Saturday, January 10, 2009

Azam lama yang diperbaharui, Go Home

Baru-baru ini cikgu bertemu kawan lama. Tak lah lama sangat, tapi cukup lama tak jumpa sehingga cikgu lihat secara fiziknya, kawan cikgu sudah ada sedikit perubahan. Jiwanya kedengaran semakin kuat, cekal dan bersemangat. Cuma batuk2 sahaja yang menurutnya sudah lama tapi tak sembuh2.

Alhamdulillah pertemuan diatur dan masing2 menyatakan azam lama yang terbantut. Bercita2 bersama untuk perbaharui azam, dia ajak cikgu ke sebuah gym di tengah bandar. Seronoknya, siap ada tempat solat, sauna, mandian stim, macam2 alatan senam. Ada wifi, minum2 percuma (percuma? - included dalam pakejla tu). Sungguh excited. Cikgu terus sign in, jadi member, kawan cikgu bayarkan dulu. Macam tu lah kawan....

Jadi tahun ni, cikgu akan memperbaharui azam lama, nak exercise consistently, nak keep fit. Tahun ni, cikgu dah beritau suami, yang cikgu nak menikmati rezeki yang Allah beri. Cikgu nak gembirakan hati anak2 cikgu. Nak upgrade kehidupan dengan manambah sedeqah. Mudah2an Allah taala menerima segala amal kebaikan, walaupun kebaikan itu hanya untuk diri sendiri (selfish nyer!).

Ha, azam paling best. cikgu beritau bos, tahun ini cikgu nak balik cepat dari sekolah. Hooray!

Mari kita share apa yang cikgu baca dalam sebuah buku management yang ditulis oleh seorang penulis orang putih, namanya Richard Templar. Begini katanya ......

Go Home

“ Many managers follow the notion of busy fools and confuse hard work with long hours. They think because they work 15-hours days and forget their children’s names, they must be bloody good managers. The best sales manager I worked with never once worked beyond 5.30 pm”

‘Caspian Woods, From Acorns – How to build your
brilliant business from scratch’

Another manager I worked with stayed late, got in early, skipped lunch and kept his head down and grafted every second he was there. Guess who got promoted over him? Yep, Bob again from Rule 70. Mr Cool Dude.

One of Bob’s favourite lines, to me anyway, was, ‘Go home, Rich, go home. You’ve got a young family, go home and see them before they forget what you look like. Either that or send them a photo before they really forget.’ Naturally I went home. As did Bob, a lot. In fact he was at work so little he got promoted again. His secret? His team, of which I was one, would have done anything for him. We went that extra mile. We would never have willingly let him down. Bob inspired loyalty in his staff in a way I’ve rarely seen since. He made all of us feel grown-up, trusted, treated in a respectful way. He never shouted, abused, put upon, demanded, overworked, or humiliated his team. I never saw him have to discipline anyone, ever. He was charismatic and charming, cool and relaxed. He cooked us all like small fish.

He said his secret was his family. For them he worked. He adored his children and would rather have been home with them than working. His love for them showed and he wore the badge of happy family man with great pride. He talked a lot about his kids and his wife and was obviously very happy with them.

He never stayed late because that would have been disloyal to his number-one-priority- his family. This gave them great depth. He was well rounded and balanced. He was at ease with himself. He had nothing to prove at work because he was content at home. I’ve worked with some complete bastards and I can say the only thing they all had in common was a bad home life. Their base camp was corrupt and it showed. So, my dear friend, GO HOME.

Richard Templar – ‘The Rules of Management’

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