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Sunday, November 22, 2009

of wintry storms and homegrown grapes?

Why do you think people were easily taken to believe the rumours of a wintry or snow storm that was going to hit us (malaysia)? and the MET or the local metereological dept had to make a public statement denoucing or refuting such reports?
Thats because alot of things are possible these days. Like the lovely bunches or green grapes hanging out from my little garden at home...hehehe. Cultivating grapes in our climate? Hmmmm never heard of before..on higher grounda or cooler hill climates at our hill resorts perhaps lah...but in the hot humid Klang Valley? naaaaah... So you see? anything is possible these days...
I am at the lounge at KLIA waiting for my flight to Singapore...I hope you guys had a great weekend. Mine was, hmmm tiring. A strategic direction session at Awana then a last minute request to speak to budding young entrepreneurs at selesa hillhomes... Speaking for 3 hours can be real hard work...hehehe for both the body and brain...

Sunday, November 08, 2009

carpe diem?...

British Graduates Association Malaysia held its 22nd Anniversary Gala Dinner 2009 at Berjaya Time Square Kuala Lumpur recently. Of course, not just dinner lah. Its (as usual lor) in aid if BGAM's education fun ...err I mean fund. The dinner was no fun. I was told by my Hull Alumni treasurer its a blacktie function. So, i merrily put on my tux and went until I arrived to discover many were in dark lounge suits ( so was Tun Hanif darl lounge suit). I saw invitation card and i read: formal blacktie or dark lounge suit. Haiyyah..malaysian style maa..sure more people will wear lounge suit.

Thank gawd I wasn't alone like some monkey bar waiter hahaha. The BGAM Committee members, guests of honnour Tengku Razaleigh and Tengku Ahmad Rithaudeen were in ok lar...hehe. Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah gave a short sweet slam in his keynote address. But, hmmm dinner...chinese food? at a british do? I was expecting at worst, warm strawberry butter scones..hehehe or a lambshank to say the least..hehe.

The British High Commissioner was notably absent. He sent a rep instead. Politically incorrect for him to attend, perhaps? hmmm I wonder. Maybe, maybe not. The British Council Director for Malaysia, Mandy Johnson, was spotted. Ok folks, enuf for today...from karam singh walia wannabe...hahahaha...

what do you call a man who has knowledge, skills but no ability? wink3x

Dr R Palan chairman & ceo of SMR group Malaysia refers to me as a 'HR blogger' after he read my blogpost on last year's PSMB (Pembangunan Sumber Manusia Berhad) annual conference at Genting. Hahaha. No, I am not a HR blogger specific as such. Honestly I don't know which category I belong to. I am not a political or social science blogger (like RPK as such hahaha). I like to think I am just someone making candid remarks or observations in an eclectic manner, and just because HR or human capital development seems to be closer to my heart than the more brutal strategic management, doesn't make me a HR Blogger, Dr Palan! I don't even have a following, perhaps maybe just one or two casual or accidental visitors ahaks! (wink)

I was invited to moderate the first session/paper at a Competency Summit 2009 at holiday inn Malacca on Oct 27 recently bt Dr Palan's group. The session was led by a lady corporate HR vice president of a GLC. The topic was about competency management: the right time, right place something like that, which in my opening remark as chairman/moderateur, said, that it reminded me of my chartered institute of marketing days more than 3 decades ago and that today, as I often quip, we try to embed rocket science into practically all of the management functions, we even call it management science. So the notion and debate as to whether management is a science or art continues... dot dot dot.

I was however, successful in restraining myself from making inappropriate or politically incorrect jokes that morning (wink) like: if a man has knowledge, skills and ability...we call him 'competent' rite? Now, if a man has knowledge and skills...but no abilities...what would we call him then? hahahaha...give a good guess and pat yourselves on tthe back. Enjoy the rest of the weakend folks..Hahahaha...