How To Stop Computers Stressing You OutWritten by Trevor Dumbleton
Copyright 2005 Trevor Dumbleton
Of all forms of stress in today's world, computer stress is one that is on rise fastest. Computers are wonderful machines, but they can also stress out workers by their sometimes confusing demands, their constant presence and their simple inability to work properly. Thus, computer stress must be understood and it must find an outlet or computer users will find themselves even more stressed out than they already are.
The first thing to remember about computers is that they are machines. They do not have feelings, they do not respond to emotional appeals, they only do what they are told to do; nothing more and nothing less. Thus, you need to remember that just about anything that your computer does is probably something you told it to do. Sure, you may not have wanted to tell it to do something, but you told computer to do it and that's all it knows. You can save yourself a lot of computer stress by keeping this in mind.
The next thing you need to know in order to avoid computer stress is that computers are machines and, therefore, they will break down. That means that you need to keep backup copies of everything important. If you absolutely need a file, keep a copy on a floppy disk or on a CD. Hard drives are well known to just give out after a while (the average lifetime is about 4-5 years) and therefore you need to keep backups of everything you want to keep. If it's important enough that you want a copy, it's important enough to keep a backup copy. The sooner you remember to keep your computer's failing in mind, more stress free you will be.
Third, you need to protect your computer. On most basic level, that means a surge protector. A power surge can quickly fry delicate insides of a computer and suddenly realizing that you need a new computer is just about worst computer stress of all.
As well, you need to protect your computer from outside interference. If your computer is hooked up to Internet, protect it with a network firewall and anti-virus software. There are plenty of malicious hackers out there and they tend to enjoy watching people panic about their computers suddenly dying. These hackers write viruses and worms that can infect your machine and delete important files or send out malicious emails all on their own. You do not want to have your computer taken over like this. Save yourself from this sort of computer stress by keeping your system and your files secure from outside attackers.
LeadershipWritten by Gary Glasscock
Copyright 2005 Gary Glasscock
Webster's defines leadership as : “1. office of position of a leader, 2. capacity to lead, 3. act of instance of leading, 4. LEADERS.” Dale Carnegie, founder of Dale Carnegie Institute and teacher of leadership skills, defines leadership as a mixture of traits and skills that can be learned and honed. John C. Maxwell, founder of INJOY and professional speaker on leadership, agrees with Carnegie, but further states that there are five levels of leadership with highest level being attained by only a few people.
So what really determines leadership? Does position or office determine leader or is it capacity to lead? Just because a person holds a certain position in a company or in government does not necessarily mean they can be a leader. We can look at out previous President and see that office does not make leader. Because a certain individual has been promoted to a leadership position with a company, does that make person a leader? They are expected to be able to lead, but what truly makes a person a leader? Is it a skill that can be learned, practiced, and enhanced by qualities that we are born with?
Leadership is a combination of traits, qualities, and skills that not only learned and practiced, but are not necessarily inherent qualities that a person is born with. To develop leadership we must become students of human relations. The we can become goon communicators and listeners, offer genuine appreciation and praise to others, and show others respect they deserve. WE then must learn not to be overly critical, to harness enthusiasm, give people a good reputation to live up to, and keep a sense of fun and balance in out lives. These are all good qualities that one must strive to obtain to become a leader of people. Not only will they then reap rewards of being a leader, but they will also begin to develop others into leaders, thus expanding their influence as well as building up organization they are associated with. Not only is that a trait of a good leader but also that is a responsibility leader must live up to if they wish to become a great leader. In his book, “Developing Leader Within You,” John C. Maxwell lists five levels of leadership as:
1.Position – lowest level of leadership, based solely on title and position. 2.Permission – as relationships are developed with others, they give permission to leader to be led beyond limits of his/hers job description. 3.Production – as group becomes more productive together, leadership is advanced. 4.People Development – developing people and assisting them to reach their potential. 5.Personhood – this requires a lifetime of developing others to their highest potential.