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    Coaching a chief executive's successor

    Business, Kriengsak Niratpattanasai, Published on 27/10/2014

    » 'Congratulations, Khun Tana, I just heard your company's announcement," I say.

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    Life of reporting live

    Life, Napamon Roongwitoo, Published on 04/09/2014

    » Andrew Stevens has covered so many thrilling stories in his three decades as a journalist that few things seem capable of baffling him. The disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH 370 was, however, an exception.

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    Thailand's challenge: Rich in ambitions, poor in people skills?

    Christopher Bruton, Published on 22/05/2017

    » Announcement of visionary and ambitious plans has become almost routine. The year 2017 will apparently not be an election year (nothing new about that) but has begun with boom times in the planning sector. In January 2017, we were treated to announcements about "Thailand 4.0". These were soon followed by further revelations about the "Eastern Economic Corridor". These schemes are all part of government strategies to move Thailand into "Thriving in the 21st century: security, prosperity and sustainability". The 21st century has been going for quite a while now, but "better late than never", and "never" had become quite a routine in recent years.

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    Maybe AEC should stand for Asean English Competence

    Business, Niall Sinclair, Published on 01/11/2016

    » English is not the most spoken primary language in the world; that would be Mandarin Chinese. But when you consider the number of countries where it is either an official language or one in regular use, every other language is a very distant second. More than half of the world's countries use English every day. Ten of those countries, including Thailand, form the Asean Economic Community (AEC), a community of 630 million that has adopted English as its common day-to-day language.

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    Seven steps to working in harmony

    Business, Sorayuth Vathanavisuth, Published on 25/08/2016

    » 'Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature's inexorable imperative," the writer HG Wells once said. However, what happens to employees or executives who have made great contributions to an organisation in the past but cannot adjust quickly enough to the new environment of the competitive battleground? Should we let them go?

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    A practical path towards ethical leadership (Part 2)

    Business, Sorayuth Vathanavisuth, Published on 28/07/2016

    » In my previous article two weeks ago I discussed some of the key qualities that an organisation needs to embrace in order to encourage ethical leadership. These include ethics, values, principles and compassion. In particular, leaders who practise compassion and equanimity tend to be highly effective.

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    Her job is your job

    Guru, Kasidit Srivilai, Published on 03/07/2015

    » Sasiporn “May” Mewongukote, is a former fashion marketer who lived a glamorous life surrounded by luxury products. She gave it all up when she realised the world would benefit more from a person who helps “lost” students find the right path. May set up CareerVisa, a social enterprise that guides undecided students to discover their potential (and perhaps their dream jobs).

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    Man on the move

    Guru, Jarupat Buranastidporn, Published on 17/04/2015

    » Santit “Pear” Jirawongkraisorn is the co-founder and managing director of lalamove (available for download on the App Store; visit or, a Hong Kong-based delivery-matching application. Having recently launched in Bangkok, Guru catches up with him to find out why the app could be a solution for Bangkokians who are pressed for time.

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    Not all overseas jobs that glitter are gold

    News, Published on 22/03/2015

    » When Qatar Airways recruits flight attendants in Bangkok, thousands of young men and women make their way to whichever hotel ballroom has been rented for a gruelling application process. Like several other major international airlines, notably from the Middle East, Qatar views Thailand as a strong recruiting ground: enthusiasm from young Thais is so strong for the high-paying and high-flying job that a small industry is devoted to arming candidates with the language skills, and hair and make-up, necessary to make a strong impression.

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    Meet the eco-tect

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 20/10/2014

    » 'We didn't design a building for it to be beautiful. We designed it to make the people inside feel good," said architect Royy Cheenprachar, settling into his award-winning AIA Capital Centre on Ratchadaphisek Road.

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