Remove the brown M&Ms!

Have you heard of the logic of David Lee Roth’s famous obsession with brown M&M’s? As the lead singer in Van Halen, he insisted, in his contract with concert promoters and operators, that a bowl of M&Ms to be provided backstage. But with EVERY brown M&Ms to be removed. Before you think that this is … Continue reading

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Get Off Your High Chair!

I learned a lesson about “perspectives” yesterday. I was trying to find something in the refrigerator when my helper said, “It’s there”. I asked, “Where?” She said, “There!” I was getting a bit frustrated, and retorted,”It’s not there!” Then she sighed and came over to pull out the cheese from the back of the second … Continue reading

Lifter or Leaner . . . what are you?

My second baby girl was born to my wife and I on 23 Sept 2011. It was a wonderful occasion as I have moved towards another phase in my life. Having a second child was something that we both wanted, and was part of my life plan as well. Even as my wife and I … Continue reading

The Importance of Being Idle

Have you ever felt like just relaxing and not having to worry about anything in the world? Wouldn’t it be good if you could enjoy your holiday without having to worry if your job was good enough for your boss and your clients? Well, sometimes, you do need to take a break and just idle. … Continue reading

Law of Leveraging: Using Lesser Effort to Produce Bigger Outcomes

I was doing my morning exercise the other day. And it was my second set of sprints. I was running at around 80% of my maximum speed when I heard the reverberation of the car engine behind me. So, I stepped to the side, to allow the car to go past me. When it finally … Continue reading

Building Sandcastles in the Air – How a Leader can Use stories to reach out

My daily chat with the sister, on life, became a bet. I told her, “Jie, do you know a story can be created from nothing?” In my opinion, it’s like building sand castles in the air. Of course she didn’t believe me. “Prove it,” she said cynically. I replied, “Ok. Give me two characters.” “A … Continue reading

Why Money Doesn’t Motivate Higher Performance

This is a really attractive video from RSA Animate. If you have 11 minutes to spare, do look at it. It’s actually based on a fascinating lecture by Dan Pink about The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. What RSA Animate had done was to incorporate an artist animating the talk on a giant whiteboard … Continue reading