Monday, February 27, 2006


Objectives, Goals, Strategies and Measurements. We're in the midst of developing our OGSM, and aligning it to the regional's. I'm quite involved in this, and find it so MBA-related that I'm enjoying it so much. Not much to write, just a copy of an article I found on the internet. By the way, instead of SMART goals, we're using A-SMART goals - Aligned, Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic, Time-bound.

The OGSM is a strategic planning and management model designed to:

  1. Ensure that objectives are achieved;
  2. Improve thinking and planning;
  3. Integrate ideas and steps within the strategic plan;
  4. Facilitate the integration of strategic planning within an organization;
  5. Serve as objective criteria for decision making.

The goals must flow from the objectives, the strategies must flow from the goals. Measures must identify how the strategies achieve the stated goals.

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Monday, February 20, 2006

Is KL (not) that safe?

I always thought that KL is a safe city. Not until a new expat at my work got beaten and robbed in his first couple of months in KL. Pretty bad. Unconscious for several hours until in the morning. He managed to drive by himself back to his place, and later was taken to the hospital. He needed several plastic surgeries.

What I thought was right. All articles I could find on the net claim KL is safe - from fairly safe to one of the safer cities in Southeast Asia. One even claims that violent crime is almost unheard of. However, some local colleagues do feel and complain about the increasing crimes in the city. One even said that he wouldn't walk by himself in the city center by himself today, as a comparison with what he'd done several years ago. I also got the feeling that some blame the increase in crimes to the increasing number of Indonesian workers in Malaysia. Yeah, right, blame in on the Indonesians when you have problems. What I think they fail to see is that when the city grows in population, it's harder to manage, and the crime will automatically go up as well. At least that's what I learned while playing Sim City.

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