Thursday, 30 April 2009

Charlie Chaplin -The Series


What they actually mean,

If a barber makes a mistake,
It's a new style
If a driver makes a mistake,
It's a new path

If an engineer makes a mistake,
It's a new venture

If parents make a mistake,
It's a new generation

If a politician makes a mistake,
It's a new law

If a scientist makes a mistake,
It's a new invention

If a tailor makes a mistake,
It's a new fashion

If a teacher makes a mistake,
It's a new theory

If our boss makes a mistake,
It's a new idea

If an employee makes a mistake,
It's a 'Mistake'


Lesson Of LIfe!!!

There was a man who had four sons. He wanted his sons to learn not to judge things too quickly. So he sent them each on a quest, in turn, to go and look at a pear tree that was a great distance away. The first son went in the winter, the second in the spring, the third in summer, and the youngest son in the fall. When they had all gone and come back, he called them together to describe what they had seen.

The first son said, 'The tree was ugly, bent and twisted'.

The second son said, 'No, it was covered with green buds and full of promise'.

The third son disagreed; he said, 'It was laden with blossoms that smelled so sweet and looked so beautiful, it was the most graceful thing I've ever seen'.

The last son disagreed with all of them; he said, 'It was ripe and drooping with fruit, full of life and fulfillment'.

The man then explained to his sons that they were all right, because they had each seen but only one season in the tree's life. He told them that you cannot judge a tree, or a person, by only one season, and that the essence of who they are and the pleasure, joy and love that come from that life can only be measured at the end, when all the seasons are up. If you give up when it's winter, you will miss the promise of your spring, the beauty of your summer, fulfillment of your fall.

Moral lessons: Don't let the pain of one season destroy the joy of all the rest. Don't judge life by one difficult season. Persevere through the difficult patches and better times are sure to come some time or later.

A friend sent this email to me which i find it to be worth reading. Many can benefit from this moral. I am one of them who is actually yearning for some support and encouragement. I have been down lately.... :(

Global survey finds many Malaysian workers having regrets about their career choices made

Almost two thirds of workers in Malaysia say that if given the chance, they would have studied something totally different after leaving school, while one in eight say that they chose the wrong career, according to a new international workplace survey.

The survey, by global recruitment firm Kelly Services, found that many Malaysian workers have concerns about their education – both at school and post school – and many have regrets about the career choices they made.

The global survey sought the views of 115,000 people in 33 countries including more than 2,000 in Malaysia.
The findings show a high level of concern about career choices and directions.

Many people in the workforce do not believe that their education properly prepared them for working life and quite a few a have regrets about the direction that their job has taken them.

Amongst the key findings of the survey:

75% of people wish that they had studied further.
63% of people wish that they had studied something totally different.
13% say that they definitely chose the wrong career, while 21% are 'not sure'.
45% say that their school education did not prepare them well for working life.
29% say that their post-school education did not prepare them well for working life.

The findings throw light on how those in the workforce feel about the quality of their education. Satisfaction with the quality of Malaysia's school system was moderate by international standards with Malaysia ranking equal 20th with the UK on the list of 33 countries with a 45% satisfaction rate, slightly lower that the global average of 49%.

The highest level of support for school education came from India with 69% saying it prepared them well for working life. It was followed by Puerto Rico (67%), Indonesia and Thailand (65%), Poland (63%), Spain (61%), Canada and Hungary (59%), Japan and Mexico (57%).

The lowest rankings were for Sweden (26%), Norway (27%), Denmark (29%), Turkey (30%), Ukraine (37%), Russia and Italy (39%).

People across the globe were much more satisfied with their post-school education, with a global average of 65% saying it prepared them well for working life. Malaysia ranked equal 25th on the international list with 58% approval.

An overwhelming 83% of people agreed with the proposition that post-school/professional education should be more practical and less theoretical.

In Malaysia, 66% of respondents were happy with their career choice, while 13% said they had made the wrong choice and 21% were 'not sure'. Women were much more likely to have doubts about their career choice than men. It is only natural that people reflect in a positive way on what they have done and the extent to which they have achieved their professional goals.

It is to be expected that many wish they had worked harder while at school, college or university. There are also many who have had second thoughts about the career choices they made.

Regrettably, someone who discovers that they are in the wrong career is probably not as productive as they could be and may be missing out on a more fulfilling professional life.

It's also important that people don't over react or set up false expectations in evaluating their study and career choices.

It is now the norm for most employees to have several career changes in the course of a working life, so it's possible for someone who is dissatisfied with their career to do something positive about it.

Both men and women cited financial considerations as the major obstacle to changing career, followed by time and family.

Source: Kelly Services, Global Survey.

How Can You Deal With Difficult People At Work?

From petty disagreements to all out rivalries, nearly all of us know how clashing personalities at work can affect us. Remember that even in the most extreme cases, there's usually a way to deal with that co-worker who always gets under your skin.

If you have to interact with different "characters" in your workplace, follow these tips to deal with them successfully.

The defensive person
We all know "Mr/Ms Perfect" – they are people who can never accept constructive criticism, no matter how you deliver it. They believe their way of doing things are always correct, and nothing you or anyone else can say will ever change their mind.

How to handle them: The best way to approach Mr/Ms Perfect is to give them positive reinforcement before you dish out the negative feedback. Criticize yourself first -- relate to them, and say how you "used to make the same mistake." Avoid definitive words like "never" and "always" and speak collectively, using words like "we" instead of "you." You should also avoid e-mail when you criticize them; doing it in person, face-to-face, will minimize the possibility of a misunderstanding, and will also limit how defensive they can get in response.

The constant arguer
You know that person who speaks up just to hear the sound of their own voice? Of course you do; we all do. This is the person who will dispute even the most rational points, just to be heard. They love to disagree, and always has a problem with what others say.

How to handle them: It might be tempting to put them in their place, but the best thing you can do with a constant arguer is let them finish their point. Don't interrupt them -- let them get it all out. When they’re finished, voice your opinion. Instead of fueling the fire, make your thoughts heard, and the more rational point will always win over. Agree to disagree if you need to. Above all else, always keep your cool.

The "me" person
This is the person who epitomizes ego. They have an inflated sense of themselves and believe that everything always revolves around their needs. They take credit for everything, regardless of whether or not they actually deserve it, especially when it comes to team projects. The ego-obsessed co-worker also believes their problems are always bigger and more important than everyone else's.

How to handle them: Keeping up with the "me" person will take a little extra effort on your part. It's important that you keep your manager aware of your worth and contribution, especially with team projects. Keep records of what you've accomplished, along with names and dates. Don't bother to "run your ideas" by the "me" person anymore. If they’re the type who takes your ideas and pass them off as their own, then it's time to stop making them look good. Like the saying goes, "Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me."

The stubborn person
This is the person who's anything but a team player. They’re too committed to their own ways to ever be open to change and new ideas. Even when it seems obvious to everyone else that their methods are ineffective, they always believe that their way of doing things are the best one. The stubborn person may not always put in the energy to argue with others, but they’re generally an old-fashioned person who is set in their ways.

How to handle them: Cut your losses, and let them go. The one convenient thing about the stubborn person is that if their way of doing things do not pan out, their failure will speak for itself. Of course, if you're feeling generous, you can always try to help. Speak in general terms of how "others" do a certain task so that they’re less likely to take it personally. Then there's always the option of just doing the task yourself. This course of action might undermine them, but it will also prove your point. If possible, make them believe that they’re responsible for the change, and that it's their idea. Propose the idea to them and let them take charge.

The backstabber
This is the person we really hate -- they talk trash about you and your work to others, and they typically do it behind your back. They characterize you as someone who's incompetent and does their very best to make you look bad in front of your co-workers and superiors. Regardless of whether or not it's true, the backstabber is effective in creating the perception that you're as bad as they make you out to be.

How to handle them: The first time you hear about their trash talk, pull the backstabber aside to a private area and let them know that you're aware of what they’re doing. Most people in the office avoid confrontation, so if you let them know that you won't stand for it, they'll pay attention. They may deny the accusations but as long as you get your point across, they'll get the message.

The blame game person
When it comes to playing the blame game, this person is the champion. They never take responsibility for their mistakes and shift the blame onto others, often to an incredibly irrational extent. They fail to realize that the easiest way to impress your co-workers is to admit when you've done something wrong and explore ways to avoid doing so in the future.

How to handle them: When it's appropriate, share the responsibility. Even if a mistake was more their fault than yours, acknowledging what you did wrong will make it easier for the blame game person to admit what they did wrong on their part. When sharing the blame is not appropriate, however, it's important that you make clear to your superior who was at fault for the mishap, even if you have to do it in a private conversation.

The whiner
The whiner is that person who always complains. They’re constantly crossing the delicate line between venting frustration and unconstructive nitpicking. They unleash their cynical attitude onto whoever happens to be around them, whether they want to hear it or not.

How to handle them: Being a whiner is usually embedded into someone's personality, so you probably won't be able to change them. You can, however, minimize your interactions with them. When they start chatting you up about the latest little thing that's getting on their nerves, simply tell them that you're busy. They may take offense, but hey, they need to get the hint.


So you've done your best to deal with a difficult personality, but you still can't seem to shake them off your back. In these extreme cases, you may want consider taking one of the following courses of action.

Avoid them
You don't have to ignore them completely but you should try to steer clear of your irritable coworker as much as possible. If you don't work directly together, don't feel the need to engage in small talk or spend time with them when you don't have to.

Report them
If you've tried to deal with this person on your own to no avail, it may be time to bring up the issue with your superior. This is especially important if the quality of your work is suffering because of the situation.

Turn to human resources
If your superior is ineffective in resolving the situation, you may want to approach someone in your human resources department. These people are trained to handle these types of issues -- it's what they're paid to do.

Ask to be transferred to a different department
If that doesn't work? Well, you can always ask to be relocated within the company. It's an extreme response to an extreme situation, but in some cases, you may have no other choice.


The most important thing you can do for yourself in a situation where you have to deal with a difficult personality is keep your cool. If this person is doing their best to make you look bad, you don't want to help them out. Keep your composure, react maturely and keep an open mind.

Tips to construct a Savvy Online Resume & Job Application email

Many businesses welcome the chance to hire younger, more technology-savvy professionals. Some corporations feel such employees are better equipped for an e-commerce economy. Employers are able to search various candidates with wide range of backgrounds, experiences and salary range with less pre-recruitment cost. Job seekers, on the other hand, are able to post their appliction online free of cost as various free file hosting providers exist on the world wide web. Together, we (employers and job seekers) thank the internet for providing such widely searchable informations.

Job portals provide candidates with a larger and varied number of opportunities and enhanced geographical reach. They also offer an excellent method to gather information about:

How employees and candidates rate an employer as a place to work?
Comparable salaries and benefits
Whether a company excels in its field
A company’s products, services and internal statistics
On the other hand, it is a fact that the influence of the internet is a mixed bag for hirers. Resumes obtained through internet sites tend to be less informative than those referred by an associate who has had a chance to learn more about the candidate’s background and salary history. The absence of screening means the employer must perform this HR function or hire a background-checking company to do it, although entering information electronically speeds up the hiring process of course.

Considering the following factors about using the web for employment search, many people believe that job hunting over the net has inherent problems:

Your current employer may see your online resume
Once posted, your resume may languish in cyberspace
The sites list more entry-level than mid-level or upper-level positions
It is hard to stand out in a medium that delivers thousands of resumes
Although it is easier to find out more general information about a company, it may be difficult to obtain specific information about the position or the hiring manager so you can refine your resume accordingly.
Here are tips for your savvy job application e-mail, cover letter, resume, follow up notes and its follow up.

Your cover letter

Send one that briefly states the ways in which your qualifications meet the ad specifications
When doing this electronically, your e-mail is the cover letter and you should set off the text of the resume with [begin resume] and [end resume], in brackets
If your e-mail address does not sound professional, don’t use it. (i.e.: an e-mail address that refer to partying, gamming, or such)
There is no way to control typographic outcome with an e-mail, but you can display the ultimate appearance by styling all your copy flush left and never using tabs
Do not send an attachment; people often don’t open these unless they know the sender
You resume

Structure it, remind the interviewer of your qualifications after you’re gone and justify a hiring decision to others
It must be error free
If it is longer than one page, introduce all the important points first. It should be long enough to tell the reader what you have to offer and short enough that it leaves the reader wanting to know more
Besides making it past clerks to find its way to the person who’s hiring, a resume posted electronically must be picked up by search engines
You should aware, search engines scan for nouns rather than verbs, select keywords carefully, make sure they accurately represent your skills. Tailor some tags words. If you list keywords separately to increase the efficiency of the search, place them at the end of your resume to get their full benefit. For instant, It might look like this: Keywords: attest, analyst, audit, tax, accounting, etc.
Bury most popular software skills that you are familiar with related to the targeted position, but an outdated one still suitable for a potential employer
Your follow-up note

Although a post-interview thank-you note is not absolutely necessary, it is still a good manner to put it. It sets you apart, helps the employer remember you and indicates good people skills.

Your 2 key follow-ups:

If you provide prospective employers with cell phone, do not answer until you are in an appropriate location and have time to devote to the call
Discussing your career path while you are sitting next to children at play, eating at a noisy 'mamak' or racing through traffic may not make the impression you want.

Friday, 10 April 2009

Chanakya's quotes - relevent even today!!

If Chanakya lived today, people will just deride him as pessimistic, crooked, wily, etc.

A person should not be too honest. Straight trees are cut first and Honest people are victimized first. --applies even outside politics. Look at road accidents, majority of the people killed were just following the law when some duffer drove either drunk or rashly or both.

Even if a snake is not poisonous, it should pretend to be venomous.

Never share your secrets with anybody. It will destroy you.

There is some self-interest behind every friendship. There is no Friendship without self-interests. This is a bitter truth. --What will proponents of the "unsinkable ship" say?? There's a reason why USA is best friends with Pakistan ;-) and why Thirumavalavan is friends with Ramadas?

As soon as the fear approaches near, attack and destroy it.

Once you start a working on something,don't be afraid of failure and don't abandon it. People who work sincerely are the happiest.

The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind. But the goodness of a person spreads in all direction. --so does the stench of corruption in India.

A man is great by deeds, not by birth. --!!!

Treat your kid like a darling for the first five years. For the next five years, scold them. By the time they turn sixteen, treat them like a friend. Your grown up children are your best friends. --advice to all dads, old and new.

Books are as useful to a stupid person as a mirror is useful to a blind person.

Education is the best friend. An educated person is respected everywhere. Education beats the beauty and the youth.

The largest dead snake ever found, over 50 feet.