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Tun Siti Hasmah receives Lifetime Achievement Award

CYBERJAYA: Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali has been conferred the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ at the Asia Human Resource Development Awards 2019. The wife of Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has joined the likes of Fidel Ramos, the former Philippines president and former Permodalan Nasional Bhd chairman Tun Ahmad Sarji Abdul Hamid, who have won the prestigious award. Asia HRD Awards 2019, in a statement, said Dr Siti Hasmah was recognised for her “outstanding contribution towards the development of Malaysia’s public health sector”. “Tun Siti Hasmah was a trailblazer in many ways, achieving many ‘firsts’ at the Ministry of Health. “She served in various leadership positions, including President of the Malaysian Girl Guides Association, President of the Malaysian Medical Association Foundation and President of the Association for the Rehabilitation of Handicapped Children. “She has received numerous honours and awards as appreciation for her unceasing effort and initiatives in the fields of public health, literacy and drug abuse control. “She is a pioneer and an inspiring role model for women in Malaysia and around the world. “She stands out as one person who has made a huge impact to the nation with her courage, tenacity and strength in character,” the […]

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AsiaHRD Congress 2019: Are our HRD Practices Geared for the Digital Age and Does it Attract Millennials?

Are your organisation’s HRD practices geared for the Digital Age and does it attract talented and driven millennials? REGISTER for the 17th ASIA HRD Congress this 16 – 17 July 2019 and find out how leading organizations such as Maybank, Telekom Malaysia, SP Setia, PayNet and Microsoft are creating waves by unlocking value through the digitalisation of their Human Capital Development strategies. Register today at http://hrdcongress.com/.   The workforce of tomorrow will be dramatically different from the workforce of today and yesterday. New trends are influencing the future of work. Ironically, we are moving into an environment where it is no longer about employees needing the organisation, it is becoming more of the organisation needing the talent. By 2025 millennials who cherish mobility and globalisation will constitute 75% of the workforce and with their new ways of working and technological fluency, they will usher in a new perspective to work: they want an environment that they love and want to work in. Employees are now starting to drive the decisions and beginning to have conversations on how work gets done, when it gets done, who it gets done with, what technologies are being used to get it done, etc. New behaviours on sharing, communicating and […]

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Building a great city

United States Senator Pat Moynihan and long-time faculty member of Harvard said: “If you want to build a great city, first build a great university and then wait a few hundred years.”

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Hit Refresh – Culture

It is past midnight and I am busy finishing reading the key chapters from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s Hit Refresh autobiography. Unsure if it is my inability to sleep or the long workday that is keeping me awake. With a decision to get off social media effective Jan 1st of this year, my writing is restricted to my website. Without doubt, the reading on Cultural Renaissance from Know it Alls to Learn it Alls from his book is impressive, prompting me to write again tonight. The Microsoft CEO talks about a new cultural mindset of growth within the company which is one of starting to listen more, learn more and talk less. The growth mindset he talks about starts with the CEO where the C stands for culture – listening, learning and harnessing individual passions and talents to the company’s mission. It is one of dynamic learning. It is a journey, Interestingly, this was the subject I talked with key members of our Senior team, this afternoon. Satya takes great pains to explain that culture is a vague term and one has to work carefully to define what one wants from culture and hence the need to measure everything and […]

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January 2019 Thoughts on two great leaders

Who Will Measure up to These Two Remarkable Leaders? James L. Heskett is UPS Foundation Professor of Business Logistics, Emeritus at the Graduate School of Business Administration, Harvard University asks a simple question in a Harvard Business article; in a month when the world lost two great American company leaders: John Bogle of Vanguard Group and Herb Kelleher of Southwest Airlines. Most of us in Asia may know Southwest Airlines while a lesser number would know John Bogle. What other CEOs are in the same league? asks James Heskett. To me, who in Asia would match up to these standards. He says the decade of the 1980s saw widespread subscription to the notion that there were two “generic competitive strategies” aimed at achieving industrywide success: those that provided either a differentiated or a low-cost product/service. (A third was to focus on a particular market segment.) He adds that Roger Hallowell, in a doctoral dissertation submitted some years later, took issue with that notion based on his observation of a small number of incredibly successful service organizations. He concluded that these firms were seizing large market shares by offering both differentiation and low cost, that in fact the two strategies might […]

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Merry Xmas and Happy New Year

Greetings for a Merry Xmas and Happy New Year

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DEEP WORK in a distracted world

A few years ago, former CEO of Citibank Malaysia, Sanjeev Nanavathy told me about the importance of DEEP WORK. As an accomplished coach, he emphasised for the need to develop the ability to focus without distraction on a task that is cognitively demanding. He probably mentioned it as he noticed me flipping on to my I phone every now and then to check my WhatsApp messages. On a trip to my alma mater, Federation University, Ballarat, Australia, I noticed several posters around the campus on the help available if one was addicted to the mobile phone or social media. Never understood the significance of those posters until a few days ago when I had a chance to read DEEP WORK.   Deep Work is defined as a skill that allows you to master complicated information and do a great job in less time. It provides a sense of fulfilment very much similar to craftmanship. This skill seems to have been lost in a world of emails, social media and WhatsApp messages. Professor Cal Newport, the author of DEEP WORK presents a rigorous training regimen, presented as a series of four “rules,” for transforming one’s mind and habits to support this […]

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Last issue of Learn & Perform E News

This issue will be the last Learn & Perform E-News. I have enjoyed writing the e-news all these years, but it is time to say adieu or good bye to all of you. I have decided to quit E-News and social media, effective 1 January 2019. Thanks for all of your wonderful comments and support all these years for my endeavours to be a writer. The early days It was 1994 and the internet was a new buzzword. We had a Jaring internet account. Dr Nat, my classmate, colleague and friend, persuaded me to write the e-zine or e-news using Microsoft Biz Central. He was trying to get me into writing as he wanted me to codify our professional practice. The writings by illustrious practitioners, trainers and speakers such as Don Kirkpatrick, Bob Pike, Thiagi, Mel Silbermann and Zig Ziglar motivated me, but I was never sure I would be able to replicate their success. Eventually, I started writing the Learn & Perform E-News in 1995. One of my colleagues M. C. Jitha did a great job promoting the e-news. Ably supported by the technological tools employed by our young CTO Murali, the list grew from a mere 11 subscribers […]

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Cyberjaya Uni confers Honorary Doctorate on TS Rafidah Aziz

Cyberjaya Uni was honoured to confer the Honorary Doctorate in Business to Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz. Tan Sri Rafidah, a former Minister and the longest serving International Trade Minister is a role model and an icon,  As the Pro Chancellor it was indeed an honour for me to confer the award at the Uni’s 9th Convocation on Dec 13th, 2018.

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Happiness Summit and Asia HRD Congress & Awards, 2018 Vietnam

The 2018 Asia HRD Congress and Awards organised in conjunction with Anphabe’s Happiness At Work, Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam was an interesting event. Over 400 participants, 22 awardees and a host of great speakers from many different countries. Thanks to Thanh of Anphabe, Kannan and Deen of CEO and our colleagues Ann Nei, Yanie, Dr Amat and Dato Asariah, we had a great event. We have all the time heard about the Happiness Index and the happiest country yet we see so many unhappy people. Happiness is an elusive concept to many and linking it to the engaged workplace and organisational productivity has been the hallmark of the work of researchers in the Human Capital economics area. Happiness defined from the context of mental and emotional states refers to contentment, joy and satisfaction. The book The Happiness Advantage authored by Shawn Achor focuses on how happiness impacts people in the workplace. His research focusses on the direct connection with employee engagement. It was also intriguing to read a newspaper report this morning that highlighted teaching is no longer a passion but a burden today. The teachers, role models in society for a long time – are they longer happy. […]

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Tun Siti Hasmah receives Lifetime Achievement Award

CYBERJAYA: Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali has been conferred the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ at the Asia Human Resource Development Awards 2019. The wife of Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has joined the likes of Fidel Ramos, the former Philippines president and former Permodalan Nasional Bhd chairman Tun Ahmad Sarji Abdul Hamid, who have won the prestigious award. Asia HRD Awards 2019, in a statement, said Dr Siti Hasmah was recognised for her “outstanding contribution towards the development of Malaysia’s public health sector”. “Tun Siti Hasmah was a trailblazer in many ways, achieving many ‘firsts’ at the Ministry of Health. “She served in various leadership positions, including President of the Malaysian Girl Guides Association, President of the Malaysian Medical Association Foundation and President of the Association for the Rehabilitation of Handicapped Children. “She has received numerous honours and awards as appreciation for her unceasing effort and initiatives in the fields of public health, literacy and drug abuse control. “She is a pioneer and an inspiring role model for women in Malaysia and around the world. “She stands out as one person who has made a huge impact to the nation with her courage, tenacity and strength in character,” the […]

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AsiaHRD Congress 2019: Are our HRD Practices Geared for the Digital Age and Does it Attract Millennials?

Are your organisation’s HRD practices geared for the Digital Age and does it attract talented and driven millennials? REGISTER for the 17th ASIA HRD Congress this 16 – 17 July 2019 and find out how leading organizations such as Maybank, Telekom Malaysia, SP Setia, PayNet and Microsoft are creating waves by unlocking value through the digitalisation of their Human Capital Development strategies. Register today at http://hrdcongress.com/.   The workforce of tomorrow will be dramatically different from the workforce of today and yesterday. New trends are influencing the future of work. Ironically, we are moving into an environment where it is no longer about employees needing the organisation, it is becoming more of the organisation needing the talent. By 2025 millennials who cherish mobility and globalisation will constitute 75% of the workforce and with their new ways of working and technological fluency, they will usher in a new perspective to work: they want an environment that they love and want to work in. Employees are now starting to drive the decisions and beginning to have conversations on how work gets done, when it gets done, who it gets done with, what technologies are being used to get it done, etc. New behaviours on sharing, communicating and […]

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Building a great city

United States Senator Pat Moynihan and long-time faculty member of Harvard said: “If you want to build a great city, first build a great university and then wait a few hundred years.”

Posted in News | Leave a comment

Hit Refresh – Culture

It is past midnight and I am busy finishing reading the key chapters from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s Hit Refresh autobiography. Unsure if it is my inability to sleep or the long workday that is keeping me awake. With a decision to get off social media effective Jan 1st of this year, my writing is restricted to my website. Without doubt, the reading on Cultural Renaissance from Know it Alls to Learn it Alls from his book is impressive, prompting me to write again tonight. The Microsoft CEO talks about a new cultural mindset of growth within the company which is one of starting to listen more, learn more and talk less. The growth mindset he talks about starts with the CEO where the C stands for culture – listening, learning and harnessing individual passions and talents to the company’s mission. It is one of dynamic learning. It is a journey, Interestingly, this was the subject I talked with key members of our Senior team, this afternoon. Satya takes great pains to explain that culture is a vague term and one has to work carefully to define what one wants from culture and hence the need to measure everything and […]

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January 2019 Thoughts on two great leaders

Who Will Measure up to These Two Remarkable Leaders? James L. Heskett is UPS Foundation Professor of Business Logistics, Emeritus at the Graduate School of Business Administration, Harvard University asks a simple question in a Harvard Business article; in a month when the world lost two great American company leaders: John Bogle of Vanguard Group and Herb Kelleher of Southwest Airlines. Most of us in Asia may know Southwest Airlines while a lesser number would know John Bogle. What other CEOs are in the same league? asks James Heskett. To me, who in Asia would match up to these standards. He says the decade of the 1980s saw widespread subscription to the notion that there were two “generic competitive strategies” aimed at achieving industrywide success: those that provided either a differentiated or a low-cost product/service. (A third was to focus on a particular market segment.) He adds that Roger Hallowell, in a doctoral dissertation submitted some years later, took issue with that notion based on his observation of a small number of incredibly successful service organizations. He concluded that these firms were seizing large market shares by offering both differentiation and low cost, that in fact the two strategies might […]

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Merry Xmas and Happy New Year

Greetings for a Merry Xmas and Happy New Year

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DEEP WORK in a distracted world

A few years ago, former CEO of Citibank Malaysia, Sanjeev Nanavathy told me about the importance of DEEP WORK. As an accomplished coach, he emphasised for the need to develop the ability to focus without distraction on a task that is cognitively demanding. He probably mentioned it as he noticed me flipping on to my I phone every now and then to check my WhatsApp messages. On a trip to my alma mater, Federation University, Ballarat, Australia, I noticed several posters around the campus on the help available if one was addicted to the mobile phone or social media. Never understood the significance of those posters until a few days ago when I had a chance to read DEEP WORK.   Deep Work is defined as a skill that allows you to master complicated information and do a great job in less time. It provides a sense of fulfilment very much similar to craftmanship. This skill seems to have been lost in a world of emails, social media and WhatsApp messages. Professor Cal Newport, the author of DEEP WORK presents a rigorous training regimen, presented as a series of four “rules,” for transforming one’s mind and habits to support this […]

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Last issue of Learn & Perform E News

This issue will be the last Learn & Perform E-News. I have enjoyed writing the e-news all these years, but it is time to say adieu or good bye to all of you. I have decided to quit E-News and social media, effective 1 January 2019. Thanks for all of your wonderful comments and support all these years for my endeavours to be a writer. The early days It was 1994 and the internet was a new buzzword. We had a Jaring internet account. Dr Nat, my classmate, colleague and friend, persuaded me to write the e-zine or e-news using Microsoft Biz Central. He was trying to get me into writing as he wanted me to codify our professional practice. The writings by illustrious practitioners, trainers and speakers such as Don Kirkpatrick, Bob Pike, Thiagi, Mel Silbermann and Zig Ziglar motivated me, but I was never sure I would be able to replicate their success. Eventually, I started writing the Learn & Perform E-News in 1995. One of my colleagues M. C. Jitha did a great job promoting the e-news. Ably supported by the technological tools employed by our young CTO Murali, the list grew from a mere 11 subscribers […]

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Cyberjaya Uni confers Honorary Doctorate on TS Rafidah Aziz

Cyberjaya Uni was honoured to confer the Honorary Doctorate in Business to Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz. Tan Sri Rafidah, a former Minister and the longest serving International Trade Minister is a role model and an icon,  As the Pro Chancellor it was indeed an honour for me to confer the award at the Uni’s 9th Convocation on Dec 13th, 2018.

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Happiness Summit and Asia HRD Congress & Awards, 2018 Vietnam

The 2018 Asia HRD Congress and Awards organised in conjunction with Anphabe’s Happiness At Work, Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam was an interesting event. Over 400 participants, 22 awardees and a host of great speakers from many different countries. Thanks to Thanh of Anphabe, Kannan and Deen of CEO and our colleagues Ann Nei, Yanie, Dr Amat and Dato Asariah, we had a great event. We have all the time heard about the Happiness Index and the happiest country yet we see so many unhappy people. Happiness is an elusive concept to many and linking it to the engaged workplace and organisational productivity has been the hallmark of the work of researchers in the Human Capital economics area. Happiness defined from the context of mental and emotional states refers to contentment, joy and satisfaction. The book The Happiness Advantage authored by Shawn Achor focuses on how happiness impacts people in the workplace. His research focusses on the direct connection with employee engagement. It was also intriguing to read a newspaper report this morning that highlighted teaching is no longer a passion but a burden today. The teachers, role models in society for a long time – are they longer happy. […]

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