Archive for the ‘words’ Category

within and without

September 5, 2012

how can these two be opposites?

they seem to be on totally different planes

end of summer

August 28, 2011

it is the end of summer. school year is just around the corner.

football. some air to breathe. a new bag, 3 sharp pencils.

in our family it is time for a great barBQ with Limor’s brother’s family as all 3 boys’ birthdays are in the last week of august

so it is time for the long drive to a moshav in the Sharon plains.

Limor is driving. we pass by כלא הדרים, a prison nestled in the middle of many acres of citrus orchards.

From the back seat, Gil says “it is really not fair to call a jail כלא הדרים. it is like calling a kindergarten סוף הדרך or an old-age home גן עדן”.

end of summer. has that bitter taste.

now it is time to start something great, fresh, new

 

shock-o-late

July 28, 2010

what is really israeli?

shoko (chocolate milk) in a bag for breakfast is high on the list. 

it looks slightly less pretty when one drinks it

why it is so deeply en-grained in our culture?

maybe because it is breakfast, early memories, mom, and a certain body part….

but i am here to write about a more serious topic,boards.

just one more reference to the delightful shoko bag. one summer morning i left it on the kitchen counter. in the afternoon, the shoko was not that good. shoko-late and shock-o-late

and now, focus. attention. silence.

one of the most important parameters in having an effective board meeting is ‘when do you send the board package’.

in the past i have even read academic research to support this.

you send a board package late, board will not be effective.

it will be  shock-0-late

remember. boards do not like surprises.

again. boards do not like surprise.

and some board members like to come in prepared.

now for the tough part. how late is late?

i have seen management teams  send the package the morning of the board meeting. this is often as people land in the city of the board from an over-night flight.

what is the message? you really want the board members effective? more importantly, it probably means the CEO and the CFO and other members of the team worked on it all night. how effective are you going to be running a meeting with so little time to prepare?

back to basics. no extremes. is a day before the board good enough?

i say ‘no’. it does not give enough time to prepare.

best is the weekend before the board. this, however, is either not practical or does not have the latest information. still, i encourage you to try it. delight.

how about at least 48 hours in advance? i think it is achievable, allows people time to go over and ponder, and even call and discuss misunderstandings or disagreements.

Quilt your job

April 23, 2010

this blog is a re-post from seth godin, author, agent of change, entrepreneur. i would like to be a bit like him.

he is one of the few blogs i read on a regular basis.

why?

  • they are short
  • they make you see regular things in a different lite
  • they help promote change in the working place, in how to market internally and in how to create better products

here is one of his latest blog posts:

“i quilt”

When you’ve had enough, can’t tolerate your job any longer and are ready to quit, perhaps you could try one last thing.

Quilt instead.

You’ve got nothing to lose, right? I mean, you’re going to quit anyway, so what’s the worst that could happen to you?

So quilt. Spend hours every day integrating the people you work with into a cohesive group. Weave in your customers as well. Take every scrap, even the people you don’t like, and sew them together. Spend far less time than you should on the ‘real’ work and instead focus on creating genuine connections with the people you work with. Including your boss. After all, once you quit, you’re never going to see them again anyway, right? Might as well give it a try.

Careful… it might change everything.

boycott

April 11, 2010

Boycott was a name of an Irish estate agent who did not behave nicely to others, and thus got ostracized – socially isolated:

The word boycott entered the English language during the IrishLand War” and is derived from the name of Captain Charles Boycott, the estate agent of an absentee landlord, the Earl Erne, on Achill Island in County Mayo, Ireland, who was subject to social ostracism organized by the Irish Land League in 1880.

In September that year protesting tenants demanded from Boycott a substantial reduction in their rents. He not only refused but also evicted them from the land. Charles Stewart Parnell, in his Ennis Speech proposed that, rather than resorting to violence, everyone in the locality should refuse to deal with him. Despite the short-term economic hardship to those undertaking this action, Boycott soon found himself isolated—his workers stopped work in the fields and stables, as well as the house. Local businessmen stopped trading with him, and the local postman refused to deliver mail.

The concerted action taken against him meant that Boycott was unable to hire anyone to harvest the crops in his charge. Eventually 50 Orangemen from Cavan and Monaghan volunteered to harvest his crops. They were escorted to and from Claremorris by one thousand policemen and soldiers—this despite the fact that Boycott’s complete social ostracism meant that he was actually in no danger of being harmed. Moreover, this protection ended up costing far more than the harvest was worth. After the harvest, the “boycott” was successfully continued. Within weeks Boycott’s name was everywhere. It was used by The Times in November 1880 as a term for organized isolation. According to an account in the book “The Fall of Feudalism in Ireland” by Michael Davitt, the term was coined by Fr. John O’Malley of County Mayo to “signify ostracism applied to a landlord or agent like Boycott”. The Times first reported on November 20, 1880: “The people of New Pallas have resolved to ‘boycott’ them and refused to supply them with food or drink.” The Daily News wrote on December 13, 1880: “Already the stoutest-hearted are yielding on every side to the dread of being ‘Boycotted’.” By January of the following year, the word was being used figuratively: “Dame Nature arose…. She ‘Boycotted’ London from Kew to Mile End” (The Spectator, January 22, 1881).

On December 1, 1880 Captain Boycott left his post and withdrew to England, with his family.

guiltar

April 2, 2010

Guiltar: a musical instrument whose strings are pulled by your mother. (Frank Mullen III, Aledo, Ill.)

i would prefer that the phrase becomes fill in the blank:

a musical instrument whose strings are pulled by _________

would love to hear from you how you fill in the blank. your boss? your mother? your wife? your friend?

it definitely seems that in some ethnic groups (jewish-polish) mothers and future wives have a ‘genetic treaty’ to perpetuate this trait.

if you subscribe to this notion, you may agree it goes something like this:

to be remembered as a good mother, and to fulfill your traditional role, you need to build a Guiltar in your kids, especially sons, so that their future wives receives them ‘mature’. it is then the role of the wife to strum his fate with her fingers, (killing me softly with her love) and prepare the future generation of guiltars with the young off-springs.

this is a serious task that must start before the child is able to defend himself or herself against this ethnic trait. it is best cultivated in the period in which the child starts understanding the spoken word, say 6 months of age, but before he his psychologically capable of fighting back, say at 5 years of age. note that in many jewish polish families this is the desired difference between the ages of kids.

the road from slavery to freedom

March 28, 2010

a great holiday is coming. hag sameach. passover. what a misnomer. you can not just pass-over the subject of the path from confinement to liberty, from slavery to … is freedom the word? i was hoping salvation, but no, freedom is a good fit.

( btw tried to find a picture for freedom. this is what google images gives you. scary)

but this is the photo i choose

מעבדות לחרות

i was trying to think what does  it really mean to go from bondage and servitude to freedom. the idea was not easy for me. i decided the steve jobs captures the idea quite nicely:

“Your time is limited,

so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.

Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.

Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice.

And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.

They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

– Steve Jobs

if you have not seen SJ’s stanford’s graduation speech back in 2005, please do so now. before the holiday. it is a bit long, but worth your time. you will enter the holiday a different person; one in charge of your destiny.

i was trying to see if the word salvation can replace freedom.( it is a better play on letters with slavery) and decided it is not appropriate. below is wikipedia’s explanation. in a nutshell, it has too much to do with sins and after life. (גדול עלי).

since this is the holiday of freedom, i thought it is also appropriate to mention one of the greatest documents i have ever read. the US Constitution and its declaration of independence. its firsts real sentance (other than we the gathered here….) states:

We hold these truths to be self-evident,

  • that all men are created equal,
  • that they are endowed … with certain unalienable Rights.
  • that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness

i like it a lot. i think pesach is the holiday of equality. i also like the fact that it does not say we have the right to be happy, but the pursuit of Happiness

p.s.

salvation

In religion, salvation is the concept that God or other Higher Power, as part of Divine Providence, saves humanity from spiritual death or Eternal Damnation by providing for them an eternal life (cf. afterlife). The world’s religions agree that humanity needs salvation from its present condition. However, they hold irreconcilable positions on what it means from an eternal perspective to become saved, the actual way to get saved, and the resources needed to attain salvation.

The theological study of salvation is called soteriology. It covers the means by which salvation is effected or achieved, and its results. Salvation may also be called “deliverance” or “redemption” from sin and its effects.

Some religions claim that salvation can be attained by using only inner human resources such as meditation, accumulation of wisdom, asceticism, rituals, or good deeds. Other religions teach that humans can be saved only through the grace granted by an external personal agent (God, a bodhisattva, an avatar, etc.) One’s duty is to recognize the impossibility of being saved by one’s own efforts, and therefore accept grace unconditionally.[1

Bozone

March 13, 2010

Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.

Kevin, my college body, told me in the mid eighties that a lot of things you do not like in life can be explained if you account for the fact that 98% of the people in the world are stupid. while i have not fully agreed with this saying, it has stayed with me for many years. i prefer to think it is lack of discipline, and not stupidity. but still, it is hard to dis-prove this theory.

thanks again for the mensa invitational.

while the idea of Bozone, makes one smile, in my opinion, it is not people’s ignorance or stupidity that makes good ideas not work, but just a simple resistence to change

we are animals of routines. and routines are tough to change.

at first we make routines, then our routines make us.

some routines, or traits, were very useful in getting us to be the wonderful people we are, but are no longer useful.

Disposing of them and building a larger repertoire or reactions to certain emotions, fears, and situations, (such as change) is very difficult.

Lymph

March 3, 2010

as part of the re-purposing of existing words:

Lymph , v. To walk with a lisp.

Decafalon

March 1, 2010

The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.

welcome to my new diet:

no sugar, no wheat and cereals, no milk and cheese. no wine!

especially difficult, no coffee

i still try to drink one, once a week

otherwise, i really miss it