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Let's see more about this Vitamin C!

Flu season is definitely here in the islands, but let’s not go crazy on the the Vitamin C intake. It actually could lead more problems…

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Via Leslie Ayres, The Real Job Search Guru

  1. Never write in all caps and spare the exclamation points.
    All caps is like shouting, and exclamation points are for teenagers. For business correspondence, capitalize the initial words of sentences, and forego the excited exclamation points.
  2. Use a simple font and layout.
    Just because you can design a fancy email format with a black background and pink Gothic script text doesn’t mean you should. People are busy and they just want to read what you have to say, so don’t confuse them with some crazy font on a weird color.
  3. Use a concise and meaningful subject line.
    Your recipient may have to wade through hundreds of emails a day, and your subject line has to stand out or they’ll miss it. Don’t be ambiguous or (worst of all) put no subject line, and don’t look like spam.
  4. Keep it simple.
    Short sentences with short words have more impact, and are more likely to be understood. They say if you can’t say it in one sentence, you don’t understand it.
  5. Break your text into paragraphs.
    Long blocks of text are unreadable. Use paragraphs, which simply means hit two paragraph returns every few sentences so the copy breaks into blocks with an empty line between. Your readers will thank you.

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On a cold Saturday in early 2009, Glenn Black, a yoga teacher of nearly four decades, whose devoted clientele includes a number of celebrities and prominent gurus, was giving a master class at Sankalpah Yoga in Manhattan. Black is, in many ways, a classic yogi: he studied in Pune, India, at the institute founded by the legendary B. K. S. Iyengar, and spent years in solitude and meditation. He now lives in Rhinebeck, N.Y., and often teaches at the nearby Omega Institute, a New Age emporium spread over nearly 200 acres of woods and gardens. He is known for his rigor and his down-to-earth style. But this was not why I sought him out: Black, I’d been told, was the person to speak with if you wanted to know not about the virtues of yoga but rather about the damage it could do. Many of his regular clients came to him for bodywork or rehabilitation following yoga injuries. This was the situation I found myself in. In my 30s, I had somehow managed to rupture a disk in my lower back and found I could prevent bouts of pain with a selection of yoga postures and abdominal exercises. Then, in 2007, while doing the extended-side-angle pose, a posture hailed as a cure for many diseases, my back gave way. With it went my belief, naïve in retrospect, that yoga was a source only of healing and never harm.

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Every office should have this! Take-out menus are no laughing matter when someone cant find them.

Every office should have this! Take-out menus are no laughing matter when someone cant find them.

I want this for the love of Dog!

I want this for the love of Dog!

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A big Mahalo to Entrepreneur.com…

1. Begin with yourself. “In order to build a great workplace, you must first build yourself by gaining a deep understanding of your strengths and weaknesses as a leader, and you must completely commit to developing yourself into the best leader and person you can be. At the same time, you must hire outstanding people who are as committed as you are to build a great workplace.” – Robert Pasin, Chief Wagon Officer, Radio Flyer

2. Flip the traditional management dynamic. “Treat every employee as a colleague, and turn the management structure upside-down. If you are hiring well, then the management of the company is there to support the talent and aspirations of your employees, and not the reverse.” – John Saaty, CEO, Decision Lens

3. Hire the best. “Hire people smarter than you. This is the best advice my father gave me when I was starting my business, and I believe it holds true today. In today’s competitive environment, your time at work will be easier and more pleasant if you are surrounded by smart people— those who share your values, mission, and vision and like to have FUN! Talented employees will help your business to grow, and create a great place to work. Customers value knowledgeable employees — the smarter your new hires are, the better off your business will be in the end.” — Lauren Dixon, CEO, Dixon Schwabl

4. See employees as whole people. “Every employee has things in their life more important than work. If you fail to realize that, there will be a fundamental disconnect in your relationship with that employee. Realize it and embrace it, and you will be on the way to a mutually beneficial relationship. ” – Tim Storm, CEO & Founder, FatWallet


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Cure for the common work day, this looks very promising!

Cure for the common work day, this looks very promising!

An action overlooked…

An action overlooked…

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Shift income and expenses
Most small-business owners use cash-based accounting. Simply put, that means you don’t pay taxes on income until you receive it, and you don’t get to claim tax write-offs until you spend the money. So if you can, tell your customers they don’t have to rush to pay you before January 1. And pay your January phone bill early. Run the numbers.

Buy needed equipment now
Federal economic stimulus measures involving Section 179 and the related “bonus depreciation” can allow you to write off the entire purchase price of a smartphone or a copying machine. But the tax benefits will be greatly reduced after December 31, and then mostly go away after 2012. If you’ve been holding off on buying something for the business, do it now.

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Have a safe & fun weekend everyone! Aloha!

Have a safe & fun weekend everyone! Aloha!