Throw me to the wolves!

Throw me to the Wolves!

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Being thrown to the wolves can be scary. Even devastating if they decide that you might make a tasty lunch for them.

However, the unexpected can happen.

  1. You become one of them.
  2. You become one of their leaders.
  3. You become THE leader.

Gulp! Not exactly what they expected.

That you’d return leading the pack.

Live long & prosper. Peace.

Ivonne Teoh

Authentic Leaders: “To Mask or Not To Mask”?

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Authentic Leaders: “To Mask Or Not To Mask”?

Today’s leaders are under a lot of pressure.

They’re busy at work and when they finally get home, they like to chill out and relax. Even then, they often need to attend to phone calls and emails at home. It’s hard to switch off!

Many CEOs and leaders like to keep their private lives separate and private. There’s also the security consideration for their families.

Does it mean that they wear a `mask’ at work and have a different `mask’ at home or when they go out?

Even if they do have a slightly different persona when they’re out shopping with the family during the weekend, is that wrong?

To read more, click on the link below…

http://www.linkedin.com/pulse/authentic-leadership-whos-behind-mask-brigette-hyacinth

Recent Feedback

I was honoured to have this feedback from Brigette Hyacinth, LinkedIn Influencer (she’s got an amazing following) writer of this article on LinkedIn, in reply to my comment:

“I must say Ivonne Teoh you are an awesome person. I wish you a Happy International Women’s Day. You definitely stand out. Your intelligence, sincerity and confidence is greatly admired. I’m honoured to have you in my network. You are a star. Keep on shining!”

Live Long and Prosper! Peace.

Ivonne Teoh

 

 

 

 

Are you the next Steve Jobs?

Are you the next Steve Jobs?

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A lot has been written about Steve Jobs and his success with Apple.

There’s even been a movie about Steve Jobs where Ashton Kutcher played Jobs.

Steve Jobs started from his garage like Bill Gates. What is it about those garages in the 1970’s?

  • Did you drop out of college too?
  • Did you start a new company like Square, Twitter or Pinterest?
  • Did you build up your company, was a terrible CEO and got fired?
  • Did the company goes down the tubes after you left?
  • Did you get with the program and returned to the same company and proceed to turn it around?

So what can you do from your garage?

Perhaps Steve Jobs may be looking over your shoulder and he’d whisper, “Call it – Mango!”

 

Jack Dorsey was tipped to be Steve Jobs 2.0 but something happened instead.

http://www.businessinsider.com.au/jack-dorsey-is-not-steve-jobs-2014-11

PS. Actually, the secret is not in the garage as many people run small businesses from their garage and they never grow to the size of Apple, Microsoft, etc. It’s the Founder who counts and their ideas to change the world!

http://www.businessinsider.com.au/best-startups-of-year-2013-12?op=1#ranku-wants-to-change-the-way-people-discover-online-degree-programs-1

Useful facts

Other people who have started million dollar businesses from their garage!

Michael Malone started IiNet from his parent’s garage in Perth in 1993.

http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/an-evening-with-michael-malone-iinet-and-friends-qa-by-len-rust-tickets-14031934895

Can you Screw It like Richard Branson?

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Can you screw it like Richard Branson? Actually, he’s now a Sir and well deserved too for his many contributions to the world!

Unlike Steve Jobs, so far there’s no movie about Richard Branson yet.

Richard Branson has written several books; the first one being “Losing My Virginity.”

http://www.virgin.com/richard-branson/biography

The latest one I read, “Screw it, let’s do it” is a small book and quite easy to read. I read it in one go! He talked about how he started with the Student magazine, then Virgin Records and Virgin Atlantic plus his many adventures with air balloons.

In this book, he talked about having fun, being bold, how to challenge yourself, stand on your own feet, live for the moment, valuing family and friends, to have respect for everyone and doing good. His mum taught him a lot about life and how to deal with challenges.

His success has been a result of his unique leadership style and other factors.

He says that having fun is really important to him. If he doesn’t enjoy it, he’ll stop.

Sir Richard Branson has certainly entertained all of us with his adventures, shocked some people with his crazy ideas like stripping naked for one of his ads but people still admire him. He stands for the Peter Pan in us, playful, impulsive. But the difference with Richard is that he calculates the risks when considering to do it (or not).

He can tell within 60 seconds if he likes an idea or someone. So far, his intuition has served him well!

I’m sure that Sir Richard Branson will continue to surprise us!

Read more on my LinkedIn post:

http://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/20141125044258-11193281-can-you-screw-it-like-richard-branson