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 somewhich I havepreviously bloggedabout), it may be useful for us to think of true leadership as a list of vital traits which such a person should exemplify.