Monday, November 22, 2010

Inspiring Poem

I can't remember when was the last time I read a poem. So when I stumbled this, it was absolutely refreshing.

In a world of work madness, we need a poem like this to remind again what's important. Hope you'll enjoy it as much as I did...:)


Don't undermine your worth by comparing
yourself with others.
It is because we are different that each of us is special.
Don't set your goals by what other people
deem important.

Only you know what is best for you.
Don't take for granted the things closest to your heart.
Cling to them as you would your life, for without them
life is meaningless.

Don't let your life slip through your fingers
by living in the past or for the future.
By living your life one day at a time,
you live all the days of your life.

Don't give up when you still have something to give.
Nothing is really over until the moment you stop trying.
Don't be afraid to admit that you are less than perfect.
It is this fragile thread that binds us to each other.
Don't be afraid to encounter risks.

It is by taking chances that we learn how to be brave.
Don't shut love out of your life by saying it's impossible to find.
The quickest way to receive love is to give love.
The fastest way to lose love is to hold it too tightly;
and the best way to keep love is to give it wings.
Don't dismiss your dreams.

To be without dreams is to be without hope;
to be without hope is to be without purpose.
Don't run through life so fast that you forget
not only where you've been, but also where you're going.
Life is not a race, but a journey to be savored
each step of the way.

- Nancye Sims -

Monday, November 15, 2010

Google Did Not Get Their Pay Strategy Right

Moving to staunch the defection of staff to competitors, Google Inc. is giving a 10 percent raise to all of its 23,000 employees…

Chief Executive Eric Schmidt disclosed the raise in an email to employees, saying the company wants to lift morale. "We want to make sure that you feel rewarded for your hard work," Schmidt wrote. "We want to continue to attract the best people to Google."

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At first glance, this seems to be good news to all Google staff. Applause to the management for their generosity, for showing appreciation to their staff and for taking an important step to prevent exodus of staff to other rival companies (rumor has it that many are joining Facebook).

But a closer look reveals something else – if the 10% raise is to apply to all staff regardless of their performance, this strategy might breed more harm than good.

To Abby who has been worried about not meeting her yearly KPI, this news naturally come as a reprieve, perhaps too good to be true. So, it’s okay not to meet my KPI after all? Yippie...back to my Farmville...

To David who has been working hard throughout the past year exceeding his yearly KPI, this news is an insult to him. Ya mean, all my late nights amount to nothing? I certainly deserve a higher raise than that tiny 10%?

You see the problem. A good HR practitioner will point out right away that this pay strategy is a lousy one. The right message is not being sent out.

Watch out, Google. You better get this sorted out fast. Otherwise, without having to put up a fight, Facebook will be winning all the talent over in no time.

How to attract and retain talent?

Monday, November 8, 2010

Busy Or Playing Busy?

The boss is looking my way now. My fingers automatically found the keyboard and started typing away. And I started to frown, my eyes on the computer screen...deep in thoughts.

So, have you finished?

Without lifting my head, "Yup, working on it... "

He walked away.


Faking busy at work is a skill that no one has to teach us. We just picked up along the way. Some are more competent than the others. And some improve along the way and it turn out to be their main job scope after a while. A Pro in the making but not enough to land themselves in Hollywood!

Why the fake? I can think of several reasons but the most common one is that people do not find the joy or meaning of doing real work anymore. They need the pay and the only way to ensure the pay keeps coming is to stick around - by "keeping busy". They don't question their reason for turning up to work except to get paid.

The second common reason is simply because they do not know how to plan their work well. Being busy does not equate being effective. We probably heard this one before but our lazy minds sometimes conveniently shut down and told to leave the thinking job to someone else.

Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing -- Thomas Alva Edison

Take a real good look at our job now. Are we busy accomplishing something meaningful or are we playing busy, blowing precious time away?

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