Monday, September 3, 2018

How successful business started

People mostly admired how certain business is so successful. What they are not aware of is that some of those businesses went through some tough times, really tough times.

However, business is usually started when the co-founders or owners came with some ideas to solve their own problem or someone else problem. Some ideas take times to be recognised and accepted. Only then the business can have some monetary return.

How AIRBNB Started: ideas to rent, got rejected by investors.

How ALIBABA Started: connecting with people

How ANGRY BIRDS Started: made a lot of games but all failed, never give up.

How LINKEDIN Started: professional social network, invite close contacts

How PINTEREST Started: side project, just do it -- without plan, switched ideas

How UBER Started: from file sharing, to car sharing

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Building A Company Brand and Product Brand

Friday, August 17, 2018

Forget pressure, think positive

Create meaningful, purposeful fulfilling lives for yourselves and learn how to use that to make an impact and a positive difference in the lives of others.

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

IT Security - How to Spot a Phishing Email - Part 2

You received an email from someone claiming that your office email is BLACKLISTED and required you to click a button to confirm. Is this for real ?

STOP. Don't click. First, read the lines. Email service provider (the hosting company) do not simply blacklist your email account. That job is done by your email Administrator (usually someone from your IT Department).

Secondly, if you are a normal email user, there is absolutely no reason for your email account to be marked as a problematic account, unless you have been using it to spam other people.

Next, hover your mouse on top of the Confirm button and observe the link. The above example shows a link came from "". Is the URL sounds familiar to you? If NO, then it is obviously a scam, a phishing email trying to lure you their site and probably try to get you to reveal some sensitive information (e.g ID/password, credit number).

No further action should be taken on your part other than to delete the email and report the matter to your IT Department.

Even if your email account is suspended, the email Administrator will contact you directly. So it doesn't make any sense to receive an email from a stranger.

Going further, your IT Department will investigate further to confirm the URL from the email. The image below shows the result. The URL is a dangerous site.

On a side note, it also beneficial to install a Firewall to protect your local network. You may contact us for further details on IT Security.

Related links:

IT Security - How to Spot a Phishing Email - Part 1

Penview Mobile App commercial by Pasti Nyala

We did a short commercial on Penview Mobile App. This mobile app allows you to do a room booking, request stuff and check your member points.

Penview App is available for both Android and iOS.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Signs of a Dysfunction team

Creating a team is easy. Molding them into an effective team can be very challenging. And once you have a dream team, it can be destroyed in an instant. So watch out for signs of a Dysfunction team before it is too late.

1. Absence of trust

Team members are afraid to be vulnerable with each other. They're not willing to admit they may have made a mistake, not delivering or don't have answers.

The fix: Building trust takes time, but leaders should use tools to help the teams learn more about each other and grow their trust. Leaders can demonstrate their own vulnerability as an example to the team.

2. Fear of conflict

Team members hold back from expressing their opinions and are reluctant to engage in healthy debate.

The fix: Remind team members that conflict is healthy and encourage them to focus on the ideas or solutions, not the problem or people. Where possible, allow conflicts to resolve organically and demonstrate the desired behavior.

3. Lack of commitment

Because they are afraid of conflict, team members can be reluctant to buy in to decisions and commit to them.

The fix: Set clear deadlines and expectations. Encourage the team to close off and resolve outstanding issues and make their own commitments to achieving results.

4. Avoiding accountability

People don't take personal responsibility - or hold others accountable - for delivering results and may miss goals and deadlines.

The fix: Make goals and commitments public and ensure clarity around personal responsibilities. Monitor progress consistently and help team members identify and overcome blockers.

5. Inattention to results

Team members are less interested in team results than their own personal agenda, career enhancement, and achievements.

The fix: Ensure that results are shared publicly and attributed to all the team members rather than a few individuals. Reward desired results and reinforce the importance of holistic approach from the team.

Credits: Patrick Lencioni, ArcTree

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Tag Care for women - Jaga Jaga

Here's our pitching video clip called Tag Care 1.0, a Mobile App for women with features for safety rating, online assistance and reach out functions for counseling, reporting of abuse as well as self-education via an online workshop and short courses.

Be Safe. Tag Care.

View our short video clip below:

Berikut adalah klip video kami bernama Tag Care 1.0, App Mudah Alih untuk wanita yang mempunyai ciri-ciri untuk penarafan keselamatan, bantuan dalam talian dan menjangkau fungsi untuk kaunseling, pelaporan penderaan serta pendidikan diri melalui bengkel dalam talian dan kursus pendek.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Ask the right questions

TO thrive in a digital economy, we need to be innovative and creative, and that requires the habit of asking questions, the right one.
Making it a habit isn’t very hard, but sometimes we find ourselves unwilling to ask questions – perhaps because we don’t think it’s necessary (apathy) or we feel we know ‘enough’ (overconfidence), or we don’t want to appear rude, weak, ignorant and unsure (fear) by asking ‘stupid’ questions.
Yet, asking questions is essential in innovation and entrepreneurship because it’s an effective way to find and identify issues that would come to define the nature of our product, service, or overall business.
Moreover, as we become more dependent on technology in our daily lives, it’s always helpful to know how the apps or devices we use function aside from knowing the basics.
For instance, if we’re not sure how to maintain our smartphones, we can find out with questions such as “How do we ensure our phone is always in good condition?” or “Why do some apps consume more power and space?” or “How can we protect our phone from being hacked?” or "How to spot a phishing email?"
Beyond just answers, asking the right questions can bring about other benefits:
A better understanding
Asking a combination of open-ended and detailed questions can lead to answers that clarify your doubts about a process, situation or issue.
The more in depth these answers are, the clearer your understanding becomes, and that can improve your critical thinking, decision-making and problem-solving skills.
A more open mind
Making ‘questioning’ a habit, particularly when talking to people of different cultures and values, can broaden your knowledge, especially as you listen to their points of view without prejudgment.
This is also applicable to your tackling of new topics because it encourages new exploration and insight.
By keeping an open mind, your brain becomes more flexible, thereby enabling you to absorb and access information more easily.
A greater sense of empathy
Gaining new perspectives can also strengthen your empathy, particularly in being aware of the nature of professionals from different fields.
For example, non-IT individuals will be able to identify with IT professionals by considering their work function and process.
This is because, despite their highly technical proficiency, IT professionals need time to produce the likes of apps and software, given that these products don’t develop overnight.
A better lifelong learner
Above all, asking questions and finding answers constantly helps to boost your learning ability, and even enables you to be more aware of yourself.
This is due to your willingness to take the time to learn about a subject in depth, making you an active learner instead of a passive observer.
So, make it a habit to ask the right questions so that you can become a more capable individual.

Monday, March 19, 2018

How to develop a Can Do attitude

A can-do attitude can help you in work, school, at home and social situations. If you look at situations in a positive light, you can open yourself up to new opportunities and challenges.

Develop a sense of motivation by looking at every situation with a sense of enthusiasm. Work on tweaking your lifestyle habits.

1.0 Becoming Self-Motivated

1.1 See fear as a positive.
1.2 Reward yourself for completing tasks.
1.3 Have a sense of urgency about every situation.
1.4 Remember the big picture.
1.5 Learn from failures.
1.6 Develop your sense of self-efficacy.

2.0 Staying Positive

2.1 Embrace the fact you control your attitude.
2.2 Do not think about why you can't do something.
2.3 Avoid negative people.
2.4 Use positive language.
2.5 Challenge irrational thoughts.
2.6 Develop your resilience

3.0 Changing your daily habits

3.1 Express gratitude every day.
3.2 Smile more often.
3.3 Practice meditation or have a quiet time.
3.4 Adopt a healthier lifestyle. Reduce those nicotine and calories intake, move around and be more active.

Can-do Sentiments

Japan Can Do

If one can do,
I can do.
If no one can do,
I must do.

Malaysia Boleh

If one can do,
Let him do.
If no one can do,
What can I do.

Singapore Kiasu/Kiasi

If nobody do,
I better not do.
If everyone do,
I DIE DIE must do.

China Neng

If one can do,
I must copy the best version and do it even better.
If no can do,
I’ll let someone do first, then copy later.

PNSB Pasti

If SAINS can do,
Pasti Nyala can do better.
If no can do,
We pasti do but only if it is important.

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: