The Way of the Gladiator

The Way of the Gladiator

Trained in hardship, marginalized by society and with a short life-span, being a gladiator in the first century BC, was no easy life. But, there are principles we can extract that are relevant to leadership in today’s business arena.My apologies that this is a male orientated metaphor, however the principles of self-discipline, focus, and a need to influence the crowd, are common to both male and female leaders.Hollywood has glamorized the gladiator with films starring Russell Crowe, and the TV series of Spartacus – Gods of the Arena. The writers and directors of this media, emphasize the nobility of fighting for your life, in the injustice that is the arena; and it is with the arena Read More >>

Singapore turns 50 SG50

Singapore turns 50 #SG50

Singapore turns 50 this weekend. Yes, the little red dot on the map, known as the Lion city, is a Leo. And like a Lion Singapore is proud, and so it should be.A fledgling start-up country 50 years ago, Singapore now punches far above its weight, economically, politically and socially. Much of Singapore’s success can be attributed to its beloved founding father Lee Kuan Yew (died 23rd March 2015). Read about his leadership in a LinkedIn blog post.Visitors to Singapore are always impressed by the cleanliness and efficiency in this city, but it’s not unless you live here (I’ve been here 12 years) that you get to understand the pride and ownership that Singaporeans have in their Read More >>

Selecting an Executive Coach

Selecting an Executive Coach

Selecting an Executive Coach for yourself can be a little confusing to say the least. Your Executive Coach is going to your confident and you will need to open up to get the best from the relationship. So whether you are spending your own money or your organization is providing you with a coach, it’s helpful to have more than just ‘gut feel’ to go on.Most coaches will give you a, no-obligation, 30 to 60 minute ‘chemistry’ meeting to assess if there is a fit for both parties. That’s right, an experienced coach may spot you are not committed to the process, or the organization has misaligned expectations and so excuse themselves from the assignment.I recommend that when selecting an Read More >>

Lee Kuan Yew leadership

Lee Kuan Yew leadership lessons

Singapore, an island nation, mourns the loss of its beloved founding father Lee Kuan Yew (died 23rd March 2015). He was a leadership giant, an authoritarian with values, who leaves a legacy of a thriving first world metropolis, where once there was just mud.Much will be written about the life of Singapore’s first prime minister and so this post will focus specifically on the Lee Kuan Yew leadership lessons perceived through the eyes of a Westerner who has made Singapore his home for the last eleven years.  I humbly offer these in respect for his great contribution to my adopted country. 1. Intention Self-leadership starts with intention and ends in impact. The physical manifestation of Read More >>

Executive Coaching

Executive Coaching – The Competitive Advantage

Executive Coaching creates competitive advantage by developing self-awareness, decision making, creativity, influence, executive presence and impact.Smart companies are making executive coaching a core element of leadership development; whether that is when grooming a CEO successor or helping managers transition to leaders.It is therefore not 'news' that a recent survey reports 86 percent of US companies hired executive coaches to sharpen the skills of individuals who have been identified as future organizational leaders. The numbers are similar in Europe whilst the uptake of executive coaching in Asia has been slower, but is catching up.The demand for good executive coaches has Read More >>

Employee Engagement

Employee Engagement

The first step in understanding employee engagement is understanding what it actually is. Employee engagement does not mean employee happiness, and it is important to make that distinction.Employee engagement means much more than that, and an engaged employed employee can have such a positive effect on the bottom-line of a company.  On the other hand, employees who are not engaged have a detrimental effect on a company. There seems to be very little middle ground here and it is vital companies act now on employee engagement. The evidence is clear that the vast majority of employees do not feel engaged at work.This info-graphic from Engaged2perform highlights how important employee Read More >>

Toxic Employees

How to deal with 5 types of Toxic Employees

By Reuben YonatanOne bad apple is all it takes. A toxic employee is an enormous liability for your company. Expensive, demoralizing, and infuriating, they can bring teamwork to a grinding halt, jeopardize goals, and generally make life worse for everybody else around them. How can you diagnose these troublemakers, and what can be done about them? Our newest infographic examines the types of toxic employees which could be derailing your Read More >>

Leadership Truths

9 Critical Leadership Truths

As I was visiting my children’s school*, I was struck by 9 critical leadership truths that were being promoted. What impacted me was the fact that as a leadership coach and consultant, I am often talking about these very same qualities and skills with my ‘adult’ clients.This image (taken by my daughter, Tasha) shows the school's ideal student with a combination of qualities and skills – wouldn't it be great if managers and leaders valued the same qualities and worked on their skills?Leaders, and children develop from the inside-out (Bryant & Kazan 2012) and so it is great that being self-aware is promoted. The school sees self-awareness as developing self-discipline, self-esteem, Read More >>


Motivation Myths

If you have ever attended a motivational seminar or workshop, you might have experienced that rush of energy that comes with believing that you can achieve your goals, if you only just believe! And then, just a few days later, that buzz has evaporated, like so much air from a punctured beach ball.It’s a new year and we are all motivated to make a change, do things differently in 2015. Maybe you are trying to motivate yourself to get fit, get a promotion or start your own business. Or perhaps you want to motivate your team to strive towards ambitious goals.If you don’t want to end up like the punctured beach ball, then you will need to understand how to create sustainable motivation Read More >>

Trends for 2015

Trends for 2015

Trends for 2015 include: Digital and smart cities, social business, globalization, millennial leaders, more women in leadership, zero time to market, increased transparency and the hyper-connected consumer.Forget looking for existing job competencies.For companies to survive and prosper, they will require a flexible and engaged employees, who can take ownership and respond to change. Attitude and Aptitude will be more important than traditional job competencies, because we need people for roles that don't exist yet!Here's some {advice} on how to develop self leadership for yourself and your teams. Trends for 2015 - Self Leadership Self leadership requires that we develop Read More >>