Monthly Archives: December 2017

End of a Good Year

For our final blog entry of 2017, we wanted to share with you some of the new directions Designing Leaders took this year, as we prepare for even greater adventures coming up. The biggest was our relocation from Bangkok to Manila. While our team appreciated the chance to live in the dynamic Thai culture, we […]

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Merry Christmas!!

The Designing Leaders team is scattered around the world right now. We hope that wherever you are, you are enjoying a wonderful holiday season!! Twitter LinkedIn Facebook WhatsApp

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Refocusing

The Designing Leaders team is scattered around the globe right now. We’e still responding to messages, of course, but we may be a little slow as we are focused on friends and family right now. We hope you are too. Happy Holidays!! Twitter LinkedIn Facebook WhatsApp

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Picking Battles

An interesting article in Fast Company this week tries to help junior employees overcome their hesitation to pursue the things they want. While the authors point out why younger employees may hesitate to speak up, they also demonstrate the consequences to you as an employer if they keep their thoughts to themselves. While the article […]

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Holiday Time and Time For the Holidays

The holidays are here and some stress can come with them. Sure, it’s mostly self-induced stress, as we do things to make other people happy…buying gifts, throwing parties, meeting for dinner, traveling, whatever. You need to realize that regardless of whether you like this season or not (“paging Mr Scrooge…”), your employees have other things […]

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Learning From Failure

As I was talking recently with an analyst at one of my clients, he made a very helpful observation about learning: It’s better to learn from failures than from successes. With a success, the chances you can replicate everything that led to that success are small. But with a failure, you can learn how to […]

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When Innovation Isn’t Part of the Culture

Firms in Asia face a challenge their Western counterparts might not. I was giving a talk earlier this year when the subject of innovation came up. An employee from an engineering firm (in this case, a Western multinational’s operation in China) raised his hand and said, “In China, we were raised not to question things, […]

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Learning Takes More Than Good Intentions

There’s a commonly accepted view in the learning and development community that a good balance of learning opportunities is 70-20-10. That is, 70% of learning comes from on the job experiences, 20% comes from other people (say, through coaching and mentoring), and 10% comes from formal training. The concept has been around for about three […]

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Disengaged Employees Aren’t Helpful

Just because your employees are sticking with you for now does not mean they’re happy; it may just mean they are afraid to jump out of their comfort zone and look for something else. Ultimately, though, they may decide to leave, or take other actions that hurt your organization. Employee engagement — measured by such […]

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