Monthly Archives: November 2015

Double-Loop Learning

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Organizations (actually, the individuals who comprise them) are always learning. At least, they are if they want to be successful. But there are different kinds of learning. In general, when people are learning they are keeping their eyes open to what is going on around them, they are willing to question things, they see relationships […]

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Book Review: Change the Way You Lead Change

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I always get a little nervous when a book’s title includes words in boldface, all capital letters, or underlined multiple times. It seems like someone is yelling across a room to get my attention, hoping to convince me of something by sheer volume and decibels rather than by reasoning and content. So it was with […]

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Hiring for Mobility (Among Other Things, Of Course)

At a workshop in Kuala Lumpur this week we touched on the employee characteristics that companies in various Asian markets are (or should be) looking for. Such things as innovation, a growth mindset, critical thinking, speed, and flexibility came to mind. One participant added a very important one to the list: mobility. For large multinationals […]

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Good Morning, Resource Number Two

At breakfast with an old friend this weekend he told me about an incident in his firm where a project manager referred to one of his software developers as “Resource Number Two.” Not in the third person. Not in a written report. To his face. The manager saw nothing wrong with this; after all, people […]

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Coercion vs Persuasion

You can lead a horse to water but you cannot make him drink; so goes the old saying, anyway. I don’t have a lot of experience with horses, so I don’t know. What I do know, though, is that when it comes to your employees, you can get them to do things because they HAVE […]

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Talent Congress 2015

Our Chief Teaching Officer, Dr Will Thomas, will be the chairperson for Talent Congress 2015, today and tomorrow in Singapore. We hope to bring some insights from the event to the blog soon.

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Continuous Improvement

If you keep changing how you do business — or, even more drastically, keep redefining your business — your employees are likely to just give up after a while. If there is no consistency in your company they will find it hard to know what to do. Take a week’s vacation, then come back and […]

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Recruiting Practices From the Job Hunter’s Perspective

When you are looking to hire new people you may have a system that works pretty well for you. You have your own way of advertising, your own system for accepting CVs and applications, your method for doing interviews, your timeline. While you may think all this works well for you, you need to consider […]

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Hiring a Vet

No, no, not hiring a veterinarian…hiring a veteran. Since today is a day for honoring military veterans in many countries, we are reposting an entry from September: THE MILITARY-TO-CIVILIAN TRANSITION Last week, Designing Leaders hosted a small discussion session in Singapore on the issue of hiring leaders and managers who have just left the military […]

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Cross-Border Supervision

We recently spoke with someone who works in marketing for a popular international chain of gyms, and he has run into a problem that Southeast Asia is going to need to deal with: cross-border supervision. A growing number of firms in Southeast Asia are expanding their operations into other countries, a trend that will continue […]

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