Can Leaders be made to measure?

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Here is a typical (but fictitious) discussion in a talent council meeting in a typical company: You see, Kavish is great at getting things done. His execution is flawless. He is also good with people. It is just that he is just not strategic. He is too immersed in the day to day. Let’s talk […]

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Making in India – the HR agenda

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Our honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has issued a clarion call to Make in India – to transform India into a global design and manufacturing hub. Several strategies and actions have been rolled out to make this initiative a success. My HR consulting work with manufacturing organisations has often led me to ponder about […]

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The future of class room training

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The training room is ready, lunch has been organised, the trainer has arrived but the participants are missing, at least many of them. Ask any L&D professional and she will tell you that her biggest challenge is to get participants into the class room. Ask trainers and they will tell you that they have come […]

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Cause is the new leader

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For several decades, management thinkers and others in the field of human psychology and leader development have led all of us to believe that it is an individual’s magnetic qualities that inspire followers to follow. They have led us to believe that it is an individual in the position of leadership who rallies his or […]

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What price a seven-course-meal?

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Definitions of Coaching are aplenty; comprehensive ones are few. Most present-day definitions speak elaborately of the role of the Coach and of the Coaching (https://karenwise.wordpress.com/2010/05/20/what-is-coaching-10-definitions/), but there is very little focus on the Coachee – the counterpart, nay, the main part, for whose benefit this exercise of Coaching is undertaken. Surface level interpretations of such […]

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the trouble with passionate people

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Organisations love employees who are passionate about what they do or work with passion. In fact, passion often figures as a preferred value. The reasons for this are understandable. Passionate people love what they do and put their heart into it. Because they love what they do, they go out of their way and put […]

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Coach as a Sounding Board for the Sponsor and Senior Management

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Coaching engagements involve periodic meetings with the sponsor, providing updates, and taking the sponsor’s perspectives on the progress of the Coachee. At various stages there are three way meetings, along with the Coachee, for reviews and approvals. In one of my coaching engagements I was invited to meet the senior management along with the sponsor. […]

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Change Management of the Coaching Journey: Calibrating Communication to Key Stakeholders

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Coaching is a project that involves major change, and the change needs to align with the objectives and needs of different stakeholders and stakeholder groups. Sometimes these objectives and interests could be at conflict. Therefore, as the number of stakeholders involved increases, the risk of successfully delivering the coaching engagement and satisfying stakeholder expectations increases. […]

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From womb to tomb

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A couple of months ago, I completed 25 years in my company. Since then, my sentiment has been swinging from sheer pride to sheepishness depending on who I am talking to. As my boss handed me the gleaming silver plaque, which is customarily given to commemorate the day, my mind rapidly rewound the twenty-five years. […]

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SHIFT happens!

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I have often wondered, in my pursuit of Coaching as to what I am really engaged with. Is it simply, goal directed action based on the initial threesome meeting and the consequent journey through myriad ways to getting there. Is it delivering the Sponsors brief, assuming of course that the Coachee has full acceptance and importantly ownership […]

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