How to successfully build and deliver an election speech

An election speech is a very valuable, important and powerful communication tool.  All other things being equal, a stirring election speech has the power to shift a large section of the electorate in favor of the candidate.  Alternatively, if the candidate botches up the speech, the opposition can gain ground without delivering their speech.  The …

Personal Development Framework – based on business framework

Personal Development Framework For an effective personal development framework, one can just take what works for successful corporations.  Similar to competitive advantage and performance management, what works well for a business also works wells for individuals. Just as businesses need to grow to fulfill their potential and promise, so also at a personal level we …

Lack of confidence as a leadership deterrent

  Self-confidence Continuing with the responses to our survey analysis, lack of confidence is another big factor that was pointed out as a deterrent to someone taking up challenging leadership initiatives. Lack of confidence is very closely related to fear of failure. In this post, we look at confidence from a different viewpoint, and that …

Leadership and culture change – securing quick-wins

Leadership and culture-change In continuing with our series on leading by example, I’d like to relate a story on leadership and culture change.  This is the story of how an effective leader took charge and secured a quick win.  In his own style this person stamped his leadership qualities in implementing a culture change in …

12 effective tips for training managers to become leaders

Important vs Urgent matrix Most leaders are good managers, but the converse is not always true.  Some very efficient managers fail in bridging the gap towards becoming effective leaders.  While charisma, looks and a magnetic personality play a small part in the physical make-up of a leader, there are some conscious attributes that can be …

Effective leadership qualities: Recognition

  Recognition One of the primary roles a leader plays is in inspiring and motivating team members.  Some of the intangible things that motivate team members are: a.      Feeling good about what they do (job satisfaction) b.      Learning new skills, gaining experience and job knowledge c.       Being an effective contributor in team/company success d.      Gaining …