The worst leadership advice I ever got

In this journey of growth each one of us receives advice both professionally and personally, whether or not it is solicited. I vividly remember being called to my boss’ office just six months into my new managerial role for a feedback session. Please keep in mind that as a new manager, this...

Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 12:10 AM

The “3 more” Principle

A few years ago I got into the habit of having routine workouts at the gym. There comes a time in every ones life when you get tired of moving around with those extra pounds. It was that time for me, but man, gym was really hard! I dreaded everything! The treadmill, the aerobics classes, the...

Thursday, March 21, 2019, 12:00 AM

Why I became a leadership coach

My Coach Jessie asked me, “Annet, why leadership and why should we even care about the subject?” My response was “how much time do you have, because it’s a long story?.” Give me a brief version” she said. In this article I share a bit of my response. I was born...

Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 11:26 PM

What is your ‘Why’?

Growing up, all I ever wanted was to finish school, get a job and make a living, period!  The purpose and meaning (Why) of what I did was no big deal at the time. In my mid-career, suddenly, the urge to do something that really mattered became of paramount importance. I realised I was...

Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 11:37 PM

Designing your vision for success

The first time I entered a huge shopping mall, I was excited but also worried about getting lost. I was looking for one particular shop for hours in vain. Finally, I came across a directory. There was just a small problem; reading maps was a big challenge for me! So how on earth was I going to...

Thursday, July 13, 2017, 12:00 AM

What is your vision for success?

In this article, my intention is to stimulate your interest in going below the surface to answer some uncomfortable questions. To start us off, what is your vision for success? Everyone desires to be successful but are you clear on what you want to achieve as a person, company, a nation or as...

Friday, May 26, 2017, 12:00 AM

Leadership is an uphill journey

My coach likes to say that, “everything worthwhile is uphill”. Nothing could be truer than this, “being a successful leader is an uphill journey”. In one of his interviews, Kofi Annan, the former UN Secretary General, shared a story of how he was criticized by the media on...

Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 12:00 AM

The cost of leadership

“ He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose” - Jim Elliott, Missionary martyred in Ecuador. I once heard the story of a woman who sat in an audience watching an expert pianist play. Afterwards, she went up and told the pianist that she would give anything...

Monday, February 27, 2017, 12:00 AM

It is not about you!

“Why would anyone want to be a leader?” This question came from a senior executive who had just gone through a series of leadership skills coaching sessions with me. This happened as her idea of leadership shifted from what was carefully formed during the earlier years of her life, to...

Friday, November 18, 2016, 12:00 AM

You are being watched

Watched by who? You may ask. I got a clear answer to this question one evening as I was visiting a friend. She told me how that morning her 6 year-old daughter deeply challenged her. The daughter asked; “Mom why do you tell me to do things you don’t want to do yourself?”. Asked...

Thursday, September 29, 2016, 12:00 AM

Personal growth is intentional

"If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much". Jim Rohn When I was young, my parents took care of my growth plan. They decided which schools I attended and helped me pick a career...

Friday, September 2, 2016, 12:00 AM

The true measure of leadership is influence

In my last article, I made a point about how everything rises and falls on leadership. Many of my readers and clients have since said that they couldn’t agree more! If this is an established fact, then join me again as I explore what leadership really means. I’m sure you have heard...

Saturday, August 20, 2016, 12:00 AM

Everything rises and falls on leadership

Leadership is a subject that has in recent years intrigued me as I grow professionally and personally. I tend to look at many things through the lenses of leadership and I invite my readers and clients to walk with me on this journey of exploration. Have you ever wondered what makes certain...

Friday, July 22, 2016, 12:00 AM

[LETTERS] Look for a relevant coach

Editor, RE: “Career coaching is no one-size-fits-all” (The New Times, July 12). I thank you for the article. Hopefully by answering this question, I will help shade some more light on this issue. There are hundreds of specific coaching offers, so it can be a little confusing to...

Wednesday, July 13, 2016, 12:00 AM

Everybody needs a career coach

Have you ever felt stuck in life and yet you feel that you can do much more with your life? Have you ever wondered what you are passionate about and what your life’s purpose is? To answer these questions, one needs a deeper level of self-awareness. Unfortunately, most often than not our...

Friday, July 8, 2016, 12:00 AM

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