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On why I like to be quiet and keep listening to a world that can’t stop talking. It is prelude to an upcoming review of the book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. Continue reading
When our kids turn 13, we turn ridiculous. How do we handle it? Continue reading
What do you do when you find yourself a sort of captive audience next to your big boss for a couple of minutes? Be careful about the comments you make as smalltalk!
Here is a piece about the weirdness of the English language that I found on the web some twenty years ago. Continue reading
About a couple of chess games, and about why somebody’s loss can be as satisfying as your win.
Pointers in surviving the corporate jungle. Newspaper column in Today on 14 June 2008.
[...] In the unforgiving, dog-eat-dog corporate jungle, you need to be sure of the welcome. More importantly, you need to prove yourself worthy of it. Fear not, I am here to help you through it. And I will gladly accept all credit for your survival, if you care to make it public. But I regret that we (this newspaper, me, our family members, dogs, lawyers and so on) cannot be held responsible for any untoward consequence of applying my suggestions. Come on, you should know better than to base your career on a newspaper column! [...] Continue reading
How to market sophistication, a la francaise! Newspaper column in Today on 5 Jan 2008.
Sophistication is a French invention. The French are masters when it comes to nurturing, and more importantly, selling sophistication. Think of some expensive (and therefore classy) brands. Chances are that more than half of the ones that spring to mind would be French. And the other half would be distinctly French sounding wannabes. [...] Continue reading
Newspaper column in Today on 1 Sept, 2007.
[...] A normally aggressive soul, on the other hand, may become an obnoxious sender of what are known as stinkers. Stinkers are emails that are meant to inflict humiliation. [...] Continue reading
This concluding part of the philosophy of money (to appear as a column in the May issue of the Wilmott Magazine) shares my private disappointment that whatever I wrote up may not have been as original as I expected it to be. But the concept of money has been around for a long time now, so I should not dwell on it too much. Continue reading
Having looked at the how of money in the last post, here is the why of money in this third post in the my mini-series. Why do we want it so bad? Continue reading
This repost was originally a column piece, published some time ago in a Singaporean newspaper, it is my favorite, my pride and joy. For that reason, I may have sent it to some of my readers before. Here is hoping that you would enjoy a repeat read… Continue reading
This second post of the mini series based on my upcoming column in the Wilmott Magazine looks at how people make money in a scalable fashion. It was posted earlier in this blog. Continue reading
Here is another mini series of posts based on an upcoming column of mine in the Wilmott Magazine to appear in their May issue. I have posted similar ideas here before, but this series will put them together, hopefully as a cohesive whole. This first post of the series looks at the unphysical nature of money. Continue reading
It is a jungle out there. Do you have what it takes to survive? If not, don’t worry, I’m here to help. Continue reading
For corporate success, we may need to hide our technical knowledge at times. When it comes to techie-ness, we should know when to hold, and when to fold. Here is my take on how best to use (or hide) technical knowledge, originally published as a newspaper column. Continue reading
Bush has just left the building. Perhaps the world will be a kinder, gentler place now. But it will certainly be a less funny place. For life is stranger than fiction, and Bush was funnier than any stand-up comedian. Jon Stewart is going to miss him. So will I. Continue reading
This one is a hilarious piece I found on the Web. If you really like it, you have to wonder — am I still doing too much techie stuff and too little management? Continue reading