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Right and Wrong according to the Samurai

  • 28 March 2024
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  • by Stephen Le

Ethical leaders are the modern warriors of today Touted as an indispensable read for executives, the “Code of the Samurai” is my latest read and it is fascinating! The timeless lessons offer a roadmap for ethical leadership so needed in our modern corporate world today. A deep dive into Japanese culture and philosophy You may know this – the “Code of the Samurai” is a four-hundred-year-old explication of the rules embodied in Bushido, the Japanese Way...

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...

AI on Trial: Examining Its Role in Disputes in Southeast Asia

  • 15 March 2024
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  • by Stephen Le

AI has captivated the world, but it has been slow to enthrall lawyers; especially in Southeast Asia. I would say we are a pretty conservative bunch, reflecting a profession and culture that places a high premium on preparedness, sagacity, and adherence to precedent. No doubt, there are plenty of cautionary headlines globally that nudge us in the same direction. Globally and in Vietnam, GenAI is still in its nascent stage when it comes to dispute cases....

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...

Why Knowing Your ‘Why’ Changes Everything

  • 15 March 2024
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  • by Stephen Le

“What do you do as a lawyer?” “I argue for a living.” “Why do you do that?” Pause. “To save the world.” There is a running joke about how lawyers are the only people who meet crying people and make them cry even harder after giving them a solution… and the bill. Jokes aside, I’ve asked many friends and colleagues this age-old “why did you become a lawyer?” question, and in essence, most of the answers,...

The Art of Being the ‘Bad Guy’ for Your Team’s Good

  • 15 March 2024
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  • by Stephen Le

Nobody likes to be the ‘bad guy’, but when the time calls for it, someone has to play that role. Let’s be clear, though: being the ‘bad guy’ doesn’t involve being rude, abusive, or unreasonable. These behaviors are unquestionably unacceptable in any context. I’m talking about making tough calls even when they are unpopular, having difficult conversations when it’s uncomfortable, and putting in sacrifices that are unseen yet necessary for the good of the company. If...

Redefining Copyright in the Digital Age

  • 15 March 2024
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  • by Stephen Le

We live in a world where intellectual property (IP) stands as the lifeblood of businesses worldwide. Whether it’s cutting-edge technology, innovative designs, or brand identities, these are precious assets that need to be fiercely protected. Yet these are also the very things that are getting harder and harder to safeguard. Patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets – none of the four pillars of intellectual property are exempt from the emerging threats in our era of technological acceleration. Copyright...

The Art of Delegation: Why We Struggle and How to Overcome It

  • 15 March 2024
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  • by Stephen Le

It seems so obvious right? You have way too much to do, too many fires to put out and too little time to do “high-value strategic work”. But there is: delegation. Yes, yes, you know it’s important to do and you know it will save you time and help others develop new skills. So why aren’t you doing it? “I know I should ask for help, but I don’t want to be pushy.” “My team already...

The Pursuit of Excellence and Why It Matters

  • 15 March 2024
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  • by Stephen Le

Is grit no longer celebrated in our world? In a time where affirming voices are dramatically amplified, the pursuit of excellence can feel like a lonely path. When we take self-care too far I can imagine how this article can tank at a time where “self-love” and “self-care” is all the rage in popular culture. I believe in self-love and self-care – just not when it skirts on the line of excessive indulgence. Pit-stops are good...

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