Training vs Development

I try my best to read almost all of my emails. Except spam, of course! But then I must admit, I did learn a great deal of copywriting by reading all that spam. I’m not kidding! This morning I received one of Tony Iannarino’s weekly newsletter and found this gem: Training is part of a […]

Can ‘winning’ get in the way of learning?

I’ve had countless failures in the past couple of years. Some of them were hard-fought battles, some I’d almost won, and then some that were basically half-assed attempts. Obviously, I’m not proud of those failures nor would I ever try to boast about them. (Who in their right minds would?) But there’s something about winning […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Uncertainty and discomfort

Uncertainty and discomfort are a necessary component for us to do anything meaningful — Leo Babauta. That line pierced through my heart. Yet, it’s so reassuring. Because if you’re even a tad ambitious about making a difference to your or others lives, you have been questioned on your motives, efforts and even sanity! And it’s […]

8 workplace trends

We’ve known this for some time now — the corporate world is undergoing major transformations across the board. The most significant of these changes is in the human capital management front fronted by the following 8 workplace trends (or the 8 habits of highly progressive workplaces) identified by the good folks at Corporate-Rebels.com. 8 Workplace […]

Sometimes taking the matters in your own hands could be your best move

I’ve been seeing a physiotherapist for over 3 months now — thankfully for different injuries. The latest is tricep tendonitis I developed, ironically, while squatting heavy instead of the usual suspects — the bench and barbell overhead press! Now, getting an appointment at the rehab center is hard and the best I manage is a […]

If ‘they’ aren’t ever up to the mark, it’s probably you

Everyone’s got that one boss/client/teammate/acquaintance or two that are basically a pain in the ass. They will test your limits, patience and perpetually question your worth as a human being. Think I’m kidding? Well, you probably haven’t been around much lately. Just ask! While I seriously don’t have a clue how I would deal with […]