Monthly Archives: April 2015

Try Not to Be Surprised

Things happen that catch you off guard, and you cannot always control that. Many times, though, you can…you just don’t. Very often we get signs that something is happening or a trend is developing, but rather than looking into how it can affect us, we ignore it. It is kind of like getting sick but […]

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Keep Your Folks on the Payroll

Sometimes the best examples come from your friends rather than from research. My friend works for a major government contractor in the US, and the contract was up for renewal last month. Unfortunately, the government office for which they are working dropped the ball on their administrative requirements, and they did not run all the […]

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In Sickness and In Health

Hopefully, your employees are very motivated people…and if not, they probably are not the ones you want working for you anyway. One problem with such highly motivated people is that they tend to work when they should not, like, for example, when they are sick. It is bad for them, and it can be bad […]

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Creativity & Innovation

Designing Leaders is conducting an information session today in Singapore titled “Creating a Collaborative & Innovative Work Environment.” We will come back soon with some of the thoughts and insights that emerge from the seminar!

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Book Review: A Whole New Mind

In A Whole New Mind author Daniel Pink first outlines a bit of human history. He describes the Industrial Age, in which assembly line workers were the key, and the transition to the Information Age, when knowledge workers reigned supreme. Now he sees us moving into the Conceptual Age, where Creatives will be the main […]

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A Reason for Diversity

Too many leaders who say they embrace diversity may be saying it simply because it is what they think they are supposed to say, without really managing diversity within their workforce in a way that improves their organization. But if you understand what diversity means and how it can help you, you will discover just […]

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Get ’em Ready

In the near future you are going to have new graduates showing up on your doorstep ready for work. Many of them may have worked at a job before but often in a different field and typically not on any sort of career path, and a lot of them have never had a job. So, […]

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Sawasdee Bi Mai!!

The team at Designing Leaders wants to wish a Happy Songkran to all our Thai colleagues and clients, hoping you have a wonderful new year ahead!!

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Measuring Creativity and Innovation

As a leader you need to be able to evaluate your employees’ performance so you know what works and you can improve upon what doesn’t. Measuring creativity and innovation, however, is hard to do. It is easy to know how many cases a detective solves or how many widgets an assembly line worker makes, but […]

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Empathy

Empathy is that quality by which you can understand others’ perspectives and feelings, and for a leader, that is very important. When you have a pretty diverse workforce, it can also be very challenging. Your employees have skills they are most interested in using or developing, problems affecting their personal and profesisonal lives, ambitions and […]

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