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Back to Leadership Basics - 16 September 2014 The Straits Times

A couple of years ago, I invested in a painting for about $30. I was enjoying the sun at a Bali beach when I was approached by a painting peddler.   I flipped through the many canvases he showed me and one of them “jumped out” at me. photo 6 800x598

Since then, I have been the proud owner of an oil painting that shows a kampong scene in Bali – complete with coconut trees and sarong-clad folks.  I hung the painting in my living room – where I tend to spend most of my time at – as a reminder to “go-back-to-basics” once in a while. This approach can equally be applied to leaders, whether you are a newly appointed supervisor or a CEO.

2014 sees Arbora celebrate its 25th anniversary. Since 1989 we have been helping organisations around the world implement smart change. This has included helping around a million people achieve their next career move. We are proud to have had this impact on so many peoples' lives and enjoyed celebrating in style at this year's annual conference in Singapore. Recognising the importance of the Asia market it seemed a natural choice for our 2014 event.singapore-exterior-homegroup shot-3 2 800x642 

In 2014 Arbora’s UK partner, Chiumento, launched its first app. The app allows individuals the opportunity to take a first step into exploring what energises them at work.

Muriel2Pangloss International has been awarded the 2013 HR Excellence award for “HR Challenger”. Managing Director Muriel Steegan was delighted after the receiving the award. “This is a great recognition for our company. I’m so pleased for everybody who has worked so hard. And it’s especially pleasing that we won this award for helping so many people who are over 45 to find their next role.”


Much has been said and written about the dearth of women board members here in Singapore last year. However, I believe it is important to look at the bigger picture, and take a holistic view of the way the boards of local corporations function.The fact that an independent board of directors is a necessity for good governance is clear. I would like to focus on the manner by which potential candidates are admitted to the board, and what constitutes a good and effective board.

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