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How to Deal with a Difficult Boss

How to Deal with a Difficult Boss

Admit it, not everyone of us has a boss who we like. Sometimes, they can be a pain in the neck and they add pressure to our jobs. I understand that it is frustrating when you feel like you did your job right but still it seems as though it’s still not enough for your boss. It is demotivating when your boss keeps giving you destructive criticisms. You feel undervalued when you are not given the recognition you deserve. But before you think about leaving your job, why not think first of ways on how to professionally handle your relationship with your boss? I’ve gathered some of the best advices to help you deal with your bad boss.


  1. Empathize your boss

Try to put your shoes in your boss’ to better understand what he is coming from. What are the things that motivate him/her? What drives them to work hard? Try to look at the workplace as they might. Do you know what makes them happy or mad? Is it important for them to impress others? When you better understand your boss that’s the time you could talk to them more effectively. You’ll be able to carefully choose your words so that it will be in line with his values and they might listen to you.

  1. Identify Triggers

Some bosses have anger management issues that need to be handled. If you are able to identify what triggers that attitude then you could avoid it.


  1. Don’t let it affect your work

I know this is kind of hard to do since your boss could really have a great impact on your motivation at work. Remember that it’s not only your boss who you need to deal with. You have other superiors and co-workers that you can be in good terms with. Enjoy some few laughs with people in your company that you don’t have problem with to divert your frustration. And most importantly, focus on getting your job done.


  1. Talk to your boss

Talking resolves a lot of conflicts. If you try to talk to him/her, you might find out that he/she is not as bad as you thought. Maybe they are going through some personal issues and they just need someone to talk to about it. Your relationship with your boss doesn’t have to be personal but they are still human beings that are capable of feeling.


  1. Ask your boss if they need your assistance

Be proactive. Ask about their goals and see how can you be of assistance. They will appreciate that.


  1. Manage your own emotions

When you’re upset, a lot of things goes through your head but you should get a grip of your own emotions. Learn to respect your superior for you to earn the respect you well deserve. It is important that you know how to stay calm so that you can think clear.

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Effective Marketing Strategies

Effective Marketing Strategies

Simply put, marketing is the process of promoting and selling of products and/or services. Marketing is essential in business growth. And for a business to stay on top, they need to explore different marketing strategies. And what are these strategies? Each marketing strategy is unique and you shouldn’t confuse them with each other. It is important to differentiate each for a business to be able to identify which works best for their business. The type of strategy you should use depends on the line of industry you are in. Here are some of the most effective strategies you could use for your business:


  • Online/Internet Marketing

Obviously this happens on the internet. Your products and services reach people through the internet. Most businesses nowadays have websites that allow them to promote their products. Social media platforms are also used in internet marketing. This is proved to be effective as there are around 3 billion people on the internet these days.


  • Paid Advertising

It includes traditional approaches like print media and television advertising. This is mostly used by large companies.


  • Cause Marketing

This is an approached used by Toms Shoes, a shoe company. If you buy a pair from them, they will give away one pair for free to someone in need. It is an effective marketing strategy as it convinces people to buy your products because of their desire to help.


  • Transactional Marketing

This approach is mostly used by retailers. They convince people to buy products by giving out coupons, discounts and conducting sales events.


  • Word of Mouth Marketing

Traditionally, this is the most important marketing technique. People sometimes rely on testimonials of other people who have already tried a certain product. In order to produce word of mouth, a company should be able to deliver exceptional customer service


  • Relationship Marketing

This type of strategy is done through enhancing relationship with existing customers to promote loyalty. People like the feeling of being valued and they don’t like to feel pressured to buy something.


  • Undercover Marketing

This approach is not obvious to consumers as they will not know that you are marketing your product to them. It’s like getting them excited about your product/service without actually asking them to buy.

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Wise words from a rich man

Li Ka-Shing: If You Are Reaching 40 Years Old and You Do Not Want to Be Poor, Please Take At Least 1 Minute to Read This

When you are 20 years old and do not have enough money, that’s normal.

If you are 30 years old, you need to work harder.

If you are 40, then you need to find the reason why.

Hong Kong’s Li Ka-Shing once said: Whether you are a man or a woman, if you want to succeed, this is what you have to do:

1. Stop believing in fantasy

This is the reality. Feelings alone can’t feed you.

Don’t believe in what you see in movies, it’s just an illusion. Only irrational and unrealistic people believe in movie fantasy.

2. Give yourself a goal

Set a goal, one year, two years, five years, maybe you are not born rich, but through hard work, most of the time you will be able to change 70% of your destiny.

Li Ka-Shing spends more than 90% of the time to think five years, ten years after the future, not now.

As early as 2006, he reminded the executive team to reduce debt, ready to deal with the danger. Then in 2007, while the subprime mortgage crisis swept the world, his company was safe to spend.

3. Show reciprocity

When your friends treat you a meal, don’t take it for granted.

Remember to show reciprocity, or your reputation will get worse.

4. Find a true friend

Among your circle of friends, you must cultivate a confidant.

Do not think that you have many friends around because, in the end, there could be only one who you is true to you. Trust me.

5. Don’t believe everything in horoscope

Horoscopes are just to coax children.

Your destiny is in your own hands.

Sitting around at home waiting for a big house and a big car, it won’t happen. You might as well sleep and dream about it.

6. Do not talk behind people’s back

If you don’t like someone, spend less time around them.

But remember do not talk bad or gossip behind their back. You are as bad as a gossiper.

7. Spend less time on computer games

This is not Korea. Not many have the ability to make a living by playing computer games.

You may be a high-level character in your game, but it does not mean you are successful.

You can have a hobby but do in moderation. Because too much time spending on games will affect and occupy your success time.

For more than 60 years, Li Ka-Shing works 12 hours a day. After dinner he watches 20 minutes of English TV programme, and practice loudly. Then reads before bedtime and wakes up at 5:59 am every morning….a very strict self-discipline.

8. Don’t be lazy to take action

People are lazy, it’s innate.

But we can change this laziness because people are always changing.

For some kind of thing or business, do not wait for others to do it, then say I could have thought of it.

Do not wait for someone else to make money, then you want to do it. No one will wait for you.

9. Know what to do

In the dead of the night,

ask yourself, your future plans, and in what direction to achieve instead of doing nothing and wasting your time.

10. Find a way

Way out, go out, there will always be a way.

Difficulty, suffering, staying put is not a way.

11. Woman can do big things

As a woman, do not think that many things are none of your business.

If you think you only just need to wash laundry, cook, taking care of children then you are wrong, big time.1

12. What to do in life

Life, to do: Filial piety for the first, teach children to do good, being a harmonious husband and wife, equates to happy long years.

However, these are not just a lip service.

For the early years to do these, needs a lot of effort and hardships. Today’s society needs you to pay a huge sum of money, smart people know this reason.

13. Spend your time wisely

During your free time, do not often go online and do meaningless things or play some meaningless games.

Go read some literary works, learn some business process, management practices, international affairs, legal knowledge.

This will ensure that you have a topic to talk about at any party.

14. Keep trying

There is a saying, “would rather kill wrongly 1000 information than to let go of a chance of success”.

Only this you won’t live in regret.

15. Word of success

Before success, to do one thing, there is no need to tell other people.

After the success, you do not have to say and other people will know. This is the effect of the information age.

16. Maintain a presentable image

Hair, nails, beard, trim them.

The society is judgemental.

Unless you are an artist, please do not take the risk.

Even if you look good in long hair, ensure that you give a clean, presentable image.

17. Maintain your health

Do not think you are a man, you do not need maintenance.

At least your diet cannot be too casual. Eat more tomatoes, seafood, leeks, bananas. They are beneficial to men’s health.

If you cannot see the value, I can tell you, at least you can save the money to buy your wife a few more cosmetics instead of paying a medical bill.


Strive to go forward, do not always think of relying on others.

People are selfish, hence you, yourself are the most reliable person.

In the face of failure, do not care too much.

Failure happens to anyone. Suffer your mind, labour its bones, hungry till the skin, but in the process, you need to learn to be accountable, find reasons and get rid of bad habits.

Everyone has a chance to succeed!

You can succeed only if you want to give yourself the chance to do so.

So do it now.


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Drive versus Passion

Drive versus Passion

You might be wondering what is more important in becoming successful. Is it your drive? Or your passion? Is there any difference between the two? Do you need to have both in order to be successful? A lot of people confuse passion with drive. They are both great personalities that each one of us should have. With both passion and drive, you will have the motivation to succeed, so yes both are important in reaching your dreams. Do you need to have both? Not really. They are two completely different forces and you should be able to identify which one you have.

Passion is a strong emotion that lets you do something you really love. It is uncontrollable enthusiasm to do something. So if you are passionate about your job, no one needs to force you to go to work every single day. You go to work at your own will and you enjoy doing it. When you are passionate, you work hard and strive to get better and better at your job. It is some sort of an addiction to do something and you go all out doing it. You are inspired to accomplish things and it pushes you to move forward. You are not only committed to reaching your goal but you are enjoying the path to making it happen. Passion also gives you a sense of satisfaction.


Drive on the other hand is a strong urge to reach your goal or satisfy a need. You are only focused on your desire for success and recognition that you don’t really see the beauty of what you are doing. A person who is motivated by drive does not easily get satisfied even after reaching their goal. They feel like they still need to do more so they tend to overwork. After reaching a goal, they start focusing on the next. When you are motivated by drive, you don’t necessarily have to like what you are doing but you enjoy the comfort and recognition it gives. Drive will make you feel as though you are running on adrenaline. You live with a sense of urgency and you have trouble slowing down. Reaching your goal is the only thing on your mind and you won’t stop until you finally do.


So which one do you think is better, passion or drive? As mentioned, both gives the same end result which is success. Not all of of us can be successful through passion so even though it sounds like a lot of fun, it is okay to win at life using drive.


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Love rules! Not IQ or EQ!

Thanks in part to Daniel Goleman and Adam Grant, the debate for years seems to be fixated on what’s a better predictor of job and career success — IQ or EQ?

If you’re keeping score at home, a person with high EQ (emotional intelligence) knows how to work well with others — customers, bosses, coworkers, vendors, etc. — and how to understand people and their emotions. IQ is high knowledge, the kind you need to keep pursuing for learning, memory, focus and problem-solving.

In the meantime, a virtual unknown contender is steadily rising through the ranks and making headlines: LQ.

LQ? Yes, it’s a thing and it has a formidable spokesperson in Alibaba Group founder and chairman Jack Ma: “If you want to be respected, you need LQ,” the leader of the Chinese internet giant said at a recent Bloomberg Global Business Forum in New York.

LQ Explained

“And what is LQ? The quotient of love, which machines never have,” said Ma.

He believes no matter how smart machines are becoming, the world’s biggest and most pressing problems will be solved not by machines, but by smart humans with the capacity for compassion, understanding and, of course, love. To Ma, this is the human secret weapon that will outthink machines and drive progress.


“A machine does not have a heart, [a] machine does not have soul, and [a] machine does not have a belief. Human being have the souls, have the belief, have the value; we are creative, we are showing that we can control the machines,” he said. Ma speaks about the need to pursue a globalization that is humane.

Jack Ma’s Love Machine

First of all, if you’re new to Jack Ma, consider him the head of the “Amazon of China,” a self-made billionaire (currently worth US$46.4 billion) known for his rags-to-riches story that catapulted Alibaba Group to its current ranking as the 6th largest retailer in the world, according to Forbes.

And he’s been campaigning for LQ and a higher love in business for a few years now. Some examples of its benefits:

At the Apec CEO Summit in Manila in November, 2015, Ma shared LQ in a conversation with Benigno Aquino III, then-president of the Philippines. Convinced of its competitive advantage in business for his own country, the president quipped, “The love quotient enables the Filipino to go really to the needs of the client that he is talking to, which is not available elsewhere.”

Introducing LQ to an audience at a South China Morning Post conference in Hong Kong in December, 2016, Ma challenged Chinese corporate leaders to “go beyond tapping a high IQ and even a high emotional quotient (EQ)” when dealing with conflict, rivals, and resistance in foreign markets.

Conflict avoidance is a hallmark of Chinese companies for cultural reasons, so Ma didn’t mince words about breaking old habits to break into new markets.

“We’re afraid of confrontation. So, when it comes to a vital moment, we back out,” Ma said. “In a business, when you’re growing up, you’re always in a conflict. Progress is how to solve problems in a conflict situation.”

He explained a high LQ as the supreme method for adapting to a new and noble way of doing business.

“You can become a money machine, but what’s the use of that?” said Ma. “If you’re not contributing to the rest of the world, there’s no LQ … Your love is you have to be principled. That’s the bottom line.”

Ma says that even if one possesses high IQ and high EQ but lack the LQ, “you will not be respected.” He adds, “Respect the future, respect the young people.”


While the concept of leveraging your “love quotient” for business is still somewhat cryptic and largely undefined, Ma’s advocacy for entrepreneurs to focus on solving big problems through more loving solutions has enormous potential

As I investigated Ma’s interpretation and understanding of LQ for this article, I came upon several take-aways that I’ll leave for my readers:

  • Love by being a teacher to the student. A good teacher always expects his students to do better than him. This is what Jack Ma learned in his entrepreneurial journey.
  • Love by always endeavoring to know who is better than you and choose to learn from and work alongside that person unselfishly.
  • Love by sharing your knowledge and expect the other person to be better.
  • Love by always hiring people who show potential to be better than you are. Then love some more by training them, disciplining them, and supporting them.
  • Love your teams (as leaders) and coworkers despite differences of opinion, and respect them with dignity in the journey toward a common goal or mission.
  • Love by respecting and honoring other generations outside of your own.
  • Measure your success (or your company’s success) not by your worth but how many problems you solved and how many people you helped in the world. This is the bottom line of your love quotient.
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Choosing the Right Career for You

Choosing the Right Career for You

We started dreaming when we were young. Some of us wanted to be a doctor, an engineer, a movie actor and a scientist. We were full of hopes and we role played what we wanted to be in the future when we were kids. As times passed by, we realized that there r a lot other options to choose as a career. Those who wanted to be a doctor when they were young boys and girls suddenly wanted to become an architect. As you enter adulthood, one of the most important questions that will come up is: What career path are you going to take?

It is true that it’s difficult to pick a career especially if you haven’t figured out what you want to do in your life. Choosing a career is crucial as it will determine what your future will be. So I’m about to share some of the guidelines that you may use in choosing a career.


  1. Learn more about yourself

You may think that you know yourself very well but you might be surprised to discover some other things about you once you do a self-assessment. Think about your strengths, weaknesses, skills, values and personality. You may take online personality assessment tests or you could hire a career counselor to help you out.


  1. Do not listen to other people

Ignore those people who r telling you which career to take. It does not mean that your mom is a nurse you should be a nurse too unless it is what you wanted to be. They will not dictate your life.


  1. Make a list of occupations

Take note of the occupations that might suit you based on your skills and personality. Learn more about those careers and see which ones appeal to you. Narrow down your list until you only have few options.


  1. Conduct interviews

Talk to people who are on the same career path as what you are looking to take. You could learn more about an occupation if you will talk to someone who has the same job. If you have multiple career options then this will help you realize which one you really want to do based on other’s experiences.


  1. Write a career action plan

It is a written document that lays out all the steps that will help you reach your career goal. Include your short and long term goals on your action plan. This should guide you to go from point A to point B.