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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Internal Onboarding

Most leaders (well, most good leaders, anyway), would agree that onboarding is a key part of the employee development process. Just as a baby needs a smack on the butt to start breathing, your new team members need something to help them get started at the beginning of their employee life wth you. They feel […]

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Bondage

When you provide your employees with professional development opportunities, you want to try to hold onto them afterwards, rather than having them run off to your competitors with skills and training for which you have paid. This makes sense. But try not to overdo it. When I was in the military, they paid for all […]

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Moving On Up

Whether it’s seeing retail clerks in Bangkok spending the day staring at their phones, or talking with executives in Singapore concerned about junior employees leaving after only 8 months, it’s clear that something needs to change in Southeast Asia’s workforce if companies and economies here are going to grow. My observations over the last 5 […]

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Fixing a Fixed Mindset

Do your employees really know everything? Or do they just think they do? If it’s the latter, they may be stuck in a fixed mindset, and if so, that’s no good for you. Dr Carol Dweck of Stanford University is a leading researcher studying the idea of “mindset.” She suggests that Mindsets are beliefs — […]

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