What is the fracking? This is a technique that instead of drilling for oil and extracting it as if you are drinking a soda from a bottle with a straw, you blast your way into a deposit of a mixture of oil and gas, pump in water and you extract the remaining stuff. Fracking is much more like shaking a bottle of champagne so you get a nice celebratory pop!
And this pop is making the US economy again independent of foreign oil!
What is interesting to note from a management point of view is how the US and Europe are dealing with hydraulic fracturing.
In the US some states made fracturing legal within a very tight environmental regime. In other states, where NIMBYism is very strong and influential fracking is still off the cards.
In Europe fracturing is a more sentimental in nature. France and Bulgaria have banned it along with several other countries. Fear of earthquakes and groundwater contamination is rife. In these two countries most of the electricity is nuclear driven and the nuclear lobby is well known to have seen fracking as the devil in disguise.
Why ban fracking now?
Oil extraction techniques has been using hydraulic fracturing for a number of years. It was started some fifty years ago - for example in Canada and Germany. The hullabaloo of fracking is mainly green-driven and NIMBYism.
As we run out of dinosaur-era hydrocarbons marginal extraction techniques will continue to play an essential part in the production of oil and gas. Global prices of hydrocarbons will stabilize with these technique especially when one considers that the deposits in China can make China the 2nd largest gas producer after the US if it exploits its shale gas reserves.
Street protests in Saudi Arabia might warm our hearts, but they could easily lead to $250 a barrel oil and a global recession.
- Fareed Zacharia
A pretty cool career tool that portray a professional image and is current and realistic is the LinkedIn resume builder. Simple to use and versatile it gives professional people a head start in organizing their work experience, responsibilities and aspirations into one neat place. One also needs to be careful in online resume updating. They need to be updated with all the latest information to remain relevant.
A word of caution!
Your online and social media presence is or may be accessed by your current employer or past employer. Current employers can sense you are interested in a move when they see more activity on such media outfits! Also prospective employers and agents do check your online media presence so anything you don't want to show - keep it confidential.
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
What makes business people persuasive in their arguments? Why is your manager/boss persuasive?
The power of persuasion is important in management. At Innovaxin Training we encountered a number of of requests over the last 14 years to deliver persuasion training and development for managers. In order to help our clients in tangible ways we developed the Persuasion ABC Model for managers which I will briefly describe hereunder.
In order to persuade you need to develop your attitude (a settled way of thinking or feeling about someone or something, typically one that is reflected in a person's behavior) and get your mind to think in a persuading mode. How do you do that?
- Belief you can persuade people
- Prepare your case
- Package your argument into something worth siding for.
Understand the background to the current state of mind of the person you want to persuade. This if a client is extremely cost conscious you need to package his product in a cost conscious way. Without understanding the background you are prone to fire in a foggy marsh where you can only see up till your nose.
Close your persuasion effort towards and end. Focus your attitude and package towards an end and how will life be after they decide to take your side.
"Persuasion is often more effectual than force."
Time management is crucial for anyone. Here are some tips I wanted to share with you.
1-Manage Your Time
Make time for everything but beware of time wasters such as phone calls, interruptions and overdoing time on specific tasks.
2-Work from a List
You feel better striking items out of the way.
3-Start with the toughest jobs
That way you get them out of the way and do the easiest ones at the end.
4-Pack your day to the brim
You need to push yourself to the brim and get ready to work hard.
5-Prioritize your jobs
Not all the jobs will create the same value. So be prepared to decide what jobs to do or leave for another time.
Can be demotivating and create a sense of denial. Avoid at all cost!
"Time is the most democratically distributed resource in the Universe. Whatever you do with it is up to you - and only you!"
How many times do we feel that our talents', efforts' and 'that extra mile' is not appreciated! This is a management problem of lack of assertive communication.
1-Express yourself positively (I can see your effort in this)
2-Suggest refinements (I would lighten the sky to make the picture more surreal)
3-Mentor them to a higher level (Can I suggest you consider a picture of a ...)
"No longer shall I paint interiors with men reading and women knitting. I will paint living people who breathe and feel and suffer and love."
Brands conjure specific impressions on consumers. So we do with people around us. In management we are a micro brand. People whom we manage and people around them conjure an image when they hear our name, meet with us or how they perceive what we do and don't do.
Personality branding is a must in career development and we have to acknowledge that the brand 'me' is a powerful ingredient in our career development.
Question is - How do I brand myself for career prosperity?
1-Be yourself bearing in mind that what you do and don't do is being perceived by people around you and beyond you via social media. Thus what you and people around you post on social media will affect your future prospects in career development.
2-Brand your actions towards a purpose. Extra curricula activities, social interactions and being in the right 'crowd' is crucial. So is personal development, training and development at both academic and non-academic level.
3-Embrace change because the only thing constant is change so you might just want to 'exploit' change your way. You need to watch the writing on the wall and move along before the next wave is full up.
4-Be consistent and natural in what you do so you are at ease in constructing your own brand. Branding is an evolution made up of action, inactions and perceived projections over time.
“I feel that luck is preparation meeting opportunity.”
- Oprah Winfrey
Teams and organizations evolve and each party in the team or organization will create his 'comfort zone'. What are the sign to look for when people create comfort zones?
2-Lack of passionate interest in what they do
People need constant challenges like a well trained tree people must be 'evolved' rather than let to 'evolve' on their own with strict
c-Questioning the basic needs of the team or organization
Like trees organizations can grow where it is easiest to grow and become week where it is difficult to survive. Our role is to spruce the tree into a solid oak!
It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change
- Charles Darwin 1809-1882, English biologist and father of the evolution theory
In a multi-disciplinary boutique consulting organization the need for a blog was always there to express better our philosophy. After so many meetings and brainstorming sessions we decided to get the managing director and chief programmes officer to do the job and contribute some of his deep insights into management theories and practices and share his valuable experience.
So the first blog entry shall be about my experience working with managers and offer some quick tips about mastering the profession of managing people.
1-Align Your Managerial Responsibilities with Those of Your Team
I keep on encountering teams who feel 'out' of sync with the managerial targets. Yes this basic tenet is overshadowed by a myriad of instances whereby managers 'forget' to 'sell' their managerial targets to their teams.
2-Communicate, Communicate and Communicate
Management is nothing without communication and sharing the passion for what your targets are. How many boring meetings do you attend? Or no meetings at all! Or 'we have an open door policy' but we cannot be heard! Moral of this is - communicate 100%.
3-Dynamic Management not Administrators
There is a strange and odd process whereby managers tend to 'sit' in the office. Management is all about motivating people around you. Managers are not administrators. Administrators execute procedures and so be it - they fly on a nice day just following procedures. Managers fly in fog, so they need to create a sense of orientation. Orientation in the sense of which team members need coaching, mentoring or a spruce-up. They need to identify what needs to be done and execute it depending on priorities. They need to read the sign of times into the future to prepare their team for times ahead.
4-Work life balance
Managers need to 'get a life' and survive the pressures of management by honing the creativity in its widest form of definition. Be it a sport, artistic expression or discovering new experiences they need to keep abreast of their inner expression.
Above all enjoy being a manager - it is a noble profession next to none.
"Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don't interfere as long as the policy you've decided upon is being carried out."
— Ronald Reagan
Managing Director and Chief Programmes Officer based in Malta and an avid entrepreneur who likes sharing his expertise in various fields with people from all walks of life.
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