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My interview on BFM

I was recently interviewed on BFM to speak about Generational Diversity. It was fun to talk about how we can learn and apply techinques to deal with the different generations in our everyday life as well as our professional life.

Juarez Lowe on the Bigger Picture

Attached is a link to an earlier interview on Negotiation Skills.

Juarez Lowe – Negotiation Toolkit

Being grateful…

A really inspiring video – be grateful for what you have… Nick Vujicic in this video is a quadriplegic and yet he lives life to the fullest. It reminded me to be thankful for the many blessings that I have…

Company buka puasa at Rumah Nur Salaam Chow Kit

Ramadhan is a time when we reflect and pray. It is also a time when we appreciate what we have. The essence of fasting is to feel the thirst and hunger that people who can’t afford food suffer through.

As a company, we want to give to back to the community.We have sent an invitation to all our clients and friends to come to break fast at the Children’s Shelter at Chow Kit on the 26th of August 2010. Do come and join us if you can.

Lessons from the local DVD shop via Live and Inspire Magazine

I have just started writing for Live and Inspire Magazine. My first article is on business lessons from the local pirated DVD shop. Do click here to read it.

Corp Talk : Lessons from the local DVD shop, by Juarez Lowe

I teach classes on leadership and professional skills. One of the frequently asked questions in my classes is for an example of a well-run business. People often look at GENikeApple and other multi nationals.

I like sharing the example of the local pirated DVD shop. This shop is quite small (less 500 square feet) and ironically located in front of a police station. Click here to read the rest.

An interesting way to get a job

Jason Zimdars showed that he really wanted his job. He showed his willingness to join the new company by setting up a website designed for his job application. His website was detailed and focused and more importantly – it was tailored to the company and the role.

What I like about this website was the amount of time Jason spent tailoring his resume to the job. His layout is perfect splitting the cover page into “Let’s talk about me” and “Let’s talk about you”. He establishes the following:-

1. He has done his research on 37signals and is very candid about the company.

2. He gives examples of great design which help illustrate his passion for design. When you hire someone, you want to hire someone who is passionate about their work. Here he cites the “designed by apple in California” as the most brilliant thing to appear on a package. His interests are definitely a step up from the “travel, read and write” I have read on so many resumes. Again indirectly he shows his passion for his hobbies as well as a passion for excellence.

3. He doesn’t put down his current employer. In fact he has really good things to say about it. Refrain from complaining about your current employer. This makes you appear infinitely more mature.

He also goes on to list testimonials about his work as well as his design process. At the end of each page he has his contact details with the words “So what do you think?” at the top.

People like Jason think out of the box and will definitely stand out among the ocean of resumes. You may also want to look at the Inc article “Never Read Another Resume” by his employer, Jason Fried, co-founder of 37signals.

Key learnings

1. Stand out from the crowd. Think about how you can differentiate yourself in your job application or resume.

2. Tailor your resume to the company. Write your cover and resume in terms of what you can do for them.

Using this will help you get the job of your choice.

Our new creative/brainstorming/conference room is available for rental

Red carpet entrance

juarezlowe red carpet entrance

It’s really been fun and also stressful moving into our new office. Instead of emailing everyone pictures and jamming inboxes, I decided to post some pictures.

The entrance to our office. There’s a red carpet to welcome participants to our public programs. The training/meeting/brainstorming meeting room was designed for :-

1. Training sessions with different configurations both internal and external

2. Internal brainstorming sessions so people could scribble on walls and get out of the office but not need to go to a regular hotel.

3. Internal meetings for companies that don’t have big enough meeting room or don’t have a meeting room.

Entrance to training room

The red curtain parts

Cubby holes for manbags

Handbag/Briefcase storage in class

These are the storage cubby holes in the training room. A lot of women like a place to put their handbags where they can see them so our interior designer came up with this.

Writing on the walls is something that I wanted to do as a kid but didn’t dare. So with glass walls everyone can write. It’s also more environmentally friendly than killing trees with a flip chart. It also helps creativity and has a much greater area to write on than a flip chart. Marker pens are provided as well as mentos and hacks.

The room seats up to 25 comfortably or at a stretch 30. Seating configurations include cluster, classroom, U shaped, boardroom table.

When training in hotels, I found that the projector charges were often quite substantial. The room rental charges include a 3500 ANSI lumens projector. In layman terms, it means that the projector is really, really bright so you don’t need to close the curtains to see the screen.

Our cappuccino maker. It grinds the beans and does a mean cappuccino/espresso/latte. We also have green tea and regular tea available and water. We don’t provide bottles of water (as it’s really not good for the environment). We have glasses and a water cooler so people can take their drink.

For lunch, we recommend popping down to  Solaris SOHO. Food ranges in price from around RM15/head for lunch to RM50/head. Restaurants we like include Asian Terrace (3 course set lunches from RM18nett/head) and  Garden Recipe(surprisingly great tasting healthy food with set lunches from RM8.90/head), Leaf Southern Indian food (decent banana leaf) and Little Collins Bakery with set lunches from RM8.90/head. Dubrovnik has great set lunches (off the set lunch is the Beef Cevapi – really good). Other restaurants (we haven’t tried) include Dish Deli, Killeney Kopitiam, Michealangelo’s (pastas – set lunches from RM25/head) and Dr. Cafe (for sandwiches).

New office

We have moved to our new office at Suite k-6-3, Solaris Mont Kiara, Jalan Solaris 5, 50480 Kuala Lumpur. Our new telephone number is +603 6201 4355.

Getting the most out of your training provider

Here’s a few tips on how to get the most out of your training provider.

1. Determine your objectives from a company point of view. What does the company hope to acheive with the training? This will help you plan out the training for the year. Eg. If you are looking at a turnaround plan for your team you would probably need 9 days of focused training and not a one day program. List down 3 key objectives of the training.

2. Look at your training providers list of clients. Call up their references. Are the clients from a single group or are they from a diverse group of companies? If the client base cuts across industries and size of companies, this means that the training provider is able to tailor their material according to it’s clients.

3. Look at the trainer. Do they have real life working experience relevant to the training? E.g has the negotiations trainer conducted high level negotiations between companies? Has he/she achieved positive results?

4. Look at the training methodology used. The lecture style is very tired and will induce sleepiness! How much of the training is focused on interactivity and implementation of the theory vs just the theory. For example our negotiation courses are 20 percent theory and 80 percent activity/role-play and de-brief.

By using these methods you will be able to work more effectively and efficiently with your training provider.