Tags: Bukit Brown, change, Hong Lim Park, leadership, Lee Kuan yew, people's action, people's voice, Population White Paper 2013, singapore
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Back on Facebook catching up with news.
These days, I prefer reading online. It’s clean, snappy and way more fun; making it an extremely efficient and colourful form of media to catch the news apart from the gruesome weather. No need to stack newspapers and that does save plenty of space. Personally, I don’t like politics and I always make that clear that it interferes with issues in shades of grey when it shouldn’t be. But ironically, we need it in our society. I suppose we cannot run lives without politics. However, I often worry about the state of leadership here. It does seem to be in a mess.
The recent white paper on population has caused lots of stir though not to the tipping point of brewing a storm. Not because the situation is not serious, but more because of the fact that most of us have been very silent and law-abiding citizens who often choose to listen and just follow. We will not riot, not demonstrate or go into the streets with batons like many people in some countries do when things don’t go right. Actually to be really honest, we are very tolerant people here. The spate of concerns from various individuals have stated their thoughts on both human and natural environments clearly shows the intellectual capacity of locals here. So what kind of world we will have in some 17 years time, when our population density soars from the current 7500 people per square kilometer to 9000+? The matter is not confined to physical crowdedness alone where many infrastructures like public transport, health care, education et cetra fail to function even at satisfactory levels. People are all under strain too from the way we live, study, work and even sleep. We are like nocturnal animals. Many stayed up late at night. Yet many need to get up early. At one point, people have exclaimed that we are some of the fastest walking people around in the world. Agreeably we are. But what are busy about? For what? And why are we made to be so busy even when there is not much to be actually busy? Its crazy. When things go in this magnitude, even the quietest citizen will make a noise. I am making a noise now. I mean we don’t even have space for the dead. Bukit Brown, which has one of the largest Chinese cemeteries outside China, is undergoing partial exhumation to give way to urban development. To me, that is harsh to bring the dead up after they are supposed to be peacefully buried for several decades. Their descendants have dutifully keep the tombs neat and in Asian tradition, the dead are very important part of the living. The witness of these tombs being knocked down and bones being dug up isn’t a very palatable sight. And trust me, you can even feel very sad just looking at the process. It takes the coldest hearts to make the decision to knock down tombs. Especially the deceased ancestors who suffered for us to ensure we live a far better life than theirs.
I believe the forthcoming peaceful rally at Hong Lim Park on the 16 February will be historic. At least in Singapore History, it will be. It will be the first massive rally that is gaining global attention from BBC, Bloomberg to Reuters. Yahoo to Facebook, from Straits Times to Zaobao. It will be the first massive rally since the 50s/60s. The first peaceful defiance since independence in 1965, from a nation where people have stayed silent and been listening almost all the time. Because the government is usually right. And rightfully, it has been largely correct. Except for this time over a span of the last 5-10 years that things start to go upside down.
As a citizen, I share a worry here. What will be the legacy after this? Do we have a leader like Mr Lee Kuan Yew? Many do not like Mr Lee Kuan Yew, but we cannot deny he was the one to hold up a fine team to bring Singapore out of the murky shadows back in the 50s. He unified scarred pieces into one efficient piece ready to take off. The team he had was a different one from the team now. They knew what genuine hardship was and how it was to be looked down. That garnered people’s voice and hence people’s action to put them into governance for the next few decades. His credibility to get things done was absolute. I doubt we have anyone like him, who is identified globally as an extremely capable statesman of impressive foresight on various areas in economics, politics et cetra. We can be a tiny country. But who says we need to act like one and be stamped over like one? If we cannot see big beyond our land size, and think a lot of things cannot be done because we are a tiny country; then we will be finished. To think that increasing population by some 30 percent given the mere landfilled increase of less than 10 percent isn’t going to see us well economically. We seem to dote on rise in human population to get prosperity, which i think is wrong. Unless we use unique technologies to increase space and harness great creativity to house people, I cannot see how we can live with 6.9 million under conventional terms on land reclamation and living in high rise buildings that tower way up above the ground and tunneling deep underground for extra space. I wonder if anyone would worry about over stressing the structure of the earth below our feet, but I suppose my worry may be overlooked.
Times have changed. It is no longer a time when people just sit back and let problems auto solve itself. It’s happening everywhere, not just in Singapore. What makes it unique here is that people have suddenly turned awake about politics. We usually do not bother about it. I wasn’t brought up to stay politically aware. Neither were my parents. Politics is unimportant for us. To us, a peaceful and prosperous life of abundant opportunities and in great health is tonnes more important than politics.
This rally at Hong Lim Park will be marked in history as a peaceful defiance against an unpopular but passed White Paper. Consider this a historic change of the people’s voice, the real people’s action. If I am cleared on that day, I want to attend and hear what others have to say – Karen Fu
Design vs Technology August 29, 2012Posted by @Karen_Fu in design, real power.
Tags: design, leadership, short quote, technology
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When one says technology rules, one is only half correct. It’s like claiming only the leader is needed in a country where followers do not matter that much. Design is a system. Technology needs system to integrate. Design needs creativity, that of which requires courage and imagination. – Karen Fu
Intelligence is overrated. April 24, 2012Posted by @Karen_Fu in change, human quality, real power.
Tags: business, EQ, Intelligence, IQ, leadership, MQ
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Can’t agree with it more: ‘Intelligence is overrated’ after reading this article What You Really Need To Succeed
I will quote the entire source here below my signature. Though this is not new. The emphasis seems to be stronger now. Perhaps it’s the realization of our world has becoming to be that makes people redefine the sense for success. There’s even the quotient for morals, which I am wondering how many would be brave enough to question if we have the moral sense to see where we have gone wrong. Personally I still feel that intelligence has to come in place to enable one to plan smart. But whether plans could be realized depends on a lot on human factors. Meddle that off sync and you have people reacting negatively. Human resource management is one of the hardest to tackle and to master different minds into unified force is a feat. Everything is human. Nothing happens because of a built in situation on its own. The human mind is complex. Few people can learn psychology to the tip of the pinnacle without looking too linear or even ‘crazy’. Dealing with people requires life experiences. Or at least a keen sense of what is happening around them and how they should react and change accordingly. That needs a vast exploration into different people spaces. If one is lazy, and think their due superior intelligence could tell them all, then success cannot be imminent.– Karen Fu
Albert Einstein’s was estimated at 160, Madonna’s is 140, and John F. Kennedy’s was only 119, but as it turns out, your IQ score pales in comparison with your EQ, MQ, and BQ scores when it comes to predicting your success and professional achievement.
IQ tests are used as an indicator of logical reasoning ability and technical intelligence. A high IQ is often a prerequisite for rising to the top ranks of business today. It is necessary, but it is not adequate to predict executive competence and corporate success. By itself, a high IQ does not guarantee that you will stand out and rise above everyone else.
Research carried out by the Carnegie Institute of Technology shows that 85 percent of your financial success is due to skills in “human engineering,” your personality and ability to communicate, negotiate, and lead. Shockingly, only 15 percent is due to technical knowledge. Additionally, Nobel Prize winning Israeli-American psychologist, Daniel Kahneman, found that people would rather do business with a person they like and trust rather than someone they don’t, even if the likeable person is offering a lower quality product or service at a higher price.
With this in mind, instead of exclusively focusing on your conventional intelligence quotient, you should make an investment in strengthening your EQ (Emotional Intelligence), MQ (Moral Intelligence), and BQ (Body Intelligence). These concepts may be elusive and difficult to measure, but their significance is far greater than IQ.
EQ is the most well known of the three, and in brief it is about: being aware of your own feelings and those of others, regulating these feelings in yourself and others, using emotions that are appropriate to the situation, self-motivation, and building relationships.
Top Tip for Improvement: First, become aware of your inner dialogue. It helps to keep a journal of what thoughts fill your mind during the day. Stress can be a huge killer of emotional intelligence, so you also need to develop healthy coping techniques that can effectively and quickly reduce stress in a volatile situation.
MQ directly follows EQ as it deals with your integrity, responsibility, sympathy, and forgiveness. The way you treat yourself is the way other people will treat you. Keeping commitments, maintaining your integrity, and being honest are crucial to moral intelligence.
Top Tip for Improvement: Make fewer excuses and take responsibility for your actions. Avoid little white lies. Show sympathy and communicate respect to others. Practice acceptance and show tolerance of other people’s shortcomings. Forgiveness is not just about how we relate to others; it’s also how you relate to and feel about yourself.
Lastly, there is your BQ, or body intelligence, which reflects what you know about your body, how you feel about it, and take care of it. Your body is constantly telling you things; are you listening to the signals or ignoring them? Are you eating energy-giving or energy-draining foods on a daily basis? Are you getting enough rest? Do you exercise and take care of your body? It may seem like these matters are unrelated to business performance, but your body intelligence absolutely affects your work because it largely determines your feelings, thoughts, self-confidence, state of mind, and energy level.
Top Tip For Improvement: At least once a day, listen to the messages your body is sending you about your health. Actively monitor these signals instead of going on autopilot. Good nutrition, regular exercise, and adequate rest are all key aspects of having a high BQ. Monitoring your weight, practicing moderation with alcohol, and making sure you have down time can dramatically benefit the functioning of your brain and the way you perform at work.
What You Really Need To Succeed
It doesn’t matter if you did not receive the best academic training from a top university. A person with less education who has fully developed their EQ, MQ, and BQ can be far more successful than a person with an impressive education who falls short in these other categories.
Yes, it is certainly good to be an intelligent, rational thinker and have a high IQ; this is an important asset. But you must realize that it is not enough. Your IQ will help you personally, but EQ, MQ, and BQ will benefit everyone around you as well. If you can master the complexities of these unique and often under-rated forms of intelligence, research tells us you will achieve greater success and be regarded as more professionally competent and capable.