Leaders Beware: Flattery May Cost You Your Job!

Leaders Beware. Surround yourself with people who makes you feel good through flattery may ultimately cost you your job! A 1-standard-deviation increase in the amount of flattery and ingratiating agreement that CEOs receive raises their likelihood of being fired by 64%, say Sun Hyun Park and James D. Westphal of the University of Michigan and…

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…

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…