Helicopter supervision doesn’t work

One of my biggest gripes about supervisors or newly assigned managers is their inability to let go. Most believe in having a tight grip over anything and everything they’re responsible for; which isn’t a bad strategy but we’re dealing with people here. (Else what else would you be managing? Stuff? Tasks? Results? You can’t possibly [...]

Sweat more in training so you’ll bleed less in war

I heard that from Robin Sharma many, many years back and it’s still the core theme of what I do on a daily basis. And as I was digging up my archives for a gem or two of inspiration to keep going, I found this Lewis Howes’ interview with Robin a couple of years back. [...]

A word on professional courage

We know that courage isn’t the lack of fear but acknowledging it doing what needs to be done regardless. For most of us, it’s a personal quest add a little more courage as we mature. In the professional world, particularly at the workplace, courage often translates to giving and receiving feedback as they’re directly responsible [...]

What keeps people from changing?

Continuing with our theme of exploring change… I believe the number 1 reason that keeps people from changing is the excessive focus on what they’re going to lose. In other words, FOMO or the fear of missing out. (I know, I know, FOMO is going out of fashion but I’m sure you can resonate with [...]

Leading change begins with knowing what needs to change

Not everyone’s fond of change. It’s uncomfortable. It’s messy. And it’s unclear for the most part, until it isn’t. And one of the key attributes of leadership is the ability to create and influence positive change. The people I get to interact with in my leadership development work are most the enthusiastic kind. They’re all [...]

It’s not for you

Years ago I was asked to lead a dormant Toastmasters club and turn it around. Just like that. I was already in line to become my home club’s President and this came in just like that. Without warning. And I clearly remember all that pressure. Leading one club isn’t easy, leading two was next to [...]

To sell means showing up everyday, without fail

After over a million titles (books, articles, podcasts, videos, training programs and everything in between combined) on sales and business development, it’s an established fast that everyone’s into sales. And yes, that includes you and me! How we utilise our opportunities to represent our work or our company is an entirely different argument. Most freelancers, [...]

Just give it some time

After every rolling session I’ve had in the past few months (since I’ve gotten back into BJJ) I get into this weird zone of self-doubt. Am I good enough? What’s the point of being so strong and yet not technically proficient? Why am I even doing this? Thankfully, I the know the answer to the [...]