Coaching Ourselves May Be the Way Forward

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I attended an interesting webinar – “Peer-Coaching Groups with CoachingOurselves: A modern approach to developing leaders.”

Peer coaching with professional facilitation is an interesting concept. Although I did not hear Henry Mintzberg ever mentioning this, but it reminds me of the Quality Circles. They were popular in Japan in 1950s-1960s, made popular in the West by W. Edwards Deming especially in relation to Toyota.  Not a surprise that CoachingOurselves’ success story (still ongoing) is about their program at one Japanese company.

If you want to know more about the concept and the program, check out their website and youtube channel.

Highly recommended to managers who want to become better but cannot afford a coach. And Henry Mintzberg’s ideas are always interesting and thought-provoking (read: good for self-improvement).

17 Points of Effective Presentation: Delivery

Effective Presentation

 

This is the sequel to “7 Points of Effective Presentation: Killer Powerpoint Slides.”

Last week, we started work on a presentation with a client. We identified 7 important areas for improvement, and the client created a very effective slide stack as a result of our effort.

However, the delivery of the material is equally important. When we started working on it, we realized that it required even more effort than the “hard” part, i.e. the slides.

That’s how we ended up with 17 points that needed the client’s attention in order to make the presentation really great. Continue reading “17 Points of Effective Presentation: Delivery”

7 Points of Effective Presentation: Killer Powerpoint Slides

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I am going through a “killer presentation” sent over by a client, and I am excited….

I am excited because I see that we have a good topic for a successful coaching session:  it will bring immediate result. Actually, I see two successful sessions coming, because every presentation is built on two pillars: the slide stack and the delivery. Continue reading “7 Points of Effective Presentation: Killer Powerpoint Slides”

The One Thing That Determines Success

What is the one thing that determines your success?

Google for it, and the top answers will probably be:

  • positive attitude,
  • action,
  • discipline,

followed by “trust”, “leadership”, “networking”, “team”,” good timing”, “determination” …  and many other good words.

Do you see a profound gap here, both on the individual and on the organizational level? Continue reading “The One Thing That Determines Success”

How to Spot a Lie (and Deliver Alternative Truth)

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Let’s face it: we live in the world of lies. We are telling lies and are being blatantly lied to every day, 24/7. That’s exactly why my initial statement may have surprised you – at first: because we are all used to lies. Not you? How about these:

“Guys, I know you work hard.”
“No, you don’t look fat in that dress.”
“Sorry, I was on a conference call.”

We all feel when someone is lying. Continue reading “How to Spot a Lie (and Deliver Alternative Truth)”

3 Fundamental Rules of Personal Efficiency

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There is a phenomenon known as “induced demand.” For example, if you have a congested road network, widening highways will not ease congestion sustainably; often the congestion gets worse, because of the “induced traffic.”

You may have experienced this phenomenon yourself: you have already reduced your sleep time, your TV time, your “quality family time” – but there’s never enough hours in the day to complete your scheduled tasks, forget about leisure. Continue reading “3 Fundamental Rules of Personal Efficiency”

Michael Schumacher’s Secret of Success in the Fast Lane

If you want to be successful, learn from people who have reached great success before you: this is more efficient than going by trial and error. And there’s always a lot to learn from a successful person. Continue reading “Michael Schumacher’s Secret of Success in the Fast Lane”

Improve Your Email Nonverbal Communication Skills

Imagine entering your office in the morning, coffee in hand… You open your Outlook and among numerous unread emails you see a message from your boss that you have not seen, which reads like this:

Subj: org ch

Pls come see me ASA{.

What was the first thought that crossed your mind?.. Continue reading “Improve Your Email Nonverbal Communication Skills”

How to Keep New Year’s Resolutions Using Project Management

If you are like 50% of Americans, you must have made your New Year’s resolutions recently. And if you are one of those “new-year-resolute” folks, then you could use some help right now: over 40% of new year’s resolutions do not survive past one month. Continue reading “How to Keep New Year’s Resolutions Using Project Management”

When Ethnic Jokes Can Be Exchanged and Enjoyed

Once upon a time, well before Obama and Trump as we know them, and when pretty much everybody still smoked tobacco, I was having a lunch break with guys from the Lab and Production. And it must be noted that our frontline workforce was more diverse than the United Nations has ever been.

In the end of the lunch break, having nothing better to do, I decided to tell a joke. Continue reading “When Ethnic Jokes Can Be Exchanged and Enjoyed”