I met this enthusiastic young man when I was in Ambank. One can talk with, and listen to him, for hours. He is jammed packed with ideas and achievements.
A Journey of Success.
Nicholas founded Yellowshorts Consulting & Biz Resilence 13 years ago in 2009. He is an international professional peak performance and management consultant in fields such as Applied Personality Types, Leadership, International Organizational Culture, Team Dynamics and Ideas Facilitation.
He focuses on his clients’ needs and ensures there is good engagement.
He puts himself and his team on a path of continuous improvement, be it methods, techniques or tools. Equally important, he wants to bring fun back to training.
Yellowshorts is a boutique learning and development house, a HRDF certified training provider and an Evernote certified consulting agency. It provides training in personal and leadership management, and team dynamics such as personal branding, financial literacy, multi-generational workforce dynamics, mini MBA and social media marketing.
The company’s consultants are Evernote certified professionals and they use the award winning Evernote productivity software to manage & monitor the results. It starts with one on one diagnosis combined with customised work flows, best practices & virtual coaching.
Nicholas has made the business an adventure for his team, his clients and their participants. Yellowshorts promises wacky fun with serious results for human capital development for their clients.
His high profile clients include Petronas, NAZA Group, Novo Nordisk Pharma, Slimming Santuary, Arvato-Bertelsman, Holcim Msia, Nikon, Panasonic, Rentokil Initial, McGraw-Hill, British American Tobacco, Philip Morris, Chur Associates, Daimler-Chrysler, Unico-Desa, The Bar Council Msia and more. Wow!
After he left his first job at Allied Trans Link Express where he deployed IT solutions, his experience included:
2012 – Founding host of the internet radio station InspireFM (www.inspire.fm) that promotes positivity.
2009 – Program Director of EduMIND Resources, developing education programs based on WholeBRAIN Model to train teachers and educators.
2008 – Managing Director, UCSI Lifelong Learning, a training and development arm of UCSI University.
2004 – Lecturer, Business & Management Faculty at APIIT (Asia Pacific Institute of Information).
LEGO Blocks. Flying Carpets.
Yellowshorts is known for its fun, zany and quirky programs. It is their belief that experiential learning have more lasting results. They have a signature learning with LEGO Blocks, and another called Puteri Gunung Ledang & the Flying Carpet.
Glamping & Learning Safari.
The company also cleverly collaborated with Orchard Safari Resort in Melaka, to provide “tough outdoor experience” in a comfortable, elegant resort – giving new meaning to the activity of camping.
Business Continuity & Asset Management.
One of his emerging core business which specializes in Business Continuity Management & GRI Sustainability Reporting. The company has ongoing assignments with a steady stream of new and existing clients. In addition to its corporate base, it is also expanding its expertise on business resilience to the non-corporate clients.
Clients include Evergreen Fibreboard and Edra-CGN
The BC / AM programs include things like business impact analysis, BCM documentation, compliancy implementation, test scenario development & implementation, and more.
Youth’s Yearn to Learn.
Recently Nicholas and Chris Wong, his company’s core trainer partnered with CareerQuest to help youths aged 16-25 to discover, define and develop their life and career skills for their future. They help youths answer questions like what do I want to be in life, what careers are suited for me, do I have what it takes, should I be in business or take a job, and more.
Giving Back with HOPE.
In 2019, the company put aside 10% of its profit for Project HOPE where management staff in NGO initiatives such as “Agape & Protect”, and “Save the Children” were given skills training to run their causes, as well as mental well-being programs such as Psychological First Aid and other relevant soft skills.
Maldives Talent Exchange.
With his prior experience in Maldives, the company also tied up with CYRX College in this fast growing island economy to provide training, talent exchange and taps on expertise available in the Malaysia. Nicholas is also a key influence in the Maldives and its government where his advice in areas of HR, Leadership and Governance is sought after.
His passion started when he was lecturing at APIIT (Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology). He was lucky to have a mentor in Dr. Peter Shepard, who is the Executive Chairman of Credo Trust and Trustee of the Credo Foundation, and Director of Cambridge Global Learning (UK).
He is super driven – very clear about his goals, and expected outcome for both the short term and longer term. You can see it in his eyes. He loves what he is doing. Every session seems to energize him, and he is never bored engaging his participants. He conducts employability programs for Taylors, and other universities regularly. He comes out of each session, refreshed. He enjoys meeting his participants, and seeing the happy results.
His wife is the stabilizing force, and keeps him grounded. As he explains, he is like the helium balloon floating away, and his wife pops the balloon now and then to bring him back to reality. He is a dreamer, but a dreamer who has made many “wacky” dreams come true.
He also organizes his business, location and work day, so that he can spend time with his family, parents and in-laws, for a work-life balance.
He comes from the prominent family of Tan Sri Datuk Amar Ong Kee Hui, who was the Founder and President of the Sarawak United People’s Party.
Party in 1959. The family came from Longhai, Fujian Province, China. Tan Sri’s memoirs is called Footsteps in Malaysia: Political Development of Sarawak Since 1963, and there is an unwritten chapter that Nicholas is piecing together for publication.
What Made Him Successful?
Malcolm Gladwell in his book, Outliers: The Story of Success, said that success is not just about innate ability. It’s combined with a number of key factors such as opportunity, meaningful hard work (10,000 hours to gain mastery), and your cultural legacy. Random factors of chance, such as when and where you were born can influence the opportunities you have.
Nicholas refined his skills over his 20+ year career, and has certainly chalked up his 10,000 hours of mastery. His cultural legacy of hard work, ambition and track record was a steady compass. He is very much the Outlier, described in Gladwell’s book.
Gladwell in his other book The Tipping Point talked about the Law of the Few. With a good proposition, what he calls “Stickiness Factor”, and solid “Context”, a tipping point can be achieved with a few key people – Connectors, Maven and Salesman.
Yellowshorts has a sticky and unique value proposition. The team has a combined 40 years of training and consulting experience, making them the “go to” maven or expert. The team has a wide range of clients, giving them powerful connections and a strong network. Nicholas is a firmly persuasive sales person. With all the elements in place, Yellowshorts succeeds in nearly every venture.
Impressive Credible Business.
This hard working young man has built a credible business. His excitement is infectious. Combined with his easy going charisma, and a wacky sense of fun, he captured the imagination of his participants and clients. Kudos to Nicholas who made so many things happen, and destined for even greater achievements.
“I thought Star Wars was too wacky for the general public.” George Lucas
“It’s hard work making movies. It’s like being a doctor: you work long hours, very hard hours, and it’s emotional, tense work. If you don’t really love it, then it ain’t worth it.” George Lucas
“In my experience, there is no such thing as luck.” Obi Wan Kenobi
“Do. Or do not. There is no try.” Yoda