Does the candidate fit with the team?

Image of businesswoman connecting elements of white puzzleWhile efficiently allocating resources is a major concern for economists, effectively selecting talents is a major concern for both managers and human resources.

Everything on earth has a value – even if it does not have a price (e.g. air) or is apparently not useful (e.g. garbage) – when put in the right place. Everyone in the universe has his/her unique value – even if he/she has not yet completely uncovered it – when assigned to the right team.

Puzzles illustrate this point vividly. If the shape of a piece does not fit its surrounding pieces, it does not mean that it has no value, rather that it has been misplaced. Value depends on the circumstances and the degree of fit.

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Mistakes and The Dream Model

DWhat is your dream? A typical question in Chinese writing exams is to write about “your dream”. Dreams are not what you experiment when you are asleep, nor are they mere illusions of the future.

Dreams are desired destinations we can reach or get close to. They give us the required fuel to go further and replenishes us of energy to excel. A memorable quote by Langston Hughes pictures for us the power of dreams:

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Management: a simple how-to guide

Businessman Drawing Goal WordAchieving objectives is at the core of management. What should be done to get the desired results has been synthesised and abstracted in numerous theories.

One of the most prominent theories was offered by Henry Fayol, who said that management consisted of the following six functions: forecasting, planning, organizing, commanding, coordinating and controlling.

While people who have studied business administration are all familiar with this list, it is also interesting to see what we can find in a business dictionary. One definition states that management is about creating corporate policy, organizing, planning, controlling, and directing an organization’s resources.

Both lists of functions provide us a good guideline of what is needed to attain successful management. Unfortunately, they are both theory oriented and hard to remember and apply. Allow me, therefore, to provide a simple description of how to manage, either your business, your career or your own life.
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In business, who is the king?

king photoIn chess as in war, there is a clearly identifiable king. We know who has the power and who we have to protect until the end. The king is the most important figure and is decisive for the end game result. If knowing who the king in chess is can help us prioritise our moves, knowing who the king in business is can guide us in our decisions. 

Business is undoubtedly more complicated than chess. There are far more people and factors involved than the 16 pieces each player has on the chess board.   This complexity also contributes to the difficulty of decision-making in business. Surely, there are lots of considerations to take into account. We need, however, a guideline for most business decisions. Who is the king that will in the end count? 

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