Monthly Archives: August 2016

Favoring Meritocracy Over Equality

Discrimination based on personal factors like religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, political beliefs, and other personal factors, have no place in the work environment. Discrimination based on talent, effort, and potential, though, are necessary for maximizing performance. When it comes to compensation, benefits, training, coaching, and even promotions, many leaders try to be “fair” rather than […]

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Be Well

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Healthy employees are more likely to be happy employees, and if nothing else, healthy employees are more likely to actually show up for work. Many folks try to stay healthy in the short-term — look at all the people you see wearing masks on public transit — but a long-term approach to health can not […]

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The iBuilding

A couple days ago we mentioned the new Apple headquarters and how it can support collaboration. We thought it’s worth diving a little deeper into that. It may look like a spaceship, but it’s designed to help bring employees together here on Earth. Apparently, the folks at Apple outgrew their space years ago and have […]

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Hanging Up

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In Bangkok, you find signs in the Skytrain stations urging you to look up rather than down at your phone. Go down into the Hong Kong MTR and you hear announcements asking you to be careful on the escalators and “please do not be looking only at your phone.” Walk down the streets of Seoul […]

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There Is No “I” in “Creativity”

OK, actually, there are two of them. But the reality is that your creative employees will usually be stronger together than they will be individually. Creativity often tends to be a very individualized characteristic. Your Creatives have their own talents that are not mass produced, they each have their own view of the world, they […]

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Creative Stress

A few years ago a large Taiwanese technology designer and manufacturer decided to take work/life balance a little more seriously, and implemented a policy under which everyone, from engineers and mathematicians up to the CEO, had to leave work by 6pm. Within a couple months, the firm found itself hiring life coaches to help employees […]

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Managing Interns

If you are looking at moving into leadership but not sure that you are ready, give some thought to managing interns. It can be a lot of fun, and if you mess it up you won’t scar them for life. Maybe. Many firms use interns as a way to fill out their workforce while also […]

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Culture May Be the Culprit

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This weekend, Joseph Schooling became the first Singaporean to win an Olympic gold medal when he beat Michael Phelps and 6 other swimmers from around the world. It was a huge moment for Singapore, which pretty much ceased all other activity for the 50.39 seconds that Mr Schooling was racing through the water. The nation’s […]

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Poor Leadership is Offensive

We made the point last month that good leadership is a choice. It follows, then, that poor leadership can be a choice, too. I don’t think of bad leadership as “unfortunate” or “just a fact of life.” I think it’s offensive. Is that too strong of a word?? Why does it bother me that much? […]

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Going Beyond the Basics

A few years ago I had a chance to visit the offices and studios of National Public Radio in Washington DC. In addition to catching a glimpse of some of the announcers whose voices I knew but whose faces I had never seen, I saw something I didn’t expect: the NPR laboratory. Now, this is […]

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