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The Magic of Motivation – Using Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose to improve business performance

The Magic of Motivation – Talk by Pratap Nambiar, Chairman, Thought Perfect

Pratap Nambiar, Chairman of Thought Perfect, gave a talk to the members of the Rotary Club of Jurong Town at the Tanglin Club in Singapore on October 30, 2012.

The talk helped the members appreciate the powers of intrinsic motivation and the relevance of Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose to help improve business performance.

Mr.Nambiar highlighted that the usually held-beliefs of rewards and punishment do not work for heuristic jobs which are crying out for more self-directed behaviour that is so critical to strategy execution.

He drew an important distinction between ‘management’ and ‘autonomy’. Management is all about control which leads to compliance, whilst autonomy enhances engagement – a vital need for the maximisation of human potential.

Thought Perfect is a Singapore-based Leadership Consulting & Business Performance Coaching company. If you want to carry out leadership assessment and improve leadership effectiveness in your organisation, contact us today.

The thoughts behind our logo

It took me six months of working with a leading design firm to develop our logo. When you look at it carefully, you will see that they are all squares interacting with each other to form a perfect circle.

Each of the squares represents the boxes we find ourselves in. It represents our values and beliefs, and consequentially our thoughts, ideas, feelings, perspectives, our world view, our sense of being. Taken together it represents our self at a holistic level. When we get the squares to align perfectly they become a function of perfect thoughts that produce a perfect circle, a perfect way of being that could lead to perfect outcomes. They also represent the issues, the dilemmas, the different contexts of situations which when we successfully address through our thought process and consequent behaviours can lead to perfect outcomes.

The outcomes can never be really perfect. Hence we don’t see the world in a left brained logical, sequential manner. It is never a straight line but a circle of thoughts, decisions, behaviours and actions that represent our being, and so our business, our life. Our current state can never really be perfect because the moment we achieve it we set new goals which define a desired future state. As long as we have a desired future state, the current state can never really be perfect. Hence it is the representation of our being, as a continuous process of evolution, as we seek perfect outcomes. It represents the circle of life.

The circle of life refers to the fact that there is no such thing as an end – because every ending is in reality the beginning of a new journey. Even death is not really the end but the seed of some other life. Albert Einstein indirectly spoke of it when he said that energy cannot be created or destroyed; it merely changes form. Most often when one talks about the “Circle of Life” they refer to an animal either becoming food for another or simply decomposing into fertilization for plant life, but everything in existence participates in this great cycle, including Earth itself.

From a pure business perspective, the circle represents wholesome leadership that plays a significant role in executing strategy. Leadership effectiveness is what drives organizational effectiveness. It is possible only when there is a constant process of learning and evolving as a human being, of achieving a level of consciousness that allows the unleashing of human potential. It starts with clear thinking. Made visible though our actions.

The Team

Sarika Mehta

Country Manager – India

Sarika Mehta is the the Country Manager- India for Thought Perfect and The Leadership Circle.

She brings with her a wealth of experience spanning 22 years in the fields of project management, event execution and marketing. Based in New Delhi but working across continents, today, she has an enviable repertoire of relationships with the top CEOs in India and overseas.

In the process, she transformed the Program from its very small beginnings into one of the most prestigious annual business events in the country. This involved managing the varied stakeholders including Ernst & Young in India and globally, business and government leaders in the country, international leaders, Jury members, media, logistics and knowledge partners and a wide variety of vendors. During these years, she was also an integral part of the World Entrepreneur of the Year Award Program in Monte Carlo. On the tenth anniversary of the India Program, she helped produce a coffee table book that won much acclaim in India and overseas. Today the India Program is arguably one of the crown jewels among the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Programs globally. After twelve successful years with the EY Program, she took a mid-career sabbatical to successfully pursue her Masters in Management from McGill University, Canada. Completing the course in 2012, this brought her rich dividends through a string of academic partnerships during the course program, learning focus on BRICS economies and a practical dissertation that delved into corporate social responsibility.Since February 2013 has embarked on a journey as part of the team to establish The Leadership Circle in India.

Apart from this, her two decade career has also seen her being involved in learning and executive education programs from Stanford University India Campus and a Diploma in Public Venue Management from Australia.

Never forgetting her roots Sarika redefined the contours of the alumnae association making it into a vibrant organization which till date continues to earn revenues, an innovative self sustaining model. Over the years, She has travelled widely in India and across the globe, but has New Delhi as her home where she lives with her architect husband. She is the mother of two children.



Ms Weilee Cheong

Country Manager – Malaysia

Ms Weilee Cheong Ms Weilee Cheong holds a LLB (Hons) from the National University of Singapore, and is a certified Master Practitioner for NLP/Hypnotherapy/ TimeLine Therapy™ and an Impact Systems© Coach.

An executive search consultant for over 16 years, she established EMA Partners Malaysia, a member of EMA Partners International, one of the top 15 global executive search firms, with offices in 45 cities worldwide.

She has expertise in human resources, having been a senior consultant and trainer with the US-based leader for training and assessment, Development Dimensions International (Malaysia and Singapore).

She also has extensive experience in media and marketing; as producer/presenter in Current Affairs with the Singapore Broadcasting Corporation, a communications specialist at Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia and Malaysian Mosaics Bhd, and managing her own desktop publishing/television production business.



Jayantha Fernando

Country Manager – Sri Lanka

Jayantha Fernando

Jayantha is trained and experienced Leadership Coach and a highly talented soft skill trainer. Jayantha’s ability to develop positive psychological resources like self-efficacy, hope, optimism, resilience have helped individuals, groups and teams and organizations sustainable performance. His client-centered coaching style, impactful and thought provoking probing style, client-engaging direct communication blended with powerful listening has being energizing, and let the clients to develop themselves and the teams holistically to reach their desired outcomes sustainably.

Jayantha’s 20yrs of corporate experience and practice in a range of industries and functions like Food Processing, Retail Management, Marketing and Training and Development in local and foreign business conglomerate has given him a broad knowledge and capability to confidently transform himself coach practitioner and add tremendous value to the clients he is working with.

He provides training and coaching-individual or small groups for the supervisory and above levels in Bahrain, Singapore, India, Oman, Maldives and Sri Lanka and his divers clients includes AlMeer, Khimji Ramdas, Sirus SG, HNB,MAS, Brandix, Trelleborg, NTB Bank, NSB, FAB, Microsoft, HSBC, Zillion, HNB Assurance, Avery Dennison, SLT, NWSDB, UOP,UOM,Nestle.




The Thought Perfect Value Proposition

Why Thought Perfect?

We will enhance and harness the performance potential of your leaders to make them more effective and efficient to improve business performance.

Profit potential depends on our ability to create value for clients in a unique way that others find difficult to emulate. The key words here are – “create value” and “unique way”.

This is the Business Idea on the basis of which we at Thought Perfect develop and implement strategy. And the essence of strategy is to convert resources into competencies and deploy these effectively to create sustained competitive advantage for our clients. The implication is that we compete on the strength of our competencies, not our products.

What is difficult to imitate is our Culture, Brand, Reputation, Client Power, and People. This is where we create the greatest differentiation. Hence when clients perceive us differently, it is essentially for two characteristics:

a) Thought Perfect delivers greater value

b) the way we do it is unique in that the other firms cannot do it the same way.

Core competence

Bringing about shifts in leadership perspectives: we change beliefs that will transform leadership behaviors to shape business outcomes.

It is Thought Perfect’s distinctive competency which creates greater value for clients by helping them achieve their strategic goals. This is what makes us the firm of choice.

It comes from two critical components:

a) The degree of alignment between our services and the client’s needs: in other words the degree of customization. And customization depends on our diagnostic skills i.e. the greater the number of needs identified, the greater the number of services aligned, hence the greater the value perceived. Our ability to have strategic conversations therefore becomes a critical differentiator. (The way we leverage knowledge, our business insights, technology etc are the enablers that will allow us to prepare better and improve the degree of alignment).

b) The strength and intensity of relationship with the client: Who meets the client at what level and how often? This is the other factor that influences the perception of value. It essentially means client intimacy with a strong intensity of interaction and a relationship based on trust. The
way we deliver value, the “process” which is difficult to emulate.

Quality of people and process

Obviously this is not easy. But we have people who have mastered the art and science of achieving alignment, and increase the strength of our trusted relationship to make it a part of our culture. Our people’s values and beliefs shape our behavior which is single-mindedly focused on delivering value to our clients by improving their business performance.

Quality is a given. It can only line us up for the race. It cannot help us win, unless our services represent a uniquely differentiated benefit for our clients, which our competition cannot offer.
And that we know is what we have set out to achieve and have been doing so for years.

All the investments needed in the areas of innovation and operational efficiency have to be in place to ensure quality. Quality is what we put into our services; value is what the client gets out of it. Hence our strategy is to develop the right balance by combining our highest quality of leadership consulting, and sustain it with the ultimate in business performance coaching to drive lasting change. This balance, and the way we have institutionalized it, is what gives us the
ultimate differential advantage.

With Thought Perfect, you can expect

- Sustainable change delivered
- Total customised solutions
- Unique diagnostic approach
- Leading edge tools and methodologies
- Trusted relationships
- Unmatched experience and credentials
- Measurable ROI

The business of people is people: an article in The Business Times, Singapore

The key challenge for CEOs is to understand that great strategy does not lead to great performance. It is the implementation of strategy that leads to great performance. And implementation depends on the values and behaviours of the people in the organisation, which is what creates its culture. It is not a case of either-or, people or business. The business of business is people. The intangibles of spirit are more important than the tangibles of things.

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