Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Learning about Trust from SRM Covey

Drs Nelson, Tan, and de Lara with Stephen M.R. Covey, author of The Speed of Trust and CEO of CoveyLink Worldwide. Covey conducted a half-day seminar in KL recently, co-sponsored by Paramount Corp. We considered together how the ability to inspire and extend trust is the number one competency required of leaders in today's networked organizations.

Key Idea: Trust is not only a social virtue, but an economic driver. In any organization, when trust goes up, costs go down, and productivity goes up. Conversely, when trust goes down, costs go up, and productivity goes down. Trust levels also affect market and brand reputation.

Personal Questions: In your organization, whom do you trust? And most importantly for leaders, who trusts you?

Find out more at The Speed of Trust.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Why Traditional Books Will Eventually Die

Michale Hyatt believes that books are inefficient and thus the death of books is inevitable - do you agree?

Monday, May 17, 2010

10 Management Practices To Avoid

Read the full article from BusinessWeek. The list of practices as follows:
  1. Forced ranking
  2. Front-loaded recruiting systems
  3. Overdone policy manuals
  4. Social media thought police
  5. Rules that force employees to lie
  6. Theft of miles
  7. Jack-booted layoffs
  8. 360-degree feedback programs
  9. Mandatory performance review bell-curves
  10. Timekeeping courtesy of Henry Ford

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

An Appeal to Students (from Su Ann)

Words of wisdom from a Malaysian student, Su-Ann, studying in New York. Her take on the Malaysian school system (in particular clubs and societies) can be summarised in her plea below:

"Don't be another me, who did a lot of boring things and was so disenchanted with school that i didnt even want to try to do much else. dont be another first-class student, who thinks that they’re smarter than everyone else because they are in 5 Anggerik or 5 Sains 1. Dont be another last-class student, who gives up because of how far goals are inadvertently placed from them. just be someone who knows what’s good, and then go out there and get it."