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Pratap Nambiar – Executive Chairman Thought Perfect Pte Ltd

Executive Chairman’s Profile

Pratap is the founder and Chairman of Thought Perfect Pte Ltd a Singapore based firm providing executive coaching and mentoring services to CEOs. A Chartered Business CoachTM , 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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Check out readings of selected poems from Pratap Nambiar’s latest anthology of poems,
Straight from the Heart.

Different Shades: Pratap’s Image Gallery

Talent and fulfillment of potential: Not who you are as much as what you do

Some years ago when I was coaching my son to play competitive tennis, he lost a close match that he should have won. Clearly he had more talent. Shot for shot he was the better player. A senior pro who was watching the game, came over and consoled me. He said that he knew my son and the boy who beat him. Sure my son was the more attractive player but his competitor had just hit more balls in training. His muscle memory allowed him to keep more balls in play and so he made the fewer mistakes. It was that simple. Practice, dull boring drills perfecting every shot again and again and again.

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Claude M. Bristol

“Thought is the original source of all wealth, all success, all material gain, all great discoveries and inventions, and of all achievement.”

Claude M. Bristol

The six elements of decision making for business leaders

BNET carried an interview with Carl Spetzler, CEO of the Strategic Decisions Group and Director of the Strategic Decision and Risk Management program at Stanford University. Spetzler is credited with developing a decision-making framework used by managers from leading MNCs for all types of decisions: strategic, typical and on-the-fly.

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