Supporting Social Entrepreneurship

Many young people — as well as not-so-young people — want to save the world and maybe, just maybe, you can help your employees fulfill that desire, and help yourself in the process. Surveys find that “making a difference” is often equally as important as, and sometimes more important than, salary for many employees. This […]

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Trained or Educated?

One of the Designing Leaders’ team members had a bit of a travel glitch recently. On his way to the airport to fly to Hong Kong he knew he was in trouble when he got a call that a typhoon approaching the city was going to be bad and they would be canceling the event […]

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Exiting Interns

If you still have summer interns, you won’t for much longer. University classes are starting to kick off for the fall semester, and those students who have been getting the coffee and making copies (and hopefully, a lot more) for the last couple months are about to go out the door. Any good internship program […]

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Upcoming Talk

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Asia’s premier L&D conference, “Training and Development Asia,” will be held in the Philippines for the first time next month. I’m thrilled to be one of the contributors, giving a talk on how to maximize your return on your investment in learning. If you are based in Manila or will be there that week, I […]

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The Rising Need For Lifelong Learning

The employees you hire to do a job today may not be the employees you need five years from now, or even next year. The technology in your field, changes in the talent market, the demographics of your consumer market…these factors and more can lead to changing needs over time, and that time may not […]

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Intern-al Affairs

No, we are not talking about having affairs with your interns; that’s just the only title we could come up with at the moment. As students in many places are now taking exams and preparing to start whatever summer internship they have lined up, it’s worth thinking about what you should do with your interns […]

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Stepping Back Can Help You Step Forward

I was in Kuala Lumpur over the weekend and a friend who is a graphic designer there told me about another designer who recently went to New York for an 8-month internship. The odd thing about it was that, rather than being a student, this particular designer had been working for an advertising firm for […]

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Following Through on Training

It is impossible to overstate the importance of professional development for your employees, and the current economic environment in Asia — business growth with a shrinking labor pool — means you need the most highly skilled employees you can have. Bear in mind, though, that it’s easy to say “go get training,” but actually making […]

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Learning Beyond the Walls

As you demand greater innovation and collaboration from your employees, you may be putting a lot of time and money into their professional development. That’s great; building up their functional knowledge and their “soft skills” can help you take full advantage of what they can offer. But what if there was a place besides work […]

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Make Your Own Balala

A few years ago, back in the US, a friend of mine was looking for a new job, a process that is often pretty stressful. To help him stay positive, I pointed out that, between his professional and personal development, he has set himself up to be ready for many opportunities: his education, his experience, […]

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