Category: Organizational Psychology

  • Manager vs leader

    I know you have had your share of “manager versus leader” debates, articles, studies, info-graphics comparisons, and even memes! It’s overwhelming. And I don’t want to burden you with more proof or my perspective on this pointless debate. Yeah, leadership is sexy. Everyone wants to be a leader, and nobody wants to be “just-a-manager.” I […]

  • The difference between Organizational Design and Organizational Development

    As an organizational consultant and a student of organizational behaviour, one of the most common questions I often get asked is the difference between organizational design and organizational development. People often confuse the two terms, thinking they’re either the same or worse, assuming that organizational development should fall under the learning & development initiatives within […]

  • Don’t let gossipmongers ruin your company’s culture

    Everyone loves to gossip, but nobody likes to admit they do. It’s a fact. And I don’t care if you’re shaking your head right now. Understand the true definition of gossip as per the dictionary: a person who habitually reveals personal or sensational facts about others rumour or report of an intimate nature a chatty […]

  • Failing to express gratitude

    Now and then, you bump into someone who sucks at expressing gratitude. That could be at the workplace or someone at your home. (Or perhaps, that’s you?) They have a hard time saying “thank you” or “please,” let alone apologize for their screw-ups. This inability to express gratitude, in my opinion, is the most basic […]

  • Credit and recognition is over-rated

    Never been a fan of getting credit and recognition — it makes me uncomfortable for a simple reason that I ain’t no one-person island. Every little or big achievement I’ve had wouldn’t have been possible without those unsung heroes, be it my parents, classmates, peers, acquaintances, superiors, and even those with evil intentions.  Most people […]

  • The not-so-obvious ways to have a more in-depth conversation with anyone

    I rarely peruse through the New York Times for management and leadership insights. Not that I don’t expect any from their incredible panel of award-winning journalists, but the idea of finding a useful piece (for me) amidst all that content feels like an arduous task. Every once in a while though, I bump into something […]

  • On leading organisations

    The dictionary defines an organization as a “company, firm, concern, operation, corporation, institution, group, establishment, consortium, conglomerate, combine, syndicate, body, agency, federation, confederation, alliance, coalition, association, movement, society, league, club, network, confederacy; informal outfit, or set-up.”  It’s wise to keep that definition in mind because: a) most people restrict their understanding of organizations to profit […]

  • Effective leadership is a lot like coaching

    The ultimate goal of any coach is to help their clients achieve their highest potential. And once they reach that goal, most coaches to transition to “maintenance” mode where they connect with their clients once a month (or perhaps, a quarter) while moving on to pursue other assignments. Essentially, they work themselves out of their […]

  • 7 competencies of teams that work

    As someone leading an international marketing, staffing and recruitment company, building teams that work (for my clients or myself) helps me put food on the table. But it’s not as simple as it sounds. Building great teams takes a lot of time, effort, and patience. And even then, you’re probably won’t be able to create […]

  • Jill Ellis’s Rules for Life

    Continuing with my notes from watching The Playbook on Netflix. Here are Jill Elli’s Rules for Life. Wait, who is Jill Ellis?  Jill coached the 2015 and 2019 US Women’s soccer team to the winning the World Cup! She masterfully navigated the challenge of coaching a team that was already #1 in the world and keeping them there.  And if you think […]