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The Business X Factor

The Business X Factor

Talent reality shows like ‘The X Factor’ are all about discovering people who have an exceptional ability but have never been in the position to display their talent. These show have created a platform for people to display their abilities, while the audience is drawn in by stories of participants … Continued

The Talent Barometer: Moving HR Out of Babylonian Times

The Talent Barometer: Moving HR Out of Babylonian Times

For thousands of years now, people have been trying to forecast the weather. Even as far back as 650 BC, the Babylonians predicted the weather using astrology and cloud patterns. In 1644 an Italian scientist called Tornicelli invented the mercury barometer. Ever since, meteorologist used … Continued

Content Is King

Content Is King

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to coach a very bright manager with a great deal of potential, helping her deliver the presentation of her life. In preparing for my coaching assignment, I read the latest books regarding successful presentations (check out The Presentation Coach … Continued

Better Buy

Better Buy

From my previous blog (Promote or Hire) you know by now that I have a bias towards promoting talent from within. In my experience, which is also backed by research, employees that have been promoted within the company are most likely more successful and cost you less. So why … Continued

Promote or Hire?

Promote or Hire?

I understand your dilemma. You have this vacancy and the internal candidate just doesn’t have it, he (or she of course) doesn’t have the education, hasn’t done the job before and you are just not that confident that he/she can do the job. On the other hand you have this person that fits the role … Continued

The Power of Calibration

The Power of Calibration

How many of you recently concluded an annual performance review for your team members? How did it go? Don’t ask yourself, ask the employees. A performance appraisal is supposed to help them get an accurate picture of their performance. The right feedback can help employees give … Continued

Do You Want To Go Fast or Far?

Do You Want To Go Fast or Far?

Once in a while it happens, you meet a CEO that blows you away. Azhar Ali Syed, the departing Managing Director of Tetra Pak Pakistan is such a leader. He is not your stereotypical CEO. No, just someone that delivers outrageous results, develops and stands by his people … Continued

Desi Gora

Desi Gora

I will soon be celebrating the start of my 10 years here in Pakistan. I have enjoyed all the highs and lows possible and Pakistan would not be Pakistan if these highs were not unscalable, 25,000 feet mountains, and lows of ocean grade depths. Over the last several years, many people have … Continued

Teach Yourself by Teaching Others

Teach Yourself by Teaching Others

I have this happen to me all the time; I go to a conference with the intention to learn all the best practices of other companies only to realize the next day that I can’t remember what was being said. If you know the feeling I’m talking about, then know you are not the only … Continued

I Am A Feminist

I Am A Feminist

I have a confession to make: I am a feminist. I realized this because I strongly believe in creating equal opportunities for women in all aspects of life, especially in areas of education and employment which, according to the Oxford Dictionary, is the definition of feminism. I don’t know when I … Continued

Busting The Training Myth Part II

Busting The Training Myth Part II

Ask yourself as a professional, what do you want to be remembered by? As the manager that always achieved his numbers or as the manager who was singled out by others as the person they learned most from during their career. Of course it is never a choice and you find that a person who … Continued

Busting The Training Myth

Busting The Training Myth

Whenever I ask a group of people to identify the learning experiences that accelerated their career, people never identify a training course or any university class as their ‘career accelerator’. It is always an exposure to different companies, functions, cultures or a challenging assignment … Continued