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Should leaders focus on results or people?

A lot of ink has been spilled on people’s opinions of what makes a great leader. As a scientist, I like to turn to the data.

In 2009, Mr James Zenger published a fascinating survey of 60,000 employees that sought to identify how different leadership characteristics combine to affect perceptions of whether a boss is a “great” leader. Two characteristics he examined were “results focus” and “social skills”.

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Taiwan government's efforts pay off in pre-schools

The Taiwan government started intervening in early childhood learning more than two decades ago. One of its first moves was to set up pre-schools within public primary schools. Other efforts include providing funding for inclusive education and tapping academics to act as mentors for pre-school teachers.

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Nudging pre-schools in Taiwan to improve

But thanks to the Taiwan government’s Guidance Project initiative, Dajia’s fortunes have been turned around. The pre-school now enjoys full enrolment, and its curriculum and amenities are much improved.

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Little India riot: The dog that did not bark

In the aftermath of the Little India riot, the focus and dominant narrative, unsurprisingly, have been on law and order issues.

The Government’s narrative is that the riot was a “one-off” spontaneous mayhem; the proximate cause being the inebriated state of some foreign workers reacting angrily and violently to a fatal accident involving one of their own.

Yet, the law and order narrative does not sit well with the long-standing issues in Little India, such as the easy availability of alcohol, jaywalking, littering and other public nuisances, as well as overcrowding.

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