First Great Western…am I unreasonable?

I asked, “Which train is going first?”

And the answer was, “I’ve no idea.”

Thanks First (rarely first) Great (seldom great) Western (50% of the time, on a fairly random basis, they head west ).

Let’s be clear, they do trains and I just use them to get work. Do you think it is unreasonable to be told which train to get on?

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Shudder or smile? Four figure log tables

Four figure tables from C Godfrey and A W Siddons

Look what I found! Four figure tables including those dastardly four figure logarithms from Messrs Godfrey and Siddons. I shuddered and then smiled.

I cannot remember my Maths teachers name at Oxford School. And the memories flood back…differential calculus at Shene County Grammar.

Rather surprisingly, to me anyway, I went on to use differential calculus professionally. It was a good job I had kept half an ear open.

Four figure logarithms from C Godfrey and A W Siddons

The next thing I’ll find is that ruddy physics text book. It was the heaviest one of the lot; we had to do PE to get fit enough to carry it.

Anyway, do you remember using these log tables?

 

 

 

 

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How to stop your CEO (or boss) from screwing up!

Your Friday Reading.

I like it when senior people share experiences, over a period of time, in a really genuine and helpful way. Mitesh Sheth has done this here in a great post on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-stop-your-ceo-boss-from-screwing-up-mitesh-sheth

This is one of many things that resonated with me: “We don’t hire smart people so we can tell them what to do, we expect them to tell us what to do.”

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Dilbert’s Words of Wisdom

  1. I can please only one person per day. Today is not your day. Tomorrow’s not looking good either.
  2. I love deadlines. I especially love the swooshing sound they make as they go flying by.
  3. Tell me what you need, and I’ll tell you how to get along without it.
  4. Accept that some days you’re the pigeon, and some days you’re the statue.
  5. Needing someone is like needing a parachute. If he isn’t there the first time you need him, chances are you won’t be needing him again.
  6. I don’t have an attitude problem. You have a perception problem.
  7. On the keyboard of life, always keep one finger on the escape key.
  8. I don’t suffer from stress – I’m a carrier.
  9. Everybody is somebody else’s weirdo.
  10. Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level then beat you with experience.

Dilbert, a ‘man’ after my own heart. Number 2 on this list is my favourite.

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The brains of a four-year-ol

The following short quiz consists of 4 questions and establishes whether you are qualified to be a “professional”.

Scroll down for the answer. The questions are not that difficult.

1. How do you put a giraffe into a refrigerator?
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The correct answer is: Open the refrigerator, put in the giraffe and close the door.
This question tests whether you tend to do simple things in an overly complicated way.

2. How do you put an elephant into a refrigerator ?
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Wrong Answer : Open the refrigerator, put in the elephant and close the door.
Correct Answer : Open the refrigerator, take out the giraffe, put in the elephant andclose the door.

This tests your ability to think through the repercussions of your actions.

3. The Lion King is hosting an animal conference; all the animals attend except one.Which animal does not attend?
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Correct Answer : The Elephant. The Elephant is in the refrigerator.
This tests your memory.

OK, even if you did not answer the first three questions, correctly, you still have onemore chance to show your abilities.

4. There is a river you must cross. But it is inhabited by crocodiles. How do youmanage it?
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Correct Answer: You swim across. All the Crocodiles are attending the Animal Meeting!
This tests whether you learn quickly from your mistakes.

According to Andersen Consulting Worldwide, around 90% of the professionals they tested got all questions wrong. But many preschoolers got several correct answers. Andersen Consulting says this conclusively disproves the theory that most professionals have the brains of a four year old.

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Hotmail deal maker that doesn’t like travel

I’ve just spotted a profile on LinkedIn where the individual is offering:

  • £10,000 membership access cost (not quite sure what to)
  • £1,000 per hour deal making fee
  • £2,000 per hour travel fee

Do I deduce from that his deal making skills are not quite as good as his travelling capabilities? Or is he trying to avoid travel?

And then people are invited to contact him via his hotmail account? Mmm, I might leave that offer for now. I think he may be able to improve his B2B marketing though.

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Peter Drucker on Leadership

Peter Drucker on LeadershipI quite like Peter Drucker’s definition of a leader: “The only definition of a leader is someone who has followers.”

Some more on this can be seen here: www.entrepreneur.com, along with the thoughts about, “Leadership has nothing to do with titles.”

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