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corporate coaching to fly

October 9, 2011

Staying resourceful, purposeful and motivated is key to top performance. This means that on-going personal development in the corporate world is critical to business and team success.

Corporate coaching isn’t just for CEO and Chairman roles. It needs to target more than just senior managers and directors if you want your staff to start really making a difference to your bottom line.

  • Your individuals create excellence.
  • Your business is made up of individuals
  • Your business can be excellent

Corporate coaching, or executive coaching, is a proven tool to help both organizations and individuals significantly impact the bottom line.

Imagine a world where your leadership skills, decision-making, relationships, creativity, stress and time management, meeting management and team building were all improved.

Corporate coaching, like life coaching, encourages self-discovery and awareness of yourself as both a corporate professional and as a human being.

dubai corporate coaching

Ask yourself

  • Do you want to increase your personal performance?
  • Do you want to increase your team’s performance?
  • Do you want to develop your leadership skills, confidence and awareness?
  • Are there specific goals you want to accomplish?
  • Do you want to improve your communication skills?

YOUR PEOPLE ARE YOUR MOST IMPORTANT ASSET

Old management techniques move to a coaching based culture

Hierarchy becomes support

Blame steps aside for an environment of constructive criticism and honest evaluation

External motivators become self-motivation

Change feared is ditched and change becomes welcomed

Corporate coaching helps your people and company to FLY.

 

The Authenticity team

support@authenticity.ae

recommended reading

August 31, 2011

We have read some amazing books and would love to share them with you. Take a look at our choices below. Keep checking back as we’ll update with latest reads!

Oh the places you'll go- Dr SeussOh, the Places You’ll Go!  Dr. Seuss

In this joyous ode to life, Dr. Seuss addresses graduates of all ages, from nursery school to medical school. He gives them the get-up-and-go to move mountains with the unrivaled exuberance and charm that have made Dr. Seuss’s books favorites for years.

Dr Seuss’s message to those starting out in the world is that although there may be loneliness, slumps and frights, if you have brains in your head and feet in your shoes you can go anywhere and do anything.

oh the places you'll go


In praise of slowness

In Praise of Slowness: Challenging the Cult of Speed Carl Honoré

“A book that might change your life” Jawad Sajwani

We live in the age of speed. We strain to be more efficient, to cram more into each minute, each hour, each day. Since the Industrial Revolution shifted the world into high gear, the cult of speed has pushed us to a breaking point.

Consider these facts: Americans on average spend seventy-two minutes of every day behind the wheel of a car, a typical business executive now loses sixty-eight hours a year to being put on hold, and American adults currently devote on average a mere half hour per week to making love.

Good to Great

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t  Jim Collins

Based on an extensive five-year study conducted by Collins and a research team he affectionately refers to as “the Chimps,” Good to Great defines and analyzes the practices that allowed 11 companies to make the rare transition from solid to outstanding performance.

Chapters include:

Level 5 Leadership | First Who… Then What | Confront the Brutal Facts | The Hedgehog Concept | A Culture of Discipline| Technology Accelerators

Self leadership - the one minute manager

Self Leadership and the One Minute Manager  Ken Blanchard

The one minute manager explores situational leadership and the principles behind this leadership style.

It’s a real must for anyone who wants to lead with a situational manner.

A quick read, easy to absorb and implement.

Please feel free to add your own recommended reading in the comment box below too.

The Authenticity team

support@authenticity.ae

saying goodbye to your dream

August 1, 2011

When you are living a life many yearn for – you have a loving family and great relationship with your parents, wife, kids, siblings, friends, you are happy at work and everything is just fine – you can often become complacent and take things for granted.

Recently I have been wondering what gratitude actually means and from this decided to indulge in a dream. In fact no, I didn’t just indulge in a dream, I really went for it. I ignited this dream that in turn fuelled and stirred my passions.

And so the journey of the dream starts; I’m full of energy, enthusiasm and lots of scary thoughts, but I tame my gremlins and go for it.

I put in all the hard work, hours of hard work: writing, thinking, searching and paying attention to the smallest details. Right now nothing can stop my momentum. You become deaf to advice from loved ones and blind to any signs of doubt. The passion and the momentum are too great. You only see the summit that no one else seems to see.

And then as time has passed you start to doubt yourself and your dream. Maybe you should have listened to that advice. What was that voice in my head saying again?

Hmmm… is it too late?

Today. Today you realize the time has come to stop. Raise the white flag. Declare your loss. Admit the dream is over. The tears of sorrow do not come, but sadness does creep in.

Sadness yes. Defeated no. That’s not who I am.

I am happy, proud and determined to make my dreams a reality. My appetite is wild; the hunger for a new quest is on. Hit me with another one, another dream. I’m ready.

I’m not sorry that I was not able to active my dream for in the process I gained a lot: I gained myself, my confidence, my trust in myself and trust in my abilities.

I did it: I tried, I worked hard, I endured sleepless nights – talking and doing, doing and talking – I do not feel defeated.

I am not a loser. In a fact I’m a winner!

How many of us just say to hell with the whole world. I’m going ahead with my dream, yes my dream, not yours, not others’, but MY dream.

It’s too bad the world did not understand it. It’s too bad life did not play the game in my favor. But it’s your loss. You lost and I gained. My experiences cannot ever be taken from me. Not in this lifetime and not by anyone.

Today. Today I’m saying goodbye to my dream, and saying hello to another one. I’m congratulating myself and going to bed knowing that tomorrow is a new day for a new dream.

So, my dear dream, I’m saying goodbye and goodnight to you.

Jawad K Sajwani

toilet paper

July 1, 2011

Excuse my blunt situation, but I promise it will be worth reading about.

The other day I was in the men’s of my office and a CLEAN piece of napkin fell out of my hand. Obviously I did not bother to pick it as I knew the janitor will pick it up during his regular cleaning round.

And as we all do, the restroom is the heaven for our minds to ponder and get some idea, and this situation was not any different. This got me thinking. What would the janitor would think we would pick up the CLEAN piece of napkin, beside that there was a lazy person. he would think is this a clean piece of napkin, should he pick it up with his bare hands or use something else to do so even though the piece . since i, if i was a proactive person, would have picked it up with my clean hands and dropped it in the trash bin.

Authenticity coaching and consultancy - toilet paper

 

This incident got me to perspectives, how drastically our attitude changes with perspectives.

We as coaches are the janitors, we look at our clients as that piece of paper. we see them in the dirtiest of places and are willing to pick them anytime. we do not care if they are clean or dirty, and without hesitation would pick them up even from a DIRTY restroom floor. because we see them as gems, so it does not matter if the gem is clean or dirty, a gem is too precious to be not to be picked up from even a dirty restroom floor.

So the question is for all of us, how many times have we failed to pick up a gem from a dirty restroom  floor thinking that its a dirty piece of napkin.

change or tranform

February 1, 2011

Reading an article “5 questions that will your change life” prompted me to google this exact title.

What I found was interesting. There are several other articles with a similar title; sometimes the number is 10, 3 or 5 questions to change your life. Do these poeple think a human being can simply transform his or her life with 5 to 10 questions? I dont think so. We as human beings are too creative and resourceful to be changed through this small number of questions, these authors might be right that you can change your life but certainly not transform.

So what do you want to do? Change or transform? The first is mundane and the second is remarkable.

The choice is yours: if the first then simply keep on reading these articles and these books. But if you want the transformation, then I’m sorry to break the news to you dear reader, that it will not happen that easily. It will hard work, deep reflection and can even evolve pain, but dont worry or be scared, all human beings are more than capable to go through this and much more.

The question is, who is ready and willing? Transformation needs desire and determination. if you think you got the guts to do so, then rest assured you can do it. keep on believing in your self and you will get there.

So now, what you can do to transform your life?

Jawad Sajwani

one down, many more to go…

January 1, 2011

Yep, it’s one year since I decided to follow my calling.  One year ago I attended my first coaching class and have never looked back since…  OK, maybe once or twice.

The saying a “blessing in disguise” is so true.  About a year and half I was sidelined at my day job. Just when thought I was at the top of career, on my way to fame, appearing on TV, radio and in the newspapers and taking decisions that effected people of Dubai and its visitors.

Then, BAM, in a blink it was all gone. Luckily I called my friend Alistair Skllern to get a coach for myself. I blurted out to him, “I want to be a coach.”  Who would have guessed that in one year I would be an entrepreneur, have my own company and be on my way to becoming a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach.

During this one year I have met some amazing and inspiring individuals and I have become part of the great CTI community.  I have done things I was destined for and longed to do my entire life; even things I was scared of. I embraced a journey of self-discovery, swimming in the river of my life, discovering the soft and bright, the dark and stinky parts and places.

I have learnt and discovered:

  • What it means to be selfless
  • How much ego I’ve have
  • How much I love attention
  • That I’m a true leader
  • How judgmental I can be
  • How scared I am of being a loser
  • The fears that have controlled me all my life
  • The meaning of gratitude
  • That it’s OK to be doing nothing
  • How to be present in the moment
  • That I still have bricks walls to smash before I can fully uncover my authentic self
  • What a hypocrite I can be, pretending and faking my connections with people out of pride
  • How to accept and ask for acknowledgement

With all that self-discovery I should be exhausted!  But I’m not. I feel energized and invigorated.

The CTI model is not a divine or religious system, yet it captures so much of life’s beauty, authenticity and simplicity. Think of the model’s cornerstones, the contexts, principles and skills. I can write a book about each one of them.

Can you imagine a world where every single person is treated as naturally, creative, resourceful and whole?

Can you imagine a world where a speaker gets to speak and the listener holds the space for a safe and courageous conversation that helps the speaker unwrap their authentic self?

Can you imagine how beautiful a conversation would be when the listener is dancing in the moment, holding the agenda for the speaker?

Coaching is about conversations that address our whole lives. It doesn’t put any limits on what we as human beings can evolve into.

It sure has been a remarkable first year; more is to come. But whatever is left of my life will sure be worth living for. I choose to live an alive and fulfilled life NOW. 

jawad k sajwani