Monthly Archives: July 2017

Upcoming Talk

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Asia’s premier L&D conference, “Training and Development Asia,” will be held in the Philippines for the first time next month. I’m thrilled to be one of the contributors, giving a talk on how to maximize your return on your investment in learning. If you are based in Manila or will be there that week, I […]

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Up and Comers

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I had an opportunity last week to lead a seminar on career strategies for university students from Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Singapore. The session was part of a 2-week program led by BestTop Career of Singapore, for whom I do some work as a career coach. It was an interesting session for me, at least, […]

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Red Eyes After the Redeye

The Designing Leaders team was on a week-long visit to Singapore, and with the final event ending last night around 9pm, we made the decision to take a late-night flight back to Manila, which landed just before 7am today, almost an hour late. As a result, the team’s vision is generally blurry, and everyone needs […]

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Competing in the Office

Do you set your employees up to compete against each other? Maybe not in a fight to the death, but a competition where the prize is a more enjoyable job? Plenty of companies have incentive competitions, where the top salesperson gets a trip to Bali, or something like that. Some companies, though, reward their employees […]

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Running at the Top of the World

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If you are in Singapore, and have time this week for a short professional development session, I have the event for you. For years, I have been running marathons all around the world in some unusual places, and that journey has taught me a lot of things that helped me start and run my own […]

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The Importance of Backups

OK, maybe this does not really seem like a leadership topic, but it can still be helpful, especially if you are leading creative, innovative people who like to test out new things. Keep a backup copy of everything that might change. When you are trying something new, make sure you are able to revert to […]

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Tweet Tweet

Sometimes you should just leave well enough alone, but it’s not always that easy, is it? You go searching around, connecting to your employees on LinkedIn and Facebook, and then you start finding their Twitter feeds…ah, Twitter. What employees used to do in their blogs, now they can do 140 characters at a time. Yep, […]

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What Matters Most?

After arriving in Manila this week I met up with a former colleague from Singapore who is now working here. At one point I asked him, “what was the biggest transition when you moved here last year?” I expected him to say something like “the food,” “the traffic,” “the cost of living,” or something else […]

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Kamusta Manila

For the last couple of years, the Designing Leaders team has been operating out of Bangkok. Some new opportunities have come up, though, and today we are shifting our base to Manila. We look forward to continuing to provide training and coaching throughout Asia. Nothing changes for our clients, it just means less travel for […]

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