Leading People

September 23, 2013

Make Your Employee’s First Day Special

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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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June 21, 2013

“If it were easy we wouldn’t need you.”

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Hercules and the Hydra

I’ve found that sometimes a small saying goes a long way to help someone get motivated.  Continue reading →

April 28, 2013

It Is Not The Critic Who Counts

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I love this quote from Teddy Roosevelt, 26th President of the USA:

The-Man-In-The-Arena1“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.  The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; Continue reading →

April 13, 2013

Make Salary Increase Requests Work For You

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salary increaseMost bosses hate it when one of their people asks for more money.

I love it.  Here’s why.

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December 5, 2012

What It’s All About

A few days ago I received an email from a friend and regular reader of this website, Tho.  She just graduated from university and is in her first leadership position.

Tho’s email made my day and reminded me why I started this website.

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November 29, 2012

Job Lifespan Theory

Job Lifespan Theory

Everyone knows that human beings are born, grow up, age and pass away.  It’s a natural cycle.  Some cycles are longer, some are shorter, but in the end they’re all the same.  No one gets out alive.

Jobs are the same way.

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November 22, 2012

Tony Fernandes — “Dream The Impossible”

Tony Fernandes

“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
AirAsia

Tony Fernandes is above all things a dreamer.

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November 1, 2012

Yet More Leadership Books You Should Read

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“I cannot live without books.”
– Thomas Jefferson

More outstanding leadership books that have influenced me.

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October 29, 2012

Christa Foley — Secrets of Zappos Culture

Christa Foley Zappos Culture

“If you have a culture that creates an environment where employees can be themselves, where they’re encouraged and inspired to grow, to be creative, to always be learning, you’re going to attract top talent. You’re going to have a lower turnover. You’re going to have inspired and happy employees.”

Christa Foley
Senior Human Resources Manager at Zappos.com

Zappos.com is famous for having a unique culture that inspires uncommon loyalty and spirit among team members.  I spoke to Christa about what culture means and how Zappos Culture has helped to make Zappos one of the most successful online retailers in the world.

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October 21, 2012

Leadership Minute — Hire Someone Into Their Next Job

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 →