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 compan...

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 play...

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 employees ar...

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 inti...

The Role of Trust and Intuition in Mentorship

Acting as a coach/mentor is one of the best expressions of leadership and, in particular, mindful leadership. An engaged and connected leader doesn’t see coaching or mentoring as an act to be performed or a checklist to be completed, but rather a way of being in the workplace, leading by example and having the time to offer constructive feedback. I want to share some examples to clarify the coach/mentor relationship and how it might work with an employe...

Millennial Managers? What Coaches can Do to Help Prepare Companies

By 2020 Millennials will make up 50 percent of the global workforce, and every day more of their members are eligible to become supervisors, managers and bosses. The only problem is, they don’t want to. At least, not in the usual sense. Reports show that younger workers are less interested in managing people and more interested in things like job mobility and becoming “knowledge experts.” But in fact, Millennials aren’t unwilling to lead, they just wa...

Leading High Performance Team

It’s that time of the year where many organisation are busy setting and aligning their goals to meet the challenges ahead. Setting and aligning goals are important. However, many companies forget the importance of continuously building their teams that will lead them to greater performance. I’ve been a football fan since I was a kid. My favourite team is Chelsea from the English Premier League (EPL). Over the last 19 months, we have seen C...

Understanding & Leading the Millennials

Millennials are people who are aged between 20 to 35, as at 2016. They are also known as the Gen Y's, Internet Generation or i-Gens, Why do Baby Boomers and Gen X leaders generally find leading the younger generations frustrating? The answer lies in the differences in values, mindset, expectations and preferences between these generations. In order for us to be more effective in leading them, let's understand a few areas of facts and myths about the Mi...

Leadership Development: Which is Best? Teaching, Mentoring or Coaching?

In order to answer this question, we first need to understand the distinctions between them and the value of each approach. While many see teaching, mentoring and coaching as somewhat synonymous and interrelated, they are in-fact distinctly different. Firstly, we need to be aware that there is the label and the process. A label is a name that we use such as a teacher, a mentor or a coach. In the sports world, the common label is a coach such as golf...
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