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Leveraging Uncertainty and Unlocking Your Best Self

Change is the permanent state of life. But how we face being constantly disrupted shows the level of our leadership. The notion of impermanence is something that colors the entire cultural, economic, and psychological landscape. We simply need to learn new ways to adapt to these changes or to use the existing skills we have the best we can.

Perceptions of Creativity in Asia

Buchbinder, who served as a Design Leadership Consultant at the Stanford Design School, shares her experience teaching Asian youth about creative confidence during the Asia Leadership Youth (ALY) Camp in 2015. The full chapter Perceptions of Creativity in Asia can be found in the book Rethinking Asia 2: Entrepreneurship and Economic Development.  

Singapore a Nation in Transition

Singaporean culture has a robust stress on hard work, personal responsibility, and discipline. This is a nation where slacking off is not an option. Read on and discover new insights into how national values translate to public policy and individual behavior.

Negotiation: Key to win-win situations

It’s all about finding ways to make a “bigger pie” for everybody to enjoy. Negotiation is key and it involves “active listening.” Interestingly, a huge part of negotiation is listening on a deeper and more intuitive level to what motivates people and groups. While concrete factors like profit or ROI are easily quantifiable, many negotiations hinge on understanding psychological needs like individuals’ need for independence, personal agency, or recognition.

Seek First to Understand

“Personal Leadership: Ethics, Power, and Decision Making,” organized by the Center for Asia Leadership, Dr. Ng shows the contrast between Machiavelli’s and Descartes’ modes of political maneuvering. The following is an excerpt of Dr. Ng’s essay.

Taking Over My Family Business: The Adaptive Work in Leadership

In an excerpt from her essay, she reveals how attending an adaptive leadership course helped her understand two major roles of real leadership: to help people face reality and to draw out shared values, priorities, and beliefs that go beyond petty self interests and tribal loyalties. Read on to find out how business is all about leadership and leadership is all about people.

A Different Lens: Comparing Race Relations in Malaysia and the U.S.

What follows is an excerpt from an essay by Rachel Mason of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, who visited Malaysia in 2015 as part of the Asia Leadership Trek. In the book Rethinking Asia 2: Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, she traces the origins of the often uneasy and tension-filled relations among the three races that call Malaysia home. Interestingly, the story begins at the turn of the century with the rule of a colonial power.

Understanding Indonesian Entrepreneurship through Foreign Eyes and Paradigms

What follows is an excerpt from an essay written by Alanna Hughes of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the MIT Sloan School of Management, who joined the Asia Leadership Fellowship Tours in 2015. In Rethinking Asia 2: Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, she talks about her insights into Indonesia’s enormous potential for economic growth and how a younger generation of entrepreneurs can succeed only when the government, corporation, the academe, and venture capitalists work together to provide a healthy entrepreneurial ecosystem.