Logical solution – (cool thinking)

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Never underestimate your Clients’ Complaint, no matter how funny it might seem!

This is a real story that happened between the customer of General Motors and its Customer-Care Executive. Please read on…..

A complaint was received by the Pontiac Division of General Motors:

‘This is the second time I have written to you, and I don’t blame you for not answering me, because I sounded crazy, but it is a fact that we have a tradition in our family of Ice-Cream for dessert after dinner each night, but the kind of ice cream varies so, every night, after we’ve eaten, the whole family votes on which kind of ice cream we should have and I drive down to the store to get it. It’s also a fact that I recently purchased a new Pontiac and since then my trips to the store have created a problem….

You see, every time I buy a vanilla ice-cream, when I start back from the store my car won’t start. If I get any other kind of ice cream, the car starts just fine. I want you to know I’m serious about this question, no matter how silly it sounds “What is there about a Pontiac that makes it not start when I get vanilla ice cream, and easy to start whenever I get any other kind?” The Pontiac President was understandably skeptical about the letter, but sent an Engineer to check it out anyway.

The latter was surprised to be greeted by a successful, obviously well educated man in a fine neighborhood. He had arranged to meet the man just after dinner time, so the two hopped into the car and drove to the ice cream store. It was vanilla ice cream that night and, sure enough, after they came back to the car, it wouldn’t start.

The Engineer returned for three more nights. The first night, they got chocolate. The car started. The second night, he got strawberry. The car started. The third night he ordered vanilla. The car failed to start.

Now the engineer, being a logical man, refused to believe that this man’s car was allergic to vanilla ice cream. He arranged, therefore, to continue his visits for as long as it took to solve the problem. And toward this end he began to take notes: He jotted down all sorts of data: time of day, type of gas uses, time to drive back and forth etc.

In a short time, he had a clue: the man took less time to buy vanilla than any other flavor. Why? The answer was in the layout of the store. Vanilla, being the most popular flavor, was in a separate case at the front of the store for quick pickup. All the other flavors were kept in the back of the store at a different counter where it took considerably longer to check out the flavor.

Now, the question for the Engineer was why the car wouldn’t start when it took less time. Eureka – Time was now the problem – not the vanilla ice cream!!!! The engineer quickly came up with the answer: “vapor lock”.

It was happening every night; but the extra time taken to get the other flavors allowed the engine to cool down sufficiently to start. When the man got vanilla, the engine was still too hot for the vapor lock to dissipate.

Even crazy looking problems are sometimes real and all problems seem to be simple only when we find the solution, with cool thinking.

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3 Health Benefits Of Garlic For Men.

3 Health Benefits of Garlic for MenGarlic plays a critical role in many different aspects of human health. It is incredibly healthy for both men and women, but there are some health benefits of garlic that apply specifically to men. Here are 3 health benefits of garlic for men:

Prostate Cancer Prevention
Studies show that regular consumption of garlic may lead to a reduced risk of prostate cancer. According to several studies, garlic may prevent and slow the growth of prostate cancer cells.

One study done in China found that men who consumed higher levels of garlic (and scallions) was linked to about a 50 percent lower risk of prostate cancer. Raw garlic is considered to be the best way to consume garlic for anti-cancer benefits.

Heart Health
Garlic compounds are turned into hydrogen sulfide, a chemical that relaxes blood vessels and increases blood flow and circulation. Research shows that hydrogen sulfide plays a key role in the prevention of heart disease and heart attack. One study done at UCLA found that people taking garlic extract had the progression of plaque buildup in their arteries slowed by 50 percent compared to people not taking garlic.

Treat Impotence & Increase Sex Drive
Garlic may increase testosterone levels and improve blood circulation, and stimulates the body’s production of nitric oxide synthase enzyme, all of which can improve sex drive and help with impotence.

Read more at http://www.healthdiaries.com/

9 Health Benefits of Limes.

9 Health Benefits of LimesLimes are a citrus fruit. While the sour lime is the most common in the United States, there are also varieties of sweet limes. Lime juice is used in all types of food preparation (our favorite is in guacamole!) as well as in cocktails, skin creams, disinfectants, candies, oils, toothpastes and more. Limes were essential to maintaining the health of the British navy during the 19th century because their vitamin C content prevented scurvy. This is why British sailors are called Limeys. Here are 9 health benefits of limes:

Cancer Prevention
Limes contain limonoid, a compound believed to have anti-carcinogen effects. These compounds are thought to help prevent skin, mouth, stomach, breast, lung and other types of cancer. An article published in the “Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry” noted that limonin has been proven to induce cancer cell death. Limes are also a potent source of antioxidants, particularly vitamin C. Antioxidants reduce the risk of cancer by preventing free radical damage to the cells and DNA. Limes may have anti-inflammatory properties that can slow the risk of chronic inflammation, another high risk factor for developing cancer.

High In Antioxidants
Limes are a great source of vitamin C and other phytonutrients and flavonoids with antioxidant properties. Antioxidants are key in neutralizing free radical activity that damages the cells and DNA and can increase the risk of cancer, heart disease and premature aging.

High In Vitamin C

Just a quarter cup of lime juice contains over 46% the DV of vitamin C. Vitamin C is one of the most important vitamins and antioxidants in human health. It helps boost the immune system, supports heart health, wards off sickness and disease and protects the eyes from conditions like cataracts.

Antibiotic
One of the flavonoid compounds found in limes are believed to have powerful antibiotic properties. Studies in west Africa found that the daily addition of limes into the diet of villagers helped reduce the occurrence of cholera.

Immunity Booster
The vitamin C in limes helps to boost immunity and offer long term support for the immune system. It may help to prevent the flu and the common cold as well as reduce the risk of chronic diseases like cancer.

Anti-Inflammatory
Vitamin C and many of the other phytonutrient compounds in limes have anti-inflammatory effects. Limes may be useful in lowering the risk of conditions related to chronic inflammation like arthritis, asthma, and heart disease.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Prevention
A study of more than 20,000 people published in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases found that subjects who consumed more vitamin C rich foods like limes were far less likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis and related arthritic conditions. Subjects who ate the least amount of foods with vitamin C were three times more likely to develop arthritis.

Heart Health
Antioxidants like vitamin C are often associated with a reduced risk of heart attack and heart disease. Foods that have potent anti-inflammatory properties are also believed to help support the cardiovascular system.

Eye Health
Vitamin C is essential to the proper function of the eyes. Vitamin C deficiency can lead to cataracts and other eye conditions. Maintaining good vitamin C levels by eating citrus like limes and lime juice is a good way to maintain proper eye health.

Read more at http://www.healthdiaries.com/

4 Steps to Successful Brainstorming

BrainstormAlmost everybody does brainstorming wrong, Ralph Keeney says, and turns it into an enormous waste of time. He wants to tell you how to do it right.

An emeritus professor at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business and a consultant to such diverse organizations as the Department of Energy and, just last month, a German power company with $40 billion in revenues, Keeney has devoted his career to a discipline called “decision science,” helping companies and government agencies bring focus and rigor to their decision-making process so that they can waste less time spinning their wheels and instead get clear on their objectives before they try to meet their goals. Thirteen years ago he penned a book, still in print, called Value-Focused Thinking: A Path to Creative Decision-Making, which says that most corporate executives put the cart before the horse. Instead of parsing the objectives they hope to achieve, they direct their energy at coming up with solutions to broadly-stated problems.

“When most people do brainstorming, they run all over the place and think outside the box,” he says. “I think they should think inside the box—the right-sided box.”

His latest paper, published in the December issue of a journal called Decision Analysis, spells out what he believes is the right approach. In Germany for instance, the company he counseled is trying to cope with a vastly changed energy landscape, where nuclear power will be banned as of 2022, coal emissions restricted, and by 2020 at least 20% of the company’s energy must come from non-carbon-emitting sources. “The company has to change phenomenally in order to exist 10 years out,” he says.

Instead of packing executives into a conference room and brainstorming solutions, Keeney met for one hour each with 19 top people, including the CEO. He pressed them on what they thought the company’s objectives were. Then he compiled a list of 450 things the executives wanted to achieve. He took the hundreds of objectives and boiled them down to 40 major goals, with 200 subsets. Why? Because, as his paper says, before you brainstorm, it’s essential to go through the process of analyzing and focusing on objectives. Here are Keeney’s four steps to effective brainstorming:

1. Lay out the problem you want to solve.
This may be easier said than done. Keeney describes a doctoral student who is at sea while trying to come up with a dissertation topic and advisor. The student grasps for ideas with only the vaguest idea of a goal, stated as negatives rather than positives. “I don’t think I could do it,” “it is not interesting to me,” “it seems too hard,” and “it would be too time consuming.” Then finally someone suggests an idea that doesn’t have any of those negatives. The doctoral student grabs the topic. But Feeney says this is a poor way to make a major decision. Instead the student should keep pushing until they come up with at least five more alternatives, and then, considering all those, “identify your objectives for your dissertation, evaluate the alternatives and select the best.” It will be well worth the effort.

2. Identify the objectives of a possible solution.
This is what Keeney did for the German energy company and what he’s done for several government agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security and the energy department. It’s not easy and it takes time but if you can approach your goals critically and hone in on what you want to achieve, your brainstorming session will be much more effective.

Feeney offers a great example of this process. David Kelley, the founder of renowned design firm IDEO, wanted to design a product that would enable cyclists to transport and drink coffee while they were riding. A couple of ways to describe what he wanted to design: “spill-proof coffee cup lids,” or “bicycle cup holders.” But a much better description is the following objective: “helping bike commuters to drink coffee without spilling it or burning their tongues.” Keeney likes this statement because it clearly lays out IDEO’s objectives, to help bike commuters 1) drink coffee, 2) avoid spills, 3) not burn their tongues. He even contributes a few objectives of his own: avoid distractions while biking, don’t contribute to accidents, keep the coffee hot and minimize costs. Going into that much detail before brainstorming about ways to design the cup holder makes IDEO much more likely to succeed.

3. Try to generate solutions individually.
Before heading into a group brainstorming session, organizations should insist that staffers first try to come up with their own solutions. One problem with group brainstorming is that when we hear someone else’s solution to a problem, we tend to see it as what Feeney calls an “anchor.” In other words, we get stuck on that objective and potential solution to the exclusion of other goals. For instance, when Feeney was consulting with a cell phone maker years ago, the company had numerous objectives. It wanted to produce a lightweight phone that also had GPS capabilities (Feeney did this consulting gig some time ago, but he insists the example remains illustrative). When company executives got together to brainstorm ideas about how to build a better phone, one person brought up the issue of weight. Suddenly everyone became fixated on that idea and forgot about their other objectives. Coming into a meeting with potential solutions reduces the risk that participants will get bogged down on one objective.

4. Once you have gotten clear on your problems, your objectives and your personal solutions to the problems, work as a group.

Though he acknowledges that it’s a challenge not to “anchor” on one solution in a brainstorming session, Keeney believes that if participants have done their homework, clarifying the problem, identifying objectives, and individually trying to come up with solutions, a brainstorming session can be extremely productive.

At the end of the paper, he describes a 2008 workshop he held to try to come up with ways to improve evacuations in large buildings in case of a terrorist attack, based on a recommendation from the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Keeney brainstormed for two-and-a-half days with 30 people with expertise in everything from firefighting and building codes to handicapped people and human behavior. The result, after going through Keeney’s four-step process: a list of 300 new alternative ways to speed evacuation. Then the participants evaluated the many ideas, which included using cell phone alarms to guide people to exits and building linked sky bridges on every fifth floor. The hope, of course, is that these solutions will never be tested. But Keeney’s brainstorming method helped the group find effective suggestions.

[Forbes.com]

6 Weird Things that Affect Your Relationship.

relationship imageRecently, research revealed that how much sleep you get (or don’t) majorly affects your bond with your guy. But a lack of shut-eye isn’t the only thing that can sabotage your love life. Here are six more weird factors-all backed up by scientific studies-that can totally eff with your relationship.

By Natasha Burton

1. Your Weight
Looking at nearly 200 newlywed couples, the University of Tennessee found that both men and women are more satisfied in their relationships when the woman’s BMI was lower than the man’s. While the study ruled out other factors like depression and income, which could have skewed the results, these findings are certainly not a reason to drop pounds. After all, the happiest relationships are those when both partners love and accept each other at any size, right?

2. Your Guy’s Parents
According to a study at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research, couples have a 20 percent higher chance of breaking up when a woman is BFF with her guy’s parents. So, if you’re not super close with your man’s mom… that might actually be a good thing.

3. Your Commute
Slogging through traffic morning and night seriously ups your stress levels-which in turn can totally affect your home life, according to research from Umeå University in Sweden. In fact, the risk of breaking up increases 40 percent if you have to commute to work every day.

4. Your Contraception
Taking the Pill helps prevent pregnancy-and maybe breakups as well. According to one study, women who were on the Pill when they met their partners are more likely to remain in their relationships than those who weren’t. The reason? Researchers concluded that those not on the Pill tend to judge potential boyfriends by more superficial qualities-like how good looking and good in bed they are-causing those relationships to end quicker.

5. Your Cell
Obviously, texting your mom while your guy’s trying to tell you about his day is beyond rude, but the University of Essex found that your smartphone can put a damper on your relationship even when you’re not using it. Couples who had heart-to-hearts with their cells nearby reported that they felt less trust in (and empathy from) their partners.

6. Your Dog
A U.K. study found that owning a pet might screw with your dating life. After surveying single men and women about how they’d feel dating someone with a furry friend, a whopping 28 percent said they’d never shack up with a dog owner. Lame sauce.

[yahoonews.com]

Buffett buying Heinz for $23.3B

NEW YORK — Billionaire Warren Buffett is dipping
into the ketchup business as part of a $23.3 billion
deal to buy H.J. Heinz Co., uniting a legend of
American investing with a mainstay of grocery store
shelves.
It’s the largest deal ever in the food industry and is
intended to help Heinz accelerate its transformation
into a global business. The company, based in
Pittsburgh, also makes Classico pasta sauces, Ore-
Ida potatoes and Smart Ones frozen meals.

Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway and its partner on
the deal — 3G Capital, the investment firm that
bought Burger King in 2010 — say Heinz will
remain headquartered in Pittsburgh.
Heinz CEO William Johnson said at a news
conference that taking the company private would
give Heinz the flexibility to make decisions more
quickly, without the burden of having to report
quarterly earnings.
Last year, Heinz had sales of $11.6 billion, with
ketchup and sauces accounting for just less than
half of that. Given the saturated North American
market, it has increasingly been looking overseas
for growth. In 2010, for example, the company
bought Foodstar, which makes Master brand soy
sauce and fermented bean curd in China. Heinz
expects emerging markets to account for a quarter
of the company’s sales this year.
At a news conference following the announcement,
Johnson said the deal got under way eight weeks
ago when managing partners from 3G Capital
visited him for lunch. The men were familiar with
each other
because Heinz is a supplier for Burger King.
Buffett said on CNBC Thursday morning that 3G’s
billionaire co-founder Jorge Lemann approached him
about the Heinz deal on a plane they were on in
early December.
Buffett did not immediately respond to a message
from The Associated Press on Thursday. But he has
recently said that he’s been hunting for elephant-
sized deals.
Locally, Berkshire Hathaway owns Milford-based
CTB Inc., which designs and produces equipment for
the grain, poultry, hog and egg industries, and RV
manufacturer Forest River of Elkhart.
Berkshire’s biggest acquisition ever was its $26.3
billion purchase of BNSF railroad in 2010. Before
that, it was the $16 billion stock purchase of
reinsurance giant General Re in 1998

[www.southbendtribune.com]

NEWS/ Marc Jacobs Reveals Fabulous Diet Coke Can

Always wanted a Marc Jacobs piece, but couldn’t
afford one of his designer duds?
Then you’re in luck, because the fashion icon has
just debuted an affordable new line—of Diet Coke
cans
, that is.
That’s right, just a week after showing off his abs in
a sexy ad for the soft drink giant, the designer—and
newly appointed Diet Coke 2013 creative director—
has unveiled three limited-edition cans.

And his creations, inspired by female empowerment
in the ’80s, ’90s and ’00s, are just as fabulous as his
clothing collections. Take the ’90s-inspired can,
which features his signature swallow print and a
glam model in a punch-colored cocktail dress.
Darling bow ties decorate his ’80s design, which
includes a model is a sharp tux with the decade’s
trademark strong shoulder silhouette, while the
final can in the series stars gal in a trendy mixed-
print outfit that combines classic stripes with a
playful houndstooth pattern.
Even if Diet Coke isn’t your thing, we think it’s fair
to say you’ll find these cans are refreshing, thanks
to Jacobs’ designs. The first set of designer divas is
slated to hit shelves in Europe next month.
Which Marc Jacobs Diet Coke can is your fave? Tell us in the comments!

[eonline.com]

Citychops.com – The online Food ordering service.

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CityChops.com is a free online food ordering
service that allows customers to choose from a
variety of restaurants in Lagos Nigeria and order meals for
pick up or delivery. With times changing and the
need for quick and simple solutions for the average
Nigerian, CityChops.com allows you to order food
from wherever you are.
From the comfort of your home, office or backseat
of your car, 1) select a restaurant, 2) choose your
meal, 3) decide whether you want it to be delivered
or picked up and let us do the rest! Users can search
by location, cuisine, restaurant name or food item
and we’ll filter your options for you. We allow you
the flexibility to pay online or when your food
arrives. It couldn’t be simpler!

http://www.citychops.com

Pope Benedict Steps Down: Full Text Of His Resignation Letter

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For the first time in almost 600 years a sitting Pope has resigned, leaving the leadership of the Catholic Church, one of the world’s richest and most powerful organizations–religious or secular–in transition.

Citing his failing health, Pope Benedict XVI, announced to Cardinals that he was no longer able to lead the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics and would step down on Feb. 28.

Benedict, a German, was, at 78, the oldest Pope ever installed as the leader of Catholic Church. Now 85, and in frail health, Benedict said in a statement this morning that to lead the church, “strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me.”

(full text below).

Few positions on Earth are as powerful and influential as leadership of the Catholic Church. Pope Benedict ranked 5th this year on our annual list of the World’s Most Powerful people trailing only US President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russian President Vladimir Putin and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates.

At the National Catholic Register, Thomas Reece explains that while the move is certainly legal (though rare–only 10 Popes have ever resigned in the history of the Church) “Most modern popes have felt that resignation is unacceptable,” writes Reece. “As Paul VI said, paternity cannot be resigned. In addition, Paul feared setting a precedent that would encourage factions in the church to pressure future popes to resign for reasons other than health.”

Here’s the full text of Pope’s statement, as presented on the Vatican web site:

Dear Brothers,

I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church. After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry. I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering. However, in today’s world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to govern the barque of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me. For this reason, and well aware of the seriousness of this act, with full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter, entrusted to me by the Cardinals on 19 April 2005, in such a way, that as from 28 February 2013, at 20:00 hours, the See of Rome, the See of Saint Peter, will be vacant and a Conclave to elect the new Supreme Pontiff will have to be convoked by those whose competence it is.

Dear Brothers, I thank you most sincerely for all the love and work with which you have supported me in my ministry and I ask pardon for all my defects. And now, let us entrust the Holy Church to the care of Our Supreme Pastor, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and implore his holy Mother Mary, so that she may assist the Cardinal Fathers with her maternal solicitude, in electing a new Supreme Pontiff. With regard to myself, I wish to also devotedly serve the Holy Church of God in the future through a life dedicated to prayer.

From the Vatican, 10 February 2013

BENEDICTUS PP XVI


[forbes.com]

The World in 2033: Big Thinkers And Futurists Share Their Thoughts

Put yourself back in 1993. Could you have
predicted the success of the web, tablets and
smartphones, privatized space travel, the rise of
terrorism, or the myriad of small changes that
impact how you live today? To do that going
forward and to predict our world in 2033, you need
the voices of the smartest minds on the planet to
spot trends in their areas of discipline and give us
insight into where we are heading. Interviewed,
and quoted directly for this piece are just such a
group of visionaries, leaders, and big thinkers like:
Ray Kurzweil on Technology
Robert Kaplan on Global Conflict
Khan Academy on Education
Virgin Galactic on Space Travel
Oliver Bussmann on The Global Workforce
John Allen on Religion
Dr. Gene Robinson on Global Climate, and
Bonus insights from an aspiring leader
Whether you just read your favorite author, research your area of interest, download the supplemental deck, or view them all together, you will see that these visionaries agree on two things: there will be change – sometime dramatic change –
in our future, and there is . . . hope.
On Technology: Ray Kurzweil
“20 years from now, biotechnology –
reprogramming biology as an information
process – will be in a mature phase. We will
routinely turn off genes that promote disease and
aging such as the fat insulin receptor gene that tells
the fat cells to hold onto excess fat. We will be
able to add genes that protect us from diseases
such as cancer and heart disease. Major killers
such as these will be under control. We will be
growing new organs from stem cells that are
created from our own skin cells. We will be able to
rejuvenate our organs in place by gradually
replacing aging cells that contain genetic errors and
short telomeres with cells containing our own DNA
but without errors and with extended telomeres.
Overall we will be adding more than a year every
year to your own remaining life expectancy, which
will represent a turning point in life extension.
We will be online all the time in virtual / augmented
reality. We won’t be looking at devices such as
tablets and phones. Rather, computer displays will
be fully integrated with real reality. Three-
dimensional pop ups in your visual field of view will
give background information about the people you
see, even a tip that someone just smiled at you
while you weren’t looking. The virtual display can
fully replace your real field of view putting you into
a totally convincing fully immersive virtual
environment. In these virtual environments, you
can be a different person with a different body for
each occasion. Your interactions with the realistic
virtual projections of other people will also be
completely convincing.
Search engines won’t wait for you to ask for
information. They will know you like a friend and
will be aware of your concerns and interests at a
detailed level. So it will pop up periodically and
offer something like “You’ve expressed concern
about Vitamin B12 getting into your cells, here’s
new research from four seconds ago that provides a
new approach to doing that.” You’ll be able to talk
things over with your computer, clarifying your
needs and requests just like you’re talking with a
human assistant.
Artificially intelligent entities will be operating at
human levels meaning they will have the same
ability to get the joke, to be funny, to be sexy, to be
romantic. However, the primary application of this
technology will be to improve our own ability to do
these things.”
Raymond “Ray” Kurzweil is an American author,
inventor, futurist, and director of engineering at
Google. For additional insights, go to
http://www.kurzweilai.net
On Global Conflict: Robert D. Kaplan
“In 2033, global conflict will be widespread and
chaotic, but not necessarily more violent. Rather
than the post-Ottoman state system in the Middle
East with hard borders and suffocating central
control, there will be a series of weak states and
sectarian and ethnic regions in tense relationships
with each other. For example, Mosul in Iraq will
have more in common with Damascus in Syria than
with Baghdad, even as Aleppo in Syria has more in
common with Baghdad in Iraq than with Damascus
itself. There will be an independent and
decentralized Kurdistan, a more feisty ethnic Azeri
region in northwestern Iran, even as Jordan and the
West Bank meld together.
In China there will be an ethnic-Han island in the
center and Pacific coast living in reasonable
harmony with virtually independent Inner Mongolia,
Muslim-Turkic Uighurstan, and Tibet. Chinese
Yunnan will be the capital of Southeast Asia. Africa
will have a green revolution, while at the same
time Nigeria pulverizes into several pieces.
In short, the next few decades will see the erosion
of central authority in the former colonial world,
which will be somewhat violent at first, before
settling down into a reasonable harmony.
Geography will be more crucial than ever, even as
technology makes the earth smaller and more
claustrophobic.”
Robert David Kaplan is an American journalist,
(currently a National Correspondent for The Atlantic
magazine), chief geopolitical analyst at Stratfor,
and author “The Revenge of Geography.” For
additional insights, go to http://www.RobertDKaplan.com.
On Education: Khan Academy
“Global Access: In twenty years, almost everyone
on the planet will have access to the world’s best
educational materials. Almost every subject will be
available for free online. A child in Mongolia would
be able to learn anything from Algebra to String
Theory to Greek History.
Personalized learning: Students won’t be forced to
learn in a “one-size-fits-all” model with everyone
the same age learning the same thing at once.
Rather, technology will allow the system to adjust
to every student’s needs. A 35-year old would
easily be able to brush up on Trigonometry. A 4th
grader would be able to learn Algebra. Everyone
will be able to focus on their own needs.
Interactive classrooms: Teachers will spend less
time lecturing, and much more time mentoring.
Classrooms will be highly engaging environments
with almost all time spent on valuable human
interactions (e.g., mentorship, peer tutoring) and
more hands-on, cross-disciplinary, project-based
learning.
Competency-based credentials: Students will be
able to prove what they know, not by seat-time, but
with competency-based credentials. An out-of-work
40 year old would not need to go back to school and
pile up thousands of dollars of debt before
employers took him seriously. Instead, he would be
able to take an accounting course online for free,
prove what he knows, and get a job.”
Shantanu Sinha is President and COO of Khan
Academy, a not-for-profit with the goal of changing
education for the better by providing a free world-
class education for anyone anywhere. For additional
insights, go to http://www.khanacademy.org.
On Space Travel: Virgin Galactic
“Over the next 20 years, I believe thousands, and
perhaps even millions, of private individuals will
travel to space. Since the dawn of the space age,
just over 500 men and women have been to outer
space. With only a few recent exceptions, these
men and women have all been government
employees, handpicked by space agencies such as
NASA and trained to an enormous degree. Their
missions are worthwhile and worthy of our
gratitude and admiration, but it is critical to realize
that for the overwhelming majority of us,
government space programs are not our ticket to
space. The challenge of sending individuals to
space is being taken up by private companies,
which have both tools and motives those
government agencies may not have. Recently,
several entrepreneurs have started new businesses
expressly designed to tackle this problem.
Such future space travel won’t be enjoyed only by
adventurers. As we progress through the
21st century, spaceflight may become nearly as
common for travelers as taking a plane trip became
for millions across the world during the 20th. The
technology that permits flights into space will also
allow passengers to fly to far-flung places on Earth
in record time. By traveling out of the Earth’s
atmosphere for a small amount of time, a non-stop
trip from New York to Sydney might take two to
three hours instead of the 20-hour, multi-leg trip
required today. Furthermore, I believe air travel will
be more environmentally friendly. Airlines ferrying
passengers on regional routes will run small, short-
hop planes on battery cells.
Now is a fascinating time for the commercial space
industry. It is inspiring to see business leaders from
different sectors applying their best ideas and
practices to the unique challenges of spaceflight.
The next 20 years hold exciting, unexplored
territory for the people of the world.”
George Whitesides is President and CEO of Virgin
Galactic with plans to provide sub-orbital
spaceflights to space tourists, suborbital launches
for space science missions and orbital launches of
small satellites. For additional insights, go to
http://www.VirginGalactic.com.
On The Global Workforce: Oliver Bussmann
“Over the past 20 years we have gone from the
early stages of Internet to a fully connected world.
By 2033, a “born-mobile” workforce will be
constantly connected to both work and home life,
using devices that are wearable – or even
implantable. Collaboration with others around the
world will be as natural as speaking, and physical
workspaces will be strictly optional.
Leadership structures will become increasingly flat,
as roles shift based on each individual’s strengths
and capabilities. Many decisions will become
automated, using increasingly sophisticated
analytical tools, allowing people to focus on
creative endeavors that are uniquely human.”
Oliver Bussmann is the CIO for SAP AG, the
German multinational software corporation that
makes enterprise software to manage business
operations and customer relations. For additional
insights, follow Oliver on Twitter @SAPCIO or on
LinkedIn
On Religion And The Papacy: John Allen
“First, it will be increasingly led from the global
south, where two-thirds of the 1.1 billion Catholics
on the planet live today, and where three-quarters
will be found by mid-century. Places such as
Mumbai, Manila and Abuja will be to the 21st
century what Paris, Leuven and Milan were to the
16th century – the primary centers of new
intellectual imagination, pastoral leadership, and
political momentum. As that transition unfolds,
Catholicism on the global stage will become
increasingly a church of the poor and a church
committed to the agenda of the developing world,
meaning economic justice, multilateralism, and
opposition to war.
Second, Catholicism in the West will be increasingly
‘evangelical,’ meaning committed to defense of its
traditional identity in an ever more secular milieu.
Once upon a time, Catholicism was the culture-
shaping majority in the West. Today it’s an
embattled subculture, and like other subcultures,
it’s learning to practice a “politics of identity” as an
antidote to assimilation. In Europe and North
America, in other words, Catholicism will not soften
its role in the culture wars, but rather dial it up.”
John L. Allen, Jr. is an American journalist, author of
several books, a senior correspondent for
the National Catholic
Reporter, and vaticanologist of CNN and NPR. For
additional insights, go to his Wikipedia page.
On Global Warming: Gene Robinson
“Twenty years ago, alarmists were already
predicting calamitous effects in the near future
from a warming planet due mainly to petroleum
and coal combustion. The 1990 best-seller Dead
Heat painted a nightmarish picture of our world in
2020-2030 when the temperature would average
six or seven degrees greater. The first IPCC reports
of 1990 and 1995 supported such scary scenarios,
giving them an aura of scientific respectability.
What actually happened is that the mean global
temperature since 1993 increased about 0.2 degree
C through 2012 with most of that occurring in the
record year of 1998, at the peak of a thirty-year
warming trend. Since then, the global temperature
has plateaued with no clear trend up or down.
Because the flattening is at the high point of a
warming trend, each year has to be among the
warmest recorded years, as the media tirelessly
trumpets. What a convenient way to mask the fact
that although CO2 has continued to increase,
temperature has not, in spite of the computer
models.
What, then, can we project for global warming in
2033? Instead of the abrupt warming that alarmists
always say is about to start, my rather cloudy
crystal ball says global temperature is more likely
to continue showing no clear trend or to be at the
beginning of a cooling trend. Alarmists will continue
to blame every severe weather event on climate
change and to oppose all energy projects except
solar and wind. All studies supporting the alarmist
view will continue to be publicized in the liberal
media while all studies reaching conclusions in
opposition will be ignored. Liberal politicians will
still support schemes to tax carbon by trying to
scare people of what will happen without them,
even as the skepticism of ordinary people
continues to increase. Grants will still be doled out
to scientists whose previous results supported the
politically correct view while proposals from
skeptics go unfunded. In short, just as little has
changed with regard to the politicizing of the global
warming theory in the last twenty years, little is
likely to change in the next twenty.”
Dr. Gene D. Robinson is Professor Emeritus at
James Madison University in Virginia and author of
Global Warming: Alarmists, Skeptics & Deniers – A
Geoscientist Looks at the Science of Climate
Change, available at Amazon and most book stores.
He is also the publisher at Moonshine Cove
Publishing, LLC.
Bonus Thoughts From A Future Leader
“In the next two decades I believe my childhood
desire to be Inspector Gadget will finally be
realized. As it is now, our smartphones are
practically glued to our hands. They are almost an
extension of our bodies. People are calling for the
next step in technology to be ‘wearables,’ including
devices such as web-enabled watches and
eyeglasses. But is it really that far of a stretch to
imagine that we’d skip the annoyance of having to
“put on” our technology and instead just “plug in?”
By 2033 I believe that technological devices will be
directly implanted into our bodies. We are already
on the cusp of this with cochlear implants and
pacemakers, and it isn’t a stretch to see where this
could go next. In our future society, the boundaries
between machine and human, ability and disability,
will be blurred. Go Go Gadget…”

[Forbes.com]

Cancer, Innovation and a Boy Named Jack.

Jack-Andraka-300x199Innovation doesn’t care how old you are.I’d like you to meet Jack Andraka.
It’s a name you will be hearing a lot about–today, tomorrow and in the future.

Jack is a scientist and innovator. And his work on creating a simple test for the identification of pancreatic, lung and ovarian cancer is simply amazing.

Here are some of the facts:

-His test is 168 times faster than what is currently available.
-It’s 26,000 times less expensive. That’s not a typo.
-And it’s potentially almost 100% accurate.

Here’s what makes it even more astonishing:

-Jack is 15 years old.

So, I just had to speak with Jack. I tweeted him. His reply was swift and caught me off guard. ”That would be awesome! I get off school today at 2:15.” I had been caught-up in the clinical implications and had forgotten that Jack was still a student.

Jack recognized that mesothelin is a key market to certain cancers. To create his test, Jack mixed human mesothelin-specific antibodies with carbon nanotubes and coated strips of ordinary filter paper.

What resulted was a simple “dip-stick” tool similar to what a patient with diabetes might use to measure blood sugar.

But let’s hear the story directly from him:

–How did you first get interested in science and particularly cancer.

I was interested in science at an early age because my parents would never answer my questions but always helped me to discover or find out answers for myself. So I learned how to make hypotheses and test them without knowing I was ‘doing science”!

I became interested in cancer, particularly pancreatic cancer, after my ‘uncle’, a close family friend, died due to the disease. After researching about it, I discovered that 100 people die of pancreatic cancer every day and that although early detection is key to improved survival, there are no inexpensive, rapid and sensitive tests. I figured there had to be a better way

–Who or what encouraged you to take this challenge on?

I really enjoy challenges and particularly enjoy looking for elegant and simple solutions to seemingly complex problems. I do a lot of math competitions and my math coaches always tell us that although you can use brute force to solve a problem that looks really complex you should think about other tools and figure out a more elegant way to solve it. My math heroes can reduce a really difficult proof to a few elegant lines.

So with that mindset I thought and thought about this new problem.

–Do people feel that your innovation is somehow less important because of your age?

I don’t think people feel my innovation is less important because of my age. They can see that it is a great idea. When I go to conferences I feel there is a subtle ‘age-ism” though because at the pre-talk meetings, it seems that people think I’m a speaker’s child tagging along but after I speak then I get to have the most amazing conversations. That’s why the internet is so great – people can’t see what age or race you are and I can have a great exchange of information.

–What your discovery easy? Did the innovation come in a flash? Then the details worked out?

I like to read a lot of journals and articles about different topics and then lie on the couch or take a walk and just let all the information settle. Then all of a sudden I can get an idea and connect some dots. Then it’s back to reading so I can fill in missing pieces. With this sensor I had put in a lot of time learning about nanoparticles for my previous research on the effects of bulk and nano metal oxides on marine and freshwater organisms. I felt that single walled carbon nano tubes were like the super heroes of material science and I wanted to work with them some more. Then when I was reading a paper about them in biology class, the teacher was explaining about antibodies. All of a sudden I made a connection and wondered what would happen if I dispersed single wall carbon nanotubes with an antibody to a protein overexpressed in pancreatic cancer. Then of course there was a lot of reading, learning and planning in front of me!

–How did your “rejections” help drive you? Or frustrate you?

I had visited ISEF when my brother was competing and talked to kids who mentioned they had done their work in a lab. It seemed so easy so I stalked the internet and found the names and professional emails of lots of professors in my area who were working on pancreatic cancer. Then I just figured I’d sit back and wait for the acceptances to roll in! Week after week I’d receive endless rejections. The most helpful one was actually from a researcher who took the time to point out every flaw and reason why my project was impossible. I began to despair!

–What is the role of mentors in helping you?

Finally, after 199 rejections, I received one email from Dr Maitra at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He invited me to come for a meeting. My mom drove me there and dropped me off. It was pretty exhilarating yet scary to walk in to the interview! Luckily I was really prepared and even had the cost and catalog numbers of the material I needed. He said it was like reading a grant proposal. I still had a great deal of basic lab routine to learn and I appreciate the time and patience of both Dr Maitra and Dr Chenna, the post- doc who supported me.

–What do you think about science as the driver of your fame?

I’m very surprised that people know about me. My original goal was to see if I could make a simple inexpensive sensor to detect pancreatic cancer because too many people were dying. I’m very happy that I’m known for science though because I enjoy sharing and learning about it so much. I hope kids feel ‘if Jack can do this, what can I do?” and get inspired to take on big challenges in their own lives and communities.

–How has your world expanded from this innovation?

These past few months have been life changing. I’ve met so many of my heroes in math, science, and politics, including the Clintons when I spoke at the Clinton Global Initiative. I’ve traveled all over by myself and learned how to enjoy speaking and sharing my ideas with large audiences. One of my most world- expanding experiences came very quickly when I went to Singularity U in California. I met people who weren’t afraid of failure, but just used failure to say well that path didn’t work and moved on. I met people who were trying to improve the world for billions of people. They were starting businesses and thinking big and supporting each other. They told me about the Thiel Fellowship and opened my eyes to different ways of accomplishing goals. I’ve learned to look outside myself and my small community to the larger world and think about how I can help change the world for the better.

–What’s next for Jack?

I’m working on my next project but of course it isn’t coming easily! Professors still reject me from their labs saying that I don’t know enough, perhaps not even reading my proposal but just seeing ‘high school student’ on the proposal. But even great researchers still don’t always get accepted for every grant.. Perseverance still counts! I’m trying to get a group of teens to work on the Tricorder X prize as ‘Generation Z” and it’s difficult finding like minded teens who can bring something to the table and who also have time in their over scheduled lives. I’m speaking at the Royal Society of Medicine in London and then at TED@ Long Beach this month, talking with different biotech companies about producing my sensor and starting my first business . And of course there’s homework to be done!

Well done Jack!

One final thought about Mr. Andraka. I believe a more appropriate name for this post would be “Health, Innovation and a Man Named Jack”

[Forbes.com]

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Solar Crowdfunding Startup Lets Ordinary Investors Own A Piece Of The Sun

Don’t hold your breath, but the U.S. Securities &
Exchange Commission could finalize regulations
this year to implement the JOBS Act, the 2012 law
that lets startups raise funds directly from mom-
and-pop investors.
Mosaic isn’t waiting. The two-year-old Oakland,
Calif. firm already won approval in California and
New York to allow individuals to invest directly via
its website. The twist is that the investments are
loans, not equity, and the money goes (for now)
only to new solar power developments. In the past
ordinary investors have been shut out of the solar
boom, as most projects obtain equity or debt
financing from banks and corporations, which lately
are not so eager to lend for solar projects.
“Anything that introduces new sources of cost-
effective capital is valuable,” says Reyad Fezzani, a
former BP executive who is now chairman and
managing partner of Energy Finance Company in
Manhattan Beach, Calif. In late December he raised
$350,000 from accredited investors through
Mosaic’s website for a 470-kilowatt photovoltaic
array that his company installed on a New Jersey
convention center. He says he’s saving 200 to 300
basis points over banks with Mosaic.
Even not particularly green-minded investors might
be tempted by Mosaic’s returns of 4.5% to 6.5%,
well above CD rates. Residential solar projects tend
to have default rates as low as 0.2%.
“One of the fastest ways to build the clean energy
economy is to allow more people to benefit from
it,” says Billy Parish, Mosaic’s 31-year-old
cofounder and president.
Similar to peer-to-peer financing site Lending Club,
Mosaic puts the burden on investors to assess the
risks in project prospectuses. If they like a deal,
they can get in for as little as $25. No money is
transferred if a deal isn’t fully financed. The
developer pays back the loan with interest from
income generated by the sale of electricity to its
customers. Mosaic takes 100 basis points of the
interest rate (along with an origination fee and
annual platform fees) and passes the rest to
investors.
Mosaic is far too small to scare any investment
banks, but it can get deals done quickly. Within the
first 24 hours of going live in January, Mosaic’s new
website raised more than $300,000, including
$227,875 for three loans for solar arrays on three
affordable-housing complexes that offered returns
of 4.5%. Mosaic has now raised a total of $1.1
million for all projects. Parish says profitability is
“within sight.”
Anthony Kim, a solar analyst with research firm
Bloomberg New Energy Finance, questions whether
Mosaic can attract a big enough pipeline of
investors to fund large solar projects. “For now, I
think it’s a relatively niche product,” he says.
The startup hopes to build on its current 7,000
potential investors via social media referrals and by
targeting foundations, financial advisors and
corporations.
Mosaic board member Marco Krapels, a renewable
energy financier with the Dutch bank Rabobank,
has his eye on the $17 trillion that sits in U.S.
retirement accounts. “If you could put a Mosaic
note in an IRA, I think the opportunity is just
massive,” he says.
Fezzani says he’s investing his own money in
Mosaic’s offerings. “I know many people who say
they want to invest in solar, but there’s just been
no option before.”
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German Drugstore Entrepreneur Dirk Rossmann Joins Billionaire Ranks

Today we take our local drugstores for granted.
They are everywhere in large cities in the U.S. and
in Europe. But that wasn’t the case in Germany in
the early 1970s. Dirk Rossmann, 66, founded the
first self-service drugstore in the country in 1972,
and has since turned Dirk Rossmann GmbH into a
company with 2,775 stores in six European
countries and sales of $7.9 billion in 2012.
Rossmann’s 60% stake in the private drugstore
chain makes him worth well over the $1 billion,
according to research by FORBES. Rossmann GmbH
is the second largest pharmacy chain in Germany,
behind a company called dm. It also has stores in
Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Albania and
Turkey. Sales in the non-German stores grew 12%
in 2011 to $1.76 billion (1.32 billion Euros).
Revenues for the group as a whole rose 16% in
2012.
In the 1980s Rossmann sold a 40% stake in the
company to Hanover Finanz, which was then sold in
2004 to the A.S. Watson unit of Hong Kong
billionaire Li Ka-shing’s Hutchison Whampoa
conglomerate. The transaction price was not
disclosed.
Rossmann’s two sons, Daniel and Raoul, also work
for the family company, which is still run by Dirk
Rossmann.
Dirk Rossmann also owns 25% of listed German
private equity firm Deutsche Beteiligungs AG
(commonly called DBAG), a stake worth about $95
million. Together, his stakes in the drugstore chain
and the private equity firm are worth an estimated
$1.9 billion. Spokespeople for Rossmann GmbH
have not replied to a request for comment from
FORBES about Mr. Rossmann’s net worth.
Rossmann started a charitable foundation in 1991
focused on family planning, Deutsche Stiftung
Weltbevölkerung. He received the Federal Merit
Cross in 1998 for his commitment to the
foundation

Flu Season Etiquette: What You Need to Know About Sickness and the Office

sick_05-300x210Flu season is upon us and it’s sweeping the nation.

It came early this year and arrived with a vengeance, forcing major U.S. cities to declare public health emergencies; hospitalizing thousands; and causing twenty pediatric deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Employees who work in close quarters are particularly susceptible to the highly contagious illness. Why? The CDC says people with the flu can spread it to others up to about six feet away, mainly by droplets made when they cough, sneeze or talk. A person can also get the flu by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it, and then touching their own mouth or nose.

Chances are you sit within six feet of a colleague and touch dozens of contaminated surfaces each day. But the good news is, there are steps you can take at work to help reduce your chances of getting (or spreading) the flu. Here are 10 of them:

Clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces. Viruses on surfaces like sink faucets and door handles can spread rapidly, especially in public places such as offices and schools, says Dr. Kelly Arehart, Global Innovation Manager for The Healthy Workplace Project at Kimberly-Clark Professional. “Cleaning surfaces with disinfecting wipes can reduce surface contamination on these germ ‘hot spots.’ Facilities that provide these and other tools to employees can make a difference.”

A recent study for The Healthy Workplace Project by Dr. Charles Gerba of the University of Arizona found that implementing the program’s “wash, wipe, sanitize” protocol in the workplace reduces the probability of catching the flu or common cold by 80%. It can also reduce the number of surfaces contaminated by viruses by 62%.

Wash your hands often. This is especially important before eating, after using the restroom and after being outside, Arehart says. Use soap and warm water for 20 seconds. “It is also important to dry your hands with a clean, fresh towel. Use instant hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.”

Get vaccinated. According to the CDC, an annual seasonal flu vaccine (either the flu shot or the nasal-spray flu vaccine) is the best way to reduce your chances of getting the flu and spreading it to others.

Don’t wait until you or your colleagues are sick to start taking action. The reality is that most healthy adults can start infecting others one day before symptoms start to develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick themselves, says Bill Moffitt, chief executive of Nanosphere, a company that develops, manufactures and markets an advanced molecular diagnostic platform that produces quicker test results for the flu. “That means that you can start infecting others before you even know you’re sick.” Make a habit of washing your hands, cleaning your workspace surfaces, and using hand sanitizer all year round.

Take steps to prevent the spread of germs. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you sneeze and then throw the tissue away, Arehart says. “Try to use an anti-viral tissue, since some cold and flu viruses can live up to 24 hours on regular tissues.” Another way to prevent the spread of germs: Cough or sneeze into your elbow, she says. “One sneeze can spray up to 3,000 infectious droplets into the air at more than 100 mph. If you don’t have a tissue handy, use the inner part of your sleeve at the elbow.”

Wash your coffee cup with hot soapy water. If people around you are getting sick, the things that we drink from offer a quick way for germs to enter our system if they inadvertently become contaminated, Arehart says. “That cursory rinse isn’t enough to remove the contamination, so wash well.”

Stay out of the office kitchen. Most people don’t realize that office kitchens are often a breeding ground for the flu, Moffitt says. “Try not to share eating utensils, dishes and linens if possible. During flu season it’s best to use disposable products. If those aren’t available employees should wash everything thoroughly before they use it.”

Limit interactions with co-workers. Avoid shaking hands with people, Arehart says. “Few people will take offense if you offer the lighthearted response that with the flu epidemic, you’d rather be safe than sorry.”

You’ll also want to limit casual conversations with co-workers if there is a flu outbreak, Moffitt says. “And if a co-worker is showing signs of the flu politely ask them to go home if possible and if they don’t, try to keep your distance from them. People with the flu can spread it to others up to about six feet away.”

Maintain a healthy lifestyle. “Get plenty of sleep during the winter months,” says Peter Handal, chief executive of Dale Carnegie Training, an international training and solutions company. “Being well-rested is a great defense to avoiding getting sick.”

Also eat a healthy, well-balanced diet, stay hydrated, and exercise regularly.

If you get sick, stay home. If you do become sick with flu-like symptoms, the CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone. “Work from home,” Arehart says. “Many companies are flexible with regard to where you work, so if you don’t have to go to the office, don’t.”

How do you know if you have the flu?

If you’re feeling under the weather you should call or visit your doctor–but you can also research common symptoms online.

“Many times people don’t differentiate the flu from the common cold,” Moffitt says. “But they are very different and need to be treated differently.”

Arehart agrees. “The flu is a respiratory infection that many people often mistake for a cold. The biggest difference between a cold and the flu is usually the presence of a fever which comes on suddenly.”

According to the CDC people who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

Fever or chills (although not everyone with the flu will have a fever)
Cough
Sore throat
Runny or stuffy nose
Muscle or body aches
Headaches
Fatigue
Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

If you have flu-like symptoms, don’t go to work.

“Many times people underestimate how sick they really are and they don’t think about how their decision to go to work can potentially infect others,” Moffitt says. “Testing for the flu can help keep sick employees out of the office. If an employee knows he or she is infected they may be more likely to stay home because they won’t want to infect co-workers.”

Potentially infecting your co-workers isn’t the only hazard of going to work sick.

“You are distracted at work if you aren’t feeling well,” Arehart says. “This could lead to any one of a number of dangerous situations if you work with machinery or with your hands primarily (think bus driver and chef). In a traditional office setting, slipping and falling is one of the most common safety incidents and if you are weak from the flu, you are certainly at higher risk for a misstep.”

Handal says employees almost always feel like their responsibilities and obligations are so important that they are not entitled to even a well-deserved and needed break. “However, we encourage employees to take care of themselves when needed in order to ensure they continually perform their best.”

If you decide calling in sick is the right decision, here’s how to go about it:

Follow your company’s procedure for calling in sick. Find out if you’re required to call HR and/or your immediate supervisor, and contact them immediately, Handal says.
Try to give your employer sufficient notice, if possible. “Employees should make the decision to call in sick as early as possible,” he says. If you’re not feeling well at night, let your supervisor know you might not be able to come in the next day.
Notify your immediate supervisors and managers via e-mail and phone. This ensures the message is received in a timely fashion, he says.
Always notify the people you work with on a daily basis and communicate your list of urgent to-dos. “If there is anything that needs immediate attention while you are out, hopefully your proactive communication will allow for speedy delegation and completion,” he says.
Use the time off to rest and recover. Don’t spend your sick day(s) worrying about work. Allow your body to recover and get well as quickly as possible.
Handal says an employee should always call in sick when the illness is still contagious and his or her productivity will notably decline due to the illness. “If an employee knows the quality of their work will be negatively affected due to their illness, it is best for all parties involved to call in sick.

The 10 Most Common Workplace Anxiety Dreams And What They Mean

Are you a dreamer? According to psychologists,
everyone dreams—sometimes five times a night.
And it’s not all sugar-plum fairies. Surveys show
that some 50% to 80% of us dream about work,
with a significant portion admitting they often wake
up in a cold sweat and experience work nightmares
once or more a week.
“Dreaming about work is incredibly common,” says
dream expert Lauri Quinn Loewenberg, author of
Dream on It: Unlock Your Dreams, Change Your Life.
“Work is the largest part of our waking life. It’s also
a big part of our identity.”
While work dreams are often banished to the wacky
and inexplicable files—perhaps it was that midnight
Chunky Monkey—those who study them warn not to
dismiss them so quickly. After all, they are the
language of the subconscious, created by you for
you as a means of working out issues in your
waking life. Those that are frightening or
emotionally charged are all the more significant.
“Recurring dreams and nightmares happen because
your subconscious is trying to get your attention,”
says Layne Dalfen, founder of The Dream
Interpretation Center in Montreal, Quebec. “You
may not even realize what’s bugging you.”
See: The 10 Most Common Workplace Anxiety
Dreams
Dalfen says there are five entry points to
interpreting a dream, which can in turn help you
understand and resolve the real-world issue:
feelings, symbols, word play, plot and actions. If
you feel panicked in a dream, ask yourself what’s
making you anxious in your life. If there’s a distinct
item, character or color that stands out, consider
what significance it holds to you symbolically. Also
think of the double meanings in the language—if
you’re being pursued in a dream, is there some goal
you yourself are pursuing at work? Finally, the basic
plot and action of the dream may represent an
overarching theme you’re working through, like a
loss or a failure.
While dreams can be extremely personal, it turns
out that some are nearly universal. According to
several dream researchers and counselors, the
following represent the most common workplace
anxiety dreams and what they mean.
Late For Work
The Dream: Usually in this dream you either can’t
get to work on time or are missing a deadline.
What It Means: Loewenberg says this dream is a
really good indication that you feel like you’re
missing out on an opportunity or what you really
want in your career.
Sex With A Coworker
The Dream: It involves inappropriate intimacy with
a colleague or, more often, a boss. Usually there
isn’t a real attraction in waking life, so the dreamer
wakes up feeling confused or concerned about what
it means.
What It Means: If it’s a coworker that you’re not
attracted to, Loewenberg believes it represents
knowing that you need to unite with them on a
project or goal, or that you want to take on a skill or
personality trait they possess. Alternately, if it’s a
boss, Ian Wallace, a psychologist and author of The
Top 100 Dreams, says it may symbolize a
subconscious recognition that you have a big idea,
and you’re trying to give yourself the power to act
on it.

Unprepared For A Task
The Dream: This one is marked by anxiety over not
being ready for a big presentation, event or work
task. It’s often specific to the profession, like an
actor not knowing her lines.
What It Means: It can usually be connected to an
upcoming event that you’re nervous about, in which
your performance will be judged. If it’s recurring
and not tied to anything specific, Loewenberg says
it may suggest a lack of confidence.
Being Naked At Work
The Dream: This dream involves being either
completely naked or inappropriately dressed in the
office. Usually the dreamer is panicked, but no one
else in the dream seems to notice.
What It Means: According to Wallace, this dream
symbolizes feeling vulnerable and exposed at work.
You may also be concerned about how others
perceive you.

Getting Stuck In The Elevator
The Dream: Workplace elevator dreams usually
involve an elevator stalling, moving sideways or
dropping down rather than going up.
What It Means: Loewenberg says elevators
represent our ability to progress in our careers. If
it’s not moving smoothly upwards, it reflects your
fear that your career is not progressing as it should.
Can’t Find The Bathroom
The Dream: The dreamer is usually wandering the
halls and unable to find the bathroom. Alternately,
he may be in the bathroom and can’t close the
door, or the toilet is exposed without any doors.
What It Means: Wallace says any dream about a
bathroom represents your fundamental needs, and
if you cannot find one at work, it means your needs
aren’t being met or you’re having trouble
expressing them. If you can’t secure the bathroom
door, you may need to establish clearer boundaries
with colleagues.
Driving To Work
The Dream: Often the dreamer is driving and loses
control of the car. Alternately, she may be on a
train or bus that is swerving or off course.
What It Means: Wallace believes this represents
your drive in your career and your efforts to make
progress toward an objective. If the vehicle is
spinning out of control, it means you feel that you
don’t have enough control in your waking life.

Hijack! How Your Brain Blocks Performance

So there you are, when suddenly you hear that song
that reminds you of that person. And you’re
emotionally hijacked—just like that. Good or bad,
the song interacts with your neural net and triggers
the emotions you have associated with it.
Emotional hijacks happen every day, often
unconsciously, often with debilitating results.
An expression on a team member’s face
subconsciously reminds you of Mom at her most
critical, yet you have no idea why you dislike
speaking with her. But the team member actually
has chronic indigestion, her facial expression has
nothing to do with you, and she wonders why you
haven’t shown her the report…invited her to the
meeting…told her what’s up…smiled on the way to
the coffee machine.
And so it goes. Trigger—response. Trigger—
response. Trigger—response. All day, every day.
Human beings are meaning-making machines. The
trouble is we often assign meaning where it doesn’t
exist.
Now most of these internal programs—the neural
connections and associations we make that give
experience meaning—are programs we “wrote”
between the ages of zero and six years old. Many of
our programs were either provided for us by our
parents, or were coded by our very young and
inexperienced reaction to what we perceived as
threatening people or situations. Even the most
wonderful, well-intentioned parents are going to
make a few coding errors. I know I have.
Now that we are adults, the question becomes, how
can we rewrite our own programs to set the
meaning and get the results we want? Further, as
leaders, how can we assist others to get the results
and experiences they would like? How can we use
this knowledge to increase our own and our team’s
performance, innovation, and engagement?
In my upcoming blogs you’re going to learn how to
deactivate your own and your team members’ fear
triggers, and to assign appropriate meaning. You’re
going to learn exactly what to do to create a team
that acts as a team, one that supports each other to
outperform, outsell, and outinnovate the
competition. A tribe whose culture you created. A
SmartTribe of whom you are justifiably proud.
The Reptile, The Mammal, The Executive
Our brains do an amazing and wonderful job, but
they don’t usually like change very much. You may
like the idea of change. Heck, parts of you may be
very interested in change theory, talking about
change, managing change—and especially
describing how other people should change.
However, actual change involving ourselves is
scary to certain parts of our brain. The parts that
exist to keep us safe have created elegant
patterning based on one-trial learning.
Your brain has three essential parts. The first part—
the brain stem—sits at the base of your skull. This
part is commonly called the reptilian brain. It’s the
oldest and most primitive part of the brain, and it
controls balance, temperature regulation, and
breathing. It acts out of instinct and is primarily a
stimulus-response machine with survival as its
focus.
Layered on top of the brain stem is the mammalian
brain. The mammalian brain controls and expresses
emotion, short-term memory, and the body’s
response to danger. The key player here is the
limbic system, which is the emotional center of the
brain where the fight/flight/freeze response is. Its
primary focus is also survival, though it is also the
seat of anger, frustration, happiness, and love.
Let’s combine the limbic system with the survival
mechanism in the reptilian brain. This creates the
powerful combo pack we’ll call the “critter brain,”
as my mentor Carl Buchheit of NLP Marin terms it.
Once our critter brain has equated a particular
phenomenon with safety or with survival, it will
continue to carry out that program. And it will do so
as long as we are not dead, because it really
doesn’t care about our quality of life—it cares about
survival. And speaking of staying alive, one key
component of staying alive is belonging, or being
like the other critters in the environment.
The third part of the brain is the neocortex. This
part of the brain is most evolved in human beings,
and the area of it we are most concerned with is the
prefrontal cortex. The prefrontal cortex enables us
to plan, to innovate, to solve complex problems, to
think abstract thoughts, to have visionary ideas. It
allows us to measure the quality of our experience,
to compare it to an abstract ideal, and to yearn for
change. The prefrontal cortex has enabled us to
have a number of advanced behaviors, including
social behavior, tool making, language, and higher-
level consciousness.
For the purposes of simplicity we’ll distill the above
down to two states: the Critter State, where we
don’t have access to all parts of our brain and thus
are reactive, in fight/flight/freeze, or are running
safety programs; and the Smart State, where we
have easy access to all of our resources and can
respond from choice.
Today, innovation and growth through the next
revenue inflection point depends on making sure
the Smart State–not the Critter State–is driving
management decisions and behavior in
relationships. Management methods that rely on
fear to enforce compliance keep people in their
Critter State, or in old safety and survival patterns,
and reduce innovation. This cultural practice of
keeping people in their Critter State has grown
increasingly obsolete.

The Art of instant Medical Access – Naija.medic247

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