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Leadership Consciousness

For almost twenty years, my work has given me the opportunity to help people who want to live and lead at a higher level. Every week my colleagues and I at The Iclif Leadership & Governance Center (www.iclif.org) have the privilege to meet a new set of people in our programs, seminars and research work....

Trust:The CurrenCy Of Leadership

Almost all 30 executives named their mothers as one of their three choices, with fathers running a close second. The third choice varied among best friend, brother, sister, spouse, or a religious figure. Think about this for a moment. We spend the vast majority of our waking hours at work, yet not one of the...

Are You a Boss or a Leader?

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 because he had no clue about what motivates ME. He never stopped trying to motivate...

Mind The Mind To Lead

Have you ever wondered why some people manage to succeed against all odds, while most others give up at the slightest whiff of resistance?  What is it about such people? Imagine that you are in the children’s wing of a hospital.  Before you are two infants.  One, a girl, born with no arms and only...

Soft Leadership Creates Strong Companies

The openness and plurality in a company’s leadership has a direct impact on its actual performance At the recent TEDIndia conference in Mysore, the Minister of State for External Affairs and MP Shashi Tharoor argued that India’s vast, open, pluralistic society is creating a stronger, more respected Indian identity that will translate into greater power...

To Continue Growing, Quit The Big Job

Peter Wong (not his real name) was a rising star in of one of the largest global banks in the world.  Starting out in Asia as an entry level hire, he steadily made his way up after completing several expatriate assignments across the globe.  At the rate he was progressing, it would only be a...

Helping Malaysia along its transformational path

MALAYSIA is making significant strides towards its developmental goals of becoming a high-income, developed nation by 2020, but there remain challenges along the way that might prevent her from reaching her full potential. Though recent economic data shows that we have remained resilient compared to our regional peers, we cannot yet afford to take our...

Five Denials of the Human Brain

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 with people. We are quick to criticize others when they fail to follow the principles. ...

The Other Duty of Corporate Governance

According to BusinessDictionary.com, corporate governance is “The Framework of rules and practices by which a board of directors ensures accountability, fairness, and transparency in a company’s relationship with its all stakeholders.”  OECD.org defines it as the “Procedures and processes according to which an organisation is directed and controlled. The corporate governance structure specifies the distribution of rights...

Is Ethnicity a Barrier to Growth in Asia?

As an international banker working in Hong Kong, Lim* is enlarging his firm’s business and expanding its presence in mainland China. Meeting his revenue goals depends on his ability to gain customers in markets awash with global financial giants and well-placed local players. Despite the fact that Lim’s employer is a relative latecomer to the...

The Arrogance of Growth

As America scaled greater and greater heights of economic prosperity through most of the 20th century, the rest of the world (in particular Asia) complained bitterly about American arrogance. The common perception about the US in Asia was that Americans do not try to understand others’ perspectives and want to rule the world with their...

The Key to Motivating Subordinates: Stop Trying

“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 motivated enough to perform at the highest level,” said Ramli, a senior executive from a...