Corporate Contractors - Winter 2023 Newsletter

SPEED BUMP Dave Coverly Aim For The Right Target Your organization won’t grow unless you and your team are working toward goals that will inspire and motivate. Aim for goals that are: • Quantifiable . You should be able to measure success in objective terms so everyone can see the value of your efforts. • Challenging . If it’s too easy, chances are your objective won’t have significant impact on your organization. • Business focused . Set a goal that supports your organization’s agenda, not one that just makes you or your department look good. • Realistic . Although challenge is important, pursuing an impossible dream will result only in a morale- crushing letdown. • Flexible . Don’t back yourself into a corner. Although you don’t want to adjust your goal to suit your results, be willing to modify your ambitions if circumstances yank your original objective out of reach. Where Does The Time Go? The beginning of a new year makes many of us reflect on the passage of time. Time is a funny thing—it doesn’t always behave the way you expect. The Cracked website offers some interesting observations on the sometimes wacky nature of time: • Your head is aging faster than your feet. Time moves at a slightly different speed depending on how close an object is to a source of gravity. The difference is very small, but it’s measurable. • What did people do before alarm clocks? They hired ‘knocker-uppers,” people who would come knock on their door to wake them up. • Days and years were shorter long ago. Dinosaurs lived in a time when the earth rotated faster, so days lasted about 23 ½ hours, and a year was 372 days. • One year was longer than the rest. The year 46 B.C. had 445 days, due to Julius Caesar’s reform of the calendar. • The oldest known calendar dates back to 8,000 B.C. It was a monument built by hunter-gatherers near Aberdeenshire in Scotland. It tracked months by the moon. • France tried to change time. In 1973, France introduced decimal time, which divided days into 10 hours of 100 minutes per hour and 100 seconds per minute. It lasted 500 days. • No one lives in the present. Despite the popularity of expressions such as “living in the present”, the truth is that there is no such thing as the present or the now. The human brain takes approximately 80 milliseconds to perceive and interpret any event. In other words, what we perceive as “now” has already happened 80 milliseconds ago. Humans live in the past, even if the delay is minimal. X-rays On The Battlefield When World War I broke out in 1914, Marie Curie had already won two Nobel Prizes, but she wanted to help the war effort in France. She knew surgeons on the front lines were performing surgery without the ability to take X-rays in the field or the time to transport soldiers to one of the few hospitals in France with X-ray machines. So she invented the “petite Curie”—a van housing a portable X-ray machine. Curie asked French military officials about funding for her invention, but they refused her. Then she approached the Union of Women of France, who agreed to help. She sought additional funding from wealthy women in Paris and built 20 petite Curies. Those 20 machines went to the front lines and allowed tens of thousands of soldiers to receive X-rays. Curie operated her own machine on the front line, along with women she had trained to operate other machines. Curie also oversaw the installation of 200 X-ray machines at semi-permanent field hospitals near the front lines. Because of her efforts, more than one million soldiers were X-rayed during World War I, saving countless lives. “The two most important requirements for major success are first, being in the right place at the right time, and second, doing something about it. —Ray Kroc

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