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The Top Ten Ways to Kill a Community

The Top Ten Ways to Kill a Community

Recently Lifehack.org published a great post about how to live a stressful life. I am a true fan of the counterintuitive and reverse logic so it got me thinking about the concept on a greater scale. If we can destroy our own individual lives with such efficiency imagine what we could all do to a community if we worked together on it.

To that effect, here is my list of the Top Ten Ways to Kill a Community. These same concepts can be applied to your business or organization if you have the foresight to view it as a community which must learn to thrive in a global market.

  1. Provide subsidies which retard the natural evolution of the local economy
  2. Migrate all governmental authority to locations distant from the community
  3. Siphon off any gifted community leaders into the larger government body
  4. Train residents to rely on outside parties for leadership and guidance
  5. Centralize manufacturing to the extinction the local craftsman/artisan
  6. Through lending practices create an undesirable local market
  7. Draw as many wage earning males out of the community as possible
  8. Encourage inflation by the steady increase in wage earning at the lowest level
  9. Encourage traditionally lower paying service industry development rather than manufacture.
  10. Allow a build up of substandard, low cost housing to corral the poor in one area

In the development of this piece Leon Ho raised an excellent question.

“How could readers prevent them (the ten killers) from happening?”

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As you see, Leon has a true talent for getting straight to the essence of an issue.

Are these issues actionable, and if so, how?

Item number 1 – When you make decision about how to allocate your resources, give careful thought as to whether you are providing a means for growth or are shoring up a failing initiative.

Item number 2– Be certain that the decisions being made in your organization are being made as close as possible to the level at which they must be implemented.

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Item number 3 – If a gifted leader develops in one part of your organization, leave him there! Moving him to a new area in need of leadership does not encourage the growth of leaders there. AND it is demoralizing to the group that grew this leader in the first place.

Item number 4 – Hire and train from within the community in which you are located. The community loyalty to your organization and its perceived value within that community will increase exponentially.

Item number 5 – Maintain the diversity in your leadership meetings. Be sure to involve someone from every level to maintain and appropriate perspective.

Item number 6 – Do what you can to help other businesses develop within the community in which you are located. Justification ? See number 4.

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Item number 7 – Find a core, stable group in your community and draw on them for as much of your staffing as possible. The greater your connection and investment in the community the greater the ferocity of that communities loyalty to you.

Item number 8 – Don’t inflate artificially inflate the wages of your staff simply because they have been there for a while. Base salary increases on value added to the organization.

Item number 9 – Do as much as you can to build your business model to develop the repeat “value added” business.

Item number 10 – Provide the best quality facilities for your staff that you can afford.

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Now, get out in the community and work to achieve the same goals for the entire community. It is time consuming, it does cost you some focus from your own personal organization, but it the long term returns make it well worth while.

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Reg Adkins writes on behavior and the human experience at (elementaltruths.blogspot.com).

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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