Saturday, January 26, 2013

Ten Tips for Workplace Success!!

By Philip J Trobaugh 

Employers and Employees need to work together in order to be efficient and productive. Sometimes, this is harder to achieve than it should be. Here are some tips for both management and employees that should help create a better workplace.


1. Give More Informal Feedback. Don't wait to tell employees if they are doing a good or bad job. Timely feedback goes the farthest. Periodic feedback enables supervisors to re-enforce good performance and root out objectionable behavior. Don't let a lot of administrative structures tie you down in the "process" of feedback -- drop a note, e-mail, or voice-mail to a deserving employee, or a direct verbal comment makes the most impact.

2. Avoid Dramatic Showdowns. Letting problems fester or a poor relationship deteriorate can only lead to dramatic showdowns. Rarely does anyone come off looking good after these incidents. They are disruptive and disturbing for all, including managers and supervisors. You can preempt an argument by seeing someone unscheduled on their turf, or by scheduling a difficult meeting outside the office. Plan ahead to cover sensitive issues in a way that does not exacerbate the situation. Always be in control of your response, and never allow the discussion to turn into personally insulting dialogue.

3. Kindness is a Virtue. Try a little kindness in your everyday dealings with your employees. Besides being its own benefit, kindness in the right amount can increase morale and productivity. An inexpensive gift or card can go a long way in sustaining or repairing a work relationship with subordinates (and co-workers).

4. Keep Regularly Scheduled Performance Evaluations. Employees have a great deal invested in their jobs, and they can get anxious when annual performance reviews come around. Keeping these scheduled dates sacred goes a long way to avoiding problems down the road. Many disgruntled workers' primary complaint is that the employer neglected to keep regularly scheduled reviews, or ignored them altogether. Employees need feedback in order to know what they are doing right and what needs improvement. They also expect that well-run companies recognize and timely act on this. This has obvious benefits to companies, too.

5. Watch Your Bedside Manner. There are many different management styles, but one component is being aware of how you are perceived by others. Miscommunications can be easily averted by imagining yourself as the receiver of the message you are sending. Even bad news can be handled with tact and efficiency. Employees will be less willing to pursue grudges against those managers who have expressed themselves appropriately and with some sympathy. Balance the company's need with respect for the individual.


1. Seek Feedback and Clarification. If you are unsure about whether you have done a good job on a project, don't let your bewilderment poison your attitude. Take it upon yourself to be appropriately proactive in seeking the feedback that will allow you to move forward. Managers frequently are busy and do not realize they have forgotten to let you know how you did, and so they do not always take the initiative in giving you feedback. Try to keep the lines of communication open to the extent you have control.

2. Look Down the Road. If a company seems to be making some major changes that may not include you, don't wait until the axe falls. Get on top of the situation and make a decision about whether you will wait it out or seek a new position. Bemoaning a restructuring may be natural, but it does not have to be the engine that decides your workplace fate.

3. Keep the Boss Happy, When You Can. No one likes a sycophant, but there are ways to keep your supervisor happy that all of us must learn and practice in order to have satisfaction in our careers and jobs. Being pleasant, helpful, and cooperative aids in the workplace, and is a habit we should carry with us when we are not at work. There may come a time when a boss is unpleasant, or worse. If you cannot tolerate his unpleasantness, you may need to dust off that resume.

4. Keep Evaluations in Perspective. Evaluations are simply a touch-base session with your supervisor regarding your recent work performance. While many of us link what we are with what we do, we should not let our sense of self be tied to evaluations, even if they involve raises. If your review contains negative comments you feel are erroneous, they should be used as a guide on how to re-package yourself so that your next review is more positive. Respectfully and appropriately disagree if you can do so without causing a rift with your boss. Also, because most evaluations come only once a year, there is much anticipation surrounding them. Don't let that eagerness cloud your ability to separate one person's opinion about you from how you view yourself.

5. Trust Your Instincts. Most people have good instincts as to whether they are held in good esteem by their superiors or whether they are in the doghouse. But sometimes people ignore their instincts, usually because the reality is difficult to accept. If you are experiencing anxiety at work, you must either work things out with your employer or take appropriate steps to find another job. It's better to leave on your own terms than have the terms imposed upon you. Take control and trust your instincts.

These tips are some common sense ways to improve your workplace situation. They are not a cure-all, but if practiced often, they can benefit employers and employees. If you feel that the issue you are facing in the workplace may be a legal one, seek the help of a competent lawyer as soon as possible.

Friday, January 25, 2013

The Power of Patience by M.J. Ryan

A popular and habitually used cliché goes, "patience is a virtue". It may be overused but still very true. In this fast paced world, patience is one of the most overlooked values. However, revaluing this old-fashioned virtue can lead you to bigger achievements and more success stories to tell. This is what the book is all about: to understand the importance, benefits and urgent necessity of patience and to be able to learn the ways and means of developing this essential quality.

Patience Gifts:
Patience could be one old-fashioned quality that most people take for granted but it could be the one, if not the only, means to lead a more satisfying and fulfilled life. This virtue, which is spiritual and inspirational in nature, can make you more appreciative and grateful to life. This promises a life where there's less whining and more laughter.
Some of the overlooked gifts of patience are as follows:
Patience creates excellence
Patience brings us into harmony with the cycles of nature
Patience helps us make better decisions
Patience connects us to hope
Patience helps us live longer and more stress-free
Patience helps us waste less time, energy and money
Patience gets us more of what we want
Patience guards the door to anger
Patience gives us greater tolerance and empathy
Patience helps us have happier love relationships
Patience makes us better parents
Patience teaches the power of receptivity
Patience is the heart of civility
Patience grows our souls

Attitudes of Patience:
Patience enables you to cultivate certain attitudes. These attitudes are actually the ones that help you get by when situations push you to your limits.
I'm still learning
Patience is a decision
This too shall pass.
The screws are just as important as the wings
Waiting is part of being alive
It's better to work at it than to buy your way out of it
Where are you hurrying to? It takes as long as it takes
Boredom is all in our heads
Tuning out is as important as tuning in
What does this matter in the larger scheme of things?
People are only human
Some things are worth waiting for
There's more than one right way
Welcome, teachers of patience
There's a time to wait and a time to pedal like mad

The Practices of Patience:
Self-awareness is the ultimate key towards cultivating patience. For awareness to be fully nurtured, you have to expose yourself to certain practices. At first, invoking patience should be a choice you have to make. But through constantly choosing to engage patience when nature calls, the act would simply convert into habit without you necessarily becoming aware of it.

Here are some practices of patience:
Measure your patience level
Tune in to yourself in the morning
Take a breather; Keep your blood sugar level up
Road sage, not road rage
Issue a storm warning to children
Tap into your inner wisdom
Reframe the situation; find something else to do
Practice with aging parents and other elders; Respond from your heart
Underwhelm yourself
Ask yourself: Is this thing still flying?

Some Simple Patience Boosters:
Put emphasis on how far you've gone doing a certain task rather than focusing on what is still left to do.
Do some brisk walking or jogging when you feel impatient or irritable.
Count to ten before choosing to blow off steam.
There are always simple solutions for things that frequently irritate you
Seek ways on how to disrupt your anger cycle
While waiting in line, try taking mental vacations
When your relationships are confronted with trials, take a moment to reflect on how you want to be remembered by friends and relatives when you leave this world
Encourage a pay-it-forward movement by thanking others for being patient with you when you were the one holding them up
Appreciate and celebrate small achievements you make on whatever project you take
Build some patience muscles by practicing walking meditation while waiting in lines
Getting impatient at work? Try doing the "rag doll" exercise by assuming a rag doll position and doing breathing exercises. This will help ease out the tension in your body
Practice the red-light meditation by noticing three breaths when heading towards a red light or hearing the phone ring
Try to be more mindful while doing your chores
Cut down, if you can't stay away, on caffeine
When listening to someone that irritates you, just put yourself in his shoes
During an argument, try asking yourself what you would rather prefer - the right way, your way or the effective way?
For an immediate booster shot, post inspirational quotes on locations that you always get a good view of
When a chore or a job overwhelms you, ask for assistance

Learning to accept your flaws and learning to laugh at your foolishness occasionally can ease you out of tension and anxiety

The Key to Positive Thinking !!

"Lousy" is one word most people would use to describe life. People who experience failure often tend to take another look at their lives and see it in a different manner. People tend to magnify their mistakes and believe that these failures have more impact in their lives than what they have experienced. This attitude is a very human characteristic.

One proof of this can be seen in the way we take a look at a dot on a piece of paper. What does this mean? Well, let's say that you have a piece of perfectly white paper in your hand. It is immaculately white, but when you drip a spot of ink on it, you tend to see it for the spot. You tend to forget about the rest of the paper which remains white and focus on the spot. In your mind, the spot becomes the paper.

In the same manner, people tend to see their lives for their failures. They forget about all of the success they experience and just see themselves as useless failures. This thinking tends to become a self-fulfilling prophecy. People who think they are failures end up being failures. The lack in confidence eventually grows larger and larger, fed by each failure and causing the next downfall. People become trapped in the never-ending cycle of failure, praying that some force would turn their fate around.

How do you stop this cycle? How can a person turn it all around and be successful in life? There is one possible answer to these questions: positive thinking. Positive thinking is the key to many entrepreneurs' success. With positive thinking, you can turn any failure into a success!

How you ask? Well, with positive thinking, you are not limited by your worst enemy. Who might this enemy be? The answer to that is: you. You are your own worst enemy. You can do anything once you set your mind to it, and the only thing stopping you is your lack of positive thinking.

Many people doom their ventures to failure before they have even started implementing their plans. They are daunted by the risks of their activity and are stopped cold by their subconscious. When you think that something is doomed to fail, you will subconsciously look for any flaws in it. When you encounter one of these flaws, you will lose hope and abandon the project to failure.

Positive thinking can help you overcome this habit. By thinking positive, you turn your attention away from the threats and concentrate on any opportunities. Because of positive thinking, you will be able to achieve anything you can think of.

What is the key to positive thinking? Many people believe that the key to positive thinking is the act. They think that positive acting equals positive thinking. However, be reminded that positive thinking acts best on your subconscious. If you act like everything's fine, but think that everything's going to hell, you don't have positive thinking.

One step you can take towards positive thinking is taking a realistic account of your life. Failures aren't monsters that try to eat your life up. Failures do not cause more failures. Failures are distinct events that you can stop if you put your mind to it. By taking account of all the good in your life and not just the bad, you will be able to achieve positive thinking.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

CCNP Switch Study Material Links!!



Standby preempt:


Vlan load balancing:

Configuring Vlan:

802.1 q tunneling:

Configuring L3 Interfaces:

Creating Ethernet Vlans:

Configuring Voice Vlan :

Configuring Mgmt Ip in Switch:

Switching Infrastructure :

Configuring ISL and 802.1q

Trunking using 802.1q

Configuring RSTP and MSTP:

Understanding STP Topology Change :

Understanding RSTP

Configuring Spanning Tree Guards :

Understanding RSTP:

Tuning STP Timers:

Configuring MST:


Configuring VTP:

Understanding VTP:

Configuring Interface characteristics:

DHCP Authorized ARP:

Configuring DHCP Snooping:


Port Security:

Configuring Switch Ports :

Configuring Port Based Traffic Control :

Configuring EtherChannels:

Configuring Port Based Traffic Control:

Configuration Voice Vlan:

Configuring HSRP:

Understanding HSRP:

HSRP Troubleshooting:

Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol: