Why calling “performance management” by some other name wouldn’t mean anything

It’s the most ridiculous things I’ve heard this year — organizations trying redesign ‘performance management.’ The hope is to go beyond processes and models (or shiny tools) and focus on a new mindset with a new purpose. By all means, it’s a great thought. We ought to think about performance management from a new perspective […]

Focusing on agility

I don’t think I’ve ever been an agile/mobile/flexible athlete. My body’s been always so rigid and inflexible even when I was playing sports (soccer, football, and cricket) back in high school. And I guess, this runs in the family — my son’s just like me and I need to work with him to improve his […]

Mentoring

Every high performing athlete or employee has a coach. And it goes without saying, every athlete or employee who aspires to be one of the elite high-performing individuals out there ought to have a coach. I know this sounds self-serving but it’s a fact. Check this out: Coaching in organization and leadership settings is also […]

Strategy is overused

I believe there are only a few reasons why folks would want to use the word “strategy” in their conversations: To impressFor the money (during interviews, networking or negotiation session)To brainstorm tactics I’ve rarely seen people actually doing strategy. Most of the time they’re basically thinking through the situation for possible resolutions. Now in layman’s […]

The hard thing about simple things

Ever remember telling yourself, “that’s simple… all I need to do is…”. Do you? And you know what happened next? Or perhaps a few weeks back? You fell off the wagon. Right? If you didn’t, hats off to you! I, for one, have been on and off the wagon a thousand times. Or perhaps even […]

If you’re tired, suck it up!

Easier said than done. Yet, I admire Pavel Tsatsouline for saying that because some of us really do need the kick in the pants to get going. For me, that’s a lot of things but one of my biggest struggles isn’t hustling, working or even work-related challenges. It’s pushing myself to get through my kettlebell […]

That plan about getting started or losing weight

Most of my friends hit the gym or run or do CrossFit to stay healthy and in shape. And then there are a few who’ve been thinking about getting started but haven’t been able to. Guess what’s their favorite question each time they see me? (Not that I’m a physical specimen or something, alright?) “Can […]

Encouraging them to do the things they don’t want to

It’s a tall order. And not every supervisor, manager or leader is up to it because it takes real skill, charisma, and influence to have people roll up their sleeves and get to work. Particularly when they don’t like it or worse, hate it! I also think ‘command and control’ is primitive and leaders of […]

You can’t ‘turnaround’ people all the time

It’s a harsh reality. One that has bitten me in the rear more than a few times. Blame it to my insatiable optimism in people, I’ve always believed that if I want to, I can help any individual turn things around for themselves in their careers, organizations or life in general. I was wrong. And […]

Going a layer deeper

This time last year, I was struggling to write every day. Not because I didn’t have any ideas. I was finding writing to be a chore. Something to be dealt with instead of an activity that I thoroughly enjoy, which is a fact. On the surface, my challenge seemed like a lack of passion or […]