Enjoy Life to the fullest!
A warm welcome to this newsletter, which - I hope - finds you
savoring your Life to the fullest… The next pages aim at adding
further spice and inspiration to it 😃
We look at 15 healthy practices for your emotional well-being,
at 10 easy activities to enhance your inner-peace and mindfulness
and at ways to control 7 fears thwarting leadership.
We also celebrate Women leaders, and ask you: “Are you
leveraging both your feminine and masculine traits enough?”
For further inspiration, I share a few snapshots of my travels
this quarter, and hope you will also find time for the joy to meet
new people along yours.
Tools and resources complete this edition. Happy reading!
Here’s to the Greatness in You! Jean-Francois Cousin
Speaker, Author and Master Certified Coach
Director at the Global Board of International Coach
Chair of Program and Speakers Committee,
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SPEAKING EVENTSKeys unlocking Asian leaders’ potential
to become Global Leaders
Fortune 500 companies’ CEOs (limited) diversity:
• 10 Asian
• 4 African-American
• 10 Latinos
• 25 Women
With a vibrant group of Regional HR Leaders and a few CEOs in
Singapore, we discussed
• What value would Asian leaders bring?
• What is holding them back?
• Which steps should corporations take to facilitate their
• What can CEOs and HR executives practically do to help Asian
leaders become Global Leaders?
Drawing from my latest research and from my experience coaching
over 700 leaders in Asia, I shared
• Asian leaders’ strengths and common developmental areas
vis-à-vis global leadership requirements in a VUCA world
• Keys for Asian leaders to gain further confidence and
influence, to empower and collaborate effectively across cultures,
and to take a world-wise view of business
• Simple, effective actions CEOs and HR executives can take to
support Asian leaders’ rise
With a passionate small crowd of coaches and HR leaders gathered
at ICF Bangkok Chapter’s invitation, we explored those 2 questions
in depth. And also “what to do with ‘difficult’ or uncommitted
We discussed ‘victim’, ‘aggressor’ and ‘rescuer’ postures as
well as ‘child’, ‘parent’ and ‘adult’ mindsets, and how to nurture
and strengthen personal accountability.
Everyone came up with a deeper understanding of their
accountability mechanisms and formed goals for 2017 anchored in
Watch the video - ICF Peer-Coaching evening about ‘Managing
Progress and Accountability’
I invite you to join ICF Bangkok Chapter Activities when you are
in town, as they are open to all, and fantastic boosters of
personal and professional growth.
You can keep up to date with them on the ICF Bangkok Chapter’s
Asia weighs 40% of the world’s GDP… Why then so few Asian
leaders operate at high
levels in multinational companies?
Asian CEOs / Senior Executives / Board Members in Fortune 500
Top 50 U.S.
CEOs 2% 2%
Senior Executives 5.4% 4.6%
Board Members 4.8% 2.6%
Enhancing People’s Accountability
Who are you when you achieve your goals? Who are you when you
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Start your day with gratitude for the best parts of you
and your life!
Authenticity and trust inspire reciprocity
7 FEARS THWARTING LEADERSHIP and ways to control them!
But the victors are rewarded with further clarity about who they
truly are, as well as with higher self-esteem and
Shall we lead the first assault - confront your major fears,
consider what impact they may have on you, and find your way to
15 HEALTHY PRACTICES FOR YOUR
Worthwhile as it is, ‘conquering yourself ’ is quite the battle!
It involves controlling your insecurities (self-doubt &
controlled vulnerability) and your fears.
“It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand
- then the victory is yours.”
- Buddha -
As is the case with everyone else, you may occasionally suffer
from anxiety, a bad temper, irritability, anger or mood swings.
We will review a number of ideas which can help you take better
care of your emotional health, or - to put it simple - your ability
to understand and appropriately express your emotions, and to
nurture meaningful social interactions and connections.
10 EASY ACTIVITIES TO ENHANCE YOUR
INNER-PEACE & MINDFULNESS
Physical stamina will grow your resilience, intellectual vigor
will help you think at your best, and emotional well-being will
maintain your balance and security.
Spiritual health will heighten your mindfulness, your presence
to yourself and others, your peace of mind and your sense of
Feelings of emptiness, anxiety, hopelessness, apathy, hate or
conflict may signal a lack of ‘spirituality’ in your life. The good
news is you don’t have to be a ‘guru’ to enjoy benefits from
spirituality. Simple practices normally suffice.
Here are 10 of them – may I invite you to select a few amongst
the following list?
You will be great only when you feel great.
Physically, intellectually, emotionally and spiritually.
Real humility and sincere gratitude
are the hallmark of great people
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IN THE SPOTLIGHTInternational Women Day, March 8th
Are you leveraging both your feminine and masculine traits
‘International Women Day’ offered us all a chance to reflect
importance of feminine traits in leadership. I
thought of sharing a few ideas for men and
women leaders alike to effectively leverage both
their feminine and masculine traits - in a
balanced way - for greater success in their roles.
Before we get all serious about that, why not be
light-hearted and watch these 2 recent short
videos that went viral?
The original video…
and its parody…
Now more seriously, the literature about typical gender-traits
draws dichotomies similar to the table on the right →
MASCULINE TRAITS FEMININE TRAITS
Focus on own needsCompassionate care
Assertive Receptive, grateful
Rational, linear and logical thinking Intuitive
Bias for action Patience, forgiveness
Daily life often reminds us of how real those difference can be.
Read more here about -
• How you can consciously integrate and leverage both your
masculine and feminine traits in your leadership
• How - no surprise - women fare well at the top…
• How you can - and must - avoid any over-dominance of
masculinity or femininity in your leadership style
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“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing
Q1 SNAPSHOTS: TRAVELING AS AN INSPIRATION“To travel is to
discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.”
I travelled a lot in the first quarter of 2017 and - although it
was for business - I was blessed to meet amazing people, in 3
I was particularly inspired again by the warm hospitality of
Pakistanis, the energy of Singaporeans, the dignity and courage of
Venezuelans, the wisdom and politeness of Colombians, the passion
of Argentineans, the ‘joie de vivre’ of Filipinos, the resilience
of Malaysians, and the professionalism of Poles.
Here are a few snapshots which - I hope - will inspire you to
…stop along your trips and enjoy the beauty of people there!
Enjoying the amazing ethnic diversity of Pakistan
Who said there’s no place to breathe in
Much gratitude to a wonderful Client for offering a company
plane to avoid the current risks of local airlines in Venezuela
Strolling around the picturesque ‘Candelaria’ area with a
body-guard turned great tourist guide
Savoring Argentineans’ infectious passion for tango
Enjoying the past in Manila and
(hopefully) the future in Bonifacio
Global City!The proud
guardians of KLStrolling around beautiful Warsaw as a jet-lagged
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Quick assessment of your organization…
…along four leadership levels
TOOLS & EXERCISES
Raise your game in a toxic workplace
Interview on BFM radio, Malaysia
“Thailand - Getting back on Track”
Reviving Growth and Securing Prosperity for All
World Bank Group (March ’17)
Leadership and behavior: Mastering the mechanics of reason and
APAC 2017 COACHING CONFERENCE
The largest Coaching Conference in APAC to date will gather
leaders and coaches in
Bangkok on May 25th-27th 2017. And offer special tracks for
business leaders and HR
leaders (a first!).
As the Chair of the Conference Program and Speakers Committee, I
am delighted to
announce that 35 speakers from 5 continents will inspire
participants – offering the
greatest diversity ever in a Coaching Conference.
Marshall Goldsmith will speak twice at length and Dr. Stephen
(from Stanford University) will also be a key-note speaker.
The APAC2017 Coaching Conference
is where coaches & leaders explore how
coaching creates sustainable value
within teams, corporations and
society with “mindfulness and
‘Provocateurs’ from Africa, Latin America and Asia will offer
thought-provoking Ted-style talks.
You are most welcome to join, and take this opportunity to:
• Strengthen your leadership with powerful team-coaching
• Improve collaboration and agility in your teams and across
• Embed a coaching culture deeper in your company for greater
staff engagement and profitability
Join and embrace a deeply transformational experience!
“Early-bird” fees until April 30th 2017!
Discover more about the conference and book
your seat at www.apac2017.com