Having recently delivered a leadership keynote speech in Dubai, U.A.E, I am filled with admiration and optimism for the future of the Gulf Corporation Council (GCC) countries and Jordan. The region, steeped in a rich tapestry of history and tradition, is on the cusp of transformative change, and the dual pillars of self-leadership and leadership are pivotal in this journey.
The GCC, established in 1981, was not merely an economic alliance. It was a testament to the shared vision and camaraderie of its founding nations: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. Over four decades, the GCC has evolved, navigating complex geopolitical terrains while strengthening intra-regional ties.
In today's dynamic global scenario, the GCC stands at a crossroads. The transition from oil-centric economies demands not just economic reforms but a paradigm shift in mindset. This is where the essence...
Just a few years ago, body hacking would sound like the stuff of a science fiction movie, but now if you have an Apple Watch, Fitbit, or Smart Scale, you are being provided with data to optimize your health, performance, and well-being.
With all the data that you can now gather on such things as your weight, heart rate, sleep, exercise, mindfulness, and level of ketosis it is important to remember:
“Data is not information, information is not knowledge, knowledge is not understanding, understanding is not wisdom.” - Clifford Stoll
At its core, body hacking refers to optimizing one's physical and mental capabilities. Combine this with the transformative power of self-leadership, and you have a recipe for unparalleled personal growth and success. This post explores some insights into body hacking and self-leadership that you can apply to live your best life.
Body hacking is the art and science of enhancing one's physical and mental...
CEOs are typically driven by pleasing the board. The board is usually pleased with positive quarterly results. These results will only be sustainable if the CEO and their Executive Leadership Team (ELT) effectively lead the people within the organization.
Management guru Peter Drucker said it best when he wrote:
"The only definition of a leader is someone who has followers."
This truth highlights that leadership results from a shared psychological group membership (culture) rather than intrinsic to one individual.
This realization triggers the question, “What is the best culture, and how do we create it?”
Imagine a culture where management and employees experience a feeling of autonomy and ownership, thus contributing their best selves toward a shared vision with clear objectives.
The foundation of such a culture is the practice of self-leadership. Building a culture of self-leadership within an organization is not just a trend; it's a strategic...
There is a fear that AI is a threat to humanity but imagine a world where artificial intelligence (AI) and self-leadership converge, creating a hybrid that revolutionizes how we perceive leadership and technology. This is not a far-fetched sci-fi concept but a potential reality as we explore AI's capabilities and what it means to be fully human (self-leadership).
Even if you are grappling with understanding and appreciating the benefits of AI, you can guarantee that it will soon be as natural to our children as an iPad is today.
Before we delve into the heart of the matter, let's first understand the two key components of our discussion: AI and self-leadership.
“Artificial Intelligence is not just machines, it is Augmented Intelligence, It is a mirror to our human experience and achievement.”
AI is not just about robots and machinery. It's about creating intelligent systems capable of understanding, learning, and...
In the wake of the global pandemic, the world has seen an accelerated shift toward digitalization. This shift has brought about new challenges and opportunities in the realm of productivity.
Increased productivity means greater output from the same amount of input. It means higher efficiency with which a company or economy can transform resources into goods and services. In short:
"Enhanced productivity is the opportunity to create more from less."
A sustainable increase in productivity occurs when individuals and teams can complete their work efficiently and tackle more complexity, whilst taking care of physical and mental health.
As we navigate this new landscape, the concept and practice of self-leadership have emerged as critical factors in enhancing productivity.
Self-leadership is the learned ability to intentionally influence ourselves to achieve our objectives (Bryant and Kazan 2012). Rather than being an...
This story is so familiar that I am sure you have heard it, experienced it, or are living it. Following success in a previous, project, department, or company, a manager or executive is promoted into a new leadership position and fails.
The premise for the promotion is that if someone is successful at leading one team, they will be successful leading any team, but this assumption is based on a common misconception of what leadership is, and how it works.
I had a coaching client who was a brilliant marketer. She was creative and led her team to deliver excellent work for her company. She felt she deserved a promotion and the title of CMO. When this finally came, everything changed. The expanded team resented her, complained that she was absent, and the quality of work from her department suffered.
This CMO had confused being a leader with doing leadership, and she is not alone. Leadership books, posts, and memes focus heavily on the...
Employee engagement has long been a metric of leadership and culture. When employees are engaged, they are emotionally invested in their work and the success of the company. However, low employee engagement results in lower productivity, increased costs, poor customer service, lack of innovation, and decreased employee physical and mental health.
Given this impact, smart CEOs and their Executive Leadership Teams (ELTs) are constantly seeking strategies to boost employee engagement and productivity. One such strategy that has proven effective is the practice of self-leadership.
"Self-leadership is the practice of intentionally influencing your thinking, feeling, and actions toward your objectives." (Bryant and Kazan 2012)
Self-leadership is not just about leading oneself; it's about setting an example for others to follow. When CEOs and ELTs practice self-leadership, they create a culture that encourages employees to take...
David was in his 30s and had already achieved more than his years in terms of career success. On paper his resume looked great, he had worked hard for a prestigious degree and had been hired by a top-tier consulting company. But David's hands would sweat when he needed to give a presentation or sit for an interview, he had a secret saboteur.
This saboteur was stealthily undermining David's confidence, making him feel miserable, and behaving in inauthentic ways. Eventually, David reached out to me for help, and today he is free of the saboteur and said to me,
"Thank you for reminding me of who I am"
If you find yourself struggling like David, having your confidence drain away at crucial moments, and not reaching your full potential, then read this post and take a moment to reflect.
The secret saboteur operates subtly. Here are some signs that it might be undermining your confidence:
A CEO's role is akin to the captain of a ship. They are tasked with setting the course and ensuring that the entire crew is working cohesively to reach the destination. This involves transforming a vision or strategy into tangible results - a task that is easier said than done. A vision without execution is just hot air, and it is in the execution phase that many CEOs encounter significant obstacles.
The challenges CEOs face during this transformative process can be multifaceted. They range from clear communication and coordination, navigating conflicting personalities and priorities within their own Executive Leadership Team (ELT), to creating a cohesive culture.
In this article, I aim to delve deeper into these issues and highlight a few examples from industry leaders as well as my own experience as an Executive Leadership Coach and my research on Self-leadership.
One of the most crucial elements in executing a vision is clear...
The leader-employee gap is not new but as the workplace is transforming and employee expectations have changed, its impact can be more readily seen in misalignment reduced productivity, diminished engagement, and The Great Resignation.
Bridging the leadership-employee gap is crucial for fostering a thriving work environment, maximizing human capital potential, and delivering accelerated results, yet many managers and leaders struggle to acknowledge or address this issue. Fearing a lack of control and not trusting their employees to take ownership and responsibility can transform the gap into a chasm.
Way back in the 1950s, Douglas McGregor proposed Theory X and Theory Y. These two theories contrast assumptions about human nature and their impact on leadership styles.
Theory X: Theory X assumes that employees inherently dislike work and will avoid it if possible. It suggests that individuals are primarily motivated by...