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Take a break. Take a very good break. April 30, 2012

Posted by @Karen_Fu in change, human quality, life challenges.
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You know what I know, that they know things may just start to fall apart; if we know not how to handle it wisely.

Reading on and offline on various news. And it makes you wonder if we all probably share the similar misgivings. People do shift blame when they are in trouble. When they laugh at others what their woes are, they have totally forgotten their woes are starting to loom right behind them, When the trouble finally comes, they cite the others to back up their points — including the ones they have initially laughed at.

Lesson learnt: do not laugh at others. Things take an odd turn when they are laughed at.

Shortie blog post here. Thought I just squirt it. V important lesson. Don’t you think? — yours elfinic little cutie, Karen Fu….

Intelligence is overrated. April 24, 2012

Posted by @Karen_Fu in change, human quality, real power.
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Can’t agree with it more: ‘Intelligence is overrated’ after reading this article What You Really Need To Succeed
I will quote the entire source here below my signature. Though this is not new. The emphasis seems to be stronger now. Perhaps it’s the realization of our world has becoming to be that makes people redefine the sense for success. There’s even the quotient for morals, which I am wondering how many would be brave enough to question if we have the moral sense to see where we have gone wrong. Personally I still feel that intelligence has to come in place to enable one to plan smart. But whether plans could be realized depends on a lot on human factors. Meddle that off sync and you have people reacting negatively. Human resource management is one of the hardest to tackle and to master different minds into unified force is a feat. Everything is human. Nothing happens because of a built in situation on its own. The human mind is complex. Few people can learn psychology to the tip of the pinnacle without looking too linear or even ‘crazy’. Dealing with people requires life experiences. Or at least a keen sense of what is happening around them and how they should react and change accordingly. That needs a vast exploration into different people spaces. If one is lazy, and think their due superior intelligence could tell them all, then success cannot be imminent.– Karen Fu

Albert Einstein’s was estimated at 160, Madonna’s is 140, and John F. Kennedy’s was only 119, but as it turns out, your IQ score pales in comparison with your EQ, MQ, and BQ scores when it comes to predicting your success and professional achievement.

IQ tests are used as an indicator of logical reasoning ability and technical intelligence. A high IQ is often a prerequisite for rising to the top ranks of business today. It is necessary, but it is not adequate to predict executive competence and corporate success. By itself, a high IQ does not guarantee that you will stand out and rise above everyone else.

Research carried out by the Carnegie Institute of Technology shows that 85 percent of your financial success is due to skills in “human engineering,” your personality and ability to communicate, negotiate, and lead. Shockingly, only 15 percent is due to technical knowledge. Additionally, Nobel Prize winning Israeli-American psychologist, Daniel Kahneman, found that people would rather do business with a person they like and trust rather than someone they don’t, even if the likeable person is offering a lower quality product or service at a higher price.

With this in mind, instead of exclusively focusing on your conventional intelligence quotient, you should make an investment in strengthening your EQ (Emotional Intelligence), MQ (Moral Intelligence), and BQ (Body Intelligence). These concepts may be elusive and difficult to measure, but their significance is far greater than IQ.

EQ is the most well known of the three, and in brief it is about: being aware of your own feelings and those of others, regulating these feelings in yourself and others, using emotions that are appropriate to the situation, self-motivation, and building relationships.

Top Tip for Improvement: First, become aware of your inner dialogue. It helps to keep a journal of what thoughts fill your mind during the day. Stress can be a huge killer of emotional intelligence, so you also need to develop healthy coping techniques that can effectively and quickly reduce stress in a volatile situation.

Moral Intelligence

MQ directly follows EQ as it deals with your integrity, responsibility, sympathy, and forgiveness. The way you treat yourself is the way other people will treat you. Keeping commitments, maintaining your integrity, and being honest are crucial to moral intelligence.

Top Tip for Improvement: Make fewer excuses and take responsibility for your actions. Avoid little white lies. Show sympathy and communicate respect to others. Practice acceptance and show tolerance of other people’s shortcomings. Forgiveness is not just about how we relate to others; it’s also how you relate to and feel about yourself.

Body Intelligence

Lastly, there is your BQ, or body intelligence, which reflects what you know about your body, how you feel about it, and take care of it. Your body is constantly telling you things; are you listening to the signals or ignoring them? Are you eating energy-giving or energy-draining foods on a daily basis? Are you getting enough rest? Do you exercise and take care of your body? It may seem like these matters are unrelated to business performance, but your body intelligence absolutely affects your work because it largely determines your feelings, thoughts, self-confidence, state of mind, and energy level.

Top Tip For Improvement: At least once a day, listen to the messages your body is sending you about your health. Actively monitor these signals instead of going on autopilot. Good nutrition, regular exercise, and adequate rest are all key aspects of having a high BQ. Monitoring your weight, practicing moderation with alcohol, and making sure you have down time can dramatically benefit the functioning of your brain and the way you perform at work.

What You Really Need To Succeed

It doesn’t matter if you did not receive the best academic training from a top university. A person with less education who has fully developed their EQ, MQ, and BQ can be far more successful than a person with an impressive education who falls short in these other categories.

Yes, it is certainly good to be an intelligent, rational thinker and have a high IQ; this is an important asset. But you must realize that it is not enough. Your IQ will help you personally, but EQ, MQ, and BQ will benefit everyone around you as well. If you can master the complexities of these unique and often under-rated forms of intelligence, research tells us you will achieve greater success and be regarded as more professionally competent and capable.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Facebook & Twitter April 20, 2012

Posted by @Karen_Fu in change, Singapore.
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Just checked on the renewed Facebook site of PM Lee. Within 12 hours, he has amassed more than 19000 likes; and more than 5000 followers on twitter. Its a positive start, and if this momentum is maintained that well, this one-man show can be victorious in the right direction. I sense the direction is already largely right.

The new Facebook page:


It has been almost a year after last year’s general election. PM Lee had invited citizens to talk only days before the election. And I believe that made the cut upwards.

The Old Facebook Page:


I get the feeling he has been closely following the conversations online. I don’t think any leader will lightly miss the interactions and the dialogues right across the online platform. What is happening online is usually what is in reality offline. As social media takes on stage in a greater role, anyone who downplay online power is going to miss a lot. President Obama has certainly created the trend for political leaders to follow suit. The appeal of engaging commoners from the ground is a huge plus in any political setting.

The world has changed. And the world is free because the Internet is free. The revolution of media has taken a course from hard copies in paper format that people are turning away in preference for online global media, that is reachable anywhere in the world with an Internet connection.

I feel that hardcore politics isn’t the way to go these days. This has been the case years ago. It’s the human touch that makes the cut. The ultimatum is to feel the ground and act on the wishes of those who are in need but were unheard of beforehand. This lesson doesn’t just run around in politics. It applies to everyone of us.

While fairness is what we advocate in life, and while we can’t do everyone the same rewards because each and everyone’s input is different; there is always history that tells us that complacency doesn’t pay. In the history of life, it often shows that when the rewards are unjustified, and problems are unheard we will get social upheaval. Its a huge cost. Be fair is of essence. The only way to be fair is to know what is on the ground and solve them impartially. And to listen to the ground and act upon it is the ultimatum.

I think the Prime Minister’s move is not only wise but very clever. It has already gaining a positive start. And on this first day, it’s far more upbeat than expected. In fact, it was a surprise. I was doing my Facebook in the afternoon, and all of a sudden news pop up in my reader.

I want a renewed fresh breeze of air. I think many of my fellow Singaporean friends want that too. Hope this will not only be good, but a great outcome. — Karen Fu

New Facebook Interaction: