I USED TO COLLECT MANAGEMENT STORIES FROM THE NET AND MANAGEMENT BOOKS.
Here are the two stories I could share regarding scheduling the work and team work
First things first means giving due importannce to the important works. You have to put them in order according to the importance.
First Things First!
An exercise is known as ‘Stephen Covey’s Big Rocks’. Imagine a bucket. Put three or four big rocks in. “Is the bucket full? ” “No” you reply. “Of course not” I say and put some smaller rocks in it to fill in the gaps. “Full now? “, “No”. I put in some sand, then some water. It’s full.
So, what’s the learning here? It’s to do with the order. What would happen if you’d reversed the order? Put the water in first, then the sand, then the small rocks. There would be no room for the big rocks. These big rocks are the important things in your life. You need to schedule them first, not try to squeeze them in after arranging the water (writing pointless reports), sand (unnecessary travel) or small rocks (staff meetings where no-one listens and everyone looks at the clock).
What are the big rocks in your life? For many it’s things like family, time to watch the children grow up, time to write that novel, time for themselves, time to make a difference. You decide. You identify 3 or 4 things you believe are important. The 3 or 4 things that will make a difference at your funeral.
Source: Real Time Management by Byron Kalies
TEAM WORK COUNTS
A mother, who wanted to encourage her young son to continue playing the piano, bought tickets and took her son to a performance of the great pianist Ignace Paderewski.They took their seats near the front of the concert hall the evening of the performance and eyed the majestic Steinway waiting on stage for the great pianist to begin.
Soon the mother found an old friend to talk to and didn’t notice that her boy had slipped away.On the hour the lights in the hall began to dim and the spotlights came on. It was at that moment the little boy’s mother noticed him up on piano bench hammering out “Chopsticks.”
She was shocked and embarrassed, but it was too late to hurry up and get him as the Master of the night appeared on the stage and quickly moved to the keyboard where her little boy was focused in on his own masterpiece.Paderewski gently whispered to the boy, “Don’t quit. Keep playing.” Leaning over, he reached down with his left hand and began filling in the bass part. Soon his right arm reached around the boy and improvised a delightful enhanced melody.
Together, the old master and the young beginning pianist mesmerized the audience with their blended and beautiful music.Teams kind of work this way don’t they? The novice to the expert on great teams work together to accomplish extraordinary things. There is little of what we do on teams that doesn’t require some type of help from someone. We can’t succeed without the help of others. Whether that is depending on someone to complete something for you, asking for a hand on something, asking a question, or simply working together – we need each other on teams!
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Meditation: The Power that Lifts
The most striking benefits of meditation are found in reports from ‘Pit Burial’ studies. Highly regarded Yogis of India have performed superhuman feats. These feats have been recorded and scientifically monitored.
One such feat is to be buried alive for one or more days.
A classical case in exhibition of this power is that of Saint Haridas of 19th century.
The book ‘Tibetan Yoga and Secret Doctrines’ narrate the incident.
Saint Haridas was buried for four months and afterwards disinterred living, under the careful supervision of the Maharaja of Lahore, Ranjit singh and Sir Claude Wade, the British General. Over the gave of the saint, who lay therein in a chest sealed by the Maharaja with the royal seal, barley-seed was sown and grew up in a place enclosed by a wall and guarded incessantly by armed sentinels. On the date of the interment the Yogi’s face had been shaven clean and when he was disinterred after the expiry of four months, his face was as smooth as on the day of his burial.
In 1986 Army Research Institute commissioned a review of the literature on meditation by Brener and Connally of the University of Hull in England.
Brener and Connally concluded that reported feats of endurance such as pit burials are likely to be due to the effect of meditation or deep relaxation on metabolism. A lowered metabolism may allow for survival under conditions of restricted oxygen availability. Effects on metabolism can be produced by controlling respiration in the manner practiced by yogis.
Rising up and floating in air known as levitation is one of the powers that a Yogi practicing Pranayama (control of breath) is said to acquire.
In a paper read at the International Psychical Congress held in Paris in 1927, Professor Von Schrenck Notzing, Professor of Psychology, University of Munich, described the case of a young man, who demonstrated this power of levitation acquired through yogic practice of breath control no less than 27 times!
More and more scientific experiments are being carried out to find out the benefits of Yoga.
Continuous practice of Meditation bestows mind power. It has been proved by yogis that the power acquired thus could lift them up both mentally and physically!
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CONFIDENCE : THE KEY TO SUCCESS
All of us know how many times Abraham Lincoln failed.Very many times we have come across the list given below in books and net sites.Abraham Lincoln overcame great setbacks and obstacles on his journey.
1809 Born February 12
1816 Abraham Lincoln’s family was forced out of their home and he needed to work to support his family.
1818 His mother passed away
1828 His sister dies
1831 A business venture failed
1832 He ran for the State Legislature. He lost.
1832 In the same year, he also lost his job. He decided he wanted to go to law school but couldn’t get in.
1833 He borrowed money from a friend to start a business. By the end of the year, he was bankrupt.
1834 He ran for the State Legislature again. This time he won.
1835 The year was looking better as he was engaged to be married. Unfortunately, his fiancee died and he was grief stricken.
1836 This was the year he had a total nervous breakdown and for 6 months was bedridden.
1836 He sought to become Speaker of the State Legislature. He was defeated.
1840 He sought to become Elector. He was defeated.
1842 He gets married to a woman named Mary Todd. They have 4 boys but only one would live to maturity.
1843 He ran for Congress. He lost.
1846 He ran for Congress again. He won and moved to Washington.
1848 He ran for re-election to Congress. He lost.
1849 He sought the job of Land Officer in his home state. He didn’t get the job.
1850 His son, Edward, dies.
1854 He ran for the Senate of the United states. He lost.
1856 He sought the Vice Presidential nomination at a national convention. He got less than 100 votes.
1858 He ran for the Senate again. He lost again.
1860 Abraham Lincoln is elected President of the United States
1862 His son, Willie, dies at age 12.
1865 On April 14, Abraham Lincoln is assassinated
Lincoln’s confidence took him to the top post of the U.S.
He made every stumbling block as a stepping stone.
‘Self trust is the first secret of success’ said Ralph Waldo Emerson.
‘For a man to achieve all that is demanded of him he must regard himself as greater than he is’ said Johann W. Von Gothe.
‘They are able who think they are able‘– Thus observed the great Virgil.
Failures are not failures; They are the stepping stones; that is all.
Let us have confidence and then we will also achieve anything and everything.
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Without Concentration nobody could achieve anything.Here are the best quotes on Concentration.
1) The five essential entrepreneurial skills for success: Concentration, Discrimination, Organization, Innovation and Communication.
Harold S. Geneen
2) (To) have one’s ideas exclusively focused on one central interest
– Sigmund Freud
3) What does it take to be a champion? Desire, dedication, determination, concentration and the will to win.
4) Beware of dissipating your powers, strive constantly to concentrate them.
Johann W. Von Gothe
5) When you want a thing deeply, earnestly and intensely, this feeling of desire reinforces your will and arouses in you the determination to work for the desired object. When you have a distinct purpose in view, your work becomes of absorbing interest. You bend your best powers to it; you give it concentrated attention; you think of little else than the realization of this purpose; your will is stimulated into unusual activity, and as a consequence you do your work with an increasing sense of power.
6) Concentration is my motto – first honesty, then industry, then concentration.
7) When you write down your ideas you automatically focus your full attention on them. Few if any of us can write one thought and think another at the same time. Thus a pencil and paper make excellent concentration tools.
Michael Le Boeuf
8) I have admired two principles. The first one is to train hard and get into the best possible physical condition. The second is to forget all about the other fellow until you face him in the ring and the bell sounds for the fight.
9) Concentration of the mind is in a way common to both Knowledge and Yoga. Yoga aims at union of the individual with the universal, the Reality. This Reality cannot be new. It must exist even now, and it does exist.
10) The first law of success in this day, when so many things are clamoring for attention, is concentration – to bend all the energies to one point, and to go directly to that point, looking neither to the right nor to the left.
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Let me introduce you my parents, When I was 15 years old, my mother came to me and asked me to go shopping for her. (The supermarket was 5 min from my Place). I replied to her and I said NO! As you know, I was very busy at that time (Of course not, I was chatting in MSN and playing PlayStation). Three years later, I moved to the U.K. One day, I was very hungry after my football game and I went to the supermarket. The shop was 20 min away from place. (The worst thing, which you can do is to go shopping when you are hungry, don’t do that!). Well, I went to the supermarket and I had nearly 10 Bags beside me, the bags were very heavy. After the big shopping I went to the Bus Stop and suddenly no Buses where there.A friendly men said to me: “NO BUSES FOR TODAY”. I was surprised and had to carry 10 Bags to my flat. At the same time I was thinking about my mother, when she was asking me to go shopping for her. I had tears in my eyes. I asked myself how hard it would be for an old Lady to carry those things. Listen friends, our parents gave us everything, try to understand them. Don’t make the mistake what I did. Try to make them happy, then I believe, if you ignore your parents, trust me KARMA is BIG. Then one day, you remember back and you will ask yourself with the question “ WHY”.