Wishing You A Prosperous Chinese New Year 2017! Gong Xi Fa Cai!

Here’s wishing you a happy and prosperous Chinese New Year for 2017! May it be filled with laughter, joy and prosperity in this Year of The Rooster! Perhaps most important of all, may you be blessed with wonderful family reunions and the strengthening of ties with family and loved ones… perhaps, the most important blessing of all.

This year is the first year in a long, long time – and definitely the first time ever since I’ve had a family of my own – that I’ve had to make plans and travel back to “home” to celebrate Chinese New Year. I recently took up a new job that required me to move, which has necessitated this new set of considerations to ensure that I am home for family reunions (similar to the American Thanksgiving celebration).

This has really underscored for me the importance of family. It’s too easy to defer these plans citing cost, time and logistical considerations (lugging multiple young children through the airport is not something any parent looks forward to). Logically, there could be very little reason to make the effort… but life is hardly logical.

This year, as per my annual effort, I present one of my favourite corporate/brand Chinese New Year greetings. This year’s comes from Uber Singapore with a lovely little short film that really resonates with me. It reminds us about the need to make an effort to maintain the ties that bind; especially when one is in the midst of the rat race.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

(Another notable effort is this one by JetStar – which I love because of the “real action” behind it. Of course, I still maintain that this my favorite Chinese New Year greeting commercial/TVC of all time by the beloved, and irreplaceable, Yasmin Ahmad, Malaysia’s darling storyteller.)

May happiness, wealth and prosperity follow you and your loved ones throughout the rest of the year! If you are traveling, please arrive safely.

新 年 快 乐, 万 事 如 意! 恭 喜 发 财!

Resource: Free Book Summaries

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In the course of figuring something out, I came across some helpful free book summary resources. I’m putting this here to share them with you, and as a bookmark for myself. 🙂

  • Deconstructing Excellence – A good start with free, detailed, and high quality summaries that incorporates other books and online resources related to the authors’ points. Summaries average 8-12 pages.
  • Actionable Books – Not comprehensive, but quite user-friendly. Helpful for browsing if you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for.
  • Derek Sivers – Books I’ve read – Derek Sivers’ notes on the books he read. Notes are free form and not in a summary format; but there’s a good number of books covered.
  • WikiSummaries – An average selection of books from multiple genres. Given that it’s a wiki, your mileage may vary.
  • Book Video Club – Helpful video summaries. It isn’t able to go into detail, but the videos are decent in quality and cover the main points.

Enjoy!

Airline Company JetStar Wants You To Stay Home For Chinese New Year

Well played, Jetstar… well played.

Jetstar’s campaign for Chinese New Year is a reverse of its business model – but adds kudos to their brand image. To welcome the Year of the Rooster, JetStar wants people to stay home to celebrate the festivities with your loved ones.

The campaign is in response to the growing number of younger generation Singaporeans who are increasingly taking the opportunity to travel during the holiday season, despite it being the one time of the year families gather for reunions. So, Jetstar is taking a stand – put family first and stay home.

Social experiments like these may have been done before, but the real kicker is how Jetstar puts their money where their mouth is: For passengers who have booked flights departing Singapore on 27 and 28 January, and are now keen to stay home to enjoy get-togethers with family, Jetstar will move their  flights to a later date, for FREE.

Find out more about the campaign here.

If You Can’t Afford To Learn From Your Own Mistakes, It’s Cheaper To Learn From Others’

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I’m a firm believer that it is alright to make mistakes in the workplace. It’s the best form of education – as long as you’re willing and able to afford the tuition.

The tuition comes in many forms: a financial cost, a negative impact to your career or reputation… well, you get the idea.

So, if you can’t afford to learn from your own mistakes, it could be cheaper (and safer) to learn from the mistakes of others.

You’re A Bad Leader If People Can’t Follow You

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Sometimes, when I’m driving in the lead of a convoy, I get chided for being a bad leader.

It’s neither because I don’t know the route nor that I’m driving I’m driving dangerously.

it’s because I am not mindful about the people following behind me.

Sometimes, I cross traffic lights right on amber; leaving everybody else stuck at the red light behind me. Other times, I drive a little too fast that the last few cars struggle to keep up.

You get the picture.

It’s the same with leadership.

We’re bad leaders when we are not mindful of the people following us; when we don’t bring them along.

It’s not that we lack the vision (we know where we’re going).

It’s not that we lack the skill (we can drive ahead and possess the right experience to navigate the journey ahead).

It’s not even because people don’t want to follow us (after all, people have allowed us to be “in the front” and are willingly lined up to follow).

We are bad leaders when we go ahead without ensuring that people are able to follow us.

We leave them confused, lost, and frustrated.

Good leaders help ensure that people can follow where they are leading.