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How To Set The Right Expectations As A New Leader

Posted by on Dec 7, 2017 in Transformational Leadership | 0 comments

A short while ago I wrote a piece on how you can succeed as a new leader. In it, I laid out 6 useful tips that’ll help you settle into a new office environment, gel in with your new team and set you on the right path to success. It’s already quite overwhelming to be in the position that you’ve landed in. There are high expectations riding on you, people looking for inspiration, shareholders breathing down your neck looking for progressive steps forward and of course your own leadership brand and reputation that’s in stake. It’s tough, to say the least! So how do you go about navigating your kick-off?...

9 Ways You Can Finish The Year Strong

Posted by on Dec 5, 2017 in Personal Growth | 0 comments

Can you believe it’s December! Like many of you I’ve also been caught off-guard by how quickly we’ve reached the end of the year. Before you know it, you’ll be into 2018 looking puzzled, dazed and confused mainly because you weren’t able end the current year strong. Good news for all of us though is that we at least have this whole month to make amends, pick up the pieces and feel less crushed by the impacts of chasing time. So in the spirit of starting 2018 fresh and rejuvenated, here are a few tips to help you end the year strong and feeling much more accomplished and successful. 1. Clear Your Space...

7 Tips That’ll Boost Motivation During Uncertain Times

Posted by on Nov 30, 2017 in Talent Management in Asia | 0 comments

Political instability or sudden changes, natural disasters, change in leadership, competitor mergers and acquisitions – any of these can bring about uncertain times. And with uncertainty comes doubt, fear, stress and loss of morale and productivity. It’s the only natural reaction people have to uncertain times. While there may be a few quick fixes to give you some comfort and reassurance, the damage is done. You’ll most likely still carry around the weight of if all, much like a guillotine over your head. It’s times like these you need a strong leader to bring order to chaos and calm people’s nerves....

How Accountability Can Save Your Organization and Leadership

Posted by on Nov 28, 2017 in Talent Management in Asia | 0 comments

I’ve often found that accountability is a common challenge for leaders. I’m not talking about accountability of their own actions – it’s rather holding their people accountable for their behavior. Most leaders will delay the sometimes difficult conversation about accountability. Often they’ll even feel uncomfortable bringing it up and confronting their team members. You could put it off all you want, but do so knowing the consequences. In this case, it has various levels that it can impact. At an individual level your team will continue to display displeasing behavior as they’re aware it’s not going...

18 Must-See Movies To Extract Leadership & Management Lessons From

Posted by on Nov 23, 2017 in Personal Growth | 0 comments

Watching movies is a great way to unwind, relax and be entertained. Sometimes, however, movies can provide us learning opportunities, particularly in the area of leadership and management. Here are some of the movies I’ve watched over the years and from which I extracted plenty of insights and learning. 1. The Social Network (2010) What struck me about this movie was that if you can identify a need that isn’t being satisfied, what you have is an opportunity on your hands. What steps you take next to grow that novel idea is your journey towards success or failure. In this case, it was a huge success...

How To Use The Power Of Calibration To Grow Teams

Posted by on Nov 21, 2017 in Talent Management in Asia | 0 comments

Annual performance reviews are just round the corner for most organizations. This is the time when you’re meeting with your team members and discussing how well they did, where they need to improve and how you can support their development. If done right, you’ll be playing the role of mentor, coach and line manager to your employees and providing them the right feedback to tap into their full potential and progress their careers. However, at some point, like any good leader and line manager, you’ll wonder “am I truly helping my team grow?” If you allow me to help answer that question then I’d say no,...

5 Actions You Should Be Taking After A Job Interview

Posted by on Nov 16, 2017 in HR Tips, Tools & Resources | 0 comments

So you’re just walking out of a job interview that you’ve spent days preparing for. You may be walking out feeling great because it went well, or maybe you’re not feeling that confident. But, nonetheless, you gave it your best. You showcased your skills and abilities, let your personality shine and showed great interest in the job and the company. You’ve done your part to the best of your abilities. Now comes the time when you have to wait for an answer. The trouble is, you can’t just sit there idle, waiting for an answer. Your curiosity will drive you mad! But what do you do? Should you call back and...

4 Unavoidable Challenges Leaders Will Face In 2018

Posted by on Nov 14, 2017 in Transformational Leadership | 0 comments

You could read all the management and leadership books, attend all the seminars focusing on leadership and even acquire education related to management but nothing can really prepare you for the challenges that leaders will face in 2018. These challenges aren’t about textbook issues that can be solved through business logic and models. Nor can they be overcome through statistical analysis and management approaches that are fast becoming archaic in the 21st century. The challenges that lie ahead are more sensitive in nature. They require more careful attention and changes in the entire system, rather...

7 Ways You Can Be More Likeable To Your Colleagues

Posted by on Nov 9, 2017 in Personal Growth |

One of the most stressful aspects of work is the behavior and attitude of your boss. It’s the number one reason why people either stay or leave their jobs. Having a strong understanding and relationship with your boss can directly impact your happiness at work. Additionally, the same can be said with regards to colleagues and coworkers. Working with likeable people enhances your work experience, makes the workplace more enjoyable and brings out the best in you. Getting to a point where you are likeable to your colleagues isn’t something that happens overnight or with a snap of a finger. It takes a lot...

2 Important Things Every Leader Should Do To Start The Year

Posted by on Nov 7, 2017 in Transformational Leadership |

Many leaders make the fundamental mistake of ‘assuming’ their senior leadership is onboard, in-sync and fully understands the strategic priorities of the organization. Mainly this assumption spawns from the belief that attending budget sessions and sharing forecasts is sufficient to get the ball rolling into the new year. Unfortunately though, when you actually ask the senior leadership to list down the organization’s top three priorities the results are often embarrassingly varied. What you then have is a leader who’s overlooking the obvious and leaving the important things of success out to chance....

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