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Mark Edleson,
Founder of Alila Hotels & Resorts


Get to know our new CFO: Philip Lam

What is your morning hack for a productive day?2 cups of coffee – one right out of bed, and another before work begins. If it’s important, best to speak to me after that. Do you have a favourite accessory that you rely on for that important meeting?People sometimes gift me nice pens since they always…


The Great Return: Post-Pandemic Coworking

As cities around the world ease regulations, it is back to business for many. But let’s face it: returning to your job post-pandemic isn’t going to be like heading back to the office after a long vacation. Just as it has shown the resilience of the workforce, the pandemic has also put the spotlight on the fissures between traditional ways of running a company and the needs of the people who make it. We spot the big trends that will change the way we work: and some of them are pretty welcoming.

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Untold Founder Stories: Shuhei Morofuji, Reapra

As one of the youngest and fastest entrepreneurs in Japan to reach an IPO for a startup, Shuhei Morofuji shares how a journey fuelled by curiosity led the way to success.


Scribbles from Su Anne Mi, Director of Asset Management

What is your morning hack for a productive day? Wake up an hour earlier. Bonus if I can start with a small accomplishment like a workout.  What’s your super-hero costume and/or accessory that you rely on for the most important business meetings? A good blazer.  In COVID-times, I’m loving interesting skype/zoom backgrounds. My favourite is The…


Lights, Action: How Lighting Affects your Productivity

Yet good lighting does a lot more than, well, make one look good. “There is a well-researched science behind light and its effect on productivity. In simple terms: light has to enable our visual tasks, encourage connectivity to the environment around us and reinforce our physiology. When it does this, we are more productive,” explains David Skelley, the Chairman of DJCoalition.


COVID-19 Covered: How to Ramp Up your Brand Positioning in a Pandemic

There is no better time than now to build and strengthen your brand positioning and messaging through digital platforms. The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed the world into a new normal: a life conducted online. How can companies leverage on this to build and strengthen their brand position and messaging during this extraordinary time? Experts from The Great Room community weigh in.


Your Great Room – Downloadable Backdrops for your Zoom/Skype Meetings

There are these moments when we don’t have the ‘right books’ on our shelves (because we are actually reading them bedside) or we couldn’t quite decide between 2 designer cabinets. To make sure we never need to look anything less than grown up, wherever we are. Here are some backdrops of The Great Room for your next Zoom meetings.

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Wonderful Things

The bit and pieces of learning, entertainment, wellness, work and tech for working from home


Goals versus Storytelling | The Power of Storytelling

Workplace goals are useful, but they’re just part of the process. Here’s why storytelling matters. Who doesn’t love a great story? Whether you’re reading it, watching it, or listening to it, a compelling story will have you captivated; for minutes if not hours. Stories are something we hear and tell every day; to ourselves, to…


The Power of Pause

When life is good we enjoy it fully and when life throws us a curveball, remember that better days are on the way… The human race has never before united by a singular enemy, democratic and global. And we are responding, in record time and record numbers. As scientists race towards new diagnostics, antivirals, vaccines and therapeutics at exponential speeds, we are also figuring out new things for ourselves. We still need to believe, even when it is difficult to do. We need to straighten our shoulders and develop a little resolve to ride out the uncertainty.