Monthly Archives: January 2010

Whales Get Beached

Las Vegas Sands chairman Sheldon Adelson recently revealed that big time gamblers had flown from Singapore to Las Vegas casinos. These “whales” (as they are referred to in the gambling world) from Singapore are usually male, they enjoy playing baccarat, … Continue reading

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Level 5 Leaders

Successful leaders are those who change the world and who feel no need to apologize for themselves or their calling. Low-profile, so-called “Level 5 leaders” are the best. The term was coined by Jim Collins. Level 5 refers to the … Continue reading

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Global Warming Bullshit

Al Gore’s involvement in environmental issues has been the subject of criticism. Some have cited “conflict of interest,” labeling him a “carbon billionaire.” Others have questioned the validity of his data, such as the High Court of Justice which argued … Continue reading

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Eat Right, Moron!

On January 2 the following letter was published in the online version of The Straits Times’ FORUM: Nasi lemak is cold? Pay 20 cents more to warm it up I have had enough of shops charging for little things. Where … Continue reading

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Rude Guests

What is it with Singaporeans? You invite someone to a five-star restaurant but while he’s stuffing his face with the gourmet cuisine that you’ll be paying for he’s going on about how great some other restaurants are. Show some appreciation … Continue reading

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Face to Face with Death

In Chasing Daylight: How My Forthcoming Death Transformed My Life, Eugene Desmond O’Kelly, CEO at accounting giant KPMG, was diagnosed at age 52 with late-stage brain cancer. He was told he had maybe three months, so he didn’t spend any … Continue reading

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How will You be Remembered?

Someone from my office passed away recently. She was in her late 30’s. Married. No kids. I don’t really know her – I’ve not worked with her before but I know of her. She was always smartly dressed and appeared … Continue reading

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Creating Ownership

My youngest boy wanted to make a little amateur movie during the recent school holidays. He got his act organized – got his equipment ready, wrote a screenplay, did the story boards, secured the location, acquired the props, etc. But … Continue reading

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2009’s Worst Business Books

Lucy Kellaway of Financial Times wrote about last year’s worst business books in her column late last year. Among other stuff, here’s what she said: A more seriously bad book is Edward De Bono’s Think! Before It’s Too Late. De … Continue reading

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When Harry meets Mickey

When LAPD cop Hieronymus or Harry Bosch got into trouble with the Hong Kong police, he called in his lawyer Mickey Haller. Nothing unusual about that, except that Mickey Haller and Harry Bosch are both characters in Michael Connelly’s novels. … Continue reading

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