Monthly Archives: March 2020

Elemantra Consultancy Group CEO Shares His Secrets to Successful Career Development

Today’s guest post is written by Alissa Corto of Panorama Education, a company that provides educators with research-based, job-embedded professional development to increase collaboration and improve the outcomes for students with special needs.

Dr Elmi Zulkarnain Osman is a successful CEO. As CEO, starting out as an educator has taught Dr Elmi Zulkarnain everything about what drives people. His small company has sucessfully grown into a group of companies that is operating in a myriad of industries under one corporate group called Elemantra Consultancy Group (Singapore).

Elemantra Consultancy has controlling stakes in subsidiary companies that conducts corporate training, event management,  team building, media publishing and education related businesses in Singapore. I first met Dr Elmi when he came to Boston University for a master’s degree.

We are interested on how an educator like you started an Event Management company. What’s your story?

It all started during my university days where I was inspired by how international events were organised. I knew I was going to be a good teacher but I also wanted to make a difference in the event industry. After I left the public service, I gathered some people and that’s how Elemantra Consultancy came about. Today, I am proud to say that we’ve made it into an awesome 20-member team and is now expanding across 3 different countries – Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia.

What excites you most about the Event Management industry?

The feeling of building something out of nothing; going from zero to a hundred and a hundred to thousands. We take empty spaces and turn them into memorable experiences for the public. Crafting that journey for people and seeing the wide smiles on their faces once our events are done, or before it even starts, makes it all so worth it.

What’s your connection to Asia?

I’m a born and bred Singaporean, a very proud one. Elemantra has the advantage of being able to grow in Asia strategically because of our team’s extensive knowledge of the local sphere.

Favourite city in Asia for business and why?

Singapore. It has a lot of potential and so many people in the same industry want to work together to create win-win situations for everyone. Business talk aside, the people are lovely and the food is wonderful too!

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?

The best advice I’ve ever received and I would like to share with everyone else, would be that you should never think that you know everything. Even after being in the industry for many years, there’s still plenty for me to learn and absorb. We have to constantly innovate our brands in order to keep up with the times. Many businesses fail simply because they think they know everything.

Who inspires you?

No one else inspires me more than books do. To me, books are the greatest source of inspiration.

What have you just learnt recently that blew you away?

How the whole world of private equity and venture capitalist works. We are ready for expansion and I totall understand how this industry works. It is a whole lot of numbers and negotiations and I’m looking forward to applying what I’ve learned into Elemantra’s future projects.

If you had your time again, what would you do differently?

I would’ve definitely chosen my team more carefully. Any business in any industry is always about its people. I’m so thankful and am glad to say that we now have an extraordinary group of talented and passionate people across 3 countries.

How do you unwind?

Reading and writing short ghost stories. I’ve been a huge fan of short stories for as long as I can remember. I have tonnes of anthology of short ghost stories back at home that it takes up a whole room! Reading them really helps my brain shut off for a while and allows me to take a breather as I travel into these imaginary worlds of made up characters. It’s like directing your own movie in your head.

How can people connect with you?

Email me!

I’m online 24/7, my email is [email protected]

Twitter handle?

You can follow and tweet me at @elmizulkarnain

Tips To Prepare IEP Meeting

Before the Team Meeting – Prior to the team meeting, write down a bullet list of all issues and questions you want to make sure get discussed at the meeting. Make a list of your concerns, vision, and child’s strengths. Provide the school with all private evaluation results 10 school days before the meeting. And request copies of any of the evaluation reports that the school has conducted. You should ask in writing to get them 48 hours prior to the meeting.

At the Team Meeting – During the team meeting there will be lots of information provided by the teachers, specialists, and service providers. Try to bring someone with you who can take notes as you ask questions and respond to the information you are given. You may be provided with a draft IEP to review and make changes to. Don’t be afraid to request to change anything you feel is not appropriate on the IEP. Your input is extremely important. No one knows your child like you do. It is supported by the law that you should be included and be an integral part of the process of creating the IEP for your child.

After the Team Meeting – You will receive the final proposed IEP and must respond within 30 days. You have three options when responding. You can accept the proposed IEP in full, reject in full, or reject in part. I would not recommend rejecting in full as this provides nothing to the student. If you reject in part or reject missing or insufficient provisions, then the accepted portions should be implemented immediately. Remember, what is provided to your child is what they need, not what you want or what is best. As parents and advocates, we always strive to get what’s best, but the law supports what is needed. If you don’t feel that your child is getting what they need, request additional special education evaluations and assessments. If you are not satisfied with the school’s assessment, you can request an IEE or Independent Educational Evaluation at no cost to you.

Health Education Tips for Families

Do you know that one family that always looks healthy and slim? What’s with their lifestyle that you don’t do to keep your family in shape? More often than not, it’s just a matter of having a more comprehensive health education. Here are seven ways you can educate yourself and your family to make health and fitness a priority.

Don’t Starve – Most diets are very strict, and result in people eating less. When you don’t eat properly, your body starts producing the hormone Ghrelin which causes you to become never satisfied hungry. The result is you end up enjoying unhealthy foods when you can eat lots of healthy snacks, like almonds or carrots, all day long.

Work as a Team – In order to get the whole family involved, you need to increase their buy-in. Giving everyone a voice leads to greater participation. Sit down as a family to discuss your lifestyle choices and set some healthy goals you can work towards as a team.

30 Minutes a Day – Try to get 30 minutes of exercise every day, if you can at your home. If you have to drive somewhere to exercise, you make it more difficult on yourself to keep up with it every day. If need be, split up the 30 minutes into two sessions of light, gentle exercise like walking, running, cycling, body weight resistance exercises, and weight training.

Automate Meals – As Americans, we are infamous for skipping the most important meal of the day. The reason breakfast is so important is because it is the first thing you have eaten in 8-9 hours, and determines your hunger levels throughout the whole day. Instead, pick a few staples for breakfast and lunch that are quick and easy, and eat those every day. Use dinner as your meal to get creative.

Be The Decision – Maker – When it comes to food, whatever you buy your children will eat. If you buy them chips and cookies, they (and probably you, too) will eat them. After this, if you try to restrict them, it will cause them to crave those unhealthy foods even more. Instead, avoid bringing those foods into the house to begin with. Keep fresh fruit and vegetables chopped in the refrigerator, and have nuts, pretzels, and other wholesome snacks on hand.

Play Together – An important part of your exercise regime, should be pure, unadulterated play. Whether that means putting on music and dancing around, kicking a soccer ball around, rough-housing or anything that brings out your inner child.

Eat Dinner Together – The simple ritual of sitting together as a family for dinner places priority on proper nutrition and eating habits in your family’s values. In addition, this simple act has been proven to improve parent-child relationships, and improve academic performance.


Computer and Technology in Many Field

Computers play an important role in people’s daily lives, especially at work, school, and even at home. The twenty-first century has become an era of so many technological advancements aimed at making people’s lives better. Computers help them become more efficient in their work.

Improvements of computer technology: Computer technology has improved our life style far better than before. Due to the emergence of internet and technology, the world has shrunk to a global village. Even though the advancement in internet creates new challenges like computer problems and virus threats, the computer technology like antivirus software made easy to overcome these problems.

Computer technology in banking: Technology has made our living easy and comfortable, for instance our banking needs. Previously people need to maintain the important data of their customers manually. But right now, in just one click, they would be able to find all the customers’ data instantly. The customers are able to know about the transactions of their account by logging in to the bank website. Moreover, it is possible to apply for loans through online.

Computer in food industry: The automation and computerization in food processing units is facing lots of challenges if they are used nearby water catastrophic effects on any computer system. Most food processing units prefer waterproof computers to protect their computer systems from drenching in the production area.

Computer in medical field: Hospital is an important organization and computers are used for the management of a hospital. The accounting, payroll and stock system of the hospital have been computerized in recent days. We can maintain the record of different medicines, their distribution and use in different wards etc. using computer. Even the disease can be diagnosed by entering the symptoms of a patient. Moreover, various computerized devices are used in laboratories for different tests of blood etc.

Computer in education: Due to the globalization of education, so many challenges are posed by the new trends. In order to face all these challenges, information technology in the education sector is very important. It is essential that the students become familiar with the concept and use of information technology in order to equip them for future job market. Similarly, the faculty can achieve better quality in teaching methodology. The computer technology has developed in many fields. Its drastic development has created an immense impact in almost all the fields and thus leading to a new era.

Computer in agriculture: Nowadays agricultural industry is also making use of the computers. The analysis that was taken some few years before shows that 44% of the farmers in Ohio are using computers for various purposes. In 1991, only 32% of the farmers were making use of it. This shows that there is considerable increase in the farmers who are using computers. As internet becomes the means of communication, most farmers use this technological advancement for transaction processing or for retrieving information. The analysis shows that out of the total farmers who were surveyed, 80% of them are making use of the internet.