Monday, April 7, 2014

Why you should delegate duties

One technique you can use to prioritize your time is to identify the tasks that you don’t actually need to perform yourself. Many of us are guilty of trying to do everything on our own. It may be because we feel that it would be faster just to do it ourselves than to try to explain how to do it to someone else. Or maybe we are concerned that no one else will do as good a job as we would. However, none of us has endless time and endless energy. If we can delegate tasks to other people, why not do it?

There are a number of benefits to you, to the person that you delegate your tasks to, and to the organization as a whole when you learn how to properly delegate.

The benefits :

For you For the other person For the organization

Reduced stress

The opportunity to learn something new

Having more than one person who knows how to perform the given task

Additional time to dedicate to tasks that you truly need to work on yourself

The chance to feel useful and part of the team

Adding a new perspective to a situation

Practicing the skill of effective delegation

The chance to show you what they can do and earn accolades for that achievement

Having employees that are less stressed due to sharing their work duties

Adopted from Successful Time Management at www.bookboon.com

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Friday, April 4, 2014

"Three Blind Men and an Elephant"

Blind men and the elephant One day, three blind men happened to meet each other and gossiped a long time about many things. Suddenly one of them recalled, " I heard that an elephant is a queer animal. Too bad we're blind and can't see it."

"Ah, yes, truly too bad we don't have the good fortune to see the strange animal," another one sighed.

The third one, quite annoyed, joined in and said, "See? Forget it! Just to feel it would be great."

"Well, that's true. If only there were some way of touching the elephant, we'd be able to know," they all agreed.

It so happened that a merchant with a herd of elephants was passing, and overheard their conversation. "You fellows, do you really want to feel an elephant? Then follow me; I will show you," he said.

The three men were surprised and happy. Taking one another's hand, they quickly formed a line and followed while the merchant led the way. Each one began to contemplate how he would feel the animal, and tried to figure how he would form an image.

After reaching their destination, the merchant asked them to sit on the ground to wait. In a few minutes he led the first blind man to feel the elephant. With outstretched hand, he touched first the left foreleg and then the right. After that he felt the two legs from the top to the bottom, and with a beaming face, turned to say, "So, the queer animal is just like that." Then he slowly returned to the group.

Thereupon the second blind man was led to the rear of the elephant. He touched the tail which wagged a few times, and he exclaimed with satisfaction, "Ha! Truly a queer animal! Truly odd! I know now. I know." He hurriedly stepped aside.

The third blind man's turn came, and he touched the elephant's trunk which moved back and forth turning and twisting and he thought, "That's it! I've learned."

The three blind men thanked the merchant and went their way. Each one was secretly excited over the experience and had a lot to say, yet all walked rapidly without saying a word.

"Let's sit down and have a discussion about this queer animal," the second blind man said, breaking the silence.

"A very good idea. Very good." the other two agreed for they also had this in mind.
Without waiting for anyone to be properly seated, the second one blurted out, "This queer animal is like our straw fans swinging back and forth to give us a breeze. However, it's not so big or well made. The main portion is rather wispy."

"No, no!" the first blind man shouted in disagreement. "This queer animal resembles two big trees without any branches."

"You're both wrong." the third man replied. "This queer animal is similar to a snake; it's long and round, and very strong."

How they argued! Each one insisted that he alone was correct. Of course, there was no conclusion for not one had thoroughly examined the whole elephant. How can anyone describe the whole until he has learned the total of the parts.

From:
Kuo, Louise and Kuo, Yuan-Hsi (1976), "Chinese Folk Tales," Celestial Arts: 231 Adrian Road, Millbrae, CA 94030, pp. 83-85.

Moral

So oft in theologic wars,
The disputants, I ween,
Rail on in utter ignorance
Of what each other mean,
And prate about an Elephant
Not one of them has seen!

>>>Try to keep the big picture in front of you while looking at the details. It will help you put everything in its proper place.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

A Lesson on Second Coming, Discipleship and Spiritual Leadership

The Cycle of Discipleship
You must enjoy the entire study below:

A Biblical Church


Sunday, March 9, 2014

The Scorpion and the Tortoise

A story is told of a scorpion and a tortoise who were facing a swollen river. The scorpion begged the tortoise to carry him across. "I can't take you on my back," the tortoise replied. "You'd sting me."

"Why would I do that?" the scorpion wanted to know. "You would be my life life raft. If I sting you, we would both drown."

"Well," said tortoise, "since you put it that way, I guess it'll be all right. Hop on."

The scorpion climbed on the tortoise's back and they set out across the river. When they were almost to the shore, the scorpion stung the tortoise. As they were both going down, the tortoise turned up to the scorpion and said, ruefully, "Just tell me this - before we drown - why did you do it? I have to know." The scorpion replied, looking a little regretful, "What can I tell you? I couldn't help myself. It's my nature."

Well, perhaps the scorpion may not be able to help himself, but we can. We must! That sting was the scorpion's defence and it killed him. There are defences that we put up to show how strong we are, but these defences will destroy us. It's alright to cry! It's all right to break down every now and then, it's all right to need a brother or a sister, it's all right to admit you don't have it all together! But all, and in all, we must, individually, continually claim Paul's words as our own. That 'I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.'

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Profanity

It can be easy to forget that all profanity, rumors and dirty jokes are evil. But we are cautioned by Solomon: "The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverse mouth I hate" (v. 13). To love God is to hate evil words.

Talents- do your little with fidelity

"Do not hesitate to work for the Lord because you think you can do but little. Do your little with fidelity; for God will work with your efforts....Your talents will increase as you use them for the Master, and they will be esteemed precious by Him who has bought them with an infinite price. Do not sit down and neglect to do anything, simply because you cannot do some great thing, but do whatever your hands find to do, with thoroughness and energy...." Messages to Young People.