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Posted by on May 23, 2017 in Transformational Leadership | 0 comments

Why the Five Year Plan is Dead

Why the Five Year Plan is Dead

One of the most commonly asked questions during a job interview is “where do you see yourself in five years?” Understandably the interviewer is assessing the depth of the candidate’s ability to plan ahead and how well thought out their future is. Makes sense. However, in a world that’s rapidly changing, when job descriptions, competencies and skills are continuously evolving and altering is a five year plan really relevant? Does it truly hold meaning when in five years there’s a high probability that the job scope would have expanded or the skills needed today hold lesser importance? It’s not just individuals that are asking themselves whether or not a five year plan holds any meaning. In fact, the same applies to companies who for decades have held such plans as their hallmark. Five year plans were the strategic core of a company. They outline the long term vision and goals of companies and chalk out their game plan. They’re generally encompass input from all functions such as HR, supply chain,...

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Posted by on May 18, 2017 in Personal Growth | 0 comments

How to be a Star in Your Second Interview

How to be a Star in Your Second Interview

Congratulations you made it passed your first interview and have been invited back! Being called for a second interview is a sign that you’ve said the right things and check off on their initial selection criteria. So now you’re being seriously considered for the role and you should be brimming with confidence – but let’s not get complacent or arrogant about it. You could very easily lose this opportunity if you don’t play your cards right. Keep in mind there’s a good chance that there are other candidates who’ve been shortlisted and invited for a second interview as well. And there may be concerns that your future employer would like to discuss otherwise you’d already have the job! Here are a few tips on what to expect in your second interview and how do you ace through it: 1. Discuss the Specifics At this point it’s clear that your first interviewers really liked you and that’s why you’ve been given another chance to prove yourself fit for the job....

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Posted by on May 16, 2017 in Transformational Leadership | 0 comments

How the Digital Age Has Empowered Businesses

How the Digital Age Has Empowered Businesses

The digital age has enabled many extraordinary changes to occur – fast, real-time communication, access to abundance of information and many other such capabilities that have empowered businesses and people. Things that weren’t possible just 20 years ago are now commonplace in our lifestyles. And the best part is that innovation is continuously and exponentially growing making even more empowerment possible. What’s Changed in Recent Years What’s often overlooked is the fact that the digital age has empowered businesses to do something extraordinarily well. And that’s to exponentially drive down costs across every business function. Companies that have taken advantage of this particular digital empowerment have experienced exponential growth over the recent years. Case in point are Craigslist, eBay and Amazon who’ve disrupted and rocked the world of their competitors. Thanks to free online ads the print media has experienced drastic and devastating loses as their paid advertising model hasn’t been able to compete. Hence, today, we see far fewer newspaper agencies still in business. And those that remain...

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Posted by on May 11, 2017 in Gender Inclusion | 0 comments

5 Extraordinary Influencers Shaping Asia

5 Extraordinary Influencers Shaping Asia

Forbes recently announced its 30 under 30 Asia class of 2017 and it’s no surprise to see that diversity and empowerment was the core ideology they employed when making their selection. This is their second year publishing the Asian market list which recognizes 300 innovators, young entrepreneurs, influencers, and disruptors (game changers) from 10 different industries. Last year 98 women made it to the list – this year it’s 97. While diversity is evident from the wide geographical representation of the individuals who made the list, gender diversity still looks a little slim. It was interesting, however, to see an increase of women making the list in areas of Consumer Tech and Social Entrepreneurs. Though Retail & Ecommerce, Manufacturing & Energy and Healthcare & Science saw a decline in women representation. Now there could be multiple reasons for this, however, I’m anxious to see what the class of 2018 will look like. Until then, and without discrediting any of the talented and inspiring individuals who made it to this...

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Posted by on May 9, 2017 in Transformational Leadership | 0 comments

The Crisis of Shrinking Half-Life of Skills

The Crisis of Shrinking Half-Life of Skills

Let’s take a moment and think about what we learned in college and/or university. There’s a good chance that aside from your core courses you may have taken a few electives such as humanities, calculus, history, psychology and so on. Looking at what you currently do, how many of these courses that you learned in college do you still use? Not many are there? I’m not saying that these courses hold little or no value, but it’s definitely not as significant or contributing much to what you’re presently doing. This brings to question the half-life of skills, which used to be much more 20 or 30 years ago, but now has significantly reduced. Does it mean that your college degree is worthless? Even more of importance is the question that should the next generation of students and workforce forego college education since most of what they learn will be obsolete soon after they graduate? The Evolution of the Education Sector Technology is moving forward at an exponentially fast pace...

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