Unbelievable! Part 1: You are always right

Change your beliefsWhether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you are right.”  Henry Ford.

You are free to believe anything you want!

You want to believe you are musical, you can .. it’s true.

You want to believe you are not musical, you can .. it’s true.

You want to believe you are a good parent, you can .. it’s true.

You want to believe you are a bad parent, you can .. it’s true.

You want to believe you can still grow your company, you can .. it’s true.

You want to believe you can’t grow your company anymore, you can .. it’s true.

What you believe about yourself, determines what is possible and what is not possible. Beliefs are in your mind and your behaviour follows. Your beliefs determine what you do. They determine what you are open to and your blind spots. Every moment of your life, you experience the effects and consequences of your beliefs. Sometimes it seems as if a belief has all control over you. It sometimes can make you so angry – like in an argument – when another person does not share your beliefs.

Fortunately the opposite is true! A belief does not have any power without you. Without you, the belief wouldn’t even exist.  You are in charge over your own beliefs.

A young, enthusiastic MBA

A_Young_MBAA young, enthusiastic MBA was finally given the opportunity to apply his learning.  He was asked to carry out a survey of a group with which he was not normally familiar and submit recommendations as to how its efficiency could be increased.  He selected as his target a symphony orchestra.  Having read up on the tools of the trade, he attended his first concert and submitted the following analysis:

a.     For considerable periods, the four oboe players had nothing to do.  The number of oboes should therefore be reduced, and the work spread more evenly over the whole concert program, thus eliminating the peaks and valleys of activity.

b.     All twenty violins were playing identical notes.  This would seem to be an unnecessary duplication, so the staff of this section should be cut drastically.

c.      Obsolescence of equipment is another matter warranting further investigation.  The program noted that the leading violinist’s instrument was several hundred years old.  Now, if normal depreciation schedules had been applied, the value of this instrument would have been reduced to zero and the purchase of more modern equipment recommended long ago.

d.     Much effort was absorbed in the playing of demisemiquavers, which seems to be an unnecessary refinement.  It is recommended that all notes be rounded up to the nearest semiquaver.  If this were done, it would be possible to use trainees and lower-grade operatives more extensively.

e.     In many cases, the operators were using one hand to hold their instruments.  The introduction of a fixture would free that hand for other work.  Also, it was noted that excessive effort was being used by the players of wind instruments whereas, one compressor could supply enough air for all the instruments – and under more accurately controlled conditions.

f.      Finally, there seemed to be too much repetition of some of the musical passages.  Therefore, scores should be pruned to a considerable extent.  No useful purpose is served by repeating on the horns something which has already been handled by the strings.  It is estimated that, if all redundant passages were eliminated, the whole concert time of two hours could be reduced to twenty minutes and there would be no need for an intermission.

Published in the mid 1950s in an American professor’s bulletin, a Canadian military journal, and Harper’s Magazine, an anonymous memorandum circulating in London and probably originally in Her Majesty’s Treasury of the Courts.