Monthly Archives: March 2015

Professional Writing

We have long known that the best way to learn about something is to teach about it. But that’s not always possible. It can be tough to get out and find the time to teach a class. It can be even tougher to find a willing audience. Another option, though, is writing. When you write, […]

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Keys to a Creative Culture

You can hire creative people, you can have them teleworking or sitting in an open-air office, your can pay them better than your competitors can match, but that does not guarantee you creativity. Your employees cannot just be creative on demand, or on certain days of the week, if they are going to be most […]

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Activate Effective Networks

Last year, JobStreet in Singapore published a short piece called 7 Ways to Connect Powerfully and Build Your Influence at Work.” It suggested some steps you should take to build relationships in the organization that will help advance your career, including: 1. Schedule lunch 2. Take the initiative 3. Know your boss and your boss’ […]

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Lee Kuan Yew, 1923-2015

The Designing Leaders team has a long history with Singapore, dating back to 1993. And so it was with heavy heart that we read the news this morning about the passing of its first Prime Minister and Founding Father, Lee Kuan Yew. Our thoughts and condolences go out to the Singaporean people and to Mr […]

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Looking for Overseas Experience When Recruiting

A study a few years ago by the American Psychological Association found an interesting relationship between increased creativity and living overseas. Students in various business schools were evaluated using common tests for creativity, and the more overseas experience they had, the more creative they tended to be. It was not totally clear from the study […]

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Your Policies Should Match Your Intentions

Yesterday in Bangkok we ran a workshop called NEW LEADERS: Managing and Leading for the First Time. Our participants came from a variety of industries, including hospitality, banking, recruitment, manufacturing, and food production. We spent the day looking at the role a leader plays in boosting their employees’ effectiveness, establishing effective relationships with your employees […]

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Maintaining Your Own Balance

This week the Internet exploded briefly with stories headlined “Google CFO retires with a candid memo about work/life balance,” or something similar. Patrick Pichette announced his departure from Google and what sounded like a retirement, though many commenters predict he will be back to work somewhere else soon, just as soon as he satisfies his […]

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Be Up Front, In Front

As a leader, your main job is to make decisions. There are plenty of other things you do that help your employees do their job, but the bottom line is, you need to make the decisions that take your organization in a particular direction and turn opportunities into realities. I like to say that sometimes […]

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Book Review: Closing the Innovation Gap

Judy Estrin is worried about the innovation gap that developed in America in the early part of this century. Her ideas for overcoming it are useful for any country that is trying to build up some degree of innovation and creativity in business and technology. Closing the Innovation Gap: Reigniting the Spark of Creativity in […]

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Shift the Learning, Shift the Style

A few years ago, the American radio show All Things Considered talked about the new way of learning to design video games. In days of old (which was only, what, 25 years ago?) most video game designers learned from other designers, a form of apprenticeship that was common 200 years ago and is still often […]

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