How to Treat Others – 5 Lessons from Unknown Authors

25 Jan

How to Treat Others

How to Treat Others – 5 Important Lessons

1. First Important Lesson – “Know The Cleaning Lady”

During my second month of college, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions, until I read the last one: “What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?”

Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times. She was tall, dark-haired and in her 50s, but how would I know her name? I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Just before class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our quiz grade.

“Absolutely,” said the professor. “In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say “hello.”

I’ve never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was Dorothy.


2. Second Important Lesson – “Pickup In The Rain”

One night, at 11:30 p.m., an older African American woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway trying to endure a lashing rainstorm. Her car had broken down and she desperately needed a ride. Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car.

A young white man stopped to help her, generally unheard of in those conflict-filled 1960s. The man took her to safety, helped her get assistance and put her into a taxicab.

She seemed to be in a big hurry, but wrote down his address and thanked him. Seven days went by and a knock came on the man’s door. To his surprise, a giant console color TV was delivered to his home.

A special note was attached. It read: “Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway the other night. The rain drenched not only my clothes, but also my spirits. Then you came along. Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying husband’s bedside just before he passed away. God bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving others.”

Sincerely, Mrs. Nat King Cole.

3. Third Important Lesson – “Remember Those Who Serve”

In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10 year-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him. “How much is an ice cream sundae?” he asked. “50¢,” replied the waitress.

The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied the coins in it.

“Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream?” he inquired. By now more people were waiting for a table and the waitress was growing impatient. “35¢!” she brusquely replied.

The little boy again counted his coins. “I’ll have the plain ice cream,” he said. The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table and walked away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and left.

When the waitress came back, she began to cry as she wiped down the table. There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were two nickels and five pennies. You see, he couldn’t have the sundae, because he had to have enough left to leave her a tip.


4. Fourth Important Lesson – “The Obstacles In Our Path”

In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way.

Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded. After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway. The peasant learned what many of us never understand – “Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.”

5. Fifth Important Lesson – “Giving When It Counts”

Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who was suffering from a rare and serious disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her 5-year-old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness. The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and asked the little boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister. I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying, “Yes, I’ll do it if it will save her.”

As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing the color returning to her cheeks. Then his face grew pale and his smile faded. He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, “Will I start to die right away?”.

Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his sister all of his blood in order to save her.

Regards,

Pinal Mehta

Employers now asking for your facebook link

24 Jan

At first glance you would think this is a misprint, but after applying online to a health food store, a young college grad student was asked to provide his Facebook link as part of the application process. Before doing this, he did change his photo, and this is not implying his photo was inappropriate, however really wasn’t what you want a potential employer to view. It was a silly photo of him and his friends on a Merry-Go-Round, not exactly a first impression you want a future employer to view or misunderstand.

In reality, many employers and college admissions are viewing Facebook pages. We don’t need The Social Network movie that took the number one spot for two weeks in a row, to remind us of how powerful the Internet has become.

Just recently, Jessica Bennett, wrote an amazing article for Newsweek – “What The Internet Knows About You.” If you haven’t read it, now would be a good time, and remember to pass it on to your friends and family.

With each passing day your privacy is becoming slimmer and slimmer. When it comes to your safety and the safety of your family, you need to take precautions to insure your cybersafety and your virtual resume. What is your Facebook insurance?

With this information, as the holidays are approaching and many teens will be looking for seasonal help, they may want to take a double-take at their Facebook page. If you are an adult looking for a job, needless to say, it can’t hurt to re-evaluate what you are posting online.
What may seem humorous to you and your friends, could be offensive to others. Privacy is a gift, and how much you want to give is up to you. However give with caution!

Learn more about ways to protect your privacy and protect yourself from identity theft.
Don’t learn the lesson the hard way, “Google Bomb! The Untold Story of the $11.3M Verdict That Changed the Way We Use the Internet,” a story everyone needs to read.

 

CORPORATE LESSON

22 Jan

A crow was sitting on a tree, doing nothing all day

A small rabbit saw the crow, and asked him, “Can I also sit like you and do nothing all day long?”

The crow answered: “Sure, why not.”

So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the  crow, and rested.

All of a sudden, a fox appeared….

Jumped on the rabbit… and ate it.

Moral of the story is….

To be sitting and doing nothing

you must be sitting very, very high up.

Strategy-The Game of Business

22 Jan

Business competition is very similar to sports. In business,teams of individuals face each other in competition for employees,customers, product innovations, and profits—among other goals. The major difference between sports and business is the relevant time frame. Imagine if teams in the National Football League had to play each other every day, from nine to five, with the lunch hour replacing halftime!

As in sports, business organizations that win consistently excel at preparation, planning, and execution. They know their situation, know where they want to go, and determine how best to go there. Maybe more importantly, these organizations have their finger on the pulse of the markets, customers, technologies,and other innovations that may change the rules of the game and the factors that lead to success. And these dominant companies are willing to adjust their game plans accordingly.

Strategy is the business word for game plan.All businesses have strategies, either planned or unplanned.

A Simple Business model– Let’s say we decide to use our grandmother’s recipes to open a restaurant. We figure that since we all loved Grandma’s cooking, others would too.

In order to realize and deliver the promise of the business idea, we must use a package of assets: People, Property, and Relationships. We’ll need a location,tables, chairs, china, silverware, and a lot of restaurant equipment and supplies. We’ll need cooks, waiters and waitresses,dishwashers, and other employees. We’ll need a liquor license, public health certificates, and accounts with food suppliers of meat, produce, and so forth. These assets must then generate income, which is used to refuel the assets (buy more food and pay the staff) and invest in new ideas to keep the business going.

Let’s examine each component of the model. It all begins with a business idea. Now, a business idea is more than just an idea.

A business idea has two defining characteristics—–

First, a good business idea meets an unmet need in the market. The product or service that we offer must satisfy a customer’s unmet need. This may mean a brand-new product or service or service or it may mean finding a way to provide a product or a service at a lower price than is currently available.

Second, a good business idea drives transactions. Whatever product we offer to customers, they must be willing to exchange their money for our product or service. The test of a good business idea is whether people will give up their cash to get our products or services in enough numbers to keep operations going.

Our Grandmother’s restaurant idea, when communicated to the public (by advertising and/or word of mouth), must create a demand for hungry people to select our establishment for lunch or dinner. The ultimate test is whether our business idea will meet the unmet needs of the market in a way that customers will return,again and again—and satisfy our business need to generate income. Once we have a business idea, we must assemble the assets to construct our business. Usually we need money, financial capital.Also we need employees,human capital.

Finally, we need relationships: with suppliers,the government, customers, distributors, and others to make the business work. Linking the business idea with the right asset mix is what creates the power of a business and it’s that link that’s our business strategy. So, while we start with Grandma’s recipes, in putting together our plan, we must make many decisions and undertake many activities. That is, we must construct our strategy. The location, the market we target (families, upscale diners,college students, and so forth), the décor we select, the pricing of our entrées, our wine list, the training and performance of the wait staff, the quality of the foodstuffs, and the preparation of the food—all will play a role in our success.

These strategic decisions we make in building our organization and business model are endless.

#The link between our business idea and the assets we select is our business strategy.

Donkey For Sale : A Mulla Nasruddin Story

21 Jan


Mulla Nasrudin had a good-for-nothing donkey. The donkey was wild, unruly, lazy, and obstinate and would not obey Mulla Nasrudin and all efforts to train the donkey failed. Soon the donkey became such a nuisance that Nasrudin and his wife were fed up of the donkey and wanted to get rid of it, so they decided to sell off their useless donkey and purchase a good one.

So Mulla Nasrudin took his good-for-nothing donkey to the weekly fair where animals were bought and sold by auction.

“I want to sell this good-for-nothing, lazy, useless, disobedient donkey,” Mulla Nasrudin shouted.

A man offered five hundred rupees and Nasrudin was delighted to get this unexpected prize for his useless donkey.

Mulla Nasrudin roamed around the fair and suddenly he saw a huge crowd around an auctioneer who was auctioning a handsomely decked-up donkey wearing a crown.

The auctioneer talked about the donkey’s strong muscles, “look how strong and supple this donkey is – it is so hardy that it can wok tirelessly for hours carrying heavy loads. An excellent beast of burden.”

Someone bid one thousand rupees.

“What? Only a thousand rupees for such an intelligent donkey? You can train him to anything you want and he will learn in a minute. This is a most gentle donkey. Just look at his eyes. You know he’s a wonderful donkey. You can let him carry your children home with full knowledge of the fact that this kind animal will protect them from any harm. For he is a strong loyal friend…” the auctioneer said.

Someone bid three thousand rupees.

The auctioneer continued talking about the donkey’s value and and as he laid it thick and praised the donkey’s qualities the bids started going higher and higher.

The auctioneer went on and on extolling the donkey’s virtues which so impressed Mulla Nasrudin that he suddenly bid ten thousand rupees, won the bid and bought the donkey.

He triumphantly led his prize donkey home and told his wife that he had sold their good-for-nothing useless donkey for rupees five hundred and bought this wonderful new donkey for ten thousand rupees.

Nasrudin’s wife had a close look, realized that the decked-up donkey Nasrudin had bought was their own lazy good-for-nothing donkey and was furious with Mulla Nasrudin and shouted at him, “are you crazy Nasrudin. This is our own useless donkey – you sold it for five hundred rupees and bought it back for ten thousand rupees?”

A stunned, bewildered and baffled Mulla Nasrudin looked closely at the donkey for some time, then recovered his wits, and said, “Maybe I did not appreciate the true worth of my donkey until the auctioneer explained it…”

It’s true, isn’t it?
Sometimes we don’t realize the value of what we have or the worth of those close to us, till someone else appreciates it.

There is a saying in hindi: “Ghar ki Murgi Dal barabar…”
It’s high time to introspect and realise the worth of our near and dear loved ones and friends and value the things that we already possess.

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Regards,

Pinal Mehta

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