Fan artist Jenny Dolfen illustrates the new generation of Star Wars characters.
“Boomers live in the past and have ransomed the future. Millennials fear the future and are ignorant of the past. Generation X acknowledges what has gone before, learns from it, and resolves to shape the future into something better. We don’t throw our hands in the air and say the job’s a bust, let’s give up. We know we can’t go back to mythical halcyon days and we know we can’t just rip it up and start again. We work with what we’ve got and try to make it better. We change things from the inside out….” read more at via Gen-X: We’ll Win in the End. — Longreads
“Boomers live in the past and have ransomed the future. Millennials fear the future and are ignorant of the past.”
Can being happy with what you have constitute seizing the day?
Getting too excited about something is not something I really like to do, because that often leads to disappointment. I don’t like to think of myself as a pessimist. It’s a cop out to say that I’m a realist, but I tend to be happier working things out on the balance of probabilities than putting faith in an intangible to believe that something will or will not happen.
I know someone who, for whatever reason, never really used to say that he liked something. He would say that he disliked something, but that was mainly food to prevent any requirement to eat it. If there was a scale of the absolute worst to the absolute best, he would […]
The word Sincerity comes from the Latin word “sincerus”, which means “pure” or “clean”. It presents the quality of being genuine, not feigned, without hypocrisy or pretense.
The word Honesty comes from the Latin word “honestus”, which means “honourable”. It’s about integrity, and not being deceptive or fraudulent. It’s about being upright and aboveboard, and not hiding information, or leading someone on to believe something that isn’t true. It’s about showing your hand.
I can’t remember how long ago it was at work, although I have previously alluded to this story on this here blog. I’d done some work how I thought it should be done which, alas, was not the correct way. I received a less than complimentary reply of what I […]
Author : Jaime H. Menor Jr.
The razor blade is sharp but can’t cut a tree; the axe is strong but can’t cut the hair. Everyone is important according to his/her own unique purpose… Never look down on anyone unless you are admiring their shoes..
Are You a Good Steward of the Gift God has Entrusted to Your Care?
Humble Service in the Body of Christ (Romans 12:3-5)
3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. 4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
The story below by an unknown author gives an interesting illustration of how one believer not exercising their gift in the Body can affect the message produced by the entire Body.
A Brokxn Kxy
Evxn though my typxwritxr is an old modxl, it works quitx wxll xxcxpt for onx of the kxys.
I havx many timxs wishxd that is workxd pxrfxctly.
It is trux that thxrx arx forty-onx kxys that function wxll xnough, but just onx kxy not working makxs thx diffxrxncx.
Somxtimxs it sxxms to mx that our organization is somxthing likx my typxwritxr — not all thx kxy pxoplx arx working propxrly.
As onx of thxm, you may say to yoursxlf, “Wxll, I am only onx pxrson, I don’t makx or brxak thx organization.”
But it doxs makx a big diffxrxncx, bxcasx an organization, to bx xffxctivx, nxxds thx activx participation of xvxry pxrson.
So, thx nxxt timx your xfforts arx not nxxdxd vxry much, rxmxmbxr my typxwritxr and say to yoursxlf, “I am a kxy pxrson in thx organization and I am nxxdxd vxry much.”
This is what happxns to thx wholx organization, and multiply this by many timxs — thx whole thing just doxs not makx sxnsx!
“Belovxd don’t bx like a broken kxy.”
You must utilize your gift.
The local body of Christ where you worship needs you or I mean the organization where you belongs needs you and cannot be the same without you!
Do you really believe that?
God’s grace distributes differing gifts to different people (1Co 12:11, Ep 4:7-note). Each believer’s gift is a God-designed blend of spiritual capabilities, which acts as a channel through which the Spirit of God ministers to others. God sovereignly bestows these spiritual gifts on believers according to His own divine will, apart from any merit, qualification, or seeking. This truth should blunt any tendency toward pride in the gift(s) we possess. Unfortunately since saints still possess the old flesh nature, pride concerning one’s spiritual gifts has a way of raising its “ugly head”. This sinful attitude can be “self inflicted” but can also be energized by others who insist on exalting men for how God has gifted them.
Nineteen nationwide holidays have been declared for 2016, so far.
The following were declared by virtue of Proclamation No. 1105, s. 2015, unless otherwise specified:
January 1, 2016, Friday – New Year’s Day (Regular holiday) January 2, 2016, Saturday – Additional special non-working day February 8, 2016, Monday – Chinese New Year (Special non-working day) February 25, 2016 – EDSA People Power Revolution (Special non-working day by virtue ofProclamation No. 1071, s. 2015) March 24, 2016 – Maundy Thursday (Regular holiday) March 25, 2016 – Good Friday (Regular holiday) March 26, 2016 – Black Saturday (Special non-working day) April 9, 2016, Saturday – Araw ng Kagitingan (Regular holiday) May 1, 2016, Sunday – Labor Day (Regular holiday) May 9, 2016, Monday – The national and local elections (special public non-working holiday by virtue of Proclamation No. 1254, s. 2016) June 12, 2016, Sunday – Independence Day (Regular holiday)
August 21, 2016, Sunday – Ninoy Aquino Day (Special non-working day)
August 29, 2016, Monday – National Heroes Day (Regular holiday)
October 31, 2016, Monday – Additional special non-working day
November 1, 2016, Tuesday – All Saints Day (Special non-working day)
November 30, 2016, Wednesday – Bonifacio Day (Regular holiday)
December 24, 2016, Saturday – Additional special non-working day
December 25, 2016, Sunday – Christmas Day (Regular holiday)
December 30, 2016, Friday – Rizal Day (Regular holiday)
December 31, 2016, Saturday – Additional special non-working day
In health there is freedom. Health is the first of all liberties. With a longer life expectancy of human beings as compared to pre-modern age, people have been vigilant to think about and create ways to even extend the lives of everyone. Henri-Frédéric Amiel
Staying healthy requires a lot of thinking and self reflection to be successful. Numerous mnemonics and acronyms have been developed as well by nutritionists and scientists to help people have a guide on how to stay healthy. One of these would be the ABC’s of staying healthy, a very simple, yet effective way of adding to the long list of patterns to keep healthy.
A Is For Abstinence
“A” stands for abstinence. Most probably many would already be thinking that this seems like the same ABC tip for responsible sex. Though the keywords used in the ABC’s of staying healthy are similar except for the last one, the ideas are completely in a different context as this would specifically target more of a person’s lifestyle in everyday living.
Abstinence should be practiced by the person in declining the things that would not make him healthy in the process. Unless it is required such as a career that would limit the choice to either quit the job or to counter the effects with good health practices, abstinence on a great level is required of the person should he wish to start staying healthy and maintain being healthy. Abstinence should be the basis of any individual to serve as a disciplinary concept. Without
the discipline to know when to say no, it would prove difficult to stay away from the things that people have learned to love.
B Is For Be Faithful
“B” stands for “Be Faithful”. Being faithful is being able to hold out and maintain focus on your objective of staying healthy. It does not mean that you totally become a no-nonsense robot who only distinguishes a black from white, but being lenient is a risky thing to inculcate. Though it is not really to bend the rules from time to time because of valid reasons, it may develop into a nasty habit of having an excuse for every single choice that should have been for staying healthy.
C Is For Calisthenics
Calisthenics or exercise is and has always been part of any healthy program designed for health conscious and health seekers alike. Calisthenics does not necessarily mean the rigorous training that one sees in advertisements and magazines. Those are for bodybuilders who would want to reshape their bodies into hard sculptured specimens of humanity.
Calisthenics are simple activities which would allow one’s self to move about and permit the proper flow of blood to the different parts of the body for optimal oxygenation of the cells.
Calisthenics should be done everyday for at least thirty to forty-five minutes which includes mainly aerobic exercise. Not only does daily calisthenics improve the cardiovascular flow of the body, it also adds up to the amount of calories to be burned for the day to maintain the desired body weight and fitness level.
A healthy attitude is contagious but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier.- Tom Stoppard
Words to live by:
The ABC’s of staying healthy is a very elementary concept for anyone to grasp should they wish to seek a better health state or maintain an already good one. The extent of its success lies on the amount of effort that the individual puts in each letter of this simple mnemonic. It is a personal choice as it is a personal endeavor.
Pursuant to Executive Order (EO) No. 80, s.2012 (Directing the Adoption of a Performance-Based Incentive System for Government Employees) and Memorandum Circular (MC) 2012-01 (Guidelines on the Cascading of Department Performance Targets in line with EO. No. 80) issued by the Administrative Order (AO) 25 Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF), a Performance Based Incentive System (PBIS) consisting of the Productivity Enhancement Incentive (PEI) and the Performance-Based Bonus (PBB) shall be adopted in the National Government beginning Fiscal Year (FY) 2012
The PBB shall be characterized by a system of ranking Delivery Units and personnel within a Department/Agency according to their contribution to their respective Department/Agency performance. Such performance shall be measured by verifiable and sustainable indicators based on their Major Final Outputs (MFOs), commitments to the President supportive of the priorities under EO 43, s. 2011; and good governance conditions specified in various Memorandum Circular Issued by the IATF through the use of the Strategic Performance Management System (SPMS).
Every task/job is accountable for adhering and performing to some level of standards or compliance. Standards of operating excellence may include a a compliance standard, specific quality standard, a legal standard, or some other metric of best practices. ‘Timely and accurate’ is a perfectly
acceptable operating standard against which many outcomes need to be performed. Everyone should have a clear understanding of the operational standards within which they’re paid to achieve business results. Thus, Individual indicator, Division/Office level success indicators must contribute and align with the Agency level success indicators. Success indicators should be SMART – Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-bound. Taken together the above can be used to accomplish the Major Final Output (MFO) listed in the Office Performance Commitment Review (OPCR). From the President to the Janitor, every position is accountable for achieving certain and specific business outcomes and results. Yet, too often successful performance is viewed or defined as having accomplished tasks, not as having achieved outcomes, reflect on these instances:
- Answering phone calls is a task. Making sure every customer at the other end of the phone has a fantastic service experience is an outcome.
- Implementing a new marketing strategy is a task. Gaining a 20% increase in market share as a result of an excellence executed marketing strategy is an outcome.
- Swinging a bat and hitting the ball is a task. Scoring home runs is an outcome.
TEAM APPROACH TO PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT
SPMS GUIDELINES PROVIDE FOR CASCADING OF ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT’S COMMITMENTS/GOALS TO INDIVIDUAL STAFF MEMBERS SUCH THAT INDIVIDUAL WORK PLANS OR COMMITMENT AND RATING FORMS ARE LINKED TO OFFICE/DIVISION/UNIT WORK PLAN OR COMMITMENT AND RATING FORM
Advantages of Performance Management
Clarify definitions of job/success criteria
Increase motivation to perform
Enhance self-insight and development
Advantages of Performance Management
Communicate supervisors’ views of performance more clearly
Managers gain insight about subordinates
Better and more timely differentiation between good and poor performers
Employees become more competent
Advantages of Performance Management
Clarify organizational goals
Facilitate organizational change
Fairer, more appropriate administrative actions
Better protection from lawsuits
For more info on effective implementation of SPMS email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I asked all of our recruiters to give me all resumes of prospective employees with their name, gender, place of origin, and age blacked out. This simple change shocked me, because I found myself interviewing different-looking candidates – even though I was 100% convinced that I was not being biased in my resume selection process. Eric Ries
A friend of mine asked for my help recently in composing her resume. She works as an Office Manager for a small business. In her role, she assumes all responsibilities of an Office Manager. In addition, she partners with the company owner to set policies, works with freelancers on marketing materials, serves as a liaison between vendors and shipping service companies, and conducts calls for sales leads that are collected at trade shows. In other words, her title doesn’t encompass all of her job responsibilities. Several potential employers have in fact had concerns about the difference in her title and her overall position in the company, wondering if she had exaggerated her responsibilities on her resume.
Many professionals run into situations where the title they have at their current job is so specific to the company that it carries no meaning outside of the organization, or it implies that they are a level or more below their actual work responsibilities. The difficulty we face in these situations is accurately accounting for our professional experience on our resume in order to advance in our careers. There is no easy way to address this as you want to remain truthful on your resume; you wouldn’t want your potential employer calling for a reference check and getting an impression you lied about your work history, do you?
There is a debate among professionals about listing job titles versus job functions on your resume. Some people prefer listing their title as it is, followed by a list of responsibilities, while others strongly prefer finding a way to rephrase your title to encompass your job function(s). The best option, however, is to find a happy medium and list your job title along with a few words that describe your job function, before you begin listing your job responsibilities.
First, let’s explore making changes to the job titles as you include them on your resume. If your title unusual, or very specific to the organization, you should try to find an equivalent title that is well accepted and understood within your industry. For example, if you work as a customer support representative supporting a specific product and your title contains the product name, you can simply list Product Support Representative on your resume. However, be careful not to exaggerate your title. Do not change your title so that it implies change in responsibility or salary level; do not change the area of the organization where you work, or change your title in a way that suggest you are directly reporting to a person in a higher position than that of your manager. Any such changes on your resume are dishonest, and will negatively impact your credibility with your potential employer.
If your title implies less responsibility than you hold, chose the middle ground option described above. List your actual title on your resume. For example, if you are a Product Support Representative but are also responsible for training new hires for your team, list your title as follows: Product Support Representative/Customer Support and New Hire Training. All you are doing here is elaborating on your job title by including a brief description of your job function. Following this title, make sure that your resume includes power statements describing your actual job responsibilities, in order of their importance and relevance to your career title. This method is preferred because you are honest about your title, but you are also indicating to your employer that your responsibilities are slightly different than what the title implicates. When background checks and reference calls are conducted, you will not have to worry about misrepresenting your title, or causing raised questions about your credibility. Above all, your resume must be honest. Do the best you can to remain objective when it comes to your job titles and functions – focus on the positives, and you are sure to have a winning resume.