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You’re running ministries, not the military

Lee Hsien Loong’s thinking in managing his team of ministers is, sadly, a reflection of his military background. “Negligent or dishonest ministers will be sacked but ministers who do not perform well despite their best efforts will be moved to a less demanding portfolio, or, if necessary, phased out discreetly,” he said. But he added… Read More »

危机=商机?

Many foreign businessmen and commentators have observed that the word for crisis in Chinese consists of the characters for danger (危) as well as opportunity (机). Their point is that, unlike pessimistic Westerners, the Chinese sees crises as opportunities for improvement. However, the etymology of 危机 does not support this popular wisdom. In most context,… Read More »

What “The Decision” taught us

Basketball is a team sport. Don’t believe? Look at how far the great MJ got in his early career. King James is probably overrated as a superstar who can carry a team on his shoulders. Not all decisions provide an immediate ROI – “redemption on insult” to the party for which the decision went against.… Read More »