Competing in the Office

Do you set your employees up to compete against each other? Maybe not in a fight to the death, but a competition where the prize is a more enjoyable job? Plenty of companies have incentive competitions, where the top salesperson gets a trip to Bali, or something like that. Some companies, though, reward their employees […]

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The Importance of Backups

OK, maybe this does not really seem like a leadership topic, but it can still be helpful, especially if you are leading creative, innovative people who like to test out new things. Keep a backup copy of everything that might change. When you are trying something new, make sure you are able to revert to […]

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Tweet Tweet

Sometimes you should just leave well enough alone, but it’s not always that easy, is it? You go searching around, connecting to your employees on LinkedIn and Facebook, and then you start finding their Twitter feeds…ah, Twitter. What employees used to do in their blogs, now they can do 140 characters at a time. Yep, […]

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Kamusta Manila

For the last couple of years, the Designing Leaders team has been operating out of Bangkok. Some new opportunities have come up, though, and today we are shifting our base to Manila. We look forward to continuing to provide training and coaching throughout Asia. Nothing changes for our clients, it just means less travel for […]

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Make It Manageable

Running a marathon is an exercise in perseverance. The only way to make it to the finish is to understand in advance that, at some point, this is really going to hurt. It helps to study the route in advance so you know what to expect, and it’s important to set a pace that will […]

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Getting Back On The Horse

This may be a bit of an Americanism — cowboys and the Old West and all that — but the concept is universal: if you fall off the horse, you need to get back on it to keep moving forward. That’s important, because any organization that is going to try new things, to encourage innovation […]

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It’s Tough to Build a Team

In “Building Effective Teams Isn’t Rocket Science, But It’s Just as Hard,” former Campbell Soup CEO and president Douglas Conant reminds us that putting teams together might be easy, but putting effective teams together is hard. His four key suggestions are: – Hire Highly Effective Team Members (so when you hire employees, look for teamwork […]

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What Happens To The Others?

When we look at organizational change and innovative processes, we focus on the benefits for our business. But what happens to the people who don’t fit into those new ideas? Change is often not going to be positive for everyone. A few years ago, Hong Kong changed their education system, and whereas before they would […]

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Grease the Wheels, Don’t Jam Them Up

Friction is how your brakes slow your car, so you can bet that friction will put the brakes on your workplace, too. By “friction,” we are not just talking about bad feelings and awkward silences between people, though that is certainly one form of it. What we mean instead is anything in your working environment […]

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Giving Something Back

Companies take corporate social responsibility (CSR) quite seriously these days, for a variety of reasons. It’s not uncommon to select a charity to support throughout the year or have a “day of service” where you send your employees out for some volunteer effort. Your employees or their families may be very passionate about certain causes, […]

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