Open Loops: How Do You Say

This morning another workplace enlightenment from Open Loops: How Do You Say “Thank You”?

Other organizations, specifically the non-profits, face the same question as I do: How can I keep good employees when the state regulates the salary, I have no authority to provide bonuses, and I cannot even use my budget, due to state law and local policy, to provide monetary incentives for doing a good job? I can’t even set out a tray of bagels and doughnuts and a pot of coffee unless I have a meeting agenda, participant roster, and pretend its a meeting, so I wind up paying for this out of my own pocket.

Just read the whole post, there is a nice list of possible “thank you”s that will make feel people better about their work.

We have one more thing here: on completion of successfull projects some of the project managers throw a little (work-)party with a bit to drink and eat … but not all do it. Some create little souvenirs for the people who were in the project (T-Shirt with Logo or a mug with some quote or logo on it) and more often than not there is no budget for that either (and this is a big company and not a non-profit organization) …. but only half of them do it and I am rarely part in such projects. I know from my colleague though that she really enjoys these parties and souvenirs and that they are very important to her, because it shows her, how her work is valued by others.

The Winning Edge

Sehr interessanter Artikel: Psychology Today: The Winning Edge, via Management Craft

It is likely that somewhere, at this very moment, a parent or coach is declaring to a discouraged child that “quitters never win.” But perseverance has come to seem like quaint lip service against the tide of interest in talent and aptitude, flashier gifts that nature, or genes, seem to inarguably confer.

Am besten beides lesen, Blogpost und Artikel.

Blue Water

Via Boing Boing I found the link and image to this pretty idea:

This LED-equipped, battery-powered faucet is triggered by running water through it — switch on the tap and your stream of water goes luminescent blue. The site describes this as “perfect for running water at night.

I want one!

Herb Growing – don’t do it yourself

Found on Inhabitat

Each self-contained unit is solar powered, creating a microclimate for the plant pads which contain everything necessary for growing herbs- without additional fertilizers or chemicals. Additionally, each pad (whether basil, thyme, sage, etc.) is equipped with a RFID tag that is recognized by the Herbarium to ensure optimal growing conditions, which is helpful to those of us without green thumbs. Once the plant pad is “planted,” the herb name is illuminated on the pot rim, which also displays information such as when your home grown herbs are ready to harvest.

Go there and take a look at the pictures, too.

I want one =) a true cooking gizmo, or not?

Wieder da

Nach einer sehr sehr langen Blogpause bin ich wieder da.

Verschiedene Gründe haben mich davon abgehalten …. zu allem Überfluss, war ich nicht nur nicht am bloggen, sondern leider auch komplett offline mit dem Blog. Wer mich also mal in Bloglines hatte, möge mich neu subscriben, da Bloglines kaputte Feeds leider nach einer Weile rauswirft.

Ich werde versuchen mich wieder regelmässig hier mit Updates zu melden auch wenn mich diverse andere Aktivitäten davon abhalten wollen (mehr dazu in weiteren Posts).