Monthly Archives: November 2014

Meeting Etiquette

I remember sitting in a big meeting once where I found myself getting more and more frustrated with the behavior of some of the leaders in there. We had 16 people at the “grownups” table and another 20 along the wall, there to give presentations or answer questions for the big folks. These 36 people […]

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Playing it Straight

One game that people play in the workplace is called β€œI Have a Secret,” in which they know something is going on, they let other people know that they know, but they never say what β€œit” is. It is a power game played by weak-minded people who cannot get ahead on the strength of their […]

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Do It Earlier

As we approach the end of the year, so many companies are pushing hard to cover the gap created by slower sales earlier in the year. While it is common for retailers to earn as much as 40% of their annual sales revenue during the holiday season, that does not need to be the case […]

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An Ounce of Prevention is Cheaper Than a Pound of Cure

Talking with a foreign software developer here in Singapore last week, he told me his company’s health benefits have pretty good coverage when a problem comes up, but they do not cover expenses for preventative care. He did not just mean they do not subsidize gym memberships; he meant they do not pay for physical […]

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An Army of One

In the first half of the 2000s the US Army used a new recruiting slogan: Army of One. A lot of people, especially veterans and people who were in the Army and had been for a while, did not like it because they thought it was contrary to the concept of teamwork. I disagree. I […]

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Fostering Creativity

One of the things that really helps drive creativity and innovation in a culture is having a strong civil society. The term civil society refers to those things that lie between the family and the government. Groups like churches, volunteer organizations, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, sports groups, and book clubs, have very positive benefits […]

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It is Just a Job

This needs to stop. We have been hearing for some time about life in the finance industry and how the most junior employees and interns cease to have a life when they start out at an investment bank or in many other parts of the sector. No one seemed surprised that overwork may have contributed […]

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Top-Down Communication

Business coaches talk about the importance of getting everyone together on the same sheet of music (which is a pretty bad cliche, if you think about it…how many orchestras only use one sheet of music? That would be a very crowded music stand? But I digress.). It is important to understand where you want your […]

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Speaking Up

We know that it is important to not hide information and communicate information from the top down, but don’t forget that information and ideas need to flow from the bottom up, too. Sometimes, though, bosses can seem unapproachable (sometimes, because they really ARE unapproachable…not every leader is good). When that happens, it may be up […]

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Do Something You Enjoy

America lost a very funny, and very loud, voice this week. Tom Magliozzi, who co-hosted the popular radio show “Car Talk” with his brother Ray for over 35 years, passed away Monday, and the world is a less funny place as a result. Readers in Asia will probably not be familiar with “Car Talk,” but […]

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