Grounded: How Leaders Stay Rooted in an Uncertain World – Bamboo Innovator Daily: 11 Sep (Fri)


  • Richard Bolles: The man who shaped careers advice; ‘What Color is Your Parachute?’ author looks back over 40 years: FT
  • Socrates knew it: the secret of disagreeing successfully: BRW
  • To implement change, you must rewire your organisation: BT
  • Question Certainty: HBR
  •  The Big Misconceptions Holding Holacracy Back: HBR
  • Helping a Coworker Who’s Stressed Out: HBR
  • Lennon and McCartney: Fifty years of “Yesterday”: Economist
  • The Big Misconceptions Holding Holacracy Back: HBR
  • How One CEO Uses Extreme Openness To Lead 8,000 People: Forbes
  • Question Certainty: HBR
  • Germany in the 18th century: Prussian and powerful; What made Frederick great?: Economist


  • Grounded: How Leaders Stay Rooted in an Uncertain World: Amazon
  • You First: Inspire Your Team to Grow Up, Get Along, and Get Stuff Done: Amazon
  • Stop Playing Safe: Rethink Risk. Unlock the Power of Courage. Achieve Outstanding Success: Amazon
  • Red Team: How to Succeed By Thinking Like the Enemy: Amazon
  • Great Work: How to Make a Difference People Love : Amazon
  • Stacking the Deck: How to Lead Breakthrough Change Against Any Odds: Amazon
  • ENGAGED!: Outbehave Your Competition to Create Customers for Life : Amazon
  • The Oz Principle: Getting Results Through Individual and Organizational Accountability: Amazon
  • The Wisdom of Oz: Using Personal Accountability to Succeed in Everything You Do : Amazon
  • Ted Leonsis On Six Books Every Entrepreneur Must Read: Forbes

Investing Process

  • Howard Marks: Take Investing to Next Level; The Oaktree chairman shows how to “double-think (and triple-think) every angle of every situation.”: Barron’s
  • Adviser on Chinese Reverse Mergers Is Charged in a Securities Fraud Case; Federal prosecutors call him something else: a “master of manipulation” who reaped tens of millions of dollars in illegal profits. NYT
  • How Stanford Took On the Giants of Economics: NYT
  • Smart-beta upstart goes after the big boys wielding lower fees as a weapon; Equal-weighted exposure to the S&P 500 for 30 basis points: IN
  • Make advisers pay when deals go wrong: FT
  • How to Tell the Difference Between the Graham Formula and the Graham Number: VW
  • Giant Hedge Fund’s Radical Idea: Performance Guaranteed or Your Money Back; By hedge-fund standards, their system is nearly unheard of: WSJ
  • Standing on the Shoulders of a Growth Giant: Phil Fisher: IC
  • SEC Charges Three In “Indestructible Wealth” Religious Scam: VW
  • Temasek, GIC can lead in factoring ESG in investing: TODAY

Greater China

  • “If It Bleeds, We Can Kill It” – Top Performing Hedge Fund Manager Compares China To The Predator: zh
  • China uncovers more accounting problems with Three Gorges Dam: Reuters
  • Warning bell for the end of Hong Kong’s 12-year property rally is ringing louder: SCMP
  • Wynn shares sink after reports HK$2 billion was stolen from junket group operating out of Macau casino: SCMP
  • China needs an all-weather market watchdog: Nikkei
  • Beijing Plugs Holes as Great Wall of Credit Cracks; China’s authorities are cracking down on capital leaving the country, with up to $164 billion exiting in August. Barron’s
  •  As Stocks Skid in China, Startups Lose Their Luster; Major investors such as venture capital firms that flocked to support young firms in recent years are pulling back: Caixin
  • For the first time ever, China’s Communist Party is openly questioning its legitimacy: qz
  • As Stocks Skid in China, Startups Lose Their Luster; Major investors such as venture capital firms that flocked to support young firms in recent years are pulling back: Caixin
  • How to Cheat on Taxes in China: NYT
  • The former boss of one of China’s biggest state-owned conglomerates has become the latest senior figure snared in a wide-ranging anti-corruption crackdown: NYT


  • Sun Pharmaceuticals: Indian drugmaker sheds weight; Nikkei
  • E-commerce in India: Stack and deliver; Urban Ladder’s rise shows the potential for online selling in India: Economist
  • Diamond cuts: India’s global hub fears more job losses as China slows: Reuters

Japan & Korea

  • Japan’s yakuza: A rare break-up in the world of Japan’s criminal gangs: Economist
  • Japan’s Economy, Crippled by Caution: NYT


  • ‘Pivot or perish’: Rivalry drives top Philippine telecom company’s digital buildup: Nikkei
  • Hong Kong police probe deposits allegedly linked to Najib Razak: FT
  • Thai junta manoeuvres to stay in the game: FT
  • Myanmar Lost Nearly $20 Billion in Illicit Money Since 1960: WSJ


  • Emerging-Market Currencies: Things Look to Get Worse; Investor bets that Brazil and South Africa will default on their debt hit their highest level since the financial crisis: WSJ
  • Brazil junked: The mystery is why it didn’t happen sooner: Economist
  • As a Boom Fades, Brazilians Wonder How It All Went Wrong: NYT
  • How assets will react to a rate rise; Credit markets may pose highest risk, with investors ill-prepared: FT
  • Brazil downgrade triggers prospect of further turmoil for EMs; Lack of reform leaves developing countries exposed to negative rating actions: FT
  • Goldman’s Next 11 Markets Are Sinking Even Faster Than the BRICs: Bloomberg

Energy & Commodities

  • Oil Could Drop as Low as $20, Goldman Says: Bloomberg


  • Chain reaction: Evidence emerges that Alzheimer’s disease, and other neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s, may be transmissible: Economist


  • How Israeli Startups Can Scale: HBR
  • Virtual personal assistants: The software secretaries; Technology firms are competing to become consumers’ personal secretaries, with big implications for commerce and privacy: Economist

Consumer & Others

  • Tesla’s secret formula: Elon Musk has inherited Steve Jobs’s mantle as the cult favourite CEO. And his electric car company has grabbed Apple’s creative crown. An inside look at the world’s most innovative company: Forbes
  • Chobani’s founder has executed a stunning turnaround after almost being ousted from the brand: BI
  • Tiger Wants to Be the Ikea of Denmark: Bloomberg
  • Wal-Mart’s Suppliers Are Finally Fighting Back: Bloomberg

About bambooinnovator
Kee Koon Boon (“KB”) is the co-founder and director of HERO Investment Management which provides specialized fund management and investment advisory services to the ARCHEA Asia HERO Innovators Fund (, the only Asian SMID-cap tech-focused fund in the industry. KB is an internationally featured investor rooted in the principles of value investing for over a decade as a fund manager and analyst in the Asian capital markets who started his career at a boutique hedge fund in Singapore where he was with the firm since 2002 and was also part of the core investment committee in significantly outperforming the index in the 10-year-plus-old flagship Asian fund. He was also the portfolio manager for Asia-Pacific equities at Korea’s largest mutual fund company. Prior to setting up the H.E.R.O. Innovators Fund, KB was the Chief Investment Officer & CEO of a Singapore Registered Fund Management Company (RFMC) where he is responsible for listed Asian equity investments. KB had taught accounting at the Singapore Management University (SMU) as a faculty member and also pioneered the 15-week course on Accounting Fraud in Asia as an official module at SMU. KB remains grateful and honored to be invited by Singapore’s financial regulator Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) to present to their top management team about implementing a world’s first fact-based forward-looking fraud detection framework to bring about benefits for the capital markets in Singapore and for the public and investment community. KB also served the community in sharing his insights in writing articles about value investing and corporate governance in the media that include Business Times, Straits Times, Jakarta Post, Manual of Ideas, Investopedia, TedXWallStreet. He had also presented in top investment, banking and finance conferences in America, Italy, Sydney, Cape Town, HK, China. He has trained CEOs, entrepreneurs, CFOs, management executives in business strategy & business model innovation in Singapore, HK and China.

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