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February 03, 2020

2020 - You have broken my heart!

So, we are in 2020, now what? That what I’ve been asking myself in this iconic year, in fairness I expected more, a lot more. Now am not saying I wanted flying cars (but I do) or batteries that last 1000 years on 1 charge (yes please) but I expected more from technology and how it improves our item about? What makes it interesting? Write a catchy description to grab your audience's attention...

February 21, 2018

To go far, go together

A video of the Canadian ice-skating duo Tessa Virtue and Scott Muir glued me to my phone this week as I was captivated by their display of perfectly balanced teamwork, poise and symbiosis. It occurred to me that often in life and in business we rely on the perfect match of two even-sides working seamlessly together to reach a goal. In this case, the Canadians scooped the Gold medal for their country, and richly deserved it was too.

December 12, 2017

Celebrating collaboration and successful flights from the nest

Is it already December? It’s that time of the year where most of the business world is powering down and taking a much-needed break. But I feel that it’s also an important part of the year to consider what we’re grateful for, celebrate achievements and reflect on the past 12 months.

Personally, I’d like to thank my team for ensuring the tremendous success of DAX, our innovation facility, which last month riotously celebrated its first birthday.

Most corporates create an innovation space and then hope that they’ll become amazing innovators.

We did it in reverse.

October 31, 2017

Should bankers wear shorts? Why I stopped wearing shorts at work

Which is why I turned up at work on my first day back in a pair of shorts. In fact I wore them all week. Sounds frivolous but there’s method in the madness. At DBS we’re trying to create a 22,000 person start-up and think more like a tech company. To do that we need to change the culture of the bank. Wearing shorts probably won’t accomplish that (although one of the senior executives at Microsoft wore shorts every day). But nothing fits people’s perceptions of a banker like the corporate uniform - a suit. I wanted to see how people reacted to me wearing my outside clothes (try wearing a suit in the Sumatran jungle!) and to feel that we should be open to experimenting a bit every once in a while.

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