Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Basis Of Singaporean Spirit - People Power: Introduction

[This is part of the book: Basis Of Singaporean Spirit - People Power, click here to go to the main page]

You have heard and read books about Mr Lee Kuan Yew (LKY), the 'founding father of Singapore', and impressed with what he did for Singapore. But do you know that without supportive people, there is no way for him to achieve what he did today?

Picture this: During the earlier years, if we were to airdrop LKY to China for him to do what he did for Singapore, what do you think would happen? Well, more likely than not, he would be wiped out by the Cultural Revolution.

Or maybe, let's airdrop him to America instead. Would he be who he is today? Unlikely, given his character, and in the democratic environment of America, he would more likely be labelled as radical or even extremist and there would be riots every day.

Chinese Art of War believes in the 3-Powers for success: Right Time (天时), Right Place (地利) and the Right People (人和).

Only when these 3 Powers are in harmony, would one be able to make huge achievements. LKY was a great leader who knew these and used these to his advantages.

You had read how great the timing was for Singapore's independence to coincide with China's Cultural Revolution; you had also read how strategic the location of Singapore is. Now, it is time to look at the 3rd Power – the Right People.

There are many countries full of admiration of LKY and the achievements made by Singapore and hoped to replicate this over to their countries, but they will find it almost impossible to replicate the recipe because they are lacking in one of the most important ingredients: The People.

This book investigates this "People Power" and guides you through the understanding of the Basis Of Singaporean Spirit (BOSS) – Written by the People, for the People.

This book is divided into 3 sections: Leadership, Social & Behavioural Sciences, and Basis Of Singaporean Spirit.

In the Leadership section, the author discussed the basis of leadership and highlighted core leadership concepts that leaders should understand. At the same time, the author also cited examples of misconceptions and areas that leaders should pay particular attention to.

In the Social & Behavioural Sciences section, the author used references from the Chinese Wisdom to define the behavioural patterns of people, touching upon the 3-Powers in more details as well as the 5 virtues of people. At the end of the section, the author performed a SWOT Analysis on the 5 virtues to discuss the opportunities and threats of the virtues and indicate to the reader on how to improve oneself.

In the last section, the author discussed the Basis Of Singaporean Spirit, what it is, why it is important and the misconceptions that even our leaders had. This section also provided a rebuttal to the labelling by our leaders and explained to them that they are the source of the problem, not us. The book ends with a chapter on a letter to Singaporeans.

Apart from the above, throughout the book, the author highlighted key concepts, which he called "BOSS Wisdom" to share with the readers. These "BOSS Wisdom" are important and summary concepts that the author hoped readers can ponder over.

[This is part of the book: Basis Of Singaporean Spirit - People Power, click here to go to the main page]

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