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Thursday, 20 August 2009

Missed opportunities

Robert McNamara and President Johnson

Missed opportunities


By: Ahmad Syah Ejaz Hj. Ismail


In dealing with policy matters, we cannot neglect the importance of having the right information before making a decision. We must also need to differentiate between just information and the right information as this article alone will only focus in understanding what the meaning of we called as “missed opportunities”. Most of the flawed policy decision in the past were made mostly either it was decided harshly, or without adequate guiding facts that can lead to a proper understanding of the issues/ situations or merely due to the wrong facts supplied by the surroundings or even the inner circles of policy makers.


As the policy makers, the guiding principles were meant for them to make the right decision based on the right facts. Policies were first made as a law/ guidelines to inculcate norms within the society which intended for the good/ betterment/ as a moral virtue of the community as a whole. Before deciding on such policy, information is needed either to guide the decision makers or to make them understand a certain issues that need to settle upon.


The most important factor in making the right decision is to get the right information beforehand any irretrievable decision were made as such big issues need an iron stamping decision. To get such guiding facts, policy makers/ leaders/ managers can retrieve it through various ways such as:-


(i) Conference;

(ii) Fact finding mission;

(iii) Research (must be valid);

(iv) Interviews;

(v) Negotiations;

(vi) Dialogue; and

(vii) Intelligence work.


This is important as a decision made before putting down any policy usually will effects a lot of peoples and sometimes would even endanger a life and the decision itself is incontrovertible. Most of the failed past policies were made due to the incompetent management on the part of getting the right information before any hard decision were made. These were known as “missed opportunities”. And most of us usually would discover the missed opportunities through a post-mortem/the effect of a debacle happened due to the decision made in the past.


A good leader would discover the so called “missed opportunities” before any decision are made.


Reference:

An Argument Without End by Robert S. McNamara. Public Affairs New York, 1999.


Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Picnic at Sungai Congkak

Me and Nazrie (the coolest friend)

Me in the river

Teddy

Teddy and great friends

We had fun that day

Me at Sg. Congkak last Saturday

Friday, 14 August 2009

Tun Teddy in the office, Friday 14th August 2009

Teddy caught reading in the office

Teddy, 14th August 2009

14 August 2009 - Qairil took a photo of me in the office today. See how broad my smile is. I do thankful to God for all the good things He gave to me. I can sense it clearly without any doubt that Allah loves me.

Thursday, 13 August 2009

Jonker Walk, Malacca August 2009

Teddy, Razi, Farhan, Sha, Fahmy and Ganesha from Tourism

At the Malacca river jetty

Before boarding the boat

At the Malacca Square


Great time at the Jonker Walk

Great time at the Jonker Walk

I love this moment

I love this moment

Touch the pulse of the people

13 August 2009 - I had a conversation with a colleague of mine. Perhaps one of the most important point that she had mentioned today. For us to serve the people, we need to be close to the grass root. Touch the pulse of the peoples. In doing so, ones cannot run away from the fact that we had to sacrifice part of our life. But then, who said this job would be easy. Bless all the great public servants out there... there are many of them.

Thursday, 6 August 2009

Teddy enjoying quiet moment in Awana Genting

Teddy reading

6 August 2009 - This is a photo of me enjoying my quality time reading at Awana Genting Highland. Hope this good moment continues. Thank you Allah!

Saturday, 1 August 2009

Great time in Port Dickson

Teddy just playing around...

I love you all...

30 July 2009 - I haven't had a great time like this for years. Who I am makes a difference to the world.

Faces of Tun Teddy

Faces of Tun Teddy