• branding
  • Become An Influencer

    Become an influencer

    11 years ago, in the home office of my two-bedroom apartment, I started a magazine. It was called HR Matters and it was a quarterly human resource publication. There was no other HR magazine at the time in Malaysia. Here I was, an ex-lawyer turned entrepreneur, delivering executive education programmes in the Klang Valley deciding […]

  • career
  • Creating a Compelling Presence on LinkedIn

    Creating a Compelling Presence on LinkedIn

    Presence is more than just being there – Malcolm Forbes Take a good look at the headshot above. Congrats to the photographer who so beautifully captured this gentleman but also to the man himself for being so open, positive and brimming with energy. What’s great about this photo? First, absolutely great lighting, of course. But […]

  • career
  • What Am I Doing Wrong?

    What am I doing wrong?

    Unemployed and still looking for a job Some years back, I came across an earnest post by a Solution Specialist on one of the HR groups on LinkedIn. Bob (not his real name) had been unemployed for almost two years, after the printing company he was working for closed down. He had been in the […]

  • communication
  • Learning by Doing

    Learning by doing

    [ Trial and error as the way forward  ] Many people who are reluctant to start writing are driven by an understandable fear : the fear of what others might say; the fear that they may not be good enough; the fear that they have nothing intelligent to add to the discussion; the fear that […]

  • communication
  • Communicate Clearly

    Communicate Clearly

    [ Six ways to become more effective ] Let’s start with the idea that communicating with others is generally hard. When we communicate, the idea is to share or exchange information, ideas or news but there is so much that hinders the process that it can fail even before we start. Take misunderstanding, for example […]

  • writing
  • How to Begin the Writing Process

    How to Begin the Writing Process

    [ Differentiating between writing and editing ] In Writing Your First Article, we took a look at a number of different elements pertaining to the task of writing. We dealt with how to overcome fear, the importance of making a plan and how to go about choosing topics that make the most sense for you. […]