Weisure

It may not be in the Oxford English Dictionary yet, but “weisure” is an increasingly important word. For many people there is an increasing blurring of the lines between work time and leisure time. Though in days of old we might have expected to work 9-6 and have the rest of the time off, that […]

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Competing Values

There is a movement in some Asian countries to encourage firms to be more family friendly, but it highlights a sharp conflict between two key elements of many cultures in the region: – a strong work ethic that places a premium on professional success – close family ties and a commitment to caring for family […]

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Whose Culture?

As Asian companies look to grow, their path usually takes them to other countries. In Southeast Asia this has taken on new importance as the ASEAN Economic Community has come into existence. When you are looking at operating internationally, the conventional wisdom is to be sensitive to the local culture and try to adapt your […]

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Put Responsibility Where It Belongs

You can delegate authority. You cannot delegate responsibility. What’s the difference? Well, authority is what someone can do. Responsibility is what they have to do. Typically, they go together. If you are given the power to do something, then you have the responsibility for getting it done right. Likewise, if you are responsible for getting […]

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Get Them Talking

Workers in repetitive industries may need less feedback than employees in creative industries do. Assembly line workers or bureaucrats who do the same thing over and over may not need to be told “yes, you’re doing it right…just like you did yesterday, and the day before, and the year before.” But creative employees, by the […]

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Generational Diversity Keeps Evolving

Age is just a number, but today’s workforce has a wide range of numbers, and it’s only going to get wider. Right now we have 4 generations in the workplace. The Millennials are still pouring in, and Gen X continues to rise into leadership positions (and, in many cases, spent the last decade starting their […]

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Enjoy Your Day Off

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(pretty much everywhere except the United States) Thanks, Garfield!

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Making Your Own Luck

Many people attribute success or failure to good luck or bad luck. “Being in the right place at the right time,” or its opposite, are often viewed as the reason things go one way or another. Maybe it is true that some things “just happen.” Maybe there are in fact some things outside your control […]

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Stay Engaged While Staying Out of the Way

There is a lot of concern around the world about low employee engagement. We know that engaged employees do better work, do more work, and create a strong employment brand that decreases recruiting and retention costs. One response to engagement worries is to help make work more interesting, and to more carefully recruit employees who […]

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Break Away From Your Network

The people you know can push you forward. They can also hold you back. When the time comes, you may need to cut some ties in order to innovate, and be able to lead your employees to do the same. Frans Johansson wrote in The Medici Effect about the importance of breaking away from your […]

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