Gender Diversity and Business Performance

A recent study completed at National University of Singapore found a correlation between gender diversity within business leadership and that company’s performance. This is not the first time this has been demonstrated, even in Asia. One 2015 study in different Asian countries found that companies with more diverse leadership saw a higher return on equity. […]

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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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Look Like Your Customers

The concept of diversity takes different forms in different cultures, but the ultimate goal for a company is to use diversity to increase its business value. A recent article on Human Resources Online describes the diversity concept at Citi Singapore, and one item in particular really jumps out: Our diversity mirrors the diverse client base […]

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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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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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