Straight From The Heart

Leadership development, organizational transition & transformation with executive coaching

A good executive coach is not merely a behavioral change agent but an invaluable transformative business asset who can help senior leaders unlock their full potential as well that of the teams and organisaitons they lead. “At its core, leadership development is really about growing the complexity of people’s minds, enhancing their self-awareness and linking [...]

Characteristics of “engaging” leadership

Despite the proven correlation between employee engagement and sustainable business growth, the former often does not get as much attention as it should. An ongoing study by Aon Hewitt of organisations that score highly on employee engagement measurements while performing better than their peers, business-wise, attributes such dual success to the presence of ‘engaging leaders’ [...]

Business & leadership advice: 15 gems from top leaders

The November 17 issue of Fortune magazine is called ‘The Advice Issue’, in which they featured lessons and advice from 40 business leaders on various aspects related to business and career success. Their advice touched upon some of the most important challenges that business leaders have to face: decision making, organisational values, hiring and retaining [...]



The challenges of leading a team when the chips are down

By Pratap Nambiar for The Straits Times It’s all about people, beliefs and values. To shift from a poor to performance culture, an organisation’s leaders must work with people to give them a sense of purpose. In a coaching conversation with a CEO, the recent SMRT challenges surfaced. How, over the last several months, there [...]

The inner game of leadership is what determines success

By Pratap Nambiar for The Straits Times When a company loses money, you can blame the external environment – which might be perfectly valid. Or you can look at leadership quotient – that is, how the leader’s own worldview and ability to respond to change might be holding back the company’s ability to rise to [...]

The ever-evolving leadership journey

By Pratap Nambiar for The Straits Times My two year old granddaughter just learnt how to put on her jacket and shoes, all by herself. She also knows she has to ask for Facetime when she wants to talk to me. This is clearly a triumph of development as her mind continues to evolve and [...]



International Coach Federation Newsletter: March issue

International Coach Federation Newsletter: February issue

Executive Coaching: A HR View of What Works: Research by Dr.Gavin R. Dagley

Late Bloomers: Why do we equate genius with precocity? – An article by Malcom Gladwell

Thinkers & their Theories: Great thinkers whose ideas influence organizational work

What an executive coach can do for you: Harvard Business School working knowledge