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Self-Empowerment (Values-based Leadership)





- Malina Ngai  (CEO, AS Watson Ltd)

“I worked 16 hours a day.” “I worked super late last night.” .....

Many leaders feel starved for time. These phrases are commonly heard around the workplace. But if you are a team leader, we have to remind ourselves that it is the value behind our work that matters and not just the hours we put in.


I believe effective time management for leaders means, along with all plans and actions you are driving,

1. Allocate time to LISTEN

... Incorporate in weekly schedule time to listen to your team members, and customers. Genuinely listen and care about their problems and help to find solutions.

2. Allocate time to REFLECT

... Reflection allows you to think about what’s going well, what changes are needed to make things happen and much more. It also allows you to celebrate small successes which injects motivation to keep you going.

3. Allocate time to DEVELOP

... More timely feedback enables ongoing growth and development in team members, and in turn, better team results. Don’t wait for the annual performance evaluation.


We will never have enough time, so knowing what matters help you to achieve your goals. Don’t work under the assumption that longer hours lead to better results.


Time is free but priceless.

You can’t own it but you can use it. You can’t keep it but you can spend it well!








- Malina Ngai  (CEO, AS Watson Ltd)


You don’t get to pick your coworkers - which is kind of too bad, considering the huge impact that they can have on your working life. When a coworker, boss, employee or even a regular client is especially difficult, even toxic, it can be a real challenge.


Here are some tips I used in dealing with toxic people at work :


1. Take excellent care of yourself

... If you’re feeling positive, confident, healthy, rested, etc., you’ll be in the best position to handle whatever comes your way.

2. Intentionally establish boundaries

... Consciously decide to keep an emotional distance from challenging people. Even when you do interact, you shouldn’t totally open. Work on disassociating yourself a little. You should still be friendly and positive, but also just a little bit removed.

3. Realise they're not worried about how this affects you

... There’s no sense in trying to appeal to a toxic person’s compassion. Difficult people often blame everyone but themselves when a problem arises. That’s a big part of the problem. You might think that you can reason with them or try to express how their behavior is impacting you. But, it won’t do any good. They’re not thinking about how this affects you. They’re just worried about themselves. So, don’t waste your time and energy trying to elicit compassion or change via reasonable conversation.

4. Redirect yourself toward the positive

... Think about everything you do enjoy about your job, and talk about those things with other people. Gratitude makes us happier.

5. Rise above

... Focus on maintaining your own emotional and intellectual condition rather than trying to shift the toxic person’s way of thinking or behaving. Don’t get pulled down by the chaos. You won’t be any good to anyone if you sink into a toxic mindset yourself.

6. Focus on solutions

... Think about what you’re going to do to move the situation forward, and then try to let it go. Train yourself to think about solutions, not problems.

7. When the day is done, get them out of your head

... You are not going to be able to change the toxic person you’re dealing with at work, but you can control how you react to them. So, when the workday is done, get them out of your head. Don’t obsess about the situation, that will only make it worse.


Never stop being a good person because of bad people!

Focus on what you can control and don’t be too bothered by what you can’t.