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Self-efficacy: Why belief in your own success matters


One is living proof that prosperity is not the end all and be all of the national aspirations. Another is wracked by the undeniable deadweight of affirmative action for a racial majority. The third has been known as the “Sick Man of Asia” for decades after being an economic star in the 1960s, second only to Japan. Is there a common thread running through these three distinct narratives?

Self-efficacy: Why belief in your own success matters2019-01-10T18:04:37+08:00

Do leaders have to choose? Words vs. action


“If a man carrying half a bucket of water passes you by, you can hear all kinds of water sputtering. If, however, he carries a full bucket of water, it will be much quieter.” When it is only half full, the bucket is lighter and is likely to shake back and forth, whereas a full bucket will be steady because it becomes heavier.

Do leaders have to choose? Words vs. action2019-04-05T16:01:36+08:00

Want win-win solutions? Try empathy


At the heart of Design Thinking is empathy. What drives the other parts of the process – from prototyping to iteration – is a desire to give a seriously impactful solution to a seriously problematic pain point. And the beauty of Design Thinking and empathy is that it can be applied to increasingly sophisticated areas from products and services to culture, policies, interactions, and experiences.  

Want win-win solutions? Try empathy2019-01-10T20:31:26+08:00

Same solution, seen 100 ways: How companies make innovation part of their DNA


One such way is to “invest but only a little bit.” Companies need to understand that small tweaks and just a comfortable amount of investments are enough to make creative problem solving, iteration, and innovation a part of their DNA.

Same solution, seen 100 ways: How companies make innovation part of their DNA2018-12-20T20:12:34+08:00

Are you a value-creating leader?


While the ideation and synthesis phases often require decision-making and discussion, during prototyping a more fluid and organic interaction came into play. The team members were still making decisions, but they did so by visualizing and, quite literally, building on each other’s ideas. To some extent, I would argue that Eastern cultures were more comfortable with this way of working than Western cultures, which tend to be more comfortable in discussing and debating a focus point or idea.

Are you a value-creating leader?2018-12-12T18:25:09+08:00