Thursday, March 25, 2010

E-Banking Scam

Beware of the hackers out there. He could be someone who is just sitting on his bed, with his lappie in his little apartment somewhere in the world, transferring your money from your account into his without you knowing.

Your Public Bank Internet Banking has been deactivated due to inactivity.

In order to reactivate your Internet Banking, follow these steps:
1. Visit our website at http://c-68-46-39-161.hsd1.nj.comcast.net/publicbank.my/pbe/secure/
2. Log in to the Internet Banking using your User ID and Password.
3. Confirm your mobile phone number by entering the PAC (PBeBank Authentication Code) you receive.
4. After confirming your account, log out. Your account access will be restored.
5. Please wait between 1-2 hours for the user profile service to be reactivated.
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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Workplace "Tai-Chi"

Have you ever had any experience or encounter with people who love to push their responsibilities around?

Maybe they are the friends, family members, colleagues or classmates?

I’ve met many who expresses their frustrations of having such encounter at home, school or workplace. Therefore, I would like to focus on the employees’ attitude at work today. I called it the ‘
Workplace Tai-Chi’.

Many workers or employees nowadays have learned and mastered the skill of ‘workplace tai-chi’ in their office. It happens when one is given certain responsibilities or assigned with certain tasks by their superior, the
Tai-Chi Master will then exercise his or her power to move the ‘Chi’ to another person. In other words, the responsibilities are now pushed away, expectations to fulfill the tasks have now moved to another person.

If the task was a ‘well done’, the Tai-Chi Master gets the all the credits, if the task was not performed well, the new party involved bear the consequences.

This happens all the time, everywhere. Especially in big firms and organizations where there are numerous employees. There will surely be some ‘big bullies’ at workplace that often take advantages of the juniors.

The person who receives the ‘
Chi’ has to continue the tasks and having their own ‘chi’ with them, often he or she became ‘overwhelmed’ with responsibilities.

It is so convenient to just pass the job to another person when you are supposed to get things done as it is assigned to you. Help could be obtained from others but it has to be reasonable with follow-ups and accountability attached.

Pushing around responsibilities is a way to freed-up yourself by adding unnecessary burdens to others.

Frustrations often arose when the task being pushed to the involved party is beyond his or her ability to manage. Worse still, if there were no guidance or instructions given, but expectation involved.

This is different from '
Delegation'.

Delegation (also called deputation) is the assignment of authority and responsibility to another person (normally from a manager to a subordinate) to carry out specific activities. However the person who delegated the work remains accountable for the outcome of the delegated work. Delegation empowers a subordinate to make decisions,

i.e. it is a shift of decision-making authority from one organizational level to a lower one.

In general,
delegation is good and can save money and time, help in building skills, and motivate people. Poor delegation, on the other hand, might cause frustration, and confusion to all the involved parties.

While poor delegation is a problem, wrong delegation (Tai-Chi) is also a problem.

Therefore, it is important that all of us learn to manage our responsibilities and delegate appropriately. It is important to know the difference between ‘
delegating’ and ‘being lazy’ when one has unconsciously turn into a ‘Workplace Tai-Chi’ Master.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Learning From The Microsoft Man

Bill Gates recently gave a speech at a High School about 11 things they did not and will not learn in school.

He talks about how feel-good, politically correct teachings created a generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept set them up for failure in the real world.

The Word of Wisdom of Bill Gates:


Rule 1
: Life is not fair - get used to it!

Rule 2
: The world doesn't care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

Rule 3
: You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won't be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.

Rule 4
: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss

Rule 5
: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity.

Rule 6
: If you mess up, it's not your parents' fault , so don't whine about your mistakes, learn from them.

Rule 7
: Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were.. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent's generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.

Rule 8
: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they'll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn't bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

Rule 9
: Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time.

Rule 10
: Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

Rule 11
: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you' ll end up working for one.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

God is the Answer

“If only I knew where to find him; if only I could go to his dwelling! I would state my case before him and fill my mouth with arguments” (Job 23: 3-4, NIV).

Everything had gone wrong in Job’s life. He’d lost his children, his possessions, his business and even his reputation as a righteous man. Throughout all of this, God was silent. “If only God would tell me why, it would be easier to take.” Have you ever said that?

But is this really what we need most? Would an explanation really help us with our pain?

From experience I know that we don’t need answers as much as we need a comforting presence. We need the assurance that we’re not alone. We need hope that we’ll get through this and good will come out of it eventually.

This became very real to me when I thought I’d lost everything I valued in life. “But you haven’t lost me,” I heard God saying. I knew then that I had what I need to get through it. Many times God does not give us answers, He gives us Himself — for He Himself is the answer.

Job discovered this. “My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you,” he exclaimed. “and I repent in dust and ashes.” When he saw the greatness of God, Job wondered, why did I ever doubt?

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Dream

Woke up this morning
Wonder where my dream has gone
Trying to figure out this life
That is busy all the time
Many have passed me by
I guess I'm still holding on
To a promise for a future
that is truly quite unknown
Oh yes! then i remembered
When I was still a freshie
in a college of Art I used to go
There a lecturer threw me a question
"What is your dream my dear?"
I answered without a shadow of doubt
"My dream is to help others...
to discover their dreams."
The lecturer paused and smiled
I knew that it was the 'dream' that I shared
that brings forth that confident smile.