Monthly Archives: October 2015

Rather Than Copying a Leadership Style, Create One

Creatives know that copying someone else’s work is uncool. It may also be illegal, but to a true Creative that is far less important than the lack of ethics displayed by a copycat. When it comes to leaders, you should not copy either, but for different reasons. When you take business classes, when you read […]

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Freeloaders

Every now and then you will have employees who try to make a name for themselves by attaching themselves to every project in sight, but without really doing any work. Do not encourage this. Their plan is simple: they want to get their name out in front of their bosses as much as possible so […]

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Look for Inspiration in Unlikely Places

Your employees are more likely to be creative, energetic and innovative when they have some sort of inspiration. Maybe something to get them into the right frame of mind, maybe something to spark some specific ideas about visuals or textures or sound, inspiration can be a starting point, or a nudge in a particular direction. […]

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Down for the Day

Today is a public holiday in Thailand, and even though the Designing Leaders crew operates across multiple countries where it ISN’T a holiday, we are taking this one. See you Monday!!

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1.21 Gigawatts? Great Scott!!

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So, we are just going to ask the question that everyone on Facebook is asking today: where is my floating car? Today is the day that Marty McFly is supposed to appear in a time machine, powered by 1.21 gigawatts running through a flux capacitor, and we still do not have hoverboards and floating cars […]

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Job Descriptions

How useful is your job description? Does your actual work reflect your official role? Is what you are doing anything like the job description that you replied to from a recruiter or a website? Do you even know what your job description say? Many people we talk to, front-line managers as well as HR leaders, […]

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Television as a Leadership Tool

Last spring I got an interesting question: Completely random, but regarding the blog: have you considered tying it into Mad Men in some way? Given the popularity of the show, you could review parts of certain episodes by looking at the management style of Sterling Cooper. Things are a bit different these days, of course…just […]

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Strategic Meetings

We know it is important not to go overboard when it comes to meetings. People have meetings to plan other meetings, they hold meetings to complain about how many meetings they have…too often it gets to be too much. But sometimes — sometimes — they can be very important and very useful. And THESE meetings, […]

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Newbie-havior

Last week we wrote about channeling your new employees’ motivation while helping to develop them. A reader pointed us to an article from a few years ago by Nadira Hira that offered some useful ideas for helping your new employees make the transition into your organization. Getting your newbies used to their new environment and […]

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You Don’t Have to Be the Star

When you go into a leadership role, the world does not need to revolve around you. Successful companies in Asia are seeing the need for less emphasis on “the leader,” and more emphasis on “leadership.” With more employees retiring than there are coming into the workforce, and with companies trying to grow in the face […]

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