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Story: The Mother, The Son and Fan

After his  Father's death Son decides to leave mom to old age home.
Would visit her on and off..
Once son receives call from old age home....   
Mom very serious ...
please come to visit ..
Son comes and see mom very critical. .  Dying..
Asks mom what can I do for  you...Mom replies....
Please install fans in the old age home ....there are none...
Son, surprised ..questions....
All this while you were here you never complained
Now you have few hours left you are  saying .....
Why?
 


  
Mom says .....   it's ok , I've managed with the heat.....
 
But when  your children will send you here, I am afraid you will not be able to manage ....
Take care of your parents today before its too late !!!


10 Tips to Effectively Manage Your Emails and Tasks in OutLook



Are you one of those who receive hundreds of emails and having trouble to manage? Here are some recommendations which should help:

1-    Guide your teams/colleagues on where to include you in cc and where not to. This will reduce email flooding. For example, if you are a manager, you are not supposed to be copied in all minor correspondences.

2-   Develop the habit of fast reading.

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Set reminders: As soon as you send an email for a specific task, go to your 'Sent' items and set a reminder for follow up. You can use a Label (in case you are using Gmail email service). Alternately, Google Calendar is very good service which sends you reminder via email and sms for important tasks. You can use it for personal tasks as well.

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Important emails should be read twice or sometimes more than that. You can use a separate folder for important emails so you can have a look at this folder once a day or may be twice. 

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One of the best ways to manage email is to avoid email J what I mean here is to pick up the phone, talk to the person and try to resolve the case. I have noticed that a lot of email correspondence happens for clarification of things which waste a lot of time. So use the phone or intercom to save your time. Encourage others for the same.

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You might be receiving so many emails from specific mailing groups which you might have subscribed in the past but don't really need these emails any more. Unsubscribe.

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While sending emails think from other's perspective and write a mature and to-the-point email. This will ensure reducing multiple correspondence for clarifications of things.

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Indexing is helpful while searching for old emails. Google desktop is my favorite.  

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If you are using MS Outlook, Set rules for sorting the incoming emails. If you are using Gmail, use Filters.

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If you are member of Google & Yahoo Groups and receive several emails daily then consider switching to 'Digest emails'. You will receive one email daily which will contain the links to all the emails of that day. You can quickly look at the headings of all emails and click on the email which you want to read.

In the end I would suggest developing analytical skills so not only you can effectively manage your life but sort out your emails and reduce the unnecessary fats from your inbox.

Professional: 10 Conflict Resolution Tips

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.

10 interesting thing happen in movies :)

By Tiffany Quick from USA.

1. The ventilation system of any building is the perfect hiding place. No one will ever think of looking for you in there, and you can travel to any other part of the building you want without difficulty.

2. A man will show no pain while taking the most ferocious beating but will wince when a woman tries to clean his wounds.

3. When they are alone, all foreigners prefer to speak English to each other

4. All bombs are fitted with electronic timing devices with large red readouts so you know exactly when they're going to go off.

5. A detective can only solve a case once he has been suspended from duty.

6. If you decide to start dancing in the street everyone around you will automatically be able to mirror all the steps you come up with and hear the music in your head.

7. If someone says, "I'll be right back", they won't.

8. Computer monitors never display a cursor on screen but always say: Enter Password Now.

9. It is not necessary to say hello or goodbye when beginning or ending phone conversations. And none of your friends have to knock when they come for a visit.

10. Even when driving down a perfectly straight road, it is necessary to turn the steering wheel vigorously from left to right every few moments.

Junaid Tahir 

6 Pillars of Character



The CHARACTER COUNTS! approach to character education doesn't exclude anyone. That's why we base our programs and materials on six ethical values that everyone can agree on — values that are not political, religious, or culturally biased. Use the points below to help young people understand the Six Pillars, and use the mnemonic devices at right to help them remember.
Be honest • Don't deceive, cheat, or steal • Be reliable — do what you say you'll do • Have the courage to do the right thing • Build a good reputation • Be loyal — stand by your family, friends, and country

Respect

Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule • Be tolerant and accepting of differences • Use good manners, not bad language • Be considerate of the feelings of others • Don't threaten, hit or hurt anyone • Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements

Responsibility

Do what you are supposed to do • Plan ahead • Persevere: keep on trying! • Always do your best • Use self-control • Be self-disciplined • Think before you act — consider the consequences • Be accountable for your words, actions, and attitudes • Set a good example for others

Fairness

Play by the rules • Take turns and share • Be open-minded; listen to others • Don't take advantage of others • Don't blame others carelessly • Treat all people fairly

Caring

Be kind • Be compassionate and show you care • Express gratitude • Forgive others • Help people in need

Citizenship

Do your share to make your school and community better • Cooperate • Get involved in community affairs • Stay informed; vote • Be a good neighbor • Obey laws and rules • Respect authority • Protect the environment • Volunteer

6 Types of People Build Your Mental Toughness


As the saying goes, "It gets lonely at the top."   There are many reasons that one feels isolated and at times lonely when they have reached the pinnacle of success.    For one thing, everyone wants to be your friend; but since you can't make time for everyone – only a select few get invited into the circle.   What's my point?  Accepting success and failure once you have reached the highest levels of success requires the same mental toughness it took to get there.   As has been proven throughout history, the higher you climb the more quickly the naysayers want to bring you back down.   Envy and adversity become the most common invaders you must manage – and all the while you need to remain  mentally tough,  and not allow the noise to cloud your mind and control your actions.


Mental toughness defines the leadership game.    You need wide-angle vision to continuously navigate the terrain that awaits you with each big decision you make and vision you cast.   The tension points of leadership can be extremely exhausting and pressure-packed.   Nevertheless, the leadership journey must continue and your demeanor must appear unfazed as if it were business as usual.


Mental toughness is acquired over time
.   To be mentality tough means that risk is your best friend, that innovation comes second nature and that you have grown accustomed to anticipating crisis and managing change.   Mental toughness is also a by-product of experiencing failure and knowing how to rebound.    As Rick Newman noted in his book, Rebounders, "Setbacks can be a secret weapon. They often teach vital things you'll never learn in school, on the job or from others."

As I have learned from my own experiences, mental toughness begins when you can separate your emotions and remain focused on what matters most.  And this is never more true than when you are being ambushed by one of the following six negative members of your audience:


1.       The Doubters

These are the skeptics who want you to fail and believe your ideas have no merit.  They are the pessimistic ones waiting on the sidelines – wanting things to go wrong and salivating to witness your hardship.

2.       The Leeches

These are the people who lack creativity and originality.  Leeches will stay close to your every move just  so they can steal your ideas.   They enjoy asking you lots of questions and are aggressive in requesting one-on-one time to pick your brain for wisdom that they can use for their own personal benefit.    The sibling  of the leech is the loafer, and you can learn more about both types here.

3.       The Critics

These are the people who are always finding ways to disrupt your confidence by telling you that your vision is wrong.  They are quick to inform you that your knowledge of the marketplace is not realistic as they attempt to throw your thinking off kilter.   The critics are a legitimate challenge because they possess valid insights of the landscape you are competing in – yet they lack the hands-on battle wounds to justify their criticisms.   They are the prototypical "know-it-alls" who believe that they are always right and that their "written credentials"  allow them to have a voice in the matter.

4.       The Envious

These are the people who wish they had your courage, but instead waste their energy by poking fun at your efforts to create impact.    Envious people make your job more difficult as they attempt to slow down your execution by trying to convince themselves and others that your work isn't important.   Most envious people are those  who wish they were more like you, and thus remain bitter because they don't trust themselves enough to be unique in their own ways. Because we live in a dog-eat-dog world, envious people would rather find joy in making your life difficult rather than using their valuable time to make a difference in the world.   Read more about how envy destroys careers here.

5.       The Victims

Victims believe they haven't had a good break in life and thus feel that something is owed to them for their misfortune.  They would rather spend their time trying to make you feel sorry for them.  They are quick to ask for favors, but slow to reciprocate.   They are the manipulators and want others to feel their pain – though they are rarely motivated to take initiative. 
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6.       The Noise

These are the voices that are drowning in mass confusion and just want to be heard.   They are loud and obnoxious and crave attention.   Unlike the victims, they have no real ambition and live with no purpose


Leadership is a journey of mental toughness.  Without it, you can't effectively think, act and innovate.  You can't motivate or inspire the best in others.   If you can't handle the aforementioned six types of people, you should think carefully if you are ready to assume a leadership role.  It's a mandatory responsibility that is not outlined in the job description
http://www.forbes.com/sites/glennllopis/2012/07/23/6-types-of-people-build-your-mental-toughness/2/

Top 10 Qualities of an Effective Project Manager

S
teve Stamper, PMP

Vice President of Project Management Office (Enterprise Services) NTT DATA Inc.


The search for an effective project manager demands the same importance as the quest for the next project. Each project raises new challenges for project managers and the skills, talents and diplomacy that will help them tackle its challenges. Listed below is a good skills list when considering your next project manager:

1. Good communicator: Project managers must be good communicators. Poor communication can lead to distorted or misunderstood messages, particularly when teams are large and/or distributed across multiple locations. So, project managers need to be cautious and convey messages to their peers in a way that does not distract from achieving their goals.

2. Effective leadership skills: Project managers must also deal with teams coming from various walks of life. Thus, it becomes imperative for them to motivate employees and fine-tune team performance to achieve organizational goals through various leadership styles.

3. Good decision maker: Project managers are empowered to make innumerable decisions which will help define the project track. A wrong decision taken can easily jeopardize the entire project. Thus, a project manager needs to be capable of thinking quickly and reacting decisively.

4. Set clear vision: Cultivate a clear vision about the project and develop a “mission driven” psyche. It often happens that project managers confront a situation where they must deliver results on time and within a budget, but that is not an easy task. In spite of all these difficulties, project managers need to have a clear picture of the direction in which they are headed. They should be committed to the vision and try to explore ways of realizing this in the shape of an established project. Their frame of mind should take care of obstacles that could deter them from achieving his goals.

5. Sound technical knowledge: Project managers need to be adept in handling technical tools and have a deep insight in the subject of the project. This will help them understand any issues regarding the project that crops up during the implementation stage. Knowledge of the best practices in relation to an organization may also empower a project manager to take strategic initiatives as and when required. Project managers should also be the repository of all information.

6. Good at team-building: Project managers also need to be good at team-building. For the successful implementation of any project, it is necessary that the team works in unison. Every team player deserves equal importance. Project managers focus on the positive aspects of their team members, thus inculcating a cohesive force amongst them. This negates the chances of conflict within a team.

7. Thrive under pressure: In the course of developing a project, project managers face many experiences that could take a toll on the project’s momentum. Thus, to avoid such circumstances, a project manager must be calm and have a balanced state of mind and not indulge in negative thoughts.

8. Good negotiation skills: Project managers must also be a good negotiator as this skill is required in case differences of opinion arise between team members. project managers, through sheer negotiating skills, must try to settle such issues without letting the conflict grow and disturb the team’s harmony.

9. Empathetic: Project managers must be empathetic as this trait helps them gain support. It’s all about understanding and caring for people who part of the team. It also includes understanding the needs of the project, stakeholders, team issues and the risks involved.

10. Enthusiastic: Project managers must be enthusiastic about the project. Enthusiasm is contagious and every effective project manager disperses the same through their “can do” attitude, invigorating others with optimistic expectations of the project.

Project managers must be multi-skilled and capable of handling any kind of project in any given environment.

Go Green - Go Healthy - Buy Local Products

Sustainability :: #53
By Monique from Tahoe City USA.

Buying Locally for a Healthier Taste and Conscience
Next time you hit the grocery store, shop around for the best buys that support your own local environment. Check labels and signs of the produce you purchase and make an effort to buy locally grown products. Buying locally means less energy expended to bring food to your table, cutting down on everything from air pollution to the burning of fossil fuels from trucking in cargo. Buying locally also means fresher fruits and vegetables that are healthier for your body and tastier to your taste buds. Fruits and veggies shipped from abroad are usually harvested at least two full weeks before they are ripe so that they don’t go rotten during their long voyages on planes and in crates before arriving to your grocer.

By buying from people in your area you’re also supporting the local economy and helping to make your home part of a more sustainable community. If products aren’t labeled at your grocery store, talk to the management and let them know you would like to know whether the tomatoes your buying were genetically engineered at some factory or whether they were grown under the same bright skies you wake up to in the morning. By buying locally, not only are you bound for a fresher taste but also for a healthier conscience by making simple decisions that go a long way in protecting all of our environments.


Some Self Improvement Tips


1. If you want your dreams to come true, don't oversleep.

2. The smallest good deed is better than the grandest intention.

3. Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important.

4. A friend walks in when everyone else walks out.

5.
One thing you can give and still keep ...is your word.

6. The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts.

7. Minds are like parachutes...they function only when open.

8. Ideas won't work unless YOU do.

9. One thing you can't recycle is wasted time.

10. One who lacks the courage to start has already finished.

11. The heaviest thing to carry is a grudge.

12. Don't learn safety rules by accident.

13. We lie the loudest when we lie to ourselves.

14. Jumping to conclusions can be bad exercise.

15. A turtle makes progress when it sticks its head out.

Self-Improvement :: #4044
By JWD from USA.