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Find meaning in your work
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Find meaning in your work

There is a well-known story of American president John F. Kennedy, who was on a visit to the NASA headquarters in 1961. He met a janitor who was busy mopping the floor. Kennedy went over and introduced himself to the janitor and asked him what he was doing at NASA. Without skipping a beat, the…

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Identify, develop and hire for results intelligence
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Identifying results-getters

Identify, develop and hire for results intelligence It is increasingly important for us to become more agile to deal with the uncertain and volatile environment. Acting nimbly and consistently delivering results are key elements of agility. In general, our team members have a strong bias for action and a “doer” mentality. However, have you struggled with or…

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Monday-8Am-19Mar2018

Create moments that matter

Each of us has unforgettable life moments – a special holiday, the recognition of a big achievement, your wedding, the first time you held your baby’s hand, and so on. At a smaller scale, a single meaningful moment can change the tenor of your day or shift your opinion. A word of insightful praise can…

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Monday-8Am-12Mar2018
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Double-click for purposeful conversations

Have you been in discussions where one or two individuals are taking up most of the air time – telling and not really asking? With team members talking past each other, focused on just articulating their point of view and engaging in monologues? Or people making assumptions and jumping to conclusions? Unfortunately, this happens too often,…

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The magic ratio in relationships
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The magic ratio in relationships

What is the secret to building and maintaining strong relationships? This is a question that applies to all of us – be it with our spouses, family members or colleagues. It has also drawn the attention of hundreds of psychologists and scientists. Is there a formula for successful partnerships – or is it simply a…

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Monday-8Am-26Feb2018

How to support an overwhelmed team

Our team members are working hard to try to finish the year strong, along with building the plans for next year. It is great to see how many of you are charged up and energised. As leaders, we need to ensure that we are giving our team members the enabling space and our full support….

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Experience learning cycles

Experience learning cycles

The general expectation that most managers have is to seek a new role (and in many cases, even push for a promotion) every 3 years or so. The HR approach in many companies also perpetuates this mind set. The ostensible thinking behind this philosophy is that the 3-year-movement cycle is necessary to provide a breadth…

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Stop using the feedback sandwich

Stop using the feedback sandwich

You are probably familiar with the feedback sandwich. The concept is simple: put the criticism between two slices of praise in order to make it more acceptable to the receiver. This may even be your favoured method of giving feedback! To be sure, the feedback sandwich is well intentioned: it is meant to ease a…

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Strive beyond fine
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Strive beyond “fine”

Recently, when describing the performance in one of our business lines, a business leader mentioned it was fine, considering some of the challenges in the environment. In reality though, the performance was sub-par. And he was couching it in a way that he thought seemed more palatable. Come to think of it, “fine” is probably…

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Monday-8Am-29Jan2018
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Try the rule of 3 to be more productive

“Is your day by design or by default?” – J.D. Meier Have you ever noticed how much of your time at the workplace is spent reacting to outside forces and events? Be it responding to emails as they arrive or firefighting day-to-day “emergencies”, too many people are swept along by ad-hoc waves and currents –…

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Monday-8Am-22Jan2018
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Too much optionality can be a bad thing

A few days back, I was chatting with a young entrepreneur about his new venture. When I probed about what his company was focusing on, he mentioned in the same breath that it was trying to be a software company, a service provider and a platform. And cater to multiple customer segments. After all, it…

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Monday-8Am-15Jan2018

Eat your way to better productivity

We are a couple of weeks into 2018 and I’m guessing that many of you have crafted your resolutions for the year. Unsurprisingly, eating healthy usually ranks as one of the most common resolutions that people make. It is obvious to most of us that what we eat plays a crucial role in our physical…

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