Sunday, June 03, 2012

Humanization of Human Development Index

When you heard the phrase “human development index”, what crosses your mind? Numbers? Ranks? What elements it comprises of? I asked those questions as well. Apparently, in 2011, Indonesia ranked 124 from 187 countries, based UNDP’s report, scoring 0.617. We are at the bottom of the pyramid, compared to the other top 6 countries in ASEAN, which is Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia, Thailand, and The Philippines. It was said the “Human Development Index” was based on three elements, which are education, health, and purchasing power. But what behind the number is what interest me.

On our everyday life, “Human Development Index” can be roughly translated into the quality of each person in performing his or her task. The task can be varied, from white-collar executives into blue-collar manufacturing workers, from street vendors into your own co-workers. And it can be more real by putting it in your own terms, people that you are working with everyday, your co-workers.

Having worked in two different corporations in my professional career and dealing with numerous parties, the challenge is always been the same, competencies of the people.  How many times you heard your co-workers complaining about their colleagues? How many times you complained about your colleagues? How many times you feel people around you are not doing their job properly or just hanging out in the office? How many hours in a day they work effectively during those nine-to-five? Having questioned that myself, I asked further, have we ever questioned why is that happening?

Most of the time, the answers are numerous, as well. From priority of life, education background, working experience, lousy supervisors, paycheck (which should not be an excuse) and et cetera. But let’s see it from another perspective. Looking around, we can see there are several types of people. There are people who work for a living. Salary is their bread and butter. Work is only a means to make ends meet. There are no other reasons for them to work other than to earn a living. More often than not, they will not see their work from a bigger perspective. For them, their work is only what stated on the contract.

There is a different type who sees work as a means to achieve a bigger goal. They know what they want to achieve and believe that the thing that they do right now will somehow lead they closer to what they want to be. They will not settle down for what is stated on the paper, on the contrary, they will strive to achieve more than that whenever necessary. These are the people who have a purpose in their life and know that they are here for a bigger reason. Unfortunately, not all people like this. In fact, you will see that people like this is very rare in your company. And yes, education might contribute to this problem.

In my opinion, education and exposure to knowledge significantly contributes to people’s life. Most people I see who have hunger for knowledge and decided to open their mind to it are the most inspiring people that I ever met. These people realize their potential and what they can do to contribute to this world. They work for their purpose, not merely for the money. And these are the kind of people who will lead a division in a company to innovate, to improve things, to inspire and empower others, and make a difference.

I think it is safe to assume that if most of your co-workers are the first type of people, than there are no people in the HR department or in the board management level who believe that people are the most valuable asset in the company, or has the capability to cultivate it. I believe that the role of HR department and every team leaders is to ensure the development of the members in the company to be able to perform at a high level to achieve the company’s goal. It is important to groom and inspire each employee to suit your job role and ensure they know that what they are doing is matter for the company as a whole.

If you think that the talent market out there is below your requirement, than I think you should start contributing to the country’s education. And in the short term, build your HR team to be the best trainer to groom talents to meet your company’s requirement.

Enuff said.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Want them? Make them!

"People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them."

George Bernard Shaw - 1893

Friday, February 19, 2010

Nine Months of Getting Things Done

February 20th. That is what written on the date of this post. It's another Saturday night, a long one indeed. Another shoot. Another sleepless night. Another job at hand. Just another...

These passed nine months has been extraordinary. Creative brief release, one after another, each one of them trying to be better than the other. Projects come and go, each one of them trying to reach the finish line as fast as they can.
Achieved? Not sure. It's just finished. Done. And then comes another one. And then comes another one.

Through it all, the same question still remains. Unanswered. Or rather, not sure how to answer. Am I on the right path? What I know is that right now, what I do and learn everyday is to get things done.

Here's a note to self. As a gentle reminder on how to get up, to move forward, and keep moving forward. Thanks to Mr. Shaw.

People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them.
--George Bernard Shaw Mrs. Warren's Profession, 1893

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Peace it's not only about make believe.
It is something to take action upon.
May there be peace on Earth.
And may we all be the one who makes it happen.

Merry Christmas.

Friday, March 13, 2009

In this month of March

It's been a long time since I updated this blog. I don't know why but I feel that I don't have anything worthy to write or to share. And whenever I did write something, I uploaded it to my multiply blog instead. For no particular reason.

A lot of things happen since then. A failed interview. Paid off by having great experience with a great team. Still figuring out what to do in life. Still learning how to love and how to be a whole person.

And in this month of March, I felt that I have not done nothing much with my life. I am stuck in this idealistic idea that I have in my mind. And I don't know whether that is the path that I need to walk through. But my heart tells me that I need to cross it. I need to keep living that dream and nurture it.

And right now, I am hoping for the good news to be delivered. I am waiting for such a perfect day to come...

Monday, December 22, 2008

The love of walking...

If I can only do one thing everyday for the rest of my life, walking would be it...

I love the feeling when my shoes hit the pavement
Firmed and assured
Overwhelmed me with the sense of freedom
With the joy of being independent
And taking control of your life

I love the way the wind blow in my face
Even when the day is a bit unfriendly
Because it gave me the sense of being human
Vulnerable and fragile and insignificant
Yet strong enough to walk through it
Instead of just passing by

I love hearing the sound of people passing
The laughter or the chatter
The anger or the excitement
And feeling so connected to world
The real world
Without any barriers

And if I can choose one more luxury, that would be listening to my soundtrack of the day playing in my ear

I love the way how the right tunes at the right moment can change the mood
Accompanying me and my steps
Guiding me towards what awaits
Glorifying me and my wisdom of walking
Oh, such externalities that I am relying on
Yet it put me in the perfect state of mind

So, dear friends...
Walk your path
Walk your talk
Enjoy yourself and your journey while you are at it
And favor yourself with what you love
I wish them for you as I wish them for me...

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Kenalkan, si kawan lama...


Ini cerita mengenai si kawan lama
Dia yang begitu mengejutkan dan menyejukkan
Adiktif namun ia tidak destruktif
Malah anehnya, auranya sangat menghangatkan

Pertama kali berjumpa dengannya sudahlah sangat mempesona
Ketika itu ia datang tanpa pretensi
Namun ternyata ia penuh dengan potensi
Membuat saya langsung jatuh hati

Walau baginya mungkin saya bukan siapa-siapa
Karena memang kawannya sungguhlah banyak
Boleh dibilang ia cukup populer
Namun itu tidak membuat saya kecil hati

Sombongkah ia?
Sama sekali tidak karena hubungan kami memang tidak terlalu istimewa
Malah kalau boleh jujur hanya berjalan satu arah
Saya kepada dia dan tidak pernah sekalipun sebaliknya

Tetapi dialah yang mengajarkan saya arti mencintai seutuhnya
Tanpa harapan apapun kecuali rasa yang ia berikan ketika saya bersamanya
Walaupun itu tidaklah sering karena jarak memang terbentang diantara kita
Dan selalu ada harga yang harus dibayarkan untuk menit-menit bersamanya

Yang selalu saya bangga-banggakan

Yang selalu saya elu-elukan kepada seluruh dunia

Izinkan saya untuk mengenalkannya
Dia si kawan lama

Double Shot Berry!