Understanding Success in Business

How people make it happen and turn a business idea into a success. See how business owners create a tipping point, become outliers and excel in execution.

The DO Circle is dedicated to understanding success in business. How people make it happen and turn a business idea into a success. See how business owners create a tipping point, become outliers, excel in execution and engage employees, to achieve success. We help to connect enthusiastic business owners and enablers to create tipping points for success.

We have many critics and talkers, but people who actually do work, is often scarce. We want to celebrate these doers, achievers and achievements, through storytelling. Successful business owners focus on making things happen. Yoda says “Do or Do not. There is no Try.”

Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point talks about sticky products, context, and law of the few – mavens, connectors and salesman.

Connections is joining the dots turning knowledge and experience into creativity. It is also about connecting people and business to share knowledge and experience, so that we can create success.

Success Story in this blog, is about understanding the facts and weaving the story. As the story unfolds, we better understand the opportunities and find the linkages to other stories. Creativity, insights and wisdom create more opportunities & success, and the “DO” spirit makes things happen for business.

The Success Stories are also brought to live with the help of some amazing friends:

  • Tyler Chong, talented 18 year college student who produces the success stories on videos.
  • Nurul Azlyna, passionate research writer & stay home mum, with informative essays on topics such as eWallet, eTakaful and Selangor tourism.
  • Khoo Hsu Chuang, veteran podcaster who shares his in-depth interviews of respected personalities with me.
  • Xandri Ooi, happiness guru who shares her inspiring story, and enthusiastic facebook videos with me.
  • Yap Leng Kuen, old school friend, and respected senior business editor and Plain Speaking columnist sharing views and insights on my blog.
  • Sathiyan A who writes the Covey Series
  • Enfiniti Academy with their very interesting updates

The DO Circle Convention Center.

This blog has more than 5000 visitors monthly, and will have its own virtual convention center in The Artisans Haven, an artisans digital mall opening in June 2020. The virtual convention center will see at least 10,000 visitors monthly. There are 5 main auditoriums with:

  • Success Stories by Jade Lee, Yap Leng Kuen, Tyler Chong and other guests
  • Webinars, Zoom conferences and video broadcasts featuring the Covey Series, AL Trainings Series, Martin Wong Smart Robie Series, Yellowshorts Series, Vigilant Cybersecurity Series, Gallup Series and more.
  • Previews of theater shows, drama classes and corporate communication training presented by the award winning Enfiniti Academy.
  • Talk Shows by Khoo Hsu Chuan of Do More Podcasts, and Vinodh of #GoodTalk.
  • Featured YouTubes on happiness, and related topics.

Supporting Artisans.

The DO Circle supports artisans in their journey to success, as they turn their passion into booming businesses.

David Keirsey found that artisans are most at home in the real world of solid objects that can be made and manipulated, and of real-life events that can be experienced in the here and now. Artisans have exceptionally keen senses, and love working with their hands.

Artisans want to be where the action is; they seek out adventure and show a constant hunger for pleasure and stimulation.

They believe that variety is the spice of life, and that doing things that aren’t fun or exciting is a waste of time. Artisans are impulsive, adaptable, competitive, and believe the next throw of the dice will be the lucky one. They can also be generous to a fault, always ready to share with their friends from the bounty of life. Above all, Artisans need to be free to do what they wish, when they wish. They resist being tied or bound or confined or obligated; they would rather not wait, or save, or store, or live for tomorrow. In the Artisan view, today must be enjoyed, for tomorrow never comes.

There are many Artisans, perhaps 30 to 35 percent of the population, which is good, because they create much of the beauty, grace, fun, and excitement the rest of us enjoy in life.

Curating An Artisans Haven.

The Artisans Haven showcases the beauty, grace, fun and excitement by artisans in our world. We have many Proudly Malaysian Artisans with exquisite products & talent, and it is our pleasure to share them with everyone. We are working pro bono, to curate a simple & affordable online mall to promote the rich array of their products & talent to consumers countrywide.

The Mall is a simple virtual 2 storey (ground and 1st floor) building connected to a virtual study abroad campus, art gallery and convention centre. The centre court is vibrant with virtual activities together with anchor tenants, such as Abbie and Friends, Explorer Outfitter, Zapp Signature Store and UPayMe Convenience Store. On the 1st floor, we house artisans on the left wing and retailers on the right wing. The Mall hosts a daily bazaar where retailers can display their products for sale. There is also an entertainment booking counter, next to convention centre.

ADM is a virtual real estate owner, and rental is the primary source of revenue. Cost is kept to a minimal, and consists mainly the cost of social media marketing and website maintenance. The company exists and operates virtually. Mall advisory and curation are provided pro bono by Rosalie and Jade. Tenant relations is headed by Jade and Irene, and includes a free monthly virtual best practice mentorship for interested tenants.

Gladwell’s Stories of Success.

Gladwell in his 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. The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behaivor crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire.

Gladwell noted 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. Gladwell brings alive his assertions primarily through the use of individual stories of triumph, in his book, Outliers: The Story of Success.

Gladwell, in his book, David & Goliath, explains why underdogs win in situations where the odds are stacked unfavorably against them, and how you can do the same. It changes the perspective we see strengths and weaknesses, advantages and disadvantages, blessing and misfortune. In many cases in life and work, what we think as misfortune is the best thing that can happen to us, and what we think as an advantage can lead to the worst outcome.

Covey’s 4DX for Success.

Good ideas may never be deployed if we don’t have the discipline in execution. Covey’s 4 Disciplines of Execution or commonly known as 4DX is a time proven framework to ensure good ideas are efficiently and effectively implemented.

Franklin Covey says that it takes incredible discipline to execute a strategic goal in any organization. But it takes even more discipline to do so again and again. Creating a culture of execution means embedding four basic disciplines into your organization. At every level, individuals, leaders, and teams need to institutionalize a common approach.

 (1) Focus on the Wildly Important – Exceptional execution starts with narrowing the focus— clearly identifying what must be done, or nothing else you achieve really matters much. 

 (2) Act on the Lead Measures – Twenty percent of activities produce eighty percent of results. The highest predictors of goal achievement are the 80/20 activities that are identified and codified into individual actions and tracked fanatically. 

 (3) Keep a Compelling Scoreboard – People and teams play differently when they are keeping score, and the right kind of scoreboards motivate the players to win. 

 (4) Create a Cadence of Accountability – Great performers thrive in a culture of accountability that is frequent, positive, and self-directed. Each team engages in a simple weekly process that highlights successes, analyzes failures, and course-corrects as necessary, creating the ultimate performance-management system.


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