Ex-envoy to Austria wants SMEs to think like a general

His book details how ancient Chinese general Sun Zi's strategies can help firms succeed

Mr Soo Kok Leng with his book, Think Wits Win: How To Use Sun Zi's Art Of War For Success. The 67-year-old has kept himself busy since retiring from full-time work at age 50. He sits on the boards of 15 companies and does consultancy work.
Mr Soo Kok Leng with his book, Think Wits Win: How To Use Sun Zi's Art Of War For Success. The 67-year-old has kept himself busy since retiring from full-time work at age 50. He sits on the boards of 15 companies and does consultancy work.ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

Company director and former envoy Soo Kok Leng sits on the boards of 15 companies, but his "office" is a dark blue Mercedes-Benz.

Mr Soo, 67, has shunned many of the trappings of corporate life since he retired from full-time work at 50. But his schedule remains packed and he relies heavily on his trusty Merc to get him from one appointment to the next.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 31, 2019, with the headline 'Ex-envoy to Austria wants SMEs to think like a general'. Subscribe