Monthly Archives: May 2012

Economic Indicators

I would like to make a confession: Economics flows over my head like the wind. Aside from basic demand-supply factors, I never really grasped economics. I just did not get how spending more without an eye towards saving would be good for anyone, let alone the country and world as a whole. I did not and still do not comprehend how putting aside money every month is not good. I don’t get how borrowing money and indebting oneself for the rest of one’s life to pay for house/car etc could be better than saving up and spending that cash to remain debt-free. I don’t understand how buying on credit is going to be better than buy with whatever cash we have.

Economists would argue that the above are all true and the key is practicing in moderation. However, how moderate is moderation? And who defines it?

On that topic, a recent article by Simon Rogers was beautifully put. Some except is:

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Too much and for too long, we seemed to have surrendered personal excellence and community values in the mere accumulation of material things. Our Gross National Product, now, is over $800 billion dollars a year, but that Gross National Product – if we judge the United States of America by that – that Gross National Product counts air pollution and cigarette advertising, and ambulances to clear our highways of carnage.

It counts special locks for our doors and the jails for the people who break them. It counts the destruction of the redwood and the loss of our natural wonder in chaotic sprawl.

It counts napalm and counts nuclear warheads and armored cars for the police to fight the riots in our cities. It counts Whitman’s rifle and Speck’s knife, and the television programs which glorify violence in order to sell toys to our children.

Yet the gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages, the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials.

It measures neither our wit nor our courage, neither our wisdom nor our learning, neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country, it measures everything in short, except that which makes life worthwhile.

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Letting tongues run

I always have a tendency to let my tongue run. Mind you, I can keep a secret as well as the next guy, but

1. If it is something imparted by someone else

2. If my secret is really a secret

Don’t ask me the definition of really but you get what I mean. However, when I do talk to people and there is no great items to withhold, I tend to talk too much and let my tongue fly more than needed. This is unhealthy and will always come back to bite me, which I am well aware of, but still just can’t seem to remember to stop in time.

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Case Studies

One of the fun parts of being a Consultant is to solve cases. People all over the world love puzzles; be it crossword puzzles or math puzzles or simple riddles, puzzles are, I find, an integral part of human enjoyment. Being no different, one of my main reasons for wanting to be a consultant was because I love solving puzzles, and how cool would it be to earn a livelihood at the same time! But, you may ask, why Consulting? Why not newspaper crossword maker or some such equally fascinating job? I have no affirmative answer to that save to say that in addition to puzzle solving, I was also drawn to other aspects of Consulting; mainly client interaction and the opportunity to meet different people from all walks of life.

That brings me to my current work environment. I work in a lovely office with warm, smart professional people who enjoy their work and enjoy sharing it. Being work-heavy, the office is quite most of the time with minimal small-talk but if free, then one would be hard-pressed to find a quite person. However, there is one thing in this workplace which is anti-consulting; the chance for client interaction is minimal.

My work has a office-based policy, meaning that we are not stationed at client’s place during projects but work out of our office. Client interaction is thus restricted to telecons and emails. This is good while getting work done but bad for building personal relationships; an integral part of consulting. And this, I am not quite enjoying. To be fair, I did know the work policy before I joined and was in favour of it considering that I have been out of station for a while, but did not quite realized how extensive it would be.

Let’s hope it changes soon…

Difficult Colleagues

Just started having to deal with a difficult colleague who is:

· A control freak

· Overbearing

· Loud

Looking back, I realised that the one thing I just do not like and stay away from is confrontation. Sure, it’s not a big deal drawing a line straight at her face and setting up boundaries but being a western lady brought to be aggressive (they have to be in their culture, otherwise professionally it is seen as being soft), that would be some confrontation. And for someone who gives in unless she strongly believes in it, it’s not a pleasing prospect.

Having said that, work is not a live of die pour moi…it’s just work. But considering that I am working half of 24 hours every day, some sort of feeling of accomplishement would be nice. Unfortunately, this organisation does not provide it. Maybe it’s time to move…but move where?

Resolutions

To try and curb my perpetual laziness (and inclination to view sleep as the best pastime), I have decided on the following:

· A post everyday – this resolution has been made multiple times and never quite kept up. I figured the reason was that the previous resolutions were much too demanding. 1 post per day regardless of content matter is doable, 1 post of intellectual content each day is not

· A drawing each day for 2 months – this comes from my innate desire to learn how to draw and eventually paint. I had bought a simple sketching kit and started on pencil drawing but was quite dissatisfied with the progress made, hence this resolution

· Learn about photography – this is another of my interest which never materialized into anything worthy due to sheer laziness. I have thus decided to try and read up on something related to photography each day; and hopefully blog about it!

Hope actually putting down the resolutions in words increases accountability and something gets done!