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The ‘CAN DO’ Attitude! A Sneak Preview to AKLT’s Leadership Foundation Course Module 3 (Part #1)

April 14th, 2008 by Wai Loong (Add Your Comment)

Dear friend, thank you so much for dropping by!

Yes, and believe it or not… personal development blogs are not very popular for some unknown reasons and I’m glad I’ve made it through my first year!

Boy am I proud to announced that I’ve managed to persevere through a year of blogging consistently, particularly on many of my long and detailed posts which many have taken me days to research before I finish drafting them! I trust you’ll appreciate my work, no?

Why do I say that? First of all, my writings usually provokes the human brain so much that very few people actually takes the effort to finish reading my entire article.

Now, that’s perfectly normal because the neurons in the human brain is lazy by nature to create new connections (or synapse), unless specific efforts are made. That’s why I like to leave the article running for about a week before moving on to the next one.

Ok, I’ll must admit honestly here that I’m almost consistent with my writings except for a few weeks of slippage due to some recent personal de-motivation and lack of personal focus.

Fortunately, I’m still very passionate to share what I’ve learn in my life and I trust you can benefit somehow from my own experience.

Now, I don’t get paid training from my organization very often… which is why this week I’ve got something excited to share. I know you may have heard of Adam Khoo Learning Technologies (AKLT) by now. If not, then you should quickly check out this amazing organization on Google now!

Leadership Foundation Course April 2008 001

AKLT is based in Singapore, with its HQ dominating the entire (almost) ground floor of Keppel Towers. You can easily reach the office by exiting from Tanjong Pagar MRT station, turn left to Amara Hotel and across the road.

Interestingly, this leadership course was facilitated by expert trainers instead of Adam himself. Nevertheless, the content in this 2 day short course (10th to 11th April 2008) turned out to be amazingly powerful!

The full leadership course comprises of 3 modules and this is the third one. According to Ramesh, the first expert trainer, it is not necessary for one to attend the course in sequence.

If you’re looking to break away from your existing and preconceived set mind, and to achieve quantum leaps in all areas of your life, pay special attention to this lengthy article and see if it makes any sense to you.

Here are some of the findings I’ve carefully taken down and I’ll openly and freely share with you here for your benefit. And please don’t think I’d make any commission by promoting Adam’s courses here. It takes effort on my part to put this together… and you may not even appreciate what I’m doing here, but that’s fine for me anyway.

But if you do find some useful lessons that you’ve picked up here that you can take away, or want to share, please feel free to share them on my comments.

Vision and Mission: What is The Game Plan?

If your organization has no vision and mission, or equivalent, then you and your organization are in trouble! Don’t be fooled that vision and mission statements are for your customers to see! If you think it’s a joke, that’s exactly what was replied from a very senior vice president from the organization I’m with!

One of the most impactful re-engineering made on vision and mission statements, is by Jack Welch, the former CEO of General Electric. He coined the term “The Game” for vision, and “The Game Plan” for mission.

In business, “The Game” is really understanding the complete landscape of your chosen business core, such as understanding everything about your competitors, focus on efficiency, cutting down mistakes, achieving quantum leaps in quality of products and services, identifying types of consumers and customers in your target market etc.

The Game Plan“, is one that aims to win, one that uncovers information of your competitors and customers as much as possible, identifying ways of failures, and adapting to changes in the marketplaces as business procedures are executed.

As noted, it is much clearer and specific.

Obviously, the messages has to be clearly communicated to all people in all levels, and not as a side note hidden in employee passes, or on the walls of reception at cooperate offices.

Mastering Change & You.Inc:

This part is hard to accept by many people – at least this is what I suspect!

Unfortunately, the sooner you realize this, the better. Remember what I pointed out in on of my previous article, “Where Did All Your Money Go To“?

Yes, the landscape of how you perceive your career has to change, and hopefully you change fast enough or get obsoleted quickly and wondering what hit you.

Gone are the days of job stability and amazingly, the Singapore Government has recognize that very quickly! Why do you think the Singapore Government do certain promotions like courtesy or life long learning campaigns? If folks are so willingly to embrace these campaigns so easily, then it is most certainly a waste of tax payers’ money!

Think about that for a minute and allow the concept to sink in.

And if you’re back from your thoughts, and figured out what I’m pointing at quickly here, give yourself a five!

Yes! Singaporeans in general are too complacent and see no reasons why they should adapt to global changes that’s happening right here and now. Noticed how many displaced professionals are there in the market right now when they reach their mid 40’s?

Exactly why it happened is primary due getting stuck to one’s comfort zones which translates to one’s unwillingness to step beyond that and pursue their passion and love.

Many people think specialization is the key, but I disagree. Specialization may help, but adaptation of one’s specialty to the changing economy and leveraging that to design one’s career around it, is of a completely different world altogether!

And one of the key to stop struggling, is to love what you do, do what you love, and pursue that love of yours passionately without burning yourself up as your age catches on.

My previous article, “Connecting The Dots” should at least assist you to find that love of yours somehow.

If you’ve read my previous article, remember what Steve Jobs said? I’m duplicating it here for your convenience:

You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers.

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.

If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.

As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on.

So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.

– Steve Jobs

The new paradigm of associating oneself to one’s career is suggested based on value creation:

You Inc. Service and Value Creation For Your Customers

How do you correlate that to what Steve said?

Notice the orientation of you in the diagram?

Yes, even if you’re an employee, the service you rendered to your client (employer) is of certain market value. That’s why you get paid today. In short, you’re currently compensated at what is perceived to be at rated market value.

Fast forward 10 years from now…

What happens when you discover that the value you render is depreciated, easily replaceable by cheaper alternatives or completely made redundant by work processes, technologies etc?

Let’s assume that your value dilution is due to some economic factors, rather than physical or health reasons. Is there something you can do now to insure or minimize that kind of impact on yourself?

The answer is an astounding yes!

Study the model carefully again and see if you can find your own answers from what advice that Steve Jobs has given to the group of Stanford university graduates.

How To Achieve Quantum Breakthroughs in Your Career:

Recognize that your brain and mind is infinite and embracing the “Can Do” attitude, is one big step towards achieving possible quantum breakthroughs in your career!

When you start questioning your existing methods and process, and comparing that against your competitors, you may start to slowly discover some wisdom…

Practice Makes Perfect? That’s a Lie!

If you keep doing what you’ve been always doing (ie. your habits), do you think it’ll guarantee you any breakthrough? Unfortunately, as our trainer Ramesh had pointed out, the statement “practice makes perfect” has been a lie all the while. So where’s the proof? Well, one thing is for sure (at least for me!)…

Ask yourself this question: “Do you brush your teeth often enough?”

As much as you want to debate, brushing your teeth 3 times a day for the past 25 years will be considerable feat by anyone who claims to do so. Even with that track record, your dentist will probably tell you you’ve not been brushing it well.


The truth is, your techniques might be incorrect, or you might have used a worn out brush…

So to be more exact, “Practice Makes Permanent“. Old habits tend to die hard. Only “by practicing using the methods that produces directional and desirable changes makes a practice perfect”.

And that to achieve quantum breakthroughs in whatever one desires, one may have to improvise or derive completely new ways or methods to outperform tasks what one may have been so comfortable using.

Want To Improve Your Memory?

Yes, the brain is lazy and is resistant to mental efforts that forces it to changes.

Scientifically, it means establishing synapse connections (see Youtube videos below).
Video #1: Discovery Channel – Neurons and How They Work
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Video #2: The Miracle in Human Brain
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Note: These are the exact videos I’ve watched during the course so you got to enjoy it at the comfort of your home!

Now that you realize how powerful your brain is, were you fascinated like I did?

How about if I teach you some methods to improve your memory? Would you like to learn it and apply it to whatever good that you may be doing?

Here’s the challenge, and it’s the same exact words I pull off from my head off the course (3 days later) without referring to any notes as I’m typing this out in sequence:

oak tree

My challenge for you here, is for you to memorize as many words as possible in 2 minutes out of this 30-word list. When you’re done, take a piece of paper and a pen, and write down as many words you can remember (without referring to the list again). And please do not cheat!

It’s been a long post so far, so I should reveal the secrets on my next post.

Until then, I can only say, “It’s all in the mind”.

I’ll catch up with you on my next post soon!

Good sharing and live a life with passion!

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Wai Loong is an electronics engineer by profession. He currently resides in Singapore, a thriving hub at the heart of South-East Asia. When he is not so stress out on the computers or laboratory, he enjoys value reading, jogging at his own pace and blogging in his spare time. Other times, he likes to catch up with some close friends over a cup of latte or teh tarik. As a gift from this friend, you are invited to interact freely with him on his personal blog.

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