Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Monday, December 20, 2010
|Love is the greatest feeling,|
Love is like a play,
Love is what I feel for you,
Each and every day,
Love is like a smile,
Love is like a song,
Love is a great emotion,
That keeps us going strong,
I love you with my heart,
My body and my soul,
I love the way I keep loving,
Like a love I can't control,
So remember when your eyes meet mine,
I love you with all my heart,
And I have poured my entire soul into you,
Right from the very start.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Saturday, March 13, 2010
There has been quite a stir this past week in the blogosphere, as Chef Daniel Angerer, a NYC chef that once beat Bobby Flay on Iron Chef (no easy feat), announced that he was serving the customers in his restaurant, Klee cheese made from his wife’s breast milk.
While I have nursed two babies, and I’m generally not squeamish about trying exotic delicacies, I’m not quite sure if breast milk cheese is high on my “must try before I die” list. Angerer defends his brand of fromage on hisblog in an undisturbing way:
“My cooking instincts are rather natural (e.g., sourcing ingredients from the local market, eating sustainable seafood, buying free-range-all-natural poultry, and I certainly love a steroid free steak) but THIS is a whole other level of “natural” Mommy’s Milk, from a human mommy, not a cow, sheep or goat…”
The idea for making Mommy’s Milk cheese came about when his daughter celebrated her 4th week birthday. His wife is breastfeeding and they had an abundance of pumped breast milk on hand. They had considered donating some to an infant milk bank, which goes to babies in Haiti, but the milk bank requires long check-ups and their small freezer was running out of space. Angerer’s wife, Lori is a vegetarian and says she figured her milk is as healthy as any animals’. He claims, “To throw it out would be like wasting gold.”
Angerer had considered the ethics, but decided to offer samples to his diners since he hadn’t seen it on any restaurant menu and he had had requests for it. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately), he ran into a snag - the New York Health Department. After a New York Post article exposed a controversy over serving the cheese, the Health Dept. stepped in. Apparently, department codes do not explicitly forbid the practice, but they have advised Angerer to refrain from sharing his wife’s milk in his restaurant.
For lactating moms who want to try making Angerer’s Mommy’s Milk cheese, the the step-by-step recipe directions are provided on his webiste.
Do you find this type of lactose delight tolerable or is it simply too cheesy?
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Always start by defining the problem or need being addressed.
- Use the Five Why's : ask "Why" five times until you get to the root of the problem.
- Consider a formal business case as part of a request/ governance process. This helps confirm the problem's criticality and validity.
- Write a mission statement that declares the problem being addressed-the project's reason for being.
Organize for success.
- Build a core team and subteam leads as needed.
- Addressed stakeholders early and often.
- Define and communicate guiding principles.
- Establish processes, systems and tools.
- Maintain momentum; look for sources of motivation.
- Determine the requirements.
- Analyze the situation, focusing on the critical issues. This may require a preliminary risk analysis.
- Define alternate strategies and select the best one.
Craft a clear and inclusive vision.
- If you are not in a position to create the vision, be sure that you understand and can articulate the vision.
- Remember SMART-Specific, Measurable, Aligned, Realistic,Time-bound.
- Build a shared or co created vision if possible. At the very least, consider the perspectives of all stakeholders.
- Find the passionate need or fear that the project addressed. Sell the vision with examples and stories that clearly show the need.
- If cost reduction must be part of the vision, be sure it is framed in context with a long term strategy and combined with positive rewards and other uplifting goals and mile-stones.
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Develop A Good Memory.
Increase your memory through association, repetition, and use of a PDA or memory system. It will help you to :-
- build by remembering people's names and interests.
- select the right people for your team by remembering their backgrounds, work habits, strengths, and weaknesses.
- motivate your team by remembering people's individual needs.
- recall small details that might come back to haunt you later.
- make better presentations by avoiding the overuse of PowerPoint as a crutch.
Calculate - do not guess. Increase your mathematical skills by taking statistics classes and learning useful algorithms. This can help you :
- select the right projects, based on calculated costs and benefits.
- produce accurate estimate that consider risk and probability.
- judge quality using statical controls and measures.
- determine the impact of adding resources, by calculating the additional communication channel required.
- plan for potential problems using risk-probability analysis.
- make better decisions using risk and decision-tree analysis.
- predict cost and schedule overruns as early as 15 percent into the project using earned value analysis.
Stay Cool and Collected.
Remain cool and collected at all times. This can help you:
- promote a positive atmosphere.
- avoid unnecessary panic by your team.
- inspire others to act the same way.
Go Among The Soldiers.
Be visible to your team, Use the MBWA (Management by wandering around)approach. This can help you:
- inspire your team.
- build trust by getting to know your team personally.
- be available to address questions.
- get a sense of how your team is feeling - their concerns and needs.
- remove barriers that may be impeding your team's success.
Don't let a position of power trick you into thinking you can go it alone. Appointing a core team can help you:
- balance out ideas and gain various perspectives.
- build trust and respect by demonstrating participative leadership.
- become more efficient by sharing the leadership workload with others.
- implement a 360-degree feedback process. This allows you to
see how you are perceived by others, make a needed adjustment to your style and grow as a leader and manager.