WBECS2017 – Jan Muhlfeit on Executive Coaching & Leadership


A great session for us executive coaches and leadership/business coaches on coaching, leadership, mindfulness & LIFE!

Great to hear Jan stress on #LifePurpose. And Viktor Frankl (‘one of the best books’, Man’s Search for Meaning), came up more than once (a personal favorite).

‘We can’t influence stimuli. But we can influence the reaction. Between the stimuli and the reaction is the freedom of choice‘ -Dr. Frankl

Every ‘no’ is the beginning of a ‘YES’!

  • Steve Jobs always challenged the status quo, perhaps aligned with his #lifePurpose!
  • People are not rational, but emotional.
    • I have always struggled with it in our coach training/mentoring. Is it rational + emotional or mutually exclusive!
    • Deep, transformational coaching has to go beyond rational to the emotional space.
  • Jan quoted what Dr. @DanielGoleman saying for over 20 years, ‘20% IQ and 80% EQ to understand other people’. ‘But what have we done about it’?
    • A personal favorite is IQ to EQ to Spiritual Quotient (SQ), though all IQ present is a small measure for transformational leadership! #IQ2EQ2SQ
  • Here & Now, Self-Awareness, deep breathing (to the count of 5), attachment Vs detachment/Buddha, etc all made it deeply spiritual
    • Physical, Emotional, Mental, Spiritual – are at the core of what we believe we are trying to do, and hopefully aligned with our #LifePurpose!
    • Meditation, Yoga and other mindfulness practices will make me a better coach (for the coachee)
  • 5 elements: Positive People, Purpose, Process, Place (happiness & success in balance) and Performance

We are beings…! (Indeed, as Master would add, ‘we all are beings on a spiritual pilgrimage’) 

  • Happiness is in making others happy – as Bill Gates found, esp with his Foundation
    • something all great leaders and spiritual teachers have taught us.
    • The ancient Veda says, ‘Paropakarartham idam shareeram’ – the purpose of the human body is to serve others.
    • As coaches we are blessed to be able to serve leaders
  • The concept of #FLOW was brought in to explain the interconnectedness of the elements of the webinar.

How to stay in FLOW was a great question:

  1. Seek constant feedback
  2. Novelty (Jan taking different routes for his running was a good example, something we are aware but doesn’t necessarily put into practice?!)
  3. Challenge (indeed, being out of the comfort zone, at times is key to #DisruptingYourself positively
  4. Subconscious (being aware of the power of the subconscious?!)
  5. Journaling ( a good idea to capture #FLOW moments, then and there) – It is a good idea to carry a physical notebook and pen/if not a digital notepad always, to capture not only ideas, inspiration, but also ‘FLOW moments’!

We lose energy while in FLOW. Hence the need to have a good recovery mechanism!  (This took me by surprise. In #FLOW I thought we don’t lose energy, with little effort!)

  1. ‘U’-GROW is Jan’s coaching model (‘U’ being uniqueness. We all are indeed unique, whether kids or clients)
    • Our coaching model is GROW + ‘L’ –  Light being self-actualization! REGA_L, that is!

His suggestion to think of as soon as you get up was a very important reminder, that I would put into practice with immediate effect

  1. 3 things looking for in the day
  2. 3 things you are grateful for 

ReflectiveJournaling2Regal (RJR) is an important part of everything we do – 1-1/group coaching or coach training/mentoring or consulting. A lot of great takeaways… A lot to reflect upon…. and journaling 🙂

PS: Now we know why German soccer team is better than their British counterparts :))

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Management Tip – By HBR : Become a Creative Leader : Just Coach

Yesterday’s leadership skills will not work in today’s fast moving and evolving world. Only creative leaders who are visionary and empathetic will succeed. Here are five things you can do to succeed as a creative leader.

  1. Instead of commanding, coach your team and organization toward success.
  2. Don’t manage people: facilitate them. Often, the know-how, experience and solutions are there, help people to discover them
  3. Cultivate respect by giving it, instead of demanding it
  4. Know how to manage both success and failure, not just success (it is ok to be vulnerable)
  5. Be gracious. Be humble about your successes, and whenever possible give someone else the opportunity to shine(Courtesy ET 22 Aug 14)

Managers – manage, delegate, command, instruct, mentor, consultancy… 

Leaders – just Coach!

Managing/parenting millennial – coaching is the only way! Pls don’t try old-fashioned techniques !!

Most important… it is a beautiful experience, to coach!

Transformational Leaders, Sikka & Mulally

Infosys is a hugely successful start up. An inspiration for an entire generation, now passing out of India’s universities.

  • One more case of an iconic founder returning, but not making much of an impact in the second innings. But, NRN steps down with humility and hands over reins to a professional, hand-picked. They could have done better succession planning? An area where Microsoft perhaps fumbled, but Apple did not?!
  • Sikka means ‘money’. A self-confessed ‘fake punjabi’, brought up in Gujarat and successful at Silicon Valley. But what Infy will look for is proverbial ‘Midas touch’.
  • What Infy needs is Sikka the executor. (The Hindu)
  • Interesting to note one of his fav books is Hermann Hesse’s, ‘Siddhartha’.
  • Asked about Sikka’s appointment, Chairman of the Nominations & Governance Committee KV Kamath said: “At this point in time, what is happening all over the world is transformation. We basically had a bias for the transformational leader.” (Economic Times)

While the media was busy with the ‘returning’ of a son-of-soil, another transformational leader was in India too.

  • But he was here to say ‘good bye’, after turning around another iconic brand.
  • Alan Mulally came from a totally different background to lead Ford out of bankruptcy. His ‘One Ford’ strategy saw Ford ‘selling off luxury brands, Volvo (to Chinese), JLR (to Tata) and Aston Martin, and transforming the company into a globally integrated orgn’.
  • A 53 yrs young, Mark Fields, succeeds him. Sikka is younger at 47 yrs!
  • Mulally will continue to inspire us, just as NRN & KVK.
  • The future belongs to Transformational Leaders. Leaders have a choice now. To Be or Not To be… a Transformational Leader.

Sachin has always kept it simple – To be a Coachee like Sachin

After several posts on Coaching, from the perspective of the practice (art, science and lot more!), here is something on how the coachee (client) makes the whole difference.
Any coach, executive/life/transformational/spiritual/sports/etc, would give anything to get client like this:

  • focussed – not distracted at all
  • simple – though we tend to unnecessarily complicate stuff, thanks to the monkey-mind. Simplicity is closest to spirituality
  • clear on goals
  • passionate
  • hard-working – even though at the pinnacle of the career
  • humility, at its best
  • always learning – even though one of all-time greats

The end result of the coaching-intervention will be better than the expected outcome. Bliss Guaranteed.

Am I willing to be a Sachin-like Coachee ?

Sachin has always kept it simple, says John Wright – The Times of India

Games executive coaches play | Business Line

When a patient goes to a doctor/dentist/ortho, a hair-dresser, a spa, a guru or even a movie/play, he should have made preliminary checks before making a decision & plan.
The target customer for executive coaching, middle/senior level managers, would consider themselves smarter than ‘aam aadmi’.
Similarly HR/L & D also will make enquiries to check out on the credential of the coach/firm, accredited or not.

Where is the scope for a coach ‘to play any game’ ?! And where is need when the whole premise is to make a genuine difference?

I would personally credit the client (individual & corporate) with lot more credibility, capability and judgement, rather than being naive & irresponsible !!

Games executive coaches play | Business Line

NASA Renews with Cambria for Executive Coaching & Organizational Development

NASA has renewed the contract to provide executive coaching services across the national space agency.
Have you got a coach ? Has your organisation started looking at Coaching as an important element of HR ? Coaching is different from training, mentoring, etc.

And as Google’s Schmidt says, everyone needs a coach.
Schmidt ‘Everyone needs a coach’

Executive/Life/Transformational Coaching helps teams and individuals realize the “UNLIMITED” potential, the “REGAL” way for the benefit of all stakeholders…

‘NASA’always reminds me of the inspiring story of ‘the janitor also working to put man on moon’! Have shared with so many groups, most of them applauding!!

BOSTON: NASA Renews with Cambria for Executive Coaching & Organizational Development | Business Wire | Rock Hill Herald Online

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