When I first began this blog, I indicated that I would speak about business to vacation and everything in between. Well, I would like to inform our readers about process design and network marketing. Although it seems like a mouthful, process design refers to how organizations are influenced by their ability to create a learning environment and culture to operate in their competitive market. As a business owner, whether it is a traditional business or network marketing, we are tasked with generating internal and external methods to ensure continuous growth and evolution of our business. Many businesses do this through a Total Quality Management approach, which is a strict process that forces knowledge creation. On the other hand, business such as network marketing do this through accessing social capital (Social capital is defined by Nahapiet & Ghoshal as “The sum of the actual and potential resources embedded within, available through and derived from the network of relationships possessed by an individual or unit”).
Network Marketing focuses on the social capital that we possess, but it is not the strong ties that are important in this market but rather the weak ties. What are the weak ties you may ask? Well, these are the friends of friends, or in networking terms, our second level/tier relationships. These relationships are important in any type of businesses because these represent the cold market. Our networking businesses actually grow from accessing this talent. But, the problem for many of us, we have exhausted the first level relationships and cannot seem to make that leap to the second level market. The network marketing system fails to include an intra-organizational process to ensure the success of the new entrepreneur. The market is actually saturated with entrepreneurs because the business venture or specifically the down line they join are not team focused, minimal training on the product and its equipment, and generally unavailable, leaving the new owner to his or her own devises. At some point they general give up and quit.
When deciding with whom you are going to work or what business you would like to join. Consider the process design the company/individual is using. I would suggest joining one that has a strong internal collaboration. Collaboration allows people with different talents to have a sort of open platform to maintain a linear direction for the entire team to move. Although, as net-workers, we are independent contractors joining together and identifying if and how we may move together as a team would improve our chances of success. Also, by truly collaborating and working together, ideas and different perspectives can be leveraged to reach a common goal. Maybe one person recruits better than another, maybe one is more proficient in marketing the product, maybe another person is an introvert and better at data entry. Operate together to utilize the strengths of the team and the weaknesses will be minimized. Having a common goal centered on uplifting, coaching, and team work is cost effective and productive.
As my wife and I begin our journey in network marketing, the collaborative approach is the direction we would truly like to embrace. If this is something that would interest you please feel free to contact us at email@example.com. Maybe, you have a team that you can implement the type of structure that I suggest. Good luck and I hope you are successful in whatever approach you implement.
Geramiah Fox, D.B.A., M.B.A.
The wife and I went to Las Vegas back in November to attend our first professional prize fight, Andre Ward vs Sergey Kovalev. The atmosphere during the main event was electrifying. Needless to say, we had an amazing time, however, there were a few things that we did not know and would of done differently. Therefore, if you are planning on a trip to Vegas for the upcoming fight or any other fight keep the following in mind.
First, the under card bouts happen all day long. This was not common knowledge because we were use to watching the bouts on pay-per-view. Whenever we watched pay-per-view we usually watch 3 under card fights and then the main event. Some may already understand the length of time and that there are actually a lot of fights before the main event. However, this was not the problem. The problem was not being able to re-enter once you enter the fight. Since this was our first fight we went to check it out at 2 pm and were stuck there until after the main event. The main event ended around 11pm. Therefore, our plan to go check out the fight, leave to grab some food, get changed for the main event and then return was out the window. Do not get me wrong, we enjoyed some of the under card fights, but 7 hours until the main event started was a little overkill for our taste. This may not be a problem to some but it was not our ideal situation.
As stated above, the atmosphere was amazing and we had a great time, but, we wish we would of spent a few extra dollars for lower level seats. Aside from the steepness of the stairs in the upper level, we had to watch the fight mainly on the big screen, which blacked out on numerous occasions. Having to watch the fight mainly on the big screen took away from the fight. Therefore, we would suggest you pay to be a little closer. Plus, the steepness of the steps makes it difficult (rather a fearful experience for some) to use the bathroom. Just ask my wife, who refused to walk up those steps for the entire time we were in the arena.
Finally, I would suggest doing what you are there for and that is to have a good time. Remember as in my last post getting away improves your health, relationship, and overall quality of life. Therefore, use this time to relax, recharge, and refocus by taking in the moment with your significant other or friends. Generate those memories that are enhanced through the bonding that is taking place. After the fight, if your in sin city, take advantage of all the after parties along the strip. The experience of Las Vegas after the main event was just as enjoyable as the fight. So remember, if you are going to Ward vs Kovalev 2 or any other fight, plan your day accordingly, so you do not end up stuck in the arena all day, try to get closer seats if it is within your means, and enjoy yourself.
Geramiah Fox D.B.A.
According to Dan Peltier (Skift), 42% of Americans are not taking a vacation this summer. Why is 42% of Americans not taking a vacation such a big deal you may ask? To me, this is very disturbing. It is not just because I am a travel agent. Rather, it is because vacation plays such a vital role in health, relationships, and overall quality of life.
Vacations affect our health by reducing stress. Stress produces the fight or flight mechanism in our bodies and without releasing the endorphins our bodies will eventually break down. Yes, exercise may help; however, even exercise places a certain level of stress on our bodies. A vacation allows our bodies to get away from the constant stressors of everyday life, allowing the body to repair itself. Personally, I enjoy getting away and leaving work behind a couple times a week because it allows me to recharge the battery and refocus. When I return, I usually have an uncanny ability to apply new concepts or process on how to approach situations pertaining to work. As an added bonus, we may become happier overall.
The improved happiness can strengthen a relationship and the connection that we have with family, friends, loved ones or significant others. The shared experience heightens our emotional response to one another and intertwines memory with emotion. The mixing of memories with emotions allows us to place higher value on the bonding that is taking place. Meaning, it becomes a fixture in our memory and allows us to recall this information when we have certain emotions surface. The good moments tend to stay in the forefront of people’s memories. I still remember vacationing as a child with my family in Wildwood, NJ down to harassing my older sister or running into my mother and brother as we rode the bumper cars. I have heard my wife speak of vacationing at Martha’s Vineyard with all her cousins each summer. These are the moments we hold dear and make us happier overall.
The happiness that we experience as children when we vacationed with our families is something that should be shared and passed on, even created for your own self-actualization. Happiness occurs from the chemical reaction in the brain because it is identifying something positive. As nurturing parents this positive happy reaction and embedment of memories is the type of reaction we would like our kids to have, as significant others we should strive for the strengthening of our bond with one another, and as individuals, we seek self-reflection. Happiness through vacationing will translate to your everyday life. So, please do not forgo a break this year whether it is a day at the shore, weekend getaway, or a time for self-reflection.
Geramiah Fox, DBA
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The first topic of many that I would like to discuss is the growing concern regarding identification and travel. According to the Department of Homeland Security, starting January 22, 2018, all air travelers will be required to have identification that meets the REAL ID Act requirement. Currently, there are states that are compliant, have extensions, or are non-compliant with the Real ID Act requirements. You can review whether your state has met the requirements at www.dhs.gov/current-status-states-territories. The Department of State is encouraging air travelers to apply early for a passport so there are no concerns or problems when traveling within the United States.
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