Tuesday, July 30, 2019

BOOK REVIEW The Steve Jobs Way: iLeadership for a New Generation (2011) by Jay Elliot



The Steve Jobs Way: iLeadership for a New Generation (2011)
by Jay Elliot with William L. Simon

I’ve read half a dozen books about Steve Jobs, the man who revolutionized the way we use technology. Among the most detail books on Jobs is by Walter Isaacson. One of the best! But what makes this book unique among many, even in comparison with Isaacson’s, is that Jay Elliot brings a deep, personal and insider perspective of Steve Jobs’ unique leadership style. Jay was the senior vice president of Apple Computer and responsible for many projects and management works. He reported directly to Steve Jobs when Jobs was a chairman of the board.  He wrote in the author’s note: “I’ve known and worked with the leaders of IBM and Intel; I’ve met great leaders and thinkers, including Jack Welch, Buckminster Fuller, and Joseph Campbell, and discussed the next paradigm change in organizational structure with John Drucker. Steve is in the class by himself.”

I find that Jobs can be a difficult leader to work with and not all of his leadership skills can be emulated because it is unique to him. There will never be another Steve Jobs is as true as there can’t be another you. He is unique (and broken) as much as anyone of us. But nevertheless, I’ve learned Three (3) Great Lessons on Leadership from the genius of Steve Jobs:

#1 Aim for Excellent. Jobs always strived for one thing - the best user experience and feedback. That vision drove him in every creation that he and Wozniak made during their cooperation time. Jay writes, “Steve Jobs understood something that a lot of companies try to do, but are rarely successful at. The more he advanced, the simpler his products became. In some instances, it’s less about the product and more about the user. Every user wants to be successful. When you know how to operate something masterfully, how does it make you feel? More people will buy if customers feel good using the product.” Jobs sometimes delay the launching of the products because he doesn’t want to display a ‘lousy’ product. Excellent and perfection can be similar but as a leader, perfection is ideal but unachievable. The way I see it, Jobs aims for excellent!

#2 Be a Team Player. Sometimes people portrait Jobs as a narcissist (well, there is some truth in it) but as you read this book further you’ll find that he believes in the power of synergy, mutual trust and sense of belonging in a team. For example, during the development process in the company, Jobs referred to his Mac engineers as his most trusted associates. Each employee was provided with a T-shirt with Jobs’ single-quote: “Pirates! Not the Navy.” Jay recalls, “When I joined Apple, Steve had already come to a keen understanding that people become motivated when their manager or leader makes a direct, active, personal connection to the people and the product. He found that's the best way to inspire others.” When people think of Apple, people always equate it with Jobs, the founder, and mastermind. But Jobs understands and admits that all of these - the company and the products - are nothing without his teams.

#3 Ignite Passion. Passion is contagious. Steve Jobs displayed passion so strong that the people who work with him can simply be energized when they near him. “I believe that business is a reflection of its leader, its champion,” reasons Jay. “Like children who sense when someone isn’t sincere, you can’t fake it. You need to be passionate about the products you are creating, promoting, marketing, or selling, and that means you need to be in a company and an industry you truly care about. Steve Jobs could not have achieved what he has without passion, a commitment to excellence, great branding, and the openness to learn from his mistake.”


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Saturday, July 27, 2019

DOCUMENTARY REVIEW Particle Fever (2013) produced by‎ David Kaplan‎ & ‎Mark Levinson



Particle Fever (2013) produced by‎ David Kaplan‎ & ‎Mark Levinson

About: Imagine being able to watch as Edison turned on the first light bulb, or as Franklin received his first jolt of electricity. For the first time, a film gives audiences a front-row seat to a significant and inspiring scientific breakthrough as it happens. Particle Fever follows six brilliant scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, marking the start-up of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet, pushing the edge of human innovation.

As they seek to unravel the mysteries of the universe, 10,000 scientists from over 100 countries joined forces in pursuit of a single goal: to recreate conditions that existed just moments after the Big Bang and find the Higgs boson, potentially explaining the origin of all matter.

But our heroes confront an even bigger challenge: have we reached our limit in understanding why we exist? If you love this question and the journey of science, I recommend this highly educated and entertaining documentary!


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DOCUMENTARY REVIEW The Story of Science: Power, Proof and Passion (2010) presented by Michael Mosley



The Story of Science: Power, Proof and Passion (2010)
by BBC presented by Michael Mosley

When I was in secondary school, I was always fascinated with science. I remember during recess time I went to the library, took books about the planets with pictures and devoured my reading. Reading wasn't my hobby back then but my interest in science superseded it. I don't remember I want to be a scientist back then but I do want to be the most knowledgeable man in the universe! (Both didn't happen, btw). I love The Story of Science documentary because it tries (yes, tried) to answer these six (6) fundamental questions of the humankind:

#1 What Is Out There?
#2 What is the World Made of?
#3 How Did We Get Here?
#4 Can We Have Unlimited Power?
#5 What Is the Secret of Life?
#6 Who Are We?

For about three thousand years, we – as humankind – have struggled to answer the great questions like the above. I do because I'm fascinated (using this word again) by these questions especially How Did We Get Here? and What Is the Secret of Life? Michael Mosley, an award-winning journalist, is very good at narrating this insightful and entertaining series. He is funny and serious at the same time. From the Cosmos to the Earth to the Mind to the Body to the world of Ideas. This series "reveals how the political upheavals of history combine with iconic inventions and discoveries, along with the ideas of great thinkers (such as Galileo, Newton, Einstein and Darwin), to create the advances that have transformed our lives." The more I try to understand the world around and within me – the what, the where, the how and the why – the more I'm in awe with the beauty and the wisdom of God, the Creator. I believe in God but I also appreciate the effort, the contribution and the power of science to explain these questions. I love science!


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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

BOOK REVIEW The Ruler's Guide: China's Greatest Emperor and His Timeless Secrets of Success (2017)



The Ruler's Guide: China's Greatest Emperor and His Timeless Secrets of Success (2017)
by Chinghua Tang

"The ruler has only one heart," says Tang Taizong, the greatest emperor of China (598-649), a good leader and wise ruler, "but it is the goal of many people. Some want to win it by bravery, some want to win it by eloquence, some by flattery, some by cunning, some by satisfying its desires. The ruler is being assaulted from all sides. Everybody tries to sell him something in order to attain power and wealth. If he drops his guard for one moment, he can make a serious mistake and get into trouble. That is why it is difficult to be a ruler." Just change the word ‘ruler’ to ‘leader’ and The Ruler’s Guide automatically become a leadership book.

I have to choose between reading Sun Tzu's The Art of War and Chinghua Tang's The Ruler's Guide because if I read one and then I don't like what I read, I won't read the other one. I'm glad I've chosen (if you believe in human's freewill) The Ruler's Guide. Probably I will read The Art of War soon. In this 160+ pages book, Chinghua Tang, Shanghai-born who runs his management consulting firm, Concorde Universal Inc. in New York, presents conversations between Taizong and his wise and talented advisors that reveal core aspects of leadership, management, government and personal legacy. I don't like the fact that he killed his brother to gain the throne but after he became China's emperor, he was a change – not perfect – man. When he founded the Tang dynasty (his dynasty lasted about 300 years, the longest), Taizong was only 28 years old. He was a fierce warrior who killed about 1,000 enemies on the battlefield but more than that, he is a great leader on par with Augustus, Genghis Khan and Napoleon.

The format of this book is simple. The primary source for the quotes based on the conversations between Tang Taizong and his advisors is from The Zhenguan Executive Guide (670-749) and then organized into 12 topics/chapters, namely:

#1 On Being Emperor
#2 On Human Resources
#3 On Moral Character and Talent
#4 On Management
#5 On Remonstrance
#6 On Virtues
#7 On the Art of War
#8 On Crime and Punishment
#9 On Frugality
#10 On the Rise and Fall of an Empire
#11 On Parenting and Educating the Next Generation
#12 On Being Well Remembered

What makes Tang Taizong extraordinary are many, but three (3) are most admire: 1) Personal Leadership. He assembled a team of advisors who are much older and wiser than him before he assumed the throne; 2) Polymath Leadership. He was a gifted administrator, a master military strategist, a mighty warrior, an archer, hunter, horseman, poet, composer, philosopher and calligrapher; and 3) Tolerance Leadership. He allowed women to speak especially in his relationship with his wife. He also, although he was closer to Taoism, was very tolerant of religion. He allowed both Christianity and Islam into China for the first time and was, indirectly, the cause of Buddhism's being planted in Tibet. Taizong has many shortcomings, but I love the way he admitted it and daily he tried to improve himself. "Today, [Tang Taizong] is revered as among the greatest emperors of China," writes Chinghua in the last chapter. "As a wise and rational monarch, he is a role model for all rulers. And his dynasty is recognized as one of the most glorious eras in Chinese history." Love this book!

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

BOOK REVIEW Goodbye, things: on minimalist living (2017) by Fumio Sasaki



Goodbye, things: on minimalist living (2017) by Fumio Sasaki

This book was first published in Japan as Bokutachi ni mou mono was Hitsuyou Nai in 2015. A minimalist, said Fumio, an ex-messy-maximalist, is "a person who knows what is truly essential for him – or herself, who reduces the number of possessions that they have for the sake of things that are important to them." What important for each of us are vary, but the essential needs are almost similar. Minimalists "are people who know what's truly necessary for them versus what they may want for the sake of appearance, and they're not afraid to cut down on everything in the second category." It's about choosing needs rather than wants.

Minimalist is a buzzword at Japan (many years ago) and in some other countries today since the publishing of a smash-hit book by Marie Kondo in 2010, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. But for Fumio, he suspects that there are already many minimalists around but since the publishing of Marie's book, they ‘emerged' in Japan. For him, there are three major contributions to the phenomena – in the background – namely:

#1 Information and Material Overload. "…we need to get rid of the extra load that isn't needed."

#2 The Development of Technology and Services that make it possible for us to live without as man possessions as we had in the past. "…we can now get by without actually owning a lot of things.

#3 The Great East Japan Earthquake. When the not-so-recent tsunami struck the country of Japan (I was there to see the aftermath of the tragedy of tsunami. Horrible!), the people realized that "all of their cherished objects were washed away by the tsunami. Everything had been ruined."

Due to these three contributors, Fumio believes that "minimalism had to be born," the desire and fervent need to rethink our lives. I agree! Throughout the book, the author explains why he became a minimalist and why we have this habit of accumulating so many material things in the first place. Fumio also offers some basic rules and techniques for reducing our material possessions: 55 tips to help you say goodbye to your things, 15 tips for the next stage of your minimalist journey, and 12 ways he has changed since he said goodbye to his things. In short, this book is both personal, a bit of theoretical and very practical. In the last chapter, Fumio describes the different between ‘feeling' happy and ‘becoming' happy. The philosophy of minimalist is so persuasive and urgent for today. Do not be intimidated by the element of Zen Buddhism teachings (this is not a religious book I can assure you) if you're not a Buddhist. It's the way of living, not a religion.

I'm moving to my apartment this coming September. This book helps me to think through about the possessions that I have, how to design my apartment and what to buy or get away with so that I can live happier, freer and lighter. There is one tip that I don't agree with him and will never subscribe to – get rid of my books! No. Books are part of me. I will sell some but mostly I will keep. If to be minimalist means reducing unnecessary items, then books for me is a necessity. Period.

[P.s: By the way, this book remind me of why I love Japan so much. Been there and I've witnessed minimalism in action (memories such as sleeping on a block of wood). Would love to be back soon.]

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Monday, July 15, 2019

Angelus' Quote: Don't Judge... But Do They Even Read Books?



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Angelus' Quote: Jangan Guna Taekwondo, Guna Aikido



Apabila ada orang menyerang atau mengatakan sesuatu yang negatif kepada [atau bagi] kamu, jangan membalas balik seperti taekwondo, apabila kamu ditampar, kamu menampar balik tetapi pada masa yang sama tangan kamu juga tercedera ("Kamu bodoh!" "Kamu pun bodoh!") 😷

Sebaliknya, gunakan kaedah aikido, apabila ada orang menampar kamu, gunakan daya dan tenaga yang mereka gunakan untuk membalas mereka balik. Kamu membalikkan serangan itu tanpa tercedera ("Richard, kamu botak!" "Ya, seorang botak yang lebih bijak daripada kamu...") 😂👍😉


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Angelus' Quote: A True Leader Asks for Advice



Even though leader usually means “the person in charge” it’s important that you seek out the experience and skill sets of trusted advisors, partners, customers and peers🔥

Outside perspectives are always helpful 😉 but when its time for you to act as a leader, it's too late to ask for advice... So, ask before the battle arrive!


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Angelus' Quote: Pergi Berkawan dengan Orang Yang Suka Membaca Buku



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Nelson Mandela on Leadership Principles (Angelus Leadership Video)




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Angelus' Quote: Leadership Is Something You Have to Earn



If we read the autobiography of any leader (please read biographies and autobiographies of great leaders. There you will find that they are 'ordinary' people), we can clearly see that almost everyone would have struggled a lot to get to that position and nobody were born with a silver spoon.

The more the struggles they faced, the stronger leader they are. There is no match for the hard work that they have put in and every bit of effort and hard work they did has really paid them off back. Vincent Lombardi, a famous football coach, said, "Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.” 💪😉☝


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Leaders Must Choose to Be Silent or Speak Up (Angelus Leadership Video)



Leaders Must Choose to Be Silent or Speak Up (Angelus Leadership Video)


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Winners Never Quit, Quitters Never Win (Angelus Leadership Video)



To give up midway is easy but to continue despite challenges is difficult. That is why only winners are remembered for a long time. They are our role models, who teach us that it pays to never quit. Success only knocks on the doors of winners because they are determined in life. On the other hand, a quitter lives most of his life in regret because of his lack of motivation and dedication 😉

Vince Lombardi, a famous American football coach, famously said, “A quitter never wins and a winner never quits" 💪⚡🔥


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Angelus' Quote: Baca Buku, Jangan Hodoh dan Bodoh



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Angelus' Quote: Between Underwear and Leadership



If You Still Let Your Mother Washes Your Underwear, You're Not Fit to Be A Leader.

Unless you have a washing machine at home, or a lovely wife to wash clothes for you; if you're single, and you still let your mother washes your underwear (or your girlfriend) - that's a maturity problem. My old friend used this analogy - and actually, she advised young men to wash their own clothes - to say that boy became a man when he learned to be independent and matured in his thinking and conducts.

Leadership is like that. It's a process of maturity. From dependence (boy) to independence (man) to interdependence (leader). Because leader requires to make decisions, to lead by examples, to stand alone sometime, to have mental strength, to be a spiritual leader too if he doesn't master the basics - like washing his own underwear - he is not fit for the rough and tough call of leadership. He needs to grow, to be matured or to start the journey/process of maturity.

"How?" you may ask. "Start small," I will say, "wash your underwear" 😉 This is both an analogy and a real advise.


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Angelus' Quote: Leadership Is the Art of Getting Extraordinary Performance



As a leader, your job is to act as a thermostat, not as a thermometer (thermostat control the temperature; thermometer measure it. In leadership term, leaders respond not react to the situation). Show others the attitude, commitment, and performance you expect from them 😉

"You get the best out of others," writes Harvey Firestone, "when you give the best of yourself." That is true for parents, teachers, managers, and leaders. Getting the best out of others - and helping others give their best - is the very definition of people power


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Angelus' Quote: Tabiat Membaca Buku



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Angelus' Quote: The Best Leaders Teach!



"Richard, what's the best way to learn something?" asked my mentor. Based on his tone of voice, I assumed he wants me to answer more than just say read books (because by now you should know that's my obvious answer). So, I thought about it for a while, then I went for the next best answer, "The best way to learn something is to experience it yourself." "No," he responded instantly.

He adjusted his sitting posture, and then came wisdom: "The best way to learn something is to teach it to somebody else." Of course! I jotted down these profound words into my notebook. The late Peter Drucker observed, "People learn the most when teaching others."

When you learned something, then you teach others, you learned more (why do you think I take time to write all of these leadership quotes/lessons?). So I always make it a habit, once I finished reading a book, I would write a review and summary in my blog. All of these lessons I learned and I shared with you so that I can relearn it again (put it into words). What I didn't teach - formally or informally - I lost.

As a leader, you need to mentor and teach others what you know. Others can learn through your experiences, wisdom and - even your failures. "While we teach, we learn,” said the Roman philosopher Seneca 😉


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Angelus' Quote: Bosan Membaca Buku?



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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Leaders, Don't Quit on Your Calling (Angelus Leadership Video)



Bishop T.D. Jakes once said, "I prefer leaders who have been in the trenches. I tend to prefer people who know what it means to rise through the ranks and see the organization from a variety of angles and positions. Because I am admittedly a pull-yourself-up-by-the-bootstraps person who worked his way up, always crawling before walking, I value people who have enjoyed wide and diverse experiences, people who have failed and learned something from what went wrong, people who shrugged it off and kept going."

In short, leaders who don't quit easily 💪🔥⚡😉

[This short clip is taken from his interview with Steven Furtick at https://youtu.be/QVGk_jwyBXI]


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Be the 1% Leader



My friend Kennedy gave me a book entitled Be the 1% by Dr Aammton Alias. This book is not about leadership, but when I think about it, it does relate to leadership. To be the real 1%, Aammton said, "has nothing to do with the wealthiest 1% of the world. The real 1% are far richer and powerful beyond measure." They are not the greatest, talented or privilege but, they [leaders] who have the bias for actions.

Who do you choose to be... the 99% or the 1%?


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Angelus' Quote: The Best Leaders Are Continually Learning



This one friend is always encouraging and very supportive, so after I've done a Leadership Seminar, one day he gave a suggestion me, "I think you need to make a bigger event." I love his faith and I have the same vision.

I have a few reasons why I only opened the seminar for 20 persons only. I explain to him and said, "Someday I will make a bigger event. But as for now, I want to keep on learning and improving myself. Gain experience and credibility. If I become a better leader, people will demand a bigger event."

In short: (As for now) I don't ask for a bigger event, I want to be a better leader. If I stop learning and growing, I will stop leading 😉


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Angelus' Quote: Bagaimana Saya Menghabiskan Satu Buku?



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Angelus' Quote: Baca Buku Setiap Hari



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Angelus' Quote: The Hardest Person You Will Ever Have to Lead - Yourself



Stop Trying To Change the People You Lead (and Love)

Many disagreements aren't a matter of right or wrong. The world is too complex for that. Maybe it's your approach to deal with someone else that's not working. One of the wisest advises I received is that: I shouldn't expect someone else to change. Often time, I tried. I failed. Of course, I failed, I have no control over that.

The only person I can control is MYSELF 💎 (and sometimes even that is doubtful the first time). Truth in life and leadership: "You can't change other people; you can only change yourself." Be a better person today. Learned from your mistakes. Study to understand and learn to influence others but never manipulate them to change.

If you don't want to follow or change yourself, why would anyone want to change and follow you as a leader? Mahatma Gandhi puts it this way: "Be the change you want to see in the world" 😉😊💪


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Angelus' Quote: Leaders Are Those Who Empower Others



Be Quick with Positive Feedback 🐇, Slow with Criticism 🐢
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I'm an expert in finding faults in others. A critical spirit is my spiritual gift (jokingly serious). I was (and occasionally, now) the opposite: I'm quick with criticism, slow with positive feedback, if ever.

Today I realized that many students and youths in ministry and fellowships need constant encouragement. Colleagues or co-workers also thirst for it. We live in complex, competitive times and young people are inundated with too many ministries and commitments - and not enough time. Technology and campus life can be overwhelming, so it's important to point out any "wins" and "well-done" no matter how small.

And, if you do have to criticize, think seriously about the impact first. Recognize their efforts and acknowledge their works, then point out what they require to improve and need corrections. I wish to be known a critical thinker rather than having a critical spirit; an empowered-er rather than power-craze; lift people up rather than bring them down 😉 Leaders, take notes 💪


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Angelus' Quote: Leaders, Teach Others Only When You Really Know the Topic



Teach Others Only When You Really Know the Topic.

I'm a self-taught writer, reader, and leader, so it was easy to pass on this knowledge to those who I lead (by 'self-taught' I mean with no formal education). Subjects like creativity, critical thinking, Bible Study, theology, leadership and biographies of famous Christians and world leaders are among subjects that I'm quite confident in. I can learn quickly and teach if I have opportunities to do so.

In the past, however, I'd try to teach my students in other areas, like technology, politics, business, entrepreneurship, and fashions. This is hypocrisy! I'm not good or never done any significant things in these areas. All are theories to me. I should've let those who are experienced in those subjects to teach them instead of me.

As leaders, we should only teach others when we really know the topic and walk-the-talk 😉💪💡


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It's So Worthy to GROW As a Leader



Being a good leader is so much harder than it looks. What's difficult about leadership is that nobody ever sits you down and "teaches" you what being a real leader is all about. There's no class in early education that defines leadership. Friends and colleagues at the office tend to label leaders as "overachievers" (and not in a good way). In college, leadership is reduced to who is going to talk the most during a presentation.

It's hard and often misunderstood... and that's why it's so worthy to GROW as a leader. 💪😉😇 There are people who don't want you to grow, reduce you to their limited thinking. Not you... GROW!


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