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How to Choose a Pair of Moccasins for Winter

aaaaWinter is not most people’s favorite season.  Despite its lack of popularity, winter is something with which most of us will have to deal.  It’s dark, cold, and generally uncomfortable.  Even though the weather is terrible, everyone still wants to wear the best pair of shoes.  Winter has some specific requirements when it comes to footwear and, surprisingly, moccasins cover them all quite well.  This short little guide will help you choose the best pair of moccasins for the winter.

Warm

Above all, your winter shoes need to be warm.  Temperatures can quickly drop in the winter months and these can lead to a number of problems.  One of the most serious is frostbite and this is not something many people consider when picking out shoes.

A warm pair of winter shoes is vitally important because they will protect your feet and your health.  When the thermometer is in the single digits, your feet and toes can get cold faster than you expect.  This can lead to pain, numbness and, if not taken care of immediately, the loss of toes.  Choose a pair of moccasins that are lined with fleece, sheepskin, or another insulating material.

Safe

Walking around in winter can be treacherous.  Even just walking a few feet to your car can put your life at danger if the ground is icy.  Some of us live in areas where ice is a constant concern, especially when we need to walk anywhere.  Make sure your winter moccasins are created with a good rubber sole that offers plenty of traction.

This is actually quite easy to do.  Many moccasins have been designed with this in mind.  They have molded rubber soles that were sculpted in such a way as to improve traction, even on slippery surfaces.  There’s no use in wearing a pair of shoes if they could possibly kill you.  Always make sure your moccasins are stable and safe.

Heavy Duty

The winter seems to punish everything but it isn’t equal.  With snow, ice, salt, and more, our shoes often suffer the brunt of the punishment.  It isn’t rare to have a pair of winter shoes only last one season because of all the environmental problems associated with winter.

When you buy a pair of shoes, you want to make sure they’ll last for a while.  Some moccasins may be warm, some may even be safe, but you need to make sure you’re buying a pair that fits your needs.  If you want to wear them for many years to come, be sure to get a pair that will last.

Stay cool in winter

Moccasins are wonderful shoes because they can be worn in so many different situations.  Winter is one period in which moccasins truly shine.  They’re warm, durable, and safe for icy sidewalks.  Always be sure to choose a pair based on your needs and not on fashion alone.  This is the secret to finding a comfortable, warm, durable pair of shoes that will last for a very long time.

BIO:

Yelena Binney is the CO-CEO of Moccasinsdirect.com. She has 20+ years’ experience in the moccasin and slipper industry.

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The Shower Drain Options

Many people are complaining that they have very wet shower place and their shower drain is unable to channel all the waters. There are so many shapes of shower drain and there are also some customized shower drains that you can order because your shower drain might currently unavailable at the moment. According to an online store for shower drain, they are categorizing their shower drain options into several different categories such as linear shower frames with wall drain, linear shower drains with grate, tile insert linear shower drains, corner shower drains, corner floor drains, square floor drains, square floor gully, the industrial floor drains, and the assembly accessories.

If you notice, all of the available shower drain products are made from stainless steel because the drain has to expose to water almost every day and stainless steel is the best choice of material for the shower drain. The various shapes of shower drain like the channel drains for example, it explains that people have various shapes of shower place and the various shapes of shower drain means they are following the shape of the shower place. The same thing goes with the size of the shower drains which usually available on 800mm, 150×150, and 600mm of size.

The shower drains are not only to channel the water to the drainage, but also to catch any debris that carried away with the water flow. You never know how big the help that shower drain gives you because you can’t imagine if your drainage clogged up due to hairs, mucus, and other unexpected things. The most common item which you can easily picked up from the shower drain is none other than hair because human hair sheds daily and the shower drain is there to catch up any lose hair and prevent it to go further to the drainage where it can clog the system.

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Build a Strong House with High Quality Material

Building a house is not as simple as just asking someone to o it without even taking a close care to the process. You should pay more attention when you start to build your house. It is better for you to look for the best place to buy materials so that you will not have to suffer later when anything happens to your house. Without maintaining a good material to build your house, such as from M Williams Scaffolding, there will be some problems that you have to face later. A house will not be able to stand firmly without a good foundation. They will soon falter if you do not care about this case in the first place. Choosing the best place to get material for a house will decide whether a house will stand firmly for a long time will only stand strong for a short while.

You might try to find your material from one place to another if you do not know about where to get all those things just from one place. How will it be when you can just shop all the things just from one place? It will be incredibly good for you, right? This is why you should just try to visit M Williams Scaffolding where you can find your house needs just like I do. What you can find there is what you hope to be the part of your house. This can help to keep your family protected later on. No need to go to various places since this one place will give you just what you need to buy. This will be the most practical step that you can take in building your house. Nothing can be more amusing than having one place to get all your needs in hand. Once you have gone there you will realize how great this place is.

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What Role Status Symbols Play In Negotiations

When it comes to sitting around the negotiating table, we’re all equal, right? In a perfect world, the answer would be yes. We don’t live in a perfect world and so the answer is a very solid “no”. So what does this mean for us – do some negotiators deserve to get more?

Where Negotiating Status Comes From

Where does this status thing come from? It seems to play a role in our negotiation styles and negotiating techniques. I’m pretty sure that we’re all very aware of the role that social status used to play in European society back in the day. You had your upper class folks and then the rest of humanity. If an upper class negotiator sat down to negotiate with a lower class person, then they would be starting with a huge advantage simply because of their social status. This would undoubtedly affect the final deal that was negotiated.

Those days are long gone – or are they? In Europe, as well as in places like India, although officially the social classes have been removed, traces still linger. When two negotiators from two very different backgrounds sit down to negotiate, the ghosts of their family’s backgrounds can at times haunt the room.

Additionally, a new type of social status symbol has arrived on the scene. A person’s success in life as represented by all of the “bling” that comes with success – money, power, acclaim, etc. can elevate their social status. If you don’t believe me, then just imagine how you would feel if you were sitting across from Donald Trump trying to negotiate a deal with him!

How You Can Deal With Status At The Negotiating Table

I’d like to be able to tell you to just ignore status when you are conducting your next negotiation. Focus on the deal that you’re trying to create and ignore who the person that you are negotiating with is or where they come from.

That’s easy for me to say and very hard for you to do! It’s never going to be easy for you to overlook the other side of the table’s status – it’s going to affect your negotiation process. Instead, I’m going to suggest that you do something else that will help you to work through this issue.

In order to retain your composure when you are negotiating with someone who has more status than you, you need to boost your status. The easiest way to go about doing this is to do additional work preparing for the negotiations. I have found that people with status often assume that their status is going to help them to reach a deal and so they will often not do as much preparation for a negotiation as they should have. Do your homework and you’ll be better prepared than they are and their status won’t matter as much.

What All Of This Means For You

We do not live in a perfect world – we are not all equal. Instead, status and status symbols play a role in every negotiation – this is almost a part of the negotiation definition.

What this means for you as a negotiator is that you need to realize that status can play a role in how you both view and treat the other side of the negotiating table even when you are conducting a principled negotiation. You need to work to overcome any status advantage that they may have by working extra hard to prepare for the negotiation – you need to be the best prepared person at the table.

Status as something that makes people different is something that we’ll always have to live with. As long as you know that this is an issue, then you can take steps to deal with it and make sure that it does not influence the deals that you make.

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Selling With Status – What Sales People Can Learn From Improv

The best salespeople are creative. They offer novel ideas that solve client problems. Their creativity is the lifeblood that brings value to sales relationships and accounts for satisfied customers and repeat business.

As a salesperson, you are on the front line of business development. Take, for instance, a sales meeting. You have to think on your feet. You need tools to be spontaneously creative, on demand. It’s not unlike being on stage at an improvisational theater (improv), you have to respond to what is happening, and make use of it.

A sales meeting is an interaction between two or more people. Understanding the dynamics of that interaction can help you lead the meeting to a productive end – for both parties.

Theater director and coach Keith Johnstone is the author of Impro: Improvisation and the Theater, a book that could be described as a handbook on human interaction. The first section of his book deals entirely with status interactions. Johnstone breaks down the dynamics of interaction between people and trains his students to use those dynamics to build improvised interaction that looks and feels genuine. His book is an exploration of the nature of spontaneous creativity.

Johnstone discovered that many staged interactions lacked reality because real interaction has a status component that influences the behaviors of the participants. Status behaviors often occur below the level of our conscious awareness, but without awareness of the status of their role, actors had trouble generating behavior that felt authentic to the viewer. They were flat. Let’s look at status and its applications to selling.

Status Interactions: All human interaction has a status component to it. Here are a couple of examples related to selling:

You buy an expensive customized personal computer from a local retailer who installs software for you and adds all the features and sets everything up for you. When it arrives you discover that several things you paid for were left out. You call the retailer and complain – and you make it very clear, by your tone and very deliberate voice cadence, that you are not happy and need to be helped. In this case you are taking a high status role in the interaction.

Another example, when you walk into a clothing store and the salesperson says, “Excuse me sir. Can I help you?” they are taking the lower status role. In taking on the helpful role, they grant you the higher status.

Status is something over which there is often a social battle between people. In the first example, imagine that the computer guy that set up the computer answers the complaint call. Now, this particular techie has a very low opinion of anyone who doesn’t know technology. He won’t automatically grant you high status just because you are the customer. He’ll assume high status because he’s the one “who really knows.” Likewise the clothing salesperson is a closet artist who thinks selling is demeaning – she might take high status in selling clothes because she believes it preserves her dignity. In both these situations the potential for some verbal sparring, and spicy improv, exists as both players vie for the higher status.

By being conscious of status, we can have more effective interactions with people and prospects. Awareness of status is also helpful in setting up the circumstances for productive conversations.

Sales: Take the low or high status role?

As a salesperson you should usually take the low status role. Consider this: You’ve been granted a meeting by a potential client, usually in their office. You are hoping that in some way you can provide service to them. You are going to (hopefully) listen and ask questions, playing the role of the learner. All these indicate that the salesperson normally will take on the lower status role.

Taking the low status role is appropriate and authentic, and it relaxes the high status player. The status game has been taken away. Try not to think of the low status role as pejorative. High and low status merely represent two sides of the same coin. Like inhaling and exhaling, status roles are interdependent and ubiquitous.

Think of it as a dance. When stepped appropriately it makes for an efficient and smooth exchange. In a sales meeting, paradoxically, the low status player often leads. He or she does this by asking permission. Seek assent to move in a certain direction and the high status player is immediately comfortable. You’ve granted them veto power, but they can sit back and be led by the low status expert.

Taking the lower status role offers the following benefits.

* You’re not likely to be viewed as egotistical or arrogant. * You’re more likely to explain what you’d like to accomplish in the meeting and seek assent from your client prospect. * You’re more likely to ask questions, to let the client speak without interruption (this means you’ll probably learn something). * They are more inclined to interrupt you; which is a dynamic you want to have. You want your client to interrupt you when a question occurs to them.

It’s like being a gourmet diner in the hands of a professional wine steward. The wine steward inquires, suggests and recommends, and oozes professionalism. It is very clear that the sommelier is knowledgeable, professional and entirely in his element. And he is completely in service to the diner. It is the diner who makes the decision and spends the money. A real gourmet, however, will hand off the high status role to the sommelier for a time, in order to gain access to his or her expertise.

From this perspective, one of the markers of a good meeting is a status swap. If your prospect decides to take you in to meet their boss, they have handed you the high status role, (of course it probably still makes sense to assume the low status role with the boss). Another example: let’s say towards the end of the meeting, you begin to suggest all the creative and helpful ideas that occurred to you during the course of the meeting. As your client listens to your ideas and gains access to your expertise, they grant you a higher status role and begin delving into your ideas so they can be educated.

Understand the purpose of taking the high status role is not to ‘be’ high status. When the client willingly steps in to the low status role, it indicates that you have passed a credibility test, and that they recognize your expertise. It means that you’ve earned their trust.

The bottom line with regard to status: first, to be aware of it, and second to take the status that is most appropriate to the context of the moment. Usually, if you’re a salesperson, that’s the lower status role. Then request permission to ask questions, and do exactly that.

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Status – Cross Cultural Differences

Status exists in all societies but varies in fundamental ways. Cross cultural differences in they way in which we perceive status, gain status and react to status differ from culture to culture.

In this article we examine the cross cultural differences with relation to status and analyse how they manifest in certain areas in the workplace. For the sake of simplicity we identify two types of status; ‘ascribed-status’ and ‘achieved-status’.

Ascribed-status:

Ascribed-status refers to those cultures that base status upon external qualities such as age, wealth, education or gender. If one has the right external characteristics, status is ascribed to them. In such cultures there is little room for others to gain status through actions and achievements.

Achieved-status:

Achieved-status, as its title suggests, is earned. Internal qualities are valued more than external ones. Therefore, status is achieved through accomplishments such as hard work and contributions to a company or community. In such cultures status is malleable, in that it can be lost as quickly as it is gained and status can shift to other individuals.

Status and Hierarchy:

An area that status impacts within businesses is organisational hierarchies. In ascribed-status cultures there tends to be rigid hierarchies that define roles, practices and processes. For example, employees will tend to focus solely on their own responsibilities and generally not offer suggestions to those above them in the hierarchy, as to do so would be disrespectful. In such organisations, change is very rarely bottom up.

In achieved-status cultures, hierarchies exist but are less formal. The egalitarian nature of such cultures usually means that more value is placed on development and progression rather than respect for status. Consequently, lower level employees would generally feel empowered to make suggestions directly to seniors.

Status and Formality:

The formality of a culture is usually a good indication of the significance of status. The use of names between colleagues is one of the more observable manifestations of status in the workplace.

In ascribed-status cultures colleagues will generally address each other using titles and surnames. Professionals, such as doctors, architects and lawyers, would expect to be addressed by their professional titles. First names are usually only used between family and friends.

In achieved-status cultures, people commonly use first names. This is because individuals will usually feel of equal worth with one another and see no need to demonstrate deference to a more senior ranked colleague.

Status and Management:

A manager in an achieved-status culture will usually take on the role of a mentor. The manager will be a reference point and will guide those under him/her to develop their skills and perform their duties with minimal guidance. Subordinates can and do challenge a manager’s decision.

In contrast, in ascribed-status cultures, the manager is expected to give orders and know all the answers. The manager is seen to be experienced, knowledgeable and able to deal with problems effectively. Rather than a mentor, the manager in such a culture takes on more of a parental role as he/she is expected to take care of employees by ascribing duties and overseeing how they handle them. Manager’s decisions are typically not challenged.

Status and Information:

The flow of information between people in companies and organisations is another area affected by cross cultural differences in status. In cultures where status is achieved, information usually flows easily between ranks. Directly approaching a senior colleague of another department for consultation, advice or feedback will have a certain amount of protocol attached to it, but is commonplace.

Conversely, in achieved-status cultures information flow is a lot less fluid. There are only certain avenues one can take to either relay or gain information. For example, if the scenario mentioned above occurred in such a culture, the senior colleague would probably feel offended. In this circumstance, the correct protocol would be for the lower ranking colleague to approach his/her manager and ask them to approach the manager of the other department for information or feedback.

As we have seen from the few examples cited above, cross cultural differences with relation to status can and do impact upon a business. If a business is multi-cultural, problems can occur where differences in hierarchy, status and protocol lead to poor communication between staff and frustration with colleagues.

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