I have seen countless top performers fail to maximise their career potential simply because they forever believe that the Human Resource (HR) Department will take care of their career. In theory Yes. It is true that the HR Department is charged with the responsibility to manage all staff matters, including career plans, promotions, placements and…

We continue with the series on tips for heads of department. So far, we have covered issues you need to manage pertaining to people, processes, delivery of results, managing yourself, communication and ‘managing the company.’ Today, let us dwell on managing company politics. This is another very important aspect of your job because if you…

In the last five weeks, we have discussed many important aspects of heading a departing in a company or organisation. These discussions have included matters relating to people, processes, delivery of results, managing yourself and communication. Another important aspect that you need to mind about in this role is ‘managing the company.’ I am talking…

  Some people seem to be more in control of their emotions while others are clearly consumed and greatly influenced by their emotions. Those who seem to be in control of their emotions are generally calm and patient in times of either extremes of emotions, be it very positive or very negative emotions. Those who…

  Some people seem to be more in control of their emotions while others are clearly consumed and greatly influenced by their emotions. Those who seem to be in control of their emotions are generally calm and patient in times of extremes of emotions, be it positive or negative emotions. Those who are not in…

Some people seem to be more in control of their emotions while others are clearly consumed and greatly influenced by their emotions. Those who seem to be in control of their emotions are generally calm and patient in times of either extremes of emotions, be it very positive or very negative emotions. Those who are…

  During the last two weeks, we have been discussing the idea that when you believe in your dreams, you make big things happen for you. We started with impressive examples of big dreamers. Last week, we discussed five of the important reasons why you need to believe your dreams. Believing your dreams helps you…

Recently, Roger Federer broke one more record by winning the 8th Wimbledon Tennis Championship. He already has a record nearly 20 major trophies. And he is excelling at an incredible age of 35 when many would be struggling with match fitness not to talk about competitiveness. I was so impressed with his latest feat, as…

I love playing the game of squash. We hit a small ball before it bounces for the second time. You can hit it before it bounces (called a volley shot) or when it only bounces first time. By the time it bounces the second time, you lose the point to the opponent. This is the common…

  From time to time, we lose control over our jobs. Deadlines being broken, delivery is below expectation, too many issues coming up and too many escalations being raised. Things just seem to be out of control. When you find yourself in such a situation, are you able to realise that it is crisis time…

    Last week, we discussed the dichotomy between employees failing to find jobs and employers failing to find good skilled staff. Part of the cause for this problem is that people do not continuously build their skills. In fact, very few people invest in the continuous development of their professional skills and personal attributes.…

  I know that nothing is perfect, except heavenly powers. But let us for a moment assume that some things on earth can become perfect or near perfect. Then, your knowledge should be placed in the basket of the things that you need to make perfect.  The case for making your knowledge perfect is simple.…

  I am sure that you too have attended many meetings that keep going for a long time without achieving much. You might have a lot on the agenda or perhaps you have too many people that talk a lot. However, if the person chairing the meeting knows the best techniques to use in chairing…