Key to Future Success For Small Businesses: Going Global

Whether you think small or big, you can still take your business global!  What's needed to make it happen is more support and education to show the value of exports to small businesses.
According to the UPS Perceptions of Global Trade Survey, 24 percent of small businesses are currently engaged in global commerce, and many of those businesses are experiencing a large return from global trade. Of businesses who are doing business overseas, 66 percent report that exporting contributes up to a quarter of their annual revenue.
Learn more here.

Laurel Delaney says:
"While it might seem counterintuitive for small businesses to expand internationally with the economic challenges in the U.S., now is the time for calculated risk. By connecting with companies that have already been successful exporting, companies new to the process can realize the benefits of engaging in global trade a lot faster," said Laurel Delaney, owner of small-business consulting firm Global TradeSource, Ltd. "The simplest way for SMBs to find a successful exporting lead is good old-fashioned word-of-mouth coupled with a great company website."
More news on the survey:  A Survey Conducted by TNS, MarketWatch and UPS Pressroom

Posted by:  The Global Small Business Blog

Hair

One part of our body that really supports our appearance is the hairWhen our hair nice and in accordance with the appearance of our events will become more perfect. More hair types that can be encountered around us. Many types of hairstyles we use to meet in our neighbourhood like Straight hair, wavy hair, curly hairblonde hair, long hairshort hair, colored hair and others. Hairstyles we wear will also increase our best performanceWeddings for example, we can make use of updo hair style that looks more elegant.

Blonde Hair


Curly Hair
Short Hair
Wavy Hair


Straight Hair
Long Hair
Black Hair
Afro Hair
Asian Hair
Colored Hair
Wedding Hair
Sexy Wedding Hair
Emo Hair

Great American Leaders

From Chicago Defender's Robert Abbott to Totino's Pizza's Rose Totino (pictured) to Herman's Miller's Michael Volkema, these great American leaders are featured in a database that was compiled in an effort to identify and chronicle the lives of 20th century men and women whose (global) business leadership shaped the ways that people live, work, and interact. 

Visit:  20th Century American Leaders Database

Why Brazil Is Booming

Brazil is now the world's seventh-largest economy, GDP in 2010 grew at a 7.5% rate. Over the next two years, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development predicts, growth will continue at a healthy 4% rate.

As the article states:
A burgeoning middle class is generating growing demand for automobiles, televisions, computers and other products that a generation ago were out of reach for many Brazilians.
Are you poised to take advantage of it?  Learn more here.

Importing Substandard Products: Don't Even Think About It

The Director General of Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON), Dr Joseph Odumodu appealed to importers to stop the importation of substandard products into the country.
According to him, the fine for importing substandard products has been increased from N10, 000 to N2 million, in addition to seizing the goods, prosecuting and sending the importer to jail.

“Let me tell you one thing, SON has changed its strategy, when we catch you, we seize your goods, trail you and send you to jail.
Learn more here.

The Hidden Benefit to Globalization

Below is an article on how globalization increasingly allows companies to avoid United States taxes and regulation.

The Benefits of Incorporating Abroad in an Age of Globalization

Merry Aussie Xmas!

App Obsession Goes Global

The app obsession has gone global. App downloads grew this year but 2011 was a turning point: This was the first year that these mobile devices outsold desktop and laptop PCs.
We mobile consumers demonstrated this very clearly both in the U.S. and abroad: Apple this month hit 18 billion downloads total on its iOS App Store, and Google’s Android Market likewise hit 10 billion.
Find out why here and what to look for in 2012.

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A Nook of Simple Quotes: Take the first step of faith . . .





A Nook of Simple Quotes! 
Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. ~  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
My Thoughts!
We are often fearful of making changes, because we are fearful of the unknown, and we ask ourselves should I, could I or what if I, but there is one way to know if you will succeed or fail. You must jump in. In jumping in feet first or head first, we stand the chance of knowing. We can then try again, but this time with greater knowledge, experience and confidence. 




What are your thoughts?
With the New Year on the horizon, what are you still fearful of doing? 





Shared by Dr.Cheryl Cottle
© Copyright by Dr. Cheryl Cottle of Cottle's Professional Consulting. All rights Reserved

Migration Makes a Connected World Brainier

Excellent opinion piece by Robert Guest for The Wall Street Journal.

First though, from the Partnership for a New American Economy (which is a snippet to the lead on the commentary):
I once asked the boss of Tata Consulting Services, a gigantic Indian IT firm, how many of his top executives had worked or studied abroad. He replied: "All of them."

The world's most talented people are exceptionally mobile. When they move to America, they make it smarter, and that's not just because they are smart. It is also because migration creates connections.
Read the commentary:  How Immigrant Entrepreneurs Turbocharge U.S. Trade

Robert Guest is the Economist's business editor.  His new book is Borderless Economics: Chinese Sea Turtles, Indian Fridges and the New Fruits of Global Capitalism

BEST CHRISTMAS PRE-PRESENT

 Nevím, jak vy, ale já jsem ten nejlepší dárek dostala už včera. Plnou krabici vzpomínek. První kresbičky, dopis Ježíškovi, který za mě psal táta, a první pokusy o psaní vět. Věřte mi, dojalo mě to tak, že jsem se nevyhnula smršti krokodýlích slz. 
P.S. Pokud nejste schopni rozluštit tajemnou větu psanou fixem, tady máte překlad: NAŠTVALO MĚ TO KDYŽ JÁ KAKÁM. Mohlo ze mě být geniální dítě. Škoda, že jsem se na to raději vykakala.

VESELÉ VÁNOCE VÁM VŠEM. 

Successful networking

Which types of networking are most successful? A recent survey of 12,000 business people around the world confirmed some of my hunches but produced some surprising results, as well.
As part of research for a book, my co-authors and I asked people what types of organizations they belong to and whether networking played a role in their success. We cross-tabulated the results to determine how effective different types of networking are.
As we had expected, people who get the most results from networking efforts seem to participate in face-to-face casual-contact networks like chambers of commerce, referral networks, and to a lesser extent, professional associations.

We were surprised, however, that only 27 percent of the respondents said online networking has played a role in their success. Networking through women's business organizations and through service clubs fared even worse, with only 17.7 percent and 17.2 percent of respondents, respectively, giving them credit for playing a part in their success.

Even though they didn't do well in this survey, I'm quite an advocate of online networks, women's business organizations and service clubs. I did some thinking about why these groups received such low-success ratings.
I'm inclined to believe women's organizations and service clubs didn't do well because they have other important purposes that take precedence over networking. Women's business groups often provide a place where members both support and educate each other, while service clubs focus primarily on providing service to the community. People, therefore, may not experience as much tangible success in networking efforts in these groups.
Related: An Expert Networker's Five Tips for Getting the Most from LinkedIn
The survey results for online networks made me think of a comment I hear quite often from business owners who want to market their products and services on social and business networking sites: "I've got a profile page and a thousand connections…now what?" Many entrepreneurs spend a lot of time and effort building their online social capital through LinkedIn "connections," Facebook "friends" and "likes," and Twitter "followers," but lack an actual plan for turning the growing number of contacts into customers.
Another issue for online networking: the exponential increase in marketing and social messages and the competition for people's attention. In the course of a typical day, we might be chatting on Google Talk, looking at friends' photos on Facebook, watching a celebrity's Twitter feed, learning about a connection's promotion on LinkedIn, reading a blog for business or pleasure, and doing an Internet search. We are inundated and easily distracted by these entreaties: Read this! Buy this! Try this! Connect with me! Like my business!
I certainly don't think entrepreneurs should stop finding ways to improve their success in the online networking arena. But the results are the results, and -- still a surprise to me -- they're not very good.

Green Standards For An Ever Changing Complex World

Walmart’s Chinese sales receipts account for only 2 percent of the company’s annual revenues or roughly $7.5 billion. Fortunately, its sales in China have risen substantially over the past decade. Not the case in the United States; they have been shrinking.

What does this mean? Is China changing Walmart or is Walmart changing China?  Looks like new green initiatives are in the works.
The world’s biggest corporation and the world’s most populous nation have launched a bold experiment in consumer behavior and environmental stewardship: to set green standards for 20,000 suppliers making several hundred thousand items sold to billions of shoppers worldwide. Will that effort take hold, or will it unravel in a recriminatory tangle of misguided expectations and broken promises?
Read the entire article here.

Get Ready to Go Global in 2012

How do you go global?  Let me count the ways.

Here are ten to start:

How to Position Your Business for Global Success

360 Interior Living: 3 Ways to Handle the Clutter of Life




Lifedoesn’t have to beat you up. Circumstances need not keep you down. Positionshave no power to keep you stuck. Hurts won’t last if allowed to heal. Behaviorsand attitudes can change.
Changeis a certainty of life, but learning from past mistakes can be your mostvaluable asset. No matter how responsible you are or how congenial you may bewith people, you will inevitably slip up on moments that are uncomfortable andthreatening.
Itdoesn’t have to intimidate or bankrupt your self-esteem or self-confidence. Yesthese oftentimes are private struggles hidden from view, and now is the time toconfront them. You will never conquer what you are not willing to confront.
Ifirmly believe it is possible to push and break self-imposing barriers and livewith no regrets. Here are some ways to make the sustainable transformation:
1. Ifyou were to split yourself open and see a panoramic view your inner workingsand capabilities you’d be astounded. There is more life in your life. Don't be afraid to wantfor more, ask for more and go after more.
Theopportunities are embed in your disappointments, frustrations and losses. Thiswill help smooth over the personal development and life improvement scarsand instead turn them into successes.
2. Livelife intentionally. That is to intentionally get involved with your life. Arunning back doesn’t run through human blockages, trips and flips overbackwards to score a touchdown and says, “This is amazing! How did I do that?”
Ofcourse he has to train in the rain, snow, wet, cold, doubt and perhaps without.He perseveres. Before his body learned those maneuvers, his mind orchestratedthem first.
That’s the foundation.

Themind is his training field. I’m reminded of Paul’s metaphor about training fora race:
Don’tyou realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run towin! All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fadeaway, but we do it for aneternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to dowhat it should. Otherwise, Ifear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified. 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 (NLT)
3.Tackle stagnated thinking. Thought design takes the prize every time. Forward,contemporary progressive thinking is a barrier breaker.
Yousimply cannot remain the same if your mind is pulling  you onward. What doyou say to the fighter who’s in the fight but is not aiming at anything?Something is wrong with his sparring habits! Discipline intentionally.
It isdifficult to put new wine into old wine skins just as it’s difficult or ratherimpossible for me to design a home in the midst of the existing clutter. Itobviously must be removed for the design installation to be effective.
Theremust too be a method for handling the clutter of life: the clutter of pain,subordination, being stuck, insecurity, loneliness, subordination, regret ordomination. A thought renovation must take place prior to the design.Lifedesign will help you to create the life of your choosing. It is notnecessarily quick and it will not always be easy—it will always be possible.
This isthe beginning of breaking self-imposing barriers and living a regret free life. It's time to renovate,master and soar!
Live bydesign!

Writer: Dr. Deana Murphy

Shared by CPC Women in Business - - Dr. Deana Murphy was our winner for our BLOG Post Contest!
First shared on CPC Women in Business on 21 November, 2011.


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CPC Women in Business Profile: Ms. Kingi Carpenter


Kingi Carpenter
Photography by Peach Berserk

Our December CPC Women in Business Profile is Ms. Kingi Carpenter; one of Canada’s creative designers. CPC Women in Business is really glad to end this year’s Women in Business Profile with a creative designer and business owner who is passionate about what she does. She loves silk-screening and feels the whole world should be silk screening. Ms. Carpenter is an author and besides incorporating silk-screening in her clothing label Peach Berserk, she also conducts workshops that are open to everyone interested in it. Ms. Carpenter has also written a book entitled Peach Berserk Silkscreen Now! for silk-screening lovers. I think that Ms. Kingi Carpenter; parent, business collaborator, artist, designer and author is a great example to women in business, and those of us who are thinking about getting into an entrepreneurial venture.

Ms. Kingi Carpenter is the owner and manager ofPeach Berserk located in one of Toronto’s fashion district; Queen Street. PeachBerserk is located at 507 Queens Street West Ontario, for fashionistasinterested in getting one of Kingi’s designs for the holiday. Kingi's designlabel meets the design needs of the young and older fashionista, and can beworn at any event an evening of fun and partyingto a formal evening. Regardless of the social event, you are sure to stand outin one of Kingi’s Carpenter’s designs. You can shop directly from PeachBerserk’s website where you can purchase from her collection of tops, jackets,dresses, skirts and accessories, but you can also get your customized order inwhat ever you desire. There are lots more, so take a look for your self.


Photography by Peach Berserk

Kingi has been in business since 1987 and herentrepreneurial goals include making clothes and creating beautiful fabric tomeet and capture the taste of her audience. She notes that my goal “is to makethe cutest most amazing clothes and fabric designs.” Kingi Carpenter is also anadvocate of her craft, which has dominated her business career for overthirty-three years screen-printing designswhich she shares with anyone interested in learning the craft of screen-printing through her workshops. In addition, another of Ms. Kingi Carpenter’sgoal is to “teach others how to run their own creative business.” Ms. Carpenteralso works with charities “that means a lot” to her as a way of giving back tothe community and contributing to the development of others. She works with charities that are local as well as international mandate.

Photography by Peach Berserk

By age 24 Kingi knew that she wanted to be acreative entrepreneur. She noted that, “I had ideas and a vision of my ownfashion company and had to see it through.” At that time Kingi was working as awaitress and she knew that she did not belong in that industry hervision was to become a fashion designer. So armed with some knowledge of sewingand design and a willingness to learn all about business management, Kingilaunched her business. In the beginning like so many other women in business,Kingi faced challenges. She points out “my main challenge was, I did not knowanything about business when I started and I had no money;” but in spite ofthese limitations, Kingi was able to overcome her financial situation and wasable to fund her business. She notes that “I basically funded everythingmyself.”  

Photography by Peach Berserk

Peach Berserk has a very simple, “casual structure”without any hierarchies and status-based management structure. According to Ms.Carpenter “we have a very casual business structure everyone does everything, we have no titles.” In the management of PeachBerserk, Ms. Carpenter‘s utilizes business strategies that are unique to her inorder to stand out in the market place. She adopted a creative marketingstrategy, making sure that her “business was different from every one else.”


Photography by Peach Berserk


Ms. Carpenter also sees computer-based technologyas a crucial component to a successful business venture.  She notes thatin business development it is “very important to have a website and socialmedia marketing.” Kingi’s business and personal philosophies are intertwined.She believes that whatever vocation, that one chooses to do, one should have“fun.” Their heart should be central to its growth and successes. She notesthat “have fun, be different and be nice to people ― tryto give to others.”


For most Women in Business, we have two roles ifnot more and those two roles that dominate our lives are the role ofbusinesswoman and parent. Finding ways to find a balance between work andfamily is often a challenge, because we cannot afford to neglect one over theother. It’s really a balancing act, and how we achieve this is crucial to oursuccess. Well, Kingi is no exception.  She has a daughter and in order to dospend quality time with her Kingi’s business is located where she lives. Thisis fortunate for her, but I guess, it’s a reflection of her “creative marketingstrategies.”  Her daughter is also a part of her creative work-team, sothat they have the opportunity to spend as much time as they can with eachother. Traveling is also a part of Kingi’s yearly schedule when she takesvacation “to get away.”
Photography by Peach Berserk

And to women who are entrepreneurs and thosethinking of getting into a business venture, you must heed Kingi’s advise. Shepoints out that you should “be original, don't waste your time doing somethingyou don't enjoy.” There is a great deal of merit in this advice. You must beyou! You cannot imitate someone else and show exceptional creative qualities.



In the next five to ten years, Ms. Carpenter will like to see her business grow which is a dream of many women in business. Growth is a very important goal. Kingi would like to continue doing what she loves as indicated in her response. She will like to continue, “doing what I do, better and better.” Ms. Carpenter would also love to “open a store in Ottawa.” Kingi points out that, “I chose Ottawa because I know it would work. I already have a big following there and it is close enough to manage.  I think it is a big enough city, and the right demographic too.” Kingi was also born in Ottawa, hence her affinity to Ottawa. She adds,  “I just like the city!  I was born there, and have 3 brothers who live there.”

Contact Information:
  • Owner and Manager:  Ms. Kingi Carpenter
  • Name of Business:  Peach Berserk
  • Address and location:  507 Queen St West ONM5V 2B4
  • Email address:  kingi@peachberserk.com
  • Website address: www.peachberserk.com

What’s Happening!
  • You can find Kingi at a Sales Event in Ottawa on Thursday 8th December, 2011
  • You can also take in her Fashion Show on the Ottawa CTV Morning News - - For more details check:www.peachberserk.com

Kingi's Interview with Crafted Spaces

You can also listen to Ms. Carpenter's interview with Crafted Spaces Radio where she shares with the host Yvette-Michelle Cottle Darby about Silkscreening Art and Design. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/craftedspaces/2011/09/14/silkscreening-art-and-design

Author: Dr Cheryl Cottle is the designer and administrator of CPC Women in Business an online social networking forum for women. She is also the founder and CEO of Cottle’s Professional Consulting


© Copyright 2011 by Dr. Cheryl Cottle of Cottle’s Professional Consulting. All rights reserved.

5 Tips to Grow Your Export Sales

As one expert says, "Start small, but start."

Here are five tips to reduce risk, increase opportunities and grow your export sales.

Read: IndustryWeek: 5 Keys to Growing Your Export Sales

Posted by: The Global Small Business Blog

Eliminate Excuses in 2012: Go Global

Stop making excuses and get ready to go global in 2012!

Top 10 Excuses for Not Going Global

Reasons why you should go global.

Quota system for women on boards in Britain

Lord Davies's dismissal of a quota system to allow more women to sit on top UK boards is a lost opportunity
Lord Davies's report Women on Boards will do little to rectify the dearth of senior women in the UK's top companies. His rejection of imposed quotas in favour of voluntary targets of at least 25 per cent female representation on FTSE-100 boards by 2015 lets companies off the hook. The recommendation that the "comply or explain" principle be enshrined in a revised corporate governance code allows firms to carry on as they have always done, and excuse their lack of progress with a traditional argument about "lack of suitable or available female talent".
Female talent abounds—it's just that it is often not directly under the noses of boards. I've argued here before that the real losers are not the women who don't make it to the board but companies themselves, not to mention their shareholders. Most women consciously step off the corporate career ladder, unwilling to make the sacrifices to the rest of their lives that a senior job in a top company requires. But unbalanced boards have consequences for corporate success, and Davies sets out the business case, with a body of supporting evidence, persuasively in his report.
For example, research shows that companies with more board-level women enjoy a 42 per cent higher return on sales, a 66 per cent higher return on invested capital and a 53 per cent higher return on equity than their rivals. Also, gender-balanced boards are better able to understand their equally gender-balanced customers and stakeholders, as well as bringing different perspectives, ideas and challenges that cut through group-think.
What's more, it makes no sense to have half the available competencies-those embodied in women-sitting outside the door, particularly in a climate where good people are hard to find and keep.
The wonder is that more boards don't understand the business case. Maybe they do, but dominated by men as they are their fear of being overrun by women outweighs their ambition for corporate success. The possibility that Britain's boardrooms are the last bastions of male chauvinism is a depressing thought.
Even more dispiriting is the fact that gender bias is so hardwired in companies-whose structures were designed by and for men-that women themselves are prejudiced against their own sex, albeit unconsciously. The new targets "must not result in helicoptering women into top roles", said Penny de Valk, chief executive of the Institute of Leadership & Management. Men are helicoptered into top jobs all the time, ostensibly as saviours but with mixed results. So why should women be denied the same chance?
Another woman I spoke to said quotas would create "a false environment", but would it really be any more false than the one that sees most (male) non-executive directors nodded into jobs through the old boys' network, without a formal interview?
Most of the 89 per cent of respondents to Davies's review who opposed quotas were women-afraid, it seems, that appointments under the quota system would devalue women's contribution. But isn't this slight possibility infinitely preferable to the current system, which prevents them making much of a contribution at all?
In truth, most of the arguments against quotas hold for targets too, so it's disappointing that Davies didn't bite the bullet. Despite their drawbacks, quotas would seem to be no more imperfect than the system that has prevailed for too long-and they could prove the platform for change that we so clearly need. According to the most recent Female FTSE report from Cranfield School of Management, women still made up only 12.5 per cent of the members of FTSE-100 boards and 7.8 per cent of FTSE-250 boards in 2010.
Four out of 10 Norwegian directors are now female since the introduction of quotas in 2008, and there hasn't been a major corporate collapse there. Other European countries are set to follow suit, and it seems inevitable that unless British companies set and meet the required targets it will be only a matter of time before mandatory quotas are imposed here, too.
But it will be a short-sighted company that attempts to simply paint over the damp wall of organisational structures, processes and cultures that repel, rather than attract, ambitious women, and lots of talented men, too. Real change will come from a combination of the "push" of quotas and the "pull" of more attractive working environments.
So the collective sigh of relief echoing around Britain's boardrooms needs to turn into the panting of exertion as boards wrestle with the rising damp and dry rot which, if left untreated, could bring the whole edifice crumbling around their ears.

Little polka dots, London

Select a Company Name That Reflects Happy and International

Why didn't I think of this company name?

Joy Global
Joy Global Inc. is a worldwide leader in high-productivity mining solutions. Through its market-leading businesses – P&H Mining Equipment and Joy Mining Machinery – the company manufactures and markets original equipment and aftermarket parts and services for both the underground and above-ground mining industries and certain industrial applications. Joy Global's products and related services are used extensively for the mining of coal, copper, iron ore, oil sands, gold and other mineral resources.
Global demand.  Global reach.  Learn more here.

A Nook of Simple Quotes: People who say no




A Nook of Simple Quotes!

Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn'thave the power to say yes. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Dear Readers,

I just thought that I would share this quote with you. I like Eleanor Roosevelt’s quote because so often we arehindered by people who say “no” to us. We give them power and control in our lives and destiny. Weaffirm their actions. Maybe you can take their opposition to give yousupport as simply, that they are not able to. He or she does not have what ittakes to render you what you want. Don’t let them masque their weakness and incapabilities.

What are your thoughts?

Are you ever going to take a “NO” from someone who just cannot or who simply does not have a "Yes" to give? 


Shared by Dr.Cheryl Cottle
© Copyright by Dr. Cheryl Cottle of Cottle’s Professional Consulting.All rights Reserved

World: Experience the Mysterious

©Laurel J. Delaney 2011, "Beach Art"
"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed." ~ Albert Einstein

Photo courtesy:  ©Laurel J. Delaney 2011, "Beach Art"

Do Your Part to Change the World

Search, find your cause, change the world -- those are the words of Barton Brooks, founder of Global Colors, working to create self-sustaining grassroots projects for the common good of each community it serves.
Global Colors came after he took a trip to a small village in Cambodia. He says he was so moved by the people and their struggles that he decided to form his own organization to help get aid to people in need. To fund the first Global Colors projects, Barton sold his only asset at the time—a Shelby Cobra replica he built by hand. "It turned into education for kids and sustaining life for some widows in Kenya, so it's kind of hard to miss it that much," he says.
Read more here.

Posted by:  The Global Small Business Blog

What men & women think about each other

Consider Howard Wolowitz and Rajesh Koothrappali.
They may be fictional characters on a popular sitcom, "The Big Bang Theory," but new research suggests there’s a lot of truth in how they interact with women.
Wolowitz is a teeny guy with dorky hair and dorky clothes. He’s brilliant and gainfully employed, but on the attractiveness scale, he’s maybe a 2, possibly a 2 ½. Despite his physical shortcomings, though, he imagines every hot woman who glances his way wants to jump his bones. Of course, he’s always wrong.
Then there’s his buddy Raj, a pretty nice-looking guy once you get past his haircut. But he’s so insecure around women he can’t even talk to them unless he’s drunk.
What’s the deal?
There are "tons" of studies that show men think women are interested when they’re not, says lead author Carin Perilloux, a visiting professor at Williams College. But her study, which will be published in an upcoming issue of Psychological Science, found that not all men do. And surprisingly, it appears that the dorky, less attractive guys are more likely to think they’re babe magnets than their more attractive counterparts.
Perilloux was an unattached graduate student at the University of Texas when she decided to look into how men perceive women’s level of sexual interest and vice versa. She and her coauthors enlisted the help of about 200 straight undergrads, split evenly between the sexes, with an average age just shy of 19.
The researchers asked each of their subjects to rate their own attractiveness on a scale of 1 to 7. The students then had three-minute one-on-one conversations with five members of the opposite sex, a setup the scientists describe as "speed meeting." (The goal wasn’t to get a date, because some of the participants already were involved with people outside the study.) After each conversation, they rated the other person’s attractiveness and sexual interest.
The more attractive the woman was to the guy, the more likely he was to overestimate her interest in him, researchers found. And it turns out, the less attractive men (who believed they were better looking than the women rated them) were more likely to think beautiful women were hot for them. But the more attractive guys tended to have a more realistic assessment.
And the women? Perilloux and her coauthors found that women underestimated men’s sexual interest.
Believe it or not, this all probably makes sense from an evolutionary perspective, the scientists say. Attractiveness is linked to fertility, so if guys keep hitting on hot women, they’re bound to score occasionally and father sons who act the same way. Those attractive men don’t have to try as hard. As for the women, their underestimation of guys’ sexual interest might help prevent them from developing a reputation as a slut
Of course, if men and women were more explicit about their level of interest, they wouldn’t be so confused, Perilloux points out. But it’s unlikely either sex is going to use the line "hey, I’m 75 percent interested in you."
So here’s Perilloux’s tips: "For men, the best piece of advice is to be more cautious if you’re interested in someone." For women, she says, save the flirting for guys you actually are interested in sleeping with. "Men seem to take any flirtatious signal and run with it."

Business lessons from the Wiggles

The release of BRW's list of Australia's best-paid entertainers has underlined once again what an incredible success story children's entertainment group The Wiggles is.
The business – yes, that's a fair description – posted gross earnings of $28.2 million in the last 12 months, according to BRW, which is an impressive result the boys in the coloured skivvies didn't release a new album during that period and a key member (purple Wiggle Jeff Fatt) was ill for part of the year.
I've got a three-and-a-half year old boy, so I've had a bit of a chance to study the money-making machine up close in the last few years – or at least through the prism of the CDs, DVDs and Band-Aids (they're a particularly big hit) that lie around our place.
With this in mind, I've compiled five business lessons that SMEs can take from The Wiggles:

Extend the brand

The business of selling stuff to kids is all about licensing – how many different products can you get The Wiggles symbol on? Lunch boxes, backpacks, toys and of course CDs, books and DVDs are all part of the range. But the deal to put the brand on Band-Aids is a particularly good example of the way the group has been able to find left-field branding opportunities.

Diversify

The number of different programs (both on television and stage shows) produced by The Wiggles is pretty amazing. There is the Dorothy the Dinosaur Show, Wiggly Waffle, Wiggle and Learn and a show for little kids called Baby Antonio's Circus. Many of these shows are repackaged or cut down versions of other content, which highlights another business lesson – the power of bundling and introducing different tiers of products.

Succession

A key to any business, but not easy to pull off when your four key "executives" (the Wiggles themselves) are so recognisable. However, when illness forced Greg Page out of the Wiggles a few years back, the transition to the new yellow Wiggle, Sam Moran, was seamless. Will they be able to gradually replace all the members? That will be tougher, but it is not beyond the realms of possibility.

Direct marketing

A key to The Wiggles' longevity on the highest-earning entertainers list is their dedication to live concerts. Not only are the margins much better on concerts than they are on DVDs and CDs, but the constant touring engenders the sort of loyalty that keeps the sales of licensed goods ticking over.

Exporting

Without question, the smartest thing The Wiggles ever did was look outside of Australia and take their brand to America and Europe. It just goes to show that kids are kids everywhere – happy music, bright colours and colourful characters work in any market.

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Když se David La Chapelle dotkne rukou vašeho ramene, je to jako dostat k vídeňské kávě porci šlehačky navíc. 
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