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The 3Cs of Leadership – Take Charge, Connect and Have Courage! http://ielstaging.net/smm-leadership-lecture-article/ Fri, 26 Oct 2018 13:36:48 +0000 http://ielstaging.net/?p=8521     The 3Cs of Leadership – Take Charge, Connect and Have Courage! A leadership lecture by Mr Seah Moon Ming, Chairman, SMRT (26 October 2018) By Elijah Ng, Student Writer Mr Seah Moon Ming was thrust into the public spotlight when he apologised at a press conference on SMRT’s behalf by bowing. Since then, […]

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The 3Cs of Leadership – Take Charge, Connect and Have Courage!

A leadership lecture by Mr Seah Moon Ming, Chairman, SMRT

(26 October 2018)

By Elijah Ng, Student Writer

Mr Seah Moon Ming was thrust into the public spotlight when he apologised at a press conference on SMRT’s behalf by bowing. Since then, to focus on turning around SMRT, he has also stepped down as the CEO of Pavilion Energy. He has been lauded as the beacon of hope for the company.

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At the NUS Engineering Distinguished Leaders Lecture held on 26 October 2018 in the Engineering Auditorium, Mr Seah shared his core motivations and values that had shaped his decisions and his leadership style.

As a prelude to his sharing, Mr Seah first remarked that being a leader was more than just knowing about management and leadership theories. He impressed upon the audience that leadership had to be practised.

True to his no-nonsense approach, Mr Seah then laid out his personal framework for corporate leadership, his 3Cs: Take Charge, Make Connections, and Have Courage.

Taking charge, according to Mr Seah, was the difference between being a manger and being a leader. He pointed out that while managers are meant to get things done, leaders must play a wholly different role by providing the vision and the top-down driving force of the organization. This was even more crucial in today’s culture as young talents desire more than just a “what” and “how” to get their jobs done: they now ask for a “why”. It is hence the job of the leader to provide that purpose to his peers and employees — to energise and “charge” them up.

This means that leaders must “walk the talk”. Recalling his time at ST Electronics, Mr Seah shared that as he was trying to encourage efforts in innovation and patent creation in the company, he led by example by publishing a few patents himself.

Mr Seah’s presence on the ground has become a known fact in the public eye. From interacting with commuters on the train to visiting his staff during the weekends, it is of little surprise that establishing connections is also one of Mr Seah’s core values. “Show me the leader and I will know his men. Show me the men and I will know their leader,” Mr Seah quoted as he stressed the need for leaders to establish authentic connections with their employees.

Lastly, Mr Seah emphasised the need for a leader to have courage. It was clear to all that this point was one he felt very deeply about. It takes courage to take ownership and responsibility for so many; to confront issues head on without blaming others.

It was upon this belief that Mr Seah felt the need to apologise on SMRT’s behalf and make public declarations of the company’s intent for transparency in all matters. The need to publicly admit all the problems weighed on him. He felt that being open was the only way to regain the public’s trust and re-build the public’s confidence in his organization.

 

People need to believe you can keep your word and deliver on your promise”

 

It takes courage to take charge and to make the right decisions at the right time, Mr Seah re-emphasised. Although this did not mean that he always succeeded, Mr Seah shared that despite setbacks that he had faced throughout his career, he felt at peace with the fact that they were learning experiences and that he did at least try his best. In the business world, there was always the easy choice of trading social benefit for company benefits. It takes courage to reject this false dichotomy and figure a way out to have a balance of both. Courage is required to brave the short-term sacrifices and reap the long-term benefits, Mr Seah concluded.

Adding on to this, Mr Seah highlighted the need for leaders to be anchored by a strong value system that emphasises integrity — especially in this day and age of extreme volatility. Principles allow leaders to face their problems with courage and strength; it was the reason he could look beyond the bottom line and be emboldened to do the right thing.

To conclude his lecture, Mr Seah revisited his initial point, using the SARS outbreak as an example. The engineers working to develop an infra-red sensor for temperature taking had to overcome many odds. In an act of great leadership, they worked at hospitals despite it being unsafe and did the impossible by convincing the factory to open two lines for their product. The values that drove them led to a revolutionary, life-saving product.

This, to Mr Seah, was leadership. It is the art of putting those values together: to make common people do uncommon things.

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12th DSS Lecture“The Engineering Mindset for Business Building & Disruption” by Mr Tan Tong Hai, StarHub CEO & Executive Director http://ielstaging.net/dss12/ Fri, 08 Sep 2017 18:00:06 +0000 http://ielstaging.net/?p=3977 The Engineering Mindset for Business Building & Disruption Speaker: Mr Tan Tong Hai CEO & Executive Director, StarHub When: 8 Sept 2017 Where: NUS Engineering Auditorium Start time: 600PM (Registration & tea reception) Networking dinner will commence immediately after the event Engineers are driven by curiosity. That engineering mindset affects how engineers approach any situation and […]

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The Engineering Mindset for Business Building & Disruption

Speaker: Mr Tan Tong Hai
CEO & Executive Director, StarHub

When: 8 Sept 2017
Where: NUS Engineering Auditorium
Start time: 600PM (Registration & tea reception)
Networking dinner will commence immediately after the event

Engineers are driven by curiosity. That engineering mindset affects how engineers approach any situation and frame ideas that they generate. It is this mindset that enable engineers to be real-world problem-solvers having tremendous impact on how the world works and evolve. What is perhaps less understood, is how that very mindset can be applied to build businesses and deal with the almost continuous disruptions that we face today.

Beyond immediate problem solving, engineers who see and understand the bigger picture, how an ecosystem functions, how people tick & knows what drives them, are leaders who can create value in areas other than in purely technical fields.

Mr Tan Tong Hai, is an example of such a leader. As a fresh graduate from NUS Engineering, he made a conscious choice to choose a position in the IT field that allowed him to explore new areas of development. Now as CEO & Executive Director of StarHub, that same engineering mindset of curiosity and the drive to create, is what he believes is necessary to be inculcated in today’s students to create the leaders for tomorrow.

Join us in this session where Mr Tan will share lessons from his leadership path, his current challenges, and how he believes the engineering mindset can be nurtured to help create value through business building, and to better deal with a disruptive environment.

 

About the Speaker

Tong Hai was appointed Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of StarHub on 1 March 2013. He joined the company in 2009 as its Chief Operating Officer, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the company. Tong Hai has over 25 years of experience in the regional information technology (IT), Internet and e-commerce industries and has broad experience at top management levels. Tong Hai was previously the President and CEO of Singapore Computer Systems since August 2005, and the President and CEO of Pacific Internet (PacNet) from March 2001. He was instrumental in turning both companies around when he was at their helms. In addition, Tong Hai is currently the Chairman of Nanyang Polytechnic Board of Governors and a board member of Workforce Singapore. He is also a council member with the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry. He holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (Honours) from the National University of Singapore.

 

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Webcast of 11th DSS Lecture http://ielstaging.net/webcast-11th-dss-lecture/ Tue, 01 Aug 2017 06:07:55 +0000 http://ielstaging.net/?p=3635 Webcast of 11th DSS Lecture 11th Lecture of the Distinguished Speaker Series by Institute for Engineering Leadership  Speaker: Mr Loh Kin Wah, Managing Partner, Beijing Jianguang Asset Management Co., former EVP, Global Sales and Marketing, NXP Semiconductor Netherlands, President & Chief Executive Officer, Qimonda AG, Munich, Germany, and EVP, Communication Group, Infineon Technology. Abstract: In recent months, there […]

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Webcast of 11th DSS Lecture

11th Lecture of the Distinguished Speaker Series by Institute for Engineering Leadership 

Speaker: Mr Loh Kin Wah, Managing Partner, Beijing Jianguang Asset Management Co., former EVP, Global Sales and Marketing, NXP Semiconductor Netherlands, President & Chief Executive Officer, Qimonda AG, Munich, Germany, and EVP, Communication Group, Infineon Technology.

Abstract:
In recent months, there has been increasing urgency in efforts to push Singapore to transform itself in the face of global and technological disruptions. As Singapore diversifies and deepens its global connections & innovation networks, enterprises need to match this with skills to enable them to innovate and scale up, as well as be more pro-active in partnering each other & with others to create and capture opportunities.

SMEs are a critical component of Singapore’s plans to remain competitive. There have been numerous initiatives to help local enterprises scale up, be more productive and innovative. However, in light of such rapid global and technological disruptions, SMEs need to think & be global from the get-go, with or without government assistance.

Mr Loh Kin Wah has held senior management positions in global tech MNCs. In recent years, he has become increasingly active in high-tech investments in China, and advises SMEs in Singapore and elsewhere. Kin Wah will share his insight on growth-oriented tech SMEs which he believes can power Singapore into its next stage of growth leveraging on technology innovation.

The 11th Lecture included a discussion featuring panellists with direct experience in working with and in technology enterprises.

Panellists:

  • Mr Chew Ker Yee, Vice President, Business Operations, Wangi Industrial
  • Dr Lim Ser Yong, Executive Director, Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology

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Singapore’s Next Mile – The Global Tech SME: 11th Lecture of Distinguished Speaker Series http://ielstaging.net/11-dss/ Wed, 12 Apr 2017 23:05:58 +0000 http://www.pisteuomedia.com/nus/?p=3205 Singapore’s Next Mile – The Global Tech SME 11th Lecture of the Distinguished Speaker Series by Institute for Engineering Leadership  Speaker: Mr Loh Kin Wah, Managing Partner, Beijing Jianguang Asset Management Co., former EVP, Global Sales and Marketing, NXP Semiconductor Netherlands, President & Chief Executive Officer, Qimonda AG, Munich, Germany, and EVP, Communication Group, Infineon Technology. […]

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Singapore’s Next Mile – The Global Tech SME

11th Lecture of the Distinguished Speaker Series by Institute for Engineering Leadership 

Speaker: Mr Loh Kin Wah, Managing Partner, Beijing Jianguang Asset Management Co., former EVP, Global Sales and Marketing, NXP Semiconductor Netherlands, President & Chief Executive Officer, Qimonda AG, Munich, Germany, and EVP, Communication Group, Infineon Technology.

Date:
12 April 2017

Programme:
545PM (Registration and tea reception)
630PM (Lecture and panel discussion)
800PM (Buffet dinner)

Venue:
Auditorium 1, Town Plaza, UTOWN, NUS [map]

Abstract:
In recent months, there has been increasing urgency in efforts to push Singapore to transform itself in the face of global and technological disruptions. As Singapore diversifies and deepens its global connections & innovation networks, enterprises need to match this with skills to enable them to innovate and scale up, as well as be more pro-active in partnering each other & with others to create and capture opportunities.

SMEs are a critical component of Singapore’s plans to remain competitive. There have been numerous initiatives to help local enterprises scale up, be more productive and innovative. However, in light of such rapid global and technological disruptions, SMEs need to think & be global from the get-go, with or without government assistance.

Mr Loh Kin Wah has held senior management positions in global tech MNCs. In recent years, he has become increasingly active in high-tech investments in China, and advises SMEs in Singapore and elsewhere. Kin Wah will share his insight on growth-oriented tech SMEs which he believes can power Singapore into its next stage of growth leveraging on technology innovation.

The 11th Lecture will include a discussion featuring panellists with direct experience in working with and in technology enterprises.

Panellists:

  • Mr Chew Ker Yee, Vice President, Business Operations, Wangi Industrial
  • Dr Lim Ser Yong, Executive Director, Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology

 

About the speaker:

Loh Kin Wah

Loh Kin Wah, Managing Partner of Beijing Jianguang Asset Management Co., former EVP, Global Sales and Marketing, NXP Semiconductor Netherland, President & Chief Executive Officer, Qimonda AG, Munich, Germany, and EVP, Communication Group, Infineon Technology

Loh Kin Wah has over 35 years managing experience in leading semiconductor enterprises. He started his career as a quality engineer and moved on to process engineering, manufacturing, R&D, sales and marketing. Currently he is the Managing Partner of Beijing Jianguang Asset Management Co., Board Member of Ampleon BV Netherland, Member of Supervisory Board, BESI BV, Netherland. and Member of Supervisory Board, AMS AG, Austria. Kin Wah was formerly the EVP, Global Sales and Marketing of NXP Semiconductor Netherland, President and Chief Executive Officer of Qimonda AG, Munich, Germany, and EVP, Communication Group of Infineon Technology AG, Munich Germany. He has served as Non-Executive Director of RDA Microelectronic Inc., China Independent Director, Winbond Technology Inc., Taiwan Independent Director, Accton Technology Inc., Taiwan, and Member of Supervisory Board, Azzurro Semiconductor AG, Dresden, Germany.

He has also been Member of Governing Board, Institute of Microelectronic, Gintic Institute of Manufacturing, National Science and Technology Board, Singapore as well as Honorary Professor of Xidian University, Xi’an.

He has an Honors degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur and a Postgraduate certified diploma in accounting and finance from ACCA, United Kingdom.

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10th Lecture of the IEL Distinguished Speaker Series http://ielstaging.net/dss10/ Tue, 25 Oct 2016 21:09:28 +0000 http://www.pisteuomedia.com/nus/?p=2057 10th Lecture of the IEL Distinguished Speaker Series The 10th Lecture of the IEL Distinguished Speaker Series will be delivered by Professor Richard J Parker, CBE, FREng Director of Research and Technology, Rolls-Royce (retired) Abstract: When Ric Parker retired earlier this year, he was the longest serving CTO in the FTSE 100 Companies, with 15 […]

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10th Lecture of the IEL Distinguished Speaker Series

The 10th Lecture of the IEL Distinguished Speaker Series will be delivered by
Professor Richard J Parker, CBE, FREng
Director of Research and Technology, Rolls-Royce (retired)

Abstract:

When Ric Parker retired earlier this year, he was the longest serving CTO in the FTSE 100 Companies, with 15 years in the role and 37 years in the Company. This experience has given Ric time to reflect on what makes innovation successful (and why it sometimes fails). Why is innovation different from invention: invention is that flash of brilliance that leads to a vital new idea, captured in a patent, or technical publication; but innovation is the entire process of turning that idea into wealth creation, social benefit, or both. Ric’s own model for corporate innovation maps it into a Boston box with axes of  internal or external, closed or open. This model will be explored, looking at companies that have successfully employed each of the four possible approaches. What are the implications for corporate culture and employee behaviours that go with each of these. Singapore is an excellent micro-culture in which to explore these models, and Ric is currently advising A*STAR on how to effectively convert investment in technology into wealth creation for Singapore.

About Professor Richard J Parker, CBE, FREng

Recently retired, Richard (Ric) Parker was Director of Research & Technology, Rolls-Royce Group from January 2001 to March 2016. He was responsible for direction and co-ordination of Research & Technology programmes across all the Rolls-Royce businesses, worldwide. Ric joined Rolls-Royce in 1978.

Ric was awarded a CBE in the 2013 New Year’s Honours List for “Services to Engineering”. In 2014 he was voted European CTO (Chief Technology Officer) of the Year- 2014. In 2015 he was awarded the Royal Aeronautical Society Gold Medal.

Ric is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. He is a Liveryman in the Worshipful Company of Engineers.

Ric gained a BSc in Physics at Imperial College, London in 1975 and an MBA with distinction at Loughborough University in 1992. He has Doctorates (honoris causa) from Pusan National University, Korea and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; and from Loughborough University, Sheffield University and Heriot Watt University, in the UK. He is a visiting Professor in Aerospace Technology at Loughborough University and an Honorary Professor in Materials Engineering at Birmingham University, UK.

Ric is married to Jenette, has two daughters, and has homes in Littleover, Derby and Nine Elms, London, UK.

Details

Date: 25 Oct 2016
Time: 630-730PM
Venue: Engineering Auditorium

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9th Lecture of the IEL Distinguished Speaker Series http://ielstaging.net/9th-lecture-of-the-iel-distinguished-speaker-series/ Fri, 15 Apr 2016 01:48:41 +0000 http://www.pisteuomedia.com/nus/?p=879 This event has taken place. View webcast of the event. View article covering the event.   Managing Complex Situations in Emerging Economies And More Challenging Markets Speaker: Ms Olivia Lum, Executive Chairman and Group Chief Executive Officer, Hyflux Ltd Businesses looking to internationalise may be cautious about expanding into developing countries because of a lack […]

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Managing Complex Situations in Emerging Economies And More Challenging Markets

Speaker: Ms Olivia Lum, Executive Chairman and Group Chief Executive Officer, Hyflux Ltd

Businesses looking to internationalise may be cautious about expanding into developing countries because of a lack of infrastructure and business-friendly regulations. However, these regions are increasingly focusing on attracting foreign businesses to accelerate growth. Therefore, emerging economies can create attractive opportunities for businesses brave and daring enough to seize them. Ms Olivia Lum, Executive Chairman and Group Chief Executive Officer of Hyflux Ltd., will share on how she has managed complicated business environments of emerging and challenging markets, such as China in the early 90s and the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region.

15 April 2016 (Friday)
6.30pm  to 7.30pm

Engineering Auditorium
Blk EA, Level 1
NUS Faculty of Engineering
9 Engineering Drive 1
Singapore 117575
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