Monday, 31 December 2012

The Bright Side Of Life


It is the last day of the year and soon it will be 2013. Comes end of the year it has always been a common scenario for an employee like me for instance where we would tend to appraise other people's performance and as well as to be evaluated by some higher rank person in the employment hierarchy.
Once done with the appraisal process, the person will be seen either as an excellent contributor or for the worst to be one of the unproductive of them all. For one on the high side then, he or she might be rewarded such as promotion, salary adjustment, etc. for all the hard work done. But being on the other end or rated as the "not up to expectation", he or she might be dealt in a different manner.

Throughout my years as a human resource practitioner, I got to see and learned that it is a common act where the evaluator would tend to stress and focus very much on the weak side of the person who is being evaluated instead of the guy's strong side. In a normal scenario, the evaluator would then lecture the poor guy on what he should improve or what he or she should be and this is very demotivating I guess.

In my opinion, no matter if we act as a person who evaluates or be evaluated, have we ever asked ourselves questions such as to how far have we manipulated our strengths or the other person's positive aspects or did we stretched our or his or her strengths to a certain extend? What I am trying to emphasize is that couldn't we look on the bright side and further develop it and make it stronger?
To tell you the truth, back then, I did the same approach and I guess it just did not work well either for me or my subordinates when much was very much focused on the weak side rather than on the bright side and to add salt to the wound neither me nor my subordinates performed. Leading to that, I changed my approach, my principles, my techniques and... Presto!!! Everybody became better!

As for the case and a note to my partner in crime : To make my life brighter, I am in love with that Marshall MG Series MG30CFX 30W 1x10 Guitar Combo Amp Carbon Fiber as to replace the soon to be handed Marshall 10 Amp to its new owner. So, my dearest... knowing that you have got your bonus paid out, work something out ya... :-)
See ya and Happy New Year 2013...


Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Life Of Pi = 3.14159265358979323846...........


As both of my kids are away with their grandparents for the next couple of weeks, last night my partner in crime and I we took the chance to watch the "Life Of Pi" (Pie as we pronounce it or simply that mathematics symbol π).
...the movie poster.
The movie directed by Ang Lee (He directed that award winning Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon movie) was actually adapted from a novel authored by Yann Martel published in 2001. The movie is about Piscine Molitor "Pi" Patel, an Indian boy from Pondicherry, explores issues of spirituality and practicality from an early age. Together with his family and as well as some of the animals from their zoo, they were on the journey of migration to Canada. Unfortunately, the ship they embarked capsized and wrecked while he alone (His family members died of course) stranded on a boat in the Pacific Ocean with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. Just imagine.... a human being and a tiger in a boat in the middle of nowhere. Scarykan??? But...he survived throughout the 227-day journey and learned the meaning of life and belief. The rest of the story...go figure it out yourself. It is a decent movie to watch by the way. :-)
After the movie, I was at silence all the way to my home. While driving I said to myself, "Damn! The movie really struck me!". It made me think of the journey in my life I had passed so far. My thought said it was all about survival, turning something from nothing, non living things to living things, everything to everybody and so on and so forth and at times it turned to be to not worth a thing. There were also moments when it turned to be from nothing to a non existence. :-) Get what I mean? Ha..ha..ha.. Along the journey, I wonder where will my stopovers be and utmost of all where, when and how will I end it.

All in all, the equation of life is the entirety of what I believe in, my determination, courage, wisdom, etc. as I conclude it and I guess the equation must be of the right combination of elements as to live life to the fullest and of course to be a good person at the end of the day.
...this is a Malayan Tiger - a tribute to the Malaysia Football Team as they will be playing against Thailand this Sunday in the AFF Suzuki Cup 2012 semi-final clash. May they ROARRRRR and not MEOWWww in the game.
As for the case, I wonder if I could really survive with a ferocious tiger on board of a boat in the middle of the sea or what about a hungry t-rex dinosaur or a humongous poisonous snake or a blood thirsty vampire or a starving man eating cannibal or a nice, pleasant and good looking guy from a place they called country within the Arab region who will always be in hunger of the Palestinians blood. :-)

See ya...