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Saturday, 25 July 2015

How to build a Business to get it spoiled...

This is the story I have received through an email. I found it interesting after reading the fable, posting here for your read.

Every day, a small ant arrives at work very early and starts work immediately. She produces a lot and she was happy. The Chief, a lion, was surprised to see that the ant was working without supervision.

He thought if the ant can produce so much without supervision, wouldn’t she produce even more if she had a supervisor! So he recruited a cockroach who had extensive experience as supervisor and who was famous for writing excellent reports.

The cockroach’s first decision was to set up a clocking in attendance system. He also needed a secretary to help him write and type his reports and he recruited a spider, which managed the archives and monitored all phone calls.

The lion was delighted with the cockroach's reports and asked him to produce graphs to describe production rates and to analyze trends, so that he could use them for presentations at board‘s meetings. So the cockroach had to buy a new computer and a laser printer and recruited a fly to manage the IT department.

The ant, who had once been so productive and relaxed, hated this new plethora of paperwork and meetings which used up most of her time.

The lion came to the conclusion that it was high time to nominate a person in charge of the department where the ant worked. The position was given to the cicada, whose first decision was to buy a carpet and an ergonomic chair for his office.

The new person in charge, the cicada, also needed a computer and a personal assistant, who he brought from his previous department, to help him prepare a work and budget control strategic optimization plan.

The department where the ant works is now a sad place, where nobody laughs anymore and everybody has become upset. It was at that time that the cicada convinced the boss, the Lion, of the absolute necessity to start a climatic study of the environment.

Having reviewed the charges for running the ant’s department, the lion found out that the production was much less than before. So he recruited the owl, a prestigious and renowned consultant to carry out an audit and suggest solutions.

The owl spent three months in the department and came up with an enormous report, in several volumes, that concluded: “The department is overstaffed ...”

Guess who the lion fired first? The Ant, of course, because she showed lack of motivation and had a negative attitude...

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Do Not...

Do not undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others. It is because we are different that each of us is special.

Do not set your goals by what other people deem important. Only you know what is best for you.

Do not take for granted the things closest to your heart. Cling to them as you would your life, for without them, life is meaningless.

Do not let your life slip through your fingers by living in the past nor for the future. By living your life one day at a time, you live all the days of your life.

Do not give up when you still have something to give. Nothing is really over until the moment you stop trying. It is a fragile thread that binds us to each other.

Do not be afraid to encounter risks. It is by taking chances that we learn how to be brave.

Do not shut love out of your life by saying it is impossible to find. The quickest way to receive love is to give love; The fastest way to lose love is to hold it too tightly.

Do not dismiss your dreams. To be without dreams is to be without hope; To be without hope is to be without purpose.

Do not run through life so fast that you forget not only where you have been, but also where you are going.

Life is not a race, but a journey to be savoured each step of the way.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Five Lessons in Five Minutes Management Course

I read these write-ups somewhere, though it sounds funny there are real lessons we all can learn and practice. Invite you to read, enjoy these lessons and share your views in comments.

Lesson 1:

A man is getting into the shower just as his wife is finishing up her shower, when the doorbell rings. The wife quickly wraps herself in a towel and runs downstairs. When she opens the door, there stands Bob, the next-door neighbor.

Before she says a word, Bob says, 'I'll give you $800 to drop that towel.' After thinking for a moment, the woman drops her towel and stands naked in front of Bob, after a few seconds, Bob hands her $800 and leaves.

The woman wraps back up in the towel and goes back upstairs. When she gets to the bathroom, her husband asks, 'Who was that?'

'It was Bob the next door neighbour,' she replies.

'Great,' the husband says, 'did he say anything about the $800 he owes me?'

Moral of the story:

If you share critical information pertaining to credit and risk with your shareholders in time, you may be in a position to prevent avoidable exposure.

Lesson 2:

A sales rep, an administration clerk, and the manager are walking to lunch when they find an antique oil lamp.

They rub it and a Genie comes out.

The Genie says, 'I'll give each of you just one wish.' 'Me first! Me first!' says the admin clerk. 'I want to be in the Bahamas, driving a speedboat, without a care in the world.' Puff! She's gone.

'Me next! Me next!' says the sales rep. 'I want to be in Hawaii, relaxing on the beach with my personal masseuse, an endless supply of Pina Coladas and the love of my life.' Puff! He's gone.

'OK, you're up,' the Genie says to the manager. The manager says, 'I want those two back in the office after lunch.'

Moral of the story:

Always let your boss have the first say.

Lesson 3:

An eagle was sitting on a tree resting, doing nothing. A small rabbit saw the eagle and asked him, 'Can I also sit like you and do nothing?'

The eagle answered: 'Sure, why not.' So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the eagle and rested.

All of a sudden, a fox appeared, jumped on the rabbit and ate it.

Moral of the story:

To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very, very high up.

Lesson 4:

A turkey was chatting with a bull. 'I would love to be able to get to the top of that tree' sighed the turkey, 'but I haven't got the energy.'

'Well, why don't you nibble on some of my droppings?' replied the bull. They're packed with nutrients.'

The turkey pecked at a lump of dung, and found it actually gave him enough strength to reach the lowest branch of the tree. The next day, after eating some more dung, he reached the second branch.

Finally after a fourth night, the turkey was proudly perched at the top of the tree. He was promptly spotted by a farmer, who shot him out of the tree.

Moral of the story:

Bull Shit might get you to the top, but it won't keep you there.

Lesson 5:

A little bird was flying south for the winter. It was so cold the bird froze and fell to the ground into a large field.

While he was lying there, a cow came by and dropped some dung on him.

As the frozen bird lay there in the pile of cow dung, he began to realize how warm he was.

The dung was actually thawing him out! He lay there all warm and happy, and soon began to sing for joy.

A passing cat heard the bird singing and came to investigate.

Following the sound, the cat discovered the bird under the pile of cow dung, and promptly dug him out and ate him.

Moral of the story:

Not everyone who shit on you is your enemy, not everyone who gets you out of shit is your friend and when you're in deep shit, it's best to keep your mouth shut!

Thus ends the five lessons in five minutes management course...

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Yes, Married but to the Job – Workaholism

Workaholism, this is the buzz word among working professionals today. Everything goes fine until he or she get married. That is the time they realize that they already got married, but to the job. Read on to find more about Workaholism and how you can learn work-life balance to lead a joyful life.

It is bitter truth that our thoughts and energies got directed towards work than our personal relationships. Work dominates our thought process whether we are in office or home. There are people who feel comfortable at office than home. Work has come to occupy the central part of our life. We often forget that “work” is something just part of our life.

Workaholism is to be considered as an addiction. It is the choice made by an individual to overcome the psychological stresses. It might be a result from fear of job security or to sustain lavishing lifestyle. The worrisome fact is that workaholic people doesn’t realize that they are under addiction and they tend to find solution to their family problems in other way around.

If you are a Workaholic, you will face more hurdles in your personal life. Strain in personal relationship, it will affect relationship with spouse, children, extended family and friends. It will have definite damage to your health in your later stage, but you don’t find anyone to take care of you at that time. You will not be flexible since you enjoyed more power at office and you will try to have the same authority in your personal life. You tend to do all the stuffs by your own and you are reluctant to delegate which affects your overall productivity and will setback your career growth.

How do you find that you are Workaholic? If you find that weekends and vacations are terrible and you cannot wait to go back to work. If you don’t have any interest in anything other than your work and you forget your spouse, child’s birthdays, wedding anniversary but you make all efforts to gift your boss’s birthday. Yes, this is the time you need to hear your inner voice and chart out a plan for work-life balance.

Workaholism is preventable or recovery is possible from the addiction, but one has to be ready to make the choice at right time. This requires lot of support from loved ones and do need careful planning.

Schedule your time, this way you can finish your task in a preplanned way. This helps you to do more task in a stipulated time.

You should force yourself into more social interaction, have more weekend parties with family, friends. You will soon realize how your personal relationship is getting strengthened.

Allot time to take care of your health, go for regular exercise, and go to spa to rejuvenate your energy.

Have five minutes short break every hour amid of work to say “hello” to your office friends.

Sharpen your mind, attend workshops, read books, go to theater to keep your mind working.

Revive your goals and set new targets for both your work and personal life.

I believe this post helps to do self evaluation of your work-life balance and make a choice of changes if you find any imbalances.

There is a famous saying, “No one on their deathbed ever says they wish they had spent more time at the office”.

Work is important for us to live, but life is more important to live. Inviting your comments…

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