How to Design Your Dream Garden – Tips for Important Corporate Managers

You may start by wondering about the title and about the connection between the two apparently completely separate worlds – what has an important corporate manager have to do with gardening? Well, the following article is going to explain this strange idea. In our ever changing world and at the very fast pace we are living and working, a new tendency has arisen especially amongst those who have the harsh experience of working in a large corporate environment. After 5 days each week of continuous rush, after never-ending conferences with colleagues from other countries on different time zones, after piles of reports and difficult decisions taken each day, decisions which impact the life of thousands, managers has discovered the simple and calm life in the countryside.

More and more of them start buying simple peasant houses with gardens, start growing their own vegetables, planting their own trees and exchange their laptops and smart phones for garden tools. They start rediscovering the connection with nature and are surprised to see how relaxing a full day of work in the garden can be.

They notice somehow surprised that the competencies they have developed for their work (time management, decision making, organizing and prioritizing skills, even IT skills) apply in the garden too. It may seem strange, but I dare to speak from own experience. As Human Resources manager I have bought and designed my own garden with the help of my laptop and all the skills mentioned above.

So, first of all you need to buy yourself a piece of land to transform into your dream garden. It can be a small one below your balcony or a large countryside one next to your farm house. Then you need to decide what kind of garden you want: leisure garden, practical vegetable garden or both.

Then, depending on your choice above you need to go to the drawing board. Grab your laptop, open a spreadsheet (it’s the best because each cell can represent a measuring unit) and start your work. First of all start measuring the outside lengths – then create in your spreadsheet the real look of your garden as seen from above. Try to keep the scales – use one cell for 1 meter or 1 feet or the scale of your choice. What’s important is to use the same scale everywhere. Insert first the outside borders, no matter the shape, square, rectangle, triangle, broken freeform, it’s your choice. Then notice what you already have in your garden and put them in the spreadsheet too: house, porch, alleys, trees that you plan to keep, vineyard, anything that you intend to keep. Measure carefully their positioning according to the outer borders and remember to keep the scale.

Now that you have the current status inserted, start thinking about what else you want in the garden and how much space you would like to offer them: you want 10 more apricots, you want a pond, you want 2 more climbing roses, you need to build a parking space for one more car, you would like some lavender, you love tomatoes and want half of your garden to be filled with them, you want a tree house, you want a house for your dog, a playground for your children, tall hedge to protect you from unwanted visitors and many more. Put all these elements on a list in the same spreadsheet or a separate spreadsheet and start placing them in your garden.

Mark each element on our list after you have placed them in your spreadsheet in order not to forget any of them and always remember to watch the scale. While doing this also consider the following:

- Keep as much grass as you can – all in all you are running away from the city, not transforming your garden into yet another cement and tar place;
- Inform yourself about the plant types you want and their needs. Some are in bloom yearly with no effort, some need replacement each year, some need trimming, some need shade, some need the presence of similar one close by (for example there are types of apricots that won’t give you any fruit unless they have a complementary one within a certain range close by to spread their pollen), some need sun and plenty of light only, some need protection from the frost.

This may seem complicated but remember you’re doing this to relax and forget about corporate issues. Trust me – only looking at catalogs with plants to buy for your garden will relax you more than you think. Just imagine you have all these plants in your garden, all planted by yourself, how much joy and satisfaction they can give you.

Other things that can help: remember there are companies selling plants online. They can always help pick the ones you want and most of the times they deliver the products when it’s the best time to plant them – so this is always a great help to remember when to plant something. To be organized you can insert in your spreadsheet the best planting time and order the list accordingly – this always helps.

Also, there’s always a professional you can pay to do all this work for you, but when you do this remember you are missing all the fun. The real satisfaction comes from things that you did by yourself. Watching plants grow after you have planted them is much more fun than having a full service garden packed and delivered to you by someone else. You will relax more while working in the garden than just by sitting and looking at someone else’s work. A tomato grown by yourself tastes much better than a similar one given to you by a professional gardener – even if it’s your own garden.

All these being said, I invite you to just consider this idea for now before making any decisions – talk to the people who have a garden and take care of it by themselves, read blogs and see how happy work in your own garden makes you. And this position will suit you too for sure, no matter your current corporate job and competencies.

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Competition Law and the Role of Competition Lawyers

Competition law is a branch of law that promotes or seeks to maintain market competition by regulating anti-competitive conduct by companies. This field of law is designed to promote free and fair competition. ‘Competition’ in simple terms means the activity or condition of striving to gain or win something by defeating or establishing superiority over others. ‘Competition’ is typically referred to a situation in the market in which firms or sellers independently strive for the buyers’ patronage in order to achieve a particular business objective. The companies and firms must refrain themselves from anti-competitive business practices. The advantages of a perfect are three fold: allocative efficiency, which ensures the effective allocation of resources, productive efficiency, which ensures that costs of production are kept at a minimum and dynamic efficiency, which promotes innovative practices.

Competition Law in India

The history of competition law in India dates back to the 1960s when the first competition law, namely the Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices Act (MRTP) was enacted in 1969. But after the economic reforms in 1991, this legislation was found to be obsolete in view of international economic developments and in many other aspects and as a result, a new law in the form of the Competition Act, 2002 was enacted in 2003. The Competition Commission of India is the quasi judicial body established for enforcing provisions of this Act throughout India and to prevent activities that have an adverse effect on competition in India.

The various objectives of the Competition Act are:

1. To prevent practices having adverse effect on competition;

2. To promote and sustain competition in markets;

3. To protect the interests of consumers; and

4. To ensure freedom of trade carried on by other participants in markets, in India.

Role of Competition lawyers

The competition lawyers generally act on behalf of large international companies, as these organizations have the greatest ability to affect competition in the market. They also advise new entrants in the market, for example, where their access to the market may be blocked by competitors. The role of these lawyers is to respond to investigations by competition authorities, to handle court proceedings and to advice on day-to-day trading and compliance issues. They also defend companies accused of price fixing in secret cartels. The role of the competition lawyer is to use advocacy and economic evidence to show that the merger will not reduce competition. The other job duties include:

1. Merger control advice and filings;

2. Abuse of dominance investigations;

3. Cartel enquires and related litigation;

4. Analysis of commercial agreements and licensing and distribution arrangements;

5. Analysis of sector specific policies and market studies to identify competition concerns;

6. Intersection between competition law issues and intellectual property rights;

7. Competition compliance and training;

8. Counseling and providing strategies for anti-trust risk management.

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Making Money Online Is Much Easier Than You Think

When you wish to make money online you may be thinking of it because you want to get paid well. It can also just be something you want to do to help you get a few extra bills paid. Whatever the case may be, this article can guide you through this.Look out for online scams. There are plenty of opportunities to make money online, but not all of them are legitimate. To prevent missteps, research any company you plan to do business with, beforehand.Sign up to become a mystery shopper. This is a great way to make money as you will have to shop at various places and take notes on your shopping experience. When you are finished, you will have to write up a report on the computer, which you will be compensated for.Do freelance writing in your spare time to earn a decent amount of cash. There are websites that you can sign up for where you can choose from a wide variety of topics to write on. Typically, the higher paying sites will request that you take a test to determine your writing ability.Make good use of your down time. Many online sources of income can be done without a lot of focus. For example, surveys and other small tasks can be accomplished without a lot of effort. Try doing some of them while watching TV. Though you will not become rich, you can make some extra money in your free time.Design and build websites for people on the web to make some extra cash on the side. This is a great way to showcase the skills that you have using programs like Kompozer. Take a class beforehand on website design if you want to brush up on your skills before starting up.One good way to make money online is by writing blog posts or articles. There are a few sites such as Helium and Associated Content that will pay for blog posts and articles that you write. You can earn up to $200 for articles on topics they are looking for.Today there are many assistant positions available online. If you are good at office tasks and are technically savvy, you could be a virtual assistant providing office support, telephone or VoIP support and possible customer service. You may need some training to perform these functions; however, a non-profit group called International Virtual Assistance Association can help you get the training and certifications you may need.Making money online is something you can’t just do overnight. You have to stick to your plan and remember that perseverance will get you through the tough times. The harder you work at it, the more you will make, so steel your determination and keep reading article like this one to learn more.Getting paid money to work online isn’t the easiest thing to do in the world, but it is possible. If this is something you wish to work with, then the tips presented above should have helped you. Take some time, do things the right way and then you can succeed.

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