441 results for author: Paul Sohn


Six Principles of Effective Global Talent Management

In the lofty quest of discovering the “best” practices in recruiting, developing, engaging, and retaining the right people, a group of researchers from top business schools (INSEAD, Cornell, Cambridge, and Tilburg) has embarked on a comprehensive study involving  33 multinationals headquartered in 11 countries. I’d like to share their insightful, breakthrough findings were published in the winter issue of the MIT Sloan Management Review. The findings indicated that competitive advantage in talent management did not just come from identifying key activities (e.g., recruiting, training). Rather, these researchers formulated six core principles ...

Create Your Life Plan

If we would only give the same amount of reflection to what we want out of life that we give to the question of what to do with two weeks’ vacation, we would be startled at our false standards and the aimless procession of our busy days.       - Dorothy Canfield Fisher In the Seven Habits of Highly Successful People, bestselling author Stephen Covey says that Habit 2 is to “Begin with the End in Mind.”1 In his excellent book, The E-Myth Revisited, author Michael Gerber makes the ultimate application of this principle. He says, I’d like you to imagine that you are about to attend one of the most important occasions of your life.It ...

Top 30 Books Every Young Influencer Must Read

It's almost a platitude that reading is used as a tool to inspire influencers to grow. If you want to know which top books every young influencer/ leader should read, please read below. You can download here the survey results in the PDF format. Below is a culmination of of what Jason Young and Daniel Decker embarked on - the definitive list of recommended books every young influencer must read. Over 200 people completed the survey, each sharing their top 5 recommended books. That’s nearly 1000 books we combed through and put into a simple, easy to read, downloadable PDF. We listed the books by “Vote” which is basically how ...

Living in the Present Tense

I stumbled across a poem that profoundly struck a chord with me. I think others may think likewise. What amazes me is that this poem is written by a 14 years old Jason Lehman. I wonder how can someone at such a young age could think of such profound and philosophical perspectives. Lehman sent a letter to Abigail Van Buren who verified Jason's age and published the poem on her column on February 14, 1989. Please take several minutes to meditate on this.   Present Tense It was spring, but it was summer I wanted, The warm days, and the great outdoors. It was summer, but it was fall I wanted, The colorful leaves, and the cool, dry air. It was ...

Gallup’s Q12 Employee Engagement Findings

After one year of work, 70% of U.S employees feels they are not engaged at work. To be exact, only a sheer 33% of employees are actively engaged, 49% not engaged, and 18% actively disengaged. This study emerges from arguably the most comprehensive research from the foremost consulting firm Gallup Organization. In order to find the right questions, they fundamentally focused on how great managers inspire top performance in employees. How do they generate passion, unite disparate personalities to focus on a common purpose, and propel teams to achieve ever-higher goals? With this question, Gallup embarked on decades long journey including more ...

Jeremy Lin, Tim Tebow and the Gospel

Linsanity, Linderella, Linvincible, and Super Lintendo…these are just the several of many nicknames of what many call a “miracle.” This miracle is “J Lin “ – Jeremy Lin – the undrafted point guard from Harvard who has emerged from seemingly nowhere and reached stardom with his Asian American descent and most notably his outspoken Christian faith.  Just less than a month ago, the Harvard graduate was buried on the bench and crashing on friend’s couches. Stadium security guards mistook Lin for a team trainer. In the last six games, however, Lin has become a household name, after six straight winning games – the latest of which ...

Why God Wants You To Discover Your Strengths

My Strength Inspired Journey While I was in college, I served as the HR Director at my business school’s student society. One of my key agendas was to ensure we had the right recruitment and selection process in place so that the student executive team could, as Jim Collins put it, place the right people on the bus, wrong people off the bus, and the right people in the key seats before they figure out where to drive the bus. In this quest of designing the process, I came across an interview question that hit me like a brick:   “If you were to write your epitaph, what would you write?”   I clearly remember myself dumbfounded as I ...

How Roles Models Inspire You to Become the Best

Author Oliver Goldsmith said "People seldom improve when they have no other model but themselves to copy." The singular influence in the life of a person is another person who is worthy of emulation. Who is that role model in your life worthy of such emulation? Have you ever had this role model galvanize you to take the right action in crucial moments? A growing body of evidence in psychology suggests that when people are exposed to the role models at the right time, they will subconsciously motivate them to take the right action. Psychologists Hitrenda Wadhwa, professor at Columbia Business School, talks about his story through which his hero ...

World-class Talent = Deliberate Practice + 10,000 hours

Demystifying Talent  What's the connection between the following?: There's no connection right? I mean Yo-Yo Ma was a natural born genius on the cello. Tiger Woods is a natural born genius with a golf club in his hand. And you? You are just you, right? Well, most people would think that Yo-Yo Ma displayed his brilliance on the cello because he was born with a natural facility with cello music. Everyone thinks Tiger woods is so good at golf because he was born that way. In the last decade or so, social scientists and researchers have brought compelling evidence on how we view 'natural born talent.' This idea behind becoming a world-class expert ...

Sobering Remarks on Servant Leadership

Servant Leadership Quotes FROM LISTENING TO SERVING "We must be silent before we can listen. We must listen before we can learn. We must learn before we can prepare. We must prepare before we can serve. We must serve before we can lead." ~ by William Arthur Ward as quoted in Leadership . . . with a human touch. June 1,1999. p.11. "The goal of many leaders is to get people to think more highly of the leader. The goal of a great leader is to help people to think more highly of themselves." ~ J. Carla Nortcutt "Leaders we admire do not place themselves at the center; they place others there. They do not seek the attention of people; they give ...