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How Trust Flourishes When You Say “Yes”: A Guide for Business Leaders

One of the most valuable things in business and life is trust. Trust is hard to earn but can be easily lost. As a consultant, I have encountered issues related to trust and its effects on business. Specifically, I’ve witnessed the remarkable impact of saying “yes” in business on cultivating and maintaining trust. I have observed how confidence can affect business and life, and I’ve come to a significant realization: in most cases, people who kept their word earned trust. People tend to say YES to those they trust, and this correlation between trust and saying “yes” is undeniable.

What does it mean to say YES?

We use the word YES to approve if something said is accurate or correct. YES comes from the Old English word gise, gese, which means “so be it!”

There are many ways to convey the sense of YES. Some of the synonyms include: definitely, of course, sure, by all means, that’s right, you bet, you’re on, affirmative, be my guest, I don’t see why not, yea, yeah, yebo, yep, you betcha, yup, is the Pope Catholic?

The meaning we give to a YES varies. Saying YES after long and arduous peace negotiations or at …


How Talents Over Skills Drive Sustainable Organizational Growth

Over the years, while deeply engaged in designing team alignment programs, I’ve interacted with numerous dedicated business owners and recruiters, all driven by the quest to secure the finest additions to their workforce. However, what struck me profoundly was the unwavering determination exhibited by each of them in pursuing remarkable individuals who could contribute to their enterprises. This phenomenon often seemed to transform the recruitment landscape into a fierce battleground, where securing the right talents bore semblance to a relentless competition for achieving nothing short of sustainable organizational growth.

As much as the recruiters in their job advertisements were looking for talent, when I interacted with job applicants, most did not discuss their talents but skills, know-how, and competencies. Isn’t that strange? Our education system never delivers a diploma for talent but always certifies abilities. I noticed a big misalignment between what companies were looking for and what the applicants offered.

In this article, I will share my discovery of the misconception of these two terms to help applicants understand what the recruiters are looking for by answering the following questions:

  • Are talent and competence the same thing?
  • What are the differences between these two terms?
  • How do they affect

How Saying “NO” Wisely Can Be Your Ultimate Success Strategy

Your present circumstances directly result from the choices you’ve made along your journey. Every decision, whether a resounding “YES” or a thoughtful “NO,” has played a role in molding the trajectory of your business and personal life. Today, you find yourself reading this article because you’ve deliberately opted to explore valuable insights – particularly regarding the art of saying “NO” wisely. This crucial aspect of decision-making has the potential to redefine your ultimate path to success.

Looking back at the success stories and struggling businesses of people I have met during my coaching career, I wanted to identify the common factor that led to the success or failure of companies. That is when I realized one thing that stood out: the ability of a business owner to say NO or accept the word NO. Yes, you read that right; saying NO was the last piece of the puzzle. In this article, I want to share this fantastic discovery of why saying NO or accepting the word NO is one of the most coveted superpowers of an entrepreneur.

In my career, I have met many people who had difficulty saying NO, which has gotten them into big problems. Think of it …


How to Navigate Business Growing Pains and Cultivate Evergreen Success

Just like the goal of growing a fruit tree is to harvest the fruits, the purpose of starting a business is to make profits and create a positive impact. A business needs to navigate through challenges and grow to its full potential to maximize profits. The growth phase is not a walk in the park. It plays a significant role in the business’s existence and often negatively affects the entrepreneur’s personal life. This phase contains many challenges that are referred to as navigating business growing pains.

The term “growing pains” refers to temporary difficulties and problems a growing company experiences during a particular stage in its development. This expression derives from the pains in the legs a growing child feels have no demonstrable relation to growth.

In business literature, the term growing pains has always been perceived to have a negative and dramatic connotation. I have also perceived it with the same attitude for a long time, but after working with entrepreneurs for over 20 years, I changed my viewpoint on growing pains. In this article, I will share my perspective on the importance of growing pains to an entrepreneur, how to successfully sail through them, and how to …


How Embracing the Great Resignation Can Revolutionize Your Business Mindset

Is embracing the Great Resignation possible for business leaders? Lately, my focus has been on the remarkable phenomenon known as the Great Resignation, where many employees within the Western labor market voluntarily embrace change by resigning from their current positions or transitioning to new roles. Coined in 2021 by Anthony Klotz, an Associate Professor of Management in the Organizations and Innovation Group at UCL School of Management, this term encapsulates our transformative shift.

HR professionals highlighted the common reasons people were leaving their jobs: wage stagnation, looking for greener pastures or a toxic work environment leading to burnout, etc.

My thoughts on this new trend gave me a unique perspective I want to share with you in this article.

The underlying hidden reason

When I looked closely at the reasons for this critical movement of people towards other jobs and career alternatives, I realized that they all lead to a common denominator: an imbalance between what people invested in their jobs and what they get out of it. The input is far more significant than the return. The returns we are considering here are not only the financial compensation but things like fulfillment which varies for different individuals. Stated differently, …


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