Recruiting for Cultural Fit

Creating the working environment you want can be a challenge. Whether you are trying to get people to be innovative or to stick with what has worked before; create a collaborative workforce or one filled with strong individual rock stars; or, expand into new markets vs becoming the top company in a single market, you […]

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Do Your Planning, But…

It is impossible to overstate the importance of good planning. You really need some idea of where you want to go, how you expect to get there, and how to know when you have reached it. Otherwise, you can end up wandering around, wasting time and money, and you can miss out on some pretty […]

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Following Through on Training

It is impossible to overstate the importance of professional development for your employees, and the current economic environment in Asia — business growth with a shrinking labor pool — means you need the most highly skilled employees you can have. Bear in mind, though, that it’s easy to say “go get training,” but actually making […]

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The Salary Question

Last fall, three US legislators introduced a bill that would have prohibited employers from asking candidates about their salary history. With everything that has happened in American politics since then, this issue has probably slipped off the list, but it raises an interesting question: why do you ask candidates about their salary history? The obvious […]

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Accept That Change is Hard

Since the 1990s the most consistent theme underlying business discussions has been “change.” We talk about being open to change, preparing for change, managing change…all of these are important. But one thing we need to acknowledge is that change is hard. And that’s OK. When you’ve had some consistency and success for years — whether […]

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Off the Grid for a Few Days

The Designing Leaders team is moving around Washington DC and New York City for the next week, and so the blog will be offline until we resume on Thursday, January 5. Wishing all of you a Happy New Year!!!

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Merry Christmas!

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The Designing Leaders team is taking a few days off for the holidays, and hopefully you are, too. Whether you celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday, or merely as a chance for family and friends to come together, or even if you don’t celebrate it at all, enjoy the upcoming weekend.

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Still Shopping for Christmas?

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If you have a runner on your shopping list, or a friend who needs a little push to keep their New Year’s resolutions, or you just want to read a good story about some experiences around the world, be sure to check out Doctor Will’s new book!

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Culture Clash

A strong organizational culture can greatly enhance productivity and the overall business value of your workforce. Why? Because culture represents commonly understood values and priorities and expected behaviors, and when those are clear to everyone, then everything can move much more smoothly. Removing uncertainty makes it easier for value-adding behavior to occur, because people have […]

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Refelections

Well, December is here. This year has either raced by or gone at a snail’s pace; your perspective depends on what’s important to you and how things have gone. Regardless of what your organization’s fiscal year might be, the end of the calendar year is a time when many people take stock of what has […]

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