Business Storytelling with Dr Benedict Tan: Humility in Action

Today, my story is based on personal experience and centered around Humility. Recently, I was at Changi Cove working with Doctors and Healthcare Leaders. It was a fun day of crafting Narrative Medicine that involved hospital deaths, brand positioning and leadership. At one stage, Dr Ben Tan (one of the participants) and I spent 20 mins working on one of his upcoming talks. Dr Tan asked questions, listened very carefully, challenged some things and agreed on others. He would have to be one of the calmest persons I have worked with. Then at lunch time, coincidentally, I sat next to him and we started talking. Whilst we were talking I nearly fell off my chair when I discovered who I was talking to: An Asian Games and four-time SEA Games Gold medalist in sailing, a three-time Sportsman of the Year, Member of Parliament and Medical Director of Singapore Sports Medicine (this bit I knew before, but sadly this was the only bit I knew beforehand). To be honest, I became a little nervous around him after lunch and closer to around 4pm, I jokingly said to him, “God! you are a famous man…thank you for coming to my session.” He looked at me and said, “No, thank you Anjali. I learnt so much”. THAT TO ME IS WHAT HUMILITY LOOKS LIKE IN ACTION. Your character trumps your credentials … Dr Ben Tan, THANK YOU for gracing my session.

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