Month: December 2017

Autograph Sheets – Use This Game as an Icebreaker Activity

Filed under: Soft Skills

Leader As Coach

One of the greatest challenges a leader faces is to engage the employees to focus on the organizational goals. While personal goals are what matters the most to the employees how will the leaders enable the employees buy into the organizational goals? It has been observed that traditional leadership approach is no longer an effective means to impact organizational effectiveness and growth. Today’s business and corporate culture can only be impacted with collaborative approach rather than command or control approach.

If leaders are to use collaborative approach for organizational effectiveness, it is apparent that leadership transition is the essential and this can only be attained through coaching. Leader as coach program aims at coaching business leaders as coach for organizational success. It helps leaders to become aware of their strengths and weakness, receive feedback, and develop into an effective leader so that the leader is able to coach others.

Leader as coach program is for all those who lead whether a CEO, manager or team leader. This program equips leaders and managers with competencies so that the leader is no longer perceived as autocratic but as a coach who is able to boldly believe in the strengths of others, motivate, coach and support them to accomplish their highest potential. The leader not only enables the employees or teams to focus and work towards the organizational goals but also foster long term commitment consistently.

According to Wright and Mackinnon only an effective coach can become an effective leader1. It is observed that coaching is vital part of standard leadership training and development; and 25-40% of fortune 500 companies use executive coaches to develop leaders as coaches.

The executive coaching in India is highly an essential ingredient for business and organization success and growth. The traditional approach of leadership is still prevalent in the eastern part of the globe. With the growing IT industry, MNC’s and development of various businesses, leadership transition is a necessity for survival with the rising global competition.

Leader as coach program helps leaders to adopt collaborative and partnership approach rather than direct and control. It helps leaders to evoke the talents and potentials of the employees for the benefit of the employees as well as the organization. It equips leaders with communication and people management skills that befit a coach. It enables leaders to handle conflicts, solve complex business problems more constructively using emotional intelligence.

Leader as coach programs produces leaders who become solid role models for their organization and teams by adopting values, competencies, strategies and techniques. To know more about leader as coach program visit the executive coaching India website:


Wright, S. and MacKinnon, C. (2003). Leadership Alchemy: The Magic of the Leader Coach. Toronto: TCP Publications.

Filed under: Leadership

Self-Control Game

Learning/Application: Self Control

  • No. Of Participants: Two and more (always an even number)
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Location: Indoor
  • Checklist of Items Required: None


  1. Pair up the members in groups of two.
  2. Make the two people in a group to stand facing away from each other.
  3. Explain that both people should do their best not to talk, smile or laugh.
  4. On the count of three, have both people turn and face each other.
  5. Get the first one to talk, smile or laugh to sit down.
  6. Do this with all the groups and then, form new pairs with the people left standing, and do the same again.
  7. If at the end of the game, a group of two partners remain with a straight face, have the rest of the participants try to make them laugh.

Debriefing Notes:

Explore how some people managed to control their emotion for long and others didn’t.

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Filed under: Soft Skills

Communicate Clearly

The 7 Cs of Communication form the edifice on which effective communication rests. Of these Clarity in communication is of immense importance. Clarity of communication has to be ensured in the various stages of communication:

  • Drafting the message
  • Transmitting the message
  • Feedback

If clarity is lost in any of these stages, communication will fail. The BizComm model of Strengthscape encompasses effective techniques to ensure Clarity in Communication.

Drafting the Message – This is the first stage in communication. This is where you decide what message needs to be communicated to the receiver. For creating a clear message, you should first be sure about what you want to communicate. Next, you need to convert concepts into clear words. The words could be either written or formulated mentally. As a sender you must never assume that the audience will understand the same meaning of message as intended by you. For this, there should be no ambiguity in the construction of the message. Another way of ascertaining clear messages is using visuals like videos, graphics or illustrations. Not only are images high-impact but they also clarify complicated text.

Transmitting the Message – Once the message is designed the next issue concerns transmitting it. Choose a medium that is suitable for the message and for the audience. Written medium should be used for transmitting complicated messages that may require future reference. Technology for transmission should be used keeping in mind availability with the audience. Also deciding what medium to use will depend on the demographics of the audience in terms of education, technological competence and age. There should be no distortion of the message in transmission.

Feedback – Feedback from the receiver is an important step in the communication process. Feedback ensure that communication has been effective. Feedback can be either in the form of action, as required in the communication, or paraphrasing the message or asking questions to ensure that communication is clear. Paraphrasing is translating the sender’s words to your own and checking for understanding. Also the receiver can ask questions both open-ended and close-ended to understand the message better and get any required additional information. Sometimes the feedback is not readily available from the audience, in these scenarios, you as a sender need to elicit a response from the audience to ensure that the message has been transmitted clearly.

Effective communication does not mean using jargon but conveying a message clearly.

Filed under: Communication Skills