Sharpen Your Skills

 Sharpen Your Skills
Once upon a time a very strong woodcutter asked for a job with a timber merchant, and he got it. His salary was really good and so were the working conditions. For that reason, the woodcutter was determined to do his best.

His boss gave him an axe and showed him the area where he was supposed to fell the trees. The first day, the woodcutter brought down 15 trees.

" Congratulations," the boss said. " Carry on with your work!"

Highly motivated by the words of his boss, the woodcutter tried harder the next day, but he only could bring 10 trees down. The third day he tried even harder, but he was only able to bring down 7 trees.

Day after day he was bringing lesser number of trees down.

" I must be losing my strength", the woodcutter thought. He went to the boss and apologized, saying that he could not understand what was going on.

" When was the last time you sharpened your axe?" the boss asked.
" Sharpen? I had no time to sharpen my axe. I have been very busy trying to cut trees..."

That's right. Most of us NEVER update our skills. We think that whatever we have learned is very much enough. But good is not good when better is expected. Sharpening our skills from time to time is the key to succes

-Unknown Author

MS word Tip: Draw border line by typing 3 hyphens

When you want to set off a paragraph with a horizontal line, you can switch from the keyboard to the mouse and click the appropriate border tool — or you can simply type it in. For example, suppose you would like to separate the following sentence from the rest of Section One:

After you type the sentence, press Enter, type three hyphens, and then press Enter again, as shown below. (I've turned on the Show/Hide button to reveal the keystrokes.)

Word draws a single line above the second paragraph mark and positions the insertion point marker to begin  the next paragraph:


Author Unknown

One of the most common and frustrating impediments to worker productivity is conflict between employees. Unresolved conflict can strain relationships, create tension and negativity, and dampen morale. Whether engaged in a heated debate, a disagreement, or an outright feud, take a strategic approach to resolving the problem. You'll be most effective if you avoid making these common mistakes.

1. Don't make assumptions about the situation or the other person's perceptions, motivations, or reactions. You'll get a much clearer and more accurate picture by asking the other person directly.

2. Don't take it personally - it rarely is!

3. Don't look for blame. Instead, try to identify cause.

4. Don't avoid the problem. It'll only get worse, breed resentment, and resurface at a later date. You've simply got to deal directly with the issue at hand.

5. Don't attack the other person's character. That's just playing dirty. It will not help you work things out and it will almost certainly have a lasting, negative impact.

6. Don't gossip about the problem or about the other person involved. It's unprofessional and will only make matters worse.

7. Don't bring it up in public. This is a private matter to be resolved between you and the other party.

8. Don't bring it up when there's not enough time to address it. Instead, leave adequate time for a thorough discussion - or introduce the issue and schedule a time to resume talks in the immediate future.

9. Don't bring it up when you're angry, stressed, or feeling ill.That's a disservice to you and the other person involved. Wait until you're calm.

10. Don't address the situation in an email. Email leaves far too much room for misinterpretation. While we're on the subject, don't copy others on a personal matter. This will almost certainly make the other party feel defensive, angry, or humiliated. It won't, however, help resolve the problem.

Everything You Do Matters

Everything You Do Matters
The Ripple Effect

In a world of six billion people, it's easy to believe that the only way to initiate profound transformation is to take extreme action. Each of us, however, carries within us the capacity to change the world in small ways for better or worse. Everything we do and think affects the people in our lives, and their reactions in turn affect others. As the effect of a seemingly insignificant word passes from person to person, its impact grows and can become a source of great joy, inspiration, anxiety, or pain. Your thoughts and actions are like stones dropped into still waters, causing ripples to spread and expand as they move outward. The impact you have on the world is greater than you could ever imagine, and the choices you make can have far-reaching consequences. You can use the ripple effect to make a positive difference and spread waves of kindness that will wash over the world.

Should the opportunity arise, the recipient of a good deed will likely feel compelled to do a good deed for someone else. Someone feeling the effects of negative energy will be more likely to pass on that negative energy. One act of charity, one thoughtful deed, or even one positive thought can pass from individual to individual, snowballing until it becomes a group movement or the ray of hope that saves someone's life. Every transformation, just like every ripple, has a point of origin. You must believe in your ability to be that point of origin if you want to use the ripples you create to spread goodness. Consider the effect of your thoughts and actions, and try to act graciously as much as possible.

A smile directed at a stranger, a compliment given to a friend, an attitude of laughter, or a thoughtful gesture can send ripples that spread among your loved ones and associates, out into your community, and finally throughout the world. You have the power to touch the lives of everyone you come into contact with and everyone those people come into contact with. The momentum of your influence will grow as your ripples moves onward and outward. One of those ripples could become a tidal wave of positivity.

The Monkey with The Wooden Apples

The Monkey with The Wooden Apples

There once was a happy monkey wandering the jungle, eating delicious fruit when hungry, and resting when tired. One day he came upon a house, where he saw a bowl of the most beautiful apples. He took one in each hand and ran back into the forest. 
He sniffed the apples and smelled nothing. He tried to eat them, but hurt his teeth. They were made of wood, but they were beautiful, and when the other monkeys saw them, he held onto them even tighter.
He admired his new possessions proudly as he wandered the jungle. They glistened red in the sun, and seemed perfect to him. He became so attached to them, that he didn't even notice his hunger at first.
A fruit tree reminded him, but he felt the apples in his hands. He couldn't bear to set them down to reach for the fruit. In fact, he couldn't relax, either, if he was to defend his apples. A proud, but less happy monkey continued to walk along the forest trails.
The apples became heavier, and the poor little monkey thought about leaving them behind. He was tired, hungry, and he couldn't climb trees or collect fruit with his hands full. What if he just let go?
Letting go of such valuable things seemed crazy, but what else could he do? He was so tired. Seeing the next fruit tree, and smelling it's fruit was enough. He dropped the wooden apples and reached up for his meal. He was happy again.

Like that little monkey, we sometimes carry things that seem too valuable to let go. A man carries an image of himself as "productive" - carries it like a shiny wooden apple. But in reality, his busyness leaves him tired, and hungry for a better life.
 Still, letting go seems crazy. Even his worries are sacred apples - they prove he's "doing everything he can." He holds onto them compulsively.

Excel Tip: The intelligent Format Painter

The solution: The intelligent Format Painter
I started by showing the user how to save time by using the Format Painter. We formatted the first row as light green, selected that row, and double-clicked the Format Painter. (It's the icon in the Standard toolbar that looks like a paintbrush.) Then, to "paint" additional rows, all we had to do was click on the row's number, and the Format Painter copied the "light green fill" attribute onto the target row.

After the user gushed for a bit about how cool she thought the Format Painter was, we kicked it up a notch. Because the Format Painter is smart enough to recognize patterns when you've selected two or more rows, we were able to format every other row in her spreadsheet with one swipe of the mouse.

First, we selected two rows—the first, plain row of data and the row that had been formatted with a light green fill. Next, we clicked the Format Painter once, and clicked on the first row number below our selection, and dragged down the column. Figure B shows what the sheet looked like while we were copying. (Notice the paintbrush icon near the bottom of the range we were formatting.) Figure C shows the final result.

Figure B
When you select two or more rows and click the Format Painter, the program copies the formatting from each row.

Figure C
When you use the Format Painter to apply formatting from two or more rows, Excel formats subsequent rows using the same patterns. (In this case, the pattern is one plain row followed by one shaded row.)

Excel Tip: Love your [Ctrl] key--for three reasons

Love your [Ctrl] key--for three reasons
This three-fer will demonstrate why you should love and use your [Ctrl] key:
Reason 1--Fast navigation. When you press [Ctrl] and any arrow key (north, east, south, or west), you jump to the last populated cell in that direction. Think of using the [Ctrl]-arrow key shortcut as an alternative to pressing [Page Down] to find the bottom row of a data set or pressing [Tab] to find the last column. Bonus tip: Hold down the [Shift] key while you press any [Ctrl]-arrow key shortcut to select all the cells between where you are and where you jump with the [Ctrl] key.
Reason 2--You can make noncontiguous selections. That's a fancy way of saying you can select any cells you want, regardless of whether they're contiguous--next to each other in a row or column. Hold down the [Ctrl] key while you click on a cell or click and drag through a range of cells. As long as you hold down the [Ctrl] key, you can click and select to your heart's content.
Combine this tip with tip #7, and you can use the AutoCalculate tool to analyze any combination of individual cells or blocks of cells. Figure O shows our screen when we used AutoCalculate to sum the cells we selected while holding down the [Ctrl] key.
Figure O
When you hold down the [Ctrl] key, you can select any cell or block of cells, and AutoCalculate will return results based on those noncontiguous selections.
Reason 3--Fast data entry. Suppose you want to put the same string, number, or formula into two or more cells. Using the old-fashioned approach, you'd type the string, number, or formula into the first cell and then copy and paste that entry into the destination cells. But there's a little-known time-saving tip that makes short work of placing the same entry in multiple cells. First, select all the cells you want to populate. Type the entry, but don't press [Enter]. Instead, press [Ctrl][Enter]. When you do, Excel will copy what you typed into all of the selected cells.

Excel Tip: AutoSum Shortcut key

AutoSum Shortcut Key

Instead of using the AutoSum button from the toolbar,

you can press Alt and = to achieve the same result.

Try it here :

Move to a blank cell in the Total row or column, then press Alt and =.


Select a row, column or all cells and then press Alt and =.

Jan Feb Mar Total

North 10 50 90 150

South 20 60 100 180

East 30 70 200 300

West 40 80 300 420

Total 100 260 690 1050

Excel Tip: Age calculation in excel

You can calculate a persons age based on their birthday and todays date.

The calculation uses the DATEDIF() function.

The DATEDIF() is not documented in Excel 5, 7 or 97, but it is in 2000.

(Makes you wonder what else Microsoft forgot to tell us!)

Birth date : 9-Jan-09

Years lived : 0  =DATEDIF(C8,TODAY(),"y")

and the months : 10  =DATEDIF(C8,TODAY(),"ym")

and the days : 21  =DATEDIF(C8,TODAY(),"md")

You can put this all together in one calculation, which creates a text version.

Age is 0 Years, 10 Months and 21 Days

 ="Age is "&DATEDIF(C8,TODAY(),"y")&" Years, "&DATEDIF(C8,TODAY(),"ym")&" Months and "&DATEDIF(C8,TODAY(),"md")&" Days"

Another way to calculate age

This method gives you an age which may potentially have decimal places representing the months.

If the age is 20.5, the .5 represents 6 months.

Birth date : 19-Feb-79

Age is : 30.78  =(TODAY()-C23)/365.25

Excel Tip: SUM using names

You can use the names typed at the top of columns or side of rows in calculations
simply by typing the name into the formula.
Try this example:
Go to cell C16 and then enter the formula =SUM(jan)
The result will show.
This formula can be copied to D16 and E16, and the names change to Feb and Mar.
Jan Feb Mar
North 45 50 50
South 30 25 35
East 35 10 50
West 20 50 5
Total 130 135 4
"=Sum(Jan)" "=Sum(Feb)" "=count(Mar)"
If it does not work !
The feature may have been switched off on your computer.
You can switch it on by using Tools, Options, Calculation, Accept Labels in Formula.