六月 2009

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給面子 賞面子 當權者與下級的互動關係

Posted by on 30 六月 2009 | Tagged as: 浩氣

如果從遠處見到兩位軍人互相敬禮,就算見不到他們制服上的徽章,也可以確定兩件事:一,他們軍階不同。二,誰的軍階較高。紀律部隊敬禮的步驟一般是這樣:當低級遇到高級的隊員時,低級的會先將自己右手食指舉至眼眉右側,然後高級的會向低級的做相同動作,低級會一直將手舉起,直等到高級的將手放低,低級的才會把自己的手放下。

紀律部隊之所以是紀律部隊,主要因為她們要做的工作往往需要大量人手,而且要反應快而準。隊員之間的合作和默契是完成任務的關鍵。舉一個例,當四川發生八級地震時,能夠最先到達災區救人的,不是消防員,也不是警察,更不是那一個自願團體,而是紀律部隊中最嚴謹的解放軍派出傘兵直接空降至災區。在和平的日子,要突然動員一千傘兵至災區,中間要安排的工作難以想像的多,當中要作無數個決定,救援工作拖延一刻,災民的生存機會就少一分,沒有從長計議,集思廣益這回事。災民的生命在乎當權者是否當機立斷,下級是否刻盡已任。

救災是一個極端的例子,當權者與下級的關係介定得清楚與否極之重要,然而當一群人共同生活時,就算沒有軍隊般的階級和紀律,若有一系列約定俗成的習慣以分別各人的地位和身分,可以省去大量時間,對達到共同目標有一定好處。

人際生活不像軍隊,上級與下級之間不用敬禮,不過有給面子和賞面子。一個很常見的例子是外出應酬時,老闆走進來,下屬通常會放下自己正在進行的活動,站起身向老闆握手,打招呼,自我介給,這是給老闆面子的舉動。當老闆受落,接受別人給自己的面子時,這代表著他認同自己是上級的身分,埋單找數時,大家就不用爭,老闆付帳,理所當然。若老闆不作當權者當作的,自己當權的地位不保,有損團隊士氣和團結,甚至影響業績。

給面子賞面子表面可能給人低俗感覺,但想清楚有保持一群人和平相處,團結一至的功能。愈講求團隊合作的群體,愈要講面子。

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按:這個題目是大姊提出的,要八百字,我懷疑是她的功課。其實我也很久沒有寫一個不是自己想出來的題目,直接一點是沒有作文好多年。是好的練習,但不好玩。

病病

Posted by on 26 六月 2009 | Tagged as: 浩氣

太太病病,下午收到通知原來大部分詩班員都病倒了,再加上上星期有一位兄姊確診出H1N1,種種跡象加起來,還是自我隔離,在家上班比較好。我也開始有點病徵,要早點休息了。

美國的社會問題-醫療保險

Posted by on 23 六月 2009 | Tagged as: 浩氣

社會上大多數人都沒有受過醫學訓練,身體不適時,人性會走向兩個極端,一是逃避,一是過份緊張。兩個極端都會做成極大的浪費,而美國的醫療制度,正正鼓勵人走向兩個極端。美國國會估計今年全美人民會花費二萬五千億在醫療(health care)上,大概是國民生產總值的15%,比法國,德國,英國和日本都要高5-7%,雖然如此,美國人民的平均壽命是79.2年,是五個國家中最低的,比法國少兩年,比日本少三年半。

美國醫療制度的問題很複雜,不知從可說起,且從一個比較貼身的角度入手。

美國醫療費用驚人,當年團契有一香港留學生(Q小姐),因食物中毒入了急証室,即使沒有留院埋單也要千幾美金。如此高昂的費用,在美國生活若不買醫療保險,隨時破產,但由於稅務和法例的關係,醫療保險十之八九由僱主為員工購買,這帶來一個很大的問題,就是在同一個保障計劃(policy)之下保費(premium)是劃一的,換言之,健康的津貼體弱的,精確一點是醫療開支少的津貼醫療開支高的。

人是自私的,保費既出,自然期望得到最徹底的檢查和專科的照顧,但保險公司不會做蝕本生意,保險公司的開支最終都由受保人承擔,亦即是廣大的僱主,但當僱主生產成本上升,其實亦蠶食了員工的薪金水平。

不難想像,面對人力成本上升,利潤微薄的生意為了生存下去,唯有避開為員工購買醫療保險的法例,例如以半職員工代替全職員工,或者把工作外判。這些半職或自僱人仕由於沒有稅務優惠,醫療保金之高一般收入的根本付不起,所以極多人寧願不買。事實上現在全美國有千萬人沒有醫療保險(有報告認為是三分一人口!)。

在這個醫療保險制度之下,有保險的傾向睇太多醫生(over-doctoring),無保險的傾向唔睇醫生,結果大家都得不到適度的醫療照顧,總體醫療開支上升,一同受害。民主國家又如何?民主制度能否帶領美國走出這個醫療制度的死結,大家拭目以待。

蘭茜夫人劇場 – 初戀無限次 (四之七)

Posted by on 23 六月 2009 | Tagged as: PodCast, 浩氣

我很喜歡初戀無限次中Sarah 這個角色,她面對的掙扎很真實,當物質與愛情之間只能取其一時,她選擇物質。沒有所謂對錯,她既有如此清晰的人生目標,值得尊重。

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Restless Saturday

Posted by on 21 六月 2009 | Tagged as: 浩氣

When my co-worker asks me what’s the plan this weekend, I usually say no plan. No plan doesn’t mean I have nothing to do, but I mean no leisure time that I need to plan. So what I actually do?

Drop off MH at church for choir practice at around 9:00AM (15 minutes late). Hang out a bit and took couple pictures for Church garage-sales. Walk to Cultural Plaza and get ready for the summer tutoring class coordinated by Hawaii Chinese Christian Mission Gospel Center (HCCMGC). The class starts at 10:00AM and finish at 12:00PM. Have a quick lunch at HCCMGC then walk back to church. Get my car and go pick up Kimmi for Church’s “Pre-Highschool Scholar" program. The program starts at 1:00PM and finish at 4:00PM. Take the students back home then MH and I finally can get back home. Post the garage-sales pictures and ad on Craigslist.org for next week. Prepare dinner and go laundry. Finish dinner, wash dishes, hanging wet clothes and folding dried clothes. All “homework" settled at around 9:00PM. The real thing finally starts. Turn on Church’s laptop and gather all the written reports from department chairs over emails. Revise the May Church council minutes and throw everything together and write up the agenda for tomorrow church council meeting. Update and dry run the PowerPoint files for Sunday service singspiration session. Everything done at 11:30PM. MH have to go sleep and I still don’t have a chance to take shower yet. Almost forgot that Wing Sum took vacation and I need to cover her for Sundayschool. Nice… Read the teaching material and it is 12:00AM.

Another day starts…

A lucky day

Posted by on 20 六月 2009 | Tagged as: 浩氣

The servers for the QA environment are located in Texas and maintained by HP. Amazingly, the firewall was down yesterday morning. HP opened a Ser1 ticket and drew in many infrastructure folks in the bridge. They could not resolve the problem before lunch, not even after lunch, not even tea time, not even time to go home… Yeah! Thanks HP! Otherwise I couldn’t spend my whole day on playing around ASP.NET, SQL Server, and Oracle 10g XE locally. Building a DEV environment parallel to PROD is not as hard as I used to think…

As usual, I go straight to fellowship every Friday after work. It was very unusual that the billing team lead invited me to happy hour, but sorry… I was not available, physically, mentally, and spiritually :)

Posted by on 19 六月 2009 | Tagged as: 浩氣

Today is a busy day, but I am happy. Because I made progress on many assignments. I complete the test planning items for the July release, modularize the Rational Functional Tester (RFT) script for regression, touch base Load Runner so that I can perform load testing in the next release, and complete the website prototype for a billing project. This billing project is really challenging. We have to build a solution that integrates new apps to legacy system, which means ASP.NET, Oracle, Java apps, and Unix. The data binding tools in Visual Studio don’t work as I used to think when the data source is Oracle. On top of that, the way to migrate the entire solution from one environment to another (e.g. DEV to QA) is still an unknown…

Tomorrow is going to be exciting.

咕…

Posted by on 18 六月 2009 | Tagged as: 嫻情, 成長中的生命

我諗應該係BB郁啦!話說噚日討論緊一個問題,需然我無發表太多意見,但都不斷思考個問題,爸爸係咁講,個肚就係咁咕,最初都無理佢,因為啱啱食完飯無耐,但後來佢真係咕得好明顯,我至發現呢隻咕同消化緊嘅咕有啲唔同,而且摸住佢,仲FEEL到佢彈彈添!哈,唔知佢係唔係有想討論埋一份呢?唔知佢會唔會好似爸爸咁,咁多嘢諗咁多嘢講呢?

蘭茜夫人劇場 – 初戀無限次 (三之七)

Posted by on 17 六月 2009 | Tagged as: PodCast, 浩氣

表妹透過facebook告訴我她不會讀中文,覺得我全用中文忽略了她,英文不能我手寫我心,但我會試。

“First Love Unlimited Times" is a contemporary romance audio drama from a Hong Kong radio station, Hong Kong Commercial Broadcasting. It was very popular when I was in high school. Recommended.

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邊個喺度郁?

Posted by on 17 六月 2009 | Tagged as: 嫻情, 成長中的生命

肚皮繼續有彈動嘅感覺,但我仲係搞唔清楚究竟係BB郁定係啲食物喺度郁….????

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