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Small Talk: Leadership tips from most admired companies

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Singapore – Senior managers seemsto share two things in common – recognising the value of engagement and a common distrust of emails.

The annual list of the world’s most admired companies by FORTUNE magazine was announced this week, and leaders from those organisations shared their secrets in motivating and engaging staff.

“What we’re trying to foster at Google is a culture where you speak up if it’s not going the way you thought or if you think there’s a way to make it better,” Sarah Robb said. She is the head of people operations for general and administration at Google in Asia Pacific (APAC).

Narihiko Uemura, managing director for Sony Electronics in Singapore and APAC, added that bonding with employees over lunch or at out-of-office activities can help leaders understand their teams better.

Google and Sony Electronics practise seeking feedback from employees to ensure they are inspired and motivated to work by conducting engagement surveys and engaging them in regular dialogue.

However, while still on the topic on conversations, executives in the US are finding emails a waste of time.

According to the Jive Social Business Index 2011 conducted by research firm Penn Schoen Berland for Jive Software, two thirds of them believe that social networks will “fundamentally change the way people share, connect and learn at work”.

This week, Small Talk also explores why a British banker decided to ditch the corporate world and become a witch doctor instead. Additionally, find out why employees in the US are afraid to leave their jobs.

This is despite nearly half of them reporting they have been working for a bad boss, or managers who make their working environments tough.

Written by Sabrina Zolkifi

July 8, 2011 at 12:42 pm

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