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Incredible week reflection – The dawn of August 2011

Posted: August 7th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Blogger Party, CEO, Charity, Happy | 1 Comment »

This has been quite an incredible week, packed with fun and interesting activities. I would love to share some of these activities with you guys.

On Wednesday, Chris and I, along with Reza and Nash, went to Celcom Axiata Headquarter in KL Central, and we had the privilege of meeting with Dato Sri Jamaludin Ibrahim (President and Group CEO), Datin Badrunnisa Mohd Yasin Khan (Group Chief Talent Officer), and Grace Chan (Head, Branding and Corporate Responsibility Group Strategy) for a direct discussion and a pitch. I sat next to Datin, and she sat beside Dato.

The atmosphere was great, and, most importantly, I learnt a lot through the 45-minute meeting. One thing that I took away from what Dato Sri said is that whatever we are doing, we have to have a very clear objective and focus. At the same time, we have to define our end objective that we really want to achieve. Is it the process, or is it end results, you might ask? It doesn’t really matter—let me put the first statement and the second one together—as long as you focus on what you want to focus on. For example, Axiata has always focused on ‘we want to develop future leaders’, quoted directly from Dato Sri, driving the whole team of Axiata talent officers to work hard in that direction.

One of the end results is the production of many young talents below 18 through the Axiata Young Talent Programme. You have to clearly know your own motivation for doing what you are doing and always be guided by the same motivation to be directed to the correct paths. The destination that you are expecting might be slightly different from the real one, considering the improvement and struggles you will face along the way. The point here is your passion is always the first driving force that initiates your action, but to Dato Sri, you have to have more than passion to get you even further. You can get only so much, 1/5 according to Dato Sri, with your passion. It’s too bad that I didn’t have a chance to ask what the other 4/5 is for him. He was rushing after the 45-minute meeting. If any of you happens to meet him, please ask him, okay? =D

I had lunch with Jeremy Teo (the DJ of Red FM), along with Chris, the day before, but, unfortunately, I didn’t jot down everything he said. Nevertheless, it was a casual lunch, so I think he wouldn’t have expected me to write anything. Moving on to Thursday night: Chris, Joanne (@kaykaster) and I went to the Arthur’s Day Party Launch, and I lived the blogger lifestyle that night! (Haha, Chris!) I met a lot of bloggers, and some ‘famous’ ones, but I didn’t recognize all of them. It was a great night, too.

Next was Friday night: I joined the otak2 closing ‘ceremony’ where the otak2 interns shared what they had learnt and what they would take away from their internship period. I didn’t have an internship with otak2, so I was just an observer that night, LOL! Then, there was this guy named Joseph who invited me to join them at the YMCA overnight, and I accepted the offer. I stayed with Minshern and had a great chat with him and HooSiang that night. And we played Mafia until 4 something. LOL, it is such a great game that I’ve not played for such a long time. I was a doctor that night! =p

The following day, which was Saturday, I joined Teach for Malaysia (TFM) for a short visit to a refugee house. My team consisted of about 9 people, and the one leading was Dzameer (the founder of TFM). I would say that it didn’t really change me or produced a big impact on me as we were there for only less than 1 hour and we did nothing much except facilitating for them and drawing what they wanted me to draw (as usual, lah! =p). But there was one interesting chapter, where Ban Long, one of our team members, saw a lady who was trying to abandon her baby somewhere behind the alley and we went for a search for that. Searching to no avail and hoping that the lady had changed her mind, we went back to PwC to meet with the others.

The afternoon session was very interesting. I was in TalentCorp, and in a group of 6, we played a very interesting—to put it in a better way, meaningful—‘board’ game. I was sitting just in front of Azran (CEO of Air Asia X) as our opponents were led by us by one of the guys from McKinsey & Co. We defeated our opponents at our table and ‘global runner-up,’ there were five tables playing, during the session. Statistics aside, this game has been really thought provoking.

There are red boxes and the green boxes in the games. The red boxes represent the obstacles, and the green ones represent the opportunities. There are significantly more red boxes than green ones, a true representation of the world. We all started from the same position choosing the most-ethical solutions. However, we realized that we were not going anywhere and realized that we had to do something different to move forward (this is so realistic!). At some point, when obstacles were all around of us, we started to be very careful of what we were doing. Then one day our opponent was moving ahead of us, and we started to work unethically just to move forward. This is so true when the game coordinator revealed all these to us. To me, the game was too easy (don’t get me wrong) as compared to real life. In life, no one will tell you where the red boxes are and where the green boxes are. It was a really meaningful game, and I would really love to share with you guys further, but not in this blogpost.

And today is Sunday; I can’t wait for the next activities! =D