Bankrupt Leadership

3 Surefire Ways to Bankrupt Your Leadership


This post was originally published in Forbes on 29 Sep 2016. Leaders, face it. We’ve all been there. “You’re not a perfect fit, but we need warm bodies in this role urgently…” “I won’t fire you since you’ve been with us for 25 years…” “I’ll close an eye to massive attrition in your team, since you’re bringing in the numbers…”…

Riveting Stuff I Learnt at Bloomberg on HR Innovation


Last updated: 29 Sep 2016 This week, I had the privilege of being a panelist at the latest round of the Bloomberg Thought Leadership Series on HR Innovation. Despite being neck-deep in the space, I felt very humbled by the experience and expertise in the audience. The hosts and my fellow panelists were all extremely knowledgeable and willing to share…

Prevent Conflict

10 Insanely Practical Ways to Manage Conflict at Work


Last modified: 21 Sep 2016 In today’s workplace, diversity is more common than ever. People from varying backgrounds, education, interests, gender, ethnicity, religious, political views, location and more, come together to work. As such, conflicts are inevitable and as management it is part of the job to manage conflict at work. In fact, some Human Resource managers report spending 24 to 60…

5 Cognitive Biases

5 Cognitive Biases that can Fail You as a Leader


Last updated: 13 Sep 2016 Did you know that we make hundreds or even thousands of decisions every day? From which shoes to wear to massive business decisions that could impact the lives of thousands of employees. So how do we really make these decisions? What are some cognitive biases to beware of and how can we maximise the chance…

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Why Happiness at Work is a Brilliant Business Move


Last updated: 29th Aug 2016 Click to download the eBook Is it possible that happiness at work could be a secret formula to business success? Most of us grew up with the belief that if we work hard, we’ll be more successful. If we’re more successful, we’ll get paid more, which would mean we’d be able to afford more in…

Western Leaders in Asia

The 5 Traits Western Leaders Need to be Successful in Asia


Last updated: 24 Aug 2016 Download the PDF summary here Datuk Dr. Paddy Bowie, writer and a well–known political analyst, once said that a key difference between doing business for Asian or Western leaders, lies in realising that relationships are very important in the East. Is this too simplistic? Even the West goes by the adage that “People do business with…

Manage Millennials

Want to manage millennials? First learn how they tick…


This post was also published on TechInAsia on 31 Aug 2016. Last updated: 11 Aug 2016 Download this as a gorgeous PDF eBook It isn’t easy to manage millennials. I’m a millennial myself. And I know what I look for in a job. A great boss, who can push and challenge me in exactly the right way. Also, I look…

3 Must-Read Lessons from the Legacy of Google’s HR Chief


Last updated: 5 Aug 2016 What lessons from Google can we learn from the insane number of people experiments run there? Download 50 best quotes from Work Rules  What do we know about working at Google? They became famous for free lunches, dry cleaning, bringing pets to work, the Googleplex, casual everydays. For those who’ve never been into Google, it…

The Counter-Intuitive Guide to Employee Motivation


Last updated 28 Jul 2016 Mountains of research have been thrown at the problem of employee motivation, and specifically, how it’s affected by pay. Why haven’t we fixed this yet? Download this as a PDF If I gave you $50 to read to the end of this post, would you do it? Putting aside your scepticism about if and how I’d…