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The Importance of Backups

OK, maybe this does not really seem like a leadership topic, but it can still be helpful, especially if you are leading creative, innovative people who like to test out new things. Keep a backup copy of everything that might change. When you are trying something new, make sure you are able to revert to […]

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Tweet Tweet

Sometimes you should just leave well enough alone, but it’s not always that easy, is it? You go searching around, connecting to your employees on LinkedIn and Facebook, and then you start finding their Twitter feeds…ah, Twitter. What employees used to do in their blogs, now they can do 140 characters at a time. Yep, […]

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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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Kamusta Manila

For the last couple of years, the Designing Leaders team has been operating out of Bangkok. Some new opportunities have come up, though, and today we are shifting our base to Manila. We look forward to continuing to provide training and coaching throughout Asia. Nothing changes for our clients, it just means less travel for […]

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Make It Manageable

Running a marathon is an exercise in perseverance. The only way to make it to the finish is to understand in advance that, at some point, this is really going to hurt. It helps to study the route in advance so you know what to expect, and it’s important to set a pace that will […]

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Getting Back On The Horse

This may be a bit of an Americanism — cowboys and the Old West and all that — but the concept is universal: if you fall off the horse, you need to get back on it to keep moving forward. That’s important, because any organization that is going to try new things, to encourage innovation […]

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It’s Tough to Build a Team

In “Building Effective Teams Isn’t Rocket Science, But It’s Just as Hard,” former Campbell Soup CEO and president Douglas Conant reminds us that putting teams together might be easy, but putting effective teams together is hard. His four key suggestions are: – Hire Highly Effective Team Members (so when you hire employees, look for teamwork […]

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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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What Happens To The Others?

When we look at organizational change and innovative processes, we focus on the benefits for our business. But what happens to the people who don’t fit into those new ideas? Change is often not going to be positive for everyone. A few years ago, Hong Kong changed their education system, and whereas before they would […]

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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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