Monthly Archives: November 2016

Making New Relationships

There is the organizational chart, and then there are the ways things REALLY get done, and the two might not even be remotely similar in your organization. Whether it’s the case that roles are clearly defined, or instead that you have to know someone who knows someone in order to get anything done, your employees […]

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Can Education Hurt Entrepreneurship?

Talking with some startup owners in Singapore recently, one question that came up was the impact formal education has on entrepreneurship. The concern that emerged was that the skills learned in a university might not be especially helpful for entrepreneurs, while the rules of the classroom — strict deadlines, a specific format for papers, that […]

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Familiarity Breeds Contentment

We’ve all heard the phrase “familiarity breeds contempt.” But is it possible that familiarity could make everyone more content instead? The original idea came from the industrial age, based in part perhaps on the idea that managers should not know too much about their floor workers lest they learn too much and form negative opinions […]

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Leave the Yoga Talk for the Studio

So here’s a thought: if your people are going to be working late, do not announce your own departure with “well, I’m going to try and catch my yoga class.” Your employees might have a yoga class too, a class that they are missing because they are working to meet a deadline set by you, […]

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Internal Onboarding

Most leaders (well, most good leaders, anyway), would agree that onboarding is a key part of the employee development process. Just as a baby needs a smack on the butt to start breathing, your new team members need something to help them get started at the beginning of their employee life wth you. They feel […]

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Have Friends Outside of the Office

One thing we often notice among employees is that they often spend a lot of their social time with their co-workers. There is an advantage there, of course, because it can make the workplace a much more inviting and engaging place if your employees are friends as well as being co-workers. Plus, let’s face it, […]

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Knowing When to Lead

Sunday morning a friend and I went for breakfast at a somewhat high-end western chain restaurant in Bangkok. I had always found the food and the service to be very good, and wanted my friend to see what I had been talking about. Unfortunately, the experience left a lot to be desired, and much of […]

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Good Leadership Doesn’t Cost Money

About 20 years ago, when I was teaching at the Air Force Academy, I walked into my office one January morning to find an envelope on my desk. Inside was a birthday card, which was not too unusual since it was my birthday. What WAS unusual was that it was from the brigadier general under […]

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