Extraordinary bosses

30 04 2012

While reading through my twitter feeds, I came across Reeda’s post titled ‘Is your boss extraordinary? It’s an article written by Geoffrey James on Inc magazine. I’d like to share the original article on here.

8 Core Beliefs of Extraordinary Bosses

by Geoffrey James

The best managers have a fundamentally different understanding of workplace, company, and team dynamics. See what they get right.

A few years back, I interviewed some of the most successful CEOs in the world in order to discover their management secrets. I learned that the “best of the best” tend to share the following eight core beliefs.

1. Business is an ecosystem, not a battlefield.

Average bosses see business as a conflict between companies, departments and groups. They build huge armies of “troops” to order about, demonize competitors as “enemies,” and treat customers as “territory” to be conquered.

Extraordinary bosses see business as a symbiosis where the most diverse firm is most likely to survive and thrive. They naturally create teams that adapt easily to new markets and can quickly form partnerships with other companies, customers … and even competitors.

2. A company is a community, not a machine.

Average bosses consider their company to be a machine with employees as cogs. They create rigid structures with rigid rules and then try to maintain control by “pulling levers” and “steering the ship.”

Extraordinary bosses see their company as a collection of individual hopes and dreams, all connected to a higher purpose. They inspire employees to dedicate themselves to the success of their peers and therefore to the community–and company–at large.

3. Management is service, not control.

Average bosses want employees to do exactly what they’re told. They’re hyper-aware of anything that smacks of insubordination and create environments where individual initiative is squelched by the “wait and see what the boss says” mentality.

Extraordinary bosses set a general direction and then commit themselves to obtaining the resources that their employees need to get the job done. They push decision making downward, allowing teams form their own rules and intervening only in emergencies.

4. My employees are my peers, not my children.

Average bosses see employees as inferior, immature beings who simply can’t be trusted if not overseen by a patriarchal management. Employees take their cues from this attitude, expend energy on looking busy and covering their behinds.

Extraordinary bosses treat every employee as if he or she were the most important person in the firm. Excellence is expected everywhere, from the loading dock to the boardroom. As a result, employees at all levels take charge of their own destinies.

5. Motivation comes from vision, not from fear.

Average bosses see fear–of getting fired, of ridicule, of loss of privilege–as a crucial way to motivate people. As a result, employees and managers alike become paralyzed and unable to make risky decisions.

Extraordinary bosses inspire people to see a better future and how they’ll be a part of it. As a result, employees work harder because they believe in the organization’s goals, truly enjoy what they’re doing and (of course) know they’ll share in the rewards.

6. Change equals growth, not pain.

Average bosses see change as both complicated and threatening, something to be endured only when a firm is in desperate shape. They subconsciously torpedo change … until it’s too late.

Extraordinary bosses see change as an inevitable part of life. While they don’t value change for its own sake, they know that success is only possible if employees and organization embrace new ideas and new ways of doing business.

7. Technology offers empowerment, not automation.

Average bosses adhere to the old IT-centric view that technology is primarily a way to strengthen management control and increase predictability. They install centralized computer systems that dehumanize and antagonize employees.

Extraordinary bosses see technology as a way to free human beings to be creative and to build better relationships. They adapt their back-office systems to the tools, like smartphones and tablets, that people actually want to use.

8. Work should be fun, not mere toil.

Average bosses buy into the notion that work is, at best, a necessary evil. They fully expect employees to resent having to work, and therefore tend to subconsciously define themselves as oppressors and their employees as victims. Everyone then behaves accordingly.

Extraordinary bosses see work as something that should be inherently enjoyable–and believe therefore that the most important job of manager is, as far as possible, to put people in jobs that can and will make them truly happy.

And it’s such a coincidence reading today’s (30/4/2012) Dilbert cartoon strip on leadership books. Such denial 🙂


What are your priorities

28 10 2010

Ever wonder what would happen if we treated our Quran like we treat our cell phone?

What if we carried it around wherever we went?

What if we flipped through it several time a day?

What if we turned back to go get it if we forgot it?

What if we used it to receive messages from the text?

What if we treated it like we couldn’t live without it?

What if we gave it to Kids as gifts?

What if we used it when we travelled?

What if we used it in case of emergency?

This is something to make you go….hmm…where is my Quran?

Oh, and one more thing.

Unlike our cell phone, we don’t have to worry about our Quran being
Disconnected because Allah already paid the bill.

Makes you stop and think ‘where are my priorities? And no dropped calls!

Human Perception

14 10 2010

Taking a break from my previous posts trends, i.e. cinematography, filming, videos, photography, lets change the topic for today. I received an email from a collegue of mine which made me stop and think about how we perceive things in life. Take a few moment from our busy lives, read the story and reflect on our own life.


In Washington DC, at a Metro Station, on a cold January morning in 2007, this man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, approximately 2,000 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work. After about 3 minutes, a middle-aged man noticed that there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds, and then he hurried on to meet his schedule.

About 4 minutes later:

The violinist received his first dollar. A woman threw money in the hat and, without stopping, continued to walk.

At 6 minutes:

A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again.

At 10 minutes:

A 3-year old boy stopped, but his mother tugged him along hurriedly. The kid stopped to look at the violinist again, but the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk, turning his head the whole time. This action was repeated by several other children, but every parent – without exception – forced their children to move on quickly.

At 45 minutes:

The musician played continuously. Only 6 people stopped and listened for a short while. About 20 gave money but continued to walk at their normal pace. The man collected a total of $32.

After 1 hour:

He finished playing and silence took over. No one noticed and no one applauded. There was no recognition at all.

No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the greatest musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a Stradivarius violin worth $3.5 million dollars. Two days before, Joshua Bell sold-out a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100 each to sit and listen to him play the same music.

This is a true story. Joshua Bell, playing incognito in the DC Metro Station, was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and people’s priorities.

This experiment raised several questions:

*In a common-place environment, at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty?

*If so, do we stop to appreciate it?

*Do we recognise talent in an unexpected context?

One possible conclusion reached from this experiment could be this:

If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made . . .

How many other things are we missing as we rush through life?

Cherish everything and everyone around us, for there are so many beautiful creatures created by Allah S.W.T.


1 07 2008

Picture taken at a restaurant in Serusop.

^Man… I sure don’t know how to pose!! hahaha

Zaty, I know you’re gona read this.. I’d like to say, I’m sorry for all the mistakes I’ve done all this time. I know I’ve made the same mistakes again and again. And I might have over-used the word “Sorry”… but please accept my appologies.

I know I’m not good at expressing myself, but I’d like to take this opportunity to try and express myself just for you! I love you! That’s for damn sure! Thank you for being there for me all the time… during my happy days, sad days, my first interview, when I got my first job, my first bike, my birthday, during my crazy stunting days, during my injuries during rollerblading and stunting… during me pengsan kesakitan.. you were always there for me! I really really appreciate that! I might not be able to show it to you, but believe in me… I really really LOVE YOU!!!

Things may not be the same as before… but I’ll make my every effort to make you feel loved, cherised, appreciated. For you, I will! I love you Zati Zakirah!

Here in KL

19 06 2008

Hey people, I’m in KL right now, and I’m both chatting with Zaty on MSN and talking to her on Skype! It’s our first time using skype, so abit sakai lah.. hehehe

I’ve got nothing much to blog about. I’ve bought a new spot light set that gona be used main for skating.. and maybe doing some video shooting… other than that, I haven’t bought anything else… I’m eyeing on a few stuff but we’ll see tomorrow.

I went skating last night at Shah Alam skatepark. I meet up with Sukeats, Hooi, Eugene and Tim. It was ok lah, but I fell down and have this cut on my shin! SAAKKIIIITTTTTTTT. OTW balik to the hotel, me and sukeats were talking mostly about skating lah.. which was good… hehe

What else, the course that im attending is ok lah… the visual presentation was poor, because it was too plain. the speaker pun, so so lah… the content is interesting, its just the presentation is abit lacking…

Hmm… oh yea, i’ve got this new idea to start in Brunei..better not say it here.. InsyaAllah it’ll be a success. amin

Role model?

9 06 2008

“People look up to you”… That’s what my collegue said to me. Surprise? You bet I am! But yet, still “someone” said to other people and even to the senior management that I don’t do any work… oh well, whatever makes “you” happy “someone”… not gone be down by “YOU” hahahahaha

What I am trying to say here? Well, nothing specific. Just wana share my experience. No matter where you are, what you do, either schooling, playing games, hobbies, working…. there will always be “SOMEONE”, your own “FRIEND”, who will talk bad about you, backstabbing you so hard that they wana make you fall down sooooo hard!! haha

But at the end of the day, they’ll and the people that they talk to, will eventually realise that what “THEY” say about you is not true! As long as you stay true to yourself, you’ll prove to them (not that you need to prove anything) that “THEY” are wrong!

And whether you realise it or not, you’ve probably become someone else’s “role model”… You don’t have to work hard and talk sh*t about others to get other people and management’s attention… “YOU” wana prove that you’re better than other people, by what, saying other people are BAD? That’s a “good” example you just displayed! hahahaha so sad lah “YOU”

My advise to “YOU”, GET A LIFE!! hahahaha don’t be too busy about other people! Get to know yourself better. Judge yourself first before judging others. Respect other people the same way you want people to respect you. Don’t talk sh*t about other people. If you’ve got a problem with someone, confront them. Be professional and GROW UP!!! hahaha

Oh well, life goes on…. anyways, have a good week ahead. be happy and be positive.

A quote that I’d like to use, taken from Mr Arab Family, “Give more, expect less” Good day people.


28 05 2008

First it was a the guitar hero for me, NOW, its ROCKBAND! I bought the RockBand Special Edition Set which consists of a drum set, a guitar, a mic and a ps3 dvd rockband game. Well, I don’t have a ps3 (yet!), I only have ps2 BUT it is still compatible as long as you have the rockband for ps2. Bought it earlier today during lunchtime.

This is not good for me… I mean, I’m enjoying the game definitely but this will lead to more sleepless nights hahahhaha oh well, what to do… addiction is hard to control hehehe

I’m soo looking forward for this long weekend this weekend! I can play both guitar hero and rockband all day and night!! and then, there’ll be a skate competition this SUNDAY! This should be 1 fun weekend!! hehe

I guess that’s it for now!

^Rockband Special edition set

^Me with my drum set and 3 guitars!