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Dealing with Anger

Once upon a time in some village, in Eastern Kenya, there lived a little boy with a bad temper. He did not know how to hold his temper and instead would dash to anyone who crossed his path. It was so bad that he one day asked for help from his father on how he could deal with his temper.

Tools that anger may use while it lasts
Tools that anger may use while it lasts

His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, to hammer a nail in the back fence. The first day the boy had driven 56 nails into the fence. Then it gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence.

 

Never Let your mouth overtake your brain. You may later be forced to swallow the bitter words that you utter.

Finally the day came when the boy didn’t lose his temper at all. He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper.

Apologies for the hurt we cause others does not cover completely the hurt.
Apologies for the hurt we cause others does not cover completely the hurt.
 

Facing our anger aftermath

The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone. The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence. He said, “You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. It won’t matter how many times you say ‘I’m sorry’, the wound is still there.”

Who does anger hurt more?

A lesson from Buddha:

One day, the Buddha and a large following of monks and nuns were passing through a village. The Buddha chose a large shade tree to sit beneath so the group could rest awhile out of the heat. He often chose times like these to teach, and so he began to speak. Soon, villagers heard about the visiting teacher and many gathered around to hear him.

Buddha taking a break under a tree
Buddha taking a break under a tree

One surly young man stood to the side, watching, as the crowd grew larger and larger. To him, it seemed that there were too many people traveling from the city to his village, and each had something to sell or teach. Impatient with the bulging crowd of monks and villagers, he shouted at the Buddha, “Go away! You just want to take advantage of us! You teachers come here to say a few pretty words and then ask for food and money!”

But the Buddha was unruffled by these insults. He remained calm, exuding a feeling of loving-kindness. He politely requested that the man come forward. Then he asked, “Young sir, if you purchased a lovely gift for someone, but that person did not accept the gift, to whom does the gift then belong?”

The odd question took the young man by surprise. “I guess the gift would still be mine because I was the one who bought it.”

“Exactly so,” replied the Buddha. “Now, you have just cursed me and been angry with me. But if I do not accept your curses, if I do not get insulted and angry in return, these curses will fall back upon you—the same as the gift returning to its owner.”

The young man clasped his hands together and slowly bowed to the Buddha. It was an acknowledgement that a valuable lesson had been learned. And so the Buddha concluded for all to hear, “As a mirror reflects an object, as a still lake reflects the sky: take care that what you speak or a

Each anger instance is a stripe into your soul- Walk away from anger
Each anger instance is a stripe into your soul- Walk away from anger 

ct is for good. For goodness will always cast back goodness and harm will always cast back harm.”

  • By Sarah Conover

It is apparent that the ultimate determinant of where the effects of anger will be felt rests on those who either accept or refuse to accept the whatever is said by

others in anger. By deflecting anger, you insulate yourself from the anger’s final resting place. You have a choice. To be angry or  to remain yourself through and through!

Anger Management Training

You can gain a lot more from our anger management training programs that we hold from time to time. Why not check our next date and be part of those who want to learn the art of changing themselves.

ANGER MANAGEMENT TRAINING: Learning how to manage your emotions is the most crucial life skill a human  ought to get.

Click on the link to book the next program: ANGER MANAGEMENT TRAINING

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Missing and Dangerous: Consequences of Poor Asset Information Management

Items cited here are not fiction but real events that went on in high-level organizations on this planet. Asset management becomes a gripping topic when expensive, vital or potentially dangerous items vanish from an organization’s inventory.

The more dramatic losses present a clear threat to public safety. This is well exemplified with the case in US when 2,000 encrypted two-way radios, disappeared from the inventory of the US Marshals Service (USMS) .

radio comms

Before you dismiss it as just a mere incident affecting a department in US Government, let;s try to understand who USMS are:

The USMS is charged with protecting federal judges and courts, apprehending federal fugitives, and protecting those in the Witness Security Program. It fields highly-trained, heavily-armed fugitive task force units in over 75 districts, where they aggressively pursue violent criminals. Rapid, secure, field-level communications lie at the heart of the US Marshals’ ability to fulfill its mission. Loss of such sensitive and vital equipment clearly jeopardizes that mission.

THE COST OF THIS INCIDENT

To start with,

  • the lost radios have to be accounted for, secondly,
  • the USMS’s communications’ security protocols and encryption systems would need to be revisited and possibly re-engineered from the ground up to prevent compromise.

This will not be cheap: Why?

  • the original radios were valued at US$6 Million.
  • It is estimated that reworking security and communications’ protocols and providing new radios to potentially the entire USMS force would reasonably be assumed to cost almost double the original investment.

Cost of Negligence and Incompetence

It was no daring daylight raid that took such valuable assets, but, in the words of the USMS Office of Strategic Technology, “It is apparent that negligence and incompetence has resulted in a grievous mismanagement of millions of dollars of USMS property. In large part attributable to poor record keeping as a result of an older property management system, as opposed to equipment being lost.”

 

This may be true, but without a modern assets management system capable of generating immediate and accurate audit history and check-out reports over multiple locations, it is hard to say.

Common AIM Missteps

Where do organizations go wrong in the area of Asset Information Management?

Many organizations rely on out dated manual asset management techniques that are full of pitfalls. Companies and government agencies that are using spreadsheets and written asset management systems make many of the same mistakes:

data mistakes1. Using people to manually enter data – When data is entered manually there will be errors and they will be costly, it is unavoidable.

2. Tracking assets in a spreadsheet or static database like Access – Tracking assets in a static database that isn’t updated in real time means you never really know if your database is up to date and if the assets are where you think they are.

3. Failing to calculate asset depreciation – Using a manual system to track assets makes it more difficult to track them over time and to keep track of their aging and depreciation, which can be an important way to reduce costs and cut tax liability.

4. Relying on one or two people to track assets – When a small team or individual are the only ones with access to an asset database the risk of fraud increases greatly and the ability to scale the organization and bring in new people is diminished.

5. Don’t track user accountability – With a manual asset tracking system like Excel or Access it can be almost impossible to track who has made what changes, making it difficult to hold employees and user accountable for mistakes or issues.

 

Five Steps to Competent Asset Information Management

1. Find the best asset management system for your needs – Before choosing an asset management system it is crucial to assess your organization’s needs and long term goals as well as the features of the system.

2. Use automated bar-code based technology to label and track assets – Barcode technology was developed to increase the efficiency of identifying assets or inventory and reduce the potential for human error.

3. Track assets as they age to accurately report their current value – Using a sophisticated asset management system allows you to easily track assets as they age and depreciate and accurately assess their current value.

4.Create a centralized database that is updated in real-time – An asset tracking system is no realtime data entry-1good if it can’t really tell you where your assets are. A centralized database that is updated in real-time allows you to be confident when auditors come or reports need to be drafted and it ensures you can always find an asset when you need it.

5. Track users to ensure accountability – Using a system that tracks users enables an organization to hold people accountable for their mistakes and reduces the risk of fraud.

Getting the right skills on how to manage your organization assets can go along way in getting in the control seat of your asset management program. Click on this link to download the program

ASSET INFORMATION MANAGEMENT TRAINING PROGRAM

Sophistication at its best
The aim of sophistication is to make things at the other end easy

This is a 10-day highly-rated program that asset managers, project / program officers, risk managers, insurance brokers and assessors, engineers, architects, administrators, procurement officers and personnel managers consider to be key in their day-to-day running of their organizations.

Click on the link to book the course

 

 

 

 

Another reason to attend a course / training in Electronic Records Management. http://kenvisiontechniks.com/kenwp/event/electronic-records-information-management-1-certificate-training/

Informess

Answering these cough-like (persistent and unavoidable) Records & Document Management questions is not easy.

But, when you have been taken through the appropriate program by those who have rare opportunity of being talented trainers as well as industry actors, then the questions turn into SOLUTIONS. That is what the forthcoming training in Electronic Records and Document Management training in Mombasa, Kenya will be exactly doing. Making you a solution provider in this area and much more.

Here are some of the areas that this training shall address:

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ESTABLISHING AN ERM PROGRAM IN YOUR ORGANISATION

What kind of technical equipment do we need to run e-records management systems?
What do we do when the system crashes?
What should our facility do to prepare for ERMS (Electronic Records Management System)?
What is in the future for ERMS?
How long do I have to keep electronic records?
Are electronic records legal…

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