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Month: January 2021

flying above the skies – vivian foo hooi wen
Leadership, The IKON, Women’s Corner

flying above the skies – vivian foo hooi wen

FLYING ABOVE THE SKIES - VIVIAN FOO HOOI WEN Vivian Foo Hooi Wen is among the first few female pilots to join Malaysia Airlines. Though it is common to see female pilots oversea, the aviation industry in Malaysia is still largely male-dominated. In this interview with IKON, Vivian shares how she got interested in flying a big metal bird and her challenges in reaching where she stands today.   1. What makes you interested in the aviation industry? I have always been in awe of planes from a very young age. I still remember growing up, and I would be so fascinated every time I saw a plane be it flying over me or on the television.  The first time I flew in a commercial airline, seeing the pilots walk past me into the aircraft, I knew this is what I wanted to do when I grew up. 2...
IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON INVESTMENT: DEEP, PERSISTENT, AND BROAD BASED
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IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON INVESTMENT: DEEP, PERSISTENT, AND BROAD BASED

IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON INVESTMENT: DEEP, PERSISTENT, AND BROAD BASED Report based on findings from World Banks. The plunge in global economic activity during the COVID-19 pandemic has been accompanied by an even larger collapse in investment. The investment contraction in 2020 was deeper in advanced economies than in emerging market and developing economies (EMDEs) but the investment downturn in EMDEs was considerably sharper than during the global financial crisis. Against this backdrop, this box addresses three questions about investment in EMDEs: How has the pandemic impacted investment? What are the prospects for it? What will be the long-term effects of the pandemic? Pre-pandemic trends. As the pandemic began, the world had already experienced a decade-long slowdo...
HOW TO BE A GOOD LEADER IN A POST-PANDEMIC WORLD
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HOW TO BE A GOOD LEADER IN A POST-PANDEMIC WORLD

HOW TO BE A GOOD LEADER IN A POST-PANDEMIC WORLD The pandemic is a testament of how well leaders can bring their teams through the crisis and grow stronger after the chaos of 2020. Here are a few pointers on how to be an excellent chief to steer your company in the right direction. Practice resilience and self-care. It is crucial to develop emotional intelligence (EI) to be constantly aware of and in control of your emotions. It allows one not to get as activated when facing challenges and to recover faster when pressured. Practising daily exercises and mindfulness help keep our minds healthy. By executing the above self-care practices, you can keep your daily stress level to a minimum. Be open to receiving feedback. It's no secret that leadership requires constant growth, and oft...
LONG-TERM EFFECTS OF THE PANDEMIC
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LONG-TERM EFFECTS OF THE PANDEMIC

LONG-TERM EFFECTS OF THE PANDEMIC Report based on findings from World Banks. Lasting investment losses. History suggests that the adverse effects on investment of the pandemic will linger. After epidemics in the past, losses to investment have been deeper and longer lasting than GDP losses, perhaps because of lasting effects of uncertainty and risk aversion on investment (figure B3.2.3). These same mechanisms, along with sharply lower corporate profits, can be expected to constrain investment during and after the COVID-19 pandemic (Caballero and Simsek 2020; Stiglitz 2020). Weak investment, a source of slowing potential growth. The prospect of weak investment in EMDEs during the medium to long term, after the severe contraction in 2020, raises concerns about the effects on EMDEs’ po...
sashaying her way into the world – dato emma ibrahim, the sole of red profile sdn bhd
Business, Leadership, The IKON, Women’s Corner

sashaying her way into the world – dato emma ibrahim, the sole of red profile sdn bhd

SASHAYING HER WAY INTO THE WORLD - DATO EMMA IBRAHIM, THE SOLE OF RED PROFILE SDN BHD Marilyn Monroe once quoted, "Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world." And that is precisely what this Sarawak born woman is doing. Dato' Normah Ibrahim, or more popularly known as Dato' Emma Ibrahim, a well-dressed and cheerful lady, sitting in her office in Damansara is known as the 'Boot Lady'. The corporate world was not challenging enough. With a degree in Business Administration from Maine University, Dato' Emma began climbing the corporate ladder as a financial advisor for Bumiputera Commerce Bank. After ten years in the banking world, she stepped up the ladder to become a Managing Director with GP Oceans, an oil and gas company based in Singapore, for their KL branch offi...
post-pandemic marketing strategies that can be adopted with long-term benefits
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post-pandemic marketing strategies that can be adopted with long-term benefits

POST-PANDEMIC MARKETING STRATEGIES THAT CAN BE ADOPTED WITH LONG-TERM BENEFITS As the world struggles to recover from the ill-effects of Covid-19 pandemic, it is important to take into account how the digital marketing realm is going to shift and how to retain the already existing consumers. We are going to look at a few ways of how digital marketing can be sustainable post-pandemic. Focus on existing customers. If you are struggling to bring in new customers, try focusing more on the ones you already have or who are still with you despite the economic downturn. In addition to creating services and ad campaigns to target their new needs, you may also want to issue refunds to clients who had prepaid memberships or were on auto-pay during the lockdown period. While this could hur...
WHAT TO EXPECT IN 2021
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WHAT TO EXPECT IN 2021

WHAT TO EXPECT IN 2021 As the world bids farewell to a horrendous year and bringing fresh hope into 2021, here are some things we should expect stepping into the new year. Covid-19 vaccines are distributed en masse: As the world is preparing to receive worldwide vaccines from pharma-giants Pfizer and Moderna, people can look forward to returning to normalcy by mid-2021. Morgan Stanley projects strong global GDP growth of 6.4% for 2021: The global economy has proven resilient even as the Covid-19 cases continue to spike worldwide, especially in US and Europe. Morgan Stanley has predicted a strong post-recovery growth in 2021, despite encountering a steep decline in early 2020. Bracing ourselves for the inevitable climate catastrophe: 2020 was a year of extreme weather arou...
Bank of 2030: The Future of Bank Transformation
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Bank of 2030: The Future of Bank Transformation

Bank of 2030: The Future of Bank Transformation According to research by Forrester, by 2030, banks will be: Invisible. Leading banks will use technology and far deeper customer insight to insert financial services at the customer’s moment of need, often at the expense of brand visibility. Distribution models are evolving to make use of marketplaces and technologies such as open APIs and 5G to connect finance with homes, machinery, vehicles, and other devices. This will pose challenges for many banks as their retail brands become increasingly invisible to the end consumer. Connected. To remain relevant, banks must be present in the ecosystems and products that customers use; to do this, they must cease to see partnerships — and intermediation of their brand — as a threat. Ban...