26 Dec 2017
The Singapore Management Festival (SMF), is an annual highlight
of Singapore’s management event calendar, offering learnings and insights for
the entire spectrum of business professionals, from PMETs to C-suite
executives. Themed The Evolving Future:
Small is the New Big, participants were treated to three days of
invigorating speakers, panel sessions and networking.
Perfection—the Enemy of Creativity
Have you ever been in a situation where you waited for the
perfect opportunity to come along? Perfectionism is the enemy of creativity,
and done is better than perfect. Whether you fail or succeed, there are always
valuable lessons to be learnt along the way.
Happiness as a
Get your company culture right first, then everything else
will come more naturally and flow organically. Although this may not be easy –
data from the United States showed that three-quarters of corporate culture
initiatives failed – commitment is key. That’s what counts to start getting
your company culture right.
Transform or Die
Millennials spend close to 18 hours a day consuming media;
one-in-two people use mobile phones; and one-in-three bought something in a
mobile experience. Is your business keeping up with the times and technology or
Be Authentic and
Companies wanting to go through cultural change or reorient
themselves to face new challenges must have a personal and honest assessment of
where they are, what they can and cannot do, the skills they need to develop,
and a willingness to learn from mistakes. Change values must be authentic and
real, and not staged.
Successful Tips for
To be a successful entrepreneur, one must dare to fail, know
one’s product, be well-versed in the art of selling, be prepared to make
lifestyle changes, stay motivated, and possess an entrepreneurial mindset of
working harder and smarter and pre-empting problems.
Serial entrepreneur Daniel Ong took the audience through his lifelong
journey of entrepreneurship and his links to many well-known Singaporean
This is the
second part of excerpts extracted from Today's Manager.
You can read the first part of the excerpts here.