I've just seen Netflix plugging their new rom-com, Holidate, with Emma Roberts and Luke Bracey.
The movie's title is obviously made up of two words slammed together: Holiday and Date. This is called a "Portmanteau" where the sounds and meaning of two words come together, to make a new one with its own meaning.
As in the case of Brunch (from Breakfast and Lunch).
Portmanteau can be a rich area for ideating new ideas and revenue streams, and is a great way to have some fu
New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern has just been returned to power for a second term in a landslide victory. I find Jacinda fascinating in terms of leadership and storytelling intersecting. Firstly we should understand that she's got a Bachelor of Communication Studies in Public Relations and Political Science from University of Waikato. This has given her a bedrock foundation on which to build and articulate her messages -- whether you agree with them or not -- clearl
You may have seen or heard snippets of QE2's rallying speech to her nation on Sunday. Classic stuff. And exactly what is needed in these confused, panicked, chaotic times. She was so reassuring. It started with the tone of voice: Measured. Even. Unflustered. Then elements of wonderful storytelling, harking back to her times in WW2 when she was a mechanic and truck driver (who knew?), evoking the strength and resilience of that generation, and unpacking what great British DNA
What is Emotional Intelligence? Emotional Intelligence (EI) or emotional quotient (EQ) is a set of skills that help us better perceive, understand and manage emotions in ourselves and in others. Collectively they help us make intelligent responses to, and use of, emotions. These skills are as important as your intellect (IQ) in determining success in work and in life. Everyone, no matter what job function, has interactions with other people. Your capacity to understand your e
I had a coffee with Harry, a young airline executive, quite recently. "I'm going to apply for a job with our new low-cost subsidiary," he told me. "Oh, why's that, Harry, I thought things were going great here for you?" "So I can do innovation," he said. "But why can't you do innovation where you are now?" "Because it's not a low-cost start-up." I was a little puzzled by that. But then it started making sense ... There are tons of role models for game-changing low-cost carrie
One thing I love most is browsing other people's bookshelves - whether it's in their office or in their home. Because I think more than anything else it helps you to really feel where that person is coming from (and, importantly, where they are going). My bookshelves in my office are overflowing with titles spanning psychology, military history, colonial history, behavioural science and economics, persuasion, communication skills, and creativity and innovation, plus a bit mor
Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. – John F. Kennedy A great leader, whether born or made is one who inspires the team to achieve a common goal. We are all a work in progress. With the rapidly changing world, we have to be future-ready (relevant, effective, adaptive, forward-looking, talent-focused and client-centric). Continuous learning keeps leaders abreast of the happenings in their chosen fields. There is no other way to address the problems we face
IQ was the metric we measured ourselves (or others measured us) by since 1904. Then came EQ, first mentioned in a 1964 psychology paper but popularised by Daniel Goleman in 1995. So what comes next? Soul Quotient. Say what??? Hear me out. Soul Quotient is the measurement of how individuals and companies embody and express their values, their purpose, and their humanity. 'SQ' is also reflects how individuals and companies are able to create and engage and align tribes and comm
This cover caught my eye in the airport bookshop recently as I raced for my next flight ... (Being late for a flight doesn't mean there's not time to stop at a bookshop, of course.) So I flicked through it to see if it was worth buying. Short answer: yes. I haven't read it fully yet but what I thought was interesting was a list called Top Lessons to Lead By ... The top one is: “To tell great stories, you need great talent.” And the next one is: “Now more than ever, innovate o
Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. – John F. Kennedy A great leader, whether born or made is one who inspires the team to achieve a common goal. What does it take to be a great leader? 1. A true leader needs to be self-aware; this allows us to to train ourselves to attain the right leadership qualities and skills. Knowing what you need to improve in personal habits and behaviours other than skills that will keep you relevant. 2. Self-Directed and Recepti
I made an assumption that since I lived in Asia, those around me would have a good grasp of what mindfulness was. After all, it did originate from this continent. I assumed wrongly. Singapore is a multicultural, vibrant place that encourages innovation and professional development and because of this, there is a strong community of start-ups and innovation lead companies – producing one of the world’s stronger economies. Like all educated societies, the emphasis has been on o
Just about everyone, including the intern, can perform the first 80% of any job assigned to them. That’s the easy part. (And it’s entry-level table stakes by the way.) Think of painting a large wall. A relative novice can cover most of the middle section in paint adequately. Most people can and could go even to the next 10%. But many choose not to. But the next and final 10% of any job from 90-100% becomes increasingly -- maybe exponentially in some cases -- harder. More deta
What is it that successful people know that you don't? Ever wondered that? I did! For many years. People seemingly no smarter were getting much further ahead and succeeding at a much faster rate in their careers. What did it come down to? Luck? Some secret piece of knowledge? I share with WomenLines what I learnt that answered this for me and changed everything! It's not about your IQ, it's about knowing all the good things about you and having the right mindset to move bold
This was Marc Marquez last Friday 4 October 2019 ... and below (scroll down) is Marc Marquez less than 48 hours later ... So, what happened in between? Two words: Learning Moments. I rode over 2200km last week to Buriram, in the remote reaches of eastern Thailand, to watch the MotoGP for the first time. I was expecting to learn and write about speed as a competitive weapon in your business. Instead, I find myself writing about managing fear of failure. This was triggered by t
This is the time of the year when most human resources professionals look back on employee performance and begin planning their training needs for 2020.
As human capital is the greatest asset and the key to achieving business goals, it is important that your team prepares for a highly competitive environment.
Here are top eight learning & development trends and best practices you should pay attention to in 2020:
1. Alignment with Business Strategy Only 40 percent of co
One of the biggest challenges for professionals is remaining focused and productive in a fast paced environment. Some days, it can be relentless! With a constant flow of emails, meetings, requests it's like a machine gun coming at you. And that's without any setbacks or problems that occur along the way! All of these things give you little time to actually deliver any work! In an interview with WellteqI shared a way to remain focused even in adverse situations. Click here to