Conversation with
My Mentor

Mark Edleson,
Founder of Alila Hotels & Resorts

Briefing

Meeting Expectations: Working Digital Engagement Platforms to your Advantage

The Great Room invites communications strategist Tan Shou Chen and voice and presentation coach Petrina Kow to share insights on nailing those virtual meetings. Video-conferences and meetings seemed like the perfect solution in the age of social distancing. But are they? Slow servers and poor internet connection can easily kill the momentum of a discussion; a…

Briefing

Here’s Why Offices Are Here to Stay

Work-from-home might be the order of the day, but it is far from over for workspaces. Confession: we love working from home too. We can wake up to a session of morning yoga or even an F45 set, sit down to a proper breakfast with our family, change into comfortable house clothes, and commence work. And it is only 8.30am.

Briefing

Why you need a work tribe – and how to identify them

Finding kindred spirits within – and beyond – your workplace might be the best thing you do for your professional growth

As children, we knew instinctively who our friends were. We dig the same games, pore over the same books, and obsess over the same music. We are our best selves around each other, comfortable in our own skin and unafraid to express our views. We egg each other to go further with our pursuits and go deeper into our passions, no matter how trivial they may seem. Our friends were our tribe, our pillar of support in the journey of growing up.

Shorthand

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…

Briefing

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.

Front Row

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.

Shorthand

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…

In-House

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.

Briefing

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.