Creating Effective People

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Feb, 2016

Multiculturalism in the Workplace

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When people ask me “where are you from?” I seriously don’t know how to answer them. To be accurate in my reply I need to traverse four continents and claim my genetic heritage from Goa, my birth country as Malaysia, the country I migrated to as Australia and the country I live in presently as Singapore. I met many people like me at the recent conference organised by the Singapore Management University (SMU). They too had lived in many countries and true to their identity were working on aspects of […]

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Aug, 2015

Are You In Bed With The New Generation?

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My father worked for one company all his life. It didn’t even occur to him that a better job may have been available next door. His mindset was dictated by loyalty and the need for security. He belonged to the generation of Veterans. Recognition Today new people joining the workforce are driven by very different variables. Their ability to bounce ideas off the boss and be recognized for them tend to rank high in their priority list. They long for a flat structure where senior people are accessible to them […]

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Dec, 2014

Feast Your Senses This Christmas

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As Christmas rolls around, the city of Singapore has turned into a kaleidoscope of colour, sounds of carols and feelings of relaxation. There is a palpable excitement in the air. It is a time for giving and receiving, not to mention eating, drinking and partying. What better time to try a sensory-based experiment than now when there’s a wealth of things to feast our senses on? Most of us have the same routine day in and day out. The weekend may bring us some respite from work and the office. […]

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Nov, 2014

Does Fitness = Health?

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There seems to be a great deal of emphasis these days about attaining the perfect abs, sculpted upper arms, toned calves and getting rid of every ounce of fat. Magazines, reality shows, advertisements, and celebrities all tout the perfect physique; at what price? Working out at a gym, jogging, doing Pilates, Yoga or any form of vigorous activity to maintain physical health is fine when done on an appropriate scale. It is now an accepted fact that our mind and body are connected. We also know that moderate exercise does […]

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Oct, 2014

The Ultimate Winners

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Sharon Osborne once said on the Oprah Winfrey show that she preferred to be a beautiful face alighting from an old car rather than a wrinkled woman in a posh one. The US and UK television personality and wife of rock star Ozzy Osborne was talking about society’s obsession with physical looks. She could not, and neither could Oprah, understand people’s willingness to do anything to maintain their looks and physique, often times at the expense of their mental health. In other words they were saying it was more important […]

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Sep, 2014

Ecology Is Not Just About Biology

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The ecology aspect is often overlooked in the pursuit of goals or achievements. Unless people have a heightened state of awareness they are generally oblivious to questions such as what happens after they achieve their goal; how does it affect them, their family, financial situation, health and overall future. They fail to ask if the desired change is in line with their values or even the most basic question of all – “Is this what I really want?” Sometimes once the goal is achieved, people realise that it is not […]

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Sep, 2014

Modeling not on the Catwalk

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We were having friends over for dinner again. The lovely aroma of food and sound of the wok clanging was like a cacophony of sounds I was used to. Mum was the ultimate entertainer. She loved to cook and did it effortlessly. It was very usual for our family to have friends and family over for meals. As a child I looked forward to hearing that my favourite cousins were invited for a sleepover. It was our little reward that Dad afforded us. The deal was that we had to […]

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Sep, 2014

The Creativity Spot

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Having breakfast at a hotel coffee shop yesterday I waited for a friend to join me. He was on a conference call and due any minute. I have my grandmother’s habit of drinking a hot beverage when it is piping hot so as the waitress served my cup of coffee I reached out for it and started sipping it. Looking around at others I noticed a group of 3 businessmen on a Skype call. Another had earphones on and he too was attending to a work call. One lady was […]

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