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Still Waters Run Deep

  • 15 March 2024
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  • by Stephen Le

In life, the aspiration to be good, even outstanding, is universal. Yet, discerning what I call “true intelligence” from “mere intellect” is an art. A truly intelligent person knows how to hold their tongue and hide when necessary – they have what I call ‘underground intelligence’. So, what distinguishes those truly wise individuals? Here are my two cents. 1. A truly intelligent person doesn’t usually like to engage in fierce debates with others. They let the...

5 Lessons I’m Bringing to 2024

  • 15 March 2024
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  • by Stephen Le

Before penning my reflections for 2023 down, I had a quick look at my reflections for the previous year. What a difference one year can make. 2022 was all about developing world class systems for my team to thrive in – technological, organizational, administrative efficiencies and even strategic marketing. In 2023, I learned some very important personal lessons that I will bring to 2024 and beyond. It was an inward journey that I did not plan...

The Beauty of Tết – 8 Traditions I Still Abide By

  • 15 March 2024
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  • by Stephen Le

Before every celebration, is an opportunity for reflection. Why do we celebrate Tết? Tết, by the way, is short for Tết Nguyên Đán, which literally translates to ‘Festival of the first day’ and is also known as Lunar New Year – arguably the most important celebration in Vietnamese culture. At the end of the day, Tết is about family and family is number one. To my international friends, these are the common Lunar New Year traditions...