Join Early Retirement Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
The Secret of Inspiration
Old 06-02-2005, 10:26 AM   #1
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 287
The Secret of Inspiration



http://biz.yahoo.com/bizwk/050601/sb...854_sb037.html

Quote:
During an interview for my new book, I was speaking to Dilbert creator Scott Adams about the failure of most managers to inspire their employees...Most employees are uninspired by their work and by the people for whom they work. How do I know? Well, it doesn't take a rocket scientist. Just look at the face of the person next to you on the train during rush-hour commute...
__________________

__________________
moghopper is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that Early-Retirement.org is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Re: The Secret of Inspiration
Old 06-02-2005, 10:57 AM   #2
Moderator Emeritus
Nords's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Oahu
Posts: 26,617
Re: The Secret of Inspiration

Gosh, what ever happened to inspiring employees by taking care of them? That's probably why they'd walk through fire for Chambers-- it's sure not because his vision has improved.
__________________

__________________
*
*

The book written on E-R.org, "The Military Guide to Financial Independence and Retirement", on sale now! For more info see "About Me" in my profile.
I don't spend much time here anymore, so please send me a PM. Thanks.
Nords is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: The Secret of Inspiration
Old 06-02-2005, 11:16 AM   #3
Full time employment: Posting here.
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 909
Send a message via ICQ to Marshac Send a message via AIM to Marshac Send a message via Yahoo to Marshac
Re: The Secret of Inspiration

Quote:
Originally Posted by Nords
Gosh, what ever happened to inspiring employees by taking care of them?
Bah, why do that when we can increase Q2 profits by axing a few? Pink slips for them, bonuses for the board! :P
__________________
Marshac is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: The Secret of Inspiration
Old 06-02-2005, 01:49 PM   #4
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
cute fuzzy bunny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Losing my whump
Posts: 22,697
Re: The Secret of Inspiration

Take their cell phones away! No pagers either!

There Robin, our work here is done...
__________________
Be fearful when others are greedy, and greedy when others are fearful. Just another form of "buy low, sell high" for those who have trouble with things. This rule is not universal. Do not buy a 1973 Pinto because everyone else is afraid of it.
cute fuzzy bunny is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: The Secret of Inspiration
Old 06-06-2005, 06:12 AM   #5
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Duesseldorf, Germany
Posts: 1,005
Re: The Secret of Inspiration

Success is only 10% inspiration but 90% perspiration....
__________________
chris2008 is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: The Secret of Inspiration
Old 06-06-2005, 06:16 AM   #6
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Posts: 3,875
Re: The Secret of Inspiration

Quote:
Originally Posted by chris2008
Success is only 10% inspiration but 90% perspiration....
I used to believe this completely. Not now. Thinking is the answer.
Of course, if you think so hard you sweat.......

JG
__________________
MRGALT2U is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: The Secret of Inspiration
Old 06-06-2005, 06:46 AM   #7
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Kansas City
Posts: 7,409
Re: The Secret of Inspiration

Like sanity - inspiration and thinking is way, way overrated.

Had I stayed stupid - DCA'd into a broad based, low cost stock fund (later index fund) from day one - and stuck with it without thinking - I'd have come out much further ahead.

Unfortunately - my disease wasn't fully diagnosed until later - left handed INTJ engineer.

Thinking, putzing(read almost thirty years R&D), can be brought somewhat under control through disease management techniques - like doing nothing in a controlled manner(ER is recommended).

Alas - being hormonal - you have to live with it - and make do the best you can. Inspiration and thinking are incurable - but you are NOT required to act - and the urge will pass.
__________________
unclemick is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: The Secret of Inspiration
Old 06-06-2005, 06:49 AM   #8
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Posts: 3,875
Re: The Secret of Inspiration

Quote:
Originally Posted by unclemick2
Like sanity - inspiration and thinking is way, way overrated.

Had I stayed stupid - DCA'd into a broad based, low cost stock fund (later index fund) from day one - and stuck with it without thinking - I'd have come out much further ahead.

Unfortunately - my disease wasn't fully diagnosed until later - left handed INTJ engineer.

Thinking, putzing(read almost thirty years R&D), can be brought somewhat under control through disease management techniques - like doing nothing in a controlled manner(ER is recommended).

Alas - being hormonal - you have to live with it - and make do the best you can. Inspiration and thinking are incurable - but you are NOT required to act - and the urge will pass.
Well, I am most supportive of "doing nothing". You could ask my wife

Thinking can save your life though. Some of my best decisions were when I decided
not to do anything.

JG
__________________
MRGALT2U is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: The Secret of Inspiration
Old 06-06-2005, 09:56 AM   #9
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
BigMoneyJim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: DFW
Posts: 2,627
Re: The Secret of Inspiration

Quote:
Originally Posted by th
Take their cell phones away! No pagers either!
I wear a pager and cell phone, and at times I've had more than one of each and/or other gadgets on me. I'm occasionally mocked that I think I'm important with all that stuff and I respond that no, it means somebody owns me, and I'm at their beck and call. Status symbol my disguised wheelbarrow!

Please take my pager and phone!
__________________
BigMoneyJim is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: The Secret of Inspiration
Old 06-06-2005, 10:47 AM   #10
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Spanky's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Minneapolis
Posts: 4,046
Re: The Secret of Inspiration

Quote:
...The secret to inspiring your listeners is to paint a picture of a world made better by your service, product, company, or cause.
Hmmm... A picture paints a thousand words. The only picture that really provides inspiration is the one that shows that I can retire early and enjoy the sunset at a beach, golfing, biking, fishing, ....and work is far, far, far away
__________________
May we live in peace and harmony and be free from all human sufferings.
Spanky is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: The Secret of Inspiration
Old 06-06-2005, 12:24 PM   #11
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
cute fuzzy bunny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Losing my whump
Posts: 22,697
Re: The Secret of Inspiration

We used to get that one all the time. Take away the pagers and cell phones to squeak a few extra expense dollars out of the bottom line for a quarter.

I usually just asked why I'd want to pay a guy $100k a year to know stuff and then not pay $15-50 a month to be able to ask him stuff when I need to know it. Or what the hidden cost is of taking someones phone away, then giving it back to them six months from now with a different number, and having 20 people all trying to get him at the old wrong number until they finally figure that out and get the new number. Probably more than $20.
__________________
Be fearful when others are greedy, and greedy when others are fearful. Just another form of "buy low, sell high" for those who have trouble with things. This rule is not universal. Do not buy a 1973 Pinto because everyone else is afraid of it.
cute fuzzy bunny is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: The Secret of Inspiration
Old 06-06-2005, 02:31 PM   #12
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 178
Re: The Secret of Inspiration

David Wingrove, author of the sci-fi Chung Kuo series, identified corporate "commodity slaves" by having them wear hi-tech collars. Excellent metaphor for Blackberry/cell phone/pager/laptop flunkies. Martha's ankle beeper isn't a bad one, either. I lost my Dingleberry Blackberry about two years ago and told our IT director not to bother replacing it. So far, so good.

But yeah, I can empathize with the comment on studying faces during the morning commuter rail ride. There are a lot of quiet, desperate souls on that train.

Ed

__________________
gratefuled is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: The Secret of Inspiration
Old 06-07-2005, 06:32 PM   #13
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 265
Re: The Secret of Inspiration

I had the chance to get a cell phone at work awhile back. I said "no thanks." I figured I didn't want that electronic leash. I
__________________
FIYes is online now   Reply With Quote
Re: The Secret of Inspiration
Old 06-07-2005, 08:24 PM   #14
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Spanky's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Minneapolis
Posts: 4,046
Re: The Secret of Inspiration

Quote:
Originally Posted by FIYes
I had the chance to get a cell phone at work awhile back. I said "no thanks." I figured I didn't want that electronic leash. I
The company gave a pager before. I either left it off and did not carry it with me. Quite often, it just went out of battery power and the supply cabinet did not stock batteries (or simply ran out). As soon as people discovered that you had a pager or cell phone, they would start calling and expect you to answer it right away. I finally just returned it - who needs that?
__________________
May we live in peace and harmony and be free from all human sufferings.
Spanky is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: The Secret of Inspiration
Old 06-07-2005, 08:40 PM   #15
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
cute fuzzy bunny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Losing my whump
Posts: 22,697
Re: The Secret of Inspiration

Oh I loved my blackberry. I could go anywhere, do anything I felt like, and still look like I was "working" after a semblance. I spent an entire day at the beach splatting out a series of emails every 30-45 minutes.
__________________
Be fearful when others are greedy, and greedy when others are fearful. Just another form of "buy low, sell high" for those who have trouble with things. This rule is not universal. Do not buy a 1973 Pinto because everyone else is afraid of it.
cute fuzzy bunny is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: The Secret of Inspiration
Old 06-09-2005, 10:23 AM   #16
Moderator Emeritus
Nords's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Oahu
Posts: 26,617
Re: The Secret of Inspiration

Quote:
Originally Posted by th
Oh I loved my blackberry.* I could go anywhere, do anything I felt like, and still look like I was "working" after a semblance.* I spent an entire day at the beach splatting out a series of emails every 30-45 minutes.
That's why they call them "Crackberries"!
__________________
*
*

The book written on E-R.org, "The Military Guide to Financial Independence and Retirement", on sale now! For more info see "About Me" in my profile.
I don't spend much time here anymore, so please send me a PM. Thanks.
Nords is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: The Secret of Inspiration
Old 06-09-2005, 10:45 AM   #17
Recycles dryer sheets
JonnyM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Modesto
Posts: 334
Send a message via AIM to JonnyM Send a message via Yahoo to JonnyM
Re: The Secret of Inspiration

Quote:
Originally Posted by BigMoneyJim
I wear a pager and cell phone, and at times I've had more than one of each and/or other gadgets on me. I'm occasionally mocked that I think I'm important with all that stuff and I respond that no, it means somebody owns me, and I'm at their beck and call. Status symbol my disguised wheelbarrow!

Please take my pager and phone!
Recently found the solution. I created a small group of my staff to test the infamous CrackBerry's. Now I'm back to just one Phone/Pager/Palm/PC device hanging from my belt.

As stated above, I can be just about anywhere and appear to be nearby working my behind off... Course when I go , it goes, ....... won't miss it.
__________________
It's about the music
JonnyM is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: The Secret of Inspiration
Old 06-09-2005, 12:16 PM   #18
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
BigMoneyJim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: DFW
Posts: 2,627
Re: The Secret of Inspiration

Quote:
Originally Posted by JonnyM
Recently found the solution. I created a small group of my staff to test the infamous CrackBerry's. Now I'm back to just one Phone/Pager/Palm/PC device hanging from my belt.
Quite a few years ago when text messaging was new and wasn't called text messaging my group tried ditching the pager and having just the phone. At the time it wasn't near as reliable a service as the pagers--especially outside major metropolitan areas--so we kept the pagers. As far as I know we haven't tried again in the past few years, but it's probably closer to break-even now. Then again we've kept the same pager service for at least 8 years while changing cell phone vendors like we change our underwear, so either the pager company is doing something very right or one of our upper management guys has a stake in them.

Blackberries in my company are one of the status items. Only managing directors and above are allowed to have them. I haven't even heard the idea that they might be useful for my group even though my group is obviously who they would be ideal for. But then my group that services everyone else's technology manages to stay the farthest behind.
__________________

__________________
BigMoneyJim is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
" THE SECRET " wstu32 Life after FIRE 51 03-24-2007 01:37 PM
Give me your inspiration dex Other topics 19 02-03-2006 05:50 PM
Motivation, Inspiration, and Education wabmester Other topics 28 08-07-2005 05:04 PM
Keeping ER secret shiny Other topics 17 08-05-2005 04:51 PM
The SECRET to Early Retirement! David Baswel FIRE and Money 9 03-01-2005 04:15 AM

 

 
All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:10 AM.
 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.