Smart Ideas: Photos Revisited

Let Out Your Inner Creativeness by Your Photographs and Show it to the Whole World A few people from all over the world are already gifted with the skills and talents of a true artist and they developed it more by going to prestigious art schools that are basically offering courses such as sculpture making, … Continue reading “Smart Ideas: Photos Revisited”

Let Out Your Inner Creativeness by Your Photographs and Show it to the Whole World A few people from all over the world are already gifted with the skills and talents of a true artist and they developed it more by going to prestigious art schools that are basically offering courses such as sculpture making, painting, drawing, acting, designing, dancing, pottery, photography and many more, while some people who doesn’t have the inborn talents but wanted to learn to do arts are also able to acquire the skills of a true artist with the help of an art school. Being an artist means you have the creativity, imagination, skills and knowledge with regards to arts and one of the benefits of learning arts would give people the chance to express their inner talents and develop their skills which they can show other people and charmed other people to do the same. They are able to show and share their talents to other people through art exhibits, theaters, televisions and some are also using the internet and make their own website for their very own art creations. Photography is also one of the art courses which can be learned in any art schools and can be expressed with the use of the camera to capture the images that a photographer wants to show to other people. To be a photographer may be a past time to others but some are in love with photography that they decided to work as a staff at a photo studio and to share their skills and talents to other people by providing their services like doing portraits and photoshoots for their customers. A photographer can work as staffs for a photo studio company or can be a free-lance photographer; a free-lance photographer can be a much more stress-free job than being a staff, because you can have all the decisions in choosing your clients and having the time of your life when you work with different stock photographer agency. The stock photography is defined as a supplies of photos that are mostly licensed for specific usage, it has three basic established models, the macrostock also known as traditional and is high-priced, the midstock can be either macrostock or microstock and is frequently bought online and the last one is the microstock which is inclusive and low-priced. Most of the professional ones are selling their photos to not just one stock agency where they have contract with and earn a lot more money, while the works of the amateur ones are just sent or submitted through the internet in a low price. Stocks photos have no specific themes that is the reason why agencies are just looking for photos that can give them sensible ideas in writing their articles for their clients that are manufacturing magazines, newspapers and pamphlets.Why No One Talks About Photos Anymore

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The Key Elements of Great Repairs

What Services Are Offered At Auto Glass Repair Shops? If you like to guarantee the quality of replacement and repair of a broken or chipped off glass or windshield, then you have to bring your car to an auto glass repair shop. Actually, these shops are offering varying services. Professionals working at such centers are paying specific attention to the glass’ safety and durability as well as the passengers inside the vehicle. Each and every auto glass shop is offering broad range of services for their customers. All services are specific to a particular need just like chipped or broken glass, damaged or displaced glass with scratches and so on. However, a few of the typical problems that are being addressed in automobile glass at car glass repair shop are: Number 1. Windshield repair – this is a very delicate service and is comprising most of the requirements for automobile glass maintenance. Professional glass centers actually prefer to do repairs on windshields than replacing it. For minor breakage and damages wherever possible, they suggest clients to just have it repaired. However, if the glass is beyond repair, of course that is when replacement comes next.
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Number 2. Broken windshield – say that your windshield is broken at a place, the servicemen may have some clever solutions, which can be both cost effective and time saving.
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Number 3. Chip repair – as a matter of fact, this is a typical problem and most car owners prefer to have the minor damages similar to chips to be repaired than having their windshield replaced entirely. Chip can appear at any point in time like when your car is just parked or when you are travelling. This is basically a time effective procedure and can be done in a short while. Number 4. Cracked windshield repair – cracked windshield is dangerous especially on long journeys as mishap can result to severe damage. This can break down to pieces easily and injure not only the driver but the passengers as well, which is one thing that you need to know about this issue. Thus, when you see cracks in your car glass, make sure that you have it replaced or repaired as soon as possible. Number 5. Windshield scratch repair – scratched windshield has the same level of danger as cracked windshield. The reason being is that, scratches on the windshield can impair your view while driving and may lead to mishaps which are proven to be fatal to people. Automobile glass repair professionals have the experience and expertise in dealing with different types of glass repairs and damages in your car. They’re well trained and qualified servicemen who can do replacements and repairs quickly.

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The Importance Of Responsive Web Design Before we touch the subject of web design, we have to understand first what a responsive web design really is. This focuses to help getting optimized experience on various devices such as desktops, tablets as well as smart phones which have different resolutions and widths. In these modern times, when the concept of online marketing is thought of, it is pretty obvious that a big portion of population does their shopping online. With this being said, it is pretty evident that the marketers like to reach out to this particular section. Customers are always seeking for a website that poses no difficulty while doing their navigation through it. Both the graphics and content must be of top notch quality and it’s required to give users a chance to explore the site with the same design across more than one type of device. This technology is being used for the purpose of improving the layout of the site in accordance to electronic device that is being used. A responsive website design service must include features like: Adaptation to all devices – the fact that they’re providing wonderful user experience across different devices without any problems regarding the size of the screen is among the important benefits of having a responsive web design. The appeal lies in that there is flexibility in its uses to which a typical characteristic of this advantage. As a matter of fact, all sites that are optimized in this method have better chances of having universal look.
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Supporting all kinds of browsers – working at search engine optimization on site of the same firm on different devices like laptops, tablets and mobile phones is really hard. In other words, this is doubling the work of SEO master. If ever there is a single site for both laptops and mobiles, then there is going to be slight stress for the SEO taskmaster. Just a single link is what’s needed to be optimized with regards to this matter. The main benefit of this is that, if there’s higher performance rating, the site will get more popularity.
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Higher maintenance and lower cost – the greatly minimized and provides lower maintenance expenses is the third sought feature. The utility is that, there’ll be smooth flow of audience to the site without hang-ups in this case. The main reason for this is, there’ll just be a single site rather than multiple pages which requires optimization and thus, it becomes of lower expense. Meaning, to attain desirable results for the sole purpose of boosting your sales, you have to add this feature to your mobile strategies.

Managing Motivation

“Without the chance to meaningfully participate in steering one’s own destiny, without the opportunity to gain the sincere respect of one’s own peers, without an honest stake in making the community more successful through one’s own work and ideas, employability can quickly decay into generic training programs or bogus choices…” –“Beyond Empowerment: Building a Company of Citizens” by Brook Manville, Josiah Ober, page 52, Harvard Business Review January 2003.

Today, businesses are dealing with massive change issues spearheaded by new strategic initiatives around technology. So much is possible! We can demographically get into our customer’s heads, craft alliances that accentuate our creativity and negotiating skills, ask employees to deliver projects and new products in high-speed time frames, target audiences we never were able to reach before. But we’re in more turmoil now than we’ve ever been.

Because of the economy, the ability for technology to make our established job functions more powerful, and the new demands on integrity issues we’re targeting at Board levels due to Enron and WorldCom, we’re facing a confusion we’ve not had to deal with before now:

– we find ourselves having to develop new strategies and behaviors that we didn’t need to consider before, just to survive;

– our customers are more demanding than they’ve ever been and recognize that they hold all the cards;

– our products fall within the realm of commoditization and are difficult to separate from the pack, even though they are superb and unique;

– we face a world of almost unimaginable choice, making our products vie with competition we don’t know how to contend with given the contracted time-to-market that’s now possible;

– we’ve had to repeatedly rethink our brand, reposition our products, reorganize our employees just to stay alive;

– we’ve had to reconfigure the compensation packages – including bonuses, commissions, and benefits – to reflect the new types of business we’re now handling.

We’re getting agile and pro-active, creative and efficient. But we’ve neglected one piece of the puzzle. The most important piece. The piece without which we’d have no need for product or brand or compensation.

We’ve neglected the responsible, respectful care of our people.


I believe that the word for this decade is Collaboration. People being with People. People deciding with People. People discussing, disagreeing, creating, aligning, resisting, fighting – all the things that flawed, unique individuals do together when asked to join each other toward a unified goal, for 40 or 60 hours a week.

Problem is, we’re don’t know how to do that well. We know how to do the strategizing and initiatives, the tactics and the implementations. But once we get to the Being rather than the Doing, we are stuck.

In terms familiar to sales people, we are very busy going from a traditional environment of telling people what we’re doing and what is expected of them, to the consultative approach of asking people what they want to do – and then telling them what is expected of them.

We don’t seem to have the skills to facilitate collaborative discussions in which people can figure out what they really need and how they should operate with others given their own unique values and beliefs, fears, needs, and requirements. We don’t know how to keep people motivated so when we ask them to change jobs or work assignments, they will remain happy and productive. And we certainly don’t know how to offer people a forum in which to create their own job, given the complex circumstances we’re operating under.

We just don’t know how to do the Being.

But if your best people don’t see themselves as doing important work, if they don’t have choices that fill them with self-respect and leadership potential and creativity, they will leave. What you’ll have left is the people that don’t care what they do, and are working with you just to earn their check, put in their hours, and go home.


Let’s look at how people choose and remain in their jobs:

1. they excel at the required tasks;

2. they have a history of doing the work you’re asking them to do;

3. they enjoy their work;

4. they get a personal ego-satisfaction from doing their job well;

5. they have helped create the culture they are working within, and are comfortable with their tasks, their peers, and their social position;

6. they are respected by their peers;

7. they expect a certain amount of success from completing their job competently.

When people are told to do a different job, to accept and operate some technology that you’ve decided to sanction, they are no longer doing the specific job they hired on for. Add this to their inability to have a say in the governance or in the choices or in the implementation style, and you’ve got people with an attitude.

Several years ago, I did a job for a well-known windshield replacement company. The sales manager felt his group could be more efficient if they called their prospects semi monthly instead of visiting them monthly to give them donuts (That’s right. Donuts.). He believed that by asking them Facilitative questions, like, “How do you choose which company to work with? And what would we need to do in order to earn a bigger piece of your business?” he could improve revenue.

Revenue began increasing immediately, with commensurate increases in pay for the reps. As for the change in customer contact, those customers that wanted donuts got them delivered; those that wanted visits got them every other month, with bi-weekly phone calls. Customers were asked for their favorite choices, and accommodated according to a collaboration between the company’s initiatives and the customer’s requests.

And the sales reps all put in their notices on the same day. They gave the management an ultimatum: put us back into the field or we’ll quit.

The problem? They had hired on to be field reps, and now they saw themselves as telephone reps. They LIKED seeing prospects daily and delivering donuts, even if they only saw 25 people a week versus the hundreds that they spoke with on the phone. They LIKED being in their cars in traffic 8 hours a day. They HATED being at a desk, on the phone, making 40 calls a day. That’s not what they took their jobs to do.

So the company fired the manager that brought me in, hired a supervisor who liked donuts, and put the sales reps back into their cars.

No one had asked the reps what they wanted to do. No one helped the reps align their criteria around what was best for the clients or the company. No one collaborated with the reps to discover some sort of win-win outcome that would meet the goals of the company and the reps and the client and the management.


Managers understand that without people there’s no company. Figuring out how to support the people in a way that keeps them delighted and creative is the larger problem.

We tell ourselves we are thinking about our people: we might meet with them to tell them what we’re doing; we might ask for their input before we do what we’re going to do anyway. But how often do we wait to do what we think we need to do in order to include them in a decision, or change our decision because of the input?

I recently interviewed the CEO and President of The Container Store, Kip Tindell, and asked him how he gets decisions made in his company:

“Decisions don’t need to happen right away. As you shed more and more light on something it becomes more and more clear. If there is minority disagreement, we’re delighted to stop, research more, and shed more and more light, and sometimes there’s a good reason for it because there is stuff we’ve not seen and the minority is right. Much of time we can achieve immediate unanimity and those decisions are rarely wrong.

“But dissention is a signal to recognize that something is wrong. More time is needed to find out what’s wrong if a couple of very bright knowledgeable people find something missing. We go for unanimity. Otherwise we might junk the whole idea.”

Kip goes to his entire management team to get buy in. Difficult to do? Maybe. But what are the consequences?

Before I go into how to create a collaborative environment, I want to take a look at what I consider to be the biggest offender of the non-collaboration arena – technology.


In our business worlds today, we spend a huge amount of human and resource capital on implementing technology. Generally, a decision to bring the technology aboard gets made at some lofty level, then some group (Change Management teams, Decision teams, Implementation teams) makes it happen. Their job function is to get the folks involved with the new implementation to be happy about doing jobs they weren’t hired to do.

Oh, the new technology system is better for the company – necessary, even. It’s probably good for the customers also. But I’ve not heard of many companies that believe it’s their responsibility to keep their employees happy while implementing the technology, to hear their needs, their ideas, their fears; to teach them how to work with collaboratively with all the other groups and teams whose jobs will be effected by the technology; to change direction or initiatives because some of the folks are unhappy or need more time or want to make changes.

Specifically we forget that the techies and management and users all need to collaborate – and none of the groups has a similar job description or set of goals or vocabulary. We all know of several well-documented situations in which large companies lost millions because they didn’t know how to have the technical people collaborate with the management people.

Technical folks, management people, and users all have different goals, outcomes, functions, capabilities, jobs – and we’re asking them to work together without making them one work unit, without teaching them how to have a unified vocabulary and mission, without helping them add new criteria to their job descriptions so they want to get up each morning and do their best.

Years ago we used operate with customers solely through our need to sell product: we created a product, then pushed it out into the marketplace with no market testing, no focus groups, no consumer feedback, no questionnaires or market analysis or beta tests. Since those naïve days, we’ve learned that we need to take customers into consideration from even before the inception of an idea is complete.

Why are we not offering that same respect to our employees?

The problem lie with the managers. They are given a job to do – say, ‘do great customer service,’ or ‘touch customers X times a month,’ or ‘get into our customer’s heads,’ – and they don’t include ’employee happiness’ or ’employee buy-in’ or ’employee input’ into the equation. They only see the end-result without any humans involved.

I recently spoke with a national sales manager from a large office supply company. He seemed to have all the bases covered: his national team was using a CRM package for when customers called in; he emailed his customers and prospects with new offerings a deals twice a month; and he sent out catalogues weekly.

‘But how are you touching your customers?’ I asked.

‘What do you mean? I just told you.’

‘Right. Um, how are you personally connecting with them?’

‘I still don’t understand the question. We’re doing a fabulous job touching them weekly, not to mention regularly adding new prospects with the demographic studies we’re doing and the e-mail information we’re collecting.’

For him, touching and connecting was via technology. And according to his HR manager, not only was he not personally connecting with customers, he was implementing change without buy-in from the national reps. She told me there were internal problems as a result of this man’s attitude, and good people were quitting. For him, it was all tactics and strategies and initiatives.

Imagine if we had the tools to create one big team with all the groups involved, and had them design their own implementation plan that would make everyone happy! Imagine if we knew how to collaborate, so the answers we need for success came out of the community? What are we doing instead? And what is the cost? How many of our best people are leaving because they are unhappy?


I believe it’s possible to collaborate in such a way that the whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts.

Here are the steps I believe we need to take to have all people involved decide to collaborate, to change, to implement.

Phase 1. uncovering needs.

1. Have a meeting with all involved – ALL involved – and voice the proposed implementation/change.

2. Get feedback (verbal, written, email) during and following the meeting.

3. Create several groups that each include the full array of job descriptions, so each group would have, say, 3 technical people, 3 managers, and 3 users.

4. Have the groups spend 2 days together coming up with lists of feelings, fears, needs, annoyances, opposition, demands – whatever human beings need to go through when faced with immanent change. Audio or video tape these meetings.

Phase 2. airing issues.

5. Take one person from each work group in the representative teams (i.e. one user, one manager, one tech expert) and create a larger central team that will speak for the ideas and feelings of the original group.

6. Collect all of the thoughts and needs of the smaller groups and put them in writing. Send out this collection to the entire collaborating body and have each member involved comment and respond with ideas.

7. Have the central team take the feedback and send it back out to the whole group. This includes dissention, so all people continue to be heard.

Phase 3. deciding.

8. Use the data from the feedback and publish a questionnaire (the Buying Decision Funnel works great for this) to the community and help them discover what needs to happen so they can accomplish the company goals while continuing to be motivated and willing to work hard to make the change happen.

9. Publish the responses to the questionnaire. Follow it up with ideas from the originating groups as to what the company needs to do to make this happen.

Phase 4. implementing.

10. Upper management must respond to the results of the questionnaires and decisions and go through their own process so they can make whatever changes necessary to comply with their agendas and initiatives. They must then give their feedback back to the people.

11. The original groups must follow the progress of the company actions, and meet regularly to keep a running tab on the progress and how people are faring. Change what needs to get changed the moment it needs to change, by using the original groups to gain consensus and give feedback.

12. This is an iterative process until there is enough agreement so all can do the work and stay motivated.

This entire process will take months, of course. It also assumes trust in process, in the people, and in the outcome… the outcome will probably have a similar outcome but with different behaviors than originally envisaged. It’s highly likely there will be a richer set of initiatives and strategies as a result of all the new ideas that will emerge.

Imagine trusting your employees to be the arbiters of change. What are the costs if you don’t?

6 Resources for Business Intelligence News and Information

Despite Business Intelligence becoming an increasingly widespread practice, there appears to be relatively little to choose from in terms of good quality news and information resources. From monitoring several discussions on LinkedIn, we saw the same names tended to crop up over and over again.

1. Perhaps the most widely recognized for BI content was The Data Warehousing Institute™ provides education, training, certification, news, and research for executives and IT professionals across the world. Founded 15 years ago, TDWI is the premier educational institute for business intelligence and data warehousing. Home to Wayne’s World Blog, written by Wayne W. Eckerson, the director of research and services, it provides readers with anything from online conferences, to whitepaper downloads, to industry reports.

2. Frequently cited by several LinkedIn members, Information Management was another popular resource people turned to for BI news. It claims to be “the educated reader’s choice for the latest news, commentary and feature content serving the information technology and business community”, and with its relaunch last year, it offers original reporting, online radio programming, informative Web seminar programming, white paper resources and online education to professionals in the field of IT. Providing daily informative newsletters on a variety of content, it is understandable why has carved a strong position in the BI domain.

3. The BeyeNETWORK™ provides global coverage of the BI ecosystem. It supplies industry coverage and resources on business intelligence, performance management, data warehousing, data integration and data quality. B-Eye-Network also includes BeyeUNIVERSITY, a comprehensive curriculum covering all areas of the business intelligence ecosystem. These certificate programs are taught by experts who are nationally and internationally recognized as leaders in their respective fields, and best of all, are completely free!

4. The name Ralph Kimball cropped up on more than one occasion, although perhaps not soley in reference to BI. He is known worldwide as an innovator, writer, educator, speaker and consultant in the field of data warehousing. He has maintained his long-term conviction that data warehouses must be designed to be understandable and fast. His books on dimensional design techniques have become best sellers in data warehousing. To date Ralph has written more than 100 articles and columns for Intelligent Enterprise and its predecessors, winning the Readers’ Choice Award five years in a row. Some of his books include “The Kimball Group Reader: Relentlessly Practical Tools for Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence” and “The Data Warehouse ETL Toolkit: Practical Techniques for Extracting, Cleaning, Conforming, and Delivering Data”.

5. Similarly to Ralph Kimball, Bill Inmon was another name that graced discussions quite regularly. Inmon, a world-renowned expert, speaker and author on data warehousing, is widely recognized as the “Father of Data Warehousing”. In addition to authoring more than 50 books and 650 articles, Bill has been a monthly columnist with the Business Intelligence Network, EIM Institute and Data Management Review. In 2007, Bill was named by Computerworld as one of the “Ten IT People Who Mattered in the Last 40 Years” of the computer profession.

6. Howard Dresner is an industry acclaimed expert, noted author, thought leader and lecturer for Business Intelligence, and Enterprise Performance Management. He spent 13 years at Gartner, where he served as lead analyst for Business Intelligence. Today as President and Founder of Dresner Advisory Services, he focuses his energy on creating and sharing thought leadership for Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) and Business Intelligence (BI) and speaks at forums around the globe. He has written two books: “The Performance Management Revolution: Business Results Through Insight and Action” and “Profiles in Performance: Business Intelligence Journeys and The Roadmap for Change”.

Build Strong Technical Support Using Computer Forums

The reason why so many tech savvy PC users of today are increasingly referring to good online sources for their technical support know-how is speed and ease in addition to economy with which such services are delivered. You get only high-quality computer-related content. You can refer to such contents 24×7 online. These contents come to you free of cost. You do not need to pay a single dollar for availing such valuable computer-related contents. In addition, you also get expert tech help guidance from information technology engineers in their live tech support forum. This is something which you should grab on now by registering yourself for a good online computer forum.

Online registration is free and available to all. Once you register in an online computer forum, you get the right to access all the services of it. By following their easy-to-use tech help tips, computer-related articles, and interactive discussions, you will be able to solve all your computer-related problems.

You will be able to trouble shoot your PC for all computer hurdles which you may face anytime. You will be in charge of your PC and will make smart changes in its working where you will find it profitable. For instance, if you think that a particular system of files and directories setting in your hard disk will save you much space, you will make such changes. You will seek guidance from your online computer forum where you will have any issues on how to perform this computer-related activity.

You will not be a silent spectator in your PC settings which will be seen and managed only by information technology engineers working for you. You will be the part of your PC use and maintenance. This will make your association with other users of technology in your domain many times more useful.

If you are a proprietor of a business, you will not depend on your tech help professionals for all your tech help assistance. You are a bright businessman with a bright idea. While you have successfully converted your bright idea to a profitable business venture, your assistance will now be also for the technical needs for your business application. As a result, you will be able to integrate your business needs with computer technology application in a more creative way. In this way, your contribution will be more systemic not only for your core business, but also for technical needs. Today, computer technology forms an important component that determines your business success and overall profitability. By building your strong technical support network, you can be many times more successful as an entrepreneur. Your online computer forum is right there available to you 24×7 that can contribute for your strong technical support network.

You as a business strategist have developed sound business strategies. Now being an active partner in developing your computer application will help you to deliver your products and services in a very professional way. This technical support input will help your business plan aligned with smart computer technology of today in a much practical and competitive way.

A good online computer forum can be a valuable one-point free source for all your PC-related use and information. You get access to high-quality computer-related content and a platform for interactive discussions with tech help experts and other PC users. This will be ideal for your technical support know-how and your over-all needs and application.

Today, whatever your needs as a PC user may be, you do need a good technical support execution for best performance. By being a part of your technical support input, you can better visualize your overall needs. Online sources such as a good computer forum can be your reliable partner for your technical inputs. This will better integrate your computer application with your overall needs.