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I always believe that giving out crystal clear instructions is a very important aspect when working in a team. Miscommunication would often end up in disastrous situations. And I HATE IT.

Previously, I was working in a research company. The leader of the pack is a fickle minded manager. His inconsistencies would often drive everyone crazy. Whenever we have a meeting, everyone will panic. Because he will often contradict what he said the day before. It is irritating the hell out of me. There was an incident when I thought enough is enough. During a meeting, I took down notes and instructions from him. After the meeting, I even sat down with my team members to confirm the details of the meeting. After we are clear about what we are supposed to do, everyone went ahead to execute their duties.

When we updated the team leader of our progress a week later, he flared up and insisted that it was not the way he wanted. At that time, everyone was pissed and disgusted with his reaction.

Then I had a brilliant solution: bring a voice recorder. So from then onwards, I recorded every meeting.

I must say that it the greatest invention to defend against fickle minded idiots. Whenever shit hits the fan, I went back to listen to the recorded meeting. After I was damn sure that we are doing the right things and had followed exactly what was being discussed during the meeting, I send it to the leader to shut him up.


lessson learnt: always bring a voice recorder to meetings.


Our Great Reliance on Facebook

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Do you feel very touched and delighted when someone actually remembers your birthday?

Before the facebook era, I tend to use this simple method of gauging who are indeed my friends: if they can remember my birthday.

By that, I don’t need them to give me any presents; just a simple, “hey, it’s your birthday today!” can actually make my day.

However, when facebook took over the world, I am certain that this method is obsolete.

The very first time when I registered facebook in 2006, I had unknowingly set my birth date as Jan 1.

I had never bothered to change it as I would never think that could bother me at all.

During the past few years, facebook had made some rather “impressive” improvements on the user interface. This includes the all time favourite birthday reminder. Whenever a friend’s birthday is just around the corner, his/her name will appear in the birthday reminder and there will be an option for you to leave a birthday message.

For the past few years, I had received quite a number of birthday greetings on Jan 1.

Some were from acquaintances who do not know my exact birth date but I had quite a few from my good friends who actually know my exact birth date.

Well, it seems pretty clear that the heavy reliance on facebook has struck on how we relate to others socially. Bane or boon, only time will tell.

P.S. My birthday is March 10.