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One of the Saddest Days of My Life

June 14, 2017 is one of the saddest days of my life.

That was the day a six-page statement by Mr Lee Hsien Yang and his sister, Dr Lee Wei Ling, was released. In it, the younger children of Singapore’s founding Prime Minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, revealed that they had lost their trust in their brother, present PM Lee Hsien Loong, and his leadership.

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Emotionally-Engaged Relationship: Co-operation, Not Competition (Part 4)

What truly gives meaning to life, and what reduces it to a rat race of chasing after the next achievement? (This is Part Four of a series; you can read Parts OneTwo and Three at the links.)

There’s nothing wrong with being a high achiever. Where things do go wrong is when we draw all our satisfaction and happiness from those achievers, rather than the benefit of others.

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The Single Key to Passion, Pride and Productivity – The DNA Mandate (Part 3)

A solitary human being is an impossibility. (Desmond Tutu)

 

In 2007, the comedic director Tom Shadyac (the man behind classics like Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and Bruce Almighty) suffered near-fatal head injuries when he fell off his bicycle on a mountain trip. Even after he left the hospital, he continued to suffer from terrible headaches and tinnitus, and become hyper-sensitive to the slightest light and noise. The symptoms tormented him and almost drove him to suicide. Read more

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The Single Key to Passion, Pride and Productivity – The Neurobiology Mandate (Part 2)

The Neurobiology Mandate: The Key to Restoring Passion, Pride and Productivity (Part 2)

 

“We are hard-wired for relationships.”

In my earlier posts, I shared that the key to restoring passion, pride and productivity to the workplace is emotional engagement. One of its pillars is the communication mandate, which I wrote about here.

My field of study is interpersonal dynamics. That hasn’t stopped my family from having more than its share of conflict! I had to see a psychiatrist to help me settle issues with my children.

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The Single Key to Passion, Pride and Productivity – Emotional Engagement

If I had to distill everything I’ve learnt and taught over the years into one principle, it would be this: The key to restoring passion, pride and productivity to the workplace is emotional engagement. It’s not about ignoring hard objectives and the need for good performance, but becoming emotionally engaged with your staff paves the way for a stronger bond with them and motivate them to make good performance possible. Read more

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What is Self-Leadership?

“EXCEPTIONAL LEADERS DISTINGUISH THEMSELVES BECAUSE OF SUPERIOR SELF-LEADERSHIP.” – DANIEL GOLEMAN

GREAT leadership is a cultivated art. It begins with self- leadership. Because at the center of leadership is the person who, more than anything else makes the difference. Leadership success or failure begins with how the leader approaches self-leadership. Read more

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I Predicted Trump’s Win. Here’s How (Part 2)

A month before the US election, I predicted a Trump victory over Hillary Clinton. Here’s Part 2 of my reasoning:

4. The clarity effect; people voted for simplicity.

I can hardly remember what Clinton said. In contrast, we remember Trump’s slogans far more vividly. He distilled his message into simple points, like “Build the Wall” and “Make America Great Again.” His simple (perhaps simplistic), ‘grade-school’ (primary school) language resonated with the average American audience—rather than Clinton’s flowery, conceptual and intellectual rhetoric. Read more

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