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Resolving Leadership Insanity: Mindful Thinking vs Executive Thinking

by Ravi Elangkoh   Has it occurred to you that the leadership skills you’ve learned in the past 10 years and what you’ve planned for the next 5 years...

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Stranded, Not Shaken but Stirred!

by Ravi Elangkoh   Stranded! It was a long tense wait for the 150 passengers of Flight 720 from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore. The plane was supposed to depart...

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Egotism 101

by Ravi Elangkoh   Why is it that all participants at leadership workshops agree and understand what the right attitudes and behaviours are BUT when they return to the...

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The Great Disconnect

by Ravi Elangkoh   We are fascinated by the success stories of Kellogg, Wrigley, Nike, Apple, GE, Facebook, etc. We envy successful people and are inspired by them to...

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Why Leadership is still the No. 1 Human Capital Challenge: The Consultants’ Crisis (Part 3)

Why Leadership is still the No. 1 Human Capital Challenge: The Consultants’ Crisis (Part 3) by Ravi Elangkoh   From young children to mature leaders, humans tell white lies...

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Why Leadership is still the No. 1 Human Capital Challenge: Leadership or Liarship?

Why Leadership is still the No. 1 Human Capital Challenge:  Leadership or Liarship? (Part 2) by Ravi Elangkoh   What is the state of leadership today? I have listened...

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Why Leadership is still the No. 1 Human Capital Challenge: Politeness or PoLIEness?

Why Leadership is still the No. 1 Human Capital Challenge: Politeness or PoLIEness? (Part 1) by Ravi Elangkoh   Results of a survey by Deloitte state that for 3...

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Executive W.H.I.T.E. Leadership™: The Awakening – 19 June 2015, Bangkok

This is an excerpt of Invictus Leader’s second “Executive W.H.I.T.E. Leadership™: The Awakening” engagement in Thailand. Organized by DC Consultants, it was held on 19 June 2015 especially for those...

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Executive W.H.I.T.E. Leadership™: The Awakening – 25 May 2015, Bangkok

This is an excerpt of Invictus Leader’s “Executive W.H.I.T.E. Leadership™: The Awakening” presentation on 25 May 2015. It was the very first Executive W.H.I.T.E. Leadership™ engagement held in Thailand. Organized by...

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Malaysian Marine & Heavy Engineering (MMHE) “Mark of A Leader”, 1 October/19 November 2014, Malaysia

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Executive W.H.I.T.E. Leadership™Engagement, May 2015, India

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HR Summit 2015, 19 & 20 May 2015, Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre

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Executive W.H.I.T.E. Leadership™: The Awakening, 25 May 2015, Thailand

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16th National Human Resources Summit ~ Maximizing HR’s Potential for Competitive Advantage ~ 9 June 2015, Kuala Lumpur

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Executive W.H.I.T.E. Leadership™: The Awakening, 19 June 2015, Thailand

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Authenticity Despite Tragedy

“Maybe death is the great equalizer, the one big thing that can finally make strangers shed a tear for one another.”  ~ Mitch Albom, “Tuesdays with Morrie” For many...

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Bridging Perception Gaps between CEOs and Executives – Gap#1: Degree of Caring

Does Your CEO Really Care About You? by V. S. Ravi Elangkoh A number of perception gaps with far-reaching consequences were uncovered in the June 2014 report of a...

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Disconnected from Truth: Do CEOs know what their people think about them?

by V. S. Ravi Elangkoh Here’s a challenge to leaders out there – do you dare to subject yourself to a 360 review by your staff? You might be...

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CULTIVATE POSITIVE ATTITUDE TOWARDS CHANGE

by V. S. Ravi Elangkoh “Whosoever desires constant success must change his conduct with the times.” ~ Niccolo Machiavelli Change can be planned or unplanned, expected or unexpected. To...

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Invictusly Karpal

Tribute to Karpal Singh (1914-2014) You were a beacon in an uncertain place, Shining brightly where other lights had failed, You rode through the storm, unwavering in pace, Despite...

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Is Your “Core Competency” Really Core?

Discerning what’s really core; and how to make your customers more core to your competencies! by V. S. Ravi Elangkoh The concept of core competency was first defined in...

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Authentic Leadership (Part 3) – Consistency over Conformity

by V. S. Ravi Elangkoh “To become authentic, each of us has to develop our own leadership style, consistent with our personality and character.” ~ Bill George In Part...

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Watch Your Word! Leadership Training vs Leadership Development

by V. S. Ravi Elangkoh What’s in a word? One wrong word could spell the difference between success and failure, or life and death. Think about an erroneous label...

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Mandela: The Man Who Was Inspired By “Invictus”

“If I had not been to prison, I would not have been able to achieve the most difficult task in life, and that is changing yourself.” ~ Nelson Mandela...

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Authentic Leadership (Part 2): Substance over Style

by V. S. Ravi Elangkoh “Be authentically ready and readily authentic.” ~ V. S. Ravi Elangkoh In Part 1 of our series on “Authentic Leadership”, we inquired about the...

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Authentic Leadership (Part 1): Introduction

by V. S. Ravi Elangkoh “I believe that leadership begins and ends with authenticity.” ~ Professor Bill George in “Authentic Leadership: Rediscovering the Secrets to Creating Lasting Value” (2004)...

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Barriers to Leadership Growth: Beware the 3I’s

by V. S. Ravi Elangkoh “When bosses start feeling too secure about Insecurity… When your leaders are constantly ignoring Ignorance… When the management becomes immersed in Inertia… That’s a...

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Why We All Wear Tinted Glasses and Hire the Wrong Candidate

by V. S. Ravi Elangkoh The traffic light turns amber but instead of slowing down, a car speeds past it. Your mind immediately goes: “What a reckless driver!” Why...

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Interview with Grant Donovan, PhD

INVICTUS LEADER speaks to Grant Donovan, PhD, Master Trainer and Learning Facilitator of Paradigm Learning, who will be conducting a Zodiak workshop* on business finance and strategy on 9 October 2013 in...

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The 6 Myths of Creativity in Organizations: The 6th Myth – “A Streamlined Organization is a Creative Organization” (Part 6 of 6)

by V. S. Ravi Elangkoh “How to kill creativity? Keep doing what you’re doing. Or, if you want to spark innovation, rethink how you motivate, reward and assign work...

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The 6 Myths of Creativity in Organizations: The 5th Myth – “Competition Beats Collaboration” (Part 5 of 6)

by V. S. Ravi Elangkoh “The secret is to gang up on the problem, rather than each other.” ~ Thomas Stallkamp  In the penultimate instalment of our six-part series,...

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Everyday Leadership: “Travel Agent” versus “Tour Guide” Leadership

by V. S. Ravi Elangkoh Sometime in May 2013, I came across a spontaneous but nonetheless thought-provoking Facebook posting by a Malaysian university professor based in Bangkok. “Too many...

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Everyday Leadership Series: The Cold, Calculating Leader

by V. S. Ravi Elangkoh “Many so-called leaders seem great from afar, but are far from great when seen closer.”   ~ V. S. Ravi Elangkoh Do you know any...

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The Woman with the Iron Task: Tribute to Margaret Thatcher (13 October 1925 – 8 April 2013)

“I came to office with one deliberate intent – to change Britain from a dependent to a self-reliant society, from a give-it-to-me to a do-it-yourself nation.”      ...

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The 6 Myths of Creativity in Organizations: The 4th Myth – “Fear Forces Breakthroughs” (Part 4 of 6)

by V. S. Ravi Elangkoh “A happy person is a creative person.”   ~ V. S. Ravi Elangkoh Is the notion of the “Mad Genius” a figment of our...

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The 6 Myths of Creativity in Organizations: The 3rd Myth – “Time Pressure Drives Creativity” (Part 3 of 6)

by V. S. Ravi Elangkoh “Many of us think that creativity is a nice-to-have; little do we realize that creativity is urgent and critical business!”        ...

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The 6 Myths of Creativity in Organizations: The 2nd Myth – “Money is a Creativity Motivator” (Part 2 of 6)

by V. S. Ravi Elangkoh In this installment of our six-part series, we will discuss the second myth of creativity in organizations: “Money is a Creativity Motivator”, as espoused...

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The 10 Commitments of Exemplary Leadership (Part 3 of 3)

by V. S. Ravi Elangkoh We conclude the third part of our series on “The 10 Commitments of Exemplary Leadership”, as presented by world-renowned leadership researchers James M. Kouzes...

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The 6 Myths of Creativity in Organizations: The 1st Myth – “Creativity Comes From Creative Types” (Part 1 of 6)

by V. S. Ravi Elangkoh “There is no such thing as an uncreative person.”                              ...

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Taking the Road Less Travelled: A Tribute to Tun Dr Lim Keng Yaik (8 April 1939–22 December 2012), Leader with Candour, Fervour and Character

Tun Dr Lim Keng Yaik’s 40 years of public service began in 1968 after he received his medical qualification from Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland and practised medicine...

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The 10 Commitments of Exemplary Leadership (Part 2 of 3)

by V. S. Ravi Elangkoh To recap, Part 1 of this three-part series covered the first four out of ten commitments of exemplary leadership as espoused by renowned leadership...

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The 10 Commitments of Exemplary Leadership (Part 1 of 3)

by V. S. Ravi Elangkoh “Leadership is not about personality; it’s about behaviour“.                                ...

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Lessons from the SPACE man

Tribute to Neil Alden Armstrong (1930-2012) “Fate has ordained that the men who went to the moon to explore in peace will stay on the moon to rest in...

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Coaching and Reaching for the STARS

by V. S. Ravi Elangkoh   “I absolutely believe that people, unless coached, never reach their maximum potential.”                      ...

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Learn, Lead, Love

Ten Time-Tested Truths about Leadership (Part 5, concluding our series): by V. S. Ravi Elangkoh “To learn, to lead, and to love learning and leading, is what real leaders...

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The Truth Is In Here

Ten Time-Tested Truths about Leadership (Part 4 of 5): by V. S. Ravi Elangkoh “Like precious metals, our leadership mettle can be refined in the fire of challenges and...

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In Team We Trust

Ten Time-Tested Truths about Leadership (Part 3 of 5): by V. S. Ravi Elangkoh “The theme of leadership is a team that trusts; the thrust of trust is relationships...

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Setting Your Sights Right

Ten Time-Tested Truths about Leadership (Part 2 of 5): by V. S. Ravi Elangkoh “Hindsight produces the insight that produces your foresight.” ~ V. S. Ravi Elangkoh In Part...

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Behaviour and Credibility

Ten Time-Tested Truths about Leadership (Part 1 of 5): by V. S. Ravi Elangkoh   Kouzes & Posner         : “I don’t know what you call something that’s been the...

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Tribute to Stephen R. Covey

“Remember, to learn and not to do is really not to learn. To know and not to do is really not to know.”            ...

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Enhance Your Leadership Influence through Emotional Intelligence

by V. S. Ravi Elangkoh “Leadership is influence.”                                          ...

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The HeART of Constructive Criticism

by Dr Barbara Tey “He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help.”   ~ Abraham Lincoln The day will come when even the nicest and...

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Trains and Coaches: Transporting Us, Transforming Us

by V. S.  Ravi Elangkoh It might sound rail-ly ridiculous, but some organizations think they can do without TRAINing and COACHing   Throughout the course of history, trains have played a...

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When Clients Cried Foul Over Fowl

by V. S. Ravi Elangkoh   Supper at one of the outlets of a well-known fast food chain turned awry somewhere in Malaysia, when punches became the order of...

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To Err or Not to Err? 5 Leadership Errors and How to Avoid Them

by V. S. Ravi Elangkoh Since time immemorial, countless leadership errors have been made and many dire consequences faced. Yet without making mistakes, one cannot learn. This is indeed...

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Self-Fulfilling Prophecy of Leaders: Make It Positive!

by V. S. Ravi Elangkoh The Training magazine reports that training expenditures in the USA totalled $59.7 billion in 2011 (www.trainingmag.com). Since that’s a substantial amount of money; it...

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The Myth of Multitasking

by Dr Barbara Tey  “To do two things at once is to do neither.”                               ...

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Do Real Leaders Grieve?

by V. S. Ravi Elangkoh The primary responsibility of an employer is to run the business successfully, but the health of a business depends on the health of its...

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A Breed to Beware: The Uncoachables

by V. S. Ravi Elangkoh The critically acclaimed 1987 movie The Untouchables depicted how FBI agent Elliot Ness finally brought down Al Capone, a notorious gangster, during the United...

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Powerful Predictors of Effective Leadership: Attributes of Humble Leadership

Followers don’t want a superman! by V. S. Ravi Elangkoh Do you admit your mistakes? Do you focus on your people’s strengths instead of harping on their weaknesses? Do...

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Get More Done in Less Time

Achieving sustainable optimal energy@work by Dr Barbara Tey In “Four Destructive Myths Most Companies Still Live By”, Tony Schwartz reminds us to be wary of mistaken beliefs that plague...

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When the Leader-Ship Sank – Literally

by V. S. Ravi Elangkoh On the night of 13 January 2012, the 114,500-ton Costa Concordia – hailed as one of the largest ships built in Italy – ran...

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The Mystery of Our Inability to Change

Why do we endorse systems of authority even when we know that those systems are inept, unjust or corrupt? by Dr Barbara Tey When a system obviously “sucks”, people...

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Can Organizations Have Bad Leaders and Still Be Successful?

by V. S. Ravi Elangkoh One morning in September 2010, an associate of mine was slated to interview the CEO of a company with an impressive financial record. The...

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Project Managers vs Project Leaders

You can train somebody to be a good project manager, but great project managers seem to be born and not made. Excellence depends on certain innate characteristics: “Some of...

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Man, Manage Thyself!

Employees are not necessary evils; with the right ideas, they can be nurtured into valuable and productive assets. Corporate crisis tends to rear its ugly head now and then;...

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Next “G” Leaders

The “G” is not just for generation; it is also for “Grooming”. What makes or breaks organizational success almost always comes down to the leadership criteria in that particular...

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Leadership Cannot Be Reduced to Lists

Leaders, writes psychologist Howard Gardner, tend to have — and to need — an “inclination from early childhood for risk-taking and a willingness to go to great lengths —...

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The Importance of Going Nowhere

Feeling ‘dead-ended’ at your workplace may just be a blessing in disguise – here’s how you can capitalize on a negative emotion and come out tops! Ever get the...

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The Search For Executive Intelligence

AI – artificial intelligence – may be the way of the future, but EI – executive intelligence – is what your organization needs now.   Read any article on...

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A Road To Leadership

The formula of life: we are born, we mature, we are educated, we work, we retire and we die. There are only two constants in this equation: we are...

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Project Management in Malaysia

What do the Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games, Petronas Twin Tower, Kuala Lumpur City Center (KLCC), Sepang F1 circuit, Kuala Lumpur International Airport and many more successful projects have in...

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Leadership

Your Business Leadership Needs INDIVIDUAL LEADERS EMERGING LEADERS MID-LEVEL LEADERS SENIOR LEADERS EXECUTIVE LEADERS Developing Leadership Relationships Through Interpersonal Skills Take Charge Leadership – Mark of the Lion Big...

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Take Charge Leadership – The Mark of the Lion

Leadership is like a cancer cell. It exists in all of our bodies. Thanks to the presence of Natural Killer (NK) cells that diligently patrol our system, these cells...

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Lead like a Coach, Think like a Mentor and Influence like a Leader

The Key Driver of Growth, Profitability, Performance and Competitive Advantage “I don’t look to jump over 7-foot bars. I look around for 1-foot bars that I can step over.”-...

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Management Innovation Leadership for Managers

The Key Driver of Growth, Profitability, Performance and Competitive Advantage “Those that live by the sword will be shot by those that don’t.” – Gary Hamel Innovation is the...

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Big Think Leadership Innovation Strategy for Managers & Leaders

The Key Driver of Growth, Profitability, Performance and Competitive Advantage “If you want to succeed, you have to forge new paths and avoid borrowed ones.” – John Rockefeller Is...

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Leadership Mastery for High Performance Leaders

The Key Driver of Growth, Profitability, Performance and Competitive Advantage “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi Today’s leaders navigate a...

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