Food for thought

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Is there always room for improvements?

In a dynamic organization where things are always changing, the changes may not always be for the better. However, without changes, the organization will stagnant and once people become too comfortable, it would be very hard to improve.

One of the challenges in making improvements is to change the mindset of the people that have been in the organization for too long and has become too resistant to changes. These experienced people will tend to think that they are always right and any new changes is wrong. In order to change their mindset, it is often very important to constantly engage them by filling their mind with a picture of the better future due to the changes. Only when they accepted the change, can the change take place.

Anything in the world can be further improved provided there's a change in the environment or mindset of any people. Even when you think that the best solution is already implemented, there could be a better one several years later. It is this constant thirst, or greed for better things that fuel the introduction of so many inventions into the market. Every 5 to 10 years, there would at least be a new invention that was never thought to be possible now. Every 10 to 20 years there would be new discovery of animal species. Even nature is evolving constantly.

Thus, the same applies in the office. I believe that everything can be improved. It is just a matter of prioritising which improvements would bring about the most efficient way of using limited resources. The way this limited resources is used is also what seperates the best from the rest. The person that can makes the best use of the limited resources available to him earns him the best reward available.

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What happen at my funeral?

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Not everybody likes to talk about death and dying. However, try answering this question and you can find your direction in life. I forgotten where i read this from but this concept was re-introduce when i went for a leadership course. Thus, i think this approach should be correct.

If i can see my own funeral, i would want to hear people say "This man changed my life. Because of him, i manage to live a better life", "Eng hwa is a very good commander, he's able to improve the working condition of every men under him.", "Eng hwa is a very knowledgeable person, he knows his stuff at his finger tips.", "Eng hwa is a dependable and efficient person, you can count on him to accomplish any tasks.", "The system he left behind is still running very well.", "Eng hwa is a good communicator, his speeches are strong and forceful and i still remember he said ".

From these, i manage to find out that i aspire to be a good leader, a people's commander, a systematic person and a good communicator. In order to achieve all these, i need to define a list of deliverable as well as approach to take.

In order to be a good leader, i have to read up on more books on leadership, i have read the "21 irrefutable laws of leadership" by John Maxwell and i think it's time to read it again for a deeper understanding. After that, i'll need to find other books to read so that i can improve myself further. Of course, i'll have to apply what i read and get feedback from my men in order to become a great leader.

My aspiration to be a people's commander, really came about because of the book "Whale Done" which is introduced by my mentor. The book uses an analogy about training a Killer Whale to illustrate reinforcing positive behavior and redirecting negative energy. We are constantly picking up all the bad signals from people and scolding them for their mistakes. (Imagine yourself punishing the killer whale; you'll most probably get eaten alive) However, the book teaches the approach of praising for good behaviour and praising the small improvements made. This way, people will work because they want to instead of working because they have to. This is quite a simple concept that i believe in but it's really takes effort to achieve success.

About being a systematic person, my engineering background has enable me to be very systematic. The systemic way is usually the approach i use for many tasks. I want to create a system in my work place now so that even if i leave the place, the system still goes on and the improvements i made will remain.

The last part about being a good communicator, i believe the best approach is to practise and practise and practise even harder. That's why i will join the Toastmaster Club. Membership will allows me to improve my communication skills as through the membership, other members can critic me and help me improve.

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Da Da's Birthday

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10 Aug 07, My girlfriend's birthday. I brought her to "The Altivo Bar" for dinner. It's a really nice place with nice view of Sentosa, Vivocity and all the dazzling lights coming from the many ships that beth at Singapore. This is also the first time we went on a Cable Car ride. It really feels good to be up in the sky with nobody else except me and her. The cooling wind with the soothing sound it mades as it enters the cabin is really calming and relaxing. How i wish the ride would go on forever. Maybe next time i'll try the sky dining.

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The Altivo Bar
109 Mount Faber Road
Singapore 099201
Tel: 6377 9688

Opening Hours: 9:00 am - 3:00 am (Wednesday,Thursday, Friday and Saturday)

Opening Hours: 9.00 am - 12.00 am Midnight (Sunday,Opening Hours: Monday and Tuesday)

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The food is quite nice and there's live band from 8.00pm till 9.00pm. However, the service is slightly slow and it required prompting before the water is refilled. (Maybe it too romantic [dark] for the waiter/waitress to see that my glass is empty) The presentation of the food is very nice and you almost couldn't bare to destory the beautiful creation set before you.

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There's also a koi pond where there are plenty of kois. All of them are so big and i believe they must be having a good time living in a pond beside a Bar. All they have to do is just swim around, look beautiful and all the food will come.

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New phase of life

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After graduating from NTU, i started a new phase of life. A working life full of challenges and excitment. Time really flies. Looking back at the 4 years of undergrad life was like looking at a 2hr movie. A really interesting movie that you will want to watch over and over again.

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