Monthly Archives: December 2014

Happy New Year!

As the clock ticks down toward midnight tonight, the crew at Designing Leaders wants to wish you, your family, and your employees a very happy and prosperous new year. Now, go to a party!

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Feeding the Feedback Monster

Your employees need to know how they’re doing — hopefully, that is not a new idea to you. You want them to keep doing the good stuff and stop doing the bad, but they need to know which is which, and it is not always obvious to them. Even when it IS obvious, sometimes they […]

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Enjoy the Day

With Christmas on a Thursday this year, hopefully you and your employees are taking Friday off, too. While Christmas may not be as big here as in the Western world, for many people it is still an important time to be spent with family, or maybe just recharging their batteries for next year. In any […]

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Seriously?

As much as we want people to read this, reading a business blog on Christmas Eve is not everybody’s idea of enjoying the holiday spirit. If you do not have stuff that really has to be done today, then even if you don’t celebrate Christmas itself, give yourself an opportunity to cut out early and […]

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Why Are Your People Working on Their Holiday?

The folks at Human Resources magazine reported last week on a study showing that 75% of Hong Kong workers expect to do work during the holidays. These are not people who have to go to work during the holidays, like police officers or hotel staff or people who are in the office rather than taking […]

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Give a Little Something Back

Consider giving a little something back to the community that supports you. Volunteer work by companies is very helpful because the resources a company brings often exceed those of individuals. This is not just about donating money…it is about talented people who can combine their skills into something powerful, something that can really help others. […]

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Reflections on the Future

At the end of the year we often look backwards at what we accomplished. When you go onto Facebook you can see that, for many people, late December is a time for looking back on the year that was, recapping the great and not-so-great times that will define the year. For leaders, this kind of […]

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Cut Them Some Holiday Slack

The holidays are here and some stress can come with them. Sure, it is self-induced stress, as we do a lot to make other people happy…buying gifts, throwing parties, meeting for dinner, traveling, whatever. Though the majority of people in Asia practice a religion other than Christianity, Christmas is still a big deal; after all, […]

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Hair Cell-On

Today I stopped into a salon in Bangkok where I saw something that I don’t see that often in the States (though admittedly, I am operating with a small sample size in terms of salons). A stylist had finished up one fellow’s hair and was giving him a neck-and-shoulder massage, which is a great custom […]

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Book Review: The 2020 Workplace

I first read Jeanne Meister’s and Karie Willyerd’s The 2020 Workplace back in 2010, and I found it to be a very useful and engaging book that added a lot to a course I was teaching at the time. A student had recommended it as a good discussion of generational diversity, but as I went […]

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