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Got this in an e-mail today..read on and njoy……

Calling the boss H – Hitler, A – Arrogant, R – Rascal and I – Idiot caught everyone’s attention in Naukri’s TV commercial, would you do the same if given an opportunity? Even though it was just an advertisement, it did reflect the plight of employees in the IT industry. After receiving interesting comments on “10 reasons why people quit jobs in IT industry”, we decided to take it a step further to analyze what exactly is going wrong. We conducted a survey to find out top ten mistakes that even good managers and bosses make.

So I am listing below the top ten mistakes which are very common amongst bosses.

1 – Micro-management
Sometimes when bosses assign work to an employee they don’t completely trust that employee will be capable of completing the work. They underestimate the ability of the people they hire and end up offending the employee. “According to me, the number one mistake is, not effectively identifying the strengths of the employee, thereby micro managing or not delegating or not trusting the employee’s judgment. A good boss is one who brings out the best in the employee,” says Sharda Balaji, Founder of NovoJuris Services.

2 – Using improper mode of communication
Some bosses have this weird sense that since they are boss they should order people around and create a military kind of environment. They feel the stricter the things are the better things are organized. If an employee is late for some deadline, then the boss starts labeling the work or the employee himself.

3 – Leading through intimidation
This is one of the worst kind of mistake that bosses make. They feel that if an employee is threatened to work they will perform better. What the boss does not realize is that employee under such pressure end up losing interest in work and will meet the deadline just for the heck of it. Such employees then would only do what is asked from them and will never happily give hundred percent to do something good for the company.

4 – Lacking empathy for employee’s situation
There are sometimes when employees do make excuses to take leave or when they come late. But not every reason is an excuse. Bosses end up thinking that their employees are always making excuses and do not showing any consideration for employee’s situation

5 – Becoming inaccessible to your employees
An employee wants to contact his boss for something important but he is busy with other things and does not give any weightage to employee’s problem and hence he is scared to approach his bosss.

“I have had some experiences at one of the company I worked with, where the manager was just not approachable and accessible. I could not expect any kind of guidance from him. It would not be wrong if I say that he was too busy caught with meetings (not accessible). He was also not approachable at the same time because of bad temperament and everything depended on his mood,” said Prashant Honnavar, who is a Manager of HR at NextBiT Computing.

6 – Not providing guidance or motivating employees
An employee should always have something to look forward to. A good manager knows how to motivate employees to make them perform better but for this they have to spend some time with their team. In today’s IT work environment many of the managers have no time to spend with the team due to day long meetings. As a result they miss out on understanding a team member’s problem at work and providing the right support and solutions for the same. Failing to support and understanding a team member will lead to recipe of resignation. A manager should always have the practice of having one on one to know more about the team member, and then provide right feedback at the same time to motivate with the right attitude.

7 – Not providing a clear picture – Transparency
Many times work is assigned by bosses to employees without clearly telling them the complete picture. Boss should always maintain transparency with their employee to make them understand what exactly they are doing. “If bosses start informing their team about the correct scenarios and maintain transparency about a project, then the employees will work more willingly and meeting the deadline will no longer be a concern of the boss alone,” said Juilee Joshi, who worked as a Technical Support analyst at BMC software.

8 – Insecurity about their post
Some bosses prefer to do things alone rather than taking teams help as they are unsecure that someone will provide better solution, and thus they get a sense of insecurity about their post. “There is something unique about Indian bosses. They get this superiority complex about their position and I fail to understand why. There are many extremely capable folks who like to remain in the ‘individual contributors’ role because they do not enjoy people management,” said Balaji. “You can deal with an egoistic boss, a demanding boss, an impatient boss… but the worst kind is the one who is insecure.”

9 – Trying to be friend as well as boss or showing partiality
This is the trickiest part of the boss-employee relationship. Some of the bosses try to maintain a perfect balance between professionalism and friendship but it does not always work well for the company. Employees might become lenient in submitting at deadline or boss might start expecting too much from employees since they are good friend as well.

Another part of this equation can be showing partiality or favoring certain employees over others which create negative vibes in the team.

10 – Making fake promises
In order to motivate employees many time managers make fake promises of promotion or goodies but when the time comes they just stall it. This de-motivates an employee a great deal and might backfire badly on the company.

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Google has announced a new tool that makes public the government requests it receives for data and content removal. It’s called Government Requests, and it currently shows requests that Google received between July 1 and December 31, 2009.

FYI India has asked

  • 1061 data requests
  • 142 removal requests (see pic & link)

Google admits that these numbers are imperfect and may not provide a complete picture of these government requests in a very detailed FAQ.

Google says it will update the tool with new data in six-month increments, and that the company intends to “provide more detail about our compliance with user data requests in a useful way” in the future.

Here is the link

Google is implementing a new policy to help you know if your account may have been compromised. It uses the general location and timing information to see if it is likely someone else is signing on. It will not help if the hacker locks you out of your account, but could save you if the person is ‘ghosting’ under the radar.

http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2010/03/detecting-suspicious-account-activity.html

“You may remember that a while back we launched remote sign out and information about recent account activity to help you understand and manage your account usage. This information is still at the bottom of your inbox. Now, if it looks like something unusual is going on with your account, we’ll also alert you by posting a warning message saying, “Warning: We believe your account was last accessed from…” along with the geographic region that we can best associate with the access.

To determine when to display this message, our automated system matches the relevant IP address, logged per the Gmail privacy policy, to a broad geographical location. While we don’t have the capability to determine the specific location from which an account is accessed, a login appearing to come from one country and occurring a few hours after a login from another country may trigger an alert.

By clicking on the “Details” link next to the message, you’ll see the last account activity window that you’re used to, along with the most recent access points.

If you think your account has been compromised, you can change your password from the same window. Or, if you know it was legitimate access (e.g. you were travelling, your husband/wife who accesses the account was also travelling, etc.), you can click “Dismiss” to remove the message.”

Previously when someone in China used to type 法輪功 or “Falun Gong” into Google’s search engine from Beijing (www.google.cn), then suddenly his Web browser becomes unresponsive for about a minute…
Now thanks to google for switching its search engine operations from mainland china to HongKong there is no censorship on this spiritual movement banned by the Chinese government and many other search phrases like Tibet and searches for missing Chinese activist lawyer Gao Zhisheng, jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, Chinese President Hu Jintao and “June 4 incident” — known elsewhere as the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown.
Now when you open http://www.google.com.cn it redirects to http://www.google.com.hk/

Recent searches for taboo topics from Beijing generally produced “page cannot be displayed” errors. The user’s browser stops working for about a minute, longer if one tries to access forbidden sites in quick succession. In other words, it’s not just the links to those sites that don’t work; the results don’t come back at all.

Yet the filters aren’t exact, and English-language sites have a greater chance of slipping through, partly because the government is more concerned about the vast majority of citizens who speak only Chinese. And even as the Great Firewall blocks Twitter and sensitive blog postings, excerpts do show up on Google’s search results page.
Before Google killed its mainland search service Monday and redirected “Google.cn” traffic to its existing Hong Kong-based site, Google returned censored results with a note explaining that some items had been removed. Google needed to comply with Chinese laws, but it wanted users to know about the omissions in hopes they would pressure their government to lift restraints.

But Google announced January 12 that it was no longer willing to censor those results after it discovered it was the target of hacking attacks originating from China. Unable to reach agreement with the ruling party on running an uncensored search service, Google decided to send mainland users to Hong Kong, a Chinese territory that is semi-autonomous because of its past as a British colony.

Soma Bhattacharya of Stepping into Project Management – Newbie’s Diary has published a quick interview with tips for project managers and other technology people who are looking for jobs.

If you’re not yet familiar with Soma’s blog, why not head over and take a look?

Getting a Job in the New Economy

Absolutely stunning. The Sixth sense technology.
Guys – must watch!!

Absolutely stunning to see where technology is heading and what the future is gonna look like.

And be proud – the man behind this is an Indian!!

This is just incredible and unbelievable, yet true. Click the URL below and see the demo and find out how things are going to change in the computer world.

See the live demo of Pranav Mistry who shook the world recently on this Sixth Sense Technology.

This is simply a terrific presentation and absolutely astounding!! !!!!

At TED India, Pranav Mistry demos several tools that help the physical world interact with the world of data — including a deep look at his SixthSense device and a new, paradigm-shifting paper “laptop”.

In an onstage Q&A, Mistry says he’ll open-source the software behind Sixth Sense, to open its possibilities to all. MICROSOFT better watch out.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/Pranav-Mistry-The-thrilling-potential-of-SixthSense-technology/videoshow_ted/5231080.cms

The Earth Hour 2009

THIS SATURDAY 28 MARCH AT 8.30PM YOU CAN VOTE EARTH BY SWITCHING OFF YOUR LIGHTS FOR ONE HOUR – EARTH HOUR.

In what we hope will be the world’s largest mass participation event, Earth Hour will be the culmination of one billion people around the globe, in more than 1,000 cities turning off lights. This comes as perfect timing to send a message to the leaders at the upcoming Copenhagen Climate Change Conferencethat we need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for the short and long term benefit of the planet.

In 2008, 50 million people across 35 countries turned off their lights for one hour. Lets see how much bigger we can make it this year. And with your help we can. Already hundreds of icons and landmarks around the world have signed up to turn their lights off for Earth Hour 2009 including – the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Sydney Opera House, Acropolis and Parthenon in Athens and The London Eye, among many others.

Here is what you can do:

1. Turn out your non-essential lighting during Earth Hour, Saturday March 28, between 8:30-9:30 pm local time in all buildings you can control.

2. Sign up at http://www.earthhour.org/ to show your commitment to Earth Hour and to get further details.

3. Promote and encourage your friends, family and co-workers to participate in Earth Hour.

See you in the dark!