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How To Set And Achieve Dreams

By SANDY CLARKE   What would you be able to do if you simply decided to focus on achieving something that’s close to your heart? What would happen if you cut out the excuses, silenced that doubting inner voice, and threw caution to the wind by taking action towards the goals that will lead you to a better version of yourself? Often, setting goals can seem like a daunting task. For a start, there’s so much information out there that it can be difficult to know where to begin. With all those successful, smiley people who tell you “anything is possible” it’s too easy to sigh, “Yeah buddy, it’s easy for you to say,” before sliding back into that frustrated, yet familiar, sense of mediocrity. Don’t get me wrong—I loathe the idea that everyone should have dreams to follow, or that your life...

Failure Is Your Best Friend

By TAMARA JAYNE   We have all heard those motivational quotes, “Failure is not an option” or “Failure is never final,” and sometimes it can be easy to succumb to avoid failure at all costs when really we should be embracing it as a part of us. Sure those quotes may be good to apply to our daily lives as it serves as a reminder to aim for excellence and to pick yourself up when you’ve been knocked down but what would happen if we treated failure as our best friend? What would happen if we learnt to embrace it rather than disgrace it? You appreciate the top more when you’ve hit rock bottom Ask every chief executive officer, manager, celebrity, or business person—the many failures they have endured before reaching their goals. If it were easy to reach the peak of Mount Everest, nobody wo...

The ‘Monkey Do, Monkey Don’t’ Culture in Business

By JOSEPH TAN “What got you here won’t get you there.” –Marshall Goldsmith Someone once said, “I love people, I really do, it is just their behaviour that I cannot stand.” When it comes down to what really frustrates organisation leaders, it is not the lack of skills or knowledge of their employees. Rather it is a shortfall of desired behaviours. As we usher in the Chinese Lunar New Year, it is a timely reminder that new results and new performance expectations cannot be achieved with the old behaviours of yesteryears. BAU (Behaviours As Usual) cannot be an acceptable leadership culture if the organisation desires to move collectively towards the place of sustainable high performance. Upon the threshold of any fiscal year, company leaders are usually abuzz about the strategies going forwar...

4 Concrete Signs that it’s Time to Make an Exit

By JONATHAN YABUT   Does this sound familiar: you’re hyperactive and mighty on your first year, and then you plummet like a roller coaster by the time you hit your fifth year. You were undoubtedly one of the high-flyers of the company, but these days you’re not giving your best. You’ve lost the spark, the passion, and the flame – you finally want to quit. You want to quit, but you’re not sure why. Maybe you hate your new boss, you’re fed up with the incompetence of people in your organisation, you got an invitation from a recruiter on LinkedIn, or you simply don’t feel excited about your job anymore. The strong feeling of wanting to quit should always be examined, not ignored. Here are four motivated signs that can guide you to justify that it’s time to start cleaning your desk. You’r...

Access To Assess Yourself!

By ARIELLE YEN   Every successful person in this world didn’t get to where he or she is today on the first try. Success means different things to people. Nevertheless, there is one universal goal in achieving success – to accomplish the aims you’ve set for yourself. Achieving those goals won’t happen by doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results. According to Albert Einstein, that’s a symptom for insanity! So what should you do instead? Here’s a suggestion: Assess yourself. Only you truly know the reach of your own potential, so only you know how far you should push yourself. You’ll also have the opportunity to figure out which methods suit you best, and what exactly it is you want to improve on. The imaginary barriers If you aren’t where you should be or want to ...

5 Tools to Retain Great Employees

By RENE LACERTE   Great managers recruit and retain great people. Employees stay with a manager when they can learn and grow. If you learn how to build an employee growth culture, you will retain more of your best employees. To understand how people learn, we need to look at Salman Khan, founder of the Khan Academy. Khan knows people learn by solving problems. He’s helped them solve more than 3 billion problems. While I have always felt that being a better manager made me a better parent and being a better parent made me a better manager, I didn’t connect both of these to the importance of creating growth mindsets until I read one of Salman Khan’s blog post. Khan’s article is a helpful reminder of how the lessons one learns from teaching people online apply very strongly to our employ...

5 Steps to Retain and Grow Your Talented Players

By MORAG BARRETT   From the blogs and articles I am reading it would appear that managers are not necessarily doing the things that matter most; for example, building effective working relationships with their team members, to build an engaged team and retain their talented players. Let’s be clear, talented employees always have a choice whether or not to work for you, or work for your organisation. Even in a tough hiring market they are not “trapped”, they have a choice. Value your talents Here are five simple steps to ensure you are sending the message that you value your talented employees: Pay attention to your talented players Make sure that you spend more time with your star employees than your troublesome employees. Find ways to involve them in projects and other parts of the b...

Managing the Difficult Talents

By ELISA DASS AVIN     Talent can easily be one of the most overused words these days in the human resources (HR) industry. With almost every other company having a talent programme, those not in the programme, especially the bosses of these ‘talents’, may find that having a talent in the department can be a blessing or a curse. Many companies invest time to structure a framework for talent programmes, trainings, projects, remuneration and branding, in a bid to make it most relevant to their company. However, most of the time, they forget a very key element to successful implementation – training and preparing the people managing the talent. As HR focuses on hiring or identifying the right high potential candidates, the same spotlight needs to be turned onto the bosses of the tal...

In The Face Of Change: Can Bosses Be Irrational?

By DR VICTOR SL TAN   One of the best opportunities to understand human behaviour is when you work closely with people and are tasked to observe their performance and develop them. In managing many client projects in the last 20 years, I noted that there are some common irrational behaviours of people when it comes to leading change in organisations.   Hanging on to fears which are not real   One of the reasons people resist change is fear. Many assume the worst of any change initiative in their companies. A typical case in point is a client organisation, which was converting their information from physical files to digital in an online environment. Many, especially the older workforce, worried that they could not learn new skills and adapt to the new technology. This was pr...

Starting them SMART: Setting Goals The Proper Way

By SABRINA KAMARUDDIN   Since young, you were frequently asked, “What do you want to do when you grow up?” Well, you did grow up, and as you enter university and eventually graduate, the answer is no longer as simple as “I want to be an engineer”. The reality for you now is quite different, and you’re drowning in career options, possibilities and uncertainties, and you still don’t know the answer to that question. The good news is we probably already know enough about what we want, even if we’re unsure what to make of it. From there, it’s just a matter of uncovering and probing to set up a strong game-plan for life. Read on to know how to do just that. Why set goals? “Give me a stock clerk with a goal and I’ll give you a man who will make history. Give me a man with no goals and I’ll ...

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