Tag: leadership

7 Management Lessons from Shackleton

February 26th, 2013   •   no comments   

Endurance trapped in ice, 1916
Shackleton’s ship Endurance (source of image)

Imagine being stranded on ice for 19 months in the world’s harshest climate, often without light for months on end.

Imagine being cut off from the outside world without any forms of communication. No smartphones, tablets, laptops, telephones or faxes. Heck, not even a telegraph machine or carrier pigeon!
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Leadership Lessons from Ah Boys to Men 2

February 20th, 2013   •   no comments   

Ah Boys to Men 2

Following the box office success of Ah Boys to Men, local filmmaker Jack Neo’s Ah Boys to Men 2 has scaled new heights as the top grossing local film of all time. Based on the exploits of Recruit Ken Chow (Joshua Tan) and his platoon mates Wayang King (Maxi Lim), Lobang (Wang Weiliang) and I P Man (Noah Yap), the movie is filled with laugh-a-minute moments infused with patriotic messages about what it means to defend our country.
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Enchantment: A Book Review

February 5th, 2013   •   no comments   

Keen to change the world? Want to transform your “caterpillars” into “butterflies”?

Well, former Apple chief evangelist Guy Kawasaki’s Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds and Actions may show you a trick or two.

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The Power of Diplomacy

February 3rd, 2013   •   no comments   


Jesus was the ultimate example of diplomacy (courtesy of Jesus Good Father)

Difficult people are the bane of our professional and personal lives. You meet them everywhere.

On the buses. At the neighbourhood coffee shops. In the office. At a family gathering. Heck, even in the peaceful surrounds of a park.
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Rework: A Book Review

January 30th, 2013   •   1 comment   

“Policies are organisational scar tissue. They are codified overreactions to situations that are unlikely to happen again. They are collective punishment for the misdeeds of an individual”

With excerpts like that, you can be sure that Rework by founders of 37Signals Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson isn’t an ordinary book on entrepreneurship. Divided into 12 short chapters on various aspects of business – from progress to productivity and competitors to culture – Rework is a compelling read.
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The Rise of Creative Leaders

January 17th, 2013   •   1 comment   

John Maeda The Rise of Creative Leaders
John Maeda – creative leader par excellence (courtesy of Wired.com)

In the age of rapidly changing consumer tastes, ubiquitous digital connectivity and ever changing socio-cultural dynamics, the old ways of leadership will no longer work.

To survive and thrive in this tumultuous age, organisations need to be innovative, open, collaborative and flexible.
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18 Minutes: A Book Review

December 26th, 2012   •   no comments   

“Time is the only element in the world that is irretrievable when lost.

Lose money and you can make more.
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To Consult or Not To Consult?

December 18th, 2012   •   no comments   


Don’t hire a consultant who doesn’t look good in a suit (courtesy of consulta panel)

Are consultants a boon or a bane? Do they really help or hurt your organisation?

This is the question I’ve been asking myself lately. Tasked with improving things in the organisation, my mind reflected upon the pros and cons of hiring management consultants.
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Great By Choice: Book Review

December 6th, 2012   •   no comments   

Why do some companies succeed in turbulent times while others fail?

Is there a “secret sauce” to enduring corporate performance?

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Start With Why: A Book Review

October 21st, 2012   •   2 comments   

Start with Why

We’ve seen it happen time and time again.

A company starts off with great fanfare, led by a charismatic and visionary leader. She or he brings it to new heights. Growth is healthy and flourishing – year after year.

There is crystal clarity in what the company does. It attracts a loyal tribe of customers and fans.
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