Farewell Former President Mr S R Nathan

My first close encounter with the late Mr S R Nathan was when I was invited to the Istana in 2007.

That year, my company had organised a fund raising event for the President’s Challenge.

The President’s Challenge was a major initiative started by Mr Nathan to galvanize our people’s talents and resources to help the poor, disadvantaged and needy.

As a company that believes in working towards radical breakthroughs, we want to do something unprecedented even for our regular social contributions.

At that point, we decided to set a national record and have it audited and published in the Singapore Book of Records.

We decided to set a record for the biggest number of people to walk on broken glass.

It was not the easiest task to organise the event and train our people to walk on broken glass properly without suffering any personal harm and other danger.

The record was set and I believe the record still stands until today.

What was a pleasant surprise was that even though we did not raise the most amount of money in comparison to many other fund-raising initiatives that year, I was invited as the CEO of the company to the Istana to meet Mr Nathan.

It was a great honour to our team and especially to me because I was invited to go up a stage and receive an award from him.

Since then, I had met Mr Nathan on a few other occasions.

I have always had a good impression of him because he was a grassroots President, one who rose up from the most challenging of circumstances to the highest office in our land.

Mr Nathan was known to be a friendly and an approachable President. He made it a point to reach out to the people from different spheres of society.

What was most respectable to me was that he was a man of action.

Throughout his life, from being a medical social worker to being a President, he was proactive in rolling up his sleeves and making things happened.

His legacy is carried by the people that he has touched and trained and these people are inspired to touch and train others to do well and do good in their lives.

Many of the changes that he has initiated still stands as a testament to his servant heart, wisdom, discipline, grit, and desire to make a positive difference.

Mr Nathan, thank you for all that you’ve done for us and for our children’s children.

May you rest in peace.

Farewell Big Chief!

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Are You Ready For The Disruptive Future?

The possibility of disruptive forces changing your work and life is not just a warning but a way of life in the new world of disorder.

We are better off learning how to proactively embrace, adapt to, and leverage on disruptive forces to propel us to the next level of growth.

To do that, we need to address some of the following broader questions about our future:
How should we invest in the world that we are living in or the world we should be living in?

How can we achieve a stronger, more balanced, and more stable, secure and sustainable growth?

How can we resolve economic inequality and enhance social mobility?

How can we improve quality of life because that’s the litmus test for the motives, means and ends of economic development?

In line with addressing these questions, there are some possible game-changers that can make a difference to our collective future.

There is a need to strengthen our repository of information and big data analytical resources.

This is to ensure that our policy-development and decision-making processes are underpinned by relevant, accurate and up-to-date information.

In a fast-changing world, there is a need to set up environmental scanning and intelligence gathering systems on a global basis.

It will help us predict economic and business trends; preempt opportunities; achieve first-mover advantages; move up the food and value chain; and become a market and price maker rather than a market and price taker.

To secure our future, we need to implement major market and structural reforms so as to reduce economic uncertainty and reinvigorate current level of growth.

These reforms are not just about developing new markets and sources of growth but also about helping local enterprises to be competitive and be transformed into global players.

Our local enterprises need to move up the innovation curve and focus on value creation and not just on value addition.

As it stands, our local enterprises are comparatively lagging behind in terms of being or becoming a world-beating champions when they are compared with many similar enterprises in the most advanced nations.

We need to deepen our integration with and leverage on the global economy so as to strengthen our status as a switching centre for the global value chain.

We need to develop proprietary high valued-added produces and services to help us
move up the food and value chain; and become a market maker rather than a price taker.

With cutting-edged and innovative business models, these firms can help to boost economic investments and growth, and meet expectations of a more educated and increasingly demanding workforce.

For example, we need to continue to attract high value-added and high-tech firms to invest in our economy, especially if they are well-positioned in strategic areas and synergistic to our economic development
such as the development of intelligent and eco-friendly cities.

With cutting-edged and innovative business models, these firms can help to boost economic investments and growth, and meet expectations of a more educated and increasingly demanding workforce.

In addition, we need to continue to attract, develop and groom both local and overseas talents so as to help resolve relatively low productivity output, decreasing total fertility rate, and impact of an aging population.

To do so, we have to aggressively tackle the undue concerns about foreign talents and the dangerous rationale underpinning xenophobia. These challenges seem to be rearing its ugly head every now and then, especially on the wild wild web.

We need to promote the fact that if the right foreign talents are effectively assimilated and integrated into the workforce, it can be a plus factor to society and a major contribution to the economy.

In the brave new exciting world, we cannot afford to just tweak our current policies and fiddle with our existing infrastructure and systems.

Just like what the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew and the other founding fathers have done in the past, we need to continue to redesign our economy and take major, including unprecedented initiatives so that we will become an admired and lovable “unicorn” right through to SG100 and beyond.

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Health Is Life

For about an hour, many people in Singapore were held in suspense and anxiety for our Prime Minister.

As we pray for him to have a full, smooth and speedy recovery to even better health, may this episode be a reminder to leaders as well as all of us that health is life.
To be fully alive is to be healthy.

Without good health, we cannot enjoy a productive life and an adequate level of fitness, vitality and energy to lead a meaningful life and contribute to others and the environment.

Good health is not just about physical health. It also includes emotional, mental, social, spiritual, and environmental health.

Any of these dimensions can affect our overall well being, performance, and results.

As we face greater stresses and challenges in a fast-moving world, we need to be more proactive in looking after our health.

We need to manage stress levels and seek wise counsel and help when we become vulnerable to unhealthy challenges.

In the final analysis, the primary source of good health and also the primary cure for ill-health lies with ourselves.

Living a healthy life is one of the best gifts we can give to ourselves. The best time to start living a healthy life is now.

I pray for all of us to be able to function at the highest level of fitness, vitality and energy so as to live the most meaningful and productive lives.

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Capitalising On Disruptions

In the new world of disorder, it bodes well to be mindful that almost every business, job and career can be disrupted, disintermediated, and dissolved.

What has helped us achieve success till now may not help us to be successful in the future.

In fact, past successes may drive us to hold on to and maintain status quo.

They can prevent us from reviewing, redesigning and rebuilding our operational models to lead the future.

The questions that beg to be answered are:

How can we ensure that our people are fully aware and prepared to make the most of the increasing level of unpredictability and change?

How can we future-proof our people so that they have the right mindset, knowledge, skills, and behaviour to survive and succeed in an ever-changing and fast-moving world?

How can we develop the culture and capacity for monitoring disruptive forces and re-positioning ourselves to respond to and leverage on these forces?

How can we reengineer our infrastructures, models, systems and other resources to groom talents and enterprises that will pioneer disruptive changes and expand our space and influence in the global economy?

The greatest obstacle to change is not out there but within ourselves.

The test of a winner is how we can remove impediments to positive changes so that we can adapt to and influence new realities.

To capitalise on the future, we must anticipate, embrace and exploit the kaleidoscopic pace of change.

We must never see it as a problem but as an opportunity to learn, improve, and advance worthwhile pursuits.

As the shelf life of operational models and advantages are shortening, we must be willing to discipline ourselves to let go of the past and creatively “destroy” our organisational models, organisations and ourselves.

The key focus is not just to find ways to respond to every challenge but to build more a resilient framework and people.

We must continue to learn new knowledge and cultivate new competencies and practices to stay above the challenge and lead the crowd.

We need to develop an adaptable culture with an able and agile team that will not only survive turbulence but also exploit the silver lining in every storm and develop more advantages for stronger growth.

We must continue to build open, digital and dynamic systems that will help us interpret trends, evaluate impact of new and emerging developments, and think effectively on how to seize destiny and create our own future.

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Lead The Way, Joseph Isaac Schooling

We salute Joseph Isaac Schooling for winning an Olympic gold medal and celebrate his unprecedented victory, a victory that can potentially go beyond just setting a new Olympic record.

As we rejoice as a nation, let’s look at how to leverage a seemingly impossible feat to inspire our country to even greater heights.

Success can lead to greater successes.

This historic feat serves as another reminder that we can overcome whatever challenges come our way with discipline, grit, and resilience.

Joseph’s 50.39 seconds-worth of achievement is the fruit of years of hard work, sacrifices and perseverance.

His rise to the top was also in no small way supported by his parents, family, household helper Aunty Yolly, coach and the community behind him.

In the same way, as Team Singapore continues to groom effective leaders, improve our systems, prepare ourselves to be future-ready, and work in unity and harmony, we can produce many more dream-builders and world-beaters like Joseph.

We do not have to win every race. Winning is not everything in life, having a winning spirit is.

It is the breadth of our dream, tenacity of our faith in it and the ability to take ever-improving action that will help us go farther and faster in fulfilling dreams in the sports of life.

Having a winning spirit can be a vital and an integral part of our economy and country.

It’s the “Majulah” spirit that our founding fathers had hoped to inculcate in our people, and people like Joseph are showing the way.

Thank you for giving us our first Olympic Gold and setting the stage for more and better achievements to come.

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The Little Red Dot

As a small country, Singapore has been depicted as a little red dot in both global and Asian maps.

The little red dot is also a nickname to refer to Singapore in casual conversations and other forms of communication.

The term “little red dot” became more prominent because of former President of Indonesia B. J. Habibie.

He referred to the term in an interview with the Asian Wall Street Journal, the report of which was published in August 4, 1998.

Habibie’s remark was widely deemed to be a disparaging remark but it was denied by him.

Since then, the term was used by both political leaders and ordinary citizens in Singapore with pride and confidence.

Despite the size, Singapore has punched above its weight and risen to become a widely-admired country.

In a fast-changing and fast-moving world, the reach, success and impact of a nation go beyond just size.

Our success is dependent on our capacity for growth, and capability, agility, and tenacity to achieve desired dreams.

In this regard, having a small size can be a defining edge. Being small can be a great strength.

Being described as a red dot can also be a great virtue.

Red is a special colour that symbolises meaningful and profound values.

Red has been said to be one of two favorite colours of all people. It’s being used by 77% of all flags in the world.

Besides black and white, red is also the next best preferred colour for written languages.

To the Chinese, red is used to represent happiness and prosperity.

That’s why during during Chinese New Year and weddings, good wishes are crafted in red.

Money is being inserted into red packets and offered to loved ones as wishes for good fortunes.

Why is red such a special colour?

It’s said that when the cornea and lens focuses on red, the light rays grow more convex and seems to pull the colour forward.

This is a possible reason why red is one of the most visible colors in the spectrum and draws attention.

It’s probably the same reasons why anything hot is referred to as “red hot.”

It’s probably the same reason why red is used in stop signs and fire engines as an indicator for attraction, assertiveness and alertness.

Red is also used to represent strength, power, and prestige. Perhaps that’s the reason why we roll out the “red carpets” for VIPs.

Since red is the colour of blood, it’s deem to be a positive and warm colour. It has been used as colour of the heart and is associated with love and a good life.

Red is also the colour that’s being used to symbolise determination to survive and succeed.

It’s also associated with qualities of compassion, passion, courage, happiness, prosperity and well being.

The positive values represented by red are also the values that has made Singapore a unicorn in the world.

These are also the values that can make us a strong, secure and sustainable country in the future.

Happy National Day!

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Coping With ADHD

I’m writing as somebody who has been blessed with ADHD and would like to encourage those who are having similar mental disorders that can affect structured learning and other areas of life.

What is seen as a setback can make you a stronger person and draw you closer to success.

Instead of allowing ADHD to strangle you, you can leverage on it to strengthen your chances for sustainable achievements.

Let me share some of the ways to cope with ADHD.

First, acknowledge that you have ADHD. You may have to live with it for the rest of my life.

Do not deny it but instead, take full responsibility to respond to and manage it.

For example, unhealthy food can worsen the problem. Therefore, endeavor to eat appropriately and live a healthier lifestyle.

Secondly, learn more about ADHD and manage it to your advantage. In the process, you’ll learn that there is always a way to cope with any challenge in life.

Develop appropriate attitude, knowledge, skills, and habits to confront and overcome symptoms of ADHD.

Cultivate different ways to manage the stresses caused by these symptoms.

As a result, you’ll improve your emotional muscles and enhance your overall well being to cope better with these and other physical and emotional challenges.

All these initiatives can also improve your productivity at work and in life.

Thirdly, turn the challenge of having ADHD into an opportunity to achieve better outcomes. It can become a platform rather than a pitfall to achieve success.

Develop structures, systems, and processes to overcome downsides of having ADHD.

The same problem-solving skills and techniques can also be applied to improve your work and relationships, and achieve better outcomes.

It bodes well to remember that ADHD can soften you, strengthen you, and enlighten you.

It can soften you in the sense of making you humble and a better human.

You can better understand and feel for people who are facing challenges in their lives.

It can make you a more compassionate, empathetic and approachable person.

Through coping with ADHD, you’ll be strengthened to achieve greater successes.

To resolve the downsides of ADHD, you have to improve your attitude, discipline, knowledge, skills, and lifestyle, and put in more effort to strengthen basic life skills.

Learn how to persist and persevere so as to achieve desirable results.

As a result, you can only become stronger and have more grit and resilience to face other challenges in life.

ADHD can enlighten you to realise that there are many people out there who are facing different kinds of challenges. You can inspire them with how you turn a mental condition into an advantage of a higher order.

In short, ADHD can become a stepping stone to success and not a millstone around your neck.

More than anything else, be grateful and thankful for the gift of ADHD or that matter, any other so called challenges in life.

Learn to love and appreciate yourself. Loving yourself is one of the best gifts you can give to yourself.

Without self-love, you can’t even start on the path of satisfaction, success and significance. Self-love is the fuel for motivation, action and contribution.

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