Topics

Topics

  1. Designer PR?
  2. SA Bands suck?
  3. If I were the boss…
  4. What is the colour of the wind? 27/3
  5. We are afraid of the wrong things. 3/4
  6. We are what we do.  10/4
  7. How do you step from the top of a 100-foot pole? 24/4
  8. No all who wander are lost.  1/5
  9. It is a poor idea to lie to yourself.  8/5
  10. It is better to practice a little than talk a lot. 15/5
  11. Feelings follow behaviour.  22/5
  12. Our greatest strengths are our greatest weaknesses.  29/5
  13. Every day is a good day. 5/6
  14. Write a list:  10 most unexpected consequences of being online. 20/7
  15. “Bunch of animals” is one comment on CPUT strikes in August.  What is yours? 09/08
  16. Personal autonomy  – how far does it extend?  07/09
  17. What motivates me …  14/09
  18. “Rock journalism is people who can’t write interviewing people who can’t talk for people who can’t read” (Frank Zappa) – Comment 21/09
  19. Andy Warhol said, “In the future everybody will be world famous for fifteen minutes”  – You can’t choose the 15 minutes but why would you be world famous. 05/10
  20. “Nothing is more dangerous than an idea, when you only have one idea” (Alain).  12/10
  21. Conventional is a good fallback position 19/10
  22. Watch this space. 26/10

Remember your own topic each week as well.  Now is the time to make your blog your own.

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If I were the boss

If I were the boss…

  • I would reward performance rather than attendance.
  • I would value people who do rather than people who don’t do anything.
  • I would notice those who do the whole job rather than those who do a half job; leaving someone else to pick up the pieces.
  • I would be grateful to those who show initiative rather than those who wait to be told what to do.
  • I would be thankful tor those who tell me what they have done rather than those who wait for me to ask
  • I would learn from those who offer new ways of doing things rather than be bothered by those who repeat endlessly, without rhyme or reason, what has always been done.
  • I would welcome those who question rather than those who do without thinking.
  • I would pay grateful to those who pay attention to detail as they will save me  rather than dismiss them as nit pickers.
  • I would pay attention to the global thinkers rather than try and solve the problems caused by unintended consequence.
  • I would cautious of the arrogant rather than be wary of the cautious.
  • I would praise the independent thinker who wants to achieve rather than favour the brown noser who wants to curry bias.
  • I would respect those who are kind to those who report to them; able to combine understanding with compliance rather than those who use fear and status to get obedience.
  • I would take the time to explain and provide feedback.  Working in isolation or not understanding is detrimental to achieving a mutual satisfactory end goal
  • I would be big on small things and small on big things
  • I would laugh a little each day; at myself, with others, remembering never to take my self seriously while taking my job seriously
  • I would make every day an adventure, an exploration into the unknown.
  • I would make use of my experience to broaden the experience of others
  • I would pay an honest day’s wage for an honest days work
  • I would never think that anyone got up in the morning and went to work wanting to do a bad job.
  • I would get down and grubby and do the dirty work alongside my staff – everyone needs to be real all the time.
  • I would praise my staff at every opportunity in public and I would only reprimand in private after I had found a right thing to praise.
  • I would know each and everyone’s name, the names and ages of their family and their dreams.  I would spend as much time making their dreams come true as I do my own,
  • I would give everyone one chance – to learn, to grow, to apologize – this is not a second chance, but a chance to change and make new mistakes.
  • I would reward monetarily those who make my job easier, better and faster.
  • I would never compare workers – only tell them the standard I want them to achieve.
  • I would value creativity above obedience.

I would, I would – I know I would.   On on the other hand I would fire

  • those who use the team’s efforts as their own while punishing the team for their own inadequacies
  • laziness before incompetence;  competence can be taught.
  • arrogance before lack of confidence because people who lack confidence are more likely to ask and,
  • attitude and ego before willingness.