Bleed Out - A pattern of workplace antics

Everyonce in a while companies seem to go through cleansing of the staff. A time period when one person leaves, then another, then another. Sometime 30%-75% of the staff may leave.

What causes this fallout?

Usually some of the staff have become disgruntled about soemthing that they have observed. It may be the handling of internal promotions or the failure to give spot-bonuses or the failure to give raises comensurate with the experience and salary band that an industry professional falls within.

A Raise in Time is a Place in Line

Gas a year ago in Texas was about $2.65 per Gallon
Gas in Texas now is about $3.20 per gallon

Various media sources are telling us that it will be $4.00 per gallon or higher by spring.

Four dollars per gallon! Most people don't realise that we were paying a little over a dollar a gallon just a few years ago. The fuel providers tell us that this is due to the price per barrel of oil. Yet they are posting continuously higher and higher profitiablity to their stock holders.

Tipping The Scales

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Tipping is more of an art than a science, and more of an obligation than an option. To some the art of tipping appears to be more like science fiction. Some people naturally give tips, for others it is like pulling teath.

There is a huge difference in tipping service staff who are earning $6 to $20 per hours, and the waitress at the local coffee shop who makes a $1.60 per hour. We should expect an excellence in service from either, but the hourly employee making minimum wage plus is at least making some kind of living.

Jewish Wisdom

  • When, if ever, should lying be permitted?
  • If you've damaged a person's reputation unfairly, can the damage be undone?
  • Is a person who sells weapons responsible for how those weapons are used?
  • if the fetus is not a life, what is it? How, as an adult, can one carry out the command to honor one's parents when they make unreasonable demands?
  • What are the nine biblical challenges a good person must meet?
  • What do the great Jewish writings of the last 3,500 years tell us about these and all other vital questions about our lives?

    Days of Awe: A Treasury of Jewish Wisdom for Reflection, Repentance, and Renewal on the High Holy Days

    Compiled by one of the greatest Hebrew writers of the 20th century and first published in 1948, Days of Awe is the long-acknowledged classic companion to the High Holy Days prayer book. Here in one volume are readings and meditations from the Bible, the Talmud, the Midrash, and the Zohar, to deepen the spiritual experience of the holiest days of the Jewish year.

    The Gentle Weapon: Prayers for Everyday and Not-so-Everyday Moments: Timeless Wisdom from Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

    A "little treasure" of prayers that will open your heart and soul and give voice to your deepest yearnings. Using the startling wisdom of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, written two hundred years ago, The Gentle Weapon will help you talk with God and enable you to hear your own voice as well.

    The "gentle weapon" of prayer can ease the soul and strengthen the heart, while bringing us closer to God and to a deeper understanding of ourselves.

    The Adventures of Rabbi Harvey: A Graphic Novel of Jewish Wisdom And Wit in the Wild West

    After finishing school in New York, Rabbi Harvey traveled west in search of adventure and, hopefully, work as a rabbi. His journey took him to Elk Spring, Colorado, a small town in the Rocky Mountains. When he managed to outwit the ruthless gang that had been ruling Elk Spring, the people invited Harvey to stay on as the town's rabbi. In Harvey's adventures in Elk Spring, he settles disputes, tricks criminals into confessing, and offers unsolicited bits of Talmudic insight and Hasidic wisdom.

    Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain

    Since the 1970 publication of Migraine, neurologist Oliver Sacks's unusual and fascinating case histories of "differently brained" people and phenomena--a surgeon with Tourette's syndrome, a community of people born totally colorblind, musical hallucinations, to name a few--have been marked by extraordinary compassion and humanity, focusing on the patient as much as the condition.

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