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Mahatma Gandhi

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

Mahatma Gandhi

Clear Thinking Made Visible

Reframe Perspectives – Either your world is perfect or it isn’t; it all depends on your perspective, the way you look at things. Everything will work out in the end, it always does. Meanwhile, your coach will help you reframe your perspective or get you to look at things differently so you can see more clearly and change your perception which in turn will change your mindset and prepare you for change. Shifting or reframing your perspective from one of imperfection to one that sees possibilities for perfection requires a great deal of experience and skill which is what a good coach will be able to achieve. Can the situation be better than this? Sure it can. We just need to think differently.

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Do People Really Matter?

In the last 35+ years including the last 15 in professional service firms where the biggest asset is “ people” I have observed that at the very first pressure on the business all investments in the long term development of talent goes out the window. That is the first cost that CEOs decide has to be cut. The very fact that it is viewed as a cost and not an investment tells you that in the larger scheme of things this is not a real priority.

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Building Trusted Relationships- Journey to Becoming a Trusted Advisor

We recognize that the process of building relationships is an art, but there is also a science to it. Based on extensive research in the realms of social psychology, Dr. Robert Cialdini, Regent’s Professor of Psychology & Marketing at Arizona State University, has developed six key principles that can help us recognize the trigger features that increase the probability of success. Building trusted relationships with integrity involves a critical set of behaviors which can help ensure consistent success on the journey to becoming a Trusted Adviser.

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Why is it critical to hire the services of an executive coach, particularly in a recession?

Strategic management in a recession requires decision making that will not only address the organization’s current situation but also help senior executives get in shape for the upturn that is bound to come. In a slow growth environment there is an urgent need to shift the focus of strategy from growth in market share to growth in profitable market share. There is a world of difference between the two and often requires serious realignment of company culture and operating structure. As CEOs focus on reducing costs they cannot give up the drive to grow the top line profitably. The market is still full of opportunities and leaders need to find ways to help the organization achieve profitable revenue growth.
When the process of strategic thinking is combined with coaching it has a very powerful impact. One of the greatest challenges of executives is how to keep up with so much change, in relation to themselves, their team members and their clients. Through a better understanding of the strategic shift, they can work with their coach to identify their knowledgeskills gaps and find out how coaching can support them in dealing with the challenges they face.
Business coaching will help senior executives (one on one) to maximize their potential. In a complex and changing environment executives will need a resource that will help them become more self aware in a purely non- judgmental way, and help them address the growth challenges they face.

How do you measure the return on investment (ROI) from executive coaching?

By measuring the actual results co-developed with each client. Thought is incipient action. The reaction is the response from your subconscious mind that corresponds to the nature of your thought. Fill your mind with the concepts of harmony, health, peace, and goodwill, and wonders will happen in your life. A good coach will be able to ensure that you get your desired results. Hence goal setting with the coach is critical and then setting appropriate structures to induce action will deliver the results both are looking for.

What are the main benefits of coaching as per the methodology of Thought Perfect?

The single biggest benefit is achieving clarity of thought and purpose. Clear thinking is what leads to changes in behavior that produces desired outcomes. It is not possible to change people, but we can change their behavior. Thought Perfect makes leaders appreciate the law of life which is the law of belief. As a person thinks, feels, and believes, so is the condition of his or her mind, body, and circumstances. Aligning the heart and the mind is a very important aspect of decision making. This is the very crux of the Thought Perfect coaching process.

What is the difference between coaching and consulting?

Individuals who engage in a coaching relationship can expect to experience fresh perspectives on professional challenges and opportunities, enhanced thinking and decision-making skills, interpersonal effectiveness, and increased confidence in carrying out their chosen work and life roles. The coach will help the executive establish his own values, develop his goals, get an appreciation of his own capabilities and limitations, fine-tune his thinking, establish behavioral changes required, build appropriate structures and identify actions for implementation. All the time there is a constant process of providing feedback, shifting perspectives, and developing understanding that will lead to the implementation of necessary actions. All this is done in a non-judgmental way that inspires trust and confidence. Unlike consulting there is never any advice given- all the desired outcomes are achieved through the ideas and decisions that are drawn out of each individual executive. This is the reason why unlike consulting- where somebody tells them what to do- they take full ownership of their decisions and implementation to succeed in deriving the appropriate outcomes.

When is a CEO or a business leader ready for coaching?

CEOs (or for that matter any C level executive/ business leader) need to recognize that coaching can help them perform better. Not only do they need to perform better but they also need to perform consistently better. This puts a lot of pressure on them; they generally cannot confide in anybody, and end up making wrong choices that impact them negatively. People who are in trouble often have difficulty in thinking and acting reasonably. Their problems overwhelm them and block their ability to listen and understand.  This impacts their thinking further, and makes them do things that bring totally undesired results. Once a CEO understands this, he/she should be ready for coaching.

What should the mindset of a coachee (client) be for coaching to be most effective?

A client should essentially be ready to be coached. This means they are open to the idea of sharing their thoughts- their fears, doubts, and dilemmas. They must be willing to open themselves up and trust their coach to help them out. Sometimes clients come in with a closed mind and then they experience a self-fulfilling prophecy in action where they do not get any benefit from the coaching. They must believe that positive outcomes will result from the interaction.

How important is it for executive coaches to have been CEOs themselves?

It is not necessary that coaches should have been CEOs themselves. They need not be subject matter experts (that would be consulting) at all and can produce better results sometimes by not really knowing anything at all about the CEO’s world. However, as mentioned above, if a coaching relationship has to be successful, CEOs need to trust the coach. And they invariably tend to trust those with whom they have shared beliefs, or shared experiences so that they feel comfortable and become more willing to open up and share their dilemmas. That is why a fellow CEO (“one of our own”, with presence) will be more successful in drawing out a CEO faster and achieve better results sooner. Once again, there are many good coaches who have significant presence without being a CEO and they can be successful too.

Why do CEOs normally use coaches? What kinds of issues do they face?

CEOs usually use coaches for a specific issue where they are faced with a dilemma and they need some help in thinking it through. In such cases, it is a more immediate response that they are looking for. The interaction then is probably limited to one or two sessions depending on the complexity of the issue.

CEO & business leaders also seek coaching when they are looking to improve their overall performance and want a strategic interaction. In such instances, we would work over at least 12 sessions to drive lasting change. CEOs face issues related to Financial, Operational, Human Capital, and Growth initiatives that they struggle with in the execution of their responsibilities to shareholders.

Would coaching apply to entrepreneurs- owners of private businesses?

Yes of course. Entrepreneurs are business leaders and like CEOs they have pretty much the same challenges. In fact some of them have bigger challenges depending on the stage of life of their businesses. Coaching would benefit them greatly.

Are there cultural differences that can impact the success of coaching?

Yes, most certainly. It is critical that the coach should be able to appreciate the cultural differences between himself and the client. Getting too friendly too soon, or being too aggressive, or just asking for trust too soon, can at times be a setback to the coaching relationship. Knowledge of local culture and practices is very important, particularly in Asia. Building trust with people of different cultures is an art, and that is why age and experience of the coach is crucial. Wisdom is an ingredient that must come into play when dealing with C- level executives who are all high achievers and can easily be put off if you do not establish rapport by demonstrating the appropriate understanding of local culture. This aspect takes on even greater significance when talking on the phone.

What is most critical to the success of a good coaching relationship?

Empathy, listening skills, and the six principles of Reciprocity, Credibility, Liking, Consistency, Consensus, and Rarity. Good coaches must know exactly what the client is saying and feeling.  They must be able to demonstrate that that they have listened well and have put themselves in the client’s shoes. For more on the six principles, read my article on building trusted relationships.

Pratap Nambiar- Detailed Profile

Accomplishments :

  • International Success: 35+ years of experience, mostly on the international scene covering a wide range of products/services, always achieving stretch goals under very challenging circumstances. Countries lived in include Singapore, Russia, India, Indonesia, and Nigeria. Market coverage includes most of the Asia Pacific, North America, and Western Europe. Good understanding of US, European, African, and Asian culture.
  • Acceptance of ‘change’ as a way of life: Have a proactive mindset that has allowed me to consistently demonstrate the willingness and ability to adapt to new ideas and learn new ways both from a cultural and business perspective. Have had an equal amount of success as a change agent, responsible for initiating culture change in many countries of the Asia Pacific Region.
  • Strategic thinking: Clear lateral thinking and analytical ability, with a strategic long term focus, has helped me create innovative competitive strategies to succeed in difficult and complex circumstances.
  • Result oriented and confident personality: Extremely articulate with the ability to interact with CEOs across different industries. Being measurement oriented, have time and again demonstrated the drive and energy to shrink the time to results. Well networked with senior officials in Government, Asian Business Houses, and MNCs. Demonstrated true leadership skills with a proven ability to be task oriented without sacrificing teamwork.
  • Relationship Marketing and Brand Building: These are two strengths, which I believe will be an asset to any organization that recognizes the power of the one to one future, as also the role of strong client relationships and brand building in the drive for differential competitive advantage.
  • Executive Coach and Mentor: Over the years I have developed a strong capability to help my colleagues and clients achieve greater balance in terms of achieving clarity of thought and action, thereby helping them maximize their unfulfilled potential.

Personal Details:

Citizenship   : Singaporean

Date of Birth : May 14, 1954 (58)

Family :
Wife :
Misha Nambiar (50)
Business Manager Incentive Travel, Global Travel
Daughter : (24) Human Capital Analyst,
Deloitte Consulting USA
Son : (21) Junior at Tufts University, Boston

Education and Affiliations:

  • BA (Honors) in Economics and Statistics – Bombay University
  • D.A.P.R. – Post Graduate Diploma in Advertising and Public Relations, Bombay, Gold Medalist, and first in class
  • F.C.I.M. – Fellow, The Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK) Founder President, Singapore Branch of the CIM (UK) 1996. Recipient of the CIM President’s Award (1997) for contribution to the Marketing profession
  • MBA – National University of Singapore (spokesperson for their global ad campaign) specializing in Marketing and Finance
  • Memberships: American and British Institutes of Management. The Economist Conferences Regional Manager’s Club. Member, Advisory Council, of “Peaceful Settlement” – an organization for International Dispute Resolution. Champion of SIFE and member of their International Oversight Board.
  • Attended several management development programs including specialized courses like Finance for Marketing (M.I.L.-UK), EMD Forum conducted by IMD of Switzerland, Management of Services (INSEAD), Advance Management Program with North Western University(Kellogg), Strategic Leadership for Partners, and Achieving Breakthrough Customer Service ( Harvard)
  • Publications: Have written several Thought Leadership Publications – Competing to Win, Marketing Effectiveness in Singapore, Best Practices of Fast Growth Entrepreneurs, and Building Trusted Relationships etc.
  • Languages - Native English, Conversational Indonesian/Malay, Intermediate Russian, and several Indian Languages
  • Member of the KPMG Asia Pacific Management Committee, as well as the Global Markets Steering Group. Appointed to the Oversight Board of KPMG India in 2006.


  • Strong leadership presence – very experienced and confident individual. Is one of five senior National University of Singapore MBA Alumni, providing testimonials in their global TV, Press, and magazine ads. Is currently the Chairman of the Board of Advisors for their MBA program. Extremely well networked individual with strong government and business connections across the Asia-Pacific region. He has been getting several offers to sit as an independent Director on Boards of well established listed companies which he has to turn down because of independence issues due to his role in KPMG.  He has lived and worked in diverse cultures across the world- India, Indonesia, Russia, Nigeria, Middle East, US, and the Asian region.
  • As Vice President of Kodak in India, he has had the distinction of successfully planning and launching the most successful camera in the history of the market. This was the very first camera manufactured by Kodak in Bangalore. He is also credited with the successful conceptualization and launch of the Kodak Express chain of retail operations with mini-labs for photo processing in India. Today Kodak has well over 600 such retail stores. Was selected as one of 28 leaders all over the world to attend Kodak’s leadership development program at IMD. Was the leader of the winning team that presented on “Is Kodak a learning organization? Was the firm’s team leader who made excellent breakthroughs in labor relations under very trying circumstances purely on the strength of his leadership style.
  • At the Bata Shoe Company, he had the onerous task of establishing their sports brand “Power” against the global brands like Nike and Adidas in Indonesia and south-east Asia. Was able to outsell and out-market them with a much smaller ad budget.
  • During his stint with Golden Tobacco he achieved the highest growth rate amongst regions as the head of Western India. Then as Brand manager launched two successful cigarette brands nationally. Later as Export manager, developed the Middle East markets to make his brand the largest single export  brand from India.
  • As Marketing Manager for Tolaram International, was instrumental in establishing one of Nigeria’s largest Fish Net manufacturing companies. He initiated a branding program for fishing nets which until then was marketed as a commodity. This resulted in establishing a clearly differentiated product making it the largest selling net in Nigeria.
  • At Ernst & Young he started out as the head of Business Advisory Services in Russia. Was extremely successful, being the point person for all US and European companies developing their market entry strategies into Russia. He was so successful in developing strong relationships with the Russians and providing mediation with western companies that he was made the Asia Pacific Advisor to Sir Geoffrey Howe’s Mediation organization for conflict resolution “Peaceful Settlement”. Was on the Global Marketing Steering committee that helped develop and build the Ernst & Young global branding campaign. Was also on the early development team to help conceptualize and setup the Global Client Consulting entity in Asia Pacific. Helped to develop and successfully launch E&Y’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award program particularly in Asia Pacific. Developed a strong reputation for building client relationships and providing support to CEOs on cross border transactions with a focus on developing entry strategies into new markets in the region.
  • At KPMG he has developed a program entitled ‘Building trusted relationships” with Dr. Robert Cialdini, Regent’s Professor of Psychology in Arizona State University.  This program has been successfully implemented globally and he has been shaping Partner behavior in client interaction and achieving differential advantage. Recently he attended the Harvard program on ‘Achieving Breakthrough Customer Service’ and the professors have used him for their testimonial for the program from then on. As the head of the Global Markets Program he was responsible for USD 2 billion+ revenue in the region with a team of markets heads in each country supported by industry sector heads who report to them. His biggest strength is driving revenue and profit growth, targeting, and key account management based on consistently delivering value to clients.
  • He has been directly and indirectly involved in providing advisory services in areas like market entry strategy, maximizing return on IT spend, supply chain efficiency, dealer performance development, change management, cost reduction strategies, strategic planning, real estate development, government lobbying, etc for clients like Nokia, Starbucks, General Motors, Philip Morris, Kraft, MacDonald, Nissan, Samsung, LG, Singapore Technology, Intercontinental Hotels, Pacific Star, Delifrance, TVS Group, Zee, Essel Propak etc. The focus has always been on performance improvement to deliver greater stakeholder value. He addressed the HR heads of leading MNCs in Singapore on their need to create greater impact on their organizations. The Prime Minister’s office heard about it and invited him to present to their team as well. He has been involved in writing several thought leadership documents, based on his industry insights. His forte has been to work with large global corporations and entrepreneurs who have been interested in cross-border acquisitions and JVs, as a means of driving growth.
  • In his current role since early 2008 as the regional head of Cross Border Investments, Pratap focuses on deal origination (investment opportunities) across different industries and countries in the Asian region (source countries and destination countries) as a means of building long term client relationships. These are specific opportunities that typically fall under the radar of large investment banks but represent significant strategic relevance to the growth and development of KPMG in the region.
  • Pratap has demonstrated very strong people management skills, combined with his core competence in finance, sales, and marketing all through his career. This has allowed him to facilitate several Strategic Business Planning and Scenario Planning sessions for internal and external clients in several countries of the ASPAC region.  He has always stressed on increasing the commercial value of enterprises for the long term. He is also involved with the SIFE (students in free enterprise) organization for community development, and was named Champion of SIFE at the Toronto world cup event last year. He sits on the SIFE International Oversight Board. He has been very visible in the business community and has spoken at several events and seminars.

Other Interests:

Pratap has been involved in debates, discussions, elocution, etc., right since school and college days.  He also participated in the field of Dramatics, having put up public performances in Bombay.  He has been writing English poetry for some time, and the Writer’s Workshop, Calcutta, has published his first  collection of verse called “Over the Years”. Recipient of the Editor’s Choice Award for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry (1997) from The National Library of Poetry, USA. His latest book “Straight from the Heart” was launched on 19 September by Ethos Books and National Art Council Singapore. As a freelance writer, he has from time to time written for newspapers like Business Times, Times of India, Sunday Times, Jakarta Post, Indian Management, etc. Was on the panel of Judges for the Audio/Visual category at the 24th All-India Advertising Awards conducted in Bombay. Been on the panel of speakers at the Trade Development Board of Singapore’s International Trade Day since 1996. Also involved with the Economic Development Board’s Innovation Awards. Currently a member of the Advisory Council of “Peaceful Settlement” an organization for International Dispute Settlement. Founder President of the Singapore Branch of The Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK). Excellent sportsman, playing tennis, squash, golf, cricket, etc.  Been a member of several clubs in India, Nigeria, Indonesia and Russia. Currently a member of the Singapore Island Country Club, Singapore Cricket Club, One Degree Fifteen, and the American Club. Ex-Vice President of the Singapore Lawn Tennis Association.

There are so many coaches- how do we go about selecting the right one?

Yes, indeed. There are many different types of coaches .You need to know what you are looking for. Experience or youth? Go to their website and assess their personality. Look at the kind of testimonials they have. Do they have intellectual depth/ are they sincere?  But most importantly, see who amongst the people you know recommends them. Finally, there is nothing like a trial session. Some coaches are willing to give you a free trial session. The more established ones may not, but then you can terminate the relationship after the first session. In fact, there have been times when I have myself felt that I was not the appropriate coach for a client. Then I recommend who I think will work best for that client. Coaches are generally people with a high level of integrity who always keep your best interest at heart.

Leadership in an economic downturn

CEOs & entrepreneurs have little recession-related experience and this clearly shows up the difference between leaders and managers.

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Why do some coaches charge so much more than the others?

Some coaches charge more because they are confident of the kind of impact they can make on their client in terms of delivering results. They know that they can deliver consistently good returns on investment (ROI). In fact that is how to view it- as an investment and not a cost. They have a great deal of experience and excellent facilitation and probing skills. Most importantly they build trust based on their credibility, reliability, and complete lack of self interest.

The question is not whether you can afford a coach. What you need to ask yourself is, “Can you afford not to?”. Particularly in today’s environment where there is such a strong pressure to reduce costs, leaders must not be afraid to make the right investments that will deliver the value they are looking for.

Who pays for the coaching- is it the company or the individual?

Enlightened organizations led by enlightened CEOs and heads of Human Resources function will almost always pay for the coaching of their employees. But individuals too can take a decision to hire the services of a coach. They could do this because they do not want their colleagues to know that they are seeking coaching (often an Asian phenomenon) or they have already made up their mind to quit the organization, or sometimes because they just do not like any of the coaches provided by their company.

Coaching: Helping Leaders Implement Change

Coaching more than training can help deliver a much higher ROI that leaders can rely on to master the art of achieving deep, serious, long lasting change

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Thanks for your inquiry

Thank you for getting in touch. If you have contacted us to inquire about our coaching service, we will get back to you as soon as possible.

As a token of our appreciation, here are links to two articles from Pratap, based on over 35 years of diverse business experience, that are not available publicly. We hope you will find them valuable.

Ten Undeniable Business Truths

Corporate Health Warnings For Business Leaders

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Coaching for CEOs & Business Leaders

Truly evolved business leaders fully appreciate the link between Thoughts, Behaviors, Actions and Outcomes.

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Why Executive Coaching?

With Thought Perfect coaching, you will benefit from:

  • Clear strategic thinking
  • Future orientation
  • Trusted relationships
  • Behaviors and actions consistent with your values
  • Deep, serious lasting change
  • Achievement of desired outcomes, and
  • Greater ROI

About Thought Perfect

Thought Perfect is a Singapore-based Executive coaching firm founded by Pratap Nambiar, Chartered Business CoachTM , dedicated to helping CEO-level executives and business leaders maximize their professional and personal potential. Our proprietary coaching methodology enables clients attain a clarity of thought and purpose that will lead to changes in their behavior to ensure desired outcomes…

Thought Perfect – Corporate / Executive Coaching Company, Singapore


To be recognized as a leading global provider of Executive Coaching services recognized for delivering value to leaders of global corporations.

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Robin Sharma

“When you are in touch with the flow of life and feel your heart and mind open, you’ll notice that a certain presence starts to assert itself. This presence changes your physical chemistry, your feelings, and your mind. It is the spirit itself, starting to inform you about yourself, about it, about life. It’s a simple work.”

Swami Chetananda

The purpose of life is to live a life of purpose
Robin Sharma

Swami Vivekananda

“Fear is death, fear is sin, fear is hell, fear is unrighteousness. All the negative thoughts and ideas that are in this world have proceeded from this evil spirit of fear. The moment you fear, you are nobody. It is fear that is the greatest cause of misery in the world. It is fear that is the greatest of all superstitions. It is fear that is the cause of our woes, and it is fearlessness that brings heaven in a moment. And at the root of all fear is lack of clarity of thought which in most cases comes from simply not knowing!

There is only one sin-and that sin is weakness. When I was a boy, I read Milton’s Paradise Lost. The only good man I had any respect for was Satan. The only saint is the soul who never weakens, faces everything, and determines to die game.

The great secret of true success, of true happiness, is this: the man or woman who asks for no return, the perfectly unselfish person, is the most successful”.

Swami Vivekananda

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Wise men put their trust in ideas and not in circumstances.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson


“The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival.”


Phyllis Bottome

“There are two ways of meeting difficulties: you alter the difficulties or you alter yourself meeting them.”

Phyllis Bottome

William James

“Most people live, whether physically, intellectually, or morally, in a very restricted circle of their being. They make use of a very small portion of their possible consciousness, and of their soul’s resources in general, much like a man who, out of his whole bodily organism, should get into the habit of using and moving only his little finger. Great emergencies and crises show us how much greater our vital resources are than we had supposed.”

William James

Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy”.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sarah Ban Breathnach

“Real life isn’t always going to be perfect or go our way, but the recurring acknowledgement of what is working in our lives can help us not only to survive but surmount our difficulties”.

Sarah Ban Breathnach

Dr. Arthur Freeman and Rose DeWolf

It doesn’t make any difference whether what you face is something that affects your work, your personal relationships, your sense of security, your appraisal of self-worth, or your appearance–the way you think about your situation largely determines whether you will do anything about it and what you will do.

Dr. Arthur Freeman and Rose DeWolf

Journey to trusted advisor: Principles that shrink the time to relationships

Every social interaction involves choice. One of the parties chooses to continue to strengthen the interaction thereby starting the journey towards a relationship, or chooses to limit the intensity of the interaction so there will be no chance of a relationship. More often that not, it is a subconscious choice.

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Rewards versus Risks

Powerful tools in coaching for results


Power tools by their very description enable coaches to achieve significant breakthroughs in their journey to help clients achieve positive results. The concepts of risks and rewards are effectively two sides of the same coin – viz the motivation for action. They do represent positive and negative connotations – but both are critical levers of the coaching process. By themselves they are neither right nor wrong, but their astute application given the context of a client situation can make the difference between success and failure.

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Pratap Nambiar – Executive Chairman Thought Perfect Pte Ltd

Executive Chairman’s Profile

The biggest contribution a coach makes through reflective dialogue is to help clients get a strong understanding of the way they think and act. It helps shape their perspectives. Your perspective determines your experience in life, not your circumstance.

Pratap is the founder and Chairman of Thought Perfect Pte Ltd a Singapore based firm providing coaching and mentoring services to CEOs. He is also the Director of The Leadership Circle which is the world’s leading process of evaluating leadership effectiveness. Earlier he was with Heidrick & Struggles as a Partner in their Leadership Consulting Practice in Asia Pacific . He worked closely with clients to achieve greater levels of business impact from their leadership teams and top talent by identifying and developing specific leadership competencies to enable them to make a targeted and purposeful change.

He has over 40 years of international work experience across all continents and approx. 5000 hours of coaching senior leaders. Many senior and aspiring corporate leaders around the world have consulted with Pratap as part of their executive development in unlocking greater leadership potential. A qualified professional coach certified by the International Coach Federation, a member of the Worldwide Association of Business Coaches, The Leadership Circle, Marshall Goldsmith’s Stakeholder Centric Coaching, and Mindfulness Training from The Potential Project, he is widely known as a passionate catalyst for change in the lives of the people he works with. His deep commitment to enhancing the quality of his client’s business performance has helped numerous multinationals improve their leadership effectiveness.

Prior to his executive coaching days, Pratap was a US Partner with KPMG, based in Singapore as Head of Global Markets for Asia Pacific foe seven years. He also sat on the oversight Board of KPMG India. His main focus was to grow his firm’s business along with the client’s business through strategic CEO conversations that led to the development of market entry strategies, joint ventures/strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions.Pratap was based in Moscow from 1992 to 1994 as Head of Business Advisory services for Ernst & Young in Russia. During this time, he was the point person for arranging joint ventures between Russian and foreign companies. He has also held several senior leadership roles in consumer, industrial and professional services organizations where he successfully grew the business. He has also lived and worked in Indonesia, Nigeria, Singapore, India, travelling all over the Asia Pacific & Middle East region. Some clients served were General Motors, HSBC, Kraft Foods, Deutsche Bank, Philip Morris, Siemens Healthcare, Kellogg, Starbucks, Isola, Delifrance, Larsen & Toubro Finance, Mondelez, Stellar Search, Raymond, Manipal Health, Marico, Abbott, ANZ Bank, Hindustan Polyamides, Singapore Sports Council, Kancor, Omni Actives, Cholayil, etc.

An avid poetry writer and philanthropist, he has published 2 books where a significant part of the book’s proceeds goes to charity. He also gave back to society as an Executive in Residence at the National University of Singapore Business School, helping to build bridges between academia and industry. A keen tennis and golfing enthusiast, he is a member of several leading clubs in Singapore. He also did a stint as the Vice President of the Singapore Lawn Tennis Association.

Pratap is an honours graduate in economics and statistics and a gold medal winner in his postgraduate studies in advertising and public relations. He is also a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM UK) with a MBA from the National University of Singapore. He was the Founder President (1996) of the Singapore branch of The Chartered Institute of Marketing and was conferred the CIM President’s Award.

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