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Refusing to express regret

Regardless of who and where you are as a leader, refusing to admit that we’re wrong or take responsibility for our actions is one of the most destructive interpersonal flaws. And that because for most people expressing regret or apologising is a painstakingly tricky experience. Why? Because they think it’s akin to losing a contest. […]

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Coaching Leadership

Making excuses

I don’t know of any other talent that comes naturally to all human beings as making excuses. It’s something that we pick up; maybe from our parents, who picked it up from theirs, and so on. I don’t know the genesis of how we came about mastering this art, but there are simply no excuses […]

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Business Coaching Leadership Personal growth

The two types of critics

It’s ironic how most people in the modern world are convinced that criticism will bring the best out of us, given that there was a time when criticism would draw out the swords and guns! I guess those were simpler times.  I think people confuse criticism with feedback. And since we’ve been sold into thinking […]

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On leading organisations

The dictionary defines an organization as a “company, firm, concern, operation, corporation, institution, group, establishment, consortium, conglomerate, combine, syndicate, body, agency, federation, confederation, alliance, coalition, association, movement, society, league, club, network, confederacy; informal outfit, or set-up.”  It’s wise to keep that definition in mind because: a) most people restrict their understanding of organizations to profit […]

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Coaching Leadership Teams

Dawn Staley’s Rules for Life

Dawn Staley is probably one of the best basketball coaches the WNBA has ever had. She’s also an American Olympic gold medalist basketball player, winning three golds for her country. What follows are Staley’s rules of life from the Netflix documentary, The Playbook. She’s lived these rules to become a successful coach and an inspiring […]

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Jill Ellis’s Rules for Life

Continuing with my notes from watching The Playbook on Netflix. Here are Jill Elli’s Rules for Life. Wait, who is Jill Ellis?  Jill coached the 2015 and 2019 US Women’s soccer team to the winning the World Cup! She masterfully navigated the challenge of coaching a team that was already #1 in the world and keeping them there.  And if you think […]

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Business Coaching Leadership Random Thoughts

A performance improvement plan that actually worked!

Robert Rosenberg (Bob) took over as CEO of his family business at 25. Ten years later, the board fired him. However, they made an exception and gave him three months to demonstrate that he’s turned things around. And turn things around he did! Bob shifted towards humility from arrogance after reading a book by David Halberstam. […]

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Coaching Leadership Talent acquisition Teams

Doc River’s Rules for Life

I finished The Playbook on Netflix last weekend — what a fascinating documentary series! It’s genuinely one of the best I’ve ever watched, after The Last Dance, of course. And I’ve watched many! If you’re a manager, leader, or coach (sports or otherwise, like yours truly), you must watch it, study it, embody it, and […]

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Business Coaching Leadership Personal growth

There’s always an answer

Regardless of the situation you and I are in right now, it’s better than the worst. Believe me, it could’ve been much worse. Humans have the tendency to magnify circumstances beyond proportions the moment they experience change, discomfort, or a setback. If you’ve lost a job recently — I can empathize. I know there are […]

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Coaching Leadership

Start with a why and then what

Many coaches and leaders who work closely with their associates are advised to never ask a ‘why’ question. Because it gets the other person on the defensive (sometimes, right off the bat!) And it made a lot of sense to me back then, a professional coach-in-training, as I found it hard to turnaround a conversation […]