in a more complex manner.

Brand Autopsy

Your business is a brand, and developing the identity and market for this brand can seem bewildering at times. Often, though, you find that looking to a long-established brand and its specific behaviour is a great ‘training wheels without the hurt’ kind of exercise.

Brand Autopsy essentially does this, and it has a great piece of advice from Hugh MacLeod: “If you want to be boring, talk about yourself. If you want to be interesting, talk about something other than yourself.”

MacLeod was referring to the Cocktail Party Rule, and how it is as true in business as it is when mingling at a party.

By Marie Boran

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