Critical Skills for Senior Managers

March 27, 2012 by  
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This article is contributed by Andrew Bryant, founder of Self Leadership International.

Many organisations are suffering a critical shortage of effective senior managers. A senior manager is usually a manager of managers or a manager that needs to lead highly competent individuals.

It is critical that that senior managers master some foundational skills if they are to be successful in this role. Here are some of the critical skills that I teach during my Critical Skills for Senior Managers Program.


It should be no surprise that as the author of a Self Leadership blog that I think it is critical that Senior Managers begin to master their Self-leadership. Self-motivation, Self-direction and Self-regulation enable the manager to ‘walk the talk’ and be a positive influence to those that they lead. Read more

How to Create a Detailed Road Map for Your Vision

March 26, 2012 by  
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In his book, The Richest Man Who Ever Lived, Steven K. Scott shared a simple vision mapping process, which is useful for you to create a clear and specific vision with a detailed road map to achieving it. This would help you to achieve your dreams more effectively.

You would need to write down a list of your dreams, projects or areas of improvement down in a journal, prioritize each list, and start with your most important dream. Begin by following these 5 steps in the vision mapping process:


Start with your most important dream and write a clear and precise description of that dream. Describe your dream in a few sentences and use pictures to show what your dream would look like. Read more

45 Tips To Live a Healthier Life

March 15, 2012 by  
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This article is written by Celestine Chua.

How healthy are you? Do you have a healthy diet? Do you exercise regularly? Do you drink at least 8 glasses of water a day? Do you get enough sleep every day?

Our body is our temple, and we need to take care of it to have a healthy life. Do you know that a shocking over 65% of Americans are either obese or overweight? That’s insane! Think of your body as your physical shell to take you through life. If you repeatedly abuse it with unhealthy food, your shell will wear out quickly. While you may look okay on the outside, on the inside, your arteries are getting clogged up with cholesterol and arterial plaque. That’s not a pretty sight!

Life is beautiful and you don’t want to bog yourself down with unnecessary health problems. Today, your vital organs (kidney, heart, lungs, gall bladder, liver, stomach, intestines, etc) may be working well, but they may not be tomorrow. Don’t take your good health today for granted. Take proper care of your body.

Good health isn’t just about healthy eating and exercise – it also includes having a positive mental health, healthy self-image and a healthy lifestyle. In this article, I’ll share with you 45 tips to live a healthier life. Bookmark this article and save the tips, because they are going to be vital in living a healthier life. Read more

Million Dollar Tip #1: Money is Value

March 14, 2012 by  
Filed under Finance

This article is written by Celestine Chua.

What are your money making goals? How much do you want to earn?

Whether you want to earn $1, $10,000, or $1 million dollars, the first thing is to recognize money as what it is – a medium for value exchange.

Money = Value

What does this mean? It means that if you want to earn $10,000, you should stop thinking about your goal in terms of “I want to earn $10,000” or “How can I get people to pay me $10,000?”. Rather, you should think about it in terms of “How can I create $10,000 worth of value to others? How can I bring about $10,000 worth of value to this world?” Read more

The Need for Self-Leadership When Managing in Asia

March 13, 2012 by  
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This article is contributed by Andrew Bryant, founder of Self Leadership International.

As a Westerner living in Asia I often witness a mismatch between leadership and “follow-ship” styles. Asian cultures tend to value collectivism over individuality. They also have high regard for age and seniority whilst appreciating humility.

At the same time, Asian managers tend to be more directive than empowering. Not surprisingly, their employees become habituated to doing only what they are told to do and are reluctant to speak up for fear of being scolded. I have coached many Western managers who are using an empowering leadership style only to be dumbfounded when their subordinates did not take initiative and required confirmation of every little step.

In this age of globalization, it is smart to wonder if there is a way to get the best from people regardless of race or nationality. While doing the research for my book, Self-leadership (McGraw-Hill, available Sept 2012), I discovered an interesting dynamic between an organization’s business culture and leadership style and the level of personal autonomy of its employees. Read more

11 Thinking Skills of Successful People

March 12, 2012 by  
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John C. Maxwell, well-known leadership expert, speaker and author of the book, How Successful People Think: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life, finds that all successful people have one thing in common – they think differently from unsuccessful people. He shares that good thinkers are successful and that you can change your thinking to change your life.

In his book, John highlights 11 thinking skills to help you become a better thinker:

1. Cultivate Big-Picture Thinking

Big-picture thinking involves wholeness, maturity, and perspective, and helps you to size up situations and connect future with the past, and to make better and timely decisions.

How to have big-picture thinking:

  • Don’t strive for certainty
  • Learn from every experience
  • Gain insight from a variety of people
  • Give yourself permission to expand your world Read more

The Education of Millionaires by Michael Ellsberg

March 1, 2012 by  
Filed under Business, Personal

How do you develop practical success skills in the real world? Michael Ellsberg has some tips to share in his new book, The Education of Millionaires: It’s Not What You Think and It’s Not Too Late. Michael interviews several millionaires with no college degrees, such as Facebook cofounder Dustin Moskovitz and founding president Sean Parker, and WordPress creator Matt Mullenweg, to understand how they learn their skills to be successful.

In the book, Michael highlights 7 success skills that people are unlikely to learn in college, but are real world skills practised by self-educated millionaires.

Success Skill #1: How to make your work meaningful and your meaning work

It is not easy to learn the “Art of Earning a Living” or what Michael refers to as “the art of creating a career path that both provides a high likelihood of financial security and allows you to follow your dreams and make a difference in the world.” Read more

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