Dear participant

As business students, we are embarking on an adventure – to discover this complex VUCA world.

Why do people say data is the new gold or the new oil? Oil has been in the ground for thousands of years. But until humans know how to tap it, the oil is useless.

So too with data. Today with supercomputers to tap the data, we have the birth of data analyst and the tools used, namely the Data scientific method.

Data scientific method:

  1. Ask a question.
  2. State a hypothesis about the answer to the question.
  3. Make a testable prediction that would provide evidence in favor of the hypothesis if correct.
  4. Test the prediction via an experiment involving data.
  5. Draw the appropriate conclusions through analyses of experimental results.

Knowing what question to ask is the first step because it helps clarify where the problem is. In BMGC, learn to understand the questions, they are handles for you to find the solution.

Dont memorise the answers because that can change.

The famous scientist Einstein was once asked why he set the same questions every year for final exams. To which he replied, the question is the same but the answers have changed. This is where data comes in. Data helps us know the answers have changed.

But first, learn the questions.

*CORPORATE JOKE*

Agency: ” Sir, we found 3 candidates as per your requirements. How do you want their placements, sir?”

MD: “Put about 100 bricks in a closed room. Then send the candidates into the room and close the door, leave them alone and come back after a few hours and analyse the situation:

1. If they are counting the bricks, put them in Accounts department.

2. If they are recounting the bricks, put them in Auditing.

3. If they messed up the whole room with the bricks, put them in Engineering.

4. If they are arranging the bricks in some strange order, put them in Planning.

5. If they are throwing the bricks at each other, put them in Operations.

6. If they are sleeping, put them in Security.

7. If they broke the bricks into pieces, put them in Information Technology.

8. If they are sitting idle, put them in Human Resources.

9. If they say they have tried different combinations yet not a single brick has been moved, put them in Sales.

10. If they have already left for the day, Put them in Marketing.

11. If they are staring out of the window, put them in Strategic Planning.

And…

12. If they are talking to each other and not a single brick has been touched, Congratulate them and put them in Top Management.

(NB: Jokes I received. If you wrote these jokse, let me know and I will happily attribute you as source.)

Note to self

How useself are selection tools or profiling instruments in recruitment?

I first read this story in Readers Digest and recently found it in this blog. To me its a story of practical faith. Sometimes I wonder how much I try to help God when Im asked to let go. This story is about 2 sides of a coin. Trusting God is also about taking action and how supernatural and natural coexist. I used to live in Bangkok when it floods in December and we had to take little boats so this story appealed to me.

A man was stuck on his rooftop in a flood. He prayed to God for help.

Fishing village in Yilan, Taiwan 2019

Soon a rowboat came by and the fellow shouted to the man on the roof, “Jump in, I can save you.”

The stranded man replied, “No, it’s OK, God is going to save me.”

So the rowboat moved on.

Then a motorboat turned in, the fellow in the motorboat shouted, “Jump in, I can save you.”

The stranded man replied, “No thanks, I’m praying to God and he will rescue me. I have faith.”

So the motorboat went on.

Then a helicopter came by and the pilot shouted, “Grab this rope and I will lift you to safety.”

Again, the stranded man replied, “No thanks, God is going to save me. I have faith.”

So the helicopter flew away.

Soon the water rose above the rooftop and the man drowned. He went to Heaven. He finally got his chance to meet God. He exclaimed, “I had faith in you but you didn’t save me, you let me drown. Why!”

God replied, “I sent a rowboat and a motorboat and a helicopter to help you, what else did you expect?” James 2:14

Note to Self

What new habits and goals can I set for 2021?

https://truthbook.com/stories/funny-god/the-drowning-man

#story #fable #readers digest

In BMGC, we discussed companies such as McDonalds adapting their menus for different religions (Culture), such as not having beef burgers in India where cows are holy and Hindus do not eat beef.

Tomorrow is the Hindu celebrations of Festival of Lights. Yesterday, I was at Dunlop St, Little India and took a photo of this beautiful dancer wall mural. Interestingly a box of paneer (cheese) sits at the bottom of the photo.

Happy Holidays as you look around Singapore to catch sight of how companies both MNEs and local companies create value.  

You are a PEARL

Do you think your life is a series of random events which you have no control?

18 months ago, I embarked on a learning journey with 10 ladies Ive never met, facilitated by an amazing loving lady Catherine.

We were paired with peer coaches. However, as there were three outsiders, we were put together. E, A and me. Unfortunately, three of us couldnt match our schedule as A was always busy. This was before we knew ZOOM as an option. E dropped out and joined another group. A and I never had a chance to meet up. She had a successful online business marketing health products and volunteered to help other ladies with their home business.

Last weekend, we were informed that A passed away. She was 55 yrs old. May she rest in peace.

Her life direction statement was “To use my joy and healing gift to evangelize, to pray and heal, so that ladies who are broken hearted physically, emotionally and spiritually can be restored.”

Indeed. May she be restored to greater joy in the arms of her Maker. Last lesson from my former peer coach on the brevity of life and to focus on the essentials.

This week I learned of an activity on gratitude.

Mental subtraction – What is that one thing when taken away from you, will be dearly missed?

I can think of two areas. My family – Beloved. Peace in my beautiful country Singapore. I am grateful for my family and the leaders in my country.

My thoughts of lovingkindness (Psalms 63:3) and compassion towards them, that they will live out their Purpose in Lovingkindness.

Spiritual Gifts Survey – Copyright © LifeWay Christian Resources

http://ebcrochester.org/misc/php/LifeWaySpiritualGiftsSurvey.php

https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01897/full

A guy goes in for a job interview and sits down with the boss.
The boss asks him, “What do you think is your worst quality?”
The man says, “I’m probably too honest.”
The boss says, “That’s not a bad thing, I think being honest is a good quality.”
The man replies, “I don’t care about what you think!”

I went for an interview for an office job today. The interviewer told me I’d start on $2,000 a month and then after 6 months I’d be on $2,500 a month.
I told them I’d start in 6 months.

My daughter told me she wants to be a secret agent. Based on that alone, I don’t think she’d be a good secret agent.

23. Employer: We need someone responsible for the job.
Job Applicant: Sir your search ends here! In my previous job whenever something went wrong, everybody said I was responsible.

Here’s some advice: At a job interview, tell them you’re willing to give 110 percent. Unless you’re applying to be a statistician.

I was asked what my greatest weakness was at an interview, and I said “my stubbornness”. They asked me to give more details, I said “no”.

The local police have asked me to come for an interview. I don’t even remember applying for a job there.

I was asked at an interview to describe myself in three words. I said “not very good at following instructions”.

https://www.distractify.com/humor/2018/11/06/2usLnK/jokes-about-work

If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at, changes. Wayne Dyer

Be the change you wish to see in the world. Gandhi

“If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself”. Herman Hesse

We are getting there, now the fun part, getting our podcast art done. Through an artist in Mexico via Fiverr. New Economy indeed.

Our podcast is on current career conversations to demystify the process. Such as: are cover letters still relevant? How do people interview during the circuit breaker? What do I say when asked “Why do you want to work here?”

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