Five Simple Things To Do When Your Business Feels Chaotic

Five Simple Things To Do When Your Business Feels Chaotic

Compiled by Audrey Sellers Source: Julie Bawden-Davis | PPAI Media

Business owners are often prone to burnout. Their to-do list seemingly never ends, and they feel like they need to be everywhere and do everything. If you run your own business, you know that life can feel chaotic sometimes. Whether you have a team of people working with you or you work solo, it’s important to carve out time to take care of yourself. If you’re running on fumes, you’re not doing what’s best for your business.

Fortunately, there are many ways you can begin to cultivate a self-care practice, says journalist Julie Bawden-Davis. When you make time for self-care, you’ll gain the energy and objectivity to examine your business and determine how to keep moving forward.

Wondering how you can possibly find the time for self-care? Read on. In this issue of Promotional Consultant Today, we outline Bawden-Davis’ easy self-care tactics for business owners—or really anyone who is feeling overwhelmed.

1. Step away. When your business feels out of control, your first instinct may be to double down on your work. However, overworking isn’t the best solution. You may love what you do but remember that your business isn’t your whole identity. Think about other things that you enjoy and make time for them. Whether you enjoy hiking, baking, painting or some other pursuit, be sure to prioritize these interests. When you step away from work and enjoy other activities, you can come back refreshed.

2. Pay attention to your physical health. Stress can take a toll on your body. If your business feels chaotic, it’s important to manage your stress. You can do this by getting adequate rest and eating well regularly, says Bawden-Davis. Replenishing your body with sleep and healthy food will keep your mind alert and focused, she adds.

3. Get moving. Exercise is another often-overlooked way to manage stress when you’re feeling overwhelmed. Bawden-Davis points out that moving the body will help you handle rough days at work. You don’t have to do the same kind of exercise, either. Try activities you don’t normally do. For example, if you usually walk around your block, try an online yoga class or go for a spin on your bike.

4. Create time for reflection. You may feel like you don’t have to sit and contemplate your business, but reflection is a valuable way to combat the chaos. Bawden-Davis recommends creating a safe, quiet place to reflect. Maybe this means spending a few minutes in the morning as you sip your coffee to think about what is going well and what you want to do differently in your business.

5. Reach out to others. As a business owner, it can feel like all the pressure is on you. That’s why it helps to connect with friends, family members or other business owners. Sometimes just talking through your challenges with other people will help you see things from a new perspective.

Running your own business can be incredibly rewarding, but also challenging at times. If you feel hectic trying to do it all, try the tips above. From prioritizing your physical health to building in time for reflection, there are many ways to care for yourself so you can show up in the best way for your business.

Compiled by Audrey Sellers

Source: Julie Bawden-Davis is a journalist and blogger who specializes in business and personal finance. She has written 12 books and more than 3,000 articles.

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Nine “Good” Behavior Traits That Could Be Harming Your Career

Nine "Good" Behavior Traits That Could Be Harming Your Career.

By: Sara London | PPAI Media PC Today

In the workplace, developing and refining the right behavior traits can help you grow your career. Whether you work in sales, management or another role, you know it’s better to listen to your colleagues than interrupt them and it’s best to show up prepared for meetings than scrambling for your notes. While some traits are truly helpful, others may unintentionally damage your professional reputation. Wondering if you may have developed a few behavior traits that aren’t especially beneficial? Keep reading this issue of Promotional Consultant Today. We share thoughts from author Sara London on some of the top anti-skills to watch for and avoid at work. 1. Empathetic vs. flip-flopping. It’s good to understand where others are coming from, but you can be empathetic to a fault. If you constantly go back and forth on your views or you can’t seem to make a decision, you could come across as weak or insecure, notes London. 2. Confident vs. arrogant. Confidence is a key trait, especially when you work in sales. However, if you find yourself feeling unheard, you may go into defense mode and start slipping into an arrogant mindset. London says a good way to delineate between the two is to ask for and accept feedback. You can also commit to staying open to others’ ideas. 3. Multitasking vs. distracted. You may feel like you’re charging forward on your projects and tasks but doing too many things at once can be a sneaky way of keeping yourself distracted. Set a timer on your phone and commit to doing one thing at a time instead of distracting yourself with many tasks. 4. Fun vs. unreliable. You can be well-liked and still be responsible. While you may start out simply wanting to make your colleagues laugh, you could cross the line and end up damaging your professional reputation. If you try to imitate the fun bosses on TV, you may be seen as flaky or erratic, notes London. 5. People pleaser vs. dishonest. It can feel uncomfortable giving honest feedback. You want your team members to like you, and you may worry how they will respond to a negative review or bad news. If you don’t always share all the details or omit certain facts to avoid confrontation, you may be inadvertently creating a dishonest company culture. 6. Nice vs. passive-aggressive. Nice people usually want to avoid confrontation. As a result, they may become passive-aggressive. According to London, passive aggression can show up in multiple ways, from “forgetting” deadlines to withholding important information. 7. Tenacious vs. stubborn. There’s a fine line between being persistent and being downright obstinate. Don’t let a desire to win prevent you from seeing others’ opinions. Stubbornness is not an attribute, but an anti-skill, notes London. 8. Mellow vs. apathetic. Are you usually easygoing and level-headed at work? This is good—unless you become so indifferent that you consistently let others make decisions for you. Someone who is apathetic used to care significantly about something that they don’t really care about now. This could also be a sign of depression, so monitor your feelings. 9. Mindful vs. discriminatory. If you take your desire for inclusivity too extreme, you may be unknowingly reinforcing stereotypes, says London. Your perceived progressiveness could be an anti-skill. Many seemingly positive behavior traits may be doing you more harm than good. Whether you’re an easygoing person who likes to have fun at work or you always try to see other people’s points of view, stop and consider if your traits have veered too extreme.

Kuehne+Nagel invests in global vaccine distribution network

Kuehne+Nagel invests in global vaccine distribution network

By: Yulia Goloushina Air Logistics Communication (based in Switzerland) | Dominique Nadelhofer Global Head of Media Communication (based in Switzerland)| Schindellegi, CH,10 September2020

  • Newly opened Brussels and Johannesburg airside hubs with direct tarmac access crucial for speed and product integrity
  • Enhancing Kuehne+Nagel’s pharma & healthcare network encompassing more than 230 operations worldwide

With the opening of airside pharma & healthcare hubs in Brussels, Belgium, and Johannesburg, South Africa, Kuehne+Nagel adds two strategic elements to its global GxP-certified network of temperature-controlled facilities for the distribution of vaccines and other pharma & healthcare products.

As many of the temperature-sensitive products have very low to no stability outside of their stated temperature ranges, direct tarmac access at Kuehne+Nagel airside facilities even further minimises the risk of temperature excursions and ensures product integrity during the logistics journey. The new premises have dedicated areas for all ranges of temperature-sensitive products: <-20°C, +2° to +8°C and +15° to +25°C. In addition, these facilities have the ability to change or add dry ice as required for deep frozen shipment where temperatures need to be maintained below -60°C.

In Brussels, the new Air Logistics hub is located in the center of Brucargo at the confinements of Brussels airport, the first airport in the world with an IATA CEIV pharma certification. The new Kuehne+Nagel facility consists of 15,546 sqm of warehousing space and is fully connected to the recently extended Geel Contract Logistics pharma warehousing facility, as well as the pan-European KN PharmaChain Road Logistics Network managed from Luxembourg.

In Johannesburg, the expanded KN PharmaChain airside facility at the international airport answers all temperature-sensitive cargo handling, consolidation and storage requirements and offers a number of value-added logistics services before distribution in South Africa or into Africa. Additionally, the new facility provides a unique temperature-controlled plane side solution through the use of state-of-the-art KN PharmaChain cool dollies. Built to accommodate both lower deck and main deck pallet sizes, the cool dollies protect the integrity of the cargo from the aircraft directly into the airside facility’s GxP coolers.

Yngve Ruud, Member of the Management Board of Kuehne+Nagel, responsible for Air Logistics, comments: “Today, new pharma & healthcare products tend to be more valuable, more temperature-sensitive and have additional requirements for storage and transportation conditions. Such capabilities and facilities are not easily available globally. The new hubs in Brussels and Johannesburg will ensure that our pharma & healthcare customers can fully rely on Kuehne+Nagel to handle the specific challenges of integrity as well as provide end-to-end visibility and regulatory compliance along the logistics journey of their sensitive products. So, they can focus on the health and well-being of their patients; because this is what matters the most.”

Kuehne+Nagel’s quality-driven approach continues to set the industry benchmark for pharma and healthcare logistics. The company currently has over 230 GxP-certified operations worldwide – included in the pharma & healthcare network are additional hubs offering solutions for temperature-controlled needs; they are located in the US, the UK, Denmark, Spain, Luxembourg, Italy, France, Singapore, India, Panama, the UAE and Australia.



By: Melissa Jones, currently serves as Vice President, Residential and Commercial Systems at Pentair

Water is vital to the health of our bodies, playing a function in everything from cell creation and temperature regulation to oxygen delivery. In fact, up to 60 percent of our bodies are made up of water. It’s a building block of life itself, and ensuring its quality is a big part of what motivates us at Pentair as we work to design and produce our products.

It’s no wonder everyone wants clean, safe water at home. What might surprise you, however, is that there are even more ways having Pentair-treated water can contribute to a healthier lifestyle—both at home and in your community.

Healthier Hair

The excess minerals in hard, unfiltered water have been shown to decrease the strength of hair and increase breakage—while also creating undesirable textures.1,2 Filtered and softened water from Pentair products means consistently softer water that won’t put unnecessary stress on your hair, keeping it shiny and healthy.
Adding a water softener to your home means sparkling dishes, cleaner laundry, shinier hair, and appliances that last and last.


Cleaner, Softer Skin

Similar to its effect on hair, hard water can dry out your skin and cause
redness, but even worse, the extra minerals in unfiltered hard water can alter your body’s ability to moisturize itself, causing breakouts and rashes.3 For cleaner, softer skin, you need cleaner, softer water at home.

If you own a pool, Pentair can help there, too, with our Bioshield UV Disinfection Sanitizers, which neutralize 99.9 percent of harmful bacteria with less chlorine — meaning less irritation to eyes and skin.

Vital Minerals

Part of water’s role in keeping us healthy and happy is as a delivery system for the minerals we need to survive, like magnesium, sodium, zinc, and more. These minerals are essential to hydration and keep our bodies functioning normally. That’s why, when we design Pentair filtration systems, it’s as much about what we take out of water as what we leave in.

Making Hydration Easy

It might seem obvious, but staying hydrated is simpler when the water in
your tap is enjoyable to drink and tastes great. Pentair Everpure delivers high quality filtration for the home — helping ensure every pour is delicious while reducing off-flavors and impurities. And, crystal clear water means crystal clear ice for your favorite beverages as well.

A Healthier Planet

Finally, great-tasting water at home means fewer plastic water bottles and
less waste that could end up in landfills, or worse, oceans and waterways. Annually, our residential filtration solutions help eliminate the need for more than 9.9 billion water bottles across the U.S.

The connections between water and health are nearly endless, but it all starts with water that’s clean, safe, and sustainable. An investment in your home water system — with technology from Pentair to provide peace of mind and ensure it tastes great and — is an investment in your family’s health, comfort, protection and enjoyment.

1.      Luqman, Muhammad Waqas. (2018 May). To Evaluate and Compare Changes in Baseline Strength of Hairs after Treating them with Deionized Water and Hard Water and its Role in Hair Breakage. Retrieved October 23, 2019, from

2.      Calaor, Jesa. (2017 May). Can Hard Water Damage Your Hair? Here’s How it May Affect Your Strands. Retrieved October 23, 2019, from

3.      Murray, Georgia. (2018 May). Is The Water Where You Live Wreaking Havoc On Your Skin? Retrieved October 23, 2019, from


Four Signs Of A Leader Of Hope

Four Signs Of A Leader Of Hope

by Audrey Sellers| PPAI Media

People need effective leadership now more than ever. True leaders guide the way with humility, integrity and honesty. They are radically transparent, and they accept blame when they fail. Instead of deflecting, they choose to take responsibility and fix the problem.

John C. Maxwell, bestselling author, coach and speaker, says some leaders stoke fear over hope, but it shouldn’t be that way. If you aspire to be a better leader for those in your charge, keep reading this issue of Promotional Consultant Today. We share four hallmarks of a great leader, according to Maxwell.

1. They always look for the good. Leaders who embrace hope do not waste their time or energy digging for dirt on their employees or colleagues. Instead, they look for the positive in other people and situations. Maxwell says they believe the best of people and believe the best for the future. They inspire others to seek what’s true and noble, and they paint a picture of a promising future that welcomes all.

2. They live from good values. While some leaders live out their emotions for their teams or the entire company to witness, the best leaders learn to manage their emotions. They do not lead from a place of anger or resentment but instead look to their core values. The best leaders understand that their emotions will change, but good values are permanent. According to Maxwell, leaders who live by their values provide a consistent and solid path for those who follow. They can create a sense of confidence and trust, even amid the unknown.

3. They work to build bridges. Some leaders will do anything to satisfy their own personal agenda, including sacrificing relationships and burning bridges. As a result, Maxwell says they create an atmosphere of disloyalty and mistrust that only increases the uncertainty and chaos their followers feel. Leaders of hope, on the other hand, continually build new bridges while maintaining previous relationships. They know that to achieve progress, they must nurture relationships and show their employees that they matter.

4. They tell the truth. Some leaders like to take advantage of chaotic situations by manipulating the truth to their advantage. Sometimes they manipulate with half-truths or only tell the side of the story that makes them look good. Maxwell sometimes they point out lies that others tell in order to hide their own. Leaders of hope take no part in dishonesty or misleading people. They stand on the truth by bringing facts into the light and not trying to brush important facts under the rug. As a result, Maxwell says these kinds of leaders model a hopeful way forward for their teams.

Instead of sowing disharmony and confusion, the best leaders work to inspire hope. Consider the ideas above as you contemplate how you can responsibly use hope in your leadership strategy.

Compiled by Audrey Sellers

Source: John C. Maxwell is a No. 1 New York Times bestselling author, coach and speaker who has sold more than 24 million books in 50 languages.

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