Thank you to the emcee, Regional General Manager, Mr Rizal, Estate Manager, Mr Raman, all of the staffs, our newly staffs, ladies and gentlemen. A very warm welcomed to all of you especially the new staff for coming to our introduction course and to FELDA generally.
For the beginning, on behalf of FELDA I Khairol Azwan, as a Training manager addressing you, it is a part of my responsibility to take care of you and to help if you have any problem related to your jobs and maybe your attitude. As you all know, FELDA is one of the largest plantation company in Malaysia and even in the world. We are the leading exporter of oil palm products to the world. Our organization has recognised by top notch client, as we provide them with world class food products and oil palm products variant as well as the various strategic solutions for helping the poor people in the poor region. We create a benchmark in plantation industry and community services around the globe. There are no such organizations in the world can achieve so far like us in both categories at the same time. This is possible only due to pool of talented, energetic, and dedicated workforce in our organization.
From just five person back in 1956, now our organization have more than 32,000 employees and also 112,635 families of settlers depends their future on us. In FELDA we all are stand as one family and together we can bring this organization further to achieve our national vision as a developed country using our own customs, styles and our own way of life.
So all of my team members, pull up your socks, assemble your team, assemble your thoughts and try to put efforts in the vision of the organization because I know that ‘Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships’. We have to touch so many benchmarks in future.
Now our organization has set some short term goal to achieve success, if company grows you people will automatically grow with organization, now company has linked some development program with this short term goals for the benefit of employees.
Ladies and gentlemen,
Today, I will tell about our self-development program that’s design for your carrier development in the future. From our organization point of view, the first course that you have to attend while working here is developing self-strength through good manners. This thing becomes priority to our organization because as we know that, manners are the one that shaped our life, our skill development, our future and almost everything in this world.
I would like to share some of the information you will learn in this course. 'Manners make a man' is a true saying. By manners we mean proper and respectful behaviour towards all with whom we come in contact. Good manners come naturally to a person who is bred-up in a cultured family. On the contrary, an ill-bred person has no manners. Good manners are, therefore, the sign that a certain person has been brought up on the right lines.
Good manners are very necessary for progress in life. They help us to win the favour and confidence of others. They are a sure passport to success in life. An ill-mannered person, on the other hand, is disliked by everyone and has no chance of success in any walk of life we joins. Good manners endear us to others. A polite answer turns away anger and a kind word uttered in time saves a person from many troubles. It is politeness which succeeds while ability fails. Even a good action will lose its value if the person doing favour utters impolite words.
I give you an example, like when you are in your organization you should not go on talking all the time but let others has their say. It is bad manners to go on talking even if others do not feel interested in the talk. Let us look to the convenience of others. 'Live and let others live' should be our motto.
In this course also, you will be exposed to the importance of appearance. It is because a person’s appearance gives the first impression on the employer. The manner in which you appear shows an aspect that you’re motivated and ready to work. Dress in a manner that does not draw to much attention and that is appropriate for the environment in which you are working.
Ladies and gentlemen,
Have you heard about work ethics? Work ethic is described as hard work and diligence. No matter how tough life gets, if you put your all into your work, good things will come to you. Therefore our organization also offered a special course to improve self-awareness in work ethics. Staying positive, refusing to procrastinate and maintaining your focus are all necessary ingredients to build a strong and rewarding work ethic.
Other strategies are to have great workers whom are setting a goal of dependability, always meeting deadlines and stepping up to fill unmet needs. In this course you will learn about how to stay positive. You've probably heard the expression, "Attitude is everything." That's definitely true when you're working on creating a resilient work ethic. Your work improves when you approach it with a positive attitude. No matter what, staying positive about your tasks will help you become a rock star at work. You'll not only stand out to your supervisor, but your colleagues will notice, too.
Apart from that you also will learn how to keep your focus. When your plans are clear, you'll get more work done in less time. Start focused and stay focused. You'll work like a machine when you devote your attention on the subject at hand.
The most crucial to developing a strong work ethic is always meet deadlines. Do whatever you have to do to meet a deadline. Of course, the best way to ensure you consistently meet deadlines is to negotiate in advance of taking on the task, so you have a bit of a say in the schedule. In the event your supervisor assigns you a project that must be done by a certain date in the near future, clarify right away with your boss what he sees as your priorities. By this, you have gained permission to alter the due dates on some of your other tasks to take on the urgent project. If you communicate right away any concerns you have about deadlines, you're in a position to negotiate some of them. The bottom line is you'll ultimately be meeting deadlines approved by your supervisor.
We've all been on a committee where jobs were being assigned, the moderator got to a certain task and everyone shrank up or whispered, "Oh, I'm not taking that job!" A person with a strong work ethic views these situations as opportunities to stretch himself and show what he can do.
You might even discover a special talent you possess when you volunteer to take on a job. Consider it another line on your resume when you agree to write the department manual or perform some other task. Learn to step forward to fill unmet needs.
When you follow these suggestions, you'll develop great confidence in your work. Plus, you'll discover that you built something durable for your future: a strong work ethic that will bring you pride, joy and wealth for years to come.
Ladies and gentlemen
Now let’s turn to another point which is skill development in a team work. We are working in a community environment. True teamwork is the rarest, most exhilarating, and most productive human activity possible. Every business wants to harness this incredible energy, but achieving such a level of motivation and esprit is not always easy.
So always remember that a team is not just a group of individuals who work at the same location or have the same logo on their business card. A real team is made up of people who may be unequal in experience, talent, or education, but who are equal in their commitment to working together to achieve the goals and good of the organization, each other and their customers.
If we are going to be successful, we can no longer look at our organizations as departments, divisions, or branch offices. We must look at the bigger picture and resolve to work together in ways we may never have done before. We may even need to cooperate with the competition. Think of all the mergers and acquisitions in the past few years. Your number one competitor today could be your partner tomorrow.
As we know in our real life, team work success rarely happens by itself, without focused team building efforts and activities. That’s why we offered this kind of course to make sure very minimal space for problems in team work. For example, different personalities, instead of complementing and balancing each other, may build up conflicts. Or even worse, some people with similar personalities may start fighting for authority and dominance in certain areas of expertise. Even if the team goals are clear and accepted by everyone, there may be no team commitment to the group goals or no consensus on the means of achieving those goals: individuals in the team just follow their personal opinions and move in conflicting directions. There may be a lack of trust and openness that blocks the critical communication and leads to loss of coordination in the individual efforts. This is why every team needs a good leader who is able to deal with all such team work issues.
Here are some examples of team building ideas, techniques, and tips you will get in managing teams course. The first and foremost make sure that the team goals are totally clear and completely understood and accepted by each team member. Then make sure there is complete clarity in who is responsible for what and avoid overlapping authority. For example, if there is a risk that two team members will be competing for control in certain area, try to divide that area into two distinct parts and give each more complete control in one of those parts, according to those individual's strengths and personal inclinations.
We must bear in mind such teamwork doesn’t happen by accident. It requires commitment and effort, a willingness to accept the uniqueness of others, and an appreciation of diversity. We build teams in our companies the same way we build relationships with our friends and co-workers. High-functioning teams establish us and our companies as reliable, internally and externally. We then project this image to our customers, vendors, competitors, and communities.
Have you heard about a sentence that, “leaders are born, not made”. This may be true to some extent because many people display some intrinsic traits right from birth, which put them in the position where they are looked up as leaders. A person’s authoritativeness, confidence in speech and action and the ability to handle crisis without panic are considered some of the most effective leadership qualities, which sets people apart from the crowd. There are so many qualities that a good leader should have, but I can just give you some of it and the others you will learn it from time to time. As a leader, you must have all of these qualities such as honesty, confidence, patience, focus and the most important thing is you know how to motivate others. All of these qualities will be elaborate more when you attending your course while working here later.
To all of you, and last but not least,
Another self-development program that we will serve you is focusing on ICT Skill. As a worker in this millennium era, the objective of this program is to equip all FELDA staff with ICT skills to meet future and current employment requirements. We will provide you ICT skills which enabled you to overcome day-to-day obstacles. ICT skill is considered as a lifelong skill for enhancing our future career prospects. ICT adds value to the processes of learning, and in the organization and management of learning institutions. The Internet is a driving force for much development and innovation in both developed and developing countries right now.
Ladies and gentlemen,
Those are the courses that we as the management try to share with you. We understand that each individual has a distinct persona that can be developed, polished and refined. This process includes boosting one’s confidence, improving communication and language speaking abilities, widening ones scope of knowledge, developing certain hobbies or skills, learning fine etiquettes and manners, adding style and grace to the way one looks, talks, walks and overall with positivity, liveliness and peace. After this, I personally want all of you to start digging for knowledge, search everywhere and always feel hunger for information. Go for more and maybe you want to consider furthering your study. Reach as high as you can and remember the sky has no limit.
At last I hope you will be enjoy working here and thanks a lot for lending me your ears. We will see again later and please remember, take care of this organization and I promise, the organization will also take care of you. Make us as your new family and let’s make friends.