Today, Knowledge Management today are not limited merely to : (A) 'knowing' or 'reading lots of books/scholarly articles' or (B) data mining, analysis, decision making, preventive actions, or (C) some Human Resources Management issue or (D) some ICT issue. Knowledge Management is about putting your knowledge, skills and competency into practice and most important IT WORKS! For you and your company or your business (Nik Zafri)

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Kelantanese, Alumni of Sultan Ismail College Kelantan (SICA), Diploma (Management), IT Competency Cert, Certified Written English Professional US. Has participated in many seminars/conferences (local/ international) in the capacity of trainer/lecturer and participant.

Affiliations :- Council Member of Gerson Lehrman Group NY, Institute of Quality Malaysia, Malaysian Institute of Management, Malaysian Occupational Safety and Health Professionals Association, Auditor ISO 9000 IRCAUK, Auditor OHSAS 18000 (SIRIM and STS) /EMS ISO 14000:2004 and Construction Quality Assessment System (CONQUAS, CIDB (Now BCA) Singapore),

* Possesses 26 years of experience/hands-on in the multi-modern management & technical disciplines (systems & methodologies) such as Knowledge Management (Hi-Impact Management/ICT Solutions), Quality (TQM/ISO), Safety Health Environment, Civil & Building (Construction), Manufacturing, Motivation & Team Building, HR, Marketing/Branding, Business Process Reengineering, Economy/Stock Market, Contracts/Project Management, Finance & Banking, etc. He was employed to international bluechips involving in national/international megaprojects such as Balfour Beatty Construction/Knight Piesold & Partners UK, MMI Insurance Group Australia, Hazama Corporation (Hazamagumi) Japan (with Mitsubishi Corporation, JA Jones US, MMCE and Ho-Hup) and Sunway Construction Berhad (The Sunway Group of Companies). Among major projects undertaken : Pergau Hydro Electric Project, KLCC Petronas Twin Towers, LRT Tunnelling, KLIA, Petronas Refineries Melaka, Putrajaya Government Complex, Sistem Lingkaran Lebuhraya Kajang (SILK), Mex Highway, KLIA1, KLIA2 etc. Once serviced SMPD Management Consultants as Associate Consultant cum Lecturer for Diploma in Management, Institute of Supervisory Management UK/SMPD JV. Currently – Associate/Visiting Consultants/Facilitators, Advisors for leading consulting firms (local and international) including project management. To name a few – Noma SWO Consult, Amiosh Resources, Timur West Consultant Sdn. Bhd., TIJ Consultants Group (Malaysia and Singapore) and many others.

* Ex-Resident Weekly Columnist of Utusan Malaysia (1995-1998) and have produced more than 100 articles related to ISO-9000– Management System and Documentation Models, TQM Strategic Management, Occupational Safety and Health (now OHSAS 18000) and Environmental Management Systems ISO 14000. His write-ups/experience has assisted many students/researchers alike in module developments based on competency or academics and completion of many theses. Once commended by the then Chief Secretary to the Government of Malaysia for his diligence in promoting and training the civil services (government sector) based on “Total Quality Management and Quality Management System ISO-9000 in Malaysian Civil Service – Paradigm Shift Scalar for Assessment System”

Among Nik Zafri’s clients : Adabi Consumer Industries Sdn. Bhd, (MRP II, Accounts/Credit Control) The HQ of Royal Customs and Excise Malaysia (ISO 9000), Veterinary Services Dept. Negeri Sembilan (ISO 9000), The Institution of Engineers Malaysia (Aspects of Project Management – KLCC construction), Corporate HQ of RHB (Peter Drucker's MBO/KRA), NEC Semiconductor - Klang Selangor (Productivity Management), Prime Minister’s Department Malaysia (ISO 9000), State Secretarial Office Negeri Sembilan (ISO 9000), Hidrological Department KL (ISO 9000), Asahi Kluang Johor(System Audit, Management/Supervisory Development), Tunku Mahmood (2) Primary School Kluang Johor (ISO 9000), Consortium PANZANA (HSSE 3rd Party Audit), Lecturer for Information Technology Training Centre (ITTC) – Authorised Training Center (ATC) – University of Technology Malaysia (UTM) Kluang Branch Johor, Kluang General Hospital Johor (Management/Supervision Development, Office Technology/Administration, ISO 9000 & Construction Management), Kahang Timur Secondary School Johor (ISO 9000), Sultan Abdul Jalil Secondary School Kluang Johor (Islamic Motivation and Team Building), Guocera Tiles Industries Kluang Johor (EMS ISO 14000), MNE Construction (M) Sdn. Bhd. Kota Tinggi Johor (ISO 9000 – Construction), UITM Shah Alam Selangor (Knowledge Management/Knowledge Based Economy /TQM), Telesystem Electronics/Digico Cable(ODM/OEM for Astro – ISO 9000), Sungai Long Industries Sdn. Bhd. (Bina Puri Group) - ISO 9000 Construction), Secura Security Printing Sdn. Bhd,(ISO 9000 – Security Printing) ROTOL AMS Bumi Sdn. Bhd & ROTOL Architectural Services Sdn. Bhd. (ROTOL Group) – ISO 9000 –Architecture, Bond M & E (KL) Sdn. Bhd. (ISO 9000 – Construction/M & E), Skyline Telco (M) Sdn. Bhd. (Knowledge Management),Technochase Sdn. Bhd JB (ISO 9000 – Construction), Institut Kefahaman Islam Malaysia (IKIM – ISO 9000 & Internal Audit Refresher), Shinryo/Steamline Consortium (Petronas/OGP Power Co-Generation Plant Melaka – Construction Management and Safety, Health, Environment), Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (Negotiation Skills), Association for Retired Intelligence Operatives of Malaysia (Cyber Security – Arpa/NSFUsenet, Cobit, Till, ISO/IEC ISMS 27000 for Law/Enforcement/Military), T.Yamaichi Corp. (M) Sdn. Bhd. (EMS ISO 14000) LSB Manufacturing Solutions Sdn. Bhd., (Lean Scoreboard (including a full development of System-Software-Application - MSC Malaysia & Six Sigma) PJZ Marine Services Sdn. Bhd., (Safety Management Systems and Internal Audit based on International Marine Organization Standards) UNITAR/UNTEC (Degree in Accountacy – Career Path/Roadmap) Cobrain Holdings Sdn. Bhd.(Managing Construction Safety & Health), Speaker for International Finance & Management Strategy (Closed Conference), Pembinaan Jaya Zira Sdn. Bhd. (ISO 9001:2008-Internal Audit for Construction Industry & Overview of version 2015), Straits Consulting Engineers Sdn. Bhd. (Full Integrated Management System – ISO 9000, OHSAS 1800 and EMS ISO 14000 for Civl/Structural/Geotechnical Consulting), Malaysia Management & Science University (MSU – (Managing Business in an Organization), Innoseven Sdn. Bhd. (KVMRT Line 1 MSPR8 – Awareness and Internal Audit (Construction), ISO 9001:2008 and 2015 overview for the Construction Industry), Kemakmuran Sdn. Bhd. (KVMRT Line 1 - Signages/Wayfinding - Project Quality Plan and Construction Method Statement ), Amiosh Resources - (1) Lembaga Tabung Haji - Flood ERP (2) WNA Consultants - DID/JPS -Flood Risk Assessment and Management Plan - Prelim, Conceptual Design, Interim and Final Report etc. (3) Tunnel Fire Safety - Fire Risk Assessment Report - Design Fire Scenario), Safety, Health and Environmental Management Plans leading construction/property companies/corporations in Malaysia. Timur West Consulting (1) Business Methodology and System (2) Information Security Management Systems (ISMS) ISO/IEC 27001:2013 for Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya ISMS/Audit/Risk/ITP Technical Team

* Has appeared for 10 consecutive series in “Good Morning Malaysia RTM TV1’ Corporate Talk Segment discussing on ISO 9000/14000 in various industries. For ICT, his inputs garnered from his expertise have successfully led to development of work-process e-enabling systems in the environments of intranet, portal and interactive web design especially for the construction and manufacturing. Some of the end products have won various competitions of innovativeness, quality, continual-improvements and construction industry award at national level. He has also in advisory capacity – involved in development and moderation of websites, portals and e-profiles for mainly corporate and private sectors, public figures etc. He is also one of the recipients for MOSTE Innovation for RFID use in Electronic Toll Collection in Malaysia.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

What Is Wrong With The System? - NIK ZAFRI

Today, some might say that all these management buzzwords such as ISO, TQM, Knowledge Management, Key Performance Indicators, Leadership etc. are waste of time, money and  most commonly...they are burdening. 

"Let us work...we're not thinkers, we don't have time for all these extra documentation"  commonly used phrases not only from the downliners but surprisingly the top management as well.

Ok, let's revisit some of the systems - not too technical but some 'loose ends to tie up'.

a) Is the system required by the organization? If so... why? If it's not required, why do it?
b) If the system is required, then how to go about it? Where to start?
c) Is the system tailored-made to the organization scope of services or product?
d) Do the system require 3rd party help? If so...do we need to spend a lot of money?
e) Will the system generate profit? How much?
f)  What do I get implementing the system?

These are the questionnaires that go unanswered. Even though there are some responses but the answers are inconsistent from one person or one company to another.

Before I go on answering these questions..let me emphasize that :

"There is NOTHING wrong with the system"
"It is always about the people running the system"

So, here comes the answers but don't count on them. They are based on my own true experience. Looking into what I have below, you will find a paradox in each of them.

a) Study the work-culture of the company first. (mind you...not the professional part but the human factor)

You may have a very good Human Resources Department in the front line, conduct psychometric tests in interviews, hiring the best candidates for the job, thorough JD and KPIs, organizing trainings and workshops and so on. 

But you will be perplexed of so many candidates being interviewed have some similarities : they always promise you 'miracles' but after being hired, they appear not to be so motivated anymore except at month end and awaiting final performance evaluation.

Yes, you can have motivation and team buildings sessions, bring them on a company trip or organizing a family day with good meals, you still can't make it, not long after the meaningful event, they go back to their old ways!

Thus, what sort of system that you need to bring in? Strange it might seems...the system must go according to the work culture and environment of the company. Bring change but not changing the work culture - the changes in the existing work culture is the prerogative of the MD or President only. 

Surprising, the top management will feel offended when people start questioning or changing the work culture. So...do not touch the work culture - even how negative it may seem to you, bring in any system, it will eventually work!

b) The system will be required when THE COMPANY START TO LOOSE MONEY! or there is a law governing the need of the system.

So bring in or suggest a cheap and affordable system first but ensure that you give a comprehensive information. 

No hiding! 

No "who move my cheese" policy! 

No "pay me first and I'll do the job"

Give the company or the top management what they need and not what you need...(money). 

Believe me, they will share the cake with you. (those who overlook to give you bonus or raise or payment - should the company is successful due to your contribution...will always LOOSE in the end - trust me..I know - it's like karma)

c) Tailor made? Yes, it must be customized according to the type of services or scope of work of the company. Do not introduce something totally irrelevant even how good you are.

d) On the issue of requiring 3rd party help...the answer is YES and NO. 

"Yes" - if you are not familiar with the system or you do not have the confidence doing the system. And later after the system is established and running, there is NO need for a consultant's help unless for maintenance only.

"No" - if you are bold enough "to go where no man has gone before" then conduct your own research - there are plenty of information and data online. Join public training, conventions, buy books or materials, join forums online etc. Ask a second opinion only when required - remember, choose the right people that you wish to enquire, otherwise you'll end up with suggestions like "let me be your advisor and consultant" and you will be back at square one.

e) The system will generate profit provided that the organization is TRANSPARENT, not greedy for money and started to control money stingily. Do not alter the figures to avoid detection of PROFIT by the financial auditors prior to year-end audit. What is there...present them...adopt a high integrity and sincerity. 

Give away bonus or perks to those who have worked hard and dilligent. There may not be a need for the employers to see 'documented evidence'. 

Just look at your subordinates below...you'll be surprised - how many staff are willing doing good job without wanting recognition (now this is what we call "JOB SATISFACTION")- just reward them...give them your full attention! These are your loyal supporters!!

f) The question of what do you get out of the implementation is subject to the following :

a) The willingness to change your mindset on :

i) If you have a Safety or Quality Policy, it is NOT a safety/quality policy, it is YOUR COMPANY's Policy - so goes to the Safety or Quality System or KRA or KPI etc. It is the COMPANY's system. It is about the way your company work and not "I'm doing this because I want the ISO cert" 

Believe me..after you get some international recognition, you and your staff will abandon the system eventually. And this abandonment will also happen when : 

ii) you think that the system is burdening you, then you will be 'murdering' the system or hoping for some miracle that the system will become an android one day and work by itself. 

iii) you have some funny ideas that "this is not part of my Job Description", "I'm not paid to this system", "I want a raise"..then you and your staff will shy away and not feel part of the system. (No OWNERSHIP feeling)

And please.... Stop the madness about qualifications and affiliationships, MBAs, PhDs, Chartered Member of some Space Garrison etc. 

-  Hire the person who can do the job,
-  Do not discriminate the 'less qualified' person by giving a low paid salary, (pay according to his performance)
-  Hire a sincere person,
-  Reward the person regardless to his/her position - office assistant, despatch rider or even a general labour if proven the person is responsible enough to promote your company and bring good projects  and prospects to you.

Think of the system as a PROFITABLE investment to you. So, be happy and proud of the system and when implementing it or reviewing them...


Feel the system and you'll be fine.