5 Minutes Management Course

Here are some management lessons sent to us by one of our fundoo fans.

Estimated time of completion of this life changing course is 5 minutes. Please read and practice the lessons as they will enrich your work life and bring you much success in your quest for management success :)

Lesson 1:

A man is getting into the shower just as his wife is finishing up her shower, when the doorbell rings.

The wife quickly wraps herself in a towel and runs downstairs.

When she opens the door, there stands Bob, the next-door neighbor.

Before she says a word, Bob says, 'I'll give you $800 to drop that towel.'

After thinking for a moment, the woman drops her towel and stands naked in front of Bob, after a few seconds, Bob hands her $800 and leaves.

The woman wraps back up in the towel and goes back upstairs.

When she gets to the bathroom, her husband asks, 'Who was that?'

'It was Bob the next door neighbor,' she replies.

'Great,' the husband says, 'did he say anything about the $800 he owes me?'

Moral of the story:

If you share critical information pertaining to credit and risk with your shareholders in time, you may be in a position to prevent avoidable exposure!

Lesson 2:

A sales rep, an administration clerk, and the manager are walking to lunch when they find an antique oil lamp.

They rub it and a Genie comes out.
The Genie says, 'I'll give each of you just one wish.'
'Me first! Me first!' says the admin clerk. 'I want to be in the Bahamas, driving a speedboat, without a care in the world.' Puff! She's gone.

'Me next! Me next!' says the sales rep.. 'I want to be in Hawaii, relaxing on the beach with my personal masseuse, an endless supply of Pina Coladas and the love of my life.' Puff! He's gone.

'OK, you're up,' the Genie says to the manager...
The manager says, 'I want those two back in the office after lunch..'

Moral of the story:

Always let your boss have the first say!

Lesson 3:

An eagle was sitting on a tree resting, doing nothing.

A small rabbit saw the eagle and asked him, 'Can I also sit like you and do nothing?'

The eagle answered: 'Sure, why not.'

So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the eagle and rested. All of a sudden, a fox appeared, jumped on the rabbit and ate it.

Moral of the story:

To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very, very high up!

Lesson 4:

A turkey was chatting with a bull.

'I would love to be able to get to the top of that tree' sighed the turkey, 'but I haven't got the energy.'

'Well, why don't you nibble on some of my droppings?' replied the bull. They're packed with nutrients.'

The turkey pecked at a lump of dung, and found it actually gave him enough strength to reach the lowest branch of the tree.

The next day, after eating some more dung, he reached the second branch.

Finally after a fourth night, the turkey was proudly perched at the top of the tree.

He was promptly spotted by a farmer, who shot him out of the tree.

Moral of the story:

Bull Shit might get you to the top, but it won't keep you there!

Lesson 5:

A little bird was flying south for the winter. It was so cold the bird froze and fell to the ground into a large field.

While he was lying there, a cow came by and dropped some dung on him.

As the frozen bird lay there in the pile of cow dung, he began to realize how warm he was.

The dung was actually thawing him out!

He lay there all warm and happy, and soon began to sing for joy.

A passing cat heard the bird singing and came to investigate. Following the sound, the cat discovered the bird under the pile of cow dung, and promptly dug him out and ate him.

Morals of the story:

(1) Not everyone who shits on you is your enemy.
(2) Not everyone who gets you out of shit is your friend.
(3) And when you're in deep shit, it's best to keep your mouth shut!

Congratulations! You have successfully completed the "5 Minutes Management Course". You are now ready to attain management nirvana!

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Life Is Like Coffee

Source: Flickspire:

Click on the link below for a very inspiring video. Don't be discouraged by the title, if you're not a coffee drinker; just replace coffee with tea. The underlying message is very relevant. It talks about how to enrich the quality of life by enjoying life and not falling for the material wealth around us.

Life is like coffee

A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old college professor.

Conversation soon turned into complains about the stress in work and life.

Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee
and an assortment of cups:
porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal,
some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite.

He told his guests to help themselves to the coffee.
After everyone had a cup of coffee in hand,
the professor said:
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US State of the Union: Facts You Might Not Know

Source: CNN:

Here are a few facts about the US President's annual address to Congress that probably won't show up in the headlines:

Honey, which tie should I wear?

2010: Red with white stripes (President Obama)

2009: Red with white stripes (Obama)

2008: Blue (George W. Bush)

2007: Blue (Bush)

2006: Blue (Bush)

2005: Red (Bush)

2004: Red (Bush)

2003: Blue (Bush)

2002: Blue (Bush)

2001: Red (Bush)

2000: Red (Bill Clinton)

1999: Blue (Clinton)

Everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask:

-- Obama is the only African-American to have addressed a joint session or joint meeting of Congress.

-- Over the years, several black speakers from other countries have addressed a joint meeting of Congress. Among the notable examples are Nelson Mandela in 1990 and 1994 and Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in 2006.

-- Although Woodrow Wilson holds the record for most speeches delivered before Congress, 26, Franklin Roosevelt delivered the most State of the Union addresses -- 12.

-- Two presidents never prepared any type of State of the Union or annual message: William Henry Harrison and James Garfield. Harrison died after only 32 days in office, Garfield after only 199 days.

-- The first annual message broadcast on radio was President Calvin Coolidge's speech on December 6, 1923.

-- The first televised State of the Union was delivered by President Harry Truman on January 6, 1947.

-- The first prime-time State of the Union was delivered on January 4, 1965. President Lyndon Johnson moved the speech from its traditional midday time slot to the evening to attract a larger television audience.

-- The first State of the Union to be webcast live on the internet was President George W. Bush's 2002 address.

-- The first and only postponement of a State of the Union occurred in 1986. President Ronald Reagan was scheduled to deliver his address on January 28, 1986, the same day the space shuttle Challenger exploded. The speech was delayed until February 4.

-- Longest State of the Union: Harry Truman's first State of the Union address, on January 22, 1946, was more than 25,000 words.

-- The shortest: George Washington's 1790 address was only 833 words and is believed to have lasted less than 10 minutes.

Just the facts, ma'am

-- Wednesday, January 27, 2010: 69 minutes long and 89 applause interruptions.
-- Tuesday, February 24, 2009: 52 minutes and 61 applause interruptions.

George W. Bush:
-- Monday, January 28, 2008: 53 minutes and 70 applause interruptions.
-- Wednesday, January 23, 2007: 50 minutes and 63 applause interruptions.
-- Tuesday, January 31, 2006: 51 minutes and 64 applause interruptions.

The longest applause interruption, clocked at 52 seconds, was in honor of Staff Sgt. Daniel Clay, who was killed while serving in Iraq.

-- Wednesday, February 2, 2005: 54 minutes, 66 applause interruptions and 44 standing ovations.
-- Tuesday, January 20, 2004: 54 minutes and 67 applause interruptions.
-- Tuesday, January 28, 2003: 67 minutes including applause time; 19 "Saddam Hussein" references; 22 "terror"/"terrorism"/"terrorist" references; one seat left empty in the gallery in honor of September 11 victims.

Other terms and the number of times they were uttered: Tax: 13, Nuclear: 11, War: 12, Evil: 4, Compassion: 4, Environment: 4, Recession: 2.

-- Tuesday, January 29, 2002: 48 minutes and 78 applause interruptions.
-- Tuesday, February 27, 2001: 49 minutes and 86 applause interruptions. The welcoming applause lasted more than five minutes.

-- Thursday, January 27, 2000: 88 minutes, Clinton's longest and 128 applause interruptions -- a record for him.
-- Tuesday, January 19, 1999: 77 minutes and 95 applause interruptions.
-- Tuesday, January 27, 1998: 72 minutes; length of applause was four minutes during the speech; the welcoming applause lasted 2 minutes, 25 seconds; 101 applause interruptions.
-- Tuesday, February 4, 1997: 60 minutes and 69 applause interruptions; length of applause: 9 minutes.
-- Tuesday, January 23, 1996: 62 minutes; more than 60 applause interruptions.
-- Tuesday, January 24, 1995: 81 minutes; more than 96 bursts of applause; 39 standing ovations.
-- Tuesday, January 25, 1994: 63 minutes; 60 rounds of applause and 18 standing ovations.
-- Wednesday, February 17, 1993: 65 minutes and more than 60 bursts of applause.

George H.W. Bush
-- Tuesday, January 28, 1992: 50 minutes and 76 applause interruptions.
-- Tuesday, January 29, 1991: 47 minutes and more than 50 bursts of applause. The longest applause lasted more than a minute.

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The Best Times to Buy Anything in 2011

Source: Lifehacker:

A very interesting article was published in Lifehacker today morning. It talks about the optimum time to buy a product for a good price. It attempts to lay out the best products to purchase every month.

Good things, and better prices, come to those who wait. Buy your furniture now, laptops in April, appliances in September, and make other better-timed purchases with our buying guide, and you'll save a few bucks with off-season, inventory-moving prices.

We first did a Best Times to Buy chart in January 2010. Soon after that, we offered (almost) monthly updates and explications of what was on sale, and why. Our commenters, being the awesome people they are, continued offering more tips as we went along, and knocked down a few of our ideas. So we've fixed up our big chart, fine-tuned the individual months' listings, and present for you here our Best Times to Buy Anything in 2011.

Now, onto the what and why of each month. Much of this information is drawn from various sources, along with tips and validations from our commenters. We also leaned a little bit from Mark Di Vincenzo's handy book, Buy Ketchup in May and Fly at Noon: A Guide to the Best Time to Buy This, Do That, and Go There.

First Quarter (Jan/Feb/March)

Gas grills & air conditioners: They're obviously off-season, but it's not like "next year's model" will be remarkably better or different.
Bicycles & Sporting Goods: Not only is it prime off-season pricing, you've got the attention of salespeople who think they're talking to someone who's for real about their exercise.
Furniture: It's both a lull and a changeover for the showrooms, so find that dining room set and haggle.
Digital frames: Hey, where'd all last month's buyers go? Pick up the leftover stock on the cheap. Carpeting: Most people are focused on holidays, not renovations, and it's before the big tax rebate buying season, according to Carpet SuperSite.
Tools: The kinds with batteries and cords and lots of warnings, because their makers put on a big push.
Chocolate (after Feb. 14): Because, well, you know.
Digital cameras: The newest models are out, fresh from the trade shows, so anything left over goes cheap.
Luggage: Halfway between buying seasons, stores eager to move.
Frozen foods: Goofy, but it's "National Frozen Food Month." And you can buy and freeze.
Winter coats & sports gear: Winter fun season is coming to an end.
Boats: It's the end of boat show season; you've got the upper hand.

Second Quarter (April/May/June)

Televisions: Japanese manufacturers' fiscal years end in March, so old inventory must go to make the cut.
House (for availability): It's a tricky thing, house buying, but if you do it early enough to see how the house survived winter, but not at the height of warm-weather open house season, a good deal can be found.
Boots & winter wear: Nobody's buying, except your think-ahead self.
Cruises: Cruise lines are moving ships around the world this month; Book and travel short-notice this month; they'll be happy to have passengers.
Car accessories & parts: Prime car-fixin' season is coming up, so old inventory must go. Commenters point out best spots for online car parts.
Laptops: Might be inventory, or some other reason, but laptops go cheap this time of year.
Fabric: Craft stores are shifting from heavier winter fabrics to lighter spring stuff.
Cookware: Graduations are around the corner, so get in on that going-away gift sale (and consider buying stainless).
Vacuum cleaners: The new models arrive in June, so this here is clean-out time.
Sneakers: Spring has sprung, charity races are plenty, and sneaker makers are targeting less serious runners.
Patio furniture: New stuff hits the floor, old stuff needs to go. Also check your local garage sales.
Party supplies: Whether or not you're hosting a graduation party or early-spring picnic, stock up now for later.
Cookware: Graduations, weddings, and cheaper goods at both the high and low price points.
Vacuum cleaners: Just like last month, clearing out old models before June roll-outs.
Gym memberships: Nobody's making resolutions, and it's nice weather out. Get your haggle on.
Tools (June 1-20): Father's Day sales don't require birth certificate proof, now, do they?
Suits (June 1-20): Same as with tools: fathers need suits, but so might you, as JCMasterpiece tells it.
Dishware: Like May, June is a wedding month, so dishes are cheaper, whether or not you're registered.
Off-season sports gear: If you support a team, now might be the time to show it, as college and pro gear for most sports is off-season.

Third Quarter (July/Aug/Sept)

Big appliances: Showrooms are moving out last year's models, making room for new stuff, and all the scratch-and-dent pieces that are totally operational are offered at deep discounts.
"Older" computers: As in not just arriving. Intel and AMD and system makers start ramping up for new stuff now, discounting old stuff.
Furniture: Stores make an inventory push, so if you like something, make an offer.
Broadway tickets: It's off-season for NYC tourism, so now's the time to snag those half-off tickets.
Grills (after July 4th): Wait for it, wait for it ... now, grab that grill, while stores shift toward back-to-school and yard gear.
Older computers: Same as July; newer stuff is on its way.
Laptops: Big-box stores and direct retailers want everyone going back to school to tote a laptop.
Outdoor toys & camping equipment: They take up lot of space, so as the season ends, stores want rid of them—at 65% off, even.
Kids' clothing: Don't have kids? Buy gifts, or surprise a nephew/niece, maybe.
Wine: Small-run, eclectic wines can be found early in the harvest, often cheaper.
Linens & storage containers: For the college crowd, but we all occasionally need to tuck stuff away and cover a bed. Macy's, for example, has deep sales.
Cars: It's the sweet spot between two years' inventory. Watch a car you like on the lot, come in later to make an offer.
Wines: As with August, but September is more of the traditional wine-buying season.
Laptops: More back-to-school discounts.
Holiday airfare: You're about eight weeks out from Thanksgiving, so it's a good time to buy those air tickets.
Grills & lawn mowers: Stores are moving 'em on out and making room for colder-weather gear.

Fourth Quarter (Oct/Nov/Dec)

Shrubs, bushes, bulbs, etc.: If you have a cellar or other area to store plants over the winter, you can jump in now and get these items, plus ever-plant-able bulbs, very cheaply.
Jeans: Whatever jeans they couldn't sell for back-to-school, it's yours now, just cheaper.
Cookware: Is October too early for holiday deals? Is cookware a gift? Manufacturers and retailers offer a resounding "yes."
Health insurance: You may not really have another time to buy it, if you're employed full time. During open enrollment, look around and see what's new in the offerings.
Toys and games: Sales are often offered to kick-start the holiday season, but maybe you, too, enjoy a good video game or board game.
Candy: Post-Halloween glut.
Aluminum foil & plastic wrap: Weird, but true.
Cookware: Early holiday sales make it just a bit cheaper.
Wedding dresses (starting Nov. 15): As with next month, it's a slow season, and just before cutesy Christmas engagements.
HDTV & home theater gear: From now until after the Super Bowl, the gear is new and the prices are relatively good.
Wedding dresses (and other wedding gear): Few are buying, but many to-be-marrieds are arriving after Christmas engagements. Move the price around to your liking. Commenter Chispea agrees.
Tools: Winter home repairs are less appealing, but just as viable in most cases—and the tools are cheaper.
Champagne and sparkling wine: Believe it or not, this is both the time it's prevalent, and the time to buy it.
HDTVs and home theater equipment: The deals are a bit better in January, but now is a good time to look before the big push in spring.
Off-color cars: Fancy a purple, orange, gold, or other off-color ride? You can probably get it for a steal right now as a year-end write-off for the dealership.

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AMBER Alerts and Facebook - A Great Partnership

The AMBER Alert program, credited with the safe recovery of 525 children across the country, has a new ally today ~ Facebook.

Announced today by Facebook, the U.S. Department of Justice and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), Facebook users will now be able to sign up to receive AMBER Alert bulletins for their state which will be sent to them through the Facebook "News Feed" feature. The bulletins will be sent to their Facebook pages the same way they see updates from friends or businesses they like. Facebook users will also be able to share the AMBER Alerts with their friends.

With more than half a billion people using Facebook, the Facebook AMBER Alert integration represents an important expansion for the program. It's a further sign just how ubiquitous Facebook has become in people's day-to-day communication. A total of 53 new AMBER Alert Pages have been created, one for each state, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia.

Birth of AMBER Alert:

On January 13, 1996, 9-year-old Hagerman was riding her bike in her Arlington, Texas neighborhood. A neighbor heard her scream and saw a man pull her off her bike, throw her into the front seat of his pickup truck, and drive away. Four days later, her body was found in a drainage ditch four miles away. The case remains unsolved.

A year after her murder, however, officials in the Dallas/Forth Worth area implemented the first local AMBER Alerts, which provide bulletins about serious child-abduction cases. In 2003, Congress directed the U.S. Department of Justice to oversee the AMBER Alert program designating the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs as National AMBER Coordinator.

The network has since grown to 120 AMBER plans nationwide, as well as international efforts in Canada, England, France, Greece, Portugal and more.

An estimated 800,000 children are reported missing every year. AMBER Alert is a voluntary partnership involving law-enforcement agencies and broadcasters. An urgent AMBER Alert bulletin is issued by law enforcement in the most serious child-abduction cases that meet specific criteria. The goal of an AMBER Alert is to instantly galvanize the entire community to assist in the search for and safe recovery of the child.

The primary means for AMBER Alert activation is the Emergency Alert System (EAS), the broadcast system used for weather emergencies and other public emergencies. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) created a special code and tone for AMBER Alerts. Once law enforcement has determined that a child has been abducted and the abduction meets AMBER Alert criteria, law enforcement notifies broadcasters and state transportation officials.

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Magical Mumbai

Source: Mumbai Mirror :

It has been a while since we last reviewed a web site. Doesn't mean we didn't come across any good one since our visit to WriteOnIt – Photomontage Creator. And it certainly doesn't mean we didn't have the time. Simply put, well, we just didn't get to review any site :)

But that's about to change today. Today's blog is kind of an encyclopedia of one of the biggest and best cities in the world - Bombay or as it is known now as Mumbai - Magical Mumbai!

Whether you are a Mumbaikar born and bred, new to the city, or just a tourist passing through, ‘Magical Mumbai’ has some information that you will find useful in getting around the place.

Being one of the biggest cities in the world, it’s no wonder that there is more information about Mumbai than can be collected on any one site on the Web. However, a new resource is still trying to go for it. Magical Mumbai seems to have a very simple goal – collect as much accurate info about the city as possible, and keep it as updated as possible.

Take, for example, the taxi tariff cards it showcases. Given that the taxis and auto rickshaws in the city have gotten their rates hiked twice in the recent past, it’s creditable that the site has kept up to speed with it.

So what’s the kind of information you can expect on Magical Mumbai? For starters, the site covers communication and travel. The city’s ISD and STD codes, along with regional languages and phrases are featured prominently. Alongside this, you will get all the details you need on getting around the city, including a train time table and bus routes. This is stuff that even a true Mumbaikar can use, not just tourists.

The rest of the knowledge is distributed in categories or articles such as places of worship, tourist landmarks, tourist attractions, getaways, eating in Mumbai, shopping in Mumbai, health and hospitals, amusement parks, beaches, gardens and parks, helplines, etc.

What are you waiting for? Go head to Magical Mumbai and indulge in some virtual sight-seeing!
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Most Dangerous Year Ever - From Secret Spaceships to Killer Drones

Source: Wired:

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Most Popular Photography Tips, Tricks, and Hacks of 2010

Source: Lifehacker:

Whether it's before, during, or after you shoot, Lifehacker.com has posted some awesome photography tips, tricks, and hacks this year. Here are the most popular for 2010.

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You Suck at Interviews: Main Reason - Lack of Preparation

Source: Skorks:

Good interview skills aren't necessarily a gift. Software developer and writer Alan Skorkin emphasizes the importance of practice and preparation for upcoming interviews on his blog.

I've talked about interviews from one perspective or another on several occasions—you might even say it is a pet subject of mine. It's fascinating because most people are no good at interviews. Of course, the other side of the equation is not pristine here, because the interviewer can be just as much to blame for a terrible interview, either through lack of training, empathy, preparation, or a host of other reasons (that's a whole separate discussion). So, why are we so bad at interviews? You can probably think of quite a few reasons straight away:

  • it is a high pressure situation, you were nervous
  • you just didn't "click" with the interviewer
  • you were asked all the "wrong" questions
  • sometimes you just have a bad day
In fact, you can often work yourself into a self-righteous frenzy after a bad interview, thinking how every circumstance seemed to conspire against you, it was beyond your control, there was nothing you could do—hell, you didn't even want to work for that stupid company anyway! But, deep down, we all know that those excuses are just so much bullshit. The truth is there were many things we could have done, but by the time the interview started it was much too late. I'll use a story to demonstrate.

The least stressful exam I've ever had was a computing theory exam in the second year of my computer science degree. I never really got "into it" during the semester, but a few weeks before exam time – for some inexplicable reason – I suddenly found the subject fascinating. Long story short, when exam time rolled around I knew the material backwards – I groked it. There was some anxiety (you can't eliminate it fully), but I went into the exam reasonably confident I'd blitz it (which I did). Practice and preparation made all the difference. Of course, this is hardly a revelation, everyone knows that if you study and practice you'll do well (your parents wouldn't shut up about it for years :)). Interviews are no different from any other skill/subject in this respect, preparation and practice are key.

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Most Popular Top 10s of 2010

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Most Popular How-To Guides of 2010

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Want to Check Local Foreclosures? - Use a Google Maps Filter

Source: Lifehacker:

Whether you're just curious about a neighborhood, or maybe looking to pick up real estate, Google Maps has an option to show you foreclosed properties around any address. You get prices, and can filter by bedroom or bathroom numbers and square feet.

The Big Picture explains how to access the filter on Google Maps, newly updated and loaded with data:

  1. Punch in any US address into Google Maps.
  2. Your options are Earth, Satellite, Map, Traffic and . . . More. (Select "More")
  3. The drop down menu gives you a check box option for "Real Estate."
  4. The left column will give you several options (You may have to select "Show Options")
  5. Check the box marked "Foreclosure."

It's good for both affirming the state of the economy, and for seeing what homes go for when they've been left in the wind.

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Consumer Reports Cellular Rankings Put AT&T in Last Place

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Happy New Year 2011!!!

It’s time to say GoodBye 2010 …



Welcome the New Dawn of 2011 with Open hands and Warm Hearths …

Welcome 2011

Wish You and Your Family
Happy New Year!

from all the Fundoo Geeks @ www.FundooGeek.com

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