Essays

Personal Transformation in Uncertain Times

Anybody can do (most) anything they want to in this life. I believe this with all my heart. The art of the possible. The human potential. The nineteenth century novelist George Eliot wrote, “It’s never too late to be what you might have been”. Most people reach a point in life where they feel compelled…

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Ten Leadership Lessons from Everest

Between 22,000′ and 26,000′ on Everest, I spent time thinking about the similarities of the mountain and leadership. When your own life and goal are in danger and success is not guaranteed, you have to both lead, manage yourself and the situation – along with what you can control and what you cannot. Set big…

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Five Lessons on Leadership from Lee Kuan Yew

When Lee Kuan Yew died a couple of years ago, it was very sad here in Singapore. You could see it on the faces of colleagues, friends and people we encounter every day like taxi or bus drivers. You could hear it on the radio, see it on the TV, and feel it on the…

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On Communications

One satellite phone, one iPhone, several iPods, two digital cameras, one HD video camera, and a Kindle all traveled to Mount Everest with me leveraging 3G, Internet and Wi-Fi networks, social media and photo sharing sites, several email accounts, voice-mail, and this web-site.  These are all technology advancements that date back to the 1948 invention…

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Leadership Lessons from Shackleton

Long ago, I read a fantastic book called “South”, which is the verbatim account by Sir Ernest Shackleton on his hard-to-believe Endurance expedition of 1914-1916 where he got every one of his men safely home after their ship was crushed in the remote frozen seas of Antarctica.  In the last weeks, I have been reading…

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Top Ten Running and Life Tips

The Top Ten Running and Life Tips – in no particular order Stay hydrated. Drink lots of water and energy drinks.  Drink the night before a run, during a run and after a run – it’s pretty simple.  In Life, drinks lots of water and healthy drinks also (and occasional good wine does not hurt!).…

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