Building People: Sunday Emails from a CEO, Volume 2

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Quotes from Liew Mun Leong

"The job on top is a lonely one. But if you want to lead, youhave to be one of the troops too."

"If you have the ability to lead, it will be a waste for thecompany, society and yourself, if you deny thatresponsibility."

"If you can't or don't communicate, you can't lead. Anuncommunicative leader will not last long."

"The job makes you. You grow on the job. You can outgrow the jobor the job can outgrow you."

"A fast decision is better than a right decision. But if a fastdecision is wrong, it is better to make a U-turn fast. "

"Human resource is not human capital, unless we invest init."

"I was trained as an engineer and wanted to be a goodprofessional engineer. I spent many years doing that. I had neverthought of becoming a CEO."

"Many of the solutions we arrive at are because there are nobetter alternatives. We know we just have to make them work for ussomehow."

"In solving our many difficult problems, 'application precedestheory'. After we accomplish something, we then begin to think of atheory to explain how and why it works."

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About the Author:

Liew Mun Leong's distinguished career in both the public andprivate sectors spans almost 40 years.

He has worked as an engineer building airports, military campsand airbases and was appointed the Registrar of Singapore'sProfessional Engineer Board. Mun Leong has also served as CEO oftwo statutory boards in the fields of industrial research andnational standardisation and he was elected President of theworldwide International Standards Organisation (ISO).

In the private sector, Mun Leong has led several public-listedcompanies and is the Group President and CEO of CapitaLand Ltd,South East Asia's largest listed real estate company.

Mun Leong's passion for "building people" and creating the rightcorporate culture is the cornerstone of his leadership. Hefrequently writes "hobby emails" to his colleagues and shares hisvision, core values and strategy in a simple and sincere way. Thisbook is the second volume of a compilation of "hobby emails" to hiscolleagues.

Mun Leong was awarded the Public Administration Medal by theSingapore Government in 1979 for his illustrious career in thepublic service. For his performance in the private sector, he wasnamed the Outstanding CEO of the Year in the 2006 SingaporeBusiness Awards and conferred the inaugural CEO of the Year awardat the 2007 Singapore Corporate Awards. In 2008, Mr Liew was namedAsia's Best Executive of 2008 (Singapore) by Asiamoney and Best CEOin Asia (Property) by Institutional Investor.

 

CapitaLand is one of Asia's largest real estatecompanies. Headquartered and listed in Singapore, the multi-localcompany's core businesses in real estate, hospitality and realestate financial services are focused in growth cities in AsiaPacific and Europe.

The company's real estate and hospitality portfolio, which includeshomes, offices, shopping malls, serviced residences and mixeddevelopments?spans more than 110 cities in over 20 countries.CapitaLand also leverages on its significant asset base, realestate domain knowledge, financial skills and extensive marketnetwork to develop real estate financial products and services inSingapore and the region.

The listed subsidiaries and associates of CapitaLand includeAustraland, CapitaMalls Asia, CapitaMall Trust, CapitaCommercialTrust, Ascott Residence Trust, CapitaRetail China Trust,CapitaMalls Malaysia Trust and Quill Capita Trust.

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