Did anyone else see this recent Fast Company articleabout schools installing standingdesks for kids? It makes all the sense in the world that the latest wave in healthywork environments should apply to growing kids, too. Standing desks provide avaluable assist in fighting childhood obesity, and help fidgety kids focusbetter in the classroom – and that’s on top of the long-term health benefitsadults enjoy when they shift from sitting to standing most of the day.I’m a long-time advocate for standing desks, as I’ve blogged numerous times before. Always a fidgetykid, unsurprisingly I grew into a fidgety adult – so standing calms me down andhelps me focus on the work in front of me. As a CEO and leader of people, I’vealways preferred managing by walking around – an approach that will keep you onyour feet most of the working day. Try getting in and out of a chair 30 timesdaily, and your back will tell you exactly why it makes more sense just tostand as a default.I’m proud to say that, with our recent move to biggerCharlotte offices, more of the TradeKing team has joined “Team Standup.” Rich Hagen, CEOof TradeKing Advisors, has switched to a stand-up desk (pictured above),and Phil Claxton, our chief compliance officer, has gone hybrid with anadjustable sit-or-stand desk. We’ve also made a point of including standingtables with optional stools in various meeting places throughout the new space,in the hopes that standing will enliven conversations and get folks’ bestthoughts flowing. It’s interesting, actually: now that it’s standard to includewhiteboards in all conference rooms, at least one person winds up standingduring meetings just to scrawl notes on the board. Why not get everybody off oftheir feet and actively engaged, right?Be Good,Don MontanaroCEO, TradeKing Groupwww.tradeking.comFollow Don on Twitter and hone your skills at TradeKing All-Stars. You can also followTradeKing on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or YouTube.[image: from iStockphoto]Trading has inherent risk due to system response and accesstimes that may vary due to market conditions, system performance, and otherfactors. An investor should understand these and additional risks beforetrading.Investments involve risk, losses may exceed the principalinvested, and the past performance of a security, industry, sector, market, orfinancial product does not guarantee future results or returns. TradeKingprovides self-directed investors with discount brokerage services, and does notmake recommendations or offer investment, financial, legal or tax advice. Youalone are responsible for evaluating the merits and risks associated with theuse of TradeKing's systems, services or products. If you have additionalquestions regarding your taxes, please visit IRS.gov or consult a tax professional. TradeKing is unable to provide any taxadvice.TradeKing Advisors, Inc. and TradeKing Securities, LLC arewholly owned subsidiaries of TradeKing Group, Inc. Brokerage accounts areserviced and securities offered through TradeKing Securities, LLC, member FINRAand SIPC. Assets are custodied and clearing services are provided byApex Clearing Corporation. TradeKing Group, Inc. is not a broker-dealer.© 2015 TradeKing Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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