Monthly Archives: February 2007

WHY EMPLOYEES LEAVE ORGANISATIONS ?

by – Azim Premji, CEO- Wipro

Every company faces the problem of people leaving the company for better pay or profile.

Early this year, Mark, a senior software designer, got an offer from a prestigious international firm to work in its China operations developing specialized software. He was thrilled by the offer.

He had heard a lot about the CEO. The salary was great. The company had all the right systems in place employee-friendly human resources (HR) policies, a spanking new office, and the very best technology, even a canteen that served superb food.

Twice Mark was sent abroad for training. “My learning curve is the sharpest it’s ever been,” he said soon after he joined.

Last week, less than eight months after he joined, Mark walked out of the job.

Why did this talented employee leave ?

Arun quit for the same reason that drives many good people away.

The answer lies in one of the largest studies undertaken by the Gallup Organization. The study surveyed over a million employees and 80,000 managers and was published in a book called “First Break All The Rules”. It came up with this surprising finding:

If you’re losing good people, look to their immediate boss. Immediate boss is the reason people stay and thrive in an organization. And he’s the reason why people leave. When people leave they take knowledge, experience and contacts with them, straight to the competition.

“People leave managers not companies,” write the authors Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman.

Mostly manager drives people away?

HR experts say that of all the abuses, employees find humiliation the most intolerable. The first time, an employee may not leave, but a thought has been planted. The second time, that thought gets strengthened. The third time, he looks for another job.

When people cannot retort openly in anger, they do so by passive aggression. By digging their heels in and slowing down. By doing only what they are told to do and no more. By omitting to give the boss crucial information. Dev says: “If you work for a jerk, you basically want to get him into trouble. You don’t have your heart and soul in the job.”

Different managers can stress out employees in different ways – by being too controlling, too suspicious, too pushy, too critical, but they forget that workers are not fixed assets, they are free agents. When this goes on too long, an employee will quit – often over a trivial issue.

Talented men leave. Dead wood doesn’t.

“Jack Welch of GE once said. A company’s value lies “between the ears of its employees”. 

Make money with a blog

1. Maintaining Momentum

According to Technorati’s research, one blog is created every second and that’s 86,400 per day or 31,536,000 per year. That is a huge figure considering that almost half of the planet earthlings are not connected to the internet.

The blogosphere continues to double about every 5.5 months and about 13% of all blogs are updated at least weekly. The main issue is how long does a blogger blogs before giving up? A week? One month? According to Technorati, half of the new blogs become redundant after just three months.
There is a name for these blog – they’re often called splogs or blog junks. Most bloggers started out with a good intention, always with a big picture in their mind. The secret path to success is the ability to continuing blogging consistently. It doesn’t matter if no one drop any comments or someone uses harsh words banging you, the ability to maintain the momentum and chunk out interesting articles is the key to success. Most blogs takes an average of 6 months to built up the much needed momentum to leap frog one to the other stage.
2. Topics

Choosing the right topic is like choosing the right partner, if you choose the wrong topic, especially the one that you’ve got no interest in, chances are you’ll soon end up in a crossroad. I’ve come across bloggers that create blogs that target high paying keywords.

The best topic would be something of your interest, be it music or art that has a niche market in the digital world. If you’re passionate about the topic you are blogging, chances are you will never run out of ideas, remember – maintain the momentum is the key to success.
3. Blogging Platform

There are a few blogging platform to choose from, the current market leaders are Blogger, WordPress and MoveableType. I would say that these three platform has the lion share in the blogging world. All have their plus and minus points.

Depending on your budget, if you’ve got the money and the desire to blog, then by all means get a paid hosting and host your own blog. The plus point in having your own domain name and hosting server is the ability to get a better ranking in Google Search Engine. Most search engine tend to shy away from free hosting server, even Google rank blogs from their own Blogger.com below others that has their own unique names.
If you are not sure about getting your own paid hosting plans, I would recommend you to try out this reliable hosting company 3iX, its a Singapore based hosting company and you get a 14 day trial. Unlike GoDaddy, you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to install WordPress, 3iX offers everything with a single click, yup, you can install wordpress with a single click.
4. Diversity of opportunities

Diversifing is the key to success, bloggers that seek a steady flow of income should have multiple blogs that spread accross different server and topics so as not to put all their eggs in one basket. Multiple blogs doesn’t mean one has to stick to a single contextual advertising company, recent years have withness the addition of a variety of viable advertising options for bloggers. Unlike the yer before 2005, adsense and blogads and a handfull of other are the only option available.

PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL TERMS AND THEIR "REAL" MEANINGS

AVERAGE EMPLOYEE:
Not too bright.

EXCEPTIONALLY WELL QUALIFIED:
Made no major blunders yet.

ACTIVE SOCIALLY:
Drinks a lot.

FAMILY IS ACTIVE SOCIALLY:
Spouse drinks, too.

CHARACTER ABOVE REPROACH:
Still one step ahead of the cops.

ZEALOUS ATTITUDE:
Opinionated.

QUICK THINKING:
Offers plausible excuses for mistakes.

CAREFUL THINKER:
Won’t make a decision.

TAKES PRIDE IN WORK:
Conceited.

PLANS FOR ADVANCEMENT:
Buys drinks for all the boys in the office at happy hour.

FORCEFUL:
Argumentative.

AGGRESSIVE:
Obnoxious.

USES LOGIC ON DIFFICULT JOBS:
Gets someone else to do it.

A KEEN ANALYST:
Thoroughly confused.

EXPRESS THEMSELVES WELL:
Speak English.

CONSCIENTIOUS:
Scared.

METICULOUS ATTENTION TO DETAIL:
A nit picker.

HAS LEADERSHIP QUALITIES:
Is tall or has a loud voice.

EXCEPTIONALLY GOOD JUDGMENT:
Lucky.

KEEN SENSE OF HUMOR:
Knows a lot of dirty jokes.

STRONG PRINCIPLES:
Stubborn.

CAREER MINDED:
Back Stabber.

COMING ALONG WELL:
About to be let go.

OF GREAT VALUE TO THE ORGANIZATION:
Gets to work on time.

RELAXED ATTITUDE:
Sleeps at desk.

EXPERIENCED PROBLEM SOLVER:
Screws up often.

WORK IS FIRST PRIORITY:
Too ugly to get a date.

INDEPENDENT WORKER:
Nobody knows what he/she does all day.

FORWARD THINKING:
Procrastinator.

GREAT PRESENTATION SKILLS:
Able to BS well.

GOOD COMMUNICATION SKILLS:
Spends lots of time on phone.

LOYAL:
Can’t get a job anywhere else.

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How to say I Love You in 100 Languages!!!

English – I love you
Afrikaans – Ek het jou lief
Albanian – Te dua
Arabic – Ana behibak (to male)
Arabic – Ana behibek (to female)
Armenian – Yes kez sirumen
Bambara – M’bi fe
Bangla – Aamee tuma ke bhalo aashi
Belarusian – Ya tabe kahayu
Bisaya – Nahigugma ako kanimo
Bulgarian – Obicham te
Cambodian – Soro lahn nhee ah
Cantonese Chinese – Ngo oiy ney a
Catalan – T’estimo
Cheyenne – Ne mohotatse
Chichewa – Ndimakukonda
Corsican – Ti tengu caru (to male)
Creol – Mi aime jou
Croatian – Volim te
Czech – Miluji te
Danish – Jeg Elsker Dig
Dutch – Ik hou van jou
Esperanto – Mi amas vin
Estonian – Ma armastan sind
Ethiopian – Afgreki’
Faroese – Eg elski teg
Farsi – Doset daram
Filipino – Mahal kita
Finnish – Mina rakastan sinua
French – Je t’aime, Je t’adore
Gaelic – Ta gra agam ort
Georgian – Mikvarhar
German – Ich liebe dich
Greek – S’agapo
Gujarati – Hoo thunay prem karoo choo
Hiligaynon – Palangga ko ikaw
Hawaiian – Aloha wau ia oi
Hebrew – Ani ohev otah (to female)
Hebrew – Ani ohev et otha (to male)
Hiligaynon – Guina higugma ko ikaw
Hindi – Hum Tumhe Pyar Karte hae
Hmong – Kuv hlub koj
Hopi – Nu’ umi unangwa’ta
Hungarian – Szeretlek
Icelandic – Eg elska tig
Ilonggo – Palangga ko ikaw
Indonesian – Saya cinta padamu
Inuit – Negligevapse
Irish – Taim i’ ngra leat
Italian – Ti amo
Japanese – Aishiteru
Kannada – Naanu ninna preetisuttene
Kapampangan – Kaluguran daka
Kiswahili – Nakupenda
Konkani – Tu magel moga cho
Korean – Sarang Heyo
Latin – Te amo
Latvian – Es tevi miilu
Lebanese – Bahibak
Lithuanian – Tave myliu
Malay – Saya cintakan mu / Aku cinta padamu
Malayalam – Njan Ninne Premikunnu
Mandarin Chinese – Wo ai ni
Marathi – Me tula prem karto
Mohawk – Kanbhik
Moroccan – Ana moajaba bik
Nahuatl – Ni mits neki
Navaho – Ayor anosh’ni
Norwegian – Jeg Elsker Deg
Pandacan – Syota na kita!!
Pangasinan – Inaru Taka
Papiamento – Mi ta stimabo
Persian – Doo-set daaram
Pig Latin – Iay ovlay ouyay
Polish – Kocham Ciebie
Portuguese – Eu te amo
Romanian – Te ubesk
Russian – Ya tebya liubliu
Scot Gaelic – Tha gradh agam ort
Serbian – Volim te
Setswana – Ke a go rata

Sign Language – ,,,/
(represents position of fingers when signing’I Love You’)

Sindhi – Maa tokhe pyar kendo ahyan
Sioux – Techihhila
Slovak – Lu`bim ta
Slovenian – Ljubim te
Spanish – Te quiero / Te amo
Swahili – Ninapenda wewe
Swedish – Jag alskar dig
Swiss-German – Ich lieb Di
Tagalog – Mahal kita
Taiwanese – Wa ga ei li
Tahitian – Ua Here Vau Ia Oe
Tamil – Nan unnai kathalikaraen
Telugu – Nenu ninnu premistunnanu
Thai – Chan rak khun (to male)
Thai – Phom rak khun (to female)
Turkish – Seni Seviyorum
Ukrainian – Ya tebe kahayu
Urdu – mai aap say pyaar karta hoo
Vietnamese – Anh yeu em (to female)
Vietnamese – Em yeu anh (to male)
Welsh – ‘Rwy’n dy garu
Yiddish – Ikh hob dikh
Yoruba – Mo ni fe
 

How we can use failure to help us achieve success

Here are six lessons, which build on one another, that show how we can use failure to help us achieve success.

1. Understand Failure’s Potential
Any failure, even the worst failure we can imagine, has the potential to be good and worthwhile… if we can learn from it and build upon it. James Joyce rightly wrote, “Mistakes are the portal for discovery.” But we have to make the commitment to discover… to look at that failure and build upon it. If we don’t, then failure can’t work its magic… and we’ve let ourselves down!

“Failure has been good to us,” Ali says of Xuqa. “Each big failure has helped us make our company better… and has opened our eyes to another success.”

“A failure is a man who has blundered but is not capable of cashing in on the experience.” –Elbert Hubbard

2. Surround Yourself with Others Who Understand the Importance of Failure
The world is full of people who don’t understand the benefits of failure. They tell us to “play it safe”, that our “dreams aren’t worth the effort”, and that our goals are “impossible”. We need to stay away from these people… and instead find people who believe in the strength of the human spirit, and who believe in us!

“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent in doing nothing.” –George Bernard Shaw

“I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure: which is: Try to please everybody.” –Bill Cosby

3. Expect and Embrace Failure
Failure is an inevitable part of life and success… sometimes we get it in large doses and sometimes in smaller ones. But if we understand that we alone have the power to make our own failures positive or negative, then embracing failure isn’t so hard. It becomes manageable… and beautiful… and challenging… and worthwhile.

Thomas Edison knew better. He didn’t try to invent the phonograph thinking he’d get it right on the first try. Rather, he knew that “Genius is 1% innovation and 99% perspiration,” as he said. And he was willing to sweat a little bit and fail thousands of times before he got it right. It was that kind of commitment to massive failure that gave him the opportunity to achieve many great successes.

4. Learn From Failure
Failure can only be helpful when we decide to learn from it. And learning doesn’t happen by default or osmosis. Rather, it requires that we take the time to understand what went right and wrong, and then figure out how to replicate the good stuff, and eliminate the bad stuff.

“Every failure teaches a man something, if he will learn…” –Charles Dickens

“If I find ten thousand ways something won’t work, I haven’t failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward. Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.” –Thomas Edison

5. Use Knowledge to Move Forward
Learning isn’t good enough. It’s one thing to know all twelve steps necessary to recover from alcoholism, for instance, but it’s another thing entirely to make the choice to recover from alcohol abuse by using those steps. Learning from our failures is important… acting on that knowledge is even more important!

Alexander Fleming didn’t have to keep the mold that seemed to be eating away at the bacteria. But he did. He didn’t have to then run tests on it. But he did. Those were important steps, but they were steps that wouldn’t have mattered if he didn’t take one final step: to search for practical applications of the bacteria-eating mold. It was his willingness to apply the knowledge learned from his failure that enabled him to discover the applications of penicillin.

6. Don’t Give Up
Oftentimes, in life, we think we’re doing the right things… but we aren’t getting the results we want! We don’t move forward as quickly as we thought we would, or perhaps, we don’t move forward at all. So we consider giving up. We think that maybe failure isn’t everything it’s chalked to be. The most important secret of failing successfully is this: believe in the of failure power even when it doesn’t seem to be working.

“There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth – not going all the way, and not starting.” –Buddha

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” –Thomas Edison

Conclusion
If we want to succeed in whatever we do, then we need to learn how to welcome failures into our lives, and use them as building blocks for our successes.

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