Constructing My 2018 Guiding Principles with Lego Serious Play

It’s the end of the year, and often the time for reviewing and setting new goals.  As I stared at my vault of Lego bricks, I decided to take some time to do some Lego Serious Play.  Instead of the usual approach, why not let my hands do the thinking and…

Theme Insights – Deliberative

In every social and work setting, I always get a mini ‘sinking feeling’ whenever I am asked to give an opinion about something on the spot. This is not because I am shy or anything: if I am sure about my opinion, I tend to give it. However, I…

Theme Insights – Restorative

Gallup describes the Restorative Talent Theme as such: You love to solve problems. Whereas some are dismayed when they encounter yet another breakdown, you can be energized by it. You enjoy the challenge of analyzing the symptoms, identifying what is wrong, and finding the solution. You may prefer practical…

Theme Insights – Analytical

“Without data you are just another person with an opinion.” – W. Edwards Deming I read with interest the recent slew of collective sales taking place in Singapore (also known as en bloc sales). Market participants were predicting that the housing market had hit a bottom and prices were…

3 Guiding Principles for Powerful Communication

Effective communication is one of the most important skills we can develop, yet many of us fall short in this area. “Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. We can choose to use this force constructively with words of encouragement, or destructively using words of despair….

Which Talents Work Well with Connectedness?

  Connectedness is about seeing, thinking, feeling, and believing in the connections between people, ideas and happenings. It isn’t just about connecting the dots, but finding the synergy between those dots. How do the dots work for you? How does one event in the world affect you, the bigger…

Another Reason for Strengths-Based Development

“You can be anything you want to be!” This is a common statement I’ve heard from many well-meaning people concerned about our development – parents, teachers, and friends. I’m sure that these were said with the intention to motivate me, but sometimes these statements can do more harm than…

Thinking with your hands using Lego

“Your hand-bone is linked to your brain-bone”.  That’s what Robert Rasmussen, our Lego Serious Play (LSP) Trainer, would repeatedly say.  And it would seem that there’s something that happens when we start building something.  What’s intangible starts to take form, we start to be able to see more clearly…

Theme Insights – Connectedness (Part II)

In a previous article, we found out how people with Connectedness have a knack for linking concepts together, enough to perpetuate creativity in discussions. Here, we take a step back and look at Connectedness with a macro view – what Connectedness looks like in its raw and mature forms,…

Quick Tips for Changing Behaviour

For the longest time, I’d been trying to change my eating behaviour. And sometimes with a loving mum, that can be difficult… With one of her widest smiles, my mum walked up to me and handed me a 3-pack Kinder Bueno box, knowing that I love chocolates. Most of…