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Monday, October 28, 2013

The mother Giraffe makes her child Suffer

The mother giraffe gives birth standing up, so the first thing that happens to a new-born giraffe is a fall of about two meters.

Still dazed, the baby tries to stand up on its four legs, but its mother behaves very strangely: she gives the baby giraffe a gentle kick which sends it sprawling. It tries to get up and is again knocked down.

This process is repeated several times, until the new-born giraffe is too exhausted to stand. At that point, the mother kicks it again, forcing it to get to its feet. After that, she does not push the baby giraffe over again.

The explanation is simple: in order to survive predators, the first lesson a giraffe must learn is to get to its feet quickly.

The mother’s apparent cruelty finds support in an Arabic proverb: “Sometimes, in order to teach something good, you have to be a little rough.”

Lesson from the Hedgehogs – Teamwork

It was the coldest winter ever. Many animals died because of the cold.

The hedgehogs, realizing the situation, decided to group together to keep warm. This way they covered and protected themselves; but the quills of each one wounded their closest companions.

After awhile, they decided to distance themselves one from the other and they began to die, alone and frozen. So they had to make a choice: either accept the quills of their companions or disappear from the Earth.

Wisely, they decided to go back to being together. They learned to live with the little wounds caused by the close relationship with their companions in order to receive the heat that came from the others. This way they were able to survive.

Friday, October 25, 2013

What Does it takes you to be a CEO ?

பாட்டி வைத்தியம்

* சாதம் வடித்த கஞ்சியை எடுத்து ஆறவைத்து ஒரு ஸ்பூன் நெய்யில் கொஞ்சம் சீரகம் கலந்து குடித்தால் இடுப்புவலி நீங்கும்

* அரிசியுடன் வெந்தயத்தைச் சேர்த்து கஞ்சியாக்கி காய்ச்சி உண்டு வந்தால் தாய்ப்பால் சுரக்கும்.

* விரலி மஞ்சளை சுட்டு பொடி செய்து தேங்காய் எண்ணெயில் குழப்பி காலையிலும் இரவிலும் ஆறாத புண்களுக்கு மேல் போட்டால் சீக்கிரம் குணமாகிவிடும்

* கறிவேப்பிலையை அம்மியில் வைத்து அதனுடன் தேக்கரண்டியளவு சீரகத்தையும் வைத்து, மை போல அரைத்து வாயில் போட்டு தண்ணீர் குடித்துவிட்டால் வயிற்றுப் போக்கு நிற்கும்

* சாம்பிராணி, மஞ்சள், சீனி போட்டு கஷாயமாக்கி பாலும் வெல்லமும் சேர்த்து பருகினால் உடம்புவலி தீரும்

* நெருப்பு சுடுநீர் பட்ட இடத்தில் பெருங்காயத்தை அரைத்துப் பூசினால் எரிச்சல் குறையும் கொப்பளமும் ஏற்படாது

* வெண்டைக்காயை உணவில் அடிக்கடி சேர்த்து வந்தால் நரம்புகள் வலிமை பெறும். மூளையின் இயக்கத்தைச் செம்மைப்படுத்துவதுடன் நல்ல ஞாபக சக்தியையும் உண்டாகும்

* பசுவின் பால் நூறு மில்லி தண்ணீரில் அதே அளவு விட்டு இதில் வெண்தாமரை மலர்களைப் போட்டுக் காய்ச்சி பாத்திரத்தை இறக்கி வைத்து அதில் வரும் ஆவியைக் கண்வலி போன்ற நோய்கள் வந்த கண்ணில் படும்படி பிடித்தால், கண் நோய்கள் அகலும்

* புடலங்காயின் இலைச்சாறு, காலையில் குழந்தைகளுக்குத் தருவதால் கக்குவான், இருமல் குணமாகும். மலச்சிக்கல் நீங்கும். புடலங்காய் சமைத்து உண்பதால் தேவையில்லாத உடல் பருமன் குறையலாம்

* பீட்ருட் கிழங்கின் சாற்றுடன் சிறிது தேனும் கலந்து அருந்தி வந்தால் வயிற்றுப்புண் குணமாகும்

* கேரட் சாறும் சிறிது தேனும் கலந்து பருகி வர கர்ப்பினி பெண்கள் வாந்தி நிற்கும் உடல் வலுவாகும். பித்த நோய்கள் தீரும்

* சுக்கு, மிளகு, திப்பிலி, தாமரை இதழ், வெல்லம் சேர்த்து தண்ணீரில் விட்டுக் கொதிக்க வைத்து வடிகட்டி இரவில் ஒரு டம்ளர் சாப்பிடுவதால் மாரடைப்பைத் தடுக்கலாம்

* முட்டைக் கோசுடன் பசுவின் வெண்ணெய் கலந்து பாகம் செய்து சாப்பிட்டால் உடல் தளர்ச்சி விலகும். ரிலாக்ஸ் ப்ளீஸ் ஆங்கிலத்திலும்

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

10 Common Leadership and Management Mistakes

Avoiding Universal Pitfalls
Experience is the name every one gives to their mistakes. – Oscar Wilde

It's often said that mistakes provide great learning opportunities. However, it's much better not to make mistakes in the first place!

In this article, we're looking at 10 of the most common leadership and management errors, and highlighting what you can do to avoid them. If you can learn about these here, rather than through experience, you'll save yourself a lot of trouble!

1.      Lack of Feedback

Sarah is a talented sales representative, but she has a habit of answering the phone in an unprofessional manner. Her boss is aware of this, but he's waiting for her performance review to tell her where she's going wrong. Unfortunately, until she's been alerted to the problem, she'll continue putting off potential customers.

According to 1,400 executives polled by The Ken Blanchard Companies, failing to provide feedback is the most common mistake that leaders make. When you don't provide prompt feedback to your people, you're depriving them of the opportunity to improve their performance.

2.      Not Making Time for Your Team

When you're a manager or leader, it's easy to get so wrapped up in your own workload that you don't make yourself available to your team.

Yes, you have projects that you need to deliver. But your people must come first – without you being available when they need you, your people won't know what to do, and they won't have the support and guidance that they need to meet their objectives.

3.      Being Too "Hands-Off"

One of your team has just completed an important project. The problem is that he misunderstood the project's specification, and you didn't stay in touch with him as he was working on it. Now, he's completed the project in the wrong way, and you're faced with explaining this to an angry client.

4.      Being Too Friendly

Most of us want to be seen as friendly and approachable to people in our team. After all, people are happier working for a manager that they get on with. However, you'll sometimes have to make tough decisions regarding people in your team, and some people will be tempted to take advantage of your relationship if you're too friendly with them.

This doesn't mean that you can't socialize with your people. But, you do need to get the balance right between being a friend and being the boss.

5.      Failing to Define Goals

When your people don't have clear goals, they muddle through their day. They can't be productive if they have no idea what they're working for, or what their work means. They also can't prioritize their workload effectively, meaning that projects and tasks get completed in the wrong order.

6.      Misunderstanding Motivation

Do you know what truly motivates your team? Here's a hint: chances are, it's not just money!

Many leaders make the mistake of assuming that their team is only working for monetary reward. However, it's unlikely that this will be the only thing that motivates them.

7.      Hurrying Recruitment

When your team has a large workload, it's important to have enough people "on board" to cope with it. But filling a vacant role too quickly can be a disastrous mistake.

Hurrying recruitment can lead to recruiting the wrong people for your team: people who are uncooperative, ineffective or unproductive. They might also require additional training, and slow down others on your team. With the wrong person, you'll have wasted valuable time and resources if things don't work out and they leave. What's worse, other team members will be stressed and frustrated by having to "carry" the under-performer.

8.      Not "Walking the Walk"

If you make personal telephone calls during work time, or speak negatively about your CEO, can you expect people on your team not to do this too? Probably not!

As a leader, you need to be a role model for your team. This means that if they need to stay late, you should also stay late to help them. Or, if your organization has a rule that no one eats at their desk, then set the example and head to the break room every day for lunch. The same goes for your attitude – if you're negative some of the time, you can't expect your people not to be negative.

So remember, your team is watching you all the time. If you want to shape their behavior, start with your own. They'll follow suit.

9.      Not Delegating

Some managers don't delegate, because they feel that no-one apart from themselves can do key jobs properly. This can cause huge problems as work bottlenecks around them, and as they become stressed and burned out.

Delegation does take a lot of effort up-front, and it can be hard to trust your team to do the work correctly. But unless you delegate tasks, you're never going to have time to focus on the "broader-view" that most leaders and managers are responsible for. What's more, you'll fail to develop your people so that they can take the pressure off you.

10. Misunderstanding Your Role

Once you become a leader or manager, your responsibilities are very different from those you had before.

However, it's easy to forget that your job has changed, and that you now have to use a different set of skills to be effective. This leads to you not doing what you've been hired to do – leading and managing. Make sure that you learn these skills – you'll fail if you try to rely on technical skills alone, however good they are!