Monthly Archives: August 2008
This is truly brilliant...It can't get more accurate than this!!!!
Sigmund Freud's Priorities
Five things are happening in your house at the same time. In which
sequence would you solve them?
1. The telephone is ringing!
2. The baby is crying!
3. Someone's knocking or calling you from the front door!
4. You hung the clothes out to dry and it is beginning to rain!
5. You left the tap on in the kitchen and the water is already
In which sequence would you solve these problems? Write the sequence and
Check below how your decisions were made.
BUT BE HONEST, THE FINDINGS ARE EXCITING.
YOUR sequence from 1 to 5 then scroll below and read after!
Every individual point represents something in your life.
On the list you can see which meaning every point has:
1. Telephone represents Work
2. Baby represents Family
3. Door represents Friends
4. Clothes represent Money
5. Tap represents Love Life
Your chosen sequence determines the priorities in your life.
A turtle family decided to go on a picnic. The turtles, being naturally
slow about things, took seven years to prepare for their outing. Finally
the turtle family left home looking for a suitable place. During the
second year of their journey they found a place ideal for them at last!
For about six months they cleaned the area, unpacked the picnic basket,
and completed the arrangements. Then they discovered they had forgotten
the salt. A picnic without salt would be a disaster, they all agreed.
After a lengthy discussion, the youngest turtle was chosen to retrieve
the salt from home. Although he was the fastest of the slow moving
turtles, the little turtle whined, cried, and wobbled in his shell. He
agreed to go on one condition: that no one would eat until he returned.
The family consented and the little turtle left.
Three years passed and the little turtle had not returned. Five
years…six years… then on the seventh year of his absence, the oldest
turtle could no longer contain his hunger. He announced that he was
going to eat and begun to unwrap a sandwich.
At that point the little turtle suddenly popped out from behind a tree
shouting, ‘See! I knew you wouldn’t wait. Now I am not going to go get
[Some of us waste our time waiting for people to live up to our
expectations. We are so concerned about what others are doing that we
don’t do anything ourselves.]
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A farmer came into town and asked the owner of a restaurant if he could
use a million frog legs. The restaurant owner was shocked and asked the
man where he could get so many frog legs! The farmer replied, ‘There is
a pond near my house that is full of frogs – millions of them. They all
croak all night long and they are about to make me crazy!’ So the
restaurant owner and the farmer made an agreement that the farmer would
deliver frogs to the restaurant, five hundred at a time for the next
The first week, the farmer returned to the restaurant looking rather
sheepish, with two scrawny little frogs. The restaurant owner said,
‘Well… where are all the frogs?’ The farmer said, ‘I was mistaken.
There were only these two frogs in the pond. But they sure were making
a lot of noise!’
[ Next time you hear somebody criticizing or making fun of you,
remember, it’s probably just a couple of noisy frogs. Also remember that
problems always seem bigger in the dark. Have you ever laid in your bed
at night worrying about things which seem almost overwhelming like a
million frogs croaking? Chances are pretty good that when the morning
comes, and you take a closer look, you’ll wonder what all the fuss was
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The Pretty Lady
Once upon a time a big monk and a little monk were traveling together.
They came to the bank of a river and found the bridge was damaged. They
had to wade across the river. There was a pretty lady who was stuck at
the damaged bridge and couldn’t cross the river. The big monk offered to
carry her across the river on his back. The lady accepted. The little
monk was shocked by the move of the big monk. ‘How can big brother carry
a lady when we are supposed to avoid all intimacy with females?’ thought
the little monk. But he kept quiet. The big monk carried the lady across
the river and the small monk followed unhappily. When they crossed the
river, the big monk let the lady down and they parted ways with her.
All along the way for several miles, the little monk was very unhappy
with the act of the big monk. He was making up all kinds of accusations
about big monk in his head. This got him madder and madder. But he still
kept quiet. And the big monk had no inclination to explain his
situation. Finally, at a rest point many hours later, the little monk
could not stand it any further, he burst out angrily at the big monk.
‘How can you claim yourself a devout monk, when you seize the first
opportunity to touch a female, especially when she is very pretty? All
your teachings to me make you a big hypocrite. The big monk looked
surprised and said, ‘I had put down the pretty lady at the river bank
many hours ago, how come you are still carrying her along?’
[This very old Chinese Zen story reflects the thinking of many people
today. We encounter many unpleasant things in our life, they irritate us
and they make us angry. Sometimes, they cause us a lot of hurt,
sometimes they cause us to be bitter or jealous. But like the little
monk, we are not willing to let them go away. We keep on carrying the
baggage of the ‘pretty lady’ with us. We let them keep on coming back to
hurt us, make us angry, make us bitter and cause us a lot of agony. Why?
Simply because we are not willing to put down or let go of the baggage
of the ‘pretty lady’. We should let go of the pretty lady immediately
after crossing the river, that’s after the unpleasant event is
over. This will immediately remove all our agonies. There is no need to be
further hurt by the unpleasant event after it is over.]
Taking into account that life might put you in the position of wanting to quit your job, an expert decided to instruct you on how to do it as an expert.
• Be sure to give your employer a proper notice.
• Write a professional resignation letter.
• Make sure that you submit the resignation letter to your supervisor but at the same time do not forget to send another copy to the Human Resources department.
• You need to act diplomatically and remember that you have to resign in a professional and graceful way.
• In order to end it well try your best to finish all of your office responsibilities. At the same time you should prepare a detailed report for your replacement.
• The transition from one person occupying the position to another person taking his or her place needs to be as smooth as possible. It’s best that you offer your help in training your successor.
• If you are required to do an exit interview, it is advised that you do it with your employer.
• Do not forget to ask for your gathered bonuses and payments: unused vacation time, personal days, bonus checks etc.
• Make sure that you keep in touch with significant former coworkers.
• Thank your current employer for the opportunity to work there.
• Some employers tend to dismiss immediately the employee when they find out that he or she wants to resign; hence try to be prepared for a different type of reaction.
• First of all do not leave in bad terms with your co-workers or supervisors.
• You need to be prepared for the situation in which the employer asks you to immediately resign; hence, don’t get caught off-guard.
• You may be offered a counter offer. Do not accept it unless you are more than sure that it’s best for you.
• Even though it might seem hard to leave a position to which you got accustomed, do not feel guilty.
• Try to avoid boasting to your coworkers about your future position.
• You need to prove yourself a trustful member of the team until the last moment on the job. Do not “forget” to come at office during your last period there.
• Be careful what you say. Saying something bad just for the sake of it might make you regret it.
• When you thank your employer for the opportunity to work there you do not need to feel that it is imperative to give him or her a motif for choosing to resign.
• When you offer to help your successor, remember that you made a promise. If you are not going to, it’s better that you don’t make the promise at all.
• During the exit interview, try to resist the urge of saying something negative about your coworkers or supervisor.
Don’t miss to read…
The train has started moving. It is packed with people of all ages, mostly with the working men and women and young college guys and gals. Near the window, seated a old man with his 30 year old son. As the train moves by, the son is overwhelmed with joy as he was thrilled with the scenery outside..
“See dad, the scenery of green trees moving away is very beautiful”
This behaviour from a thirty year old son made the other people feel strange about him. Every one started murmuring something or other about this son.” This guy seems to be a crack.” newly married Anup whispered to his wife.
Suddenly it started raining… Rain drops fell on the travellers through the opened window. The Thirty year old son , filled with joy ” see dad, how beautiful the rain is ..”
Anup’s wife got irritated with the rain drops spoiling her new suit.
Anup,” cant you see its raining, you old man, if ur son is not feeling well get him soon to a mental asylum. and don’t disturb public henceforth”
The old man hesitated first and then in a low tone replied ” we are on the way back from hospital, my son got discharged today morning , he was a blind by birth, last week only he got his vision, these rain and nature are new to his eyes.. Please forgive us for the inconvenience caused…”
The things we see may be right from our perspective until we know the truth. But when we know the truth our reaction to that will hurt even us. So try to understand the problem better before taking a harsh action.
“Never judge the people by appearance”
A friend of mine sent me this picture… thought of sharing
This illusion was created by Phillippe G.Schyns and Aude Oliva of the Univ. of Glasgow.
If u watch the images from your seat in front of the computer, Mr.Angry is on the left, and Mrs.Calm is on the right.
Get up from your seat, and move back 12 feet, and PRESTO!! they switch places!!
Technology revolution in HR
Being highly dynamic process, HR operations has to be modified with every slight change in the industry to suit the requirements of the employers. There have been some notable changes and developments in recent past, especially in terms of technology. The relationship between human resource management and information technology is inverse. Human resources use machines to manage people, and information technology uses people to manage machines. It is important to remember that information technology brings new tools and a strong interest in knowledge management to this business relationship. While human resource brings a strong orientation for improving job performance and a focus on knowledge use.
The primary responsibility of a human resource information system is to facilitate the man on job, by segregating the data on human capital and human resource into desirable silos. The second enhancement is strategic. It provides easily accessible data to a manager which allows them to make better decisions regarding human resource planning.
Another technology boom to HR is internet. With more than one billion users on Internet, the other upcoming trend is of E-Recruitment.
Around two thirds of employers use Internet as a part of their recruitment strategies. Online recruitment is likely to pick up momentum due to speed and cost benefits.
The benefits of online recruitment:
From an Employer’s perspective
- The Internet offers a unique opportunity to shortlist candidates on hard skills from a wide geographical area, at a minimal cost and fractional time, when compared to traditional recruitment mediums.
- Online advertising offers more cost effective and highly targeted visibility than traditional press and can last for longer time duration. The advertising can be employer-branded and a more substantial job specification can be presented to attract suitable applicants.
- The geographical reach of the Internet is a clear advantage.
- “It is the ‘pull advertising’ as against the ‘push advertising’ of the traditional media that is also an advantage. Use of rich and interactive multimedia content in online advertisements offers a rich emotional involvement for the targeted user.
From a job seekers perspective:
- The Internet is available at all hours of the day/night/weekend ( 24x 7)
- Find jobs more easily using keywords
- Ease of applying for jobs in one go
Moreover, social networking sites such as orkut, facebook, myspace and linkedIn are popular hunting grounds for recruiters. A significant number of people are using the social network sites for work-related tasks which include research on potential employees and generating new business. According to Manpower report 17 per cent people use the sites to research for potential employers, 10 per cent for networking and generating new business while 17 per cent use it for other work-related reasons. In future, due to huge internet penetration and younger profile of our country expansion will further accelerate.
The report also revealed that as the virtual world of work becomes increasingly attractive, people are expecting changes in the workplace over the next 10 years.
The results reveal that 87 per cent think technology would play a bigger role in how people work.
Technology reduces the time to scout the best talent and help them migrate.
In this environment, it is important to engage with both active and passive target audiences. Companies that will focus on building niche talent pools based on future skill sets requirement and engage with them to retain them are most likely to emerge as clear leaders. While the concept of implementing information technology into human resource management has significant benefits, the idea is not without challenges. In this information age, the prime concern remains of data security and user privacy.
This radical transformation of HR functions has been instigated by a complex nexus of forces. Pressures to reduce costs, higher expectations of customers, the constant drive to meet global competitive challenges, and opportunities offered by advancements in information technology hold the key.
The mix of these forces accelerates the transformation of the HR function in ways not envisioned a decade ago.
Cherian Kuruvila is director operations, Manpower India
By Robert Crane
In Robert Crane’s career he has had plenty of job interviews, probably fifty. And he admitted that he got-an-offer percentage maybe 95%; not bad. On the flip side, he has also interviewed over a hundred candidates, hiring a number of good people with few exceptions and only one a probable serial killer (he apparently knew the eighteen ‘Do Nots’).
He has asked it all, heard it all, answered it all, and seen it all. It is from this wealth of experience that he has culled eighteen must ‘Do Nots’ to share with you. You can thank him later. Here they are:
1. Do not be late.
2. Do not put your feet on the desk.
3. Do not eat garlic 24 hours prior.
4. Do not have a flapping dried nostril booger or a long protruding nose hair.
5. Do not have a stringer of spittle in the corner of your mouth.
6. Do not shake hands if your palm is cold, clammy and limp.
7. Do not wear sneakers unless they are brand new.
8. Do not wear a lapel pin of any sort unless it is the American or Mexican flag.
9. Do not ask about hours, salary, vacation, pensions, insurance or anything else that might be considered … well … not job related.
10. Do not say “bottom line” or “at the end of the day” less than five times every five minutes.
11. Do not quote Scripture or Seinfeld.
12. Do not forget to “push back” at least once on some safe topic (e.g., interviewer: “Tell me about your last job.” Interviewee response: “I need to push back. You seem stupider than tar!”).
13. Do not use words like “mammy”, “pappy”, “gedder done” or “irregardless” unless it’s for a job at the Monster Truck rally.
14. Do not reach for your pocket flask unless you are willing to share it with the interviewer (which I highly encourage you do to break the ice).
15. Do not divulge what sex positions you like unless explicitly asked.
16. (Related to rule 15) Do not use the “C” word under any circumstances, ever! “F”, “B” and “S” words are okay but only if encouraged by the interviewer.
17. Do not fall asleep.
18. Do not forget to leave when it’s over.
There you have it. Most of it common sense. But you’d be surprised just how many people forget. If you master these rules and don’t forget to weasel word at every opportunity, you too should find success at your next job interview.
Happy job hunting.
Face it, we all feel sleepy the moment we enter the office premises. But what if your boss caught you sleeping at your desk? Here is what you can tell him:
• “They told me at the blood bank this might happen.”
• “This is just a 15 minute power-nap as described in that time management course you sent me.”
• “Whew! Guess I left the top off the White-Out You probably got here just in time!”
• “I wasn’t sleeping! I was meditating on the mission statement and envisioning a new paradigm.”
• “I was testing my keyboard for drool resistance.”
• “I was doing Yoga exercises to relieve work-related stress.”
• “Damn! Why did you interrupt me? I had almost figured out a solution to our biggest problem.”
• “The coffee machine is broken…”
• “Someone must’ve put decaf in the wrong pot…”
• ” … in Jesus’ name. Amen.”
- An answer to this question is necessarily closely linked to the language in question. Whereas most languages use the same names for the months (with a few Slavonic languages as notable exceptions), there is great variety in names that various languages use for the days of the week. A few examples will be given here.
Except for the sabbath, Jews simply number their week days.
A related method is partially used in Portuguese and Russian:
|English||Portuguese||Russian||Meaning of Russian name|
Most Latin-based languages connect each day of the week with one of the seven “planets” of the ancient times: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. French, for example, uses:
The link with the sun has been broken in French, but Sunday was called dies solis (day of the sun) in Latin.
It is interesting to note that also some Asiatic languages (for example, Hindi, Japanese, and Korean) have a similar relationship between the week days and the planets.
English has retained the original planets in the names for Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. For the four other days, however, the names of Anglo-Saxon or Nordic gods have replaced the Roman gods that gave name to the planets. Thus, Tuesday is named after Tiw, Wednesday is named after Woden, Thursday is named after Thor, and Friday is named after Freya.