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“Our local education system has been training students for ages to be like robots. To be obedient, disciplined, compliant, follow the rules. But that’s going to lead to planned obsolescence,” says Crystal, who also writes extensively on the topic for CNA. The Lim-Langes quickly found that their students’ challenges – such as struggling to feel relevant, feeling isolated and disconnected, and being unable to focus in a sea of distractions – were symptomatic of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, an era in which deep technology has caused the blurring of boundaries between the physical, digital and biological worlds.
The duo, who left NUS to launch Forest Wolf, a private practice that consults with large corporations such as Spotify, Amgen, investment banks and Singapore’s biopharma sector, strongly believes that unique human qualities will distinguish successful business leaders in a future where AI and robots have replaced many traditional skills and practices.
Their recently launched book, Deep Human, makes a point of harnessing the latest neuroscience research and emphasises the five key human superskills – Focus and Mindfulness, Self- Awareness, Empathy, Complex Communication and Adaptive Resilience – that they say are key to confidently facing a radically uncertain future.
They describe this state of flux as VUCA, using the acronym that was originally developed by the US military but has been co- opted by the business world to describe volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. “These four factors are growing exponentially,” says Crystal, pointing out that modern technology has simultaneously advanced and eroded the quality of our lives, the way we think and how we connect with others. The pair, who cite mindfulness pioneers such as Rick Hanson, Jon Kabat-Zinn and Jack Kornfield as inspirations, advocate that leaders learn to combat distractions and sharpen their focus through regular mindfulness exercises, similar to working out at the gym.
Other key strategies for leaders include naming and therefore “taming” business stressors, becoming emotionally literate (or aware of their emotional responses to daily events), giving their team regular, candid feedback and, crucially, encouraging true innovation through fostering a sense of psychological safety among staff , which Google research teams have found to be critical in high- performance work cultures.
“Everyone says they want innovation, but innovation goes hand-in-hand with an appetite for failure,” says Crystal, who adds that the days of the infallible, all-knowing CEO are long gone. As the boundaries between work and life become increasingly blurred, companies have become society’s new tribes, headed by inspiring CEOs who aren’t afraid to fail and lead by example.
If you are languishing at work, here’s what you need to start doing, say Crystal Lim-Lange and Gregor Lim-Lange.
Crystal Lim-Lange talks about the slow but sure wave hitting organisations – when people decide to quit and what motivates them to throw in the towel.
The most dangerous notions about education come from the people who have the most influence over the future of our youth yet have the least idea on how to guide their children, says Crystal Lim-Lange
Singapore comes in second on the OECD PISA rankings but are we missing the forest for the trees in our fixation on such metrics? Crystal Lim-Lange dishes out some advice.
Are we doing the best we can to attract, support and grow the talent, or are we as employers also being entitled and unrealistic with our expectations of having the perfect plug-and-play candidates? Crystal Lim-Lange serves up a reality check
Don’t despair in the maze of finding a job. Graduates need to believe that they have something valuable to contribute to the world, says Forest Wolf’s Crystal Lim-Lange.
Long gone is the notion that the ideal CV has a narrow, vertical progression, says Forest Wolf’s Crystal Lim-Lange.
Singaporeans need a mindset of radical ownership to thrive in the fourth industrial revolution, says Forest Wolf’s Crystal Lim-Lange and Dr Gregor Lim-Lange.
Years of coaching CEOs, workers and students have taught the NUS Centre for Future-ready Graduates’ director that being resilient is one of the most important skills you need to grow.
In the next 10 to 20 years, the proliferation of artificial intelligence (AI) will lead to the widespread elimination of jobs performed by humans. With such predictions occupying column inches in the media, we are confronted with the unavoidable question of just how valuable human input is to the scheme of things.
Crystal and Gregor speak at Wisdom 2.0 in San Francisco to an audience of 3,000 on Brave New Education - Transforming How Youth Learn
Crystal Lim-Lange, Founder of Forest Wolf, speaks at the World Readiness Symposium 2018 to 450 students from Singapore (St Nicholas Girls School, Singapore Chinese Girls School, Catholic High), on how to prepare themselves for the future.
Dr. Lim-Lange shares 10 ways that mindfulness can enhance your ability to lead your life and lead others at the Singapore Mindfulness Conference 2018
Soros Foundation Innovations in Education Symposium Dec 2019, Almaty Kazakhstan - Keynote speakers, Future-ready Educators 2-day Workshop
Ernst & Young FSO Accounts Forum Nov 2019 - Keynote speakers, Workshop
Deep Human Corporate Workshops & Events, Oct - Nov 2019
Clients include Lego, Radisson Hotels, Shopback, Indosuez, Westpac Bank, Young Womens Leadership Connection, ARA Asset Management and more
AIMA Annual Forum at SGX. Oct 2019 - Crystal Lim-Lange, Panel Speaker on Diversity & Inclusion
Biomedical Sciences Symposium - Talent 4.0, Sept 2019- Keynote speakers, award presentation with GOH Minister Ng Chee Meng
National Counselling & Pschotherapy Conference, Sept 2019 - Dr. Gregor Lim-Lange, opening keynote
Kinokuniya Meet The Authors Deep Human Event October 2019
VIP Launch of Deep Human at 1880 Private Members Club, Sept 2019
World Readiness Programme Symposium, Singapore Chinese Girls School, September 2019 - Crystal Lim-Lange, Opening Keynote
Harvard College Project for Asian and International Relations Summit, August 2019 - Opening Keynote (Crystal Lim-Lange), HPAIR Talks Workshop, Speaker on Globalization (Dr. Gregor Lim-Lange)
Spotify JAPAC Leadership Summit, July 2019 - Lead Facilitators & Panel Moderators
International Positive Education Network Summit, Melbourne, July 2019 - Workshop facilitators
Eurasian Higher Education Leaders Forum 2019, Future Ready Graduates, Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, June 2019 - Crystal Lim-Lange Opening Keynote & 2 Panel Discussions
Minerva Consequent 2019, San Francisco, USA, May 2019 - Panellist & Resource
Singapore Ministry of Education's Education Career Guidance Symposium 2019 - Keynote speaker, Panelist and Workshop - Unlocking the Potential of our Youth - April 2019
AIMA APAC Summit, Hong Kong - Workshop March 2019
InnovLogue Panel Discussion at the Institute of Adult Learning - March 2019
Indosuez Wealth Summit Asia 2019 , Hong Kong - Keynote - Reimagining Education in a Better World - Feb 2019
University of Copenhagen Seminar, Denmark - Keynote & Workshop on the Impact of the 4th Industrial Revolution - November 2018
Singapore Institute of Management - Professional Staff Workshop on Mindful Leadership - November 2018
Adult Learning Symposium 2018 at the Marina Bay Sands November 2018 - Workshop - Superskills for the Future
National University of Singapore Tembusu College Dialogue on Disruption - November 2018
Thai Public Broadcast Interview on the Forest Wolf Future-ready Index - October 2018
BMAC BioPharma Leadership Retreat Oct 2018
Leadership Academy Programme Level 1 for leading regional bank - Oct 2018
The Skills of The Future - Talk with Ben Nelson, Founder of Minerva Project, Sept 2018
Forest Wolf x Hoffman Institute - Breaking the Cycle Workshop Sept 2018
Taylor's University Teaching & Learning Conference Sept 2018 - Keynote speaker - Future-ready Now: Connecting to the self, others and meaning
Taylors Teaching and Learning Conference - Forest Wolf Workshop on Future-ready Skills - September 2018
Standard Chartered Next Generation Leadership Programme August 2018
World Positive Education Accelerator conference in Dallas, Fort Worth, US, June 2018 - Speakers on "The role of Positive Psychology in Future-proofing our Youth"
Forest Wolf Transformation+ journey workshop series with Straits Clan - June 2018
UNLEASH panel with the Royal Danish Embassy, Danish Folk High and Minister of Water and Environment, Masagos Zulkifli - June 2018
Singapore Mindfulness Conference May 2018 (Dr. Gregor Lange - Mindful Leadership)
Forest Wolf Straits Clan Movement & Stillness Workshop - May 2018
Search Inside Yourself - Practicum programmes for BP de Silva and Brahm Centre - May 2018
New Heroes Documentary filming (Amsterdam) - April 2018
World Readiness Programme Summit April 2018 (Crystal Lim-Lange - Keynote Address and Panel moderator)
Singapore Youth Conference April 2018 - Connecting to Self, Meaning and Others Workshop
1st Philippine Postive Psychology Conference April 2018 - "Mindfulness and Well-being" (Dr. Gregor Lim-Lange)
Women Changemakers Panel (Crystal Lim-Lange)
Biopharma Manufacturers Advisory Council Zodiac Retreat and Leadership Programme Training March 2018
Wisdom 2.0 February 2018 - Brave New Education- Transforming How Young People Learn"
Creative Mornings January 2018 - "On Anxiety" - Guest speaker Crystal Lim-Lange
The Future of Skills Panel Debate in honour of the Danish Prime Minister's visit to Singapore - November 2017 - Panel Speaker - Crystal Lim-Lange
MSC Connexions Forum 2017 - October 2017 Singapore Maritime Foundation's
MSC Connexions Forum panel speaker
Roche Womens Leadership Summit 2017 - October 2017 Keynote / Workshop on Personal Transformation
AStar One-North Festival August 2017 - "Future-ready Skills for a Career in Today's Dynamic World" Talk
UOB Career Day 2017 - Panel Discussion with HCLI and Google
StanChart China August 2017 - "Future-ready Skills" Workshop
FreePoint Offsite August 2017
LearningScapes Asia Conference Marina Bay Sands July 2017 - "Global Citizenship" Presentation
NUS Future-ready Educators Summer School July 2017 - Conceptualised and led this inaugural 3-day immersive training programme bringing together 90 educators from around the world
Biopharma Manufacturers Advisory Council June 2017 - Leadership training pilot programme for the Biopharma sector
EducationInvestor Global Hotspots in Education Conference May 2017 - Keynote address "Future-ready - Rethinking Education in a World of Disruption"
NUS Alumni Leaders Forum April 2017 - Keynote talk "Future-ready Skills - Giving students Roots & Wings"
International Association for Blended Learning (IABL) Global Conference April 2017 - Presentation of Paper on "Future-ready Skills for the 4th Industrial Revolution"
Channel NewsAsia Money Mind Interview - March 2017
NUS Future-ready Index and Future-ready Report media launch Feb 2017
3rd Annual Women in Leadership Summit Singapore January 2017 - Talk - Future-ready Women Leadership
Young Presidents Organisation Workshop Jan 2017 - "The VUCA Vaccine" Workshop
Energy Markets Authority Singapore 2016 - Panelist
Vodafone Regional International Womens Day Forum March 2016 - Guest Speaker
Thought leaders and employers speak about what future-ready means, made for the National University of Singapore's Centre for Future-ready Graduates
Roots & Wings, a groundbreaking mindfulness, social emotional intelligence and personal leadership programme we pioneered at the National University of Singapore
Excerpt of our discussion with Chade-Meng Tan, Google Pioneer and Author of Search Inside Yourself