Keep 26 June free!

Join us at 1230pm for our next edition of our free lunch-time talks, titled “Climbing the right ladders”


About The Event

Whether you’re a business owner, corporate executive or stay-at-home parent, everyone wants to get ahead and succeed. Everyone wants to climb the ladder – just different ones. There’s nothing wrong with that. We should put our best to all our endeavors, otherwise why bother? But how do we tell which ladders we need to climb to get ahead in our career and in life? Climbing ladders is hard work, and we don’t want to get to the top of the ladder, only to realize we’ve been clambering up the wrong one! Come and join in a frank, honest sharing of the stages of a personal journey that starts with self-reflection and self-improvement, transitions into a realization of the importance of looking beyond yourself, and finally understanding that it’s absolutely true that you can do well, and do good.

About The Speaker

Mr Glenn Seah is the Senior Vice President and Head of Compliance at the Singapore Exchange Limited (SGX), an integrated exchange, clearing house and depository offering trading, clearing, settlement and depository services for Asian and international financial and commodities products. Mr Seah is responsible for driving the exchange’s compliance with local and international regulations and best practices across the globe. He joined SGX in February 2012 from Standard Chartered Bank, where he was Regional Head, Wholesale Bank Compliance in Singapore and South-East Asia, covering corporate banking products from transaction banking to financial markets, corporate finance and private equity, and overseeing wholesale bank compliance in several Asia-Pacific countries. Mr Seah was also a Deputy Public Prosecutor and State Counsel with the Attorney-General’s Chambers for several years, covering a broad spectrum of criminal law, including trial and appellate work, cross-border mutual legal assistance and the revision of Singapore’s criminal laws and procedures.

To register for this complimentary event please visit:


It’s ok not to know


We often think we need to know everything and have all angles covered before we dare to start on our dreams. But the truth is we can’t. Uncertainty is a fact of life but victory goes to those who dare.

Mr Lee Kuan Yew, the founding Prime Minister of Singapore, was a testimony to this truth. Keep your dream ahead of you and let it be a compass that keeps pointing the way ahead even while life gets tough!

Be inspired!

Set Back or Set Up?

We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair… We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. 

I’m sure as a child all of us loved to go on the swing. The thrill of flying through the air and that rising feeling of butterflies in our tummy is one of that great joys of childhood.

And we all know the secret to the swing depends on how far we can pull ourselves back. I remember trying to go as far back as I could, as far as tip toes and stretched legs would allow! Then as far back as I was, the final factor came in how hard I threw myself forward! It may have started small, but each swing brought greater momentum and with that came greater heights!

The story of the swing holds true for our lives as well! Life will throw you set backs but it is within the power of our perspective to see it as set ups for a greater future! Here are some thoughts:

  1. Failure is not final
  2. Perspective changes set backs to possible set ups
  3. It’s ok to start slow and small after a fall but keep going
  4. Have courage to try again

Many people who are now remembered and celebrated as successes didn’t always start that way. 

Thomas Edison was famously quoted for saying:

I haven’t failed. I’ve only found 10,000 other ways that didn’t work.

Dale Carnegie, a well known author said:

Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.

And perhaps one of the most inspiring examples of what Dale Carnegie said is Sir Winston Churchill, who led Great Britian through World War II. He said:

We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.

Even with the odds stacked against him, Churchill chose to see a set up rather dwell in the set backs. History is forever different because of this. Your future can be different too because you choose today to see how Churchill saw.

Be inspired!

Feed Your Mind

The quality and healthiness of our physical growth is very much dependent on our bodies receiving the right nutrition.

In the same way, we need to nourish our minds. One of the reason many of us feel we enjoy our jobs is because of the opportunity to learn and develop our mental capabilities and skill sets.

Make an active decision to feed your mind well. Here’s some advice about what you should look for in filling your thoughts:

Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Take time to find good books to fill your imagination and stretch your minds. 

Be inspired!

Press On

Someone once said that while inspiration is important for success, it’s the perspiration that gets us to the finish line.

If you are like me, I’ve started many things but have a bad habit of not seeing it through to completion. If you play tennis, you would know the importance of this because it is the follow through on the swing that gets the ball going where it needs to.

I keep this quote as a reminder to myself to keep going because only those that cross the finish line have the joy of seeing to completion what they start on:

I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race…

So keep running your race and don’t turn back till it is accomplished!

Be inspired!

Where Is My Talent?

“When I was a little girl, I asked my mummy what would I be? Will I pretty, I will be rich? Here’s what she said to me”

No doubt many, if not all of us wondered what we would be when we grew up. And perhaps few of us are employed as how our much younger selves might have imagined! In fact one article from 2012 claimed that 2/3 of people were “not happy at work”!

If this is something you’ve thought about, perhaps Jon can help to give some insights at our upcoming event.

Titled “Where is my talent?”, Jon opinies that many people find major life guidance in their exam grades from school or university, only to discover that this is not a very sustainable way to plan a life. Jon will draw on the work he does with high performing MNC teams to talk about where your talent is really to be found, and what you might need to do in order to see it flourish.

Jon is CEO and Principal Consultant of Elaura, a business helping MNCs to map and manage their talent, as well as founder of hoozyu, a programme helping young people to understand themselves better and make more sustainable life and career choices. Jon’s current clients include Coca Cola, Shell, DBS, RBS and Visa. He is from NZ, married to an English wife and with 4 children, born in Old South Wales, New South Wales (2) and Singapore.

So if this interests you, sign up for it here. It’s entirely free but the content will no doubt be invaluable in helping you shape how you think about your career. 

Event Details:

  • 8 April 2015, 1230pm to 130pm
  • The 3rd Space, B01-05, China Square Central, S048423
  • Complimentary, registration required

Come be inspired!

Keep Swimming

If you’ve watched the Disney movie “Finding Nemo”, you will remember a part of the story where the little clown fish Nemo is trapped with hundreds of other fish in a fishing net. 

How that little fish escapes is by a stroke of genius – he gets all the other fish in the net to keep swimming down back towards the ocean floor. At first it’s difficult to cajole everyone but they get the idea and finally little Nemo and daddy are reunited!

Life often throws us those nets and we can draw two great lessons from this:

  1. Keep swimming, never give up
  2. No man is an island, we can’t succeed life alone

Here’s something worth bearing in mind.

Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.

So keep moving, never give up! But it’s always stronger when we partner with trusted others to do life together.

Be All There

Often while our bodies are at our office workstations, our minds and thoughts are adrift in the seas of imaginations and dreams of greener pastures. 

But a simple key is to learn to see progress in life as a series of stepping stones. We need to learn the important secret of tackling life a day at a time. 

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. 

This ancient wisdom is more than 2000 years old but so relevant for today. So here are some practical tips for daily success:

  1. Take one day at a time
  2. Make the best of each day
  3. Start each day or end the day with a list of priorities for the day
  4. Be willing to say no to what you can’t complete today
  5. Fix today’s problems today and leave tomorrow’s trouble for tomorrow
  6. Look people in the eye and take time to think before you speak

Remember we have a beautiful gift called the present and the best way to use it is to be present!