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Building People. Sunday Emails from a Chairman. Volume 4

  • ID: 3733654
  • Book
  • 312 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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"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."

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Preface ix

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 (ÌìʱµØÀûÈ˺Í) 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

Appendix 273

What are you going to do after you retire? 273

Index 289

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