Showing posts from 2010

2 Mind Mapping freeware- a great tool for presentation, organization of thoughts and memorization.

I like mind mapping! For mind mapping to work, one has to hold a pen, draw the tree branches and nodes in a highly graphical and visually special way to help us concentrate, put the "item" in the right place in the big picture and drill into our brain leveraging the graphic presentation. Last week I have basically done two presentation on our company's strategies to several colleagues using just one simple mind map on my computer interactively (click and expand & collapse trees as I draw my audience's attention on various subjects in a highly complex set of strategies). Everybody got a very clear picture of the subject matter but I did not have to do 50 slides or so. It was great for me and my colleagues to use and view just one mind map page. It can be used as a tool to help us to memorize. In such case it's batter to use pen and paper. The actually involvement with our thoughts and fingers drawing picture synchronously together helps us to drill the subje

A Vowel Question: What word contains the five vowels (a, e, i, o,u) in the right order?

It's Saturday morning. I am home helping my daughter Nicole for her English exam. As a native Chinese 9 years who basically speak Cantonese 95% of the time, it's difficult to learn English rules while embracing all the exceptions in the language. As a father, it's really difficult to answer some simple questions like "Why are vowels limited to 'a, e, i, o, u'?" or "Why 'e' is silent 'e' at the end of the word?" or even like "Where is the 'k' and 'w' sound in the word 'know'?"..... Hm.....I just pull my hair.... cause these questions are just like "why do we exists"...... To answer her, it's almost like I have to explain to her the philosophy of life that there are always exceptions to the rules we define for ourselves because we human beings are all different from each other so the rules we create for each other never get 100% compliances..... perhaps a bit too deep for me and my l

Make the Most Out of Today

Average life expectancy of a Hong Kong person is 83 years. That's roughly 30,300 days. Ironically it sounds shorter than 83 years. So make the most out of every day. Focus on today. Make sure you are on a right path and find the purpose of your life.

7 tips in setting up your LinkedIn or Facebook profile for Job Hunting.

Social Networking sites let your profile to be seen by the public efficiently and effectively; thus making it one of the preferred tool by professional recruiters to look up your information. If you want to win the recommendation from the head hunters or those recruiters actively search talents like a head hunter, you want to make sure that you have an impressive profile on some of the social networking sites. If you do it properly, you can setup your social network sites to help you: to be “searched” by recruiters, connect your way to the right recruiters so you can offer your service to them directly to brand yourself in ways beyond that CV can offer. Whether it is Facebook, LinkedIn or other social networking sites, the strategies in using the social network are quite similar. They are not rocket science at all. Anyone with a bit of discipline can build up a very useful profile. The following is a list of things to do with your social networking sites: 1) Setup your person

Your CV & your Social Networking Site

Personal Branding for Career – Your CV & your Social Networking Site With the advancement of social networking, recruiters are increasingly leveraging the internet and the social networking to find the talents they need. Therefore, if you consider yourself a “Career Person”, you need to be very carefully building up your profile through your social networking site, be it your public profile and what you post on blog, facebook, linkedin or others. In fact, smart recruiters will probably “google” you to find more about you beyond the CV you have submitted. So if this is going to be a fact of life, why not show your blog address on your CV or make your facebook public profile available to the recruiters. Doing so means that you are a much in tune with the new age of digital, which I believe is an added advantage in today’s digital society, and you are professional enough to show your muscle in front of your to-be employers. Not sure if they still say that or not, that a CV shoul

A job interview

A business was looking for office help. They put a sign in the window, stating the following: HELP WANTED Must be able to type, have computer skills, and be bilingual. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. A dog trotted up to the window, saw the sign and went inside. He looked at the receptionist and wagged his tail, then walked over to the sign, looked at it and whined a bit. Getting the idea, the receptionist got the office manager. The office manager looked at the dog and was surprised, to say the least. However, the dog looked determined, so he led him into the office. Inside, the dog jumped up on a chair and stared at the manager. The manager said "I can't hire you. The sign says you have to be able to type." The dog jumped down, went to the typewriter and proceeded to type out a perfect letter. He took out the page and trotted over to the manager and gave it to him, then jumped back up on the chair. The manager was stunned, but then told the dog, "The sign

Management & Tech Support!

A man is flying in a hot air balloon and realises he is lost. He reduces height and spots a man down below. He lowers the balloon further and shouts, "Excuse me, can you tell me where I am?" The man below says, "Yes, you're in a hot air balloon, hovering 30 feet above this field." "You must work in Tech Support," says the balloonist. "I do," replies the man. "How did you know?" "Well," says the balloonist, "Everything you have told me is technically correct, but it's no use to anyone." The man below says, "You must work in management." "I do," replies the balloonist, "but how did you know?" "Well", says the man, "you don't know where you are, or where you're going, but you expect me to be able to help. You're in the same position you were before we met, but now it's my fault."

The Cover Letter for the inexperienced job seeker!

I have changed my job functions and industry many times in my career. Actually almost every time I changed job, my role and industry background changed as well. A few days ago, a confused friend asked me he couldn't think of what to write on his CV where he is applying for a job he has no experiences or relevant industry background. Here are my experiences in writing my "CV" when I applied for new job: 1) Your Proposal, NOT CV. Cover Letter is probably more important than CV. Why? Cover letter let you write with style, sincerely and, most importantly, focus on the few main points that can help you to stand out! 2) Your Deliverables, even if you are new. Make immediate promise of what you can achieve for the potential employers in your cover letter. It would be best if you can quote some kind of numbers such as "number 1 market share in 3 years" or "double digit growth for next 5 years" and so forth! This is a very huge challenge to yourselves'

Sakura Blossom - Pencil Pastel

It's approaching summer again. My daughter has finished her final exam. We have a bit time today so we've done some drawing in the afternoon. As usual, I searched for some photo on the net and painted it with pencil pastel. "Saukra Blossom" is my latest painting. Please enjoy.

Free Download - Auto 3 year calendar excel spreadsheet

I needed a 3 year one page planner to help me to run my business. One that I can make format changes and can compare week by week and year on year basis. So I have created one with Excel. The excel spreadsheet is automatic. Once we enter the start year say "2009" in the one and only input field, the rest of the calendar can be automatically generated. You can download it here . Hope you enjoy it!

Adam Chan and Eve Li

"If Adam and Eve were Chinese, we would still be in paradise because they would have ignored the apple and eaten the snake...." That's a joke quoted by my friends on facebook.

Happiness, Balance and Progress

One of my friends updated her status on the facebook with "Remember that...frankly...I just wanted to be happy in the first place". I have no idea why she got so sentimental all of a sudden cause she seems to be a happy person to me. Another friend constantly expressing her view on how her boss has been wrong and, in fact, so many other people should have done things the different ways (her ways). She also smiles all the time but deep down she is not exactly a happy soul. Being happy is such a common wish for all of us but many of us seem to have forgotten about it when we charge forward in our career in today's highly competitive world! People say "let go", "forgive", "forget", "take it easy" and other "Zen" stuff to achieve happiness. I agree. However, in most cases it is at the expense of the progress. I remember one of my friends (a decade ago in the last millennium....sounds like such long time ago lol) told me that

Forest in Fall - Pastel pencil painting

My first painting using pastel pencil. Learned the techniques from watching YouTube. One of the most important value of Internet is about information at figure tips! For people like me who has been procrastinating for decades to go to classes to learning painting, Internet is really heaven. Just go on to Youtube and, wa la, the demonstration is there! No need to register, travel or wait to go the class. You can also do it whenever you are free (I watched the video at 1:00am when my family was sound asleep!)

Orchid in Poster Color

This Easter Holiday in Hong Kong really gives me a chance to get away from my job. Spending couple of hours to paint this picture of Orchid got my mind cleared from just about everything other than painting this picture. Picture was done with poster color and color pencil with, again, photos found from Internet.

Painting - Water mill

5 days off in a roll with the Easter Holiday. Our family has no travelling plan but just to stay home to take a rest. I found some quiet time at night alone with wife and daughter sound asleep couple of nights ago. A good chance to do one more practice of watercolor painting. Again, the internet offered endless supplies of photo. I found a good photo of water mill from google search and made a painting out of it. The real picture's color is much less strong compare to the image posted here. The reason is that I used my Nikon D40 camera to take the picture and used Photoshop to corp the picture. The lighting condition was not good when I take the picture. So I used Photoshop to make some adjustment. It turns out that the adjusted picture's color is a lot more vivid than the original one. I have tried a few setting and could not simulate near the original painting. So may as well use the auto-leveled one from Photoshop! Enjoy. Next time I will try to be more bold

Rose Again!

My daughter asked me to accompany her in her school painting project. We have started doing this a few years ago since kindergarten. So a few times every year I got to sit down with a quiet mind just to do some painting of my own while she did her own painting. We established some common theme and start to do our drawing. This year, right after her school exam, she asked me to do painting again. It was after Chinese New Year and she wanted to paint some flowers popularly displayed by many family in Chinese New Year. This got me going again with my many attempts to recreate the vivid color of a rose. This time I tried the color of pink. The strong impression of lively and vivid color was not really achieved according to what I wanted to do. I guess this is a live long quest to make a painting photo like! Anyway, I believe my techniques in using pencil color and water color has improved a bit. Perhaps sometimes I should seriously go to an art school to speed up the basic techni