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Would You Like to Work as a Nanny in Chicago IL?

Would You Like to Work as a Nanny in Chicago IL?

These days, more and more people are turning to alternative careers that they may have never considered before. Highly educated, professional people with maturity may find themselves kept out of the typical corporate environment as downsizing and outsourcing continues its decimation of a wide range of industries. At the same time, professionals who are still […]

Improve Your Tomorrows By Asking One Question Today

Improve Your Tomorrows By Asking One Question Today

If you are a parent of school-aged children (or have ever been a school-aged child), I would bet you have asked or heard this question every single day: “What did you learn in school today?” And when those same children roll their eyes or say ?oh Mom!? those same parents persist; asking a follow up question like, “You know you learned something – you were there all day, c’mon, what did you learn?”

After some prying and cajoling, the children answer with some morsel or lesson learned during the day. The kids are relieved, and the parents are happy. This scene plays out in cars and homes all over the world, and yet this question that seems so obvious to parents seems to escape our thoughts for ourselves.

The modified question you could ask yourself every day is: “What did I learn today?”

Why This Question Works

Parents ask school children about what they learned at school because they expect them to learn at school. But somehow after graduation, people stop thinking about learning as their daily task. And yet, human beings are learning beings. Our bodies and brains are constantly learning.

If you are constantly learning you might wonder why you need to ask this question at all (and that is a good question itself!).

While you are constantly learning, the things you are learning are subconscious and therefore not necessarily accessible to your conscious mind. Also, the things you are learning by just going through your day may not be the things you most want to learn. So, by asking the question, you are making your learning more conscious and intentional.

As you ask it more frequently, you will begin to see your daily experiences as learning opportunities and those things you most want to learn and improve will become clearer.

How This Question Works

As you begin to think of life as your own personal learning laboratory, you can expect ideas, lessons and discoveries each day. The question plays to that expectancy.

What did I learn today?

When you ask yourself this question, you are expecting that there is learning to recall! When you create the habit of asking, you begin to create a habit of looking for the things you are learning. And, as you expectantly look, you will most certainly find lessons and learnings.

Where This Questions Works

This question works in every part of your life!

Consider asking the question to help you learn:

In your personal life
In your professional life
As a team member
As a leader
In pursuit of a specific goal
Based on your needs you may choose to ask the generic question about your entire day, to focus on one of these areas specifically (i.e. what did I learn today to make me a better parent, or what did I learn today to make me a better salesperson), or to ask the question multiple times, once for each important role or learning goal that you have.

However you choose to apply this question to your life, the power will come from asking it consistently.

To make your results even more satisfying also add the habit of writing down your answers each day. The process of writing will further clarify your thinking, and you will have a permanent record of your lessons, ideas and learning.

Potential Pointer: To reach your potential in any area of your life, you must become a more consistent, continual and intentional learner. The best habit to help you achieve this goal is to ask yourself “What did I learn today?” every day.

Return to India Jobs What’s Hot What’s Not

Return to India Jobs What’s Hot What’s Not

If you are a NRI and are browsing the internet, you will be surprised to find many positioning agencies and websites which have sprung up recently offering their services in locating NRIs with an ideal jobs which commensurate with their present status in the united states. Many Indians in USA are logging on to these websites and therefore are posting their resumes, hoping that they will land up having a lucrative job in any multinational company or business business house in India.

The Indian economy has begun to boom and several are waking up to this fact. India is making a slow but steady improvement in her growth and many NRIs want to take part in this growth and do not want to skip this opportunity.

It is not only sentimental reasons like being with aged parents along with other close relatives that are attracting Non-resident Indians to return looking for Indian jobs. Many sectors are currently in need of trained professionals and experienced skill personnel which are luring these people to return to Indian work. The demand does not rest with only jobs within the technology sector but in other sectors like delivery, construction, health care, biotechnology, newspaper industry, specialty advertising and aerospace. Most of the jobs in these sectors are available for highly qualified and experienced personnel and Indians employed in Indian companies in USA are finding these like a very attractive option.

Many of the websites catering to locating jobs for NRIs are enticing these people along with lucrative benefits and perks like all expenses compensated relocation, comfortable lifestyle, salaries on par with ALL OF US currency, company accommodation and much more. The hot jobs which are luring many Indians in US are the white-collar jobs and managerial positions in banking institutions and investment banking sectors. The hot jobs, that are being filled, are the middle and senior management levels within the different corporates and companies.

Many western and European business houses that are keen to setup their businesses in India are looking for expatriates who are prepared to take up responsible senior positions to manage their own business in India. With their expertise in work knowledge and contact with international trade practices, these Indians are an resource to these foreign companies.

With the merchant banking and investment banking sectors emerging as two from the hot spots that are offering lucrative Indian work [] opportunities to these NRIs, there are jobs in the technology field which are not so hot and attractive any more to the returning Indians. Most NRIs returning to India are looking for jobs in the managerial levels. It is these jobs that are very attractive with all their perks and pay structure. The Indian IT industry is already up to the brim with talented workforce from the local population, but it is the other sectors like banking and investment, construction and health care that are offering some of the hottest jobs to these Indians from USA. If you are working with an Indian company in the US and are currently looking for jobs in India, you know where to look..

Steps To Build A Strong Agile Executive Team

Steps To Build A Strong Agile Executive Team

Many companies come up with the strategy of going Agile. While this is an admirable goal indeed, it requires a lot of work and commitment and one of the keystones to success in this strategy is the necessity to build a very strong Agileexecutive team.

It probably begins with choosing the right kind of people to be a part of such an Agileexecutive team. There are a few steps and aspects that need to be kept in mind when a company or a business professional wants to build a strong Agileexecutive team.

Doing your homework

Doing your homework entails a few important things:

If all these points and more can be part of doing your homework, you are better equipped to set up the process of going agile.

Developing standards and hallmarks of a strong executive team

One important aspect of a strong executive team is to come up with a framework that defines the nature, responsibility and fabric of the team. For instance, facets such as being responsible, sharing responsibility, being able to cope with change and being performance driven rather than only reward driven are some of the things that go into building this team.

More often than not, there will also be a necessity to put in place cross functional teams.

Alignment of goals

The next step in building a strong Agile team is to get all the goals aligned. Such goals can be cross functional goals, personal goals and professional goals but unless there is a shared vision and communication, an Agile team cannot move forward.

Positive collaboration is the result of such goal alignment exercises. The goal should also be enunciated clearly so that everyone knows exactly what they are working towards.

Coming together socially

Once the Agile executives have understood the necessity of goals, they also need to come together socially. Most organizations need to deal with the “invisible” walls that get created between executives and team members.

But in order to create a successful Agile executive team, there needs to be a break down in such invisible walls and a conducive environment for all the executives to come together and realize the importance of pulling together.

Thus, behavior modification and cultural strategies are important steps in building an Agile executive team.

Make Money on The Side by Colayco Foundation

Make Money on The Side by Colayco Foundation

People often ask us what they can do to earn additional money on the side while working full-time. The list is endless-from joining a networking company to writing to buying and selling stuff. The key to success is finding something that matches you. There is no one-size fits all.

Before you invest time and energy into an income earning endeavor, consider these three questions:

1. Am I good at this? So many people try to earn money using skills and knowledge they are only beginners in. This diminishes their chances of success. So stick with what you know and you are good at because it will probably be easier to do as well because its something you’re an expert in alrady.

2. Do I have competitors? Who else is doing what you are doing or selling what you are selling? How are you the same or how are you different? Will you be fighting for clients? Knowing what’s out there will help you strategize how to get clients or buyers and how to keep them whether it’s by employing a good marketing strategy, by focusing only on people you know, or by having a different product or service offering.

3. How much time can I devote to this every day/week and what’s my target income? Remember the goal is to have additional income so a) you should be allotting sufficient and realistic time on this, and b) your earnings should be worth your time and effort. Your first few months will be all about building your credibility and creating a market for yourself but at some point you should assess if it’s worth it.

Now there are two basic categories for earning money on the side. You can either, offer a product or offer a service.

Offer a Product – A product is a tangible object. It could be something you own or have made. Or it could belong to someone else. Check out a few of our suggestions below.

Be a Referrer – Align yourself with friends who are agents of insurance products, real estate, cars, etc. refer clients to them and get a commission when your referred client decides to make a purchase. Naturally you could also become an agent yourself, but that may take some time, licensing and money to do.

Sell something – It could something you make really well like cakes, jams, candles, jewelry, bags, food, paintings, etc. It could also be something you buy in bulk (thus cheaper) and sell at a profit. You could also help sell something owned by someone else including jewelry, appliances, furniture, etc. and earn from the commission.

Properties Broker – If you have a lot of OFW friends who have bought properties they would like to rent out or sell, you could be the caretaker and broker of these properties.

Offer advertising spots – If your home is situated in a prime location, a wall or the gate could be used as advertising space. Your car can also be used to advertise.

Make your home a movie location

Offer a Service – Your skills and knowledge are intangible sources of wealth. Unless you are offering a technical/mechanical service you probably won’t need capital to be able to make money.

Teach What You Know – This could be in the form of tutoring services, skills training (i.e. for baking, cooking, accounting, photoshop, etc.) which you could conduct one on one or for a small group.

Software/Computer Based, Online and Web Services – There are so many things you can do online such as web design, content writing, graphic design, system tester, promoter, or encoder/data entry.

Events Services – You could be an event coordinator, host, promoter, supplier (i.e. flowers, back drop, lighting, Photobooth, etc.)

Market Research/Product Testing – Do you know someone in market research? Advertising or a company’s R&D? They often look for ‘real people’ to test out their campaign, new products and services, test their systems etc. You could participate in FGDs or be a mystery shopper.

Business Services – Offer your full time job skills as a freelancer or part timer. Look for small businesses that need help with their bookkeeping, accounting, inventory, marketing, etc.

These are some of the many things you could do to earn additional income. Just remember these three things: 1) it must be worth your time, 2) it shouldn’t interfere with your full time job (remember that’s your regular income, it sustains your family), and 3) remember the things that money can’t buy -family, friendship, integrity, peace of mind, love, etc.

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Somerset Offers Superb Choice Of Town Country And Coastal New Homes

Somerset Offers Superb Choice Of Town Country And Coastal New Homes

Housebuilders active in the Somerset new homes market currently have a superb range of brand new coastal, town and country properties available, scattered right across the county.


House hunters looking for a new home on the Somerset coast, Bloor Homes has created Weston Gateway on the fringes of the Victorian seaside resort of Weston-super-Mare, made up of two- to four-bedroom properties. Priced from 139,960 to 204,950, house buyers here will be able to enjoy the sandy beach at West Bay; stroll along the seafront promenade and Grand Pier; and enjoy the town’s shops, sports facilities and entertainment venues. There’s a good choice of schools, and for commuters the development is situated just off Junction 21 of the M5 – ideal for trips to Bristol, Taunton and Exeter.

For a quieter coastal spot, Bloor Homes has created Rosewood Farm, situated in the smaller resort of Burnham-on-Sea, home to seven miles of golden sands. Ranging from 239,950 to 244,950, these properties are proving popular with commuters thanks to their handy location near the M5, and with excellent mainline rail services nearby offering direct trains to Cheltenham, Exeter and London. The town itself has excellent local amenities, from schools and leisure centres to shops and a cinema.


There are many developments dotted throughout Somerset that offer fantastic access to picturesque countryside, including new homes near Glastonbury, Frome and Yeovil. The small, quaint town of Glastonbury is surrounded by gorgeous countryside and rural attractions such as the famous Tor. At Taylor Wimpey’s Dunstan Park development in Glastonbury, new homes are priced from 144,995 to 249,995, and are nestled in a peaceful, leafy conservation area with its own wetland area and pond. The development is close to excellent nurseries, primary schools and secondary schools and also offers convenient road links.

Located at the eastern end of the gorgeous Mendip Hills, historic Frome’s pretty town centre hosts regular farmers’ markets and is full of independent shops, popular cafes, and delis selling local produce from the surrounding countryside. The two-, three- and four-bedroom character properties at Bloor Homes’ Trinity Park are already selling fast, priced from 117,950 to 199,950. With all of Frome’s excellent local amenities nearby, this development also has wonderful countryside on its doorstep, yet is only a short commute from Bristol, Wells, Bath and Glastonbury.

Alternatively, David Wilson Homes has a development called Wyndham Park on the edge of lovely countryside near the town of Yeovil, again offering a wide choice of property sizes and prices from two- to five-bedrooms and priced from 199,950 to 395,000.


Town centre developments in Somerset include Langford Mead from David Wilson Homes. This stunning development of contemporary two- to five-bedroom homes is situated in the lively county town of Taunton, well known for its independent boutiques and high street shops. Taunton is an attractive town with a huge appeal, and Langford Mead benefits from being close to the Park & Ride for easy trips into the centre. Priced from 199,950 to 419,950, there’s a good range of homes to suit different budgets.

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