Being A Leader Is Not About Leading Others

lifeartisan leadershipIn the general population, when we consider the term leader, we usually associate this with leading others.  Leadership can be defined as the ability to “move” or “direct” or “guide”.  When I reflected on this and in my own life, I figured that leadership is not about leading others.  Or at least, it does not begin with leading others.  It has an origin, it must start somewhere.  So where does leadership start? Continue reading

The Invitation by Oriah

This poem by Oriah Mountain Dreamer inspired me so much and really touched me. It talks to my soul, to the heart of me, to the child in me, to the warrior within me, and expresses how I’ve lived my whole life – how I felt, what I thought, what I’ve fought for within myself and outside of myself. Continue reading

Allowing Employees To Choose Their Working Hours and How They Want To Work

ricardo semler quote by life artisanThis quote by Ricardo Semler reminds me of how I managed a typical Gen-Y contractor at one stage many years ago.

Ricardo Semler is best known for his radical form of organisation model and corporate re-engineering.  At the age of 22, when he took over the family business, Semco, he fired most of the top level executives, cut down the levels of management hierarchy, gave the employees the choice to set their own hours as well as the choice of electing their managers and so on. Under his ownership, the company revenue grew from US$4 million in 1982 to US$212 million in 2003. (Source: Wikipedia, Fortune.com and article posted by Sam Mashiach in Linkedin) Continue reading