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5 Strategies to Build an Effective Talent Pool

Posted by on May 25, 2017 in Talent Management in Asia |

Building a strategy that prioritizes talent management and invests time and effort into building a talent pool is a critical necessity for your organization’s success. There’s just no way to avoid it. A solid talent pool is directly related to how innovative, productive and efficient your organization is. Hence, you should be seriously considering being proactive regarding talent management which would include building a strong robust pool from which you can extract strong candidates to fill business critical positions. Though all that is easier said than done. Building a strong talent pool requires accurate forecasting, an enriched culture and employer brand and strong acquisition abilities and practices. Only with...

Why the Five Year Plan is Dead

Posted by on May 23, 2017 in Transformational Leadership |

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...

How to be a Star in Your Second Interview

Posted by on May 18, 2017 in Personal Growth |

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...

How the Digital Age Has Empowered Businesses

Posted by on May 16, 2017 in Transformational Leadership |

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...

5 Extraordinary Influencers Shaping Asia

Posted by on May 11, 2017 in Gender Inclusion |

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...

The Crisis of Shrinking Half-Life of Skills

Posted by on May 9, 2017 in Transformational Leadership |

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...

4 In-Flight Habits of Successful People

Posted by on May 4, 2017 in HR Tips, Tools & Resources |

If you’re like me there’s a good chance you travel a lot thanks to work. Each flight you take eats into your time. Whether it’s the commute to the airport, waiting at the lounge or the long flight itself, you’re wasting away time that could very easily be productively utilized. In all my years of traveling, I’ve never let this time truly go to waste. In fact, like any successful person, I’ve used my in-flight time to be very productive. The best part of using your in-flight time productively is that it passes by quicker and you feel a lot more accomplished. It truly does give you that peace...

How To Align Your Talent to Your Growth

Posted by on May 2, 2017 in Transformational Leadership |

If you’ve made the strategic decision to steer your company towards rapid growth you’ve most likely adopted those characteristics that are commonly found in exponential organizations. What you and your talent are now focusing on is realizing the company’s massive transformative purpose while relying on useful information and being innovative and customer centered. That’s great, but are you certain that each individual within your organization has subscribed to this plan? Are you able to align your talent to the rapid growth that’s to come? Taking a look at all the innovation that’s occurring around us and the disruptions that keep surfacing we now understand that our business model has...

5 Things Companies Do To Establish A Great Corporate Culture

Posted by on Apr 27, 2017 in HR Tips, Tools & Resources |

Having an awesome product that enjoys a sizeable market alone isn’t going to ensure success. Hiring top talent from the market also isn’t going to help you achieve that. Today’s workforce demands a great corporate culture. And it’s no longer optional for companies to establish a cultural brand that’s unique, innovative and conducive to its talent. For the workforce today it’s as important as salary and benefits. You could say a company’s success is directly proportionate to its vibrant and great corporate culture. Your culture is and should be unique to your company, its core ideology and philosophy and its purpose. What your company aspires for is what your...

How To Transform Into An Exponential Organization

Posted by on Apr 25, 2017 in Transformational Leadership |

The business model employed by organizations that most of us grew up with or heard of in the 20th century is what will kill them in the 21st. For organizations to sustain themselves, continue growing, remain relevant and even survive the massive paradigm shift we’re experiencing in the 21st century they’ll need to shift their mindset. And that mindset is commonly found in an exponential organization which analyzes disruptive scenarios and the emerging ecosystems to challenge its competitors and make its mark in the industry – in fact the world. We live in a digital and exponential age where organizations like Airbnb, Amazon, Uber, Google, Tesla, Netflix are disrupting...