Tan Thiam Hock

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18 May 2019 | 7:00 AM

Can good corporate leaders be good entrepreneurs in startups?

I just got back from London yesterday after 12 days of travelling. Made a dash to Kraków and Warsaw, Poland in between hectic days of meetings in London. London was its usual busy metropolis whereas Kraków and Warsaw are two lovely cities that are very livable and relatively modern by European standards.

27 Apr 2019 | 7:00 AM

In business or politics, opportunities arise out of every crisis

Last Sunday, I dragged my wife to Old Town, Petaling Jaya to buy water containers due to the severe warnings by Public Waterworks Department of a water supply interruption for up to three days.

6 Apr 2019 | 7:00 AM

When looking east means China

A trip to watch cherry blossoms in Japan requires precision planning with loads of good luck. The unpredictability as to when the cherry tree will blossom in spring has made planning for the trip much more difficult, as the cherry blossom lasts for only two weeks in a year.

23 Mar 2019 | 7:00 AM

Right leaders at right time and right place will produce positive results

Just two days ago I had an interesting chat with His Excellency Daniyar Sarekenov, Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakstan regarding the topic of leadership. Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of the Republic of Kazakstan had relinquished his duties as Head of State/President on March 19 before the next presidential rlection scheduled for 2020.

Long-serving leader: Nursultan, the only leader that independent Kazakhstan has ever known, announced his resignation on March 19, after three decades in power. — AP
16 Mar 2019 | 7:00 AM

Good and bad news about airlines hog the headlines

On Your Own - By Tan Thiam Hock
OVER the last two weeks, we have had so much news about airlines. They include the crash of the Ethiopian Airlines’ Boeing 737, Cathay Pacific announcing its results on its latest turnaround plan and Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s announcement on the possible closure of Malaysia Airlines Bhd (MAS).

9 Mar 2019 | 7:00 AM

Identify your target-market mix

LAST Sunday, I met up with two professors from the Medical Faculty of Universiti Malaya.

23 Feb 2019 | 7:00 AM

Time to do some soul-searching

AS you grow older, you tend to appreciate quiet moments to reflect on the past, present and future.

9 Feb 2019 | 7:00 AM

Of mistakes, bloopers and emojis

THE year 2019 is starting to look interesting. After a boring January where nothing much happened, the pace is picking up both in business opportunities and political activities. After getting the New Year and Chinese New Year celebrations out of the way, entrepreneurs and politicians have started planning and strategising for the year ahead.

28 Jan 2019 | 7:00 AM

Stay humble, avoid trouble and your fortune might just double

IN the last few months, I have been busy attending weddings and funerals. Many happy moments interspersed with occasional sad news. The circle of life is filled with hope and despair.

Market not right, cash flow seems tight, best you stay asset light. Profits here, savings there, for sure bankers will be there. When confidence grow, money will flow, does not matter where the wind blow. Cash is king when you can buy bling bling without having to think.  When the going gets tough, the tough gets tougher. Tighten your belt, stay your course and you will be alright of course. When market down, stay lower to the ground. Stable stance, knees bent, you will last longer till the end.
5 Jan 2019 | 7:00 AM

This year looks like a tough year for business and ministers

Tan Thiam Hock - On your own
THE year 2019 started off badly with red ink declines across all stock exchanges in the world. Bears charged ahead as investors continued to be spooked by dramatic events happening in the United States, China and Europe.