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As a matter of fact, I agree with this but this is what they are supposed to do :)
High expections coupled with high motivation results in high achievements.
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in today's life when one is thronged with worries and tensions all around, it is very difficult to maintain a positive attitude. And often the more you try and be positive, the more it seems the negative energy around you gains strength. So here are 7 ways to change our modus operandi, be positive and work towards a healthier lifestyle.

Do Not Wait for Happiness.
Do not wait for good things to happen to you. You need to work towards happiness. You need to create a happy environment around you today to remain happy tomorrow. This is called an attitude. If you adopt a positive attitude, life becomes a rewarding game instead of a challenge to 'get through.'

Clarify and Prioritize
Learn to know what you want. If you know what you expect from yourself, your future becomes clear and your goals become attainable
Clarify your purpose : A purpose is something you fulfill each moment when you are in balance with your life. (A purpose is a simple, positive statement of why you are here). A purpose isn't a goal statement, which one can achieve.
Discover your purpose: by identifying & prioritizing your most important roles in life (at home, at work, community etc) List the positive qualities that you aspire to possess: Honesty, Philanthropic, Accommodating, Tolerant etc.
Visualize your future, with a clear picture in your mind of what you want to accomplish in your lifetime (you can become what you think you are and what you see). One of the most powerful techniques for achieving life goals is visualization (creating a mental image of something happening in future). Believing in and seeing your dreams can motivate you to become what you want to be.
Set goals for yourself (To help your dreams for the future become a reality, you need to set short & long term goals) to stay on course.
To provide steady fuel for your energy, create a list of long term goals to be accomplished in life time & break them into several interim short term goals to help you chart your progress.

Be Resilient
Resilient people are those who face setbacks but ultimately, with perseverance, recover from them. Try and be strong and face life's difficulties as challenges; respond accordingly with action, rather than with fear, self-pity, inferiority or blame. While life can be very challenging, an important step in becoming more resilient is to develop the habit of positive self talk and to remind yourself that you are strong and can grow stronger and wiser as you handle life's challenges.

Self Pep Talk
One's inner dialogue is one's biggest strength and critic. Listen to your inner self and talk to it. Motivate yourself rather than getting motivated by others. It is the inner voice that makes us critical of ourselves. Rule your inner voice!

Laugh Away
Humor is the best medicine. Make laughter a part of your day. Laughter is known to be a mood elevator. When feeling low, read funny stories or go through a joke book. Allow yourself to open up. See the funny side of things and you will realize, life is a complex, yet funny game.

Seize the day
Carpe Diem, as the proverb goes. Always enjoy the moment. Do not worry about your past or future. Live for the day. What has happened is irreversible and what will happen is unknown, so try and enjoy what you have. Like someone has rightly said:
"The past is history, the future is mystery.
Today is a Gift, That is why we call it the Present"

Be an Optimist
This is the golden rule to maintaining a positive attitude. Always believe in yourself. Being an optimist does not only mean to see the brighter side of life. To be an optimist means to view the surroundings wherein you maximize your strengths and achievements and minimize your weaknesses and apprehensions.

It is difficult to change yourself in a day But at least give it a try. A positive attitude in life will help you go places. Just curb that fear in you and move towards the right path!!
Remember, I CAN and I WILL.


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Assalamu alaikum

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There are other big numbers with names. A zillion has come to mean an arbitrary or unknown large number. A googol is 10^100. A googolplex is 10^googol (10^10^10^2). This number is too large to write here without exponents. Skewes' number (gesundheit) is 10^10^10^34 was used as an upper bound in a mathematical proof. Recently 10^10^10^10^10^7 was used in a proof.
The googolplex has given rise to the n-plex notation: n-plex is 10^n. n-minex is 10^-n. Donald Knuth invented arrow notation, where m^n (^ is an up arrow) is the regular m^n. m^^n is m^m^m^m...^m, with n up arrows. m^^^n is m^^m^^m...^^m, with n ^^s. According to The Book of Numbers by J.H.Conway and R.K.Guy, chained arrow notation is the following enhancement: a^^^^^b is written as a>b>5, where > is a right arrow.

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12 things your CV should NOT have

Kshipra Singh
February 08, 2008
Your CV is your marketing brochure through which you try to sell a commodity, ie your skills to the potential buyer ie the prospective employer. The sole purpose of your CV is to fetch you an interview call. Nothing more, nothing less.
However, creating a CV isn't as simple as just using flowery language and pretty fonts. There are certain things that put recruiters off and if you want to make a good impression, make sure you do not commit these mistakes in what is arguably the most valuable document of your job hunt. 
While the rules listed are well-founded, they are not carved in stone. At times you will need to break the rules. If you want to add these things knowingly and purposefully to your CV we advise you to do that.
The points mentioned here are not listed in the order of priority; instead they are listed in the sequence in which they usually appear on a CV.

~ Colorful or glossy paper and flashy fonts
Your CV is a formal, official document. Keep it simple.

~ Resume or CV at the top
Many people tend to add headings to their CV. The usual are CV, Curriculum Vitae and Resume. Do not do this.

~ Photographs until asked
Do not add your photo to the CV until you have been asked for it. Photographs are required only for certain types of positions like models, actors etc. 

~ Usage of 'I', 'My', 'He', 'She'
Do not use these in your CV. Many candidates write, 'I worked as Team Leader for XYZ Company' or 'He was awarded Best Employee for the year 2007'. Instead use bullet points to list out your qualifications/ experience like: Team leader for XYZ Company from 2006-2007.

~ Spelling mistakes and grammatical errors
Proofread your CV until you are confident that it doesn't have any spelling mistakes or grammatical errors. These are big put-offs for the recruiters. Moreover, sometimes these mistakes might land you in an embarrassing situation.
A candidate who submitted his CV without proofreading it committed the mistake of wrongly spelling 'ask' as 'ass'. Now you can imagine the type of embarrassment he must have faced during the interview, when the interviewer pointed it out. These mistakes tend to convey a lazy and careless attitude to the interviewer.

~ Lies about your candidature
Do not lie about your past jobs or qualifications or anything which might have an impact on the job. You may be able to secure a job with these lies today but tomorrow you may lose it as well.

~ Abbreviations or jargon that is difficult to understand
People screening your resume usually belong to the HR department. If they do not understand what the abbreviations and jargon mean, they will simply dump your CV in the trash can. Avoid over-using such terms as far as possible.
~ Reasons for leaving last job

Leave these reasons to be discussed during the personal interview. For example, some candidates write: Reason for leaving the last job: Made redundant. Avoid making such statements in your CV, they add no value. Besides, if you do get an interview call, chances are the interviewer will address the issue.

~ Past failures or health problems
Mentioning these immediately slash your chances of getting an interview call.
For instance, you have a gap in your employment because you started your own business which did not do well. Some candidates might write -- Reason for gap in employment: Started own business which failed. Do not do this type of injustice with your job hunt at this stage of writing the CV.

~ Current or expected salary
Leave it to be discussed while negotiating the salary.

~ Irrelevant details
Leave out the details like marital status, sex, passport number, number of kids, age of kids. These are usually irrelevant for most interviewers but at times could be used as a basis for discrimination.

~ References
Do not include them until asked. In fact, it is not even required to mention the line 'Reference available on request'. If the recruiter requires a reference, he/she will ask you to bring it along for the interview.
Now that you have run through the list, take a fresh look at your CV and prune away unnecessary details and unaffordable blunders that could have cost you your dream job.


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1. Don't criticize, condemn or complain.

2. Give honest and sincere appreciation.
3. Arouse in the other person an eager want. 

Six ways to make people like you.

1. Become genuinely interested in other people.
2. Smile.
3. Remember that a person's name is to that person.
the sweetest and most important sound in any language.
4. Be a good listener. Encourage others to talk about themselves.
5. Talk in terms of the other person's interests.
6. Make the other person feel important - and do it sincerely. 

Win people to your way of thinking

1. The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it.
2. Show respect for the other person's opinions. Never say, 
"You're wrong."
3. If you are wrong, admit it quickly and emphatically.
4. Begin in a friendly way.
5. Get the other person saying "yes, yes" immediately.
6. Let the other person do a great deal of the talking.
7. Let the other person feel that the idea is his or hers.
8. Try honestly to see things from the other person's point of view.
9. Be sympathetic with the other person's ideas and desires.
10. Appeal to the nobler motives.
11. Dramatize your ideas.
12. Throw down a challenge. 

Be a Leader: How to Change People Without 

Giving Offense or Arousing Resentment.

A leader's job often includes changing your people's 
attitudes and behavior. Some suggestions to accomplish this:

1. Begin with praise and honest appreciation.
2. Call attention to people's mistakes indirectly.
3. Talk about your own mistakes before criticizing the other person.
4. Ask questions instead of giving direct orders.
5. Let the other person save face.
6. Praise the slightest improvement and praise every improvement. Be "hearty in your approbation and lavish in your praise."
7. Give the other person a fine reputation to live up to.
8. Use encouragement. Make the fault seem easy to correct.
9. Make the other person happy about doing the thing you suggest.        

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What is performance management?

Performance management is a system by which we should recognize and utilize the employee's skill, efficiency and as well as identifying his/her drawbacks, negative points and try to remove those.

How do you endow with Performance Appraisal?

There are many ways to do Performance Appraisal:

1.     90-degree appraisal-- Where the performance feedback is taken only from the Supervisor

2.     180-degree appraisal- Where the performance feedback is taken from the peers

3.     360-degree appraisal- Where the performance feedback is taken from the supervisor the subordinates, the peers, and the self-appraiser.

What is the difference between recruitment and selection?

Selection is selecting a candidate without conducting any technical test. Selection is based only on personal interview.Recruitment is a process of selecting an employee through a chain of processes (Aptitude Test / Technical Test >> Personal Interview >> Technical Interview >> HR Interview >> Finalizing the Offer)

What is the difference between Recruitment and Selection?

Recruitment refers to the process of searching for prospective employees and stimulating them to apply for the job in the organization.The selection procedure is the system of functions and devices adopted in a company to ascertain whether the candidate s specifications are matched with the job specifications and requirements or not.

What are the responsibilities of HR Generalist?

The responsibilities are Induction Training Program, MIS Report Generation, Payroll Calculation, Admin and Personnel work, Performance Rating, etc...

Let us assume you are a HR of an organization. If an employee approaches you for a half a day leave (saying Doctor's Appointment), and if you are aware that he has planned for an interview, how will you deal with situation? Will you sanction the leave at this instance?

There is no point to react and act on this situation. If the employee is eligible for leave even though the reason is false information, as per a professional we have to approve his leave.It does not matter, how many days the leave is requested by employee. If the works allotted to the concerned person is handed over or shared with back-up person in due time and there is no urgent work is pending. The leave can be sanctioned without any more hesitation.

What is the relation between Fun and work? What do you think is most important for the growth of the company?

I describe it as 'FUN In Work', i.e. how much you enjoy in doing your work or task at your work place and this is most important. and then you can achieve Fun @ work as well in its real sense.

Describe job description and Job Analysis.

Job Analysis refers to the process of determining and reporting pertinent information relating to the nature of a specific job. It is the determination of tasks that comprise the job and the skills, knowledge, abilities, and responsibilities required of the worker, which differentiates one job from the other. Job description is an organized factual statement of the duties and responsibilities of a specific job.

What is the difference between Job role and job profile.

Job role defines your exact position in a company like Manager, HR, and Job profile explains different responsibilities, which you have in a company.

When you reverse the digits of age of father, you will get the age of the son. One year ago the age of father was twice that of son's age. What are the current ages of father and son? Choose the one from the options given below.

1.     73 and 37

2.     24 and 42

3.     31 and 13

4.     45 and 54

First option is the answer of this question i.e. 73 and 37.

What are your pet peeves?

Overflowing paper trays on employee's desks, this is a clear indicator either a performance gap problem where the employee should have his/her duties performance measured to address the gap or it could indicate a work overload where the employee has been allocated too many duties for him/her to realistically perform in the course of the day/week/year.

What is your future Plans for the Company if Permanently Employed?

First, I want to be expertise in my field within 1 1/2 yrs. Then I will be in next level in this organization, which gives innovations and more responsibility.

Why did you choose HR? Why do want to make your career in HR?

HR- Human Resources

To be a good HR person we need to have excellent interpersonal skills, good friendly attitude, decision-making skills etc.

HR is the backbone in an organization. Right from recruiting the suitable candidate to training and then performance appraisal, compensation, until exit interview, all these steps involves an HR.Therefore, if you want to be a soul of an organization not just a part of it, you should be an HR.

What would you do for the growth of this company?

If I have skill/sort of experience on a job then definitely, I will implement innovative ideas for the growth of a company as well as will update my skill set with innovative ideas.

How will you think if we do not hire you?

Well, your current position will remain open and you have to interview at least one more person. It may be difficult for you to find a more dedicated and knowledgeable person than me.I have to continue my search for excellent and best company where I can get challenging and rewarding work experience. I thought we had win-win situation.

What is Crop2crop recruitment? What is the difference between US recruitment and Indian recruitment? What is W2W?

Contract - Corp to Crop: This means that you have your own company and Client Company will make payments to your company for the work you do.They will pay a flat rate, such as $50/year. In addition, you would be paid from your company either as 1099 or W2 as described below.

Contract – Independent Client Company will directly pay you on hourly basis. They will give you 1099 at the end of the year for the money they paid. You are working as a contractor. They will pay a flat rate, such as $50/year and you are responsible to pay all your taxes such as social security tax, Medicare tax (employee and employer portions.)

Contract – W2. In this instance, you are an employee of the company and you will get salary. Additionally, you may get health insurance, holidays, vacation and other benefits.

You are a team member of a 5-group team. Your best friend is your team leader. You are provided with a project and you should submit in 30 days. Every alternate day after the project is started your team leader goes to client and comes up with the changes to be made. 10 days completed and there is no progress in the project. How do you handle this situation and tell your friend i.e., the team leader?

Use my friendship relations to politely tell and take my project leader into confidence about the way the project is going ahead. Sit, discuss with him and clearly re-draw the road map on how to proceed further. If the project has genuine hurdles (not anticipated) and going ahead will incur losses more than what has been spent so far, take a decision to abandon.

Why did you take HR as a specialization?

I am a person who enjoys interacting with different levels of people. I believe l this is a basic requisite for any HR Personnel.

In addition, I believe I can excel even in people management and hence HR is the right field where I can utilize my skills.

"Customer is a key, or key is a customer," Describe and express your opinion?

Customer is important for any organization because without them no business is possible.

Key is customer because they contribute in business by word of publicity. If they are satisfied, they spread their experience and this may increase the customers. In case, if they are not satisfied, we may lose customers.

What is Employee Retention?

Keeping your key, quality employees happily so that, the company would not lose them to the peer, competitive companies.

What is the procedure to write a CV and resume? What is the difference between them?

A resume is a one or two page summary of your skills, experience, and education. A Curriculum vita includes a summary of your educational and academic backgrounds as well as teaching and research experience, publications, presentations, awards, honors, affiliations and other details. In Europe, the Middle East, Africa, or Asia, employers expect to receive curriculum vitae.

In the United States, curriculum vitae are used primarily when applying for academic, education, scientific or research positions. It is also applicable when applying for fellowships or grants.

Why should we not hire you?

You can hire some other person if you find any candidate better than me.

What should be the answer for why did you choose and pursue carrier in only hr in an interview?

I am interested in People. So I chose HR which is it people management.

How do you organize your priorities?

I will give more priority to that object which is very important


1.     Critical (Very Important)

2.     High (Very Important)

3.     Medium (Important)

4.     Low (Important but we can ignore for a while)

What is management interview?

It is the interview by a manager / Group head / Managing Director / Vice President of an organization. This will often be a 5-10 minutes session where you might have to talk about you and the skills you posses.

What is ergonomics?

The branch of engineering science in which we study the relation between workers and their environments

In what aspects do you think you would do well at this job?

Because of my consistency of good track record, Inquisitiveness to learn new and quick adaptability for change and finally the support and cooperation required by my team members.

What is more important to you: the money or the work?

Money and work both are like siblings. However, I believe that when you work hard, you could earn more. Therefore, work is more important than money. It is the hard work that can help you put another feather in your success cap.

What are your Positives expressed by your ex-supervisor?

Interpersonal Confidence Development, Commitment, Dedication, Diplomatic Decisions, Humane Consideration and Pro-Vision

What is your ability to work under pressure?

I have always enjoyed working under pressure. It is like a tonic, which boosts me, but I always keep it under control so it does not take a toll on me.

Do your skills match this job?

Yes. In additions, I would try to utilize my skills according to the job given to me.

Are you willing to work overtime, Nights and Weekends?

I have definite plans and I move forward accordingly in a systematic way. In case I am behind schedule, I am ready to work overnight and make sure I complete it in time.

Are you willing to show interest towards the organization ahead of your own?

Yes, but in return I would expect the organization to take care of my needs as an individual.

Describe your management style.

1.     To be sincere and honest at work.

2.     Not to involve in subordinate's personal matters.

3.     To provide a friendly environment (Prioritizing the work)

What have you learned from mistakes on the job?

Making mistakes is of human nature but feeling guilty of the mistake or feeling sorry will be the waste of time. Hence I was advised by my supervisor that we need to learn from the mistakes and do not repeat it. Therefore, I realize my mistake and I do not repeat them.

Do you have any blind spots?

I would say everyone has blind spots, and I would too. Hence, I believe in teamwork, because when you are a part of a team, you can point out other people's blind spots and they will do the same for you.

Do not be too specific of your actual weakness. Instead, try to bring out that you are very team oriented.

If you were hiring a person for this job, what would you look for?

In my point of view, I would recommend the following things:

    * Required skills for the role
    * Team player
    * Pro-activeness
    * Loyalty to the work

What qualities do you look for in a boss?

The main thing that I feel is at no point of time; I should feel like I have nothing to learn from him (either professionally or personally).

What position do you prefer on a team working on a project?

It depends on situation, as I am being fresher for the job so I would like to join as fresher for the project.

If you have, any prior experience for the particular job you need to express them because it is very important for you as nobody wants to work under his/her capabilities and you will not be able to give best of yours.

Describe your work ethic.

Work should give satisfaction to the people. If the person is satisfied with the work, he can perform more, it reflects in the growth of the organization as well as individuals.

What do co-workers say about you?

My co-workers always admit that I am good team player by providing suitable advices at the right time. They also add that I have a balance between good stress and bad stress.

Are you applying for other jobs?

Of course, I am. I am looking for the best place to apply my abilities, and so far, this place looks excellent.

Side note - if you sent the resume, rather than went on a recommendation from a friend, it would be obvious you sent it to other places as well.

Do you know anyone who works for us?

If this question is for reference/favor, I say NO.

If it is for records/formalities, I say YES.

Are you a team player?

While answering this question, try to keep yourself on both sides. For example, if the interviewer asks if you prefer to work alone or on a team, he may be trying to get you to say you are one way or the other. However, you do not have to play this game. The reality is that most jobs require us to work both independently and in teams. Your response to this question should show that you have been successful in both situations

How long would you expect to work for us if hired?

I will be satisfied until the time I am able to learn and contribute and my contribution's are recognized

Have you ever had to fire anyone? How did you feel about that?

"So with me, firing is a last resort. However, when it has to be done, it has to be done. A poor employee can wreak terrible damage in undermining the morale of an entire team of good people. When there's no other way, I've found its better for all concerned to act decisively in getting rid of offenders who won't change their ways."

What is your philosophy towards work?

The answer should be positive attitude towards your work, you want to work with your other teammates, help them in their work, and take help from them. That is the policy that should be there and that would give the company more profit  What kind of person would you refuse to work with?

Well, I am a person, who can work with all kinds of people. However, I feel bit uncomfortable to work with selfish people and who are ingratitude in nature.

How can you create new objects in org. mgmt?

To create a new object go to OM -> Basic Settings -> Data Model enhancement - > Create Objects their relationship and TC.

Can you assign a job to another job, and a position to another position? Explain.

We have to assign Position to Job. Because Job is General (E.g. Manager) and Position is Specific (Manager -Hr).

What is meant by an enterprise structure? (I said it comprises of Company code, Personnel Area, and Personnel Sub area, but the panelist says, he is not satisfied with the answers. Do I need to add anything else to this answer?)

You have to explain the full concept of Enterprise Structure, how it is related to Employee Structure, where we assign this to Employees, and for what purpose we define the ENT structure.

How many Company codes can you assign to a personnel area? How many persons and areas can be assigned to a company code? Explain.

Company Code can contain any number of PA, but one PA must contain One Company Code. Because Co Code is the legal entity of the company, using which the FI people draw various statements like BS, PL account.

What is the IT to store educational establishment types? Why do you need them? Do educational certificates and branches of studies come under the same IT?

IT0022. It is useful to maintain the educational details of the employee.

What are dynamic actions? Where do you configure them?

Dynamic Actions are automatically triggered by the system when it meets certain actions. E.g. If you enter number of Child as 2 in IT0002, the system atomically triggers the IT0021, subtypes Child to enter the details. Otherwise, it will not trigger the IT0021, if you did not mention any value in number of child in IT0002. Same like that we can configure Dynamic Actions depends on our need using the path IMG->PM->PA-> Customizing Procedure -> Dyn Action or by using Table T588Z.

What is meant by work schedule rules?

WSR is used to define your WS for a defined period. It Comprises your EE Subgroup, PWS, and HC. We can default the WSR using the Feature SCHKZ for your grouping.

What is meant by counting classes?

Counting Classes are used to define your various Counting rules for you are A/A types.

What is the feature used to create a personnel number? How do you create a personnel no.?

1.     NUMKR

2.     Using the Tcode PA40.

What are the features connected to Organizational Assignment?


What is the use of the feature IGMOD?

It is used to define your Info group.

What is meant by valuating of base wage types?

Used to valuate your WT, if it depends on some percentage of other WT. Say HRA is some 20% of Basic.

What do day types mean?

Day types used to determine the particular day is payment relevant or not. 0 - Work/Paid, 1 - Time Off/Paid, 2 - Time Off/Unpaid, 3 - Time Off/Special.

What is meant by Applicant Status and what are the reasons? Why do you need them?

Applicant Status denotes the Status of the Applicant, say Screening, On Process, on hold, Rejection and we have to define various reasons for each Status.

In which IT do you assign an applicant to a vacancy? Where do you assign that status?

Status. We can assign using the TCode PB40.

How do applicant actions differ from applicant activities?

Applicant Actions can be same as above, like Rejected, on hold, on process. Activities can be all the various activities perform for each activity for the Applicant.

What are the ways to transfer applicant data?

Using PBA7 and PBA8

What is the difference between pre-booking and booking?

Booking is the actual booking of Attendee for an event; Pre-booking is used to check whether the Attendee already booked for the event.

Tell something about the IT Payroll Status .

IT0003 is used to define the current payroll status of the employee like released, exit etc. We can lock the personnel number using the IT0003.
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Office politics will never go away. It's a fact of company life. However, destructive office politics can demoralize an organization, hamper productivity, and increase turnover. Here are some tips, applicable for both staff and management, on dealing with office politics.
Note: This information is also available as a PDF download.

#1: Live at peace with others

The easiest way to avoid problems with politics is to get along with people. I'm not saying you need to hug everyone and sing songs, and I'm not saying you have to be a pushover for everyone. You can be pleasant and professional, while at the same time being assertive when necessary. If you have a concern, focus only on the issue, not on the person. If you have to refuse a request, explain why and try to come up with alternative solutions.
Living at peace with others also means being careful about choosing sides during office power struggles. Aligning yourself with one faction or the other will prevent you from working effectively with people from the "other" side, thereby hampering your productivity and thus your performance. It's even worse if "your" faction loses out. Instead, try to focus on your tasks, dealing with people in either faction on the basis of the tasks alone, and avoid talk on the political issue that separates the groups.

#2: Don't talk out of school

Three can keep a secret if two of them are dead.
– Benjamin Franklin
Does your organization have issues? Have people told you things in confidence? Then keep those matters to yourself. Talking to outsiders about issues within your organization makes all of you look bad to that outsider. Furthermore, your boss or your boss's boss will not appreciate that behavior. People will find out that you spoke about what they told you, and they'll lose confidence in you and respect for you.

#3: Be helpful

We all have responsibilities and objectives, and those things should receive priority. Nonetheless, if it doesn't take too much time, being helpful to others can reap benefits for you. Does someone need a ride in the direction you live? Did your co-worker leave headlights on in the parking lot? Is someone having trouble building an Excel macro? If you can help that person, especially if you can do so without taking too much of your time, you benefit yourself as well as the other person. By doing these things, you're building political capital and loyalty. In doing so, you reduce the chances that you will be the victim of political intrigue.

#4: Stay away from gossip

I never repeat gossip, so listen carefully.
— Old joke
Nothing destroys the dynamics of an office more than gossip. Stay away from it, because nothing good comes from it. Just be sure you avoid the "holier than thou" attitude of lecturing your co-workers on the evils of gossip. You'll make them lose face, and they'll resent you. Instead, try subtly changing the subject. For example, suppose the group is talking about Jane's problems with her child, and of course Jane is absent from the group. Do some free association and try to come up with some topic that's related to Jane or her child, but won't involve gossip. Then, make a comment about that topic.
For instance, suppose you know that Jane's child is involved in a sports league. Mention this fact, thereby linking the child and the league. Then, shift the conversation so that you're now talking about the league rather than Jane's child. You could ask when schedules will be published, or if they need parent volunteers. If you do it right, no one will even notice that you've moved them away from the gossip.

#5: Stay out of those talk-down-the-boss sessions

Suppose your co-workers start complaining about the boss. If you join in, it makes you look disloyal to the boss. If you don't, it looks awkward in the group. What can you do? As with the situation of gossip, try changing the subject by linking the boss to another topic, then talking about that topic instead. Or you could simply respond to your co-workers with a smile and a tongue-in-cheek, "Come on, aren't we exaggerating? [name of boss] really isn't THAT bad." Be careful, though, because it could be taken as an admission by you that the boss is bad.

#6: Be a straight arrow

The best way to keep out of trouble politically is to be seen as someone who doesn't play office politics — in other words, a straight arrow. Do what you say you're going to do, alert people to problems, and admit your mistakes. Others will respect you, even if they don't always agree with you. More important, you have a lower chance of being a victim of politics.

#7: Address the "politics" issue openly when appropriate

Many times, when I do organizational assessments, I sense anxiety on the part of client staff. To address this anxiety, I tell people I interview that I'm not there to get people fired. I'm there to help the organization function better. It might not completely allay their fears and suspicions, but at least I've brought up the issue and addressed it.
Think about doing the same thing if you believe politics is an underlying theme at your company. Tell people you're not interested in scoring political points but only in getting the job done. It might not work, but unless you bring the matter up, there's no chance at all that they will believe you. So if a co-worker is unavailable, and you have to act on that person's behalf, consider saying to that person, "I had to act because of your absence. I wasn't trying to go behind your back and I wasn't trying to show you up."

#8: Document things

Nothing saves a job or career more than having a written record. If you believe a matter will come back to haunt you, make sure you keep a record of the matter, either via e-mail or document. Documentation is also an effective way to highlight of your own accomplishments, which can help you when your performance evaluation is conducted.

#9: Set incentives to foster teamwork

If you're a manager or senior executive, take a close look at your incentives. Are you unwittingly setting up your staff to work against each other? Do your metrics address only individual departments, or do they also address how departments could benefit the larger organization?
For example, suppose the hardware department of Sears reduced all its prices by half. If you measured only profitability of the department, you would conclude that it is performing horribly. However, that measurement would neglect to account for increased volume in all other departments because of the hardware department.
If you reward employees in a department based only on how well that department does, you may inadvertently cause destructive competition among departments. Each one will be competing against every other one, and all the departments could end up in a worse position. To minimize this possibility, give employees incentives based not only on department results but on organization results as well. That way, employees from different departments have more motivation to work together and less motivation to engage in destructive politics.

#10: Set an example for your staff

People in an organization look to leadership to see how to act. Do you want your staff to refrain from negative politics? Do you want to see collaboration and teamwork instead of petty rivalries, jealousy, and back-stabbing? Act the way you want your staff to act, and they will follow you.

Calvin SunCalvin Sun consults with clients to address and resolve organizational issues and writes and speaks on this topic. His Web site is http://www.calvinsun.com. You can also find him on Twitter. Read his full bio and profile.

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Don't just have career or academic goals. Set goals to give you a balanced, successful life. I use the word balanced before successful. Balanced means ensuring your health, relationships, mental peace are all in good order.

There is no point of getting a promotion on the day of your breakup. There is no fun in driving a car if your back hurts. Shopping is not enjoyable if your mind is full of tensions.

"Life is one of those races in nursery school where you have to run with a marble in a spoon kept in your mouth. If the marble falls, there is no point coming first. Same is with life where health and relationships are the marble. Your striving is only worth it if there is harmony in your life. Else, you may achieve the success, but this spark, this feeling of being excited and alive, will start to die. .......

One thing about nurturing the spark - don't take life seriously. Life is not meant to be taken seriously, as we are really temporary here. We are like a pre-paid card with limited validity. If we are lucky, we may last another 50 years. And 50 years is just 2,500 weekends. Do we really need to get so worked up? .......

It's ok, bunk a few classes, scoring low in couple of papers, goof up a few interviews, take leave from work, fall in love, little fights with your spouse. We are people, not programmed devices........."

"Don't be serious, just try to be sincere."

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1. Turn off your home office equipment when not in use. A computer that runs 24 hours a day, for instance, uses - more power than an energy-efficient refrigerator.
2. If your computer must be left on, turn off the monitor; this device alone uses more than half the system's energy.
3. Setting computers, monitors, and copiers to use sleep-mode when not in use helps cut energy costs by approximately 40%.
4. Battery chargers, such as those for laptops, cell phones and digital cameras, draw power whenever they are plugged in and are very inefficient. Pull the plug and save.
5. Screen savers save computer screens, not energy. Start-ups and shutdowns do not use any extra energy, nor are they hard on your computer components. In fact, shutting computers down when you are finished using them actually reduces system wear - and saves energy.
6. One of the best energy-saving devices is the light switch. Turn off lights when not required.
7. Dirty tube lights and bulbs less light and can absorb 50 percent of the light; dust your tube lights and lamps regularly.
8. Fluorescent tube lights and CFLs convert electricity to visible light up to 5 times more efficiently than ordinary bulbs and thus save about 70% of electricity for the same lighting levels.
9. Ninety percent of the energy consumed by an ordinary bulb (incandescent lamp) is given off as heat rather than visible light.
10. A 15-watt compact fluorescent bulb produces the same amount of light as a 60-watt incandescent bulb.
11. By reducing the temperature setting of water heater from 60 degrees to 50 degrees C, one could save over 18 percent of the energy used at the higher setting.
12. To help reduce heat loss, always insulate hot water pipes, especially where they run through unheated areas. Never insulate plastic pipes.
13. Use an electric kettle to heat water. It's more energy efficient than using an electric cook top element.
14 Iron your clothes and linen all in one go. Do not keep a hot iron which is switched in an upright position for long period since more heat will be lost.
15. Avoid storing hot / warm food in the refrigerator.
16. Use of white or light colours for interior walls, ceilings, curtains, drapes and furniture reflects more light within the building and therefore further reduces the cost of lighting.
17. Do not set the temperature regulator of the refrigerator at high if the quantity of the food within is small. Also, stack food items inside to allow air circulation.
18. By locating doors and windows to admit more sunlight through them you can avoid using electricity for lighting your home or office during the day.
19. Orientation of the house and surrounding landscape has a large effect on energy consumption. Planting trees on the south and west will reflect natural light through the windows resulting in less use of heating appliances like room heaters etc. in winters and would provide ample light.
20. Auto defrost refrigerators consume more electricity. Larger the refrigerator, higher will be the usage of electricity.

Efficient energy management is key to sustainable development and growth and let's leave no stone unturned to conserve energy.

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Classic Rules of Trading

Time Tested Classic Trading Rules for the Modern Trader to Live :
I'm sure most everybody knows these truisms in their hearts, but this list is nicely edited and makes a good read.
1. Plan your trades. Trade your plan.
2. Keep records of your trading results.
3. Keep a positive attitude, no matter how much you lose.
4. Don't take the market home.
5. Continually set higher trading goals.
6. Successful traders buy into bad news and sell into good news.
7. Successful traders are not afraid to buy high and sell low.
8. Successful traders have a well-scheduled planned time for studying the markets.
9. Successful traders isolate themselves from the opinions of others.
10. Continually strive for patience, perseverance, determination, and rational action.
11. Limit your losses - use stops!
12. Never cancel a stop loss order after you have placed it!
13. Place the stop at the time you make your trade.
14. Never get into the market because you are anxious because of waiting.
15. Avoid getting in or out of the market too often.
16. Losses make the trader studious - not profits. Take advantage of every loss to improve your knowledge of market action.
17. The most difficult task in speculation is not prediction but self-control. Successful trading is difficult and frustrating. You are the most important element in the equation for success.
18. Always discipline yourself by following a pre-determined set of rules.
19. Remember that a bear market will give back in one month what a bull market has taken three months to build.
20. Don't ever allow a big winning trade to turn into a loser. Stop yourself out if the market moves against you 20% from your peak profit point.
21. You must have a program, you must know your program, and you must follow your program.
22. Expect and accept losses gracefully. Those who brood over losses always miss the next opportunity, which more than likely will be profitable.
23. Split your profits right down the middle and never risk more than 50% of them again in the market.
24. The key to successful trading is to know yourself and your stress point.
25. The difference between winners and losers isn't so much native ability as it is discipline exercised in avoiding mistakes.
26. In trading as in fencing there are the quick and the dead.
27. Speech may be silver but silence is golden. Traders with the golden touch do not talk about their success.

28. Dream big dreams and think tall. Very few people set goals too high. A man becomes what he thinks about all day long.
29. Accept failure as a step towards victory.
30. Have you taken a loss? Forget it quickly. Have you taken a profit? Forget it even quicker! Don't let ego and greed inhibit clear thinking and hard work.
31. One cannot do anything about yesterday. When one door closes, another door opens. The greater opportunity always lies through the open door.
32. The deepest secret for the trader is to subordinate his will to the will of the market. The market is truth as it reflects all forces that bear upon it. As long as he recognizes this he is safe. When he ignores this, he is lost and
33. It's much easier to put on a trade than to take it off.
34. If a market doesn't do what you think it should do, get out.
35. Beware of large positions that can control your emotions. Don't be overly aggressive with the market. Treat it gently by allowing your equity to grow steadily rather than in bursts.
36. Never add to a losing position.
37. Beware of trying to pick tops or bottoms.
38. You must believe in yourself and your judgment if you expect to make a living at this game.
39. In a narrow market there is no sense in trying to anticipate what the next big movement is going to be - up or down.
40. A loss never bothers me after I take it. I forget it overnight. But being wrong and not taking the loss - which is what does the damage to the pocket book and to the soul.
41. Never volunteer advice and never brag of your winnings.
42. Of all speculative blunders, there are few greater than selling what shows a profit and keeping what shows a loss.
43. Standing aside is a position.
44. It is better to be more interested in the market's reaction to new information than in the piece of news itself.
45. If you don't know who you are, the markets are an expensive place to find out.
46. In the world of money, which is a world shaped by human behavior, nobody has the foggiest notion of what will happen in the future. Mark that word - Nobody! Thus the successful trader does not base moves on what supposedly will happen but reacts instead to what does happen.
47. Except in unusual circumstances, get in the habit of taking your profit too soon. Don't torment yourself if a trade continues winning without you. Chances are it won't continue long. If it does, console yourself by thinking of
all the times when liquidating early reserved gains that you would have otherwise lost.
48. When the ship starts to sink, don't pray - jump!
49. Lose your opinion - not your money.
50. Assimilate into your very bones a set of trading rules that works for you.

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75 questions to ask yourself

An old proverb says, "He that cannot ask cannot live". If you want answers you have to ask questions. These are 75 questions you should ask yourself and try to answer. You can ask yourself these questions right now and over the course of your life.


1. Why not me?
2. Am I nice?
3. Am I doing what I really want to do?
4. What am I grateful for?
5. What's missing in my life?
6. Am I honest?
7. Do I listen to others?
8. Do I work hard?
9. Do I help others?
10. What do I need to change about myself?


11. Have I hurt others?
12. Do I complain?
13. What's next for me?
14. Do I have fun?
15. Have I seized opportunities?
16. Do I care about others?
17. Do I spend enough time with my family?
18. Am I open-minded?
19. Have I seen enough of the world?
20. Do I judge others?


21. Do I take risks?
22. What is my purpose?
23. What is my biggest fear?
24. How can I conquer that fear?
25. Do I thank people enough?
26. Am I successful?
27. What am I ashamed of?
28. Do I annoy others?
29. What are my dreams?


30. Am I positive?
31. Am I negative?
32. Is there an afterlife?
33. Does everything happen for a reason?
34. What can I do to change the world?
35. What is the most foolish thing I've ever done?
36. Am I cheap?
37. Am I greedy?
38. Who do I love?
39. Who do I want to meet?
40. Where do I want to go?


41. What am I most proud of?
42. Do I care what others think about me?
43. What are my talents?
44. Do I utilize those talents?
45. What makes me happy?
46. What makes me sad?
47. What makes me angry?
48. Am I satisfied with my appearance?
49. Am I healthy?
50. What was the toughest time in my life?


51. What was the easiest time in my life?
52. Am I selfish?
53. What was the craziest thing I did?
54. What is the craziest thing I want to do?
55. Do I procrastinate?
56. What is my greatest regret?
57. What has had the greatest impact on my life?
58. Who has had the greatest impact on my life?
59. Do I stand up for myself?


60. Have I settled for mediocrity?
61. Do I hold grudges?
62. Do I read enough?
63. Do I listen to my heart?
64. Do I donate enough to the less fortunate?
65. Do I pray only when I want something?
66. Do I constantly dwell on the past?
67. Do I let other people's negativity affect me?
68. Do I forgive myself?
69. When I help someone do I think "What's in it for me"?


70. Am I aware that someone always has it worse than me?
71. Do I smile more than I frown?
72. Do I surround myself with good people?
73. Do I take time out for myself?
74. Do I ask enough questions?
75. What other questions do
I have?