Category Archives: Work

Big data and Evidence-based Management

An intriguing article by the NY Times recently on the growing influence of data analysis in HR: These are some of the startling findings of an emerging field called work-force science. It adds a large dose of data analysis, a … Continue reading

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Why is John Kotter still talking about management vs leadership?

Former Harvard Business School professor John Kotter is a leading authority on the topic of leadership. So when he speaks, people listen. Unfortunately, his recent article on Harvard Business Review dragged out for yet another public airing the tired decades-old … Continue reading

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Is The Way We’re Working, Working?

“The Way We’re Working isn’t Working: The Four Forgotten Needs That Energize Great Performance” is a book by Tony Schwartz, Jean Gomes, and Catherine McCarthy on how we should manage our energy levels for maximum personal effectiveness. But this isn’t the … Continue reading

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A Zen story

I heard a charming, short Zen story recently. A young monk asked an old monk: “Master, what is the secret of enlightenment?” The old monk replied: “Eat when you are hungry, sleep when you are tired.” It wasn’t the first … Continue reading

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Top 10 excuses for not paying on time

A big part of running your own company is making sure that you are paid on time. Actually my expectations have gone down so much I’m happy as long as I’m paid what I’m owed – the “on-time” part is … Continue reading

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Sun Tzu: War on Business by James Sun

There is a new documentary series currently airing on Channel News Asia called Sun Tzu: War on Business. The name is a twist on the name of the host, James Sun of NBC’s The Apprentice fame (James was the first … Continue reading

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Tough jobs to hire for

Two business associates from different industries lamented to me about the same problem recently: it’s hard to hire delivery drivers. It’s easy to see why. The job involves long hours of driving, usually requires lifting of heavy goods, and doesn’t … Continue reading

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