French and Leadership – The limitation of traditional classroom training

French and Leadership - The limitation of traditional classroom training
Some thoughts came to my mind when I was attending my French class earlier this week.  (Yes, apparently, I was not an attentive student to French!!) During the class, the teacher played some recording.   We listened and tried to understand.   He corrected our mistakes and then also introduced some grammar points.  We then practiced some ...

What story would you like to tell?

What story would you like to tell?
  Many years ago, I was facing some difficult career choices.   As a coachee, I was asked a question which I found very powerful.   My first kid was a few months ago at that time, and the question was like ‘The best way to raise the kids is to role model.   How would you choose ...

What is really Reflection? (Cont’d)

What is really Reflection?  (Cont'd)
  I have further thought on this.   Reflection is actually a few layers of ‘What does the experience mean to me?’    We asked ourselves this question a few times.   Or the coach / facilitator probes the learners a few times with this question….  probably in different forms though.    Taking a 1 on 1 coaching scenario ...

What is really Reflection?

What is really Reflection?
  I am intrigued as I heard a colleague explaining what reflection really means.   I have not really thought about it, and I like her definition.   I got to make a note here. ‘Reflection is not about re-telling or summarizing.   Reflection is about not about reviewing which means summarizing and evaluating.   Reflection is abut the ...

New Experiment

New Experiment
I wrote a paper with an IMD professor on a few companies in China.    Well, it is not exactly related to the themes of this blog.   Well, but it is an easy post to start with….  a lot other coaching / facilitation experience to reflect on in this blog!!    Anyway, hopefully such ...

Improv Theatre and Emergence 1

Improv Theatre and Emergence
I normally find it hard to enjoy stage performance / show normally but the dinner performance in the IAF EMENA conference in Stockholm was indeed amazing, even inspiring!   They did improv theatre. I find them to be very creative in how to improv e.g. Randomly started a conversation between 2 actors. Another actor called ‘pause’ anytime ...

A question on question 

A question on question 
New learning experience last month.   First, I acted a coach (for teams and individuals) in a CEIBS executive education program in Shanghai.     I learnt a great deal from the professors, the fellow coaches and the participants.   On the other hand, I did a group coaching session with a small group in Zurich. It is humbling ...

The Art of Enrolment – Topic

The Art of Enrolment - Topic
Here is what I see as the third key reason why enrolment is difficult.   It is the nature of some topic. For some topics, its name is confusing to start with.   ‘Leadership’ (or ‘Leadership Development’) is one of these.    You pick any 2 people in the workplace and ask them what leadership is.   They probably ...