Photograph taken by Larry Burrows (1926 – 1971), a photojournalist from Life Magazine
This week must be one of the saddest for Singapore. Our first and longest serving former Prime Minister – Mr Lee Kuan Yew – passed away on 23 March 2015 at 3.18 am. He was 91 years of age.
Better known by his initials LKY or Minister Mentor (MM) Lee, Mr Lee’s political and public legacy was legendary. Considered by many to be Singapore’s founding father, his imprint is seen in virtually every square foot of our tiny island nation – from HDB flats, schools, hospitals, roads, air and sea ports, to parks and other public infrastructure.
Flying robot waiters are nifty, but are they enough? (courtesy of RT.com)
How can we raise Singapore’s productivity? That is the multi-billion dollar question.
A recent report in Business Times offered suggestions by economists to lower the steep productivity growth targets for Singapore from 2-3 percent per annum to 1-1.5 percent. Various suggestions such as supporting Research & Development for the PIC scheme (which IRAS already supports by the way), and offering discounts for not hitting the foreign worker hiring ratio were suggested.
Not exactly the best illustration of leadership (courtesy of Joe Lafferty)
What is true leadership all about? How should a real leader distinguish herself from the rest?
While there are plenty of leadership models around (including some which I have previously blogged about), it may be useful for us to think of true leadership as a list of vital traits which such a person should exemplify.
How do Asian women experience leadership? What challenges do they face?
More importantly, how can organisations recognise, nurture and celebrate Asian women leaders?
The first guys to scale Mount Everest (courtesy of National Geographic)
Imagine for a moment that you’ve set yourself a momentous quest. Like scaling the highest mountain in the world, trekking across the Antarctic on a dog sled, or venturing into the deepest darkest forest of the Amazon.
In the same breath, consider something less physically formidable but perhaps no less challenging. Like undertaking a major project at work, starting a new job, or building a business.
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Leadership is something that many aspire to have but few truly achieve.
It is a long and winding road that requires special qualities which sets these extraordinary human beings from mere mortals. Often, being a leader requires courage, sacrifice and that extra “oomph”.
Courtesy of Chorus + Echo
I just read an interesting HBR blog post by Hemant Taneja on The Economies of Unscale. In the post, Taneja claimed that the advent of global manufacturing, trade, and the Internet have created a new playing field for small businesses.
Quoting from the post:
Courtesy of Vincent Huberta
With an estimated net worth of US$4.6 billion, Branson is financially successful beyond anybody’s wildest dreams.