We hope that you are returning from a restful and rejuvenating Chinese New Year. Gong Xi Fa Cai!
This month, we’ll focus on Responsive and Responsible Leadership, also the theme from the World Economic Forum Annual 2017 Meeting. When I looked at WEF recaps from the January conference, I read headlines like Is this the new world? Are we out of touch? and It’s so easy to divide ourselves these days.
It’s easy to be disturbed by the changes that make a global impact—two recent occurrences that come to mind are Brexit and Donald Trump being sworn in as the US president. Just this week, Trump signed an executive order to remove the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which was meant to foster trade routes amongst Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Brunei, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Peru and the US. It seems that world powers are more frequently making decisions which don't consider global implications.
Some inspirational insights came out of the WEF forum, including Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba, and his 30/30/30 rule. Ma explains that the next 30 years are for managing the implications of technology, the generation to pay attention to are 30-year-olds because they are the ‘internet generation’, and the companies to watch are those with 30 employees or fewer. According to Ma, this is how to improve the world.
Ma’s insights reflect responsive and responsible leadership. We would all benefit from balancing between reflection and having foresight.
A few articles from the last month showcase responsible leadership:
- What’s the best way to lead during uncertain times? According to Damco Asia CEO, Thomas Knudsen, resist the urge to keep the office door closed and/or bury oneself under Powerpoint decks. Rather, be courageous, be honest and be visible.
- Know where to play. Richard Bailey, HP’s APAC and Japan President, shares lessons from his time as an entrepreneur.
- How to build sustainable talent in a start-up. Garena’s Group President, Nick Nash, shares why they look for entrepreneurial talent and how they ensure a meritocratic environment at Garena.
We have some exciting articles coming up with this month:
- Why the future of work is human
- How intelligent restraint – knowing when to not push through a task or goal – can make us more successful
- Why populism is becoming a buzzword.
We hope you’ll come back and check out our new content throughout the month!