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The Brain Drain Epidemic in Asia

By PRETHIBA ESVARY With an initial plan of attaining permanent residence in New Zealand, Dr Goh Chee Leong and his wife made a life-changing decision to return to Malaysia instead, to serve their home country. The dean of the faculty of Behavioural Sciences at HELP University revealed there were two main factors that drew them back to Malaysia. He said, “One, we wanted to spend time with our families, as we had been away for a long time. Two, we wanted to make an impact in our country.” Similar to Goh, there are many Malaysians who have returned to their homeland to share their talent, expertise, and experiences. However, the issue of brain drain, that is, the emigration of skilled and intellectual individuals, continues to persist. Goh admitted that it is challenging to recruit Malaysian ...

The 5 Love Languages of a Leader

By ERIC LAU Love is not a common word that is associated with leadership, more so in corporate leadership. But wait a minute, according to Oxford Dictionary, love is defined as merely a strong feeling of affection. Hence, when we talk about leading with love, we are not referring to some sort of romantic feelings but a strong positive feeling of affection we can have towards those whom we lead. Harvard professor and organisational behaviour expert Teresa Amabile’s research shows that the best leaders foster an emotionally nourishing relationship with their employees. That means loving leaders are relationship-focused and are always mindful in cultivating healthy emotional ties with others. Leaders can indeed show love. If you are still uncomfortable with using the word love and leadership ...

4 Concrete Signs that it’s Time to Make an Exit

By JONATHAN YABUT   Does this sound familiar: you’re hyperactive and mighty on your first year, and then you plummet like a roller coaster by the time you hit your fifth year. You were undoubtedly one of the high-flyers of the company, but these days you’re not giving your best. You’ve lost the spark, the passion, and the flame – you finally want to quit. You want to quit, but you’re not sure why. Maybe you hate your new boss, you’re fed up with the incompetence of people in your organisation, you got an invitation from a recruiter on LinkedIn, or you simply don’t feel excited about your job anymore. The strong feeling of wanting to quit should always be examined, not ignored. Here are four motivated signs that can guide you to justify that it’s time to start cleaning your desk. You’r...

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