Posts Tagged: Understanding Motivational Drivers

What do you value the most?

One morning during breakfast at the Hilton Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, I was reading a newspaper article titled, “Evaluating Valuers”.[1] The article focused on the importance of evaluating the qualifications and practices of the person conducting the valuation of a property in relation to its location and ...

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Success. Happiness. Which Comes First?

Book Review The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles That Fuel Success and Performance at Work. Shawn Achor, 2011.   “We think: If I just get that raise, or hit that next sales target, I’ll be happy. If I can just get that next good grade, I’ll be happy. If I ...

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What powers growth and profit?

Book Review GROW: How Ideals Power Growth and Profit at the World’s 50 Greatest Companies Jim Stengel, 2011 The better you understand the people who are most important to your business’s future, the more you can stand for something fundamentally important in their eyes and the closer you ...

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Why humility for a leader is important, but not enough

When humility is absent, leaders lose the ability to listen and focus on what is important. “Egos drive people in every occupation.”[1]  However, when humility is absent in leadership, Jim Collins describes the resulting behaviors as “arrogant neglect” and “hubris born of success.”  When these behaviors ...

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You can’t afford not to be in the ‘talent’ business

Book Review The Alliance: Managing Talent in a Networked Age Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha, and Chris Yeh; Harvard Business Review Press, 2014 “A business without loyalty is a business without long-term thinking. A business without long-term thinking is a business that’s unable to invest in the future. And ...

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The Failure of Success

Not long ago, I was asked to speak to a group of 70 business leaders in Melbourne, Australia on the topic, ‘Leadership: More Than Competence’. I was looking forward to this, as I believe we need to change the dialog on leadership and go beyond merely focusing on ...

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Periods of isolation for a leader can be debilitating or life transforming

For children growing up in America during the 1960’s and 70’s, “Gilligan”, “Skipper”, the “Howell’s”, “Ginger, the movie star”, “The Professor” and “Mary Ann”, were household names as key characters in CBS’ hit Television series, Gilligan’s Island.[i]  It’s 98 episodes focused around the plot of finding ...

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