Quotes from Liew Mun Leong
"Reputation and trust are very important hallmarks of our company. We must always preserve them as part of our competitive edge."
"Our business leaders must never slip into what I call ′maintenance management′ mode and mindset. It is like running on a treadmill and not going anywhere forward. A growth company needs growth business leaders, not ′maintenance′ managers."
"Our mission is to ′Build People′. The main ′heavy lifting′ is to train, develop and groom our young talent to be the Group′s future leaders."
"I strongly feel that if we have no passion for people, we can′t build the right team spirit to succeed."
"Integrity, honour, fairness, a sense of responsibility to the community and treating people well are all core values promoted by CapitaLand. They serve as a moral compass for our conduct throughout our careers."
"There is a concise explanation of management and leadership. Simply put, management is about doing things right, leadership is about doing the right things."
"Building people is our central business strategy. Human resource management must be the priority of our business leaders. We will invest heavily in our people to help them develop into productive and talented human capital. We will treat them with the same importance as the other assets on our balance sheet. We must care for them not only in relation to their work, but also look after their general welfare."
"No matter how tough it is, be positive and enjoy your work. If you have a healthy body and mind, you will definitely do better at your job."
"An organisation needs something beyond money and contractual employment to bind the company, its shareholders and its people to make lives more meaningful. We need to build a ′soul′ in the company. CapitaLand Hope Foundation has come to embody our ′soul′."
"CEOs set the tone at the top, and nothing is more important than leadership and ethics. CEOs and business leaders must accept responsibility and ensure that there is no erosion of business ethics and values in the activities under their watch."
"Human resources are not human capital unless and until we successfully invest in them."
"Don′t label your role boring; it is your job to make it interesting."
"′Bright eyes and bushy tails′ are not good enough."
"CapitaLand needs a strong human spirit and a soul so that it can remain truly caring to its people and to the society that we live in."
Chapter 1: Our Competition 1
1. The Competition CapitaLand is Facing 3
2. Are We Competitive and Combative Enough? 9
3. Obama Concedes that China s Railways and Singapore s Airport are Better than the US 15
4. If You are a Pretty Girl, There Will Always Be a Long Queue for You 19
5. Are We Still Ahead of the Curve? 24
6. Are We Product–Focused and Product–Driven Enough? 29
7. Lessons from Chinese New Year! 37
8. There is No Such Thing as an Uncommunicative CEO 41
Chapter 2: Our People 47
9. Young Turks and Silver Hairs 49
10. The War for Talent Pull or Push Factors 56
11. Man is Truly Great When He Acts from Passion 65
12. Bright Eyes and Bushy Tails are Not Good Enough 73
13. What Should Apprentice Executives Do to Succeed in CapitaLand? 80
14. Effective Managers and Strong Pragmatic Leaders! 87
15. Notice of Leaving CapitaLand in One Year s Time 93
16. There are No Bad Workers, Only Ineffective Supervisors 96
17. Why CLIMB in CapitaLand? Converting Human Resources to Human Capital 101
Chapter 3: Our Corporate Culture 111
18. Ten Corporate Principles of CapitaLand 113
19. What Say You? 118
20. Talk to Your Bosses! 125
21. An Unexpected Year–End Lesson 130
22. The Very Best Thing for a Person is Health 134
23. CapitaLand Wear Less Day & Green Reward 140
24. B20 Summit and Anti–Corruption Group 145
25. Chongqing Dog 150
26. Again, Can We Manage Our Mobile Phones with Discipline? 154
27. The Soul of CapitaLand 160
28. Stay True to Our Core Values, Always! 167
29. A Simple Life : A Loaded Message on Values 172
Chapter 4: Our Strategy 177
30. To The Next Ten! 179
31. Project FOT Our Corporate Strategies 186
32. Synergy with Surbana, the One Million Homes Developer 192
33. Some Personal Thoughts on the General Election (GE) 198
34. Lessons from the General Election (GE) 205
35. Managing the Fourth Economic Crisis 212
36. CNBC s Managing Asia with Christine Tan 220
37. Climbing the Hierarchy of Needs through the Arts 237
My Last Sunday Email to Bid You Goodbye 245
38. The Wall Street Journal Asia, 19 March 2012 – Managing in Asia: CapitaLand Sees Plenty of Spark in China 255
39. Jinghua Times, 26 August 2011 – The China Market Has Bubbles but Will Not Break 260
40. The Straits Times, 28 August 2010 – Silver–haired but Highly Treasured 268
41. Bloomberg, 23 May 2012 – CapitaLand CEO Calls Shoebox Flats Inhuman 275