Chavalit Frederick Tsao
Viktor E. Frankl
AITIA - a Greek word used by Aristotle in his philosophical writings to mean “cause” or “purpose”. The word AITIA resonates well with the purpose of the AITIA Institute, as we reimagine the 21st century world view of leadership and business. We believe that through evolution we can transform and shift consciousness, from individual to an inter-connected collective, an Institute given form for business and individuals to express from a space of love and with compassion. AITIA - totally symmetrical word also symbolises the integration of East wisdome and West science into one holistic approach for human connection.
The Founder’s Story
AITIA’s founder, Chavalit Frederick Tsao, known commonly as Fred, is the fourth generation steward of a family business that started at The Shanghai Bund before 1906. He joined his family business at the age of 20 and his early business successes included start up and turn arounds businesses. At the age of 37, as Fred assumed the stewardship role of his family business, he was aware of the great leadership responsibility. He questioned business sustainability and where he is leading the family business. Fred started his personal journey in search of the true meaning of leadership and the role of business in society.
East West Journey
Fred believes that challenges of businesses are caused by lagging of human evolution against global demands. He believes in the core eastern wisdom, that when we play our roles we will be duly rewarded. He started a personal journey and established East West Cultural Development Centre I 1995, to carry out research in the area of evolution and sustainability, primarily on “What is the Role of Business in Society?” Fred holds the view that sustainable and flourishing businesses are those that evolve, where they play their role to serve human well-being and create wealth at the same time.
AITIA INSTITUTE MISSION
AITIA Institute, is a Singapore head-quartered non for profit organization that brings to life the decades of East West research. We are a platform that fuses Eastern wisdom and Western process using mindful practices as foundation to leadership and organizational development. Meeting the 21st Century challenge require change to who we are being, beyond what we are doing. We promote mindful awareness to enable human connectedness and shifting of consciousness of self and collective. We believe that consciousness is the mother of all capital, the wisdom and creativity within each of us, waiting to be awaken.
The AITIA Pillars
Mindfulness practices are the foundation of all AITIA programs. We believe that mindfulness is the gateway to our minds. We integrate mindful practices to deliver a holistic learning journey. Our mission is to nurture mindful relationships and bring positive impact to individual and collective, when applied to | Family Learning where family is our first community to nurture love and compassion | Family Business to advance the study of family business by families for families | Quantum Leadership to develop 21st century leaders and organizations | Philanthropy and Sustainability to discover purpose of existence.
We believe that what we are, stems from what we believe, as what believe is what we see, what we see is how we think and how we think is how we act. To transform we need to evolve. To evolve is life, and to evolve is to find a path to sustainability, for self or society. Evolutionary leaders focus on connectivity and build organizations to last. In AITIA, we fuse Eastern wisdom and Western science to advocate for an evolutionary life and business model for flourishing. We are an Institute where you learn; a place to grow, a place to evolve and transform. We invite you to discover and curate your own journey!