Monthly Archives: March 2016

Look Before You Leap (and Afterwards, Too)

Before you make a decision, you should have some support for why you think it is the right call. Afterwards, you should be able to check and see if it is working. Yeah, we are talking about data. You might think that data analysis is a role for a bunch of number-crunchers in your company, […]

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Don’t Let Passion Be a Problem

Do you love your job? Do you throw yourself into it, not just looking for new possibilities but also following through on them? Do you drive yourself hard and expect others to keep up? That can be good. That can be very, very good. But it can also be bad, if you do not maintain […]

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How Do You Know If Coaching Helps?

A few years ago, when I was teaching a master’s degree course on data analysis for HR, we had a session on the role of data in performance appraisals and coaching. Our discussion started by looking at the effective use of data in the appraisal process, but then we turned to look at measuring things […]

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All Aboard!!

We talk a lot about about helping new graduates make the transition to their first job by getting them onboard smoothly. Don’t forget, though, that the same goes for experienced workers who are joining you…the sooner you get them through all the administrative hassles of starting, the sooner they will be productive. When you hire […]

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Be Open About Your Culture

Many employers in Asia are coming around to the concept that, in addition to looking for certain skills among their candidates, they should also be looking for people who fit into their organizational culture. Some leaders even talk about cultural fit taking precedence over skills; their idea is that skills can be taught, but cultural […]

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Find me a Successful Cynic

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Sometimes I am accused of being overly optimistic. People make it sound like this is a bad thing. While I try not to be too idealistic, and instead keep a sense of realism about things, I am also determined to look at things with a positive attitude, and keep a focus on what CAN be […]

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Training and Development Are Not Just for Newbies

Human Resources Online shared a story this month about a survey from Cegos showing a drop in training among employees in Malaysia. This did not surprise us: one of the things we have noticed in Malaysia ourselves is that companies are less inclined to spend money on training (even when much of the cost is […]

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Expectations Go Both Ways

You want to have a world-class organization. You want the best employees. You want them to work hard. You want them to do great work. You want them to be the best they can be. Guess what? They want that too. From you. When we step into leadership positions we end up leading and managing […]

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Dealing With a Sense of Entitlement

A lot has been written over the last couple decades about dealing with a sense of entitlement that seems to be part of the DNA of today’s younger workers. From schools concerned about getting sued over grades, to retail managers dealing with salespeople and corporate leaders with a young bunch of professionals, plenty of folks […]

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Tip Boxes

Over the last 4 years that I have been in Asia, I have noticed the emergence of tip boxes at cash registers in small cafes and coffee shops. I feel like this is a shame since the local cultures have not traditionally encouraged tipping; instead, salaries were (supposedly) designed to compensate employees fairly, and service […]

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