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links for 2011-01-31

31 Jan
  • he fact of our decline having been established, it becomes necessary to consider the reasons behind it. Having given the issue some thought, I’ve isolated six major causes of the present low quality of Indian films: cliques, censorship, copyright, complexity, conflict and colour.
  • We all know what distinguishes a good employer from a bad one. A good one provides four basic things. First, it makes sure that everyone has a proper job to do. Second, it pays them fairly. Third, it makes employees feel that their efforts are recognised. And fourth, it gives them nice people to work with. That’s all: there is nothing else.
    Fortunately, there is an easy way to measure whether a company is succeeding at these things. It doesn’t involve answering tiresome questions on long feedback forms. It does not require any examination of benefits or of corporate social responsibility policies. There is nothing subjective about the test at all.
    It simply measures how long people stay with a company. This is the only consideration that matters. Anyone who is not happy with their job will eventually go somewhere else. If most people stay put for a long time, the company automatically proves itself to be a good place to work.
  • Turbulent times put leaders to the test. How people handle unwelcome surprises and unexpected blows to the best-laid plans can exacerbate a run of bad luck — or turn things in their favor. Traumatic change is hard enough without adding insult to injury. When crises occur, leaders need to know how to avoid the traps that make it harder to recover. Here are 13 common mistakes and some guidelines for avoiding them.
    1. Pressure to act quickly undermines values and culture.
    2. Management exercises too much control.
    3. Urgent tasks divert leaders' attention from the mood of the organization.
    4. Communication is haphazard, erratic and uneven.
    5. Uncertainty creates anxiety.
    6. Employees hear it from the media first.
    7. There is no outlet for emotions.
    8. Key stakeholders are neglected.
    9. It seems easier to cut than redeploy.
    10. Casualties dominate attention.
    11. Changes are expedient, not strategic.
    12. Leaders lose credibility.
    13. Gloom and doom fill the air.
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