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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Do What It Takes to Get the Best

There are more languages spoken in London than in any other city. With all the foreign-born folks living, working, and studying there, you would think they’d have their immigration issues worked out pretty well. But you would be wrong. Earlier this year the Designing Leaders team visited London, where we talked to over four dozen […]

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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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Up and Comers

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I had an opportunity last week to lead a seminar on career strategies for university students from Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Singapore. The session was part of a 2-week program led by BestTop Career of Singapore, for whom I do some work as a career coach. It was an interesting session for me, at least, […]

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The Rock Star and the Team

We have a tendency in recruiting to try to bring in the best individual we can find. Sometimes, though, the best individual is not the best team player. If you have an organization where people tend to work solo, and that rock star offers their best value when working on their own, then you are […]

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Bring the Talent

In the first half of the 2000s the US Army used a new recruiting slogan: Army of One. A lot of people, especially veterans and people who were still in the Army and had been for a while, did not like the new recruiting campaign because they thought it was contrary to the concept of […]

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Recruiting for Cultural Fit

Creating the working environment you want can be a challenge. Whether you are trying to get people to be innovative or to stick with what has worked before; create a collaborative workforce or one filled with strong individual rock stars; or, expand into new markets vs becoming the top company in a single market, you […]

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Hanging On To New Hires

We talked the other day about holding on to long-time employees, but try not to let your new ones get away, either. When you hire new employees, you need to remember that they have been in job-hunting mode for a while, and just because they have started a new job does not mean they’ve flipped […]

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Longevity is NOT Overrated

These days we have accepted the idea that employees will move from job to job pretty casually. This is especially true in certain industries, like finance, and it’s also very common in countries with low unemployment, like Singapore and Thailand. The days of lifetime employment seem to be gone, particularly within creative fields where the […]

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The Salary Question

Last fall, three US legislators introduced a bill that would have prohibited employers from asking candidates about their salary history. With everything that has happened in American politics since then, this issue has probably slipped off the list, but it raises an interesting question: why do you ask candidates about their salary history? The obvious […]

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