TGIF – Can You Find Your Office?

May 11, 2012 by Bill Bradley

As the week winds down, we wind down with some tidbits for your information, education, health, and enjoyment.

Quote of the Week: “Every day I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America.  If I’m not there, I go to work.”  Robert Orben

Humor Break: The following Notice was placed on a working area bulletin board:

Please Notice!!

You may have noticed the increased amount of notices for you to notice.

We have noticed that some of our notices have not been noticed. It is important for all of us to notice the notices.

This notice is to remind you to notice these notices and to take the appropriate response.  

From the CEO’s Select Committee on Noticing Notices

Stat of the Week: Office space costs money.  Less office space, more bonus $$$ for the CEO.  Loss of office (or cubicle) isn’t new.  Big accounting firms were leaders well into the past century.  What is new is the accelerated rate of shared work space.  Tis the fad de año:

 “As companies seek to cut costs and accommodate an increasingly mobile work force, some employees have had to say goodbye to their personal work areas. Unassigned workspaces, sometimes called “free address” or “non-territorial offices,” have long been a fact of life for consultants or employees who do their jobs mostly on the road or from home. But a growing number of workers, including some who spend more time at the office, have had their cubicles replaced by communal tables or unassigned desks they share with a sometimes shifting cast of colleagues.”

What is gained? — Besides 10s of millions of $$$, according to one large company, up to a 50% decrease in emails and decisions made 25% faster?

What is lost?  — Ah, if it saves money, who cares?

Weight Watch – Week 6:  (A personal 16 week Healthy Life style report)

The sixth week’s results are in: I LOST .7 on the official digital scale.  Six weeks into the program and I am down 11.8 pounds.

I am again of mixed feelings.  I am reminded that there is no easy journey to a proper weight.  Can’t undo 30+ years of overindulgence in days or even weeks.  Still, I think I am on the right track.  Not trying for any quick fixes.  My diet is balanced, proportions small, no sweets, no added sugar, no more than 2 slices of bread a week, lots of protein, very little carbs.  In short, I have traded fun food for healthy food.  I keep reminding myself that it is for a good cause.

There is one new source for joy.  The second digit from the decimal point is a new (and lower) number.  I haven’t seen this new number associated with me in 15 years! 

Eating tip: Check out this New York Times article: Eating Well Without the Flavor of Shame.  Want more (reading that is)?  Check out this book: Culinary Intelligence: The Art of Eating Healthy (and Really Well).

I worked out for an average of 1 hour a day for 6 of the past 7 days.  I also began a twice a week water aerobics class yesterday.  It was enjoyable, adds variety and works different muscle groups.  All good.

Exercise Tip: May is National Bike Month.  So if you are in need of an exercise program, get your seat on a bike and start peddling it.

Bill Bradley (mostly) retired after 35 years in organizational consulting, training and management development. During those years he worked internally with seven organizations and trained and consulted externally with more than 90 large and small businesses, government agencies, hospitals and schools.

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  • thanks for the humor…great way to start my day. Also, congrats on the weight loss…that is fabulous and you are doing it the right way.

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