Saturday, March 27, 2010

Knowing Where To Hammer

This is the story of the giant ship engine that failed ?

The ship's owners tried one expert after another, but none of them could figure it out how to fix the engine.

Then they brought in an old man who had been fixing ships since he was a youngster. He carried a large bag of tools with him,& when he arrived, he immediately went to work.He inspected the engine very carefully, from top to bottom.

Two of the ship's owners were there, watching this man, hoping he would know what to do. After looking things over,the old man searched into his bag & pulled out a small hammer. He gently tapped something. & instantly, the engine lurched into life & got started.

He carefully put his hammer away. The engine was fixed.! A week later, The owner received a bill from the old man for ten thousand Rs.

"What….?" the owner exclaimed. "He hardly did anything....!" So they wrote the old man a note saying "Please send us an Itemized bill." The man sent a bill that read:

Tapping with a hammer…...          Rs          2/-
But knowing where to hammer.....Rs   9,998/-
Total Rs Ten Thousand Only…..   Rs.10,000/-
Thanks to Moiz Hussain

So What Kind Of A Town Is This?

Once there was an old and very wise man. Every day he would sit outside a gas station in his rocking chair and wait to greet motorists as they passed through his small town. On this day, his granddaughter knelt down at the foot of his chair and slowly passed the time with him.

As they sat and watched the people come and go, a tall man who surely had to be a tourist -- since they knew everyone in the town -- began looking around as if he were checking out the area for a place to live.

The stranger walked up and asked, "So what kind of town is this that we're in?"

The older gentleman slowly turned to the man and replied," Well, what kind of town are you from?"

The tourist said, "In the town I'm from everyone is very critical of each other. The neighbors all gossip about everyone, and it's a real negative place to live. I'm sure glad to be leaving. It is not a very cheerful place."

The man in the chair looked at the stranger and said," You know, that's just how this town is."

An hour or so later a family that was also passing through stopped for gas. The car slowly turned in and rolled to a stop in front of where the older gentleman and his granddaughter were sitting. The mother jumped out with two small children and asked where the restrooms were. The man in the chair pointed to a small, bent-up sign that was barely hanging by one nail on the side of the door.

The father stepped out of the car and also asked the man, "Is this town a pretty good place to live?"

The man in the chair replied," What about the town you are from? How is it?"

The father looked at him and said, "Well, in the town I'm from everyone is very close and always willing to lend their neighbor a helping hand. There's always a hello and thank you everywhere you go. I really hate to leave. I feel almost like we are leaving family. "

The older gentlemen turned to the father and gave him a warm smile. "You know, that's a lot like this small town."

Then the family returned to the car, said their thank, waved goodbye and drove away.

After the family was in the distance, the granddaughter looked up at her grandfather and asked, "Grandpa, how come when the first man came into our town you told him it was a terrible place to live and when the family came in to town you told them it was a wonderful place to live? "

The grandfather lovingly looked down at this granddaughter's wondering blue eyes and said, "No matter where you move, you take your own attitude with you and that's what makes it terrible or wonderful. "

It's your attitude, not your aptitude that determines your altitude. Happiness is not something you find, it's something you create.
Thanks to Moiz Hussain

Friday, March 26, 2010

Training, Educate, Succeed

A consultant was visiting a top Japanese industrialist on a fact-finding mission. He was curious to find out how the Japanese workforce achieved such huge productivity gains over their counterparts in the West.

"First, we train," said the industrialist.

"Then what?" asked the consultant.

"We train," said the industrialist.
"And next?"
"We train."
Smiling, the consultant asked: "What do you do next? Train?"

"No," said the industrialist. "We educate."
"OK," said the consultant. "And then what?"
"Then we succeed," said the industrialist.

Moral: First Train, Then Educate, And You Will Succeed.

Thanks to ManageTrainLearn

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Life Is A Do-It-Yourself Project

An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer-of his plans to leave the house building business and live a more leisurely life with his wife enjoying his extended family.

He would miss the paycheck, but he wanted to retire. They could get by. The contractor was sorry to see his good worker go and asked if he could build just one more house as a personal favor. The carpenter said yes, but his heart was not in his work. He resorted to shoddy workmanship and used inferior materials. It was an unfortunate way to end his career.

When the carpenter finished his work and the builder came to inspect the house, the contractor handed the front-door key to the carpenter. "This is your house," he said, "my gift to you."

What a shock! What a shame! If he had only known he was building his own house, he would have done it all so differently. Now he had to live in the home he had built none too well.

So it is with us. If we build our lives in a distracted way, reacting rather than acting, willing to put up less than the best. At important points we do not give the job our best effort. Then with a shock we look at the situation we have created and find that we are now living in the house we have built. If we had realized that we would have done it differently.

Think of yourself as the carpenter. Think about your house. Each day you hammer a nail, place a board, or erect a wall. Build wisely.

It is the only life you will ever build. Even if you live it for only one day more, that day deserves to be lived graciously and with dignity.

The plaque on the wall says, "Life is a do-it-yourself project."

Your attitudes and the choices you make today will be your life tomorrow, build it wisely.
Thanks to Azeem Ul Islam

Time To Think

The car-maker Henry Ford hired an efficiency expert to go through his plant. He said: "Find the unproductive people. Tell me who they are and I'll fire them!"

The expert made his rounds with his clipboard in hand and finally returned to Henry Ford's office with his report. "I've found a problem with one of your managers," he said. "Every time I walked past his office, he was sitting with his feet propped on the desk doing nothing. I definitely think you should consider getting rid of him."

When Ford asked who the man was, he shook his head and said: "I can't fire him. I pay that man to do nothing but think. And that's what he's doing."

Moral: In the Information Age, thinking is more important than doing.

Thanks to ManageTrainLearn

The Value of Computers

Use computers to look busy. Any time you use a computer, it looks like work to the casual observer. You can send and receive personal e-mail, calculate your finances and generally have a blast without doing anything remotely related to work.

These aren't exactly the societal benefits that everybody from the computer revolution expected but they're not bad either. When you get caught by your boss--and you will get caught--your best defense is to claim you're teaching yourself to use the new software, thus saving valuable training dollars.

You're not a loafer, you're a self-starter. Offer to show your boss what you learned. That will make your boss scurry away like a frightened salamander.

Thanks to ManageTrainLearn

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Way We Think

01) Soldier: Sir We Are Surrounded From All Sides By Enemies, 
       Major: Excellent!  We Can Attack In Any Direction.
02) Every One  Knows  About  Alexander  Graham Bell  Who  Invented The Telephone,
       But  He  Never  Made  A  Call  To  His  Family.  Because, His Wife And Daughter Were Deaf. 
That's Life "Live for Others".

03) The   Worst  In  Life  Is  "Attachment " It  Hurts  When  You  Lose  It.
       The   Best  Thing  In  Life  Is " Loneliness "  Because  It  Teaches  You Everything  And,  When  You  Lose  It,  You  Get Everything.

04) Life Is Not About The People Who Act True To Your Face ........
About  The  People  Who  Remain  True  Behind  Your  Back .

05) If An Egg Is Broken By An Outside Force....... A Life Ends. 
       If An Egg Breaks From Within.......Life Begins.
Great Things Always Begin From Within.

06) It's Better To Lose Your Ego To The One You Love.
       Than To Lose The   One You Love....... Because Of Ego.

07) A Relationship Doesn't Shine By Just Shaking Hands At The Best Of Times.
       But It
Blossoms By Holding Firmly In Critical Situations.

08) Heated Gold Becomes Ornaments. Betted Copper Becomes Wires. Depleted Stone Becomes Coal.
       So, The More Pain You Get In Your Life The More Valuable You Become.  
09)  When You Trust Someone Trust Him Completely Without Any Doubt... 
        At The End You Would Get One Of The Two: Either A Lesson For Your Life Or A Very Good Person.

An Elevating Idea

Jack Foster in his book "How to get Ideas" tells the following story about getting back to basics to solve problems.

An old office building with just two elevators found itself with an increase in numbers of people using the elevators. The result was that people spent a lot of time having to wait for the elevators to arrive.

There were several options put forward by the management team, such as a new stairwell, an extra elevator, staggered break times, and so on. But these were all impractical or expensive.

So, the manager decided to investigate and get to the bottom of the problem. What she discovered was that people were most irritated by not having anything to do while waiting for the lift to arrive. She decided therefore to put in floor-to-ceiling mirrors. Result? People were quite happy to wait for the elevators as they didn't mind taking a peak at themselves to check their appearance. Problem solved.

Moral: Don't Look for Solutions to Problems Until You Know What the Problem Is.

Thanks to ManageTrainLearn