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For Beauty I Am Not a Star
For beauty I am not a star,
There are others more perfect by far,
But my face I don't mind it,
For I am behind it,
It is those in front that I jar.
Woodrow Wilson (1856 - 1924)
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Everyone knows about Google as a search engine, but
there are many others. Here are four alternatives to Google.
http://pipl.com (To search for people)
A woman pointed to a male newscaster on the television
and said "I think that man's mother was my mother's mother-in-law."
If what she said is true, what relationship is she to the newscaster?
What mathematical signs (+, -, x, ÷) should
be between the numbers to yield the answers?
3 6 9 12 = 30
3 6 9 12 = 21
3 6 9 12 = 15
Answers for last month's Fun & Games
It's Time for You to Mind Your Ps & Qs. The following
five words starting with the letter P have synonyms starting with
the letter Q. What are the synonyms?
Patchwork: Answer - Quilt
Peaceful: Answer - Quiet
Predicament: Answer - Quagmire or Quandary
Prompt: Answer - Quick
Peculiar: Answer - Quaint or Queer
"It is funny about life; if you refuse to accept
anything but the very best you will very often get it."
W. Somerset Maugham
"The longer I live, the more I am certain that
the great difference between the great and the insignificant,
is energy - invincible determination - a purpose once fixed, and
then death or victory." Sir Thomas Bowell Buxton
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A Note From The President
I sent out the last issue of Ambeck Edge in May 2007, and recently,
I was reflecting on how easy it is to break good habits and how
difficult it is to form them. I broke a commitment to myself to
publish Ambeck Edge monthly, and it has taken me a while to get
back my rhythm, but one of the lessons that I have had to learn
is to be a lot easier on myself. I have learned a lot during the
hiatus and I hope that the newsletter has improved because of
Over the past few months I have been thinking a lot about service
and how I can serve others better. How do I change my life to
better serve others? One of the main reasons why I produce Ambeck
Edge is to share information that I have come across and I hope
that my readers learn from it. I interview successful individuals
because I would like to learn from them and readers have told
me that they too learn from the people profiled.
In this issue, Dr. Robert Fugere talks about his experiences
and the challenges he faced managing and advising a Non Governmental
Organization. And this month, I review The Go-Giver, a
business book written as a fable, which addresses the importance
of giving. I remember always being told - but I cannot remember
by whom - that it is better to give than receive, and I always
thought that, that made no sense. The authors of The Go-Giver,
Bob Burg and David Mann talk about the fallacy of the whole idea
of it's better to give than receive. They suggest that receiving
is the natural result of giving. I will stop my message right
here and leave you to draw your own conclusions.
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The Go-Giver by Bob Burg & David Mann
The Go-Giver by Bob Burg & David Mann doesn't present
any new information, but it presents old information in the form
of a fable, that's a reminder for you. At 127 pages, The Go-Giver
is an easy read.
We all lead such busy lifestyles and are constantly bombarded
with new information, so we inevitably forget things that we are
supposed to know and even practice. The Go-Giver is a gentle
reminder to us for some of the things that we should be paying
attention to. One example is the importance of paying attention
to your thoughts because you usually get from life what you focus
on. According to Pindar, one of the key characters in the fable,
"Most of us have grown up seeing the world as a place of
limitation rather than as a place of in-exhaustible treasures
You get what you expect
What you focus on is what you get
Ultimately, the world treats you more or less the way you expect
to be treated."
A lot of emphasis is placed on service and the book suggests
that the goal of a great product or service is to provide higher
quality than any money could possibly pay for. Ask yourself these
questions about your product or service:
- Does it serve?
- Does it add value to others? And if yes,
- Does it make money?
The following Five Laws of Stratospheric Success summarize what
The Go-Giver by Bob Burg & David Mann is about.
Five Laws of Stratospheric Success
- The Law of Value: your true worth is determined by
how much more you give in value than you take in payment
- The Law of Compensation: your income is determined
by how many people you serve and how well you serve them
- The Law of Influence: your influence is determined
by how abundantly you place other people's interests first
- The Law of Authenticity: the most valuable gift you
have to offer is yourself
- The Law of Receptivity: the key to effective giving
is to stay open to receiving
5 Great Ideas
- The secret to success is giving - make it a way of life -
- Making money isn't a goal that will make you successful. The
truly successful people, the ones that are successful in all
aspects of their lives, focus on sharing and giving
- Appearances can be deceiving, it's like the old adage, never
judge a book by its cover
- People will do business with and refer business to those people
they know, like and trust
- There are three universal laws for working: to survive - meet
your basic needs, save - expand your life and go beyond basic
needs, and serve - make a contribution for the greater good.
Strive for the last reason
Words of Wisdom
It doesn't matter what your training, education and skills are,
no matter what area you are working in, you are your most important
commodity. You are the most valuable gift that you can give to
yourself, so start appreciating and accepting you.
It's a nice book and easy read, so if you have the inclination
to get a refresher on some old success principles pick up a copy.
February's Book List
The Go-Giver by Bob Burg & David
According to The StepStone Total Talent Report 2008 research
conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit:
- Most respondents see Asia-Pacific as providing the best opportunities
for revenue growth
- The findings suggest that economic development and rising
skills in these emerging markets will be an advantage to companies
when it comes to recruiting talented individuals
- With demand for talent in the region [Asia-Pacific] far outstripping
supply, firms will have to ramp up pay and offer improved working
conditions if they are to exploit its potential
- Rates of remuneration remain important; 43% of executives
seeing this as the most important factor for retaining key employees
- However, career development opportunities are seen by almost
half as the most powerful tool in this respect
- 54% of the respondents have used the offer of higher starting
salaries to overcome recruitment difficulties in the past, but
a significantly lower proportion (24%) say they would deploy
this strategy again in the future
- 41% of respondents believe attracting and retaining skilled
employees will become significantly harder, and 45% agree that
their organisation is currently experiencing a shortage of talent
- Of the 395 senior executives who responded:
- Close to half the respondents described one of their main
functional roles as human resources
- 32% were c-level executives,
- 13% directors, vice-presidents or senior vice-presidents
How Did They Do That?
Challenge: I had been managing and advising Canadian and
international NGOs for more than twenty five years until I retired,
but my most challenging assignment came when I offered to be the
six-months interim Executive Director for a local environmental
This group had a seventeen year history of excellent secondary
research, good neighbourhood projects, and most of all, effective
lobbying of city councillors.
A bookkeeper and canvass manager (with five contract street fund-raisers)
were the support staff; most of the content work over the past
seven years had been carried out by four campaigners.
I knew when I started that two of these campaigners had just
moved on to better positions elsewhere and the third one -whom
I was replacing- was going off on maternity leave. My assignment
from the Board was to "hold the fort and prepare for a strategic
Within six weeks, I discovered that our $500,000 budget seemed
to be overspent by $100,000. After two months the remaining senior
campaigner informed me that he was leaving to run in the municipal
That left me with one part-time replacement campaigner, two challenging
reports to prepare for our major donors, and a lot of sleepless
nights, trying to figure out what to do to keep this noble but
battered ship afloat. There were only three options to put to
- Borrow some staff from other NGOs;
- Set up an emergency fund-raising campaign;
- Or quietly close the shop.
Resolution: I leaned toward the last option. That Board
meeting was crucial. Two canvassers pledged to increase their
door-knocking for the next three months. One Board member from
the labour unions declared that this NGO's work was so crucial
for its worker/members that they would put up a line-of-credit
loan to see us through the next six months.
Those votes of confidence were enough to permit the hiring part-time
of two experienced campaigners who helped prepare two successful
grant submissions and the raising of $20,000 from a few key friends
who also valued the work we had done.
- In my NGO management classes, I had long taught that our major
asset as NGOs was the quality of the work we did, and this experience
had proven that thesis
- The excellent work this NGO had done over many years had built
its reputation -and its acknowledged presence- in Toronto's
civil society, so that even with an almost complete turnover
of staff, it still merited others' support. It was this reputation,
not the salary level, that attracted the new campaigners, that
garnered the unions' support
- For me personally, I saw how important it could be to maintain
an open, fully-informed and calm hand on the tiller when the
seas run high. Though I couldn't provide either the money or
the technical environmental knowledge required, the staff, the
Board and the donors all needed to sense that a trusted person
would provide the information and maturity to bring each of
their partial contributions to a common result
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