Monthly Archives: March 2012

Motivation | Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits

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I wonder if  some of you  still remember the 7 habits from Stephen Covey ? What about this 7 Habits from our local Ah Beng that was quite popular a few years ago ? I have a picture frame up at my home which i took the photo from , though you can still find them at the internet . Here is the text version .


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Stephen Covey is a great motivational speaker and i really enjoyed reading his book . I remember i bought his book way back in 1990s and the most difficult part about the 7 habits is habit # 6 which i was trying to grasp then and still is , a challenge . Imagine  trying to understand someone , maybe a foreigner , say Guna from India . One may not be able to fully comprehend the amount of hardship and suffering Guna has gone through when he was in India , not to mention his culture , his own personal experiences that one try to understand . Every time i try to put on the pair of glasses (hopefully Guna’s glasses) , the world i see through the glasses seems to be my glasses  , not Guna’s , though i tried very hard to see using Guna’s glasses  .  So , culture , personal experience and environment that one is not fully exposed to , may pose real challenges to habit # 6 . Its like knowing or understanding may not be enough . It cannot replace the experiences the person has undergone .


Procrastination | Do it , do it now

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This is procrastination …..

One day , a Manager of a petrol kiosk put up a small billboard which says

“Free water today …..

Free petrol tomorrow”

Paul , the driver saw the ad and drove in .. Hmm , interesting . You mean I get free water today if I fill up my tank ?

Yes sir ,  the pump attendant replied . That’s what it says …. “Free water , Today !!”

Paul came back the next day . The advertisement was still there …It still says ,

“Free water today …..

Free petrol tomorrow”

Paul went to see the pump attendant he met the day before  to check .

Yes sir ,  the pump attendant replied . That’s what it says …. “Free water , Today !!”

Folks , now you know what is procrastination when you see one . You see there is only ONE today but MANY tomorrows . So if you wait , you may wait forever .


Procrastination | A true story …

Let me relate a true story which happened to me ONE day , just to demonstrate procrastination .

I used to run a factory and one day 1 of my 4 equipment broke down . As we have stocked up 2 days of buffered inventory , this temporary break down of the equipment was not crucial until of course we depleted the “buffered” inventory . For this piece of equipment , I depended on just ONE of my engineer , Denny , who has the sufficient knowledge to have it fixed .

On the day the equipment went down , I spoke to Denny (who was busy on other matter)  to get the equipment fixed . As Denny was not comfortable with having to discontinue whatever he was doing at that moment , he assured me that he will look into the equipment the next day , after all we still have adequate inventory

On the second day , Denny took a quick look at the equipment and his assessment is that it will take him 2 hours to have the equipment fixed but he has yet to finished what he was doing the day before . Denny told everyone that he does not want to fix the equipment now but will do so , the  first thing morning the next day .

I told him that by then , there is no buffer left and equipment needs to be fixed so that production can resume as per normal  .

Denny said “No problem” . I will do it first thing morning .

The next morning , sure enough we have depleted our buffered stock and the equipment needs to be up and running in no time .

Then my phone rang , and Denny was on the other line

Denny said ” I am very sick today and unable to go to work”

Well at the most critical time , where we needed Denny most , Denny could not make it to work !!! We now have NO one in the factory that can fix the machine and we have ZERO inventory . All our buffers is gone and production will stop very soon if the equipment is not up and running .

Procrastination | In Summary

So if we can do it , do it now . Don’t wait . Sometimes tomorrow never comes

The same thing goes to your loved ones . If you need to say “I love you” , say it now because you will never know , you may miss the chance to say anymore !!!

So next time , ask yourself again . Why delay it when you can do it now !! That’s procrastination


Motivation | What motivates us or an organization ?

In simple terms , there are 2 basic types of Motivation , Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation .

Motivation | Intrinsic Motivation

Intrinsic Motivation has a lot to do with our own self  beliefs and values systems , shaped by the environment , our experiences and our own upbringing . We derive pleasure from the activity itself regardless of  the external influence such as rewards or pressures . It exist within the individual and it is a task that we will do willingly even we are not paid to do it .

Motivation | Extrinsic Motivation

Extrinsic motivation refers to an activity with a targeted outcome . It comes from the outside of an individual such as rewards , promotion or treat of punishment . In competition such as sports , it is actually Extrinsic motivation because it encourages the individual or team to win and out beat another and not because we enjoy the game itself .

Motivation | Finding meaning and purpose in the workplace

Then  what is work ? Do you like your job ? What if it is work for free ? Do you want a promotion ? Why do you want a promotion ? Is it because of the monetary rewards ?  Most work therefore is external motivation , unless the work is being internalised by the individual where the actions provides a sense of meaning and purpose which aligns to an individual own self beliefs and value systems , which then satisfy the psychological needs of the individual . So it is very important that the individual find a sense of meaning or propose of what he or she does in the workplace , and not just because of salary .  If it is just a job , so whenever this external factor changes , it will have immediate impact to the employee  .

Motivation | What motivates a company or an organization ?


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Now , let’s extend this to business . What motivates a company or an organization ? Profits ? If this is true then its external motivation . For intrinsic motivation , a very key important factor would be the values the company or organization brings to a customer  . So the culture of a company would be one that focuses on the values that they bring to the customer which in turn being rewarded with profitability . The profitability is the outcome of the values a company brings to a customer . If a company only focus on the profits which is external and once this disappear , just like an individual , the action ceases . So a company needs to focus on values and must be able to add value else it ceases to function . It is because a company is able to provide values and belief in providing this value ,  that the company or organization is profitable . So the purpose of a company existence is to provide value and not profitability . Profitability is the outcome or result of the value it brings .



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