Change or Die.

The lines between industries, markets and professions are constantly blurring, being disintermediated, or undergoing a redefinition.

If traditional companies do not constantly change, they may end up being acquired or worst, join the fate of the dinosaurs.

The executives running such companies should go from being “I-Shaped” to being “T-Shaped.”

In other words, they cannot just be specialists in their chosen field of expertise, they need to develop themselves in a holistic way.

They need to have the capacity to adopt a global mindset and the ability to have and acquire a wide range of knowledge and expertise.

They have to also adopt not just a “historian” but also a “futurist” mindset.

This is to prevent them from leaning towards looking at the past and equating it to the future.

Past success may cause fear for changes.

It tends to drive executives to hold on to the status quo and to perpetuate the temporary and transient value of past achievements.

Executives need to focus on future markets and opportunities and help their company make the necessary changes to capitalise on them.

In addition, executives need to move from being just a “fireman” to setting up a “firewall.”

They need to learn how to ensure that anything that can go wrong will never go wrong.

A virus should not be able to penetrate the company and cause a breakdown to the  systems and processes.

Even it is able to infect and affect the company, there are systems and  procedures in place to repel it and to minimise disruption and other inconvenience.

There should be a learning system in place to not only ensure that the breach will not happen again but that it will also strengthen operational resilience.

Executives need to open the “steel vault” of information and operate as “search engines” and as “system integrators” in the knowledge-based economy.

Executives hold a vast array of  critical and beneficial information for the company.

Very often, these information are held under lock and key or protected by multiple security levels and passwords.

These information may not be properly organised and analysed.

As a result, they are not being  effectively translated into useful tools and resources to help other business units and individuals to leverage on them for better outcomes, results and impacts.

Finally, executives have to shift from just being “custodians” to also become “creators” of new realities.

They should be restless souls, always desiring to know the unknown and discover the undiscovered.

They should be constantly thinking about how to disrupt current patterns and look for the next breakthrough.

While others are thinking about what’s next, they are deliberating about what’s coming after ‘what’s next.’

They are looking ahead of the curve and around the bend to invest in the future and be future-ready.

They recreate themselves rigorously, relentlessly and unrelentingly to stay above and ahead of the crowd.

Go4It!

I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

By the way, I have also recorded other reflections.

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Please visit my website, http://www.patrickliew.net

Please read my reflections and continue to teach me.

Life is FUNtastic!

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About Patrick Liew
About Patrick Liew Patrick Liew MBA, MSc, BSc is the Managing Partner of Global Enterprise Exchange Pte. Ltd.. He is also the founder and director of Success Resources, arguably the world’s largest personal development seminar organiser and a major shareholder of a company, which is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. He was previously the Executive Chairman and CEO of HSR Global Ltd., a publicly listed company on SGX-ST. Previously, he was the regional director of the Gartner Group, providing strategic advisory and planning services to governments, banks and MNCs. He was also the regional head of sales and marketing operation for Dow Jones Telerate. Patrick graduated with a BSc in Estate Management from Heriot Watt University, an MSc with emphasis in global business and marketing from The City University Of New York, and an MBA from Henley Business School / Brunel University. He has also earned more than nine other professional qualifications. Patrick is arguably the first person to develop a multimedia e-learning programme on entrepreneurship. He authored a Chinese book on business systems and was also the co-author of a Times Bookshop best-selling book. Patrick has conducted both ‘brick and mortar’ and online lessons for participants from more than 60 countries. He has also conducted keynote presentations in many international conferences, including being the first Singaporean to teach at the National Association of Realtors. Through his team at Success Resources, Patrick has organised educational conferences for prominent leaders such as President Bill Clinton, Prime Minister Tony Blair, Michael Porter, Richard Branson, Robert Kiyosaki, Donald Trump, and many other prominent leaders. Patrick provides leadership and advisory services to many professional and charity organisations. He is actively involved in supporting humanitarian, philanthropic and charity causes. He has organised three fund-raising events and in the process, help to set three national records in the Singapore Books Of Records. Patrick won the Entrepreneur Of the Year Award For Social Contribution, the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Award, and six other business awards. Patrick believes the best way to live your life is to live your life for others. The more you reach out to bless other lives, the richer and better your life will become. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A Personal Note to my Friends The articles that I post online; or what I term as Love Notes, are written with the purpose of inspiring readers to live at a higher plane in life. They are also meant to motivate those who are struggling in life and help them find handlers to overcome their conflicts and challenges. It is my ardent hope that we will form networks and alliances of like-minded people who will put to right many of the wrongs in our midst. Together, we will leverage on each other's resources and create a synergistic impact in making our world a better home. These articles are written as part of regular reflection about the vicissitudes of life. They are at best work in progress and at worst, grumblings, grouses, and gripings of a finite old man. I have deliberately decided NOT to delete many of the articles and pointers that I may not agree with or are outrightly wrong. This is to keep a record of how my personal ideas, beliefs, and values have evolved over time. In addition, I hope to encourage readers by letting them know that I also make mistakes and am struggling with many of the complexity and complication in life. As long as we hang on to hope and work on finding a solution, there will be light at the end of whatever tunnel we are in. I do not pretend to know everything or for that matter, anything of substance. In fact, the more I study, learn, and think about the vast wisdom and knowledge out there, the more I realised how little I know about life and the ways of life. Hence, I have always ended my article by asking readers to continue to teach me. For I, too, am a sojourner in the exploration of truth and the adventure of finding meaning, purpose, and significance for my existence. I am proud of and make no apology for being a Christian, albeit not the most exemplary one. I believe our Creator can lead and guide us to be the best that we can ever be. I bear full responsibility for the shortcoming and error in my life, including my words. The fault is entirely mine and not due to anyone else. Readers have and can exercise the power of choice. They can discard what will not work for them and adopt those that can propel them further and faster in the pursuit of better performance, outcomes, and fulfillment. If I have disappointed or hurt you in any way, form, or manner, I would like to apologise to you. Please do not hold them against me or whoever or whatever is related to me. There are much to pray about, learn, and do. And I'll work on them with a sense of urgency. I hold on to the belief that 'Anything worth doing is worth doing with passion and excellence'. I'll endeavour to live by it. Life is short. There's no dress rehearsal and neither can we turn back the clock to change the drama of life. Therefore, by the grace and power of our Creator, let's live a full life and live it to the fullest. May God bless you abundantly on the journey of life. Your online servant, Patrick Liew I hope this message will find a place in your heart. By the way, I have also recorded other reflections. Please 'Like' me on https://m.facebook.com/patrickliewsg Visit my Inspiration blog at https://liewinspiration.wordpress.com/ For my opinions on social affairs, please visit my Transformation blog at http://hsrpatrickliew.wordpress.com/ Please visit my website, http://www.patrickliew.net Please read my reflection and continue to teach me. Life is FUNtastic!

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