What Are Your Tea Ladies Saying About Your Leaders?

“A great man shows his greatness by the way he treats little men.” – Thomas Carlyle In a book written by James E. Amos, who was the valet for US President Theodore Roosevelt, it revealed how the President treated his servants. In the book, Amos wrote: My wife one time asked the President about a…

How SMEs Retain Leaders

In my earlier research for Singapore SMEs, 16.7% of the companies reported no retention strategies for leaders in place. The other companies practice the following strategies: Training and Development – The provision of personal and leadership development courses or programs. These may be done internally or through an external service provider. Career and Job Development…

Social-media skills every leader needs – McKinsey Quarterly

Once again GE points the way to how leaders are learning, embracing and using social media in organizational effectiveness. I like the concept of “reverse mentoring”, partnering senior GE leaders with media-savvy millenials. Read the following except taken from McKinsey Quarterly to know more. The leader as analyst: Staying ahead of the curve As companies…

Then What?

This is one of my favorite stories. Apparently there are slightly different variations out there, and i chose to use this from Courtney Carver. An American investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked.  Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin…

8 Characteristics of Leaders Required for Singapore SMEs

There seems to be a renewed interest in understanding HR practices in Singapore, especially in how good HR practices will help the SMEs. In my paper presented at the GSTF conference last year, i shared some results from a survey done amongst Singapore SMEs. HR managers were asked about the characteristics they require their leaders…

When I Graduate: How Would I Know If This Job Is For Me?

In a recent talk i gave to students of NUS Engineering I was deeply encouraged by the eagerness by the students in wanting to know more about their career options and future. Some students even seem bent on finding the “right” job from the start, with the same determination and single-mindedness associated with finding the…

10 Leadership Nuggets from Abraham Lincoln | LinkedIn

Some leadership nuggets from Abraham Lincoln as compiled by Lucy P. Marcus on LinkedIn. What’s your favorite? Mine is #4. It teaches me about the attitude i ought to have with people i don’t like. Enjoy! ______________________________________________________________________ Abraham Lincoln brings us enduring wisdom in a nutshell. Abraham Lincoln is very much in the news these days, with…

Organizational Resilience and Adversity Quotient

Organizational resilience has been an increasingly important concept given the uncertainties and turbulence in the world. According to Bhamra et al. (2011), resilience is closely related with the capability and ability of an element to return to a stable state after a disruption and is related to both the individual and organizational responses to turbulence…

Vision: What’s Love Got to Do with It?

Where does vision come from? How does a leader develop a clear vision for the future? At the earliest stages, the word “vision” may be somewhat misleading, portraying vision as a picture that we can see. The birthplace of vision isn’t the mind’s eye, but the heart. In the beginning, visionaries are guided by passion…

Ask and You’re Likely to Get Help

STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS—For many of us, the thought of asking someone for help or a favor—be it a colleague, friend, or stranger—is fraught with discomfort. We figure we’re imposing or tend to assume the person will say no, which could leave us embarrassed or humiliated. But new research verifies the old adage, “Ask…