How Vulnerable Are You?

How Vulnerable Are You?
Being Vulnerable takes courage.  Many leaders put up an armour shield when they lead their team.  Is that what leadership is?  This is a great article about the importance of Vulnerability as leaders.... Superheroes - How vulnerable are they? Last year, 20 of the top 25 highest-grossing movies featured characters with super-human powers or extraordinary talents. Invincible leads like T’Challa, Captain America, and Aquaman appeal to us beca

The Role Of Emotional Intelligence In Managing Workplace Stress And Burnout

The Role Of Emotional Intelligence In Managing Workplace Stress And Burnout
Great article about how one can leverage on EI to handle stress.... If you are anything like me, starting a new job is exciting and energizing. There is that sense of pride that you feel about landing the job. Many of us view a new job as a step forward in our careers. We may be looking forward to a bigger paycheck, promotions, professional development and new challenges that are accompanied by recognition once goals are achieved. And, if you are anythin

Why Your Strengths — Not Your Passions — Are the Key to a Happy Career

Why Your Strengths — Not Your Passions — Are the Key to a Happy Career
Good article on leveraging on your strengths for a happy career... Creating a life you love comes with considering some important components, like where you’ll live, who you’ll spend time with, how much money you can allocate toward happiness, and of course, what you’ll do for work. Your career can help you feel both happy and fulfilled, but choosing the right job comes down to more than just passion for a company or role. Dr. Andrea

Never Punish Loyal Employees for being Honest

Never Punish Loyal Employees for being Honest
A great article on Listening and Honest Feedback.... My new boss told me to never be afraid to give feedback. The next Monday morning in a meeting, I happily shared my viewpoint on a new policy. Thereafter, I noticed my boss's disposition towards me changed. He stopped talking to me. I was shunned. I even felt the effects of this in my monthly performance appraisal, where he noted, I was not supportive of the organization, and I needed to be a better te

Leading High-Performance Team: Coaching in the Asian Culture Book

Leading High-Performance Team: Coaching in the Asian Culture Book
The inspiration of writing this book came about through the numerous suggestions from our clients.  There are many leadership books available in the market that outlines the principles, process and concepts. However, putting these concepts into practice, in relation to the Asian culture have always been a challenge for many leaders.   So we thought, let's write a book in the form of a story that depicts typical situations in an Asian comp...

Coaching and Golf

Coaching and Golf
The last two weeks of June were very memorable for me. My daughter graduated from the University of St Andrews in Scotland, and I also took the opportunity to play two rounds of golf at the world famous Old Course. Bucket list checked. The Old Course is a links course. A links course is built on a sandy area, normally near coastlines. This was my first experience as a golfer playing on such a course. While I have received some tips on how one would ...

The power of praise

The power of praise
There's a movement afoot that says year-end performance reviews don't provide the frequency of feedback people require to understand and act on their professional development needs early enough. Ditch the year-end performance review, and instead provide regular, on-the-spot feedback, goes the thinking.  While I ascribe to the idea that feedback should come far more frequently than once or twice per year, I think there's a built-in assumption th...

Why coaching, not gadgets, is key to getting the most out of employees

Forget the gadgets and “lifehacks” to increase productivity, my research with Julia Milner shows that managers need to become coaches to get the best out of their employees. Coaching means many things, from simply listening to staff, to helping them set personal goals or understand the company’s objectives. When employees understand the business goals, they can make their own decisions and not wait for someone to tell them what to do. When employ...

Maximizing Personal Strengths

"What are your personal strengths?"  I asked a client during a coaching conversation a few years ago. He mentioned that he is very analytical, a good communicator and a relationship builder.  Working as a technical director in a large company, he was a consistent achiever with a solid track record. However, he felt that there was something missing in his job and it was not fulfilling. Let’s explore the concept of strengths as the situa...

A Way to Be

A client or prospective client wants to be seen and heard, and to trust their inherent wisdom to bring them to their next action. A coach partners with a client in this process by using presence and communication—a way of being with their client while using coaching skills. ICF has created a powerful set of competencies providing pointers in what to do when coaching, but how does one cultivate the being that facilitates trust and in...
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