Sunday, June 23, 2019

Down but not out

Are you feeling down after being reprimanded (brushing) by your superior or got a nasty complaint from a Customer or your codes failed the QA test?

In every part of life—romance, work, family —stuff happens. And these disappointments can indeed set you back, make you feel anxious and fearful. In moving through the recovery process, you may likely feel a range of emotions including anger, anxiety, confusion, low self-esteem and self-doubt. These represent stages of response and cannot be rushed. But over time you will begin to feel acceptance and hopefulness. When you let go of the past, you will experience increased self-esteem and renewed optimism.

Some people flounder in frustration and blame after a disappointment. Worse, some people fall into deep depression. But then again others bounce back quickly and with energy. While you can argue that these people may well be born more resilient, resilience can certainly be learned. Practice and experience help. Most successful people have had their hard knocks, but they recover and move on. They, in fact, see disappointment as a prospect for something new. "Big losses provide the biggest opportunities for change," says Needels. "They make a person more open to trying new things."

Here are a few tips to learn how you can become more resilient and overcome life's big disappointments:

Accept the setback. Know that setbacks happen to everyone. And realize that you may never understand what happened.

Face your fears. It's normal to feel insecure, but don't cower and avoid uncertainty.

Be patient. Reflect and think about what you plan to do; but don't rush, it will only aggravate the process.

Go beyond your comfort zone. Take risks. Go after that task you think you can't do, doing so will build self-esteem and resilience.

Find your hero. Think about people who have survived adversity—Christopher Reeve, Oprah. Use them as your role models.

Know what you want. If you have goals, it's easier to make plans and move forward.

Be a problem-solver. Don't be the victim, instead learn to behave and act proactively.

One step at a time. To move forward, the enormity of the task (such as finding a new job after a lay-off) may seem insurmountable. Focus on each step you must take, not the entire undertaking.

Seek support. Talk to friends, family or a therapist. In Pasti Nyala, talk to your Team Lead or the TPU.

Be kind to yourself. Disappointments are a source of stress, so exercise, eat right and get rest.

To conclude, remember this saying "I might fall down. But I will not stay down."

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Innovation commitment by developed economy

Innovation can be a major competitive advantage for any developed economy. That is the same in business.

However, achieving a sustainable rate of innovation isn’t necessarily a straightforward exercise. The reality is that innovation is a complex and difficult outcome to measure, and there are many different variables that factor into.

Research and development (R&D) expenditure is certainly one of these factors – and while it doesn’t always directly correlate with innovation outcomes, it does represent time, capital, and effort being put into researching and designing the products of the future.

The above infographic from compares R&D numbers for nearly every country in the world. Put together the numbers for the U.S. ($476.5 billion) and China ($370.6 billion), and it amounts to 47.0% of total global R&D expenditures. Add in Japan and Germany, and the total goes to 62.5%.

At national level, Malaysia could have done better if not for fund mismanagement, flip-flop policies and her priority of focusing one race instead of developing all the talents as a whole.

At Pasti Nyala, we could be more involved more in R&D as well. The key is time. Unfortunately, we are more preoccupied with firefighting and lack of commitment from some staffs. If we can commit more and improve our level of productivity, we could invest some time in putting a more serious effort in our Innovation Lab and create some awesome products.

Innovation is one of the key to leap forward. Without this concern, we will forever be at the bottom of the food chain.

Related articles
1. Innovation in the Workplace
2. Creating Innovative Solution to a Problem

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

To grow, you need to move out from your comfort zone

While you might think you’re challenging yourself and moving toward your goals, you could be confusing daily frustrations and roadblocks for actual growth.

Our worlds shrink or expand based on our willingness to do things outside of our comfort zone. While this growth can feel uncomfortable, it often is what’s needed to propel you forward.

Identify one project that is high value to your organization and find a way to proactively put it into your day-to-day task list. Make sure you prioritize it over less-significant work.

Pick a goal that you don’t totally know how to accomplish, commit to it, and watch your abilities and confidence grow as you work towards it.

Comfort zones are sneaky because they feel, well, comfortable. Obviously, I’m not suggesting you push yourself to do scary, uncomfortable things every moment of every day. But I will encourage you to add some productive discomfort to your routine. When you push outside of your comfort zone, you’ll know that you’re doing more than just busy work. You’ll be actively growing your skills, your confidence, and your career.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Make use of your time properly

We only have one life, and it is very precious, and there's a lot we can do, and there's a lot we should do. ~ Selena Gomez

Life has a limited timespan. Don't waste it. Do something beneficial. Go to work on time, get the job done and learn something new.

Spend more time with your family, do stuff together, get ample rest. Don't overthink. Don't lepak too long. Don't dwell on the past too much.

And always be positive.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Eyes on the Rise

Rise Up! doesn't means taking part in a rebellion, oppose or protest a rule or an ideology. Rise Up can also mean adopting a fundamental change for self-improvement by rising up above any situation and achieve your goals.

For Pasti Nyalian, how do you RISE UP to your true potential? First, the willingness to change to take responsibility and commit. Lastly, make it happen.

Below is an excerpt from Corey Alvarez, which also partly reflect my true self.

My COMMITMENT and obsession is always to be better today than I was yesterday
If I have to make sacrifices to do that: so be it.
If I have to tell that person I can’t go out drinking with him anymore: so be it.
Because that’s not what I value.
Anything or anyone that is taking me further away from my dreams has to go.
I’m committed to self-development not self-destruction, and you know, any person that is meant to be with me on the journey will choose that higher road with me.
Yes, a tougher road, but it is also a much more rewarding one.

I want my life to mean something. To be able to look back at my life and say, yeah, I made some tough decisions, but they were the RIGHT decisions.

So many people don’t get it. They piss their life away every weekend for what? 
So they can complain about their current circumstances for the rest of the week?

NO CHANCE! I’m in charge of my own life!
It’s all on me!
I take responsibility. I take action. And I GET S**T DONE!

You will never hear me complain about another person or circumstance as the reason I’m not where I want to be.
If I don’t like where I am… 
Time to knuckle down and work harder!

I am a perfect reflection of the hard work or lack of work I put in. And luck, that only comes to those who have paid their dues.

If I am weak in a certain area, it won’t be for long.
Because I’m committed to be better. I will learn, I will read. I will make it happen. I will FIND A WAY.
I will WORK until that weakness is turned into a strength.

No one can beat me, because I don’t give up!
You might knock me down, but I NEVER stay down!

It’s time to RISE.
RISE UP to your potential!
RISE UP past your limitations!
RISE UP past your family or friends limitations!

Set the standard for those around you!
Don’t conform to the standard, like a sheep. Get out and LEAD THE WAY!


You will arise, so start by attempting to rise and you'll be a Rising Star in no time.

Suggested reading:
Courage to Act

Monday, February 4, 2019

What makes a team effective

Based on Google research on their executives, team leads and team members to determine the key dynamics of what makes a successful team, Google concluded that the best teams were effective because they worked together well, regardless of who was on the team.

From Google's conclusion about the traits of best teams:

1. Psychological Safety

Psychological safety is about the environment. It's about creating a safe culture in which team members feel "safe" enough to take an interpersonal risk. Encouraging team members to voice their opinions, even if it goes against the group, can be risky. However, teams that exhibit high psychological safety encourage risk-taking. Plus, when team members take risks, they aren't viewed as disruptive, disrespectful or incompetent.

When teams promote psychological safety, there is a free flow of ideas, which can lead to better outcomes. You can ask for help without fear of retribution or adverse impact to your reputation. Team members feel comfortable asking questions and sharing opinions, which can lead to healthy debate and help the team thrive.

2. Dependability

Dependability is about accountability. It's about reliability. It's about trust.

When everyone on the team is accountable, reliable and trustworthy, the team succeeds.

How many teams have you been on when one person shirks responsibility? We've all seen it before. A team can crumble when even one person can't be trusted to do the work. On a highly dependable team, every team member can trust that high quality work will be produced on time.

3. Structure and clarity

All teams need structure and clarity, so long as rules are not too rigid that they stifle progress.

When teams have structure and clarity, there are specific and clear performance standards and directives for the team to work and achieve. With these inputs, team members understand their function, purpose, expectations and performance objectives.

With structure and clarity, specificity is key. Team members will thrive when they have goals that are clear, specific and transparent so they know what is expected of them. For example, at Google, Objectives and Key Results (OKR's) are a management tool used to establish and communicate both long-term and short-term goals. Some teams even establish a common vocabulary to start introducing norms that reflect the team identity.

4. Meaning

No one wants to work in a job or organization without meaning or purpose. So, you can imagine how a team member feels working on a team without either meaning or purpose. There are many ways to create meaning within the construct of a team. For example, you can create meaning in the work itself or in the final product.

Google found that other ways to create meaning in work include creating financial security, supporting one's family, helping the team succeed, or exhibiting self-expression.

5. Impact

Work is about creating value and impact for others. Team members want to know - from their subjective perspective - that the work they are doing is creating impact. Also, team members want to feel that the team's work is helping to advance the organization's overall goals, mission and impact. Reserving time for each team member to reflect on their impact can be a valuable exercise to further purpose and meaning as well.

Source: Forbes

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Courage to act

Peter F. Drucker argues that “In every success story, you will find someone who has made a courageous decision.”

That decision is a processing thought of selecting a course of action. To do (despite your fear or pressure) or not to do. Courage is an attribute of good character that makes us worthy of respect.

Regardless if you are in management, lead or contributing members, you are are not exempted for making a decision.

In Pasti Nyala operation, there are plenty of decisions and actions to be taken, such as:

  • to complete a task timely with good quality
  • willing to spend the time to participate, observe, learn and share
  • willing to commit to self-improvement
  • taking challenges to be accountable for or take lead to be in charge of something
  • to have the desire to be more competent
  • learn to lead and show positive examples
  • contribute to the cause

Let me give an example. Suppose Ms Heidi Hamilton is the Team Lead for a module called "Datapuri Human Resource Information System". Being a senior coder, Ms Heidi is expected to make sure that the module is free of defect. But having the courage to act, on her own accord, she could do even more, like, learning the HR industry (knowing the HR processes inside out), plan for upgrades, preparing marketing kits, helping in sales, support, you name it.

If you are somewhat in a senior position (either based on your position or length of service) and if you don't dare to decide (act), probably because of:

  • not willing to spend extra time for the team
  • well, my juniors will do the work
  • I'm contented with my existing workload

then, expect the following:

  • you will still be the same in time to come
  • some young blood will be called in to deliver better outcomes, and 
  • the team will be losing trust in you

If the above sound hash, then view it from this perspective. Being willing to act more, you will accomplish more:
  • gain more knowledge for yourself and your team
  • gain more trust and respect from your peers
  • you become more reliable and competent in your workplace
  • gain potential for rewards and incentives
  • gain possibility of being selected in something greater
  • you become a true leader that influence

If you are not bold enough to take the leap at the right moment than you might never reach the destination you aimed for. The road toward success may not be easy for everyone. Yours may be full of challenges. That is when you have to take the risk and make a bold decision. You may lose, or you may win, but you will never know if you don’t try.

The more you have followed your fears and acted despite of the discomfort you have felt, the more your life will have expanded.

So don’t wait for the courage to act. Instead: act, and courage will follow.