November 27, 2018

Tough Decisions vs the Right Decisions?

  1. Over the many years, I have made many tough decisions that are not popular and definitely do not go down well with most people that have experience working with me either within or outside of the organisation.  But I sincerely only wanted to make the right decisions for the benefit of the organisation & team. If you cannot accept it, I wish you all the best. 
  2. Many will NEVER understand the decisions that I make and most definitely will never do the things I do. Why? Because you are simply not in my position to deal with the things I deal with daily and I have learnt to accept and understand that as a fact. But I sincerely only wanted to make the right decisions for the benefit of the organisation & team. If you cannot accept it, I wish you all the best. 
Last Saturday’s Annual Strategic Direction meeting was extremely tough for me.  I was torn inside as I was both wanting to ensure that my team had my presence to show and lead the way but at the same time, I was really wanting to be with my Dad as I was getting live updates on my phone from my family and finally spoke to Dad for a brief moment right before he was pushed in for his 2nd amputation. This time was a lot tougher as the risk were a lot higher due to various complications and the biggest fear was that he was not going to come out alive. It was really tough to still put up a smile and energy when I was really exhausted just returning from Ipoh with my Dad the day before.  

I want you all to understand that I am still very focus in what we have set out to achieve and that sacrifices will still need to be made and I am constantly going to be making Tough Decisions but the Right Decisions for what I sincerely believe is what we need. Just know that I am still ALL IN & ALL OUT to ensure that we will all be moving forward toward our set targets. Talk is Cheap, Action is Good. Result builds Trust. I really hope you can all truly understand this in order for your results to speak the loudest for the organisation & commitment to the team. 


Thinessha Balan said...

I can literally understand what you are going through as I experienced the same situation early of this year. I can still feel my rapid heartbeat when the nurse brought my mum inside the operation theatre. I was standing alone clueless as my dad and brothers were in outstation during that period. Emotionally, physically and mentally I was down. That three hours of waiting made me realized how much she meant to me, my dad and brothers.

Life is filled with ups and downs, but the question is, am I going to make it balance or not. Yes, I decided to make it balance. No matter how hard the situation is, I will try to smile, remain calm and be focused. That’s the reason I will be always thankful to the God as it is making me stronger day by day.

You are a very strong individual Mr. Ernie, you will definitely see a rainbow very soon that will hide away the challenges and difficulties you are facing now.

-Thinessha Balan-

Andrew Yau said...

Life is tough, there is too many uncertainty happen all the time.

As our own standing, we have to get prepared before it comes to us. Be bold and get things done. Show is still running.

What I learnt all over the months here is always know our own shit, plan ahead and backup plans are needed. Make right decision by our head, do things with a sincere heart, help others by our both hand!

Appreciate to your efforts to influence everyone, such organisation is rare and meaningful.

Thank you Mr. Ernie.

Ginny Seow said...

Dear Mr. Ernie,

I really respect you in doing such tough decisions but the right decisions, not everyone can do the same thing like what you have done.
We will go ALL OUT to achieve what we have committed!


Anonymous said...

I am respect on how Mr. Ernie managed his time between family matters and the organisation. I know it's not easy to be handle many things in a time. But you did very well to make sure everything is in good shape.I believe, if we have strong heart and spirit, it will surely run smooth. I wish your father a speedy recovery and wish you always in a good health. InshaaAllah.


kevin jaffery said...

When things getting out of hand, what we should do? WE DO WHAT IS RIGHT. Every decision we made we'll always have its pros and cons. Look which side will be more benefits. Do not be the slave to our jobs, you have so many protégé here, count on them, because at the end of the day, family is the one that matters. There is no point in attending an event if our hearts was not there. We will always be here supporting you.

Rahul Stone said...

The right decisions are always the hardest to make it. But they must be made in order to live the life you deserve the most. I admire and cherish the sacrifices you have made in order to lead the team and move forward to achieve your stated targets.

Ies Rosli said...

Neither words nor long comment will be able to describe the feelings when someone dearest to you is in bad shape. Trust me, I've been there twice. i bet no other things that your dad wants to see than your smile and presence beside him. Faith will remain a mystery, we can only pray for the best. At this moment, It is best for you to cherish every valuable second with him. Again faith will always remain as a mystery.


Nur Shairah Azhar said...

Over the years, I have learned that it is never personal, it is always business decision that is for benefit of everyone. Thank you for being with us even when you have more important things to take care of. Just know that we understand and will be with you till the finish line.

Chloe Ang said...

Make a right decision is so important because it will affect on what's going to happen next. Focus on achieving results and get things done!
Thank you Mr. Ernie on the sharing. Uncle Chen will get well and healthier!

Kelvin Thong Jian Hao said...

Yes sir, stay FOCUS with our target.
Plan A is just 1 day ahead.

Faisal Ahmad Hashimy said...

To me, a tough decision is one where there is no path that is clearly the best. There may be many reasons why the path may be unclear, including:

- Lack of information
- Different opinion
- Not being able to forecast the future
- To many option/alternatives

To make a right decision, we have to be clear on what we want to do and moving in that direction. But regardless of how much we discuss and test different decisions, uncertainty is a fact of life.

Clement Choo said...

Thank you Mr. Ernie for the sharing. we must always remind ourselves to make decisions with our head, do the task with our heart and to help others with our hands.

Anonymous said...

My prayers are with your dad, your family and you, Mr. Ernie. I am hoping everyone of you would come out of this stronger than before. Very proud with the way you handle decision making in life, even when its really hard. It is key to know our priorities well but like you say sometimes it can be quite a task to even decide what to prioritize. I am sure the decisions you make usually benefits the organization on a longer run, even if its effect cannot be felt immediately. I believe we cannot be spending our time in trying to convince everyone for each of our decisions. In that case, it is only best to agree to disagree just like you Mr. Ernie. I would reiterate that the last 7 months of my working life here has been somewhat of an enlightening period, much thanks to you. I am looking forward to many more months of progress under your guidance and cannot wait to see and be part of the plans you have for this organization.

- Malathy Muniandy -

Rosmalia Sabi said...

At the end of the day, life is about being happy and being who you are. I feel like we are so blessed to have the PORTMAN family and it’s the best family to support each other no matter what we're going through. I found out how powerful that was and how much that can mean for our future.

Thank you.


Fadelah Daud said...

Yes, noted on this.
And will always together with the team to build the organization more and better.
Thank you, boss

Anonymous said...

The right decision taken quickly is greater than a wrong decision taken quickly,
which is greater than a right decision taken slowly, which is greater than a wrong decision taken slowly.

Always be smart and work hard.

- Hakim Shakir

Priya said...

I was only able to get over my hard situations when I decided I was going to! As I’ve discovered, that’s how everything starts. I decided to get out of bed this morning. I decided to get ready for work. Everything I did today was because I made a decision. Although we can’t set ourselves free, getting up and making a decision is a step in the right direction. Every decision brings with it some good, some bad, some lessons, and some luck. The only thing that’s for sure is that indecision steals many years from many people who wind up wishing they’d just had the courage to leap. A major life decision is never a choice but rather a realisation that the decision has already been made.
Thank you for the awesome sharing Mr. Ernie.

Noorfa said...

There is a time that I disagreed with your decision, however,
You ALWAYS explain to me the reason behind your decision which makes me understand and agreed with it at the end.
That is the reason why I am still here with the organisation and believe in what you believe.
I will continuously support you to make it happens.

Nicoline Natasha said...

Dear Mr. Ernie, making a decision is hard and not everyone will understand your goals or aims until they witness it. Some of us just have to take that leap of faith and make it. You are a true leader who motivates us to do better and put us on the right path whenever we digress. I want to thank you for the opportunity given to work in your esteemed organisation. As you always say it is not easy to work with you, but I saw it as a learning process. It was hard but beneficial as you always groomed us to be better and to move forward to see things like you did. Thank you once again for everything. My prayers are with you and your family. Thank you Mr. Ernie. ❤️ -Nicoline Natasha-

Anne Peter said...

Your leadership skills make it easy for you to manage our team, even with our diverse professional background. I’m proud to have learned some of these qualities from you, Mr Ernie. You helped shape our career and professional life and showed us how to transform our mistakes into skills. Thank you very much for your support and inspiration.

Rangjini said...

It’s not easy to make a tough decision. If a person has made one instead of the right decision, it means the person has an eye towards the bottom line. He/She are able to see the light at the end of the journey which many of us don’t.

I totally agree Mr. Ernie; we must have the guts to make such decision to see a long term success at the end of the day. Sometimes this may even hurt some souls in life in process.
Don’t give up!! Be strong, Be Positive, Take the challenge to the next level...and most important Stay FOCUS...You will reach the success.


Peggie Woo said...

Yes. Mr. Ernie always made the Tough and Right Decision for the organization, team, and the individual. No matter how tough, you will die die make it happen. You are the only one who shows us the spirit and results every single time.

All of us always easy to lose focus when things or problem happen. You are the one who leads us back to the right way and continues to focus to achieve the target. Thank you so much to spend time and energy with us to guide us the right way.

Let us FOCUS and close off with a big bang. Finish strong and an awesome year awaits us in 2019.

Priya Darshini said...

Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time. If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday.

Thank you for the sharing Mr. Ernie.


Anonymous said...

Decision making is one of the toughest process in life,the decision making process may affect each person around us in a different way,Appreciate your constant decision to make the right decisions for the benefit of the organisation & team.Thank you Boss.


Anonymous said...

FOCUS is the most important key to make sure the decision we make is right even though we are in a tough situation.

- Fadillah Muhamad -

Wayne Chong said...

Mr. Ernie, totally agree with you.

In life, we must always do the right things. Tough and right decision is needed for an organisation to move forward. When making a decision for an organisation, we must always put the organisation interest as the priority.

Right and tough decision will always be needed not just in an organisation but also in our daily life.

Thank you Mr. Ernie

Wizz said...

Yes, the RIGHT decisions have to be made even though it is TOUGH as only the RIGHT decision can make us move forward. Step out of the comfort zone and make the RIGHT but TOUGH decision instead of making an EASY but WRONG decision, and our RESULTS will tell us whether the decision is RIGHT or WRONG.

Thanks for the sharing and hope Uncle Chen will get well soon.

Michelle Xinyi said...

Really respect the spirit and every tough decision that you made as it is not easy to make sure it is right and benefit to the organisation or your family.
Everyone of us really need to stay focus and achieve our goals because we are a team.

- Michelle

Edwin YauKY said...

I have learned that millions of people can believe in you, but if we don’t believe ourselves in an organisation, we can’t moving forward to our biggest future.

Thanks for the sharing :)

hidayah padil said...

Making decision is tough, making a right decision for the greater good for others is tougher, because not everyone can understand your intention. Our prayers are with you, your dad and family,have strengh Mr.Ernie!

Norhafizah binti Mohd Rupi said...

We understand what you have gone through and with your though life that you have gone through you make it everything possible by make a difference by making other lives better.

I learn a lot of things here in PORTMAN College which taught me to become a better person.

Anything is possible if we believe, work extremely hard and GET RESULTS TOGETHER- by Ernie Chen in Annual Strategic Direction & Budget Meeting for 2019.

Thank you Mr. Ernie Chen.

Anonymous said...

The right decision always the hardest to make. However, in every move or action we make, we will never know the outcome until you do it. In my opinion, we need to make decisions which one is the first priority. In any other situation, we need to prioritize our family first and put our trust to our colleagues and team to handle the task.

Thank you Mr.Ernie for your sharing.


shiu kuan said...

Sometimes, people can only see negativity out of your decision. They don't want to know whether it's right decision or not, but only their own satisfaction.
It's impossible to please 7.7 billion people in the world, as long as we believe what we're doing is right.

Shahrul Shafiee said...

Time is money and timing is money boss!! Punctuality and dicipline in working environment is more important to achieve what we want what we need!! YNWA boss


Mohd Razif Mohd Yusof said...

Sometimes the challenges we face makes us down and loose focus. Thats when we need support from others to refocus align back to right mindset. I respect you can still very focus when facing all the challenges. Will work harder as a team. Thank you. - Razif-

Anonymous said...

Setuju dan akan berkerja lebih rajin lgi dlm satu pasukan..
- Roslee

Sammi Lai said...

Thank you Mr. Ernie for the sharing every single month.
Mr. Ernie is like a superhero to everyone, always leading making right decision with the focus you have.
Which us the teenagers should apply after we learn.
Take care Mr. Ernie.
We will focus what we should (Plan A).

- Sammi

luna yap said...

Decision making is the toughness for me every time when I do something. So, I understand what Mr. Ernie go through and this is where we should learn to make the decision to make the things happen and make sure to achieve it.

Thank you Mr. Ernie for your time.

- Luna

Anonymous said...

Thank you Mr. Ernie for the sharing. I always have an issue which is afraid of making decision. But in life, we must learn how to make a decision, even though it is TOUGH.

We are too easily to loose our focus, we will learn from our lesson and focus on what we should focus.

Hope Mr. Chen will get well soon.
Take care and thank you to you - Mr. Ernie.



In an organisation, we always make decision based on organisation first, team second, individual last.

Understand it is a tough moment for Mr. Ernie to take care of family at the same time to manage the organisation. As an intrapreneur, we must continuously communicate with our team members ensure they understand why we do what we do and how can we move towards the organisation goals.
How fast we achieve the target, depends on our speed and what we do!

Aizatjohan said...

result oriented culture, embrace accountability, make and keep commitment, welcome healthy conflict, true each other

Yasota Kalimuthu said...

Thank you for sharing Boss.The right decisions are always the hardest. But they must be made in order to live the life you deserve.

Loshini Priyaa said...

Tough times thought me that the storm will pass. It's tough being you but you are giving us the best.
Thank you Mr Ernie.

Mawardi Abdul Hai said...

Everything happens in a right moment.
Remain steadfast and consistence.
We will do the best in everything. Thank you for the sharing sir.

Sry Haryane Mohd Nor said...

The right decisions are always tough to make it. However, the decision is must be made for ensure everything are in order.

Thank you the sharing Mr. Ernie

Vivian Foong said...

I really respect on Mr. Ernie make a tough decisions in all the moments even though you need to spend more time to your family.

Hope Uncle Chen will get well soon.

Thank you for your sharing, Mr. Ernie.


Anonymous said...

Life is the process for us to learn. The more tough situation that we met, the stronger and mature that we will became. Through these few months, I am learning to handle the things that I had never experience before.
Really learnt a lot from you, Mr. Ernie.
Thank you.


Joseph Choong said...

Yes, no matter Hard Decision and Right Decision is hard to be made. I know that I am one of those who do not understand the decision that you made but I know I believed in you for whatever decision you made. So I need to put my foot down and go ALL IN ALL OUT to move forward toward our set targets.

Thanks for the sharing Mr. Ernie and prayers for Uncle Chen!

Gym Jian Sheng said...

Life is about making decisions.
Sometimes, easy and sometimes tough.
Sometimes, we make wrong decisions and sometimes we do it right.

I made a lot of wrong decisions in my life and I have learned a lot from those decisions that I made.

It's really tough to see Mr. Ernie in & out to make sure things are going well.
Wish Mr. Ernie & Uncle Chen stay strong & healthy. Things will be fine.