There have been many posts on Executive Coaching in the past in this blog. I love to read about the experience of others in the field and get new perspectives as the years go by. I have always had deep admiration for the work of Dr. Kenneth Blanchard and I still recall the very informative and educative discussions I had when I visited Blanchard in San Diego many years ago. Continue reading
Ms. Middle Manager, if you don’t keep an eye open for opportunities to sharpen your skills and learn new ones, you could end up facing a mid-career crisis the impact of which will leave you flattened. Organisations being pyramidal structures, there’s less room at the top and plenty at the bottom but the problem is that you are in the middle of a fast-shrinking middle! Continue reading
Another year has flown past. Another year for you of achievements, disappointments, victories and setbacks, but then that’s part of life. We need to gear ourselves up for the challenges ahead. In this, the last post, for 2013 I would like to point you to a few inputs which could help you, as a young professional, or a budding professional, face up to the challenges that 2014 will bring with it. Continue reading
Enlightened organisations have always believed that it pays to invest in CEO coaching. Not only does this make the incumbent more effective, it sends a strong message within the organisation that it takes the development of human potential very seriously at all levels. Coaching is not some remedy for ineffective performance for those lagging behind. Continue reading
It is a sign of our times that more and more women are starting their own entrepreneurial ventures in India. This is not restricted to any one field but you will find them engaging in businesses which cover a wide spectrum, not necessarily restricted to the careers stereotyped for working women. Continue reading
“So I’ll move on” says Michael Phelps who informally announced his retirement from competitive swimming at the Olympics after his last race in London recently. He had just won 4 Gold medals and 2 Silvers in the 30th Summer Olympics. Retired at 27? He well could as his record is unlikely to be beaten for a long, long time, if at all. The ace swimmer from Baltimore, Md has won a mind boggling 22 Olympics medals. These include as many as 18 Olympic gold medals in a career that began when he was just 15 at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.
Have you felt others have lied to you at work? Did you come away feeling you had been taken for a big ride? Here’s an article which could help you. Carol Kinsey Goman writes on “12 Ways To Spot A Liar At Work” in Forbes.
A word of caution though. The liar at work could have read this article too ! Be vigilant that the liar, like all good liars, isn’t going out-of-the-way to con you by making you believe he has your best interests at heart.
They say a good title for a book tells you up front what it is about. “Go Put Your Strengths To Work” by Marcus Buckingham is one such title. It’s all about an area which traditionally has been relatively less addressed as executives the world over have scrambled over each other, causing themselves and others great stress in the bargain, to overcome their “weaknesses.”
“There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.” “Every man who knows how to read has it in his power to magnify himself, to multiply the ways in which he exists, to make his life full, significant and interesting.” — Aldous Huxley. Continue reading
Smoking, goofing off at work or over eating are common habits that people frequently admit they wish to give up. They go on to say that they realize these habits are harmful. Smoking can give you cancer and kill you just as over eating can ruin your health. Goofing off for too long at the job could get you fired. They know these affect them adversely over time. Yet if you ask them why they don’t do something about it, you are likely to get a wide range of excuses varying from “Not now. I am a bit tied up. I want to start in right earnest next week Monday” to “Let me see how far I can last out without having to change”.