2nd christmas in China

In family friends by Michael Michelini7 Comments

Christmas has always been a time for us to reflect about the past year, spend time with family and friends – and look to the future. I arrived in China to live dec 31, 2007 – just after spending christmas in florida with my family. Decided to save money and focus in 2008, and again in 2009 i am here …

Ukraine is Weak – Brings Back Holiday Memories

In family friends, usa by Michael Michelini10 Comments

Man, this is the ultimate t-shirt I found on busted tees.com UKRAINE IS WEAK. (hint for a late christmas gift to get me!) No, no, I am not picking on the actual country Ukraine, what I am referring to is a Seinfeld TV show where they are playing a game of Risk the entire episode. Later they are fighting on …

Learning from Tiger Woods

In corporate world by Michael Michelini2 Comments

Something for people who are building a personal brand. Tag Heuer to drop Tiger Woods from US campaigns PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Swiss watch maker Tag Heuer said Friday that it will “downscale” its use of golfer Tiger Woods’ image in its advertising campaigns for the foreseeable future. The company said it will continue its relationship with Woods but is …

The World Needs Dreamers Who Perform

In business, motivation by Michael Michelini7 Comments

wondering if my uncle is giving me a hint a bout my being a dreamer …. and artist…. in some way…he just sent me this email DEAR MIKE, I THOUGHT YOU MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN THIS ARTICLE. PARTS OF IT, I BELIEVE COULD PERTAIN TO SOME WHO ARE NOT ARTISTS. ……. ((((rest deleted from this blog entry)))………. LOVE, UNCLE BILL …

Is it really that great to win the lottery?

In motivation by Michael Michelini11 Comments

Ya, sounds crazy right….but everyone must think how great it is to win the lottery, yet…have we considered the ramifications? Here are some reasons i would consider it more: If it were kept private – i think the feeling of winning the lottery must be one of the greatest in ones lifetime, but having it announced on the television has …

Reputation Management for Bank of America

In usa, websites by Michael Michelini3 Comments

If you’ve been following my blog, you will see posts about my difficult experiences dealing with Bank of America as I’ve been overseas in China and Asia. Two of specific note include: More Bank of America Fights – International Travel Issues Thank You For Calling Bank of America *Image, credit, found from PPC for Hire blog Now, originally when I …

Jobs Sent to India & China will never return

In china business by Michael Michelini0 Comments

Just read an article from an Israeli company statement that jobs outsourced to India and China and other emerging markets will never return to Israel. And for the country to continue to thrive, it must focus on innovation and original ideas. Baharav said, “The transfer of work to emerging markets is a trend which changes the global status quo, in …

Shadstone buyout of newyorkbarstore

In usa by Michael Michelini3 Comments

This is another emotional transaction in my life….but in the process of transferring the assets and liabilities of the parent companies of newyorkbarstore.com and newyorkbarstore.co.uk to shadstone hong kong company…. This parallel phenomena was the first company I incorporated… back in 2004 as a general partnership in new york city with my hometown friend and roommate Andrew Moran – which …

Companies are People, DISC method to evaluate

In corporate world by Michael Michelini3 Comments

The older i get, the more i keep realizing, companies aren’t products or services….they are groups of people fighting to grow – working hard to add value to an industry, to educate people in their following, and to build a great team. Thats why i realize its essential to attract and retain top performers in the industry you provide…. How …

sometimes feel like my head is under water

In china business by Michael Michelini1 Comment

i think we all have those days….but after hanging out with my friend Jon Conte here in Beijing, and our discussions about how we like being in china as compared to new york / usa. i’ve been in china since the end of 2007 – and have only been back to the united states in june of 2008…..Jon, like most …

Too many people spend too much money

In business, corporate world, usa by Michael Michelini14 Comments

“Too many people spend money they haven’t earned for things they dont like to impress people they dont like” – Will Smith This is a great quote…i mean, funny because its so damn true!! But sad at the same time. And its even sadder because i would have to say americans are feeling the after effects of living the lifestyle …