Friday, September 21, 2007

Making an Example of Mourinho

The Business Magnate, Tycoon or "Oligarch" is generally accustomed to dispensing with anyone who do not agree with his/her views. So when the Oligarch switches their thinking from We to I, be ready to hear the familiar rants and raves ...

“I get what I want, when I want it, because I'm the Boss end of story”

Its time to find yourself looking for the door, walking and closing the it firmly behind you. Just when you thought it was us and we, you've it was always really Myself and I and and never really You. So now it comes to the foreground ... Its one rule for the and another rule for the other (you being the other and everyone else).

For the Oligarch it can be lonely at the top. When you climb the highest mountain and reach the mountain peak, there is only space for You and small handful of followers and their entourage, and then what about the people who actually work for you, have you given much thought to how they will fit in that small space of your mountain peak!

Oligarchy (Greek Ὀλιγαρχία, Oligarkhía) is a form of government where political power effectively rests with a small elite segment of society (whether distinguished by wealth, family or military powers)

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Bad Bosses is Bad Business

“Employees stuck in an abusive [reporting] relationship experience more exhaustion, job tension, nervousness, depressed mood and mistrust”

Good bosses understand their business, their piece of the puzzle and the work involved, and are able to communicate all of this effectively ...

Best Bosses:
  • Listen more, seeks input actively, and lets people know their opinions were important
  • Understands the business well — not just their own areas, but how the different pieces fit together
  • Decisive, capable of making sound decisions based on available information
  • Give timely feedback, constructively
  • Engage people in their organisational roles, and provide a "line of sight" into how their individual performance affects the group's success.

Worst Bosses:
  • Isolate themselves, accepts input from only a selected group of people
  • Limited understanding of the "big picture," focuses only on their areas of (often technical) expertise; either un-interested in, or incurious about, the overall enterprise
  • Indecisive, insecure about their roles, and incapable of making independent judgements
  • Avoid contact with subordinates, providing little more than annual performance reviews (with little or no input about the employee's actual performance)
  • Have a fragmented view of the organisation, and perhaps be a bit misanthropic — uncomfortable, both with others and the job
  • Often kept and rewarded simply because they (and the group) they manage brings in money to the organisation
  • Creates an unsettled, apprehensive, work environment

Organisations with a strong well communicated, business mission and sense of shared valves, tend to consistently promote and reward those who best support the culture. Poor supervisory practices, rather than dissatisfaction with pay, is the predominant driver of employee turnover, where workers are less likely to work longer in the evenings or at weekends, and take on more tasks, and more risk. Companies with poor management practices become risk-averse, which essentially dries up the flow of innovation and new ideas

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

London Underground Tube on a go slow!

“What is (LUL) London Underground Ltd doing to organise itself”

Last week we experienced a 72 hour strike on the Tube, and today to add salt to the wounds, LUL annouces a series of unbelievable reasons why the service is being reduced ... could it be the live Football coverage on BBC1 England vs Russia (or) they are on a go slow after last week ? ... What makes a bad passenger experience are the different apologetic stories being broadcast "due to a fire at Epping" "due to a derailment at ..." "due to whatever ..." we heard it all today and none of what was said made any sense.

12.33 and London Westbound Central Line cancels its tube service between White City and Marble Arch, a few minutes later the Eastbound Central Line packs up and diverts the Woodford service to run back to Hainhault leaving passengers to continue their journey anticlockwise into London. Adding 45 minutes to a 15 minute journey!!!

Then to top it some bright spark at LUL decides it's best to close the down escalator at Liverpool Street in the rush hour to get home creating more annoyance a long line of passengers queue for what seems ages and, LUL announce everyone should board first available tube and change at Leytonstone.

If you have ever had to endure this journey you would know that when your destination is halted at Leytonstone, it pretty much mean a mass crowd overspilling platforms in the attempt to cross over to board the empty tube on waiting on platform 2 - NOT! - no today was different. At Stratford another annoucement about boarding the first available tube, then to everyone's surprise an empty tube pulls in speeds up and exit the station.

Finally reaching Leytonstone, LUL believe it or not decides to terminate the Eastbound Hainhault trains packed with passengers, so the platform not only fills up but becomes dangeorously unsafe adding a 16 minute interval delay and a already packed tube that should be acting as a shuttle service soon to depart the opposite platform. Mayor Livingstone do something fast, everyone is furious with being treated like cattle, having to pay increase upon increase in already high fares. Make the people who are accountable for the service and get it sorted. Life in London is busy as it is transport service is inadequate and it's going to get worst.

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Thursday, September 06, 2007

Do It Now, Don't put if Off

Cure for Procrastination

“If you want to procrastinate, why don't you put it off?”

A proven method of overcoming procrastination is to repeat saying to yourself:
"Do it now!" for 22 times in the morning and the afternoon for 22 consecutive days.

Both "do" and "now" are powerful switchwords that propel action. You will be doing the right thing at the right time highly focused and motivated. A small price to pay for a great asset, don't you think?

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