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How Strong is Your Ethical Compass?

The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionable integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in the office. -Dwight D Eisenhower

As part of our leadership development course we focused on our ethical compass and how it guides our behaviour and decisions as leaders.

The Challenge

From time to time, in our personal and professional lives, we come across people and opportunities that seem engaging, exciting and worthy of further exploration.

Sometimes the best things in life are those we stumble upon or that seem to come quite serendipitously out of nowhere!  And indeed, explore we must.  NEW horizons and development only arise through venturing into the unknown, pushing the envelope and taking an “experimental” stance towards such invitations.

As the old saying goes, “if we do what we have always done, then we will get what we have always gotten!”

Some Probing Questions

At the same time, though, it is worth being mindful of the following questions to guide your explorations when confronted with a mixed/tempting situation: (more…)

Are our Leaders Leading with Integrity?

integrityLeadership and integrity go hand in hand. When we see evidence of a lack of integrity whether it is in our political, business, community or family leaders, we feel dismayed, let down, disbelief and even outrage.

Given the current events involving our political leaders, I thought it timely to re-visit this topic.

What is integrity?

• Integrity is not a “turn-on and turn-off” switch; it’s about character and intent as demonstrated through our behaviours. One can say their behaviour was a slip-up or oversight, but when there is a consistent pattern of high-stakes, questionable behavior then something deeper is at play.

• Integrity embraces values of honesty, responsibility, accountability, loyalty and self-awareness. (more…)

What does success mean to you?

components of success, conceptSuccess is something most human beings desire and gravitate towards. The word itself has a rich, positive connotation.

A lot of products and services get sold based on the promise of success. Buy this or do that and will find yourself in the winner’s camp!

But what does success mean to you? Is it about the achievement of short or long-term goals or more external measures of what society defines as successful? Or fundamentally is it about the quest for happiness and well-being that we think it will provide?

Success may be an abstract term but it has a lot of emotional and psychological currency attached to it.

For me, the essence of success embraces the gift of learning, growing and developing both personally and professionally and then being able to contribute in a meaningful way.

How about you? How do you measure your success? (more…)

What makes for great leadership?

Gandhi on Indian rupee noteThere is so much rhetoric in leadership but from time to time we get to see and experience what great leadership is.

These are moments, events and time in our lives when we feel touched, moved and inspired because we see and experience great leadership.

What have been such moments for you?  Can you recall some examples from your own life?

Perhaps it was a parent figure, a family member or a particular manager who embodied confidence in you and your abilities and made you feel like you could tackle and take on anything.  And that is exactly what you did and nine times out of ten, you proved them right!

On the global stage, like many, I was incredibly moved by the historical event when Barack Obama became the United States of America’s first African American President.

Then there are other awe inspiring history making stories as per Nelson Mandela,   The Dalai Lama, Gandhi, and Mother Theresa.

In my own neighbourhood there is  the mature, migrant woman who runs a family business. She started with minimal experience and a dream and now has a  roaring trade based on the quality of food she makes as she keeps the neighborhood fed and happy and  at such reasonable prices!

Her business continues to grow from strength to strength but her leadership has not veered from the core values that made her successful.

There are many qualities, principles and actions which make for great leadership.

I have chosen the following seven for this blog: (more…)

Managing with Aloha – The Hawaiian Way

While in Hawaii, I had the great pleasure of coming across the work of Rosa Say, a workplace culture and leadership coach, author and speaker. Rosa brings a unique Hawaiian perspective to business and workplace focusing on core Hawaiian values which also have a universality and parallel with many indigenous cultures. Her beautiful and very practical book, “Managing with Aloha” brings these values to life and I feel privileged sharing this interview with Rosa,  with you.

1. Tell us a bit about yourself – your roots and cultural background?

I was born and raised in Hawaii, the oldest of 5 children: I was 5 years old when Hawaii became the 50th State of USA. Like many in the islands, I represent a melting pot of ancestry, and I’m Filipino, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, and Chinese, yet I consider myself keiki o ka ‘aina (a child of the land) in my value system and prevailing habit, in that I’m completely a product of the islands’ sense of place. In our islands, the locals would call me Kama’aina; one who is native born and bred, but not of Hawaiian blood ancestry. “Of Hawaii” is who I am, in that it is all I know as a resident, other than a very short time when I lived in the Philippines as a teenager, but I’ve been fortunate to have traveled outside of the islands quite a bit – more than most residents do. Haven’t been to your islands yet though, and believe me, it’s near the top of my bucket list! (more…)

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