Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Red-tape ,Bureaucracy,Negativity,Health and safety the four things that blight all our lifes, WHAT IF ..

                                                              WHAT IF

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I spent most of my life being told by various people that you can’t do that or you can;t do this etc

But me being me i have usually took this as a comfort in the fact that i rejoice in the fact that i have got of my arse and took risks .

and as i headed of and done the thing sometimes it went wrong ,but to try and fail in my eyes can never be a mistake .

far worse to have sat on my arse and dream “WHAT IF

That thought has always scared the shit out of me the idea that one day i might end up and old man mumbling and dripping with the words spilling out of my mouth to deaden ears “WHAT IF”

so i say if you have a dream or wish then go for it .

There is no such thing as a failed dream only another experience in life’s rich and wonderful tapestry.

So grab life by the neck and kick it’s arse and enjoy enjoy the uncertainty the excitement that is LIFE..

and let the talkers talk and complain and moan ,leave those that have no dreams behind and GO GO

 

SHUT UP MOANING ABOUT THINGS DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT I SAY ( just a wee thing i had to say after visiting some blogs that i have been going to for a while but not anymore i am sick of listening to them moan and complain get off your arse and do something about it .)

Bureaucracy is the collective organizational structure, procedures, protocols, and set of regulations in place to manage activity, usually in large organizations and government. As opposed to adhocracy, it is represented by standardized procedure (rule-following) that guides the execution of most or all processes within the body; formal division of powers; hierarchy; and relationships, intended to anticipate needs and improve efficiency.

A bureaucracy traditionally does not create policy but, rather, enacts it. Law, policy, and regulation normally originates from a leadership, which creates the bureaucracy to put them into practice. In reality, the interpretation and execution of policy, etc. can lead to informal influence. A bureaucracy is directly responsible to the leadership that creates it, such as a government executive or board of directors. Conversely, the leadership is usually responsible to an electorate, shareholders, membership or whoever is intended to benefit. As a matter of practicality, the bureaucracy is where the individual will interface with an organization such as a government etc., rather than directly with its leadership. Generally, larger organizations result in a greater distancing of the individual from the leadership, which can be consequential or intentional by design.

 

"Red tape" is a derisive term for excessive regulation or rigid conformity to formal rules that is considered redundant or bureaucratic and hinders or prevents action or decision-making. It is usually applied to government, but can also be applied to other organizations like corporations.

Red tape generally includes the filling out of seemingly unnecessary paperwork, obtaining of unnecessary licenses, having multiple people or committees approve a decision and various low-level rules that make conducting one's affairs slower, more difficult, or both.

Positivity and negativity are powerful feedback processes in human behavior. Positive feedback encourages us to continue doing what we have done so far. Negative feedback, on the contrary, generally acts as a warning signal that tells us to moderate or stop what we are doing and to redress the course of our actions. Positive feedback can be linked to approach behavior and negative feedback to avoidance behavior. Through the course of evolution, these two processes, approach and avoidance, have helped us survive in complex environments. A powerful indicator of what is possible for a system is the positivity/negativity ratio of feedback; that is, how many instances of positive vs. negative feedback we can observe in a human interaction process, such as a team meeting or in a couple's conversation.

The positivity/negativity ratio (P/N) has been found to be a critical parameter to ascertain what kinds of dynamics are possible for a team (Losada & Heaphy, 2004). P/N is measured by counting the instances of positive feedback (e.g. "that is a good idea;") vs. negative feedback (e.g. "this is not what I expected; I am disappointed."). Marcial Losada found that high performance teams have a P/N ratio of 5.6; medium performance teams have a P/N of 1.9 and low performance teams have a P/N of .36 (there is more negativity than positivity). These ratios determine the level of connectivity that a team can reach (Losada & Heaphy, 2004). Connectivity is the control parameter in the meta learning model developed and empirically validated by Losada (1999), who found that high performance teams have dynamics that correspond to a complexor (complex order) which is mathematically equivalent to a chaotic attractor, representing the flexibility and creativity of these teams; medium performance teams have dynamics that correspond to a transient limit cycle that eventually settles into a fixed-point attractor, representing the inability to escape limiting routines; and low performance teams have dynamics that correspond to a fixed-point attractor, representing even less flexibility, and leading to a dead-end situation from which it's very hard to escape. John Gottman (1994) found that similar ratios occur in marriages who flourish (P/N ratio of 5.1) and those who end up in divorce (P/N ratio of .77) Barbara Fredrickson and Marcial Losada found that individuals who flourish have a P/N ratio above the Losada line and those who languish have a P/N ratio below the Losada line (Fredrickson & Losada, 2005). Waugh and Fredrickson found that the Losada line separates people who are able to reach a complex understanding of others from those who do not (Waugh & Fredrickson, 2006). The Losada line establishes the minimum level at which a complexor is reached and is equal to a P/N of 2.9013 (Fredrickson & Losada, 2005; Fredrickson, 2009, chapter 7).

 

John Simpson criticises health and safety 'nonsense'

 

BBC's World Affairs Editor John Simpson

Simpson, 64, said he had to fill in a BBC risk assessment form 'the size of a telephone directory' before filming his 'Top Dog' adventures with Robin Knox Johnston and Ranulph Fiennes.

The premise of the BBC Two series Top Dogs is that Simpson, polar explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes and round-the-world yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston each take the others on an expedition to explore their own fields of expertise.

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Simpson led the team to the hot spots of Afghanistan and the border with Pakistan, Knox-Johnston captains a boat through the choppy waters around Cape Horn and Fiennes heads a trek across the Arctic plains of Canada.

Describing the modern obsession with health and safety, Simpson said: "I am the wrong age to care about that sort of stuff.

"I really hate all that nonsense.

"I kept a copy of the hazard assessment form we had when I sailed around Cape Horn as part of the Top Dog programme.

"It's the size of a telephone directory.

"It tells me 'You may bang your head, you may trip over, you may hurt this and that.'

"And of course 'You might drown.' But what the Hell? I mean, to every man upon this earth death cometh sooner or later," he told the BBC One Show last week.

He admitted that he was terrified by fifty foot waves around the Horn during the sail.

"I spoke to Robin afterwards about the storm and he said 'Storm - what storm? That was as flat as a pancake!' But it seemed like a storm to me with waves higher than my house."

The third part of the series will be shown on Friday and viewers will see the three 'top dogs' haul sledges across the frozen sea ice of the Canadian Arctic.

Simpson described his expedition trekking the Antarctic with Sir Ranulph as "horrible".

"The Antarctic was absolutely horrible," he said "I had frostbite on every single finger and thumb - it was disgusting."

Top Dogs: Adventures in War, Sea and Ice Arctic will be shown on Friday at 9pm on BBC Two.

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