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Opportunity: What you can learn from Sam, the Banana Man

Opportunity and Sam, the Banana Man

Banana Man
Source: Daniel Jones

Sam, the Banana Man?

Sam Zemurray was born in the Russian Empire at the latter end of the 19th Century.  Born into a poor Jewish family, they were too poor to support him through school and, as a result, he had no formal education.

In his early teens, Sam emigrated to the United States of America.  At the age of 17 he recognised an opportunity where others spotted crisis.  By the age of 21, he had banked $100,000.  A hundred grand in 1898… that’s a lot of money!  By 1930, Sam was selling his company for $31.5 million in stock shares; retiring at the youthful age of 53. read more

Why You Need to Be an Assertive Ninja

 Assertiveness and You… Part I


Did you know that assertive workers…

  • Convey capability and competence.
  • Experience less stress (and less stress effects!).
  • Have all the benefits of established self-esteem.
  • Remain in control during times of conflict… and also have control over their anger.
  • Tend to elicit a constructive response in others.

Sounds good eh?  I don’t know about you, but I want to get me some of that!

Okay, tell me more

Assertion is grounded in the fact that everyone has the right to be treated with respect in all situations. Everyone has the right to be listened to and to be taken seriously, to say yes or no with conviction, to express their opinion, and to ask for what they need.

Assertive behavior can be many things. It can be standing up for your rights, feeling comfortable about being honest, expressing yourself with honestly (say what you mean and mean what you say), and observing and respecting the rights of others.  In working relationships, assertive behaviour promotes equality and a healthy balance. read more

Is Your Work Area a Messsss? Lean 5S!

Lean 5S: The Power of 5s

Tiday Desk

I know, I know… What are you on about Liz?  What the heck does “messsss” mean?  And what’s all this about “Lean 5S”?

Let me tell you more

Lean 5s is a methodology intended to make work space organisation as effective and as efficient as possible.  Wikipedia does a good job of explaining it:

“(5S)… describes how to organize a work space for efficiency and effectiveness by identifying and storing the items used, maintaining the area and items, and sustaining the new order”. read more

Locus (or Locust) of Control?

Locus (or Locust) of Control?

Do you have a healthy Locus of Control… or are you being Ravaged by Locust?

Your Locus of Control is your perceived source of control for events within your life.  It’s the extent to which you believe you have control over events in your life, or power over things that affect you.

Someone with an external locus of control believes that external factors influence what happens in their lives.  They consider events that happen in their life as the consequence of stuff that’s beyond their control.  On the other hand, someone with an internal locus of control believes that they can directly influence things that happen in their lives. read more