2011 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Efforts

5th largest Earthquake ever rocks  Japan, with huge Aftershocks and towering Tsunamis

On March 11, 2011, at 05:46:23 UTC, a magnitude 8.9 earthquake hit off the Oshika Peninsula of Japan, an island that is home to about 100 million people. This is the largest earthquake to hit Japan in recorded history and one of the largest in the world since records began. The earthquake has triggered huge tsunamis, which have hit coastal areas of Japan and causing huge losses to life and property. The rule of thumb for seismologists is that an earthquake’s largest aftershock will be one magnitude smaller than the main shock, but major aftershocks have been recorded in other countries before, even more than a year after the initial main quake!

The Japanese earthquake ruptured near the boundary between the Pacific and North American tectonic plates — huge, moving slabs of the Earth’s crust. The quake was a megathrust earthquake, where the Pacific plate dove underneath Japan at the Japan Trench. The seafloor was pushed away from Japan sending waves roaring toward Hawaii and the West Coast of the United States. One expert said that the tsunami wave speed in deep water, open ocean, is about the same as a commercial jet’s ground speed!

Support for Japan

Presidents and official representatives of many countries have offered their official condolences and prayers to the families of the victims, and major countries have promised Japan of any assistance needed.

Technical reviews of Nuclear Plants

Japan is struggling to avert a major nuclear disaster, as explosions rocked some of its nuclear reactors. Nearby countries are worried about radiation fallout. Some countries with aging nuclear reactors and failsafe mechanisms, have ordered internal technical review of their nuclear plants, to check if they can withstand the impact of large natural disasters such as tsunamis and earthquakes.


USGS maintains the live real-time worldwide earthquake monitoring updates:

USGS Earthquake Monitor


ESRI has this interactive Japan incident map , showing some of the earthquake and tsunami incidents:

ESRI Incident Map - Japan 2011 - EarthQuakes & Tsunamis


How You Can Help


Google‘s Crisis Response Center, has links to the Japan Person Finder (to locate affected/missing family/friends) and an easy option to donate directly to Japan’s Red Cross Society, which is assisting in relief and rehabilitation efforts.


Similar to their efforts to help Haiti after the earthquake in 2010, American Red Cross is accepting donations online or via text message.
Simply text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 from your phone (you’ll be prompted to confirm with a second text reading YES). Any spare relief funds will be used for other disasters.


Working with other organizations such as the International Medical Corps, GlobalGiving organization has launched the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund , which will give aid to on the ground organizations providing emergency services. They are accepting donations online.


The relief effort providing food, medical care and education to children is accepting donations through mobile phones by texting JAPAN to 20222 to donate $10. People can also call 1-800-728-3843 during business hours or visit www.savethechildren.org to donate online.


Perhaps one of the easiest and cheapest ways to donate is to just hit the “Like” button for the “Dog Bless You” Facebook page:

Explore.org is donating $1 for every Like that they get, up to $100,000.


Microsoft has donated $100,000 to Japanese relief agencies, while Google will donate $250000.

Apple have created a donation page in iTunes [warning: iTunes link] that makes it simple to donate anywhere from $5 to $200 to the Red Cross with just a few clicks.

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Gift of the Seagull (a story-poem)

Posted: Monday, February 14, 2011 in Poetry and Literature

Gift of the Seagull

It fell down from the sunlit sky
Like a missile from yonder high

I rushed to see what it could be
With nary a thought about the perils for me

As we almost drowned, I rescued it from the harsh sea-wave
It didn’t bite, just cried, as if it knew I could save

A hunter’s barb had pierced its marvelous wing
What a cruel design on God’s delicate offspring

I hearkened home to my kids and sick wife in recovery
With them excitedly gathering at the new discovery

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Rules of Management

Posted: Sunday, April 18, 2010 in Leadership and Management
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Rules of Management

Managing your team

1.           Get them emotionally involved

2.           Know what a team is and how it works

3.           Set realistic targets – no, really realistic

4.           Hold effective meetings – no, really effective

5.           Make meetings fun

6.           Make your team better than you

7.           Set your boundaries

8.           Be ready to prune

9.           Offload as much as you can – or dare

10.         Let them make mistakes

11.         Accept their limitations

12.         Encourage people

13.         Be very, very good at finding the right people

14.         Take the rap

15.         Give credit to the team when it deserves it

16.         Get the best resources for your team

17.         Celebrate

18.         Keep track of everything you do and say

19.         Be sensitive to friction

20.         Create a good atmosphere

21.         Inspire loyalty and team spirit

22.         Fight for your team

23.         Have and show trust in your staff

24.         Respect individual differences

25.         Listen to ideas from others

26.         Adapt your style to each team member

27.         Let them think they know more than you (even if they don’t)

28.         Don’t always have to have the last word

29.         Understand the roles of others

30.         Ensure people know exactly what is expected of them

31.         Use positive reinforcement motivation

32.         Don’t try justifying stupid systems

33.         Be ready to say yes

34.         Train them to bring you solutions, not problems

Managing yourself

35.         Get it done/work hard

36.         Set an example/standards

37.         Enjoy yourself

38.         Don’t let it get you down

39.         Know what you are supposed to be doing

40.         Know what you are actually doing

41.         Be proactive, not reactive

42.         Be consistent

43.         Set realistic targets for yourself – no, really realistic

44.         Have a game plan, but keep it secret

45.         Get rid of superfluous rules

46.         Learn from your mistakes

47.         Be ready to unlearn – what works changes

48.         Cut the crap – prioritize

49.         Cultivate those in the know

50.         Know when to kick the door shut

51.         Fill your time productively and profitably

52.         Have a Plan B and a Plan C

53.         Capitalize on chance – be lucky, but never admit it

54.         Recognize when you’re stressed

55.         Manage your health

56.         Be prepared for the pain and pleasure

57.         Face the future

58.         Head up, not head down

59.         See the wood and the trees

60.         Know when to let go

61.         Be decisive, even if it means being wrong sometimes

62.         Adopt minimalism as a management style

63.         Visualize your blue plaque

64.         Have principles and stick to them

65.         Follow your intuition/gut instinct

66.         Be creative

67.         Don’t stagnate

68.         Be flexible and ready to move on

69.         Remember the object of the exercise

70.         Remember that none of us has to be here

71.         Go home

72.         Keep learning – especially from the opposition

73.         Be passionate and bold

74.         Plan for the worst, but hope for the best

75.         Let the company see you are on their side

76.         Don’t bad-mouth your boss

77.         Don’t bad-mouth your team

78.         Accept that some things the bosses tell you to do will be completely wrong

79.         Accept that the bosses are as scared as you are at times

80.         Avoid straitjacket thinking

81.         Act and talk as if one of them

82.         Show you understand the viewpoint of underlings and overlings

83.         Don’t back down – be prepared to stand your ground

84.         Don’t play politics

85.         Don’t slag off other managers

86.         Share what you know

87.         Don’t intimidate

88.         Be above interdepartmental warfare

89.         Show that you’ll fight to the death for your team

90.         Aim for respect rather than being liked

91.         Do one or two things well and avoid the rest

92.         Seek feedback on your performance

93.         Maintain good relationships and friendships

94.         Build respect – both ways – between you and your customers

95.         Go the extra mile for your customers

96.         Be aware of your responsibilities and stick to your principles

97.         Be straight at all times and speak the truth

98.         Don’t cut corners – you’ll get found out

99.         Be in command and take control

100.      Be a diplomat for the company

Strengths of a Leader

Posted: Sunday, April 18, 2010 in Uncategorized
  • Listening
  • Visionary, Goal Oriented
  • Accountability & Ownership
  • Good Communication
  • Conflict Management and Negotiation Skills
  • Approachable
  • Provides Constant and Timely Feedbacks
  • Managing resources including time
  • Has good Networking
  • Is a good Team Player
  • Is a good Motivator
  • Can empathize
  • Introspects often
  • Has good credibility
  • Has good morality
  • Works towards constant improvement

These stories below are some good examples of innovative thinking.

  • An interesting insight into tough decision making

A group of children were playing near two railway tracks, one still in use while the other disused. Only one child played on the disused track, the rest on the operational track.The train is coming, and you are just beside the track interchange. You can make the train change its course to the disused track and save most of the kids. However, that would also mean the lone child playing by the disused track would be sacrificed. Or would you rather let the train go its way?

Let’s take a pause to think what kind of decision we should make…

Most people might choose to divert the course of the train, and sacrifice only one child. You might think the same way, I guess. Exactly, I thought the same way initially because to save most of the children at the expense of only one child was rational decision most people would make, morally and emotionally. But, have you ever thought that the child choosing to play on the disused track had in fact made the right decision to play at a safe place?

Nevertheless, he had to be sacrificed because of his ignorant friends who chose to play where the danger was. This kind of dilemma happens around us every day. In the office, community, in politics and especially in a democratic society, the minority is often sacrificed for the interest of the majority, no matter how foolish or ignorant the majority are, and how farsighted and knowledgeable the minority are. The child who chose not to play with the rest on the operational track was sidelined. And in the case he was sacrificed, very few would shed tears for him.

The great critic Leo Velski Julian who told the story said he would not try to change the course of the train because he believed that the kids playing on the operational track should have known very well that track was still in use, and that they should have run away if they heard the train’s sirens. If the train was diverted, that lone child would definitely die because he never thought the train could come over to that track! Moreover, that track was not in use probably because it was not safe (or reached a dead-end). If the train was diverted to the unsafe track, we could put the lives of all passengers on board at stake! And in your attempt to save a few kids by sacrificing one child, you might end up sacrificing hundreds of people to save these few ignorant kids.

An even better strategy is to let the train continue on its usual track, but try to warn the driver by jumping and shouting near the track by waving a red cloth to alarm the driver to apply the brakes. This would even scare the children away if they were within earshot.

While we are all aware that life is full of tough decisions that need to be made, we may not realize that hasty decisions may not always be the right one.

“Remember that what’s right isn’t always popular and what’s popular isn’t always right.”

Moral of the story: Everybody makes mistakes; that’s why they put erasers on pencils.

  • Thinking out of the Box – Positive Thinking

A 99.95% challenge that you will have a wrong answer to the question asked in the passage.Once there was loving couple traveling in a bus in a mountainous area. They decided to get down at some place. After the couple got down at some place the bus moved on. As the bus moved on, a huge rock fell on the bus from the mountain and crushed the bus to crumbs. Everybody on board was killed.

Most of us, if we were there, would have shed a few tears for the unfortunate victims, and thanked God for saving our lives.

The couple upon seeing that, said, ‘We wish we were on that bus.’ Why do you think they said that?

If they had remained on the bus instead of deciding to get down, the resulting time delay could have been avoided and the rock could have fallen after the bus had passed…

Thinking out of the Box or Think positive in life always and look for opportunities when you can help others…

Honorable Prophet of Islam (PBUH) said: “Wisdom and intellect are the first thing that God created.”

Imam Reza said: “Wisdom and intellect is every man’s friend, ignorance and illiteracy, are his enemies.”
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Some interesting, funny and witty fables (short stories with a moral message), to illustrate different Management Lessons.


Are you a Dog or a Leopard?

A wealthy man decided to go on a safari in Africa. He took his faithful pet dachshund (a pedigree dog) along for company. One day, the dachshund starts chasing butterflies and before long the dachshund discovers that he is lost.

So, wandering about, he notices a leopard heading rapidly in his direction with the obvious intention of having him for lunch. The dachshund thinks, “OK, I’m in deep trouble now!” Then he noticed some bones on the ground close by, and immediately settles down to chew on the bones with his back to the approaching cat. Just as the leopard is about to leap, the dachshund exclaims loudly, “Boy, that was one delicious leopard. I wonder if there are any more around here.” Hearing this, the leopard halts his attack in mid-stride, as a look of terror comes over him, and slinks away into the trees. “Whew,” says the leopard. “That was close. That dachshund nearly had me.” Meanwhile, a monkey, who had been watching the whole scene from a nearby tree, figures he can put this knowledge to good use and trade it for protection from the leopard. So, off he goes.

But the dachshund saw him heading after the leopard with great speed, and figured that something must be up.

The monkey soon catches up with the leopard, spills the beans and strikes a deal for himself with the leopard. The leopard is furious at being made a fool of and says, “Here monkey, hop on my back and see what’s going to happen to that conniving canine.” Now the dachshund sees the leopard coming with the monkey on his back, and thinks, “What am I going to do now?” But instead of running, the dog sits down with his back to his attackers, pretending he hasn’t seen them yet … and, just when they get close enough to hear, the dachshund says………………

“Where’s that darn monkey? Sent him off half an hour ago to bring me another leopard.”

Management Lesson:

Attacking your challenges as if it is a do-or-die situation can bring splendid results. Outthink, outwit, outlast, outperform, outstand.

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Posted: Friday, December 16, 2005 in Uncategorized

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