Category Archives: “Choose your leaders wisely”

We get the leaders we deserve. We allow specific people in our respective organisations, societies, communities and countries to become the leaders they are, often without comment or feedback from us. Our leaders must know in no uncertain terms that they represent us, our interests, and that they reflect on us. We will discuss them in the context of the organisations, societies or countries we call our own.

Malaysia’s Dr Zeti and the future of the GST

It was an honour to have Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz make the overnight flight to Beijing on 23 May to receive the Bill Seidman Lifetime Achievement Award from The Asian Banker despite her tight schedule in the middle of … Continue reading…

Chat with Tang Ning, founder of Creditease, world’s largest P2P lender who wants to be a full service wealth player

I have been spending a lot time building my understanding of the peer-to-peer industry. You will be seeing some of my thinking coming through in the completely revamped The Asian Banker's Future of Finance Summit 2017 in June. In December … Continue reading…

Meilin, you didn’t say goodbye

Dear Meilin,
When I heard the news, my first instinct was to text you. This is a bad joke to start the year with, and a quick reply from you would have got that out of the way. We had half … Continue reading…

1MDB and the single-handed destruction of a nation’s institutions

I thought that the Sarawak Report http://www.sarawakreport.org/ has the most comprehensive account of the blow-by-blow hard evidence being provided by the US Attorney General’s office in substantiating their allegations in the 1MDB scandal. I think the time has come for … Continue reading…

Does a chief executive need to have personality?

(Writer’s Note on 18 Feb 2015 – I have since changed my mind about Goh Choon Pong, the chief executive of Singapore Airlines. I will keep this original comment below as a record of where my perception was in 2013. … Continue reading…

Dick Kovacevich came to Asia

In the month of April 2012, I had the opportunity to host Dick Kovacevich, the highly regarded chairman emeritus and former CEO of Wells Fargo, and his wife, Mary Jo on a three week tour of Asia. It was something … Continue reading…