Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Learn, Relax and Enjoy


One morning I wasted nearly an hour watching a tiny ant carry a huge feather cross my back terrace. Several times it was confronted by obstacles in its path and after a momentary pause it would make the necessary detour.
At one point the ant had to negotiate a crack in the concrete about 10mm wide. After brief contemplation the ant laid the feather over the crack, walked across it and picked up the feather on the other side then continued on its way.
I was fascinated by the ingenuity of this ant, one of God's smallest creatures. It served to reinforce the miracle of creation. Here was a minute insect, lacking in size yet equipped with a brain to reason, explore, discover and overcome. But this ant, like the two-legged co-residents of this planet, also shares human failings.
After some time the ant finally reached its destination - a flower bed at the end of the terrace and a small hole that was the entrance to its underground home. And it was here that the ant finally met its match. How could that large feather possibly fit down small hole?
Of course it couldn't. So the ant, after all this trouble and exercising great ingenuity, overcoming problems all along the way, just abandoned the feather and went home.
The ant had not thought the problem through before it began its epic journey and in the end the feather was nothing more than a burden.
Isn't OUR LIFE like that?
We worry about our family; we worry about money or the lack of it, we worry about work, about where we live, about all sorts of things. These are all burdens - the things we pick up along life's path and lug them around the obstacles and over the crevasses that life will bring, only to find that at the destination they are useless and we can't take them with US......

Finding the leader in you - a self assessment. These questions contain two options.Indicate the answer that best describes YOU.If you hesitate on a question, choose the first answer that comes to mind. There are no right or wrong answers.

1)Which adjective describes you best:                 
focused and efficient

2)You are known as: 
the one who gets quick results
the one who knows how to delegate responsibility

3)The priority for the head of department should be:   
responding realistically to the employees’hopes and aspirations
making demands and producing while adhering to the rules

4)If you had to choose a new profession, it would be in:         
Research and Development
Operations and Production Management

5)When analysing an issue, you are more sensitive to:           
the content and significant details
the form and overall logic

6)Which verb describes you best:                         

7)If you were going to work in the media you would choose to be:   
a sports commentator or reporter                          
a political journalist

8)To you, managing a department is:                   
managing and solving problems
motivating and representing

9)To achieve better output, you prefer to:   
mobilize everyone’s efforts
redefine objectives and improve how results are monitored

10)A good leader needs to know how to communicate:           
the enterprise’s values
a sense of the outcome

11)You are more:                

12)You are more interested in:     
getting qualified people to carry out a project
advising others and giving them the benefit of your know-how

13)What is the best compliment?
he (she) is innovative in thinking
he (she) has a very practical approach

14)When faced with a situation that seems to present a conflict, you will act:
 with the greatest prudence, even wariness
 spontaneously, so as to settle the matter as quickly as possible

15)You would say that you are rather:    
a jovial person          
discreet and trustworthy

Professional Telephone Etiquettes !!!
Often a client's first contact with a business is by phone. The following guidelines will help to make the first impression a good one. Most of this etiquette can be used in personal conversations as well as at the office. Professionalism is polite, thoughtful, efficient, educated and valuable at all times.

Answering calls for others

A)   Identify yourself and the company or person for whom you are answering and say,
"How may I help you?
B)   Offer assistance in the absence of others--say,
"She is not in today, perhaps I can be of assistance".
C)   Do not make commitments for others like - "He will call you as soon as he returns".
-say, "I'll give him your message when he returns,"
D)   Take accurate, legible messages with time, date, reason for call, urgency, company represented, if any, the best time to reach them and all other pertinent information.

1) I have eaten too much chocolate last weekend.
I ate too much chocolate last weekend.(Yesterday is finished time, so we must use a past tense in the sentence.)
2)Julia, Ben and I are going to England on October.
Julia, Ben and I are going to England in October.

('in' a period of time: in October, in spring, in 1998)
3) Chris did see the film yesterday.
Chris saw the film yesterday.(For a finished action in the past we use the
past simple) Note - it is possible to use 'did see' in this example but this is only used for stress, normally after someone has said the opposite, for example:
Bob: "You didn't watch the film yesterday, Mary." Mary: "I did watch the film!")
4) Had you a nice holiday?
Did you have a nice holiday?

(Past simple questions use the structure:did + subject + infinitive)

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