Monthly Archives: February 2015

Managing Free Agents

Even if you do not invest a lot of time and effort in leading your free agents, you still have to manage them. In fact, the more you back away from leadership, the more time you will probably have to spend on management. If nothing else, you need to find them, then hire or contract […]

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Leading Free Agents

Free agents can play an important role in your company, but they are only helpful if you use them right. One thing to remember is that the leadership style you use with your full-time employees is not going to be appropriate for someone who is with you temporarily, and who you may never meet because […]

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Employing Free Agents

What role can free agents play in your company? A pretty good one, if you use them right. Free agents are folks who are not employed by your company but instead work for themselves, taking on contracting or subcontracting gigs as the mood (and their rent payment) strikes them. Sometimes they choose to remain fully […]

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Keeping a Long-Term Focus

When Saturday Night Live started on TV in 1975 the cast members were collectively known as “The Not-Ready-For-Prime-Time Players.” The idea was that they were on late at night on Saturdays because their material was not suitable for the family audiences who tune in from 8pm-11pm (“prime time”) for their television fix. But since then, […]

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Training and Education

Some leaders say they want to provide training for their employees. Others say they focus on education. Very often, they do not recognize the difference between the two. But once they do, they realize their employees can often benefit from both. Training tends to focus on skills. It is about how to do something correctly, […]

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To Err is Human, to Forgive is Not in the Terms of Service

One day in late December 2013, I took the day off to finish some Christmas things around the house, which meant I was able to sit back and enjoy the Justine Sacco fiasco. I admit, I was checking Twitter every few minutes to see if she had landed yet, and kept track of different news […]

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Use Your Meeting Time Carefully

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We have suggested you should use meetings to communicate more effectively. And we meant it. But folks, there is a limit to that. Meetings are very important for getting information out to your employees and clearing up any confusion so they can focus on their work instead of on whether or not the company’s about […]

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Mentoring Gone Bad

As we discussed a few months ago, mentoring is an important part of your employees’ development. It not only prepares the next generation of leaders who will follow you but also encourages the creation of new ideas and knowledge and methods in your workplace today. But it is only useful if you do it right. […]

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Social Capital

Every firm requires capital, and there are a number of different kinds. There is what we think of as financial capital, of course, consisting of the monetary and physical investment needed to get a firm going and keep it operating. Then there is human capital, which we generally think of as the skills and abilities […]

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Education in Singapore

Yesterday, some of the Designing Leaders crew attended a one-day seminar called “From Things to Services – The Rise of Service Design and Social Innovation in Asia Pacific,” sponsored by a community of practice that is helping to shape design thinking in Asia. The first session had to do with education, and one of the […]

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