One of the most fascinating elements that can make you win majorly (or lose spectacularly) in negotiating for something you want is the tension that lies between positions and interests. In my...
Jan 28, 2019
After sharing selected stories of climbing and surviving expeditions to some of the highest peaks in the world, and a life-threatening nerve disorder which left my permanently disabled in both of...
Oct 11, 2018
Recently, I attended an archery course aimed at bringing beginners at the sport up to speed on the equipment, rules and safety aspects of competitive archery. Like many of you, I had hitherto only...
Sep 18, 2018
In December 1991, during the Balkan wars a cattle herder called Luka was caught by a group of Serbian militiamen; marched off with several others and summarily executed for not being a Serb. His...
Jul 23, 2018
About a year ago, I had a fruitful and enjoyable trip to South Africa and Namibia. The trip included a lunch with longtime friend and fellow professional speaker, Nick French, who used to live in...
May 10, 2018
It’s not often you get a round of Facebook laughs when someone posts a picture of a sign at a Japanese ski resort apologising profusely for the ‘low’ snow base of a ‘mere’ four metres of snow....
Apr 03, 2018
Picture this situation: having worked hard at getting a key decision-maker to the bargaining table, you think you have sewn up. They like your service or product, the conversation has been pretty...
Feb 28, 2018
This is the time of the year when people attempt and I say attempt, as few actually succeed, in achieving some goal they have set for themselves. The vast majority of those so-called “New Year...
Feb 21, 2018
The Chinese must be arguably the world’s largest diaspora with roughly 100 million ‘Chinese’ who are mostly through national assimilation, Malaysians, Singaporeans and so on. I’ve even met Spanish...
Feb 15, 2018
IN DECEMBER 2016, Jeff Boss, contributed a trend piece for Forbes magazine in which he outlined seven megatrends in leadership for 2017. So, how have some of those been panning out? I can say from my...
Oct 03, 2017
IF YOU HAVE a curated feed of news on your smartphone like many people, you would have noticed the slew of new stories, memes and articles stemming from the recent outrage about the way United...
May 18, 2017
For nearly eight years, I’ve covered a range of leadership topics in this publication; but one that does stand out in popularity and application is the topic of presentation skills. One of the...
Mar 02, 2017
On a very normal Saturday at 9.12 am tiny island state of Singapore, a young man created history by being the first Singaporean to win an Olympic gold medal. Joseph Schooling not only won the men’s...
Sep 12, 2016
Concerned by possible defects in a multi-million dollar manufacturing deal between a Chinese-Japanese consortium that is building trains for Hong Kong’s underground rail system, reporters from...
Aug 08, 2016
Downhill skiing is one of the most exhilarating sports in which to take part, and possibly to watch. Even on a non-competitive level, there’s something about the mastery of manoeuvring your body...
Apr 05, 2016
Tired of the usual annual, corporate kickoff format and outcomes? Consider the following steps to help create the best kickoff you’ve had yet for your team or organisation. How do I know? For the...
Jan 13, 2016
In 1993, a group of amateur climbers from a flat tropical city state in a country just on the equator began working on a dream to be the first from their nation to climb Mt Everest. This would...
Sep 07, 2015
“IT TOOK MY breath away. What could this place be? Why had no one given us any idea of it? – Hiram Bingham, Lost City of the Incas Recently, I ticked off a bucket list trip I had been...
Aug 18, 2015
Over the decades, many have come to admire the success story of this small island, devoid of the kind of natural resources, be they forestry, minerals, or hydropower. Many admirers, though, would not...
Jun 11, 2015
Just recently, Singapore lost its first Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew. Though retired from the Singapore Cabinet since 2011, the enormous influence Lee Kuan Yew, or LKY as he was often referred to,...
May 27, 2015
The Football Association’s all-England knock-out competition, better known as the FA Cup, sometimes sees hitherto unheard of teams getting a chance to pit themselves against giants like Chelsea on...
May 05, 2015
What does the world’s best airline and mountaineering have in common? Both operate at “high altitude” – but so do other airlines and mountaineers. Which airline has won the Conde Nast’s best airline...
Apr 09, 2015
The new year has been upon us for a few weeks now, and depending on your organisation’s financial year, most of us will be looking forward to the latest news, trends and issues that will matter most...
Feb 11, 2015
The single deadliest day in the recorded history of climbing Mount Everest occurred this year on 18 April, Good Friday when a massive avalanche raced down the west shoulder of Everest and slammed...
Oct 31, 2014