Monthly Archives: May 2015

Presume Integrity

This week I spoke with a 20-something employee in Singapore who was looking to move to a new position in his organization. He had submitted his CV and been interviewed, and got an offer. There were a few things to arrange, including his departure from one department and their contract while moving to the new […]

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Holistic HR

If you lead a small firm with half a dozen employees you are probably doing your own human resources work, and you recognize that you do not have people to waste and so you better get the most out of them. If you are a leader in a large firm you probably have an HR […]

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Letting Them Go

No matter how many changes and cost-cutting measures you implement when you are facing difficult times, you still may reach the point where you have to reduce your workforce in order to remain a viable company. This can be a useful option if it gives you a chance to get rid of some of your […]

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Getting Ready for the New Job

This blog generally assumes that readers are already in a leadership role. If you are, that’s great. But it might be the case that some folks who are not yet in leadership positions are also checking this out, looking toward the day when they will be in charge. This post is mostly for them. Leading […]

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We Can All Use a Little Help Sometimes

When Roger Federer was at the top of the world tennis rankings, he often did not have a coach. Then, every now and then, he would. My question was, if he is the number one player in the world, what os a coach going to do for him? I mean, how can a coach help […]

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How Much Should You Accommodate Local Culture?

I spoke recently with a digital designer from a Southeast Asian country, who works for the local office of a western MNC there. He told me how his new manager — who comes from another Asian country to the north — just does not seem to “get it” when it comes to the style of […]

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The Best of the Best of the Best

Talking with someone recently, I heard him ask “wouldn’t you expect your boss to be the best in the firm at what you do?” Um, no. Personally, I’d expect that I’M the best in the firm at what I do. But that says more about my ego and ambition than my boss’ abilities. My real […]

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Social Tech in the Workplace

I had a discussion with some older business leaders last week, and the subject of social technology in the workplace came up. It got me thinking, and I figured I might as well think out loud here. The conversation addressed how people stay in touch with such things as Line, WhatsApp, and WeChat, as well […]

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Looking for the Creative Job Hunters

When you are looking to hire creative people, do you only look at the content of the resume, or do you consider the resume itself? You certainly want your Creatives to be talented in the content they produce, whether it’s designing an ad campaign, creating a hairstyle for a client, developing a new app, or […]

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Communication Compromise

Plenty of leadership books will tell you “get out from behind your desk, do not try to lead through e-mail.” But what if e-mail is what your employees prefer? Your staff is more likely to flourish in a healthy work environment. Communication is one important piece of that environment. Simply applying a random management technique […]

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