"Genius is in-born, may it never be still-born."

"Oysters, irritated by grains of sand, give birth to pearls. Brains, irritated by curiosity, give birth to ideas."

"Brainpower is the bridge to the future; it is what transports you from wishful thinking to willful doing."

"Unless you keep learning & growing, the status quo has no status."

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


As I sat down to write this blogpost, I couldn't help myself making an interesting association in my head that went back into the late sixties. Hence, the fancy but apt title as shown above.

At the request of Dilip Mukerjea & together with him, I visited the office of DMG Capital Corporation Ltd., at the Lion Building on Arumugam Road this afternoon. We met our mutual friend Mel Gill, CEO & Chief Strategist of the company.

I had met Mel in the mid-nineties, when I was a guest - recommended by Dilip - on his motivational talk show on News Radio FM93.8 Live.

As an avid movie-goer, I readily recalled the adrenalin-pumping spy thriller movie of the sixties, 'Where Eagles Dare', starring Richard Burton & Clint Eastwood.

It was based on the screenplay of master raconteur Alistair MacLean, who wrote many best-selling spy thriller novels, including 'The Guns of Navarone' & 'Ice Station Zebra', to name a few, which were made into great movies.

The 'Eagles' movie centred on a supposedly rescue attempt of a captured US Army General [in actuality, to flush out a mole in British military intelligence] by a crack commando unit, led by a British Army Major Smith (played by the enigmatic & raspy Richard Burton) & assisted reluctantly by an US Army Ranger Lt. Schaffer (played by the iconic & cool Clint Eastwood). They were despatched into a seemingly impregnable mountain-top fortress, known as 'The Castle of the Eagles' (Schloss-Adler), which was under German control on the Bavarian Alps during WWII.

Why the association in my head?

Maybe, it was the eagle emblem on the corporate logo of DMG Capital Corporation Ltd., a multi-faceted training consultancy with global network connections.

Or maybe it was my personal observation of the keen intellectual vision - eagle eye, so to speak - of two diametrically opposite personalities, who had decided to come together to explore possible avenues of collaboration.

Mel Gill is a 18-year entrepreneurial veteran, as well as a high-profile training consultant in this part of the world.

His primary forte is training & mentoring trainers with the NLP technology.

He has also been a well-known radio & television personality, on account of his brilliant hosting of the one & only motivational talk show, designated as 'Uncommon Sense', which ran for almost 7 years on News Radio FM 93.8 Live.

By the way, he is also the author of 'Uncommon Sense: A Handbook of Life' (2000; a new edition has been released), which is a collection of sound time-tested wisdom from the Masters of the Ages. For me, I always remember this imprint from Mel which he had expressed in no uncertain terms, "You always carry within yourself everything you need for the fulfillment of your life purpose", on the cover page of his book.

If you were hooked on spooks, you probably had seen him too - with hat & trenchcoat - as the investigative psychologist on Channel 5's popular paranormal scarefest 'Incredible Tales', which ran for 5 seasons, based on Singapore's urban legends.

As part of his grand plan to develop new products, Mel will be releasing his inspirational movie, 'The MetaSecret', on DVD probably in October this year.

As readers of this weblog, you already know that Dilip Mukerjea is the owner & Managing Director of ‘Braindancing International’ as well as “Buzan Centre Singapore Pte Ltd,” which are specifically dedicated to advancing human performance across multiple domains.

In contrast, Dilip Mukerjea, has kept a somewhat relatively low profile over the last 15 years or so [Prior to that, he was a marine engineer!], even though he is a very accomplished author, with 8 books (3 of which are now out of print) to his professional credit.

His primary forte is developing intellectual & emotional capital, from both the personal & organisational perspective.

Additionally, he has also recently authored 'SuperBrain Study Skills', specifically catered to secondary school students.

On top of these superb materials, he has authored the 'Ingenius' series of bookazines for parents & kids, as well as the 'Braindancer' series of bookazines for corporate executives. They are available for subscription at this link.

Books in the pipeline include 'Lifescaping', 'Brainaissance', plus a study skills book for primary school students.

On the training front, Dilip conducts his seminars, namely, 'Building BrainPower', 'Braindancing', 'Lifescaping' & 'Taleblazers', under the auspices of the Singapore Institute of Management.

For me, it would be very interesting to see the two diametrically opposite but spontaneously brilliant minds working in tandem in the not-too-distant future.

Below is a quick digital snapshot of the potential dynamic duo.

[The logos used in this post are the intellectual property of DMG Capital Corporation Ltd.]

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