Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Unfortunately, the ranks of leadership are inhabited by a host of mirages: people who look impressive from a distance, but end up being disappointments. After being fooled by a few mirages, followers become jaded about leadership. That seems as true now as it ever has been. Our trust in leaders has been shaken as politicians have reneged on promises, CEOs have squandered money entrusted to their firms, and managers have advanced self-interests above all else.
To restore society's confidence with those in power, leaders have to be able to inspire. I'm not talking about inspiring someone to buy into the corporate vision statement, to meet quarterly sales goals, or to work more efficiently. These aren't bad things, but right now, people are looking for a leader attuned to their personal needs. They want leaders who will encourage them, believe in their potential, and help them grow.
5 Attributes of an Inspirational Leader
ATTITUDE OF SERVICE
To be an inspirational leader, you must adopt an attitude of service toward those you lead. This requires laying aside selfish interests to add value to another person. In the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., "An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity." When you serve, you awaken something magnetic inside of you. People are drawn to follow you because they know you'll find ways to make them better.
To inspire means to have a positive view of others. If we're not careful, we become fault-finders, magnifying the flaws in everyone around us. Instead, leaders should emulate gold prospectors - always on the lookout for potential gold mines. When they find traces of ore, prospectors assume there's a rich vein to unearth, and they start digging. In the same fashion, leaders ought to search for the best traits within a person and commit to uncovering them.
One of the best applications of this idea is expressed in what I call the 101 percent principle: Find the one thing that you believe is a person's greatest asset, and then give 100 percent encouragement in that area. Focusing on a person's strengths inspires them by promoting confidence, growth, and success.
Great inspirers know the desires of those they lead. As much as people respect the knowledge and ability of their leaders, these are secondary concerns for them. They don't care how much their leaders know until they know how much their leaders care. When leaders attend to the deeply felt needs of their team, the determination and commitment of each team member skyrockets.
Leaders inspire by intentionally investing time in the people they lead. They make themselves available. People cannot be nurtured from a distance or by infrequent spurts of attention. They need a leader to spend time with them - planned time, not just a conversation in passing.
In our fast-paced and demanding world, time is a leader's most precious commodity. While it feels costly to give up, nothing communicates that you value a person more than the gift of your time. In addition, investing time to develop others has a way of reaping dividends. As Ralph Waldo Emerson remarked, "It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself."
To inspire, leaders have to be genuine. More than anything else, followers want to believe in and trust their leaders. However, when leaders break promises or fail to honor commitments, they reveal themselves as being inauthentic, and they lose credibility. Trust rests upon a foundation of authenticity. To gain trust, a leader must consistently align words and deeds, while showing a degree of transparency.
Inspirational leadership can be confused with momentary charisma. I prefer to think about inspiring as more of a process than an event. More than a brilliant speech, it's cultivating habits of brilliance that manifest themselves daily. By modeling the five attributes of an inspiring leader, I trust that you'll win the respect of those you lead and earn the right to influence them.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
“This is not a promotion that will end in a week or a month, but a long-term price cut where 200 essential items will see an average discount of about 8%, which is a lot for fresh goods and groceries,” he told a media conference at Tesco’s head office in Mutiara Damansara yesterday.
Tesco hopes to achieve this by helping customers spend less at this time of economic recession.
Marketing director Paul Morris said that to ensure that the most important and relevant products were made cheaper, purchasing trends were tracked using the store’s loyalty cards.
“The chosen items are things that always appear on customers’ lists, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, poultry, spices, sauces and baking goods,” he added.
So last call everyone!
Venue: Putrajaya Precinct 2, adjacent to the ‘Monumen Alaf Baru’
Number of Hot Air Balloons: 25 (20 standard shaped hot air balloons and 5 special shaped hot air balloons)
Participating countries includes Australia, Belgium, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Oman, Philippines, Switzerland, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, United Kingdom and United States of America.
For further details, click here.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
By the time I came home in the evening, Ivan is already wheezing quite badly. We brought him to the nearby clinic to quickly reduce the wheezing effects. If not he will have a very rough time to sleep in the entire night.
I wasn't very happy to see him suffer like that. I wish he don't have to go through it at all. What on earth might have trigger his wheezing? He was doing fine after the last episode of attack back in Nov 2008. In fact his weight has reached to 16kg already! I am very perplexed by it.
Hope he quickly recover from it tomorrow.
PediaSure Complete is a nutritionally complete and balanced formula that is clinically proven to promote catch-up growth. It is ideal for children who
- Are picky eaters and selective in foods
- Need extra nutrition for catch up growth
- Have increased caloric and nutrient requirements
- Have poor weight and height gain
- Are under nourished or have decreased food intake due to illness or diminished appetite
- Are lactose intolerant
- In pre-post recovery
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Being 1 year and 1 month old, her weight was quite low at 8.5 kg. This makes her look smaller than her counterparts. Health wise, Reanne is doing fine overall. Her appetite is also improving lately as her drink more milk and eats porridge twice a day. It seems everything is fine with her.
But I don't seem able to put my mind aside about her weight. Is she eating enough for her body to develop? Can we parents do something about it? Currently Reanne still drinks breast milk and alternately milk formula daily. Our doctor suggested to let Reanne drink a better milk formula that comes with extra supplements. Sound logical. I want to give Reanne a try on it to help her to at least have a nominal healthy weight. At the same time to improve her appetite.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Despite the financial meltdown, the EPF recorded the highest ever earnings of RM20 billion in gross income for 2008. This represented an increase of 9.36 per cent over the previous year’s gross income of RM18.29 billion.
Dividends will be credited to members’ accounts on 23 March 2009.
For details, please read here.
Another three more months Ivan will be graduating his MusicKid foundation course. Hope he will continue to benefit from the on-going lesson. Most important the social factor of it where interaction with his peers and other adults will too benefit in his growth.
We are looking forward for the graduation day which is on this coming June. Before that Pei gotto make a costume for him to participate in the graduation group presentation.
The deadlines for form submission are as follows:-
Form BE 30 April 2009
Form B 30 June 2009
After checking IRB website, the e-Form was indeed readied. Well gotto prepare, compile and submit my form by the end March 2009 if all attachments is available. I received my EA form last week from my employer.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Saturday, March 7, 2009
The following video has been delayed due to my try-and-error on audio editing. I managed to find a free audio editor software which is pretty useful - Free Audio Editor.