Over the years, I have seen seniors flourish and perish. Like the old adage says: ‘Old soldiers never die, they simply fade away’. There are a number of lessons I have learnt as I grow older. These lessons help me stay real, relevant
“Youth is not a time of your life. It is a state of mind’ Samuel Ullman ____________________________ Konosuke Matsushita (I894- I989) One of the most amazing seniors in history is Konosuke Matsushita. Inspite of all the setbacks in his life, he has the
Seniors are among the most under-utilized resources of our world and they often feel undermined, unappreciated and unwanted. A week ago, I witnessed the retirement of a good friend, a 50-year old Navy Senior Lieutenant-Colonel, a commander of a squadron of ships.
I recently read a heart-wrenching story of a nine-year-old boy named Xiaozhi, from Central China. He tugged at the hearts of many when his essay describing his cry for attention from his phone-addict father, went viral. His essay was posted on Weibo on Jan 17
“Respect is a lost art among younger leaders in conflict management.” John Ng One of my most ardent readers of Dr. John’s Leads, Stephen Yong, feels that my articles on how Asians tend to manage conflict is often slanted negatively. He challenges me to
“Avoidance becomes unhealthy when it becomes a patterned behavior and norm.” John Ng Avoidance becomes unhealthy when it becomes a patterned behavior and norm. We use it inappropriately in most conflicts. Avoidance also can have a boomerang effect on the avoider. Studies have shown
“We have to be careful that we don’t fight over nothing and for nothing.” John Ng Avoidance in conflict is not always wrong. There are conflict situations where avoidance should be encouraged. Here are some situations when avoidance is the best policy. Highly-charged
‘Avoidance breeds avoidance, which then becomes a perpetual habit of conflict aversion.’ In our last article, we have discussed the subject of why Asians tend to avoid conflict. These are some more reasons why people tend to avoid conflict. Fear of Consequences –
In our last article, we have discussed the subject of why Asians tend to avoid conflict. These are some more reasons why people tend to avoid conflict. The Power Distance Gap – The Wai and Yes hierarchy factor In Thailand, there are certain social
When our hearts are at war, we can’t see clearly. We give ourselves the best opportunity to make clear-minded decisions only to the extent that our hearts are at peace. —The Arbinger Institute Cats have a certain demure and innocent look. They sit
Employees behaved like children and were treated as children by their superiors. In the Asian culture, children never contradict or have disputes with their fathers, even though they might differ. I was first introduced to the ‘Smiling Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ practice when I was
“In conflict management, I am an expert outside but a novice at home!” John Ng Our lives are ensnared with conflicts. Everyone knows conflict is inevitable and it is almost an everyday affair. Have you met employees who seem so agreeable at
Have you ever wondered why very few people succeed in their effort to change? Or do you know why you are not able to make your change permanent? Here are the 7 fundamental elements you can do sustain your change and performance.
Coaching has become a necessary tool for managers and leaders today. However, many coaches don’t perform well in their role. Here are 7 reasons why.
Coaching can be a most exhilarating or a most frustrating experience for both the coach and the coachee. It all depends primarily on the coachee not the coach. Often, we think that effective coaching depends on the coach. From my experience in executive coaching, a
Coaching Well – The Missing Competence in Leaders Today! Every leader needs a coach. Every leader needs to be a coach. Coaching is the missing piece in leadership today. Coaching is a core competence of leaders. Why do we need leaders who need coaching
“Differences can become opportunities for growth or occasions for disaster.” John Ng Differences can make or break your workplace or family! It is not differences that will break a relationship but how we manage differences that will either make or break relationships at
Many of the deepest crevices in the cave remained unmapped. The last known survey was done in 1980. If you are lost, you are completely isolated. No GPS, no Wi-Fi, no cell phone service.
“This is the price and prize of one life. No cost was too great to sacrifice. No amount of human effort put in was too much to expand. No price was too high to pay. To save one life.” John Ng “If we
Why Are People So Angry Today? Rage is on the rise. People are angry. Very angry. Look at what has happened in our world.
Why is greed so rampant today? “Greed lives on the axiom, ‘Never enough’.” Greed thrives on lack of transparency and disclosure — or sometimes, even confusion. Fear, its emotional sibling, prevents corporations from making honest disclosures.
We are living in troubling times. Four out of ten Singaporeans cited ‘losing their jobs’ as their top fear in times of recession. In the US, ‘being unable to pay their mortgage or rent’ was Americans’ greatest fear.
My Personal Reflection on Trump-Kim’s Summit photo: The Australian “Peace begins with a smile.” Mother Teresa I have been following the US-North Korea conflict over the past year. We were so close to an inevitable nuclear war but something miraculous happened. The on-off
“Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid.” Albert Einstein Albert Einstein wasn’t able to speak until he was almost four years old and his teachers
“You and I are bound to fail, unless you put in the time and effort to prevent it.” Dr John Ng For a long time, I have subscribed to this dictum of Peter Drucker: “Leverage on your strengths until your weakness becomes irrelevant.”
“The connections of success tend to feed into your ego and you isolate yourself from common human existence.” Dr John Ng “Everything is built to reinforce the ego of the CEO. The wallet full of platinum cards, the ‘other’ entrance to the building.
The Molding of Moral Decay “My ambition when i was young was to be the greatest cheat and not be caught!” Dr John ng “Do not think lightly of evil, saying, ‘It will not come to me.’ By the constant fall of water drops, a
Here’s another exclusive excerpt from my new book, Unleashing the Greatness in You: The Power of Self-Leadership. Enjoy it! Greatness is a Choice. Desire, burning desire or holy discontent is the beginning of change to achieving anything beyond the ordinary. (Dr John Ng)
This is the second excerpt from my book, Unleashing the Greatness in You: The Power of Self-Leadership. “Success without successors or a successful system is not success.” Dr John Ng “Greatness is a lot of small things done well every day.” “You must
My latest book, Unleashing the Greatness in You, is available via meta.com.sg and wherever fine books are sold! Here’s an excerpt specially for readers of my blog — I write a lot about failure, but I can assure anyone who’s experienced it (including myself) that it’s