12/12/2017
What are the three technology trends that can impact HR in 2018?
8/12/2017
How does a large hotel group like Marriott recruit and retain talent? Andrew P. Newmark explains this and shares more about the company’s culture. How HR supports
6/12/2017
How do you define a leader? Words and descriptions that come to my mind are vision, inspiring others, transparency, execution. Maybe you think of phrases like sets the tone, pushes for what they believe in, and balances company and employees’ interests.
4/12/2017
How is working with an independent professional consultant different from working in a corporate set-up or with a traditional consulting firm?
1/12/2017
What book has impacted the way you think?
28/11/2017
Call centres have been around since the 1960s, gaining mainstream attention when employees were seen wearing telephone headsets on televised NASA Mission Control Center events.
27/11/2017
How will technology impact and improve HR? An artificial intelligence (AI) and big data company’s co-founder shares how data improves decision-making: for employers who are hiring, and for professionals to know what skills are in-demand.
23/11/2017
What is the benefit of encouraging employees to be entrepreneurial and to follow their interests? Tata Communications’ Chief Human Resources Officer shares the programmes and benefits that have been borne out of this mind-set.
21/11/2017
CXA-- a company that is in startup mode-- has defined their competitive edge: focus on upskilling and reskilling employees.
17/11/2017
Chatbots may solve a recruiter's biggest headache: asking the same introductory question to dozens of candidates. While chatbots may eventually be used for senior-level hires, here is how they can be used to initially screen entry-level hires.
15/11/2017
Though there are challenges for SMEs that are expanding into the region and expatriating talent, preparation is the key to success. Why is it important for Singaporean small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to expand in the region?
13/11/2017
The IKEA brand is well known for its customer experience: walk through their warehouse-like stores, maybe eat an order of Swedish meatballs at the café, and then go home to build your newly purchased furniture. But what makes it a fun place to work?
9/11/2017
How does an average team become a high-performing one? Jamil Qureshi, a performance coach and psychologist, has coached business leaders, English Premier football clubs, Formula 1 racecar drivers, and many top golfers.
6/11/2017
Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, Chairman and CEO of Ayala Corporation, the holding company of one of the largest and oldest business groups in the Philippines, spoke to HQ Asia, sharing his views on leadership, Filipino talent, and Ayala’s talent recruitment.
3/11/2017
"When people go to work, they shouldn't have to leave their hearts at home." – Betty Bender. This may seem like an obvious premise for developing an employee value proposition (EVP), but it is not always that easy.
1/11/2017
What has surprised you in your life?
30/10/2017
Businesses, governments, and individuals are all focused on utilising and leveraging technology. With initiatives like Smart Nation and Smart Home, the question becomes how do we protect ourselves and our technologies against vulnerabilities?
27/10/2017
HQ Asia speaks with Junjie Zhou of Shopee about talent development for both emerging and mid- to senior-level talent. Zhou also shares how they have scaled from 10 employees to over 2,000 in less than three years.
24/10/2017
HQ Asia speaks with Bob White, APAC President for Medtronic, about leading during times of change and uncertainty, and how to create organisational culture.
13/10/2017
Recent research claims that short personal conversations stimulate creative exchange during the workplace.
13/10/2017
Dr Michael Daniels, Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia, Canada, examines the business case for female participation in business, asking what we can learn from the Philippines, one of Asia’s most forward-thinking countries when it comes to advancing
13/10/2017
HQ Asia sat down with Stefan Doboczky, CEO of Lenzing AG, an Austrian manufacturer of manmade cellulose fibres and a firm with a reputation for technological pioneering, to ask him what has influenced his philosophy of leadership, and get his advice for Asia’s emerging le
13/10/2017
In this article, HQ Asia discusses the final two roles that HR executives need to play to effectively develop global Asian leaders.
12/10/2017
Through this interview with UOB’s Managing Director of Business Banking Mr Mervyn Koh, we gain insight into how this bank is readying its people for the future UOB’s success
10/10/2017
How will technology shape the future of work? How can HR make the best out of these changes? Ravin Jesuthasan, Managing Director and Global Practice Leader, Talent & Rewards, Willis Towers Watson, answers these questions and more.
10/10/2017
It takes the ability to influence, to inspire, to unify. At the 2017 Singapore Human Capital Summit, first held in 2008, we explored how to lead in these uncertain and volatile times.
9/10/2017
Technology and Digitisation. A highly wired, agile and mobile workforce. The emergence of the millennial generation. These three are all rapidly changing the rules of the employment game.
2/10/2017
Gabrielle Dolan, an expert on authentic leadership and storytelling and author of Stories for Work, sat down with Sara Moulton, Editor of HQ Asia, for a discussion on how established and emerging leaders can create impact with stories
1/10/2017
As we enter the last quarter of the year, let us take a few minutes to reflect on what we have accomplished so far in 2017. And identify what we want to still get done before December 31st.  
18/09/2017
Sectors such as retail have felt it like a tsunami, with relatively new players such as eCommerce platforms Amazon and Alibaba growing rapidly, taking market share and forcing change at traditional brick-and-mortar retailers.
18/09/2017
The boundaries between our personal lives and work are becoming more blurred. As this influences the nature and impact of our voice, we must also ask ourselves the wider implications of the way we communicate, including well-being and autonomy.
18/09/2017
What are the five themes influencing the workplace evolution taking place across Asia, and how will AI impact the role of the HR leader? John Antos, Vice President of Strategy & Marketing, at ADP, shares recent research on the evolution of work and AI.
1/09/2017
Welcome to HQ Asia’s new home! I hope you will take some time to explore the fresh site, our articles, and our offerings.
23/08/2017
We had an interview with Yazad Dalal, Head of Human Capital Management (HCM) Cloud Applications at Oracle (Asia Pacific), who shared how Oracle utilises Cloud and analytics in human capital management to develop a versatile, future ready workforce.
15/08/2017
Heekyung Min, an Executive Vice President at Korea’s CJ Corporation, is a rarity in global business. A Korean female business leader with worldwide experience across diverse sectors, she speaks to HQ Asia about her career to date.
27/07/2017
In October 2016, the Human Capital Leadership Institute is launching a research initiative, Leadership Mosaics Across Asia, to help companies develop global leaders from the region.
27/07/2017
Two Asian entrepreneurs – Deep Kalra of Makemytrip.com and Naoaki Mashita of V-Cube – share key lessons they learnt in their quest to build a successful business venture in the region.
27/07/2017
How ready are Southeast Asia’s emerging leaders to lead across borders? Human Capital Leadership Institute assesses their ability to navigate a volatile and uncertain world, engage across global boundaries and adapt to different cultures.
5/07/2017
HQ Asia speaks with the Head of Insight & Futures at the CIPD about AI technologies shaping the future of work and the impact these can have on individuals, organisations and society.
28/06/2017
Mark Hon may wear many hats, but he is an entrepreneur at heart. He speaks with HQ Asia about what it takes to be an entrepreneur. He shares advice for those who want to create a start-up and what the start-up scene looks like in Singapore.
27/06/2017
HCLI continues to help organisations accelerate human capital and leadership development in Asia, for a globalised Asia. One of its ways of doing so is to drive pan-Asian research – for Asia, from Asia.
22/06/2017
What two things are front of mind for Mastercard’s CEO Ajay Banga?
20/06/2017
How are the 2017 global trends – growth by design, a shift in what we value, a workplace for me and the quest for insight -- affecting the workplace and employees?
19/06/2017
HQ Asia spoke with Heinrich Jessen, Chairman of Jebsen & Jessen (SEA) Pte Ltd, on leading a family-owned business and the unique challenges
15/06/2017
Most companies focus their hiring strategies on strengths or what candidates can do. They assess the qualities and skills that are supposed to enhance job performance, and subsequently test whether candidates are likely to display those qualities once on the job.
14/06/2017
HQ Asia speaks with Jan Anne Schelling, Vice President for HR, Asia Pacific about how DSM is developing female leaders, barriers that women need to overcome to get to global roles and how DSM supports the advancement of female leaders.
5/06/2017
“The machine doesn’t care about psychological problems like sacrificing a stronger piece. It looks at immediate returns.
1/06/2017
These are interesting times in the world and it makes sense for HR professionals to take a pause. Take stock of what is happening and to be able to articulate the emergent themes and patterns in their organisation.
24/04/2017
For most of the past two decades the talent challenge in China was finding enough qualified managers and executives to keep up with double-digit growth.
19/04/2017
HQ Asia speaks with Medtronic HR about its innovative human capital practices and how HR can think strategically and add value to business
14/02/2017
Boards play a critical role in guiding and evaluating the executive team and their strategy. But who is responsible for guiding and evaluating the board itself? New research suggests many boards are ‘marking their own homework’.
3/02/2017
Stop. Take a breath. Just observe the natural flow of your breath, letting go of anything that’s on your mind for a few minutes.
31/01/2017
While design thinking and human-centered thinking stem from the same ideology, HQ Asia Editor, Sara Moulton, takes the view that being human-centered is employee-focused while design thinking is user or client-focused.
26/01/2017
Why do some people become CEOs and others don’t? Why do some Chief Executive Officers thrive while others fail? What separates an outstanding leader from an average one?
19/01/2017
Thomas Riber Knudsen, CEO of Damco Asia (part of the Maersk Group) has stayed with one company throughout his professional career: 26 years in all.
6/01/2017
Peter Williamson, an Honorary Professor of International Management at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, examines how one Asian giant of e-commerce adapted to volatility in the trickiest but most rewarding of ways: by rewiring its mindset
5/01/2017
How does a startup become Singapore’s first billion-dollar internet company? Sea (formerly Garena), founded in 2009 by Group CEO and Chairman Forrest Li, aspires to be like the internet giants Alibaba and Tencent Holdings Ltd.
28/12/2016
Sri Lanka’s civil war ended in 2009. As she undergoes a nationwide transformation, economic reforms and re-established goals emerge. Sri Lanka has great plans to become a higher grossing country and an integral leader in global trade.
28/12/2016
Companies in Asia are slow in capturing the value of agile organisations. Understanding the two faces of agile – stability and speed – can help them play to their strengths.
12/12/2016
HQ Asia speaks to Serge Pun, Founder and Chairman of Serge Pun & Associates Limited, to gain valuable insights on the future of Myanmar, and what it takes to be a successful emerging Asian leader.
7/12/2016
Peter Drucker once said, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast”. Given the importance of company culture, what can organisations do to enhance it? One pertinent step is to develop an inspiring leadership communication strategy.
5/12/2016
However the world changes, the pursuit of happiness is an enduring process in our lives. Such endeavours may seem like a personal pursuit, yet Bhutan sees it as a national goal and continues to implement strategies to bring the Bhutanese closer to happiness.
21/11/2016
Credit Suisse’s Vice Chairman for Asia Pacific, Lito Camacho, shares lessons into how to improve one’s soft skills of leadership.
16/11/2016
Philippe Joubert is the former President of Alstom Power and Deputy CEO of Alstom Group, a Power and Transport Company with 94,000 people around the world and sales of 24 billion euros.
12/11/2016
In the 70s and 80s, Indonesia was a relatively unknown entity in the West; now it's the emerging economic powerhouse of Southeast Asia. The journey of Prijono Sugiarto, President of PT Astra International, parallels that of his homeland.
7/11/2016
In a world where robots, automation and gamification become the norm, how can a workforce adjust to be future-ready? For a start, by becoming more human.
4/11/2016
A conversation with David Chin, former Chief HR Officer of Biosensors International, reveals that business strategies that used to work for Asia are fast becoming irrelevant.
28/10/2016
Human resources is one of the most misunderstood and under-appreciated functions in any organisation. Some of your friends and colleagues may even think of HR as just posting job openings online. So how can HR move from an image of job posters to brand builders?
26/10/2016
In face of the challenges of a growing city, the potential issues surface around densely populated cities signal the need for strategic plans, and building a smart nation could be the solution for the future.
20/10/2016
What will the future of talent look like in Singapore in 2030? Dr Wilson Wong, Head of Insight & Futures at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), shares research on what Singapore could look like in 15 years.
28/09/2016
Are you a foreign leader new to Asia? HCLI’s latest research initiative, Leadership Mosaics Across Asia offers tips that will help you engage your local team in nine Asian markets.
18/08/2016
Grace Sai is the CEO and Co-founder of The Hub Singapore – the country’s pioneering co-working entrepreneurial community that has in the past four years established itself as the go-to place for entrepreneurs and their collaborators.
11/08/2016
During spring 2016, AlphaGo, artificial intelligence developed by Google, defeated two human Go champions, thus breaking a frontier many people and specialists thought would never be possible.
6/06/2016
HQ Asia sat down with Mr Gan Seow Kee, Chairman and Managing Director of ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, for a discussion on how ExxonMobil develops its local leadership pipeline as well as Mr Gan's leadership journey.
27/05/2016
Ones that look like them. As Freud noted, people are basically narcissists. One needs to look no further than the leadership ranks of his or her organisation to find anecdotal evidence.
6/05/2016
Is the Philippines undergoing a ‘brain gain’ as its skilled overseas professionals return home?
3/05/2016
There seems to be no shortage of evidence to tell us that the way we work is transforming.
22/04/2016
Technology will continue to have a great impact on the job market.
18/03/2016
China is in a period of transition marked by rapid changes in market environments, regulations, knowledge and technology. This has implications for leaders as they try to navigate a rapidly changing environment and sustain their organisations’ growth and development.
18/02/2016
Expatriate managers in Thailand face a unique set of opportunities, issues and challenges.
5/02/2016
The Islamic economy as defined by Salaam – Global Islamic Economy Gateway encompasses seven pillars: Food; Finance; Fashion, Art & Design; Travel; Pharmaceuticals & Cosmetics; Digital; and, Media &
1/02/2016
Evan Kuo is the Country Director for a large Taiwanese tech firm’s new development office in Bangalore, India.
11/01/2016
Stephanie Nash sat down for a discussion with HQ Asia on her leadership journey, developing talent and how the Western work environment differs from Asia.
29/12/2015
Lemon Tree Hotels won the Asian Human Capital Award (ACHA) for its innovative human capital practices. Lemon Tree Hotels has approximately 800 employees who are physically or mentally disabled, or opportunity deprived.
10/12/2015
Executives who make organisational blunders may be guilty of turning a blind eye to obvious organisational problems and wilfully ignoring facts when making decisions.
10/12/2015
Is the era of the multinational corporation (MNC) over? Professor Peter Williamson, University of Cambridge, looks at how MNCs can learn from — and compete — with rising local players.
3/12/2015
Dr Mahzarin Banaji is the co-author of Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People. In a conversation with HQ Asia, she talks about ‘mindbugs’ and unconscious biases, and how organisations can deal with these issues
3/12/2015
Is frugality a virtue that business has forgotten? Gerry George, Dean at the Lee Kong Chian School of Business at Singapore Management University, argues that Asia must be cheap to tackle its core issues.
24/11/2015
This article looks at the lost art of questioning in leadership. How should and can leaders re-build their “questioning” faculty, rather than resorting to their comfort zone impulse of “telling”, and more so in the emerging Asian context is examined.
20/11/2015
Julian Persaud, Global Head of Operations, Airbnb Experiences, shares his thoughts on Asia’s technology trends, the leadership styles and skills he values most and the underestimated importance of talent mobility.
12/11/2015
Talent Analytics is a field where various myths prevent HR leaders from unlocking the potential of data. Dr Andreas Raharso debunk the myths, and through examples, shows how companies can use talent analytics to improve their bottom line.
4/11/2015
Heekyung (Jo) Min, Executive Vice President of Global CSV at CJ Corporation, a South Korean conglomerate, spoke to HQ Asia about what it takes to be successful in South Korea, the need for foreign managers to understand Korean culture, what Korean employees value and the
30/10/2015
Antonio Helio Waszyk, former Senior Vice President, Nestlé S.A., was the Southeast Asia Regional Head, as well as the Chairman of Nestlé India. HQ Asia spoke with Waszyk about his life, lessons learnt and his insights into thriving as a global leader.
29/10/2015
Aloke Lohia, founder and Group CEO of Indorama Ventures PCL, a Thailand-based global petrochemical producer and manufacturer of wool yarns, spoke to HQ Asia about insights — drawn from over 30 years of experience working in Thailand — into the Thai national cult
22/10/2015
Dr Bob Aubrey proposes using key development indicators (KDIs) to balance key performance indicators (KPIs) when developing people beyond short-term performance, a concept that is more fully explored in his newest book, Measure of Man.
31/08/2015
HQ Asia sat down with Professor Michael Witt for a discussion on liability of foreignness, the five 'market' clusters that exist within Asia and what companies need to be aware of when entering a new cluster, or region.
18/03/2015
Is humility in an Asian leader a sign of strength or weakness?
3/03/2015
Shanti L Poesposoetjipto is Chairman of PT Samudera Indonesia Tbk, an Indonesian shipping, logistics and port operations organisation.
16/02/2015
As businesses go global, the push for national diversity at the top has grown stronger. But have the upper ranks really become more diverse? Dr Pankaj Ghemawat and Herman Vantrappen discuss the real numbers behind the story.
16/02/2015
The role of the regional president is a tough one. If done well, however, this role has the opportunity to develop local talent, drive business growth and shape the way global headquarters views and interacts with the region.
23/01/2015
As regional HR teams ramp up talent practices in Asia to match global standards, business heads are increasingly expecting HR to create leadership talent that can both lead in Asia and represent the region in the global arena.
29/12/2014
As a company with headquarters in Switzerland that has been operating in Asia for almost 150 years, DKSH has the prototypical outside-in perspective on Asia.
30/11/2014
To better take advantage of the complex and ever-changing business environment of Indonesia and grow through innovation, organisations must maintain an external focus. Dr.
21/11/2014
Dr. William Fung is the younger of the two brothers now helming Hong Kong’s Li & Fung, which designs, sources, develops and distributes consumer goods. HQ Asia speaks to him about the lessons he has learnt working and leading in this global Asian company.
4/11/2014
Dr. Cedomir Nestorovic explains differences in leader behavior in terms of whether he or she focuses on processes or outcomes and explores the role of culture in that focus.
16/10/2014
HQ Asia poses three questions to Amit Lohia, Managing Director of Indorama Corporation, an industry leader in the textiles, synthetics and PET businesses.
9/04/2014
Professor Richard Boyatzis, a Distinguished Professor of Organisational Behavior at Case Western Reserve University distills his top 8 insights on leadership. 1. Meditation not Metrics
31/03/2014
To stay ahead of the curve in high-growth markets, new perspectives on human capital are needed to effectively capitalize on this growth.
4/02/2014
Sunny Verghese, Co-Founder and Group CEO of Olam, shares his reflections on leadership with HQ Asia. 1. Manage the Present from the Future
20/12/2013
Ho Kwon Ping, Executive Chairman of Banyan Tree, spoke with HQ Asia about his personal lessons on leadership. 1. The Difference Between Management & Leadership
8/11/2013
Donald Low, Associate Dean (Research and Executive Education) at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy explains how behavioural economics can help organisations make better decisions.
1/11/2013
The story of one man’s journey from a small village in East Java to senior leadership positions with IBM globally, and now his position as Commissioner of a major Indonesian conglomerate.
5/09/2013
American management thought-leader Gary Hamel talks to HQ Asia about what businesses can learn from the attributes of the Internet.
5/09/2013
Harish Manwani has won awards ranging from CNBC’s Asia Business Leader of the Year award to Singapore’s Public Service Medal. He shares his leadership journey and lessons with HQ Asia. At the time of the interview, he was the global COO of Unilever.
5/09/2013
Aaron Boey has played a critical role in putting brands such as Tiger Beer, Philips and Levi’s on the global map, as well as creating a new global jeanswear brand, Denizen.
5/09/2013
MasterCard’s Ajay Banga is a rarity. Raised and educated in India, he is one of the few Asians to serve as CEO of a major Western MNC.
3/09/2013
Koh Boon Hwee, former chairman of numerous major corporations such as SingTel, Singapore Airlines, and DBS Bank, shares 10 tips on leadership
3/09/2013
In a rapidly changing world, it is critical – and yet surprisingly difficult – for business leaders to engage in continuous learning. Jean-François Manzoni explains why.
12/09/2012
Many companies in Asia are keen to globalise and yet stay Asian. A lot will depend on their ability to develop global leaders from asia. HCLI organised an executive roundtable to understand Asian insights on leadership across borders.
11/09/2012
Kai Foong Tan and Rebecca Siow speak to James Lim, President for Greater Asia at Becton, Dickinson and Company, about his rise to becoming the first Asian to hold this position.

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