22 @birmingham_live BIRMINGHAM MAIL FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2020 Faith Matters RABBI YEHUDA PINK MSC SOLIHULL & DISTRICT HEBREW CONGREGATION Break a bad habit by making it difficult to do ethical behaviour easy, by making stealing difficult. Rather than trying to change the motivations of his employees, Patterson made one change in the work environment to make better behaviour automatic. By removing temptation, his machines made doing the right thing the norm rather than the exception. This story teaches an important lesson that applies to all of our habits as we start thinking about our resolutions. A great way to break a bad habit is to make it difficult to do. And a great way to create a good habit is to make it happen almost automatically, so you don’t have to struggle to do it. To make a good habit automatic, look for onetime actions that require a little bit of effort upfront but create increasing value over time. The goal is to get in the right groove. They make achieving these goals sustainable. Incorruptible Cashier — the first version of the cash register. The machine automatically locked the cash and receipts inside after each transaction. Patterson bought two for fifty dollars each, a significant sum at the time. Overnight, employee theft ended. In the next six months, Patterson’s business went from losing money to making £3,000 in profit – the equivalent of more than £70,000 today. As it soared from deep in the red to wildly profitable, it became a remarkable turnaround story. Patterson was so impressed with the cash register that he changed businesses, buying the rights to Ritty’s invention and opening the National Cash Register Company. Ten years later, the company had over 1,000 employees and was on its way to becoming one of the most successful businesses in America. The genius of the cash register was that it made willing to constantly hover over your employees, it was difficult to prevent theft. It was part of the cost of doing business. As Patterson mulled his predicament, he came across an advertisement for a new invention called Ritty’s store for coal miners in Dayton, Ohio. The store had few competitors and many customers, but – for some reason – it struggled to make money. Eventually, Patterson learned why: his employees were stealing from him. Unless you were ON Sunday night Jews throughout the world will observe Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement when they look back over their actions of the past year and make resolutions for the future. Back in the 1880s, a man named John Patterson ran a small supply Bad habits can be tough to quit Maple trees at risk of extinction MORE than one in five species of maple trees, whose rich colours are one of the striking sights of autumn, are at high risk of extinction, experts warn. The latest “Red List” for maples or Acers, published by Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI), reveals that 36 out of the 158 species, some 23 per cent, are at high risk of extinction in the near future in the wild. It shows that more than a third of maple species are facing a loss of habitat as a result of urban development and increased agriculture, while timber harvesting is also a major threat. Maples are popular as ornamental trees in parks and gardens, while in woodlands they provide a key component of the natural ecosystem. They are a source of maple syrup, and they provide an important timber crop in some countries. C O N F E T T I BLACK MINDS MATTERUK PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTED BY PRESSREADER PressReader.com +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW
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