This is really a wonderful book to read. Here are lessons to learn from this great man.
1 – Disregard for rules
If you need to achieve something and rules are in your way, overcome it by breaking the rules to get the job done (legally of course).
2 – Take responsibility & ownership @ work
Never run away when something goes wrong and don’t put blame on anyone. As per SAF training doctrines…. Lead by example.
3 – Personal leader
Sun Tzu Art of War – Treat your men as you would your own beloved sons. And they will follow you into the deepest valley
Train your men to meet their greatest potential.
4 – Don’t be afraid to make hard decisions
When the HR Manager just advertised for staff replacement whenever a staff resigned, Philip Yeo sacked the HR manager and made the plant manager double up as one. Every time a worker was lost, a recruitment cost will be charged to the plant. This motivated the plant manager to be nicer to the workers to retain them.
5 – Be humble & eager to learn
Never stop learning and excel in it.
6 – Develop people & talent
Make an effort to develop your staff and collect talent. Send them for courses and give them assignments to make use of their skills.