It’s Easier to Buy Gifts for Women Than for Men

While we have online gift stores and the local shops flooding with a bounty of items, selecting just the right gift is always a tough job. Swipe through the choices and you reach the end of the list without making a single item beyond that ‘wish list’. Even though the gifting process requires a lot of thinking, there is always a plus when you have to decide the present for a girl instead of a guy.

Come to think of it, don’t you always find yourself in a dilemma when you’ve got to buy something nice and quirky for your boyfriend than your girlfriend? Be it your father, brother, male friend, or boyfriend, when you go gift shopping for them, you find the same wallets or shirts or watches flashing through every glass!

Men seem easy to comprehend but they are not. They do a good job at hiding their emotions. They don’t express much. They believe in giving. This has always been a problem while I chose a gift for my father too. He, like all other father’s in the world, would buy me the best but never tell his own choices. And so, when I have to buy him something, I get confuse.

We don’t know what they’ll like and what they’ll pretend to like, which makes it even more important for us to get them something really nice and lovable.

On the other hand, getting something for my mother, sister and my girlfriends have been easier. The thing with girls is, they are emotional and find happiness in the trivial of things. A card, photograph, some accessories or be they just balloons; anything and everything has a power to bring a smile on their face.

The online stores, the gifts shops as well as the streets flood you with hundreds of options for unique gift for girls. Not just the options, the variety of gifts and the range of products available at such an affordable price add a cherry to the cake and make our task a lot easier. Saying the same for boys is somehow not possible.

The things that make our guys happy are not easy to find. And even if we do come across anything great, it is so out of the budget! Talking of which I remember one instance where I had a pretty hard time selecting a watch for my college seniors, the one I wanted to gift them as a farewell present. And while I’d go through all the designs available, either I won’t be sure of the design or I would have my eyes bulging out of my sockets looking at the price.

Even when we think of gifting a card full of memories to our boyfriends on the anniversaries, we’d know deep down that these are not the things that make them really happy. They’ll look at it for a moment, appreciate it for the beauty and its effort and give it back to you for safe keeping! Because they, can’t keep all these things intact for more than a week however hard they try.

Though we now have the online arena to sort most of our issue, but this is one of those few situations which make us go back and forth on our rocking chair. Thinking, wondering, planning and hopefully executing to make our loved ones (especially our men) feel special, loved and most importantly respected, we give them a gift. And with it, a piece of our soul to cherish, love and remember. It’s a tough call to make, but definitely a worthy reward in return of such hard work justifies the effort. Don’t you think?

What’s So Special About Blue Bell, PA?

There’s a lot that’s special about Blue Bell, PA.

Quaintly tucked away northwest of the city of Philadelphia, Blue Bell, PA is a majestic and historic place to live, rich with real estate in every price range.  Blue Bell was originally known as Pigeontown, after the large flocks of the now-extinct passenger pigeons that once gathered there. The town was renamed in 1840 after the historically prominent Blue Bell Inn. The charming enclave is now known for its large executive-style homes, major business parks, small community shopping facilities, and small businesses.

As of the 2000 census, there were 18,562 people, 6,960 households, and 5,206 families residing in Whitpain township (Blue Bell). The population density was 1,436.3 people per square mile. There were 7,305 housing units at an average density of 565.3/sq mi. The racial makeup of the township was 86.31% White, 4.69% African American, 0.06% Native American, 7.82% Asian, 0.23% from other races, and 0.89% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.33% of the population.

In the township, the population was spread out with 25.0% under the age of 18, 5.1% from 18 to 24, 27.0% from 25 to 44, 27.9% from 45 to 64, and 14.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 93.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.2 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $88,933, and the median income for a family was $103,613. Males had a median income of $68,125 versus $44,079 for females. The per capita income for the township was $41,739. About 1.7% of families and 3.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.7% of those under age 18 and 3.3% of those age 65 or over.

The city is now known for its exclusive restaurants. Diners travel from far and wide in Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware to enjoy the fine food in Blue Bell. From economically-priced 24-hour diners to exquisite four-star restaurants, the old Pigeontown offers food for every size wallet. 

Blue Bell merchants are varied and plentiful. From small specialty shops and quaint eateries, to larger convenience retail outlets and exclusive dining, the local merchants give attentive customer service. If you’re looking for that special gift or service, surely they’ll have something to offer you in your search.

We welcome you or invite you to come visit. We’re just a stone’s throw away from the great city of Philadelphia. Not surprisingly, most people move here and never leave. Why leave when there are so many places to play golf?

Consulting – How to Dress to Impress

The English saying “The clothes make the man” could perhaps be seen as a business truism or fundamental, and in no industry is this more apparent than the consulting industry, where appearance and perception is everything.

Consulting as a sector relies greatly on reputation and branding regardless of size. Whether your business is a global big four, such as Deloitte or KPMG, or a small single operator or boutique firm, your credibility and your pipeline both depend on the success of your engagements and the resulting positive branding and reputation gains which flow from them.

Consider the legacy of Arthur Andersen, perhaps one of the finest examples of how reputation can make or break an operation. Andersen was known throughout the world as a tier one consulting business, and provided services across the globe to customers in all business sectors, ranging in size from the SME market to the Fortune 500. However, following the collapse of Enron, Andersen was embroiled in a scandal where it was alleged that they attempted to pervert the course of justice, by impeding federal investigations and destroying evidence, all in an attempt to avoid criminal liability.

The perceived reputational damage created by the investigation caused Andersen customers to flee in droves, seeking refuge with other, safer, audit organizations. Then, when the company was found guilty of perversion, the company’s accounting license was suspended and tens of thousands of employees lost their jobs because no company would procure services from such a bad apple.

After all, what would the customers think?

The Andersen collapse highlights that the perceived image of a company directly affects the acquisition, engagement and retention of customers.

Today, large consulting organizations utilize social media, YouTube, traditional media, and commentary to alter, shape, and refine perceived reputation. In layman terms, we call this “branding”.

As employees, when we visit the customer, we represent the brand of the organization, and are living examples of corporate values, customer fulfillment, and business professionalism. All of these factors combine to create a psychological impression in the customer, which ultimately will shape how they perceive both the efficacy of the consultant, and the quality of their organization.

As a consulting manager I have delivered services across many industry sectors. In each, a company will have varying expectations related to professional dress standards, stemming from company values, reputation management, safety or even culture. However, despite these differentiators, the consulting industry is a very different animal. When an external consultant arrives on site, be they an auditor or management advisor, the customer is seeking professional services in a business function that is either high risk, highly complex, or not fully understood. As a result, the consultant is perceived as a problem solver, who will be highly educated, highly articulate, and able to deliver services that will be understood and championed by all levels of the business from coal-face worker to executive.

In such a game, perception is everything. For that reason, in no other industry is how an individual dresses and presents more important.

Traditional business attire is a must, and should also be taken to an extreme. The “dark suit, dark tie” mentality from International Business Machines is probably the best starting point, however it also known that a pin stripe suit is perceived in organizational psychology as displaying both power and traditionalism. So for that reason, and to provide an image of traditional conservatism mixed with power, a consultant should wear a dark, three piece, pin stripe suit, preferably in black, navy or dark grey; the stripe should not be confrontational and should be vertical only, without cheques, and the width should be judged by the tailor to provide increased height perception.

Women should not wear pantsuits, and should always present with a pencil skirt, dark pin stripe suit, supported by natural or dark sheer stockings. Research indicates that male customers have a significantly more positive reaction toward females in power when they are not attempting to undermine “perceived masculine authority”. By highlighting their femininity, female consultants are leveraging the innate bias of human sexuality and physical attraction in the reputational management game.

The shirt or blouse should be white, crisp, and pressed or ironed before work. Coloured shirts should be avoided as humans have bias reactions based on colours. An inappropriate choice could have a consultant labelled in different industries; for example, selecting a pink shirt while working with a petrochemical or mining client could easily have a consultant labelled as homosexual. Such a label will then influence how the consultant, and also their work is perceived by the customer due to the strong conservative biases that many employees in these blue collar industries hold.

All men must wear a conservative tie, with a matching or contrasting pocket square, and all ties should be made using a double Windsor knot. The tie must be worn underneath the waistcoat at all times, and the tip of the tie should not be visible at the base of the coat. Women may have an open necked blouse, and need not wear a tie.

Shoes should be traditional, full leather, black, and of handmade quality; they must be worn with dark socks for men and sheer stockings for women. An excellent choice of men’s’ shoemaker is Crockett & Jones, from the United Kingdom, and women should consider a premier maker such as Ferragamo; women’s’ shoes must be high heeled in all cases and must not support a heel in excess of four inches, in cold climates, heeled boots to below the knee are permissible. Shoes should be considered a high priority as more than 70% of customers will form value opinions based on shoe quality when they first meet an individual, for that reason, shoes should also be maintained and kept highly polished at all times. Once damaged, shoes should be either immediately repaired or replaced entirely.

Overcoats, gloves and outerwear must be dark in colour and made of traditional high value material such as cashmere, the only exception to this rule is the traditional camel overcoat, which is also permissible. In colder climates such as Northern & Eastern Europe, China, or Canada, full fashion length leather or furs are permitted. Care must be taken however to limit use of full length leather on males with Jewish clients, due to the perception of leather and its colloquial linkage to the Nazis. Furs should be limited to full fashion length over a suit, and must not be short fur jackets, which are often associated to evening wear. Outerwear must also be removed upon arrival at the client, and the suit jacket must be worn at all times, but may be unbuttoned for comfort.

Men and women may wear silk scarves of a conservative colour in cold climates, or may select a fur scarf. Under no circumstances however may fur scarves be matched with a fur overcoat.

Accessories are also of critical importance in a consultant’s appearance and should form part of a standardization process in all companies. Under no circumstances should a tier one consultant wear or carry any product that is not of a natural material. All folders, luggage, briefcases, belts and wallets or other accessories should be made of leather, be dark in colour, and made by a premier brand such as Mont Blanc, Gucci, or Louis Vuitton.

Jewellery is also an area where many candidates either apply too much or too little, to make the most useful client impact. Consultants should limit jewellery to yellow, rose or white gold and should wear no more than two rings at any one time, these should be limited to engagement, wedding, signet and class rings only. Watches should always be worn on the left wrist, and must be able to fit underneath the shirt cuff when fastened with a cufflink. All watches should be from a tier one producer such as, Omega, Panerai, or IWC. On the right wrist a bangle or men’s bracelet is acceptable, again made from yellow, rose or white gold only.

Finally, only females should wear earrings, and they should be either single studs through the ear lobe, or a small hoop style. Under no circumstances should any other form of body art, such as multiple ear piercings, body or facial piercing or tattooing be visible.

By utilising this tier one dress guide, consultants will not only dress to impress, they will present with the impeccable standards expected in big four, or at a management consultancy such as McKinsey.

Christmas Gifts For Men Are Easy to Find, Really

It is by no means too early to begin shopping for Christmas gifts for men that mean a good deal to you as part of your life. Adult males are famously difficult to shop for since the have a quirky taste. Adult males are, however enthusiastic about their football and can spend hours upon end talking about it and enjoying it on the television. One can find no greater Christmas gifts for men than football connected presents.

Executive Gifts

A different option when buying for Christmas gifts for men is executive presents. When the guy inside your lifestyle works within the corporate world, 1 way he can distinguish himself from the crowd is through cuff links. Cuff links with all the logo of his favourite team can add a little colour to his wardrobe and permit him to display his pride in his group subtly. If he doesn’t wear cuff links, an embossed, leather wallet may perhaps be a good alternative. For men who smoke, a high top quality, stainless steel lighter with a football logo is the perfect gift that might be appreciated for many years to come.

PC Associated Gifts

Men love gadgets and pc’s almost as a great deal as football. What much better way to combine these two passions than giving your man football connected computer items. If the man in your living is like a lot of other gents, he spends a great deal of time at the home pc catching up on all the latest news and stats of his favourite football group. You can enhance his computing expertise by buying him a mouse and mouse pad that bears the emblem of his football group. Not only this, but to store his DVDs and CDs, disk wallets with team logos might be purchased.

Christmas Gifts for Golfing Adult males

Combine football with golf, and you have an additional great winner. If the guy with your life plays golf, a single gift that’s certain to please him is a golf head cover of his favourite football team. Team head covers are fitted for drivers and fairway woods, but are also offered for putters. In addition to head covers, towels and divot tools are also welcome golf accessories. Finally, there can be customised balls that happen to be stamped with all the official logo of his favourite football team. These are superb to use for play or for display at house in a case or on a desk.

Buying for Christmas gifts for men is usually tough, but if your man enjoys football, the knowledge is much less difficult. Any guy that may be an avid football fan might be sure to enjoy any number of products that happen to be stamped using the logo of his team, allowing him to proudly show his allegiance to the rest of the planet.