So Graduates, Job Secured, What Next?

Your tenacity paid off, your attention to your resume works wonders, your responses to the interviewers seem plausible, the way you carry yourself during the interview were convincing, your voice modulation saying that you are confident and voila! You secured a job that you wanted (at least at that moment). You jumped so high that…

Just Don’t Be Leaders

Leadership is a very popular topic. Try to Google it, you’ll get millions of pages from all around the world. Leadership is one of many critical skills for modern workforce. Leadership has become the raison d etre of every level of employees particularly Executives and above. Leadership is a must have for every Top Management…

The Innovation Sandwich

“We have plenty of great ideas. We went to many conferences, pitch to variety people and talk to potential customers. But in the end we know we got to eat the innovation sandwich. Out innovative ideas was just the meat right in the middle – leaves it much to be desired.” This one comment of…

Wrap Up Year 2015, Welcome 2016!

The year 2015 has been an aweshemm year for some and trying year for another. As for me, it has been a mix of both. Towards the end, my team and I at DT LEADERSHIP,  finally concluded (today!) that it was an aweshemm year indeed.🙂 Three things that attracted our interest has always been design…

3 Teachable Things and 5 Unteachable Things That Every Leader Should Know

Leadership development is very key in today’s business environment. The leaders are getting younger, leadership cycle is getting shorter and the cost to retain good leaders is getting higher. If you desire to become great leaders, consider this suggestion. Here are the 3 teachable things on goal setting and behavioural change that highly successful leaders…

Does the Success of Social Entrepreneurs Matter?

Its been bothering me for sometime to pen down this post. Does the success of social entrepreneurs matter? I teach, train and consult companies and start ups on design thinking, management and leadership. Lately the engagement has been around social enterprises (SE). I jaw dropped to learn that SE in Malaysia is growing expansively and…

Identifying Tough Cookie At Work

Tough cookie can be real tough. There is a title of a book by Robert H. Schuller, “Tough Times Never Last, But Tough People Do”. When was the last time you had to deal with these people? Apparently part of journey to become top leaders, a leader must face off with tough cookie. Remember those…

Turn On Your Headlights

In a coaching session recently I blurted out something that I thought meaningful for top talents and would-be leaders. “Turn on your headlight”. I was coaching a very smart talent and he is in the top talent pool – grooming up to lead a division of few hundreds people. Let’s just call him Saiful. A…

Three Factors Contributing to Professional Growth and Development

Some months ago I ran a short survey on Professional Growth and Development. It was a “lazy” survey where I just published it without much promotion. I wish to only have respondents that are interested to answer the survey. I gave small token in discount vouchers but the desire and “giving back mindset” by the…

Behavioural Change Using Design Thinking

Innovation is a tricky business. It is tricky because you are NOT going to get it right the first time. Yes, it upsets a lot of people in the quality and production departments. It boils the blood of the financial controllers and accountants. Innovation also going to frustrate your marketing department because of the changing…

Five Things I Learned About Top Talent Leadership Development

My recent work with top talent was very interesting. They are mid level managers from several organizations. Some were grouped together and another dispersed in their own role while going through the program with me. These are top talent. They earned their spot through the their experiences on the job while scaffolding their growth. They are very…

Great Leaders Teach

Leadership is today’s buzz word akin to management in the 1980’s. You probably have been asked at least once, “Are you a leader or manager?”. Of course the right answer is “leader” because it is incumbent that all of us must be one, at least to be relevant in today’s organization. But how to become…

Fifty Productivity Strategy Secrets For 2015

Hi all, I have been on hiatus (*again) and now I am back. It must be the intense review of my goals that I had with my mentors and fellow coaches. Every year I will meet my mentors and coaches friends to discuss things that matter to us. So by end December 2014 where we had…

Talent Development Program For High Potential Employees

In Malaysia, talent development program for the high potential is on the rise right now. In a forum Talent Development and Succession Planning that I attended recently (April 2014), it was clear that many organizations and companies are now revving up talent program for the high potentials. But why? The obvious reason is to make…

Top Leaders Essentials to Build Connected Team

It is tough being a leader, it gets even tougher when you stumble in the first few months your new leadership role. I know I did. Typically new leaders take about 3-6 months to warm up and get on the zone as top leaders. Top leaders mean C-suite, Executive Vice President, Managing Director, Vice Chancellor…

Innovation Lessons Worth Heeding

“The culture of innovation is across the globe is more robust than ever. We think that’s worth celebrating.” – Robert Safian, Editor Fast Company   I received Fast Company March 2014 edition on high note because it is packed with ideas on innovation and innovative companies list from around the world. I feel extremely motivated…

Democratization of Education Through MOOC

In the education world it is called Mass Open Online Courses (MOOC). I have been following the movement of open courses and instruction for some years already. My journey with MOOC is rather unique because I stumbled upon it by chance when I was looking for free e-books on the internet. It was 6 years…

The Case for Corporate College

In my previous article, “Reviving Youth Unemployment”, I brought up a new development in global education called corporate college. Here I would like to provide a snapshot of corporate college and how it can be game changing solution for government, corporate and university. If you Google keyword “corporate college”, you will see a long list of…

Reviving Youth Unemployment

“The number of young people out of work globally is nearly as big as the population of the United States”. This headline certainly will make you wonder whether the youth unemployment is really that bad, the answer is YES. This report was published in The Economist back in April 2013, “Generation Jobless”. It takes at…

Project Management – Modern Workforce Imperative

While many business philosophers claimed that we are living in the best times of the world, unfortunately modern workforce has been seeing the worse in the last few years. Data from various sources also predicting a bleak outlook and across the ocean ahead. That’s just a general feel, but if you are familiar with things on…

Design Thinking (DT) As Strategic Tool – Personal Experience

“I may have overused DT tool because I conveniently used it in several occasion, and the latest was during a strategic meeting to evaluate a partnership proposal.” – That was my starting remarks when I shared my personal experience using DT tool at genovasi aka (Malaysian DT House). Let me tell you why. From my…

15 Rules to Personal Effectiveness – Joker’s Guide

It’s always refreshing sometimes to look back and reminisce of the past. For me, i wrote back a similar title – Personal Effectiveness ; Joker’s Guide back in 2011. You can read it here. From where i started writing about it, i have been practicing and sharing with more people on this thoughts and what…

Design Thinking – DT Personal Journey

There was a quote by Steve Jobs saying, “Design is how it works.” I think he was right. Recently i met an engineering student with strong right brain, he echoed that quote. He’s an undergraduate in Mechanical Engineering. He said a lot of people equate design with advertisement, art or schematic drawing. It’s wrong he…

Learn How and The Simplified Way to Launch Your Project.

This is my new vehicle to achieve my life purpose – Free Up Knowledge.  I recently launched my online training titled #THE ULTIMATE SKILLS (TUSK). In #TUSK I teach my students and participants the importance of learning #TUSK. #TUSK consists of Four Core Skills / Competencies. They are # Project Management Skills #Consulting Skills #Selling Skills…

Thinking Needs Re-Thinking

I am fully convinced now. I have been looking for evidence and now i have found it; few months ago. Its just i am buying time to write it down. Initially i disturbed that almost everyone i met in the management rant about today’s graduates and workforce lack thinking skills. They lambasted them for being…

Development of Knowledge Worker

Recent report (published by The Work Foundation in March 2009) that ideally knowledge worker in your total workforce should consists by the following breakdown: 1. Many Knowledge Tasks (33%) 2. Some Knowledge Tasks (27%) 3. Few Knowledge Tasks (40%) If you look carefully of the above and you take Some Knowledge Tasks as minimum requirement…

New Product Development

Several months ago i was asked to train a group of senior managers on new product development. They came from a large utility company and they have high expectations. Armed with my direct experience in product development and product/portfolio management; my client was happy. It was tough to convince them that they already have all…

Building New Capabilities

It’s a rather late to wish Happy New Year, but i am just going to wish anyway; Happy New Year 2013. What are you up to in the middle of the year? It took me awhile to digest what’s in store for this year. Fortunately i figured out that to stay ahead of the game…

Good Intention, Bad Decision

How many times that your own logic backfires? Just like when you try to fit a round ball into a square mould. It just won’t fit and you get frustrated. Consider this from Dr Wayne Dyer, “often we see the world as it is, but actually we see the world the way we are.” How…

The Execution Premium

Today’s world is full of ideas. Why? With a quick search on Google you will find at least a million pages on almost anything you want to know. From as general as cook books to as specific as writing resume. Consulting business thrives on this superb accessibility to information including other knowledge-based services as well….

Happy And Performing

In his book called Brain Rules, Dr John Medina said that happy brains perform significantly better because stress hurts brains and people. Other than the jumbo-mumbo cells damage because of stress attacks, stressed brains also resulting to depression, performance decline, truancy, loss problem solving abilities and creativity and physical deterioration. Well, some dose of stress…

Organization Development (OD) Interventions

OD is the most talked about HR stuffs lately. What is OD? It is Organization Development. It’s very popular in the western corporations 20-25 years ago and currently making strong momentum to this part of the world. What is OD really? Here’s the classic definition that I gathered from OD Network website:   “Organization Development…

Making A Mental Leap

We’ve heard so many times that “it’s all in the mind”, “what the mind can believe, will achieve” and “just dream, you’ll make it”. One thing in common with all these notions is referring to our brain or mental component in human being. Is it as simple as that? No, it isn’t. Nonetheless,  it is…

Building Competitive Talents

Recently I attended a tea talk by a chairman from one of the biggest GLC in Malaysia. He spoke of need for local talents to be competitive. He added that in the rage of globalisation and borderless uncertainties, a nation like Malaysia cannot sit on our laurel and celebrating for we’ve become one of the…

Power of Rituals

“Consistency builds trust. Trust creates history. History builds traditions. Traditions become rituals.” -Martin Lindstrom Just what is ritual? Rituals are activities that are meaningful to people who observe it. I just complete one of my favourite’s rituals as a Muslim – the Ramadhan (fasting month) and Syawal (celebration month). I fasted for a month from…

Malaysian Olympic – Not About Talent

I watched my favourite sport, basketball, with great interest. It was a match between Russia and Spain. The first two quarters led by Russia, it was probably then the Spanish could have said ‘bastante!’ (means enough in Spanish!) in the next two quarters. The Spanish won by 67-59 in the semifinal. The Spanish will be…

Learning From Failure

Nobody likes the ‘F’ word, failure. And the other ‘F’ comes out after you really fail. Especially in Asian culture, failure means bad and in some cultures if you fail you don’t deserve the right to live because you bring shame to the family or the business that’s associated with you. The Western culture tolerates…

Discovering Gems In Interns

As I am writing this article, there are hundreds of thousands students in Malaysia that will be completing their university final year examination this year. These undergraduates will then disperse around the country to look for internship. Some will make to the top companies, while some to small and medium ones. Some will probably decide…

The Higgs Boson

I’ve left physic as a subject many years ago, but my love of the related knowledge remains. I remember one formula that I never fail to answer in every exam which is to calculate Velocity (v) or Speed. You can do it by dividing Distance Travel (m) with Time of Travel (t). The formula will…

Powerful Conversation

Have you had any experience talking to someone and later that someone becomes your partner in business, work or even life? That’s how powerful a conversation can be. I believe that powerful conversation (PC) can change life. For the last 10 years I always seek the opportunity to have powerful conversations (PC). I realized that…

My MBA Chronicles and Lessons

The way I understand MBA is simply a more elaborated degree on business. This may not be the academic definition, but that’s what you are supposed to get when you complete your study. It is rich with tools, techniques and theories on different facets of business and management. While you may not learn how to…

The New Age of Productivity

Often when it comes to productivity the common understanding is its all about achieving high numbers, securing the largest sales, adhering endless processes and multi-tasking on myriad projects. This outdated understanding comes from the old believe that “more is always better” – probably from theory of mass production. I personally feel this believe is a…

Becoming A Leader

When I asked fresh graduates and young workforce what they hope to become in the next 7-10 years of their career; their answer was “to become a manager or leader”. It seems that leadership is synonymous to only at workplace and from the title given to you from whomever in the office. I also fall…

Talent and Passion

I always thought that talent means someone that is super gifted or extraordinarily capable; simply because the word “talented” means “gifted and brilliant” in dictionary. But what does it means to be a talent? How can you know you are a talent? What can you do to measure up to the organization you work for?…

Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish

Some said this mantra originated from Steve Jobs, yes the Apple’s. In one of his keynote address to Stanford graduates graduation ceremony in 2005, he reminded the audience about the importance of being ‘hungry and foolish’ as his key success. That was basically it. What’s more is, I fully subscribed to that mantra and agree…

Effectiveness Is Key

It is either by chance, design but i reckon simply pure luck that my effectiveness theme come in a bundle. first it started with a conversation with a friend, then become a talk then a training program and as i developing that program, i was featured in alma-mater where i stressed the point about being…

INNOVATE – How to Create Successful Product

INNOVATE   Usually at this stage, you have gathered substantial information of how your BASIC product work in the real customer’s setting. You have passed your moment of truth and a critical mass has been achieved. You have a long list of customers and you have stable sales monthly and you have repeat orders. Until…

When You Are Understaff….

As small business owner and entrepreneurs, resources are always scarce. Money, time, technology and people. If you are run small businesses, you probably agree with me. we don’t have much luxury just like the big boys do. “We need to be thrift” said one of my colleagues. Another said, “When you dont have enough money,…