Sunday, March 23, 2003
remains the best
Time spent on motivating staff with
incentives would be better used to boost job satisfaction, writes Simon
THE first law of management is
that simple is best. But as so often, there's a snag. ' Simple ' is not
the same as 'easy'. Management is about making judgments. 'Making
decisions is what we pay people—everyone—for,' says management sage
Elliott Jaques, and judgments are often hard, no matter what 'solutions
providers' promise. They're contingent, dependent on people, and can't
be reduced to formulas.
up kids brightly
The latest bright idea on childcare is to use management techniques on
your kids. Kate Kellaway tries it out at
LOOKING after my first baby was
like running a hotel. I remember checking on the customer, leaning over
his Moses basket. Is everything all right, sir? It wasn't, usually, and
there were furious tears when service was not up to scratch. I knew then
what it was to be management. Or mismanagement.
of a photographer as an artist
HERE’S a snapshot of the man
behind the lens. He’s all of 21, has eight solo photo exhibitions
behind him, and a couple of awards under his belt — the most recent
being the Punjab State Award for extraordinary work in photography. The
award, given to him on February 27, carries a citation and a cash prize
of Rs 1 lakh.
dance as affirmation of life
Indu Bala Singh
TO probe into the life of the
non-conformist dancer Chandralekha — the danseuse mathematician,
writer and choreographer — is like renewing the sources of resistance.
Having been brought up in a conventional traditional family,
Chandralekha could stand up for herself and be defiant.
Lessons from life
HE was driving home one
evening, on a two-lane country road. Work, in this small Midwestern
community, was almost as slow as his beat-up Pontiac. But he never quit
looking. Ever since the factory closed, he’d been unemployed, and with
winter raging on, the chill had finally hit home.