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This blog has been designed most for the benefits of my students. I am interested in spiritual intelligence because I believe it leads to happiness and resilience. If you want copies of my published research (conference papers or articles in journals), feel free to contact me.

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Leadership training

This is an open invitation to all my students. I am interested in putting together a leadership porgramme for students at the end of the semester. This is the process I propose we follow:
a) Students sign up for the programme
b) We brainstorm the specific aims of the programme (skills, knowledge, building attitude,...) & discuss constraints (time, financial,....)
c) I will then develop the details of the programme
d) Students who are no longer interested can pull out. Students who are interested commit themselves fully.
e) We do the programme
f) At the end of the programme, I issue every participant with a certificate issued by HC Solutions Sdn Bhd [my wife's company]. This will go towards building your CVs as per our discussion in class.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Visit by Mr. Adam Said

Mr. Adam Said, CEO of Irshad ( will visit us either on Tuesdat 18th October (main plan) or on Thursday 20th October (back-up plan). This session is compolsary for students taking MGT2010 and it is open to students taking MGT6600. The details are

Venue: LT 1
Time: 10am to 11.20am (Tuesday)

Mr. Adam Said is a multimillionaire, owner of 3 companies and rubb shoulders with top people in the corporate world and the government. More importantly, his approach is 100% Islamic, which shows that you can be a good Muslim and very rich because of your brains and your hrad work. He has kindly agree to talk about how HR managers recruit new graduates. He plans to talk for about 20 minutes. The rest will be Q&A

Dress code: formal (i.e. no slippers, no jeans, no T short - slacks and proper shoes for the guys)

Take notes during his talk

Everybody has to have a least one question prepared. If there are not enough questions to sustain the 1h Q&A, I will be very upset! It is VERY difficult to get a speaker like this. To give you some ideas on the type of questions, I am listing some of the questions that I have,

1. What are the expectations of industry when it comes to fresh graduates?
2. How do HR staff identify good candidates?
3. What do people look for when it comes reviewing a CV / resume?
4. Are there clubs / societies that recruiters really like on a students' CV / resume?
5. How important is the CGPA for recruiters?
6. Which are the industries in which corruption is a major problem?
7. Which are the industries in which corruption is not a problem?
8. What are the common mistakes graduates make when preparing a CV?
9. What are the common mistakes garduates make when they attend an interview?
10. Should you lie during an interview?
11. Should you negotiate for a higher salary during the interview?
12. Some companies offer less salary but more learning opportunities. Would you recommend such companies?

The questions above are related to HR issues but you are allowed to widen the scope - if you want to know what it is like to start a company, feel free to ask.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Harvard Business School videos on You Tube

Everybody wants to score right? Yet many students seem to believe that their job is limited to attending classes and reading the textbook. Although these activities are very important, the truth is that there are hundreds of good videos on You Tube that relate to management. You want to know about leadership? Teamwork? motivation? Strategy. It's all there for you to watch. In many cases, they add insights that are not in the textbook. Here is a video from Michael Porter. Watch it carefully and compare it with the explanation in the textbook. It is the same but it is different........

Another soft skills session