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Scattered

Our team is currently scattered around Asia, Europe, and North America, so we will hit “pause” on the blog for a moment. We are collecting some good lessons and promise to share them soon!!

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Studying Strong Leadership

President Sullivan

Last weekend I attended my 30th reunion at the University of Virginia, and had a chance to chat with the current president, Teresa A. Sullivan. I had met her a few years before, at an alumni event in Singapore, and was very impressed by her candor and her grasp of issues, both the obvious big […]

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The Past is Present

I spent this weekend at my 30th class reunion at the University of Virginia. It was a great couple of days seeing old places and old friends, some of whom I’m in touch with regularly, and others whom I have not seen since the day we graduated. Naturally, we all had plenty of stories to […]

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Financial Wellbeing

You may not be able to pay your employees more, but you can at least help them feel better about what they have and what they do with it. A recent article about individual financial health in the United States revealed that most people know relatively little about how to manage their money, and they […]

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The Value of Short-Term Goals

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A couple weeks ago I ran the Sundown Marathon in Singapore. I last ran that race in 2014, and had figured I probably wouldn’t run it again. Only about 6 weeks beforehand, though, I decided to go run 42.195km through Singapore, starting at 1am. Why would I do that? For the last ten years I […]

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Pop Quiz

Here’s a quick quiz: ask yourself, “Why should anyone follow me?” If you are in a leadership position, it’s a good thing to be able to answer. If you aspire to be a leader, it can give you some direction as you develop your abilities. How you answer this question (if you are honest about […]

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Design Thinking on PMTV

We have been pleased to partner with Sam Neo and the team at People Mentality of Singapore, learning from them and hopefully working on some projects together this year. They have just launched People Mentality TV, a new show on YouTube, and their first interview is with Tim Schuurman of DesignThinkers Academy. Sam and Tim […]

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Diversity as a Value-Adder

The issue of workplace diversity has been an important one for many years. While the focus of diversity efforts shifts over time, and may vary depending upon the region where it’s discussed, the goal of your diversity initiatives should be the same regardless of whether your emphasis is on gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, education level, […]

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Some Time to Think

As a trainer and a coach I need time to think about my clients’ issues, think about new approaches to problems, think about the concerns that will come tomorrow that I need to start considering today. I find, though, that if I do not put some dedicated “thinking time” onto my calendar, or make sure […]

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They Do Wear Ties in Thailand

Last week I pointed out that they don’t wear ties in Singapore. It’s a custom driven largely by the climate, I’d say, since it’s hot enough there without tightening up your clothes further and making things even less bearable. While some folks — especially in the financial sector — may wear ties like their Wall […]

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