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Story: The Elder Couple :)

 Couple in their nineties are both having problems remembering things. During a check-up, the doctor tells them that they're physically okay, but they might want to start writing things down to help them remember ..
Later that night, while watching TV, the old man gets up from his chair. 'Want anything while I'm in the kitchen?' he asks.

'Will you get me a bowl of ice cream?'


'Don't you think you should write it down so you can remember it?' she asks.

'No, I can remember it.'

'Well, I'd like some strawberries on top, too. Maybe you should write it down, so as not to forget it?'

He says, 'I can remember that. You want a bowl of ice cream with strawberries.'

'I'd also like whipped cream. I'm certain you'll forget that, write it down?' she asks.

Irritated, he says, 'I don't need to write it down, I can remember it! Ice cream with strawberries and whipped cream - I got it, for goodness sake!'

Then he toddles into the kitchen. After about 20 minutes, the old man returns from the kitchen and hands his wife a plate of bacon and eggs. She stares at the plate for a moment.

'Where's my toast?'

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Story: The 18th Camel

There was a father who left seventeen camels as an asset for his three dependents. When the father passed away, his family opened up the Will.


The Will of the father stated that the eldest son should get 1/2 (half)

of the total number of camels while his daughter should be given 1/3rd (one-third) and his widow should be given 1/9th (one-ninth) of the total number of camels.


As it was not possible to divide seventeen into two or seventeen by

three or seventeen by nine, the three started to fight with each other.

So they decided to consult their village elder, a wise old man and close

family friend.


The wise man read the Will patiently. After giving due thought, the wise

brought one camel of his own and added the same to the seventeen

camels. That increased the total to eighteen camels.

Now, he started reading the deceased father’s Will.

Half of 18 = 9, so he gave the eldest son 9 camels; 1/3rd of 18 = 6, so

he gave the daughter 6 camels; and 1/9th of 18 = 2, so he gave the

widowed mother 2 camels.

Now add this up: 9 plus 6 plus 2 is 17 and this leaves one camel, which

the wise man took back!

Moral: The attitude of negotiation and problem solving is to find the

18th camel i.e. the common ground.

Once a person is able to find this 18th camel, the issue is resolved.

At times it may be difficult to reach a solution, but the first step is

to believe that there is a solution.  If we think that there is no

solution, we won’t be able to reach an amicable conclusion!


Keep believing……..and the world will be a better place. THE POWER OF MATHEMATICS IS INFINITE.

Story: The Tea Cup

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There was a couple who used to go to shop in the beautiful stores. They both liked antiques and pottery and especially teacups. One day in this beautiful shop they saw a beautiful teacup. They said, "May we see that? We've never seen one quite so beautiful." As the lady handed it to them, suddenly the teacup spoke.
"You don't understand," it said. "I haven't always been a teacup. There was a time when I was red and I was clay." My master took me and rolled me and patted me over and over and I yelled out, "let me alone", but he only smiled, "Not yet."

"Then I was placed on a spinning wheel," the teacup said, "and suddenly I was spun around and around and around. Stop it! I'm getting dizzy!" I screamed. But the master only nodded and said, 'Not yet."
Then he put me in the oven. I never felt such heat. I wondered why he wanted to burn me, and I yelled and knocked at the door. I could see him through the opening and I could read his lips as He shook his head, "Not yet."

Finally the door opened, he put me on the shelf, and I began to cool. "There, that's better," I said. And he brushed and painted me all over. The fumes were horrible. I thought I would gag. "Stop it, stop it!" I cried. He only nodded, "Not yet."
Then suddenly he put me back into the oven, not like the first one. This was twice as hot and I knew I would suffocate. I begged. I pleaded. I screamed. I cried. All the time I could see him through the opening nodding his head saying, "Not yet."
Then I knew there wasn't any hope. I would never make it. I was ready to give up. But the door opened and he took me out and placed me on the shelf. One hour later he handed me a mirror and said, "Look at yourself." And I did. I said, "That's not me; that couldn't be me. It's beautiful. I'm beautiful."
"I want you to remember," then, he said, "I know it hurts to be rolled and patted, but if I had left you alone, you'd have dried up. I know it made you dizzy to spin around on the wheel, but if I had stopped, you would have crumbled.
I knew it hurt and was hot and disagreeable in the oven, but if I hadn't put you there, you would have cracked. I know the fumes were bad when I brushed and painted you all over, but if I hadn't done that, you never would have hardened; you would not have had any color in your life.

And if I hadn't put you back in that second oven, you wouldn't survive for very long because the hardness would not have held. Now you are a finished product. You are what I had in mind when I first began with you."

God knows what He's doing (for all of us). He will mould us and make us, So that we may be made into a flawless piece of work To fulfill His good, pleasing, and perfect will.

Something to Ponder for Your Happiness

We live in a pathologically dissatisfied world. And I'm going to tell
you why. Because we love to compare.
Go around the world and discover that people aren't happy with their
bodies. Filipinos want to be fair-complexioned like Westerners and so
buy bleaching stuff.
Westerners want to own bronzed bodies like ours and so purchase tanning
lotions. Those with moles have them removed, while those who don't,
strategically implant beauty spots.
Some people want to shed a few pounds to look like Ally McBeal, while
others want to gain some baby fat to look like Drew Barrymore.
When are we ever going to stop and simply be happy with how we look? We
live in a sick world, I tell you. And that sickness is comparisonitis.
Take a look at wealth
When we drive our old Honda, it really suits us fine. We feel blessed
in fact when the rain pours outside and we feel snug and cozy on its
faded upholstered seats.
But the moment we see our own office mate (or neighbour, or buddy, or
cousin, or brother) drive his sleek sky-blue, four-door,
four-wheel-drive Mercedez, we automatically feel like third-class
Next time we drive our bumpy, noisy, rusted, dilapidated Honda,(notice
how all the defects come out all of a sudden?), we feel deprived,
dispossessed, pariah-ish, debased and only a little higher than the
insects of the earth.
Listen carefully - Bill Gates' total assets are worth $60 billion.
That's more than the GNP of some small countries. Tiger Woods earns
$80 million simply by smiling on TV in a Nike shirt. And the stars
of the sitcom Friends are paid $750,000 per episode!
My point?
No matter how hard you work, there'll still be some people who will be
richer than you are. And there'll be some people who will be more
beautiful and have more problems.
Try it for once. Stop looking around. Don't compare!
. Don't compare her nose with your nose.
. Don't compare his salary with your salary.
. Don't compare her kids report card with your kids report card.
. Don't compare his prayer group with your prayer group.
. Don't compare her cellulite deposits with your cellulite deposits.
Stop comparing and Start living! And you'll be happier with your life,
I guarantee.
This is crucial:
The most difficult thing in the world is to be who you are not.
Pretending and trying to be someone else is the official pastime of the
human race.
(I don't think dogs and cats and cows and horses have this problem.)
And the easiest thing in the world is to be yourself. Be happy. Live!
There must be a reason why God made you tall or short or fat or thin or
bumpy all over.
Love who you are!
Be happy, it's not that difficult!

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How to Evaluate Managers

By Junaid Tahir
Companies are becoming more and more concerned about cost optimization, resource tweaking and talent enhancement aspects in order to improve their revenues and services index in the market. One of the key actions is to build effective teams by reducing the 'fats' and by polishing the talented resources. Specifically middle managers are focused by the leadership because they are considered to be the most critical resources of the organization because they are micro managing things by controlling the staff ensuring quality products and services; and on the other side interacting with the senior leadership and transforming their vision into practical tasks.

So managers evaluation is one of the approaches for deciding new trainings, assigning new tasks, retaining/laying off or for annual performance reviews. Usually HR specialists are part of such evaluations but for several SMEs only department head is asked to perform the evaluation. While I was wondering what mechanism must be used by the managers in order to perform evaluation which is fair, honest and transparent, I was able to produce the below:

Personality Trait or Skill
Requires minimum supervision to make things happen?

Has positive attitude? (Problems focused or solution focused?)

Effectively Communicates with teams and management.

Responds/updates swiftly to the management for the assigned task?

Can take decisions independently?

Performs well in stressed circumstances?

Begins with the end in mind? Or work in day to day basis?

Effectively utilizes the given resources?

Has strong follow up with vendors/teams to complete the projects?

Produces effective and easy to understand reports/summaries?

Has knowledge of Technical Domain? (add multiple domains if required)

Develops Strategies by looking at the big picture?

Builds Strong Cohesive Teams by team building skill?

Avoids politics and focus on the projects/goals?

Effectively delegates tasks and ownership to the team members?

Ensures that databases are organized, error free and up to date?

Complies with Company Policies and Procedures?

Explores and learns new techniques and tools? (Self Improvement)

Overall Score

Following table may be used for the sake of marking:

Marks Legend
5 Marks
Demonstrates Always and Encourages Others
4 Marks
Demonstrates Always.
3 Marks
Demonstrates Most of the Times
2 Marks
Demonstrates Sometimes
1 Marks
Demonstrates Rarely
0 Marks
Does not demonstrate

In case, two or more managers are to be compared, then above table can be utilized. In case each manager is required to be evaluated separately then multiple documents for each manager can be generated where detailed talent sustaining and skill polishing strategies can be written down. Please do let me know if you think any skill to be added to the list above.

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6 C's Of Success by Brian Tracy

Clarity: Eighty percent of success comes from being clear on who you are, what you believe in and what you want.

Competence: You can't climb to the next rung on the ladder until you are excellent at what you do now.

Constraints: Eighty percent of all obstacles to success come from within. Find out what is constraining in you or your company and deal with it.

Concentration: The ability to focus on one thing single-mindedly and see it through until it's done takes more character than anything else.

Creativity: Flood your life with ideas from many sources. Creativity needs to be exercised like a muscle; if you don't use it you'll lose it.

Courage: Most in demand and least in supply, courage is the willingness to do the things you know are right.

Story: Don't Mess with Old People :)

A little old lady went to the grocery store to buy cat food. She
picked up three cans and took them to the checkout counter.
The girl at the cash register said, "I'm sorry, but we cannot sell you cat
food without proof that you have a cat.  
A lot of old people buy cat food to eat, and the management wants
proof that you are buying the cat food for your cat."
The little old lady went home, picked up her cat and brought it back to the
They sold her the cat food.
The next day, she tried to buy two cans of dog food.
Again, the cashier said, "I'm sorry, but we cannot sell you dog food without
proof that you have a dog. A lot of old people buy dog food to eat, but the
management wants proof that you are buying the dog food for your dog."
So she went home and brought in her dog.
She then was able to buy the dog food.
The next day she brought in a box with a hole in the lid.
The little old lady asked the cashier to stick her finger in the hole.
The cashier said, "No, you might have a snake in there."
The little old lady assured her that there was nothing in the
box that would harm her. So the cashier put her finger into the box and
quickly pulled it out.
She said to the little old lady, "That smells like shit."
The little old lady said, "It is. I want to buy three rolls of toilet
Don't mess with old people!