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The 3-step plan to all-round growth in your child May 1, 2011

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Top issues parents worry about most: children’s diet, behaviour and activities. Here experts offer plenty of tips to put their minds at ease.

If you were to ask a parent the three most important child care issues he/she faces, it is very likely that high on the list would be the diet children should follow, the behavioural issues that crop up and how to tackle them and the kind of physical activities kids should be involved in. While all these three are crucial for a child’s all-round growth, most parents are not sure what is apt for children at different ages.

Guidelines for parents to follow for children in three age groups 3-6, 7-11 and 11-plus in the areas of diet, activity and all-round development.

Eating right

Getting a child to comply with specific dietary guidelines is never an easy task. Most dieticians suggest making the child feel involved in the process by asking them what changes they are comfortable making, and using statements to positively reinforce good eating habits will result in improved dietary compliance. The family unit must also be encouraged to support healthy eating habits.

“Obesity is an epidemic that warrants immediate intervention, especially because it is associated with other health conditions such as high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, sleep disorders (obstructive sleep apnoea), high cholesterol levels and sometimes bone deformities.” “Obesity-afflicted children are at increased risk of psychological disorders (depression and low self-esteem), which can lead to lowered academic performance.”

Around 40 per cent of children have been found to be obese. The US’ “5-2-1-0” campaign is an important one to follow. The four simple numbers translate as: five servings of fruit and vegetables, two hours or less of television, one hour of physical activity and zero sugary drinks.

Fussy or picky eating is normal toddler behaviour and may become even worse as the kids grow older. Parents should not place too much emphasis or attention on it, especially if this type of behaviour occurs on the odd occasion.

However, if changes from being a “once-in-a-while” to a “persistent” practice, then more action will need to be taken. In such cases, parents should closely monitor the child’s growth and consult a doctor, if necessary. At this stage, a multi-disciplinary approach involving a dietitian might also be helpful.

 

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I MISS YOU April 27, 2011

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I miss you when I don’t see you around,
My eyes keep wandering trying to find you, trying to find love
I feel empty when you’re not with me.
I feel so broken and only you could fix me and make me whole again.
I am taken, you have me, I am yours… Are you mine?

I miss you when you don’t say a word, your silence deafens my soul.
I miss you when I look at you and you’re not looking back at me
I miss you when I don’t hear you laugh
I miss you when I don’t see you smile…

I’m not not looking for anyone else but you, because you make complete
There’s no one else that I’d want to share this love with but you
But It makes me wonder, Why do I always miss you, even when we’re together?
I am taken, you have me, You have all of me…
I am yours… Are you mine?

Mockery March 1, 2011

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To “mock” means to imitate in a disrespectful manner, or to treat with contempt. Satan is the ultimate mocker of anything or anyone that is good, but humans can become just as evil, usually as a matter of arrogance i.e. to “look down” upon someone by mocking them.

Jesus Christ prophesied that He would be mocked and tortured:

10:33 Saying, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be delivered unto the chief priests, and unto the scribes; and they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver him to the Gentiles: 10:34 And they shall mock him, and shall scourge him, and shall spit upon him, and shall kill him: and the third day he shall rise again” (Mark 10:33-34 KJV)

The mockery later happened just as He said that it would. Christ’s entire crucifixion was a mockery of truth and righteousness:

22:63 And the men that held Jesus mocked him, and smote him. 22:64 And when they had blindfolded him, they struck him on the face, and asked him, saying, Prophesy, who is it that smote thee?” (Luke 22:63-64 KJV)

23:11 And Herod with his men of war set him at nought, and mocked him, and arrayed him in a gorgeous robe, and sent him again to Pilate.” (Luke 23:11 KJV)

23:35 And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also with them derided him, saying, He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ, the chosen of God. 23:36 And the soldiers also mocked him, coming to him, and offering him vinegar, 23:37 And saying, If thou be the king of the Jews, save thyself.” (Luke 23:35-37 KJV)

And so too, Christ’s people through the ages have often been mocked amidst horrendous tribulation:

11:36 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: 11:37 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; 11:38 Of whom the world was not worthy: they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. 11:39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise [see When Will You Be Judged?]: 11:40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.” (Hebrews 11:36-40 KJV)

“Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap”

“Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” is one of the most well-known verses of the Holy Bible, but what many do not realize is that the complete verse is a warning against mockery:

6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” (Galatians 6:7 KJV)

Those who mock His Gospel are mocking God:

36:15 And the LORD God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers, rising up betimes, and sending; because he had compassion on his people, and on his dwelling place: 36:16 But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against his people, till there was no remedy.” (2 Chronicles 36:15-16 KJV)

17:4 A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue. 17:5 Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: and he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished.” (Proverbs 17:4-5 KJV)

Mockery is a fool’s game.

14:8 The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit. 14:9 Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour.” (Proverbs 14:8-9 KJV)

Fact Finder: When Elisha found himself attacked by a gang of over 40 young “mockers,” did the LORD deal with them for Elisha? How?
2 Kings 2:23-2

Satan uses subtle techniques to destroy the Church February 27, 2011

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Satan is trying to destroy our church!
a. Not by false teaching (know Bible too well); not by persecution (it would only make us stronger).
b. His techniques are subtle (1 Pet. 5:8; Eph. 6:10-12).

 7 ways Satan is trying to destroy our church.

INSTILLING PRIDE (Gal. 5:25-26).
1. Tries to get us to break ranks by causing some to have “big head.”
2. Paul warns against this strategy of Satan in Rom. 12:3.

  1. CREATING LOYALTIES TO MEN (1 Cor. 1:10-17).
    1. Satan loves it when Christians are more loyal to men than to Christ.
    2. Must avoid “Preacheritis, Elderitis, Deaconitis, Bro. Big Bucksitis, etc.”
  2. CULTIVATING SELF-INTEREST (Phil. 2:1-5).
    1. Easy for a church to talk about concern for others then everyone do own thing!
    2. Satan doesn’t care how much we talk, just doesn’t want us to do anything.
  3. PROMOTING SPECULATIVE TEACHING (2 Tim. 2:14-16, 23-24).
    1. Satan loves for Bible classes to turn into debates over picayune matters–Did Adam have a belly-button? Sex in Garden of Eden? Who wrote Hebrews? etc.
    2. Such discussions drive wedges between those for whom Christ died.
  4. ENCOURAGING RESPECT OF PERSONS (James 2:1-4)
    1. Satan loves to use socio-economic tools to keep people out/divide church.
    2. We must not fall victim to this scheme (Acts 10:34-35).
  5. CAUSING US TO LIVE LIVES UNWORTHY OF THE GOSPEL (Eph. 4:1).
    1. Unworthy lives does double-duty for Satan (“kills 2 birds with one stone”).
    a. WITHIN: Endangers soul of one walking unworthy and those he/she influences.
    b. WITHOUT: Opens door to charge of hypocrisy; turns others away.

2. What sort of “unworthiness” did Paul have in mind?
a. Lying (4:25).
b. Anger (4:26).
c. Unwholesome speech (4:29).
d. Lack of kindness/forgiveness (4:32).
e. Sexual immorality (5:3).
f. Drunkenness (5:18).
g. Lousy marriages (5:22-33).
h. Disobedience to parents (6:1-3).
i. Overbearing parents (6:4).

  1. WORKING TO INSURE A LACK OF MATURITY (Heb. 5:11-14).
    1. Satan loves it when people who have been Christians for 20 yrs. are still feeding on first principles!
    2. One of the reasons he loves it is because people never become mature enough to discover what he is upto!

11 Extinct Animals February 12, 2011

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The current rate of extinction is 100 to 1000 times higher than the average, or background rate, making our current period the 6th major mass extinction in the planet’s history.

Although fossil reconstructions or pictorial representations can sometimes be difficult to connect with, it’s impossible to ignore the experience of seeing a photograph of an animal on the brink of extinction.

Thus, what follows is a list of 11 extinct animals that were photographed while still alive.

The last Tasmanian Tiger, or Thylacine, known to have existed died in the Hobart Zoo, in Tasmania, Australia, on September 7th, 1936. Despite being the last of its kind, the animal (named “Benjamin”) likely died due to neglect after being locked out of its sheltered quarters during extreme weather.

Although commonly referred to as ‘tigers’, and despite having the look of a canid, the Thylacine isn’t remotely related to cats or dogs. Rather, it was the largest carnivorous marsupial of modern times, meaning it carried its young in a pouch. Its closest living relative is the Tasmanian Devil.

The biggest cause of their extinction in the wild was a massive hunting campaign instituted by the Tasmanian government from 1888 to 1909, justified because the Thylacines were believed to be a threat to sheep and hens. The last known wild Tasmanian Tiger was killed by a farmer named Wilf Batty in 1930, after spotting the animal around his hen house.

The Quagga was a unique variety of Plains Zebra, marked by having stripes only on the front of its body, with hair color transitioning toward a light brown or tan along its rear and underbelly, until becoming white along its legs. This picture represents the only Quagga ever to have been photographed alive, taken at the London Zoo in 1870.

Its unique hide made the Quagga a target for hunters and poachers, and the last known wild Quagga was probably killed in the late 1870′s. The species went extinct on August 12th, 1883, when the last specimen died at a zoo in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

The story of the Passenger Pigeon is one of the most tragic extinction stories in modern times. As recently as around 200 years ago they weren’t anywhere near extinction. In fact, they were actually the most common bird in North America, and some reports counted single flocks numbering in the billions.

During some migrations, the flocks flying overhead would stretch for over a mile and could take several hours to pass. It would have been impossible to imagine a North American skyline without them. Yet somehow the species went from being one of the most abundant birds in the world to extinction in only about 100 years. What happened?

Colonial hunters happened. The pigeon meat was commercialized and recognized as cheap food, especially for slaves and the poor, which led to a catastrophic hunting campaign on a massive scale. Furthermore, due to the large size of their flocks, the birds were seen as a threat to farmers. In fact, in 1703 the Catholic bishop of Quebec actually excommunicated the entire species.

The last known Passenger Pigeon, named “Martha”, died in captivity on September 1st, 1914, in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1896, the last flock of 250,000 birds were slaughtered by hunters despite the knowledge that it was the last flock of that size left.

The first recorded account of the Golden Toad was by herpetologist Jay Savage in 1966, and the last sighting of the species was made in 1989. The toad, showcased by its brilliant golden orange colorization, was native to the tropical cloud forests which surround Monteverde, Costa Rica.

Their extinction symbolizes a large scale decline in amphibian numbers worldwide over the last several decades, which has likely been caused by global warming and climate change. In fact, famed Australian biologist Tim Flannery has described the extinction of the Golden Toad to be the first demise of a species due primarily to global warming.

The Caribbean Monk Seal was the only known seal which was native to the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. It is also the only species of seal to go extinct directly due to human causes. It was officially declared extinct just last year, on June 6th, 2008, although the last recorded account of the species was made at Serranilla Bank between Honduras and Jamaica in 1952.

Their eventual demise, brought on by human hunting, was symbolized during Columbus’ 1494 voyage, when the tiny seals were described as “sea wolves” and 8 were recorded to have been killed and slaughtered for their meat.

The Pyrenean Ibex has one of the more interesting stories among extinct animals, since it was the first species to ever be brought back into existence via cloning, only to go extinct again just seven minutes after being born due to lung failure. Here at Ecoworldly, we reported on the event, which happened in January 2009.

The last naturally born Pyrenean Ibex died on January 6th, 2000, after being found dead under a fallen tree at the age of 13. That animal’s only companion had died just a year earlier due to old age. Although the recent effort to resurrect the Ibex was short-lived, the event does bring optimism, and raise serious debate, about whether extinct creatures should be given a second chance.

The Bubal Hartebeest was a magnificent, tough beast which was once domesticated by the ancient Egyptians as a food source and for sacrificial purposes. The creature was even mentioned in the Old Testament.

Although it once roamed throughout Northern Africa and the Middle East, the deep-rooted mythology which surrounded the animal was not enough to save it from European hunters who began hunting them for recreation and meat. The last Bubal Hartebeest was probably a female which died in the Paris Zoo in 1923.

Javan Tigers are a subspecies of tiger which were limited to the Indonesian island of Java. The last specimen to have been seen was sighted in 1972, although there is evidence from track counts that the animal had lingered into the 1980′s. The last track counts to yield evidence of the tigers was held in 1979, when just three tigers were identified.

The leading cause of their extinction was agricultural encroachment and habitat loss, which continues to be a serious concern in Java.

There are some who believe that Javan Tigers could still be alive in some of the island’s few remaining forested regions, although even so, the tiger’s numbers would be so low that the species would still be functionally extinct. The region most likely to contain a tiger today would have to be the Meru Betiri National Park, although even that area is now being threatened by mining companies after the discovery of gold nearby.

The Tecopa Pupfish has the unfortunate distinction of being the first species to be declared extinct under the Endangered Species Act of 1973. The official de-listing of the animal came in 1981.

The fish were first discovered in the Tecopa Hot Springs in California in 1942, and their decline followed shortly thereafter, as the Hot Springs were canalized and replaced with bathhouses. The final nail in the coffin came when hotels and trailer parks were built nearby to allow for more comfortable recreation for tourists.

The Syrian Wild Ass was likely extinct when the last known captive animal died at the Schönbrunn Zoo in Vienna, Austria, in 1928. It once had a wide range throughout Mesopotamia, where reports were common of large herds which used to roam wildly in the mountains and desert steppes of the Middle East.

Although already threatened beforehand, it is said that the Syrian Wild Ass completely collapsed during World War I, when their habitat was overrun with heavily armed Turkish and British troops. One account remarked that “it could not resist the power of the modern guns in the hands of the Anazeh and Shammar nomads, and its speed, great as it may have been, was not sufficient always to escape from the velocity of the modern motor car which more and more is replacing the Old Testament Camel-Caravan.”

The inevitable appears to have arrived for the Baiji River Dolphin, a peaceful, majestic dolphin which had inhabited China’s Yangtze River for at least the last 20 million years. The dolphin was declared functionally extinct after an expedition late in 2006 failed to record a single individual after an extensive search of the animal’s entire range.

Although unconfirmed sightings have come out since then, it’s unlikely that any living individuals, should they still exist, would be able find each other and breed. This tragic demise makes the Baiji Dolphin the first recorded extinction of a cetacean in modern times.

The population had been declining rapidly in recent decades since the rise of Chinese industrialization, which has utilized the Yangtze River as one of its primary arteries. The river is now one of the worst polluted major waterways in the world, being heavily relied upon for transportation and hydroelectricity. Roughly 12% of the world’s human population lives and works within the river’s catchment zone.

Traditional Chinese tales refer to the Baiji as a symbol of peace and prosperity. However, that traditional veneration was denounced during China’s “Great Leap Forward”, which called for hunting the animal in the name of redefining Chinese prosperity.

Regrettably, the Chinese may have got what they called for. Now that the dolphin is extinct, it’s difficult to avoid drowning the kind of prosperity it once symbolized along with it.

Three reasons to live and all for GOD February 12, 2011

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People give many reasons to live but in their last breathes many realize that there are few reasons that really count when looking back. Many work for things. Many put their stock in approval, power and-or status. Others just float along day to day without knowing or caring as to why they are here. While others simply desire to please themselves regardless of how it affects others. But GOD is so awesome HE created us for specific reasons that will ultimately give HIM glory and you a fulfilled life. These are three reasons I believe we are all created.
1. To LOVE GOD. SCRIPTURE: Deuteronomy 6:5 “And thou shalt love the LORD thy GOD with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.”
2. To SPREAD THE GOSPEL. SCRIPTURE: Mark 16:15-16 “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth” (JESUS is their SAVIOR, died for their sins, rose again and is the SON of GOD) “and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” John 3:16 “For GOD so loved the world, that HE gave his only begotten SON, that whosoever believeth in HIM should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Also read Romans 10:14-17. I will write it out at the end.
3. To LOVE OTHERS (I believe loving yourself is important also because GOD does) SCRIPTURE: John 15:17 “These things I command you, that ye love one another.” Romans 13:14 “Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love [is] the fulfilling of the law.”
These three simple reasons have a practical way to be lived out in any situation as framed by the BIBLE.
Further SCRIPTURE:
Romans 10:14-17, “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, LORD, who hath believed our report? So then faith [cometh] by hearing, and hearing by the word of GOD.”

 

Seven ways sex is good for your health February 12, 2011

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Don’t worry about the calories in those Valentine’s Day chocolates – a proper celebration in the bedroom can help keep you in shape.

 In fact, sex can benefit your health in many ways. Here are seven reasons to give and get a little love – not just this special day, but any time.

Good for the heart

Sex is good for your heart. Like any physical exertion, sex is a form of cardio-exercise, which gets your heart pumping faster and helps it stay in shape. What’s more, studies have shown that men who have sex two or more times per week cut their risk of a fatal heart attack by half.

Helps you lose weight 

Like any form of exercise, sex helps you lose weight. Having sex for 30 minutes can burn off 85 calories. To put that in perspective: 15 minutes on the treadmill could burn up to 200 calories; 42 of these half-hour sessions, then, could shave a pound off your weight.

Boosts your immune system

While it’s possible to contract a wide range of diseases, both from sex and from simple contact with others, safe sex between healthy partners can make you better equipped to fight illness.

Those who have sex once or twice a week have been shown to have higher levels of immunoglobulin A or IgA, an antibody which helps protect you from respiratory diseases like the cold and flu.

Don’t go overboard, though – in studies, those who had sex three or more times a week had the lowest levels of antibodies.

Reduces the risk of prostate cancer

For younger men, sex reduces the risk of prostate cancer. Researchers have found that men in their 20s who had five or more ejaculations per week were one third less likely to develop the cancer in later life. Although they found no such correlation for older men, you could try to prove them wrong.

Relieves stress

There’s a medical explanation for the mood boost sex gives you. The brain releases endorphins during and after sex, and these neurotransmitters create a feeling of euphoria while masking the negative effects of stress.

Researchers have also found that sex lowers your blood pressure, which is good for your health and allows you to better keep your cool in stressful situations.

It relieves pain

Endorphins and lower blood pressure also mean that sex relieves pain. Endorphins are released during sex because of the heightened levels of the hormone oxytocin in your body. This has been known to alleviate arthritic and menstrual pain, among other things. Lower blood pressure can also help relieve migraines.

It helps you sleep

In addition to relieving stress and pain, the oxytocin generated during sex helps you sleep better. Sex relaxes you, promoting deeper, more restful sleep. What more do you need?

Happy Valentine Day….Enjoy:-)

The making of a good boss January 19, 2011

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I happened to read this article and whatever mentioned is true, the statistics by Bikram Vohra are really good. In this so-called Job Market and Senior Managers misusing their powers has to be brought to the limelight. Most of the Senior Managers due to their inefficiency in communicating either to the Chairman, Director, CEO, COO of the Organization, thus making the path difficult for their juniors and sub-ordinates.  I think this article is a must read for all higher Managers, to understand and rectify their shortcomings. — Freddy Pereira

Courtesy: Bikram Vohra

Are you the sort of person who has subordinates in a huddle all the time — or do you inspire 
confidence and goodwill? read on…

What makes a good boss? There is no real answer and much would depend on whether you are seeking a leader, a commander, a guide or a mentor, or just somebody up there to cover for you.

At one such seminar, there was a great deal of tossing ideas about and everyone had an opinion on what makes the ideal boss (do unicorns exist?) but there was an easy consensus on the basic qualities. People came up with unimaginative dross like he must be fair and have a plan and be transparent and all that stuff, but having sloshed through the basic a certain agreement was reached. A boss must have intrapersonal skills. He must maintain morale. He cannot be pompous and distant, nor should he allow familiarity to breed contempt. He is visible, involved, never panics and cares for the welfare of his team.

If it is of any interest to you as a boss or someone hoping to become one, or even if you are one of those ‘in charge’ types whose decisions affect others, you may care to see how you measure up on the Seven Scale.

  1. A good boss leads from the front. He doesn’t expect you to do what he cannot himself achieve nor does he run things from an armchair’s perspective. Leading from the front need not necessarily mean getting shop soiled or mucking in with the workers and trying to get a ‘popular’ tag. It means being responsible for your people, backing them against  your bosses and ensuring their job security.  That’s primary as a requisite.
  2. Equally, a good boss does not order or demand respect. He gets it because he is au fait with his work and can be relied on to deliver the goods. If the staff  know he can beat them at their jobs, and he does his homework, they will walk up the hill with him.
  3. In third position is corporate constancy. This is vital to being a good boss and very few attain it. The moment the chief begins to play favourites and gives juniors extra-constitutional authority, and has his informers and encourages office politics, and has an open ear to gossip and rumour, you can write that company off. It might be making money but it is no place to work. So many potentially good bosses suffer from a shortage of self-esteem and fall prey to sycophancy, needing that fix of flattery from lick-spittling acolytes whose only chance of survival lies in being toadies.
  4. Top notch bosses are never rude with their subordinates, nor do they use their staff for private purposes, abuse them verbally or be disparaging. No one works for you if you insult them. Equally, and this applies largely to men, only the most despicable boss takes advantage of female staff and misuses a position to harass them. Remember, people can forget what you say to them but they never forget how you made them feel.
  5. And when the chips are down, a boss worth his salt doesn’t sacrifice members of his staff to save his mangy little skin. Here, take two of my chaps, sack them, it’s their fault, I am only the boss. The buck stops with you, friend and if you can’t take the heat of being the boss then step down and let someone else do the job.
  6. Perhaps the most underplayed element, often so subtle it goes unobserved, is honesty; an across-the-board company ethos which the boss manifests. Does he lie? Are his work ethics questionable? Does he have different rules for different people? Does he cheat, deceive, and still spray piety? If he does, and you know it, get out or be ready to be served up if things go wrong; he will think nothing of framing you.
  7. Finally, salaries. You may be the best boss in the world with great ideas and a wonderful manner that charms the rank and file but you don’t count for much if you do not pay your people on time. That is crucial. The ones who delay, cut money for trivial indiscretions and provide low financial incentives can never hope to make the cut into the good boss team.

So how did you do? Better than expected or is 
there some serious rethinking required?

How good a boss are you? Choose the response which you agree with the most:


 1. Harry is often late for meetings. How do you respond?

a.         Give him a public dressing down; you have an example to set

b.         Meet privately and explore the issue

c.         Show up late yourself, let him see how it feels

 2. Your secretary has overbooked your day — yet again. Clients are upset and, frankly, so are you.

a.         “The only thing you’re any good at is Facebook!” you yell in front of a shocked workplace

b.         You ask to speak to your secretary privately at the end of the day to sort out how the two of you can figure out a solution

c.         You say nothing and just try to clear through the backlog as fast as you can

3. A departing staffer asks for a reference letter. What do you do?

a.         Mutter a quick prayer that he forgets he’s asked you for a letter, and go on with your life

b.         Do what you promised: write a thorough and well thought-out letter

c.         Dig out the forgettable, cliché-ridden letter you wrote for the last person who left, change the name and feel that you’ve fulfilled your obligation.

4.        Ideally, job specifications mean this to you …

a.         Pointless — you know your job, just do it

b.         Agreed and reviewed weekly

c.         A boss’s best chance to give feedback

5. Do you ask others for their opinions and suggestions?

a.         No — because if I do, the others may get ideas of grandeur

b.         Regularly, everyone’s opinion matters

c.         Mostly yes, but I take all the major decisions

6. Setting staff salaries is important, and in an ideal world, an ideal boss like you would set salaries according to …

a.         Market rates

b.         Contribution and market rates

c.         Time spent with the company 

7. Sophia out-performs everyone else in the team, so a good manager would …  

a.         Dine with her often

b.         Encourage her to help others with their work

c.         Delegate the bulk of their work to her

8.         The best way a good leader can earn respect from the team is to …

a.         Never explain, never apologise

b.         Show by example how to behave

c.         Know all the technical answers before anyone else

Answers  

Mostly As

You are not a good boss and should perhaps consider stepping out of the shoes

Mostly Bs

You are a great boss 

Mostly Cs

You are a good boss but there is always room for improvement

 

Disrespect to our national Flag January 4, 2011

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What can we say, disrespect, or ignorance.

Christmas:- Lets Celebrate its differently December 8, 2010

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While Christmas time is a season of festivities for many, there are many who are feeling lonely this time, more than any other time of the year. These are the people in orphanage and many elderly in the aged home. They need someone presence, especially if their loved ones are unable to come and visit them. We can make this holiday a meaningful one, by thinking of other people more than ourselves. By taking our children to these places it will be a eye opener to the real situation of the world. It will bring understanding to the reality of life and can make them realize that they are blessed with a happy family.

Visiting an orphanage can make a big difference to the children whom have been deprived of care and attention they supposed to experience in the presence of their parents. But since, they aren’t there, our presence can bring joy to them that one cannot imagine. Helping in feeding the children and telling them story can bring happiness to their rather monotonous life. Telling them stories about how life can be beautiful despite unhappy childhood can give them some hope. Christmas comes only once a year and making the orphans happy means a whole lot of difference to them. Knowing that other people come to share their blessings with them is rather touching. It gives them a renewed feeling that they are still important, loved and cared despite their condition.

Santa phone calls by a friend for orphans can be a fantastic experience for them. Take time in knowing them a bit personally. What they have been doing all year round, what are their wishes for Christmas and why Santa should give them a call on Christmas Eve. Through this you can ask a few friend for a personalized Santa call not just for one but a handful of children. If you can have more time yourself, you can pose as the Santa who can call and have a chat with the orphans.

Bringing gifts to the orphanage can be a heartwarming experience for our kids. Old clothes, especially the ones for winter, will be well appreciated. Let our children distribute the gifts and the goods to the orphans. It will teach them the real essence of Christmas is not all about receiving gifts but giving them as well.

Another group of people who can benefit from our kindness are the ones from the aged home. Life can get so lonely for them, especially if they forgotten by their loved ones. Volunteering to be on their side by feeding or assisting them to move around for a bit is one way of connecting with them. In return, you will see a glimpse of hope in their eyes. They may have been forgotten by some loved ones and friends, but knowing that there are people like us, can brighten up their day.

Santa calls and gifts are for orphans; and company for the elderly is simple things that you can share this Christmas. These are simple gestures that can bring joy that is priceless. Christmas presents do not have to be expensive and extravagant; what matters most is the thought that comes with it. There are many people who are letting the Christmas pass with loneliness, if we can make things a bit better for them; it will be an effort that will be worth remembering through many Christmas that will come.

You probably know a child in your neighborhood who will not get much for Christmas. There are several ways you can help a less fortunate child to have a more enjoyable Christmas. You can reach out to a family with children directly or take part in programs designed to make sure all kids receive some gifts for Christmas. If you have children of your own, you can teach them the value of helping other children in need at Christmas time.

A few guidelines:-

• Purchase one or more toys to give to the Orphanages. One does not need to purchase an expensive toy to help put a smile on a child’s face. If you have children, explain to them that you have purchased the toy(s) to bring joy to a less fortunate child.

• Participate in Christmas gift giving programs for children. Most churches have a list of children in need. Take part in the programs offered at the church. If you are not a member of a church, contact a church to learn how you can participate.

• Help a child in your own family. Buy extra gifts for the children of family members who are experiencing financial hardships.

• Reach out to a child in your community. Give a helping hand to a struggling family by buying food for a holiday meal. Also, ask neighbors or friends to help you gather enough money for presents for the children to enjoy.

• By talking to local businessmen in your area to sponsor a local family with children. This can be a joint effort with other members of your family, coworkers or friends. Try to find businessmen that are willing to donate money or the products needed. Work to ensure that the family can have a Christmas tree, decorations, presents and a Christmas meal.

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR – GOD BLESS.