Transformational Leadership

Transformational leadership is leading by motivating. Transformational leaders provide extraordinary motivation by appealing to followers’ ideals and moral values and inspiring them to think about problems in new ways. These followers have felt trust, admiration, loyalty, and respect for them and were motivated to do more than they thought they could, or would do. In essence, transformational leaders make tomorrow’s dreams a reality for their followers. Continue reading

Tips in Moving a Collection

Since I can remember myself I have been a collector. From postage stamps to wine bottle corks, I have managed to collect almost anything imaginable as long as I thought it could be “useful” or was at least “cute”. My mother was usually the one, while I was a kid at least, to advice me that I should be organizing my collections, categorizing my most precious items, or putting everything into place after showing off my collecting efforts when friends came to visit. But, I was a kid and kids know better. My room, of a rather small size, seemed always like it has been bombarded by old movie tickets, empty envelopes with stamps, bottle corks, glass beads, pen lids, old movie stars’ pictures, used batteries, music LP records, old books, newspapers (most of which were at least a year old), worn out clothes, my favorite magazines since the age of five, my summer shoes, name it! When I later entered college and decided to move myself and my collections, I realized that my chaos of a room had to become organized if was ever to succeed. I was going nuts and I was about to scream in despair as my head was playing nasty tricks on me and I was listening to my mom’s voice repeating the old cliché “Don’t tell me I didn’t warn you!” Well mom, you did. Fortunately for me, you were also there to help me pack and put some sense into my head when I was insisting to move all those old pieces of scrap paper into my new place. But that happened almost ten years ago. Who is going to help me out now? Continue reading

Media Room Design Creating the Perfect Room

Creating the perfect media room can be very rewarding when done. If you’ve been thinking about taking on the task but are unsure you can create what you envision, don’t worry, because with these great tips you’ll be building the perfect experience for you and your family to enjoy. If the below tips seem like to much, you can always contact a company such as Theater Advice to handle the job for if you live in the Dallas area.

The biggest mistake you can make is to just start building. When you ‘wing it’, you almost always fail. You need to have a plan. So let’s get busy.

1. How much space do you have – you really can’t do anything until you know the size of the room and the length of each wall, so let’s start there. Get your tape measure out and start measuring. Different speaker systems work best with different size rooms. You do not want to overpower your space because then the sound will lose clarity and all you will have is loudness.

2. What’s your budget – Next, you need to decide what your budget is. When it comes to home theaters there is always something bigger and better around the corner, and it’s easy to be sucked in. So set your budget and then don’t let anyone up-sell you. Just look at options within that budget.

3. Shop around – Great now it is time to begin to do your homework. Read product reviews, see who is recommending which systems, and never buy a system on a whim. Start price checking online or you feel like getting out you can start to visit the retailers that may have what you want. You should not buy one of the out-of-the-box systems because almost always you get a mix of good and inferior. In addition, it’s difficult to replace or upgrade when you buy an out-of-the-box system.

While sales personal might try to convince you that in order to have a good experience you need the most expensive equipment, that’s not actually true. There’s always something middle of the road that will be sufficient to fit your budget and your desire for great sound and picture. The best way to determine this is to simply weigh the pros and cons of each system you are looking at. Online can be a really helpful resource to do this, as there are a number of sites that compare products.

4. Make Your Purchase – When you have done your research and your shopping and found the right system it’s time to make that purchase, and get your system home.

5. Plan the Layout – Great now it’s time to measure again, figure out your seating, and then plan how you are going to place your speakers. Remember, you want to have a clean open space for the sound to travel. You do not want it blocked by the furniture. This means you need to think about the best way to use the space in your room for both furniture and speakers.

6. Buy Your Cables – Do not make the mistake of thinking that if you pay ten times more you get ten times better sound. While you do not want the cheapest cables, you don’t need the most expensive either. Use the internet to research the various cable manufacturers and find a middle of the road that you are satisfied with. You’ll save money and you will not lose quality at all.

7. Deal With the Wiring – If you are going to be running wires under the floor or through the walls, leave yourself extra wire in case you need to reposition the speakers. If you are just building your home theater room, remember you can never have enough RJ-6 wire ran. It might cost you a little more but should you decide to more your gear or upgrade later on, it will all be a breeze.

8. Hook it all Up – Now it’s time to put components and speakers in their designated spot and hook it all up.

9. Test – And then test some more. This is the time to tweak things. The best way to do so is to put your favorite song on, something you are really familiar with, and then listen. Sometimes just a couple of inches can make all the difference. You want the sound to surround you.

10. It’s Time to Enjoy – That’s it – now it’s time to gather friends and family, put in your favorite movie and enjoy your new home theater! Your media room design is a success.