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The Power of Leeches

The Power of Leeches

Many companies conduct Exit Interviews when people leave the company. These interviews are conducted assuming that the employee who is leaving will have nothing to lose and might share confidential information about their boss, colleague etc. If you are one of those companies living … Continued

Crisis Control

Crisis Control

Whoa! What a day… Yesterday was a day I will not easily forget. It started off with receiving a number of text messages from friends and colleagues saying that an email my company had sent out to all the contacts that I have accumulated over the last ten years (inviting people to participate in our … Continued

Creative Conflict

Creative Conflict

Margaret Thatcher, the British Iron Lady, once famously said “Consensus is the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values, and policies in search of something in which no one believes, but to which no one objects, the process of avoiding the very issues that have to be solved, merely … Continued

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