Building People: Sunday Emails from a CEO

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Valuable insights into the life and philosophy of one of Asia's keenest and most effective business minds

Tagged by CNN as one of the twenty-five most powerful businesspeople in Asia, Liew Mun Leong, President and CEO of the Singapore-based real estate empire, CapitaLand, rose from very humble beginnings to become one of the world's wealthiest people. Since joining the company Liew has been communicating regularly and frankly with his staff in various ways, including emails. Like the previous two volumes in his internationally acclaimed Building People, Sunday Emails from a CEO, this compilation offers fascinating and instructive insights into Liew Mun Leong's inimitable character and his management philosophy.

  • Delivers powerful lessons on leadership, communication, strategy, decision-making, application vs. theory, motivating people and much more
  • Offers fascinating glimpses into the life of a visionary leader, including his many interesting work experiences and challenges
  • For easy reference, the communiques are gathered under the four main categories of competition, people, corporate culture and strategy

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Quotes from Liew Mun Leong

"Reputation and trust are very important hallmarks of our company. We must always preserve them as part of our competitive edge."

"Our business leaders must never slip into what I call 'maintenance management' mode and mindset. It is like running on a treadmill and not going anywhere forward. A growth company needs growth business leaders, not 'maintenance' managers."

"Our mission is to 'Build People'. The main 'heavy lifting' is to train, develop and groom our young talent to be the Group's future leaders."

"I strongly feel that if we have no passion for people, we can't build the right team spirit to succeed."

"Integrity, honour, fairness, a sense of responsibility to the community and treating people well are all core values promoted by CapitaLand. They serve as a moral compass for our conduct throughout our careers."

"There is a concise explanation of management and leadership. Simply put, management is about doing things right, leadership is about doing the right things."

"Building people is our central business strategy. Human resource management must be the priority of our business leaders. We will invest heavily in our people to help them develop into productive and talented human capital. We will treat them with the same importance as the other assets on our balance sheet. We must care for them not only in relation to their work, but also look after their general welfare."

"No matter how tough it is, be positive and enjoy your work. If you have a healthy body and mind, you will definitely do better at your job."

"An organisation needs something beyond money and contractual employment to bind the company, its shareholders and its people to make lives more meaningful. We need to build a 'soul' in the company. CapitaLand Hope Foundation has come to embody our 'soul'."

"CEOs set the tone at the top, and nothing is more important than leadership and ethics. CEOs and business leaders must accept responsibility and ensure that there is no erosion of business ethics and values in the activities under their watch."

"Human resources are not human capital unless and until we successfully invest in them."

"Don't label your role boring; it is your job to make it interesting."

"'Bright eyes and bushy tails' are not good enough."

"CapitaLand needs a strong human spirit and a soul so that it can remain truly caring to its people and to the society that we live in."

From the Inside Flap:

CapitaLand is one of Asia's largest real estate companies. Headquartered and listed in Singapore, the company's businesses in real estate and real estate fund management are focused on its core markets of Singapore and China.

The company's diversified real estate portfolio primarily includes homes, offices, shopping malls, serviced residences and mixed developments. The company also has one of the largest real estate fund management businesses with assets located in Asia. CapitaLand leverages its significant asset base, real estate domain knowledge, product design and development capabilities, active capital management strategies and extensive market network to develop real estate products and services in its markets. As of 31 December 2012, it manages real estate assets worth S$63.8 billion. There are more than 12,000 staff in CapitaLand.

The listed entities of the CapitaLand Group include:

  • Australand--One of Australia's major diversified property groups
  • CapitaMalls Asia--Asia's leading integrated shopping mall owner, developer and manager
  • Ascott Residence Trust--World's first pan-Asian serviced residence real estate investment trust (REIT)
  • CapitaCommercial Trust--Singapore's first listed commercial REIT
  • CapitaMall Trust--Singapore's first REIT
  • CapitaMalls Malaysia Trust--Largest "pure-play" shopping mall REIT in Malaysia
  • CapitaRetail China Trust--Singapore's first "pure-play" China retail REIT
  • Quill Capita Trust--CapitaLand's first overseas REIT

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