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Did you know what life is all about?


Did you know what life is all about? Ralf a

This week is favorite quote week. Unfortunately I do not know the source, but it is too precious not to share. I have another one that I will be sharing with you this Thursday written by a celebrity known for his wit.

  1. Your shoes are the first thing people subconsciously notice about you. Wear nice shoes.
  2. If you sit for more than 11 hours a day, there’s a 50% chance you’ll die within the next 3 years
  3. There are at least 6 people in the world who look exactly like you. There’s a 9% chance that you’ll meet one of them in your lifetime.
  4. Sleeping without a pillow reduces back pain and keeps your spine stronger.
  5. A person’s height is determined by their father, and their weight is determined by their mother.
  6. If a part of your body “falls asleep”, you can almost always “wake it up” by shaking your head.
  7. There are three things the human brain cannot resist noticing – food, attractive people and danger
  8. Right-handed people tend to chew food on their right side
  9. Putting dry tea bags in gym bags or smelly shoes will absorb the unpleasant odor.
  10. According to Albert Einstein, if honey bees were to disappear from earth, humans would be dead within 4 years.
  11. There are so many kinds of apples, that if you ate a new one every day, it would take over 20 years to try them all.
  12. You can survive without eating for weeks, but you will only live 11 days without sleeping.
  13. People who laugh a lot are healthier than those who don’t.
  14. Laziness and inactivity kills just as many people as smoking.
  15. A human brain has a capacity to store 5 times as much information as Wikipedia
  16. Our brain uses the same amount of power as a 10-watt light bulb!!
  17. Our body gives enough heat in 30 minutes to boil 1.5 liters of water!!
  18. The Ovum egg is the largest cell and the sperm is the smallest cell !!
  19. Stomach acid (conc. HCl) is strong enough to dissolve razor blades!!
  20. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day and while you walk, SMILE. It is the ultimate antidepressant.
  21. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
  22. When you wake up in the morning, pray to ask God’s guidance for your purpose, today.
  23. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
  24. Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, broccoli, and almonds.
  25. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
  26. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
  27. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.
  28. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
  29. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Forgive them for everything!
  30. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
  31. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
  32. Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present.
  33. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
  34. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
  35. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: ‘In five years, will this matter?’
  36. Help the needy, Be generous! Be a ‘Giver’ not a ‘Taker’
  37. What other people think of you is none of your business.
  38. Time heals everything.
  39. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
  40. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
  41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
  42. Each night before you go to bed, pray to God and be thankful for what you’ll accomplish, today !
  43. Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.

Forward this to everyone on your list to help them lead a happier life.

One unconventional way of dealing with problems


One unconventional way of dealing with problems  leafblowing-man

Picture credit: http://www.latinpost.com/articles/2109/20130912/despite-bans-leaf-blower-prevails.htm

The leave blower in the picture is symptomatic of our society: Instead of dealing with the issue by removing the unwanted debris with broom and shovel, we blow it out of our way and thus spreading the issue out to others. Bad enough that these blowers are noisy and smelly, the real issue lies simply in us not permanently dealing with the root cause issue in the first place.

What is the attractiveness of leaf blower type solutions in our lives? For one they offer instant gratification. It does not take long dealing with the symptom of the issue. Then, most of these solutions are cheap and really fast.

Since common sense is not common practice what is the unconventional way of dealing with problems then? Much like the leaves and dirt on our drive ways we should be either using a vacuum or a broom to pick it up – rather than blowing it through the neighborhood. Why spread the nonsense any further? If we do not remove issues permanently they will come right back when turbulence hits us.

Ralf

Mr Scope Creep – why projects go bad and possible solutions


Mr Scope Creep – why projects go bad and possible solutions Ralf a

If I ever catch that guy Mr Scope Creep I will hurt him. Seriously, projects are supposed to have a defined beginning and an end. They also are supposed to have a certain defined scope, timeline, and cost associated with them. That is until my old foe Mr Scope Creep enters the stage. In no time whatsoever the project can go over budget and time.

All-time favorite examples of this can be found at home and work. Take for instance trying to repair a quarter sized paint blemish in the bathroom. A 50 Dollar paint repair job can turn into a 2000 Dollar one in less than an afternoon: add updating a new toilet, the floor, cabinetry, mirror, and…paint. Beside the monetary impact, it can also cause significant marital stress.

At work we face very similar issues. You get a project that looked ok at first and then timelines and budget get totally blown out of the water. For the work related scope creep the following list may be of some help for you to not into that position in the first place:

  • The goal/ objective is too big. When goals are way too big from the get go very few projects will render a positive result in the end. It will also lead to another morale killer aka the never-done phenomenon.
  • The timeline is too aggressive or were sand bagged. Either extreme is not healthy. If it not possible from the get go that the project cannot be possibly completed in the time allotted for it then why bother starting in the first place. Too much time given up front typically leads to complacency.
  • There are no bench marks. This should be self-explanatory, but very often project teams do not think about putting benchmarks in place as to when key items should be checked and verified.
  • Perfectionists add content as the project goes on. There is a fine line between sloppiness and perfectionism. In the middle lies effectiveness. You do not want sloppiness, but perfectionism is not desirable either. Define this line of diminishing returns when your folks go overboard trying to make their project perfect.
  • There are no roles identified. Easy to dismiss the importance, but project and team structure is really important to your people. Identify roles early on preventing confusion and inactivity or finding out that more than one is working on the same task.
  • There is responsibility, but no authority. When teams and their members are not empowered to implement anything they are set out to do, no one wins.
  • There are not enough resources allotted for the project. Common sense is not common practice and therefore often the project’s time lines are often doomed from the get go and whoever thought would save any money is now slooowly paying for this condition every day that the project goes over its deadline. In the end this usually results in pretty much spending as much as if more resources had been in place from day one. Sigh.
  • There is no way to measure progress/ success. What does success look like and how will we measure it? It is one of the most important steps in setting up projects. What is the sense in beginning with anything if the team does not know what is important to reach in quality and quantity?
  • There is lack of clarity about the critical path of the project and escalation methods. Identifying what the critical components of a project are should also be clear to everyone working on the team. Some things may be fund and are easy to do, but they may not be important to do right this minute. Do the critical items when they are due. When they do not happen who and how will then escalate this through the organization?
  • The culture of the company does not support collaboration. I should have put this one at the top of the list. Your company and team culture can play a huge role in how effective the project team will be. Power play, politicking, and stonewalling are a sure fire way how projects can go downhill easily. Trust and morale go down and cost and time issues go up. Your leader-managers are hopefully cognizant of this law.

Scope creep consumes your nerves, time and many more other resources. It is anything but fun dealing with the aftermath of a steadily moving target. The above pre-flight check list may help you navigate through projects better. Perhaps you can mail this to your leader-managers helping you illustrate that you are dealing with a wide spread issue? Either way, clobber Mr Scope Creep over the head for me and do not let him win any ground. The best of luck to you.

Ralf

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