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  • leadership

    Low Self-Esteem Leaders Can Kill Teams… The Eight Symptoms(Part 1)

      “It’s hard for employees to believe in their leaders if their leaders don’t believe in themselves. When a leader lacks trust in THEMSELVES employees can feel like the lack of trust is in THEM.” Margarita Tartakovsky   One key factor why teams fail is because of the low self-esteem of their leaders. It is difficult […]...

  • respect for seniors

    Six Sure Ways to Energize Seniors@Work

      Seniors are among the most under-utilized resources of our world and they often feel undermined, unappreciated and unwanted.   A week ago, I witnessed the retirement of a good friend, a 50-year old Navy Senior Lieutenant-Colonel, a commander of a squadron of ships.   We were treated to a history of her accomplishments and […]...

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    Smart Phone Obsession, a Bane in the Family…A Reunion Meditation

      I recently read a heart-wrenching story of a nine-year-old boy named Xiaozhi, from Central China. He tugged at the hearts of many when his essay describing his cry for attention from his phone-addict father, went viral. His essay was posted on Weibo on Jan 17 by his teacher at Luoyang International School in Henan province. […]...

  • Why Respect is Important in Asian Conflict Management

    “Respect is a lost art among younger leaders in conflict management.” John Ng   One of my most ardent readers of Dr. John’s Leads, Stephen Yong, feels that my articles on how Asians tend to manage conflict is often slanted negatively. He challenges me to give a more positive spin on some Asian aspects of […]...

  • When Avoiding Conflict is Unhealthy…

    “Avoidance becomes unhealthy when it becomes a patterned behavior and norm.” John Ng   Avoidance becomes unhealthy when it becomes a patterned behavior and norm. We use it inappropriately in most conflicts. Avoidance also can have a boomerang effect on the avoider. Studies have shown that frequent avoidance of conflict tends to result in health […]...

  • When Avoiding Conflict Is Healthy…

    “We have to be careful that we don’t fight over nothing and for nothing.” John Ng   Avoidance in conflict is not always wrong. There are conflict situations where avoidance should be encouraged. Here are some situations when avoidance is the best policy.   Highly-charged Emotional Situations When emotions are running high and people become […]...

  • Ten Reasons Why Asians Avoid Conflict (Part One)

      When our hearts are at war, we can’t see clearly. We give ourselves the best opportunity to make clear-minded decisions only to the extent that our hearts are at peace. —The Arbinger Institute   Cats have a certain demure and innocent look. They sit innocently on the couch and appear to be harmless. In […]...

  • The 7 Most Common Mistakes of Coaches!

    Coaching has become a necessary tool for managers and leaders today. However, many coaches don’t perform well in their role. Here are 7 reasons why....

  • How to maximize the coaching relationship?
    It all depends on YOU

    Coaching can be a most exhilarating or a most frustrating experience for both the coach and the coachee. It all depends primarily on the coachee not the coach. Often, we think that effective coaching depends on the coach. From my experience in executive coaching, a lot depends on the coachee. So, how do we ensure […]...

  • Coaching Well – The Missing Competence in Leaders Today!

      Coaching Well – The Missing Competence in Leaders Today! Every leader needs a coach. Every leader needs to be a coach. Coaching is the missing piece in leadership today. Coaching is a core competence of leaders.  Why do we need leaders who need coaching and leaders who can coach?   First, effective leaders never […]...

  • Making A Difference with Your Differences…Managing Diversity in the Workplace

      “Differences can become opportunities for growth or occasions for disaster.” John Ng   Differences can make or break your workplace or family! It is not differences that will break a relationship but how we manage differences that will either make or break relationships at work and home.   In his book, The Seven Principles […]...

  • The Lost and Found Boys in ChiangRai Cave: The Price and Prize of One Life! (Part Two)

    Many of the deepest crevices in the cave remained unmapped. The last known survey was done in 1980. If you are lost, you are completely isolated. No GPS, no Wi-Fi, no cell phone service. ...

  • The Lost and Found Boys in ChiangRai Cave: The Price and Prize of One Life!

      “This is the price and prize of one life. No cost was too great to sacrifice. No amount of human effort put in was too much to expand. No price was too high to pay. To save one life.” John Ng   “If we could cooperate globally in every aspect like we do here, […]...

  • Why Are People So Angry Today?

    Why Are People So Angry Today? Rage is on the rise. People are angry. Very angry. Look at what has happened in our world....

  • Greed,Money,Corruption

    Why is greed so rampant today?

    Why is greed so rampant today? “Greed lives on the axiom, ‘Never enough’.” Greed thrives on lack of transparency and disclosure — or sometimes, even confusion. Fear, its emotional sibling, prevents corporations from making honest disclosures. ...

  • How Fear Can Overwhelm And Derail You

    We are living in troubling times. Four out of ten Singaporeans cited ‘losing their jobs’ as their top fear in times of recession. In the US, ‘being unable to pay their mortgage or rent’ was Americans’ greatest fear. ...

  • Why Is Peace So Highly Valued?

    My Personal Reflection on Trump-Kim’s Summit   photo: The Australian   “Peace begins with a smile.” Mother Teresa I have been following the US-North Korea conflict over the past year. We were so close to an inevitable nuclear war but something miraculous happened. The on-off and off-on again Trump-Kim Peace Summit is finally here. So […]...

  • Don’t Ignore Your Weakness Or It’ll Destroy You!

      “You and I are bound to fail, unless you put in the time and effort to prevent it.” Dr John Ng   For a long time, I have subscribed to this dictum of Peter Drucker: “Leverage on your strengths until your weakness becomes irrelevant.” Our weakness never becomes irrelevant, however. We have to deal […]...

  • Beware of The Dark Side of Success

      “The connections of success tend to feed into your ego and you isolate yourself from common human existence.” Dr John Ng   “Everything is built to reinforce the ego of the CEO. The wallet full of platinum cards, the ‘other’ entrance to the building. Everything implies you’re more important than everyone else. You get […]...

  • The Keys to Greatness: Centeredness (The First Key)

    Here’s another exclusive excerpt from my new book, Unleashing the Greatness in You: The Power of Self-Leadership. Enjoy it!   Greatness is a Choice. Desire, burning desire or holy discontent is the beginning of change to achieving anything beyond the ordinary. (Dr John Ng)    I would like to share the Five-C model of greatness […]...

  • The Single Key to Passion, Pride and Productivity – The DNA Mandate (Part 3)

      A solitary human being is an impossibility. (Desmond Tutu)   In 2007, the comedic director Tom Shadyac (the man behind classics like Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and Bruce Almighty) suffered near-fatal head injuries when he fell off his bicycle on a mountain trip. Even after he left the hospital, he continued to suffer from […]...

  • The Single Key to Passion, Pride and Productivity – The Neurobiology Mandate (Part 2)

    The Neurobiology Mandate: The Key to Restoring Passion, Pride and Productivity (Part 2)   “We are hard-wired for relationships.” In my earlier posts, I shared that the key to restoring passion, pride and productivity to the workplace is emotional engagement. One of its pillars is the communication mandate, which I wrote about here. My field […]...

  • The Single Key to Passion, Pride and Productivity – Emotional Engagement

    “Relationship is the Key to Effective Communication’ and NOT ‘Communication is the key to Effective Relationship.” If I had to distill everything I’ve learnt and taught over the years into one principle, it would be this: The key to restoring passion, pride and productivity to the workplace is emotional engagement. It’s not about ignoring hard […]...

  • I Predicted Trump’s Win. Here’s How (Part 2)

    A month before the US election, I predicted a Trump victory over Hillary Clinton. Here’s Part 2 of my reasoning: 4. The clarity effect; people voted for simplicity. I can hardly remember what Clinton said. In contrast, we remember Trump’s slogans far more vividly. He distilled his message into simple points, like “Build the Wall” […]...

  • How Trump Won…A Singaporean Leader’s Perspective (Part 1)

    “I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all of Americans.” – Donald Trump, President-Elect “This is painful and it will be for a long time.” – Hillary Clinton In the most divisive presidential election in US history, the 2016 season ended in a totally unprecedented, completely unexpected way. […]...

  • What’s Wrong With Employees and Companies Today?…The Challenge of Emotional Engagement (Part 3)

    This week, we will examine the final 2 factors that create problems in the corporate world today: Ignoring the Aspirations of Generation Y Another key demotivating factor of today’s leadership is the inability to appreciate the aspirations of the Gen-Y (or ‘millennial’) workforce. Young people form an enormous but largely untapped workforce, as the technological […]...

  • What’s Wrong With Employees and Companies Today?…The Challenge of Emotional Engagement (Part 2)

    This week, we continue to examine 2 other factors that challenge organizations’ stability and growth today: 3. A Culture of Outrageous Materialism and Salary We’re caught in this rat race because we want more than we have. It’s certainly true that prices are rising, and the cost of living in most countries will keep increasing. […]...

  • What’s Wrong With Employees and Companies Today?…The Challenge of Emotional Engagement (Part 1)

    “The most highly engaged organizations do not get that way by accidents; it takes proper execution, hard work, and perseverance.” – Ed O’Boyle and Jim Harter, Gallup “Under the blazing sun of money, all other values shine palely.” How many people actively engage with their work? Let’s not ask if they enjoy it, but rather […]...

  • How to Manage Differences in People (Part 4)

    Today we come to the final part of our series on managing differences, and the Meta Five A’s Model saves the best for last. If you haven’t read the first three parts, here they are Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. Applaud success; enter fully into the joy of other people when they do well, and help […]...

  • How to Manage Differences in People? (Part 3)

    We’ve covered three of the Meta Five A’s of difference management; Acknowledgement, Acceptance and Affirmation. (For the first two parts, Part 1 and Part 2) Today we’ll look at the fourth, Affirmation. 4. Affirm diversity: recognize and compliment each individual for his or her contributions. “I could live two months on a good compliment.” – Mark Twain […]...

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When we embrace our calling, we work with wholehearted passion that transcends any job or career. We choose to look beyond ourselves and serve the greater good of humanity.

Alvin Ung, author of "Barefoot Leadership - The Art and Heart of Going Extra Mile."
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