A few years into my first job, working for Dr. Henry Kissinger, I asked his secretary why I’d gotten the job. “You seemed dogged and relentless, like a mule who would carry the heaviest load to the top of the mountain.” Not the impression I was going for, but not far from the truth...Read More
*Chairs are a key lever in upgrading the performance of boards*
Results from a recent survey on LinkedIn echoed an earlier poll at the Asia Corporate Governance Association conference in a panel on Board Behavio; grading the performance of the board without strong leadership at the top is an uphill battle.Read More
Board bashing has become fashionable in certain circles. A sort of "can you believe they did that?" schadenfreude detailing the mistakes of the rich and powerful.
What would make a difference in outcomes?Read More
Choosing a partner is as important as any internship, MBA or sponsor but it doesn’t show up on the CV and there aren’t any college counsellors who would dare broach such a subject.
It’s a challenge as we look to prove ourselves at work yet also figure out how to move beyond the “me” phase of adulthood in to a broader network of obligations and ambitions, especially with many couples relying on dual incomes. How do you decide when struggling to find a city you and your partner can both live and work in without both feeling compromised?Read More
Paternity leave has been big in the news lately and on my mind as one of our clients, a man in a big advertising agency in Korea said he was taking a year off for paternity leave. A year? In Korea? Korea was the first Asian country I worked in, in 1998. Most of the conversations with my all male team in the telecom sector went something like this:Read More
“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” - Leo Tolstoy
Have you ever looked at the couple that seems to have it all – lovely children or even lovelier pets, dual incomes, seeming tranquillity? I’ll be honest. These people fascinate me as I imagine the technology breakthroughs, prescription drugs or extreme sense of humour they must have to juggle it all. So, in true Harriet the Spy mode, I tracked down some of these role models. Here’s what I found:Read More