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Give Your Employees Freedom Within a Framework
Michael E. Kossler

Imagine starting your first day of work at a new company. During your onboarding, someone called the Chief Culture Officer (CCO), tells you the usual things such as: employees live our company values and purpose; the company wants people to...

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How Do Great Leaders Find Opportunity in Adversity?
Iclif

One constant that all leaders face is resistance. You’ll encounter various obstacles, and the ability to handle this adversity and successfully achieve your vision is what makes a great leader. But how do you create stepping stones out of stumbling...

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Get Your Employees A Think Buddy To Capture Innovation
Dr. Thun Thamrongnawasawat

What happened the last time you had a crazy idea? Who did you talk to? What did they say? Here are some possible responses depending on who you chose to share with. You: “I have a crazy idea” Team: “Why...

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Want To Innovate Faster? Focus On The Cream Not The Cone
Dr. Thun Thamrongnawasawat

Focus on The Cream Not The Cone (FoCre) means to forgo the conventional model of Talent Acquiring and move towards Idea Harvesting when it comes to innovation. We have tried the former for decades with continued challenges, as reviewed later...

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Thai cave rescue – A miracle or Leadership Energy in action
Lalit Gupta

A remarkable story of courage and resilience. On 23 June 2018, 12 young members of the Wild Boars soccer team -- and their novice monk turned assistant soccer coach -- from a small town on the Thailand-Myanmar border went missing....

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Create that pause of innovation
Lalit Gupta

What is common between former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, Salesforce CEO Mark Benioff and LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner? They are clearly the biggest names when it comes to innovation and disruption. They created new business models that left erstwhile market...

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When Leaders Surrender Their Values
Michael E. Kossler

One of the things my mother used to say was, “life is full of choices and trade-offs” and “making a good decision in those situations is hard”. This motherly advice is still true today, especially for leaders, whether they are...

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A global PR nightmare or an opportunity to build value – Leading the Starbucks Way
Lalit Gupta

How would you respond to a global PR crisis, sparked by accusations of racial profiling at one of your outlets and nationwide boycott campaign against your company on social media? A typical response would be to manage the fall out...

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Pursuing Fearless Purpose
Michael E. Kossler

Prateep Ungsongtham Hata stands less than five feet tall, tips the scale at under 100 pounds, and at age 65, has stamina that puts the Energizer Bunny to shame. Prateep was born in Khlong Toei, Bangkok, Thailand's largest slum. As...

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Space Noodle
Dr. Thun Thamrongnawasawat

“Another one!” A man in clothes mottled with stains yelled above the congregation. His hand clutched a wrinkled bill as if his life depended on it. “One for us too. Please! ...” A gaunt lady fought to keep their place...

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Being Right or Being Happy. What do you think?
Michael E. Kossler

Recently, an associate of mine, who is an executive coach, posted the following question on her Facebook account, “Would you rather be right or happy?” I thought this was an intriguing question and began to wonder if it was even...

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How to Work With An Autocratic Leader
Dr. Thun Thamrongnawasawat

In the Wall Street Journal Bestseller Book Open Source Leadership (2017, McGraw-Hill), Rajeev Peshawaria and the Iclif Leadership and Governance Centre make a convincing argument that the breakneck speed of the 21st Century requires a more autocratic style of leadership....

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Performance in the Open Source Era
Peter J. Webb

The performance dilemma “Our latest staff engagement results were really quite bad” admitted the HR Director of a mid-sized Asian Financial Services company when I met with her recently. “Staff are really disappointed with their managers”, she shared with me....

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In Defense of HR
Rajeev Peshawaria

A general consensus persists among business leaders that the HR profession has so far fallen short of making a real impact - Korn Ferry Last year, we identified that HR had done a good job of managing its budget, but...

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Six Principles for the Disconnected Leader!
Peter J. Webb

In 2016 McKinsey & Company conducted a study of more than 52,000 managers, 86% rated themselves as inspiring and good role models. In the same year, a Gallup engagement survey found that 82% of their employees see their leaders as...

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The Most Overlooked Execution Blind Spot
Rajeev Peshawaria

Throughout my 25 years of coaching and consulting with top management teams, I have witnessed the same problem over and over again in companies and organizations around the world. It goes something like this: Senior management develops great strategic plans...

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Great to Good
Dr. Thun Thamrongnawasawat

Yes, you read it right. The title of this piece is ‘Great to Good’. I’m going to talk about how, in the 21st Century, we need ‘Goodness’ more than ‘Greatness’ when it comes to innovation. Between 1996-2001, Jim Collins’ team...

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BECOMING THE 1%: Leading in the Age of Possibilities
Dr. Thun Thamrongnawasawat

21st Century is an era of fear and hope Have you ever heard of the 20/80 Rule or 80/20 Rule? In the year 1896, an Italian economist by the name of Vilfredo Pareto found something very interesting. He found out...

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Forgiveness: The Secret to Innovation
Rajeev Peshawaria

You would think, with almost $80 billion dollars spent each year on improving business leadership, that we would be overloaded with amazing leaders. That they would be easily found in every sector of every economy, that each and every company...

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People leave managers, not companies. Is that so?
Lalit Gupta

Is it true that people leave managers, not companies? Not anymore! Welcome to the Open Source Era! According to Gallup, people leave managers, not companies. Is this still true in this age of uber-connectivity and free agents, where talent is...

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What to do if you still have 60 years left after retirement?
Dr. Thun Thamrongnawasawat

A growing trend of the ‘Rich and Lost’ population in the Open Source era Is it possible to be ‘rich’ and be ‘lost’? You bet it is! Among the trends of the 21st Century is leaders who have become successful...

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Leadership & Telling The Truth
Michael E. Kossler

In his book, Open Source Leadership, Reinventing Management When There Is No More Business as Usual (McGraw-Hill, October 2017), my colleague, Rajeev Peshawaria, describes the 21st Century as the Open Source Era. The Open Source Era is characterized by not...

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Crowdsourcing Your Way to Breakthrough Success
Lalit Gupta

What do you get when you marry the brains of people inside your company with those outside of it? You create a culture of brisk innovation that will likely save you billions otherwise stuck in secretive R&D chambers. In today’s...

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6 Steps to Managing Wisely!
Peter J. Webb

By now you should know how to manage well, given that around US$140 billion is spent each year on management education. But how do you manage wisely, and what does that even mean? To manage wisely is to know what...

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How to measure and manage employee engagement in our open source era?
Lalit Gupta

Are today’s one-size-fits-all annual employee engagement surveys truly effective in measuring and managing employee engagement in our open source era? Annual employee engagement surveys remain the main vehicle for measuring and managing employee engagement in large organisations. But are these...

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Stretch Goals: Yes or No?
Lalit Gupta

Are stretch goals for all employees the best strategy to measure and reward performance in our open source era? Times are changing. In the current open source era, people are now empowered to opt for free agency rather than traditional...

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What Differentiates Great Leaders From Merely Good Ones?
Iclif

Not all leaders are created equal. Why is it that some crumble when faced with challenging obstacles, while others stay the course in the face of insurmountable odds? The answer lies in two simple but powerful things; a set of...

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What Do Leaders of Pixar, kayak.com and ONE Championship Have In Common?
Iclif

They are, respectively the co-founder of Pixar, one of the most successful animation studios in the world; the founder of Kayak.com, a leading online travel portal; and the founder of ONE Champions, Asia’s largest sports media property. Over and above...

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What is Open Source Leadership & Why Should It Matter To You?
Iclif

With business environment changing at such a rapid pace, can leadership afford to remain the same? In a word; NO. Think about it; technological disruption fuelled by digital advancement in the past 10 years has led to more business innovations...

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Why Leaders Should Think Twice Before Saying ‘We Are Family’!
Dr. Thun Thamrongnawasawat

Is it always a good thing for people in the organisation to be like a family? “I don't want us to be like family anymore at work. Rather, I want everyone to feel we are a professional football team.” Declared...

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The Top Two Sources Of Self-Worth
Rajeev Peshawaria

We humans have always been social. We cherish being loved and liked, and crave society’s acceptance. This craving is so entrenched in our psyche that even without realising it, we go to great lengths every day to ensure people think...

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Leadership Redefined for the Open Source Era!
Peter J. Webb

We live in interesting times. From Brexit to Trump we see the democratization of anger, frustration, and bigotry, while at the same time we are witnessing the democratization of technology, ideas, and capital. Change is inevitably paradoxical, and we are...

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The Power of Propinquity
Dr. Thun Thamrongnawasawat

If you love something; set it free If it comes back, then it’s yours forever If it doesn’t, then it was never yours in the first place Do you agree with the above saying? Is true love a function of...

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How to Practice Leadership Energy Coaching!
Peter J. Webb

Wham! Bam! Thank you Mam! Here comes a new kind of executive coach - the leadership ENERGY coach! Just in time for the new leaders of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Based on a new model of how to generate, mobilize...

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How to Make Wiser Decisions!
Peter J. Webb

Why do we have such a hard time making good choices? When it comes to making decisions, we're naturally biased to think that we are all good decision makers. Just as most people in hospital after a vehicle accident they...

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The Best Way to Create Your Desired Culture: Walk the Talk!
Dr. Thun Thamrongnawasawat

“I won't allow it!” Kurt Herwald, a 38-year old former weightlifter CEO of Stevens Aviation said emphatically. “That is our slogan; you can't just take it. Either call off your campaign or give us proper compensation. Otherwise we'll see you...

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Leadership Versus Manipulation
Michael E. Kossler

Imagine the following scenario: it’s near the end of your work day, you’ve put in somewhere between eight to ten hours of work and you have just selected “shut down” on your office device. Immediately you receive a system generated...

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Critical Conversations
Muhammad Sabri Rawi

“Ooops. I spoke too soon. Didn’t I ?” “Yes you did. And I was about to add my thoughts to the list but when I heard you say nitpick, I changed my mind. Why do you like to say things...

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Making Wise Decisions
Peter J. Webb

How to improve your odds of making the right decisions for the right people at the right time! Think about your thinking Making decisions is a bit like driving a car. You think you’re pretty good at it until you...

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Four Things We Can Learn From The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders
Rajeev Peshawaria

Fortune magazine’s 2017 list of the world’s 50 greatest leaders is out. The first thing that struck me is the large number of women who made the list this year. 22 of the 50 spots were occupied by women leaders,...

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Managing Organisation Politics
Michael E. Kossler

What’s your reaction when you hear the phrase, “organisation politics” or its more colloquial phrase, “office politics”? Do you cringe and grit your teeth? Do unpleasant memories come to mind? Do you find yourself muttering expletives under your breath or...

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Playing with Fire
Dr. Thun Thamrongnawasawat

Want to energize your team? Light a fire under them. Literally. “We must be Motorola; or get out.” Lee Kun Hee— chairman of Samsung Group— made the above statement in early 1990s. It was his vision for the company's mobile...

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Return of the Autocratic Leader
Michael E. Kossler

Let me be clear from the outset … what follows is not a political commentary. However, I must confess that global politics inspired it. The prompt came from a front-page article in the February 2, 2017, international edition of the...

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The Key To Closing The Gender Diversity Gap
Rajeev Peshawaria

That a greater representation of women in an organisation broadens the range of perspectives in the decision-making process, stimulates critical thinking and creativity, and heightens business results and profitability, is no longer breaking news. Here are just a few strands...

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Three Words To A Significantly Richer Life
Rajeev Peshawaria

Throughout school and college, Joshua’s academic performance was consistently at the top even while playing three varsity level sports and captaining the school debate team. After graduating summa cum laude with a double major in Computer Science and Philosophy from...

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Are You Popcorned
Dr. Thun Thamrongnawasawat

“If you’ve been doing the same thing for more than 2 years, then you might as well be in a coma” Dr David Rock, the founder of the Neuroleadership Institute, an integrated field that merges hard science with soft skills...

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Naked Autocrats Of The 21st Century
Rajeev Peshawaria

For far too long, we’ve been confusing leadership with followership and with pleasing people. The confusion begins early and goes on through all stages of life. Parents love kids that “listen to them” and obey. School teachers reward kids that...

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2017 New Year Resolutions for Leaders
Michael E. Kossler

From accusations of political corruption in South Korea; to turmoil in the Middle East due to sectarian violence, terrorism, and unstable oil prices; to the impact of Brexit on the Euro Zone and to Trumpism in the United States; 2016...

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Why We Need Younger Boards In The 21st Century
Rajeev Peshawaria

I recently gave a talk on board diversity, making the case for more women and young people on corporate boards. Following my talk was a panel discussion for which three prominent and seasoned board chairpersons joined me on stage. While...

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How Minimising Management Supervision Can Maximise Employee Performance?
Rajeev Peshawaria

Since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, thinking and tools for managing employees towards high performance have remained the same. General practice about managing individual performance says all employees must be given stretch goals at the beginning of each year;...

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What can you do with a grape?
Dr. Thun Thamrongnawasawat

The future depends on leaders getting more from ourselves and our people. “What can you do with a single grape?” asked Professor Richard Wolfson of Middlebury College, arguably the best physics instructor in America. Back in 1998 I was still...

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No Such Thing As Bad Leadership
Rajeev Peshawaria

If you are leading a group discussion on the subject of leadership and want people to start participating actively right from the word go, open the session by making the following statement: There is no such thing as bad leadership....

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The Other Duty of Corporate Governance
Rajeev Peshawaria

Most definitions place significant emphasis on enterprise value preservation, which largely comprises of rules, regulatory compliance, risk management, and other types of watchdog activities. Clearly, value preservation is an important duty of the Board of Directors. In the aftermath of...

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Integrated Thinking
Rajeev Peshawaria

This article was previously featured in Forbes. In a recent talk he gave, my good friend Raghu Krishnamoorthy, Chief Learning Officer of GE, made a couple of bold statements that hooked his audience immediately: 1. Talent is abundant not scarce...

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On Women And Leadership: Three Amazing Asian Stories
Rajeev Peshawaria

Although their numbers have increased somewhat over the last 20 years, women continue to be under represented within top management ranks. The debate as to why more women don’t make it to the top remains unresolved. One assumption is that...

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Quantum Mechanics, Spirituality and Leadership
Rajeev Peshawaria

For two decades, I’ve puzzled over a fundamental paradox: on the one hand, companies globally spend billions each year on leadership development, yet on the other hand most continue to report an acute shortage of good leaders within their ranks....

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How to Develop Your Emotional Integrity
Rajeev Peshawaria

For over a decade now I have been asking people some simple questions like “What is the most important thing in your life?” or “What do you care about most of all?” No matter where in the world I go,...

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Feedback or Feel Bad?
Muhammad Sabri Rawi

The last time I drove the missus to town for our regular weekly shopping trip I actually counted the number of road signs that I saw on my side of the road between my house to the wet market. Admittedly...

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The Key to Motivating Subordinates: Stop Trying
Rajeev Peshawaria

“I just don’t get it. We pay higher bonuses than anyone else in the industry, and go to great lengths to make sure non-financial rewards like social/cultural initiatives and training are top notch. Yet, my subordinates don’t seem to be...

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Are You a Boss or a Leader?
Rajeev Peshawaria

The daughter of a friend of mine recently quit her job at a retail commercial bank. When I asked her why, she said: “My boss meant well, even tried all sorts of cute stuff to motivate us, but I left...

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Five Denials of the Human Brain
Rajeev Peshawaria

Generations of human experience have taught us that the five principles discussed in this post are proven keys to success, happiness, and leadership effectiveness. Yet, most of us not only forget, but also flagrantly violate them in our daily interactions...

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Trust: The Currency of Leadership
Rajeev Peshawaria

The other day, a colleague invited me to teach a session in a leadership development programme he was running for 30 senior executives from one of our client organisations. He launched the session with a provocative question: Who are three...

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Subordinates or Co-Leaders?
Rajeev Peshawaria

A prominent and well-respected leader once said to me, “I am furious about how this project has turned out. It is my own fault. I should have visited the site every other week to give them specific instructions, because that...

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The Blind Spot
Muhammad Sabri Rawi

There is, in all vertebrates, a blind spot where the optic fibres attach to the retina  – the light-sensitive layer at the back of the eye. Though our field of vision is generally complete with no missing patches –  a...

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Powerful Victims
Rajeev Peshawaria

A decade ago while working at a large bank, John hit what he perceived at the time to be a low point in his career. He had just returned to New York after completing a four year expatriate assignment in...

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Shifting Gears
Karen R. Shepherdson

You’ve had another great year and this time you’ve been assigned the responsibility of leading your own team. How hard can that be, you think to yourself – after all, what is needed is the ability to articulate clearly what is expected...

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Let the Cream Naturally Rise to the Top
Rajeev Peshawaria

During the six months that the late Steve Jobs was away on medical leave, the market became skeptical about Apple’s future prospects. What if the top 5 leaders in your organisation suddenly walked away – do you have a ready...

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Career Value Curves
Rajeev Peshawaria

Armed with a dual degree in Law and Finance, Jason joined the legal department of a corporate bank as a legal assistant. Thanks to his strong work ethic and self-discipline, he had done reasonably well throughout school and college. His parents had taught him the...

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