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Your greatest investment

When I was growing up, the general attitude towards money was that you could either spend or save whatever came your way. And although I was the sort of person who would save a lot more than what I had spent (thanks in part to my Chinese upbringing!), I began to realise that there was a limit to how much I could grow those savings. That limit being controlled by the interest rates the banks were offering across their product range.It was at this point when I discovered that there was actually a ...
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How bold are your ambitions?

One of the most important aspects of leadership is to be clear on what you want to achieve on behalf of the organization. What visions do you have, how bold are your ambitions? The level of your vision, goals, and ambitions will determine just how bold and influential you are viewed as a leader.Rarely will an organization seek higher ambitions than the ones you, as the leader, communicate on a regular basis. It is important that you take this task to heart, act with courage and set the bar high....
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What is your management style?

Whether you are a ‘people manager’, project / program manager or simply a manager of your own destiny, you probably demonstrate one of the following four “Situational Management” styles:“Directing” – This hands-on style is appropriate for leading novice employees, who need specific directions and constant oversight.“Coaching” – A team coach is useful for the advanced beginner, who has learned a few basics, but who may feel “disillusioned” about real opportunities for making personal progress. Th...
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The wealth of effective leadership

“Most men can stand adversity, very few men can stand success” – Walter SachsOver the years, I have quietly studied some of the greatest American organizational leaders from the corporate to non-profit sector.  Due to my strides to be a great entrepreneur and leader, I knew that I had to be a devoted student and go through history to study the blueprints that past leaders left behind, so that one day the blueprint I create can share the same paper in the books that will be studied.The title...
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For the pursuit of excellence

"WE ARE WHAT WE REPEATEDLY DO. EXCELLENCE, THEN, IS NOT AN ACT, BUT A HABIT."― ARISTOTLEIn Mike Tyson’s early career as a boxer, he stated this in an interview: “No one wants to get up at 4:00am in the morning when it’s pitch dark, but it has to be done. The only reason why I do it so early is because I believe the other guy isn’t doing it. And that gives me a little edge. The most difficult part about fighting is the training because, believe it or not, the easiest part about fighting is t...
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Why sharing is caring

Leadership. Photo: Brainwells We do not know about you, but we LOVE being part of the knowledge economy. Especially these days when SHARING is a big part of the game.Sharing knowledge in this way is a fairly new concept, but still it is easy to get stuck in the old way of thinking about this. We are so used to holding back on ideas and insights and to share them only with a few. Most people do not understand how anyone can share valuable advice for free. Sometimes we even start thinking tha...
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Using silence to stamp out stress

Personal development. Photo: Yayimages To really shape the odds in one’s favor, it’s vital to have all the elements of life in balance and harmony: cue the work-life balance theory. There’s a lot of advice out there regarding achieving work-life balance, and the chances are, if you’re an entrepreneur, you’re always super busy and finding time for yourself is either not easy and/or not a priority, but it really ought to be.Evidence suggests that high levels of unmanaged stress wreak hav...
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Don't aim to be less

 Aimlessness by definition means having no goal, purpose, or direction. Most of the time you will hear people tell you how there isn’t enough time in the day to do the list of things they “chose” to put on their To Do List. But rarely will you hear someone tell you with excitement the strategies they formulated to tackle their one big goal or why all the listed activities on their To Do List will help them become a master of their craft.It all comes down to having clear vision with the unde...
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The power of change management for digital transformation

The business leaders of today must understand that the road towards digital transformation is ALWAYS under construction. The reason this is true is because humans are always evolving. And if human evolve, so does their approach in various aspects of business. We are going to experience things all the time that will test us, challenge us, and change us. Change will always be the necessity of life and we have to always repair the damages or reconstruct areas in our businesses so that we can be bet...
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The battle of the 'Creative Genius' vs the 'Performing Machine'

Caption: BrainwellsIsn't it peculiar how you can sometimes create something new, solve a complex matter or suddenly get really important insights - just like that! Bam! Suddenly it's there - no stress, no hard work, it's just like - playing!Artists - like authors and painters - often report of incidents that feel like being in a trance or state of meditation while working, losing total control of time and space. Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of "Eat, Pray, Love," talks about this in the Ted vide...
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