Delegation Dilemmas

It’s late Friday afternoon and everyone is packaging up to go home for the weekend except Janette. Her desk is still piled high with all those important assignments. Why does Janette still have work when no one else does? She just can’t let go. Others have a life, but she’s too busy ensuring her importance to the company and working late. If she has her finger in every piece of the pie it will make her more important? The reality is that she does not impress anyone. Others may question her ability to perform (she always has work to do and has to stay light to do it.) The favorable portrait she hopes to paint may actually be a negative one. What can Janette do? She can set boundaries. Pick the assignments she can accomplish and do well. She should delegate the rest.

Renee has just been promoted; she is taking the workload for three people while her team has nothing to do. She is overcome with the need to validate her recent promotion. It’s important to her to show the boss just how well placed his trust was in her by giving her the promotion. The reality is that her boss may reconsider just why he placed his faith in her. He didn’t promote her to become a workhorse but rather to lead a team of successful productive team members.

What can Renee do? She can start by evaluating the workload. Does she really need to handle each and every piece of paper? It’s imperative that she regroup and let go of some of the tasks she has assigned herself. She will be validated in her boss’s eyes with happy and productive employees who work together for a common goal. She needs to lead and delegate responsibilities to ensure the team’s success.

Wendy is the new kid on the block. She is a whirlwind of activity. She’s sure she is on the fast track and accepts any and all assignments that come her way (whether she can accomplish it or not). Wendy equates looking busy with productivity. She is also a little full of herself and believes she can do any assignment better than her peers. She can’t say no to what she perceives as her opportunity. She is reluctant to share the glory. What can Wendy do? The reality is that Wendy can’t do it all. She can begin by taking a serious look at her skill set. What does she do best and most effectively? What does she like to do and what does she not enjoy doing? From this list she needs to hone down the essential responsibilities. She needs to pick those that she can really bond with and delegate the rest.

It does not matter what if you are a Janette, Renee or Wendy. It does not matter what the position or title everyone, at one time or another, needs to delegate some of his or her responsibility. It’s not an easy thing to do. We suffer from the worry that if we delegate the job won’t be done right or worse, not at all. We are reluctant to let something move outside our control. In some psychologically repressed instances, we are hesitant to delegate responsibility for fear that it will be perceived as a weakness. We fear it will look as if we aren’t good at our jobs or that the situation is more than we can handle.

Ever had these thoughts? It’s time to unmask the real issues behind why we are reluctant to delegate. Before we can start we need to identify and understand exactly what delegation entails. Delegation is an art – it is the art of assigning part of your responsibility or empowering someone else to do a portion of your job. It is synonymous with giving out, entrustment, handing over, and allocation. It is not a way to unload unwanted responsibilities or to pawn off some task we hate.

Does delegating make you nervous? Trusting in someone else to get the work done is a tough concept for some leaders. We are all guilty of the superwoman syndrome, which as a point makes delegation a four-letter word. We are so busy doing it all, controlling everything, and thinking we doing it perfectly that it never occurs for us to think of letting someone else do some of the work. Additionally, the control part of the delegation process makes many us uncomfortable with passing on or sharing responsibility. We are sure that no one can do it as well as we can and at times we even need that validation. Well, GET OVER IT.

Delegation is an essential business skill we must all learn. The sooner you learn the ropes of delegating the better your job, health, and outlook will be. The more you learn to delegate, the easier it will become to do so. The key is to delegate with a plan in mind. This equates to more free time to do the things that you really want to do and like to do.

OK – stop thinking about yourself for a minute. The delegation process can have positive outcomes for both parties. It’s a little like grooming your own successor. You trust someone else to take a role in some of the workload. It actually gives that person a path to success. Now, back to you, you can’t move up the food chain if you are snowed under with supposed “responsibilities.” The best managers are those
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Buying a Horse

Buying a Horse – Without Being Taken for a Ride

So you think you have found the ideal pony or horse? Before you hand over your hard-earned cash, wait a minute… What can you do to make sure you don`t have an unpleasant surprise in a week or two`s time?

Don`t buy a horse unseen. Go and ride it. Check its competition records, if appropriate. Make sure it can do what you want. Take your trainer, or a knowledgeable horsey friend, along with you to give an impartial opinion. Only when you are satisfied that the horse is capable of doing the job, should you consider getting it vetted.

How do you choose a veterinarian to examine the horse for you? There is a lot to be said for having your own vet carry out the examination. If you are buying a horse that is too far away for your own vet, ask him or her to recommend someone nearer. Although you might prefer not to use the owner`s own vets, remember that they may be the only ones in the area who do horse work.

Either way, make sure you talk to the examining veterinarian to discuss your requirements before the examination.

What happens at a vetting? Although there are slight variations in technique between veterinarians, the procedure is fairly standardized.

The first stage is an examination in the stable. The vet will make a note of any abnormalities – from minor blemishes to signs of disease or previous injury. He or she will listen to the heart and lungs and inspect the eyes with an ophthalmoscope.

Next comes the walk and trot up stage. The horse is watched moving on a flat surface to look for signs of lameness or abnormal gait. By flexing the limbs before trotting the horse, the vet can make some subtle signs of lameness more obvious.

Then there is a period of strenuous exercise. This gives the opportunity to check that the horse does not have any breathing difficulties, and that exercise does not stir up a lameness that was not apparent at rest. It also puts the heart under pressure and may reveal abnormal murmurs or rhythms.

A short period of rest follows, to check that the heart and lungs recover normally after exercise. To finish there is a final trot up and foot examination.

Then the vet has to consider all the abnormalities that the examination has revealed, and assess whether they will interfere with the horse`s intended use.

A full examination can take about an hour and a half. A shorter “two stage” vetting is sometimes requested. Obviously this costs less but it is probably a false economy. Many problems are only spotted in the full five stage examination.

It is often a good idea to be present when the horse is vetted. You can then discuss any concerns you have with the vet at the time.

Specialized tests such as radiography or endoscopy do not usually form part of the pre-purchase examination. Some insurance companies insist on routine x-ray examinations for more expensive horses. Most veterinarians take a blood sample to test for the presence of any medication that could have affected the examination.

Buying a horse is a risky business. No horse is completely risk free. Neither is it possible to accurately predict a horse`s future health. But by having your horse vetted you should ensure that you are off to the best possible start.

World Man Walking

Dead-to-the-World Man Walking

One morning this week, I woke up with a black eye. How I got it still baffles me. I have my suspicions, of course, but some things are better left to themselves no matter how lonely they may get.

In getting older, I have realized certain things are changing in my body. For example, I now find myself walking in my sleep. This is a new experience for me and I’m not sure what it means or what I should do about it.

On the positive side, walking in my sleep is about the only exercise I really get these days, so I should not complain too much. It is nice to know at my age some things are still working even if it is when I am unconscious. My problem has escalated to the point where I have begun wearing sneakers to bed. Of course, I don’t wear anything else and when I find myself three blocks down the street, my sneakers had better be PDF (pretty dashing fast).

Walking in my sleep is not that bad, except for my mysterious black eye.

Not only am I walking in my sleep, but also my wife has accused me of talking in my sleep. Actually, in my own defense, talking in my sleep is the only time I get a word in edgewise. I guess in the middle of the night I’m trying to make up for this lack during the day.

Lately, I have talked so much in my sleep I wake up a little horse, which just may explain why I have been eating like one lately.

Unfortunately, my talking during the night has kept my wife awake so much; she recently requested I start preaching in my sleep so she can get to sleep.

I used to have trouble falling asleep at night. I tried counting sheep but their bleating kept me awake. When I lay there wide-awake, I began worrying about those sheep. Did someone feed them? And, am I going to have to shear all those sheep myself?

Each night I try to get in 40 winks but by the time I reach number 33 I lose count and have to start all over again. The older I get the more my sleep resembles a salad – well tossed.

Actually, noises in the night upset me the most. Sleep has a way of bringing out the noise in our house, from a dripping faucet down the hall to a creaking window shutter in the living room. It’s amazing how intelligent these noises in the night can be. They are quiet until I’m just about ready to drift off into la-la-land.

For example, as far as we know we have no mice in our house. We have never seen any evidence of such critters in our blessed domicile. Yet, in the middle of the night I hear these little critters gnawing the wall right by my head. How they know where I sleep and when I go to sleep is one of the mysteries of these diminutive night stalkers.

Through the years, I have tried many things to help me get to sleep at night. For some reason I have no trouble going to sleep during the daytime particularly in the afternoon. I call these “power naps,” the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage has another name for them, which I cannot repeat here for obvious reasons, my health being the primary one.

I’ve tried everything to help me fall asleep at night. Once I placed my shoes and socks right next to my bed before I go to sleep. Although it had its intended effect upon me, it also had an adverse effect upon the other occupant of my bed.

No matter when I go to bed nor how long I have slept, I always need just one minute more of sleep. Why is it I can hear the drip of a faucet down the hall but I can’t hear the clanging alarm clock at my head? Eventually, when I do full asleep the crack of dawn awakens me.

My wife, trying to assist me in my nocturnal dilemma, suggested I try some hot cocoa right before going to sleep. For the most part, it does work. My only difficulty with hot cocoa is if I don’t drink it quickly enough I begin nodding halfway through and spill it on my chest. I can assure you it’s a real eye opener.

I am reminded of a verse of scripture that addresses this subject. David, the Psalmist observes, “It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep” (Psalms 127:2 KJV).

And then, who could overlook Psalms 121:3-4 (KJV), “He [God] will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.”

Now, back to my black eye. I really have no recollection of how this happened. My wife has tried explaining it to me by pointing out, most correctly, that lately I have been walking in my sleep. No argument from me. Then she explained while I was walking in my sleep the other night I walked into the bathroom door causing the black eye.

Improved Safety

Improved Safety and Reduced Pain For Diabetics With Safetytoe Overshoes

People who suffer with diabetes have well documented complaints about their footwear. Often there is discomfort and pain associated with the disease and steel toecaps in safety work wear are almost impossible to bear. In fact, there are stories about that tell of amputations of toes due to the effects of unsuitable safety footwear. This of course is catastrophic for both employee and employer. For example, the employee has to deal with loss of income and the employer a slew of statutory requirements. Given that our societies are trending to obesity as populations age, the matter of adequate toe protection is of growing concern.

Since safety overshoes with steel toecaps were first produced resellers have met many diabetes sufferers and heard their tales of woe. In part, this prompted a desire to make the safety overshoe a household item as well as an industrial product. Diabetes sufferers have a compelling need for toe protection, so steel toecaps are inviting. However, the steel toecap can be cold-conductive, restrict the flow of blood and give rise to cramp. Not the kind of conditions that facilitate a long, safe and satisfying day at work or home.

Rubber-based steel toecap safety overshoes are quite unique in what is often referred to as the visitors’ overshoe market. The rubber material is sturdy and robust, designed to resist wear, tear and nicks in most industrial settings. This allows the overshoe to deal with cuts and abrasion that can cut short the useful life of a safety overshoe. At around 6mm thick, the slip-resistant overshoe provides for a snug fit and unique all-flat soles can accommodate most heel types, including the sneaker-type outer shoes favoured by those who have diabetes. Rubber overshoes will not crack, stiffen or harden, even in cold conditions. Their unique design has a rear pull-on tab that combines with a wider shank allowing for greater ease of ‘pull-on’ and ‘pull-off’.

Safety overshoes have been embraced by many who have diabetes. The steel toecap is completely enclosed in rubber and it has a very stylish appearance. Over any black or brown outer shoe the slip-on overshoe is virtually invisible. This is a major benefit in the visitors’ overshoe market where other toe protection products appear comical and not conducive to wearing, even when toe protection is called for.

Safety overshoes are lightweight due to the chemical composition of the rubber material making wearing these innovative products tireless. This is not always the case with safety boots or shoes that can have significant weight. Safety overshoes are transferable between workers or family members and they are in use where contamination brought in by outer shoes is an issue. Not only will they provide toe protection, slip, animal fat, oil and acid resistance, the overshoe encases the outer shoe and traps gunk until the overshoe is removed again.

Prostate Infection

Concerned About a Prostate Infection? Must Read Information

The prostate is a gland in the male reproductive system. It gives off the fluid that sperms come in during ejaculation. This gland can be infected and this is more likely to happen to adult males aged 30-50 years old. When prostate infection happens, the gland swells making it put pressure on the urethra, the tube that urine passes through from the bladder. This is why urination-related prostate symptoms happen.

Prostate infection is called prostatitis, a disease which has been divided into four categories: acute bacterial, chronic bacterial, chronic abacterial, and prostatodynia. Prostate infection happens in the first two kinds mentioned, while the cause of the other two is yet to be determined.

This can have various causes. Various organisms, such as fungi, genital viruses, and parasites can be behind an infection. The infamous E-coli bacteria can work their way to the prostate and be the source of prostate infection. This is done by contact with an infected urethra or urine. Fortunately, it is not contagious.

The different infections vary in their causes as well as in the prostate symptoms they produce. Specifically, acute bacterial prostatitis is an infection caused by a bacterium normally found in the large intestine. Some prostate symptoms include fever, chills, pain in the lower back and genital area, and urinary problems. Chronic bacterial prostatitis may be leftover of a previous prostate infection, injury-related (involving the urinary tract), or an infection of another body part that worms its way to the prostate. In this case, infection is present in the gland, but there are no prostate symptoms. Symptoms will only occur when the infection has spread to the bladder.

Nonbacterial prostate infection still does not have determined causes. There are theories that indicate agents that are not detected by medical tests, weight lifting when the bladder is full, interstitial cystitis, abnormal setup of the urinary tract, or urine that accidentally gets into the prostate.

It has been estimated that half the men develop prostatitis sometime in their lives. It is the most common prostate problem among men under 50 years old. However, despite it being a common problem, very few studies are made on this condition. Prostate infection may not be life-threatening, but it does require treatment. When prostate symptoms are felt, it is best to undergo a prostate exam to determine the correct cause.