- Posted by Jobook Team
- On August 5, 2016
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- Daryl Sim, entrepreneurship, Jobook, Jobook Global, Jobook Singapore, Raniel Lee, Vignesh Manu
Be strategic yet tactful in daily operations
Raniel Lee, a former Platoon Commander in the Signals unit, talks about how “army has taught us to be strategic and tactful in the decision that we make on a day-to-day basis. By understanding the fundamental processes, it helps us understand all kinds of perspectives in order for us to plan ahead. We need to stipulate case scenarios and plan our actions carefully.”
He now runs Jobook, a career development platform that identifies a person’s skill sets and experiences, automating it into an online resume where the matching algorithm matches the best-fit candidates to the employer’s requirements.
He relates his experience, “Running a startup is like running your own section in the army. We need to learn the fundamentals of how day to day operations relate to other positions like IT, finance and sales.
As a leader, we need to know everything, but that doesn’t mean we need to be superbly good at everything. So long as we understand the processes and logic behind it, we get the best people to execute it, while we look at the overarching picture and plan for the growth of the business.”
To Raniel, he is of the opinion that “the army should focus on the EQ of soldiers and teach them how to think strategically frombottom ranks to the top, and not just technical hard skills. Everyone in the army needs to understand the higher intent.
As an innovator or entrepreneur, we need to think strategically and be creative. The Singapore Armed Forces have the best training scenarios for us to apply accordingly. Although we may plan for assaults, we can translate this mindset of strategic thinking into our civilian life. This will create a vibrant ecosystem in Singapore.”
Build leadership, a fighting spirit and people skills
Raniel finds that the National Service days are the best time to network and learn from others. He believes that it is also a time to reflect and find one’s true purpose in life.
“Make use of the time to focus on building up your people skill-sets, leadership and fighting spirit, and learning to handle different types of people tactfully,” he said. “As an entrepreneur, you will be placed in a harsh environment and will need to adapt accordingly. The army is the best place to be “forced” into it and discover yourself! You will know your breaking point and how you get up and continue to fight not for yourself, but for your comrades.”
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