"What rationale did people use to justify these rather extraordinary numbers? "New technology will change everything," the logic went. "The Internet is going to completely revolutionize all businesses," the gurus chanted. "It's the great Internet landgrab: Be sure first, be there fast, build market share - no matter how expensive - and you win," yelled … Continue reading Essays: We’re a Crawl, Walk, Run Company – the Internet Bubble and Its Lesson Contemplated in Good to Great (Jim Collins, 2001)
"From a child I was fond of reading, and all the little money that came into my hands was ever laid out in books. Pleased with the Pilgrim's Progress, my first collection was of John Bunyan's works in separate little volumes. I afterward sold them to enable me to buy R. Burton's Historical Collections; they … Continue reading Essays: The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
"Each of us is where we are by the law of our being. The thoughts which we have built into his character have brought us there, and in the arrangement of our life there is no element of chance, but all is the result of a law which cannot err. This is just as true … Continue reading Essays: On As a Man Thinketh – What is Your Most Cherished Book?
""Truly, thoughts are things," and powerful at that, when mixed with purpose, persistence and a burning desire for their translation into riches or other material objects." - Chapter 1. The Power of Thought, Think and Grow Rich I needed a little inspiration and a fresh breath these past few days, so I decided to pick … Continue reading Essays: Think and Grow Rich
(photo by @harvard_business_review, on Instagram) "A CEO has different tasks in different cycles. Some CEOs are founders and builders. Others have the luxury of managing momentum through a stable economy or a period when business models aren’t being disrupted. My task was different: remaking a historic and iconic company during an extremely volatile time. ... … Continue reading Essays: Jeffrey R. Immelt-The Strategist In Action
I have been filling up my journal with mantras and good quotes that can help me navigate the new year with new attitude with different themes. Yes, this is part of my new year rituals. : ) The first was "Either You Run The Day, Or The Day Runs You." My all time favorite mantra … Continue reading Essays: Easy Does It
What's the definition of 'leadership?' The single reason why I chose this book - The Leader Who Had No Title by Robin Sharma - from my favorite bookstore in Singapore several years ago, was because of the phrase 'who had no title.' I loved this idea so much. The notion of a leader or leadership somehow seems … Continue reading Essays: A Leader as a Great Person
My next favorite author, Daron Acemoglu, an economist, is a professor at MIT since 1993. He ranked third in the list of "Favorite Living Economists Under Age 60" in a 2011 survey among American economists, behind Paul Krugman and Greg Mankiw. And I don't doubt this acclaim. He co-authored 'Why Nations Fail' with James A. … Continue reading Essays: Professor Acemoglu and Why Nations Fail
(photo by @mjmauboussin, twitter) My favorite author, Professor Mauboussin's bookshelf at Columbia Business School. He is teaching Security Analysis course for straight 26 years! I should have known him and his books much much earlier! Will they offer me a chance to attend his class? 🙂 Note, Jim Rogers also taught an Investment course in … Continue reading Essays: Professor Mauboussin’s Book Shelf
When we start something, be it a small chore during the day or a project that requires strenuous efforts and time or a journey in life, let's always be clear on what we want and set clear intentions with the end result 'visualized' in mind. What I am learning these days is, the more I read … Continue reading Essays: What Are Your Intentions?
In my previous post, I have wrapped up my 2017 readings. Then what's my selection for 2018? This year's selection is humble, I would say. I found that I frequently add up any intriguing subjects during the year, so this time I decided to start small. And I still have amazing books unfinished that are waiting for … Continue reading Essays: My New Year Reading Goals
January is a month for closing and beginning for me. I am doing lots of purging and hatching jobs these days! For this reason, I feel obliged to wrap up my readings that I've completed last year. I intended to finish around twenty books when the year started but made around fifteen or so. 'Come … Continue reading Essays: The Best Business Books in 2017
"An excellent way to get acquainted with the two functions of your mind is to look upon your own mind as a garden. You are a gardener, and you are planting seeds(thoughts) in your subconscious mind all day long, based on your habitual thinking. As you sow in your subconscious mind, so shall you reap … Continue reading Essays: On The Power of Your Subconscious Mind
Do 'what we do' and 'how we do' on New Year's Day set the tone for the whole year? What's your thought? The more conscious I become on what I think, what I do and how I spend time in every passing year, it seems the more I tend to think and act consciously. After … Continue reading Essays: On New Year Rituals
What's a leader? To lead, what quality do you need? If you are a follower, what quality do you expect from a leader? Yes, I can hear your answers. We have certain qualities in mind that are somehow traditional and never changing. But do followers always have to 'have' a leader? Or do we always have to … Continue reading Essays: Have You Heard of a Leader Who Had No Title?
1950s was the period in the U.S. history marked by growth, prosperity and optimism after the long depression started in 1920s. People started to get over the trauma of the hard and difficult time after the depression, started to dream for the future and started to accumulate wealth. Alan Watts wrote this book at the … Continue reading Essays: On Alan Watts’ ‘The Wisdom of Insecurity – A Message for an Age of Anxiety’