Tag: human resource management

The Element by Sir Ken Robinson: A Book Review

February 29th, 2012   •   6 comments   

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If you’ve never heard of Sir Ken Robinson, you obviously haven’t followed the TED series of inspirational talks.

A renowned thinker in the the “development of human potential”, Robinson spoke about the need to reinvent education to better develop the diverse talents, aptitudes and passions of individuals all over the world.
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Should You Hire the Generalist or the Specialist?

December 13th, 2011   •   1 comment   


Should you hire a General (like Cao Cao) or a highly specialised Sniper? (courtesy of Rongwen’s blog)

In the Human Resource function of any organisation, an age-old dilemma commonly exists.

Should a company hire somebody with years of vertical expertise with deep and specialised knowledge in a niche area? Should it instead recruit somebody with horizontal expertise (ie a generalist) who may even hail from an entirely different profession or industry altogether? How about a candidate with a mixture of both horizontal and vertical areas of specialisation?

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How Tightly Should You Manage Your Team?

December 5th, 2011   •   no comments   


Should you control your subordinate’s every move? (courtesy of River Empowerment)

There are two major schools of thought in leadership and management.

The first approach is the older “Command and Control” style. Here, an authoritative leader uses a clearly domineering way of getting things done. Charging ahead like a bull, he/she will steamroll over anything – or anybody – who gets in his or her way. Instructions given are clear, specific and often unidirectional. Its “my way or the highway”.
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How to Engage Your Employees Effectively

July 20th, 2011   •   no comments   

Universal Studios Grand Opening - 28 May 2011
Managers should lead by example and be there when it matters (Universal Studios Singapore)

Leadership and management are two of the most difficult tasks any manager needs to do in today’s organisation. The new rules of work mandate that hierarchical ways of bossing people around will no longer work. Against such a backdrop, how does one engage one’s team members effectively and impactfully?

John Hallenbeck, Vice President (Park Operations) of Universal Studios Singapore together with Shaun McKeogh, Training and Development Manager of Ferrari World (Abu Dhabi, UAE) shared some useful tips on staff engagement at the IAAPA Asian Attractions Expo 2011. These strategies are namely:

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What Truly Motivates Us

February 11th, 2011   •   1 comment   

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Photo by Kris Krug

If you don’t already know it, paying people more money – at least beyond a certain point – will not result in better performance. In fact, the old carrot-and-stick approach to management is broken.

That’s what bestselling author and careerist Daniel Pink claims. According to the motivational speaker and writer, higher financial incentives only work for traditionally mechanistic roles – manufacturing tasks, book-keeping, software programming and the like.
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Who Should You Hire?

January 3rd, 2011   •   1 comment   


Courtesy of Diverse Connections

One of the key strategies in the Human Resource function of any organisation is to hire the right people at the right price. While human capital are the most important assets in any organisation, the process of recruitment is often more like a “hit and miss” strategy which usually depend on the following factors:

1) How well the candidates write (assuming that they have done it themselves)

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Divergent and Creative Thinking

October 28th, 2010   •   no comments   

There are two modes of cognitive reasoning that are universally defined: convergent and divergent thinking.

Convergent thinking is the one that is more frequently employed at work, in schools, and often at home. It is a form of thinking employing deductive reasoning, which looks at bringing together information that is focussed on solving a problem. Often, convergent thinking is useful for situations where a single correct solution exists. Such modes of thinking are commonly employed in scientific, engineering, financial and other analytical fields (like much of Police work).


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I am Drowning and Need More Staff!

October 14th, 2010   •   1 comment   

Source: RootsWeb.com

One of the most common cries in management – especially in a fast growing economy – is this:

“Help! I need more manpower! Without additional staff to do this and that and that, I’ll be unable to deliver my project/targets/sales figures/etc!”

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From Vertical Ladders to Multidirectional Lattices

August 24th, 2010   •   no comments   


MC Escher’s “Relativity” courtesy of Nexxgen

As I was listening to my favourite podcasts from Harvard Business Review, I came across the idea of the Corporate Lattice, which was also the title of a book by Cathy Benko and Molly Anderson of Deloitte. It was a fascinating concept in organisational management which debunked the still widely followed traditional hierarchical organisation, while still providing some semblance of order.

According to Deloitte,

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Talent Attraction through Social Media

August 22nd, 2010   •   no comments   

Source: The Sirona Says Blog

In an age where the competition for talents becomes red hot, the most important strategy that any organisation needs to have is to get the right people in, motivate, retain and develop them. With more and more Singaporeans spending a large amount of time online, it is critical that any HR recruitment strategy should examine how social networks and channels could be deployed in the fierce battle for talent.

In my view, there are two key ways to a social recruiting strategy: develop compelling organisational content, and leverage on the right channels and connections.
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