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Spirituality and Transformation

Our Three ‘Brains’ (Part 1) – Naming & Recognising them

I remember that when I first came across the idea that humans have ‘three brains” in a reading many years ago, I was captivated by the idea. I also remember that when I shared that idea at a training five years ago, a medical student in the class almost fell of his chair, probably alarmed […]

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My Happiness My Job My Vocation Purpose & Fulfilment

Finding Drive and Energy in Work – Part 2 ( “Self -actualisation” )

When Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong alluded in 2013 that the Vietnamese, Chinese and Indians appear ‘hungrier’ than the average young Singaporeans, I could relate to the notion as having grown up in the baby boomer generation (1960s) in a Singapore where citizens were grappling with bread and butter issues such as employment, housing and […]

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My Happiness My Job My Vocation Purpose & Fulfilment

Finding Drive and Energy in Work – Part 1(David & Goliath)

Having worked with and mentored young people between the ages of 20s to mid-30s, I have never failed to be amazed by the “bell curve” depicting the “drive and energy” of these young people. Approximately, only 10% of these young people impressed me with their “drive, energy and purposefulness” while the rest merely meandered along […]

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Spirituality and Authenticity

Character & Values: Anchors in Life…

I chanced upon this interesting read, “The Moral Bucket List” in The New York Times by David Brooks. David Brooks is an Op-Ed columnist and the author, most recently, of “The Road to Character,” from which this essay is adapted. I’m reproducing it below for your reading pleasure: The Moral Bucket ListThe New York Times, […]

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Education Learning and Growth

Education, Creativity & Innovation

Someone once defined Creativity as the “ability to hold two opposing ideas in our head and still function”. Any one of us who have seen very young children in action will be amazed by their curiosity, energy and innocence. Sadly, some children lose this “awe and wonder” and the spirit of experimentation as they grow […]

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My Happiness My Job My Vocation Purpose & Fulfilment

The Last Cab Ride (simple acts…)

A great story, “The Last Cab Ride” to remind us about our “human-ness” & “mindfulness” (qualities that all leaders must possess)… Enjoy… The Last Cab RideI arrived at the address and honked the horn. After waiting a few minutes I honked again. Since this was going to be the last ride of my shift, I […]

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Spirituality & Mental Wellness

Living Life Courageously

As we know, one of the characteristics of Servant Leaders is having the “Courage to Set High Standards for Ourselves & Others”. A good way to start is to begin with the Self – “The Man In the Mirror”: “The challenge is not to win but to conquer the fear.It’s not the other people you […]

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Personal Effectiveness Purpose & Fulfilment

A Renewed Life of Purpose & Possibilities

As this is the time of the year to reflect, contemplate, meditate & understand what has passed & what is to come, I have titled this piece, “Seeing Inward & Outward: A Renewed Life of Purpose & Possibilities”. A few quotes to get us going…“An unexamined life is not worth living”. (Socrates) “As Within, So […]

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Spirituality and Authenticity

A Good Time for Silence & Reflection

While many people consider December as a period of party, celebration and merry making, I’ve always used this period as a time for introspection, reflection, thanksgiving & sense making. We’re two days away from the new year (2021). As CNA reviews 2020, things happening at national & international levels in a few documentary programmes, at […]

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Transformational Leadership

Leadership & Organisational Health

Many years ago when I was a Principal of a secondary school in the East, I noted that many parents who wanted to send their children to a school would ask the question, “Who is the Principal?” It appeared that these parents must have read or instinctively understand John Maxwell’s comments on “Leadership”. Maxwell has […]