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Shared by DavidHow do you measure and gauge your success today? Is success all that you thought it was cracked up to be? By definition, success is a noun: "the favorable outcome of something attempted." The answers to the two questions above are tied into the lens...
How do you measure and gauge your success today? Is success all that you thought it was cracked up to be? By definition, success is a noun: "the favorable outcome of something attempted." The answers to the two questions above are tied into the lens we look through at any place in our life cycle. Each place in that cycle is real, legitimate and important. The question and answer of how we gauge our success has dramatically changed for most of us in the past few years, as we have seen our circumstances and assets change. That has gotten me thinking about what the benchmarks are today that gauge success for me. I have seen people's health, financial security, family structure, business and career path and stability change in the snap of a finger. My life path has changed more in five years than in the prior two decades! If success is about the favorable outcome of things we attempt, then I measure success today through these six benchmarks. 1) Making Quality Life Connections Nurturing and improving long-term, healthy relationships with family, friends and colleagues 2) Engaging in Healthy Lifestyle Choices Working at and integrating work/ life balance, diet, exercise, stress management, hobbies and fascinations 3) Working on My Spiritual Condition Going within and underneath the exterior, to our values, beliefs, acceptance, tolerance, paying forward and connectedness 4) Exercising My Willingness to Learn Always challenging and pushing my ability to stay open to new ideas, skills and learning 5) Having Resilience to Change Embracing, accepting, dealing with and arming myself for unexpected change 5) Building Networks and Support Systems Continually building strong, mutual personal and professional communities and connections–and using them 6) Staying in and Living in the Now Focus on the only reality that I have, which is the day I am in, and making the absolute most of it Gauging my success today has very little to do with material success alone, which is fleeting without these benchmarks. Material success is a manifestation of these benchmarks and comes with a quiet resolve to enjoy and share them with all who make them possible to have and achieve. Seriously, I don't know anyone who has sustained happiness and success without these benchmarks as a foundation. Just ask any of the many examples of people who have crashed and burned because of greed and fraud. The universe sees right through that, sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. What are the benchmarks that gauge your success today? Image from violetkaipa/Shutterstock From Small Business Trends 6 Benchmarks That Gauge Success
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December 2, 2011: Interview with Ron Dreyer of G. Adventures
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When Hilton announces that, after "extensive marketing research", it is launching a "Huanying" programme aiming at the Chinese travellers abroad and Starwood relocates its entire executive board for a month in Shanghai to "understand the Chinese culture", French Louvre Hotels Group and Jin Jiang Inn Co., Ltd. announced a strategic marketing alliance covering, at this stage, 15 Campanile hotels in the five French cities most frequently visited by Chinese tourists (Paris, Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille and Nice) and 15 Jin Jiang Inn hotels in the three Chinese cities most popular with French tourists (Shanghai, Xi'an and Beijing).
Jin Jiang Inn customers will be able to make reservations for Campanile hotels in France, and Campanile customers will be able to reserve rooms in Jing Jiang Inn hotels in China. This reservations process will be facilitated by an alliance of the websites of the two trade names and the sharing of reservation channels.
Based on this agreement, the 15 participating Campanile hotels will also feature the following:
· Each hotel will display both trade names at its entrance
· The hotels will be equipped with Chinese-language brochures and signs
· Telephone assistance for guests will be available in Chinese
· The Campanile breakfast buffet will include Chinese foods and dishes
· Green tea will be available in hotel rooms
· Hotel room televisions will offer access to Chinese channels
Likewise, the Jin Jiang Inn hotels participating in this partnership will offer breakfast buffets that include French products, brochures in both French and English, and telephone assistance for guests in French and English, among other services.
This partnership will also enable Louvre Hotels Group and Jin Jiang Inn Co., Ltd to share management experience and expertise between the alliance's key representatives. Certain employees from both groups will be given the opportunity to participate in an 8-week exchange programme between China and France.
A similar strategic alliance was signed between Jin Jiang and the Spanish Melia International earlier in the year for six hotels in Spain and six in China.
Simple, common sense moves without the media spin of the bigger players.