So You Know What People Really Think?

Have you ever noticed that people don’t always really say what they think? I was in an elevator once in Singapore with a well dressed professional man who appeared to be in his late fifties. A young woman in extremely tight black pants, three inch heels and a low-cut red satin blouse stepped on at a middle floor. He smiled in her direction and stated, “that’s a quite a stunning outfit.” She gave him a big smile back, however, when she exited at the next floor and once the elevator door had closed, he turned and said to me… “She looked like a tramp. How could a woman dress like that in a...
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Authentic Leadership

Being candid is essential to authentic leadership. You have to learn to speak your mind. You have to convey your opinion without fear, pretty language and qualifiers. Authenticity is about the truth. The truth requires candour. Any leader knows when and how to be candid and they don’t avoid it! Please take a moment to ponder. Be brave and always be candid! People want to hear the truth even if it may hurt to do so. Sincerely, Joseph Bismark Group Managing Director, QI...
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Share Your Values

Sharing your values with your office mates and friends is a sure way to build bridges. People prefer leaders or managers with the courage to talk about their convictions and beliefs over those who just say what everyone wants to hear. It really is that simple: Express your values and act on your values and people will respect you and believe that you are genuine. Please take a moment to ponder on the idea: The key to success is speaking out and sharing your values with people and from there you begin to gain their respect. People will recognise your contribution. It is not in the title or position that...
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Polish Your Professional Image

Prior to my corporate exposure, I grew up in a community where personal grooming was never an issue. When we founded QI in 1998 it came as a shock to me when Dato Vijay told me that I was a crappy dresser and that I would have to start dressing up like a CEO and that I would have to do some personal grooming myself. Initially, I felt a little insulted by his candour, but after some thought… “only a true friend would tell me this” Most people will only tell us how good we look, even if we are poorly dressed. Image is important especially in your own office. Your office, board room,...
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What Kind of Manager Are You?

There are two kinds of managers and both types communicate in two very different styles. One is the Hands-On: They criticise and judge their staff. If, as a manager, you choose to judge (criticism, implied or otherwise), you will provoke defensiveness and withdrawal, not creativity or productivity. When you hammer your people or find them coming up short, this is when you then start to criticise and micromanage them. In this age of sensitivity of the knowledge-based worker, that is a self-destructive cycle. It engenders nothing but resentment. When we judge our people and then hold grudges, we are...
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