Taking five weeks’ leave from work is not as difficult as one thinks. Most times, when you are at the top, you think you are indispensable. But if you are a good leader who has built up a good team, it is possible to go away for five weeks or even longer.

Tan Yong Soon, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Water Resources, who took a 5-weeks course in cooking with his family at the famous Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. (Straits Times, Life, Jan 6).

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