MANAGE YOUR BOSS WITH BAZI #7 – FRIEND: WHEN YOUR BOSS IS A SOCIALITE DR. JEKYL AND NARCISSISTIC MR. HYDE

When you first met your boss, boy oh boy, you thought you had lucked out! Warm, friendly, and oh-so-charming and supportive. And then, ever so slowly, things take a slightly darker turn. You begin to realize that in your boss’s world view, it’s all about HIM (or HER). Like the song My Way by Frank Sinatra, the very earth itself exists because the Friend Profile needs something to stand on.

Recognizing Your Friend Profile Boss

They are supremely confident with a warm and engaging manner that allows them to charm everyone within their vicinity. They are superb at names and faces, highly skilled at putting people at ease with witty small talk and chit-chat. All that chutzpah is appealing in today’s business world, and as a consequence, the chances of meeting a Friend profile boss are actually fairly high.

Friend profiles have the in-born ability to quickly identify strengths in other people. This is a highly-honed skill, because the Friend profile is all about benefitting from other people. In a healthy Friend profile, this talent makes them great delegators. They have the knack to assign the right task to the right person in order to get the right results. A Friend profile’s resource doesn’t begin and end with mere money. For them, resource includes time, knowledge and people.

The healthy Friend profile can also bring this talent to the negotiating table. They are skilled negotiators who are very good at making useful connections.

Friend profiles are usually non-authoritarian leaders. They enjoy working with a team and prefer to adopt a more laissez-faire attitude and a pace-setting role.

Your Friend Profile Boss Under Pressure

Trouble starts when the Friend profile turns unhealthy. There are various markers a Bazi consultant uses to determine if a profile is healthy or unhealthy. To keep it simple for you, a key determining factor is when the Friend profile hits 100%.

When this happens, the self-centred nature of the Friend profile becomes magnified to the point where they become virtually incapable of accepting other viewpoints or ideas. They begin to over-estimate their use and value to others, leading to a narcissistic personality with delusions of grandiosity.

How To Deal With Your Friend Profile Boss

Dealing with the healthy Friend boss calls for more of a personality tweak as opposed to actual skills. Give plenty of emotional support, make sure they are included in everything, and give appreciation… publicly!

If you are dealing with an unhealthy level Friend boss, then I’m sorry, I’m about to turn you into a sycophant. Honestly, there is only a short-term solution for this. Subsuming one’s identity and living in the shadow of another cannot possibly be something for the long-term. The best that could happen is to milk as much advantage out of the current situation before moving on to the next thing.

To be useful for a narcissist, you need to quickly identify your Friend boss’s real goal and make sure that you actively help him achieve that goal. While you do that, gain some benefits for yourself by observing how your Friend boss operates in the world. These profiles have some skills that can be adopted, internalized, and tweaked to fit your own personality. How they breeze into a room and instantly connect with everyone, the way they articulate their requests, their outward show of confidence.

Note: If you’ve missed my first post for this series, plot your Boss’s Bazi Chart with this free resource (registration required) https://bazibz.masteryacademy.com/. Key in the name, gender and date of birth. You don’t need to key in the time of birth. That information is not relevant for this purpose. Scroll right down to the bottom to find the profile.

In all this, I must stress that you cannot ‘fix’ another person’s chart. Only the owner can do so, if he or she wishes to. The strategies offered here are designed to put you in a position that either complements the strengths or fills in the blind spots of that particular profile.

Disclaimer: The Bazi Technical terms (Direct Wealth, Indirect Wealth, Eating God, Hurting Officer, Direct Officer, 7Killings, Friend and Rob Wealth) are copyright property of the Joey Yap Mastery Academy. If you wish to learn the art of Chinese Metaphysics for yourself, please visit www.joeyyaponline.com for more information.

MANAGE YOUR BOSS WITH BAZI #6 – 7 KILLINGS: FROM CHAOS, ORDER

The 7 Killings profile is frequently found among athletes and corporate-raider types. Think George Soros, the Man Who Broke The Bank Of England! The most aggressive of the ten profiles, the 7 Killings profile is often referred to as ‘The Warrior Profile’ by Bazi practitioners. And for good reason!

Sometimes, you need to tear down in order to build a better version of something. This is what the 7 Killings profile is all about. Like a warrior, this profile will take any fight to the bitter end. Combative and determined, he (or she) will possess a swashbuckling charisma that is as irresistible as it is overwhelming.

The 7 Killings profile can be very impulsive, acting out the inner need to always be in motion. Because they are always probing for even the tiniest crack of advantage, an unhealthy-level 7 Killings can become unnecessarily suspicious, attributing even the weirdest motivations to every single person.

I’ve personally noticed that people with strong 7 Killings in their charts, but who has not had the benefits of a good education, tend to become gullible in the face of conspiracy theories.

Recognizing Your 7 Killings Boss

At work, the 7 Killings profile will tend to jump straight into action. No need for a second invitation; no need to beat around the bush. And, he expects everyone else to do the same.

He will be known as a ‘problem-solver’ within the organization. He is not only great at identifying the source of potential problems, he is also quick to fix them.

The 7 Killings boss will be a transaction leader – you do this for me, I do this for you.

Your 7 Killings Boss Under Pressure

Under pressure, the 7 Killings profile will have a tendency to become rebellious and disorganized. Because taking action fuels his sense of control, he may even disregard the all-important planning and strategizing in favour of action, action, action.

Everything becomes a competition during times of great stress. The 7 Killings could become extra-pushy and overbearing as he recklessly charges ahead, resolutely fighting against the flow, all in the name of outdoing his competitors.

How To Deal With Your 7 Killings Boss

Imagine yourself back in a time, thousands of years ago, when wars over land and territory was a common occurrence. During a war, they send their warriors out to fight. But once the land or territory has been won, the empires then send their administrators and ministers to re-build that which has been torn apart.

Systematize. Trailing in the wake of a 7 Killings can feel like following in the path of a tornado. You will be extremely valuable to your 7 Killings boss if you have the ability to enhance his outcome by creating systems and best practices to re-build something stronger, more efficient, effective, productive and resilient.

Summarize for Key Decisions. The 7 Killings profile by itself has no taste for details, more so if the Direct Resource or Direct Wealth is not among the top three profiles in his Bazi Chart. He will be elusive if you descend upon his office bearing reams after reams of fine print and data. When in need for his decision making, it will be more effective if you could summarize all that data into key points.

Like his Direct Officer counterpart, the 7 Killings boss values certain personal characteristics. The one thing that the 7 Killings boss will value the most is loyalty. When you meet a 7 Killings boss, expect to find him testing your loyalty. It is something that his suspicious nature will inevitably do.

Note: If you’ve missed my first post for this series, plot your Boss’s Bazi Chart with this free resource (registration required) https://bazibz.masteryacademy.com/. Key in the name, gender and date of birth. You don’t need to key in the time of birth. That information is not relevant for this purpose. Scroll right down to the bottom to find the profile.

In all this, I must stress that you cannot ‘fix’ another person’s chart. Only the owner can do so, if he or she wishes to. The strategies offered here are designed to put you in a position that either complements the strengths or fills in the blind spots of that particular profile.

Disclaimer: The Bazi Technical terms (Direct Wealth, Indirect Wealth, Eating God, Hurting Officer, Direct Officer and 7Killings) are copyright property of the Joey Yap Mastery Academy. If you wish to learn the art of Chinese Metaphysics for yourself, please visit www.joeyyaponline.com for more information.

MANAGE YOUR BOSS WITH BAZI #5 – DIRECT OFFICER: THE SOP FOR THE DIRECT OFFICER BOSS

It had been really difficult to find a public figure with a Direct Officer profile. The most high profile entrepreneurs, business and thought leaders of the day tend to belong to the more extroverted categories. This is so typical of a Direct Officer profile. They take the art of being unassuming to the next level.

This, however, does not mean that Direct Officer profiles cannot be successful. On the contrary, many of the top CEO and COOs of public-listed companies are Direct Officer profiles. The difference here is, their success is only known to those who need to know.

Short of using an actual consult chart (which I would never do), I have had no choice but to illustrate the characteristics of the Direct Officer profile with a historical figure – Bao Zheng.

For the benefit of those who may not be conversant with Chinese legends, Bao Zheng was a renowned judge from the Song Dynasty (circa year 1000 AD). He is a smart, intelligent guy who consistently demonstrated extreme honesty and uprightness. What is Bao Zheng most famous for? He upholds the law without fear or favour.

Recognizing Your Direct Officer Boss

If I were to sum up the Direct Officer profile with just one word, it would be, of course, ‘law-abiding’. Your Direct Officer boss will be someone who is very conservative. A conformist to the core, he would be rather inflexible, especially where Standard Operating Procedures are concerned.

He (or she) would be a born diplomat. In meetings, he would often be the first to find the middle ground and smooth things over. Precise and proficient, he would be open to improving on systems, but would put up some resistance when it is time to reinvent the wheel.

His is a democratic style of leadership. He prefers to act as a guide, accepting input and ideas from his team members. In fact, he often goes out of his way to help his team members feel included and valued.

As a side note, Direct Officer profiles make the best coaches, primarily due to their innate desire to support others and their keen listening skills.

Your Direct Officer Boss Under Pressure

A Direct Officer boss is the one most likely to cling to an SOP, if nothing else but for the sake of consistency. This is the polar opposite of the Indirect Wealth boss who will lean towards starting again from scratch. At unhealthy levels, a Direct Officer boss could very well ignore the elephant in the room. This denial stems from an inner push against facing unpleasant realities.

How To Deal With Your Direct Officer Boss

The trick to being indispensable to your Direct Officer boss is to enhance the enshrined SOP.

Take an active role by helping your team set priorities. There will always come a time when the team will need to differentiate between what is urgent and what is important, and act accordingly. This small step of tweaking the SOP (without tearing it apart), must be aimed at the objective of having things back in working order as soon as possible without taking the sense of control away from your boss.

Where possible, allow a time frame for the decision-making process. The Direct Officer profile is detail-oriented, systematic and by-the-book. They prefer making decisions only after having worn down at least several fine-tooth combs. Of course, there will always be times when decisions have to be made instantaneously, but whenever possible, build in a time frame for the decision-making process. The Direct Officer boss firmly believes that in order for something to be done well, it must be completed early.

Unlike the previous types of bosses in this series (Direct Wealth, Indirect Wealth, Eating God and Hurting Officer), the Direct Officer boss will value a few key personality traits. These are:

Self-discipline.  The Direct Officer boss puts a high premium on this trait. The ability to demonstrate self-discipline in your daily performance will put you in high standings with your Direct Officer boss.

Take your aggression elsewhere. The Direct Officer boss is above all else, a harmonious team leader. He will look out for every person, he wants to settle all conflicts, and is always striving for peaceful objectives. This type of leadership style will crack if there are too many aggressive personalities competing within the team. There will be too much time spent in mediation instead of moving things forward.

You could, on the other hand, offer to fight his battles for him. Conflicts and arguments are an inevitable part of working life. This offer should be framed as a willingness to stand up and take one for the team – to say certain things during meetings that needs to be said, or to take a stance with certain other aggressive individuals. In other words, you are using your Hurting Officer to you’re your Direct Officer. A word of caution, this tactic must be used carefully and very, very strategically.

Note: If you’ve missed my first post for this series, plot your Boss’s Bazi Chart with this free resource (registration required) https://bazibz.masteryacademy.com/. Key in the name, gender and date of birth. You don’t need to key in the time of birth. That information is not relevant for this purpose. Scroll right down to the bottom to find the profile.

In all this, I must stress that you cannot ‘fix’ another person’s chart. Only the owner can do so, if he or she wishes to. The strategies offered here are designed to put you in a position that either complements the strengths or fills in the blind spots of that particular profile.

Disclaimer: The Bazi Technical terms (Direct Wealth, Indirect Wealth, Eating God, Hurting Officer, Direct Officer and 7Killings) are copyright property of the Joey Yap Mastery Academy. If you wish to learn the art of Chinese Metaphysics for yourself, please visit www.joeyyaponline.com for more information.

MANAGE YOUR BOSS WITH BAZI #4 – HURTING OFFICER: WHEN YOU WORK WITH A SHARP SHOOTER, YOU NEED TO SUPPLY THE BULLETS

If you work in sales or marketing, or even in the creative industry, chances are pretty high that you will be working for a Hurting Officer boss. Does he consider himself a maverick? A contrarian in speech, dress and style? He commands attention everywhere he goes and takes more than his fair share of the limelight.

Recognizing Your Hurting Officer Boss

Your Hurting Officer boss will be someone who publicly displays a unique outlook and mind. He is very invested in his own personality and how it is presented to the world. He would be someone who is very flexible, has a non-conformist mindset, and a palpable need to impress others.

The Hurting Officer profile is very charismatic and has a competitive, goal-oriented approach. He wants to be the best, and he will stop at nothing to achieve those objectives. Witty and articulate, his biggest strength is his ability to make any idea seem sexy and appealing.

He would be a people-oriented leader who is extremely adept at creating a group identity or brand. He uses that identity to inspire and develop the people in his team or department, but the team must always revolve around him as the star of the show.

Your Hurting Officer Boss Under Pressure

A Hurting Officer boss is likely to become resistant to help when under extreme pressure. He could get so caught up with the need to maintain his status that he pushes everyone away.

How To Deal With Your Hurting Officer Boss

Being indispensable to your Hurting Officer boss is all about helping him maintain his status.

Help him prepare and research. The Hurting Officer boss hates looking like a failure. He doesn’t like to be caught unprepared. The key drivers to his behaviour is an innate fear of being devalued. You could play your part in this process by gathering the information for him.

Have a specific skill he needs. For the Hurting Officer to be most effective, this profile needs to surround itself with skilled professionals. For example, if your Hurting Officer boss is a Marketing Director, having a skill like video editing or copywriting would make you invaluable to him. Why? Because your skill will help make him look good. If you work for a Hurting Officer boss, it would really be a good idea to continue upskilling yourself. Not only will you become indispensable, but at the same time, open a window of opportunity to establish a second career for yourself.

Note: If you’ve missed my first post for this series, plot your Boss’s Bazi Chart with this free resource (registration required) https://bazibz.masteryacademy.com/. Key in the name, gender and date of birth. You don’t need to key in the time of birth. That information is not relevant for this purpose. Scroll right down to the bottom to find the profile.

In all this, I must stress that you cannot ‘fix’ another person’s chart. Only the owner can do so, if he or she wishes to. The strategies offered here are designed to put you in a position that either complements the strengths or fills in the blind spots of that particular profile.

Disclaimer: The Bazi Technical terms (Eating God and Hurting Officer) are copyright property of the Joey Yap Mastery Academy. If you wish to learn the art of Chinese Metaphysics for yourself, please visit www.joeyyaponline.com for more information.

MANAGE YOUR BOSS WITH BAZI #3 – EATING GOD: EVERY STRATEGIST NEEDS A TACTICIAN

If your boss has a habit of referring to himself as an artist, chances are, you are working for an Eating God boss. He tends to be profoundly idealistic, sometimes even a tad bit impractical. Ask him about the ideal outcome, and he will paint you a picture with words.

Recognizing Your Eating God Boss

Your Eating God boss would be someone who is a bit of an intellectual. He considers learning to be an essential part of every human being and he loves to spend hours mulling over new concepts or far-flung possibilities.

The Eating God profile may be hard to pin down, because it can manifest in so many different ways. Essentially, this profile has to do with creativity – the art of creation. Many people instinctively jump on the obvious such as drawing, painting or writing. The Eating God cannot be strictly boxed in that way. This profile actually refers to an ability to visualize and create a product, a service, or a system.

In the world of the Eating God boss, there is no system perfect enough that cannot be rebuilt. He will be constantly thinking of reinventing the wheel, tweaking and changing.

He would be a service-oriented leader who puts a premium on collaboration, trust and empathy. His objective will be focused on supporting the individuals within the team.

Your Eating God Boss Under Pressure

When pressured, your Eating God boss is likely to display a tendency to analyse a problem to death. He will spend a lot of time thinking and discussing, but without an action plan at the end of the brainstorming.

How To Deal With Your Eating God Boss

To be indispensable to your Eating God boss, you need to play tactician to his strategist.

Keep learning. Eating God profiles get frustrated by people who refuse to grow. You need to display intellectual curiosity to match his.

Be his sounding board. Eating God profiles love to examine problems from multiple angles, especially when he has someone to bounce his ideas on. However, he must consider you to be his intellectual equal before you can take on this role.

Help him achieve perfection. The idealistic nature of the Eating God profiles very often leads to a broad streak of perfectionism. If you are the person who can bring a shine to his ideas, that is when you truly become indispensable to your Eating God boss.

Note: If you’ve missed my first post for this series, plot your Boss’s Bazi Chart with this free resource (registration required) https://bazibz.masteryacademy.com/. Key in the name, gender and date of birth. You don’t need to key in the time of birth. That information is not relevant for this purpose. Scroll right down to the bottom to find the profile.

In all this, I must stress that you cannot ‘fix’ another person’s chart. Only the owner can do so, if he or she wishes to. The strategies offered here are designed to put you in a position that either complements the strengths or fills in the blind spots of that particular profile.

Disclaimer: The Bazi Technical terms (Eating God and Hurting Officer) are copyright property of the Joey Yap Mastery Academy. If you wish to learn the art of Chinese Metaphysics for yourself, please visit www.joeyyaponline.com for more information.

MANAGE YOUR BOSS WITH BAZI #2 – FLY HIGH WITH YOUR INDIRECT WEALTH BOSS

Next in our series is the Indirect Wealth boss. If you work in either the marketing or business development department, chances are, you have an Indirect Wealth boss.

They are the polar opposites of the Direct Wealth boss. While the Direct Wealth is staid, Indirect Wealth is all about the leverage. Direct Wealth gets bogged down by the details, Indirect Wealth is too much big-picture thinking. Direct Wealth hates it when plans get derailed, Indirect Wealth loves short cuts.

Recognizing Your Indirect Wealth Boss

Indirect Wealth personalities are very resourceful. They have the ability to take a single idea and start spinning it out into new possibilities, ventures, projects or profit streams. Their biggest weakness? They are great starters, but lousy finishers. They will start a project off with a bang, but you will find their enthusiasm start to fade as the day-to-day minutiae of the project starts to become routine.

You can easily recognize the Indirect Wealth boss by their optimism. There is a strong pioneering streak in them that sees problems as opportunities.  When galvanized by an idea, they have the tendency to bulldoze past any objections.

Indirect Wealth profiles also tend to be very forthright and practical. Straight-talking and being honest ensures they don’t waste time with miscommunication.

The Indirect Wealth boss will likely have a transformational approach to leadership. They lead with a vision and are able to inspire a sense of shared commitment in the team.

Your Indirect Wealth Boss Under Pressure

Your Indirect Wealth boss will have less of a problem with change. However, when cornered, the Indirect Wealth boss lash out by issuing threats or ultimatums. Indirect Wealth profiles do not like being weak or having their decisions questioned. When things don’t go their way and the pressure mounts, the Indirect Wealth profile becomes hostile and the language they choose to use would become rather strong and unpleasant.

How To Deal With Your Indirect Wealth Boss

You can be indispensable to your Indirect Wealth boss if you have the skill he needs to turn his grand ideas into reality.

Be detail oriented. Indirect Wealth profiles rarely have the patience to sort through reams of data. If you can create the systems required to realize his visions, you are already a step ahead of your competitors.

Become a subject-matter expert. Become a subject matter expert within your team. Someone he can go to for quick information and opinion.

This tactic supports your Indirect Wealth boss as he attempts to turn a crisis into an opportunity. Buy into his vision. If you are a part of this process, you are automatically indispensable.

Here’s an extra note about the similarities between the Direct Wealth and Indirect Wealth boss structure. When you deal with them, you need to avoid taking things too personally. Both are blunt in speech – but it is never personal. Be as direct, objective and factual as they are. Never allow emotions to enter the conversation. Both wealth profiles will see this as a weakness.

Note: If you’ve missed my first post, plot your Boss’s Bazi Chart with this free resource (registration required) https://bazibz.masteryacademy.com/. Key in the name, gender and date of birth. You don’t need to key in the time of birth. That information is not relevant for this purpose. Scroll right down to the bottom to find the profile.

Disclaimer: The Bazi Technical terms (Direct Wealth and Indirect Wealth) are copyright property of the Joey Yap Mastery Academy. The Hidden Sun has officially written in to the group requesting permission to use these terms, analogies and charts. If you wish to learn the art of Chinese Metaphysics for yourself, please visit www.joeyyaponline.com for more information.

MANAGE YOUR BOSS WITH BAZI #1 – HOW TO MANAGE A MANAGER

I’ve opted to start this series with the Direct Wealth profile because most of them inevitably end up in the corporate world. They like the stability and structure, the security of a consistent flow of income.

Recognizing Your Direct Wealth Boss

Direct Wealth bosses are, first and foremost, disciplined and hard working. They are the ultimate bean counters. They like things well thought-out and planned, and they abhor short cuts. If you work 10 hours a day, chances are, your Direct Wealth boss will work 12.

They are extremely conscientious and principled. Right is right; wrong is wrong. There is a rather rigid black-or-white view of the world. Because of that, they can be rather rigid in their approach.

As a leader, they tend to be authoritative. This boss will tell you what to do, and also how to do it. At the best of times, it is hard for them to welcome advice from their employees – because they think they know better! Imagine this person in the uncertainties of the Covid-19 era.

Your Direct Wealth Boss Under Pressure

Direct Wealth bosses are the ones who feel the most pressure during this period of uncertainty. They don’t like change. They don’t like it when plans have to be changed. They don’t like to feel out of control.

Under pressure, they will resort to plans heaped upon plans stacked upon calendars. The guy who came up with the idea of having his employees log every single minute of their WFH day, was probably a Direct Wealth boss. There is a real danger that this type of boss will slow things down by spending too much time nitpicking on the teeny tiny details that no longer matter.

How To Deal With Your Direct Wealth Boss

So what have we learned about the Direct Wealth boss? They dislike feeling out of control, and their elaborate planning is a way to wrest back control. To be indispensable to the Direct Wealth boss, you need to be a part of that control process.

Invest time in planning. This means the time you spend creating spreadsheets, project schedules, content calendars, forecasts and projections are not wasted time. Not only do you need to create them, but you should ask for an one-on-one online meeting to walk your boss through every tiny detail. This tells him that you are on top of your game, and you are embracing your share of the responsibility.

Check in daily. Check in with your Direct Wealth boss once a day, or at least once every two days. Keep him updated on your progress, and solicit some advice on selected issues. This lets him know that things are moving on your end.

This strategy works by helping your Direct Wealth boss regain the control he needs. This way, we position you as someone indispensable who is a part of the process of him regaining control of his business.

Note: If you’ve missed my first post, plot your Boss’s Bazi Chart with this free resource (registration required) https://bazibz.masteryacademy.com/. Key in the name, gender and date of birth. You don’t need to key in the time of birth. That information is not relevant for this purpose. Scroll right down to the bottom to find the profile.

Disclaimer: The Bazi Technical terms (Direct Wealth and Indirect Wealth) are copyright property of the Joey Yap Mastery Academy. The Hidden Sun has officially written in to the group requesting permission to use these terms, analogies and charts. If you wish to learn the art of Chinese Metaphysics for yourself, please visit www.joeyyaponline.com for more information.

THE FIRST STEP TO MANAGING CHANGE – KEEP YOUR JOB

Ever since the Covid-19 pandemic wreaked havoc around the globe, there has been a veritable cacophony of voices on my social media newsfeed calling for change. To be precise, telling people about the need to change.

As data from the economic consequences of the various lockdown measures are published and amplified by every single media outlet, these experts are seizing on that data to advocate for change. How to change. How to navigate change. Transform, we must! We are now in the era of forced entrepreneurship, one extolled. Here’s a list of industries that will suffer the most. Bail out! Here’s another list of upcoming industries. Pick one!

Honestly, it got to a point where all that ceaseless exhortations to change was becoming a little tiresome. Maybe even a little anxiety-inducing.

Don’t get me wrong. I absolutely advocate for change. In fact, as mentioned in my profile, I want to use my skills to help other professionals create a second career.

So here’s my first step to managing change. If you are lucky enough to still be employed, first, keep your job.

Why? Because it is easier to create a second career or to direct a change while you are still employed. This gives you room for the inevitable mistakes. Even if you are forced to take a pay cut, at least you have a form of safety net beneath you. Once you have your job secured, then you should look into creating a pivot. Hopefully, that pivot will be something that brings you fulfilment as well as monetary rewards.

Therefore, the key here is to be indispensable.

A large part of being indispensable is upward management. In other words, boss management.

We’ve all read horror stories of employees being told to record every single minute of their day while working from home. It doesn’t matter if your boss is easy or difficult. Every boss, like every human, is unique. But there are certain broad character traits (10 categories of them, to be precise) that your boss will inevitably fit into.

So now for the trick. We will manage your boss by using his or her Bazi Chart. Of course, you still need to have the pre-requisite experience, technical knowledge and core competencies. The key here is to position yourself in such a way that makes you simply, indispensable.

All you need is his or her date of birth. Don’t know your boss’s birthday? Ask HR, they’re bound to know. Or just straight up ask them! We’re talking about the person you report directly to here. So if you report to the CEO, then by all means, plot his or her chart. Otherwise, plot the one who handles your job assessment. Because you want to be indispensable to him or her.

(For the rest of this series, I will use the generic ‘he’ to refer to the boss. No offense to the feminists out there, but typing ‘him or her’ in every other sentence is beginning to become rather unwieldy.)

Key in his name, gender and date of birth here (https://bazibz.masteryacademy.com/). It’s free, but registration is required. You don’t need to key in the time of birth. That information is not relevant for this purpose.

Scroll right down to the bottom. We are looking for this piece of information.

Ready? Let’s move to our first post in this series – Manage Your Boss With Bazi #1 – How To Deal With Your Direct Wealth Boss.

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A PICTURE OF YOU

I’ve… got a picture of you in my mind!

90s boybands aside, this is actually how a Bazi Consultant decodes your Destiny Chart. Here’s a sample of a Bazi Chart:

Looks intimidating, doesn’t it? That’s what we, your Bazi Consultants, are here for!

Here’s what we see:

So apart from having a lovely picture to hang on your wall, what goes does it do? Let me answer that in one word: Clarity!

Before I go any further, let me debunk some popular myths here – your Bazi Consultants are not fortune tellers. What we look for is the true capacity or potential of the Chart, and correspondingly, the owner of the Chart. We look into the character of the person and how this drives his or her emotions, decisions and actions, which further affects the outcomes in his or her life.

Decoding the chart provides personal clarity.

Armed with that information, the person, if he or she so chooses, can dictate the outcome by changing any one of the three. Will it be easy? That depends. Problems and opportunities are two sides of the same coin.

YOU DON’T NEED TO GO THROUGH THIS ALONE

I am writing this piece from the valley of a Black Swan event. Coined by finance professor, writer and former Wall Street trader Nassim Nicholas Taleb in 2007, a black swan is an unpredictable event that is beyond what is normally expected and has potentially severe and widespread consequences.

With every passing day of the Movement Control Order (MCO), an atmosphere of fear is slowly permeating. The economy is in the doldrums, like a stagnant lake emitting tendrils of low-lying fog that writhes about our legs, chilling, cloying, choking. Supply chains have been broken, retail shops shuttered, factory machineries lie silent, public events cancelled. Life, as we know it, is on pause.

Apart from daily necessities, consumers have stopped spending, frozen in stasis whilst events roil over us. Workers are anticipating unpaid leave as companies struggle to make payroll, salary cuts loom on the horizon, or worse, lay-offs.

Fear can be debilitating.

Enter, the professional coach. When I embarked on this journey late last year, my primary goal was to advocate and help other professionals like myself take advantage of the growing gig economy. That goal remains unchanged, but in the tatters that is 2020, we need to shift our focus to damage control for employees and business owners alike.

Now, more than ever, every single one of us will need a coach by our side. Someone impartial, objective and supportive to help manage the emotions, gain clarity and insight, co-create an action plan, and keep us on track on our journey of recovery.

Fear may be debilitating… but taking action can be galvanizing.

Even the smallest step can bring back a feeling of being in control, essential to our well-being when so much seems uncertain. Here are some small steps that you can take while you wait out the MCO:

  1. Research – use this time to learn more about existing and potential new markets that your services, products or skills can serve
  2. Advisors – build a board of advisors to steer and guide you through this challenging period.
  3. Core – focus on enhancing your core competency, look into ways as to how your offerings can be tweaked to serve a different market.
  4. Educate – emerging from the MCO with a new skill in your arsenal will lend you strength as you double down on your recovery plan.

And finally,nI urge you to reach out, to myself or peer coaches. I know you are strong. I know you are resourceful. But whoever said you need to bear this burden alone? Allow us to stretch and elevate your thinking, so you can find the opportunities hidden in the crisis. Let us hold up a mirror for you, so that you can examine the problem from the outside looking in, to find the best solutions for yourself, your business and the livelihoods that depend on you. Together, let’s hunt for the silver lining beneath those dark clouds and ride it to the rainbow on the horizon.

So reach for that phone. Let’s connect. You don’t need to go through this alone.

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