Thursday, November 1, 2018

Have a meaningful Deepavali - Friday in The Star

Sir Mokshagundam Vishweshvaraya (15 September 1860 – 14 April 1962) was one of the most eminent engineers ever produced by India. He is a very good example of someone who has the drive, willpower, discipline, ownership, social skills and good habits to succeed.

NEW MALAYSIAN : What is to be done?

Business Organizations must play a bigger role in Nation Building and Unity.

We need to be candid. As captains of industries and human resource leaders, we are well aware of the concerns relating to the quality of our nation’s present and future human capital. When families, the education system and society fail to provide the life skills needed for the economy and nation, we have no time to complain, but to step up on our own actions.

What must we do?

1. Provide basic life skills. Yes! We need to teach them how to live, how to focus, how to interact and build relationships, language, how to handle money, time, health and fitness, how to get to work on time, how to complete the tasks given, how to manage their emotions and most importantly we need to teach them willpower. We need to be their parents, educators and critical but compassionate friends.

2. Self-learning, discipline, ownership and good habits. Training, development, and skills courses are short-term measures. For sustainable human growth, we need to create good habits and ownership where we impart the ability to practice self-managed learning, knowing ‘how to learn’ and the discipline of making things happen. These demands top management and line manager’s active involvement. Coaching discipline needs constant follow-up and engagement and cannot be pushed to the human resources department alone. It has to be repeated over and over again until self-discipline becomes part of themselves and willpower occurs without them having to think about it. 

3. Practice Diversity and Inclusion (D&I). The majority of Malaysians from different race and religion lived and schooled separately until they converge into the job market. For the majority, chances that the first time an actual and real interaction takes place will be at work - be it with coworkers, customers or vendors. We, in the business world, have the best platform to promote social cohesion, understanding, and empathy through our policies, practices and values. Let us make our businesses be the school for National Unity.

While we step up on the above endeavors, what can the government do to assist us? The government can assist us to achieve this goal by providing appropriate support, incentives and tax breaks for human development, coaching and the reschooling of the nation. This will ease the extra financial burden and we in the business industry can help take over where the education system left off.
At zubedy, we do not preach what we do not do. Contact us when you want to provide your people with basic life skills, self-learning, discipline, ownership, and good habits.

For Diversity and Inclusion, our programs and activities draw strength from our shared values and traditions. We believe that at heart, every Malaysian want good things for themselves and their brothers and sisters, simply because our nation cannot prosper as a whole if some of us are left behind.

Let us add value,
Have a Meaningful Deepavali.