Monthly Archives: October 2017

Being Social

While there are still plenty of ways in which your employees work independently, in many cases you need them to contribute to each other’s work and leverage each other’s experience. A strong culture of mutual contribution helps your bottom line when you find that two people can do more together than either could do independently. […]

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There Will Always Be Those People

Talking recently with an experienced employee in Malaysia’s creative industries, he told us about a certain type of person he had been dealing with lately. As he moved from assignment to assignment he kept encountering supervisors who seemed closed-minded and who had attitudes suggesting that they, and only they, knew everything, and didn’t want to […]

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Watching for New Opportunities

Fans of the Fox TV show Arrested Development — cancelled back in 2006 — were happy to see it reappear with a new season on Netflix in 2013. Though other cancelled shows have returned to television in the last few years (Family Guy and Futurama come to mind), Arrested Development returned online. That may set […]

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They Might Not Be Bluffing

When your employees tell you they cannot accept a situation and they are going to leave if something isn’t done, that would be a good time to start listening to them very, very carefully. We spoke recently with a medical doctor from Malaysia who spent a year working with an international NGO in some very […]

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Chickens vs Eggs

When you get the same question three times in one week, it makes you think. In a recent week we had three people, all from different industries, ask about using social media for collaboration. They all come from large regional or global companies and they are concerned that collaboration won’t happen without an effective electronic […]

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Don’t Jinx Me

Tomorrow your Facebook news feed may be filled with videos, photos, and status updates warning of bad luck. Yes, Friday the 13th strikes a chord with so many people, for absolutely no rational reason. It just does. Superstitions abound in the world; athletes are well known for following certain rituals to ensure a great performance. […]

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Listen For Questions, Not Just Answers

When you interview a potential employee, you want to hear the right answers from them. But if you really want the best employees, listen for the right questions, too. We often say that when we are interviewing candidates, they should also be interviewing us. After all, the best candidates will have their choice of employers, […]

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Communicating With Clients Is Critical

A lot of your employees may hesitate to communicate openly in the workplace. That’s a challenge, and it’s something you can address when you notice it. After all, collaboration is becoming increasingly important, so when you see a roadblock to speaking freely between colleagues, you’ll probably want to knock it down. The harder part will […]

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Gen WHY?

Over the last decade there has been plenty written about the challenges of leading Millennials in the workplace. As silly as it might seem to try to put an entire generation into one category, it is worth observing how the working environments are changing in many countries. As is always the case no matter what […]

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