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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Everyone Thinks They Are First

A few years ago on a trip to Vietnam, a friend took me to a concert by the Vietnamese National Symphony Orchestra, accompanying a Japanese pianist in a program of American jazz at the Hanoi Opera House. That’s creative globalization at its finest. One of the fun things about that was that the pianist was […]

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Age is Just a Number

I went into a store this weekend to exchange something I bought a couple days earlier. I had paid for one thing, but the clerk had given me the wrong item. When I explained it to a different clerk today he went back to get the right item, then stopped to explain to his manager […]

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Doubling Your Potential Workforce

Is your pool of potential leaders as big as it could be? If not — if you are only looking at a slice of the possible leadership talent — you may not end up with the best leaders you could have. An article a few years ago looked at various reports addressing the role of […]

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A Diversity of Diversity

Organizations often emphasize diversity in their workforce for a variety of reasons. From a creative perspective, you want to have diversity of thought, so you do not end up with the same old ideas all the time, and one way to achieve that is to recruit people from different backgrounds. Your marketing department may tell […]

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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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Age is Just a Number

I went into a store earlier this week to exchange something I had bought a couple days before. I had paid for one thing, but the clerk had given me the wrong item, which I did not notice until after getting home. When I explained it to a different clerk he went back to get […]

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Celebrate Diversity, However You Do It

The US has a concept of diversity in the work environment that just might be unique. We say we want a diverse workforce so we get diversity of ideas, and in knowledge work that’s pretty much essential. But it is hard to test potential employees for diverse ideas, so we tend to look for obvious […]

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What Keeps Women Out of Tech?

An article a couple months ago in the New York Times explored the question of why there are few women in tech fields relative to the population as a whole. The author suggests the issue is not so much discrimination against women as it is that the stereotypes of the tech geek are not appealing […]

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A Reason for Diversity

Too many leaders who say they embrace diversity may be saying it simply because it is what they think they are supposed to say, without really managing diversity within their workforce in a way that improves their organization. But if you understand what diversity means and how it can help you, you will discover just […]

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