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

Honesty is the Best Policy – Your Children are watching

Have you ever left a place without paying for something? It could have been accidental, but did you go back to pay for it? Well, something like this happened to my family about a fortnight back. Let me share with you how this is relevant to leaders in the household. It was that dreaded time … Continue reading

Why the Ant Has Six Legs – And Other Talents!

It is a magical feeling when stories sprout out from your mind unexpectedly. Yesterday, I was on my way to Cathechist lessons when out of the blue, my wife asked me, “So . . . why does an Ant have six legs?” I listened, smiled, and for one reason that I couldn’t explain, a story … Continue reading

New Model of Leadership: Command, Connection and Collaboration

Communication is essential in any organisation. You may have heard about how the marathon come about because of the heroics of Pheidippides, who ran to Athens to announce the Greek victory over the Persians in the Battle of Marathon (490 BC).  Homing pigeons and other animals  were also used to deliver messages in both peaceful … 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

Simon Sinek’s model of leadership – Why we do what we do determines our leadership style

There are leaders, and there are those who lead.  Leaders hold a position of power, or authority, but those who lead inspire us. In 2009, Simon Sinek released the book “Start With Why” — a synopsis of the theory he has begun using to teach others how to become effective leaders and inspire change Sinek … Continue reading

Old Model of Leadership: Command and Control

When I was an  undergraduate, I remembered being introduced to this real-time strategy game, Command & Conquer: Generals by my younger brother. Command and Conquer Generals, like most other real-time strategy games, was quite interesting as I recalled fighting against time to set up a base, acquire resources, build various combat and support units, and … Continue reading

The real super heroes

I wrote Nuclear man, when I was writing a 300 word story for a short story competition in March 2011. I wasn’t sure of the results, but it didn’t matter to me, because the next day, I heard about an appeal for the Japanese fund-raising effort. Writers, artists, illustrators, poets were all invited to donate … Continue reading