Tag: organisational behaviour

The 8 Ds of Great Leaders

March 23rd, 2014   •   1 comment   

Hopefully, this doesn’t happen at your workplace (source of image)

Leadership is something that many aspire to have but few truly achieve. It is a long and winding road that requires special qualities which sets these extraordinary human beings from the mere mortals. Often, being a leader requires courage, sacrifice and that extra “oomph”.

What should a great leader have to differentiate himself or herself from the hoi polloi? For ease of remembrance, let us call these the 8 Ds of leadership.

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Rework: A Book Review

January 30th, 2013   •   1 comment   

“Policies are organisational scar tissue. They are codified overreactions to situations that are unlikely to happen again. They are collective punishment for the misdeeds of an individual”

With excerpts like that, you can be sure that Rework by founders of 37Signals Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson isn’t an ordinary book on entrepreneurship. Divided into 12 short chapters on various aspects of business – from progress to productivity and competitors to culture – Rework is a compelling read.
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The Power of Positive Stories

November 9th, 2012   •   no comments   

Jesus certainly knows the power of good stories! (courtesy of Life with Da Man CD)

Since time immemorial, storytelling has influenced billions around the globe.

We’ve all heard of cave men and women sitting around a fireplace, listening intently as a wizened elder regaled the tribe with heroic chronicles of his younger days.

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The Basics of Organisational Behaviour

November 5th, 2012   •   no comments   

A screaming staff beckons deeper investigation (courtesy of Bay Integrated Marketing)

Have you wondered why your colleague is so irritating? Pissed off by a boss who seem to disagree with everything you propose? Or frustrated by a “stubborn” subordinate who only wants to do things his way?

If you hope to improve your working environment (assuming you do not want to quit), it may be useful to consider the three key variables determining how your organisation behaves. These are its Beliefs, Values and Attitudes as represented in the chart below (thanks to Docmo).
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Hedonic Arbitrage – A Formula for Happiness

October 13th, 2012   •   no comments   

Hedonic Arbitrage
Courtesy of AsiaPacFinance.com

One of the great life lessons I’ve learned from a former boss is the principle of Hedonic Arbitrage.

Hedonic what? Well, let us begin with some definitions.
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Insights from an Invading Alien

November 7th, 2010   •   no comments   

Singapore’s Most Common Bird – the Javan Mynah (courtesy of Taking Up The Challenge)

That bird above, the Javan Myna (Acridotheres javanicus), is the most common bird species in Singapore. You can see its black feathered wings with dashes of white fluttering everywhere around our island.

The Javan Myna has an amazingly liquid voice that allows it to imitate a range of calls into its repertoire, emanating through its characteristically yellow beak. It nests practically everywhere – on buildings, on trees, in padi fields, in drains, in roofs – and is abundantly successful in almost every habitat.
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The Push of Psychological Sways

October 19th, 2010   •   1 comment   

Written in a style reminiscent of Malcolm Gladwell, “Sway – The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behaviour” by Ori and Rom Brafman explores how seemingly irrelevant psychological influences impact human decisions. Peppered with anecdotes and experiments from social psychology, behavioural economics and organisational behaviour, Sway tells us why much of our decision making is more often subjective than objective.

Citing fascinating examples from the Israeli Army, US’s Supreme Court, Who Wants To Be a Millionaire, and the anthropological fraud known as the “Piltdown Man“, the Brafman brothers’ weave a compelling narrative in the slim volume. Backed by scientific research, the case studies help to illustrate various psychological phenomena throughout the book. They include:

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