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Business Battlegrounds, Corporate Combat. Really.

The number of books, articles and related scholarly, business and entertainment paraphernalia regarding the subject of warfare and business is indeed plethoric. Many, if not most, of these seem to hold Sun Tzu in high regard, and rightly so. There are indeed parallels between triumphant warfare, which includes “warfighting”, for my American friends, and the […]

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DO-er or WISH-er?

I was reading Alan Weiss’ book “Thrive”, and was musing on what he said about WISH-ing your life away. It struck me that a fundamental difference between a DO-er and a WISH-er is that DO-ers Develop Opportunities and that WISH-ers Willfully Inflict Self Harm So, are you are DO-er or are you a WISH-er? Be […]

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Priorities, Goals, Times and Seasons

It’s amazing, the number of people who can get their priorities straight. Amazingly few, that is. People seem to need a lot of help understanding what their purpose in life really is. This lack of clarity as to purpose in life always translates into fuzzy career and business purpose statements as well. Goals for the […]

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Directors are supposed to…direct?

These are a few thoughts following a read of “More meetings, so more pay for OCBC directors” in the Business Times of 26 Apr 2012. Do you know what a Board of Directors does? Why is it there in the first place? Well, as far as I understand it, a Board of Directors is to […]

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“Asian” or “Western” Leaders?

An article in the Business Times’ Editorial & Opinion column of 25 Apr 2012 talked about developing global leaders with an Asian focus. I thought it was well-written and it discussed issues facing many leaders today. What is an “Asian” leader? What is a “Western” leader? Is the “Asian” leader more “collaborative” and are “Western” […]

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Minimum wage, minimum value.

What is the purpose of implementing a minimum wage? Minimizing exploitation of low-cost labour, even foreign labour, by employers. Is that the only way to minimize such exploitation? Certainly not! The only reason I will support such legislation, if it indeed comes to pass, is to bring unscrupulous employers who exploit such workers, both local […]

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A lunch conversation with an old friend

On Wednesday 14 Mar 2012, I happened to meet with Koh Yong Jin, an old friend who had served with me in the Armed Forces since the mid-80s. Yong Jin is a Fitness and Conditioning Specialist who helps people live better quality lives by keeping their levels of overall fitness at an optimum level. We […]

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Sprints are different from Marathons. And Decathlons.

The headline “AirAsia’s decade of unbroken success and expansion ends” in the Aviation Section of Business Times on 8 Mar 2012 came as no surprise. Long-haul flights and budget carriers don’t mix very well. At least, we haven’t seen a good mix yet. Specialization seems to be the way to go, if we take a […]

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Safety Nets, not Bedroom Sets.

http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest+News/Singapore/Story/A1Story20120301-330936.html Second day of the Budget Debate, and more calls for social safety nets. That’s what they should be – safety nets, not bedroom sets. We dive into water so we can pull a drowning person to safety. Having done that, may the rescued be grateful and perhaps make the effort to learn how to […]

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An onboard gyroscope for businesses.

I came across an excellent INSEAD article in the BT-Citibank Young Investors’ Forum on 27 Feb 2012, “Changing business behaviour”. Professor Jean-François Manzoni of INSEAD believes that it is possible to get organizations to behave ethically, but that it would probably take several years. Messages, and not just verbal messages, promoting ethical behaviour have to come […]

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Under-promise and over-deliver? What is that?

I used to sell for a couple of retail investment establishments, and I was always told to “under-promise and over-deliver”. That sounded logical at the time, but in hindsight, seems a little self-defeating. Firstly, I couldn’t promise whatever the company didn’t promise, and I certainly wasn’t in any position to deliver anything, since the investment […]

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A thought about the JOHARI window

I’ve used the JOHARI window many times in the sessions that I deliver. It’s also known as the “Trust Model”. Developed by Joseph Luft and Harry Ingham, for those who don’t know yet. Listened to a recorded webinar just now. I missed the live one last week because of internet connectivity issues in Port Dickson. As I listened, […]

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Change of Guard at SATS – What would YOU say?

The 25 July 2011 issue of Business Times carried an article “Change of guard comes at a crucial time for SATS”, with the subtitle “Outgoing CEO cut reliance on aviation, transformed SATS” on page 9. I read the article with interest, and listed a few points about what I would say to SATS at a […]

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Dr Robert Rohm’s Tip of the Week

Copyright Personality Insights, Inc.  Reprinted with permission. You may subscribe to the  “Tip of the Week” for free at http://www.personalityinsights.com and receive Dr. Rohm’s weekly Tip every Monday morning. I have been subscribing to Dr Robert Rohm’s weekly tips for quite a while now, and they are always refreshingly insightful! I could really become less reactionary myself, as […]

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Right Choice, Best Choice

How concerned are you with making right choices? What do you base your decisions on? How do you decide which career to embark on, what hobby to pursue, what financial instruments to invest in, where to go for your next vacation, and so on? In this post, I am not talking about making ethical choices. […]

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Points from Prof Peter Hawkins’ Talk at Civil Service College 20 Apr 2011

I was very glad to have been able to attend the talk on “Developing High Performance Teams: The role of Leadership Team Coaching” on 20 Apr 2011 at the Civil Service College. It was certainly very enjoyable, and I would like to record a few points that came to me while it was going on. […]

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Really Significant Talent

Say “Talent”, and what springs to mind? A cursory glance at the dictionary would seem to indicate the existence of some special ability or an enhanced capacity to perform excellently in a given field or fields. Other words which may come to mind are “rare”, “gifted”, “special”, and so forth. It has become fashionable to […]

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Lives we have touched

It is always gratifying to know that we have touched and helped people along the way. When we see how those whom we have coached gain new insights, overcome fears and issues, and forge new and better directions for themselves, it really is a wonderful feeling of celebrating and gratefulness. When our coachees send us greetings […]

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