Why theLibrary&?

I founded theLibrary& to support your needs in executive coaching and corporate communications.

From an early age, I dreamt of a bookshop where I would sell the books and music I wanted, and serve good coffee. This dream has evolved into my current business goal of helping individuals and companies.

Just as our (book) library contains our personal collection, each of us has a unique mix of values, aspirations and goals. The ampersand signifies we all have so much more waiting to be discovered.

I am especially interested in how the latest research in neuroscience influences attitudes, beliefs and behaviours across leadership, communication, and personal development.

What is in your library?

Ronald Wong, Executive Coach

Cain, Susan: The power of introverts.

In a world (especially the corporate world) that prizes extroverts and people who shout the loudest, Susan Cain makes the case for introverts; for the quiet and contemplative.

The successful organisation is the one that recognises the ‘in’ and ‘out’ groups.

Duckworth, Angela: The power of passion and perseverance.

Angela Duckworth posits that the greatest predictor of success isn’t social intelligence, good looks, physical health nor IQ. It is grit: passion and perseverance for long-term goals.

Verna Myers: How to overcome our Biases? Walk boldly towards them.

Diversity advocate Vernā Myers looks at some of the subconscious attitudes we hold toward out-groups. She makes a plea: acknowledge your biases. Then move toward, not away from, these groups.

As Mina Cikara and Jay Van Bavel wrote in Scientific American, “Race-based prejudice and discrimination…are not inevitable consequences of our biology”.

Pink, Daniel: The Puzzle of Motivation

Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don't: Traditional rewards aren't always as effective as we think.

Watts, Alan: What If Money Was No Object?

British writer and philosopher Alan Watts was a key figure in raising the awareness of Eastern philosophy in the West.

Complement this with Alain de Botton’s The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work (2009).

How can you combine earning money with attaining fulfilment? How would you live your life if money was no object?

Westbrook, Adam: The Long Game

Inspired by Robert Greene’s Mastery (2012), Adam Westbrook captures superbly the lengths Leonardo da Vinci went into in painting The Last Supper.

In today’s fast-paced world where results matter, do we have the drive and persistence to achieve such mastery?


What do Dr. Seuss and the Stoics have in common? What I discovered along the way of crafting my daughter’s graduation speech

I had the privilege to speak at my daughter’s primary school graduation. When invited to do so, I wondered how difficult this would be. As it turned out, it became a journey of rediscovering Dr. Seuss, and distilling nuggets of inspiration from the Stoics for the graduating eleven-year-olds...