Archive for August, 2017

The Leadership Transformation Journey (6 of 6): Unconcious and Polarity Thinking

According to Pratap Nambiar, Chairman of Singapore-based Leadership Coaching & Consulting Company Thought Perfect, how leaders actually make decisions is different from how they think they do.

Like the iceberg, what is hidden from view is the unconscious mind and it influences decision making.

When we talk about bringing about a transformation of a leader’s behaviours, we have to start with what is underneath the surface- the unconscious mind; we have to address the hidden beliefs and the assumptions that have to be surfaced and changed so that behaviours can then change.



The Leadership Transformation Journey (5 of 6): Inner and Outer Game

Pratap Nambiar, Executive Chairman of Singapore-based Leadership Coaching & Consulting Company Thought Perfect, throws light on the leader’s inner game and how it connects with the outer game.

Usually leaders focus almost entirely on the outer game which requires investment of time and effort in learning new competencies to try and overcome the external challenges.

However, most external challenges are difficult to control. What can be controlled is the way they respond to them- this requires a strong internal process of reflection and introspection, creating a new way of being.



The Leadership Transformation Journey (4 of 6): Adaptive Challenges

Pratap Nambiar, Executive Chairman of Singapore-based Leadership Coaching & Consulting Company Thought Perfect, explains adaptive challenges and how to overcome them.

An adaptive challenge is one that requires a new way of thinking and cannot be resolved by throwing technical solutions at it or using skills that have worked before. You have to dig deeper and find new solutions that do not exist, and for this you need a whole new and complex mind.



The Leadership Transformation Journey (3 of 6): Complexity

Pratap Nambiar, Executive Chairman of Singapore-based Leadership Coaching & Consulting Company Thought Perfect, addresses the issues of complexity and competitive advantage.

As businesses become more complex, leaders need a more complex way of thinking to deal with them effectively. Making decisions based on the past will not provide the right answers, nor will a cause and effect mode of thinking.

Dealing with complexity requires leaders to look at things from completely new and unexpected perspectives. A more complex mind is a more developed mind and will be able to distinguish between the complicated and the complex problems to find a simple solution.



The Leadership Transformation Journey (2 of 6): Self-Awareness

Pratap Nambiar, Executive Chairman of Singapore-based Leadership Coaching & Consulting Company Thought Perfect, talks about the need for self-awareness as leaders successfully undertake the transformation journey.

Leaders want to know why they need transformation. Fundamentally there is a performance gap between what one sets out to achieve and what one is currently achieving.

For leaders, the most critical part of closing this performance gap is to actually see it not in terms of the outcomes but in terms of self-awareness.

The question to ask is what has been ‘your role’ in the results you are getting?



The Leadership Transformation Journey (1 of 6): Information and Transformation

Pratap Nambiar, Executive Chairman of Singapore-based Leadership Coaching & Consulting Company Thought Perfect, highlights the difference between Training and Transformation.

Training involves imparting new skills to the existing form – they are going in to the existing form hence informing. Transformation is about changing the form itself – creating greater capacity for thinking. It expands the form of our knowing. If we look at our minds like a cup, all information goes into the same cup. With Transformation, the size of the cup itself changes.