Monday, March 24, 2008

Simple Solutions

Got this in a forwarded email. Thought it was worth sharing here.

For each and every problem there are many solutions but select which is
simple, safe, less cost and easy to understand :

Case 1

When NASA began the launch of astronauts into space, they found out that
the pens wouldn't work at zero gravity (ink won't flow down to the
writing surface). To solve this problem, it took them one decade and $12

They developed a pen that worked at zero gravity, upside down,
in practically any surface including crystal and in a temperature range
from below freezing to over 300 degrees C.
And what did the Russians do...??

They used a pencil.

Case 2

One of the most memorable case studies on Japanese management was the
case of the empty soap box, which happened in one of
Japan's biggest cosmetics companies. The company received a complaint
that a consumer had bought a soap box that was empty. Immediately the
authorities isolated the problem to the assembly line, which
all the packaged boxes of soap to the delivery department.
For some reason, one soap box went through the assembly line empty.
Management asked its engineers to solve the problem.

Post-haste, the engineers worked hard to devise an X-ray machine with
high-resolution monitors manned by two people to watch
all the soap boxes that passed through the line to make sure they were
empty. No doubt, they worked hard and they worked fast but they spent a
whoopee amount to do so.

But when a rank-and-file employee in a small company was posed with
the same problem, he did not get into complications of X-rays, etc.,
instead came out with another solution. He bought a strong industrial
electric fan and pointed it at the assembly line. He switched the fan
and as each soap box passed the fan, it simply blew the empty boxes out
the line.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Best 'Out of Office' Auto Replies

Got this as forwarded email. I hope everybody likes it.


1. I am currently out at a job interview and will reply to you if I fail to get the position. Be prepared for my mood.
2. You are receiving this automatic notification because I am out on the office. If I was in, chances are you wouldn't have received anything at all.
3. I will be unable to delete all the unread, worthless emails you send meuntil I return from holiday on 4 April. Please be patient and your mail will be deleted in the order it was received.
4. Thank you for your email. Your credit card has been charged $5.99 for the first ten words and $1.99 for each additional word in your message.
5. The e-mail server is unable to verify your server connection and is unable to deliver this message. Please restart your computer and try sending again.
(The beauty of this is that when you return, you can see how many in-duh-viduals did this over and over).

6. Thank you for your message, which has been added to a queuing system..You are currently in 352nd place, and can expect to receive a reply in approximately 19 weeks.

10. I will be out of the office for the next 2 weeks for medical reasons........
When I return, please refer to me as ' Margaret ' instead of 'Steve'.