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“An Effective Manager frees himself from the routine parts of his jobs by getting others to do them.”

“A weakness of Poor Managers is their inability to delegate tasks.”

One of the biggest frustrations of many Managers is the lack of time to perform all of the work required of them in their role as a Manager.

Think of delegation by giving yourself the opportunity to have more time in the vital areas of your job in planning, organising, inspecting, coaching, innovating and developing people.

Look at how you are spending your time and what tasks you are involved can be delegted to someone else.

Here are some sugestions :

(1)   Learn to let go – A weekness of poor managers is their inability to delegate tasks, responsibilities or outcomes.  An effective Manager knows what he can delegate, when can delegate it and whom he can delegate it.  The role of a manager is not to do it but to get other people to do it.  Even self-employed business owners with small staff strength can delegate to the staff or temporary employees.

(2)   Learn to Trust Others 

There are 3 simple causes a Manager not delegating: 

(i)   Firstly, they don’t trust their employees. 

(ii)   Secondly, he can do it faster and easier. 

(iii)   Thirdly, they lose control when they give a task or responsibility to someone else.

(3)   Problem with delegation:

There are three fundamental problems with delegation:

(i)  Delegates the methods, techniques, processes rather than the outcomes. 

(ii)   Delegates responsibility without giving them the authority to use the necessary resources to get the job done.

(iii)   Delegates a task and then take it back before the employee or employees has completed the task. 

The above are unhealthy for the organisation.  The have :

(i)   Just invalidated the employee.

(ii)  De-motivated the employee. 

(iii)  Sent a clear signal to the employee that they do not trust the employee and they could do the task better or faster,

Any of these will have a negative short-term and long-term negative impact on performance and effectiveness.

The purpose of delegation is to train, teach, motivate employees and free up some of the Manager’s time to work on the key tasks that he should be doing.

Ways to delegate work effectively :

(1)   Delegate a task if someone else can do it, wants to do it, needs to do it or likes to do it.

(2)   When you delegate responsibility, also delegate the authority o use the resources to get it done.

(3)   Delegate results, not necessarily the methods.

(4)   When you delegate something, don’t take it back.

(5)   Ensure the person understands what you have delegated to him and why.

(6)   Set benchmarks or checkpoints and then leave them alone.

(7)   Reinforce positive results and give feedback on negative results.

(8)   Communicate clear instructions, expectations and guideliness.

(9)   Use delegation as a staff development tool.

(10)  Resist the tendency to over-inspect.

(11)  Ask for regular written or verbal reports.

(12)  Remember what you delegated and to whom.

(13)  See failure as necessary if people are willing to stretch, learn and grow.

Source :  Tim Connor, Author of  best-selling book on salesmanship, Soft Sell .    

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“WITH THE RIGHT ATTITUDE, EVEN lOSING CAN MAKE YOU A BETTER PERSON”

There will come a time in every individual’s life when things don’t go our way and this is the reality of life. 

One of the most common occurrences is defeat, which comes in various situations in our daily and challenging undertakings and often causes anger, disappointment, depression, unhappiness and discomfort. 

A real person is one can face up to mistakes and learn something from them so that one never repeats them.  One shouldn’t be araid to acknowledge defeat because an individual who has the ability to stand up tall and admit that one’s wrong or that one’s been bettered in some way is admired and regarded as a gentleman.  This is because with the right attitude, even losing can make you a better person as the entire episode offers us an exdperience to learn from. 

We spend our whole life building on a good character and this is not based on how we wind every task we undertak but how we win every deal with losses and emerge stronger.

People with creedible disposition do not fall following a failure but surface greater in the society.

Do not dwell on your performance which wasn’t the best, instead recognise your defeat.  Congratulate the winner and move on with positive thoughts to recover from your setback quickly.

Never hold grudges and take revenge because such thoughts are counterproductive and in fact they will affect your physique ande aura.

Swallow your pride and ego and learn from your mistakes and turn your errors to your advantage. 

Every loss should be played back in your head again and again to determine exactly why you lost.

This will keep you sharp and focused for the next time you face this particularly adversary.

In a defeat situation you oftern ask why it was him and not you who came out on top.  Did he had something that you didn’t?

There is nothing wrong admiring those who won and take stock of what it took to come out on top.

To deal with defeat : 

  • Never make excuses and blame others for their shortcomings.
  • Don’t sulk but stand up tall and make a vow to yourself that you’ll be better next time.
  • Try to see humour in defeated situations as there is always something to laugh at, instead of crying.
  • View the terrible situation positively and recognise that you are being taught a lesson.
  • If you are feeling down, try to think of all the good times in your life.
  • keep your cool in a defeated situation as they are challenges thrown in your path by fate in order to test you.
  • Know your strength as there is nothing lost by discarding your faults.
  • Keep your expectations low but your responsibilities high.
  • Know your capabilities and feel confident about them
  • Don’t allow past memories to chain you down and slow your movements towards a bright future.
  • When the going gets tough, the tough gets going.
  • Use criticism to improve and grow.
  • Heed your heart and it will pinpoint right from wrong.
  • Remember no one can change the inevitable.  Accepting this prevents undue frustration and misery.
  • In taking revenge a man is but equal to his enemy but in passing it over he is his superior.  

Source : By T. Selva, The Star’s Sunday Metro Editor. 

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Do not lose your inward peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.

   —  Saint Francis de Sales

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“Dementia is three times more common in people whose blood is low in folates, a form of vitamin B particularly found in green vegetables,” a study suggests. 

  

The Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry study followed 518 South Korean pensioners for two years.

 There is growing evidence linking levels of folates – or folic acid – and Alzheimer’s disease, though deficiency could be a symptom of dementia. The UK is currently considering adding the vitamin to bread and flour. This is primarily for the benefit of pregnant women and their unborn children, as folic acid has been proven to prevent spinal problems in the growing foetus, but research increasingly suggests it could also ward off dementia. However, the exact relationship between folate deficiency and dementia remains unclear, as it could well be a symptom as much as a cause. Lifestyle Changes The Team led by the Chonnam National University Medical School in Gwangju acknowledged this in their study, noting that “changes in micronutrients could be linked with the other typical signs that precede dementia, including weight loss and low blood pressure. “While weight loss is unlikely to alter micronutrients in the blood, it may indicate dietary changes in the quality of food intake.” They found that 3.5% of their study group were folate deficient to start with. These people were 3.5 times more likely to have developed dementia by the end of the study. The disease was more common in those who were older, relatively poorly educated and inactive, the researchers found. Clive Ballard, Director of Research at the Alzheimer’s Society, said the study was “one further example of why it is so crucial for people to lead a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet rich in B vitamins and antioxidants”. But he warned: “The potential benefits in preventing or treating dementia can only be fully verified in a rigorous clinical trial, as overlap with other lifestyle factors and lifestyle changes in the very early stages of dementia can give misleading results.”

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“Where One Carries The Weight – Especially In Midlife – Appears To Be An Important Predictor For Dementia Risk” said Rachel Whitmer in a study released in Chicago yesterday.

Having a large belly in middle age nearly triples the risk of developing dementia. 

“Considering that 50% of adults in this country have abdominal obesity, this is a disturbing finding,” said Rachel Whitmer of the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, California.

Being overweight in midlife and beyond has long been linked to strokes, diabetes and heart disease.

This is the first study to link excess fat to dementia and, interestingly, excess abdominal fat increased the risk even among those who were of normal weight overall.

Researchers measured the abdominal fat of 6,583 people age 40 to 45 in northern California and some 36 years later 6% had developed dementia.

Those who were overweight or obese but did not have a potbelly had an 80% increase in the risk of dementia compared to people with a normal body weight and abdominal fat level.

The risk increase jumped to 230% among overweight people with a large belly and 360% among the obese with large abdomens.

While more research is needed to understand why this link exists, it is possible that the abdominal obesity is part of a complex set of health-related behaviours that increase the risk of dementia.

These findings imply that the dangerous effects of abdominal obesity on the brain may start long before the signs of dementia appear.

Source : AFP

    

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By Prof. Jane Plant, PhD, CBE :  ­ “ Why I believe that giving up milk is the key to beating breast cancer…”  
 
I had no alternative but to die or to try to find a cure for myself. I am a scientist – surely there was a rational explanation for this cruel illness that affects one in 12 women in the UK?  

I had suffered the loss of one breast, and undergone radiotherapy. I was now receiving painful chemotherapy, and had been seen by some of the country’s most eminent specialists. But, deep down, I felt certain I was facing death. I had a loving husband, a beautiful home and two young children to care for. I desperately wanted to live.  

Fortunately, this desire drove me to unearth the facts, some of which were known only to a handful of scientists at the time.

Anyone who has come into contact with breast cancer will know that certain risk factors – such as increasing age, early onset of womanhood, late onset of menopause and a family history of breast cancer – are completely out of our control. But there are many risk factors, which we can control easily.  

These “controllable” risk factors readily translate into simple changes that we can all make in our day-to-day lives to help prevent or treat breast cancer. My message is that even advanced breast cancer can be overcome because I have done it.  

The first clue to understanding what was promoting my breast cancer came when my husband Peter, who was also a scientist, arrived back from working in China while I was being plugged in for a chemotherapy session.  

He had brought with him cards and letters, as well as some amazing herbal suppositories, sent by my friends and science colleagues in China.   

The suppositories were sent to me as a cure for breast cancer. Despite the awfulness of the situation, we both had a good belly laugh, and I remember saying that this was the treatment for breast cancer in China, then it was little wonder that Chinese women avoided getting the disease.  Those words echoed in my mind. Why didn’t Chinese women in China get breast cancer? I had collaborated once with Chinese colleagues on a study of links between soil chemistry and disease, and I remembered some of the statistics.

The disease was virtually non-existent throughout the whole country. Only one in 10,000 women in China will die from it, compared to that terrible figure of one in 12 in Britain and the even grimmer average of one in 10 across most Western countries. It is not just a matter of China being a more rural country, with less urban pollution. In highly urbanized Hong Kong, the rate rises to 34 women in every 10,000 but still puts the West to shame.  The Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki have similar rates. And remember, both cities were attacked with nuclear weapons, so in addition to the usual pollution-related cancers, one would also expect to find some radiation-related cases, too.  

The conclusion we can draw from these statistics strikes you with some force. If a Western woman were to move to industrialized, irradiated Hiroshima, she would slash her risk of contracting breast cancer by half.  Obviously this is absurd. It seemed obvious to me that some lifestyle factor not related to pollution, urbanization or the environment is seriously increasing the Western woman’s chance of contracting breast cancer.  

I then discovered that whatever causes the huge differences in breast cancer rates between oriental and Western countries, it isn’t genetic.

Scientific research showed that when Chinese or Japanese people move to the West, within one or two generations their rates of breast cancer approach those of their host community.  

The same thing happens when oriental people adopt a completely Western lifestyle in Hong Kong.  In fact, the slang name for breast cancer in China translates as ‘Rich Woman’s Disease’. This is because, in China , only the better off can afford to eat what is termed ‘ Hong Kong food’.  

The Chinese describe all Western food, including everything from ice cream and chocolate bars to spaghetti and feta cheese, as “Hong Kong food”, because of its availability in the former British colony and its scarcity, in the past, in mainland China.   

So it made perfect sense to me that whatever was causing my breast cancer and the shockingly high incidence in this country generally, it was almost certainly something to do with our better-off, middle-class, Western lifestyle.   There is an important point for men here, too. I have observed in my research that much of the data about prostate cancer leads to similar conclusions.

According to figures from the World Health Organization, the number of men contracting prostate cancer in rural China is negligible, only 0.5 men in every 100,000. In England, Scotland and Wales, however, this figure is 70 times higher. Like breast cancer, it is a middle-class disease that primarily attacks the wealthier and higher socio-economic groups ¨C those that can afford to eat rich foods.  

I remember saying to my husband, “Come on Peter, you have just come back from China. What is it about the Chinese way of life that is so different?”

Why don’t they get breast cancer?’  
We decided to utilize our joint scientific backgrounds and approach it logically.

We examined scientific data that pointed us in the general direction of fats in diets. Researchers had discovered in the 1980s that only l4% of calories in the average Chinese diet were from fat, compared to almost 36% in the West.  But the diet I had been living on for years before I contracted breast cancer was very low in fat and high in fibre. Besides, I knew as a scientist that fat intake in adults has not been shown to increase risk for breast cancer in most investigations that have followed large groups of women for up to a dozen years.  

Then one day something rather special happened. Peter and I have worked together so closely over the years that I am not sure which one of us first said: “The Chinese don’t eat dairy produce!”

It is hard to explain to a non-scientist the sudden mental and emotional ‘buzz’ you get when you know you have had an important insight. It’s as if you have had a lot of pieces of a jigsaw in your mind, and suddenly, in a few seconds, they all fall into place and the whole picture is clear. 

Suddenly I recalled how many Chinese people were physically unable to tolerate milk, how the Chinese people I had worked with had always said that milk was only for babies, and how one of my close friends, who is of Chinese origin, always politely turned down the cheese course at dinner parties.  

I knew of no Chinese people who lived a traditional Chinese life who ever used cow or other dairy food to feed their babies. The tradition was to use a wet nurse but never, ever, dairy products.

Culturally, the Chinese find our Western preoccupation with milk and milk products very   strange. I remember entertaining a large delegation of Chinese scientists shortly after the ending of the Cultural Revolution in the 1980s.  

On advice from the Foreign Office, we had asked the caterer to provide a pudding that contained a lot of ice cream. After inquiring what the pudding consisted of, all of the Chinese, including their interpreter, politely but firmly refused to eat it, and they could not be persuaded to change their minds.  

At the time we were all delighted and ate extra portions!

Milk, I discovered, is one of the most common causes of food allergy.  Over 70% of the world’s population are unable to digest the milk sugar, lactose, which has led nutritionists to believe that this is the normal condition for adults, not some sort of deficiency.  Perhaps nature is trying to tell us that we are eating the wrong food.

Before I had breast cancer for the first time, I had eaten a lot of dairy produce, such as skimmed milk, low-fat cheese and yoghurt. I had used it as my main source of protein. I also ate cheap but lean minced beef, which I now realized was probably often ground-up dairy cow. 

In order to cope with the chemotherapy I received for my fifth case of cancer, I had been eating organic yoghurts as a way of helping my digestive tract to recover and repopulate my gut with ‘good’ bacteria.  

Recently, I discovered that way back in 1989 yoghurt had been implicated in ovarian cancer . Dr Daniel Cramer of Harvard University studied hundreds of women with ovarian cancer, and had them record in detail what they normally ate. wish I’d been made aware of his findings when he had first discovered them.  


Following Peter’s and my insight into the Chinese diet, I decided to give up not just yoghurt but all dairy produce immediately. Cheese, butter, milk and Even many proprietary brands of margarine marketed as soya, sunflower or olive oil spreads yoghurt and anything else that contained dairy produce – it went down the sink or in the rubbish.
It is surprising how many products, including commercial soups, biscuits and cakes, contain some form of dairy produce. can contain dairy produce.  I therefore became an avid reader of the small print on food labels.

Up to this point, I had been steadfastly measuring the progress of my fifth cancerous lump with callipers and plotting the results. Despite all the encouraging comments and positive feedback from my doctors and nurses, my own precise observations told me the bitter truth.  

My first chemotherapy sessions had produced no effect – the lump was still the same size.
Then I eliminated dairy products. Within days, the lump started to shrink.  About two weeks after my second chemotherapy session and one week after giving up dairy produce, the lump in my neck started to itch. Then it began to soften and to reduce in size. The line on the graph, which had shown no change, was now pointing downwards as the tumour got smaller and smaller.  

And, very significantly, I noted that instead of declining exponentially (a graceful curve) as cancer is meant to do, the tumour’s decrease in size was plotted on a straight line heading off the bottom of the graph, indicating a cure, not suppression (or remission) of the tumour.  

One Saturday afternoon after about six weeks of excluding all dairy produce from my diet, I practised an hour of meditation then felt for what was left of the lump. I couldn’t find it. Yet I was very experienced at detecting cancerous lumps – I had discovered all five cancers on my own.  I went downstairs and asked my husband to feel my neck. He could not find any trace of the lump either.  

On the following Thursday I was due to be seen by my cancer specialist at Charing Cross Hospital in London.  He examined me thoroughly, especially my neck where the tumour had been. He was initially bemused and then delighted as he said, “I cannot find it.”
None of my doctors, it appeared, had expected someone with my type and stage of cancer (which had clearly spread to the lymph system) to survive, let alone be so hale and hearty.  

My specialist was as overjoyed as I was. When I first discussed my ideas with him he was understandably sceptical. But I understand that he now uses maps showing cancer mortality in China in his lectures, and recommends a non-dairy diet to his cancer patients.  

I now believe that the link between dairy produce and breast cancer is similar to the link between smoking and lung cancer. I believe that identifying the link between breast cancer and dairy produce, and then developing a diet specifically targeted at maintaining the health of my breast and hormone system, cured me.  

It was difficult for me, as it may be for you, to accept that a substance as ‘natural’ as milk might have such ominous health implications. But I am a living proof that it works and, starting from tomorrow, I shall reveal the secrets of my revolutionary action plan.  

Source:  Extracted from Your Life in Your Hands, by Professor Jane Plant

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How to reduce cancer cells in the body?
Below are some useful Information on one of the deadliest diseases of our time.  Suggest you have the patience to read through:

1. Every person has cancer cells in the body.  These cancer cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable size.

2. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a person’s lifetime.
 
3. When the person’s immune system is strong the cancer cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and forming tumors.

4. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has multiple nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic, environmental, food and lifestyle factors.

5. To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing diet and including supplements will strengthen the immune system.

6. Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly-growing cancer cells and also destroys rapidly-growing healthy cells in the bone marrow, gastro-intestinal tract etc, and can cause organ damage, like liver, kidneys, heart, lungs, etc.

7. Radiation while destroying cancer cells also burns, scars and damages healthy cells, tissues and organs.

8. Initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often reduce tumor size. However rolonged use of chemotherapy and radiation do not result in more tumor destruction.

9. When the body has too much toxic burden from chemotherapy and radiation the immune system is either compromised or destroyed, hence the person can succumb to various kinds of infections and complications.

10. Chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to mutate and become resistant and difficult to destroy. Surgery can also cause cancer cells to spread to other sites.

11. An effective way to battle cancer is to starve the cancer cells by not feeding it with the foods it needs to multiply CANCER CELLS FEED ON:

a. Sugar is a cancer-feeder. By cutting off sugar it cuts off one important food supply to the cancer cells. Sugar substitutes like NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc are made with Aspartame and it is harmful. A better natural substitute would be Manuka honey or molasses but only in very small amounts. Table salt has a chemical added to make it white in colour.  Better alternative is Bragg’s aminos or sea salt.
 
b. Milk causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus. By cutting off milk and substituting with unsweetened Soya milk, cancer cells are
being starved.

c. Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment. A meat-based diet is acidic and it is best to eat fish, and a little chicken rather than beef or pork. Meat also contains livestock antibiotics, growth hormones and parasites, which are all harmful, especially to people with cancer.

d. A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole grains, seeds, nuts and a little fruits help put the body into an alkaline environment. About 20% can be from cooked food including beans.  Fresh vegetable juices provide live enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to cellular levels within 15 minutes to nourish and enhance growth of healthy cells. To obtain live

enzymes for building healthy cells, try and drink fresh vegetable juice (most vegetables including bean sprouts) and eat some raw vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes are destroyed at temperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C).

e. Avoid coffee, tea, and chocolate, which have high caffeine. Green tea is a better alternative and has cancer-fighting properties.  Water – best to drink purified water, or filtered, to avoid known toxins and heavy metals in tap water.  Distilled water is acidic, avoid it.  12. Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of digestive enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the intestines become putrefied and leads to more toxic build-up.

13. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering. By refraining from or eating less meat it frees more enzymes to attack the protein walls of cancer   cells and allows the body’s killer cells to destroy the cancer cells.

14. Some supplements build up the immune system (IP6, Florssence-ssence,Essiac, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, EFAs etc.) to enable the body’s own killer cells to destroy cancer cells. Other supplements like vitamin E are known to cause apoptosis, or programmed cell death, the body’s normal method of disposing of damaged, unwanted, or unneeded cells.

15. Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit. A proactive and positive spirit will help the cancer warrior be a survivor. Anger, unforgiveness and bitterness put the body into a stressful and acidic environment. Learn to have a loving and forgiving spirit. Learn to relax and enjoy life.

16. Cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated environment. Exercising daily, and deep reathing help to get more oxygen down to the cellular level. Oxygen therapy is another means employed to destroy cancer cells.

 

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