Saturday, April 4, 2020

Making Things to Last

My mobile phone, which is a little over a year old, will not start. That’s the third time in the past one month. I would have sent it back to the manufacturer, and give them a piece of my mind – but, the warranty has conveniently just expired –...

Being Critical

“If you have no will to change it, you have no right to criticize it” – Mark Twain People who know me well know that while I can be critical of others, I am most critical of myself. I have always believed that as an entrepreneur and leader, the ball...

Why Democracy?

“Of the five regimes, democracy is only better than tyranny” - Plato. For many, the ideals of democracy are embodied in universal suffrage – the right of every citizen to decide on their government. However, to many observers, absolute democracy is not just impossible – it can be detrimental to a...
My mom has a favourite vegetable seller in the local market. The stall owner is a gregarious lady who is friend to almost everyone in the neighbourhood. More importantly, she’s well known to throw in goodies when you buy from her – usually cheaper items such as spring onion...

Adding Value

Last week, I received my thousandth (or so it feels) invitation to be part of a direct sales business. Like most people, I have attended umpteenth number of such sales presentations, and have signed-up for a few. And like most people, I have never made it to the promised...

Doing Business in a VUCA World

If you think the world has gone upside down, rest assured you are not alone. The world has indeed changed in many ways since a short decade ago. It is a lot more uncertain and much more complex. The world’s leading consultants, who are masters in coming with acronyms,...

Who’s Calling the Shot?

Tony Soprana, in the hit television series ‘The Sopranos’ famously said, “I'm the motherfuckin' fuckin' one who calls the shots!”. While I don’t condone the vulgarity, it’s a sign of our times that very few of our leaders are able to say the same. There used to be a time...

Reaping What We Sow

“For whatever you sow, that will you reap” (Galatians 6:7-8) "According to the seed that’s sown, so is the fruit you reap there from” (Samyutta Nikaya) The saying ‘reaping what you sow’ may sounds so cliched or even biblical that many of us think no more of it than a motivational figure of...
In an emotional speech to the Parliament recently, Singapore’s PM Lee Hsien Loong asked fellow Singaporeans to give him and his government more time to deliver on their electoral promises. “… every country has its own challenges, and we should not always believe that the grass is greener on the...

Renewing Passports

One of my pet peeves of being a heavy traveller is the need to renew my passport every several months. That, and immigration officers who have an innate need to mark their territory by stamping over an entire page of passports. Renewing passports and travelling across borders are good ways...

Lessons From MH370

It is very rare that Malaysia headlines international channels for weeks on end. That's exactly what happened the past few weeks for a very unfortunate reason. We are all saddened by the misadventure of Malaysia Airlines flight 370. The senseless loss of lives hurts, and it hurt more for...

Order Amidst Chaos

I have never looked forward to going to India on business. Yet, every trip has been interesting, to say the least. The country is one of great contrast. On one hand you have the incessant car honkings, arid air and a heavily bureaucratic government; while on the other, you...

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