MCYS staff attend 3-day motivational course

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PERSONNEL from the Youth and Sports Department at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) began their participation at a three-day motivational programme yesterday in a bid to become better employees.

Conducted by international speaker Dr Ali Qassem, the programme titled “Going That Extra Mile, Bringing Performance To A Whole New Level” involves a series of seminars and activities aimed at helping the 30 attendees improve their work performance.

Through one-on-one interviews and brainstorming sessions, participants are encouraged to identify and overcome perceived weaknesses preventing them from maximising their full potential.

Dr Ali used the method of andragogy, which practises teaching strategies developed for adult learners, pointing out that adults cannot be taught something if they were not interested in learning it.

“What we help them learn should be of immediate use for them, and should be through life experience, not subjects,” he said.

Explaining his life philosophy, Malaysian-based speaker believed people belonged into the three categories of “losers, winners and those who never discover how to win”. Dr Ali said his motivational programme intends to change participants into “winners”.

“Everybody on earth deserves a better life, but life will never give us what we deserve. Life gives us what we take,” he commented.

He advised employees to focus on personal development in order to take on external challenges in the workplace. “We start with ourselves first. Improve ourselves, and everything around us will become better,” he said.

The motivational programme, held at the MCYS building on Jalan Kebangsaan, was launched by the Acting Deputy Director of Youth and Sports I, Hj Rosmadee Hj Mohd Daud.

In his opening remarks, the ministry official was delighted at the participation of the Youth and Sports Department personnel.

“It is testament to your high level of commitment and resolve in your responsibility as well as role within the organisation,” he remarked.

He hoped participants would benefit greatly from the three-day programme in preparation for the numerous youth and sports activities in the coming year.

“I hope the participants will utilise this opportunity to improve themselves,” said Hj Rosmadee.

Dr Ali, who is fluent in Arabic, English and Bahasa Melayu, has conducted seminars and courses in 26 countries since 2004.

The Brunei Times