It’s been quite some time since my blog post and we are coming to the middle of the year! Looking back, my net worth has moved northwards mainly due to savings from earned income. In terms of investments, am still not fully invested in the markets and am still around 60% in equities and fixed income (Singapore Government Securities and Corporate Bonds) with 40% in cash and cash equivalents.
Work-wise, things are getting interesting because of leadership transition with a new CEO coming into the organisation. The strategic direction, tone at the top and culture of the new CEO is still unknown as he has only come on board this month. It remains to be seen how he will slowly mould the organisation into his own ideas and views. This is the year also that opportunities for leadership positions have emerged for me and for me to really develop those EQ skills in working with people and trying to build consensus while aligning individuals to the goals of the organisation.
I am entering a different phase of my career in that technical skills, while important, are basically there to allow me to share and coach my staff to be better technicians than I am in my area of work. My real value-add is to make the connections that help the work we do matter to the organisation and people within. My other value-add is to become better at coaching people to their fullest potential and also to understand what others truly want so that I can practice “seek first to understand, then to be understood,” as given in “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”.
Health-wise, have made strides in exercising more regularly and eating right that the belt and pants are becoming slightly looser than before. Need to incorporate more weight training into my exercise schedule.
Family wise, as my daughter is going to Primary 1 next year, it’s also time for me to develop the skills of being a tutor to my daughter in those areas that I can. For those areas that I can’t, to get a good tutor for her so that she can keep up in the competitive landscape.