Leadership is art of leading a group of people to attain a certain goal. Without leadership qualities it is very difficult to write a big success story either in business or in politics. Progress of a country or success of a business depends on its leadership. This world is full of talented and hard-working humans. There are brave persons in every street or block of every colony. But if they don’t get a good leader they won’t be able to combine themselves into a dynamic force. Without a good leader the best of the businesses or the mightiest of the forces start crumbling. The history is replete with examples how the personality of a leader plays an important role in making or breaking an empire.
Good leaders are needed and respected in every field – politics, business, army, social reform movements etc. Great leaders are not born, they acquire greatness with total commitment to their purpose and by getting the support of others. Any sensible person can become a dynamic leader by cultivating a few qualities with diligence and persistence. Unless you develop these qualities you will find it very difficult to manage people and get ahead in any field.
DYNAMIC LEADERSHIP MEANS TO BE ENTHUSIASTIC
‘Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.’ These words of great American philosopher Emerson carry weight. Unlimited enthusiasm can give you unlimited success when it is focused and directed towards the aim of your life. People rarely want to follow a dull or unenthusiastic leader who is unable to arouse their feelings. An unenthusiastic leader is like a dark night that makes you take rest and sleep. How can such a person lead a group of people?
In fact enthusiasm is the biggest trait of a leader. See the speeches of the great leaders or very successful business executives they all are very enthusiastic person. Enthusiasm is actually a combination of several things: interest in the subject and the people, determination to achieve certain goals, self-confidence.
Table of contents for “How to become a dynamic leader”:
1. Express your view of what you think your treatment of followers has on their reactions. To be completed by the top echelon circle of all senior managers in the organisation and their followers. 2. Self-rating. Express your view of what you think your leadership skills are. To be completed by the top echelon circle of all senior managers in the organisation and their followers. 3. Self-rate what you think about your personality traits to enhance the eleven most significant team leadership skills. To be completed by all managers, including the top circle of seniors. 4. Rate the eleven most significant team leadership skills of your direct superior, which are supposed to strengthen his/her execution of the eleven most significant team leadership principles. To be completed by all subordinates reporting to a superior. 5. The eleven team leadership principles 6. Appendix A: Interpretation of section 1 and section 2 results 7. The end
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DYNAMIC LEADERSHIP MEANS TO MAINTAIN STRICT DISCIPLINE
What will happen if nature starts breaking the barriers of discipline. The planets will collide with one another. The whole universe will be totally disorganised and there won’t be any human civilisation on any planet. Strict discipline keeps the universe throbbing with life. Actually without swallowing the bitter pill of strict discipline it is hard to gain the respect of people. If you are really a big leader people may tolerate your habit of reaching late. They may wait for you for hours to have a glimpse of your great personality and ready to clap even for your late arrival. But late arrival of great leaders is also resented if it happens again and again.
DYNAMIC LEADERSHIP MEANS TO GET ADEQUATE STORE OF INFORMATION
Napoleon, one of the greatest warriors and conquerors in the history, was almost crazy for books. He ordered latest editions even in the battlefield. Amazing! His hunger for information became legendary. It is wisely said that knowledge is power. All successful managers, military generals and political leader always keep themselves informed. Without adequate information you can neither analyse the facts properly nor launch any rational operation.
Do your best to get as many facts from as many sources as possible. If your have information power on your side you can easily defeat a more powerful enemy or competitor. The richest person of the world till date John D. Rockefeller gave great priority to details. Alexander the Great spent a lot of time in getting right information and only then he launched his attacks. Akbar the great of India and Catherine the great of Russia always surrounded themselves with wise men – the men of knowledge. Meet any successful person today you will be surprised to know how well-informed that person is. Right information has always proved the biggest power and success tool of most of the great men and women.
DYNAMIC LEADERSHIP MEANS TO MANAGING YOUR ANGER
Anger not only makes enemies but also loses followers. You may be a very wise and pure-hearted person but if you have a habit of losing patience over trifles you will antagonise people. They will always pull your legs and run you down. You can imagine how difficult it will become for you to lead people to achieve your goals. And anger is not that bad in case it is under control and channelled towards the evils of the society. It is senseless and uncontrolled anger that is always immensely harmful. By willingness and constant practice you can learn the art of managing your anger. Repeat ‘OM’ ten times before allowing your anger to burst. Also visualise your anger to be melting down. This simple formula will help you to manage your anger.
DYNAMIC LEADERSHIP MEANS THAT CHARISMATIC PERSONALITY COUNTS
Charismatic leaders are more popular. Charisma mesmerises everybody as it generates hope in the power of a leader to do something for the public. Charisma is in fact an attractive personality and it can be developed. Many leaders get such a nice
upbringing and atmosphere from their parents that they get a good personality without making much efforts to develop it themselves. But there are others who work very hard to develop it. Prophet Mohammed, Guru Nanak, Napoleon, Mao, Mahatma Gandhi, Lenin, Bill Gates, Dhirubhai Ambani, all of them had to work very hard to inject the light of charisma in their personality. To make your personality charismatic you need to take the following steps: 1.Have immovable self-confidence in you, 2.Keep all the facts to give you an air that you know all, 3.Surround yourself with capable persons, 4.Maintain an air of power with the help of money and material, 5.Give extra care to dress sense, 6.Be near the people and help them to solve problems.
DYNAMIC LEADERSHIP MEANS NOT TO BE TOO FRIENDLY
If you want to become a good leader you need to maintain a healthy distance from the people. Don’t be too friendly with anybody otherwise it may dampen your charisma. People have faith in their leader as they think their leader can do or achieve anything. Keep your problems to yourself. Never show the scars or injuries of your heart to your followers. They are not there to solve your personal problems but to take your help in solving their problems. If personal meeting is arranged advise the person to say everything in brief. Talk less and listen more.
DYNAMIC LEADERSHIP MEANS TO SHOW FOLLOWERS WHAT THEY WILL GAIN
Who wants to follow a person when there is no gain. A leader is a person who is capable enough to lead others to achieve a certain objective. A leader successfully convinces the people that he is the only one who can help them to solve their problems and lead them to success.
A leader understands people, knows their needs, arouses their hopes and shows them the right path, and above all he is willing to sacrifice his life for his followers. It is, therefore, necessary to tell the people what they will get if they keep faith in you. And you have to create confidence in them regarding your abilities. It sometimes takes years of efforts. You must be sincere and honest to them otherwise nobody is going to believe you. Prophet Mohammed and Mahatma Gandhi were recognised real leaders when they were past fifty. It took them decades of hard work and convincing before they were able to attract large number of followers.
DYNAMIC LEADERSHIP MEANS TO ADMIRE FOLLOWERS
Admire your followers often and they would love to follow you. Every person thinks that he is wise and does certain things in life which must be admired. Criticism dissuades and repels the people. Hard criticism may make them afraid for some time but secretly they start plotting against you and damage your winning potential. So give admiration whenever needed. But beware of flattery as it will lower your image and make the people suspect your objectives. A subtle dose of praising words, for a person or team who did a good job, is enough.
DYNAMIC LEADERSHIP MEANS TO BE ADEPT IN THE ART OF SPEAKING
The biggest and most effective tool of a leader is art of speaking. Good public speakers are equally praised by the people and the media. They make the people spellbound with their words. But the million-rupee question is how one can acquire the art. Some leaders become well-versed in this art by helpful and positive surroundings in a natural way. Others have to work very hard to master it. Everyone knows that the greatest leader of our country Mahatma Gandhi shivered to his bones whenever he got up to speak a few lines even before a small group of known persons. But with determination and constant practice he became one of the best speakers of the world. Follow these points diligently to become efficient in the art of speaking.
1. Get knowledge of the subject on which you want to speak. What will you say to your audience till you know what to say? Try to add some interesting information.
2. Practise your speech alone at your home before a mirror, before a small gathering of your family members and friends. (The great American leader Abraham Lincoln practised it by speaking loudly before the trees in the peaceful atmosphere of the jungle where he lived with his poor family.)
3. Your pronunciation should be good. You can acquire it by reading a newspaper loudly everyday. Take the help of a learned person if needed.
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How to change an existing unhealthy organisation culture to a healthy organisation culture beneficial to growth of all stakeholders
Organisation culture and leadership:
Effective leadership cannot be achieved without strategic planning. One of the main purposes with effective leadership is to give direction for an organisation and one of the best tools to arrive at direction is strategic planning with the SWOT analysis. An effective performance management system cannot be achieved without strategic objectives. Higher human talent productivity cannot be achieved without an effective performance management system. Higher employee motivation cannot be achieved without effective team leadership.
Attracting the required human capital talent cannot be achieved without an effective recruitment system. An effective recruitment system must be adapted to cater for the strategically required organisation culture and team leadership.
A healthy organisation culture:
Organizations should strive for what is considered a “healthy” organizational culture in order to increase productivity, growth, efficiency and reduce counterproductive behaviour and turnover of employees. A variety of characteristics describe a healthy culture, including:
Acceptance and appreciation for diversity
Regard for and fair treatment of each employee as well as respect for each employee’s contribution to the company
Employee pride and enthusiasm for the organization and the work performed
Equal opportunity for each employee to realize their full potential within the company
Strong communication with all employees regarding policies and company issues
Strong company leaders with a strong sense of direction and purpose
Ability to compete in industry innovation and customer service, as well as price
Lower than average turnover rates (perpetuated by a healthy culture)
Investment in learning, training and employee knowledge
Additionally, performance oriented cultures have been shown to possess statistically better financial growth.
Such cultures possess high employee involvement, strong internal communications and an acceptance and encouragement of a healthy level of risk-taking in order to achieve innovation.
Additionally, organizational cultures that explicitly emphasize factors related to the demands placed on them by industry technology and growth will be better performers in their industries.
According to Kim Cameron, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, organisations wanting to improve culture to a healthy state, must strive to reach the following criteria:
1. Dominant characteristics:
1.1 The organization is a very special place. It is like an extended family. People seem to share a lot of themselves. 1.2 The organization is a very dynamic and entrepreneurial place. People are willing to stick their necks out and take risks. 1.3 The organization is very production oriented. A major concern is with getting the job done. People are very competitive and achievement oriented. 1.4 The organization is a very formalized and structured place. Bureaucratic procedures generally govern what people do.
2. Organizational leaders:
2.1 The leaders of the organization are generally considered to be mentors, facilitators or parent figures. 2.2 The leaders of the organization are generally considered to be entrepreneurs, innovators or risk takers. 2.3 The leaders of the organization are generally considered to be hard-drivers, producers or competitors. 2.4 The leaders of the organization are generally considered to be coordinators, organizers or efficiency experts.
3. Management of employees:
3.1 The management style in the organization is characterized by teamwork, consensus and participation. 3.2 The management style in the organization is characterized by individual risk-taking, innovation, flexibility and uniqueness. 3.3 The management style in the organization is characterized by hard-driving competitiveness, goal directedness and achievement. 3.4 The management style in the organization is characterized by careful monitoring of performance, longevity in position and predictability.
4. Organization glue:
4.1 The glue that holds the organization together is loyalty and mutual trust. Commitment to this organization runs high. 4.2 The glue that holds the organization together is orientation toward innovation and development. There is an emphasis on being on the cutting edge. 4.3 The glue that holds the organization together is the emphasis on production and goal accomplishment. Marketplace aggressiveness is a common theme. 4.4 The glue that holds the organization together is formal rules and policies. Maintaining a smooth running organization is important.
5. Strategic emphasis:
5.1 The organization emphasizes human development. High trust, openness and participation persist. 5.2 The organization emphasizes acquiring new resources and meeting new challenges. Trying new things and prospecting for new opportunities are valued. 5.3 The organization emphasizes competitive actions and achievement. Measurement targets and objectives are dominant. 5.4 The organization emphasizes permanence and stability. Efficient, smooth operations are important.
6. Criteria of success:
6.1 The organization defines success on the basis of development of human resources, teamwork and concern for people. 6.2 The organization defines success on the basis of having the most unique or the newest products. It is a product leader and innovator. 6.3 The organization defines success on the basis of market penetration and market share. Competitive market leadership is key. 6.4 The organization defines success on the basis of efficiency. Dependable delivery, smooth scheduling and low cost production are critical.
Source: In Thomas G. Cummings (Ed.) Handbook of Organizational Development, (pages 429-445) Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publishing
Continuous incremental performance improvement:
Continuous incremental performance improvement of systems, processes, machines, equipment, products and services is achieved through continuous incremental improvement in knowledge, skills, competencies, experience, research, learning and transformation of innovative ideas into reality by human beings with their godly bestowed incredible brains.
The ways and methods we use to challenge, stimulate, motivate, communicate, influence and unlock the brain power of each other to make our surroundings, our organisations and our world a better place, are therefore of paramount importance for improved changes.
We gain continuous incremental improvement in knowledge, skills, competencies and capabilities through study and learning in the following ways:
1. Continuous education 2. Continuous coaching 3. Continuous training 4. Continuous mentoring 5. Continuous development efforts 6. Continuous implementation of new knowledge
The greatest challenge for organisations is to improve and utilize the power of human talent through the best tested research results and practices of team leadership.
Talent development refers to an organization’s ability to align strategic training and career opportunities for employees. Training can sometimes also be referred to as a tool for change management and improved organizational culture.
Teams become effective because they are allowed to and encouraged to become effective by an effective team leader.
Different prominent leaders in business and various industries say the biggest asset in their organisations is human capital.
One can get two different organisations in the same industry, making use of the same technology, machines, equipment and processes, yet the one can outperform another one due to the difference human beings can make to the end results.
At what level are your leadership growth?
My way of thinking:
Do I have a positive productivity?
Is the value that I give back to my organisation equal to or greater than my total cost to the organisation?
If one does not think in this way, one will not have the constant urge to improve oneself and things around oneself.
Let this be a wake-up call to all of us.
Primary and secondary style:
The primary leadership style is the one that shows instinctively, from deep-rooted belief systems about human behaviour. What comes out of your mouth can influence others negatively or positively; restrictively or encouraging; destructively or constructively. “My way or the highway”. The secondary leadership style is the one where we fall back on, when the primary one fails miserably. It is what we have learned over time that can also sometimes works.
The challenge is to merge the two into one natural style, which can bring forth the best in our subordinates.
How to change:
We were not born with our habits, attitudes and self-images but we gradually developed them.
It is not like a hereditary trait or disease in the genes or cells. We can group habits, attitudes and self-images as psychological beliefs!
That is why it is possible to change them. Because of their psychological basis, we can change them by means of psychological methods such as new development goals, visualisation, imprinting and imagery.
Anyone can become a leader. All the characteristics and traits of leadership can be acquired through learning and practice.
Leadership is not synonymous with assertiveness, despotic behaviour or managerial position. Assertiveness is a good quality only if it can be backed up by respect. Respect stems from various sources as outlined lower down on this page.
Management is about doing things efficiently. Leadership is about doing things differently, in new ways, in better ways. Leadership is about lateral thinking, being innovative and creative.
Leadership is not limited to the top echelon in an organisation. Any person in an organisation, who can differentiate him or herself by being inventive, can be a leader. If you display inventiveness, others will follow your direction naturally out of respect.
Leadership does not follow lines of authority. More often than not, creativity stems from the floor level nearest to the processes and problems. Leadership is therefore by no means limited to the formal structure of supervisory and managerial positions.
The role of leadership can be earned in many ways, small or big. For instance, you can display leadership and earn respect from others in the following ways:
– Expert or superior knowledge about a subject or something – Excellence in execution of tasks – Positive attitude, high morale – High ethical values and codes of conduct – Good human relations – Streamlining paper work, production, methods, your use of time – Being innovative or creative
Innovativeness usually results in bigger leaps with more benefits and profits. It can therefore be most profitable for an employer to cultivate, encourage and support the development of creativity and risk taking in all employees.
Therefore, the most important quality to develop and the fastest way in order to become a leader, is through creativity. To improve leadership further, one must be able to induce innovativeness and creativity in subordinates.
Definition of the core function of a team leader:
A team leader has a twofold responsibility.
The first responsibility is task oriented in the form of providing a proper performance management system, which will give subordinates focus and direction, to encourage them psychologically to excel and be more productive in the tasks they are supposed to perform, in support of the organisation strategic plan.
The second responsibility is people oriented in the form of providing a psychological environment, which can inspire subordinates to higher innovation and creativity with the tasks they are supposed to perform. In short, there is a twofold responsibility on a team leader to design and provide a psychological infrastructure, conducive for breeding all-round improvements, wherein subordinates can thrive and pleasurably deliver their best efforts.
People in positions of authority have an obligation to provide a psychological platform or framework, which is in favour of the best interest of the organisation.
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This year, South Africa will celebrate 25 years of democracy, hold its sixth democratic national election and accelerate the process of economic revival and growth.
Over the last quarter century, the country has made remarkable progress in expanding opportunities for its people, most of whom still live with the effects of the apartheid system. Millions of poor South Africans have been provided with houses, social support, electricity and water. The black middle-class has grown significantly and access to healthcare and education have been expanded.
However, over the last decade, growth has been slow, progress in several areas has stalled and corruption has undermined key public institutions and state-owned enterprises. More South Africans are employed than ever before, yet our levels of inequality remain amongst the highest in the world.
In the last year, we have taken firm measures to correct this. As a result, the country is now emerging from a period of economic stagnation and political uncertainty and has entered a new era of renewal in support of our growth ambitions.
We have a firm foundation on which to build. South Africa’s high level of industrialisation, our position as a key manufacturing hub and services destination on the African continent, our strong financial sector are key drawcards for investors.
Furthermore, we are one of the most technologically resourced countries in Africa. We consistently rank highly in terms of internet bandwidth capacity and broadband penetration and have some of the highest mobile phone subscription rates on the continent.
Whether it is in mining, manufacturing, agriculture, clothing and textiles, services, tourism or the ocean economy, South Africa’s economy is as diverse as it is sophisticated. It is our ambition to diversify our export basket further and move towards higher productivity and enhanced global competitiveness.
We are aware of the critical policy missteps that led our economy to flounder and the effect that corruption and political patronage has had on public confidence.
But the political and economic landscape of South Africa has vastly improved. A year ago I laid out ambitious plans to turn our economy around, restore business confidence, deal decisively with corruption, and get our people working again.
We have registered significant gains. As part of an ambitious drive to raise $100 billion in new investment in five years, I appointed four investment envoys and assembled a specialised team to mobilise and facilitate investment. Just a few months into this journey, commitments of more than $6 billion show investors have confidence in the range of reform measures we have put in place.
Government is working with the local and international business community, labour, civil society and other stakeholders to drive our economic recovery. These social partners have also agreed on a range of actions to create new jobs and protect existing ones.
We promised to restore good governance, deal with corruption and restore faith in our public institutions. Commissions of inquiry have been established to investigate the capture of government institutions and key state-owned entities by private interests. We have appointed new boards and executives to these entities and begun steering their recovery in earnest.
Efforts to introduce a new era of accountability are taking hold. The state revenue service, a vital cog in the economy, is being stabilised. Confidence in the criminal justice system is also being restored through the appointment of new leadership teams.
We have made important headway in addressing policy uncertainty and inconsistency. Through consultation with all stakeholders, we have revised the country’s mining policy, balancing the need for growth with the need for transformation of the industry. After years of delay, a plan outlining our country’s energy mix until 2050 is finally on the table.
We have begun a process to pave the way for faster and more sustainable land reform – vital to provide policy certainty and predictability and to support the stable growth of our economy. This ongoing dialogue between different sectors of our society has the potential to forge a comprehensive, sustainable solution to an issue that has divided our nation for centuries.
We are committed to pursuing these economic and political reforms necessary to restore the confidence of our citizens as well as domestic and international investors.
As political turmoil plagues the globe, South Africa once again stands out as a beacon of hope and co-operation in a new world order. All nations’ economic destinies remain intertwined and as a bridge between the developing and developed world, South Africa offers a rejuvenated vision for a future of shared prosperity.
This seemingly good message of hope displayed above, must be re-evaluated by comparing it to the reality in 2020/21. It will be almost impossible to rectify the huge scale of incompetency build-up throughout all Government entities and levels. It will need a “Superman” or a few of them, not even to speak of the huge build-up to a culture of corruption!
So far, no senior head has yet rolled and that has nothing to do with the previous dispensation before 1994.
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Seven ways to impact, enhance or change organization culture
As a young employee I was transferred to work in an office tower in downtown San Francisco. I wasn’t the only person to arrive in this new office space – the group had changed significantly due to reorganization and many of us were working together for the first time.
My boss, the Marketing Manager, asked me to help him with some unusual projects. First, I organized an ugly tie contest. Next, we created a puzzle where everyone told me their fantasy identity (who they would be if they could be anyone) and I created a quiz. People had several days to try to figure out who was who. This culminated in a party and the revealing of all the secret identities (and prizes for those who had done the best guessing).
Along with many other events, we eventually instituted the first casual Friday in this company (hey, this was 1987).
At the time I knew what was happening and why it was important to the development of the culture in this organization. But I didn’t understand it the way I do now.
For a whole variety of reasons, organizational culture is important to the health or viability of any organization.
It is one thing to know something is important. It is another thing entirely to know what to do about it. This article will give you some specific things you can do to act on the importance of your organizational culture.
1. Get help.
Wherever you sit in the organizational structure or hierarchy you can impact organizational culture in a positive (or negative, but why would you want to do that?) way. Admittedly, if you are in a position of leadership, it might be easier, but we can all have an impact. But we can’t do it alone. Form a team of like-minded, interested and enthusiastic people, and get them on board with developing and enhancing your culture.
2. Get a vision.
Get your team to discuss the current culture. Define the parts of the culture that are already great and need to be supported. And honestly determine where the culture could use some polishing. Then create a vision of the culture you want to create, taking into account the entire current picture –the warts and the beauty marks.
3. Get strategic.
Your team will recognize that this is important – you’ve picked people who already understand that and you have developed a deeper understanding as you created a vision of a desired future culture. Help everyone understand – the team and organizational leadership – that this isn’t a band-aid, quick fix; but an ongoing, strategic intention to build a more attractive culture that fits the needs of the organization.
4. Get people excited.
Chances are your culture team will be excited. If not, get them excited! Help the team recognize that not everyone else in the organization is going to think that these efforts are worthwhile immediately. Remember that enthusiasm is contagious. Do what you can to keep the enthusiasm of your team high. If their excitement falters, remind them of the vision they created to re-invigorate them.
5. Get a champion.
That person may be you, or it may be someone else on the team. In my case, I took on an alter ego of the “fun phantom.” While a moniker might not be necessary, a point person, whether anonymous or not, is important. Culture change is like any other change – it requires champions. The champion needs to be someone who is passionate about creating the new culture. As in my case, this might be a perfect role for a young energetic person, but don’t assign the role. The best champions will rise up and “select” themselves.
6. Get started.
Yes, I have listed the first five suggestions in a chronological order. But that doesn’t mean you can’t so something today, as soon as you finish reading this article or right now. You already know some things that need to change in your culture, so role model one of them starting immediately. Maybe your first step is to invite a couple people to lunch that you think might want to be on your team. Whatever your first step is, do it.
7. Get momentum on your side.
Any change will have a greater chance of success with momentum. Don’t form your team today if you don’t think you’ll be able to get them going quickly. Don’t think of this something that can be done in a couple of weeks. A single event that you hope will permanently change the culture, won’t. In fact, it might have the opposite effect entirely. Get started but be committed to building momentum and staying with it. It will be one of the most rewarding efforts you and your team will ever engage in.
I haven’t given you specific cultural events to try. Why? Because I don’t know what kind of changes you want to create. In my case we were trying to create higher levels of camaraderie and more fun in the workplace. You may have that and may want to enhance your culture in completely different ways. You and your team will figure out what to do. This list is meant to help you figure those things out for yourselves.
These seven things are by no means a complete list – but they are a great place to start. And getting started is the most important next step of all.
Seven reasons for a strong organization culture
Many of us spend more time with those we work with than our families. For us to be content and fulfilled people, that time must be valuable and satisfying.
We want to be engaged in our work. We yearn for work that is enjoyable, meaningful and engaging. When we are engaged we are safer on the job, more productive and more willing and able to delight customers.
It is for these basic reasons that organizational culture matters. It is the right thing for an organization to do – to think about the work environment, working relationships and “how we do things here.”
Focusing on building and sustaining an organizational culture is one way of showing that people are the organization’s most valuable asset.
There are of course many other bottom line business reasons to focus on and build organizational culture. Here are seven of those reasons.
1. A strong culture attracts talent.
Your organizational culture is part of the package that prospective employees look at when assessing your organization. Gone are the days of selecting the person you want from a large eager pool. The talent market is tighter and those looking for a new organization are more selective than ever. The best people want more than a salary and good benefits. They want an environment they can enjoy and succeed in.
2. A strong culture is a talent retainer.
How likely are people to stay if they have other options and don’t love where they are? Your organizational culture is a key component of a person’s desire to stay.
3. A strong culture engages people.
People want to be engaged in their work. According to a Gallup survey at least 22 million American workers are extremely negative or “actively disengaged” – this loss of productivity is estimated to be worth between $250 and $300 billion annually. Your culture can engage people. Engagement creates greater productivity, which can impact profitability. Need I say more?
4. A strong culture creates energy and momentum.
Build a culture that is vibrant and allows people to be valued and express themselves and you will create a very real energy. That positive energy will permeate the organization and create a new momentum for success. Energy is contagious and will build on itself, reinforcing the culture and the attractiveness of the organization.
5. A strong culture changes the view of “work.”
Most people have a negative connotation of the word work. Work equals drudgery, 9-5, “the salt mine.” When you create a culture that is attractive, people’s view of “going to work” will change. Would you rather see work as drudgery or a joy? Which do you think your employees would prefer? Which will lead to the best results?
6. A strong culture creates greater synergy.
A strong culture brings people together. When people have the opportunity to (and are expected to) communicate and get to know each other better, they will find new connections. These connections will lead to new ideas and greater productivity – in other words, you will be creating synergy. Literally, 1 + 1 + right culture = more than 10. How is that for leverage?
7. A strong culture makes everyone more successful.
Any one of the other six reasons should be reason enough to focus on organizational culture. But the bottom line is that an investment of time, talent and focus on organizational culture will give you all of the above benefits. Not only is creating a better culture a good thing to do for the human capital in the business, it makes good business sense too.
Hopefully this article has helped you see that time spent enhancing your organizational culture will be time wisely invested. Regardless of your current culture, it is never too late to enhance it and to begin creating the benefits described above.
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Change the way you think and put big change in your pocket
Change is a very powerful word in this 21st century society, but many people are afraid to change. The word change in the dictionary simply means ‘to become different, or to make something or somebody different’. My intention with this article is to present to the reader that change is good and positive and something not to be afraid of, especially when it comes to increasing your wealth. Many of us desire and dream that we could one day be wealthy and financially free.
Change is a very powerful word in this 21st century society, but many people are afraid to change. The word change in the dictionary simply means ‘to become different, or to make something or somebody different’. My intention with this article is to present to the reader that change is good and positive and something not to be afraid of, especially when it comes to increasing your wealth. Many of us desire and dream that we could one day be wealthy and financially free, never having to worry about finance again, so that things would be different, and ultimately, that things would change.
Change confronts us all with a choice – the choice to make a change or remain the same. Now I know that none of us really want our finances to remain the same, otherwise things like Lotto would go broke, so what type of change am I thinking?
Have you heard of Online Businesses, or Internet Marketing? There are many people around the world developing new and exciting businesses online, and are changing their lives from relying on their weekly pay cheque, to having cheques consistently week after week after week, all year round and year after year, being delivered to their mailbox, simply because they started and developed an online business.
Like any business it takes blood, sweat and tears before you can sit back and reap the rewards, but being determined to change your finances forever is the first goal you must keep in the forefront of your thoughts and your actions. Just as every person is different, so is every Internet business opportunity, but the opportunity is there none the less, and the opportunity is there to bring change.
Online businesses are not acceptable and designed for everyone, just as not everyone is suited to working from home with an online business. But if you’re a little bit fed up with working for the man, and earning money for Uncle Sam, and finding that week after week your money is going out more than it is coming in, then maybe it is time for a change – a Big Change.
I sincerely recommend investigating and researching the opportunities that are available in the Online Business world, for as sure as the sun is ready to set tomorrow, tomorrow will come with or without change, so why don’t we take the plunge and prepare for change today, and make a definite and determined change to your pocket tomorrow.
Understand that it is acceptable to examine the opportunities that are available, and there are many of them, but at some point you are going to have to take the plunge and jump in and get started, or walk away from the pool of online potential and resources, and remain a slave to your daytime job forever.
Once you have decided on a suitable Internet business, give it every opportunity to grow. Look at your new business like a young plant needing to grow roots, and by giving it time to establish its potential of providing much fruit, you will eventually benefit enormously year after year, in season and out of season.
The finance that comes in from successful online businesses is called residual income, which just keeps on coming year in and year out, just like the fruit of a tree, except your business will bear fruit all year round. Remember, it is OK to dip your toe in the water and check the temperature, but at some time you will have to develop the confidence to go for it and get wet.
A decision to change today will bring positive change tomorrow, and change tomorrow will significantly bring an abundance of Change to your pocket in the not too distant future.
If you can dream it you can achieve it
Impossible is just a word.
Everyone, at some point of his or her life, has dreamed of being somebody special, somebody big. Who hasn’t fantasized about being the one who hits the game-winning homer? Who hasn’t dreamed of being the homecoming queen? And how many times have we dreamed of being rich, or successful, or happy with our relationships?
Often, we dream big dreams and have great aspirations. Unfortunately, our dreams remain just that – dreams. And our aspirations easily collect dust in our attic.
This is a sad turn of events in our life. Instead of experiencing exciting adventures in self-actualization, we get caught up in the humdrum of living from day-to-day just barely existing.
But you know what? Life could be so much better, if only we learned to aim higher.
The most common problem to setting goals is the word impossible. Most people get hung up thinking I can’t do this. It’s too hard. It’s too impossible. No one can do this.
However, if everyone thought that, there would be no inventions, no innovations, and no breakthroughs in human accomplishment. Remember that scientists were baffled when they took a look at the humble bumblebee. Theoretically, they said, it was impossible for the bumblebee to fly. Unfortunately for the bumble, bee no one has told it so. So fly it does.
On the other hand, some people suffer from dreaming totally outrageous dreams and not acting on them. The result? Broken dreams, and tattered aspirations.
If you limit yourself with self-doubt, and self-limiting assumptions, you will never be able to break past what you deem impossible. If you reach too far out into the sky without working towards your goal, you will find yourself clinging on to the impossible dream.
Try this exercise. Take a piece of paper and write down some goals in your life. Under one header, list down things ‘you know you can do’. Under another header, write the things ‘you might be able to do.’ And under one more, list the things that that are ‘impossible for you to do.’
Now look at all the headers strive every day to accomplish the goals that are under things ‘you know you can do’. Check them when you are able to accomplish them. As you slowly are able to check all of your goals under that heading, try accomplishing the goals under the other header-the one that reads ‘you might be able to do.’
As of the items you wrote under things I could do are accomplished, you can move the goals that are under things that are ‘impossible for you to do’ to the list of things ‘you might be able to do.’
As you iterate through this process, you will find out that the goals you thought were impossible become easier to accomplish. And the impossible begin to seem possible after all.
You see, the technique here is not to limit your imagination. It is to aim high, and start working towards that goal little by little. However, it also is unwise to set a goal that is truly unrealistic.
Those who just dream towards a goal without working hard end up disappointed and disillusioned. On the other hand, if you told someone a hundred years ago that it was possible for man to be on the moon, they would laugh at you. If you had told them that you could send mail from here to the other side of the world in a few seconds, they would say you were out of your mind. But, through sheer desire and perseverance, these impossible dreams are now realities.
Thomas Edison once said that genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. Nothing could be truer. For one to accomplish his or her dreams, there has to be had work and discipline. But take note that that 1% has to be a think-big dream, and not some easily accomplished one. Ask any gym rat and he or she will tell you that there can be no gains unless you are put out of your comfort zone. Remember the saying, “No pain, and no gain”? That is as true as it can be.
So dream on, friend! Don’t get caught up with your perceived limitations. Think big and work hard to attain those dreams. As you step up the ladder of progress, you will just about find out that the impossible has just become a little bit more possible.
Title “Think bigger by aiming higher”:
Table Of Contents (29 pages):
Foreword Chapter 1: The Truth Behind Goal Achievement Chapter 2: Identifying Goals Chapter 3: How To Clearly Define Goals Chapter 4: Align Your Goals With Your Beliefs Chapter 5: How To Commit To Goals Chapter 6: Get Others On board With Your Goals Chapter 7: Make Sure To Set Start And Stop Times Chapter 8: Visualize Your Goals Chapter 9: Take Action Chapter 10: What Can Happen If You Don’t Meet Goals Wrapping Up
Title “The magic of thinking really big in the Internet era”:
Table of contents (73 pages):
Foreword Chapter 1: Obtaining Information—Then and Now Chapter 2: All You Need Is Out There Chapter 3: Getting Information Off the Internet Chapter 4: Knowing What the Experts Know Chapter 5: Knowledge Marketing—The New Online Phenomenon Chapter 6: How to Get Information That Is Not Easily Accessible Chapter 7: Give What You Receive—Spread Knowledge Yourself Wrapping Up
Title “Abundant thinking to achieve the rich dad mindset”:
Table of contents (19 pages):
Legal Disclaimers & Notices Contents Introduction The Law of Abundance What Is Abundant Thinking? How to be An Abundant Thinker How to Be a Rich Dad The Alternatives to Abundant Thinking Conclusion
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Aren’t you sick of mediocrity?
I mean, come on! Living a sub-par life… being content with low pay, poor motivation and a lack of dreams – it’s a recipe for creating a human zombie if you ask me. Believe me, if you think what I’m talking here is ‘alien talk’, then you are missing the point.
Humans are never created to be content mediocrity in mind – because we are all destined for greatness. We are all designed to do big things!
But this is not the case with people.
We all are living testaments of self-fulfilling prophecies and that is why our lives often do not reflect the glory that we are meant to have! “People fail on many levels because they have a poisonous mind set!”
Let’s be truly honest with ourselves, here…
If you are not rich, energetic and enjoying the life that you’re supposed to enjoy, then you are selling yourself short! But that is because of the way you are thinking.
A good tree will bear forth good fruit. Likewise, the result in our lives is the result of our thinking. Our minds are like the roots and when you have a good ‘root’ you will have a good fruit in life.
The rottenness in people’s thinking leaves festering problems throughout their lives and it affects their income, their relationships, their careers, their spiritual state… nothing works when the mind is thinking small!
Do you face the following problems in your own life? – Why is it that no matter how hard you work, you only accomplish ‘this’ much? – Why are you having constant arguments with other people? – No matter how much you save, it is only a pittance? – Business ventures seem to fail as soon as they start? – Lack of goals, not knowing how to build a good life in the next 5 years?
No wonder people do not succeed in life! They are thinking like a loser! Their goals are really small compared to what they are capable of. Make no mistake about it. “The fact that their mind set is undeniably wired for failure, it is a sure sign that they will have a hard time succeeding in anything because their minds will always work against them!”
It is time to get straight down to the source. There is this saying that goes – “As a man thinketh – so is he…”
Think small and you will get small results.
However, there is another problem when it comes to thinking big… it is the problem of our subconscious mind!
Our minds are so wired for failure that for every ‘Yes’ we hear from others, we hear another 17 ‘No’s’. It is a really sad fact for life that even when we want to excel, people will hold us back and we’ll often go back to square one.
The thinking of mediocrity is often reinforced by dead beat friends, old parents (who are set in their ways of thinking), negative media and all kinds of things that lowers the consciousness of others. Now that you are aware of these negative forces, we must make a change in our lives. That is why this will be really valuable to you.
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The importance of planning ahead for a new business start-up.
Although owning your own business may be the best thing you ever did, it can have serious drawbacks, when you first start out. People often have unrealistic ideas and expectations about running their own business, thinking that it’s going to provide them a six figure income right from start, especially those who buy into a franchise or established retail business or those who join online affiliate programs.
When they see that they aren’t earning as much as they thought they would, they begin to worry that they have made a mistake or that they have been scammed and start worrying about their income and how they are going to pay the bills. Making a business plan in advance solves a great deal of the stresses that are involved when you start building your business.
The reason many new business owners have trouble making money is because they fail to plan for the days that are going to yield less income. It can take a new business on average anywhere from 3-5 years to start turning a decent profit. This is true even of franchises since the early days will involve more income going to the corporation than the owner. You have to make sure that you have a proper business plan for that.
How can you plan for the early days of low income? For one thing you can make sure that you save more money before you invest in a business so that you have enough cash for your living expenses until you start earning a profit from your business. If you are leaving a position with another company to start your own business and are entitled to any kind of severance package put those aside in a special account in case you need them to assist with personal expenses until your business is profitable enough to operate on its own.
One option that many people do not even know exists is that of a loan for operating capital. The business owner can borrow money to see him through until the business becomes self-supporting. Often those who know of this option fail to utilize it properly by setting their goals too high or being over-confident about the time frame for their success, and end up having to return to the bank for more operating capital. This should be a part of your business plan, and in order to make sure that you have set realistic goals for yourself you should sit down with a financial adviser or accountant to ensure that your business plans includes realistic goals for income generation.
Making sure you have all of the working capital you need before you open your business can save you hours of worry and also save you from having to prepare another business plan when you require additional funds. Starting a new business requires more than just a good idea!
Once you’ve done this, you will realize the significance of unsecured start-up funding. Rarely does an individual have the savings or personal resources to put a business plan into action completely on their own. Often, even when one thinks this is the case, deeper development and planning dissuades this initial thought.
Small business funding can be a rather involved subject, filling shelves upon shelves of books at libraries and bookstores. The truth is though, you don’t need a how-to book to get good funding. You simply need a good lender. Being able to determine once is what really counts.
An unsecured small business start-up loan gives you the start-up funding you need, but getting a start-up business loan can sometimes be more difficult than it seems. Most lenders today require collateral for small or large start up business loans, but collateral may be something you have never thought of before. When you obtained a mortgage, your home served as the collateral. When you got a car, the vehicle was the collateral. But when you’re seeking a new business loan, you probably don’t have the commercial collateral you need yet. Your only option then is to offer your personal assets as security for the loan – which is a risk you understandably may be hesitant about.
Collateral is often the biggest obstacle to the prospective business owner. Not only does a new business not yet have any commercial collateral to provide; but it is asking a lot for an entrepreneur to put his hard earned personal assets at risk in order to start a new business venture. Yet, without collateral, getting an unsecured business loan can sometimes seem impossible.
The good news is, though rare, some companies have specialized programs for exactly this scenario. An unsecured business start-up loan can get a new business owner the funding he needs to cover initial business costs, without having to provide collateral and place his or her assets risk. With this type of financing plan, the lender utilizes something the borrower has worked hard for and should be able to take advantage of – his good credit. With this approach, the lender can still an unsecured business start-up loan at great rates and with a variety of programs.
The small business loan application process can also be made difficult by the imposition of restrictions on how the loan proceeds can be used. This takes away the borrower’s freedom to use the funds as he or she may have seen fit. You can escape these hassles by using an online application for an unsecured small business loan.
Today, web lenders offer a new window of opportunity for small businesses and individuals that need a fast start up loan approval process. Time is money! Lenders now offer cash in as little as 72 hours, with no tax forms, no business plans, and no collateral! Such lenders offer the straightest line to unsecured business loan funding, at great rates. In the modern world, financial products as efficient and dynamic as the business world must be available.
Applying for an unsecured small business loan is easy, all the business owner need to do is just go on line and submit their loan details. Then the lenders will refer back to you with the loan decision in a few days.
GETTING GUIDANCE FOR YOUR NEW BUSINESS IDEA:
Many people dream of leaving their nine-to-five jobs and going into business for themselves, but very few actually understand how to start or sustain a profitable E-Biz. In a traditional job, you can always approach a supervisor or co-worker with questions about how to execute a project better, perform a task more efficiently, or handle a particular situation. However, once you venture into business on your own, you’re literally on your own – and that’s a very frightening place for most people. That’s why, when starting your own business, it’s imperative that you get guidance from the get-go.
One does not have to go it alone. If you don’t have a support system in place, or any clear sense of direction, it’s easy to grow frustrated or scared, and retreat to your comfort zone without achieving the independence you dream of. A reputable business coach can teach you the best start-up practices and help you implement winning business strategies. Another option is to join an online forum, where you can present your questions to other E-Biz owners who bring to the table the seasoned advice of those who’ve already achieved e-commerce success.
Most new E-Biz owners face exactly the same issues and challenges – and they’re a whole lot easier to handle when you have someone helping you, who’s already faced them successfully.
UNDERSTAND THE PITFALLS OF A NEW BUSINESS START-UP:
Having mentored thousands of new entrepreneurs, Jenkins sees the two most common problems they confront on a regular basis as determining correct priorities and overcoming what he calls “paralysis by analysis.”
1. To run your business effectively, you have to organize your priorities. The difference between a successful E-Biz and a failed E-Biz is often determined by where you spend the bulk of your efforts and energy. As a new entrepreneur, you have limited time and funds. Spending too much of either on peripheral matters means you’re neglecting your core concerns. It’s easy to waste tremendous amounts of time trying to learn the ins and outs that are necessary to manage your business, but that don’t really generate a profit in the long run. In an online business you should have a three-fold focus:
• finding the right products • driving targeted traffic • converting that traffic into sales
That’s it. All other issues are secondary – you have to deal with them in your day-to-day operations, but don’t lose sight of the big picture.
2. Another common problem with e-commerce newcomers is that they tend to over-analyse every scenario and develop “paralysis by analysis.” When you don’t have all the answers, or aren’t certain of your next move, it’s easy to just sit back and procrastinate. But making excuses or putting things off will cripple your ability to do even the most fundamental things to grow your business. It’s important to deal with the business aspect of things in a timely manner. You need to treat your Internet business like a real business – time is money, and you can’t waste it being indecisive.
Launching your own E-Biz may seem like an intimidating prospect; but you largely improve your chances of a positive outcome when you find experienced, knowledgeable mentors to help you get started right. States Jenkins, “Starting a venture is always a risk. But you can greatly facilitate your own success by seeking out qualified support to help you find your focus and keep your business moving forward in the right direction.”
TOP TIPS FOR STARTING YOUR NEW BUSINESS:
Prices are going up, up, up and just about everybody is needing a little extra cash these days. This is probably the best time ever for you to own your own small business.
Now before you start thinking you’ll have to get a bank loan, remember that you can own a small home-based business for just a few dollars–or even FREE.
You can easily run your home business from your kitchen table and, frankly, you can finance your business from a few bucks you save out of the grocery money.
How much time will it take to run your home business? That depends on several things, but mostly it depends on how hard you want to work your business. If you’ve got lots of time through the day you can work your business, then you can go after it full force. If you’ve already got a job or two, you can work your business in the evening, in the morning before work, or on the weekends.
The amount of money you earn will largely depend on how hard you work your business. If you’re full-time, your business can start out earning hundreds each month and move up to several thousand dollars a month in earnings.
Work your business part-time and you can earn anywhere from an extra $100 to $1,000 per month. And that might be just what you need to supplement your income from your regular job.
What kind of business should you own? Try to find one that matches your talents and needs. If you like to talk to people and sell them on your ideas, you would do very well in a business that requires a little selling. You’ll enjoy it and make a lot of money at it.
If the idea of having to sell something makes you want to run the other way, don’t worry. There are businesses that require almost no selling. About all you have to do is use the products you sell and talk to people about the products when they ask.
Of course, new customers rarely fall into your lap. You have to make an effort to find new prospects. Here are several simple and cheap ways to get new customers.
1. Talk to everyone you know about your business. More than a few will take an interest and want to buy from you. 2. Send out letters or postcards. Send 10 per week. You can get names and addresses from clubs, associations, the chamber of commerce, and “list brokers” who are in the business of selling addresses. Check your Yellow Pages under “Direct Mail.” 3. Put up a web site. Include all your experiences, products, and ideas on it, then register the site with Google. It’s free to do and pretty soon all the search engines will include your site’s listing. 4. Put ads in email newsletters. It’s a very cheap way to reach thousands of people who are probably very interested in a home business. Search Google for “e-zine directory” to find sites that list thousands of email newsletters. 5. Sell your products or service as a fundraiser for a local non-profit. They can sell the product you supply. It’s a win for them and a BIG win for you, as you’ll make money from those sales and often grab new customers in the process. 6. Sell at flea markets in your area. Get a low-cost booth and tell your story to anyone who will listen. That’s what flea markets are for, and you won’t feel one bit out of place. 7. If you already have a web site, promote your business on your site and convert your audience into customers.
These are a few time-tested ideas to help you get started. If you’re getting the itch to start your own business, go for it. It’ll be the smartest thing you’ll ever do.
Our members get the following two e-guides to help them with any new business start-ups:
1. TITLE “PLANNING OF A NEW BUSINESS START-UP”:
This is the planning guidelines to enable one to draw up a business plan.
Table of contents (73 pages):
1. Introduction 2. Basic bookkeeping concepts 3. Costing and pricing strategies 4. Mark-up and profit margins 5. Market research 6. Cash flow projections 7. Preparations for compilation of the business plan 8. The business plan
2. TITLE “THE BUSINESS PLAN TEMPLATE – A UNIVERSAL TEMPLATE FOR ALL TYPES OF BUSINESSES”:
Just replace the coloured text with your own text and go to the bank to secure your financial loan.
This is your tool for convincing other people of the soundness of your venture.
The business plan must therefore be presented in a professional way and the contents must convey the following:
Table of contents:
BUSINESS SUMMARY About the Company Your products and services Index: The market The business potential Mission, goals and objectives Strategies Business structure Finance THE MARKET Industry profile Competition Market segmentation MARKETING PLAN Your customers Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats Sales and marketing objectives Value proposition Your product or service Pricing Promotion Sales and distribution OPERATIONAL PLAN Production Premises, plant and equipment FINANCE PLAN Capital requirements and funding proposal Current financial position Financial assumptions Cash-flow projection Projected profit and loss RISKS Risk identification and mitigation STRUCTURE AND MANAGEMENT Organisational structure Key personnel PROJECT PLAN Action plan
Explode online sales with classified and press release sites
Explode online sales with free classified sites and free press release sites
This is about marketing and advertising. There are different ways you can reach an audience of millions of individuals all around the world. I show you on this series how to implement profitable strategies in your marketing career.
It has been said that what matters is not what you sell but how you promote it. So, the secret to success lays within your marketing techniques. That’s why it is very important for business owners to develop skills which allow them to increase the sales of their products.
One of the most important skills you must have is the ability to reach a lot of people quickly. To do this you need to realize how powerful media is and how it can drastically increase your revenues.
Free classified ads are another way you can advertise online at no cost to you. They represent on the Internet what a newspaper ad represents on the streets. You can post ads to thousands of web sites and reach millions of internet users.
The drawback of this strategy is that it is time consuming, but once you get used to it you will realize which are the easier ad sections to post to and the most effective ones. It may take some time though before you discover those that fit you well.
The Benefits of classified ads web sites
The modern world is in a continuous movement and people everywhere are looking for quick, safe means of accessing accurate information. Prompt information is vital for people who want to keep the pace with a constantly evolving society, and many people are turning to the Internet for help in their quest for knowledge.
The Internet is not only the best means to quickly access information; it also has the merit of bringing people all over the world together, allowing them to interact in a safe, exciting environment. Classified ads web sites promote effective means of expressing ideas and exchanging information, by offering subscribes the opportunity to post their ads on a web page, or to access the ads posted by others. Classified ads web sites provide accurate information, well-structured in various categories: job classifieds, homes classifieds, events classifieds and many more! Classified ads are easy to access and they provide all kinds of important information.
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Top 11 proven classified ad selling tips to guarantee a successful sale
It’s Spring Cleaning Time! The weather is getting warmer and it is time to dig through those closets, garages and storage areas and turn your unused items into cash! Traditionally, this is the busiest time of the year for classified advertising. Motor vehicles and recreational vehicles are especially big sellers during the warm weather. If you are considering selling, now is the time. Hundreds of potential buyers are out there reading the Sunday morning newspaper every week, so take advantage of the opportunity to sell your items. Below you will find some great tips to help you get the ball rolling.
PREPARE: Determine the items around your home that you no longer need. Once you have collected these items, confirm that they are in working order and in good selling condition. If items have been in storage for a long period of time, you may need to clean them up to make them more attractive to potential buyers.
RESEARCH: After all items are collected, do your research. Determine the value of your items and decide whether it would be worth your time and effort to place a classified ad. Some things will do well on their own while others may do better in a garage sale setting. If certain items do not have enough value to justify placing an advertisement and you are not interested in hosting a garage sale, donate these items to a local charity for a nice tax deduction.
WHERE TO ADVERTISE: Once you have the items sorted out, you need to decide the best method of advertising. Most items will do best advertised in your daily newspaper since you will be able to reach a local audience. Online classifieds generally do not receive as many local buyers, but most are free so you may want to place an ad there as well just to cover all the bases. If you are selling a larger item such as a car, motorcycle, motor home, etc., you will also want to place prominent for sale signs on the items themselves. You can also utilize bulletin boards in your local community to post a free advertisement.
DRAFTING YOUR AD: What are the most attractive selling features of your items for sale? Decide which of these features you want to highlight in your advertisement. Look for classified ads for similar items to get an idea of how they are written. Check out the competition to see how your item is better or different than the items that will be running alongside your ad.
WRITING YOUR AD: Create a catchy title to get your reader’s attention. This will spark an interest in your classified ad. Always include the brand name when applicable. Price should only be included in the title if it is an obvious selling point. Next, you need to write the body text of your ad and entice buyers even further with the details. Make your description clear and factual. Provide specific details in what it is that makes your item stand out from the others. Be honest in your representation and do not make your item appear better than it actually is. Always include the price in your ad. Take some time to view other classified ads for similar items in your newspaper. This will help you determine a fair asking price for your item. Keep in mind, just because you paid $1,500 for your dining room set, does not mean you will receive that much for it on resale. Be realistic in your expectations. Furthermore, if you will only be available during certain times of the day to discuss your item, make a note of this in your advertisement so buyers know the best time to reach you. If possible, include your email address.
INCLUDING PHOTOS: A picture is worth a thousand words. Some local newspapers provide you with the option to include photos with your classified ad. Be sure to include the photos! When buyers have the opportunity to see an article for sale they have a higher degree of interest and are more likely to buy when they follow up by telephone or email to ask questions or to get more information. If your newspaper does not offer photos or the photo option is too expensive, you can use an online classified photo hosting service.
COMMUNICATING WITH BUYERS: Do your best to be available when customers call for information regarding your item. Be polite and helpful and answer all questions to the best of your knowledge.
SCHEDULING APPOINTMENTS: If you receive numerous calls for your item, be sure to space out the appointments so that you will have enough time to spend with each buyer and your appointments will not overlap. Safety tip: Whenever possible, have someone home with you when a buyer is coming over to look at your item. You really can never be too careful when dealing with people you have never met before.
NEGOTIATION: Decide before you negotiate, the lowest amount you will be willing to accept for your item. This will assure a smoother negotiation process.
PAYMENT: Never accept a check for your item. You should only accept cash or money orders. If a buyer decides they want the item, but they do not have cash on them, always take a deposit to hold the item until they are able to come back. Be sure to set a deadline for them to return with the balance due. Even though you have a deposit, do not stop showing your item since the deal is not final until you have the cash in your hand. If someone else is also interested, tell them you just received an offer, but you will be happy to take down their name and number in case the deal falls through. This will give you more options should the original buyer back out of the sale.
FOURSQUARE: Use the foursquare code for your web page on your images to overcome the limitation where web URL references are not allowed by some classified sites.
That’s it! Keep these selling tips in mind and you will be on the road to a successful sale. Take your time, be thorough and most of all have fun! If you follow the steps outlined above, you will be turning your unused items into cash in no time.
How to write a great press release and increase press release distribution
Every online business should have a marketing and advertising plan. While paid advertising – especially Internet advertising – can drive highly targeted traffic to your site, many online businesses overlook a key component of any marketing and advertising plan: press releases and press release distribution. A great press release can garner the kind of exposure that money can’t buy; in essence, it’s free advertising. Press release distribution is an extremely cost-effective way to get the word out to thousands, hundreds of thousands, and perhaps millions of potential customers.
Many business owners might respond, “But I’ve written press releases and haven’t received a single response.” If that’s the case, the lack of response is most likely either due to either a poorly written press release or poor press release distribution.
Although virtually anyone can string words together, writing a press release that will grab and hold the attention of the media is an art. Many press release services also offer press release writing services; in most cases, it’s worth the money to leave it to the professionals. If you do want to write your own press release, though, here are some tips:
1. At the top of the release, include a contact person’s name, phone number, and email address, as well as the URL of your website. It’s imperative that whomever is listed will be available to speak to the media. In other words, don’t decide to distribute your press release and then head off on vacation.
2. Make the topic timely. Unless yours is a Fortune 1000 company, simply announcing that your product exists will draw only a yawn from the media. Find a hook. Your hook could be an upcoming holiday, for example. Better yet, find a way to piggyback your product or service onto something that’s currently making news. Reporters are always looking for new angles for their follow-up stories.
3. Don’t forget the Five W’s. A reporter should be able to read the first paragraph of your release and know who, what, where, when, and why. If they don’t find the information there, they won’t read any further.
4. Incorporate quotes from an “expert.” The expert could be you, the CEO of your company, or someone with whom you collaborate. The bottom line is that he or she should be able to authoritatively speak about the topic of the release, and should be available to the media for interviews.
5. Keep it short. A press release is a teaser to get the media interested in your company. Say what you need to say in 400-500 words. If reporters want more information, they’ll contact you.
6. A picture is worth 1,000 words. If you’re promoting a product, have high-resolution (300 dpi) images available, and state their availability at the end of your press release. Editors will choose to cover a product with a photo over a product without every single time.
When it comes to press release distribution, use press release services. Ideally, you should use a press release distribution service that can target your release to members of the media that specifically cover your market or industry. Consider a press release distribution service that offers online print distribution, fax distribution, and audio distribution.
Keep in mind that press release distribution can take awhile to bear fruit. In contrast to websites, which continually publish new content, magazines often have months of lead time. Your press release may get some immediate responses, and continue to receive a trickle of responses for months to come.
Press release writing and press release distribution should be a cornerstone of your marketing and advertising efforts. Issuing a new press release every three to four weeks keeps your company in front of the media, and has a cumulative effect of increasing the effectiveness of your press releases.
Top 10 tips for writing a good press release
Writing a press release doesn’t need to be difficult. Here are 10 tips for writing a successful press release.
1. You are writing for journalists. Press releases aren’t for customers or consumers they are for reporters, journalists who will use them as a starting point for a larger story or feature. Write your story as you would like to have it told. Press releases written as sales pieces will be completely ignored. The points you make in your press release and the order in which you make them may direct the journalist in how to develop the story.
2. Start with a strong “lead”. The first paragraph of the press release is known as the “lead”. The lead needs to be strong, communicating your message quickly and concisely. You need to use your headline and first paragraph effectively so that they standalone and that if only those portions were to be read, there would be enough information to understand what the release is about. The rest of your press release should provide the detail. Journalists see maybe thousands of press releases a day, you have a few seconds to grab your their attention.
3. What is your angle? The media are always on the look out for a good story. Your press release needs to be more than just. fact, it needs to be newsworthy. Understanding why journalists would find your story interesting is the key to success. Think about the release from the journalist’s point of view, put yourself in their shoes. It is best to make your press release timely and to tie it to current events or social issues if possible. Find a good angle, a good news hook and you have the start of a good press release.
4. Who, what, where, when and why. A good press release needs to answer all of the “W” questions (who, what, where, when and why), providing the journalist with useful information about your organization, product, service or event. If your press release reads like an advertisement or sales pitch, dump it.
5. Why should anyone care? Company launches, new websites and changes of management happen all the time and so aren’t interesting. You need to concentrate on what makes your new company, web site, CEO or product unique. Ask yourself the question, “Why should anyone care?” Concentrate on the aspects of your press release that makes it different.
6. Add the human touch. Always use real life stories about how your organization identified a problem and solved it. How did your service or product fulfill a need or help the community. Real life examples communicate the benefits of using your product or service in a powerful way.
7. Keep to the point. Use enough words to tell your story, no more and no less. Don’t pad your release with unnecessary adjectives or flowery language. But at the same time make each word count.
8. Limit the jargon. The best way to communicate your news is to speak plainly. You may need to use some jargon or industry specific lingo, but limit it to the minimum. Industry specific terms are only understood by people in the same industry where as your press release is aimed at a general readership.
9. Add an “About” section. Make sure you add an “About” section where you describe your company and services. This will be useful for setting the press release in a context. Don’t forget to add the URL of your website.
10. Add good contact information. If a journalist picks up on your press release they will want to talk with you. Just adding your website URL isn’t enough. As a minimum you need to add a contact name and an email address. Even better add a phone number where you can be contacted.
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The level of service delivery by Governments to their citizens are generally not up to scratch, simply because they are not as accustomed to it as private businesses.
Service delivery levels must be measured on a regular basis as is done in the private sector. Governments tend to measure only financial budgets and financial results by the end of a certain period.
Improved performance by all organisations
Poor service delivery seems to be a common problem for Governments worldwide. In particular it seems to have been a huge problem for the Government of South African over the past couple of years since 1994.
NOT ONLY BUDGETS AND FINANCIAL ACTUAL:
It is actually very easy to rectify. There is a misconception that if one controls budgets and financial statements, everything is honky dory. It is, however, far from the truth. This is usually where Governments make the big mistake. It is not only about financial budgets and financial results per period. Far from it!
It will in most cases be too late for any significant interventions!
ALSO GOALS, OBJECTIVES AND JOB TASKS:
The degree of achievement of goals, objectives and job tasks, on all levels throughout a whole organisation, must also be measured and monitored on a regular basis.
WHAT ABOUT RISK AND CORRUPTION?
Furthermore, one must also be able to detect the aspect of financial risk and financial corruption, before it becomes too late.
The whole point is that parliamentary oversight committees or bodies are not able to detect deviations and problems much earlier, before it grows out of proportion into unmanageable problems. Time wise, they are too far away in the hierarchy of command. It can only be achieved if oversight begins at lower levels of supervision, within departments.
As long as oversight committees just focus on budgets and financial results and ignore achievements of strategic objectives, nothing of old will change and there will still be no inspiration for departmental improvements.
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What Is the Meaning of Job Enrichment?, by Neil Kokemuller
Job enrichment is a common motivational technique used by organizations to give an employee greater satisfaction in his work. It means giving an employee additional responsibilities previously reserved for his manager or other higher-ranking positions. In essence, an enriched job gives the employee more self-management in his duties.
Job enrichment, job rotation and job enlargement are three examples of ways employers try to make jobs more satisfying. Whereas job enlargement adds broader responsibilities to a position, job enrichment gives the employee more vertical authority. The objective is to give an employee more personal accountability for the work that he does. By doing so, the employer hopes that he feels more of a sense of self-worth from his role in the business.
A primary trait of job enrichment is autonomy, meaning that the employee has less responsibility to report on his work tasks to a supervisor. This frees him to focus more on his work, making decisions and working to accomplish company and career goals. Enrichment reduces that potential of micromanagement from a supervisor, which can oppress and demoralize an otherwise competent and capable employee.
Benefits to the Company
Companies turn to job enrichment as a way of boosting the organizational morale. The more valuable each employee feels, the more motivated they are to produce top results. Also, companies can operate more efficiently when employees bear significant responsibility for their work and results. In some cases, using enrichment can minimize layers of management. Plus, with job enrichment, employees learn more vertical skills that equip them for a higher level position.
Benefits to the Employee
Employees are more mentally stimulated when they take on authoritative, decision-making roles. This keeps them mentally focused on their tasks and the objectives of the company. Also, ambitious employees are more likely to stick with an employer if they are trusted to perform higher level duties. Better career opportunities may also come as you train for new skills and learn how to work through important workplace problems and solutions.
Job enrichment can be described as a medium through which management can motivate self-driven employees by assigning them additional responsibility, normally reserved for higher level employees. By doing this, employees feel like their work has meaning and is important to the company. This theory is based on the premise that employees have a natural tendency to want to succeed and are eager to be trusted with a bigger role in the company. When these type of workers aren’t being challenged, they tend to slack off and not give their best effort because they view their task to be below their skill set. Conversely when an employee is given autonomy over his/her work, they tend to feel responsible for the outcome of the project and will try to put forward the best end result possible. Overall Job Enrichment is essential to the workplace because it helps prevent feelings of repetitiveness in the day-to-day operations from hindering productivity.
Frederick Herzberg, an American psychologist, originally developed the concept of ‘job enrichment’ in 1968, in an article that he published on pioneering studies. The concept stemmed from Herzberg’s motivator-hygiene theory, which is based on the premise that job attitude is a construct of two independent factors, namely job satisfaction and job dissatisfaction. Job satisfaction encompasses intrinsic factors that arise from the work itself, including achievement and advancement; whilst job dissatisfaction stems from factors external to the actual work, including company policy and the quality of supervision.
He came up with this term while he was working on his “two factor theory” which states that both satisfaction (e.g. job satisfaction) and dissatisfaction are driven by separate factors that are completely independent of each other. To this effect he implies that just because an individual experiences a decrease in dissatisfaction, does not mean that the result is also an increase in satisfaction.
Advantages and disadvantages
Learn new skills: By having more responsibilities, the employee will have the chance to work on new tasks and therefore learn new skills. Decision making can lead to the employee to think, decide, and try new things. By having to learn new skills, the employee has the opportunity to become proficient at certain tasks and even become experts.
Reduce boredom : Job enrichment focuses on giving employees more variety and responsibilities. The target of job enrichment is to reduce the chance of boredom from the repetitive, tedious activities. Creates a better work environment: The net result of job enrichment is an overall more positive environment that promotes maximum productivity. This is simply because employees who are treated better tend to have better attitudes around the workplace and tend to spread that positivism around the office.
Lack of preparation: Because employees are given more activities and responsibilities in job enrichment, they do not necessarily have the right skills or experience for the job. Because the employee is not prepared or trained enough to do the activity, then they may not be as efficient as someone who is already trained or skilled in that particular activity. A s a result, they may have a lower productivity rate.
Heavier Workload: Job enrichment increases the employee’s overall workload. This requires skill in re-prioritization for the employee. Some employees may not be able to quickly adjust to their new responsibilities. Employees may feel overloaded and tired, so they may have a lower productivity rate.
Clash with Non-participants: Understandably, not every employee at a company can participate in job enrichment. Those who cannot join may feel disconnected from the company and not part of the team . The employees who cannot join may even feel jealous towards participants.
Poor Performance: As a result of lack of preparation and heavier workload, some employees may not perform as efficient as prior to job enrichment. These employees may actually work better in a non job-enriching environment. By not doing as well as desired, they may feel inept. Their poor performance may lead to demotions, which tends to have a negative impact on the employee’s self–confidence and motivation.
Job enrichment, as a managerial activity includes a three steps technique:
1. Turn employees’ effort into performance:
Ensuring that objectives are well-defined and understood by everyone. The overall corporate mission statement should be communicated to all. Individual’s goals should also be clear. Each employee should know exactly how he/she fits into the overall process and be aware of how important their contributions are to the organization and its customers. Providing adequate resources for each employee to perform well. This includes support functions like information technology, communication technology, and personnel training and development.
Creating a supportive corporate culture. This includes peer support networks, supportive management, and removing elements that foster mistrust and politicking.
Free flow of information. Eliminate secrecy.
Provide enough freedom to facilitate job excellence. Encourage and reward employee initiative. Flextime or compressed hours could be offered. Provide adequate recognition, appreciation, and other motivators. Provide skill improvement opportunities. This could include paid education at universities or on the job training.
Provide job variety. This can be done by job sharing or job rotation programs.
It may be necessary to re-engineer the job process. This could involve redesigning the physical facility, redesign processes, change technologies, simplification of procedures, elimination of repetitiveness, redesigning authority structures.
2. Link employees performance directly to reward:
Clear definition of the reward is a must.
Explanation of the link between performance and reward is important. Make sure the employee gets the right reward if performs well.
If reward is not given, explanation is needed.
3. Make sure the employee wants the reward. How to find out?
Use surveys (checklist, listing, questions). Once you know what the employees want, give them the tools they need to earn it and follow through on your word.
Versus job enlargement
Job enrichment can be contrasted to job enlargement which simply increases the number of tasks without changing the challenge. Job enrichment is seen as a vertical job restructuring technique where the focus is on giving the employee more authority, independence, and control over the manner the activity is completed.
On the other hand, job enlargement is seen as a horizontal restructuring technique where the focus is merely increasing the number of assignments but does not change the overall authority, autonomy, and control of the projects.
Job enlargement’s impact on the work environment is not always the most positive due to the fact that it is largely just an increase in work for the employee and not really a step up in responsibility.
Job enrichment on the other hand is a very motivational technique in the management world. The act of enriching an employee’s job not only is a sign of respect but it also shows that the employer actually cares about the employee as a person. This creates a desire for the employee to want to pay the employer back in the form of hard work, loyalty, and dedication to the company.
The different thinking methods to generate uniqueness
Some of the different thinking methods to generate uniqueness are as follows:
The logical thinking method
The vertical thinking method
The lateral thinking method
The critical thinking method
The creative thinking method
The radical thinking method
The radical thinking method is here meant in a good way of turning an idea on its head to come up with useful other ideas, which can lead to newness.
Each of the thinking methods comes with its own definition, rules and principles.
For creative thinking the following can be regarded as some of the rules and principles:
Generating of alternatives:
A particular method or way is only one from among many others. The natural tendency is to look for the best possible approach, but in lateral thinking one must look for as many different approaches as possible and not come to a stop at the most promising approach.
The purpose of the search is to loosen up rigid patterns and to provoke new patterns to arrive at something better than the obvious alternative.
Assumptions are also patterns based on certain boundaries or limits. We must challenge the validity of concepts and the necessity of boundaries in trying to restructure patterns. An example is the nine dots where one has to break through the self-imposed boundary.
The “why” technique can also be helpful here to challenge assumptions by repeatedly questioning an answer with “why.” The intention is to create discomfort and increase the possibility of restructuring the pattern.
In vertical thinking we exercise judgement at every stage to make certain that the information is right. With lateral thinking one allows invalid information to cause restructuring that is valid. In other words the concern is more with to where an arrangement of information can lead us.
Instead of judging each arrangement and allowing only those that are valid, one defers judgement until later.
The emphasis shifts from the validity of a particular pattern, to the usefulness of that pattern in generating new patterns.
In his book Lateral Thinking, De Bono states as follows:
“The need to be right all the time is the biggest bar there is to new ideas
“The major dangers of the need to be right all the time are as follows:
– Arrogant certainty attends a line of thought, which though correct, may have started from wrong premises.
– An incorrect idea which would have lead on to a correct idea (or useful experiment) is choked off at too early a stage if it cannot itself be justified.
– It is assumed that being right is enough – an adequate arrangement blocks the possibility of a better arrangement.
– The importance attached to being right all the time breeds the inhibiting fear of making mistakes.”
Escaping From Dominant Ideas:
One must try to get into the habit of trying to pick out the idea, which seems to one self to dominate the issue. The purpose is to see the situation clearly enough to be able to generate different points of view. It is a matter of identifying the dominant idea to avoid it or escape from it.
One must try to convert a vague awareness to a definite pattern. Otherwise it will be extremely difficult to generate alternative ways of looking at the situation. The dominant idea will keep on dominating the issue.
Isolating Crucial Factors:
A crucial factor can immobilize a situation and make it impossible to change a point of view. It is extremely difficult to loosen up a pattern unless one can identify the rigid points.
The purpose of isolating a crucial factor is to be able to challenge the validity of it. Once it is found not to be crucial, more freedom for different viewpoints will emerge.
Then one also gets different techniques to stimulate or enhance a specific thinking method, like the following examples.
Scamper – also known as Osborn checklist Mind mapping Brainstorming Storyboard Written scenario Drawing Itemised response The value comparison The Harris profile The six thinking hats The fan concept Provocative operation
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In summary it comes down to the following broad competencies, as agreed upon by member countries of the World Economic Forum:
Think systems, not technologies Empowering, not determining By design, not by default Values as feature, not a bug Transformation leadership dexterity
In more detail it comes down to the following competencies, by Dr JH Oosthuizen:
This position paper further expands on the intelligence types of Schwab (2016), and Oosthuizen (2016), to create a ten-factor intelligence type framework, namely:
1. Contextual (the mind) – how we understand and apply our knowledge (Schwab, 2016). 2. Emotional (the heart) – how we process and integrate our thoughts and feelings and relate to ourselves and to one another (Schwab, 2016). 3. Inspired (the soul) – how we use a sense of individual and shared purpose, trust, and other virtues to effect change and act towards the common good (Schwab, 2016). 4. Physical (the body) – how we cultivate and maintain our personal health and well-being and that of those around us to be in a position to apply the energy required for both individual and systems transformation (Schwab, 2016). 5. Entrepreneurial (the disposition) – how we recognise opportunity through synthesis of the whole and creative combination of resources (Oosthuizen, 2016). 6. Strategic (the orientation) – how we adapt to changing environments (Wells, 2012); gather, examine and disseminate intelligence of strategic value (Djekic, 2014). 7. Transdisciplinary (the perspective) – how we understand a system in relation to its larger environment, relationships and connections, bringing the information from separate disciplines together to create useful knowledge (Montuori, 2013:47). 8. Ecosystem (the coalescence) – how we grow and develop within the setting of the system of relationships that form our environment, the impact the environmental factors have on us, and how we impact one another and our environment (Bloom & Dees, 2008:47). 9. Socratic (the philosophy) – how we analyse ideas in terms of their opposites with the objective of creating a more enlightened synthesis (Chaffee, 2013:62). 10. Ethical (the morals) – how we differentiate between what is right and what is wrong, reach decisions and make choices based on this differentiation (Rich, 2013:4).
A conceptual 4th Industrial Revolution Intelligence (4IRI) framework is subsequently proposed, namely:
1. Contextual Intelligence (CI); plus 2. Emotional Intelligence (EI); plus 3. Inspired Intelligence (II); plus 4. Physical Intelligence (PI); plus 5. Entrepreneurial Intelligence (EntI); plus 6. Strategic Intelligence (SI); plus 7. Transdisciplinary Intelligence (TI); plus 8. Ecosystem Intelligence (EcoI); plus 9. Socratic Intelligence (SocI); plus 10. Ethical Intelligence (EthI).
The image displayed below provides a schematic representation of the framework.
To stay relevant, companies are reconsidering how their talent requirements need to evolve, to meet the skills and workforce challenges created by rapid digitalization.
Attract, retain and develop talent: Be a great place to work for millennials and diverse employees. Empower and incentivize the workforce through development opportunities. Create a workforce with great digital skills AND great interpersonal skills.
Bring leadership beyond digital: Hire people with open mindsets and a willingness to change the status quo. Foster a culture from the top that is comfortable with digital technologies. Train senior leaders to “zoom in and zoom out”.
Adapt to different ways of working: Create environments where automation and artificial intelligence enhances humans. Prepare for the rise of the on-demand workforce.
The 7 technologies changing our world:
1. Computing capabilities, storage and access: Between 1985 and 1989, the Cray-2 was the world’s fastest computer. It was roughly the size of a washing machine. Today, a smart watch has twice its capabilities.
2. Big data: Each time you run a Google search, scan your passport, make an online purchase or tweet, you are leaving a data trail behind that can be analysed and monetized. Thanks to supercomputers and algorithms, we can make sense of massive amounts of data in real time. Computers are already making decisions based on this information, and in less than 10 years computer processors are expected to reach the processing power of the human brain. This means there’s a good chance your job could be done by computers in the coming decades. Two Oxford researchers, Carl Bendikt Frey and Michael A Osborne, estimated that 47% of American jobs are at high risk of automation.
3. Digital health: Analysing medical data collated from different populations and demographics enables researchers to understand patterns and connections in diseases and identify which conditions improve the effectiveness of certain treatments and which don’t. Big data will help to reduce costs and inefficiencies in healthcare systems, improve access and quality of care, and make medicine more personalized and precise. In the future, we will all have very detailed digital medical profiles … including information that we’d rather keep private.
4. The digitization of matter: 3D printers will create not only cars, houses and other objects, but also human tissue, bones and custom prosthetics. Patients would not have to die waiting for organ donations if hospitals could bioprint them. In fact, we may have already reached this stage: in 2014, doctors in China gave a boy a 3D-printed spine implant, according to the journal Popular Science.
5. The internet of things: Within the next decade, it is expected that more than a trillion sensors will be connected to the internet. If almost everything is connected, it will transform how we do business and help us manage resources more efficiently and sustainably. Connected sensors will be able to share information from their environment and organize themselves to make our lives easier and safer. For example, self-driving vehicles could “communicate” with one another, preventing accidents. By 2020 around 22% of the world’s cars will be connected to the internet (290 million vehicles), and by 2024, more than half of home internet traffic will be used by appliances and devices. Home automation is also happening fast. We can control our lights, heating, air conditioning and security systems remotely, but how much longer will it be before sensors are able to detect crumbs under the table and tell our automated vacuum cleaners to tidy up?
6. Blockchain: Only a tiny fraction of the world’s GDP (around 0.025%) is currently held on blockchain, the shared database technology where transactions in digital currencies such as the Bitcoin are made. But this could be about to change, as banks, insurers and companies race to work out how they can use the technology to cut costs. A blockchain is essentially a network of computers that must all approve a transaction before it can be verified and recorded. Using cryptography to keep transactions secure, the technology provides a decentralized digital ledger that anyone on the network can see.
7. Wearable internet: Technology is getting increasingly personal. Computers are moving from our desks, to our laps, to our pockets and soon they will be integrated into our clothing. By 2025, 10% of people are expected to be wearing clothes connected to the internet and the first implantable mobile phone is expected to be sold.
Top 10 skills demands for 2022, by World Economic Forum, published 2018:
1. Complex Problem Solving Skills (including creative problem solving and learning from critical disagreements) 2. Critical Thinking and Self-Awareness (including ability to understand and control/correct emotional reflexes and instinctive biases) 3. Creativity (including the confidence and courage skills necessary to challenge the status quo and to tolerate the ambiguities/uncertainties of the creation process) 4. People Skills (including fact-based and consequence-focused feedback exchange, driving engagement, awareness and respect of diversities, cultivating high ethical standards and coherence) 5. Coordinating with Others (including personal influence skills, purpose-based intentional and rotational leadership, ability to hold clear mutual accountability in a collaborative, often virtual, context) 6. Emotional Intelligence (including self-awareness, active listening, effective two-way open communication, empathy, authenticity and courage of transparency) 7. Judgment and Decision Making (including proactive initiative, system analysis and learning on the fly) 8. Service orientation (including humble self confidence and open dialogue) 9. Negotiation (including positive orientation, mastering of both push and pull communication skills and multicultural/multi-functional fluency) 10. Cognitive Flexibility during Critical Situations (keep in calm, open to learn and generally resilient in front of uncertainties, ambiguities, disagreements and major change)
According to the World Economic Forum, the above skills translates to the following skills descriptions, which will grow in importance for 2022 (precisely what we are trying to dish out on a platter!):
Analytical thinking and innovation
Active learning and learning strategies
Creativity, originality and initiative
Technology design and programming
Critical thinking and analysis
Leadership and social influence
Reasoning, problem-solving and idea creation
Systems analysis and evaluation
It looks like the above two top ten skills can still be reconciled and combined, maybe into a top 12 skills.
Click the e-book image below to read the amazing revelations in a PDF file:
“Encourage and empower subordinates to empower yourself!”
The Utopian capitalistic systems are in a crisis. How can it be?
Why are capitalistic systems now faltering after all the years of success in democratic Western cultured countries? If economists analyse the economic problems encountered in Western Europe over the last couple of years, what reasons do they come up with? What are the core mistakes or flaws?
Unsound decision making: For a private company to break even, total income must at least be equal to total cost. The law of productivity is that for productivity to be positive (more than a ratio of 1), total income must be more than total cost.
Although not measurable, it implies that the impact of labour on income (like all other cost categories), must also be more than the total cost of labour to company. If this principle can be broken down for each employee, it also implies that the CEO of a company must have a positive effect on profits (meaning his/her impact on total income must be more than his/her total cost to company).
The same view should be held about the remuneration of a Minister and Director of a Government department.
Now, if a private company has used up capital reserves and keeps on spending more than income, it will go bankrupt relatively fast, not so? If the Government of a country keeps on spending more than its income, it can print more money, borrow more in some or other form or simply raise taxes in many ways; but if it goes on for too long, it can drive a country into bankruptcy. The underlying reasons for the problem under discussion probably can be found in both the private and public sectors, but which one is the biggest culprit?
In the private sector we measure productivity of operations, processes, machinery & equipment in sophisticated manners. We call it productivity of cost of capital outlay and measure it in terms of payback period, return on investment (ROI) and net present value (NPV), to help us make wise economic and profitable decisions.
However, when it comes to measuring the productivity of human talent (capital), we are suddenly out of options, at a loss for words so to speak. The only remote and known measurement method we can use to encourage higher productivity in humans is by means of a performance management system. A proper performance management system can also regularly show up pockets of idleness and over-employment. To what extent do Governments use these methods?
The true basis of capitalism: The purest form of capitalism requires that a Government be as small as possible. It must be lean and mean (small, efficient and effective, with minimum taxes) so that private enterprise can flourish to create needed employment opportunities under conditions of free competition, with minimal distortions. These distortions usually start when stupid decisions are made by ruling political parties to entice more votes for an upcoming election process.
Governments moved away too far from true capitalism: It seems that ruling Governments have been allowed to become bloated and grow out of proportion, as if they wanted to create Kingdoms for themselves, enhancing individual positions to that of fat cats, instead of trying to fulfill the role of servants to their countries. They have slowly encroached as dictatorships, disguised under the umbrella of democracy. On the other hand, banks in the private sector have led Governments by the nose for too long.
Pertinent questions: If the above statements, assumptions and theories are found to be sound and true, or only partially true, one can begin to ask further questions about Governments, like:
1. Have they constantly ignored the advice of brilliant Economists in their countries?
2. Do they still chase the goal of minimum taxes?
3. Do they make use of a proper performance management system?
4. What methods do they apply for sound decision making?
5. Why have citizens allowed their Governments to grow out of proportion?
Future outlook: Some Economists are predicting that it will take Western European countries and the USA at least 30 years to recover from their present debt crisis. It is a pity to find the USA in the same boat, as we need them in the battle of expanding democracy on the worldwide political playing field.
For those who still live in a dream world, thinking nothing can go wrong with capitalistic systems, see further opinions on these pages:
Conclusion: If the present situation are not regarded as a cruel wake-up call by the citizens of the countries in crisis, all the utopian visions and improved political systems developed over centuries, may turn out to have been in vain. Surely these Government have let them down in a big way.
What is wrong with capitalism nowadays?
Governments have created economically sick countries.
Article posted in beginning of 2015.
What is wrong with capitalistic systems in western cultured countries today? Capitalism started out great a few decades ago and brought about enormous economic growth, prosperity and development. Then gradually, over the past ten to fifteen years or so, the blooming apple started to turn sour. What are the reasons for this turnabout for the negative?
1. What we know is that Governments have become too big in employee numbers, salary and benefits increases and ambitious expansions of infrastructures. In short, Government expenditures have outgrown optimum levels. Governments have strived to become powerhouses like Kingdoms, with bloated kings and princes in charge.
2. They have forgotten the golden rule of capitalism, which is to keep taxes as low as possible to stimulate free enterprise activities and growth in the private sector. That is how job creation takes place.
3. Higher Government expenses must be financed with higher taxes in some or other form, so they start to tax individuals and businesses to a standstill. Add to that huge amounts of theft of public funds through corruption by Government officials and you have a surefire way of creating a fast rolling wall of economic recession or even depression!
This is what Robbie Plugh wrote several years ago:
“America is in deep trouble. Dead broke in fact. If America were a listed company, the plug would have been pulled long ago. The receivers would have checked out the books, pronounced the company dead and called time.
Like a family whose expenditures exceed income and then makes up the difference by borrowing on credit cards, the US government`s own deficit spending is largely financed by Asian central banks, notably China and Japan.
Did you know that just twenty years ago America was the largest creditor nation the world had ever known? Now it lays claim to being the largest ever debtor nation. After years of spending like a drunken sailor, America’s net foreign debt now approaches a staggering three trillion dollars.
Under the Bush administration the deterioration has been particularly rapid. Soaring government expenditures, greatly boosted by the Iraq war, tax give-aways, homeland security, all further undermine the financial well-being of the country.
Now you won’t hear much talk of this from government spokesman, nor from much of the sold-out mainstream press and business media. You certainly won’t hear it from the hucksters on Wall Street. To listen to them you would be forgiven for believing all is hunky-dory. They have managed to stage a mock recovery in the stock market and even pulled the dollar back a tad from recent heavy falls.
But, believe me, this is a smokescreen, a scam, much like the tale of the emperor’s clothes. A great nation brought to its knees while its politicians look on, seemingly helpless.
Alas, it gets worse. You see, five separate events are gathering strength and, like a perfect storm, will soon converge, causing massive economic turmoil. All of which leads inexorably to a major economic downturn
EVENT #1 – The “Twin Deficits” – the US Trade and Federal Budgets – spin mind-numbingly out of control and long-ago surpassed all records. To finance these deficits, the government relentlessly continues borrowing. Throughout history all great empires have collapsed, not at the hands of their enemies, but from within. They all went broke. It appears a tall task for America to avoid a similar fate.
EVENT #2 – A Dollar Collapse. Desperate for money the government turns to the printing press. The dollar bills get churned out, inflation takes hold, interest rates soar. No longer do the financial markets dissect the weekly money-supply figures. But the foreigners do. You can bet your boots alarm bells are ringing. They will stop lending, they will stop investing in US assets. The dollar has been dropping in the currency markets for three years now. It will continue. The dollar is doomed.
EVENT #3 – Housing Bubble Finally Bursts. For some years easy money brought a runaway jump in prices to near ludicrous levels. But times-they-are-a-changing. Mortgage arrears grow, as do foreclosures. Across the nation prices are weakening. Higher interest rates bring increased mortgage repayments, causing further foreclosures. Prices decline more, bringing with it the dreaded “mortgage deficit” – the mortgage exceeds the house values. This brings on more home sales. And so it continues.
EVENT #4 – Job Losses Pile Up. As our glorious “Captains of Industry” close or down-size plants throughout America, lured by slave labor in China, massive lay-offs ensue. The government loudly boasts new jobs are being found. Yeah, right. A once well-paid factory job replaced with a low-paid job at a Walmart store near you or at Pizza Hut. Economists call this the “employment gap” which simply results in less disposable income. In turn, company profits decline, more lay-offs … an endless cycle.
EVENT #5 – Stock Market Crash! Despite the best efforts of Wall Street’s finest to persuade you otherwise, the stock market is in trouble, there is no way back. With all the other events in play the market is poised to collapse. We shall be witnessing the mother of all crashes.
So what in the blazes can you do to protect yourself? In the second part of this article, I recommend five steps you should follow. In the meantime I would like to very briefly share one thought with you that will be greatly expanded upon in a next article: Vitally, get a second income. Work for yourself. If your job disappears at least you have a safety net. If this means working all the spare time given you, tough! What you do is your decision. Just make sure you are equipped to make it successful. The favored way must be to start an online business, probably the cheapest and simplest way to go. But do something. Get online and get your second income starting right now!
All aspects of life in South Africa have deteriorated from that of a developing country to that of a third world country, over the past 24 years of rule under the ANC.
What path is the once beautiful and beloved country going to take? Somewhere better, or down the drain like some other African countries or down the drain like most South African Government Departments, from 1994 to 2018?
Here below is the ugly truth of farm murders in Limpopo province only:
See this video of a tragic case of murder in South Africa, which is a daily occurrence:
Over a period of 24 years local government institutions like municipalities, have constantly failed in providing services and dismally failed in financial management and performance. Yet over this period nothing has been done by the ANC party to rectify the job requirements for municipal board members, who are supposed to act like board members in the private sector.
In 24 years of rule, the ANC could not identify and rectify the reasons for failure of service delivery by local municipalities. All that must be corrected is to impose qualification standards for councilors.
The ANC members like to boast about ESCOM performing so good that power cuts are no longer taking place, but in reality demand went down to below capacity, due to higher tariffs.
Unemployment is at the highest ever with more than 31% and a further 130 000 job losses for 2018 already by October 2018. When will the ANC ever start to improve it?
Was the ANC Indaba in Polokwane in 2007 a failure because of a wrong choice for President? One cannot expect more from someone who hasn’t seen the inside of a school!
Over the years the bail-out money wasted on the financial survival of the SA Airways could have provided houses for all shack dwellers in the country.The ANC is running more than 200 of these type of Government organisations, so, the question is:“What is the grand total of money wasted on Government controlled organisations?
Is there one single National, Provincial or Local Government Department, which out-performed its supposed goals or where no corruption took place?
Is there one single National, Provincial or Local Government Department, which is not overloaded with manpower?
Was there one single National, Provincial or Local Government Department, which strictly appointed employees on the basis of competency requirements and potential?
It seems that the ANC at one stage thought unemployment could be alleviated by creating unnecessary job titles in Government and State Owned Organisations.
In the recent Parliament debate on transformation of land ownership without compensation, most black speakers conveyed immaturity by allowing hatred toward whites to overshadow logical wisdom.
How can there ever be an ideal of a rainbow nation while the ANC is doing all it can to shoot themselves in the foot with low moral values?
When Minister Trevor Manual tried to install a Performance Management System for Government Organisations, he was ousted out of Government.
What positive outcomes were ever achieved by President Zuma? What image is conveyed when a President of a country declares that “Corruption is a strange Western thing”.
Education is for the birds – just be streetwise, like President Zuma and his inner circle cronies!
How does the ANC as a party evaluate its success over more than 24 years? Why don’t they use more competent black persons, who are available but ignored?
What is there that can make any South African citizen proud (brimming with pride)?
Why is Julius Malema employing whites?
Why is it necessary for Parliamentary enquiry commissions to replace law enforcement duties of relevant Departments?
What was the true reason for installing the automatic electronic toll gate system in Gauteng, in addition to the existing toll gates? It reminds one of the notorious arms deal in the 90’s. The electronic toll system is receiving heavy resistance due to suspicions of corruption associated with it.
The ANC party definitely performed exceptionally well in increasing poverty and unemployment. They have not used the opportunity afforded them for more than 24 years to prove to the people of the country any form of improvement.
It is only through the ANC Government where an employee can go on permanent leave with full payment for months and years on end (they call it suspension).
It is only through the ANC Government where an employee found guilty of corruption, can be rewarded for it by promotion elsewhere.
The root causes for all failures remain around insufficient knowledge and insufficient competencies.
Is the country still moving forward to 2019 under a leaderless ANC ruling party?
Do we have the Superman, who can do the necessary cleanup, fast enough?
It is actually real easy to find training manuals for improvement, that is, if one has an interest in improvement. The following two free to download examples underscore this statement:
1. Competency development guide for managers, by the United Nations:
2. Training manual on police integrity, by The Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF):
Just click on the two images above to download the training manuals in PDF format.
The missing financial knowledge gap in Government.
The missing financial knowledge gap in most South African Government Organisations is locked up in the five essential financial skills for business people and non-financial managers:
Assessing financial performance
Cash flow analysis
Interpreting financial statements
Reading a balance sheet
All five can be obtained free on the net. It can be downloaded individually. The images look like this:
All five can also be downloaded for free in one zip file. The image for this download will look like this:
Changing street and town names is only a waste of time and huge amounts of money. It does not contribute an inch to building a rainbow nation. The highest potential contribution to building a rainbow nation is locked up in character building and building higher moral values, all through continuous education, continuous learning and continuous upbringing principles. Upbringing principles already start from an early age before school-going age! It must start at home from parenting care and influence and not entirely left to school teachers.
If 63% of new-born black babies will never know who their fathers are, not even to speak about the high rate of rape occurrences, how can there ever be positive cultural growth?
This is a cartoon image of a Viking of old:
This is a picture of Vikings on the war path of centuries ago:
The era of the barbaric Vikings stopped centuries ago.
How Governments can make capitalistic systems to fail, can be viewed here.
It has been proven time and time again that the best for a country, with a capitalistic system, is when the leader of that country has a qualification and background in Economics and not the Law. If the leader of a country does not have the preferred qualification, he/she must at least have a good ear for advice from competent Economic advisers!
The easiest way to earn a remuneration package of R 3 to R 5 million or more per year, as a totally incompetent person for the job, is to be employed in Government. It is only through the ANC, where a State-owned bank can go bankrupt through looting. Julius Malema will never learn a life lesson or an economic lesson. He should be banned to Siberia, Russia, North-Korea or even China (where they work up to 16 hours per shift, every day of the week) for a few lessons! His graduation program at the University of South Africa, was not a big help in Economics.
If Jacob Zuma is found guilty of high treason, must he then not be sentenced to die before a firing squad as of old?
In the mind’s eye of the beholder, thinking of the African National Congress, reminds one of the saying “Bloated in the glory of authority”.
In a survey of a few years ago under black University students, the results indicated that more than 90% of them would prefer to be employed in Government and not in the Private Sector. The main reason given was that they could then also participate in the “get rich schemes” of looting and stealing. What a way to go for a Country!
What happened to the Code of Conduct for Civil Servants, which existed up to the end of 1993? Flushed down the drain like everything else, from 1994 till today?
Listen to this radio interview about the 100 billion rand irregular spending since 2008 (corruption) at Escom:
500 Billion rand blown in ten years!
Just remember, there are more than 200 State-Owned Organisations like Escom.
High treason, High treason! How can any voter still vote for the ANC? Only when one is overwhelmed by ignorance and stupidity!
If a project can be looked upon as “urgent”, no tenders are necessary. All government departments, in all government levels and government owned organisations misused this loophole for self-enrichment! All this crookedness without any preventative internal financial risk control measurements; nor any worry how it is going inside the organisation one is supposed to be in charge of.
Who was the Architect of this grand theft scheme?
All Government related organisations must be investigated for fraud and corruption and not only where such rumours have surfaced.
Those culprits who participated in theft, demonstrated with those acts that they feel nothing for the millions of their jobless comrades struggling in poverty.
Escom power tariffs should be 50% of what it is now!
Medupi and Kusile power stations:
The total price tag for the 4 764 MW Medupi power station, an Escom development near Lephalale in South Africa’s Limpopo province, now officially stands at R124,42 billion.
The same tragic story applies to Kusile power station, a coal-fired power plant under construction by state electricity utility Escom, about 15 kilometres north of the existing Kendal Power Station near Witbank, Mpumalanga.
Both these projects have become never-ending ANC money disaster projects. None of the commissions of enquiry have yet touched it. What have transpired so far from all the investigations is just the tip of the iceberg.
Why were all other power stations previously successfully built without a hitch?
Who were the contractors for Medupi and Kusile; State Owned, ANC Owned or Secretly owned by Escom officials, family or friends? Is it so difficult to investigate?
The big question is this: Will Zuma escape or face jail sentence?
28 farm attacks, 1 farm murder in November 2018 in South Africa
A total of 28 Farm attacks, one farm murder and one foiled farm attack took place in South Africa during November 2018 alone. Here are the statistics: Gauteng – eight, Western Cape – five, Freestate – one, KZN – three, Limpopo – three, Mpumalanga – five, North West – four and in the Eastern Cape… Read more
See how the ANC miserably failed to live up to the promise of Nelson Mandela of “not boarding the gravy train” or “live like fat cats”:
The ANC proved they feel nothing for their brothers and sisters living in dire circumstances and poverty.
Jacob Zuma was the Architect for inventing, introducing and upholding criminality throughout all Government structures for 9 years. He deprived the whole population of the country from a better life.
His period of reign will be remembered as the most shameful and scandalous the world has ever seen and at the same time resulted in the biggest disgrace to all black persons, who must now suffer from the perceived worldwide image degradation, in the eyes of other races, toward the black race.
Zuma created the worst damage to the perceived competencies and qualities of blacks, than any other person or group of persons will ever be able to do.
In his short period of leaderless reign, he led South Africa from being the best on the African Continent to being the worst!
He should be regarded by blacks as their greatest enemy.
To most South African citizens, Zuma will be remembered as the greatest destroyer of the ideal of building a rainbow nation.
The only way to get rid of the culture of corruption is to replace all government ministers, deputy ministers, directors and officials, who have benefited from corruption over the past ten years from 2008 to 2019.
This email was sent to the following valid email addresses on 22 February 2019:
“To: Union Buildings Complaints/Public Enquiries firstname.lastname@example.org, Union Buildings Media Enquiries Khusela@presidency.gov.za, Personal Assistant to the President Malebo Sibiya email@example.com, Office of Deputy President David Mabuza Deputypresident@presidency.gov.za, Department of Environmental Affairs firstname.lastname@example.org, Health Minister email@example.com, Director-general of Health DG@health.gov.za
Someone in Government is definitely not doing its work like it is supposed to, be it Environmental Affairs or the Department of Health.
Here is a photo of proof how the suburb Capital Park is daily polluted with death threatening air particles:
It is not detectable with the naked eye, but when a vacuum cleaner is used, the dreadful life threatening foul air we have to inhale becomes very scary. It looks like pet animal hair, but it is not the case.
The vacuum filter capacity compartment is chock-full on a daily basis
Must we wait for another 24 years of ANC rule before departmental goals and objectives become fulfilled?
Will anything be done to rectify what is wrong, without a hooligan strike or protest actions?
Will big scale media covering be the only way forward?
They say Escom power stations create the most pollution, far above acceptable standards, but they are not alone; it is also the cement factories and any other factory with chimneys.
From: Pierre Du Plessis”
End of email.
Let us now use this email above as a test.
The ANC put themselves on a road of self-destruction by big scale all-round incompetent appointments throughout all government structures. They have allowed palookas and hooligans to destroy the country.
The proof is in the highest unemployment and poverty levels like never before.
They have created Governing patterns with an utter lack of any useful control measures.
The image below is portraying the general lack of know-how from 1994 to the present day of 25 February 2019:
If it was so easy to steal from virtually every Government structure, how easy could it also happen with the lottery systems?
There must be a writer or reporter who can recapture the ANC achievements and failures over the past 24 years from 1994 to 2018, as conveyed in the image below. I can make a free contribution to such a report for the period from 2005 to 2010 plus 2017/2018.
In the past 24 years of rule the amount of money squandered by incompetency and the all out desire of self-enrichment, could have provided houses for all squatters in South Africa three times over.
In 2011 Julius Malema enrolled at UNISA for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and African languages, and he graduated in March 2016.
It would have been much wiser for him to enroll for an in-depth study of economics. It would have made him a far better political party leader and politician. He would then also have enabled himself to make less statements falling in the categories of stupidity and backwardness.
He could never be a great leader with his present limited intellectual insights.
Nationalization of mines, banks and other businesses is a high priority for Malema and his EFF political party. Although he lives in South Africa, he seems not to be aware of the fact that all state owned organizations have turned out as big financial disasters. He is preying on and misleading the huge portion of uneducated voters. Uneducated voters will either vote for the ANC or EFF political party. Either way, they will be voting themselves out of a better future life, as nothing will become better, but just deteriorate to more disasters.
A little joke follows here:
“Bizarre truth…Only in the new South-Africa…
In Mayfair, Johannesburg a fire destroyed a block of flats.
A Nigerian family of six con-artists lived on the first floor, and all six died in the fire.
An Islamic group of seven Somalian welfare cheats, all illegally in the country, lived on the second floor, and they, too, all perished in the fire.
Six local ex-cons lived on the 3rd floor and they too, died.
One white couple lived on the top floor. The couple survived the fire.
Hearing this on national news, Julius Malema and Zwelinzima Vavi were furious. They flew into Jo’burg, teamed-up with Jacob Zuma and quickly demanded a meeting with the Fire Chief. On camera, they loudly demanded to know why the blacks all died in the ‘racist’ fire and only the white couple lived.
The Fire Chief replied, “The whites were at work.””
Interpreting the crimes, it seems that after hundreds of years of extinction of barbarism in other parts of the world, it still lives on in South Africa.
South Africa is going nowhere in the years to come, if the Government of the day, whoever it may be, does not implement a proper performance management system, throughout all government institutions and all government levels.
Without the right performance management system, there will be no improvements in any type of service delivery to the citizens of the country.
This is a proven fact if one looks back at the past 25 years.
Let us now go to more positiveness in life:
This is how one builds character and culture from a young age:
You can download this booklet free, right here, by left clicking on the image below. This product below should be used by all teachers and parents to uplift the morality, character, and culture of children. It includes activities for elementary, middle and high school-aged children.
It is a shame that our own government does not have something like this.
Helping Your Child Become a Responsible Citizen:
This e-book is made available through the courtesy of The Department of Education of the Unites States of America.
Just as children must be taught to read and write, solve math problems, and understand science concepts and events in history, so must they be guided in developing the qualities of character that are valued by their families and by the communities in which they live.
This booklet provides information about the values and skills that make up character and good citizenship and what you can do to help your child develop strong character.
It suggests activities that you and your school-aged children can do to put those values to work in your daily lives and tips for working with teachers and schools to ensure that you act together to promote the basic values that you want your child to learn and use.
With activities for elementary, middle and high school-aged children:
1. Title Page 2. Foreword 3. Introduction 4. What Does “Strong Character” Mean?
Honesty and Fairness
Respect for Others
Citizenship and Patriotism
5. How Can We Help Children Learn about Character?
Set a Good Example
Set High Standards and Clear Expectations
Getting to Know Others—from Near and Far
Gifts from the Heart
Telling the Truth
Think about It
Magic Words, Caring Deeds
There’s a Monster in My Room!
Stand Up for Yourself
More Than Chores
How Can I Be of Service?
Are You My Friend?
Listen to Your Feelings
Share a Story
7. Dealing with Media Pressures
8. Working with Teachers and Schools to Build Character
Books That Can Support Character Development
10. Bibliography 11. Acknowledgments
12. No Child Left Behind
“A person in a position of authority can only be as good as the subordinates can make him/her”.
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The miracle of short interval control inside our self-propelled performance management system:
The miracle of short interval control in accordance with the sergeant stripes principle, is that it opens up the opportunity for self-control and self-correction of deviations, on all levels, before a job position on a particular level has to report to the next higher level. It also minimises the control function and control frequency, by each consecutive higher level manager, so that supervision and control over subordinates become almost self-regulatory.
The great challenge for organisations is to progress from occasional backward looking performance appraisals based on historic performance, to regular forward looking performance management based on continuous corrective actions at a differentiating shorter control and planning time scale for each hierarchical level (planning, controlling and reporting according to the Sergeant Stripes Principle).
The strategic plan becomes alive through continuous short interval corrective actions.
So, we can rightfully name it as “The self-propelled performance management system”.
Quote: “Encourage and empower subordinates to empower yourself!”
Also read our post on service delivery by Governments here.
What is your prediction for the future of South Africa? Will the Government lead the country to somewhere or to nowhere?
See this video of early 2019:
By Peter Murray:
“In 1990 – 31 Farm attacks recorded
In 1991 – 83 Farm attacks recorded
In 1992 – 113 Farm attacks recorded
In 1993 – 166 Farm attacks recorded
In 1994 – 122 Farm attacks recorded ( ANC Take over )
In 1995 – 113 Farm attacks recorded
In 1996 – 84 Farm attacks recorded
In 1997 – 158 Farm attacks recorded
In 1998 – 237 Farm attacks recorded
In 1999 – 191 Farm attacks recorded
In 2000 – 233 Farm attacks recorded
In 2001 – 162 Farm attacks recorded
In 2002 – 239 Farm attacks recorded
In 2003 – 193 Farm attacks recorded
In 2004 – 123 Farm attacks recorded
In 2005 – 108 Farm attacks recorded
In 2006 – 99 Farm attacks recorded
In 2007 – 106 Farm attacks recorded
In 2008 – 192 Farm attacks recorded
In 2009 – 169 Farm attacks recorded
In 2010 – 141 Farm attacks recorded
In 2011 – 92 Farm attacks recorded
In 2012 – 153 Farm attacks recorded
In 2013 – 181 Farm attacks recorded
*On 5 December 2013, Nelson Mandela passes away. I wish to focus your attention on the fact that with 3096 Farm attacks between 1994 and 2013, Nelsom mandela has not made any serious effort to stop farm Murders.
In 2014 the EFF ( Economic freedom fighters ) Participated in the General elections for the first time.
In 2014 – 490 Farm attacks recorded
In 2015 – 318 Farm attacks recorded
In 2016 – 357 Farm attacks recorded
Statistics 2016 / 2017 recorded a further 27.5% Increase in Farm attacks”
By Peter Murray:
“Black people” blame “white people” instead of looking at the actions of their own!!!!
“But the facts are:
Whites did NOT vote ANC into power;
Whites did NOT sell SA to Gupta’s;
Whites did NOT ‘loot’ SAA, Eskom, Denel, Health dept, Gov.;
Whites did NOT sell SA’s oil reserves ;
Whites are NOT responsible for disfuctional ANC municipalities;
Whites did NOT lose R30+ billion of State workers pensions.
Whites did NOT fix bankers exchange rate.
White did NOT kill over 200 with listeriosis containing food.
Whites did NOT rig the price of bread.
Whites did NOT collude in construction tenders.
Whites did NOT create poverty and job losses;
Whites did NOT build N’Kandlas ……… and so we can carry on ………”.
The single most important goal/objective, responsibility and liability of President Zuma was to ensure the peak performance of Provincial Governments, the SADF, the SAPS, other Government organisations on the same level and other State-owned organisations reporting to him. Does he know anything at all about strategic planning or was corruption planning overshadowing everything else? Who wants to rate him on this?
The single most important goal/objective, responsibility and liability of a Provincial Goverment Leader was to ensure the peak performance of own organisation and local governments reporting to him. Have they all just followed in Zuma’s footsteps? Have they failed or passed?
The whole grand ANC failure could have been predicted years ago, if someone just investigated and analised Zuma’s background and knowledge. He was totally unfit for the job of President of a country.
Question: Why are so many professionally educated and competent black South Africans leaving South Africa now for better destinies elsewhere?
All the squandered money of the past 25 years could have provided full service delivery of all thinkable facilities, to all communities, including housing and jobs, more than two times over.
Unemployment and poverty in South Africa are now on voting day (2019), the highest since the Great Depression in the 1940’s.
Have you got an important test coming up that you really want to ace? Do you generally want to improve your grades? There are a number of tricks and practices which can significantly improve your chances of scoring high on a test. This article will help you in studying, analysing and solving exam questions, so read on!
1. Absorbing knowledge efficiently
1.1 Pay attention in your classes and concentrate. The best thing you can do to raise your test scores is to pay attention when you’re supposed to be learning the material: in class! Letting your mind wander or not showing up at all are both likely to make you miss out on key information that will later appear on tests.
1.2 Take good notes. This is important if you want to have an easier time studying later. Not only will writing the information down as you learn it help you in absorbing the information and paying attention, but you’ll have a reference for when you go to study later.
1.3 Do your homework. Homework, such as assignments and at-home reading are where you will find the rest of the information that will be on tests, so doing this homework is important. Schedule time and set aside a quiet place just for homework to help beat the procrastination blues.
1.4 Use mnemonics and other tricks. Various memory tricks really can be useful for remembering certain things like numbers, categories, and lists. Just make sure that you learn them correctly and don’t mix them up!
• Mnemonics are phrases which can help you remember the order of certain things. For example, “Katy Perry Came Over for Great Songs” is a great way to remember the biological classifications (Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species).
• Another memory trick is if you have to remember a string of numbers. Instead of trying to remember 2537610925, for example, break it up like a phone number: 253-761-0925. You can break up dates this way too. 14 Oct 1066 (the Battle of Hastings) can become a locker combination: 14-10-66.
1.5 Do practice tests. Ask your teacher or go online and print a few practice tests. Taking a practice test will help you figure out how much information you actually know vs how much information you think you know. Knowing your weak spots before a test is crucial!
2. Studying like a pro
2.1 Study frequently. Studying hard for only a few hours the night before the test isn’t going to help ensure perfect scores. If you really want to ace those exams, study old and new material every day, or at least several times a week. This will make test-taking a breeze.
• Take study breaks. When you study, make sure you take a 5-10 minute break after every 30 minutes of study. This will help keep your brain from getting overloaded and give it more time to absorb the information.
• On study breaks, try not to fill your brain with more information, even if that information is more about your favourite celebrity’s latest concert rather than Winston Churchill’s foreign policy.
2.2 Study according to your learning style. You may know that different people have different learning styles. Some people are visual learners, some people prefer sound, some need physical motion, and so on. Know how you learn best and work that into how you study.
• For example, if you learn better by physically doing things, try walking around while you study. If you learn better with sounds associated with the information, listen to music while you study. If you’re a visual learner, make a chart of the information you have to know.
2.3 Take advantage of sense memory. Your brain is pretty good at associating smells or sounds with ideas or memories. You should take advantage of this! While you’re studying, wear some unusual cologne or perfume (with a smell you don’t usually encounter) and then expose yourself to that smell again right before or during a test.
2.4 Listen to music . Your teacher probably won’t let you have headphones during a test, but you should at least listen to music, specifically classical music, right before taking a test. Studies have proven that exposure to certain types of music right before rigorous mental activity can really help, by waking up your brain and increasing your awareness.
3. Preparing your body
3.1 Eat right. The most important thing is to eat, full stop. Being hungry during a test will distract you and make you tired. Don’t eat too soon before a test though, as some foods can make you tired. Instead, make sure you get a meal filled with lean protein before you have to take a test.
• Eating healthy will generally boost brain performance too, so make sure you’re always eating a healthy diet to help you learn all through school.
3.2 Sleep well. If you don’t sleep you won’t be able to focus when the pressure’s on! Make sure to go to bed early the night before a test, rather than staying up all night to study. Your brain won’t be able to hold on to all that crammed information anyway.
3.3 Have all the necessary supplies. Go to your test with all of the calculators, pens, pencils, blank paper, and other supplies you might need. Not having these things could mean you’ll have a much harder time!
3.4 Drink lots of water. Getting dehydrated during a test can be distracting and reduce your ability to think clearly. Stay hydrated before your test and bring a bottle of water with you to the test as well.
3.5 Don’t do anything different. If you aren’t used to drinking coffee, now is a bad time to start. Try not to do anything different in your basic routine the day of or the night before the test. This can really throw you off.
4. Acing the test
4.1 Write important things down first. As soon as the test starts, write down all formulas or other important information on some scratch paper before you start going through the questions. This will help keep you from blanking when you need that information later.
4.2 Do the problems you know first. Always do the fast, easy problems to which you know the answer first. This will help make sure that you get as much of the test done as possible. If you get stuck, just move on to the next problem that you can answer quickly.
4.3 Cross out the wrong answers. Once you’ve answered the questions you know, move on to the ones you’re not sure about. When you’re dealing with multiple choice questions, eliminating answers that you know are impossible or silly will help you better decide between the possible options.
4.4 Look for clues in the other questions. Sometimes the answer to a question can be contained within or hinted at in another question on the test. Look at other answers or questions to help jog your memory.
4.5 Never leave questions blank. Unless you’re docked for incorrect answers, never just leave a question blank. Especially if it’s multiple choice; you’ll at least have a 25% chance of getting the right answer.
• As mentioned above, this is where eliminating wrong answers will come in handy.
4.6 Pace yourself. This is important! Always keep track of how much time you have and try to use your time wisely. You can always go back to check or improve your answers later!
5. More study tips:
• Focus. When studying for your exam, be somewhere where there are no distractions. Also, make sure you have eaten and have had plenty of sleep, otherwise you could become tired and unfocused easily. Have no distracting things around you.
• Get rid of any unnecessary ‘time wasting mechanisms’ while studying. This includes TV, computer (only if you need Internet access), mobile phones, tablet, or even your siblings!
• Studying while containing fear inside yourself is a waste. Get rid of fear and any other possible bad feelings before studying.
• A good timetable will help you. You may organize it in such a way that a long/hard subject takes more space than a short/easy subject. Remember, however, that all subjects should be studied.
• Make notes while studying. Write a synopsis for your subject if you are studying it for the first time/ in the beginning of the school year. This will help you in the future examinations by allowing you to remember the contents of your subjects.
• Make a list of all the things you need to do to study for each subject, and how long you think it will take you. Use this information to make up a study timetable. Be certain that you have given yourself all the time you think you need, plus a little extra per subject, in your study plan. Also make sure your study plan has enough space in it, so if something comes up one day, you can shuffle around your plan so that you don’t lose study time.
• Study in a silent place, so that your mind won’t be distracted from what you’re studying.
• Never fret over lost marks in previous exams and get depressed. Instead, take a deep breath whenever you think about it, be optimistic and study well for upcoming exams. This will help you to do well in your exams.
• There is no shortcut to success. For this reason, you have to make a great deal of effort.
• Studying while having something in mind that you want to do is a waste of time. Do everything you want first then study; as your brain will not beg you to stop studying. However, if you have nothing in mind, then don’t play (for example) before studying – finish your job towards school and then enjoy in the rest of the day.
• Attempt the questions which you find easy first and then the ones that seem harder.
• Study in phases. Each phase should not exceed 40 minutes in time. Take a break after each phase (up to 20 minutes).
• Write clearly and be direct to the point. Don’t write any irrelevant information. Don’t wrap the right answer in a wrong answer. Write in full sentences. Don’t expect the examiner to link your sentences, fill in the space or any other thing. Think that the examiner is your little brother, and you are explaining to him.
• Each subject has a unique way of preparing, studying and answering its questions. Some competitive exams (university exams, for example) need a long and complex preparation, while your school exams may need preparation of one or two weeks.
• When you are preparing for a test or exam- forget about the actual test or an exam and just know that what you are doing exactly.
• Never try to study at the last moment, because it doesn’t work and you will forget everything that you learned in the past 2 hours.
• Make sure you are studying in a place with bright light. It will make you feel fresh.
• Never try to cheat in exam or any type of test.
• Have a good night’s sleep and wake up early in the morning to go over the topic. This helps refresh your mind, helping you consume information easier rather than going it over at night when your mind is tired.
• Don’t use cell phones and social media while studying, even when you are on a break.
• Search the internet for some good tips for studying and jot them down in a notebook or a piece of paper.
• Do not be overconfident. If you are, then your grades will slip. For example, you get 95/100 in you maths exam, and if you think you don’t need to study, your second exam you will get 80/100.
• Never try to cheat. You are very likely to get caught, which would result in a zero. Be confident. Believe in yourself. If you have the attitude to do well, then you will!
Review of how to score high in exams training manual.
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Review of the art of public speaking self-training course
The self-training course consists of a 275 pages training manual and 50 audio’s.
Thousands of politicians and businessmen from many countries attended this very same face-to-face workshop course.
The only difference is that it is now a self-training distance training course.
By: Dale Carnegie (1888-1955): “A great start to shaking off public speaking jitters, socializing and mastering the art of small talk”.
The principles of public speaking written by Dale Carnegie decades ago in this book are timeless. They are just as effective in working a crowd in today’s society as they were back then. He delves into ways of commanding and charming an audience with the right energy, tone of voice, pitch, pronunciation and vocabulary. Armed with the principles highlighted in this book, you can do more than convey a message to a group of people, you can move them.
Carnegie gives useful advice and hints on public speaking stating that when you have something to say, are adequately prepared and have mastered an audience then public speaking success is eminent. He delivers a topic by topic approach offering solutions to common public speaking problems. Moreover, each chapter features practice questions and exercises to help the reader understand the subject better.
By reading this book, you can acquire confidence before an audience; efficiently convey your message by inflection, change of pace, emphasis and subordination. You can learn to influence people through exposition, description, narration, suggestion, argument and persuasion.
Throughout the book there are numerous quotes and references from influential individuals and institutions to emphasize the subject. The book is also riddled with numerous stories and examples to expound on the subject and to paint a picture in the reader’s mind on what constitutes an effective public speaker as well as what kind of speech is considered effective.
Many people who think they are good public speakers are left in doubt after reading this book. ‘The Art of Public Speaking’ is an essential tool to help you learn to work a crowd, leave them charmed and hanging onto your every word.
Dale Carnegie’s classic book The Art of Public Speaking is chock full of timeless tips of practical public speaking wisdom as relevant and true today as they were when the text was first published in 1915. The Art of Public Speaking by Dale Carnegie and Joseph B. Esenwein is a manual for people who have to speak in public, and it is still in use today. Whether the occasion in question is sharing travel experiences with friends, a toast for newly-weds, or a public debate, the tips and tricks collected in this book will come handy anywhere.
The book describes how to make effective use of one’s voice and gestures, how to gain and convey confidence in front of a large audience, and which methods to use to convert the listeners to one’s own cause. Each chapter contains examples and a list of practice exercises. The last 15 sections are real speeches by famous men to function as a study aid.
Dale Carnegie, author of the legendary How to Win Friends and Influence People, began his career as the premier “life coach” of the twentieth century by teaching the art of public speaking.
Public speaking, as Carnegie saw it, is a vital skill that can be attained through basic and repeated steps.
This is an intensive and thoroughly tested course to help the business and professional man in his speaking, both public and in private. The course has aided thousands of business and professional men to become creditable speakers, many of whom were formerly unable to say half a dozen sentences effectively when facing an audience. This course has developed men.
It has increased their faith and vision, and shown them how to use their latent forces to the fullest possible extent. It has made leaders out of many who were previously only mute followers.
Dale Carnegie Training shows how the tried and tested Dale Carnegie principles are still relevant in today’s digital world. Since 1912, business professionals and organizations have turned to Dale Carnegie’s powerful books and winning interactive seminars to help them reach new levels of success.
Dale Carnegie Training’s professional corporate, leadership, and teambuilding training courses, offered online and in the classroom will help your organizational development program meet your business needs.
The art of public speaking:
Table of contents for “The art of public speaking” (275 pages, 32 chapters and 18 appendixes):
Chapter 1 – Acquiring confidence before an audience
Chapter 2 – The sin of monotony
Chapter 3 – Efficiency through emphasis and subordination
Chapter 4 – Efficiency through change of pitch
Chapter 5 – Efficiency through change of pace
Chapter 6 – Pause and power
Chapter 7 – Efficiency through inflection
Chapter 8 – Concentration in delivery
Chapter 9 – Force
Chapter 10 – Feeling and enthusiasm
Chapter 11 – Fluency through preparation
Chapter 12 – The voice
Chapter 13 – Voice charm
Chapter 14 – Distinctness and precision of utterance
Chapter 15 – The truth about gesture
Chapter 16 – Methods of delivery
Chapter 17 – Thought and reserve power
Chapter 18 – Subject and preparation
Chapter 19 – Influencing by exposition
Chapter 20 – Influencing by description
Chapter 21 – Influencing by narration
Chapter 22 – Influencing by suggestion
Chapter 23 – Influencing by argument
Chapter 24 – Influencing by persuasion
Chapter 25 – Influencing the crowd
Chapter 26 – Riding the winged horse
Chapter 27 – Growing a vocabulary
Chapter 28 – Memory training
Chapter 29 – Right thinking and personality
Chapter 30 – After-dinner and other occasional speaking
Chapter 31 – Making conversation effective
App. A: 50 Questions for Debate
App. B: 30 Themes for Speeches with Source-References
App. C: Suggestive Subjects for Speeches; Hints for Treatment
App. D: Speeches for Study and Practice – Newell Dwight Hillis
App. D: Speeches for Study and Practice – Henry Watterson
App. D: Speeches for Study and Practice – John Morley
App. D: Speeches for Study and Practice – Robert Toombs
App. D: Speeches for Study and Practice – Theodore Roosevelt
App. D: Speeches for Study and Practice – Alton B. Parker
App. D: Speeches for Study and Practice – John W. Wescott
App. D: Speeches for Study and Practice – Henry W. Grady
App. D: Speeches for Study and Practice – William Mc. Kinley
App. D: Speeches for Study and Practice – John Hay
App. D: Speeches for Study and Practice – William Jennings Bryan
App. D: Speeches for Study and Practice – Rufus Choate
App. D: Speeches for Study and Practice – Albert J. Beveridge
App. D: Speeches for Study and Practice – Russell Conwell
App. D: Speeches for Study and Practice – Victor Hugo
Dale Carnegie’s Top 10 Tips for Improving Your Social Skills, by HENRIK EDBERG
“The ideas I stand for are not mine. I borrowed them from Socrates. I swiped them from Chesterfield. I stole them from Jesus. And I put them in a book. If you don’t like their rules, whose would you use?”
“Who was Dale Carnegie?” you may wonder. Well, he was a guy that was born 110 years ago. He died in 1955. He was a rich man, a very successful man.
“Forget yourself by becoming interested in others. Do every day a good deed that will put a smile of joy on someone’s face.” – Dale Carnegie, the very first person in history to initiate, lead and do research on human interrelationships.
He wrote a little book called “How to Win Friends and Influence People”. It went on to sell over 30 million copies. It still sells today and is probably one of the best books on how to improve your social skills.
Carnegie then continued to write more books and to create courses on how to interact with people, on how to make friends and on how to gain influence. Her are a few of the books:
In this article I’ll explore 10 of my favourite tips from Dale Carnegie. And as the opening quote says, these tips have been time-tested for the last few hundreds or thousands of years. They are pretty solid:
1. Create your own emotions.
“If you want to be enthusiastic, act enthusiastic.”
Emotions work backwards too. You can use that to your advantage. If you are stuck in a negative emotion then you can often shake it off. Change your body – how you move, sit and stand – and act as you would like to feel. Enthusiasm and other positive emotions are much more useful and pleasurable for everyone in an interaction. Because…
2. It’s not so much about the logical stuff.
“When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but creatures of emotion.”
This is so key. Logic is good but in the end, in interactions and in life, we are emotional creatures. We send and receive emotions from other people. That is one reason why body language and voice tonality is often said be up to 93% of communication. Now, those numbers were for some specific situations but I still believe that these two ways of communication are very, very important.
The body language and the voice tonality is a bit like the rest of the iceberg, the great mass below the tip of the words we use. Those two things communicate how we are feeling and give indication to what we are thinking. And that’s why it’s important to be able to change how you feel. To be in a positive mood while interacting. Because that will have a great impact on how you say something and how you use your body. And those two things will have a big impact on your results and relationships.
3. Three things you are better off avoiding.
“Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain but it takes character and self control to be understanding and forgiving.”
Now these things may not be easy to avoid all together. Much of our interactions and perhaps even bonds are created and maintained through those three negative C’s. There is a sort of twisted pleasure in criticising, condemning and complaining. It might make you feel more important and like a better person as you see yourself as a victim or as you condemn other people’s behaviour.
But in the end these three C’s are negative and limiting to your life. Bringing up negative stuff and wallowing in it will lower your mood, motivation and general levels of wellbeing. And this can trap you in a negative spiral of complaining, complaining with other complainers and always finding faults in your reality.
You will also be broadcasting and receiving negative emotions. And people in general want to feel good. So this can really put an obstacle in the way for your interactions or relationships.
4. What is most important?
“The royal road to a man’s heart is to talk to him about the things he treasures most.”
Classic advice. Don’t talk too much about yourself and your life. Listen to other people instead. However, if they ramble on and on, if they don’t reciprocate and show and interest in your life then you don’t have to stay.
Some things people may treasure the most include ideas, children, a special hobby and the job. And…
5. Focus outward, not inward.
“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.”
A lot of people use the second, far less effective way. It is appealing because it’s about instant gratification and about ME, ME, ME! The first way – to become interested in people – perhaps works better because it make you a pleasant exception and because the law of reciprocity is strong in people. As you treat people, they will treat you. Be interested in them and they will be interested in you.
I would like to add that one hard thing about this can be to be genuinely interested in the other guy/gal. Your genuine interest is projected though your body language and tonality. So, just waiting for the other person to stop talking so you can talk again isn’t really genuine interest. And that may shine through. And so your interactions will suffer.
6. Take control of your emotions.
“The person who seeks all their applause from outside has their happiness in another’s keeping.”
It wrote about this problem a few days ago in 9 Great Ways to Make Yourself Absolutely Miserable. And it basically consist of being too reliant or dependent on external validation from other people. External validation is something someone communicates to you that tells you that you are person of value. That you, for example, are pretty, smart or successful.
This leaves much of your emotions in the hands of other people. It becomes an emotional rollercoaster. One day you feel great. The next day you feel like just staying in bed.
But if you fill that inner cup of validation for yourself instead then you take over the wheel. Now you’re driving, now you control how you feel. You can still appreciate compliments of course, but you aren’t dependent on them.
This will make you more emotionally stable and enables you to cultivate and build your emotional muscles in a more controlled way. You can for instance help yourself to become more optimistic or enthusiastic more of the time. This stability and growth can be big help in your relationships.
7. No, they are not holding you back.
“Instead of worrying about what people say of you, why not spend time trying to accomplish something they will admire.”
Caring too much about what people think will create and feed imaginary monsters within your mind. You may for instance think that people will condemn you if you try something. Maybe they will. But most of the time people are thinking about their own challenges and ups and downs. They just don’t care that much about what you do.
This may feel disappointing. It can also be liberating. It helps you remove inner obstacles that are you holding yourself back.
As you, bit by bit or in one big swoop, release those inner brakes you become more of yourself. You become more confident, you have a better chance at success, and you will feel more positive feelings and less negative ones. All these things can give a big boost to your interactions and help you sharpen those social skills.
8. So, what’s in it for me?
“There is only one way… to get anybody to do anything. And that is by making the other person want to do it.”
If you want someone to do something then will they care about your motivation for getting this thing done? Perhaps. Often they will not have that great of an interest in what you want out of something.
They want to know what they will get out of it. So, for the both of you to get what you want out of something tell that person what’s in it for him/her. And try to be genuine and positive about it. A reason for them to do it delivered in a lame, half-assed manner may not be so persuasive. And so you both lose.
9. How to win an argument.
“The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it.”
Getting two egos wrapped up in an argument, having two sides defending their positions desperately, will not improve relationships. You are more likely to feel negative feelings towards each other long after the argument is over. And so you both wallow in negativity and you both lose. When possible, just avoiding unnecessary arguments is a win-win situation.
10. It’s about more than your words.
“There are four ways, and only four ways, in which we have contact with the world. We are evaluated and classified by these four contacts: what we do, how we look, what we say, and how we say it.”
I often feel that there is a bit too much emphasis on the third way of contact (what we say). Don’t forget about the rest. Most people stereotype people at their first meeting. They might not want to but it is a way for their – and perhaps your – mind to organize impressions and people. So think about how you look. Think about how you make first impressions. Think about your body language. And how you are saying your sentences.
Think about how you feel because that will be reflected out into the world. And the world will often reflect back something similar.
DALE CARNEGIE’S SECRETS OF SUCCESS
A. Principles from How to Win Friends and Influence People A1. Become a Friendlier Person
1. Don’t criticize, condemn or complain.
2. Give honest, sincere appreciation.
3. Arouse in the other person an eager want.
4. Become genuinely interested in other people.
6. Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.
7. Be a good listener. Encourage others to talk about themselves.
8. Talk in terms of the other person’s interests.
9. Make the other person feel important – and do it sincerely.
A2. Win People to Your Way of Thinking
10. The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it.
11. Show respect for the other person’s opinion. Never say, “You’re wrong.”
12. If you are wrong, admit it quickly and emphatically.
13. Begin in a friendly way.
14. Get the other person saying “yes, yes” immediately.
15. Let the other person do a great deal of the talking.
16. Let the other person feel that the idea is his or hers.
17. Try honestly to see things from the other person’s point of view.
18. Be sympathetic with the other person’s ideas and desires.
19. Appeal to the nobler motives.
20. Dramatize your ideas.
21. Throw down a challenge.
A3. Be a Leader
22. Begin with praise and honest appreciation.
23. Call attention to people’s mistakes indirectly.
24. Talk about your own mistakes before criticizing the other person.
25. Ask questions instead of giving direct orders.
26. Let the other person save face.
27. Praise the slightest improvement and praise every improvement. Be “hearty in your approbation and lavish in your praise.”
28. Give the other person a fine reputation to live up to.
29. Use encouragement. Make the fault seem easy to correct.
30. Make the other person happy about doing the thing you suggest.
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B. Principles from How to Stop Worrying and Start Living B1. Fundamental Principles for Overcoming Worry
1. Live in “day tight compartments.”
2. How to face trouble:
a. Ask yourself, “What is the worst that can possibly happen?”
b. Prepare to accept the worst.
c. Try to improve on the worst.
3. Remind yourself of the exorbitant price you can pay for worry in terms of your health.
B2. Basic Techniques in Analyzing Worry
4. Get all the facts.
5. Weigh all the facts — then come to a decision.
6. Once a decision is reached, act!
7. Write out and answer the following questions:
a. What is the problem?
b. What are the causes of the problem?
c. What are the possible solutions?
d. What is the best possible solution?
B3. Break the Worry Habit Before It Breaks You
8. Keep busy.
9. Don’t fuss about trifles.
10. Use the law of averages to outlaw your worries.
11. Cooperate with the inevitable.
12. Decide just how much anxiety a thing may be worth and refuse to give it more.
13. Don’t worry about the past.
B4. Cultivate a Mental Attitude that will Bring You Peace and Happiness
14. Fill your mind with thoughts of peace, courage, health and hope.
15. Never try to get even with your enemies.
16. Expect ingratitude.
17. Count your blessings — not your troubles.
18. Do not imitate others.
19. Try to profit from your losses.
20. Create happiness for others.
B5. The Perfect Way to Conquer Worry
B6. Don’t Worry about Criticism
22. Remember that unjust criticism is often a disguised compliment.
23. Do the very best you can.
24. Analyze your own mistakes and criticize yourself.
B7. Prevent Fatigue and Worry and Keep Your Energy and Spirits High
25. Rest before you get tired.
26. Learn to relax at your work.
27. Protect your health and appearance by relaxing at home.
28. Apply these four good working habits:
a) Clear your desk of all papers except those relating to the immediate problem at hand.
b) Do things in the order of their importance.
c) When you face a problem, solve it then and there if you have the facts necessary to make a decision.
d) Learn to organize, deputize and supervise.
29. Put enthusiasm into your work.
30. Don’t worry about insomnia.
Leadership development quotes from Dale Carnegie:
“If we want to find happiness, let’s stop thinking about gratitude or ingratitude and give for the inner joy of giving.” – Dale Carnegie
“Remember that the other man may be totally wrong. But he doesn’t think so. Don’t condemn him. Any fool can do that try to understand him. Only wise, tolerant, exceptional men even try to do that. There is a reason why the other man thinks and acts as he does. Ferret out that hidden reason-and you have the key to his actions, perhaps to his personality. Try honestly to put yourself in his place.” – Dale Carnegie
“You can make more friends in two months by becoming really interested in other people, than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you. Which is just another way of saying that the way to make a friend is to be one.” -Dale Carnegie
“One of the surest ways of making a friend and influencing the opinion of another is to give consideration to his opinion, to let him sustain his feeling of importance.” – Dale Carnegie
“This is a hurried age we’re living in. If you’ve got anything to say, say it quickly, get to the point and stop, and give the other man a chance to talk.” – Dale Carnegie
“Make a man laugh a good hearty laugh, and you’ve paved the way for friendship. When a man laughs with you, he, to some extent, likes you.” – Dale Carnegie
“Do you know the most important trait a man can have? It is not executive ability; it is not a great mentality; it is not kindliness, nor courage, nor a sense of humor, though each of these is of tremendous importance. In my opinion, it is the ability to make friends, which, boiled down, means the ability to see the best in man.” – Dale Carnegie
“We ought to be modest, for neither you nor I amount to much. Both of us will pass on and be completely forgotten a century from now. Life is too short to bore other people with talk of our petty accomplishments. Let’s encourage them to talk instead.” – Dale Carnegie
“Actions speak louder than words, and a smile says, “I like you. You make me happy. I am glad to see you.” That is why dogs make such a hit. They are so glad to see us that they almost jump out of their skins. So, naturally, we are glad to see them. An insincere grin? No. that doesn’t fool anybody. We know it is mechanical and we resent it. I am talking about a real smile, a heart-warming smile, a smile that comes from within, the kind of smile that will bring a good price in the market place.” – Dale Carnegie
“Let’s cease thinking of our accomplishments, our wants. Let’s try to figure out the other man’s good points. Then forget flattery. Give honest, sincere appreciation. Be “hearty in your approbation and lavish in your praise,” and people will cherish your words and treasure them and repeat them over a lifetime-repeat them years after you have forgotten them.” – Dale Carnegie
“If you and I want to stir up a resentment tomorrow that may rankle across the decades and endure until death, just let us indulge in a little stinging criticism-no matter how certain we are that it is justified. When dealing with people, let us remember we are not dealing with creatures of logic. We are dealing with creatures of emotion, creatures bristling with prejudices and motivated by pride and vanity.” – Dale Carnegie
“If you can be kind and considerate for one day, then you can be for another. It won’t cost you a penny in the world. Begin today.” – Dale Carnegie
“Forget yourself by becoming interested in others. Do every day a good deed that will put a smile of joy on someone’s face.” – Dale Carnegie
”There is only one way under high heaven to get the best of an argument – and that is to avoid it. Avoid it as you would avoid rattlesnakes and earthquakes. Nine times out of ten, an argument ends with each of the contestants being more firmly convinced than ever that he is absolutely right. You can’t win an argument. You can’t because if you lose it, you lose it; and if you win it, you lose it. Why? Well, suppose you triumph over the other man and shoot his argument full of holes and prove that he is non compos mentis. Then what? You will feel fine. But what about him? You have made him feel inferior. You have hurt his pride. He will resent your triumph.” – Dale Carnegie
“The sweetest sound to a man’s ears is his name” – Dale Carnegie
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Biography: Dale Carnegie was born in 1888 in Missouri, USA and was educated at Warrensburg State Teachers College. As a salesman and aspiring actor, he travelled to New York and began teaching communications classes to adults at the YMCA. In 1912, the world-famous Dale Carnegie Course was born.
He authored several best-sellers, including How to Win Friends and Influence People and How to Stop Worrying and Start Living. Over 50 million copies of Mr. Carnegie’s books have been printed and published in 38 languages.
Mr. Carnegie was a prominent lecturer of his day and a sought-after counsellor to world leaders. He wrote newspaper columns and had his own daily radio show.
Dale Carnegie founded what is today a worldwide network of over 2,800 trainers with offices in more than 75 countries.
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