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Four Destructive Myths Most Companies Still Live By - Tony Schwartz

Four Destructive Myths Most Companies Still Live By - Tony Schwartz
by Tony Schwartz | 11:17 AM November 1, 2011 Myth #1: Multitasking is critical in a world of infinite demand. This myth is based on the assumption that human beings are capable of doing two cognitive tasks at the same time. We’re not. If you’re on a conference call, for example, and you turn your attention to an incoming email, you’re missing what’s happening on the call as long as you’re checking your email. On average, according to researcher David Meyer, switching time increases the amount of time it takes to finish the primary task you were working on by an average of 25 percent. Difficult as it is to focus in the face of the endless distractions we all now face, it’s far and away the most effective way to get work done. Myth #2: A little bit of anxiety helps us perform better. Think for a moment about how you feel when you’re performing at your best. The more anxious we feel, the less clearly and imaginatively we think, and the more reactive and impulsive we become. Related:  Idées / boulot

ABC de la Qualité - cours de qualité de méthodes de résolutions de problèmes et de brainstorming La qualité se défini comme l'aptitude d’un produit ou d’un service à satisfaire les besoins d’un utilisateur [NF Z67-130].On s'intéresse ici plus spécifiquement à la gestion de la qualité qui est l'ensemble des techniques d'organisation qui concourent à l'obtention de la qualité dans le cadre du pilotage de la production de biens ou de services. Il existe de nombreux outils de gestion de la qualité : PDCA, Pareto, diagramme causes-effets, Six Sigma, 5 pourquoi, AMDEC, Poka Yoké, 5S, QQOQCCP, brainstorming, matrice de compatibilité … On met en œuvre des concepts définis dans la norme ISO 9000 : Responsabilité de la direction, Système Qualité, Revue de contrat, Maîtrise de la conception et des documents, traçabilité, maîtrise des processus, contrôles et essais, gestion des non-conformités, Actions correctives et actions préventives, coûts de non-qualité, Audit interne et Audit de certification. Vous trouverez ici des cours et formations autour de la qualité. 1. 2. 3. 4. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

How to Break Up with Employees To Kim N.: I’m sorry you were dismissed with anger and haste. To David S.: I wish I’d told you that even though you worked with us just 89 days, I don’t regret that we gave it a try. To Sam C.: I apologize for sending a signal that we didn’t value every minute you were employed by us. To David W.: I wish we’d thrown you a going-away party after you resigned, given all that you contributed to our business. To countless others: I was a coward for having someone else deliver the news of your termination, and I wish I’d met with you directly before we parted ways. After employing–and saying farewell to—hundreds of people over the past two decades, my list of apologies could go on forever. For most of my life as an entrepreneur I got angry when employees resigned. When I felt rejected I turned against departing employees. A “bad break up” with an employee is a huge mistake. It wasn’t until I’d sold my company (to Tesco in June 2011) that I realized how deeply these relationships mattered.

How To Make Great Presentations At some point, most of us have to make a presentation. Does the notion fill you with dread? Or perhaps you comfortable with presenting, but often don’t know what to say, or how best to say it? Making better presentations is a craft that can be learned. 1. Great presentations are only partly about execution. Like a great play, or a great movie, great presentations are carefully planned and scripted. Presentations have a lot in common with theater and story telling. So before you touch Powerpoint, you should reach for a paper and pen, and create a plan. A plan should consist of the following points: 1. What is the moral of your story? 2. 3. If a concept is new to your audience, then it is helpful to relate your concept to something the audience already understands. 4. Show your product or service working. 5. If you can get your audience involved, do so. Share the stage with video and audio presentations. Aristotle’s has a five point plan for making presentations. 2. “Why should I care”? 3.

Does perfectionism work for you or against you? - Ask Annie By Anne Fisher, contributor FORTUNE -- Dear Annie: I recently had my annual performance evaluation. Like every other review in my career so far, it was -- how can I put this? Then comes the big "but…." Dear BB: "When I hear, 'you're such a perfectionist,' it's never clear whether this is a compliment or an insult," says Jeff Szymanski. A PhD in psychology, Szymanski is a self-diagnosed perfectionist. Szymanski starts from the premise that the P-word is a double-edged sword. You seem to be describing common symptoms of perfectionism run amok: Believing no one else can do their jobs as well as you can, refusing to let go of anything until it's flawless, and consequently blowing deadlines that matter more to your boss (and quite possibly others, like customers) than a "perfect" project does. What's more, if you're like most perfectionists, you've been functioning this way for a long time, so it has become second nature. But don't be discouraged. Here are four ways to start: 1. 2. 3. 4.

Bug de l'an 2038 Un article de Wikipédia, l'encyclopédie libre. Illustration du phénomène. La valeur décimale de la date deviendra négative à 03:14:08 UTC. En informatique, le bug de l'an 2038 est un problème similaire au bug de l'an 2000 qui pourrait perturber le fonctionnement d'ordinateurs 32 bits le à 3 h 14 min 7 s, temps universel[1]. Le problème concerne des logiciels qui utilisent la représentation POSIX du temps, dans lequel le temps est représenté comme un nombre de secondes depuis le à minuit (0 heure). Dans le domaine applicatif, le problème s'est révélé dès les années 2010 comme celui de l'an 2000 s'était révélé dès les années 1980 avec les échéanciers des plans à long terme (les tableurs utilisent depuis des dates soit glissantes, soit en format long). Notes et références[modifier | modifier le code] Voir aussi[modifier | modifier le code] Lien externe[modifier | modifier le code] (en) Site web dédié à la dissémination de l'information à propos du bug de l'année 2038.

Industrial Engineer Industrial engineers analyze and evaluate methods of production and point out ways to improve them. They decide how a company should allocate its limited tangible resources (equipment and labor) within the framework of existing physical constraints (physical plant). Each company that hires an industrial engineer, either as a consultant or as an internal manager, has its own specific limitations. To become an industrial engineer, you must have a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering. Most industrial engineers are consultants in the manufacturing and administrative industries.

Internet Traffic is now 51% Non-Human So you thought the Internet was made by and for people? Think again. A study by Incapsula, a provider of cloud-based security for web sites (mind you where this data comes from), concludes that 51% of all Internet traffic is generated by non-human sources such as hacking software, scrapers and automated spam mechanisms. While 20% of the 51% non-human traffic is’ good’, the 31% majority of this non-human traffic is potentially malicious. The study is based on data collected from 1,000 websites that utilize Incapsula’s services, and it determined that just 49% of Web traffic is human browsing. 20% is benign non-human search engine traffic, but 31% of all Internet traffic is tied to malicious activities. 19% is from ” ‘spies’ collecting competitive intelligence,” 5% is from automated hacking tools seeking out vulnerabilities, 5% is from scrapers and 2% is from content spammers. Presumably these numbers will only rise. Thanks Bruce.

Industrial engineering Depending on the subspecialties involved, industrial engineering may also be known as, or overlap with, operations management, management science, operations research, systems engineering, management engineering, manufacturing engineering, ergonomics or human factors engineering, safety engineering, or others, depending on the viewpoint or motives of the user. For example, in health care, the engineers known as health management engineers[not verified in body] or health systems engineers are, in essence, industrial engineers by another name. Overview[edit] While the term originally applied to manufacturing, the use of "industrial" in "industrial engineering" can be somewhat misleading, since it has grown to encompass any methodical or quantitative approach to optimizing how a process, system, or organization operates. The various topics concerning industrial engineers include: History[edit] Origins[edit] Industrial Revolution[edit] Specialization of Labor[edit] Interchangeable Parts[edit]

Le QQOQCP Le QQOQCP Qu'est-ce que c'est ? Cet outil consiste à se poser les 7 questions clés pour cerner une situation. Qui ,Quoi, Ou, Quand, Comment, Combien et Pourquoi Pourquoi l'utiliser ? L'objectif de cet outil est de recueillir toutes les informations nécessaires en relation à une situation, un système, un problème... Dans quel contexte l'utiliser ? Il peut être utilisé lorsque l'on veux comprendre un phénomène, un comportement et donner du sens à un événement. Projet : Un projet peut aisément se caractériser avec un qqoqcp, afin que tous les aspects du projet soit défini à son démarrage. Compte-rendu de réunion : Lors de la réalisation d'un compte rendu de séance vous pouvez facilement passer en revue votre compte-rendu à l'aide d'un QQOQCP pour être sur que toutes les informations essentielles aient été mentionnées. Prise de recul : Vous pouvez à tout moment et pour tout sujet, lorsque vous êtes dans une impasse, vous poser ces questions à vous-même. Qui a créé cet outil ? La méthode

Corporate finance Investment analysis (or capital budgeting) is concerned with the setting of criteria about which value-adding projects should receive investment funding, and whether to finance that investment with equity or debt capital. Working capital management is the management of the company's monetary funds that deal with the short-term operating balance of current assets and current liabilities; the focus here is on managing cash, inventories, and short-term borrowing and lending (such as the terms on credit extended to customers).[citation needed] The terms corporate finance and corporate financier are also associated with investment banking. The typical role of an investment bank is to evaluate the company's financial needs and raise the appropriate type of capital that best fits those needs. Financial management overlaps with the financial function of the Accounting profession. Outline of corporate finance[edit] Investment analysis[edit] Maximizing shareholder value[edit] Leveraged buyout[edit]

La grille de décision Présentation La grille de décision est composer d'une colonne critère ( première colonne et de x colonne correspondant chacune à une solution. Les étape de constitution de la grille de décision 1. Pour établir les critères il est important de comprendre dans quels système la solution va être mise en place afin de déterminer ce qui eest réelement important. 2. Les critères nice ( les souhaits) peuvent être pondéré par un coefficient l'importance du critère par rapport aux autres. 3. 4. 5. 6. Prenons l'exemple d'un commercial, qui dans le but de conquérir un maximum de clients devra faire un choix "d'une grande importance" : choisir un retaurant. Grille de décision après évaluation de chaque critère. Grille de décision après pondération. Le restaurant "ToutEstBon" est effectivement le meilleur, assurant ainsi à notre commercial un "embonpoint" bien entretenu. Une autre réprésentation Un graphique en étoile pourra permettre de mettre en évidence les différentes solutions :

Drug theft goes big Organized gangs are stealing prescription medicine in increasingly audacious heists. That's a problem for Big Pharma and for patients, who can unknowingly buy stolen -- and sometimes dangerous -- medications. By Katherine Eban, contributor FORTUNE -- A few years ago a security expert visited Eli Lilly's vast warehouse in Enfield, Conn., one of the pharmaceutical giant's three U.S. distribution sites, where hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of prescription drugs are stored. He then looked up at the ceiling. Sure enough, Lilly's (LLY) Enfield warehouse became the site of a headline-making heist -- the largest pharmaceuticals theft in history. Security was so lax that they pulled their tractor-trailer directly up to the loading dock and parked there for hours. Another alarm went off at some point during the burglary, say those familiar with the break-in. Pharma: The most lucrative target And pharmaceuticals top the list of the most lucrative targets. The FBI's top pharma-theft cop

Chaos theory A double rod pendulum animation showing chaotic behavior. Starting the pendulum from a slightly different initial condition would result in a completely different trajectory. The double rod pendulum is one of the simplest dynamical systems that has chaotic solutions. Chaos: When the present determines the future, but the approximate present does not approximately determine the future. Chaotic behavior can be observed in many natural systems, such as weather and climate.[6][7] This behavior can be studied through analysis of a chaotic mathematical model, or through analytical techniques such as recurrence plots and Poincaré maps. Introduction[edit] Chaos theory concerns deterministic systems whose behavior can in principle be predicted. Chaotic dynamics[edit] The map defined by x → 4 x (1 – x) and y → x + y mod 1 displays sensitivity to initial conditions. In common usage, "chaos" means "a state of disorder".[9] However, in chaos theory, the term is defined more precisely. where , and , is: .