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How to Conquer Your Fear as a Leader

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 in Transformational Leadership | 0 comments

When you think of a leader you’re probably envisioning a bold, courageous and fearless figurehead who’s relentless and visionary. The last thing you’d expect from them is to admit being scared. However, a few weeks ago Dara Khosrowshahi did just that. In a farewell memo he sent to his Expedia employees he stated: “I have to tell you I am scared. I’ve been here at Expedia for so long that I’ve forgotten what life is like outside this place. But the times of greatest learning for me have been when I’ve been through big changes, or taken on new roles — you have to move out of your comfort zone and...

Why Happiness at Work is a Worthwhile Challenge

Posted by on Sep 14, 2017 in HR Tips, Tools & Resources | 0 comments

Is happiness at work really a myth or can it really be achieved? Is happiness at work overrated or should entrepreneurs and business leaders be paying more attention to it? Many companies today spend several resources on creating environments that facilitate happiness. Google, Zappos and several startups have built their employer brand around the notion that their employees are happy. Does that mean that they’ve managed to enhance productivity and increase retention and customer satisfaction? Research conducted by University of Warwick found that happy people are 12% more productive. And in his book,...

6 Ways To Succeed as a Leader in Frontier Markets

Posted by on Sep 12, 2017 in Transformational Leadership | 0 comments

Frontier Markets are a tough playground for corporations, leaders and talented individuals. While they do offer vast populations with diverse demographics, young, agile and talented workforce, a fast growing middle class, and faster growing GDP, they still remain volatile. Frontier markets are renowned for their political instabilities, interest rate and foreign exchange fluctuations, higher than average inflation and unpredictable security situations. All that makes succeeding as a leader in frontier markets all the more challenging (and rewarding if you’re able). A good leader in frontier markets...

Highlights from Women At Work 2016 Report

Posted by on Sep 7, 2017 in Talent Management in Asia | 0 comments

Three years ago, Engage Women conducted the first ever Women At Work survey with the objective to understand how corporate Pakistan was driving the need for more gender diverse and female friendly workplaces. Being the first of its kind, it provided the necessary benchmark that was needed to gauge the impact of global and local influences on diversity. In recent years, there’s been much chatter about women at work – be it Hollywood or the corporate world, women are being more vocal about issues like equal pay, opportunities, work and life balance. Last year we conducted our second survey to and the...

5 Ways to Build an Effective Leadership Team

Posted by on Sep 5, 2017 in HR Tips, Tools & Resources | 0 comments

As a leader, building a high performing team of talented individuals can be quite challenging. But what’s more challenging than that is building a high performing leadership team. A leadership team comprises of not only highly talented and skilled individuals, but mainly well established and accomplished thinkers, leaders and influencers. What you can expect is a table of egos that’s struggling to develop the necessary synergies to help the organization succeed. In fact, the resultant of constant bickering and random skirmishes will be no less than catastrophic for the organization. You must be...

Are Tough Leaders Really That Effective?

Posted by on Aug 31, 2017 in Transformational Leadership | 0 comments

Every now and then you’ll get the opportunity (or misfortune) to work with a tough leader. They may be brilliant and geniuses, but their management style leaves the best of their team members burned out and beaten down. They’ll go home each day wondering why their boss isn’t pleased with their work and think of ways how they can do better to win their favor. In the mornings, they’ll even dread going into work because they’re not looking forward to the drilling they’ll get. Working for a tough leader can really be harsh. The deadlines you’ll get will most likely be unrealistic, you’ll probably not be...

How to Successfully Survive and Handle Office Politics

Posted by on Aug 29, 2017 in HR Tips, Tools & Resources | 0 comments

Office politics is that nagging and pestering nuisance that you just can’t seem to rid yourself of or avoid. Whether you participate in it, instigate it or are at the receiving end of it, there’s a high chance that at some point in your career you’ve had to deal with some form of office politics. Some of you may be able to handle it well. You could be swiftly dismissive or nonchalant and that way the political views don’t bother you or get to you. Others, however, don’t handle it well. If you’re one of them, then there’s a good chance that office politics is bothering you to a point of frustration...

8 Things Your Resume Needs to be Attractive in 2017

Posted by on Aug 24, 2017 in Personal Growth | 0 comments

If you’re looking to land yourself in a new, exciting and challenging role for 2018 then it’s a good time to start looking now. Since we’ve passed the mid-year, you better get cracking on that goal now so that before 2017 ends you’ve given yourself ample time to start at a new company and get comfortable with their environment. However, before you start circulating your resume all over the place, are you certain your resume is still relevant and attractive in 2017? While your resume may be loaded with quality experience and skills that flash you as a great talent, yours won’t be the only one out there...

6 Ways You Can Succeed As A New Leader

Posted by on Aug 22, 2017 in Transformational Leadership |

Congratulations on earning your place as the new leader of your team or a new organization. It’s the moment you’ve work so hard for and finally have made it here. You’re a new leader whose past experience, attitude, skills and reputation has landed you in a position of much authority and responsibility. There’s a good chance you’ll succeed in your new role, however, it’s not guaranteed. Everything you’ve done so far in your career has led you to this position, however, everything you’ve done so far isn’t what you need to continue doing to succeed. In fact, you’ll need a new set of skills to continue...

The 4th and 5th Controversial HR Issues You Should Think About

Posted by on Aug 17, 2017 in HR Tips, Tools & Resources |

A while ago I wrote about 3 controversial HR issues that have had much debate around them. Even in 2017 they all still seem to be quite “controversial”. Much of it is rooted to the mindset Asian companies and workforce have where traditional work environments and practices still prevail. It’s hard to shake off, but if you’re looking to work with millennials and achieve exponential business growth the norms have to be let go of. The good news is that flexible work options are becoming a reality in the form of agile talent. And though performance appraisals aren’t dead yet, it’s transformed into a more...

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