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Question Time with Mentor John – Article 2, People Management

Question Time with Mentor John – Getting along with Others This article first appeared in Business Times on 28 April 2018 Getting along with others is essential. In world politics, it’s the difference between war and peace. In the workplace, it can be the difference between getting fired or a promotion. However, difficult colleagues or…
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Question Time with Mentor John

This article first appeared in Business Times on 14 April 2018 Question time with Mentor John Entrepreneurship and innovation are the latest buzzwords in Singapore, and everyone wants to start a company or work for a start-up. However, starting a company is not easy. Mentor John explains… What do I need to start and run…
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Coping with changes in your business

Coping with changes in your business By John Bittleston This article was first published in Business Times on 23 January 2018 “To deal with change, change” seemed a good way to open a discussion on the subject recently. I might as well have opened Pandora’s box. There was uproar. Everyone was already doing that, they…
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Mentor Extraordinaire

Known by Business Times, as the “Mentor Extraordinaire”, John Bittleston shares his insights on mentoring, work and life at large… Source: The Business Times,Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Permission required for reproduction. Attachments 21777977 (5 MB)

Negotiating with someone like Trump

John Bittleston wrote an opinion article on negotiation tactics in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world. This was published in The Business Times on 9 May 2017, and the full text is below. DONALD Trump negotiated his way to the White House. It wasn’t a pretty sight. The fact that most people don’t wish…
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To grow your SME change your mind-set

The 2016 Singapore Budget was balanced, provident and visionary. Changes to corporate taxation were sensibly encouraging; for personal tax, edging towards more fairness without any violent swings was socially prudent. Most importantly the recognition that Singapore SMEs need help and support to grow into regional and international MNCs will be welcomed by those who see…
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Breaking the rules for better business

A while ago, I attended a networking event, where someone asked me what my business was about. My reply to her was, “In a nutshell, we teach people to disobey”. Initially, she was shocked, but after thinking it over, she understood that I was not advocating anarchy, but a sensible approach to following rules and…
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More clout for shareholders?

Should shareholders have a greater say in corporate governance? What key matters should require shareholder approval? There are two sides to the question of corporate governance. On the one hand, the greater the freedom to act in the best interests of the company and its stakeholders, the more likely it is that management and board…
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Should the US Federal Reserve start raising interest rates?

Should the US Federal Reserve start raising interest rates soon, or continue to wait? What would be the consequences for your business or industry either way? The Fed has made a mistake. Soon the economic downturn will show more seriously. When it threatens to become a major problem the Fed will start to create money…
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Singapore after the General Election

What changes, if any, should the 2015 general election results spell for policy-making in Singapore? How would the GE outcome shape the political landscape here? The first reason to be grateful for the election result is the stability and solidarity it shows the rest of the world. In uncertain times a confident Singapore needs to…
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