Studying Strong Leadership

President Sullivan

Last weekend I attended my 30th reunion at the University of Virginia, and had a chance to chat with the current president, Teresa A. Sullivan. I had met her a few years before, at an alumni event in Singapore, and was very impressed by her candor and her grasp of issues, both the obvious big […]

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The Past is Present

I spent this weekend at my 30th class reunion at the University of Virginia. It was a great couple of days seeing old places and old friends, some of whom I’m in touch with regularly, and others whom I have not seen since the day we graduated. Naturally, we all had plenty of stories to […]

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The Value of Short-Term Goals

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A couple weeks ago I ran the Sundown Marathon in Singapore. I last ran that race in 2014, and had figured I probably wouldn’t run it again. Only about 6 weeks beforehand, though, I decided to go run 42.195km through Singapore, starting at 1am. Why would I do that? For the last ten years I […]

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Some Time to Think

As a trainer and a coach I need time to think about my clients’ issues, think about new approaches to problems, think about the concerns that will come tomorrow that I need to start considering today. I find, though, that if I do not put some dedicated “thinking time” onto my calendar, or make sure […]

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They Do Wear Ties in Thailand

Last week I pointed out that they don’t wear ties in Singapore. It’s a custom driven largely by the climate, I’d say, since it’s hot enough there without tightening up your clothes further and making things even less bearable. While some folks — especially in the financial sector — may wear ties like their Wall […]

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They Don’t Wear Ties in Singapore

Men don’t wear ties in Singapore. OK, that’s not entirely true. There certainly are men who DO wear ties to work, especially senior leaders, or some in the banking sector (especially if they’re in wealth management, and need to convince their clients that they make lots of money for everyone). But walk around Raffles Place […]

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Build Your Body, Clear Your Mind

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Regular exercise is a great way to help you keep a positive outlook on things. Keeping yourself in good physical shape relieve you of a lot of daily pain and cuts down on your worries about your health, and feeling better physically can help you feel better emotionally. Plus, the time spent exercising is time […]

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5 Lessons To Help You Achieve Your 2018 Goals

Ten years ago this month I decided to take up running and run my first marathon, and two years later I set a goal of completing The Marathon Grand Slam (a marathon on all seven continents and at the North Pole). I achieved that goal in 2016, and along the way learned plenty of lessons […]

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Learning From Failure

As I was talking recently with an analyst at one of my clients, he made a very helpful observation about learning: It’s better to learn from failures than from successes. With a success, the chances you can replicate everything that led to that success are small. But with a failure, you can learn how to […]

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When Innovation Isn’t Part of the Culture

Firms in Asia face a challenge their Western counterparts might not. I was giving a talk earlier this year when the subject of innovation came up. An employee from an engineering firm (in this case, a Western multinational’s operation in China) raised his hand and said, “In China, we were raised not to question things, […]

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