Monthly Archives: April 2011

The danger of relying on super-dominant forces such as the PAP

Super-dominant forces are inherently dangerous. Why did the sub-prime mortgage crisis happen? Why did the US get involved in Iraq? What happened to institutions that were/are “Too Big To Fail”? Why is it always recommended that you diversify your portfolios … Continue reading

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An open letter to MM Lee: Stop talking about track records, please.

MM: Aljunied GRC residents will regret choosing the WP VOTERS in Aljunied GRC who choose the Workers’ Party (WP) team will regret it, said Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew on Friday night. ‘If they choose (the opposition), then I say, … Continue reading

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Elections 2011: The duties that accompany change, by Dharma Sadasivan

(Visa: All Emphasise Mine.) “Since the last General Election in 2006, Singaporeans have seen how social media helped a relatively unknown senator become president of the most powerful country in the world. Singaporeans have also watched as Egypt and Libya … Continue reading

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Elections 2011: Why you should care about the coming General Elections, even if you can’t vote.

I’m here to tell you why you should care about the coming elections, even if you can’t vote, or feel that your vote doesn’t count. The coming elections are symbolic of something far greater and more profound- the elusive, indefinable … Continue reading

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Ministerial Pay 2012: The Neglected Truth About Incentives

There is powerful evidence that we have been completely wrong about the effectiveness of financial incentives and extrinsic motivation. Financial incentives often improve performance. But they can also lead to unethical behavior, fuel turnover and foster envy and discontent. Wharton … Continue reading

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What some old folks at a Polyclinic can teach us about making Singapore a better place.

I was at the polyclinic today to get an MC. I reached the clinic at 1pm, which is lunch-time, during which you can neither take a number or see a doctor. I found several elderly folk sitting around, and a … Continue reading

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Emotions: How you can manage them, and why you should

I often like to pretend that I’m a logical thinker, so for the longest time I (illogically!) convinced myself that emotions were petty, trivial and unimportant. After several years of reflection and contemplation, I┬ástill like to masquerade as a logical … Continue reading

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