Thursday, July 2, 2009

Another day another element

I woke up this morning feeling extremely contemplative probably due to a series of events at the work place. It’ll be good to pen my thoughts down just anyone would in a dairy and maybe reflect on it later. Obviously, the way I look at things today is filtered by my understandings and studies in ‘bazi’ but it does bring about some resolution on why certain people behave the way they do, and why certain events take place during a particular period in time. Maybe this article could have been influenced by the fact I was watching National Geography and stumbled across a documentary that was talking about Nostradamus and his predictions!

It was at a ‘not so regular’ managers meeting that I asked for reasons why productivity is so low and generally the pace of people is extremely sluggish. It’s not that we have nothing to do; we have never had a better year in terms of opportunities but I can’t seem to get impart the sense of urgency in their work. Just a little background, I run a small software company (well, not so small when you consider I currently have a workforce of close to 100 people) and we are extremely dependent on people (and unfortunately the mood or luck they are in) to make a living.

One answer that I got from a senior manager was ‘they are not motivated.’ I was thinking to myself at that moment, that we had just announced a half yearly performance bonus, coupled with an increment at this beginning of the year to ensure that people don’t leave, but hello, do they know what’s going on in the world today or are they living in ‘neverland’ (no pun intended to MJ) and don’t even realize that so many people in the world is struggling today to make ends meet, and here, I get the response of ‘…not motivated.’ Sheesh….you can imagine what goes through my mind at that very moment. I should tell them I’m not motivated to pay your salaries this month, or I ‘feel’ like getting my new ‘S’ class today….I’m sure you can feel my pain. Or maybe, I’m just the biggest sucker, or as one of my previous readers commented on an article, I’m just too ‘weak’ and everyone is taking advantage of me.

The other respond I got was ‘vision not clear’ followed by a series of examples of other organizations vision of providing exemplary customer services as well as developing world class products. I tell you, at that point of time, I could have gotten a heart attack. Mind you, we have been doing this vision and mission thing for many many years as we were ‘growing up’ that one can imagine, I don’t even have to articulate WHY we exist today and what it is that drives us forward. Or maybe, it is other external factors that if governing ‘how’ people feel that can be explain in more ‘woo hoo’ fashion.

Anyway, that got me started, and I’ve just completed a day of interviews in Indonesia looking for skilled talents to compliment the team. During the interview process, you also get to meet different personalities that you wonder will give you the same very heart ache that SOME of the current team members are giving you. While the technical team is evaluating their technical competencies, I’m quietly sitting by the side looking at their bazi. It’s really quite amazing how ‘elemental relationships’ and their meaning start to stand out when you can COMPARE or put some context to things. I guess this is KEY to learning. Words sometimes don’t do a good job describing a particular characteristic.

I’m now wondering, I’m sure people’s behavior is also governed by the ‘effects’ of the periodic elements. Let’s take this June/July period in 2009. I can tell you almost 99% of the time, a strong horse or snake day is a miserable day for me, even more now during a horse month! My chart doesn’t like fire, and I have a goat and horse representing my wealth elements. My wife tells me it is self prophecy but a lot of the issues that I faced during those days were not cause directly by my personal actions. Infact, knowing what I know, I’m trying to understand how to mitigate the effect doing something else (e.g. water represent movement , travelling, or learning). When I’ve discovered the answer to this, I would have truly discovered the power of bazi. I guess the first step is knowing. This point is interesting as another reader of this blog had commented about MJ changing the features of his face thus shortening his life span!

Let’s look at the ‘image’ the year represents. Pure earth year, a little damp (because of the OX), in the scorching heat (now we are in summer months). If you know any strong water or metal people, observe them. They probably look like they are on top of the world now. Not entirely certain about metal people, as the effects of strong ying earth can be negative (earth covers metal, or weakens fire so metal cannot be forged) – this is observed from some of my project managers (mostly Geng metal people) that is making not so great decisions!

What about people that you associate yourself, too. Do the primary periodical elements have anything to do with this? It’s really very strange when you find yourself wanting to associate to certain types of people (in my case, any metal, gui water, and strangely JIA wood). I can understand metal and water, those are the elements that balances me, but why wood? Wood would fuel my fire and that’s something I want to avoid. I think it’s probably the dirty earth year that is trying to contaminate my Ren water self. Wood holds earth together so suddenly it becomes a very prominent element in my life. Again, let me stress that I know and understand an element cannot jump from person to another, because the human being is a container, but you can still be attracted to a person based on elements that you are ‘attracted’ too. This is a great way to evaluate partnerships. One misconception here, it is not always about the daymaster alone. I know that my closer friends and people around me, seek the fire in my chart rather than my weak water daymaster.

Oh well, another day another element!

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Chris

Any idea how DE (Kong Wang) affects a person's thought process & productivity i.e. when it's in the Luck Pillar, involving DR on HS & DO on EB? The Ji Chou has a clash with EB. Both are earths. Can strong water be used or is Wood better?

Chris Chan said...

My perspective on DE is 'effect' is minimise (50%) whether good or bad. So in your example, if a DR is clashed but is in DE, then less stress etc.

I usually look at when things are bad, the 50% less bad is better! :-)

Anonymous said...

HI CHRIS,

YOUR DAY MASTER IS WEAK WATER SO YOU USE BLACK COLOR FOR YOUR WEBSITE AND METAL PEOPLE BRING LUCK TO YOU !

I GUESS YOU NEED WATER AND METAL TO BALANCE YOUR 4 PILLARS. I THINK SOFWARE BUSINESS BELONGS TO FIRE ELEMENT THAT'S WHY YOU ALWAYS WORRY FOR YOUR BUSINESS.

DONALD

Anonymous said...

IF I AM RIGHT, A STRONG METAL PERSON CAN HELP YOU IN YOUR BUSINESS BECAUSE STRONG METAL NEED FIRE (SOFTWARE BUSINESS BELONGS TO FIRE ELEMNT) AND METAL SUPPORT YOUR WEAK WATER MASTER DAY.

BUT, YOU MUST ASURE WHETHER THE STRONG METAL PERSON HAS STRONG FIRE IN HIS BIRTH CHART OR NOT (60% METAL, 40% FIRE IS GOOD).

DONALD

Chris Chan said...

Earth is also good for me, especially found in the Dragon, as it doesn't clash, harm or punish any of my pillars.

earth is also a resource to metal, and it also weakens my strong fire.

Cheers.

Chris

Anonymous said...

HI CHRIS,

I THINK YOU DISCLOSED ALOT INFORMATION OF YOUR BIRTH CHART, IS IT AN OPEN ISSED ? IF IT IS, I WISH TO HAVE YOUR BIRTH CHART FOR CONSIDERATION IF YOU DO NOT MIND.

DONALD

Josephine said...

Hi Chris,

Good to see your post but then you have so many stress & frustration...do feel bad to hear that.

Never ever thought a manager would says no motivation to work to the boss. This is the 1st time. I never dare to say that to my boss, guess no 7K in my Bazi :-)

Don't think having company vision written out would help. My company has it too. They have it frame on every floor, outside the lift, in the working area, at the reception & etc. Never taken a notice about them. The most important thing, the company must be profitable.

Maybe you should pass some of your stress & frustration to your managers. I think it works better than having a clear vision.

Cheers

Chris Chan said...

Hi Josephine,

There's a lot of benefits being at the top, but always remember it comes with responsibilities.
Unfortunately, stress is part and parcel of this job.

Even when we read Bazi and decide to help another, there's also accountability.

Hi Donald, you should try and piece the pieces together and you'll get my chart. I know what's my strenght and my weakness, and that's the key benefit gained from learning Bazi.

My goal now is to unravel HOW to mitigate bad days and how to enhance great days.

Again, thanks for sharing and I must say I'm learning new things with every comment!

Anonymous said...

HI CHRIS,

EVERYTHING IS IN ORDER, GOD CONTROLS ALL OF US, GOD IS OUR BIRTH CHART, IT IS THE PROGRAM OF OUR LIFE. NOW YOU WAN TO MITIGATE BAD DAYS AND ENHANCE GREAT DAYS BUT FINALLY YOU WILL AGREE THAT HUMAN CANNOT OVERCOME THE LIMIT OF FATE. 100 YEARS AGO THERE WAS THE SAME CIRCUMSTANCES WITH YOURS AND 100 YEARS LATER THERE WILL BE THE SAME CIRCUMSTANCES WITH YOURS. TO ME, IF I WANT I CAN BE HAPPY IMMEDIATELY EVEN THOUGH I STILL HAVE A MOUNTAIN OF DIFFICULTIES AROUND.

I AM NOT AN EASY-GIVE-UP MAN, WHEN I BEGAN TO STUDY BAZI I HAVE THE SAME THINKING BUT NOW I APPRECIATE THE INSIDE HAPPINESS SO I CAN SETTLE ALL PROBLEMS IN MY LIFE SMOOTHLY. TRY TO GET YOUR INSIDE HAPPINESS THEN YOU WILL HAVE YOUR EXTRAORDINARY POWER.

DONALD

Chris Chan said...

Thanks Donald. Good advise. I actually find a lot of happiness when I make others happy or solve their problems, I guess that's why I do what I do. Cheers

island belle said...

dear chris

been reading your posts - absolutely fascinating, especially your observations about working life in malaysia/malaysian employee attitudes!

i guess on the +side it's refreshing to know that your staff have no problem telling you they don't feel motivated ;) - it sure beats the usual 'everything's ok, good good' comments and then a few weeks later you get a resignation letter waiting on your desk.

look forward to your next post!
roz

Anonymous said...

i jst can't stop laughing reading yr punch line..... "I should tell them I’m not motivated to pay your salaries this month, or I ‘feel’ like getting my new ‘S’ class today…"

sarah