Archive for November, 2012

Simple things are yummy, too

November 27, 2012

A recipe from a workmate for a delicious salad – the ingredients go together so well!

Chicken and watercress salad:

50 almonds

pack of watercress (or some mixed leaves)

celery stalks

450 g cooked chicken (breast)

juice of half an orange

30 ml mayonnaise

1. Toast almonds. 2. Beat orange juice into mayonnaise. 3. Chop watercress, celery and chicken. 4. Mix together.



Morningside Road

November 19, 2012

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A team player or a lone wolf

November 7, 2012

I don’t do well with disappointments, especially if I am counting on a friend for something and they turn their back on me. As a result I once again tell myself that it’s best to only count on yourself.

Another thing that’s hard for me to deal with is networking. I dislike small talk and blowing my own trumpet, and that’s what you have to do mostly when it comes to networking. It’s perceived by me almost as a necessary evil.

Then an article like this one will crop up to open my eyes a bit wider. In professional (probably as well as personal) life a loner will lose out to a team. In a perfect team each member brings in unique but complementary skills. Big success stories highlight the individual and forget to mention the team (as this makes for a better movie script) but there always is a team.

Reid Hoffman also says: “a slightly-less-competent person who gets along with others and contributes on a team can be better for the company than somebody who’s 100 percent competent but isn’t a team player” – and I understand that. In conclusion, everybody needs a ‘we’ as well as an ‘I’ to succeed at work and at home:  ” ‘I’ vs. ‘We’ is a false choice. It’s both. Your career success depends on both your individual capabilities and your network’s ability to magnify them.”

Check out the article!