Management

Lessons from Philip Yeo

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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.

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Management

Leadership Tips From Famous People

I was watching Channel News Asia and it was showing a repeat telecast of Conversation With series. It featured an interview with Uniqlo CEO Tadashi Yanai and it was very interesting.

Uniqlo CEO: Tadashi Yanai

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Uniqlo founder Tadashi Yanai is fascinated by failure. And he’d rather be a tough boss, than a nice one. Here are 5 things to know about Japan’s richest man.

1: Japanese Quality at Chinese Prices

PL: Product Leader

OE: Operating Excellence

This is similar to IKEA.

2: 9 Failures to Get 1 Success

You have to face 9 failures in order to get 1 success. Don’t be afraid of failures. Learn from it.

3: Be a Tough Boss

Be a tough boss so that your subordinates can grow and improve. With pressure, they can then achieve greatness.

4: Change

Uniqlo has a picture frame “Change or Die”. To change is to change your usual state.

IBM used to make meat cutters and punch cards. GE used to be manufacturing light bulbs. Tony Rayon now makes parts for Boeing, gold club shafts and Uniqlo.

So, you have to change. There is simply no other way to survive.

5: Find Successors

Be willing to find successors and train them up to take over.

Management

The Climb

I attended one of the New Staff Orientation programs and one of the item that struck me was the usage of a song. The lyrics are what one should do in his job.

Here’s the lyrics:


I can almost see it
That dream I am dreaming
But there’s a voice inside my head saying
“You’ll never reach it”

Every step I’m taking
Every move I make feels
Lost with no direction
My faith is shaking

But I gotta keep trying
Gotta keep my head held high

There’s always gonna be another mountain
I’m always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be a uphill battle
Sometimes I’m gonna have to lose

Ain’t about how fast I get there
Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side
It’s the climb

The struggles I’m facing
The chances I’m taking
Sometimes might knock me down
But no, I’m not breaking

I may not know it
But these are the moments that
I’m gonna remember most, yeah
Just gotta keep going

And I, I got to be strong
Just keep pushing on

‘Cause there’s always gonna be another mountain
I’m always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be a uphill battle
Sometimes I’m gonna have to lose

Ain’t about how fast I get there
Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side
It’s the climb, yeah!

There’s always gonna be another mountain
I’m always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be an uphill battle
Somebody’s gonna have to lose

Ain’t about how fast I get there
Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side
It’s the climb, yeah!

Keep on moving, keep climbing
Keep the faith, baby
It’s all about, it’s all about the climb
Keep the faith, keep your faith, whoa


Head over here to sing it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJ2m9uyF2bg

Management

Leadership Lessons from Star Trek

There are a lot of leadership lessons everywhere.  Here are some which in my opinion are inspirational to me.

Here are the links to the 2 great articles:

Lessons from Captain James T. Kirk

James Tiberius Kirk (Jim) is one of the most famous Starfleet Captains.

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Here are 5 key lessons from him:

1. Never Stop Learning

2. Have Advisors With Different Worldviews

3. Be Part Of The Away Team

4. Play Poker, Not Chess

5. Blow Up The Enterprise

Lessons from Captain Jean-Luc Picard

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Captain Jean-Luc Picard is the model of a great 24th Century Starfleet captain.

1. Speak to people in the language they understand

2. When you’re overwhelmed, ask for help

3. Always value ethical actions over expedient ones

4. Challenge your team to help them grow

Oftentimes, the greatest challenge that a well-run team can face is complacency. When you have a great team where everyone is filling out their roles and doing a good job, it’s pretty easy to just let things lay the way they are and coast on inertia. The problem is, when you have a complacent team, no matter how competent they are, they can fall apart when they’re faced with a big challenge. In order to keep your organization nimble, it’s vital that you encourage your teams to stretch their capabilities, even if that makes them uncomfortable.

When you have someone on your team whose doing their job, and doing it well, it can be hard to assign them new or more difficult tasks in a way that shakes up your organization. But to be an effective leader, you need to shake them up, so that when your team faces harder crises, they’ll be more resilient and effective.

5. Don’t play it safe – seize opportunities in front of you

“Seize the time… – live now! Make now always the most precious time. Now will never come again.”