Monthly Archives: August 2017

Trained or Educated?

One of the Designing Leaders’ team members had a bit of a travel glitch recently. On his way to the airport to fly to Hong Kong he knew he was in trouble when he got a call that a typhoon approaching the city was going to be bad and they would be canceling the event […]

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Have the Right Space

Earlier this summer the Designing Leaders team had a chance to visit a major creative technology firm in Shenzhen, China. Being such a large company you might expect them to have a pretty large, and they did. In fact, they had 8 of them. As we drove from the building for our meeting to the […]

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Exiting Interns

If you still have summer interns, you won’t for much longer. University classes are starting to kick off for the fall semester, and those students who have been getting the coffee and making copies (and hopefully, a lot more) for the last couple months are about to go out the door. Any good internship program […]

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Where Do You Draw the Line?

If you want to have an innovative, collaborative, high-performing organization, then you need people with different perspectives who feel comfortable sharing their ideas. But what if those perspectives end up being damaging to your working environment? If performance drops because of the sharing of ideas, doesn’t that defeat the purpose? Open communication in the workplace […]

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The Agility Challenge

Many organizations talk about the need for agility, and it’s not really a new concept. People have been talking about this for a few years, increasingly recognizing that the rapid pace of change is the new normal and companies that cannot operate in that kind of environment may not last very long. The difference between […]

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Don’t Hesitate to Communicate

Every country in Asia has its own culture, but there are a few common elements throughout them, especially within East Asia. One of these elements can be very damaging to your organization’s performance: a lot of people – not all, but many – are very shy about communicating openly, and that’s bad whether we are […]

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Missing Opportunities

In London a few years ago, just before the 2012 Olympics, I was looking for an Olympics store to pick up some memorabilia, particularly some pins, ‘cuz you know, if you’re an athlete it’s all about the medals, but if you’re a spectator, it’s all about the pins. I found an online store, but it […]

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Things You Might Keep To Yourself

The folks at Ladders, a career consultancy, shared a recent article called 8 Things Smart People Never Reveal About Themselves At Work. It’s an interesting list, and as much as we want to communicate openly with our colleagues as a way to enhance collaboration, there are some lines it might be best not to cross. […]

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Rules That Don’t Help

It’s one thing to have workplace rules that improve productivity, it’s another thing to put rules in place that annoy people without providing any real benefit. Travis Bradbury points out “8 Stupid Workplace Rules That Make Everyone Miserable”, and having personally experienced #1, 3, 4, and 6 (and sort of #8, but I was in […]

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