New book by Lim Siong Guan focuses on honour

Mr Lim signing copies of his book - Winning With Honour In Relationships, Family, Organisations, Leadership, And Life - which is co-authored by his daughter Joanne.
Mr Lim signing copies of his book - Winning With Honour In Relationships, Family, Organisations, Leadership, And Life - which is co-authored by his daughter Joanne. PHOTO: WORLD SCIENTIFIC PUBLISHING

Former civil service chief Lim Siong Guan and his daughter Joanne launched their second book yesterday evening.

The book - Winning With Honour In Relationships, Family, Organisations, Leadership, And Life - is published by World Scientific Publishing.

The book argues for the importance of honour in order for one to succeed in life, and comprises 10 parts discussing how honour affects various areas such as relationships and identity.

It seeks to present Singapore as a demonstration of what is possible, if imagination and human enterprise are coupled with honour.

Mr Lim, who is group president of Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC, said: "Many people spend their lives running and striving to get 'there', only to realise that 'there' is not really where they want to get to.

"The purpose of this book is to invite you to think about what makes for a satisfied life, and why honour is important for the continued success and survival of our families, communities, organisations and nation."

Mr Lim is also the founder of non-profit organisation, Honour (Singapore), which aims to foster a culture of honour here.

Yesterday's launch at the National Library building was attended by Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat.

"The authors make the point that Singapore's success is because of our trustworthiness, reliability, dependability, and commitment to quality and success, built upon a foundation of honour," Mr Heng said in a speech.

He added: "They have made the point to me that our continued success will depend on our remaining consistently a people who honour our word."

The book has already received positive citations from well-known figures such as former president S R Nathan, Ambassador-at-Large Tommy Koh, and Far East Organization chief executive Philip Ng.

The book is being sold in major bookstores at $56 (hardcover) and $28 (paperback).

In 2014, Mr Lim and Ms Lim co-authored a book on personal mastery, The Leader, The Teacher & You, which won the Singapore Literature Prize's non-fiction award that year.

In the book, Mr Lim shared insights on leadership that he had gleaned from his years in the civil service. Among other posts, he was former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew's first principal private secretary from 1978 to 1981 and also the permanent secretary in the ministries of defence, education and finance.


Note: The price of the book has been updated. 

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 30, 2016, with the headline 'New book by Lim Siong Guan focuses on honour'. Print Edition | Subscribe