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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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Are You Hungry Enough?

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong reflected at one National Day Rally Speech that “Singaporeans are not as hungry as the Vietnamese”. He is probably right that our people today are less hungry, less disciplined, less hardworking as their predecessors i.e. immigrants who came to S’pore 50 to 60 years ago & turned S’pore from a […]

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Thai Hospitality & Swiss Management

The first time I visited Ko Samui some 20 years ago, I saw this interesting advertisement while traveling from the airport to my hotel, “We have Thai Hospitality and Swiss Management”. The Thais are well known for their Service Excellence, Service Mindset and Service Hospitality and the Swiss well known for their Effectiveness, Efficiency in […]

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Increasing My Learning Index: Sharpening My Saw

The desire for self-improvement and self-fulfilment is what Maslow would call ‘SelfActualisation’. This quest for continuous improvement and learning is what Covey terms, ‘Sharpening the Saw’. In Learning Organisation, it is called ‘Personal Mastery’ or in John Maxwell’s words, ‘Raising the Lid’. How can I do this? I propose 2 approaches to Learning: i) ‘Inside-Out” […]

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The Three Little Pigs: What Are We Building?

Many of you have heard of the story of the 3 little pigs who decided one day that they should each build a house to protect themselves from the big bad wolf. The 1st pig built the house made of straw, the 2nd pig built a house made of twigs & the 3rd pig built […]

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Desiderata

I first chanced upon the poem, “Desiderata” by Max Ehrmann written in 1927, some thirty years ago. Whether it was thirty years ago or now, the poem still has an enticing & calming effect on me.