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Winter is Coming: Counter Intuitive Survival Strategies for Wise Organisations

It has been on everyone’s lips for a while now, but I heard it out loud for the first time in a client meeting last week: “we are preparing for a recession”. Speaking to executives, HR leaders and coaches over the last weeks have only reinforced this notion, and as the graph below indicates, there are a growing number of searches related to economic downturn on Google. It may be time to reflect on a wise survival strategy.

Rethinking Quiet Quitting: On A Corporate Perspective

If you are reading this blog as leader or business owner, the message is clear. People do their best work when they are engaged, and to be engaged they need to meaningful work in a constructive environment. Leaders and the culture they create are the main drivers of engagement. This is where you should start if you are facing QQ, resignations and disengaged or unmotivated employees.

Rethinking Quiet Quitting: Drinking Poison and Expecting The Other Person To Die?

QQ is nothing new. Closing your laptop at 5 p.m., doing only your assigned tasks – that’s what labour unions called “work-to-rule”. It has been employed for ages, to protest or to exert power in labour negotiations. However, “work-to-rule” or QQ, is an indirect form of exerting your power – a form of passive aggressive behaviour… And then the psychologist in me got really curious. What is really happening here?

From “Owning By Choice” To “Owning A Choice”

If you follow the world news closely, you will notice many controversial discussions about freedom of choice happening on all around the internet. Rest assured I am not trying to tap into politics in this blog. I believe everyone is entitled to express their views and fight for what they think is right. Going through threads of intense comments and opinions, I am surprised at how few people bring up the simple but fundamental issue – what constitutes to a good choice?

The Power Of Tears

After weeks of intensive cross-examination and impeccable performance of lawyers, the climatic Johnny Depp v Amber Heard Defamation trial is finally coming to an end tonight. While the whole world is here together waiting for the result, there are intriguing learnings about human psychology that we believe all of us can relate to.

How Psychology Transformed My Coaching

In this blog, I would like to share with you three major areas of how psychology transformed my coaching and why you should bring psychology into coaching.

“I’m a coach, I don’t do psychology”. Seriously?

I don’t subscribe to the “coaching is not psychology” school of thought. In fact, I think that it is a false dichotomy. And in recent years I’ve come to the conclusion that this false dichotomy is harmful to the coaching profession. In this blog, I will argue that coaching is a form of psychology and that it is a good thing.

Taking The Road Less Traveled: The Journey To Transformational Coaching

My work as a professional coach over the past decade has led me on an interesting path. A path that led me towards powerful and transformative coaching. But one that diverted from what I was taught to be “proper” coaching. What is “proper” coaching, which “path” I’m on and what am I hoping to achieve? Let me explain.

Employee Retention Through Coaching in 2022

2022 is a year about employee retention. The Great Resignation that swept over the world revealed that pay incentives have become less critical for people’s stay. If you are considering an investment in coaching or expanding the scale of coaching in your organisation, what should you do? In this article, we bring in three expert perspectives on utilising your coaching initiatives for improving your employee retention in the long run.

The “Unforeseeable” Matrix Future

The message is clear. We don’t see the world as it is, and it is unnecessary to. Embrace it or not, the technology is evolving at an exponential rate (think about Agent Smith in the Matrix, who was a robot replicated uncontrollably on his own). Acknowledge the world is entering a new age and investigate the immense possibilities coming ahead are the things that cheer us.

Mindfulness: On second thought…

I recently challenged an article about mindfulness, “The mindfulness Conspiracy”: (https://bit.ly/3gr8AGs). After careful thought, while there might be some merit in considering the risks of mindfulness being exploited by greedy corporations, it’s equally important, if not more, to recognise where the power of mindfulness truly lies.

Suez Canal Incidents In Life (Part 2)

Last week, we shared 3 types of stuckness and 3 common reasons for feeling stuck. Wonder how to get unstuck? In this article, we will share 3 tips on getting unstuck.

Suez Canal Incidents In Life (Part 1)

The recent incident in the Suez Canal reminded me that a significant part of our value as coaches is in helping our clients get unstuck. Let’s be real, we all have experiences of being personally stuck in life and we are likely to be stuck again at some time in the future. It is likely that this experience is way more common than we realise and we may be stuck without even being consciously aware of it. At times we’re simply having a vague feeling of discomfort but sometimes we experience a major EverGreen level episode.

Stereotype Threat and Your Inner Game

Have you ever felt like there is a fight going on in your mind? Rest assured, this is a common experience. According to Timothy Gallwey, we all have at least two opposite voices within us, you can imagine them as two selves – Self 1 and Self 2.

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished!

Are you being too empathetic to your team? Did you know that being too empathetic to others can make you feel worse and be perceived as less effective by others? Controversial? Not as counter intuitive as you think.

3 Principles To Get Traction For Your Workplace Wellbeing Strategy

My experience taught me that doing anything new in organisations require a planned change management intervention. This applies to Mental Health and Wellbeing initiatives (MH&WB) as much as any other business strategy. Although complex in implementation, three simple principles can be applied to get the change process going.

8 Ways To Be A Bestie For Someone Who Lost Their Job

I wrote a post yesterday (21 October) about a workshop to help those who recently lost their jobs to process the experience. One of the things we’ll address in that workshop is the need to ask for help, to speak about the emotions and to seek social support. To do that, we need friends and partners who are willing and able to support us through the process of grief. Most of us are willing to support our friends, but we may not have the skills. And we may inadvertently do more harm than good.

Down The Rabbit Hole Of Lifelong Learning

I’ve recently been asked to design a workshop on lifelong learning (LL). Easy peasy, I thought. We’ll define LL, find a little survey to explore the dimensions of LL and we’re off to a running start. Well, I was wrong on both counts.

Using Coaching Skills To Cope With Adversity

Photo credit: http://www.goalcast.com Residents businesses in Hong Kong have been severely affected by first, the protest actions in HK and then by the Corona Virus outbreak. These two challenges continue to cause high levels of stress and anxiety amongst leaders

Debunked: Five Mistaken Reasons For Not Using Psychometrics

In this second blog in the series on unleashing the power of psychometric assessments, I take a look at some of the reasons I have heard from some of my clients for not initially using psychometrics. They are often misguided and based on a limited understanding of the science behind psychometrics. Here are my top five.

5 Tips for Selecting Better Coaches For Your Organisation

Given the investment and the stakes involved in executive coaching assignments it is becoming increasingly important to find quality coaches who deliver the outcomes they are hired for and ROI.  Coaches come in many shapes and sizes and although standards are starting to emerge, finding good coaches remains a headache for many organisations. In this blog I’ll share some tips for finding and engaging great coaches for your organisation.

Who says coaching is only for experienced and senior people?

Whenever people talk about coaching, the first thing that comes to their mind is one of those very senior leaders, or even C-suite leaders, receiving personalised one-on-one development opportunities. I bet no one ever thought about “Ah, why don’t we offer this opportunity to one of our newly promoted manager? She must be having a tough time transitioning into her new position!”

What is the breakfast of champions for coaching training?

TPC Leadership coaching training is a great program facilitated by Henry Chamberlain and Tamara Hofman. This programme made a huge difference in my personal development, I thought that it would be a great idea to interview one of the facilitators, Henry Chamberlain, to share both my experience of the programme and the approach Henry takes.

What does An I/O Psychologist Do?

You may have heard about Industrial and Organisational Psychology, you may even know one, but still you may not know what it is all about. We at HCC are a bunch of I/O psychologists – and are proud of it. That’s why we, have decided to collect and answer the five most commonly asked questions about I/O psychology.

What Is Wrong With Leaders-As-Coaches Training?

I have a burning question: What is wrong with leaders-as-coaches training and why do so few programmes succeed in creating a real change in leaders’ behaviour?

Am I Different? Women’s Perceived Development Gaps

In this second blog in the series about women’s development and coaching needs, I’ll explore the question “What are your biggest personal development gaps”. The responses to this question was really insightful, yet not that surprising. The majority of responses were related to what I will call inner game issues.

What Women Want…At Least When It Comes To Their Coaches

In my career as a coach and leadership assessment specialist, I’ve encountered many under-valued women leaders. People with high potential who just needed a bit of feedback, self-awareness and encouragement to radically transform their satisfaction and effectiveness at work.

What is I/O or Occupational Psychology?

You may have heard about Industrial and Organisational Psychology, you may even know one, but still you may not know what it is all about. We at HCC are a bunch of I/O psychologists – and are proud of it. That’s why we, have decided to collect and answer the five most commonly asked questions about I/O psychology.

Neuroticism: The Ugly Duckling of Personality

Let’s face it, not everyone out there is logical, rational, emotionally stable and predictable. And if you’re not one of those, you know it. You’re the “feisty”, “emotional”, “unstable” or heavens forbid, the “emotionally volatile” one.