Meritocracy And Gender Parity

by Patrick Liew on July 18, 2017

We need to press on to find out why there’s a disproportionate number of women on boards and in other leadership positions and take proactive actions to resolve the issue.

If we don’t leverage on women’s talents, we may not be tapping on the full potential of our human resources to improve productivity and competitiveness, and achieve greater good for our future.

After all, women hold up half of the sky for us.

According to a report by the World Economic Forum (WEF), Singapore “can rely on the most flexible and the second most attractive labor market in the world, although the participation of women in the workforce remains relatively low (75th).”

The WEF also states that “expansion of opportunities for women has the potential to transform the economies, societies and demographics of countries as a whole.”

However, gender parity should not be practiced blindly. It should not affect overall effectiveness, efficiency and results.

On the other hand, not addressing gender parity may cause a cascade of negative consequences.

An organization that has no women or a lack of women in leadership positions may suffer planning myopia and deficiency in its operation.

It may not have a proper perspective of female stakeholders, including employees and customers and get a more complete feedback from them.

For example, it may be better for a female leader in engineering to convince other females to take up engineering courses and careers.

When there’s gender diversity in the leadership team, there’ll be a diversity of ideas. It can also help to contribute to more creative and innovative ideas and breakthroughs.

At this time and age, it cannot be said that there are no available female talents or that these talents cannot be developed to take on more responsible positions.

To eradicate the root cause, we should find out why there’s a low ratio of women in leadership positions and take proactive actions to resolve the issue.

Ask ourselves, “Why do we not have more women and more promotion of women in leadership positions?”

One possible clue can be deduced from a statement by Willie Cheng, Chairman of Singapore Institute of Directors. He mentioned in an article, “”A fundamental issue is the process by which new board members are being recruited. They tend to reach out to their personal network. We need to get past this old boys’ network approach,” he noted.”

If that being the case, then we may have committed gross injustice to our women folks.

I’m not suggesting by any means that there should be a quota for women in leadership positions. On the other hand, we should not be satisfied with having such a low number of women in senior positions.

Meritocracy still applies but we have to deepen our understanding of meritocracy.

Meritocracy should not be about achieving a higher position at the expense of others or leaving them behind in life.

In the process of forging ahead, the successful should also reach out to help others raise their level of performance and accomplishment.

They should share in the responsibility of helping those who do not enjoy the same position, privilege, and advantages as themselves.

To progress, we should recognise and reward those who stand out and stay ahead on the basis of their talents, performance and results.

However, it does not mean that those who are not as successful have a negative attitude, are not talented, and are not working hard to improve their results.

We should not leave any segment of society behind and we should help every segment to find ways to catch up and improve themselves.

In this regard, there’s definitely more to be done to ensure gender parity in the Parliament and at all levels of leadership position.

We should continue to help headhunt female talents and groom them for leadership positions.

In a bigger picture, I call upon fellow humans to help women expand their potential and pursue their passions in life.

Let us help them enjoy equal rights and opportunities and maximize their contributions to their loved ones, community, workplace and society.

Truth be told, women are oftentimes born to play on an un-level playing field.

They face many disadvantages throughout their life, including negative discrimination about women’s place in society.

Women have to generally work harder to prove their worth.

They have to make more sacrifices in finding their place under the family and organizational sun.

We can certainly do more and do better to help women enjoy their rightful place in businesses and in other aspects of life.

The purpose of meritocracy is to unite and not to divide the people, to advance their interests and not to serve any personal interests.

It is to to raise the tide for all – and not for any exclusive groups – to achieve a higher standard of living.

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Lasting Beauty

by Patrick Liew on July 17, 2017

The organiser of the Miss Singapore Beauty Pageant 2017 has to be held responsible for many of the brickbats from the public.

Besides not attracting a better slate of contestants, it could have better prepared the contestants to put up a better show.

Why is there a need for such a pageant? What’s the motive, means and ends of the organiser?

What purpose does the pageant serve and how does it contribute to society? How do the judges evaluate, measure and compare level of beauty?

What sustainable values are the organiser aiming to inculcate in the contestants’ lives? How will the contestants become a better person as a result of participating in the pageant?

The truth is every person is beautiful in his or her own unique ways.

Some will discover their own beauty and use it for the greater good.

On the other hand, many will be distracted and misled by the world’s frill, fad, fetish, or fashion about beauty.

Sadly, they will not find their beauty within. They will continue to chase after the winds of commercialized beauty, and eventually reap a whirlwind.

As a property investor, I believe that looks and appearance to please others and yourself is like a leasehold property. They won’t last.

Looks and appearance are deceiving. They are like a show flat, pleasing to the eyes but they may not reflect the reality of a property.

True beauty is a lifelong asset.

It’s not captured by the eyes or a photo but felt by the heart.

It’s not evaluated by reflection from a mirror but the reflection of the people you touch around you.

Take a leaf from the beautiful things of nature.

They do not compete and compare with each other. In their own ways, they brighten and enlighten the world around them.

Beauty therefore does not come from outward physical appearance but from a shining light in your soul.

It cannot be seen by the eyes but felt by the souls of the people around you.

Beauty does not need attention. Yet, others will not get tired of looking at you.

The paradox of beauty is that the more you chase after it, the more illusive it becomes.

When you start to be yourself and like yourself, you start to become beautiful.

Look for the beauty in others and they will start to see the beauty in you.

Beauty comes out from deep within you and expressed in the way you think, talk and act for others.

Do you focus on your own looks or on the beauty you find in others?

When you live up to your best self and live to serve others, they will see beauty in and through you.

That’s far more important than looking at a mirror or a photo, and definitely more worthwhile than the judges’ score cards in a beauty pageant.

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IV. Singapore-China Relations: How Then Should We Respond?

June 27, 2017

Since opening its door to the world, China is mindful that trade and commerce has played an important part in its economy and contributed to its growth. Trade and commerce is a part of and an extension of its foreign relations. This is unlike the U.S.’ position which treated and continue to treat trade and […]

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Can A Small Country Survive?

June 23, 2017

Once upon a time, there was a tiny island-state. It had a small population. Many of its people were known to be wanderers and they did not have a deep sense of belonging and rootedness in any particular place. At the beginning, it was a relatively poor country but over the years, it has done […]

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III. Singapore-China Relations: Pressures From China

June 23, 2017

History has taught us that there are no permanent friends or enemies. Every country serves its own interests and if possible, they’ll put pressures on other countries to further its own agenda and aspiration. China is no different and operates in very much the same way. In recent times, there seems to be a spate […]

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II. Singapore-China Relations: Challenges Facing China

June 23, 2017

China is facing many potential mine fields and widening fault lines in its country. These challenges have a major influence on its policies, initiatives and conduct. The following are four of the key challenges: 1. Social Unrest. The social harmony and tolerance level in China is not strong. Every now and then, sparks of civil […]

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I. Singapore-China Relations: A Walk Back Into Time

June 23, 2017

Singapore and China may differ on some issues and will go through a bumpy ride every now and then in our relationship. However, we have similar perspectives to macro issues such as governance, culture, economic development, and growth. It’s in Singapore interests to see China prosper and remain stable and secure. That’s why Singapore takes […]

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7. The Lee Family’s Saga – Speak Your Peace Now.

June 21, 2017

Lee Hsien Yang (LHY) and Lee Wei Ling (LWL) have not only cast doubts on the integrity of PM Lee Hsien Loong (PM) but also on some of PM’s colleagues, the government, and the way the government conducts its affairs. Their allegations have been widely circulated in Singapore as well as in many countries. PM […]

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6. The Lee Family’s Saga – 38 Oxley Road

June 20, 2017

I propose that 38 Oxley Road be partially demolished. The basement of 38 Oxley Road should be left intact because it has major historic values. A replica of the house should be developed and be securely placed in a Founders’ Memorial Museum. Both the basement and replica of the house should be opened to the […]

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5. The Lee Family’s Saga – Questioning The Prime Minister’s Motives

June 20, 2017

It’s sad that despite Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (PM)’s attempts to clear the air, Lee Hsien Yang (LHY) and Lee Wei Ling (LWL) continue to cast doubts about his integrity and honesty. Regardless of whether the allegations are from friends, fools or foes, such allegations should not be taken lightly. What’s more, these allegations […]

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