Monthly Archives: July 2018


1. Hobbies after work – such as sports, walking and aerobics.

2. Lunch, breakfast, coffee

3. Celebrate birthdays or small wins

4. Bring a dish/ cake

5. Volunteer to help colleague

6. Smile, say hello.



Pad Thai salad at Another Hound, Bangkok. (Love the color). Recommend this @ your staff kitchen. Simple to prepare.

Do you come back from work and say:

“Honey, guess what!!?? We had pad Thai at the office cafetaria today.”

Or would you rather say:

“Honey, guess what we did at work today?”

Humans thrive on novelty and achievement. Not just free food.

Office cafetarias exist because  of convenience for colleagues to come together and collaborate. And create.

What do you think?


Check out the chicken wings. Do you have that in your office canteen? You do? Ok. Im filling out the job application. 😀👩🏻‍⚕️

If you still still think discovering your purpose or your ‘WHY’ is too touchy feely, listen to the podcast interview by Jacob Morgan of “The Future Organisation” with Tim Munden is the Chief Learning Officer at Unilever.

Company background
Unilever owns several brands including Dove, Ben and Jerry’s, Knorrs, Walls ice-cream. Unilever is found in over 100 countries with more than 160,000 employees.

Tim talks about putting 14,000 of Unilever employees of all levels through a workshop involving the discussion of their personal motivation WHY and linking that to their learning and development needs, bringing the whole self to work.

From the “Future Organisation” website,
Tim’s career started to have focus when someone asked him two questions:
1. What do you really love?
2. What do you want to learn about?

Tim’s advice for managers is to know how to answer– what is the purpose of our business? Keep asking why, why, why. Go on the journey with the senior leadership team.

Also, ask yourself what is the business case of the potential of all of your people. All the passion and energy. What is the price of not doing this? The well-being of employees, not just physical but mental.

Tim’s advice for employees is to make sure you challenge your own humanity, don’t check it at the door. Don’t be shy to bring yourself to work.

His main challenge at Unilever? Getting people to collaborate and share knowledge in a way that creates new learning. These sessions are part of the process to get there as well as reverse mentoring. Partnering older people with younger ones and have young ones teach the older ones.

What You Will Learn In the Episode:

● What Unilever is doing to help their people find their purpose
● Why do companies need to focus on purpose?
● What learning looks like at Unilever and how it has evolved over the last 25 years
● How to create a culture of curiosity and hunger to learn at work
Link from the episode


Jack Ma: Life is not about what you are able to do, but what you should be doing.
Author: 丁翔

Image credit: Simon Sinek 2013

In “Start with Why” and “Find your Why”, Simon Sinek and team talk about the importance of finding our motivation, our “Why”.

  • Why we get out of bed?
  • Why we do what we do? Get into university or find a job. Paying the bills is not a good motivator.
  • When you can find your why, it resonates with your gut.

The process requires thinking of specific experiences and people in our life that have shaped who you are today. People who have been most influential in your life.

Some memory prompts:

  • Think of a day at work, activity when as you headed home, you said to yourself, “I would have done that for free”. What happened that day that made you say that?
  • Think of your worst day at work – the kind of day you hope would never be repeated again. What happened?
  • At school, what was an experience, subject you loved?
  • What was a pivotal moment in your life when you realised nothing would ever be the same?
  • What have you accomplished that you’re really proud of? (Who else was involved? Was there someone who helped you, cheered you on.)
  • Was there a time when you gave of yourself to help someone else, after which you felt very good – like it was something meaningful?

Possible themes

  • To believe in people so that they can in turn believe in themselves
  • To provoke people to think differently so that they can be awakened to new possibilities
  • To inspire others to build skills and have a clear sense of vision so that they can accomplish much for themselves and their families, their communities.
  • Inspire growth in people to serve a higher purpose
  • To seek a life of passion, meaning and intensity, and be fully alive by inspiring others to forge an authentic, creative and unique path.

I have found the MBTI, Myers Briggs Type Instrument very useful in understanding the motivation or Why underlying my personality type.

Before you start thinking about the “WHAT” – type of organisation you want to work for, or create, start with WHY.   After you’ve discovered your why, the WHATs are products, services and job functions we perform. HOWs are values, guiding principles and actions.

There are several useful websites if you want to understand the tool without paying for it just yet:






种瓜得瓜 Sow what you reap
By 丰子恺 Feng ZiKai

Chinese ink painting
Singapore National Gallery

Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains. Steve Jobs

Jack Ma: The world is not about what you can do, but what you ought to do.
马云:世界不是因为你能做什么,而是你该做什么. Book by 丁翔

Carl Sagan once told the story of early astronomers who looked up into the sky with their primitive telescopes and observed the planet Venus. It puzzled them greatly because Venus had no observable surface. Not at all like the Moon or Mars, it appeared just like a featureless, flat disc in the night sky.

“What on Earth could possibly explain that?” they asked.

“Well, suppose it was covered in clouds.” “Yes, that would explain it, since clouds obscure everything beneath them.” So they continued, “What surface conditions are needed to make clouds?”

“Well, heat, which we know Venus has because it’s close to the sun, and water.”

Clouds of orchids at the Singapore Garden Festival, Gardens by the Bay. 21 Jul- 3 Aug 2018

That made sense, so they continued, “What kind of surface do you get when you have heat, light and water?” “Well, tropical rain forests, for one thing.”

That made perfect sense, so they concluded that the surface of Venus was covered with tropical rain forests

As it turns out, the temperature on the surface of Venus is 900 degrees Fahrenheit and the clouds are made of sulfuric acid.

Which brought Carl Sagan to his point. “Observation: featureless disc. Conclusion: tropical rain forests.”

How far wrong we can go — in just a few short steps! The conclusion of those astronomers may seem silly to us, now that we know more about the conditions on Venus. But the process they followed in making their mistake was one which most of us easily follow. In the study of logic, the process is called inductive reasoning.

Observe particulars, derive generalities from them.

Source: Quoted from John David Hoag

Goldman Sachs | Careers Blog – 2017 Back-to-School Reading List

Bill Gates recommends:

Mark Zuckerberg recommends:

Elon Musk recommends:

Can’t finish all of them? Start a book club at your school or company.

Not sure how to form a book club?
Check this out:
“A year of reading :a month-by-month guide to classics and crowd-pleasers for you or your book group”
By Elisabeth Ellington, PhD & Jane Freimiller, PhD. – National Library