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In 1908, Henry Ford began to build his Model T cars. In the 1920s, radio took off as a medium. Thirty years later, the TV came onto the scene. In 1960, laser technology was invented, and by the late 1970s, portable cassette players allowed people to enjoy music on the go.

As we entered into the 1990s, families all over the world became familiar with the ‘dial-up’ tone of the Internet, which allowed people to share and download information across cyberspace.

In 1992, the first ‘smartphone’ was invented by IBM, and today, most of us are walking around with devices in our pockets that are more powerful than the National Aeronautics and Space Administration computers that sent Neil Armstrong and his Apollo 11 crew to the moon and back in 1969.

Over 5,000 years separate the invention of the wheel and Ford’s Model T car. Getting from the first personal computer (the ‘Kenbak-1’ created in 1971), to the smartphone took just 21 years.

The speed at which technology advances has become so rapid, commentators say that the new smartphone you bought six months ago is now outdated. Change is moving at an alarming rate and it shows no signs of slowing down.

Another disruptive tech start-up story?

No, this isn’t a story about technology.

This is written for those who have messaged me in recent months asking, “When is the best time to start [insert idea here]?” This is a question that only has one answer.


“But Roshan,” some reply, “I have student loans to pay off, a job to go to, family commitments; I don’t have enough time, money, experience, contacts.”

Their points are valid – anyone who has ever made a success of their ideas has experienced these challenges and more.

Not every successful person started with an easy life and abundant resources. In fact, many successful people started off in much tougher circumstances than we ourselves have experienced.

The right moment doesn’t exist

During a recent debate online on a current affairs topic, one person said this, “Facts don’t care about your feelings.” I felt it was a bit harsh.

After all, arguments are nuanced, demonstrated by the fact that when it comes to topics such as gun control, elections, healthcare and Brexit, some of them have been raging on for years.

However, when I received a message from people asking when the best time was to explore a business idea they’d been mulling over (along with the hundred reasons why they should wait to start), the thought came to me, “Time doesn’t care about your circumstances.”

Yes, it was a little harsh, but it’s a difficult pill all of us have to swallow. It points to a hard truth: whatever we choose to do, time rolls on. Change is happening quicker these days and will continue to be so.

Waiting too long these days means one thing: your idea soon becomes irrelevant, or someone else gets it done before you.

That is one of the biggest mistakes people are making now. They wait for the right moment. They wait until they’re ready. They wait until the doubts subside. They wait until they have enough money or approval. They wait to see if everyone else is doing what they’re doing.

How much is lost to us because we wait for the right moment? There is no right moment. We make our own fortune, and it’s cultivated by taking calculated risks (or sometimes a complete leap of faith) and putting everything you have into making the most of that idea.

Learning by doing 

It’s through taking action that we learn the most. There is no substitute for getting out there and doing something, exploring unfamiliar territory.“Learning by doing” is a great concept. We grow, develop, and stumble upon great ideas by “doing”. The more we do, the more life offers itself to us, whether it be in the form of opportunities, innovations, breakthroughs, or even valuable lessons brought by temporary failures.

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READ: When Failure Isn’t A Bad Word After All! The story of Leaderonomics

When Leaderonomics was founded, I wasn’t an expert on how to run or build a social enterprise. Just over 10 years ago, some colleagues and I had a vision to build leaders in Malaysia and help transform the country.

We each brought our various skills and expertise into the fold, but we had no idea how things might turn out. We even doubted if our endeavour would be a success.

But we had a vision. We had the passion to do something that we deeply believed in, and so we decided to give everything we had and learn as we go.

If you have something in mind you really want to do or work towards, stop waiting. Stop being held hostage by fear and take one or two steps now, today! Get the ball rolling.

Don’t be the person who, in five years from now, says, “I should’ve started back in 2018.” Don’t allow excuses to hold back the gifts you can give to the world.

Stop giving excuses 

Someone contacted me about starting up their photography business but said they had no money to do so.

“Do you have a smartphone?” I asked.

“Yes” came the reply.

“Do you have access to the Internet?” ‘Yes’ was their reply.

“So why do you need more money to start building your brand?”

“I can’t open a studio with the money I have – it’s not possible.”

OK, opening a studio isn’t possible at the moment. But it costs nothing to open social media accounts and start a photo blog. You don’t need any money to build a basic website. Creating content for YouTube doesn’t require cost. There are countless free apps available for curating, creating and editing your work.

Giving value to others through the work you share costs nothing – but it will offer a return on investment beyond your imagination if the work is good enough, and enough people enjoy it.

There is no excuse that can’t be thrown out, simply because there are people out there doing amazing things despite wrestling with many of the same constraints the rest of us face.

Success is hard work

What I realised was that people weren’t necessarily waiting for the opportunity to act. They were waiting for the end result to somehow magically appear before them.

To them, it’s simply too much effort. The sad reality is that they don’t want something badly enough to the point that they’ll do the work: they just want the finished article.

If I were to say, “OK people, put the work in, give the hours, make the connections, manage your time effectively, create value for others, and then I’ll give you RM10,000 for your project,” they’d suddenly find the motivation to get going. That’s because they know for sure there’s something waiting for them at the end of the process.

With any idea, there’s no certainty of how it will turn out. Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Warren Buffett… none of these people had any idea where their initial efforts would lead them. All they had was an idea, the passion, a ridiculous work ethic and incredible focus to build something they believed in.

None of their successes were guaranteed in the beginning, although it’s easy to believe so with hindsight. If they didn’t put in the work, we wouldn’t have Facebook or iPhones today.

Are you creating value for others? 

Today’s world is about creating value for others. What you give determines what you get in return. If you start from a point of, “How can I get people to buy into…,” you’ve lost already. In almost every market, people have so much choice now that they have the power to ask, “What’s in it for me?”

It’s the reason why a company like Coca-Cola spends around USD3 billion each year in advertising globally. Why does the most recognisable brand in the world need to stay engaged with its consumers? Because consumers have the freedom to go elsewhere if they feel they aren’t getting value from the brand.

Coming back to my case in point, if you want to start a photography business, the first thought shouldn’t be, “How can I buy a studio?”

It should be, “How can I create compelling content and share it effectively on social media every day in a way that creates presence, connects with people and keeps them coming back for more?” That’s a plan that can be worked on right now.

Take the first step 

To get ahead in any race, we have to take the first step. Not even Usain Bolt could win a 100m race by starting from the finish line. In fact, he often made the point that he was a slow starter but a great finisher – he knew how to work well with the momentum he gained during the race.

Needless to say, if he waited even a few seconds after the starting gun sounded, everyone would have immediately got ahead of him and catching up would have been difficult.

Whatever you want to do, you have to build momentum first, and that comes by doing the work and creating value for your audience, not to mention consistently engaging with them in meaningful ways.

Start doing! 

Unless you’re ridiculously lucky, the groundwork needs to be done and the foundations laid before any kind of big success is achieved.

Don’t wait. There is never “the right time” – the only time that exists is now. Any success achieved will be determined by how effectively you use every moment from now until then. Leave no room for regret.

Stop waiting and start doing! Be a leader!

Roshan Thiran is the Founder & CEO of Leaderonomics – a social enterprise working to transform lives through leadership development. Connect with Roshan on Facebook and Twitter for more insights into business, personal development, and leadership. This article first appeared on LinkedIn.

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‘Are you someone else’s budget?’ By BHARAT AVALANI

Having worked in the corporate world for over two decades, I have come to realise that at the end of the day, it is not the numbers but the human factors that you will be remembered for.

T Thomas (also known as TT), former chairman of Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL, then Hindustan Lever Ltd) passed away on March 2 at the age of 90.

I joined Unilever around the same time TT retired from Unilever.

Although I have not had the privilege of meeting him in person, I have heard many stories about him from my (former) colleagues.

TT was also the first non-European to join the Global Unilever Board and Malaysia was under his watch as well.

‘You are my budget!’

TT is best remembered as Mother Teresa’s budget. TT first met Mother Teresa in December 1974.

At that time, Mother Teresa was well known in India, but not as widely known outside India.

As a businessman, he thought he could extend some financial help and asked her, “Mother, do you have any kind of budget for all these projects you are carrying out?”

She said to him:

“You are my budget – I ask people like you who come to see me for help and that’s how we receive things.”

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Putting words into action

This first meeting subsequently led to the establishment by HUL in 1976–1977 of Asha Daan, at Byculla in Mumbai, a home for the sick and abandoned.

TT consulted Indian ad filmmaker Alyque Padamsee, the then chief of Lintas (the acronym for Lever International Advertising Services), who had always shown an interest in good causes.

Alyque produced a long list of Sanskrit and Hindi-based names which meant love, hope, faith, charity, and so on.

After discussion, Mother Teresa and TT chose “Asha” (Hope) and “Daan” (Gift) — and so the name Asha Daan, or “The Gift of Hope”, was born.

Gifts of hope

HUL transformed its warehouse on Sankli Street into a home.

It took them six months to repair the roof and floors, to connect the water drains and the water supply, install toilets and kitchens with gas stoves, partitions and obtain beds and linen and all the other things necessary for a home.

It was declared open on Jan 8, 1977 by Mother Teresa. It is a home that serves differently-abled, unwell and destitute people of all races.

The objective of HUL in supporting Asha Daan was and continues to be to share the organisation’s prosperity in supporting the Mother’s mission of serving the “poorest of the poor”.

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Paying it forward

Asha Daan has been set up on a 72,500-square feet plot belonging to HUL, in the heart of Mumbai city.

While the sisters manage the Home, HUL bears the capital and revenue expenses for maintenance, upkeep and security of the premises.

The spouses of some of the Unilever managers help look after the children and pack medicines.

The destitute and the HIV-positive are provided with food, shelter and medication for the last few days of their lives.

The needs of the abandoned and challenged children are also met through special sessions of basic skills, physiotherapy and, whenever possible, corrective surgery.

At any point of time, it takes care of over 300 infants, destitute men and women, and HIV-positive patients.

Leadership legacy

This was a significant high point in TT’s lifetime and is an inspiring story of doing well by doing good is good business.

God bless TT’s work and legacy!

What about you? How are you doing good through your business?

To share some of your stories, write to us at editor@leaderonomics.com. To engage with our expert storytellers for your organisational needs, please write to us at info@leaderonomics.com.

Bharat is a faculty of Leaderonomics who specialises in creating brand experiences through storytelling. He is a veteran FMCG marketer and a memory collector too. He helps executive teams put stories to work by helping leaders find and tell business stories to engage, influence and inspire people.

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You know what mentoring is, but why does it matter? Laura Yee believes that the importance of mentors cannot be overstated and is a win-win for all parties. She draws insights from her own mentoring relationships and shares what one can do to get the best out of it.  

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Learning can occur at any time and in any place if you pay close attention to those around you. It doesn’t matter if you’re the leader or if you’re being led – effective teamwork happens when we learn from each other.

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In today’s Raise Your Game session, Leaderonomics Digital Learning Content Development Leader, Geetha Bai shares some valuable insights on leadership, camaraderie and teamwork as taught by a 9-month old pup.

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If you would like engage with us to facilitate more engaging conversations in your organisation, email us at info@leaderonomics.com. To know more about what Leaderonomics does as a social enterprise, check out www.leaderonomics.org. For our other Raise Your Game podcasts, click here.

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There are a lot of lessons that we can learn from Jeff Bezos, the man behind Amazon.com. One of them is – if you want to start a web business, you need to study the traditional way of doing business that we are trying to replicate. Also, identify the type of experience that we would like to give to our customers. Every business can be successful because of the experience that it offers to customers.

The key is to look at how traditional business works – look at what customers are buying, identify their frustrations and translate the good experience that they have into your online business.

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If you would like to speak to our fellow Corporate Services team on how we can help your organisation, email us at info@leaderonomics.com. To know more about what Leaderonomics do as a social enterprise, check out www.leaderonomics.org. For our other Raise Your Game podcasts, click here.

Roshan is CEO of the Leaderonomics Group. He believes that everyone can be a leader and make a dent in the universe, in their own special ways. To engage with him deeper, go to www.Facebook.com/roshanthiran.leaderonomics

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In 2017, the Forbes Heroes of Philanthropy list revealed that out of the 40 philanthropists listed, only six are women.

In one of its publications, the Economist states that female philanthropists in Asia are falling behind their male counterparts.

So it seems that women philanthropists are still considered as rare gems, even more so in Asia, but this is about to change gradually as the latest Forbes’ list of the world’s self-made female billionaires revealed that out of the 56 women on the list, 29 came from Asia-Pacific.

With 15 of the newcomers, 13 hailed from China, Hong Kong, Vietnam and Japan.

With the expected surge of women philanthropists in Asia, there is no better time to find out what we can learn from them.

While most of them possess more than just a few shared values, the four chosen for this article have one thing in common – they made their own fortune.

This means they do not rely on existing family wealth or inheritance to be financially successful.

Brief background A brief background of each woman is given in the following (in no particular order):
  1. You Zhonghui

She is the founder of Shenzhen Seaskyland Technologies. Her philanthropic work begin in 2004 when she made her first donation to a school in Guizhou, China.

She subsequently established scholarships to help poor students have access to better education. She became the first woman from mainland China to sign The Giving Pledge, an initiative of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett, which asks its signatories to commit to donating over half of their wealth to charity.

  1. Yoshiko Shinohara

She is Japan’s first female self-made billionaire. She made her fortune by creating part-time jobs for men and women through her public-listed company called Temp Holdings.

She donated USD140mil worth of her company stock to fund scholarships for students studying to become nurses, social workers or day-care staff.

  1. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

She is India’s first biotech entrepreneur whose pharmaceutical company, Biocon, made her one of India’s richest self-made woman.

Since 2005, she has persistently dedicated much of her wealth to combating cancer and other community healthcare initiatives.

  1. Lilly Singh

She is a Canadian actress, comedienne, author and perhaps best known for her YouTube channel “Superwoman” with more than 13 million subscribers.

She is ranked No 1 in Forbes Magazine Top Influencers List in the entertainment category and recently named as UNICEF’s Goodwill Ambassador. Although Lilly is not from Asia, she is Asian by origin.

READ: Are Women Natural-Born Leaders? Key lessons Here are the five key lessons from these women (see accompanying story for their background).
  1. Being emotional about something is not enough, you need to take action

For six years, Kiran watched her best friend suffer from the effects of breast cancer treatment.

Not only did her friend had to endure a series of undignified and uncomfortable sessions of chemotherapy and radiation, she was also burdened by the exorbitant cost incurred from these medical treatments.

As a personal caregiver to her beloved friend, Kiran was affected by her subsequent death.

She told Forbes, “I saw the struggle that she went through – the crippling financial burden, the treatments, the disease itself. I know how awful it is. I just had to do something.”

That was when she pledged much of her fortune to cancer research and making healthcare more affordable for India’s rural poor, among other things.

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw | Wikipedia

Lilly often confessed to not always being the bubbly and cheerful persona you see of her on her YouTube channel when she was younger.

Being vulnerable to chronic depression as a child, her life could have easily taken quite a different turn.

In fact, her attempt to deal with her depression was what drove her to starting her highly successful YouTube channel, Superwoman.

Naturally, Lilly has a soft spot for mental health issues and has always been a huge advocate for positive self-image and anti-bullying.

She has invested personally in causes such as the Girl Love campaign to end girl-on-girl hate and instead encourage women and girls to support each other.

All of us either have or will subsequently face at least one form of setbacks in our lives, something that would have affected us negatively.

We have a choice to either succumb to our emotions, or do something about it and change the status quo.  

In her book How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life, Lilly attributes a lot of her success in life by keeping her emotions out of the way because emotions “can cloud your judgment and reduce productivity.”

Instead, she advises her followers to be goal-orientated and focus on results.

Before the start of a video production, she would make it clear to her team that because the stakes are high for her to produce something good within a short time-frame, she needs to expect everyone to work at their best.

In such a highly stressful environment, communication needs to be short and straightforward as there is no time for pleasantries.

She may yell at someone who is not performing, but this does not mean she has anything against that individual personally.

It is only to remind everyone to step up their game because the team counts on each other to deliver.

She advised that communicating this to your team at the start of every project is important so that no one needs to feel offended. They just need to understand that it is nothing personal but only for the good of the project.

Lilly Singh | Courtesy of YouTube

  1. Don’t just give, give responsibly and strategically 

According to UBS Wealth Management, women philanthropists are more focused on investing to achieve positive social change, in contrast to their male counterparts.

This means, instead of donating money or supporting a specific charity, women are more willing to set up a foundation of their own.

However, the Economist published that compared to 80% of female philanthropists from America, only 30% of Asian women billionaires listed on Forbes have a foundation. Out of the four women, only Yoshiko and Kiran have their own foundation to promote the individual causes they believe in.

In the meantime, Zhonghui has tried giving her money away through other foundations, one-off donations, and supporting other social enterprises, but admitted that she is inclined to “pursue a philanthropic foundation approach in the future”.

Why are more and more women turning to setting up their own foundation as a philanthropic model?  

According to Yinuo Li, director of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s office in China, many donors are adopting a do-it-yourself approach towards philanthropy due to the mistrust of non-governmental organisations.

In contrast to just giving their money to a charity without further hands-on commitment, by having their own private foundation, these women are able to dictate and have control of how their money is being spent, including who they want to hire to implement projects, and this often translates to better accountability.

For these women, it is not enough to just give. It must first come with responsibility to ensure accountability and then accompanied by a solid strategy to have a lasting impact.

Yoshiko Shinohara | Copyright: Brian Smale

Kiran once said, “Philanthropy is not charity; it is about social impact.”

Through her Biocon Foundation, she demonstrates this by developing and implementing long-term community healthcare programmes in villages in India.

Through the provision of micro-health insurance scheme, primary healthcare clinics and free health camps, Kiran is making direct and tangible impact on communities in the area of affordable healthcare.

Yoshiko’s company generates billions of dollars by providing part-time employment opportunities to men and women burdened by family responsibility to take part in the work force.

The lesson we can learn here is that we should be rethinking the way we give our hard-earned money to different kinds of charities.

Are we giving purposefully or meaningfully whenever a random stranger stops by our table at a restaurant asking for donations, or are we giving just because we want to get rid of them as fast as we can so that we can resume our meal?

If billionaires appear to be ‘choosy’ on the causes they support and how their money are being spent, why are we not doing the same for the much less disposable money that we have?

Do we want to give because we really care or because it is the most convenient thing to do?

How about stopping small random donations to people or charities we have no idea of by making bigger impact through volunteering at a soup kitchen or teaching at an orphanage?

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  1. Teach others to fish

All four women share a common value – they believe in the power of education.

While three of them manifest this value through conventional ways such as provision of education scholarships to the underprivileged or free health camp to the rural poor, Lilly is famed for her unique digital presence and content that aim to engage young people and empower them to speak up about different issues affecting them.

Zhonghui, who has been in the education industry for more than two decades, continues to see the benefit and need of education in developing a country – specifically in alleviating poverty.

Apart from giving scholarships, she has donated money towards building schools in rural areas in China.

She has proposed the concept of Great Philanthropy which essentially promotes the philosophy that philanthropy “is not just about donating money and goods, but also about sharing wisdom.  We say, it is better to teach people how to fish than to give them a fish.”

Being raised by a single mother and unable to complete her college education while having to hold different jobs at a very young age, Yoshiko is no stranger to the importance of education.

In 2015, she told Forbes Asia, “Education and women working were always in the back of my mind.”

What can we learn here? There are many ways to impart and share wisdom. As in Lilly’s case, for example, all you need is to make your own educational content using the widely available and free social media platforms on the internet.

You Zhonghui | Courtesy of The Giving Pledge

  1. Commit yourself publicly 

By becoming the first woman in China to sign the Giving Pledge in May 2017, Zhonghui committed herself publicly to give away at least half of her wealth to charity.

She said signing the pledge serves two purposes – holding herself accountable by fulfilling her social responsibility and setting an example to her peers by inspiring them to do the same.

Kiran has publicly pledged to give away 75% of her wealth to philanthropy after she dies. She also maintained that she would sign the Giving Pledge as a way to “get others to understand the importance of philanthropy to change our world.”

In addition to this, Kiran has publicly declared that her legacy is going to be in affordable healthcare and that she is willing to invest in developing that model and the policies around it.

True enough, she has been persistently honouring her public announcements through her philanthropic missions.

Perhaps none of the women mentioned here lead a more public life than Lilly. In many ways, her appearances on YouTube hold her accountable for many of the positive messages she has been sharing online.

The next time you are inspired to do something good, announce it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.

By committing yourself publicly, you hold yourself to a higher standard of accountability.

  1. Mistakes are your best friend 

Yoshiko has said, “Mistakes are the sea of opportunity” while Lilly’s preferred mantra has been, “Mistakes are cool!

If one were to scrutinise Yoshiko’s past life, one may conclude that it has been a series of ‘mistakes’.

She was raised by a single mother, did not complete her college education and was divorced before she was 30.

After her divorce, she struggled through life by working in different jobs while maintaining a frugal lifestyle.

Instead of viewing her misfortunes as mistakes, Yoshiko turned them into opportunities.

As a single woman in the 1950s trying to make ends meet, Yoshiko understood the challenges faced by women in Japan, particularly in what she saw as a society largely dominated by men, and where women had to miss work opportunities due to family obligations.

That was when she started TempStaff, a company that provides women with part-time jobs so that they could fulfil their domestic obligations while still play an active part in the workforce. This is the industry that has built her fortune and allowed her to help others.

In her book, Lilly says, “If you’re making mistakes, you’re making the necessary moves to figuring it all out.

“If you think there are 10 possible ways to do something, and you just made a mistake, congratulations! You just discovered way number four doesn’t work. That’s progress!”

She said that we have been paying so much in tuition or college fee while all the time, mistakes are lingering around for free ready to school us.

Therefore, whether you are a chief executive officer of a multi-million dollar company or someone who is just starting out as an intern in a non-profit organisation, mistakes are your best friend.

In a nutshell 

One may ask if there is any unique or significant difference these female and Asian philanthropists have brought to the world of philanthropy?

The answer is probably no, except perhaps they defy some of the stereotypes society often impose on them because of their gender; e.g. being emotional and irrational.

If anything, these women manage to drive their emotions by turning them into something meaningful and purposeful.

Not only that, they are doing it with extreme focus, prudence and strategy, being hands-on throughout the process, making them accountable all the way.

Ka Ea is the project manager at the Malaysian Centre for Constitutionalism and Human Rights (MCCHR) and a member of People Against Cyber Threats/Harassment (PeopleACT). She believes that human rights is firstly common sense and should be second nature to all. The content of this article was researched by Sarah Kapadia, who works with Ka Ea. What did you think of this article? Email us at editor@leaderonomics.com.

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Perfectionism is probably killing you and you don’t even know it By MINDA ZETLIN

Are you a perfectionist? If the answer is yes, are you secretly proud of it?

You may think the fact that you never accept second best from others or yourself is behind all your career and personal accomplishments.

Most people who say, “I’m a perfectionist” are really just engaging in a humblebrag.

It turns out, though, that perfectionism is nothing to brag about, not even humbly, because there’s nothing good about it.

Perfectionism doesn’t make you better at anything, according to a fascinating research done by Thomas Curran and Andrew P. Hill, of the University of Bath and York St. John University, respectively.

Curran and Hill have done a massive review of studies from 1989–2017, measuring rates of perfectionism over the years, and their effects on people.

Perfectionism is bad for your health 

The results are disturbing.

They found that perfectionism is associated with a wide range of mental illnesses, including depression, social anxiety, agoraphobia, anorexia, insomnia, self-harm and suicidal ideation.

They also found that the rates of perfectionism are increasing, especially among young people and even children.

One psychologist who specialises in eating disorders has been surprised and dismayed to find younger children among her patients, even as young as seven years old. She thinks perfectionism may be to blame.

Perfectionism may actually shorten your life.

A 2009 study found that people who tested high for perfectionism had a greater chance of dying in the following few years than those who did not.

They found that perfectionism is associated with a wide range of mental illnesses, including depression, social anxiety, agoraphobia, anorexia, insomnia, self-harm and suicidal ideation.

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It doesn’t make you work harder 

Unfortunately, most perfectionists are reluctant to give up their perfectionism.

This is often because they believe that being a perfectionist makes them better at their jobs, better at keeping a spotless home, or a perfect weight, or better at parenting − which is not true.

In fact, in one experiment, Hill gave some perfectionists and non-perfectionists a task to complete but did not tell them that it was in fact impossible to complete.

They all worked hard at it for a while, but the perfectionists got more upset and gave up sooner.

In any endeavour – from winning an Olympic medal to running a successful company – the ability to persevere even when things are going badly is a key element of success, and it’s an element that perfectionists tend to lack.

Far from making you better at your job, perfectionism is actually harming your performance.

Given all these findings, it’s high time we stopped idolising perfectionism.

The next time someone “admits” that they’re a perfectionist, try saying this: “Oh, that’s awful, I’m so sorry to hear that. Have you tried counselling?”

Detox for perfectionists 

If you yourself are a perfectionist, it’s time for a change.

Begin with an experiment: Try letting go of some of the things you “have” to do in order to meet your own standards.

For instance, if you think you “need to” work late every evening, try not doing it for a week and see what happens.

You may indeed fall behind, in which case perhaps your job needs some adjustment or you may need to delegate better.

But you may also be surprised to find you’re doing your job better because a well-rested brain works better than an exhausted one.

You may also find, as British Broadcasting Corporation journalist Amanda Ruggeri did, that letting go of some of those expectations of yourself makes you feel strangely free.

Most importantly, work on silencing that internal voice that scolds and criticises every time you fail to live up to its exacting standards.

It’s making you unhappy and it’s detrimental to your job performance. Worse, it’s slowly killing you.

Minda Zetlin is a business technology writer and speaker, co-author of The Geek Gap, and former president of the American Society of Journalists and Authors. To get in touch with Minda, email us at editor@leaderonomics.com. Reposted with permission. This article first appeared on Inc.com. Self-mastery is an important ‘tool’ that will keep us on our toes, pushing us out of our comfort zones and driving us towards excellence. Leaderonomics has several empowerment programmes that uncover self-mastery techniques to help you discover and maximise your potentials. Do write to us at info@leaderonomics.com to find out more.

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Start leading the life you want! By DORIE CLARK

Life is all about trade-offs. You can’t have it all. That’s the conventional wisdom about work-life balance.

But according to Stewart D Friedman, Wharton School professor and author of Leading the Life You Want: Skills for Integrating Work and Life, we need to rethink those assumptions.

“The people who are most successful in terms of having a significant impact on the world are those who embrace other parts of their lives, rather than forsake them,” he says.

“That was the big motivating idea: to cut through the common wisdom that you have to give up everything in order to be successful.”

Work-life balance vs work-life integration

In fact, even the term “work-life balance” needs to be overhauled, he says.

The implication that we can (or should) perfectly balance our personal and professional lives all the time is faulty.

“It’s highly segmented, a kind of economic model that is based on the assumption that there’s a fixed sum of time or energy or attention and that it can only be divided up in so many ways,” he says.

Friedman rejects the implication that time spent working always takes away from other facets of one’s life (or vice versa).

“If you assume zero-sum,” he says, “if you’re my employer and I want balance, what that means is that I’m taking something from you.”

Instead, he prefers the term “work-life integration”, which better reflects his view that we can find win-win approaches if we search hard enough.

“The people who are most successful are those who figure out ways of bringing the different pieces together in ways that are mutually reinforcing,” he says.

“What I’ve seen is that if you’re smart about choosing what matters and who matters, if you’re being creative and continually learning about how to bring the pieces together, you can find room in your world to take steps that make things better in all the different parts [of your life].”

Four-way win

This is what he calls a “four-way win”, which benefits your work, your family, your community, and your health (mind/body/spirit).

In Leading the Life You Want, he profiles top leaders – from Sheryl Sandberg to Michelle Obama, and Bruce Springsteen to former Bain & Company chief executive officer, Tom Tierney – and tells their stories, explaining how their choices enable them to thrive in multiple realms of their lives.

Friedman himself tries to build in four-way wins (or at least wins on multiple dimensions).

For example, he invited his sons to help him choose the playlist for a recent Sirius XM radio appearance he was disc jockeying, in tribute to Springsteen’s inclusion in his book.

“It was just another way of connecting with them,” he says, as well as fulfilling a professional obligation to promote his book.

Getting more with less

In a previous job at Ford Motor Company, Friedman also used innovative scheduling to ensure he’d be able to spend more time with his family, even while working at a very demanding job.

His first year on the job, when he moved his family to Michigan, he vowed, “I’m going to be home for breakfast and dinner.”

His behaviour was so unusual, word quickly spread. During a meeting in Germany, a European executive approached him: “Are you the guy who goes home for dinner every night? I heard about you.”

But the following year, his kids were homesick and wanted to return to the East Coast, so Friedman began commuting back and forth from Philadelphia.

Instead of coming home for dinner every night, he’d now work gruelling hours during the week – often dining with his colleagues – and would instead spend weekends at home with his family.

“I was incredibly productive that year,” he recalls.

“There’s a lot of different solutions. You’ve just got to figure out what works for you in your circumstances.”

“The people who are most successful in terms of having a significant impact on the world are those who embrace other parts of their lives, rather than forsake them,” – Stewart D Friedman

Steps to achieve work-life integration
  1. Clarity

“If you’re looking to integrate your own work and life better,” says Friedman, “the first step is getting clear on what really matters to you – not what others say you should be doing. There’s a lot of different ways to live,” he says.

“You’ve got to find the one that’s right for you and try not to listen to all the social pressure, parental pressure, societal pressure.”

  1. Expectations

Next, find out what the people around you really do want or expect.

“It’s remarkable how little we truly know about what the people around us really need from us,” he observes.

We might assume our spouse is angry that we’re not home every night for dinner, but what they really want is more quality time on weekends.

We won’t know unless we ask, and engage in a real conversation without making assumptions.

He says, “When you tell people, ‘You really matter to me and I want to strengthen our relationship and here’s some things that I think are most important to you – do I have it right?’, most people will be flattered. They’re going to feel closer to you. They’re going to be honoured and they’re going to tell you.”

  1. Trial and error

Finally, he says, it’s important to experiment. You likely will only find the right work-life integration through an iterative process.

According to Friedman, “If you want to work from home one day a week and need to negotiate that with your boss, the concept of experimentation is really important.

“It’s a lot different for me to say to you, ‘Can we just try this for a few weeks and let’s see how it goes and if you’re not happy, we’ll try something different?’… as opposed to, ‘You are never going to see me on Fridays again because I’ve got to go to the soccer game for the rest of the year, and if I’m not there then I’m sorry and if you don’t like it, I’ll go to [work for someone else].’

“So, it’s not me against you, it’s ‘Let’s try to find something that works for us.’”

Concluding thoughts

How are you integrating your work and life?

Time seems to be the only element in the world that cannot be retrieved once it is lost. It is also a fair gift given to all of us. No matter how rich or how poor we are, from blue collar workers to senior managers of big or small organisations, we all have 24 hours in a day to spare – no more, no less. Check out these tips on how to manage time effectively. Dorie Clark is a marketing strategy consultant, professional speaker, and frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, TIME, and Entrepreneur. She is the author of ‘Reinventing You’ and ‘Stand Out’, which was named the No. 1 Leadership Book of 2015 by Inc. magazine and was a Washington Post bestseller. To share your thoughts on work-life integration, email us at editor@leaderonomics.com.

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Education is at the centre of our conversation these days when it comes to the quality of graduates we are producing for the future workforce.

At the grassroot level, we have great plans to revamp our education system, as seen in the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025, prepared by the Ministry of Education Malaysia.

The blueprint is set to guide our approach in the way students learn and in the way we train our educators, as well as how the ministry lays out a process for that transformation to happen. It’s an ambitious goal, especially to equip our students holistically to get them ready for a challenging future of Industry 4.0 and digitalisation.

We are not alone

According to The Microsoft Asia Digital Transformation Study, while most education leaders (87%) are aware of the urgent need to transform digitally, the actual transformation journey with full digital strategy in place for most educational institutions in Asia is still at its infancy.

Leaderonomics caught up with an educator, Raghav Podar, also chairman of Podar Education Group in India, during Bett Asia Leadership Summit & Expo 2017, to get his thoughts on the future of technology in education.

Raghav is a thought leader on constructing optimal learning environments. He has been championing the cause of optimal utilisation of technology in the classrooms, and yet, stresses the core importance of real human connection when it comes to learning among school-going children.

Watch this short video interview on Leaderonomics Media YouTube channel.

Alternatively, for full interview, click play to listen to the podcast (in three parts):

Part 1: Education in challenging times

Part 2: The ‘new’ classroom and our belief systems

Part 3: Nuggets of wisdom, etc
https://leaderonomics.com/wp-content/uploads/2027/07/Audio-Raghav-Podar_increased-vol-and-cut_pt-3.mp3 Insights

Here are some key learnings from the interview:

  • In general, Asians are still bound to certain expectations that academics is pretty much a measure of success for a child. It takes success stories of children who made it good despite academic challenges to break that mindset.
    This might interest you: Are You Still Aiming To Be The Top Scorer?

  • We can never replace the role of human educators with robots. Educators still need to get their hands dirty in engaging with students in their progress. Technology is just an enabler to supplement their experiential learning in an environment.
  • The choice is in our hands – we either light up the spark in students, or we put out the spark in them. In the latter, we continue the cycle of boxing them to society’s expectations of ‘success’.
Glimmer of hope

Every stakeholder has a part to play in elevating and transforming our education system, for the sake of the future of our next generation that will take up the mantle of leadership in our nation to the next level.

Although we at Leaderonomics may not be the ones playing in the technology field in education, we are actively playing our part in building the right foundation to realise their true potential through our Leaderonomics Youth initiatives such as LEAD clubs in schools and DIODE camps.

How? By equipping students with the right future-ready skills such as communication, leadership and creative thinking capabilities – skills that are critical in shaping a better tomorrow – Industry 4.0 and beyond.

This might interest you: It’s Time To Challenge Your Critical Thinking Skills For The Future Of Work

Youth from the SPARK Leadership Programme having a blast at Jumpstreet Asia trampoline park last December 2017. Pic courtesy of Leaderonomics Youth.

If you would like to partner with us to facilitate more engaging conversations in the youth space, please email us at youth@leaderonomics.com. To know more about what Leaderonomics does as a social enterprise, check out www.leaderonomics.org. For our other Raise Your Game podcasts, click here.

Lay Hsuan is the content curator for Leaderonomics.com. She writes occasionally and is the caretaker for Leaderonomics social media channels. She is happiest when you leave comments on the website, or subscribe to Leader’s Digest, or share Leaderonomics content on social media.

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How do we move ourselves from Incidental Learners to Intentional Learners? We can do so by understanding the different needs of learners.

Photo credit: varunkul01 | Pixabay

Director of Corporate Solutions at Leaderonomics, Sashe Kanapathi discuss these needs and the solutions available to address them – all in the aim of making learning a strategic weapon in the organisation.

Click play to listen to the podcast:

Related post: Five Ways To Keep Your Passion For Online Learning

If you would like to find out more about Digital Learning for your employees, email us at info@leaderonomics.com. To know more about what Leaderonomics does as a social enterprise, check out www.leaderonomics.org. For our other Raise Your Game podcasts, click here.

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