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Top Three Essential Oils and Hair Loss Solutions

You have heard a lot about essential oils and hair loss. For years now, you have been trying to desperately grow your tresses, but it may already be due to your genes why your mane takes a long time to regrow. You have tried a lot of products and treatments, but the results were superficial. You want something that will last and produce a great effect, hence you are serious in finding out more about essential oils and hair growth.

First and foremost, do not confuse mineral oils and essential oils. There are a lot of hair care products that contain mineral oils, which are synthetic elements that act as preservatives. Mineral oils are derived from petroleum sources. These can clog the pores of your skin, making it hard for your skin to get rid of toxins. As a result, you will not see tremendous effects in terms of hair growth and the products may also have negative effects on your tresses and skin in the long run.

Switch to Essential Oils and Hair Growth Products

It is best that you try out the oils and hair growth products first before continuing with its use. This way, you can test if you are allergic to any of these natural oils and also to find out which one will work best for the type of tresses that you have.

To help you decide which products to use, here’s a list of the top essential oils that are beneficial for your mane.

1. Lavender Essential Oil. This is typically grown in places with temperate climates. The oil was used by ancient practitioners in treating and preventing baldness, as well as in growing the tresses. This is effective because of its antibacterial elements that can help in treating scalp problems. When it reaches the hair shaft, the oil works its wonders in getting rid of dandruff and in eliminating the dryness of the skin.

You can use the infused oil in massaging your head and scalp nightly. Its scent has a calming effect, which can help you sleep soundly. When you wake up in the morning, use an organic shampoo in washing your locks. Towel dry your hair before styling and avoid using a blow dryer or any products that utilize heat such as curlers and irons. Lavender oil can add volume to your hair with continued use.

If you have time, you can also make your own lavender water and use this in rinsing your tresses every day. To do this, you need to boil some sprigs of the plant in water, simmer for around 20 minutes and cool. The combination of the oil and water will make your hair shiny, your scalp healthy and your mane smelling really good.

2. Jojoba Essential Oil. Aside from its effectiveness in supporting hair growth, the reason why this can be found in many essential oils and hair growth products, this is also known for giving moisture to the tresses. Its molecular characteristics can be likened to the oil that the glands in the scalp naturally produce. Unlike many essential oils, which need to be diluted in carrier oils before using, jojoba oil can be directly applied to the hair and scalp. Actually, this is used as a carrier oil for many essential oils and hair growth products. This kind of oil is hypoallergenic, so it won’t harm your scalp, skin and mane.

3. Rosemary Essential Oil. This can be used to grow your tresses and to delay the process of developing gray hair. This helps the scalp by improving its blood circulation. You can mix a few drops of this oil with olive oil and use the result in massaging the scalp. The leaves of rosemary can be boiled, simmered and cooled to produce water that you can use in rinsing your locks. The practice can help in retaining the natural color of your tresses. This is popularly practiced by people with black hair.

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Survival And Emergency Tips

There are few things to remember in times of emergency, and it is best if you are always prepared since you cannot tell when such emergency situation strikes you.

1. Always have a standby emergency kit. Make it available at all times with enough supplies and at least three to seven days of stocks for every member of the households. The emergency kit should at least include all the necessary items required for human survival such as can goods, water, flashlights, can opener, disposable eating utensils, battery operated radio, emergency instructional manual and a standby fully charged mobile phone with numbers of those individuals to contact in times of trouble. Include the special items indicated for your family members such as prescription medicine, feminine hygiene, diapers for small children and others. Have a standby amount of money inside your emergency kit also and be sure that you will not be using it.

2. Design a strategic plan for your premises. Orient your family members on the things to do and the things to prioritize during emergency situation. Specify the numbers of individuals your children should contact in times of emergency. Specify their numbers and places. At home, children should be instructed on how to contact this person during emergency situations. Plan another meeting location aside from your own home. This is to ensure that your plan will not be ruined because of miscommunication or failure to gather because of opposite directions. It is best if family should practice such task to prepare everyone during crisis situation.

3. The emergency kit should be prepared and stocked in a dry and cool place. Ensure that the foods are on their fresh manufacture date. If possible, avoid placing this kit in your garage due to shifts in temperature. The water should be replaced between three to six months and smoke detectors installed in your premise should be checked by a technician in a monthly basis. This is to ensure that your security alarm systems are updated in times of trouble.

4. Since today is a crisis day, it is best to ensure that your valuables are protected. List down all your expensive valuables including appliances, gadgets and jewelries. You can even take pictures for additional proof. Store any legal documents and documentation in a safe place where fire of flood cannot damage them. Such place includes your relative’s house, bank vault or time deposit box.

5. Have a tangible copy of important documents. This is most important to items like your personal identification cards such as social security card, driver’s license, tax identification card, land title, marriage contract, baptismal and birth certificates, diplomas and other legal documents which you find necessary. This is for fire protection. If something happens to your house, valuables or family members, you will not experience difficulties in the claims such as insurance and others.

6. Ensure that you and your place are ensured. There are a lot of insurances covering individuals to houses nationwide. Such insurances are available during disaster of natural calamity. Other companies offer insurance more than the worth of your properties so it is better to have one. Make sure that you are updated in terms of the payment scheme so that you can claim in times of trouble.

7. Lastly, never ever forget about your pets. They are part of your family also. Include them in the emergency precaution and action plan designed for your family. Some households give less priority to their pets than their property during crisis. Love your pets like you love your children and be kind to them.

Wanda Walker enjoys writing for Expresssafety.com.au which sells Spill kits and Tapes as well as a host of additional products.

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When Disaster Strikes – Losing Your Business Because of Unprepared IT Disaster Recovery Planning

They said it wouldn’t happen to them. Or couldn’t. That they were prepared. That they had taken steps.

They were wrong.

Computer systems are, with the possible exception of phone systems, the ‘soft underbelly’ of most small businesses. You would be amazed at how a fifty person hedge fund that manages over a billion dollars in client assets are loath to spend $ 25,000 on disaster preparedness. Such a trifling sum to guarantee their business in the event of a disaster!  And yet I see this miserly conduct happen over, and over again.

As an Information Security professional for the past 25 years, with over fifteen years spent at large enterprises such as Merrill Lynch and Ernst and Young, and ten years as an independent business continuity/high availability infrastructure consultant for small and mid-size businesses, I’ve seen a lot of solutions that worked – and a lot that haven’t. There are a large range of available options between the mirrored trading floors that the big brokerage houses maintain, to the cheap and flimsy usb hard drive or ancient DLT backup tapes that are all that pass for ‘business continuity’ solutions. And most don’t need to cost a heavy price.

Over the past two years, I’ve seen six companies that I either consulted with, or was speaking about consulting with, go out of business or were forced to layoff more than 50% of staff because of bad planning and bad luck. In all but one of these cases, they could have avoided such catastrophic losses through simple, yet too often overlooked precautions.

The first case that springs to mind, a 10 year old investment firm located in Manhattan on 41st and Lexington Avenue. Two years ago, they (or their investors) decided to investigate a business continuity strategy. They had a few bad experiences with 9/11 and the NYC blackout, and didn’t want to get caught short again. So I spent an hour discussing their DR/BC planning with them – only to find that they not only had one, but the one thing they did have – backup tapes – were not being taken off site. When I inquired why, they said that the secretary tasked with this duty often ‘forgot’, but that it wasn’t a big deal. Their attitude was – that so long as the tapes existed (never mind they had never tested any of them, nor even checked to see if their backups actually finished) they could ‘somehow’ recover from a disaster. When I probed deeper, and found that their actual tolerance to complete system downtime was less than 24 hours, I realized that these guys needed some help.

Well, they decided to put action ‘on hold.’ Less than three months later, a water main burst in the street outside their building. Their safety net – their tapes – were trapped in a building now ruled completely unsafe for entry by Coned and the fire department. For 6 days, they had no data, no servers, no receivables, no plan. Needless to say, they suffered – badly. The firm is no longer in business. All for want of simply taking a tape offsite, and having some idea of what to do with it when disaster struck.

Another sad case comes to mind – this time, a twenty five year old professional services firm. They did indeed have a rudimentary disaster plan – complete with offsite tape storage, and mirrored servers at the presidents house. When I met with them, it turned out that they had never actually run a full-scale test of the system; it had been tested by their network administrator in his ‘lab’, and the machines (running Doubletake for Solomon, Exchange, File/Print, and BES) were shipped to the owner’s house and left in his basement connected to his cheap linksys ‘compusa special’ hub.

I advised a full-on test of the system, and recommended relocating the servers to a hosted, generator backed facility in a 1/2 rack (for about $ 700/month). I cringed when I heard that the owner’s home was up in the country, never visited by their IT admin, and was subject to occassional power outages. I also recommended a full-on test of their backup media and creation of a detailed recovery plan (their ‘plan’ was to have their key 10 or so employees remote in to their CEO’s home servers).

Well, the company decided not to spend the money ‘at present’ and chose to stay with their existing solution, which their NetAdmin arrogantly told me was ‘only for the suit’s piece of mind anyway’. How right he was! This was clearly demonstrated when, about six months later, the floor directly above them suffered a broken water pipe that quickly flooded down into their server room (floods are the #1 cause of disasters I have seen over the past 5 years) and took out their entire server rack, their phone system, their UPS system, and the room AC.

They frantically kicked their ‘Disaster Recovery’ plan into operation – only to find that in the intervening two years since they set it up the CEO had changed internet providers and the static IP addresses they had set up were no longer valid. So no one was remoting in anywhere. And since the IP’s had changed, Doubletake had not completed a successful replication in over ten months. Furthermore, the girl who took the tapes home every day reported in sick, so there was a 1/2 day delay in getting the tapes from her. And finally, when they were sent up to his house in Westchester County  (by this time – two full days later – they had gotten new static IP addresses) the tape drive onsite was dead.

So they wasted another day getting new tapes and patching the servers up to present spec. Five full days after the flood, they finally had data flowing again (of course, their terminal services weren’t set up properly, the firewall at his home wasn’t configured right, and the slow upload speeds couldn’t handle more than about 3 concurrent users of Solomon at once). This comedy of errors didn’t end with the company going out of business, but it did end painfully for them – with almost 30% of their workforce gone since I was last there (they did eventually contract out for my services though!)

The moral of this story is simple – disaster recovery and business continuity can be done – and should be done – by all businesses that need their computer systems to conduct business. 

The LCO Group (http://www.thelcogroup.com) is a premiere, high-end consulting firm in New York City, that offers a wide array of IT consulting services from desktop and network support to business continuity/disaster recovery planning and security/risk exposure assessment.

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Business Safety – IT Disaster Recovery Plan

In a technology-driven world, IT disasters happen. In reality, IT disasters don’t ruin your business; poor preparation does. How do you know if you need a disaster recovery plan? Basically, unless you’re running your business out of a cave, you need one. To be more specific, you should have a disaster recovery plan if:

1. Your company has a growing dependence on computerized sales, operations, and employee tracking systems,
2. A technology disaster would significantly impact your firm’s financial standing,
3. Employees and/or vendors utilize your corporate technology infrastructure, and/or
4. Your company’s user and equipment growth is increasing the potential for system security failures.

Below, you’ll find three key steps to developing a comprehensive IT disaster recovery plan for your small business.

Awareness of Potential Disasters
The drivers of IT disasters can basically be broken down into two categories: internal forces and external forces. External forces affect the community at large, and internal forces are specific to your organization or industry.

Natural disasters are examples of external forces. Building systems failures are an example of internal forces. In larger metropolitan areas like Portland or Seattle, old buildings are notorious for upending work environments. Malfunctioning sprinklers, air conditioning, plumbing could create a potentially hazardous place to conduct your day-to-day operations. Also, consider information security disasters posed by hackers and phishing scam artists an internal force.

Awareness of Potential Consequences
Once you’ve identified all the potential disasters your small business may encounter, it’s imperative to prepare for the worst-case scenarios. Given the disasters mentioned above, it’s likely you can expect to experience any one or combination of the following complications: compromising of sensitive information, loss of service, data loss, loss of power, property damage or loss, water damage, and employee injury or death. This is, by no means, an exhaustive list, and organizations should devote time to discerning the consequences they may face as a result of their unique operations, location, and industry.

Develop Disaster Recovery Plan
Finally, now that you know what to plan for, here are some elements to consider when creating a small business disaster plan.

– Establish a budget. Before developing a plan, assess how much time and resources your company can afford to invest in this crucial endeavor.
– Get good insurance. Read your policy and completely understand what you’re covered for.
– Formally draft your plan. Store physical copies of your plan it in safe, accessible location.
– Include step-by-step instructions. Detail the steps to be taken after the occurrence of a disaster.
– Include important and pertinent information. Provide detailed contact information for employees, clients, and vendors; alternative methods and locations for conducting business; and any critical resources to be recovered.
– Allocate an emergency fund. This is a designated fund specifically used to implement and/or supplement your disaster recovery plan.
– Test, test, test! Once you’ve developed an initial plan, continue to refine it by regular testing and practice to ensure that your plan is functional and effective.

Each organization’s plan will be tailored to its unique needs and assessments. Consequently, I recommend working closely with a professional IT management service. This not only ensures your company takes appropriate precautions to prevent the occurrence of an IT disaster, but also greatly aids the recovery process if such a disaster should occur.

~Richard McNeal, 2009

Richard McNeal is a contributing writer for Ascensha.
Put your company’s IT disaster recovery plan in the hands of the experts. Contact Ascensha, a Portland computer security, consulting and management company.

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10 steps for natural emergency preparation

Natural diaster forecasting is not true anytime, so it is essential to take an emergency planning, which involved in an emergency survival kit to save your life and your loved ones.


There are six basic steps to preparing a kit. The following is a list, along with the items needed that should be stocked. Make sure you have enough for at least three days.


1. First Aid Kit – There should be a kit for your home, cars, and place of work. Include in these kits some non-prescription drugs such as pain relief medications.


2. Water – One gallon of water per day per person is suggested. These will be used for drinking, food preparation, washing, and brushing teeth.


3. Food – Choose items that require no refrigeration, cooking, or anything that needs to be prepared. There are a variety of items to purchase straight off shelves at grocery stores. Examples of these are canned fruits, vegetables, meats, pastas, juice, chips, nuts, and baby formula. In most sporting goods sections packages of freeze dried foods can be purchased, some with a shelf-life of 25 year. These foods can be made with cold, warm, or hot water. Candles can be used to heat water.


4. Tools and Supplies – Definite needs will be paper plates, cups, utensils, can opener, toilet paper, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, diapers, matches or lighter in waterproof containers, flashlights, batteries, and candles. A battery operated radio is a good idea so you can keep up with the local news.


5. Clothing – One to two changes of clothes and shoes should be packed. Boots and gloves are highly recommended in case of down power lines or electrical wiring. Depending on the season, you may want to have winter wear packed.


6. Bedding – Having a few blankets and pillows set aside could prove to be worth the extra effort of preparation.


7. Automobile – Keeping your keys handy and your gas tank full is a good idea in case of evacuation. Once the evacuation takes place, gas stations will be lined up for miles. You could save a lot of time by filling up ahead of time.


8. Evacuation route – Make sure you have a plan and a map on hand. Purchasing a map and keeping it in your glove compartment at all times is a good plan. However, do not forget to replace the map with a new one from time to time since roads are added daily.


9. Medical Records and Insurance Policies – Medical records will come in real handy if you have to leave town in case you are on medications and need to get refills. Or, if you have to see a doctor, your medical history will be known immediately.


10. Cash – If there is a need to evacuate, ATM’s may be down. You will need cash for any purchases you may need to make.


There is a way to save on all of the items or supplies needed to prepare…and on anything down the road should you actually experience a natural disaster and need to repair or rebuild your home. This is not just for supplies needed now or during the time of your rebuilding. This is for a lifetime. Start saving and earning – TODAY!


Karen Lewis is an economic consultant who is passionate about helping individuals, who have experienced major natural disasters, recover and rebuild by learning how to save on purchases… and better yet… save and earn. She offers financial advice on how to find discount savings vs. paying full retail price. For further information, simply visit Karen’s website and obtain her Free Report HERE. She’s on your financial side.

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Wilderness Survival Eagle Nest Outfitter Hammock Review

When in the wilderness, there are many different shelter types to choose from, but one very comfortable choice is the hammock.

The virtues of the hammock are that it is lightweight, compact, easy to set up, keeps you off the ground., and above all – is comfortable.

The hammock is lightweight due to the material from which it is manufactured. It is made from parachute type material which gives great wear and tear resistance while maintaining a low weight. This is great for those concerned about pack weight.

When stowed away in its attached bag, the hammock is roughly the size of a softball. This a great advantage to those who have little space left in their pack or to those who want to travel light. This is much easier to carry than a tent.

Setup is a breeze when using the two straps of webbing. You simply wrap them around two trees, pull them tight, and clip your hammock on to them. It really is very simple and fast. Its great when you are either too tired to hike anymore and don’t have the energy to set up a tent, or if the weather turns bad and you don’t have time to set up a tent.

Speaking of a tent, even if you set a tent up properly it is still on the ground and you are subject to whatever water, rocks, sticks or what have you are washed up against or under the tent. It can ruin a camping trip to wake up in a big puddle of water. The hammock, on the other hand, keeps you well away from those dangers.

Above all, the hammock is a very comfortable place to sleep, If you set up a lightweight tarp over your head you have protection from the weather, and even if the wind blows it will only rock you to sleep. No more waking up because the ground is too hard or you are sleeping on a rock. The hammock prevents all of that.

I have tested it and would not sleep anywhere else!You can find out more about additional skills relating to wilderness survival.


About Survival Dreams

Weird… right when I was about to write the word “dead” the lights turned off… then came back on. Anyway… have you ever had a dream where a dead person communicated with you? In today’s post, I would like to talk about these types of dreams called Survival Dreams. Survival, in this context, does not mean the survival of a dreamer, which is us, but rather, the survival of a dead person.

There have been many accounts of people having dreams where they experienced the ability to communicate with individuals beyond earth. These people are referred as “The Dead,” and when appearing in these people’s dreams, these spirits usually convey a message to the dreamer that something has just happened, will happen, or that the dreamer should take immediate action to change a circumstance of the future.

Some of these messages will come from late family and relatives, and others will come from close friends. Not all survival dreams will make sense in the dream or upon awakening, but will eventually become clearer to the dreamer. Here are five survival dreams that are from The Psychic Side of Dreams, by Hanz Holzer, involving messages from dead people to the dreamer.

Case Examples of Survival Dreams

1. “… May 7, 1969. According to the newspaper, a mother in Karachi, Pakistan, dreamt of May 7 that an old man in white told her to dig up the grave of her two-year-old daughter, fifty hours after the funeral. When she told the story to her neighbors, she was laughed at. But a few believed her and went to the cemetery to open the grave. The child was still alive and sucking her thumb when the coffin was opened. The mother’s psychic dream had saved its life. Who the spirit communicate was, has not been reported. Evidently someone “on the Other side” felt that the time for the child had not yet arrived, and decided to intervene” (Holzer 131).

2. “Rose T. of Vienna, Austria, reports an interesting dream under the postmark of October 24, 1974. She was living with her aged mother, and a brother who had turned into an alcoholic and was considered a threat to the rest of the family. Because of excitement, Mrs. T.’s mother passed away on October 27, 1973. Shortly before she died, she confided to her daughter Rose, ‘Should I not return from the hospital then I will come for my son, because he is no good.’ Due to an accident, the alcoholic son also died, On January 27, 1974. The night before the funeral, Rose had a dream in which she walked from her room into a smaller room where she saw her mother seated on the bed, as if she were still alive. The mother said, ‘Rose, I am going to come with you today.’ To which the daughter, in the dream, replied, “Mother, that is impossible, you are no longer alive.” But the mother insisted that she would come along with her daughter. The following day, at the funeral for her brother, Rose was completely alone, since there were no other relatives, or close friends. Under the circumstances her mother’s company, although unseen, was a real relief” (Holzer 137-138).

3. “Mrs. Regina Rudinger of New York City reports a most unusual dream, which occurred to her sister, Mrs. M. S. of Boston. In the dream a brother, who had passed away previously, made contact with Mrs. S., demanding that his body be disinterred from the cemetery and moved to a different part because of deep water accumulating in his grave. The family hesitated to do anything about this, and discussed it with religious authorities. Finally, the received authorization from the board of health and the grave was opened. It turned out that the discarnate brother’s complaint was based on fact: the grave was filled with water, and the body was therefore moved to a drier site. The original grave is still empty” (Holzer 138).

4. “…Mrs. Helen J., who lives in upstate New York and one of whose sons passed away tragically. In June 1966, she had a dream in which she became aware of being in a higher spiritual world, out of the earth of mortal man, as she put it. She saw herself standing in a very beautiful room, aware of the beautiful colors and a sense of happiness beyond human feeling and description. ‘Suddenly I knew that God was granting me the blessing of being able to speak to my son this night,’ Mrs. J. relates. ‘He appeared before me and embraced me. We spoke through thought transference. I said, ‘Tell me, David, who is it like over there?’ My son replied, ‘Mother, it is beautiful over here and no one grows old. Earth is the pathway to hell.’ I then asked him if I could go with him and he put his arm out as if to stop me and said, ‘No, not yet, but you will be here before the end of the world” (Holzer 140).

Sometimes, survival dreams will also express their final phrase of communication, not just from a dead person, but by a living person who is just about to cross over to the other side of the world. Consider this example, of Mrs. Virginia Fleming:

5. “…Six years later, on November 22, 1968, she had another experience of a similar kind. Again she had gone to bed rather early, and was awakened by the same voice calling to her, just her name, ‘Jini.’ Again, she looked at her watch, and found it was 11:33 P.M. At the same time she remembered having heard in a dream the sound of a body falling hard on pavement. It was so real, in fact, that she got up and walked down to the street to see whether it had actually happened in front of her house. Immediately she assumed that something had happened to her husband, but she didn’t know until the following morning what the voice had warned her about. At 7:00 A.M. she heard on the news that her first cousin, Lawrence had been killed by a car while crossing the street. The accident happened at precisely 11:33 P.M., the moment when the voice had entered her dream” (Holzer 136).

How could it be that an old deceased person was able to tell a mother to go to the funeral to dig open her son’s grave?

Do The Dead have the power to give life back to people such as the child who was still alive in the coffin?

Could it have been possible that a deceased mother could have taken his son’s life away for being an alcoholic?

When Rose was alone at her brother’s funeral, was her deceased mother really with her?

How could a body know that water was filling up its grave and send a message t to a dreamer to relocate the grave?

Is it truly possible that we can communicate with The Dead in our dreams, such as the mother did with her son?

Finally, can we predict that a person is about to pass away based on the emotional intensity of hearing their cry for help?

These are some questions that I kept asking myself over and over again after reading these types of dreams from the book. It is said that it is easier for the dead to communicate to people in the physical when they are asleep, rather than when they are awake. I would not doubt this, as our knowledge of the unconscious mind, or the state that we are sleeping in is still limited.

Even when we cannot see or prove that they exist, it is evident that people have had dreams in which they were given a message by somebody that was dead, and after waking up that message came to be true in reality.

Perhaps it is because we have a special kind of sensory or perception organs that we have during our sleep, exclusive to when we are in the awakening state. Nevertheless, the ability to have this “extra” sense to be able to communicate with people beyond our reach is a fascinating subject. And if there is possible communication that only exists in the dreamy state, we should be more conscious of it, as perhaps The Dead are trying to reach out and help us, as it did for the mother who saved her child that was still alive when the coffin was opened.

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It’s a Matter of Survival – Use BPM to Drive Out Costs

From a Gartner Article…

“Depending on which economist you want to believe, this recession will last a few quarters or perhaps longer. The typical reaction of most companies is to cut costs. A CFO looks at the earning targets for the upcoming quarter, projects lower revenues, and then figures out how much cost cutting is needed to make the original earnings target…”

“The ‘ax man’ approach is likely to leave gaping holes in your business processes. So, how can you fight the ills of the economy without killing your business? Gartner believes that one of the methods to do this is to look to BPM. BPM provides the management disciplines and the tools to surgically target problem processes and put them on the path to recovery. Importantly, this is done in the context of the organization as a whole.”

A company can be viewed as a collection of processes. The key process [highest value] in any company is their ‘Quote to Cash’ process. And, the other processes exist to support that company’s ‘Quote to Cash’ process.

So, as Gartner points out, the ‘ax man’ approach could disable one of these supporting processes or the ‘quote to cash’ process itself. Neither outcome is desirable.

What you don’t know about your processes may be costing you money. Gaining visibility into your processes can help you see where money is being spent, the consequences of work activities and dependent actions.

Addressing all of your processes doesn’t make sense. I believe there is an 80/20 rule. Managing the 20% of your processes [the processes that are most important to creating value] will get you the greatest [80%] benefit.

Cutting costs within processes involves removing non-value added activities and finding better ways to perform activities. Business process management provides the management disciplines to surgically target problem processes and put them on the path to recovery. You will see that making these cuts would make sense whether the economy is good or bad.

Survival Actions…

- Identify the [20%] the processes that are most important to creating value for your company

- Target one of these processes for your first [or next] BPM project

- Measure this process as is [before]

- Remove non-value added activities [being careful of supporting processes]

- Look for ways [innovate] to have make this process more efficient

- Implement changes

- Measure – Making sure that your changes were actually improvements

Gartner sees BPM as one of the strategic management disciplines. They see companies moving from using BPM to survive to helping their organization to thrive.

Benefits of BPM beyond survival…

BPM provides Control – Using BPM [execution] software, companies are able to establish how long a process should take. Making use of escalations and visibility into process status, they are able to make sure that a process is completed in a specified amount of time.

BPM increases revenues – Reducing costs and providing more goods/services with fewer people helps drive increased revenues.

BPM increases customer satisfaction – When we talk about creating value, isn’t it the customer that determines the value? Processes that touch the customer should be given the highest priority.


Process Management [improvement] is the best place to look to cut costs rather than just arbitrarily ‘laying off’ employees. And cutting these costs makes sense whether the economy is good or bad.

Scott Cleveland is an innovative, creative, technical VP of marketing & sales at Ingenuus Software with over 20 years of experience in marketing and marketing management; sales and sales management; and business process consulting aimed at high tech companies like Adaptec, Applied Materials, Cisco, Sun Microsystems and many of the aerospace and defense contractors.

Prepare Your Home and Family For Natural Disaster – Important Tips to Remember

There are several things that individuals and families must prepare for, especially the ones that are not at all expected in the most usual and common circumstances like natural disasters and calamities. Making your home a calamity-resistant and safe dwelling place is one of the wisest investments you can ever venture into. How can you prepare your home and family to survive certain events that are beyond your control such as earthquakes, floods, hurricanes and the like?

What are natural calamities and preparedness plans for your home?

There are different calamities that require corresponding plans in order to surpass and survive its inevitable outcome or potential damages. Here are some of the most common disasters brought by nature and the appropriate ways of preparing for such events.

1. Earthquake. Especially for places situated in fault lines that are extremely prone to earth quakes and destructive tremors, homes and families in the area must ensure their safety through earthquake insurance and the following precautionary measures.
• Home evaluation. This is possible through the help of a structural design engineer who has the professional knowledge, skills and training to properly and accurately assess important structural foundations of your home like enhancing your exteriors such as sliding doors, canopies, porches, garage doors and decks in the front and back parts of the house.
• To avoid circumstantial damages to your home, repair and fix defective wirings and electrical connections or leaky gases which may cause fire triggered by the earthquake. Likewise bolt down other electrical appliances and water heating systems to avoid further damage to your home.
• Reconstruct and repair some visible cracks in foundations and ceilings which are apparent possible causes of structural damage during earthquakes.
• Homes which are located along lines must adhere to local seismic building standards as well as the use of codes for safe land regulations.

2. Hurricanes. Most areas or states in the US experience hurricanes many times every year, thus preparing for this type of natural calamity is a necessity.
• Installation of exterior protection for the outside portions of your sliding doors especially those made of glass and breakable materials.
• Installation of permanently constructed shutters on your window area is required to ensure that you are well-protected from deadly debris and damage to your windows and interiors.
• Reinforce and strengthen other fundamental areas in your house such as garage doors, ceilings, floors and the like.

3. Wildland Fires
• It is a must to secure local building codes and by-laws which are especially regulated for home structures which are built and constructed nearby wooded areas.
• Make sure you use fire-resistant materials for constructing your home, as you clean and get rid of combustible leaves and other plant components on your roof and gutter in a regular basis.

Preparation is a must in order to avoid all the possible damages and at worst, mortalities that natural phenomena can result to. It is imperative for all homeowners and family members to do the best that they can for survival amidst the inevitable wrath of nature.

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Relationship Survival Technique

We all fantasize about that faerie tale relationship. Men may hold one vision while women dream about another, but when it comes right down to it we all want the same thing in the end: to be happy, healthy, prosperous loved and valued for whom we are. In other words, to feel good about ourselves and our lives.

Relationships are the most challenging ways to uncover love because we need to be transparent in exposing our vulnerabilities. And often we come face to face with our own blocks, attachments and unconscious programming while our lover mirrors back to us evidence of our likes, dislikes, belief systems, judgments, compulsions and conformities. Yet we continue to return to the ring of love again and again because there’s an indescribable essence inside each of us that says something bigger is at play when we come together with another.

There’s no disputing the fact that we are the ones who choose how we feel. But when we are tossed all over the emotional universe with the words, expectations and agendas of others, it can get difficult to stay centered in those feelings of love, compassion, adoration and generosity that bring us inner peace, clarity of mind and the fulfillment of that faerie tale relationship. Without calmness and understanding we more easily react to situations rather than respond to them. It’s our reactions that get us into trouble because we usually lash out at people we love or withdraw; neither being the loving solution to the problem at hand.

This survival technique gives you the tools to immediately return to your center anytime, anywhere and in the presence of anyone. It’s easy, powerful and only requires a few minutes of your time. Life doesn’t have to be difficult or complicated. In those moments when you feel the tension building between you and your partner, friends or children, use these simple steps to calm your storm so you can continue to engage in a joyful relationship dance with those you love.

Practice these 5 steps often and at times when you are not experiencing stress, in order to develop a habit of responding rationally to all situations rather than reacting from a place of fear and insecurity. And please share this process freely with others, so they too can bring themselves back into balance easily.

(Note: you can do this with your eyes open or closed; closing your eyes eliminates unnecessary distractions and returns you to center quicker.)

1. Take several long, slow deep breaths in and out, until your focus is only on your breath. Continue this slow, focused breathing as long as necessary, allowing your mind to empty of all thoughts, without rushing the process.

2. Think of something that makes you feel good. It can be a person you appreciate, a pet, a beautiful sunset, an enchanting song or anything that gives you the feeling of joy, appreciation, love or gratitude. Stay with the feeling for as long as necessary (This helps you open your heart and shifts you out of the flight/flight reaction state.)

3. Evoke the genuine feelings of care, compassion and love and radiate these feelings towards the person, pet or object of affection you choose in Step 2. Breathe these feelings out from your heart like a stream of effervescent light and allow them to completely envelop the object of your affection.

4. Now envision your lover, friend or child and allow this same stream of love energy to infuse his or her entire being. Keep the feelings of love and care flowing and send the emotions of gratitude and appreciation to this person because it feels good to you.

5. Take a nice, deep breath in and let it out slowly, deciding that no matter how anyone else behaves, YOU are choosing to walk this earth life in love, peace and compassion.

Nancy Murdoch

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End Times Survival

During these times of chaos, wars, and economic hard times, many have begun thinking about their own survival. We may ask ourselves, “Will we survive, and will the world survive the coming cataclysms and dark times?”

There are some considerations regarding physical survival, such as having a little water and food put aside for a rainy day, but as many of us are aware, physical survival is not our only consideration. After all, physical survival is only temporal, but spiritual survival is eternal.

Although I have come to the conclusion that the apostle Paul lacked the spiritual discernment Jesus was teaching his disciples, I do like what he had to say to the Ephesians about what we as humans are facing.

Paul understood that we wrestle not just against flesh and blood, but that we also wrestle against unseen forces, against spiritual darkness and wickedness in high places. He suggested we put on the full armor of God if we would survive the end times.

Then we might ask, “How do we put on the full armor of God?”

The only power Creator has revealed to me that Satan cannot defeat is unconditional love without judgment. This is the full armor of God, who is the Spirit of unconditional love.

When Satan tries to get us to darken our own souls and separate us from Creator, he tries to get us to do something hurtful to someone else. He may whisper to us that we need to retaliate for something someone did to us. So this is why it is so important that we have unconditional love resident in our hearts. Then we won’t do something mean or hurtful. Our own souls will stay protected in oneness with our heavenly Father.

May we each invite Creator’s Spirit to reside in our hearts so we may all spiritually survive these end times.

Spiritual teachings of unconditional love leading to eternal life in the presence of our heavenly Father are taught in the book Red Hat Speaks by Dorothy K. Daigle. Red Hat Speaks can be ordered from any bookstore for .95. Let’s not wait too long. When the time is up, the place of our eternal destiny will be sealed.

How to Prepare For Disasters

You never know what can happen in the world today. Global warming has made natural disasters much more frequent and powerful. Wars are happening everywhere. Virus outbreaks are getting more frequent and dangerous as well. When it happens, there is nothing we can do to stop it but we can make sure that we prepare ourselves for it. Following the steps below will help you increase your chances of survival.

1. Plan for an Emergency
Planning is critical if you want to survive a disaster. Plan for anything that can happen to you in any situation. It’s important that you know where everything is and to keep them in the same place where it is accessible. Having a small survival kit in your car is a good idea in case something happens on the road. If possible, everyone involved should know what the plan is.

2. Build a Complete First Aid Kit
I have yet to find a ready made medical kit that caters for everything but it’s a good place to start your collection. Try the professional version of the emergency kit. It’s still not complete but it’s a very good place to start with.

Be sure you have enough to cater for everyone. There is no such things are having too much medical supply. In natural disasters or other emergencies, a lack of supply is much more common. Always buy extra bandages and antiseptic wipes for better protection.

3. First Aid Training
All that time and money to build an emergency kit won’t do any good if you don’t know how to use them. Courses like CPR, First Aid and AED are offered by the Red Cross but that’s not all. Always improve your knowledge, learn about injury prevention, blood borne pathogens and community disaster. Knowing these skills can be lifesaving.

4. Store Emergency Water
There might be a water shortage during an emergency so better stock up. Store them in containers that are not easily punctured and replace old water with fresh water every three months. Fill up all your containers if you think that a disaster is coming soon.

Remember to have a stock of water purification tablets but be aware that they’re only safe when used for short periods of time and with the correct dosage.

5. Save Up Some Food
You should have a variety of food stored in case of an emergency and remember that you might not always be able to heat up your food. If you’ve built your emergency kit well, you’ll be able to warm up your food on a wood fire.

6. Cooking
Access to a stove may prove difficult in a emergency situation. In this case, propane stoves are a perfect companion. Having hot food to eat keeps your body nourished and helps you deal with the cold better.

7. Replacement Lights
In tornadoes and hurricanes, losing power is a very likely situation. That’s why you need emergency lighting. If you’re using an electric lantern, be sure to stock up on batteries. Light sticks are excellent because they can last very long. They’re fairly cheap and you can get them in varying lengths of hours and different colors. Stock up several of them.

8. Emergency Tool Kit
In an emergency situation, you might need some tools for whatever tasks comes your way. You might need to dig of hole, cut wood, fix the camp stove or tons of other stuff. A multi-tool is always handy so make sure you have that.

9. Emergency Radio
To keep up-to-date with the news and weather reports in a natural disaster emergency you need a radio. It’s important that an emergency radio can still play even without power e.g. a wind-up radio.

10. Guides
There are a lot of useful tips you can get from survival guides. Check with other guides to see if the information has at least some truth in it. Pay particular on the part about foraging. There are many deaths as a result of eating poisonous food. Mushrooms, in particular, have been responsible for thousands of deaths through the years. Foraging and survival guides can help give you that extra edge.

Where your life is concerned, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. To be prepared may take some work but it’s the best way to make sure you and your family come out safe in an emergency.

Jonsky is a writer for Hiking-Camping-World.com. Portable propane stoves are very useful in an emergency situation but you might also want to consider liquid fuel camp stoves because they have a higher fuel efficiency.

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