HCLI Research
Published 1 February 2018

We are already one month into 2018. How are your resolutions for this year coming along? If you haven’t yet, it might be helpful to set aside an hour or two and check your progress. For me, I am still sticking to my health and wellness resolution. Studies show that having a network or someone to check-in with makes habits more likely to stick. One reason I have been able to make this a habit is because I’ve made myself accountable to someone else.

One of my resolutions that I am still working on finding a way to make it a habit is to be more mindful. So often I find myself rushing from work to home, from event to event, even rushing back to my desk after I’ve filled my water bottle! I want to work on being more aware of how I spend my time. After all, Annie Dillard once said, “How we spend our days is of course how we spend our lives.”

Last week, HCLI launched our latest research 20 by 2020: Gender Diversity on Singapore Boards. The report begins: “The glass ceiling for female board directors has cracked but is not yet broken. While the awareness about the need for gender diversity on boards has increased in recent years, actual progress made to address the issue has been slow”.

The report identifies four philosophical positions that boards tend to have towards diversity: Resistance Denier, Passive Onlooker, Meritocracy Upholder, and Conscious Champion. To find out how your board addresses diversity and to read the report, click here.

We wish you a happy and healthy new year. Gong Xi Fa Cai! May the Year of the Dog bring you good fortune. As always, I’d like to hear your thoughts, feedback, or about a particular topic you are interested in—please email me at

– Sara

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