Monthly Archives: September 2017

Seize the Moment

Years ago, when I was teaching at Georgetown, one of my students loaned me a book called The Medici Effect which I found to be pretty interesting. (One of the great things about my time at Georgetown, BTW, was that my students gave me as much reading as I gave them — and I loved […]

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Supporting Social Entrepreneurship

Many young people — as well as not-so-young people — want to save the world and maybe, just maybe, you can help your employees fulfill that desire, and help yourself in the process. Surveys find that “making a difference” is often equally as important as, and sometimes more important than, salary for many employees. This […]

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Do What It Takes to Get the Best

There are more languages spoken in London than in any other city. With all the foreign-born folks living, working, and studying there, you would think they’d have their immigration issues worked out pretty well. But you would be wrong. Earlier this year the Designing Leaders team visited London, where we talked to over four dozen […]

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Bureaucracies Can Help—That’s Why We Have Them

Creativity and bureaucracy may seem like two completely different animals but, like monkeys and pandas, they can learn to coexist (Do monkeys and pandas coexist? Even if they don’t, it makes for a nice mental picture). You expect your employees to do the new things: create new content, design new graphics, imagine new products, come […]

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Ripple Effects

Well, tonight’s going to be interesting for someone. A coaching client of ours was out of town yesterday for work and will be flying home to Singapore tonight. But he won’t leave the airport; instead, he will get a couple hours of sleep and a shower at the airport’s transit hotel, then board a red-eye […]

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You Cannot Control Everything

The recent typhoons in Hong Kong, and a colleague’s last-minute event cancellation, reminded me of a similar situation I faced a few years ago that taught me a valuable lesson. I was supposed to fly to Taiwan for my very first visit there. It was a busy work trip, so I did not plan to […]

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