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Work Culture

Work culture is a crucial ingredient in any company's success. It helps us reach success so it is important for us to protect it and take good care of it, not only for the company's sake but also to foster a great working environment.

Employees that are satisfied with their environment are more productive than those who are dissatisfied.

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  1. Gather qualitative and quantitative input at all levels (surveys, one-on-one meetings, and regularly scheduled feedback). Use data to guide you into fostering a safe environment for your employees.
  2. Start rewarding people for speaking truth to power. Managers tend to shut down any data they receive that feels like criticism, however, honest feedback should never be ignored.
  3. Values are the bedrock of your culture and every single person should know your values by heart and reflect it in their work.

Culture is and never will be finished. It takes years to create but only s to decondsestroy. There is no one winning formula; but, with hard work and steady improvements, you will be able to achieve the culture you want.

There is no "right" culture or anything close to perfect but it is beneficial for us to learn how to embrace honest feedback, hold ourselves accountable to living our values and develop ourselves to be the kind of leaders who build companies where people want to work.

Accidental Leaders

Thousands of professionals who excel in their current role get promoted in an organization and before they know it, they find themselves in senior and leadership roles with more responsibility, but without any support or training.

These professionals are good at their core jobs where they manage themselves or a small team. Being thrust in a leadership role where their decisions impact the whole organization can backfire for many.

A competent manager who is given a leadership role starts to have these problems:

  1. Converging planning and execution, which requires people management skills, become a gray area for accidental leaders.
  2. While they excel in short-term deliveries, accidental leaders need to understand that their work will now not impact the here and now, but the future of the company.

An accidental leader is not trained for divergent thinking.

Change is crucial for any company, and a leader has to ensure that it remains growing, vibrant and viable by constantly driving the change using acquisitions, divestment, expansion or contraction.

  1. Make a difference by leading in an inspired way, embracing change and being courageous.
  2. Have the willingness to live with ambiguity and uncertainty, while being optimistic.
  3. Identify the team that is being led by you and study the leadership model that you should be providing.
  4. Do a self-assessment and find out the skills that are lacking in you, then finding the right support structure to imbibe them.
Walt Disney
"The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing."
Winston Churchill
"The pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty."
Will Rogers
"Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today."
Vince Lombardi
"It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up. "
Maya Angelou
"We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated."
"We generate fears while we sit, we overcame them by action."
Henry Ford
"Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently."
"The man who has confidence in himself gains the confidence of others."
Franklin. D. Roosevelt
"The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today."
C.S. Lewis
"You are never too old to set another goal, or to dream a new dream."
The issue of Leaveism
  • Leaveism is the behavior that makes employees feel compelled to use their holidays or days off to complete work-related tasks, away from the office.
  • It is a problem that is increasing annually because of the pressure to fulfill the expectations of ever-changing deadlines and demands of the employers.
  • As the numbers of the unemployed increase, the attitude towards work changed. With fewer people covering the same volume of work, workloads have become tedious and exhausting.
  1. Managers should have adequate training before being put in position. They should be trained to be socially sensitive and empathetic.
  2. Foster a supportive workplace that encourages employees to raise concerns about their workload.

Having a manageable work-life balance is achievable if managers are able to recognize that they shouldn't push their employees too hard or else they'll end up getting burnt out. Productivity will improve with better balance.

Roads In Ancient Rome

Ancient Rome built sophisticated infrastructure ranging from bridges, amphitheatres, aqueducts and even sewer systems.

The Roman network of roads, called Viae Romanae and meaning ‘Roman Ways’ was a huge breakthrough in quick and easy transportation of trade goods, military supplies, and free movement of civilians and soldiers.

  • The first roads were invented in the Bronze Age in 4000 BCE, created by the older Indus Valley Civilization. This was the first time that straight, 90 degree intersecting roads were seen.
  • The Roman civilization created advanced road systems that encouraged travel and connection, forming a lifeline of connecting various cultures, institutions and beliefs.
  • The Romans managed to create major roadways and highways with traffic segregation, something unheard of before.
  • They had 372 roads with 29 major highways. The first major roadway was called the Appian Way, connecting Rome with Capua, back in 312 BCE. This road was used efficiently during the Samnite Wars in the same era.
Ancient Rome: Origins
  • Rome was founded in 753 BCE by Romulus, the first king, and the son of Mars, the God Of War.
  • Rome knew three eras: The Period of Kings from 625 to 510 BCE, Republican Rome from 510 to 31 BCE and Imperial Rome from 31 BCE to 476 CE.
  • The Roman empire consisted of Spain, Portugal, France, Belgium, England, Wales, parts of Germany, and many territories in Central Europe and Africa.

Like so many large malls with built-in theatres nowadays, a grand plaza known as ‘The Forum’ became an influential marketplace and later the main civic center in Rome. It was a place where gladiatorial fights, court sessions, shopping and ceremonial activities happened.

A monument called Milliarium Aureum or the Golden Milestone was built there in 20 BCE.

The Roman roads were built of several layers of stone and cement and were able to last for millennia due to the high level of craftsmanship and scientifically created design to withstand heavy loads and all weather conditions.

The Roman baths in Algeria are still used, 2000 years after being made. The Roman Amphitheatre in France called the Arena of Nîmes still has live concerts in this age. The roads, of course, have left the greatest mark, with their alignments and routes still in use, now overlaid with modern roads.

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