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7 Key Steps to Achieve Success in Business, Career and Life

by FutureLab | 15 Dec 2018

This post includes seven key ways to unleash your potential and make those dreams that you foster a reality.  Most business people of course want to increase profits and career oriented individuals want to exponentially increase their salaries at the same time of course all of us want to find fulfilment and happiness. Acting on the seven keys creates a balance in your life that results in business and career success, peace and happiness. Amongst other techniques and practises I coach these keys to my corporate and individual clients towards inspiring them towards fulfilment and sustainable success. 1. Control your mind. Your mind can be like a monkey running in all directions with no real intent or purpose until you guide and focus it. You have control over your thoughts albeit that mind control requires daily and focussed effort. When you are in control of your thoughts and focus them on what you want to achieve in a positive, creative and constructive way you are more powerful and peaceful at the same time. 2. You do not attract what you want but instead what you are. You are nothing but the collective of your beliefs. There are beliefs that you entertain that serves and empowers you yet there are also beliefs that you entertain that distracts you and affects you negatively. You have to firmly believe in your abilities and vision as an entrepreneur to attract the right partners, investors and talent to support you in making your dreams a reality. In this way you are like a magnet attracting your inner beliefs to you both those that serve you and those that does not. Therefore carefully consider and work on what you believe. Key to the process of Peak performance in any area of your life is to remove the beliefs that you have that places limitations on your performance such as for example ‘I am not worthy’. There are various coaching techniques that a coach can use to remove the limits from your thinking and inspire you to have an unshakeable belief in yourself. You have to be confident to attract confident people to you. You have to believe in your business purpose to attract clients , partners and team members that also believe in what you are doing. 3. Use fear, doubts and insecurities as triggers to take action. Special Forces operators, top sport performers and top entrepreneurs often appear to be fearless yet that is not true. Top performers use their fears, doubts and insecurities as prompts to take positive and immediate action as opposed to allowing your fears to cripple you into prolonged periods of procrastination. 4. Build enduring relationships based on trust. Businesses and lives develop ‘at the speed of trust’ because when there is mutual trust between business or sport team members decisions can be taken rapidly and ensuing actions are more powerful , confident and rapid. When there is a low level of trust in teams a high level of procrastination, slow execution with a low level of confidence is often a result. 5. Do what you love. Albeit a cliché it is a fact that you spend a lot of precious time at work and it is a sad scenario if you daily and constantly do something that you do not even like at all. When you do what you love you are automatically more fulfilled and peaceful and as a result you are just better at it. 6. Love your team. Leadership is the ability to create results through other people and to create other leaders. Care for your team and create a safe, fun and creative environment fuelled by a shared purpose and values within which others are inspired to achieve. 7. Use your business or career as a vehicle to solve a “big challenge.” The bigger the problems are that you solve through your business or career the more sought after you will be. As an example through ‘Peak performance coaching’ I solve the big problem of people being unsuccessful, unfulfilled and unhappy within their businesses, careers and lives. Written by: Dirk Coetsee is an international Peak Performance coach, published business author, entrepreneur and FutureLab Mentor. He combines and creatively incorporates time tested Leadership and NLP (Neuro Linguistic programming) techniques to coach his clients towards success and fulfilment. Dirk is a qualified Master life and NLP coach. Click here to book his time on FutureLab.  

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The 10 Most Attractive Companies in M’sia to Work For in 2018

by Josh Lim | 18 Oct 2018

Overall, the survey covers 30 countries and surveyed more than 175,000 employees. The winners are selected from the 75 largest employers in Malaysia, based on local workforce size. The outcomes are based on public perception and focus on three main areas: Overall Brand Awareness, Absolute Attractiveness, and Relative Awareness. This creates a level playing field for all competing companies instead of giving an advantage to large multinationals with higher name recognition than the smaller companies. The awards are not open for nomination and the results are based solely on the opinions and votes of the local workforce – making it the only award that is truly representing ‘the people’s choice’. Here is a breakdown on the top 10 employers in Malaysia this year: 10. Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) Image Credit: careers.malaysiaairports.com.my Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) is a Malaysian airport company that manages most of the airports in Malaysia. It has its head office in the Malaysia Airports Corporate Office in the Persiaran Korporat KLIA in Sepang. MAHB’s present corporate structure includes several operating subsidiaries, including Malaysia Airports Sdn. Bhd. (MASB), Malaysia Airports (Sepang) Sdn. Bhd., Malaysia Airports (Niaga), and many more. In total, the Group has a total staff strength of over 10,000 deployed across 39 offices nationwide. To learn more about career opportunities with MAHB, click here. 9. Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) Image Credit: tnb.com.my Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) is the only electricity utility company in Peninsular Malaysia and also the largest publicly-listed power company in Southeast Asia. The company is listed on the main board of Bursa Malaysia and employs approximately 33,500 staff to serve a customer base of over 8.4 million in Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah & Labuan. TNB’s core activities are related to the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity across the nation. TNB operations currently span across several nations outside Malaysia, including Indonesia, India, Pakistan, and Mauritius. To learn more about career opportunities with TNB, click here. 8. Sunway Image Credit: sunway.com.my Founded by Jeffrey Cheah, Sunway Berhad (or Sunway Group) is a Malaysian conglomerate company. It was formed following a merger between Sunway City Berhad (SunCity) and Sunway Holdings Berhad in 2011. Following the success of the Sunway City township, the Group diversified into property investment, leisure and entertainment, hospitality and healthcare. Today Sunway maintains property development and construction as its two core businesses and key contributors to company profitability. To learn more about career opportunities with Sunway, click here. 7. Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE) Services Image Credit: careers.hpe.com Hewlett-Packard (M) Sdn. Bhd. manufactures personal computing and access devices, servers, and imaging solutions for consumers, enterprises, and medium businesses. The company was founded in 1978 and is based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Hewlett-Packard (M) Sdn. Bhd. operates as a subsidiary of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE) Company, an American multinational enterprise IT company founded on 2015 as part of splitting of the Hewlett-Packard company into HPE and HP Inc. The latter business entity retained the old HP’s personal computer and printing business. To learn more about career opportunities with Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, click here. 6. Sime Darby Image Credit: simedarby.com Sime Daby Berhad is a major Malaysia-based multinational conglomerate involved in 5 core sectors: plantations, property, industrial, motors, and logistics. With over 100 years of experience and a workforce of more than 20,000 employees, Sime Darby is headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, and has operations in 18 countries and territories across the Asia Pacific region. To learn more about career opportunities with Sime Darby, click here. 5. IBM Malaysia Image Credit: newsinti.edu.my IBM was first established in Malaysia in June 1961 and, since then, has played a major role in delivering solutions to all types of Malaysian businesses across all industries. Over the decades, IBM Malaysia has contributed toward assisting Malaysia achieve its vision aligned to the national agenda. Over the decades, the company continues to provide state-of-the-art technologies, enabling local companies to compete effectively both locally and globally. IBM Malaysia moved into its new MSC-certified HQ building in Bandar Utama in 2006. To learn more about career opportunities with IBM Malaysia, click here. 4. AirAsia Image Credit: flickriver.com AirAsia is a leading Malaysian low-cost airline service headquartered near Kuala Lumpur. It is the largest airline in Malaysia      by fleet size and destinations with domestic and international flight operations to over 165 destinations spanning across 25 countries. It has several affiliate airlines across the region, including Thai AirAsia, Indonesia AirAsia, Philippines AirAsia, AirAsia India, and AirAsia X (which focuses on long-haul routes). Over the past 10 years, AirAsia has been consistently awarded by Skytrax as the World’s Best Low-Cost Airline, from 2009 to 2018. To learn more about career opportunities with AirAsia, click here. 3. Nestlé Malaysia Image Credit: nestle.com.my Nestlé first made its mark in Malaysia in 1912 as the Anglo-Swiss Condensed Milk Company in Penang and later expanded to Kuala Lumpur in 1939. Today, Nestlé Malaysia now employs over 3,500 people and manufactures as well as markets more than 300 Halal products in Malaysia. Known to consumers of all age groups, their household brands include Milo, Nescafe, Maggi, Drumstick (ice cream), Kit Kat, and many more FMCG items. To learn more about career opportunities with Nestlé Malaysia, click here. 2. Shell Malaysia Image Credit: paultan.org Shell is known as a global group of energy and petrochemicals companies that currently employs around 92,000 employees over than 70 nations. Shell has been a partner in fuelling Malaysia’s progress for over 125 years. Their journey with the nation is intertwined – in as much as Shell has played a role in growing the country’s energy sector, Malaysia has also played a significant role in the company’s progress. Today, Shell continues to be one of the top employers in Malaysia with 1,000+ employed in our upstream, midstream and downstream businesses, as well as in service and support functions. To learn more about career opportunities with Shell Malaysia, click here. 1. Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS) Image Credit: TalentCorp @ Twitter PETRONAS (short for Petroliam Nasional Berhad) is a Malaysian oil and gas company that was founded in 1974. Wholly owned by the Government of Malaysia, the corporation is vested with the entire oil and gas resources in Malaysia. Petronas is ranked among Fortune Global 500’s largest corporations in the world. Fortune also ranks Petronas as the 12th most profitable company in the world and the most profitable in Asia. Since its incorporation, Petronas has grown to be an integrated international oil and gas company with business interests in 35 countries. To learn more about career opportunities with PETRONAS, click here. Written by: Lucas Khoo – Prospects ASEAN Lucas is an Employer Branding Consultant at Prospects, a professional development and networking company that helps top employers shape their workplace of the future through employer branding and access to millennial talent pipeline. Lucas graduated with a Masters in Chemical Engineering from the University of Birmingham. Lucas is interested in the topics of digital marketing, content writing, data analytics, and Southeast Asian regional development. ProspectsASEAN.com is Southeast Asia’s premier resource centre on careers, education and personal development – ensuring ASEAN students, graduates and young professionals have access to the best tools, information, opportunities and expert advice before making a decision on their education and career direction. This article is published on the Futurist with the writer’s consent. This article was written by Lucas Khoo and originally appeared on Prospect ASEAN. You can read the original post here. 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Why Multinational Companies Need You: A Beginner’s Rulebook

by FutureLab | 26 Sep 2018

When MNCs grow internationally, the question of whether to depend on ERP systems at their new branches is a much debated one. With far lesser employee numbers in these new areas, MNCs are often at a loss whether to rely on its otherwise costly ERP or strategically hire an outsourcing provider in its place. Outsourcing providers, on the other hand, are usually shy to approach large MNCs. One assumption is that they (being global corporations) need no local support at all; let alone sealing a deal with them. However, reality is far from what meets the eye. Here’s why: Everyone wants to economise, and MNCs are Top on That List  Enrolling ERP systems in foreign locations is an expensive affair, especially if you are servicing small number of employees. MNCs understand that outsourcing providers operate in huge scale and provide foolproof service both in terms of quality, data security and timely pay. Hence their only alternative is an outsourcing provider – who can provide unified HR and payroll solutions for a good price. International Banking and Payroll Delay  Rolling out salaries through international banks to employees stationed in other continents can be very tricky. Often these transfers are carried out at the risk of random deductions and hidden charges. Penalties and service fees are other hurdles that MNCs need to negotiate during every pay cycle. This, in turn, spills over to other non-pay related factors like insurance, severance and medical benefits. If MNCs take a long time to address these glitches, it can have serious ramifications on employee morale and performance. Single point of contact  MNCs based in operating markets like, say, the ASEAN, would prefer a single contractor based out of a single location rather than multiple offices. That said, they are also happy to receive communication in one language even though payroll, processes and paperwork are carried out in other local languages. Business Standards and Corporate Laws  MNCs listed under exchanges either in the Eurozone, Americas or Eastern regions are bound by regional business laws. Corporate laws like the Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Act of 2002, for example, controls financial dealings of all MNCs listed in the USA. What applies under this Act must be implemented in the company’s financial transactions even if the company operates in Asian markets. Payroll providers are well aware of such requirements and even help meet domestic statutory regulations that are central to the MNC’s survival in the operating market. A Business Partner-cum-Regional Manager  While merging, expanding or even starting up pilot ventures, MNCs are always looking for support on labour cost knowledge, payroll monitoring and employee mobility. Hiring an outsourcing partner automatically guarantees MNCs a negotiator, people manager and legal advisor. This creates an environment where companies can flourish without having to worry over minute but critical delivery factors. Feedback & Reporting at all Times  The alliance makes them a strong voice in strategic decision-making and reporting discrepancies in banking and other monetary affairs. The company also stands to benefit from visa/immigration advice while hiring large foreign workforce. As the MNC grows in the continent, the outsourcing company can always be relied on to provide consistent, accurate and prompt services regardless of another merger, transition, or exit of a country manager. For any MNC, the question always comes down to how it can manage affairs at the ground in a manner that is seamless, inexpensive, effective and consistent. Payroll outsourcing providers have always been the best option to ensure excellent regional management. Written by: Manish Mehta, Co-Founder of Propay Partners Manish is a frequent contributor for the New Straits Times, SME Magazine, The Edge and others. He has also spoken at seminars organised by the ASEAN Strategic Leadership Institute, Marcus Events and was also interviewed by Business FM radio station. Passionate, energetic, and soft-spoken, Manish is well-loved by colleagues within and outside the company for his highly systematic and process-driven work. Under his leadership, Propay Partners has grown in leaps and bounds and continues to expand in the ASEAN region. To view more of his content, click here.

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How to Get out of a Career Funk

by FutureLab | 13 Sep 2018

1. Get some time off or take a step back Everyone needs a break every now and then, but don’t spend it wallowing in feeling all sad and helpless! Use these precious moments to assess what is happening around you and come up with why some things are not working out, or why some things are growing in a negative light. Making a physical list helps, or simply observe your work routine. Ask yourself questions relating to how you feel, what the pros and cons of your current job are, and most importantly – what can you do to change the things that are not helping you grow. Work in a little comfort routine if you are unable to take some time off, such as going for a walk every three hours, or switching from coffee to juices every once in a while. You may already be feeling burnt out, so putting your health at the highest priority comes before all the rest. 2. Speak to a trusted person Sometimes you will be able to find a kindred spirit who can empathise with your stagnancy, and possibly offer some advice on how to overcome it. It might be a colleague who is familiar with your surroundings, or possibly a friend who knows your rants back to front. You may be surprised to find out that quite a few of your peers are struggling with a similar dilemma. Gaining a idea of what’s happening from a second opinion can often get the gears in your head moving, and possibly spur you to finally take some action. 3. Grow your network It is always good to stay connected to a solid group of people with similar interests, and meeting even more people with a different and/or deeper understanding of what you want to know more about will help you in the long run. Communicating with a network that is beyond your workplace and school groups will help you expand and get out of those bubbles and explore the larger picture of all areas, even if you are just doing it for fun. 4. Go back to studying If you are feeling lost and frustrated after having a taste of the working world, returning to something familiar could bring you out of that rut. Most, if not all of us, have gone through at least 12 straight years of being a full-time student, so going back to an educational atmosphere would be like a fish to water. Not only will you be in a place you are inherently familiar with, seeing things you are doing that actually progresses and gaining feedback will lighten your mood tremendously. Signing up for an online course, whether it be something completely new, or starting on postgraduate pursuits will put you back in an environment where you know yourself best. With the added comfortable and flexible timetable, you will also be actively gaining skills to add to your repertoire without affecting your ongoing responsibilities. 4. Re-establish your ambition Remember how determined and optimistic you were when you set out to do something before this stagnancy brought you down? Chasing after a career can take a lot out of you, so really take some time to affirm what you want to do for the rest of your working days. Once you’ve got some idea, take initiative and focus on getting there, and shed the negativity your stagnancy has brought about along the ride. If your workplace can not offer any avenues for you to gain more skills, the option for studying to add and hone skills is always open. And now in the age of technology, the university comes right to you! Online studying is becoming increasingly popular for its mode of study that does not require you to shuffle your existing commitments upside down, and does not take up as much time and money a full-time on-campus course takes.This is a content syndicated post by RMIT. Consider an Online Course for easy scheduling into your already busy life. RMIT University in Australia provides exceptional postgraduate courses, studied online. Find out more about them at studyonline.rmit.edu.au  

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