04 Dec '11, 4am

Commander on deck: by Lin Yanqin John Ryan's memory of his first visit to Singapore in the early '90s is not one...

John Ryan's memory of his first visit to Singapore in the early '90s is not one of a Garden City, or the tropical weather, or the local food. Instead, it was a day of suspense and negotiation - with its leaders Mr Lee Kuan Yew and Mr Goh Chok Tong. Then a United States Navy captain and the executive assistant to United States Navy Pacific commander Huntington Hardisty, Mr Ryan took notes as his boss met Mr Lee and Mr Goh on the possibility of establishing a base in Singapore to lend logistics and maintenance support to the US Navy in the region. "We were in the Philippines where we had two big bases and the Philippine Senate decided to throw the US out of the Philippines," says Mr Ryan, now president and CEO of the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), which specialises in leadership education and coaching and is ranked by the Financial Times among the global top 10 for ex...

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