Sunday, May 15, 2022

HAVE A MEANINGFUL WESAK 2022 - What do we want and need from our LEADERS and MANAGERS


What do we want and need from our LEADERS and MANAGERS
We want leaders and managers who can get things done and make things happen – with INTEGRITY. In achieving that, they need to do 8 things right.
Firstly, REMOVE UNCERTAINTIES by setting clear meaningful expectations and measurements. A critical first step in ensuring performance and direction. We cannot measure performance without clarity of goals.
Secondly, guide the team to plan and solve problems. Know when to lead, manage, mentor, coach, supervise or delegate. Leaders and managers ask 3 important questions. “Where are we now?”, “Where do we want to be?”, and “What is to be done by whom?”.
Thirdly, build a high performing team – with aligned focus, purpose, responsibility and priorities towards the common goal. Integrating the complementary skills of team members and unleashing its combined power to get things done and make things happen.
Fourth, willingness to give and receive feedback and manage difficult conversations, without which one cannot build a high performing team.
Fifth, manage tension. Exercise control, hold people accountable and are willing to have tough conversations and if needed, take tough actions to manage performance.
Sixth, communicate and build relationships. A leader and manager will not have much success with the above five areas without a strong ability to communicate and build relationships. A reciprocal flow of giving and taking will likely degenerate and crumble when the flow is too much in one direction. It is about being human and the awareness that the other is human too - not an object to be used.
Seventh, create a motivating environment through a well thought out motivational mix that includes the six areas mentioned above – not just the occasional “rah-rah” and giving grand lectures with little meaning or the simplistic carrot and stick approach. A holistic motivational plan.
Lastly, reflect. An important act to stay in touch with the world and oneself. To check one’s thoughts, feelings, emotions, and actions with honesty and integrity. Reflection provides insight and ways to move forward and create a better future – a better understanding on how to lead, change, reorganize, relaunch or simply passing the baton to the next person.
Let us add value,
Have a meaningful Wesak
Peace, anas
“Every action creates the future.” — H.E. Tsem Tulku Riponche (1965 -2019). A leader who communicates and builds lasting relationships. He is remembered as a kind and compassionate leader who get things done and makes things happen with integrity.

Sunday, May 1, 2022


Have a meaningful Aidil Fitri


Reading is not natural; it is a choice we make. While language is native to our species, reading and writing are unnatural acts. Reading and writing are made possible only through the deliberate shaping of the mind. They require practice, schooling and a conscious act to change. Learning to read and write rewire our brain in an immense way. The way we reason, form memories, process signals and how we interpret the world around us. In short, the way we experience reality.

The natural state of the human brain is animal-like, easily distracted, and non-linear in thinking. Our senses are attuned to change; our reactions reflexive. This is important for survival and to reduce the odds of being eaten up by predators; at the same time, not miss out on catching our dinner. To read a book demands unbroken, sustained attention to one single static object – an unnatural process of thinking for humans for the most part of our history.

When we read, our brain must practice ignoring everything else going on around us. We begin to be able to focus on a single task over a long period of time. This is one of the biggest changes in the history of human psychological development. Reading and writing created the modern man.

In the silence of deep reading, humans take trips in their own minds, draw ideas, inferences, analogies, play around with possibilities, visualize and dream – in short, we journey where the usual mind never has been before. Of mathematical formulas, economic models, scientific possibilities, astronomical expeditions, fictional journeys, and artistic beauty. We became a species that can focus with excellence and as such are able to deal with extremely complex problems and opportunities unleashing innovations, creativity, modern processes, and systems and creating the world we live in today.

Reading is also meditative. It calms the distracted mind. But while meditation seeks to empty the mind, reading fills it up. Replenishing it with new ideas, new energy, new spirit. Deep reading becomes a form of prayer that connects one to himself, to his fellow humans, to the world, the universe and to his Creator.

Let us add value,
Peace, anas


Royal Professor Ungku Abdul Aziz (28 January 1922 – 15 December 2020). I am privileged to have met him on many occasions while studying at Universiti Malaya. He was always stressing that we read, read and read! Read even if you have 10 minutes in between activities like queuing at the bank or waiting for someone who is late. Thank you, Pak Ungku.