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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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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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Business Coaching Leadership

On Leading People

Leading and managing people are two different things. I don’t think people, as individuals, can be managed. Not at least literally, but they sure can be led. That said, leading or managing people requires a certain level of skillet and competency that one must be aware of before stepping into the role. Note that the […]

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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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Business Coaching Leadership Organizational Psychology Teams

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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Leadership

Remember that people don’t leave companies; they leave the people they worked for

I know this one’s debatable, and more often than not, ends up ruffling feathers. But let me be clear, we’re not addressing cases where an employee leaves an organization for better opportunities regardless of how outstanding leadership or management is. However, the rest of the demography often makes decisions based on their immediate Manager, type […]

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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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Business Coaching Personal growth

The one thing you need to get anything you want in life

Ready for this? It’s being open-minded. Yes, I know, it can’t be that straight-forward as there are several other factors come into play. But all thing being equal, the one aspect that can make or break you career/life is your ability to stay open-minded. And being one means you’re willing to change, consider alternatives, and […]

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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 […]