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Driving People Excellence During Economic Debacle – Climbing the Slippery Slope to Recovery
Published in ACE – a newsletter published by SPRING (Statutory Board under the Ministry of Trade and Industry), Singapore.

Most organisations (irrespective of its nature and size) are wary about the slippery slope due to the economic crisis. Surprisingly, economic downturns are a wake-up call for leaders to challenge themselves and their teams to achieve even more ambitious results, not through worry and despair, but instead through rigorous self-awareness and the new possibilities that go with it, giving rise to new sets of business activities.

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The Right’s rights and the Wrong’s might
Published in the Head Hunt, Singapore, January 2009 Issue

The predicament of what is right and what is wrong is an eternal question. To some, it may be the differences of perspectives while to some others it could be societal norms or even a trend. We often see the uncontrollable effect and analyse in retrospection, most often ignoring the cause which is far more controllable if intended to be controlled. In the contemporary world of sub-prime crises and rampant employee retrenchment, the right’s rights are often shadowed by the wrong’s might. The cascading effect of the crisis is shared by the people who were probably least involved in the ‘mighty’ game.

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Uncertain Times’
Published in the Head Hunt, Singapore, November 2008 Issue

In his book, ‘Mean Markets and Lizard Brains’, Terry Burnham, a former Harvard professor derived that people have two brains: a higher rational brain and an instinctual “lizard brain” full of irrationality and innate urges. Often, the lizard brain dominates.

It is this dominance of the “lizard brain” that often leads to economic disasters and uncertainty. Globalisation and rapid technological advancements are changing the environment at a speed of thought. Enormous challenges are accompanying such changes, and so are opportunities. As with other economies, Singapore’s employment landscape is undergoing a dramatic change. On one hand, the tight labour market and changing industry demands are triggering employee mobility from one industry to another. On the other hand, it is also emphasising the learning and development to embark on the concept of lifelong learning, enabling enhanced employability in order to stay relevant in the modern economy.

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From HR to Strategic Business Partner
Published in the Executive Class segment, Smart Investor, Singapore, June 2008 Issue

An HR business partner works closely with other business leaders to put in place its strategy, steer its implementation, and make the best use of the organisation’s people.

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The New Architects of Change
Published in the Executive Class segment, Smart Investor, Singapore, September 2008 Issue.

The economy is unpredictable nowadays. Globalisation and rapid technological advancements are changing the environment at a speed of thought. Enormous challenges are accompanying such changes, and so are opportunities. As with other economies, Singapore’s employment landscape is undergoing a dramatic change. On one hand, the tight labour market and changing industry demands are triggering employee mobility from one industry to another. On the other hand, it is also emphasising the learning and development to embark on the concept of lifelong learning, enabling enhanced employability in order to stay relevant in the modern economy.

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The HR Connection
Published in the Executive Class segment, Smart Investor, Singapore, August 2008 Issue

It takes a lot of work, but when properly defined, organisational culture can stand for a company’s unified thoughts, ideas and action.

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Work-life: The Balancing Act
Published in the Executive Class segment, Smart Investor, Singapore, July 2008 Issue

A flexible work-life balance is more important to Singaporeans than high pay, according to a survey. The article gives the low down on how to maintain one.

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Heart, Head and Hands: The essence of Corporate Social responsibility (CSR)
Published in the Executive Class segment, Smart Investor, Singapore, May 2009 Issue

Corporate Social Responsibility is a balancing act where organisations thread the line between economic sustainability and social responsibilities. By definition, CSR refers to the voluntary integration of corporate social and environmental concerns in their commercial operations and in their relations with the parties concerned. A well-laid CSR policy can be the unique selling proposition and a brand differentiator. It serves well in the role of building customer loyalty based on distinctive ethical values.

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