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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They Don’t Wear Ties in Singapore

Men don’t wear ties in Singapore. OK, that’s not entirely true. There certainly are men who DO wear ties to work, especially senior leaders, or some in the banking sector (especially if they’re in wealth management, and need to convince their clients that they make lots of money for everyone). But walk around Raffles Place […]

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Preparing for Change

This article on leading change highlights the need to prepare and suggests 4 P’s in that preparation: Purpose – know what you want the company to look like after the transformation (and the most enlightening purpose involves more than just financial returns) People – your best people for today might not be the best people […]

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Are They Ready for the Changes?

When we talk about change in an organization, it doesn’t just mean employees doing their jobs differently; instead, it often means doing different jobs. An article in Singapore Business Review described the results of an interesting study of companies there. They noted that “43% of executives predict at least one in five roles in their […]

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Grab Ahold of the Change

When businesses go through a big change, such as a merger or acquisition, they tend to focus on things like the financial reasons for doing so, the challenges of blending their technologies, and the potential fight with government regulators. Sometimes, their people get lost in the shuffle. Earlier this week, Grab and Uber announced that […]

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Taking the “U” Out of VUCA

It was 25 years ago that the term VUCA entered our business vocabulary, and the authors of that book identified a new reality rather than a simple change. In situations that are characterized by volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) conditions, it becomes necessary to structure organizations in such a way that will meet the […]

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How Are Those Resolutions Coming Along?

We are almost through the second month of the year. If you set some goals back around January 1st, how are those working out for you? Many people choose not to make New Year’s resolutions. “I probably won’t follow through,” they say, or “A good idea is a good idea anytime, I shouldn’t only think […]

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Improving Your Productivity

As the first month of the new year comes to a close (already???), are you making good progress toward your goals? One thing many people want to do at the start of each year is to become more productive, but that means creating new habits, not simply making a mental commitment to new ways of […]

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Thinking About Flattening

In a tight labor market, where it may be hard to fill all the jobs on your table of organization, it can be tempting to identify some of those jobs as unnecessary and simply eliminate them. Very often, we focus more on removing management levels rather than front-line workers or client-facing staff. We continue to […]

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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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