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Two Rules for Keeping Employees Happy and Engaged

Every manager wants a team of dedicated employees. And yet, many bosses fail to do their part to make this happen. Here are two things you can do for your employees to earn their commitment: 

Put their needs before yours. Treat them justly and do what's right for them and the organization, not just what works for you personally. Give them opportunities to excel, and provide support if they fail. Be willing to take personal risks for the right employee. This will generate loyalty for years to come.

Give them autonomy. Freedom can exponentially increase an employee's excitement. Make sure their passions align with the organizational direction, and give them some high-level boundaries, resources, and introductions to make it happen. Then remove obstacles and help them handle challenges. Most importantly, always give them credit for their success

Today's Management Tip was adapted from "Four Lessons From the Best Bosses I Ever Had" by Deborah Mills-Scofield.

M Junaid Tahir
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Story: Counting the countless

A Man Reached 70 Years Of Age
And He Faced A Disease ;
He Could Not Urinate.
The Doctors informed Him
That He Was in Need Of An Operation
To Cure This Disease.
He Agreed To Have The Operation
Done As The Problem Was Giving Him
Much Pain For Days.
When The Operation Was Completed,
His Doctor Gave Him The Bill
Which Covered All The Costs.
The Old Man Looked At The Bill
And Started To Cry.
Upon Seeing This The Doctor Told Him
That if The Cost Was Too High
Then They Could Make Some Other Arrangements.
The Old Man Said
 I Am Not Crying Because Of The Money
But I Am Crying
Because The Lord Let Me Urinate
For 70 Years And He Never Sent Me A Bill

M Junaid Tahir
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Be Thankful

Be thankful when you don't know something ... For it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult times ... During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations ... They give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge... Which will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes ... They will teach you valuable lessons.
It's easy to be thankful for the 'good' things ... Yet, a life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are thankful for the setbacks.
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive ... Find a way to be thankful for your troubles and they can become your blessings!

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Wisdom: Eco Concept Public Transport

This interesting concept of eco bus "Credo E-Bone" was designed by Hungarian designer Peter Simon.

This zero-emission bus runs on hydrogen fuel cells and lithium batteries to add sustainability to the public transportation. 

Powered by four in-wheel electric motors "Credo E-Bone" carries its power sources on its roof

The shell of the bus has been made from lightweight composite plastic that resembles a skeleton structure. 

Such lightweight construction makes the concept energy-efficient. Hope soon such eco bus will be significant part in eco



Office Politics

One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors," said the great Greek philosopher Plato. One may call it the art of diplomacy, buttering, backbiting, earning brownie points etc. But if you want to survive and excel in this highly competitive and complex corporate world, you can't ignore office politics. However, it's an indisputable truth that office politics is in other words a sacrifice of self esteem and many argues that people involved in this contribute very little to the organization. But there are some simple ways to deal with it to remain unhurt.

1. Be a team player:    Being a good team player is attained at the point of realization that the company and the team come before you. Outperforming in a team project lifts your morale, which obviously increases your chances of being promoted. Personal attitude matters a lot here. Not everyone in the team can be your good friends, never a possibility. What counts is your professional maturity of not voicing your difference against another while at work.

2. Be a good observer:    There is no excuse if you miss to observe what is happening around you and how things are done in your organization. Observation means involvement too, rather an indirect participation. Here you should try to find out what are the values of the company and how are they enacted? What is the process of decision making? What is the risk tolerance level? You will get an accurate idea about the culture of your organization by finding out the answers for the above questions and thus you can design your style of work in your organization.

3. Be a good communicator:  Communication doesn't only mean that you talk and develop a good rapport with everyone around you. Rather, it's how you let everyone know what you have achieved in a con vincible manner. But at the same time, a fallacy of exaggerating your success or taking undeserved credit for your role in teamwork will land you to neck-deep office politics. A good communicator creates friends and a makes even enemies talk good about him - he is the master of diplomacy.

4. Respect all:  Respecting your subordinates is as important as your superiors. While you shower your boss with countless salaams and behave with people working under you or co-workers in an autocratic manner with the wrong notion of positional hierarchy, you can never expect respect from anyone. In the heavily complex professional and personal relationship web in an organization, you never know to whom someone might be connected.

5. Manage your own behavior:  You got to be calm and cool at times of tensions. Refrain from gossiping, questionable judgments and spreading rumors. Grow beyond interpersonal conflicts. You should never compromise on your integrity. Professionalism and work ethics should be the basis of your actions. Above all, you should be extremely careful when revealing things to others - never blindly rely on confidentiality.

M Junaid Tahir
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Little Annoyances in Life

When you let little problems get you down, then you give the big problems the power to overwhelm you.
When you constantly complain about things that don't really matter,you compromise your ability to successfully handle the things that do matter.
Whenever your day get interrupted by an unexpected annoyance, you have a choice to make. You can let it poison your whole attitude, or can actually use it to make you more positive and powerful. Decide to laugh at little problems, and see each one as an oppotunityfor growth. Every minor annoyance that you quickly and successfully handle will strengthen your confidence. That strong confidence will be extremely valuable when a major problem comes along. Even more importantly, that same confidence enables youto reach whatever goals you set for yourself. If you're already in the habit of moving forward through the little challanges,that momentum will serve you well when the big challanges arrive. Every small problem provides you with a way to increase your positive momentum. A day that is filled with little annoyances is a day that is rich with opprtunities for real and lasting growth. Welcome those opprtunities with a smile, and one by onethey will make you stronger.
~Ralph Marston~
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Info: What is B2B (business-to-business)?

 On the Internet, B2B (business-to-business), also known as e-biz, is the exchange of products, services, or information between businesses rather than between businesses and consumers. Although early interest centered on the growth of retailing on the Internet (sometimes called e-tailing), forecasts are that B2B revenue will far exceed business-to-consumers (B2C) revenue in the near future. According to studies published in early 2000, the money volume of B2B exceeds that of e-tailing by 10 to 1.

B2B Web sites can be sorted into:

  • Company Web sites, since the target audience for many company Web sites is other companies and their employees. Company sites can be thought of as round-the-clock mini-trade exhibits. Sometimes a company Web site serves as the entrance to an exclusive extranet available only to customers or registered site users. Some company Web sites sell directly from the site, effectively e-tailing to other businesses.
  • Product supply and procurement exchanges, where a company purchasing agent can shop for supplies from vendors, request proposals, and, in some cases, bid to make a purchase at a desired price. Sometimes referred to as e-procurement sites, some serve a range of industries and others focus on a niche market.
  • Specialized or vertical industry portals which provide a "subWeb" of information, product listings, discussion groups, and other features. These vertical portal sites have a broader purpose than the procurement sites (although they may also support buying and selling).
  • Brokering sites that act as an intermediary between someone wanting a product or service and potential providers. Equipment leasing is an example.
  • Information sites (sometimes known as infomediary), which provide information about a particular industry for its companies and their employees. These include specialized search sites and trade and industry standards organization sites.

Many B2B sites may seem to fall into more than one of these groups. Models for B2B sites are still evolving.

Another type of B2B enterprise is software for building B2B Web sites, including site building tools and templates, database, and methodologies as well as transaction software.

B2B is e-commerce between businesses. An earlier and much more limited kind of online B2B prior to the Internet was Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), which is still widely used

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Browser Speed Tests: Chrome 24, Firefox 18, Internet Explorer 10, and Opera 12.12


 Whitson Gordon

Windows 8 is out with a new version of Internet Explorer, Firefox has boosted its JavaScript power and memory usage, and Chrome's been slowly improving its speed. How do the new versions stack up against each other? We found out in our latest round of browser speed tests.

We've been testing browsers for awhile, and we've refined our method pretty well. It's a good mix of both manually timed user experience measures and hardcore JavaScript benchmarks, plus some new tests aimed at features like Chrome's prerendering or Firefox's on demand tab loading can really do. All tests take place on Windows (which is why we didn't test Safari—it isn't very popular on Windows, and testing the Mac version wouldn't give it equal footing).

As always, remember that speed is not the only thing each browser has to offer. Each browser has a number of unique features and characteristics, all of which you should factor into making your choice of which to use. However, while most features can be listed on their home pages, you can't easily compare their speed just from each browser's changelog, and that's why we've put this together. It's just one more way to compare the browsers as you make your decision. Also keep in mind that everyone's computer is different, and your numbers may differ from ours, but the comparison between the numbers should be the same.

Cold Boot-Up Winner: Chrome!

Chrome had a shockingly fast boot-up time this time around, popping up just over two seconds after we clicked its icon, ready to go. Explorer was pretty fast as well, with Firefox close behind and Opera slowing down quite a bit to take last place.

Tab Loading Winner: TIE Between Chrome and Internet Explorer!

Our test of loading nine tabs, from Lifehacker to Facebook to Hulu and Amazon, showed some interesting results. Chrome and Internet Explorer both dropped some time in this area, tying each other for first place, while Firefox absolutely crumbledunder the weight of the tabs. Firefox's UI had so much trouble loading all nine tabs at once that its UI animations would completely stop while it caught up, finally loading them all after nearly 20 seconds. Whatever the Mozilla team has done, it makes the browser feel like its old, slow self again.

URL Loading Winner: Chrome!

As usual, Chrome took home the prize for visiting sites from the address bar, thanks to its awesome prerendering feature. However, Firefox and IE have definitely sped up a tad, too, meaning most browsers should give you a pretty quick page load as long as you've been to that page during this session—except Opera, who still took over a second to load the page.

Cold Restore Winner: Chrome!

Even though this test was originally determined to test Firefox's new on demand tab loading, it seems this feature no longer works during a cold boot—only during a warm boot. However, whether we tested cold or warm starts, Firefox still didn't seem to benefit from this feature at all. The Chrome team has really upped their game, making Chrome boot up super fast whether it has nine tabs in tow or not. While Chrome still had to load those tabs, it became usable nearly immediately after the window showed up, while Firefox took a little longer to boot and Opera kept us waiting quite a while.

JavaScript Winner: Chrome!

We've gone back and forth about whether to include JavaScript benchmarks in this test, because they're pretty artificial, despite most test's claim to measure "real world performance". In the interest of completeness, we've included it here, with the usual results (Chrome smoking the competition), but don't put too much stock in this over our other, more real-world tests. Due to issues with Mozilla's Dromaeo test suite, we used the popular Peacekeeper test from Futuremark this time around.

Memory Usage (with Nine Tabs Open) Winner: Firefox!

As usual, Firefox's memory management has improved greatly in the recent past, while Chrome's continues to shoot up to astronomical levels.

Memory Usage (with Nine Tabs and Five Extensions) Winner: Firefox!

Everyone's memory usage went up when we piled on five extensions, though Firefox's increased significantly less than Chrome and Opera's. As usual, Firefox took first place once again.

The Winner?

This time around, there was actually a very clear winner, but we've decided to stop tallying up the results and raking browsers in these tests. Why? Because we think you should decide for yourself! Everyone has different priorities, so we've decided to stop including a "winner" since the scores were impossible to weight fairly against one another. If you don't ever shut down your computer, for example, you can just ignore the cold boot scores. Don't like benchmarks? Throw out the JavaScript test. Have 12GB of RAM? Then memory management isn't really an issue. Check out the above results and see how the browsers stack up when it comes to your most important tests—and of course, weigh each browser's features—before you determine a winner.

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Story: the Mother and her Daughter

  A Mother was reading a magazine and her cute little daughter every now and then distracted her.
To keep her busy, she tore one page on which was printed the map of the world.
She tore it into pieces and asked her to go to her room and put them together to make the map again.

She was sure her daughter would take a lot more time and probably whole of day to get it done.
But the little one came back within minutes with perfect map.

When she asked how she could do it so quickly, she said,
"Oh Mom, there is a man's face on the other side of the paper. I made the face perfect to get the map right." she ran outside to play leaving the mother surprised.

Moral : Perhaps there is always the other side to whatever you experience in this world.

This story indirectly teaches a lesson.That is:
Whenever we come across a challenge or a puzzling situation, Look at the other side...
Will be surprised to see an easy way to tackle the problem or an acute difficulty

M Junaid Tahir
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