Tuesday, March 6, 2018

12 Tips on staying Inspired

"People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing, that's why we recommend it daily.", said Zig Ziglar and it`s very true… this is why it`s very important to keep a list of daily rituals you should do to keep the enthusiasm and inspiration up!

Below is a simple list of tips that can help you take your level of business or life success to the next level! It`s always a good idea to take notes or journal any thoughts that might come to your mind when reading them.

Stay Healthy

1. Drink a glass of water. When you wake up in the morning, drink a glass of water to start the day fresh.

2. Move and sweat. Daily exercise boosts your energy level, improves your mood and relieves stress.

3. Get some sleep. When you get enough rest, you have more energy to do the things that you need to do.

Plan your day

4. Top 3 tasks. Every morning, make a list of the 3 tasks you want to accomplish that day.

5. The 50/10 rule. Work on one important task for 50 minutes and then take a 10 minutes break to refocus.

6. Reflect daily. End your day with 10 minutes of reflection and self-evaluation.

Keep learning

7. Reading. Reading increases knowledge, which in turn keeps you inspired.

8. Browsing. Watching tutorials and conducting research increases your capabilities.

9 Brainstorm. Brainstorming can be a creative gold mine.

Focus on what makes you happy

10. Express gratitude. Thank about 10 things you are grateful for every morning - gratitude promotes happiness.

11. Clean your desk. A tidy desk gives you energy and inspiration and lets you focus on the work you need to get done. <- special reminder to RWS.

12. Indulge in your favourite things. Set time aside to relax, unwind and enjoy your favourite things like playing with your pet, movies or going for a bike ride. Ok, who wants to go for a beer pong?

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Your job is to help your organization succeed

One of the great frustrations of being a middle manager is that senior leaders make decisions that go against what you would have done had it been up to you. Sometimes you are part of the decision process, and other times the decision is simply handed down. Either way, you are now responsible for ensuring that the plan is carried out.

A natural reaction in this situation is to begrudgingly go along with the chosen course of action. You might even be tempted to communicate to your peers and supervisees that you’re not convinced this is the right way to go.

Resist that temptation. Your job is to help your organization succeed. You won’t be fulfilling that role if you — intentionally or unintentionally —  undermine the decision. Instead, start by asking yourself whether you trust the organization you work for.  If — deep down — you don’t feel that senior management makes good decisions, it’s probably time to start looking for another job.

But if you do trust the organization, then begin by convincing yourself that the decision is actually a good one. This is what I did early in my academic career when I received peer review comments on a paper I’d submitted for publication. Without fail, there would be at least one reviewer who hated the paper. They did not get the point of my argument or they had reservations about the studies I had done.

When this first started happening, I hated those reviewers and assumed they hadn’t read my paper carefully. Eventually, though, after I served as a reviewer on enough papers to realize that the authors whose papers I was reviewing probably wanted to dismiss my comments as well, I began to trust that the reviewers had valid points. Perhaps those points reflected my own bad writing, or (perish the thought), perhaps my experiments were not as brilliant as I thought they were. Ultimately, trusting that they had valid points made my papers better.

To convince yourself of the decision, put yourself in the shoes of someone who believes deeply in the decision that was made. Ask yourself why someone would make this choice. Look for factors you may not have considered before that would make this option a good one. While you’re at it, also be explicit about all of your objections. Those will be useful as well.

Once you’ve wrapped your head around why this decision was reasonable, you’re ready to start working with your team to carry out the new plan.
This approach helps you – and your team – in two ways.

First, how much effort your team puts into making a plan succeed depends in large part on how much they believe in it. If you communicate a new course of action halfheartedly, you’ll get less than peak effort because people will sense that you’re not enthralled with the job to be done.

Also, even the best plans run into some difficulties for a variety of reasons: the plan might be failing, more effort might be required, or the team needs to innovate to find the right way to implement it. How the people you work with interpret inevitable problems and what’s required to remedy the situation depends on their commitment to the plan. If, spurred by your trepidation, they’re already looking for reasons why the option will fail, they are much less likely to be motivated by difficulties they face than if they believe deeply that the plan will succeed. Communicating a plan with confidence can help create a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Second, the reservations you have about the decision can strengthen the plans you develop with your team. That list of objections you made when convincing yourself the plan is a good one comes in handy here: it reflects your beliefs about the potential obstacles to success. You are already aware of some of the reasons why the plan could fail. Use this list of obstacles to develop contingencies to handle what you think can go wrong. Research suggests that the better prepared you are for problems before they happen, the better able you’ll be to handle them when they arise.

Finally, teach this method of dealing with disappointing decisions to the people who work for you. When you move up in the organization, you are likely to make decisions that fly in the face of what some of the people believe is right. You want them to treat your choices with enough respect to give them the best chance to succeed.

~ by Art Markman. Source: hbr.org

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Sarawak Pay an e-wallet Sarawak Digital Economy

KUCHING: Sarawakians will soon be able to go cashless when they pay for their utility bills as Sarawak Pay is expected to be rolled out this month (November).
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg is optimistic that the state’s digital payment system will be initiated from November onwards, making it convenient for citizens to settle transactions with the government.
“Going cashless or having an ‘e-wallet’ is the ‘in-thing’ for us to settle our transaction. God willing by next month (November), I will roll out the Sarawak Pay which also serves as an ‘e-wallet’,” he said at the grand launch of Saradise Kuching here on Monday night.
He pointed out that Sarawak Pay will serve as a channel for Kuching citizens to pay for their bills through their smartphones.
“If you want to pay your electricity bill or water bill, you can now just use your smartphone and pay them through our Sarawak Pay, which has already been approved by Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM),” he said.
He also revealed plans to link Sarawak Pay with AliPay, the mobile payment system by Chinese internet titan Alibaba.
“If we can link Sarawak Pay with AliPay one day, then the people can start trading with Chinese merchants,” he said.
Having just returned from Estonia, he expressed his wish for Sarawak to be known as ‘s-Sarawak’ one day much like how Estonia has its go-to tag ‘e-Estonia’ to describe the Northern European country’s successful love affair with all things networked and digitised.
“I have a dream that Sarawak will one day be known as ‘s-Sarawak’ where the S stands for smart.
“However, in order for Sarawak to be smart, we must have the basic infrastructure that will transform the state into a smart Sarawak with digital connectivity,” he remarked.
He also aspired to see Kuching transform into a city which integrates the old and the new together.
“Kuching is still not that big and we still have land for us to plan properly. We can have the old Kuching, which is the centre of heritage in one part of the city whereas the new Kuching will be a smart and modern part of the city.”
Abang Johari thus commended property developer Saradise Sdn Bhd (Saradise) for developing Saradise Kuching, an integrated lifestyle township which also incorporates an innovation space to support the state’s digital economy transformation.
“Saradise has designed something for everyone and incorporated smart technology into Saradise Kuching as well. I believe this township will become a smart township and transform this part of the city into a smart and modern Kuching,” he said.
Also present during the launch were Deputy Chief Ministers Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas and Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing, Saradise Group chief executive officer Dato Chris Chung Soon Nam, Saradise director Datu Michael Ting and chief operating officer Dylan Yee Kar Sien.
Source: Borneo Post

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

IT Security - How to Spot a Phishing Email

Phishing a type of online scam used by fraudsters to access valuable online personal information, e.g. usernames and passwords. These can be of huge monetary value to criminals. 

Phishing can take the form of emails containing website links or malicious attachments. Cybercriminals send bogus emails, instant messages, text messages – even letters – to lure their victims in. These communications can often, at first glance, appear to be authentic communications from legitimate organisations. Links embedded within an email can take you to a spoof website where your login details may be requested, stored, and ultimately misused. You also run the risk of your computer or smartphone being infected by viruses.

Once these cybercriminals have access to your personal details, they use this information to commit fraudulent activity such as bank fraud and identity theft.

Spear phishing

Spear phishing takes a more sophisticated approach. It aims to win the trust of a victim through personalized messages which appear to come from a trusted source with the aim of eliciting sensitive information to derive some form of financial gain.

As with email communications used in regular phishing expeditions, spear phishing messages are designed to look like they come from a trusted source, such as a trusted website (classic examples being eBay or Paypal). In the case of spear-phishing, however, the fraudster is likely to be someone known to the recipient, or their company.

How to spot a phising email

What can you do to protect yourself from a phishing scam?

There are a number of steps we recommend you adopt to protect yourself from this ever-growing form of cybercrime:

  • Be proactive. Where personal information is requested by email/phone, never give it. Where telephone numbers/links are provided in these communications, don’t use them. Contact the organisation through their official website (look out for the “https” prefix, indicating it is secure), or listed telephone number to verify the communication is legitimate.
  • Ensure your anti-virus software is up-to-date and enable your spam filter. If you are suspicious of an email, mark it as spam and delete it. This prevents future messages reaching your inbox.
  • Beware of unknown sources. Don’t click on links featured in emails sent to you by a source you don’t know (and even if they’re purported to be from one that you do, be on your guard).
  • Remember that your bank will never contact you via email asking for sensitive information such as passwords.

Recommended reading:
IT Security - Email Security Awareness

Monday, October 23, 2017

IT Security - Email Security Awareness

A colleague requested that we should have some form of IT security awareness program. So to kick start it, the first article of this topic will centered around Email Security.

Security Awareness

Security awareness is nothing but a knowledge of potential threats. Its an advantage of knowing what type of threats / security issues and number of incidents, our organization may face in day-to-day operation. It's not possible to ensure 100% security through technology, unless staffs are provided with adequate information security awareness. Personal responsibility are the key of success of any information security program.

Why Information Security

Information is a valuable asset for all kinds of business. More and more information related crimes happen. Information leakage, damage will impact business. With regards to online information, the Internet allows an attacker to attack from anywhere. Malicious code from an email, a web page or a file in USB, can infect the entire organization. A breach is often the result of a simple mistake (or lack of awareness).

Rules to Stay Safe Online

  • Rule #1. Stop, Look, Think!. Use that delete key.
  • Rule #2. Do I spot a Red Flag? Verify suspicious email with the sender via a different medium (e.g personal call, messaging).
  • Rule #3. When in doubt, throw it out.

End User Email Security Best Practices 

There are also some important best practices that end users should follow to ensure secure email usage. Arming your employees with the know-how to avoid risky behaviors can make a substantial impact on your company’s ability to reduce risks associated with email. Email security best practices for end users/employees include:

  • Never open attachments or click on links in email messages from unknown senders.
  • Change passwords often and use best practices for creating strong passwords.
  • Never share passwords with anyone, including co-workers.
  • Try to send as little sensitive information as possible via email, and send sensitive information only to recipients who require it.
  • Use spam filters and anti-virus software. We know that you're busy but if a technician from Pasti Nyala came over to perform routine maintenance, do allow them to do their job.
  • If you received some suspicious emails from your co-worker, do verify with them. This will alert they of possible breach of their email account. 
  • When working remotely or on a personal device, use VPN software to access corporate email.
  • Avoid accessing company email from public wi-fi connections.


Countermeasures can take the form of software, hardware and modes of behavior. Behavioral countermeasures include:

  • frequent deletion of stored cookies and temporary files from Web browsers
  • regular scanning for viruses and other malware
  • regular installation of updates and patches for operating systems. Let Pasti Nyala technician handle this for you.
  • refusing to click on links that appear within e-mail messages
  • refraining from opening e-mail messages and attachments from unknown senders
  • staying away from questionable Web sites
  • regularly backing up data on external media.

Email Jargons

Spam email or Junk email is a form of commercial advertising which is economically viable because email is a very cost-effective medium for the sender. If just a fraction of the recipients of a spam message purchase the advertised product, the spammers are making money and the spam problem is perpetuated.

Phishing is when a scammer uses fraudulent emails or texts, or copycat websites to get you to share valuable personal information – such as bank account numbers, credit card numbers, or your login IDs and passwords. Scammers use your information to steal your money or your identity or both.

Scammers also use phishing emails to get access to your computer or network then they install programs like ransomware that can lock you out of important files on your computer.

Phishing scammers lure their targets into a false sense of security by spoofing the familiar, trusted logos of established, legitimate companies. Or they pretend to be a friend or family member.

GMAIL - Last Account Activity

If you are a user of GMAIL, open your mail box and scroll to the bottom of your mail box. On the right side, there is an information on your Last Account Activity. Click Details to show your historical access to your mail box. Perform this task occasional and report an incident if you noticed something abnormal about your activities, as someone else might be trying to hijack your email account.

Lastly, do report any abnormality or incident to our IT Support or email direct to RWS so we can investigate and perform corrective measure.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

10 Things that require ZERO talent

In most companies, staffs required some form of talent, usually technical talent to accomplish a task. Soft skill talents are also required to resolve certain issue for example, dealing with demanding customers, resolving complaints and so on.

However, no talent is required for staffs to comply or perform their duty as expected by the company or work policies. Below is a list of 10 things that required ZERO talent.

1. Being on time - being on time arriving at the office. being on time completing the assignment. don't give excuses of traffic jam. Wake up earlier or go to work earlier. Sleep early. Avoid mid-night lepaking. For timely assignment, don't delay.

2. Work Ethic - focus on your task and commit to complete it.

3. Effort - deliver a task with quality in mind. Sub-standard work equals partial effort.

4. Body Language - if you're genuine and honest, your body language won't lie.

5. Energy - stop wasting your energy on non-productive tasks, like mobile games, social networking, gossiping, surfing, etc.

6. Attitude - don't just promise that you are going to complete the assignment. Get it done.

7. Passion - been keen to learn and understand the business or operation. 

8. Being Coachable - be open to new ideas and better way of doing things. Keep note of important tips and how-to guides.

9. Doing Extra - whenever possible, volunteer to do extra.

10. Being Prepared - plan your work. Create and update your to-do list.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Effective Habits that will help you to be become more successful

Success can mean different things to different people but one common thing is that Success starts with you. Everything you do today is a result of your personality, your motivations, and your habits.

So it follows that, if you adopt a certain set of habits in life, you can make yourself be successful. Getting into the right mind-frame and having the right attitude will help you get there.

1. PLAN while others are playing.

2. SMILE while others are frowning.

3. BEGIN while others are procrastinating.

4. COMMEND while others are criticizing.

5. SAVE while others are wasting.

6. STUDY while others are sleeping.

7. DECIDE while others are delaying.

8. LISTEN while others are talking.

9. PREPARE while others are daydreaming.

10. WORK while others are wishing.