Let Them Finish

When your employees start a project, you need to let them finish it. One of the most demoralizing things you can do is pull someone off a long project just before it comes to fruition. It can also set up your project to fail. For both reasons, you need to let the people who have […]

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Double-Loop Learning

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Organizations (actually, the individuals who comprise them) are always learning. At least, they are if they want to be successful. But there are different kinds of learning. In general, when people are learning they are keeping their eyes open to what is going on around them, they are willing to question things, they see relationships […]

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Book Review: Change the Way You Lead Change

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I always get a little nervous when a book’s title includes words in boldface, all capital letters, or underlined multiple times. It seems like someone is yelling across a room to get my attention, hoping to convince me of something by sheer volume and decibels rather than by reasoning and content. So it was with […]

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Talent Congress 2015

Our Chief Teaching Officer, Dr Will Thomas, will be the chairperson for Talent Congress 2015, today and tomorrow in Singapore. We hope to bring some insights from the event to the blog soon.

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Continuous Improvement

If you keep changing how you do business — or, even more drastically, keep redefining your business — your employees are likely to just give up after a while. If there is no consistency in your company they will find it hard to know what to do. Take a week’s vacation, then come back and […]

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Recruiting Practices From the Job Hunter’s Perspective

When you are looking to hire new people you may have a system that works pretty well for you. You have your own way of advertising, your own system for accepting CVs and applications, your method for doing interviews, your timeline. While you may think all this works well for you, you need to consider […]

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Hiring a Vet

No, no, not hiring a veterinarian…hiring a veteran. Since today is a day for honoring military veterans in many countries, we are reposting an entry from September: THE MILITARY-TO-CIVILIAN TRANSITION Last week, Designing Leaders hosted a small discussion session in Singapore on the issue of hiring leaders and managers who have just left the military […]

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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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