Thursday, June 22, 2017

Salam Aidilfitri - Khamis di Sinar Harian

Jadikan Malaysia Negara CEMERLANG:
Pimpin dengan Menghapuskan Ketidakpastian*

Untuk jadikan Malaysia Negara Cemerlang, kita perlukan pemimpin yang efektif di semua peringkat. Pemimpin yang boleh menghapuskan ketidakpastian. Mereka yang mampu membawa visi dan matlamat yang rakyat Malaysia impikan dan pada masa yang sama dapat menyelesaikan masalah yang dihadapi pada hari ini. Pemimpin yang boleh melahirkan kerelaan dalam hati rakyat untuk bertindak secara bertanggungjawab dan beretika demi faedah bersama.  

1.    Apakah itu pemimpin?
Apakah perbezaan asas antara seorang pemimpin dan pengikut? Secara mudahnya, pemimpin ada pengikut. Maka, untuk mengenali apakah itu pemimpin, kita mesti mengkaji kenapa seseorang manusia itu rela mengikut manusia yang lain. Kunci jawapannya ada pada prinsip followership iaitu psikologi dalam kerelaan mengikut. Setelah kita faham psikologi ini, kita akan dapat kenal pasti rahsia kepimpinan.
2.    Kenapa seseorang manusia itu rela mengikut manusia lain?
Adakah sebab karisma? Suri teladan? Kepandaian? Kewarakan? Wang? Kuasa? Jenama? Umur? Keturunan dan sebagainya? Tidak. Itu semua hanya alat untuk memimpin; kaedah-kaedah yang boleh digunakan untuk menghapuskan ketidakpastian dalam minda pengikut. Misal kata kita terperangkap dalam kebakaran, kita rela ikut budak yang hanya berumur 10 tahun jika dia dapat tunjukkan jalan keluar yang pasti. Ini menunjukkan bahawa sesiapa saja boleh menjadi pemimpin asalkan dia dapat menghapuskan ketidakpastian. Pemimpin yang dapat menghapuskan ketidakpastian akan berjaya. Kalau tak, dia akan ditinggalkan pengikutnya.

3.    Bagaimana menghapuskan ketidakpastian?
Amalkan sifat amanah dan bersih. Bina kepercayaan dalam kalangan pengikut melalui hubungan yang jujur, berintegriti dan beretika. Penuhi semua janji. Jangan balas kejahatan dengan kejahatan. Sentiasa fokus pada arah tuju yang ditetapkan dan sedia beristiqamah untuk mempertahankan nilai-nilai murni tersebut walaupun dilanda kesukaran dan cabaran yang menggunung. Konsisten selalu dan jangan flip-flop. Adakah anda akan terus bertindak untuk menghabiskan kerja kalau bos asyik-asyik ubah arahan dan tidak pasti?

Di zubedy, sumber kekuatan program latihan kami ialah nilai-nilai murni dan tradisi yang dikongsi bersama. Kami percaya dalam hati rakyat Malaysia, kita mahukan yang terbaik untuk setiap anak-anak Malaysia kerana negara kita tidak akan berjaya jika ada yang tertinggal.

Kita semua harus Hapuskan Ketidakpastian dan jadikan Malaysia Negara CEMERLANG.

Usahakan yang terbaik,
Salam Aidilfitri.

*Idea dalam mesej ini adalah sebahagian daripada konsep teras program Making A Difference through P3 (Laksana Perubahan melalui P3) kami.

Have A Meaningful Aidilfitri - Thursday in The STAR

Make Malaysia GREAT:
Lead by Removing Uncertainties*

To Make Malaysia Great, we need effective leaders at all levels. Leaders who can remove uncertainties. Those who are able to present vision and goals of the future that Malaysians can desire while at the same time are able to solve problems we face today.  Leaders who can generate a willingness within the rakyat to follow along a socially responsible, ethical and mutually beneficial course of action.

1.    What makes a leader?
What is the fundamental difference between a leader and a follower? Basically, leaders have followers. To know what makes a leader, we must ask why people follow people. The answer is in followership. Why do we choose to follow a leader while others do not? How does followership work?

2.    Why people follow people? What triggers and maintains followership?
Is it Charisma? Good Role Modeling? Intelligence? Religiosity? Money? Power? Branding? Seniority? Lineage, etc? No. These are simply tools of leadership. Tools that one can use to remove uncertainties in the minds of the followers. Trapped in a fire, we will even follow a 10-year-old who can show a passage to safety because he can show us a certain way out. People want to be sure and seek what is certain. Leaders can either clarify the uncertainty and confusion experienced by their followers and come out on top, or they can submit to the uncertainty, and end up being abandoned.

3.    How to Remove Uncertainties?
Be authentic - build legitimacy through honest relationships with followers by telling the truth, being ethical, doing what is right, keeping your promises and practising mercy. Be focus and show that you are willing to stay the course in keeping with the values even when the time is tough and you are pushed to a corner. Be consistent, don’t flip flop.  Don’t you realise that you do not move to action when you have a superior who is uncertain and changes his mind ever too often?

At zubedy, our programs and activities draw strength from our shared values and traditions. We believe that at heart, all Malaysians want good things for themselves and for their brother and sister Malaysians, simply because our nation cannot prosper as a whole if some of us are left behind.

You and I, must Remove Uncertainties and Make Malaysia GREAT.

Let us add value,
Have a meaningful Aidilfitri.

*The idea presented in this message is part of our Making A Difference through P3 program’s core concepts.

Friday, June 16, 2017

#BuildSomethingNice - Providing Access to Clean Water for People of Pulau Banggi

THE VILLAGERS on the Banggi Island has to travel hours to get clean water and when they could not, they rely on rainwater, dried up streams and wells contaminated by dead rats that were also looking for water. But things can change with #BuildSomethingNice. You can be part of this project to build a water supply system and solve the issue once and for all.

#BuildSomethingNice Initiative for Gravity-Fed Water Supply System

This year, #SaySomethingNice will continue its fundraising initiative from last year called #BuildSomethingNice - to build and maintain a gravity-fed water supply system on Banggi Island, specifically at Kampung Palak and its five surrounding villages. This project will benefit at least 1,000 villagers in the area.
The funds collected will be channelled to Beyond Pitas and Kupi-Kupi FM, an NGO and a radio station both based in Sabah respectively who brought the #BanggiWaterCrisis into the limelight. We are looking for more contribution to help bring clean water to the villagers. Refer to the poster below for more information.

Moving forward, a water catchment area on a hilltop is going to be reinforced and expanded. Inlet tubing will also be increased from 2 inches to 4 inches to ensure enough water pressure. A concrete reservoir that would store 2,400 gallons of water will be built. The remaining 3.5km poly pipes will be installed which will run straight to the centre of the village.

Background on Pulau Banggi

Situated some 40km northeast of Kudat, Pulau Banggi is the largest island in Malaysia. It can be reached by ferry in two hours and one hour by speed boat. An estimated of 20,000 people live on the island in some 50 villages in total. The Banggi people are Sabah’s smallest indigenous group and they speak a unique non-Bornean dialect.

Let us #BuildSomethingNice and bring water to the people of Banggi.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Have a Meaningful Gawai

TODAY is June 1st and it is the first day of the Gawai Dayak. Celebrated every June 1st to June 2nd by the Dayak community in Sarawak, the festival is similar to the Kaamatan festival which is celebrated every May 30th to May 31st by the Kadazandusun Murut community in Sabah. Many Malaysians, especially in Peninsular Malaysia may not know this but, Dayak is a collective name for the tribes of Iban, Bidayuh, Kayan, Kenyah, Kelabit, Murut and more. The Gawai Dayak festival is both a religious and social celebration. It is a form of thanksgiving for the bountiful harvest and marks the preparation for a new farming season and life in general.

Celebration of Unity

The Gawai Dayak festival is a symbol of unity, aspiration and hope for the Dayak community and is an integral part of the Dayak social life today. It was only formally gazetted as a public holiday at the state level in 1964 in place of Sarawak Day. Initially, the colonial government refused to declare it as a public holiday for the Dayak people because they were afraid that other minority groups would make similar demands. After two years, Sarawak gained independence from Britain and formed Malaysia and now, Malaysians never fail to observe Gawai Day. It has become a celebration of Sarawak’s rich cultural heritage and a tourist attraction for the Land of the Hornbills.
Gawai Dayak 101
Preparations for the festival begin with the brewing of tuak (rice wine). On the evening of May 31st, a ceremony called Muai Antu Rua (to cast away the spirit of greediness) is initiated to stop bad luck during the celebration. Around 6 pm, the offering ceremony known as miring will take place in the longhouse ruai or common place where the feast chief would give thanks to the gods for the good harvest, to ask for guidance, blessings and long life as he sacrifices a cockerel. At the stroke of midnight, everyone will drink Ai Pengayu (tuak for long life) and there will be eating, singing and dancing known as the ngajat. The longhouse never sleeps until the next day. In the morning, they will visit family and friends, known as ngabang.
Today, let us enchant ourselves with the rich cultural heritage of our brethren in Sarawak and Sabah.
Selamat Ari Gawai. Gayu Guru Gerai Nyamai.
Kotobian Tadau Tagazo Do Kaamatan.

Let us #SaySomethingNice and celebrate Gawai Dayak festival.