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Leisure by W.H. Davies July 25, 2009

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This is one of my all time favorites. It just reminds me that we don’t have enough time for our life. All we do or whatever we do, is only for nothing. We rest in peace without our materials, we rest in peace with the failure of incomplete leisure.

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.

No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.

No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.

A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

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Humorous quote of the time July 10, 2009

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I’ve once been to a winery in Melbourne and heard that quote while testing a wine. Though it was a part of a guided tour, I really had a nice time over there. The good thing about wineries is that you will feel like you’re in a different place far from the crowded materialistic world. The quote

If life is a waste of time and time is a waste of life, then let’s all get wasted and have the time of our lives.

I didn’t carefully judge the phrase at that time. After couple of years, while watching a winery in the National Geographic channel I suddenly heard that quote. Although humorous in nature, the quote looks pretty interesting. It raises an intrinsic query whether life or time or both is a waste of each other.

Quality or Quantity is always a dillema July 3, 2009

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Organizations, or say managers want their employees or workers to be more productive in respect to their outputs. On the other hand, managers also want that you maintain the product quality. This creates a dissonance in employee minds’. What do the manager really want? Is it quality or quantity?

As a generalized fact we are aware that quality does not go well along quanity. For an instance, just think about an accountant who is being given  a limited time frame to complete the profit and loss statement. Addionally if the manager demands that there should not be any single mistake in the analysis, that would be a quandary. So what is optimum solution to this problem? Well it depends on the organizational viewpoint. What is performance for the organization? Is it producing more or producing better?

Outsourced July 2, 2009

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Why do organizations outsource? What happens when work is being outsourced to other countries? How do people of other countries manage those work? Is it that simple to handle a native American customer by an Indian whose culture, language and accent is largely distinct? No, should be the answer.

Outsourced

Outsourced (2007) is a learning based comedy film directed by John Jeffcoat. The major roles played are Josh Hamilton, Ayesha Dharker and Asif Basra.

The film discovers the generic stereotypes that Americans have in regard to Indians. An American sales executive (Todd Anderson) who works for a novelty merchandise company realizes that their entire department has been outsourced to India. Moreover, he was forced to travel to India in order to train the call center employees and as well as to find his replacement. The objectivity of such training by the company was to make sure that an American expatriate teach those Indian call center employees about the American culture, the native American accent and to ensure the minute per incident comes down to 6.

However, things are a bit different on this part of the world and one might easily identify the culture shock that Todd Anderson has faced. His perceptions and attributions were largely incorrect about India. The film has cleverly explored various areas of cultural differences between the two countries. Additionally, many other management issues like corporate greed, outsourcing, job loss, cheap labor, expatriate failure, culture clash, etc has been evident in the film.