Sat 29 Apr 2006

Here are some interesting Solutions to difficult problems. Just Read
 
 Case 1(The famous one!!!!)
 
 When NASA began the launch of astronauts into
 space,they found out that the pens wouldn't work at
 zero gravity (ink won't flow down to the writing
 surface). To solve this problem, it took them one
 decade and $12 million.
 They developed a pen that worked at zero gravity,
 upside down,underwater, in practically any surface
 including crystal and in a temperature range from
 below freezing to over 300 degrees C.
 
 And what did the Russians do...?? They used a pencil
 .....!!!!!!
 
 Case 2
 
 One of the most memorable case studies on Japanese
 management was the Case of the empty soap box, which
 happened in one of Japan's biggest Cosmetics companies.
 The company received a complaint that a consumer had bought a
 soap box that was empty. Immediately the authorities
 isolated the problem to the assembly line, which
 transported all the packaged boxes of soap to the
 delivery department.For some reason, one soap
 box went through the assembly line empty. Management
 asked its engineers to solve the problem.
 Post-haste,the engineers worked hard to devise an X-ray machine
 with high-resolution monitors manned by two people
 to  watch all the soap boxes that passed through the
 line  to make sure they were not empty. No
 doubt, they worked hard and they worked fast but
 they  spent a  whopping amount to do so.
 But when a rank-and-file employee in a small company
 was posed with the same problem, he did not get into
 complications of X-rays, etc., but instead came out with another
 solution. He bought a strong industrial electric fan
 and pointed it at the assembly line. He switched the
 fan on, and as each soap box passed the fan, it
 simply  blew the empty boxes out of the line.
 
  
 ONE MORE ON THIS ONE .....
 
 OTIS ...... A Lift manufacturing Giant ...... had a
 complain from the customer that their lifts were
 very very slow, and that it took a long time to go up 60 stories........



 Otis Engineers were fired and asked to solve the
 problem at the earliest and replace all the liftss
 accordingly. Engineers started working on the chain mechanism, the puuley
 systems, the power drives, the weight to speed
 ratio, and other such hi tech parts......
 The problem had no solution, as in increasing speed,
 weight had to be reduced, or the safety was an
 issue,or other such thing.
 But, one newly appointed engineer solved the problem
 in 2 days. He fitted the mirror in the lifts.
 Suddenly the Complaints reduced drastically to 10%. The director
 asked for the young engineer, and asked him about
 this solution.
 The young man said, The problem is not that the
 lifts are slow,but that People feel that our Lifts are
 slow.


Moral:
 
 Always look for simple solutions. Devise the
 simplest possible solution that solves the problems


 Hence, Always analyse the Problems from all view
 points.......
 "Think Simply  ,  Think Effectively"

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Sat 29 Apr 2006

 A man joined a big Multi National Company as a trainee.... On his first day, he dialed the kitchen and shouted into the phone: "Get me a cup of coffee, quickly!" The voice from the other side responded: "You fool; you've dialed the wrong extension! Do you know who you're talking to?" "No" replied the trainee. "It's the Managing Director of the company, you idiot!"The trainee shouted back: "And do you know who YOU are talking to, you IDIOT?"   "No!" replied the Managing Director angrily.  

"Thank God!" replied the trainee and put down the phone... 

 

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Fri 28 Apr 2006

A marvelous answer
        
        Take a look at this marvelous answer:
        A mechanic was removing the cylinder heads from the motor of a car when
        he spotted the famous heart surgeon in his shop, who was  standing off
        to the side, waiting for the service manager to come to take a look at
        his car.

The mechanic shouted across the garage,"Hello Doctor!
Please come over here for a minute." The famous surgeon, a bit
surprised, walked over to the mechanic. The mechanic straightened up,
wiped his hands on a rag and asked argumentatively, "So doctor, look at
this. I also open hearts,  take valves out, grind 'em, put in new parts,
and when I finish this will work as a new one. So how come you get
the big money, when you and me is doing basically the same work? " The
doctor leaned over =nd whispered to the mechanic ..... What  did he say ???

       
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        He said : "Try to do it when the engine is running".
 

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Tue 7 Mar 2006


For the past several months, news have been appearing about the spread of highly pathogenic (infectious) H5N1 avian influenza virus in wild or
domestic birds in countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Recently a similar virus has been suspected in the poultry farms in Northern Pakistan.

  Although H5N1 virus is highly infectious among poultry, it is not easily transmissible to humans. Since December 2003, the virus is known to have
infected 173 people, of whom 93 have died. Not one of these cases has been linked to the consumption of properly cooked poultry or poultry products.

  The World Health Organization reconfirms that, when poultry products are safely handled and properly cooked, humans are not at risk of  acquiring
H5N1 infection through food consumption.

  The main health risk currently is to people who are in close contact with infected poultry, such as families with backyard flocks and poultry workers in wet markets or live animal markets.

  We are investigating further into the matter but in the meantime following precautions must be taken at all Eni Pakistan locations,

  * Eggs should not be consumed raw or partially cooked. Raw eggs should not be used in foods that will not be treated by heat high enough to kill the virus (70 Degrees C)

* No live chickens neither raw poultry should be handled at any Eni Pakistan location. Properly packaged or frozen poultry meat should be delivered at all locations.

* The packaged or frozen poultry meat should also be cooked up to 70 Degrees C. All parts of the poultry should be fully cooked (no "pink" parts and no "runny" yolks)

* Persons involved in food preparation should wash their hands thoroughly and clean and disinfect surfaces in contact with the poultry products.

* Soap and hot water are sufficient for this purpose. Same precaution must be taken while handling poultry stored under refrigeration.

 

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Sat 25 Feb 2006
10 Ways to Poison Your Career:

It takes anywhere from three to 15 months to find the right job -- yet just days or weeks to lose it. Here are 10 traits that are career poison:

1. Possessing Poor People Skills
A little likeability can go a long way. Studies by both the Harvard Business Review and Fast Company magazine show that people consistently and overwhelmingly prefer to work with likeable, less-skilled co-workers than with highly competent jerks. Researchers found that if employees are disliked, it's almost irrelevant whether they're good at what they do, because other workers will avoid them.

2. Not Being a Team Player
No one feels comfortable around a prima donna. And organizations have ways of dealing with employees who subvert the team. Just ask Philadelphia Eagles Wide Receiver Terrell Owens, who was suspended for the 2005 season after repeatedly clashing with and taking public shots at his teammates and management. Show you're a team player by making your boss look like a star and demonstrating that you've got the greater good of the organization at heart.

3. Missing Deadlines
If the deadline is Wednesday, first thing Thursday won't cut it. Organizations need people they can depend on. Missing deadlines is not only unprofessional, it can also play havoc with others' schedules and make your boss look bad. When making commitments, it's best to under-promise and over-deliver. Then, pull an all-nighter if you have to. It's that important.

4. Conducting Personal Business on Company Time
The company e-mail and phone systems are for company business. Keep personal phone calls brief and few -- and never take a call that will require a box of tissues to get through. Also, never type anything in an e-mail that you don't want read by your boss; many systems save deleted messages to a master file. And we can't tell you how many poor souls have gotten fired for hitting the "Reply All" button and disseminating off-color jokes -- or worse yet -- rants about their boss for all to see.

5. Isolating Yourself
Don't isolate yourself. Develop and use relationships with others in your company and profession. Those who network effectively have an inside track on resources and informationm, and can more quickly cut through organizational politics. Research shows effective networkers tend to serve on more successful teams, get better performance reviews, receive more promotions and be more highly compensated.

6. Starting an Office Romance
Unless you're in separate locations, office romances are a bad idea. If you become involved with your boss, your accomplishments and promotions will be suspect; if you date a subordinate, you leave yourself open to charges of sexual harassment. And if it ends badly, you're at risk of everyone knowing about it and witnessing the unpleasantness.

7. Fearing Risk or Failure
If you don't believe in yourself, no one else will. Have a can-do attitude and take risks. Instead of saying, "I've never done that," say, "I'll learn how." Don't be afraid to fail or make mistakes. If you do mess up, admit it and move on. Above all, find the learning opportunities in every situation. Remember, over time, risk-aversion can be more hazardous to your career than error.

8. Having No Goals
Failure doesn't lie in not reaching your goal, but in not having a goal to reach. Set objectives and plan your daily activities around achieving them. Eighty percent of your effectiveness comes from 20 percent of your activities. Manage your priorities and focus on those tasks that support your goals.

9. Neglecting Your Image
Fair or not, appearance counts. People draw all kinds of conclusions from the way you present yourself. So don't come to work poorly groomed or in inappropriate attire. Be honest, use proper grammar and avoid slang and expletives. You want to project an image of competence, character and commitment.

10. Being Indiscreet
Cubicles, hallways, elevators, bathrooms -- even commuter trains -- are not your private domain. Be careful where you hold conversations and what you say to whom. Don't tell off-color jokes, reveal company secrets, gossip about co-workers or espouse your views on race, religion or the boss' personality. Because while there is such a thing as free speech, it's not so free if it costs you your job!
 

This article was originally written by Kate Lorenz .

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Tue 21 Feb 2006

There are many reasons why good employees quit, most are preventable.  I've identified a "Top Ten" list of reasons why people leave jobs:
 
1. Management demands that one person do the jobs of two or more people, resulting in longer days and weekend work.
 
2. Management cuts back on administrative help, forcing professional workers to use their time copying, stapling, collating, filing and other clerical duties.
 
3. Management puts a freeze on raises and promotions, when an employee can easily find a job earning 20-30 percent more somewhere else.
 
4. Management doesn't allow the rank and file to make decisions or allow them pride of ownership. A visitor to my website e-mailed me a message that said, "Forget about the "professional" decisions - how about when you can't even select the company's holiday card without the President rejecting it for one of his own taste?"
 
5. Management constantly reorganizes, shuffles people around, and changes direction constantly.
 
6. Management doesn't have or take the time to clarify goals and decisions. Therefore, it rejects work after it was completed, damaging the morale and esteem of those who prepared it.
 
7. Management shows favoritism and gives some workers better offices, trips to conferences, etc.
 
8. Management relocates the offices to another location, forcing employees to quit or double their commute.
 
9. Management promotes someone who lacks training and/or necessary experience to supervisor, alienating staff and driving away good employees.
 
10. Management creates a rigid structure and then allows departments to compete against each other while at the same time preaching teamwork and cooperation.
 
Interesting, isn't it, that all ten factors begin with the phrase "Management…."
 
Interesting, too, just how many of these high-turnover factors are preventable? My retention survey confirmed the truth of the saying,
 
"Employees don't quit their companies, they quit their bosses." Thirty five percent of the respondents answered yes to the question, Was the attitude of your direct supervisor/manager the primary factor in your quitting a previous job?
 
Soft management skills-people skills - are the critical element in battling high turnover and creating a high-retention workforce or what I call, "retentionship."
 
 
By  Gregory P. Smith

Lucy Doss

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