MGTD102 ePortfolio Reflection

Well, where do I start? I wasn’t best pleased about how I ended up finding out that I had to retake Principles of Management after thinking that I’d already finished my time in DIB but whatever. I came to class a week or two late but was surprised to see that it wasn’t a lecturer I was familiar with. She seemed friendly and I’ve gone on to enjoy Natasya Saat’s lectures through the semester.

The individual assignment was relatively easy. We were supposed to discuss the elements of organisational structure of a company of our choosing and, being that I am fairly obsessive when it comes to information, the first problem I faced was which of the companies I know very well would I like to discuss about? I ended up writing about Valve Corp, of their unique flat structure and forward thinking management, or lack thereof. I believe I ended with it being that Valve shows a very strong and shared organisational culture throughout. I did pretty well on this assignment though as usual the word limit made me stop before I wanted. I would’ve like to have written about team and group dynamics as well as motivation as Valve is such an interesting case study.

For the group assignment I banded together a group of my batch mates like Kim and Kang. For the assignment we were told to interview the manager of a company and make a scrapbook of our findings. Generally I do not find scrapbooks to be fun to do but it is what it is. In anycase, I called up a friend named Winson Wong and asked him if it’d be okay to interview him for this project and he duly agreed after I explained to him what it was for. We got the group together for a meeting to design our scrapbooks layout and order (I always find group assignments to be somewhat interesting on a human resource and management level on that note. ) and then I went to interview Jom Cari Makan Sdn Bhd’s manager at their outlet in Kota Damansara, which is close to where I live.

Being that I knew the manager previously, I decided against having my group mates come along. I didn’t want to do too much of the manual labour anyway I said to myself, laughing on the inside. I’ve done a few interviews prior to this so the questions were relatively straightforward though we ended up talking for hours about everything under the sun. We got the group together the next day and started working on our project by delegating tasks and tools necessary to build our scrapbook. I always like this part best, when you have all the materials and hands and everything gets put together in a chaotic uncoordinated orchestra of movement. As I put it all together with everyone, I always end up reflecting on what I know about managers and what they do. This time, I learnt more about how restaurants run.

Muaddzam Shah Mohamed Azman
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ACCD202 Management Account PDW

Personal Development Week e-Portfolio Essay

We had a talk given by Daniel Lee and Angeline Yong on how to build a winning career. Daniel Lee had been practicing law for 7 years before embarking with Angeline Yong, formerly in Information Technology companies but with a background in education, on their training and talk firm. Daniel Lee had been at a number of firms either working for or his own firm with other partners while Angeline Yong had 4 years at Lotus Development Corporation (now part of IBM) before joining Hewlett-Packard.

They spoke generally about motivation in terms of the types of people and that of reminding students that they need to constantly move forward especially in this era. They spoke of passion, of building relationships and other methods. They separated people in 4 basic categories of Phlegmatic, Melancholic, Sanguine and Choleric, which, of course, contains mixes of each for anyone who is an outlier from their categories. In those categories, a list of characteristics for each group and likely actions or pro’s and con’s with generally relevant terms and ambiguous phrases (“Action Orientated”, “Good at getting things done”,) mixed in with personal experience stories to support their point.

Interspersed throughout the talk there were useful things and good motivational strategies in terms of career advancement but none of it seemed to contain unique thinking and anyone who watches TEDTalk’s regularly would likely not have learned much. I suppose it could be more useful to someone else and that is likely its’ saving grace and it wasn’t a bad talk at all. I just always feel that a generally average talk done by professionals is mostly marketing for a self-help book, similar to how fiction and non-fiction writers do reading tours.

I suppose if I had to relate it to management accounting, it mostly lies in the motivation techniques and key ideas regarding teamwork and understanding of different types of people in order to optimise efficiency in manufacturing, which may influence more favourable results

Personally I feel that the talk was condescending and bore a systematic resemblance to Zodiac Astrology, which of itself uses far ranging general ambiguous terms that people will connect the dots in their own mind to make sense to themselves and a situation to the most pleasing conclusion they can come to. It had some interesting points.

Muaddzam Shah Azman
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MKTD202 Consumer Behaviour PDW

Personal Development Week e-Portfolio Essay

We had a talk given by Daniel Lee and Angeline Yong on how to build a winning career. Daniel Lee had been practicing law for 7 years before embarking with Angeline Yong, formerly in Information Technology companies but with a background in education, on their training and talk firm. Daniel Lee had been at a number of firms either working for or his own firm with other partners while Angeline Yong had 4 years at Lotus Development Corporation (now part of IBM) before joining Hewlett-Packard.

They spoke generally about motivation in terms of the types of people and that of reminding students that they need to constantly move forward especially in this era. They spoke of passion, of building relationships and other methods. They separated people in 4 basic categories of Phlegmatic, Melancholic, Sanguine and Choleric, which, of course, contains mixes of each for anyone who is an outlier from their categories. In those categories, a list of characteristics for each group and likely actions or pro’s and con’s with generally relevant terms and ambiguous phrases (“Action Orientated”, “Good at getting things done”,) mixed in with personal experience stories to support their point.

Interspersed throughout the talk there were useful things and good motivational strategies in terms of career advancement but none of it seemed to contain unique thinking and anyone who watches TEDTalk’s regularly would likely not have learned much. I suppose it could be more useful to someone else and that is likely its’ saving grace and it wasn’t a bad talk at all. I just always feel that a generally average talk done by professionals is mostly marketing for a self-help book, similar to how fiction and non-fiction writers do reading tours.

Personally I feel that the talk was condescending and bore a systematic resemblance to Zodiac Astrology, which of itself uses far ranging general ambiguous terms that people will connect the dots in their own mind to make sense to themselves and a situation to the most pleasing conclusion they can come to. It had some interesting points.

Muaddzam Shah Azman
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ACCD201 Financial Accounting e-Portfolio reflective

As I usually do, I shall preface this with the fact that I never thought find accounting to be particularly interesting and I always thought I’d find it a bit of a struggle but it’s actually more interesting and a little more fun than I thought, especially as time has gone by and this is the third accounting class we’ve been in so far.

The group work centred around a Tony Fernándes related company undergoing an IPO called Tune Ins Holdings. We used the Bursa Malaysia page to download the prospectus that’s required to be published by public businesses as well as aspiring firms wishing to go Public in order to better inform potential investors.

We spent a few nights going over the prospectus so Kim, Kang, Peter and I could properly understand before we started researching and writing our assignment.

Admittedly we had got the assignment a little wrong at first but through teamwork we managed to improve the report to better reflect what out lecturer had wanted us to produce.

I feel we learnt a good amount of information regarding how companies fund themselves through fund raising activities, in this regard with a public initial offering. This combined with our classes in Finance allows us to better understand all the terms, jargon, laws and allows us to build  frame of reference to better understand the process as well as to serve us I think the future, should any of us decide to play the investment ‘game’.

BCPD201 Personal Development Week

I heard about the Recycling campaign via Jeremy/Farzana’s presentation during our BCPD201 class prior to the Personal Development Week. It’s a noble effort and perhaps the only thing that could’ve been done better was letting more people know earlier on as I heard the final take-in only amounted to RM80.

Personally, I have been separating the house trash into specific recycling bins for the past few years and didn’t end up having much to contribute to our class campaign. I had been booked for the day to sit-in on a meeting for work experience so I didn’t have much time to spend beyond passing what I had, which was just a small bag of cans. I don’t think it helps that the student body has reasonable access to recycling bins all around campus and that many neighbourhoods already do recycling for those of us who stay off campus.

All I’m glad about is that whatever money the group ended up collecting went to a worthy cause.

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Circa Survive and Coheed & Cambria, Kuala Lumpur 2013 (Photos)

On the 24th of April 2013 I got to see a band I regard as both among my very most favourites and easily most personally and musically influential band that I’ve come across in my lifetime. 9 years of dreaming of being able to watch them play live couldn’t have made me more nervous when I actually got to meet Anthony Green and Steve Clifford :D. It was just surreal to me at that point, Anthony gave me the most satisfying hug I’ve had in quite awhile too hahah. Coheed & Cambria were there too and they were okay, glad they played some of the stuff I liked from them. Oh, I shook @wizardface420′s hand after the show was over :D

All I want to do now is see Circa Survive again and meet Colin, Brendan and Nick. Enjoy the pictures I took with my Nexus 4 at 800-1600 ISO, edited in Lightroom for B&W and minor colour corrections.

Kit Fysto release teaser for Cynical Youth EP, plus love from @mattg00d


Kit Fysto is a dubstep group formed by Matt Good (former guitarist in D.R.U.G.S. and From First To Last) and his friend AJ Calderon. Notably, Skrillex (Sonny Moore) is also ex-From First to Last.

I’m super stoked for this EP now after this trailer! I’m not really that big into dubstep but I’ve never usually had a reason to. Matt Good and AJ Calderon just have this really fresh sounding version of it and I’ve been following their progress on it since Matt started tweeting about it and releasing bits.

I’ll still want a From First to Last follow up to the excellent Throne to the Wolves but Kit Fysto is more than good enough for me. Here’s some twitter love from @mattg00d

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twitter.com/KitFysto, twitter.com/mattg00d, facebook.com/KitFysto, soundcloud.com/KitFysto