September 23, 2013

Make Your Employee’s First Day Special

first-day-at-new-jobI’ll never forget my first day at my first job after university in September 1993.

It sucked.

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May 3, 2013

I’m Hiring!

ITviec IT jobs in Vietnam

I believe that Vietnamese technology professionals have the ability to be some of the best in the world.

That’s why I’m launching, a new job website 100% focused on technology and IT jobs in Vietnam.  Continue reading →

December 6, 2012

Leadership Minute — What’s In It For Them?

November 22, 2012

Tony Fernandes — “Dream The Impossible”

“In AirAsia we consider ourselves basically a dream factory…We deliberately decided that we wanted a company where people can pursue their passion and we wanted to make use of all the talent that we have in-house.  The culture that we have stems from the fact that we want openness and we want people to be creative and passionate about what they do. In order to do that, we’ve got to inspire them.”

Tony Fernandes
CEO and Founder

Tony Fernandes is above all things a dreamer.

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October 21, 2012

Leadership Minute — Hire Someone Into Their Next Job

Today I’m introducing a new feature, the “Leadership Minute.”  Each Leadership Minute will contain a short learning from my leadership experience.  I hope they add value to each of you! Continue reading →

September 24, 2012

Show Confidence in a Job Interview

Nigel Morris: “Would you bet the interview on it?”

Screwing up a big job interview taught me how important it is to show confidence.

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December 13, 2011

Head to Head CEO Forum on VITV

Recently I returned to the “Diá»…n Đàn CEO,” or “CEO Forum” program on VITV.

Mr. Hà, the host, felt that the viewers would find two CEOs more engaging than one (maybe by creating some drama and getting us to argue?).  I invited an outstanding CEO I met a few months ago, Mr. Trần Trọng Kiên.  He is founder and CEO of Buffalo Tours, one of Vietnam’s largest and most successful tour companies.  Not only a great CEO, but a super cool and interesting guy.

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November 28, 2011

Recruit a Superstar Team, Today! – AmCham Event Thursday 1 December

I’m speaking at an American Chamber of Commerce breakfast event on Thursday, 1 December.  The topic is “Become a ‘Recruiting Psychic’ and Build a Superstar Team, Today!”

When: Thursday, December 1st 2011 from 8:00 am to 10:30 am
Where: Renaissance Riverside Hotel, 8-15 Ton Duc Thang Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

Click here for more details and to register.

November 26, 2011

Giving a Job Offer – Make the Candidate Feel Like a Winner

When your people feel like winners they’re happier and perform better.

When I graduated from business school in May 1999 I was killing myself to get a job in the dot com industry.  I landed an offer with  I was ecstatic.

But the cash part of the offer was very low.  Given living expenses and student loans it would be tough to make ends meet.  I asked for more money.

The answer was a blunt “No, this is the offer.  Take it or leave it.”

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October 1, 2011

Homework is Good

How a candidate responds to homework is a telling indicator of future performance.

I LOVE to give homework.

I give candidates homework in order to predict the future and see whether a candidate will be a good fit in our team.  Giving homework yields so much valuable information I’m amazed everyone doesn’t do it.

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