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Think strategically by looking beyond and looking within. Take time to observe what’s going on around and you, and make time to reflect on this and synthesise your knowledge.
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“…leading people well isn’t about driving them, directing them, or coercing them; it is about compelling them to join you in pushing into new territory. It is motivating them to share your enthusiasm for pursuing a shared ideal, objective, cause, or mission. In essence, it is to always conduct yourself in ways that communicates to others that you believe people are always more important than things”.
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Great managers are engaged at work – in what they do and with others around them – and take the time to engage their teams, through one-on-ones and fair distribution of workloads.
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These “seven surprises highlight realities about the nature of leadership that are important not just for CEOs but for executives at any level and in any size organization”. An illuminating read.
- Why the Best Leaders Want Their Superstar Employees to Leave | The Wall Street Journal
It may seem counter-intuitive, but there are benefits when talent flow is managed well, with allowances made for movement, instead of an insistence on talent-hoarding.
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Where do we teach?
How does the place in which we teach literary works influence what we teach?
Join me, Matilda Gabrielpillai and Erin Woodford on this panel, as we share our experience of both institutional and non-institutional environments for teaching literature, and debate the possibilities and limitations that such contexts provide.
The session will be moderated by Philip Holden.
Date: Thu, 24 Nov 2016
Time: 7.30pm to 9pm
Venue: The Select Centre (Blk 231 Bain Street, #04-01 Bras Basah Complex, Singapore 180231)
Price: Pay as you wish at the door (suggested contribution $10)
*It’s shoes off at the space, so please dress comfortably!
MyPaper interviewed me for a story on Going Local 4.
Going Local is a production by Buds Theatre Company. Find out more from yesterday’s post.
The transcript of my interview, as follows:
- Name, age, occupation:
Mr Laremy Lee, 32, playwright.
I am presently a schools correspondent with The Straits Times. I will be moving to the School of the Arts, Singapore at the end of the month (June 29, 2015), to teach literature and literary arts.
- How do you feel about your play being picked as a feature of Going Local 4?
It is both a privilege and an honour to be part of a proud tradition started by Buds Theatre Company’s artistic director Claire Devine.
- Summarise Hands Down in 14 words or less.
A married couple discovers their incompatibility while in a competition to win a car.
- What inspired your passion for playwriting?
I have always had a love for writing and the English language. Theatre is one of the avenues in which I express myself creatively.
- The play on paper can be vastly different from the creature on stage – are you prepared for any potential changes?
Staging a play is like sailing a ship; with all hands on deck, everyone – from cast to crew – works to move the play forward.
As with all ships I’ve built, I leave this vessel in the good hands of the director, who will steer it in the direction she thinks best.
I’m fine with it taking a different tack – so long as it doesn’t go off course.
- What do you hope to achieve with Hands Down?
I wrote the play in response to a trend taking place in Singapore society and mirrored in my circle of friends.Because of the way housing policy is designed, many young Singaporean couples ballot for public housing at a young age.
When the key arrives some years later, some of these couples – having grown in age and maturity – realise they are not as in love with each other as they used to be.
Understandably, the sunk cost is, sometimes, perceived as greater than the benefits of backing out of the impending nuptials. These couples end up entering an unhappy marriage, along with all its attendant ills.
Is there a better way for Singapore to enact pro-marriage policies, while balancing housing considerations in a country with limited land? Or is it a case of mismatched expectations versus a practical reality, when it comes to finding a companion and a life partner? I hope the play gets people to start thinking about these issues – or even finding a solution, if possible.
- What are some memorable things theatre practitioners have said to you?
One common sentiment expressed by many writers – playwrights, poets, novelists, etc. – whom I know: For every play that goes to stage, or every book that goes to print, there are dozens more that remain as unfinished drafts or rejected manuscripts, languishing in the bottom of the drawer.
The Pareto principle suggests that 80 per cent of an artist’s best output is going to come from 20 per cent of his input. So it could well be that 80 per cent of your time might be spent achieving 20 per cent of your work.
Having said that, don’t settle for inefficiency. Learn from the mistakes you make, and and don’t make the same mistake again. Better yet – get a good mentor who gives good feedback. It’ll cut down the time you’d need to take to get to where you want to go.