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 picture,…

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

“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

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 the time, this would be a great thing, except that I recently put myself on a diet. The last time I happened  received a Kinder…

Strengths Conversations – With Nathanael Moss

During this video interview, I was blown away by Nathanael’s understanding and application of StrengthsFinder in his life.  This is one video you don’t want to miss if you want to see how he created opportunities at work for himself through an understanding of his talents.  And it’s not…

Theme Insights – Adaptability (Part II)

We learnt in a previous article that people with high Adaptability engage with change enthusiastically, and prefer to go with the flow. Their energies pool in the now and the present. As with any other talent theme, it can sometimes be perceived negatively. In this article, we look at some…

The problem with the problem

One of the first steps I take in coaching is to help people identify their goals. Some clients start off by stating what they want to achieve, some start off with a problem they want to avoid or get rid of.  Regardless of their starting point, we always end up redefining both…