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    Lightbulb Think out of the box

    Every company has a performance appraisal system in place to measure the effectiveness of its employees.Needless to say everyone wants to be rated Outstanding.

    What is the yard stick and how do you measure these aspects?

    Employee "A" in a company walked up to his manager and asked what my job is for the day?

    The manager took "A" to the bank of a river and asked him to cross the river and reach the other side of the bank.

    "A" completed this task successfully and reported back to the manager about the completion of the task assigned. The manager smiled and said "GOOD JOB"

    Next day Employee "B" reported to the same manager and asked him the job for the day. The manager assigned the same task as above to this person also.

    The Employee "B" before starting the task saw Employee "C" struggling in the river to reach the other side of the bank. He realized "C" has the same task.

    Now "B" not only crossed the river but also helped "C" to cross the river.

    "B" reported back to the manager and the manager smiled and said "VERY GOOD JOB"

    The following day Employee "Q" reported to the same manager and asked him the job for the day. The manager assigned the same task again.

    Employee "Q" before starting the work did some home work and realized "A", "B" & "C" all has done this task before. He met them and understood how they performed.

    He realized that there is a need for a guide and training for doing this task.

    He sat first and wrote down the procedure for crossing the river, he documented the common mistakes people made, and tricks to do the task efficiently and effortlessly.

    Using the methodology he had written down he crossed the river and reported back to the manager along with documented procedure and training material.

    The manger said "Q" you have done an "EXCELLENT JOB".

    The following day Employee "O" reported to the manager and asked him the job for the day. The manager assigned the same task again.

    "O" studied the procedure written down by "Q" and sat and thought about the whole task.

    He realized company is spending lot of money in getting this task completed. He decided not to cross the river, but sat and designed and implemented a bridge across the river and went back to his manager and said, "You no longer need to assign this task to any one".

    The manager smiled and said "Outstanding job "O". I am very proud of you."

    What is the difference between A, B, Q & O????????
    Many a times in life we get tasks to be done at home, at office, at play….,
    Most of us end up doing what is expected out of us. Do we feel happy? Most probably yes. We would be often disappointed when the recognition is not meeting our expectation.

    Let us compare ourselves with "B". Helping some one else the problem often improves our own skills. There is an old proverb (I do not know the author) "learn to teach and teach to learn". From a company point of view "B" has demonstrated much better skills than "A" since one more task for the company is completed.

    "Q" created knowledge base for the team. More often than not, we do the task assigned to us without checking history. Learning from other's mistake is the best way to improve efficiency. This knowledge creation for the team is of immense help. Re-usability reduces cost there by increases productivity of the team. "Q" demonstrated good "team-player" skills,

    Now to the outstanding person, "O" made the task irrelevant; he created a Permanent Asset to the team.
    If you notice B, Q and O all have demonstrated "team performance" over an above individual performance; also they have demonstrated a very invaluable characteristic known as "INITIATIVE".

    Initiative pays of every where whether at work or at personal life. If you put initiative you will succeed. Initiative is a continual process and it never ends. This is because this year's achievement is next year's task. You cannot use the same success story every year.

    The story provides an instance of performance, where as measurement needs to be spread across at least 6-12 months. Consequently performance should be consistent and evenly spread.

    Out-of-Box thinkers are always premium and that is what every one constantly looks out for. Initiative, Out-of-Box thinking and commitment are the stepping stone to success.
    Initiative should be life long.
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    Well writting article.

    I suggest reading Lateral Thinking by Edward de Bono.
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    How lateral can you think....

    A man walks into a bar, and asks the bartender for a drink of water. The bartender pulls out a gun, points it at the man, and cocks it. The man says "Thank you" and leaves.
    What happened?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rameshjeee View Post
    How lateral can you think....

    A man walks into a bar, and asks the bartender for a drink of water. The bartender pulls out a gun, points it at the man, and cocks it. The man says "Thank you" and leaves.
    What happened?
    still no answer....
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    The man had hiccups for which he asked water. The bartender realized this and he decided to cure it with extreme fright. This one is there in de Bono's book (I think).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rameshjeee View Post
    How lateral can you think....

    A man walks into a bar, and asks the bartender for a drink of water. The bartender pulls out a gun, points it at the man, and cocks it. The man says "Thank you" and leaves.
    What happened?
    he had hiccups and the bartender frightened him to remove it ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by newprouser View Post
    he had hiccups and the bartender frightened him to remove it ?
    HA! Got you first, spammer. Vacate your throne with immediate effect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by just4kix View Post
    HA! Got you first, spammer. Vacate your throne with immediate effect.


    I protest ! You have once again misused ur power to make ur post appear first !!

    :lol: :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by newprouser View Post


    I protest ! You have once again misused ur power to make ur post appear first !!

    :lol: :lol:
    And I protest too. Nothing of this sort happened.

    Hiding behind silly excuses, I see.

    (thinking: kucch to karana padega :ban
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    Quote Originally Posted by just4kix View Post
    And I protest too. Nothing of this sort happened.

    Hiding behind silly excuses, I see.

    (thinking: kucch to karana padega :ban
    Right as u wish.....

    I will create a new thread...

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    In both cases, result is the same ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by just4kix View Post
    In both cases, result is the same ...
    :lol: :lol:

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    lol...I seriously got confused reading this article.
    Guess its not meant for people like me