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BevIsHopeful
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2009 1:20 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

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How do you persuade someone who earns 4 times what you do to get on and do what they have to do (without resorting to "telling" on them)?


In my own corporate environment, I never bothered with someone else's performance, unless their neglect was directly affecting my deadline.  Then, I would send an email out to everyone involved to let them know we were waiting for one more signature.    And, of course, the "one more" to which I referred would be the only CC on the note.  

If the person is your boss, I learned early that taking on more of their work for them is fabulous job security.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2009 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BevIsHopeful wrote:
Lexilogio wrote:

How do you persuade someone who earns 4 times what you do to get on and do what they have to do (without resorting to "telling" on them)?


In my own corporate environment, I never bothered with someone else's performance, unless their neglect was directly affecting my deadline.  Then, I would send an email out to everyone involved to let them know we were waiting for one more signature.    And, of course, the "one more" to which I referred would be the only CC on the note.  

If the person is your boss, I learned early that taking on more of their work for them is fabulous job security.


These are things I need for my deadlines. A lot of what I do is coordinating and reporting - so I have to get updates from many senior leads.

It's about persuading them that it needs doing - and it needs prioritising - without putting their backs up.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2009 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just started, Five Go to Demon's Rocks, 1961 by Enid Blyton ...phew reallll heavy
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 3:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Read Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild this weekend.  I had also recently seen the film, which was exquisitely done (Kudos to Sean Pean who directed it.)  

It's a sad story, really.  It's a story about a young man, Chris McCandless, who, after graduating from Emery University, went on a two-year hike and eventually into the Alaskan wilderness where he died, alone, probably from a combination of being too lean and eating contaminated seed pods.  People have been divided over the years as to whether his death was a nobel mistake or arrogant folly.   I lean more towards nobel mistake.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2009 1:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote



Currently reading Layla and Majnun by Nizami: originally an epic poem in Persian literature, best known (if known at all) as the book that partially inspired Eric Clapton to write Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs - possibly the greatest album ever, IMHO. The tragic unrequited love story to end all tragic unrequited love stories - enough schmaltz to fur your arteries at a hundred paces and absolutely wonderful.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2009 9:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some light reading. I just finished "According to the Plan of a One-Eyed Mystic", a Doc Savage story about a criminal who can apparently change bodies.

I've just started "The Alibi Trail", a Shadow story where important men are murdered and crooks have alibis.

Both are 1940's pulp stories. The originals cost plenty but I picked up the two series (181 books and 325 books) on CD's for peanuts. I can read them on my computer or let them read themselves (which sounds like Stephen Hawking is reading to me).
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2009 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've recently read Roberto Bolano's "Amulet".

It's a fantastic book - very whimsical. It's set in Mexico City in 1968, in the run up to the Tletacolco Massacre.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2009 11:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just started the new Richard Dawkins, The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution.



Fantastic. What else would it be?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 24, 2009 10:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't often buy books from bookshops these days (and haven't for years) because of the cost as opposed to getting them from Ama certain well-known online book retailers, but I was browsing in a local bookshop this afternoon and treated myself to Roger McGough's Collected Poems and Tony Harrison's Selected Poems. I'm not too familiar with Roger McGough but I've loved Tony Harrison's poetry for years, ever since the controversy over the transmission the film of his most famous poem, v., back in the 1980s.



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 24, 2009 11:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I don't often buy books from bookshops these days (and haven't for years) because of the cost as opposed to getting them from Ama certain well-known online book retailers, but I was browsing in a local bookshop this afternoon and treated myself to Roger McGough's Collected Poems and Tony Harrison's Selected Poems. I'm not too familiar with Roger McGough but I've loved Tony Harrison's poetry for years, ever since the controversy over the transmission the film of his most famous poem, v., back in the 1980s.





I've also got a collection of Tony Harrison's poems - he's an excellent poet.

Roger McGough is a honey - he's got a gentle wit in his poetry.


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