Cross-Border Supervision

We recently spoke with someone who works in marketing for a popular international chain of gyms, and he has run into a problem that Southeast Asia is going to need to deal with: cross-border supervision. A growing number of firms in Southeast Asia are expanding their operations into other countries, a trend that will continue […]

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Do Not Leave Decisions to Chance

One of your biggest jobs as a leader is to make decisions. Yes, sometimes it’s hard, and yes, sometimes people do not like you very much afterwards, but that is what you get paid to do. If you try to pass that off, you are not doing your job. It is as simple as that. […]

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Write Down Those Objectives

We can all recognize the importance of having objectives for your employees. It helps them understand their job, it allows them to know what your expectations are, and it gives you some criteria for measuring their performance. Of course, they are only useful if you all remember what they are. We are not just talking […]

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Look for Inspiration in Unlikely Places

Your employees are more likely to be creative, energetic and innovative when they have some sort of inspiration. Maybe something to get them into the right frame of mind, maybe something to spark some specific ideas about visuals or textures or sound, inspiration can be a starting point, or a nudge in a particular direction. […]

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Down for the Day

Today is a public holiday in Thailand, and even though the Designing Leaders crew operates across multiple countries where it ISN’T a holiday, we are taking this one. See you Monday!!

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1.21 Gigawatts? Great Scott!!

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So, we are just going to ask the question that everyone on Facebook is asking today: where is my floating car? Today is the day that Marty McFly is supposed to appear in a time machine, powered by 1.21 gigawatts running through a flux capacitor, and we still do not have hoverboards and floating cars […]

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Job Descriptions

How useful is your job description? Does your actual work reflect your official role? Is what you are doing anything like the job description that you replied to from a recruiter or a website? Do you even know what your job description say? Many people we talk to, front-line managers as well as HR leaders, […]

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Strategic Meetings

We know it is important not to go overboard when it comes to meetings. People have meetings to plan other meetings, they hold meetings to complain about how many meetings they have…too often it gets to be too much. But sometimes — sometimes — they can be very important and very useful. And THESE meetings, […]

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Newbie-havior

Last week we wrote about channeling your new employees’ motivation while helping to develop them. A reader pointed us to an article from a few years ago by Nadira Hira that offered some useful ideas for helping your new employees make the transition into your organization. Getting your newbies used to their new environment and […]

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You Don’t Have to Be the Star

When you go into a leadership role, the world does not need to revolve around you. Successful companies in Asia are seeing the need for less emphasis on “the leader,” and more emphasis on “leadership.” With more employees retiring than there are coming into the workforce, and with companies trying to grow in the face […]

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