QUOTES FROM LIEW MUN LEONG
"I believe you cannot do anything great or achieve much in life if you don′t have strong personal discipline. I have not come across a CEO who has no personal discipline."
"It′s good to have ideals but you have to be pragmatic. Pragmatism is about finding practical solutions to problems without blind adherence to doctrines, mantras, or ideologies, while not compromising on your values system."
"Choose your first job to develop your core competencies in order to build a solid foundation. Don′t think of immediate monetary incentives. They will come your way later."
"Contractors are our partners selected to work for the project; they are not thieves and we are not policemen."
"We adopted pragmatic solutions to our problems first and when they were successful we applied some financial theories to explain them. Application precedes theory in the true sense of the words!"
"As an individual, we should spend a small part of our daily life in complete privacy, alone and doing what we love best to do. I call it the ′third place′."
"Don′t ever think about touching money that is not yours. You will regret it for life."
"Leaders must be right in choosing the right people with the right values for the right mission."
"I′d rather have no one than the wrong one."
Chapter 1: Pragmatism in Business and Leadership 1
Work–life Balance Is It a Zero Sum Game? 3
New Year Message Building the New Changi Airport 9
New Year Message Transformation of Surbana 14
Pragmatism A Key to Successful Leadership in Singapore and China 18
Pragmatism in Business 24
Pragmatism in Business 2 28
Contractors are Our Partners! 34
New Year Message Waste Not, Want Not 40
Chapter 2: Engineering and Infrastructure Business 47
Conscience of Safety 49
When the Stars are Aligned (ÌìÊ±µØÀûÈËºÍ) 55
Commencement Speech My Story Can be Yours Too 61
Engineers Our Unsung Heroes 73
Time to Make the Engineering Profession Shine Again! 77
Speech at PFI Best Asia Infrastructure Citation Awards 84
If You are Not Committed, Don t Do It! 90
Drama at the Last Farewell to a Close Friend and Colleague, Mr Somkiat 95
Eulogy for Somkiat Lertpanyavit, a Most Distinguished Professional Engineer 99
Chapter 3: World Outlook 105
A Journey of Encountering Evil 107
Survival The Mother of Innovation! 112
Turning Sand into Gold! 116
Will Prime Minister Abe Launch His Bazookas Soon? 123
World Outlook A Marine and His Beloved Dog 126
Will the Year of the Fire Monkey Have More Tricks for Us All? 130
Chapter 4: Talent Development and Core Values 137
Changi Airport The Learning University! 139
Corporatisation vs Commercialisation Are They Really the Same Thing? 147
Building CVs 155
Choose Our Troops! 158
The Top Chinese Talent that I Missed 165
Churchill and the Cleaning Lady 169
Corruption Management in Business Some Practical Points 173
It Takes Leadership and Courage to Fight Corruption 181
TICS The Way Forward! 187
Chapter 5: In Remembrance of Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew 193
How Changi Airport Has Transformed Singapore (and Me!) 195
The Big, Bold and Innovative Air Hub of Changi Airport by Lee Kuan Yew 203
Lee Kuan Yew Truly the Father of Changi Airport 209
Some Qingming Thoughts 214
The Launch of Up Close with Lee Kuan Yew 217
Chapter 6: Personal Reflections 223
Have You Climbed Mount Fuji? 225
A State of High Anxiety 233
Building Our Own Health Bank for Old Age 241
Building Lasting Partnerships 246
Of Music, Cranes and Friends 253
When Bosses Become Mentors 256
Some Thoughts on the World of Jack Ma 261
Young Birdie vs Old Bird 267
What are you going to do after you retire? 273