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The newspapers in Malaysia are full of stories of minimum wages and of course, possible elections. The Australian media were captivated by the possibility of Prime Minister Julia losing her job to an internal leadership tussle. And, of course, India was captivated by the ongoing cricket matches and the elections in five states. There was so much happening about engaging stakeholders. Trainers Meet Trainers Malaysia 2012 was a huge success.

Minimum Wages
I remember President Kennedy’s words “if the government cannot save the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.” Human Capital Management starts from respecting human dignity.  Minimum wages is a basic right.  There has so much debate about the issue of minimum wages. While there may be pros and cons of it, the fact remains that we will need minimum wages to achieve the goal of a high income nation and a developed nation.  To be fair to the Government of Malaysia, the entire Government Machinery, the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, the HR Minister and several intellectuals have worked hard to get the buy in from all the stakeholders in favour of a minimum wage policy.

The Malaysian Prime Minister has followed through on the visionary approach of 2020 to achieve developed nation status. The goal of People First Performance Now is a laudable one.  As we have seen from history, a society that does not provide for a fair and decent salary to those who are willing to work cannot expect a safe and secure society, one that is free of crimes, fair and equitable.

Qualities of remarkable employees
Of course with minimum wages, comes the argument that selection, training and productivity are important. Everyone looks for remarkable employees.  I found the article – 8 qualities of remarkable employees by Jay Haden from Linked In very good. He emphasises that great employees are reliable, dependable, proactive, diligent, great leaders and great followers; they possess a wide range of easily-defined—but hard to find—qualities. Some ideas from his article:

  1. They ignore job descriptions. The smaller the company, the more important it is that employees can think on their feet, adapt quickly to shifting priorities, and do whatever it takes, regardless of role or position, to get things done. 
  2. They’re eccentric... The best employees are often a little different: quirky, sometimes irreverent, even delighted to be unusual. They seem slightly odd, but in a really good way.
  3. But they know when to dial it back. Remarkable employees know when to play and when to be serious; when to be irreverent and when to conform; and when to challenge and when to back off. It’s a tough balance to strike, but a rare few can walk that fine line with ease.
  4. They publicly praise... Praise from a boss feels good. Praise from a peer feels awesome, especially when you look up to that person. Remarkable employees recognize the contributions of others, especially in group settings where the impact of their words is even greater.
  5. And they privately complain. Remarkable employees come to you before or after a meeting to discuss a sensitive issue, knowing that bringing it up in a group setting could set off a firestorm.
  6. They speak when others won’t. Remarkable employees have an innate feel for the issues and concerns of those around them, and step up to ask questions or raise important issues when others hesitate.
  7.  They like to prove others wrong. Remarkable employees are driven by something deeper and more personal than just the desire to do a good job.
  8. They are rarely satisfied (I mean that in a good way) and are constantly tinkering with something: Great employees follow processes. Remarkable employees find ways to make those processes even better, not only because they are expected to… but because they just can't help it.

Trainers Meet Trainers
Trainers meet Trainers with legends such as Ed Scannel, Thiagi, Jim Smith Jr  and a host of other inspiring speakers ensured it was a great success. Jim Smith talked about “ Stop Whining: Start Winning”. Thiagi was at his best when sharing ideas about Play being serious business.

Asia HRD Congress
Now, it is all systems go for Asia HRDCongress, July 10 to 12, 2012 in India. For details please email Enjoy the month ahead. I will be in touch next month.

With best wishes


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