Monthly Archives: January 2015

Blind Spots in Malaysian Employment Law

We are honored to invite Donovan Cheah from the law firm Donovan & Ho to speak on Malaysian employment law. Donovan is experienced in dispute resolution and has represented international corporations in cases including commercial and civil litigation, unfair dismissal claims, international arbitrations, intellectual property disputes and judicial review proceedings.

The session called OpenSchool.MY | Blind Spots in Employment Law was organized on 19th November 2014 by open learning platform OpenSchool.MY. The event was hosted by Jerome Lee who had earlier introduced us to the legal firm.

The event attracted about 18 participants including business owners, branding consultant, service providers, working people and lawyer as well. We all listened very attentively to the informative sharing by the speaker.

Donovan shared abut 45 minutes on the Malaysian employment law. He gave a good introduction to the Employment Act 1955, to whom it applies to, and the basic facts. He corrected a few common misunderstandings and some blind spots people normally don’t see.

Some participants posed with Donovan after event

Some participants posed with Donovan after event

The session was not only about learning from the speaker, but also from one another’s cases as well. We were divided into 4 groups. Each group then chose a company among them and discussed some best employment practices that could be implemented in the company.

Each group then sent a representative to present their findings and solutions. By this, we got to learn from one another’s ideas and best practices. Business owner Yeap Eu Juan was voted and chosen as the best presenter.

After the presentations, Donovan came in to give feedback to the 4 presentations made and add value to them by suggesting what could be done to overcome the practical challenges faced by companies.

It was indeed an informative session by the speaker Donovan Cheah and also from the discussion and presentation of the participants. Donovan has been invited to present another topic again in one future session.

Key Lessons

  • Good speakers and good topics do help bring in more participants.
  • Practising to apply learning into real-life cases make learning more fun and practical.

OpenSchool.MY | Blind Spots in Employment Law – Photo album

Developing Project Management Skills

The open learning event organizer OpenSchool.MY moved its event to Vecino Cafe located in Platinum Sentral, KL Sentral, thanks to the generosity of the cafe owner for allowing us to use the space.

OpenSchool.MY | Develop Project Management Skills was held on 11th November 2014. The topic this time was on project management delivered by project management consultant Tai Choo Tack.

Tai is a holder of MBA specialized in project management, a PRINCE2 practitioner, as well as a Certified ScrumMaster. He has accumulated with over 13 years of experience in the field.

The event started inside the cafe with everyone introducing himself or herself to warm up the session. Then Tai took over and introduced the basics of project management to the group.

His sharing touched on various aspects on project management. He also interacted with participants as he spoke and this aroused much interest and many questions on the topic.

As the air-conditioning of the building was turned off, the whole group adjourned to seats outside the cafe and continued the session. The participants were divided into 4 groups. Each group was to discuss a real-life project in their business or their work.

Group posed with project consultant Tai Choo Tack

Group posed with project consultant Tai Choo Tack

Then each group presented the project and how they were going about doing their project management. This sparked learning from one another as we got to appreciate the project management process through 4 different ongoing projects.

The speaker Tai came in to comment on the presentations. He also took many questions from the participants. Some were curious on the project management career and wished to find out how to become certified in project management like the speaker.

May Seow was chosen to be the best presenter by the whole group. It was a good interactive learning session. Many good comments were received thanks to the speaker Tai, the interesting delivery and the interactions in the group learning.

Key Lessons

  • Project management skill is much sought-after by employers and businesses.
  • Learn not only from the speaker, but also from fellow participants.

OpenSchool.MY | Develop Project Management Skills – Photo album

Business Applications of The Art of War by Sun Tzu

The experiment for small-group discussion without time limit went on. The 4th Pitch ‘n’ Win 2.0 session was conducted in Chinese in a new venue called Storyteller’s Cafe in Subang Jaya.

Pitch ‘n’ Win 2.0 – 商战孙子兵法 was organized on 6th November 2014 in the cafe full of books. As the event name suggested, the session was about business applications of The Art of War by Sun Tzu.

All of us were to introduce ourselves, what we do, and how we compete in business. For those of us who knew the book by Sun Tzu, they were welcome to share their strategies by employing Sun Tzu’s Art of War too.

The host Kiiwii Ng first introduced the event, followed by each of us briefly introducing ourselves. Then each of us started to share something about our business and the strategies we used.

Members having fun after discussing Sun Tzu

Members having fun after discussing Sun Tzu

Not all participants had a business though. Anyway, we all did share about ourselves and our views on Sun Tzu’s strategies. Not all of us understood Sun Tzu very well, some of us even questioned about his methods.

Anyway, a vibrant discussion went on as those who knew the book helped to explain Sun Tzu to the rest of us, and as ideas and viewpoints bounced from one another. It was a mutual beneficial session full of learning and peer sharing.

The cafe owner’s 18-year old daughter, Wong Siew Leng, obviously surprised the group by her wise and mature sharing. As a result, she was voted as the best contributor to the session.

After 4 trials of discussion in smaller group, we have learned a lot what might work and what might not. However, we decided not to adopt the new model as it is not much different from some other sharing events. But we still look forward to using the new format when necessary especially when the crowd size is small in future.

Key Lessons

  • We can apply Sun Tzu’s teaching into many aspects in life, including business.
  • If other event organizers can do a certain event better, try not to do the same thing.

Pitch ‘n’ Win 2.0 – 商战孙子兵法 – Photo album