Thursday, May 30, 2024

Have a Meaningful KAAMATAN and GAWAI 2024

Have a Meaningful KAAMATAN and GAWAI

Feedback is like looking in the mirror, but more.
In his song “Man in the Mirror”, Michael Jackson inspires us to take a hard look at ourselves and challenge our shortcomings and biases. He wants us to change from within. It is good advice, but to rise above our own biases is not easy. We can be unaware of our blind spots. This is why feedback is important.
Feedback can be positive or negative information or criticism we receive to help us improve our performance. The key word here is PERFORMANCE. To benefit from feedback, we must be deeply curious to know how we perform. We must seek feedback about our strengths, weaknesses, and bad habits.
We can perform only from our strengths. Unfortunately, most of us do not really know what we are good at. Many try to hide our weaknesses even from ourselves, thus allowing little things to trip us daily. Not many are aware of our bad habits. Bad habits are the things we do that negate our strengths – the things we do or fail to do, that hinder our performance and effectiveness.
We urgently need feedback.
One effective way to check our strengths and performance is through feedback analysis. Write down what we expect to happen in the next 12 months and compare the results with our expectations. This method can help us discover what we do right, show us where we are not competent and make us aware if we are lying to ourselves.
Feedback analysis is urgent today more than ever. With a multigenerational workforce where each generation bring to the workplace a different way of working, feedback analysis can help determine performance and success.
With performance and feedback being our anchor, we can practice the lyrics from Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror”, “I'm gonna make a change, for once in my life. It's gonna feel real good, gonna make a difference. Gonna make it right”.
PEACE, anas
Tun Jugah
Tun Jugah (1903 - 1981) was a Malaysian politician from Sarawak. He played a fundamental role in the formation of Malaysia. For Malaysia to be successful, Semenanjung, Sarawak, and Sabah must always listen to each other’s feedback.

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Have a Meaningful Wesak 2024 :How to be SUCCESSFUL and HAPPY – The 5A Formula


Have a Meaningful Wesak 2024

How to be SUCCESSFUL and HAPPY – The 5A Formula
No matter which generation we belong to, Gen X, Gen Y or Gen Z – to be successful and happy, we will need to learn how to align our goals to the goals of others. This ability is key for success as it is impossible to become successful working alone. We are social animals and we belong to society – we need others and they need us to make things happen.
We need to be skillful in aligning our goals with the goals of others. Here we share with you the 5A Formula outlining five key areas of alignments. Practicing them will not only bring us success, but also make our journey more joyous.
1. Align with our Company Goals and Values
It is very difficult to work well when our values and goals do not align with the organization’s. Waking up to go to work will be a bane. The good news is, most organizations have good goals and core values like teamwork, integrity, customer first and being innovative. These are values we could easily dive deeply into. We have to avoid companies that lack good values and ethics where our conscience questions us each time we look into the mirror.
2. Align with our Boss’s goals
Our immediate boss is our most important ally at work. Our main task is to make his job easier. We must work hard to make him successful. We help him achieve his business goals as our goals hinges on his. We must make his goals our goals. We must learn to “be like water” – never rigid and able to change forms. If a boss is a detailed person, we learn to be detailed too. If the boss is full of energy, we up our ante too. We do not complain about his peculiarities but instead enthuse about his strengths.
3. Align with our Customers’ goals
At the very core, customers pay our salary – not our company. They are the reason we go to work every day. Our organization’s success is dependent on whether we manage to fulfil the needs and wants of our customers. When we align our goals with our customers’ goals, we stop having a buyer-seller relationship. We become co-solution partners in making things happen to benefit both parties. Aligning our goals to our customers’ goals is one of the surest ways to make ourselves happy and successful at work.
4. Align with our Colleagues’ goals
Our colleagues are our family at work – Our Team. When we align our team goals towards the company and customer goals, we form a high performing team that motivates one another to be and do our best. We are able to overcome difficult challenges even in a highly tense environment because we know that we have each other’s backs. Silo mentality is foreign to us as we believe when we and our colleagues – team – align ourselves to company goals, we are successful.
5. Align with our Ownself
Finally, aligning with our own goals. We must practice writing them down. If we cannot, then we have not done enough thinking. Once written, reflect and be our own critic. It is vital that we be in touch with who we are today and who we can be tomorrow. Avoiding self-deception and knowing what it takes to achieve our goals. Know and accept our own limitations to avoid being delusional. What if you do not know your goals yet? Then, help others who know what they want to achieve. One of the better ways to discover our own calling besides reflection is through action.
May you and I, become successful and happy through the practice of the 5A Formula.
Peace and Sadhu, Sadhu, Sadhu, anas
Tun Tan Cheng Lock
Tun Tan Cheng Lock (April 5, 1883 - December 13, 1960 ) is a very good example of a
leader who managed to align his goal to the nation's goals, to Tunku's goals, the goals
of his colleagues and his major customers "The Malayan public". This alignment helped
us achieve our independence in becoming a successful nation.
April 5, 1883 - December 13, 1960

Saturday, April 13, 2024

Have a meaningful Vaisakhi 2024

How do you learn best? What is your learning style?
The word sikhi means student, seeker or learner. A sikhi is committed to learning and growing. It is a lifelong journey. Today, we call it continuous learning.
However, to learn effectively and efficiently we must first be aware of the way we learn best. Unfortunately, many don’t. Furthermore, we live in a world that tends to educate using a ‘one mode fits all’ approach.
For example, are you a reader or a listener? If you are a reader, you likely absorb and process information more effectively through reading. If you are a listener, you understand and remember information better when you hear it spoken aloud.
It is of utmost important to ask, “How do I learn best?”. Some learn by writing, others by doing, while another by hearing themselves talk. If you learn by writing, school would have been an agony as it predominantly uses the reading and listening method.
You can take a step further by asking if you work and learn best with people or alone. Do you learn better under stress or do you need a structured and predictable environment? Will you learn better in a large or smaller organization? Big or small groups? What is best for you?
A simple way to start knowing how best you learn is to consider the 4 predominant learning styles: Visual, Auditory, Reading/Writing, and Kinaesthetic.
If you learn best using patterns, shapes, and other visual aids instead of written or spoken words, your best way to learn is Visual. If text-based input and output – reading and writing in all of its forms is your cup of tea, Read/Write. If you are the Auditory type, you will benefit most from lectures, group discussions, and other avenues that involve talking things through. You are a Kinaesthetic learner if you learn best via concrete personal experience like carrying out physical activities to practise applying new knowledge, simulations, recreating experiments and work-based learning.
Let us all be a better sikhi by knowing how best we learn.
Peace, anas

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Have a Meaningful AIDILFITRI 2024

 Have a Meaningful AIDILFITRI

“Benih yang baik, jatuh ke laut menjadi pulau” – Malay proverb
A seed (benih) is packed with potential. But it would not grow into its potential without absorbing and making full use of resources from the outside – like sunlight, water, and nutrients. A seed left in a bottle for years will remain a seed. Good seeds can go bad if they are kept too long.
Similarly, you and I – we too are like seeds, packed with potential. However, like seeds, we can only grow if we make full use of opportunities that lay outside of us - making full use of resources outside of our own. Staying idle stunts us. Idle for too long, we become a deadwood or marginal.
Today, we are faced with a worrying trend where many in the 20’s and early 30’s are choosing to stay idle or jump in and out of work while “waiting for that perfect job”. They are unlikely to reach their potential as one needs to stay at a job for some time to develop marketable skills. The discipline to stay at one job for a period of time, aligning one’s goal with the company’s goal, is a crucial requirement for success.
Many do odd jobs thinking it is a smart move as it brings easy and good money. Odd jobs, done beyond a reasonable period, will soon be considered as a main profession, and work history. These young people will fall into the part-timer’s category of the work force.
It is essential that we convince them to take a job. A real full-time job that provides external resources that they can absorb and grow like a good seed. To nurture the skills required to succeed like discipline, self-motivation, time management, money sense, communication, problem-solving, leadership etc. and functional skills specific to a job role.
Be a good seed – as only, “benih yang baik”, when it falls into the vast sea, can grow into an island.
Have a Meaningful AIDILFITRI
Maaf Zahir & Batin
Salam, anas

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

HOW TO BE A GOOD-HEARTED MATURE MALAYSIAN – Learning from the sock incident.

You and I, let us be a good-hearted mature Malaysian. The next time we chance upon a potentially sensitive issue, like pair of socks with the word Allah printed on it, we work hard to contain the issue making sure it does not blow up, hurting many, and spread nationally especially via social media.

We must have good faith that other fellow Malaysians are good-hearted and mature too. We do not do such things to hurt others, wantonly and purposely. We have good hearts, respect and care for each other. With a heart that is good, we would first assume that it would be very likely be an honest mistake. We do not need to allow it to snowball into a national issue.
Our standard operating procedure should be, upon discovering such coincidences or accidents in any operations, is to speedily contact the person in charge so that the organization can nip it in the bud. A mature Malaysian knows well that no business will do such things deliberately knowing for sure that they will lose their customers.
While we all wish for the ideal situation where no mistakes occurs and quality control is airtight, humans will continue to make mistakes. We must have a safety mechanism - by being a good-hearted mature Malaysian. We know how to make things better, not worse.
We confine religion and traditions as unity platforms. To bring us together. To unite. These we spread like wild fire. Let it snowball not just nationally, but we show the world that our religion and traditions are our foundations of unity.
As a good-hearted mature Malaysian, we guard our religion and traditions from becoming tools that create animosity. But these start with a good heart. We need to nurture our hearts. As the Prophet said,
“There is a piece of flesh in the body if it becomes good (reformed) the whole body becomes good but if it gets spoilt the whole body gets spoilt and that is the heart” - Sahih al-Bukhari.
Peace, anas.

Wednesday, March 27, 2024


“Tolaklah (kejahatan yang ditujukan kepadamu) dengan cara yang lebih baik”
Kepada sesiapa yang benar-benar percaya bahawa sesuatu kejahatan telah dilemparkan kepada Islam. Mereka yang yakin dengan sepenuh keyakinan bahawa ianya bukanlah sesuatu yang dilakukan dengan tidak sengaja.
Maka inilah hidayah AL Quran – cara terbaik membalas kejahatan tersebut.
“Dan tidaklah sama (kesannya dan hukumnya) perbuatan yang baik dan perbuatan yang jahat. Tolaklah (kejahatan yang ditujukan kepadamu) dengan cara yang lebih baik; apabila engkau berlaku demikian maka orang yang menaruh rasa permusuhan terhadapmu, dengan serta merta akan menjadi seolah-olah seorang sahabat karib.
Dan sifat yang terpuji ini tidak dapat diterima dan diamalkan melainkan oleh orang-orang yang bersikap sabar, dan tidak juga dapat diterima dan diamalkan melainkan oleh orang yang mempunyai bahagian yang besar dari kebahagiaan dunia dan akhirat.”
Quran 41:34-35
Yakinkah kamu dengan hidayah Al Quran? Ataupun kamu lebih yakin dengan hidayah setengah pemain-pemain politik?
Pilihlah Al Quran.
Salam, anas

Saturday, March 23, 2024


Cendekiawan beragama Hindu kagum dengan Kerahmatan Islam yang di contohi Nabi Muhammad. Walaupun Nabi kita mempunyai kuasa mutlak untuk menghukum musuh-musuh Islam yang telah berlaku teramat jahat dan salah terhadap agama Islam, pengikut-pengikut dan dirinya sendiri, Nabi kita dengan penuh rahmah mengampuni dan berlaku baik terhadap mereka.

Kata Prof. Ramakrishna Rao dalam bukunya, Muhammad – The Prophet of Islam,
“At the conquest of Mecca, he stood at the zenith of his power. The city which had refused to listen to his mission, which had tortured him and his followers, which had driven him and his people into exile and which had unrelentingly persecuted and boycotted him even when he had taken refuge in a place more than 200 miles away, that city now lay at his feet. By the laws of war, he could have justly avenged all the cruelties inflicted on him and his people. But what treatment did he mete out to them?
Muhammad's heart overflowed with the milk of love and kindness as he declared, "This day, there is no reproof against you and you are all free".
This was one ·of the chief objects why he permitted war in self-defence- to unite human beings. And when this object was achieved, even his worst enemies were pardoned. Even those who had killed his beloved uncle, HUMZA, mutilated his dead body, had ripped it open and chewed a piece of his lever.”
* Sila muat turun buku tersebut untuk membaca keseluruhan isinya. ( )
Dan tiadalah Kami mengutus kamu, melainkan untuk (menjadi) rahmat bagi semesta alam. - Quran 21:107
"Maka, berkat rahmat Allah engkau (Nabi Muhammad) berlaku lemah lembut terhadap mereka. Seandainya engkau bersikap keras dan berhati kasar, tentulah mereka akan menjauh dari sekitarmu. Oleh karena itu, maafkanlah mereka, mohonkanlah ampunan untuk mereka, dan bermusyawarahlah dengan mereka dalam segala urusan (penting). Kemudian, apabila engkau telah membulatkan tekad, bertawakallah kepada Allah. Sesungguhnya Allah mencintai orang-orang yang bertawakal." Quran 3:159
Semoga kita yang Islam di Malaysia mencontohi Nabi Muhammad dengan zahir dan batin dan senantiasa memperingati ayat-ayat Al Quran di atas.
Salam, anas