• Danish Recipe for Workplace Happiness

    June 30th, 2016 By Vadivu Govind
    Danish Recipe for Workplace Happiness

    Denmark, for the third time, topped the United Nations' World Happiness Report ranking in 2016. I interviewed Danish Ambassador Berit Basse in 2012 and Meik Wiking, CEO of the Denmark-based Happiness Research Institute earlier this month.  Here's inspiration from them specifically on...

  • Movie: The Jungle Book for Leaders

    June 8th, 2016 By Vadivu Govind
    Movie: The Jungle Book for Leaders

    "the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.”    - Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book (*Spoiler alert)A great movie to watch with your teams/students, The Jungle Book has various leadership,  workplace and life lessons. Here are a few. Strengths-Based...

  • Nobel Prize Winner Michael Levitt

    June 7th, 2016 By Vadivu Govind
    Nobel Prize Winner Michael Levitt

    Dr Michael Levitt was awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for work he did when he was 20. He is now 67. What caught my attention was his profile on a poster I chanced upon at the library. It said he was a “free spirit”, preferred to be called “Michael” with no titles, and...

  • Danish Ambassador Berit Basse

    June 6th, 2016 By Vadivu Govind
    Danish Ambassador Berit Basse

    Why are the Danes so Happy? As I was doing research for my debate on Channel News Asia on happiness, Denmark kept popping up as the world’s happiest country in various surveys. I got curious. What was happening there? So I wrote to the Danish Ambassador in Singapore, Berit Basse, and asked if I...

  • Eulogy of Malcolm Forbes

    June 4th, 2016 By Vadivu Govind
    Eulogy of Malcolm Forbes

    Thanks to Cyrus H.Copeland for kindly giving me permission to re-publish the eulogy for billionaire Malcolm Forbes by his son, Steve Forbes, which was published in “A Wonderful Life: 50 Eulogies to Lift the Spirit”. Here are some excerpts of it. My grandfather wrote in the first issue of...