Is your Boss a Dragon Lady?

Is your boss a Dragon Lady?

Everyone has had a bad female boss or two in their day.
But have you ever worked for a DRAGON LADY?
What’s a Dragon Lady boss, you ask? Here are a few examples of what a Dragon Lady boss does:

There’s the tale of a boss that did not pay her workers before Christmas vacation and then called a meeting at 9 a.m. on the day after New Year’s. She opened the meeting with a condescending ‘So, did Santa give you everything that you wanted?’ and then she scanned the room and told each of her paycheck-less employees what their New Year’s resolutions should be.

Then there’s the boss that hosts marathon, back-to-back meetings without providing coffee or even a glass of water for the captured.

Who can forgive the boss that demands that you complete a task and then works behind your back to make sure that your task never reaches its completion?
Oh, wait, there’s one more–that boss that works you like a slave for pennies and then constantly tells you that you shouldn’t ask for a raise because ‘we’re in this together.’

Urban legends, right? Nope. These Dragon Ladies do exist, and unfortunately, the aforementioned examples were all the same woman.
She used to be my boss long ago.

My boss is long gone now, but she has had an effect on my life: Because of her, I strive to be a mentor, not a TORMENTOR of the professional women that I work with on a daily basis.

The way I see it, someone must stick up for the nameless, faceless, female worker bees. And the women who have made it must reach back to mentor others. It doesn’t take much to dole out candid advice about how to polish a professional image, and ultimately work their way up the corporate ladder.

And when it comes to Dragon Lady bosses, it’s up to the powers that be to clean house.
After all, if you’re a business owner, Dragon Lady managers are running your young female talent out the front door. If you’re an entrepreneur that conduct business with a Dragon Lady business owner, it’s possible that her overworked, abused team won’t give you their best.

If you want to succeed, you’ve got to send the Dragon Lady packing, Corporate America.
You’ve got to clean house.

Cleaning house, that is, re-grouping and re-evaluating what employers/managers/partnerships, etc., are meeting your expectations, is an uncomfortable but necessary task if you want to keep your business afloat.

Pride, principle and office politics can surely get in the way when it’s time for you to clean house, and believe me, female entrepreneurs may know this better than most. Nevertheless, there are two golden rules to follow when you clean house: 1). Always cultivate the roses; and 2). Always pluck the weeds.

Here are a few tips to help you determine if there are weeds hiding in your rose garden:

How to Spot a Rose
(Employers/vendors/partnerships that you cultivate)

She is competent, and confident instead of controlling. She can assign a task and not feel inclined to follow up or micro-manage.

She is an agile, multi-tasker that responds swiftly to new challenges.

She is a self-starter, a continuous learner, and leader; she may implement a company-training program.

She has new ideas that, when implemented, positively influences the company’s profitability.

She comes to work on time, and will stay longer if needed.

She is respectful and works well with a group of subordinates and alone.

How to Spot a Weed
(Employers/vendors/partnerships that you pluck)

There’s a high turnover rate in her department.

She writes numerous disciplinary memos; she has increased rates of employee absenteeism.

She rarely, if ever, suggests a subordinate for a raise or a promotion.

She is a disruptive whiner that inspires others to be whiny and disruptive. Or, she is an intrusive micro-manager that demands your full attention at all times.

There is evidence of alcohol or substance abuse.

Loyalty and truthfulness are concepts that she knows not; especially when it comes to her subordinates.

In her mind, badgering is essential if an employee is to complete a task.

Dragon Lady managers will drain your business unnecessarily, if you let them.
Consult with your HR director or a trusted employee rights attorney and clean house immediately; attempting to humor a Dragon Lady and/or delay the inevitable is a waste of time and energy.

On the other hand, good managers will produce more return for every employee that they supervise, because they realize it is in their best interest to award and promote subordinates accordingly.

The good manager is usually found among the movers-and-shakers in business, entertainment and politics, and often convenes to connect, network and impart her wisdom.
Sometimes she may seem hard to find, but she’s out there.
And if you’re a female professional, your work life will be fulfilled if your paths should ever meet.
Carpe Diem.

How to Incorporate the Feng Shui Dragon in Your Home Decorating

The Feng Shui dragon is one of the most auspicious of all ancient Chinese symbols. It is not only one of the most powerful of the Feng Shui cures but is the embodiment of yang, the strong masculine energy.

The Feng Shui dragon is best known as the traditional cure for wealth and prosperity. If you consult the Bagua, the Feng Shui energy map, you will learn that the financial area of your home is in the southeast.

According to Chinese astrology, the wealth star changes every year. For 2009, southeast is the luckiest sector, with star 8 as the wealth star. Fire colors are recommended in 2009 to decorate your home office. A golden dragon here is the penultimate prosperity cure. If your southeast area is missing or incomplete, you can use a mirror to balance out the space. Chinese coins can also bring good fortune.

Traditionally dragons were believe to be able to control the climate. Wind, clouds and rain, all beyond our control, were thought to be controlled by dragons. This makes the Feng Shui dragon a powerful symbol for agricultural businesses and those businesses that rely on the weather.

Because the dragon is the embodiment of male energy and success, it makes a great housewarming or business gift for the man in your life. Selecting a dragon with a pearl or crystal in its claw symbolizes power, good fortune and a wealth of opportunities.

To strengthen the love and marriage area of your home, consult your Bagua, then be sure to pair the Dragon with the Phoenix. This pairing is the ultimate symbol for marital bliss.

Dragons also symbolize the number 9, the number of luck and good fortune in Chinese tradition… Having a dragon with the number 9 is a good way to bring good luck to those who possess it. Don’t be tempted to place 9 dragons in your home for extra luck, the maximum number of dragons recommended is five.

The dragon carries a strong energy of activity and creativity, so avoid using in low energy areas like the bathroom or garage. Place the dragon around eye level, and not too much higher, and always treat the dragon with respect. Don’t stick it in a closet! Place him in an open space, facing towards the center of the home, but not against a wall or corner. If there is a pearl or crystal in its claw, never face them towards a door or window.

Placed with honor, the Feng Shui dragon can bring success to many areas of your life, and allow you to harness the power of the dragon!

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Chinese New Year of the Dragon – 2012

Happy Year of the Dragon – 2012

The Year of the Water Dragon begins on 23rd January 2012. The mythical beast is a lucky sign, the fifth of the 12 animals in the Chinese Zodiac. The Chinese dragon is a much more loving creature than the Western equivalent – blessed with supernatural power, fortune, and understanding.

Eastern philosophy regards the dragon positively, the supreme beast, fearless, wise and master over all – the dragon represented the emperor. People born under this sign gain power and respect, which is why it is the most popular Chinese zodiac sign attracting an increased birth rate in oriental countries.

Predictions

Dragon years usually bring large happenings, either good or bad – an abundance of yang energy. However, they are positive for finance, and the water dragon acts more considerately then his fellow dragons. This means the usual dragon disasters will be less likely. The dragon’s obstinate ego will bring power and bold ambition to 2012, making it a good time to start a business or get married. They like to spend money.

Best and Worst Month’s

Best months in this dragon year are: January, February, July, August and November – and the worst are will be September and December. Generally, people who take chances and are ambitious will benefit in a Dragon Year.

Dragon People

People born in this Chinese zodiac year are extrovert, brave, quick-tempered, generous, honest and passionate. They prefer being on their own and doing things independently. Their excellent entrepreneurial skills make them successful businesspeople, as well as good inventors, lawyers and sales persons. People born in this year find their energy, competitiveness and determination usually allows them to achieve near the top of their profession. The long dragon tongue seeks and gains influence.

Dragon Relationships

Dragons have a deep sincere heart and will give in to love despite their independence, but a thick-skin is needed in their partner to take their quick temper. The best relationships are with either a monkey or a rat – the least compatible being the ox or goat. Despite the dragon’s personality, once they find the right partner, they usually commit for life.

Dragon Years

If you were born in any of these years, then you are a Dragon: 1916 * 1928 * 1940 * 1952 * 1964 * 1976 * 1988 * 2000 * 2012

Famous Dragon People

Bruce Lee, Julius Caesar, John Lennon, Joan of Arc, Florence Nightingale, Sigmund Freud, Martin Luther King Jr, Mae West, Colin Farrell, Grace Kelly, Bob Monkhouse

Western Counterpart: Aries

USB Microphone for Dragon Naturally Speaking 11

Dragon Naturally Speaking 1 is an incredibly useful tool for businesses and individuals – in terms of productivity gains – but only if you have a quality headset microphone that is capable of supporting the Dragon 11 software.

For those who are unfamiliar with Dragon Naturally Speaking 11 – it is essentially voice recognition software that allows you to dictate to the computer in order to have your words transcribed into text that you can input into most windows programs. This means you can use it with Word and dictate essays, articles, and any other large quantities of text which makes it much faster than writing by hand. On average it is said to be around three times faster than typing normally would be. At the same time though it’s not just quicker than writing by hand, but also allows you to avoid some of the downsides of typing. For instance if you use this or other voice recognition software then you won’t have to be sitting down – you can be moving around and going about other things, for example why not tidy your home or even write something (this would really increase your productivity).

A USB microphone that is wireless like the GN9330e is designed for speech to text software like dragon. Likewise you can use this or similar software in order to write while driving. As long as you are careful to make sure it is all set up first and you obey your local driving laws- then it will be no different than talking on the phone hands free. If you’re not sure about the law in your area, then you will certainly be able to use the combination while walking places (if you have a small netbook). The other benefit of using a USB microphone with Dragon 11 over a keyboard is that you don’t need to look at the screen. If you’re the kind of person who finds they hate sitting and staring at a screen all day as part of their job, then you will be very pleased to learn that you can completely avoid this by using a USB headset and Dragon 11 in order to dictate your work from a distance – while looking out of the window or even doing press-ups.

All of this will increase your productivity and this has hundreds of uses for any business. If you work for a media company then it has obvious advantages, allowing people to work away from their desk and multitask. Meanwhile it can be used for data entry companies – imagine how much more pleasant this could make the job for your staff and how much more work they could get done in the same time and for the same wage with Dragon Naturally Speaking and a quality USB headset. This would hugely increase not only job satisfaction but also profits. For other individuals this can be a great way to surf the web, for students a perfect way to write articles without having to get out of bed, or for writers a perfect way to write a novel – dictating the way that many of the classic novelists would have done. It’s of course also an invaluable tool for those who are disabled and who might otherwise struggle to use a keyboard.

Of course all this is dependent on having a good quality microphone and without a good microphone you won’t be able to make the most of this software. By buying a USB microphone then, you can make Dragon Naturally Speaking run perfectly or any other piece of recognition software giving you around 99% accuracy and serving to be a great investment. The included analogue microphone with Dragon naturally speaking 11 just doesn’t deliver the accuracy business users demand – a quality USB microphone headset like the Andrea NC181VM USB guarantees accurate and fast voice recognition input into Dragon 11 or Dragon Dictate Mac.