Monthly Archives: August 2015

Culture-Based Retention

At a recent Talent Talk about retention, hosted by 33 Talent, one of the participants challenged a bit of conventional wisdom. He suggested that the belief that “people don’t quit jobs; they quit managers” is not quite right. More accurate, he offered, is that “people don’t quit managers; they quit cultures.” His point is well […]

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Migrant Health

Reuben Lim at the International Organization for Migration writes a compelling piece this week about the importance of meeting the health care needs of migrants. As so many economies in Asia rely upon labor from outside the country, it’s worth remembering that including people in the health care system from the beginning, rather than dealing […]

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Hospitality in Thailand

At a very interesting session hosted by the British Chamber of Commerce of Thailand last night, we heard about the challenges of talent management in the hospitality sector. The growth of this sector really took off starting in the late 1980s, and the Tourism Authority of Thailand now estimates that tourism accounts for nearly 7% […]

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Retaining Talent in Singapore

Last week I got to participate in a Talent Talk in Singapore hosted by 33 Talent, a recruiting firm focused on the areas of big data, communications, and public relations. With two other speakers and about a dozen industry participants, we had a chance to discuss employee retention and how to identify, and overcome, the […]

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You Have Read Daniel Pink, Now See Him in Action

Aboard a recent Singapore Airlines flight, the Designing Leaders crew was thrilled to see that our favorite business thinker, Daniel Pink, now has a TV show. “Crowd Control,” a documentary series on the National Geographic Channel, had a few episodes on the SQ inflight entertainment system, and it’s classic Pink. In the series he looks […]

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Divide and Conquer

You have a project coming due. The task requires multiple skills to get it done and numerous eyes to check the different parts and make sure they fit together. Because you are such a great recruiter of talent you have a collection of Creatives who can tackle any challenge. They are all very talented in […]

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A Meeting Space That is Right for Your Meeting

Holding a brainstorming session in a room that is set up for an inquisition might not get you the best results. Likewise, giving a formal presentation while everyone is sitting in bean bag chairs is not going to let you make your point very well. Those things are noisy. Bottom line: when you set up […]

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Singapore’s Startup Scene

Singapore’s startup ecosystem has been ranked among the Top 10 in the world, and even more opportunities are bubbling up. In the last year, the coordination between SPRING Singapore, the Economic Development Board, the Ministry of Manpower, and others, has improved so that many valuable resources are available to entrepreneurs who need some support as […]

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Give Something Back

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Consider giving a little something back to the community that supports you. While the effective altruism movement might be more concerned about a Terminator-style takeover of the world than feeding the homeless, they ultimately do have the right idea: what can we do that will actually do some good rather than just making us feel […]

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Expanding Into New Markets

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I started running marathons back in 2008, and after doing it for a couple years, I set a goal of running a marathon on all 7 continents. Of course, if you are going to run all 7, at some point you have to do Antarctica, and so that’s what I did last November. Running a […]

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