Saturday, February 28, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Have it ever happen to you when things don’t go the way you planned it? This is one Saturday of such nature. I called it an adventure because so many unplanned things happen. There is the earlier rescheduling of the product training on Friday 3.30 pm which supposedly to be on the following Monday. 5 managers from Sabah will be attending together with my team in Labuan. Their attendance is on ad hoc basis. However I always look forward to meeting up with them as they are fun bunch of lots. We have been through many ups and downs together. Like any close knitted family we sometimes bicker about little things but that is normal and healthy.
My weekend plan
Earlier I have planned to travel down to KK on early Saturday morning with my wife Liza so we can have the weekend to ourselves at the same time attending my good friend Richard son’s wedding reception. Yep… no kids involve just the two of us. Unfortunately things don’t always go the way you plan. Now I am writing this post on the express ferry to Kota Kinabalu, a 3 hours ride in the open sea after fulfilling my entire work obligation. I wonder why it is call the express ferry since it is a 3 hours journey.
The other alternative route would be to take a 20 mins speed boat from the same terminal to Menumbok (a small town in the western coastline of Sabah), followed by a 2 hour taxi drive to KK.
One way is to drive over in the sturdy car ferry carrier which is about 1.5 hours to Menumbok then 2 hours drive to K.K.
Third option is to fly to Kota Kinabalu however for a 25 minutes journey; it will cost me RM490 for the return flight. It is expensive, considering I could purchase a return air ticket to KL on Air Asia (low cost carrier).
It has always been my pleasure to make sure my guest and visitors are taken care off in Labuan. After picking up all the outstation managers on Friday morning, I received a call from the trainer that his flight is delayed until further notice. After following up and not able to get a fix confirmation of his departure, I thought it was best to postpone the training to Saturday morning.
Sometimes when things go awfully wrong, we need to make the best of things. Though we could have proceeded with the training at late evening but I made the decision to hold it the next morning due to few factors. Firstly I was sure the audience was not in the right frame of mind for the training due to uncertainty of the trainer’s flight. Another factor is that the trainer is most likely frustrated over the long delay and probably worn out from the whole ordeal. Third factor, better spend the evening in more productive time in having an open session with all the managers in a friendly social environment. No agenda, no planning but just talk. Many heavy and emotional burdens have been unloaded during this session. Not only that, I observe that more ideas are born and many things also get done. I guess just chilling out at the bar, opens up everyone.
The training went well this morning and after ensuring all the managers flew off without any hiccups in the flight schedule, I was free to continue my journey to KK in the afternoon with my lovely wife.
So, I conclude that “always expect the unexpected” then you will be far more likely not to flip out if things don’t go the way you planned it. Oh dear……..it is starting to rain.
Friday, February 20, 2009
Every morning as I sent both of my sons to school, I tune in to the local music channel Tracks FM. There be two entertaining upbeat guys hosting the morning show with such positivity. The music played also brings an up tempo beat and makes the morning seem bearable for another day.
This morning it hit me, what if we are paid to be positive. Just like the D.J on the radio, their job is to start the day with positiveness so people will tune in to get some positive vibes to kick start the day. The way I see it, being positive and being happy are two different things. Because being positive is something you can control and act on it whereby being happy is a state of mind which you are induce into. Being positive does not necessarily mean you are happy inside but rather your choice in looking at things differently. Can you be happy when your bank account is in the negative? I think it is very difficult to do so unless you choose to the see the brighter side of things and take positive action. I believe choosing to be positive will lead to happiness.
I posted an article back in January 20th, 2009 about a banner I saw. The banner with the impressionable words of “Life favors those who see things differently". What if you are employed to be positive all day long g. Imagine your employer would hand out a warning later if you did not perform your task up to expectation. If it becomes a job then we will have to find ways to be positive. Here are some of the list in your day to day task.
1. Research and share real life humorous stories for the day.
2. Listen to upbeat music
3. Keep on verbalizing your positive self talk through out the day
4. Hang positive posters around your work space.
5. When things does not go your way say to yourself outloud “ That’s interesting”
6. Walk a little faster, keep your head up high and wear a smile on your face.
7. Bless people you meet (silently, it would be rather awkward if you done out loud) despite your feeling towards that person.
Usually the probational period is 1 month to 6 months. Assuming the probation for this job is 30 days. You got a 30 days challenge to be positive to secure the job. The salary will depend on the level of positiveness you bring to the company. Any prolong negative behavior will be terminated due to non compliance of the employment contract.
So, do you want to apply for this job?
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Sales meeting was long as usual, we started at 9 AM in morning and concluded around 7.30 PM. I was physically and mentally drained from the session, however a renewed spirit to make some changes in the way we do our business.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Starting from the left Amy Sim (Vice Pres. Membership), Theresa Ong (Secretary), Tan Chui Eng (Vice Pres. Public Relation) and Mr Lim Phang Maw (Tan C.E hubby)