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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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How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

Keeping yourself awake at work can be a real challenge when you’re bored, exhausted or sleep-deprived.

But before you reach for that can of Red Bull, bottle of Mountain Dew, or pot of coffee, try these healthy remedies to stimulate your 5 different senses and help you stay awake at work:

Sight – Visual Stimulation

The first thing you do when you wake up is opening your eyes, so your visual stimulation is very important to keeping your energy level high.

1. Maximize your exposure to light.

Your body’s internal rhythm is regulated by the amount of light you receive. The greater your exposure, the more alert you will feel.

Open the shades and let in the sunlight. Step outside or look out the window. Turn on all the artificial lights in your office or around your work space.

2. Exercise your eyes (or give them a break).

Roll your eyes up and down, side to side and diagonally. Rotate them clockwise and then counterclockwise. Squeeze them shut and then open them wide. Do this several times.

Reading and sitting in front of a computer screen for long periods can lead to eye fatigue.

Take regular breaks with deliberate blinking and looking out into the distance.

3. Take note of your environment.

Learn to enjoy people-watching. Observe their activities, speech, body language and interactions with others. Notice the details of building, trees and other objects around you, including their color, shape and size.

By doing this, you’re not only relaxing your eye muscles but also calming your mind.

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Hearing – Auditory Stimulation

What you hear or listen to have direct effect on your brain. This is why we feel so annoyed and sometimes angry when we hear construction noise when we’re working.

4. Engage in conversation.

Talk to a friend or colleague. Trade funny stories. Discuss your business venture, a creative idea, the latest political scandal, or any other topic that interests you.

Practice mindful listening to what you and the other person are saying. Tune into the tone, volume and content of the conversation.

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5. Listen to upbeat music.

Try hip hop, rock or jazz to keep you alert. Instrumental, non-distracting music works best.

Sing, whistle, and hum along if you can. Plug in the earphones if you must.

Smell – Olfactory Stimulation

If you’re feeling sleepy and suddenly smell the coffee, you’ll probably feel more energetic. This is why smell is an influential stimulation.

6. Work your nose.

Aroma therapists recommend essential oils of peppermint (to boost energy), rosemary (to build awareness), eucalyptus (to increase oxygen), cedarwood  (to activate your mind), and cinnamon (to improve your reaction time).

If you don’t have essential oils on hand, you can use lotions or burning candles that provide the same scents.

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Citrus like lemons, limes, grapefruits and oranges are also natural olfactory stimulants. Get a whiff of these citrus scents to stay awake.

Taste – Gustatory Stimulation

If you want an energetic day at work, you can’t let your tongue feeling plain and flavorless.

7. Have a good breakfast.

Start off with the most important meal of the day.

Think fresh, light and healthy: bran cereals, wholegrain breads, fruits, and yogurt.

Nix the heavy stuff like sausages, greasy eggs or pancakes.

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8. Drink lots of water.

Keep a glass or bottle of H2O near you and sip from it throughout the day. Dehydration can leave you feeling tired, sluggish and sleepy.

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9. Eat energy-boosting snacks.

Nuts and fruits (like bananas, apples and strawberries) are sure bets. Pairings with staying power include baby carrots with a low-fat cream cheese dip; celery sticks with peanut butter; red peppers with hummus; and plain yogurt with granola.

Avoid carb-filled, sugary snacks that make you crash and leave you feeling tired.

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Touch – Tactile Stimulation

Last but not least, your sense of touch will make you physically feel more energetic and less stressful.

10. Splash cold water on your face.

Do this in the morning, during bathroom breaks and in the afternoon. Being exposed to cold water pushes your body to adjust and regulate its internal temperature, which in turn keeps you alert.

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11. Use acupressure.

Apply pressure to, massage, or tap on the stimulation points of your body. These include the top of your head, the back of your neck, the back of your hand (between the thumb and index finger), just below the knee and your earlobes.

Watch this video to learn about the acupressure points you can try:

12. Get moving.

Move away from your chair and stand, walk, run or climb the stairs. Feel the earth under your feet. Stretch and twist. Do jumping jacks, lunges, push-ups and back bends.

And if you need to move more discreetly, wiggle your feet, bounce your knee up and down, scrunch your toes, or cross your legs.

You can also try some simple stretches and exercises at your desk:

Unlike addictive caffeine fixes, these remedies activate your senses, engage your attention, amp up your energy and prevent morning grogginess and afternoon slumps without the side effects or health risks.

Pick a few ways from this list of suggestions and practice them consistently. And when you do this consistently, you’ll soon see the positive results — a more energetic and productive you at work.

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