Tuesday, May 20, 2008

3 simple rules to become a leader.

Meetings, meetings, blah! blah! .........

I have been asked to attend many meetings and in most of them, some of my friend always mentioned that I talk a lot and advised me to be quiet. But after checking with the rest of the colleague, I found that they appreciated what I have elaborated in detail of the speaker idea. What have I done? One of them mentioned that I have actually "Contribute" to the whole floor with my vast experience. Some even asked me where I have got those idea and I mentioned from another corporate company which I have worked before.

Well a day or two later, I brought out samples of what I have done and explained to the small group that acknowledged my sincere idea.

Recently I have gone to a book sales held by Popular in Penang and found a cheap and power book that cost me only Rm 2.20. So cheap but then the content written by this Author explained all the things that I have done and how it would help the present company that I am working. Wah Lah!! .

The name of this book is "
Leadership Begins With You" by Mary Morgan Riley. PH.D.
In this book , she wants everyone one to follow 3 Simple rules
Rule 1 : Everyone Contributes
Rule 2 : No Put-downs
Rule 3 : Keep Agreements

Rule 1
Everyone Contributes
Explanation :

Many of us have developed a resigned attitude toward our jobs and our potential to contribute to our workplace. Perhaps we tried to contribute and got burned, so now while we 're working we are merely going through the motions " Better to keep a low profile, do my job and head for the weekend. I will be my real self outside of work." What we do not realize is that when we listen to tis voice, we are not protecting ourselves. rather , we are denying a fundamental part of ourselves: our self-respect. We are saying we cannot possibly make a contribution here. But who knows our job better than we do? If we can't make a Contribution here, who can?
We may have made suggestions that were ignored or had run-ins with other personal who were set in their ways. If this has been the case for you, don't despair. In situations where employees are apathetic or management's attitude appears disrespectful, there are often other coping strategies that you can adopt instead of giving up your dream of becoming a good and outstanding leader.

Rule 2 :
No Put-Downs

It's your job as leader of your career to create an atmosphere that transforms antagonism into creative energy
--JOHN KAO, Harvard Business School

Put -Downs is defined as Criticism without hope.
You are attending a meeting and during the meeting you get through it with halfhearted response with your limitation presentation. After the presentation, your boss turned to the other and sarcastically commented. " I believe he been partying too late during the weekends". At that moment , you are the staff in deep trouble.
In the effective leader, he has to find ways to talk to the rest and not degrading you with the following statement for example," I admire your ability to think on your feet but next time could you bring your note in the meeting so that you would not miss your information".
But then there some kind of leader that would push us to our limit in order to let us stay in focus.

How to overcome "Put down ". Well, write down the problems and convert them into positive action by setting target date for each problems. etc

Rule 3 :
Keep Agreements.

Monday, May 05, 2008

The Flying Bat

Time to clear the farm

Recently went into the farm with workers and to trim the weed for a year has passed and one of the workers happen to see the animal clinging on the coconut tree trunk

Where is it ?

There you are . Not even trying to escape

Friday, May 02, 2008

At 5 tickets, Life Goes On

Many friends and relatives are asking us how we are.Well we are healthy and gracefully getting old with sadness and laughter, worries and finally full of happiness too. Well, in whatever condition, life goes on.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Traditional Malay wedding

Penang (in English) is called Pulau Pinang ( in Bahasa Malaysia) by the local

The word , Pinang, derived from this fruit

Our old MCA's neighbour

Today I was invited to the wedding of our old neighbor. From the bride father, I was informed that the bride is the 4th generation. Below are the photo in the compound outside his house. I am very lucky to take a photo of one of the elderly village people. According to my father, very hard to communicate with him for he was very stubborn. Well, I used to see on and off during my breakfast and sometime along the Tanjong Bungah road and his is very friendly now, maybe being old now.

Approaching the entrance

The Bride and Bridegroom with her parent

Buffet style food for the guest

This is a very special food for the guest. I try and my whole teeth turn red after chewing the Pinang.

The most important entertainment is the Karaoke

Local guest will sing their favourite songs. Before I left, one of the guest was singing "Southern California"

Let stroll along Penang road

Final day in Penang, Pearls of Orlean (25/04/08)

Maria and Augustine........................................Me with Augustine

Augustine and Maria enjoying the walk, Kei Beiliao Penang road.
Hei hei! Obeiliao at his usual stuff again, snapping people with his camera.