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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Have the Right Space

Earlier this summer the Designing Leaders team had a chance to visit a major creative technology firm in Shenzhen, China. Being such a large company you might expect them to have a pretty large, and they did. In fact, they had 8 of them. As we drove from the building for our meeting to the […]

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Exiting Interns

If you still have summer interns, you won’t for much longer. University classes are starting to kick off for the fall semester, and those students who have been getting the coffee and making copies (and hopefully, a lot more) for the last couple months are about to go out the door. Any good internship program […]

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Where Do You Draw the Line?

If you want to have an innovative, collaborative, high-performing organization, then you need people with different perspectives who feel comfortable sharing their ideas. But what if those perspectives end up being damaging to your working environment? If performance drops because of the sharing of ideas, doesn’t that defeat the purpose? Open communication in the workplace […]

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The Agility Challenge

Many organizations talk about the need for agility, and it’s not really a new concept. People have been talking about this for a few years, increasingly recognizing that the rapid pace of change is the new normal and companies that cannot operate in that kind of environment may not last very long. The difference between […]

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Don’t Hesitate to Communicate

Every country in Asia has its own culture, but there are a few common elements throughout them, especially within East Asia. One of these elements can be very damaging to your organization’s performance: a lot of people – not all, but many – are very shy about communicating openly, and that’s bad whether we are […]

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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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