Let’s Defend All Women.

Women are oftentimes born to play on an un-level playing field. There are still many stereotypes about women’s place in society.

They face many disadvantages throughout their life.

In addition, they have to make more sacrifices to prove their worth.

And work harder to find their places under the family and organizational sun.

Truth be told, despite advancement in science and technology, discrimination against women continue to exist.

Violence and abuse against women are a part of life in many parts of the world.

Many of such actions, including rape, sexual harassment, and physical violence are outside of conventional radar screen and are not reported in the mass media.

These acts against humanity remain one of the major social ills.

Violation of women and oppression against them cannot be a part of society.

It should not exist in any family, company, community, and country.

Every violence against woman erodes the fabric of society and causes the world to be a darker place for living.

Undermines humanity and corrodes the soul of life.

We must put an end to abuse against any woman.

We must not tolerate any tolerance for such abuse in any way, form or manner.

We must rise up and speak with one voice for our woman folks.

We must have a proper, prompt, and appropriate response against such crimes.

We do it for the sake of mothers, sisters, daughters, neighbours, and friends.

We do it for the collective future of humanity.

https://www.google.com.sg/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/society/2017/oct/21/harvey-weinstein-accusers-women-voice-sexual-abuse

#defendallwomen

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Responding To Advanced Technology And Other Challenges Of A Disruptive Future?

To future-proof our people and help them develop deep skills, we should help them develop what I call the 4Ms.

First, mindset.

More specifically, a future-ready mindset.

In the past, they go to school to prepare themselves for a job and career.

In the future, to have a stable, secure and sustainable job and career, they need to commit themselves to lifelong learning.

They need to continue to cultivate new attitudes, knowledge, skills, and working styles to achieve success in the workplace and society.

Develop future-proof qualities to respond to and leverage on advanced technology and other possible disruptions.

These qualities include strengthening responsibility capacity, capability, creativity, agility, adaptability and tenacity to respond to a fast changing and challenging world.

Secondly, metacognitive skills.

Metacognitive skills are higher-order cognitive skills to help them learn how to learn and improve on how to improve so as to achieve the highest possible level of learning outcomes and results.

These are skills that can be built upon and cross-fertilized to develop other skills so that they can better respond to changing requirements in the communities, workplaces and society.

Meta skills include fluid intelligence skills, creativity and innovative skills, and leadership and emotional intelligence.

Thirdly, multiple intelligences

In 1983, Howard Gardner posited that there are multiple intelligences.

Unfortunately, many schools have focused mainly on a narrow perspective of helping students develop their logical and linguistic intelligence.

It bodes well to remember that moral
intelligence is just as important as intelligence of the intellect.

Altruistic intelligence can be more important than logical intelligence.

Taking action is more important than just acquiring information.

All humans have a unique set of gifts, talents and interests.

They need to develop their strengths and pursue positive passions, values, and aspirations.

Expand their potential and leverage on their strengths to optimize their contributions to the people and environment around him.

Therefore, they need to be educated in in a holistic and balanced way.

Know how to research and create knowledge and apply them in unfamiliar settings, including new and unfamiliar spaces of the new economy.

To do that, they need to leverage on multiple intelligences.

Lastly, mastery of skills.

In the new economy, we cannot afford to train our people to just become specialists in a designated field of discipline.

We need to train them in a more holistic, multidisciplinary, and chaos-responsive way so that they can have the skills set to pursue different pathways of excellence.

With the foundation of effective mindsets, metacognitive skills, multiple intelligences, and mastery of skills, our people can be in a better position to become pacesetters and pioneers in the future economy.

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How Then Should You Respond To President Halimah Yacob?

Mdm Halimah Yacob was sworn in as the 8th President on Thursday, 13 September 2017.

How then should you respond to her leadership?

Fight her? Ignore her? Or support her?

1. Let’s take a walk down memory lane.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced on Wednesday, 27 2016 that a Constitutional Commission will be appointed to review selected aspects of the 25-year-old Elected Presidency system.

Did you give your feedback to the Government?

2. On Wednesday, 10 Feb 2016, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong appointed a nine-member Constitutional Commission chaired by the Chief Justice and eight other prominent leaders to study changes to the Elected Presidency system, including reviewing the qualifying criteria of candidates.

Did you give your feedback to the Government?

3. The Constitutional Commission made a call for written submissions.

Did you give your feedback to the Commission?

4. The Commission held four public hearings in April and May 2016, and deliberated over the recommendations before submitting them to the Government.

Did you give your feedback to the Commission?

5. The Commission’s report and the Government’s White Paper in reply was released in September 2016.

Did you give your feedback to the Government and the Commission?

6. The issues raised about the Elected Presidency was debated in Parliament from 7 to 9 November 2016.

Did you give your feedback to the Commission?

7. I have provided my feedback through different channels.

In addition, I have blogged about my concerns about the elected presidency system.

Example:

https://hsrpatrickliew.wordpress.com/?s=Elected+president&submit=Search

8. After the United States presidential election, I have also appealed to the authorities to learn from its election process.

And educate our electorate to vote wisely.

http://www.straitstimes.com/forum/letters-on-the-web/educate-voters-on-how-to-separate-the-wheat-from-the-chaff-of-campaign

9. I have voiced my concerns and displeasure about the Elected Presidency system and the way it was implemented.

Truth be told, I’m still deeply concerned about how the government will carry out the Elected Presidency system in the future.

10. Everybody can criticize the Elected Presidency system and the way it was implemented.

However, please don’t blame President Halimah Yacob for the issues, including no-contest for the presidential election and disqualification of the two presidential candidates.

To be fair, the Presidential Elections Committee should also not be blamed for adhering to criteria for issuing the certificate of eligibility.

Why should the Committee lower the standards?

11. President Halimah Yacob did not contravene the Constitution.

She should be rightfully sworn in as the President of Singapore, our President.

12. I’m sure President Halimah Yacob is aware of the challenges during her presidential election campaign.

13. Moving forward, she is also aware that she’ll be under a spotlight throughout her term of office and perhaps, until her last day.

Many eyes are watching over her.

Some will wish her well while others will be on the lookout to find faults with her.

14. While I may not totally agree with the Elected Presidential system, I choose to pray for her.

I choose to support her and and hope for the best for her.

15. Truth be told, many of the good things that she will do, especially with the ruling government will be behind closed doors.

Many achievements may never be known to the public.

Still, as I have always said, women are the stronger sex. Sorry guys!

16. I’m confident that President Halimah Yacob will rise up to face the tidal wave in front of her.

Just as she has started to break away from traditions, she will not be easily swayed by other leaders and even popular opinions.

As our President, she will conduct vigorous research, seek wise counsel, and tap on a Higher Source of wisdom.

In her heart of hearts, she will look after the best interests of Singapore and Singaporeans as she help craft directions and decisions for our brightest future.

17. Should you fight her or ignore her?

Do we want Singapore to end up like many countries where people fight and fight over their politicians?

Struggle over political power and positions? And polarize and divide their people?

18. To be fair to President Halimah Yacob, even many of the politicians in the opposition camps have recognized that she is a leader with a good heart.

She has addressed many key issues in Parliament and in the public and fought for the disadvantaged in our midst.

Shortly after being declared the winner, she has announced that she will still be staying in her family home, a Housing Board flat in Yishun.

Isn’t that a reflection of her spirit of humility and focus on serving the people?

19. To my fellow Singaporeans, please give her space, time and other necessary resources to perform her roles and responsibilities.

As a human, you too would want others to give you adequate bandwidth and latitude to do your job, right?

You don’t want others to keep criticizing you and throwing stones at you every step of the way, do you?

20. When the dusts have settled, history may remember her as a truly people-oriented President who not only understands the people but also a leader who can feel their heartbeats too.

21. If we put aside our concerns and unhappiness, we can find many virtues and values in having Mdm Halimah Yacob as our President.

Think about it.

Our shining red dot is led by the the first woman to become the President of Singapore.

She is also the first Malay to become the President after 47 years.

What’s more, she overcame many odds to become the President.

22. President Halimah Yacob can be a living model and inspiration to all Singaporeans.

Wherever they come from and however challenging life has been to them, they can chase after the rainbow.

They can serve the highest calling in and through our country.

23. I’m confident that in the years to come, people will respect her for working wisely and working hard to help make Singapore and Singaporeans positively outstanding in the exciting new world.

24. My prayer is that she’ll become a beacon for religious and racial harmony, multiculturalism, multiracialism, and gender parity.

She’ll be a leader that will lead and inspire our people in transforming Singapore into an exceptionally great country in the future.

So, please support her.

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How Not To Run An Organization – From Mission to Mausoleum

Most organizations start with a Man and his vision to change the world around him.

This man then crafts a Mission to enroll likeminded people to help fulfill the shared mission.

As the team grows, the passion, commitment to, and perseverance for the Mission become diluted.

Some team members become distracted.

They are more engrossed with developing bureaucratic structures, systems, processes and procedures.

The organization now becomes a Machine that aims to fulfill the Mission.

At the same time, it tries to satisfy different personal and group agendas, aims, inclinations and outcomes.

The work gets done but the original fire is slowly being extinguished.

The initial momentum is slowing down.

Soon, like many organizations, it becomes a Monument.

It may be large, profitable and even growing, but somehow the X factor is gone.

There is no more oomph factor in the organization.

People go to the office and say, “It’s just another job.”

Many of the leaders and people in the organization just go through the motions in the workplace.

Slowly but surely, they start to create unnecessary paperwork and rigid procedures to protect their jobs.

They start to be involved with politicking and fight for their turfs.

Meanwhile, the customers’ needs are not properly met.

Competitors start to overtake them.

Eventually, it becomes like a Mausoleum, with people who are psychologically dead but simply not buried.

The organization becomes a case study of what not to do as an organization.

People who know them and know of them begin to shake their heads.

They will say some of the saddest words that can come from a mouth, pen or keyboard:

“How it might have been…”

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Whither Cryptocurrencies?

I am deeply concerned about steep rises in prices of major cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin.

While their potential values may seem positive, the prices have risen comparatively higher and not in tandem with many asset-backed financial instruments.

Are cryptocurrencies worth the value?

As it stands, there is still a lack of widespread utility for cryptocurrencies.

There’s also a lack of proper control of their governance and usages.

Are current prices a true reflection of their utility and inherent values?

Securities regulators are watching cryptocurrencies closely.

They can come down hard on cryptocurrencies if they are concerned that social stability is being compromised, especially when cryptocurrencies are being used for illegal vices and money laundering.

What will happen when securities regulators take a hard approach on controlling cryptocurrencies?

The euphoria for buying cryptocurrencies is growing too strongly for comfort from a growing mass of people who have no prior knowledge about cryptocurrencies.

How many of these investors or gamblers in cryptocurrencies know what they are doing?

Are they buying cryptocurrencies based on any logical and reasonable basis?

My fear is that if anything untoward happens, there are little that international financial institutions, central banks, securities regulators, and other authorities can do to mitigate the fallouts.

They may not be able to offer a safety net for the resulting victims.

If you are investing in cryptocurrencies, you may be playing a game of pyramidical musical chair.

Are there dark forces playing up the prices and preying on greedy and ignorant buyers of cryptocurrencies?

When the music stops, can you handle the final outcome?

Asset bubbles have been formed and they have burst in the past.

Are we seeing another bubble forming?

Will such bubbles cause harm and damages again?

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Grooming The Next Prime Minister And 4G Core Leadership

In his National Day Rally speech in 2016, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong highlighted his decision to step down some time after the next general election, which must be held by April 2021.

I applaud him for his committed and conscientious approach in ensuring effective succession.

One of the hallmarks of a great leader is the ability to groom more and better leaders to achieve sustainable success.

In this regard, I am deeply concerned about some of the key challenges in grooming the next Prime Minister and his or her 4G core leadership and ensuring a smooth transition.

First, I trust that the PM will not be overly-focused on the timing for his succession. He will instead be more focused on finding and promoting the right Ministers to look after the tasks ahead.

Secondly, it’s also important to ensure that these Ministers are well prepared to undertake important role and responsibilities to lead the country in the next lap.

They need to be given the right exposure and experience to strengthen their leadership, competence, relationships, and other resources.

The PM has a relatively short runway to help the Ministers cultivate these values, and assess if they are willing to do the job and are able to deliver desired outcomes and results.

As it stands, most of the key Ministers in the fourth generation were appointed after the general election in 2011.

Do they have adequate working experience and exposure in various key ministries to lead the country?

Thirdly, as in the past, some of the Ministers may choose not to continue in key positions or to even leave the government.

I’m confident the PM has put in place contingency plans to ensure that there’s an adequate number of quality leaders to take over the baton and carry on the race.

Fourthly, judging from the PM’s desired timing, he may have to appoint at least one of the Ministers to assume a Deputy Prime Minister or a Coordinating Minister’s position.

Such an initiative may cause unintended consequences, including intrapersonal and interpersonal challenges. I’m sure the PM is fully prepared to resolve such challenges.

Fifthly, while it’s important to enroll younger leaders to ensure continuity and sustainability, it may be equally important to enroll and retain older leaders to better understand and connect with an aging populace.

These older leaders may have a more enriched and deeper experience in life. They can contribute to a more diverse set of ideas, knowledge and expertise to make better-informed decisions.

Last but not least, the PM may need to better prepare the people to support the fourth-generational leaders.

Singaporeans need to exercise patience while offering useful feedback to help our leaders learn, improve and achieve better results.

The government does not have a monopoly of wisdom, and the most effective ideas, visions, and plans.

Therefore, we definitely need more ground-up and peer-to-peer initiatives.

While the government has apportioned a part of the national budget to catalyze and support such initiatives, we can do more and do better in fostering these initiatives.

Together with the fourth-generational leaders, we can achieve greater prosperity and progress for our nation in the future.

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What Is Success?

In a statement on Tuesday, Sep 5, 2017, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced that he would nominate Mr Tan Chuan-Jin as the new Speaker of Parliament.

The announcement started a flurry of discussions, including speculations about rationale of the Prime Minister’s proposal.

At the heart of the discussions, there’s a major issue that we should come to grips with. An issue that may influence the solidarity, strength and sustainability of our country.

The question that we need to ask ourselves is: What is success?

Should there only be one definition for success?

To better define success, we should determine what should NOT be the definition of success.

Success should not be defined by jobs, careers, and workplaces.

Or about achieving a higher position without consideration for others or worst, at the expense of others and leaving them behind in life.

Success should not be about a person’s position, personal profit, power, possession, prestige, pleasure, and privilege.

Success should not be a zero sum game. You don’t have to lose for someone to win.

You can win while at the same time, help others to win. That way, everybody can enjoy a bigger win.

Success should be about how a person makes full use of what he has to help improve the people and environment around him.

Therefore, success should have many definitions.

It should be framed from the perspective of the person’s unique personality, strengths, values, talents, and pursuits.

Success should be about being able to pursue different pathways to achieve different destinations of excellence.

Success should be measured from the person’s contributions to his family, community, economy, country and the world around him.

For example, does he go out of the way to put to right many of the wrongs that cross his path?

How does he address social injustice in the world?

Success is about stretching your potential to make a positive impact on the people and environment around you.

Without doing that, then your version of success would be like a morning dew.

The morning dew would glow but for only a short moment.

When the sun of reality shines on the morning dew, it would soon disappear.

It would not leave behind a single trace that’s worth any meaning, purpose and significance.

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