Creating Effective People

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Sep, 2014

The Creativity Spot

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Having breakfast at a hotel coffee shop yesterday I waited for a friend to join me. He was on a conference call and due any minute. I have my grandmother’s habit of drinking a hot beverage when it is piping hot so as the waitress served my cup of coffee I reached out for it and started sipping it. Looking around at others I noticed a group of 3 businessmen on a Skype call. Another had earphones on and he too was attending to a work call. One lady was […]

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Sep, 2014

Let’s Talk the Talk

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Americans were crying out for change in 2008 when President Obama’s campaign was offering precisely that. For the first time in history a presidential campaign relied heavily on social media where the words of change were taken down to the people on the street, who accessed it with relish. Citizens understood what was on offer. They got excited and were enthusiastic about becoming part of the vehicle that mobilized or at least promised this change. Today more and more of us are venturing into that space with the hope of […]

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Aug, 2014

The Ultimate Forerunner

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As the plot thickens in Game of Thrones season after season I wonder who the eventual victor will be. While there seemed to be obvious winners when I first started watching the series, they didn’t turn out to be the victors. If anything they were unexpectedly slain never to return to the series again. That is part of the intrigue as it keeps me wondering what unexpected thing will happen again. Back in the workplace it is just as interesting to watch what makes the ultimate winner stand ahead of […]

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Aug, 2014

Creating Effective People

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As I read about the global war for talent I wonder about the employees who are not considered talent. While we are in great need of talent to drive leadership and fill pipelines for succession planning, we most often look outside of the organization to find these employees. Baby boomers are leaving the workforce taking wisdom and experience with them. Generation X are next in line ready to take charge. So what does it take to push this lot of employees to become talent? When I think of talent I […]

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Aug, 2014

Step On The Accelerator

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The Singapore Formula 1 Grand Prix will be upon us soon. I was never a fan of this race. I could not understand how enthusiasts sat in the heat of the day watching cars go around a circuit, with danger looming at every corner. I see, hear and feel the adrenalin rush and understand what they are excited about but I would rather lie in bed, reading a book. Until the day I went into the city…… and heard the engines roar. I immediately put my hands to my ears […]

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Aug, 2014

Silence in Noise

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The bell rang as I was awakened from my slumber. It was 4am and time to get ready for my first meditation of the day. I was in the Blue Mountains of Sydney at the Vipassana Centre. In slow and conscious moves I got dressed and gathered my things to make it to the Meditation Hall behind my sleeping quarters. There would be time for freshening up later. I learnt the art of meditation from this ten-day program. Joining one hundred other meditators, the hall smelt of eucalyptus. Dry bark […]

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Jul, 2014

On The Other Side of Control

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“Everything in moderation” my father used to say. “Eat, drink and be happy but all in the right amount, time and place” his voice resounded. I lost my Dad when I was 34 years old. His voice still rings true in my head. Today I understand what he really meant. While control maybe fiercely guarded by our desire to succeed and to reach perfect outcomes, we do not realize that we have something else on the other side of the dichotomy that we are giving up. To me everything is […]

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Jul, 2014

Asleep or Conscious?

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  My mobile buzzed on silent mode at 11.30pm on the 17th July. I had already tucked in for the night. Curiosity got the better of me. I reached out to have a peek at the message. My friend a trader who obviously watches the markets like a hawk, said “Malaysian Airlines plane shot down. Tune in to BBC immediately” Shock horror! What had the world come to? So many people killed for no reason. Innocent lives taken by mistake. In subsequent days we read of how bodies fell out […]

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Jul, 2014

Are You A Purpose-Driven Leader?

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  If you can’t say “Yes” to this question with whole-hearted congruence there is still a way to go. Alignment with the mind, body, spirit is often under-rated when leaders assess themselves but this simple as it is, still remains the most important trait that every leader needs to have. Over the years of developing people in companies I have had many senior leaders attend my programs. I ask them why they have come. They say “we have done everything in our lives and wonder what’s next?” These are people […]

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