Saturday, 17 February 2018

Amazing Facts You May Not Know About Mercedes Benz

There are some cars that are as old as Nigeria, Cars like Peugeot, Mercedes Benz etc are cars that can be called old, strong and reliable and that's why you see they are costly to buy as they have paid their dues. Mercedes Benz is a German machine that is uniquely done and also a world brand, no wonder the likes of Nigeria's president, Vice President, Senate President and Speaker make Mercedes Benz as their official car, the reason(s) is not far fetched, they are reliable as they undergo series of work to make them what they become.

These are some amazing facts about Mercedes Benz that you may not know...

1. Mercedes-Benz employs one inspector for every 11 workers and pays them to criticize their heads off. By the time a Mercedes-Benz gets the final stamp of approval, it has undergone thousands of separate inspections.

2. Every Mercedes-Benz body is welded in 10,000 places. No bolts to work loose as the miles add up; this is one car that won't age to the sad tune of rattles, squeaks, and groans.

3. Every Mercedes-Benz sits on a fully independent swing axle suspension system, first used on the company's racing machines. This suspension allows firm and stable road-holding regardless of speed and dips without jarring or pitching. No 'Sea-sick' feeling.

4. All Mercedes-Benz engines use overhead camshafts in place of ordinary valve actuation. This allows extremely high engine speeds in total smoothness, and safety, and quiet. And it permits these engines, only half the size of most V8's, to cruise at over 90 mph all day if required.

5. Million-dollar machines electronically balance every Mercedes-Benz crankshaft, adding to the vibration-free high-speed cruising comfort for which these cars are famed. Engine tolerances are measured in 10,000ths of an inch.

6. Every engine is test-run before being mounted in the car. Many are run for over an hour on special test rigs and checked with a battery of gauges for any sign of undue noise or friction. Engine oil during this test is replenished more than 60 times - flushing away every speck of dirt and debris.

7. Every Mercedes-Benz model carries disc brakes on all four wheels as standard equipment. Front and rear brake systems on all cars are separately activated; if one system somehow failed, the second would take over to stop you.

8. Vital suspension steering and brake parts are tightened during assembly by hand with a unique torque wrench-designed for the job by Mercedes-Benz engineers. When the exact pre-determined pressure is reached, this ingenious device squirts a lot of yellow paint on to the part. A follow-up inspector then simply counts the blots to check that the job has been perfectly done.

9. Each of the four coil springs used in a Mercedes-Benz suspension is selected to form a matched set, by way of four special tests. This ensures a balanced ride, down to the finest degree.

10. The steering system of your Mercedes-Benz carries its own- tiny built-in shock absorber, to cushion road shocks and dump them out before they can affect your hands on the steering wheel.

11. They are sealed, many hollow or hidden parts of a Mercedes-Benz body-such as the insides of the rocker panels are brushed with a zinc dust compound to foil the inroads of condensation and eventual rust.

12. After welding, many vital seams in the body of every Mercedes-Benz are ground down by hand, then packed with pewter, then ground down again and polished to invisibility. No jagged, shabby, depressing signs of hasty workmanship.

13. Prior to painting, every Mercedes­Benz body is drowned in a 52-ton primer bath. This rich anti-corrosion coating seeps into every nook and cranny.

14. When the primer has been baked on, 25 pounds of permanent plasticized undercoating are sprayed on to the underside and wheel wells of every Mercedes-Benz. Another safeguard against rust.

15. The body is given four coats of paint-hand polished between coats, the final paint coat applied by hand -for a smooth 'lustrous finish which is especially salt-resistant.

16. Tyres on all Mercedes-Benz cars are super premium grade and far exceed the minimum requirements set by new U.S. safety laws. They are proved capable of carrying a full passenger and luggage load, at normal specified air pressures, in continuous high-speed cruising. Note too that all Mercedes-Benz wheels are statically and dynamically balanced at the factory - even the spare.

17. A four-speed, fUlly-synchronized manual or automatic transmission comes as standard equipment on all Mercedes-Benz models, except 300 and 600 series which are equipped with automatic transmission only.

18. All chromium trim on Mercedes­Benz cars is given two coats of copper and another of nickel before plating.

19. The interior of even the smallest Mercedes-Benz offers, in many respects, more passenger space than the largest sedans.

20. A unique ventilation system draws in clean air via a scoop on the hood and exhausts stale air through ducts at the rear of the cabin. You enjoy the constant fresh air, even with all windows shut, in all sedans.

21. The seats in the Mercedes-Benz cars were designed and shaped in consultation .with leading orthopedic physicians. These contoured, firmly upholstered seats envelop you-supporting vital kidney, back, and knee-joint areas.

22. Seat springs are actually tuned to the car's suspension motions, erasing millions of tiny jiggling movements that can add up over long trips to muscle fatigue.

23. The optional Daimler-Benz automatic transmission has four forward speeds. You can operate it like a manual shift, or as an automatic. Using the hydraulic coupling principle instead of common torque converters, this transmission cuts slippage to almost nil. Fuel economy is virtually equal to manual gearboxes.

24. The Mercedes-Benz power steering uses a servo-booster that adds steering assistance progressively, as more and more effort is needed. You never lose touch with the front wheels. There is none of the freakish lightness and loss' of the road 'feel' for which power-assisted steering is often derided.

25. The timeless body styling of all Mercedes-Benz models requires no annual changes. To Mercedes-Benz owners, this means no unpleasant surprise every year at 'new car time'.

7 Things Science Says All Entrepreneurs Should Do for Themselves

Forming new habits, not just for your business, but for yourself is essential to move ahead.

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The new year is the perfect time to reflect on the year behind us and to improve over the 12 months ahead. Sometimes improving means forming new habits, not just for your business, but for yourself. Entrepreneurs are highly devoted to their businesses and willing to go above and beyond the normal work week, but sometimes they don't realize the importance of looking after their star player -- themselves.
"I don't believe in the 120-hour work week for entrepreneurs or anyone," says Dan Lauer, founding executive director of UMSL Accelerate. "For a startup, life is a marathon, not a sprint. I advise entrepreneurs to pace themselves." If taking a step back for your own physical and mental health sounds selfish, you might want to examine the matter from a different angle. As a business leader, improvements in your own well-being will be reflected in your business.
1. Pay attention to your bottom line.
When you're focused on running a business, it's easy to ignore your own bottom line. Know your risk tolerance before going into the new year, and separate your personal finances from your business as much as possible.
Tools such as Personal Capital can help you keep a clear view of assets and liabilities across multiple accounts, enabling you to track your own net worth and finances as closely as you track your business.
Maintaining personal capital can save you money when you're trying to qualify for business loans. Not only that, but keeping business and personal expenses separately defined can protect you in the unfortunate event that your business hits rocky financial ground, insulating you from potential liability issues if your business goes under.
2. Fill your body with the right fluids and nutrients.
Drink more water. It sounds simple, and it is, but it's important because water makes up the majority of the human body and is essential for life. Overall daily fluid intake from all sources is about 2.7 liters for women and 3.7 liters for men. Of these totals, beverages should comprise about 9 cups and 13 cups, respectively.
Entrepreneurs tend to have a busy schedule, so consider taking vitamins as a way to supplement your nutritional intake from a diet of burritos and fast food. If you're tired of choking down "horse pills," check out options such as the transdermal patches from Vitamin Patch Club, which allow for 90 percent vitamin absorption versus 30-40 percent in pill form.
3. Kill decision fatigue.
Have you ever thought about how much time you spend trying to decide between different options? Some of these decisions are critical and deserve your full energy and attention, while others (what shirt to wear, for instance) seem to demand more than their fair share of time.
You might not be able to produce more hours in the day, but you can use the same number of hours more productively. Taking steps to eliminate decision fatigue will yield more time for things that matter. Minor changes might involve planning out your day the night before, whereas Steve Jobs' decision to wear the same outfit every day is a bit more extreme.
4. Limit unnecessary screen time.
We've never been more glued to our screens. In the first quarter of 2016, adults in the U.S. spent an average of almost 11 hours each day on media consumption. Finding other ways to spend your time will help you lead a more balanced life, whether you go outdoors, volunteer in your community, or maybe tackle some household chores you've been putting off for months.
5. Cultivate a hobby that has nothing to do with your business.
Hobbies are more than just a way to relieve stress. Their numerous benefits can carry over to your business as well. A study conducted by San Francisco State University psychologists found that creative activity outside work can increase performance by 15 to 30 percent.
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6. Socialize both within and outside your industry.
No matter what industry you're in, networking is key. Attending conventions and workshops both in your field and outside it can introduce you to people you might never have met. It's a great way to market not only your business but also yourself. You never know where life will take you.
7. Read more books.
There are thousands of books available to help you improve your leadership, entrepreneurial, and sales skills. Reading on a daily basis allows to you continually learn and improve in whatever subject you choose. Skeptical? Bill Gates chews through about 50 books each year and maintains that he learns more from reading than any other activity. He isn't the only person who credits at least part of his success to reading -- other billionaires agree.
The new year is a great time to focus on areas where we can improve as business owners and individuals. The best part is, some of the above strategies will help out in both areas and provide the biggest return possible for our time expenditure. Resolutions are almost always short-lived, so try focusing on a few at a time. This will help you turn them into habits, which we all know are much harder to kick.

5 Rare Signs That Prove You Were Meant to Lead People

Are you someone who understands what motivates people psychologically? You may be leadership material.

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A quick Google search of the word leadership gave me about 376 million results. And while it wouldn't give me the total for "leadership books" (if anyone knows, leave it in the comments), the same search on Amazon landed me with more than 100,000 possibilities.
With endless resources, the question of the day is "How do you define great leadership?" While I've read my fair share of books, I can confidently say that it boils down to this: Great leadership is about serving others.
More specifically, it's about serving your employees and putting them on equal par with customers (and sometimes even ahead of them). No, this doesn't imply giving the inmates the keys to the prison. It means empowering your knowledge workers and setting them up for success. It's what we're finding some of the best companies on the planet are doing
So what does that look like in practice, whether strategically through the eyes of the C-suite or at ground level if you're in a supervisory role? It means subscribing to the purest, yet most counterintuitive, form of leadership -- servant leadership.
But I'll be honest, what I'm suggesting here is what will ultimately appeal to human emotions and result in unprecedented business outcomes. More on that below.

The 5 Rare Signs of Great Leadership

If you've been told you're "leadership material," it may be due to these principles. If not, this is the standard to shoot for, whether you're looking to develop yourself as a leader or looking to hire people with the capacity to transform the workplace. Here's my question: Which of these have you heard others say make you a good leader? 

1. You connect exceptionally well with people.

Strong leaders connect with others with ease by showing their humanity. They accept that they're not perfect and that they make mistakes (and will admit to making them!). If the leader models authenticity, then, when employees make mistakes, it's safe for them to risk being open enough to say, "Hey, boss, I messed up." 

2. You involve all kinds of people and make them feel psychologically safe.

There are no lone rangers in leadership or a leadership culture of high performance. Good leaders aim to create a diverse environment of people with differing ways of doing things and viewing the world; they pump fear out of the room and allow for risks to be taken; and they let people feel safe to exercise their creativity, communicate their ideas openly, and provide input to major decisions. Because there's trust there, not fear. It communicates to employees a sense of "Hey, we're all in this together."

3. You show compassion.

Is it a natural tendency of yours to want to help others -- to alleviate people's suffering? While empathetic people have this ability to feel what others feel, compassion is a more objective form of empathy. It's feeling what others feel, but taking it to another level by doing everything in your power to remove the obstacles that stand in their way. The recently released Oxford Handbook of Compassion Science extensively documents and verifies that "compassionate management" leads to high organizational performance, innovation, customer retention, and profitability, and less employee turnover.

4. You are open and transparent.

People don't stress around you and teamwork isn't undermined because you share information and let everyone know what's going on at all times. In fact, studies prove that organizations that share privileged information with their employees -- typically reserved for the ivory tower in command-and-control power structures -- reduce uncertainty and alleviate stress about where they are headed and why. One example of openness, perhaps a bit extreme for most companies, is social media optimization company Buffer. It goes as far as posting its salary formula online for everyone to see, including what the CEO, Joel Gascoigne, makes. 

5. You understand human motivation and what makes people tick.

Perhaps someone has told you that you're really good at getting people to go above and beyond. Where does that come from? I venture to guess you're a student of positive psychology and understand what gets people from the neck up. Truth is, experiencing positive emotions is at the root of human motivation. Therefore, you'll find the best of leaders have a good understanding of human behavior, and what inspires people to perform their jobs at a high level. Companies should always hire or promote into leadership roles those who play to the strengths, gifts, and talents of employees. You'll find that they are the ones crafting and assigning work that is meaningful and has purpose (beyond a static job description) and brings out employees' passion and creativity.