Monthly Archives: May 2018

Pop Quiz

Here’s a quick quiz: ask yourself, “Why should anyone follow me?” If you are in a leadership position, it’s a good thing to be able to answer. If you aspire to be a leader, it can give you some direction as you develop your abilities. How you answer this question (if you are honest about […]

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Design Thinking on PMTV

We have been pleased to partner with Sam Neo and the team at People Mentality of Singapore, learning from them and hopefully working on some projects together this year. They have just launched People Mentality TV, a new show on YouTube, and their first interview is with Tim Schuurman of DesignThinkers Academy. Sam and Tim […]

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Diversity as a Value-Adder

The issue of workplace diversity has been an important one for many years. While the focus of diversity efforts shifts over time, and may vary depending upon the region where it’s discussed, the goal of your diversity initiatives should be the same regardless of whether your emphasis is on gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, education level, […]

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Some Time to Think

As a trainer and a coach I need time to think about my clients’ issues, think about new approaches to problems, think about the concerns that will come tomorrow that I need to start considering today. I find, though, that if I do not put some dedicated “thinking time” onto my calendar, or make sure […]

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They Do Wear Ties in Thailand

Last week I pointed out that they don’t wear ties in Singapore. It’s a custom driven largely by the climate, I’d say, since it’s hot enough there without tightening up your clothes further and making things even less bearable. While some folks — especially in the financial sector — may wear ties like their Wall […]

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Cultural Breakfast

Nobody knows for sure if management expert Peter Drucker ever really said “Culture eats strategy for breakfast,” but he certainly believed in the idea. Why? Because it’s very, very, very much true; no matter what strategy you think you are following, if the culture that emerges is contrary to it, then culture will win every […]

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They Don’t Wear Ties in Singapore

Men don’t wear ties in Singapore. OK, that’s not entirely true. There certainly are men who DO wear ties to work, especially senior leaders, or some in the banking sector (especially if they’re in wealth management, and need to convince their clients that they make lots of money for everyone). But walk around Raffles Place […]

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Preparing for Change

This article on leading change highlights the need to prepare and suggests 4 P’s in that preparation: Purpose – know what you want the company to look like after the transformation (and the most enlightening purpose involves more than just financial returns) People – your best people for today might not be the best people […]

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We Are Different…Or Are We?

When leaders in Asian companies are comparing their working environment to Western firms, they often say, “We are different.” That is, the culture is different, the structures are different, the expectations are different…you get the idea. While there are certainly cultural differences between Asia and the West (and you really need to look at individual […]

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