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DON`T COME TO ME WITH PROBLEMS, COME WITH SOLUTIONS

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O CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN”: CULTIVATING EXECUTIVE PRESENCE

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Rohit Bassi

Nov 12, 2020

LEADERS ALWAYS BE VOCAL AND LOUD


Expressing your opinions and feelings is definitely a strength for someone who has executive presence, a trait important for leadership. That is not at all same as being always vocal and loud about your opinions and feelings.

The difference is that a person with executive presence expresses him or herself with assertiveness and has great foresight about the situation or person before uttering a word. They interact in a manner that builds bridges rather than walls.

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In 1992 I met an amazing example of a person who has such a persona. I call him my best buddy. Alpesh Karena is the silent type but when he speaks you know truth, volume and wisdom are in his words. It is not just talk. Many times in university he had been the mediator for me when I use to explode like a volcano, he would intervene and save the day.

His “less is more” innate approach did the magic; he had the respect of all the students and factuality. The simple philosophy he goes by is that silence is a source of great strength.

As a TEDx and Global Professional Speaker with decades of experience, I can help you to focus upon the most important leadership attributes, and inspire you to develop your own unique formula for success mastery. Connect with me or book me to be inspired by developing an executive presence that leads to your own unique formula of success mastery, www.roitalks.com – roi@roitalks.com.

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Rohit Bassi

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Nov 12, 2020

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Nov 5, 2020

DON`T COME TO ME WITH PROBLEMS, COME WITH SOLUTIONS


It reeks of BS the line of “Don’t come to me with problems, come with solutions”. This line is the easiest way to discourage people from speaking up about the problems they are finding tough to resolve or the ones they have no clue how to solve.

One of my line manager’s uses to say this phrase all the time. Initially it made me cringe, with time passing by the statement made me angry but now it just makes me laugh. A management and leadership mantra that is condescending and it makes team members feel inadequate about their abilities.

 

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One of the toughest traits to work upon in executive presence is being decisive and incisive (intelligently analytical and clear-thinking). Firstly, yes it means to have the ability to get things done through thoughtful thinking. Secondly, it also means assisting the people you may be leading or influencing in developing their sense of making decisions.

That means to be their mentor, coach or guide in resolving issues or challenges that they find tough or difficult to resolve (yes, they could be simple for you but though for them). A parent, guardian or caretaker of a child holds a child’s hand when the child is learning to walk. Then they slowly let go of their hand so that the child could attempt to walk on their own. Still they are around to encourage the child and with time the child learns to be independent.

If your aim is to show a credible and memorable executive presence then you have to show them how it done and not leave them in a stressful situation.

Get the “magic wand” out and be ready to serve.

As a TEDx and Global Professional Speaker with decades of experience, I can help you to focus upon the most important leadership attributes, and inspire you to develop your own unique formula for success mastery. Connect with me or book me to be inspired by developing an executive presence that leads to your own unique formula of success mastery, www.roitalks.com – roi@roitalks.com.

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Nov 5, 2020

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Rohit Bassi

Oct 29, 2020

“O CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN”: CULTIVATING EXECUTIVE PRESENCE


Executive presence can be much easily be explained through a movie character. At the conclusion of the Academy Award-winning film Dead Poet’s Society, there is a moving scene in which Robin Williams’ entire class stands on their desks and repeats the lines “O Captain, My Captain”. While this is a touching show of loyalty, it is also a testament to the leadership qualities that Williams’ character, Mr Keating, embodies throughout the movie. Rather than barking orders and insisting solely on discipline, Mr Keating shows himself to be a professional with a wider set of tools. In the end, he inspires those around him and achieves results through respect and trust, rather than fear.

In fact, Mr Keating is a prime illustration of some of the key aspects of executive presence. Focusing on these areas can help you take your business from simply coasting to rapid and dynamic success.

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Critical Thinking

Throughout the film, Mr Keating doesn’t just expect his students to memorise books and regurgitate information. In one memorable scene, he has the whole class rip out pages of their textbook. Mr Keating knows that in order to get his students to truly tap into their potential, he needs them to think independently and critically.

In the business world if your employees are just engaged in monotonous work with no expectation of thinking outside the box, you are not getting the most out of your team. Similarly, if you are just going through the motions in your working life, then you are not making the most of your skill set.

Consider each project and issue carefully. Ask yourself: how can I improve this situation? How can I add value, and negotiate any issues with a clear and focused mind? In order to become a dynamic leader, it’s paramount that you seek out meaningful solutions, rather than resigning yourself to despair.

Creativity and Innovation

Mr Keating doesn’t expect his students to become interested in literature overnight just by reading the words of others. Instead, he encourages his class to become actively involved, such as creating their own poetry while jumping off his desk. This might sound a little unorthodox, but the film clearly illustrates how these out-of-the-box methods allow the teacher to inspire and encourage his pupils.

So, why did they find him so motivating? It’s simple: Mr Keating encouraged creativity and innovation. This is one of the key principles of executive presence that can be applied to any situation.

By embracing a lighthearted, inventive atmosphere that encourages creativity, you can rapidly motivate both yourself and others around you. Results will become more dynamic and arrive more quickly when barriers are removed.

Listening and Emotional Intelligence

Another aspect of executive presence that Mr Keating demonstrates throughout the film is the ability to truly hear and appreciate the words of others. Rather than just appearing to listen, Mr Keating genuinely pays attention and this allows him to connect and problem solve effectively. At one point, he offers the sage advice: “There is a time for daring and a time for caution, and a wise man knows which is called for.” This kind of emotional intelligence allows Mr Keating to be active, but never reactive.

Executive presence is all about cultivating this kind of emotional intelligence and resilience. The best leaders are able to offer compassion and empathy to others while having the fortitude and self-control to act calmly during times of pressure. The business world is often an unpredictable and volatile environment, and it’s necessary to develop these crucial traits in order to thrive and climb higher.

It’s never too late to work on developing and improving the key aspects of executive presence. When you reach out to the universe with success in mind, success finds its way back to those who seek it.

As Mr Keating instructed his students: “Seize the day.”

As a TEDx and Global Professional Speaker with decades of experience, I can help you to focus upon the most important leadership attributes, and inspire you to develop your own unique formula for success mastery. Connect with me or book me to be inspired by developing an executive presence that leads to your own unique formula of success mastery, www.roitalks.com – roi@roitalks.com.

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Rohit Bassi

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Oct 29, 2020

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Oct 22, 2020

EXECUTIVE PRESENCE WITH CHINESE LISTENING


Executive presence is a blanket term for a range of qualities found in successful leaders.The song by Mike and The Mechanics called Living years has a wonderful line. It says “you can listen as well as you hear”. The line of this song just sums one of the crucial qualities of having a high sense of executive presence.

Leaders with high sense of executive presence are able to command attention, project confidence and be heard above others. When people with executive presence enter a room, others recognise their leadership before they have even spoken. Executive presence is not simply about being confident and shouting louder than others, though. Emotional intelligence, including the art of listening, is a key trait of those with executive presence.

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Going back to the line “you can listen as well as you hear” has a very profound meaning and it reminds me about the about the Chinese symbol for hearing, or shall I say listening. The Chinese symbol for listening is made up of six distinct words. Only when these six words are integrated it describes what we call in English compassionate, empathic active listening. These six words being as per https://rwwleadership.wordpress.com:

1.    You: When others are talking you as the listener play an equal role for the communication to be effective. If you are not playing your part the message may be confused or lost.

2.    Eyes: Listen with your eyes. Maintain eye contact as you listen, observe the physiology and body language of the speaker. You will pick up on so much more that is being communicated as you become more observant and interested in the speaker.

3.    Undivided Attention: Give the speaker your undivided attention. Don’t become distracted by other people or by technology.

4.    Heart: Listen with your heart, be open to their opinion and their logic even if it differs from yours. Take time to understand their view point before responding.

5.    King: Treat the speaker like royalty. Imagine that they are the most important person in the world and give them the respect and attention that they deserve.

6.    Ear: Finally listen with your ear. Take time to listen to the exact words, phrases and tone of the communication.

Executive presence from the Chinese symbol for hearing or listening is simply about integrating the brain, heart and the body. So, you are not just hearing the voice, you are actually listening to the body language and feelings of the person as well.

Are you actively, empathetically and with compassion listening or are you just using your ears to hear? Is your brain, heart and whole body integrated? Your poise, body language and eye contact are they clearly indicating you are paying and giving attention, listening to the speaker. Some with a high sense of executive presence could become an amazing leader. Such leaders are great listeners because of three practices:

1. Success Through Others

“Most of the successful people I’ve known are the ones who do more listening than talking.” – Bernard Baruch, American financier and presidential advisor

Success is rarely built on your own – it requires education, and you can only become educated if you are willing to listen and learn. Even once you have become successful, this does not mean that your learning is complete.

Doris Kearns Goodwin, in her 2005 book “Team of Rivals”, notes how Abraham Lincoln appointed a number of political adversaries when he was elected to the presidency.

She said: “By selecting men who he knew disagreed with him or differed from his own platform, he assured himself that he would be confronted with legitimate challenges to his ideas, rather than finding himself in a pool of yes-men.”

Flexibility in ideas and the ability to listen to other standpoints helps any leader to continue to learn and develop, as well as to keep the people hierarchically below them happy. Being surrounded by a team of ‘yes-men’ or refusing to listen to the viewpoints of others means that you are only going to inspire the people that already agree with you.

Listening is also an important part of emotional intelligence, and builds engagement with others. In the workplace, engagement offers employees a sense of fulfilment, allowing them to feel that their ideas are important and that they are a necessary cog in the larger machine. Engaged employees work faster and put in additional effort, as well as being happy to stay in their jobs for a longer time.

2. Give Full Attention

“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” Stephen R. Covey – author, ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’

The most obvious way to be a good listener is to actually focus on listening. Pay attention to the person that is speaking and give them your full attention. Don’t attempt to multitask, make notes or check emails. Make eye contact with the person that is speaking.

Not only does repeating back what has been said show that you were listening, it also helps you to clarify anything you might not have understood properly. You should ask questions to get the speaker to elaborate if there is anything that you don’t understand or feel would benefit the group as a whole.

3. Practise Openness

Active listening is best practised when you don’t have other worries or concerns pushing in. Clear a space and hold a meeting specific to the issue, with just the one person or a whole team, but make sure that the time is dedicated just to this issue and don’t let people stray off track.

Rather than asking questions or paraphrasing, stay silent and show the speaker that you are listening without saying a word. Keep your body language open, your eyes up and fixed on the speaker, and nod at salient points. Keep your eyes off your phone or other people.

People will say things that you disagree with from time to time. Be prepared to listen to their points in full even if you don’t agree. You will have your opportunity to talk back and you would expect them to listen to your points, so you should give them the same consideration. No one knows everything, so take every chance to benefit from this learning opportunity.

To conclude Epictetus was a Greek Stoic philosopher and he had a great lesson for us on executive presence. He was born a slave at Hierapolis, Phrygia and lived in Rome until his banishment when he went to Nicopolis in north-western Greece for the rest of his life. Epictetus taught that philosophy is a way of life and not just a theoretical discipline. One of his greatest quotes which is so much relevant in this day and age is “we have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak”.

As a TEDx and Global Professional Speaker with decades of experience, I can help you to focus upon the most important leadership attributes, and inspire you to develop your own unique formula for success mastery. Connect with me or book me to be inspired by developing an executive presence that leads to your own unique formula of success mastery, www.roitalks.com – roi@roitalks.com.

 

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Rohit Bassi

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Oct 22, 2020

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Oct 15, 2020

EXECUTIVE PRESENCE OF LEE KUAN YEW WITH CRITICAL THINKING

Singapore seemed like a country destined for failure but Singapore’s founding father had a different view. There is perhaps no better example of exemplary critical thinking and executive presence than former Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew. He was commonly referred to by his initials LKY.

Mr. Lee Kuan Yew used critical thinking throughout his time in power to advance Singapore, solidifying himself as one of the most esteemed and successful leaders in contemporary history. Critical thinking skills have never been more essential for the leaders of today and tomorrow.

For effective leadership, critical thinking must be used to further the success of a company or individual. That means to amplify ones executive presence. Executive presence cannot be tied down to one attribute, but Mr. Lee Kuan Yew has shown how critical thinking is an essential trait. We explore four of the lessons he taught us.

I do not yet know of a man who became a leader as a result of having undergone a leadership course.” ― Lee Kuan Yew

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1. Critical thinking unlocks limitless opportunities

After World War II, Singapore seemed like a country destined for failure. Surviving a Japanese occupation, Singapore was left under British Colonial rule and had limited economic prospects.

Rather than accepting the seemingly negative fate of his country, Mr. Lee Kuan decided to challenge it, co-founding the People’s Action Party and beginning to critically assess the future of Singapore. During his three decades in power, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew revolutionised the economic and social structures of Singapore, advancing the country from a Third World to First World status.

His ability to revolutionise a county in a generation proves that critical thinking has the power to unlock countless achievements and possibilities.

“What I fear is complacency. When things always become better, people tend to want more for less work.” – Lee Kuan Yew

2. The importance of linking creative and critical thinking

If an individual is thinking critically, they should be by extension thinking creatively also. That means the expansion of using one’s executive presence capabilities. Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, for example, when assessing the future of Singapore, did not constrict his thoughts to improving the existing structures of the country, but thought creatively about the future potential of the country.

Mr. Lee Kuan Yew revolutionised Singapore’s economy by adopting a manufacturing-focused infrastructure in Singapore, knowing this innovation would attract foreign investors from America and Japan.

Mr. Lee Kuan Yew’s ability to think innovatively and creatively about the economy of Singapore saw the country thrive financially as unemployment rates dropped significantly.

“No, your job as a leader is to inspire and to galvanize, not to share your distraught thoughts. You make your people dispirited.”  – Lee Kuan Yew

3. Emotion has a place in critical thinking

Critical thinking can be applied to an issue or problem, but a true leader has the executive presence that critical thinking must also be used to analyse one’s own emotions and thoughts.

Connecting your thoughts to your feelings is not a weakness, rather it is a quality of leadership and powerful executive presence. You could attribute much of Mr. Lee Kuan Yew’s success to his love of Singapore. After experiencing the Japanese occupation of Singapore in 1942-45, Mr. Lee realised Singapore had to rule itself, as the British failed to defend his country.

Love of his country and determination to see its independence inspired Mr. Lee Kuan Yew’s work, yet he had the emotional intelligence to build positive relationships with Britain and Japan, rather than resorting to blind hatred for their actions in the past.

“Even from my sick bed, even if you are going to lower me into the grave and I feel something is going wrong, I will get up.” – Lee Kuan Yew

4. Critical listening is essential for critical thinking

It is easy to listen to something, but to think critically about what you have heard and apply it to your thoughts and emotions, is a skill necessary for effective leadership.

Mr. Lee Kuan Yew famously said, “throughout history, all empires that succeeded have embraced and included in their midst people of other races, languages, religions, and cultures”, indicating that not only listening, but understanding and thinking critically about the role that other individuals and other countries can play in achieving your ambitions is essential for leaders.

Mr. Lee Kuan Yew continued to listen and be inspired by other countries throughout his presidency; for example, after seeing vulnerabilities in Singapore’s security, he assessed his options and took advice from Israel, forming a special relationship with the country.

“A society to be successful must maintain a balance between nurturing excellence and encouraging the average to improve.” ― Lee Kuan Yew

To conclude, critical thinking skills applies at every level be this the individual, family, community, society, an organisation, a country or the world. There are many traits needed to be an effective leader and one that demonstrates actual executive presence. But one of the toughest is being decisive and incisive in solving problems to move forward and inspiring others to do the same.

Mr. Lee Kuan Yew was recognised as Singapore’s founding father. “His vision,” wrote Henry Kissinger, “was of a state that would not simply survive, but prevail by excelling. Superior intelligence, discipline, and ingenuity would substitute for resources.”

As a TEDx and Global Professional Speaker with decades of experience, I can help you to focus upon the most important leadership attributes, and inspire you to develop your own unique formula for success mastery. Connect with me or book me to be inspired by developing an executive presence that leads to your own unique formula of success mastery, www.roitalks.com – roi@roitalks.com.

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Rohit Bassi

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Oct 15, 2020

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Oct 8, 2020

SIX AMAZING PUBLIC SPEAKING SKILLS


So much of business comes down to communication, and while you might be adept at communicating with others during the normal working day, how are your presentation skills/public speaking skills? When it comes to developing executive presence, having well-honed public speaking skills certainly shows you to be a great communicator.

If you are asked to speak at a seminar or conference, or if you are called upon to address your entire workforce, do you have the public speaking ability to do yourself or your company justice?

 

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Get ready to know six amazing public speaking skills:

Make Eye Contact – If you’ve heard that the best place for your eyes to rest when you are speaking publicly is the back of the room – ignore this advice. It might work for musicians on stage, but when you are speaking rather than singing, you need to try and make a connection with your audience. That means making eye contact, but never allow your eyes to frantically scan the room. Simply focus on making a little eye contact with each or most of the people in the room. Make your way around, and ensure that your audience knows you are aware of them.

Speak Steady – Speaking in a frantic manner is a sure fire way to show the audience that you are not at ease. If you want to exude confidence, one of the ways to project an unrushed swagger is to talk slowly and deliberately. Don’t dive straight into your talk – try leaving a few seconds from the moment you walk on stage to when you actually begin. Compose yourself and take a deep breath. And ensure that you leave adequate pauses in between the various sections of your talk.

Be A Storyteller – Who doesn’t enjoy a good yarn? If you can, make sure you include some entertaining or revealing stories in your talk. Told well, they can help to keep the audience engaged, and ensure that your message hits home as required. Remember that capturing your audience can be more important than trying to talk up your own experience and knowledge, in order to prove your credentials.

Never Overload The Audience – You might have plenty to say, but you are not going to be able to pack in everything possible on a given subject in the space of your talk. For this reason, it makes sense to keep your agenda simple but powerful, concentrating on really distilling your key points. People can only absorb so much information, and much of it might be forgotten by the next day, so do your best to avoid stuffing.

Avoid The Hard Sell – If you are invited to represent your company and give a talk, you have two choices. You could use the opportunity as a chance to advertise your product or service, or you could actually try to give the audience something of value. You might be surprised at how entertaining, informing, educating and delivering real insights can promote your product or service more effectively than talking about it. Why? Because if you give genuine value, you can become respected as a thought leader, and this reflects well on your brand. Sales talk, on the other hand, can be seen as desperate or disrespectful

Q&A Are Powerful – A quick question and answer session at the end of your talk is a good idea for a number of reasons. Firstly, it offers the opportunity to address any follow-up queries related to what you have said. It also gives you a clue who has engaged with the talk the most and identifies individuals who it might be worth speaking to in more depth.
To be able to take to the stage and deliver any kind of speech, public talk or presentation means to be ready to show your executive presence. Those are just a few pointers on how you can get better when addressing an audience. Like many things, practice can make perfect, so make sure that you grab those public speaking opportunities with both hands!

As a TEDx and Global Professional Speaker with decades of experience, I can help you to focus upon the most important leadership attributes, and inspire you to develop your own unique formula for success mastery. Connect with me or book me to be inspired by developing an executive presence that leads to your own unique formula of success mastery, www.roitalks.com – roi@roitalks.com.

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Rohit Bassi

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Oct 8, 2020

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