Every company faces the problem of people leaving the company for better pay or profile.
Early this year, Mark, a senior software designer, got an offer from a prestigious international firm to work in its India operations developing specialized software. He was thrilled by the offer.
He had heard a lot about the CEO. The salary was great. The company had all the right systems in place employee-friendly human resources (HR) policies, a spanking new office,and the very best technology,even a canteen that served superb food.
Twice Mark was sent abroad for training. “My learning curve is the sharpest it’s ever been,” he said soon after he joined.
Last week, less than eight months after he joined, Mark walked out of the job.
Why did this talented employee leave ?
Mark quit for the same reason that drives many good people away.
The answer lies in one of the largest studies undertaken by the Gallup Organization. The study surveyed over a million employees and 80,000 managers and was published in a book called “First Break All The Rules”. It came up with this surprising finding:
If you’re losing good people, look to their immediate boss .Immediate boss is the reason people stay and thrive in an organization. And he ‘s the reason why people leave. When people leave they take knowledge,experience and contacts with them, straight to the competition.
“People leave managers not companies,” write the authors Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman.
Mostly manager drives people away?
HR experts say that of all the abuses, employees find humiliation the most intolerable. The first time, an employee may not leave,but a thought has been planted. The second time, that thought gets strengthened. The third time, he looks for another job.
When people cannot retort openly in anger, they do so by passive aggression. By digging their heels in and slowing down. By doing only what they are told to do and no more. By omitting to give the boss crucial information. Dev says: “If you work for a jerk, you basically want to get him into trouble. You don ‘t have your heart and soul in the job.”
Different managers can stress out employees in different ways – by being too controlling, too suspicious,too pushy, too critical, but they forget that workers are not fixed assets, they are free agents. When this goes on too long, an employee will quit – often over a trivial issue.
Talented men leave. Dead wood doesn’t.
“Jack Welch of GE once said. A company’s value lies “between the ears of its employees”.

I’m crazy……. not STUPID!!!

One truck driver was doing his usual delivery to IMH (Institute of mental health).
He discovered a flat tyre when he was about to go home. He jacked up the truck and took the flat tyre down.
When he was about to fix the spare tyre, he accidentally dropped all the bolts into the drain.. As he can’t fish the bolts out, he started to panic.
One patient happened to walk past and asked the driver what happened.
The driver thought to himself, since there’s nothing much he can do; he told the patient the whole incident.
The patient laughed at him said “can’t even fix such a simple problem…. no wonder you are destined to be a truck driver…”
Here’s what you can do, take one bolt each from the other 3 tyres and fix it onto this tyre. Then drive to the nearest workshop and replace the missing ones, easy as that” The driver was very impressed and asked “You’re so smart but why are you here at the IMH?”
Patient replied: “Hello, I stay here because I’m crazy……. not STUPID!!!

What is the secret of Success?

A young man asked Socrates the secret of Success.
Socrates told the young man to meet him near the river the next morning.
They met.
Socrates asked the young man to walk with him towards the river.
When the water got up to their neck, Socrates took the young man by surprise and ducked him into the water.
The man struggled to get out but Socrates was strong and kept him there until he started turning blue.
The young man struggled hard and finally managed to get out and the first thing he did was to gasp and take deep breath. Socrates asked ‘What you wanted the most when you were there?’ The man replied ‘Air’.
Socrates said ‘that’s the secret to success. When you want success as badly as you wanted air, you will get it. There is no other secret’.

Lessons of the Square Watermelon [Real Story]

Japanese grocery stores had a problem. They are much smaller than shops in the USA and therefore don’t have room to waste. Watermelons, big and round, wasted a lot of space. Most people would simply tell the grocery stores that watermelons grow round and there is nothing that can be done about it.
That is how majority of people would respond. But some Japanese farmers took a different approach. If the supermarkets wanted a square watermelon, they asked themselves, ‘How can we provide one?’ It wasn’t long before they invented the square watermelon.
The solution to the problem of round watermelons was not to solve as the farmers did not assume it was impossible  – and simply asked how it could be done.
They found out that if you put the watermelon in a square box when they are growing, the watermelon will take on the shape of the box – and grow into a square fruit.
This made the grocery stores happy and had the added benefit that it was much easier and cost effective to ship the watermelons. Consumers also loved them because they took less space in their refrigerators which are much smaller than those in the US meaning that the growers could charge a premium price for them.
What does this have do with anything in life or at our Job? There are a few Lessons that can you can take away from this story which help you :
Don’t Assume: The major problem was that most people had always seen round watermelons so they automatically assumed that square watermelons were impossible before even thinking about the question.. Things that you have been doing a certain way your entire life have taken on the aura of the round watermelon and you likely don’t even take the time to consider if there is another way to do it. Breaking yourself from assuming this way can greatly improve your overall life as you are constantly looking for new and better ways to do things.
Question habits: The best way to tackle these assumptions is to question your habits. If you can make an effort to question the way you do things on a consistent basis, you will find that you can continually improve the way that you work. Forming habits when they have been well thought out is usually a positive thing, but most of us have adopted our habits from various people and places without even thinking about them.
Be creative: When faced with a problem, be creative in looking for a solution. This often requires thinking outside the box. Most people who viewed this question likely thought they were being asked how they could genetically alter water melons to grow square which would be a much more difficult process to accomplish. By looking at the question from an alternative perspective, however, the solution was quite simple. Being creative and looking at things in different ways in all portions of your live will help you find solutions to many problems where others can’t see them
Look for a better way: The square watermelon question was simply seeking a better and more convenient way to do something. The stores had flagged a problem they were having and asked if a solution was possible. It’s impossible to find a better way if you are never asking the question in the first place. Get into the habit of asking yourself, ‘Is there a better way I could be doing this?’ and you will find there often is
Impossibilities often aren’t : If you begin with the notion that something is impossible, then it obviously will be for you. If, on the other hand, you decide to see if something is possible or not, you will find out through trial and error.   Take away the lessons from the square watermelons and apply them to all areas in your life (work, finances, relationships, etc) and you will find that by consistently applying them, you will constantly be improving all aspects of your life.

Interesting facts from the Forbes rich list

  • There are 1,011 billionaires around the world in 2010, up from 793 last year. Of those 89 are women, up from 72 in 2009.
  • There were 611 billionaires who increased their wealth in the past year. The fortunes of 62 fell, while 77 stayed even. 
  • There are 403 billionaires in the United States with a net worth of $1.3 trillion; this is up from 359 in 2009 and a value of $1.1 trillion. 
  • There are 248 billionaires in Europe with a net worth of $1 trillion, up from 196 billionaires last year with a fortune of $665 billion. 
  • In the Asia-Pacific region there are 234 billionaires worth $729 billion, compared with 130 billionaires in 2009 valued at $357 billion. 
  • The Middle East and Africa have 65 billionaires with a fortune of $181 billion, up from 58 last year worth $156 billion. 
  • The Americas (excluding the United States) accounts for 61 billionaires with a net worth of $304 billion, compared with 50 billionaires last year valued at $175 billion. 
  • There are 97 billionaires making their debut in 2010. 
  • Thirty people have dropped off the list from last year, another 13 died, and 164 returned to the billionaire ranking.

Home Remedies for Hemorrhoids / Piles‏

Dry figs are the most important food remedy for piles. 3-4 figs should be soaked overnight in water and taken empty stomach in the morning along with the water in which they were soaked.
Mango seeds are also effective remedy for bleeding piles. The seeds should be dried and powdered and should be taken in the doses of about one and a half gram to two grams with or without honey. Good Home Remedy for Hemorrhoids / Piles
Diet for haemorrhoids – White radish is also considered highly valuable in the treatment of piles. Grated radish mixed with honey can be taken.
Boil 20g of sesame seeds in 500 ml of water and drink it. This is another effective home remedy for hemorrhoids.
White radish juice with a pinch of salt is also beneficial. It should be taken in doses of 60-90 ml in the morning and evening. Make a paste of well-grounded radish with milk and apply over inflamed piles to get relief from pain and swelling. This is very simple and effective home remedy for hemorrhoids.
Cold-water treatment also helps the veins to shrink and tones up the walls. The treatment should be taken twice a day by sitting in a tub filled with cold-water up to the chin level. Good Home Remedies for Hemorrhoids / Piles
Cold compress applied to the rectal area for about an hour before going to bed at night is also beneficial.
Hemorrhoids treatment – Various yogasanas such as sarvangasana, vipritakarani, halsana and gomukhasana are also useful. Sarvangasana is highly beneficial as it drains the stagnant blood from the anus.
Make a solution of a of powdered Alum in a glass of water and apply frequently. This will give relief and is also good natural remedy for hemorrhoids.
A cup of milk boiled with mashed banana and taken thrice a day is also beneficial for piles.
The jambul fruit is another effective hemorrhoids remedy. The fruits should be taken with salt every morning for 2-3 months in the season.
Roast 1 tbsp of black cumin seeds and mix with 1 tbsp of unroasted black cumin seeds to make a fine powder. Take 1/2 a tsp of this powder with a glass of water at least once in a day. This is also one of the effective natural remedies for hemorrhoids.
Make a mixture of half-teaspoon fresh ginger juice, half-teaspoon fresh limejuice, a tablespoon honey, and a half-teaspoon mint leaves and take this mixture once a day. This is one of the simple and effective Hemorrhoids cure.
Make a fine paste of cumin seeds powder with water and apply to the affectes areas to reduce pain. This is one of the simple and effective hemorrhoids treatment.

How should parents encourage their child to eat?

We all know that a healthy, varied diet is important for our child’s growing needs. But what should you do if your child turns up his nose at just about everything.
Offer your child a wide variety of foods, he will get a balanced diet. It is better for him to eat something that he likes even if you disapprove of it than to eat nothing at all.
If your child refuses to eat fruits and vegetables, try to make them more tempting or more fun, but do not camouflage a detested food by mixing it with something else. The child should eat because he wants to and for no other reason. Encourage your child to feed himself.
– Serve food that is fresh and presented in an attractive way.
– Create a mealtime that is pleasant and relaxed.
– Talk about food; this may encourage a child to eat. Whenever possible, allow children to choose from one or two items on the menu (for example, a choice of peas or carrots for vegetables).
– Give your child the same food you eat.
You should be careful that the child is not overweight. Overweight kids are more likely to remain heavy as adults. This can lead to any number of health problems.
Your child should eat a more balanced diet. Start by setting a good example. If other members of your family commonly eats lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy products, your kids will learn to eat a good diet. Kids tend to copy their parents, so if you eat well, they are more likely to eat well too. Do not get angry and do not panic if the child refuses to eat. If you are concerned about your child’s dietary intake, talk to your doctor or a dietician. Put less on your child’s plate and praise your child for eating even a little. Try to make meals enjoyable and not just about eating. Limit snacks and drinks between meals. Drinking too much liquid can lessen your child’s appetite. This will help ensure that your child is hungry enough to eat solid foods. Do not overfeed. Obesity in children is rarely recognised by parents and is a major health problem.
Children’s tastes change. One day they will hate something and a month later they’ll love it. Fussy eaters are often slow eaters who dawdle over their plate. It is pointless trying to hurry them. Do not lose your cool at dinner. Simply remove the uneaten food.
If you find that these techniques are not working, there are people who can help. A registered dietician who specialises in children’s nutritional needs can assess your situation and provide strategies for dealing with a picky eater.