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Here is something that will help in these difficult times….

The recession is viral and it has spread like wildfire. Few businesses have escaped the effects of the ongoing economic recession. The downturn has made it difficult to manage morale and take care of employee needs. Workplace motivation has plummeted, and things are only threatening to get worse. It is important to keep your team motivated during this recession. Here are six great tips for motivating your team in the face of adversity.

Be Honest

Honesty is the best policy when it comes to motivating your team. Employees will be questioning how their jobs and lives will be impacted by the recession. Don’t sugarcoat the information that you provide. Deliver clear messages and be honest about what is going on in your business.

Stop Gossip in its Tracks

Gossip is the number one killer of workplace motivation. Rumors about layoffs, cutbacks, or pay freezes can set your employees’ minds in motion. When you hear rumors floating around the workplace, squelch them as quickly as possible. If something becomes pervasive and problematic, you might have to hold a special meeting to boost team motivation.

Get Out of the Office

Motivating your team will be much easier if you all get out of the office and relax. Organize an offsite lunch or special outing as a means of energizing your team and stirring up creativity. This type of team motivation activity may come at a high price, but the positive return will be worth the investment.

Listen

Workplace motivation during a recession will also be impacted by things that are happening in your employees’ personal lives. Practice active listening skills and be sensitive to the needs and concerns of your employees.

Don’t Let Fear Cause Paralysis

Whenever there is a crisis of any kind, fear is often times a factor that gets teams off track. With the many threats that recession poses, your employees will be extremely susceptible to fear. Don’t let fear have a negative impact on team motivation. Exercise control over the things which can actually be controlled, and dismiss worries about those which cannot.

Recognize and Reward Accomplishments

Motivating your team with recognition and rewards for accomplishments is the most effective means of keeping things moving during this recession. While there may not be money in the budget for tangible rewards, a certificate of recognition, thank you note, or pat on the back goes a long way when it comes to workplace motivation.

Implementing a combination of these strategies can enhance team motivation in your workplace. The most important thing to remember during this recession is that people and relationships need to be managed with care while it is upon us. Keep the lines of communication between you and your employees open so that you can be successful in stopping the spread of fear and encouraging teamwork. While you cannot control the economy, you can exercise some influence over workplace motivation.

(from morebusiness.com)

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

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.

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

Recession hits dinosaurs

A 150-million-year-old complete and mounted skeleton of a dinosaur has failed to sell at a New York auction.

There are only two skeletons of its kind in the world; the other Dyosaurus skeleton in existence is on display at the Carnegie Museum in Philadelphia, the IM Chait Gallery said in a statement before its Natural History Auction on Saturday.

The 150-million-year-old, 2.7 metre long and 0.9 metre wide skeleton of the Jurassic age dinosaur was discovered in Wyoming in 1993 and was expected to sell for around $500,000.

Although two US museums expressed interest in the dinosaur skeleton, they could not afford the minimum bid, broadcaster CNN reported.

The fossil was dug up by Western Paleontological Laboratories in Lehi, Utah, which was selling it for economic reasons. It took two years to reconstruct the skeleton.

THE OSCAR WINNERS…

Oscars: Lucky seven for ‘Slumdog…’

Best Direction: Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire

Best Original Song: A R Rahman for ‘Jai Ho…’ (Slumdog Millionarie)

The Indian music maestro, Rahman wooed the audience with ‘O Saya’ and ‘Jai Ho…’ the nominated songs from ‘Slumdog…’, as the nominees for Best Original Song were being announced.

Best Original Score: A R Rahman for Slumdog Millionaire . “I have nothing but my mother and she is there with me. I thank her for making me coming all this way with her blessings,” said a proud Rahman.

Best Film Editing: Chris Dickens for Slumdog Millionaire

Best Sound Mixing: Ian Tapp, Resul Pookutty for Slumdog Millionaire. “This is just not a sound award, but a history being handed over,” said Indian receiver Pookutty.

Best Cinematography: Anthony Dod Mantle for Slumdog Millionaire

Best Adapted Screenplay: Simon Beaufoy for Slumdog Millionaire.
Best Documentary Short Subject: Megan Mylan for Smile Pinki

Best Foreign Language Film: Departures (Japan)

Best Sound Editing: Richard King for The Dark Knight

Best Visual Effects: Eric Barba for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Best Documentary Feature Film: James Marsh for Man on Wire

Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger for The Dark Knight . It was a special moment for actor’s family – mother Sally, father Kim and sister Kate who came to receive the trophy on Ledger’s behalf.

Best Live action short film: Jochen Alexander for Spielzeugland Toyland

Best Make-up: Greg Cannom for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Best Costume Design: Michael O’Connor for The Duchess

Best Art Direction: Donald Graham Burt for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Best Animated Short Film: Kunio Kato for La Maison En Petits Cubes

Best Animated Feature: Andrew Stanton for Wall-E

Best Original Screenplay: Dustin Lance Black for Milk

Best Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz for Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

उम्मीद और बदलाव की लहरों पर सवार होकर अमेरिका की किस्म बदलने निकले बराक हुसैन ओबामा ने मंगलवार को देश के 44 वें प्रेजिडेंट के तौर पर शपथ ले ली। अमेरिका ने पहली बार एक अश्वेत अफ्रीकी के बेटे को अपना मुखिया बनाकर दासता और रंगभेद के तकलीफदेह इतिहास का बदला लेने का संकल्प दिखाया। उत्तेजना , जोश और भावुकता से सराबोर यह माहौल इस बात की गवाही दे रहा था कि एक नए युग की शुरुआत होने जा रही है- ओबामा युग। लेकिन इस अहसास के साथ कि चेंज का चैलेंज मामूली नहीं है। ओबामा को वह कर दिखाना है , जो उनकी पीढ़ी में किसी को नहीं करना पड़ा। मंदी की मार झेल रहे अमेरिका को ओबामा से चमत्कार की उम्मीद है और ऐसे में सिर्फ यही कहा जा सकता है- ऑल द बेस्ट।