We are the generation that has been fed stories of your bravery and your fearlessness in leading Singapore forward when we were orphaned. We’ve been raised on that picture of you crying on 8 August 1965. In entrepreneur speak, you pivoted when the situation demanded it. You did not shirk from responsibility and in a region that was thrown asunder by corruption, politics and power, you made some hard decisions. If any of this was for personal glory, it was hidden very well indeed.

Two years since I wrote so passionately. Time to unearth that spark!

Bon anniversarie!


You’re So Wrong, Richard Feynman

“Philosophy of science is about as useful to scientists as ornithology is to birds”   This post is more thoughts on the minds of interesting folk who can think from a variety of perspectives, inspi…

Source: You’re So Wrong, Richard Feynman

Cheques from Reality : Management

You better be one or the other

The more I’ve interacted with people in management and the “C-Suite”*, I’ve realised that the best leaders are simply people who are likeable and get things done.

However, in reality getting that combination is a pretty sweet spot.

For us rest mere mortals, it seems the the key is to be either be Competent OR Likeable.
If you’re competent, people may bitch at you but you’re seen to be getting things done.
If you are incompetent**, then ensure people like you so they let you get away with some things.

*because who doesn’t like corporate wanker jargon?
**incompetent, while I use it loosely, is not the same as negligence or laziness. Those are little difficult to cure.

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Accidental Musings

J: Or you know where they say they “accidentally slept together”
Me: Yeah, I never got that accidental bit. How does that happen like, “Oops, I tripped and my pen-is slipped into you?”

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You need to know this

I have neglected this space for so long that if this was actually physical, there would be a thick layer of grey dust coating any exposed surface and removing it is likely to make you sneeze in succession.

I will come back to clean this up but for now, it is of absolute importance that I record this in writing so that I never ever ever forget it in this lifetime

In this moment, I feel utterly and completely loved by the universe. And it feels so amazing to be secure in this knowledge that I am loved. I am not in love but I know that at any given moment in my life, I will never lack for love and warmth.

Even as I type it, I know it sounds like hippie tripe, especially when I’m not even bothering to provide context (The context is my whole life and frankly, you’re not mentally prepared for that many words when you decided to read this post)

However, someday, if you’re in right frame of mind, you may rediscover this knowledge in your own context. You may, as I did,  wish to read the chapter on “timetravel” in Amy Poehler’s marvellously wise and sincere book, Yes Please as this  knowledge warmed me when I encountered that chapter.

Speak soon!

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