Monthly Archives: July 2015

It’s All About Attitude

Even as leaders we all work for someone. Whether it is for a boss higher up the food chain, the shareholders, or our clients, we always answer to somebody. And when the person you’re working for lays down a goal in front of you, you have two possible attitudes you can take: “Let’s figure out […]

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Status Reports

How much over-the-shoulder oversight should you do? How closely do you need to keep track of what your employees are doing? Good questions. There might not be any definitive answers, but at least they are good questions. As a leader you are responsible for getting projects finished and products completed. You have deadlines, whether client-driven […]

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Focus, People

(A few years ago, I wrote a post in another blog about an incident at my workplace, when I was still working for the US government. Something I saw recently in the news reminded me of it, and I thought I would share it here.) “OK,” he said, “here we go.” It was Tuesday morning, […]

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Stay In Touch With Your Creative Side

Moving from being an employee to being a leader is a big transition, and in many ways it is like moving into a new line of work. That change becomes even more obvious as you look at creative industries. The best people to lead Creatives often started out as Creatives themselves. Sure, you can bring […]

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Loyalty Is Important, But…

…make sure it is smart loyalty. One suggestion we make for companies dealing with challenging economic or political situations is to try to keep your workforce on, since if you cut them now you are probably going to have to hire them back later when things get better, and you will have a better relationship […]

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One Small Step for a Man…

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46 years ago today, the first men walked on the moon (though according to Michael Bay, the Transformers were there earlier). The US manned space program took nearly a decade to go from initial testing, to putting a man into space, to putting one into orbit, to finally landing on the moon. Those people had […]

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Personable, But Not Too Personal

I remember an incident about 5 years ago when I listened to someone in a nearby cubicle explaining Facebook to his supervisor (bless her heart) and then “friending” her. Knowing what I did about this guy’s life, I was not sure he really needed to be inviting his boss into his personal world. I had […]

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A Place for My Stuff

I remember a feeling a few years ago, when a friend of mine posted pictures on Facebook of his new office. He was a strategic planner at a large international organization, having been there about 6 months since finishing his master’s degree. He quite literally makes the world a better place. Not a bad gig. […]

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5 Steps to Maximizing the Value of Meetings

You know the person who calls a meeting and then wastes your time? Don’t be that person. It is not uncommon to hear people complain about the number of meetings they have to attend, and that is nothing new; this was probably as true back on Julius Caesar’s staff as it is today. When you […]

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Flat Mentorship

It is common throughout Asia to hear leaders say they want a flat organization, whether they really do or not, because it is the trendy thing to say these days. It is true that it can be useful to flatten out your firm’s hierarchy, with fewer levels of oversight between the worker bees and the […]

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