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Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works

One of the books on my recommended reading list is "Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works" by Roger Martin and A.G. Lafley. It's a very interesting read and I highly recommend it. Roger Martin and A.G. Lafley talk through their experiences at P&G and explain what strategy is for (winning) and what's it's about (choice). If you are interested in how to implement the Playing to Win framework in your organization, I highly recommend picking up a copy of this book. 

Just to give you a taste, have a watch of this Harvard Business Review webinar where Martin shares key insights from his book, Playing to Win.

How to Create an Emotional Connection With Remote Employees

Over the years, working in management roles in global companies, I've come to learn a few things about managing remote employees. Specifically, how to best motivate remote employees and how to keep them engaged and part of the global organization.

Managers at global headquarters are often thrown into a role where they inherit remote employees and simply don't have a clue on how to manage them. Managing someone under the same roof and managing someone half way across the world from you, takes a completely different set of management skills and techniques. Unfortunately, most corporate managers rarely get training in this area, and the ones who suffer tend to be the remote employees. I came across the below article when browsing through Flipbook the other day.

Uber Taxi Service

After using Addison Lee for the past year, I finally gave Uber a try, and I must say...I absolutely loved it! Uber is a car for hire service and is managed through a smartphone mobile app. You basically just fire up the app, identify your location (using your phone's GPS), specify where you want to go, and then book your driver. It even gives you car options, such as a standard, executive, or luxury car for your journey. The app also provides you with your journey's estimated total fare and when you can expect your pickup. 



With computer use increasing more and more and encompassing our lives from every aspect, it’s no wonder the number of headaches, eye strain, and RSI cases caused by computer use are increasing annually. Most people use a computer all day long while at work and the first thing they do when they get home is press that power button on their PC. And then put their eyes on OT for another 4-6 hours. We hardly get outside and focus on objects in the distance. Another problem of focusing on objects for long periods of time is that our muscles get weak to QUICKLY focus on objects.

Getting a job in Japan - Japanese speaking ability...while not a requirement, has its advantages

What are the common industries in Tokyo that cater to non-native Japanese speakers? Okay, well a common question I get when I meet people currently living in Japan as well as traveling through Japan is "do I need to speak Japanese to get a job in Japan?" To answer this question, it really depends on what exactly you mean by a job. Are you looking for something fun that will provide you with a salary and some freedom, or are you looking for something more, such as a career, something that will provide you with a nice salary and potential growth and career advancement?

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