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I am the Co-founder of a Social Networking Site - www.JoinSingapore.com. The SNS is all about Singapore - tourism, culture, education, food and more. My partner, Chan Chee Seng, spearheaded this project in China and I am now in Singapore to add more meat to the website.
Feel free to join us if you want to learn more about Singapore and most importantly, make friends!
As a founding partner, I do everything - from web development, marketing and just plain chatting with my site's visitors.
In addition to JoinSingapore.com, I am the Chairman of Asia-Pacific Multiple Intelligence Institute (www.apmii.org). It is a virtual centre to promote holistic experiential education with emphasis on Multiple Intelligence philosophy which is developed by Harvard University, Professor Howard Gardner.
The most important thing is to LEARN from OTHERS and CONSTANT REFLECTION.
A leader doesn't stop learning and growing because there are always new and unique people and situations to manage.
I read and discuss frequently about management and leadership as a former Business Professor and I never fail to learn something new each day with my students.
Being younger, my students provide me with different perspectives on how to motivate and lead the next generation of talents. They have different set of goals and dreams compared to the workforce of my generation.
And with that, a leader needs to know what will motivate them to give their best to the organisation.
In short, Leadership is all about Lifelong Learning & Reflection!
Handling Office disputes
Firstly, I would put myself in his shoes and think from his perspective.
After that, I would see what the organisation can do to solve the employee's issue as much as possible,without putting the organisation at a disadvantage.
Frankly, I do feel that if a leader has developed trust with the employee in the past, most of the issues can be solved.
Most times, the employee does not trust that the leader will do anything positive for him based on negative experiences in the past (either with him personally or to other staff). And that is usually the crux of the problem!
Thus, I do feel that an organisation that practices LOVE will often be reciprocated with kindness and consideration by their employees.
Balancing personal and professional life
Personally, I tend to reflect daily what I have done in my organisation. If I have done something well, I would ask how I can do even better. If I have done something wrong, especially to my associates, I would humble myself and apologies.
I want to create a corporate culture of L.O.V.E as much as I can.
And I have to start by being a role model.
By developing LOVE within the organisation, my staff would trust me enough to tell me the truths if they see that I may make a possible error of judgement. This has helped me greatly and I do owe my success to my associates.
Advice to upcoming leaders
One advice I do give regularly to new management leader is to develop PATIENCE.
New leaders are always in a hurry to show off and prove a point that he/she is the head honcho. And most of the time, they step on people's toes in haste without realising how these people can add value to him/her and the organisation.
You are not a LEADER if you have NO FOLLOWERS!
Thus, slow down and make friends/ followers.
Without them, you are NOTHING!
About 15 years ago, I developed a simple Leadership/ Management model that leaders can apply. Till today, I still apply this model as faithfully as I can.
The model is called L.O.V.E :
* Value System/Valuing Talents
* Empathise/ Encourage!
I would not explain the model in details now but even at a cursory glance, I think most of you would agree with me that most leaders/managers are not doing enough of the above.
I have to admit that this model has served me well in the several organisations I have worked and consulted for.
Important career decisions
My most important career decision is to be passionately involved in EDUCATION and LIFE-LONG LEARNING.
Education is about TRANSFORMING LIVES and I feel great to be part of this sacred vocation.
Being blessed with a combination of business management and education background, I see myself as an Entrepreneur - thinking up new & innovative ways to educate and provide life-long learning to as many people as possible.
More about me
I am a Singaporean and formerly a Business Professor in China.
I am back in Singapore now for my son's education after spending 7 years in China.
I am passionate about education research & development, especially in Experiential Education models with focus on Problem-Based Learning (PBL), Service Learning and Multiple Intelligence (MI)
Currently, I am the co-founder of a Singapore Social Networking Site, www.JoinSingapore.com, with focus on everything about Singapore and the Chairman of a virtual Multiple Intelligence centre (www.apmii.org).
I started reading on management at the age of 16.
My first book is "In Search of Excellence" by management guru,Tom Peters.
It changed my life and steered me towards a business education so that I can learn more on management and leadership.
Without Tom Peters, I would not have done my MBA and be involved in management consultancy.
And as a business professor, Tom Peters' book are highly recommended to my students.
My family background
I am married to a beautiful orchestra violinist, Wang Xue Ying, and we have two handsome boys, Jarre and Johnson.
Family life is very important and I do cherish my time with them.
My views on India Technical development
I am a Singaporean and I may not know what is truly inside the tech industry in India.
But for certain, Indians are great with IT and they can compete with the best in the world.
I guess the part that is lacking is STRATEGIC BRANDING!
If the tech entrepreneurs can fuse the magic of Bollywood in the strategic branding of their products, it would be unstoppable!
I have faith in Indian techies!