Monthly Archives: June 2015

Little Things Mean A Lot

As you walk around major cities in Southeast Asia you are likely to see a lot of fancy looking buildings. Some are very ornate, some use a lot of color, some simply look imposing. There are new office buildings as well as old shophouses, and many look great from the outside. But as you look […]

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Get Yourself Organized

One critical element of leadership is management. While leadership and management often get confused with one another, management is really more of a subset of leadership. In order to lead your employees well you need to manage your resources effectively. One of the most important resources you have is time, and if you are not […]

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Changing of the Guard

Everyone works for someone…that’s a good rule of thumb, anyway. So even though you are in a leadership position, you most likely have someone, or several someones, above you. Every now and then those faces will change, and you need to be ready when they do. A leadership transition has a number of effects. The […]

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Follow Through

You would think that, if someone assigns a project to an employee, that leader would want to follow through and ensure it actually gets done. But that’s not always the case. Too often, projects seem to fall through the cracks. But you and your employees are only successful if your projects are completed. If you […]

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Be Careful About Using Teams

Some people are not happy unless they have got a whole team of people assigned to a task. But your use of teams needs to be balanced against the requirements, and the culture, of your organization. Try not ti use teams just because your leadership books tell you that teams are good. Use them when […]

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Tell Them What You Want, Not How You Want It Done

You cannot do everything yourself, nor should you have to. Your employees need to focus on creating while you focus on leadership. If you have 20 people working for you, can you worry about all the details that each and every one of those 20 are dealing with? Of course not. You need to stay […]

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A Tale of Tiny Frogs

A friend who works in Singapore sent me the following little story which has a couple good lessons in it: There once was a bunch of tiny frogs, …who arranged a running competition. The goal was to reach the top of a very high tower. A big crowd had gathered around the tower to see […]

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What an Individual Sport Teaches Us About Collaboration

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Rightly or wrongly, Singapore has a reputation as a very kiasu society, where “fear of losing out” dominates daily interactions. So it was great to see an example there last weekend of how to be exactly the opposite; the odd thing was, it came from a sport typically viewed as an individual, rather than team-based, […]

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Lose the Gossip

Gossip does not do anybody any good, and it does plenty of bad, in your workplace. Careers get damaged, teams get wrecked, and people’s attention gets diverted from their work. For employees who really need to be thinking about what they are doing, gossip gets pretty distracting. You may think it’s fun to go to […]

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Something New Can Be Soh Great

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Soh Rui Yong is a young distance runner who holds Singapore’s national record in the 10,000-meter distance. A few months ago he tried running his first marathon while studying and training in the US. Yesterday, he won the gold medal in the Men’s Marathon at the 28th Southeast Asian Games in his home country. Not […]

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