Friday, February 22, 2008
The Question is:
How do you Achieve That?
As many experts within the leadership and industrial sectors have commented, being a CEO or a Top Company Executive does command certain Attributes that Support the Working Patterns and Leadership Presence of a CEO.
This Special Feature Unveils the Traits Needed to be Top CEOs. Hear it exclusively from the traits of Bill Gates, former CEO of Microsoft, Jack Welch, former CEO of GE and many more who have carved their Brilliance within the Corporate Leadership and Management Sector.
Exclusive Lesson on What It Takes to be CEOs
A Quote to be Remembered:
"Always Listen to Those who have Gone through those Experiences that You Want or Aim to Achieve. Learn from them, as You can Potentially Avoid THEIR Mistakes and Pave an even More Productive Way to Pursue those Experience Yourself. Always Listen and LEARN!"
A Different 'BITE' at CEO-ship
An exclusive look into the Roles and Lifestyles of the World's Most Creative & Dynamic Computing Conglomerate - Apple Macintosh through the eyes of CEO, Steve Jobs.
Listen and Watch as Steve Jobs explains how he WRESTLED Adversities and how he COMMANDED Creativity and Dynamism in Painting Apple's large range of Innovative Products.
Take a 'Bite' from Apple - A Steve Jobs Insight
Friday, February 8, 2008
Well, LAND or GET a Job THERE! The problem is, HOW? I mean, it is the 'Google.' You gotta be SO Smart that those SMART people in Google would LET You into their Work Team?
WELL, take an INSIDER Scoop one Getting EMPLOYMENT Opportunities with Google. Truly a Unique Experience by itself, the Human Resource Google Staffs have been more than HAPPY to Share their Experiences with Potential Job-Seekers.
Interviewing Session for a JOB @ Google
Getting Employed in Google is NOT Hard nor it is IMPOSSIBLE for anyone. You just need to answer those FEW Self-Reflective Questions:
Why am i so AFRAID to give Google a TRY?
Am i so LOW that i, myself THINK that i am NOT Qualified to work for Google?
Am i NOT Worthy for Earning the Google Pay-Cheque?
Am i not the SMART people in Google?
The Golden Question: Why Am I Putting Myself, My Credibility & My Potentials So Low?
Have Some Strong Confidence, APPLY for Google! If you do not know the Way, D'Corporate shall GUIDE you through! Check these videos detailing HOW Do you GET Employed by Google!
The Work Experience @ Google - Life in a Productive & Fun Company!
Have FUN with Google! Truly a Company that Takes Care of your FUN Times and your Growth within your Career! Get MENTORSHIP! Get Interesting Products! Go to Parties!
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
How did they do it?
What makes Google so Significant in terms of Work-Culture & Organisational Management?
How did Google start from the brains of two Super-Computer Freaks?
How did Google make money?
The Working Experience @ Google - An Environment for INNOVATION
In an insider's look into the World of Google, this video details the History about this enormous Search Engine Phenomena to ever hit the Online World. Founded with its primary aim to facilitate Search Engine's Optimisation for Users on the Internet, the company faced numerous Challenges that would indeed Challenge the VERY Principle, in which the Founders BELIEVED in
--- Helping the Online World to Make Searching for Infoes Alot Easier, WITHOUT Any High Profits in Mind ---
However, with such a Giant Workforce to Spare and a whole Web Development & Innovation division to Sustain, How did Google Survive?
Two Billionaire Entrepreneurs Share their Tales of Success
The Rebel-Billionaire - Sir Richard Branson shares his Insights on Running Your Own Successful Business.
How do you Manage Difficult Business Challenges?
How do you Manage Difficult People?
What are the TRAITS of Successful Entrepreneurs?
What are the TRAITS of Daring Entrepreneurs?
Golden Question: How and What Must You Do to START Your Successful Ventures?
Survival of Your Business - The Virgin Story - Build Your Brand
Sir Richard Branson is well known around the World for his Spirit and Business Acumen of Venturing into High-Risk Businesses, sometimes, Going Against Prominent Business Players within their Industries.
Given the title as the Rebel Billionaire, Sir Richard Branson's iconic Self-Brand as Fearless and Dare to Do Things Differently should be a Role-Model and a Success Story to all Entrepreneurs!
The Virgin 'Man' Speaks on Successful Entrepreneurs
IF You get a JOB & Get FIRED AGAIN, Get a BUSINESS!
World renowned Real-Estate Tycoon shares his thoughts on the Life of Being an Entrepreneur & Leading an Entrepreneurial Life. Donald Trump shares his perception on Why Entrepreneurs can be Successful People, living a More Comfortable Life compared to those with a JOB.
Perhaps ONE Selling Point would be, You can NEVER get FIRED. You can only FIRE YourSELF!
Donald Trump also shares his Insights about the Low-Percentage of People around the World (Particularly in the USA) who are afraid to take that ENTREPRENEURIAL Challenge!
Take the Challenge and Make Something Valuable, IMPACT-FUL and Profitable in Your Life Today!
Donald Trump Speaks on Entrepreneurship
How do you grow a 'Room-based business' (Story of how Dell started) into a world renowned conglomerate in the Computing Industry? Is that EFFORT called Entrepreneurial or is HE just plain SMART?
Michael Dell, the leading CEO of Dell answers your Questions and Doubts as he shares his Secrets on What Does it Take to be a Successful Entrepreneur! Learn about his Success Skills and Adapt it to Benefit Your Business.
Michael Dell Advices Entrepreneurs Worldwide
Important Key Elements:
- Dare to try
- Dare to Fail, only to Succeed
- Dare to Innovate, while Others Follow
- Dare to Risk It, while Others are Comfortable with It
Saturday, February 2, 2008
Ashwin Navin relates his adventures on embarking on his venture that began Bit-Torrent, turning it into an Online Download Engine for all sort of files and Negotiating Deals with Movie Giants on Copyrights and Releasing Download Rights on the Internet.
Now a BOOMING company, Ashwin serves as the President of Bit-Torrent, and based on his 'Stocks' on the company, the company is just going to GROW Bigger and BIGGER!
Our Download Engine P2P Wizard - Ashwin Navin Speaks:
Remember those 13 years old Era of Awesomeness! Remember those times where we would either need to get our pocket money from our beloved parents through chores or work, OR working as a part time sales person?
WELL, Hello India! Look at How you are Growing!
I am not talking in the sense of its Economical Development alone. I am talking about its Scary Human Capital Development! At this rapid economical development age, India has produced a CEO at the Age of 13!!! Oh Gosh!
This kid is a genius! Having envisioned a Board Game / Card Game to facilitate the needs of the growing Indian 'Children' market. In this remarkable interview, dbriefcase.blogspot.com was able to catch a glimpse of what this NEW, UPRISING and Very YOUNG CEO have to share with us.
13 Years Old CEO Speaks!
Should we be proud of ourselves?
The Author / D'Corporate is turning 21, and yet he is still working to make Ends Meet. Sigh...
Aligned with the launching of Young & Successful People Week 2008, i have recently found a video, detailing about Wen Dang.
Who is Wen Dang?
Wen Dang is a local, Malaysian entrepreneur, Revolutionizing the Malaysian News-Stand Retailing market, but introducing a 'Hybrid' between a Small Cafe Restaurant and your regular everyday, News-Stand Retailer.
The Owner of myNews.com (Retailer + Cafe owner + News-Stand Shop) Speaks to dbriefcase.blogspot.com through Youtube
Deploying such strategies as:
- Rapid Expansion to Capitalize Market-Growth
Rapid pace of growth for the organization by setting up retail shops in prominent malls across the country, spawning around 100 outlets nation wide. They are also currently looking for overseas' investors. Anyone interested?
- Diversify & Differentiate!
Who would have thought that a Mediocre-Style Retailer like the ones around the News-Stand Retailing industry could introduce a Cafe' format (Identical to Starbucks in Borders), to actually Sky-Rocket its retailing image? Well, myNews.com did it very well!
Please have a look at the video for your Retailing Entrepreneurship Experience!
Friday, February 1, 2008
Learn from the Grand-Master himself - Kenny Sia! Malaysia's Top Blogger-cum-Celebrity
With his Blog being HIT by 9 million people worldwide and IT is still CLIMBING! With page views per day amounting to 300+ Clicks and Impressions on a Single Day! Boy, isn't he a FREAK! Who said you can't be a Celebrity by just laying around in front of your computer and BLOG BLOG BLOG!
Well, Kenny Sia is here to share with you, about his Secrets to Blogging! Check this Video Out!
As a complimentary gift by D'Corporate of Dbriefcase.blogspot.com, who happens to know Kenny Sia as well, PLEASE do visit his website @
--- www.kennysia.com ---
What Tips would He Reveal?
1) Learn how to Make Money through Blogging!
2) Learn how to BLOG BLOG BLOG & BLOG without Being Sick of It!
3) Learn how to become a CELEBRITY and Start Getting Free Products and Air-Trips while Doing Endorsements!
Check it out, fellow Bloggers, because D'Corporate WAS THERE!
Has company branches all over Asia, where the company humbly started with the teamwork of three Entrepreneurship-Driven Brothers!
Truly Inspiring - Kenny Goh, CEO of MacroKiosk, Malaysia
Kenny Goh made his Fortune in the Mobile & Networking business where he started his venture with his brothers at a very tender teenage age. They founded and funded their company from scratch, paving their way through Challenges in the Mobile World!
Follow their Journey, from the Introduction of Macro Kiosk ---> Through it being Listed under the Malaysian Stock Exchange (KLSE) ---> Its enormous Expansion into 10 different countries ---> Leading the Mobile Marketing & Network industry in Malaysia, and some say - Asia!
Truly Inspiring and it teaches you the Tough & Challenging Steps of Turning your Entrepreneurial Venture into the NEXT Public Listed Company and Reign its Global Expansion!
Hey, your company MAY be NEXT!
Your HSBC Young Entrepreneur Champion! Ng Khailee himself!
Ng Khailee is a young Malaysian, famous within the Malaysian context for his wide range of business projects, mainly aimed at Youths. He is renowned for working with the Best I.T. Brains in the World, as you can expect quotes and references to Microsoft, Facebook and MySpace.
Truly an Awesome Celebrity-cum-Entrepreneur!
He is the Founder of thecicak.com - the Malaysian Socio-Political site, the very few Active and Crowded internet site in Malaysia, populated with comments from youths all around the world, towards the shaping of Malaysia's political and social agendas.
He founded Project Bazooka, which provides some service to the Local Music Industry. And he is one of the Brains behind MindValley, a team of youth entrepreneurs on the EVERYDAY Run to produce the Next Big Thing!
Khailee has personally shared his wisdom and points of view with me, when i met him. His only advise is...
WATCH the VIDEO - Presenting the Technopreneur, Ng Khailee @ Youth'08
Found your ANSWER? Well, you better!
This is a very inspirational video recorded at the Youht'08 Festival at PWTC last month. This is truly one inspirational look at the Top 13 Best Youth Entrepreneurs in Malaysia! This is truly an amazing experience as I was THERE! :)
The very 1st video is from the Founder of Nuffnang who happens to be a Friend to a Friend of Mine. But subsequently, after my encounter with him at the Youth'08 event, we became somewhat of a Contact, so to speak.
Nuffnang is known as Asia's 1st Blog Advertising Medium/Agency which provides a platform for bloggers to advertise for Nuffnang's clients, while earning revenues on Pay-Per-Click basis. Simply amazing, considering the fact that Nuffnang's Direct-Competitor is Google (!).
However, the Moral of the Story is...Niche Marketing WORKS! By Zooming towards catering the needs of the Asian market ALONE, Nuffnang has grown to become a reputable Blog Advertiser in the Blogosphere!
Please have a look at this video by Timothy Tiah, the very Founder of Nuffnang.
For you, Aspiring Entrepreneurs - Perhaps You may Uncover the Secrets of How these Young Entrepreneurs Stood Out!
Nuffnang Founder Interview @ NTV7 - How Nuffnang Began!
Monday, January 28, 2008
With the Increasing Demand by readers who emailed me about uploading more videos about this Documentary, i have decided to cut back the few days Waiting Time and Let You Into the 2nd part of this Documentary.
The video is edited and crafted nicely to match the viewers' understanding and taste of The Art of War.
The 2nd Chapter revolves around the Introduction Part of The Art of War, with more Focus being placed on Our Mental Preparation and Openness to Accept their Tactical Strategies in Life!
Remember, our Management and Leadership Practices are also Influenced by some sense of Warfare, in Defending ourselves, Our Self-Interest and Progressing with Our Efforts with Our Teams!
The Art of War Part 2 - Our Mental Preparedness to Accept Our Roles
Tracing back from the Effectiveness of Tactical War Strategies from the iconic War-Strategist, Sun Tzu, the Art of War has been revolutionised in the modern human era, to guide businesses in their planning and implementation of strategies!
This video showcases the many Parts of the Art of War, with a clear introduction as a Preparation for businesses or individuals to practice these Principles!
The Art of War has been Debated by Business-Experts as of late, based on the Effectiveness of a Civilisation-old strategy, founded under the Imperial Ruling Age of China to actually Guide Businesses of the Modern Day.
However, no matter what the critics say, the Art of War still stands out in Preparing Business Executives or Businesses Managers on being More Prepared to face the Reality Harsh World!
This is Why You Should watch the Introduction and the Following Parts will be Introduced to you! Enjoy It and Understand It!
The Art of War - Part 1 'Introduction to Your Preparation'
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Check out this Video to find out! Also, this video explains Your:
- Definition of Selling!
- When do you Start Selling?
- Have you been Selling for all this time?
- Are you too Shy to Start Selling?
- How do you start Optimizing your Selling Skills?
- How to Sell the Hardest Item?
- What is the Hardest Thing to Sell?
- What is the Easiest Thing to Sell?
- What Thing can you Sell Best?
Are you a Salesperson? Yes or No?
In order to:
1) LEAD an Effective Team in Selling Anything - An Idea, A Proposal, A Tea-pot, A Car or even A Company - YOU NEED to Learn How to TALK
2) SELLing is only Effective when the Leader and the Team KNOW How to TALK - Persuasuive Talking, Influential Talks, Seminars, Conventions or even in a Classroom - YOU NEED to Learn How to SELL Effectively and Persuasively through your TALKs.
3) HOW Do You Talk? Well let me present to you - The Art of Negotiation!
The Art of Negotiation - Negotiating Your Way to Victory!
Note: In every Negotiation, the objective is to Achieve a Win-Win situation!
I Got My Answer! Perhaps OUR Answer!
Sales! SALES! Sales!
No Matter it is Elephant Sales! Donkey Sales! Cosmetic Sales! Jewelry Sales! Car Sales! Pencil Sales!
The Best Way to Exercise Leadership is to LEAD in Sales! Lead your Team to Effectively SELL SELL SELL!
No matter what you DO these days, You Need Sales! You Need to Sell Yourself during Interviews and all.
So Try this Video, i am sure it would help you! so SALES SALES Sales! Starting Selling and Make Money!
Monday, January 21, 2008
Can Leadership Really LEAD You to those Big Bucks?
I have been pondering this specific question myself. Usually, any Management Guru would stress on the importance of Cleverly Managing People and Care for Your People in order to Effectively Achieve Your Objectives for Any Task.
That is the Job for a Leader. However, How Do You Make that Fast Cash with Leadership? With the prevalent Iconic Names like Jack Welch, Bill Gates, Richard Branson and Steve Jobs, who have all Made their Millions by...
- - Being Effective Leaders
- - Being Iconic Leaders
- - Being Innovative Leaders
However, the Question Remainds Unanswered for us...
Aside from Striving to Become the Most Well-Known Leader in our Lives, HOPING to get catapulted into the CEO position of a Global Conglomerate...
How Can We Create that Dreamed Wealth through Leadership Alone?
Again, Leadership should not be Materialistic, But JUST HOW DO YOU? Any Ideas?
Find Out as the D'Corporate has just Found the Greatest Treasure (Arguably) of the Modern Human Leadership Concept!
--- Bill Gates' Leadership Traits! ---
Find Out, IF YOU have What It Takes To Be the World's Business or Community Tycoon, by Implementing THOSE Traits that Bill Gates himself Have Used to Propel him to the Top!
A NOT to be MISSED Segment! Exclusively on dbriefcase.blogspot.com
Please link this site & video content to your Contacts - dbriefcase.blogspot.com
As the Saying Goes: "The More You Give, The More You Gain"
World DOMINANCE Through the Eyes of Bill Gates
What Do I Do?
I am an Active Believer in these few Leadership Styles:
MY Leadership Style UNLOCKED:
- MOTIVATE & Explain the Unity of the Team towards Achieving This GOAL!
- Opens the floor for EVERYONE in a team to participate in the formulation of Plans for any Ventures.
- Authorization of POWER & INFLUENCE is Maintained ONLY through the Charismatic Presence & Trust built in the team.
- EVERYONE's ideas are HEARD & Taken Into SERIOUS Consideration - Brain-Storming Session with QUALITY.
- Discusses with Higher INFLUENTIAL or Portfolio Holders within the team to DECIDE on Determined RESULTS from the DISCUSSION.
- Presents the RESULTS from the Brain-Storming Session, Outlining the Pros and Cons and WHY Other Alternative Ideas proposed were Rejected under Good Terms.
- 2nd Time Revision - Welcoming Comments from participating TEAM.
- FINALIZE & DECIDE on a New Decision (If the situation occurs after MORE Relevant Feedbacks from the team).
- 2nd TIME Presentation on Decided Solutions or RESULTS (Any Objections from the team are Now BARRED).
- Motivate Team to Achieve a Common Goal AGAIN!
Example Text sourced from:
The 5th INTI International College Penang's Student Government, INTIMA Presidential Election, January 2008.
I have received 'A Few' emails from anonymous tipsters from the readers in my blog (Most of them, my own close friends) questioning me about my Credibility in Blogging about Leadership & Innovation for the site?
Well, i have decided to post periodical posts, Unveiling More About the 'Michael Teoh' character in response to this blog. Here you, Readers will get a first-hand Look on What i have Done thoughout the Years.
The stories will be TOLD in continual Parts, each headlining a Tip which i Used during my Management Eras or Simply, to Let You Readers to Get to Know Me More!
Friday, January 18, 2008
I have just heard this review over at Youtube and this video, as i can say, should be fairly popular with the American people since it was televised on The Late Show with David Letterman.
Summary --- Al Gore touches on How Social Responsibility is now the Pinnacle of any Leadership Qualities for the Modern Era with Mega-Powers and Mega-Companies, focusing on ushering their corporate efforts to HELP SAVE the WORLD!
Go Al Gore! Leadership with GREEN Qualities!
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
How Do You Handle Emotional Cancer? Is there such kind of thing? Well, perhaps this video will explain Everything to You
Learn How to Conquer Your FEARS, OBJECTIONS, OBSTACLES & BARRIERS to your
PERSONAL & PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS!
I was just watching this video and eventhough it is relatively SHORT, yet it is EFFECTIVE.
Learn How to Overcome Difficult Obstacles like:
- How to Work 1 Day 1 Week While Earning the Income of a Month?
- Passing the ACCA (Accounting Profession Examination) by only Focusing on 20% of the Content (!)
- How to Maximize a 100% Profit by Only Using 20% of Your Time While Utilising 80% of Your Total Workload?
- This video is a brief snapshot of the Law of the Vital Few. Check It Out.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Your scored Excellent Results in Examinations! You are a MBA Masters-Degree Holder in your Own Success! You are a Top Star Student in University or School! Are You the ONE Leader that Everyone is Keen to Work For?
Yes & No
Yes - Because it is Your Qualification that Motivates & Encourages your Team to Work with You.
No - Because If You Display the Wrong Characteristics, you are Doomed to High Team member Turn-Over, which in turn, Burns Your Morale & Resulting in Less Productivity.
Here are Some Inspirational yet Relevant Quotes for Your Understanding:
I've found that often, just when you think you've hit a wall,
you experience a breakthrough that takes you to
new heights in accomplishment.
Ability may get you to the top--but it takes
character to keep you there.
Timeless Expressions on Leadership
Truly Timeless Take a Deep Breath...---Turn off Any Music Interference
--- Read & See how these Memorable, Legendary, Inspirational Quotes Reflect Your Life's Commitments?
For true success, ask yourself these four questions:
Why? Why not? Why not me? Why not now?
Success is the sum of small efforts,
repeated day in and day out.
How many opportunities have you missed because you were not aware of the possibilities that would occur if you applied a small amount of effort beyond what you normally do?
Best-Selling Author & Book on Leadership Development!
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What defines a Leader? How do you Reflect the Image of a Leader? At times, you need to ask yourself, What Kind of Leader Do You Want To Be?
- A Noticed One?
- A Famous One?
- A Hated One?
- An Envied One?
- An Admired One?
- A Charismatic One?
Why Go Through the Burden of Experiencing Different Types of Leadership Styles and Its Circumstances when YOU can Get the Best Pointers from Other Existing Experiences? Written on Book For Your Reading-Leisure!
And interesting Simple-Snap Guide for Youths or Corporate Newbies in the World today to LEAD, MOTIVATE and CONTROL One's Leadership Presence and Poise in Society.
As each Leader has their own Interpretation of 'Leadership and its Pinnacle Norms' Colin Powell presents a Set of Unique Attributes that Any One Leader can Follow.
Being a Leader is very Volatile in today's ever-changing Society, as One needs to Adapt to different Cultures, different Behaviours & different Demands presented by Various Kinds of People. This is a Good Video sponsored by Youtube and i do recommend highly that you Watch It!
The Steps in Delegation Recorded & Simulated for You. Have You Been Through this Process?
The stereotypical society always feel that 'Delegation' is another word for 'Getting Jobs Done by Others which Benefit Yourself or Your Goals.'
Ultimately, this is Quite True. However, Experienced and Great Leaders, Managers or Chiefs would also think of a Mutual Beneficial Path between the Planners (Himself or Herself) and the Do-ers (Them or His Teammates).
Delegation is Essential to Getting Jobs Done, and when Delegated Properly, It Can Potentially Improve:
- Outcomes or Results
- Work or Team Morale
- Strengthen Relationships
- Forge New Ideas from Others
So Are you Delegating Rightly lately? Stay Tuned for more References from --- D'Corporate
Monday, January 14, 2008
Nick Jacobs On Leadership: The Power of Delegation
Ever wondered that stereotype mentality describing Leadership as being something 'Tough, Challenging and Only Meant for those Born with It?'
Learn How to Delegate Effectively and Use the Efforts of Others to Create Mutual Understandings and Efforts to Achieve Goals
Sounds Easy? I myself have struggled with Delegations. It is always one of the Flaws of any 'Self-Nominated' Leader to appear in every scene of work, inspecting and doing the work until it meets his Standards or Expectations.
Who Gets Tired from that? Who Gets Frustrated from the Workload of Being a Leader?
So take this chance to listen to Nick Jacob's Seminar about How YOU can Delegate Effectively while maintaining your Leadership Presence and Guide your Team
Nick Jacobs On Leadership: The Power of Goals
- How Powerful are Goals towards the Development of a Leader's Career
- How do You Set Achieavable and Effective Goals that Would GUIDE Your Life, Not CLOUD Your Life
- Just How Powerful Are Goals to Determine Your Life Successes
Nick Jacobs On Leadership - Unlimited Possibilities
Series 1 - Summary
- How to be an Outstanding Leader among your Peers
- How to Rise to the Top in an Already Crowded Atmosphere
- How to Lead when Others are Noticed before You
Have Your Questions Answered Here Today!
Every week, you will be able to Witness, Experience & Share your Knowledge and Business Acumen with the Top Leaderships & Portfolios Holders in the Corporate World.
Listen to their Leadership Perspectives, their Outlooks on the Globalised Business World, Best Practices to Increase Productivity and MOST IMPORTANTLY, the Mentality & Attitude to Keep Them and their Companies Striving Forward at an Already Accelerated Competitive Market.
I hope you would have a Great Time listening to their Words of Wisdom and perhaps, Give you that Extra Edge in Leading your Organisation & Leading the Top Workforce.
My Life as a Knowledge Worker
The leading management thinker describes seven personal experiences that taught him how to grow, change, and age.
From: Inc. Magazine, February 1997 | By: Peter F. Drucker
The leading management thinker describes seven personal experiences that taught him how to grow, to change, and to age--without becoming a prisoner of the past
I was not yet 18 when, having finished high school, I left my native
THE FIRST EXPERIENCE
Taught by Verdi
The work at the export firm was terribly boring, and I learned very little. Work began at 7:30 in the morning and was over at 4 in the afternoon on weekdays and at noon on Saturdays. So I had lots of free time. Once a week I went to the opera.
On one of those evenings I went to hear an opera by the great 19th-century Italian composer, Giuseppe Verdi--the last opera he wrote, Falstaff. It has now become one of Verdi's most popular operas, but it was rarely performed then. Both singers and audiences thought it too difficult. I was totally overwhelmed by it. Although I had heard a great many operas, I had never heard anything like that. I have never forgotten the impression that evening made on me.
When I made a study, I found that this opera, with its gaiety, its zest for life, and its incredible vitality, was written by a man of 80! To me 80 was an incredible age. Then I read what Verdi himself had written when he was asked why, at that age, when he was already a famous man and considered one of the foremost opera composers of his century, he had taken on the hard work of writing one more opera, and an exceedingly demanding one. "All my life as a musician," he wrote, "I have striven for perfection. It has always eluded me. I surely had an obligation to make one more try."
I have never forgotten those words--they made an indelible impression on me. When he was 18 Verdi was already a seasoned musician. I had no idea what I would become, except that I knew by that time that I was unlikely to be a success exporting cotton textiles. But I resolved that whatever my life's work would be, Verdi's words would be my lodestar. I resolved that if I ever reached an advanced age, I would not give up but would keep on. In the meantime I would strive for perfection, even though, as I well knew, it would surely always elude me.
THE SECOND EXPERIENCE
Taught by Phidias
It was at about this same time, and also in
"You are wrong," Phidias retorted. "The gods can see them." I read this, as I remember, shortly after I had listened to Falstaff, and it hit me hard. I have not always lived up to it. I have done many things that I hope the gods will not notice, but I have always known that one has to strive for perfection even if only the gods notice.
THE THIRD EXPERIENCE
Taught by Journalism
A few years later I moved to
The newspaper I worked for came out in the afternoon. We began work at 6 in the morning and finished by a quarter past 2 in the afternoon, when the last edition went to press. So I began to force myself to study afternoons and evenings: international relations and international law; the history of social and legal institutions; finance; and so on. Gradually, I developed a system. I still adhere to it. Every three or four years I pick a new subject. It may be Japanese art; it may be economics. Three years of study are by no means enough to master a subject, but they are enough to understand it. So for more than 60 years I have kept on studying one subject at a time. That not only has given me a substantial fund of knowledge. It has also forced me to be open to new disciplines and new approaches and new methods--for every one of the subjects I have studied makes different assumptions and employs a different methodology.
THE FOURTH EXPERIENCE
Taught by an Editor-in-Chief
The next experience to report in this story of keeping myself intellectually alive and growing is something that was taught by an editor-in-chief, one of
The editor-in-chief, then around 50, took infinite pains to train and discipline his young crew. He discussed with each of us every week the work we had done. Twice a year, right after New Year's and then again before summer vacations began in June, we would spend a Saturday afternoon and all of Sunday discussing our work over the preceding six months. The editor would always start out with the things we had done well. Then he would proceed to the things we had tried to do well. Next he reviewed the things where we had not tried hard enough. And finally, he would subject us to a scathing critique of the things we had done badly or had failed to do. The last two hours of that session would then serve as a projection of our work for the next six months: What were the things on which we should concentrate? What were the things we should improve? What were the things each of us needed to learn? And a week later each of us was expected to submit to the editor-in-chief our new program of work and learning for the next six months. I tremendously enjoyed the sessions, but I forgot them as soon as I left the paper.
Almost 10 years later, after I had come to the
THE FIFTH EXPERIENCE
Taught by a Senior Partner
My next learning experience came a few years after my experience on the newspaper. From Frankfurt I moved to
And then the old gentlemen said, "I understand you did very good securities analysis at the insurance company. But if we had wanted you to do securities-analysis work, we would have left you where you were. You are now the executive secretary to the partners, yet you continue to do securities analysis. What should you be doing now, to be effective in your new job?" I was furious, but still I realized that the old man was right. I totally changed my behavior and my work. Since then, when I have a new assignment, I ask myself the question, "What do I need to do, now that I have a new assignment, to be effective?" Every time, it is something different. Discovering what it is requires concentration on the things that are crucial to the new challenge, the new job, the new task.
THE SIXTH EXPERIENCE
Taught by the Jesuits and the Calvinists
Quite a few years later, around 1945, after I had moved from
Whenever a Jesuit priest or a Calvinist pastor does anything of significance--making a key decision, for instance--he is expected to write down what results he anticipates. Nine months later he traces back from the actual results to those anticipations. That very soon shows him what he did well and what his strengths are. It also shows him what he has to learn and what habits he has to change. Finally, it shows him what he has no gift for and cannot do well. I have followed that method for myself now for 50 years. It brings out what one's strengths are--and that is the most important thing an individual can know about himself or herself. It brings out areas where improvement is needed and suggests what kind of improvement is needed. Finally, it brings out things an individual cannot do and therefore should not even try to do. To know one's strengths, to know how to improve them, and to know what one cannot do--they are the keys to continuous learning.
THE SEVENTH EXPERIENCE
Taught by Schumpeter
One more experience, and then I am through with the story of my personal development. At Christmas 1949, when I had just begun to teach management at
In 1902 my father was a very young civil servant in the Austrian Ministry of Finance, but he also did some teaching in economics at the university. Thus he had come to know Schumpeter, who was then, at age 19, the most brilliant of the young students. Two more-different people are hard to imagine: Schumpeter was flamboyant, arrogant, abrasive, and vain; my father was quiet, the soul of courtesy, and modest to the point of being self-effacing. Still, the two became fast friends and remained fast friends.
By 1949 Schumpeter had become a very different person. In his last year of teaching at Harvard, he was at the peak of his fame. The two old men had a wonderful time together, reminiscing about the old days. Suddenly, my father asked with a chuckle, "Joseph, do you still talk about what you want to be remembered for?" Schumpeter broke out in loud laughter. For Schumpeter was notorious for having said, when he was 30 or so and had published the first two of his great economics books, that what he really wanted to be remembered for was having been "Europe's greatest lover of beautiful women and
He must have seen an amazed look on my father's face, because he continued, "You know, Adolph, I have now reached the age where I know that being remembered for books and theories is not enough. One does not make a difference unless it is a difference in the lives of people." One reason my father had gone to see Schumpeter was that it was known that the economist was very sick and would not live long. Schumpeter died five days after we visited him.
I have never forgotten that conversation. I learned from it three things: First, one has to ask oneself what one wants to be remembered for. Second, that should change. It should change both with one's own maturity and with changes in the world. Finally, one thing worth being remembered for is the difference one makes in the lives of people.
I am telling this long story for a simple reason. All the people I know who have managed to remain effective during a long life have learned pretty much the same things I learned. That applies to effective business executives and to scholars, to top-ranking military people and to first-rate physicians, to teachers and to artists. Whenever I work with a person, I try to find out to what the individual attributes his or her success. I am invariably told stories that are remarkably like mine.
Adapted from Drucker on
Offering a few pointers
PUTRAJAYA: Aspiring leaders who resort to unethical ways and even violence should be rejected outright, says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
The former Prime Minister said anyone wanting to be a leader could try to acquire the right qualities but may not succeed.
“How he handles his failure will demonstrate whether he really has the qualities,” Dr Mahathir told an undergraduate conference here yesterday.
“There are perhaps a 1,000 people in Malaysia with good leadership qualities but they are never going to make it simply because the circumstances are not propitious,” he said.
On the other hand, he said, there may be people with poor leadership qualities who may become leaders because leadership is thrust upon them.
The seven attributes of a good leader, Dr Mahathir said, were:
> A good leader may not be humble but at least he should not be boastful.
> He must be prepared to accept responsibilities but should not be too pushy and insistent on taking the lead.
> He should not seek to blame others for failures but to admit his own culpability. He should not point fingers or seek scapegoats.
> He should be modest and not seek praise and glory.
> He should know how to handle his followers as much as his superiors. He must be sensitive to the sensitivities of others.
> He should be willing to do what he expects others to do. He should uphold the slogan of leadership by example.
> He should be learned and more intelligent at least by comparison to the people he leads.
Dr Mahathir said a leader must know how to make his ideas become reality.
He said a leader must be aware of the needs and desires of his people, to evaluate them, to direct them in the proper direction, and to plan and execute together with his followers the objectives successfully.
He said the rise of great nations was invariably due to good leadership.
“When the leaders are incompetent, the countries would fall. The people may be the same, the background and the wealth and resources may be the same, but when leaders are incompetent or just plain bad, then great nations, even great empires can fall,” said Dr Mahathir, who was prime minister for 22 years. – BernamaSource: http://www.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/1/14/nation/19999516&sec=nation