Self-Express or In-your-Face?

Sometimes, when an emotion is unfamiliar, it can be misread. For example, when confidence is missing in oneself, it is read as arrogance in others. When love is missing, it is read as needy. When boundaries are missing, it is read as selfish. With that in mind, would speaking up mean to self-express or to […]

Leadership and Its Truth

…and of course, it is! No one deliberately tells a lie, especially in leadership. Right? There’s too much at stake and leaders genuinely take up the role in view of all responsibility that comes with it.  Leaders are known to call a spade, a spade. Leaders call it as we see it. It is what […]

That Thing Called Leadership

An important role turned into a buzzword. Everyone is a guru, a master, a sifu of Leadership. A myriad of courses, books, conferences, masterclasses on leadership are available with no real blueprint of what truly defines leadership. An industry without a concrete science, so young and most likely in infancy – who can truly deduce […]


As a WordSmith, I ponder. What does “learning” mean? When do you learn? How does learning happen? My experiences with the word “learning” is best expressed in my mother tongue, Bahasa Melayu. Learning is (i) timba ilmu and (ii) belajar. See the difference? `Timba ilmu‘ is time spent receiving knowledge ie going to school, college […]

The Power of Words in Creating Leadership Presence.

The Ocean of Trainers and Facilitators are a brimming red, especially when we sift through folios of trainers working in leadership.  And I, would have never in my lifetime ever imagined to embark on the path of facilitation and coaching for leaders. Yet, the Almighty has designed a path so focused and so niche, that […]

What’s Your White Paint?

The world’s whitest paint recently found its way to the Guinness Book of World Records 2022. Developed by a team of engineers at Purdue University, this ultra-white paint is said to reflect 98.1% of the sunlight, compared to the 80-90% reflectivity of other currently available white paints. It is stated that coating buildings with this […]

Organization or ‘Family’?

Should any organization position itself as a ‘family’? In May last year, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky, had to ‘virtually’ look thousands of his employees in their eyes, as his own welled up with emotion, amidst what Chesky referred to as “this most harrowing crisis of our lifetime.” He then announced that “nearly 1900 teammates will have to […]

Insider or Outsider CEO?

When Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO and successor to Bill Gates, announced that he would be stepping down in August 2013, there was no immediate successor. It appeared, that despite being a huge employer of more than 100,000 people, Microsoft had no obvious internal successor. The search began where more than a hundred external candidates were […]

“That” time of the year…

How often is performance review conducted in your organization? Once a year? Twice a year? Monthly? Weekly…or? For ‘travel-deprived’ reasons, I am reminded of my trip to Egypt in Feb 2020, with a family and friends’ group of 15. We were at the Great Giza Pyramids, where almost everyone excitedly arranged to personally ride a camel, […]

Accelerating Innovation in a Successful Technology Transfer Ecosystem

There have been much ongoing debates and discussions among stakeholders in the Triple Helix (TH) ecosystem about how best to ensure that the protection of IPRs and innovation are optimally calibrated to provide the right incentives for today’s creators, innovators and businesses. This article looks at the prevailing models of technology transfer in the innovation […]