Chinese New Year in Singapore

With 8 an auspicious number for the Chinese we present to you 8 expat tips for Chinese New Year. These tips will help you navigate this special celebration.

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Cultural Inclusion During Meetings

Have you been in cross-cultural meetings where there has been an imbalance in participation with some people contributing more than others? There can be various explanations for this including differing personalities, experience levels, opinions, language skills and interest levels. Alternatively, there may also be cultural explanations due to different communication styles and patterns across cultures. In this article, you will find a series of helpful steps to ensure you have effective, balanced cross-cultural meetings.

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Inclusion and Unconscious Biases

Biases are learnt associations that are automatic, unintentional, deeply ingrained, and influence our behaviour. We pick them up from our environment, such as family members, teachers and media. According to psychologists , we are particularly sensitive to these messages in our early childhood years as we simply absorb the world around us without questioning it . This explains why experiments with kindergarten aged children show that they already ‘know’ what colour of people are ‘good’ or ‘bad’. Therefore our responsibility is enormous. We need to ensure that the next generations know that all people deserve respect and equal and fair treatment from everyone.

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The Importance of Networking – Virtual Networking Tips

Virtual work and virtual networking are the new norm for the foreseeable future, this article explores the importance of networking for your career and provides a few virtual networking tips.

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Asian leaders – Why so few in Western MNCs?

Our workshops on effective communication and collaboration across cultures explore the differences between Asia and the West and how these differences impact companies. This article explores why most Western MNCs lack Asian leaders and how companies can create more diverse and inclusive leadership.

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Gender-Neutral Leadership – Promoting Inclusive Organisations

In the most recent run of our Women in Leadership Learning Journey, we once again asked participants what characteristics and behaviours they feel make good leaders. As with the 16 other runs of this program, the answers were significantly different from the mixed gender or all men’s groups in other programs. While men focus on clear strategies, vision and goals, women seem to favour soft skills and people skills. Does this make women good or bad leaders? How does this impact their performance in leadership roles compared to men?

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8 steps for running effective virtual programs

2020 has forced us all to adapt quickly to the virtual world and we have all faced challenges moving from face to face to online work, teams, events and trainings. In this article, you will find a series of helpful steps that we have used over the last few months to effectively run programs online.

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8 valuable strategies that can advance your career starting today!

Self-awareness is key to personal and professional development. In this article, you will find a series of tips and accompanying self-assessments to help you advance in your career.

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Inclusive Leadership – The Way Forward

We all perform better when we feel respected and valued for who we are and what we contribute. In other words, we all want to work in an inclusive environment. In these challenging ‘remote times’ it is even more important to practice caring, collaborative and inclusive leadership.

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Tips for Managing a Local Remote Team

As organisations are forced to implement remote work arrangements managers must develop skills and techniques to work effectively with their teams. This article offers helpful tips on managing local remote teams.

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Top Tips for Effective Multi-Cultural Virtual Team Meetings

In the globalised business environment, virtual teams are a common organisational structure. This is even more so in today’s crisis-led world. Virtual team meetings are becoming more commonplace than ever. Read on for our top tips on running effective virtual team meetings.

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Are female only leadership programs still needed?

As small yet significant strides are being made towards gender-balanced leadership in organisations, the question of the need for female only leadership programs is a fair one.

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The perfect job fit doesn’t always equal 10/10

Research shows the majority of women only apply for jobs when they meet 100% of the criteria, whereas most men apply when they meet just 60%. There are simple steps we can all take to make the most of career advancement opportunities.

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5 Types of Imposter Syndrome

Deep down you know you are good at your job, but does one small mistake or mishap have you feeling like a complete failure? If so, there is a very good chance you are suffering from imposter syndrome. Individuals suffering from imposter syndrome generally fall into one of five categories. Find out what they are, if you have one, and the tips to help.

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Conference Calls and Culture Clashes

There are many steps that can be taken to improve the clarity, communication and outcomes of conference calls. In this scenario, Andrew Garde, the leader of across-geographic team in a large MNC sits in his Chicago office and dials in for a conference call. On the call is Cheng Yang, the marketing manager in Singapore, and Suwathana, the product manager in Thailand.

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