Monthly Archives: January 2016

Generation Z (No, It Doesn’t Stand for “Zombies”)

With all the creativity that led to Generation X being followed by Generation Y, we now have…Generation Z. This is generally considered to be the group born starting in the late 1990s. Other names have been suggested — my favorite so far is iGen — but they are young enough that we have plenty of […]

Read More

Make Hiring Easy

Few things in life are less fun than the hiring process. No matter which side of it you are on, it is simply not a pleasant experience. Since people tend to move from firm to firm more often now, though, chances are you are going to spend more time in this process than you want. […]

Read More

Defining Loyalty

Post Image

At Shibuya Station in Tokyo there’s a wonderful monument to loyalty. Hachiko was a dog owned by a university professor in the 1920s, and each day the dog would wait for his master’s return at the Shibuya Station. One day, his owner died while at work, but for the next 10 years Hachiko was there […]

Read More

Managing Uncertainty

If there’s one thing that is certain about business, it’s that there will always be uncertainty. That hurts your employees because if they are worrying about what MIGHT happen, or if they are not very confident about their place in the firm, or their job security, or their paycheck, then their productivity is likely to […]

Read More

Cracking Through Culture

Post Image

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Creatives in modern Asia have typically felt constrained by cultural limitations on self-expression. In Japan, for example, Creatives say that, for many, the best way to go through life is quietly, without any fuss and without standing out too much. That tends to limit creativity, […]

Read More

Private or Public? Depends on Where You Are

In the US there is a tendency to look at private universities as “better.” Maybe because they are more expensive, maybe because some states have established easier admission standards for their public universities, maybe because schools like Harvard and Stanford have set the bar pretty high…whatever the reason, we often view private universities as more […]

Read More

Figure Out If It Fits

Post Image

On a recent visit I was reminded that Tokyo is awash in brightly colored fashion. I’ll admit, I spent my time there looking around and wishing I was 25 years younger and could pull it off. If I tried it now, though — and some friends suggested that I should — I would look like […]

Read More

Age is Just a Number

I went into a store earlier this week to exchange something I had bought a couple days before. I had paid for one thing, but the clerk had given me the wrong item, which I did not notice until after getting home. When I explained it to a different clerk he went back to get […]

Read More

Celebrate Diversity, However You Do It

The US has a concept of diversity in the work environment that just might be unique. We say we want a diverse workforce so we get diversity of ideas, and in knowledge work that’s pretty much essential. But it is hard to test potential employees for diverse ideas, so we tend to look for obvious […]

Read More

Trendy Leadership

It is tough to plan if you are in a trend-based industry. You need to respond to trends as they emerge. Depending upon what you are providing, your response time could be fast or slow, and the duration of a popular trend also varies, so you may get a lot of use out of what […]

Read More