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February 14, 2011

More Management concepts

Hiding their head in the sand, like an ostrich:  When someone says “hiding their head in the sand, like an ostrich” what it means is that they are foolishly ignoring their problem, hoping it will magically vanish. The ostrich does many things, but hiding its head in the sand is not one of them. But this saying has become very popular.

The explanation is that when a danger is approaching the ostrich simply buries its head in the sand. It is as if the Ostrich is saying "as I have buried my head I can’t see the problem, the problem too can’t see me”. Take it with a pinch of salt but it should be remembered that problems should be faced head on and one should not run away from them.

Paper pushers: according to the definition a paper pusher is an office worker who works in an office and deals with forms and reports all day. One whose work is dull and without meaning. And some workers simply move all that paper from one place to another, pushing the paper from desktop to drawer and back again. Interestingly it means a person who busily rushes from one place to another in an organization carrying a paper. He appears to be very busy but hardly does any work.

Dry Promotion: Rise in status of a person but not pay.  A promotion that provides greater status or responsibility but does not involve an increase in pay. One way of satisfying a person is to offer a dry promotion. The person who gets is immediately happy but receives no financial incentives.

TV dinner:  A TV dinner (also called a frozen dinner, freezer meal, microwave meal, or ready meal) is a prepackaged frozen or chilled meal which usually comes in an individual package. It requires very little preparation and contains all the elements for a single-serving meal.

The term TV dinner is a trademark originally used for a brand of packaged meal developed in 1953 for C.A. Swanson & Sons. (The name in full was TV Brand Frozen Dinner.) In the United States, the term is now synonymous with any prepackaged dinner purchased frozen in a supermarket and heated at home, although Swanson stopped using the name "TV Dinner" in 1962.

The original TV dinner came in an aluminum tray and was heated in an oven. Most frozen food trays are now made of microwaveable material, usually plastic. TV dinner is a lazy person’s dream come true. He can simply come home and heat up a dinner. By the time he changes his clothes the dinner is ready. The name TV dinner has been coined to effectively remind how fast the meal can be prepared. The meal can be made hot and piping before the commercial breaks are finished.

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