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8 Leadership Lessons of Lee Kuan Yew

March 29th, 2015   •   6 comments   

8 Leadership Lessons of Lee Kuan Yew

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. 
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The Heart of Singapore’s Productivity Challenge

January 14th, 2015   •   no comments   

Flying Robots Singapore

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.
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The Mindful Marketer: Book Review

December 1st, 2014   •   1 comment   

the-mindful-marketer-book-cover

How can marketers navigate an “always on” digital world? Can we achieve greater balance and control of our work and personal lives?

Yes we can! At least according to Lisa Nirell in her latest book “The Mindful Marketer”.

Part self-help book, part management manual, The Mindful Marketer is packed with practical and useful advice for senior marketers of all stripes. Drawing wisdom from diverse sources – Buddhism, organisational behaviour, psychology, digital marketing and much more – it covers the breadth and depth of scenarios in the working life of a marketer.
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12 Qualities of a True Leader

August 31st, 2014   •   no comments   

12 Qualities of a True Leader
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.
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How Asian Women Lead: Book Review

June 29th, 2014   •   no comments   

How do Asian women experience leadership? What challenges do they face?

More importantly, how can organisations recognise, nurture and celebrate Asian women leaders?

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Transcendental Marketing

June 3rd, 2014   •   no comments   

Transcendental Marketing
Can marketing scale Maslow’s pyramid to achieve transcendence? (courtesy of Prakash Advani)

What is the real purpose of your product or your brand?

Does it meet a customer need? Solve their greatest problem? Eliminate a nagging pain? Or help them to be more productive?
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7 Traits of Successful Adventurers

May 11th, 2014   •   2 comments   


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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The 8 Ds of Great Leaders

March 23rd, 2014   •   1 comment   

Smiling senior Asian businessman offering handshake

Are you ready to be a Great Leader?Designed by Freepik

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”.
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Can Small Really Become The New Big?

February 26th, 2014   •   2 comments   


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:

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Like a Virgin by Richard Branson: Book Review

January 29th, 2014   •   no comments   

Richard Branson Like a Virgin Book Review

Courtesy of Vincent Huberta

Everybody knows Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group.

With an estimated net worth of US$4.6 billion, Branson is financially successful beyond anybody’s wildest dreams.
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