Why Being Unpredictable Is a Bad Strategy



Why Being Unpredictable Is a Bad Strategy

Keeping secrets can protect competitive advantage. Imag­ine the D-Day invasion of Normandy if the Allies had announced dates and locations. Ask Coca-Cola for its secret recipe and listen to a whole corporation laugh.

But secrecy is not the same thing as unpredictability. Secrecy creates an incentive to invest in assets, especially intellectual ones. Unpredictability bluffs, postures, and palters to gain advantage through uncertainty and misdirection. Unpredictability can put another party off-balance. It can confuse them, cloud their thinking, cause them to waste time and effort, and trick them into making a mistake.

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https://hbr.org/2017/01/why-being-unpredictable-is-a-bad-strategy

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15 phrases that successful people never say



15 phrases that successful people never say

To reach your goals avoids blaming, making excuses and have a negative mind. Eliminate these expressions of your vocabulary!

If you want to be more successful as an entrepreneur or in your career, you can start adopting the habit of talking or thinking more like what makes successful people . Here are some phrases you never tell these people:

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How to do something that scares you—and actually learn to enjoy it



When I went to college in the late eighties, speaking up in class wasn’t really required – and I was thankful for that, because I was very uncomfortable doing it, especially if I had any time to think about it. I’d sit there with a thought in my mind about what to say, and as I started piecing my thoughts together (which of course wasn’t easy as I was simultaneously trying to follow the ongoing discussion), the anxiety would take hold. If I got up the guts to do so, I’d raise my hand, palms sweating and heart beating. More times than not, I just wouldn’t raise my hand at all. It’s ironic, of course, that given this background, I entered a profession – teaching – which is entirely about public speaking, often on a daily basis. 

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9 Cleaning Mistakes That Really Slow You Down



We’re in the business of cleaning well, but we also want you to get chores out of the way as quickly as possible. And if you’re committing these common cleaning mistakes, you just might be scrubbing up sun up to sun down.

Read the 9 handy home cleanings tips.

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Greenpeace installs solar pump set


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By Pranava K Chaudhary, TNN | Updated: Sep 28, 2012, 06.16 AM IST

PATNA: Access to energy for irrigation and other agricultural activities is an important issue for the rural Bihar. Looking at poor irrigation facilities due to non-availability of power and availability of abundant sunshine in the state, Greenpeace on Thursday installed and demonstrated a low-cost solar pumping system at Khalsa village in Bidupur block, barely 8km away from Hajipur, in Vaishali district. These low-cost solar pumping systems have a huge potential to increase agricultural productivity in the state.

This is the third village in Bihar where Greenpeace has installed a solar pumping system. The other two villages are Kalyanbigha in Nalanda district, where such a system was installed in April 2012, and Basaha village in Purnia district (September 24). “The system at Kalyanbigha is working successfully,” said an official. The low-cost solar pumping system will reduce dependency on power supply, said a spokesman of the Greenpeace India.

The system is lightweight and can be manually installed in any open well or borewell. It delivers 1,500-2,000 litres of water per hour for 6-8 hours on a sunny day. For better water management and maximum output, it is recommended that drip irrigation method should be used. The model fits well with Bihar State Micro-Irrigation Project (BSMIP) objective to encourage drip and sprinkler irrigation systems.

It was stated on the occasion that the pumping system runs on power produced by solar panels, without the need of batteries, and costs less than a lakh of rupees. Without any operational cost, it provides a cost-effective alternative to irrigation pump sets which run on grid electricity and diesel.

Manish Ram, campaigner, Greenpeace India, said the demonstration of the solar irrigation pump set at Khalsa village would prove to be a milestone in irrigation for small and middle-level farmers.

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Prayer


From a commentary on the psalms by Saint Augustine, bishop

Jesus Christ prays for us and in us and is the object of our prayers

God could give no greater gift to men than to make his Word, through whom he created all things, their head and to join them to him as his members, so that the Word might be both Son of God and son of man, one God with the Father, and one man with all men. The result is that when we speak with God in prayer we do not separate the Son from him, and when the body of the Son prays it does not separate its head from itself: it is the one Savior of his body, our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who prays for us and in us and is himself the object of our prayers.

He prays for us as our priest, he prays in us as our head, he is the object of our prayers as our God.

Let us then recognize both our voice in his, and his voice in ours. When something is said, especially in prophecy, about the Lord Jesus Christ that seems to belong to a condition of lowliness unworthy of God, we must not hesitate to ascribe this condition to one who did not hesitate to unite himself with us. Every creature is his servant, for it was through him that every creature came to be.

We contemplate his glory and divinity when we listen to these words: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him nothing was made. Here we gaze on the divinity of the Son of God, something supremely great and surpassing all the greatness of his creatures. Yet in other parts of Scripture we hear him as one sighing, praying, giving praise and thanks.

We hesitate to attribute these words to him because our minds are slow to come down to his humble level when we have just been contemplating him in his divinity. It is as though we were doing him an injustice in acknowledging in a man the words of one with whom we spoke when we prayed to God; we are usually at a loss and try to change the meaning. Yet our minds find nothing in Scripture that does not go back to him, nothing that will allow us to stray from him.

Our thoughts must then be awakened to keep their vigil of faith. We must realize that the one whom we were contemplating a short time before in his nature as God took to himself the nature of a servant; he was made in the likeness of men and found to be a man like others; he humbled himself by being obedient even to accepting death; as he hung on the cross he made the psalmist’s words his own: My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

We pray to him as God, he prays for us as a servant. In the first case he is the Creator, in the second a creature. Himself unchanged, he took to himself our created nature in order to change it, and made us one man with himself, head and body. We pray then to him, through him, in him, and we speak along with him and he along with us.

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