Monthly Archives: February 2017

Longevity is NOT Overrated

These days we have accepted the idea that employees will move from job to job pretty casually. This is especially true in certain industries, like finance, and it’s also very common in countries with low unemployment, like Singapore and Thailand. The days of lifetime employment seem to be gone, particularly within creative fields where the […]

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Everybody Gets a Voice, One Person Gets a Vote

When I was a nuclear officer in the US Air Force, I adopted a leadership technique called the Two-Objection Policy. It was a way for my crew partner and I to make decisions in a fast-paced environment, and it ensured that not only did a decision get made but also that there was a chance […]

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Lessons From the Gym: Starting the Change Process

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Anyone who knows me knows I am a big fan of taking lessons from personal fitness and bringing them into the workplace (I even wrote a book about it). This is one reason I encourage firms to design a wellness program and help their employees maintain a healthy work-life integration. Not only do you have […]

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Do Your Planning, But…

It is impossible to overstate the importance of good planning. You really need some idea of where you want to go, how you expect to get there, and how to know when you have reached it. Otherwise, you can end up wandering around, wasting time and money, and you can miss out on some pretty […]

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Following Through on Training

It is impossible to overstate the importance of professional development for your employees, and the current economic environment in Asia — business growth with a shrinking labor pool — means you need the most highly skilled employees you can have. Bear in mind, though, that it’s easy to say “go get training,” but actually making […]

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Learning Beyond the Walls

As you demand greater innovation and collaboration from your employees, you may be putting a lot of time and money into their professional development. That’s great; building up their functional knowledge and their “soft skills” can help you take full advantage of what they can offer. But what if there was a place besides work […]

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The Salary Question

Last fall, three US legislators introduced a bill that would have prohibited employers from asking candidates about their salary history. With everything that has happened in American politics since then, this issue has probably slipped off the list, but it raises an interesting question: why do you ask candidates about their salary history? The obvious […]

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Control What You Can Control

A few years ago a friend and I were taking a trip from the US to Lisbon. The day before leaving I happened to check our itinerary and found that one of our flights had been cancelled and the airline’s response was to move us to a flight that would give us a 5-minute connection […]

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