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.

Dragon Slaying in the Dragons Den With Evan Davis

Move over Saint George there’s a new bout of dragon slaying with Evan Davis Dragons Den.

Business owners will no doubt be riveted by the new Dragon’s Den 2010 eighth series. I think the Dragons Den should be compulsive viewing for every new business start up owner.

Who can fail to learn from a multitude of business ideas presented to credible investors like Peter Jones, Duncan Bannatyne, Theo Paphitis, Deborah Meaden & James Caan.

Dragons Den Dragon Slaying With Evan Davis and Peter Jones

Peter Jones is a charismatic investor known to have visionary tendencies.

Given there have been seven prior series of Dragons Den TV, his fellow Dragons Duncan Bannatyne, Theo Paphitis, Deborah Meaden and James Caan appear to have wised up to his tactic of sitting back and letting his associates fight over a deal before coming in late and stealing it out from under their noses.

As the visionary of the investors, Peter Jones appears to listen very carefully to each and every one of the ideas presented to the investors.

He is firm, but fair and has often provided excellent advice and encouragement to aspiring entrepreneurs who have failed in their pitch for financial investment.

Conversely, rub him up the wrong way and his tongue lashing flicks out with the venom of a spitting Cobra.

Despite his somewhat lay back attitude, Peter Jones is very big on presentation, and despite dismissing several previous candidates for pitching their ideas while dressed inappropriately, candidates still appear before the Dragons dressed down in street casual clothing.

The Military use the phrase, ‘Booted & Suited’ which means dressing to impress in your best outfit or uniform. Peter Jones has expressed booted & suited is the option he prefers from people who are looking for him to invest in them.

Peter Jones shares business growth traits with the USA entrepreneur Donald Trump, as they have both stated they believe, if you are thinking anything about business, then you should think big.

After appearing in all seven of The Dragons Den TV series, most fans now search for him online using the key phrase Peter Jones Dragons Den.

Look to the Dragon’s Den 2010 series for more dynamic investments from Peter Jones.

Dragons Den Dragon Slaying With Evan Davis and Duncan Bannatyne

Duncan Bannatyne is one of two remaining original Dragons. He has been described as a tough no nonsense Scotsman, who voices his opinion whether negative or positive in the Dragons Den.

Labelled as the Dragons Den serial entrepreneur, Duncan Bannatyne appears to be the Dragon most entrepreneurs’ presenting business pitches to seem to fear the most.

And rightly so, as Duncan Bannatyne has little time for fools or bluffers. This fact will be borne out by his commanding officer in the British Navy who Duncan tried unceremoniously to throw overboard, resulting in him receiving a dishonourable discharge from Her Majesties Navy.

Duncan Bannatyne places great emphasis on entrepreneur presenters’ getting their financial figures right. He places great emphasis on financials and on people involved in the business.

Viewers of Dragon’s Den 2010, and fans of Duncan Bannatyne will be anxiously watching to see if he retains his investment partnership with James Caan.

Or if he’ll throw the TV audience a curved ball and align himself with Peter Jones to grab the best investment proposals away from Team Theo Paphitis and Deborah Meaden.

Given his status as a serial entrepreneur, it will be interesting to see which of the Dragons Den ideas excites Duncan Bannatyne in the new series.

Some business owners will be betting he will look to invest in new Dragons Den ideas that will compliment his existing portfolio of business interests.

Either way, Duncan Bannatyne gravelly voiced rendition of, ‘I’m Out,’ will send many aspiring entrepreneurs racing down the stairs crying for their Mommy.

Dragons Den Dragon Slaying With Evan Davis and Theo Paphitis

On The Dragons Den most aspiring business entrepreneurs begin their journey with what they consider to be a fantastic business idea.

They climb The Dragons Den steep staircase, and walk under the spotlight completely out of breath to be faced by a bank of financial investors.

Collectively they are known as the Dragons.

Individually they are Theo Paphitis Dragons Den, Peter Jones, Duncan Bannatyne, Deborah Meaden and James Caan. Collectively as fierce some as any front line of an all American football team.

If ever you want to hear, and see the greatest leveller directed towards an aspiring presenter pitching his or her business ideas, then listen out for the stinging remarks from Theo Paphitis.

“I’d rather stick needles in my eyes than invest in you.” “You are completely un-investable” and “that’s the worst presentation pitch I have ever heard,” are just a few of his dismissive remarks.

Theo Paphitis is recognised as The Dragons Den Retail Expert.

In relation to retail product sales, many aspiring entrepreneurs pitch their ideas in the hope of hooking Theo Paphitis because he is the only Dragon who can offer an almost immediate sales outlet through his core businesses.

This ability to move immediately has been the determining factor in securing investment away from Peter Jones, Duncan Bannatyne, Deborah Meaden and James Caan, despite him requesting a higher equity stake in the business.

This ability to move retail products quickly to market has resulted in a perfect investment partnership between Theo Paphitis and Deborah Meaden. Her marketing knowledge, and his retail sales skills form an outstanding synergy.

Any aspiring entrepreneur finding investment from this partnership in the Dragon’s Den 2010 series will find they are receiving lots of added value besides the financial investment.

Dragons Den Dragon Slaying With Evan Davis and Deborah Meaden

Watching Deborah Meaden on The Dragons Den as she engages with someone pitching their business idea and screwing up their presentation, is like watching a battle between a Mongoose and a Cobra.

That said, on the face of it, Deborah Meaden seems easy to please. She is on record as stating the following 4 issues are what dictate whether she will invest in a business or not.

Are we getting the right solution?

Can the vendor really do it?

Is it a fair price?

Will it deliver a good return on investment?

Address these issues and you will grab the attention of Deborah Meaden.

However be advised, fail to address these issues or try to bluff, or wing your way through your Dragons Den ideas pitch, and the Mongoose will launch a pre-emptive strike.

Once in attack mode Deborah Meaden never let’s go until she finds the precise answers to her direct and probing questions.

This has left many aspiring entrepreneurs shell shocked and wondering why they ever considered pitching before the Dragons.

It’s not just the entrepreneurs who hunker down when Deborah Meaden is in full flow. Peter Jones, Duncan Bannatyne, Theo Paphitis and James Caan all back off in the face of one of her scathing attacks.

It will be interesting to see if during the new Dragon’s Den 2010 series whether Deborah Meaden continues to partner up with Theo Paphitis on some investments, or whether she will continue to identify environmentally sound investment ideas.

Dragons Den Dragon Slaying With Evan Davis and James Caan

Billed as The Dragons Den’s People Investor, James Caan is a canny investor who seems to place a great deal of emphasis on the people presenting their ideas for investment.

Viewers watching the new series Dragon’s Den 2010 will understand what I mean, when I say James Caan would make a lousy card player.

However James Caan might just be fooling the entire TV audience with his ‘Card Game Tell Habit’ of stroking his beard whenever new ideas seem to excite him.

On the face of it, James knows exactly what he is looking for in an investment proposition and he sticks rigidly to his guns to find out the precise answers to his probing questions.

James Caan has formed a very successful alliance with Duncan Bannatyne and viewers of the new 2010 series will be eager to see if this team partnership is formidable enough to see off challenges from Team Theo Paphitis and Deborah Meaden.

One thing is certain, James Caan needs to keep a very close eye on rival Peter Jones because he is equally as adept at identifying and closing down a lucrative investment on Dragons Den TV.

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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