Time to train more and upgrade your skill

trainingWith the stock market turmoil kick up by a poorer China economy result, local headhunter expected hiring freeze in 2016. I am not actually not shocked at the news, which you can get more detail from http://www.straitstimes.com/business/economy/headhunters-expect-hiring-freeze-next-year

Given a forward thinking to the situation ahead, it is only wise for us to pick up or to upgrade our skill and get trained. And i managed to catch up and conduct a much privilege interview with a niche course provider, Desmond Chua, that combined both training and consultation together. And here is the interview extract.


Fredrick : As usual, always been looking forward to chat with you, and so much we can learn from you. So what have you been up recently?

Desmond Chua : Hello Fredrick, I am very well and thank you for inviting me to be your guest for this interview. For the last few months, I am designing several workshops for the public program. The first one is about managing career challenges which would likely takes place in mid October this year. The one that is Live now is the “Keep Calm and Carry On Selling” program.


Fredrick : Wow, now you are into conducting of course! I guess your student will benefit a lot from it! Do shares with us on your course detail.

Desmond Chua: Well, I spent more than 20 years of my life in the corporate, having the opportunity to serve both local SMEs and regional posting overseas. And one thing that strikes me is many are unhappy at their work. This unhappiness can be due to the remuneration, the job responsibilities (some want less and others want more), work/life balance (bosses are giving laptops and mobile phones to staff) and many more reasons.

Since many of us spent a large part of our lives at work, surely it must make sense that we are doing what we love at work. On the contrary, many are not and that bothers me to dig deeper and find ways to resolve it.

Dream Jobs come true is not another career talk but one that can truly transform a person destiny if he puts in the required effort during the workshop. There will be many activities that we will be introducing to the participants, an atmosphere of fun-filled learning and interaction for all.

For registration, please contact Safra Jurong at 6686 4333 or email jrclub@safra.sg (Safra will be updating this program on their website, please check back soon)


Fredrick : What makes your course different from others in the market?

Desmond :  That is a great question! There is no lack of training out there and every trainer has its own strength and areas of expertise. I have been coaching clients  for the last 5 years in their relationship problems – from being singles, divorce cases to single parents and often career challenges is a big part of it. For example, guys who are single tend to think woman need man with financial stability and would not commit to a relationship till he thinks his career is “stable” (which can take tens of years for some). Then, there are couples who struggled financially because one of the partner is retrenched or in the midst of switching job or unemployed.

I had also been on both sides of the table, being an interviewee looking for jobs and interviewing candidates as well. When I was in sales, I spent a lot of time going for networking events and would seize opportunity to talk to headhunters, direct employers and those who are looking for jobs. This knowledge has served me well in the course of communicating with my clients.

At Eimi Group, we work with trainers/consultants who are passionate about impacting lives, they are lifelong learners and exudes traits of responsibility, positive attitude and humility. The bible has a saying ; ”Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you” Matthew 7:12.

Because of our collective experience, we design workshops with the needs of our participants in mind and we keep a close tab on the current economy, industry changes and trends.

Also, we believe everyone has a different learning style, some pick up oncepts fast  from hearing the speaker while others may reach their own “AHA” moments through participating in games-based activities. And that is important to us, because we want our participants to be happy, to learn something and apply when they go back to the office and not get hyped up and back to normal after the course. That defeats the purpose and go against our mission.


Fredrick : Thank Desmond on sharing so much with us and all the best to your course!

Desmond Chua : Thank you and God bless you and family!


Look for Suitable Job, not the Right Job

Recently, i came across this funny but profound article from Mike Rowe’s (Host of The Discovery Channel’s hit show, Dirty Jobs) reply to one of his fan whom been trying hard to look for the right job, but not the suitable job.

Look for Suitable Job, not the Right Job

And here some extract from his article and do read up at http://news.distractify.com/people/mike-rowe-crushes-a-mans-hopes-for-finding-a-dream-job-and-i-agree-with-him-100/?v=1 for the whole article that Mike Rowe on look for Suitable job, not the Right job.

Stop looking for the “right” career, and start looking for a job. Any job. Forget about what you like. Focus on what’s available. Get yourself hired. Show up early. Stay late. Volunteer for the scut work. Become indispensable. You can always quit later, and be no worse off than you are today. But don’t waste another year looking for a career that doesn’t exist. And most of all, stop worrying about your happiness. Happiness does not come from a job. It comes from knowing what you truly value, and behaving in a way that’s consistent with those beliefs.


Spend your time on the Suitable one

It is common to hear from friends, colleges or relatives, on looking for the Right partner, soul-mate, business partner, boss, career and etc. The list just go on and on. But such mindset/thinking just put up un-neccessary stress on oneself. You may just spend your lifetime just to look for the right one. For the same amount of time, energy and effort that you spend on searching for the Right one, you could have gotten back several Suitable one in various aspect of your life.

So let’s start replacing the word “Right”  with “Suitable” in our daily Vocabulary! And start spending more time to look for the Suitable ones  and on them!


Ways to use this great tool for Potential HR Candidate Accessment.

Ways to use this great tool for Potential HR Candidate Accessment.

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It is interesting and exciting for me to hear upon yours thought and suggestions on using gallupstrengthscenter.com. For that, i believe could lead to spin off some interesting business! 🙂


Some Ways of Using this Tool.

  • HR personnel could use this tool to better guage their Potential Candidate if they are more suitable for the job, which eventually lead to a lower turnover rate. And of course, there is cost behind each assessment (US 9.99 – founding out the top 5 strength), but HR could always deploy it after  candidates reach 2nd stage of the interview process.
  • Sale Director, with this tool, could have a more systematic and scientific way to know what make their Sales Manager tickle, and what type of market that the particular Salesmen will have a higher hit-rate for Sales closure. Does it sound nice?
  • For Business Owner that wishes to achieve more, they could use this tool to analysis themselves in a deeper and logic way. For example, if you have Maximizer if you will to find yourself perform better in finding more Sales lead, focus on that area instead. That is what Maximizer oriented person should do. Maximize your time and strength in those area that you do the best!


Till then, please keep pouring your idea in, you could either email to me fredrick@bigfatpillar.com and just feel free to give your comment! cheers!

What is your personal character strength?

Do you know yourself?

Ops, this is one big question that most of us dont even have a clear answer of our self.questionMark

“What is my real personal character strength?”
outspoken, gentle, patient, forceful, charisma, stubborn, clear-minded, street-smart, shy, smart, leader, follower? and the list goes on and on.


Shortcut your Career Journey

But have you ever wonder if you will to know more about yourself at the beginning, you may have took a less painful journey and get an ideal job and developed your career at a younger age. And that mean a fatter paycheck at the end of the month! Of course, that may come with a price of getting involved in Rat Race or Office Politics.

Different of personal character strength will definitely flourish and grow better in various type of job, just like fishes in the water or birds in the air! For example, an Engineer job will require its owner to have an analytic mind and having a systemic way of divide and conquer problem. While a person with outgoing,  street-smart character will be more suitable for a Sale job. We need to know if we are the fishes that swim in the water or currently struggles to breath on the ground! And if we are struggling to breath on the ground, then we better hop or wriggle our way back into the water fast!

Previously, i used to rely on my bosses, colleagues and friends to give me feedback, but sometimes, this source of 3rd party may be biased! Until i came across this site https://www.gallupstrengthscenter.com/, which give me the tools to analysis myself and let me be aware of my top 5 personal character strengths. And they even have more in-depth explanation and discussion of each strengths on the YouTube too! Gallup’s Theme Thursday: Individualization


Disclaimer : I dont receive any form of monetary reward from the website for recommending. I just find this website useful and i’m here to share my experience.

By the way, my top 5 personal character strengths are

  • Connectedness
  • Individualization
  • Relator
  • Activator
  • Maximizer