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How to Build a Successful Consulting Firm in Frontier Markets

Posted by on Sep 3, 2015 in Talent Management in Asia | 0 comments

If you’ve been following my writings at all, you know how obsessed I am when it comes to working in  Frontier Markets. From how to be a Successful Entrepreneur in Frontier Markets to Leadership Traits Required in the Region I could go on for what seems like forever on the topic. So today, I’ll let a picture speak a thousand words and share this infographic on 10 Tips on how Consulting Firms Operate Successfully in Frontier Markets. I hope you found this useful. I will be sharing more infographics that are great to print as reminders on leadership and personal skills so sign up if you haven’t already to make sure you don’t...

How to Manage Unhappy Employees Who Stay Silent

Posted by on Sep 1, 2015 in Global HR Tips, Tools & Resources | 0 comments

Having to manage unhappy employees in a team who won’t say anything about why they’re not satisfied is supremely frustrating. We’ve all been there. Any good leader is willing to solve “why” a potentially valuable team member is unhappy, if only they knew the reason. The employee in question probably has the right pay, promotions and responsibilities. But, the team lead will get a nagging feeling that they’re dragging their feet at work or worse, hunting for a new job. So why do employees, who technically should be very satisfied become unhappy at work? Here are the top 3 reasons and how you can handle them. Professional Baggage Imagine dating someone who has a ton of...

How to Create Powerful Leaders Instead of Passive Followers

Posted by on Aug 27, 2015 in Transformational Leadership | 0 comments

In a Gallup article on Asian Leaders a writer shared a very profound line at the end: “A great leader is one under whom many leaders emerge,  rather than the one whom many follow.” It struck a cord. As I look back on my career, I’m proud of the business results I’ve helped achieve, the organisational transformations I orchestrated and the impact I have made on people’s personal growth. However, I’m most proud of the fact that over all these years I can now count at least 25 people that have worked in my teams who are now (hopefully) powerful leaders of HR functions. I strongly believe that a leader isn’t going to be remembered for the profit they’ve generated, rather they’ll be remembered for the powerful leaders that have...

Crazy Important Lessons from Fortune 500 Female CEOs

Posted by on Aug 25, 2015 in Driving Gender Diversity | 0 comments

There are generalized views about the Best and Worst Industries for Women to Work in based on the number of female leaders holding top positions. There’s no secret about the fact that IT is generally still viewed as a “Boys Club” but if you take a look at the top 3 women CEO’s of fortune 500 companies, 2 of them are IT. Though chivalry states that women are the “the delicate half of the human race”, you’ll see that these female CEOs have had their fair share of mind boggling situations and have handled them incredibly. Mary Barra – General Motors (Fortune 500 Ranking: 7) As the first female...

5 Popular Myths About Entrepreneurship in Asia

Posted by on Aug 20, 2015 in Talent Management in Asia | 1 comment

I’ve set up 5 companies across 3 different countries in Asia over the past 8 years (Malaysia, Pakistan and U.A.E.). Some have done extremely well, some started off well, sputtered and then came to an abrupt stop and one has not seen any lift off. So you can rightfully say that my entrepreneurial success has been a mixed bag. The good thing however is that it’s given me tremendous learning. Recently I shared my 10 Lessons of My Entrepreneurship Journey, but when I hear the arguments people use when they consider whether they should start their own company, I hear so many myths that just aren’t true. So if you’re considering...

5 Easy Employee Engagement Activities HR Managers Will Love

Posted by on Aug 18, 2015 in Global HR Tips, Tools & Resources | 0 comments

You can’t motivate teams without engaging them anymore. Just a few years back the conversation would revolve around employee motivation and honestly I feel like that was the beginning of the employee engagement evolution. It took a while for employee engagement to catch on and I still believe that much of HR in Asia and frontier markets is still getting on this bandwagon. So for those of you who are figuring out just how to implement employee engagement programs in your office, I came up with some ideas that are super easy but extremely effective at getting engagement and motivation flowing. 1. Encourage Work Life Balance Through “Wind Down Fridays” Many...

The Truth About Leading a Startup Company – It’s Even More Confusing Than You Think

Posted by on Aug 13, 2015 in Transformational Leadership | 0 comments

Leading a large company, division or department isn’t easy. However I promise you that it doesn’t compare to the challenges of leading a startup company to success. Limited cash, talent, time, untested business models, technology, customer needs – everything needs to be acquired.  Some startups pull it off and enter the ‘Whatsapp’ zone of billion dollar valuations. Other fall by the way-line or are overtaken by faster, nimbler and smarter competitors. Leading a startup company isn’t for everyone. To succeed you of course have to first have a billion dollar idea. However transforming an idea into actual success is only the tip of the iceberg. The ‘graveyard of failed start-ups’ is...

How Successful People Work With All Types of Individuals

Posted by on Aug 11, 2015 in Personal Growth | 0 comments

It’s no secret that we all have worked with people we don’t like – in fact, this is so prevalent that I was able to identify 15 Types of Jerks that we probably most of us have had to work with (and how to handle them). But whether we like it or not, everyone is not a jerk, and many times we simply have to work with people who think differently than us. For people like myself who know what they want and how they are going to get it, this can be a challenge. People like me often push people to do things the way they think is the right way....

How to Be a Better Leader Without Spending Anything

Posted by on Aug 6, 2015 in Transformational Leadership | 0 comments

I have the pleasure of working with companies that have significant learning budgets and are willing to spend deep on leadership development activities. Of course not every company has big pockets and certainly individual who want to be better leaders won’t have the money or access to the resources that Fortune 500 companies do #GoodNews: You can develop leaders without spending anything! #HRBlog #HR Click To Tweet Powered By CoSchedule So I decided to put together a list of leadership development opportunities that you could do by yourself without any need for money! 1. Become a Coach I’ve think the best way to learn is by teaching others. And what better...

Women at Work – 3 Winning Attitudes To Make You Awesome

Posted by on Aug 4, 2015 in Driving Gender Diversity | 0 comments

It could be said that attitudes that win in the workplace should be blanketed across both men and women, that gender characteristics shouldn’t play a role in what works in creating success. And though I agree to some extent, I also think that women at work in Asia (and other Frontier Markets as well), face specific challenges. And thus, there are unique attitudes that help them succeed even when the odds are piled against them. 1. Acting like an Equal I’ve known many women who step up to the plate and regardless of the challenges they face, complete projects and assignments as and when necessary. These are the women who don’t...