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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.



Thought Perfect ventures into Business Simulations with exclusive Silega partnership

As an exclusive provider of Silega’s internationally-acclaimed business simulation programs for Singapore,India, and rest of South Asia -Thought Perfect adds experiential learning to its portfolio of people & organisation development services. 

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Lt Gen Arun Kumar Sahni, PVSM, UYSM, SM, VSM

Lt Gen Arun Kumar Sahni Former Commander-in-Chief, Indian Army

Lt Gen Arun Kumar Sahni is a decorated scholar–soldier, with 40 years of commissioned service in the Indian Army. In his last assignment, tenanting the second highest rank of the army, he was the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of one of the six operational commands of the Indian Army. 

His experience encompasses command and staff assignments, in the country’s most inhospitable and conflict affected areas to battle external and internal security challenges. He has displayed exceptional leadership ability to motivate his teams to achieve results far above expectations, be it along the disputed international borders against our neighbours or combatting insurgency in India and abroad.

Lt. Gen. Arun Sahni has an admirable track record of being a high achiever throughout his career, starting with the ‘Sword of Honour’ and President’s Gold medal on commissioning to the Army, in 1976. Among several awards for his exceptional leadership skills and courage, he has been decorated with the Uttam Yudh Seva Medal by the President of India which is the second highest medal for peace time gallantry. He has also been conferred the coveted Param Vishist Seva Medal, by the President of India, for sustained meritorious service.

Over 40 years, he has assumed many roles and duties. In addition to his Command assignments of leading military formations, he cherishes a few staff or capability or systems building appointments too.  First, is the ‘Chief Operations Officer’ of an Infantry Brigade in Sri Lanka as part of Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) and Colonel General Staff responsible for operations of a Counter Insurgency Force in Jammu & Kashmir. Second is the ‘Principal Staff officer’ at Army Headquarters, Delhi, responsible for force structuring, identification of weapons and equipment required for capacity building, training, cyber security and operation preparedness of the Indian Army. And third, is the ‘Director General Information Technology’ where he had to harmonize perspective plans for digitization and steered network enablement for the Indian Army. All three of them contributed greatly to honing different dimensions of his leadership – of human engagement, conflict resolution, management of complexities at various levels, managing stakeholders with diverse interests etc.

Lt. Gen. Arun Sahni has represented the country as a military delegate at UN Headquarters at Geneva for the international conference debating banning of land mines. He has trained with the British Army for a year and represented the country as a military diplomat for three years at Embassy of India, Moscow, Russia.

Contributing to the youth who will eventually lead our country has been a cause that is close to his heart. Towards this, he has been an Instructor at various Military Institutions within the country to impart basic & specialized training, not only to own officers, but also those from friendly foreign countries.

Lt Gen. Arun Sahni has actively participated and spoken at various seminars, conclaves and prestigious institutions/academic establishments such as the CII and YPO, on diverse subjects. An accomplished horseman and polo player, he has represented the country in Polo and Equestrian events at Jordan and Dubai.

He aspires to contribute meaningfully to all levels of society through experience sharing and formal interface at the operational, directional and strategic level with all kinds of organizations. He is mentoring start-ups and new initiatives that are in the domain of Information Security, Cyber and HR Management. He is an active participant with various think tanks within the country on a wide range of subjects, particularly the following:

  • International and Regional dynamics impacting India, specifically in the near abroad and extended neighbourhood.
  • National Security Issues – External and Internal.
  • Current Military challenges of Indian Army to counter changing security challenges, including two front conflict.
  • US rebalancing strategy of ‘Pivot to Asia’ and its impact on security dynamics in South Asia.
  • Technological subjects related to ‘Technological Sovereignty, Cyber, Force Multipliers and surveillance.
  • Dynamics of Military strategy and Concept of Operations on India’s western & northern borders.
  • Nuances of Counter Terrorist Operation in the North East and J&K.
  • Dynamics of Integration of North Eastern States including contours of Conflict Resolution.
  • Strategic and Visionary Leadership skills/ nuances.
  • Regional Organisations and role of media in Conflict Management.
  • Impact of Tactical Nuclear Weapons on South Asian Deterrence Dynamics.
  • China’s current dynamics including PLA Reforms, its impact and issues related to South China Sea.

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Lt Gen Arun Kumar SahniLt Gen Arun Kumar Sahni, PVSM, UYSM, SM, VSM
Former Commander-in-Chief, Indian Army

Lt Gen Arun Kumar Sahni is a decorated scholar–soldier, with 40 years of commissioned service in the Indian Army. In his last assignment, tenanting the second highest rank of the army, he was the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of one of the six operational commands of the Indian Army. 

His experience encompasses command and staff assignments, in the country’s most inhospitable and conflict affected areas to battle external and internal security challenges. He has displayed exceptional leadership ability to motivate his teams to achieve results far above expectations, be it along the disputed international borders against our neighbours or combatting insurgency in India and abroad.

Lt. Gen. Arun Sahni has an admirable track record of being a high achiever throughout his career, starting with the ‘Sword of Honour’ and President’s Gold medal on commissioning to the Army, in 1976. Among several awards for his exceptional leadership skills and courage, he has been decorated with the Uttam Yudh Seva Medal by the President of India which is the second highest medal for peace time gallantry. He has also been conferred the coveted Param Vishist Seva Medal, by the President of India, for sustained meritorious service…Read more

The Capability Improvement Coach

Litwack & Assoc. Seminars & Consulting operating under the Capability Improvement Coach® is an executive coaching firm in Ontario, Canada. Since 1976, Paul Litwack is the Capability Improvement Coach who has empowered leaders to apply strategy for results, guaranteed. His unique training format incorporating thought-provoking Keynotes, TeleClasses, personal coaching, and custom training programs, has helped leaders across the globe to enhance their personal, professional, and business capabilities.

Paul was selected to the ‘Top 100 Corporate Coaches in the World’ and recognized as a “Success Story” in Canada and the U.S.

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Quest Coaching

Established in 2004, Quest Coaching is an executive coaching firm started by Ton de Graaf, a Chartered Business Coach. The company is specialized in providing coaching on behavior to help managers increase their personal effectiveness, and make them more self-aware.

Ton is the first coach in the world who has been bestowed with the highest appreciation for Business Coaches: the Chartered Business Coach ™ certification. He is an expert in enhancing leadership and coaching skills. For global contracts, he teams up with the best of the best: Thought Perfect in Singapore, CoachSource in the USA and the Global Coaching Group in Germany.

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