Monthly Archives: February 2016

The Peter Principle

People often speak of “The Peter Principle,” but do not always know what it means. Do you? You should, because it will shape your view of the way you promote employees. The basis of the Peter Principle, developed by Laurence J. Peter in the 1960s, is that people rise to the level of their own […]

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Pay for Play

One of the touchiest issues you will face as a business leader is compensation. Employees have their view on how much they should be paid and what the criteria are for figuring that out, and you have yours. When all is well and the stars are in alignment, those two views are the same. The […]

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Evolutionary and Revolutionary Change

Change is hard, employees resist change, blah blah blah. Yes, we have heard it all before, and no, it is not all true. Yes, change can be hard, and people can be very resistant. If your company is going from producing cars to producing cabinets, you are going to need some pretty major adaptation in […]

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See it Through

It is easy to be enthusiastic about a project at the beginning. There is the potential for something great to happen, the excitement of something new, and the anticipation of what your team will come up with. But later on, that enthusiasm may fade. Once the “new” thing is created, it them becomes “normal.” Creative […]

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First Impressions Matter

When you come in as a new boss, you have a short time in which to establish your style. You will adjust that over time, of course, but you will always be adjusting from the position you laid out at the beginning. You never get to erase those first days from everyone’s minds, so it […]

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Give Them a Break

Your employees work hard. They deserve time off. Your employees also probably have a contract with you, which says you have to give them time off. Your employees will likely burn out if they never take a break, so for crying out loud, give them some time off! As a boss facing deadlines it is […]

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Make Change Easy

Even though we may like to think of ourselves as flexible and innovative, the reality is that we fall into routines at work and get comfortable. That’s good, because we can find what works best and then do it, but sometimes we need to change how we do business, and that can be awfully stressful. […]

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Hiring Remote Workers

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Remote workers offer an effective way of controlling your costs while expanding your talent pool. From a cost perspective, you can cut down on office space, avoid the hassles and expense of employment visas, and potentially pay less than you would with a local hire while still getting great talent that is making a good […]

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Get a Lawyer

Whenever we talk about an issue in this blog that sounds like it might have legal implications, you will notice we always remind you that we are not lawyers, that this is not intended to be legal advice, and that you should consult an attorney for more details or to ask further questions. There is […]

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Happy New Year!!

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One of the nice things about being in Asia is that you get multiple New Years’ celebrations. Today is the first day of the new Lunar Year for Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Mongolian and Tibeten cultures (we’ll get to Thailand, Laos and Cambodia in April — different calendar). So from all of us here at Designing […]

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