Friday, May 24, 2019

Competency or Racist?

1. One of the recent issues was many employers put the ability to converse in Mandarin as part of the condition in jobs application. And there was a study done to investigate the issue of the racial factor in getting a job in the private sector. In that survey, they created 7 faked resumes with almost the same qualifications, age, and experience. The only difference is the race and they photoshopped the same picture to look like different races. The outcome? Chinese have the highest number on call for interviews.

2. This study has created mixed reactions from the public. Many of them accused that employers are being racist (of course this might refer to the Chinese based organization). They look at the race factor as compared to the competency of the applicants.

3. Is it true? I might have a different opinion on this. And I am going to share my views from a Malay lense.

4. First of all, let's look at the Malay based companies? Aren't they also will prioritize hiring Malay first before any other races? In my observation, Malay based companies will hire Malay first. To me, this is a normal reaction. When we help people, we always wanted to help people who are closest to us first. We will help our family members first, our relatives, and our closest friends before we open it up to the public.

5. Secondly, it is all about perception. We have to accept the fact that people have perception. And we will always make our judgment based on our perception. We have perception towards the westerners, we have perception towards the Japanese, we have perception towards the Bangladeshis. And they too have a perception towards Malay.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

3 Lessons from Gary Vee

Recently I attended the National Achievers Congress 2019: Unlock Your Potential organized by Success Resources. Some of their keynote speakers are Gary Vee and Grant Cordone. Both of them are great in their own way.

If you don't know who Gary Vee or Gary Vaynerchuk, is someone who have the authority in the social media platform. He shared a lot of wisdom in many platform to spread out some message and building personal branding. The speech was awesome and indeed many lessons that I picked up. And today I am going to share with you 3 things that I learn from him during the session:

1. The reason why people cannot be a good leader is because they have selfish expectation to their employee

Most of the time people will assume when they are a leader, they have the rights to ask their people to do something for them. That is not true. It might sound counter-intuitive, but when we are a leader our role is to serve our people.

We heard a lot of cases that people resigned because of their MANAGER. That is because when people are being promoted as a manager, they tend to think that they deserve the position and ask people to do things as per their expectation. The employee is being paid and they are obligated to do as being told. Well that might be true towards a certain extend, but in today's world not anymore.