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Coaching Leadership

Starting with “No,” “But,” or “However”

If failing to communication is one of the biggest mistakes of leaders, starting with a “no,” “but,” or “however” is anathema. Now, we may not think much while slipping these words in our day-to-day conversations, but they act like subtle qualifiers that say, “I’m right, you’re wrong.” And the messaging doesn’t change regardless of the […]

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Business Coaching Leadership Organizational Psychology Personal growth Talent acquisition Teams

Credit and recognition is over-rated

Never been a fan of getting credit and recognition — it makes me uncomfortable for a simple reason that I ain’t no one-person island. Every little or big achievement I’ve had wouldn’t have been possible without those unsung heroes, be it my parents, classmates, peers, acquaintances, superiors, and even those with evil intentions.  Most people […]

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Business Leadership Personal growth

To be or to do?

I’ve been labelled a rebel, a nonconformist, and someone unlikely to succeed when I was in my senior year of high school. Not because I was any of those, but I wasn’t going with the flow as was expected of young adults back then. And honestly, that wasn’t intentional. I was following my curiosity and […]

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Business Coaching Leadership

Delivery Happiness, Forever

Tony Hsieh’s passing is a sad day for those who study, admire and practice leadership. He was quiet, humble, unassuming, kind, generous, billionaire, philanthropist, and had changed the world with Happiness as a business model.  I first read about Tony in a Wikipedia entry about Zappos in the mid-2000s. Later in 2010, his book “Delivering […]

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Coaching Human Resources Leadership Organizational Psychology Teams

The not-so-obvious ways to have a more in-depth conversation with anyone

I rarely peruse through the New York Times for management and leadership insights. Not that I don’t expect any from their incredible panel of award-winning journalists, but the idea of finding a useful piece (for me) amidst all that content feels like an arduous task. Every once in a while though, I bump into something […]

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Business Coaching Leadership

The age old debate: quantity or quality?

I loved this story from James Clear’s post on [Why Trying to Be Perfect Won’t Help You Achieve Your Goals (And What Will)]. It might spark an argument depending on which school of thought you belong to. Nonetheless, let’s dive into the story:  On the first day of class, Jerry Uelsmann, a professor at the […]

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Business Coaching Leadership

No or yes?

I love this bit from Jason Fried and David H. Hansson’s book “It Doesn’t Have to be Crazy at Work.”  No is easier to do, yes is easier to say. No is no to one thing. Yes is a no to a thousand things. No is a precision instrument, a surgeon’s scalpel, a laser beam […]

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Business Leadership

Maximising efficiency by organising your offerings around the clients

Over the years, I’ve observed that most start-ups, small and medium enterprises are obsessed with growth. Although nothing’s wrong with development, these organisations almost always establish an unstable culture. There’s high attrition among both employees and clients. They come and go because they’re grossly dissatisfied and feel an overall lack of attention to detail regarding […]

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Leadership

Could following best practices be the worst practice?

I’m yet to see a company put out a statement saying, “here, take our blueprint to success. Use it, and we will see you on the other side.” I’m pretty sure you haven’t either. Almost all best practices have an inherent challenge — they’re all based on personal observations or conclusions derived from assumptions. And […]

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Coaching Leadership

Please, don’t make the other person meditate!

One of the biggest mistakes I made last week was to attend a peer-to-peer coaching session that was open to all. I didn’t see any option that required me to validate my coaching credentials. So, if you’re interested in “coaching” someone, just sign-up and you will be “matched” with someone to coach and be coached. […]