Monthly Archives: January 2015

Professional Reading

Lifelong learning is important, particularly if you want to be a leader. Not only are you a much more interesting conversationalist, you will more importantly remain up to date in your field of work and in the environment in which you do your job. If leaders are going to adapt to change they need to […]

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Loose Environments

A stuffy, restrictive environment can really reduce the creative atmosphere in your workplace. Innovation does not always conform to broad, universal policies. Forcing your employees to fit into a box constructed of strict rules and hierarchies can limit their effectiveness, which pretty much negates the whole reason for hiring them in the first place. A […]

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Physical Fitness

Ever notice how there are more people changing clothes after riding their bike into work? Do you notice your employees talking about distances in terms of “5K’s” and “10K’s”? Do they ever show up on Mondays with tales of their own weekend football exploits rather than a recap of the ManUnited game they watched? If […]

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Book Review: The Medici Effect

What do elephants and epidemics have to do with creativity? Well, according to Frans Johansson, they can spark some interesting thinking. In The Medici Effect: What Elephants and Epidemics Can Teach Us About Innovation, Johansson explores the nature of creativity and innovation and suggests methods to get us into a position to pursue them. By […]

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Ain’t No Party Like an Office Party, ‘cuz an Office Party is…Mandatory

The Designing Leaders crew is a fun group. We may be spread all over Asia, but when we get together we have a good time. Having said that, though, we do not always need to be having fun together. There are things I like to do, things that keep me relaxed and help to recharge […]

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Telework

You know a concept has really taken off when its undergoes a name change. Now that “telecommuting” has become “telework,” (and it falls within the whole “flexible work arrangement” concept) that must mean it is mainstream. This is a concept that has taken off in the US and other Western countries far more than it […]

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Why Are You Doing This?

It is very exciting to start a new project. Maybe you hear about something that sparks an idea, or maybe a new thought comes to you out of nowhere. It is a great feeling, isn’t it? You get all excited, you discuss it with others, you start making plans or finding the resources to do […]

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Being a Good Bad Guy

I spent a few years as a professor. And sometimes, my students were not happy. A few years ago, I spent a semester teaching as a Fulbright Scholar in Singapore. It was an amazing experience that I still tell stories about to this day, but there was one speed bump: I gave a midterm exam. […]

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Let Them Do What You Hired Them to Do

You spend a long time figuring out what kinds of employees you need and what skills they should have. You use up a lot of energy recruiting just the right people. You invest a lot of money in training and professional development. And then you use them for something completely different. Seems silly, huh? Unfortunately, […]

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Balancing Experience and Motivation

You try to hire great people for your organization, and if you want to grow, then you need people with new ideas that can take you beyond what you have done before. But a lot of these people — especially fresh graduates — will have little experience in your industry, or maybe even very little […]

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