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¿Cuánto es suficiente?

¿Cuánto es suficiente? | Project Management is a big word |

I will not mention anything about Keynes. Not because it is not interesting but just because I consider his theories as fundamental part of any basic education.


What this article highlights is how the 80's were crucial in our economy, and especially the impact of 2 super powers like the USA and the UK. Indeed, their policies focused on wealth (only). We used to say the 80's were very materialistic, about possessing. But it is true, the more you had the more you could show the happier you (think you) were. So culturally and economically this decade has been crucial.


Something we should not forget is that we talk about economies with several speeds, I do think there are linked to these economies several speeds in cultures, mentalities. Do not get me wrong, I do not mention it in terms of capacities, but more in terms of trends. Therefore this can explain why this conception of life is still very present worldwide (the 80's are not that far away).


Second, this article just asks the question: is being rich makes you happy? Of course it helps, and of course I do not want to sound cliche. But what it explains is that is the society is rich you have more chances to be happy. You can be very rich but if you live in a city without infrastructure then your health and education, leisure can be affected. So the concept is: be rich in a rich city. This is questionable of course.


So basically everything sounds logical except the last part. The impact of the crisis will change us, but not as much as they say. Individuals may change, but we all know the mass is dangerous because it is easily manipulated and forgets. So again, be awake among awaken people. I have doubts this change in mentality will make a change. 


Conclusion: be rich among rich people and be smart among smart people... what else is new?



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Can you say anything to anyone... anywhere?

Can you say anything to anyone... anywhere? | Project Management is a big word |

After reading the article you can identify 2 different topics: how do you treat people (at work) and can you get fired for your behaviour in your private life. I decided to start discussing the first point and I will insist on this one. The second point will be briefly discussed.


So basically, can you say anything to anyone at work?


In any case the answer is easy: NO! There are many situations when mistakes can be made and can drive you mad, but is there a reason to be rude or agressive? NEVER! Let me tell you why.


So first if a mistake happens and you are not responsible for it then you can be mad, that is called frustrations. Shall you be made at the person making the mistake? No, be mad at the fact that the mistake happened. What is important is not the mistake itself but how you will fix it and learn from it. So please do not spend your energy in being agressive about a past fact but get ready to fight to fix it and learn from it. If the person responsible for the mistake does not understand it, well, the manager will have to make the person aware of it and will take the appriopriate disciplinary measures. So again, there is no reason to be aggressive and rude!


But if you are the manager, in a higher scale, can you treat people this way? NO! The reason is easy: you work with human beings and no matter how lower they are or who they are, they are still human beings and this reason justifies the fact that they deserve to be treated with respect. 


This is all about communication. To make it clear, when something bad happens, first be aware that it will cause frustrations and that is normal, share them, but do not blame the wrong person! Then take it as an opportunity to show who you are. What is important is how you fix it and learn from it. And of course it you want to put people on your side and make it easier, always treat them with respect.


So now that the first pointis quite clear, how can this be related to your behavior in your private life? 


In this case, the aggressivity of the guy is quite obvious, but he is in his private life. So why is it connected to work? Is it about the image of the company? I hope not. Let me tell you why.


So this guy has a high position, takes decisions, manages a lot of people. That must be a stressful job... now if I was one if his managers, I would wonder: do you think he can act like this at work? You never know but now we are talking about risks. Can I let a team member with a potential problem (being aggressive and rude) in my team? The answer is easy as well: NO.


So now we go backwards: a manager takes the decision to fire him to prevent any mistakes he can create. Is that the right thing to do? Of course: a good manager is not the one fixing the mistakes, he is the one preventing them from happening. So in order to avoid my first point of discussion, a bit of risks management is necessary :-)

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The time-bomb at the heart of Europe

The time-bomb at the heart of Europe | Project Management is a big word |

Here is again a warning from foreign economists about France. On the background, one important fact: the notion of competitiveness has been in every single French papers for a few weeks now...


As the article mentions, the new French president adopted some measures to help. These measures were warmly welcomed by most of the actors in French economy. Some would regret these measures not to be drastic enough.


However these measures had been necessary for a long time. The previous cover of the Economist was "France in denial". It was about the same topics but we were under Sarkozy's presidency. So the right-wing party did not take any measures.


So what is surprising is that these measures, supposedly part of a right-wing politics were taken by a left-wing party. It is courageous.


It shows that France is now under-pressure. Will these measures help? The answer is no... because these measures depends on managers' willingness of investing the savings granted by the government. Let's not forget that with the difficult previous years, most companies generated loses, therefore it is likely to happen that the tax savings from the government will first heal past wonds.


Again France will look at the past... maybe competitiveness was not only lost in the economy but also in the French culture?

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