4 leadership lessons from Ultron

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

4 leadership lessons from Ultron

Wait. Ultron, the bad guy? You must be joking.
Well, the biggest movie has come and gone to the fringes of movie listings by now.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron movie almost casually strolled to the US$1bil (RM3.7bil) mark in global takings barely 24 days after its initial release, becoming only the third film in history after The Dark Knight and the first Avengers movie, to hit the US$300mil mark in the United States 10 days after opening.
The numbers and popularity of the franchise is frankly, quite staggering.
Why wouldn’t it be, a movie headlined by Hollywood A-listers such as Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth and Scarlett Johansson. Featuring fit and buff superheroes and evil maniacal robot tyrants is also an almost bulletproof formula for blockbuster success.
It’s easy to dismiss the movie as cinematic fluff, one for little boys and kids, but when examined closely, there’s more meat to it than meets the eye.
Director Joss Whedon has somehow managed to balance the expectations of a huge franchise, along with the introduction of new characters, development of existing characters and load its 141-minute runtime with enough entertainment to leave you smiling rainbows by the end of it. No mean feat.
There’s plenty of heart and sophistication to its many developing plotlines, and with that, many lessons to take away from as well.
It would almost be cliché to use The Avengers as the basis of a simple study on team dynamics or the essential characters that make an effective team (having a chiselled-jaw Norse God on your side does give you certain advantages).
Instead we are going to shine the spotlight on the other character that make up the film’s title – the maniacally charming robot baddie Ultron, brought to life by the velvety-voiced James Spader.

Spoiler alert
Proceed with caution if you haven’t watched the movie but intend to do so in the future as the rest of the article will come with its fair share of spoilers.
Granted it would be safe to assume that everyone expects Ultron, the big bad guy, to bite proper dust by the end of the movie. This is after all a superhero movie based on a comic. You have to check some of the more humbling expects of reality at the door.
So, whatever we are going to learn from him is basically what you should NOT do as a leader of an organisation, given that he did not lead his band of robot clones to success.

1 Diversity is Not a Bad Word
Ultron may have amassed a sizeable army to battle the Avengers in the movie, but they were just mindless clones of himself who offered little variations in strategy and whose only strength appeared to be numbers.
As leaders, we must not be afraid to build teams consisting of members who are diverse, not just among themselves, but also from you.
It’s easy and comfortable for a leader to build a team around characters who share similar personalities and backgrounds with them. After all, you can at least ensure that decision-making meetings will be short and no idea of yours would be greeted with anything less than enthusiasm.
But teams that lack diversity will likely result in a team lacking in imagination and potentially, efficiency. Imagine having a hand with five thumbs and you’ll get the idea.

2 Don’t Be Too Emotional
For a robot, Ultron was inexplicably a huge sack of emotions. His sophisticated artificial intelligence came with a set of problems, namely the ability to feel.
He allowed his emotions to get the better of him, in particular his senseless hatred of the Avengers and the humans they swore to protect, resulting in poor decision-making and ultimately his downfall.
As leaders, it’s crucial to remain objective and sensible at all times. Being too emotional about something with regard to your organisation can cloud your objectivity about that very thing, which will result in negative consequences.
Plus, no one respects a leader who is emotionally volatile and appears to struggle to keep their attitudes in check.
People naturally gravitate towards leaders who can make objective and sound decisions and who can steady the ship through troubled waters.
Don’t mistake being emotional with being passionate, they are really not the same thing.

3 Being Ambitious Too Quickly Can Be Dangerous
If Ultron had decided to execute his nefarious plan of ridding the human race in stages, who knows, he may have succeeded.
Instead he decided to go for the jugular with his first strike, namely lifting the fictional nation of Sokovia up into the sky and dropping it down with a bang, supposedly resulting in an extinction-level event. Such a brazen plan was easily discovered by the heroes, who naturally foiled it and saved the day.
There’s nothing wrong with being ambitious as leaders. After all, Steve Jobs didn’t create the iPod by telling himself that he just wanted to work with what’s already out there.
But being too ambitious without proper cost-calculation and thought can result in an extinction-level event, for your organisation that is.
You don’t have to strike with a bang to signal your ambition. Ambition can be something you unfold slowly over a period of time based on solid planning and effective goal-setting.

4 Cascade Your Vision Clearly
One of the key reasons for Ultron’s downfall in the final act of the movie was the defection of the Maximoff twins, Wanda and Pietro, from his side to the Avengers.
The key reason for that? Well, he “forgot” to mention to them that he intended to wipe out the entire human race, for one.
As much as the twins hate Tony Stark, it somehow doesn’t quite cut the mustard that their hatred would drive them to side a maniacal robot that intends to end their species. Maybe Ultron intentionally decided not to tell them, or maybe it slipped his mind.
The point is a leader of any organisation would never be able to lead his or her team to success if they do not clearly tell them what that “success” would be.
If you consider yourself to be a good leader, then you would have a vision on how you want to run your team, department, organisation, etc – you need to clearly cascade that vision down to your team.
Failure to do so would result in a team pulling in different directions, ultimately leading each other to failure, simply because no one person was pulling towards the same direction.
As a leader, it is your duty to make your team understand what your vision is, and to manage them towards it.
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3 things to remember when you’re failing

Wednesday, 17 June 2015
3 things to remember when you’re failing
When ‘failure’ offers a better outcome than ‘success’
The first time I got dismissed from anything – my cherished position as an assistant magazine editor – I was just so mad. My superior told me something along the lines of, “Sorry – I gave you chances. But you just weren’t improving.”
Who dared to fire someone as talented as I am? I stewed for months before I realised how valuable a failure that was, occurring so early in my life.
After that episode I have failed time and again. For example, I started an education policy group that was best described as “useless”.
But each time, I learnt more and more about myself.
And at one point in time, I began learning to enjoy failure. I know that I wouldn’t have come so far in life without my various failures.
Here are three insights I have learnt about failing:

1 Failing is good for you – even though it can hurt
Failing is often the best catalyst for learning. You’ve probably heard that worn-out Thomas Edison quote that he discovered “10,000 ways that don’t work” before he finally invented a working lightbulb.
Failure is a great teacher because it allows you to learn what you shouldn’t do, or what you should do differently, the next time you try.

2 Failing shows you who your true supporters are in life
When you succeed, you seem to become a blooming flower: you attract all kinds of pretty butterflies that love your glory.
When you fail, you become a Rafflesia flower that only attracts the loyal flies – very often your family and close friends, who are ultimately worth more to you than the “butterflies”. You attract people who don’t judge you for what you do, but who you are.
In this way, failure reveals the underlying motivations of people around you.
Are they sticking by your side for some lovely ROI (return of investment)? Or are they supporting you because they believe in you and care about your wellbeing?

3 You will fail again (and again, and again) – that’s just life
Just like the dad might say in the Calvin and Hobbes comics, you build character through failing.
Success is great and all, but who’s stronger: the one who wins most of the time, or the one who picks oneself up after each fall?
It takes more than just guts to say, “Yes, I have failed and I have lived once again”. It takes inner strength to withstand the psychological pain and social embarrassment of failure.
These, in turn, create determination; the lessons you learn can positively motivate you to keep working toward success.

Provoking thoughts
Are you ready to fail in order to succeed? Or are you just content to succeed before you fail?

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Wednesday, 25 March 2015



Pernah dengar tentang bitcoin? kalau xpernah blh la google sekarang.

Fitcoin adalah aplikasi yang akan mengukur kadar senaman dan menukar kan nya kepada bitcoin.
Dikatakan bahawa dengan berlari di atas treadmill selama 5 saat boleh menghasilkan 5 bitcoin.

Info dari blogger TheSkop.
Untuk info selanjut nya blh rujuk di laman web mereka.

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5 Great Restaurant that Malaysians Queued up in 2014

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

5 Great Restaurant that Malaysians Queued up in 2014


2. NANA'S GREEN TEA at The Garden Mall


For more information, check here.

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Monday, 2 March 2015

Iklan Kekosongan Jawatan Pentadbiran (Kumpulan Pengurusan & Profesional dan Kumpulan Pelaksana) @UMP

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Assalamualaikum dan Salam Sejahtera,
Dimaklumkan bahawa iklan kekosongan Jawatan Pentadbiran (Kumpulan Pengurusan & Profesional dan Kumpulan Pelaksana) telah dibuka bagi memenuhi keperluan jawatan bertaraf Tetap dan Kontrak pada tahun ini, iaitu:
a) Pegawai Sains Gred C41;
b) Pegawai Teknologi Maklumat Gred F41;
c) Pegawai Latihan Vokasional Gred J41;
d) Pegawai Penyelidik Gred Q41;
e) Pustakawan Gred S41;
f) Pegawai Belia dan Sukan Gred S41;
g) Pegawai Kewangan Gred W41;
h) Pereka Gred B27;
i) Pegawai Kebudayaan Gred B17;
j) Jurufotografi Gred B17;
k) Penolong Pegawai Sains Gred C27;
l) Penolong Pegawai Teknologi Maklumat Gred F29;
m) Juruteknik Komputer Gred FT17;
n) Pembantu Kemahiran Gred H17;
o) Pembantu Awam Gred H11;
p) Penolong Pegawai Latihan Vokasional Gred J29;
q) Pembantu Pegawai Latihan Vokasional Gred J17;
r) Penolong Pegawai Keselamatan Gred KP27;
s) Pengawal Keselamatan Gred KP11;
t) Pembantu Tadbir (Perkeranian/Operasi) Gred N17;
u) Penyelia Asrama Gred N17;
v) Pembantu Perpustakaan Gred S17;
w) Penolong Pegawai Kesihatan Persekitaran Gred U29;
x) Jurupulih Perubatan (Anggota) Gred U29;
y) Penolong Akauntan Gred W27; dan
z) Pembantu Tadbir (Kewangan) Gred W17.
Keterangan lanjut mengenai jawatan dan syarat lantikan jawatan berkenaan boleh dirujuk melalui pautan Aplikasi Online > Kerjaya@UMP di laman web UMP.
Borang permohonan yang lengkap berserta resume dan salinan sijil-sijil yang berkaitan hendaklah dihantar ke Unit Perjawatan & Cuti Belajar (Perjawatan Bukan Akademik), Bahagian Pengurusan Sumber Manusia, Jabatan Pendaftar pada : 20 Mac 2015 (Jumaat).
Sebarang pertanyaan, sila hubungi Unit Perjawatan & Cuti Belajar (Perjawatan Bukan Akademik) di talian 09-5492522/8064/2573/3234.
Terima kasih.
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Saturday, 28 February 2015

~ 2-5 MAR 2015

Setiap tahun MWC 2015 akan diadakan dengan objektif utama pihak OEM untuk memperkenalkan produk terbaru mereka.

Tema WMC 2015 adalah THE EDGE OF INNOVATION. Tak pasti sama ada ini sememang tema tahun ini atau memang telah lama digunakan.

Antara produk yang diperkenalkan nanti adalah HTC One M8, Samsung Galaxy S6 & S6 EDGE, Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet dan banyak lagi.

Perkembangan MWC 2015 boleh diikuti di

Pelancaran rasmi HTC One M8 pula boleh ditonton secara online di website TheSkop.

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Friday, 27 February 2015

Hanya  beberapa website je yang diketahui dapat membantu untuk menambah pendapatan. Antaranya adalah:




Affiliate programme dari Lazada, Zalora dan lain-lain. (Tak pernah guna, tiada info)
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