Honour Singapore Seeking the Well-Being of the Nation
Chairman’s Letter: April 2018
Dear Donors and Friends of Honour (Singapore)

We thank you for continuing to stand with us as we keep working on promoting a culture of honour for the well-being of our nation. The blueprint for Singapore’s success since independence has been that of human imagination and hard work, as well as the courage to be different and unique – founded on honour, integrity and trust. The third anniversary of the passing of Singapore’s founding Prime Minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew on 23 March is a good moment to remind ourselves how important honour and trustworthiness are virtues which undergird the continued survival and success of Singapore.

This quarterly newsletter updates you on critical Honour events in the past quarter and in particular speaks of our upcoming landmark event, the Honour International Symposium.
April 2018
Honour International Symposium 2018 (HIS2018): The Symposium will be held on 19 – 20 July 2018 in Singapore with the theme “Be The Best You Can Be.” We all want to be the best we can be, first by honouring our individual talents and abilities, and then in applying honour in family relationships, community relationships, leadership relationships, and business relationships to build secure, stable and sustainable success in work and life.

The Symposium will begin with the Welcome Dinner on 19 July 2018 where the Guest of Honour will be Mdm Halimah Yacob, the President of the Republic of Singapore. It will be followed by a full day of discussions on 20 July 2018. Mr Tan Min-Liang, Co-Founder & CEO of Razer Inc will speak at lunch, and the closing dinner will feature Mr Hannes Schmid, world-famous Swiss photographer and artist, and founder of Smiling Gecko, a social enterprise in Cambodia that has created new futures for the homeless and helpless. Please click here to see the exciting programme and the list of distinguished speakers.

Come and learn from our distinguished speakers whose life lessons and experience will help you develop your talents and abilities, build strong families and relationships, create success in business and leadership, and help all of us with ideas on winning in work and in life!

The Honour International Symposium is a biennial symposium that brings together established leaders and future leaders in business, government, and community groups to discuss issues of honour and honouring for successful business, stable homes, and strong nations. This follows our inaugural symposium organised in 2016 where Mr Jack Ma, Founder of Alibaba, gave a thoughtful and inspiring video message which you can view at http://honourinternational.sg/videos for an indication of what Honour International Symposium 2018 can offer you. If you are interested to attend HIS2018, please get in touch with me at info@honourinternational.sg. Participation is by invitation and seats are limited. I hope to hear from you soon.

Honour Film Initiative: We continue to support young-adult filmmakers and student filmmakers from Ngee Ann Polytechnic to produce short films and documentaries on the theme of Honour and Honouring. Our films have garnered well over seven million cumulative online views with numerous positive and encouraging comments. We invite you to watch and share these highly emotive and inspirational films at http://honour.sg/short-films/ or on www.Facebook.com/HonourOurSingapore. We also invite you to join us by registering for the 6th Honour Film Screening that will be held on 2 July 2018 at The Capitol Theatre where we will unveil a brand new slate of films on the multiple expressions of honour and honouring.

Learning Journey: Following a successful pilot run of our Learning Journey Programme in May and October 2016, we have connected with 13 schools and reached out to over 3,500 students and 80 educators. Through the highly energised facilitated sessions, the students were able to better understand the importance of Honour for work and life, and gained practical insights on ways of living it out in their own lives. If you are an educator and you would like to explore the use of our films in values education, please get in touch with us at admin@honour.sg.

HONOUR IN ACTION: Honour (Singapore) is working on a pilot programme HONOUR IN ACTION where the practice of Honour, in its multiplicity of expressions, becomes a natural part of the way we live. If being a Gracious Society becomes a dominant characteristic of Singapore, we would be mining the “HIDDEN WEALTH OF SINGAPORE” where the quality of relationships among the people will enhance both economic growth as well as establish a social environment conducive to every child developing their talents and abilities the best way possible. This idea is well described by David Halpern in his book “The Hidden Wealth of Nations” (Polity Press). This will constitute a generational transformation, so we need people with vision, resilience, patience and conviction to work it through. If you would like to participate in the pilot programme and are a school leader, please write me at LimSiongGuan@honour.sg to express your interest.

CEO Forum: The next forum will be held on 27 April 2018. The CEO Forum is a periodic forum that we organise to bring together leaders of organisations, big and small, to share our views on Honour and discuss how Honour could be beneficial to their organisations. If you are a CEO and would like to attend one of these forums, please get in touch with me at LimSiongGuan@honour.sg to express your interest.

Honour Toolkit: Many organisations have values, but how many employees practise their organisation’s values in their workplaces? The Honour Toolkit is specifically designed to help organisations embed the virtue of Honour into their existing training programmes, so that their employees would more strongly honour their company’s values, honour their word and honour each other for the success of their organisation. A sneak peek inside the toolkit is available here. For more information on the Honour Toolkit, please email ToolKit@honour.sg.

Honour Champions Community: We welcome all who are prepared and convicted to lead as Honour Champions in their respective organisations and other spheres of influence to contact us so we can meet to discuss how you joining a Chapter of the Honour Champions Community can be useful and encouraging. Our belief is that the culture of Honour promoted through Honour Champions and Honour Ambassadors will not just be critical for Singapore’s continuing survival and success as a nation, but also is critical for the survival and success of our businesses and families, and our effectiveness as leaders and workers for the future. Do write me at LimSiongGuan@honour.sg if you are keen to be involved.

Thought Leadership:
I had the opportunity to share with School Leaders thoughts on The Language of Honour, where I pointed out that Honour is like a language, best taught and learnt early, and expressed in daily communication. Schools, families, society and the nation all have their unique and crucial part to play in living the language. I was also invited to speak at a company’s leadership conference where I shared some thoughts for long-term sustainable success for the future, emphasising that honour and trustworthiness are critical aspects for success in business and in life - in addition to skills and competencies, knowledge and experience. I am always reminded of a quote from Dee Hock, founder of VISA, who said: “Hire and promote first based on integrity; second, motivation; third, capacity; fourth, understanding; fifth, knowledge; and last and least, experience. Without integrity, motivation is dangerous; without motivation, capacity is impotent; without capacity, understanding is limited; without understanding, knowledge is meaningless; without knowledge, experience is blind. Experience is easy to provide and quickly put to good use by people with all the other qualities.”

Talks: I continue to speak, on an invitation-only basis, on the subject of Honour at schools, companies, and community groups to share why Honour is important for the continued success and survival of our nation. These occasions inspire and energize me, as I also hope they inspire and energize the audiences.
Thank You!
Thank you very much again for your continued support and encouragement for Honour (Singapore). Should you have any ideas and feedback on what we can do better, please get in touch with me at LimSiongGuan@honour.sg. We look forward to your continued support as we seek the well-being of Singapore.

Lim Siong Guan
Honour (Singapore)
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