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In China The Disagreement Is In The Details

In China The Disagreement Is In The Details

I am currently on my way back home from my third visit to China in just 6 weeks. I love working there, as it epitomizes my reason for making Asia my home: opportunities and growth. I have been working with the leadership team of a USD 1.3 billion company on their transformation … Continued

The Engagement Flywheel

The Engagement Flywheel

Last Friday, Engage Consulting recognized the winners of the Best Place to Work Awards during an intimate lunch at a local restaurant. Winners DHL and Runners up P&G and ICI were all in attendance to receive their awards. When getting leaders together from three companies that are … Continued

Workplace Infidelity

Workplace Infidelity

The results of our Pakistan Talent Barometer study are out and some of the findings are striking. More than ever, employees are looking for opportunities outside their own workplace. In 2011 around 52% of all employees were actively looking for other opportunities and this … Continued

The Fear of Losing Power

The Fear of Losing Power

As business leaders are often driven by quarterly results and share prices, politicians are often led by votes and opinion polls. Myanmar’s democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who last week was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in Washington D.C., is a rare exception … Continued

Collaborating Cultures

Collaborating Cultures

I was in China last week, helping an organization in building commitment and alignment in their management teams. I assisted their CEO in his desire to create a transformation agenda for the company. This was exciting stuff, not only because of the topic but because it … Continued

How Is Your Company’s Management Team Performing?

How Is Your Company’s Management Team Performing?

From my experience, getting a company’s management team to become a high performing team is a grueling challenge. One of the main reasons is that management teams are almost never a team in the real sense of the word. They often represent a function, division, geography or … Continued

Take Charge Before The Whistle Blows

Take Charge Before The Whistle Blows

Yesterday the IRS announced that ex-UBS banker Bradley Birkenfeld would be receiving a reward of $104 million for blowing the whistle on UBS for assisting tax invasion of 4,500 American clients in Switzerland. In case you didn’t get that number: 104,000,000 US Dollars… Woah! That is an … Continued

Top Talent Investment

Top Talent Investment

The previous CEO of Engro Corp, Asad Umer, did what most leaders should do – he directly interacted with the talent in his organization. He invited them over for special events in which he engaged them in conversations that were important for the company and took the opportunity to directly … Continued

The Balancing Act

The Balancing Act

Anyone who has ever been deeply committed to their job, knows that managing a successful career while having a healthy personal life is almost next to impossible. Professionals deal with the challenge of trying to find the perfect balance between family and work life on a daily basis … Continued

2012 Best Place to Work Highlights

2012 Best Place to Work Highlights

Over the past three years, Engage Consulting has gained a tremendous amount of insight into what makes a company the ‘best place to work’ in Pakistan, and together with research done across the world we know that organizations whose employees are strongly engaged with the … Continued

Learning with Leon: My Q&A with Leon Menezes

Leon Menezes’s 18 year work experience in Human Resources, Marketing & Sales, and Customer Services provides him with an imperative perspective in understanding and maximizing business opportunities. Leon joined Shell Pakistan Limited in early 2001 and since then he has been serving as General Manager Human Resources – Pakistan. – PK: Do you think HR … Continued

Yes Sahib (Yes Boss)

Having spent almost a decade in South Asia, I am still not used to the “Sahib” culture. Maybe my Dutch egalitarian values are so deeply rooted that I still can’t get used to it, or maybe it is my aversion to being given a specific title of importance. Some of my desi friends who are … Continued