Don’t forget to put your name on the outside of your bags and inside your bags. Or even better, put a copy of your itinerary in each checked bag so the airline can locate you. The most common causes of lost and delayed bags are late check-ins and tight connections. Try to avoid both whenever you can.
An easy albeit crude way of finding out how your company is doing as compared to its competitors, is using www.alexa.com to find out how many visitors frequent your company’s web-site.
In the information economy where the internet rules the roost, I think how many people actually are interested in knowing about your company is a pretty decent indicator on how its doing.
I think a very important part of planning one’s career and life is to monitor where the industry is going. Doing so can provide valuable insights that could help answer questions like:
Am I going to be out of work in the near future?
Is the industry going to take a dip making things more competitive in the job market?
Can my company survive a dip?
Is my industry looking up? Is it a good time for me to take a leap?
And tons of others.
Ever been in a situation where you can’t really tolerate someone or something but don’t know how to get your feelings across without making it sound mean/embarrassing.
I was at the barbers yesterday and it hit me. There is a way. A nice and subtle way. Depending on the nature of the problem, find an appropriate solution and gift it. e.g. Buy a perfume(stinking problem) or a gift card from one of the most expensive hair dressers in town(inappropriate hair-do problem).
Don’t make it obvious. Make it casual. e.g. I bought one for myself and thought you’d love it too.
Yesterday I saw the “Pirates of the Caribbean: At world’s end”. I loved it. It was nice. I would say, it was better than the first two.
The one thing that I learnt from Jack Sparrow yesterday was how to live a carefree life. Well, not that we can or should live as carefree a life as our pirate friend but to an extent we should be doing that. Being able to, to some extent, adopt the “nothing to lose” attitude is the key to being able to live in the present without pondering about the past and fretting about the future.
Limit your information intake. In our lives today, we get a tremendous amount of information through email, blog feeds, reading websites, paperwork, memos, newspapers, magazines, television, DVDs, radio, mobile phones and Blackberries. Not only can this be overwhelming, but it can be distracting and can fill up your life until you have no time for more important things. Go on a media fast to get control over your information intake, and to simplify your life
“Research cited by Marie Winn demonstrates that watching television at the expense of reading discourages active thinking; diminishes the imagination; inhibits the ability to think abstractly and perform complex symbolic transformation; damages the ability to concentrate; and can become addictive by causing brain changes analogous to drug-induced states” – quote from “The Thinker’s Way” by John Chaffee.
I am reading the ‘The World is Flat’ by Thomas Friedman. In the first chapter, talking about call center operators and the fact that they are more that willing to make sacrifices such as having to adapt a western name and ascent at work and having to work oddball hours, Friedman says,
“And needless to say, it is much easier and more satisfying for them to work hard in Bangalore then to pack up and try and make a new start in America. In the flat world they can stay in India, make a decent salary, and not have to be away from families, friends food and culture. At the end of the day, these jobs actually allow them to be more Indian.”
That last statement of his very aptly explains the “why” of those sacrifices. It made me realise something. Outsourcing seems to be doing much more than “economic good” for India. It is letting Indians be Indians and to my mind there is nothing more than that a country could ask for.