Visiting Amway Malaysia

During a recent visit to Malaysia, Learning4Managers president Jorge Acuna visited the headquartes of long-term client Amway in Malaysia near Kuala Lumpur. Along with discussing training strategies for the region, Jorge Acuna was able to see the Amway Malaysia Brand Experience Centre, a location where local business owners and their client can learn more about the Amway brands, products and services.


Training for Decision Makers in Malaysia

Strategic Development for Decision Makers in Malaysia

In collaboration with the professional event organizers at CapSource in Malaysia, Learning4Managers president Jorge Acuna offered the two day workshop Strategic Management for Decision Makers. Participants represented some of the largest and most prestigious companies in Malaysia, including Petronas, Sime Darby. Bio-XCell, and many more. The CapSource team did a great job selecting and coordinating the event at the Grand Lexis Resort in Port Dickson, a luxurious property with an incredible ocean view only a few kilometers away from Kuala Lumpur.


Learning4Managers in Malaysia

Learning4Managers provided the content and the facilitation of the program. The participants at the event learned how to effectively manage a strategy planning team and how to maximize strategic planning results. Most importantly, they learned how to plan for sustainable strategic leadership using the Learning4Managers Balanced Strategic Approach(SM).



Our thanks go out to CapSource for organizing the event and to all the participants for a great learning experience.


A note about self motivation

I am convinced that people have immeasurable potential. I also believe that some people’s potential is suppressed by factors like fear, procrastination, etc. These suppressors have a dual impact. First, they keep individuals and teams from excelling at what they do. Second, suppressors keep people from going beyond what they think they can achieve, and this keeps them from realizing their true potential. Each person would do well to take a look at themselves beyond what they are able to achieve now. Each individual should take aim at what they can achieve based on their potential and pursue it with fanatical determination.
From Leadership: A Moving Target by Jorge Acuna

Valor Latino Interviews Learning4Managers

Perfecto Rivera, host of ValorLatino on WISN 1130 interviews guest speaker Jorge Acuna, president of

Listen to the second part of the interview here:

Employee vs. Entrepreneur

Is it better to start my own business or to work for somebody else?

This is truly a personal question. Each individual will have their own goals in life and their own definition of success. Each person should take a close look at themselves and determine how they define success in their life.

You may feel comfortable working for someone else, and you may have been raised to believe that loyalty to your employer is a must. We believe that there are good employers out there who treat their employees well. We also believe that anyone has the opportunity to reach their personal and professional goals either through employment or through building their own business. The question here is what format is best for you? And to answer that you need to know the facts and clarify some of the myths.

Myth #1: Very few people want to start a business.

If you are wondering if you should start a business, you are certainly not alone. The University of Phoenix released the results of online survey (1) of more than 1,600 U.S. employed adults. The results show how many workers hope to own a business in the future by age group:

  • 55% of workers in their 20s
  • 48% of workers in their 30s
  • 36 % of workers in their 40s
  • 39% of workers in their 50s
  • 26% of workers age 60 or older

Myth #2 Employment provides the best tax benefits.

So what if you find yourself among the percentage of people who are content or even happy as an employee? Robert Kiyosaki (2), a well-known speaker and author offers some insight as to why this may not be as advantageous as you might think.

He explains his observations using the Cashflow Quadrant described in his site at–CASHFLOW-Quadrant.aspx

“The CASHFLOW Quadrant is divided into four types of people.


  • E is for Employee
  • S is for Self-Employed or Specialist
  • B is for Big Business
  • I is for Investor

On the left side of the quadrant are Es and Ss. They pay the most in taxes and trade their time for money.
On the right side of the quadrant are Bs and Is. They pay the least in taxes and create or invest in assets that produce cash flow for them even when they’re sleeping.”

Kiyosaki explains that employees work and time is highly taxed, and employees receive less benefits than those who choose to build a business.

Myth #3 Employment is more secure than owning a business.

Employment gives the person a false sense of security. But fact of the matter is that there is little security no matter what your job is. In the companies eyes, everyone is expendable and can be replaced regardless of how important you think you may be to them. And in today’s global economy, where companies merge or get acquired, anyone’s job may be eliminated leaving employees without recourse.

Another aspect to consider is that employees are often given a false sense of loyalty. For example, most companies will require the employee to give a two week notice before leaving their employment. However, if the company decides to let go of the employee for any reason, employers hardly ever give advance notice.

Myth #4 Employment is fair and pays me what I am worth.

Employment gives people a false sense of fairness. When you work for a company, you may have a coworker next to you doing the exact same thing for the same or more pay than you, whether you work just as hard or harder than that person. Many employees across the world get paid regardless of their performance. When you build your own business, if you build the right kind of business, you earn what you work for and get rewarded for what you develop for yourself.

Once again, you should take a close look at what your goals are, and who you should be most loyal to: your own goals or a company’s. If you come to the conclusion that you should at least explore starting your own business, you are not alone. We are here to help you explore your options. Contact us to get started with a free consultation.



Effective Time Management & Your Online Presence

To manage a business effectively, today’s world demands having an online presence. That means having a Web site, using email for communications and marketing, and networking via social media. Here is the catch. Have you noticed how easily some people can spend hours on emails or on social media sites like Facebook? To manage your online presence online effectively it takes planning and discipline. Here is a tool that might help you plan and manage your time online better: the 30-30-30-10 online presence management model.
First, decide how much time per day or week you are willing to dedicate to your business’ online presence. Then distribute that time into four areas as follows:

Spend 30 percent of your time online focusing on business and logistics. This is the time you devote to fixing a graphic on your Web site, writing your next email campaign ad, or adding a blog about a relevant topic and sharing it on Twitter and LinkedIn.

The next 30 percent should be spent communicating directly with prospects and customers. This is when you post your “likes” and comments on prospects and customers. This engages them online.

Another 30 percent is used for networking to continue building your relationships with colleagues, peers, or employees if you have them. This is your opportunity to see what others are doing well and to coach others.

Finally spend the last 10 percent of your allocated time to planning for the future and tweaking your strategies.

This simple 30-30-30-10 model will allow you to maintain and grow your online presence at a steady rate. You may certainly adapt to changes in circumstances. The important part is to have a plan and the discipline to follow it.

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How much time do managers spend on Conflict?

Survey Results and Management Tips

Surveys by many different groups across the years indicate that managers spend 10%-26% of their time managing conflict in the workplace. As an average, this accounts for a full day each week!

Table 1 Accounttemps* CPP** CIPD*** Total Average
Time spent on resolving conflict 18% 26% 9% 18%


As disturbing as these numbers may appear, there is an underlying concern not clearly revealed by these numbers.

Nearly 6% of managers who successfully brought conflict to a resolution report that it taking over 10 days to resolve their recent situation. Add this to the fact that nearly half of the managers dealing with conflict report that its having a negative impact on productivity within their organization.

These alarming numbers make us quickly realize that conflict is both costly and long-lasting.  Since ignoring workplace conflict only allows it to prolong lost productivity, our only viable option is to manage the conflict quickly and effectively. Better yet, learn how to identify its early signs and prevent it altogether.

Here are some tips

  • Learn how the interaction between different personalities contributes to conflict.
  • Train managers and staff to identify the sources of conflict.
  • When the early signs of conflict appear, act quickly to prevent its escalation.
  • When conflict happens, help individuals see how they can use their personality strengths.

Three lessons learned from the conference


 This past weekend Jorge Acuna, president of Learning4Managers, presented for an audience of 6,000 business owners and professionals in The Orleans Hotel Arena in Las Vegas. Here are the top three lessons learned from discussions with participants after the event.

Show your passion

Passion is contagious, and when you want others to believe in your product or service, your passion will be the most important factor in making a decision.

Never stop learning

There are learning opportunities all around us all the time. Becoming an expert does not mean that you stopped learning about a topic. On the contrary, it means that you continue to learn about it.

Everyone has a story

Every individual you get in touch with is like a brand new book. Learn to appreciate their story, and you’ll watch them open up more and more.

Workplace Violence

About 3 of every 10 employees are victimized at work

A recent report published by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, a section of the US Department of Justice, indicates that a high number of employees in the private sector report being victimized by people they work with.

Over 28% of men and nearly 40% of women report being victims of violence by a relationship at work, such as a customer, a patient, a supervisor, an employee or a peer.  Out of all of these, Coworker violence frequency appears to rate the highest.Coworker violence continues to be a concern in the workplace. Not only is it disruptive to the workplace and people’s lives in the short-term, its effects on productivity and on staff’s motivation can be long-lasting.

To keep employees engaged in the workplace we need to take measures to curb these trends in workplace violence, and the first step is prevention. One of the keys to prevention is educating staff to recognize and prevent triggers that can lead to violence.

To assess your readiness to prevent violence at work, ask yourself

What steps are being taking in my organization to prevent violence in the workplace?
When was the last time I took a conflict management course?
When was the last time our  team discussed how to handle difficult people at work?
Can I identify key triggers to most conflict situations?
If your answers to these questions concern you, we invite you to attend our premier webinar

Managing Conflict: Personality Types in the Workplace