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…

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…

people analytics

Human Analytics and the Future of Work


[This post was originally published in the Straits Times on 27 Jul 2016. It has been edited for use on this blog.] The rise of big data and predictive analytics in human capital management has opened the floodgates to tools and processes to add scientific rigour to people management, transforming human resource practice Download our eBook on The Age of…

Employee Engagement Recognition

The Right Way to Praise Your People


One of the core pillars of employee engagement is appreciating your employees for good work. Why do so many Asian managers find this hard to do? You know what is cheap? A word of praise, evidence that you’ve noticed one of your employees doing good work. Costs almost nothing, except some attentional resources and a couple of breaths. You know…

Why it’s time to embrace People Analytics


Factory workers at the Western Electric Company, based just outside 1920s Chicago, were found to be more motivated and productive because of social factors than monetary incentives and good working conditions. These factors included choosing their own co-workers, working as a group, being treated as ‘special’, and having a sympathetic supervisor. Fast forward almost 100 years after the Hawthorne Studies,…

The Ultimate Guide to Being a Great Boss in Bad Times


I published an Op-Ed in the Business Times on this recently (27 Apr 2016, for those that keep these things lying around at home), and more have written on this since then. Click here to download this post as an eBook There isn’t much each individual leader or manager can do about the overall economic conditions. But there are things…