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  2. Hi Jas
    Good article but I wonder if it should be retitled to “Could the lack of self awareness be holding back your career?”
    Kind regards
    Warwick

    • jasbindar.singh says:

      Hi Warwick – thanks for your comment. I get what you are saying! And the jury is still out for me! Trust you are well. Regards, Jashttp://www.sqleadership.com/wordpress/wp-admin/edit-comments.php#comments-form

  3. Anja Schuetz says:

    I wholehartedly agree!

    Unfortunately many companies still think they can have things “fixed” with one-off soft-skills trainings and do not see that that longer term coaching results in higher knowledge retention and sustainable change in behaviour of the participants – something that a one-off training usually does not achieve.

    Thank you for this article!

  4. Marian Kerr says:

    Great article Jasbindar!

    It is so important to understand our strengths and use them to advantage. As you say, sometimes overusing them can cause us to become rigid and drained and neglect other parts of ourselves that could be of benefit to the situation. As well as looking at those underutilised strengths and giving them some ‘air time’ I have found it helpful to think about how we can often caught up in using the ‘learned behaviours’- those things that we become good at, but that don’t really contribute to a sense of excitement and enjoyment because they don’t truly come from our true personal strengths-base.

    Awareness gives us choices in how we act and react. Interesting stuff!

  5. jasbindar.singh says:

    Thanks for your comments Anja – so true! Jasbindar

  6. jasbindar.singh says:

    Absolutely right. We are creatures of our conditioning and sometimes it takes a long time to differentiate between the real, more authentic self versus who we think we are….perhaps even a life long journey!

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  8. An incisive summation. In fact many of our politicians, local and national, when caught out have been hiding behind escape clauses like “Sorry” and “Can we now put it behind us and move forward”
    For me, such responses come not from leaders, but from managers primarily intent upon clinging to their remuneration revenue.

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  10. Hi Jas

    ANother great article and so topical. I think every New Zealander felt proud of the All Whites. It was a bit like the movie “Cool Running”. Well done you are such an accomplished writer.

    Gilly

  11. Geoff Love says:

    Hi Jasbindar,
    Well expressed. Yes, I agree teams do require 100% conviction and self belief to perform and win at any level. Having had 20 years of coaching and playing tennis around the world I have experienced that every performance is the result of hours of disciplined skill training combined with a winning culture.

    Great coaches are essential to the mix by having a determined game plan and genuine sincere appreciation of every player.

    All leaders can take lessons from this brilliant result.

  12. Pat de Carle says:

    Jasbindah,
    What a great article and I totally agree that the New Zealand team did a remarkable job. I know that my team of Hospital Art workers for the last 11 years and without a great deal of support have made a temendous difference in the community. It’s all about what you believe is possible.
    Thanks for the article Pat

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  14. Interesting interview. Well worth reading. Thanks John and Jasbindar.

  15. Christian Dahmen says:

    Very insightful, as expected…., Being an Executive Coach myself I agree that coaching is holistic , and if you like an art which requires multiple disciplines in the coach to merge. Over is the time of the poor performance coach, as in tough times poor performers don’t survive. We live in the time of “awakening”, and “renewal”. So whatever it takes for the coach to “wake up” the client for new ideals or dreams, primarily for themselves will ultimately benefit the company. This calls for the integration of LIfe, Career, and Business coaching that enables the client in one session to cover all three areas. To be all of that you must have had a substantial international career yourself , plus psychology , plus deep economic understanding. I write this from my own experience in what clients value in me as a coach.

  16. Excellent Interview!

    I totally agree with Sir John when he says about Knowledge and Wisdom. University degrees can get just knowledge but to achieve and demonstrate wisdom, one needs to look into self and develop where there are gaps.
    Knowledge is to ‘food for mind’ what wisdom is to ‘food for soul’.

    Thanks Jasbindar and Sir John for this great interview.

  17. Sohandeep Cheema says:

    A very interesting read. We do provide feedback as a part of formal procedure in our organisation and this article shows how we can further improve the process we are already following. Thanks Jasbindar. Also, I am an avid reader of your articles please keep up the good work.

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  20. Guy von Sturmer says:

    Your clear, strong voice rings true, Jasbindar, and is a good example of exactly the sort of leadership that is needed. Thank you. Guy

  21. Jasbindar brings up many good points about the role of a leader and how
    the REAL New Zealand is actually a blend of many cultures … to ‘look and sound like a New Zealander’ could mean either Canadian, American, Chinese, Indian, German, French, etc.
    What Paul Henry seems to call a REAL New Zealander is anyone who looks and sounds like him!

    We’re all called upon to embrace diversity as a great strength of this country – and to extend our sense of community beyond our own race to embrace all cultural traditions and ethnicities – we are all REAL New Zealanders, and we all make a difference.
    It’s a leader’s job to empower and inspire EVERYONE to rise to his or her best.

  22. Ajay says:

    This article and learning lesson on leadership delivers only a partial spank which you have mentioned.

    While you being a leader and its “coaching guru” too, could & should have endorsed the “whip” an important attribute at the disposal of a true leader especially in the current era.

    In all humane and honest reaction the PM, should and could have demonstrated it there & then.

  23. Kathy Torpie says:

    Freedom of speech, like any other freedom, goes hand in hand with accountability or personal responsibility. Every individual may have a right to hold and express even the most ignorant or repugnant of opinions. With that right goes the consequences – such as public backlash and (many of us might hope) the end of one’s public career.

    If TVNZ was not publicly owned, it would be simple to boycott the station knowing that lost advertising revenue would quickly pull them back in line or put them out of business. However TVNZ works for the public, is paid by the public, and is a public service. It has a responsibility to the public good. As a publicly owned organization, it does NOT have the same right to freedom of speech.

    Hold TVNZ accountable for the actions of their employees. That’s where public opinion should be aimed.

  24. Ian Sinclair says:

    I agree with you totally Jasbindar. Sir Arnand’s mother Tara and father, Dr Satyanand, were inspirational leaders with all characteristics you describe. They stood for racial tolerance and understanding and they played a huge role in forging the cosmopolitan community of Auckland as we know it today. This is where Sir Arnand gets his qualities, I believe. As a relative I can say our branch of the family is very proud of him and his achievements. The comments by my colleague Paul Henry about Sir Arnand were an insult to their memory and deeply offensive to me personally.

  25. Usha Kumpula says:

    Our families were close friends from the 60’s. To think that our parents made such sacrifice to raise their children to aspire to such heights, it is inconceivable that highly intelligent and spiritual people should have to tolerate such gaff.
    I do not believe that Paul Henry is rascist but rather lacking in maturity, and intelligence and should not be a reflection of N.Z. society in the media.
    Again and again I am questioning what values we are teaching today?
    The country needs people with social, spiritual values — now more than ever.
    Sir Anand is rare in that he has has these qualities and its a shame that his office will end all too soon — he has much to teach.

  26. Donna says:

    Hi Jasbindar,

    Nice summary! And a good result with Paul Henry’s resignation.

    cheers,

    Donna

  27. Andrew Norton says:

    Right on Jasbindar,

    As a kiwi who now works predominantly out of New Zealand I have been horrified by the lack of leadership shown by our Prime Minister, John Key. It is unbelieveable that a state broadcaster has put up with this male adolescent idiot for so long. The message that continuing to indulge such a disrespectful leader as Paul Henry gives not just our young people but the rest of the world is quite frankly embarrassing. It really does show how lost we have become when a public broadcaster continues to support such behaviour based on being good for ratings.

    I did enjoy yesterdays Sunday Star Times editorial where it highlighted the thanks we should give to Paul Henry – it reinforced that his comment have done us a service by a resounding “we have had enough of this bullshit” that so called broadcasters such as Paul Henry reinforce about the right to public speach using taxpayer funded mediums – for most other countries in the world such nonsense would have been nipped in the bud much sooner.

    Thank you Jasbindar

  28. Devika Kumar says:

    Well said Jasbindar.
    Lets hope that this incident creates a greater awarness in our society.

    Devika

  29. In the highly dynamic role of live breakfast TV, the spontaneity of the host is a vital contributor to the entertainment. Paul Henry excelled at this to an impressive degree. However, as an entertainer he also assumed a leadership role. And sooner or later a leader reveals intentionally or otherwise their values and beliefs. In the stream of consciousness that Henry would roll out each morning we got to witness his beliefs. The best leaders espouse wholesome, inclusive beliefs and values. It is unfortunate that such an expressive individual had not risen above such unfortunate beliefs. To be a leader our private thoughts must be honorable.

  30. Great article!

    Thanks Jasbindar

  31. Well done! We all need a reality check from time-to-time to keep us on track.

  32. John D Hastings says:

    Insightful as always , Jasbindar – I see some good alignment betwen your thinking here and the work and messages of Prof Roger Steare on ethics, morality and trust.

  33. Hi Jas
    Another very well prepared and thought out newsletter. I gain so much for reading your newsletters and look forward to reading the content as soon as it arrives in my in-box.
    Happy Christmas

    Gillian

  34. Jasbindar says:

    Thank you, Gillian – appreciate your comments. We tend to very easily focus on the negatives and what we haven’t yet achieved. This is a good gratitude, appreciative and rememberance exercise of what is all good and the many blessings we have, despite our challenges! :-))

  35. Congrats on your new home, Jas 🙂
    In terms of ‘thinking bigger’ – what about how we all live together here on Aotearoa?
    Check out TheAwarenessParty.com for some BIG ideas of how to move forward.

  36. Nice blog Jas and very open. Thank you for sharing. I agree our consciousness does dictate our reality – that’s a powerful thought. Consciousness and presence are closely related. My hope for these holidays was time with loved ones who were present, not “fiddling with stuff”. Now I’m on the holiday, I notice people are more present. Work eh? What does it do for our minds?

  37. Marian Kerr says:

    Wonderful news regarding your new home Jas.
    I love your concept of simple, joyful things. In the midst of all the busy-ness, and sometimes confusion, of modern life it is the simple, joyful things that ground us and enrich our lives in meaningful ways. Sometimes we just need to be reminded to make room for them and really appeciate them.

  38. Kathy Torpie says:

    Hi Jas,

    You’re right. This is much more a ‘home’ and much more a reflection of you!I am so happy for you! Let’s go out one day looking at furnishings and things for the walls and imagine all the different ways that you can put your very personal stamp on your new home. The best thing about ‘home’ is how it welcomes you back to you whenever you step through the doors.

  39. That is a real challenge for many of us Stephen. How do we keep grounded in the stuff that really matters and have our consciousness reside in that more, not just the functional matters of everyday life. This is certainly my intent for 2011 – being closer to the call of heart and spirit. And the new environment is a great facilitator of that.

  40. Love the comment that he best thing about ‘home’ is how it welcomes you back to you whenever you step through the doors. Thanks Kathy. And of course then there is the home within!

  41. jasbindar.singh says:

    Too true Marian. The simple joys in life are not only the most restorative ones but often free! The forever giving gifts and bounty of nature…..

  42. Bruce Nicol says:

    It is refreshing to see that at last people of such calibre and position can acknowledge the power of the transpersonal to increase the creativity and productivity of peoples’ involvement in society.
    This is whether they work in organisations or on their own.
    It will be the norm in education and the workplace in the future.
    Many thanks Jasbinder for your work in making the interview, and for John giving time to share his wisdom.

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  44. Thanks for the inspiration, Jas…

    For me, I think I’ll start the year with ‘Co-creating the World We all Want’…

    which is about staying focused on the bigger picture of how what I do everyday impacts the larger whole and how the larger global situation informs my everyday actions.

  45. jasbindar.singh says:

    Great Sally! Keeping an eye on the bigger picture is so important for all of us given all the daily demands on our energy, time and resources.

  46. My mantra is: help to build a wiser society …

    this is about helping others to build better brains and using them in a wise way – and trying to be part of the wider process of collective wisdom in the world.

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  50. Ora Lefebvre says:

    Thank you Sir John and Jasbindar.

    Coming from a Master NLP Practitioner angle I fully agree. Wisdom is knowing with sensitivety how to show a person the choices they have and let them decide which is best for them. ‘Every angle of a person’s life directly interchanges with every other angle of their life’ How can one address only parts?

  51. Jamie Ford says:

    Thanks Jas,
    Very timely, as I am in the process of writing my book.
    Any advice on selecting a publisher would be most welcome.

    Warm regards
    Jamie

  52. sukesh sukumaran says:

    I always enjoy your posts Jas, thank you for this one!

    Many people are pushed into roles of leadership without the necessary traits that we so openly recognise and demand of leaders today.

    Your post provides further insight and takes the discussion one step further towards understanding why people (in leadership roles included) act the way they do, under specific circumstances. But, can leaders of today afford to use this as a “reason/excuse” for poor performance and inaction to steer their business forward steadily through challenging times? How will a leader be expected to lead a business and its people throguh change, when the leader him/herself seems closed to embracing change and displays behaviour of “job protection”? Is “servant leadership” and “authenticity” skills that can be learnt (provided those leaders are aware they need to learn them), or would their relevant past be important as a factor to the same end?

    In businesses like Yellow (in NZ) for example, poor leadership and vision has seen the erosion of significant value. This, when share price and market value are principle measures of company’s financial success, and when brand values and management of work environment spell out the effect of good people leadership. Should businesses perform extensive psychometric tests (over and above qualifications and experience) to ensure they gain a “socially mature” and “future capable” leader?

  53. Love your post, I am a real advocate of MBTI and use it as a valuable framework or increase self awareness and awareness of others in coaching.

    This framework can help raise the question that all leaders need to address“would you follow you?”
    This video raises some of those reflective questions http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbmTlvfuHlo
    Let me know what you think

  54. jasbindar.singh says:

    Thank you, Jenny. We are looking forward to having Jane Kise at the conference. She is an excellent presenter and facilitator. The video wouldn’t work unfortunately – will try it again.

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  56. Pat de Carle says:

    Jasbindah Thank you for this article. I stood down from the Presidency of the organisation that I have run for 12 years in January and am now Vice President but will step down from this position in August. I take on board your remarks as I do find it difficult to find someone who will run the organisation completely. I will give some thughts to my attitude at this Thursdays meeting and sit back and listen more. thanks Pat My email address has changed to patdecarle@bigpond.com

  57. Ken Newlands says:

    Very timely advice with New Zealand Free Trade Agreement delegation just returning from India. Hopefully this will open many opportunities for New Zealand companies so your suggestions invaluable.
    Well done
    Ken

    • jasbindar.singh says:

      Thanks for your comments, Ken. Yes – good to see the potential for business between India and New Zealand being tapped into now. Cross-cultural awareness goes a long way in smoothing the way in any relationship including business.

  58. John Harnett says:

    Hi Jasbinder – Here’s another one to think about apropos the last sentence in your opening paragraph. I read a story the other day – I have tried but can’t remember where – that says botox is causing problems for both the botoxed and the botoxee. I treated it like I would a puddle, intrigued mostly that it was serious. The botoxed aren’t delivering natural signals, which warps their connectivity, and ‘versa-vice’.

  59. This is a excellent article.I found this website a few month ago and I must say each time I come back I find another interesting topic. Great job in creating a informative website.

  60. Yes, I also thought that this was such an example of lack of wisdom on the part of Addidas executives. Emotional intelligence to empathise with the emotion of fans plus enough experience and judgement to know the right thing to do in the situation for the right reasons.

    The human brain instantly identifies examples of percieved unfairness and reacts emotionally from the threat centre of the brain. This was such a mistake for Addidas to field such young, intellectually intelligent managers on the TV! Logic never trumps emotion and a sense of fairness; it is underpinned by it.

  61. Thanks Jasbindar for putting this issue succinctly and into perspective. Yes Adidas does need to engage with the NZ public at an emotional level. They still seem to have their minds on the profit!

  62. Great article Jasbindar. Unfortunately so much organisational argument put forward today is euphemistically couched as logic or necessity or whatever, when in fact it is nothing more than thinly veiled greed. If you look at many of the woes that beseige our world today you see that they are underpinned by greed.

    Einstein also said that “all that matters cannot be counted, and all that can be counted does not matter”.

  63. Topcat says:

    Good content and timing.
    What is even more alarming was their effort to justify the cost relative to their spend on sponsorship. This was basically saying that we pay the money for our brand marketing and by the way we just tag the cost to your clothes.

  64. Try supporting the Highlanders Rugby franchise in their soppy lime green jerseys! The stupidest marketing gaffe in rugby history was made last month by taking expert consultant advice and ‘refreshing’ the Highlanders brand, and for their last game at the much loved historic Carisbrook ground. In the parochial deep South, a commercial rugby franchise had dared to drop the proud blue and gold colours that enshrine the heart of the Province. The mistake was immediately obvious to all, (especially with the South African oppsition wearing the same blue as most of the crowd!)Everyone in Otago was appalled! But the leadership stubborness will now continue into next year, with contracts signed with the supplier that apparently cannot be broken. Obviously, it is the emotional contract with the fans/customers that needs to stay paramount in these cases. It’s hard to put a dollar value on long term customer loyalty and commitment, but it is disregarded by any organisation at its peril! The extra spin that this story puts on Jasbindar’s blog is that customer engagement and loyalty can easily be lost when we listen only to self serving ‘independent’ advisors. We must listen to and consider our customer/stakeholders perspectives as well.

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  66. Rick Maurer says:

    Jasbindar – Good post. Thanks.

    I’d like to add a thought to your post. Our knee-jerk reactions can get in the way of our good intentions. (The emotional intelligence folks would call these amygdala hijacks). These knee-jerks occur when something triggers us: an insult, a roll of the eyes, things building up too far, and so forth. I find in my work with leaders that often attention to knee-jerk reactions is one of the most helpful places where I can support them. For instance, I have seen leaders get frustrated in meetings of 200 people, give into a knee-jerk reaction by attacking a speaker or getting snarky, and set their projects back months.

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  69. Vipul Kapoor says:

    Excellant read, will surely use it and recommend it further.

    Thanks.

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  71. Paul Wood says:

    Thanks so much for creating this opportunity for reflection Jasbindar. It is very easy to prioritise the development of others, but I believe our ability to assist is so much more powerful when our passion is based upon our own experience of the wonder that is growth. Once again, thanks so much. I will take the time to reflect on these questions and encourage others within the team to do the same. Have an excellent holiday season.

  72. Richard Kerr-Bell says:

    Thanks Jas, really enjoyed. your reflection

  73. Anne says:

    great comments Jas. They handled their defeat very well. I was pleased that SA beat the English team. The SA win was a great first for their Captain who was a first coloured SA as the team leader.
    Regards Anne

  74. Hemlata Prasad says:

    These are such beautiful thoughts and reality composed in your writing. This is a wake up call for people to go deep in search of their insight which will bring about your hidden talents & skill as mentioned. VERY INSIPRING!!