by Tania Basheer, Publisher

10 Easy Tips for Work and Career Success

Vol . 1, Issue 11
27 Nov 2005
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  Hi! From Tania

Hi Reader,

Is it just me, or has this year flown by? I'm so excited that every day, it's getting closer to Christmas which has always been my favourite time of the year.

I love all the parties and especially the once-a-year get-togethers with my friends, now living interstate or overseas, visiting home.

But before that, tomorrow is Rick and my 7th wedding anniversary!

We're going out for dinner to celebrate, but I could use a 'hot tip' for a present for Rick because I'm a bit stumped. 

At least I know he'll be at the cricket for the Test, so I'll have plenty of time to go shopping. Ah, the best of both worlds.

Warm wishes,


Tania Basheer - Publisher
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  Feature: 10 Easy Tips for Work and Career Success

Have you had enough of striving to reach success at work or in your career? Well, here's a secret.

Well it isn't really. It's used quite a lot in successful workplaces and it's called feng shui.

A friend of mine feng shui'd his cafe, especially to enhance communication and I often coach my clients there. When I tell them, they say they really can feel the difference. I also have several professional clients who've had their offices feng shui'd by consultants or who've told me they deliberately chose certain street numbers when deciding on office location. The luckiest number is eight which represents coming prosperity.

A professional consultant can give your office a complete feng shui makeover, however, these tips from Lillian Too's Feng shui in small doses are quick and easy changes that you can make yourself - no dragons, phoenixes, wind chimes or waving cats required, although a compass will come in handy. I promise, your office will not look like the local Chinese takeaway!  

  • Solid wall: Always have a solid wall, a screen or a divider behind you to give you support and ensure that no one sabotages your work.
  • Door: Never sit with a door behind you especially if it is the entrance door into your office. This will cause you to be 'stabbed in the back.'
  • Desk: The power place for your desk is always diagonal to the door. Endeavour to sit in the corner furthest from the door and looking at the door. Also, your feng shui at work is better if the way to your desk follows a meandering rather than a straight path. 
  • Fresh flowers: Always place these on the east, southeast or south corners of the desk to ensure steady and positive development of your career. 
  • Computers, telephones and calculators: These should be placed in the west or northwest corner of your desk. When the northwest is successfully energised you will receive favourable attention from your bosses.   
  • Files: Never allow files to get piled high on your desk directly in front of you. These signify a mountain that will block your ambitions. If you need to keep piles of files in your office, only keep them behind you and to the sides of your desk.  
  • Exposed shelves: It's a bad idea to have open shelves behind you or in front of you at work. They can cause illness, loss of income as well as loss of influence and authority. Either close with doors or remove them altogether.
  • Learn your success direction and face it for important meetings, presentations and negotiations: Each person has a KUA number which indicates their career success direction or sheng chi. Your KUA number is calculated from your Chinese year of birth. Those born in January, before the lunar New Year or before 4 February should deduct one year from their year of birth to get the equivalent Chinese year. Add the last two digits of your year of birth until you obtain a single digit. Then, deduct this from 10 for males; add 5 for females. For example I was born in 1966, so my KUA number is 8 and my sheng chi is south. If yours is 1, your career success direction is southeast; 2 is northwest; 3 is south; 4 is north; 5 depends on whether you are male or female and is northeast for males and southwest for females; 6 is west; 7 is northwest; 8 is south and 9 is east. Face your sheng chi direction whenever possible, whether you are in a board meeting, business lunch, making a presentation at a conference or in your office on the phone with a prospect. It works wonders!
  • Numbers: Be aware of lucky and unlucky numbers. The lucky numbers are always 1, 6 and 8. Try to have these numbers incorporated into your phone or car numbers. The luckiest number is 8 and represents coming prosperity. The number 9 has the power to enhance all other numbers for good or bad, so 8 followed with 9 strengthens good fortune. The bad luck numbers are 5 and 2. When these numbers appear with the 9 then the bad represented by the 2 and 5 is magnified. However, 2 with 8 is lucky, just as double 5's can be lucky because they add up to 10.  
  • Business cards: Always ensure your business cards have your name in larger font than your title. Don't let anything sharp, such as a logo, be pointed at your name and place your name above the corporate name.

Always remember a good de-clutter will also allow new energy and opportunities to flow in, so before you take your Christmas break, take some time to get rid of anything in your workspace that you no longer need, use or love.    

For more free tips on clearing clutter, staying focused and reaching your goals, or to find out more about one-to-one business, executive or life coaching and arrange a no-obligation session with Tania, visit the Blue Sky Coaching website at Tania can be contacted Monday to Friday between 8 am and 8 pm (Adelaide CST), on (08) 8338 3134 or 0411 471 941 or by e-mail on

  Group Telecoaching: 2006 Intentional Resolutions

As 2005 comes to a close I'm so grateful for the wonderful opportunity I've had again this year to lead and work together with a wonderful group of people in our monthly telecoaching calls.

Next month our theme is Celebration Time and I'm really looking forward to sharing in everyone's joy and success in achieving our goals.

I also have a nice gift to give each participant in our group, but don't say anything, it's a surprise.

If you would like to join me and a group of like-minded people next year in my 2006 Intentional Resolutions coaching group, please click on the 2006 Intentional Resolutions button to find out more.

Early bird registrations for 2006 (only $247.50) are open now, until 15 January 2006.

Get in soon to ensure you have a structure to keep your goals on track in 2006!

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Over $300 value. ENTER NOW! Drawn 30 November 2005.

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  Final Energy Tapping Workshop Dates for 2005

If you'd like to give yourself a nice gift this year that will last well beyond Christmas, then come and learn how to tap.

Tapping is a very handy resource that can help you deal with any stressful Christmas present shopping trips, Christmas party preparations, social phobias or feelings of loneliness, to motivate yourself to finish off your work projects and it can also help you stop over-indulging in - or at least stop feeling guilty about over-indulging in - all that festive party food and drink.     

If you would like to learn this powerful technique, which you can use anywhere, anytime, to help with all of the above as well as to quickly release stress; overcome fears like public speaking, spiders, flying; deal with self-sabotaging and limiting beliefs and behaviours like 'I could never do that', 'It's not possible'; overcome procrastination; panic attacks; deal with your addictions - smoking, gambling; and relieve debilitating physical pain, such as backache and migraine headaches, then please join me in any one of my two remaining energy tapping workshops for 2005. 

They'll be on from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm on:

  • Saturday 3 December 2005 and
  • Wednesday 14 December 2005

To register your place on-line, just click on the Energy Tapping Workshops button. 

COST: $85.00 * pp (includes morning tea and workbook).

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: A $10.00 discount applies to payments received 10 days prior to the workshop date.


Call me to arrange your own 45-minute, one-to-one EFT session, which I can do with you in person in Adelaide, or by telephone wherever you may be in Australia or the world, between 8 am and 8 pm, Adelaide CST, Mondays to Fridays


I can also be talked into running in-house workshops for your team or a break-out session for your next conference.

Please call me on 0411 471 941 or (08) 8338 3134 to discuss your requirements.

  Next Month: Making Change Easy

As we'll soon be transitioning into a new year I thought change management might be a good topic to explore.

Next month I'll share with you some tips on making change easy, for any ending and new beginning.

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