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Peter’s Law


From:                 Sochi Azuh

Publisher:          http://www.memofromhr.wordpress.com; 2011

Memo Title:     Peter’s Law


 

Yaya Aiki!

I came across this fascinating litany some time back and … would I say, I forgot it? … Anyhow, I thought to post it here to remind myself. And for some of you who have never heard of it, this “Creed of the Sociopathic Obsessive Compulsive,” as it is also known, makes for an inspiration to work beyond the average, beyond the challenge…

It is often hilarious but all round thought provoking.

Ejoy.

  1. If anything can go wrong, Fix it! (To hell with Murphy!)
  2. When given a choice — Take both!
  3. Multiple projects lead to multiple successes.
  4. Start at the top and work your way up.
  5. Do it by the book…but be the author!
  6. When forced to compromise, ask for more.
  7. If you can’t beat them, join them, and then beat them.
  8. If it’s worth doing, it’s got to be done right now.
  9. If you can’t win, change the rules.
  10. If you can’t change the rules, ignore them.
  11. When faced without a challenge, make one.
  12. No simply means begin again at the next highest level.
  13. Don’t walk when you can run.
  14. Bureaucracy is a challenge to the be conquered with a righteous attitude, an intolerance for stupidity, and bulldozer when necessary.
  15. When in doubt: THINK!
  16. Patience is a virtue but persistence to the point of success is a blessing.
  17. The squeaky wheel gets replaced.
  18. The faster you move, the slower time passes, the longer you live.

I’ve been posting a lot of quotes or quote-based pieces. They are my inspiration pills and hope they are yours too. If you have these “pills” that keep you juiced through the day, please feel free to share with us by way of comment.

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Enjoy the rest of the working week. Lafia!

Aiki! at TARUWA001

Yaya aiki,  friends. We’ve been away, busy, of course believe me. Our post here is a slight distraction from work – to keep you from wondering what your Aiki!blogger does when he’s not working.

A while back, I was invited to perform at a gathering for poets and artists. I’ve decided to share the poem I recited. OK, feel free to laugh AT me or WITH me. Enjoy…

A BEGINNER’S LIVE GUIDE BAD ARSE SLAM 

Dear reader, further to our previous chapter

We shall now proceed to our subject matter;

Though not guaranteed to make your rhymes smarter

It will break your fall if you should shudder, stutter and falter

Don’t chew, don’t sag – God, please don’t sag

Unless your poetry can afford you a Bentley or a Jag

Pick up modest verbs where your painted tears once fell

And please use adjectives that your mother can actually spell

As thumb rule, dear reader, KEEP YOUR SHIRT ON

Audience, as their sanity, are in habit of going off with your button

So while good if you, like IKECHUKWU, have a six-pack that can stun

God help us, if it’s a one-pack that smacks of bad porn

A black shirt, has been the best bet yet

Anything you say afterwards is politically correct

But PINK – oh no! is as weak as you can get

It says, “I’m too sissy for my shirt”

Having said this, disabuse the psyche

That you are only a rockstar if you lick the mic

Or jump into the crowd or ride a power bike

The truth is the audience will not catch even a poet they like

And when you walk up to that mic, go in hard

Say, “ME BAD! ME THE BADDEST DUB YOU EVER HAD!”

So, in case you mess up real bad, we like to add

Your audience, hopefully, won’t remember you like a bad TV ad.

My Cubicle – James Blunt Parody

Yaya aiki?!

I decided we need a break and what better way than a lunch-break laugh. I stumbled on this funny video and … well, here it is, for your lunch break amusement. This version has the lyrics on screen so you can sing along.

DISCLAIMER: This video is not a reflection of my attitude at work. In fact, I love my job. LOL. Like I needed to say that, you would say.

I welcome links to more funny work-related videos.

5 Career Lessons from the Movie “Inception”

Yaya Aiki, peeps!

You must be thinking, Sochi, what were you thinking when you thought up this topic? OK. First off, I must confess, I am a film buff. Secondly, you know how we riot in our heart of heart to reconcile our occupations with our pre-occupations – well, here is my dilemma: How to validate my love for great movie stories and my passion to render valid professional advice.

Ergo, 5 Career Lessons from the Movie “Inception.”

1)            Cobb: Never recreate places from your memory. Always imagine new places!

Break from the monotony. Bring a fresh breath of innovation and imagination to how you perform your tasks. Your employer cum supervisor appreciates what innovation or initiative you can bring to your job. Think, “How can I do this faster and reduce turnaround time?” A thought like this may not get you to Hollywood but it will take you to “new places” in your work life.

2)            Eames: [with Arthur in a gunfight] You mustn’t be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling.

While thinking of new qualifications to beef your resume with, there is a risk attached to thinking vertically than thinking horizontally. This is where you make career choices that don’t necessarily prove you are looking for challenge or equipped for it either. Strive to widen your skill set instead of changing the combination of skills you use on a job. Dream bigger, darling – pull out that grenade launcher from your pocket!

3)            Cobb: [From Trailer] The seed that we planted in this man’s mind may change everything.

Good thinking, Good product – we were a little younger when we heard this nugget of Japanese management thinking but it only took a few years of proven achievement before the Western Corporate world was a-flush with Japanese management theories. You have to give it that, Good thinking is infectious. Give time to think. It takes practice. Commit at least 10 – 20 minutes to thinking about new ideas. Over time, you see how it changes your world view and your perception of issues.

4)            Eames: If we are gonna perform Inception then we need imagination.

In all your pursuits, strive for originality. Whether it be an interview or a sales pitch, don’t settle for stereotype. Be original in your style. To be original doesn’t come with your DNA, it’s something you figure out as you go, practice new ways to express a point or answer a usual question. Find your own way of dealing with issues without losing your dignity or professionalism. Rehearse in front of your mirror every morning, listen more, speak less, try to see things from other peoples’ perspective. This makes for a more proactive and productive interaction. Sorry, Inception.

5)            Saito: Don’t you want to take a leap of faith? Or become an old man, filled with regret, waiting to die alone!

If I might say myself, this piece is rather timely. As we make plans, resolve and hope for a productive and fulfilling New Year, we need to face our fears, embrace them and finally, let them go. Changing jobs, considering asking for extra responsibility, starting up a business – whatever critical choice might be, don’t be afraid – take that leap of faith. Let me sound a caveat here: When you take that leap of faith, you don’t always land from zero to hero. Life is a journey. What counts is that you start. Refuse to be crippled by your fear (now here’s an idea for a Nightmare on Elm’s Street sequel).

6)            Arthur: Quick, give me a kiss! [She kisses him and then looks around]

Ariadne: they’re still looking at us.

Arthur: Yeah, it’s worth a shot.

OK, yeah, I said I had five lessons from the movie, How come about a sixth? you may wonder. As the hopeless romantic that I am, I just love mushy lines and couldn’t stop myself from throwing these in. Enjoy.

Now that this labour of love is done, I now consider the price of my Inception movie ticket validated.

“There are some movies that I would like to forget, for the rest of my life. But even those movies teach me things.” Anthonio Banderas

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