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Wokly Work Ethic: Me wrong.... NEVER!!!

Posted by Luis Majano
26 Apr 2006 12:00 AM

As always, here is the weekly work ethic, brought to you by G TUcker!!

 

Like most men, I have at times had trouble admitting when I have done something wrong. However, I have learned ( I am still learning actually) that It's a wise person who can take criticism and learn from one's mistakes without getting upset or angry when someone points out their errors. Think about the following: What makes you successful -- Good decisions. How do you make good decisions -- Experience. How do you get experience -- Bad decisions. Of course, there are always consequences for bad decisions, but you will come out on top if you learn from them. So I encourage you. Go ahead and make those bad decisions. Just remember there are consequences and be prepared to take responsibility for your actions.
Admitting your own mistakes is hard, but too much obstinance and pride will corrupt your humility.

Are Form variables more secure?

Posted by Luis Majano
26 Apr 2006 12:00 AM
I had recently asked Mr Raymond Camden for his opinion on wether form variables would be more secure than URL due to a request at work.  I have attached a word doc detailing this issue and ways to solve it.  I have asked around and used several quotes and opinions.  Overall, here is a summary:


The cost of changing all interaction to form submittals is not monumental, but it will be consuming. All developers will need to change their URL links to JavaScript in order to submit requests. Although it is not a monumental task, IT WILL produce more work without actually getting the real security benefit. Form variables will not protect the application or discourage anybody to mess with the application. The real security implementations need to be performed in server-side validation and used in conjunction with tools provided by ColdFusion and the Database. A first rule of validation should be not to trust either FORM or URL variables; they should always be validated. It is the role of the developer to protect the database and its contents, no matter if you are using a POST or a GET.

Weekly Work Ethic: Fear vs Love. Which is the greater motivator?

Posted by Luis Majano
18 Apr 2006 12:00 AM

You can see the previous work ethic subjects by clicking here.

 This was a very controversial issue in our office and it definetely created some nice comments, and some weird ones.

 Here was mine:

The greatest motivator should be love. Fear might work in the small spectrum, but this will not grant respect or leadership. Love & Patience should be your greatest asset in any situation.

 

Again, this is something I've learned from my kids. I've sometimes threatened my kids or tried to scare them into doing something (I call this Fear). They may do it, but usually they don't want anything to do with me after - I've alienated them. And I know that if I continue treating them that way as they grow, they will reach a point where all they want to do is to move out of the house and go live on their own. But if I sit with them and explain to them how important they are to the family and let them know that I need their help to make the family better, ie I let them know their value to me (I call this Love) - Wow, things get done and everyone is at peace. Fear is easy to do - that's why we do it so often. Love is hard, it requires a lot of patience and self control. So what does this have to do with us here at work? Well, how do you try to motivate someone to do something - through Fear or Love. With fear a person will only do so much. With love they will do so much more. With fear, a person will follow you so far until they say "Ya, No Mas". But with love they will follow you to the end...

Here are some interesting comments:

 Definitely Love. With fear of course you can make things happen only for short time. There is a limit for how much one can tolerate. And once it reached, then no fear will work. There will be a revolution. History has proven. Adolph hitler, Idi Amin, Suddam hussain and many big dictators regime vanished.

But at the end in a work environment the ultimate motivator will always be fear... fear of loosing your job and not being able to support your family. Of course, Assuming that you are not the owner of the company, in which case what drives you is something completely different. For Love to be the motivator at work you need to feel yourself deeply identified with the company, feel that its success is also your success (and not the rich owner's success). How do you do that? I have no clue.

 it all comes back to respect for each other and employees. And more importantly, showing appreciation for a job well done... just to hear commendation makes a huge difference in motivation and employee attitude.

I think love is the driving force behind motivation. Not love of a FAM trip or love of another person, it has to do with your love of the job. You have to love what you do. If you love it, you take pride in your work. You take care to do a good job. You work harder to make deadlines. The clock should not be a deciding factor on when you leave, the task at hand should be.

Fear is the worst motivator out there. People, we are quite possibly the best darn team in the building.The quickest way to lose such a fantastic crew of workers is to employ fear as a motivator. This is because strategies that implement fear not only cause performance levels to go down, but it eliminates the desire to compete. While fear forces compliance, it almost never results in superior performance. We must also realize that fear is not conducive to creating respect. Management 101.

 Lesson of the day... fear can easily burn out the best of us. The envelope can be pushed only so far before it is realized that there are more important things to do in this short life rather than let fear control us. "Scratch my back a little nuh." Even out some of the work load. Love is the key, respect is the most wonderful thing that can be shown to an employee. Lets break down the Burlin wall! I have a dream! "Come here nuh!"

 

Happy Friday, Nerd Alert!!

Posted by Luis Majano
14 Apr 2006 12:00 AM

First of all Happy Good Friday to all!!  May God bless your lives.

 Now to the nerd  stuff.  I just found this post , kinda old, but still informative and humurous. It is a nerd test, you find out, how nerdy you are so you can embarras yourselves by doing a post like this one, and announcing your nerdiness.  The test is quite humurous and informative.  Here is my score:

 

I am nerdier than 97% of all people. Are you nerdier? Click here to find out!

Well, I think I am a NERD GOD!!!  Happy nerding!!! 

Weekly Work Ethic: You earn respect when you show respect

Posted by Luis Majano
10 Apr 2006 12:00 AM

Last week I started a new series based on a series that a co-worker and friend of mine started at our workplace.  This has in turn created some interesting comments and pointed out some interesting ideas that everybody in the workplace can now express.  This week's series is how you can earn respect from your co-workers when you show respect.  This is an important topic in a workplace, specially when you are in situations where people don't like to work or help.

 Here is quote:

 

One of the things I've learned from my children is that in order for them to respect me, I have to show them respect. I can not demand respect from them without first showing/teaching them respect. So which comes first? Is this like the chicken or the egg? Do you have to show respect to get/earn respect or do you have to get/earn respect before you can show it? What's your opinion?

 

Here are some interesting comments from our department:

"I think this quote should be re-stated specifically for our department because nothing holds true around these parts. It should say, If you are shown respect, please give respect. "

"wow,23 million and no dinner or fam? now that's incentive"

"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ExzZAVbGYo&search=another%20one%20bites%20the%20dust says it all"

NetClipse, the New Eclipse based on Netbeans

Posted by Luis Majano
06 Apr 2006 12:00 AM

I just found this interesting note, that the new version of Eclipse will be based on the Netbeans Platform.

This is great news, since it will move Eclipse to the SWING standard and plus: Netbeans Platforms kicks butt!!

Here is a short snippet of the article, but you can read it at the following address

Eclipse Article on Netbeans

Code named "NetClipse", the next version of Eclipse is tentatively scheduled for summer 2007. "NetClipse will be based on the NetBeans Platform," according to new director Tim Cramer, who will continue to serve as the director of Java Tools at Sun. The Eclipse Foundation management will be restructured to resemble the Java Community Process (JCP) with Sun holding a permanent position on the board.

Weekly Work Ethic: Servant + Leader = Servant Leader

Posted by Luis Majano
03 Apr 2006 12:00 AM

I am starting a weekly series inspired by a co-worker and friend of mine at Sandals, Gary Tucker. He started his weekly series in our internal network, and I believe that his content applies for any company or employee out there that has a not so great working environment or is in the process of achieving one.

I believe that if we are in a position of leadership, then we should be the first ones to guide, serve and direct our workers to a more respectful and stable working environment. I hope that this series can inspire you to improve your work ethic and environment. I would greatly appreciate your comments and suggestions, I know that everybody deals with the issues I will expose.

Servant + Leader = Servant Leader
What !!!!!
We all know about servants and we all know about leaders. But have you heard about a servant leader - A leader who leads by serving and serves by leading. I believe that the IS department is a service department. Whether it is answering a call about a broken mouse or creating an application for the company, in every aspect each person in here serves the rest of the company. However, we are also one of the leaders because we are the ones that lead the company into new technology, new ways of marketing and distributing our product and new ways of making our product available 24/7 to our customers.
If we are to be the servant leaders of this company, we have to begin in our department, where each person serves the other regardless of rank, race, religion, gender, etc . So the attitude that you should try to have always is one of "How can I serve you today".
PS -who is getting me breakfast this morning? What's your opinion?

 

What is your opinion? Also, if you have any suggestions for weekly topics, let me know. 

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