Articles

A collection of articles on topics related to leadership and coaching, written by experienced members of the CFI Fraternity.

Getting Over the Networking No-No

Getting Over the Networking No-No

“Your network is your net worth!” screamed the poster. Anita took one look at it and wondered why…

Why Employees Don’t Take Ownership

Why Employees Don’t Take Ownership

The term “ownership” is used by leaders and managers most often to describe its absence at a time…

Harish makes the leap from Technical to a Business Leadership role!

Harish makes the leap from Technical to a Business Leadership role!

Harish was a successful, experienced delivery head in an IT services company who moved to the next level…

Managing Perceptions – A Special Challenge for Women Leaders

Managing Perceptions – A Special Challenge for Women Leaders

Ms Marin, Prime Minister of Finland is in the news, thanks to the serious backlash she is receiving…

Are Your Dreams Big Enough?

Are Your Dreams Big Enough?

In continuation of our series on women leadership based on the research we carried out for the SheLeads…

What Sacrifices Are You Making Today?

What Sacrifices Are You Making Today?

It was Tulasi’s 20th annual school reunion in the evening. She was excited about meeting everyone after ages.…

Is there a new way of learning and leading at GE?

Is there a new way of learning and leading at GE?

GE’s famed Crotonville, started way back in 1956 to grow leaders from within has been put on sale.…

Did you first fill the form?

Did you first fill the form?

As an HR professional and consultant, I have spent a while designing forms that employees need to fill…

Learning to travel light

Learning to travel light

The manner in which we travel bears lot of similarities with the way we wish to live our…

Shedding some sunshine on Moonlighting

Shedding some sunshine on Moonlighting

A lot of sparks have been flying in the past few days on the subject of moonlighting, specifically…

As you think of retirement

As you think of retirement

As you think of retirement …You have just a few years left to retire and you have been…

Great rewards, great resignations and grueling layoffs

Great rewards, great resignations and grueling layoffs

I am for a few moments putting myself in the shoes of a young employee and taking an…

Managing Perceptions – A Special Challenge for Women Leaders

Managing Perceptions – A Special Challenge for Women Leaders

Managing Perceptions – A Special Challenge for Women Leaders Ms Marin, Prime Minister of Finland is in the…

The rise and fall of professionally unreasonable jobs

The rise and fall of professionally unreasonable jobs

The rise and fall of professionally unreasonable jobs A job that offers a certain level of stretch and…

Allowable dishonesties of organizational life

Allowable dishonesties of organizational life

Whenever you meet employees across levels – CXOs to front-line employees and engage them in conversations about culture…

When Did You Last Put Yourself First?

When Did You Last Put Yourself First?

First to wake up, last to eat and last to set her head down to sleep. An Indian…

Are you hard working?

Are you hard working?

Chances are most of us would say, “of course yes”. I start my work early and end pretty…

When The Clock Strikes Six

When The Clock Strikes Six

Sarita glanced at the clock. It showed 6.30 PM. Office hours were 9.00 AM to 6.00 PM. She…

Listening and the boiling milk

Listening and the boiling milk

How many times has this happen to you? You are standing in front of the stove to boil…

10 sure signs that you are listening

10 sure signs that you are listening

One of the common behavioural changes that leaders commit to make to their coaches is to listen better.…

How HR and Talent Professionals are Shaping Coaching and Leader Development

How HR and Talent Professionals are Shaping Coaching and Leader Development

I have been engaging with client organisations for their coaching needs for well over 15 years and I…

HR 2020 and Beyond, well, It depends

HR 2020 and Beyond, well, It depends

One of the common jokes that employees and line managers make about HR professionals is this: When you…

Exec. Coaching in India, the right time

Exec. Coaching in India, the right time

As more and more individuals contemplate becoming a coach and more and more contemplate opening institutions to train…

Hot coffee conversations

Hot coffee conversations

I read with great interest the bold experiment launched by Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks to encourage his…

Seven Conversations that every HR professionals must master

Seven Conversations that every HR professionals must master

The success of HR professionals depends in good measure on the quality of their conversations with a wide…

Cognitive Empathy for HR Professionals

Cognitive Empathy for HR Professionals

The CEO has been talking about risks to key talent and the urgent need to do something. The…

Five real problems that concerns our employees today

Five real problems that concerns our employees today

What are the things that concern our employees today? What seem to be the most common causes for…

Best employers or workplaces

Best employers or workplaces

Every year, a clutch of consulting firms routinely release their “much awaited” list of best employers or workplaces…

A Sponsor’s Guide to Coaching

A Sponsor’s Guide to Coaching

This Guide is meant to help Potential Sponsors of executive coaching engagements help  their team members (the coachees)…

Appreciating Before Assessing

Appreciating Before Assessing

Assessment has an important place in leader development, given that it creates the necessary disequilibrium to motivate change.…

Enhancing Coaching Effectivenes

Enhancing Coaching Effectivenes

Considering Coaching as part of your leadership development approach? Or perhaps you already have an institutionalized coaching process,…

Coaching & You

Coaching & You

Your organization has just offered you the opportunity of working with a coach as a part of your…

Should CHROs be wise or young?

Should CHROs be wise or young?

Every time I catch up with my friends who are CHROs in reasonably large organisations, one thing strikes…

Is HR’s tripod structure working?

Is HR’s tripod structure working?

For years now, many HR leaders have been busy implementing what is popularly referred to as the tripod structure…

Peer Supervision and Support – the CFI Experience

Peer Supervision and Support – the CFI Experience

A participant of CFI’s CEO Coach Accreditation Programme was looking forward to his coaching internship to apply the…

Setting up a Coaching Relationship – the Inside Story

Setting up a Coaching Relationship – the Inside Story

This article focuses on some of the ground level issues involved in setting up an effective relationship between…

To ROI or not to ROI!

To ROI or not to ROI!

As in every other profession, we have in the field of coaching, the good coaches and the not…

Appropriateness of Coaching

Appropriateness of Coaching

Those who invest in coaching (like in the case of training), coaching constantly wonder if their investment is…

Building a Coaching Culture within Organisations

Building a Coaching Culture within Organisations

As more and more research points out to the impact of managerial styles on employee engagement, companies are…

Coaching for Execution

Coaching for Execution

ABSTRACT Smart CEOs understand the interdependence of strategy and execution and do not get carried away by the…

Cross Cultural Perspectives

Cross Cultural Perspectives

A monkey and a fish were caught in a terrible flood and were being swept downstream amidst torrents…

Systems Perspective as a Differentiating Coaching Competency

Systems Perspective as a Differentiating Coaching Competency

Will the approach and perspective of a counsellor who is counselling a client who is an adolescent be…

What’s Wrong with Giving Advice?

What’s Wrong with Giving Advice?

The Coach is listening intently to his client as the client narrates in great detail the specifics of…

Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)  and Coaching

Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Coaching

Leveraging the power of Alternative Interventions in Coaching – an NLP perspective The term Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)…

Business Coaching in an M&A Context

Business Coaching in an M&A Context

Abstract “Mergers & Acquisitions are a business reality among mid-size corporations.  In such contexts, entrepreneurs constantly seek coaches…

Transactional Analysis and Coaching

Transactional Analysis and Coaching

Leveraging the power of Alternative Interventions in Coaching – a transactional analysis perspective As change catalysts, Executive Coaches…

The Anatomy of Coaching Led Change

The Anatomy of Coaching Led Change

The ultimate test of a coaching engagement is often the visible change that your client is able to…

Coaching for Strategic Thinking

Coaching for Strategic Thinking

One of the most common coaching needs is this – to help a leader think and act more…

Why Don’t You Communicate?

Why Don’t You Communicate?

You could be a leader, manager, team member or colleague. How do you know if you are communicating…

The Shadow Side of Company Culture

The Shadow Side of Company Culture

We keep hearing more and more organisations talk passionately about “their culture” and how they wish to preserve…

Coaching for Executive Presence

Coaching for Executive Presence

One of the most popular demands from any coach is to improve a leader’s executive presence. While it…

Pre-existing Conditions in Executive Coaching

Pre-existing Conditions in Executive Coaching

In the field of Insurance, a pre-existing condition is defined as a health condition that existed prior to…

Coaches as Wounded Healers

Coaches as Wounded Healers

First things first. I am not using the term wounded healers in the same way that Psychologist &…

Means Matter – Read the Fine Print

Means Matter – Read the Fine Print

Ever so often, we hear the story of a very successful leader’s career suddenly getting derailed. He or…

Moral High Ground, Emotional Low Road

Moral High Ground, Emotional Low Road

Have you ever coached leaders who tend to take the moral high ground but do it by ending…

What Developing People Really Means

What Developing People Really Means

The ability of any manager or leader to develop the people working for them has always been considered…

How Coach-Coachee Pairing works?

How Coach-Coachee Pairing works?

The most important step in setting up a successful coaching engagement is the process of the coachee finding…

The Shadow Side of Coaching Support

The Shadow Side of Coaching Support

Over the years, we at CFI have received several hundreds of requests for coaching support for executives. Most…

Is it the end of the BC (bell curve) era?

Is it the end of the BC (bell curve) era?

I am sure all of you are reading a spate of reports about organisation after organisation announcing their…

Is it time to blow up HR?

Is it time to blow up HR?

For decades the Harvard Business Review (HBR) has shaped global thinking about management. Let’s not forget that several…

Career choices: downshifting or derailment

Career choices: downshifting or derailment

Downshifting as the very term indicates means moving from a higher gear to a lower gear in a vehicle. Derailment is…

Will acqui-hiring work?

Will acqui-hiring work?

In recent weeks I have been hearing the term acqui-hiring (the practice of buying out a company essentially for its…

Leadership Councils in a Digital World

Leadership Councils in a Digital World

Every organisation of some standing has some form of a shared leadership platform or forum. These forums are…

Functional Excellence and Service Quality

Functional Excellence and Service Quality

One of the biggest contradictions that I encounter in the HR profession and function is the perennial gap…

Capital as Punishment

Capital as Punishment

I must start by clarifying that this article has nothing to do with the subject of capital punishment. Thanks…

Can Leaders be made to measure?

Can Leaders be made to measure?

Here is a typical (but fictitious) discussion in a talent council meeting in a typical company: You see,…

How are you when you are not coaching?

How are you when you are not coaching?

Coaches are human beings – they did not descent from heaven. Coaches also play several roles in addition to…

The movie Up in the Air explains it all

The movie Up in the Air explains it all

Ryan Bingham works for an HR consulting firm that specialises in termination assistance – basically firing employees. Ryan…

Too much assessment too little support

Too much assessment too little support

If you walk the streets of any of our cities, you will see innumerable scan centres, imaging centres,…

The real problem with delegation: micromanagement or abdication

The real problem with delegation: micromanagement or abdication

The ability and inability to delegate at a level that is appropriate to one’s position in the organisation…

Why should your employees go on leave?

Why should your employees go on leave?

Until Valentines day, love was in the air. Soon after, we find that fraud is in the air.…

The problem of setting safe goals

The problem of setting safe goals

Now is the time of the year when managers sit with their employees to discuss and sign off…

The urgent need for patience

The urgent need for patience

The impatient executive Imagine this conversation between a Coach and his client, a hugely successful but impatient executive.…

What keeps the HR folks motivated?

What keeps the HR folks motivated?

The song Chingaree Koee bhadake sung by Kishore Kumar for the film Amar Prem raises some philosophical questions.  I find one particular…

The story behind those business cards

The story behind those business cards

In the last few weeks my office assistant who is updating my contact list has been asking me…

Leadership councils in a digital world

Leadership councils in a digital world

Every organisation of some standing has some form of a shared leadership platform or forum. These forums are…

(When) does a start-up entrepreneur need coaching?

(When) does a start-up entrepreneur need coaching?

The original title of this article did not have the parentheses. I hastily added it because I thought…

The brave will invest in development

The brave will invest in development

The world has seen several business cycles, economic ups and downs. In the throes of each of these…

Exec. Coaching in India, the right time

Exec. Coaching in India, the right time

As more and more individuals contemplate becoming a coach and more and more contemplate opening institutions to train…

Applied Self-awarneness

Applied Self-awarneness

Our first brush with enhanced self-awareness through feedback was perhaps in school when our teachers wrote something about…

Growing leaders from within

Growing leaders from within

From the 38th floor of the St. Regis Hotel the view of Mumbai was romantic. However, the three…

The CEO’s HR Schooling

The CEO’s HR Schooling

Every new CEO in today’s world will acknowledge that “people” and therefore Human Resources management is one of…

Altering India’s Doorstep Development Model ……. my wish for 2016 and beyond ……

Altering India’s Doorstep Development Model ……. my wish for 2016 and beyond ……

My wife and I were visiting our relatives who live in a fast developing suburb of Bangalore. Their…

The story behind those business cards

The story behind those business cards

In the last few weeks my office assistant who is updating my contact list has been asking me…

Is Executive Coaching as a Career right for you?

Is Executive Coaching as a Career right for you?

Given my involvement with the field of executive coaching, I receive several calls from professionals who are seriously…

Bridging the Service Quality Gaps

Bridging the Service Quality Gaps

In my post of March 25th, I spoke about the gap between functional excellence and service quality. Using…

Vales values on the wall the hidden stories do tell them all

Vales values on the wall the hidden stories do tell them all

You are waiting in the plush lobby of a large and reputed organisation to meet someone. As you…

Workman, personnel, human resources or talent?

Workman, personnel, human resources or talent?

Talent, Resources, Human Capital  – well, you can use any fancy term you wish to, but a Labour Court…

Is coaching only for Bad Behaviour?

Is coaching only for Bad Behaviour?

Several years ago, I suffered from a bad back and after much effort found great relief from consulting…

2020 – the decade of coaching

2020 – the decade of coaching

I became a certified coach in the year 2001 – that is almost 20 years ago. From a…

The Candid Generation

The Candid Generation

I recently went to meet a client to discuss progress on the mentoring engagements we had set up…

The template generation

The template generation

I am with a team of managers in a workshop and the subject of discussion is “having conversations…

Appreciating and Amplifying the positive … Does it work for a Nation?

Appreciating and Amplifying the positive … Does it work for a Nation?

Reading Swamispeak in this morning’s The Economic Times provoked me to ask this question to myself: Does appreciating and amplifying the positive work…

A warm welcome to BOTs in HR

A warm welcome to BOTs in HR

VUCA is passé. Disruption is the new buzz word. The coolest thing to do is to disrupt someone…

The Empathetic Board

The Empathetic Board

An empathetic Board? Does that sound like an oxymoron? As an executive coach and Consultant I have the opportunity…

HR Here and Now, reviewed by Prabhakar Lingareddy

HR Here and Now, reviewed by Prabhakar Lingareddy

“Yesterday I was, tomorrow I will be, but only here and now I am” – Human Angels A few…

Start-up heros, clean-up heros

Start-up heros, clean-up heros

I worked for a global corporation where this interesting phrase was used quite often. It was like this…

The fine art of being tentative

The fine art of being tentative

Our education, training and later our work lives demand that we be sure of ourselves. Damn sure of…

Forced distribution to forced discussion?

Forced distribution to forced discussion?

The corporate world has been rejoicing over the fact that the draconian practice of forced distribution through the…

The Trouble with Passionate People

The Trouble with Passionate People

Organisations love employees who are passionate about what they do or work with passion. In fact, passion often…