“When You Wish Upon a Star,” “Whistle While You Work,” “The Happiest Place on Earth”—these are lyrics indelibly linked to Disney, one of the most admired and best-known companies in the world. So when Roy Disney, chairman of Walt Disney Animation and nephew of founder Walt Disney, abruptly resigned in November 2003 and declared war on chairman and chief executive Michael Eisner, he sent shock waves through the entertainment industry, corporate boardrooms, theme parks, and living rooms around the world—everywhere Disney does business and its products are cherished.
Drawing on unprecedented access to both Eisner and Roy Disney, current and former Disney executives and board members, as well as thousands of pages of never-before-seen letters, memos, transcripts, and other documents, James B. Stewart gets to the bottom of mysteries that have enveloped Disney for years: What really caused the rupture with studio chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg, a man who once regarded Eisner as a father but who became his fiercest rival? How could Eisner have so misjudged Michael Ovitz, a man who was not only “the most powerful man in Hollywood” but also his friend, whom he appointed as Disney president and immediately wanted to fire? What caused the break between Eisner and Pixar chairman Steve Jobs, and why did Pixar abruptly abandon its partnership with Disney? Why did Eisner so mistrust Roy Disney that he assigned Disney company executives to spy on him? How did Eisner control the Disney board for so long, and what really happened in the fateful board meeting in September 2004, when Eisner played his last cards?
DisneyWar is an enthralling tale of one of America’s most powerful media and entertainment companies, the people who control it, and those trying to overthrow them. It tells a story that—in its sudden twists, vivid, larger-than-life characters, and thrilling climax—might itself have been the subject of a Disney classic—except that it’s all true.
Not all pioneers went west.
In The Greater Journey, David McCullough tells the enthralling, inspiring—and until now, untold—story of the adventurous American artists, writers, doctors, politicians, and others who set off for Paris in the years between 1830 and 1900, hungry to learn and to excel in their work. What they achieved would profoundly alter American history.
Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female doctor in America, was one of this intrepid band. Another was Charles Sumner, whose encounters with black students at the Sorbonne inspired him to become the most powerful voice for abolition in the US Senate. Friends James Fenimore Cooper and Samuel F. B. Morse worked unrelentingly every day in Paris, Morse not only painting what would be his masterpiece, but also bringing home his momentous idea for the telegraph. Harriet Beecher Stowe traveled to Paris to escape the controversy generated by her book, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Three of the greatest American artists ever—sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens, painters Mary Cassatt and John Singer Sargent—flourished in Paris, inspired by French masters.
Almost forgotten today, the heroic American ambassador Elihu Washburne bravely remained at his post through the Franco-Prussian War, the long Siege of Paris, and the nightmare of the Commune. His vivid diary account of the starvation and suffering endured by the people of Paris is published here for the first time.
Telling their stories with power and intimacy, McCullough brings us into the lives of remarkable men and women who, in Saint-Gaudens’ phrase, longed “to soar into the blue.
Sheila Bair is widely acknowledged in government circles and the media as one of the first people to identify and accurately assess the subprime crisis. Appointed by George W. Bush as the chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) in 2006, she witnessed the origins of the financial crisis and in 2008 became—along with Hank Paulson, Ben Bernanke, and Timothy Geithner—one of the key players trying to repair the damage to our economy. Bull by the Horns is her remarkable and refreshingly honest account of that contentious time and the struggle for reform that followed and continues to this day.
A level-headed, pragmatic figure with a clear focus on serving the public good, Bair was often one of the few women in the room during heated discussions about the economy. Despite her years of experience and her determination to rein in the private banks and Wall Street, she frequently found herself at odds with Geithner. She is withering in her assessment of some of Wall Street’s finest, and her narrative of Citibank’s attempted takeover of Wachovia is a stinging indictment of how regulators and the banks worked against the public interest at times to serve their own needs.
Bair is steadfast in her belief that the American public needs to fully understand the crisis in order to bring it to an end. Critical of the bank bailouts and the Can. $29.99 lax regulation that led to the economic crash, she provides a sober analysis as well as a practical plan for how we should move forward. She helps clear away the myths and half-truths about how we ran our economic engine into the ditch and tells us how we can help get our financial and regulatory systems back on track.
As The New Yorker said, “Bair has consistently stood out for her skepticism of Wall Street and for her eagerness to confront the big banks. A Kansas Republican, she has become an unlikely hero to economic liberals, who see her as the counterweight to the more Wall Street–centric view often ascribed to Timothy Geithner, the Treasury Secretary” (July 6, 2009).
In Predictable and Avoidable, Dr Pezzuto offers business school students; academics; and industry experts in the fields of finance, risk management, audit, corporate governance, economics, and regulation, a truly independent and unbiased analysis of the financial crises starting in 2007 and one of the first fully considered expositions of the financial, governance and regulatory reforms needed for the future.
Augmented with personal interviews involving selected global thought leaders and industry experts, the author's narrative focuses on the technical issues that led to the global crisis, but also addresses the human, cultural, and ethical aspects of the events from both sociological and managerial perspectives. The book exposes the root causes and contributes significantly to the debate about the change needed in the banking and finance industries and to supervisory frameworks and regulatory mechanisms.
This analysis enables readers to understand that the crisis we have seen was predictable and should have been avoidable, and that a recurrence can be avoided, if lessons are learned and the right action taken.
In The Org, Ray Fisman and Tim Sullivan explain the tradeoffs that every organization faces, arguing that this everyday dysfunction is actually inherent to the very nature of orgs. The Org diagnoses the root causes of that malfunction, beginning with the economic logic of why organizations exist in the first place, then working its way up through the org’s structure from the lowly cubicle to the CEO’s office.
You'll learn:The purpose of meetings and why they will never go awayWhy even members of al Qaeda are required to submit travel and expense reportsWhat managers are good forHow the army and other orgs balance marching in lockstep with fostering innovationWhy the hospital administration—not the heart surgeon—is more likely to save your lifeWhy CEOs often spend more than 80 percent of their time in meetings—and why that's exactly where they should be (and why they get paid so much)
Gerald Davis argues this is a root cause of the income inequality and social instability we face today. Corporations were once an integral part of building the middle class. He points out that in their heyday they offered millions of people lifetime employment, a stable career path, health insurance, and retirement pensions. They were like small private welfare states.
The businesses that are replacing them will not fill the same role. For one thing, they employ far fewer people—the combined global workforces of Facebook, Yelp, Zynga, LinkedIn, Zillow, Tableau, Zulily, and Box are smaller than the number of people who lost their jobs when Circuit City was liquidated in 2009. And in the “sharing economy,” companies have no obligation to most of the people who work for them—at the end of 2014 Uber had over 160,000 “driver-partners” in the United States but recognized only about 2,000 people as actual employees.
Davis tracks the rise of the large American corporation and the economic, social, and technological developments that have led to its decline. The future could see either increasing economic polarization, as careers turn into jobs and jobs turn into tasks, or a more democratic economy built from the grass roots. It's up to us.
This ebook offers some of the freshest thinking today on practical measures that businesses can implement to create shared value. Originally published in an online forum hosted by Harvard Business Review, it offers valuable advice about how CEOs, other senior executives, and boards of directors can work together to engage stakeholders in new ways, change their companies’ values, build healthier relationships with investors, revamp incentive systems to create long-term value, and develop stronger succession plans.
The authors of this collection of short articles include current or former CEOs, such as Howard Schultz of Starbucks and Dominic Barton of McKinsey & Company, and an array of prominent academics and other thought leaders, including Roger Martin of the University of Toronto, Jeffrey Pfeffer of Stanford, and Alfred Rappaport of Northwestern.
Its editors are Raymond Gilmartin, the former CEO of Merck and, until recently, an adjunct professor at Harvard Business School, and Steve Prokesch, a senior editor at Harvard Business Review who previously worked at the New York Times and BusinessWeek magazine. In their introduction, they offer five specific recommendations on how CEOs can restore public faith in capitalism.
HBR Singles provide brief yet potent business ideas, in digital form, for today's thinking professional.
Like all groundbreaking books, The Company fills a hole we didn’t know existed, revealing that we cannot make sense of the past four hundred years until we place that seemingly humble Victorian innovation, the joint-stock company, in the center of the frame.
With their trademark authority and wit, Economist editors John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge reveal the company to be one of history’s great catalysts, for good and for ill, a mighty engine for sucking in, recombining, and pumping out money, goods, people, and culture to every corner of the globe. What other earthly invention has the power to grow to any size, and to live to any age? What else could have given us both the stock market and the British Empire? The company man, the company town, and company time? Disneyfication and McDonald’sization, to say nothing of Coca-colonialism? Through its many mutations, the company has always incited controversy, and governments have always fought to rein it in. Today, though Marx may spin in his grave and anarchists riot in the streets, the company exercises an unparalleled influence on the globe, and understanding what this creature is and where it comes from has never been a more pressing matter. To the rescue come these acclaimed authors, with a short volume of truly vast range and insight.
From the Hardcover edition.
This is the epic saga of the American automobile industry’s rise and demise, a compelling story of hubris, missed opportunities, and self-inflicted wounds that culminates with the president of the United States ushering two of Detroit’s Big Three car companies—once proud symbols of prosperity—through bankruptcy. With unprecedented access, Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Ingrassia takes us from factory floors to small-town dealerships to Detroit’s boardrooms to the White House. Ingrassia answers the big questions: Was Detroit’s self-destruction inevitable? What were the key turning points? Why did Japanese automakers manage American workers better than the American companies themselves did? Complete with a new Afterword providing fresh insights into the continuing upheaval in the auto industry—the travails of Toyota, the revolving-door management and IPO at General Motors, the unexpected progress at Chrysler, and the Obama administration’s stake in Detroit’s recovery—Crash Course addresses a critical question: America bailed out GM, but who will bail out America?
Build a better business: Drawing on best practices from 100+ B Corps, this book shows that using business as a force for good can help distinguish your company in a crowded market, attract and retain the best employees, and increase customer trust, loyalty, and evangelism for your brand.
More than 1,000 companies from 80 industries and 30 countries are leading a global movement to redefine success in business. They’re called B Corporations—B Corps for short—and these businesses create high-quality jobs, help build stronger communities, and restore the environment, all while generating solid financial returns. Author and B Corp owner Ryan Honeyman worked closely with over 100 B Corp CEOs and senior executives to share their tips, advice, and best-practice ideas for how to build a better business and how to meet the rigorous standards for—and enjoy the benefits of—B Corp certification.
This book makes the business case for improving your social and environmental performance and offers a step-by-step “quick start guide” on how your company can join an innovative and rapidly expanding community of businesses that want to make money and make a difference.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Making a strong case for a small yet effective government, Venkatesh canvasses for sweeping economic, administrative and judicial reforms while simultaneously pointing out to the gargantuan failures of Dr. Manmohan Singh’s administration. Written between 2011 and 2013 these articles capture India's precipitous decline in various spheres caused by a singular lack of willingness and / capacity to govern.
In a refreshing departure from the known suspects who end up merely being critical of the Government, he also offers various alternatives to the challenges confronting the country. Needless to emphasize, while his suggestions are eminently debatable, the fact remains that these proposals are sure to secure necessary traction in days to follow.
The Toynbee like sweep of the subjects dealt by Venkatesh in a precise, succinct and incisive manner makes this book a compelling read.
The foreword of this book has been authored by Dr. Subramanian Swamy.
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Unlike previous books that often focused on one or several emerging markets, this book covers a much broader set of countries and tackles ethical, legal and societal aspects of corporate governance, beyond financial issues. It also discusses how companies work towards best corporate governance practices, particularly, in the aftermath of recent financial and economic crises. Readers will benefit from the wide range of theoretical, empirical, and case analyses, selected with care to reflect cutting-edge corporate governance and corporate social responsibility issues in countries with emerging markets.
Contents:Corporate Governance: Legal Framework and Codes of Best Practices:Corporate Governance Bundles for Emerging Markets (Rahul Bedi and Darshan Desai)“Good” Corporate Governance in Transformation Countries — A Comparison of Experts' Perceptions in East Germany, Estonia and Hungary (Thomas Steger, Ruth Alas and Külliki Tafel-Viia)Corporate Governance, Policies and Public Listing: The Case of Chinese State-owned Enterprises (Zigan Wang)Corporate Governance in Turkey: The Case of Borsa Istanbul 50 Companies (Esra Nemli Caliskan and Basak Turan Icke)Barriers to Effective Corporate Governance Reforms: Corruption and the Peculiar Case of Nigeria (Ngozi Okoye)The Brazilian Fiscal Council — Protecting Minority Shareholders in a Weak Legal System (Jairo Laser Procianoy and Roberto Frota Decourt)Using Market Incentives to Move Beyond Law and Regulation in Emerging Markets — The Case for Corporate Governance Stock Exchange Indices (Andreas Grimminger)Corporate Governance: Some Country Experiences:The Audit Committee in the EU Emerging Countries (Daniela M Salvioni, Francesca Gennari, Luisa Bosetti and Alex Almici)Great Expectations from Pension Fund Activism: Insight from Poland (Agnieszka Słomka-Gołębiowska)Ownership Structure and Directors' Compensation Disclosure in Malaysia (Elinda Binti Esa and Abdul Rahman Zahari)Corporate Governance, Performance and Liquidity Risk of West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) Banks (Alassane Ouattara, Luc Paugam and Olivier Ramond)Board Composition and Company Performance: A Study of Sub-Saharan African Countries (Gibson Munisi)Emerging Markets Banks Ownership and Performance: Evidence from China (Xiaoxi Zhang and Kevin Daly)Corporate Governance in Romania: Theories and Practices (Gheorghe N Popescu, Veronica Adriana Popescu and Cristina Raluca Popescu)Corporate Social Responsibility:Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility in Financial Institutions: Evidence from Islamic Banks (Hisham Farag)Is Corporate Governance Related to Corporate Social Responsibility? The Case of South Africa (Idoya Ferrero-Ferrero, María Ángeles Fernández-Izquierdo, María Jesús Muñoz-Torres, Juana María Rivera-Lirio, Raúl León-Soriano and Elena Escrig-Olmedo)Achieving Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility in an Emerging Market through Gender Diversity on Boards in India (Sharon Ayson)Executive Compensation in Emerging Markets: Theoretical Developments and Empirical Evidence (Yongli Luo)Placing Stakeholder Theory within the Debate on Corporate Social Responsibility (Tarek Miloud)Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility Reporting: Empirical Evidence from Bangladesh (Pallab Kumar Biswas)
Readership: Policymakers, professionals, academics, and graduate students in law, economics, management and finance, organizations promoting best governance practices in emerging countries, investors, as well as those interested in corporate governance, corporate finance, and business and management.
Keywords:Corporate Governance;Corporate Social Responsibility;Ethics;Emerging MarketsKey Features:Addresses current issues and cutting-edge trends in corporate governance and corporate social responsibility within economies with emerging marketsSheds light on how companies adopt and move towards best corporate governance practices, especially in the aftermath of recent crisesIllustrates corporate governance theories with real business cases and assesses the effects of various governance practices on corporate behavior
In The Leader, The Teacher & You, Lim puts forth a fresh take on the notion of leadership as other-centered, with the focus on enabling others to be the best they can be. This noble vision of leadership is elaborated and built upon through the sharing of his experiences, in particular the memorable lessons and deep-seated convictions he has had while serving under Mr Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore's first Prime Minister, and Dr Goh Keng Swee, Singapore's First Deputy Prime Minister. Different types of leadership, such as personal and position leadership are touched upon as the author encourages leaders to take an active role in empowering those they lead and spurring them on to excellence. Coming from a man who has helmed many distinguished organizations, Mr Lim's insights on core values essential for organizational excellence are also not to be missed. The book offers practical and down-to-earth advice for leaders in all walks of life. For leaders who genuinely care for the people they lead and hope to make a difference in their lives, this book will be a crucial guide.Contents: The Teacher:My TeachersOpportunities and ObligationsLearning by DoingSystems for SuccessGovernance and PS21Culture and ValuesThe Leader:LeadershipThe Pursuit of ExcellencePosition LeadershipPersonal LeadershipChallenges:Be YourselfBe the Best That You Can BeBuild Your Life with Pride and DignityLearn by DoingThink … and Think AgainPursue Excellence ConstantlyLearn to be a Part of an OrchestraConstantly Prepare for the FutureKnow Where You Want to Get toChoose to See the Best in OthersEmpathise with OthersBelieve that There is a Better Way
Readership: Professional, academic, student and lay public interested in the topic of leadership and governance.
Key Features:The book is written by a prominent author, the former head of the Singapore Civil Service, who served in government under the founding fathers of Singapore, and lived through the economic and social transformation of Singapore from independenceThe book introduces a new take on leadership (“other-centred leadership”) and excellence (“being the best you can be”)The book provides new insight into the foundational beliefs and values that make for strong nations and organizations, where success and survival are two sides of the same coinKeywords:Leader;Teacher;Leadership;Potential;Influence;Best;PS21Reviews:
“Everyone — regardless of profession — will benefit from reading this uniquely designed and highly original book. It is full of human insights, and it has a deep understanding of successful leadership, an appreciation of selflessness as the key to our collective future, an awareness of history's relevance to our lives and an unflinching emphasis on excellence. Siong Guan Lim is one of the most outstanding public servants in any country, and after finishing this book, you will know why.”Senator Bill Bradley
Former U.S. Senator and a Managing Director at Allen & Co.
United States of America
“The Leader, The Teacher & You is a riveting and thoughtful study on leadership based on theory, principles, and experience by a former Head of the Civil Service and one of Singapore's most successful and admired public servants, Siong Guan Lim. It should be read by every student of politics and public policy, and anyone who aspires to play a leadership role.
The book which as the author says is ‘part biography, part commentary, and part exposition,’ is loaded with insights into how to work with people, deal with reality, motivate an organization, achieve results, anticipate change, and ensure relevance of the organization.
For those who have long puzzled over how Singapore has been able to achieve so much with so little and in short time, it is public servants such as Siong Guan Lim who have made the partnership between the civil service and the elected politicians so fruitful.
Through his fascinating account of how he started in his first job as an engineer in the Sewerage Department, went on to be the Principal Private Secretary to Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, worked with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Dr Goh Keng Swee, and became successively Permanent Secretary of Defence, Education, and Finance, he recounts the crucial mentorship and inspiration provided by Singapore's leaders. He thoroughly examines what true leadership is all about. Lim moved on to become Chairman of Singapore's Economic Development Board and then Group President of GIC Private Limited, the wealth fund of Singapore.
I have not read such a clear analysis of the function of leadership written so succinctly and in such practical terms. It should be on the required reading list of university courses not only in Singapore, but major universities everywhere.”
Chairman, Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities
Singapore University of Technology and Design
“The Leader, The Teacher & You makes us aware that what we do is not just for ourselves, but also for future generations. It is full of a wisdom born of a vast experience and a propensity to take the long view, while remaining acutely relevant for the immediate. Siong Guan Lim is the consummate teacher and role-models the title of the book. While there are suggestions on how to skim through selectively, I would encourage readers to read the whole book to get the true gist of the thinking that has helped to make civil servants people that count in our nation.”Mrs Belinda Charles
Dean, Academy of Principals
“A remarkable book … after I started reading it I simply couldn't put it down. It has great insights, is fun to read, and deserves to be widely read. It is full of practical wisdom for a wide range of people — from full time mums to business leaders. It sets out a framework for leaders based on values and culture, but also on lessons learned by having to take tough decisions. Siong Guan Lim had an outstanding career in the development of Singapore. The ability, motivation, and vision of the author and his colleagues are clearly one reason why Singapore and Lee Kuan Yew were so successful. Because of this, the book is a great insight to understanding the phenomenon of Singapore.”Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach
Vice Chairman, Goldman Sachs International
“Siong Guan Lim has led and managed at the most senior levels of the Singaporean government. Any leader would love to have him at his/her side, advising, counselling, provoking, and reminding. We cannot have him with us in person, but we do have this book that extracts the lessons that he has garnered from his many years of experience. We are fortunate that he has chosen to share his wisdom in writing.
I have used some of his wisdom in my Harvard Kennedy School course on Effective Implementation for more than ten years. It has stood the test of time. Now, with the advent of the book, I will borrow even more from him. My students and I are grateful.”
Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy and Originator of the Kennedy School course on Effective Implementation
Harvard Kennedy School of Government
“Academics often think of themselves as being like monks in a monastery, each person being responsible only for themselves and advancing their own careers. This book by Siong Guan Lim shows what real leadership can do to collectively achieve far more than can be done individually.
This book contains the lessons and reflections of an outstanding practitioner of the art of leadership. Siong Guan Lim served in many senior positions of the Singapore Civil Service with great distinction and effectiveness. The fact that he was moved repeatedly from one senior position to another is a testament to his ability. In a society dedicated to promotion on the basis of merit, he was clearly meritorious.
The book contains many important lessons and challenges based on what the author has learned and practiced himself. As he points out himself, the true testament of a leader is to look at what remains after he is gone. By that measure he did exceptionally well since the Singaporean public service and Ministry of Defence are models of efficiency and effectiveness. He points out that organizations need to change in good times and in good time so that they are not overtaken by the future. He clearly succeeded in the ones that he ran. I trust that the current leadership in these organizations will take his lessons to heart.
Relative to other books I have read on leadership, this is one of the best. It is full of practical wisdom, insights and challenges. The focus on values as critical is what I have observed in the organizations I have led. I could not put it down once I started reading it. I would put it as a must read for any leader of an organization of any size. I certainly intend to use it in my leadership challenges.”
Cecil and Ida Green Education Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and
Director/ Chief Executive Officer of Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology
United States of America
“This book is truly unique: it is written and packaged like the numerous self-help books on leadership with tips and challenges, but its objective is not to teach someone how to get ahead and be successful by learning leadership techniques.
At its heart is a simple and yet profound message — that to lead, one has to inspire people to aspire beyond themselves. Messages like ‘at the heart of every human being is a desire for meaning and purpose in life’ is a call for true values-based leadership, and a selflessness that is reflected by the book's fundamental premise: to be a good leader, one has to be a great teacher.
Through examples from his own very public record of service to the nation and written in a way that is very accessible to young people, Siong Guan Lim is himself a teacher-leader.
The one message that resonates through the book is his observation that ‘time passes and people die, but principles and values are what live on.’ Young Singaporeans should absorb the book's messages into their daily lives, and by so doing they will become the selfless teacher-leaders, which Siong Guan Lim is the best example of.”
Founders, Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts
“We live in a wicked world. The conventional wisdom is that, in order to succeed, one has to be ruthless and unprincipled. Siong Guan Lim's extraordinary success is proof that a man with deep religious convictions and high moral principles can be a successful leader. What is Siong Guan Lim's leadership style? He is a leader with a tough mind and a warm heart, a leader who teaches and develops those who are members of his team. This is a wise and inspiring book.”Professor Tommy Koh
Chairman, Centre for International Law, National University of Singapore
“As a life-long student of philosophy, I have been struck how scarce wisdom is in our world, even though it has been revered throughout the ages. This is why Siong Guan Lim's book is special. It is probably one of the wisest books I have read about the Singapore experience. At the same time, its principles have universal applicability. Hence, I have no doubt that every reader will benefit from reading it. And the world will become a better place if his wise insights are universally applied.”Professor Kishore Mahbubani
Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, and
author of The Great Convergence: Asia, the West, and the Logic of One World
“Siong Guan Lim's book is a fascinating and uplifting read. He evolves an original exposition on the many facets of leadership from his more than 30 years of distinguished public service to Singapore. I recommend it as essential reading for managers be they placed in the private or public sector. Of greatest relevance to me personally was ‘Part I: The Teacher’ culminating in the chapter on ‘Culture and Values’ — valuable for those of us leading organizational change and development. Siong Guan's conviction that today's challenges demand values-driven solutions resonates sharply and persuasively. This book is organized to lovingly teach you how to lead yourself and your people to be the best that everyone can be.”Mr Philip Ng
Chief Executive Officer, Far East Organization, and
Chairman of the Singapore University of Technology and Design Board of Trustees
“An extensive collection of great quotations and life principles by Siong Guan Lim has provided me with personal inspiration and valuable professional insights as a CEO of a company whose continued success depends on its people. As every principle is intelligently articulated, reading this book will surely motivate and encourage all leaders.”Mr Takeshi Niinami
Chief Executive Officer of Lawson, Inc.
“The Leader, The Teacher & You: Leadership Through The Third Generation is a reflective account on teacher leadership by Siong Guan Lim, a former top civil servant with an illustrious career. Unlike many other books on the subject, he imparts thoughtful advice and perceptive lessons on leadership through easy to understand anecdotes and quotes from distinguished leaders such as Singapore's founding fathers Mr Lee Kuan Yew and the late Dr Goh Keng Swee. This is an essential read for anyone looking to make a positive impact in the lives of others, regardless of age, background, or occupation. His advice is applicable to people from all walks of life, whether one is a civil servant, a business leader or a student.”Dr Stephen Riady
“This book captures much of what is important in life from a leadership perspective. Having lived in Singapore and having been a regular visitor since the early 1990's, I have added much to my understanding of why the country has been so successful. A country run by leaders at all levels who exhibit the aspects of great leadership captured here, who really are ‘catalysts for change,’ and who never stop trying to be the best they can be, has every reason to be successful … and this works in the private sector too!”Mr John G Rice
Vice Chairman, General Electric, and
President & Chief Executive Officer of GE Global Growth and Operations
“This is an extraordinarily valuable book. Siong Guan Lim and Joanne Lim have managed to do the unusual, which is to create a narrative that is both educational and readable. The writers have elegantly drawn out important experiences and learnings from Siong Guan's long and varied career, and have made them memorable. But this is more than a story of a remarkable career and personal journey but the context, the development of a country whose primary asset is its people, means that the insights are endorsed by the success of a nation.”Sir John Rose
Chairman, Holdingham Group, and
former Chief Executive Officer, Rolls Royce Inc.
“One of the most insightful books in German literature is the novel The Buddenbrooks of Thomas Mann. It describes the decline of a family. Again and again looking at dynasties or business houses, we witness the seemingly unavoidable descent from great heights of success to failure. How can this be prevented? The answer is selfless and competent leadership! The young look for role models and guidance, which can only be provided by elders who by their achievements and their life show them that there are lofty goals worth striving for. Read this book for ideas and ideals.”Mr Urs Schoettli
Consultant on Asian Affairs and
former Asia Correspondent of Neue Zürcher Zeitung (Switzerland) in Beijing, Hong Kong, Delhi, and Tokyo
“Siong Guan Lim has been at the helm of many organizations critical in the transformation of Singapore into an economic powerhouse, from the civil service to the Economic Development Board to GIC, the fund manager for Singapore's foreign reserves. As autobiographical as it is motivational, The Leader, the Teacher, and You is a must-read for executives, public servants, and students of East Asian development. Yet the wisdom of its general insights, as well as the humility with which they are delivered, will be an inspiration for any reader.”Dr Toni Schönenberger
Chief Executive Officer, UBS Wolfsberg, and
Chairman, stars Foundation Board
“The transformation of Singapore has often been credited to the leadership of its succession of Prime Ministers. However, behind them are other leaders who do the actual grunt work and make things happen. This book tells the remarkable story of one such man, Siong Guan Lim, the son of a taxi driver, starting his career as a sewerage engineer and rising to be the Head of the Civil Service, having served as Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister, as well as Permanent Secretary for the Defence, Education, and Finance Ministries along the way. And today he sits as Group President of one of the largest global sovereign wealth funds. There are fascinating insights into the way he led innovative changes in the government departments he served. After three decades, there are countless nuggets of wisdom here for us to learn from. There are many things that I admire about Siong Guan — his appetite for learning, courage to accept new appointments, his ability to lead wholesale management changes, and so on. But most of all I admire his humility, his empathy, and his ability to encourage and inspire others to do the best they can. Reading his story made me wish I had worked for such a leader and mentor.”Dato Dr Kim Tan
Chairman, SpringHill Management Ltd.
“Siong Guan Lim was Head of the well-known Singapore Civil Service. His book is full of aphorisms that are aimed primarily at the empowerment of people in a large complex organization and the role of an enlightened leadership. He ends the book with a quote from Laozi — ‘As for the best leaders, people do not notice their existence.’ The entire civil service of Singapore could do very well for themselves, but more importantly for Singaporeans, by taking a refresher course through reading this book. Civil servants today must take the risks of constructive change. The lessons of the book could prevent the stasis that dominant ruling parties undergo as witnessed with the KMT in Taiwan and the LDP in Japan.”Dr Tommy Tan
Chief Executive Officer, TC Capital
“One learns how to do something, but one can also do in order to learn. This is a book by a dedicated Singapore civil servant who did both by following able leaders who were also great teachers. Drawing lessons from a lifetime's work, he offers advice to all those who wish to succeed in serving their society with integrity.”Professor Wang Gungwu
Chairman of the East Asian Institute and
University Professor, National University of Singapore
“This book was written by my good friend Siong Guan Lim based on his observations and experience in his public career since 1969. It reflects his lifestyle, wisdom, life, and beliefs. With keen insight, he describes the behaviour of human groups, for example, by using the image of GEESE in a thoughtful and persuasive way.
While each society may need a slightly different type of leader, there are some basic requirements that make a superior leader. Some leaders, while they are leading their people, are brilliant and exemplary with a clear vision for the future. But once they leave, the group may face an abrupt slowdown or even chaos. Siong Guan clearly states that such leaders are not the best ones. Not leading from the front, nor from the side, nor from behind, but ‘from within’ is what makes the best leader, he writes. There is so much truth in his statement that the leader must seek to be like the teacher, where the true measure of success is how well the student can surpass the teacher.
Siong Guan and I are involved in sharing ideas on lessons for leaders of the future generation. I find his thoughts and contributions to be highly original and instructive.”
Chief Executive Officer/ Executive Managing Director
Japan Bank for International Co-operation
“Siong Guan Lim has written an outstanding book, and he has done this because he is an outstanding man. Lim has been on the frontlines of Singapore's rapid development over the past forty years providing vital leadership in defence, education, finance, the Prime Minister's Office, and as Head of the Civil Service. He captures the leadership lessons from his mentors — some of the founding fathers of Singapore — and the leadership lessons born of direct experience building a world-class public service. Few practitioners in the art of leadership and governance have had the experience that Lim has had, and few would be able to reflect on that experience and generate such an amazing guidebook for anyone serious about leadership and change. If you want to raise your institution, your government, or your nation to the next level of performance, then this book is for you.”Mr Dean Williams
Lecturer in Public Policy, Center for Public Leadership
Harvard Kennedy School of Government
“The dearth in courageous moral leadership in our world today has left many political and economic institutions weakened and compromised. In this book, Siong Guan offers us tried and tested truths on leadership that he personally embodied throughout his time with the Singaporean Government Civil Service, Economic Development Board, and GIC. We have much to learn from him!”Tan Sri Dr Francis Yeoh
YTL Group of Companies
“An invaluable guide to the heart, soul, and guts of leadership from that rarest of breeds: a true Servant Leader who, in the words of Singapore's Prime Minister, ‘established an unbroken record of understanding Singapore's challenges and developing a vision of how the Public Service should respond to these challenges’ over an outstanding, 44-year career directly managing key areas of our nation's tumultuous and miraculous transformation.
Having worked under his teacher-leader mentorship, I can testify to both the personal genuineness and organizational effectiveness of Mr Lim's remarkable mastery of that most difficult of management arenas: leading excellence, innovation, and change from the front as a boss, from the side as a comrade, from behind as a mentor, and finally from within as a lasting source of inspiration.”
Social commentator and former GIC Chief Economist
“Although The Leader, the Teacher & You relates Lim's 37 years as a civil servant in Singapore, the lessons apply universally to all sorts of readers. Hong Kong readers, including businessmen, should find useful lesson in this book.”Sunday Morning Post, Hong Kong
The need to make our communities sustainable is more urgent than ever before. Toward Sustainable Communities remains the single most useful resource for creating vibrant, healthy, equitable, economically viable places. This comprehensive update of the classic text presents a leading-edge overview of sustainability in a new fully illustrated, full-color format.
Compelling new case studies and expanded treatment of sustainability in rural as well as urban settings are complemented by contributions from a range of experts around the world, demonstrating how "community capital" can be leveraged to meet the needs of cities and towns for:
*Energy efficiency, waste reduction, and recycling
*Water, sewage, transportation, and housing
*Climate change and air quality
*Land use and urban planning.
Fully supported by a complete suite of online resources and tools, Toward Sustainable Communities is packed with concrete, innovative solutions to a host of municipal challenges. Required reading for policymakers, educators, social enterprises, and engaged citizens, this "living book" will appeal to anyone concerned about community sustainability and a livable future.
Mark Roseland is director of the Centre for Sustainable Community Development at Simon Fraser University and professor at SFU's School of Resource and Environmental Management. He lectures internationally, advises communities and governments on sustainable development policy and planning, and has been cited as one of British Columbia's "top fifty living public intellectuals."
NGO “market campaigns” are moving these companies toward the higher standard now demanded by their clients, their consumers, and society as a whole. The lever that moves these giants is the risk of destroying their carefully built “brands” if they fail to recognize their “moral liability” and clean up their practices.
Branded! outlines the ability of NGOs to affect corporate markets. It shows how the development of certification systems for corporate social and environmental practices has created some intriguing questions:
*Why are retail giants paying premiums for ethically produced products . . . and not overcharging their customers?
*How have NGOs gained such power and credibility?
*What are the challenges of these new modes of corporate accountability for both NGOs and corporations?
*What are the unexpected opportunities for newly accountable corporations?
Branded! is a must-read for corporate executives, NGOs, and ethically concerned consumers. It is rich with vignettes of firms, NGOs, campaigns, failures, successes, memorable personalities, and hard-fought battles.
Dr. Michael E. Conroy is an economist who taught for twenty-five years at the University of Texas. He has spent twelve years in various philanthropic positions in support of certification systems and serves on the boards of several key organizations in the certification field.
In addition to its authoritative overview of the history, the myth and the reality of corporate governance, this new edition has been updated to include:analysis of the financial crisis; the reasons for the global scale of the recession the failure of international risk management An overview of corporate governance guidelines and codes of practice; new cases.
Once again in the new edition of their textbook, Robert A. G. Monks and Nell Minow show clearly the role of corporate governance in making sure the right questions are asked and the necessary checks and balances in place to protect the long-term, sustainable value of the enterprise.
Features 18 case studies of institutions and corporations in crisis, and analyses the reasons for their fall (Cases include Lehman Brothers, General Motors, American Express, Time Warner, IBM and Premier Oil.)
To ensure sustainable growth opportunities, companies should pursue the three key dimensional values of creation:Profit People Planet
Well defined and strategic CSR activities will ensure an optimum balance between social, environmental, and economic factors for sustainable profits. Hence, CSR has to be embedded within the business strategy to provide a competitive edge in the areas of brand equity, corporate reputation, employee retention, and environmental conservation.
Although the principles of CSR are essentially the same globally, each location still calls for different emphasis in the implementation process. Successful application of CSR principles is directly influenced by the business understanding of its business strategy in proportion to the needs of the local community.
As someone who has implemented all the above activities successfully, author Sri Urip is well placed to discuss effective CSR strategies to 21st century companies.
In virtually every decision, a pharmaceutical executive considers some type of forecast. This process of predicting the future is crucial to many aspects of the company - from next month's production schedule, to market estimates for drugs in the next decade. The pharmaceutical forecaster needs to strike a delicate balance between over-engineering the forecast - including rafts of data and complex ‘black box’ equations that few stakeholders understand and even fewer buy into - and an overly simplistic approach that relies too heavily on anecdotal information and opinion.
Arthur G. Cook's highly pragmatic guide explains the basis of a successful balanced forecast for products in development as well as currently marketed products. The author explores the pharmaceutical forecasting process; the varied tools and methods for new product and in-market forecasting; how they can be used to communicate market dynamics to the various stakeholders; and the strengths and weaknesses of different forecast approaches. The text is liberally illustrated with tables, diagrams and examples. The final extended case study provides the reader with an opportunity to test out their knowledge.
The second edition has been updated throughout and includes a brand new chapter focusing on specialized topics such as forecasting for orphan drugs and biosimilars.
Corporate Reputation contains both academic content along with practical contributions, developed by those serving as consultants or working in organizations in the area of corporate reputation and its management or recovery. It covers: why corporate reputation matters, the increase in reputation loss, threats to corporate reputation, monitoring reputation threats online and offline, the key role of leadership in reputation recovery, and making corporate reputation immune from threats.
Any book that is going to do justice to a subject that is so complex and intangible needs imagination, depth and range, and this is exactly what the contributors bring with them.
Shared Entrepreneurship replaces the top-down approaches of the past with a new framework that draws strengths and innovation from collaboration and sharing. This book is divided into two main sections. The first section consists of six chapters which provide an in-depth overview and discussion of shared entrepreneurship. The second section consists of eight original case studies commissioned by the authors, featuring such companies as Herman Miller, Inc., SRC Holdings, and W.L. Gore & Associates.
The Handbook of Board Governance provides comprehensive, expert-led coverage of all aspects of corporate governance for public, nonprofit, and private boards. Written by collaboration among subject matter experts, this book combines academic rigor and practitioner experience to provide thorough guidance and deep insight. From diversity, effectiveness, and responsibilities, to compensation, succession planning, and financial literacy, the topics are at once broad-ranging and highly relevant to current and aspiring directors. The coverage applies to governance at public companies, private and small or medium companies, state-owned enterprises, family owned organizations, and more, to ensure complete and clear guidance on a diverse range of issues. An all-star contributor list including Ram Charan, Bob Monks, Nell Minow, and Mark Nadler, among others, gives you the insight of thought leaders in the areas relevant to your organization.
A well-functioning board is essential to an organization’s achievement. Whether the goal is furthering a mission or dominating a market, the board’s composition, strategy, and practices are a determining factor in the organization’s ultimate success. This guide provides the information essential to building a board that works.Delve into the board’s strategic role in value creation Gain useful insight into compensation, risk, accountability, legal obligations Understand the many competencies required of an effective director Get up to speed on blind spots, trendspotting, and social media in the board room
The board is responsible for a vast and varied collection of duties, but the singular mission is to push the organization forward. Poor organization, one-sided composition, inefficient practices, and ineffective oversight detract from that mission, but all can be avoided. The Handbook of Board Governance provides practical guidance and expert insight relevant to board members across the spectrum.
what we call the ‘co-operative enterprise’, and to explore with you the broader
question of why co-operatives are important in today’s world. This is not a
“how to” book, in the normal sense. It is however (we hope) an excellent
foundation upon which to broaden your understanding and appreciation of
co-operative forms of enterprise, not only in your country - but around the
globe. You will learn why co-operation works and also see why sometimes it may
not work, and you will learn about best practices and success factors within
co-operatives. If you are an employee, a manager, or an elected official within
a co-operative, you will also learn about why and how leadership and management
effectiveness are different in co-operative forms of enterprise.
The book is divided into five parts. The first part is called “Setting the Stage”, and contains two
chapters. The first chapter introduces the reader to the nature of
co-operation, while the second chapter looks at the evolution of co-operation
all the way from social movements to business systems of enterprise. The second
part is entitled “How Co-operatives Are
Different” and begins by presenting what we call the “co-operative value
proposition”. The third and fourth chapters provide details on the difference
between the co-operative sector, the private sector, and the public sector. Chapter
Five describes why and how leadership and management effectiveness are
different in a co-operative. The third part is entitled “Co-operatives Today” and it includes three chapters. Chapter Six
describes “National and International Co-operative Development”, and Chapter
Seven looks at the role co-operatives have played and are playing in “Wealth
Creation, Community Development ,and Poverty Reduction” around the globe. The
last chapter in this section describes the “Pivotal Role for Government in Enabling
Development.” Part Four is entitled “Building
a Better World” and it includes three chapters. The first chapter, Chapter
Nine is entitled “Some Strategies and Tactics for Success”. Chapter Ten is
entitled “Towards a World Vision for
Co-operatives”. Chapter Eleven is “The
Challenges and Opportunities Ahead”, and it invites and challenges readers
- and all co-operators - to seriously imagine what the future might be for
co-operative forms of enterprise. No small undertaking to be sure! Just for fun we have included a final part
called “Everything Else Co-operative”
into which we cram additional co-operative website links and interesting
content which we think you might like and which didn’t exactly seem to fit
anywhere else. You decide! We also include some of our parting after thoughts
(post scripts) in this section.
For most of the 20th century, savings and loans were an invaluable thread of the American economy. But in the 1970s, Congress passed sweeping financial deregulation at the insistence of industry insiders that allowed these once quaint and useful institutions to spread their taxpayer-insured assets into new and risky investments.
The looser regulations and reduced federal oversight also opened the industry to an army of shady characters, white-collar criminals, and organized crime groups. Less than 10 years later, half the nation’s savings and loans were insolvent, leaving the American taxpayer on the hook for a large hunk of the nearly half a trillion dollars that had gone missing.
The authors of Inside Job saw signs of danger long before the scandal hit nationwide. Decades after the savings and loan collapse, Inside Job remains a thrilling read and a sobering reminder that our financial institutions are more fragile than they appear.