Missing Opportunities

In London a few years ago, just before the 2012 Olympics, I was looking for an Olympics store to pick up some memorabilia, particularly some pins, ‘cuz you know, if you’re an athlete it’s all about the medals, but if you’re a spectator, it’s all about the pins. I found an online store, but it […]

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Things You Might Keep To Yourself

The folks at Ladders, a career consultancy, shared a recent article called 8 Things Smart People Never Reveal About Themselves At Work. It’s an interesting list, and as much as we want to communicate openly with our colleagues as a way to enhance collaboration, there are some lines it might be best not to cross. […]

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Rules That Don’t Help

It’s one thing to have workplace rules that improve productivity, it’s another thing to put rules in place that annoy people without providing any real benefit. Travis Bradbury points out “8 Stupid Workplace Rules That Make Everyone Miserable”, and having personally experienced #1, 3, 4, and 6 (and sort of #8, but I was in […]

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Upcoming Talk

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Asia’s premier L&D conference, “Training and Development Asia,” will be held in the Philippines for the first time next month. I’m thrilled to be one of the contributors, giving a talk on how to maximize your return on your investment in learning. If you are based in Manila or will be there that week, I […]

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Up and Comers

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I had an opportunity last week to lead a seminar on career strategies for university students from Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Singapore. The session was part of a 2-week program led by BestTop Career of Singapore, for whom I do some work as a career coach. It was an interesting session for me, at least, […]

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Red Eyes After the Redeye

The Designing Leaders team was on a week-long visit to Singapore, and with the final event ending last night around 9pm, we made the decision to take a late-night flight back to Manila, which landed just before 7am today, almost an hour late. As a result, the team’s vision is generally blurry, and everyone needs […]

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Running at the Top of the World

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If you are in Singapore, and have time this week for a short professional development session, I have the event for you. For years, I have been running marathons all around the world in some unusual places, and that journey has taught me a lot of things that helped me start and run my own […]

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What Matters Most?

After arriving in Manila this week I met up with a former colleague from Singapore who is now working here. At one point I asked him, “what was the biggest transition when you moved here last year?” I expected him to say something like “the food,” “the traffic,” “the cost of living,” or something else […]

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What’s The Point If You Cannot Make A Point?

I once heard a great philosopher (I think it was Jerry Seinfeld) say that research has shown the #1 fear people have is public speaking; #2 is dying. “That means,” he said, “that most people would rather be the guest of honor at a funeral than the one giving the eulogy.” A bit extreme? Perhaps. […]

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Control Your Agenda

Friday evening you look at your calendar for the next week before heading out for a well-deserved couple of days off. When the next week actually begins, that calendar changes completely. Why? Because others are controlling your agenda. Do you see things start to pile up in the late afternoon, with requests coming in as […]

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