21 July 2010

Management: The hows

I've always thought, management was the process of organising people into functional, productive individuals. And ensuring that these tasks are assigned to those who are best suited for their roles and driving them to connect to the business's goal over all. Like a body with organs, functioning together to make you and I live.

It appears to me, however, I've stumbled onto some sort of a revelation, probably a little late. I think I realised that management is also the ability to manage yourself, first and foremost. And to use your power responsibly, ethically and ensuring that, while your own staff may be working together, you are not sabotaging their work by being counter productive.

An unappreciative boss is a demotivating rotten apple.

And so would be the angry, fuming man that you need to meet every day.

And a care free one, may allow you to step out of the box, but when you return you may find that the box has disappeared.

A mixed one may confuse you, and if you're a man, a moody one may fly right past you ( I hate to be sexist, but women are better at reading moods).

An overly protective one may make you feel like a gem, but some point of time you'll end up being a big fish in a small pond.

Some more from Sowmya,

Thankless Bosses - Those who express perpetual dissatisfaction intentionally so you will try harder to please them.

Micromanagers - Headmasters with a cane in hand, they demand hourly report on work status, your occupation etc.

Process Maniacs - These can be ridiculous and disastrous if they are dumb about everything else other than process. They want to adhere to timelines, schedule, the expected number of documents even if none of them serve their purpose.

Those who exercise authority needlessly - find flaws just because they have a right/authority to, give a dozen review comments, 9 out of them related to document formatting....

And the list of bad bosses goes on. And when they say a boss is good, I wonder, how many say they're good because they actually are good. And how many say it because it's pleasing to the ear?

And I'm learning that it's a lot more tricky that it looks. And you have to be a trickster, a juggler, a spectator, a caged animal, an opening act and well, a clown to really run a circus.

10 July 2010


It's a rainy Saturday night, and I'm home nursing a hangover. I thank my stars I can afford to have, buttered sweet potatoes & sweet corn, then ice cream and not feel guilty about the carb-fat overdose.

More importantly, up
on the completion of a nice little movie called Marley & Me, that makes you laugh a majority of the movie, and I don't know about you, but I start crying as the movie ends, uncontrollably every time I watch it, and go find Fidel.

I'm happy to see my little man curled up on the sofa, warm and asleep. I give him a hug, and he wakes up wanting a belly rub. A night like this, I'm happy to indulge him. He gives me a lick, runs to the bathroom for a quick toilet break and stretches out on the floor to continue sleeping/snoring.

From the movie: "Dogs don't care if you're rich or poor, don't care about a new car or home. Give them your heart and they will give you theirs. How many people can you say that about?"

04 July 2010

Malaysian Food

Presenting to all.. the array of Malaysian food that I had the pleasure of
hogging on my trip there. Unfortunately this isn't an extensive list of everything that's on the menu, nor even everything that I ate. But I do know a lot of people are heading over there, and well, here are a few...

Cincau & Soya Bean Milk

Kuih Muih- Available in a stalls along the road or grocery shops, night and day markets. Not as sweet as Indian sweets but filling desserts.

Roast Chicken Rice- Normally served with rice & sambal with soup.

Roti Canai (Chanai)- Close relative of the Malabar Parota or the Kerala Parota

Nasi Lemak Chicken.

Putu Mayam- Served with grated coconut and jaggery (gula melaka).

Claypot Mutton Curry

Nasi Lemak Rendang

Four Heavanly Vegetables- tossed around in chilli sambal.

Chicken soup with Old Cucumber.

Chinese Tea